Notre Dame-Florida State opener gets prime-time kickoff on ABC

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

To no surprise, Notre Dame’s 2021 football season will begin in prime time.

ESPN announced Tuesday that Notre Dame’s season opener at Florida State on Sunday, Sept. 5, will kick off at 7:30 p.m. EDT and be televised on ABC.

The last time the Irish played the Seminoles in Tallahassee, No. 2 Florida State squeaked by No. 5 Notre Dame with a 31-27 victory in 2014.

Florida State holds a 6-4 series advantage over Notre Dame all time. Irish head coach Brian Kelly is 2-2 against the Seminoles. The victories came by a 42-13 margin in 2018 and a 42-26 margin in 2020. The other loss came in a 18-14 defeat in the Champs Sports Bowl to conclude the 2011 season.

Florida State ended the 2020 season with a 3-6 record and hasn’t finished with a winning record since a 7-6 campaign in 2017. Notre Dame is 33-5 in the past three seasons.

Notre Dame’s last football trip to Tallahassee ended with a 31-27 loss to Florida State in 2014. Pictured, Irish cornerback Cole Luke, right, tackles Florida State’s Travis Rudolph in that game.

All times listed in Eastern

9/5 at Florida State, 7:30 p.m. on ABC

9/11 vs. Toledo; 2:30 p.m. on NBC

9/18 vs. Purdue; 2:30 p.m. on NBC

9/25 at Wisconsin (in Chicago); TBA

10/2 vs. Cincinnati; 2:30 p.m. on NBC

10/9 at Virginia Tech; TBA

10/23 vs. USC; 7:30 p.m. on NBC

10/30 vs. North Carolina; 7:30 p.m. on NBC

11/6 vs. Navy; 3:30 p.m. on NBC

11/13 at Virginia; TBA

11/20 vs. Georgia Tech; 2:30 p.m. EST on NBC

11/27 at Stanford; TBA

Due to a reporter's errors, a previous version of this story cited the wrong records for the Notre Dame-Florida State football series. Florida State holds a 6-4 advantage over Notre Dame all time. Irish head coach Brian Kelly is 2-2 against the Seminoles with victories coming in 2018 and 2020.

The Tribune regrets the errors.