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April 26, 3:00 PM ET
Chat with David Ubben

David Ubben
  (3:00 PM)

Hey, everybody. Let's get started. What's on your minds this week?

Charlie (Junction City, KS)

KSU v. Miami - who wins?

David Ubben
  (3:01 PM)

Gotta go Miami this early. We'll see how the Wildcats look this fall, but the Hurricanes look like they should be pretty solid coming back. And Jacory Harris can't throw any MORE interceptions, can he? OK, maybe he can.

Barry Switzer (Oklahoma)

Pre-Season rankings are kind of cool but I never really put much thought into them seeing as how every year the Top 25 inevitably shuffle around. Having said that in your opinion how big of a target does OU have on its back from the word go and do you think this OU team has the maturity to handle the pressure week in and week out?

David Ubben
  (3:02 PM)

It's a pretty big one, no doubt. But I agree with what Bob Stoops has reiterated all offseason. How's that anything new for Oklahoma? There are plenty of guys on this team that were around for the 2008 and 2009 seasons. It was the same thing then.

Leslie (San Antonio)

OU graduated their starting safeties, and possibly a starting CB to grade issues, will the secondary be a weak link for a title run?

David Ubben
  (3:04 PM)

It's a question mark, but the Sooners have good talent coming back. Demontre Hurst is solid and could have a huge year whether Jamell Fleming is back or not. Gabe Lynn was a big-time recruit that the coaching staff seems to have a lot of confidence in, too. Aaron Colvin has been very, very good at safety. Weak link? Maybe, but I wouldn't count on it.

Shane (Spring, TX)

How many trick plays will Bryan Harsin use against OU?

David Ubben
  (3:05 PM)

I'm setting the over/under at 4.5. That's not a joke.

Andrew (Bryan)

So what happens when the horns move malcolm brown (RB) to DE ( like chris whaley) because johnathon gray is so much better. wont it be weird to have two players on defense named malcolm brown? how will they communitcate? (also asuming he (DT) doesnt decommit)

David Ubben
  (3:06 PM)

That smells like Aggie discontent. Seems like Texas A&M does pretty well with two good running backs, no? Is Texas not allowed to do the same? Only one player can get all the carries, and the other will be a malcontent forced to switch positions?

Andrew (Lubbock)

Since we're already making preseason poll predictions, let's take it a step further. Who in the Big 12 do you think ends the regular season ranked?

David Ubben
  (3:07 PM)

My guesses: OU, OSU, A&M, Missouri aaaaaand...Baylor.

Bob Stoops (Norman, Oklahoma (God's Country))

OU is the Odds-on favorite once again, but if we get to the national title will we have another break down, or will be be able to knock off an LSU, Oregon, or even Alabama? Do we have a physical enough O-line/D-line to win? Because championships are won in the trenches?

David Ubben
  (3:09 PM)

This is a great point. Oklahoma's offensive line didn't get it done in big situations (namely, Texas A&M) last year, but Stoops has commended it this spring, even going out of its way to do so. The defensive tackle spot is more of a concern. Jamarkus McFarland has a lot of potential, but he hasn't been a world-beater yet. It's interesting, because the D-line I don't think will hurt them in conference play. In a title game? Well, I think OU fans would love to find out.

Orville (Lubbock, TX)

David: If Ryan Tannehill tanks, what kind of a season will A&M have? How dependent are they on a good/great season by Tannehill?

David Ubben
  (3:10 PM)

Tannehill would take them to a great season, but A&M is still solid everywhere else. If Tannehill throws for like 2,600 yards, completes 55 percent of his passes and has like 17 TDs to 13 INTs, A

David Ubben
  (3:11 PM)

Whoops. Cut the answer off. "A&M probably wins eight games. You have to have great QB play to win big in this league, but the Aggies are good enough to do OK even if he struggles."

Filemon (Bryan/College Station)

Who would you consider the top three darkhorses in the big12-2 for the 2011 football season? Assuming UT 2010 was only a minor blip..

David Ubben
  (3:12 PM)

Well, I think it's pretty clear that OU, OSU and A&M are the favorites. My dark horses? Missouri, Texas and the darkest horse of them all: Kansas State.

Jordan (Houston)

Do the Aggies make a BCS bowl this year?

David Ubben
  (3:13 PM)

Beat OSU and I'd be shocked if they didn't. Lose to OSU, and I'd be shocked if they did. That game will come down to a few key plays.

Kyle (Garland, TX)

Hey David- Which of the Big 12 staffs do you think does the best job of coaching up their players? Or finding the hidden talent out there? You must know of course that the number of star recruits and players is unequal amongst the 12, now, 10 schools. Who does the best job?

