Happy Monday, friends and fans!
Before we go all in on discussing the Oklahoma Sooners in the College Football Playoff, inspecting every angle of the Peach Bowl semifinal matchup against the LSU Tigers, I want to use this opportunity to take another look back at Saturday’s Big 12 Championship game, specifically at a moment during Matt Rhule’s postgame presser. What he’s done for the Baylor Bears football program has been nothing short of remarkable, but this clip shows why none of us should really be all that surprised.
Junior LB Kenneth Murray has routinely made it a point to meet with many of the opposing head coaches following games this season, and sophomore Brendan Radley-Hiles has followed in his captain’s footsteps. It’s a total class move on their part, and Rhule is clearly an all-class kind of coach that recognizes it when he sees it. Speaking of which, this is what he tweeted shortly after the game:
Thank you @BUFootball fans for showing up today. I know you’re disappointed but I hope you’re Proud as well.— Matt Rhule (@CoachMattRhule) December 7, 2019
Congratulations to @OU_Football on their Win today. The @Big12Conference plays DEFENSE and great football
We look forward to cheering the Sooners in the @CFBPlayoff ✊
For however long he’s at Baylor, I’m willing to bet that he’s going to make the Big 12 title race a tough competition for all other contenders, including OU. His players and coaching staff have completely bought in, and the culture in Waco appears to be making massive improvements by the week. Thanks for the great games this season, Matt Rhule, and best of luck in the Sugar Bowl.
Now on to this week’s Monday edition of Hot Links! Oklahoma’s defense defines this year’s playoff run, Jalen Hurts is heading into familiar territory, Mizzou finds its next head coach and more!
- Tre Brown quite possibly saved Oklahoma’s Big 12 title and playoff hopes all in this one play when he tracked down Baylor’s Chris Platt to keep him from scoring a go-ahead touchdown. Check out the MPH these athletes were being clocked at. My word.
Watch Tre Brown (@T_Brown25) & Chris Platt (@chrisplatt14) both exceed 21 MPH on this 80-yard completion @OurDailyBears #SicEm @soonergridiron #OUDNA #myRAmaxspeed @BUFootball | @OU_Football pic.twitter.com/q6PLuEerok— Recruiting Analytics (@RecruitAlytics1) December 8, 2019
- Lincoln Riley was interviewed on ESPN’s CFP Selection Show on Sunday when he spoke about the defensive improvement over the course of the season and how his defense stepped up when it mattered most.
- This is the fourth season that Oklahoma has qualified for the College Football Playoff, but it’s the first time the Sooners have done so on the backs of their defense, writes the Franchise’s John Hoover.
- This is also the fourth year Jalen Hurts will play in the CFP, with his first three coming as a QB for Alabama. Even as a newcomer for this OU team, he’s as familiar with this stage as it gets. Tyler Palmateer of the Norman Transcript has more.
- OU Daily’s George Stoia has quotes from Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley, Alex Grinch and Jalen Hurts, as well as LSU’s Ed Orgeron as the countdown to the Peach Bowl commences.
- Check out former Sooners Orlando Brown Jr, Ben Powers and Cody Ford after the Baltimore Ravens-Buffalo Bills game on Sunday. That’s a trio of some bad, bad men in the trenches.
Talked about this in Headington Hall. Love y’all boys pic.twitter.com/Ovy4B28R4z— Cody Ford ✞ (@Cody_Ford74) December 9, 2019
- Adrian Peterson is 34 years young and still climbing his way up the all-time NFL ranks. On Sunday, he joined Emmitt Smith, Walter Payton, Franke Gore, Barry Sanders and Curtis Martin as the only players to ever amass at least 14,000 career rushing yards. Boomer!
Around the Sports World
- Former Appalachian State head coach Eli Drinkwitz has agreed to become the next head coach for the Missouri Tigers after leading his Mountaineers to a 12-1 record this season and a Sun Belt Conference Championship. This rising star in the coaching ranks could be just the guy to unlock some of Mizzou’s potential.
- South Florida has agreed on a deal with Clemson Tigers’ co-OC and receivers coach Jeff Scott to become its next head coach. Scott had been Dabo Swinney’s longest tenured assistant on the Clemson staff until this latest development.
- CBS Sports’ Tom Fornelli ranked all 39 of the upcoming bowl games, and while it’s easy to guess which ones are in his top two, a few of the others in the top 10 may surprise you.
- Seattle Seahawks second leading rusher and change-of-pace RB Rashaad Penny has reportedly suffered an ACL sprain and will miss significant time if not the rest of the season.
- Los Angeles Lakers superstar Anthony Davis dropped 50 for the fourth time in his NBA career in Sunday night’s win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Watching him play always looks so smooth and effortless.
Anthony Davis had another vintage performance tonight— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 9, 2019
◻️ 50 PTS
◻️ 7 REB
◻️ 6 AST
◻️ 4 STL
◻️ 20-29 FG
◻️ W pic.twitter.com/2eNPN65fAl
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