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Enjoyed a fun exchange between Oklahoma defensive standouts Curtis Lofton and Auston English on Friday.

I wrote about it in my Saturday column, specifically about how these two knew about West Virginia’s offensive prowess long before the Sooners and Mountaineers became Fiesta Bowl opponents. But one of the other interesting tidbits from these two big-time gamers — big-time video game gamers, that is — was the fact that the Sooners aren’t very good on NCAA Football ’08.

“There’s some times I get OU and play myself,” Lofton said.

“We never get OU,” English countered.

“I do sometimes,” Lofton said.

“Not when we play.”

So, what’s the problem with the video-game version of this year’s Sooners?

“It’s the quarterback,” Lofton said. “They’ve got him so slow, and he doesn’t throw the ball too well in the game.”

Considering the game came out in July, a month before the Sooners named Sam Bradford the starter, Joey Halzle is actually the starter on the game. And hey, it wasn’t like the video game makers had any idea of what to expect from any of the Sooner signal callers before the season started.

Next year, the makers will go with Bradford, and considering the way he’s played this year, his video-game self should be pretty stout, too.

“Next year,” Lofton said, “that’s definitely my team.”

English won’t be picking the Sooners unless something else changes next year, too.

“I don’t pick OU because I’m not on the game,” the first-team all-Big 12 defensive end said in mock disgust. “It’s real disappointing. Somebody’s got to talk to somebody about that.”

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Jenni Carlson

Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football... Read more ›