Jake Trotter answers readers' questions about Oklahoma football in his mailbag every Friday. Got a question for Jake? Submit it here.
Sam in Sanger, Texas, asks: How many carries do you think Brandon Williams gets against Texas, and how much impact will he have the rest of the year?
Jake Trotter: Barring injury, I see Dominique Whaley getting almost all of the carries against Texas. I can envision Williams being a catalyst for the offense the second half of the season, similar to the way Roy Finch was in 2010, but it won't be against Texas.
Derek in Oklahoma asks: Jake, since Texas will try to run this weekend do you think Bob Stoops and Brent Venables play more of a four-man front? I'm afraid our linebackers are too small to take the beating with the 50-front.
Jake Trotter: The Longhorns are running the ball better, but it’s not like Earl Campbell is back there dotting the I. The Sooners stuffed Oklahoma State’s run last season and Florida State’s this year with the odd-man front, so I don’t see any reason they won’t be able to do the same against Texas.
Steve in Dallas asks: If Stoops left, who would be most likely to take his place at OU, Brent Venables or Josh Heupel?
Jake Trotter: Great question. I think if it happened this year, it would be Venables. But Heupel is closing fast. It’s a good bet that one of those two is Stoops’ successor. A lot of the decision would come down to who Stoops recommended, and at this point, I'm not sure who that would be.
Gary in Grand Junction, Colo., asks: OU has skilled people out the wazoo, but do they have the linemen to beat Texas and win the national championship?
Jake Trotter: I was skeptical before the season, but I’m becoming a believer. The reason? Frank Alexander and Ronnell Lewis. They’re playing like NFL-caliber defensive ends so far. If they continue to light it up, all the interior tackles have to do is eat up space. Offensively, this is the best the Sooners have run the ball since 2008. This isn’t an overpowering offensive line, but they take care of the quarterback, and do a good job of getting a helmet on a helmet. Considering the talent at the skill positions, that might be enough.
A.K. in Dallas asks: What’s your favorite moment of any Red River Rivalry game?
Jake Trotter: The first OU-Texas game I attended was Stoops’ first season in 1999. The game wasn’t very special in and of itself. Josh Heupel got off to a great start, but Texas came back from 17 down to win. But to me, witnessing that atmosphere live for the first time was pretty special.
Michael in Tulsa asks: Hey, I was wondering what your opinion is of all the hype OSU's Justin Blackmon has gotten as a wide receiver. While it has somewhat faded the past couple weeks, he is considered a Heisman contender and almost unanimous Biletnikoff contender. However, every time I hear this I wonder why Ryan Broyles isn't up there, too. I don't really watch OSU football, but is Blackmon really that much better? Thanks.
Jake Trotter: Blackmon is the real deal, but so is Broyles. To me, they’re clearly the two best receivers in college football, and you can win a lot of games with either one. If Blackmon wins the Biletnikoff again I wouldn’t complain. And if Broyles wins it this time, I won’t complain, either.