Oct 16, 2021; Norman, Oklahoma, USA; TCU Horned Frogs quarterback Max Duggan (15) throws during the first quarter against the Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

No. 4 Oklahoma cruises past TCU in Caleb Williams’ debut start

Caleb Williams threw for 295 yards and four touchdowns to lead No. 4 Oklahoma to a 52-31 win over TCU on Saturday night in Norman, Okla.

But late in the game with the Sooners leading throughout but not putting the game away, Oklahoma turned to Kennedy Brooks and the run game.

Brooks ran for 153 yards — 110 in the second half — and a touchdown to help the Sooners (7-0, 4-0 Big 12) put the game away.

Oklahoma is 7-0 for just the second time in the last 17 seasons, the other coming in 2019.

TCU (3-3, 1-2) has dropped three of their last four.

It was Williams’ first start, coming a week after he replaced Spencer Rattler in the second quarter against Texas and led the Sooners to a comeback from what was an 18-point deficit when he entered.

Williams was excellent from the start against the Horned Frogs, completing his first 10 passes.

He was 13 of 15 in the first half for 261 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He finished 18 of 23, as the Sooners mostly turned to the ground game after halftime.

Williams found Jadon Haselwood for three touchdown passes, two in the third quarter as the Sooners stretched their lead to 21.

His big day overshadowed a career day by Horned Frogs quarterback Max Duggan, who had 336 yards and four touchdowns. Quentin Johnston had seven catches for 185 yards and three touchdowns.

Oklahoma’s offense slowed down late, but its defense forced a turnover and a pair of punts by the Horned Frogs on their final four drives — TCU scored a touchdown on the other — before the Sooners scored with just more than a minute remaining to put the game on ice.

Williams gave Oklahoma an immediate shot in the arm, driving 75 yards in less than three minutes for a touchdown to open the game, then orchestrating another touchdown drive, one ending with a 17-yard touchdown pass to Jeremiah Hall, to give the Sooners a 14-0 lead less than 10 minutes into the game.

The Horned Frogs battled back, though, answering with a touchdown on their second drive on a 53-yard screen pass to Kendre Miller.

With leading rusher Zach Evans out with an injury, Miller took over as TCU’s top running option, with a team-high 15 carries for 55 yards.

–Field Level Media

Oct 9, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Texas Longhorns defensive back B.J. Foster (25) reacts after intercepting a pass against the Oklahoma Sooners during the first quarter at the Cotton Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Kennedy Brooks rushes No. 6 Oklahoma past No. 21 Texas

Kennedy Brooks ran for 217 yards and two touchdowns, including a 33-yarder in the waning seconds, to lift No. 6 Oklahoma to a 55-48 win over No. 21 Texas on Saturday in Dallas.

Texas held a big lead early, but the Sooners rallied to take a fourth-quarter advantage after Texas’ Casey Thompson hit Xavier Worthy for a 31-yard touchdown with 1:23 left.

Oklahoma (6-0, 3-0 Big 12), with freshman Caleb Williams at quarterback, quickly drove into field-goal territory.

Brooks didn’t leave it up to kicker Gabe Brkic, however. He took a direct snap on first down and powered his way into the end zone to cap his monster day.

Williams replaced starter Spencer Rattler in the second quarter after the latter threw an interception and lost a fumble. Rattler also was benched in the first half of last season’s Red River Showdown but returned to lead the Sooners to victory.

There was no return this time, as Williams threw for a pair of touchdowns and ran for 88 yards and a score.

Marvin Mims had five catches for 136 yards and two touchdowns for the Sooners.

The comeback from an 18-point deficit late in the third quarter spoiled impressive days from Thompson (388 yards passing, five touchdowns), running back Bijan Robinson (137 yards and a touchdown) and Worthy (261 yards and two touchdowns on nine catches).

The Sooners trailed 41-23 late in the third quarter before Williams sparked the Sooners, connecting with Mims for a pair of touchdowns — the second with 7:25 left to tie the game.

It was a 52-yard reception by Mims to tie the game for the first time since the opening 14 seconds of the game.

The momentum kept rolling the Sooners’ way from there, as Worthy took the ensuing kickoff out of the end zone and ultimately fumbled.

