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July 22, 1:00 PM ET
Chat with Dave Ubben

David Ubben
  (1:02 PM)

I would give a lot of money for a virtual, pop-up Michael Buffer with a drop-down microphone to get these things started. Alas, you'll have to make due with just me.

Jason (LA)

What will Travon Patterson from USC bring to the Buffs, since it sounds like it's a done deal? Should I be excited about this kid, even if he didn't play much?

David Ubben
  (1:05 PM)

I haven't seen Patterson play much, so I can't tell you a whole lot of specifics. But with Andre Simmons and Markques Simas gone for 2010, they suddenly needed some help at receiver for a unit that looked like it'd be sneaky good. Now it looks like Colorado's gotten it.

Stewart (Dallas)

I read that the local press selected Oklahoma to wine the Big 12 South and Nebraska to win the Big 12 North. My question is are you in agreement and what are your thoughts about the Texas offense versus the Oklahoma offense this season?

David Ubben
  (1:07 PM)

It's just so close. This might change as the season goes on, but right now I think 10 meetings in Dallas between the two teams would be split evenly. Texas' offense has some potential, but that's legitimately all they have away from the offensive line. Oklahoma has questions on the line, but they have two proven playmakers in DeMarco Murray and Ryan Broyles. At quarterback, Landry Jones' ceiling is probably just as high as Garrett Gilbert's, but Jones has the clear edge in experience.

Caleb (Oklahoma City)

Dave, why do insist on putting D. Murray on your All Big 12 list? In his last 19 games he's played he's had 5 100 yard games! What a difference maker....not.

David Ubben
  (1:08 PM)

Don't look at me. Murray just made the All-Big 12 team this morning from the rest of the media, too.

drew (springfield, mo)

Mizzou finally breaking their losing streak vs OU this year?

David Ubben
  (1:09 PM)

I wouldn't bet on it, but Missouri should have a decent shot since the game's in Columbia. The last two times the Tigers and Sooners played, both teams were a lot better than this year's versions, and that didn't work out well for Missouri. Although, they did come closer than the final score indicated to knocking off the Sooners in Norman that year.

Joshua (Houston)

Is Texas getting a bit overhyped this season because they're Texas? No doubt Mack Brown produces a good team year in and year out but only 2 starting O-lineman are returning and they're fielding a new QB, who, in my opinion, is getting way too much hype for having only played 2 quarters in his college career. Granted it was a big game, but come on, 2 quarters? And multiple picks? Not to mention - no running game.

David Ubben
  (1:11 PM)

No way. The defense is returning a ton, and that's going to be Texas' strength. They'll have one of the nation's best secondaries to back up a really good front seven. And if you saw Gilbert in the spring game, he's doing everything he can to validate that hype. It's not like he's some nobody. Gilbert left high school as one of the best quarterbacks in his class, and he's not going to face defenses like Alabama's every week.

Emanuel (Las Vegas)

It seems to me that the contention for the Big 12 North bottom spot (Colorado vs Iowa State) will be as heated as that for the top spot (Missouri vs Nebraska). Your take?

David Ubben
  (1:12 PM)

Iowa State is markedly better than Colorado, but their schedule is going to make it difficult to finish higher than fifth in the league.

Luke (Manhattan, KS)

Daniel Thomas plays the right position and seems like he has the talent to be recognized as one of the best players in the nation. So what would he and K-State have to do for him to win the Heisman?

David Ubben
  (1:13 PM)

Win. And rush for over 1,500 yards.

Jacob H (College Station)

David,Love the blog, keep up the good work!The SEC is getting hit hard with NCAA investigations. Do you see anyone in the Big 12 getting the same attention?

David Ubben
  (1:14 PM)

It definitely seems possible. I'd caution anybody from making too much noise at the SEC or North Carolina about these things. It seems like the NCAA is making its rounds one-by-one and it wouldn't surprise me a bit to see them show up in Big 12 country before the season begins.

Bruce (Columbus, GA)

In my opinion, the only "What if" question worth pursuing at this time is "What if Colt McCoy had been able to play the whole NC game against Alabama?" I know it's pure speculation, but could Texas have won in your opinion?

