Oklahoma's Bob Stoops says he hasn't paid attention to the Bowl Championship Series standings enough to know Oklahoma State is right behind the Sooners, at No. 4.
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 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 is fine — that's what they do, talk about it — but we know we've got to play. We couldn't care less.”
STILLS PROVIDES SCARE
Sooners receiver Kenny Stills is seemingly always good for a dramatic moment in a game. This past Saturday's, though, caused a little too much heart-racing.
Making a juke early in the third quarter, Stills' right knee gave out.
“I was a little bit scared,” he said. “I was scared more than anything.”
He limped to the sideline with some help. Doctors had to convince him to stretch out his leg, but he eventually did. He was relieved when he did — because he was fine. Stills returned to the game shortly thereafter.
“You never want to see a player on the ground,” receivers coach Jay Norvell said. “We put so much time into this, and we have such big goals, that you never want to see a player get hurt. You kind of hold your breath and talk to yourself under your breath. Fortunately he was OK.
“He's a little bit high-strung. Sometimes he's a little bit overdramatic. He's a tough guy and has played through a lot of injuries. I think he'll continue to be able to perform.”
STOOPS PROVIDES UPDATES ON INJURIES
Stoops said Tuesday he does not consider the half-dozen or so injuries for the Sooners all that serious.
“We'll see” whether they'll play this week against Texas Tech, he said. “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.”
Offensive guard Stephen Good (head) missed last week's game at Kansas.
“I imagine he'll be fine,” Stoops said. “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.”
Center Ben Habern (arm) is making progress, but is “still a couple of weeks away.” Running back Roy Finch had to leave after taking a shot. He was holding his head as he left the field.
“He practiced (Monday), so we expect him to be OK,” Stoops said. “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.”
SHEAD EXCELS IN LEGACY GAME, OF SORTS
With Good out, it opened the door for redshirt freshman Adam Shead to get his first extended playing time. Stoops said Shead played well.
The experience meant more to him, his position coach said, because Shead's dad, Kenneth, played with Kansas coach Turner Gill at Nebraska. The elder Shead was a linebacker on those Cornhuskers teams.
“He was pretty motivated to play in that game,” said James Patton, OU's guards and centers coach. “He had some spirit to him.”
Shead went up to Gill after the game and introduced himself, Patton said.
ANOTHER LATE-NIGHT SHOW FOR SOONERS
Oklahoma plays this week at 7 p.m., marking its sixth night game in seven outings — the 11 a.m. start against Texas standing as the exception. Of course, last week's 8:15 p.m. kickoff at Kansas set the mark for latest start time.
“It's unfair to the players, to get in at 4, 4:15 in the morning,” Stoops said. “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.”