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November 21, 4:00 PM ET
Chat with Jake Trotter

Jake Trotter
  (4:04 PM)

Hey guys. Keep firing in your questions and comments. We'll get rolling in a sec.

Blaine (Norman, OK)

What bowl do we go to if we lose to OSU?

Jake Trotter
  (4:07 PM)

The Cotton is a possibility, but if K-State goes 10-2, the Cotton will probably have to take the Wildcats. That leaves the Alamo Bowl, which would select a 9-3 OU over a 9-3 Baylor, even though Baylor actually would have the tiebreaker. Most likely waiting in the Alamo would be Utah or UCLA. Pumped yet?

SG (Houston, TX)

No team in the country beats Baylor this past Saturday night. Agree or disagree?

Jake Trotter
  (4:08 PM)

Uh, disagree. Baylor didn't play a perfect game. They just played well enough to beat OU. Many of those deeps plays were just as much about OU's execution as they were about Baylor's.

Adam (TEXAS)

Will Landry Jones go pro?

Jake Trotter
  (4:10 PM)

I've been told he's leaning toward staying. Obviously that will be a decision that's made after the season, when he gets his film review back. The fact that the national title and Heisman Trophy are out of the question doesn't hurt the chances he comes back, either.

Timmy (Quinton)

If we win out, what are the chances that we get stuck playing the big east champion

Jake Trotter
  (4:10 PM)

No chance. The Big East champ is going to the Orange Bowl. The Fiesta, most likely, will take Stanford with its at-large pick.

Titletown (Tulsa)

When is last game OU was trailing by 10 or more at any point in game and actually won? Shocking since O is built for quick strike scoring.

Jake Trotter
  (4:12 PM)

Anyone? I know they did against Nebraska, but that was 11 seasons ago. I'm sure it's happened. But you're right, not too many occurrences come to mind.

Blaine (Norman, OK)

Who would we play if we go to the Fiesta Bowl?

Jake Trotter
  (4:12 PM)

Stanford

Brantley Clark (Arkansas)

Is there any chance of playing an SEC team in a BCS bowl?

Jake Trotter
  (4:13 PM)

The only place that would happen would be the Sugar Bowl. But the Sugar has the final at-large selection and would be forced to take Houston if the Cougars finish undefeated. So probably not.

Matt (Los Angeles, CA)

Two distinct situations, and two distinct instances where our pass defense has been absolutely shredded for a subsequent loss. For Stoops to say that this may be his best defense yet (pre-season), what does it say about his own estimations as to their ability? Does it mean that Brent V is not doing his job of coaching up to the talent, or does it mean that Stoops himself is not quite sharp in assessing the strengths and weaknesses of a team, and figuring out how to either fix or bring in others that can? (Coach V issue = maybe it's time for new blood. Stoops issue = we have real problems)

Jake Trotter
  (4:14 PM)

You bring up a lot of points. I think the bottom line is this defense, more specifically this secondary, has not improved over the course of the season. That falls on Stoops, Venables, Willie Martinez and the players. This has not been one of their better coaching seasons.

Adam's brother (Oklahoma)

Given the success of the Bell-Dozer, is it more likely Landry goes pro?

Jake Trotter
  (4:15 PM)

One has nothing to do with the other. All it means is that if Landry does go pro, the Sooners have a pretty talented option in Bell to take his place.

John (Norman, OK)

Why do we still rotate between Ikard and Habern at Center?

Jake Trotter
  (4:16 PM)

Seems like they're trying to get Habern re-acclimated to playing, but it's clear he's just not ready yet. Ikard is so versatile that it doesn't really affect him switching positions back and forth. But I would expect Ikard to continue getting the majority of snaps at center.

Johnathan (oklahoma city)

Would it be possible for Oklahoma to go to another BCS bowl game other than the Fiesta if they win out?

Jake Trotter
  (4:17 PM)

No. Fiesta is committed to taking the Big 12 champ.

Tanner Johnson (Crescent, Oklahoma)

Who do you think will pull out the win at Bedlam?

Jake Trotter
  (4:18 PM)

Honestly, I have a hard time seeing OU winning that game right now. But I'll be making my picks on Bedlam next week.

Steve (Moore, OK)

Can OU fix the secondary problems before Bedlam?

Jake Trotter
  (4:19 PM)

They can, but it will require some juggling of personnel. Possibly bumping Tony Jefferson to back safety and inserting Joe Ibiloye at nickelback.

JN (Edmond, OK)

Any info on players missing multiple practices over past two weeks due to skipping classes and if that could be affecting the team

Jake Trotter
  (4:19 PM)

There have been rumors of that, and certainly the Sooners played like a team unfocused and undisciplined Saturday.

