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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Buzzmaster (11:06 AM)
Join Chris to chat about the BCS title game Friday at 11:30 a.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (11:30 AM)
We're getting Chris!
Chris Low (11:32 AM)
Two out of three isn't bad for the Gators. I'm on record as picking them again next year.
Chris Low (11:32 AM)
Dan (North Carolina)
It was kind of amazing to watch the Heisman trophy winning Sam Bradford have to look to the sidelines on every play for which audibles to call...Does Bob Stoops really micromanage his QBs that much or does Sam just not know the offense that well?
Chris Low (11:33 AM)
He knows the offense. That's just part of their no huddle attack. They get to the line quickly. See what the defense is showing them. He's looking to the sideline for different plays. He runs the one that he feels like will best work against that defense.
Ryan (Niles, MI)
So when will Florida play USC??
Chris Low (11:34 AM)
I wish they played this weekend. I think most of the country would love to see this thing played out. Involving not only USC, but Utah and Texas as well.
Matt (Gator Nation)
Do you believe Tebow will return for a senior season?
Chris Low (11:35 AM)
I think the only way he won't come back is if by some chance he gets a first round grade from the advisory committee, which I don't think he will. Outgoing Florida OC Dan Mullen told me late last night that he thinks will be back.
Connor Walroth - Gainesville
The SEC's taken the last three National Championships. Which SEC team do you see having the best chance at a fourth?
Chris Low (11:36 AM)
The same team that won the third straight, especially if Tebow does indeed return. I also think there is at least a 50-50 chance that LB Brandon Spikes will be back. But I think we've seen Percy Harvin's last game as a collegian.
if ole miss and florida were to play again next weekend who would you pick?
Chris Low (11:37 AM)
Florida. The Gators are a much better team. A much more cohesive team and have much more of an identity offensively than they did back on Sept. 27. That said, a case could be made that Ole Miss is the second best team in the SEC right now.
Michael (San Francisco, CA)
Do you think voters will finally start punishing little game Bob for choking in 5 consecutive BCS games. Sure, it's fun to run up 60+ points by airing it out in the 4th quarter, but when OU gets punched in the mouth by teams like Texas and their BCS opponents, they get exposed for the frauds they are. I hope voters remember that.
Chris Low (11:38 AM)
What you did the year before or five years before shouldn't matter in the polls as to what you're doing in that particular season. But subconsciously, when a team has a history of not playing well in the big games or of losing the big games, then I think that does enter the voters' minds.
Where do you think Georgia will end up next year in the SEC without Moreno and Stafford
Chris Low (11:40 AM)
Georgia's been a team that played better when there hasn't been any expectations. They still have outstanding young talent, in particular WR AJ Green. Georgia is not just going to go away. But I think next season, they are clearly a level below Florida but still the second best team in the East and thats where I think they'll finish again.
So are you going to pick Ole Miss to take the West next year?
Chris Low (11:41 AM)
I'm thinking about it. I want to see what the offseason is like for the Rebels. Make sure everyone comes back. And see what happens with Alabama. Right now it's Alabama, Ole Miss race. The difference might be that the Rebels get the Crimson Tide in Oxford next season.
Jason (Washington, DC)
Assuming Tebow returns, is Florida the hands-down preseason number one? And what if he doesn't return? What range would you put them in?
Chris Low (11:42 AM)
If he does return, then yes, I think they're clearly No. 1. Texas would also get some votes. If he doesn't return, I still think they are a top 10 team.
Justin: (Charleston, SC):
Do you think that Tim Tebow will be a successful quarterback when he goes to the NFL?
Chris Low (11:43 AM)
I think there's a place for Tim Tebow on an NFL roster. For him to be a long term starting QB in the NFL that the team that takes him is going to have to run an offense that fits what he does. He's not a great pocket passer. He's not a pro style QB. But given the chance to make plays, with his athleticism and his fierce competitive spirit, I wouldn't be against him.
Matt (Los Angeles, CA)
Who would you take right now in a game between USC and Florida on a neutral field?
