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 (1:01 PM)
Fire away. I'm ready to go.
JB (Columbus, OH)
Chris, Would it be a crime if anyone but Eric Berry wins the Thorpe Award???
Chris Low (1:02 PM)
Berry is the best defensive back I've seen this year, although I don't know how much it will hurt him playing on a losing team.
If FSU beats UF and then UF beats BAMA... what scenario do we end up with?
Chris Low (1:04 PM)
As SEC champ, Florida would go to the Sugar Bowl. Alabama, as long as it beats Auburn this weekend, would also get a BCS at-large berth, maybe to the Fiesta Bowl
Joe Gunn (Oxford, MS)
If Ole Miss goes to the Cotton Bowl, will they be able to beat a good Big 12 team?
Chris Low (1:06 PM)
I think there's a decent chance Ole Miss may draw Texas Tech in the Cotton Bowl, especially if Oklahoma beats Oklahoma State this weekend. With the way the Rebels are playing on defense right now, I like them against a lot of teams.
Chris, Melbourne, FL
Everyone says UF plays for title if they winout, but the computers still show Oklahoma and Texas ahead of Florida in BCS. Do you guys know enough about the computer polls to know for sure that UF will play for title or is there a chance for a Big XII only title game?
Chris Low (1:08 PM)
No, Florida will get a major boost in the computer polls by beating No. 1 Alabama and I think would also move to No. 1 in both of the human polls with a win over Alabama.
Top 3 candidates for the TN job? And will TN be the only SEC school looking for a coach?
Chris Low (1:10 PM)
In no order, Brian Kelly, Lane Kiffin and MIke Leach. And, yes, there's a chance there could be openings at Auburn, Miss. State and Vanderbilt if Bobby Johnson goes to Clemson.
If OSU beats OU, Tech wins the big 12 championship..who plays FL ( if they win out) in the BCS championship game ?
Chris Low (1:13 PM)
I would say Texas Tech would be the favorite in that scenario based on its win over Texas, but I would also watch Southern California. Here's something else to consider: What if Florida beats Alabama in a great game that goes down to a final play in OT is there any way Bama stays high enough to get that No. 2 spot in the final BCS standings?
A local radio show reported this morning that Clemson offered the coaching job to Bobby Johnson late last night. Whats the 411? GO DABO!!!
Chris Low (1:16 PM)
I don't know about that, but I do know that Clemson ought to give serious consideration to Johnson, who's done an outstanding job at Vanderbilt. I sort of think Dabo Swinney will get that job, especially if Clemson beats South Carolina this weekend.
Tom (River North)
Why should Florida be ranked ahead of any of the other one loss teams? They have the worst loss, and their best wins are against Georgia and LSU (who as it turns out, isn't that good). And what was it about Florida's win over the Citadel that made the AP move them up?
Chris Low (1:18 PM)
Is there anybody who's watched Florida over the last month and a half of the season who genuinely doesn't believe the Gators are the most complete football team in the country right now. Granted, that doesn't guarantee them anything. They still have to win the games. And I wouldn't call Ole Miss a bad loss. The Rebels are probably the third or fourth best team in the SEC right now.
Depending on the coaching shake-ups (if Vandy or Miss State need a HC) do you see an OU assistant heading to the SEC as a HC? Maybe Venables to Vandy?
Chris Low (1:20 PM)
I would think Venables might be more patient than that and see if an upper-tier job came open, but he's going to be on a lot of lists around the country.
BG ( Florida)
Best National Championship matchup would be....? Worst National Championship matchup would be...?
Chris Low (1:23 PM)
The national championship game I'd most like to see is Florida vs. Southern California. The title game I'd least like to see would be Penn State vs. Texas Tech, but everybody would have to lose for that to happen -- USC to UCLA, Florida to FSU, Alabama to Auburn, Oklahoma to Oklahoma State and Texas to Texas A&M.
Are there any scenarios in which Florida doesn't play for the championship even if they win out?
Chris Low (1:26 PM)
No, the Gators are a lock if they win out, and I say that because they would get a huge bump in the computers from winning over Alabama and would also probably move up a spot in the coaches' poll.
Quinn (Dallas TX)
I just feel like Texas is getting snubbed in a lot of ways. Your thoughts?
Chris Low (1:28 PM)
I can definitely see it from Texas' perspective, and I wouldn't lose all hope. I still think when voters sit down with that final ballot that Texas' 10-point win over Oklahoma at a neutral site may be enough for some to vote Texas ahead of Oklahoma if Texas, Texas Tech and Oklahoma are all tied going into the Big 12 championship game.
How can you say Florida/USC would be better than Bama/USC? Florida is a Johnny come lately to college football while Bama nd USC are two of the traditional great names in the game!
Chris Low (1:29 PM)
Just because I think Florida and Southern California are the two most talented/explosive teams right now. That's not to say that Bama vs. Southern California wouldn't also be a great team or Bama vs. Oklahoma or Florida vs. Oklahoma.
Colt McCoy (Austin, TX)
So am I getting the Heisman now or are you giving your boy T-Bow the edge?
Chris Low (1:31 PM)
Actually, I'd say Sam Bradford might have he edge right now, especially if he plays well against Oklahoma State this weekend and the Sooners go on to win the Big 12 title.
With your NC game, wouldnt USC have to win its conference to be even considered to be in the NC?
