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OSU football: T. Boone Pickens says OU is the team to beat

Jeff Latzke, AP Sports Writer Published: June 4, 2009
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Over the years, billionaire booster T. Boone Pickens has invested quite a chunk of change in making Oklahoma State into a competitive football program.

That doesn’t mean he’s blind to what the Cowboys are up against.

"They’re going to have a good football team,” Pickens said Wednesday before a speech in Oklahoma City. "Oklahoma’s going to have a good football team. I’d say both schools. No question, OU.

"OU’s got to be the front-runner for the BCS.”

Maybe Pickens was just being realistic since the rival Sooners have won the past six Bedlam games and bring back Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford from the team that lost the BCS championship game to Florida in January. Or maybe he was trying to put the pressure on Oklahoma while his Cowboys enter a season with their highest expectations in years.

Oklahoma State went 9-4 last year and spent part of the season in the top 10. Most of the team’s key players — including quarterback Zac Robinson, tailback Kendall Hunter and receiver Dez Bryant — are back this season.