Boise State has been criticized for years for its supposedly soft schedule. More recently, so, too, has Florida State.
And now these two power schools are doing something about it.
The Broncos and Seminoles announced on Monday that they had signed a deal that will see them play a home-and-home series in 2019 and 2020. Boise State will play at Tallahassee on Sept. 7, 2019, while Florida State will travel out to Boise on Sept. 14, 2020.
Boise State has a long history of playing big-name opponents in its non-conference schedule. Over the years, the Broncos have taken on such powers as Virginia Tech, Georgia and Oregon, as it the program has worked to legitimize itself in the eyes of the so-called power conferences (or, perhaps, just the SEC).
Florida State had never had to really worry about that, but as the ACC has fallen so far behind the SEC, the need to bolster their schedule has become clear. In 2014, the 'Noles will take on Oklahoma State in both teams' season opener, and the school has promised to continue its efforts to schedule more competitive non-conference games.
As Florida State athletic director Randy Spetman said in a statement: "We've listened to our fans that they want to see a little different level of opponent to make sure they come to town. That's what they want to see us playing. You can't do it all in the first year because we schedule out ahead of ourselves, but we're making some adjustments."
We can only hope the rest of college football follows suit.
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