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Oklahoma Sooners Football: Lincoln Riley building a legacy, Kyler Murray tight with David Beaty, and more!

Also, “Championship November” has taken on a life of its own.

NCAA Football: Kansas State at Oklahoma Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

What’s up, everybody?

The head coaching job at Oklahoma is widely considered one of the top gigs in all of football, regardless of level. Lincoln Riley, at only 35 years old, has an opportunity to cement his legacy among the coaching greats if he stands pat and continues to build on what he’s already setting in motion. Because of this, Mac Engel of the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram argues that Riley would be “crazy” to leave Norman.

If he ever wakes up with that itch in the future, the NFL will always be there and there will likely be a job available with the amount of yearly turnover in the league. If he leaves before he reaches the college football mountaintop, he may never have a chance as good as what OU has now (or what OU will have if he keeps going at this trajectory).

Now for today’s Hot Links! Kyler Murray and David Beaty share a unique bond, the Colorado Buffaloes are in search of a new head coach and more!

OU Links

  • ESPN college football writer Jake Trotter was a guest on the Paul Finebaum Show to discuss the Oklahoma Sooners and their chances of making the College Football Playoff despite being more one-dimensional as a team than most of the other contenders. Trotter believes Oklahoma’s offense is slightly better than the Tide’s, and there are certainly numbers that back up Trotter’s claim. The Sooners lead the nation in total yards per game (577) and are second in the nation in points per game (49), both of which are ahead of Alabama. Oklahoma has also attempted the fewest amount of third downs in the nation at 94, and that’s because Kyler Murray and company have been so explosive that they rarely even make it to third down before moving the chains.
  • Kyler Murray and soon-to-be ex-Kansas head coach David Beaty built a relationship back when the star QB out of Allen High School was being recruited to Texas A&M. At the time, Beaty was the Aggies’ recruiting coordinator, and to this day he reveres Murray’s athletic prowess and football abilities.
  • Speaking of Murray, he gained a couple first-place votes on Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa in ESPN’s latest Heisman Experts Poll. The race for the most prestigious individual award in football is going to come down to the final weeks, and that’s great for fans everywhere.
  • If Oklahoma and Michigan both win out, Five Thirty-Eight predicts the Sooners would have a better chance of making the College Football Playoff than the Wolverines.
  • Oklahoma’s “Championship November” mantra has really taken on a life of its own. The Sooners have won 15 consecutive games in the 11th month of the year dating back to the 2014 season, and the players say it starts with the coaches who preach it.
  • Marquise Brown is appreciative of being named a semi-finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, but he understands his goals transcend more than one individual honor. With Hollywood gradually returning to full health, Oklahoma’s offense should become even more potent.
  • Four-star wide receiver commit Trejan Bridges was recently presented with his 2019 All-American Bowl jersey.

Around the Sports World

  • After starting 5-0, then losing five straight, Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre will reportedly not return for the 2019 season. This was his sixth season with the Buffs.
  • For their roles in a fight on Saturday, Iowa State’s David Montgomery and Baylor’s Greg Roberts will each be suspended for the first half of their upcoming games this weekend. That’s pretty huge for Iowa State, who plays at Texas this week and looks to stay alive in the Big 12 title race.
  • Mike Leach and his trademark musings are back, and this time he talks about why time of possession is a mostly useless stat that some coaches hype up to seem smart. So much excellence.
  • Ronald Acuña Jr. from the NL and Shohei Ohtani from the AL are MLB’s 2018 Rookies of the Year. Definitely not a bad choice for either side.
  • The Brooklyn Nets’ Caris LeVert suffered a gruesome ankle injury Monday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Players from both sides were visibly upset as LeVert was tended to on the court before being carted away.
  • This is the kind of halftime entertainment that will keep folks in their seats. Tiny ballers balling out with silky smooth moves and feathery jump shots. Awesome stuff.

Stick to Sports!

  • The epic conclusion of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” arrives this April. A definitive date has yet to be revealed, but after a long time coming, the eighth season will arrive at some point in Apri. If you aren’t caught up, you can find seasons 1-7 streaming OnDemand and the HBO Go app.

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