Los Angeles Memorial Stadium
Los Angeles, CA
For the first time since FSU’s 1993 National Championship season, the Seminoles will open up the season playing a non-conference opponent (Kansas in ’93)…this is the first meeting between FSU and Southern Cal…it is also the first meeting between former national championship winning head coaches Bobby Bowden (’93) and John Robinson (’78)…both coaches have five conference titles each, Bowden five ACC’s and Robinson five PAC-10’s…this will be FSU’s first PAC-10 opponent in 15 seasons…the Seminoles last played and defeated Arizona State 52-44 in Tempe on November 3, 1984…Bowden is 3-0 against the PAC-10 conference while at FSU, defeating the Sun Devils three times …in fact, Bowden has only played one other PAC-10 foe, splitting a two-game series with California while at West Virginia…John Robinson has 98 total victories as a head coach of the PAC-10 USC Trojans, Bobby Bowden’s 98th victory was against PAC-10 Arizona State in ’79…FSU has not lost a season-opening game since a 1989 upset by Southern Miss and Brett Favre 30-26… Bowden is 18-3 in season-opening games while at FSU…USC’s 1997 recruiting class received a No. 5 rating by the National Recruiting Advisor, FSU was No. 1…Assistant Coach Chuck Amato spent 1980-82 with PAC-10 Arizona as their Linebackers/Defensive Coordinator just prior to coming to Tallahassee…USC is one of six former national champions on FSU’s 1997 schedule, including all three non-conference schools …the USC roster has one player from Florida, senior tackle Ken Bowen of Orlando.
September 6 FLORIDA STATE September 13 WASHINGTON STATE September 27 at California October 4 UNLV October 11 at Arizona State October 18 at Notre Dame October 25 OREGON November 1 at Washington November 8 STANFORD November 15 at Oregon State November 22 UCLA
USC-OPP PENN STATE 7-24 at Illinois 55-3 OREGON STATE 46-17 at Houston 26-9 CALIFORNIA 15-22 ARIZONA 14-7 at Arizona State 35-48 at Washington State 29-24 WASHINGTON 10-21 at Stanford 20-24 at UCLA 41-48 NOTRE DAME 27-20