Memphis Stepping Up the Non-Conference Football Scheduling?
The University of Memphis football program has been on the hunt for a few marquee games to add to future non-conference schedules.
Turns out, they got one from an old foe.
The Tigers announced today that they will face off with the Florida State Seminoles in Tallahassee in September of 2024. Memphis last played Florida State in 1990 in Orlando. Many fans will remember that Memphis and Florida State were old Metro conference rivals as well.
This is a game that is certain to peak quite a bit of local interest.
The Seminoles are currently coached by Mike Norvell. Norvell left the Tigers to take over a sputtering Seminoles program after the 2019 season. Sources tell me that current Florida State coach Mike Norvell was "instrumental" in making the game happen.
While there are no guarantees that the current coaches will be in place in 2024, it is an exciting prospect for Tigers fans.
Unsurprisingly, Coach Norvell spoke fondly of Memphis in the FSU release.
But that's not a surprise given Coach Norvell's fondness for Memphis.
For his part, Coach Silverfield is also looking forward to the game.
On the field, this should be a very intriguing matchup. The Tigers have solidified their place among the Group of 5 elite programs. Florida State has a strong pedigree among all college football teams.
Many believe Mike Norvell is the right man to return the Seminoles to their place among the elite.
Is This a Sign of a change in scheduling philosophy?
The non-conference schedule has been criticized by many fans for being too heavy on games against Sun Belt and CUSA teams. Many (including me) have been hyper-critical of a program the caliber of Memphis having multiple road games at these lower level programs.
Memphis now has games against Mississippi State, Arkansas, Missouri and Florida State on the schedule. Currently, Memphis only has one other non-conference game scheduled for 2024- a home game against Troy.
Is this a sea change for Memphis, or just a one-off opportunity?
Will both coaches still be at their respective programs?
If they are, then its likely that two very good teams will match up in Tallahassee.