Oklahoma ranks as national title favorite; freshman PG Trae Young honored

Welcome to the Tuesday edition of our Oklahoma DieHards morning roundup, where we take you through all the biggest headlines around Oklahoma athletics.

Oklahoma moves to title favorite

Oklahoma football is now the odds-on favorite to win the national championship, according to Bovada. The Sooners improved to 4-1 odds, which is narrowly ahead of Alabama, Auburn and Clemson.

The Sooners had 19-4 odds heading into the week, but improved their fortunes thanks to a great performance in a 59-31 win over West Virginia on Saturday. The Sooners can lock up a College Football Playoff spot with a win on Saturday in the Big 12 Championship Game.

Mixed title game thoughts

Oklahoma football is preparing to play in the Big 12 Championship Game on Saturday against the TCU Horned Frogs. Quarterback Baker Mayfield said that playing the Horned Frogs a second time is a tall task, especially going against a defensive mastermind like Gary Patterson.

However, coach Lincoln Riley wishes the Big 12 had instituted a title game in 2016. The Sooners blew 9-0 through the Big 12 regular season slate, but did not have a playoff shot with two losses. Riley thinks adding the game could have helped.

Other headlines from the program:

  • Oklahoma opens as a 6-point favorite against TCU, according to BetOnline.
  • Co-offensive coordinator Bill Bedenbaugh was named one of five finalists for the Broyles Award, given to the best coordinator in the country. Riley won the award in 2015.
  • Sports Illustrated ranked Oklahoma the No. 1 team in its weekly power rankings this week. The Sooners rank ahead of No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Wisconsin.

Trae Young honored

Men’s basketball star Trae Young was officially honored by the Big 12 conference for his performance over the past week. Young earned Big 12 Player of the Week on Monday, his second time in three weeks earning the award.

Young averaged an incredible 34.7 points, 6.7 assists and 2.3 steals in games against Oregon, Portland and Arkansas. The freshman point guard shot 51.7 percent from the field and 39.3 percent from the 3-point line. His 43 points against Oregon were the most by any Oklahoma freshman not named Wayman Tisdale, and the second-most in 23 years, only trailing Buddy Hield’s 46.

Other headlines from the around the program:

  • Former Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson posted 79 rushing yards for the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday to move to No. 12 on the NFL all-time rushing list. He is only 36 yards away from pushing Jim Brown out of the way for No. 10.
  • Junior outside hitter Alyssa Enneking was named Oklahoma’s 10th All-Big 12 first-team volleyball member on Monday. Enneking led the Big 12 in total kills.
  • Women’s basketball plays a road matchup with Little Rock at 6:30 p.m. CT Tuesday in Arkansas. The team is 6-1 all-time against the Trojans.

What they’re saying on Twitter

Former offensive lineman Gabe Ikard

Kicker Austin Seibert

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