Gina Mizell: Expect Oklahoma State to use two quarterbacks in Bedlam
Gina Mizell took questions from readers in today's Power Lunch Chat. Here's a recap of today's Q&A.
The Oklahoman's Gina Mizell 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. (No chat on Thanksgiving, though.) Here's a recap of today's chat, which was Bedlam, Bedlam, Bedlam and more Bedlam.
Was the QB option installed only for Texas Tech or will we see it again this week? And was that a Monken or a Gundy innovation?
I would be shocked if we did NOT see the J.W. Walsh package this week. That's the two-QB system Monken and Gundy had in mind all along, before Lunt and Walsh both got hurt. Monken calls/designs the plays, so I assume he came up with the specifics of it, but Gundy's always wanted to get Walsh on the field even if he wasn't named the starting quarterback.
Don't you expect OU's quicker secondary to be a serious problem for Chelf, who does not have the arm Lunt has?
That's definitely a great point. He doesn't have the arm strength as Lunt, but at this point, he's making better decisions. This could be a perfect game for Josh Stewart, who can take short passes, shake a defender in the open field and turn it into a big gain.
The linebacking corps looks pretty solid going forward. We only lose Elkins while Lyndell Johnson and Ryan Simmons have played very well. Joe Mitchell has made some plays too. That's 4 or 5 quality guys. Has to be the deepest position on the team.
I agree. I thought this before the season, and after a bit of a slow start (most notably against Arizona — a game Lyndell Johnson didn't play in), it's been a really solid unit against both the run and pass. Shaun Lewis is a quiet, steady performer. Caleb Lavey has been solid in the middle. And Elkins plays with such fire. I think Johnson and Simmons are going to be fantastic performers by the end of their career, and Nico Ornelas, DeMarcus Sherod and Kris Catlin have potential.
Do you think OSU will be able to score on OU like West Virginia did? Or do you think the Sooners will be more prepared this time?
I'm sure that awful performance got the Sooners' attention, and that Mike Stoops and that defensive staff will make some adjustments. It will be interesting if OU continues to play seven defensive backs, because if so, Joe Randle and Jeremy Smith could be set up to have another big, big performance against the Sooners. Like I mentioned before, I'm really interested to see the game plan these two coaching staffs come up with. Should be a fun chess match.
Do you expect more scheming this week like Holgy did against OU last week? Monken seems to have the mind to exploit advantages/weaknesses.
Maybe not because of the WVU game, but because of recent Bedlam history. My beat pal John Helsley wrote about this on Monday. In 2010, OU busted out the 50 defense that threw OSU for a loop. Last season, OSU took full advantage of the bye week, designing a blitzing defensive game plan and a run-heavy offensive game plan that just throttled the Sooners. I'm sure OU will make defensive adjustments after that terrible performance in Morgantown. And now OSU has the two-quarterback system, with J.W. Walsh's special packages, they were hoping to have all along. So who has the next move? It's going to be fun to see what these two staffs came up with.
OSU's biggest defensive weakness heading into the OU game?
To me, it's still the secondary. Brodrick Brown and Justin Gilbert have been better in recent weeks, but they've been inconsistent (or poor) more than they've been OK or good. Shamiel Gary has also improved a lot at strong safety in pass coverage, and Daytawion Lowe HAS been consistently good all year. But if Landry Jones has time to throw, he could still burn the Cowboys deep.
Gundy talked about players playing in hostile places, but Bedlam on the road is another animal because it brings out the best in fans of the home team. So how big of a factor is OSU going into a place where 3/4 of the players have never played, knowing they have yet to play that great away from Stillwater – plus losing two games & almost a third one to the Big 12's worst teams?