One play later, Brooks took the direct snap 18 yards for a touchdown.

But Texas (4-2, 2-1) wasn’t done, tying it with 1:23 remaining on Thompson’s 31-yard pass to Worthy.

–Field Level Media

Oct 2, 2021; Manhattan, Kansas, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Spencer Rattler (7) runs away from Kansas State Wildcats defensive tackle Robert Hentz II (15) during the second quarter of a game at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

No. 6 Oklahoma fends off Kansas State rally

Spencer Rattler completed 88 percent of his 25 passes as No. 6 Oklahoma defeated Kansas State 37-31. Oklahoma (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) snapped a two-game losing streak to the Wildcats.

The Wildcats (3-2, 0-2) outgained the Sooners 420-392, including 320-261 through the air, but it wasn’t enough.

With word all week that K-State quarterback Skylar Thompson was “doubtful” for Saturday’s game, the crowd erupted when Thompson ran on the field for the first offensive series. Thompson finished the game 29-of-41 for 320 yards and three touchdowns.

Oklahoma came into the game ranked second in FBS in defensive third-down percentage defense. The Wildcats converted 8-of-15 on third down, and 4-of-5 on fourth down. But a fourth-down conversion in the fourth quarter that was overturned by review gave the Sooners a chance to pull away.

But the Wildcats wouldn’t go quietly. A Thompson-to-Landry Weber 6-yard touchdown cut the deficit to 34-24. After a Gabe Brkic field goal gave OU a 37-24 lead, Malik Knowles returned the kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown.

K-State started its first possession at its own 27 and marched to the OU 11, converting but Jacardia Wright fumbled. Nik Bonitto recovered it and returned it 70 yards to the KSU 19. Oklahoma got it to the 1, but got pushed back and settled for a 40-yard Brkic field goal.

K-State went 75 yards on 10 plays on the ensuing drive, capped by a 2-yard touchdown pass from Thompson to Phillip Brooks on fourth and goal.

The Sooners responded with a Jeremiah Hall 4-yard touchdown run, capping a 12-play, 75-yard drive. Taiten Winkel tied it with a 30-yard field goal with 1:30 left, but Brkic gave OU the lead right before the half with a 27-yarder.

The Sooners took the second-half kickoff and marched 75 yards in nine plays to take a 20-10 lead. Kennedy Brooks ran it in from 2-yards out for the score. Following another touchdown drive by the Sooners, K-State got a 7-yard touchdown from Thompson to Deuce Vaughn to draw within 27-17.

Hall’s second touchdown, with 9:49 left, gave the Sooners a three-score lead.

Oklahoma's Spencer Rattler (7) warms up before a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the West Virginia Mountaineers at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. Oklahoma won 16-13.

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K-State looks to stun No. 6 Oklahoma for third year in row

Kansas State spent one week in the Top 25 rankings, but a loss at Oklahoma State caused the Wildcats to fall right back out.

Now with No. 6 Oklahoma coming to town Saturday, K-State will have a chance to make another positive impression.

The Wildcats (3-1, 0-1 Big 12) certainly won’t be intimidated by the nation’s sixth-ranked team – they have knocked off higher-ranked OU teams in each of the past two seasons.

K-State entered this season with three wins before dropping a 31-20 decision to Oklahoma State on Saturday. Running back Deuce Vaughn entered the OSU game with five straight 100-yard games, but after the Wildcats fell behind by three touchdowns in the first half, Vaughn became a non-factor and managed just 22 yards on 13 carries.

“They said they were going to stop Deuce and make us beat them throwing the ball,” coach Chris Klieman said Tuesday. “When we were down as much as we were, that’s not a good position for us to be in.”

Oklahoma (4-0, 1-0) hasn’t lost this season, but, with one exception, the Sooners haven’t been as dominating as many expected. Three of the four victories have been by a touchdown or less.

In their last game, they did not hold a lead against West Virginia until the game-winning field goal on the final play of a 16-13 Sooners victory.

