Chat with Chris Low
Welcome to SportsNation! On Monday, ESPN.com's SEC blogger Chris Low will stop by to talk some college football.
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.
Send your questions now and join Low Monday at 1 p.m. ET!
hi chris i thought i would ask two questions the first one is when will BObby Bowden call it a career at florida state?
Chris Low (1:04 PM)
One way or the other, I think this will be his final year.
Chris, can the LSU offense come around enough to compete with Alabama in a couple of weeks? Their offense still seems pretty inconsistent.
Chris Low (1:05 PM)
Actually, LSU is coming off one of its best offensive performances of the season. I still haven't seen enough from the Tigers to think they can score enough points to beat Alabama, but LSU's defense is also outstanding. Maybe we'll seen another one of those 13-10 type of games.
The SEC is weak this year - e.g., Tennessee got beat at home by a UCLA team that has been blown out in PAC-10 games, then Tennessee nearly beats Florida and Alabama on the road; also look at the pathetic non-conference schedules.When is ESPN and the rest of the media going to stop pretending that the SEC is good?
Chris Low (1:06 PM)
When somebody else other than the SEC wins the national championship.
Does Mark Ingram still have a shot at the heisman after fumbling at the most crucial time and getting only 99 yds last week?
Chris Low (1:07 PM)
It doesn't help him, but he still gained right at 100 yards against a very good Tennessee defense. Again, I think the Heisman is wide open, and if Ingram continues to put up numbers, he will be right there in the mix.
Brice (From Columbia, S.C.)
what are your thoughts on the South Carolina Tennessee Game this weekend? And do you see Alshon Jeffery having a big game against the vols (aka Kiffin's pumping gas statement"?
Chris Low (1:09 PM)
Jeffery gets a little better every week. He was going to be ready to go for this game regardless of anything Kiffin said. The Vols, however, have done a really good job on two great receivers the last two games - A.J. Green and Julio Jones. Neither player found the end zone.
What are your thoughts on the UGA and Gator game this weekend and Bama vs. LSU contest next weekend? Which team after what you saw these past few weeks potentially comes away with the upset?
Chris Low (1:11 PM)
I think Georgia is primed for an upset this week. Don't know if I'm going to pick it, but something tells me the Bulldogs have a good game in them and Florida's passing game right now is pretty weak. I want to see more from LSU's offense before I pick the Tigers in that game. But LSU can definitely win. Right now, I'm leaning toward Georgia being the team most likely to pull off the upset. Alabama will be helped greatly by having the week off before the LSU game.
Manderson (From Tigerville, S.C.)
Do you think South Carolina can finish the year strong with some wins this year or falter down the stretch like other recent years?
Chris Low (1:13 PM)
These next two games should tell the tale, road trips to Tennessee and Arkansas. The Gamecocks sure didn't give you a lot of reason for hope with the way they played against Vanderbilt. They were fortunate to win.
sean moffit (michigan)
tcu is going to play fla in the rose bowl
Chris Low (1:13 PM)
Now that would be one serious defensive struggle.
Chris, how bad has the play calling been for Alabama been in the short down, red zone situations? Why do they not just run the football cause Jim McElwain I feel has cost Bama touchdowns in the last 2 games.
Chris Low (1:15 PM)
I'm not sure what Alabama was doing on all those passes inside the 5 there at the end of the first half. It looked like they had Tennessee on its heels. I wouldn't have gotten away from the Wildcat formation, either, in the second half.
Chris - love your work. Mel Kiper answered a question for me last week, hopefully you will answer mine (different Q).Do you forsee Urban making a change at the O-Coordinator spot or do you think he and Addazzio are playing possum? I can't imagine our offense continues to evolved around dive plays with our QB when we have so many other weapons (whether they are working or not). Change or is Urban waiting to open it up?
Chris Low (1:17 PM)
I think what you're going to see is Urban Meyer, for the most part, taking over that offense down the stretch. He knows they have real issues right now, and he also knows they can't win a national championship playing this way on offense. Of course, to be fair, neither can Alabama.
