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Game 3: vs. Tulsa (2-0)
Take No. 1: Big win something to build on for OU
After being so close a number of times last year from pulling out a tight victory, the Sooners got the job done in the 31-24 win in double overtime at Tennessee.
It’s so early in the season, and there’s no way to know, but the general feeling was this could be the one to circle if this season turns out to be something special.
“It can really boost you, this kind of game,” Stoops said. “It reaffirms you’re always in the fight if you just keep playing. The environment was really fun to compete in. This is what you want. I don’t know why more teams don’t play these games.”
OU was deemed irrelevant last week by ESPN’s Paul Finebaum. Stoops was not about to respond to that but did offer this.
“Ask Tennessee and their 105,000 fans if we’re irrelevant or not,” Stoops said.
Take No. 2: Anderson out for the season
A lot of OU fans were hoping freshman running back Rodney Anderson would be redshirted this season and now they got their wish, albeit not in the way they were hoping.
Anderson suffered a fracture in his non-weight bearing bone in his leg, was operated Sunday morning and will miss the rest of the season.
Anderson was injured playing special teams and was seen on crutches during the second half of OU’s win at Tennessee.
Stoops confirmed Anderson will be a medical redshirt. Some other players didn’t participate but had nothing to do with injuries. Wide receiver Jeffery Mead and linebacker Frank Shannon just never factored into the flow of the game.
Take No. 3: Stoops likes playing Tulsa
New coach for Tulsa, but Stoops still has the same mentality. He likes the idea of OU meeting up with the Golden Hurricane.
“I think it’s good for the state,” Stoops said.
Philip Montgomery has taken over at Tulsa and has the team off to a 2-0 start. One week was with the pass, last week was with the run.
The Sooners enter the week as a 30+ point favorite.