After criticism of their soft non-conference schedule in 2012, the Seminoles have scheduled a marquee opponent to open the 2014 season.
Besides a home date against arch-rival Florida in the last week of the regular season, it's hard to say Florida State challenged themselves too much in non-conference play in 2012, with a slate that included Savannah State, Murray State and South Florida.
And with college football moving towards a playoff format instead of the BCS, that type of lax scheduling could end up coming back to haunt the Seminoles.
As a result, they've began scheduling more high-profile opponents, beginning with a home date against Oklahoma State in Cowboys Stadium in Dallas to kick off the 2014 season (courtesy of the Florida Times-Union):
"We have wanted to step up our schedule and improve our strength of schedule and this game gives us a great non-conference opponent," FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said. "To be able to open up our season at Cowboys Stadium will be a great experience for our players and fans."
Ever since it opened in 2009, Cowboys Stadium has hosted a high-profile college football game to kick off the season, including Oklahoma vs. BYU, TCU vs. Oregon State, LSU vs. Oregon and Alabama vs. Michigan.
Built at the cost of over a billion dollars, it's one of the premier sporting facilities in the US. Seminoles fans will get a chance to see it for themselves in two seasons.