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 (12:22 PM)
Hi everyone. Sorry for the delay. It's been so long since I've done a chat, I couldn't remember how to log in. But I'm here! Whoo-hoo!
Love the podcast Ivan. Is Jameis Winston your Heisman favorite?
Ivan Maisel (12:23 PM)
Andrew, I have decided -- and I can't believe I'm saying this aloud -- to subscribe to the belief as written by Geno in BMOC yesterday. No Heisman talk yet. It's too early.
W Kentucky vs Tennessee this Saturday.....do the Vols have chance to start out 2-0; Your thoughts on the game
Ivan Maisel (12:24 PM)
How the mighty have...never mind. I just never thought someone would wonder if Tennessee has a chance against Western Kentucky. Yes, Tennessee has a chance. Butch Jones didn't arrive in Knoxville on a load of watermelons.
Am I allowed to declare a moral victory after the way my Bears played against Northwestern?
Ivan Maisel (12:26 PM)
Exactly, Alex. I was impressed, at least for the parts I stayed awake for. I fell asleep in the third quarter, and woke up in the fourth quarter with Northwestern ahead again. So I didn't see Jared Goff's big goofs. He showed a lot of promise for a guy in his first collegiate game. Duh -- he threw for 445 yards.
Do you consider this past weekend as a fluke or a sign of change for the ACC? Even the expected losses of Virginia Tech and North Carolina seemed to show signs of promise.
Ivan Maisel (12:27 PM)
Exciting, isn't it? The world's longest hibernation may be over. My friend Mark Blaudschun at ajerseyguy.com called this morning and asked me if I thought FSU-Clemson could rematch in the national championship game. Way too early (like the Heisman) but just the fact that he thought of it is a change, don't you think?
Ivan, These Canes fans are back out sporting their parachute pants and talking like the U is back for some reason. I think the Gators will intro them to a real D and a heavy dose of Matt Jones and Mac Brown. Your thoughts on UF vs UM on Saturday?
Ivan Maisel (12:30 PM)
I think it will be a great game, Greg. By that I mean I think Miami has come back a long way. The Canes have an offense that will test the Gator defense. Parachute pants? I like it. I would like to have seen more of a spark from the Florida offense against Toledo. Same old story there. To be honest, I am thinking about picking Miami.
Dennis (Airville, PA)
It seemed to me that the Alabama defensive line got gashed for big runs up the middle against a depleted VA Tech team. Is that going to be an ongoing problem for them or am I exaggerating the runs?
Ivan Maisel (12:31 PM)
Dennis, you are aware that Virginia Tech had 212 total yards, 77 on one play? Gashed on that snap, yes, and a couple of others as well. But I don't hear any alarm bells ringing.
Jim (Columbus, OH)
Of the 48 non-conference games the Big Ten plays this season, only four are against teams ranked in the preseason top 25, and three of those involve Notre Dame the next three weeks (Michigan, Purdue and Michigan State). The only other such game pits Nebraska against UCLA. The Big Ten, meanwhile, plays more than 20 percent of its non-league schedule against FCS teams (10 games). Why do voters vote Big Ten Teams in the Top 25 if they don't play quality opponents?
Ivan Maisel (12:34 PM)
The AP assigns voters based on the number of FBS schools in that state. So the Big Ten area gets a lot of voters -- remember, the MAC has umpteen schools in Ohio. So it could be as simple as voting what you know. I do like the fact that B1G commish Jim Delany is pushing his schools to stop scheduling FCS teams.
Oregon is the 11th best team in the country, per your latest power rankings. Care to elaborate?
Ivan Maisel (12:36 PM)
I had my doubts preseason with the coaching transition and the losses on defense. And I have my own rule, honed over many years, of never moving a team up in the polls in the week that they play an FCS opponent. So....I am going to see Oregon at UVa this weekend. I promise, if I am wrong, I will be the first to adjust. We do get 13 more weeks to get this right, you know.
Jon (New Orleans)
Should LSU be ranked higher? They looked really good on offense Saturday, and the defense is going to be there like always.
Ivan Maisel (12:37 PM)
I was really impressed Saturday night, what I saw of the game. I think TCU is very good. And what Cam Cameron has done with Zach Mettenberger and the entire offense looks promising. I am still a little wait-and-see on the defense.
Tony (Richmond, CA)
Have the expectations for Jamesis Winston been elevated from unrealistic to unattainable after his freshmen debut Monday Night?
Ivan Maisel (12:38 PM)
Tony, you don't think he is going to complete 25-of-27 in every game? What's the matter with you?
john (Austin, TX)
Ivan, When I saw little Jack Hoffman run for that touchdown in Nebraska's spring game, I assumed the defense was letting him score. After Saturday night, I'm not so sure. How do we go from the best defense in America 3 years ago to giving up 600+ yard in 3 straight games? The talent may be down a little, but it can't be that bad.
