Hey, everybody. Let's get started. Playlist is keyed up. I've got time. What's on your mind?
Are you doing a Mizzou spring primer today or tomrrow?
Will post as soon as this chat is over, actually.
We all know Oklahoma is the preseason #1 and favorite to win the Big 12 title next season. What do you think about Texas A&M's chances to win the Big 12 title next season? Is there more of a need for the Wrecking Crew to show up and play on a consistent basis or for the Offense to put up big numbers? What's your take Ubben?-Yes, we lost Von Miller, and yes t.u., we are still going to beat you next season.
Yeah, A&M has a shot. They should be good on both sides of the ball, but Oklahoma's offense is going to be pretty solid everywhere this year. Beating them will start with slowing that offense down. The big negative for A
enjoying the top 25. Just seems like a lack of players from A&M...
Cyrus Gray was really, really close to making the list. Based on his second half, he should have been there, sure. But you can't ignore the first half. Just a guess on my part, but A&M isn't done making the list. Tannehill isn't that close yet, but I like his chances next year. I don't think there was anyone on defense that's been omitted that deserved serious consideration.
Are you keeping tabs on Arsenal-Barcelona as you're chatting or should I give you updates?
That's the Sun Belt Conference tournament, right? Come on. This month is reserved for hoops, Luke. And spring football, of course!
That's football, by the way. Not futbol.
Really Landry at 11? Weeden 10? Both Should be higher but Landry should be ahead of Weeden
Clearly, I disagree.
If you don't do the spring workouts, then you should do the NFL Combine Workouts. You don't really know your blogger until you know his vertical leap. Am I right?
You're absolutely right. I can jump pretty well, but I think my vertical has taken a dive in recent years. I don't get to play as much hoops as I used to. I want to try and do something on my spring tour. Just have to find the right spot. The combine workouts would be pretty decent, but you might learn more about a school's program doing their offseason stuff. That's probably more functional.
Are there any early "Big X(II)" enrolls who you think could make a big impact this spring? Think we'll get a chance to see Johnny Manziel take Tannehill's former WR/QB role as a true freshman?
That's possible, but I think a redshirt makes more sense. A&M is so deep at receiver, the Ags are probably better just letting him sit on the sidelines and learn in year 1 before they force him into anything.
Do you think that will all the new coaches M.Brown is bringing in Texas will get back to a bowl game and back into the top 25???? Oh yeah Hook Em' Horns
I've said a couple times I think Texas will win 8-9 games this year. Considering they won't be starting in the top 10 like usual this year, I think that'll have the Horns finishing around the 20-25 range at season's end.
A lot of upside to them, but with so many changes, a 6-6 season isn't out of the question, either.
Who do you see taking over Von Miller's position at Joker come fall?
The obvious answer is Damontre Moore, who slid into the spot when Miller was hurt early in the year. Moore did really well, but he may move to a traditional DE spot if he fills out a little more. Tim DeRuyter said he was going to be open to that this spring. That said, I think they'll stick with Moore where he is.
You did it again with the Aggies, use TAMU or they will three stooges you to death.
Whoops. Here's the rest of that answer, fans. My mistake. On the Aggies chances at a Big 12 title:Yeah, A&M has a shot. They should be good on both sides of the ball, but Oklahoma's offense is going to be pretty solid everywhere this year. Beating them will start with slowing that offense down. The big negative for TAMU trying to win the league is they have to go to Norman. They got embarrassed last time they went to Norman, and the Sooners aren't 72-2 there under Bob Stoops on accident. TAMU may need some help to win the league. I'm not betting on them handing Stoops his third loss.
Which Big XII athlete has the best twitter? Kenny Stills cracks me up.
DeMarco Murray has been pretty good since he joined a couple weeks back. Brandon Weeden is pretty entertaining. Von Miller's is usually pretty good. Landry Jones goes through spurts where he'll have interesting stuff.
I'm not sure how much you've been paying attention to Tech's spring practices, but RB Ronnie Daniels(True Fr) is turning a lot of heads. I think he's a good candidate for Freshman/Newcomer of the Year. Who else, in the Big 12, do you see as having a good first year?
Yeah, I've heard that out of Tech. He's looked great in the scrimmages. I still think Eric Stephens will get the bulk of the carries, but he's got a shot. As for good first years for others, it's a little early for that. The opportunity has to be there, and you never know how guys adjust to fall camp.
