Bob Stoops faced the media yesterday for his weekly press luncheon and had several things to address with conference play beginning on Saturday and the loss of a senior defensive lineman.
The way the Sooners are rolling this season and the way Colorado has played in seasons past it could be easy for Oklahoma fans to automatically dismiss this game as a gimmie. Obviously Bob Stoops doesn't feel that way. Listening to him describe the Buffaloes you get the feeling that he feels like the Sooners are heading into a dogfight.
"Coach Dan Hawkins and his staff have a really good team. They have played a lot harder schedule than a lot of people. That is obvious when you are on the road at Arizona State and hosting Florida State. There are not a lot of teams willing to do that. I think they are a very tough team, and last year I thought they were one of the better defenses in our league and in the country. This team does a really good job of being a tough, physical team defensively.
"Offensively, their quarterback situation with Cody Hawkins is different from a year ago. He is much more of a threat throwing the football and they are doing that more and more. They have good running backs and they have a lot of motion. They are a very disciplined offense. Defensively, we have to handle all of their motion and be in the proper positions. We have had a lot of training for it leading into this game.
"They are a very solid football team. Going on the road, you have to have the focus and the toughness and the mental toughness to go on the road. That is what we are going to work towards this week."
One of the biggest blows delivered to Oklahoma's defense this season came Friday night in Tulsa when senior defensive end John Williams suffered a ruptured Achellies. Now questions of depth and experience begin to pop up.
Oklahoma's receivers are among the top units in the nation and, along with the offensive line, are a part of the equation to Sam Bradford's success.
OU's secondary did get a test by fire going up against Tulsa's Paul Smith. While they made some great plays there were also a few that left Sooner fans scratching their heads.
Another thing that came to the forfront Friday night is thar Allen Patrick is back and completely healthy. The senior running back carried the ball 19 times for 145 yards and 2 touchdowns.