Chat with Edward Aschoff
Welcome to SportsNation! On Monday, ESPN.com's SEC blogger Edward Aschoff will stop by to talk some college football.
Aschoff joined ESPN.com in 2011 after spending four years covering the University of Florida for The Gainesville Sun. He grew up in Oxford, Miss., before attending UF, graduating with a B.S. in journalism.
Send your questions now and join Aschoff Monday at 1 p.m. ET!
Edward Aschoff (1:02 PM)
Welcome to our Monday chat. Sorry for the change in time, but I had to go in for my yearly checkup. Gotta stay healthy in the new year! Let's get to your questions
Pachy (SEC Blog)
How much can we actually take from the Bama's win with how poor Notre Dame played? Is Alabama just that good, or was Notre Dame just that bad?
Edward Aschoff (1:04 PM)
While I think that Alabama is a great team, I do think that Notre Dame showed it wasn't physically qualified to play in the national championship game. Notre Dame wasn't even close to being prepared for the Crimson Tide's speed. Did you see all of the awful angles taken by players?? Zeke Motta and Manti Te'o looked average at best in that game. A rematch with Texas A&M would have been much more exciting.
Do you feel that ace sanders has the potential to be a first rounder if he continues to make electrifying plays next year?
Edward Aschoff (1:05 PM)
I'm not sure he has first-round size, but he has NFL talent and I would be shocked if he wasn't drafted next year. He's a special player and can make a play in the blink of an eye. I just wonder if he's going to be looked at as more of a return guy than a wide receiver at the pro level because of his size.
Brad (Somewhere in MS)
Schedule looks tough for Miss State next season. Shouldn't be any excuse for a cup cake schedule if they get to 8 or 9 wins. With the returning starters on offense and shake ups on D. What's your "Wayyyy too early" predictions for Miss State next season
Edward Aschoff (1:08 PM)
Honestly, I think the mindset of that team needs to change first. We found out that the talent level on that defense wasn't great when the Bulldogs played good teams. I think all the talk about making a name and getting respect clouded this team's vision. It's all about execution on the field, but you have to have the right attitude. Having to play Oklahoma State to start the year will be tough and playing on the road against TAM and South Carolina back-to-back will be challenging as well. I think things will be tougher for the Bulldogs in 2013 ...
Hey Ed; what's up with Chris Lowe ranking UGA behind SC? So he has to take it out on the team because he hates the fans so much? Oh and Mark Richt still needs to go.
Edward Aschoff (1:09 PM)
First off, it's Low. Secondly, he felt South Carolina had a better body of work and beat Georgia by four scores earlier in the year. Also, he doesn't hate Georgia fans and those who think Mark Richt should go are living in a sad, sad world.
Marilyn (San Antonio, TX)
How big of a pay raise should A&M give Sumlin? I don't think he wants to go anywhere anytime soon, but is it too early to lock him up tight?
Edward Aschoff (1:10 PM)
If I'm his boss I'm having a money truck back up to his house and just dump everything I can into his lap. He's that good and he'll get some big-time attention if the Aggies keep this up.
SCaroids (FT BRAGG at the MOMENT!)
What are your thought that SC has the 2 best Back-up QB's in the nation?
Edward Aschoff (1:11 PM)
I think that South Carolina certainly has one of the best quarterback situations out there. Connor Shaw is a solid starter and Dylan Thompson is a very good backup. Spurrier can win with both and that's a good problem to have.
Do the fans(we) need to give Bielema a special pass considering the special situation he is walking into?
Edward Aschoff (1:13 PM)
Well, I think that he, like any new coach, needs time. He has to get that defense cleaned up. That's his top job when it comes to fixing things in Fayetteville. That schedule is brutal for next season, so fans will have to be patient with him.
James Franklin (Columbia, MO)
Hey Ed, should I be worried about getting "Alex Smith'ed" next season? Maty Mauk got me scurred...
Edward Aschoff (1:15 PM)
Ha. Knowing the real James Franklin, I know that he isn't scared of any competition, but I think that Mauk is the type of quarterback who could come in and make an impact next season. I think there will be a healthy competition between the three QBs there, but this is still Franklin's team. Mauk is definitely the future.
