Chat with Rece Davis
Welcome to SportsNation! On Monday, ESPN studio host Rece Davis stops by to chat about the college football and basketball seasons.
The versatile Davis hosts studio shows for both ESPN's college football and basketball coverage, including College GameDay's basketball road show. Davis, who joined ESPN in 1995, also has hosted SportsCenter and on ESPN Radio and called ESPN's Thursday night college football games.
This season, Davis is working with the Capital One Cup, an NCAA Division I athletics award that honors the top men's and women's college programs in the country. Teams compete to earn points based on the final standings and polls across 39 sports. The winners get the Capital One Cup trophy and $400,000 for student-athlete scholarships.
Send your questions now and join Davis Monday at 3 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (3:02 PM)
We've got Rece!
Steven M. (Alabama)
What advice do you have for your alma mater, Alabama, in their race to win the Capital One Cup?
Rece Davis (3:04 PM)
Diversify. Much like a portfolio. The Cup is determined by your performance in all sports. If Alabama is going to contend, they've done a great job in golf, in women's sports. Football, eveyone knows about. The biggest thing is compete. The opportunity to be a part of the Cup is great, because you get the scholarship money. Plus you get to go to the ESPYs. What's better than that?
Rece, what is the biggest strength and weakness of this Alabama team? With their remaining games on the table, how likely is it that the Tide run the gaunlet and go to the NC?
Rece Davis (3:05 PM)
Strength, balance on offense. Weakness, CB play, other than Belue. They have problems with the big physical receivers.
Joey (Greensboro, NC)
Hi Rece,If Oregon and FSU win out, can FSU pass them in the polls? I have heard people say this week that FSU looks better than Oregon, so why is Oregon in front of FSU in the first place if that is the case and what can make that change?
Rece Davis (3:07 PM)
Oregon hasn't done enough yet to keep the No. 2 spot, but by that time, they would have. It's hard to imagine that they, with the harder schedule for them not to be in that spot. Oregon would have to stumble and the perception would have to be that they lucked out to win a game. But you never know how a season might unfold.
What do you love most about being an Advisory Board member of the Capital One Cup?
Rece Davis (3:08 PM)
I think it's just being a part of something that puts its money where its mouth is. We talk all of the time that sports provide opportunity on and off the field. People like to say that. What Capital One does is put something tangible to that by putting $400,000 to scholarship money. Not everyone makes it to the pros. For every man and woman that have the chance to play sports in college, they have that opportunity. I'm pleased and honored that Capital One has included me on the Advisory Board and I'm happy to be a part of it.
Tyler (Athens, GA)
Rece Do you think Georgia wins out or do you think this is a year of misery? Because that is what it has been so far.
Rece Davis (3:10 PM)
I think they can win out, particularly if they get healthy. They'll have plenty of challenges in their decimated state. But there is no reason to think they can't beat Florida. Auburn will be hard, but if you have Murray and Gurley. They can win out. But if you're defining misery as a year without a national title, then, yeah, it's misery. But they have a chance to win out with the guys if they're healthy.
Zack (Los Angeles)
I saw that last year's Capital One Cup winners, UCLA and UNC, finished better than the national average in the NCAA Graduation Success Rates, released last week. Do you think on-field/on-court success can positively affect in-classroom results?
Rece Davis (3:11 PM)
I actually do. I think it's very hard for most people to compartamentlize their lives. Successful people don't want to participate in things that they won't do well. Is that always the case? No, but I do think it can be something that can be motivational. If they're having success on the field, they want success in the class, or visa versa.
Mike P (Greater KC Metro)
Is the only team able to stop Alabama... Alabama?
Rece Davis (3:12 PM)
No. I wouldn't say that. I think anybody left on their regular season schedule, overall, they're better than most of those teams. But Florida State or Oregon or Ohio State or any of those teams can stand toe to toe with Alabama. Other teams are capable of having a good day or night and upsetting them as well. In that case, your point is well taken, Alabama would have to help those teams to knock them off.
Ed (Queens Village)
Does St. John's make NCAA Tournament?
Rece Davis (3:13 PM)
I think so. I think Steve's done a good job building a foundation there. They have put together some talent. They had some internal issues last year that held them back. There's a change in culture with the conference realignment. I think this could be the year they break through.
Jay (Michigan )
Biggest upset this weekend will be....
Rece Davis (3:15 PM)
Not FSU. I wouldn't put them on it. I don't know what the experts are predicting, but with ranked teams and unranked teams, I think Wisconsin needs to be careful with Iowa. Auburn needs to make sure they're focused against Arkansas. Auburn's better, but Arkansas has had a week off. By no means I'm predicting Auburn loses, but they can't roll in there with their B-minus or C-plus game.
When 11 win major conference champs are left out of the 4 team playoff, won't there be a real push to expand the field to 8?
Rece Davis (3:17 PM)
People are already pushing the field to 8. But it's one of the reasons that the parameters were set for a long term plan to keep it at four. There is always a push for more. There will be a team that's unhappy. The next team out will always be mad. We had 32 teams in the past in the NCAA tournament and team 33 was mad. So, this won't always be perfect. There will be years that you won't be able to distinguish between No. 3 and No. 8. Every year is unique. I think 4 is a good number. There will probably be a year when 4 won't be right any more for the sport. Things evolve and progress. Eventually we'll get to the point where 8 is right for the sport. I think 4 is a good healthy number to start with. People are calling for it now. There were people that were calling for 16 before we even got to 4.
zone3cane (Atlanta, GA)
Rece is it better to lose close like Stanford did against an unranked Utah, or win close like Miami has done for the last 2 weeks?
Rece Davis (3:20 PM)
Alway better to win than to lose. There is the possibility that if we were to get to a one-loss scenario and trying to figure out who plays in the title game, where that loss to Utah hangs like an albatross. Utah is, I think, at best a .500 team. It's always better to win close. I understand the question is probably aimed at style points. At this juncture of the season, you might be able to make that argument, but at the end of the season, when you're trying to distinguish teams, you might see that loss in another light. Like Alabama, they lost last year against a team at the end to a team that had the Heisman trophy winner. The year before, they lost to the team that they beat in the national championship game. Losing to mediocre teams hurts more.
Rece Davis (3:23 PM)
Thanks for watching and supporting these years. I always enjoy spending time with you on the chat. Check out the Capital One Cup on Facebook and Twitter and I'll see you on Thursday night from Pullman for Arizona State and Wazzu.