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Florida State-Miami talk Labor Day season opener

Posted on: February 7, 2011 5:16 pm
Edited on: February 7, 2011 5:23 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson

With the 2011 ACC football schedule still in negotiation, Florida State and Miami are mulling over the possibilities of moving their annual matchup to Labor Day evening (September 5) in Tallahassee.  Jorge Milian of the Palm Beach Post recently reported the schedule development after an interview with Hurricanes' athletic director Kirby Hocutt.

“We’re generally open to that because of the exposure and visibility that it brings,” Hocutt said in the interview. “It’s a tremendous opportunity. Obviously we have our set of concerns that we want to make sure we feel satisfied with before agreeing to anything.”

Both teams would have some schedule rearranging to do in order to make the game happen.  Florida State would have to re-schedule Louisiana-Monroe, currently scheduled on Saturday September 3, and the Hurricanes would look to move their October 1 meeting with Bethune-Cookman to September 10.  If the Hurricanes cannot get that move completed, they would have to burn a bye week to avoid two ACC meetings in five days.  

The game is not ideal for the Seminoles either.  Even if they can move ULM to later in the season, they would still be kicking off their 2011 campaign with three games in 12 days.  The last of that stretch being an awfully important matchup against Oklahoma.  With the talent coming back, and the job Jimbo Fisher has done on the recruiting trail, the Seminoles are an early favorite to win the ACC in 2011.  But even more important for the conference, Florida State has the opportunity to be a national title contender - something the conference has yet to produce since expansion in 2004.  If Florida State can knock off Oklahoma at home, they have a legitimate shot to be a contender when November rolls around.  

But as Andrew Carter, of the Orlando Sentinel, points out: these talks are likely a result of the ACC's television deal with ESPN.  The conference's contract calls for one "special appearance" game per season.  In 2010, the Virginia Tech - Boise State game (played on Labor Day evening at FedEx Field) filled that requirement.  Also, if the deal does go through it would at least provide Florida State with a season-opening homestand that could set the tone for a memorable 2011.

Since: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2011 8:53 am

Florida State-Miami talk Labor Day season opener

I'm really hoping the 'Noles don't get drawn into this. Playing 3 games in 12 days (w/ one being Miami and another being Oklahoma) seems like a really poor way to start the season relative to their current schedule. FSU will be breaking in a new (sort of) starter at QB and replacing two or three starters on the offensive line next year and they need the first two games of the season to let the offense gel before taking on the Sooners.

Since: Apr 28, 2009
Posted on: February 7, 2011 8:14 pm

Florida State-Miami talk Labor Day season opener

Also remember that the ACC has a new deal starting this fall and might have more windows available.

Since: Dec 24, 2006
Posted on: February 7, 2011 7:11 pm

Maybe FSU-Miami could be played on Thurs. Sep. 1

That would give ESPN a prime-time game that night and would also give FSU and Miami a little more breathing room in their schedules.

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