Ivan Maisel (12:40 PM)
John, as much as I loved seeing Jack run, you get the line of the week. I am concerned, and I think all Husker fans should be, too. That said, it's week one. I am not reading to yell just yet. But especially with the offenses in the Big Ten creeping toward spreading the field, you have to wonder.
Chim Richalds (Juneau)
What is the likelihood that Clemson pulls a Clemson this year? Seems like every year Dabo talks a big game, they get a lot of early season hype, and later in the season their lack of a defense catches up with them.
Ivan Maisel (12:41 PM)
That "pulling a Clemson" is an expression in the low country -- and I guess in Alaska, too -- says it all. I think this Clemson team is for real. Don't forget that their last two victories have come against LSU and Georgia. They've got one of the best, if not the best, QBs in the nation, with a lot of big, fast talent around him. I'm sold.
Dr. Kenneth Noisewater (San Diego, CA)
Ivan, your thoughts on Aaron Murray's inability to win the big game? As a Dawg fan I'm worried, especially with South Carolina coming up. Against Carolina last season you could see the fear in Murray's eyes, he looked scared to death.
Ivan Maisel (12:43 PM)
I am not worried. Let's go over the evidence. On the road against a top 10 team, with half the defense suspended, and a top receiver suddenly unavailable, with 400% humidity, Georgia came within a botched field goal snap of going into overtime. I don't think this is a question of Murray not responding. I'll say this, though. I expect South Carolina to win. Blame the scheduling.
Ivan, I enjoyed you when you wrote for the Dallas Morning News and appeared as guest on the Norm Hitzges morning sports talk show on KLIF. Can you name one college QB who came out after his third year who was a success in the NFL. You can define success.
Ivan Maisel (12:45 PM)
Thanks, Fred. That was a loooong time ago. Third year of school or third year of playing? I mean, Andrew Luck only played three seasons. I will have to think about this. To be honest, I don't pay a whole lot of attention to the NFL until Jan. 10.
Will Bridgewater have the fast start and slow down like Geno Smith did and ruin his Heisman chances?
Ivan Maisel (12:46 PM)
Boy, I don't think so, Davis. He doesn't have West Virginia's defense playing for Louisville. I think the Cards are for real, and it's a shame that their schedule is so weak. That's really going to hurt them in the BCS discussion.
What is your thoughts on Fresno St. win over Rutgers?
Ivan Maisel (12:48 PM)
Derek Carr and the offense was every bit as good as I expected. The defense was not every bit as good as I expected. And no offense to viewers on the west coast, but when a game ends at 3:30 edt, it may have started too late. I may have to ask our scheduling guys to take their foot off the gas pedal. Of course, it's the first week, and we want all ball all day, right?
Scratches (the Gump, AL)
How do you think the ejection penalty will play out this season? How many players were ejected during the first week of play?
Ivan Maisel (12:49 PM)
Six players were ejected in 74 games for targeting, which is lower than the average last season, and two of the ejections were overturned, one because of replay, one because the replay didn't work and the play couldn't be reviewed (sort of like a mistrial, right?). That's a good start.
I know OSU didn't look quite as good as advertised in their opener, but they still beat an FBS team by 20 with 10 new defensive starters for most of the game. Oregon meanwhile beats an FCS team that went 1-10 last year and passes OSU in the polls. What are the AP voters thinking?
Ivan Maisel (12:50 PM)
Clearly not enough.
speaking of mr. geno, he retired from podcasting, always i have the feeling that deep, deep ,deep down , he kind it enjoyo it
Ivan Maisel (12:52 PM)
Geno has not retired from the podcast. But he does have more responsibility with GameDay, and the minute he had the chance to get his face in front of a camera, he dumped his old friend Ivan. Not that I am bitter. Seriously, he will be on, but it may not be for an entire 45-minute show every week. We are still working on schedules, format, etc. Keep downloading us!
Lou (Tampa, FL)
Ivan, Happy New Year. After one week, which team that started in the middle or back end of the polls has the best chance at a title run?
Ivan Maisel (12:54 PM)
Happy New Year, Lou. I'd say someone is going to emerge from the Big 12. Texas? OU? Baylor? TCU with a loss? I don't know yet.
Steve (Blacklick, OH)
Thoughts on Christian Hackenberg?
Ivan Maisel (12:55 PM)
Liked him a lot. And I'm mad I didn't include him in a list of freshmen quarterback who played well Saturday. Because he played well. Does Penn State realize what a good hire they made in Bill O'Brien?
Ivan Maisel (12:55 PM)
OK, guys, I'm out. Enjoyed it. See you next week, when I may even make it on time. Sure hope so.