Paul Brown Stadium (65,535/FieldTurf)
ESPN2 — Mark Jones and Bob Davie
WLW-AM 700 (flagship)
Sirius 126; XM 203
Cincinnati and Oklahoma have met once prior to Saturday’s game … The Sooners took a 52-26 win against Cincinnati Sept. 6, 2008, in Norman, Okla. … The Bearcats were within eight points of Oklahoma until late in the third quarter before the Sooners pulled away … Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford threw for 395 yards and five toucdowns and TE Jermaine Gresham had seven catches for 93 yards and two TDs … Mardy Gilyard had 365 all-purpose yards for Cincinnati, including a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
Butch Jones (Ferris State ’90)
1-2, first season at Cincinnati
28-14, fourth season as collegiate head coach
Cincinnati fell to 1-2 with last Thursday’s 30-19 loss at North Carolina State … The Bearcats, who had won their first 12 games of last season, find themselves in the unfamiliar position of having lost three of their last four … The game against the Wolfpack was Cincinnati’s third in a 12-day span … Cincinnati opened the season with a 28-14 loss at Fresno State before scoring a 40-7 win at home against Indiana State … Head coach Butch Jones reported that RB Isaiah Pead is expected to return to the regular lineup against Oklahoma … Pead had been limited to spot duty with a knee injury … QB Zach Collaros is one of two BIG EAST starting signal-callers who has not thrown an interception in 2010 (Connecticut’s Zach Frazer is the other) … Collaros has completed 54 of 89 passes for 659 yards and six touchdowns … WR D.J. Woods, who has 17 receptions for 264 yards and three TDs, has been the primary target … Woods ranks third in the BIG EAST in receiving yards (88.0 ypg), while WR Armon Binns has 16 catches for 209 yards and two TDs and is eighth in the BIG EAST at 69.7 ypg … LB JK Schaffer leads the BIG EAST with 32 tackles and 10.7 tackles per game … Cincinnati has allowed 15 sacks — the most of any team in the nation.
No. 8/9 OKLAHOMA (3-0)
Bob Stoops (Iowa ’83)
120-29, 12th season
Oklahoma improved to 3-0 as the Sooners held off Air Force 27-24 Saturday … The Sooners began the season with wins against Utah State (31-24) and Florida State (47-17) … Oklahoma will make its first road trip of the season with the visit to Cincinnati … The Sooners were 1-3 in true road games and 2-5 away from Norman last season … QB Landry Jones, who stepped in last season after the season-ending injury to No. 1 overall draft pick Sam Bradford, has completed 73 of 118 passes for 851 yards and seven touchdowns with two interceptions … RB Demarco Murray has averaged 123 yards per game and has six rushing touchdowns … WR Ryan Broyles has 31 receptions for 382 yards and three TDs … DE Jeremy Beal has 2.5 sacks … Oklahoma has outscored its opponents by a combined 102-41 margin in the first three quarters, but has been outscored 24-3 in the fourth quarter.