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GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 02: Head coach Bob Stoops of the Oklahoma Sooners looks over at Derek Shaw #52 in the first half against the West Virginia Mountaineers at the Tostito's Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium January 2, 2008 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Facing a ranked opponent on the road to open the season is no big deal for Louisiana-Monroe, which has Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops concerned. Louisiana-Monroe struck a blow for the oft-overlooked Sun Belt Conference last season when the Warhawks waltzed into Fayetteville and stunned then-No. 8 Arkansas 34-31 in overtime. They took another Southeastern Conference foe, Auburn, to overtime on the road the next week before losing 31-28, then threw a scare into Baylor before falling 47-42. So when the Warhawks visit No. 16 Oklahoma on Saturday for the season opener for both teams, they don't figure to be intimidated by a foe coming off a 10-3 campaign. Louisiana-Monroe is ''a team that is very used to coming into stadiums in places like this and playing and playing well,'' Stoops said. ''They're used to winning.'' Louisiana-Monroe is opening its season against a ranked foe for the sixth straight year. The Warhawks have 17 starters back from a team that went 8-5 and played in the Indepe...
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