When the ACC schedules were announced a few weeks ago, one of the highlighted contests on there was a matchup between the Florida State Seminoles and Pittsburgh Panthers. Now, it seems that this game may have the luxury of capturing the attention of the entire nation, as there are currently discussions taking place about making this the usual Labor Day night game on ESPN.
This would mark the second straight season that the Atlantic Coast Conference takes the stage on the September holiday. Last season, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and Virginia Tech Hokies took the stage and fought a battle that went down to the final seconds, with the Hokies pulling one out late. The storyline for this game, however, would provide much more intrigue than last year’s contest.
With the Panthers making the move this season from the Big East Conference to the ACC, this game would not only be the Panthers’ first conference test, but it would also be against the conference’s most traditional powerhouse. With the Panthers finishing last season a disappointing 6-7, there would be no better way to rebound than to hand the Seminoles a loss on national TV in their first conference game.
On the Seminoles’ side, the answer to “Who is the FSU starting QB?” would be answered on the national stage for everyone to see. With the three-way battle between Clint Trickett, Jacob Coker, and phenom Jameis Winston taking place in training camp this year, Labor Day night would provide the final answer to that question.
The Pitt Panthers still have a road block in the way having a game scheduled with Villanova for the 31st of August, but Pitt officials are said to have already started exploring options of postponing that matchup in favor of the game against the Noles. This would definitely make the most sense competitively and financially. And, as said before, handing the defending conference champion a loss in the first game of the season would be the best way to announce that you have arrived in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Jack is a College Football Contributor for Rant Sports. Follow Jack on Twitter @FSUYankee14