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Team: Oklahoma Sooners
Age / DOB:  (55) / 9/9/1960

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Pro Football Focus ranks Oklahoma No. 2.
Alabama is No. 1. PFF believes returning starter QB Baker Mayfield should have finished higher than fourth in last year's Heisman voting. If Mayfield plays as he did, the offense will be impossible to stop. "Defensively, Charles Walker anchors the defensive line while LB Jordan Evans and SS Steven Parker emerged as quality player last season," PFF wrote. "The Sooners’ chances may hinge on Mayfield, but the nation’s top-graded returning quarterback has shown that he is up to the task." May 19 - 4:33 PM

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ESPN's Brandon Chatmon views Oklahoma as one of the most overrated teams in the country.

Overrated, at least in the perception of the Sooners' ability to make the CFB Playoff. Chatmon is particularly concerned with the gauntlet faced by HC Bob Stoops and friends, writing that "a brutal early schedule could derail their playoff dreams." September sees Oklahoma playing both Houston and Ohio State, while October will throw early Big 12 tests at them in the form of TCU, Texas and Kansas State. "The talent on Oklahoma’s roster is capable of reaching the pinnacle of the college football mountain, but the schedule stands as a major roadblock in that quest," Chatmon concluded.
Source: ESPN.com
May 17 - 3:13 PM

University of Oklahoma president David Boren said about 25 schools have contacted the Big 12 about joining.

Via ESPN.com's Jake Trotter, we found out on Tuesday that Memphis, Colorado State, Houston and Central Florida were lobbying for entrance. We've also heard Cincinnati, Boise State, BYU, South Florida and UConn, among others, linked to the conference. Of those teams, Memphis is flirting most aggressively. As ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach reported on Tuesday, school president David Rudd has pledged a $500 million investment in the athletic department if the Big 12 adds the Tigers.
May 12 - 10:44 PM

CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd was told by an Oklahoma source that the school was "within 30 minutes" of leaving the Big 12 for the Pac-10 in 2010.

Texas and Oklahoma nearly bolted the conference in both 2010 and 2011, with Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott aiming in 2010 to add six Big 12 teams to form a Pac-16. In the end, the Big 12 Conference may have been saved by the Pac-10's refusal to allow Texas to bring its Longhorn Network along with it. Saved for now, that is. The core problems remains: Lower-tier Big 12 schools want to expand back to at least 12 teams, while the Sooners and Longhorns, who generate the most revenue and sustain the league merely by participating in it, don't want to spread the money pie any thinner.
Source: CBS Sports
May 10 - 6:05 PM

Sports Illustrated's Colin Becht ranked Oklahoma No. 1 in the outlet's post-spring top-25 power rankings.

The 2016 regular season is still months off, but you can reasonably expect Oklahoma to be ranked in the top-5 by most outlets come August. A huge reason for this, as Becht points out, is that the Sooners are returning eight offensive starters. Included in that octet, stud RB's Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine and gunslinger Baker Mayfield. Becht actually think the already scary offense could take a step up this season, writing that "Baker Mayfield and the Sooners’ attack could be even better in its second year running Lincoln Riley’s Air Raid offense, provided a young offensive line can come together."
May 9 - 1:12 PM

According to ESPN's updated FPI (Football Power Index) metric, Oklahoma is a 65% favorite to win the Big 12 in 2016.

Numbers, numbers, all of the numbers. FPI not only gives the Sooners a 65% probability of winning the conference, it applies a 47% chance to the possibility of OU finishing out the season with just one loss. FPI is keen on Oklahoma's chances next year due, in part, to the fact that their three most difficult contests in 2016 will be played in their comfy home confines. Those three games will come against Baylor, Ohio State and Oklahoma State. The Cowboys, by the by, have a 13% shot at the Big 12 title according to FPI.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 9 - 2:05 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell noted that he "love[s] what [he's] seeing down in Norman, Oklahoma, under Bob Stoops in 2017 recruiting."

"Not only am I seeing an aggressive approach," Farrell wrote, "but also a program that continues to make progress in California and is making a name for itself in Florida. It's also a team that is protecting its borders." At the moment, the Sooners have notched eight commitments for the 2017 cycle, including four four-star cornerbacks. Farrell's particularly keen on the commitment of G Tyrese Robinson, a four-star guard who ranks as the No. 52 player overall (No. 3 at his position). "This 2017 start is the best I can remember for Stoops and company and could be the start to returning to that top 10 again," he concluded.
Source: rivals.com
Mar 14 - 5:30 PM

Oklahoma president David Boren indicated that the question of Big 12 expansion might be addressed this summer.

Boren spoke with Berry Trammel of The Oklahoman and let loose a bit of frustration with the whole process. Said Boren, "We've sort of said to ourselves, come this summer, we're going to have to finally make a decision about what we do." He added that the Big 12 "cannot indefinitely postpone decisions." We're with you, Mr. Boren. This is a conversation that's stretched on for eons. Cincinnati, Boise State, BYU and UConn are all possible candidates to bring into the fold should the conference opt to expand, assuming it opts to make a decision at all. We'll believe it when we see it.
Feb 16 - 11:46 PM

The Big 12 Conference will seriously discuss expansion at its conference meetings this week, reports the Sporting News' Mike DeCourcy.

