TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Week 1 fixtures in the new college football season will conclude on Monday with when No. 19 Florida State plays host to No. 20 Virginia Tech at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, FL. Straeming: WatchESPN | TUNEIN | LIVE STATS
The live nationally broadcast will begin at 8:00 pm ET on ESPN, with WatchESPN providing the live online streaming coverage.
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Florida State begins its new era under the guidance of new head coach Willie Taggart and the Seminoles will be hoping for a fruitful start to the campaign.
With the bulk of the Week 1 games already done-and-dusted, all the focus will be on Monday night’s Labor Day encounter and Taggart reminded his players.
“I told our guys, everybody will be watching us. It’s Labor Day,” he said over the weekend. “There’s nothing else going on.
“All your life, you grow up watching ‘Monday Night Football,’ and now our guys get to play.”
Virginia Tech enters this season with cause for concern and will also be seeking to refocus, following a very distracting offseason.
The Hokies dismissed two defensive starters from the team, and another player suffered a season-ending injury.
This was a team that was already without three starters from last season’s defense after they declared early for the NFL draft.
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Co-defensive coordinator Galen Scott also resigned after an off-field issue.
“It will be an incredible challenge for a young football team,” said Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente, who is entering the third year in charge.
“we will have all we can handle and more in a hostile environment early in the season but we are going to jump in the deep end with both feet and see how it goes.
“See how they will respond.”
Taggart knows that his Florida State team will start as a slight favorite at home, but he’s expecting a tough game against Virginia Tech.
“(Fuente) is a winner,” Taggart said earlier this week. “When you watch his team play, they are very well-coached and they play hard and they play tough and you’ve got to come ready to play.”