Better late than never, here's the chat wrap from Monday. Here's a preview if you snuck out of the office to go see "Cloud Atlas" during your lunch break:
Scratches (D'ham, NC)
Who looks like a better Heisman candidate so far: Johnny Football or AJ McCarron?
Edward Aschoff (12:08 PM)
I'd have to go with McCarron at this point. He doesn't have the numbers JF has, but he has been the nation's most efficient quarterback and has 18 touchdown passes to 0 interceptions. Oh, and his team is No. 1 in the nation. More wins for McCarron will help his Heisman chances. JF has to do well against better defenses. He really struggled in the second half against Florida and LSU.
So the Gators bubble finally burst. How is it possible that a Florida (team) can have ZERO playmakers at WR? It defies logic. UGA has plenty. So does FSU, Bama, SC. Heck even TN.
Edward Aschoff (12:10 PM)
Look at recruiting over the last couple of years. Florida lost Chris Dunkley, who was supposed to be a special playmaker and missed out on some big-time recruits at the receiving position, especially in Muschamp's most recent class. This team just hasn't brought in elite receiving talent in while and it's showing. Jordan Reed is really the only reliable receiving target out there and he happened to seal the Gators' fate with his fumble in the fourth. But at least he makes plays and gets open. Past recruiting classes have hurt the Gators at the receiving position more than anything.
Scratches (D'ham, NC)
How much do you expect LSU's passing game to improve after a bye week?
Edward Aschoff (12:11 PM)
It can't get any worse right? Well, maybe with Alabama's defense lining up on the opposite side. I just have to think that something was changed during the off week. Or maybe Mettenberger just worked on his comfort level and tried to regain some confidence. Simplifying things for him are probably important in a game like this.
Dash, given the little information we have about the extent of Lattimore's injury, is it even possible to make a prognosis about the possibility of his return to football or a potential timeline? Any thoughts on how this injury might affect his NFL prospects?
Edward Aschoff (12:14 PM)
I'm not a doctor and I've never played one on TV so I have no idea what the future holds for him. He's one of the hardest working players out there, so you have to think that he'll try his best to come back. Look at Willis McGahee. He came back from that ugly knee injury and is still in the NFL. You have to hope that the same happens for Lattimore, but you also have to wonder if there was any nerve damage. Thoughts and prayers really do go out to him and his family. Just hate to see that for anyone, especially to someone with as much character as he has.
Do you expect Florida to have a letdown game against a Mizzou team that looks like they have some confidence for the first time all season?
Edward Aschoff (12:15 PM)
I was thinking about that this morning. It's very possible, considering all the emotions this team probably spent in that ugly loss to Georgia. But Muschamp has done a very good job of keeping this team motivated and fired up throughout the season, and there's still a lot for this team to play for. Maybe Georgia loses and the Gators are still in line for the SEC East. Win out and maybe this team goes to the Sugar Bowl. But Mizzou is fighting for its bowl life. Could be interesting.