2020 Florida State Seminoles football
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
2020 record3–6 (2–6 ACC)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorKenny Dillingham (1st season)
Offensive schemeSpread
Defensive coordinatorAdam Fuller (1st season)
Base defense4-3/4-2-5
Home stadiumDoak Campbell Stadium
(Limited Capacity: 16,000/79,560 due to COVID-19 pandemic)
Seasons
← 2019
2021 →
2020 Atlantic Coast Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 5 Notre Dame y^   9 0         10 2  
No. 3 Clemson y$^   8 1         10 2  
No. 22 Miami (FL)   7 2         8 3  
No. 18 North Carolina   7 3         8 4  
NC State   7 3         8 4  
Boston College   5 5         6 5  
Pittsburgh   5 5         6 5  
Virginia Tech   5 5         5 6  
Virginia   4 5         5 5  
Wake Forest   3 4         4 5  
Georgia Tech   3 6         3 7  
Louisville   3 7         4 7  
Florida State   2 6         3 6  
Duke   1 9         2 9  
Syracuse   1 9         1 10  
Championship: Clemson 34, Notre Dame 10
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll.

The 2020 Florida State Seminoles football team represented Florida State University during the 2020 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Seminoles played their home games at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida, and competed as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They were led by head coach Mike Norvell, in his first season.

The Seminoles finished the season with a losing record for the third consecutive season for the first time since the 19741976 seasons and their worst record since 1975.[1]

Previous season

Florida State finished the 2019 season 6–7, 4–4 in ACC play, to finish in fourth place in the Atlantic Division. The Seminoles appeared in the Sun Bowl, losing to Arizona State, to complete consecutive losing seasons for the first time since the 1975 and 1976 seasons. Willie Taggart was fired prior to the end of the season and Odell Haggins served as interim coach for the remaining games.

Coaching staff

Florida State Seminoles coaches

Head Coach

Assistant Coaches

  • Kenny DillinghamOffensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
  • Adam FullerDefensive Coordinator
  • John PapuchisSpecial Teams/Defensive Ends
  • Chris ThomsenDeputy Head Coach/Tight Ends
  • Odell HagginsAssociate Head Coach/Defensive Tackles
  • Alex Atkins – Offensive Line
  • Ron DugansWide Receivers
  • David Johnson – Running Backs/Recruiting Coordinator
  • Chris MarveLinebackers/Defensive Run Game Coordinator
  • Marcus Woodson – Defensive Backs/Defensive Passing Game Coordinator
  • Josh Storms – Strength and Conditioning

[2]

Schedule

Florida State had games scheduled against Boise State, Florida, Samford, and West Virginia, which were all canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic,[3] which resulted in the ACC playing a ten-game conference schedule with one non-conference opponent and reduced stadium capacity. Florida State ended up playing nine games as the result of further cancelations. This was the first season since 1957 that the Seminoles did not play Florida.

The Seminoles were picked to finish in seventh place in the ACC,[4] while Marvin Wilson, Hamsah Nasirildeen, Tamorrion Terry and Asante Samuel, Jr. were selected to the preseason All-ACC team.[5]

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendanceSource
September 124:00 p.m.Georgia TechABCL 13–1617,538[6]
September 267:30 p.m.at No. 12 Miami (FL)ABCL 10–5212,806[7]
October 34:00 p.m.Jacksonville State*
  • Doak Campbell Stadium
  • Tallahassee, FL
ACCRSNW 41–2413,589[8]
October 107:30 p.m.at No. 5 Notre DameNBCL 26–4210,409[9]
October 177:30 p.m.No. 5 North Carolina
  • Doak Campbell Stadium
  • Tallahassee, FL
ABCW 31–2818,016[10]
October 2412:00 p.m.at LouisvilleACCRSNL 16–4811,465[11]
November 74:00 p.m.Pittsburgh
  • Doak Campbell Stadium
  • Tallahassee, FL
ACCNL 17–4116,568[12]
November 147:30 p.m.at NC StateACCNL 22–384,032[13]
December 12[a]4:00 p.m.Duke
  • Doak Campbell Stadium
  • Tallahassee, FL
ACCNW 56–3514,872[14]
^[a] The game between Florida State and Duke was originally scheduled to take place on December 5 at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, North Carolina. However, due to COVID-19 management requirements in response to positive tests and subsequent quarantine of individuals within the Florida State program which led to the cancelation of the two prior games, the game was rescheduled for December 12 in Tallahassee.[15]
^[b] A game between Florida State and Wake Forest was added to the schedule as the result of cancelations of prior games on both team's schedules due to COVID-19 protocols, as set by the conference.[16] The game was later canceled due to positive tests and contact tracing within the Florida State program that left the team short of the required number of players.[17]

