Saturday’s Elite NCAA Football Match-up: #1 Oklahoma at #5 Florida State

The top-ranked Oklahoma Sooners (1-0) head to Tallahassee, Florida for the first time to take on the #5 ranked Florida State Seminoles (2-0) in what is sure to be the most-hyped, most-watched, and most-wagered on NCAA College Football match-up for Week 3. A victory tonight for either team puts some serious backing for a BCS title bid this season, and with both teams having geared up for months for this meeting, there is no doubt that as a sports fan you’ll want to dive into this match-up, put down your wager on it at one of the top online sports betting sites reviewed here, and get ready for all the action and excitement between two top teams that makes College Football one of the best sports to wager on of any out there!

Oklahoma comes into this match-up as one of the most offensively powerful teams in the land, led by junior quarterback Landry Jones, who is quickly picking up where he left off last year (4,718 yards, 38 TDs, 65.6% completion percentage). Against the Seminoles just over a year ago, Jones simply went gaga with a 30-for-40, 380 yard, 4 touchdown passing performance, which no doubt has the full attention of Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher and the FSU defense. The opposing quarterback who filled in for the ineffective Christian Ponder in that game (now of the Minnesota Vikings), is EJ Manuel, who now heads the Florida State offense and has gotten off to a great start albeit against sub-par competition. Tonight will be his first real test as the starter against Oklahoma, but the pressure may be even more squarely centered on the FSU defense to redeem themselves in this match-up at home in front of the fans at Doak Campbell Stadium, many of whom remember all too well the 47-7 rout the Sooners handed them last season, with a season high 487 yards of offense.

Betting Lines for #5 Florida State vs. #1 Oklahoma

Intertops Sportsbook (read the review of Intertops)  has the Oklahoma Sooners set up as the favorite on the road in tonight’s showdown, with -155 odds to win. Meanwhile the Florida State Seminoles come in as +135 underdogs on their home turf, and get 3.5 points on the spread at -120 odds. Oklahoma gives up 3.5 points at +100, so betting the spread may be a good way to go in this match-up if you’re looking to make some decent coin off this game. There’s plenty of scoring expected with two potent offenses on the field, and the over/under at 55 points (-110 odds either way)could offer up a good option for sports betting as well if the points total figures to be anything like last year’s blowout.

Our Pick to Win:

Both teams have plenty of veterans marching into this match-up, and plenty of firepower to emerge victorious if all the cards fall into place. Pitting the #1 offense of Oklahoma (663 total yards in their first game) versus the #13 offense of Florida State (509.5 average over two games),we’re definitely going to see the ball aired out. It may however depend on who has the better defense in a well-balanced offensive match-up, and who can get the ball moving on the ground while controlling possession throughout the contest. Though I like the direction Jimbo Fisher is taking FSU into the future, I expect the Sooners to roll through Tallahassee, covering the 3.5 points for the spread, and winning handily 34-24.

Players to Watch, Florida State:

James Wilder Jr., RB – The leading rusher for FSU has just 76 yards on 10 carries, and Fisher should be making plans to feature Wilder more in tonight’s game to help take pressure off EJ Manuel. It’s his time to shine, or be outshined by the Sooners’  standout back Dominique Whaley, who started this season off with 4 TDs and 131 yards in his first game played.

EJ Manuel, QB – The heart and soul of the Seminoles offense, Manuel gets a chance on the national stage to prove to everyone that both he and FSU deserve to be listed amongst the Top 10 teams in the nation. can he step up big at home and pull off the upset tonight?

Players to Watch, Oklahoma:

Ryan Broyles, WR – coming off a ridiculous season of 131 receptions, 1,622 yards and 14 TDs as Landry Jones’ weapon of choice, Broyles is already off to another blistering pace after picking up 14 catches for 158 yards and a score in Week 1 against Tulsa. Look for #85’s number to get called early and often, and give the FSU defense another headache to deal with tonight.

Landry Jones, QB – With 113 yards remaining before Jones surpasses Sam Bradford’s mark of 8,413 all-time passing yards at Oklahoma, keep your eye on Jones to not only break through the mark Saturday night, but likely go much further out on his own record-setting path. Coming off a 4,700+ yards season, and looking as good as ever, this guy is exciting to watch in any game, and regardless of opponent expect him to do serious damage to the opposing defensive secondary all night long.

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