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OU Has 40 to 1 Odds To Win The 2013-14 National Championship. Wanna Bet?

OU Has 40 to 1 Odds To Win The 2013-14 National Championship.  Wanna Bet? | Sooner4OU | Scoop.it

The Las vegas Oddsmakers believe OU has little chance to compete for  the 2013-14 BCS national title due to the quarterback competition, the defensive remake and the coaching changes.  But too be honest, 40 to 1 odds and fter seeing who they put in front of us, I have my doubts as to the decision-making.  Seriously, Louisville, OSU and Stanford...not likely at all and in my opinion, not as likely as the Sooners. 


It is interesting how changes that can be positive like the quaterback competition can be viewed as a liability.  Just look at how many freshman or first time starting quarterbacks have made a positive or powerful impact on their teams repsective results.  Johnny Football and Robert Griffin III leap to mind instantly.  Who is to say that one of our three impressive quarterbacks and the addition of the run threat will not have the same impact?  Not me...


The Sooner's spring practices are truly going ot be important to the team's near future prospects.  Are you willing to bet on it?

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Stoops On National Titles & Recruiting; Are The Sooners Headed In The Right Direction?

Stoops On National Titles & Recruiting;  Are The Sooners Headed In The Right Direction? | Sooner4OU | Scoop.it
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Sooner4OU Commentary: It is interesting how so many fans want to align themselves as either a sunshine pumper (eternal optimist) or gloomer (negative pessimist) when it comes the Sooners.  For instance if you take two different Sooner fans and have them read the Tulsa World article, you are very likely to get two wildly different opinions and suggested actions.


When really it is just an established highly regarded Head Coach supportng his players and stating that his expectations are higher than the current results.


It has been interesting to read the comments on articles of late like this and see the diversity of comments and the sugar and venom that fans spit out. 


In this article for instance i agree with Stoops comments and think he is in a tough position, albeit well paid position regarding the lack of National Title contention that defines the last few years.  It is obvious, he is not satisfied, but will that satisfy the gloomers, not likely.  Will his comments embolden the pumpers...maybe.  Was the positions turned around right after the Cotton Bowl loss...absolutely!  


So what is the answer, not sure I have an answer, but read the article and make your own inferences as to whether the Sooners are headed towards glory and rushing towards doom.  The ride will be interesting and controversial given the emotional investment and pride the Sooner nations has for it's beloved team.  Boomer!


Article Excerpt: Stoops said on the recent Tony Jefferson controversy:
"You never know where things begin or who says (what). There's always a source. It makes no sense for us not to back our kids."

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Running The Ball More Effectively Next Year Is Key To Winning Big Games

Running The Ball More Effectively Next Year Is Key To Winning Big Games | Sooner4OU | Scoop.it

Sooner4OU Commentary: It has been painfully obvious that the Sooners need to run the ball more often and more effectively next season if they are going to win the big games.  The inability to run and failure to convert key first downs was exploited during all three losses and this issue had a huge impact on the outcomes of these games.  Luckily, Bob seems to be putting an emphasis on having a stronger run game next year and the Spring will be key to getting the team ready to have a more downhill running as part of their playbook.  It seems strange to even discuss this as running the ball has always been part of the Sooner lore.  Here is to the Sooners running the ball more effectively next season!  Boomer! 


Article Excerpt: "No one quite knows how high Oklahoma's jack-of-all trades might climb with one more college football season, but there's one way to all but guarantee his stock rises. It also might help the Sooners win some games."


Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

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Bob Stoops understands the Sooner Nation wants national championships

Bob Stoops understands the Sooner Nation wants national championships | Sooner4OU | Scoop.it

Sooner4oU Commentary:  While Bob Stoops may be prideful and defiant, it is obvious based on his conference that Bob understands the natives are restless.  The mear fact he had the conference and answered questions that he had previously ignoed or refused, says a lot. While, like many prideful leaders he may not acknowledge that changes are being made or schemes are being re-thought, they are...not publicly...but they are.  His pride wouldn't allow anythig else.  Bob is a great coach and we as fans can rely on his pride to return OU to the top.

