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OU football coach Bob Stoops not ready to argue vs. other one-loss teams

OU FOOTBALL — University of Oklahoma head football coach Bob Stoops said Tuesday he isn't ready to climb the soap box to convince voters his team is the best one-loss team in college football.
BY TRAVIS HANEY, Staff Writer, thaney@opubco.com Modified: November 16, 2011 at 9:26 am •  Published: November 15, 2011

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops wasn't in the mood Tuesday to politick on behalf of his Sooners in the Bowl Championship Series debate. It's not time yet, he said. Maybe there won't even be a time for it in 2011.

“I don't think we have to,” Stoops said. “We'll see. I wasn't much on lobbying much the last time we were in that situation, and it worked pretty good.”

Stoops was referring, of course, to the 2008 season in which OU lost early in the year to Texas but rallied late with an important victory against Texas Tech. He made a soft play for OU immediately after the 65-21 rout of the Red Raiders, but then backed off to neutrality by his weekly news conference the following week.

The Sooners wound up reaching the BCS championship game, losing to Tim Tebow and Florida. But they were in the game, at least. At 8-1 and currently sitting fifth with three weeks to play, that's all the Sooners could ask for in 2011.

Stoops is not yet ready to wade into the muck of arguing which one-loss team – the Sooners, Alabama or Oregon – would merit a title shot should they all continue to win.

The hypotheticals are perhaps too great this stage, considering three games – including the all-important Dec. 3 Bedlam meeting with Oklahoma State – remain for Oklahoma.

Stoops said the team was told Monday about the meaning and opportunities related to the three-game stretch. Then it moved on to preparations for Baylor (6-3, 3-3 Big 12).

Really, though, Stoops and the Sooners will not be able to fully immerse themselves into this (or any) week's opponent – because the BCS questions aren't going anywhere, so long as the Sooners keep winning.

“I think we're mostly focused on winning these next three games,” senior tight end Trent Ratterree said. “Once we do that, then we'll take a look back. I would say the mood is go 3-0.”

Stoops said he has not watched the BCS unveiling each Sunday night. After initially claiming Tuesday he didn't even know what OU is ranked, he backtracked a bit.

“I might accidentally glance and find a paper or somebody might accidentally tell me,” he said. “I'm not totally naïve or out of it.”

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