The Seminoles are ready to welcome the top-ranked Sooners to Doak Campbell Stadium on Saturday night in the primetime matchup on ABC at 8 p.m.
The last time the top-ranked team visited Doak Campbell Stadium was in 1996 when No. 1 Florida came to town and suffered a 24-21 loss to the hands of the Seminoles.
Florida State’s preparation for No. 1 Oklahoma continued on Wednesday with what head coach Jimbo Fisher called a “solid Wednesday (practice), according to Florida State officials.
“It’s a tremendous opportunity,” linebacker Vince Williams said of playing defense against Oklahoma’s high-powered offense. “They did a lot of things against us last year. That was a completely different team; that was a completely different defense. That was one game in (to the season). Now, we are much more mature.
FSU worked for two an half hours for the second straight day in full pads focusing on third down and fourth down situations.
“I think we’ve been getting prepared pretty well,” running back Chris Thompson said. “We don’t know how many carries we are going to get in the game-there are like three or four of us rotating. We know each and every day that when we’re practicing we just have to make the most of our carries we get.”
“I feel pretty good,” he also said. “We still preparing. I feel pretty good and the other guys do too.”
When asked how the team was managing the excitement surrounding Saturday’s game, Fisher said, “I can’t tell that now. We’re practicing. I mean practice seems like practice to me every day… Practice ain’t different…from that standpoint it’s still hard, getting in their reps and going all out. They seem to be OK. They seem to be fine.”
“It’s like any other week,” wide receiver Kenny Shaw remarked on how the week has been. “We work hard, focus on the game.”
“The coaches are acting the same-there’s been no change and that’s what we want,” he also said. “Practice has been what it’s usually been.”
The Seminoles received some good news when cornerback Xevier Rhodes returned to practice Wednesday after missing the last two days of practice. Wide receiver Bert Reed did not practice Wednesday.
The Seminoles will hold their last practice of the week Thursday.