Getting ready for game day: Sooners prepare for battle with Warhawks

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NORMAN, Okla.- The Sooner faithful will flock to Norman this Saturday to watch the 16th-ranked University of Oklahoma take on the Warhawks of Louisiana-Monroe.

While most analysts expect a Sooner win from the game, many fans will be focused on the new quarterback.

Last week, OU coach Bob Stoops announced that the team will be led by red shirt freshman Trevor Knight, not Blake Bell.

Bell was the choice for many fans since he was the one quarterback competing for the starting job that actually had experience playing on Owen Field last season.

It turns out fans will not be the only ones watching the freshman QB.

Louisiana-Monroe head coach Todd Berry said it has been extremely hard preparing a defense for a player that has no college playing time.

Sooner coaches and fans are hoping to see a performance similar to that of another red shirt freshman quarterback from just a few years ago, Sam Bradford.

Bradford not only set the school record for most passing yards in a debut but also set records for most passing yards in a half and most consecutive completions.

However, the Warhawks may not be such an easy win.

Last season, ULM upset No. 8 Arkansas and took Auburn and Baylor to the last second.

They won eight games and earned their first ever bowl berth last season.

The Warhawks are known for an explosive offensive, which averaged 432.8 yards per game, led by senior quarterback Kolton Browning.

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All eyes will also be on the teams’ secondary as they replace Tony Jefferson, Javon Harris and Demontre Hurst.

Aaron Colvin and linebacker Corey Nelson will likely be the starters that make the biggest impact on the defensive side of the ball.

Coaches say ULM is known for running a lot of plays, so they are preparing to put in multiple players so they stay fresh.

This will be the first meeting between OU and Louisiana-Monroe.

However, the Sooners are undefeated against current teams in the Sun Belt conference.

Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

The game is being televised on pay-per-view.

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