Merry Christmas Eve, friends and fans!
A small part of the bowl game experience is the team versus team competition before the game itself is played on the field. This week, the Oklahoma Sooners battled the LSU Tigers in a friendly game of
Family Football Feud, and you already know OU comes up big in the clutch.
Here’s another angle of the game-winning moment:
Round one of the College Football Playoff semifinal festivities goes to Oklahoma, and with that comes a sweet championship belt. Of course this is all fun and games. The real prize will be earned on field this Saturday, but for now this team can enjoy some positive vibes after a relatively rough couple of weeks since the Big 12 Championship game ended.
Now for this year’s Christmas Eve edition of Hot Links! Steve Ensminger is impressed with Oklahoma’s Speed D, P-Mot is headed to the Shrine Bowl next month, the new-look Razorback coaching staff is coming together and more!
- The Sooners arrived in Atlanta on Monday as the countdown to the Peach Bowl winds down. These boys aren’t about that noise, they’ve got their game faces on already.
- Lincoln Riley sat down with the media for a press conference shortly after touching down in the ATL. Peep the drip on those threads. That’s a money move right there, kids.
- On Tuesday, the team leaders and coordinators caught up with the media to answer questions as the semifinal matchup draws near. The first group up was the offense with Cale Gundy, Jalen Hurts, CeeDee Lamb and Creed Humphrey. The second group was the defense with Alex Grinch, Kenneth Murray and Neville Gallimore.
- LSU offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger had a lot of praise to share about the OU defense. It’s common for coaches to talk up their opponent before a game, but it’s still delightful to see others taking notice of the improvements made by Alex Grinch and the new defensive assistants. Sooners Wire’s Kegan Reneau is all over the noteworthy news and nuggets coming from Atlanta this week.
LSU OC Steve Ensminger on Oklahoma's defense,— Kegan Reneau (@KeganReneau) December 24, 2019
"We've played some good defenses this year, but this might be the fastest defense we've played. They can run.
"They present problems with their speed."
Mentions that they are going to have to be able to run the football. #Sooners
- On the other side Dave Aranda was quite complimentary of Lincoln Riley as an offensive mind.
LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda: “You put on that (Oklahoma-Georgia) Rose Bowl the last couple nights and you can't sleep. It keeps you up."— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) December 24, 2019
- Tigers RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire was reportedly not at practice on Tuesday (or at least not during the media’s 15 minutes of access). According to Ed Orgeron, the situation is still day-to-day.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire is not at #LSU practice today.— Brody Miller (@BrodyAMiller) December 24, 2019
- Longtime OU radio analyst Merv Johnson was involved in a serious motor vehicle accident on Sunday, Dec. 22. He’s reportedly alert and recovering, but he will not be meeting the team in Atlanta for this upcoming game. Get well soon, Coach Merv!
Merv Johnson was in a car accident yesterday, per OU. He’s currently recovering. Full release: pic.twitter.com/b2joLyVzXj— George Stoia III (@GeorgeStoia) December 24, 2019
- Here’s a look at the 2019 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl patch that the players will wear this weekend for the CFP semifinal.
- Senior CB Parnell Motley has accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Bowl in St. Petersburg, Fla. The all-star game is scheduled for Jan. 18 at 2 p.m. CT and will air on the NFL Network.
- Oklahoma’s all-time leading rusher Samaje Perine has signed with the Miami Dolphins after running with the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad for the majority of this season. Congratulations, Samaje!
The #Dolphins are signing former #Redskins starting RB Samaje Perine off the #Bengals practice squad, source said. He’ll join them this week and will be part of their future in 2020. Miami RB Myles Gaskin (ankle) sustained an injury yesterday.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 23, 2019
- In case you missed it, check out my write-up on the 2019 LSU team and the Tigers’ program as a whole. Like the Sooners, the Bayou Bengals have decades of success and achievements to look back on, and this year’s team is one of their best yet.
Around the Sports World
- It’s official: Marshawn Lynch is back in a Seattle Seahawks uniform with one week remaining before the playoffs begin. It’ll be interesting to see how effective ‘Beast Mode’ will be for this NFC contender.
- After missing the last two months of the season, the Houston Texans are preparing for the return of J.J. Watt. If he can come back into the fold playing at or near his maximum strength, the AFC playoff picture is going to get a lot more interesting.
- The Arkansas Razorbacks have hired Kendal Briles as their offensive coordinator. The son and former assistant of Art Briles at Baylor has since gained more experience as an OC at FAU, Houston and most recently Florida State.
- I’m neutral when it comes to the Green Bay Packers, but Aaron Rodgers is definitely my favorite QB in the NFL. The guy is a walking fiesta. Quick, somebody hand him a shot of Cuervo right now.
- Boston Celtics rookie center Tacko Fall is 7’5” tall, but he can conduct an orchestra with the best of them. Okay, maybe it’s not his true calling, but this is still very cool to watch. Stick around for the end, too. It’s awesome.
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