Historically the Sooners have started seasons well under Bob Stoops.
In fact the head coach won his first six openers here in Norman and OU has since won five in a row, but it's been 30 years since the program has opened up against a team ranked as high as Houston, at 15.
So does starting the year against such a good team come at a cost?
“You want to be the best you got to beat the best,” Dakota Austin, OU senior cornerback, said. “I feel like we can pop it off and get it out of the way, whoever you bring to us. A team like Houston is supposed to be an underdog, but we don't look at them as an underdog. But then Ohio State, ULM, all that, it's a great opportunity just to show what you're worth early in the season, and then once we get in conference play we can capitalize on that.”
“This is my second season starting, but just the preparation we had this summer was pretty intense,” Mark Andrews, OU sophomore receiver, said. “I think that's going to overall help us start the season strong, and be ready to play just because we have to be so ready for this Houston game. They'll be a good team. I think it'll be beneficial for us for sure, yea.”
“Going on the road to play our guys realize we've had a really good summer, but we've got to be at our best going down there ready to play this week,” Bob Stoops, OU Head Football coach, said. “I know everyone's excited about it, and looking forward to the big challenge of it.”
Saturday will be just the second time in the stoops era OU has opened up against a ranked team.
Back in '09 the Sooners lost to BYU in their opener.
A game in which Sam Bradford went down with an injury.