Feb. 4, 2010
Florida State will kickoff the 2010 football season under first-year coach Jimbo Fisher against Samford on September 4; the first of seven home games on the Seminoles’ ambitious schedule.
Home dates with Samford, Brigham Young, Wake Forest, Boston College, North Carolina, Clemson and Florida highlight the schedule, which was released today by the Atlantic Coast Conference. Florida State will also travel to Oklahoma on Sept. 11 and will play a Thursday night ESPN game at NC State on Oct. 28.
“We have a great home schedule for the fans and there is no question it will rank among the most challenging in the country,” said FSU Director of Athletics Randy Spetman. “We do have three of our first four at home, but the first away game will be at Oklahoma. We try to minimize the consecutive home football weekends because we have a lot of fans who travel some distance to our games and in that respect we have just two back-to-back dates with BYU and Wake Forest in September and North Carolina and Clemson in November.”
Conversely, FSU has to play back-to-back road dates only once, when the Seminoles open October at Virginia and Miami.
“It’s challenging, but we’re really looking forward to it,” Fisher said. “There should be some great home games at Doak Campbell Stadium and some challenging games on the road.”
Seven of Florida State’s opponents participated in bowl games last season, including the Sooners, who will host the Seminoles for the first time since 1976. It marks only the second on-campus meeting between the schools, which have met four times in bowl games. Oklahoma, which leads the all-time series 4-1, will return the trip to Tallahassee in 2011.
The Seminoles will also host BYU for the first time in 2010 and will try and extend their winning streak against the Cougars to four games. FSU was a 54-28 winner over the seventh-ranked Cougars in Provo, Utah last season.
Fisher’s inaugural schedule begins with Samford, where he not only starred at quarterback as the 1987 Division III National Player of the Year, but launched his coaching career in 1988.
“The ironic thing about it is the first college game I ever played I played against (Samford),” said Fisher, who began his playing career at Salem (W.Va.) College. “The last college game I played, I played for them and the first game I coached, I coached for them. Now my first job as a head coach I get to coach against them.”
The Birmingham, Ala., school is also the alma mater of former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden.
The Seminoles play three home games in September and November, sandwiched around a single home date in October against ACC Atlantic Division rival Boston College. Three of FSU’s five divisional games are at home and those opponents – Wake Forest, Boston College and Clemson – have combined to win the last four divisional titles.
Coastal Division foe Virginia returns to the schedule for the first time since 2006, replacing defending ACC champion Georgia Tech. The 2010 ACC Championship game moves to Charlotte, N.C. and will be played Dec. 4 at Bank of America Stadium.
Season tickets are on sale through the ticket office by calling 888-FSU-NOLE or 850-644-1830 and can also be purchased online at www.seminoles.com. Season tickets are $321 each, with family zone ($231) and young alumni ($208) packages available. All season tickets can be purchased on a bill plan, requiring 10% of the total cost up front with monthly payments through July.
|September 4th, 2010|
(Hall of Fame Weekend)
|September 11th, 2010||@OKLAHOMA||Norman, OK|
|September 18th, 2010||BYU||Tallahassee, FL|
|September 25th, 2010||WAKE FOREST||Tallahassee, FL|
|October 2nd, 2010||@ VIRGINIA||Charlottesville, VA|
|October 9th, 2010||@ MIAMI||Miami, FL|
|October 16th, 2010|
|October 23rd, 2010||OPEN|
|October 28th, 2010||@ NC STATE||Raleigh, NC|
|November 6th, 2010|
|November 13th, 2010||CLEMSON||Tallahassee, FL|
|November 20th, 2010||@ MARYLAND||College Park, MD|
|November 27th, 2010||FLORIDA||Tallahassee, FL|