The Florida-Florida State football series will be moving to Black Friday this year.
The move from the rivalry’s traditional post-Thanksgiving Saturday date was announced Monday evening when the ACC unveiled its full 2022 football schedule. Both teams said the game in Tallahassee will be in primetime, though the official kickoff time and television information have not yet been announced.
This will be the second weekday regular-season meeting between the Gators and Seminoles and the first since 1979.
“Hosting Florida in primetime on the Friday during the Thanksgiving holiday allows us to showcase this great rivalry and our community on a day that has historically drawn huge television viewership,” Seminoles athletic director Michael Alford said. “It also gives us the opportunity to lock in a night game, which allows fans to make plans well in advance and avoids the potential of the six-day network television option on kickoff time.”
UF’s last regular-season weeknight game against any opponent was a 30-6 Thursday loss at Mississippi State in 1992. FSU has played many recent non-Saturday games, including last season’s Sunday night opener against Notre Dame, primetime Labor Day openers against Mississippi (2016) and Virginia Tech (2018) and a Friday night loss at Boston College in 2017.
The Gators said in a statement that the 2023 game in Gainesville — which will be played under the SEC’s television arrangements — will return to its traditional slot on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
FSU’s season begins with a Week 0 game against Duquesne on Aug. 27. It’ll be the earliest date Doak Campbell Stadium has hosted a game. FSU’s non-conference schedule also includes a trip to New Orleans to play LSU Sunday, Sept. 4 and a Nov. 19 home game against Louisiana —the former school of new UF coach Billy Napier.
Other notable Seminoles games include their ACC opener at Louisville on Friday, Sept. 16 and a tricky three-game stretch against Wake Forest, at North Carolina State and home against Clemson. All three teams finished last season in the top 20.
The ACC also announced Miami’s full schedule for Mario Cristobal’s first season. It includes a Sept. 17 trip to Texas A&M to face former FSU coach Jimbo Fisher plus a home game against the Seminoles on Nov. 5 and a trip to Clemson two weeks later.
FSU 2022 football schedule
Aug. 27: vs. Duquesne
Sept. 4 (Sunday): vs. LSU in New Orleans
Sept. 10: Off
Sept. 16 (Friday): at Louisville
Sept. 24: vs. Boston College
Oct. 1: vs. Wake Forest
Oct. 8: at North Carolina State
Oct. 15: vs. Clemson
Oct. 22: Off
Oct. 29: vs. Georgia Tech
Nov. 5: at Miami
Nov. 12: at Syracuse
Nov. 19: vs. Louisiana
Nov. 25 (Friday): vs. UF
Miami Hurricanes 2022 football schedule
Sept. 3: vs. Bethune-Cookman
Sept. 10: vs. Southern Miss
Sept. 17: at Texas A&M
Sept. 24: vs. Middle Tennessee
Oct. 1: Off
Oct. 8: vs. North Carolina
Oct. 15: at Virginia Tech
Oct. 22: vs. Duke
Oct. 29: at Virginia
Nov. 5: vs. Florida State
Nov. 12: at Georgia Tech
Nov. 19: at Clemson
Nov. 26: vs. Pitt
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