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November 5, 4:00 PM ET
Chat with Jake Trotter

Jake Trotter
  (3:59 PM)

We'll get started in a sec. Keep sending in questions/comments.

Jeff (Austin )

OK Jake here is the deal. The reason Texas fans weaved "OU sucks" into our fight song is because of all the idiot OU fans and their "Horn down" sign.

Jake Trotter
  (4:01 PM)

For those of you not aware, Mack Brown said today that he thought the "Horns Down" was disrespectful and that he thinks it's something the Big 12 should address. What say you?

Jake Trotter
  (4:02 PM)

In Brown's defense, I think the context of the quote was to players. In other words, Mike Davis got flagged for putting the "Guns Up" in the holster at Tech, while opposing players flash the Horns Down sign all the time.

Tulsa (Robert )

Why the Hell is Mack Brown complaining about the horns down? He should be focused on that horrible defense of his who got a gift from the Neil Brown. That dude makes Josh look like a genius.

Jake Trotter
  (4:03 PM)

NCAA rules do not permit players from celebrating with gun signs -- think that stems from Randall Hill of Miami a couple decades ago.

Joe Biden (OHIO)

Extremely silly thing for Mack to say.

Garrett (OU)

Ok, so you have to comment more then a tweet on Mack's recent comments about the horns sign being "disrespectful" Has he just completely lost his mind?

Jeremy (Norman, OK)

What pieces have to fall into place for the Sooners to appear in the a BCS bowl?

Jake Trotter
  (4:04 PM)

Win out. OU wins out and it's in a BCS bowl. The most likely bowl is the Sugar, where OU would play South Carolina, Georgia, Florida or LSU.

Mike (Stroud)

Teach your guys to be classy. Doesn't matter what other players on opposing teams do.

francisco (cali)

What are the odds TJ stays at OU for his senior year?

Jake Trotter
  (4:05 PM)

Probably 50-50. If I had to predict, he leaves. He's improved his draft stock significantly this year.

David Boren (Norman)

I think Sooner Nation deserves a personal hand written apology from Mack for this disrespect or our Horns Down sign.

Joe (OKC)

Should OU fans be concerned about the passing defense? They didn?t play the pass very well against a mediocre Iowa St qb. Baylor will be much more accurate and with a much quicker tempo.

Jake Trotter
  (4:06 PM)

Passing defense has been solid all year. I have no concerns. Neither should you.

Wes Mantooth (San Diego, CA)

I really hope OU is better in their defensive front 7 and offensive line run blocking next year. What have you seen so far that would make me more optimistic and hopeful for some game changing LBs, DEs, DTs, and Olinemen?

Jake Trotter
  (4:08 PM)

I don't think there's any way OU is better on the front seven next season. Sooners lose McFarland, Walker, McGee, King, Washington. The only tackle that looks like a future starter to me is Jordan Phillips and maybe Marquis Anderson, except he's suspended. OU will be OK at end with Favors, Tapper, Onuoha and Chuka, though none of those guys is David King. The offensive line will be about the same, albeit deeper with Tyler Evans and Nila Kasitati expected to make healthy returns.

Mitt (Pennslyvania)

I am tired of this negative campaigning from Mack.

Michael (Dallas )

I was very impressed with Tyrus Thompson and Brennan Clay. You would not have known that both of these guys are backups. Even if Lane Johnson and Damian Williams are healthy, I think Thompson and Clay should get more playing time.They have earned it.

Jake Trotter
  (4:10 PM)

Lane Johnson has actually been OU's 2nd best OL behind Ikard. But I agree, Thompson was solid. I think both guys earned more playing time, and with Williams' healthy being a question mark down the stretch, I would expect Clay to continue to play a prominent role in the backfield.

Joe (OKC)

Can you give us an injury report? Specifically, how are Lane Johnson, Bronsin Irwin and Damian Williams doing health wise?

Jake Trotter
  (4:10 PM)

Irwin is fine. He finished out the game Sat. Lane and Williams are iffy. I don't see Williams playing a huge role this weekend. He doesn't look anywhere near 100 percent to me.

Vargo (Kalamazoo, MI)

I know this is more of a question for Boneman, but don't you find it odd that Tom Luginbill and his staff took Cody Thomas from a top 100 player to out of the top 300 based on one camp? Now they are moving him back into the ESPN 300 based on game tape.

Jake Trotter
  (4:12 PM)

Having spent time around Luginbill, I'm very impressed with him and his formula for evaluating recruits. No one in this business is more thorough and fair than Luginbill and his team.

DD (Norman)

How many touches will Whaley get this weekend? Really want him to get 'it' back.

