Chat with Beano Cook
Welcome to SportsNation! On Wednesday, ESPN's Beano Cook makes his weekly stop in SportsNation to chat about the college football season.
Carroll H. "Beano" Cook, who joined ESPN in March 1986, serves as a college football studio commentator. He also offers college football commentary on ESPN Radio.
Send your questions now and join Cook Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET!
Beano Cook (3:02 PM)
Welcome to the 142nd season of college football. It's finally here and it also means we're getting closer to the end of that silly baseball. I'm ready for your questions so let's start!
Nick B. Quincy, IL [via mobile]
What do u think of Oregon's chance to win the Pac 10 this year?
Beano Cook (3:04 PM)
I think it's going to come down to Oregon and Orgen State but you can't discount USC. Washington will improve and Stanford and too many students.
Don (Delaware Ohio)
What do you see in Ohio State football team this season?
Beano Cook (3:05 PM)
Ohio State is lucky that they don't play in a top conference although that will change next year with the addition of Nebraska. They don't have a tough schedule this year but Miami will be a problem for them.
Who is the sleeper team in the big ten
Beano Cook (3:07 PM)
Good question! Dan, I would be kidding you if I knew but I would never discount Penn State who aren't rated highly. But as a sleeper, I'll go with Michigan State. But to tell the truth, I just don't know.
Todd (Canton, MI)
Beano I think there is something special about to happen in South Bend starting in 3 days what are your thoughts on the Irish with the Brian Kelly era about ready to kick off?
Beano Cook (3:11 PM)
I think they will win at least nine games. If they win their first six games (and I'm not saying they will), I think they will play for the national title.
do you think that terrell pryor is the most absurdly overrated player in college football?
Beano Cook (3:13 PM)
No. He's played two years and has a Rose Bowl win. How many QB's start as a freshman? I'm not sure about his pro prospects though (at least at the QB position). The problem is too many people judge kids as what they think they will do in the pros instead of what they do in college. Fans are too critical of players today and that's because of the internet and talk shows.
Do you think georgia tech is gonna be able to keep their success going in the coming years?
Scott (Rocky Mount, NC)
Beano! Do my Tar Heels have any shot against LSU? Methinks no unless Butch can somehow get Tyler Hansbrough into a football uniform.
Beano Cook (3:15 PM)
UNC is a slight underdog in this game and I have no idea who's going to win. I do think LSU has better material to work with but I don't know if they will win. I do think it will be a great game. If it was basketball I'd pick UNC for sure.
Roman (San Francisco)
Beano, I just had a salad for lunch...TAKE THAT SOUP!!!!!!!
Beano Cook (3:16 PM)
I did too!
who do you got in the Boise state- Va Tech opener?
Beano Cook (3:19 PM)
This is the most intriguing game of the weekend and the reason is simple. Every college in the BCS is rooting for VA Tech. I think it was an absolute disgrace that Boise State and TCU played each other last year in a bowl game. Each of those teams should have played one of the big boys.
If U.C.L.A. somehow beats Texas, are they your pick to win the Pac-12
Beano Cook (3:19 PM)
You have to pick before the season. I think UCLA will be improved but I really don't know. I think USC will win and if they don't, Oregon or Oregon State will.
James (Provo, Utah)
Beano... Thoughts on BYU?
Beano Cook (3:21 PM)
There are a lot of good games this weekend and BYU-Washsington is one of them.
Does Ingram's knee injury doom his Heisman chances?
Beano Cook (3:22 PM)
I don't think missing the San Jose game means anything. Even if he scores six touchdowns, it would still be aginst San Jose State. He won it last year because of what he did in the SEC title game against Florida.
W (Anaheim, CA)
Is Kansas State going to improve on last season's performance starting with a win over UCLA?
Beano Cook (3:23 PM)
I have to honest, I have no idea. I don't know enough about Kansas State but I do know it is a tough opener for Kansas State. One day, UCLA will return to power because there are just too many good players in that state.
Local TV is reporting that OSU-Michigan will be in separate divisions. Delaney is so incompetent his only next job could be as a member of congress.
Beano Cook (3:24 PM)
I can not believe that they will be in different divisions. However, the only thing that is more unbelievable is if they play that game in October and not in November.
J.B. (Dunmore, PA)
Mr. Cook: I've been searching my memory but I cannot recall the last time Penn State had a former walk-on become the starting QB (which might happen Saturday). Do you recall if/when this ever happened?
Beano Cook (3:26 PM)
I don't. It would be amazing having a walk-on not only play but be a starting QB, that's amazing. It's like electing somebody from Idaho as president. It just doesn't happen.
