Setting the stage: No. 4 OU at Tulsa

Can the Sooners continue their momentum from the first week of the season?

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No. 4 OU (1-0) at Tulsa (1-0)

When: 11 a.m. CST

OU’s biggest question going into the game

Will this game start to separate the depth chart? It was sort of crazy to think of just how much personnel got into the game last week for OU.

Even though it was expected for OU to handle its business, the Sooners coaching staff got to see what happens for a lot of young guys who got their first taste of real action.

It seems rather implausible that OU can keep that kind of rotation up for the entire season, and it will be interesting to see if Tulsa does enough things to keep OU from going deep into its bench and having to rely on certain set of players.

A lot of major teams didn’t leave Game 1 without a major injury, and OU’s depth across the board was one main reason the Sooners left last week about as healthy as possible.

Tulsa’s biggest question going into the game

Does wide receiver Keevan Lucas have an encore performance in him? The sophomore was sensational last week with 13 catches for 233 yards and three touchdowns.

Tulsa has some real nice size and versatility at wide receiver and could give the OU secondary something to think about.

The Sooners secondary is still incredibly young, and someone as talented as Lucas can make thing difficult for even the best of defensive backs.

Quotable

“A lot of kids – the (Tulsa) Union, Jenks – have always been a part of our program and for those guys to be able to go home I’m sure it’s fun for those guys. They played in that stadium in high school and to go back and play Tulsa, I’m sure is exciting for a lot of our players.” – OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops

Breakout player

Sophomore linebacker Jordan Evans seemed to be on his way to a nice game last week before being ejected for targeting. Evans will be back for the entire game and will make the most out of his opportunities, creating a big play on defense.

Prediction

OU 45, Tulsa 17. The Sooners offense looked solid right out of the gate last week, and the Golden Hurricane won’t have any answers this week. OU’s three-headed rushing attack of Keith Ford, Alex Ross and Samaje Perine continue to rack up yards and touchdowns to help OU cruise to a 2-0 start.


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