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)
Hope everyone is well this Thursday.
with gary pinkel's DWI, does he prove he is a good fit for the SEC?
Chris Low (1:02 PM)
Somehow, I knew that might come up. Given the last couple of years in college football, I don't think anybody can point the finger at anybody.
Chance (LaGrange, GA)
Say Bama beats the bejeezus out of the war eagles and UGA upsets LSU in the SECCG....any chance the Tide sneaks into the NCCG at that point?
Chris Low (1:05 PM)
The Tide would have a chance, but Oregon would be their biggest competition at that point. The Oklahoma-Oklahoma State game would also factor in. I think Alabama's best shot is for LSU to lose to Arkansas and have Oklahoma beat Oklahoma State. At that point, I think the Tide would win the tiebreaker and get to the SEC title game, and if they win there, would almost certainly be one of the top two teams in the final BCS standings.
Chris (Chandler, AZ)
The LSU CB's get a lot of the press but I have been really impressed with Eric Reid. Do you think he has the potential to be a 2013 NFL 1st rounder?
Chris Low (1:07 PM)
I sure do. He's been outstanding and getting better every game. Granted, it helps to have two great CBs playing alongside you, but Reid is making himself a lot of money this season.
Will (Macon GA)
Hey Chris, how do feel about a team not winning its conference; playing for the National Championship?
Chris Low (1:08 PM)
In theory, I don't like it. But if it's a situation where that team is one of the best two teams at season's end and has an impressive resume, I also think it's wrong not to allow that team to play for the title just because the top team in the country (in the SEC's case this year) happens to play in its same division.
J. Godwin (Atlanta)
Does Arkansas really have a chance to defeat LSU?
Chris Low (1:10 PM)
Sure, Hogs are playing well now. It would take an "A" game on their part, but they have the playmakers on offense to hit some big plays and are outstanding on special teams. Right away, my main concern would be whether or not the Hogs could protect well enough to win. They couldn't protect against Alabama, and LSU is just as good getting after the passer and has even more speed across the board on defense.
chris....why will noone answer my question ???? in 2007 uga was the hottest team, #3 in bcs, pitt upset #2 west virg & uga shouldve moved up to #2...but...because they didnt win division
Chris Low (1:14 PM)
I think Georgia fought the same thing Oklahoma might this year. The Bulldogs lost badly that year to a pretty average Tennessee team and also lost to an average South Carolina team. Oklahoma's two-touchdown loss at home to Texas Tech will probably come back to haunt the Sooners with the pollsters if they're in a position at season's end.
Roger (Bryant, AR)
I understand why the Hogs are #6 and I have no problem with that. But WHY is Oklahoma getting so much love? Their best receiver is gone and they lost to Texas Tech! At home! If LSU were to lose late in the year to someone like Vandy it would be all over. By the way, Vandy is a tougher out than Tech this year.
Chris Low (1:15 PM)
The Sooners are being helped by their computer ranking. Arkansas will get its shot to make a statement in two weeks. If the Hogs win in Baton Rouge, they will get plenty of love.
Hugh Freeze to Ole Miss?
Chris Low (1:16 PM)
I think Freeze will be in that mix, for sure. I'd also keep an eye on Larry Fedora.
You picked Tennessee over Vanderbilt. This baffles me a tad bit. Sure, Vandy hasn't won on the road yet, but let's look at our road losses- With Larry Smith at QB, we got blown out by USC when they had Lattimore and Alabama, and Rogers played a reasonably close game at Florida (His first SEC road start). Our offense has gotten worlds better since Jordan Rogers took the wheel. Tennessee has done nothing but get worse. I just don't know what you see in the Tennessee team that could have them coming out on top.
Chris Low (1:19 PM)
I went back and forth. The game being played in Knoxville was a factor, and I also understand that Tyler Bray has looked better as the week has gone on. He gives the Vols a chance to make some plays in the passing game that they haven't been making. It's pick-em type game, so who knows? Whether Vanderbilt wins or loses, I think Franklin has the program on the right track and has been exactly what the Commodores have needed.
