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January 6, 3:00 PM ET
Chat with Ted Miller

Ted Miller
  (3:02 PM)

Just like Andrew Luck, I will not be entering this spring's NFL draft... GMs aren't happy. What's on your mind?

Chris (Seattle)

I hope the Ducks get crushed, the first time in my life I'm rooting for the $EC.

Ted Miller
  (3:02 PM)

Ah... a Washington fan chimes in!

Chris (Seattle)

Should Chris Polk go pro where would he be drafted? Do you think he's going pro?

Ted Miller
  (3:04 PM)

RBs have a tough choice... careers almost never last past 30.... I think he's ready. My guess is he's a third or fourth round guy, but that's not really my specialty. I like him to have a solid career as an NFL starter.

Nick (Tempe, AZ)

Does Luck's decision influence Harbaugh's?

Ted Miller
  (3:04 PM)

I don't think so... it couldn't hurt though.

Matt (Portland, OR)

Ted, with Luck announcing he's coming back, who do you like in the Pac-12 North next year?

Ted Miller
  (3:06 PM)

Oregon is the favorite if it beats Auburn. It's probably the favorite if it loses. That said... if Harbaugh comes back, it would be a pick 'em with the Ducks and Cardinal. ORegon and Stanford are clearly the top two teams in the conference as well as the North, with ASU No. 1 in the South as No.3.

David (Tempe, AZ)

What are the odds Lawrence Guy and Omar Bolden leave ASU early and declare for the NFL Draft?

Ted Miller
  (3:06 PM)

Probably pretty good... but ASU fans should hope for the best.

nate (USA)

what's up with your Oregon new USC article? Maybe it's just me, but I don't think making it to your first national championship is equivalent to being the most decorated program in college football....same thing goes for Auburn to Bama.

Ted Miller
  (3:07 PM)

Alabama is sorta decorated, too. Think of Oregon like USC in 2003....

Bruce (Virginia Beach)

Jeff Tuel - is he the best PAC-12 QB nobody's heard about nationally?

Ted Miller
  (3:08 PM)

He's pretty good with potential to get better. He needs a few Ws before he gets his respect... lots of guys coming back who should help him in 2011.

david (portland oregon)

I think the Ducks fast pace and superior conditioning make the difference in this game, like all the others this year

Ted Miller
  (3:09 PM)

maybe... but keep in mind pace is not as important in a BCS game with LOTS of TV timeouts... plenty of time to catch your breath.

Eric (Cambridge)

How much money is an architecture degree from Stanford worth?

Ted Miller
  (3:10 PM)

I don't know... probably a lot in every day terms. Just not a lot when you are the likely NO. 1 NFL pick.... Read somewhere years ago that starting salaries for Stanford grads was highest in the nation... but don't quote me!

MR (Los Angeles)

Does Stanford have the o-line depth to contend for a NC next year? 3/5 of their line is graduating.

Ted Miller
  (3:11 PM)

Both lines have some holes... but recruiting has gone well...

Bo (LA)

Ted, I am a depressed UCLA fan, give me some hope for the upcoming season? is there any?

Ted Miller
  (3:11 PM)

If the Bruins stay healthy and start the same QB in all 12 games, they will win 7 or 8 games.

Andy (DC)

What are the odds the Cardinal can earn a #1 pre-season ranking next year?

Ted Miller
  (3:12 PM)

Not good... if Oregon wins title, it could be No. 1. Oklahoma is also a possibility. Maybe Alabama... But Stanford with Luck and Harbaugh could be top-five.

Jake (Honolulu, HI)

1 word to describe Stanford's performance against VaTech?

Ted Miller
  (3:13 PM)

Dominant... good coach + good players = an outstanding, complete performance...

nate (USA)

Did you notice that the only SEC bowl wins have come against non Ohio State Big Ten Teams? Do you expect that to change?

Ted Miller
  (3:14 PM)

I tend to favor Oregon in the title game. But don't get caught up in the SEC vs. X stuff. We have 2 good teams here that played tough schedules to get here.

Ry (Eugene, OR)

How big will the game in Palo Alto next year be, if Oregon wins on Monday?

Ted Miller
  (3:15 PM)

If both teams take care of business -- Oregon opens vs. LSU -- then it should be humungorous!

Robert (SLC)

P12 CCG just sold to Fox for 24mil...does Utah get a piece of that?

Ted Miller
  (3:15 PM)

Don't think they do this first year... Colorado comes in as full partner; Utah is working on a stagger.

Chris (Texas)

As a Big-12 fan I know Colorado backwards and forwards... what do you think their chances are in the Pac-12 because I know what they were here.

