Monday, March 4, 2013
Florida State, Boise State schedule series
By Andrea Adelson
Florida State and Boise State have agreed to a home-and-home series set for 2019 and 2020, the schools announced on Monday.
Boise State will travel to play the Noles in Tallahassee on Sept. 7, 2019, and the Noles will make the trip to Boise on Sept. 12, 2020. These will be the first two meetings between the programs.
Both schools will exchange a guarantee of $400,000.
"We are very excited to add Boise State to our future football schedule,” Florida State athletics director Randy Spetman said in a statement. "Boise State has an excellent football program and we feel this will be an out of conference game that will be exciting for fans of both schools and appealing to TV networks.
"Adding the Broncos to our football schedule continues our commitment to bringing top quality opponents to Doak Campbell Stadium. With our neutral site game versus Oklahoma State in 2014, the addition of Pitt and Syracuse to the ACC and now this series, we feel we are putting our football program in the best possible position to compete in the new BCS beginning in 2014."
Florida State joins Virginia as the second ACC team in the past week to agree to a home-and-home game with Boise State, which has traditionally had an extremely difficult time getting top-quality programs to play on the famed blue turf. Especially from the East Coast. Consider that no program in a BCS conference outside Washington or Oregon has ever played a regular-season game in Boise.
As of now, UVa will be the first after agreeing to a home-and-home for 2015 (Charlottesville) and 2017 (Boise). Both UVa and Florida State have clearly put a priority on getting top-quality nonconference opponents on the schedule, given the changes that are coming to the postseason structure. Spetman said as much in his statement.
With an emphasis on strength of schedule expected, teams in the weaker BCS conferences are going to have to upgrade their nonconference schedules. Both UVa and Florida State have done this with their agreements to play in Boise. (Michigan State has also agreed to play in Boise in 2022).
As for the Broncos, getting the Noles to agree to come and play in Boise is a jaw-dropping coup after having the door slammed in their faces by nationally heralded programs for years. At this point, the guaranteed payout might seem like peanuts, but the Broncos have been desperate to get a high-quality program like Florida State to play in Boise.
So the move makes sense for both parties.
"Scheduling a home-and-home series against a perennial Top 25 program like Florida State is another step in growing our football program,” Boise State athletic director Mark Coyle said in a statement. “Florida State is a team fans talk about when discussing the top collegiate programs in the country and I know Bronco Nation will be excited about hosting a team like Seminoles in Boise."