We already knew that year two of the Willie Taggart era at FSU would be opening in Jacksonville against Boise State Labor Day weekend. And, we now know that it will be a prime-time affair.
This after ESPN and FSU made a joint announcement Thursday afternoon that the game will be a 7 p.m. kickoff on the worldwide leader in sports network from TIAA Bank Field:
Mark your calendars.
Set your alarms. ⏰
— FSU Football (@FSUFootball) May 16, 2019
The Noles elected to move the first game of the “home and home” series from Doak Campbell Stadium to Jacksonville in hopes of energizing some of Duval County to get behind the Garnet and Gold for this season.
This announcement comes on the heels of Thursdays reveal by ESPN that the newly created ACC Network will be where FSU’s next two games will be televised. Week two, Florida State will host Louisiana-Monroe back in Tallahassee and that game will be at 5 p.m. Then, the following week the Seminoles are in Charlottesville taking on Virginia in prime time at 7:30. Both games will be shown on ACCN.
Florida State has been frequently part of ESPN’s night time lineup on the opening weekend of the season. That included Taggart’s Noles debut a year ago in a home loss to Virginia Tech on Labor Day night. Florida State also famously played preseason number one Alabama in Atlanta on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend in 2017. That’s where both teams were ranked in the top 10 of the preseason polls.
In that game, FSU quarterback Deondre Francois was injured and lost for the season in the fourth quarter and started a downward spiral for FSU. It eventually led to coach Jimbo Fisher resigning that December and taking the Texas A&M job.
As for Boise State, they are no strangers to playing in prime time neutral site games to open the season themselves, including the Broncos being ranked preseason #5 in 2012 and pulling an upset of top 20 preseason Georgia in Atlanta.
Taggart is already under fire after his 5-7 opening season at Florida State, which was the first losing year in over 40 seasons.
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