“I'm not going to be concerned about it because it doesn't matter,” Stoops said. “I think you guys are all able to formulate your own opinions and express them yourself. In the end, I'll go with whatever they say we've got to go with.”
Stoops reiterated, though, his belief that strength of schedule should play a large role in determining the four playoff teams.
“Obviously I'm in favor of that when you look at who we've played through the years, nonconference and when you look at our schedule moving forward,” Stoops said. “I'm hopeful that will be a strong component in rankings and the decisions.
“Two of the last three years we've been at Florida State and Notre Dame. Surely we hope that's a factor otherwise there's no reason to do that. Otherwise why put yourself at risk of having a hard game, on the road especially?”
Oklahoma quarterback Blake Bell, on dealing with outside criticism:
“I'm just playing a game. I don't listen to that. We're in here as a team, and we're gonna push to win ballgames. All I can do is get in the film room and learn from my mistakes and get better.”