Not long after Heisman winner Jameis Winston marched Florida State down the field at the Rose Bowl in the final seconds and rallied to beat Auburn for the national championship, a hashtag began appearing on social media.

It read, "#Dallas2Dallas," and it became a symbolic mantra for the Seminoles' entire offseason -- a moniker that was part reality, part optimism.

After all, Florida State's first game of the 2014 season would be in Dallas against Oklahoma State. That much they knew.

But whether the Seminoles are going to be good enough to get the chance to defend their championship -- on Jan. 12, 2015, also in Dallas, the site of this year's title game -- is still to be determined.

One thing's for certain: FSU's planning to be there.

"I look forward to seeing you in Dallas," FSU fifth-year head coach Jimbo Fisher told a smiling audience packed with garnet and gold supporters late last week during an alumni association kickoff luncheon, before adding, "a couple of times."

The quest begins Saturday night in prime time for the preseason No. 1 Seminoles against the unranked Cowboys.

Fisher has proven in his first four seasons that he can get his teams to look past such distraction-filled details like rankings and big point spreads -- which is good, because FSU is already favored by double digits in every game this year. And as quick as he was to joke with Seminole Nation about #Dallas2Dallas a few days earlier, on Monday afternoon of game week, any question about #Dallas2Dallas was met with a shake of the head and a reply of, "I don't care about any of that."

"Look, this is a great Oklahoma State team, and Mike Gundy is a great football coach. They've won 41 games the last four years, had a 10-win season recently and were a game from playing for it all," Fisher said.

"It's going to be a great game. It's their home, sure they'll have a great home crowd. It's a great challenge for us."

That is indeed the challenge at hand. Fisher told his team behind closed doors Monday afternoon: Forget #Dallas2Dallas.

"Coach Fisher addressed it with everybody. He said #Dallas2Dallas is a preseason antic. If we take it one day at a time, one game at a time, before we know it, we'll reach Dallas," junior starting defensive end Derrick Mitchell Jr. said Monday evening following practice. "That's how he told us to approach it."

Added senior starting receiver Christian Green: "It was good for the preseason, and there was a lot of hype surrounding us and the #Dallas2Dallas thing, but (Fisher) just told us today to (forget it) and just focus in on what we need to focus in on -- and that's Oklahoma State. We can't overlook anybody. Everybody's gunning for us."

The Cowboys have their work cut out for them if they want to beat their first No. 1-ranked opponent in school history. Oklahoma State brings back just nine starters, may play as many as 10 freshmen Saturday and Gundy isn't 100 percent set on any one starting quarterback just yet. OSU will face an experienced Florida State squad that returns 15 starters, including Winston, and was ranked in the top three nationally in 10 total offensive and defensive categories last year.

"It may be a little overwhelming for some guys," admitted OSU sophomore guard Zac Vaetch.

Fisher is taking the Seminoles on a Thursday walkthrough to soak up Cowboys Stadium and become comfortable. Once there, he hopes any anxiety they have about being college football's biggest target will simply wash away.

"We may stop by and take a half hour before walkthrough and have them turn on all the lights and bells and whistles and catch a few punts here or there, throw some balls around just to get used to that atmosphere and get that part out of the way," Fisher said. "We're going to try and eliminate that clutter."

With a favorable schedule -- the Seminoles play seven home games, and only two opponents are ranked in the preseason Top 25 -- if they return from Texas 1-0, the Seminole fans will surely fire back up the hashtag hyperbole. Not that the players will hear it. In an effort to focus, they swore off social media during the season for the second straight year.

"Don't eat the cheese is what Coach Fisher says. All that heavy favorite stuff ... we don't really buy into that," Mitchell said. "Whatever the media says, Coach Fisher says don't eat the cheese. So we don't pay any attention. We just play our football game."


--Projected starting WR Isaiah Jones (6-4, 198) was ruled academically ineligible. While Jones saw limited action last season and caught just two passes, he was expected to be Jameis Winston's tall target to replace the departed Kelvin Benjamin (6-5).

--Heralded redshirt freshman LB Matthew Thomas injured his ankle in one of last week's practices and was not listed on the depth chart for Saturday's opener against Oklahoma State. Thomas also missed most of last year with an injury after arriving at FSU as one of the highest-rated LB recruits in years, but he has yet to make an impact.