September 30, 2008

Johnson named Offensive Player of the Week

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Johnson named Big 12 offensive player of the week: Manual Johnson (Oklahoma), Trent Hunter (Texas A&M) and Nate Swift (Nebraska) have been named Big 12 Conference Football Players of the Week as selected by a media panel. All three received their first career weekly award. (Big 12 Sports PR)

BIG 12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Manual Johnson, Oklahoma, WR, Sr, Gilmer, Texas
Playing against the nation's top-ranked defense, Manual Johnson set a school record with 206 receiving yards on five receptions in OU's 35-10 win over No. 24 TCU. He broke Mark Clayton's record of 190 yards against Texas in 2003. Johnson also became the second player in OU history to record three plays of 55+ yards in the same game, joining Antonio Perkins (three punt returns against UCLA in 2003). Johnson recorded touchdown receptions of 79, 55 and 63 yards against the Horned Frogs and averaged 41.2 yards per reception.

Stoops still downplays OU's No. 1 rank: Tulsa World

Stoops, Saban to meet again?: Tulsa World

State team putting up huge stats: Tulsa World

OU Notebook: Tulsa World

Braxton misses practice with injury

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Braxton held out of Monday's practice: Oklahoma senior right tackle Branndon Braxton - the Sooners' top reserve offensive lineman - missed practice Monday with an injury, OU coach Bob Stoops said. Stoops said, however, that Braxton is expected to practice Tuesday in preparation for the top-ranked Sooners' game Saturday at Baylor. Braxton appeared to injure his lower leg Saturday in OU's home win against TCU. (Dallas Morning News) Other injury updates, both offensive tackle Trent Williams and tight end Jermaine Gresham both practiced Monday.

Year of the upset, the sequel if Baylor can beat No. 1: The Oklahoman

Stoops downplays ranking during Big 12 teleconference: The Oklahoman

Honors come to Manny: Norman Transcript

Why can't Sooners cover kicks: Norman Transcript

Big 12 begins from position of strength: Kansas City Star

Conference flexes muscle in latest AP poll: Star-Telegram

Big 12 is best league in nation: Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

September 29, 2008

OU's Bradford No. 2 in ESPN Heisman Watch

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Bradford second in ESPN.com Heisman Watch:
(1st place votes) total votes
1. Chase Daniel (11) 71
2. Sam Bradford (0) 40
3. Tim Tebow (2) 30
4. Mark Sanchez (1) 26
5. Max Hall (1) 17
Complete ranking at ESPN.com

Injury update: Sooners coach Bob Stoops said Sunday that no injury concerns emerged from the TCU game. "Don't have any reports of anything major," Stoops said. Reserve cornerback Jonathan Nelson was on crutches after the game, but that was due to a knee injury suffered during OU's off week. Stoops said he'd be out a "few weeks." (The Oklahoman)

Sooners back at No. 1: Norman Transcript

Tenacious QB is OU's anchor: Tulsa World

Oklahoma No. 1 in all three polls: Tulsa World

Gerald McCoy's numbers aren't much, but he's having an All-American season: The Oklahoman

Four questions on OU football: The Oklahoman

No. 1 Oklahoma and other Big 12 powers become hunted: Dallas Morning News

Patterson says TCU 'gave one away' in loss to Sooners: Star-Telegram

Big 12 displays national power: Star-Telegram

OU looks like a No. 1: Austin American-Statesman

Big 12 in a bountiful position: San Antonio Express-News

Big 12: Potential 'trap games': San Antonio Express-News

Turnover battle helps Sooners grab No. 1 spot in both polls: The Enid News and Eagle

Sooners add to their history as most frequent No. 1: ESPN.com

What we learned in the Big 12, Week 5: ESPN.com

September 28, 2008

Sooners No. 1 in AP & Coaches Poll

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

AP Top 10 with Big 12 teams
(First Place Votes) Points
1 Oklahoma (43) 1599
2 Alabama (21) 1565
3 LSU 1466
4 Missouri (1) 1453
5 Texas 1362
6 Penn State 1252
7 Texas Tech 1105
8 Brigham Young 1098
9 Southern California 1087
10 South Florida 1035
16 Kansas 650
21 Oklahoma State 277

USA Today's Coaches Poll
1 Oklahoma (57) 1520
2 LSU (1) 1399
3 Missouri 1398
4 Alabama (2) 1350
5 Texas (1) 1310
6 Penn State 1146
7 Brigham Young 1054
8 Texas Tech 1047
9 Southern California 990
10 [t] Georgia 888
10 [t] South Florida 888
16 Kansas 555
22 Oklahoma State 229

Last Time: The last time Oklahoma was ranked No. 1 December 2003 against Kansas State in Big 12 Championship.

