In today’s mailbag, we discuss OU’s limbo players, Oklahoma State QB J.W. Walsh, Kansas State running back Dalvin Warmack, TCU coach Gary Patterson and whether the Red River Showdown would ever become a night game.
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On to the 'bag:
@Jake_Trotter best place to eat at while visiting BIG XII schools?
— Dane Hernandez (@Dane4theGospel) August 8, 2014
Trotter: I have a bunch of favorites. Hideaway Pizza in Stillwater. Spanky's in Lubbock. Vitek's BBQ in Waco. They have a Primanti Bros. in Morgantown now. I always hit the Pappasito's near TCU's campus on the way out of Fort Worth. There are 20 places I like to eat at in Austin. I've never been to Hickory Park, but that's on my bucket list next time I'm in Ames.
@Jake_Trotter what will your reaction be when petty goes in the 4th round or later?
— Allen OU (@THEREALALLENOU) August 8, 2014
Trotter: Can we wager on this?
@Jake_Trotter Is Gary Patterson on the hot seat?
— Ben. (@ROTHENbenRG) August 8, 2014
Trotter: Not even a little. He's one of the main reasons TCU is even in the Big 12 with a new stadium. The last couple of years have been ugly, on and off the field. But two mediocre seasons while transitioning into a new conference do not wipe out Patterson's previously sterling track record.
@Jake_Trotter any hope ou/texas will be a night game in the future?
— Tony Henson (@oufannnashville) August 8, 2014
Trotter: No chance. Officials at both schools would be nervous of what might transpire in the stands and out in the fair (where beer is served) between the burnt orange and crimson fan bases if that game were played at night.
— Pete Nicklin (@PeterNicklin) August 8, 2014
Trotter: He has a chance. None of the veterans have seized that job yet. That keeps the door cracked for Warmack to be a factor, especially if he shines this preseason or early in the year if/when he gets a shot on the field.
@Jake_Trotter how many games does mixon play?
— Zac Tidholm (@TIDHOZ) August 8, 2014
Trotter: I'm going to guess zero. If Joe Mixon indeed hit a woman and broke bones in her face, he should have to sit out this season at the very, very least, regardless of the circumstances. But, the longer this Norman police investigation lingers, the more it makes you wonder...
@Jake_Trotter Do you think Dax or JW ends up playing more for OSU this season?
— Kyle Smith (@kyledsmith79) August 8, 2014
Trotter: The Cowboys really, really want J.W. Walsh to be their guy. He's the leader of this team, and brings the toughness that you crave from your quarterback. But Daxx Garman's skill set is a better fit for the scheme Oklahoma State wants to run. Unlike Walsh, he has the arm strength to get the ball downfield to the receivers, which is the strongest position group on the entire team. Walsh is the quarterback. But if the offense bogs down again, as it did early last year, I think the staff will have no choice but to give Garman a chance.
@Jake_Trotter who do you think is more important for OU's success: Mayfield, Mixon, Shannon or DGB? Who is most likely to play?
— Cooper Simon (@coop_simon) August 8, 2014
Trotter: All four players would help the Sooners, but the answer is Dorial Green-Beckham. He's an NFL talent, and brings the one thing the Sooners really don't have right now, which is a big, physical receiver who can go up, make the catch and get the ball downfield. He would complement the rest of this offense really well. That said, the Sooners could use Baker Mayfield. Trevor Knight only started and finished three games last year. He has a tendency to get nicked up, and with Blake Bell now a full-time tight end, the current backups are inexperienced. Having the reigning Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year as a backup quarterback would be a nice insurance policy to have.
@Jake_Trotter Is it a matter of if or when for the Big 12 to expand now with the new rules. Who gets let into the Big 12 if they expand?
— Matthew Gruda (@matthew_gruda) August 8, 2014
Trotter: Actually, there has been no signal whatsoever that the league has any interest in expanding. It will be interesting to see how the league fits into the playoff era. If the Big 12 struggles to get a team into the playoff, then I believe that would prompt the league to rethink the status quo. But one reason why the Big 12 has no interest in expanding is the lack of viable free agent options out there that would bring more to the revenue pie than they would take out.