David Ubben
  (3:15 PM)

Writing on this somewhat for tomorrow, actually. I'd go with Texas Tech, although that's changing now. The Red Raiders are hauling in some big-time recruits lately.

David Ubben
  (3:15 PM)

Missouri does a nice job of developing a high percentage of three-star recruits into solid players, too.

Filemon (Bryan/College Station)

Baylor...really?

David Ubben
  (3:15 PM)

Really.

Phil (Lubbock)

Nice job with the Blake Dees pick earlier. I think a lot of people are going to be surprised with how fast we are next year. Jakeem Grant, Ben McRoy, J. Amaro, J. McRoy, R. Daniels and E. Stephens are going to leave some teams gasping for air.

David Ubben
  (3:16 PM)

Maybe, but I think it'll really kick in in 2012. That's going to be a solid, solid Tech team if there's no big injuries or attrition. Ronnie Daniels should be fun to watch, and I'm interested to see how Jace Amaro changes the Tech offense.

Allan (Stillwater)

Who ya got playing in the NBA Finals? Yes, I know this isn't Big12 football related.

David Ubben
  (3:17 PM)

Thunder-Heat.

Joh [via mobile]

Do you think the NCAA will ever go to a playoff format

David Ubben
  (3:17 PM)

At some point in my lifetime, yes. In the foreseeable future? No.

John Cooper (Knoxville)

If I lied and used ineligible players, I could have beaten Michigan too. Thoughts on my successor?

David Ubben
  (3:19 PM)

You know it's a big scandal when OSU fans are infiltrating a Big 12 chat. My only thought is: if Ohio State is going to keep Tressel around, it better be prepared to be a punch line in college football, regardless of results on the field, for a long time.

Ryan (Houston/Lubbock)

1st of all: Ubben, when are you going to get a big 12 widget to that I can put on my fantasy baseball page. ESPN already has similar widgets so it wouldnt be that hard...DO YOU NOT REALIZE THAT A

David Ubben
  (3:20 PM)

And OSU hadn't won in Lubbock for like a century or something crazy last year. That was really relevant to the 2010 game, wasn't it?

Clyde (Cleveland)

Best running back in the conference?

David Ubben
  (3:22 PM)

For now, Cyrus Gray. But look out for Joseph Randle and Roy Finch. Losing six of seven 1,000-yard rushers means it's probably going to be a bit of a down year for running backs in this league after a strong class last year with Kendall Hunter, DeMarco Murray, Daniel Thomas and Rodney Stewart, among others.

Tony (Richmond, CA)

Dave, I saw your piece on Corey Nelson being among the spring risers, but the MLB has been the position I"ve been looking for information on this spring. Who gets the starts, Wort or Box?

David Ubben
  (3:22 PM)

Box can't stay healthy. He's had a whole mess of stuff throughout his career. Not his fault, but I'm betting Wort spends more time on the field than Box this year.

Kris (Des Moines)

So how ridiculous did the the Boise AD sound on CFBL the other day? Its like he doesn't understand that the best chance for Boise to play for a NC is in the current system. No way Boise ever makes it through any type of playoff.

David Ubben
  (3:24 PM)

It's about power, though. Boise would like their fate to be in their own hands, just like every team in a similar position. For now, they have no control over where they play.

Alex (KCMO)

could Justin Blackmon be a candidate for the Heisman this year?

David Ubben
  (3:24 PM)

Could end up in New York, but it's near impossible for receivers to actually win it.

Kirk (Texas)

All time and Big 12 offense with no weaknesses? Who you got? Some are saying this 11 aggie team, others 08 sooners and 05 Longhorns. What's your take?

David Ubben
  (3:26 PM)

Uh, let's pump the brakes a bit on the 2011 Aggies. They don't have anyone on that team close to what the Sooners or Longhorns had on offense. The Sooners had one of the best O-lines in the history of college football and a No. 1 pick at quarterback. The Longhorns had one of the greatest college QBs of all-time in Vince Young. A&M? A very good offense, but nowhere near that level. No weaknesses, maybe, but nowhere near as good as either of the other two offenses.

Alex (KCMO)

will the wildcats greatly feel the loss of Thomas?

David Ubben
  (3:26 PM)

That's up to Bryce Brown and John Hubert.

Alex (KCMO)

Is Iowa State's QB Arnaud coming back this year?

David Ubben
  (3:27 PM)

Unfortunately, he was denied a 13th year of eligibility. So, no.

Cameron (CS, Tx)

Odds on A&M/OSU game hosting Game Day?

David Ubben
  (3:28 PM)

I haven't looked at the composite schedule much, but that would be tough to pass up.

Taylor B (College Station)

If you had to put a percentage on the Big 12 getting two BCS teams, what percentage would you say as of right now? I would feel that the chances are relatively high.

