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September 10, 2013

Next two weeks critical time for Bell, Sooners

NORMAN — Oklahoma football’s entering a critical couple of weeks. Also, Bob Stoops is being coy.

What’s new?

I know what you’re saying. You’re saying he’s never coy. Kidding, you couldn’t possibly be saying that.

No, you’re saying the next two weeks are nothing — Tulsa at home followed by a chance to sit back and watch everybody else play? 

What’s the big deal?

What happens in weeks three, four and five, at Notre Dame, against TCU, followed by Texas at the Cotton Bowl those will be the critical weeks for OU.

Maybe, but look at it this way. When do you think that OU will put themselves in the position to go run that three-week table?

That would be now, and next week, before heading to South Bend.

Consider the opportunity.

Begin with Blake Bell.

Stoops would have us believe that he didn’t’ have to make a quarterback decision, that the trainers made it for him, and maybe they did.

Maybe, without Trevor Knight’s tweaked knee, Stoops would have stewed all week choosing between his two quarterbacks, or even three now that Kendal Thompson has returned to practice..

It doesn’t matter.

What matters now is Stoops, the Sooner Nation and everybody in uniform should hope Bell never gives the job back, because that will mean only good things for OU.

In the best possible world, Bell steps in and plays well against Tulsa and only gets better in the off week. If Knight returns healthy in time for Notre Dame, terrific, but Bell will stay put. 

In a game that can make or break your season, Stoops will go with the guy who’s playing well right now.

It’s also an opportunity for offensive coordinator Josh Heupel and the rest of the offensive staff.

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