SEC fan up here in the cold weather...who has more to gain/lose this weekend? The Dores or the Vols?
Chris Low (1:21 PM)
Vanderbilt has more to gain. Tennessee has more to lose. The Commodores can really put a nice stamp on the season with a win over Tennessee. If the Vols lose, it's going to be a long winter for Derek Dooley in Knoxville.
trippyfish (Osan, South Korea)
Over The Hill,Any more news from Fayetteville regarding Knile Davis other than he still needs "hardware" removed from his ankle? Any idea on what that hardware could be? Also, does participating in team practices jeopardize Knile's ability to obtain a medical redshirt for this season?
Chris Low (1:22 PM)
No, a player can practice. He just can't play in a game. By hardware, I think Petrino meant surgical screws and/or plates. Knile wants to play, but just isn't ready. Now, if the Hogs were to make it the national championship game, then it could get interesting.
Chris, what gives with everyone calling Bama's performance against MSU lackluster? That defense didn't seem lackluster to me. The 200+ rushing yards didn't either. And let's not forget this is an MSU team that played LSU closer than any other team (except the Tide) all year.
Chris Low (1:23 PM)
Who called it lackluster? I haven't seen anything about Alabama's defense all season that has been lackluster.
Urban Meyer and the recruiting services say he left the Gators loaded for Will Muschamp. You can see a clear correlation between recruiting rankings and success on the field, but you also see quite a few anomalies. Urban Meyer?s last 3-4 classses have been total duds. A large percentage are no longer there, or never lived up to the recruiting hype. As a Gator fan I keep telling myself that other great coaches struggled there first year with players buying in and changing schemes. Can Muschamp coach up these prima donnas and get his type player in?
Chris Low (1:27 PM)
You're preaching to the choir about recruiting rankings. I've never put much stock in them, especially when it comes to ranking classes before those players have ever stepped foot on campus. Muschamp will be fine when he gets his players on campus and is able to play the way he wants to play. There just isn't a lot of veteran leadership on that Florida team right now, and it's amazing how many recruiting misses and/or poor evaluations there were the last few years at the skill positions on offense.
Kevin Carter (Gonzales, LA)
After reviewing the BCS top 6 teams, if LSU finishes the regular unbeaten they could potentially lose the SEC Title Game and still be the front runner to Play in the BCS Champion Game. Reasons why, They beat #3 Alabama at bama, beat #4 Oregon on a neutral site and would have eliminated #6 Arkansas (giving them their 2nd lost) in their regular season finally. Even if Oklahoma beats Oklahoma St their resume would be the more impressive.
Chris Low (1:31 PM)
Honestly, there are still so many scenarios out there, but I think any team losing in its conference championship game is going to have a hard time overcoming that with the human voters. The Tigers would still be OK in your scenario with the computers, but would probably fall too far in the two human polls. Again, though, so much depends on who wins and who loses these next three weeks.
Jeff (Baton Rouge, LA)
Of all the injuries that have happened this season, which one was most devastating to their team?
Chris Low (1:36 PM)
Good question. I would say Knile Davis, because with him, I think the Hogs have a much better chance against Alabama to establish some semblance of a running game. The dual injuries to Tyler Bray and Justin Hunter at Tennessee killed any hope of the Vols having a decent season, and then losing Marcus Lattimore might have been the difference in South Carolina staying at home and going back to the SEC title game. Had John Brantley not gotten hurt at Florida, I also think the Gators would have one or two more victories. And then at Ole Miss, the Rebels were decimated with injuries on defense, starting with Shackelford in the preseason.
Kelly Arkansas [via mobile]
Chris, you said the hogs will have to beat 3 top ten teams to make it to the NC game?(SC, LSU and hopefully Georgia) Is there just not that much respect for the hogs or did the bama loss just screw us over that bad?
