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September 28, 3:00 PM ET
Chat with David Ubben

David Ubben
  (3:01 PM)

What's on your minds? Let's get it going. I hear there are a couple half decent games this week.

Big G (Western Nebraska)

Dave, are you getting in on this ESPNU Facebook app that allows you to build your own college town?

David Ubben
  (3:03 PM)

I'm not a big Facebook games guy, but it looks pretty cool. If people are into farming, I have to think this will be even more successful. On a humorous note, I read somewhere awhile back that more people are registered on Farmville than America has actual farmers.

Grant (Tulsa, OK)

How will Ok state perform on thursday night? If so will they get national recognition?

David Ubben
  (3:04 PM)

You should see two teams play really well. They've had almost two weeks to prepare and they're both pretty healthy. I'm excited for it.

David Ubben
  (3:04 PM)

If Oklahoma State wins, especially if they do it convincingly, they'll most likely be ranked in both polls.

Chris (Dallas)

David, do you think the winner of Okie St and aTm has a strong shot of wining the south this year with a weekend UT and OU?

David Ubben
  (3:06 PM)

Strong shot? No. History agrees with me. But they'll have a decent chance and control their own fate, which is more important. The loser of this game has almost no shot to win the South. The winner could, in theory, do it and split their games against UT and OU. But that'll come down to the BCS rankings.

Scott (SATX)

Do you have a diagnosis for the cause of the mental errors that plagued Texas against UCLA? At first it seemed to be youth, but then more veteran players started making stupid mistakes. I hope that was enough of a wake up call to get the players off their high horses for OU this weekend.

David Ubben
  (3:08 PM)

I'm not sure. I can't really explain it and neither could Mack Brown. You could point to UCLA just running over them in the second half with the Pistol, but Texas knows how to defend what was basically the zone read option. They've run it plenty in the last 5-10 years and knew it was coming. More than anything else, though, they buried themselves with turnovers early and kept the defense on the field constantly. You can't muff a punt inside the 5-yard line, period.

Jon (Lubbock, Texas)

How does the Big XII look in terms of recruiting for 2011? How are the national ranking systems shaping up for the Big XII teams -- and how does the Big XII compare to other conferences?

David Ubben
  (3:11 PM)

Looks like about what you'd expect. I've posted a little on it in the past. Those more indepth posts are pretty searchable on the blog. Texas is running away with it right now, OU is pretty close behind and Nebraska, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State have pretty good classes coming in. Plenty of SEC flavor at the top, too.

Jerro Todd (Denver, CO)

David - Love the blog, I check it every day.2 QuestionsThis year has been a mess for the B12, I am not sure any team has really shown themselves as "Dominate" and overall I can see a good argument that the B12 is not the same as it has been in past years. Really anything could happen regarding who makes it out of this league as champion. Agree, disagree?How much does a team like Missouri (or any team) who did not just take their foot off the gas Saturday but actually put on the brakes regarding scoring, get effected by the voters in the polls vs. teams that keep pouring it on?

David Ubben
  (3:13 PM)

You're right, to a degree, but I said it all offseason and heading in. There aren't any almost guaranteed national title contenders in the league this year. Last year, it had two until Oklahoma got run down by injuries. Think about how much better the 2008 OU and 2009 Texas teams were than any team in the league this year. It's not even close. OU and Nebraska could very well make a run, but they've obviously got things to fix if they're going to run the table through the Big 12 title game.

David Ubben
  (3:15 PM)

As for teams like Missouri, I don't think the lack of scoring has much effect on pollsters. 57-16 isn't that much different than 50-16 or whatever they ended up winning by. Missouri isn't in the polls because a) it hasn't played anyone and b) almost lost to San Diego State, who actually looks pretty good but they're still San Diego State. Voters aren't going to be impressed by winning on a last-minute touchdown.

pokerface (Idaho)

Choose your NFL draft pick...Jerrod Johnson or Brandon Weeden

David Ubben
  (3:16 PM)

Well, the greatest predictor of NFL success among quarterbacks is career starts. So for now, I'll take the three-year starter in Johnson over Weeden.

PFG (SATX)

Any information about Jerod Johnson's arm? Seems as though its still not 100% Downfield throws are not looking great...

David Ubben
  (3:18 PM)

He told me last week he's 100 percent. Maybe he just didn't want to make excuses, but we'll see on Thursday. It's hard to make any real assessment when the Aggies play three untelevised games to start the season. Just saying.

Shank (Ft Worth)

A&M/OSU will be a better game than OU/UT

David Ubben
  (3:20 PM)

It'll probably be higher scoring, at least. There's some merit in both. I like 13-10 games alot, since the game quite literally hinges on every play. One busted assignment could mean a loss. But the 49-39 shootouts like Texas and Texas A&M played last year are almost as much fun to watch for obvious reasons.

