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Report: Mike Stoops fired as Oklahoma DC

Oklahoma Sooners

Mike Stoops has been fired as Oklahoma’s defensive coordinator, according to reports.

Both The Athletic’s Jason Kersey and The Football Brainiacs’ James Hale reported on Sunday that Stoops has lost his job with the Sooners.

Stoops, who was the head coach at Arizona from 2004-2011 before joining his brother’s program, has been the Sooners’ associate head coach and defensive coordinator since 2012.

Stoops’ firing comes after the Sooners allowed 48 points to Texas in their rivalry game — the most they’d allowed to the Longhorns. The 5-1 Sooners are 79th in the country with 27.3 points allowed per game.

Stoops being fired may lead to more of a sense that this is Lincoln Riley’s program now rather than one that was left over by his predecessor, Bob Stoops.

Fans freaked out over Oklahoma-Army game being on pay-per-view

Oklahoma Sooners

As Oklahoma and Army were tied at 21 through three quarters, fans began scrambling to try and watch the upset unfold. Unfortunately, they quickly learned that watching the game would be a lot tougher than they realized.

The game was being televised on pay-per-view for $54.99 on SoonerSports.tv and on pay-per-view through different cable and satellite providers. Fans are used to paying money for major MMA and boxing events on pay-per-view, but most college football games are available through cable or satellite TV — either on broadcast or premium channels. Having to pay so much to watch one football game was not an investment non-die-hard Oklahoma fans were willing to make.

How did this end up happening? The Big 12’s contract allows for schools to choose how they want to distribute one game per season. Oklahoma has a contract with FOX to air the game, and the company usually does so on one of its regional channels. However, they likely realized that they could make more money by putting the game on pay-per-view because there are enough dedicated Oklahoma fans who will pay for it.

They probably just didn’t bank on the game being so close that fans around the country would want to tune in.

10 teams most likely to reach the College Football Playoff

Dabo Swinney

The college football season is upon us, and expectations vary per team. Only a select few programs have a realistic shot of reaching the College Football Playoff. For some schools, it will be a disappointing season if they don’t achieve that goal.

There are a dozen or so teams that will really believe they have the team and the favorable climate they need to challenge for the playoff, but only four teams can actually make it in. Here are ten that will have the best chance of doing just that.

10) Michigan

With three full offseasons of recruiting under his belt, Jim Harbaugh should finally have the team he needs to contend for the playoffs. Shea Patterson, the newly-minted starting quarterback, looks set to be the final piece of that puzzle. The Wolverines are deep everywhere and boast one of the nation’s best defensive players in Rashan Gary. They do have to face Notre Dame, Michigan State, and Ohio State on the road, but if they come through that with one loss and a Big Ten title, they should have the resume to qualify. There is also little doubt that the pressure is on Harbaugh to turn it around.

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10 most overrated college football teams entering the season

Brian Kelly

College football season is just around the corner, and it will only be a matter of time before the legitimate preseason polls are out. Too much weight can be put into these, but they’re the best we have before games are played, so they’re worth paying attention to.

That said, it’s a good bet these polls will overrate some teams. There will even be other teams who aren’t ranked, but are experiencing a lot of hype for various reasons that they might not live up to, at least in 2018. Here are ten such teams that might disappoint once the 2018 college football season kicks off.

10) Nebraska

To be clear, the Cornhuskers have a bright future, and it’s not as if anyone is really expecting them to challenge for the Big Ten title this year. Still, the expectations for new coach Scott Frost might be a little high in his first year. The Huskers are coming from a four-win season and face a very difficult schedule. There are also major questions about a defense that allowed 36 points per game in 2017. The trajectory of the Nebraska program was good, and scrapping for bowl eligibility is actually a step forward, but don’t be shocked if that’s all they end up doing.

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Look: Oklahoma’s Big 12 championship rings are massive

Oklahoma Sooners

Oklahoma’s football program received their Big 12 championship rings during Saturday’s spring game, and the rings are massive.

Here’s a look at the ring being worn by wide receiver Marquise Brown.

