“At the end of the day, nothing changes with how we prepare and how we work for the season,” Stoops said. “I think a lot of teams that haven’t been scheduling tough non-conference schedules may now start doing it. Joe Castiglione and I have been doing for 15 years. We play Tennessee next year. We just finished a four-year series with Notre Dame and Florida State. We were 3-1 in that series.
“It’s not many years that you get the chance to beat Notre Dame and Alabama in the same year. At the end of the day, we’ve always scheduled tough and that’s what we’ll keep doing. Other than that, everything stays the same.”
Stoops, asked about the lack of a quarterback controversy this year. Trevor Knight is the clear starter entering 2014 and Blake Bell switched to tight end: “I’d love to have a quarterback controversy if we had another great one. … It did free up Trevor’s mind a little bit that Blake’s good. He’s such a sensitive, quality guy that cares about Blake, that he knows he has a good home. That’s a positive.”