Big things expected from Oklahoma vs. Kansas State, Baker Mayfield most ‘fearless leader’

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

Sooners ready for Kansas State

After a pair of tough games against Texas and Iowa State, Oklahoma is hitting the road for a potentially brutal trip to Manhattan, Kan., to face Kansas State. The Sooners and Wildcats kick off at Bill Snyder Family Stadium at 3 p.m. CT (4 p.m. ET) Saturday on FOX.

Despite being the visitor, Oklahoma is a 14.5-point favorite against the Wildcats, who will likely be without starting quarterback Jesse Ertz. ESPN’s Sam Khan and Jake Trotter both predicted Oklahoma will win by three touchdowns.

Baker Mayfield a ‘fearless leader’

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield was given the Fearless Leader Award for the first half of the season by Rivals’ Mike Farrell. Farrell called Mayfield the “best pure leader in college football,” and compared him to both Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers.

Farrell also named left tackle Orlando Brown as the nation’s best pass protector and Ogbonnia Okoronkwo as the “player with the coolest name who is as nasty as they get.”

Other headlines from the program:

  • Oklahoma had extra motivation to beat Texas this year. Okoronkwo promised The Colonel Randy Garibay that the Sooners would pull off a win for his little brother, who died the day before the Red River Showdown from a heart attack.
  • Cornerback Jordan Thomas gets a tremendous amount of criticism. However, DieHards reporter John Shinn profiled how he’s using it as motivation.

NBA season starting

The 2017-18 NBA season just tipped off, and Oklahoma has a pair of big-time players still active in the NBA. Blake Griffin may not have Chris Paul as a Clippers teammate anymore, but he has a new contract and is expected to be one of the league’s best power forwards. Second-year pro Buddy Hield, meanwhile, could take the league by storm this season. Both won National Player of the Year in college.

Hield had a great season opener on Wednesday, scoring 19 points while adding 5 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal in the Sacramento Kings’ 105-100 loss to Houston. He made a trio of 3-pointers in the game.

Other headlines around the athletic department

  • Oklahoma basketball was picked sixth in the preseason Big 12 coaches poll. Kansas was the unanimously pick to win the league.
  • Soccer plays its final two home games of the regular season this weekend: Kansas at 7 p.m. CT on Friday Night (Senior Night) and Kansas State at 1 p.m. on Sunday (the annual Kick for a Cure Game).
  • Volleyball hosts No. 3 Texas at 3 p.m. Sunday in Norman. The Sooners will try to hand Texas just its third loss of the year, and first in conference play.

What they’re saying on Twitter

Cornerback Jordan Parker

Defensive end Ogbonnia Okoronkwo

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