• Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel from H&H Shooting Sports

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Berry Tramel is talking college football and more live from H&H Shooting Sports at 11 a.m. If you have questions, get them in now.

  • College Football Playoff: Following the money to a new system

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    WHY? — If fans want to believe their clamoring for a playoff produced one, they can. But here’s 470 million reasons why there’s a College Football Playoff.

  • College Football Playoff: A look at the sites where championships will be contested

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Things to know about the sites that will be included in the College Football Playoff. * College football’s championship game comes to the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Jan. 12. JerryWorld has brought the Super Bowl, the Final Four and the NBA All-Star Game to Dallas-Fort Worth. Now comes college football’s Big Bowl. The 2015 national champion will be determined Jan. 11 in Glendale, Ariz. The 2016 national champion will be determined Jan. 9 in Tampa, Fla. * In selecting the bowls to rotate among the semifinals, the conference commissioners went with the three most tradition-rich bowls — Rose, Sugar and Orange. It also retained the Fiesta Bowl, which had been a part of the BCS.

  • College Football Playoff: Meet the chairman — Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long

    BY BERRY TRAMEL, Staff Writer, btramel@opubco.com | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    CFP — Jeff Long has traveled a long road to being named the chairman of the new College Football Playoff selection committee. It’s a road that took him through Norman, where he was Joe Castiglione’s chief lieutenant.

  • College Football Playoff Selection Committee: Games and dates that will shape the decision

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    KEY DATES — With 13 people set to decide who plays for the first College Football Playoff championship, The Oklahoman’s Berry Tramel looks at the games and dates that will shape their decision.

  • College Football Playoff: How the selection committee will pick the 'Final Four'

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    THE PROCESS — Inside the selection process,which includes how and when committee members will vote, recuse themselves and be supplied “countless pieces” of statistical information on every team.

  • College Football Playoff: The background and biases of the men and woman who will decide

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    MEET THE COMMITTEE — A look at the 13 members of the College Football Playoff committee, their backgrounds and their qualifications.

  • Oklahoma football: Sooners get to see Manny Diaz's defense again

    BY RYAN ABER | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    Former Texas defensive coordinator now in charge of Louisiana Tech’s defense. The Sooners play host to the Bulldogs on Saturday.

  • Mike Gundy, Bob Stoops each in Top 15 of college football coaches ranked by playing career

    Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    CBSSports.com went there. Just as he did with 64 coaches in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament , Tony Moss ranked the 128 head coaches of the FBS level based on how good they were as football players. It's an exercise that's sure to spark debate, and Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy and Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops each rank high on the list. Gundy is ranked 12th for his 1980s success at OSU, while Stoops is ranked 15th for starring at Iowa in the late 1970s-early 1980s. Gundy finished his career as the leading passer in Big 8 Conference history. Stoops was a four-year starter and All-Big 10 defensive back for the Hawkeyes. One current Big 12 coach ranked higher than Stoops and Gundy. Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury is No. 4 on the list folllowing a prolific career at Texas Tech, where he threw for more 95 touchdowns and more than 12,000 yards. The No. 1 player-turned-D-I coach on the list? South Carolina's Steve Spurrier, who won the Heisman Trophy as a senior at Florida in 1966.

  • High school softball: Mustang pitcher Jayden Chestnut is more relaxed this season

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    Senior has thrown two perfect games and two no-hitters in seven starts this season.

  • Oklahoma football: OU pay-per-view telecast helps subsidize Sooner Sports TV

    By Mel Bracht, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    OU has given TV rights to game to its partner Fox Sports

  • Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops explains Julian Wilson's move to cornerback

    BY JASON KERSEY AND RYAN ABER | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said senior Julian Wilson’s move to cornerback “went as good as I could have ever hoped for.” So what took so long? Wilson, who was recruited as a cornerback out of Southmoore in 2010, started all 13 of Oklahoma’s games at nickelback last season. Stoops said Wilson was rushing the quarterback more last year than he was dropping into coverage, and OU coaches want junior linebacker Eric Striker — one of the nation’s elite pass rushers — to do more of that this season. “We started thinking — Mike (Stoops, the defensive coordinator) and the defensive coaches — who would you rather have rushing, Eric or Julian? It’s pretty evident it wouldn’t be (Wilson),” Stoops

  • Big 12 football predictions: Baylor's Art Briles the best coach in the Big 12?

