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Mike Sherman: Despite rout of Texas, Sooners don't rank with the SEC best

The Oklahoman's Mike Sherman took questions from readers in today's Power Lunch Chat. Join our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on
Oklahoman Modified: October 15, 2012 at 2:38 pm •  Published: October 15, 2012

The Oklahoman's Mike Sherman took questions from readers in today's Power Lunch Chat. Join our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on Take a look at some highlights or read the complete transcript here.

As a huge OU fan, it's hard to be objective, but the team that played Saturday looked every bit as good as Alabama, Florida, or Oregon to me. Your thoughts?

The Sooners dominated Texas last year and within six weeks had lost at home to Texas Tech and been burned at Baylor. But clearly this was different. This was the kind of physical domination that inspires confidence within a program and beyond. I'm not ready to rank the Sooners up there with the SECs best, yet. I think the Kansas State loss damages that argument. But for one game, yes, they looked like BCS timber. For one game. Another chance to prove that comes at 7 p.m., Oct. 27.

Your thoughts on OSU kinda struggling against Kansas?

I think I better stop asking Gina Mizell and John Helsley if they're absolutely sure Wes Lunt will get his job back when he's healthy. It's clear that he will. We still don't know what OSU has in Lunt, but we know that it's better than J.W. Walsh, a nice quarterback but not for that offense. Against a decent offense, Oklahoma State's defense isn't good enough to carry the Cowboys alone. They need to be able to get the ball to the outside receivers, and Walsh can't. Time to get Mr. Miyagi's hands on Wes Lunt's knee and have him ready for Iowa State.

It's clear to me OSU would have beaten Texas with Lunt (they can't defend anything) OU and OSU both ran all over them. Difference was OSU didn't have a true passer in Lunt. Question, do you think Texas' defense coordinator is possibly not qualified to be a coordinator at this level?

There's a lot of things at Texas that are scheduled for re-evaluation after the last three weeks, and Manny Diaz's performance as defensive coordinator has to be one of them. Why was Mack Brown so quick to throw his offense -- and without naming him offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin -- under the bus in the post-game press conference but praised his defense for its effort? Effort? Texas' tackling has been dreadful for weeks. Letting Trey Millard jump over you once isn't good. Shows that you're not even tackling the right way (head down). But when he jumps one tackler and punishes another on the same run you've got some fundamental problems. Great play by Trey, poor, poor tackling by Texas.

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by Mike Sherman
Sports Editor
Mike Sherman is sports editor of The Oklahoman, where he has a combined 18 years of service during two stints as a writer and an editor. He covered high school sports for The Oklahoman from 1984-93. He also worked as a news writer for the...
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