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Oklahoma Sooners Football: Alternate uniforms, defensive issues, and more!

All signs point to OU wearing alternates against Baylor this Saturday.

Baylor v Oklahoma Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images

Hello once again, everybody!

So the Oklahoma Sooners are rumored to be wearing alternates this week, and on Tuesday, Lincoln Riley was asked about the team going with the updated Rough Rider look for the first time this season against the incoming Bears.

In short, we should fully expect to see OU roll out onto Owen Field in their home alternates on Saturday.

Anyway, I’m just hoping it’s not a repeat performance of that game or the Baylor game from the week prior (or the Baylor game from 2014). After these past two Saturdays, my heart the Sooners could use a snooze-fest in the second half.

Now on to the Hot Links! Bob Stoops is dunking deans in water tanks, local television networks don’t have the power to give Oklahomans more Cleveland Browns football, Clemson just became super thin at QB and more!

OU Links

  • Oklahoma’s front seven should feel a little relieved to be facing Big 12 spread offenses from this point forward (as weird as that sounds) after last weekend, but the issues in the secondary that crept up in the Sooners’ game against Iowa State will still need to be addressed.
  • Bob Stoops was recently at a charity event on campus, and because he’s so cool now, he dunked the OU Law Dean in a water tank. Check out Coach and his nice heater.
  • For those who aren’t aware, here’s a quick explanation as to why certain unappealing NFL games are televised in your area each week when all you want to do is follow your favorite former Sooners. There’s a lot that goes into the decision-making, but one thing’s for sure — you shouldn’t be blaming the local affiliates. Too bad the Cleveland Browns don’t play the Dallas Cowboys every week, right?
  • Four-star point guard commit De’Vion Harmon recently talked about his goals for his final high school basketball season and what he’s most excited about when it comes to leaving home for Norman.
  • For years, football fans have been impressed with Baker Mayfield’s abilities on the field, and part of why they’re so impressed is because he isn’t equipped with some of the same physical tools like the prototypical quarterback. So what makes him so adept at what he does best? We all know the answer, but the rest of the country is beginning to figure it out.

Around the Sports World

  • Former starting QB Kelly Bryant has announces his plan to transfer from Clemson now that true freshman Trevor Lawrence has taken over. Bryant hasn’t been shy about his feelings, and he feels like he wasn’t given a fair chance nor did he think he did anything to warrant being demoted.
  • The Foster Farms Bowl has been re-named and will now be called the Redbox Bowl. The bowl game is played at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, and will be held one week before the College Football Playoff Title Game comes to the Bay Area.
  • This is just incredible. Everybody knows Aaron Judge is swinging with the heat, but Rays pitcher Jake Faria said “Not so fast, my guy”.
  • In other MLB news, Angels’ Shohei Ohtani will undergo Tommy John surgery following the baseball season. It’s a tough — if not expected — development for one of the league’s most promising rising stars.
  • During halftime of LSU’s game last Saturday, the Tigers’ marching band performed a tribute to “The Office”. Several members of the cast caught wind of this, and they loved it. Really cool stuff.

Stick to Sports!

  • The “Turing Test” was designed by English mathematician Alan Turing nearly 70 years ago. It’s an exercise to determine whether a subject is human or artificial. Researchers at MIT’s Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences have rebooted the classic Turing Test and made a “Minimal Turing Test”, which asks a person to use one word to prove that they really are human. “Love” was a word that many people used, but the word that best-proved their humanity was quite unexpected. After thinking about it, it actually makes a lot of sense.

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