“It ain’t easy to go down there — backed up on our own 7 and you have to drive down there to win the game,” head coach Lincoln Riley said. “Not only did we do it, but we did a great job of executing and turning it into a 4-minute situation, leaving them no time to win the game. That’s some of our best ball right there at the end.”

Offense has been the trademark of Oklahoma football under Riley. But so far this season, take away the 76 points they hung on Western Carolina, and their 26.3 points per game would rank in the mid-80s in college football.

Quarterback Spencer Rattler is completing 74.1 percent of his passes for just over 250 yards per game, but his stats aren’t gaudy like his three predecessors, two of whom won the Heisman Trophy. He needs a big game to keep his fading Heisman hopes alive.

In his third season at K-State, Klieman hasn’t lost to the Sooners. The Wildcats built a big lead over the fifth-ranked Sooners in 2019 then held on for a 48-41 win in Manhattan. In 2020, OU was ranked third and led 35-14 late in the third quarter in Norman, but the Wildcats scored the last 24 points in the game’s last 17 minutes to claim a 38-35 victory.

“We have to get ready to play a great OU team,” Klieman said. “We’ve got to worry about us. We’re going to play a team that knows that we beat them the last two years. They’re going to be ready to play.”

The Wildcats have been hurt since early in the second game by the loss of their starting quarterback, Skylar Thompson. It looked to be a season-ending injury when Thompson went down in a heap without being touched. There’s a slim chance Thompson could play against Oklahoma, though it’s not likely. Klieman says the final decision would be made late in the week.

Klieman said Will Howard and Jaren Lewis would split quarterbacking duties again. Howard had to leave the OSU game because of an undisclosed injury but is expected to be ready for Saturday.

–Field Level Media

Oklahoma's Spencer Rattler (7) drops back to pass during a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. Oklahoma won 23-16.

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No. 4 Oklahoma, West Virginia both aim to avoid letdown

With each team coming off victories over rivals, West Virginia over Virginia Tech and Oklahoma over Nebraska, a bit of a letdown might be natural.

But heading into Saturday’s game at Oklahoma, both are doing their best to avoid such pitfalls.

The No. 4 Sooners are looking to prove they still belong in the discussion for a College Football Playoff berth after a pair of tight nonconference wins over Tulane and the Cornhuskers.

West Virginia is looking to continue to bounce back from its season-opening loss to Maryland and continue to show progress in Neal Brown’s third season.

“We are going up against the six-time defending Big 12 champion,” Brown said. “You know just saying that is a lot, right? But six times in a row they’ve won the Big 12 championship.”

The Mountaineers (2-1) defense has been tough, especially recently. West Virginia has allowed just 424 yards of total offense combined over their last two games.

West Virginia’s defense will have its hands full against Spencer Rattler and the Sooners, even if Rattler hasn’t been overly sharp early and Oklahoma (3-0) is coming off its lowest-scoring output since 2016 in a 23-16 victory over Nebraska.

“The thing about Rattler is his arm is so unique,” Brown said. “He can move. He extends plays. … He has one of the strongest arms and one of the quickest releases that I’ve seen.”

And though the scoring output hasn’t yet lived up to the high levels the Sooners have posted in recent seasons, Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley says his offense is close to breaking through.

“Probably a little bit closer than a lot of people think to playing some good ball,” Riley said. “We’ve had some periods of the season already where we’ve played very good ball, so it’s a fine line and we’ve got to push it over the hump.

“The thing with Spencer is continue to stay patient, continue to play within the system and trust his teammates, trust what we’re doing and if we can all do that as a group, we’ll continue and we’ll bust through and play pretty well coming up soon.”

Rattler has completed nearly 75 percent of his passes this season, but is averaging just 7.7 yards per attempt, down from 9.6 a year ago in his first season as the starter.

The teams didn’t play last season, with COVID issues for West Virginia initially pushing the game back then similar issues with the Sooners two weeks later forcing the game to ultimately be canceled.

“We didn’t play a year ago, but prepared at length for, which is just unique when you turn back on the film because there’s no opponent that you’ve never played or you haven’t played in two years that you’ve seen so much film on,” Sooners defensive coordinator Alex Grinch said.

