Monday chat wrap
October, 1, 2012
By Edward Aschoff | ESPN.com
Another good chat today, so here's the wrap. Here's a preview from what you missed if you were still drowning your sorrows away after the U.S. team collapsed in front of our eyes on the golf course Sunday:
Vlad (Asheville, NC)
Edward, is the SEC ever going to do something about conference teams loading up on FCS schools the next to last weekend of the regular season? The conference schedule that weekend in November is very unattractive this year, and has been the last few years. Surely the commish will step in and halt it. (I'm not talking about getting rid of FCS schools entirely from SEC schedules--just that week in late November.)
Edward Aschoff (12:04 PM)
I think schools like them because they provide a little "break" for players before those big final weekends. Even if coaches won't come out and say it, it's a chance to pad stats for sit starters. Let's be real. But I think you'll start to see it change once the playoff comes because the committee will be looking at strength of schedule. You might see less cupcakes, which could affect that weekend.
Todd Gurley and Marshall did it again. Each cleared 100 yards in the same game for the second time this season. Gurley leads the SEC in rushing and Marshall is currently fourth. Do you think this is the best backfield in SEC? NCAA? and do you see anyone slowing them down?
Edward Aschoff (12:05 PM)
Right now? I think it has the best duo at RB, but I still think overall that LSU has the best running back group. They just have more options and they all just pound away at defenses. There isn't a Gurley or a Marshall back there, but LSU can generate the same amount of yards with more players, which will come in handy as the season wears on. I wonder how much steam those two will have later this month and in November ...
Kevin (Ft Lauderdale)
Will somebody please inform Will Muschamp that LSU will run a fake punt or kick this weekend----and they will do it when everyone in the stadium is expecting it (except the UF coaching staff).
Edward Aschoff (12:06 PM)
Seems to happen every year in this game, doesn't it? And it works too!
Kevin (Ft Lauderdale)
Florida's SEC wins look a lot better right now. Uga couldn't stop ut, usc had way too much trouble with Kentucky and A&M looks pretty good. And 2 of those were on the road. I'm not saying Florida will beat LSU, but by Sat I might. Best weekend of college football coming up...
Edward Aschoff (12:08 PM)
It's going to be a great weekend. I can't wait. I'll actually be in the Swamp this weekend for a game that's getting hype like the 2006 game between Florida and Alabama. I'm still not sold on Florida winning the East, but if the Gators beat LSU, I think people will REALLY start taking this team seriously. LSU's defense will bring a lot of pressure Jeff Driskel's way. If he can survive that and Mike Gillislee can run Florida has a chance to put some points on the board. I think UF's defense will harass Mettenberger, but it has to stop the run. It was dominated last year against LSU's running game.
No one important (No where of interest)
Can LSU bounce back and win the the west and the conference?
Edward Aschoff (12:09 PM)
I know LSU has taken a bit of a hit lately (I even dropped them in my power rankings), but I still think this team has the defense to make it back to Atlanta and the national championship. Remember, this offense wasn't great last year and it still won 13 games. Mettenberger has to play better and with more consistency, but if he can establish a downfield passing game, watch out.
12:00 PM ET South Carolina 21 Clemson 12:00 PM ET 16 Georgia Tech 9 Georgia 12:00 PM ET Kentucky 22 Louisville 3:30 PM ET Florida 3 Florida State 3:30 PM ET 4 Mississippi State 19 Ole Miss 4:00 PM ET Tennessee Vanderbilt 7:45 PM ET 15 Auburn 1 Alabama