Chat with Ivan Maisel
Welcome to SportsNation! On Wednesday, ESPN.com college football writer Ivan Maisel stops by to chat.
Maisel is a senior writer for ESPN.com. In addition to covering college football for the site, he contributes to ESPN's SportsCenter, ESPNEWS, ESPN Radio and ESPN The Magazine.
Send your questions now and join Maisel Wednesday at noon ET!
Ivan Maisel (11:59 AM)
It's hard to believe, yes, but I am here on time.
Ivan Maisel (12:00 PM)
Not even Sandy could stop me. I do not have power or internet access at my house. Please send some to me, as well as hot water for the shower. Thanks in advance.
Jared (South Carolina)
If all 4 unbeatens stay without a loss what are the chances for Notre Dame getting into the NC game
Ivan Maisel (12:02 PM)
I think the schedules favor Alabama and Oregon. But I don't know what the guys with all the slide rules think. It stands to reason that Notre Dame playing Pitt, Wake and BC (combined record 10-14), not to mention that USC would have lost to Oregon in this scenario, would keep the Irish from finishing second.
SoonerFan (New Mexico)
Enjoyed the podcast tribute to Beano Cook, learned alot about him that I did not know. thanks for doing that.
Ivan Maisel (12:03 PM)
Sure missed Beano last week when Notre Dame came to Norman. He would have been great.
A couple realistic names for coaches Jeff Long is considering/will hire?
Ivan Maisel (12:04 PM)
Jeff Long is the Arkansas AD, for those of you scoring at home. I expect he will make a run at Charlie Strong. Andrea Adelson and I discuss this on the ESPNU ColFB Podcast that just posted. The guy that makes the most sense to me is Tommy Tuberville. He has won the SEC West and he's from Arkansas. I have to think he would give up the charms of Lubbock to go home.
Better chance of an upset, LSU over Bama or USC over Oregon? By the way I think both happen...
Ivan Maisel (12:05 PM)
LSU over Bama makes more sense to me. First of all, USC isn't as good as Oregon, period. Second, I picked Oregon and LSU to play for the national championship, so of course I think LSU winning is plausible.
Ivan Maisel (12:06 PM)
OK, I must confess. I made that pick last winter, and I've seen little to convince me that Alabama is not the best team in the country. But it is a road game. And it is a good LSU team. And Alabama hasn't played anyone yet that has made it work. So LSU could upset 'Bama. But I don't think it will happen.
Which remaining undefeated team is the biggest suprise to you and why?
Ivan Maisel (12:07 PM)
Ohio, for obvious reasons. But that's probably not where you were going. I'd say Notre Dame, because the offense is only now beginning to mature. No one expected the defense to be this good. And man, is this defense good. It's great fun to watch.
The reason the Irish would be left out of the title game isn't the computers. It's the human polls which still have them at 4.
Ivan Maisel (12:08 PM)
Fair point. And one that shouldn't be overlooked as I did.
Ivan Maisel (12:09 PM)
But the Irish don't have a big game ahead that could convince voters to jump them ahead of the other undefeated teams.
In your opinion which two teams would make the best NC game to watch this year?
Ivan Maisel (12:09 PM)
Alabama and Oregon would be the best X&O game. Alabama and Notre Dame would be the most fun from a tradition/history view.
who do u think will rplace coach spaz at BC?
Ivan Maisel (12:11 PM)
I don't know enough about Brad Bates, the new BC athletic director, to know where he would look. I guess this means you don't think the Eagles will run the table, get to 6-6 and go to a bowl game. You may be right....
Keenan (Atlanta, GA)
Will the sporadic Georgia Bulldogs stay focused and run the table to the SEC Championship Game?
Ivan Maisel (12:12 PM)
Sporadic; great adjective for the Dawgs. But I think they can get past Ole Miss and Auburn. I'll go out on a limb and say that.
Quack Attack (Stillman)
Looks like the best RB is out west again! With Lattimore now out for the season, it looks like another year with no outstanding RB on the east coast to brag about!
Ivan Maisel (12:13 PM)
I think the best backs were out west before Lattimore got hurt. He was very good, but he wasn't yet the Lattimore we knew and loved last year. Barner, DAT and Taylor all are tremendous backs.
A&M favored by a TD at Miss St...are they that good or is that an overreaction to A
Ivan Maisel (12:15 PM)
I suspect that is an overreaction. This is a tough game for the Aggies. Starkville is a pit -- and I mean that in a complimentary way -- and the Aggies are in the middle of a ridculous stretch of road games (five in six weeks).
What would have to happen over the last month of the season for Te'o to win the Heisman?
Ivan Maisel (12:16 PM)
I think Collin Klein has to have a rough game and Te'o has to keep playing the way he has been playing. Keep an eye on Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron, though. The Tide is really going to come into focus over the next five games.
Tim Irvin (Los Angeles, CA)
Ivan. I now understand the mystery of the Mayan Calandar...When an undefeated Notre Dame team is denied the opportunity to play for a National Championship after the games of early December, chaos will ensue...resulting in the end of the world as we know it...Mystery solved...
