Oklahoma football’s 2018 spring game is set for Saturday in Norman, Okla.
The three-time defending Big 12 champions are fresh off of another College Football Playoff appearance. First-year coach Lincoln Riley was the man to guide them.
Riley was impressive in his first season, but he’ll have to replace 2017 Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield. He also has to find reinforcements on defense with Ogbonnia Okoronkwo and Steven Parker graduating.
He’ll still has a few offensive and defensive weapons returning in 2018, including Rodney Anderson, CeeDee Lamb, Marquise Brown, Caleb Kelly and Kenneth Murray. But the Sooners’ quarterback battle and defensive improvements will be a key storyline this offseason.
Oklahoma spring game game time, details
Date: Saturday, April 14
Location: Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Norman, Okla.
Time: 1:15 p.m. CT
How can I watch the Oklahoma spring game on TV?
The 2018 Oklahoma spring game will be televised on FOX Sports Southwest.
For local channel listings, click here.
How can I stream the Oklahoma spring game online?
The 2018 Oklahoma spring game can be seen online at SoonerSports.tv, as well as the SoonerSports apps on Apple TV and Roku.
How can I listen to the Oklahoma spring game on the radio?
The 2018 Oklahoma spring football game can be heard on 107.7 FM The Franchise in Oklahoma City and 97.5 FM KMOD in Tulsa. The Sooner Sports Network radio broadcast is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. CT on game day.
Fans can also listen to the Sooners spring game on TuneIn Radio.
2018 Oklahoma spring game storylines
Who’s it going to be — Kyler Murray or Austin Kendall?
Oklahoma’s quarterback battle is one of the hottest debates of the offseason. Former 5-star prospect Kyler Murray seems to be the frontrunner for the job, but don’t count out Austin Kendall. The Sooners coaches are adamant a decision is not made yet. And while it’s somewhat dangerous to guess who will be the starter based on the spring game alone, it should give some insight to how each player is progressing this offseason. It also should show the development and comfort levels of each wide receiver and running back with the Sooners’ primary candidates for the starting quarterback job.
Is Bookie Radley-Hiles the real deal?
The Sooners defense landed 5-star cornerback Brendan “Bookie” Radley-Hiles this last recruiting cycle. He’s already enrolled in classes at Oklahoma, and Radley-Hiles has potential to be an immediate contributor to Oklahoma’s defense, and the early reviews are positive on the defensive back. It’ll be interesting to see how he deals with his first spring game in front of what should be a huge crowd at Owen Field. It’ll also be interesting to see where he lines up with the rest of the defensive backs, including Tre Brown, Tre Norwood, Parnell Motley and Jordan Parker.
How will Riley’s first spring game impact recruiting?
Riley wants a game-day atmosphere for the 2018 Oklahoma spring game. He wants the big recruiting weekend to be a party in Norman, and for 80,000 fans to be Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. The Sooners have recently attracted around 40,000 fans each year for the spring game, but Riley is taking it up a notch with a few spring-game twists. There will be a Trace Adkins concert that begins at 12:30 p.m. CT, several contests involving Oklahoma students and maybe more to come. Beyond the scrimmage, the spring game could be a huge momentum boost for the Sooners in recruiting if everything goes according to Riley’s plan.