With Damien Williams' recent dismissal from the team, freshman running back Keith Ford likely would've seen more action over the past two games had he not been injured.
Instead, Brennan Clay and Roy Finch were asked to shoulder the load at running back, and Alex Ross was brought in for a couple short-yardage sets while Ford missed the Iowa State and Kansas State wins after suffering a leg injury on special teams against Baylor.
Sooners co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell said Ford would be ready to go Saturday against Oklahoma State if needed.
“He's fresh and ready to go,” Norvell said. “And we should get some of those fresh legs back for this game. He's been practicing well and hopefully we'll have a fresh body out there Saturday.”
Norvell was less sure of the return of linemen Adam Shead and Tyrus Thompson. Shead missed the Kansas State game with a back injury, while Thompson was hurt early in the second half.
“We hope to get everybody back in place, but we'll see,” Norvell said. “We still have a few days before the game, so hopefully we'll have as many of them as we can.”
MIKE STOOPS: OSU MORE CONSISTENT
Mike Stoops' last game in Stillwater as Oklahoma's defensive coordinator was not a good experience for him.
In 2002, the third-ranked Sooners were upset by the Cowboys 38-28 at the stadium then known as Lewis Field.
While OSU's wins in 2001 and 2002 were upsets, a Cowboys win Saturday would not be.
After returning last season, Stoops said the OSU program is quite different from the one he last coached against at OU.
“Their players play consistent every time they step on the field,” Stoops said. “You're getting a more consistent opponent and a better opponent.”
Stoops has coached in Stillwater since, when Arizona played at OSU in 2011.
OU IN MIXON'S FINAL FOUR
Over the weekend, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops flew to California FOR an in-home visit with five-star running back Joe Mixon of Oakley (Calif.) Freedom.
Stoops' efforts have paid off for now, with Mixon placing the Sooners in his final four choices, he tweeted on Tuesday.
Oklahoma is joined by UCLA, California and Wisconsin in Mixon's final four.
Mixon (6-foot-2, 207 pounds) is the top-ranked running back in the country by Rivals.com and the No. 9 player overall.
Mixon made a visit to Norman in early October. He also took official visits to California, Florida State, Wisconsin and Washington.
Mixon said Monday that USC was back in consideration after the Trojans hired Washington coach Steve Sarkisian.
The last five-star running back to sign with the Sooners was Brandon Williams, Williams transferred to Texas A&M for family reasons after one year in Norman.