Chris Low (1:38 PM)
Losing the way the Hogs did to Alabama is what hurt them the most and caused them to drop in the polls. It also doesn't help the Hogs that Texas A&M has just been so-so this season. Again, though, a win over LSU in Baton Rouge will get the Hogs right back into the conversation.
Why isn't Trent getting more Heisman recognition? It seemed to be a two man race just two weeks ago, but the media began to discount him after the LSU game. He ONLY had over 160 all-purpose yards against a top-5 defense. What does the guy have to do, he has only carried this offense?
Chris Low (1:39 PM)
He's in the top three of just about every Heisman poll I've seen.
I know I am getting ahead of myself, but do you think the Dawgs can give LSU a game in the dome? What I saw last week was how I envisioned this team playing this year.
Chris Low (1:40 PM)
The way Georgia is playing right now, especially Murray and that defense, I would think the Dawgs could play with just about anybody.
Arkansas lost in week 4 on the Road to then #2, now #3 Alabama w/o both starting DE's, is finally healthy and playing its best football of the season. Oklahoma lost AT HOME to a T. Tech team that had lost 2 games going into Norman, and has lost 3 games (badly, I might add) since leaving Norman. Chris - why in the world do YOU have the Sooners ranked ahead of the Razorbacks?
Chris Low (1:44 PM)
First of all, it's only one spot. Also, keep in mind that I had Oklahoma No. 1 (as did most pollsters) the first part of the season, and Arkansas fell after losing by 3 1/2 touchdowns to Alabama. Let's get through these next two or three weeks, and I may change my mind after I see Arkansas at LSU and Oklahoma at Oklahoma State.
Ponce (San Antonio)
Any chance Aaron Murray get's in the Heisman race with say 3 or 4 td passes in the next two games and a few more in the SEC championship?
Chris Low (1:45 PM)
Probably not the Heisman race, but he's separated himself as the SEC's best quarterback and has a chance at a 3,000-yard, 30-touchdown season.
Trying to make holiday bowl plans for the Gamecocks. It appears that you and Ed expect UGA to get blown out in the SEC championship game and thereby fall from the Cotton Bowl to the Outback with ARK in the Citrus. Does USC have to beat Clemson or will 9-3 get us there?
Chris Low (1:48 PM)
No, that's not it. Keep in mind that the Outback gets first choice from the East after the Capital One chooses. So if Georgia doesn't win the SEC championship game, the Outback would get first shot at the Bulldogs if they wanted them, and I'm sure they would. The Cotton Bowl gets first shot from any West teams remaining, but doesn't have to take a West team. In that scenario, I think the Cotton would take the Gamecocks, especially if they're 10-2.
Mike (Columbia sc)
Pray that Kentucky beats UGA...
Chris Low (1:49 PM)
Sounds like the Head Ball Coach isn't even going to ask for divine help.
Larry (Las Vegas)
Is Urban Meyer a done deal at Ohio State? What are the chances, probabilities, etc.?
Chris Low (1:50 PM)
Don't see any way Meyer goes to Ohio State. I would have thought Penn State was a much more likely destination for Meyer. But after everything that has gone on there the last few weeks, I don't know now.
Joe (San Antonio, TX)
Could you see Gus Malzahn heading to the Big 10 with openings at PSU and OSU or could you see him going to Texas A&M?
Chris Low (1:51 PM)
None of the above. I see him going to North Carolina.
Randy (Fayetteville )
Chris, I get it that the computers like choklahoma. But so do the humans. You and your side-kick both placed them above the hogs on your voting ballet. Please explain. And saying take care of business and it will all work out isn't an answer. When things are this close the human elegant is vitally important and the media members such as you fine fellows voting the hogs bellow a 1-loss team like OU DOES hurt our chances.
Chris Low (1:54 PM)
First of all, relax my friend. The Hogs are going to be fine. It's all there in front of them. If they win at Baton Rouge, they're going to get the love they deserve in the polls.
Chris Low (2:04 PM)
I have to take off. Thanks for the questions. We'll catch up next week. Hope everyone has a safe rest of the week.