Record: The Sooners have been ranked No. 1 more than any team in college football (96 weeks), Notre Dame (95 weeks).

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OU vs. TCU: Post Game Articles and Notes

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Johnson sets receiving record: On an offense loaded with playmakers, Johnson was the most lethal Saturday, finishing with five catches for 206 yards and three touchdowns. The 206 yards set a Sooner record for receiving yards in a game, eclipsing Mark Clayton's 190 yards against Baylor in 2003. "Manny Johnson had such a huge game," coach Bob Stoops said. "I told him I thought that was one of the best performances we've had by a wide receiver here in 10 years." (The Oklahoman)

Bradford's performance: Sam Bradford's career-best 411 passing yards is the third-most all-time by a Sooner quarterback. In addition, Bradford's 202 first-quarter passing yards set an OU record for passing yards in the opening quarter by a Sooner quarterback.

Williams injured: OU right tackle Trent Williams left the game in the second quarter with a sprained ankle, according to OU coach Bob Stoops. Williams was hurt when Bradford was sacked and his momentum carried him onto the side Williams' leg. Williams played in the second half. He limped off the field at the end of the game with his foot heavily taped. (Tulsa World)

Thunder players in attendance: NBA Rookie of the Year Kevin Durant was interviewed on the field during the second half. Durant and several Oklahoma City Thunder teammates like Jeff Green, D.J. White, Kyle Weaver and others watched the game from Thunder owner Clay Bennett's suite. (The Oklahoman)

Sooners rout TCU: Norman Transcript

Big game for Manny: Norman Transcript

No question about it: Norman Transcript

Big stop set tone for OU defense: The Oklahoman

What happened in OU's second quarter?: The Oklahoman

OU report card: The Oklahoman

OU by the numbers: The Oklahoman

Next for OU, No. 1: The Oklahoman

What TCU had to say: The Oklahoman

Sooners rip Frogs, make case for No. 1 spot: Tulsa World

Johnson provides big plays: Tulsa World

Report Card: Tulsa World

Listen to Bob Stoops postgame interview: Tulsa World

No. 2 OU ready to rise after 35-10 win: Dallas Morning News

TCU sees the error of its ways in loss: Dallas Morning News

You Know Who Didn't Lose Saturday? Oklahoma and Texas: Fanhouse

Sooners poised for No. 1 ranking despite Stoops' indifference: ESPN.com

Oklahoma's defense set tone from opening possession: ESPN.com

Bradford takes a licking, but endures to lead Sooner victory: ESPN.com

Sooners pull rank on the Frogs: Star-Telegram

OU's Johnson receives benefits from TCU's defensive plan: Star-Telegram

Too soon to worry, but OU should be new No. 1: Muskogee Phoenix

OU takes TCU win in stride: The Enid News and Eagle

Sooners Defeat TCU 35-10

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Bradford leads OU with career-high 411 yards passing: With a dominant defense and Sam Bradford's pinpoint passing, Oklahoma is on its way back to No. 1. Bradford threw for a career-best 411 yards and four touchdowns, Manuel Johnson set a school record with 206 yards receiving and the second-ranked Sooners avenged their last loss at Owen Field by beating No. 24 TCU 35-10 Saturday night. With top-ranked Southern California and three other top 10 teams losing, Oklahoma (4-0) made as strong a case as anyone to get back to No. 1 for the first time since it lost to Kansas State in the 2003 Big 12 championship game. (Associated Press/Google)

September 27, 2008

Game Day: OU-TCU Articles and Notes

September 26, 2008

(9/26) OU Football Articles and Notes

No. 1 Trojans fall to Beavers

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Oregon State defeats No. 1 USC: Less than two weeks ago, Southern California established itself as the country's top team when it routed No. 5 Ohio State. Rekindling the magic of the glory years of Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush was short-lived and its national championship hopes are in jeopardy. Oregon State stunned the visiting Trojans, 27-21, Thursday night for the first jaw-dropping upset of the season. The Beavers (2-2) turned the national title race on its ear and the reverberations can be heard in Oklahoma, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana and Missouri. (New York Times)

Where does it leave OU?
Scenario 1: Possibly No. 1 with a big win over No. 23 TCU this weekend, and a close Georgia and Alabama game.

