OU coach Bob Stoops said LSU has earned the No. 1 ranking following wins over three nationally ranked teams — Oregon, Mississippi State and West Virginia. Several OU players said their focus is preparing week to week.
“The rankings don't mean anything to us,” said cornerback Demontre Hurst. “Like I always say, focus on the process, worry about the team we're getting ready to play, get better and move forward.
“The rankings are the rankings. You can't change them, do anything about it. The best thing for us is we just have to get better.”
DURANT, JEFFERSON TWITTER WAR
Thunder star Kevin Durant tweeted LSU > OU on Monday, which led to a back-and-forth tweeter war with Sooner nickel back Tony Jefferson.
Jefferson responded: “Kevin durant. Please stop talking trash about the sooners. You play in Oklahoma. Regardless if you went to Texas. We support u #jerk. L”
Durant's final two tweets on the subject:
“I Love Oklahoma City! I can't wait to get back.”
“OK, I'm sorry for “dissing” OU. I do live n Oklahoma so ima just keep my mouth shut on that... I love yall in OK. Hope yall love me back.”
STEVENS STILL HOBBLED
Kicker Jimmy Stevens remains sidelined by a strained quadriceps muscle. Redshirt freshman Michael Hunnicutt attempted the Sooners' only field goal attempt and all five PATs in a 38-28 win over Missouri.
“Jimmy is still injured,” Stoops said. “I'm very pleased with what Michael did. I believe Michael is just going to continue to get better and better. Until Jimmy is healed that's how it will be.”
Will Stevens regain the job when healthy?
“You're asking me something I don't know, yet,” Stoops said. “Jimmy is still hurt.”
Wide receiver Kenny Stills, who missed the Missouri game with concussion-like symptoms, practiced on Monday.
“But he went through practice all last week, too,” Stoops said. “It kind of caught us by surprise (last) Thursday. It was one of those close calls. They just wanted to error on being more cautious. They felt it wasn't the right time to put him in there.”
HURST EARNING RESPECT
Quarterbacks rarely have thrown at Demontre Hurst, but don't look for the junior cornerback to pull a Deion Sanders, intentionally giving receivers some cushion.
“I want to be right there on them,” Hurst said. “Once I'm on them, I'm locking them down all the way. I'm not into the baiting part. Maybe on down the road, but not right now. I'm just playing my keys, doing what I have to do.”
Hurst has eight tackles, one pass breakup and one forced fumble.
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Chuck Cooperstein will handle play-by-play duties. Former OU All-American safety Roy Williams and KWTV sportscaster Dean Blevins will be analysts. The Thunder's Kelly Crull will be the sideline reporter.
Defensive end Ronnell Lewis and linebacker Tom Wort are tied for the team lead with 21 tackles. Safety Javon Harris has 20. ... Jordan Wade, a 6-foot-4 freshman defensive tackle from Stony Point High School in Round Rock, Texas, tweeted he has qualified academically. Wade could enroll at the semester break.