Chris Low (1:36 PM)
There's no written rule that says you have to win your conference championship to play in the BCS national championship game. But it would be interesting to see what happens if it comes to that. Think the Georgia fans would be grumbling after what happened to them a year ago?
Scott (Nashville, TN)
How can a beatdown of #2 not put Oklahoma ahead of Texas. If it's head-to-head... Then put Tech ahead of the Horns. Who you beat WHEN you beat them, right?
Chris Low (1:40 PM)
I know, it's a hard call. The way I would look at it is that you eliminate Texas Tech because they were the team that was destroyed in that three-way tie. Texas lost in the final seconds on the road at Tech. Oklahoma played respectably in a 10-point loss to Texas at a neutral site. That would leave Texas and Oklahoma in my way of thinking. For me, it would then get down to the fact that Texas beat Oklahoma head to head by double digits at a neutral site. Again, that doesn't mean it's the right way to look at it, That's how I would, though.
Assume for the moment that Oregon State loses, and USC goes to the Rose Bowl. Is it a near certainty that the Fiesta would take Ohio State over Utah (leaving the Tide to play - ho hum - Utah in the Sugar Bowl assuming we lose to Florida)? What are your sources telling you?
Chris Low (1:43 PM)
Yep, it would be similar to Georgia drawing Hawaii in the Sugar Bowl last year.
Mike (Madison, WI)
Given the current mess with the BCS this year (and past years) do you think that with presidential support that there is any chance of a playoff in the future?
Chris Low (1:45 PM)
Maybe down the road, but not for at least the next five years.
mac (norman, OK)
Bull chris.. that is bull... OU/Florida should be your vote.. you deserve a good game... we deserve it too.. USC.. no!... they will get blown away. come on tell me something
Chris Low (1:47 PM)
OK, Florida vs. Oklahoma. Does that make you feel better? Honestly, we could sit here and come up with four or five really appealing matchups, and I'd say we'd all have different ones we'd like to see.
Tag, Tampa, Fl
If Florida beats FSU and Alabama, and the computers still have both Texas and Oklahoms ahead of Florida going into the final BCS poll, will the voters in the Coaches and BCS polls fudge their ballots in order to bump Florida into the title game over Texas or Oklahoma (whoever doesn't win the Big 12)?
Chris Low (1:48 PM)
Again, I wouldn't sweat it. If Florida wins its next two games, the Gators will play for the national title.
How would you rank the Gators group of running backs(Demps,Rainey,Harvin,Moody,Moore) against the rest of the backfields in the nation?
Chris Low (1:50 PM)
Certainly, the fastest, maybe the fastest I've seen since I've been covering college football. I like Oklahoma's combo of Murray and Brown, as well as Coffee, Ingram and Upchurch at Alabama. The Gators just seem to have more of them, especially when you consider that Tebow is also like a running back in the running game.
Everyone has jumped to the conclusion that Florida is going to beat Bama, much to rise Saban's ire, how does that game really break down?
Chris Low (1:51 PM)
I think it probably plays into Alabama's hands, because you know Saban will use it to motivate his team.
chris... you do realize that Utah's and Alabama's SOS and Sagerin rankings are the same right???? if you think Utah is Hawaii of last year then your seriously mistaken..
Chris Low (1:52 PM)
Not saying Utah has no chance, just saying the matchup could come together sort of like Georgia-Hawaii last year.
How in the world can Texas Tech still be aheaid of OU in two of the computers for BCS after the beat down they got in Norman?
Chris Low (1:54 PM)
Welcome to the wonderful world of the BCS. As Steve Spurrier says, how is it that every other sport on the planet can have a playoff but college football? I guess college football is right and everybody else is wrong.
Brice ( Columbia, S.C.)
Who do you think is going to win the carolina/clemson game? sCore? What are carolina's chances of beating michigan state in the outback bowl?
Chris Low (1:55 PM)
Clemson has been too inconsistent for me to pick them in this game. But the Tigers have also pretty well owned the Gamecocks in this series. I'll go with Ellis Johnson's defense as the difference and the Gamecocks winning.
German (San Juan, PR)
"If Florida wins its next two games, the Gators will play for the national title."... unless Bama loses big to Auburn and Fla. doesn't get such a big boost from beating Bama, right?
Chris Low (1:56 PM)
Good point, but I still think Florida is in regardless if it wins its next two -- over a pair of ranked teams.
If Bama and Florida win this week, what do you think the ratings will be for the SEC championship? I know I will be watching every play.
Chris Low (1:58 PM)
Off the charts. I can't think of an SEC game I've looked forward to watching any more than this one.
Chris, if voters are using the logic of placing OU and FL ahead of TX based on the 'who is the hottest team right now' philosophy then how in God's name can they have Alabama at #1? This is a team that is lucky to have eeked out a win vs. LSU, Kentucky, and Ole Miss and beat a Georgia team that arguably isnt all that great. AND...everyone is already assuming they will lose to FL. Makes absolutely no sense....these pollsters need to pick a methodology and stick with it across the board. Whats your opinion?
Chris Low (2:01 PM)
The honest truth is that everybody has a different method in how he or she votes. There's not a uniform methodology, which makes the whole BCS system a bad system. In Alabama's case, the Tide is the only unbeaten team of the ones you mention. Going unbeaten in any year in the SEC speaks for itself. But the whole thing is warped. You won't get any argument from me.
Chris Low (2:02 PM)
Well, let the debating continue in the Big 12. It could get even more interesting this week depending on who wins. Thanks for the questions and we'll do it again next week.
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