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 (1:00 PM)
Greetings as we get set for Week 6 of the college football season.
Brandon (Atlanta, GA)
If Auburn is undefeated going into the iron bowl should/would they have jumped a undefeated Boise State or TCU?
Chris Low (1:03 PM)
I would think it would be close and that the Tigers would be right there near the top around No. 3 or No. 4. Ultimtely, it won't matter, especially if Alabama is still No. 1 at the time. That's because if Auburn beats a top-ranked, unbeaten Alabama team, the Tigers would automatically go to No. 1 in your scenario and would play in the SEC championship game for the right to play in the BCS National Championship Game.
Paul (Hallandale Florida)
Chris......is Bama that good, or is UF that bad?
Chris Low (1:05 PM)
Alabama is clearly the best team in this league and the most physical. But, remember, it took a gutsy comeback on the road to beat Arkansas, which led by two touchdowns at one point. So Alabama's not unbeatable and there's probably not as much separation between Alabama and everybody else in this league as some around the country are trying to portray. Florida also didn't help itself by turning the ball over four times, twice while seemingly about to score.
Jay (Athens, GA)
Do you think AJ Green will stay next years? Will a better finish make him stay or a worse finish to the season?
Chris Low (1:07 PM)
I know A.J. has said he would think about it because he thinks he owes the fans another season. But honestly, I don't see any way he stays. He's going to be a sure-fire Top 10 pick and the first receiver taken.
Wesley (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
What do you think is Auburns biggest weakness?Also what is LSU's biggest weakness??
Chris Low (1:08 PM)
Auburn's biggest weakness is defending the pass. LSU's biggest weakness is trying to complete a pass.
Corey (El Dorado, AR)
If Arkansas can run the table, that includes beating Auburn, LSU, and South Carolina. Do you think they are a lock for the Sugar bowl if Alabama wins the West. Or do you believe the loser of the SEC title would be the team in the Sugar bowl
Chris Low (1:10 PM)
In your scenario, I would say that Arkansas would definitely be the second SEC team in a BCS bowl. And if Alabama is indeed playing in the BCS National Championship Game, that means the Sugar Bowl would have dibs on the Hogs. Even at 10-2, Arkansas might be a candidate for an at-large BCS berth depending how everybody else in the SEC fares.
Stephen (Baton Rouge)
A lot of people said that Florida was crazy for firing Ron Zook and look how that worked out for them. It's obvious LSU doesn't need a complete overhaul. How do you think Chavis would do as a head coach?
Chris Low (1:13 PM)
Yes, but Ron Zook lost to a bad Mississippi State team before he was fired and never won more than eight games. Miles has yet to lose a game this season. Like most LSU fans, I have some serious questions about the direction of that program as it relates to the offense. But let's allow the season to play out before we start talking about firing anybody. Besides, have you seen what LSU would owe Miles if they sent him packing. As for Chavis, he's an excellent defensive coordinator, but I don't think his strength would be as a head coach.
Chris, Do you really believe that UGA can/will beat TN this weekend? Lord knows I cant believe Im saying this but I just don't see it. For 4 straight weeks I have been waiting on the dawgs to show signs of life and other that the 1st half last week I have seen nothing. It seems our enitire team revolves around 1 player and that is a very serious problem to have in this league. TN, on the other hand, should have one last week and Im afraid they're gonna come out mad and play, yet again, well above their talent level. Please give me a reason to have hope!!!!!!
Chris Low (1:17 PM)
Put it this way: If Georgia doesn't beat Tennessee this weekend, then I don't see much way Mark Richt keeps his job. The Vols are young, inexperienced and dealing with injuries. They're coming of a heartbreaking loss. This is a game, at home, that Georgia should win. If not, then I think you to seriously wonder if Richt will ever be able to get it back. I look for A.J. Green to make several big plays in this game that will help the Bulldogs pull away. The Vols don't match up with him well. Of course, nobody does.
Tony (Richmond, CA)
How huge is the loss of Sam Montgomery to the LSU defense responsible for the Tigers 5-0 start?
Chris Low (1:20 PM)
Sure doesn't help. He was playing very well and one of those young guys on this defense John Chavis felt so good about. I'd say redshirt freshman Barkevious Mingo will play even more the rest of the way, and he's another youngster on this defense that's come up big.
Matt (Rochester, NY)
Is this the Schedule Easy Conference(SEC) hour or college football hour?
