1. Oklahoma and Nebraska, scheduled to play in 2021 and 2022, have added 2029 and 2030. Never mind that the seniors who will play in that 2030 game are now in second grade. It’s good that the Sooners and Huskers are agreeing to play when Kansas-Missouri and Texas-Texas A&M continue to pretend that the other doesn’t exist. But those of us who recall when Oklahoma and Nebraska played every November have a hard time mustering enthusiasm about two years on, eight years off. Of course, that’s not a whole lot different from what happens in opposite divisions of the SEC.
2. But one thing it is easy to be enthusiastic about is Sooners coach Bob Stoops’ determination to play prominent nonconference opponents. Take next fall, when Oklahoma will play a Big 12 round-robin plus Ohio State and Houston. When the playoff committee compares Oklahoma and, say, Michigan (Hawaii, UCF, Colorado) or Arizona State (Northern Arizona, Texas Tech, Texas San Antonio), the Sooners will have a distinct advantage. As long as they win -- ask Stanford about playing at Northwestern last season.
3. It’s difficult to fathom the dominance of College Football Hall of Famer Lou Michaels at Kentucky, who died this week at the age of 80. A lineman, punter and kicker at the end of the one-platoon era, Michaels averaged 55.6 minutes per game during the 1956 season. His coach, Blanton Collier, told author Russell Rice, “I haven’t seen a better man on the field in a long time.” As a senior in 1957, Michaels led the Wildcats to a 20-6 upset of No. 12 Tennessee when Collier shifted him from the line to middle linebacker. Michaels recovered a fumble for a touchdown. Minutes later, he punted and forced the returner to fumble to set up a second score.