How do you rate the play of OU quarterback Blake Bell?
“I think Blake has done a marvelous job of coming in and playing really efficient. He hasn't been a turnover guy. He's made the correct plays. He has been way more accurate than I actually expected. I saw him at the spring game in Norman, and I thought he was going to grab hold of the competition. What it leads me to believe — and there is no shame in this — I don't think Blake is a great practice player. If he was playing like he is playing now and did it in fall camp, Coach Stoops would have started him to start the season. He's playing himself into the lineup on the field with quality play, accurate passing. He's run when he's needed to run. I think that the guys believe in him. They play with a little different urgency when he's on the field. But credit Trevor Knight. I don't want to say he lost the job. He gets injured and he comes back and he provided a little bit of a spark in that Notre Dame game.”
What are some of the keys to the TCU-OU game Saturday night on Fox?
“For me, the matchup of (TCU cornerback) Jason Verrett and for whoever TCU decides to take out of the game. That's essentially what Verrett does. He held Odell Beckham to one catch in that game against LSU. Eric Ward, Texas Tech's leading receiver, didn't have a catch. When (TCU coach) Gary Patterson sits down, does he want to shut down Sterling Shepard or Jalen Saunders? Where do you put him? And what is going to be very beneficial for Oklahoma is that they have so many weapons. (Trey) Millard is a great weapon. They are running the ball so efficiently, 230 yards a game. I love what Oklahoma is doing on offense. They are not going to be hurt because a guy like Jason Verrett is on the field.”