Two of the most storied programs in the history of the game face off for the first time in nearly a decade. The Oklahoma Sooners and the Florida State Seminoles. A date that has been circled on every FSU fan's schedule since the off-season began. This is the game that can send Florida State back into the national spotlight that it once controlled. On the other hand Oklahoma can prove that they are for real this year and that Landry Jones and company really are in the mix for the National Championship.
Both teams are coming off of first game wins against lesser opponents. Oklahoma, however struggled and won by a touchdown against Utah State at home. Florida State took care of business in the coaching debut of Jimbo Fisher by defeating Samford in a 59-6 route.
So what can we expect for Saturday? A lot of points being scored. Both defenses look to be the Achilles heal of these two squads and both defenses have a lot to prove if their teams are going to be successful. Oklahoma has some proven play makers in Travis Lewis, Jeremy Beal, Jonathan Nelson and Quinton Carter. Florida State on the other hand has an inexperienced secondary and a defensive line full of potential stars or busts. Nigel Bradham stands alone as the star of the squad, but youngsters Greg Reid, LaMarcus Joyner, Xavier Rhodes and Terrance Parks all have potential to be huge play makers.
Both offenses boast star athletes. The most notable for Florida State is Christian Ponder, the Heisman candidate quarterback. Oklahoma has Landry Jones, the sophomore quarterback that can light up any secondary. DeMarco Murray is a legitimate home-run threat every time he touches the ball and Ryan Broyles is as good as any receiver in the country.
Both teams have a lot weighing on the match-up, but Florida State has the slight edge in that department. They have been mediocre for the past decade which resulted in the stepping down of what made them who they are; former head coach and legend Bobby Bowden. This team seems different under Fisher, there's almost a new attitude surrounding the Seminoles. An attitude that doesn't want to fail. This team wants to be great and that is an advantage that favors them going into the contest.
One of the key stories going into the contest is the brotherly rivalry that will being between Bob Stoops and Mark Stoops. Both will know each others strengths and weaknesses which makes the game all the more interesting and adds more bragging rights to the table.
If Florida State can win this contest it will vault them into the National spotlight that it has so desperately been craving for the past few years. Top 10 implications are also on the line. Bottom line: if FSU wins, they are officially back.
Final predication; Florida State escapes with a victory 31-28.