Chat with Ted Miller
Welcome to SportsNation! On Thursday, ESPN.com's Pac-10 blogger Ted Miller will stop by to talk some college football.
Miller has been covering college football since 1997, starting with Auburn and then heading West to Washington and the Pac-10. His columns for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer won first place in 2007 APSE Best Writing contest. The Atlanta native and University of Richmond graduate presently lives with his wife in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Send your questions now and join Miller Thursday at 3 p.m. ET!
Ted Miller (3:03 PM)
Larry Scott is still ringing in my ears. How are you guys? Anything to talk about?
Andrew (Portland, OR)
Does the Pac-12 championship game eliminate a non-conference game from a Pac-12 teams schedule? Or is the championship game creating one more game to be played in a season?
Ted Miller (3:03 PM)
it's a 13th game after a nine-game conference schedule and a 12-game regular season.
David (Seattle, WA)
So essentially every school got part of what they wanted EXCEPT the NW schools? One game in LA every FOUR years?! No way extra revunue is worth that screwjob.
Ted Miller (3:04 PM)
Scott said NW schools will get LA game every other year. But, yes, the NW schools sacrificed the most.
Dilan Martin (Winston, OR)
I really think Oregon is a better team with Costa at QB
Ted Miller (3:05 PM)
Really? Chip Kelly apparently disagrees. I thought Costa would win job, but so far Thomas has been great.
Have they announced any specifics on the championship game?
Ted Miller (3:06 PM)
no neutral site plan yet... as of now, the game will be played in the home stadium of the No. 1 seed.
Does Brehaut make Alliotti have to at least acknowledge the pass? Or will UCLA still be forced to rush for their yards?
Ted Miller (3:07 PM)
You'd think if Brehaut was that much better as a passer he would have beaten Prince out before -- like last year when the Bruins didn't run a pistol. So, no, I don't think Brehaut will give a big boost to the passing game. Recall that over the second half of 2009, Prince was a pretty good passer.
The Conference Championship game is going to be played at the higher seed. Scott said this is partly because the conference is so spread out and it will be easier to get fans to the game. How is this fair if say Arizona wins the South but has to travel to Seattle or Eugene for the championship game.
Ted Miller (3:08 PM)
Well, the Wildcats would have to be the No. 2 seed. The game would be in Tucson if the Wildcats win the No. 1 seed outright or through a tiebreaker.
Where does a conference network currently stand? Does Fox Sports get first dibs since they were the existing partner?
How do you think the Utes will fare in the new Pac-12?
Ted Miller (3:10 PM)
Existing partners get first shot, so Fox is in the mix with ESPN/ABC. TV talks will begin now in earnest because the networks now know what the product will look like.
Ted Miller (3:10 PM)
As for Utah question: Utes should do well. Start out in the top-half. But going unbeaten might be a thing of the past. It will help recruiting to be in the South. Immediate tie to S. California.
will a PAC 12 network make it so fans will have to pay a premium to watch their team play on saturdays?
Ted Miller (3:11 PM)
we don't know yet... we do know cable deals are complicated now.... it's possible you would not get a Pac-12 network with basic cable.
I like the skewed map being shown on the news conference that has CU and UU much further south on the map than reality :)
Ted Miller (3:12 PM)
there is a little bit of forced geography... but Colo and Utah in the south is because the NW schools wanted at least some California presence in their division.
Shane (Queen Creek, AZ)
Ted: What do you expect from Matt Scott this weekend? It's homecoming and the crowd in Tucson will be fired up... does that work for or against him?
Ted Miller (3:14 PM)
I wouldn't be surprised if he's a little nervous early. Keep in mind that coming off the bench as he did last weekend at WSU is different than thinking all week about starting. But if he can have some early success -- and avoid mistakes -- that nervousness should fade.
Andrew (Salem, OR)
Why am I so worried about Oregon coming out flat against the Bruins, when everyone states that it should be a blowout?
Ted Miller (3:15 PM)
You should be nervous. A lot at stake. But Ducks are pretty good at overcoming flat starts. And UCLA has some injury issues that might be a problem for the Bruins.
Emilio Estevez (Hollywood, FL)
Which team(s) in the SEC would Oregon be unable to beat in a best of seven series? Can you please stump for me to play Chip Kelly on your Twitter, Facebook, etc.? I really need to make a comeback and I already gained weight for the role. Ia??ll give you Charliea??s little black book if you pull this favor for me, Teddy. Wink.
Ted Miller (3:16 PM)
The only SEC team I'd pick over Oregon on a neutral field would be Alabama. And that feels like a pick 'em.
Eric Pubols (Portland, OR)
So I never heard if the Bay Area schools are going to get special treatment by getting the LA schools every year or not? Have you heard?
Ted Miller (3:17 PM)
California schools will play every year in Pac-12.
