Two perennial college football powerhouses will meet in Orlando at the Cheez-It Bowl. Oklahoma, one of the nation’s top teams over the past few seasons, hasn’t had the season that many expected.
Coming in at 6-6 under first-year head coach Brent Venables, the Sooners won’t be finishing in the top 10 for the first time in seven seasons.
Oklahoma’s opponent, the Florida State Seminoles, is a program on the rebound. Mike Norvell’s squad is looking for their first 10-win season since 2016. With a win, the Seminoles could find themselves ranked inside the top 10 after all is said and done.Let’s take a look at each of the two participants in this year’s Cheez-It Bowl, and then we’ll give you our Oklahoma vs. Florida State prediction for your favorite betting on College Football.
Can the Florida State Seminoles Get Back Into the Top 10?
A lot of Oklahoma’s recruits also de-committed from the Sooner program. Venables worked hard to put together a very good class, but the Sooners program just couldn’t get things going this season.
In this one, Oklahoma will be without many key players, as they have chosen to opt-out of the bowl game. They’ll still have quarterback Dillon Gabriel. He should end the season with over 3,000 passing yards. Gabriel has thrown for 24 touchdowns and rushed for five more.
His top target, wide receiver Marvin Mims, plans on playing in this one. Tight end Brayden Willis, who has seven touchdown catches on the season, will be playing as well. The offensive line will be missing two starters, as they have opted not to play.
Unfortunately for Oklahoma, they’ll be meeting a Florida State defense that is one of the top defenses in the country. With 34 sacks on the season, they can get after the quarterback. A weakened Oklahoma offense could be in for a long day against the strong Seminoles’ defense.
Florida State Seminoles
The Seminoles’ offense looks to have most of their key components in place for this one. Quarterback Jordan Travis looks to have all of his offensive weapons available, and that will be a bonus for one of the top-scoring offenses in the country.
They’ll be facing an Oklahoma defense that hasn’t lived up to expectations this season. Florida State should be able to move the ball on the Oklahoma defense and should be able to put some points on the board.
Florida State comes into this one as a nine-point favorite. We expect to see both teams put points on the board; however, Florida State’s defense will be the difference in this one.
They’ll be able to get some key stops when needed. Oklahoma is missing too many key players, and they will struggle to stop Florida State’s high-powered offense.
The Seminoles win this one 37-24, thus covering the spread. Florida State should be a top-10 team after this one, as Mike Norvell is rebuilding the once-proud Florida State program.