Jason Kersey: Big 12 Championship not out of the question for OU

The Oklahoman's Jason Kersey took questions from readers in today's OU Power Lunch Chat. Join our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on NewsOK.com/Sports.
by Jason Kersey Modified: September 5, 2012 at 4:32 pm •  Published: September 5, 2012
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The Oklahoman's Jason Kersey took questions from readers in today's OU Power Lunch Chat. Read the complete chat transcript here. Join our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on NewsOK.com/Sports.

Do you see a need for panic after the performance of the Sooners against UTEP?

Panic? That depends on what the expectations were for this season. If you thought this was a national championship caliber team, then yes I'd say so.

However, I think they are still capable of winning the Big 12 if things fall into the right place. They've struggled in openers vs. mid majors before, so it isn't like this is unprecedented.

Is Roy Finch in Bob Stoops’ doghouse or is it a case of not performing in practice? It’s not a question of talent.

No, you're right he certainly is talented. I think he isn't doing some of the things in practice he needs to do to earn that playing time, but I also just think he is the victim of something that happens: other people are just better. Stills and Shepard in the slot, and Whaley and Williams in the backfield.

What can be done about OU's O line?

I think the o line needs more experience and more time working together. I have no idea if this is a group that is capable of greatness, but I do think they can play better than they did. After rewatching the game, I have toned down some of my criticism of the line. I still don't think Landry was even close to being the biggest problem but he probably could've gotten some of those passes off quicker. The line showed some good ability Saturday so we will just have to see.

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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