Over the past three games, Oklahoma defensive coaches have tried different — sometimes radical — schemes without much success.
Against Baylor, West Virginia and Oklahoma State's spread, high-powered attacks, the Sooners trotted out six or seven defensive backs at a time, meaning a decreased linebacker presence.
TCU, OU's opponent for Saturday's season finale, is more traditional offensively. In last week's win at Texas, the Horned Frogs attempted only 10 passes and ran the ball 48 times.
“You kind of limit what the linebackers can do when you play teams that can spread it out like that and get a lot of wide receivers on the field,” said junior middle linebacker Tom Wort.
METOYER NOT PLAYING MUCH, BUT LEARNING LOTS
True freshman receiver Trey Metoyer was expected to be an immediate superstar, but his inaugural OU season hasn't worked out like that.
He started the season's first few games, but became primarily a reserve after the NCAA granted transfer Jalen Saunders immediate eligibility.
Another transfer, senior Justin Brown, has also taken playing time that might've otherwise been Metoyer's.
But co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell, who coaches receivers, said Metoyer has kept a good attitude through the season.
“Everybody realizes that if we don't have those two kids that are eligible, his world is different right now,” Norvell said. “But we do have experienced guys ... and that he can learn from that is important.”
STOOPS ON FAMILY'S SUCCESS: ‘IT'S PRETTY AMAZING'
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said that it's “pretty amazing” to think about his family's college football coaching success, and credits his parents for it.
OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops was Arizona's head coach from 2004-2011, and their younger brother Mark Stoops was hired as Kentucky's head coach this week.
Another brother, Ron Stoops Jr., is an assistant at Youngstown State.
Ron Stoops Sr., was a baseball and football coach at Cardinal Mooney High in Youngstown, Ohio, but he also played baseball until reaching his 40s, and scored basketball games.
“None of us knew anything else,” Bob Stoops said. “We were always able to go with him.”
HOOK 'EM HORNS?
Senior defensive tackle Casey Walker said he doesn't mind rooting for Texas to upset Kansas State on Saturday evening.
If OU beats TCU, and then K-State loses, the Sooners would claim the Big 12 Championship outright and earn an automatic berth to a BCS bowl game.
If the Sooner and Wildcats both win — or both lose — they'll share the title, with KSU earning the automatic berth because of its head-to-head win Sept. 22 in Norman.
“I guess now I'm OK with it ... We need them to handle business, so that puts us in a better spot,” said Walker, who then clapped and added, “Let's go Texas.”
Will he throw up a Hook 'em Horns hand signal?
“No,” he said. “That's too far.”