Thursday, November 15, 2012
Pac-12 chat wrap
By Kevin Gemmell
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Angel (Tucson) [via mobile]: Just a few things. What do you think of Arizona this year? Are you impressed with what they've been able to do with so little talent on the team. I mean they're playing good football with a razor thin d and only a few players with games under their belt before this season. We were only supposed to win 3-4 games and We've been ranked at least 6 times this season. And also I was wondering what bowl game you think Arizona's going to end up in? Holiday/Hunger?
Kevin Gemmell: (2:01 PM): Color me impressed. Any time you miss the postseason and an entirely new coaching staff with new schemes on both sides of the ball comes in and you're able to make a bowl game, that's impressive. Bowl games are tricky to predict. Probably not Holiday. But expect a nice mid-level bowl.
Luci-fur (Tempe): Can the Sun Devils win their next two games? If so, is this season a huge success for first-year coach Todd Graham? If not, is there enough positive movement forward to be a happy Devil?
Kevin Gemmell (2:03 PM): Sure. And while predictions come out tomorrow morning at 6 a.m., I'll go out on a limb and tell you now I'm picking the Sun Devils. I think getting to a bowl game qualifies as a successful season for a first-year coach. It's a tangible reward for the effort. There is plenty of positive momentum around the program even if they have hit another losing streak. Talking to a couple of the guys on the team this week, you can just tell the overall attitude is better.
dan spokane [via mobile]: With the accusations [Marquess] Wilson has accused the coaching staff. And no other player has come forward what's your thoughts on this hit topic. Are they true or false? Thanks.
Kevin Gemmell (2:06 PM): There are eight sides to every issue. I'm going to wait until all investigations are done before passing judgment. I'd encourage everyone else to do the same.
CJ (Los Angeles, CA): Have you heard from scouts what type of draft pick Brett Hundley could be in the future? Does he have overall #1 potential?
Kevin Gemmell (2:14 PM): Whooaaa nelly, hit the brakes. He's played 10 games. I talk to an NFL scout once every couple of weeks just to get his thoughts on some stuff, but haven't even mentioned Hundley's name yet, and won't until probably late next season. Good player, but let's not get too far ahead of ourselves.
Cam (Ventura, CA): If you were starting a program, which QB would you rather have as a frosh building block, [Matt] Barkley or Hundley?
Kevin Gemmell (2:16 PM): Interesting question. I've always been a huge fan of pro-style football. They are two very different quarterbacks in two very different systems. As I explained in the story on the blog this morning, UCLA's offense can be a little more forgiving if a QB makes a mistake. It allows for Hundley's athleticism to get him out of trouble. But really good drop-back passers don't come around that often. So to answer the question, it depends on your philosophy. If you're a spread guy, you take Hundley. If you're pro-style, you take Barkley.
MikeDaTiger2004 (SEC Boards): Hey Kevin, we appreciate the warm welcome you showed us SEC fans yesterday on the PAC12 Lunch Links! We were there just to cheer on USC against Notre Dame!
Kevin Gemmell (2:34 PM): Thanks Mike. You're always welcome. As I said, we're good people on the Pac-12 blog. Informed, articulate and funny with a solid knowledge of football and pop culture.
Edward (Fort Campbell, KY): What is more dangerous at this point? Oregon's run game or their passing game?
Kevin Gemmell (2:51 PM): Nice when you have to ask that question, isn't it? Cal completely sold out to stop the run last week and we saw the result, six touchdown passes. Scary, scary offense.
Greg (LA): Why did everybody think [Jim] Mora was the worst of the four new coaches? He's 3-0 against the others so far.
Kevin Gemmell (2:52 PM): Great point. I think there was some trepidation about his lack of coaching in college. Really, really impressed with what he, [Bruins offensive coordinator Noel] Mazzone, [defensive coordinator Lou] Spanos et. al. have been able to do. Great hire. Hope he stays for a long time because he has the coaching staff to do great things at that school for a long time.
Eric (Olympia, WA): Worst college sports movie?
Kevin Gemmell (2:55 PM): Hmmm. "Necessary Roughness." While Robert Loggia delivers one of the greatest halftime speeches (much of which can't be repeated in the chat, I'll just say: Let us pray) the movie itself was a huge flop. Sinbad as a professor-turned-defensive end? Really? Kathy Ireland as a kicker though, yowza.
Fred (East Coast): Why do you keep projecting Stanford or Oregon State into the Rose Bowl if Oregon plays for the title? The national commentators have something like Notre Dame v. Nebraska? Would the Rose Bowl pick a 3-loss PAC 12 team over a higher-ranked outsider?
Kevin Gemmell (3:00 PM): Fred, it's still dicey. If Stanford loses to Oregon and beats UCLA, there's a good chance they'll still be in the top 14. Also depends on what happens with USC-Notre Dame. If USC wins, that helps. If a Pac-12 team is ranked in the top 14, even with three losses, and Notre Dame has a loss, I think the Rose Bowl will do everything in its power to get a Pac-12 team in there. Their first responsibility is to their partners.