Chat with Chris Low
Low joined ESPN.com in 2007 after 10 years with The (Nashville) Tennessean covering the University of Tennessee and SEC. The Rock Hill, S.C., native lives with his wife in Knoxville and has three sons.
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Chris Low (1:04 PM)
I'm here and ready to go.
Say Florida loses to FSU, then beats Bama in the SEC title game. Texas Tech wins out. Is it a Texas/TTU rematch in the BCS title game?
Chris Low (1:05 PM)
Yes, I think that would be a possibility, but Southern California might be the real winner in that scenario.
Jordan McLoughlin (Atlanta, GA)
I heard on the Knoxville radio that Clemson was interested in Phillip Fulmer-- any legs to this story?
Chris Low (1:06 PM)
No, I don't think Fulmer is a serious candidate at Clemson.
Chris: do the Gamecocks have any shot at upsetting Florida this weekend? I don't know if anyone in the country can beat them right now.
Chris Low (1:07 PM)
I think you answered your question with your last sentence. Florida looks to be as complete a football team as there is in college football right now. The Gamecocks are playing better, but I don't think they're in the Gators' stratosphere.
Tyler--Destin, FL (misplaced Ky fan)
What did you think of Randall Cobb's performance this weekend? Is he Ky's starter for the next 4 years? Can we win out with Cobb as QB this year?
Chris Low (1:08 PM)
I love the way Cobb plays. What a competitor. He'll get over the turnover-itis as he gets older, but the Cats got a winner when they got him. I've interviewed him a couple of times now, and he's a quality kid, too.
Chris, how do like Vandy's chances of getting that 6th victory in the final three games (UK, UT, Wake)?
Chris Low (1:10 PM)
All three games are games they can legitimately win. I like their chances best against Tennessee, which packed it in for the season a long time ago.
Bryan (Fayetteville, AR)
How big of an impact will Ryan Mallet have on the Hogs next year?
Chris Low (1:11 PM)
A big impact. I spoke with Coach Petrino two weeks ago, and he said Mallett had really looked good in practice. He steps in next year having had a year to learn Petrino's system, and that's important.
Kevin (Kind of a big deal from Atlanta)
This is starting to shape up as the worst team in Tennessee history-- where does the Auburn team rack up among the all time lows?
Chris Low (1:12 PM)
Ask me after the last two games. At 5-7 (when they started the season ranked in the Top 10), it would certainly qualify as one of the worst.
joe (new york)
what do you make of all the smoke surrounding butch davis to tennessee? any chance this actually happens?
Chris Low (1:14 PM)
You never say never, especially should Tennessee throw $4 million a year at him. But based on what I've been told to this point, I don't think Davis will wind up at Tennessee. He's got a pretty good situation at North Carolina and already making around $2.6 million. My guess is that Tennessee helps him get a good raise.
Brent (Dallas, TX)
I understand that Texas Tech has finally received respect but yet agani I am hearing some rumblings that another Texas Tech opponent is overrated after Tech beats them. Do you think OSU was overrated or do you believe Tech is that good?
Chris Low (1:15 PM)
No, I think Texas Tech is that good, and I also think Oklahoma State is a very good football team. You can't help but be impressed with how crisp Tech is on offense, how well coached the Raiders are and the way their players consistently make the key plays. Tech is definitely for real.
Jonathan Taylor (Atlanta, GA)
Does Tommy Tubberville return to Auburn next year?
Chris Low (1:16 PM)
I'd say it's 50-50. We're going to find out how strong the Auburn president is.
Dan - Mobile, AL
Mount Cody played "ok" this past weekend , but appeared a little gimpy. Do you think it would be wise to let him rehab for three more weeks to prepare for Auburn and Florida?
Chris Low (1:18 PM)
He definitely didn't look like the same player from earlier in the year. He didn't appear to move that well and LSU went a big chunk of the game with its second-team center. I would say Bama will be ver careful with him these next few weeks, especially in practice. He also probably fell out of football shape a little bit being out a couple of weeks.
John ( Atlanta )
Gators will be favored by 10 pts or more over Bama in SEC Championship game. Also, Gators will be the favorite over any team they play in BCS Championship. Agree/Disagree?
Chris Low (1:20 PM)
Wow, 10 points? You think so? I would be surprised if it's that much, but I do think Florida will be favored against whoever the Gators play the rest of the way.