A source told DeCourcy that BYU remains attractive but has "obstacles that appear to be too considerable," including an unwillingness to compete on Sundays. The Big 12 will reportedly consider Cincinnati, Connecticut, Central Florida and South Florida. University of Oklahoma president David Boren has long lobbied for the league to expand, arguing that the Big 12 is at a disadvantage to rival leagues with 12-15 schools. A recent rule change does allow 10-team leagues to hold a championship game, which lessens some of the pressure to add. Stay tuned.
Feb 1 - 4:11 PM

Oklahoma president David Boren said, "I would emphasize--I don’t think the Big 12 Conference is in any danger of falling apart."

Boren expanded on his point, noting, "There’s no imminent danger of [a Big 12 collapse], nor is there anybody even considering that, I don’t think." He went so far as to say he hopes to expand from 10 to 12 teams. It's nice that Boren's saying these things, but if you have to yell at your top of the lungs that the sky isn't falling, the sky might actually be falling. In related Big 12 news, Boren indicated that it's unlikely there will be a vote on a potential title game next week. 2017 is thought to be the earliest that such a contest would start taking place.
Jan 28 - 5:26 PM

In a Monday interview, CFP executive director Bill Hancock told FOX Sports' Stewart Mandel and Bruce Feldman that "we have not talked at all about making any changes [to the Playoff schedule]."

"The contract is in place for 12 years," Hancock said. He's been consistent in his defense of the Playoff's New Year's Eve semifinals despite a precipitous ratings drop from last season's contests. "It may turn out by the time we get to Year 5, and we've had competitive games, that we say, 'You know what, it's not working.' But it's important not to jump to conclusions after one year of admittedly disappointing ratings." While both of this year's contests saw viewership drops, the Orange Bowl showdown between Clemson and Oklahoma was the true victim. Because of a 4 PM ET kickoff, many on the West Coast were simply stuck at work and couldn't have watched even if they wanted to.
Source: FOX Sports
Jan 4 - 8:48 PM

Oklahoma HC Bob Stoops said that even with the team's 37-17 loss to Clemson in the Orange Bowl, "We'll be encouraged about the strides that we've taken and how close we are."

Said Stoops, "We've still got a young team." Indication being that he doesn't think this is the last we'll see of the Sooners in the CFB Playoff. They'll have 16 starters coming back in 2016, including offensive lynch-pins Baker Mayfield, Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon. Oklahoma had itself something of a charmed schedule down the stretch (through no fault of their own), as they were able to face Baylor, TCU and Oklahoma State when that trio of great-for-most-of-the-season teams suffered a slew of injuries at key positions. They'll be going through the Big 12 ringer once more in 2016 and will also have contests against Ohio State and Houston, so the path might be just a little more tricky next year.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 2 - 10:30 PM

Oklahoma HC Bob Stoops indicated that the team is preparing for potentially sloppy conditions in Saturday's Bedlam showdown with Oklahoma State.

Bedlam's set for an 8 PM ET kickoff. Meteorologists are forecasting the potential of freezing rain as part of a massive storm set to bury much of the country for the Turkey Day weekend. Said HC Stoops, "In today's world, [balls] have such a coating, they don't get that wet. We have to do some of that [practicing with a wet ball] and/or if there are some elements Thursday to Friday, possibly getting out in them and practicing." Oklahoma beat a then-undefeated Baylor team 44-34 in a torrential downpour on November 14, so this isn't exactly new territory for the Sooners.
Source: newsok.com
Mon, Nov 23, 2015 05:30:00 PM

Oklahoma HC Bob Stoops said that former Iowa State OC Mark Mangino's firing this week was "unfortunate."

Mangino was fired on Monday due to philosophical differences with Iowa State HC Paul Rhoads. Stoops said that he called Mangino unaware shortly after the latter's dismissal from the Cyclones. The Sooner boss was understandably taken aback when Mangino told him about the firing, but later said, "Whatever he wants to do, he’ll have options." Mangino served as offensive coordinator under Stoops when the team won the national championship in 2000.
Source: newsok.com
Fri, Oct 30, 2015 10:01:00 PM

Oklahoma HC Bob Stoops owns a 5-0 record in road games against Kansas State.

Contrast Stoops' perfect 5-0 record with the abysmal combined 3-10 record all other current Big 12 coaches have produced in road contests with the Wildcats. Another nice stat working in Oklahoma's favor heading into Saturday's game: Stoops has not lost back-to-back games in regular season play since 1999. They're 31-0 in those situations. K-State just narrowly fell to TCU 52-45 while Texas upended the Longhorns, making Saturday's showdown one where both teams are looking to rediscover their mojo.
Thu, Oct 15, 2015 09:28:00 PM