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May 10, 3:00 PM ET
Chat with David Ubben

David Ubben
  (3:00 PM)

What's up, everybody? Let's get started. What's on your minds?

Barry Switzer (Oklahoma)

Hello Dave how are things? I know the Sooners secondary is a question mark for a lot of people, do we have enough athletic ability to overcome inexperience issues in that area? And what about those Buckeyes, how you would you handle that situation if you were and NCAA investigator?

David Ubben
  (3:02 PM)

Yeah, Oklahoma has some nice talent in the secondary. Inexperienced, sure, but Aaron Colvin and Gabe Lynn, the two least experienced guys back there, showed a ton of potential this spring.

Sam (Normanville)

Would you agree that Brent Venables is the obvious successor to Bill Snyder at K State? Or at least the front runner? I know it's early to say since Snyder is still there.

David Ubben
  (3:03 PM)

I actually talked about this on a podcast I did last week with a K-State blog, but no, I don't think so. Venables has waited around and fostered a pretty great reputation for his work at Oklahoma. We all saw where Will Muschamp landed for his first job. It's not impossible, but I think Venables, when he chooses to leave, could get a much better job.

Miles (Austin)

When do the freshman who did not enroll early arrive on campus/start practicing with the team? I'm curious about Texas but if you know for every B12 team I'm other people might want to know. Thanks, love the blog.

David Ubben
  (3:04 PM)

Most freshmen will get there sometime in June and start doing voluntary workouts with the team and working with strength staff.

Kevin (Orange County, CA)

If K-State is the "dark horse" at #7 in the power rankings to potentially surprise the Big XIIish, who is the team to potentially fall & disappoint the conference?

David Ubben
  (3:05 PM)

Said it a couple times, but definitely Oklahoma State. They've got a tough schedule, are replacing a lot of guys on defense and a new playcaller. Entirely possible that the Cowboys win eight games or so. Not an awful season, but well short of what's expected. It's equally plausible that they win the Big 12, but of the top four or five teams in this league, they've got the most potential for a big drop.

Richard (Manhattan, KS)

The ISU vs. KSU games have been fairly close the last 2 years with KSU coming out on top. Does that trend continue this year and on with the new format?

David Ubben
  (3:06 PM)

Perhaps. I'm actually writing about that on the blog tomorrow. Come back for it.

Collin (Irvine, CA)

David, I know you've been following the Big 12 for years now. Did you ever think around 06-07 A&M was ever going to be anything but a football school? I certainly did, but with Turgeon leaving it makes me think there's no way it ever will be. Thoughts?

David Ubben
  (3:08 PM)

No, even if the basketball team wins big for an extended period of time, it's all about the local culture. Texas = football. Especially among Aggies. That's just the way it is.

Dustin (Dallas)

Okay, lets be real, Malcom Brown is a great HS RB, but does he really revive an anemic offense?

David Ubben
  (3:08 PM)

It's impossible to look around college football and not see the impact other freshman runners have had. Marcus Lattimore. Michael Dyer, to name a few. Is Brown those guys? No. But it's not unrealistic to think he could possibly change Texas' offense completely.

Matt (Philadelphia)

Thoughts on the Horns' secondary? Mr. Jones and Mr. Broyles have to be licking their chops for the State Fair.

David Ubben
  (3:10 PM)

Yeah, they've got some time to learn a few things, but watching Case McCoy tear up the first-team secondary with backups had to be a welcome sight for the Sooners. Texas has a few guys like Quandre Diggs and Carrington Byndom with a lot of potential, but it's pretty hard to be big impact guys right away when you haven't really played. Blake Gideon has to make sure those guys know what they're doing and where they need to be.

Phillip (a stadium near you)

David,with the explosive offense that Baylor should have,if the defense can step up,how bout Baylor over TCU on September 2nd?

David Ubben
  (3:11 PM)

Very, very possible. TCU has so many new faces and Baylor's offense is so refined, it sets up nicely for them, especially getting a chance to host the Frogs.

Michael (Waco)

Now that Tyler Gabbert has said he will transfer, who is the best backup QB in the BIG 12 in your opinion?

David Ubben
  (3:14 PM)

Well, let's not assume Gabbert was that guy. The Big 12 doesn't really have a lot of backups we've seen much of, though. Nick Florence at Baylor is probably the most experienced of the group. Maybe Drew Allen at OU. There aren't many guys you could make a solid argument for.

Tony (Richmond, CA)

Is there something more, behind the scenes, going on with the Tyler Gabbert transfer? Or is this simply the case of a player being upset about not winning the starting job?

