• College football: Why Virginia has the best schedule in the nation and North Carolina State the worst

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sat, May 23, 2015

    Only one Big 12 team cracks Berry Tramel’s top 25 college football schedules.

  • Michigan State's defense was too much for Oklahoma

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    After Buddy Hield’s 3-point play off a spin move gave the Sooners a 42-39 lead with 10:57 left, the Sooners went almost 10 minutes with just one basket.

  • Oklahoma basketball: Report card vs. Michigan State

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    OU and Michigan State was billed as a tossup game, and that’s the way it turned out. The Spartans made a couple plays down the stretch, and the grades reflect the Sooners’ disappointment.

  • Oklahoma basketball: Why a trip to the Sweet 16 would help bring the sizzle back to Sooner basketball

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Mar 21, 2015

    The Sweet 16 is misnamed. It’s the Sizzle 16. The first week of the NCAA Tournament is about underdogs and drama and last-second shots. The second week separates the wheat from the tares. Make the regional semifinals, which the Sooners do by beating Dayton, and your profile changes among the people that matter most.

  • Why Oklahoma's football team is the wrong messenger in the protest against a racist fraternity video

    By Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    COMMENTARY — It’s hard for OU football players to claim the high road in protest of racism given its recent association with violence against women.

  • NCAA Bracket Watch: It looks like OU is likely headed West

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Mar 14, 2015

    Selection Sunday has arrived, and the projected NCAA Tournament is less volatile than any in years. Not much movement with teams playing their way into, or out of, the 68-team field. Let’s answer a few questions as we await the 5 p.m. Sunday announcement: Where is OU headed? West, say the odds. The Sooners seem a likely 4-seed. The top four seeds in each regional are aligned by geography, as much as possible. And the top-4 seeds seem fairly solid. That means natural assignments for sites Omaha (Kansas and either Wisconsin, Northern Iowa or Iowa State), Columbus (two of Iowa State, Wisconsin and Northern Iowa), Louisville (Kentucky and Notre Dame), Pittsburgh (Villanova and Maryland) and Charlotte (Virginia

  • OSU football: Bedlam victory in Norman excited OSU signee, Norman QB John Kolar

    BY BERRY TRAMEL, Staff Writer, btramel@opubco.com | Published: Wed, Feb 4, 2015

    NORMAN — John Kolar grew up an OU fan. Grew up going to games at Owen Field. So the afternoon of Dec. 6 was a little strange. “Especially to be in that stadium and cheering for a different team is definitely a weird feeling,” Kolar said. “But it was great. It was so fun.” OSU’s 38-35 overtime victory in Bedlam thrilled Kolar because he’s now a Cowboy. The quarterback from Norman North ceremoniously signed with OSU on Wednesday morning, but he’s been in Stillwater for three weeks, already enrolled and attending classes at OSU. “I grew up an OU fan my whole life,” Kolar said. “But when the opportunity came, I fell in love with it (OSU).” Kolar’s OU ties run deep. His father, Randy, is an OU

  • College Football Playoff: Ohio State wins National Title in convincing fashion, 42-20

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Jan 12, 2015

    Buckeyes’ toughness was the key to victory

  • Ducks have a history of winning with 'no name' coaches

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sun, Jan 11, 2015

    Oregon is Old School in one important way. The Ducks don’t go chasing the flavor of the month when they have a coaching opening.

  • OU football: Dorial Green-Beckham entering the NFL Draft

    By Jason Kersey, Berry Tramel and Jenni Carlson | Published: Tue, Jan 6, 2015

    OU NOTEBOOK — Bob Stoops expresses no disappointment at the five-star receiver’s departure from Norman without ever playing a down, saying “I went in with eyes wide open.”

  • Can Bob Stoops turn it around? History is on his side.

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Jan 5, 2015

    The question is answerable only by letting him try. Which is the plan, until economic forces dictate different or OU decision-makers lose faith.

  • Oklahoma football: Fans' infatuation with Bob Stoops' salary is just a frustration release

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sun, Jan 4, 2015

    College football remains in the resentment stage. Pay Bob Stoops $4.75 million a year, and people expect results. Which they should. OU isn’t paying Stoops that kind of money to go 8-5 and tie for fourth in the Big 12.

