Florida State Seminoles football, fresh off of its first win of the season against Jacksonville State, is scheduled to head to Indiana to take on Notre Dame in FSU’s second trip to South Bend since the Fighting Irish joined in the ACC on an conditional basis — and first since the Irish became an actual, full-fledged member (if that remains is to be seen.)
Vegas Insider has posted a line for the matchup between the two schools, after a few days of delay (possibly to see if the game would be postponed.) Currently, the spread has Notre Dame as 21 point favorites, with an over/under of 53 1⁄2.
The last time the two schools met was in 2018, when a 4-5 Florida State team lost 42-13 in Willie Taggart’s first season — before that, it was in 2014, when a last-second offensive pass interference penalty negated what would’ve been a game-winning touchdown for Notre Dame against the defending national champions at home.
The kickoff time between the two schools was announced before the season started, coupled with the announcement of FSU’s kickoff time against Georgia Tech — 7 p.m. on NBC.
Game Notes, via FSU Sports Information:
» After picking up its first win of the 2020 season, Florida State travels to No. 5 Notre Dame and resumes a series featuring two of college football’s all-time premier programs with a Saturday night showdown. The two teams, originally not scheduled to play in 2020, will open the 2021 season Sunday, Sept. 5 in Tallahassee.
» The Seminoles lead the all-time series 6-3 (.667). This is the fifth meeting in South Bend, with each team winning two of the first four. The other five matchups have all taken place in Florida with two games in Tallahassee, two in Orlando and one in Miami. The teams have split the two games in Tallahassee, and Florida State has won the three neutral-site matchups.
» Florida State is one of eight teams nationally to rush for at least 250 yards and pass for at least 250 yards in a game this season. The Seminoles rushed for 263 yards and passed for 268 yards in the win over Jacksonville State, recording FSU’s first 250/250 game since Nov. 19, 2016 at Syracuse.
» The Seminoles scored touchdowns on six of their last seven drives of the game, including five straight touchdown drives, vs. Jacksonville State. It marked the first time FSU scored touchdowns on five straight drives since taking six straight drives to the end zone Nov. 18, 2017 vs. Delaware State.
» Florida State recorded 506 of its 531 yards of total offense vs. Jacksonville State after the first quarter. In the second half, the Seminoles’ defense held the Gamecocks to only 10 total rushing yards while the FSU offense gained 225 rushing yards and averaged 6.8 yards per carry over the final 30 minutes.
» The Seminoles were 10-of-16 on 3rd downs, a 62.5 percent conversion rate, in the win vs. Jacksonville State. That was their highest 3rd-down conversion rate since Dec. 2, 2017 vs. ULM when FSU was 7-of-9 for a 77.8 percent conversion rate. It was FSU’s highest percentage with at least 10 conversions since Nov. 26, 2016 vs. Florida when the Seminoles converted 11-of-17 3rd downs for a 64.7 percent success rate.
» Florida State’s 10 successful 3rd-down conversions in the win vs. Jacksonville State were the most since Sept. 7, 2019, when the Seminoles were 10-of-19 on 3rd downs vs. ULM.
» FSU is tied for the NCAA lead with three blocked kicks this season and is one of two teams nationally with two blocked field goals. The Seminoles tied a school record with three blocked kicks in the season opener against Georgia Tech. Marvin Wilson became only the second Seminole ever to block two field goals in the same game, and Janarius Robinson added a blocked PAT to tie the record.