David Ubben
  (3:16 PM)

Couple things. One, I'm not sure it's fair to categorize Gabbert as "upset." Disappointed he didn't win the job, I'm sure, but "upset' isn't a great word in this case. I do think there's something else going on behind the scenes, considering his father said exactly that, but I don't think it's anything sinister or something that would get Missouri in trouble. Just something that, for whatever reason, the Gabbert's don't want public.

Connor Brewer (Austin)

Garret was quietly named the started, and told someone who told someone who told the press. Now Mack has offered a classic non-denial, what are the chances that I, a top rated QB recruit, bolt before the next season kicks off?

David Ubben
  (3:17 PM)

That didn't sound like a non-denial to me. And the chances of you not signing? Not good.

Dustin (Dallas)

Okay, i drank the Texas kool-aid last year and thought they would run the table... and it tastes good again this year! I know you seem to expect them around 7-8 wins this year. Why not just come over and join me and Urban Meyer's little club that thinks Texas will win it all again?

David Ubben
  (3:18 PM)

Soon enough. But I don't believe Texas has the personnel it needs offensively to be a real threat to win the Big 12. Unbelievable if you look at recruiting rankings, but very believable if you look at what's actually on the field.

Drying paint (Omaha)

Which should I be watching more, KSU's turf webcam or ISU's scoreboard cam? My computer can't handle that much intensity at the same time.

David Ubben
  (3:19 PM)

I'm working on getting a webcam of me typing blog entries set up. That tickle your fancy?

Danny (Rapid City, SD)

Was James Franklin already so far ahead in the QB race at Mizzou that Tyler Gabbert really had no other choice but to transfer? Did Franklin surge just ahead at the spring game to where Gabbert simply saw the writing on the wall? How wide was the gap?

David Ubben
  (3:20 PM)

Well, to be certain, we can only really go off what the coaches have said. And they gave every indication that it was really, really close. Maybe it wasn't? Maybe Gabbert didn't want to risk it in the fall. I doubt he'll ever go indepth about it.

Dustin (Dallas)

Malcolm Brown - Jonathan Gray, top running backs two years in a row! The OL's second year coming OFF the zone blocking scheme. Does UT actually have a running game coming?

David Ubben
  (3:22 PM)

Depends on the Longhorns ability to develop those talents. The lastcouple years, the running backs haven't been great, but Stacy Searels' offensive line will have some high expectations from fans next year.

Taylor (MHK)

Let's say Bryce Brown comes out of the gates this fall at the level he was hyped up to be. What kind of impact does he have on the Wildcats' offense?

David Ubben
  (3:23 PM)

If he's not any good, or K-State can't run the ball, the Wildcats will probably win 3-4 games. If he can reproduce or exceed what Daniel Thomas did, the Wildcats can probably win eight games.

David Ubben
  (3:23 PM)

For what it's worth, I picked them to go 6-6 and 4-5 in conference play.

Common Sense (Anywhere)

Is the BigXII really not going to change its name? It doesn't make any sense at all.

David Ubben
  (3:24 PM)

The Big 12 and the Big Ten should just play one big game of chicken.

Uncle Pennybags (Boardwalk)

Going with the idea of KSU's and ISU's webcams, should the Longhorns install a counter like the National Debt Counter to show their growing bank account? Of course, the Longhorns counter will be in he positive, unlike the fed government's.

David Ubben
  (3:25 PM)

Ha. I'm sure the rest of the league would love that, right before ribbing Dan Beebe for having it as his screen saver.

Bryan (Houston)

What's the holdup with updates to the new Big 12 (10) branding?? What kind of changes do you expect to see? Same name, new logo?

David Ubben
  (3:28 PM)

The league is waiting on the research from that firm in Boston and will probably start seriously talking about it at the leagues' meetings in three weeks.

Greg (Texas)

Who has a bigger impact in their first year: Glasgow at Tech or Bennett at Baylor?

David Ubben
  (3:28 PM)

Bennett.

Mike (central texas)

I saw John Hubert of K-State play in high school. Obviously there is only one Darren Sproles, but at 5' 7" for people that saw him play in high school (he holds the city TD record for Waco previously held by Ladainian Tomlinson) there have been comparisons. If Bryce is a dud, I think K-State will still be able to run. Your thoughts?

David Ubben
  (3:30 PM)

K-State does have pretty good depth. We'll see about Hubert. The Wildcats offense doesn't really serve scatbacks very well. There's not a lot of wide open space like there is in Missouri and Texas Tech's offenses. You need a bigger back like Daniel Thomas that can feel creases and holes and run between the tackles. Brown is a better fit for the offense, but we'll see once he gets on the field.

Paul (Houston)

If Mike Sherman wins the Big 12 this year does he become the 3rd best coach in the big 12 behind stoops and brown?

