OU preps for first game as renovations continue around the stadium
NORMAN, Okla. (KOKH) —
It's officially game week and OU held it's weekly press conference today to preview the game against Houston and there is tremendous excitement all over for this team's goals this season.
This team finished 11-2, won a Big 12 Championship and even made an appearance in the College Football Playoffs before coming up short to Clemson. Expectations remain high for this team and they will remain when they go up against No. 15 ranked Houston.
"If you want to be the best, you got to beat the best. A team like Houston that supposed to be an underdog, we can't look at them like an underdog. It'll be a good test for us to show what we're worth," OU cornerback Dakota Austin said.
After a rigorous offseason, OU wide receiver, Mark Andrews says the preparation will help them in the long run to achieve their goals.
"The preparation we had this Summer was pretty intense. That's going to overall help us start the season strong and be ready to play," said Andrews.
Coach Bob Stoops even took time out to address the media today regarding their first opponent.
"Going on the road to play, our guys realize we've had a really good Summer. We've got to be at our best and come down there ready to play. Everybody's excited about it and looking forward to the big challenge," Coach Stoops said.
OU's first game will be in Houston on the road so fans will have to wait to see their Sooners play in their newly renovated stadium until September 12th. Officials say that roughly 1,500 to 1,800 seats were added to the stadium and it's new capacity is 83,489 but as renovations continue, OU Athletic Director Joe Castiglione is partially concerned as to whether everything will be complete by the Sooners' first home game.
"When we started this project, we didn't give the contractor any other alternative. It had to be ready when our first game occurs on September 12th, our first home game. You think about what this project has been since we broke ground, it's truly amazing. The university is fortunate to have such great people that have dedicated an enormous amount of their time to make this project happen," said Castiglione.
According to Castiglione, once this project is complete, crews will have amassed over one million hours on this project.