Happy Friday, friends and fans!
By now, you’ve likely heard every argument made for and against the Oklahoma Sooners in regards to the College Football Playoff. With a win over Baylor in tomorrow’s Big 12 Championship game, that possibility stays alive, but nothing’s official until Selection Sunday. Win or lose, OU Insider’s Joey Helmer has broken down all of the possible postseason outcomes awaiting the Crimson & Cream.
No matter what happens in tonight’s Pac-12 Championship game between Utah and Oregon, Oklahoma will need to take care of business against Baylor tomorrow. Still, a Utes loss would open the door a lot wider for the Sooners to play their way into the CFP.
It’s important to keep in mind that even if the Pac-12 and Big 12 title games go exactly how OU wants them to, the SEC Championship will still need to be played. Georgia winning that game would all but seal Oklahoma’s fate as a team on the outside looking-in, barring a major upset in the ACC Championship game between Clemson and Virginia. Even then, the debate between Dabo Swinney’s Tigers and Lincoln Riley’s Sooners would more than likely swing in favor of the reigning national champs.
In case you need this reminder, it’s okay for us fans to think about and talk about these scenarios because, contrary to popular belief, we don’t actually affect the games as much as we sometimes like to believe. Rest assured this OU ball club is only concerned with one game — the one that takes place inside AT&T Stadium this Saturday at 11 a.m. CT. Win that one, and those chips can fall wherever the hell they want to.
Now onto this week’s Friday edition of Hot Links! K9’s experience in Arlington could be one of the Sooners’ biggest advantages, OU hoops downs UNT in the final seconds, Urban Meyer’s name is coming up in Dallas’ coaching search and more!
- On Thursday, Jalen Hurts was named a finalist for the Manning Award. It is currently the only QB honor that takes into account a player’s complete postseason performance before choosing a winner. Baker Mayfield (‘17) and Kyler Murray (‘18) both took home this particular hardware, and Hurts has a chance to make it three-in-a-row for Oklahoma.
- Speaking of Hurts, he and Baylor’s Charlie Brewer are especially effective from the quarterback position because of their ability to threaten defenses with both their arm and their legs. In the first half of Oklahoma’s November meeting with the Bears, Brewer was a constant thorn in OU’s side because of his success on the ground.
- If any Sooners on this 2019 team truly understand the significance of winning the Big 12 Championship game, it’s MIKE LB Kenneth Murray. Not only has he started each of the first two games since the title bout was resurrected in 2017, he’s been a team leader in every way. OU Insider’s RJ Young has more on K9’s mentality going into Saturday.
- Class of 2020 four-star WR commit Marvin Mims has a chance at Texas high school football history on Friday. If he’s able to record at least 156 receiving yards in this next game, he'll own the state record for most receiving yards in a single season.
- In case you missed it, check out the highlights from Oklahoma’s big comeback win on the road against North Texas. Senior Kristian Doolittle had a huge night, including the game-winning three-point make in the final 15 seconds. You can also read up on Allen’s recap of the contest right here.
- Also, don’t forget to listen up to this week’s Oklahoma Breakdown Podcast with Jack and Kamiar. First, the guys review the Sooners’ big win in Bedlam last weekend, then they preview the Big 12 Championship game against the 11-1 Baylor Bears. As usual, be aware that there is some NSFW language on the pod.
Around the Sports World
- The Dallas Cowboys’ season is starting to spiral out of control, and Jason Garrett’s seat is about as hot as it gets in his profession. Reportedly, one of the coaches that the higher-ups have “very real” interest in is Urban Meyer. I’m sure folks in and around Norman would be relieved if Jerry Jones made such a move, if only for the fact that they wouldn’t have to hear any more babbling about Riley and the position.
- Jeff Tedford is stepping down as head coach for his alma mater Fresno State, citing health concerns. Since 2017, the Bulldogs went 26-14 under Tedford’s guidance, including two double-digit win seasons and 2-0 in bowl games.
- The Portland Trailblazers’ experiment with bringing in Carmelo Anthony has paid off for both parties, and now the agreement between the two sides has been upgraded to a guaranteed contract for the remainder of the 2019-20 NBA season. Well done, ‘Melo.
The Trail Blazers will amend Carmelo Anthony’s contract so that it becomes fully guaranteed for the remainder of the season, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 6, 2019
- This past summer, Andy Ruiz Jr. shocked the boxing world when he upset Anthony Joshua for his three heavyweight world title belts. Now although they’re set to rematch this Saturday, Ruiz weighed in at 283 pounds, a whole 15 pounds heavier than in the first meeting.
- New Orleans Pelicans rookie Jaxson Hayes has a height and reach advantage over a lot of the players he faces on a nightly basis, but watching him go airborne and completely posterizing somebody is still just as entertaining as anybody else. The future sure looks bright with this one.
Jaxson got UPPP on that one! pic.twitter.com/76d0gpZZ2f— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) December 6, 2019
Stick to Sports!
- Using stats that track consumer searches on websites like Amazon and other online global markets, a recent study has concluded that Disney is potentially missing out on upwards of nearly $3 million due to a lack of ‘Baby Yoda’ merchandise. If I’m a die-hard Star Wars fan, I’m not too worried. I’m sure we’ll see all sorts of dolls and figurines of that cute little fella before long.
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