Reading about the Lyles investigation, I noticed 3 big 12 teams names linked inot it. Baylor, Okie State, and Texas A&M. Should these programs be worried as well?
Right now, it's just a lot of smoke and nothing definite. But it certainly doesn't look good. As long as the NCAA isn't on campus, there's not a ton to worry about, but it's something to keep an eye on. I'm sure someone at all three schools has at least given their links to Lyles a once over in anticipation of something happening.
just wondering that now since the big 12 is dropping 2 teams does that mean that mean you will spend more time writing articles about the remaining teams in the conference or are you secretly happy because you now have less work?
More time writing about the other teams. That means you'll see more about your teams without NU and CU in town.
What are the chances of A&M winning a NCG in your lifetime?
Ha. A lot better in the Big 12 than in the SEC. That work for an answer?
So is Jamell Fleming done, kaput, finito? Or will we see him in the crimson and cream in the fall?
It sounds like it's up to him. This is his second brush with academic problems, which isn't good. But to get back on the team, he's going to have to keep out of trouble and do well in the classroom somewhere other than Oklahoma. Only he knows if that can happen.
DUBS - When is your in-depth interview with All-Name Quarterback Steel Jantz going to occur?
If he wins the starting job, I'll get him on the phone. How's that?
Dubs, Can you institute a "no texas day" in your off-season where you feature the teams either other than Texas, or outside of texas, once a week? You don't exactly burn up the presses on any Iowa State or Kansas or K-State or Mizzou.
IIG is burnin up the chat line today! I would, but someone from outside of Texas and Oklahoma that isn't Mizzou needs to start winning some games. Do that, and you get more coverage. It's not complex.
Do you think there is a QB battle going on in Lubbock? Doege was off this saturday and Karam was spot on. What do think the chances of Karam taking the lead?
It sounds like Doege still has the edge. It's open but not wide open. Karam could come out of the spring with the gig if he keeps tearing up scrimmages and Doege stumbles a bit, but if Doege can show some consistency and take care of the ball, he'll keep the job. Karam was clicking on the deep ball on Saturday and hit 4 TDs, but Tech doesn't need bombs to win games, and that's not entirely reliable. Move the sticks and keep possession all spring and you're in good shape to take the job.
Hi David, I've read before that you think if the Big 12 does eventually expand, it should go after Arizona and ASU. But why would those schools want to leave the more established, stable Pac-12 for the Big 12?
Sell them on the idea that they can make more money in the Big 12 and make the league significantly more stable by joining. Don't forget, they've only been in the Pac-10 since the 70s. Convincing them wouldn't be easy, but convincing Texas not to leave wasn't easy either. The league pulled it off.
What's that James kid up to now?
Still on the team. Played some tight end last year out of necessity. He'll be a senior this year, I believe.
Best place you've eaten at in a college town when there for a game?
Call me a food homer, but I love Booche's in Columbia. Diamond Backs and George's in Waco are delicious, too.
Do you foresee a possible three way tie between OU, OSU, and TAMU again this coming season? 11-1 records with these three don't sound implausible right now....
Have you heard anything new about K-State's QB situation or how Collin Klein is adjusting to being a wide receiver?
Well, Bill Snyder hasn't spoken to the media in awhile, so we're not even 100 percent sure Klein has actually moved. K-State doesn't start spring ball until April 6, so they've still got awhile.
Your placement of Landry Jones makes it a compplete joke as usual.He is already second favorite with many writers to win a Heisman and you only have him as the 11 best in the BIG 12 . JOKE
Because the Heisman is always awarded solely on individual accomplishment and merit, right?
Love how TAMU still refers to their defense as the "wrecking crew." When was the last time you were actually that? The Coryatt days?
Winning requires Tigerblood.
Missouri has to like to hear that.
David- So how close was Coryell Judie on your list of top 25, I know it came late in the season, but seems to be an outstanding kick returner.
Not that close. I felt bad leaving Alex Henery off the list, but he's the only special teamer I really considered. A kick returner just doesn't have enough impact on every game every week to warrant inclusion. Henery is an exception to that rule, but there were 25 more guys more valuable. It's always weird, though. We bloggers disagree about the placement of special teams guys on lists like this. I'm generally against it, just because they're not on the field for enough plays.
Please forgive IIG. Folks up here think that ISU is being held down by the man and that there is a big conspiracy to keep them down. I have been telling as many as I can while I am up here that they just stink and they get what they deserve.
