Berry Tramel: Expect Landry Jones to go in the first round of the NFL draft
The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel took questions from readers in today's Power Lunch Chat covering Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, the NFL, Oklahoma City Thunder and NBA, Darrell Royal's passing, and more. Here's a recap of today's Q&A.
ON THE OKLAHOMA STATE COWBOYS:
How is Wes Lunt looking in practice? Any signs that the concussion is still bothering him?
I have no idea. I would assume the concussion is bothering him, because that's what concussions are. Bothersome. But if I was guessing, I'd guess that Lunt plays.
Who starts at QB Saturday for OSU?
I'm guessing Lunt. I talked to someone high up at OSU, and they guessed Lunt, although they didn't claim to know. I think Gundy likes the intrigue of no one knowing. But it's possible the doctors sit Lunt and go with Chelf.
ON THE OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER AND THE NBA:
Your thoughts on the Thunder alternate unis?
Not bad. I sort of liked them. Low key. Understated. You know what I want to see? OKC uniforms that say "The City" on them. I know that's stealing from the Warriors, but OKC is a place that a lot of old-timers still call "The City."
How has the reaction to the James Harden trade been in and around OKC?
Fans are disappointed, but most understand the economic realities. And Kevin Martin is a nice consolation prize.
Do you think the Sacramento Kings end up in Seattle by the time David Stern retires in Feb of 2014?
I'd guess yes. That looks pretty likely to me.
The Lakers are 1-4. Your thoughts?
Well, I'm like the rest of America. Pretty excited about it. But I expect the Lakers to turn things around. I never did buy the dominant label. But I thought the Lakers would at least contend. They eventually will, probably.
ON COLLEGE FOOTBALL FROM AROUND THE NATION:
How good/bad is Baylor?
Good on offense. Bad on defense. Look at it this way. Baylor has twice scored at least 50 points AND LOST! That's got to be an NCAA record. So the Bears will put up some points and yards, but the Sooners will put up a ton of both.
If ND and K-State go undefeated but get jumped by a 1-loss/conference championship game winner Oregon, will this make the Big 12 think again for not having the conference championship game and Notre Dame jumping into the ACC as a full member?
There is no way Oregon with a loss jumps KSU and Notre Dame. Zero percent chance. Heck, Oregon is undefeated and trails now. I think Oregon makes the Big Bowl if it goes unbeaten. But no way Oregon jumps unbeatens teams, if the Ducks have a loss. And the Big 12 is of no mind to expand. None. The Big 12 believes that the new four-team playoff format coming in 2014 will make it likely that the Big 12 champ will be in the playoff most years. Better chance of a league title game knocking a team out rather than earning a team in.
Which two teams do you predict to play for the national championship? I say Oregon-Alabama, but watch out for K-State.
I'm with you. Oregon-Alabama. I think Oregon will rise. The Ducks already are No. 2 in both polls, which comprise 2/3 of the formula. And Oregon's strong finishing schedule -- Stanford, Oregon State, probably UCLA in the Pac-12 title game -- will lift the Ducks' computer standing.
Is Bama still the best team right now? Do you see anyone beating them?
I would say yes, Bama is the best team. I don't think KSU or Notre Dame would beat Bama. Could, sure. But would? I think Oregon has the best chance, because of style of play. You've got to spread out Bama and hit them with speed.
Who would you like to see play for the BCS championship?
Oregon and Kansas State. Need to break the SEC hold. I would love to see Bill Snyder get a shot at a national title.
It is time to bring in Louisville and BYU to the Big 12. Thoughts?
I'd vote Louisville. Not BYU. I'd vote for 11, not 12. I think an 11-team conference -- with 10 league games -- would be a great thing. Excellent games week after week.
Thanks for your travel blog -- always a good read. Have you ever considered a book on travel and sports sights?
No, but that's not a bad idea. I'll have a few more travel blogs this year. I'll do one on the West Virgina trip and the Fort Worth trip. Then the bowls. And there's always the NCAA Tournament and the NBA playoffs. So I'll keep them going.
Alabama has had HUGE success with D-line recruits from JC. That would seem to be a great way to go for ou. Agree?
Absolutely. I've got to believe that OU is beating down the door of every quality juco D-tackle.
Why all the fuss over the 'hook 'em horns' thing?
Why all the fuss? Because it's Mack Brown and Texas. If it was Tommy Tuberville and the Guns Up sign, nobody would even know. But when Mack talks, people react.
Could the other conference commissioners vote that in order for a team to be in the 4-team playoff, the team has to participate in conference championship game forcing independents to join a conference and the Big XII to expand to 12?
They could, but they won't. Because then someone could turn around and form an alliance to vote in something that THEIR conference doesn't want to do. The only similar scenario might be to limit the four-team playoff to conference champions. Which I support fully. Heck, now, you could even let the ACC designated Notre Dame as its champ, if it wanted.
Could there ever been a stipulation on only having conference championship game winners allowed into the 4-team college football playoff?
Sure, but again, you vote that in, and you're voting to let someone start telling you what to do. For instance, vote that in, and maybe the other leagues vote that the conference title game has to be played at a neutral site. Which screws the Pac-12 out of what it wants to do. Or you could vote that a conference title game can't be played at a semifinal or Big Bowl site, which could mess with the SEC or Big 12. It's a can of worms.
ON THE NFL:
What are your thoughts, if any, on Jerry Jones not hiring a GM for Dallas? Do they need a GM other than Jerry Jones?
Sure the Cowboys need a general manager, but they're not going to get one. That's not in Jerry's DNA. The Cowboys are what they are. An owner-controlled football organization, much like Al Davis and the Raiders, which worked for awhile but slowly disintegrated. The Cowboys will be hard-pressed to keep up with the NFC's elite -- Giants, Packers, Bears -- over the long haul, but it won't change.
Have you heard anything about when DeMarco might return to the Dallas lineup?
No, he's still not practicing, which is not a good sign. Jerry Jones said Dallas wants to be cautious with DeMarco's foot. Probably wise.
Houston Texans this weekend?
I think I'll go with Chicago. Man, what a great Sunday night game. Just fantastic.
ON OKLAHOMA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL:
What's your take on the proposal for a 7A football class? Any thoughts on having schools in the largest class field multiple varsity teams once they hit a set number of students?
I hate the idea of 7A. And I don't like the idea of multiple varsity teams. That's silly. Here's what I would do. I would cut 6A down to 24 schools, then make 5A and 4A 48 schools each. Or at least 5A. The idea that Class 4A has the same number of schools as 6A, with the disparity in size among 6A schools, makes no sense.
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