Hello once again, my good people!
The Oklahoma Sooners are an average defense away from becoming a dynasty, because the offensive side of the ball is in great shape with Lincoln Riley at the helm. Year after year, OU is resetting records and evolving the game in all kinds of ways. Riley deserves much of the credit, but another reason why he’s been able to accomplish this is because of the elite talent he’s had to work with. This year, Kyler Murray is that game-changing catalyst.
The highest-graded players, regardless of position, are led by Kyler Murray pic.twitter.com/QZX5nw2B9i— PFF College (@PFF_College) November 29, 2018
Now this is weird, because I don’t see Tua Tagovailoa’s name anywhere on the top five shown above. I thought he was supposed to be better than Murray, or at least, that’s what I’ve been hearing from die-hard ‘Bama thumpers. By these metrics, Murray’s clearly the man, and it should be no surprise. Sooner Nation has known this all along.
What’s also interesting about this nugget from the good people at Pro Football Focus is that Murray is the only quarterback on the list. Sure, including all positions is going to mean most aren’t represented, but in a year with players like the aforementioned Tagovailoa, Will Grier, Gardner Minshew, McKenzie Milton and Dwayne Haskins, that’s an incredible group to be ahead of.
Now onto today’s Hot Links! 2018’s Tua vs. Kyler is about as good as ‘05’s Reggie vs. Vince, Baker Mayfield has no regrets about his Hue Jackson comments, Mike Leach could be teaching a course at WSU and more!
- You want a rundown of all the tasty OU-Texas hate we’ve experienced this week? Well check this rundown from Jake Trotter. Kyler and Lincoln’s Monday press conference answers kicked things off, followed by some less-than-clever responses from down south. Then there’s this whole ‘horns down’ bullcrap, from the Big 12, and really just so much more.
- I’m always here for combining my two greatest interests in this life: the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Oklahoma football. Very well done, OU Daily.
Red. River. Rematch.— OU Daily (@OUDaily) November 28, 2018
Are you ready? pic.twitter.com/BzNNAiJIKm
- After all the talk this week about hand gestures and penalties, Lincoln Riley said the coaches have instructed the team to simply not go there when the Sooners take on the Texas Longhorns. With the subjective nature surrounding the enforcement of the penalty, Riley believes it’s best to not even test it. Congrats, Big 12, you freaking win. You happy now?
- I love this, and I honestly wouldn’t expect anything less from officials reffing an Oklahoma game, even in 1905. Check out the thread. The best part is how fans rushed the field to prevent the continuation of play. Old-timey football seems fun. NOTE: Click on the tweet to view the individual windows.
- Kyler Murray is going to New York next week, no doubt. Will he win the Heisman? That’s still in question, but it could be argued that this year’s race for the most prestigious individual award in the sport is the best since 2005, when Reggie Bush took home the hardware over Vince Young.
Kyler Murray is having a better season than Baker Mayfield did last year, and that’s why this is the best two-man Heisman race since Reggie-Vince in 2005. The difference is we may never see Murray play football again after January. So enjoy it now. https://t.co/ePNORvyUN7 pic.twitter.com/5ltC6sdoYU— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) November 29, 2018
- Murray was named a finalist for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award. His chances are as good as anybody’s to win it, considering he’s playing like the player of the year.
- This is indeed quite the trend. So who’s it going to be in 2019? CeeDee Lamb? Kennedy Brooks? Creed Humphrey? C’mon, if there’s anybody who can make a center the star of the show, it’s Lincoln Riley.
Last 6 years under @LincolnRiley (think this is called #trending)...— Mike Houck (@mhouckOU) November 29, 2018
2013: Shane Carden C-USA MVP
2014: Carden AAC Offensive POY
2015: @bakermayfield Big 12 Off. POY
2016: @DedeTHEGreat11 Big 12 Off. POY
2017: @bakermayfield Big 12 Off. POY
2018: @TheKylerMurray Big 12 Off. POY
- It looks like Oklahoma is rolling with the Roughrider alternate uniforms against Texas this Saturday in the Big 12 Championship Game.
- Congratulations to Baker Mayfield for just being named the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Month! Since the Hue Jackson firing, he’s been lighting up the league with extreme efficiency.
- Speaking of Mayfield, he’s been in the news recently for comments he made on how his former head coach in Cleveland accepted a job with divisional rival Cincinnati. He was asked if he had any regrets about what he said.
- Don’t forget to check out Allen’s post about how the Sooners can slow down Sam Ehlinger in the run game this weekend. If you recall the last meeting, the Texas QB used his legs several times to either move the chains or keep the Longhorns’ offense on schedule.
- In case you missed it, we saw a slew of Sooners earn All-Big 12 honors on Wednesday, including seven first-teamers. There should be no doubt who has the most talent and success ‘round this conference. Boomer!
Around the Sports World
- Russell Westbrook is now tied with Jason Kidd for third-most triple-doubles logged in a career with 107. Check out his insane line from last night’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. 19 boards? That’s big time stuff. Way to go, Russ!
Russell Westbrook secures his 107th career triple-double, tying Jason Kidd for third-most in NBA history. pic.twitter.com/GsQ4xp5Yd9— ESPN (@espn) November 29, 2018
- Mack Brown, now the head coach at North Carolina, is set to bring in Greg Robinson as his defensive coordinator. Robinson once coached alongside Brown at Texas in ‘04 and ‘13, but hasn’t been on a staff in two seasons. You also may recall his interactions with OU fans at the Cotton Bowl tunnel following UT’s 12-0 loss in 2004.
- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a real problem. On top of being one of the most boring teams in the NFL, they also operate in an area with more than one main attraction. Combine all that with a bunch of losses, and now you have the team giving season ticket holders two additional free tickets to this Sunday’s game against Carolina. Sad.
- The participants for the 2018 Hawaii Bowl in Honolulu will be Hawaii and Louisiana Tech, and the game will be played on December 22nd. That has to be one of the greatest non-NY6 bowls for its venue alone. Man, the beach sounds real nice right now.
- The potential upset on conference championship weekend that nobody is predicting is Pitt over Clemson. So what should be the Panthers’ formula for taking down the mighty Tigers?
- Mike Leach is thinking about teaching a course at Washington State, and the words ‘warfare’ and ‘football’ appear in the title. If this happens, there better be videos provided online for every lecture. The world needs this. Please. I’m actually begging.
Hey WSU students, I’m thinking about teaching an evening seminar class next semester w my friend Senator Baumgartner. “Leadership Lessons in Insurgent Warfare & Football Strategy.” Would meet once a week for about 6 weeks. Would this be of interest?— Mike Leach (@Coach_Leach) November 28, 2018
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Welcome to Purdue: the school that can get a man to the moon but not a clock to the top of a bell tower pic.twitter.com/pNjEgngiDZ— Kira Drake (@Kdrake521) November 28, 2018
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