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Florida State football replaces Samford with Jacksonville State

Please don’t be like 2009.

Jacksonville State v Florida State Photo by Rick Dole/Getty Images

Florida State football announced on Twitter that their non conference opponent for the 2020 season would be the Jacksonville State Gamecocks:

After a cancellation from their original non conference opponent Samford, there was much speculation regarding who the Seminoles would be playing outside of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Mike Norvell told the assembled media after practice about the game as well:

“We got our 11th game. Jacksonville State on October third. Good to have that finalized. Glad to have another home contest.”

The Florida Gators voted for a Southeastern Conference schedule that disrupted the longstanding FSU-UF rivalry, despite fellow SEC East school South Carolina voting against it - with the South Carolina Gamecocks voicing their desire to play their in-state rival, Clemson. Gators ducked the ‘Noles.

Florida State also had previously scheduled an Atlanta date with West Virginia, but the revised conference schedules for both schools meant that game was not to be.

Fortunately for FSU fans, tailgating has been allowed for games in Tallahassee this fall.

Florida State has played Jacksonville State previously, and had a 2021 non-conference tie scheduled. Most notably, JSU and Ryan Perilloux, a former five-star LSU quarterback, nearly beat Florida State in Bobby Bowden’s final year, with a harrowingly close final score of 19-9.

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