Gerald (Nashville, TN)
Ok, bear with me. If Alabama loses its remaining conference games and LSU beats Alabama but loses to Mississippi and Arkansas, do the Rebels have a chance of going to Atlanta if they win out?
Chris Low (1:19 PM)
Ummm, yes, but that's a lot of wishful thinking. I think what's more realistic for Ole Miss is to keep building offensively off of what it did Saturday against Arkansas, win its remaining games and try and get to the Capital One Bowl.
Can we say with some certainty now that Jonathon Crompton has finally turned a corner?
Chris Low (1:21 PM)
I'll say this: He's played the two best games of his career against two of the Vols' biggest rivals - Georgia and Alabama. That's a good start.
Chris, do you think Alabama was just pooped-out and needed a break?
Chris Low (1:22 PM)
I'm sure there was something to the fact that Alabama was tired. But for the most part, I just thought Tennessee's physical nature really took a toll on the Tide and that Tennessee defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin got the best of the Alabama offensive staff. Kiffin had two weeks to get ready for that game, and it showed.
Terrible logic - the SEC gets a 50% chance to win a championship when they get a free pass to the game every year. Quit living in the past.
Chris Low (1:25 PM)
Free pass? The last time I checked, to win the SEC, you have to win a championship game in addition to going through a gauntlet of teams in the league that most people around the country think are pretty good.
Matt (Pcola, FL)
Does Bama clinch the SEC West with a win over LSU, or is there some loop hole out there where someone else could still get in should Bama beat LSU but lose to Miss. St or Auburn?
Chris Low (1:28 PM)
By math, yes. Because Alabama would own the head-to-head tiebreaker over LSU and Ole Miss. Everybody else in the West has three conference losses.
Is the SEC a gauntlet this year? Last year I heard a number of SEC fans admit that it was not a vintage SEC (which is still waaaay better than everyone else, of course). What has the league done to improve itself this season? USC up? OK, Vandy down. Arkansas back? Georgia back-slides. Seriously, convince me this league is great THIS year.
Chris Low (1:33 PM)
I don't think it is great this year. Perhaps a better question: Is there a great league out there? If Alabama or Florida slip up these next two weeks, I don't think either will make it to the BCS Championship Game with one loss this year -- not losing this late -- especially if Texas, USC, TCU, Cincinnati, Boise State, etc., all take care of business.
The point is Chris, is that if people if your ilk just annoint the SEC champion as worthy of the BCS title game, you might as well forget about having a regular season for that conference. Just pick your favorite and have them wait until January. Most of these teams really are not that good. They play ugly in conference and they play virtually NO ONE out of conference. The truth will set you free.
Chris Low (1:36 PM)
I guess the SEC isn't that good after all. And as far as playing "NO ONE," Alabama opened the season on a neutral field against a Top 10 team.
Chris, is South Carolina a better team than Tennessee at this stage?
Chris Low (1:37 PM)
Good question. I'd say Tennessee is probably playing better right now, and the game is in Neyland Stadium. Should be a really good game with two excellent defenses.
Troy (Montrose, CA)
Do you think any of Florida's WRs outside of Hernandez, Cooper, Moore, Nelson, and Thompson step up and make a major contribution THIS season?
Chris Low (1:39 PM)
It's hard to see it at this point. If it hasn't already happened, why should we think that somebody is going to emerge from the shadows in the last five games? The Gators miss freshman Andre Debose, who had surgery before the season.
Chris, I am a biased Bama fan. But as a football fan i have to think that Monte Kiffin is by far the best DC in the SEC. The man has as many yrs experience as half or more of the DCs in the league combined. You agree?
Chris Low (1:40 PM)
I'd say Monte has earned the $1.5 million (with his bonus) that the Vols are paying him. The defense hasn't given up a touchdown in two games.
you have not answered my second question do you see l.s.u in a upset over alabama november 7th?
Chris Low (1:41 PM)
Not right now. I still need to see LSU get a lot better offensively.
Georgia or Tennessee? Which one does UK stand the best chance to knock off this season?