Chris Low (1:21 PM)
No, it's the win national championships hour.
Tony (Richmond, CA)
Do you give the Ole Ball Coach any shot this weekend against the Tide?
Chris Low (1:22 PM)
I always give the Head Ball Coach a shot. But Stephen Garcia can't turn it over. The Gamecocks have to be able to run the ball some on first down, and they have to tackle a lot better than they did two weeks ago in the Auburn loss.
I'm trying to understand Why bosie st is so high with a continous weak schedule. my points of interest is that they would be a mid to bottom team in any of the AQ teams. if Bosie st was in the SEC where would you rank them?
Chris Low (1:25 PM)
From what I've seen this season, they would probably fall somewhere between No. 2 and No. 5 in the SEC. I think Alabama would beat Boise State, but I also think Boise could beat everybody else in the SEC. At the same time, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, South Carolina and LSU would all be capable of beating Boise. The grind of the SEC is what gets teams. But Boise's not in the SEC, so we'll never know.
Joshua (San Antonio, TX)
Hey Chris, Alabama's defense has surprised a lot of people this year. Where do you see their weakness at?
Chris Low (1:26 PM)
They're still giving up more big plays in the secondary than they have. You saw it against Arkansas in the first half, and they also allowed some bigger gains last week against Florida. That said, to be as inexperienced as this secondary is, I think they're playing pretty well back there and will only get better.
Don't you think if LSU has a 9-3 regular season ..fans better be careful about wishing to get rid of Miles? I say Crowton. Who is going to want to come somewhere that fired a winning coach?
Chris Low (1:31 PM)
I don't see any way Miles is fired at 9-3 and probably not at 8-4. Yes, there will be a lot of grumbling has been a lot of grumbling down on the Bayou. He says odd things and the clock management issues are real. But you don't fire a guy that won a national championship three years ago when he's still winning nine games. It's going to take worse than a 9-3 season for the LSU brass to pony up the kind of cash they're going to need to buy out Miles and send him packing.
Rob (Columbia, SC)
So Low, after all your preseason hype that you planted on Brantley about him possibly being a Heisman candidate and also him being in your top 25 league players are you finally ready to jump off of the Brantley train and consider him a major work in progress?
Chris Low (1:34 PM)
Hey, I drank way too much of that orange and blue Kool-Aid during the preseason. I still contend that Brantley can throw it with the best of them. But you are absolutely right. He's still learning to be a quarterback in this league, and that takes some longer than others. It's also hurt him that he has so many inexperienced playmakers around him and nobody has really stepped up and become the go-to guy.
Who has the best front 7 D in the SEC right now?
Chris Low (1:37 PM)
Good question. I honestly would have said Ole Miss prior to the season, but that's obviously not the case. Right now, I'd have to go with LSU. Alabama wouldn't be too far behind, though. And when Marcell Dareus gets all the way back to 100 percent, I might reconsider and take the Tide.
Chris, your HOG hat looked a little tight, was it?
Chris Low (1:37 PM)
Yes, very. If you haven't noticed, I have a big head.
What does Saban need to do to reach Bear status, and what will his nickname be when he does?
Chris Low (1:40 PM)
Wow, I'm not going there. To even suggest that somebody could approach Bear Bryant status is the essence of blasphemy in that state.
Very bright (Austin)
Chris, most of these questions emanating from small burgs in the SE US, lack creativity and intelligence....pls, pls answer the questions abotu how the the fighting ducks would do vs bama in a Nat Champ game
Chris Low (1:44 PM)
Even though you took a needless shot at all the "small burgs" out there, I will answer your question. In short, Alabama vs. Oregon is the game I most want to see. Could the Ducks wear down the Tide's defense with their pace of play and all their breakaway threats on offense? And could Oregon hold up defensively when Alabama lined up and decided to pound away with Ingram and Richardson? Maybe we'll get to find out come January. In the meantime, say hello to all the Rhodes Scholars there in Austin.
Who are the top 5 teams in the SEC? In your order.
Chris Low (1:44 PM)
1. Alabama2. Auburn3. Arkansas4. Florida5. South Carolina
Chris - you admitted a couple of weeks ago to reading some of the comments on your columns. Do you ever partake in the comments yourself anonymously? Some people think that you are actually AceTheLegend.
Chris Low (1:46 PM)
No, that's not me, although Ace is definitely one of my most passionate fans.
