Gina Mizell: Power Lunch Chat transcript, Sept. 25, 2012

The Oklahoman's Gina Mizell took questions from readers in today's Oklahoma State Power Lunch Chat. Join our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on NewsOK.com/Sports.
by Gina Mizell Modified: September 25, 2012 at 11:23 am •  Published: September 25, 2012
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The Oklahoman's Gina Mizell took questions from readers in today's Oklahoma State Power Lunch Chat. Join our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on NewsOK.com/Sports.

Does Gundy's injury report on Friday mean that he'll definitively say whether or not Lunt will play Saturday?

No. I would not be shocked if Lunt is listed as "questionable" on the report. Gundy is going to try to "play the game" all week and try to make Texas think there's a possibility he could play, even though it's unlikely.

After last night's debacle, should we be sending gift baskets to the Big XII referees to thank them for their quality work?

Haha. Nice. What a crazy moment that was last night, huh? I'll admit I didn't see it live (I was working on the "By the Numbers" blog...shameless plug)....but that was just nuts. It's unfair to blame the refs. They're unqualified and in over their heads. This is the NFL's fault.

David Ash has clearly improved from last year. How would you compare his talent and ability this year to what you've seen from Walsh and Lunt?

That's a really good question. You're right, Ash is definitely improved. He's been efficient (completing 75 percent of his passes) and is clearly making his reads better...hence the zero interceptions. I think Lunt is a superior thrower already, and Walsh is a superior runner. But Ash has something Lunt and Walsh do not: experience. I think that has helped Ash the most, and I'm sure he's more comfortable out there. Of those three, I think Lunt will ultimately be the best quarterback of the three. And we'll learn a lot about how much better Ash REALLY is during the Big 12 season.

Who should we be more worried about, Marquise Goodwin or Kenny Vaccaro?

I really like Vaccaro, the leader of that secondary that is really going to test Walsh's arm strength and decision-making. He's got 20 tackles, and INT, two pass break-ups, three QB hurries and a fumble recovery. That shows he's all over the field. Goodwin is a great all-around athlete, but I think Vaccaro will have a bigger impact on the outcome of this game.

Look, I have no problem with Gundy being vague about Lunt's injury to make it more difficult for Texas to prepare. But as the objective, competent journalist who follows this program daily (and is privy to candid, off the record comments) -- is there any chance at all Lunt plays? If I said there was a 1% chance, do you think that is too high, or too low?

The interesting thing about Gundy's comments yesterday is they weren't vague...he went the complete opposite direction of what I expected. I thought he'd stay mum about it...instead, he dropped quite a bit of info. I think there really is a lot of legit uncertainty about Lunt's status--and that Lunt is healing faster than anticipated--but it only makes sense for Gundy to toy with Texas and keep some sort of mystery. He didn't say anything untrue. If Lunt came out of the cast yesterday, I think there is a possibility he could be back out on the practice field by the end of the week. But by Thursday, practices are real light, and being available is different than being ready to play quarterback. All that said, I will say 1 percent is too low, but 10 percent is too high. The likelihood Lunt plays is somewhere in between.

My prediction for the Sept. 29 Texas-OSU game: Texas 31, OSU 35.

I think that's a fair prediction. I think this will be a close game...within a field goal or touchdown. I like Texas, but certainly think OSU can win at home.

About Packers-Seahawks: I thought a tie ball went to the offense. Personally, I think the vile towards the refs is unwarranted.

Based on the video I've seen, and the rule interpretations I've heard, Jennings (the DB) clearly had possession of the ball and brought it to his chest. Golden Tate then reached over and tried to get his hands on it. The "tie goes to the runner" only applies if both literally grab the ball at the exact same time. It was pretty clear Jennings got there first. But I agree the vile toward the refs isn't fair. It's the NFL's fault. Not the refs.

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by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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