  

So, you can bet we will see more zone or option read incorporated into the spread offense that has becomes Bob's staple. He must make use of our three qurterbacks that can run, in addition to passing.  Also, expect more focus on defense, especially stopping the run. Defensive tackle development will be crucial.   


I for one feel comfortable that Bob is doing what he needs to behind the scenes to keep his pride and the pride of his coaches and team intact.  Boomer!


Article Excerpt: Bob Stoops doesn't act like the football coach of a fading power. Doesn't act like Jenkins Avenue has been renamed Sunset Boulevard.


Primarily because he isn't and it hasn't.

But Stoops would be better off if he did show some disgust, rather than pride, at recent Sooner results. Would be better off if he stuck his head out the window and yelled across campus, “I'm mad, and I'm not going to take it anymore!”


The natives would feel better.


Stoops chatted with some of us writers Friday for his annual state of the Sooners. His kingdom grumbles after a 41-13 Cotton Bowl thrashing courtesy of the Texas Aggies.


But Stoops gives no ground.


“Let's see here,” Stoops said. “We've won two of the last three Big 12 championships. We just were 15th in the country. We've won more games overall than any other Big 12 team in the last three years. We've won more Big 12 games than any other team in the last three years.

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How OU'S Offense Will Change with Blake Bell at QB

How OU'S Offense Will Change with Blake Bell at QB | Sooner4OU | Scoop.it

Sooner4OU Commentary: It is interesting as many are already predicting Blake will be the starter next Fall.  I am not so sure, as Trevor has torn it up on the Scout Team and gave the first-string defense fits. Thompson has true skills as well.  It will be an intersting Spring and Summer.  Who do you think will be the starter at QB in next fall?  Boomer!


Article Excerpt: It hasn't been determined, but now that the Landry Jones era has reached its end, Blake Bell will likely be called upon to man the reins as the Oklahoma Sooners' starting quarterback.


Bell isn't the prototypical Sooners quarterback. He brings something to the table that Josh Heupel, Sam Bradford and Landry Jones didn't: mobility. 

Jason White showed flashes of it before tearing up both of his knees. Rhett Bomar wowed us with his legs as well before Stoops booted him for off-the-field issues.


Most offensive coordinators build their offenses around the abilities of their starting quarterback. However, Heupel, now Oklahoma's offensive coordinator, has yet to work with a player with Bell's skill set. Things have to be changed in order to mold the plays around Bell.

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Former Sooners Voice Frustrations With Oklahoma Football

Former Sooners Voice Frustrations With Oklahoma Football | Sooner4OU | Scoop.it

Sooner4OU Commentary: It is a wake-up sign when some of your most storied former players begin to publicly criticize the program.  It is time for some change and I believe that Stoops and the Administration are hearing the discontent regardless of a select few that say they don't care.  If Barry came be moved out, then anybody can.  Nobody is bigger than the University and the program.  Nobody!  What are your thoughts?  Boomer!


Article Excerpt: There's a growing chorus of Sooner alumns singing the same song. I'm not happy with Oklahoma football seems to be the basic, boiled down tune. First came Brian Bosworth live tweeting his thoughts on the Cotton Bowl game as the Sooners got destroyed 41-13. Then Spencer Tillman went onto Yahoo! Radio and discussed “OU’s Four Years of Frustration.”

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Senior Could Cement OU Legacy

Senior Could Cement OU Legacy | Sooner4OU | Scoop.it

Here's what Landry Jones did not do this month: He did not go to the national awards in Orlando or the Heisman ceremony in New York. He did not hang out with Megan Fox at The Tonight Show, or do the Top Ten list on Letterman. He did not sit courtside at NBA games, or ham it up with LeBron James or James Harden afterward. And, he most definitely did not play 18 holes with the Jonas Brothers.


Johnny Manziel is a fabulous quarterback with a snappy nickname, a charismatic personality and a bright future in college football. But does anyone really believe that a freshman who's been this busy living it up away from football, who by the way will be without his position coach and offensive coordinator, is 100-percent focused for this bowl game?


