Oklahoma's 34-0 win over Louisiana-Monroe was one of the most impressive openers in the 15 years since Bob Stoops took over the programs. Ryan Aber ranks the 15 openers:
1. Oklahoma 34, Louisiana-Monroe 0 (2013)
The defense held strong while Trevor Knight got settled in, and the run game came up huge as the Sooners picked up their third opening-game shutout in the Stoops era.
2. Oklahoma 49, Indiana State 0 (1999)
The only thing keeping this from No. 1 was four turnovers, but it quickly became apparent things were going to be different under Stoops in his debut.
3. Oklahoma 41, North Carolina 27 (2001)
It took less than four minutes to build a 17-0 lead, then the Sooners cruised from there.
4. Oklahoma 37, Tulsa 0 (2002)
Another instance of the defense holding strong through a slow offensive start before things open up later. OU led just 3-0 at half but blew the game open with the help of Quentin Griffin's 237 rushing yards.
5. Oklahoma 79, North Texas 10 (2007)
Sam Bradford (363 passing yards and three touchdowns) and DeMarco Murray (87 rushing yards and five touchdowns) had big debuts as the Sooners scored their most points in a game since 1980.
6. Oklahoma 57, Chattanooga 2 (2008)
The blowout was even worse than indicated by the score, as the Sooners led 50-0 at halftime, including a touchdown pass by backup Joey Halzle.
7. Oklahoma 55, UTEP 14 (2000)
Renaldo Works scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns to kick off the national championship season.
8. Oklahoma 47, Tulsa 14 (2011)
Dominique Whaley burst onto the scene with 131 yards and four touchdowns in another opening-night rout of Tulsa.
9. Oklahoma 37, North Texas 3 (2003)
It wasn't always pretty — OU rushed for just 98 yards — but the No. 1 Sooners came out ahead comfortably as Jason White returned from injury.
10. Oklahoma 40, Bowling Green 24 (2004)
Adrian Peterson and Kejuan Jones each rushed for more than 100 yards to beat a Bowling Green team that was 11-3 the year before and lost just two more games that season.
11. Oklahoma 24, UTEP 7 (2012)
The Sooners offense sputtered, but a 14-point fourth-quarter burst helped keep the Sooners from another season-opening upset.
12. Oklahoma 24, UAB 17 (2006)
After going into half tied 7-7, the Sooners returned to the I formation for much of the second half, and Adrian Peterson took over by running for 139 yards and adding a 69-yard touchdown reception.
13. Oklahoma 31, Utah State 24 (2010)
Landry Jones struggled as the Aggies came back from a 21-0 first-half deficit to make things interesting in the second half before OU pulled out the win.
14. BYU 14, Oklahoma 13 (2009)
Sam Bradford went down late in the first half, but the Sooners had plenty of issues before that in losing at Cowboys Stadium.
15. TCU 17, Oklahoma 10 (2005)
Could be considered the start of TCU's rise to prominence, as the Horned Frogs went on to an 11-1 season and a No. 11 ranking. TCU held Adrian Peterson to just 63 rushing yards on 22 carries.