Will this (SC game) be the biggest test for Alabama this season or do you believe another game, probably LSU or AU will be the toughest? Thanks
Chris Low (1:48 PM)
In a lot of ways, I think this may be the biggest test, because it's the third of three straight games against nationally ranked teams for the Crimson Tide, the second one on the road. Plus, South Carolina had a bye last week to get ready. Very few teams in the country would come through a stretch like this unscathed. We'll see if Alabama can do it.
Ducks beat TN by 35 in TN. The next week Florida beats TN by 14 in knoxville. Then LSU needs miracle to beat TN at home. What does this tell us?
Chris Low (1:50 PM)
That LSU is overrated and may be on the verge of a reality check?
Does Mark Richt's situation prove that all 12 SEC coaches' jobs status can go from very safe to very tenuous in a short time? Sly Croom and David Cutcliffe's jobs seemed to be very safe at the start of what ended up being their last season.
Chris Low (1:53 PM)
Yes, absolutely. It can change so swiftly in this league, and there is no such thing as equity for a coach in the SEC. It's what have you done for me lately in the purest form. But that's what happens when you're paying head coaches $3 million and $4 million and paying coordinators salaries approaching $1 million.
Everyone has a bye week to get ready for Alabama this year.
Chris Low (1:53 PM)
Everyone but Arkansas and Florida.
Chris, are you afraid of the Dooley to Ga question? Com'on man!
Chris Low (1:55 PM)
Not happening. The last time I checked, Georgia president Michael Adams and Derek's dad, Vince, weren't exactly old fishing pals.
Chris - what is going on between you and Heather? You two have been taking shots at each other for over two weeks now (at least) in your blogs. Personally, I find it amusing that the ACC blogger takes ANY shots at the SEC.
Chris Low (1:56 PM)
Just having some fun. Heather does a super job covering the ACC.
Chris (Eugene, OR)
Who is your favorite SEC coach to interview?
Chris Low (1:57 PM)
Steve Spurrier would be at the top of the list because he will say absolutely anything. Nick Saban is also up there. He rarely won't answer a question and is one of the best in the business when it comes to explaining the game.
Any chance this is Pernell McPhee's breakout game of the 2010 season for MSU?
Chris Low (1:59 PM)
The Bulldogs sure hope so. McPhee hasn't been nearly the factor I thought he would be his second tour through the SEC. That said, the Bulldogs are still playing awfully well defensively under first-year coordinator Manny Diaz.
John (New Jersey)
More hated - the SEC or the New York Yankees?
Chris Low (2:00 PM)
A close race, for sure.
Joshua (San Antonio, TX)
who's your winner, lsu or florida?
Chris Low (2:01 PM)
Florida 24-10. Close game early with neither team being able to score much, but the Gators break it open in the second half with a big play.
Gary (Austin, tx)
Chris what will be Auburns toughest game before the Iron Bowl?
Chris Low (2:02 PM)
I think it's next week at home against Arkansas.
Cayce (Pensacola, FL)
Come on Chris! Please answer. I really am curious to know what you think...Andrea Adelson was asked the other day in her chat if she thought Bama could beat any NFL teams right now. She was pretty emphatic that the best college team could never beat even the worst NFL team. Do you agree? Seems like a college team that has been coached together for 3-4 years and is really gelling would stand a pretty good chance against some of these pro teams that are in disarray?
Chris Low (2:06 PM)
Surely you jest. A college team beating an NFL team? Come on, the NFL is comprised of the very upper crust of college football players. These are professionals who devote their entire lives to playing the game with the top football minds on the planet. As good as Alabama is, the Tide would get mashed physically against any team in the NFL. There's no comparison in the overall speed and strength. So I'm on board with Andrea.
Through 5 weeks who is the MVP of the SEC
Chris Low (2:06 PM)
Auburn quarterback Cameron Newton and by a wide margin at this point.
Many talking heads (Herbstriet, Miesel, Cook, Cowherd) at ESPN this week have come out and said the SEC might be the 3rd best league this year behind the B10 and P10. Any thoughts?
Chris Low (2:07 PM)
We'll see how it turns out at the end of the season. As Bill Parcells used to say, "You are what your record says you are."
Chris Low (2:11 PM)
That's it for today. Great questions. Thanks a bunch. Not bad for us hayseeds in all our "small Southeastern burgs." Hope everyone has a blessed week!