In February of this year, West Virginia dropped a home-and-home series with Florida State scheduled for 2012 and 2013, in part because of the Mountaineers move to the Big 12 this year and that conference’s nine-game league slate.
FSU replaced WVU on this season’s schedule with a Div. 1-AA (FCS) opponent, and the 2013 hole has yet to be filled. Unfortunately, the Seminoles may have another 2013 hole to fill courtesy of another Div. 1-A (FBS) program.
By way of the Tallahassee Democrat, FSU athletic director Randy Spetman (pictured) told a student affairs committee meeting Thursday that Nevada is considering cancelling its game with the ‘Noles scheduled for Sept. 21 of next year. No reason was given for Nevada’s apparent lean toward nixing the one-off road game in Tallahassee.
Spetman told the assembled crowd that, on the one hand, Nevada would be forced to pay $600,000 to get out of the contract for that game. On the other hand, it could cost $1 million — or more — for FSU to replace the Wolf Pack given the going rate for one-off games.
Nevada will officially move from the WAC to the Mountain West beginning this season; it’s unclear if, like WVU, the conference switch played any part in the Wolf Pack’s desire to consider ditching the FSU game.
Regardless of any of the reasons behind it, such a decision on Nevada’s part could again leave FSU in a scheduling bind, pending the official arrivals of Pittsburgh and Syracuse as members of the ACC. If those two schools move from the Big East to the ACC in 2013 — they’re “contractually obligated” to stay in the former conference through the 2013-14 academic year — the ACC would move to a nine-game league schedule and leave the 14-member conference with just three non-conference football openings.
If Pittsburgh and Syracuse are unable to “court” their way to the ACC until 2014, FSU and the other 11 current ACC members would have four non-conference games to fill in 2013. FSU has 1-AA Wofford scheduled that year, and had 1-A WVU and Nevada scheduled as well until events that have transpired or will transpire over the past few/future months. How FSU would go about filling all of those ’13 holes — and if it would be forced to eat 1-AA cupcakes in back-to-back years — is unknown.
Then again, because the ‘Noles will be headed for the Big 12 sooner rather than later, this’ll all be a moot point at some point this month, right?