Seminoles host Clemson in late October, face pair of SEC teams

2016 football schedule includes trip to Miami, Friday game at home


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State will open and close the 2016 football season against Southeastern Conference opponents, sandwiched between eight Atlantic Coast Conference games that include a late-October visit from the defending champion.

The Seminoles begin the season Labor Day evening against Mississippi in Orlando. The Rebels were 10-3 last season, including a 48-20 victory against Oklahoma State in the Sugar Bowl.

Florida State's schedule, which was released Tuesday, has the Seminoles playing just one game in Tallahassee in September. The Seminoles host Charleston Southern in the Sept. 10 home opener before traveling to Louisville and South Florida on consecutive weekends.

North Carolina, Wake Forest and Clemson come to Tallahassee in October. The Tar Heels won the ACC Coastal Division last season, and the Tigers defeated FSU in 2015 to claim the Atlantic Division and, ultimately, the conference crown. Clemson hasn't won in Tallahassee since 2006.

FSU's only road game of the month is Oct. 8 at Miami. The Seminoles have won six in a row against the Hurricanes.

After a Nov. 5 trip to North Carolina State, FSU hosts a rare Friday game Nov. 11 against Boston College. It will be the first Friday home game in school history.

The Seminoles conclude the ACC slate at Syracuse and then return home against state rival Florida on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. FSU has won five of its past six meetings with the Gators, including a 27-2 win in Gainesville last season.