A recently resurgent and feisty Tulsa Golden Hurricanes squad travels down the turnpike to take on preseason poll favorite Oklahoma Sooners as college football kicks off this Saturday.
Tulsa finished their 10-3 season on a high note, toppling Hawaii by 4 touchdowns in their bowl game and landing in the 20-25 range of most polls. They might have done a little too well, however, seeing that coach Todd Graham bolted for Pitt in January after posting an impressive 35-17 record during his three-year tenure.
In 2010, the Sooners rebounded from heartbreakers against Missouri and Texas A&M to defeat in-state rival Oklahoma State in a barnburner, earn a hard-fought Big 12 title against Nebraska and enjoy a leisurely romp of UConn in the Fiesta Bowl.
This matchup of Top 25 teams should have you thinking one thing: offense.
To say that both of these schools can “put points on the board” is an understatement the size of the 85,000-plus capacity stadium the two teams will occupy Sept. 3 in Norman, OK. Both teams finished in the top 15 last season in total yards per game, points per game and passing yards per game.
The two quarterbacks, Landry Jones and G.J. Kinne, combined for almost 7,600 yards and 63 touchdowns through the air last season. Toss in Kinne’s 557 yards and seven more TDs running the ball and the over/under guys in Vegas start to get a little woozy.
Let’s take a look at each side of the ball for the two teams and find the key points that will determine the outcome.