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April 17, 2:29 PM ET
Chat with Chris Low

Buzzmaster
  (4:02 PM)

Chris is here!

Chris Low
  (4:03 PM)

As spring practice is winding down in the SEC, a lot of questions answered. But a lot are still to be answered in the preseason.

Nick (FL)

Is it realistic to think that, in 2009, Florida could have the best defense in the history of college football? The depth at secondary and linebacker is just ridiculous, and who is going to block Carlos Dunlap?

Chris Low
  (4:05 PM)

The history of college football is a long time, but when you return 21 of your top 22 from a defense that held an Oklahoma team that had scored 60+ in five straight games to two TDs, you've got to like your chances of being the best defense in the country, which would put the Gators in a great position to win a third national title in the last four years.

Glenn (Fort Mill, SC)

How do you see the gamecocks recruiting class doing this year and with an impressive showing at the spring game, how do you see the gamecocks doing this season?

Chris Low
  (4:07 PM)

The best thing about the Gamecocks recruiting class is that three of their best signees are already on campus and illustrated this spring that they're going to be big time contributors. That would be Stephon Gilmore who will start at CB; Devonte Holloman who has a great chance to start at S; Jarvis Giles, who has the kind of explosiveness at RB that SC lacked last season.

Kevin (Columbus,OH)

is this year of rematch ohio state vs UF? and osu running all over gators?

Chris Low
  (4:08 PM)

First off, the Buckeyes probably hope there's no rematch, given their recent fate against SEC teams. But, that said, the Buckeyes are probably as good a chance as any, along with Texas, to be that other team opposite Florida in the BCS national championship game.

Ryan (Olive Branch MS)

How good do you think Mississippi State will be under Coach Mullen?

Chris Low
  (4:11 PM)

First thing you have to do is give him at least one more, if not two more recruiting classes to get the kind of person in there that he wants to run his spread offense. I think the Bulldogs will be very good on defense next year, especially with Jamar Chaney and junior college newcomer Pernell McThee showing this spring that he's going to be a difference maker in the DL. But I think it's going to take a while for Mullen's offensive system to take hold, so State fans need to have some patience these next couple of years.

Brian (Atlanta, GA)

What do you think about the opening game between UGA & Okie St?

Chris Low
  (4:12 PM)

Props to the Dogs for playing this kind of intersectional game to open the season. More SEC teams need to do that. I think we find out real fast how much Georgia misses Matt Stafford and Knowshon Moreno. But I think the Bulldogs defense is still smarting from giving up so many points last season will be much better next season for OSU to get out of there with a win.

Larry (Glendale, CA)

How serious are Lawrence Marsh and Carlos Dunlap's injuries?

Chris Low
  (4:13 PM)

Neither one of them are real serious. They will both miss the spring game Saturday. They both had abdoman surgery to make sure those injuries are corrected before they get to the preseason. But both should be good to go before practice starts in August.

Saagar (San Jose, CA)

Hey Chris. What teams, by the look of their teams in Spring Practice, look the best right now?...The worst?

Chris Low
  (4:16 PM)

I'll start with the most improved team and I genuinely believe that Arkansas is the most improved team in the league. With their fire power on offense and they have a lot of guys back on defense. Ryan Mallett's ability to throw the ball down the field, they're going to be a team that factors into the Western Division race next season. The best team in the league right now is Florida. No one is close right now. But if Ole Miss finds a LT to replace Michael Oher, the Rebels have already proven they can beat the Gators and might get a chance to play them again next December. The team that probably has the furthest to go right now would be a close race among Mississippi State, Auburn, and Tennessee.

Gatorchip (Baltimore, MD)

Do you think Kiffen can back up his words and coach Tennessee to victory over Florida?

Chris Low
  (4:17 PM)

Ummmm, no....I don't think there's anyway Tennessee has the personnel this year to go into the Swamp and win and I'd say that no matter who was coaching Tennessee right now.

Mark (Kalamazoo, MI)

When will Florida quit embarrassing the SEC and play some tough out of conference games? Charleston Southern, Troy and Florida International??? That should prevent them from even being considered for the BCS Championship.

Chris Low
  (4:19 PM)

That's not completely fair, because Florida last year played both Miami and Florida State. The Gators play the Seminoles every year. So they do play tough, non-conference games. The difference though with Florida and some of the other teams in the SEC is the Gators rarely, if ever, leave the state of Florida to play a quality non-conference opponent in the regular season.

Mark (Baton Rouge, LA)

Do you think LSU can pick up and improve from last years 5 loss travesty? Possibly win the West?

