Oklahoma Sooners talking national title; open season Aug. 30 against Louisiana Tech

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- Oklahoma believes this could be a special season.

There's plenty of reason for confidence. The Sooners capped off a strong finish to last season with a win over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl that energized the rabid fan base. Trevor Knight emerged at quarterback late last season, and most of a strong defense returns.

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops is walking a fine line.

On one hand, he likes the idea of carrying the momentum from the Sugar Bowl into this season. On the other, he feels the Sooners need to remain hungry and look forward.

The Sooners can back up the excitement they have generated, starting Aug. 30 at home against Louisiana Tech. Oklahoma could be tested at home Sept. 13 against Tennessee.

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