Happy Friday, friends and fans! The bowl season is moving right along, and the Big 12 is representing itself well with a nice record of 4-2. The Oklahoma Sooners will look to give the conference its biggest win in years on Monday, but first I want to highlight a little something that happened yesterday evening.
Mark Schlereth, who you may know for being an NFL analyst on major sports networks such as ESPN and Fox Sports, has not been shy about his feelings towards the Heisman Trophy:
Great point playing in the big 12 is identical to playing in the NFL I mean look at all those big 12 QB’s tearing it up in the NFL. I stand corrected he is already an elite NFL QB. My mistake. https://t.co/KJd4OdKOOJ— mark schlereth (@markschlereth) December 29, 2017
Based on pass charts Approximately 103 of his 262 completions are 5 yards or less and approximately 63 completions and behind the LOS. I was using the term bubble screen to emphasize the college system and the inflated com % numbers. Ok 8 slants and 6 bubble screens. Happy? https://t.co/NE26ppMcZk— mark schlereth (@markschlereth) December 29, 2017
If you throw a slant or bubble screen and the receiver takes it 70 yards for a TD your 1/1/70yds. What’s your yard per throw average? Quit spitting Stats in my eyes I don’t care. We will see how it plays out. https://t.co/SZCBkRz89H— mark schlereth (@markschlereth) December 29, 2017
The Heisman? Please that’s a garbage award. Who was the last Heisman QB to be worth a in the NFL? Get lost OU fan boy. https://t.co/Lu5iEvnvj5— mark schlereth (@markschlereth) December 29, 2017
Baker Mayfield chimed in, and I’d say he feels a bit differently than Schlereth does:
You got it big fella! At least tag me in all your stuff.— Baker Mayfield (@baker_mayfield6) December 29, 2017
Yep, it’s pretty obvious that Schlereth doesn’t watch the games. The only “garbage” out of all of this is his obvious ignorance of Mayfield’s ability and style. Toss it in with all the other chips.
Schlereth then backpedaled faster than an NFL DB:
You got it my man. Nothing against you I just don’t like the award because it doesn’t include all players it’s really an award for QB’s and RB’s and I think it should be for the best football player not the best player that touches the ball the most. https://t.co/RvJtXB6ZOi— mark schlereth (@markschlereth) December 29, 2017
For today’s edition of Hot Links, Charles Barkley wears a No. 6 Sooners jersey on TV, people are kind of freaking out about Baker Mayfield’s illness, and more!
- Charles Barkley, an Auburn alum, has a good reason to root against Georgia in the College Football Playoff. Because the Bulldogs beat the Tigers and kept them out of the final four, Barkley has been openly rooting for Baker Mayfield and the Sooners to defeat UGA. ‘NBA on TNT’ host Ernie Johnson, a Georgia alum, wasn’t going to just sit there and take it, and now we have this awesome moment in television history:
Chuck really came in with an Oklahoma jersey on... pic.twitter.com/UhTC3O1jox— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) December 29, 2017
- Although Oklahoma opened up as the Rose Bowl favorite, the line has shifted towards Georgia. Baker and Oklahoma seem to relish in the underdog role, so I don’t see this as a negative at all.
- Anonymous coaches were asked about the matchups between Oklahoma and Georgia, and there’s just a boat-load of interesting information and perspective here. Something in particular that stuck out to me was the part about UGA’s d-line. If those guys aren’t as effective, allowing OU’s OL to win the battles, then it’s going to be a very long day for the Bulldogs.
- I was going to talk about Baker Mayfield’s illness, but instead I’ll suggest you talk to Coach Riley:
Baker Mayfield’s teammates declining to comment on their QB being sick. Standard line: “You’ll have to talk to Coach Riley.”— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) December 29, 2017
- It appears Lincoln has this topic on lockdown. This sort of run-around is kind of amusing, but in all seriousness I hope Mayfield’s truly fine. Reports are that he has practiced with the team but has been instructed to stay back during the team outings to Disneyland and now apparently media pressers.
Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield was scheduled to meet the media at 8a local time today— George Marshalek (@MarshalekWSB) December 29, 2017
He’s not here
When asked about Baker’s health, OC Cale Gundy said to ask HC Lincoln Riley pic.twitter.com/IRKSkkIUiP
- Okay now this is getting a little absurd:
Talked to an AFC executive who thinks Baker Mayfield missing his press conference due to the flu is a sign of a weak immune system that simply won't play in the difficult weather of the AFC/NFC North— Steve Palazzolo (@PFF_Steve) December 29, 2017
- Alright, I’m officially off the Baker Mayfield bandwagon. Personally, I’m an avid proponent of the Squirtle Squad. I just can’t believe he would limit himself like that when he could have picked Charmander. (these are the jokes, people.)
