BYU slotted to play FSU in Pigskin Classic

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    The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and ABC Sports made it official Wednesday.

    Florida State University will host BYU in the 2000 Pigskin Classic, one of two preseason football games sponsored by the Association.

    The Classic will be played in the 73,000-seat Alltel Stadium (formerly the Gator Bowl) in Jacksonville, Fla. The game will be nationally televised by ABC on August 26.

    Florida State University is 9-0 overall this season and 7-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. It is the No. 1 team in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, the Associated Press poll and the Bowl Championship Series rankings. The Seminoles have been the top-ranked team all season and have outscored their opponents 333-141.

    “Florida State is honored to be a participant in the Pigskin Classic on the first day of college football in the new millennium,” Dave Hart, Jr., director of athletics at Florida State, said in a news release. “It’s a matchup of two of the nation’s top coaches and programs and one which should excite college football fans from coast to coast.”

    BYU is 8-1 overall and leads the Mountain West Conference with a mark of 5-0. The Cougars are ranked 12th by the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and 15th by the AP poll and is riding an NCAA-record 309-game scoring streak.

    “BYU is pleased to be invited to play in the Pigskin Classic for the third time in 10 years,” BYU athletic director Val Hale said in a news release. “Florida State vs. BYU should have tremendous appeal for football fans around the country. Bobby Bowden and LaVell Edwards rank among the top 10 college coaches of all time. Both programs have enjoyed remarkable success over the past two decades. Playing in the Pigskin Classic will be a great way to kick off the new century of BYU football.”

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