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College football preview: No.1 Florida State vs Oklahoma State

Jameis Winston looks to embrace game pressure
Jameis Winston looks to embrace game pressure
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The No. 1 Florida State Seminoles travel into Big 12 country to take on Oklahoma State at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. This is the first sight of the National champions as they try to repeat the feat in 2014. First things, first, the Seminoles will have to knock off a game Oklahoma State squad that is being greatly overlooked.

Florida State vs. Oklahoma State
When: Saturday Aug. 30. 8:00 p.m.
Where: AT&T Stadium

All eyes will be on Jameis Winston when the Seminoles take the field. At this point last year, Winston was a guy with a lot of promise, but he had not taken a snap of college football. In 2014, Jameis Winston is the reigning national champion and Heisman trophy winner. Thus, the Seminoles will get everybody’s best shot, starting with the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

For Oklahoma State, this is a chance to prove that they are as strong as ever. They come into the game with a chip on their shoulder and it’s for a good reason. The Cowboys are a 19 point underdog to the Seminoles.

Florida State Seminoles

Offensively, Florida State was a juggernaut that averaged 519 yards last season. They are missing key pieces from that first unit, but the Seminoles have a lot of quality returning. The top two running backs are gone, but steps in Karlos Williams who 91 carries last season. Williams averaged 8.0 yards per carry as a reserve, and he’s ready to be a breakout star.

Rashad Greene was the leading receiver for the Seminoles, but he is the only one of the three wideouts that returned for another season. Florida State also has Nick O’Leary back at tight end.

Combine all these players, with the whole offensive line returning intact, and you see why Florida State entered the season as preseason No.1.

Defensively, the Seminoles will have to deal with a potent Oklahoma State offense. Mario Edwards Jr. will lead the way in the front seven, but he isn’t the only stalwart returning to a dominant defensive unit.

Oklahoma State Cowboys

Head coach Mike Gundy is an offensive guru that always has Oklahoma State’s offense very productive. Last season they scored over 30 points nine times. That was with the offense looking sluggish at times. It’s finally J.W. Walsh’s time to take the quarterback reigns for good.
He must handle the pressure that Florida State brings. Inevitably, there are going to be pivotal moments in every quarter of the game. How will J.W. Walsh handle those times will be the key to an upset victory.

Defensively, the Cowboys are going to be under fire. Sure, tackling will be important. However, Oklahoma State needs to keep Jameis Winston off balance and uncomfortable. All they need to do is limit big plays. Regardless of what Florida State says, they want to score points and score in a hurry. There’s a standard to live up to with Winston at the helm.

The Verdict

This game is going to be highly entertaining to open the season. If it’s not a high scoring affair, that will be an upset in itself. Let’s see if Jameis Winston and the Seminoles offense can take care of business from the get go. In the end, Florida State will win, but Oklahoma State will show itself well.

Florida State 45
Oklahoma state 31

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