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    Football 2014 — The Oklahoman’s Jenni Carlson projects the 2014-15 Big 12 season.

  • Oklahoma football predictions: Forecasting an unbeaten regular season for the Sooners

    By Jenni Carlson | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    Football 2014 — The Oklahoman’s Jenni Carlson projects the OU football season.

  • OU football: Every player on the Sooners' 2013 football guide cover tore his ACL this calendar year

    erik horne | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    Three players adorned the cover of the 2013 Oklahoma football media guide -- cornerback Aaron Colvin, fullback Trey Millard and offensive lineman Gabe Ikard. Besides being seniors, the trio has something else in common: each player has suffered a torn ACL in the last calendar year. First, it was Millard  during the 2013 season against Texas Tech (Oct. 26), then came Colvin  during Senior Bowl practice (Jan. 21). Ikard tore his ACL  playing for the Tennnessee Titans against the New Orleans Saints in the NFL preseason. "The 2013 poster curse is claiming it's last ACL this week. @AColvin114 good luck in surgery @GabeIkard," Millard tweeted Monday morning. Even Bob Stoops is a part of the club. He didn't suffer a torn ACL last season like Colvin, Ikard and Millard, but Stoops injured his knee during his college days playing defensive back for Iowa.

  • Beating Bama: A look at what defeating Alabama has done for the last nine opponents to do it

    BY JASON KERSEY, Staff Writer, jkersey@opubco.com | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    Football 2014: The Oklahoma Sooners are one of only seven teams to beat Alabama since Nick Saban’s first season in Tuscaloosa, though Auburn and LSU have done it twice each. A look at what rolling the Tide did for them.

  • OU football: Which Sooners team will show up in 2014?

    Jason Kersey | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    No matter what Bob Stoops, his assistant coaches or players say, Oklahoma enters the 2014 football season carrying a good deal of momentum from its Sugar Bowl upset of Alabama nearly eight months ago. Maybe they’re right that it doesn’t affect those inside the program, but the stunning victory in New Orleans absolutely catapulted the Sooners into the national spotlight again. Oklahoma is a top-five team in the preseason after beginning the 2013 campaign ranked No. 16 in both major polls. OU finished the season ranked 10 spots higher than that, but only after an up-and-down campaign that included extreme highs — like the Sugar Bowl, Bedlam and Notre Dame — and dreary lows in embarrassing losses to Texas and Baylor.

  • OU football: Can the Sooners win without star power?

    BY JASON KERSEY | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    For the second straight year, Oklahoma enters a football season without many accomplished stars on its roster. The Sooners only put four players on the preseason All-Big 12 team, including a kicker (Michael Hunnicutt), an offensive lineman (Daryl Williams) and a cornerback in Zack Sanchez who had a few uneven performances last year as a true freshman. Linebacker Eric Striker, who led the Sooners with 6.5 sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss in 2013, is the most firmly established star at this point. Striker was named a preseason All-American by Sports Illustrated and ESPN — the only All-America honors for any OU player this summer. Here’s a look at other seasons that began without Oklahoma having many stars and how the

  • Oklahoma football: Are the Sooners riding a Sugar (Bowl) high?

    BY JASON KERSEY, Staff Writer, jkersey@opubco.com | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    OU FOOTBALL — There’s more to Oklahoma’s renewed status as a title contender than beating Alabama, but how much more?

  • Oklahoma football: Trevor Knight, OU offense enter 2014 in a much different place than last season

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    Entering Oklahoma’s 2014 season opener — set for 6 p.m. Saturday against Louisiana Tech — Trevor Knight is again the starting quarterback, but this year, there is no trepidation among Sooner coaches and players. Knight was voted a team captain for 2014.