A screenshot of an OU player on EA Sports’ NCAA Football 10 video game. The game rates each individual player, with 99 being the highest rating a player can have. Photo courtesy EA Sports
"But this year, they showed me some love.” Williams rates as a 95 overall, one of the best offensive linemen in the game.
Once those hands do reach the controller, one might expect a battle for control of the crimson and cream before any match. Rather, it’s the opposite.
"We try not to play with OU,” Williams said. "I usually just find myself watching myself every play.”
Said Broyles: "Whenever I play with myself, all I do is throw myself the ball, so I try to stay away from OU.”
Others are less hung up on padding their simulated statistics.
"It’s pretty cool just seeing myself on the game,” said fullback Matt Clapp, whose character lacks his signature brown hair covering the name on the back of his jersey. "I never imagined that.”
Broyles said no matter how heated the smack talk gets, it’s still only just a game.
After the game’s over, that is. Just trust that Broyles is never one to leave his swagger on the field.
"Watch out when you play me,” Broyles said. "Watch out.”