Sep 21, 2013; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston (5) on the sidelines during the second half of the game against the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Staff Predictions: FSU vs. Oklahoma State

Florida State football is finally back, tonight the Seminoles take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys in Dallas — here are our staff predictions for the game.

Patrik Nohe, Editor 

Score: FSU 38-17

I think Florida State wins tonight but I don’t think it’s the runaway blowout that a lot of fans are predicting. Oklahoma State may be inexperienced but it is not untalented. I expect the first half of the game to be fairly close. The key will be defensive adjustments. Last year Florida State’s coaching staff was very good at making tweaks and fixes on the fly and that will need to continue tonight. Jimbo Fisher said this week he hates openers, because without fully knowing what a team can do it’s tough to prepare to stop them. The trick, according to Fisher, is to teach conceptually. Oklahoma State could catch FSU off-guard early as the Seminoles try to get a feel for the Cowboys. But after the Seminoles make adjustments, FSU should pull away in the second half and win by a few scores.

 

David Visser, Editor

Score: FSU 42-20

Opening night jitters and the magnitude of the stage will probably keep this one tighter than most expect– at least early on. The Seminoles’ front seven will be under the microscope throughout the opener, as some unproven entities step into the spotlight for the first time on a national stage. The Cowboys have always scored– and they could well take advantage of this FSU inexperience. But superior talent, and a familiarity with the attention this sort of spectacle draws, will help the ‘Noles settle in and pull away– eventually.

 

Dan Ferreira, Recruiting/ACC Writer

Score: FSU 48-13

The day we’ve all been waiting on is finally here! Expect this game to be close for a quarter or two. In the long run, I just think OSU is too young and has too many questions to really compete in this one.

 

Harlen Shackleford, Contributing Writer

Score: FSU 55-13

FSU’s O-line and D-Line will overpower the latter, and establish dominance early on. Jameis will pick apart the young inexperienced secondary and lead the ‘Noles to a more than convincing victory. Don’t expect many punts as the only Seminole that may get foot on pigskin is Roberto Aguayo.

 

Griffin Wilcox, Contributing Writer

Score: FSU 48-24

Both teams will come out a bit rusty in the first quarter, Roberto Aguayo will put up a couple field goals early before Jameis Winston and the Florida State offense take off with the game. I believe the Florida State secondary will have 1-2 turnovers in this game and possibly a defensive touchdown. Oklahoma State will feel pretty good going into halftime, but it won’t go further than that. I don’t see Florida State having to work too hard going into the fourth quarter as the game should be well in hand by then. Jameis should have a 300-400 yard outing and it wouldn’t surprise me to see Karlos Williams with at least 100 yards on the ground as well.

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