Just to be perfectly clear, this is titled 'Conspiracy Theory Alert' for a reason. One, because at best it's a theory. Two, because it's not something I have any actual facts on. Just something that was rattling around in my head and I wanted to put it on paper (of sorts) and see what the rest of you thought of it.
Okay, now that we're clear here is my point.
Trevor Knight vs. ULM - 11/28, 86 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, 13 rushes for 103 yards
Trevor Knight vs. WVU - 10/20, 119 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs, 7 rushes for 42 yards
Blake Bell vs. TCU - 20/31, 152 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT, 14 rushes for 61 yards
Blake Bell vs. UT - 12/26, 133 yards, 0 TD, 2 INTs, 7 rushes for -27 yards
Are Knight's stats, which Stoops has said led to his benching and not his knee injury, really that much worse than what Bell has done in these last two games? Not to mention while admittedly the competition is not equal, neither of the games Knight started resulted in a loss.
So why exactly is OU now "standing by" Bell as the starter when they seemed unwilling to do the same when it came to Knight? Again, Knight's knee injury was a convenient excuse but Stoops has been adamant that the decision to go with Bell would have been made regardless.
Here is my conspiracy theory as to why they're "standing by" Blake Bell.
Barring catastrophe Bell will remain the starter because Josh Heupel is MUCH more comfortable running this dumbed down version of the Landry Jones offense than what OU opened the season running under Trevor Knight.
Josh Heupel never wanted to run the read option in the first place. You need look no further than his and Bob's decision to immediately go back to this spread offense after Knight went down. The same offense that, in my opinion, will never win this program its eighth national championship. Stoops has said they are (which is b.s.) and that Bell is capable of running the exact same offense they were running with Knight. Clearly that is not true and that was the case even before this past Saturday.
So yeah, that's my conspiracy theory. Heupel never really wanted to change the offense in the first place and we're seeing why on the field. Because he's really only comfortable, at least right now, running one type of offense and OU doesn't have a quarterback on campus capable of running it.
But logic and common sense be damned, he'll cram that freaking square peg through the round hole if it's the last thing he does