David Ubben
  (3:30 PM)

Much, much higher without a championship game, in my opinion. We'll see how it shakes out, though. If the champion has no losses or one loss and there are one or two other teams with two losses, it'll be close. Just one loss and it's for sure: A&M or OSU will go.

Filemon (Bryan/College Station)

So, should Texas Tech just mail it in this year and wait for 2012? Does not sound like they have much of a chance on paper...

David Ubben
  (3:32 PM)

Ha, on paper. Doesn't mean they can't do something special and surprise people. OSU did it last year. But for now, the offense looks pretty young and the defense isn't good enough yet.

Alex (KCMO)

So what do you think the biggest big 12 matchup is this year?

David Ubben
  (3:33 PM)

Bedlam may not be for an outright Big 12 title, but it should have major, major implications on who takes it home.

Allan (Stillwater)

OSU plays Arizona for game 1 of the season. What are they odds they put a bigger beatdown on them than they did at the Alamo Bowl?

David Ubben
  (3:33 PM)

Not great. The Cowboys should win, but Arizona is a better team than it showed in that game. Terrible, terrible performance.

John (Aggieland)

what do you think of the new celebration rule?

David Ubben
  (3:34 PM)

I hate everything about it. Dumb, unnecessary. An easily avoidable controversy waiting to happen. Who, exactly, thought celebrations were becoming excessive in college football?

guest (iowa)

How much do you think the new giant scoreboard/sound system will help ISU in recruiting?

David Ubben
  (3:35 PM)

Maybe a little bit, but wins are the real currency in recruiting. Whether your coach is towing them from a program previously or has done it at your school, that's the only way to guarantee your recruiting gets better eventually.

Ag (Dallas)

According to many sources, all it would take is a few tapes and 15 minutes and any DC can make Tanehill useless. Should A&M bench him before he derails their season?

David Ubben
  (3:36 PM)

Ha, OK. We'll see about that. Don't hold your breath, Tex.

Alex (KCMO)

So Texas had a rocky season last year how come they already have a great recruiting class for the 2012 season?

David Ubben
  (3:37 PM)

Quite literally: Because they're Texas. There's a sect of guys who grow up just wanting to wear the burnt orange and another sect who want to go there and win. They've done a lot of that under Mack Brown, and one season isn't going to hurt recruiting that much, if at all.

Antoine Dodson (Huntsville, AL)

He's (Mike Sherman) climbin' in yo windows, snatchin' yo recruits up, so you betta hide ya kids, hide ya wife, and hide ya husband, cause he be recruitin' everybody out here.

David Ubben
  (3:38 PM)

Touche.

Robert (Salt Lake City)

Of course TAMU should bench Tannehill. Everyone know that Showers or whoever is #2 is the best QB on the team.

David Ubben
  (3:38 PM)

Clearly. Anyone can see that.

cy (ames)

what do you think of iowa state getting a second game on espn for the first time ever this season against osu?

David Ubben
  (3:39 PM)

Ah, I just saw that. Good to see. Nothing but positive for the program.

Coach Rhoades (Iowa)

David, who should start? It seems like everyone has a built in excuse this spring. Tiller had a bad throwing elbow, Steele was brand new, and Capello and Barnett are really only freshmen. A little help here...

David Ubben
  (3:41 PM)

Rhoads told me it was Tiller's shoulder, actually, not the elbow. A teammate fell on it trying to recover a fumble. If I had to bet, I'd go with Steele right now.

allen (houston)

will you be at the Baylor TCU game since it moved to friday?

David Ubben
  (3:42 PM)

Not sure just yet. I'd like to be, but we'll see.

Alex (KCMO)

so who will start this year for KU?

David Ubben
  (3:43 PM)

Jordan Webb.

David Ubben
  (3:43 PM)

A few more questions before we wrap this party up.

Brian (Dallas)

Would you compare Tannehill to Mcleory of Alabama, smart, good game manager outstanding line and duel threat running backs. Or is McLeory a better quarterback period with a better coach.

David Ubben
  (3:44 PM)

Similar. Tannehill is apparently a genius, according to his teammates. He wants to do medical school eventually. He's not quite the prospective Rhodes Scholar that McElroy was, but he's everything you'd want in a QB.

David Ubben
  (3:44 PM)

He's a much better athlete than McElroy, and a much stronger arm.

Cameron (CS, Tx)

A&M just released their 2011 schedule and the home opener is on a Sunday against SMU. Dumb move putting it on a Sunday?

David Ubben
  (3:47 PM)

I like it. A post is coming about that, by the way. Gotta love breaking news during a chat. I better get to that. Thanks for all the questions this week.