Exactly one month from Friday, Florida State's 2013 season will begin. It will be the first of what the Seminoles hope will be many games that end with a favorable result, and that may somehow make this year go even better than the last.

Can FSU claim its second consecutive ACC title? Can it reach the national championship game? Are 12 wins or more in the cards this year?

The answers to those questions rest in part in the Seminoles' schedule.

While there have been perhaps deserved concerns raised all offseason about FSU's somewhat punchless home schedule -- much of that is the product of the rotation the Seminoles are on with their conference opponents and rival Florida in this odd year -- it still is one that has to be played. The road schedule has more intriguing and challenging games, and they, too, have to be played.

Does another 12-win, conference championship, BCS bowl season exist on this schedule? It's possible. With this defense and with the potential for redshirt freshman Jameis Winston (the presumed new starting quarterback) to live up to the hype, FSU may be in for a carbon copy of 2012.

As we get ready for the season, we have spent the last two weeks exploring the teams on FSU's schedule, and the odds the Seminoles can beat them. So, let's close it all out with the big season finale: at Florida

NOV. 30 -- AT FLORIDA

Where: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, Time: TBA

2012 Record: 11-2, 7-1 (in SEC)

2012 Postseason: Lost to Louisville in the Sugar Bowl

Coach: Will Muschamp (18-8 at UF, entering third year, 18-8 overall). Muschamp has ascended rapidly in his time at UF. Just one year after posting a 7-6 record his rookie season, he led the Gators to an 11-2 finish and a BCS bowl appearance in Year 2. Before UF's eventual loss to Louisville in the Sugar Bowl, Muschamp's team had amassed several impressive wins. Road victories at Texas A&M and Tennessee began conference play. Two weeks later, a 14-6 win at home over LSU had the undefeated Gators beginning to believe. After blowing out South Carolina and rolling to an 11-point road win at FSU, the Sugar Bowl trip was solidified.

Take one look at UF's defensive statistics, and you know why the Gators were so good last season. While FSU's defense was stronger statistically in certain areas, UF's No. 4 national ranking in rushing defense and No. 5 rankings in total defense and scoring defense aren't anything to look past.

It shouldn't come as a surprise that defense has largely been the Gators' calling card under Muschamp. Known for about a decade as one of college football's rising defensive gurus, Muschamp was a coordinator on that side of the ball before he was given his first head-coaching job. While serving as Texas' defensive coordinator from 2008-10, Muschamp had been named Mack Brown's heir apparent. Like FSU's Jimbo Fisher, Muschamp had been named the coach-in-waiting there.

Before working at Texas, Muschamp was Auburn's defensive coordinator, and served as LSU's linebackers coach at a time when Fisher was also an LSU assistant.

All-time series: Florida leads 34-21-2

Series history: Began in 1958. The Seminoles lost five of the first six games in the rivalry. The 1961 game finished in a 3-3 tie. The other tie in the series came in the infamous 31-31 draw in Tallahassee in 1994. Since 2004, the Gators haven't treated the Seminoles all that kindly. UF has won seven of the nine games played in that stretch. Only the 2010 and 2011 games resulted in FSU wins across those seasons. Last year's 37-26 loss at home should provide an added bit of motivation for the Seminoles as they head to Gainesville later this November.

Fun game facts: With UF hosting Miami in Week 2 this season, this will mark the first time since 2008 that all three of the state's football powers will play each other in the same year. Before 1988, when UF decided to drop Miami from its schedule to better accommodate the SEC's eight-game conference schedule, the two programs participated in what was the state's longest running rivalry. Including this year's game, they will have matched up only six times in the last 26 years. In 2008, the Gators beat both the Hurricanes and Seminoles.

If FSU wants to win this year's showdown in Gainesville, it may want to pull for the Hurricanes next month. The Seminoles historically have much better odds of beating the Gators in the season finale when the Hurricanes emerge victories in their game against UF, as well. FSU is 7-4 against the Gators all-time when Miami wins its regular season game against UF. Alternatively, the Seminoles are just 2-16 all-time against the Gators when the Hurricanes also lose to UF.

2012 national rankings: Pass efficiency defense (2); rushing offense (4); total defense (5); scoring defense (5); turnover margin (7); net punting (9); punt returns (11); passing defense (19); total offense (103); sacks allowed (106); passing offense (114).

Key losses: RB Mike Gillislee, TE Jordan Reed, WR Omarius Hines, WR Frankie Hammond Jr., K Caleb Sturgis, DT Sharrif Floyd, DT Omar Hunter, LB Jon Bostic, S Matt Elam, S Josh Evans