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A few days have passed, but it doesn’t appear the Sooner Magic has faded. The OU buzz around the state is as loud as it’s been in a long time, and we‘re more than halfway through the week, which means we’re one day close to the Sooners’ matchup with the Tulsa Hurricanes. Here’s a midweek update on the latest OU football news.

Tulsa’s Montgomery has high praise for OU

Hurricane head football coach Philip Montgomery is in the midst of his first season at Tulsa, but Montgomery has plenty experience competing in Norman from his time serving on the coaching staff at both Houston and Baylor.  At Tuesday’s press conference, Montgomery had a lot to say about Saturday’s matchup with the Sooners.

“We got a great opponent this week in Oklahoma, Coach Stoops and his staff have done a tremendous job there for a number of years. They’ve got great athletes, great schemes. It’ll be tough going down there obviously playing in their environment, and so our guys will have to have a great week of work and are excited about the opportunity to go down there and see how we match up,” Montgomery said.

On the crowd in Norman..

“You know, they got a great crowd. You know, they do a great job. They’re loud; they’re involved. You know, the stadium sits pretty tight. You don’t have a whole lot of room on the sidelines, so everything is kind of back down on top of you,” Montgomery said. “You know, when you talk about going to different venues, this is one you like to go to because it’s going to be exciting and it’ll be loud and it’ll be a great opportunity for our guys to go and have an opportunity to prove themselves.”

On if he’d rather face a team coming off a big win because they could be over confident..

“You know, that’s a tough question because again, I’m not in their shoes. The flip side of it is I don’t believe Coach Stoops and his staff are going to let them have a bad day, you know. I don’t think they’re going to sit around and, you know, lick their wounds or beat their chest or whatever. I think they’re going to go out and they’re going to have a great week of work and they’re going to give them a great plan and those guys are going to go out and we’re going to get the best they got and we’re going to try to give them ours,” Montgomery said.

Mayfield emerging in Heisman conversations

Oklahoma’s fourth quarter comeback against Tennessee put OU on the national radar, while also boosting the Heisman stock of its star quarterback. According to Sporting News, Baker Mayfield has snuck into the top 10 for Heisman odds at 25/1.

Mayfield sits at the bottom of the list that also includes: Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott, TCU’s Trevone Boykin, Alabama’s Derrick Henry, Georgia’s Nick Chubb, LSU’s Leonard Fournette, Ohio State’s Cardale Jones, USC’s Cody Kessler, Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott and UCLA’s Josh Rosen.

Through two games, Mayfield has 575 yards passing to go with six touchdown passes and a 58.3 completion percentage. Mayfield also has a 147.4 passer rating.

Four star defensive lineman set to visit Sooners

Making the decision on where to play college football can be a tough one for any recruit, just ask Jordan Elliott. The four-star defensive lineman has already decommitted from both Baylor and Houston throughout his recruitment, and is now a free agent on the recruiting market.

Elliott, who stands at 6-4 and 305 pounds, tweeted on Monday that he’d be making his official visit to Norman on November 20.  

This date is crucial for two separate reasons.

First: this happens to be the weekend the Sooners take on No. 3 TCU. It’s a given that the atmosphere in Memorial Stadium will be electric due to playing a nationally ranked opponent, and a win of that magnitude would surely give OU the upper-hand.

Second: Elliott’s birthday coincidentally falls on that weekend, so that gives him even more of a reason to be in a good mood which in turn can only increase the Sooners’ chances of landing him.

Elliott has offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, LSU, Nebraska, Oregon and Texas among others.

Quote of the week

The OU/Tennessee game didn’t lack any drama, and Stoops put the cherry on the top when responding to ESPN’s Paul Finebaum’s comments that OU football is irrelevant.

"I don't care," Stoops said during his press conference. "[Finebaum] doesn't deserve that attention from me. Bottom line is ask Tennessee and their 105,000 people if we're relevant or not. And a few other teams the last couple of years.

"He's getting paid to promote a league. That's what he does. That's OK. Everyone has to earn their money one way or the other."

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