Jan. 25, 2006
The Atlantic Coast Conference released the 2006 football schedules for its member schools and defending ACC Champion Florida State will play nine games in the state of Florida, including eight home games.
“We’ve never played that many home games since I’ve been at Florida State and there is no doubt that playing at home is an advantage,” said FSU head coach Bobby Bowden. “We’ll open down at Miami on national television which is as tough as it gets. We will keep the same goals and those are to win the ACC and compete for a national championship.”
Florida State earned its 12th ACC Football Championship in 14 seasons with a win over Virginia Tech in the inaugural ACC Championship Game last December. The win gave the Seminoles the ACC’s automatic BCS berth and sent FSU to the FedEx Orange Bowl where they lost to Penn State in triple overtime 26-23. Florida State will have 10 starters returning from last year’s team.
“I believe our football schedule for 2006 is one which gives us an opportunity to excel within our conference and nationally while maximizing our television exposure,” said FSU Director of Athletics Dave Hart. “Eight home games can present some issues and challenges; however, it is certainly a plus from a competitive standpoint and we’ll play nationally ranked divisional opponents such as Clemson and Boston College in Tallahassee. Miami and Florida provide rival bookends and we get an open date before a road Thursday night game. The ACC Championship game is in Jacksonville again so our number one priority is to play at least 10 games in the state of Florida.”
Season tickets and single game tickets to home games will go on sale on FSU’s website seminoles.com beginning at 6:00 p.m. EST Friday.
2006 Florida State Football Schedule
Sept. 4* at Miami Miami, FL
Sept. 9 TROY TALLAHASSEE, FL
Sept. 16 CLEMSON TALLAHASSEE, FL
Sept. 23 RICE TALLAHASSEE, FL
Sept. 30 Open
Oct. 5** at NC State Raleigh, NC
Oct. 14 at Duke Durham, NC
Oct. 21 BOSTON COLLEGE TALLAHASSEE, FL
Oct. 28 at Maryland College Park, MD
Nov. 4 VIRGINIA TALLAHASSEE, FL
Nov. 11 WAKE FOREST TALLAHASSEE, FL
Nov. 18 WESTERN MICHIGAN TALLAHASSEE, FL
Nov. 25 FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE, FL
Dec. 2 ACC Championship Game Jacksonville, FL
* - Monday Night
** - Thursday Night