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SoonerNation Picks: OU vs. Texas

10/6/2011

OU 21, Texas 16

Like the game at Florida State, the defenses control the pace of this one. But in the fourth quarter, OU’s experience is the difference as the Sooners make enough plays late to pull out a win.

Pick to click: Attributed in part to injuries (fractured shoulder blade, sprained ankle) receiver Ryan Broyles has been relatively quiet in the Cotton Bowl in the past. But with Texas gambling with the blitz, Broyles breaks out this game and ties the NCAA record for career receptions with 12 catches and a touchdown.

- Jake Trotter

OU 24, Texas 14

A close game throughout as both defenses get off to strong starts. The Sooners, who have allowed 3 points in the third quarter this season, continue that dominance, scoring two touchdowns to take a double-digit lead into the fourth quarter. As Texas attempts to rally in the fourth, OU forces a key turnover to secure the win.

Pick to click: Frank Alexander has been quietly dominant this season and continues to make a case as the Big 12's top defender. His two sacks, five tackles and three for a loss help contain UT quarterbacks Case McCoy and David Ash.

- Brandon Chatmon

OU 38, Texas 24

Texas' offense gets off to a great start, but the Sooners make the necessary adjustments in the second half. The OU offense, led by Landry Jones and Ryan Broyles, shows experience does pay off in the Red River Rivalry, and ices the game with a big fourth-quarter touchdown drive.

Pick to click: Ten years after Roy Williams went Superman on the Longhorns, Tony Jefferson, the closest thing OU has had to another Williams, continues to show why those comparisons are being made and that his three-interception game against Ball State wasn't an aberration.

- Bob Przybylo