FSU, Boise State set up series

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State and Boise State will play a home-and-home series in 2019 and 2020, the schools announced Monday.

Under the weight of heavy criticism for a weak nonconference slate in each of the past two seasons, Florida State was looking for a marquee opponent for a home-and-home series, and athletics director Randy Spetman said the Broncos provided an ideal fit.

"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," Spetman said in a statement released by the school.

Boise State will travel to Tallahassee in 2019 for a game scheduled for Sept. 7. Florida State makes the return trip to Idaho on Sept. 14, 2020. The two schools will exchange $400,000 guarantees for the games.

The Boise State series is the latest in Florida State's push to boost its national cache and spark attendance at home with more high-profile nonconference competition.

The Seminoles will play Oklahoma State in Dallas in a neutral-field kickoff game during the 2014 season.

"We've listened to our fans that they want to see a little different level of opponent to make sure they come to town," Spetman said. "That's what they want to see us playing. You can't do it all in the first year because we schedule out ahead of ourselves, but we're making some adjustments."

For Boise State, the games continue a strong history of nonconference scheduling, which has included kickoff games against Oregon, Virginia Tech and Georgia in recent seasons.

David Hale is a regular contributor to NoleNation.