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Oklahoma Sooners Vs. Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks Free Pick 8/31/13

Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (0-0) at Oklahoma Sooners (0-0)

College Football: Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium)

The Line: Oklahoma Sooners -23 --- Over/Under: 65 See the Latest Odds

TV: Fox

The Oklahoma Sooners host the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks to open their 2013 season Saturday.

SoonerNation has been waiting with bated breath for the chance to see if Jr. QB Blake Bell can deliver the goods and take Oklahoma back to the promised land after scorching starts the past three seasons that ultimately ended in disappointment. Bell will have a good backfield to help him along in Sr. RB Damien Williams, last season’s leading rusher with 946 yards and 11 touchdowns. The OU receiving corps got an infusion of young talent with a strong crop of freshman and transfers this year, but veteran Sr. Jalen Saunders (62 catches, 829 yards, 3 touchdowns in 2012) will be this team’s biggest vertical threat.

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Oklahoma Sooners Vs. Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks Free Pick 8/31/13


Defensively, the Sooners are a little thin in some areas, particularly on the D-Line where they return just one standout from last season’s unit. The LB corps is also a bit of an unknown for OU, with its leading returning tackler, Corey Nelson, recording just 49 tackles last sesason. The secondary is green as well, but does return one standout in All Big 12 CB Aaron Colvin.

Louisiana-Monroe had a decent 2012 season in the Sun Belt conference, finishing 4th with a 6-2 conference record and 8-5 overall, but were throttled by Ohio 45-14 in the Independence Bowl. The Warhawks return QB Kolton Browning, who threw for 3,049 yards and 29 touchdowns on 63.8% passing last season, and also return the number two and three receivers from a year ago in Seniors Je’Ron Hamm(62 receptions, 915 yards, 6 touchdowns) and  Tavarese May (56 receptions, 612 yards, and 4 touchdowns).

On the defensive side, Louisiana-Monroe was suspect in all areas, surrendering an average of 29.2 points per contest for number 73 in the nation. The ULM secondary has some serious holes in it as well, allowing a whopping 33 touchdown passes last season. This could spell trouble against an OU passing attack that’s sure to put the ball up early and often.

On paper this looks like one of those week one games that just fails to excite. Frankly, the Warhawks will likely be outmanned in every phase of the game. The Sooners cover.

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