According to CBS Sports, a source familiar with the situation is reporting that the Florida State Seminoles and Oklahoma State Cowboys are in talks about playing a game in Cowboys Stadium in early 2014. The game would be similar to the one the Alabama Crimson Tide and Michigan Wolverines played to kickoff the 2012 season. That game was also held at Cowboys Stadium and easily sold out. Neutral site games are often a good way to make money for both schools involved.
One of the reasons Florida State may be interested is to improve its non-conference schedule. The Seminoles played Murray State and Savannah State this season which didn’t help them an awful lot in the polls. Just because a playoff system will be implemented in 2014 doesn’t mean non-conference opponents will no longer be important. National rankings will still be in play to earn one of the top four spots.
Playing games in neutral sites can really grow a fan base and do a lot for national alumni. Oklahoma State, for instance, has many alumni in the Dallas area so that would be a natural place for them to play a game. It has also been reported that the Kansas State Wildcats have had discussions about playing a game at Arrowhead Stadium and Soldier Field. The Georgia Dome also has neutral site games scheduled until 2015.
Nothing is finalized yet and with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish starting to play ACC games in 2015 at the latest, the Seminoles could have the benefit of that game on their schedule as well. The ACC is hoping to have a tentative plan in the next few months of what the Notre Dame match-ups will look like in the future.
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