Oklahoma at Notre Dame ...

Stoops says it's just another game

9/23/13 in NCAAF   |   andrewgilman   |   20 respect

NORMAN, Okla. - There won't be any tours, there won't be any sightseeing and there won't be much fun when the Sooners travel to Notre Dame on Saturday.
 
That's the message coach Bob Stoops shared Monday afternoon as he weekly press conference.
 
Oh, and this week is just another game.
 
Sep 7, 2013; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma Sooners head coach Bob Stoops yells as he points from the sidelines in the fourth quarter against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. The Oklahoma Sooners beat the West Virginia Mountaineers 16-7. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY SportsBelieve what you want about either statement, but the No. 14- ranked Sooners have a chance for their biggest win of the season when they take on 3-1 Notre Dame. Notre Dame beat OU in Norman last season, 30-13. OU lost its last trip to Notre Dame in 1999.
 
"All we do is take the team over to the stadium and we go out and get a little familiar with the stadium," Stoops said. We don't go on these trips to tour or go to wine country or anything else."
 
Forget about the Gipper or Rudy or even Touchdown Jesus. Stoops isn't interested. While he says he respects Notre Dame, the trip to South Bend he made with the Sooners in 1999 was his first – kind of odd since he grew up about four hours away in Youngstown, Ohio.
 
The point is, Stoops isn't interested in anything else – not the history, not the tradition, not the ex-OU players who have gone 1-8 all-time against the Irish.
 
He's more interested in winning for this team. This year.
 
"Two years ago we walked into Florida State. We've been all over the map. We've been to Oregon, Alabama. It's another game and all that matters again is that the fields are pretty much the same. All that matters is what's between the lines during the game. Once you're pulling up, you're puling up to compete. You don't care about what the band may look like or anything else. You just go. "

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Other notes from Norman … 
* Suspended running back Damien Williams will play against Notre Dame. Stoops would not say what the running back rotation will be. So far, Brennan Clay leads the team in rushing yards, but freshman Keith Ford was impressive against Tulsa.
 
* Stoops said there are no injuries on the team. Quarterback Trevor Knight will practice again today after bruising his knee against West Virginia. Defensive back Aaron Colvin missed the Tulsa game with a jaw injury. He should be ready to play against Notre Dame.
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