- Ted Miller, ESPN Staff Writer
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If you missed our Pac-12 chat, you can stop crying. There's hope.
If you wish to relive it in its entirety, go here.
But here is the Reader's Digest version.
clark kent (metropolis) In your argument about who should be number 2, your main point was that the Ducks have the best chance at finishing number 2. I thought the rankings are current not future? Im not saying the Ducks arent good and may ended up number 1 or 2 when its all said and done but even you have to admit thus far the Ducks schedule has been weak and to this point in season do not deserve number 2. Especially when your argument is "well they may end up there?"
Ted Miller (3:00 PM) No... my argument is the Ducks have the best chance of finishing No. 1, therefore should be No. 2.... of all the teams matched up against No. 1 Alabama, I think Oregon has the best shot of winning. I know some folks point out Bama hasn't played anybody either, but just like Oregon, they past the eyeball test.
heil (san pedro, ca.) ted, love your columns/blogs on pac 12 football. if Matt Scott throws for 350 yards, Kadeem Carey gets 110 yards rushing...what do you think the chances AZ wins Saturday?
Ted Miller (3:05 PM) Those numbers would fit in with what the Wildcats have done this year. To me, the rushing total would bode better than the passing numbers. So I'd rate the Wildcats win chances at 58 % with those totals. BUT... and it's a big one ... you can pile up nice numbers and also screw up... fumbles, interceptions. Yards only mean so much. Wildcats did OK moving ball at Oregon, ended up with a bagel on the scoreboard.
Ron Burgundy (Whale) Why has UCLA's fast-paced spread offense slowed down significantly the last 4 games? Will Noel Mazzone and Brett Hundley speed things up against ASU? They definitely do better when things are faster. You stay classy, Ted.
Ted Miller (3:08 PM) Well for one playing better teams... Oregon State, Cal and Utah are good on defense. Hundley had his worst game vs. Cal, throwing four picks. I don't know if it's a case of speeding things up vs. ASU... both teams play up-tempo, no-huddle, so that wouldn't shock the system. I'm more curious if the Bruins can exploit the void left by DT Will Sutton being out. Can Johnathan Franklin and the running game get going on the road? If the Bruins can run, that will make things much easier for Hundley.
James (Austin) Im traveling from Austin to see my Bruins take on the sun devils in Tempe. What do the Bruins need to do to come out with the Win?
Ted Miller (3:23 PM) Protect the football, first off. Keep ASU QB Taylor Kelly contained... he likes to run and he likes to throw on the run -- like the Anthony Barr to play a key role there. And run the ball with Franklin. We need to see how the Sun Devils D will look without Sutton causing problems in the middle.
Brady (Vancouver) Who will gain a bigger advantage this week, USC playing a spread or Oregon watching the film of USC playing a spread?
Ted Miller (3:26 PM) Oh... interesting question. My impression is Arizona & Oregon have a lot of similarities, though the Wildcats are better at receiver. I think both get an advantage, but it may be better for the Ducks. It would seem to me that USC can't afford to hold much back against the Wildcats, so that might be revealing to CK and his staff. Still, football is about matchups, and the Ducks and Wildcats will matchup different vs. USC's players.
Nick (Boise) Why do you think MOV should be part of the BCS formula? No concern it perversely incentivizes teams to humiliate each other?
Ted Miller (3:32 PM) You can massage it to make it show dominance without asking coaches to go all Barry Switzer on teams... say give consideration for a 21-point win but make it irrelevant to win by 40... sure, you'd have a team up 28-14 running a 2-minute offense to get a 21-point lead, but so what? If they do that, they might end up firing a pick-6 and winning 28-21.
Peter (Palo Alto) Why do you think Marquess Wilson is not putting up the numbers that he has in the past?
Ted Miller (3:35 PM) It seems he and Leach are not clicking. The musical QBs -- leach's term -- hasn't worked well. & Wilson is just not catching the ball. His sure-hands have not been there this year. It's also possible we've been overrating him... that he's a good but not elite WR.
Dan (Seattle) People think Sark should be on the hotseat. Others believe that his seat is just warming up. While some believe that his seat will start to warm up if we don't make it to a bowl game this year. I'm personally disappointed with the blowouts, but I understood those losses. The loss to Arizona though might have been the tipping point for some people. Your thoughts?
Ted Miller (3:40 PM) Huskies fans expected more this season, and so did Sarkisian. If Washington finishes with a losing record, it would be fair to say that Sark would likely be on at least a few "hot seat" lists next fall. I think AD Scott Woodward likes his man. And if you look at the roster, the Huskies set up well in 2013. Sark has done a nice job of digging the program out of a hole. But he does need to take the next step. But you guys know me: I tend to advise patience. Sometimes that's right, and sometimes it's wrong.
Chris Hauck (Philadelphia, PA) I'd like to see the Trojans throw the ball over the middle to Lee and Woods to utilize quick slants and their receivers speed and quickness. Its seems Kiffin and the play calling has kind of gotten away from that this season. I think they need more aggressive play calling on offense - do you think SC has been fairly vanilla on offense this season?
Ted Miller (3:52 PM) Yes... and I agree.. the idea should always be getting those two with the ball in space on the move... I love crossing routes... I will say that Kiffin probable shares our feelings and that defenses have said, "We can't let Woods and Lee kill us with quicks slants and crossing routes." I also will say I thought the simple fades would work better, that Lee & Woods would be able to consistently win jump ball battles. Hasn't worked out that way.
Rick (Salt Lake City) Is Utah under performing or are they just not good?
Ted Miller (3:54 PM) They probably aren't as good as they looked in the preseason. They probably have underperformed. Injuries have been an issue. And the schedule is at fault. The final five games are easier, and the Utes could end up doing about the same thing they did last year, which is rally from an 0-4 P12 start. I do think the biggest issue is on the O-line. The Utes had to replace both starting OTs from 2011 and they haven't gotten consistent production on either side.
Bob (Honolulu,HI) I miss your restaurant recommendations among all your football talk. Have you found any new favorite eating spots during your travels this year ?
Ted Miller (3:58 PM) I'm going to re-visit that after the season... we all need to make new lists... My biggest frustration is a lack of Seattle trips because there are a bunch of new places I haven't tried... and the new Top Chef is there this season... or was there, I guess.
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