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2017 college football schedule: What are the best dates, and when should you get married?

MONICA HERNDON | Times

24

January

So now we know the 2017 schedules for Florida, Florida State and Miami. Get out your calendars. Here's what you need to know:

It starts with a bang. Not so much for the Hurricanes (who host Bethune-Cookman). But FSU plays Alabama on Sept. 2 in Atlanta. The Gators meet Michigan that weekend in Arlington, Texas. Pretty OK, I guess.

Don't schedule anything for Sept. 16. FSU hosts Miami, and UF hosts Tennessee. Two big rivalries that had memorable games last season (and plenty of times in the past).

Don't schedule anything for Nov. 11, either. FSU travels to Clemson to play the reigning national champions. Miami hosts Notre Dame in a matchup of blue-blood programs trying to return to glory. And UF travels to play former coach Will Muschamp's Gamecocks.

Ask your friends to get married on Sept. 9: The weather is lovely, probably, but most importantly, the state's football schedule is bad. FSU hosts Louisiana-Monroe. UF hosts Northern Colorado, which apparently exists and has a collegiate football team. Huh. Who knew? And Miami is at Arkansas State, which is best known as the alma mater of our Rick Stroud.

FSU's toughest games are spread out (although Alabama and Miami in a three-game stretch is not ideal). But Oct. 27 could be tricky. The Seminoles are at Boston College on a Friday night and coming off of a tough Louisville team. The Eagles always seem to hang with FSU...

Miami has a tough three-game sequence late: at North Carolina on Oct. 28, then home against Virginia Tech and Notre Dame. That's a season-defining stretch.

We've known this for months, but UF's home schedule is much, much better than last year's, uh, ugliness. The Gators host Tennessee, LSU (Oct. 7), Texas A&M (Oct. 14) and FSU (Nov. 25), plus Vanderbilt, UAB and the aforementioned Northern Colorado.

[Last modified: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 2:47pm]

    

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