Every Monday afternoon during the football season, Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops holds a weekly press conference. Sooners Illustrated is there for all of them and gives you the three biggest things from the event.
Game No. 9: vs. Iowa State
Take No. 1: Stoops moving up coaching list
With the announcement of Frank Beamer stepping down following this season, Stoops is going to carry the flag as the longest tenured coach in college football at one place.
Stoops said he tries hard to never look too far down the road, but there was something special from the jump regarding OU and his possible tenure.
“I never envisioned it to be that lone, but I also knew when I accepted this job that it wasn’t a job that you do well and go to another place or leave and go to a better school,” Stoops said. “I felt this was the better school.”
Stoops has sort of secured at least a couple of more years in the eyes of most with all the recent coaching changes. Across the board, guys like Lincoln Riley and Kerry Cooks seem to be the absolute right men for their respective jobs.
Take No. 2: No interest in playoff rankings
The mantra this year, and especially since Texas, has been about taking it one game at a time. But everybody else is watching intently for the first college football playoff rankings to be revealed Tuesday evening.
As for Stoops, not so much.
“Not really,” he said. “All we can do anything about is win one more game this week against Iowa State, and that’s all we will think about.”
The thought among a lot of pundits and fans is if OU is able to run the table of a scary four-game gauntlet to close the season, the Sooners will have placed themselves right back into the four-team playoff discussion.
Take 3: Offense is taking what defense gives
A lot of people will point toward OU’s ability to run the ball as a huge reason for the Sooners success in the last three games.
Some will say it’s because OU has been more determined to get the ground game going. Stoops, though, doesn’t see it that way.
“If they're going to be stubborn about bringing everybody down in there and making it hard, almost impossible to run the football, then we've got to be able to hurt them throwing it,” Stoops said. “And we've been able to do that some.
“Now, they've got to start doing some other different things to try to stop you from throwing it, and that opens up the run game. So it goes hand in hand.”
OU has outscored its opponents 180-34 in the last three games and is averaging 300 yards on the ground during that span.