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Oklahoma Sooners Football Hot Links: Ben Powers and Kyler Murray earn Sporting News All-American honors

Ben Powers made the first time, while Kyler Murray made the second team.

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What’s up, everybody?

The Sporting News All-America teams were released this morning. For the Oklahoma Sooners, Ben Powers made the first team offense and Kyler Murray made the second team.

With Powers making the first team for the WCFF, the FWAA and now Sporting News, he is officially a Consensus All-American! That gives OU a total of 80 Consensus All-Americans in the modern era, a mark that leads the nation. Murray still needs to be named an AFCA First-Team All-American to gain the distinction of being a Consensus All-American. Stay tuned for the release of that one tomorrow.

Now for some Hot Links! A porcupine picks the playoff semifinal, Oklahoma was part of a number of the season’s best games, Chris Klieman is K-State’s man and more!

OU Links

  • Shut everything down, folks, because Oklahoma is beating Alabama in the Orange Bowl. Why? Because Pierce the porcupine said so, that’s why. Also, I just love his name because it’s both a human name and it’s punny.
  • Seven Sooners made ESPN’s All-Big 12 team, plus Lincoln Riley and Kyler Murray were named Coach and Player of the Year, respectively.
  • ESPN ranked the top 15 games from the 2018 regular season and conference championship weekend, and Oklahoma was involved in four of them. Also, I don’t think there’s any arguing about No. 1 on the list.
  • Was Kyler Murray’s leaving of Texas A&M ultimately a positive for both sides? I’m not sure I buy this take, but there’s a chance Kevin Sumlin could have remained in College Station for another season if Murray took the next step with the Aggies, and that could have meant seeing Jimbo Fisher go elsewhere.
  • Murray has actually played Alabama before, during his freshman season at A&M. It didn’t go very well, but he says that game actually built up his confidence.
  • I’d probably watch the Paul Finebaum Show more often because there are usually some decent interview lineups, but those crazy callers are just too... well, crazy. Exhibit A:
  • Senior guard Christian James was named Big 12 Player of the Week yesterday. He’s been outstanding through the first nine games of the season, leading the team in points and filling up the stat sheet everywhere else. Congrats, Christian! Very well deserved.
  • Oklahoma basketball has moved up to a projected six seed in ESPN’s latest bracketology update. The 8-1 Sooners have played a solid non-conference slate up to this point and are winning with team ball and sound defense.
  • Lincoln Riley is known for many things, and one of them is his relentless approach to recruiting. Recently, he made a visit to long time five-star QB commit Spencer Rattler. Will he be the next big thing at the position in the future?

Around the Sports World

  • The AAC’s current TV contract with ESPN expires in 2020, and with a new deal in the works, the result could affect conference members should an opportunity to join a Power Five league like the Big 12 come up in the future.
  • Tennessee’s Kyle Phillips won the 2018 Piesman Trophy, awarded to the nation’s best play from a big man with the ball in his hands. He went full Beast Mode on those Bama boys.

Stick to Sports!

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