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.