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How will the Sooners play without Ryan Broyles?

OU FOOTBALL — It's fun to speculate about Oklahoma's postseason prospects, but they're all predicated on how the team plays in its last three games, which must be played without star receiver Ryan Broyles.
BY TRAVIS HANEY Published: November 13, 2011

NORMAN — Chatter is starting to really pick up among Oklahoma fans where the Bowl Championship Series is concerned.

What happens if this?

What happens if that?

While the 8-1 Sooners are still to some degree relevant in the national championship discussion, the real question should be this: How will the Sooners play without Ryan Broyles?

Because that answer will determine and dictate interrogatives about the BCS. It's fun to speculate about the postseason possibilities and prospects for OU, but they're all predicated on how the team plays in the final three games of the regular season — and especially the last one, on Dec. 3.

With the bye week in the rearview and the stretch run ahead, it's now time for Oklahoma to demonstrate what its offense will look like without Broyles, the dynamic All-America receiver from Norman.

Landry Jones immediately acknowledged after Broyles' injury that it would be different for him on the field without No. 85 open all over it. Bob Stoops made the same admission about Jones.

How many times in his career did Jones, consciously and subconsciously, train himself to seek Broyles?

This, Baylor, is an important game for the junior quarterback, to demonstrate that his numbers and success transcend having a dependable target of Broyles' ilk. We'll learn a lot about Landry Jones in (possibly) the final four games of his OU career.

Of course, it's not as if the Sooners are completely bankrupt at the position without Broyles.

But OU is now leaning hard on a pair of sophomores, Kenny Stills and Jaz Reynolds. Both have shown they have otherworldly talent, in a variety of ways.

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