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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. Nike Roshe Two Flyknit Australia . -- Bret Bielema doesnt plan to remind Arkansas about last years shocking early-season loss to Toledo ahead of Saturdays season opener against Louisiana Tech.Frankly, he thinks the players have already heard enough about their slow start in 2015.Entering his fourth year at Arkansas, Bielema also thinks the deep and talented Razorbacks are primed to open the year like the team that closed last season with six wins in its final seven games.I do think that one of the things our guys have talked about is starting fast, Bielema said. Last year we didnt start fast in our first four games, and the result was we were a 1/3 team coming out of it. So, I think that element is out there good enough.Slow starts to the season have been a problem in each of the last two seasons for Arkansas, though the Razorbacks have recovered both times to earn bowl appearances. Arkansas was 4-4 two seasons ago before winning four of its final six games, and last years strong finish came after a 2-5 start.With a first-time starting quarterback in Austin Allen, an overhauled backfield and three new starting offensive linemen, the new-look Razorbacks arent likely to ease into this season on Saturday, either.Awaiting Arkansas is a Louisiana Tech team thats 18-9 over the last two seasons, including a 6-2 mark in Conference USA last season.However, the Bulldogs lost much of the talent that led the way to a New Orleans Bowl victory over Arkansas State last season -- including eight starters on defense. That said, fourth-year coach Skip Holtz is confident Louisiana Techs established winning ways will help it contend with its lack of experience in a difficult Southeastern Conference environment.Likewise, the Razorbacks believe they are ready to continue building momentum after improving their win total in each of Bielemas first three seasons. And they are ready to show theyve learned from last years early struggles.We always learn new things through our struggles, Arkansas running back Rawleigh Williams said. And I think thats what we learned, to keep it week by week.Some things to watch in Saturdays opener for both teams:HIGGINS WATCHQuarterback Ryan Higgins was expected to be the starter for the Bulldogs on Saturday, but the senior -- while not suspended -- wont start following his arrest on a drunken-driving charge in early August. Instead, 6-foot-1, 222-pound freshman JMar Smith is expected to take the first snap for Louisiana Tech after redshirting last season, though Holtz didnt rule out Higgins seeing action.ALLENS DEBUTAfter seeming limited action in eight games over the last two seasons, Allen will make his first start for the Razorbacks on Saturday. The fourth-year junior was named the starter by Bielema in the spring, and he succeeds his older brother, Brandon.HOLTZ TRIBUTEFormer Arkansas coach Lou Holtz, father of Louisiana Tech coach Skip Holtz, will be recognized at halftime of Saturdays game. Lou Holtz coached the Razorbacks from 1977-83 and was 60-21-2. I think it is an unbelievable tribute and I am excited for him, that he will have the opportunity to experience that and the appreciation of the Arkansas fans, Skip Holtz said.DEFENSIVE RETURNAfter finishing 10th nationally in total defense two years ago, Arkansas fell to 58th last season -- allowing 391.6 yards per game. The Razorbacks, led by third-year defensive coordinator Robb Smith and a unit that returns nine starters, believe they are poised to return to their 2014 form.HELPFUL HATCHERArkansas wide receiver Keon Hatcher missed most of last season with a foot injury, but the senior will make his return on Saturday. Hatcher had 43 catches for 558 yards two seasons ago, and hes expected to pair with seniors Drew Morgan and Dominique Reed to form one of the top receiving groups in the SEC. Nike Roshe Two Black . LOUIS -- Heading into the final stretch of the season, the issues for the Chicago Bears banged-up defence only seem to be getting worse. Nike Roshe Run Flyknit Black . Laudrup revealed Thursday he was notified of his dismissal in "the briefest of letters which gave no reasons why such hasty and final action was deemed necessary. . -- Edmontons Val Sweeting is two wins away from a trip to Winnipeg to play in Canadas Road of the Rings in December. LUBBOCK, Texas -- Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield returns to Lubbock to play for the first time since he transferred from Texas Tech three years ago.The redshirt junior from Austin will lead the No. 16 Sooners when they meet the Red Raiders on Saturday night. Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops believes Mayfield, whos averaging about 300 yards passing and has 16 TD passes, will manage the situation well.Hes not a freshman, he said. Just stick to whats been positive for him and good for him. The way hes executing, why would you change any of that?Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury, who played Mayfield in eight games in 2013 as a freshman walk-on, doesnt see a lingering issue with the OU quarterback.I mean, any time a player was out of school and comes back, there will be some of that volatility, Im sure, he said. But for me, the way its worked out, its been three years. Its just trying to get prepared to beat a very good OU team.Mayfield says talk of revenge against at his former school is outdated, though he knows hell still have to deal with Texas Tech fans.Thatll be the different part, he said. But for me, its no different than playing any other Big 12 team.Oklahoma (4-2, 3-0 Big 12) is looking for a fourth-straight win and to stay in the hunt for the Big 12 title, while the Red Raiders (3-3, 1-2) aim to rebound after dropping two in a row.A few more things to look for when Texas Tech hosts Oklahoma:OUS RUNNING BACK -- TEXAS TECHS RELIEFTexas Tech must be sighing with relief now that it wont have to defend against Sooners RB Samaje Perine, who is out for at least two weeks with a pulled leg muscle. As a freshman two years ago, Perine rushed for 213 yards on 25 carries against the Red Raiders, and last year he gained 201 yards on 23 carries against Texas Tech. This season he who has rushed for 475 yards and six touchdowns. RB Joe Mixon, who has 476 yards and two touchdowns rushing this season, will carry a bigger load for the Sooners, along with freshman Abdul Adams, whos played in only two games and is averaging 4. Nike Roshe One Black Mens. 3 yards. Hes going to do whatever it takes to win, Mayfield said about Mixon.QB MATCHUPTexas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes, still working to overcome a throwing arm shoulder injury, leads the nation in passing yards per game (429.8), passing yards (2,579) and total offense (455.2 ypg). Last week he had his second-lowest passing yard total this season (305). Mahomes is an exceptional quarterback, Stoops said. Mayfields also got some good national stats: third in pass efficiency (180.4), fifth in completion percentage (70.6) and 12th in passing yards per completion (14.42).DEFENDING THE PASSBoth teams rank near the bottom of Big 12 on defending the pass. The Sooners are ranked ninth, giving up 277.3 passing ypg, while the Red Raiders are one slot ahead, allowing 274.3 passing ypg. Each team has a top-notch receiver. Texas Techs Jonathan Giles is the leagues leading receiver (7.2 catches and 125 yards per game). Oklahomas Dede Westbrook is averaging as many catches as Giles but a few yards fewer (121.3). Defenses are definitely going to start keying on him, said Westbrooks WR colleague Mark Andrews. I think its something that they have to do. Its going to open up the run game and other guys in the receiving corps.PENALTY PROBLEMSTexas Tech is last in the nation for number of penalties per game (9.67), having been penalized 58 times in six games for 504 yards. The Red Raiders had 10 penalties for 103 yards in the loss to West Virginia, including a personal foul against offensive tackle Justin Murphy, who was ejected and wont play the first half against the Sooners. Kingsbury said hell hold players accountable. Theyll come out of the ballgame and wont play much, if that occurs moving forward. 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