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Seminoles Reach Deal to Play in 2014 Cowboy Classic Against Oklahoma State

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Florida State has reached an agreement to play their season opener on Labor day weekend in 2014 against Oklahoma State at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas as part of the Cowboy Classic.

Oklahoma State, who's mascot is the Cowboys, will play host to FSU in the annual game. Per a press release from ESPN:

"The 2014 Cowboys Classic, marking the last contest of the current agreement, has also been determined and will pit Florida State against Oklahoma State in prime time on Saturday, Aug. 30. It will be the fifth time the two teams have faced each other and the first since the 1985 Gator Bowl, a 34-23 Florida State victory."

The Cowboy Classic also reached an agreement to extend the game through 2024 at Cowboys Stadium. 

This season Florida State was heavily criticized for having a weak out of conference schedule that included two FCS opponents and a USF team that later fired its coach. That wasn't entirely the Seminoles' doing, they had a game with West Virginia scheduled until the Mountaineers' decision to switch conference created a scheduling conflict that left FSU with just 11 opponents months before the start of the 2012 season.

Regardless of how they got there though, FSU's weak out of conference schedule coupled with the dead weight of the ACC sunk the Seminoles in the computer rankings and effectively eliminated them from contention after their first loss, even as other one and even two-loss teams passed them by.

Going forward you can tell the Seminoles don't want that trend to continue. 

Of course, Seminoles fans will think back to FSU's Labor Day series with Miami from a few years past and be reminded of several games where the team could have used an opponent or two to cut its teeth on before getting into a scrape with a rival or a ranked team. 

Oklahoma State in the first week of the season is a tall order for any team.

That being said, good teams come out of the gates swinging (like Alabama did against Michigan in this year's Cowboy Classic). If the Seminoles want to continue to build and try and climb to the top of the college football mountain, these are the kinds of nationally televised out-of-conference games they will need to win.

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