Good afternoon! The title game will be played tomorrow night. We are 7-7 for the season and will make a prediction at the end of this chat. Fire away!
Which of the following teams is the nation's best? Utah, Texas, Florida, Oklahoma or USC?
Put it this way. If you had a tournament, USC would be the favorite. However, under the rules of the BCS, the Trojans aren't playing for the national title. As for Oklahoma and Florida, we will find out tomorrow night. I think Texas will make a claim to be the best in the country, the same as USC, but neither of those teams are in. As for Utah, a heck of a season and should be in the top 5, but not for the National Title. However, the Mountain West should have an automatic bid for the BCS.
At this stage, the Mountain West is probably stronger than the Big East.
Do you think Jeff Jagodzinski should be fired for interviewing with the Jets?
Well, he knew going in what the consequence would be. He was told he would no longer be the coach at BC. However, BC should read Shakespeare: pride goeth before a fall. BC wasn't happy with Tom O'Brien--that was a mistake. They left the Big East to join the ACC--that was a mistake. However, they did have the right to do what they did, because they stated it in advance. But again, BC: read Shakespeare.
Now that Auburn has filled much of their staff, what is your take on how that has taken shape?
I thought it was a big gamble in what Auburn did. Auburn fans have to be realistic. Alabama is going to dominate that series as long as Nick Saban is at Alabama. Auburn will have its moments to celebrate, but not as many as they did under Tommy Tuberville.
What will be the major factor in who wins the game on thursday,OU's special team hickups, or the play of Florida's D-line against the best O-line in the country?
I think the key is, can Florida stop Sam Bradford? If they do, they win. Florida will be able to move the ball; the question is, can they stop Bradford?
Mr. Cook: We keep hearing about how the Big Ten is lagging behind some of the other major conferences but how can schools with higher academic standards and cold November temperatures compete for recruits against the likes of the warmer weather SEC and PAC-10 conferences?
I don't wanna hear about academics. That's a false excuse. The other observation is correct, however. You have state universities, and in each one, they can hide the players of dubious academic ability.
Beano, how do you see the ACC doing next season as a collective? Do you think UM and FSU will improve enough to bolster the image of the conference?
That's the key to the conference, Miami and FSU. They're like USC and UCLA in the Pac-10. Those teams have to win big to make the conference much tougher than it is now. I think now, Florida St. will come back, but I don't know about Miami.
Beano, in light of the Fiesta Bowl could you say something nice about Ohio State for once?
I love the dotting of the i, and Ohio State played a heck of a game. I don't have any complaint with Ohio State. My complaint is with the Big Ten for the following reasons:only eight conference games, and the arrogance of stopping the Plus-One, along with the Pac-10. I don't dislike Ohio State, believe me.
Will Notre Dame ever win another National Title?
Yes, Notre Dame has several things going for them: its own radio network, NBC (which is four hours of an informercial for them), and the administration's main goal is to win another National Title. Yes, they will win another title. And don't give me anything about academics. That is not a problem.
Whats cookin beano? Hokies next year. Some media people have gone so far as to predict a victory over Bama. I am not as optimistic for my Hokies. Thoughts on the ramifications of a win or a loss for VT?
Ivan Maisel, our senior writer on college football, thinks VT could be a top-5 team. However, Clemson was highly-rated as well, and met Alabama. If they beat Alabama, they could have a heck of a year.
Will Bradford be playing for the Sooners or the Lions next year?
Don't know. I think Tim Tebow will come back, but as for Bradford, Maisel thinks he will stay at Oklahoma.
Do you think that Texas Tech was a fluke this year? Or will they still be a contender for the big 12 south next year?
There are certain teams that have to at least do it a few years in a row before you can say they are a contender. Teams like Clemson, Missouri, Texas Tech, AZ St., Wisconsin--teams like that are not higher-echelon teams, but they can have a string of good years. You never know when those good years are going to come. I think either Texas or Oklahoma wins the division next year.
Where do you see Ole miss starting off in the top 25 next year?
I'm not familiar with how many players are returning, but Houston Nutt proved that Arkansas might have made a mistake in pushing him out. They won at LSU and Florida, and they won the Cotton Bowl as well. A darn good year for the gang from Oxford.
Hey Beno how do you think Georgia will do next year without Moreno and Stafford??
They do have good athletes still left, but it won't be easy. Florida will be tough to beat if Tebow comes back. Georgia does play Georgia Tech and Arizona St., so they play two decent non-conference games, plus eight conference games. It's not easy!
You see a playoff system happening next year? You know kinda like March-Madness style?
No. The best we can do in the near future is a plus-one. We'll eventually have an eight-team playoff, but that is a number of years away.
You finally over your Penn St. lovefest after USC destroyed them in the Rose Bowl?
Let's face it: Pete Carroll called off the dogs, or that could have been 52-24.
He showed mercy.
