Berry Tramel: Expect Walsh to start for OSU against Iowa State

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

Berry Tramel took questions from readers in today's Power Lunch Chat. Join our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on NewsOK.com/Sports. Read the complete transcript here.

Who's starting on Saturday, Lunt or Walsh? Who gives OSU a better shot at winning the game?

Most people guess Lunt will start. I'm guessing Walsh. Just the way Todd Monken talked. But clearly, Wes Lunt gives OSU its best chance to win this game. ISU will stack against the run, same as it did last year, and you need to stretch the field. Lunt can do that. Walsh cannot.

Under what circumstances is it possible for James Harden not to resign with the Thunder?

One circumstance. If the Thunder doesn't offer Harden what he wants. There is a number that Harden wants (the max, I'm sure, $14.5M a year). And there is a number he'll accept. That might be $12.5M, and if so, the Thunder might offer that. But if that number is $14M, the Thunder won't go that high.

I know Mizzou has moved to the SEC, but it seems like they can't beat any SEC teams. How do you think Mizzou-Tennessee will come down? Tennessee stinks but so has Mizzou as of late. Do you think they will get a win over Tennessee to help their SEC record a little?

Missouri-Tennessee sounds like a really good game. Mizzou has surprised me. I thought Missouri would fare really well in the SEC this year. Instead, the Tigers have stunk. They've been awful. You can't go losing to Vanderbilt. I guess I would pick the Vols vs. MU.

Even though Bell doesn't run any sets other than the Belldozer, how beneficial do you think real game experience will be for him as the heir apparent?

Oh, it can't hurt, but when you're talking about a game experience for a QB in this kind of offense, you're talking about reading defenses. Pressure, blitzes, coverage, that kind of thing. Bell does none of that in the 'Dozer. He looks for a hole and goes.

If OU were to win the rest of their Big 12 games, obviously K-State would have to lose two Big 12 games for OU to be on top. Do you see that happening?

by Berry Tramel
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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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