Scenario 2: Possibly still No. 2 with No. 3 Georgia playing No. 8 Alabama, an impressive win against Alabama could close the slim 9 point advantage Oklahoma has over Georgia.

Scenario 3: No. 4 Florida plays Mississippi, who only trails OU by 42 points in the Associated Press poll. A blowout win by Florida and close games for Georgia and OU could leave Florida No. 1. (
Top 25)

AP Poll:
2. Oklahoma (0 1st place votes) 1484 points
3. Georgia (2 1st place votes) 1475
4. Florida (1 1st place vote) 1442


Schedule this weekend:
12:30 CT - Mississippi at Florida
6:00 CT - TCU at Oklahoma FSN

6:45 CT - Alabama at Georgia ESPN

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September 25, 2008

Bradford the Best QB in Big 12?

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

ESPN's Mel Kiper praises Sam Bradford: From ESPN SportsNation chat, NFL Draft guru, Mel Kiper talks about Sam Bradford's potential.

Q: Rob (Omaha, NE): Better QBs: Big 12 or NFC West?
Mel Kiper: Oh boy... in the NFC West, you have (Matt) Hasselbeck, Trent Green, JT O'Sullivan and Kurt Warner. But you can't compare the two. The Big 12 has some great college QBs. The best is Sam Bradford. By far. It's not even close when you project to the NFL. He's tremendously accurate. Unbelieveable smarts and intelligence. He's tall. Makes great decisions. Excellent talent around him. He's going to have a decision to make in January. (Missouri's) Chase Daniel could win the Heisman, but he's not going to project highly in the NFL. (More at ESPN.com)


More Bradford & ESPN...

ESPN College GameDay to feature Sam Bradford: ESPN College Gameday's Desmond Howard was in Norman Wednesday filming a piece on Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford against the backdrop of Bradford's favorite hobby, golf. The two talked while hitting putts and sand shots at the Charlie Coe Golf Center on the University of Oklahoma campus. During the interview, which lasted 45 minutes, Howard asked Bradford about the similarities of golf and football, and a myriad of other topics. The segment will air this Saturday during the Gameday show. ESPN College Gameday runs from 9-11 a.m. CT. (SoonerSports PR)

Could Big 12 champ be left out of title game: The Oklahoman

OU's Lewis successfully moves to linebacker: The Oklahoman

OU football notebook: The Oklahoman

Last time TCU visited Norman...: Norman Transcript

How does DeMarcus Granger's injury affect the Sooners?: Tulsa World

TCU coach's 'spying' ploy may backfire: Tulsa World

Up close with Lendy Holmes: Tulsa World

Know the foe -- TCU: Tulsa World

Notebook: Tulsa World

What they're writing: Tulsa World

TCU defense, OU offense to collide in Norman: Houston Chronicle

Horned Frogs don't need extra motivation against Oklahoma: Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

Big 12 predictions: Oklahoma to dominate TCU: ESPN.com CFB Blog

September 24, 2008

Stoops: OU closed practices for new offense

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

TCU denies spying on OU: UPDATE: Oklahoma closed its preseason scrimmages this season. Well-connected Tulsa World columnist Dave Sittler linked the move to the Horned Frogs' 17-10 upset of OU in 2005. He suggested OU coach Bob Stoops closed the scrimmages because he felt "information some friends of the TCU program picked up watching the scrimmages" in 2005 helped the Horned Frogs beat the Sooners. Patterson raised the subject following his team's win over Stanford on Sept. 13 and addressed it again in a phone interview Sunday. The Horned Frogs taped the publicly available TV broadcast of Oklahoma's spring game, Patterson said, looking for schemes and personnel. "As far as us watching their practices, I took a little bit of offense that they would think that I would have someone go and spy on their practices, because, absolutely, that did not happen," Patterson said. "But did we watch the spring tapes as far as the spring game? We did, and I watched all summer." (More at Dallas Morning News)(9/22/08)
UPDATE: Bob Stoops acknowledged Tuesday that he closed preseason scrimmages this season not because he was concerned about spies feeding information to this week's opponent, TCU, but because the Sooners were trying out a new offense. "I think it's pretty obvious why we closed practices," Stoops said during his weekly press luncheon. "I think our no-huddle offense has been pretty obvious we didn't want to let on how much we were using it, all our terminology at the line of scrimmage -- even defensively, our terminology going against it, all of that is pretty obvious why we didn't want anyone being at our practices."(Tulsa World)

