Hey, everybody. Should be back at the regular time next week, but thanks for coming to this week's chat.
Dave, how much do you expect Kansas St. to improve this season? Is a bowl possible?
Definitely. They should have gone to one last year, but the second game against an FCS team kept them out. Like most people around this conference, I have a lot of faith in Bill Snyder. I don't see Kansas State contending for a conference title, but they're not going to get outclassed much. They're probably the dark horse to win the North, and a bowl game is certainly within reach.
Whats your top 3 stadium in the Big 12?
Nebraska's stadium just has an incredibly epic feel to it. I'd probably put that No. 1. Doesn't hurt that I love multiturf, too. Memorial in Austin has kind of a weird feel to it, a little corporate with Roger Clemens and Matthew McConaughey showing up, but Austin is always a great venue. And of course, Texas A&M. I'm a sucker for the sway.
David, last chat you mentioned nobody could touch oklahoma's ooc schedule, but it seems to me that Iowa State's schedule with Utah, Iowa, and Northern illinois is a pretty tough slate as well. 2 conference title contenders from conferences that have produced BCS game winners, and a bowl team from last year....
True. That's a tough schedule, and probably No. 2 in the Big 12, but I think Oklahoma's is tougher. Florida State is going to be loaded this year, and playing in Cincy won't be fun for the Sooners, especially after their road troubles this year. Can't sleep on the Clones schedule, though, I'll admit.
David, do you think Mizzou vs Illinois next year could be a trap game for Missouri?
I doubt it. That's a rivalry game, and it's the last time it might happen for awhile. The contract for the Arch Rivalry (great name, by the way) is out after this year. Illinois didn't put up much of a fight last season, but Missouri's barely come away with wins in the two games before that. The upperclassmen won't let the young guys forget that.
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Put your shirt back on, Matt.
What B12 game in 2010 are you most excited about?
I'd have to go with a tie between what should be de facto North and South championships games. The Red River Rivalry, of course. And Nebraska-Missouri in Lincoln. The atmosphere for those two games should be fantastic, and there should be a ton on the line.
David, any names in the Big XII I don't know, but should be ready to hear next season?
I'm not sure who's in your Rolodex, but as for young players who could become household names in 2010, here's a couple: Christine Michael at Texas A&M. Aldon Smith at Missouri. Baker Steinkuhler at Nebraska. Brandon Weeden at Oklahoma State could benefit from the new offense and put up big numbers. And Fozzy Whittaker at Texas is making a play for starter at running back.
Dave, who's in a worse position: the Orioles and the Blue Jays being in the same division as the Yankees and Red Sox, or the Red Raiders and Baylor being in the same division as Texas and OU?
I was actually talking about this just the other day. It's unfortunate for some of those teams, especially everyone in the South. No one in the South is bad. There's not a single team that would shock me by going to a bowl, and Baylor's probably the only one that would surprise me by winning 8-9 games.
David your answer to the question (What B12 game in 2010 are you most excited about?) you have 2 very good answers but i cant wait for the Texas-Nebraska game!
Very true. Something tells me there might be some bad blood in that game? Just a guess.
David, is it a bad sign that my offense was struggling against my defense in spring practice the other day?
It's tough to take much away from scrimmages, but considering the history of Missouri's offense and defense, it's probably a good sign to see the defense dictating a game once in awhile. Both sides have plenty of experience.
How do you think Tech will fair next season after the departure of the Angry Pirate?
It's still early. Tech fans got all rabble-rabble on me for putting them last in the South, but like I said, it wouldn't surprise me to see them in third, either. The Red Raider defense coordinated by James Willis is basically going to be a big departure from their 2009 philosophy. I'll have more about that next week from my visit to Lubbock. In short, I think the Red Raiders will have a dropoff despite bringing back a lot of experience. But we won't know how far until the fall.
Is Nebraska the best team in the Big 12 this year?
I don't recall who said it this past week, but someone was talking about preseason rankings being similar to recruiting rankings. They don't mean much. Nebraska probably won't be ranked above both Texas and Oklahoma in the preseason, but what does that mean? Prove it on the field. We can talk about this all offseason, but nobody knows anything until they start playing, and even then, we don't know much. A few games into conference season is when you can start definitively seeing who should rise to the top in the conference.
I cant wait till Texas Tech upsets UT, and why is the Tech/OU Rivalry never discussed? Tech has beaten them the last 3 of 5 years?
