What’s up, everybody?
So Lincoln Riley held his first game-week press conference of 2018 yesterday, and he’s as excited as anybody to kick off the 2018 season. Florida Atlantic is a legitimate threat to give the Oklahoma Sooners a quality test, and Riley recognizes this. That’s why he challenged Sooner fans to get up, get loud and make the Owls feel the presence of OU’s home field advantage (in spite of the early kickoff).
If the stadium is rocking from the get-go, that can help the team jump out to a hot start on both sides of the ball. Do your part, Sooner Nation.
Now for some spicy Hot Links! Less than five percent of ESPN’s college football pundits project Oklahoma to reach the CFP, Kyler Murray’s status as a dual-athlete is rare and impressive, Manu Ginobili calls it a career and more!
- In case you missed it, check out Monday’s press conference notes. Lincoln Riley had plenty to say about Florida Atlantic and why they present a unique challenge to Oklahoma, among other interesting tidbits.
- The sixth episode of OUDNA is out and it features defensive youngsters Ronnie Perkins and Justin Broiles as they prepare for the upcoming grind of the 2018 season.
- Out of 42 experts at ESPN, only two are predicting Oklahoma to make it back to the College Football Playoff for second consecutive season, and neither see the Sooners winning the title. The only other Big 12 team that is predicted to make the CFP is West Virginia, who also only received two votes.
- Check out this in-depth look at Kyler Murray’s journey as a two-sport athlete. His tape shows his elite athleticism on the gridiron and the diamond, but there’s also a reason why many great athletes aren’t advised to do what Murray has been given the green light to do.
- Speaking of Murray, his teammates are raving about what he brings to the offense. His prowess as a dual-threat QB has even drawn comparisons to Michael Vick.
- If you are coming to a home game this season, here are some sustenance options you’ll have. I mean, I would try one of these burgers, but to be honest, my expectations going into that first bite would be pretty low. I’ve actually heard that they’re not bad, though.
Levy is providing some additional breakfast options at OU concession stands with two early kickoffs this September. I give you: Biscuits and gravy. pic.twitter.com/BUYrKh4yxx— Tyler Palmateer (@Tpalmateer83) August 27, 2018
- Kenneth Murray is on the precipice of having a monster season. He has the physical tools and the work ethic to lead the D back to where it should be. As the “heart of the defense,” now it’s just a matter of him putting all of his preparation into action.
- The offensive line should be a team strength once again, but there could still be some early growing pains. Even with all the weapons at the skill positions, the offense can’t hum unless the line does its job first.
- The safety position could be the most concerning area heading into the 2018 season, but the talent on the roster is undeniable. Still, talent alone won’t be enough to get the job done. Coach Cooks will continue to work with the young unit so that it can develop as quickly as possible.
- Oklahoma’s loss to Houston in Week 1 of the 2016 season saw a considerable amount of overreaction for the Cougars, but where does that game rank among the biggest Week 1 overreactions since the turn of the century?
Around the Sports World
- The New York Giants have secured the continued services of Odell Beckham Jr. after signing him on a five-year, $95 million deal, with $65 million guaranteed. The new contract makes him the league’s highest paid receiver.
- After 16 seasons in the NBA, all spent with the San Antonio Spurs, Manu Ginobili has announced his retirement. Something that always makes me smile is how Ginobili, who is originally from Argentina, popularized the Euro-step. Congrats on a heck of a career, Manu!
Today, with a wide range of feelings, I'm announcing my retirement from basketball. IMMENSE GRATITUDE to everyone (family, friends, teammates, coaches, staff, fans) involved in my life in the last 23 years. It's been a fabulous journey. Way beyond my wildest dreams. pic.twitter.com/3MLCUtmd6K— Manu Ginobili (@manuginobili) August 27, 2018
- Mississippi State QB Nick Fitzgerald has been suspended for the season opener this weekend after violating team rules.
- Ohio State graduate transfer quarterback Joe Burrow has won the starting job at LSU. If the Tigers’ offense doesn’t show significant improvement this season it could be another long year in Baton Rouge.
- If Kirk Herbstreit doesn’t look like this when I turn my TV on this Saturday I’m actually going to lose it. Promise us, Kirk. Promise us you’ll wear this on College GameDay.
Stick to Sports!
- After seeing an uptick of millions of subscribers earlier this year, nearly half of MoviePass subscriptions have now been cancelled. The too-good-to-be-true deal allowed movie goers to see one free movie per day for a low monthly fee, but in recent months, the company has faced an increasing amount of backlash for realizing its mistake and changing its terms. Now the unprofitable venture is staring down a rapid decline.
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