Take 3: Joshua Dobbs brings challenge for OU

OU has been here before was the theme for Stoops as Sooners prepare for big showdown at Tennessee.

Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops has a weekly press conference every Monday afternoon of the football season.

Sooners Illustrated is there each and every week and brings you the three biggest developments from the event.

Game 2: at Tennessee

Take No. 1: Dobbs presents challenge

The Akron offense didn’t present too much difficulty for the Sooners last weekend, but that’s all going to change against Tennessee.

Especially when it comes to quarterback Joshua Dobbs. OU didn’t face Dobbs last season, who emerged toward the latter part of the season. Sooners will get a heavy dose of Dobbs on Saturday.

“He’s excellent,” Stoops said. “He does a great job managing the offense. He knows when to give it, when to pull it. He’s a big guy with excellent quickness.”

Dobbs full array of skills were on display in the Vols’ season-opening win. Dobbs threw for 205 yards and two touchdowns, while also adding 89 yards on the ground and another score.

Tennessee’s ground game, overall, was good for 399 yards and six touchdowns.

Take No. 2: Stoops not worried about run game

The biggest head-scratcher for OU in its victory was the lack of running success. It’s all Sooners fans have known the last couple of years so totals like 33 carries for 100 yards don’t look right.

They don’t look right to the OU coaches, either, although Stoops said it’s not time to hit that panic button just yet.

“We need to be able to run the ball better, and I believe we will,” Stoops said.

Despite the young offensive line for the Sooners, Stoops gave the majority of the credit to Akron for playing different formations than in the past and for the talent the Zips have in their own front seven.

If OU only averages three yards per carry in Knoxville, it could be a long day.

Take No. 3: Big-game philosophy not going to change

Stoops said time and time again that things don’t change much in terms of preparation for games against power five schools like Tennessee.

But he’s still 100 percent in favor of scheduling the big boys.

“I would because this is what we’ve done,” Stoops said about if he would change his mind. “We’re not going to change. We’ve had this philosophy for 17 years. If you’re going to be a top program, then you have to play the top programs.

“It’s exciting for the fans. Exciting for us. Only really works when you win.”

In this latest batch of top games, OU is 4-1 against Florida State, Notre Dame and the Vols. OU starts a home-and-home with Ohio State next season so though Stoops doesn’t have much to say on the matter, the questions will persist again next September.


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