TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The details of Florida State’s 2017 football schedule are beginning to take shape.
The Atlantic Coast Conference on Thursday announced the six football games that will be nationally televised on ESPN or ABC during the first three weeks of the season and, as usual, the Seminoles are heavily featured.
In one of the most highly-anticipated openers in recent college football history, Florida State will begin the season in prime time, when it meets the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta.
The game is set for an 8 p.m. kickoff and will be nationally televised by ABC.
FSU and Alabama are two of college football’s elite programs over the last decade, and a win for either could jumpstart a run to the College Football Playoff.
The contest will also mark the first meeting between Alabama coach Nick Saban and his former protégé, FSU’s Jimbo Fisher, since Fisher became the Seminoles’ head coach in 2010. (The two met in 2007, when Fisher was the Seminoles’ offensive coordinator. FSU beat Alabama, 21-14, in Jacksonville.)
Two weeks later, the Seminoles will be back in the national spotlight when they host rival Miami at Doak Campbell Stadium.
The ACC revealed that FSU and Miami will kick off at 8 p.m. on Sept. 16, marking the sixth straight night game between the Seminoles and Hurricanes. ABC will televise the game.
This year’s edition of the rivalry carries some extra significance: Thanks to a seven-game FSU winning streak over the Hurricanes that dates to 2010 – Fisher’s first year at the helm – Miami’s lead in the all-time series has been trimmed to just one game, 31-30. The Seminoles can tie that mark this year in Tallahassee.
An FSU victory would also set a new record for consecutive victories over the Hurricanes. The Seminoles’ current streak is tied with a seven-game run set between 1963 and 1972.
The game figures to be one of the highest-profile matchups in Week 3 of the 2017 college football slate. Other marquee contests include Clemson at Louisville, Texas at Southern California and Tennessee at Florida.
2017 Florida State Football Schedule
Sept. 2, vs. Alabama, 8 p.m. (ABC)*
Sept. 9 vs. ULM
Sept. 16 vs. Miami, 8 p.m. (ABC)
Sept. 23 vs. North Carolina State
Sept. 30 at Wake Forest
Oct. 14 at Duke
Oct. 21 vs. Louisville
Oct. 27 at Boston College
Nov. 4 vs. Syracuse
Nov. 11 at Clemson
Nov. 18 vs. Delaware State
Nov. 25 at Florida
*— Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta