Florida State will start Mike Norvell’s season with a high-profile, Sunday night game against Notre Dame and end it with a tough five-game stretch that includes trips to Clemson and Florida, plus a home contest against Miami.
The Seminoles’ previously announced non-conference games include a Sept. 11 matchup with Jacksonville State, an Oct. 23 contest with UMass (coached by former Seminoles assistant Walt Bell) and the regular-season finale at UF.
Another key date: Oct. 9, when FSU hosts North Carolina. The Tar Heels were a top-20 team last year and return star quarterback Sam Howell, a one-time FSU commit. They’re also the team that gave Norvell the signature win of his first year, when his ’Noles upset the Tar Heels 31-28 in October.
The back half of FSU’s schedule looks daunting, beginning with an Oct. 30 game at national powerhouse Clemson. That game could have even more intensity than usual, given the tension that simmered between the schools after the coronavirus-related cancellation last season.
From there, FSU plays a perennially tricky team (North Carolina State), rival Miami, one of the ACC’s most improved teams (Boston College) and the Gators, who will likely remain the state’s best team.
Florida State 2021 football schedule
Sept. 5: vs. Notre Dame
Sept. 11: vs. Jacksonville State
Sept. 18: at Wake Forest
Sept. 25: vs. Louisville
Oct. 2: vs. Syracuse (family weekend)
Oct. 9: at North Carolina
Oct. 23: vs. UMass (homecoming)
Oct. 30: at Clemson
Nov. 6: vs. North Carolina State
Nov. 13: vs. Miami
Nov. 20: at Boston College
Nov. 27: at Florida
Kickoff times and TV information will be announced later.