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September 8, 2:00 PM ET
Chat with Ivan Maisel

Drofdarb (Boise, ID)

Ivan, does any coach in the country prepare their team for big games as well as Chris Petersen does at Boise State? Thanks.

Ivan Maisel
  (2:03 PM)

Oops, set up the question before I said hello. Hello, everyone. Now, as to Petersen, it's obvious that he does a great job. The only thing is, in most of these games, he has had more than a week to prepare, as in bowl games and openers. Someday, perhaps, Petersen will get to play a schedule with more big games in it.

Dave (Virginia)

If AJ doesn't play Saturday, do the Gamecocks have a legit shot at knocking off the Bulldogs in Columbia?

Ivan Maisel
  (2:04 PM)

I think so. And I think South Carolina has a chance if Green plays. Much less of a chance, mind you. He's that good. But I think South Carolina is pretty good this year, too.

CC (Atlanta)

Isn't the NCAA doing a disservice to these players by not either red-lighting or green-lighting them? If a suspension is deemed necessary 3 weeks down the road it should take effect then. What if AJ Green is cleared after missing 2 huge games? This really stinks.

Ivan Maisel
  (2:05 PM)

It's easy to pile on the NCAA, isn't it? So let me join in. Seriously, the only thing I can think is that the NCAA got a number of these cases on its desks all at once. It is taking them longer to do what they need to do.

Austin (Chicago)

Hey Ivan, love your stuff! Quick Question. You have been pretty high on the Huskers the last two seasons. After week one, are they looking better or worse than you originally thought?

Ivan Maisel
  (2:06 PM)

About the same. You have to expect them to take apart Western Kentucky. I am curious to see them take their show on the road to Seattle next week, though. That's a long trip.

Don (Chino Hills)

Hello Ivan,Is USC's defense as bad as it looked or is Hawaii a good offensive team?

Ivan Maisel
  (2:07 PM)

I think Lane Kiffin took a calculated risk by not including tackling in his preseason practices. And the way it turned out, the risk was worth it. USC won the game, and he didn't get anyone hurt in August.

Cayce (Pensacola, FL)

In your podcast yall were complaining about how it is unfair for Boise to be automatically out of the NCG picture with a loss in the first game. I think a lot of people take issue with the fact that many of the ?experts? are automatically putting Boise in the NCG if they can beat only 2 of the teams on their schedule. Isn?t this why there is such a thing as strength of schedule?

Ivan Maisel
  (2:08 PM)

First of all, it's not automatic. Boise State needs Va Tech and Oregon State to have very good seasons. Second, the people who complain about the lack of strength in Boise State's schedule are fans of schools that refuse to play Boise State. I don't think you can have it both ways.

Matt (Philadelphia)

Happy New Year Ivan. What are your thoughts on FSU-Oklahoma? I think there is a lot of overreacting (very rare for college football fans) to the teams' Week 1 performances and OU will win fairly comfortably.

Ivan Maisel
  (2:10 PM)

Thanks for reminding me to check on the status of the Sooners' d-line. I think a couple of guys who didn't play against Utah State are supposed to be back this week. What with the game Monday night, I've been playing catchup ever since. You have to believe that the Sooners didn't take Utah State seriously. But that doesn't explain Landry Jones' performance. OU will need to play well to beat Florida State. The Seminoles can run and pass very well.

Randy (St. Paul)

Does Chris Peterson leave anytime soon? There have to be a few big schools that will throw a ton of money at him the next couple of years.

Ivan Maisel
  (2:11 PM)

I think some schools already have. He likes his family's life in Boise. He doesn't want the spotlight that would come with a higher-profile job. I'm not convinced he would leave for another school.

Travis C. (Lake Highland)

The question on everyone's mind: if Ohio State and Boise State both go undefeated in impressive fashion, and a 1-loss Alabama also has an impressive season and wins the SEC championship, who plays for the National Championship?

Ivan Maisel
  (2:12 PM)

Give me some context, Travis. Who did Bama lose to? How good is the Big Ten this year? How good is the SEC? How good did Virginia Tech turn out to be? Oregon State?

James (Atlanta)

Ivan, podcasts are killing me. I am old fashion, I like to read your articles. Less talking. More writing. Please?

Ivan Maisel
  (2:13 PM)

I'm still writing. Next article on Friday. Three-Point Stance every day.

Will (Atlanta)

Ivan, does Cam Newton get your vote for best first impression of 2010?

Ivan Maisel
  (2:14 PM)

If by first, you mean by someone new on the scene, yes. I think that game tomorrow night is going to be a shootout.

Mike (AZ)

National Championship discussions after one week are just ridiculous. Let's play some games. How do you think VT responds after the loss?

Ivan Maisel
  (2:15 PM)

I think Virginia Tech will respond well. I don't know where their heads were in the first quarter. It cost them the game. The other thing I noticed -- like Tyrod Taylor, but he looked like he never got comfortable in the pocket.