R.J. Washington not ready yet

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Mensik suffers ankle injury:
Third-string tight end Eric Mensik has a broken ankle and will be out for at least a month, Oklahoma offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson said Tuesday. Mensik suffered the injury in practice during the Sooners' open week when a teammate fell on his ankle during a blocking drill. The sophomore from Rosenberg, Texas, saw significant action in a 55-14 victory over Washington two weeks ago. (The Oklahoman)

Stoops not ready to play R.J. Washington yet: Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said Tuesday that he's not ready to burn a year of eligibility yet for freshman defensive end R.J. Washington. Stoops said Washington is still getting adjusted to the Sooners' defense. "If you just play a 4-3 and let those guys get wide and go, then he'd be in there," Stoops said. "There is just so much when you zone blitz. Who's dropping? Who's blitzing. Where you're blitzing. Is he twisting around somebody or is he going straight? R.J. is a bright, young guy who is doing great. We're probably just a little bit too complex in all that we ask these guys to do. We just fear that we're going to play him and, through the whole year, it's not going to be enough to warrant giving up his year." (Dallas Morning News)

Stoops open to moving conference games earlier: [The] OU coach was asked if he would be willing to play a Big 12 Conference opponent over the first few weeks of a season, thereby bumping one of the nonconference games down the calendar a bit. "I'd be open to it," he said. "I see the benefits for your crowd and for media and fan interest and college football's interest, to have a conference game somewhere in there early." As to how soon into a season Stoops would feel comfortable playing a conference foe? "I'd prefer three (weeks)," he said. "Sometimes two's enough, depending on how many guys you have coming back." (Tulsa World)

Stoops, Sooners preview TCU game: SoonerSports.com

Corners good but not that good: Norman Transcript

Stoops can be maddening but brilliant, too: Norman Transcript

The line up: Norman Transcript

Broyles Catches on: Tulsa World

Listen to Stoops in his weekly media conference: Tulsa World

Sam Bradford -- I knew he was special when...: The Oklahoman

Five people who know Bradford share insight: The Oklahoman

'Golden Greek' helped ignite new era at OU: The Oklahoman

Something has to give: The Oklahoman

Mesquite Horn-ex Moore could joing Oklahoma's DT rotation: Dallas Morning News

Oklahoma coach reminds players about loss to TCU: Dallas Morning News

Oklahoma's '05 loss to TCU isn't main motivating factor: Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

Brown's return gives TCU another weapon: Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

Oklahoma to test TCU's defense at home: USA Today

September 23, 2008

Former All-American Andros Dies

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Sooner great Plato Andros dies: Plato Andros, who after fighting the Nazis in World War II became a 1946 football all-American at the University of Oklahoma, died Monday. He was 86. Andros was a guard for Jim Tatum's 1946 Sooners. He distinguished himself with a superb defensive performance against Army that season. The Cadets were one of college football's all-time greatest teams and hadn't lost in three years, but '45 Heisman Trophy winner Glenn Davis was held to 19 yards on 12 carries. Army broke out of a 7-7 halftime tie and won 21-7. Andros served four years with the Coast Guard. Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Rose Hill Cemetery Chapel. Family will receive friends at Norman's Primrose Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday. (The Oklahoman)

Stoops favors moving conference games up: ESPN.com

Sooners are anxious to avenge an upset loss to Horned Frogs: The Oklahoman

Memory of 2005 loss to TCU lives on for Stoops: The Oklahoman

Former signee Jarboe ruled ineligible

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Former OU recruit Josh Jarboe ruled ineligible: Josh Jarboe, the ex-Oklahoma recruit who was dismissed by Bob Stoops this summer, has been ruled ineligible by the NCAA. Jarboe transferred to Troy in mid-August. His appeal to play this season was denied by the NCAA two weeks ago, the Dothan (Ala.) Eagle reported Monday. Troy plays Oklahoma State Saturday. (Tulsa World)

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Stoops unsure when Alexander will return

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

UPDATE: Frank Alexander still recovering recovering:
Oklahoma redshirt freshman Frank Alexander won't play again this week as he continues to recover from a stab wound, OU coach Bob Stoops said Monday. "He's getting closer," Stoops said. "They're progressing him. He's doing more. I'm not sure exactly when [he'll return]." (Dallas Morning News)

