Coaches set for Red River Showdown debut; former Sooners star Adrian Peterson traded

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

New coaches prepare to take sideline

Oklahoma vs. Texas is one of the most storied rivalries in college athletics. However, two first-year head coaches haven’t participated in the game since 1947. That makes the matchup this year – featuring Tom Herman and Lincoln Riley – unique.

The last time both Texas and Oklahoma featured new coaches, Bud Wilkinson and Blair Cherry were on the sidelines. Wilkinson led the Sooners to three national championships and 14 conference titles. After losing his initial game, Wilkinson won nine of the next 10 matchups against Texas.

Oklahoma still fits playoff mold

It may feel like the sky is falling after Oklahoma lost to Iowa State. However, ESPN’s Heather Dinich ran through many key indicators of College Football Playoff success. Despite a loss, the Sooners still grade well.

Oklahoma has a win over a Power 5 nonconference opponent. It also has a returning star quarterback, who has a chance to make a Heisman case. All but one College Football Playoff team has a player who finished top-10 in Heisman voting. The Sooners have plenty of opportunities left to pick up multiple AP Top 25 wins too.

Other headlines from the program:

  • Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb seemed to tell his Twitter followers he will play on Saturday against Texas. However, Riley is playing the injury closer to the vest, along with running back Abdul Adams.
  • Oklahoma assistant Jay Boulware called the Red River Showdown a “ top-three rivalry game” in all of college football. “You cross that Red River, if you’re coming from Oklahoma. We used to typically take a bus down too. It was kind of a visual of, ‘Man, we’re in enemy territory right now,’” Boulware said.

All Day finds new team

Former Oklahoma great Adrian Peterson was traded from New Orleans to Arizona on Tuesday for a conditional draft pick. He posted just 81 rushing yards on 27 carries for the Saints. However, Peterson remains one of the best running backs in NFL history.

Peterson has 11,828 rushing yards and 97 touchdowns. Those marks rank No. 16 and No. 10 respectively in NFL history. Peterson should be a surefire Hall of Famer. With star running back David Johnson out, Peterson should also get plenty of carries for the Cardinals.

Other stories from around the program:

  • Baseball released its 2018 schedule on Tuesday. The Sooners will play 33 of its 56 regular season games at home. Twenty-one games will be against RPI Top-50 teams and 32 will be against NCAA participants. The home opener will be against Abilene Christian on Feb. 21.
  • Men’s basketball freshman Trae Young has already won over the coaching staff. He will represent Oklahoma at Big 12 Conference Media Days on Oct. 24 in Kansas City, Mo. Oklahoma will also send Kameron McGusty and Rashard Odomes.

What they’re saying on Twitter

Defensive line coach Calvin Thibodeaux

Co-offensive coordinator Cale Gundy

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