Jake Trotter
  (4:13 PM)

Maybe a couple. I don't see Whaley being a factor this season. His chance was Saturday, and he wasn't ready for it. Those ankle breaks are hard to recover from. Whaley simply is not the same player he was just yet.

Shawn (Fort Worth, Texas)

Would you blame the offensive inconsistencies on Landry Jones or the hit and miss play calling by Josh Huepel?

Jake Trotter
  (4:13 PM)

The offense looked pretty good to me in Ames. That's a solid defense in Iowa State.

BigBrother64 (Norman)

Happy for Landry, but ready for Blake Bell to take the reigns. I see him as a better passer than Tebow and Optimus Klein, but not the quite the running threat in the open field as of yet. Do you think OU will adapt more of a dual threat mentality next year?

Jake Trotter
  (4:14 PM)

Maybe we should give the 2013 Heisman to Bell right now.

Vargo (Kalamazoo, MI)

Jake, I don't doubt Luginbill knows his stuff. However, my point is they put Cody around #100 based on game tape. Took him out based on a 3 day camp. Then moved him back up based on game tape again. Just seems to me game tape should mean more than a 3 day camp. That's all I meant by that Jake.

Jake Trotter
  (4:15 PM)

If Luginbill took him out, he had his reasons. And he had his reasons for putting him back in. Trust me, no agenda there.

Roy Finch (Norman, OK)

Jake, what have I done to fall out of such favor with the OU coaching staff?

Jake Trotter
  (4:15 PM)

Good question. I do not have the answer.

Brandon (delaware)

Supposedly, Alexander, Manning and Mixon could be committing to OU soon. Rumor true? I hear Alexander decommitted from the hogs today.

Jake Trotter
  (4:16 PM)

Bob P has been all over this stuff. Check our blog and forum for the latest. Can't give out that info over the chat.

Kevin (Notre dame)

Do we have the best refs in nation?ND

Jake Trotter
  (4:17 PM)

Sometimes you need a couple breaks. Notre Dame is getting them. More power to them.

Droot (Oklahoma)

Any way karma bit stoops in the rear? He thought it was funny to run up the score on UT, then turns around and gets his you know what handed to him at home by ND.

Jake Trotter
  (4:17 PM)

By karma, do you mean Notre Dame's front seven?

Jordan (Edmond)

Watching OSU get rattled again in a road game has to be a good sign for Bedlam right? Not saying they can't beat OU but considering they've A) looked average in all 3 road games B) Playing a OU team out for revenge after last year C) Only a handful of OSU players have ever played in Norman D) It's been 3 years since they've played in Norman and the crowd will be rabid. Add those together and it could be a long day for State if they can't get OU on it's heels early like ND & KSU did.

Jake Trotter
  (4:18 PM)

I like OU's chances in that game. OSU hasn't played well in Norman since '01, and their QB situation is a mess. That said, OSU might be the third or fourth best team in the Big 12. If it's not them, it's Texas.

Whtiney (Norman)

Landry is throwing lasers right now and seems to be improving every week with receivers. Chance of winning out has to be greater than 40%. I say 70%.

Jake Trotter
  (4:19 PM)

If you assume that OU has a 90 percent chance to beat Baylor, and somewhere in the 70s to beat WV, OSU and TCU, the math actually comes out to about a 33 percent chance of running the table.

Kevin (Reno, NV)

Are we on the verge of receiving some good recruiting news? It's been awhile.

Jake Trotter
  (4:20 PM)

Possibly...

TheWildcatMask (Wheatfield, KS)

% that my Wildcats win the rest of our games? I don't see a loss. What say you Jake?

Jake Trotter
  (4:20 PM)

I did the math on K-State losing two of its next three. The chances K-State loses to both TCU and Texas? About 10-11 percent. That's what OU needs to have a chance at the Big 12 title.

reganch (Vienna)

Can you see us in the BCS Top 10 soon?

Jake Trotter
  (4:21 PM)

Yes. Possibly next week, depending on what else happens. Really doesn't matter though. If OU runs the table, it's going to a BCS bowl, regardless of the rankings.

Jake Trotter
  (4:22 PM)

Fair enough, Vargo

James (Norman)

Not saying it will happen, but if Klein isn't 100% could this be the week they may fall? When he was not in they looked bad, but I expect him to play and play well so it's probably wishful thinking. If not this week I say Texas but seeing that Texas D is very average and it's Klein's last game at KSU I say the odds are not in Texas side.

Jake Trotter
  (4:22 PM)

My guess is that K-State runs the table. The wrist didn't look bad to me either.

