If Brigham Young is to upset No. 3 Oklahoma Saturday, the Cougars probably will have to win a shootout.
OU coach Bob Stoops and his staff repeatedly have said a more experienced defense should be better equipped to combat high powered attacks.
No. 20 BYU's potent offense will provide a good test in the season opener, Stoops said Monday during the weekly Big 12 teleconference.
"They're really efficient," Stoops said. "They have an excellent quarterback, a great tight end and a great running back. That's the rub. They do a really good job with their skill guys, using them all of them. They make you deal with it all.
"They're very efficient and excellent throwing the ball but they also run the ball really well. As a defense, you've got to be able to handle both, hopefully be great against the run and hopefully get pressure on their quarterback."
While it's labeled a neutral site game, OU will have more fans in Arlington, Texas. The advantages to playing in Dallas are it's a key recruiting area and there are a lot of alumni in north Texas.
"Sometimes it works right," Stoops said. "But we're not looking to take a lot of games away from our stadium. We've been sold out here 85,000 every game going on 11 years. We're not anxious to do it a whole lot. But once in a while, in this case, our fans are really excited about it."
Stoops was asked whether he likes opening the season against a quality opponent compared to some teams that open with a "tune up" game against an inferior opponent.
"Your players have a sense of urgency and realize that they've got to be on top of their game, for sure, right off the bat," Stoops said. "You like it if you're able to win it. If you're not (able to win) you don't like it. In the end, it is challenging and gets your players' attention."
Since Arizona played BYU in a bowl game last year, Stoops has talked with his brother, Mike Stoops, the Wildcats head coach, and his staff about the Cougars.
One unique aspect to the opener is the controversy concerning some NFL punters having hit the Cowboys Stadium scoreboard that's 90 feet above the field. If a punt hits the scoreboard the clock will be reset and that team re-punts.
"Hopefully our guy can hit it and have that kind of problem," Stoops said. "That means he's hitting it pretty well."
OU is replacing four starters on the offensive line. It's the one position that's garnered much attention in the off-season. Stoops said he likes the progress the O-line has made in fall camp.
"They go against a good defensive front every day," Stoops said. "I've noticed the progression. In the past week, their conditioning after practice is maybe the best that I've seen of our linemen maybe in the last five or six years. There are some positives there."