Before Cam Newton, Heisman-winning quarterbacks had a track record of flopping in their bowl games for this reason. In 2008, Sam Bradford threw two interceptions in a national title loss to Florida. The year before, Tim Tebow finished with a season-low 211 total yards in a defeat to Michigan. And in 2006, Troy Smith was a complete disaster as the Gators destroyed Ohio State to capture the national title. Jason White, Eric Crouch andChris Weinke were all shut down as well in national championship losses.
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A too-early look at Big 12 Heisman hopes

A too-early look at Big 12 Heisman hopes | Sooner4OU | Scoop.it

Sooner4OU Commentary:  It seems a little early to predict that Bell will be in the Heisman running in 2013, afterall who had Johnny Manzeil in their early predictions last year...NO ONE!  But, Bell does have name recognition and the Sooners will sport a more modern attack next year regardless of which of the three quarterbacks is selected as starter, so it is defintely possible.  Boomer!


Article Excerpt: The Big 12 couldn't win a second consecutive Heisman Trophy after Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel bested Kansas State's Collin Klein, but the league might have a shot in 2013. Baylor's Lache Seastrunk already says he's going to win the trophy, but just in case he's wrong, let's look at the other possibilities. 

There won't be any frontrunners from the Big 12 to begin the season, but the last three winners all came out of nowhere to win the award. 

Here are the Big 12's best hopes for the award next season, in no particular order:


Blake Bell, QB, Oklahoma: We've got no idea how good Bell really is. Heck, he might not even win the job in the spring. But he's got the biggest name recognition of any of the Big 12's likely new starting quarterbacks in 2013, and despite what his poor attempts in the Belldozer suggest, he really can throw the ball. Playing for a national power and a likely Big 12 title contender help his hopes.

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OU Has Dominated A&M In Recent Years

long ago, then Texas A&M president Robert Gates gave the commencement speech at the University of Oklahoma. In his opening remarks, the former Secretary of Defense joked how being inside Owen Field was beginning to bring back many bad memories.


Next week in the AT&T Cotton Bowl, the Sooners and Aggies will meet for the 19th time in 20 seasons. While Texas A&M has made tremendous strides in its first year in the SEC, this is a series the Sooners have dominated.


In the Bob Stoops era, OU has an 11-2 record over the Aggies and an average margin of victory of three touchdowns. Reggie McNeal clipped the Sooners in 2002. The Aggies also toppled OU in 2010. Otherwise, the series has been OU's.

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Trevor Knight Dazzling As Scout-team QB

Trevor Knight Dazzling As Scout-team QB | Sooner4OU | Scoop.it

Sooner4OU Commentary: It seems OU's first string defense thinks Trevor will give Blake Bell a run for his money in the Spring for the starting quarterback position.  Is Trevor our version pf Johnny football?  The similarities are there, other than Trevor seems to be a better passer.  A little competition in the Spring will be a good thing for the Sooners.  What do you think about Trevor's chances in the Spring?


Article Excerpt: NORMAN, Okla. --Weeks ago, the viewpoint of Oklahoma’s varsity defense toward scout-team quarterback Trevor Knight finally reached its tipping


On a rollout, Knight planted suddenly, jumped inexplicably and completed a bomb downfield over the defense for a touchdown. Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops slammed his paper script down. Bobby Jack Wright howled at his defensive ends. And a hushed Knight jogged back to the huddle, poised to torch the OU defense again on the next play.

“I was like, ‘This kid is unreal. Why is he doing this to us?’ ” said end R.J. Washington. “I’m not mad at him -- we need the look. But at the same, you’re like, ‘Trevor, you throw another pass like that, I’m going to hit you in the back of your head.’ ”

Much to the dismay of the OU defense, Knight has thrown many passes like that all season, earning the redshirting freshman scout team co-offensive player of the year honors at last week’s team banquet.
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Landry Jones' OU Career Will End Where It All Began

Landry Jones' OU Career Will End Where It All Began | Sooner4OU | Scoop.it

As often happens in marriage, the husband had his wife to thank.


In the case of the Cotton Bowl, and its uniqueness to Oklahoma's quarterback, Landry Jones had Whitney Hand.

