ESPN college football analysts Kirk Herbstreit and Lou Holtz have picked OU to play USC in the BCS championship game. Herbstreit predicts USC will prevail, while Holtz takes the Sooners to win the title.
Herbstreit discussed the Sooners in a conference call this week:
“I picked Oklahoma to go to the national championship game to play USC so I guess I feel that they’re going to have a pretty good year. Trying to decipher between Oklahoma and Texas, both are very similar at the end of the day, trying to figure out who would to win that game, flip a coin. On paper, I think Oklahoma has a chance to have a better defense. That’s why I would give them an edge going into the season.
“I’m really excited to see their offensive line this year. I did a few of their games last year. Of all the teams I did, I was just blown away with how physical their offensive line was and how physical Alan Patrick ran. Wnd with DeMarco Murray stepping in, I think it will take a lot of the pressure off of (quarterback Sam) Bradford in his first year. Malcolm Kelly is one of the better receivers in the country. I think there is a nucleus here and because of the way they lost to Boise State, and how much of an embarrassment they seem to feel from that, even though Boise State was a great team, that’s probably inspring them in the offseason and give them a little extra incentive as they get ready for this year. They get Miami on Sept 8 and I think that will be a fun game for each team to see where they are.”