Coaches often say one key to sustained success is to never get too high and never get too low. That's Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops' approach after two distinctly different games.
"People made too much of a week ago. People will make too much of this week," Stoops said Monday during the Big 12 coaches teleconference. "In the end, it's two games. We've got a long season ahead of us. We have an excellent team coming in this week and our players know that."
Led by Landry Jones, named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week after throwing for 380 yards and four touchdowns, the Sooners rolled over Florida State 47-17 Saturday.
Since it was a dramatically different performance compared to a 31-24 win over Utah State in the opener, Stoops was asked if season openers sometimes are unusual.
"There's a little bit of that," Stoops said. "We don't get preseason games like the NFL does. It is a little hard to come out of the chute and be at your best. And I think also sometimes the style of offense or defense you're going against can be different than what you're used to or have done all summer.
"There are a lot of different reasons. In the end, that's why I don't make too much of the first or second week. It's kind of what are you through three, four or five weeks."
OU's next opponent, Air Force, poses a difficult challenge to prepare for an option attack in one week. The Sooners always make stopping the run their top priority. This week that's a given considering the Falcons lead the nation in rushing.
"It will be anything but (simple)," Stoops said. "It's just the triple option, all the different ways they do it. And it isn't just the triple option but all the different run game they have with three backs. It's back to the wishbone really. They're very creative. They're very disciplined and good at what they do."
Stoops said the Sooners always include some live action during practice.
"We don't do anything differently as far as practice and preparation," Stoops said. "You're dealing with an offense you don't see the rest of the year. That's the only part that's different. The rest of the week everything we do we do the same."