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 (1:01 PM)
Let's dive right in. We've got SEC football tonight!
Which Mississippi State quarterback do you think will be better throughout their career Relf or Russel?
Chris Low (1:03 PM)
I like Russell's overall upside. He's a much more polished passer and will only get better the more he plays. Relf is a physical specimen who should also be plenty effective for the Bulldogs.
Tim T (Georgia)
Chris, great work on the daily blog page. What are the chances, in your opinion, that AJ Green's appeal is successful?
Chris Low (1:06 PM)
I'm on record as saying four games seems a bit too excessive for selling a jersey. That said, we don't know all the details, either. The NCAA said it cut Marcell Dareus' suspension from four games to two games because of mitigating circumstances. I would think Green would have a fighting chance to get back at least a game. Of course, the Bulldogs would love to get him back in time for Arkansas next week.
Dave (Kingsport, TN)
Chris, i always enjoy your blog. Knowing this game was the 2nd on the schedule, do you think Dooley and Wilcox have spent extra time prepping for Oregon's spread in the off season? What chance does Tennessee have to pull the upset and can Wilcox's D hold down the ducks once again this year? Thanks, i'll hang up and listen.
Chris Low (1:09 PM)
Yes, absolutely. Wilcox already knows that offense pretty well, having gone against it last year and shutting it down. Oregon had a breather, too, but there's no question that the Vols were able to get a head start on preparing for this game. Lack of depth and inexperience on defense are the real killers for the Vols. They need to force some turnovers early, set up some easy points for the offense and get the game into the fourth quarter, where the crowd can become a real factor.
How much of an improvement can Auburn's defense really have with such a short week?
Chris Low (1:11 PM)
The main thing the Tigers need to do is tackle better and make sure they're in position to make those tackles. Arkansas State hurt them with a lot of underneath stuff.
Trevor (Leavenworth, KS (outside the prison))
All the talk up here in Kansas is about the Jayhawks' embarassing loss to a FCS school. How would you compare the Ole Miss meltdown to the Jayhawks ineptitude? Ole Miss wasn't expected to be the cream of the SEC this year, but they're still in the SEC, which prides itself in the quality of its depth. Kansas is not known for football anyway and was expected to struggle, but a loss to North Dakota State is inexcusable no matter the circumstances. Which loss do you think has a greater impact on the school and their respective conference?
Chris Low (1:15 PM)
Both are embarrassing, but I would say Ole Miss' was worse. The Rebels had just gotten Jeremiah Masoli back on appeal, and their defense was supposed to be one of the best in the league. So for Jacksonville State to come back from 21 points down and put up 49 points pretty well speaks for itself. I still think Ole Miss' front seven on defense can be very good, but the Rebels may have some issues in their secondary.
Chris, which game do you look forward to the most Sat.?
Chris Low (1:16 PM)
Georgia vs. South Carolina, because I think it will end up being the best game and because it means so much in that Eastern Division race.
Trey (baton rouge, la) [via mobile]
Chris, how do you feel about Jordan jefferson's performance against UNC? If les miles could keep aggressive play calling, do you think LSU can be a contender?
Chris Low (1:19 PM)
I was mixed on Jefferson. He threw a nice ball to Randle for the touchdown, but then had that 21-yard sack (intentional grounding penalty) in the fourth quarter that took LSU out of field goal range. That looked a lot like last year. I like the Tigers' talent on offense. They just need to keep feeding the ball to their playmakers.
NorCalHog (Tulsa OK)
Putting all typical ESPN prejudices aside, how far do you see Arkansas going?
Chris Low (1:22 PM)
What about atypical ESPN prejudices? Just joking. I see the Hogs going 9-3 in the regular season and going to the Cotton Bowl and winning. It could be even better. We'll know more after that trip to Georgia the third week of the season and the big home showdown with Alabama the very next week.
Chris, I agree with you that the Gators will rebound this weekend against the Bulls, but just how do you see them doing it? Even when Brantley was getting the ball clean from center, the offense didn't look very Gator-like. Are you in with the crowd that feels the struggles are sort of snowball effect from the departure of Mullen leaving for MSU?
Chris Low (1:25 PM)
I do believe Mullen's departure has had an effect. But the biggest departure was Percy Harvin's. The Gators are going to pop some long ones similar to Demps' 72-yard run last week. I see them hitting a few of those this week. I just wonder what happens when they have to grind one out. Who's going to do the dirty work running the football? Surely, we'll see Andre Debose this week.
