- Associated Press - Thursday, September 3, 2015

Akron (5-7 in 2014) at No. 19 Oklahoma (8-5 in 2014), 7 p.m. (Fox, pay-per-view).

Line: Oklahoma by 31 1-2.

Series Record: First meeting.


Oklahoma is trying to regain the fans’ trust after an atypical 8-5 campaign. The Sooners hired Lincoln Riley as their new offensive coordinator, and he brought back the Air Raid offense that helped the program return to college football’s elite in the previous decade. Oklahoma needs to handle the Zips and gain momentum heading into next Saturday’s showdown at Tennessee. Akron and coach Terry Bowden knocked off Pittsburgh last year and hope to do the same against another big-name school. The Zips are expected to make a jump this year - winning in Norman would be a giant leap.


Oklahoma RB Samaje Perine vs. Akron defensive front. Perine, a 230-pound wrecking ball, rushed for 1,713 yards and 21 touchdowns last season. If he gets past the line of scrimmage and generates speed, Akron is ill equipped to deal with him. He set the FBS record for rushing yards in a single game last year with 427 against Kansas.


Akron: QBs Kyle Pohl and Tra’Von Chapman. Bowden doesn’t plan to name a starter before the game. Pohl, the returning starter, is more of a passer. Chapman, a transfer from Pittsburgh, is a dual-threat quarterback.

Oklahoma: QB Baker Mayfield. The redshirt junior walked on last year and wrestled the starting job away from last year’s starter, Trevor Knight. Mayfield sat out last year after transferring from Texas Tech, where he ran the Air Raid as a freshman.


Bowden was the head coach at Auburn while Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops was defensive coordinator at Florida in 1996, 1997 and 1998. … Akron RB Donnell Alexander’s father was the late Derrick Thomas, a Hall-of-Fame linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs. The transfer from Colorado State is listed second on the depth chart. … Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon will make his debut. He was suspended all of last season after punching a woman in the face at a restaurant.

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