Ted Miller
  (3:16 PM)

Colorado figures to struggle in the short term, or at least in 2011. But the Buffaloes had success in the Big 12 in the past. No reason that won't also happen in Pac-12.

Erik (Mountain View, CA)

Have you mentioned that the Pac-10 is the only conference that still has a chance to go undefeated in the BCS this year?

Ted Miller
  (3:17 PM)

Not yet. waiting for the right moment.

Andrew (Lake Oswego, OR)

Do you agree that Luck is the front runner for 2011 Heisman?

Ted Miller
  (3:17 PM)

Yes... LaMike also will be in the mix... both could go back to NY for ceremony.

Ry (Eugene, OR)

The Pac-10 North is stronger than the South. Agreed?

Ted Miller
  (3:18 PM)

yes... in 2011.

Mark (Oakland, CA)

Aside from Newton and Fairley, who are the next top 2 or 3 Auburn players that the Ducks need to look out for?

Ted Miller
  (3:19 PM)

Best O-line in SEC with 4 seniors who started every game is where I'd start.. Tigers have a good supporting cast of skill guys, but they thrive because of Ds obsessing about Newton.

Ry (Eugene, OR)

Who is the biggest x factor for Oregon in BCS game? Huff? Barner? Rowe? Harris?

Ted Miller
  (3:21 PM)

Rowe is a good one... recall he did well vs. Pryor in Rose Bowl... will the smallish but quick Ducks D be able to pressure and then contain Newton on scrambles? On offense, LaMike could be a decoy for guys like Huff and Barner...

Patrick (Huntsville, AL)

I'm confused by your comment about Oregon playing a tough schedule to get to the National Championship game. Remind me again how many top 25 teams they defeated...

Ted Miller
  (3:22 PM)

Lots of unranked teams on Oregon's schedule would have beaten ranked teams on Auburn's... Arizona State for example would have won SEC East...

victor (monroe,la)

do you think ucla will be in the rose bowl next year?

Ted Miller
  (3:22 PM)

For its home games, yes.

Mike (VA)

Help me with a math question...How does USC have 22 commits when they can't take more than 15? Do they have that many EE's they can put on last year's numbers?

Ted Miller
  (3:24 PM)

trojans are mixing and matching numbers... early enrollees don't count for this year's class... but the math is complicated. It's been explained to me, but my eyes glazed over.

Patrick (Huntsville, AL)

I'm not saying Oregon is not a good team, but let's be honest, the road to Glendale did not contain 6 teams ranked in the top 25...(that's right, dot dot dot)

Ted Miller
  (3:25 PM)

And I'm not saying Auburn didn't play a tougher schedule... there's no doubt about that. And kudos to Tigers for playing at least one tough nonconference game a year, even if Clemson sorta turned out lame (thought that counts)... sorry about my dots...

Mark (Oakland, CA)

Do you make anything of the different curfews for the teams? Do you think Oregon will be too "business like" and end up starting the game tight?

Ted Miller
  (3:27 PM)

Auburn is loose. Oregon seems to be having less fun. Chip Kelly has really tightened things up, which is a change for a guy who prides himself on consistency. We shall see if he took the right approach. Fair to say at this point, the media has been charmed by Auburn and its players more than it has by Oregon. For what that's worth, which might be very little.

eric (washington)

If the Cougs go to a bowl game, does Wulff get a new contract or just a 5th year?

Ted Miller
  (3:27 PM)

New contract, at least that's what I think he should get in that case.

Danny (Stanford, CA)

stanford vs. tcu who would win?

Ted Miller
  (3:28 PM)

Stanford. Love TCU. But Stanford is Wisconsin with a great Qb and better D.

Mike (San Francisco)

How does Darron Thomas compare to the other QBs that have torched Auburns secondary this year?

Ted Miller
  (3:29 PM)

Thomas will be one of the better QBs the Tigers have faced, but keep in mind the AU defense really picked things up over the second half of the season. And the Tigers, like Oregon, are a second-half team.

Jones (Sacramento, CA)

It seems like the only people really affected by Chip tightening things up, are the media. Why are people getting their feelings hurt so bad by Chip not wanting his players distracted before the big game?

Ted Miller
  (3:34 PM)

Well, it means the public gets less Oregon stuff and more Auburn stuff from the media.. and it's not just access. Auburn's players and officials have been affable and accommodating. Oregon? Not so much. The SEC blog features videos of Tigers talking outside the press conferences... I've had to do rush jobs with the Ducks. And Chip's "security detail" takes itself a bit too seriously.

Jake (Boulder)

Biggest bowl surprise so far... Washington over Nebraska?

Ted Miller
  (3:35 PM)

Without question... that one boggled my mind.

