If video games are any indication, Oklahoma is in for a special season. EA Sports' NCAA Football '09 hit stores Tuesday, and The Oklahoman simulated seasons for both OU and Oklahoma State on PlayStation 2. The Sooners posted a remarkable season, going 14-0 and defeating Clemson 52-24 in the BCS national championship after leading 38-0 at halftime. Running back DeMarco Murray, who rushed for 1,398 yards and accounted for 21 touchdowns, finished third in Heisman Trophy voting, behind Clemson quarterback Cullen Harper and Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell. Sooner quarterback Sam Bradford evaded a sophomore slump and tossed 48 touchdowns to just 13 interceptions as the offense scored more than 50 points six times. The Cowboys, however, weren't quite as successful. OSU started the year 3-1, but a season-ending injury to quarterback Zac Robinson in Week 5 sent the Pokes in a tailspin. The Cowboys finished the year 4-8, with the only win in the Big 12 coming against Colorado (It should be noted that OU defeated LSU 31-9 for the national title in OSU's simulated season as well). So how accurate is NCAA Football '09? Not completely. There are some incongruities. First, starting defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is listed as a backup behind Cory Bennett. If anything, McCoy is a candidate for All-Big 12. Also, Auston English is black on the game, while Phil Loadholt is white. Former linebacker Mike Reed is still listed with the team, too. On OSU, Keith Toston is the starting tailback, with Beau Johnson No. 2 and Kendall Hunter sitting the bench. If anything, Hunter will probably start, with Johnson and Toston vying to be his backup. Despite receiving a 92 rating, tight end Brandon Pettigrew strangely wasn't one of OSU's "impact players,” which signifies a team's top playmaker. And wide receiver Dez Bryant received just an 80 rating, which seems a bit low considering Jeremy Broadway and Damian Davis had the same rating. For both teams, several jersey numbers are also incorrect. But clearly the game is accurate in underscoring just how integral Robinson is to OSU's season. How he goes, so goes OSU. As for OU, the game nails what the strength of the team will be: the balance provided by the passing of Bradford and running of Murray operating behind an experienced and talented offensive line that returns all five starters. Guard Duke Robinson and Loadholt are the best Sooner players with 96 and 95 ratings, respectively. Bradford, English and Nic Harris were given 94s. Murray, wide receiver Juaquin Iglesias, tight end Jermaine Gresham, center Jon Cooper and defensive tackle DeMarcus Granger all had ratings in the 90s, with OU being rated the game's No. 2 team. Not surprisingly, Bradford, Murray and Harris were OU's impact players. Zac Robinson (87 rating), defensive tackle Jeray Chatham (84) and cornerback Jacob Lacey (86) were OSU's impact players. OSU's top-rated player, however, is punter Matt Fodge, who got a 96 and is one of the best overall players on the game. Florida quarterback and reigning Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow was the game's highest-rated player, receiving a 99. Ohio State middle linebacker James Laurinaitis also got a 99. Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel and Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree are also among the game's best players, each receiving 97 ratings. Georgia is the game's No. 1 team.
Video: Bedlam Footbal - A Virtual Showdown