The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel took questions from readers in today's Power Lunch Chat. You can read the complete transcript here. Join our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on NewsOK.com/Sports.
Your thoughts on Landry Jones' NFL career?
I assume it won't be great. His draft stock is falling, but he'll still get drafted relatively high. Maybe first round. But once there, most young QBs fail. And guys who don't protect the ball fail even more quickly.
How much of a chance do the Sooners have to make it to the national championship game if they finish out the season with one loss and win the Big 12? Or is that just wishful thinking?
Mostly wishful thinking. The problem with OU is not how it would fare in the polls. The problem is how it's playing. When you play as poorly as the Sooners have, you have to worry about just getting better and winning in Lubbock, not winning the popularity game.
What is the latest information regarding Oklahoma State's partnership with Fox Sports to carry sports on its various outlets?
I was told something should be worked out soon. OSU should sign up with Fox. But OSU always seems to lag behind in media-rights stuff. Sort of reactive rather than proactive. So I think it will be the last nail for Fox. But hopefully within a few weeks.
Who’s your favorite NFL team?
I don't have a favorite NFL team. It's sort of interesting. I just like certain teams in certain situations. I just love the game. Love watching. It really is like watching a movie to me. I'm rarely pulling for someone. Just watching to see what happens. Oh, sometimes I have a favorite. I like Green Bay most of the time. I like the Giants. I like whoever is playing New England. I like to see the Steelers lose just so Traber won't yap about them so much.
Should the NFL overturn the Packers/Seattle game?
I'm going to say no. As big of a rip job as it was, that's a can of worms I don't think you can open. That pains me, because I like the Pack and it was a horrible call, but I'd vote no.
Oklahoma State basketball is a mess. How does it get turned around? Does Holder just need to look in the couch cushions for cash and buy out Ford's contract?
Well, Ford is upgrading the talent big-time. Nash last year, Marcus Smart this year. But clearly, OSU needs to get better. If the Cowboys don't win this year, it's not good. I don't know if Holder can buy out Ford or not. That's a lot of money for a sport that fewer and fewer fans care about.
In your opinion, which assistant coach for OU is the most expendable, if any?
Well, expendable is the wrong word. You need them all. But the weak link, I'd say, is Bruce Kittle. He's completely unproven as a coach. Virtually no experience as a college coach, and he gets a full-time staff gig. Seemed awfully good-ol-boyish to me.
Longhorns or Cowboys this weekend?
Texas. I would have picked OSU had Lunt been healthy, but I think the OSU running game will be severely tested to produce without a stretch-pass threat.