One of the challenges for the Sooners this Fiesta Bowl will be making the offensive coordinator succession from Kevin Wilson to Josh Heupel seamless.
It hasn't been announced whether Heupel will call plays from the booth or the sideline. While sophomore quarterback Landry Jones is accustomed to having Heupel, his position coach, on the sidelines, Jones said he'd be fine either way.
"If he goes up in the booth, it won't be much different," Jones said. "I'll have a headset and I can talk to him that way. Either way it's going to work out fine."
BIG HEAD TODMAN
Clearly, the heart and soul of the UConn offense is All-American running back Jordan Todman.
The North Dartmouth, Mass., native is fourth in the country with 1,574 rushing yards and is averaging over five yards per carry.
What makes Todman so effective?
"His patience,â€ said OU coach Bob Stoops. â€œI think all really good backs see holes and have patience to wait for their blocking to clear the hole. A lot of times, backs over look it and backs hit up in there too soon when the space isn't there yet. They haven't had time for the blocks to work the way they should. To me, he has a great vision that way and has good patience for it. Then of course he has the ability to make people miss him that most backs have.â€
NO LOVERS REVENGE
Jones light-heartedly denied that girlfriend Whitney Hand has asked him to avenge the losses her OU women's basketball team has suffered at the hands of UConn, which won its record 89th-straight game earlier this week.
â€œNah, we haven't talked about it too much,â€ Jones said.
Hand's Sooners will get their own shot at revenge later this season. OU travels to UConn on Valentine's Day.
Stoops, on whether OU will turn out to be his final coaching job: â€œI'm way too young for that. I don't have any idea what will happen. I've got no idea from one year to the next what will happen. Things can change and sometimes it might be time to move on and do something different. Who knows, I'm still young enough that that could happen sometime.â€