Stoops discounts spy rumors: Norman Transcript

Spy game: The Oklahoman

Sooners are anxious to avenge an upset loss to Horned Frogs: The Oklahoman

Best to have bye during Week 5?
The Oklahoman

Stoops talks about TCU during Big 12 teleconference: The Oklahoman

OU Notebook: Tulsa World

Reynolds leads from the middle: Tulsa World

Stoops ready for TCU rematch: Star-Telegram

After rivalry win, Frogs prepare for Sooners: TCU Daily Skiff

Oklahoma braces for TCU
: Columbia Missourian

September 22, 2008

OU-Baylor Set for 11:30 a.m. Kickoff

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

FSN to televise OU-Baylor: Oklahoma's Oct. 4 football game at Baylor has been picked up for telecast by FOX Sports Net through its relationship with the Big 12 Conference. FSN has set the kickoff time for 11:30 a.m. (SoonerSports PR)

Related: 2008 Oklahoma Sooners Football Schedule

(9/22) OU Football Articles and Notes

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

TCU denies spying on OU: Oklahoma closed its preseason scrimmages this season. Well-connected Tulsa World columnist Dave Sittler linked the move to the Horned Frogs' 17-10 upset of OU in 2005. He suggested OU coach Bob Stoops closed the scrimmages because he felt "information some friends of the TCU program picked up watching the scrimmages" in 2005 helped the Horned Frogs beat the Sooners. Patterson raised the subject following his team's win over Stanford on Sept. 13 and addressed it again in a phone interview Sunday. The Horned Frogs taped the publicly available TV broadcast of Oklahoma's spring game, Patterson said, looking for schemes and personnel. "As far as us watching their practices, I took a little bit of offense that they would think that I would have someone go and spy on their practices, because, absolutely, that did not happen," Patterson said. "But did we watch the spring tapes as far as the spring game? We did, and I watched all summer." (More at Dallas Morning News)

Family Motivates Lendy Holmes: SoonerSports.com

Four questions ... about OU football: The Oklahoman

Breaking down TCU: The Oklahoman

OU Notebook: The Oklahoman

OU commitment originally hails from England: The Oklahoman

Sooners stay at No. 2, TCU moves into Top 25: The Oklahoman

Sooner offense cruising so far: Tulsa World

Past success is a blueprint for new guys: Tulsa World

Know the Foe -- TCU: Tulsa World

Big 12 packed with proficient passers: Dallas Morning News

TCU makes Top 25, but second-ranked Oklahoma awaits: Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

Sooners and Tigers remain at top of Big 12 rankings: ESPN.com CFB Blog

September 21, 2008

OU Remains No. 2 in AP & Coaches Poll

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

AP Top 10 with Big 12 teams

(First Place Votes) Points
1 Southern California (62) 1621
2 Oklahoma 1484
3 Georgia (2) 1475
4 Florida (1) 1442
5 LSU 1363
6 Missouri 1360

7 Texas 1174
8 Alabama 1132
9 Wisconsin 1091
10 Texas Tech 962

18 Kansas 555

24 TCU 117

USA Today's Coaches Poll

1 Southern California (56) 1517
2 Oklahoma (2) 1424
3 Georgia (2) 1388
4 Florida (1) 1345
5 Missouri 1284
6 LSU 1247
7 Texas 1143
8 Wisconsin 1041
9 Texas Tech 944
10 Alabama 939
18 Kansas 506
23 TCU 151

Full top 25 at ESPN.com

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OU Football Notebook: The Oklahoman

Sooners most tangled in Web: Tulsa World

A weekend to forget for OU fans: Tulsa World

Broyles a local talent: Norman Transcript

September 20, 2008

Granger to undergo rehab

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

DeMarcus Granger opts for rehabilitation on foot: Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops said that Sooner defensive tackle DeMarcus Granger has elected to rehabilitate his injured left foot rather than undergo potentially season-ending surgery. Granger incurred the injury during the Sept. 13 game at Washington. Stoops added that Granger should be out of action three-four weeks, "and then we'll just see from there." (SoonerSports PR)

Crowder Football Scholarship fund: Sooner fans wishing to send contributions to the Eddie Crowder Football Scholarship fund are being asked to send checks payable to the OU Foundation to OU Athletics, 180 W. Brooks St., Norman, OK, 73019. Crowder, who played quarterback at OU in the 1950s, died Sept. 9 in a Lafayette, Colo., hospital from complications of leukemia. He was 77. (The Oklahoman)

