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July 29, 2010
Previewing FSU's September opponents
Warchant.com will be previewing all 12 of Florida State's regular-season opponents for the 2010 season.
September 4th vs. Samford
September 11th @ Oklahoma
This is by far the most anticipated game of the season for the Garnet and Gold and may be the most talked about game in years. FSU heads to Norman for the sixth meeting between these two teams with OU leading the all-time series 4-1. The last meeting came in the 2001 Orange Bowl in Miami when the Sooners earned an ugly 13-2 win and took home a national championship.
The 2010 Sooners are a lot stronger than their 8-5 record from a season ago. They did lose two of their best players in quarterback Sam Bradford (No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft) and defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (No. 3 pick), but coach Bob Stoops' team no longer worries about rebuilding, they simply reload.
Quarterback Landry Jones started 10 games in 2009 while filling in for an injured Bradford. Jones was inconsistent for the most part, but finished up the year with his best outing, a three-touchdown, 418 yard passing game against Stanford in the Sun Bowl.
At receiver, Ryan Broyles gives the Sooners a proven weapon. The 5-foot-11, 175-pounder led the Big 12 last year with 15 touchdowns. Brandon Caleb, Jaz Reynolds, and Dejuan Miller will give OU exceptional depth at that position.. The Sooners are also hoping recruits Kenny Stills and Justin McCay, who are major pieces on what some consider the best class Stoops has put together since he arrived in Norman in 1999.
In the backfield, FSU will go against a player it recruited hard as DeMarco Murray is the featured back for the Sooners. He may never be Adrian Peterson, but he's one of the most feared and talented runners in the Big 12.
This matchup also offers a chance for Bob Stoops to go up against his brother Mark, who was hired as the Seminoles' defensive coordinator in the offseason. It will be up to younger brother to stop the Sooner offense and bring home a "sod game" victory for the Garnet and Gold.
On defense, coordinator Brent Venables is one of the best in the game and his name has surfaced for many head coaching jobs in past years. He not only loses McCoy, but also starting cornerbacks Brian Jackson and Dominique Franks, as well as end Auston English. But, all-Big 12 linebacker Travis Lewis (led team in tackles the last two years) returns and end Frank Alexander is among the best at his position in the league. Combine those veterans with young tackles Casey Walker and Stacy McGee as well as ends R.J. Washington, and Price Macon, who thrived in spring practice, and many in Oklahoma are thinking back to the great defenses of the past.
September 5 vs. No. 20 Brigham Young* L 14-13
September 12 Idaho State W 64-0
September 19 Tulsa W 45-0
October 3 at No. 17 Miami (FL) L 21-20
October 10 Baylor W 33-7
October 17 vs. No. 3 Texas* L 16-13
October 24 at No. 25 Kansas W 35-13
October 31 Kansas State W 42-30
November 7 at Nebraska L 10-3
November 14 Texas A&M W 65-10
November 21 at Texas Tech L 41-13
November 28 No. 12 Oklahoma State W 27-0
December 31 vs. No. 21 Stanford* W 31-27
September 18th vs. BYU
September 25th vs. Wake Forest
Wake Forest doesn't appear to be nearly as dangerous an opponent as its been in recent years. In fact, on paper, this matchup should be a relatively easy win for the Seminoles, who put together a dominant offensive attack in their last meeting with Wake and came away with a 41-28 win on the road.