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Two bold predictions for Oklahoma's season opener against Louisiana-Monroe

by Jason Kersey Modified: August 31, 2013 at 5:20 pm •  Published: August 31, 2013
Oklahoma senior Damien Williams is part of a strong Oklahoma backfield entering the 2013 season. PHOTO BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN
Oklahoma senior Damien Williams is part of a strong Oklahoma backfield entering the 2013 season. PHOTO BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN

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.

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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