Pistol Pete 1988 (Stillwater)

Jake,How do you see Bedlam playing out?

Jake Trotter
  (4:20 PM)

No doubt it's going to be a shootout. The big key for OSU will be stopping the Belldozer. For OU, limiting Blackmon and Co. downfield.

Tanner Johnson (Crescent, Oklahoma)

Do you think OU's defense will step it up this Saturday against Iowa State?

Jake Trotter
  (4:20 PM)

Does it really matter? I want to see this defense step up against Oklahoma State. Beating Iowa State in Norman won't impress me.

Nostradamus (Oklahoma)

Remember last week when everybody wanted to talk about Bedlam and BCS title, and I asked if OU had to beat Baylor to get in the NC game? With that in mind...What does OU need to focus on to beat Iowa State?

Jake Trotter
  (4:22 PM)

Clearly the answer to that question was, "Yes." OU needs to get back to the basics on defense. No mental breakdowns. The talent is there. The collective focus... well, it's somewhere else.

JN (Edmond, OK)

Any word yet on Jaz's injury?

Jake Trotter
  (4:23 PM)

No official word. His left arm was in a sling after the game. It's a shoulder injury. I'd be surprised if he played this weekend. Bedlam, we'll see.

Blaine (Norman, OK)

Is it Coach V's fault or Willie Martinez's fault that Harris was not pulled out earlier in the game?

Jake Trotter
  (4:23 PM)

The way Stoops structures playing time is through the assistant coaches. So it falls on Martinez.

JD (OKC)

Why wouldn't Cotton take OU? Better national and regional draw - plus Jerry loves the Sooners

Jake Trotter
  (4:24 PM)

True, but the Cotton is not going to diss K-State at 10-2 if OU is 9-3, and coming off two losses in three games.

Greg (Tulsa)

Blake Bell has to be the heir apparent at QB, right? If he can throw the ball downfield we're looking at a Tebow like gamechanger.

Jake Trotter
  (4:25 PM)

He definitely reminds me of Tebow. But just because he runs the Belldozer to perfection doesn't mean he's automatically going to be the starting QB. OU is not going to revamp its offense. He'll have to show he run that offense, too, and Drew Allen is not going to just roll over and give it to him.

SG (Houston, TX)

To answer Titletown in Tulsa...we were down 17 to Nebraska in last year's conf. title game. Sooners showed great resiliency to comeback to win a very important game.

Jake Trotter
  (4:26 PM)

Geez, how could I forget that one? Great come back win.

Brantley Clark (Arkansas)

Can Brandon Weeden pick apart our secondary as well as Robert Griffin did?

Jake Trotter
  (4:27 PM)

Weeden is more equipped to pick apart OU's secondary for a couple of reasons. More weapons. Better protection. Weeden is also more accurate in the short and intermediate pass game than Griffin, though Griffin throws the deep ball about as well as anyone in the country.

Hyslop (Quinton)

With the way OU's season has turned out, does it hurt the chances of picking up the bigger names in the recruiting class this year.

Jake Trotter
  (4:28 PM)

Winning always helps, and losing never does. Doesn't mean OU won't land a big-time recruiting class. The Sooners' track record is good enough to overcome a couple of upset losses.

Pistol Pete 1988 (Stillwater)

Is the OU defense not playing to thier abilities or are they overrated?

Jake Trotter
  (4:29 PM)

Both, in my opinion.

Greg (Tulsa)

Do you see OU coming out more motivated for the next two weeks because of the loss?

Jake Trotter
  (4:30 PM)

History tells us they will. Remember Bedlam the last two seasons? Everyone was picking OSU. OU won both. I have a feeling everyone will be picking OSU this time around, too. But Stoops' teams always play their best as the underdog.

Matt (Los Angeles, CA)

If Landry does indeed go pro, how stark of a drop-off would it be between Allen/Bell for next year, as opposed to a possibility of a title run with Landry?

Jake Trotter
  (4:31 PM)

You always are at an advantage with the experienced QB. So the dropoff would be pretty stark initially.

Donovan (honolulu)

Do you think the defense has been bad based on coaching or players? Since mike stoops left, the D hasnt been championship caliber.

Jake Trotter
  (4:33 PM)

In fairness, the offenses in the Big 12 have gotten A LOT better since Mike left. Part of too, OU had better defensive players at the turn of the decade than they have the last 5-6 years.

ED HIBBS (TULSA)

What are the chances Mike Stoops will come back to OU?

Jake Trotter
  (4:33 PM)

It's possible, but the chances are slim. Venables would have to leave for that to happen.

ED (TULSA)

Why the timeout? Do you think it cost OU the game?