Ivan Maisel (12:17 PM)
I agree; maybe Sandy is just the beginning. Hey, I'm allowed to make Sandy jokes. I'm living in it. And, seriously, I feel very, very, lucky.
So you don't believe in the "Colorado Curse"? Every team that has played the Buffs this year has lost the following week. Must come out of the game thinking football is too easy.
Ivan Maisel (12:19 PM)
According to my crack staff, Sacramento State won the week after they beat the Buffs.
Laurie (Under The Golden Dome)
Why isn't anyone talking about ND beating OU by more than KState. OU also outgained KState, but not ND who has a Sagarin SOS of 10 right now.
Ivan Maisel (12:20 PM)
That will be an important stat in the weeks to come. But don't play comparative scores too closely. I have a feeling that Oregon will take down Stanford by more than a touchdown. Not to mention whatever happens at USC.
Ivan Maisel (12:21 PM)
It's interesting that all the comparative scores line up: K-State and ND both played at Oklahoma; Oregon and ND both play at USC; Oregon and ND are both at home for Stanford. We get to compare apples to apples.
Randy (College Park)
What are the odds of Maryland winning again this year with a freshman linebacker under center?
Ivan Maisel (12:22 PM)
Randy, do you really need me to answer that question?
arktectcat (wichita kansas)
what's the probability Snyder will get screwed out of a bcs bowl? It usually happens so how would this year be any different?
Ivan Maisel (12:23 PM)
He won't get screwed out of a BCS bowl. He may get screwed out of the BCS Championship Game. But if K-State wins the Big 12, the 'Cats will play in the Fiesta Bowl.
Scratches (D'ham, NC)
Is AJ McCarron a serious Heisman candidate? I'm a huge Bama fan, and I think he's done great this season, but I'm not sure if I see "Heisman-calibre" talent in him. Not throwing INTs is a vital skill to have, but I don't think that makes him a Heisman winner.
Ivan Maisel (12:24 PM)
I agree that he hasn't been flashy. But in a season without any offensive players ginning up big numbers, McCarron, Te'o and Klein all will benefit.
We will not know because of sanctions, but if they were not there, how would an undefeated Ohio State fit into the BCS conversation?
Ivan Maisel (12:26 PM)
Good question; I wonder how much that has affected their position in the AP poll. They started so far behind that they would still be behind some or all of the other undefeated.
Erik (Tillamook, OR)
I was hoping the BCS Countdown crew would cover this on Sunday but they didn't. What are the chances a SEC team, most notable LSU if they win out would get the nod over 2 undefeated teams from Oregon, Notre Dame or Kansas State?
Ivan Maisel (12:26 PM)
I don't think the voters would reward a one-loss SEC team that way, not after last season.
If Nebraska wins out, and wins the B1G championship, how well do you think they will do in the Rose Bowl? And who do you predict as their opponent?
Ivan Maisel (12:29 PM)
If Oregon plays in the national championship game, the Rose Bowl will get either the first or second pick to replace them. If Notre Dame doesn't make the championship game, I assume the Rose Bowl would take the Irish, who last played there in 1925. If the Sugar gets the first pick (Alabama), and takes ND, then the Rose with the second pick probably would take an SEC team (11-1 Florida? 10-2 LSU?).
You said OSU would be behind other teams because "they started so far behind." Isn't that a great reason why pre-season and early polls are not just worthless, but actually a hindrance?
Ivan Maisel (12:30 PM)
True, but then Ohio State hasn't played well enough to overcome that, either. K-State and ND have looked better.
ND fan (Annapolis MD)
Give me a couple of great dark horse running backs and quarterbacks that few people have heard of that I can talk about as "should be Heisman contenders" around the water cooler?
Ivan Maisel (12:31 PM)
Teddy Bridgewater of Louisville. He's only a sophomore; Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M is a freshman. Two terrific quarterbacks. Get a head start on next season's discussion.
What's your forecast of Texas's handling of Mack and the overall future of the program?
Ivan Maisel (12:32 PM)
I (still) think that Texas is lucky to have Mack and that he isn't going anywhere. The president loves him. The athletic director loves him. And the big wallets (Jamail, Moffett) love him. It would help if the defense stopped someone.
Great point by John in Chicago. Both K State and ND started the season out of the polls and that's why they haven't passed Alabama or Oregon in the human polls.
Ivan Maisel (12:33 PM)
That's not why they haven't passed Alabama and Oregon (maybe you knew that; can't hear the sarcasm in your typing). Alabama and Oregon have been more impressive week to week than the others.
Fred (Walla Walla)
For the playoffs in 2 seasons, rather than a subjective selection process, why not just have the 4 highest ranked conference champs and/or independents? Winning the league would be the first round of the playoff.
Ivan Maisel (12:35 PM)
The secletion committee is used in every NCAA postseason. There's no reason to believe it won't work in FBS football. I've been advocating it for a long, long time. I believe it will work.
Larry (Las Vegas)
Is Paul Rhoads a hot prospect for an open job at a major school? He has done well at Iowa State and always has 1 or 2 major upsets each year.
Ivan Maisel (12:36 PM)
Paul grew up not far from Iowa State and went "home" for the job. I don't think he is going anywhere.
Ivan Maisel (12:37 PM)
That's it, guys. Talk to you next week.