Oklahoma, Florida State meet at crossroads

September, 15, 2011
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Oklahoma and Florida State are a fascinating crossroads.

A win for Florida State may signify an official entrance (once again) into perennial national relevance under Jimbo Fisher, with a young team and top-ranked recruiting classes in tow.

But for Oklahoma, ranked No. 1 entering this weekend's matchup, it was its win over Florida State that propelled it to national relevance.

Jake Trotter at SoonerNation explores the juxtaposition:
With Stoops, the plucky Sooners knocked off Florida State, the "it" program in college football at the time, to claim their first national championship in 15 years.

The game signified a turning point for both programs: OU's abrupt return to prominence and the start of FSU's steady decline.

"It was the beginning of what this place has become," said OU offensive coordinator Josh Heupel, who was the quarterback for that Oklahoma team. "A springboard to the success we had the rest of the decade."

And here we are, with a mammoth matchup waiting on Saturday. I can't wait.

Check out SoonerNation for more.

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