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by Jenni Carlson and John Helsley Published: September 7, 2011

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Here is a look at how our college football coverage team picked Thursday's game between Oklahoma State and Arizona:

GINA MIZELL

OSU writer

* OSU 38, Arizona 20: Arizona's offense has talent and experience at the skill positions, but not on the offensive line. The OSU defense will take advantage of that, and the Cowboy offense should correct mistakes and continue to build off of Saturday's performance.

JOHN HELSLEY

OSU writer

* OSU 38, Arizona 14: The pressure's on... the uniform choice. The Cowboys own an edge in almost every matchup. And the quick turnaround is tougher on the traveling Wildcats, who are also reeling from injuries.

JENNI CARLSON,

Columnist

* OSU 42, Arizona 17: Arizona will be a much stiffer test than Louisiana-Lafayette was, but with the Thursday night lights shining, the Cowboys will be much sharper than the opener. The Wildcats don't have the claws to hang with them.

BERRY TRAMEL

Columnist

* OSU 41, Arizona 28: No way the Wildcats can be as bad as they were in the Alamo Bowl. If Brandon Weeden throws interceptions, the game could get interesting.

OSU POINT/COUNTERPOINT: WHO IS OKLAHOMA STATE'S NO. 2 RECEIVER BEHIND JUSTIN BLACKMON?

The Oklahoman's Jenni Carlson and Gina Mizell debate who is Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden's go-to receiver behind Justin Blackmon.

TRACY MOORE

By JENNI CARLSON, Columnist, jcarlson@opubco.com

Tracy Moore could be this year's Justin Blackmon — a little-used receiver who comes out of nowhere to have a monster season for the Cowboys.

That's what it looks like after the opener. The junior has always shown great potential, but until his seven-catch, 112-yard performance against Louisiana-Lafayette, the most catches he'd had in a game was four. Now, Moore looks like a target for Brandon Weeden. The Cowboy quarterback threw to his first three passes to Moore in the opener, connecting twice for a combined 46 yards.

Much like Blackmon did heading into last season, Moore committed himself like never before, dropping 20 pounds and sculpting his 6-foot-1 frame.

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by Jenni Carlson
Columnist
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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