McCoy -- I'm always on the go: SoonerSports.com

How to cope with an open date: The Oklahoman

OU Notebook: The Oklahoman

Granger will try to rehab injured foot: The Oklahoman

OU's Bradford climbing Heisman list: The Oklahoman

Q&A with OU's Juaquin Iglesias: The Oklahoman

Granger chooses to rehab foot: Tulsa World

OU Notebook: Tulsa World

OU putting on a 'clinic': Tulsa World

Time to turn the big dogs loose on one another: Austin American-Statesman

Sooners' offensive line focused on fulfilling its potential: Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

The day in Big 12 filled with solid matchups: Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

September 18, 2008

(9/18) OU Football Articles and Notes

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Stoops on Granger injury: Coach Bob Stoop on DeMarcus Granger injury... "There's something in the tendon and the bone and they (OU physicians) are experimenting on whether to let it heal or take four weeks and see if DeMarcus can come back, or the other thing is to possibly do surgery and pin it," OU coach Bob Stoops said following Wednesday's practice. "DeMarcus and the doctors are uncertain. I know it's been reported that he's done for the year. That isn't the case yet. If he gets it pinned, he obviously will be. If he doesn't, he could be out four or five weeks. We'll just see." (Norman Transcript)

OU's practice schedule: With an idle Saturday, the Sooners altered their practice schedule slightly this week. "Our Tuesday and Wednesday as we go through the week are usually pretty heavy," Stoops said. "They go against each other a lot on inside drill and team sessions. We try to keep each other sharp. Blitz periods, we come after each other. We'll do that Tuesday and Wednesday and probably part of Thursday." (Tulsa World)

Moore to see more action: The Sooners plan to keep their four-man rotation at defensive tackle with or without Granger. Junior Cordero Moore will move up to Granger's spot. "I think he'll do a good job," defensive tackles coach Jackie Shipp said of Moore. "We'll keep working at it and we'll get him ready." Moore saw his first action of the season in the Washington game. He made one tackle. (Norman Transcript)

Possibility of a USC-Oklahoma title game: SI.com

Revamped Cotton Bowl features more seats, better facilities for fans, teams: The Oklahoman

It's too early for all this, but OU, USC might be headed for another matchup: The Oklahoman

OU loses Granger to injury: The Oklahoman

What they're saying about the Sooners, Trojans: The Oklahoman

Foot injury shelves Sooners' Granger: Tulsa World

Sooner offense -- it's all about the plays: Tulsa World

Up close with Travis Lewis: Tulsa World

Just a precaution for Bradford: Norman Transcript

A dozen Big 12 players make a name for themselves: Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

Stoops won't let milestone distract: Dallas Morning News

Granger to miss rest of the season?

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

DeMarcus Granger out at least 4 weeks: Oklahoma junior defensive tackle DeMarcus Granger of Kimball will be out at least a month and could miss the rest of the season because of a left foot injury he suffered Saturday in a win at Washington, Sooners coach Bob Stoops said Wednesday. Stoops said that Granger and team physicians are considering two treatment options. One option is to allow the foot to heal, which Stoops said could take four to five weeks. The other is to undergo surgery and have a pin inserted into his foot, which would cause Granger to miss the remainder of the season. Stoops said he would make an announcement on the choice that is made once a decision on the treatment has been reached. (Dallas Morning News)

Sooners' defensive depth will be tested by Granger's injury: ESPN.com CFB Blog

September 17, 2008

Officials unveil Cotton Bowl renovations

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Dallas officials unveil Cotton Bowl renovations: Today, city officials are set to reveal the biggest transformation in the Cotton Bowl's 78-year history, a $57 million upgrade that added more than 16,000 seats to its end zones, finishing out the ends of its oval bowl with upper-level decks and bringing its total capacity to 92,200. It's a change Cotton Bowl backers hope will mean a brighter future for a facility that many have dismissed as having its best days behind it. "I don't think there is a bad seat in the stadium anymore," said Fair Park's general manager Daniel Huerta as he looked out over the field from the top of the north end-zone seats. (Dallas Morning News) Photo link (not yet completed) and video link (completed).