The Sooners went 8-1 in conference play last season to capture their third straight Big 12 title. They beat TCU 41-17 in the conference championship game.

Here’s a look at their three rings for winning the conference titles:

Oklahoma made the College Football Playoff last season and lost to Georgia 54-48 in the semifinals in their first season under head coach Lincoln Riley.

Baker Mayfield ‘dumbfounded’ Oklahoma not named Joe Moore Award finalist

Baker Mayfield

The Joe Moore Award is presented each year to the top offensive line unit in college football, and the three finalists for the award were announced on Wednesday. They are Alabama, Auburn and Notre Dame. This does not please Baker Mayfield.

Mayfield, the overwhelming favorite to win the Heisman Trophy, said he is “dumbfounded” that Oklahoma’s offensive line is not among the finalists for the Joe Moore Award.

Oklahoma was one of 20 teams that was named to the Joe Moore Award’s Mid-Season Honor Roll, but the Sooners did not make the final cut. In a press release, the committee that selects the award recipient noted that Oklahoma was recognized for its superb “Toughness & Physicality.”

There are a lot of complicated criteria used to determine which offensive line unit deserves the right to be called the best in the country. Even if they can’t win the Joe Moore Award, the work of Oklahoma’s O-line speaks for itself. The Sooners are one of the most explosive offensive teams in the country and are still competing for a national championship.

Ranking the 12 teams most likely to make the College Football Playoff

Urban Meyer Ohio State

We remain over a month away from the end of college football’s regular season, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to take a look at who might find their way into the College Football Playoff field. Some candidates are obvious — Alabama, anyone? — while others may need to mount a late charge to make themselves strong contenders for the field.

The good news for everyone? With the amount of carnage that has happened toward the top of the rankings this season, one loss does not disqualify you from contention. There’s a whole host of talented one-loss teams that have a real chance of playing their way into the field.

Here is a look at the twelve teams most likely to make the College Football Playoff, from least to most likely.

12) Notre Dame Fighting Irish

The Irish are at a perpetual disadvantage, lacking a conference or a title game to prove their championship mettle. They are, however, a prominent national brand, and their schedule is certainly tough enough to give them chances to make a few statements along the way. Notre Dame has four ranked teams left on their schedule — plus a fifth in Navy that could be ranked by the time they play each other. Their list of tough remaining opponents includes playoff contenders USC and Miami. Win out and the Irish might just leapfrog enough teams to make the top four, though they’ll have a lot of work to do to get there.

11) USC Trojans

The most difficult part of USC’s schedule will be behind them after they travel to Notre Dame this weekend. If they win that game, they’ll be favorites in every remaining game. Winning all four of their games after Notre Dame would be enough to get them a trip to the Pac-12 title game. Facing Stanford, Washington or Washington State in the conference championship would all be possibilities, but the bottom line is the same — win out and Sam Darnold’s Trojans stand a good chance of getting into the field, especially if they do it impressively.

10) Penn State Nittany Lions

The Nittany Lions have a minefield of a schedule left to navigate, but they currently sit unbeaten and second in the nation, so they obviously have a chance to make it happen. They’re also bolstered by a Heisman candidate at running back in Saquon Barkley, who is an incredibly difficult matchup for any defense in the country. They’ll have to win three straight games against ranked opponents, including trips to Ohio State and Michigan State, to make the CFP. Plus they’d have a likely Big Ten Championship battle with Wisconsin if they can get that far.

9) Clemson Tigers

Clemson looked like a heavy favorite to reach the Playoff until they shockingly lost to Syracuse last week, but that need not be the end of their CFP ambitions. If Clemson can win out — which would include victories at NC State and in the ACC Championship — they’ll likely make it as a one-loss team. Remember, these guys were beating up on everyone and getting first-place votes before the shocking loss. They’ll need quarterback Kelly Bryant to get healthy quickly, though, if they want to have the chance to defend their championship.