I can't speak to how Tech fans view Oklahoma, but Oklahoma fans don't see the Red Raiders as a rival. The only time they really got up to play them was in 2008, and that was mostly because Tech had knocked off Texas and was ranked No. 2 and stood between them and a South title. That hasn't happened often. They've played some great games, but I don't think I'd call it a rivalry yet. OU fans spend most of their time hating Texas.
Not to mention Bob Stoops calling the fans out before that game. Forgot to mention that.
With the emergence of a running game, do you see Texas as having a chance to make it to a BCS bowl or even Title game
Easy there, Phil. Emergence would imply that they've accomplished something. The running game could definitely blossom this year, but Texas has been trying to figure this out for quite awhile. They have a ton of talent in the backfield, but they can't seem to ever find a guy they can rely on, somebody that can give them 1,000 yards. With Gilbert stepping in, they'll need that, otherwise, this year could look more like Colt McCoy's freshman year when the Longhorns lost three games.
David, Do you think Tim DeRuyter can make enough of a difference in Texas A&M's defense to make them a contender in the South this year?
You'd think the only way to go is up. They were awful last year. DeRuyter told me earlier this spring that he knows conditioning is going to be a lot more important here than at Air Force. He's not used to his defense being on the field for as many plays as they will be this year. As for the scheme, the 3-4 should fit the Aggies well, and Von Miller seems like a perfect fit to come flying around the edge and have another great season. But they'll need to find more impact players on defense to keep offenses from focusing on keeping him out of the backfield.
What is your opinion of ESPN televising Spring Scrimmages?
I like it. More than ever before, college football is a year-round sport. There's a market for it. People want to see it. We wouldn't do it if that wasn't the case.
I am a huge Husker Homer here. I would like your take on Carl Pelini saying Suh was not a good football player before they (Carl and Bo) got to Nebraska. By the way, this was on an interview on the NFL Network last night.
I would think they'd know what they're talking about. Nebraska's read-and-react system didn't allow for him to get loose like he did last year. I know you're talking about Carl, but I think Bo Pelini would know what he's talking about when it comes to defensive tackles. Not comparing the two players, but ever heard of Glenn Dorsey?
Not considering what Mike leach has done and only looking forward. In the LONG RUN, who do you think would be better for the Texas Tech football program? Tuberville? or if Leach was still there?
Tuberville is a great coach, you can't dispute that. I have my doubts about how this transition will go, but I think Texas Tech will have success again eventually. But no coach in the South has been able to unseat Texas or Oklahoma from the top spot in a decade. Leach couldn't do it. I completely see the frustration from fans and their belief Tuberville can do it. It's definitely going to be fun to watch.
I must ask, your profile picture cracks me up. Were you REALLY happy to get this job, or did someone behind the camera peek out and say "BOO!"? :)
I was threatened with penalty of death to flash the biggest smile of my life. It was a combination of being happy and also terrified.
Thanks for the interview with new Kansas DC, Carl Torbush, on the other side of the ball I was wondering how you think that Kansas will be able to restock their skill position players being lost this year, namely Reesing, Briscoe and Meier. Also, how do you see KU fairing record-wise this season
It's going to be tough. Reesing was one of the best playmakers at the position to come through Kansas in a long time. Kerry Meier was open on 98 percent of Kansas' pass plays. Dezmon Briscoe seemed like he could catch anything. I think Kansas needs to rely heavily on Toben Opurum early on, and let whoever wins the QB job ease into more responsibility. This could be a tough year for the Jayhawks, but Turner Gill is almost impossible to dislike.
Is Gus Johnson the best commentator in sports?
Best is a loaded word. Most entertaining? Certainly. Person I'd most like to constantly follow me and give commentate my life? Even more sure.
Who do you think will win the Big 12 this year, David?
My head says Texas. My gut says look out for Nebraska.
Do you read the comments left by fans? If so, how do you think you are perceived? Do you think we "like you" for the most part?
I read everything in the mailbag. Mostly just skim the comments. No idea if fans "like" me just yet, but the majority of the readers don't comment. But it's early, and I'm still learning and trying to keep improving.
David, huge fan of yours. I'm sitting here in 8th period study hall at school and I can't decide whether I should chat with you or do my homework. What do you think?
Stay in school. Stay off drugs. That'll be all for my daily PSA.
One more question. Let's make it a good one.
Who is your favorite player ever to come out of the Big 12?
I don't know if "favorite" is the right word, but there are certain players that are just more fun to watch. I can't stop watching Adrian Peterson run. Every movement is so violent, and he looks like he could score every time he touches the ball. I'd probably go with AD.
Thanks for the questions. I'll await your comments in the mailbag on my sure Sooner homerism for my answer to the last question. See you again next week.