Ken (CA)

On your recent podcasts you have talked about teams (like Boise) being out of the hunt if they lose early. Are you finally moving away from pro-BCS and moving toward pro-playoff?

Ivan Maisel
  (2:16 PM)

No. I think a playoff creates more problems than it solves. I'm not willing to give up my interest in the regular season. Does anyone watch college basketball before March anymore with the intensity that we watch college football?

Nelson (DE)

In your 3-Point Stance earlier in the week, you stated that Vandy went for a 2 Point conversion against Northwestern too early in the game (late 3rd quarter I believe). At what point in the game do you think is the right time to do such a thing?

Ivan Maisel
  (2:17 PM)

In the fourth quarter. I think before that, the risks outweigh the rewards.

Tyler (Louisville, KY)

What do you expect out of the Wyoming @ Texas game this weekend? Texas looked a little weak against Rice and Wyo is coming off of a terrible tragedy... is it still the blowout most are expecting?

Ivan Maisel
  (2:18 PM)

There's no telling how 19- and 20-year-olds will respond to that car accident. I can't imagine that they are practicing very well. It reminds me of what a superb job Randy Edsall did at UConn last year. That team stayed together, even as it lost one close game after another after the murder.

Ken (CA)

there are 35 games in basketball before March, there are 12 in college. Playoffs certainly don't hurt the NFL's ratings, even in the last couple of weeks of the season there are some compelling games

Ivan Maisel
  (2:21 PM)

That's true but I think the NFL and college football are apples and oranges. Colleges aren't going to go to a multi-round playoff. I don't think the players want to play that many games, and I'm not sure the medical people would think it's such a good idea for that age group. If anything happens, it will be a plus-one. And the commissioners are concerned that as soon as they move to a plus-one, it will be a matter of time before they expand.

Kevin (Indy)

Please Answer: How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? OR Who has the best chance at an upset this week, Penn St, Miami or FSU?

Ivan Maisel
  (2:22 PM)

I'd say about a cord.

Darryl (Oakland, CA)

Are you a believer in the East Coast bias?

Ivan Maisel
  (2:24 PM)

Not overtly, no. But did I stay up and watch the USC-Hawaii game when I had an 8:30 flight the next morning? No, I did not. Larry Scott may be smart, but until he starts scheduling Saturday games at 9 a.m., he'll never capture the whole east coast.

Kevin (Indy)

Comparing the NFL to college is a lot closer than comparing basketball to football.

Ivan Maisel
  (2:24 PM)

Touche.

Melanie (Dallas)

Who do you think wins the Auburn/Miss State game tomorrow night?

Ivan Maisel
  (2:25 PM)

I think Auburn wins but I think Mississippi State will make them work very hard for it. I couldn't believe that Dan Mullen took that job. But he's making it happen.

Gary (NV)

How can pollster possibly think that Florida is a top 10 team still? Their offense looked absolutely horrendous! Do they really expect us to believe that Florida is one of the top teams in the country, when they struggled against a team that went 1-11 last year?

Ivan Maisel
  (2:26 PM)

Mostly habit. Very few people rank each week from a blank slate. But your email should go to every poll voter in the nation.

Cory (Geneva, IL)

What were your thoughts on ND's Cierre Wood? He looked like a future gamechanger to me, great quickness and vision for his first college game.

Ivan Maisel
  (2:27 PM)

He's a good change of pace to Armando Allen. But he had better heed the words of Brian Kelly. If Wood doesn't hang onto the ball, he won't get the chance to hang onto it much longer.

Lou (Rockville, MD)

Ivan - will you be in Tuscaloosa for the New Year/PSU-BAMA game? Do you think Rob Bolden can hold his own (relative term of course) in that environment? Shana tovah.

Ivan Maisel
  (2:28 PM)

I will be in Tuscaloosa. I don't expect Rob Bolden to play well. And Happy New Year to you.

Jim Crozier (Boise, Idaho)

If Ingram isn't able to go this weekend for Alabama, how much does that help Penn State's chances of an upset?

Ivan Maisel
  (2:28 PM)

Not much. Behind Ingram there's Trent Richardson, who I heard is on the cover of SI this week. Behind him is Eddie Lacy, who rushed for more than 100 yards last week. That's the least of Bama's worries.

Jason (SoCal)

Dillon Baxter - You won't say "who" after this weekend.

Ivan Maisel
  (2:29 PM)

That's the USC freshman, whom Lane Kiffin suspended for the Hawaii game. Kiffin thinks that Baxter is the next USC star. So Jason, you're right. I can't wait to see him, either.

Jackson (Bermuda)

On my honeymoon and I noticed that Brantley had 12 completions for 36 yards. Shouldn't I be more worried about that instead of the bad snaps? Bad snaps can be corrected. 3 yards a completion is scary bad.

Ivan Maisel
  (2:30 PM)

If you're on your honeymoon in Bermuda and you're worried about Brantley's completions, I think you have bigger issues.

