There’s a bit of a toll to pay after a relatively pedestrian victory against K-State. Stoops announced Perine will miss some time with what he called a muscle pull:
Samaje Perine has a slight pulled muscle and will be out at least 2 weeks, maybe 3, according to Stoops.— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) October 17, 2016
That would would put him back on the field by OU’s Thursday night visit to Iowa State or against Baylor in Norman, provided there are no setbacks. It sucks to have a talent like Perine miss any amount of time, but it’s made even worse that he probably will not break Billy Sims’ rushing this season:
No Perine the next 2 weeks means Billy Sims' rushing record is safe for this year. Perine will miss games against Tech and Kansas. #Sooners— John Shinn (@john_shinn) October 17, 2016
An upside to Perine’s absence will be the unleashing of Joe Mixon as the workhorse back while Samaje gets right. Mixon is poised to mop it up in the interim.
Bob Stoops was, predictably, short on the matter of Brian Bosworth more or less calling for his job:
Stoops on Bosworth: That doesn’t need to be brought up here (at press conference). I don’t need to have an opinion on an opinion. #Sooners— John Shinn (@john_shinn) October 17, 2016
...alright then. Fair enough, Bob. Honestly, I agree that it doesn’t need to be brought up at a presser. A journalist’s job is to ask probing questions, but what is Bob supposed say here? “Yeah, and Boz’s juice-addled brain is 20 years past functional?” It’s a catch-22 for Stoops.
On the injury front, Matt Dimon and Charles Walker are likely to sit against Texas Tech:
Stoops doesn't believe Matt Dimon or Charles Walker will be back this week from injuries.— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) October 17, 2016
Walker has completely dropped off the depth chart, and with each passing week, it seems less likely that we’ll see him play this season. Dimon’s injury seems more week-to-week, though.
Finally, asked about Mayfield’s return to Lubbock, Stoops acknowledged that he’d bring the subject up with Baker:
#Sooners Bob Stoops says he and Baker Mayfield "will visit some" about his return to Lubbock— Cody Stavenhagen (@CodyStavenhagen) October 17, 2016
Stoops added that he’d leave most of the talk up to Lincoln Riley, who, like Mayfield, has his roots in Lubbock.
It will almost certainly be a hostile environment (with batteries and tortillas abound), but it’s nice to see Mayfield’s teammates go to bat for him:
"If people disrespect him (Baker Mayfield), I feel like they disrespect me." #Sooners LB Jordan Evans on Baker returning to Lubbock— Sam Gannon (@SamGannon87) October 17, 2016
It certainly could get chippy Saturday night in Lubbock.