OU-Washington tops local television ratings: ESPN telecasts topped the week with a 28.5 for Oklahoma's rout of Washington on Saturday night and a 19.7 for the Cowboys-Eagles scorefest. ESPN's national audience for the Monday night game was the largest ever in cable television history with a 13.3 rating, representing 12,953,000 homes. (The Oklahoman)

Bradford a Heisman favorite?: The Oklahoman

Lessons learned for OU, OSU at the bye week: The Oklahoman

OU Football Notebook: The Oklahoman

Grading the Sooners: Norman Transcript

Just a precaution for Bradford: Norman Transcript

Is this team better than a year ago?: Tulsa World

Championship isn't in the bag yet, Stoops says: Tulsa World

Three with good starts: Tulsa World

Audio clips from Stoops' weekly press conference: Tulsa World

Stoops won't let milestone distract: Dallas Morning News

September 16, 2008

(9/16) OU Football Articles and Notes

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Stoops not paying attention to rankings: For now, Sooner coach Bob Stoops isn't paying much attention. "In the end, it's a long year," he said. "All we can focus on is being the absolute best we can be each time we play. "(The ranking) really doesn't do anything to us right now. We have so many more games to play." As the season evolves, Stoops said, the rankings become more relevant. "It's a long way to earn your way to something like that," he said. "That's what our focus will be on, earning it. Earn it each week and not get ahead of yourself." (The Oklahoman)

Power Rankings: Oklahoma # 2 in the latest FoxSports.com College Football Power Rankings only trailing USC.

Stoops -- Don't worry about rankings: The Oklahoman

Oklahoma's Granger has sprained foot: The Oklahoman

OU Football Notebook: The Oklahoman

Stoops dismisses the hype: Tulsa World

OU Notebook: Tulsa World

Listen to an interview Monday with Bob Stoops: Tulsa World

There's no whining about Granger's injury: Tulsa World

Consider yourselves warned: Tulsa World

Stoops -- Retaliation might have caused Granger's injury: ESPN.com CFB Blog

Sooners looking fine after first three games: ESPN.com CFB Blog

Future opponent -- TCU not ranked, but it's only a matter of time: Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

Sooners sure look bound for national title game: Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

Big 12 could rule Heisman ceremony: NBC Sports

September 15, 2008

FSN to televise OU-TCU

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

FSN to air Oklahoma-TCU; 6 p.m. kickoff: Fox Sports Network has picked Oklahoma's next game, a Sept. 27, bout with TCU, and has set the kickoff time for 6 p.m. The OU-TCU game is sold out, although officials said that there is a possibility of a ticket sale late next week depending on the number that are returned. (SoonerSports.com)

Related: 2008 Oklahoma Football Schedule

OU's Granger suffers sprained foot

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

DeMarcus Granger suffering from a sprained left foot: Oklahoma junior defensive tackle DeMarcus Granger of Kimball suffered a sprained left foot late in the first half Saturday against Washington on a play in which Huskies' players appeared to rough him up. "There looked to be some of that," OU coach Bob Stoops said Monday. "Unfortunate any time any of that happens. There is always a lot of rough and tough play inside. Nobody here's whining about it." (Dallas Morning News)

Stoops thanks many others for 100th win: "There's been a ton of people responsible for it," Coach Bob Stoops said. "My great administration, great assistant coaches who have been fabulous to work with, a bunch of great young men we get to see who work so hard. "I feel fortunate every day, believe me, to be at such a quality place with such good people. Blessed and fortunate."

Sooners look familiar: Norman Transcript

Granger's status uncertain: Norman Transcript

OU a different team in '08: Tulsa World

OU Notebook: Tulsa World

Four questions about Sooner football: The Oklahoman

Sooners almost flawless so far, but remaining foes are 21-3: The Oklahoman

OU football notebook: The Oklahoman

USC helps out Big 12 powers: Dallas Morning News

Big 12 rankings: Sooners rolling, rest of conference following: ESPN.com CFB Blog

Things we learned about the Big 12 this weekend: ESPN.com CFB Blog

Blogpoll, Week Three: Oklahoma No. 2: EDSBS

September 14, 2008

OU vs. Washington: Post Game Articles and Columns

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Granger suffers leg injury: The Sooners' only problem of the night came during the final drive of the first half, when DeMarcus Granger went down with a left leg injury. The junior defensive tackle, among OU's four-man rotation at defensive tackle, returned to the sideline in the second half on crutches and with a black boot around his lower leg. (Tulsa World)

Kickoff coverage changes: OU made two personnel changes on its kickoff coverage Saturday night. Backup linebacker Austin Box and fullback Matt Clapp replaced backup linebackers Mike Balogun and J.R. Bryant on the unit. (Norman Transcript)

Coach Stoops wins 100th career win at OU:
The Oklahoman takes a look at previous OU head coaches record at 100th career win.