Oklahoma has won all eight meetings between the teams since West Virginia joined the Big 12 in 2012, including the last six by an average of more than 20 points per game.

The Sooners lead the overall series 10-2.

Oklahoma will be without cornerback Woodi Washington and potentially without receiver Brian Darby for the game. Washington and Darby were both hurt in the Sooners’ second game of the season and missed last week’s win over Nebraska.

–Field Level Media

Oklahoma's Michael Woods II (8) catches the ball in front of of Nebraska's Cam Taylor-Britt (5) during a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021.

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No. 3 Oklahoma hold off Adrian Martinez, Nebraska

Spencer Rattler threw for 214 yards and a touchdown as No. 3 Oklahoma beat visiting Nebraska 23-16 on Saturday.

The Sooners’ 23 points were their fewest in more than five years.

Nebraska got the ball back with a chance to force overtime in the final minute, before a pair of Sooners sacks, and then a stop of Rahmir Johnson just short of the first down marker ended the game.

Oklahoma managed just 408 total yards, with 194 on the ground. Eric Gray ran 15 times for 84 yards for the Sooners (3-0).

In the waning seconds of the third quarter, Adrian Martinez finished off a nine-play, 75-yard drive with a 4-yard touchdown run to cut the Sooners’ lead.

But Kelen Meyer got his hand on the extra-point try, blocking it into the hands of Pat Fields, who grabbed it a yard deep in the end zone and returned it for a two-point conversion to put Oklahoma up 16-9.

Earlier in that Nebraska (2-2) drive, running back Gabe Ervin Jr. crumpled to the ground during a run. Ervin, who had 9 carries for 18 yards, left and didn’t return.

The game was scheduled to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Nebraska’s 35-31 1971 victory in Norman in a game dubbed “The Game of the Century.”

Oklahoma opened with a 14-play, 75-yard touchdown drive to go ahead 7-0. But the Cornhuskers’ defense, which had allowed just 10 total points in its previous two games, made life difficult for Rattler and the Sooners’ offense after the early score.

The Cornhuskers answered the touchdown with a field goal for the last scoring of the half.

After going stagnant in the first half after the initial drive, the Sooners showed offensive life to extend their lead on Jeremiah Hall’s 1-yard touchdown catch with just less than four minutes remaining in the third quarter.

Kennedy Brooks scored early in the fourth quarter on a two-yard touchdown run to go up 23-9. Martinez hit Omar Manning for a touchdown later in the quarter to cut the deficit to one possession.

Martinez finished 19 of 25 for 289 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He ran for 34 yards and a score.

–Field Level Media

OU coach Lincoln Riley smiles after a touchdown Saturday night.

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‘Big Reds’ to meet again when Nebraska faces No. 3 Oklahoma

Once a top rivalry in college football, the last time Oklahoma and Nebraska played, the current crop of players on both programs were in elementary school.

So Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley and Nebraska coach Scott Frost have educated their players on the history of the rivalry, once known as the “Battle of the Big Reds,” in advance of Saturday’s matchup at Norman, Okla.

“We talked about doing a video, and then it honestly felt a little like: How do you pick just one? It almost minimizes it,” Riley said. “So I visited with them about it. We had a little slide prepared that showed the history of it, when it started, highlighted some key games, all the different players, all the different (No.) 1 vs. 2 matchups, all the significance for conference and national championships.”

This game between No. 3 Oklahoma and Nebraska might not have the buildup like so many of the others, but there still will be plenty on the line.

For the Sooners, it’s a final nonconference tune up before beginning Big 12 play next week and a chance to solidify their status as a College Football Playoff contender after an up-and-down first two games.

In starting 2-0, Oklahoma was tested in a 40-35 victory over Tulane before stomping an overmatched FCS Western Carolina team 76-0 last week.

For Nebraska (2-1), it’s a chance at a signature win in Frost’s fourth season.

The Cornhuskers are 15-21 under Frost, including 0-7 against ranked opponents.

Nebraska’s last win over a ranked team came early in the 2016 season. Its last win over a top-five team came way back in 2001 in one of the last classics of the Nebraska-Oklahoma series, when the No. 3 Cornhuskers knocked off No. 2 Oklahoma 20-10 in Lincoln, Neb.