Give me your top stadiums that every college football fan must visit in their lifetime...Notre Dame, Penn St, Rose Bowl, Ohio St, Florida, Tex A&M, Nebraska, Va Tech (VT has got to be the toughest for any opponent)
I would say West Point, on the third Saturday in October, Texas A+M, USC, UNC, Clemson, and I've probably left some out. But I always tell people that the three places they have to see a game are 1. West Point, 2. OSU, and 3., a Florida-Georgia game/
Beano, from my viewpoint, the BCS championship game is going to end up in a shootout. Don't you think OU is built more for that time of game?
I agree. If it's a shootout, that favors Oklahoma. I'll give you my final prediction at the end of this chat.
Mr. Cook: If you wouldn't mind, how about giving us the five best games you watched this season? Thank you.
In no particular order, and I won't include bowl games, I would say: Oregon St.-USC, Penn St.-Iowa, Texas-Oklahoma, Pitt-WVU, and I've probably left a game or two out off the top of my head.
Do you think that Duke will have any chance to be ranked in the near future
Maybe during the course of the season, but not at the end of the season. Duke just has too much working against it. It'd be very difficult for Duke to be consistently a top-flight program. It's not Duke's fault, just the situation it's in. Although I understand they have brought in a new freshman crop, and it would be nice to see them win.
Is Jim Tressel ever going ot win a big game? Can he just keep beating michigan and winning a bad big ten and be ok?
He won a big game against Miami. What do you want?
Consider yourself lucky to have a coach like Tressel.
Will this be your last chat of the season or will you join us each week to talk hot stove and Major League baseball?
Next week, and then once in February, and then not until April, once a month, until August. While you're at it, can you help me get tickets for a game between Seattle and Kansas City? I'm having trouble getting good seats.
Was the Utah win over Bama a fluke, or do you think if Utah played another SEC team, they would get thumped?
If Utah played an SEC schedule, they would lose a couple more games, but that isn't the point. They played Alabama and beat them. Again, let me stress: the MWC should be one of the seven BCS conferences.
Under the current system, could we see a one lose MWC team in a BCS game?
It would be difficult, because of the greed of the six conferences. It should be possible for a MWC team with one loss to be in a BCS game. Right now, I think the MWC is stronger than the Big East, and I'm a Big East fan.
How long before Tn wins a NC w/ its coachings staff?
I would not make plans to travel soon to a BCS title game. The big problem is Florida. As long as Urban Meyer is at Florida, Tennessee is going to lose more to Florida than they win. They will also play Alabama every year. So it is very difficult for them to make a title game, but not impossible.
has Florida delt with an up tempo no huddle like oklahoma runs, that is how Ohio St was beat in my opinion, your thoughts?
I don't think so, but I don't know for sure.
it seems to me that the big 12 has been exposed as a league that plays below average defense rather than a league with unstoppable offenses. that coupled with oklahomas underwhelming performances in big games points to florida winning the game going away. what do you think?
I'll give my prediction at the end, but let me point out that the Big 12 was loaded with QBs this year. I don't remember a conference in recent memory that had as many good QBs as the Big 12 this year. It was awful tough on opposing defenses. But we will find out a lot of things tomorrow night.
I agree with your point that the MWC should be an automatic-bid BCS conf, but given that point isn't it a bit silly that the Pac-10 took a beating all year long b/c of their record against the MWC?
No, it was one of those years. The MWC is tough. The Pac-10 did well in the bowl games, so I dunno--maybe it wasn't as bad as we thought it was.
How effective will Percy Harvin be tomorrow night?
He'd better be good. Tebow and Harvin carry the offense.
When do you think Wisconsin will return to the top of the Big Ten again? Thanks.
We don't know about the coach yet. Wisconsin has to have the right coach, and we thought they did after this year. Ohio State and Penn State could win with mediocre coaches, and Wisconsin cannot. They had one with Barry Alvarez, but Wisconsin folded like an accordion this year, and we don't know what his successor is going to be like.
The Pac 10 may not be as bad as we thought it was, but it didn't play any SEC teams, and the only Big 12 team it played was thrashing Oregon until Dez Bryant got hurt.
The SEC and the Big 12 are both better than the Pac-10 right now. For them to be powerful, UCLA and Washington must get better. I think UCLA will. I don't know about Washington.
What changes have to be made for Miami to become a national championship contender?
I guess material changes. We still don't know about the coach. Miami plays Ohio State in 2010. In 2011, we will find out a lot then.
True or False: OU defense comes out fired up because of the cockiness of Florida's football team in the media. OU dominates the game and wins easily. Tebow then cries at the post game conference and starts another, "You will never" speech...
Oklahoma is cocky too. These are not shrinking violets. I'm glad there's so much interest in the game, but there is one problem: CSI will be on CBS on 9:00. And I think they'll win that rating period for that hour.
Now it's time for the final pick of the season. 7-7 is nothing to brag about, but unlike Congress, I won't brag. Congress would brag. Here it is: Oklahoma 41, Florida 38. See you next week at the same time for the final chat of the season. Thank you for joining us.