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November 11, 2013

Sooners offer no promises of any change coming against Cyclones

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NORMAN —

All teams have tendencies. By November, all have been exposed. Teams either adjust or run the risk the of being embarrassed like the Sooners (7-2, 4-2 Big 12) last time out.

OU has reached a point in which trying new things would appear to make sense. The chances of winning of a Big 12 championship are microscopic.

The Sooners face Iowa State (1-8, 0-6) at 11 a.m. Saturday at Owen Field, and it’s the final home game of the season.

Arguably, that’s a good time to begin playing young players and building toward the future. Stoops doesn’t see it that way.

“You look at all the different pieces you’re trying to get back on the field or won’t be on the field and trying to … It’s just strictly putting the best out there right now to win,” he said. “There isn’t any looking outside of this week.”

That includes changes at the quarterback spot.

Blake Bell remains the starter despite a rocky outing against the Bears. But Stoops added the caveat that OU has to throw the ball better.

Bell was 15 for 35 against Baylor and is completing 60.4 percent of his passes. In six Big 12 games, he’s thrown four touchdown passes.

“We could have executed some of our passing game that was there the other night,” Stoops said. “We have some other plays and routes that are open that we’ve got to be able to hit. We’ve got to be able to throw it more accurate in some instances. That would help.”

Trying new things might, too.

John Shinn

Follow me @john_shinn

jshinn@normantranscript.com

 

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