Some have criticized Florida State’s 2014 schedule and used it as justification to rank them lower in the playoff standings — if not out of the final four teams altogether. That may not be an issue for the Seminoles in 2016.
ESPN’s Brett McMurphy reports that Orlando’s Citrus Bowl will host a neutral-site contest between Ole Miss and Florida State to kick off the 2016 campaign. That game will be played on Monday, September 5, 2016. Larry Ridley of WESH-TV in Orlando reports that the game will be played in prime time in front of a national television audience.
The Citrus Bowl stadium is nearing the close of an enormous renovation that will have been fully completed by the time the game is played. The stadium will have fewer fixed seats (61,348) than the previous iteration, adding to the “marquee game” feel.
The schools have faced off just once, with Ole Miss winning the October 7, 1961 matchup by a 33-0 margin.