ESPN commentator David Pollack analyzes OU-Florida State game

by Mel Bracht Modified: September 14, 2011 at 5:54 pm •  Published: September 14, 2011
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ESPN's “College GameDay” analyst David Pollack discussed the No. 1 OU at No. 5 Florida State game Saturday night.

What's the Sooners' biggest challenge?

OU beat this team by 30 a year ago. You have to come in still with the right mindset and the challenge of going on the road. I know what they do in Norman. My God! It's domination every single season. Last year Oklahoma lost two games, Missouri and A&M, both on the road. Landry Jones has struggled a little bit more on the road and it makes sense. You get an offense that is no huddle, fast break. Your communication level when it's loud, when there's 100,000 people screaming, isn't as good. The biggest difference is handling the road situation and putting last year's 30-point beatdown far back in your mind.

What's the Seminoles' biggest challenge?

Can they score with OU? I have no doubt their defense is improved, but Oklahoma is going to score points. Landy Jones is ridiculous. Ryan Broyles, you can go down the list of guys who are going to score points. Can (quarterback) EJ Manuel and that offense be efficient? Their running game is just OK, nothing spectacular. Manuel, starting for the first season, is not a finished product. Can Florida State offense's answer the bell? It's going to be a big wake-up call.

Are there similarities between OU and past Florida State teams?

I think Oklahoma is Florida State say about 10 years ago. You looked at the skilled positions. It used to be easy to throw it out to Peter Warrick and Warrick Dunn and say, ‘Here, you go.” Oklahoma is more what Florida State used to be than what Florida State is now.


by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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