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December 3, 2:00 PM ET
Chat with Richard Durrett

Richard Durrett
  (2:03 PM)

Hello, everyone. Let's talk some football (and anything else you're interested in).

Mike S (CT)

Richard, is there any way that Nebraska can hang with Texas if the game isn't a defensive struggle?

Richard Durrett
  (2:06 PM)

There's a way, if the Huskers can run the ball. But I don't think the Longhorns defense is going to have another game like they did against Texas A&M. Nebraska's best chance at a win is a defensive struggle.

Roberta (Clemson, SC)

What is the probability that TCU plays Boise in the Fiesta?

Richard Durrett
  (2:08 PM)

I think there's a chance of that, but I don't know why the Fiesta Bowl would want Poinsettia Bowl II. Sure, it's two undefeated teams. But they played each other last year and I can't think either school wants to see that this year. They'd rather play some bigger-name schools. We'll see. The Fiesta controls this thing. The team they take with their first pick could send the dominoes falling.

Chris (Dallas)

Richard, if Colt McCoy has a big game againist Nebraska does he become the Heisman favorite?

Richard Durrett
  (2:09 PM)

I think he's the Heisman favorite right now. A good game against Nebraska would solidify it. His last two games have been particularly good, but he's played just as well as last season in his last six games after a slow start. No one has emerged as a clear favorite, so I think he's got a great chance to win it.

Ryan (Eugene)

Richard who wins tonights Civil War?

Richard Durrett
  (2:11 PM)

I'm going with the Ducks. They are at home and that place is tough to play in. BTW, that game has some interest for TCU and Cincinnati fans. The Bearcats beat Oregon State this season, so a win by the Beavers wouldn't hurt Cincinnati's computer ranking.

Steve (Dallas)

Why isn't Gary Patterson's stance on the BCS being criticized? When I read this quote: '"Is it easier to win one game for a championship? Or to have to win four?" Patterson asked. "If you have a playoff, you practice and get on a plane and play. And if you lose, it's over. If you go to a bowl game, you're there seven days and the kids can enjoy a place and get rewarded."' All I heard was "My team's not good enough to win a tournament." What a losers attitude. A winner would love the oppurtunity to win. A loser is satisfied with enjoying some place

Richard Durrett
  (2:14 PM)

I think that's a little harsh. And I think he is being criticized by some. I understand what he's saying: It's easier to win one game than four. But I think if you're TCU, you want a playoff. The chances of getting in a national title game are slim. Everything has to work out perfectly. In a playoff, the non-BCS teams would get a shot. I think there should be a playoff. But I understand what Patterson is saying.

Patrick (Iowa)

I don't see any way Nebraska beats Texas on Saturday? Do you?

Richard Durrett
  (2:15 PM)

There's always a way, Patrick. But it's slim. Nebraska has to run the ball, chew the clock and keep the Texas offense off the field as much as possible. And they'll probably need some turnovers. Stranger things have happened. I doubt Nebraska wins, but you never say never.

kenneth (missouri ) [via mobile]

of the top ten paid rbs marion barber is the only one to have never rushed for 1000 yds. in this era where 1000 yds are coming from backups is marion barber the one of most overrated players in the nfl.

Richard Durrett
  (2:16 PM)

I can see why you'd say that. I think the way the Cowboys have used him is the right way. And he does get the tough yards in the fourth quarter. Of course, gaining 1,000 yards isn't just about the running back. He needs some help too.

Eric (Dallas)

Who wins the SEC and ACC Championship games and why?

Richard Durrett
  (2:18 PM)

I've said all year that I believe Alabama would beat Florida. But the last few weeks have me wondering. I'll still take the Tide in an upset. I think the defense will create some turnovers and do enough to disrupt things and I think the Tide can move the ball on Florida's defense. It should be a great game. And I'll take another underdog and go with Clemson. The Tigers outplayed Georgia Tech for 2 1/2 quarters after falling behind 24-0. They won't fall behind by that score this time. Clemson's defense is underrated -- and they'll be motivated after what South Carolina did to them last week.

Jacob (Austin)

Richard who do you see winning the National Championship Game?

Richard Durrett
  (2:21 PM)

Interestingly, I think it depends on the matchup. If Florida does beat Alabama, they'll have proven to me that they have figured everything out and are ready. And with Tim Tebow at quarterback and all of that experience of the big-game hype, I think Florida would barely slip past Texas. But if it's Alabama, I'll take the Longhorns. I think the Texas defense keeps them in either game, but Tebow is such a difference maker. He finds a way to win games. But like I said, I'm taking the Tide in an upset, so we'll see.

Richard Durrett
  (2:22 PM)

BTW, I do think if TCU were to get a shot at the title game that they could hang in with either SEC team. I'm not saying they would win the game. But TCU's defense is once again one of the top in the country and the offense has proven it can move the ball consistently. It sure would be interesting. The other matchup I'd like to see, but is highly unlikely, is TCU vs. Texas. I think that would be very entertaining and very close.

Richard Durrett
  (2:23 PM)

Thanks, everyone. I appreciate the questions. For all of the hockey fans out there, join me for a live in-game chat from the Stars game tonight as they take on Anaheim.