ESPN's College Football GameDay will be going to the University of Missouri on Saturday for the first time.
GameDay will set up in the Quadrangle for its three-hour broadcast from 8-11 a.m. Saturday. The first hour airs on ESPNU hosted by Erin Andrews. The GameDay crew then takes over for the final two hours on ESPN.
GameDay heading to Columbia, however, might not be the best thing for the No.1-ranked Sooners because of this stat: the host team for each GameDay site has won this year. And the last two included upsets of the No. 1 ranked team (South Carolina over Alabama and Wisconsin over Ohio State).
Missouri announced that Saturday's game with OU is officially a sellout. School officials say they expect a crowd of more than 70,000.
FINCH STILL NEEDING CONDITIONING, BUT IN GAME PLAN FOR SATURDAY
Freshman running back Roy Finch dazzled Saturday with 93 yards on 16 carries in his collegiate debut.
But Finch, who missed two months with a preseason hairline fracture in his ankle, said he isn't quite in the game shape he'd like to be. But he's getting closer.
"Coming into the game I didn't know how many carries I might get," Finch said. "I was just trying to be mentally ready. My conditioning isn't where I want it to be. I was in really good condition during two-a-days leading up to the season.
"It's something I have to keep working on in practice, keep getting in better shape."
Bob Stoops admitted there wasn't much hesitation in deciding to play Finch instead of redshirting him.
"We (and the offensive staff) felt he gives you too much of a different pace of play and style of running that he's going to contribute, and has a chance to in a really positive way," Stoops said. "Plus we have two seniors (DeMarco Murray and Mossis Madu) graduating. He'll be better and more prepared no matter how much he plays, just by going game preparation during the week."
Still, even with Murray and Madu commanding the majority of carries, the Sooners have plans to get Finch involved again at Missouri.
"If we can execute on third downs and stay on the field, there's enough (snaps)," said offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson. "You can start doing things with two tailbacks on the field. We've done that in years past. DeMarco can play out there in space along with Mossis. But the key as much as anything, no disrespect to our two seniors, but (Finch) the other night played as good as they did. Coach Gundy goes with who he feels is hot, or if a guy needs a blow.
"It'll be interesting. Roy's gotten a test and he played OK in one game. Now we're going on the road, and we'll see as a young guy how he handles that. Maybe he doesn't handle it well enough to get a lot. We'll see how it goes."
In addition to probably seeing work at running back, Stoops said it's "possible" Finch could be part of the return game, too.
O'HARA TAKING OVER KICKOFF JOB
Stoops made a switch at kicker Saturday, but not placekicker. Midway through the game, Stoops subbed in Patrick O'Hara on kickoffs after Tress Way's first three kickoffs traveled only to the 14-, 20- and 23-yard lines.
After getting the nod, O'Hara was much better. Four of his six kickoffs reached the end zone, leading to three touchbacks. Another kickoff traveled to the 1.
O'Hara wasn't perfect, though.
One of his kickoffs bounced out of bounds. While covering another, he was flagged with a personal foul facemask penalty.
Stoops said the overall kicking game remains a work in progress.
Said Stoops: "It's not as good as it needs to be. It's been adequate. We're better than that in some areas. We'll see. We're working them hard. It's just like with our offense and defense, we're not there yet. We have a chance to keep making improvement and the kicking game is no different."
Add Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads to the list of people impressed by OU's fast-pace offense.
"You have to be very smart and match their substitutions when you can. When they don't substitute you really can't get anybody on (the field), nor do they want you to, nor are they going to allow you to," Rhoads said.
"On the coaches' tape you should see the poor referee might have worked as hard as our defensive players because he was sprinting just to get in position to wind the clock and officiate the game. They were moving that fast. It's nothing new for them how they operate. They just did it extremely well Saturday night."
Stoops, on whether being 7-0 against Missouri has any effect on this week's game: "I don't see anything to it. The way I've always looked at games and each year, to me every year is different. Just because somebody's done something in the past never guarantees it. And we've had some runs on some other people. And I've always said each year is its own. You have to earn it in its own way, its own right. So that's how we look at it. What is past is past and all that matters to us is what's coming here in several days."