OU football notebook: Gabe Ikard scoffs at 'spoiler' question

The Sooners senior center said, “We all know traditionally the numbers and how it's been lopsided ... we don't see ourselves as an underdog in this game.”
by Jason Kersey Published: December 2, 2013

Oklahoma senior center Gabe Ikard is fired up about Saturday's Bedlam clash at Oklahoma State, but he wouldn't even entertain a question about his Sooners being a potential “spoiler” to OSU's Big 12 title hopes.

The Cowboys can clinch a conference championship and a Fiesta Bowl berth with a victory over the Sooners, who are eliminated from Big 12 contention.

“The fact that you call us the spoiler against Oklahoma State, I'm not even going to answer that,” Ikard said. “We all know traditionally the numbers and how it's been lopsided, but they played better football than us this year, there's no doubt and a team that should be undefeated, I don't think that's a stretch in reality at all.

“We don't see ourselves as an underdog in this game. Obviously we realize they're ranked higher than us and they're favored when it comes to Vegas and all that stuff, but we're still Oklahoma and we've done a lot of special things around here for a long time.”

STOOPS TALKS IRON BOWL FINISH

Bob Stoops watched the Iron Bowl. Saw Auburn stun Alabama 34-28 with a 109-yard, last-play touchdown off a return of a missed 57-yard field goal. Stoops' reaction?

“Probably like everybody,” Stoops said. “Wow. That was a heck of a play.”

Stoops admitted the game gave him and probably every coach in America pause to reconsider whether they're prepared for every possible scenario in a game.

“We feel like we are,” Stoops said. “But that's a situation that's definitely, ‘hey, this is something to reference. May happen every five, six, eight years. But that's something that you have on your list now.”

SOONERS MUST BE READY FOR CHELF IN RUN GAME


by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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