FSU to pay UMass a $1.5 million guarantee for 2021 home game

Florida State’s 2021 football schedule should be finalized later this month. But the ACC and non-conference opponents are set, including a pair of games against familiar faces.

The Seminoles will pay UMass a $1.5 million guarantee for a game tentatively slated for Oct. 23, according to a game contract obtained through a public records request. UMass is coached by Walt Bell, who was FSU’s offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach in 2018. The guarantee is comparable but lower than the $1.65 million guarantee FSU paid ULM for a 2019 game.

FSU will play FCS program Jacksonville State in a game tentatively scheduled for Sept. 11. FSU defeated Jacksonville State 41-24 in October for coach Mike Norvell’s first victory in Tallahassee.

The school will pay Jacksonville State a $400,000 guarantee, according to a game contract. The guarantee is in line with prior guarantees by FSU to FCS schools, matching the $400,000 amount agreed upon for the 2020 matchup with Jacksonville State. FSU paid Samford $500,000 for a 2018 game and would have paid Samford $450,000 for a 2020 game that was canceled due to the pandemic.

Two other non-conference games are locked in — the Sept. 5 opener vs. Notre Dame in Tallahassee and a November road game vs. Florida.

FSU will play home ACC games against Miami, Louisville, NC State and Syracuse in 2021. The Seminoles will travel to Clemson, Boston College, Wake Forest and North Carolina.

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