Florida State football is finally going to be back today.

It’s been 28 days since the Seminoles’ last game at NC State Nov. 14. They’ve been unable to play their last three games due to COVID-related issues both within their own program and Clemson’s.

After this long layoff, FSU (2-6, 1-6 in ACC) is finally set to begin the final stretch of its 2020 season today at 4 p.m. on ACC Network when it hosts Duke (2-8, 1-8) at Doak Campbell Stadium.

The bonus for the Seminoles is that they’re returning with a game in which they’re favored for the first time in over two months. FSU opened as a three-point favorite over the Blue Devils and that line has been bet up to five points. It’s the first time FSU has been favored since its game against FCS opponent Jacksonville State on Oct. 3.

There’s also a bit of history on the line for the Seminoles. FSU has never lost to Duke in 20 games. Since joining the ACC in 1992, the Seminoles have won all 20 games against the Blue Devils by an average margin of 33.4 points.

The last game between the two teams in 2017 was by far the closest in the history of the series. The Seminoles escaped Durham with a 17-10 win over Duke in Jimbo Fisher’s final season, the first time FSU has beaten Duke by less than 19 points.

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