JSU finalizes 2020 football schedule, FIU matchup set for Oct. 23

JSU football players attend practice on Aug. 21, 2020. (Matt Reynolds/JSU)JSU football players attend practice on Aug. 21, 2020. (Matt Reynolds/JSU)

Thomas Ashworth, Correspondent

The Jacksonville State University football team has officially set its entire 2020 football schedule after finalizing a date to play against the Florida International Panthers.

JSU athletics announced today that the game has officially been set to take place on Oct. 23. The Gamecocks were slated to compete against Florida International on Sept. 3, but after FIU postponed fall sports, the teams had to agree on a new date. The kickoff time has not been announced.

JSU athletic director Greg Seitz said he is very happy with the way the football schedule turned out, despite the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Playing at home and keeping those previously scheduled games were very important to us, and we were able to get all of those things done,” said Seitz. “To be able to add a trip to Florida State to that schedule was really the icing on the cake and a huge game for our program and for Jacksonville State University. We couldn’t be happier with our four-game fall schedule.”

The season will officially open their season against the Florida State Seminoles on Oct. 3 in Tallahassee, Florida. This is the third meeting against these two teams on the football field. That following weekend on Oct. 10, the Gamecocks will play at Burgess-Snow Field against the Mercer Bears, the first meeting between these two teams. The Gamecocks will then travel to Florence, Alabama to play the North Alabama Lions on Oct. 17.

The Gamecocks will wrap up their four game, non-conference schedule on Oct. 23 when they travel to Miami, Florida to play the FIU Panthers. 

JSU football fans will be able to stream all four of these games. The Gamecocks’ games against Mercer, North Alabama and Florida International will be streamed on ESPN+. The game against Florida State will be able to be streamed on a platform that will later be announced by the Atlantic Coast Conference.

You can also listen to these games on the Gamecock Radio Network and on WLJS 91.9 FM, JSU’s campus radio station.

JSU also released policies regarding safety and procedures on gameday. There will be a significant reduction in capacity and social distancing guidelines will be in place in the stands. Fans are also required to wear a mask for the duration of the football game, except while eating or drinking.

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