Matt (Tulsa)

When will the youth in Stillwater catch up with them

David Ubben
  (3:21 PM)

If it does, the most likely place is on the offensive line. OSU's four first-year starters haven't seen a pass rush like they'll see on Thursday.

Jess (Dewar Oklahoma)

Was that a NFL quality sideline catch by Kenny Stills this weekend or what? Think he's poised to break out.. What say you?

David Ubben
  (3:24 PM)

Yeah, he'll be a good one. The transition to the speed of the college game can be hard, especially for skill position guys, but he's been a contributor. It'll be interesting to see how he handles a heavier load once Broyles leaves.

Nate (Denver, CO)

Best defender in the BIG XII to date?

David Ubben
  (3:24 PM)

Brian Duncan and Sam Acho have played pretty well. Tough to pick one guy out of Nebraska's secondary, too. Those guys are all over the place.

MG (Cedar Falls, IA)

Which freshman in the conference has impressed you most?

David Ubben
  (3:25 PM)

In the league, definitely Taylor Martinez. Followed by Jackson Jeffcoat and probably Tony Jefferson.

Nathan (Houston)

Texas has an active streak of 162 weeks ranked in the AP top 25. Will it hit 165?

David Ubben
  (3:26 PM)

If I had to guess right now, I'd say no. They also had a streak of 36 consecutive weeks in the top 10 end this week.

David Ubben
  (3:26 PM)

If I had to guess right now, I'd say no. They also had a streak of 36 consecutive weeks in the top 10 end this week.

Clay (McKinney, TX)

What do you think of the matchup of Deruyter's D versus Holgorsen's O. In the past Deruyter has had a clear advantage.

David Ubben
  (3:28 PM)

That's a fascinating storyline this week. I do think it matters, but no offense of Dana Holgorsen has ever had a back like Kendall Hunter. Of course, the same could be said about some of the defensive talent that DeRuyter's got now. The unpredictable variables in this game are just countless. No result in this game would surprise me, from coming down to the final play to a three-touchdown win for either team.

Allan (Stillwater)

Does Justin Blackmon have a chance at the Biletnikoff?

David Ubben
  (3:29 PM)

If he stays at this pace, definitely. We'll see if he does once he sees better secondaries. Ryan Broyles did what he's been doing all last year, so I'll give him the edge right now. But Blackmon's numbers are ridiculous and he's definitely looked like one of the nation's best receivers through three games. He's going to see some pretty good secondaries this year in Nebraska, Texas and Oklahoma.

Kimo (Pearl Harbor)

Do you feel that the Cornhuskers are going to need to rethink there QB postion? I know some fans are already calling for Zac Lee to start again. Me i feel T-Magic will get the kinks worked out and be ready for confrence play. Whats your take?

David Ubben
  (3:31 PM)

Unless he's throwing 3-4 INTs a game, the explosive potential he has with his legs far, far outweighs anything Cody Green and Zac Lee have to offer. I had no idea he was THIS fast when the season started. You saw it a little bit in the spring game, but he's been way better than I ever though he'd be so far.

wilhunting (boulder)

David, How would you respond to Lee Corso's comments towards the direction of the Texas A&M football program? It is mind blowing that the university settles on average-below average seasons with all the fan base support.

David Ubben
  (3:33 PM)

I don't think it's a matter of settling. Texas A&M's lack of elite status is interesting for sure, but spending the last decade and a half in one of college football's toughest divisions has not helped.

Drew (Kansas City)

Do you think Gabbert is overrated?

David Ubben
  (3:36 PM)

No, he's been fine so far. The fourth quarter against SDSU wasn't very good, but he looked as good in the second half against Illinois as he has in his career. He doesn't have the deep threat he had last year in Danario Alexander, but he's got two great possession guys in T.J. Moe and Michael Egnew with two pretty good talents on the outside in Wes Kemp and Jerrell Jackson. I'm interested to see what he looks like as we get into conference play and he has to play well for the Tigers to win. That hasn't necessarily been the case so far. Missouri's current pace running the ball will slow once it gets past Colorado in two weeks.

Randon (Stillwater)

If you had to pick 1 quarterback, 1 running back, and 1 wide receiver out of the big 12 this week to have huge games, who would they be?

David Ubben
  (3:38 PM)

Good question. I'll say Robert Griffin, Baron Batch and your boy Blackmon.

Doug (Springfield, MO)

A and M got rid of Slocum because he couldn't win the big one. Be careful what you wish for. They didn't realize how good they had it.

David Ubben
  (3:39 PM)

I seem to remember the same criticism being made about Frank Solich at Nebraska and Houston Nutt at Arkansas. The success for Nebraska wasn't immediate, and neither was Arkansas', but both of those moves look pretty good now.

Zak (college station )

Ubben, I'm sorry but I believed you are cursed. Every game so far you have gone to the home team has lost. What game are you going to this weekend so I can place my bet?