Brandon (delaware)

TJ would leave being a late second round pick, at best? He could move up into the first round next year. Why give up millions of dollars?

Jake Trotter
  (4:23 PM)

I don't think he would necessarily be giving up millions. Safeties usually don't get drafted high. Curtis Lofton was in a similar situation, and I don't think he's regretting his choice.

Greg (Norman)

Do we play at ND next year?

Jake Trotter
  (4:23 PM)

Yes.

Shane (Chelsea)

So I like the bowl projections for OU so far. If OU is fortunate enough to win out and make it to a BCS bowl once again, sounds like we're in store for a great matchup whether it be a OU-ND rematch, OU-Neb revival, or various SEC opponent. Can't go wrong with that.

Jake Trotter
  (4:24 PM)

Those are probably the scenarios. Nebraska, Notre Dame or one of the SEC powers. If OU can take care of business, an exciting bowl matchup awaits.

Scott (Norman)

Watching the Big 12 it seems like K-State and OU are the clear cut 1 & 2 then after that it's a big step down where you can adjust 3-8 in any order after each week followed by Baylor and Kansas. Is that pretty accurate or am I off a bit?

Jake Trotter
  (4:25 PM)

Nope, I see it the same way. Picking the third-best team is a crapshoot. I think OSU is the third-best team, but Texas fans were all over me for tweeting that Sat night.

Bob (Norman)

Who does OU have to beat this week?

Jake Trotter
  (4:26 PM)

Uh, Baylor?

Vargo (Kalamazoo, MI)

Bob, once Dominque Alexander, Dimarya Mixon and Justin Manning commit, do you think some of the doomer and gloomers will come back off the ledge a bit?

Jake Trotter
  (4:26 PM)

You would think so.

Max (OKC)

USC just lost a commitment from a DB. How solid is Hatari Byrd commitment to OU? I know that he looked at USC earlier in the recruiting process.

Jake Trotter
  (4:27 PM)

I haven't heard that he's looking around.

Derrin (Plano, TX)

Do you think Stoops & Co will close the deal with Justin Manning and Beau Sandland?

Jake Trotter
  (4:27 PM)

I like OU's chances with Manning, but we'll see...

Jake Trotter (Norman)

Who do I have playing in the title game?

Jake Trotter
  (4:28 PM)

Oregon and Alabama.

Vargo (Kalamazoo, MI)

The Courtney Gardner situation kind of stinks, but do you agree it was time for OU to move on? At some point you just have to cut your losses and use the scholarship on a kid that can actually make it to campus. Agree?

Jake Trotter
  (4:28 PM)

Agree. Sometimes things don't work out. OU is in good shape at WR, so they weren't desperate to make the situation work out.

J (Norman)

Is OU Twirler the greatest twirler you have ever seen?

Jake Trotter
  (4:29 PM)

She's pretty good.

Michael (Washington)

More exciting: A single Saturday of college football with a good TV and cable system or all of March Madness?

Jake Trotter
  (4:29 PM)

Tough to beat the first weekend of March Madness. But that's just one weekend. College football has several.

Max (OKC)

I just heard that Grissom moved back to DE. Is this in preparation for what is expected to be a very thin front four next year? Also, what the heck is going on with JUCO Chaz Nelson? I have not seen or heard of him all year.

Jake Trotter
  (4:31 PM)

Had more to do with Grissom not making things work at tight end. Stoops said today he thought it was going to work out, but that it hasn't. So look for Grissom to be a defensive end from here on out. Nelson suffered a preseason knee injury that he's still working back from.

Bob (Norman)

Will your book on OU/Texas make a good Christmas gift?

Jake Trotter
  (4:31 PM)

Absolutely.

Shane (Chelsea)

I enjoyed seeing Brennen Clay playing that well against Iowa State. But with him being 1/3 of the highly recruited Cali trio, why do you think it took til his jr year to have a signature game like that?

Jake Trotter
  (4:32 PM)

Clay has been hurt. He never got over the concussion his freshman year. Then last year he played with a pinched nerve in his neck that would flare up anytime he got hit. Clay is finally healthy this season.

Kyle (Tulsa)

Guess I've been watching OU football too long. I know they have zero chance to win the Big 12 and quite honestly seeing them in a BCS bowl might not be a good thing. I'm not saying Bell is the next Heisman, I just get jealous watching teams like LSU and Alabama and hope OU reaches that style of play in the future. Just my 2 cents.

Jake Trotter
  (4:33 PM)

Have you seen LSU's quarterback? Les would take Landry in a heartbeat.

Jim (Norman)

Was Bob's "Toby" zinger walk off at the presser today one of his top 10 press conference moments? That was a great line, seemed like he was in a good mood w/ that and the Bob Stoops Press Box joke.