  • Oklahoma State football: Grading OSU's 30-22 victory over Washington

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sat, Jan 3, 2015

    OSU REPORT CARD — Offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich wasn’t the only Cowboy to finish strong.

  • OU football: A look at the Sooners' 40-6 loss to Clemson by the numbers

    BY BERRY TRAMEL, Staff Writer, btramel@opubco.com | Published: Mon, Dec 29, 2014

    Here is a look at Oklahoma’s 40-6 loss to Clemson by the numbers: 1: Touchdown total scored by OU in two bowl games in Orlando against Clemson. The 1988 Sooners lost to Clemson 13-6 in the Florida Citrus Bowl, managing just two field goals. 2: Clemson players (Artavis Scott and Mike Williams) who each had more receiving yards than OU’s team total of 103. 2.4: Yards per carry for Clemson’s tailbacks. 3: OU losses in history to an ACC team. The Sooners have lost twice to Clemson and once to Miami when the Hurricanes were in the ACC. 6: Place for OU’s Samaje Perine in major-college single-season rushing for a freshman. Perine gained 134 yards against Clemson to finish his season with 1,713. 8:

  • OU football notebook: Sooners linebacker Eric Striker says he'll be back for senior season

    BY BERRY TRAMEL AND JASON KERSEY, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Dec 29, 2014

    Some good news emerged from the locker room after OU’s 40-6 loss to Clemson in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Monday. Star linebacker Eric Striker said he would return for his senior season. There had been speculation Striker would declare for the NFL draft, though he wasn’t expected to be a first-round pick. “Things are going to change around here,” Striker vowed. “No one wants to finish like this — not at all. I’m a team guy. Know what I mean? That’s the way Armwood (High School, in Seffner, Fla.) shaped me and that’s the way I’m gonna be. I’ve got another year to make it better and that’s what I’m gonna do — everything I can to make it better. You shouldn’t finish like this. You shouldn’t want to go

  • OU football: Grading Oklahoma's 40-6 loss to Clemson in the Russell Athletic Bowl

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Dec 29, 2014

    OU REPORT CARD — Five turnovers and a passing game that looked unwilling to test Clemson deep produced the worst grades in a dreadful Oklahoma performance

  • OU football: Bob Stoops won't say it, so I'll say it for him: Embarrassing

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Dec 29, 2014

    COMMENTARY — Oklahoma lost 40-6 to Clemson not because of the little things that tripped the Sooners against TCU and Kansas State. It lost because of big things like differences in talent, defensive scheme and quarterback play. In doing so, a disappointing season ended on disasterous.

  • Bedlam football: Taking a look at OSU's 38-35 win over OU by the numbers

    BY BERRY TRAMEL, Staff Writer, btramel@opubco.com | Published: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    Here is a look at Oklahoma State’s 38-35 overtime win over Oklahoma by the numbers: 1: Punt return in OSU history longer than Tyreek Hill’s game-tying, 92-yarder in the final minute. Josh Stewart returned a punt 95 yards vs. TCU last season. 1: Fumble recovery by OSU in the regular season. It came in the third quarter Saturday on Samaje Perine’s first fumble of the season. 2: Straight Bedlam games in Norman decided in overtime. The Sooners won 51-48 in 2012. 2: Straight games OSU has allowed at least 300 yards rushing. OU gained 304 yards on the ground Saturday. 2: Bedlam wins in the last four years for Mike Gundy, who lost his first six games in the series as OSU’s head coach. 3: Home losses

  • Oklahoma football: How Bob Stoops' decision to re-kick to Tyreek Hill was a double disaster

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    COMMENTARY — The only way for Oklahoma to lose Bedlam 2014 was to kick to Tyreek Hill again. And now that Bob Stoops has done it, it’s time to declare this OU season a disaster too.

  • Oklahoma football report card: How Bob Stoops flunked Bedlam

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    REPORT CARD — Instead of making OSU go 85 yards with no timeouts in the final minute, Bob Stoop chose to kick again to Tyreek Hill, a decision that blew the Sooners’ last best chance to win Bedlam.