"Whitney actually told me, I think it was the day after the Cotton Bowl was announced, that we were gonna go play there," Jones said of Cowboys Stadium. "She said how interesting it was to see how I've come full circle."

Sept. 5, 2009, Jones made his college debut under the JerryWorld Jumbo tron against BYU. Jan. 4, he'll take a bow as a Sooner on the same field against Texas A&M.

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Sooner4OU Commentary: It is my hope that Landry ends his Sooner career on a high note, by having a great bowl game and outing versus the Aggies. He has given OU four years and set numerous records along the way. While some will criticize his failure to lead the Sooners to a national championship during his tenure, it is subjective whether he had the surrounding cast to realize that elusive goal. Drive on Landry and make it happen!

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5 Oklahoma Storylines to Watch This Offseason

5 Oklahoma Storylines to Watch This Offseason | Sooner4OU | Scoop.it

Sooner4OU Commentary: The upcoming Cotton Bowl game and 2013 off-season will be very defining for a program that is missing expectations and self-admittedly slumping in some areas.  The defense must improve and a suitable quarterback with a revised offensive approach would be a strong start.  This off-season will really determine how next season turns out, more than in other seasons.  Will the Sooners be a national title contender, a Big12 title contender or slip back in the pack as others make their way to the front as K-State did this year.  What do you think?


Article Excerpt: The Oklahoma Sooners offseason is just around the corner and there will be plenty of storylines to watch for after they finish their season at the Cotton Bowlon Jan. 4.


The Sooners are completing their 14th season under Bob Stoops who is now 149-36 at the school. Stoops has led his program to Big 12 and national championship games, but knows that his job never stops.


The offseason is where it all starts.


Recruiting, practice, spring games and more recruiting.


Stoops will have plenty to do this offseason after his program failed to make the BCS in 2012. He loses his starting quarterback, most of his defensive line and has room to make up on the recruiting front.


There is nearly a month until Oklahoma plays Texas A&M and Stoops still has a heavy agenda for the 2013 offseason. He has to balance his team's practice schedule while concentrating on his offseason plans.


Here are five storylines to watch for as the Sooners head into the 2013 offseason.

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Oklahoma Sooners Need Help From Texas To Make BCS

Oklahoma Sooners Need Help From Texas To Make BCS | Sooner4OU | Scoop.it

Sooner4OU Commnetary:  Well this article is right about one of the BCS qualifying scenarios, but there are others.  So, no one needs to get to caught up in the "help from Texas thing" as it will be a crazy game i am sure of that.  K-State is the better team, but as we have seen so far this season anything can happen on any given day.  I still believe that the Sooners will get a BCS bowl bid, but it will be close.  What do you think?


Article Excerpt: The BCS Championship and Rose Bowl matchups will be decided this weekend. The ACC, Big 12 and Big East champions will all get an automatic bid, leaving only three at-large bids. Florida and Oregon are likely to be guaranteed a bid with each school being ranked in the top 5 of the BCS, leaving one bid open. If Kent State beats Northern Illinois in the MAC Championship this weekend, it will likely take the final at-large bid by jumping into the top 16.


The Sooners need some help.


Oklahoma has to beat TCU in its final conference game and then root for Texas. The Sooners have to hope that a team they beat by 42 points can upset Kansas State at home. If Texas is unable to beat Kansas State, then Oklahoma may be shut out of the BCS picture completely.

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Preview: Tony Jefferson, Tom Wort And Stacy McGee Work To Improve Their Ratings Today At NFL Combine

Preview: Tony Jefferson, Tom Wort And Stacy McGee Work To Improve Their Ratings Today At NFL Combine | Sooner4OU | Scoop.it

Three former OU defensive players Safety Tony Jefferson, Linebacker Tom Wort and Defensve Lineman Stacy McGee work to improve their ratings today at the NFL Combine.  Below are previews of each player from SoonerSports.com and NFL.com combined.  These are detailed previews with size, measurements, intangibles and outlook.


