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Oklahoma Sooners Football Hot Links: LSU assistants complimentary of OU counterparts, Merv Johnson recovering after auto accident

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Also, the Sooners won a game of Family Football Feud in the lead-up to the Peach Bowl.

TCU v Oklahoma Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images

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!

OU Links

  • 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.
  • On the other side Dave Aranda was quite complimentary of Lincoln Riley as an offensive mind.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!

Around the Sports World

  • 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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