Gameday: Oklahoma-MTSU Pregame Notes

The Sooners and Blue Raiders will kickoff at 6 p.m. (CST) Saturday night on Owen Field. Under head coach Bob Stoops, the Sooners are 19-1 in non-conference home games in Norman. See inside for news and notes previewing tonight's matchup.

The Matchup
Middle Tennessee State (2-1) at Oklahoma (2-1)

6.00 p.m. CST. -- Oklahoma Memorial Stadium (82,112) -- Norman, Okla.

Television and Radio
Saturday's game is only available on television via pay-per-view. Mitch Holstus (play-by-play), Dean Blevins (analyst) and Sean Kelley (sideline) will call the game for FSN Pay-Per-View. See below for a link to more information on you can acquire the purchase broadcast from your local cabel company.

Purchasing Pay-Per-View for Saturday's Game

The game can be heard on the radio in Oklahoma on KOKC 1520 AM. It is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio Channel 155. To listen to the OU radio broadcast live on the internet with Bob Barry, Sr., Merv Johnson and Mark Rodgers, click the link below and then click the top photo on the page.

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The Rankings
The Sooners are ranked No. 16 in the USA Today/Coaches Poll and No. 17 in the Assoicated Press Poll. Middle Tennessee State is unranked.

The Series
Saturday's contest marks the first-ever meeting between the two schools.

The Coaches
Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops is 77-17 in his eighth season in Norman. Oregon head coach Rick Stockstill is in his first season as a head coach, but he has 24 years of college experience as an assistant. He has served under head coaches such as Lou Holtz, Steve Spurrier, Danny Ford, Tommy Bowden and Ken Hatfield.

Peterson Watch
With his 211-yard rushing performance last week against Oregon, junior running back Adrian Peterson moved past De'Mond Parker into 5th-place on the all-time Oklahoma career rushing chart.

The Palestine, Texas native is now 570 yards away from breaking the all-time mark held by Billy Sims (4,118). Peterson, who is now ranked second in the nation in rushing averaging 171.67 yards per game, is 490 yards behind Quentin Griffin for fourth place.

About Middle Tennessee
The Blue Raiders come into Saturday's matchup on the heels of a 44-0 win over Tennessee Tech. They began the season with a 7-6 home win over Florida International, but dropped their second game of the season, 24-10, at Maryland.

Offensively, the Blue Raiders rank 80th nationally in scoring offense (20.33 ppg) and 99th in total offense (265.67 ypg). They rank 67th nationally in rushing offense (123.67 ypg) and 101st in passing offense (142.0 ypg).

Defensively, Middle Tennessee is 12th in scoring defense (10.0 ppg) and 11th in total defense (218.67 ypg). The Blue Raiders rank 24th against the run (80.67 ypg) and 14th against the pass (138.0 ypg).

Punter Colby Smith is averaging 41.65 yards (long of 76) through three games this season. Smith also doubles as the field goal kicker, where he is 2-for-3 this season with a long of 42. He is also 7-for-8 on extra points.

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About Oklahoma
Offensively, the Sooners currently rank 34th nationally in scoring offense (31.3 ppg) and 33rd in total offense (401.3 ypg). OU is 47th in passing offense (224.3 ypg) and 30th in rushing offense (177.0 ypg).

Defensively, Oklahoma is 75th in scoring defense (23.67 ppg) and 97th in total defense (396.33 ypg). The Sooners are 94th in rushing defense (165.67.0 ypg) and 89th in passing defense (230.67 ypg).

Punter Michael Cohen ranks 17th nationally with his 43.91 yard average. Kicker Garrett Hartley 8-for-9 on field goal attempts (long of 44) and a perfect 10-for-10 on extra points.

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Stoops on Middle Tennessee
"They just shut out an opponent 44-0 last week. They gave Maryland a good game the week before. I have some familiarity with some of their coaches, who I think do a really good job. Defensively, they posted a shutout last week and they are really aggressive in how they play. We are just pushing ourselves to keep improving."

"They have a lot of good coaches. Their line coach, Jimmy Ray Stevens, I was with at Florida for three years. G.A. Mangus is the offensive coordinator, who I was also with at Florida under Coach (Steve) Spurrier for a while. So yeah, they have a good group of coaches."

Stockstill on Oklahoma
"Everybody is talking about what happened at (Oregon) but I know they will be ready to play and we will get a great effort. They have aspirations of a national championship. They can't afford another loss. They have to get back in the national championship hunt and we will get a great effort from them, as well as the remaining teams on their schedule.

"I don't know if anyone has ever stopped him. He's a great back. I think he's the best back in the country. He has great speed, power, is a physical runner. He's dangerous in the kicking game. To stop him, control him, contain him, you have to get a lot of people around the ball. I don't see one guy bringing down. We have to get people to the ball."

See below for a more comprehensive preview of Saturday's matchups.

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