Horning: The door's opening, Sooners might as well go through it … if they can

Kyle Phillips / The Transcript

OU head coach Lincoln Riley before the Sooners' game against TCU, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley confirmed three suspended players won't participate in the Peach Bowl against LSU. 

Defensive end Ronnie Perkins, running back Rhamondre Stevenson and receiver Trejan Bridges will not play due to an undisclosed suspension. Riley would not comment on why they won't play.

Riley also said Delarrin Turner-Yell (collarbone) is unlikely to play, but didn't completely rule it out. 

Those losses aren't affecting LSU coach Orgeron's game plan. 

"I'm sure coach [Lincoln] Riley has the same saying. We have the 'next man up' theory. We play 11 men on the field, we fight like Tigers and we don't blink. This is a top program and they do a great job recruiting. I'm sure the next guy is champing at the bit and they may have their best game.

"So we don't even factor that in. We don't say 'hey this is going to be an advantage, this is not going to be an advantage.' ... it's about us and the way we execute."

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