Things had yet to go completely haywire for Florida State on Sept. 7, when the school announced that it was canceling its football game against Louisiana-Monroe on Sept. 9 because of the impending Hurricane Irma. Yes, the Seminoles had suffered a season-opening loss to Alabama and had lost starting quarterback Deondre Francois to a season-ending injury in the process, but it was just one game. There was a whole season still to play.
Since then, however, the Seminoles have mostly fallen into the ditch with four losses in the seven games that followed their extended post-Irma hiatus (Florida State went three full weeks without playing a game). At 3-5, they likely need three wins to extend a postseason streak that began in 1982, which likely had at least some bearing on Tuesday’s announcement that the Louisiana-Monroe game has been rescheduled for Dec. 2 at noon EST.
Without the Warhawks on the schedule, Florida State would have needed to sweep fourth-ranked Clemson on Saturday, FCS cupcake Delaware State on Nov. 18 and spiraling in-state rival Florida on Nov. 25 to get the three wins. Two of those games, the first and the last, are on the road, and the Seminoles currently sit as 16-point underdogs to the defending national champion Tigers. It would have been a tall order, but the re-addition of 4-5 Louisiana-Monroe to the schedule should make things a little easier.
Rescheduling the game actually was a little more complicated than simply asking if Dec. 2 worked for both teams. Tallahasee’s Winter Festival is scheduled for the same day, and area law enforcement now will have to deal with that and the football game.
“I appreciate the efforts of our administration as well as the administration and Coach Viator at ULM to get this game rescheduled,” Seminoles Coach Jimbo Fisher said in a statement. “It was unfortunate for both teams that we were not able to play this game in September, and both teams deserve the chance to play their 12th game of the season. Any time we have the opportunity to play in Doak Campbell Stadium in front of our fans we are excited. However, this week our complete focus is on Clemson.”
Exactly how many of the Seminoles’ fans will show up for a game against a middling Sun Belt team remains to be seen. The school announced an official attendance of 71,805 for Saturday’s home win over Syracuse, about 8,000 short of a sellout, but photos showing large sections of empty seats were posted on social media.
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