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Texas staffer takes shot at Oklahoma over Twitter after comeback win

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The Texas Longhorns have many reasons to be proud on Saturday.

Texas came back to beat Texas Tech in overtime 63-56 in a stunning comeback. The Longhorns were down 56-41 with 3:13 left. They scored a touchdown, recovered an onside kick, then scored again and added a 2-point conversion to tie the game. They won in the first overtime with a touchdown and stop.

Conversely, their rival, Oklahoma, blew a 21-point lead and lost at home to Kansas State 38-35. Texas director of recruiting Bryant Carrington took the occasion to celebrate his team’s victory and OU’s defeat.

Carrington’s job is to pump up his program and to win recruiting battles against Oklahoma. A tweet like that can help him accomplish his goal. But that doesn’t happen first without a big Texas comeback win.

Kansas State rallies for stunning upset of Oklahoma

The Kansas State Wildcats overcame hefty odds to stun the Oklahoma Sooners in Norman.

Kansas State was down seven players on its two-deep depth chart Saturday due to COVID-19 issues. After falling behind 35-14, the Wildcats looked finished, but a stunning rally ensued.

After a touchdown made it 35-21, Oklahoma’s Seth McGowan fumbled on the second play from scrimmage of the ensuing drive. That game the Wildcats a fairly short field, and they put together a 38-yard drive to score again and get within a touchdown. The Kansas State defense then buckled down, stopping the Sooners at midfield and then blocking the punt. Kansas State needed just two plays to go 38 yards once again and tie the game at 35. Another punt allowed Kansas State to set up for the go-ahead field goal, and the defense proceeded to intercept Spencer Rattler to seal the road win.

The Sooners were considered a national title contender coming into the game. They were favored by 28 points. Kansas State, meanwhile, came in off a loss to lowly Arkansas State. This one was unpredictable to say the least, even though the Wildcats also pulled the upset in 2019.

Rattler received Heisman hype before the season, and while he threw four touchdowns, he was intercepted three times as well. This will be a reality check for the Sooners.

Oklahoma frosts dorm windows so students can’t spy on football practice

Oklahoma Sooners

In an era where just about everyone has access to a high-quality video camera at all times, the Oklahoma football team has decided that you can never be too careful.

As of this year, the University of Oklahoma has frosted the dorm room windows that overlook the Sooners’ practice field on campus. The reason, of course, is so students (or anyone else) can’t spy on football practice.

Some have wondered if the film over the windows could be removed after the season or if the 2020 season is canceled, but the university says that will not be the case.

While it would not be hard to imagine a college kid filming a practice and selling it to a rival school, the move seems a bit extreme. There are always going to be ways an opponent can spy on you if they try hard enough, and you could easily argue that a student paying $30,000 per year should at least be able to look out his or her window.

Oklahoma moves up season opener vs. Missouri State to Aug. 29

Oklahoma Sooners

The Oklahoma Sooners announced on Saturday that they have moved up the date of their first game of the season.

Oklahoma and Missouri State have agreed to play on August 29, which is a week earlier than they initially planned to play. The reason they bumped up the game is to allow for as much flexibility as possible regarding their season as they navigate the issues related to the coronavirus.

The Sooners have three non-conference games scheduled prior to their conference schedule against Big 12 teams, with each game spaced out by two weeks. They are set to play Missouri State on August 29, Tennessee in Norman on Sept. 12, and at Army on Sept. 26.

The week after the Army game, Oklahoma would begin its conference schedule. The conference games are scheduled to be weekly on every Saturday for nine consecutive weeks.

The Sooners have been one of the most dominant programs in college football over the last two decades. Since 2000, they have only had three seasons without double-digit wins. They have gone 12-2 three seasons in a row since Lincoln Riley took over.

WR Theo Howard transferring to Oklahoma from UCLA

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The Oklahoma Sooners have added a big graduate transfer at wide receiver for next season: Theo Howard.

Howard, who spent his first three seasons playing at UCLA, was set to be a senior this season for the Bruins but did not play. Instead he decided to leave as a graduate transfer. He shared a photo on his Instagram account Wednesday that showed him in an Oklahoma jersey and included “Boomer” in the post.

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Howard caught 56 passes for 594 yards and four touchdowns as a sophomore and 51 passes for 677 yards and four touchdowns as a junior. He did not play for Chip Kelly in 2019 and will instead be playing for the Sooners in 2020. Oklahoma is losing top receiver CeeDee Lamb to the NFL Draft, so there should be plenty of opportunities for Howard to shine in Norman next season.

Top QB recruit Brock Vandagriff decommits from Oklahoma

Lincoln Riley

Oklahoma has gotten tremendous quarterback play under Lincoln Riley over the past several years, and Brock Vandagriff was expected to help the program continue that success when he arrived on campus in 2021. However, the top recruit has decided he no longer wants to play for the Sooners.

