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. They’re going to get popped in the mouth if they take Brody lightly. He’s a great player, I would say, and I can’t wait to see how he does out there. I know he’s going to do well.”
Sooners were hereSaturday the Sooners will play the first college football game ever at the new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Taylor says one of the team’s goals is to make a statement and make sure no one forgets the Sooners’ performance anytime soon. "You want to leave a mark,” Taylor said. "When you leave, you want them to know that the Sooners played here. You want them to remember.”
Moreland to handle kickoffsAn uncertain situation at kickoff specialist has been settled. Matt Moreland and Tress Way were both in contention for the job, along with freshman Bryce Easley, but when the Sooners cover their first kickoff on Saturday, Moreland will be teeing it up.
Quotable"Let’s see, right now we’ve got two fifth-year guys and two fourth-year guys starting. That’s not bad for this rookie line we got.” — Offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson