1. Did the film tell a similar story?
We did, we played well, like we thought and it was obvious. We did a lot of the little things well. A lot of little details I was very pleased with. Guys were able to take to the field and play consistently throughout the game. For the most part they kept up their intensity level high. Was very pleased when our backups came into the game they played with the same mentality. They played hard for the whole sixty minutes. Tried to get better in every aspect, didn't take any plays off or think like the game was over and played like it was zero to zero. Every drive and every play we played with a lot of intensity and I was very pleased with that part of it.
2. Christian said the starting WR's made no mistakes, is that accurate?
For the most part they were pretty mistake free. Played hard, blocked well, and got on the right guys. There are a lot of technical things we have to get better at, but for the most part, if you look at the generality of what they were supposed to, they did that, there were where they were supposed to be. There is always improvement on how you get there and the technique you do it with and the speed you do it with, and with all those things we will continue to grow, but for the most part, in that aspect of it, they did a really good job.
3. How much of a better indication will you have of this team after this week?
I think we will definitely. You're upgrading in talent. You're going to one of the premier programs in America in Oklahoma, and one of the best coached football teams in America. It is going to be a very stiff challenge. We have a great challenge ahead of us, and one where it will be interesting to see where we are at right now.
4. Do you look at it as a measuring stick game?
I think it's a measuring stick for your team. When you upgrade in talent and play the level of competition that Oklahoma is, with the way their coached and the tradition they have and going on your first road trip and all those things, I think it is. I think it's a great indicator of where you are at right now and I am anxious to see our guys to see how they accept the challenge of preparing to go play Oklahoma, not playing Oklahoma, but preparing to play Oklahoma, I think that is the key part we have to keep focusing on.
5. How much different of a mindset is it preparing for Oklahoma than it was for Samford last week?
Not one bit. We play every game like it the national championship. Every game counts as one win, it counts as one loss. You have to learn to prepare the same way. You don't change your preparation and we are not going to change anything about it. The intensity level, our focus, our concentration, our practice times, everything is going to be the same. You have to treat every game the same. The only thing we can control is this week. We cannot control the week after that and we cannot do anything about the week that just left. We have to play this week and that is the focus and concentration level we want them on.
6. Did playing so many players provide you the ability to further evaluate your own guys, especially the freshman?
It was good to get them out there and get some of those nerves out. They understand now how to walk onto a college game field and perform and with all the pressure that goes with it. All those butterflies and anxiety and there will still be more of it because it's our first road game. That is all part of the maturity process and the growing process but it was very important to get them in games and to understand where they are at and how to handle things and I was very pleased. A lot of those guys are going to be counted on to keep growing in their development to provide backup roles and if somebody gets hurt for them to be ready to play and some of them as they get better will be counted on more in the game plan each week.
7. When Coach Bowden first established FSU, he played tough road games across the country like this. There hasn't been a game like this for FSU in quite a while. Do you feel this is similar situation?
Traditionally Oklahoma is one of your traditional powers. I guess that is what you mean when you're talking about FSU going to play Notre Dame, Ohio State and those games on the road. You know we won a big road game against Boston College a couple years ago when they were the number two in the country and a heck of a team, but this is a game I am anxious to see. You know I think Florida State's program then he was really establishing them in the limelight, and he established them, so now hopefully we can handle those pressures and go out there. It is good for a young football team, like I say we are still a very young football team with six seniors playing, and a lot of freshman, sophomores and some juniors playing. I think it will be a great test to our ability to prepare and go out there to handle a lot of adversity with a hostile crowd and all those situations while going against all the great coaching and players Oklahoma has.
8. You only had one substitution penalty in the first quarter, but later there were some other penalties in the second half that were all personal fouls against the defense that were aggressive penalties that maybe were a little borderline. Are you worried about those?
No, you always worry about any penalty, but how you make penalties because there are smart penalties and there are dumb penalties. We all want to be penalty free, but you are going to have a few mistakes every now and then. That is going to happen, but how to you make them I think is very important. Just like a quarterback is going to have a bad throw occasionally, but how he makes it. Some throws are knucklehead throws and then there is some that as I like to say, the football gods that is their will. Balls are going to get tipped or how you miss or do things are important. All those penalties, I am anxious to see a ruling back on them. I just want to see how they are calling them, I want to make sure so I can make sure we are teaching are guys the right way to not put our head down or put our shoulder. I thought a few of them were shoulder shots, but we will get a ruling back from the ACC office to make sure we are teaching things right. They were not discipline penalties, and I think that is the important thing you got to look at.
9. A lot of people are looking at this as two top twenty programs on national television playing each other. Is this as much of a test for you as it is for the kids?
I think this is a test for our whole organization. By the whole organization I mean that is the head coach, the assistant coaches, our players, our administration, the way we prepare, the way we do things and just our mindset at Florida State. Is about where we want to go and how we want to get there. I think it's a test for everybody. Every game is a test, and this is just bigger because it is on a national scale, it is on the road with two nationally ranked teams. I think that all does play into it, so I think it's a test on all of us, and every week it is. You play the conference schedule we play, and the out of conference schedule we play, we are going to be tested every week.
10 Bob Stoops talked about how Utah State gave them much different looks on offense. Can you get as much from the Utah State film or is your offense just too much different?
They were, they are a lot different. Totally different than the things we do. They have a quarterback that was very dynamic, scrambled and made a lot of throws. That is for Coach Stoops and them to evaluate. You get some things, some formations or things like that. You get some things out of every film. How much or how similar we are, than the answer is we are not very similar.
11. Will you show previous games or the Utah State games to the players?
We will show both. We will show last year, what they did and with how they react to things and we will show this year because you have to evaluate the personnel because it's different personnel and different people. You have to show both.
12. With Mark and Bob being brothers, does Oklahoma run a similar defense to ours?
Lots of base stuff in there. As I say they haven't all been together so they have all kind of evolved in their own direction, but the base philosophies you can see a lot of similarities. Some of the base blitzes and things, but there will be a lot of the nuances of the defense which will be much different. You can see they all kind of went in their own way. Mark and Mike went in their own way in the way they have changed it.