State football capsules

Louisiana Tech at North Carolina State

WHEN: 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Carter-Finley Stadium (53,587), Raleigh, N.C.

TV: none.

RADIO: KXKZ-FM, 107.5 in Ruston.

RANKING: Neither team is ranked.

SERIES: First meeting.

NOTES: The team will match first-year coaches Skip Holtz of Louisiana Tech against Dave Doeren of N.C. State. ... If recent history is any indication, the game could contain some offensive fireworks. Tech led the nation last year in total offense, averaging 577.9 yards per game, while Northern Illinois, N.C. State Doeren’s former squad, ranked 20th with 469.57 yards. ... Wolfpack QB Brandon Mitchell, an Arkansas transfer, hails from Amite, while left guard Duran Christophe is a New Orleans native.

Louisiana-Lafayette at Arkansas

WHEN: 3 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Razorback Stadium (72,000), Fayetteville, Ark.


RADIO: KPEL-AM 1490, Lafayette; KXHT-FM, 107.9, Lafayette.

RANKING: Neither team is ranked.

SERIES: Arkansas leads, 4-0.

NOTES: ULL is winless in 36 previous meetings with SEC opponents. ... The Cajuns return 14 starters from the 2012 team that tied the school record for the second straight year with nine wins and won the New Orleans Bowl title. ... The Cajuns have won four straight games. ... Arkansas coach Bret Bielema, in his first season at Arkansas, is 7-0 all-time in season-opening games as a head coach, including a 5-0 record when opening the season at home. ... Arkansas is the only team in the SEC, and one of just three in the country, to enter the 2013 season replacing its 2012 leader in passing, rushing, receiving and tackles.

Nicholls State at Oregon

WHEN: 3 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Autzen Stadium (54,000), Eugene, Ore.

TV: FS1.

RADIO: KLRZ-FM, 100.3 in Larose.

RANKING: Oregon is ranked No.3 in the AP poll.

SERIES: First meeting.

NOTES: The Ducks have never faced a member of the Southland Conference in football. Arkansas State — last year’s opening opponent — was a member of the Southland from 1963-87, but now plays in the Sun Belt. ... The Ducks have won eight straight home openers, averaging 52.9 points per game during that span while not scoring fewer than 38 points. UO’s last home-opening defeat came in 2004 against Indiana (30-24). ... Oregon’s string of five consecutive 10-win seasons (2008-present) is tied for eighth-most nationally in the modern era.

McNeese State at South Florida

WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Raymond James Stadium (65,857), Tampa, Fla.


RANKING: Neither team is ranked.

SERIES: South Florida leads, 1-0.

NOTES: McNeese is 43-24-2 in season openers. ... The Cowboys are 3-3 under coach Matt Viator in season openers — 3-0 vs. non-FBS members and 1-2 against FBS teams. ... The Bulls won the teams’ only previous meeting 41-10 to open the 2006 season.

Louisiana-Monroe at Oklahoma

WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Oklahoma Memorial Stadium (82,112), Norman, Okla.


RANKING: Oklahoma is No. 16; ULM is unranked.

SERIES: First meeting.

NOTES: Oklahoma will begin the Trevor Knight era at quarterback, giving the offense to a redshirt freshman over the more-experienced Blake Bell and hoping experience elsewhere will ease Knight’s burden. ULM won at Arkansas last season and threw scares into Auburn and Baylor. Seventeen starters return for the Warhawks, who don’t figure to be intimidated walking into the stadium of another prominent foe.