Pac-12 chat wrap

August, 23, 2012
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Folks, we shared a magical hour together Tuesday morning. Now you can relive it. You can see the full chat here or just cheat and read the Cliffs Notes. But I'd click on the link. No one likes a cheater.

Dillon (New Jersey): Between USC and Oregon, which team is more likely to lose before their showdown on Nov. 3?

Kevin Gemmell (2:02 PM): I think USC certainly has the tougher road going into that game. They have Stanford, Cal and Utah -- three of the toughest defenses in the conference -- in a four-game stretch. They'll come out of that battle-tested.

Alex (Anaheim): What will Cal's strength be this season?

Kevin Gemmell (2:03 PM): Defense and control. The defensive front is up there as one of the best in the conference. They have good running backs and a deep-threat wide receiver. Enough to keep the safeties backed off. If they can develop a couple of other options besides Keenan Allen -- and I'm hearing good things about the tight ends -- they should be able to control the football fairly well. And if they lose it, the defense is talented enough to get it back.

Gowazzu02 (Definitely not in my work office): Gabe Marks. Thoughts?

Kevin Gemmell (2:06 PM): I actually talked to someone in the know this morning and they gave him rave reviews. Said he won pretty much every one-on-one battle and had a great camp. Plus, Marquess Wilson has taken him under his wing. All indications are they are going to be a scary 1-2 punch.

Papa Smurf UTE (Salt Lake City): Whittingham, Johnson, and even Wynn himself have told UTE fans not to worry about him missing the final 3 full practices of fall camp. Is this coach/player speak, with them blowing smoke up our collective butts, and there is something definitely wrong with Wynn's shoulder, or is it just really sore, and he needed to rest it for a few days? We already have to worry about Wynn making it through the whole year unscathed, and now this. What's you take?

Kevin Gemmell (2:12 PM): Until we see Wynn taken out of a game for an injury, I wouldn't stress about it until you have to. The fact that he's back at practice and took every throw yesterday tells me they were just resting him to make sure he's fresh. As I've said before, I've known Jordan since he was a sophomore in high school and would love to see him play a full season and have success. Let's see how the first few weeks play out before hitting the panic button.

Travis (Tempe): Do you feel Arizona State has the tools necessary to be a surprise bowl team this year? It seems that attacking style defense and an offense loaded with RBs can find ways to hang around in games.

Kevin Gemmell (2:15 PM): Yes, I think they have the tools. But that doesn't always equate to wins. I think the running backs are solid and while I'm a bit surprised that Taylor Kelly won the job, he obviously earned it. I think a nice rotation of him and Michael Eubank will keep defenses on their toes and I think the defensive line is quietly underrated.

Gowazzu02 (Definitely not in my work office): Kevin any truth to the rumor you and Ted were switched at birth?

Kevin Gemmell (2:20 PM): OK, the truth had to come out eventually. We weren't switched at birth. I'm Ted's alter-ego. I'm a fictional person with a fictional family, wife, son and dog. He was tired of contradicting himself on the blog so he created me to have an alternate opinion. I am his Tyler Durden.

Todd Graham (Tempe): Am I underrated as a coach? I had success at Rice but left after 1 season because the administration wasn't willing to put their full support behind the program. I had success at Tulsa and left for a BCS job in Pittsburgh. I admit taking the Pittsburgh job was a mistake. But doesn't my track record prove that I can turn around teams and have success?

Kevin Gemmell (2:37 PM): I like what you've done so far -- you've been classy and preached discipline. The program needed a little bit of both. I'm giving you the benefit of the doubt.

Owen12 (Always in our memories): Price, Barkley and Tuel to some extent are all proven, what off the radar QB from another program jumps up and puts his name in the hat as next Great pac12 qb?

Kevin Gemmell (2:52 PM): "Great" quarterback is a tough status to achieve in this conference. But I'd say Hundley. He'll have the time to put it all together and the offensive support. Good crop of freshmen wide receivers this year and if they can all grow together in the offense, I think in a year or two he could be a real break-out guy.

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