With a win Saturday in the Red River Rivalry game against Texas (4-1, 1-1 Big 12), Jones would break the school record for victories set by Steve Davis in the 1970s. Davis went 32-1-1 as the Sooners' quarterback, winning national championships in 1974 and '75.
Jones is 32-8 in his fourth year as the starter for the Sooners (3-1, 1-1).
With the record approaching, Davis wrote Jones a letter encouraging him to keep leading his team no matter what happens. Jones committed two key turnovers in a loss to Kansas State two games ago, then bounced back with a solid outing to beat Texas Tech last week and tie Davis' record.
Tough test for Colorado. The Colorado Buffaloes are coming off their first bye week since Jon Embree took over the program two years ago. It may not help.
Colorado's opponent Thursday night, Arizona State, is also rested and rejuvenated after its own bye.
The Sun Devils (4-1, 2-0 Pacific 12) have three players ranked in the top 40 in the nation in sacks per game in junior tackle Will Sutton, sophomore linebacker Carl Bradford and junior defensive end Junior Onyeali. The three combined for six sacks in their 27-17 win over California on Sept. 29.
The Buffaloes are 1-4, 1-1. Colorado is 2-0 on Thursday night games at Folsom Field, having beaten Stanford in 1990 and West Virginia in 2008, but the Buffs are more than three-touchdown underdogs this week.
Arizona State is averaging 38.4 points per game with Taylor Kelly running new coach Todd Graham's up-tempo offense, and the Sun Devils' defense is superb despite a lack of depth at cornerback, leading the Pac-12 in scoring defense (13.6 points), total defense (276.2 yards) and tackles for loss (9.8 per game).
Vols coach recovering. Tennessee's coaching staff doesn't consider Derek Dooley's move to the press box a major hindrance as the Volunteers prepare for Saturday's game at No. 19 Mississippi State.
Dooley, 44, underwent surgery on his fractured right hip Tuesday afternoon and will work from the press box Saturday for the first time since his 2005-06 stint as the Miami Dolphins' tight ends coach.
This will mark the first time a Tennessee head coach has worked a game from the press box since Johnny Majors did it during a 40-0 victory over Cincinnati on Sept. 26, 1992, while recovering from heart surgery that forced him to miss the Vols' first three games that season.
"For us as a staff, we're trying to maintain our responsibilities the same way we always have," said offensive coordinator Jim Chaney, who also will be in the press box as part of his usual game-day routine. "I talk to Derek on the headsets. Now he'll be sitting beside me. I don't anticipate any difference, quite honestly, when it comes to game day."
Dooley missed Wednesday's practice.
Boise State penalties upheld. The NCAA stood by its decision that Boise State must lower the number of football scholarships it can award this season and next.
The decision came after Boise State officials appealed the scholarship penalty included in a series of sanctions handed down last year by the NCAA.
As part of the penalty package, the NCAA ordered the school to cut football scholarships from 85 to 82 this season and in 2013.
On appeal, school officials argued the penalty levied against Boise State was inconsistent when compared to past cases. The NCAA cited major violations by the football program and other sports and in response placed the school on probation for three years and imposed other sanctions.
Ohio State-Texas series. Ohio State and Texas have agreed to a home-and-home football series that will have the two teams playing in Austin in 2022 and in Columbus in 2023.
It's a continued response to major-college programs upgrading their opponents to improve their strength of schedule in the new playoff system still being finalized.
The games will be played Sept. 17, 2022, in Texas Stadium and Sept. 16, 2023, in Ohio Stadium. The schools have met three times previously - a home-and-home arrangement in 2005 and 2006, and in the 2009 Fiesta Bowl - with Texas holding a 2-1 edge.
Ohio State AD Gene Smith said playing teams of Texas' caliber "creates remarkable experiences for our players and fans."