Florida State Football: Preparing for Oklahoma Through Charleston Southern
The Florida State Seminoles football team gets one more game—against Charleston Southern—before their long awaited re-match with the Oklahoma Sooners.
Jimbo Fisher has insisted all week long that the 'Noles are not looking ahead to Oklahoma, but are instead focusing on getting better and seeing Charleston Southern as a legitimate opponent. We all know that at least some of that is false.
For starters, Florida State has been thinking about Oklahoma for a year now, counting down the minutes till they get another shot to prove they are worthy enough to be a top tier team again. That all has to happen against Oklahoma.
This is their national championship, and it's only going to be Week 3. While that may be somewhat of an exaggeration, the game is their biggest on the schedule and it's against the top ranked team in the country. There will be plenty of obstacles left for them—including Clemson, Miami and Florida—but Charleston Southern certainly isn't one of them.
Florida State is going to run through Charleston Southern—there is no doubt about that—especially considering Central Florida beat them 62-0. The real question is going to be what Florida State is going to do to them E.J. Manuel had a solid outing against Louisiana-Monroe, but it could've been better, and he was without receiver Willie Haulstead, who is expected to play a significant role in the offense this season.
Chris Thompson didn't see as much playing time either, and the ground game wasn't as good as predicted. This game is a glorified scrimmage, and that isn't meant to be disrespectful to Charleston Southern, but the talent across the board for Florida State is going to be too much for them.
Florida State should view this game as one last full blown practice before the Oklahoma game. One last chance to dot the I's and cross the T's. One last chance to make sure that everything is set in stone and they are ready to reclaim the throne that was theirs in the 90's; yes, it is very overly dramatic, but this is Florida State's chance to show the college world that they are officially back, and they can only do that with a win against Oklahoma—an ACC championship just isn't enough.
Florida State will be without all-star cornerback Greg Reid and back-up linebacker Telvin Smith, but that shouldn't be a problem. The 'Noles will still shine and there will plenty of excitement again in Tallahassee, but it will be just a small preview compared to what next week will be like when the Sooners roll in.
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