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Oklahoma Football: Bob Stoops shoots down Auburn report, Kyler Murray Heisman campaign ramps up

How’s it going, everyone?

Tonight will be the final Tuesday night release of the College Football Playoff rankings before Selection Sunday. The hotly contested debate this year involves the Oklahoma Sooners and the Ohio State Buckeyes. Analysts have been comparing resumes between the two one-loss programs, but does OU actually compare better with Alabama and Clemson more so than OSU?

For years, the headlining narrative about the Big 12 has been the lack of defense played compared to the other Power 5 conferences, and with Oklahoma being at the top of the league nearly every season, the focus has naturally surrounded the Sooners’ defensive struggles in particular.

Yet for some reason the same amount of attention isn’t being paid to the offensive side of the ball. Ever since Lincoln Riley arrived in Norman, the Crimson & Cream have been at or near the top of some major offensive statistics rankings, and 2018’s offense is on an all-time historic pace in terms of efficiency and yards per play.

Furthermore, the Sooners have proven their offense holds up out of conference. Take the Auburn game in the 2017 Sugar Bowl, or the Ohio State game in Columbus, or the Rose Bowl against Georgia this past New Year’s. In each of those matchups against perceived stout defenses, Oklahoma did what they did to most teams they’ve played — they piled up yards and points in bunches.

From what I’ve read and heard, the criticisms about Oklahoma’s defense are mostly fair. Still, the Big 12’s offenses aren’t getting enough credit, but yes, OU’s D has its problems. However, if anybody is best equipped to win in a shootout, it’s the Sooners.

Now for some Hot Links! Kyler Murray catches up with SVP, Bob Stoops is not in talks with Auburn, Jeopardy! trolls the Lions and more!

  • Auburn’s Gus Malzahn is still the Tigers’ head coach, but in the SEC, nothing heats up a seat quicker than a sub-par season. The smoke billowing from the rumor mill was that Bob Stoops was one of the top targets to replace Malzahn (again, still the head coach), but Stoops vehemently denied any communication with Auburn.
  • This “Kyler Knows” Heisman Trophy campaign is ramping up even more. Check out appearances from Barry Switzer, Bob Stoops, Trae Young, Lauren Chamberlain and more as they vouch for Kyler Murray’s ability to do it all in this throwback to Bo Jackson’s old commercial.
  • As of right now, Joel Klatt believes Oklahoma has the better case for a playoff spot than Ohio State. This is only going to get more interesting after tonight’s rankings. If the committee still has the Sooners ahead of the Buckeyes, that would mean a lot going into conference championship weekend.
  • Just show anybody this little factoid if they have anything to say against Oklahoma’s strength of schedule compared to Ohio State’s. You’re welcome.
  • Speaking of Murray, check him out in this interview with ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt. The Heisman hopeful talks about the Sooners’ first game against Texas, what has satisfied him most about his own play, and gives his opinion on who is faster between he and Marquise Brown.

  • Also, stay tuned during Saturday’s College GameDay show for a special feature on Kyler Murray with former Florida Gator Heisman Trophy winner and fellow dual-sport athlete Tim Tebow.
  • Oklahoma and Texas were both allotted 8,000 tickets through their own ticket offices for the Big 12 Championship, with the rest of the tickets going to vendors like StubHub and SeatGeek. Naturally, this has frustrated fans on both sides of the Red River.
  • In case you were wondering, the Golden Hat Trophy that OU and Texas play for in the Cotton Bowl every season will not be on the line this Saturday. I think this is the right call, but I wouldn’t have any problem with it if it were. The Longhorns can hold onto it for now, because the Sooners are playing for much bigger prizes.
  • Mark Andrews and Baker Mayfield are no longer teammates, but the former Mackey Award winner still has his former QB’s back. Colin Cowherd says what he says about Mayfield for the views (I’m assuming), but that doesn’t mean he should keep pushing these false narratives about a guy who has proven him wrong at every turn. Good for you, Mark. Put the blowhard in his place.
  • Look out for Sooner hoops tonight! After finishing third in the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament, Oklahoma (5-1) returns to Lloyd Noble to host an undefeated North Texas squad. The game starts at 7 p.m. CT and will be televised on Fox Sports Oklahoma.
  • Arizona QB Khalil Tate is reportedly considering a transfer after a down year in Kevin Sumlin’s first season as the Wildcats’ head coach.
  • Does Pitt really have a fighting chance at upsetting Clemson in the ACC Championship? History says as much, as the Panthers have been giant-killers before, including against Dabo Swinney’s Tigers.
  • So this is a thing. James Harden is quite the comedian on the court. One of the mini-celebration things he’s doing after scoring is pretending to have a nose-bleed. I totally bought it the first time I saw it.
  • Jeopardy! has to be one of the most savage game shows on television. Whoever came up with this one was trying to put the Detroit Lions on blast, and they did exactly that. What is ouch?
  • Remind me never to go hang gliding in Switzerland. All jokes aside, this has to be a nightmare scenario, even for somebody who isn’t afraid of heights. All this poor guy wanted to do was enjoy a nice session in the sky, but the expert he was with forgot to attach him to the glider. Talk about yikes.

  • Originally launched on May 5th, 2018, the lander for NASA’s InSight mission finally arrived on Mars on Monday, November 26th. The task for the lander is to study the early evolution of Mars and other terrestrial planets. Check out the first selfie taken by the InSight lander. What a phenomenal view.

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