Oklahoma stays in playoff top 5, Baker Mayfield tops Heisman contenders

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

Oklahoma in College Football Playoff top 5

Oklahoma football stood firm at No. 5 in the second College Football Playoff rankings on Tuesday night. The Sooners trail only Georgia, Alabama, Notre Dame and Clemson. The top five stayed unchanged.

However, several around college football continue to criticize the Sooners’ defense. ESPN’s Booger McFarland asked whether a top four team could give up 52 points. The committee acknowledged that the Sooners’ defense is not particularly well regarded.

Baker Mayfield tops Heisman list

Quarterback Baker Mayfield moved to No. 1 on the ESPN Heisman Watch after falling as low as No. 3 a few weeks ago. It’s no surprise Mayfield moved that high, as the senior passed for an Oklahoma record 598 yards on Saturday against No. 11 Oklahoma State.

Mayfield received all 12 of the first-place votes in the weekly poll. Stanford running back Bryce Love and Penn State running back Saquon Barkley came in second and third in the poll. Ten players are receiving at least one fifth place vote. Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph is the only other Big 12 player on the list.

Other headlines from the program:

Women’s basketball rolls

No. 22 Oklahoma women’s basketball played its final preseason game of the season before the Friday opener. The Sooners beat Southwestern Oklahoma State 109-65 at the Lloyd Noble Center on Tuesday night.

Freshman Ana Llanusa posted 22 points off the bench. Maddie Manning added 20 points, 4 rebounds, 4 steals and 2 assists. Vionise Pierre-Louis had 18 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks.

Women’s basketball faces off against Belmont at 7 p.m. Friday in Norman. Oklahoma legend Courtney Paris will see her jersey retired at the game.

Other headlines from around the athletic department:

  • Oklahoma men’s basketball plays an exhibition game Wednesday against Division-II East Central at 7 p.m. CT in Norman. The game will feature heralded point guard Trae Young and a quickly improving Oklahoma team.
  • Volleyball travels to Lubbock to take on Texas Tech at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The match will air on FOX Sports Southwest. Oklahoma is 6-18 and 3-8 in Big 12 play.

What they’re saying on Twitter

Linebacker Caleb Kelly

Graduate assistant JaMarkus McFarland

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