Jake Trotter
  (4:36 PM)

Bad call. I remember thinking it at the time. For this reason: OU would have had the advantage in overtime. The Sooners had all the momentum having tied the game with two late TDs, Baylor's damage had come on big plays, but that wouldn't have been an issue with the overtime format, and the Belldozer had been unstoppable inside the 10. Not sure why Stoops didn't just let the game go to overtime.

Brantley Clark (Arkansas)

We seem to historically have problems with running QB's will Barnett at ISU give us problems this week?

Jake Trotter
  (4:37 PM)

Barnett is a good player. He's not Robert Griffin. But if the secondary turns receivers loose again, Barnett is good enough to make things interesting.

Nick (Norman)

I really like the way Brandon Williams runs, any chance we will see more of him this weekend?

Tanner Johnson (Crescent, Oklahoma)

Do you think true Freshman Brandon Williams should get more playing time then Brennon Clay?

Jake Trotter
  (4:38 PM)

Williams has quietly played himself into the role of No. 2 RB. He made some plays there in the fourth quarter. I expect him to be the No. 2 RB going forward.

Kyle (OKC)

What are Broyles chances for winning the Biletnikoff Award?

Jake Trotter
  (4:40 PM)

Slim, although possible. Broyles was the favorite before the injury. Just depends how voters of the award view him. Missing three games will be tough to overcome. If Blackmon has a big game in Bedlam, the award is probably his.

Billy (Norman)

I feel like Landry Jones is under appreciated by many OU fans, I just don't understand it, he has a great arm and is usually very accurate.

Jake Trotter
  (4:41 PM)

+1. Landry gave OU every chance to win the game. He was missing his top WR, and wasn't getting a ton of help from the other WRs. Yet he led OU to two late TDs to tie the game. He played well.

DB (Dallas)

If LSU falls to Arkansas and Alabama to Auburn, do you see Oklahoma State falling back in line to play for the National Championship?

Jake Trotter
  (4:41 PM)

If Auburn beats Alabama, and OSU beats OU, OSU will be playing for the national title. There are some other scenarios that might get the Cowboys there. But that is the simplest and most likely.

Tom Pinkie (Norman)

My 20-20 hindsight sees going for it on 4th and 14, instead of trying for a FG was the bad call of the day, thoughts?

Jake Trotter
  (4:42 PM)

I didn't have as big a problem with that call at the time because Landry had been so good on third and long all game. But in hindsight, yeah, you probably take the points there.

Brantley Clark (Arkansas)

Is there a TINY possibility that Broyles could be back for a January bowl game?

Jake Trotter
  (4:43 PM)

Not even a tiny one.

ED (TULSA)

How much of a difference did ronnel bing out make in pass rush against Baylor?

Jake Trotter
  (4:44 PM)

It made a big difference. Before Ronnell went out, OU was getting pressure on RGIII, and was putting some big hits on him, too. When Ronnell left, Baylor was able to focus on chipping away at Frank Alexander. Not having Ronnell is a huge loss for Bedlam, too.

Tanner Johnson (Crescent, Oklahoma )

I know they say if Oklahoma beats Iowa State Saturday, then Bedlam decides the big 12 champion, is there any possible way that Oklahoma state would still be ranked Ahead of Oklahoma if Oklahoma beats them?

Jake Trotter
  (4:45 PM)

Doesn't matter. OU would hold the tiebreaker. K-State lost to both so the three-way tie doesn't come into effect.

Greg (Tulsa)

How secure is Coach V's job these days?

Jake Trotter
  (4:45 PM)

Secure.

ED (TULSA)

How costly was the penalty on the conversion try?

Jake Trotter
  (4:46 PM)

Very costly. I felt Baylor had no chance of keeping Bell out of the end zone. But really thinks Baylor would not have gotten in field goal range in that scenario?

Pistol Pete 1988 (Stillwater)

Weedon cannot move like RGIII and will give up more short throws or sacks.

Jake Trotter
  (4:47 PM)

Weeden is really good. Doege wasn't mobile either and he shredded OU's D, too.

Tanner Johnson (Oklahoma)

If Oklahoma beats Iowa State. Bedlam decides Big 12 champion, does it also decide the Fiesta bowl?

Jake Trotter
  (4:47 PM)

Yes.

Brantley Clark (Arkansas)

Did you feel Kenny Stills didn't step up as he should have considering behind Broyles and a few others he is considered as one of the better wideouts in the NCAA

Jake Trotter
  (4:49 PM)

Stills has had a disappointing year. After the Florida State game, I felt like had a chance to have the kind of sophomore season that Broyles did in '09. That hasn't happened. The hamstring has been a problem for him. Credit the kid for playing through it.

Jake Trotter
  (4:50 PM)

Guys, that's all the time we have for this edition of the chat. I'll be here same time same place next Monday for Bedlam week. Until then, have a Happy Thanksgiving.