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. 11: vs. TCU
Take No. 1: Stoops encouraging crowd to be ‘charged up’
It’s the final home game of the season for the Sooners, and it’s easily the most important one on the schedule. Not just because it’s senior day but because of the ramifications in the Big 12 and college football playoff race.
With that in mind, Stoops laid down the challenge to the OU faithful to be ready to roll when the Horned Frogs take the field 7 p.m. CST.
“Gives fans an extra hour to get charged up… if you know what I mean,” Stoops said.
Stoops mentioned he would love if the fans could bring an environment that is on par with the legendary atmosphere at Owen Field back in 2008 when Texas Tech came to town.
The Sooners were dominant in that one, blowing out the Red Raiders. Another big-time performance Saturday would have OU one step closer toward the conference championship and perhaps earning a spot in the four-team playoff.
Take No. 2: Dimon will be available
Stoops did clear up the situation regarding defensive lineman Matt Dimon and said Dimon is going to be available to play for the Sooners on Saturday.
Dimon was ejected late in the first half against Baylor, but Stoops said Dimon’s situation is not the same as how an ejection for fighting would be handled.
Stoops said there is no team suspension, but he will be disciplined and hopes it will be a learning experience for the junior from Katy, Texas.
In other news, despite Zack Sanchez and Orlando Brown both being in boots Monday, Stoops said he doesn’t anticipate a reason as to why either wouldn’t be able to play vs. TCU.
Stoops will also look for clarity from the Big 12 regarding the hit on running back Joe Mixon and why it wasn’t targeting. Mixon was able to return to the game despite the blow to the head.
Take No. 3: Stoops OK with Heisman talk for Mayfield
Stoops isn’t one to usually comment on big picture items for the Sooners, preferring to stay focused on the task ahead.
But when it was asked about Baker Mayfield and the Heisman Trophy award, Stoops said it does mean a lot to have his name in the conversation.
“It means we’ve executed really well,” Stoops said. “Normally those guys are on winning teams. I think it’s fair he’s in that talk because he’s earned it. You compare his numbers with other Heisman-winning quarterbacks, he’s right there.”