The Florida State football team will not be playing football this weekend. The fact that we know this the Sunday before rather than the Saturday of is a huge development for the Seminoles.
This is now the third consecutive weekend that Florida State has been unable to play a scheduled game due to issues with COVID-19. Two weeks ago, it canceled on Clemson the day of the game.
Of course, that led to a messy, public back-and-forth between Dabo Swinney and Mike Norvell, but that isn’t where it ended. This past Saturday, the Seminoles decided, once again, to cancel its game against Virginia at the last second.
At least the ACC is finally learning from its mistakes. The conference released a statement on Sunday — six days before the game — announcing that Florida State’s game against Duke was being postponed.
Instead, the Blue Devils will welcome Miami for a game this coming Saturday. Here is the full release from the ACC:
The Atlantic Coast Conference announced today that the Florida State at Duke game will not be played on Saturday, December 5. Instead, Miami will travel to Duke this Saturday for a 8 p.m. kickoff on ACC Network.
The game times and networks for all games on Saturday, December 5 are as follows:
Saturday, Dec. 5
Western Carolina at North Carolina, noon, ACCN
Syracuse at Notre Dame, 2:30 p.m., NBC (previously announced)
Boston College at Virginia, 3:30 p.m., RSN
Georgia Tech at NC State, 4 p.m., ACC Network
Clemson at Virginia Tech, 7:30 p.m., ABC
Miami at Duke, 8 p.m., ACC Network
As was previously announced, the 2020 ACC Football scheduling model includes 11 games (10 conference plus one non-conference), played over at least 13 weeks with each team having two open dates. Through games of Nov. 28, the ACC has played 74 of its 85 scheduled games (87.1 percent).
Man, this is getting wild. Florida State has been the center of a lot of news lately, and not exactly for the right reasons. People are divided on whether Swinney had a right to go after the Seminoles program when they canceled, but that seems like ages ago.
At this point, Norvell’s squad seems like it is getting dangerously close to folding up shop for the remainder of the season. But with a 1-6 record, perhaps the Seminoles actually folded their season long ago.
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