Chat with Rod Gilmore
Welcome to SportsNation! On Friday, College Football Live analyst Rod Gilmore stops by to chat football. He'll also appear on College Football Live Friday at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Gilmore joined ESPN in 1996, primarily working on ESPN's and ESPN2's Friday night telecasts. He graduated from Stanford in 1982, where he played football for three years, including being on the field for "The Play" and the famous "the band is on the field!" kick return.
Send your questions now and join Gilmore Friday at 1 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (1:01 PM)
Rod is here!
How much will Ohio State miss those five players for the first five games?
Rod Gilmore (1:02 PM)
I think they'll miss them an awful lot, but I don't think they have much of an issue until they get to game four, against Michigan State. The Miami road trip could be an issue, but they have their own issues these days. I think this suspension of players and Tressel will be a season long issue for Ohio State.
Do coaches actually get anything out of the spring game? Or is it more for the fans and to give the players something fun to look forward to at the end of the spring practice season?
Rod Gilmore (1:03 PM)
You actually get something out of it for guys who haven't played in live scrimmages. There are some guys who red shirted and haven't had game speed action for a while. There are guys that you want to see play 12-14 consecutive plays. You can get a lot out of it. You don't show a lot of your offense and defense, but you can get something out of it.
Can Oregon sustain their success? Or will they fall after the great year last year?
Rod Gilmore (1:05 PM)
Good question. I think they will be fine in the short run. They've recruited well. They're never going to be a team that recruits in the top 5-10 in the country. But they don't need that. They'll be fine in the next few years, but can they sustain it over the long haul?
kirchner (mich) [via mobile]
do u see andrew luck becoming jake locker in next years draft?
Rod Gilmore (1:06 PM)
No. Completely different scenarios. Locker's high ranking at the beginning because he was still developing as a QB. People focused on his athleticism more than his pure QB play. For Luck, his fundamentals are great. I don't see those falling off, even if he has a tough game here and there. You don't lose that overnight.
Physically, Terrelle Pryor and Cam Newton have similar builds. Do you think Pryor can have a smiliar season to Newton next year? How do they compare?
Rod Gilmore (1:07 PM)
The first problem with Pryor is he's going to miss almost the first half of the season. That's an issue, plus he's missed a spring with an injury. He ought to be someone that's rusty off the bat. They are similar in size, but I think Cam has a quicker release and throws more accurately. But they are very similar runners, but Newton is quicker at changing directions.
Rod Gilmore (1:07 PM)
OSU has a lot of issues. It will be tough.
I see some people have Oklahoma as the end of the spring No. 1...do you agree?
Rod Gilmore (1:09 PM)
I would only rank teams coming out of spring if I have to. I really believe that you don't get a real sense of how teams are until a few weeks into the season. I understand why people rank Oklahoma high because of all of the returning starters. I get it. They look ilke the best team in the Big 12. I need to see them perform well in big games, instead of dropping the crucial game they have, like they have the last few years. If I had to pick a No. 1 right now, I'd probably lean toward Alabama, LSU or Oregon.
Tony (Richmond, CA)
The Oregon-Stanford game is getting a lot preseason conference hype, and deservedly, but doesn't the Stanford-USC have the potential to be an unbelievable shootout, and steal the show as Pac-12 Game of the Year?
Rod Gilmore (1:10 PM)
The Stanford-USC game is traditionally a very good game. I would expect it to be next year as well. I'm just not sure that USC is ready to contend for a Pac-12 title again. They have to show me their defense is improved.
What about my Noles?
Rod Gilmore (1:11 PM)
You have reason to smile. This has the potential to be a big year for FSU. We could very well be saying that they've returned to their prominence. We'll get a sense of that after they play Oklahoma early on.
Lee (Los Angeles)
Rod: Is UCLA still committed to the pistol offense? They did little with it last year and now Norm Chow is gone. That said, it seems they made such an all out committment it would be hard to reverse this year. What's your take? Thanks.
Rod Gilmore (1:13 PM)
I think they're going to continue to use some pistol. I believe they brought in a coach who is familiar with it. Personally, I would prefer to see UCLA back in their roots, with Rick Neuheisal going back to his style of play. But they may not feel the QB spot is up to doing that.
From the stories I've read, sounds like the government is again talking about a college football playoff. Do you think government intervention will do anything?
Rod Gilmore (1:14 PM)
The BCS would say that the government have more important things to deal with. This process, if it continues would take a few years. Remember the government can't force the BCS to have a playoff. We've heard enough from the commissioners. They may decide that they only want a playoff for the top 6 conferences and send the smaller schools to fend for themselves.
Rod Gilmore (1:15 PM)
Personally, I care more about where the money goes more than if we have a playoff.
Are there 0,1, or 2 1-loss teams in the National Championship this year?
Rod Gilmore (1:16 PM)
We've seen it before with teams with losses in the BCS title game. I think there's a good chance that we have a team with one loss or two with one loss. I don't think it's likely that we get a two-loss team in the game. It wouldn't surprise me if a SEC team with one loss makes it. Or a team from the Pac-12.
Rod, how many years until Washington becomes a BCS contender again? 3? 5? 10?
Rod Gilmore (1:17 PM)
Less than 3-5 years. I think Steve is doing a great job. It's going to be a lot less than 5 years. It might be in the 1-3 year range.
What are your thoughts on the Pac-12 dynamite deal? What kind of impact will it have?
Rod Gilmore (1:18 PM)
I think Larry Scott hit it out of the park. It's a tremendous deal for the Pac-12. The exposure the conference gets out of it is great. All of the talk over the years of east coast bias should be lessened. We'll see a lot more of the Pac-12.
Rod Gilmore (1:18 PM)
Thanks for the great questions. Make sure to take care of the special lady in your life on Sunday on Mother's Day.