OU football notebook: Gabe Ikard downplays winning streak

BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Published: November 28, 2011

The Sooners have won eight consecutive Bedlam games and are 10-2 vs. the Cowboys under coach Bob Stoops.

Sophomore guard Gabe Ikard, from Bishop McGuinness, knows OU owns a sizable edge, but the series is 11-5 since he was in kindergarten, when was introduced to the rivalry.

“OU-OSU like in the past is completely different (than any other game),” Ikard said. “I believe in the psychology of sports, but I don't think they're thinking ‘We've lost (eight) in a row.' That doesn't matter.”

WEATHER COULD PLAY A FACTOR

Stoops said last week's game against Iowa State played in north winds that gusted to 45 mph were the worst conditions he's been associated with since his junior year at Iowa on a blustery Saturday the Hawkeyes hosted Michigan State.

For Saturday's Bedlam game, long-range projections predict the high in Stillwater on Saturday will be in the 40s with winds out of the southeast. But there's a 50 percent chance of rain that might turn into a wintry mix when winds shift to the northwest during the evening.

“You know around here that can change,” Stoops said. “But I'll be darned they were right last week. I didn't think they were going to be (right) on Friday. We just experienced it, so if it's similar to that, hopefully we can make some adjustments and be a little better handling it. ”

If the weather turned nasty, which team would it favor?

“I think we would,” Stoops said.

Because you just played in it?

“Because that's what I would say,” Stoops said, smiling. “It depends on how you manage it. We did just play in it. You'd think in those conditions the running game becomes a little more important and stopping the run, those kinds of things, areas I felt we did well this past weekend that made a big difference.”

WILLIAMS TO RECEIVE MORE CARRIES?

Freshman running back Brandon Williams limped to the locker room slowly after Monday's practice. Stoops was surprised to hear the news.



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