David Ubben
  (1:16 PM)

They could have. If McCoy plays, it's about a 50/50 game. But after he went down, Texas had to compose themselves and they were suddenly the obvious underdogs. It's never fair when you lose your best player on such a fluky hit.

Miles (Lincoln, NE)

As a student/fan of Nebraska who plans on traveling to a couple conference away games this year, Im having trouble deciding on the particulars. From your experience, which games would you recommend I attend, and which ones do you think I should avoid?

David Ubben
  (1:17 PM)

You're actually pretty lucky this year. Nebraska's home schedule is fantastic with Missouri and Texas coming to Lincoln. I don't know what your travel budget is, but if you're flying, you should head to the Texas A&M and Washington games. Otherwise, Oklahoma State might be a nice little trip.

robbie (omaha)

Dave, Do you think Nebraska deserves the position there in right now?

David Ubben
  (1:19 PM)

Yes. Look closer at those four losses last year. Two came to Virginia Tech and Texas on a last-second touchdown and a last-second field goal. And we all know what it took for Iowa State to pull the upset. The offense should be much better this year.

James (Norman)

Hey David, love the blog, I check it everyday. I noticed that Stephen Good made all big 12. Any other word on how OU's O-line will be this year considering the disaster of last season?

David Ubben
  (1:20 PM)

They've got some talented guys, obviously, but they have to put it together. Guys like Good and Cory Brandon and Ben Habern have to be better this year. They'll get some help from Donald Stephenson, who sat out all last year but impressed Stoops this spring.

Alex (Waterloo, IA)

Why doesn't Alexander Robinson get any love from running back rankings?

David Ubben
  (1:22 PM)

He gets plenty. He's a great back, but the Big 12 is so deep at running back, there are just guys above him who are better. He had almost no chance to make All-Big 12 because of that, even if he might have done so in a different year.

Matt (Philadelphia)

Which team is more likely to have a loss coming into the Cotton Bowl on Oct. 2nd?

David Ubben
  (1:22 PM)

Definitely Oklahoma, who has to play Florida State and Cincinnati before they get there.

Trey (Dallas)

Seems like the Big 12 generally has 3 good teams at any given time. This year it's OU, Ut, and NEB. Once NEB leaves next season which school do you expect to consistently step up an be in the top 3 mix?

David Ubben
  (1:24 PM)

Missouri's had the longest run of consistent success in the North, so I'll say them. A&M has to actually win something, but Texas Tech looks like they're on a really nice track with Tuberville's recruiting. Any one of those three could probably do it, and Texas Tech is helped out by their uncanny ability to beat Texas and OU.

Mike Gundy (Stillwater)

Will my team surprise people and win 9 games this year?

David Ubben
  (1:25 PM)

It's possible, but OSU will probably be closer to seven wins.

Eric (Denver)

Same question as Miles - headed on the CU Big 12 farewell tour. Where should I go, and are Nebraska fans as "classy" as advertised?

David Ubben
  (1:26 PM)

Yeah, the Nebraska reputation isn't a myth. And Memorial Stadium is the best place in the Big 12 to watch a game, especially at night. If you haven't made that trip yet, do it.

Paxton (Fort Worth)

Why is it you give no love to Tech? We have QB who have both proven they can win coming back. A senior running back poised to break out in a new philosophy (remember that Neal Brown is running the same terminology as Leach) and the best receiving core in the conference? The biggest question mark is D-Line where we have multiple former HS all-Americans coming in to join Whitlock. The LB are anchored by Duncan and Bird and the secondary is riddled with speed. We catch Gilbert early and have beaten OU 3 out of the last 4. And somehow not a look from you.

David Ubben
  (1:27 PM)

I'm looking at you right now. Texas Tech should be OK, and they'll probably end up in the top half of the Big 12, but they're not as good as the three teams above them in the South.

Dan (Columbia, MO)

Dave, do you see Mizzou finishing the recent Arch Rivalry series on the football field undefeated? Does Illinois pose a threat?

David Ubben
  (1:27 PM)

Missouri should win that game easily. Illinois looking like a Big Ten bottom feeder trying to save its coach's job this season.

W (OC, California)

David - Heard any news on the QB race at KSU? Has Coffman improved that much over last season?

