Newy Scruggs, sports anchor at NBC5 in Dallas-Fort Worth (KXAS-TV) and radio host weekly from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on NBC Sports Radio Sirius XM 213/202 and NBCSportsRadio.com, answered questions during a live chat recently. Here are some highlights, edited for clarity.
So… who do you think is going to win the Big 12? Texas, Oklahoma or someone else?
Newy Scruggs: West Virginia should not be discounted. I think if Oklahoma can fix that leaky defense under Ruffin McNeal they will win the Big 12 Championship game in December.
Who has a brighter long-term future: Texas A&M QB Kellen Mond or Texas QB Sam Ehlinger?
Scruggs: Great question. Kellen Mond is just starting with Jimbo Fisher while Sam Ehlinger is playing his second season for Tom Herman. I think both guys are pretty even. Because Texas plays in the Big 12 they have an easier path to the College Football Playoff while Texas A&M has to deal with Alabama, Auburn and LSU in the SEC West. I think the Mond and Ehlinger question is like asking which car would you rather drive: BMW or Mercedes. Both are good cars.
Does Texas have any chance of beating Oklahoma again if they meet in the title game?
Scruggs: I think OU would win a rematch against Texas in the Big 12 title game. The Sooners should have a better defense by December and I doubt they will give up five touchdowns again to Sam Ehlinger.
Has Jimbo Fisher done more, less or what you expected he’d do so far in first season?
Scruggs: Jimbo Fisher has done a very good job in his first year at Texas A&M. He was done no favors by having to play Clemson and Alabama his first month of the season. I see the Aggies playing better in 2018 than what we saw in 2017 under Kevin Sumlin. After beating Kentucky, I can say I am impressed by what Fisher has done so far.
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