Wednesday September 2nd, 2015

After a subpar 8-5 season in 2014, which ended with a 40-6 rout at the hands of Clemson in the Russell Athletic Bowl, Oklahoma begins a new campaign against Akron. The Sooners return seven starters to an offense that averaged 36.2 points per game, including All-Big 12 running back Samaje Perine, who set a NCAA single-game record with 427 rushing yards against Kansas. But Oklahoma will need to shore up the defense, particularly a pass defense that ranked 117th in the country last season, to improve on last season's record.

Akron had a second consecutive 5-7 finish last season, but could be poised for some improvement in the MAC with a strong season from senior Kyle Pohl. After Akron finished last in the conference in passing efficiency last season, Pohl must take a step forward and elevate the more inexperienced parts around him. The Zips return six starters and several transfers to a solid defense that will be relied on to keep games close. Oklahoma will be an enormous test.

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How to watch

Details for Saturday's game are below.

Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET

Live stream: The game can be watched online or via the SoonerSports2Go app via pay-per-view here.

TV coverage: The game can be watched pay-per-view via participating distributors, listed here.

Radio: For a list of Oklahoma radio affiliates, click here. For a list of Akron radio affiliates, click here.

Team schedules

Oklahoma

09/05: vs. Akron (7 p.m. ET)

09/12: at Tennessee (6:00 p.m ET, ESPN)

09/19: vs. Tulsa (12 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1)

10/03: vs. West Virginia (TBD)

10/10: vs. Texas* (TBD)

10/17: at Kansas State (TBD)

10/24: vs. Texas Tech (TBD)

10/31: at Kansas (TBD)

11/07: vs. Iowa State (TBD)

11/14: at Baylor (TBD)

11/21: vs. TCU (TBD)

11/28: at Oklahoma State (TBD)

Akron

09/05: at Oklahoma

09/12: vs. Pittsburgh

09/19: vs. Savannah State

09/26: at Louisiana-Lafayette

10/03: vs. Ohio

10/10: at Eastern Michigan

10/17: at Bowling Green

10/31: vs. Central Michigan

11/07: at Massachussetts

​11/14: at Miami (OH)

11/21: vs. Buffalo

11/27: vs. Kent State

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