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JAKE TROTTER Published: August 31, 2009
ll, who threw for 35 touchdowns and almost 4,000 yards in 2008, remains one of the top QBs in the country.

Why BYU could win: With Hall at QB, All-America candidate Dennis Pitta at tight end and preseason all-conference pick Harvey Unga at running back, the Cougars possess plenty of offensive firepower. BYU can score with just about any team in college football and could make things interesting if the game becomes a shootout.

Why BYU could lose: The Cougars will enter the game banged up after more than 30 different players suffered ailments during the preseason. BYU was hit hardest on the offensive line, where the Cougars already were replacing four starters. OU’s top-notch defensive line should have its way up front and force Hall to run for his life.

Noteworthy: BYU is one of 11 current FBS programs the Sooners have an all-time losing record against. The Cougars defeated OU 34-6 in the 1994 Copper Bowl in the only meeting between the two schools.