If not Davis at Tennessee than who? Tennessee needs offense bad and a coach who can fire up these current players and recruits. I like Brian Kelly if Leach isn't available.
Chris Low (1:22 PM)
I wouldn't completely rule out Davis. I'm sure the Vols will make a run. But the guys I think it will ultimately come down to (in no order) are Lane Kiffin, Mike Leach, Brian Kelly, Tim Brewster and Will Muschamp. I'm sure some other names will pop up, too.
Chris, Sly is not going to change on offense, and most MSU fans are ready for a new coach. At the end of the year do you think MSU will pull the trigger on Croom?
Chris Low (1:24 PM)
I think Sly is going to have to make major changes in his offense, including staff and system, if he wants to be there much longer.
SEC fan in California
Everyone pretty much unanimously has already given Florida the victory over Alabama. Do you think Alabama has any chance in that game? I would think Nick Saban is going to come up with something to try and beat Florida or is that just wishful thinking?
Chris Low (1:25 PM)
Sure, Bama has a chance. The Tide are 10-0 with three wins away from home over Top 15 teams. They're the most physical team I've seen with an outstanding defense and a playmaker at receiver (Julio Jones) who's a tough cover for anybody.
If you could pick any two teams in the country, who would you most like to see matched up in a bowl game.
Chris Low (1:27 PM)
Great question. Probably Florida vs. Texas Tech. The score might be 58-55. But, man, would it be fun. At least, for everybody except the two defensive coordinators.
Did I miss something? Was there a change and Florida in fact did NOT lose to Ole Miss at home? Did Alabama not win at UGA & LSU? Did they also not beat the dog crap out of Clemson in the Georgia Dome, the site of the SEC Championship? Have they lost even once? Does the Crimson Tide not have a stout defense and great running game with a dynamite go-to receiver?
Chris Low (1:28 PM)
Just pointed out all the above in one of my recent posts.
Chris - if UK wins out, do we go Chick-Fil-A-ing?
Chris Low (1:31 PM)
It would either be Kentucky or Ole Miss. Both teams would bring a lot of fans. Much of that depends on how strongly Ole Miss finishes.
D (Columbia, SC)
Hey Chris there's a lot of bowl discussion going through the Gamecock Nation. Say we split our last games 1-1 and end up 8-4. Which bowl does Spurrier and Co. end up in? Most fans are saying they would prefer to not go to Tampa for the third time since 2000 and argue that the Chick-fil-a/peach bowl would be a better fit for the fans and players. Your thoughts?
Chris Low (1:32 PM)
I just don't see the Outback Bowl passing up the Gamecocks and Spurrier at 8-4.
Matt (Vienna, VA)
Does Tebow have a shot at the Heisman?
Chris Low (1:35 PM)
If he keeps playing at this level and the Gators go on to win the SEC title, advancing to the BCS national title game, he'll be right there in the discussion. But I can tell you from talking to Tim, that he would much rather have a shot at the national title than winning the Heisman for a second straight year.
I think what CB in Tusc. is missing here is that Tebow is playing like a Heisman quarterback again, the Gators can tout everything that Alabama has except W/L record (running game, stellar defense) and the Tide' special teams couldn't hold a hankie to the wind against the Gators' currently.
Chris Low (1:37 PM)
And that's why they play the games.
Will J (Portland, OR)
How overrated do think USC's defense is? They have only given up 23 points total in their last 6 games, but only Cal and Oregon have been "respectable" opponents.
Chris Low (1:38 PM)
It's hard for me to call USC's defense overrated when you look at the talent on that defense. All they can do is play against the opponents on their schedule. No, I think USC is extremely good on defense.
Jeff Patton Valdosta, Ga
You think Stafford and Moreno bolt for the pros after this year?
Chris Low (1:39 PM)
Stafford for sure. He's going to be a top 5 pick. Moreno's decision will be harder. Probably depends on where NFL advisory board says he will be drafted.
mike (austin, tx)
I've heard people say that if Florida were to lose before the SEC championship and still beat bama, that USC would sneak in the title game, but with the #3 rating and quality wins over OU Missouri Ok. State and a last second lost on the road to tech, wouldnt TEXAS be in it?
Chris Low (1:42 PM)
That's where it would really get interesting. Texas would have a good argument if it's only loss was to Texas Tech on the road in the final seconds, whereas USC lost to Oregon State. I think the pollsters would vote Texas a little higher, which would give them the edge in the final BCS standings.
