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“We were not quite prepared for that test a year ago,” Mark Stoops said. “We were not quite prepared for that environment and the speed of that game.”

He hopes to even up the score Saturday.

Florida State’s defense this season has been nothing short of magnificent, although the opposition has been less than stellar.

“I feel like we’re bigger and stronger,” Stoops said. “We like our depth and we like our players. Now we need to take the next step.”

The Seminoles have allowed 10 points and less than 300 yards in easy victories over Louisiana-Monroe and Charleston Southern.

The speed of the game changes drastically Saturday.

“It’s faster than fast,” Florida State linebacker Nigel Bradham said.

Added tackle Everett Dawkins: “They run two plays and in 10 seconds they’ll be lined up ready to do another. “You’ve just got to be ready.”

The Sooners’ dizzying pace has kept the younger Stoops busy ever since last year’s loss at OU.

Fisher made a change in his offensive line this week in hopes of bolstering a sluggish running game. Jacob Fahrenkrug, who started the first two games at center, switched positions with left guard Bryan Stork.

Florida State will be without wide receiver Willie Haulstead for a third straight game and veteran wideout Bert Reed was hampered in practice this week with an ankle sprain.

One of the most interested onlookers will be Bowden, who was involved in several family feuds on the field himself when he coached against son Tommy when the younger Bowden was at Clemson.

Bowden, however, will be watching on television. Always an optimist, Bowden likes the Seminoles chances.

“You remember when Pitt came in there in 1980 with that all-world team?” Bowden asked in a phone interview. “I felt like that in my 57 years, that’s the best team we ever lined up against. We upset them that day in Tallahassee. I’m hoping that Florida State can do that again this week.”

“It’s big, boy, it’s big,” he said. “I’ve really got a feeling that they might do it.”