FLORIDA STATE FOOTBALL

'Noles to host Colorado, hit road to N.D.


Published: Friday, January 17, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 17, 2003 at 12:44 a.m.
TALLAHASSEE - Florida State announced a 2003 schedule Thursday that includes nonconference games against Notre Dame, Colorado, Miami and Florida, in addition to annual Atlantic Coast Conference rivals.
Coming off their poorest season in 22 years, coach Bobby Bowden's Seminoles have 10 games against teams that were in bowl games this past season, including five ranked in the AP's final top 20.
The Seminoles open the season Aug. 31 at North Carolina and finish the regular season on Thanksgiving weekend at Florida, Nov. 29.
A visit to Notre Dame on Nov. 1, All Saints Day, highlights the road schedule. Florida State suffered its lone loss in its first national championship season 10 years ago at Notre Dame.
The home schedule includes a first time visit by Colorado, on Sept. 20. Other visitors to Tallahassee will include Miami, Oct. 11, and North Carolina State, Nov. 15, for homecoming.
The Seminoles have a rugged final month, sandwiching road dates at Clemson, Nov. 8 and Florida, Nov. 29 around the North Carolina State visit. The Wolfpack has handed Florida State three of its six losses suffered in ACC play during the last 11 seasons and are the only team to have won more than one league game against the Seminoles.
Florida State, which won its 10th ACC title in 11 seasons despite an overall 9-5 record in 2002, opens its home schedule Sept. 6 against Maryland in a critical early season matchup of the league's last two champions. Another tough conference test looms Oct. 18 at Virginia.
Georgia Tech visits Sept. 13 and then Colorado, leaving the Seminoles with only three home games in the final 2 months of the season.
Florida State wraps up its first month with a Sept. 27 visit to Duke.
Wake Forest rounds out the home schedule with an Oct. 26 appearance.
The ACC will announce kickoff times later.
FSU won its 10th ACC championship last season and played a record 14 games, finishing with a 9-5 record. The Seminoles' future non-conference opponents in addition to regulars Miami and Florida include: UAB at home in 2004; at Texas A&M in 2005 and home vs. the Aggies in 2006; away and home against Colorado in 2007 and 2008, respectively; and away followed by home against BYU in 2009 and 2010.

2003 schedule

Florida State announced a 2003 schedule Thursday that includes nonconference games against Notre Dame, Colorado, Miami and Florida, in addition to annual Atlantic Coast Conference rivals. A closer look:
DATE OPPONENT SITE
Aug. 31 North Carolina Chapel Hill, N.C.
Sept. 6 Maryland Tallahassee
Sept. 13 Georgia Tech Tallahassee
Sept. 20 Colorado Tallahassee
Sept. 27 Duke Durham, N.C.
Oct. 11 Miami Tallahassee
Oct. 18 Virginia Charlottesville, Va.
Oct. 25 Wake Forest Tallahassee
Nov. 1 Notre Dame South Bend, Ind.
Nov. 8 Clemson Clemson, S.C.
Nov. 15 North Carolina State Tallahassee
Nov. 29 Florida Gainesville

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