Their national hopes gone, Sooners set sights on Big 12
BY GUERIN EMIG World Sports Writer
Monday, October 29, 2012
10/29/12 at 10:33 AM
NORMAN – Oklahoma's players and
coaches spoke in hushed tones after Saturday's loss to Notre Dame. It was understandable,
given their 30-13 loss was disappointing from both historical (OU is now 1-9
alltime gainst the Irish) and national (no more championship hopes)
That's why it is also understandable why OU
coach Bob Stoops would be asked about his team's morale moving forward.
"It'll be very positive and very
determined," he said Monday during his Big 12 teleconference segment.
"We still have a lot at stake in the conference, and that matters."
Unbeaten Kansas State is rolling
through the Big 12. Since the Wildcats have already won in Norman, the Sooners need
them to lose twice against a combination of Oklahoma State, TCU, Baylor and Texas. OU, meanwhile, must run the table against Iowa State, Baylor, OSU and TCU.
That's a lot to ask. But then, what else
can the Sooners do coming out of a weekend in which they dropped out of BCS
"It isn't solely about a national
championship," Stoops said. "It never has been. It never will be.
There's a lot more to it, and our guys will react in a positive way and keep
moving forward and playing well.
OU quarterback Landry Jones leaves the field with the rest of the team after their 30-13 loss to Notre Dame Saturday in Norman, . MICHAEL WYKE/Tulsa World