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Oklahoma Sooners Football Hot Links: Herman feeling the heat in Austin, OU’s latest COVID testing numbers, and more

Also Lincoln Riley gave his thoughts on the feasibility of college football finishing out its season.

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Happy Tuesday, friends and fans!

Two months and seven games into this rather tumultuous 2020 college football season, and the Oklahoma Sooners are certainly one of the more fortunate teams in the land for the simple fact that none of their games have been postponed or canceled (aside from the obvious regular season reductions made in August) due to COVID-19 related issues. With three scheduled contests remaining and a Big 12 Championship berth left to play for, OU is operating as cautiously as ever for the safety of its players and the program as a whole.

Around the nation, other programs haven’t been quite as lucky as Lincoln Riley’s. To date, there have been at least 70 postponements or cancellations, and that figure is seemingly rising at an accelerated rate as more conferences kick off their belated seasons. On Monday, the Tulsa World’s Eric Bailey noted the Oklahoma coach’s thoughts on the possibility of this football season being shut down for good if too many teams continue to struggle maintaining a safe environment for their players.

For now, it looks as if the Sooners’ season should be in the clear for at least the next week, but with how rapid things can change in this pandemic, nothing is certain. Let’s just hope Bedlam goes off without a hitch this Saturday. We can worry about the rest later.

Now onto today’s Hot Links! Both defenses in Bedlam are a highlight for a change, Mike Gundy talks Oklahoma, Tom Herman hypocritically whines about negative recruiting and more!

OU Links

  • OU released another round of COVID-19 testing data for the second week of November, and among 417 student-athletes and 159 staff members tested, 10 individuals yielded positive results. Also notable, the overall positivity rate has dropped since the last data release, going from four to two percent.

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