Florida State adds Kent State to 2025 football schedule

By Kevin Kelley -

The Florida State Seminoles have added the Kent State Golden Flashes to their 2025 football schedule, FBSchedules.com has learned.

A copy of the football game contract with Florida State University was obtained from Kent State University via a state open records request. The contract was executed on July 30, 2023.

Florida State will host Kent State at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla., on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2025. The Seminoles will pay the Golden Flashes a $1.2 million guarantee for the game, according to the copy of the contract.

The 2025 Florida State-Kent State game will mark the first-ever meeting between the two schools on the gridiron.

Kent State is a member of the Mid-American (MAC) Conference. Florida State is 5-0 against current MAC schools after defeating Ohio in 1956, Toledo in 1986, Western Michigan in 1991, and Northern Illinois in 2013 and then again five seasons later in 2018.

Kent State is the third known non-conference opponent for Florida State’s football schedule in 2025. The Seminoles are scheduled to open the season at home against the Alabama Crimson Tide on Aug. 30 and will close the season on the road against the in-state rival Florida Gators on Nov. 29.

In ACC action in 2025, Florida State is currently scheduled to host Miami, Pitt, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest and travel to Clemson, NC State, Stanford, and Virginia.

Florida State is the first scheduled non-conference opponent for Kent State for the 2025 season.

Kent State also has five future games scheduled against Power opponents: at Pitt (2024), at Tennessee (2024), at Penn State (2024), at Ohio State (2025), and at Kentucky (2028).

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So FSU’s response to having too weak a schedule to make the playoffs as an Undefeated team, is add Kent State to future schedules? OK, good luck!

Dear SEC homie,

Florida St also has Alabama and Florida on their 2025 OOC schedule. And for 2026: @Alabama + Florida + ND

Rather than cherry picking and leaving out context, compare Florida State OOC scheduling to other P5 programs.

The reason Florida State didn’t make the CFP playoffs is because they play in a weak conference. They should have never sniffed the Top 4. Now I see they are talking tough about boycotting the Orange Bowl, and leaving the ACC in January. Where are you going to go? The SEC doesn’t want them, and they are not a regional fit for the Big 10. You are stuck in the ACC till 2036. The playoffs go to 12 next year. You go 12-0 next year, you are in. Please stop your crying and whining.

You’re a clown.

They crushed SEC teams in the regular season 2-0.

The ACC had a winning record against the mighty SEC.

The SEC had a losing record also against the rest of Power 5 OOC games.

But SEC. Lol. Homer.

It’s all about Disney protecting its biggest asset. And FSU is joining the Big 10, so why would they try to help them when they can f*** them.