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Prime Time Match Up of Sooners and 'Noles

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By Edited Nov 20, 2015 0 0

The college football matchup on September 11th between Florida State and Oklahoma may appear as if it has lost some of its luster after both sides experienced a disappointing 2009; but many reasons remain as to why this is a game worth paying attention to, and why it should still be considered a prime out of conference matchup early in the college football season.

Both teams should have a relatively easy game in the first week of the season, with Oklahoma playing host to Utah State and Florida State taking on FCS school Samford. But after those underwhelming games, both the Sooners and Seminoles will have an opportunity to make a statement with a big win that will show the rest of college football that the previous season was simply an aberration and not a set back for the program.

Oklahoma will come into the game led by sophomore Landry Jones at quarterback in his second year as a starter. Last year Jones stepped in one year earlier than expected after starter and top NFL draft pick Sam Bradford suffered a season ending injury in a season opening loss to BYU. Although talented, the growing pains Jones went through during the season was a key factor in several close losses that Oklahoma suffered, leading to their record of 8-5, far below expectations.

On the other hand, Florida State will be led in the game by senior quarterback Christian Ponder. Ponder will enter the season with high expectations, as he is believed to be a potential first round draft pick next April, despite suffering a season ending injury last season, forcing him to miss the final four games of a disappointing 7-6 season.

To conclude, Oklahoma vs. FSU tickets should become a tough ticket. If two high profile quarterbacks is not enough, it should not be overlooked that this will be the first FBS opponent and first true test for new Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher, as he officially takes over the position from the legendary Bobby Bowden. Despite having Ponder at his disposal, Fisher will have his hands full trying to turn around a team that would have ended last year with a losing record if not for an emotional bowl victory over West Virginia in Bowden's fair well game. So with two talented quarterbacks and plenty of intriguing sub plots, there are plenty of reasons to think that Florida State at Oklahoma is a game worth seeing this fall.

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