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OU coach Bob Stoops not concerned with BCS rankings

In his weekly press conference, University of Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops said he doesn't concern himself with the first BCS rankings or that Oklahoma State is right behind his team.
BY TRAVIS HANEY, Staff Writer, thaney@opubco.com Published: October 18, 2011

Oklahoma's Bob Stoops says he hasn't paid attention to the Bowl Championship Series standings enough to know Oklahoma State is fourth, right behind the Sooners.

But Stoops said he does appreciate where the state's top two teams are in relation to the rest of the country.

“Sure, I'm all for whatever's good for Oklahoma,” Stoops said Tuesday during his weekly news conference. “Obviously. I've been here long enough. I'm embedded, entrenched here, so, sure.”

The Sooners (6-0, 3-0 Big 12), who play Texas Tech (4-2, 1-2) this week, are two-hundredths of a point behind LSU and Alabama for the BCS lead.

“If you lose to Texas Tech, you can surely bet you won't be a part of one of those top four,” Stoops said. “At the end of the day, we've got to play. Everyone else (in the media) is fine – that's what they do, talk about it – but we know we've got to play. We couldn't care less.”

Things continue to progress as if OU and OSU will meet in a de facto Big 12 title game for Bedlam. Stoops, though, said that wasn't the intent of moving the game back a week to Dec. 3, in place of the league's defunct championship game.

“We've been playing the last week of the year for however many years. Now that there's no championship game, we figured we might as well move the game to the last week of the season,” Stoops said. “It had nothing to do with whoever was going to be what, where (in the rankings). I don't anticipate any of that.

“It's a chance to have a presence on championship weekend. And we've played on championship weekend, what, eight of the last 12 years? We're used to playing on December whatever it is. So here's another chance to play on that same date that we've been playing on.”

Here's what Stoops had to say about ...

… injuries, generally.

“We'll see. I believe most all of those guys will play this week. We'll see later in the week. Right now I don't think there's anybody that's out for sure yet. If, or when, someone is, usually my case is that I'll say so."

… RB Roy Finch (head)

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