SI Take 3: It's Bedlam week

Coming off a bye week, OU is as healthy as it can be and ready as it can be heading into the Bedlam showdown at Oklahoma State.

Every Monday afternoon during the football season OU coach Bob Stoops has his weekly press conference. Sooners Illustrated will give you the three most important things to take from the session.

Game No. 12: at No. 6 Oklahoma State

Take No. 1: QB situation has been a challenge

Replacing Landry Jones wasn't going to be easy because of how comfortable he was with the offense, but Stoops admitted he had no idea it would be this big of a challenge this season.

From on the field play to injuries, a lot of obstacles have been overcome for the Sooners to be in this position.

OU started the season with redshirt freshman Trevor Knight before a knee injury and ineffective play paved the way for junior Blake Bell.

Bell suffered a concussion two weeks ago, allowing Knight to come back and try to reassert himself in the race.

"It makes you adjust offensively on what one guy does better than the other," Stoops said. "It has been a challenge to manage it."

Stoops said he is not sure if Bell will be available to play Saturday, saying he will find out Monday afternoon.

"I assume he will be," Stoops said.

Knight has played his best two games of the season in OU's last two victories, something that hasn't come as a huge surprise to Stoops.

"The last few games the light has come on," Stoops said. "He is operating much more at ease and is comfortable. There's something to the pace and timing for the quarterback, too."

As for any other injuries, Stoops said he sure know more later this week.

Take No. 2: Weather won't affect anything

Just because it's supposed to be tough winter conditions for Bedlam doesn't mean that changes anything really in terms of how OU is going to operate.

It's not the cold, it's the wind, Stoops said. If it's just cold, it won't be that big of a deal. It's cold for both teams, he said.

"You emphasize ball security, the kicking game, being smart with your throws," Stoops said. "Nothing changes."

OU played in below freezing temperatures in its win at Kansas State last week so it's not that huge of a deal and something Stoops noted as well.

Take No. 3: You win together

A question was asked about how important the start of the game is. The last two trips to OSU have been dictated by the start. OU got off to a nice one in 2010 and prevailed in a wild victory.

The next year it was all Cowboys en route to a blowout win. But Stoops didn't say it's about the start of the game.

"You win together," Stoops said. "It's the two of you (offense and defense) playing together. Offense has to pick up third downs and move the football and score. Defense has to get its third down stops. It's a team thing."

OSU has done a great job in the turnover margin, racking up the takeaways this season while taking great care of the football.

Stoops said it's not complicated, sometimes, and KSU was an example of that.

"We had the pick-six, converted our third downs, had the time of possession," Stoops said. "That's how you win – together."


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