The pressure is on as there have been several strong performances by OU offensive tackle Lane Johnson’s and wide-receiver Kenny Stills at the combine yesterday, lets keep our fingers crossed for these three today as well.

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Errant ESPN Report About OU's Tony Jefferson Is Retracted

Errant ESPN Report About OU's Tony Jefferson Is Retracted | Sooner4OU | Scoop.it

Sooner4OU Commentary: Another wild and erant accusation and story emanating from ESPN (Otherwise known as "The Horn Network Partner").  It is so easy to see there is a conflict of interest in having ESPN and Texas together on a network.  It just motivates sloppy ESPN reporters like Slater looking to rise in  the ESPN ranks to take cheap shots and sensationalize any story about team that are the competition for the Longhorns.  Not too mention, the recruiting advantage it grants to UT.  Yes, ESPN has deals with several conferences and all, but that does not restrict or even cause a second thought for shameful reporters from trying to build their carrers on the backs of other reputable universities and teams.  Shortly after the story was posted Tony Jefferson discussed the accusations with the OU coaches and there was no merit to them and the retraction was not promoted like the sensationalized and errant original story.  It is simple ESPN has become to big and lost their way, it is less about proper news and reporting and more about sensationlized topical ENew'ss style stories and soundbites.  OU should have their legal folks take a swipe at the shady folks over at ESPN.  What do you think about ESPN and their errant stories?


Article Excerpt: "Tony Jefferson unleashed a barrage of tweets Tuesday in response to a report questioning his work ethic."


Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman Former

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Re-Ranking The Departing Sooner Football Class Of 2012

Re-Ranking The Departing Sooner Football Class Of 2012 | Sooner4OU | Scoop.it

Sooner4OU Commentary: It is always interesting to see another person/sites ranking and evaluations of recruits.  In this particluar article SoonerScoop.com takesa look at the departing class of 2012 and re-ranks them based on their contribution and output.  I tend to agree with most of the re-rankings, except the one regarding DeMontre Hurst.  I believe his was a big time contributor and his somehwta lackluster senior season was the result of being asked to play in a scheme that did not highlight his strong skills and exposed the soft underbelly of our defense.  What do you think of the re-rankings?  


Article Excerpt: Things may not have always been pretty for the group departing in the class of 2012 in spite of a racuous start including, for some, a trip to the National Championship game following the 2008 season, and then saw the Sooners win their first BCS bowl in nearly a decade that joined a Big 12 title in 2010. However, for every inch of success disappointment was visited upon them two-fold with the injury plagued 2009 season along with the 2011 and 2012 seasons that saw Oklahoma put together solid campaigns but fell short of the preseason goals of not only fans but the team itself. That being said, the Sooners Cotton bowl defeat saw the completion of careers for no fewer than 14 players who were multi-year starters during their 40 wins over the last four years.

NOTE: Any player that finished out his collegiate career will be given at least two stars, for that in and of itself is a significant accomplishment that not every player achieves. Also included are any early entrants into the NFL draft.

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Sooners' 2013 Class Has Emphasis On Defense

Sooners' 2013 Class Has Emphasis On Defense | Sooner4OU | Scoop.it

Jordan Evans and Dominique Alexander expect to contribute immediately as Oklahoma freshmen next fall.


Evans (6-feet-3, 205 pounds), who switched from cornerback to linebacker before his junior season at Norman North, committed to OU in late November. Alexander, a 6-2, 195-pound “athlete” from Tulsa Washington, will likely begin his college career at linebacker.

“(Coaches) don't expect to redshirt us,” Evans said. “They want us to come in as freshman and compete on special teams, and even come in and contribute a lot on the defensive side.


“Coach (Tim) Kish has told me — and he also told Dominique — that he's looking forward to getting us out there and getting us going quickly.”

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Sooners Linebacker Tom Wort Declaring For NFL Draft Per Report; Stoops Confirms

Sooners Linebacker Tom Wort Declaring For NFL Draft Per Report; Stoops Confirms | Sooner4OU | Scoop.it

"I have confirmed through a source that OU LB Tom Wort will in fact declare for the NFL Draft"
— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) January 9, 2013 - Twitter


There have been whispers virtually all season long that Oklahoma linebacker Tom Wort wasn't very happy. Now we know just how unhappy. The Sooners junior linebacker is reportedly foregoing his senior season to declare for the NFL draft according to Jake Trotter of ESPN's Sooner Nation.


