Tallahassee, FL – Florida State Athletics Director Dave Hart has announced two future non-conference opponents in follow-up of last week’s release by the ACC of a ten-year league scheduling format involving conference games. In 2005, the Seminoles will play The Citadel on Saturday, September 10 at Doak Campbell Stadium. That home game will take place five days after FSU’s home opener against Miami on Labor Day night, which will allow for an open date somewhere during the season. The Seminoles other non-conference games in 2005 will be Syracuse in Tallahassee and Florida in Gainesville.
Hart also announced that Florida State will play a home-and-home series with the Oklahoma Sooners in 2010 and 2011. The Seminoles travel to Norman in 2010 with the Sooners coming to Tallahassee in 2011.
“Playing The Citadel at home on a short week affords us the balance we desired in our 2005 schedule in terms of our Labor Day night game and our desire not to play ten consecutive weeks in fulfilling that commitment,” Hart said. “Les Robinson is very familiar with both the ACC and the Southern Conference which have enjoyed a long standing relationship over the years, as I have with Les on a personal and professional level. All of those factors contributed to this one year contract with The Citadel,” Hart added.
“In striking a balance in future scheduling in a twelve team ACC, playing Oklahoma delivers home-and-home contests against an established national program which both fan bases and college football fans in general, can point toward,” Hart said.
Other FSU non-conference games will be announced as games are brought to contract and a decision is reached regarding possible adoption of a twelfth game nationally. Hart reiterated his position on a scheduling philosophy in a twelve team conference with the University of Florida as an annual non-conference foe.
“As I stated when we expanded the ACC to twelve we will now schedule, to the extent possible, with all factors being considered such as conference divisional play and cross-division opponents, Labor Day and Thursday night obligations, placement of open dates and the balance of home and road games each year as well as the ACC Championship game. The formula is more complex, particularly with an emphasis on the number of home games I’d like to see us play each year as well as these other important factors. Having said that, I feel very good about us striking the best balance possible over the next ten years.”