Weather could cancel OU Red-White game

EDIT: The Red-White game has been moved up to 1:30 p.m. CT because of impending severe weather.

The National Weather Service is predicting tornadoes, baseball-sized hail, winds of up to 70 mph and heavy rains for Saturday in Oklahoma.

Coach Bob Stoops, however, is not putting much stock into those reports as the Sooners prepare for the Red White spring game Saturday.

“You see how often those guys are wrong?” Stoops said. “Not to offend anybody -- if I had the same percentage they've got, I wouldn't have a job.”

If the weather does become severe, Stoops said the spring game would be canceled and that the Sooners would hold a private scrimmage next week.

“We're not going to endanger kids or fans if it's anything that's bad,” Stoops said, “but otherwise we'll go at it.”

BOISE STATE'S SPRING GAME FORMAT will be Oklahoma’s on Saturday.

For the last few years, OU’s Red-White game has featured a player draft, but without enough players to field two complete teams, it will instead be offense vs. defense. The offensive scoring will be standard, with the offense getting six points for a touchdown and three points for a field goal. The defense will get six points for touchdowns, three points for fourth-down stops, missed field goals and turnovers, and two points for sacks.

Stoops got the format from Boise State coach Chris Peterson.

“He and I were talking the other day about how we do it,” Stoops said.

Not having the draft is a disappointing development for one OU defender.

“I was looking forward to the draft but I understand we are short (on) players,” safety Tony Jefferson said.

Nonetheless, Jefferson is looking forward to the opportunity to show improvement in the Sooners secondary after a disappointing end to the 2011 season.

“The spring game is going to show what the young guys and older guys put forth in this spring process and winter workouts and how we utilized what we worked with,” he said.