Jon (Jacksonville, FL)

Ivan, with all the great games on this weekend, do you think the UGA - USC game might be the best when taking into account the stakes, the relative strength of both teams, and the recent history of the contest?

Ivan Maisel
  (2:31 PM)

Great point, Jon. They always play a close game. they are two of the top three teams in the SEC East -- and may be the top two, based on last week. I am thrilled that it's the noon game.

Terry (Tuscaloosa)

Notre Dame should schedule only MAC schools along with two mid-to-lower tier BCS games a year then laugh all the way to the Championship. What do you think?

Ivan Maisel
  (2:32 PM)

They actually tried this. Notre Dame is playing Western Michigan, Navy and Tulsa this season. So you're onto something.

Travis C. (Lake Highland)

What was your take on Tuberville's Texas Tech debut? It looks like he pretty much kept the Leach offense, but the defense looked weaker than I was expecting from a Tommy T coached team.

Ivan Maisel
  (2:34 PM)

I was reasonably impressed. If the Red Raiders could make a field goal, that would have been a rout. And I don't think holding SMU to 27 points is a crime.

Vinnie (ATL)

Loved your SEC take in Game Day Final. I still believe Michigan got more negative criticism because of their loss to App. St than Ole Miss is getting. Carr went out with a bowl win over FL that year. What do you expect Ole Miss to do?

Ivan Maisel
  (2:35 PM)

I just have no idea. The defense imploded in the second half. You can't really pin that on the Masoli stuff. Houston Nutt's got some coaching to do.

Tim (Chicago)

Ivan, Notre Dame plays Navy every season, the only team they've even come close to playing that much is Purdue, are you including the Army game in your should wins for the Irish?

Ivan Maisel
  (2:36 PM)

Yes. I don't have their schedule in front of me. Army counts.

Zach (Newport Beach)

Does a loss to a rebuiding BYU team hurt Jake Locker's chances of winning the heisman?

Ivan Maisel
  (2:36 PM)

I think a big game against Nebraska next week would make everything right with the Heisman voters.

Jeremy (Madison)

Suppose OSU, Wisconsin, and Iowa all trade single losses to each other in close games and all finish the season 11-1. Who would you see getting snubbed by the BCS and why?

Ivan Maisel
  (2:37 PM)

Since both games are at Iowa, that means either Ohio State or Wisconsin would have a huge road victory. That would count for something.

Greg (Sacramento)

Is Oregon THAT good? or is New Mexico THAT bad?

Ivan Maisel
  (2:38 PM)

I think the answer is yes. I am very curious to see how often Oregon gets to the checkerboard end zones on Saturday night.

James (Atlanta)

What is the attraction for BYU to want it's independence?

Ivan Maisel
  (2:40 PM)

They have a national fan base. They have their own TV network. They have enough of a name that they are attractive enough to get a schedule of marquee games. It's a risk but I like how aggressive BYU is on this.

Matt (Philadelphia)

Will Beano be giving us a history lesson on Wallace Wade during next week's podcast in honor of the Alabama-Duke game?

Ivan Maisel
  (2:40 PM)

I hope so. That's a great story.

corey (new york)

I just wanted to point out that teams will play boise state, they just won't give them home and home's and boise is requesting ridiculous amounts of money for the one game they would play. If everyone looked into this i doubt they would still feel the same way.

Ivan Maisel
  (2:42 PM)

Didn't Colorado just get $1.3 million to play at Ohio State next year? I think Boise State is as much of a marquee team as Colorado.

Mike (Tampa, FL)

FSU took the attitude of anybody any place any time. Don't you think Boise should look into that.....if they truley want to be an elite program?

Ivan Maisel
  (2:42 PM)

I'd love it and all of college football would love it. That's a great point.

Matt (Detroit)

Ivan, are you aware of the reasoning why Notre Dame schedules Navy every year? Would be nice for all the haters out there to know why so they can stop bringing it up! Also, what's the difference between their scheduling with Stanford, Michigan, BC, Pitt, USC, Mich State, and Utah and any other team in the country? I see no other team playing that many tough games every year....

Ivan Maisel
  (2:44 PM)

I am aware of it, I think. Didn't Annapolis send midshipmen to study at Notre Dame during WW II? And that helped the school stay in business. Notre Dame has resumed scheduling a lot of tough teams. In 2012: Mich, USC, Miami, Oklahoma.

CC (Atlanta)

Ivan -- teams won't pay Boise $1.3mill on top of the threat of losing. Duh!

Ivan Maisel
  (2:45 PM)

Duh! is right.

Travis C. (Lake Highland)

Would it really be that much of an affront to society if the 2005 Heisman was given to Vince Young? Even without the Bush stuff, in retrospect he seemed to have deserved it anyway.

Ivan Maisel
  (2:45 PM)

In related news, George McGovern has just been named the winner of the 1972 presidential election.

Ivan Maisel
  (2:46 PM)

Thanks, everyone. Got to go work on a story due in the morning. Talk to you next week.