Ted Miller (3:17 PM)
Scott just tipped his hat to the Pac-12cooler model. Really liked that one.
Kevin (South Carolina)
Can Oregon handle the pressure of being undefeated?
Ted Miller (3:18 PM)
That's the question... the Ducks seem like a focused yet loose team. That's a good mix. But you never know. It won't be easy to be undefeated in the Pac-10.
How does the fact Boise beat Oregon head to head the last 3 years in a row get overlooked?
Ted Miller (3:19 PM)
2008 and 2009... it doesn't get overlooked. People watch the two teams THIS YEAR though and make a call between the two.
Mychal (Hood River, OR)
So do you think I should get all up in arms about this North/South split? Or should I cool my horses because its a temporary solution, and the deck will be re-shuffled with even more expansion to a Pac-16 in the future?
Ted Miller (3:20 PM)
I think you should cool your horses because, to use an overused expression, it is what it is... lots of smart people hashed this out and they think this is the best way to do things. And it's going to happen. As for the future, who knows?
Whats the tiebreaker f both the North & South Champ is undefeated but didn't play each other that year?
Ted Miller (3:21 PM)
Scott said it hasn't been decided. I would think BCS ranking would be on the top of the list.
Ted, are you going to be at the game in Eugene tonight? If so drop by the tailgate and grab some BBQ with us!
Ted Miller (3:22 PM)
I'm in a Salem Starbucks right now! Can't tailgate, though, too much stuff to do on gamedays. Wish I could, though. Hope it's an entertaining game.
Nate (New Orleans, LA)
Which team has tha Pac-10's best shot at getting an at-large BCS berth is Oregon goes undefeated? Stanford or Arizona?
Ted Miller (3:24 PM)
I think 11-1 Arizona might have a slight edge over 11-1 Stanford because it might travel better. But that's just a guess. If it's about the Fiesta Bowl, Stanford would have an edge because of hotel rooms.
Oscar (Los Angeles)
According to Forde, Barkley is getting no mention in the Heisman race because of their 2 losses and "not having a successful season". I know it's not up to USC's usual standard, but since when is 4-2 not considered successful? And should W/L even be considered in the Heisman race?
Ted Miller (3:25 PM)
it will take more time... if USC beats Oregon and Barkley puts up big numbers -- and Auburn loses to LSU -- then Barkley could move up.
Not sure how Oregon can go undefeated and Arizona can have 1 loss, can you explain that?
Ted Miller (3:26 PM)
ah... good point. but 11-1 oregon and 11-1 arizona would also be good scenario for 2 bcs bowl teams.
Brian (Berkeley, Ca.)
Apart from recruiting, doesn't not playing USC every year provide an advantage for Northwest schools most years in terms of conference record and national ranking?
Ted Miller (3:28 PM)
might... just imagine if USC and UCLA both are playing well and Cal and Stanford are griping how it's not fair for them to be stuck with such a tough schedule. And it could be a benefit for USC and UCLA to miss Oregon in coming years.
Kevin M. (Phoenix)
I assume that USC is not eligible to win the South next year. How would you handicap the South in the first year of the PAC-12? I am biased but ASU will be loaded and experienced with 21 starters coming back. UA & Utah will both be tough as well.
Ted Miller (3:30 PM)
ASU, Arizona, Utah, UCLA would all be returning their QBs as well as plenty of young talent. Even without USC eligible, it will be a highly competitive division.
Anthony Hoeppner (Nashville, TN)
Why did Larry Scott bow down and give the la schools everything they were asking for ?
Ted Miller (3:31 PM)
LA schools didn't get everything. they gave up the appearance-based Tv deal which gave them more revenue. Now it's equal share -- at least after the new TV deal kicks in.
Where would you put the utes in the pac 10 conference power rankings right now?
Ted Miller (3:32 PM)
probably fourth behind Oregon, Stanford and Arizona.
Jake (Honolulu, HI)
Is Kevin Prince going to play tonight? If not, who is the biggest threat to the Ducks' D?
Ted Miller (3:33 PM)
I'd call him doubtful... threat? Johnathan Franklin and turnovers.
April (Los Angeles)
LS didn't mention it in the news conference, so is there still any chance of throwing the NW schools some kind of financial bone for limiting their play in L.A.? Or has that ship sailed?
Ted Miller (3:33 PM)
equal revenue sharing was that bone... that will really help the NW schools.
Neuheisel's comments about figuring out Oregon's offense - maybe not the best week to make public, right?
Ted Miller (3:36 PM)
No... but I thought he was speaking in general of how trends work in college football... schemes are constantly tweaked.
Ted Miller (3:37 PM)
Gang... apologies for this, but I have to get to work on my post-Pac-12 reaction post, per my bosses. Thanks for stopping by. We'll catch up next week, same day, same time. Enjoy your weekend.
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