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What The Crystal Ball Says About Oklahoma And Stanford In The Sun Bowl

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Our magic crystal ball previews march on and we're on fire. We correctly predicted that Georgia would have a huge second half to beat Texas A&M and we also correctly predicted that Nebraska would find a way to score over 30 points on Arizona. Now we turn our attention to the Sooners and the Sun Bowl. The good news for Oklahoma is that the Pac 10 has looked terribly unimpressive so far in the bowl season and we're predicting a Sooner romp. Here's how along with a few other Sun Bowl predictions.

Final - 12/31/2009 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Stanford Cardinal 0 0 10 10 20
Oklahoma Sooners 24 14 7 7 52

 

  1. DeMarco Murray will be a difference maker in his first bowl game as a Sooner. Oklahoma has never entered the post season with a healthy DeMarco Murray and he's pumped about playing in a bowl. This translates to a big day rushing for the Sooners and a huge day for Murray in multipurpose yards.
  1. Toby Gerhart gets his yards but Stanford struggles on offense. The Heisman runner up will grind his way to over 100 yards rushing because that's pretty much what he does but Stanford's struggles will come in the passing game where they'll struggle in protection and finding open receivers.  
  1. Landry Jones will have a good outing. Playing in front of family and friends from New Mexico is a bit of a homecoming for Oklahoma's freshman quarterback. His 300 plus passing yards will have Sooner fans once again raving on his raw talent and looking forward to next fall.  
  1. Stanford will play two quarterbacks. Tavita Pritchard may get the start but we predict that Andrew Luck will play as well. It won't matter much as the Cardinal will struggle in the passing game.  
  1. Oklahoma will get off to a quick start and the coast to a victory. The Sooners will use an explosive first quarter to put Stanford back on their heels and then coast through the second half.
  1. Murray will be the player of the game.
Stanford Cardinal Individual Stats
Rushing
  Att Yds 20+ L TD
Toby Gerhart 31 135 2 40 1
Tyler Gaffney 3 9 0 6 0
Stepfan Taylor 7 8 0 4 0
Tavita Pritchard 1 -5 0 0 0
Andrew Luck 5 -12 0 1 0
Oklahoma Sooners Individual Stats
Rushing
  Att Yds 20+ L TD
DeMarco Murray 17 99 1 22 3
Chris Brown 15 68 0 18 2
Landry Jones 9 14 0 15 0
Jermie Calhoun 1 1 0 1 0
Receiving
  Rec Yds 20+ 40+ L TD
Ryan Whalen 3 33 1 0 22 0
Coby Fleener 2 26 0 0 18 1
Griff Whalen 2 21 0 0 17 0
Jim Dray 1 12 0 0 12 0
Chris Owusu 1 11 0 0 11 0
Toby Gerhart 1 5 0 0 5 0
Receiving
  Rec Yds 20+ 40+ L TD
Ryan Broyles 7 101 0 0 18 0
Dejuan Miller 4 67 1 1 40 1
Chris Brown 4 46 1 0 21 0
Brandon Caleb 4 44 0 0 17 0
Trent Ratterree 3 43 0 0 17 0
DeMarco Murray 3 22 0 0 12 1
Adron Tennell 2 17 0 0 9 0
James Hanna 1 13 0 0 13 0
Passing
  Comp. Att. Yards TD INT
Andrew Luck 7 14 81 1 0
Tavita Pritchard 3 7 27 0 0
Passing
  Comp. Att. Yards TD INT
Landry Jones 29 42 362 2 0
Defensive
  Sacks INT
Nick Macaluso 1 0
Defensive
  Sacks INT
Keenan Clayton 1 0
Gerald McCoy 1 0
Field Goals
  Made Missed
Nate Whitaker 29,31 -
Field Goals
  Made Missed
Patrick O'Hara  42 46