Gregg (Portland, OR)

Well if you thought Oregon being "loose" before the RB last year was a great idea, then by all means question Kelly this year tightening things down.

Ted Miller
  (3:35 PM)

Sure... but there may be a happy medium here.

Tyler (Nashville, TN)

With the plethora of skill players back and really only one big loss in Paea (albeit a very LARGE loss), as well as not scheduling only one instead of two top10 programs in their preseason, how do the Beavs figure next year? No way they don't get a bowl game, right?

Ted Miller
  (3:36 PM)

I think the Beavers bounce back nicely next year... need Quizz to come back. And there are issues on D and the O-line. But Katz Year 2 should be good enough for 7-8 wins. And maybe more.

Geoff (Santiago, Chile)

Think that Darron's comments about Nick Fairley today will result in any extra shots after the play? Or was that happening anyway?

Ted Miller
  (3:37 PM)

I think it's a good, entertaining story.. and Fairley is dirty. But it won't matter in the game. If Fairley takes a cheap shot, he will give Oregon 15 yards.

John (San Francisco)

If the Pac-10 ends up going 3-1 this bowl season, do we start to see at least a little shift towards more respect from the east?

Ted Miller
  (3:39 PM)

There already is plenty of respect for the Pac-10. Trash talk from yahoos isn't the national perception. But a 3-1 bowl season would certainly say nice things about 2010.

Will (Eugene)

Any surprise with Luck staying Ted? What happens if he suffers a season-ending injury? Does he lose out on millions, potentially?

Ted Miller
  (3:40 PM)

I am surprised, even though Stanford folks have long insisted that Luck's staying was a good possibility. But you know me: Take the money and run. Wait... I started running before anyone gave me money. Drat.

The Fan (Eugene)

I've got Oregon by 12, 47-35. Everyone seems to think its a homer pick but I just don't think Auburn has the horses to play 4 quarters with Oregon. I've written about the respect they deserve and their other key players but I think Oregon will expose their secondary and linebackers. On the other side of the ball do you think Oregon can contain Cam and let the secondary play man up?

Ted Miller
  (3:41 PM)

Maybe... I used to think Oregon would whip Auburn. Then I watched the Iron Bowl. That was impressive.

Nate (work)

you gonna watch the Tim Tebow special tonight?

Ted Miller
  (3:41 PM)

Who?

Casey (Wisconsin)

Any truth to the rumors floating about Cam sitting court-side (or at least lower bowl) for the Suns/Lakers game?

Ted Miller
  (3:41 PM)

Both teams went to Lakers-Suns last night...

trollin4tuna (pee-wee hell)

Will Arizona ever be relevant ever?

Ted Miller
  (3:43 PM)

Well, they were relevant over the first half of the season... fair to say that the Wildcats took a step back this year.. but after taking a few steps forward.

Patrick (Huntsville, AL)

Any chance of Luck getting "Jake Locker"ed next year?

Ted Miller
  (3:44 PM)

I don't think so. Locker is a talent with tremendous upside but he had significant questions. Many thought -- including me -- that he would answer those. he didn't. Luck is as close to a sure-thing as I've seen at QB. Not sure I've ever called a QB a sure-thing either. He's got it all: Arm, head, legs, character, etc.

Joe (Ames, IA)

Do you think a story being downplayed is the health of LMJ? He "struggled" in the last few games but he wasn't 100% and he should be Monday.

Ted Miller
  (3:45 PM)

James should be back to the guy who was nutty good early in the season... as should Barner... I expect to see some tweaks where both are on the field...

Matt ((Arizona))

What are your odds of ASU winning the South Division and then winning the PAC championship to get to the Rose Bowl?

Ted Miller
  (3:45 PM)

Like Sun Devils in South... they will be underdogs in the Pac-12 title game.

Jay (San Francisco)

Who goes number 1 now that Luck is staying?

Ted Miller
  (3:46 PM)

Fairley? That's who I'd take.

Mike (Scottsdale, AZ)

Are you hearing anything new with the Norm Chow situation at UCLA? Any front runners you are hearing about for the DC gig?

Ted Miller
  (3:48 PM)

Things have been quiet of late... odd situation. It's possible that Neuheisel is eyeballing Fangio, awaiting Harbaugh's next move. If not Fangio, likely he's got an NFL guy in mind, which is why we're waiting so long.

cesar munoz (chamelecon san pedro sula honduras C.A)

un saludo special ah todos ustedes los amigos d espn , la pregunta es la siguiente si aparec en la banca de suplentes david suazo q stamos siguiendo el partido hasta luego gracias

Ted Miller
  (3:49 PM)

Does this make sense?

Ted Miller
  (3:50 PM)

Gang... we are wrapping up early today. Got some other stories that are pressing (LUCK!).