Florida State will play host to Duke on Dec. 12 and play at Wake Forest on Dec. 19 as part of scheduling changes announced by the ACC on Tuesday afternoon.
FSU gains a much-needed home game on Dec. 12 vs. Duke, which will help replace the lost revenue from previously canceled home games against Clemson and Virginia.
The Seminoles will also travel to Wake Forest on Dec. 19. FSU would have struggled to host a game that weekend with the FHSAA state championships at Doak from Dec. 16-19.
“We appreciate the hard work the ACC and our television partners have put in to re-format a schedule that tries to address a myriad of needs shared by all our football programs,” FSU athletics director David Coburn said. “All teams in the league have made sacrifices and adjustments for the overall good of the conference.
“I know our coaches and football team are happy that they can play two conference games. We are pleased to be hosting Duke in Doak Campbell Stadium, and we appreciate the opportunity to play Wake Forest on December 19. We understand the impact of one less home game, and we will be in touch with ticket holders soon regarding ticket options.”
Following a recommendation from the conference Athletic Director football subcommittee, the league’s Athletic Directors have voted to preserve the integrity of the ACC Football Championship Game by evaluating each of the three teams in contention (Clemson, Miami and Notre Dame) based on a nine-game conference schedule. As a result, Clemson and Notre Dame will conclude the regular season this weekend.
This will give Clemson and Notre Dame the chance to have a bye on Dec. 12 to be rested for a rematch in the ACC Championship game.
The ACC also made significant adjustments to the testing policy for players.
“Each team will be required to have a PCR test administered on Thursday with a result prior to the visiting team traveling to the game locale,” a statement from the ACC said. “The Chief Medical Officers from each team will confirm results and attest that there is every expectation that the game will be played. While the Medical Advisory Group has not identified evidence of virus transmission during competition, this adjustment will mitigate the chances of unnecessary interaction between team members and outside individuals that are inevitable during travel.”
FSU’s ticket office said the Virginia game tickets are now valid for the home game vs. Duke. Fans can print out tickets and parking for the UVa game and use for Duke. For more information, call 850-644-1830.
ACC schedule updates
Thursday, Dec. 10
Pittsburgh at Georgia Tech
Saturday, Dec. 12
Virginia at Virginia Tech
North Carolina at Miami
Duke at Florida State
Wake Forest at Louisville
Saturday, Dec. 19
ACC Football Championship Game, 4 p.m., ABC
Georgia Tech at Miami (if Miami is not in the championship game)
Florida State at Wake Forest