“We are going to prepare like it’s any other week,” Frost said. “That’s what we do but I think the emotion is going to take care of itself. I don’t think there is going to be a lot of motivational speaking that’s going to need to be done.

“These guys know how good of a team we are getting ready to play and they’re going to be in the spotlight nationally. I think the guys are excited and we’ve gotten a lot better over the last few weeks. We need to keep that going.”

After opening with a loss to Illinois, the Cornhuskers have played much better, outscoring opponents 80-10 the last two weeks.

Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez struggled in the opener, completing just 50 percent of his passes. In the last two games, Martinez has completed more than 71 percent of his throws. He also has averaged 7.5 yards per carry this season.

Riley said containing Martinez, especially with pressure from the interior defensive line, will be a key.

“Obviously you’d love to get rush on the edges and all that but if you really wide up the edges, you can open up big holes, whereas that interior pass rush, sometimes it’s hard to get away from,” Riley said. “You’ve got to be really disciplined when you rush the passer against this guy.”

The Sooners are expected to be without reserve wide receiver Brian Darby, while cornerback Woodi Washington is questionable after both sustained injuries in last week’s win.

Frost hopes the Cornhuskers will get some help back soon, especially on offense where receivers Oliver Martin and Omar Manning, as well as tight end Travis Mokolek, missed last week’s game, while receiver Zavier Betts and tight end Austin Allen left the win over Buffalo with injuries.

Saturday’s game was scheduled to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the “Game of the Century” between the two schools, a 35-31 Nebraska win at Oklahoma on Nov. 25, 1971. Multiple of players from both rosters of that game are expected to be in attendance.

–Field Level Media

Sep 11, 2021; Norman, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Michael Woods II (8) scores a touchdown past Western Carolina Catamounts defensive back Cameron McCutcheon (4) during the second quarter at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

No. 4 Oklahoma rolls in 76-0 rout over Western Carolina

Spencer Rattler threw for 243 yards and five touchdowns — all in the first half — as No. 4 Oklahoma blew out visiting Western Carolina 76-0 on Saturday in Norman, Okla.

It was the Sooners’ biggest margin of victory since a 77-0 victory against Texas A&M in 2003 and the most points by Oklahoma in a game since a 79-10 victory over North Texas on Sept. 1, 2007.

The Sooners scored on each of their first seven possessions, including six touchdowns. None of the drives lasted longer than 3:28.

Oklahoma’s defense, which struggled in the season opener against Tulane, handled the FCS Catamounts much more cleanly, allowing just 178 total yards (123 passing, 55 rushing).

The Sooners forced three Western Carolina turnovers, all in the second half.

Western Carolina managed just 68 first-half yards, rushing for minus-4 yards, and twice turned the ball over on downs in the first half.

The Catamounts had three first downs before halftime, while the Sooners had 22.

It didn’t get much better for Western Carolina in the second half, as Oklahoma’s run defense continued to make life difficult, even as the Sooners dipped deep into their roster as the starters exited the game by halftime.

The only Oklahoma first-half drive — with the exception of taking a knee after taking possession in the final minute — that didn’t end in a touchdown came on the second Sooners’ drive after Rattler was sacked on third down.

But Gabe Brkic nailed a 56-yard field goal to put Oklahoma up 10-0.

The field goal was Brkic’s fourth of 50 or more yards through the first two games.

With Oklahoma leading 62-0 after three quarters, the teams agreed to shorten the fourth quarter to 12 minutes.

Eric Gray rushed for 74 yards on nine carries for the Sooners (2-0), while walk-on running back Jaden Knowles added 37 yards and two touchdowns, plus two catches for 65 yards.

Kenny Benjamin had six catches for 34 yards and six carries for 10 yards for Western Carolina (0-2).

Rogan Wells threw for 86 yards, completing 16 of 29.

Oklahoma finished with 624 yards, including 277 rushing. The Sooners averaged 7.3 yards per carry.

