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December 23, 2:00 PM ET
Chat with Ivan Maisel

Paul (Airville, PA)

Ivan: How does the new info about SUV usage by McKnight affect the previously unfinished investigations about Bush, etc., at USC?

Ivan Maisel
  (2:10 PM)

I don't think it will effect it except that it renews the news stories about it. But it doesn't change the dynamic of the Bush story. The NCAA is keeping it open until they figure out how to make someone talk. No one really knows.

John (Monroeville, PA)

Would the Big East be better of being proactive and expanding now rather than waiting to see what the Big Ten does?

Ivan Maisel
  (2:11 PM)

Keep in mind that the Big East has 16 teams, 8 of which play football. That's unwieldy enough. I think there is some sentiment within the league to go to 9 teams and I am pretty sure that they are formulating plans for the contingency of losing someone to the Big Ten.

Keith (Union County, Florida)

Ivan, I see the Cincy/Florida match up to be a track meet due to UF's D not being "inspired"....what do you think?

Ivan Maisel
  (2:13 PM)

I have no way of figuring out whether either team is going to show up. They both have many reasons not to. Cincinnati has lost its coach and has an interim coach who has one eye on Buffalo. Florida is disappointed to be there, can't sell its tickets and has several players with one foot out of the door to the NFL. If you can figure out who is going to be motivated to play on either side, let me know.

David (Texas)

Was that really the second best team in the Pac-10 last night?

Ivan Maisel
  (2:13 PM)

Wow. Let me just say that I hope everyone's bowl pool looks as bad as mine would if I had gotten around to joining one. The bright side is that the Mountain West continues to look good. You could look at it like that.

Donald (Eugene, Or)

Why do some people complain about the number of "pointless" bowl games? (Are they being held captive and forced to watch Idaho vs Bowling Green?) There are a lot of pointless games in September nobody seems to mind being on TV.

Ivan Maisel
  (2:15 PM)

I think there is a certain expectation that we have for postseason games that we don't have for September games. But I don't mind the number of bowls at all. When you turn on the TV at any time of the day and see a college football game live, I don't understand how that's a bad thing.

Blake (Abilene, TX)

Ivan who looks better to you the Texas football team or the Texas basketball team?

Ivan Maisel
  (2:16 PM)

Well you don't have to worry about the Texas basketball team being rusty in the first week of January. That's for sure.

Ivan Maisel
  (2:16 PM)

They looked awfully good against Michigan State, I know that.

Terry (Denver CO)

Every week I see rumors of Colorado and/or Mizzou leaving the Big 12 and heading to the Pac-10(11) and Big 10(11 nee 12), resp. But the Buffs & Tigers are already in a 12-member BCS conference, so what would be their upside or incentive? What does the Big-12 do wrong that would even fuel these rumors?

Ivan Maisel
  (2:17 PM)

This might be a shocker, but it will come down to money. If moving to another conference would be lucrative, then they are going to do it. Boston College has no business in the ACC, geographically or traditionally. They did it for their financial future.

Ryan (Salt Lake City)

What is the upside for true freshman Jordan Wynn? Will be be the best QB to play for Utah before his career is over?

Ivan Maisel
  (2:19 PM)

Gee, no pressure. Given the last two guys to start there, that's a lot to ask of any QB, let alone a freshman. Let's let him grow and play for the next few years.

sweatervested1 (Mobile,Al)

It seems your rant about the Lac-10 being the best conference got off to a bad start. Would you like to change your mind, before its to late? So you don't look so goofy! Admit it, the SEC rules all!

Ivan Maisel
  (2:19 PM)

Yeah, I totally expect to ignore a 12-game season because one team lost a bowl game.

Chris (Iowa)

Two Questions: Who is your pick for the Rose Bowl and Who are you picking in the Insight Bowl? And, Why?

Ivan Maisel
  (2:20 PM)

Rose Bowl, I'm picking Oregon. The Insight Bowl, I'm picking Iowa State, just because I don't think anybody else picks them to win, including Minnesota.

David (Texas)

Without Best tonight does Cal have anything for Utah?

Ivan Maisel
  (2:22 PM)

Well, I don't know how anybody can predict Cal to do anything, given the way their season went. But over and above that, Utah's pretty good. Unlike Cal, they're very consistent. Cal just scares me, because of its inconsistency.

Matt (Bham)

Your pick Auburn or Northwestern?

Ivan Maisel
  (2:22 PM)

I think I would pick Auburn based on physical talent.

David (Alabama)

Why won't Notre Dame ever join a conference? Is it the money they make as an independent that keeps them there.

Ivan Maisel
  (2:25 PM)

I think the money is very good. It doesn't have the net that a conference provides you. If NBC decides it no longer wants to be Notre Dame's network, then they no longer have the luxury. If you're in a conference, you benefit from the other 11 teams or 10 or 13 however many are in your league. I know there was interest in the idea, at some levels on campus, of being in a conference. I think the Big Ten and the school may investigate going into another mating dance.

Ivan Maisel
  (2:25 PM)

We'll just have to see what happens.

tony (phoenix)

who wins. zona spread or nebraska suh-warming d?

Ivan Maisel
  (2:27 PM)

I'm going to take the Nebraska defense against the freshman QB. The biggest thing Arizona has going for it is that Nebraska may be disappointed to be there because they lost the Big 12 championship game. But if they're motivated, I think they win.

J.B. (Dunmore, PA)

Do you agree with the 'six wins for a bowl bid' criteria? Seems like a team should have to win more than half of its games to get rewarded with a bowl game.

Ivan Maisel
  (2:28 PM)

Well with 34 bowls and playing a 12 game season, they're going to always need a couple of 6-6 teams. The NCAA can not tell somebody that they can not put on a bowl game. It's against the anti-trust law, so they're not going to discourage bowls. They have to have teams to fill them up.

Steve (OHIO)

OHIO or Marshall?

Ivan Maisel
  (2:29 PM)

I would go with Ohio. Another solid season from Frank Solich's team. The stability against an experienced coach against a team in transition. That makes me lean toward Ohio.

Ivan Maisel
  (2:30 PM)

I hope everybody has a great holiday weekend. I'll be in LA on Sunday to start covering the Rose Bowl. Talk next week.