The Jenks-Tulsa Union game, generally considered the state's biggest high school football rivalry, will air on The Cox Channel (channels 3 and 703) at 7 p.m. Friday from Tulsa's Chapman Stadium and will be webcast on www.CoxHSHub.com for the first time. Nathan Thompson, Rod Thompson and reporter Mike Ziegenhorn will call the “Backyard Bowl.”
Defending 6A champion Jenks is ranked No. 1 after beating Euless (Texas) Trinity 27-23 in its opener. No. 2 Union lost its opener to DeSoto, Texas, 44-20.
The teams split last year's meetings, with Union winning 14-7 in the regular season and Jenks rolling 41-10 in the 6A semifinals. Jenks has won seven of the past 10 meetings.
CBS OPENS SEASON WITH A&M-ALABAMA
CBS Sports kicks off its 13th season of SEC football coverage with No. 1 Alabama at No. 6 Texas A&M at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson and reporter Tracy Wolfson will call the game. “College Football Today,” the network's pregame, halftime and postgame studio show, also will air from Kyle Field in College Station, Texas. Host Tim Brando is joined by Spencer Tillman and newcomer Brian Jones, a former NFL and Texas linebacker. Insider Tony Barnhart also will have reports.
Danielson on Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel: “He is a fine thrower of the football, but it may be the least best thing he does as an athlete. His vision, competitiveness, leadership and ability to see plays before they happen all make him a tremendous weapon. You can't take your eyes off him when he's on the field, very much like a Joe Namath or Magic Johnson.”
— KAKC-AM 1300 is the new Tulsa radio home of the Oklahoma City Thunder under a multiyear deal announced by the team and Clear Channel Communications Tulsa. KAKC replaces The Tulsa Sports Animal (FM 97.1). The Thunder has also added KKBI-FM 106.1 in Broken Bow and KMCO-FM 101.3 in McAlester as affiliates on its 13-station network. KAKC also broadcasts games of the Tulsa 66ers, the Thunder's NBA Development League team.
— “Fox NFL Sunday,” 11 a.m. Sunday on KOKH-25, features a look at the paths of analyst Terry Bradshaw and Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson. In the 1960s, Robertson was the starting quarterback at Louisiana Tech for two seasons ahead of Bradshaw. Robertson walked away from his final year of eligibility to spend more time hunting and fishing, making Bradshaw the starter. They were both honored before the Tulane-Louisiana Tech game Thursday night.
— The Dallas Cowboys no longer can be considered “America's Team” with their game at noon Sunday in Kansas City (Chris Myers, Tim Ryan and Jennifer Hale) going to only 11 percent of the country. The main game will be Washington at Green Bay, which will go to 58 percent of the country.
— The new season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” 9 p.m. Wednesdays on Fox Sports 1, includes eight female and eight male bantamweight (135 pounds) fighters and two female coaches, UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and challenger Miesha Tate.