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FSU agreeing to series with Georgia continues trend

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Melina Myers-USA TODAY Sports

Say this for FSU, they have always been ambitious with their early season schedule and that trend will continue for the foreseeable future. This, after Tuesday afternoon’s announcement that the Seminoles and the Georgia Bulldogs have agreed to a home-and-home two game deal late in the 2020s.

The university announced the agreement with the SEC powerhouse to resume their series on its own website:

It has been a while since the last meeting between the two programs, which was in the 2003 Sugar Bowl. That’s when former Georgia coach Mark Richt beat his mentor Bobby Bowden on New Year’s night in New Orleans. The two programs first met in the 1960s playing each other four times each in Tallahassee and in Athens that decade, each winning and losing twice at home.

FSU’s interim athletic director, David Coburn, said in the release:

“We are excited to announce this series and showcase our commitment to providing games in Doak Campbell Stadium that will be attractive for our fans,” Coburn said. “Our non-conference schedule is among the strongest in the country with an annual game against Florida in addition to regular matchups with Notre Dame, and this series with Georgia fits the criteria for how we want to build future schedules.”

Embattled second-year coach Willie Taggart also commented about the series slated to be played eight seasons from now with a home game in Tallahassee:

“This is a series with history dating back to the early years of FSU football, and I’m glad we are resuming it,” Taggart said. “These two games will be great for fans of both programs, especially those interested in traveling to experience the atmosphere here in Tallahassee or in Athens, and will give us another opportunity to play in front of our large group of alumni in the state of Georgia.”

Florida State has traditionally been willing to play tough games to begin the year, even on the road or at a neutral site. This year they are opening the season in the first of a home-and-home series with Boise State, a traditional power from the Mountain West Conference. FSU agreed to move the game from Tallahassee to Jacksonville’s TIAA Bank Field the first weekend in September.

Florida State agreed to return the home game to Boise in the beginning of the 2020 season. As it stands now, FSU will play West Virginia on Labor Day weekend, next year at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

If that sounds familiar, it’s because Florida State had a huge opening season showdown with preseason #1 Alabama to begin the 2017 season at the same site with both teams ranked in the preseason Top 10.

That night Alabama won the game and also injured Florida State star quarterback Deondre Francois for the season, and the Noles really never recovered, finishing 6 – 6 and having coach Jimbo Fisher depart for the Texas A&M job.

Taggart was hired to replace Fisher and has a tall order to restore Florida State football this season or he may not be around in 2020 for those September games at Boise or against the Mountaineers, much less to see this Georgia series.

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