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.