Florida State appears to be attempting to beef up its non-conference schedule in the College Football Playoff era.
According to a report by Tomahawk Nation, the Seminoles are seeking to schedule neutral site non-conference games against two of the SEC's premier programs.
The report states that FSU is trying to schedule a game against Alabama in 2017 in Atlanta and a game against Auburn in 2019 in Jacksonville.
From the report:
The game against Alabama would likely be to open the 2017 season in the new Atlanta Falcons Stadium. Florida State won its last meeting against the Crimson Tide 21-14 in 2007, Nick Saban's first as head coach of the Crimson Tide and Jimbo Fisher's first as offensive coordinator of the Seminoles. Since then, the teams have combined to win four Nationl Titles in a seven-year span. Sources are quite confident in the game against Alabama happening.
The game against Auburn seems less certain than the one against Alabama, but the target is 2019 in Jacksonville. Recently, Gator Bowl President Rick Catlett discussed how the changes the Jacksonville Jaguars and the city are making to the stadium and the surrounding area will make it more enticing for major college football teams.
This is, obviously, awesome news for college football fans. Who wouldn't want to see Florida State-Alabama or Florida State-Auburn?
It's hard to predict what teams will look like years in advance, but based on how well the Seminoles, Crimson Tide and Tigers have been recruiting, we're guessing those will be contests featuring top-10 teams.
FSU opens its 2015 season Sept. 5 against Texas State.