Hello once again, friends! After the latest CFP rankings release, the Oklahoma Sooners have moved up to the number three spot. Despite the top two teams losing, a two-loss Auburn jumped Oklahoma because apparently body of work no longer matters. I don’t even know anymore with this playoff committee, but as long as the Sooners take care of business in the conference championship game this weekend, they cannot be denied.
Oh, and if you hadn’t heard about this yet, the Joe Moore Award is a trophy given to the nation’s best offensive line unit. The finalists for the award are Alabama, Auburn, and Notre Dame. Missing someone? You mean to tell me Oklahoma’s dominant offensive line couldn’t even make the top three? Baker Mayfield shared his thoughts on the obvious snub:
Not having OUr offensive line as a finalist for the best in the country is blasphemy. I'm dumbfounded as to how you can actually leave them out of that conversation. Actually watch the games and see who dominates every game. It's a shame my boys don't get the credit they deserve.— Baker Mayfield (@baker_mayfield6) November 29, 2017
That being said... even though they won't win the award. I would never pick anybody else. I know who the best O Linemen in the country are. They live in Norman.— Baker Mayfield (@baker_mayfield6) November 29, 2017
Moving on, for today’s Hot Links, you’ll find out how much logic the playoff committee doesn’t use, why TCU’s Gary Patterson seems mad about something, Mike Gundy’s decision to stay put and more!
- After the CFP rankings were released last night, many Sooner fans shared their disappointment after getting jumped by two-loss Auburn. To bring levity to the moment, OU radio man Toby Rowland made a funny.
A friend of a friend who knows someone who knows someone who recently stayed at The Gaylord told me…that if OU wins the national championship the committee might consider moving them up to #2 in the rankings. #fingerscrossed— Toby Rowland (@TRowOU) November 29, 2017
- For more Twitter reactions regarding the CFP rankings, check these out.
- What makes Baker Mayfield so efficient and entertaining? This comprehensive breakdown of the signal caller’s game is worth consuming.
- So Gary Patterson thinks Lincoln Riley and Baker Mayfield are cool with hitting people in the head with footballs because they learned it from their respective days at Texas Tech? Wait, what? Good grief, give me a break, Pat.
- After a weekend that saw several fights break out in football games, including during the Sooners’ bout against West Virginia, the Oklahoma players must stay focused on the game and not fall for the opponent’s tricks.
- Co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh has built quality depth since his arrival in 2013, but what really makes his o-lines so formidable is his intensity and attention to detail that he instills in his guys.
- TE Mark Andrews hasn’t publicly made a decision to forgo his senior season and enter the NFL Draft because his focus is currently on the team’s goals.
- OT Orlando Brown has always been big, but his relationship with his late father and mentors have taken his game to all new heights.
- Trae Young has been an absolute phenom in his first five games with the Sooners. When you find out which two point guards he models his game after, it’ll make a lot of sense if you’ve watched him play.
- We’re looking at the final weekend of games before Selection Sunday, where the College Football Playoff will be set and all teams’ fates will be sealed. Find out what every game this weekend could potentially mean here.
- As it turns out, Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy is staying in Stillwater for the foreseeable future. Tennessee looks to be in trouble if they can’t find a competent coach willing to resurrect them soon. It now looks like Tennessee has its sights set on Purdue coach Jeff Brohm, which would actually be a pretty solid hire.
- UCF is undefeated and comes in at 14th in the latest CFP rankings. The Knights’ athletic director Danny White has issue with that, and he may have a point.
- There’s a first time for everything, right? From what I’m reading, LeBron James was ejected for using profanity and hadn’t earned a technical in this game prior to that. That’s pretty rare and is probably the weirdest ejection since Joey Crawford booted Tim Duncan for laughing on the bench.
LeBron just got ejected for the first time in his career... pic.twitter.com/EFVTv3nMbc— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) November 29, 2017
- Eli Manning has been benched and Geno Smith will start in his place. Read all about why this is happening now and why the Giants are going with Smith over rookie Davis Webb.
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