Chat with Edward Aschoff
Welcome to SportsNation! On Monday, ESPN.com's SEC reporter 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 noon ET!
Edward Aschoff (12:03 PM)
Hey everyone. Sorry for the delay, but my computer and I are just not friends these days. Let's talk some SEC football!
Mike (Sunny Scottsdale, AZ)
Hey Ed, there appears to be a little QB controversy brewing with my beloved Vols. Dobbs looked sharp, better than his number indicated, 5-12, some of those incompletions were bad drops, he hit his receivers right in the numbers. So, who should get the start at Missouri Worley or Dobbs?
Edward Aschoff (12:05 PM)
I have to say that I was impressed with Dobbs composure. He had every opportunity to crumble under the pressure of playing Alabama, but he didn't even come close. He wasn't stellar, but he looked better than expected. At this point, you've taken away his redshirt, play him if you are comfortable with him. As long as Worley is hampered, you have to go with the guy who can win games for you. Dobbs hasn't won yet, but maybe he's ready for his chance. I would go with a healthy Worley still, but if he's limited, I think you go Dobbs.
Should be a interesting week with the Bielema and Gus feud....who the battle of no huddle and hurry up no huddle?
Edward Aschoff (12:06 PM)
I don't think you'll hear too much about that from either. Certainly not with Arkansas in the shape it's in. I don't even know if the Hogs can slow down this Auburn team right now ... regardless of if it ran a hurry-up or not.
Kib (Richmond, VA)
Gamecocks are coming off an emotional win against MIZ. History has proven, they've struggled in the past after monumental wins. Would love to see them run the table and get to Atlanta. What do you think they're in for this weekend against Miss State?
Edward Aschoff (12:08 PM)
This is the perfect game for the Gamecocks to trip up. It's just how it works sometimes and we've seen it before with this team. Remember 2010 after beating Alabama? I think this team will be focused, but you're right, they can't think about what they did. Mississippi State could be fighting for a bowl berth this year, so every game is important for the Bulldogs. Don't think they won't be hungry for a win, but that offense has to get going in the second half. The Bulldogs have been outscored 50-10 in the fourth quarter in the last three games.
Assuming that Alabama wins out and goes to the BCSNCG this year ... what opponent do you think would pose the biggest threat to the Tide? RTR
Edward Aschoff (12:11 PM)
Oregon. I like this Florida State team, but the Seminoles don't run the ball like the Ducks. I think if the Ducks can spread things out they'll give the Tide some trouble. Look at what Texas A&M was able to do. Now, if you give Saban that much time to prepare, it usually works to his favor, but I think the Ducks would pose the biggest threat.
Ed-- The winner of the UF-UGA game still has a shot at Atlanta (though slim). If UF does "find a way" to defeat UGA, Vandy and SC, do you see a scenario where Mizzou starts to lose steam now as their loss to SC and lose 3 SEC games (SC, Tx A&M and TN)?
Edward Aschoff (12:14 PM)
Oh, it's possible. Ole Miss is tough and it's on the road. The Aggies, well we all know what they can do. And you cant' sleep on Tennessee. yeah, they are battered right now but this team still be South Carolina. I still think Mizzou gets through the weekend, but it's still a long season.
Mandy (Charleston, SC)
What is SC's chance of making it to a BCS bowl?
Edward Aschoff (12:15 PM)
Gotta win out, in my opinion. That means winning in Atlanta.
Drew (Opelika, AL) [via mobile]
I realize that we still have three games to win, but if my Auburn Tigers can enter the Bama game at 10-1, with the Tide presumably 11-0, with the SEC West at stake, the state may shut down for the weekend. Thoughts?
Edward Aschoff (12:17 PM)
I do think it's very possible. Georgia poses the biggest threat from here on out and that game is in Auburn. We'll have to see the shape Tennessee is in when the Vols host Auburn in a few weeks, but I think the Tigers will be favored from here on out.
Matt (Pcola, FL)
Hey Ed, I saw in one of you chats you elude to the fact that you think Auburn is going to upset Bama. That was a few weeks ago. Do you still feel that way and why?
Edward Aschoff (12:19 PM)
I never said that I think Auburn will upset Alabama. I've always maintained that it's very possible. Now, you have to think that the Tigers have a better shot now than they did at the beginning of the season. That game is on the Plains so you better believe that place will be electric
BYRO (Charleston, SC)
With all the love well-deserved love for Shaw following the Mizzou game, the Gamecock's defensive effort has been a little lost. Holding Mizzou to 17 points in regulation certainly gave SC a chance. Mizzou had scored at least 32 on each opponent this year. Lastly, I heard a great label for the Gamecock victory against Mizzou. Keeping in mind Mizzou?s kicker ?shanked? that last field goal attempt?.Shaw ? shank - redemption
Edward Aschoff (12:22 PM)
I see what you did there. The front was very good late. Mizzou only had 39 yards of offense in the final frame and two first downs. One of those first downs came from a Clowney offside call too. Mizzou's offense just lost all of its momentum. South Carolina contained the running game and limited Mauk's ability to throw. Then the offense just wore down that Tigers defense. Wow Connor Shaw
Mike (Charleston, SC)
Your guess to win the east?
