The Oklahoman's Gina Mizell took questions from readers in today's OSU Power Lunch Chat. Join our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday on NewsOK.com/Sports.
Any news on the OSU recruiting trail?
I saw TONS of visitors on the sideline during pregame warm-ups, but I haven't heard about any commitments as a result. The most interesting prospect to me at this point is Laquon Treadwell, the No. 1 receiver in the nation. He's from Illinois, which is obviously Todd Monken's neck of the woods. But he's got a boatload of offers, and is clearly enjoying the attention of the recruiting process.
So, the ending of the Texas-OSU game could have been different but the coverage stories would have been the same. If Texas lost they would have been the owners of the stories that stated the loss was not the fault of QB play but was a defensive let down. It's funny how the outcome could have been different yet the stories would have been the same in context but written for a Texas loss. We are really seeing parity in our beloved Big XII, top to bottom this league is red hot with depth … but I can sense the cannibalism that is coming.
So my question, what will the national perception of the Big XII be by season end?
That's an interesting way to look at it. If OSU had won the game, my angle would have been Randle's big night. It flipped to the defensive letdown once Texas drove down the field and scored in the final minute--especially in converting that crucial 4th-and-6 play that turned into a 29-yard pass. I think the perception of the Big 12 right now is that there are several fantastic offenses ... and not a lot of defense. Games like the WVU-Baylor shootout only magnify that. I think there is a TON of parity in this league--I see OSU winning anywhere from four to seven games in conference, which is a big range. But, hey, Texas Tech ranks first in the nation in total defense!
I miss Lyndell Johson. Can you make him heal faster?
Haha. Unfortunately, I cannot. I've expressed several times that I think Lyndell Johnson is an athletic stud. He has great lateral speed and athleticism, and excels in pass coverage. He would have been REALLY useful against Arizona...not so much against Texas. I would imagine he'll be back in the next couple weeks, though. That's good news, because OSU will need them against several of these spread teams.
The success Texas had on 3rd and 4th downs made me think of Louisiana-Monroe and their "go on 4th" mentality. Think other Big 12 teams may increase their risk on 4th down against OSU in light of UT's success? Or does UT's power game stack the deck toward going for it more than any other Big 12 team?
Interesting theory. I don't think UT's power style had much to do with it ... the Horns struggled to run the ball all night, except for their second-to-last touchdown drive where they gashed the Pokes pretty good. UT's conversions on third and fourth down were mostly on pass plays...the two screens in the first quarter stick out, as well as the fourth-and-6 on the last drive. I don't think opposing offenses will change their strategy, just because OSU struggled with it for one game. But it'll be interesting to see the Cowboys improve.
We know Joe Randle was great running the football, but how incredible was he in blitz pickup? Both he and Kye looked great when called on to block.
Kye is a monster. I'm in a sports meeting right now, and we were just talking about his ridiculous guns. But yes, one of Randle's greatest strengths is his versatility, an that includes his ability to block. Often an overlooked part of his game.
The soccer team has not seemed to re-kindle the success from last season yet, especially on the offensive end. Did the team lose senior leadership on that end of the field or do they have injuries?
I'll admit, I haven't been following soccer as closely as some. It appears they miss Krista Lopez, both as their best offensive force up top but her leadership as well. AD Franch has been banged up at times.
How is Wes Lunt Progressing?
Well, it sounds like. Gundy spoke about this on his Sirius XM radio appearance yesterday, saying he could get back to practice by the end of the week. If he isn't ready for Kansas, I'd expect he'll be back by Iowa State. Seems like it's all going smoothly.
So, even if Texas had fumbled on its last TD, could the fumble have been looked at and OSU been given the ball because that wasn't the reason for the initial review?
Please help us change the stupid rule when they go to replay and use common sense! The goal is to get the call right, not have little nuance rules -- just see what happened -- fumble and OSU recovered and get it right. Give the replay guy all the power on a scoring play. It is ridiculous with the technology we have to "back up" refs on a bad call.
I'll address both of these, since they both talk about that last fumble. As noted in my story for Monday, a good Big 12 officiating source said the replay call was correct, that there wasn't enough to overturn the call. An OSU player would have needed to clearly recover the ball BEFORE the scrum. Once it got into a pile, the "clear" goes away. Whether he crossed the plane before fumbling was...debatable. But at best for OSU, that play would not have been called a TD, but UT would have had the ball on the half-yard line and the clock would have been running, likely taking away any chance for that possible miracle lateral play. Again, that's not why OSU lost that game. The fourth-and-6 play was.
Despite completely fumbling the snap, how awesome was it to see Quinn punt left-footed?
Wasn't Quinn Sharp's left-footed boot incredible? I mean, really!
Again, we've got some minds thinking alike here. That was a pretty impressive recovery and punt by Sharp. Most players in the country wouldn't be able to do that.
Do you see the Cowboys beating KSU and WVU?
Both of those games will be very, very tough. WVU's offense is just insane, but they likely won't be able to stop OSU, either. K-State obviously plays a completely different style, and that game is on the road. Before the season, I predicted both of those as losses, and I still see it that way. With the parity in the Big 12, though, OSU can definitely win both of those games.
That block by Randle was one of my favorite plays of the game.
Nothing to add here. Just thought I'd throw your comment in.
What was the tone of the crowd after the game? First loss (at home) in a while. I think I read about a full round of applause for the team after the game despite the disappointment?
Yes, standing ovation. Gundy tipped his cap to the crowd Sunday night, and Mack Brown did the same yesterday.
Commentary on Markelle Martin today was on the money. While our corners might have been slightly over-hyped, it seems Martin took a lot of pressure off of them. If that is true, and in your opinion, what is the best way to fix that problem?
That's a great question--something I plan to write about today. The secondary play, and the corners specifically, has been the most surprising (disappointing) development so far in the early season. They're getting beat 1-on-1, getting PI calls and not getting interceptions. I hope to get some insight from Bill Young and those corners this week to see what can be corrected. Maybe they're allowing too much space? They rarely play right up on a receiver.
OSU's schedule just got more difficult. 3 of the next 4 vs. Top 15 teams, the other game vs. the team that gave OSU its only loss last season.
No game, besides Kansas presumably, will be easy from here on out. I honestly see any other team beating anybody else on any given week. Difficult for teams and the coaches. Fun for the fans, because predicting these games is nearly impossible. I have no idea which team is going to win this conference.
Could it be that the key to helping out our corners is more pressure on the quarterback? Isn't Texas one of the best offensive lines OSU will face? We seemed milliseconds away from getting to the Ash.
Very good point. Pressure on the QB obviously always helps things. Forces the QB into sometimes making poor decisions, which could allow a corner to make a play.