FSU’s 2020 Schedule Tests Mike Norvell Like Never Before
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UPDATE (August 20, 2020): The Atlantic Coast Conference announced its plan for every team to play a 10-game schedule of conference-only games for the 2020 football season. The coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19 outbreak figure to throw a few more issues at teams as testing ramps up once the season begins.

FSU will play one non-conference game against Jacksonville State on its 11-game schedule. (Samford was originally scheduled for Sept. 19 before the Bulldogs’ Southern Conference postponed fall sports.) The ‘Noles also added a huge road matchup versus Notre Dame to its October slate, as the Fighting Irish will compete for an ACC Championship in 2020. Most notable, the Seminoles annual rivalry game against the Florida Gators won’t be played for the first time since the 1957 season.

Updated FSU Football Schedule 2020

Sept. 12: GEORGIA TECH YELLOW JACKETS (Tallahassee, Fla.)

Sept. 19: BYE

Sept. 26: at Miami Hurricanes (Coral Gables, Fla.)


Oct. 10: at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (South Bend, Ind.)

Oct. 17: NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS (Tallahassee, Fla.)

Oct. 24: at Louisville Cardinals (Louisville, Ky.)

Oct. 31: BYE

Nov. 7: PITTSBURGH PANTHERS (Tallahassee, Fla.)

Nov. 14: at N.C. State Wolfpack (Raleigh, N.C.)

Nov. 21: CLEMSON TIGERS (Tallahassee, Fla.)

Nov. 28: VIRGINIA CAVALIERS (Tallahassee, Fla.)

Dec. 5: at Duke Blue Devils (Durham, N.C.)

The top two teams based on conference winning percentage will meet at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, in mid-December for the ACC title game.

The following article was originally published May 18, 2020 before schedule changes took effect.

The Florida State Seminoles officially hit the reset button in order to return to college football prominence. Keeping head coach Willie Taggart wasn’t an option. The reins now belong to Mike Norvell, and it’s an exciting time in Tallahassee.


Reaching a bowl game but losing to Arizona State in the Sun Bowl was a joke. FSU football has a much higher standard of excellence and Norvell, who was hired from Memphis, is tasked with making it happen. It won’t be easy, but a new era is underway.

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It all starts with the Seminoles’ 2020 college football schedule, and needless to say, this team has to dig deep and find a groove away from Doak Campbell Stadium during the first month in the season.

For the second time in four years, Florida State will play in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. After losing to Alabama to start the 2017, the Seminoles face the West Virginia Mountaineers from the Big 12 Conference.

Then, after hosting Samford, FSU has road games at Boise State and NC State, with a bye week in the middle, before returning home to face Clemson, the reigning ACC champions and College Football Playoff National Championship Game runner-up.

The back half of the schedule looks normal, including conference games and a rivalry game against Florida at home to end the regular season, but there’s no doubt it’s a heavy road slate in Norvell’s first year.

Florida State Football Schedule 2020

September 5: vs. West Virginia Mountaineers (Atlanta, GA)

September 12: vs. Samford Bulldogs

September 19: at Boise State Broncos (Albertsons Stadium — Boise, Idaho)

October 3: at NC State Wolfpack (Carter-Finley StadiumRaleigh, North Carolina)*


October 10: vs. Clemson Tigers*

October 17: vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (Family Weekend)*

October 24: at Louisville Cardinals (Cardinal Stadium — Louisville, Kentucky)*

October 31: vs. Pittsburgh Panthers*

November 7: at Miami Hurricanes (Hard Rock Stadium — Miami Gardens, Florida)*

November 14: vs. Boston College Eagles (Homecoming)*

November 19: at Syracuse Orange (Carrier Dome — Syracuse, New York)*

November 28: vs. Florida Gators

* denotes ACC games
** bold denotes home football games at Doak Campbell Stadium.

To recap, FSU has six home games, five road games, and a neutral site game to the begin the season.

So buckle up, Florida State fans. It’s going to be another wild ride.

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Brett Regan About the author:
With over 10 years of sports writing experience, Brett has covered some of the top local, regional, and national sporting events in the Heartland for both print and digital platforms. He is a graduate of Kansas State University and resides in Austin, Texas.
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