Ernie (Charlotte, NC)
Do you think there is a legitimate chance that Jon Gruden could be the next coach at Tennessee or is this just a rumor to ignore?
Chris Low (1:44 PM)
I'm sure Gruden and his agent don't mind that talk being out there, but he's making huge bucks in the NFL and has been in the pro game for most of the last two decades. I don't see him as a legitimate candidate for the Tennessee job.
David (Athens, GA)
Do you think I should go ahead and pack my bags for Orlando?
Chris Low (1:46 PM)
Yep, unless the Dogs lose one of these last two. Then, LSU may be a factor in the Capital One Bowl. But Georgia at 10-2 is a lock for Orlando.
Karl (Austin, Tx)
I was watching the LSU vs. Bama game and couldn't help but think that the quarterbacks in the SEC are just average. I was not impressed at all with either of the two teams. Is the SEC overrated or am I just spoiled watching all the great QBs in the Big12?
Chris Low (1:47 PM)
You've just been watching one of the greatest batch of quarterbacks any conference has seen in a long time. They play a little defense in the SEC, too.
Lets say Texas wins out, OK beats Tx Tech and all three finish 11-1. Who goes to the Big 12 title game? Who should go in your opinion?
Chris Low (1:51 PM)
It would be whichever team is ranked highest in the BCS standings on Nov. 30, which in your scenario would probably be Texas given where the Longhorns are right now in the BCS standings.
Will J (Portland, OR)
Chris, how would you rate the SEC conference in it's entirety.....compared to say the last 10 years? Where would this season rank?
Chris Low (1:52 PM)
Probably not as good as in past years because Auburn and Tennessee have been so bad this year, and Vanderbilt has leveled off after such a hot start.
Phillip (austin, tx)
Chris. Are you one of those LOSERS that says they dont want a playoff because it would totally diminish the regular season? To those people I say, Thank you for ruining my post season. Lets apply this logic to other sports. NFL: The two one seeds were Dallas and New England. Wow good thing that didnt happen. MLB: Tampa Bay and Chicago Cubs. Also glad that didnt happen. College Basketball: UNC every year vs Duke. How fun would that be? Why must this rediculous logic be used when it regards college football. Ask any athlete why they play the game and it would be because of the dream of winning it all. Yet College Football wants to preserve the sanctity of the "regular season." All I can say is WOW
Chris Low (1:56 PM)
I have been called a loser before, actually more than once. But like you, I'd love to see a playoff. Can you imagine how good an eight-team playoff would be this year? Here's a stab at the seeds: 1. Florida 2. Texas Tech 3. Alabama 4. USC 5. Texas 6. Oklahoma 7. Utah 8. Penn State. I mean, come on. Texas vs. USC in the first round? It doesn't get any better.
Brian (Orlando, FL)
What do you make of the Gators' mid-season change in emphasis from punt-returning to punt-blocking? Both have been wildly successful, but it was so sudden starting with the UK game and now it seems like they go after every one...
Chris Low (1:57 PM)
That's why Urban Meyer is the best special teams coach in the country. Nobody does it better.
Matt (Omaha, NE)
How in the world does Tennesee lose to a horrible Wyoming team?
Chris Low (1:58 PM)
wow Chris wow!..... why wont OU jump texas if the beat TTU and OSU? why? Missouri is above OSU even though OSU beat them in Missouri..give me one legit reason why Texas will still be over OU and over TTU when TTU loses?
Chris Low (2:00 PM)
Two reasons I say that: Because Texas is two spots ahead of Oklahoma right now in the BCS and because Texas beat Oklahoma at a neutral venue. I think the head-to-head thing will be what give the Horns the edge. We'll see, though.
Chris- As a UT alumni, I'm completely disgusted with your analysis and opinion of where UT is currently. In case you forgot, Bama went through 10+ years of terrible football, UT has been through 2 years. GIVE UT A BREAK!
Chris Low (2:02 PM)
Two losing seasons in a four-year span is pretty bad. Don't see it getting a whole lot better next year, either. And why does Alabama always have to come up when discussing Tennessee?
Chris Low (2:03 PM)
Enjoyed it as always. Great stuff today. These next few weeks ought to be nirvana for college football junkies.
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