Happy hump day, Sooner Nation! Just think, this is the last week you have to get through without Oklahoma Sooners football waiting at the end as a reward. There are a few games this weekend, but as far as I’m concerned, the season starts at 2:30 on Sept. 2.
We’re almost into the single-digits in our countdown to kickoff, but here are some links that should get your juices flowing as we creep closer to the season.
- The latest version of the Rivals250 for the class of 2018 was released yesterday. The five OU commits that made the list were OL Brey Walker at No. 28, RB T.J. Pledger at No. 54, OL Darrell Simpson at No. 127, DE Ron Tatum at No. 153 and DB Miguel Edwards at No. 248. The list also includes 2018 targets Jaiden Woodbey (35), Trevor Trout (41), Reuben Unije (79), Kalon Gervin (106), Raymond Scott (138), Dante Stills (148), Bobby Brown (184) and Ronnie Perkins (243).
- 2019 4-star DE Stephon Wright, who visited Norman this summer, says he hopes to visit again sometime during this upcoming season. Wright’s recruitment has primarily centered around OU and Texas A&M so far, but USC and Alabama are also expected to make a push for the No. 9 ranked DE in the class of 2019.
- USA Today released its Big 12 preview. They project OU to finish 10-2 overall and 8-1 in conference play. They also projected Oklahoma State to finish second in the conference at 7-2 which would set up a Bedlam rematch in the Big 12 Championship Game in Arlington. USA Today also gave their preseason all-conference team which included Baker Mayfield, Mark Andrews, Orlando Brown, Ogbonnia Okoronkwo and Jordan Thomas.
- OU has the sixth happiest fan base in college football according to ESPN. Oklahoma State came in 80th, which sounds about right.
- Lincoln Riley’s former AP English teacher shared this baby picture of Riley with the world, and it turns out Riley’s been a football guy since day one.
- ESPN decided to move announcer Robert Lee off of the Virginia vs. William and Mary broadcast he was supposed to work on September 2 because of his name. Here’s Jason Kirk’s take on the situation.
- Coach Ed Orgeron tells the story of how he landed the LSU job. Anytime Coach O starts a story with, “OK, this is great, man. You gonna love this story,” you know you’re in for a fun ride.
- There has been much debate about when the 2017 college football season actually starts. Alex Kirshner claims it really just depends who you ask.
- SB Nation’s live college football preview show will Monday, August 29 at 3:20 ET. Tune in for some predictions and analysis of the upcoming season.
- There will be a few rule changes in college football this season. The main rule changes include expanding the horse-collar rule, banning a player from jumping over the line to block a field goal and requiring all players to wear knee pads. The knee pad rule will not be enforced until 2018.
- Bill Snyder pens heartwarming letter to Kansas State ‘family.’ Noted letter writer Bill Snyder had some nice things to say about the fans who have supported him over the past three decades.
- The Cavaliers and Celtics pulled off one of the most high-profile trades in NBA history last night. The trade sent Kyrie Irving to Boston in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the rights to Brooklyn’s 2018 first-round pick. Kyrie’s displeasure with his role in Cleveland has been highly publicized over the past few months, and it seems that this trade could end up being a good thing for everyone. Everyone except the makers of NBA 2K18, that is.
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- Taylor Swift announced that she is dropping her sixth studio album on November 10th. Reputation is the follow-up to her 2014 album 1989 which sold 1.29 million copies in its first week alone. Personally, I was more of a fan of her early stuff, but her shift to pop sure has produced some catchy tunes. Swift also announced that she is releasing her first single from the new album this Thursday night. Get excited, y’all.