Or, rooting for Kansas State to lose. However the Sooners want to look at it.
But the outcome is the same. Oklahoma needs the Longhorns to beat the Wildcats later tonight to win the Big 12 conference outright and earn a berth to the BCS. The No. 12 Sooners were able to fend off a feisty TCU team and come away with a 24-17 win on the road in Forth Worth. It’s the eighth Big 12 title for OU, but it could be the first the Sooners have to share.
All things were fairly even between the Sooners and the Horned Frogs, but officials called a 32-yard field goal attempt by TCU’s Jaden Oberkrom‘s wide left in the fourth quarter even though the ball looked like it slipped just inside the upright as it went over the crossbar. But, the play was non-reviewable. and Oklahoma held on to a 10-point lead. Then again, Oklahoma’s Michael Hunnicutt missed a 42-yard field goal shortly thereafter that would have iced the game.
Oklahoma should be going to a BCS bowl regardless of whether K-State wins tonight or not, but for the sake of winning the Big 12 outright and locking down that berth, the Sooners should be considering themselves Longhorns today.
Navy has seen one of its most productive players on the defensive side of the ball play for perhaps the final time this season.
Kwazel Bertrand sustained a broken ankle in the win over Air Force last Saturday, head coach Ken Niumatalolo confirmed earlier this week. As a result, the defensive back will very likely miss the remainder of the 2015 season.
And, because he is a senior and has no other eligibility avenues to pursue, it would effectively end his collegiate career as well.
“I feel terrible for Kwazel. It’s really unfortunate any time a senior goes down with a season-ending injury,” Niumatalolo said. “Kwazel has been a really good player for us and we’re going to miss his presence out on the field.”
Bertrand started 27 games over the past three-plus seasons, including all four in 2015.
You know how I know we’re gradually creeping up on the end of another regular season? Watch lists are being whittled.
The first major honor to do so is the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which is given out annually to the best quarterback who is a college senior or fourth-year junior. The preseason watch list was 30 quarterbacks strong; the newest list has been cut in half to 15.
The most recent list includes one of the top Heisman contenders (TCU’s Trevone Boykin) and the top two nationally in passing yards (Bowling Green’s Matt Johnson, Western Kentucky’s Brandon Doughty), as well as a quarterback who’s closing in on the all-time FBS record for rushing touchdowns (Navy’s Keenan Reynolds).
The Pac-12 leads all conferences with three watch listers, followed by two each from the AAC, ACC and Big Ten. The SEC has as many players (one, Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott) as the FCS (North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz).
Last year’s winner was Marcus Mariota of Oregon.
Trevone Boykin, TCU
Jacoby Brissett, NC State
Connor Cook, Michigan State
Brandon Doughty, WKU
Everett Golson, Florida State
Kevin Hogan, Stanford
Matt Johnson, Bowling Green
Cody Kessler, USC
Paxton Lynch, Memphis
Dak Prescott, Mississippi State
Keenan Reynolds, Navy
Nate Sudfeld, Indiana
Carson Wentz, N. Dakota State
Marquise Williams, North Carolina
Travis Wilson, Utah