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May 13, 2013

FSU, South Florida agree to series in 2015, 2016

USF series a good move by FSU? Discuss it on the Tribal Council

Florida State won't be waiting long for another game in Tampa.

The school announced Monday that is has agreed to another home-and-home football series starting in 2015. FSU will host USF on Sept. 26, 2015 and the Seminoles will make the trip to Raymond James Stadium on Sept. 24, 2016.

With a strong contingent of fans on hand for a designated road game, FSU beat USF 30-17 in Tampa in 2012. USF beat the Seminoles in Tallahassee 17-7 in 2009 in the first game of the agreement.

"We are excited to add USF back to our schedule for the 2015 and 2016 seasons," said Florida State athletic director Randy Spetman said in a release announcing the deal. "For all the Seminole fans throughout Central Florida, this is a great opportunity to once again see their team play in an NFL facility. The last time we played in Raymond James versus USF the atmosphere was excellent and the excitement generated among our fan base was unmatched."

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FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher is 6-1 against teams in the state of Florida.

"We're excited to have USF back on the schedule," FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher said. "They're a great program. It's been a good series thus far, and it's great for our fans to have another in-state series on the schedule."

Florida State will also host Texas State and Tennessee-Chattanooga out of conference in 2015. Outside of Florida, this is FSU's first non-conference game on the schedule for 2016.

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