Every year I think South Carolinas offense is on the verge of exploding and becoming a scoring machine. I am not unhappy with the wins, just wondering what your thoughts are on their offense next year with the returning tallent.
Edward Aschoff (1:16 PM)
I think the offense will be pretty balanced. We've learned the SEC offenses don't need to be explosive to survive. Lattimore is gone, but there are capable backs, like Mike Davis, who could have big years for the Gamecocks in 2013. The receivers played better than I expected, and Bruce Ellington helped Ace Sanders out a lot. That line should be fine and I've already mentioned how much I like the quarterback situation.
ED, Ive got to admit a part of me died when that tipped pass was caught in SECC game. What do my dawgs have to do to get over the hump. can we beat SC and Clowney next year!
Edward Aschoff (1:17 PM)
That defense has to fill its holes and has to be way more disciplined on the field. Aaron Murray and that offense will be fine, but it's up to the defense next year. If that unit fails, this team won't be back in Atlanta. There are a lot of new faces, but it's a talented bunch.
Tony (Richmond, CA)
Who is your favorite in the East now that Murray has announced he's returning to Athens?
Edward Aschoff (1:19 PM)
I know South Carolina is losing some key pieces on defense, but having Clowney and Quarles back is big. I picked South Carolina last year and they disappointed me. Right now, I think South Carolina is a the favorite and if Florida can find some receivers, that team will be tough to beat with the talent coming back on defense. Georgia is slightly behind the Gamecocks
Why do you think all of those LSU underclassmen declared early for the draft. I can see why UGA's guys did, as they are likely first rounders. Outside of one or two from LSU, I suspect most will be drafted in later rounds. Is this a fluke situation or Miles running off some folks or a sign of some discontent in the program?
Edward Aschoff (1:20 PM)
All of the defensive linemen who declared didn't shock me. Minter had too good a year not to leave. It didn't sound like Wing wanted to stay around for much longer, but Simon, Ware, Ford and Faulk surprised me. I didn't think they would all leave and I don't see any of them going very high. Major head-scrathers there.
CJ Mosely (T Town)
Dash my man, enough with the UGA questions. What do you think about the Tide D next season. We are going to be beastly and wait until you get a load of Landon Collins.
Edward Aschoff (1:21 PM)
I think the defense will be better, and that's pretty scary. You guys are getting pretty greedy. Replacing Milliner will be tough, but the core of that defense will be great. Now, replacing all those guys on the offensive line ...
Kentucky fans are really excited about next season. With the hire of Mark Stoops and OC Neal Brown, how much improvement do you think the Wildcats will see on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball? Any chance that UK will be able to pull off an upset or two this coming season?
Edward Aschoff (1:24 PM)
I felt like I was in the minority when it came to liking this hire. I know it's tougher to get Randall Cobb-type players on defense, but I think that he's going to be a name that commands respect in the recruiting world. He already has ties to the southeast and he should be able to bring some quality guys to Lexington. As far as the offense goes, I think the Wildcats got it right with Brown. Now if that team can just stay healthy. Having Smith back and maybe Josh Clemons would be big.
Tony (Richmond, CA)
Which SEC freshmen running back is more likely to visit New York for the Heisman presentation before his career is done, Todd Gurley or TJ Yeldon?
Edward Aschoff (1:25 PM)
I'll go with Yeldon because he isn't sharing the backfield with Keith Marshall and McCarron won't put up the same kind of numbers as Aaron Murray.
Cyrus Kouandjio (T Town)
Hey Dash, Don't dis the O line bro. We have Ryan Kelly, All AA Freshan and my older brother filling in and a host of blue chippers. Are you doubting us?
Edward Aschoff (1:26 PM)
Not doubting, but I also know that restructuring offensive lines is tough. The chemistry of that line was amazing. There are going to be some growing pains at times next year. But that's natural.
Mike (Macon )
If mark richt doesnt make it back to the SEC championship is he on the hotseat? Oh and didnt know you were the spelling police.
Edward Aschoff (1:27 PM)
Only if Georgia falls flat and misses out on a bowl game. And I'm not perfect, but Low is very easy to spell.
