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Berry Tramel took questions from readers in today's Power Lunch Chat. Join our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on
by Berry Tramel Modified: October 18, 2012 at 3:50 pm •  Published: October 18, 2012

Ask me Saturday night. If KSU beats West Virginia, I think the 'Cats win the Big 12 title. They would have to lose twice, with OU and WVU in the rearview mirror. Now, KSU still has Texas, Tech and TCU. But if KSU wins at West Virginia, the Cats might just run the table.

Reviewing the Texas game on DVR, and seeing some sideline shots of Mac during the beat down, it looks like he is without a clue. Why do you think that is? Has time passed him by?

I don't think time has passed him by, but I do think OU has a clear edge in the rivalry. The Sooners play with an edge. And they seem to rally better after adversity. This season looked bleak after KSU, but OU has restored its confidence. Same with 2010, when the Sooners looked dead in the water but rallied to win the Big 12.

Top 5 Texas replacement coaches?

Fantasy list? 1. Saban; 2. Urban Meyer; 3. Pete Carroll; 4. Bob Stoops; 5. Chip Kelly. Reality list: 1. Les Miles; 2. Chris Peterson; 3. Art Briles; 4. Gary Patterson; 5. Mike Gundy.

Where was Blake Jackson during the KU game? Will he play against ISU?

I asked the same question and didn't get a good answer. I think OSU abandoned the passing game in Lawrence, because of the conditions and Walsh's uncertain play. I assume Blake Jackson will be prominent again this week, but you never know. The OSU offense has been hard to figure this year, because of off weeks and QB changes, etc.

How will Jalen Saunders help the team the remainder of the year?

I think he'll be a big factor. He looks very evasive in the open field. I think he will soon become a primary target for Landry. Wouldn't surprise me if he's the No. 2 receiver going forward. Of course, I'm judging all that off the Texas game. So it probably would be best to see him another week.

Is it too early for an OU/Notre Dame prediction?

No. Sooners win easily. I don't think Notre Dame can score.

For more Oklahoma football, Oklahoma State football and Oklahoma City Thunder, read the complete transcript here.


by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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