Chat with Chris Low
Welcome to SportsNation! On Thursday, 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 Thursday at 1 p.m. ET!
Chris Low (1:03 PM)
Hello from Columbia, S.C.
Mark (Miami Fl) [via mobile]
Since Jeremiah Masoli won't likely play this season for Ole Miss, do you believe he will ever play collegiatey again or will he take his skills to a pro league?
Chris Low (1:04 PM)
Good question. A whole year is a long time for him to wait to play college football again. I would think he would at least take a look at the CFL and maybe even take his chances in next April's NFL draft.
Chris,What is the latest you hear on suspensions for UNC, besides Austin. Do you think if he is the only suspension...doubtful, that the distractions alone are enough to keep UNC from beating LSU?
Chris Low (1:06 PM)
No, I think there will be multiple suspensions for the Tar Heels, particularly on defense. Too bad, because this was going to be a classic matchup with a lot of future NFL talent on the field.
JD (Madison, GA)
Why is the NCAA taking so long to rule on the AJ Green.. kick off is 2 days away ... Good or Bad for AJ and the Dawgs???
Chris Low (1:08 PM)
The NCAA is taking its time ruling on everybody. They're still waiting at South Carolina and Alabama, too. It's pretty interesting that nobody at Georgia will saying anything either way about Green. He was adamant back in July that he'd never been to Miami.
Richard Pipe (Macon, GA)
How will John Brantley's play this year measure up to expectations (expectations for him, not Tebowspectations)?
Chris Low (1:09 PM)
I honestly think that Brantley will throw 20-plus touchdown passes and will push the 3,000-yard mark. The Gators are going to build what they do offensively around his passing skills, and he can really throw it.
What would be considered a successful season for the Gamecocks. If Spurriers team is below expectations do you see him retiring or being forced out.
Chris Low (1:11 PM)
To me, 9-3 would be an excellent season for the Gamecocks. After all, they've only won nine or more twice in school history. Spurrier likes the young talent in this program, but if the Gamecocks limp to the finish again, losing five or six games, and play poorly in the bowl again, he may well walk away.
Kevin (Fort Lauderdale)
The Gators are different than the 9-4 team of 2007. Yes they graduated many players to the NFL but many of the returners have starting experience and those that don't are stud recruits. C-Low, I think you agree with me but many of your colleague keep throwing around the "Gators are young" comment. Am I accurate about your opinion about the 2010 Gators?
Chris Low (1:14 PM)
Yep, lot of talent on that roster that simply hasn't had a chance to start because of guys like Tebow, Haden, Spikes, Hernandez, Wright, Stamper and Dunlap in front of them. Plus, the Gators have a good, veteran offensive line, which is where it starts on offense. Bostic and Jenkins at LB are future stars. Can't wait to see Sharrif Floyd at DT, either, but I understand Omar Hunter and Jaye Howard have been killing it in the middle for the Gators.
Danimal the (Garanimal)
Between LSU and Auburn, who do you feel will have a stronger year, and what do you base that on?
Chris Low (1:17 PM)
I'll go with Auburn based on Auburn's veteran offensive line. Auburn gets LSU on the Plains this season, and I think Cameron Newton will flourish in Gus Malzahn's offense. Still not sold on LSU's offensive line, although I do think Jefferson will be better at QB this season.
Pip (Athens, Georgia)
How bout em' Dogs Chris? Murray just needs to be 'ok' like McElroy, 17 td's, 4 int's, and Georgia wins the SEC. Are you feeling it?
Chris Low (1:18 PM)
Not as much as you're feeling it, although I do think Georgia will have a good season. Great kicking game, 10 starters back on offense, dynamic playmaker in Green and a revamped defense. I can see 10 wins, but think the Gators edge them out for the East crown.
JEFF (Hoover, ALA)
Urban goes 5-3 in SEC 40% of his years. Why so inconsistent?
Chris Low (1:21 PM)
It's hard for me to call a coach who's won two national championships in his five seasons at that school inconsistent. He was one game away from playing in the national championship game in another one of those seasons after his team had won 22 in a row. And at Utah, he won the Fiesta Bowl. I'd say he's been consistently excellent as a coach.
