The first schedule for the Mike Norvell Era has been set.
FSU will open the 2020 season against West Virginia at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Sept. 5. The Seminoles’ home opener will be the following week against Samford, with the ACC opener coming on Oct. 3 at NC State.
Here’s a look at the schedule and we’ll add some thoughts below:
FSU’s 2020 schedule
Sept. 5 – vs. West Virginia (at Atlanta)
Sept. 12 – Samford
Sept. 19 – at Boise State
Sept. 26 – Bye
Oct. 3 – at NC State
Oct. 10 – Clemson
Oct. 17 – Wake Forest (Family Weekend)
Oct. 24 – at Louisville
Oct. 31 – Pittsburgh
Nov. 7 – at Miami
Nov. 14 – Boston College (Homecoming)
Nov. 19 – at Syracuse (Thursday night)
Nov. 28 – Florida
Game times have not been set but typically the times for the first three weeks will be established in the next few months.
There aren’t two byes this year, so FSU will play eight straight ACC games and nine consecutive weeks.
FSU schedules are typically loaded with September home games but this year is different. While a few more early home games may have helped a first-year coach, there is a September bye to take stock of where the team is after three games. And fans will have just one September home game, potentially at night, which could mean somewhat cooler temperatures for the Samford game.
The big three rivalry games are spread out: Clemson (Oct. 10), at Miami (Nov. 7) and Florida (Nov. 28).
FSU will play on a Thursday night at Syracuse in what will be a nationally televised game. It will be a quick turnaround given that FSU plays Boston College in a home game the previous Saturday.
Pittsburgh makes its first visit to Tallahassee since 1982.
Tickets for FSU’s opener vs. West Virginia are on sale now at Seminoles.com.