2020 schedule set: FSU opens with Ga. Tech

Florida State will open the 2020 football season at home against Georgia Tech on Sept. 12.

Opening against Samford would be beneficial to the Seminoles, who have significant questions at quarterback and along the offensive line going into year 1 for Mike Norvell. If anything, the schedule sets up well for FSU with two of its easiest opponents – the Yellow Jackets and Samford – coming first.

All of FSU’s games will be played on Saturdays. No times have been set.

The Seminoles will play Samford on Sept. 19 at home before beginning the remaining nine ACC games. Here is the full schedule:

Sept. 12 – Georgia Tech

Sept. 19 – Samford

Sept. 26 – at Miami

Oct. 3 – BYE

Oct. 10 – at Notre Dame

Oct. 17 – North Carolina

Oct. 24 – at Louisville

Oct. 31 – BYE

Nov. 7 – Pittsburgh

Nov. 14 – at NC State

Nov. 21 – Clemson

Nov. 28 – Virginia

Dec. 5 – at Duke

FSU is paying Samford a $450,000 guarantee to come to Tallahassee. Samford is required to keep similar COVID-19 testing standards as the ACC protocol and it’s not clear if FSU or Samford would be paying for additional testing.

The Seminoles play back-to-back road games just once but a bye week separates the Miami and Notre Dame games. FSU also dodges the potential of a chilly November game in South Bend, Ind., instead playing the Irish on Oct. 10.

FSU also announced on Thursday that social distancing guidelines will limit capacity to between 20-25 percent. The athletics department and boosters will work with season ticket holders to review their options.

A team-by-team ACC Football schedule can be viewed here. A week-by-week ACC Football schedule can be viewed here.


  1. Jerry Kutz

    Here are my thoughts on this schedule. What are yours?

    Mine: Opening with Ga. Tech and Samford at home — two of the less-difficult teams — may be just what the doctor ordered for this 2020 football team, with a new coach and without the benefit of a full spring practice.
    It may be the most economical as well. FSU had a contract with Samford for $450k under the previous agreement and may have had to honor it anyway.

    And then Norvell gets an “Oktoberfest-like” stretch with three road games in four weeks at Miami, Notre Dame and Louisville with a challenging UNC home game squeezed between ND and UL.

  2. Dan Densmore

    Looks good to me, I just hope it pans out. Getting Georgia Tech and Samford opening is good. I don’t think
    home-field advantage will be as big a deal this year with crowds limited. Playing at Notre Dame on October 10th is usually perfect fall weather. Need to dodge Hurricane season as well. It’s been very active early with storms. Hopefully things work out.

  3. Craig Gilman

    I think it’s a good slate but will be challenging. I also like opening with Ga. Tech and Samford. Hoping that we actually do play these games and that we as fans have a chance to attend.

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