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. 12: at Oklahoma State
Take No. 1: Mayfield will continue to be evaluated all week
The biggest question of the week surrounds OU starting quarterback Baker Mayfield, who left Saturday’s win vs. TCU with a concussion.
Stoops immediately addressed the situation and said Mayfield will go through non-contact drills Monday since he has passed all the concussion protocol tests as of now.
Stoops said if he continues to be fine, to be OK, there is no reason to expect Mayfield to not play Saturday night in Stillwater.
A big point of concern is Mayfield’s style of play. Stoops said he’s not sure if it’s even possible to change his style of play.
“He’s so stubborn,” Stoops said.
He also said it will be Lincoln Riley’s call this week whether or not it’s Trevor Knight or Cody Thomas getting the reps as the backup quarterback or potential starter if Mayfield cannot go.
Stoops also said running backs Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine have slight ankle sprains that shouldn’t limit them going forward.
(Sooners Illustrated will have much more on Mayfield on Monday evening)
Take No. 2: Stoops appreciates the national attention
The conference was criticized throughout October because of the fact there were multiple weeks where the Big 12 did not have a game in primetime.
The Sooners, though, are now closing their season with back-to-back-to-back 7 p.m. CST kickoffs on ABC in front of a national audience.
Not only that but Saturday will mark the second straight road game where College Game Day will be in town as well.
OU won in Waco two weeks ago and will attempt to do the same in Stillwater on Saturday.
“It’s definitely good to be out there in front of everybody with a chance to play, for sure,” Stoops said.
Take No. 3: Stoops quietly making OU’s case
There’s a lot of ifs with the biggest being if OU beats OSU, but if it happens, where will the Sooners stand with the college football playoff committee? And where should they stand?
Stoops has been as vocal as ever about the topic the last couple of weeks and didn’t back down from any of those statements Monday.
“I think they would be great,” said Stoops about playoff chances with a win. “When you play three ranked teams at the end of the year, two of them on the road and then at SEC – Tennessee – you ought to be recognized for it.”