Florida State to play at Pittsburgh on Labor Day

By Kevin Kelley -
Pittsburgh Panthers

Pitt will host FSU on Labor Day in 2013. Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Florida State Seminoles and the Pittsburgh Panthers will play on Labor Day night, WarChant.com has reported. An official announcement will be made by the ACC on Monday.

Earlier this month, FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher first revealed the possible Labor Day match-up with Pitt at the end of the Seminoles’ annual Signing Day “War Party” in Tallahassee.

The game, which will be played at Heinz Field on Monday, Sept. 2, will be the first meeting between the two schools as members of the same conference. Pittsburgh leads the overall series against Florida State 5-3.

Florida State was scheduled to open the season against Wofford at Doak Campbell Stadium on Aug. 31. That game has been canceled and the Seminoles will likely schedule another FCS team on a different date.

Pitt has also canceled their season-opener against the Villanova Wildcats, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. There is no word yet on who the Panthers will replace Villanova with, but the Tribune reports that Villanova will replace Pitt with another FBS opponent.

That means it will likely be from a pool of five teams. Western Kentucky has yet to announce their fifth and final non-conference game, while Army, Fresno State, San Diego State, and San Jose State could schedule an additional game since they each play at Hawaii in 2013.

A source also tells FBSchedules.com that Wofford, which was previously slated to play at Florida State, will play at Baylor in 2013. The Baylor Bears had a spot open up on their schedule earlier this week when SMU canceled.

A contract has not yet been signed for the Baylor-Wofford game, but an agreement is said to be in place. The Wofford athletic department declined to comment on the possible new match-up.

BCInterruption also reports on a possible scenario for Villanova to play Boston College and Pitt to gain a non-conference opponent:

One intriguing hypothetical includes the ACC and CAA brokering a deal to swap out BC’s season opening game against Stony Brook for fellow CAA member Villanova. The CAA’s newest member, Stony Brook, could go to Pittsburgh later in the year, while BC could host Villanova to open the season on August 31. Stony Brook and Pitt have a shared open date later in the year on October 19 based on Stony Brook’s 2013 schedule, which appears to be out before the comically delayed ACC schedule.

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  1. Clint
    February 23, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Yes, the ACC office and John Swofford are becoming more comical each day. If the ACC wants to be a major conference Swofford has to go. Get the 2013 schedule out before the season starts please.

    • Gene C.
      February 24, 2013 at 11:33 am

      swofford must go, I agree………he’ll have next Winter’s hoops matchups set and published before this Fall’s FB schedule.

    • Greg
      February 24, 2013 at 7:11 pm

      I’m sorry I didn’t realize an early schedule release meant being a major conference.

  2. Nick
    February 23, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Will they come out with the ACC schedules as well?

  3. Chris Earing
    February 23, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    couldnt cuse be an option since i havent seen anything confirming who there last non conference game is against?

    • Kevin Kelley
      February 24, 2013 at 5:06 pm

      Syracuse will be in the ACC this year. Florida State plays them in the Atlantic and Pittsburgh is their cross-division rival, so both already play the Orange.

  4. reality
    February 23, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Cuse is hosting Wagner.

    • chris earing
      February 24, 2013 at 10:49 am

      gotta link to an article or something actually confirming that wagner is the game and or a date? As ive heard wagner mentioned but nobody has confirmed anywhere that they are the last opponent and or a date for game.

    • Kevin Kelley
      February 24, 2013 at 5:03 pm

      Nobody has been able to confirm it. Information is coming from Syracuse message boards.

  5. Steven
    February 24, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    So does Pitt join the ACC IN 2014?

  6. chris
    February 24, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    i was talking about syracuse could still be an option for villanova.Im on syracuse message boards a lot none have confirmed even the opponent the date yes of 9/14 and fcs but no saying on the actual team

  7. Bosco
    February 25, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Pitt has replaced ‘Nova w/ODU…….

  8. Nole Fan
    March 5, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Looking forward to watching the Noles on a field they have not played on. Pittsburgh is a nice city and our reservations and Tickets bought! Gonna be a great weekend with the Cardinals in town vs the Buc’s. Go Noles!