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November 18, 2008

A lot to discuss … after

OU football notepad

Oklahoma’s best shot at reaching the Big 12 championship game is chained to being ranked ahead of Texas in the BCS rankings at the end of the regular season. The Longhorns are currently No. 4 and the Sooners No. 5.

Stoops started laying out his rationale for why the Sooners should be ahead of Texas, which beat OU 45-35 this season, if it is able to beat No. 2 Texas Tech Saturday and No. 11 Oklahoma State Nov. 29.

The Red Raiders can clinch the South division with a victory over the Sooners. An OU win creates a three-way tie with it, Texas and Texas Tech all at 7-1. In that case, the highest ranked BCS team would get the nod.

“If we’re able to win then you know what the discussions are. If Tech is able to win, then there’s no argument there either. So, in the end, there’s a lot to discuss after that game on Saturday, then we have another one with Oklahoma State,” Stoops said. “The arguments would seem logical, if we can beat Tech then we should be ranked above Texas and Tech should be above Texas, too.”

Manny mending

Wide receiver Manny Johnson has played sparingly since the Kansas game due to a dislocated left elbow. The senior only has one catch in the last two games. Tuesday he said his elbow is about 75 percent, but his biggest issue has been the brace he has to wear on his left arm.

“It makes things difficult and it’s hard getting used to,” he said. “But I’m getting better.”

Try it again

OU’s kickoff coverage team, which has allowed three returns for touchdowns this season, went under the microscope during the Sooners’ off-week. Stoops said he saw improvement

“Well, we’ve worked on it every day for the last two weeks. They look good in practice,” he said.

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