Berry Tramel: OU can withstand the losses to its offensive line

The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel answered questions from readers in today's Power Lunch Chat. Participate in our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. at NewsOK.com/sports.
by Berry Tramel Modified: August 9, 2012 at 12:36 pm •  Published: August 9, 2012
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The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel answered questions from readers in today's Power Lunch Chat. Read the entire chat recap here. Participate in our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. at NewsOK.com/sports.

Berry, the losses Oklahoma is having are starting to look like 2011. Not a good thing. Does this change your mind on them contending for a Big 12 or national title?

No. I'm not too worried about offensive line losses. I think most teams like OU can withstand O-line losses. The Sooners weren't overpowering anyone anyway. And pass blocking is more of just getting in the way. Now, if the Sooners were to play a power team in the Big Bowl, they certainly would wish they had Habern and Evans. But I didn't even have OU winning the Big 12 in the first place.

Excluding past history and only looking at the present and future, rank these Big 12 football programs: OK State, TCU and WVU.

1. OSU; 2. WVU; 3. TCU. What is there not to like about OSU's football future? The Cowboys have pristine facilities, a roster full of good ballplayers and the 2011 Big 12 trophy.

Is it time for the Astros/Redhawks to part with Tony DeFrancesco? Some of his decisions during the current losing streak have been pretty bizarre.

You're asking me if the Astros should fire their AAA manager? How about cleaning house in Houston first? How did they go from the 2005 World Series to a franchise that is among the worst in baseball?

Any chance that Holder can ask Boone Pickens for some money to buy out Travis Ford's contract?

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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...
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