Oklahoma vs Florida Atlantic : Oklahoma came oh so close to playing in the National Championship Game last season. The Sooners, led by second-year head coach Lincoln Riley, look to build off a promising 2017 with fulfilling their goal of a eighth national title in 2018. They open their season Saturday against Florida Atlantic.
NCAA College Football 2018
Oklahoma vs Florida Atlantic Live
Date : Saturday, September 1, 2018
Start Time : 12:00 PM ET
A few years ago, hard to imagine that a college football matchup between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Florida Atlantic Owls would be that compelling. It’s also hard to imagine we’ve already arrived at Week 1 of the season. The surprises could begin early with a potential barn-burner on Owen Field the first day of September, 2018.
After all, a top-10 offense from a year ago (albeit with a few holes to fill) playing with house money against a new-look Sooners squad that still features a one Michael Joseph Stoops as its defensive coordinator has high-scoring game written all over it. This Owls team may not have the pre-season hype of the Houston Cougars team that upset OU in the 2016 season opener, but this is just the type of early season foe that could pull a fast one on and early-season Oklahoma team.
Florida Atlantic was the site of Lane Kiffin’s redemption in 2017 — or, at least, big leap down a long road. The former USC and Tennessee coach put together his finest season on the sideline in his first year in Boca Raton, pushing the Owls to a school-record 11 wins and sweeping through league play en route to a Conference-USA title.
Now he’ll put the nation’s second-longest active winning streak on the line against what may be the toughest opponent he’ll face all season. Oklahoma may not have Baker Mayfield any more, but the Sooners are still favored to win the Big 12 this fall. The first step to a College Football Playoff return starts with a non-conference victory in Norman. Can Lincoln Riley’s team avoid Week 1’s mid-major upset bid