Vandagriff, the top-rated QB in the Class of 2021 according to Rivals.com, announced on Wednesday that he is decommitting from Oklahoma. Vandagriff is from Georgia, and he said he has decided he wants to attend school closer to home.

Vandagriff has received scholarship offers from several programs, one of which is Georgia. He’s also drawn interest from LSU, Penn State and Florida, to name a few.

Of course, Vandagriff’s decision to re-open his recruiting has led to some questions about whether he is concerned Riley could accept a job coaching in the NFL. Riley has been heavily linked to one NFL head coaching job for a while, though he has not given any indication he wants to leave Oklahoma.

Video: Oklahoma robbed by baffling pass interference no-call

The Oklahoma Sooners were victimized by an awful non-call in the first quarter of the College Football Playoff semifinal.

Jalen Hurts attempted a pass to wide receiver Jadon Haselwood on a 3rd and 10. Defensive back Derek Stingley Jr. essentially dragged Haselwood down by the arm just as the pass arrived, but somehow, no flag was thrown.

The Sooners were furious, and understandably so. Had the play been flagged, the Sooners would have gotten a first down into LSU territory. Instead, they were forced to punt, and LSU went up 21-7 on the ensuing drive. There is no rule allowing for review of potential pass interference calls at the college level.

While this isn’t nearly as consequential as another high-profile pass interference miss, it’s a big moment in a big game. The Sooners will be very frustrated by this one.

Oklahoma S Delarrin Turner-Yell will not play in Peach Bowl due to broken collarbone

Lincoln Riley

The Oklahoma Sooners are going to be very short-handed when facing LSU in the College Football Playoff semifinal.

Starting safety Delarrin Turner-Yell will not play in the Peach Bowl after suffering a broken collarbone, leaving Oklahoma without one of its best and steadiest defenders.

Oklahoma’s sophomore starter had 75 total tackles this season, including 5.5 for a loss. Beyond being a key player in the Sooner defense, his absence will also expose a safety depth issue. Turner-Yell’s replacement, Justin Broiles, is a little-used sophomore who only has 15 tackles all season.

Add in the fact that three other players, including another defensive regular in Ronnie Perkins, have been suspended for the game, and Oklahoma will be significantly shorthanded in a game where they can hardly afford to miss key players.

Oklahoma given controversial game-sealing first down after review

Oklahoma first down

Oklahoma escaped with a 28-24 victory over TCU on Saturday thanks in part to a controversial first down late in the game.

The Sooners were leading by four and looking to run out the clock with 1:25 left. Jalen Hurts kept the ball on a 3rd-and-1 run and seemed to get stopped short of the 42. The ruling on the field was a first down, which stood after a review, even though Hurts appeared to be stopped short.

Rather than face a 4th-and-1 decision and have to potentially punt the ball away, Oklahoma got a fresh set of downs and was able to run out the clock on the win.

Oklahoma is now 10-1 with a loss at Kansas State marking their only defeat. They visit Oklahoma State next weekend and then will rematch with Baylor in the Big 12 Championship Game. They’re hoping to sneak into the College Football Playoff.

Analysis: Which teams are most likely to make the College Football Playoff?

Ryan Day

Though we’re only two weeks from the various conference championship games across the college football landscape, there remains a considerable amount of uncertainty in how the College Football Playoff field will come together. There are only a couple teams who can really feel confident about making it, though a number would seem to control their own destiny, so to speak. That said, the field is still wide open, and the number of teams that still have at least a glimmer of hope sits in double digits.

Here is analysis are the teams most likely to make the Playoff, how likely their chances are, and what they have to do to get there.

HIGHLY LIKELY

Clemson Tigers (11-0, at South Carolina, ACC Championship Game)

Clemson might not be able to afford a loss, but the reality is they’re unlikely to suffer one. They’re the class of the ACC and will be clear favorites in their season finale against South Carolina, as well as in the ACC title game. Clemson should go unbeaten, and that will be an easy ticket to the playoff. Concerns linger that they’re not quite as good as they were last season, but that won’t really matter until they get to the playoff.

LSU Tigers (10-0, vs. Arkansas, vs. Texas A&M, SEC Championship)

The Tigers are exceedingly likely to reach the SEC Championship unbeaten, with winnable home games against Arkansas and Texas A&M on the schedule. That will likely lead to an SEC title game between LSU and Georgia, with the winner almost certainly assured of a spot in the playoff. There’s definitely a route for LSU if they lose. Their resume wins are impressive and include wins over Texas, Florida, Auburn, and Alabama. There’s plenty of precedent for one-loss SEC runners-up to make it in, so the Tigers should be feeling good right now.

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