8) Washington Huskies

Washington looked to be in prime position to snap up a second consecutive playoff berth until they too were toppled by lowly Arizona State at the weekend. One loss does not rule anyone out at this point, however, and their situation is pretty much the same as USC’s — win your remaining games, including the Pac-12 title game, and you’re in. Their schedule is a little tougher than USC’s — they still have to face both of their ranked Pac-12 North foes in Stanford and Washington State — but the Huskies had been the better team before the Arizona State defeat.

7) Georgia Bulldogs

The SEC’s other unbeaten team has two routes into the Playoff — the most straightforward would be to run the table, beat Alabama in the SEC Championship, and enter the field potentially as the top-ranked team in the country. Their other hope? Run the table during the regular season, put up a good fight in a losing effort against the Crimson Tide, and hope the selection committee is impressed enough to pick two SEC teams. Depending on how everyone else does, the latter scenario may be a bit far-fetched. That’s why, despite how good they look right now, the Bulldogs are so low on this list. Taking down Alabama will be very difficult.

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Oklahoma football has Wikipedia page briefly updated after loss to Iowa State

Baker Mayfield

Someone had a little fun with the Wikipedia page for Oklahoma’s football team after the Sooners suffered a shocking defeat to Iowa State.

Oklahoma went into Saturday’s game as overwhelming favorites, which was to be expected since they are currently the No. 3 team in the country. However, they won’t retain that ranking when the new poll comes out next week.

Iowa state rallied from a 24-10 deficit on the road to upset Oklahoma 38-31 thanks to a 25-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Kempt to Allen Lazard with just over two minutes remaining in regulation. You can see video of the play below.

Following the game, the Sooners had their Wikipedia page updated for a brief time to have the “owner” line say Iowa State Cyclones.

Oklahoma had an 18-game winning streak against Iowa State snapped as well as a 14-game winning streak overall. To say it was a huge victory for the Cyclones would be a bit of an understatement.

Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma disrespect Ohio State logo (Video)

Baker Mayfield Ohio State

Matters between Oklahoma and Ohio State didn’t end after Saturday’s game was completed. Nope. The Sooners instead decided to rub things in afterwards with a show of disprespect towards the Buckeyes.

After doing his on-field postgame interviews, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield celebrated with the Sooners fans who made the trip to Columbus. Then he picked up an Oklahoma flag, ran around the field with it, and planted it in the center of Ohio State’s logo at midfield:

Ohio State players had already exited the field before that happened, otherwise you could imagine there would have been some tension. Claiming an opponent’s home field as your own with a gesture like that is as disrespectful as it gets on the road.

It’s too bad that after splitting their two-game series, the teams aren’t set to meet again in 2018.

Four potential replacements if Lincoln Riley falters at Oklahoma

Chip Kelly 49ers

The news of Bob Stoops’s retirement as Oklahoma football coach took everyone by surprise — and also kickstarted the rumor mill into high gear. Was 33-year-old assistant Lincoln Riley really the man the school trusted to lead one of the nation’s most prestigious football programs into the future? For now, the answer is yes, with Riley being given the job without any qualifiers or interim tags attached.

Is Riley really the long-term answer, or will Oklahoma keep one eye on the coaching carousel in the event he underwhelms? Here are a list of possible names who could wind up with the job in the next couple years if Riley falters.

1) Chip Kelly

If Riley fails to impress in his first season or two, all eyes will fall on Kelly, who has only recently joined ESPN as an analyst. Pretty much everyone agrees that his stop in Bristol is temporary.

Whatever you make of Kelly’s NFL career, his collegiate resume speaks for itself: 46-7, three top-ten finishes, and one of the most innovative and electrifying offenses at the college level in recent memory. It’s an open question whether he’d be able to recapture that magic at a different school, but pretty much any major program with a vacancy would be willing to find out, as his established record of success bests everyone else’s.

The only question would be whether Kelly would be willing to finally let go of his NFL ambitions and settle for another college job. After getting passed over for every position he interviewed for this past offseason, the answer might be yes, and he’d struggle to find a superior college opening than Oklahoma’s.

2) Les Miles

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