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5 early favorites to win college football championship

Nick Saban

National Signing Day has come and gone, spring games are starting across the nation, and college football coaches, players, and fans are already looking ahead with excitement to the 2017 season. Some fans have more reason to be excited than others, though, with strong returning cores and top recruiting classes setting several squads up for potential runs at the national championship early in 2018.

Here are five teams who stand a pretty good chance at making the College Football Playoff and possibly winning the whole thing next season.

5) USC Trojans

After about five years in what was, at least for them, the college football wilderness, the USC Trojans are back and barreling toward elite status under Clay Helton. Quarterback Sam Darnold will be a Heisman candidate after throwing for 3,086 and 31 touchdowns as a freshman. They’ll lose some talent on the offensive line, but they recruited well by bringing in highly-rated recruits Austin Jackson and Jalen McKenzie.

The reality is this team will go as far as Darnold can take them.

Once he seized control of the quarterback position, the Trojans reeled off nine consecutive victories, including a rather convincing 26-13 win at eventual College Football Playoff participant Washington. It all culminated in an epic comeback to beat Penn State in the Rose Bowl, which should give this team a really good feeling heading into a 2017 season, where a playoff berth is a very real possibility.

4) Oklahoma Sooners


Baker Mayfield criticizes Oklahoma players for off-field conduct

Baker Mayfield

Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield isn’t thrilled with how his teammates — and himself — have conducted themselves off the field.

After freshman quarterback Chris Robison was arrested on a public intoxication charge on Sunday, Mayfield was critical of player conduct and absolved the coaches from blame.

“I think people have let it slip a little bit and gotten a little lackadaisical about all the off-the-field stuff,” Mayfield said, via Jake Trotter of ESPN. “I think it can be said that I might have set a bad example first, but we all know there’s a higher standard here — not just being quarterbacks, but at the University of Oklahoma. There’s a tradition here at Oklahoma that compares to no other.

“We’ve got to realize that expectation and those standards and rise up to it and be the ones that everybody looks at in every single situation. We’ve got to be accountable and let everybody know that we have the responsibility and they can look up to us no matter what.”

According to Mayfield, coach Bob Stoops shouldn’t be blamed for the issues.

“They’re not letting anything slip,” Mayfield said of the coaching staff. “That’s not something Coach Stoops or anyone on his staff would ever let anybody let that slip. He’s always done his job well, and we have to do ours. They bring us here for a reason, and we have to rise up to the occasion and do that.”

Mayfield is not absolving himself of blame here, as he has his own rap sheet. We’ll see if his message sticks.

Oklahoma and West Virginia get into pregame scuffle (Video)


Oklahoma and West Virginia met Saturday night in an important Big 12 game, one that was not short on intensity.

Prior to the game, the visiting Sooners made their way to midfield and began jumping around on the Mountaineers logo. That, not surprisingly, did not sit well with members of the West Virginia team. The result was the two teams meeting at midfield. Here are a few videos of the scuffle.

Oklahoma came into the game atop the Big 12 standings with a perfect 7-0 record in conference play. West Virginia wasn’t far behind. The Mountaineers were in third place with a 5-1 conference record.

Tensions run high between Oklahoma, Clemson players before Orange Bowl


Stakes and tensions are high in Miami on Thursday as Oklahoma and Clemson square off for a shot at the National Championship.

These two teams met in last year’s Russell Athletic Bowl, where Clemson won by 34 points, much to Oklahoma’s embarrassment. It’s been a testy week, and things are only getting more chippy as the game gets closer, as evidenced by some on-field exchanges. Here’s Clemson defensive end Shaq Lawson jawing at Oklahoma’s Charles Tapper, who incidentally have been jawing at each other via Twitter:

It’s not the only incident of the day, either.

Lawson seems to be at the center of everything. On Wednesday, he invaded the Oklahoma team bus to talk trash, and the two teams scuffled at a luncheon. Get ready for an edgy affair.

H/T SB Nation

Clemson DE Shaq Lawson got on Oklahoma team bus to talk trash


Clemson and Oklahoma are getting set for what is sure to be a spirited game as the College Football Playoff kicks off Thursday afternoon, and Tigers defensive end Shaq Lawson has done his part to crank up the intensity level.

According to Oklahoma radio analyst Dusty Dvoracek, Lawson boarded the Oklahoma team bus on Wednesday to talk trash to his opponents.

There are a lot of players on either side who have history with each other, as Clemson put a 40-6 whooping on Oklahoma in the Russell Athletic Bowl last season. Tigers players have reminded the Sooners about that game throughout the week, and there have been some exchanges on social media.

Needless to say, there has been no shortage of drama leading up to the Orange Bowl. We have already seen a handful of players get sent home for being boneheads. The incident on the team bus should lead to some chippy play in Miami.

Photo: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

Kyler Murray transferring to Oklahoma

Kyler Murray

Former Texas A&M quarterback Kyler Murray will transfer to Oklahoma, the school announced Thursday.

Oklahoma’s official athletics website confirmed in a statement that Murray has signed a financial aid agreement with the school. He will be eligible for the 2017 season.

It’s a coup for Bob Stoops’s Sooners. Oklahoma had recruited Murray out of high school, and this actually aligns perfectly. Baker Mayfield will be a senior next season, assuming he elects to return to school, and Murray would be able to step right in to the position upon Mayfield’s graduation.

