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With SEC bathing in a superiority complex, Sooners could pull the plug

January 4, 2013
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With SEC bathing in a superiority complex, Sooners could pull the plug

R.J. Washington was an innocent soul at the OU-Florida Big Bowl four years ago. Then a redshirting freshman, Washington had no clue the impact of conference status upon his sport. “I didn’t really realize coming out of high school, the stigma that the SEC and the Big 12, the beef they had,” Washington said. “Then…

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Cotton Bowl counterpart Johnny Manziel ‘big fan’ of Landry Jones

January 3, 2013
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Cotton Bowl counterpart Johnny Manziel ‘big fan’ of Landry Jones

Landry Jones is back where he made his Oklahoma debut, and again in the shadow of a Heisman Trophy winner. Jones took over as the Sooners’ quarterback in the first-ever college game at Cowboys Stadium, in the 2009 season opener when he replaced injured Heisman winner Sam Bradford after halftime. Three seasons later in the…

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Manziel could struggle in Cotton

December 26, 2012
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Manziel could struggle in Cotton

Each year, the bowl season provides us the opportunity to see many competitive matchups, but those often come with dynamics that don’t exist in the regular season. Whether it’s the longer-than-normal time between games, coaching changes, academic suspensions or unequal motivational levels, there are factors at work in the bowls that give us the need…

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Friends Sumlin, Stoops to meet as rivals in Cotton Bowl

December 20, 2012
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Friends Sumlin, Stoops to meet as rivals in Cotton Bowl

Ten years ago,Kevin Sumlin made a lasting impression on Bob Stoops over a three-hour span when Oklahoma played at Texas A&M. Six games prior, then-A&M coach R.C. Slocum had promoted Sumlin to offensive coordinator, and the immediate results were impressive for the once-stagnant Aggies. None more so than on Nov. 9, 2002, when Sumlin’s offense, directed by electric freshman quarterback Reggie…

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The Big Picture: Irish finally race beyond hype into title territory

October 29, 2012
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The Big Picture: Irish finally race beyond hype into title territory

It seems just about every year Notre Dame’s expectations both from their die-hard fans and those of us in the media have been overinflated. Much of it in recent years had to do with all of those former four- and five-star recruits who, well, usually looked like three-star players. Not this year though. In the…

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Te’o worthy Heisman contender

October 26, 2012
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Te’o worthy Heisman contender

To flamboyant former Oklahoma All-America linebacker Brian Bosworth, the Heisman Trophy sends college football a flawed message by design. Literally. “I wish it wasn’t holding the football,” Bosworth said of the famous 25-pound bronze statue of a running back extending a stiff-arm. “He’s sitting on a piece of granite. It’s not polished, it’s rough. It’s…

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Notre Dame vs. Oklahoma: A 1957-style matchup

October 26, 2012
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Notre Dame vs. Oklahoma: A 1957-style matchup

Notre Dame came to Owen Field in 1957 and won a football game 7-0. Perhaps you’ve heard. The Fighting Irish are back in town on Saturday night, armed with the same mission. Win a game 1957 style. Read more: newsok.com

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Irish have history of making history vs Oklahoma

October 25, 2012
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Irish have history of making history vs Oklahoma

Heisman Trophy winners and national champions. One historic blowout. One historic upset. One of the most memorable collisions in college football history. Notre Dame and Oklahoma have not played often, but they have produced some classics – most won by the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame leads the series 8-1. No team has had as much…

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What we learned: LSU, Oklahoma still alive; Heisman race not a done deal

October 16, 2012
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What we learned: LSU, Oklahoma still alive; Heisman race not a done deal

OK. We’re at the halfway point. The first BCS standings are out. With Alabama and Florida 1-2, the people outside the SEC’s stomping grounds are already losing their minds. One piece of advice for them: Relax. Oregon, Kansas State, Notre Dame, Oregon State? Relax. Just take care of your business and you’ll be fine. We are NOT, in this reporter’s opinion, going to…

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Math adds up to Brown’s tenure at Texas in jeopardy

October 15, 2012
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Math adds up to Brown’s tenure at Texas in jeopardy DALLAS — 63-21. That was the score in Oklahoma’s victory over Texas on Saturday at the Cotton Bowl. Following are other pertinent numbers that are bound to surface as the inevitable discussion begins — or has begun — about whether this is the beginning of…

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