Another great chat. Final one of the 2013 season, so here's the wrap if you missed it.:
Alan Rubin (South Florida) [via mobile]
Ed, what is your opinion on the spectacle created by Dalvin Cook pretending he was going to UF?
Edward Aschoff (12:04 PM)
I covered recruiting for a few years back in Gainesville and I've had to cover guys like that. Matt Elam and Nu'Keese Richardson come to mind. It's tiring and so overrated. I get it. It's your recruitment, do what you want, but I just think it's childish. Trolling is one of the things I couldn't stand about covering recruiting. If you want to flip, flip. Don't drag staffs and reporters along.
Do you think James Franklin wants out at Vandy or is he using all this interest as leverage for a raise and facilities upgrades?
Edward Aschoff (12:06 PM)
I don't think he wants out of Vandy, but I think that he'd be open to looking at bigger programs and maybe even the NFL. Face it, he's one of the hottest names out there and he'll be offered a job at a much bigger and more prominent football program. I wouldn't be shocked if the NFL came calling. He has been excellent at Vandy and deserves to move onto a bigger challenge.
Hey Edward, do you think South Carolina makes Top 5? Some could argue that they are the SEC's second-best team. Beating six bowl winners (two BCS winners) is a huge accomplishment.
Edward Aschoff (12:07 PM)
They certainly could. Big bowl win and ended the season on a roll. I've liked this team all year and I picked them to win the East at the beginning (thanks Tennessee!). Three straight 11-win seasons ... wow. Steve Spurrier has done an excellent job and I certainly think the Gamecocks could be in the top 5 when the season is over Monday night.
Nick T. (Tulsa)
CHOKE TIDE CHOKE! The Sooners were told how bad they were going to be beaten alllll month, and now we saw last Thursday who was hungrier. Also, Bama was flat outcoached. Bama had a great rushing attack that they never truly committed to. Once they got in third-and-10-plus, the OU pass rush could easily manipulate AJ into throwing picks.
Edward Aschoff (12:08 PM)
Props to OU. Out-everythinged Alabama even without the superior team. Alabama just got pushed around, but I think this team was focused. I just think OU had more to prove and it did.
Tampa Red (Statesboro, Ga.)
Is the SEC "dominance" taking a real hit during the bowl season with Georgia losing, Alabama getting beaten, and possibly Auburn losing? I mean still the best conference, but the gap (or imagined gap) has to be narrowing. I didn't mention Florida losing to my Georgia Southern Eagles, but that didn't help things.
Edward Aschoff (12:10 PM)
The SEC will finish with the best bowl win percentage ... Georgia was flat and beat straight up and Bama got beat by a good OU team. Other than that, the conference rolled. If Auburn wins I don't think there can be anymore talk of this. If the Tigers lose I expect a ton of SEC trolling. Might as well, but to say the SEC is falling off after one season is silly to me.
Best SEC individual bowl performance?
Edward Aschoff (12:14 PM)
Johnny Manziel. He brought his team back from a 21-point deficit, took command of his shaken team, was a leader, hurdled a guy, threw for 382 yards and four touchdowns, and also ran for 73 yards and another touchdown.