The Oklahoman's Jason Kersey took questions from readers in today's OU Power Lunch Chat. Join our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on NewsOK.com/Sports. Here's a recap of the questions and answers.
What’s the update on Tony Jefferson?
Took every practice snap yesterday and is all but guaranteed to play Saturday.
Any news on Stacy McGee coming back?
Haven't heard anything but I'd imagine news will be coming fairly soon.
Do you think the bye week will help or hurt OU this week? Also, Do you expect the offense to open it up more starting with this game?
I think it helps. Bob Stoops' teams have typically played really well off byes and they can definitely use the time to get ready for K-State's offense. And yes, I think you can expect the offense to open up a little bit starting this week.
How do you think the Sooners will fare in this huge 3 game stretch they have coming up?
I really think things could go either way for OU. I think they'll beat Kansas State and Texas Tech -- although they could certainly lose those games -- but Texas to me is the biggest test.
There’s a lot of hype about West Virginia. I think they’re overrated. Sure, they looked good in some of their games.
I think West Virginia is the best team in the conference at this point, but the Mountaineers definitely aren't unbeatable. Lots can happen between now and that OU game, and I think Texas-West Virginia could go either way.
Can we expect D. Williams to get the bulk of the carries against KSU? He’s clearly the best RB right now.
Stoops wouldn't commit yesterday to a No. 1 running back, which I thought was telling. Damien Williams is carrying the ball the best right now so I would expect him to get the bulk of the carries.
Who do you see wining the OU-K-State game? Final score?
My score prediction right now is OU 31-21.
Looks like Alabama is pretty much unbeatable at this point. Do you see anyone beating Alabama?
It's definitely hard to see anyone beating Alabama. They just seem so good and so deep. That's the biggest thing to me is how deep they are on their lines. That's something few other squads can compete with.
Can the Sooners get more Top 10 team scheduled to play? No more FAMU. Maybe some SEC teams?
That's tough ... if OU had scheduled a top 10 team in place of FAMU, do you think the Sooners would still be unbeaten at this point? I can all but guarantee you that they wouldn't. Playing cupcakes is no fun for fans, and it really isn't fun for anyone, but it allows teams to work out the kinks early without destroying title chances early on.
If something happened to Landry and Bell became the starter, how much different of a team would the Sooners be? And in what ways?
I don't know that it would be all that different, to be honest. OU has a system that they run and they wouldn't change course all that much. But I'm sure there would be some minor tweaks.
How strong is the OU D-line to stop Klein?
I think the line isn't playing bad, but the biggest concern is depth. The younger backups will have to be ready to step up.
Why does Channel 9 always try to make the Oklahoma Connection? Klein-Stoops (a long time ago). Blackmon-OU recruiting, Cam Newton-OU recruiting (the one that got away)?
I can't speak for Channel 9, but in the case of Klein-Stoops, Bob Stoops volunteered that story during his news conference and it was interesting. It's the media's job to tell compelling stories that its viewers/readers are interested in.
How about Mike Stoops as the next head coach for the Dallas Cowboys? Just a thought.
I have no idea how Mike Stoops would fare as an NFL head coach. I've honestly never thought about that before, but it's an interesting idea I suppose.
Rivals had OU ranked as high as no. 5 and now OU has dropped to no. 25. Is there a decline in interest in Oklahoma because of their facilities?
I don't think facilities are the problem. I can't speak for Rivals.com's rankings but I think by the time signing day rolls around, OU will be fine.
Just a uniform observation, but I'm glad OU had not gone to the matte finish helmets. Not a big fan.
You don't see programs like OU mess with uniforms too much, and I think that's a good thing.