Jan. 19, 2007
Tallahassee, FL –
Florida State will open its 2007 football schedule at Clemson on Labor Day night in a game that will be televised nationally on ESPN at 8:00 p.m.. This will be the third season in a row that FSU has opened on national television on Labor Day having played at Miami in 2006 and hosting Miami in 2005. The Seminoles were also scheduled to play at Miami on Labor Day in 2004 but the game was pushed back to September 10 because of weather.
“The Clemson-Florida State game is one of our most viewed telecasts, and eagerly anticipated match-ups each year,” said Dave Brown, Vice President, ESPN programming and acquisitions. “The popularity of our Labor Day primetime window is a natural fit for this game and we look forward to showcasing the Clemson-Florida State game to a national audience in an exclusive college football window.”
Last year’s Labor Day night game between Florida State and Miami averaged 6,330,000 households, was the sixth most viewed regular season college football game on national television in 2006, ranked as ESPN’s highest-rated college football game since 1994 with a 6.9 rating, and was the most viewed college football game in ESPN’s history.
“We love the exposure for our program and our players and I’d just a soon see how good we are going to be right off the bat,” said FSU Head Coach Bobby Bowden. “Clemson is as tough a place as there is in the country to get a win and it should be a great game.”
The Florida State vs. Clemson game will be the ninth meeting between FSU’s Bobby Bowden and his son, Clemson Head Coach Tommy Bowden. FSU won five of the first eight meetings, but Clemson has won three of the last four, including last year’s game in Tallahassee, FL, a 27-20 Clemson victory on a touchdown with just eight seconds left.
The complete schedule for ACC teams will be released at a later date.