Six weeks from Monday, 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'll spend the next two weeks exploring the teams on FSU's schedule, and the odds the Seminoles can beat them. So, let's continue with Game No. 5: vs. Maryland


Where: Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, Time: TBA

2012 Record: 4-8, 2-6 (in ACC)

2012 Postseason: Did not reach the postseason

Coach: Randy Edsall (6-18 at Maryland, entering third year, 80-88 overall). Edsall comes into his third season desperate to prove his team can not only compete in the ACC, but that it can take the Big Ten by storm next season, too. The years in College Park, Md. haven't been kind to Edsall, who came in after Ralph Friedgen was fired, and at a point when Maryland appeared to have just been turning a real corner of conference relevance.

Before he arrived at Maryland, Edsall's coaching tenure was defined far more by wins than losses. For 12 seasons, he coached Connecticut, leading the Huskies from the FCS to FBS and making them a postseason mainstay. In his last season at UConn, Edsall took the Huskies to the Fiesta Bowl; the first BCS bowl berth for the school. Ahead of his head-coaching gig at UConn, the defensive-minded Edsall also served as an assistant at Syracuse, Boston College, Georgia Tech and with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

All-time series: FSU leads 21-2

Series history: Began in 1966. The Seminoles won last year's meeting 41-14 at Maryland.

Game fact: This will be the last time for the foreseeable future that the Seminoles and Terrapins will be playing one another. Beginning next season, Maryland will be leaving the ACC for the Big Ten. When it does, Louisville will take its spot in the ACC, and Notre Dame will come along as a partial member in football, as well.

2012 national rankings: Kickoff returns (20); passing offense (100); turnover margin (104); scoring offense (107); rushing offense (112); sacks allowed (112); net punting (116); totall offense (120).

Key losses: WR Kevin Dorsey, TE Matt Furstenburg, OT Justin Gilbert, DE Joe Vellano, DE A.J. Francis, LB Demetrius Hartsfield, LB Kenny Tate

Key returnees: QB Perry Hills, QB C.J. Brown, WR Stefon Diggs, CB Dexter McDougle,

2012 stats

Passing offense: 181.75 yards per game