Folks, I talked to an NFC executive who thinks Baker Mayfield picked Bulbasaur and doesn't think he'll be able to ignore that level of questionable decision-making— Matt Brown (@MattSBN) December 29, 2017
- Honestly, if this is going to become a thing, I’m here for it:
Anonymous AFC West scout: Baker Mayfield plays with Oddjob and you just can't trust somebody like that to lead your locker room.— Matt Brown (@MattSBN) December 29, 2017
- Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm definitely knows who Jamelle Holieway is now. If the Bulldogs win out, Fromm would become only the second true freshman QB ever to guide his team to a national championship. After 1985, Holieway remains the only player to ever accomplish this.
- Mike Stoops has carried a calm confidence with him in Pasadena. The often-criticized defensive coordinator should be relieved that he doesn’t have to face an air-raid style offense against Georgia, but Georgia runs the ball better than most, so there are challenges still ahead.
- Linebacker Caleb Kelly has done all the right things to re-establish the Fresno-to-Norman pipeline. After past Fresno natives failed to pan out, Kelly is asserting his presence on the team and making a name for himself.
- Ogbonnia Okoronkwo and Caleb Kelly have taken two different paths to reach the positions they are in now. Ogbo was not so highly recruited, while Kelly was a five-star coming out of high school. Coming to Oklahoma has brought the two together. Now they are both great friends and playmakers on the field.
- Orlando Brown, how’d you get so fly?
Because I’m here to bring you the important Rose Bowl updates, Orlando Brown brought three 30-pound suitcases (including 5 foxtails, couple of uggs) and an extra for clothes he’s buying out here.— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) December 29, 2017
- He’s a man you’ve probably never heard of, but if it wasn’t for Kelly Damphousse, it’s highly possible that Baker Mayfield’s Sooner career would not have made it this far. Damphousse was instrumental in amending the rule that once affected the eligibility of walk-on transfers.
- This is actually a really great metaphor. Well done, Brooke Pryor:
In an appropriate metaphor for life, OU’s players had to walk up a broken escalator, which then started moving the opposite direction once they got halfway up. It was pretty comical, and everyone made it up after walking in place for a minute— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) December 29, 2017
- In an interview, West Virginia men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins said he believes the Sooners are the best team in the Big 12 Conference right now. He cited the combination of Lon Kruger, Trae Young and the veteran cast around him. He also confessed that if he were allowed to re-vote today, he’d pick Oklahoma to win the conference. OU was picked to finish 6th in the preseason.
Around the Sports World
- Check out four reasons why this year’s CFP will be the best one yet.
- So after TCU defeated Stanford in the Valero Alamo Bowl last night, a TCU fan, wearing a purple sweater, ran over to Cardinal running back Bryce Love for a selfie. Plot twist, the fan removed his purple sweater to reveal a red shirt underneath. That’s a bold move, my friend.
The kid who took off his TCU sweatshirt to reveal his Stanford shirt to take a picture with Bryce Love should be banned from all sporting events for the remainder of the 21st century pic.twitter.com/iwXkV8eFKi— Jack McGuire (@JackMacCFB) December 29, 2017
- A large contingent of the West Virginia fan base is thoroughly convinced that the Mountaineers could do way better than Dana Holgorsen. Is it pure delusion, or is there actually something to it? Oh, and a Rich Rodriguez return is not completely out of the question.
- Penn State head coach James Franklin’s wife joked about leaving him and taking the kids with her if the Nittany Lions lose to the Washington Huskies in the Fiesta Bowl.
- Check out 4,700 words worth of Mike Leach genius. You’ll find quotes on breakfast, in-laws, running up the score and a whole lot more gems. Great stuff, here.
- Ogbo wasn’t the only person to get scared on this ride. Look at this face! I would never question the macho of Georgia running back Nick Chubb, but this is hilarious. Good luck in the Rose Bowl, my dude! Never mind, don’t have good luck. Whatever, you know what I mean.
Nick Chubb cannot handle this Guardians of the Galaxy ride at Disneyland. pic.twitter.com/22J9XK2JgW— ESPN (@espn) December 28, 2017
Stick to Sports!
- This is pretty cool. Those sweaters might be a little uncomfortable to sit down in, but they sound great!
Two faculty members at California Avenue School perform a creative rendition of ‘Carol of the Bells’ — using their sweaters! https://t.co/MBzBP28P5S pic.twitter.com/nkJbw2sjid— Good Morning America (@GMA) December 29, 2017
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