Murray announced his intent to transfer last week, allegedly due to issues with coach Kevin Sumlin.

OL Jean Delance decommits from Oklahoma in wake of racist video

Jean Delance Oklahoma

The video of Oklahoma SAE fraternity members singing a racist song is having far-reaching consequences, including ones impacting the school’s football program (you can see the video here).

Four-star 2016 offensive lineman Jean Delance announced on Twitter Monday that he was re-opening his recruitment:

“Firstly want to say thank you for giving me a opportunity to get my education and play football at OU, but I have Officialy de-committed from Oklahoma University. Nothing to do with the staff or team, I’ll be reopening my recruitment due to personal reasons,” Delance said in a message.

We cannot say for certain whether it was solely the video that led Delance to decommit, but with him writing that his choice had “nothing to do with the staff or team,” it’s very possible that the video played a big role in him no longer wanting to attend the school.

Scout reporter Bob Przybylo says the video is what led Delance to decommit:

Also, Delance’s philosophy on choosing schools is telling:

Delance was dedicated to Oklahoma, too, which makes this even more surprising. He committed to the program in November, becoming the school’s first class of 2016 commit (he committed during his junior season). It’s not like he didn’t have choices back then, either. He also had offers from top programs like Baylor, Oklahoma State, TCU, Arizona State, Ohio State and Mississippi State.

Delance even attended Junior Day at Oklahoma over the weekend and seemed to be happy:

That tweet was sent on Saturday. What could have changed since then? It seems like the video was a big factor, and he wouldn’t be the only person associated with Oklahoma’s football program unhappy with the video.

In the past several weeks, Delance has been offered by LSU, Texas, Texas A&M, Auburn, South Carolina, Tennessee, Nebraska, Oregon State and Missouri. A few hours after he announced his de-commitment from Oklahoma, he said he had been offered from opportunistic Alabama. We’ll see what his new decision brings.

H/T The Oklahoman

Oklahoma football players address racist alleged SAE frat video

Oklahoma SAE

Several Oklahoma football players tweeted on Sunday in response to the video of alleged members of the school’s SAE fraternity singing a despicable racist song.

The song was captured in a video posted to YouTube and featured on the website Total Frat Move. It shows white men and women on a bus, with guys appearing to chant the N-word multiple times.

Here is the video:

The lyrics we could hear included:

There’ll never be a n*gger SAE
There’ll never be a n*gger SAE
You can hang ‘em from a tree, but they’ll never [inaudible] with me…
There’ll never be a n*gger SAE…

A handful of current Sooners football players tweeted in response to the video.

This one from LB Ogbonnia Okoronkwo stood out more than the others:


Oklahoma fires co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell

Jay Norvell OklahomaOklahoma is making big changes to its coaching staff following a disappointing year capped by an embarrassing bowl loss to Clemson.

The Sooners, which scored just six points in a 40-6 loss to the Tigers last week, fired co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell. FOX Sports’ Bruce Feldman reports that at least two other significant changes are expected to come.

The Oklahoman says running backs coach Cale Gundy, offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh and defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery are the only assistant coaches who have job security.

On an interesting note, head coach Bob Stoops may be losing his brother Mike to LSU. Mike Stoops reportedly is interviewing with Les Miles for LSU’s defensive coordinator job.

Oklahoma’s 8-5 season broke a string of four straight double-digit win seasons.

Photo: Twitter/Jay Norvell

Barry Switzer admits covering up misdemeanor crimes for Oklahoma players

Barry Switzer fur coat

Legendary Oklahoma football coach Barry Switzer can fully understand why an NFL team might try to cover up a crime that has been committed by a player. Why? Because Switzer admitted to doing the same thing during his 16 seasons as head coach of the Sooners.

On Thursday, former Chicago Bears general manager Jerry Angelo revealed that he and other NFL executives covered up “hundreds and hundreds” of domestic violence incidents during his 30 years in the league. Switzer later told USA Today that covering up embarrassing incidents and misdemeanors was standard procedure in college football when he coached.

“I’d have local county people call me and say, ‘One of your guys is drunk and got in a fight and is jail down here,'” Switzer explained. “And I’d go down and get him out. Or I’d send an assistant coach down to get his ass out. The sheriff was a friend of the program. He didn’t want the publicity. He himself knew this was something we didn’t need to deal with in the media or anything with publicity.”

In other words, Switzer was the real-life Bud Kilmer from “Varsity Blues.” Switzer said that “most colleges” ran things the same way his program did, noting that cover-ups are nearly impossible now with social media and the internet. But don’t worry, Switzer insisted he and his staff took the law into their own hands.

“I’d get his ass up at 5 o’clock in the morning for two weeks in a row and run his ass, up and down the stairs, the stadium steps,” he said, referring to players who were guilty of a crime. “And the (assistant) coaches would be so pissed off that they had to get up and do it that they wore their ass out because they had to be the ones that run them. And a couple of the guys that were star players, I ran their asses off. So I had to be there at 5 o’clock in the morning.”

Well, that makes it all better.

It should be noted that Switzer didn’t say anything about covering up domestic violence, which is what Angelo admitted to. We all know big-time football programs cover stuff up to protect their star players. A lot of that still goes on even with cell phone cameras and Twitter. Switzer’s just more candid about it than some others would be.