Hot Links: Joel Klatt says OU fans were right, Bob Bowlsby says move to SEC ‘makes no sense’ and more!

October 21, 2021
TCU v Oklahoma
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Also, Baker Mayfield needs offseason surgery to repair an injury on his non-throwing shoulder.

Happy Thursday, friends and fans!

It wasn’t long ago that FOX College Football analyst Joel Klatt came to the defense of Spencer Rattler after a large contingent of Oklahoma Sooners fans chanted for Caleb Williams to replace the former Heisman Trophy front-runner. A few weeks later, after ‘Superman’ wowed everybody in the Red River Showdown and in his first start against TCU, Klatt has changed his tune and has a new message for OU fans.

First of all, it’s pretty cool to see a college football pundit going public and owning up to his wrong take, although his point about the optics of booing Rattler remain valid. Nevertheless, it’s plain to see for everybody that this is a different team with Williams at the helm. The offense finally resembles a classic Lincoln Riley unit, and the players around him appear more energized and eager to make plays. Good on you, Klatt.

Now for today’s Hot Links! Bob Bowlsby continues to cry, Jadon Haselwood continues to impress, conference realignment continues to shift the college athletics landscape and more!

OU Links

  • Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby recently stated that he believes the move to the SEC for OU and Texasmakes no sense’. Bless his heart. If he doesn’t get it by now, he never will.
  • Pro Football Focus recently graded junior Nik Bonitto and the third-highest rated DE/EDGE player through seven weeks of college football. Boomer!

  • Coming into the 2021 season, Oklahoma’s defensive line was viewed as the strength of the team, and for a while that unit played exceptionally well. However, the production from that group has since taken a dip as of late, and both the coaches and players have taken notice. SI Sooners’ John Hoover has more.
  • This week, redshirt sophomore WR Jadon Haselwood caught up with the media to answer questions about his unselfishness on the field, Kennedy Brooks’ immeasurable value and more. OU Insider’s Joey Helmer has more.
  • The Tulsa World’s Guerin Emig details one player, one problem and one prediction as Oklahoma prepares for its road trip to Kansas.
  • On Thursday morning, NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported that Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield will require surgery to repair a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder this offseason.

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