David Ubben
  (3:31 PM)

Nope. Has to maintain the success a little longer before that happens.

Joshua (Houston)

Big 12 leader in sacks at end of season - Go!

David Ubben
  (3:31 PM)

Brad Madison.

Aaron (Westminster, CO)

Do you see Oklahoma utilizing the 3-4D next year because of the depth at LB and the lack of depth at DT?

David Ubben
  (3:33 PM)

In spot situations, maybe, but I wouldn't expect a wholesale change.

Brian (Georgetown)

I wasn't happy with Texas being out of the first round of the draft this year. How do we fair next year?

David Ubben
  (3:34 PM)

Will likely be defensive talents if any, but it could be close. Keenan Robinson sounds like he could go in the first round.

James (Atlanta)

Who's your pick to replace Turgeon at A&M?

David Ubben
  (3:36 PM)

All the buzz, if you will, is around Buzz Williams, a former A&M assistant, for now.

Eric (SLO, CA)

With the loss of Colorado & Nebraska, do the remaining northern teams start to whither on the vine of mediocrity?

David Ubben
  (3:36 PM)

A bit. You may have noticed the bottom three teams on my Big 12 power rankings after the spring were all North teams, which means six of the top seven are former South teams.

Mack (Austin)

How would you stop the Sonners dimaound formation and how affective will it be without Murry (man glad he is gone)

David Ubben
  (3:37 PM)

It all comes down to assignment football. There's so much misdirection in that formation, guys have to stay in position and not overplay anything, while also winning some one-on-ones to get to the ballcarrier. There's no secret, but new wrinkles like that, and the Wildcat when it was first re-introduced a few years back, are tough on defensive coordinators.

Terrence Malick (Bartlesville, OK)

Is it crazy to think that if OU wins the Nat'l Championship, Heupel might take a head coaching job after this season?

David Ubben
  (3:39 PM)

Not impossible, but I'd expect most schools that Heupel would consider jumping to to wait on him for a few more years. If he really, really wanted a head coaching job, he could jump to a low-level one, but I don't get an indication that he won't be patient.

John (China Spring, Texas)

Best defense based on what you saw in spring and returning starters, in your opinion?

David Ubben
  (3:40 PM)

Nobody's really dominant, but Texas A&M and Missouri could be up there. Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas hanging around below those two.

Joe (Buda)

How many times will Diaz's men sack Tannehill on turkey day?

David Ubben
  (3:41 PM)

Ha, ask A&M's tackles.

David Ubben
  (3:42 PM)

A few more questions before we shut down this party.

I am the (12th Man)

Ubben,Do you find it odd that OU is favored to be #1, when in reality A&M will field a better team with less question marks?

David Ubben
  (3:43 PM)

No, not really. Question marks aside, Oklahoma's potential is higher and though they have more question marks (mostly DT and DBs) neither is a huge one.

Ryan (Oak Park)

Come clean with us, Dave-- do you actually own any of the seasons of Glee?

David Ubben
  (3:44 PM)

Ha. No. I don't really buy TV shows. The only box set i own is The Wire.

Mike (okc)

Florida or OU on the 17th

David Ubben
  (3:45 PM)

I'm taking OU until the Sooners give me reason not to.

Adrian "All Day" Peterson (Twin Cities)

I think the comparisons of Malcolm Brown to me are unwarranted and will likely prove untrue. BUT, he wins, hands-down, in the A.D. doppelganger contest. Have you seen a frame by frame comparison of us?

David Ubben
  (3:47 PM)

There's no doubt in my mind Brown doesn't have the top end speed Peterson had. We'll see what that means for his future, but Brown seems to me like much more of a grinder, a guy who can handle a ton of touches. As for looks? I'll have to check that out. Haven't really looked at it.

random guy (every big 12 city)

How come you don't like my team, and always write about my big rival

David Ubben
  (3:48 PM)

Conspiracy!

Thomas (COMO)

Does the fact that Gabbert is transfering saying something about him as an athlete/person? I mean it seems very early to just bail before the decision has even been made. I want a kid to QB that wants the starter job more than anything else and does not just quit bc he is behind...

David Ubben
  (3:50 PM)

I don't know, I'd be very, very hesitant to try and draw some greater truth about Gabbert from one decision that we don't necessarily know all the details about. It looks that way, but I'd reserve any real judgments until we see more of Tyler Gabbert elsewhere. This move could end up being the best decision for him.

Max (KCK)

Just curious as to who you have down as KSU's conference wins. Specifically, if UT is one of them. If not, probably should be.

David Ubben
  (3:50 PM)

No comment.

David Ubben
  (3:50 PM)

Thanks for all the questions, folks. See you again next week!