Will (Metairie, LA)
Happy CFB Day! What are your expectations of Jordan Jefferson after hearing Crowton is going to be more aggressive in playcalling? Last year it seemed he was still scared from the Jarret Lee disaster in '08.
Chris Low (1:22 PM)
I think Gary is correct. They need to take the training wheels off of him. Jefferson looked hesitant to pull the trigger at times last year. But I think the real key is how well the offensive line plays in front of him and whether or not the Tigers can run the ball better than a year ago.
If the gamecocks win big tonight, do you see them being a top 25 team for next week?
Chris Low (1:23 PM)
I already had them in my Top 25.
Andrew (Montgomery, AL)
Do you think if Norman can actually play that Vandy has any chance against Northwestern?
Chris Low (1:26 PM)
I've got them Commodores winning. It's at home. Vanderbilt is excellent against the pass, and that's what Northwestern likes to do. It's also the first game, so Vanderbilt's lack of depth in the offensive line shouldn't hurt them as much in this game. If it were the fifth or sixth game, it might be different. Vanderbilt's defensive coordinator, Jamie Bryant is outstanding, and I think he's got a plan to shut down the Wildcats. At last check, the Commodores were hopeful that Norman would be able to give them some snaps.
What's your take on the Lattimore kid at RB for the Gamecocks? Some say he may be the best impact Freshman in the country.
Chris Low (1:27 PM)
He would be right at the top of my list in the SEC for sure. I really look forward to watching him play tonight. Great acceleration. Great vision and always seems to make the right cut.
robert (big blue nation)
hey what would you do if you were kys coach, would you start randall cobb at qb, or what, i think he would be a better fit, but im asking your opinion, also what do you think of their season this year, what do you forsee
Chris Low (1:31 PM)
I think the Cats are better off moving Cobb around. He becomes pretty one-dimensional if he's at QB the whole game, although I love having the ball in his hands. Much of it hinges on how well Hartline plays and if he can consistently get the ball to Cobb. It sounds like Chris Matthews will be able to take some pressure off Cobb on the other side. I see a similar season as a year ago, six or seven wins in the regular season, although Joker Phillips said earlier this week that this was the most speed and depth the Wildcats have had in a long while. So maybe I'm selling them short.
CL - What do you think the best "off the radar" SEC game will be this year?
Chris Low (1:32 PM)
I'll go with the very first SEC game -- Auburn at Mississippi State next Thursday night in Starkville. I think the Bulldogs will be one of the more improved teams in the league.
Sandy (Evans, GA)
What do you think will be the outcome of investigation on Dareus?
Chris Low (1:35 PM)
I still think he's probably going to miss at least a game, maybe two. But this whole thing has dragged on longer than anybody expected.
Jeremy Sherer (Birmingham)
Which team is most likely to disappoint, UGA or Arkansas; which team is most likely to surprise, Ole Miss or Mississippi State?
Chris Low (1:37 PM)
I'll go Arkansas to disappoint, because I still want to see if their offense is as improved as I'm hearing it is. I like Mississippi State as the team most likely to surprise.
Jared (Charleston, SC)
Love the work Chris. Do we know exactly who will be missing the game this evening for the Cocks?
Chris Low (1:41 PM)
My understanding is that South Carolina will know who's in and who's out before the game and probably won't announce it until right before the game. The players I'm told that were most at risk for this first game were safety Akeem Auguste, cornerback C.C. Whitlock, offensive tackle Jarriel King, offensive guard Terrence Campbell and defensive tackle Ladi Ajiboye. There could be another game for some or all of those players, too.
Jerome (Scottsdale, AZ)
Chris, With all the hipe around Chris Rainey moving to the "Percy Harvin Position", What kind of season will he have ? Any guess on the stats ?
Chris Low (1:43 PM)
I don't think Meyer is looking for big numbers in catches as much as he's looking for big plays from Rainey, quick strikes. I'd say Rainey will also get the ball on some reverses, pitches and handoffs.
