Tale of the Tape: Sooners vs. 'Noles

For just the second time in history, Florida State will host the No. 1 team in the country at Doak Campbell Stadium. Here are some facts to consider thanks to NoleDigest.com's weekly Tale of the Tape.


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Junior cornerback Greg Reid will be back for the Oklahoma game after sitting out the Charleston Southern contest due to disciplinary reasons.

The Matchup

Florida State -- No. 5 in the coaches' poll, No. 5 in the AP -- entertains consensus No. 1 Oklahoma in a battle of unbeaten teams Saturday at 8:00 p.m. on ABC. ...

The Seminoles (2-0) are coming off a 62-10 victory at home over Charleston Southern, while the Sooners (1-0) had an open week on the schedule after beating Tulsa in the season opener. ...

The Oklahoma game marks the seventh time FSU has faced the AP No. 1 team, but just the second time that it plays host to the nation's top-ranked team at Doak Campbell Stadium. The Seminoles defeated No. 1 Florida 24-21 on Nov. 30, 1996. ...

ESPN College GameDay makes its first visit to Florida State since Oct. 11, 2003, when the Seminoles entertained Miami. ...

The Seminoles, however, are no strangers when ESPN College GameDay is in the house. This will mark FSU's 22nd appearance, dating back to the inaugural GameDay "road show" when the 'Noles visited Notre Dame on Nov. 13, 1993. ...

This is the sixth time that the ESPN College GameDay crew has visited Florida State. In addition to the 2003 Miami game, the crew has been on hand for Miami ('95), Florida ('96), Florida ('00) and Notre Dame ('02). ...

FSU will try to improve to 3-0 for the first time since 2005, when the Seminoles won their first five games of the season. ...

Florida State boasts an all-time record at Doak Campbell Stadium of 257-84-4 and is 265-88-4 all time in home games. This is FSU's 65th season of playing college football.

The Series

Oklahoma leads the all-time series against Florida State 5-1. ...

This will be the first meeting between the two schools in Tallahassee. ...

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Four of the previous meetings have come in bowl games, including three Orange Bowl matchups (1980, 1981, 2001). The inaugural meeting came in the 1965 Gator Bowl, where the Seminoles prevailed 36-19.

The Sooners are 2-0 on their home turf, including last season's 47-17 victory.

The Coaches

Florida State: Jimbo Fisher has an all-time record of 12-4 two games into his second season at the helm of the Seminoles. Fisher led FSU to a 10-4 record in 2010, establishing a school record for most victories by a first-year coach.

Oklahoma: Bob Stoops is in his 13th season as coach at Oklahoma and sports an impressive 131-30 record. He has led the Sooners to seven Big 12 titles and the 2000 national championship, when his second OU team denied Florida State a successful title defense.


John Crist is the editor-in-chief of NoleDigest.com, a Heisman Trophy voter and a member of the Football Writers Association of America.


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