When just about every school in every power conference - including perviously dead programs - it takes something special to stand out. Alabama has its waterfall, Oregon has its barbershop. Florida State, in the midst of its own facilities overhaul, has unveiled plans for its own super-weapon in college football's ongoing arms race.
A replica College GameDay studio.
The Seminoles are working with Advent, the same people who designed the visuals for the Vanderbilt video linked above and a host of others, but this idea came from inside the Florida State offices, senior associate athletic director Mark Bonasorte told ESPN.com.
“It was more we need to show people our historical value of how many times we’ve been on ‘GameDay,’” he said. It's also an only-one-of-its-kind trinket for recruits to tweet and instagram pictures of from official and unofficial visits - something they can only do at Florida State.
Florida State was involved in GameDay's first road show, when the top-ranked Seminoles visited No. 1 Notre Dame on Nov. 13, 1993. Florida State has hosted GameDay a total of nine times (most recently: FSU's 41-14 thrashing of then-No. 7 Miami on Nov. 2), most in the ACC and tied for the fifth-most in college football.
“In order to stay in front of the curve, we have to look at our facilities,” Florida State athletics director Stan Wilcox told ESPN.com last month. “… [W]e have to attract the best athletes we possibly can, and student-athletes these days are savvy consumers.”