Lunch chat: More questions on OU football, Big 12 realignment
I didn’t get to all the questions on my lunch chat yesterday, so I saved them, and here they are.
Leroy: “What is the latest on the realignment stuff? Is the Big 12 going to drag its feet about extending invitations, or are they going to keep it under wraps who they invite to our conference?”
I think the Big 12 will try to keep it quiet. But that stuff doesn’t stay quiet for long. But before the Big 12 can pursue expansion, it must determine if Missouri will stay. First things first.
Larry: “What are your thoughts on the OU/Texas game this year?”
The Sooners clearly are the better team, but they were last year, too, and it was 28-20. One-possession game. So I think the Longhorns will be tough.
Guest: “David Boren got worked big time on this whole conference re-lineament debacle. Why isn’t he taking more heat? When did he lose his political acumen?”
I’d say he’s taking quite a bit of heat. Probably his lowest point in 17 years as president. Came out looking bad.
Larry: “Barring injuries at the RB position, I don’t think we will see B. (Brandon) Williams this year. What do you think?”
If I would guess, I’d say he’ll play this Saturday. Bob Stoops likes to throw curveballs. On the other hand, the only reason people are excited to see him is because of his recruiting ranking. Which means squat. Doesn’t mean anything at all.
Daniel: “With the ‘average at best’ defense that OU has, who will give the Sooners the most trouble this season….outside of OSU?”
Texas, clearly. The Sooners’ road tests aren’t much between Tallahassee and Stillwater. You’ve got Waco, Manhattan and Lawrence. I suppose you could put Texas A&M on the list of difficult games, but that’s at Owen Field. I don’t like the Aggies’ chances.
Guest: “Do you think OU and OSU are now on the sidelines with Baylor and Iowa State with nowhere to go after the actions of the Pac12 and David Boren last week?”
No. OU could always change its mind about the SEC. And the Pac-12 doesn’t really want to stay at 12, if the other major leagues are headed to 14 or 16. So I think the Pac-12′s moratorium is temporary.
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