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Spring Prediction: Oklahoma 42, Oklahoma State 35
When this article was written in April, the Oklahoma Sooners looked like they might challenge for a spot in the College Football Playoff; however, now that idea seems less tangible.
The Sooners lost elite running back recruit and expected immediate contributor Joe Mixon to a season-long suspension. Then, the former Missouri Tigers troubled star Dorial Green-Beckham got the news that he will be ineligible for the year because of transfer rules. And finally, starting linebacker Frank Shannon has joined Mixon on the season-long suspension list.
That means that OU's probable starter at running back is Keith Ford, who ran for 134 yards last year in spot duty. Additionally, quarterback Trevor Knight's job becomes much harder, as Sterling Shepard is really the only proven receiving commodity.
Is OU still going to end the season with double-digit wins? Probably. However, an Oklahoma State win seems much more likely now that the Sooners are already down three impact players and the season is still a week away.
Call us crazy, but it might just be time for some Cowboy Magic.
Updated Prediction: Oklahoma State 27, Oklahoma 24
Overall Record: 7-5 (Big 12 5-4)
In the end, the wins and losses are the same for the Pokes, and they stay bowl eligible in a rebuilding year. However, if these predictions hold, Cowboy fans will be much happier, considering they would have finally taken the Sooners down a peg.