NORMAN — After coaching 10 seasons, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops now favors a playoff.
“I’ve come full circle. Anymore, I can see (the argument), whether we’ll get to it or not,” Stoops said Tuesday during his weekly press conference. “Just with the differences in non-conference scheduling, whether you have some difficult games or some people don't. And then the strengths of different conferences. Some conferences don’t have a championship game, others do.”
Stoops’ Sooners, which play at Texas A&M on Saturday, compete in the toughest division in college football. The Big 12 South boasts four teams in the Top 10. That’s a contrast to other teams, like undefeated Penn State, which has an easier path to the BCS national championship game because of a weaker schedule.
“I'm with you guys,” Stoops said. “Anymore, I'm for (a playoff).
"That's something, though, I still see, timing-wise, with the schedule and number of games, it's still going to be difficult to put together."
Here were some of the other talking points from Stoops’ press conference:
On if he feels that OU has to collect style points:
“I think that has been the case for quite a while now. It’s the style points of when you’re playing, who you’re playing and where you’re playing. All of that matters. Some people take that into consideration.”
On Texas A&M's Jorvorskie Lane losing carries:
“He is still a strong, physical presence and has been used in both the halfback and fullback position. You just have to be aware of him while he is in there, but regardless of that, you just have to mind your gaps and be where you need to be to defend the play.”
On the atmosphere at A&M’s Kyle Field:
“It’s always exciting. They have an excellent stadium and an excellent tradition with their cadets. It’s an interesting tradition with all of the different calls that they have. I sit around before the game and pay attention to them and try to figure out what it is that they are doing. They all seem to know, so more power to them. You have to give credit to them though, they do a good job with it.”
On the impact of losing Auston English:
“Well obviously it hurts; you don’t want to lose any of your starters.