Oklahoma vs Florida State: Over/Under, Spread, Predictions and TV Info

Joseph HealyCorrespondent ISeptember 17, 2011

NORMAN, OK - SEPTEMBER 11:  Quarterback Landry Jones #12 of the Oklahoma Sooners drops back to pass against the Florida State Seminoles in the first quarter at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 11, 2010 in Norman, Oklahoma.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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This game between two historical college football powers is easily the most anticipated matchup of the weekend.

The winner will find themselves squarely in the national title conversation while the loser will have to hope for losses ahead of them to get back in the discussion.


This marquee matchup will take place in Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida


Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. EST.


This game will be televised nationally over the air on ABC.


The over/under in this game, according to BookMaker.com, is 55. I'd go with the over here.

Both teams have talented defenses, but I think both teams will be looking to open up the playbooks to get their offenses in rhythm early on.


The spread, according to Bodog, is Oklahoma by 3.5.

Oklahoma is the smart play here. Last season they blew FSU off the field. While FSU is better this year and this game is at home in Tallahassee, I'm not sure they're so much better that they can overcome the Sooners.

Key Injuries

For the Seminoles, two of their top receiving options have injury questions. Willie Haulstead is expected to miss his third straight game with concussion symptoms and star wide receiver Bert Reed may be limited by an ankle injury suffered against Charleston Southern. Reed has been in a walking boot as of late, but head coach Jimbo Fisher expects him to play.

The Sooners have two huge injuries of their own, but both of their injuries are more of the long-term variety. Linebacker Travis Lewis is working his way back from a broken toe and will likely miss at least another week or two. Right tackle Jarvis Jones is out with a torn patellar tendon.

BCS/Top 25 Poll Implications

A win for Oklahoma only solidifies their position as the top team in the nation and national title favorites. A loss and they likely only drop a few spots, although they would need help to get back into the national title picture.

A win for Florida State will have to put them in consideration to take over Oklahoma's spot at the top of the top 25 rankings and at the forefront of people's minds when discussing national title favorites. A loss in this game might cause FSU to tumble out of the top ten, as many will believe them to be frauds.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - NOVEMBER 27:  E.J. Manuel #3 of the Florida State Seminoles looks for a play from the sidelines during a game against the Florida Gators at Doak Campbell Stadium on November 27, 2010 in Tallahassee, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty
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Keys to an Oklahoma Win

For the Sooners to come out victorious, they must contain FSU's speedy offense. If they let quarterback E.J. Manuel run out of the pocket and wide receiver Bert Reed get behind them, it could be a long day. If they keep those two in check, though, FSU's offense will be in deep trouble.

Keys to a Florida State Win

For FSU, they must play better defense than they did last season against OU. They have the athletes to keep up with Oklahoma's skill players, but if they don't play good team defense, it won't matter. Oklahoma is too skilled and disciplined on offense for FSU to succeed on speed alone.


FSU will come out and play much better than they did last season. E.J. Manuel will lead the team down the field well and the defense will be playing fast, but disciplined.

In the end, though, the Sooners will just have too much experience and skill.

Oklahoma Over Florida State 31-27


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