No. 23 USC, Oklahoma lean on defenses in San Diego final

Defenses will be the focus when No. 23 Southern California faces Oklahoma on Friday for the championship in the Rady Children’s Invitational in San Diego. USC (4-1) held off Seton Hall in the second semifinal on Thursday after the Trojans nearly coughed up a 20-point, second-half lead. The Pirates cut the deficit to three points with four minutes remaining, but a USC defense keyed by Joshua Morgan’s program-record 10 blocked shots and Kobe Johnson’s five

Unbeaten Oklahoma faces first real test vs. Iowa

Oklahoma has blasted through its first four games, winning by an average of 33 points. But the Sooners have yet to face a major conference opponent or play outside of Norman. They’ll get their first test in both areas when they face Iowa at the Rady Children’s Invitational on Thursday in San Diego. “We’re excited that we’re going there 4-0, and we’re excited that it’s (two) opportunities to play high-level teams,” Sooners coach Porter Moser

Significant stakes usher No. 13 Oklahoma, TCU into finale

A lot is on the line Friday in Norman, Okla. in the regular-season finale between No. 13 Oklahoma and TCU. The Sooners need a win to keep their hopes of making the Big 12 championship game alive and stay in the hunt for a New Year’s Six bowl berth. College Football Playoff national championship runner-up in January, the Horned Frogs need a win over the Sooners to secure bowl eligibility with a sixth win. There

Newcomers seek to step up for Oklahoma vs. UTRGV

Porter Moser rebuilt his Oklahoma roster in the offseason, adding six transfers. Many have played significant roles in the Sooners’ 3-0 start, and they must continue to make a big impact if Oklahoma is to make its first NCAA Tournament since Moser took over before the 2021-22 season. Heading into a Friday night game against UT Rio Grande Valley in Norman, Okla., Moser said the Sooners’ depth has been one of the biggest differences so

No. 14 Oklahoma makes maiden voyage to BYU

Oklahoma is looking for consistency and BYU is looking for a win. The 14th-ranked Sooners take on the Cougars in Provo, Utah, with plenty on the line. For Oklahoma (8-2, 5-2 Big 12), it’s a chance to at least stay in the race to make the Big 12 Championship Game heading into the season’s final week. BYU (5-5, 2-5) is looking to snap a three-game losing streak and clinch bowl eligibility for a sixth consecutive

Oklahoma hopes to continue dominant start vs. Texas State

Undefeated Oklahoma looks to build on a successful start to the season when it opposes Texas State on Tuesday in Norman, Okla. The Sooners (2-0) have posted two home blowout wins, the most recent being an 82-43 victory over Mississippi Valley State on Friday. Otega Oweh led Oklahoma with a career-high 20 points while Sam Godwin had 12 points and 11 rebounds, Rivaldo Soares added 11 points and Le’Tre Darthard scored 10. Oklahoma was in

Oklahoma focuses on inside attack against MVSU

In its season-opening, 30-point win over Central Michigan, Oklahoma attempted 30 free throws, the Sooners’ third-highest total in three seasons under coach Porter Moser. Heading into a Friday game against Mississippi Valley State in Norman, Okla., Moser said getting to the foul line has been a point of emphasis. “With those new rules, it’s intentional,” Moser said. “We’re trying to smash the paint, create contact in the paint because they’re calling it. We have more

QB uncertain No. 17 Oklahoma will respond vs WVU

With three games to play, West Virginia and Oklahoma are on the edge of the race for a berth in the Big 12 Championship Game. Even so, the teams are in much different places entering a matchup Saturday in Norman, Okla. West Virginia (6-3, 4-2 Big 12) has built some momentum in recent weeks, winning back-to-back games. “I think we’re starting to hit our stride,” Mountaineers coach Neal Brown said. “I think the story of

Oklahoma, Central Michigan face off in search of bounce-back seasons

For Central Michigan and Oklahoma, the ceiling for renewed hope is high after disappointing finishes last season. The Chippewas visit Norman, Okla., on Monday to face the Sooners in the season opener for both teams, and a pair of third-year coaches expect more from their teams after difficult finishes a season ago. Central Michigan looks to bounce back from a 10-21 mark, including eight losses in their last 11 games. Oklahoma dipped to 15-17 and

One last Bedlam before hiatus for No. 9 Oklahoma, No. 22 Oklahoma St.

Every college football season since 1910 has featured an Oklahoma-Oklahoma State matchup. Saturday’s showdown between the ninth-ranked Sooners and the 22nd-ranked Cowboys in Stillwater, Okla., though, will be the last Bedlam matchup in the foreseeable future. The series will not continue, at least for now, after Oklahoma makes the jump from the Big 12 to the Southeastern Conference next season. While there’s plenty to be said about the series’ history, this year’s edition is plenty