SoonerNation Predictions: Tulsa at OU

September, 2, 2011
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Oklahoma 42, Tulsa 17
The Sooners have historically not played their best in season openers. That continues Saturday, as OU unveils a vanilla gameplan with Florida State looming in two weeks. Even with its best playmaker, Damaris Johnson, suspended, Tulsa has some success offensively in the first half, and keeps it close. But after a few halftime adjustments and a tongue-lashing by Bob Stoops, the Sooners come out in the third quarter and play like the No. 1 team in the country.

Pick to Click: Welcome back, Jamell Fleming. OU's senior cornerback intercepts G.J. Kinne in the second half and returns it for a touchdown to put the game away.
- Jake Trotter

Oklahoma 45, Tulsa 17
The Landry Jones-Ryan Broyles connection proves to be lethal as they connect for two early touchdowns in the victory. OU takes an early lead on Tulsa and cruises to a comfortable win, thanks in large part to a couple of Golden Hurricane turnovers in the first half. OU’s defense is able to corral Tulsa quarterback G.J. Kinne and force a couple of bad decisions by the senior, who struggles to find open targets with top receiver Damaris Johnson suspended.

Pick to Click: Playing with emotion and passion, Tom Wort leads the Sooners in tackles and forces a fumble while wearing the No. 12 of his good friend Austin Box.
- Brandon Chatmon

Oklahoma 34, Tulsa 16
With all of the talk of how explosive the OU offense is, Tulsa's offense will provide a good test for the Sooners' secondary. Tulsa quarterback G.J. Kinne is flying under the radar, but he will test "the sharks." Offensively, the running back situation will be worth keeping tabs on. With the running back rotation unsettled, quarterback Landry Jones has more than enough weapons to get the job done. And with Jones' leadership, he'll make sure OU is not overlooking the Golden Hurricane with the mega-showdown looming at Florida State in two weeks.

Pick to Click: Not a wide-eyed freshman any more, defensive back Aaron Colvin shows exactly what OU fans can expect of him this season. Colvin has a knack for finding the ball and will make at least one game-changing play against Tulsa.
- Bob Przybylo

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