After a troublesome season-opener against UTEP, Oklahoma looks to start playing dominant football against FCS opponent Florida A&M on Saturday.
It wasn't until the fourth quarter against UTEP that the Sooners got into sync, punctuated by some problems on the offensive line and quarterback Landry Jones acclimating to his new receivers.
After tying for third place in the Big 12 in 2011-2012, Oklahoma is vying for the division title this season. Here's a look at Florida A&M versus Oklahoma.
Where: Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Norman, OK
When: Saturday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. ET
Watch: FSN (PPV)
Listen: Sooner Sports Radio Network (Oklahoma)
Live Stream: SoonerSports.com All-Access
Betting Line: TBA
What's At Stake?
After opening the season with a 24-7 victory, Landry Jones and the Sooners are looking to continue their quest for a Big 12 championship and beyond.
Oklahoma finished in a tie for third with Baylor in the Big 12 last season, and looks to have yet another competitive year ahead. Every team in the Big 12 that played in Week 1 won its respective matchup.
The Sooners won the Big 12 title and defeated Connecticut in the Fiesta Bowl in the 2010-2011 season.
As for Florida A&M, the Rattlers are coming off a 17-14 loss to Tennessee State in Week 1. Tennessee State was able to hold off Florida A&M after building an early 17-0 lead.
The Rattlers went 7-4 last season, including 5-3 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (tied for third). The team averaged 28.1 points in the FCS, but allowed 24.6 points per game.
Injury Report (via USA Today)
None to report
DE Chaz Nelson - Knee - OUT until at least mid-October
OL Tyler Evans - Knee - OUT for season
What They're Saying
Oklahoma may have defeated UTEP in Week 1, but the Sooners hardly dominated. Oklahoma was only leading by three points after three quarters against an unranked team before scoring two touchdowns in the fourth.
There has been a bit of unrest in Sooner Land after the ho-hum victory, which led head coach Bob Stoops to say critics shouldn't ''judge the whole season on one game,'' according to the AP, via FoxSports.com.
Stoops also noted, "How you start doesn't always have anything to do with how you finish.''
As for Florida A&M, Jake Trotter of ESPN.com notes, "Sophomore Devonate Johnson is one of the best young defensive backs in FCS."
He'll have to have a huge performance against Oklahoma's passing attack.
Florida A&M Player to Watch: Eddie Rocker, RB
Senior running back Eddie Rocker rushed for 90 yards on 13 carries against Tennessee State. He also added a catch for 11 yards.
Rocker rushed for 524 yards on 104 carries last season, notching three touchdowns.
The Sooners gave up 3.8 yards per carry in 2011, and saw UTEP's Nathan Jeffery rack up 177 rushing yards against them in this year's opener.
Oklahoma Player to Watch: Landry Jones, QB
Landry Jones was being called one of the nation's top quarterbacks headed into last season, but he flailed down the stretch in the regular season, tossing a combined five interceptions to zero touchdowns against Baylor, Iowa State and Oklahoma State.
The senior signal-caller went 21-of-36 for 222 yards and two touchdowns against UTEP. Remember, he no longer has receiver Ryan Broyles on his side.
Key Matchup: Oklahoma Run Defense vs. Florida A&M Running Game
UTEP was able to hang with the Sooners through three quarters because of a running game featuring Nathan Jeffery that the Oklahoma run defense couldn't stop.
Florida A&M rushed for 140 yards against Tennessee State, led by Eddie Rocker. The Sooners need to step it up against the run, especially when they start facing tougher opponents.
Prediction: Oklahoma 31, Florida A&M 13
I think Oklahoma takes the last game as a wake-up call and really turns it on against Florida A&M.
Landry Jones needs to get back to the form he displayed before a sluggish ending to the 2011-2012 season and I think he does. As the season progresses, he should get more comfortable with new receivers Justin Brown and Trey Metoyer.
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