It’s Tuesday, so you know what that means. The latest edition of the College Football Playoff Rankings will be revealed tonight, and the Oklahoma Sooners look to make some major movement towards the top of the poll after stomping a solid TCU team on a night when top-ranked Georgia and third-ranked Notre Dame also lost. The reveal will be tonight after the Duke vs. Michigan State basketball game around 8 pm.
In today’s edition of Hot Links, you’ll find an excellent case for ranking Oklahoma No. 1, how OU’s offense can be compared to a band, why a rematch in the conference championship game could be a very good thing for the Sooners and more!
- Looks like Baker Mayfield has now gone two straight weeks with all first place votes in ESPN’s Heisman Expert’s Poll. Keep in mind that all voters in this poll are actual voters for the Heisman Trophy.
- Berry Tramel makes the case for ranking OU at the top of the College Football Playoff rankings in this highly detailed and well put examination of teams’ current resumes and the committee’s historical tendencies.
- If you haven’t seen this, this happened during pre-game. Apparently some TCU players cut through OU’s receiver line when Mayfield was warming up with them. Gotta love this stuff.
hahaha no. But there was this which is up there on the scale of hilarious. pic.twitter.com/xfGGCdQVmz— Eddie Radosevich (@Eddie_Rado) November 14, 2017
- Last year Oklahoma’s offense was thought of as a “quartet.” This time around, it’s a full-blown orchestra humming on all the right notes.
- Tom Herman is mighty lucky he won’t have to face Baker again. Note: Herman was actually joking.
"There's a kid in Norman who's pretty good, too," Herman said before calling WVU's Will Grier the best QB in the Big 12.— Kirk Bohls (@kbohls) November 13, 2017
- Sure, there are some negatives for having an automatic rematch in the conference title game, but the positives should outweigh those negatives. Here’s why a rematch could especially help Oklahoma.
- The Ohio State and the Iowa State games are two points of OU’s season that exemplify the importance of the mental side of football. This week against Kansas will be another test of the Sooners’ mental strength.
- Du’Vonta Lampkin admits he was angry about all the criticism the defense has been receiving from the national media, and he played like it on Saturday.
- The OU women’s basketball team suffered an overtime loss on the road against DePaul. It was a tough defeat against a good team, but one the ladies can certainly grow from.
- It’s easy to forget that Lamar Jackson actually won the Heisman Trophy last season. That’s probably because Louisville limped down the stretch last year and hasn’t been relevant practically all season. That being said, a case can be made that Jackson is having a better year in 2017 than his award-winning season in 2016.
- Latrell Lee, a Tennessee State defensive end, has been expelled from school after striking a strength coach on the sideline during a game. Warning, the video may be disturbing to some:
- Former OKC Thunder player and current New York Knick Enes Kanter got in a heated dispute with LeBron James on the court in Madison Square Garden. Kanter was sticking up for his rookie teammate before the altercation started to get physical.
Frank Ntilinka & Enes Kanter stand up vs LeBron James pic.twitter.com/wdI3oBvgDu— NBA RETWEET (@RTNBA) November 14, 2017
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- If you were a 90s kid like I was, you should definitely remember the hit TV series ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark?’ on Nickelodeon. Big news: there is going to be a reboot in the form of a movie. I’m actually intrigued by this more than most reboots. The material is there and the potential to really produce something that’s actually scary exists.
- Boston Dynamics, a robot design company, has unveiled its latest version of a robotic dog called SpotMini. There should be more to come out of this release, but Boston Dynamics did release this teaser video. From the looks of it, the movement is very fluid and the design looks sleek and futuristic. Robotic dogs — what a time to be alive.
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