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Report: FSU-Alabama inching towards another neutral site game

If I was to ask any FSU fan “what was the beginning of the end?” I am almost certain that they would answer “Alabama-FSU 2017.” FSU was ranked No.3 and was facing off with No.1 Alabama to start the season in a neutral site game in Atlanta. Alabama went onto beat the ‘Noles 24-7 as Deondre Francois went down with a season-ending injury late in the game before Jimbo Fisher ditched FSU for Texas A&M. But now, according to a report from ESPN’s Chris Low, the ‘Noles and Tide are working towards a rematch in Atlanta, with the tentative date being 2025.

Low’s report says that FSU and Bama are closing in on a deal for the neutral site game, in part of Alabama trying to schedule 10 Power-5 games every year. The Seminoles will likely look to get revenge on the Tide nine years in the making. No one knows what either program will look like in 6 years, but if history and logo’s mean something, it will likely be a marquee, prime time matchup in 2025.

One thing that is interesting is FSU’s willingness to continue to schedule neutral site games in odd-numbered years. The way their schedule is set up, the ‘Noles plays Clemson and UF on the road each odd year, leaving few marquee matchups for the home schedule. Just like this year, FSU’s 3 biggest games could come outside of Doak Campbell Stadium and ticket sales may suffer a bit. As FSU continues to schedule big non-conference opponents, I’m sure fans and season ticket holders would love to see more 1-and-1’s, with the one home game being in an odd year.


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