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OU football notebook: Just win, baby

DAVID UBBEN Modified: September 4, 2009 at 4:40 am •  Published: September 4, 2009
While much of the SEC and Big 12 receive criticism for weak non-conference schedules, Oklahoma has collected praise from pundits for scheduling a neutral site game with a top 20 team in Brigham Young and traveling to play Miami. The Sooners also play in-state opponent Tulsa in a schedule that ranks among college football’s most difficult.

But Bob Stoops says any payoff the schedule might have in December is worthless if the Sooners don’t win those matchups.

"You get a better read on where you’re at, sure, but again, I think it really, truly only benefits you if you’re winning,” Stoops said. "If you’re not, you’re going to be penalized.”

Underestimating Brody?
Despite Jermaine Gresham’s injury on Tuesday, team officials said sophomores James Hanna and Trent Ratterree will remain on the depth chart at tight end, meaning Brody Eldridge will still start at center. Defensive tackle Adrian Taylor, who lines up across from Eldridge every day in practice, issued a warning to anyone who thinks the anchor of the Sooner line will be a pushover.

"I hope they think that,” Taylor said. "There’s no lack of anything from Brody.


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