Jeremy Hill (Red Stick)
Where's the love?? I WILL be the best RB in the SEC next year, count on it!!
Edward Aschoff (1:28 PM)
Very good back. I think Hill could be a star, especially with more carries going his way in 2013. Kid had the most potential of any of the backs on that roster last year.
Alan (South Florida)
Ed, do you think Joker Phillips will be able to get through to Andre Debose? The Gators need him to contribute in order to have a good chance at winning the title next year.
Edward Aschoff (1:30 PM)
At this point, it's all on Debose. He's had plenty of coaches try and help him. He has the talent to be a stud, but he just doesn't have the mindset. If he did, he'd be on the field. You can tell me that he was down on the depth chart because of pure skill. Florida needs some receiver to step up. Getting Demarcus Robinson in early is huge because he has good playmaking ability.
Do you expect USC to start a big Heisman campaign for Clowney? I cannot remember a defensive player with so much hype before the season even started, much less seven months away. And what do you expect it would take for him to win? I assume double digit sacks and another 10+ win season for USC.
Edward Aschoff (1:31 PM)
I think he'll get a ton outside of South Carolina, too. I think Manti Te'o is good, but after watching him get eaten alive in the BCS title game I couldn't help but wondering if Clowney was laughing hysterically at that performance. If Te'o got Heisman love last season, Clowney surely will this year.
How is Florida going to deal with losing so many important players on defense? Will defense still be their strength?
Edward Aschoff (1:34 PM)
I still think that defense will be nasty. Jacobs and Orr should be fine up front. Easley is back and Powell should be healthy this fall. Antonio Morrison proved that he has what it takes to be a big-time player at linebacker. Filling Bostic and Elam's spots will be the toughest, IMO. Will Jabari Gorman be the guy? What about Marcus Maye or Brian Poole? Michael Taylor will have a lot on his place in the middle. Neiron Ball and Darrin Kitchens will see more time as well. Still a lot of skill on that defense.
Yatesasaurus Rex (Memphis)
Considering all of ole miss's recent successes how long before Hugh Freeze jumps to a better school?
Edward Aschoff (1:36 PM)
I don't think he's looking to jump to a better school. I don't think he considers Ole Miss a stepping-stone job. I think he thinks its a destination job. That might sound crazy in this day and age, but I seriously think that he would love to retire at Ole Miss.
John Jacob Jingleheimerschmidt (somewhere)
Is it me or has Les lost his crazy coaching edge. He used to pull out all the stops and win with his crazy decisions and trick plays, but they just didn't seem to work this year. Does he need to be a more traditional conservative coach next year?
Edward Aschoff (1:38 PM)
I thought about that to. I didn't expect him not to try any facts when I was at the Florida game. I expected more trickery down the stretch and didn't get it. It all started in last year's national championship game. Really bizarre showing from the Tigers and he was pretty conservative at times last fall. Not sure what's up with all that.
Coach Franklin has yet to get a victory against a solidly-ranked opponent. In 2013, against whom may Vandy pick off so they can quiet all the skeptics??? @South Carolina? Georgia?
Edward Aschoff (1:39 PM)
I'm not sure there are a lot of skeptics out there. He's really winning at Vanderbilt. The bad losses this school was used to weren't there last year. This isn't the same Vandy. He'll get one of those big victories soon enough ...
DeShea Townsend (Batesville, MS)
Why do you consistently hate on MsState?
Edward Aschoff (1:40 PM)
I don't hate Mississippi State. I point out their weaknesses. They showed a lot in the second half of the season. A 1-5 finish says it all really ...
NICOLE SCOTT (ON stage)
SC schedule seems to be very UGA like next year. Will that propell them to ATL?
Edward Aschoff (1:42 PM)
Well the first three games of the season will be tough, but not having to play LSU or Alabama helps. Also, having the last five games of the season at home will be nice. Add a talented defense and a balanced offense and the Gamecocks have a a real chance at another East title.
My nose can't get any bigger after last year. Tamu vs SC in SECChamp and JFF carries the day. Thoughts?
