OU coach Bob Stoops addresses Sam Bradford injury, Missouri during weekly Big 12 teleconference
By Mike Baldwin - Staff Writer •
Modified: December 1, 2008 at 4:25 pm •
Published: December 1, 2008
/articleid/3326725/1/pictures/521880"> OU head coach Bob Stoops talks with Keenan Clayton during the first half of the college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) at Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008, in Stillwater, Okla. STAFF PHOTO BY SARAH PHIPPS
“The familiarity from playing them last year twice and playing them the year before we have a good feel for them. They have some wrinkles where you have to change what you’re doing.”
OU has scored 60 or more points four consecutive weeks and has scored 630 for the season. With two more game, the Sooners have a legitimate chance to become just the third team in college football history to score 700 or more points. Stoops said it’s the best offense in his 11 seasons in Norman.
“I don’t think there’s any question (it’s the best offense we’ve had),” Stoops said during the weekly Big 12 coaches teleconference. “I wouldn’t have said that early in the year because you’re just because you’re waiting to see how it goes through the rest of the season.”
The key to the dynamic offense has been Bradford, viewed as the Heisman Trophy front-runner.
“You have such confidence in him being able to throw the ball anywhere at anytime or go for it on fourth down,” Stoops said. “The offensive line has been a major part with Sam in the ability to be able to run the football and protect. Those guys have done a great job.”
The Sooners’ non-conference schedule played a role in OU edging Texas in the BCS standings.
OU is ranked higher in most of the computer rankings in part because it defeated top 25 teams like Cincinnati and TCU. Stoops said it also prepared his team for the rugged Big 12 South.
“I don’t think there’s any question challenging your team early usually helps you develop sooner and helps get you ready for some of the tests coming down the road,” Stoops said.