Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops was asked during Monday's news conference about the wide open nature of the Big 12 Conference, which has just one unbeaten team left in Kansas State.
“I don't look that far,” Stoops said. “I have to play this week. I don't get involved in those conversations. At least I try not.”
He later admitted having a “sense” of who in the conference is good and who isn't, but said he “isn't much for sharing” those views.
“We have our opinions, but I'm not gonna go stating them,” Stoops said.
So did he think his squad would hang nearly 700 yards of total offense on Texas last weekend, when OU won 63-21 in the Cotton Bowl?
“I don't know that I anticipate that,” he said.
How about holding the Longhorns to two first downs in the first half?
“Probably not, but who knows?” he responded. “It's always possible.”
GAME BALLS ARE PLENTIFUL FOR SOONERS
Last week, Oklahoma athletics released a video of Stoops giving out game balls about as fast as running back Damien Williams could run 95 yards down the Cotton Bowl field.
This week, Stoops said he “didn't have enough” game balls to give out for Oklahoma's performance against Texas.
How can you give a guy like Williams a game ball for his 95-yard run but not also hand one to Trey Millard and Kenny Stills for the blocks they threw during the run? How do you choose just one guy out of a starting defense that didn't give up any points the entire game?
Stoops said he couldn't choose. That's why he gave two games balls.
The Defensive Player of the Game was the entire defense.
The Offensive Player of the Game was the entire offense.
THOMAS NAMED ARMY PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Oklahoma quarterback commit Cody Thomas, from Colleyville (Texas) Heritage, was named this week's U.S. Army All-American Bowl High School Player of the Week for his performance in last Friday's 56-47 win at Irving MacArthur.
Thomas threw for 541 yards and seven touchdowns. It was his second straight seven-TD outing, but what made the performance even more impressive was the poise he displayed after MacArthur jumped to an quick three-touchdown lead to start the game.
Thomas committed to OU in May after receiving a scholarship offer from Sooners co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound senior is also a standout on the baseball diamond, leading many to speculate that he might forego Oklahoma if he's drafted by a Major League Baseball team in June.
SOONERS-IRISH CLASH SET FOR PRIMETIME KICK
Oklahoma's Oct. 27 home game against Notre Dame will kick off at 7 p.m. and be televised nationally by ABC, the Big 12 Conference announced Monday.
As long as both teams take care of business at home Saturday — Oklahoma against Kansas, Notre Dame against BYU — the Fighting Irish's first trip to Norman since 1966 will be a clash of BCS top-10 teams.
OU was ranked ninth in 2012's first BCS standings, which were released Sunday. Unbeaten Notre Dame came in at No. 5 in the BCS.