Adding another layer of confirmation to the notion that OU-Texas Tech is the game of the year in college football: ESPN is sending its College GameDay crew to Owen Field. Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso and Desmond Howard are headed to Norman for the first time this season. GameDay set up for the Red River Rivalry at the Cotton Bowl. Fowler and Co. also saw Texas Tech knock off Texas in Lubbock.
END RESULTSThe Sooners will be without two key pass rushers when they face Texas Tech, with ends Auston English and Alan Davis both out with knee sprains. For depth, OU has moved linebacker J.R. Bryant to one backup spot, while little-used Pryce Macon will serve as the other behind starters Jeremy Beal and Frank Alexander. The injuries come at a critical time, with the Sooners set to face the nation’s most prolific passing attack. "It’s going to be the guys we have,” Sooners coach Bob Stoops said. "We don’t get to go out and claim people through free agency.”
LINE DANCINGAs the OU offense has gained balance in recent weeks, producing on the ground as well as through the air, the offensive line has come into focus as the veteran and productive group that it was billed to be. Where does it rank in the Stoops’ era? "Ask me in a couple weeks,” Stoops said. "They have been one of our better lines thus far, though. To me, it’s hard to say which line is better than some of our lines in the past, but these guys are certainly up there.”
IDEA EXCHANGEIt’s well documented that Stoops hired Mike Leach because of the difficulty of the matchup when they met as opposing assistant coaches in the SEC — Stoops the defensive coordinator at Florida, Leach the offensive coordinator at Kentucky. Together at OU for one season in 1999, Leach said he benefited from listening to Stoops’ take on defense. "We used to talk quite a lot,” Leach said. "It really was handy. Bob would come down the hall, and we’d sit down, and he’d tell me defensively what he’d be looking for.” BY JOHN HELSLEY