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SoonerNation Picks: Ball State at OU

Oklahoma 52, Ball State 14

After a disappointing showing against Missouri, the Sooners defense plays angry. Linebackers Travis Lewis and Tom Wort lead the way as OU takes out its frustration on the Ball State running game, forcing the Cardinals to pass on almost every down after the first quarter. That leads to three interceptions, which the Sooners convert into 21 of their 52 points.

Pick to click: Dejuan Miller shows that he's going to be a force on the OU offense the rest of the season. Miller catches six passes, including one TD, and his fierce blocking downfield helps open up big runs for Dominique Whaley.

- Jake Trotter

Oklahoma 49, Ball State 17

The Sooners get off to a much better start, taking a 21-0 lead after the first quarter. Dominique Whaley sets the tone early with a bruising touchdown run as the OU running game finds its rhythm. OU’s defense plays with renewed intensity allowing less than 100 yards in the first quarter as the Sooners’ cruise to a win.

Pick to click: Kenny Stills returns to the field with a great performance, finishing with over 100 yards receiving and at least one touchdown.

- Brandon Chatmon

Oklahoma 35, Ball State 6

It's the calm before the storm with Texas looming next week as OU goes about its business in a workmanlike fashion. Sooners come out strong early, controlling the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. With victory in hand, the second half becomes about keeping the players healthy than about running up the score.

Pick to click: The Cardinals are going to have to throw often, and that's going to lead to big things for Ronnell Lewis. After a frustrating night against Missouri, the Sooners defense gets back on track. Leading the way will be the defensive line as Lewis anchors the charge that sees the Sooners get at least three sacks.

- Bob Przybylo