Florida State Seminoles football had their second straight game postponed this morning, as FSU-Virginia was postponed due to Covid-19 issues in the Seminoles’ program. With two straight postponements, Florida State and the ACC finds themself in a bind for the rest of the season. FSU’s regular season was supposed to end at Duke next week, but even that game looks in doubt as of right now. Here’s how the rest of FSU’s season could play out.
Saturday, December 5th- The Seminoles are scheduled to travel to Durham next Friday for a game against the Duke Blue Devils on Saturday. Athletic director David Corburn announced today that FSU would have had just 44 players available, due to contact tracing and a positive test. It is hard to imagine Florida State will have the necessary number of scholarship players available to travel within 6 days. It is likely that FSU and the ACC will try their hardest to get the game in, as every ACC game nets about $2.5 million dollars from TV revenue. If this game were to be postponed, Duke currently has open dates the following two weeks.
Saturday, December 12th- This would be the first of two makeup dates for the Seminoles. Both the Clemson Tigers and the ‘Noles have an open date on the 12th, but Dabo Swinney has already stated he doesn’t want to travel back to Tallahassee unless the Seminoles pay for the expenses (to which Mike Norvell said he would personally chip in.) The Cavaliers do not have an open date on the 12th, as they already have a make up game rescheduled with Virginia Tech.
Saturday, December 19th- The 19th is the weekend of the ACC Championship game, but teams that are not in contention for the title game can play makeup games that weekend. This would likely be Florida State’s rescheduled game with UVA. Seems easy right? Well nothing is easy in 2020. FHSAA announced yesterday that all of Florida’s 8 high school state title football games would be held in Doak Campbell Stadium from December 16th-19th. Between the condition of the field and the timing, it’s hard to see this game being played in Doak Campbell Stadium on the weekend of the 19th, but with FSU and the ACC needing as much revenue as possible, this game will be pushed very hard to be played.
We’ll keep you updated on rescheduled dates as we learn more.