The reason for Wort's unhappiness stemmed mainly from Oklahoma's transition to a more gap responsible defensive scheme that really did not play to Wort's strengths as a player, or any of OU's linebackers for that matter. Whereas he was previously allowed to roam the middle of the field and use his athleticism to make tackles, the new system required him to occupy blocks and give the defenders behind him opportunity to make plays.

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ESPN's Schlabach: College football's Way-Too-Early 2013 Top 25

Sooner 4OU Commentary: Even though this season just ended in dissapointment with the blowout loss to Texas A&M, it is never too early to see where the so-called professional sports journalists have OU placed nationally next year. So, OU checks in at No. 17 in Mark Schlabach's early 2013 Top 25. Probably about right given how the three losses played out.  Hopefully, Stoops can make some changes and get OU back on track.  Scrapping the spread offense coupled with a nasty defense would be a nice start. Boomer!


Article Excerpt: 17. Oklahoma Sooners: The Landry Jones era at OU ended with a thud in the Sooners' ugly loss to the Aggies at the Cotton Bowl. Now coach Bob Stoops and offensive coordinator Josh Heupel will begin the task of replacing Jones, a record-setting quarterback, who threw for 4,267 yards with 30 touchdowns and 11 interceptions this past season. Sophomore Blake Bell, affectionately known as the Belldozer because of his 6-foot-6, 254-pound frame, is the favorite to win the starting job, but he'll have to hold off junior Drew Allen and freshmen Trevor Knight and Kendal Thompson. The Sooners also will have to rebuild their defensive line and replace a couple of starters in the secondary. Even after former Arizona coach Mike Stoops took over the defense, it still struggled against high-powered offenses in the Big 12. The Sooners will play some difficult away games next season, with contests at Notre Dame, Kansas State and Oklahoma State, along with their annual showdown against Texas in Dallas.

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Accomplished Sooner Jones Stands Tall vs. Manziel or Anyone Else

Accomplished Sooner Jones Stands Tall vs. Manziel or Anyone Else | Sooner4OU | Scoop.it

Sooner4OU Commentary: Glad to see Landry getting his rightfully deserved recognition for all his hard work and efforts.  Here is to him having a fantastic Cotton Bowl and a long career in the NFL.  Boomer Landry Boomer!


Article Excerpt: On the verge of his 50th college start and with more 16,000 passing yards, Oklahoma senior Landry Jones had every right to be confused by the question.


How, he was asked, does it feel to be the “other quarterback” in the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic against Texas A&M on Friday? The implication was clear. For the moment, there’s Heisman winner Johnny Manziel, and then there’s every other college quarterback.


“I don’t really worry about it,” Jones said. “If I am the other quarterback, so be it. Whatever people want to think.”


Actually, the role would be a major change for Jones. Ever since he replaced another Heisman winner, the injured Sam Bradford, against BYU at Cowboys Stadium in 2009, he’s been the quarterback in almost every game he’s played.


He’s been very, very good for what seems like a very long time.

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OU's Jalen Saunders Cleared For Cotton Bowl

OU's Jalen Saunders Cleared For Cotton Bowl | Sooner4OU | Scoop.it

Sooner4OU Commentary: Having Jalen Saunders starting for the Sooners in the Cotton Bowl is extremely important as we have seen Landry and the offense struggle when there is no true option in the slot.  This is defintely a good sign.  What do you think about having Jalen available...important or not?


Article Excerpt: Thanks to a pair of arrests over the past month, the statuses of two Oklahoma players for the Sooners’ bowl game has been up in the air.

Friday evening, the Sooners clarified the availability of both in one fell swoop.


In a release, OU announced that defensive tackle Stacy McGee “will not travel to the game nor participate in any activities related to the game.”  In other words, he has been suspended for the Cotton Bowl matchup with Texas A&M.


