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.
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.
Let’s say there’s a 1-loss PAC 12 team, an undefeated FSU team, and a 1-loss Oklahoma team. Who gets to the title game?
FSU vs. someone from the SEC. The SEC will not be without a title game participant. You can mark that down.
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 far do you think Dallas will go this season?
I like the Cowboys. I think Dallas has the second-best win of the NFL season. Arizona at New England is No. 1, but Dallas at the Giants is No. 2. I think the Cowboys will reach the playoffs, then we'll see.
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.
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.
Hypothetically speaking: Perkins gets amnesty next year. Who do you see as the replacement as the starting center?
Someone off the scrap heap. That's why I don't know if you amnesty Perkins. Sure, it's great 70 games a year and most playoff series. Then you play the Lakers and you've got no chance. Perk is like a left-handed reliever. Sure, you don't need him most of the time. But when you need him, you've got to have him.
How do you rate Tom Wort as a middle linebacker overall as a college player?
Mediocre. He's not terrible, but he doesn't make a ton of plays. I don't know if I buy all this "gap" stuff. I'm sure there's some truth to the idea that Mike Stoops' defense sets up the safeties, not the linebackers. But still.
What is the latest information regarding OK 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.
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.
Any word on when the OSU game at Kansas will kick off?
No, no word, but that's got 11 a.m. written all over it. With FX having an 11 a.m. window, and Fox Sports having an 11 a.m., a bunch of rumdum games are going to FSN at 11 a.m.
Which two teams have the best shot at making the Super Bowl?
I'd say San Francisco and Houston, since they appear to be the two best teams. But the NFC is full of contenders. Atlanta, New York, Dallas, even Philly, Green Bay.
Eventually, who does the Thunder let go at backup PG?
Well, Maynor can stay if he'll sign for a pittance. $3-4 million. He can make a lot more elsewhere. Go be the point guard in Detroit or Milwaukee or somewhere. He'll make $6-7M but fall off the face of the Earth. If Maynor goes, Reggie Jackson would be the heir apparent.
What's the weather like there today? Crappy here in Missouri.
Rainy here, too, although I would call that glorious, not crappy.
I'd like to ask you to compare the officiating in the NFL up to this point with the officiating at the OSU-Arizona game ... but I said I wouldn't go there anymore. So, instead, what do you think the implications to recruiting would be if OSU were to beat Texas for the 3rd year in a row?
The replacement refs had no clue. I don't think they were unethical or anything. I think the Pac-12 crew had a burr up its butt about OSU. Anytime you beat Texas, it helps in recruiting. Winning three straight from the 'Horns would really lift the Cowboys this particular season, so that's always good.
Who, in your opinion, has the best chance of winning the Heisman?
Heck, I don't know. If there's anything that drives me crazy, it's Heisman talk in September.
OU's loss to K-State showed that OU isn't very good. Does that mean K-State isn't either? I think OU looked bad playing a team that they was more talented than. OU should be ok for the year and could contend for a conference championship. Your thoughts?
I didn't follow the question. First, OU isn't very good. But then you say OU should be OK and could contend. The truth is, the Big 12 has a lot of parity this year. Play well or you'll lose. The Sooners could indeed contend for the Big 12, but they've got to play better.
I meant to say if they play up to potential.
I don't know. I don't know how high OU's potential is. Is it higher than West Virginia's? Or Texas'? I don't know. We'll see. In some ways, the Big 12 is like an NFL schedule. Play well, probably win. Play poorly, probably lose. It's wide open.
Will LeBron and crew repeat?
I would pick yes. I think the Heat is the favorite.
Do you think some of why Sooner fans get so frustrated with Landry has to do with what a guy like Griffin III or Weeden has done in his final season? Those guys were at their most impressive in their finales. That adds to the pressure we put on Landry. The bar is set high in the Big 12.
No. I don't think Weeden and/or Griffin had anything to do with expectations on Landry. The quarterback at OU is always under intense pressure to produce, whether he's a sophomore or senior, whether he's in a QB-rich era or not.
How much better is Alabama than the rest of the pack?
Alabama's dominance is way overstated by people. It's much too early to know.
I am sure the Thunder isn’t going to pay Perkins the amount of money on his contract. So how does his contract situation go?
We'll see. Perk is signed through, what?, 2015? So he'll stay, unless the Thunder decides amnesty is the way to go. But amnesty is no great solution. You've got to pay a center something, so it's not a true savings of $8 million a year. A bad center will cost you $4 million a year. So you might be better off keeping Perk.
Will OU/Texas Tech be televised?
ABC or ESPN or ESPN2. 2:30 p.m.
Regarding the OSU game Saturday: Rain would … a.) Help OSU b.) Hurt OSU or c.) Make no difference
C. Makes no difference. The teams are similar in style now that Walsh is the QB. With Wes Lunt, there was a difference in style. Not now.
I keep hearing about OU's lack of talent this season. Your thoughts?
OU's talent has slipped. Of that there's no doubt. They don't have a load of great players. That's the biggest problem. The Sooners need to upgrade.
Have you had a chance to see Weeden play yet? If so, what do you think, so far?
No, I haven't seen the Browns. Looking forward to it tonight. He was awful in the opener but improved quite a bit since then. Baltimore will be tough.
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.
Best wishbone QB under Switzer?
Jack Mildren. If you don't count Switzer's offensive coordinator days, I'd take Jamelle Holieway, but I like Lott and Watts a ton, too, and Steve Davis was 32-1-1. But I'd stick with Mildren.
To be honest, I don't think the Lakers are the biggest threat the Thunder. But for the hell of it, let’s put in perspective. The West is so strong so when it’s playoff time, the Lakers will have two elite point guards to play and given their age, by the time they get to us, don't you think the age and tired legs will be a factor?
I think the Lakers have some serious questions. Concerning both age and cohesion. They've got some great players, but most are advanced in age. I like the Thunder over the Lakers.
Biggest upset this weekend in college football, if any?
I'm taking Baylor over West Virginia. Probably a flier. But perhaps the Mountaineers will be too jacked up in their Big 12 opener.
Who from your staff is going to the OSU/Texas game?
We've got a ton. Me, Chopper, Vinegar Bend, JG Whitfield, Scott Wright and AC Slater. (For you uninitiated on the nicknames, that's me, John Helsley, Gina Mizell, Jenni Carlson, Scott Wright and Anthony Slater).
Did you have a chance to talk to Switzer this past week regarding OU's play vs. K-State?
Best RB in the Big 12?
Too early. Joe Randle, Malcolm Brown, John Hulbert at KSU, Ganaway at Baylor. There are several.
Have been able to see Bell in practice much in regards to throwing the ball? If so, what do you think?
No. I'm not allowed at practice. He's look shaky in games, but that's limited opportunities.
What college QB is playing the best so far?
The guy at Oregon, Thomas, is good. And Geno Smith has been superb. Neither has been tested.
Is it too early in the season to say the Texas game is a must-win for OK State?
Must-win for what? To win the league? Probably. To have a decent year? No. To make everyone feel better? Yes.
You think Notre Dame has a good chance to beat OU in Norman?
Sure. Notre Dame is playing well, the OU home-field mystique is gone. The Sooners will have to play well.
What color scheme do you think The Thunder's alternate uniforms will be and what do you want them to be?
I would say the same colors. No new colors. But I would bet that sunset orange might be the base color. Or the yellow.