NORMAN — 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)
“He practiced yesterday, so we expect him to be OK. If he isn't, I'll let you know at the end of the week. But I expect him to be, if that means anything.”
… LG Stephen Good (head)
“Not sure. We'll see. I imagine he'll be fine.
“He just sustained something in practice that we thought would clear up by Friday, Saturday. We thought, by how they make those judgments, they just felt he shouldn't play. (concussion?) Well, there's varying degrees of one. If that's what they've called it, they know more than I do.”
… C Ben Habern (arm)
“He's still a couple of weeks away. … I don't start asking until it gets to the week where they're supposed to be playing. So he's still a ways away.”
… Missouri potentially leaving Big 12.
“I'm not much on talking about other teams. … I'm not going to comment about Missouri.”
… continual late kickoffs, including last week's 8:15 p.m. start.
“It's unfair to the players, to get in at 4, 4:15 in the morning. Hopefully the league will look at that moving forward. You've got to spread that out through the year to a bunch of teams, rather than just one doing it all the time. Hopefully that's something they'll look at, for the players' sakes.”
… offensive line playing well, even in Good and Habern's absences.
“Gabe (Ikard), you have to really admire what he's done, playing center. Every single game he's been mentioned as grading out at a winning level. He continues to be the leader up there and vocal, calling things out. Donald (Stephenson), coming on, is good. Lane (Johnson) is coming on like we'd hoped he would. He continues to really play well. It was good to see a guy like Adam Shead step up and have a good game.
… halfway point in the season.
“I think it's still a relatively young team that has a lot of upside that we, as coaches, have got to keep pushing for. I get a good feeling that players have that mindset. I think the players here know there's more we've got to keep pushing to get and improve on. And I think we will. Just overall play in all areas needs to keep improving. I think it will.”