Jan. 11, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Atlantic Coast Conference announced the 2013 conference football opponents Friday and Florida State is going to get a first-year look -- both on the road and at home -- at new league members Pittsburgh and Syracuse this season.
The Panthers and Orange, which both defected from the Big East Conference and together will help make the ACC a 14-team conference starting this year, are both on FSU's schedule. The Seminoles will host fellow Atlantic Division member Syracuse and will play at Coastal Division foe Pittsburgh at some point during the season.
Specific dates are expected to be announced by the ACC in early February.
In addition to the home contest against the Orange, the Seminoles will host Maryland, NC State and rival Miami at Doak Campbell Stadium in 2013. The 'Noles will have road games at Boston College, Clemson and Wake Forest, as well as the game against the Panthers at the Pittsburgh Steelers' Heinz Field.
The opportunity to play an in-conference contest at a professional stadium is an exciting one for Florida State. FSU has experienced tremendous success in the last handful of years at NFL venues such as Sun Life Stadium (Miami), Raymond James Stadium (Tampa), EverBank Field (Jacksonville) and the Georgia Dome (Atlanta).
The 'Noles-Panthers showdown will be the first between the two schools since 1983, the last year of back-to-back home-and-home meetings that took place over the course of four consecutive seasons from 1980-83. Overall FSU is 3-5 all-time against the Panthers.
FSU's history against Syracuse is much more recent. The Seminoles last played the Orange in 2005 when they earned a 38-14 victory at home. Florida State is 5-1 all-time in the series, which dates back to the first meeting between the two teams in 1966.
While Pittsburgh is FSU's rotating crossover opponent this season (each team has a game against a squad from the opposite division that changes each year), the Hurricanes will always be on the 'Noles' schedule as their primary crossover opponent.
That FSU-Miami matchup is always important for state bragging rights and the game at Clemson will once again put the victor in the Atlantic Division driver's seat. Tigers' All-America candidate at quarterback, Tajh Boyd, announced earlier this week that he will return for his season and even though his playmaking teammate, wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins declared early for the NFL Draft, Clemson still boasts a bevy of premier talent across the roster that adds further intrigue to this season's showdown.
By hosting NC State -- another intradivision matchup -- FSU will also have the opportunity to enact a little revenge in front of its home crowd after the Wolfpack derailed the 'Noles' national-title hopes a season ago.
FSU's complete 2013 schedule -- including out-of-conference and in-conference dates, announced in the near future -- will be followed by a 2014 campaign set to feature a season-opening game at Cowboys Stadium in Texas against Oklahoma State as well as home games against Clemson and Florida among others.
Be sure to renew or purchase your season tickets for this season now so that you can help support the Seminoles as they usher in a new era at quarterback, debut a new defensive coaching staff and build off a BCS-bowl winning and school-record tying 12-win season in 2012.
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