David Ubben
  (1:28 PM)

I'm hearing it's still pretty close, despite Coffman's big spring game. Klein sat that game out and didn't get a chance to show himself off.

Ben (Atlanta)

Jerrod Johnson and Von Miller were both all world last year, but A&M still stunk! Why should we expect anything different this year?

David Ubben
  (1:30 PM)

It's all about the defense, and the Aggies made big time changes and brought in a big time coordinator to facilitate the move to the 3-4. I've said this before, but A&M is going to go as far as its defense will take them.

Bobby (Waco)

David, who has more of a shot at the Heisman; Blaine Gabbert or RG3?

David Ubben
  (1:31 PM)

Gabbert, because his team will be better. And that's a big deal.

James (Dallas, TX)

why doesnt ESPN do blogs like this for NCAAB?! I love the NCAAF blogs! I'd visit ESPN's website twice as much if they had NCAAB conference blogs!

David Ubben
  (1:32 PM)

We've got a college basketball blog. You should check it out. Eamonn Brennan and Diamond Leung run it, and they're both top-notch guys.

Aaron (College Station, TX)

Do you think Texas A&M has the best WRs in the conference?

David Ubben
  (1:33 PM)

They do, but mostly because of Fuller. Texas Tech is right there with them.

Don (Texas)

Dave,Do you think TCU would have a winning record if they were to play in the Big Twelve?

David Ubben
  (1:34 PM)

Definitely. They'd be right there for the conference title.

Matt (Cedar Falls, IA)

Best assistant coach in BIG XII?

David Ubben
  (1:34 PM)

Josh Heupel or Greg Davis.

Aaron (Howells USA)

outside of Nebraska, what other fan bases do you find "classy." I always felt OU was a fairly classy bunch

David Ubben
  (1:35 PM)

I don't think there are any who compete with Nebraska. It's really just completely unique. Although, there are at least three fanbases I can think of who fall really, really far on the other end of the spectrum. I'll decline to name them.

Ben (Atlanta)

How is a 6-7 Texas A&M team better than a Tech team that won 9 games last year, with both teams returning the majority of their players? Don't give me head to head results, Tech had two injured QB's in the loss to A

David Ubben
  (1:39 PM)

Well for one, Texas Tech is dealing with an entirely new coaching staff and scheme. Texas A&M is doing the same on defense, but they really only have one way to go, and that's up. The offense should be the same, as long as the new offensive linemen play well. At Texas Tech, until you play the games, you don't know how that's going to work out, especially in year 1. And if you want to just talk returning starters, Texas A

Big G (Western Nebraska)

Are you going by Dave now? Do you prefer Dave or David? How was the wedding?

David Ubben
  (1:40 PM)

Usually David. For whatever reason, these chats are the only thing that refer to me as David, but I don't care enough to mention it. And the wedding was good.

Dillon (Norman, OK)

What do you think about OU's cornerback situation this fall?

David Ubben
  (1:42 PM)

They're banking on potential a bit there, but I'm a big believer in Demontre Hurst. We'll see what Gabe Lynn has to offer, and I'm still unsure where Jonathan Nelson is going to play for the entire season just yet.

Derek (Aggieland, TX)

Do you think Jerrod Johnson is the most legitimate Heisman contender in the Big XII?

David Ubben
  (1:42 PM)

Yeah, he's the best individual player, but if Texas or Oklahoma run the table, expect DeMarco Murray, Landry Jones and Garrett Gilbert to get some mention late in the season if they have solid production.

Snorflignax (Candyland)

So do you actually take the time to read the names of questioners to make sure you give everyone a shot or do you just post the good questions?

David Ubben
  (1:43 PM)

Just good questions. It's been decent today.

J.P. (College Station)

What do you predict will be the biggest story from the Big XII Media days?

David Ubben
  (1:45 PM)

Tough to predict right now. Going in, Nebraska and Colorado's comments on their exit will make headlines, but my guess is someone will say something awesome and that will steal the front pages. If someone pulls a Nick Saban and drops a pimp reference, the entire room might just stand and applaud.

Matt (Cedar Falls, IA)

Best football entrance in the Big XII?

David Ubben
  (1:46 PM)

Nebraska's Tunnel Walk is just ridiculous. Watching that is awesome and part of the reason Memorial Stadium is so attractive as a gameday destination.