Chris Low (1:43 PM)
I think the Wildcats match up better against Georgia, but that game's in Athens. They haven't beaten Tennessee forever, but you'd think the odds have to be in the Wildcats' favor at some point.
When are you going to acknowledge what non-sec fans see..the SEC out of conference scheduling is a joke.
Chris Low (1:46 PM)
SEC nonconference scheduling does need to get better and has gotten better here recently. You're seeing more Georgia-Oklahoma State, Tennessee-UCLA, Arkansas-Texas A&M, Alabama-Va. Tech, Mississippi State-Georgia Tech type of games. Looking down the SEC schools' future schedules, you're going to see more of these ... and should.
Will (Washington DC)
Will Ole Miss have a shot at going to Atlanta if:1. MSU and LSU defeat Alabama2. They win out which includes beating LSU
Chris Low (1:52 PM)
For Ole Miss to get to Atlanta, the Rebels need to win the rest of their games, and Alabama would have to lose all three of its remaining SEC games. Ole Miss can't get to Atlanta and be in a two-team tie with Alabama, because the Tide would go on head-to-head. Now, if it's a three-team tie and Ole Miss beats LSU and LSU beats Alabama, then Ole Miss would have a shot, because both of Alabama's losses would be to West teams (that's all they have remaining). That would knock Alabama out of the tie, leaving Ole Miss and LSU (since LSU lost to Florida in the East). Then, Ole Miss would go based on head to head over LSU. My head is hurting from explaining all this. In short, so much has to happen that it's doubtful that you'll see Ole Miss in Atlanta.
Shawn (Gulf Shores, AL)
Chris, why wait so long to start playing McCluster? Would the Rebels be in the situation they are in now if they had given him more touches earlier in the season?
Chris Low (1:54 PM)
I don't have the answer to that one. Even in the South Carolina game, they waited until the fourth quarter to put him at tailback and it was too late then. Maybe they were afraid he wouldn't hold up. But I'd say he's going to get all he can handle the rest of the way.
Chris, don't you think you were a little harsh on Tebow in your "What we learned" segment?The kid threw two pick-6s and isn't feeling too confident right now. I was surprised to see you pick him apart for not attending a media conference for the first time EVER.
Chris Low (1:56 PM)
Not really, and I really wasn't that hard on him. Just pointed out that he didn't face the music after one of the worst performances of his career. Believe me, I'm way ahead in writing glowing things about Tebow than I am in not-so-glowing things. He'll bounce back, though.
What does Alabama need to do to win the National Championship?
Chris Low (1:57 PM)
I think it's pretty simple for the Tide - win out and win in the SEC Championship Game. What's not so simply is figuring out a way to get that passing game going.
Saam (Los Angeles, CA)
Does this 2009 Florida team have the same feel as the 1998 Tennessee team where they are lucking their way to the National Title?
Chris Low (1:57 PM)
I'd say the Gators sure hope so.
Saam (Los Angeles, CA)
If you could cover any conference other than the SEC, which one would it be? Why?
Chris Low (1:58 PM)
Pac-10, because I think it's the second best conference out there, and I love the West Coast.
Colin Cowherd said Tennessee would be a beast in few years...do you agree?
Chris Low (2:00 PM)
If they keep recruiting at this rate and all these guys pan out, yes, I think Tennessee has a chance to be very good in two or three years. Gotta find a quarterback.
Rich (Oxford, MS)
What is up with Auburn? Have they forgot how to score?
Chris Low (2:01 PM)
Wow, biggest mystery to me. I knew the defense was shaky from seeing them earlier in the year. But I didn't see this offense going belly-up.
Outside of the SEC...who do you think has a serious chance of challenging for the Nat'l Title? Any darkhorse picks?
Chris Low (2:01 PM)
Texas would be my top pick and USC No. 2. I'd watch Cincinnati.
Chris Low (2:03 PM)
OK, I'm headed out now. Thanks for the questions, even the Pac-10 questions. I love the debate. And for what it's worth, I'd love to see USC taking on Alabama or Florida this year in Pasadena. Maybe we will.