Coach (Overall record), Record at 100, Winning Pct.
Bud Wilkinson (145-29-4), 100-8-3, .926
Barry Switzer (157-29-4), 100-18-3, .849
Bob Stoops (100-22), 100-22, .819
Bennie Owen (122-54-16), 100-33-9, .760

Sooners win big in Seattle: Norman Transcript

That's how you do it: Norman Transcript

OU O-line dominates: The Oklahoman

OU defense erases woes in rout: The Oklahoman

OU Report Card: The Oklahoman

OU by the numbers: The Oklahoman

Beware of these Sooners: The Oklahoman

Norman pair shine for Sooners: The Oklahoman

OU's opening drive set tone: The Oklahoman

OU fans get Husky treatment -- a boat ride to game: The Oklahoman

Sooners dominate Washington in road victory: Tulsa World

Sooners show strength on ground: Tulsa World

Sooners look good, but work remains: Tulsa World

Report Card: Tulsa World

Oklahoma leaves Huskies 0-3: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Poor snaps, turnovers hasten Huskies' demise: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Huskies humiliated by Oklahoma 55-14: Seattle Times

Oklahoma aftermath: Seattle Times

No road bumps for Sooners: Dallas Morning News

Oklahoma victory a thing of beauty: Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

Sooners No. 2 in AP & Coaches Poll

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

AP Top 10 with Big 12 teams
(First Place Votes) Points
1 Southern California (61) 1596
2 Oklahoma 1485
3 Georgia (2) 1437
4 Florida (1) 1414
5 Missouri 1389
6 LSU 1274
7 Texas 1140
8 Wisconsin 1076
9 Alabama 982
10 Auburn 958
11 Texas Tech 904
19 Kansas 445

USA Today's Coaches Poll
1 Southern California (57) 1518
2 Oklahoma (1) 1423
3 Georgia (2) 1393
4 Florida (1) 1335
5 Missouri 1294
6 LSU 1233
7 Texas 1128
8 Wisconsin 1027
9 Auburn 955
10 Texas Tech 887
19 Kansas 416

Full top 25 at ESPN.com

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Bradford leads OU with 6 TDs against Washington

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Sooner dominate Washington 55-14; Stoops earns 100th career win: Sam Bradford threw for five more touchdowns. No. 3 Oklahoma again reached half-a-hundred points. The Sooners won big -- again. So why was Bob Stoops posing for a postgame picture in front of the scoreboard for a University of Oklahoma police officer? Because he had his 100th coaching win with the Sooners. And, they weren't in Norman.Bradford completed 18 of 21 passes for 304 yards, matched his career high with five touchdowns and ran for a sixth score to lead the Sooners easily past Washington 55-14 on Saturday night. (Associated Press/Google)

Sooners' defense stifles Locker: Seattle Times

Stats to come

September 13, 2008

Game Day: OU-Washington Articles and Notes

September 12, 2008

R.J. Washington to play soon

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

Washington expected to play: Defensive ends coach Chris Wilson said that freshman defensive end R.J. Washington likely will play for the first time this season Saturday against Washington. "We're expecting to see him this week," Wilson said. "He's had a really good week of practice." The Sooners have lost two defensive ends since the season started, prompting the OU coaches to consider pulling Washington out of redshirt. First, senior John Williams left the team. Then, redshirt freshman Frank Alexander was stabbed in the arm during a party and is not expected back until TCU in two weeks at the earliest. "We just need to keep getting R.J. reps, and if we do, I'll believe he'll really pay off for us later in the season," Wilson said. Washington was considered the gem of the 2008 recruiting class after being rated by many as the top high school defensive end in the nation. (The Oklahoman)

Gresham's message to Sooner fans: SoonerSports.com

Husky QB a real threat: Norman Transcript

Sooners looking for win on the road: Tulsa World

OU Football Notebook: Tulsa World

Poor Venables never stood a chance: Tulsa World

Huskies' Locker will be hard to contain: The Oklahoman

Sooners touted as offensive Cyclone: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Potent Sooners big test for Husky defense: Kitap Sun