Oklahoma football: Sooners host UCLA in Pac-12/Big-12 showdown

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PASADENA, CA – SEPTEMBER 01: Jordan Wilson #87 of the UCLA Bruins is tackled after his catch by Jakari Robinson of the Cincinnati Bearcats during the first quarter at Rose Bowl on September 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Need additional proof that this year’s edition of Oklahoma football is the real deal?  A more recognized name in college football provides the next test.

After an impressive season-opening win last weekend, the 2018 edition of Sooners football seeks to solidify its place as a legitimate national championship contender with another strong performance on Saturday against the visiting UCLA Bruins out of the Pac-12 Conference.

Saturday’s game will be only the fifth meeting all-time between these two teams, with Oklahoma owning a 3-1 record and 2-0 in Norman.

In the two previous games played at OU, the Sooners have outscored UCLA 97-27. The last time OU hosted the Bruins at Gaylord Family — Oklahoma Memorial Stadium was in 2003. Bob Stoops’ Sooners prevailed in that game 59-24, with OU’s Antonio Perkins establishing an NCAA record returning three Bruin punts for touchdowns.

Two years later, in 2005, unranked UCLA returned the favor, defeating the No. 21-ranked Sooners 41-24 in Pasadena.

Oklahoma comes into its game with UCLA as the No. 5 team in the Coaches Poll and the country’s No. 6 team in the Associated Press Top 25. The Sooners are 20-2 at home and 31-4 overall as the No. 6 team in the AP poll.

The Bruins were not as fortunate as the Sooners in their season opener last Saturday. In the debut of their new head coach, Chip Kelly, UCLA came up on the short end of a 26-17 score at home against Cincinnati. The Bruins led UC 10-0 after one quarter, but lost their starting quarterback, Wilson Speight, to injury in the second quarter.

The game on Saturday is set for another early-morning kick. Fox will televise the game, beginning at 12 noon CT.

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