The 2020 college football season was like nothing we’ve ever experienced before as SARS-CoV-2 or the COVID-19 virus completely upended football and society as we knew it— even during the season several dozen more programs faced outbreaks and canceled or re-scheduled games, including FSU.
For Florida State Seminoles football, it was mostly a year to forget. The ’Noles played a 10 plus-one schedule of all-conference play with one non-conference opponent exception that looked wildly different than their original schedule. When all the dust cleared the Seminoles went 3-6 (2-6 ACC) and suffered a mass exodus of players.
Looking at the bright side, such an exodus has helped fuel significant roster turnover and hopefully left a group that has bought into what head coach Mike Norvell wants to do in Year
2 0. And with a vaccine now being deployed nationwide, hope springs that the 2021 college football season won’t suffer a similar fate as Year 1 -1.
And so we turn to the 2021 ACC football schedule. It was previously reported, to some disappointment, that the league won’t use this opportunity to dissolve the Atlantic and Coastal divisions and will instead go back to the old (and poor) format of two divisions and eight conference games:
Updated this: ACC schools agreed to play out the '21 season as scheduled pre-pandemic. That means 2 divisions and 8 conference games. https://t.co/yHy74eQAnd— Nate Mink (@MinkNate) January 22, 2021
Though, we’ll also get three more games than we did last season.
The full list of games for Florida State Seminoles football is as follows, with home games in italics. We’ll update this space once the full schedule releases at 9 a.m. on the ACC Network):
Sunday, Sep. 5: Notre Dame Fighting Irish (Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL)
Saturday, Sep. 11: Jacksonville State Gamecocks (Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL)
Saturday, Sep. 18: Wake Forest Demon Deacons (Away — Truist Field, Winston-Salem, NC)
Saturday, Sep. 25: Louisville Cardinals (Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL)
Saturday, Oct. 2: Syracuse Orange (Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL)
Saturday, Oct. 9: North Carolina Tar Heels (Away — Keenan Memorial Stadium, Chapel Hill, NC)
Saturday, Oct. 16: BYE
Saturday, Oct. 23: UMass Minutemen (Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL)
Saturday, Oct. 30: Clemson Tigers (Away — Memorial Stadium, Clemson, SC)
Saturday, Nov. 6: NC State Wolfpack (Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL)
Saturday, Nov. 13: Miami Hurricanes (Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL)
Saturday, Nov. 20: Boston College Eagles (Away — Alumni Stadium, Chestnut Hill, MA)
Saturday, Nov. 27: Florida Gators (Away — Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, FL)