The ACC released its 2013 football schedule on Monday, complete with a handy graphic for those of you who prefer to schedule your fall Saturdays one colorful logo at a time. Like many FBS teams, you’ll notice Florida State has chosen to schedule a virtual bye game just prior to its season-ending rivalry contest — in this case, the Seminoles will host Idaho (still an FBS team!) one week before traveling to Gainesville to play the Gators. Here’s Jimbo Fisher on this particular scheduling stratagem, emphasis ours:
“Having the conference part of our season over heading into the stretch makes it easier for us to get ready for a huge rivalry game against Florida. It can be tough to play a game before Florida with a conference championship berth on the line. To get that part of our season handled than [sic] get a very good team like Idaho before we go into the big rivalry game is a plus.”
There’s expectations management, and then there’s … whatever this is. We take back every Florida State joke we have ever made during the Fisher regime, because there was no indication in the transcript that he didn’t say this with a straight face. Honor him.