–Field Level Media

Dec 30, 2020; Arlington, TX, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Spencer Rattler (7) rolls out during the fourth quarter against the Florida Gators at ATT Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Tulane’s challenges continue with tall order at No. 2 Oklahoma

Tulane coach Willie Fritz is trying to keep things in perspective as his Green Wave prepare to open the season with an unexpected trip to No. 2 Oklahoma on Saturday.

“We got a curveball,” Fritz said. “We’ve just got to adjust to it. Our players are really champing at the bit to play a high-caliber team like Oklahoma.”

The game was supposed to be played at Tulane’s Yulman Stadium, but Hurricane Ida forced it to be moved to Norman instead, although Tulane will remain the designated home team, for whatever that is worth.

The Green Wave left New Orleans on Saturday night, about 24 hours before the hurricane made landfall, and moved to Birmingham, Ala., to continue preparing for the game.

Saturday’s game might not be the only contest on Tulane’s schedule affected by the storm.

The Green Wave have another home game scheduled for Sept. 11 against Morgan State and then against Alabama-Birmingham on Sept. 25. Tulane’s campus is currently closed through Sept. 12, and in-person classes at the school aren’t scheduled to resume until at least Oct. 7.

For now, though, the Tulane football team’s focus is on the Sooners, a squad with sky-high expectations, especially after winning eight consecutive games to end last season.

“I feel like we’re ready to play,” Sooners coach Lincoln Riley said. “We’re ready to go play somebody else, ready to see what this young team is going to look like early in the season, how young guys are going to come along, the chemistry, adapting to all that’s new.

“We’ll get a good litmus test Saturday about where we’re at.”

The Sooners haven’t lost a nonconference game on their home field since falling to Ohio State in 2016 and haven’t lost to an unranked nonconference opponent anywhere since 2005.

Among the biggest reasons for optimism are the development of Spencer Rattler at quarterback and the improvement of the defense a year ago in the second season under defensive coordinator Alex Grinch.

Rattler enters the season among the favorites for the Heisman Trophy after coming on strong over the second half of last season, his first as a starter.

“Something I feel like I’ve gotten better at is just my decision making,” Rattler said. “Being more consistent. Not turning the ball over.”

After preaching the importance of takeaways since his arrival, Grinch’s defense finally forced turnovers in bunches late last season, getting 14 in the final six games after recording just 16 in the first 19 games of his tenure.

“A few years back, I would say it was just like, ‘Coach Grinch is just saying all these things,’ and we’re just like, ‘OK, we got to do this,’” Sooners linebacker Nik Bonitto said. “I feel like it really didn’t start clicking until those things actually started happening. Like once people started running to the ball, like, we’ve seen it can work. Once you start getting takeaways, we see it equals victory.

“A lot of those things that he preaches — once we started doing it, it all started coming into fruition and we started believing it and trusting in what he’s saying.”

–Field Level Media

Jul 15, 2021; Arlington, TX, USA;  Texas Longhorns head coach Steve Sarkisian speaks to the media during Big 12 media days at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Texas, Oklahoma not renewing Big 12 media rights

Texas and Oklahoma took their first step toward leaving the Big 12 on Monday by notifying the conference that they will not be renewing their grants of media rights after they expire in 2025.

“Providing notice to the Big 12 at this point is important in advance of the expiration of the conference’s current media rights agreement,” the schools said in a joint statement. “The universities intend to honor their existing grant of rights agreements. However, both universities will continue to monitor the rapidly evolving collegiate athletics landscape as they consider how best to position their athletics programs for the future.”

Multiple media outlets previously reported the schools’ move to the Southeastern Conference is imminent. SEC commissioner Greg Sankey has refused comment on reports that the Longhorns and Sooners are heading to the conference.

With the schools’ announcement on Monday, the SEC can take steps to vote on adding the two universities.

To leave the league, each university would owe at least $76 million, ESPN reported.

Texas and Oklahoma were founding members of the Big 12, and their departures will set off a ripple effect throughout the conference. Reports Friday indicated Kansas is seeking to join the Big Ten.

The Big 12’s charter members were Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Iowa State, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Baylor.

Membership dropped to eight with the departures of Nebraska (Big Ten), Colorado (Pac-12) and Missouri and Texas A&M (SEC).

–Field Level Media