#4 Oklahoma (0-0) vs. Louisiana Tech (0-0)
- Time: 6:00 PM
- Location: Norman, OK
- TV: Pay-Per-View
- Online Stream: SoonerSports.TV
- Radio: 107.7 FM, The Franchise. 1520 AM KOKC
The day has arrived. The off-season has been long and Oklahoma’s bowl game performance left Sooner fans hungry. National Title hungry.
The Sooners host the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, who want nothing more than to upset the fourth-ranked Oklahoma Sooners.
Breaking in a new quarterback won’t be easy for Skip Holtz’s Bulldogs. Iowa transfer Cody Sokol beat out sophomore Ryan Higgins for the starting quarterback job.
He will have Kenneth Dixon as a viable option at tailback. But let’s look at a comparison between the two teams in 2013:
|Record (Conference)||11-2 (7-2)||4-8 (3-5)|
|Total Offense Yards||423.0||366.2|
Oklahoma’s year went smoother—A LOT SMOOTHER—but nothing is promised in college football.
Bob Stoops is undefeated against Conference USA opponents. Though, let’s not pencil in the win so fast.
Keys to Victory:
- Protect Trevor Knight — This is fairly obvious. Oklahoma’s 2014 Sugar Bowl MVP won’t have Blake Bell or Kendall Thompson ready as a back-up. The offensive line, which lost senior center Gabe Ikard, needs to make sure Knight stays in as long as need be. If Oklahoma can allow him time to work with his young receivers and not make so many plays on his own, the Sooners should be fine.
- Eliminate the Big Play — OU has allowed a few big plays go past them. Louisiana Tech has Kenneth Dixon, a big playmaker for the 2012 Bulldogs squad. He was hampered by injuries in 2013. However, he’s back, and if Louisiana Tech opens up the passing game, then it could be a tough opener for Oklahoma’s defense.
- Play With a Purpose — Oklahoma knew it wasn’t the “top dawg” last season. Their Big 12 Title hopes were shot fast, which left them with a lot of anger and motivation. Oklahoma wanted to prove itself. While the Alabama game was an impressive feat for Bob Stoops’ 2013 squad, OU knows the ultimate goal isn’t Sugar Bowl wins. It’s the National Championship Trophy. If they came out sluggish and uninspired, Louisiana Tech could upset the Sooners.