Edward Aschoff (1:43 PM)
Hey, if the Aggies beat Alabama at the beginning of the season, watch out. Right now I think Alabama still brings back the most, but Johnny Football is back. I don't think he'll have the year he just had, but he's still such a threat. And I like what South Carolina brings back.
So will we hear Spurrier whine about the scheduling in 2013? He really has lost his smack-talking edge in old age. It's actually pathetic at this point.
Edward Aschoff (1:44 PM)
He certainly was right about Georgia and Clemson when he talked a all that trash ... worked out for him too ...
Georgia Fan (Athens)
Why keep acting as if our defense will fall apart next season? The defense was underwhelming at times this season, yet we still managed to win 12 games and win the SEC east. Also, there are a lot of talented underclassmen that got some playing time this year that should break out into more important roles. Jordan Jenkins will be the next Jarvis Jones. Garrison Smith looks like a solid DE and Ray Drew should step into a much bigger role as a junior. Damien Swann will be our number 1 corner and he lead the team in interceptions this past season and has a knack for causing turnovers. If the defense can fair as well in 2013 as it did in 2012 (which shouldn't be too difficult) I think our offense has the potential to carry us to the SEC championship game for a third year in a row.
Edward Aschoff (1:46 PM)
I didn't say it would fall apart. I said it has a lot of new faces and there are going to be growing pains. It's a part of football life. Don't be naive about it. Losing Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree is big. I'm sure it'll be fun for the coaches to get in the heads of younger guys, but I expect some goofs here and there to start the year. I'm not saying Georgia will miss out on a bowl game because of it or anything.
It worked out for Spurrier? Are you saying he was glad to be in the Outback Bowl and not playing Bama for the conference title? Yeah you're right... that was his plan all along. You're a strange dude!
Edward Aschoff (1:47 PM)
Hey, he went 2-0 against the two teams that he mocked the most. I'd say that worked out for him.
mobillematt2.0 (ESPN BLOG)
Can this Bama team really be considered a Dynasty when it needed a lot of help just to get the national championship game the last 2 years?
Edward Aschoff (1:48 PM)
But when it got to those championships it dismantled its opponents and won. That's a big deal. It's one thing to get into the game, but to win the game is totally different. Just ask Notre Dame.
The Bunny (carrot patch) [via mobile]
Any hope for Missouri recruiting with the hire of an SEC guy or is winning the best medicine?
Edward Aschoff (1:49 PM)
At this point, I think winning is the biggest thing for Missouri. There were so many questions about the future of this program before the Tigers even played, and now those questions have multiplied. This team has to regain some relevancy in 2013 or it's going to be very tough for this program to move up in the SEC.
JP (CS, TX)
Who leads the Aggie rushing attack this year? Manziel again, Malena, B. Williams, T. Williams? Who is second?
Edward Aschoff (1:54 PM)
I think it's going to be tough to keep Manziel from running, but look for Brandon Williams to make a big impact. He sat out after transferring from Oklahoma and the coaches are very, very excited about him. I think he might have a big year and will help take some of the pressure off of Manziel.
Ed-- what did Chris pay you for winning the season against him? Second, what freshman coming in for the Gators will contribute in the fall (Robinson/WR, Taylor/RB. Hargraves/CB-S)?
Edward Aschoff (1:57 PM)
He actually won't talk to me. He's a bad loser. I think Hargraves might come right in and play immediately. That could free up Purifoy to play offense and help out that passing game. Hargraves is a special talent.
What would have happened if Alabama and Oregon had faced off in the NCG?
Edward Aschoff (1:58 PM)
There would have been too much speed for the cameras to keep up. I still don't think that Tide line would have been tested very much. I still think Bama wins but it would have been more competitive.
BAMABABE (marietta, ga)
will AJ be in NYC next year??
Edward Aschoff (2:00 PM)
I think he has a better chance next year because Chris Black will be back and he'll have three legit deep threats in Black, Cooper and Bell. Plus, if he keeps winning people will pay more and more attention.
Edward Aschoff (2:01 PM)
Alright guys, that's my time. Great chat. Glad you guys waited an extra hour for me. Until next time!