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Berry Tramel: Power Lunch Chat transcript, 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
Berry Tramel, Staff Writer, Modified: October 18, 2012 at 3:07 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 Here's a transcript from today's chat:

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.

Hi Berry — I always enjoy your "historical" pieces, as they usually cover the 70s and 80s (*my favorite was 1982 high school basketball). Your article on Pappy Waldorf this week stretched us all to look even farther back. I enjoyed it — thanks for the research.

I don't think people appreciate Pappy Waldorf. One of the great coaches in college football history spent five years at OSU and did very well. He's hardly known at all in Stillwater.

Who plays for the national title if K-State loses and Oregon loses? Would Oklahoma beat out the rest of the one-loss schools? If they keep winning the way they have against Tech and Texas? OU vs. Alabama? Or would you pick a different one-loss school to play Alabama?

One-loss teams? I think it would come down to OU vs. Oregon. I would bet Oregon would win the prize, especially if Oregon avenged a loss to USC in the Pac-12 title game. But if Oregon's loss is IN the Pac-12 title game, then it would probably be OU. I think the SEC's foe in the big Bowl will be from the Pac-12 or Big 12.

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.

Has the Big 10 ever been this weak? Ohio State and Michigan are probably the two best teams, and they are decent at best.

I assume not. I assume this is the worst the Big Ten ever has been. Ohio State is good, but the rest are not. Including Michigan. Penn State might be the second-best team.

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.

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.

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.

Do you see the Sooners having a let down against Kansas after mauling the Longhorns, or, looking past them to Notre Dame?

I see a letdown. Probably a major letdown. And a 37-10 victory. Kansas actually isn't bad on defense.

Why was Honeycutt kicking off in the Cotton Bowl and not O'Hara?

Good question. I didn't ask. I don't think O'Hara's kickoffs have been great this season. Maybe that had something to do with it.

Fans (and media) often seem to place to much emphasis on a team's last game. Clearly OU isn't as bad as everyone thought after the Kansas State loss, or probably as good as everyone now thinks after the Texas win. What say you?

I'd say that's true of any one game, whether it's the last game or not. I am encouraged by OU's play in the last TWO games. That to me is a trend.

If OU were to win the rest of their Big 12 games, obviously K-State would have to lose 2 Big 12 games for OU to be on top. Do you see that happening?

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.

Your thoughts on Trey Metoyer play so far? How good is J. Saunders?

Metoyer has had trouble getting untracked. I thought Saunders looked really good. Seemed to have incredible wheels in the open field. I think he might take over at slot, with Kenny Stills going back outside.

Why do you think we haven't seen more of Trey Millard in the K-State and Tech games?

I think Millard played a ton against Tech. He played just 11 snaps vs. Kansas State. That was the problem with the game plan. You can't go devising a game plan that minimizes the use of Trey Millard. You've got to get him on the field. Not so much to run (though that's not a bad idea), but to block and catch.

Will you cover the Kansas game?

No, I'm going to Stillwater for OSU-Iowa State.

Quick aside, love your travel blogs. Please keep them up.

Thanks. I will. Sorry, I thought the Dallas blog was a little light. I ran out of time (this week has been hellacious) and I've written about Dallas a bunch in the past. But I will definitely keep them up. Let's see. I've got Iowa State, West Virginia and TCU coming up.

Are Bama and Oregon the two best teams right now?

That would be my guess. Although, watch out for the Ducks tonight at Arizona State. The Sun Devils might be capable of the upset.

Can you briefly explain the difference in the diamond and pistol formation, as it affects the running back alignment?

Well, the pistol formation is an I formation using the shotgun. A tailback lined up right behind a shotgun quarterback. It can be with other running backs, but doesn't have to be. The diamond is a pistol with a running back on each side of the shotgun quarterback. So the diamond is a form of the pistol.

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