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Mike Norvell’s FSU Era Starts With Heavy Road Game Schedule
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The Florida State Seminoles have 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.

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 runner-up.

The back half of the schedule looks normal, including 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, Georgia)

September 12: vs. Samford Bulldogs

September 19: at Boise State Broncos (Boise, Idaho)

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October 3: at NC State Wolfpack (Raleigh, North Carolina)*

October 10: vs. Clemson Tigers*

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

October 24: at Louisville Cardinals (Louisville, Kentucky)*

October 31: vs. Pittsburgh Panthers*

November 7: at Miami Hurricanes (Miami Gardens, Florida)*

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

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

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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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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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