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Jason Kersey: OU/Notre Dame rematch in the Fiesta Bowl a possibility

The Oklahoman's OU beat writer 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. Here's a look at today's Q&A.
Oklahoman Modified: October 31, 2012 at 5:00 pm •  Published: October 31, 2012
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Wh
aley last Saturday? I didn't see him at all.

The million-dollar question. He hasn't played the last two weeks, while Williams, Clay and Millard have gotten the carries. I think there are probably a lot of factors going into it, but the main one is that Williams has been better. That doesn't explain why Clay is playing over Whaley, though.
 
If Bama, K-State, Notre Dame and Oregon are all undefeated at season's end, who will play for the national championship?
 
Good question. I think Kansas State is in a good position, but they don't have any games against highly ranked opponents left to boost them. If they all stay unbeaten and someone jumps KSU, I'd say it's likely to be Oregon. But Notre Dame would deserve a shot as much as anyone. It'd be a shame if that happened and a team or two got left out, especially considering how close we are to a 4-team playoff
 
I'm asking a legitimate (not sarcastic) question. Why do the Sooners move away from the hurry up offense when it gets the other team on their heels? It seemed as though they pretty much were doing whatever they wanted in the hurry up, but once it slowed down ND was able to overpower the Sooners.
 
I think it's a combination of things, but the main one is just the receiver fatigue that can come from running that type of hurry up on every single down. And if you can't run the ball very effectively, like OU couldn't against Notre Dame, it makes it tough to keep that pace up when every play is a passing play.
 
Do you think Josh Heupel is a good enough offensive coordinator for the Oklahoma program?
 
I think Josh is still learning and growing as a play caller, and yes, I think Josh is a good enough offensive coordinator.
 
Your score prediction for OU/Iowa State?
 
I'm picking OU to win 35-17.
 
I echo Mike's question. Whenever they start the "check with me" business over to the sidelines they lose rythm. I understand that they do that because they see a defensive shift they might like to counter. But regardless of how the defense shifts, the players still have to execute the play whether it was the original play called or the "check with me" audible. I would argue there is more to gain by staying with the original play and moving fast.

Interesting thought. I think you're right; checking with the sideline does seem to slow things down and disrupt rhythm.
 
Could Kendall Thompson be a factor at a different position for OU next season? Is he a good enough athlete to move somewhere else position wise?
 
I don't think he's going to be OU's quarterback, and I'm honestly not sure if he could factor in at another position. It's definitely something I could see happening because of how good an athlete he is. He's also the last player to leave the practice field almost every day as we're leaving our postpractice media availability, so you know he's a hard worker.
 
I don't know if you saw the TV replay of the ND game, but Kenny Stills looked like a punk after the almost touchdown play at the end of the game. Talking trash to the ND DB. Then pushed off on the next play, resulting in a penalty. Do you expect Stoops to discipline him for these actions?
 
I noticed some of that stuff, too, and I think in the heat of the moment Kenny overreacted. If there is any discipline, I'm certain it wouldn't be any kind of game suspension.
 
Seems that OU can't finish. Can't finish their drives without the Bell Dozer. Can't finish the games on defense against good teams (4th quarter problems). Is this a mental problem or a physical problem or a numbers problem?
 
Maybe a little of all of the above. On defense, they were close on a few of those third down plays against Notre Dame, but the Irish just came up with the big play. The bottom line here is that the 2012 Sooners aren't a great team. They're a very good team with a chance at getting to a big-time bowl game, but they aren't great. There's no shame in that. When you're two losses are to the No. 2 and No. 3 teams in the country, there's not much to hang your head over.
 
Where can we see prior Power Lunch Chats for the past few days?
 
Check the individual blogs for the people who were answering questions. They are there.
 
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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