Chris Low (11:44 AM)
I'd have to go with the Gators, because Percy Harvin looked awfully healthy last night. If Florida can hold that Oklahoma offense to 14 points, the same offense that had scored 60+ for five straight games. I think they would also hold down the Trojans in a close football games.
Steve (Walnut Creek, CA)
Is Tebow the best college QB in history?
Chris Low (11:45 AM)
I'm not ready to call him the best yet. He is, in my mind, among the top handful. However, if he comes back next season, wins another national title, and particularly if he were to win the Heisman again, my opinion would be that he would be the best college football player in history. Period.
TY (SLC, Utah)
Is there any other sport where you can go an entire season including postseason without a loss and not win the championship? NCAA football has become gymnastics in the olympics where past reputations earn you higher marks.
Chris Low (11:46 AM)
The answer is college football in the BCS system. Yes, it's absolutely flawed. But until we get a playoff, there's going to be a Utah every single year.
Doug- New York
Without Harvin and some other offensive weapons, do you think Tebow is going to have as good a year if he comes back?
Chris Low (11:48 AM)
First of all, I think most of his weapons will be back, with the exception of Harvin. Demps, Rainey, his TE Aaron Hernandez and several younger receivers that we haven't seen yet. So, yes, I think you can put just about anybody around Tim Tebow in the college game and he's going to be a difference maker.
Does this bowl season settle the question of Big 12 offenses v SEC def?
Chris Low (11:49 AM)
Actually, Oklahoma defense played very well last night and gave a good accounting for themselves. It wasn't as if Florida went up and down the field. They made them earn it. I do think the defenses in the SEC are considerably better then defenses in the Big 12. I think we saw that last night.
Hey Chris how does it feel to have bragging rights over the other blogers?
Chris Low (11:50 AM)
It's all talent. I can't take credit for it. Even in the realm of the blogosphere, typically you come out on top.....haha, just kidding. But honestly, when you're covering the SEC, we're sort of getting used to these titles.
Ken (Tallahassee, FL)
Do you think Sam Bradford will be back? If not, where should he be drafted? He may not have a rocket arm, but he is incredibly accurate and makes good reads.
Chris Low (11:51 AM)
Bradford made some big time NFL throws against the Florida defense where he put the ball right on the money. If he's going to be the first or second QB taken, which most analysts belive he will be, then I think you've got to come out. I think it makes the most sense from a business decision. So, yes, I do think he will be in the NFL next season.
Larry (TTown, Alabama)
How do the early draft entries effect the landscape of the SEC (Georgia, Alabama, Auburn) for next season?
Chris Low (11:53 AM)
South Carolina is taking a big time hit. Alabama took an expected hit in Andre Smith and could take another one in Coffee. I'm waiting to see what Ole Miss's Greg Hardy does. At last count, you're going to see double digits in players leaving the SEC, including the two biggies from Georgia. The Bulldogs are going to be hit as hard as anybody.
What a play made by #95 on the 4th & Goal play..He dodged the cut by the center pushed past the RG..made me jump out of my seat..how was your reaction?
Chris Low (11:55 AM)
You're talking about Torrey Davis. Just a textbook play down on the goaline by a player who had only five total tackles all season, then he rises up and makes what arguably could be the biggest defensive play of the game. This Gators defense got better and better under their DC Strong. My question now is when is somebody going to have some guts and give Strong a head coach job? It's long overdue.
Chris, congrats to Florida but do you really think they could beat USC. I mean come on the SEC has to be much better than the PAC-10. I'd put USC or Oregon up against anybody right now, Your thoughts?
Chris Low (11:57 AM)
The best way I can answer that question is that I would love to see, and I think I speak for most fans out there, I would love to see Florida and USC get it on right now. You talk about athletes all over the field, offense, defense. It's the kind of game that just begs for a playoff.
what did you think of the unsportsman like call with the "Gator Chomp" on Tebow
Chris Low (11:58 AM)
Not one of his better moments. But the game was over at that point. I think Tebow was simply overly emotional and his emotions got the best of him.
Chris Low (11:58 AM)
Thanks for the questions. It's been a great season. My only regret is that it doesn't last another week or two.
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