Stephen (Austin, TX)
Hey Chris. I'd like to know, honestly, who does your gut feeling choose in the match up between Florida and Alabama in Tuscaloosa?
Chris Low (1:27 PM)
A lot can happen between now and then, but Alabama is still the most talented team in this league, extremely balanced on offense and will be playing at home. I'm going with the Tide.
Favorite stadium in the SEC?
Chris Low (1:29 PM)
Tiger Stadium. Love the atmosphere, Love the tailgating. Love the history in that stadium, and I still think it's the loudest place I've been to.
Do you not think that Boise St. is a little overrated even with there win over VATECH?
Chris Low (1:31 PM)
Honestly, no. The Broncos didn't lose a game last year, returned most of their team and just took down a Top 10 team in its back yard. I had Boise State No. 3 this week in my poll.
Collin (Gainesville, FL)
Given week 1 performances, do you feel that John Brantley has been a little over-hyped, and conversely, that maybe Stephen Garcia has been treated unfairly by the media?
Chris Low (1:32 PM)
Let's give Brantley at least the first month of the season before we say he was over-hyped. As for Garcia, his own head coach has been harder on him than the media.
Who do you like in the UGA/SC game saturday and does the winner control thier fate for Atlanta?
Chris Low (1:35 PM)
I'm picking South Carolina in a close one because I think the Gamecocks' defense will rise to the challenge at home. The winner won't necessarily control its fate, but will get a big leg up in the race. It's worth noting that the loser of this game has never gone on to play in the SEC championship game. That's a little distorted by the fact that South Carolina has never played in the SEC championship game -- period.
Joshua (San Antonio, TX)
Hey Chris, any chance MSU slows down Malzahn and his explosive, rush led offense tonight?
Chris Low (1:38 PM)
It's my upset pick of the week, although the Bulldogs aren't that big of an underdog. Auburn will get its points, and so will Mississippi State. But in the fourth quarter, I think Mississipp State's defense will hold up better than Auburn's, which is why I'm picking the Bulldogs. I really like Mississippi State's defensive line.
Hey Chris. I watched your video about how Boise State's win could hurt a 1-loss SEC champion's chances to play for the title again. Do you think as the season progresses and Boise State plays no one of significance that their late game 3 point win over a team with 8 seniors will fade away and a team with a real schedule will deserve to play?
Chris Low (1:42 PM)
I think Boise State will remain where it is as long as the Broncos keep winning. They're at least trying to beef up their nonconference schedule and did beat a Top 10 team at a neutral site, the same Top 10 team Alabama beat last year to start the season. I don't agree that Boise State would be an 11 or 12-win team in the SEC, but the Broncos aren't in the SEC. The BCS system is what it is, and I think a one-loss SEC champion could be in trouble this year if Boise State and say Texas or Ohio State are unbeaten at season's end.
Dale (San Marcos, Texas)
Do you know if Weslye Saunders, Chris Culliver, and Jarriel King will be cleared to play for South Carolina Saturday?
Chris Low (1:45 PM)
The last I heard was that South Carolina feels better about Culliver than King. I'm not sure at this point when or if Saunders will be back.
Chris, love your work. i know your an SEC guy, but who you picking to win saturday in South Bend?
Chris Low (1:46 PM)
Chris, you voted Boise State 3rd, does that mean you think they would be number 2 in the SEC, behind Bama?
Chris Low (1:48 PM)
Based on what I've seen to this point this season, yes. Over the long haul, we'll just have to see. I think Florida will get better on offense, which may change my mind. But again, if Boise State had to play in the SEC (and I know we've gone over this before), I think the Broncos would win eight games in a season more often than winning 11 games. Just my two cents.
James (Cleveland, MS)
How many games can Ole Miss win after the debacle last week?
Chris Low (1:50 PM)
I thought the Rebels had a shot at eight or more prior to last week. Now, you wonder if they'll get to six. We'll see what this team is made of.
Chad (Las Vegas)
What do you think of LSU opening up vs Oregon next year in Dallas?
Chris Low (1:52 PM)
Good for LSU. Every team in the SEC needs to play at least one marquee game against a Pac-10, Big Ten, Big 12 or ACC foe every season. And with what they're charging for tickets these days, I don't agree with loading up the rest of the nonconference schedule with directional schools.
Chris Low (1:54 PM)
Sorry, have to cut out a little early this week. I'll hang around a little longer next week. Gotta hit the road. Have fun watching Auburn and Mississippi State go at it tonight. Should be a good one.