The Florida State-Miami rivalry will have a new spot on the calendar.
The rivals will play Sept. 26 at Hard Rock Stadium, six weeks earlier than the original date of Nov. 7, as the new ACC schedule was announced Thursday.
The schedule has 15 teams, including Notre Dame, playing 10 conference games and one non-league game. The Irish join the ACC football conference for one year. Every upper-division conference has reworked its schedule in hopes of getting in as many games as possible amid the coronavirus pandemic.
With COVID-19 surges continuing in different areas of the country and outbreaks happening at several colleges as athletes return for preseason training, the possibility remains that there may not even be a season. If it kicks off, most believe it will be anything but smooth with stops and starts expected because of the virus.
The ACC has the most ambitious schedule among Power Five conferences with 11 games. The SEC, Big Ten and Pac-12 will play 10 games, all in conference. Big 12 schools have nine conference and one non-conference game.
With 15 teams, the conference has done away with divisions this season. The conference championship will be Dec. 12 or 19 in Charlotte, N.C.
The Hurricanes will open the season Sept. 10 at home against non-conference opponent Alabama-Birmingham. Florida State’s non-conference game is Sept. 19 against Samford in Tallahassee.
Each team has two open dates with Miami’s and Florida State’s falling on Oct. 3 and Oct. 31.
Florida State added Notre Dame to its schedule and will visit the Irish Oct. 10.
Highlights from the ‘Noles schedule:
- The Seminoles open the season Sept. 12 at home against conference opponent Georgia Tech.
- By keeping Samford on the schedule, FSU loses three non-conference games: West Virginia (in Atlanta), at Boise State, home against Florida.
- The Seminoles will play at Miami and at Notre Dame back-to-back but with an open date between the games.
- FSU will host Clemson Nov. 21.
- Florida State is one of three teams to play Clemson, Notre Dame and North Carolina, the preseason top three teams in the league.
Seminoles 2020 schedule
Sept. 12: vs. Georgia Tech
Sept. 19: vs. Samford
Sept. 26: at Miami
Oct. 3: BYE
Oct. 10: at Notre Dame
Oct. 17: vs. North Carolina
Oct. 24: at Louisville
Oct. 31: BYE
Nov. 7: vs. Pittsburgh
Nov. 14: at North Carolina State
Nov. 21: vs. Clemson
Nov. 28: vs. Virginia
Dec. 5: at Duke
The Seminoles begin practice Friday, though the team has been going through walk-throughs and off-field workouts since July 13.
Highlights from the ‘Canes schedule:
- The Hurricanes’ ACC opener is Sept. 19 at Louisville.
- With UAB on the schedule, Miami loses three non-conference games: home against Temple, home against Wagner, at Michigan State.
- Miami and FSU are playing in September for the first time since 2009. UM is looking for its fourth consecutive win over the Seminoles after FSU won seven straight.
- Miami will visit conference powerhouse Clemson on Oct. 10. UM originally was not scheduled to play the Tigers this season.
- The Hurricanes play one Friday game: Nov. 6 at N.C. State.
- Miami closes the regular season Dec. 5 against North Carolina, one of three ACC teams, joining Clemson and Notre Dame, in the top 20 of most preseason polls.
Hurricanes 2020 schedule
Sept. 10: vs. UAB
Sept. 19: at Louisville
Sept. 26: vs. Florida State
Oct. 3: BYE
Oct. 10: at Clemson
Oct. 17: vs. Pittsburgh
Oct. 24: vs. Virginia
Oct. 31: BYE
Nov. 6: at N.C. State
Nov. 14: at Virginia Tech
Nov. 21: vs. Georgia Tech
Nov. 28: at Wake Forest
Dec. 5: vs. North Carolina