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FSU to play GT, Virginia, Notre Dame in schedule shake-up

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The ACC’s football schedule has completely shaken up, with Florida State taking on new opponents as part of a 10-game league schedule that begins on Sept. 7-12. FSU will also play Florida.

Dates and times have not been determined for the 13-week season.

FSU will play host to Clemson, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Pittsburgh and Virginia. The road games are Duke, Louisville, Miami, NC State and Notre Dame.

“We are pleased with the plan we have adopted for fall sports in the ACC,” said FSU Director of Athletics David Coburn.  “The plan to play an 11-game football schedule and, in our case, making an accommodation for our long-standing game against Florida is very positive. However, we regret that we will have to cancel the non-conference games we worked hard to schedule.”

A ticket policy for FSU’s home games will be released in the near future, Coburn added.

FSU’s non-conference games against West Virginia, Samford and Boise State are off the schedule.

The ACC will use a one-division format for 2020, meaning the top two teams in the league will play for the title. Even an FSU loss to Clemson wouldn’t put the Seminoles too far behind as they would need to make up ground and win head-to-head games against the likes of other contenders such as Miami, Notre Dame and North Carolina.

The ACC notes that all non-conference games must be played in the home state of the ACC school. Any of FSU’s non-conference opponents, whether it’s Florida or another team, must also meet the ACC’s coronavirus testing protocol.

Notre Dame will also compete for the ACC title game in December, which will be held on the 12th or 19th. The Fighting Irish’s TV revenue from NBC will be shared among ACC schools, meaning their $15 million contract would be split 15 ways.

The FSU-Florida game is still on the table but the SEC has not announced their scheduling option in regards to if its schools will play a non-conference game. Coburn and Florida AD Scott Stricklin have talked and want to play the game.

Fall competition in sports like women’s soccer, volleyball and swimming and diving can begin as early as Sept. 10. Teams must play the NCAA minimum amount of games – six for women’s soccer and 10 for volleyball. Men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, softball and baseball won’t play games or matches in the fall.

“It was also essential to Florida State, and the ACC, that we were able to preserve a schedule for Fall Olympic Sports competition, including conference championships,” Coburn said.

The ACC had promised a decision by the end of July and delivered one, delaying the start of the football season by one week.

“Today’s decision was made after months of thoughtful planning by numerous individuals throughout the conference,” ACC Commissioner John Swofford said. “The Board’s decision presents a path, if public health guidance allows, to move forward with competition. Our institutions are committed to taking the necessary measures to facilitate the return in a safe and responsible manner. We recognize that we may need to be nimble and make adjustments in the future. We will be as prepared as possible should that need arise.”

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