Oklahoma State football: Cowboys embrace challenge of facing Seminoles

by John Helsley Published: August 26, 2014
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Mike Gundy called Florida State “as good a team as we’ve ever played.”

During Gundy’s tenure, the list of opponents has included some hefty foes, including 2005 national champion Texas.

FSU, of course, won the BCS title a year ago and is ranked No. 1 as the strong favorite to repeat, with 15 starters returning, including Heisman Trophy quarterback Jameis Winston.

Cowboys defensive tackle James Castleman hasn’t been around as long as Gundy, yet he shares the high praise for the Seminoles.

“I think that this team as a whole will probably be one of the better teams we will ever face,” Castleman said. “I also think this team offensively, their O-line and receiver corps, will be probably the best we will face. This offensive line is probably the biggest all around. They average around 310 pounds, so that’s the biggest I’ve ever seen since I’ve been here.”

Still, Castleman and his teammates say they’re more excited than anxious about the matchup.

“I’m excited to play against them,” Castleman said. “I’m excited to play against the Heisman winner. I’m excited about all of it.”

NOLES NOT AFRAID OF BIG STAGE

Florida State hopes to be back at AT&T Stadium in January for the national championship game.

But first, the Seminoles are focused on facing OSU in the Cowboys Classic.

It’s an early game on the big stage, yet a stage that most on the team are quite accustomed to being on.

“National championship (game) was a big stage and a lot of them got to play in that one,” said FSU coach Jimbo Fisher. “They got to play in the ACC championship. They got to play at Clemson.

“But the opening jitters of a first game is always going to be there. That’s all part of sports, how you handle those situations, how you handle those arenas.

“But we’ve been in a lot of big games.”

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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