Any chance Foley, Urban, and UF ever schedule an OOC game out of state? It seems like with the talent they are stockpiling like Pete Carroll did at SC they would want to take the "we will play anyone anytime anywhere attitude" like Pete did. UF-USC home and home would be amazing.
Chris Low (1:44 PM)
I don't see it as long as they're playing Florida State every year. I'd like to see them go out of state occasionally and play somebody of note, too. But it hasn't hurt them any. They're right there in the national title equation every year.
Richard Pipe (Macon, GA)
Chris, if you were Les Miles, which game(s) would you be most nervous about this year knowing you're on the hot seat?
Chris Low (1:45 PM)
Alabama. Losing three straight to Saban and the Tide wouldn't go over real well on the Bayou.
Frank (Gulfport, MS)
Yes or No, LSU fires Miles after 9-3 season and failing once again to win the SEC West
Chris Low (1:46 PM)
No. They would owe him way too much money.
Jack W (Houston)
Out of the 4 Back at Arkansas who do you think will break out and give them the best chance to win. Personally I think Broderick Green and Ronnie Wingo give our running game the most boost.
Chris Low (1:47 PM)
I like Wingo a lot, too, although I don't think he's just torn it up this preseason. I know Bobby Petrino really thinks he has a great future. Green is more of the bruiser, but he's shown some breakaway ability. The reality is that they're going to play them all.
Ben (Atlanta, GA)
Chris, in your linked article today on the NCAA inquiry into AJ Green, etc. it mention that the NCAA instructed UGA not to say anything at all until rulings were final. That may answer your question why everyone has been silent. Also, the coaches there have made him readily available and spoken about him in their gameplan this Saturday, indicating he'll likely play.
Chris Low (1:49 PM)
I'm leaning toward your way of thinking, that he's fine and will play. I just don't understand why it's so hush-hush if everything checked out.
I'm going to keep asking this until you answer Chris. Why are you 2-3 wins lower on AU than Herbie, Robert Smith, and Phil Steele?
Chris Low (1:53 PM)
Matt, sorry. Promise I wasn't dodging you. I think Auburn will have a very solid season, nine wins perhaps. Maybe they get to 10 in a bowl game. But with so many freshmen filling in the gaps, they might still be a year away from winning the West. Can they win it? Absolutely. They have a veteran offensive line, more weapons on offense than a year ago and more depth on defense. But they still have to prove they're significantly better on defense. We'll see if they are.
Brett (King of Prussia, PA)
C'mon Chris, did you forget that PSU is in the Big Ten in your predictions this week? Vandy-NU isn't the only SEC-Big Ten match up.
Chris Low (1:58 PM)
You're right, a 15-yard personal foul for me. Just a silly oversight. I will dock myself a win next week in my picks segement as punishment. Thanks for the heads-up.
Larry M (Atlanta)
Chris, following up on OOC game scheduling, Richt recently said the days of UGA playing two OOC games vs. BCS opponents is probably over. They play Ga Tech every year and have recently played the likes of Oklahoma St., Colorado, Arizona St., etc. Richt says he doesn't think SEC teams need that in their schedules. Thoughts?
Chris Low (2:00 PM)
And I would say on down the road, you won't see Georgia do it. There's no way as an SEC team that I would play two BCS teams per year, like a Georgia Tech and Oklahoma State or Georgia Tech and Arizona State.
Jeremy Sherer (Birmingham)
In regards to Mississippi State or Ole Miss surprising, I like State as well. But their schedule is brutal. Ole Miss has a weak schedule, and is solid on both the O-line and D-line. Plus, Nutt historically has done better with "lesser" teams.
Chris Low (2:01 PM)
Good point. It's very possible that Mississippi State could have a better team than Ole Miss or at least as good a team, but finish with a worse record because of the schedule. I'm thinking a bowl bid could possibly be on the line for one or both of them in the Egg Bowl.
Alabama loses 3-5 games this year because their defense is too inexperienced. Any thoughts?
Chris Low (2:02 PM)
In a word ... no way.
Chris Low (2:07 PM)
Thanks for the questions. Always a lot of fun. Will be at the South Carolina game tonight and looking forward to some football.