Wednesday, September 14, 2011
FSU out to settle score against OU
Matthew Emmons/US Presswire
Mark Stoops (right) is in charge of a Florida State defense that will try and slow down brother Bob's (left) high-powered Oklahoma offense that scored 47 points against the Seminoles in 2010.
The Florida State Seminoles will seek revenge against the Oklahoma Sooners Saturday (8 ET on ABC) for last year’s 30-point blowout (47-17) in Norman that gave new coach Jimbo Fisher his first loss as the Seminoles head coach.
Oklahoma has the nation’s longest home winning streak at 37 games, but it has struggled on the road with five losses in 14 away games since the start of the 2009 season. A key difference has been the play of quarterback Landry Jones, as 15 of his 26 interceptions have come on the road.
The Sooners are coming off a bye week and have had plenty of time to prepare for the Seminoles. That could be bad news for Florida State. Under Bob Stoops, OU is 15-3 in the regular season with more than one week to prepare for an opponent. However, all three of those losses have come against ranked teams (2009 Miami; 2006 Texas; 2003 Kansas State).
One major question for Florida State is whether they can stop the Sooners offensive firepower. Oklahoma totaled 663 yards of offense against Tulsa in the opener, but FSU has allowed just 137.5 total yards in its two games – with just 155 yards passing combined! It should be noted that neither team has truly been tested yet.
The man in charge of trying to slow down the Sooners offense is defensive coordinator Mark Stoops, the brother of OU coach Bob. Last year, Oklahoma led the nation in plays per game, and the Sooners are leading in that category so far this season. The Seminoles have limited opponents to 53 plays per game (fourth in FBS) in the early part of this season.
This is the seventh time that Florida State will face an AP top-ranked team, but only the second time in Tallahassee. The other time was in 1996, when No. 2 FSU beat No. 1 Florida Gators 24-21. Florida would gain revenge a month later by beating the Seminoles in the Sugar Bowl to claim the national championship. FSU is 1-5 all-time vs top-ranked opponents.