Chris Low
  (4:21 PM)

I think LSU is already improved. I think that starts on defense with the mindset and approach that new defensive coordinator John Chavis has brought to Baton Rouge. The Tigers will regain their edge defensively and it really gets down to how much Jordan Jefferson improves at QB during his sophomore season. As for winning the West, I think it's a toss up right now among LSU, Ole Miss and Alabama.

Chris: Murfreesboro, TN

Does LSU have the athletes John Chavous needs to turn the defense around quickly?

Chris Low
  (4:22 PM)

They have the athletes and then some. The Tigers under Les Miles have recruited on a par with what Nick Saban did when he was at Baton Rouge. Don't be disceived by what happened last season. LSU underachieved. They had the talent then to be an SEC contender and they will have the talent next fall to be a contender.

CC (Atlanta)

Is UGA DE Justin Houston the answer to our pass rush problems? All indications are he had a great spring. Hopefully he's another Marcus Howard!

Chris Low
  (4:25 PM)

Houston did have a great spring. Of course, the Bulldogs were down to two healthy scholarship DEs when the spring ended. So, he got plenty of reps. I like what he gives the Bulldogs coming off the edge. Georgia DL coach Rodney Garner is also high on redshirt freshman Cornelius Washington. The thing that should help the Bulldogs pass rush next fall is how deep and strong they are inside at DT. Jeff Owens and Geno Atkins are the best tackle tandem in the league.

Ryan, MPLS

Come on, UF at LSU at night, after last years blow out, give us your thoughts??

Chris Low
  (4:26 PM)

The Tigers obviously have a lot to prove. If their pride wasn't hurt by what happened to them last year, then they're not breathing. I like LSU's chances at night no matter who they're playing. If they play with the kind of edge defensively that I think they will under John Chavis then I think that game has a chance to be a classic.

Brock (Lexington)

Do you think UK will imrove from last year and make some noise in the SEC East? Come in second third?

Chris Low
  (4:28 PM)

I don't see a second place finish for the Wildcats. I still have to see it to believe it. That QB Mike Hartline is going to be able to get them to that level. But Rich Brooks has done a marvelous job of making that program relevant. My prediction that the Wildcats win at least 7, maybe 8 and go back to their fourth straight bowl game.

Chris Low
  (4:28 PM)

I don't see a second place finish for the Wildcats. I still have to see it to believe it. That QB Mike Hartline is going to be able to get them to that level. But Rich Brooks has done a marvelous job of making that program relevant. My prediction that the Wildcats win at least 7, maybe 8 and go back to their fourth straight bowl game.

Drew (Gainesville, FL)

Who will be the best first-time starting QB in the SEC next year? Jefferson? Mallet? McElroy?

Chris Low
  (4:30 PM)

Good question. I'll give Mallet a slight edge over Jefferson. However, if some of LSU's new playmakers are as good as I think they are, (i.e. Rueben Randle) then Jefferson shouldn't be too far behind Mallett by the end of the season. Mallett's arm strength is amazing. The Hogs will be able to do things offensively because of that arm strength that they couldn't last season.

James (Urbana, IL)

Is Carl Johnson completely cleared to play for the Gators in 2009? Any punishment whatsoever?

Chris Low
  (4:31 PM)

Yes, he's good to go. All charges were dismissed and the complaint by his former girlfriend has been dropped. Urban Meyer has said that he's in good standing with the team.

Keith (Tyler, TX)

With the improvement of LSU, Ole Miss, Arkansas, and the rebirth of Alabama, Has the power shifted to the West in the SEC.

Chris Low
  (4:32 PM)

Absolutely it has. The freefall next fall among LSU, Ole Miss and Alabama will be reminiscent of what it used to be in the East among Florida, Georgia and Tennessee. I also think Arkansas is going to have something to say about who wins the West, although I think the Hogs aren't quite ready to win the title.

Alex ( Hobart)

How do you think the Wildcats defense will look this year? How does it rank with the rest of the defenses in the SEC?

Chris Low
  (4:34 PM)

Kentucky's depth defensively is as good as it's been under Rich Brooks. Getting Trevard Lindley, Jeremy Jarmon and Micah Johnson to all come back was a huge coup. But there are some young players moving into bigger roles that I think Wildcat fans are also going to enjoy. This is a defense that will be, barring injury, one of the top 6 defenses in the league.

Ryan (Celebration, FL)

What do you think will be a tougher game for the Gators? At LSU (LSU plays at UGA the week before and UF is off the week before). Or UGA in Jax (Dawgs are off the week before). Thanks!

Chris Low
  (4:35 PM)

The LSU game. Because of how physical and how deep and aggressive I think LSU will be on defense next fall. And again, playing in Tiger Stadium is always worth a lot to LSU.

Beau (Mobile, AL)

With all the presonnel losses, how much will Ole Miss' defense regress this year?