Edward Aschoff (12:23 PM)
I said last week the that the winner of Saturday's game between Mizzou and South Carolina would win the East. I'm sticking with that call ... I also picked South Carolina to win the East at the beginning of the season and at the halfway point.
Ed, with all the new coaches coming in, how does one evaluate the hires? Is it simply W/L's this year? Situations, talent, system change, etc. aren't important enough to weigh heavily?
Edward Aschoff (12:25 PM)
I think it's all of the above. Obviously, the biggest thing is W/Ls in the long run, but right now you want to see how they are building for the future. How is recruiting going? How is discipline and respect in and out of the locker room. How's the excitement from the fan base? I don't think you can evaluate immediately. Look at Gene Chizik. Look at Urban Meyer. Look at Nick Saban.
Requesting a small preview of the matchup in two weeks vs LSU.
Edward Aschoff (12:25 PM)
Hammer, meet Hammer. Have at it ...
Mike (Sunny Scottsdale,AZ)
Ed, The Vols got another big verbal commit, Dewayne Hendrix, after a blow-out loss to Alabama. Has the way Butch Jones recruited surprised you?
Edward Aschoff (12:30 PM)
It really has. Paint me shocked but also impressed. I love the attitude he has and the energy he has on the recruiting trail. Very impressive. He has 28 verbals and the No. 3 class in the country. NO ONE saw that coming.
what's it going to take for Florida to win this weekend... two defensive scores?
Edward Aschoff (12:30 PM)
And to be able to run the ball. If Florida can run the ball then that will take a lot of pressure off of Tyler Murphy and that passing game. We've seen this passing defense suffer, so if Florida can throw off the run that will go a long way.
David mathias (Irmo SC)
I know this kid doesn't have the NFL chops everyone is looking for but if the GameCocks had gone undefeated this year do you think Shaw would get some Heisman love? I think an NFL team would be lucky to get this guy! This kid is unreal!
Edward Aschoff (12:32 PM)
Someone find a tougher player out there, please. He's what every college player should strive to be. I love his game. He was sick and his knee was sprained. Oh well, he just threw for 200 yards and three touchdowns in a little more than a quarter of work. No big deal or anything. Oh, and he led South Carolina to a win over No. 5 Mizzou.
Is Les Miles seat getting warm if he loses 2 more games (Bama and A&M)?
Edward Aschoff (12:35 PM)
I just don't see it. I know the national championship drought since 2007 is getting to people, and his decision-making skills are baffling at times, but Miles has done wonders at LSU. He's won 10 or more games six times since arriving in 2005. This team lost a lot from last year and Miles still has a strong group coming in.
Do you see any way LSU can beat Alabama? What would have to happen?
Edward Aschoff (12:36 PM)
LSU has the talent everywhere. I think you'd have to put more on the offense. Zach Mettenberger torched this defense last year for 295 yards. He's even better this year and has a more experienced supporting cast. Jeremy Hill has what it takes to run on that defense and those receivers can make plays. The Tigers aren't intimidated by Alabama. Not one bit.
James MacDougall (Columbia, SC)
If Alabama stumbles one game down the stretch (perhaps in the SEC Championship game), what are the odds they still get in over an undefeated FSU, Oregon, or OSU? And do any of those 3 teams (or any other team) have what it takes to beat Bama in the NCG?
Edward Aschoff (12:38 PM)
If Alabama loses to LSU, it'll have a chance because someone at the top will fall alongside them. But after that, I don't see it unless more people start falling. And a loss in the SEC championship game would eliminate Alabama. The Auburn game could too. There are too many teams that are undefeated right now and have manageable schedules ahead of them.
A.j. gill (Fl)
whats your opinion on Kelvin Taylor?
Edward Aschoff (12:40 PM)
He has great field vision and instincts, but he has to be a better blocker. That will get him on the field more. He has all the moves and talent, but he has to be a more complete player in order to stay on the field. He's a liability when it comes to the passing game. Now, how much blocking do you do when you're carrying the ball? Yeah, not a lot.
with mizzou losing, if they win out, a win over A&M and alabama, would that get them to the BCS championship?