Yellow Fever (Jersey City, NJ)
Beano, you think Notre Dame will play for the national title!??!? WHAT
Beano Cook (3:27 PM)
No, you didn't read what I said. I said if they win their first six games they will play for the national title. I didn't say they they will play. Read what I said!
if oregon state can beat tcu @ boise state will they play for the title
Beano Cook (3:29 PM)
They will have to win those games and go undefeated in conference. If they do that, they have a very good chance to play for the title.
Larry (San Antonio)
Does Southern Miss have any chance tomorrow night against South Carolina?
Beano Cook (3:30 PM)
Yes. Southern Miss has some tough players. If you ask me who's going to win, I'd say South Carolina but I'm not sure by how much. But if Southern Miss wins, I won't be shocked.
Hey Beano, why are you hating baseball? It is America's past time.
Beano Cook (3:31 PM)
It used to be but no longer. And the people that run baseball ruined it.
Now that BYU is going independent, what other team could benefit from going independent?
Beano Cook (3:33 PM)
To be indepentent in football is tough. ND does it and I think BYU can do it. BYU has played teams like ND and Pitt in the past so they can get games and will continue to do so.
Chad (Iowa City)
Notre Dame will lose to Michigan State, Michigan and Purdue this year...bank on it!
Beano Cook (3:34 PM)
Ok, they might but they might not. Please read what I said. After the first six games, there is only one tough game left and that is at USC.
Travis C. (Lake Highlands)
How many more years do you think Mack Brown will coach at Texas?
Beano Cook (3:35 PM)
I have no idea. I like to think that he will try to win two more national titles. If he does that, I think he will retire.
What do you think LSU's chances are of going 10-2?
Beano Cook (3:36 PM)
I think it will be tough but it can be done. They have to go to Florida and Arkansas but it's not impossible. Hey, it's a tough conference.
What's your prediction for Michigan this year?
Beano Cook (3:37 PM)
If they lose to UConn, they are looking at a very bad season. But if you ask me (and you did), I say 8-4.
Thoughts on BYU going indy? Wise move or just envy of Utah?
Beano Cook (3:39 PM)
That's a good question. If Utah wins in the Pac-10, BYU would also go. I think they are envious. I thought if one left, the other would go but that didn't happen. I do think BYU will get games as an independent and play in a conference for there other sports.
Should the start of the college football season be a national holliday?
Beano Cook (3:40 PM)
Absolutely! That is a great suggestion.
Will Urban Meyer and FL ever play an non-conference game out of state?
Beano Cook (3:43 PM)
That's a good question. They play FSU every year and will play Miami in 2011. They played at USC but you're right, they don't play many non-conference games out of state. If I recall correctly they played at Boston College in 1939 and won 7-0. Why that game was played, I have no idea. Note: that was the only game BC lost during the regular season that year.
Jake (Honolulu, HI)
What do you think will become of the WAC?
Beano Cook (3:44 PM)
I don't know. What's going on in college sports is something that I don't think is good but it's happening.
Thoughts on UGA this year? Is Murray a Greene clone? If so, how many wins?
Beano Cook (3:46 PM)
I think this is a big year for UGA. In recent years Florida, LSU and Alabama have hired new coaches and have won national titles. I think they will get nine or 10 win this season. I think the only loss they will get in their division this year would be against Florida. UGA conference game in Sept. against Arkansas looks like a great game. A game that they can win. It looks like a 10-2 season for them.
Cole Berger (Missouri)
Do you think Missouri will finish in the t25 come seasons end???
Beano Cook (3:47 PM)
No but I've been wrong before.
beano - willing to trade a pair of oriole/toronto tickets for pair of nd/purdue interested?
Beano Cook (3:48 PM)
(Laughing) No. I want to see the Orioles play Toronto. I won't give up those tickets.
Beano, who is this year's biggest sleeper team in college football?And what team is the most overrated?
Beano Cook (3:50 PM)
The biggest sleeper in my opinion is Arkansas. As far as the most overrated, I don't know. Personal opinion, I think Arkansas will beat Alabama. I'm sure glad I don't have an email address after that statement.
Mike Gorman (San Francisco)
Hello Beano! Do you think Jake Locker will win the heisman, and how many games do you think the dawgs will winthanks
Beano Cook (3:52 PM)
I think he has a heck of a shot. He's a great football player. They have to play Nebraska and BYU, two tough games. I'd say they win eight or nine games but if I knew for sure, I'd be in Vegas.
Beano...what is Kirk's obsession with Ohio State? How can he be allowed to run a one man campaign for that school year after year...
Beano Cook (3:53 PM)
He wouldn't pick OSU to win a national title if he didn't think they could win. He's a very smart guy. I think a bunch of teams are better than them but because of their schedule they can make it.
Beano Cook (3:56 PM)
I pick OSU over Michigan in the title game and I see Michigan beating UConn 31-14 this weekend. I will see you next week at the same time!