David Ubben
  (3:41 PM)

Say what? Tech won in Week 1 and OU won in Week 2. But you're right, it's happened the last two weeks. Granted, Texas Tech was an underdog in that one. You can probably guess where I might be this weekend, but that's confidential.

Stephen (Norman, OK)

Who will be the unexpected imact player in the OU-Texas game?

David Ubben
  (3:42 PM)

I'll say Dustin Earnest for Texas and Trey Millard for Oklahoma.

David Ubben
  (3:43 PM)

Millard has to play well for Oklahoma to run the ball. Earnest has to play well to stop it.

REDRUM (Topeka)

T-Magic on final heisman ballet chances?

David Ubben
  (3:44 PM)

It'll all depend on how many games Nebraska wins. If he keeps his pace for around 1,400 yards or more and Nebraska is 13-0? You better believe he'll be in New York.

Philip (Dallas)

Somewhat OSU related, but did you see the $55K dinner bill handed to Dez?!?

David Ubben
  (3:46 PM)

Ha, I didn't. Sounds like the life of a rookie. I'm guessing he can afford the one-time tab as a first-round pick.

MG (Cedar Falls, IA)

Would A.C. Slater have made it in the Big XII?

David Ubben
  (3:46 PM)

No doubt.

Jim Brown (China)

There was a shooting at UT campus today. Send your positive vibes over!!!

David Ubben
  (3:46 PM)

Yeah, I heard about that. Sounds terrible, but at least more people weren't hurt. Definitely praying for them down there.

Cole Berger (Missouri)

David, WHats up with all these Mizzou Suspensions?

David Ubben
  (3:48 PM)

Good question. Pinkel's program doesn't have a history of this, but it all seems like it's snowballing for them this year. Derrick Washington's situation is the only one that's been a major, major deal, but it has to be troubling with so many alcohol-related troubles and now this latest suspension with Simmons for violating team rules.

Clay (McKinney, TX)

Does it amaze you that with a student body the size of A&M's, a better kicker and punter can not be fielded?

David Ubben
  (3:50 PM)

Ha, a lot of that is consistency. Sometimes what guys do in practice isn't what they do on the field. But everybody remembers and puts a lot more stock in the one 18-yard shank or the miss from 35 yards. And it's different in games. But I imagine as a coach, something like that has to be one of the most frustrating parts of the job, when specialty guys like that struggle.

Zach (Broken Arrow, OK)

David, which freshman (freshmen) do you think will have the biggest impact in the RRS on Saturday? Anyone other than the few you mentioned in your earlier article?

David Ubben
  (3:51 PM)

Nah, I pretty much ran through them all. I'd probably add Daniel Noble, the freshman DT for the Sooners.

MG (Cedar Falls, IA)

Do you believe in "icing" the kicker?

David Ubben
  (3:51 PM)

No. Stupid.

Daniel Tanna (Houston)

Why do you like Robert Griffin so much even though his career numbers are sucky?

David Ubben
  (3:53 PM)

Career numbers are sucky? What are you looking at? He threw for over 2,000 yards and ran for 800 more as a true freshman in the only real season he's played. That same year, he finished with 15 TDs and 3 INT, and was the last QB in the conference to throw an interception.

Dave (D.C.)

After talkign with the UT players and coaches, do you think this group has the mental toughness to regroup midstream and field competitive games against OU and Nebraska?

David Ubben
  (3:54 PM)

Yeah, I do. For as much as they lost last year, the onus of leadership is on the defense now, and they've got great leaders like Sam Acho, Aaron Williams and Blake Gideon that aren't going to let this team tank. We'll see if it's good enough to get them past OU.

Scott (SA)

Texas' turnover margin in the Red River Shootour- call it.

David Ubben
  (3:56 PM)

3-1, Oklahoma.

David Ubben
  (3:56 PM)

A couple more questions before I head out.

Kevin (Houston)

Call it, OSU or A&M?

David Ubben
  (3:57 PM)

Gotta wait for Thursday for that one, Kevin.

James (San Diego)

During the Post game conference Bo took all the blame for the play on the field saying we got outcoached. Do you think he would make it as Pro Coach

David Ubben
  (3:57 PM)

Nebraska fans better hope not.

Ryan (Houston)

Last minute switch to a spread have any chance of working for Texas this weekend?

David Ubben
  (3:58 PM)

If I'm Texas, I shift to a little bit more of a pass-oriented scheme. The running game is just not working, and that's not going to change this week, despite what OU's rushing numbers say. For Texas, Gilbert is their best offensive talent, and the more the ball is in his hand, the better. They don't have any elite backs capable of changing games right now and the offensive line hasn't been impressive.

David Ubben
  (3:59 PM)

Thanks for the questions, everybody. See you again next week.