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  • Happy Monday, Sooners fans!  Can't speak for you guys, but thinking about Saturday still brings a smile to my face.
  • Wanted to give an especial shout-out to the fans of the Tennessee Volunteers and the city of Knoxville.  Every Oklahoma travelling reporter who made the journey had nothing but glowing things to say about their time in town and the folks at Neyland Stadium.
  • Speaking of class, I've got to call out Oklahoma Safety Hatari Byrd for his eponymous gesture towards the Tennessee fans at the conclusion of Saturday's game.  (Too much is unknown for me to comment upon Eric Striker's actions for speculation.)  There's really just no excuse for Byrd's flipoff, and I was glad that Coach Stoops has said it will be dealt with.
  • Both teams really had a hard time getting uncorked for much of the game, and stout defenses were the reason.  Let's be honest, Jalen Hurd and Joshua Dobbs are straight-up ballers -- those guys are going to be scoring points all over the SEC this year -- and for Charles Walker and Davonte Bond to have the games they did was something special.  Other side of the ball, well... Jalen Reeves-Mayben.  Holy cow.  21 tackles, 13 of them solo.  That kid deserves his own flavor of Kool-Ade.
  • In a game of field position, the punters had something to do with it for both sides as well.
  • When Baker Mayfield somehow managed to avoid a certain sack and make that drive-extending completion to Shep, was anyone else reminded of Eli Manning to David Tyree?
  • When I saw Mixon and Perine running the Wildcat in the 4th, my eyes literally popped out of my head.  Literally.  Okay, not literally.  But I'm thinking Gary Patterson might have noticed, and haven't heard yet as to whether or not his eyes literally popped out of his head.
  • Because we're Sooners, let's all just take a minute here and think about the 2015 Texas Longhorns football team.  I always like to give my readers a reason to feel better about themselves.
  • OU's next opponent is, of course, the Toledo Rockets.  "What's that?" you say.  "Surely you mean the Tulsa Golden Hurricane?"  Well, yes and no.  Auburn and Arkansas provided cautionary tales this weekend about overlooking opponents.  This has never been a real problem for Stoops, but I would expect the coaches and team captains to mention it in practice this week.
  • Fun Fact: 2-0 Tulsa ranks in the top ten -- nationally -- in total yards, passing yards, first downs, and field goals.  They rank third in 1st downs behind Cincinnati and Baylor.  They are completing on 3rd down at a rate of 50%.  Under first-year coach Philip Montgomery (former Baylor OC), they have gone over 600 yards and 40 points in both games.
  • Fun Fact For Kids!: Which President of the United States is on the $500 bill?  William McKinley.  (Grover Cleveland is on the $1,000.)
  • Speaking of Baylor, I had somehow missed that Baylor coach Art Briles had suspended his son, Kendal, for the Bears' first game for NCAA recruiting violations.  Kendal is 32 years old.  The last time my parents grounded me, I was ten.
  • Peace and love, Sooners fans!  Sorry this one was a bit off-the-cuff, my girlfriend has a cold, and I'm on chicken soup and hot tea detail.  But just wanted to make sure you know: you're still relevant to me.