• OU football: The Oklahoman's picks for OU vs. Tennessee

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s writers make their picks for Saturday’s game

  • Big 12 football: Go with West Virginia over Maryland in an upset special

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    Maryland beat West Virginia 37-0 last season in Baltimore, and it was one of the lowlights of Mountaineer football for many years.

  • Big 12 football: Conference could use a Texas victory over UCLA

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    Seven Big 12 teams play a fellow major-conference opponent Saturday, and on Thursday night comes the Kansas State-Auburn game. So the next six days will tell us a lot about Big 12 football 2014.

  • Big 12 football: Texas vs. UCLA tops this week's slate of games

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    Here is our rankings of this week’s slate of games in the Big 12: 1. Texas vs. UCLA in Arlington, 7 p.m., FOX: Remember the Bruins’ 66-3 rout, in Austin no less, that hastened John Mackovic’s 1997 departure? 2. Arkansas at Texas Tech, 2:30 p.m., ABC: Hogs’ first trip to Lubbock since leaving the Southwest Conference almost a quarter century ago. 3. Tennessee at OU, 7 p.m., ABC: First Sooner-Vol game north of Dade County, Fla. Only two meetings were Orange Bowls. 4. Maryland at West Virginia, 11 a.m., Big Ten Network: With Pitt and Penn State gone, Terrapins only old rival left for Mountaineers. 5. Iowa State at Iowa, 2:30 p.m., ESPN: Hawkeyes 2-0, Cyclones 0-2, but they’ve played about the

  • Big 12 football: Texas Tech quarterback Davis Webb in the spotlight vs. Arkansas

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    Through two games, Davis Webb has been solid but not spectacular, and Tech has had to claw past two overmatched foes, including I-AA Central Arkansas.

  • Oklahoma football: A look at the recruits expected to visit for Saturday's game against Tennesseee

    BY RYAN ABER | Published: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    Oklahoma’s Saturday home game against Tennessee will be a huge recruiting weekend for the Sooners. Here’s a look at the players who are expected to make official visits.

  • Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops and staff ready for a big recruiting weekend

    By Ryan Aber | Updated: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    Six players in the Rivals 250 ranking of the nation’s top recruits for 2015 are expected to make official visits to Norman for Saturday’s game. Several others will take unofficials, as will a group of 2016 players who include a pair of quarterbacks the Sooners have offered.

  • Oklahoma football notebook: Sterling Shepard asked to do more

    By Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber | Published: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    Shepard played exceptionally well in the Sooners’ 52-7 win at Tulsa last weekend — catching eight passes for 177 yards and a touchdown — but co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell said there are still things he needs to work on.

  • OU football: Todd McShay says Sooners are 'legitimate top-five team, contender for College Football Playoff'

    Published: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    ESPN analyst Todd McShay was skeptical of the Sooners. No longer. After two blowout victories, Todd McShay explains in four reasons why the Oklahoma Sooners are a legitimate top-five team in college football this season (ESPN Insider content). McShay's reasons: 1.) The running game could be one of the best in the country 2.) They have a quarterback (Trevor Knight) that is going to keep getting better 3.) The defense is back 4.) The weaknesses this team does have are minor. From McShay: "For many years, the Sooners used to be dominant on the defensive side of the ball -- recall the BCS title win when they allowed two points to Florida State -- but I think the past few seasons that talent level has tailed off a little bit. You didn't see those difference-makers on defense going to the NFL, the way you did with the likes of Gerald McCoy a few years back. "I think that the talent on the Sooners' defense is now back up to an elite level, however, and it's a unit that can keep them in the playoff mix."

  • Power Lunch: Chat with OU writer Jason Kersey

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    Join Jason Kersey at 11 a.m. as he previews OU-Tennessee on the Power Lunch chat. Get all of your Sooners questions in here.

  • Former OU football player T.J. Hamilton believes name will be cleared in fraud case

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    Accusations of fraud aren’t keeping T.J. Hamilton from pursuing a music career. Since coming under scrutiny by Oklahoma securities regulators, Hamilton, a former University of Oklahoma walk-on football player, has been forced by legal woes to stop selling his first album “She’s Like Summer” online.

  • Oklahoma football: Willie Martinez returns to face Sooners

    BY RYAN ABER | Published: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    Former Oklahoma defensive backs coach didn’t play or coach at Tennessee before last season, but he’s surrounded by familiarity as the Volunteers’ secondary coach.

  • Oklahoma football: Zack Sanchez says he'll play vs. Tennessee

    BY JASON KERSEY AND RYAN ABER | Published: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    Oklahoma sophomore cornerback Zack Sanchez said after Tuesday’s practice that his injured shoulder is getting better by the day, and that he will be ready to play Saturday against Tennessee. Sanchez injured the shoulder during last weekend’s 52-7 rout of Tulsa. He, OU safety Quentin Hayes and Tulsa wideout Keevan Lucas collided on Lucas’ catch early in the second quarter. The sophomore left the game and didn’t return. X-rays taken Saturday came back negative, and Sanchez has been able to practice this week. “I got a helmet right to the top of my shoulder, where the most padding is on my shoulder pad,” Sanchez said Tuesday. “It’s kind of a freak thing. I got a little sprain in my

  • College football's quarterbacks are on the run

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    Using a running quarterback in your offense is a risky proposition. But despite the injury risk, signal-callers are on the run more and more in today’s wide-open offenses.