On the brighter side, wide receiver Jalen Saunders has been cleared to participate in the postseason game.


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The longest Day Of The 2012 Season, A Humiliating 63-21 Loss To Oklahoma

The longest Day Of The 2012 Season, A Humiliating 63-21 Loss To Oklahoma | Sooner4OU | Scoop.it

Sooner4OU Commentary: Here is a late Christmas gift for all Sooner fans: A look at how the other side saw the 2012 season unfold.  We have a lot to be thankful for given how the season played out. The horns would gladly switch the results with us. Sorry...for the late gift, but hope you enjoy!  Boomer!


Article Excerpt: There’s still some football remaining to be played — Texas closes its season on Saturday, against Oregon State — but the regular-season story has already been told.


How did the Longhorns end up in the Alamo Bowl? Here are 10 plays — some good, some bad, all season-turning and, collectively, season-defining — from Texas’ 8-4 season that have played critical parts to the story of the season:

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OU Sooners football: Trevor Knight a sleeper heading into 2013

OU Sooners football: Trevor Knight a sleeper heading into 2013 | Sooner4OU | Scoop.it

After the Oklahoma Sooners' Cotton Bowl game, Landry Jones will leave the program, owning most the team's passing records. That makes it look like the Sooners might struggle in 2013 as Blake Bell works to step into Jones' role. ESPN reported on Dec. 21 that Bell might have competition for that job.


Trevor Knight came to Oklahoma as a 2012 recruit, the 22nd best quarterback in the nation. As a red-shirt freshman, Knight worked as the scout team quarterback and starting cornerback Aaron Colvin said he will be a player to watch.


“Trevor has a chance to bring some noise,” Colvin told ESPN. “I’m very curious to see what he does because I think he has a bright future.”


Knight won the Sooners' scout team co-offensive player of the year honors this season, regularly throwing amazing passes and making the defense look foolish on occasion. According the ESPN, he looks poised to come into 2013 with the best chance of threatening Blake Bell for the starter's job, while former Southmoore standout Kendall Thompson remains a dark horse.

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Oklahoma football: Grading the Sooners before the Cotton Bowl

Oklahoma football: Grading the Sooners before the Cotton Bowl | Sooner4OU | Scoop.it
Sooner4OU Commentary: Not sure I would agree with several of these position grades, but probably would have agree at different times during the season. This 2012 Sooner squad has defintely been a roller-coaster ride, but a win over A&M in the Cotton Bowl would put a positive stamp on a good, not great season. What do you think? Article Excerpt: Oklahoma's regular-season ended with another conference championship — albeit a shared one — and a 10-2 overall record. OU faces Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl on January 4th, 2013.
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The 8 Coolest College Football Traditions; Sooner Schooner #5

The 8 Coolest College Football Traditions; Sooner Schooner #5 | Sooner4OU | Scoop.it

Sooner4OU Commentary:  One of my good friends daughter was a the Rufnek gal who rode the Schooner for four years prior to this one.  She is still heavily involved even though she has done her four years atop the Schooner (the limit).  She has been mentoring others and lending support, as their is a great deal of pride in being a Rufnek.  We have sat with her in the Rufnek section and it is awesome!  In my opinion, the Sooner Schooner tradition is one of the best in college football and very dear to those with crimson blood.  Boomer!  


Article Excerpt: College football has some of the longest and most beloved traditions in sports history. From the die-hard fans to the elaborate pep rallies, marches, and tailgates, football games have become quite the spectacle. Every college has something unique to bring to the table come game day, but there are certain school traditions you just can’t beat. In no particular order, here are the eight coolest college football traditions.


#5 Sooner Schooner, OU:

Oklahoma loves its football, and that’s easy to see at just about any loud OU football game. Besides the die-hard fans and talented players, there is another exciting attraction to keep an eye out for — the Sooner Schooner. The Sooner Schooner wagon is raced across the field every time OU scores. Designed after the historical Oklahoma Conestoga wagon, Sooner Schooner is pulled by two white ponies named Boomer and Sooner and driven by the RUF/NEKS, OU’s all-male pep squad.

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