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October 2, 2013

Heupel hoping to ignite Sooners’ offense



But what happened in the Notre Dame game set off some alarm bells. Notre Dame’s offensive success came when it put two tight ends on the field.

“We hadn’t seen that, and our offense doesn’t run much of it, either,” he said. “There were some things that we learned technique-wise and schematics, what we need to improve on. As coaches we’re always looking at the things that need to change and improve and we put our players in some tough situations.”

OU has shifted to a 3-3-5 alignment this season to better matchup against the spread offenses in the Big 12. It’ll see a typical version when it faces TCU at 6 p.m. Saturday at Owen Field.

It will also be the choice when the Sooners face Texas Tech Oct. 26, Baylor Nov. 7 and Oklahoma State Dec. 7.

But it’s the other three games where there could be some changes. Stoops hinted Monday when it faces offenses that use a tight end, OU could revert back to four defensive linemen.

“We’re trying to adjust and adapt to bigger sets as well. If we can’t, then we have to go to four-down line to bigger sets as well,” he said.

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