Take 3: O-Line ready for big test

Bye week was crucial for OU in terms of getting healthy. Mission accomplished.

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 No. 4: vs. West Virginia (3-0)

Take No. 1: Darlington, Kasitati expected to return

OU made good usage out its one and only bye week. The Sooners know it will be grind the next nine weeks as OU plays the entirety of its Big 12 schedule without a break.

At least heading into it, the Sooners will be healthy. Stoops said offensive linemen Ty Darlington and Nila Kasitati should both return to practice Monday and are expected to play this weekend.

Darlington missed OU’s last game with a sprained knee injury, while Kasitati saw limited time against the Golden Hurricane. Kasitati also addressed the media Monday morning and said he would be ready to roll when the Mountaineers come to town.

With West Virginia bringing such a stout defense, it’s obviously great news for the Sooners to be able to have all the pieces at their disposal on the offensive line.

Take No. 2: OU not looking ahead to Red River Shootout

It used to always be the season doesn’t start for the Sooners until the annual October showdown against Texas in the Cotton Bowl.

Not the case in recent years and certainly not the case this year as Stoops said there is no doubt his team will be focused on the Mountaineers.

OU is 3-0 against West Virginia in Big 12 play but none of the games were easy wins. OU won a 50-49 defense optional game in 2012, followed by a 16-7 sloppy affair in 2013 and a coming out party game for Samaje Perine in last year’s 45-33 victory in Morgantown.

Stoops knows the Mountaineers will be bringing perhaps the best defense in the conference as WVU already has nine interceptions this season through three games.

Take No. 3: Sooners still searching for complete game

Nobody is denying the OU offense looked great against Tulsa, racking up 773 yards. But it was far from a perfect game, and Stoops knows that.

The Sooners have not executed the way they need to in any of the first three games. Sometimes it’s been a slow start, other times it has been turnovers, but Stoops said he has no problems in admitting the offense has been spotty, at times.

Spotty is a good word for it, too, because there are times when OU looks like a well-oiled machine and other times when you’re wondering how in the world this team can even crack the top 25.


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