JSU football to play Florida State on Oct. 3 in first non-conference game

Thomas Ashworth, Correspondent

The Jacksonville State University football team announced on Thursday that the Gamecocks will play Florida State University on Oct. 3.

This game will be the third non-conference football game Jacksonville State has in its schedule, after the Ohio Valley Conference announced teams were allowed to play four. Jacksonville State Athletics are still planning the fourth and final game in their 2020 football schedule.

With the addition of this game, Jacksonville State will be playing Florida State in 2021 in back-to-back seasons. Florida State will pay JSU $400,000 for traveling to Doak Campbell Stadium, according to a report from The Anniston Star.

This game against Jacksonville State will replace the game Florida State University had scheduled against Samford University, which would have been played on September 19th. 

Greg Seitz, JSU’s athletic director, said that since learning that JSU wouldn’t be able to play conference games, JSU athletics has been working “non-stop” to put together a non-conference schedule.

“This is a great opportunity for our program to compete against one of the nation’s top programs, and I want to thank Florida State for giving us the opportunity to be a part of its 2020 schedule,” said Seitz.

In addition to this game against the Florida State Seminoles, the JSU Gamecocks football team is set to play the North Alabama Lions on Oct. 17 and the Florida International Panthers on a date to be announced later.

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