NORMAN — To preview Oklahoma’s 2013 season opener this evening against Louisiana-Monroe, here is the last of the three pregame blog posts from Ryan Aber and I.
We’ve each made one bold prediction for tonight’s game:
RYAN: OU will rush for more yards than it passes for today
This hasn’t happened much at all under Stoops. Twice last season–against Florida A&M and Texas–the Sooners rushed for more yards than they threw for. Before that, though, it hadn’t happened since the Texas A&M game in 2008. But with an experienced offensive line and a deep group of running backs–to go along with breaking in a new quarterback–the Sooners will rely on the run game today and early in the season. Plus, they have a quarterback who can add to the run game rather than subtract from it.
JASON: Oklahoma will record four sacks on ULM quarterback Kolton Browning.
Louisiana-Monroe allowed 27 sacks last season, including nine over their final two games of the year against FIU and Ohio. OU’s defense recorded 25 sacks last year, with a season-high five against hapless Florida A&M but no more than three in any other 2012 game. The Sooner defense has worked on being more aggressive up front under new defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery, and I think they’ll showcase some of that with a strong showing Saturday.