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Oklahoma at West Virginia: 3 players to watch, 2 big questions, 1 wild prediction

Oklahoma and West Virginia kick off at 7 p.m. Friday in Morgantown with a trip to the Big 12 title game on the line. Here's what to look for:

3 Players to Watch

Kennedy Brooks: He might be Oklahoma's only available scholarship running back. Former starter Trey Sermon is questionable to play, as is freshman T.J. Pledger. Brooks could be in line for a big workload.

Kyler Murray: The quarterback duel will be must-watch. Murray and Mountaineer quarterback Will Grier will meet Friday night, and they might meet again on Dec. 8 in New York at the Heisman Trophy presentation.

Sooner secondary: There's really no one player to single out. OU's hopes will likely rely on the play of its defensive backs. Grier to David Sills V is one of the top quarterback-receiver duos in the country.

2 Big Questions

Just how banged up is OU? Lincoln Riley said last week, without divulging specific information, that his team was dealing with more injuries than any during his four-year Sooner tenure. It's unclear who OU might be without in Morgantown.

Will OU's defense have anything to prove? It's been a broken unit, but poor performances against Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and Kansas would be largely forgotten if the Sooners can contain the Mountaineers.

1 Wild Prediction

Win or lose, Kyler Murray will improve his Heisman Trophy standing. Murray is still a long shot for the award as Tua Tagovailoa and Alabama keep cruising, but a strong showing at West Virginia could narrow the gap. There's a chance he could lead OU's offense to a 60-point showing and still not come away with a win.

JOE MUSSATTO, STAFF WRITER

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<p>Oklahoma's Kyler Murray (1) celebrates with Dru Samia (75) after running for a touchdown during a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Kansas Jayhawks (KU) at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman</p>

Oklahoma's Kyler Murray (1) celebrates with Dru Samia (75) after running for a touchdown during a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Kansas Jayhawks (KU) at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. Photo by...

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Joe Mussatto

Joe Mussatto joined The Oklahoman in August 2018 to cover OU football, men’s basketball and softball. He previously covered University of Kentucky football and basketball for SEC Country. Mussatto is from Oklahoma City and lives in Norman. Read more ›

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