Chris Low
  (4:37 PM)

Ole Miss loses one great player in Peria Jerry. But there's so many good players coming back that I don't think the Rebels will skip a beat. Nobody in the country has a deeper defensive line and if Greg Hardy returns healthy from foot surgery, the Rebels should be as strong as they were defensively

Michael, Magnolia, Ma.

What kind of impact do you expect John Brantley to have for the Gators this year?

Chris Low
  (4:39 PM)

He has really built a confidence in everybody around him this spring with the way he's thrown the football. He's probalby the best pure passer the Gators have had under Urban Meyer. Let's face it, you're not going to take Tim Tebow off the field too many times, but it will be a huge comfort of Meyer knowing that Brantley is fully capable if they have to go to him.

Scott (Gainesville, FL)

Tebow/Brantley - is there a better starter/back-up combo in the SEC, much less the NCAA?

Chris Low
  (4:41 PM)

I would go with Tebow and Brantley over everyone else in the SEC. There are other combos that I like. For instance, LSU will have a lot of flexibility with Jordan Jefferson and Russell Sheppard, but those guys don't have near the experience as Tebow. But most any team in America would take Tebow and Brantley as their QBs.

Austin (Jacksonville, FL)

What are your thoughts on Jevan Snead? Will he have a better 2nd year or falter under pressure with heisman buzz and top 10 talk?

Chris Low
  (4:44 PM)

Jevan Snead is about as levelheaded a guy as you're ever going to meet. He understands that he's played only one year in the SEC. It was a great debut. He can grow a lot more as a QB. I expect that he will under Ole Miss OC Kent Austin, who is a terrific hire by Huston Nutt. Snead is one of the best in the country by feeling pressure, moving around, buying time and making a play. In my opinion, he's one of the top 5 or 6 QBs in the country.

John: (Charleston, SC)

With the way tennessee is recruiting, how long will it be before they can once again contend in the east.

Chris Low
  (4:45 PM)

As good a job as Lane Kiffin and his staff did in closing the recruiting period this year, they have a lot of holes to fill in the offensive and defensive lines the next couple of recruiting periods. That will be the key for Kiffin. Getting the Vols up to speed in the line of scrimmage and finding a marquee QB.

Troy (Montrose, CA)

Do you think Mitch Mustain will transfer?

Chris Low
  (4:46 PM)

I haven't heard that. At some point, you have to put down roots.

Lucas (Louisville)

How do Danny Trevathan and Chandler Burden look for Kentucky this year?

Chris Low
  (4:49 PM)

Those are two of the guys that I was talking about earlier when I was talking about young guys who are hungry on this defense looking to make their mark. I was told this offseason that both of these guys were singled out as guys to watch this spring.

Clayton (Houston)

With Florida being slated to go to the National Championship game, what SEC school gets the second BCS bid?

Chris Low
  (4:51 PM)

I go with Ole Miss. With Alabama and LSU also in contention to grab that second BCS spot. Ole Miss' schedule is more favorable. They get Alabama at home and don't have to play Florida this year, where LSU does. That Oct. 10 game with Alabama in Oxford may well decide who in the SEC gets that second BCS spot.

Mo (NYC)

Who do you see as complimenting Julio Jones at the wideout position? He can't do it ALL by himself, after all.

Chris Low
  (4:54 PM)

Good question. The first guy I would point to is senior Mike McCoy. He's another bigger WR at 205 and capable of making big plays in traffic. Marquis Maze is a guy who could break out next season. And Earl Alexander is another one to watch.

Chris Low
  (4:55 PM)

The surprise guy in their passing game next season may be Colin Peek. He's a TE and a transfer from Georgia Tech.

Debra (CA)

Why doesn't an elite SEC team schedule a series against the USC Trojans? Don't you think this would provide both CBS and ABC high ratings for each game. Thanks.

Chris Low
  (4:57 PM)

Some of the SEC teams do schedule tough intersectional games. For instance, Georgia's going to Oklahoma State this year. Tennessee has a series upcoming with Oregon, Oklahoma, Ohio State and played at UCLA last year. Auburn has played West Virginia. LSU opens at Washington this season. So, the SEC definitely needs to do a better job across teh board of scheduling tougher non-conference competition. But when the league is as tough as the SEC is, you don't want to be hard headed and schedule yourself out of a national champsionship.

Saam (Los Angeles, CA)

What is your national title game prediction?

Chris Low
  (4:58 PM)

Let's go Florida versus Texas. Colt McCoy vs. Tim Tebow.

Chris Low
  (5:00 PM)

Alabama, Arkansas, Aubrun, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Tennessee and Florida all have their spring games on Saturday. Kentucky will hold its spring game on April 25. From there it's only a few more months until it starts for real in August.