Ben (Lincoln, NE)

David, do you think you guys in the media could lay off the NU-Texas hype for the time being? I promised my buddy from Phoenix a ticket to that game if he flies out and I'd really appreciate not having to pay $300 for it. Thanks in advance.

David Ubben
  (1:46 PM)

Ha, no promises, Ben. Sorry.

Moose (Omaha, NE)

David, I'm trying to become a professional journalist, like yourself. I've heard covering sports ruins one's fandom. Has it happened to you?

David Ubben
  (1:47 PM)

Yes. Dealing with the day-to-day of teams when you cover them kind of desensitizes you to caring about outcomes.

Dave (Denver)

We want to know who the worst fans are. Please give us the bottom 3.

David Ubben
  (1:48 PM)

Sorry, Dave. Gotta hold this one off.

John (Broken Arrow)

What player, not just from the Big XII, do you look forward to watching on Saturdays?

David Ubben
  (1:50 PM)

Probably Aaron Williams or Prince Amukamara. I love shutdown corners, and I want to see how their pro careers measure up against one another.

Bruce (Dallas)

I would wager if A&M or anyone else in the Big 12 does not win Big 12 this year, they are several years away with both Texas and OU reloading this year.

David Ubben
  (1:50 PM)

I'd probably agree with that.

Paxton (Fort Worth)

Cmon, Tech has a new scheme on Defense but anything should be an upgrade to Ruff's sit back and don't break philosophy. And Neal Brown is running Mike Leach's offense that he learned atr Kentucky. He is even changing his terminology from Troy to use Leach's. AND HOW BOUT BOB'S. No way A&M finishes above Tech this year. Let's make a date.

David Ubben
  (1:53 PM)

I think Willis is going to be a great coordinator in Lubbock, and if he can recruit the type of SEC players he's used to, he might have some of the same success SEC defenses have had against Big 12 teams. But right now, Texas Tech doesn't have the personnel to fully execute that, and they're going to give up big plays early on in the season. How quickly they fix it will dictate how successful Tech's season is.

Zack (Pierre, SD)

David, have you heard anymore news on what this "incident" with David Sims could be?

David Ubben
  (1:54 PM)

I've heard a few rumors, but we'll see how it shakes out. It doesn't sound like it's anything extremely, extremely serious, but like I said, we'll wait and see.

Luke (Manhattan)

What kind of TV ratings do you think Texas could have gotten if they made their decision into an ESPN special like LeBron did?

David Ubben
  (1:56 PM)

Ha, now that's easily the best chat question I've gotten all summer. But unlike LeBron, I bet Texas would have leaked it beforehand.

Adam (Omaha, Nebraska)

David, Give me 3 Must-Watch-Games in Week 1 please!

David Ubben
  (1:56 PM)

The Week 1 schedule is pretty weak across the conference. The three best games are probably K-State and UCLA, Texas Tech-SMU and Missouri-Illinois.

Matt (IA)

Best non-conference game this year?

David Ubben
  (1:57 PM)

Either OU-Florida State or Texas A&M-Arkansas. Nebraska-Washington probably in that club, too.

Mike (Denver)

Which team will be a better fit in their new conference, CU or NU?

David Ubben
  (1:57 PM)

Probably Nebraska, since they should have a pretty good shot to contend for a title immediately.

jeremy (dallas, tx)

texas fans and their "what if mccoy wasn't hurt in national championship" questions.... funny, considering what OU endured the entire season. the "what ifs" for texas stop when "what if bradford plays the whole season" comes up, right?

David Ubben
  (1:58 PM)

Can't argue with that.

Zyro (Lincoln)

So, are you going to sponser me and TF's little wager on the Texas/Nebraska game? You know you want to.

David Ubben
  (1:58 PM)

As long as I don't have to offer any financial support, sure.

David Ubben
  (1:58 PM)

Last question, let's make it a good one.

John (Houston)

What happened to the old days when all the big name teams had big name show boats? Where are the Boz and Neon Deion of this generation?

David Ubben
  (2:00 PM)

They were killed by the 15-yard celebration penalty.

David Ubben
  (2:00 PM)

Thanks for the questions, everybody. See you again soon.