Date: Saturday, September 2nd

Time: 3:30 PM ET

Network: Fox

Location: Norman, OK

September 2nd, 2017 marks a big day for all Sooners fans. It begins the new ERA of Lincoln Riley. Most of the spotlight will be only Riley and the Sooners. The UTEP Miners come into this game with nothing to lose, but be ready to see a very good and hard-fought football game between these two teams.

What to know about the Oklahoma Sooners:

The Sooners are a very strong team with Baker Mayfield in the quarterback position. The big question on the offensive side of the ball is who will emerge as the number 1 wide receiver. Some options the Sooners have will be Jeff Badet, Jordan Smallwood, A.D. Millar and maybe even tight-end Mark Andrews. The two main running backs for the Sooner are Abdul Adams and Rodney Anderson. Both of these sophomores have great potential.  Another player to expect big things from will be Freshman CeeDee Lamb, who is a very talented wide receiver. I’m also expecting great things from Kicker/Punter Austin Seibert.

Now to the defensive side of the ball. This Sooners defense is very talented, with leaders like Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Caleb Kelly, Steven Parker and even Jordan Thomas. The big thing for the defense will be to put pressure on the running game and the passing attack. The defensive coordinator for the Sooners is Stoops and he has been here for 10 years now.

What to know about the UTEP Miners:

This UTEP team has nothing to lose and are trying to upset (#7) Oklahoma on the road. The quarterback for the Miners is Ryan Metz. Last season Metz threw for 1,375 yards with 14 touchdowns. One thing for Metz will be the receiving core and with only one starting receiver returning he will need guys to step up. The Miners also have to replace the running back position after star RB Aaron Jones graduated. The next man up is Quardraiz Wadley to replace him. This UTEP defense is getting back 3  starters on defense, including all-around star safety Devin Cockrell. Also they will be getting back Mike Sota, who was the only one returning starter from the defensive line with the 3-4 alignment.

Score Prediction:

Oklahoma 37, UTEP 17

Player To Watch:

Mark Andrews

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