Welcome to the Monday morning edition of our Oklahoma DieHards morning roundup , where we take you through all the biggest headlines around Oklahoma athletics .
Maintaining after the bye
Oklahoma football held firm at No. 3 in the AP Top 25 after the bye week. The Sooners rank just behind Alabama and Clemson in the poll, but lost their lone first-place vote in the rankings. Oklahoma is also No. 3 in the Amway Coaches Poll.
With the rankings, SB Nation’s Jason Kirk still projects Oklahoma to play in the College Football Playoff. Now, Kirk has Oklahoma playing Alabama in the 2-3 matchup at the Rose Bowl, with Clemson-Wisconsin in the 1-4 Sugar Bowl matchup. He considers picking Oklahoma to the playoff to be “obvious at this point.”
Two Oklahoma players earned great acclaim from national sources this weekend. Can you guess which players?
Tackle Orlando Brown ranks as the best offensive lineman eligible for the NFL draft, according to ESPN’s Mel Kiper. Brown is also the best prospect in the Big 12, beating out Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph and Texas tackle Connor Williams. Kiper also clarified he thinks Brown has the agility to stay a left tackle at the next level.
Quarterback Baker Mayfield is the best player in college football, at least according to FOX Sports analyst Joel Klatt. Despite Oklahoma’s struggle against Baylor, Klatt still thinks that Mayfield has been “tremendous” this season.
Other headlines from the program:
- Could former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops get on the College Football Playoff committee? Chairman Kirby Hocutt thinks so. “The more men like Coach Stoops can be involved with the game, with the selection committee, the stronger it’s going to be become,” Hocutt told The Oklahoman.
- Class of 2019 athlete Marquez Beason – the No. 104 player in the 247Sports composite – named Oklahoma among his six finalists. Texas, Arkansas, Washington, Nebraska and Illinois were also on the list.
- Oklahoma seems to have the edge on Texas in all areas right now – including beef. The bull which set the Guinness World Record for longest horns is from the state of Oklahoma.
Soccer ties up a solid weekend
The Sooners soccer team broke a four-match losing streak with a pair of strong home performances against Baylor and Texas. Oklahoma drew both teams 0-0, but the tie Sunday against Texas was impressive since the Longhorns had not posted anything but a win this season.
The No. 8 Longhorns (11-0-1) had scored 20 goals in 11 matches. Freshman McKinley Crone made 7 saves for the Sooners against Texas a day after making 9 against Baylor. The Sooners (2-8-3) play Friday at Iowa State.
Other headlines from the athletic department:
- Men’s golf leads a stacked field after one round at the Nike Golf Collegiate Invitational in Portland, Ore.. Junior Blaine Hale leads the event overall at 7-under. Two other Oklahoma golfers are also under par.
- Volleyball lost a competitive match to Baylor 3-1. Alyssa Enneking had 16 kills and 11 digs in the loss. The Sooners are now 0-3 in Big 12 play and on an 8-match losing streak.
- Men’s tennis junior Ferran Calvo qualified for the men’s singles qualifying draw at the ITA All-American. He was one of 16 qualifiers out of the field of 256 to start.
What they’re saying on Twitter
Head coach Lincoln Riley
— Lincoln Riley (@LincolnRiley) September 29, 2017
Wide receiver Jeff Badet
It's October 1st.. which means Gucci gets married in 16 days #1017
— Jeff Badet (@OU_2XBadet) October 1, 2017
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