TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Willie Taggart has spent his first few months as Florida State’s football coach celebrating the program’s dynasty days, when the likes of Deion Sanders and Charlie Ward made the Seminoles one of the most fun and feared teams in the country.
The first few games of Taggart’s tenure will harken back to those good times, as well. To when games played under the lights at Doak Campbell Stadium were a regular occurrence and the home atmosphere always seemed to turn up a few notches.
The Atlantic Coast Conference on Friday announced game times and TV listings for the first three weeks of the 2018 regular season, and the Seminoles are due to begin their campaign after the sun goes down.
FSU, of course, will kick things off at home against Virginia Tech at 8 p.m. on Labor Day, Sept. 3.
Just five days later, the Seminoles will host Samford on Sept. 8 at 7:20 p.m. in a game televised by ACC Network affiliates.
Taggart and the Seminoles will then make their first road trip for a noon tilt at Syracuse’s Carrier Dome on Sept. 15. The game will be shown nationally on either ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU.
While the majority of FSU’s 2018 kickoff times are still to be announced, the Seminoles are already assured to match their total number of night games from a year ago.
That starts with the opener against Virginia Tech, which will mark both the official kickoff of the Taggart era, as well as Florida State’s seventh Labor Day game.
The Seminoles are 4-2 all-time on Labor Day, 2-1 at home.
The league also announced kickoff times and TV listings for its Thursday- and Friday-night games, but, for the first time since 2013, the Seminoles will not be involved.
2018 Florida State Football Schedule
Sept. 3 vs. Virginia Tech, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Sept. 8 vs. Samford, 7:20 p.m. (ACCN)
Sept. 15 at Syracuse, noon (ABC/ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU)
Sept. 22 vs. Northern Illinois
Sept. 29 at Louisville
Oct. 6 at Miami
Oct. 20 vs. Wake Forest
Oct. 27 vs. Clemson
Nov. 3 at NC State
Nov. 10 at Notre Dame
Nov. 17 vs. Boston College
Nov. 24 vs. Florida