After finishing 10-3 in 2012, the Oklahoma Sooners had to look forward to the 2013 season without their starting quarterback, Landry Jones. Bob Stoops is set to start a new gunslinger and the Sooners will look to top last year’s record by winning a conference title and contending for a national one.
On the other side of the field, the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks were one of the best non-BCS teams in college football a season ago. They took down the Arkansas Razorbacks in game one and nearly took down the Auburn Tigers the following week. They became one of college football’s true Cinderellas.
Oklahoma’s offense can be pretty solid this season especially if they get the ball in the hands of Damien Williams more often. The running back rushed for nearly 1,000 yards on 176 carries last season with 11 touchdowns to go with it. Trevor Knight is set to be the starting quarterback and it will be interesting to see how he transitions from backup — he’s never even thrown a touchdown pass.
ULM, on the other hand, had one of the best passing games in the Sun Belt last season with Kolton Browning at quarterback. He returns as a senior and passed for over 3,000 yards last season along with 29 touchdowns. Oh, and he’s also the team’s lead returning rusher with 488 yards and seven touchdowns.
Louisiana-Monroe had a better defensive unit in 2012 than the Sooners — on paper. This game will be a bit of a blowout as the Sooners’ offense will be too much for the Warhawks average defense. Oklahoma only returns four starters on defense, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they held this team to under 20 points.
ULM will be traveling to Oklahoma to take on the Sooners at 7 p.m. EST on Saturday, Aug. 31. Check your local listings for the channel.
PREDICTION: ULM 21, Oklahoma 42