After a dud of a season opener against Savannah State in 2012, Oklahoma State is considerably revving up its nonconference slate the next two years.
OSU will kick off the 2014 season against traditional power Florida State on Aug. 30 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, the two schools, Dallas Cowboys and ESPN officially announced Wednesday afternoon.
Discussions between the two schools about this game were first reported by CBS’ Jeremy Fowler last month.
The premier neutral site matchup, much like the Cowboys’ 2013 opener against Mississippi State at Reliant Stadium in Houston, will give OSU primetime national television exposure and a big payout. But it certainly does not follow Cowboy coach Mike Gundy’s preference of playing the easiest nonconference schedule possible.
“The very best chance for us to win a Big 12 championship is to not encourage what could be a 10th game of the year that could be very difficult,” Gundy said last month when asked about any initial discussions between OSU and Florida State. “It’s just the percentages. But I don’t do scheduling. I’ve not been involved in scheduling, so if that’s going on, it’s dealing with somebody else.”
OSU and Florida State have met just four times, with the Seminoles winning three of the matchups. The schools last met in the 1985 Gator Bowl and haven’t played in the regular season since a 1978 contest in Stillwater.
The game is part of the Cowboys Classic, an event that has become a Labor Day tradition and has been extended through the 2024 season. This season’s matchup featured Alabama and Michigan, while next season will peg TCU against LSU.