Jake Trotter
  (4:34 PM)

Eh, don't think it was Top 10. The best to this day was his "Google it up" line. It has stood the test of time.

Tim (Tahlequah)

Will the OKpreps 3 star that just decommited from Ark come to OU?

Jake Trotter
  (4:34 PM)

OU had an offer out. We'll see.

Jacob (Dallas )

What is going on with Marquise Anderson? This is the second time this dude has been in trouble. The first one was with the law. What did he do this time?

Jake Trotter
  (4:35 PM)

Stoops has not said. But it's clear he's not happy with Marquis.

Vargo (Kalamazoo, MI)

Is Mike Mitchell the single most important recruit that's left out there for OU (assuming Manning commits)?

Jake Trotter
  (4:36 PM)

That's assuming no one else pops up. Nobody had heard of Gary Simon at this point in the recruiting process last year.

JJ (Dallas )

Why is Trey Metoyer not playing? Is he still injured or have the other WR just overtaken him in the depth chart?

Jake Trotter
  (4:36 PM)

He's been overtaken. Shepard and Saunders are outperforming him right now.

Phil (OKC)

How does Cole Luke come to the ND game on our dime and commit to the domers the minute he steps off campus?

Jake Trotter
  (4:36 PM)

Happens all the time.

Kyle (Tulsa)

Ok yeah, absolutely. But look at what LSU has achieved with below average QBs, I mean come on if they had someone even close to Landry they'd be scary. I'm just saying that even without a decent QB they play well. Guess I'm trying to say I wish we could bring in the athletes some of the SEC schools do, but let me beat you to it, OU isn't in the SEC, we may steal a few here and there. Heck, Landry is a better QB than McCarron, I'm just waiting till we get to Alabama's level; like the early 2000s.

Jake Trotter
  (4:37 PM)

First you say Landry is OU's problem. Then you say you wish OU had what LSU and Alabama have up front. Which is it?

Adam (MWC)

Am I sounding like a Landry apologist when I say his biggest problem was following Sam Bradford. If he would have followed Hybl, Bomar or Thompson he would be much more loved. But following one of if not the greatest OU QB in history who just so happens to be a OKC native & Heisman winner he could never win bc the bar was set so high. But w/ that said I think people will miss him more than they think if Bell or whoever doesn't perform up to expectations.

Jake Trotter
  (4:37 PM)

No question that's part of the equation.

Nate (Colorado)

Jake, thanks for all your great coverage and insight, a pleasure to read. What's up with Trey Millard not getting much recognition outside of Oklahoma? Is it because of his position that he doesn't make it onto All-teams, not a running back, not a lineman; from my eye he's one of the best ball players in the country. Thoughts?

Jake Trotter
  (4:39 PM)

Thanks Nate. It's because of his position. Nobody plays the fullback full-time -- heck, at times even OU hasn't. But there's no doubt if there was a fullback slot on All-American teams, he'd be getting more recognition. On my ballot, I would consider putting him on the all-purpose slot.

Tom (Chicago)

As someone who has seen ND and Kansas State play, how do you think these 2 teams compare?

Jake Trotter
  (4:40 PM)

Notre Dame's front seven is better, but K-State is more consistent offensively. It would be a really close game. I might give the edge to K-State because of Klein.

Tom (Houston )

Is Derrick Farniock ready to step in and help this o-line? He got beat really bad on one play. I am trying to figure out how OU line would perform if there is another injury.

Jake Trotter
  (4:41 PM)

He's getting there. They weren't expecting to play him this season, but injuries have put him in that position. He'll be their third tackle next season, so he better get ready to play.

Kyle (Tulsa)

I never said Landry was OU's problem, I was commenting on what other people's opinion of wanting Landry benched for Bell, I apologize if I came off that way. If I had to pick one it would be our front seven, just wanting to spark up some debate, Jake. On another note, how is Metoyer's injury healing?

Jake Trotter
  (4:42 PM)

Fair enough Kyle. Trey is doing better. I don't think he'll be 100 percent at any point this season, but he's been able to practice.

Vargo (Kalamazoo, MI)

Bigger question for OU next year - QB or D-line?

Jake Trotter
  (4:42 PM)

D-line.

Clint (Texas)

It feels to me that when bell comes in Landry almost looks like he gets his feelings hurt or am I reading too much into it?

Jake Trotter
  (4:43 PM)

You're reading too much into it.

Jake Trotter
  (4:43 PM)

Guys, that's all the time we've got for the chat this week. Thanks for all the questions. We'll do it again next Monday, same time, same place. Until then, have a great week.