NO. 4 OKLAHOMA AT UTEP

9:30 p.m. (FSN)

Line: Oklahoma by 31.

Series Record: Oklahoma leads 2-0

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Oklahoma is opening away from home for the first time since losing to BYU in Arlington, Texas, to start the 2009 season and hopes to avoid a similar fate. The Sooners also lost 2008 Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford to a shoulder injury in that game. UTEP, which is 1-13 all-time against top 10 teams, is aiming to knock off the highest-ranked opponent ever to visit the Sun Bowl.

KEY MATCHUP

Oklahoma WRs vs. UTEP secondary. A revamped Sooners receiving corps features a slew of newcomers, including Penn State transfer Justin Brown and freshmen Trey Metoyer and Sterling Shepard. The Miners are set to start four seniors in their secondary, including veteran FS DeShawn Grayson.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Oklahoma: RB Dominique Whaley. After a surprising emergence as the Sooners' running back a year ago, the former walk-on broke his ankle in late October and missed the rest of the year. He had been averaging 104.5 yards rushing per game up to that point.

UTEP: QB Nick Lamaison. The preseason All-Conference USA first-team selection has his two top receivers, Michael Edwards and Jordan Leslie, back from last season and will be breaking in a new running back, Nathan Jeffery, after the team's top three rushers departed.

FACTS & FIGURES

The game offers Oklahoma QB Landry Jones a homecoming of sorts. It's the closest he'll get to play to his Artesia, N.M., home, at about 200 miles away. ... UTEP is 4-47 all-time against Top 25 teams, with its best win coming against No. 7 BYU in 1985. ... The Sooners' only previous games in El Paso were in bowl games, including the 2009 Sun Bowl. ... The most recent game in the series was won 68-0 by Oklahoma, in Norman in 2002.

SAVANNAH STATE AT NO. 19 OKLAHOMA STATE

6 p.m. (Fox College Sports)

Line: No line.

Series Record: First meeting

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Facing one of the worst teams in the Football Championship Subdivision, Oklahoma State gets a chance for freshman starting quarterback Wes Lunt and other newcomers to have a tune-up before next week's road trip to Arizona. Other than a shot at one of the biggest upsets in college football history, Savannah State gets a $385,000 payout.

KEY MATCHUP

Oklahoma State secondary vs. Savannah State QB Antonio Bostick The Cowboys return three of four starters from a secondary that helped propel them to the most turnovers forced in the Bowl Subdivision last season. CBs Brodrick Brown and Justin Gilbert tied for the team lead with five interceptions. Bostick completed 39 percent of his passes with three TDs and eight picks last season.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Oklahoma State: WR Tracy Moore. The Cowboys' top returning receiver has big shoes to fill after the departure of No. 5 overall NFL draft pick Justin Blackmon and Josh Cooper. The team is also counting on Isaiah Anderson, Josh Stewart, freshman Blake Jackson and others to help make up for more than 200 lost receptions.

Savannah State: CB Wayne Johnson. The freshman is the son of former Georgia quarterback Wayne Johnson and slated to start in his college debut.

FACTS & FIGURES

Savannah State will be playing its first FBS opponent. The Tigers are 4-72 against FCS competition since 2002. They went 1-10 last season and ranked last in the FCS in scoring (12.6 ppg) and yardage (238.5 ypg) while finishing 117th out of 120 teams in total defense. ... Oklahoma State ranked second in the FBS in scoring and third in total offense last season. ... The Cowboys are replacing four starting offensive linemen.