Wrecking Crew or Paddle People?
Paddle People at OSU have to be obnoxious to offenses backed in their end zone. Of course, considering the wrecking crew at A&M is actually on the field, I'd have to go with them.
Ubbs: Players teaching the offense to a new offensive coordinator at OSU -- cause for worry or to much talent for Monken to screw it up?
Gotta say, looking from the outside in, it makes me a bit uncomfortable. That's mostly because I've never heard of that happening anywhere else. The talent is clearly there, but we'll see what Monken's got as a play caller this year. Some think it's overrated, but we may find out this year. Outside of Kendall Hunter, he's the biggest variable from last year to this year.
Don't you think the 3 rb set (i've already forgotten what we called it) needs to stay at OU, at least during the Roy Finch era? Finch needs the element of misdirection in the offense i think, and from what i've seen, that formation is really the only form of misdirection we have.
The Diamond formation. And it definitely does. The possibilities out of that formation are endless. Oklahoma has a ton of good backs, so they need to do what they can to get those guys on the field.
Henery was the only special teamer you considered? Didnt Bailey win the Groza award?
This argument sounds familiar. Don't tell Nebraska fans that, Tommy. Unless you want to get yelled at.
Now that the Buffs are gone, which university do you think has the best on field tradition?
If Missouri would man up and get a real tiger, they would have it. Other than that, I'll take the Masked Rider at Tech or the Baylor line at Baylor, the only place where fans rush the field BEFORE the game.
ISU is on a good start to getting more coverage nder Paul Rhoads, with road wins in Austin... but it'll be awhile before it's perceived as little more than a peasant uprising.
Some truth to that. But Paul Rhoads likes to say playing in and winning a bowl game gave his program a lot of legitimacy. He's right. Just have to keep doing it.
Speaking of the diamond formation, do you think OSU went away from that too much as the season moved along? Seemed like Holgerson cut back once OU started using it.
Yeah, they did. I'm not sure why. I didn't get a chance to ask. I don't think it really mattered, though. OSU's offense pretty much did whatever it wanted to basically everyone it played last year. Cutting back the Diamond didn't hurt them much.
Over/Under on kick-off returns OU allows this year? I say 4. What is going on there?
It's somewhat of a theme. Oklahoma fans like to harp on the fact that the Sooners don't have a special teams coordinator, but I think that's a little overblown. They're not the only team without a coordinator, and not everybody is giving up kickoff returns like crazy. For what it's worth, they were pretty good in that respect in 2009.
Ubb,What are the chances Hershel Simms plays next year at OSU? Is he in danger of being redshirted?
Ha, well danger is a bit of a loaded word there, but you never know with freshmen. OSU is pretty deep at running back, but it always depends on what kind of flash a player shows when he gets to camp, and how quickly he picks up the offense.
Being an Aggie fan is the closest I've ever come to being in an abusive relationship. I've seen too many "we're going to be so awesome" seasons, that I know better than to buy into the hype of us challenging OU for the Big 12 title. Based on past trends, I'll be shocked if A&M wins more than 7 games this year. Tell me why I'm wrong.
People said the same thing last year, and there was plenty of hype. The Aggies played pretty well against OSU and OK against Arkansas before getting blasted by Mizzou. You could argue that there was even more pressure after sitting at 3-3, but they answered in a big way. Now, they bring back a ton of talent. I'm not worried about an Aggies nosedive. Eight wins minimum. Probably 10.
Do you live every week like it's shark week?
So, unless A&M spams the reming spots on your list, can the argument be made that they did less with more? I know they're not lightweights, but your list illustrated that solid production doesn't Always mean star power.
Absolutely. I mean, look at Mizzou, too. They're going to have all of two players on the list and they won 10 games. They had a ton of really good players with really only 1-2 great players, one of whom was an offensive lineman. They didn't put a ton of guys on All-Big 12 teams, but look at A&M. Almost every one of their starters earned All-Big 12 honorable mention.
A couple more questions before we cut this off..
What are OSU's chances of bringing a W back from College Station with the Aggies looking for revenge after what happened in Stillwater this past season?
A&M wasn't invincible at home last year, and considering the way OSU played on the road last year, you have to feel pretty good about the Cowboys' chances.
toughest Non-Conference schedule next season?
Probably Oklahoma and A&M.
Thanks for all the questions, everybody. See you again next week.