|2020 Florida State Seminoles football|
|Conference||Atlantic Coast Conference|
|2020 record||3–6 (2–6 ACC)|
|Offensive coordinator||Kenny Dillingham (1st season)|
|Defensive coordinator||Adam Fuller (1st season)|
|Home stadium||Doak Campbell Stadium|
(Limited Capacity: 16,000/79,560 due to COVID-19 pandemic)
|2020 Atlantic Coast Conference football standings|
|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|
|Championship: Clemson 34, Notre Dame 10|
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 1974–1976 seasons and their worst record since 1975.
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.
|Florida State Seminoles coaches|
Florida State had games scheduled against Boise State, Florida, Samford, and West Virginia, which were all canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 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, while Marvin Wilson, Hamsah Nasirildeen, Tamorrion Terry and Asante Samuel, Jr. were selected to the preseason All-ACC team.
|September 12||4:00 p.m.||Georgia Tech||ABC||L 13–16||17,538|||
|September 26||7:30 p.m.||at No. 12 Miami (FL)||ABC||L 10–52||12,806|||
|October 3||4:00 p.m.||Jacksonville State*||ACCRSN||W 41–24||13,589|||
|October 10||7:30 p.m.||at No. 5 Notre Dame||NBC||L 26–42||10,409|||
|October 17||7:30 p.m.||No. 5 North Carolina||ABC||W 31–28||18,016|||
|October 24||12:00 p.m.||at Louisville||ACCRSN||L 16–48||11,465|||
|November 7||4:00 p.m.||Pittsburgh||ACCN||L 17–41||16,568|||
|November 14||7:30 p.m.||at NC State||ACCN||L 22–38||4,032|||
|December 12[a]||4:00 p.m.||Duke||ACCN||W 56–35||14,872|||
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.
See also: 2020 Miami Hurricanes football team
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.
The Seminoles fell 52–10 to the Hurricanes to mark their fourth-straight loss in the series and suffering their second largest loss to their rival.
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.
|#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.
The Seminoles were beaten by the Irish, 42–26, in their first and only meeting as conference foes.
|#5 Tar Heels||0||7||14||7||28|
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.
See also: 2020 Louisville Cardinals football team
The Seminoles were beaten by Louisville, the former school of quarterback Jordan Travis, by a score of 48–16.
See also: 2020 Pittsburgh Panthers football team
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.
See also: 2020 NC State Wolfpack football team
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.
See also: 2020 Duke Blue Devils football team
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. Jordan Travis broke the school record for rushing yards in a season by a quarterback.
Further information: 2020 NCAA Division I FBS football rankings
|CFP||Not released||NR||NR||NR||NR||NR||Not released|
|Lott Trophy||Marvin Wilson|
|Bednarik Award||Marvin Wilson|
|Doak Walker Award||Jashaun Corbin|
|Biletnikoff Award||Tamorrion Terry|
|Thorpe Award||Hamsah Nasirildeen|
|Outland Trophy||Marvin Wilson|
|Bronko Nagurski Trophy||Marvin Wilson|
|Wuerffel Trophy||Jaiden Lars-Woodbey|
|Maxwell Award||Marvin Wilson|
|Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award||James Blackman|
See also: 2021 NFL Draft
|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|