OU Football News - Page Two

Articles from opponents' press and national sources along with a few other odds and ends
(by Joseph Duarte) Greg Ward pulls out his cell phone from his pocket and beams about his greatest accomplishment. No, we're not talking about his 19 career wins as the starting quarterback at the University of Houston, cover boy appearance in Sports Illustrated or status as a likely preseason candidate for the Heisman Trophy. The screensaver on his phone reveals Ward's biggest fan. She's 2 years old, with beautiful curls, a wide smile and wearing a pink dress...Read more (Subscription required w/HC)

(by Joseph Duarte) Construction on an indoor football practice facility will begin after the upcoming season, Houston athletic director Hunter Yurachek said Thursday. The Houston board of regents gave the OK to move ahead with the $20 million project with completion expected before the 2017 season. "The indoor practice facility...Read more (Subscription required w/HC)
(by Joseph Duarte) Houston board of regents chairman Tilman Fertitta said Thursday the school could learn its Big 12 fate within the next three months. "We're doing everything we can do," Fertitta said during a press conference to announce his $20 million gift to rename the school's basketball arena Fertitta Center. "They have...Read more (Subscription required w/HC)
(by Joseph Duarte) Senior right guard Mac Long, who worked on the scout team last season, will make his first career start in No. 15 Houston's opener against third-ranked Oklahoma. UH has been dealing with a rash of injuries that have forced them to juggle things on the offensive line. Long emerged as arguably the...Read more (Subscription required w/HC)
(by Bill C.) Your conference favorites: Oklahoma and...well... Nobody else is within 1.6 projected wins of the Sooners, and while OU has about a 68% chance of finishing 8-1 or better in conference play, nobody else is higher than 15%. I personally like TCU a lot more than S&P+, but per the numbers, this conference is OU’s to lose....Read more
(by Tony Tellez) The teams last met way back in the 2004 season. Oklahoma concluded play a year ago with a record of 11-2. They qualified for the playoffs but were defeated soundly in the semifinals to Clemson by the score of 37-17. Bob Stoops enters his 18th year with the school and will have seven starters back on...Read more w/video
(by Brett Nault) The 3rd ranked Oklahoma Sooners will travel to NRG Stadium to take on the 15th ranked Houston Cougars on Saturday, September 3rd, in College Football action. The 3rd ranked Oklahoma Sooners come into the season as not only the favorite to win the Big-12 but as one of the favorites to be holding the...Read more w/video
(by Cliff Brunt/AP) NORMAN, Okla. -- A year ago, new Oklahoma offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley was still installing his Air Raid system while trying to figure out who would be his quarterback. By the end of the season, he had won the Broyles Award for the nation's top assistant coach, quarterback Baker Mayfield had finished...Read more
(by Jeff Kerr) Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman will not win a popularity contest in the Philadelphia Eagles locker room right now. Especially in the eyes of Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson. Johnson spoke about Norman's comments regarding Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford, or spoke for him in this case...Read more w/video
(by Mark Fried) In the almost four decades of me being a college sports fan, nothing compares to the stupidity and chaos of conference realignment. And, while the musical chairs exercise from six years ago has mostly died down, the Big 12 continues to keep the music going for indefensible reasons. I write this as a born and bred...Read more
(by Josh Houtz) After being drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the fifth round (144th overall) of the 2013 NFL draft, Kenny Stills had moderate success under head coach Sean Payton. During his rookie year, Stills recorded 32 catches for 641 yards and five touchdowns. The following season, he improved on his solid rookie...Read more
(by Nick Bromberg) Is the Big 12 Oklahoma’s to lose? Fresh of a College Football Playoff appearance with a loaded offense returning, Oklahoma is the favorite in the conference. But we think others are close behind, including a longtime rival who beat Oklahoma in 2015. Both of OU’s main challengers are breaking in new quarterbacks...Read more w/video
(by Matt Murschel) Orlando Sentinel college insider Matt Murschel ranked all 128 Football Bowl Subdivision teams in the country entering the 2016 season. The Sentinel staff takes a closer look at a new team daily, counting backward from No. 128 to our projecteda No. 1 team. Look back: After a disappointing 8-5 season...Read more
(by Brady Vardeman) One of college football's biggest non-conference matchups is still more than three weeks away, but that hasn't stopped the Sooners from getting in some early preparation. Oklahoma and Ohio State will meet Sept. 17 in Norman. However, two weeks before, OU travels to Houston for a season-opening...Read more (Limited number of free article views w/DMN)
(by Murray Evans/AP) NORMAN, Okla. -- For the past five years, Oklahoma coaches have had few worries about who would lead the Sooners' offensive line. First All-American Gabe Ikard, then Ty Darlington starred at center and the two erudite linemen proved to be vital cogs on teams that won a pair of Big 12 Conference titles...Read more
(by Brandon Kiley) Will the real Josh Heupel please stand up? Missouri's new offensive coordinator seems to be a man of few words, but those who know him can't stop talking about him -- for better or worse. From some people, you'll hear about how he helped Sam Bradford win the Heisman as the nation's top player...Read more
(by Wendell Barnhouse) Those around the Oklahoma program, both the media members who cover the Sooners and those in the athletic department, detect that OU coach Bob Stoops has more zip in his doo dah these days. "He seems much happier," says his brother Mike, the team's defensive coordinator. "He's got his...Read more
(by Alex Koslow) The first AP Poll has just been released, which means we are getting ever closer to the opening of college football. We at SQ are continuing our coverage of every ranked team as set by our writers. Today we look at the ever dangerous Oklahoma Sooners. Oklahoma returns seven starters on an offense that...Read more w/video
(by Cam Simmons) On opening week the Houston Cougars will carry the weight of all Group of 5 programs on their shoulders. Of all G5's Houston is in the best position to make a serious run at the playoffs this season. Beating Oklahoma would be the first step on a rugged road that is made smooth only for Power 5 programs...Read more
(by C. Austin Cox) Oklahoma has one of the toughest season openers in college football with the Sooners heading south to kickoff 2016 against the red hot Houston Cougars, but OU will have to do so without the help of redshirt freshman Rodney Anderson. Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops announced that the running back will...Read more
(by Caleb Ikerd) The time has come. The Associated Press has released their list of the 25 best teams in college football. There were a few surprises, but mostly it came out the way it was expected. For the Oklahoma Sooners, they received the best result they could've hoped for. At number three, the AP believes that the Sooners...Read more
(by Andew Kulha) Oklahoma lost a member of its backfield for the season this weekend, but you’re probably not hearing a lot of panic coming out of Norman. That’s a credit to the Sooners’ depth, and the fact that they boast arguably one of the best, but least hyped backfields in college football. Of course, you never want to hear...Read more
(by Nick Shook) Despite the gaping holes left open by the Dolphins' front seven and the Cowboys' ensuing offensive onslaught, there is something of which the Miami faithful can be proud after a 41-14 loss. After spending a year wondering if he was worth the third-round pick surrendered in a trade with New Orleans, Kenny...Read more
(by Bruce Feldman) I just got home from a quick trip to see a bunch of teams, hitting four schools in three days. I’ll start with my observations from my first stop: Oklahoma. Check out our TV features on FOX Sports this fall. I was excited with some of the stuff we got. I watched OU's practice Wednesday morning. Baker Mayfield looked...Read more
(by Matt Brown) This biggest non-conference game of the season? Is that hyperbole? Maybe not. Other writers at SBNation.com wrote that Ohio State-Oklahoma would be the biggest non-conference game this year, and even though Week 1 is chock full of awesome games, it’s hard to think of another compelling candidate...Read more

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