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Florida State, Notre Dame move date of 2021 opener

Field Level Media
15 Jul 2020, 05:05 GMT+10

Though the fate of the 2020 college football season remains up in the air because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Florida State and Notre Dame are working to maximize exposure for the 2021 season opener.

The Seminoles announced Tuesday that the date for their clash with the Fighting Irish to open the 2021 season has moved to Sunday, Sept. 5, from its original date of Monday, Sept. 6.

"The Seminoles were originally scheduled to host the Fighting Irish on Monday, Sept. 6, but now will have the national spotlight the day before Labor Day," Florida State announced in a release.

The two traditional national powers have met nine times, with the Seminoles holding a 6-3 lead. Notre Dame won the last meeting, 42-13 in South Bend, Ind., in 2018. Florida State won the last time the teams played in Tallahassee, 31-27 in 2014.

Multiple conferences -- including the Pac-12 and Big Ten -- have announced they will play conference-only games for fall 2020 sports, including football, as colleges and universities continue to plan for life amid the pandemic this fall. The idea of pushing fall sports back to the spring has also been mentioned by many conferences.

Florida State plays in the Atlantic Coast Conference, which will decide on the fate of fall sports by the end of this month. Notre Dame is an independent in football and lost games against Wisconsin, Stanford and USC from its schedule with the Pac-12 and Big Ten conference-only announcements.

The Fighting Irish currently have six ACC opponents on their 2020 schedule, though Florida State is not one of them.

--Field Level Media

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