Edward Aschoff (12:41 PM)
I still think a one-loss SEC champ would need some help from other teams. That's still a strong resume, and beating Alabama would certainly help, but if there are two undefeated teams, I don't see a one-loss Mizzou team making it.
Jeff (Tampa, FL)
We all know Clowney will be the first defender taken in the 2014 draft. But who is your SEC DPOY right now?
Edward Aschoff (12:42 PM)
Mizzou DE Michael Sam. He leads the nation with 16 tackles for loss and is tired for first with 10 sacks. The guy has had three games in which he's registered three sacks. It's unreal how much pressure he generates off the edge.
Noah Trump (Nashville, TN)
With all the hype obviously coming off last year and the expectations for this season, how do you think JD Clowney has played thus far into the season? His stats are far from incredible and I know teams have played away from him all season, but do you think his draft stock has dropped at all with the non-impressive stats this year?
Edward Aschoff (12:46 PM)
His play has already been beaten to death, but I think that teams certainly have played away from him for most of the season. Has he been as electric and as good? No, not even close. He's taken more plays off than ever this year, but it's not all his fault. He certainly doesn't have the burst he used to and whether that's because of his foot or otherwise, it's disappointing. I still think he'll be the first guy taken in next year's draft unless he bombs at the combine.
Do you think mike davis is the best back in the SEC?
Edward Aschoff (12:48 PM)
He's certainly up there with Jeremy Hill and Todd Gurley. Now, I think Gurley is the best back in the country when he's healthy, but he hasn't been since the LSU game. Davis has great power and quickness. He can hit the home run or grind out the tough yards. I love watching all three of these guys play.
You never reply to me but I'll put this in, It's not LSU's offense that's the problem with competing with Bama, it's their defense, I don't think LSU will be able to slow them down, Bama 49-24!
Edward Aschoff (12:50 PM)
LSU's defense certainly needs some help between now and then, but I still think Alabama's defense hasn't been tested at all since playing the Aggies. Now, the Tide did embarrass a good Ole Miss offense, but who else has this team played since then? That's why I think LSU's offense will be a big hurdle for Alabama to get over.
Jimbo (Tallahasse )
Ed, I think y all are scared of us Noles brother. You think Oregon is better equipped to beat Bama or you just don't want to see FSU. Oregon doesn't have what it needs up front we ve seen this movie before....
Edward Aschoff (12:52 PM)
I've also seen FSU lose to NC State and fall in games it should have won plenty of times. I like this FSU team, but I don't think anyone can say the Seminoles are "this and that" before they actually make it to the big game. I've seen this movie too many times before ...
Trenton (Oxford) [via mobile]
Is Hugh Freeze a legitimate COY candidate? Archie Manning seems to think so.
Edward Aschoff (12:55 PM)
Ha, I'm still going with either Pinkel or Malzahn. Freeze has done a good job this year with a team that still lacks depth, but those three straight losses hurt. Especially the one to AM. Now, win out and we'll see what happens. Right now, I'm going with the other two guys. They are both ranked in the top 10 after years in which their respective teams combined for eight wins.
Charles (St. Louis)
Come on Ed, tell us what you really think. Will Mizzou win the East?
Edward Aschoff (12:55 PM)
I've already gone over this: South Carolina. Gotta stick with my preseason pick
Scratches (the Gump, AL)
What do you think of Landon Collins at safety? He blew a deep pass on one play, then had that pick-6 the very next play. He's starting to arrive, isn't he?
Edward Aschoff (12:57 PM)
Yeah, he's starting to really understand the safety position at the college level. It isn't all about interceptions and blowing guys up. He's reading offenses, playing in the box and dropping back in coverage. He is going to be a really fun guy to watch the next couple of years. I watched him against Tennessee and was impressed with his field vision and awareness. He knows he can't make every play, but he tries to help out on all of them.
Better starting QB for Auburn- Nick Marshall or Jeremy Johnson?
Edward Aschoff (1:02 PM)
Nick Marshall. He's the horse that brought you here. Johnson has looked good, but we only saw a lot of him because of Marshall's injuries. Marshall still has a ways to go, especially with his decision making throwing it, but he has 1,100 passing yards and almost 500 rushing yards. Johnson has played extensively against Florida Atlantic and Western Carolina. Marshall was the QB in wins over Mississippi State and Texas A&M.
Mike (Sunny Scottsdale,AZ)
Hey Ed, What's for lunch?
Edward Aschoff (1:04 PM)
I'm feeling a little lazy in the kitchen today, so I'm walking down to the bakery to get a nice sandwich and some fruit. Probably going to go for a turkey/chicken combo with avocado. Great chat as usual guys! Talk to you all next week.