Feb. 14, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The 2011 Florida State football schedule includes seven opponents who made bowl appearances in 2010, featuring a visit from defending Big 12 and Fiesta Bowl Champion Oklahoma, in what is sure to be one of the most highly-anticipated, early-season match-ups in the nation. The Atlantic Coast Conference released the league schedule Monday, which shows the Seminoles traveling to Boston College for an ESPN Thursday night game and also includes an November home date with rival Miami.
"We are very excited about the 2011 football schedule and the opportunities it presents our fans to see great games all throughout the season," said FSU Director of Athletics Randy Spetman. "We open up with three straight games at home culminating with a much anticipated game versus Oklahoma, which will be the first time the Sooners have ever played at Doak Campbell Stadium. Following the Oklahoma game, we will have a challenging four week stretch where we play three road games in conference and have an off week. Although that will be a test for our football team, we feel being able to then come home and play four of the final five ACC games in front of our fans will be a great way to close out our regular season conference schedule."
The Seminoles open the season with three consecutive non-conference home games. FSU will host Louisiana-Monroe Sept. 3 on Varsity/Hall of Fame Weekend and Charleston Southern Sept. 10 before matching up against Oklahoma, which finished the 2010 season ranked No. 6 and is the projected No. 1 team in ESPN.com's early preseason Top 25.
FSU's first home ACC game is slated for Oct. 22 against Maryland. NC State, Miami and Virginia round out the Seminoles' home schedule.
"Our schedule is very challenging as always as we play two great nonconference opponents in Florida and Oklahoma," said Fisher. "It's also a very challenging conference schedule. We play seven bowl teams so our work is going to be cut out for us."
Florida State opens ACC play on the road at ACC Atlantic Division foe Clemson in week four on Sept. 24. After an open week, the Seminoles will be on the road for back-to-back contests at Wake Forest on Oct. 8 and at Duke on Oct. 15.
The ACC home opener, Oct. 22 against Maryland, will be Military Appreciation Day at Doak Campbell Stadium. ACC Atlantic Division opponent NC State will visit Oct. 29 during Parent's Weekend. Following a short turnaround Florida State will travel to Chestnut Hill for a Thursday night game against Boston College. The Nov. 3 game against the Eagles will kick off at 8 p.m. and be televised by ESPN.
The Seminoles will have eight days to prepare for Al Golden's Miami Hurricanes on Nov. 12, marking the first November regular season meeting between the schools since 1991. It will be just the 12th time in series history that the teams have met after the month of October
The home slate concludes with Virginia on Nov. 19 for Homecoming. FSU wraps up the regular season at instate rival Florida in Gainesville on Nov. 26. It will be the first meeting between close friends Fisher and first-year UF head coach Will Muschamp.
"We have some tough road games going to Clemson, Wake Forest, Duke, Boston College and Florida," said Fisher. "We have that five-day turnaround for Boston College which is always very tough. It's our longest trip of the year. It's going to be a very challenging trip on a Thursday night. We have a lot of things in store for us and we're going to have to bring our `A' game every week."
The Dr. Pepper Atlantic Coast Conference Football Championship Game returns to Charlotte, N.C. in 2011 and will be played on Saturday, Dec. 3 in Bank of America Stadium.
Season tickets are available now by visiting Seminoles.com or by calling the Florida State Ticket Office at 1-888-FSU-NOLE. Single game tickets will go on sale to the general public June 1; however a single game sale is not anticipated for either the Oklahoma and Miami home games.
Date Opponent Schedule Note
Sept. 3 LOUISIANA-MONROE Varsity Weekend/Hall of Fame
Sept. 10 CHARLESTON SOUTHERN
Sept. 17 OKLAHOMA
Sept. 24 at Clemson
Oct. 1 OPEN
Oct. 8 at Wake Forest
Oct. 15 at Duke
Oct. 22 MARYLAND Military Appreciation
Oct. 29 NC STATE Parent's Weekend
Nov. 3 at Boston College (Thursday) ESPN, 8 pm
Nov. 12 MIAMI
Nov. 19 VIRGINIA Homecoming
Nov. 26 at Florida