Game summaries

Georgia Tech

See also: 2020 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team

1 2 3 4 Total
Yellow Jackets 0 0 7 9 16
Seminoles 10 0 3 0 13

In Mike Norvell's debut, the Seminoles fell 16–13 to the Yellow Jackets in their fourth-straight season opening loss and the first win for the Yellow Jackets against the Seminoles in Tallahassee since 2009.[18]

Miami (FL)

See also: 2020 Miami Hurricanes football team

1 2 3 4 Total
Seminoles 3 0 7 0 10
#12 Hurricanes 14 24 0 14 52

On September 19, it was announced that head coach Mike Norvell had tested positive for COVID-19 and would be quarantining as a result. Chris Thomsen, the deputy head coach, handled on-field coaching duties for the game.[19]

The Seminoles fell 52–10 to the Hurricanes to mark their fourth-straight loss in the series[20] and suffering their second largest loss to their rival.[21]

Jacksonville State

See also: 2020 Jacksonville State Gamecocks football team

1 2 3 4 Total
Gamecocks 14 7 3 0 24
Seminoles 0 14 20 7 41

The Seminoles overcame an early fourteen-point deficit to defeat the Gamecocks, 41–24, in their lone non-conference game to secure the team's first victory of the season as well as Norvell's first win as head coach.[22]

Notre Dame

See also: 2020 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

1 2 3 4 Total
Seminoles 17 3 6 0 26
#5 Fighting Irish 14 21 7 0 42

Prior to the game, Jordan Travis was named the starter at quarterback, making him the third player to start at the position throughout the first four games of the season.[23]

The Seminoles were beaten by the Irish, 42–26, in their first and only meeting as conference foes.[24]

North Carolina

See also: 2020 North Carolina Tar Heels football team

1 2 3 4 Total
#5 Tar Heels 0 7 14 7 28
Seminoles 7 24 0 0 31

Entering the game as a double-digit underdog, Florida State built up a twenty-four point halftime lead and survived a second-half rally to defeat the Tar Heels, and alum Mack Brown, by a score of 31–28, giving Mike Norvell his first win over a ranked team as head coach of the Seminoles.[25]

Louisville

See also: 2020 Louisville Cardinals football team

1 2 3 4 Total
Seminoles 7 7 2 0 16
Cardinals 21 10 7 10 48

The Seminoles were beaten by Louisville, the former school of quarterback Jordan Travis, by a score of 48–16.[26]

Pittsburgh

See also: 2020 Pittsburgh Panthers football team

1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 10 14 7 10 41
Seminoles 14 3 0 0 17

In only their second meeting since Pittsburgh joined the conference, the Seminoles lost to the Panthers by a score of 41–17, in a game that featured three turnovers by the Florida State offense and seven sacks by the Pitt defense.[27]

NC State

See also: 2020 NC State Wolfpack football team

1 2 3 4 Total
Seminoles 0 3 6 13 22
Wolfpack 7 14 14 3 38

Starting their fourth quarterback of the season due to injury, the Seminoles fell to the Wolfpack, led by former Florida State quarterback Bailey Hockman, by a score of 38–22.[28]

Duke

See also: 2020 Duke Blue Devils football team

1 2 3 4 Total
Blue Devils 7 14 0 14 35
Seminoles 28 0 14 14 56

Playing their first game in nearly a month due to issues pertaining to the pandemic, the Seminoles built up an early lead and survived a comeback attempt to defeat the Blue Devils 56–35 on Senior Day.[29] Jordan Travis broke the school record for rushing yards in a season by a quarterback.[30]

Rankings

Further information: 2020 NCAA Division I FBS football rankings

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. т = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Final 
AP RV RV* RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR 
Coaches NR NR* NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR 
CFP Not released NR NR NR NR NR Not released

Watchlists

Award Player
Lott Trophy[31] Marvin Wilson
Bednarik Award[32] Marvin Wilson
Hamsah Nasirildeen
Doak Walker Award[33] Jashaun Corbin
Biletnikoff Award[34] Tamorrion Terry
Thorpe Award[35] Hamsah Nasirildeen
Outland Trophy[36] Marvin Wilson
Bronko Nagurski Trophy[36] Marvin Wilson
Hamsah Nasirildeen
Wuerffel Trophy[37] Jaiden Lars-Woodbey
Maxwell Award[38] Marvin Wilson
Tamorrion Terry
Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award[39] James Blackman

Honors

Players drafted into the NFL

See also: 2021 NFL Draft

Round Pick Player Position NFL Club
2 47 Asante Samuel Jr. CB Los Angeles Chargers
4 134 Janarius Robinson DE Minnesota Vikings
4 144 Joshua Kaindoh DE Kansas City Chiefs
6 186 Hamsah Nasirildeen S New York Jets

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