RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech begins what many consider to be the toughest opening schedule in the country as it opens the season at No. 4/3 Oklahoma with a 6 p.m. kickoff that will be televised on a pay-per-view basis.
Louisiana Tech at #4/3 Oklahoma
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The Bulldogs will begin the 2014 season with three games in 13 days as all three games will be on the road against programs that went to a bowl game last season. Of that opening slate, two of the three are ranked or receiving votes while the third (North Texas) was projected to win Conference USA's West Division.
Most cable and satellite providers in North Louisiana - including Comcast and SuddenLink - are offering Saturday's pay-per-view game for $39.95. Fans who don't have the option to purchase the game from their cable or satellite provider can order the game online from SoonerSports.tv for $54.99 or they can visit one of three watch parties - at The Dawg House Sports Grill in Ruston or at either one of two Rotolo's locations in Bossier City and Shreveport.
The Sooners - ranked fourth in the Associated Press poll and third in the Coaches poll - are the only FBS school to rack up 12 seasons of 10-plus wins dating back to 2000 and ended the 2013 campaign with four consecutive wins including a 45-31 win over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.
The Bulldogs open the 2014 season with Cody Sokol making his first career start and in only his second career Division I appearance. A fifth-year transfer from Iowa, Sokol is noted for his powerful arm as the former Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College gunslinger broke the school passing records set by former Tech quarterback and current Tech assistant coach Tim Rattay.
On the defensive side of the ball, Tech lost only one starter in the back seven but a new, more aggressive defensive under new defensive coordinator Manny Diaz will get tested early and often against a Sooner squad that boasts a powerful offense.
KXKZ 107.5 FM will serve as the flagship station for the LA Tech Sports Network for the 16th straight year as the 100,000 watt station will carry all of the Bulldog football games in 2014.
In addition to KXKZ, the LA Tech Sports Network will consist of KNBB-FM 97.7 (Ruston), KPCH-FM 99.3 (Ruston), KJVC-FM 92.7 (Mansfield), KTKC-FM 92.9 (Springhill), KBEF-FM 104.5 (Minden), KASO-AM 1240 (Minden), KVCL-FM 92.1 (Winnfield), WUBR-AM 910 (Baton Rouge/Zachary) and KRMDFM 100.7 (Shreveport) which also simulcasts on 1340 AM.
All Bulldog football games can also be accessed online (audio for all games) by purchasing a subscription to LA Tech All-Access on LATechSports.com. Cost of a subscription to LA Tech All-Access is only $9.95 per month or $79.95 for the entire year (which includes all live broadcasts for all of Tech's athletic teams).
Fans can also choose to purchase the C-USA Digital Network subscription for $14.95 per month or $119.95 per year which includes all of the above content as well as audio and video for all road C-USA games along with additional video content throughout the year.
This fall all of the Tech football broadcasts can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network as Dave Nitz, Teddy Allen, Malcolm Butler, Bennie Thornell and Mason Ellenberger comprise the broadcast team. Nitz - one of the longest-tenured broadcasters in college football - is entering his 40th year of broadcasting Bulldog Football games.For complete coverage of Bulldog Football, please follow @LATechFB on Twitter or visit the official home of Louisiana Tech Athletics at LATechSports.com.