Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Chat: Red River game and Baylor Heisman?
By Jake Trotter
Thanks for all your questions in today's chat. Here's where you can find the full transcript. If you didn't get your question posted, send it to the mailbag, and you could see it on the Big 12 blog on Friday afternoon:
Jake Lightning (Temple, TX): Who do you think will win between Baylor and OU? And what are the chances that that team will end up the season ranked in the top 5?
Jake Trotter: If I had to pick the game today, I'd pick Baylor. The Corey Nelson injury really hurts the OU D, and I just don't see OU outscoring Baylor given how the offense is currently constructed. The winner of that game will have a good chance to be top 5. Top 2? Probably not, but a lot can happen.
Howard (Houston): What chance do you give Bryce Petty and Lache Seastrunk making it to the Heisman stage only playing one half each game? Does Art [Briles] really have to put up 100 on people?
Jake Trotter: The dilemma Baylor has is which guy to push for the Heisman. The two are kinda splitting the vote, which is why you don't see a Baylor player anywhere on these straw polls. But if Baylor were to go 12-0, it would definitely have a guy in NYC. Not sure who that will be yet.
Bill Snyder (Manhattan, KS): What the heck do I do now? Both of my QBs are turnover machines...
Jake Trotter: I stick with Daniel Sams. Offense has more pop with him in the lineup. You have to remember, he didn't have Tyler Lockett or Tramaine Thompson for much of the OSU game. If he can limit turnovers, K-State has a chance to be better offensively than they've been with Sams in there.
Josh (Dallas): I hope OU looks over its game against TTU as much as you do. Wouldn't you think that game should get a little more hype than the game after it considering how even that series has been in the recent past? Also, Baylor and Tech play every year in Dallas, which is as neutral as it comes in college football. Just thought you might like to know.
Jake Trotter: Baylor and OU are the hot teams, but neither should be overlooking Tech. As I wrote yesterday, if Tech can figure out the QB situation, the pieces are in place for the Raiders to make a run. They haven't looked as impressive as Baylor or to a lesser extent, OU. But the bottom line is, they are 5-0. And they'll have their say when they go to Norman later this month.
Matt (Des Moines): How does Mike Davis get away with that hit on Deon Broomfield and making comments that he would do it again with no consequence from Texas or the conference?
Jake Trotter: Great question. It was so bad, Texas had to send out an email to a few reporters attempting to clarify what was being reported. Problem is, Davis was saying similar things on Twitter.
Danny (Austin): How does Texas NOT offer the job to Art Briles? He has done more with less. Mack [Brown] has done less with more.
Jake Trotter: Baylor fans will not like me saying this, but Briles, in my opinion, would be an excellent hire for Texas.
Ben (Chicago): What are your odds of WVU making a bowl game?
Jake Trotter: Mountaineers have three wins now. If they can beat Iowa State at home, KU and win one more game, they're in. So I think there's a pretty good chance for it.
Jay (Oklahoma): How do you feel about Condi Rice being on the selection committee? For me personally, I’d have no problem with it if she were an AD somewhere. It’s about her profession, not gender, IMO.
Jake Trotter: I respect smart people. Rice is a very smart person. So I'm all for it.
Danny (Austin): If Mack loses by 25 or more this weekend, could you see a circumstance where he'd just leave? What about 35?
Jake Trotter: In that scenario, I think Mack would just announce in November he would be resigning after the season.
Howard (Houston): What needs to happen for the Big 12 to get back in the top 2 or 3 in conference rank?
Jake Trotter: Texas needs to start carrying its weight.
Wes (Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina): Is this year’s Baylor team the best Big 12 team in history?
Jake Trotter: Slow down.
Jwild (Dallas): Who would you take -- Blake Bell or J.W. Walsh?
Jake Trotter: Bell
Mack Brown (Austin): With OU's starting LB out, I am going to shock the world and start Tyrone Swoopes. OU can't stop a running QB. Just wait.
Jake Trotter: The way Mack has gushed about Case McCoy, I don't see it.
Ryan (Dallas): Any trade secrets on navigating the Fair and the RRR?
Jake Trotter: Get to the corn dog booth early.