Previewing the Big Games: College Football Week 2

By Aaron Hyden
PSDC College Football Contributor

After a very eventful first week of the college football season, with title contenders showing that they have some more work to do, we’re already at the eve of the second week. Opening jitters should be moving out of the way by now, and the truth (positive or negative) should start to shine through starting here. We have some big games to look forward to, but there are three that stand out above the rest, and those are the games I’ll be breaking down here. When the weekend is over, I’ll be back to break everything down yet again, hopefully improving on my 2-1 prediction record from last week.

No. 19 Oklahoma at No. 23 Tennessee: With both teams on the rise and coming off of impressive performances last week, eyes are set on this game, with people looking to the future. The winner shows that they might be a legitimate contender on the season, while the loser goes back to the drawing board.

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Photo Credit: tennessee.247sports.com

Photo Credit: tennessee.247sports.com

Tennessee rushed for 399 yards last week, nearly having three players top the 100-yard mark, with Alvin Kamara going for 144, Jalen Hurd getting 123 and QB Joshua Dobbs getting 89 yards of his own. It was the school’s best single-game rushing performance in over 20 years, but now, that running game goes up against an Oklahoma run defense that ranked 11th in the country last season in yards allowed and 10th in yards per game allowed. The Volunteers won’t reach 400 rushing yards again this week, but if they can get some sort of consistency with their three-headed monster, you have to like their chances. [Read more…]

Blake Griffin: Ever the Victim

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Dallas Mavericks Beat Writer

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Photo Credit: thebiglead.com

When Blake Griffin committed to the University of Oklahoma, I was shocked and excited all at the same time. Finally the state of Oklahoma was able to keep one of its outstanding basketball talents, fending off the likes of powerhouses like Duke, Kansas and North Carolina. Sure it helped that Griffin was from Oklahoma City and that his older brother, Taylor Griffin, happened to play for the Sooners basketball team, but let’s not worry about that right now. The point is Oklahoma got Blake and the program got a huge boost as a result. [Read more…]

A Knight To Remember: No. 11 Oklahoma Stuns No. 3 Alabama in Sugar Bowl

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Writer

Entering the 2014 Sugar Bowl, almost everybody around the country considered Alabama the heavy favorite, and not just by the 16-point spread that was projected. No, the majority of experts were already predicting something along the lines of 48-10, and 41-14 in the Crimson Tide’s favor. And who could blame them? Alabama has dominated the college football world for the previous five seasons, winning three national championships and damn near earning an opportunity at a three peat this season before the now infamous ‘Kick Six’ allowed Auburn to upend their Iron Bowl rivals and streak into the National Title picture with the Florida State Seminoles.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Photo Credit: Getty Images

The one thing no one, not even the most deluded Oklahoma fans could have anticipated was the dominance of redshirt freshmen Trevor Knight. After surprisingly winning the starting job in camp by edging out Blake Bell, the redshirt junior who many expected to be the starting quarterback this season, Knight came out flat in his first two collegiate games (including an 11-28 for 84 yards performance against Louisiana of Monroe), and then was sidelined several weeks with a knee injury. Bell excelled immediately after earning his first start, and it seemed the Sooners would never look back. But after shaky loses against the Texas Longhorns (3-2 at the time) and the Baylor Bears (went on to win the Big 12), Knight was able to sneak back into the starting role, only to go down early in the Bedlam game against Oklahoma State in the final week of the season with a shoulder injury. Bell entered the game and led the Sooners to an improbable win that vaulted them into the BCS picture with an invite to the All State Sugar Bowl against the mighty Crimson Tide. [Read more…]

Top 50 Players in College Football for 2013 – No. 38: Ed Reynolds

By David Parks
PSDC NCAA Sports Editor

No. 38 – Ed Reynolds (Sr.), S – Stanford


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The top safety in the nation is none other than Reynolds.  Coming off a season in which he finished tied for third nationally in interceptions with six, Reynolds is the unquestioned leader of one of the nation’s best defensive units. [Read more…]

2013 NFL Draft Review: New Orleans Saints, Rounds 4-7

By Johnny Griffith
PSDC Stat Man

Round 5, Pick 144: Kenny Stills, WR, Oklahoma

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2013 NFL Draft Review: Pittsburgh Steelers, Rounds 4-7

By Garrett Franskousky
PSDC Contributor

Round 4, Pick 111: Shamarko Thomas, S, Syracuse

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2013 NFL Draft Review: Oakland Raiders, Rounds 4-7

By Chris Stuckey
Editor-in-Chief

Round 4, Pick 112: Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas

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2013 NFL Draft Review: Philadelphia Eagles, Round 1

By Conor Bailey
PSDC Writer

Round 1, Pick 4: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

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