  • OU football: Knoxville columnist gives hilarious reasons why Tennessee can beat OU (VIDEO)

    Published: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    Knoxville News Sentinel football columnist John Adams shares his thoughts on the Tennessee vs. Oklahoma game Saturday, including reasons why the Volunteers can beat the fourth-ranked Sooners. In his video entitled "Serious football with John Adams," Adams' reasons are deep and insightful. They're so deep that he finds himself at a loss for words Following a bout of silence and confusion, Adams skips quickly to UT's next matchup. "Join me in two weeks before the Tennessee-Georgia game, when we talk about bouncing back from adversity," Adams says.

  • NFL.com: Bob Stoops could follow in Barry Switzer's footsteps with Dallas Cowboys

    Published: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    Remember last season when the  Bob Stoops-to-Cleveland rumors were heating up in January? Well, expect that NFL talk about the Sooners ball coach to start flaring up again, says NFL.com's Bryan Fischer. He says Stoops could follow in Barry Switzer's footsteps as a former OU coach making the jump to the NFL via the Dallas Cowboys. From Fischer: "While the native Ohioan flirted with the Cleveland Browns after his team won the Sugar Bowl, that never seemed like the right fit. The right fit might open up not too far down the road, however. "The Dallas Cowboys remain one of the NFL's marquee programs despite a middling record the past decade. They very well could have a head-coach opening after the season if they fail to make the playoffs. Jerry Jones loves nothing more than to make a splash, and he would do just that in backing the Brinks truck up and hiring Stoops." Fischer goes on to say certain obstacles -- such as Stoops' big home in Norman and his loyalty to OU athletic director Joe Castiglione -- wouldn't keep Stoops from giving the Dallas job a long look if he were to get the call from Jones. Following OU's upset win over Alabama in the 2014 Sugar Bowl, Stoops declined to discuss rumors that he could become the next coach of the Cleveland Browns, non-chalantly say " you never know " when asked about his interest in the NFL. But whether it's from the Cowboys or someone else, Stoops is going to receive a lot of attention from NFL teams this offseason.

  • OU football: Sooners to face Houston in 2016 season opener; Cougars come to Norman in 2019

    Published: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    OU and Houston will open the 2016 season on Sept. 3 in the Advocare Texas Kickoff at NRG Stadium, home of the NFL's Houston Texans. Houston will also make a return trip to Norman to play at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on Aug. 31, 2019. The news of the matchup was  initially reported in July by the Houston Chronicle, but the University of Oklahoma officially announced the game Wednesday. The Sooners were originally scheduled to begin the 2016 at home against Louisiana-Monroe, but that game has been moved to Sept. 10, 2016. The Sooners are 2-0 in two previous matchups with the Cougars -- OU beat Houston 63-13 in 2004 (at Norman) and 40-14 in the 1981 Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas.

  • OU football: No Rocky Top: Tennessee not bringing band to Norman

    Published: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    You won't be hearing "Rocky Top" in Norman on Saturday night. Tulsa World writer Eric Bailey says the University of Tennessee  is leaving The Pride of the Southland Band -- and one of the most iconic and recognizable fight songs in college football -- in Knoxville. "Rocky Top" was voted the  No. 2 fight song in all of college football in a recent USA Today College Football Fan Index poll. OU's "Boomer Sooner" was No. 6 on the same list.

  • Steve Spurrier: 'If you hit a girl, you aren't going to play on our team'

    Published: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier says if you're striking a woman, there's no place for you in Columbia. In the wake of the release of a tape showing former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice striking his then-fiancee , Spurrier took a stand on Tuesday at his weekly press conference. "If you ever hit a girl, you are not going to play on our team. You are finished," Spurrier said. "I can't understand why every coach doesn't have that rule and every company doesn't have that rule for their employees." OU coach Bob Stoops has had his own decision to make in regard to a player hitting a woman. Stoops and OU athletic director Joe Castiglione suspended freshman running back Joe Mixon for the season after Mixon punched a female OU student in the face at an eatery near campus in Norman. Mixon has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor count stemming from the altercation. Stoops was a defensive coordinator for Spurrier at the University of Florida from 1996-1998 before coming to OU. "In the end, we felt we did what we needed to do and what was right," Stoops said of the handling of the Mixon incident . "There's nothing right about it I guess, but we did what we felt was. "We felt we acted the right was as a university." The Tennessean cites that Spurrier has dismissed two players from his team for hitting a female during his coaching career.

  • Oklahoma football: The long and winding road of Blake Bell

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    From ballyhooed quarterback recruit to the Belldozer to starting quarterback to tight end, Bell has had a unique career arc.