Hey, all. We're back again. What's on your minds?
If someone decided to investigate any of the Big 12 Schools, what are the odds anything bordering the infractions of OSU would be discovered at even 1 of the Schools? Basically, was OSU guilty because they were "more" guilty or because they got caught?
Well, let's not make this about OSU. I think anyone who's covered college football for any amount of time knows every program has problems in some capacity. Some are worse than others. Some are better at not getting caught. The levels of both are the biggest unanswered question in college football, I'd say.
Are you of the opinion that the NCAA has bred the idea that it is OK to cheat? It seems that for the past several years, the risk/reward for cheating has been awfully low. USC got slammed and now tOSU, do you think they will start to swing a bigger stick?
No, I don't think so. USC had major, major infractions, and OSU liedto the NCAA, which was exponentially worse than anything that actually happened.
I hate the Round Robin format. I grew up on the Big XII not the Big 8. Im sorry I cant get excited about playing Iowa State & Kansas every single year. Try to sell me on the RR format. I hate it
It brings an end to the talk about schedule strength in conference, and people can't throw an asterisk on teams like Kansas in 2007, who made it to the BCS with one loss, in part because it didn't have to play Oklahoma or Texas. How'd I do?
Well, now that Malcolm Brown has already won two Heisman's...whats next for this one-man wrecking crew? Will he get bored and switch to QB? Seriously, if anyone think's hes going to come close to 1,000 yards behind that horrible O-line is crazy
Lots of truth to that. More than anything Brown does, the problem lies with the offensive line. It'll be tough for Stacy Searels to change that immediately. As for Brown, I think he'll start slow, but become the starter midway through the season.
Tell Phil Steele Justin Beiber & I are hurt by his snub
Which fan base would have the largest meltdown if their team lost in week 1?
Texas A&M. This is "The Year." It's playing a former SWC opponent in SMU, and doing it on Sunday night, when the nation will get a chance to watch. Would be an awful loss and basically ruin the year before it started.
I understand why so many people are putting a lot of hope onto the shoulders of Malcolm Brown. Do you think they are putting to much hope into one person, especially an incoming freshman? or is it completely justified?
It's a combination of skill and opportunity. He'll have both. Now, it's just up to Brown to learn the offense, pass protections and adjust to the speed of the game. That said, I would agree with you in that Brown needs to not listen to any of what's being said or written about him this offseason. The expectations have to be weighing on him at least a little bit.
Mr. Ubben, huge fan of the blog, keep it up. My question is about Bowl arrangements for our conference. Are you happy with the current ones? More? Less? Different ones? I'd like a dedicated tie-in to a bowl with an ACC opponent. Your thoughts?
Yeah, the Big 12 is probably going to cut out a couple of the tie-ins in the near future. I'd like to see some more games against the ACC and SEC. There are too many against the Big Ten, in my opinion.
David, very sad news about Coach Torbush,wishing him the very best! Do you think Coach Gill is relieved on a personal level that Kansas don't have to play Nebraska any longer?
Agreed. Very sad to hear, but I'm sure he'll do well fighting it. As for Gill, yeah. You could tell on both sides of the rivalry, it was an awkward game. Maybe even more awkward than I thought it would be. Turner did a nice job of deflecting the attention on that storyline, something that probably needed to be done, but yeah, it's definitely a relief.
hey, dubs. best kicker in th sip 10?
Grant Ressel, Missouri.
david - how long do you think it will take akina and diaz to shape up the secondary to '05 levels considering the inexperienced but super talented bunch they have coming in?
Probably 2-3 years to reach that level. Despite the inexperience, I think Phillips, Byndom and maybe Diggs will be OK this year.
The Ags seem to have upset the recruiting balance in LA and are forcing LSU to offer in state guys faster than they normally would. That being said, how many of the Aggie's LA verbals actually sign on?
I don't follow recruiting closely enough to know how true that is, but the Aggies have done a nice job this year. Davante Borque was a nice pick up. I'd expect most, if not all, to sign.
Hey David, do you see any chance of my Aggie secondary stopping the Oklahoma receiving corp? I noticed they got Dejuan Miller back and healthy and of course ryan broyles and that kenny stills. Also, where are some good places to go in Norman while im there for the game? Thanks
I don't think anyone's going to stop Oklahoma's passing game. Fortunately for A&M, they're one of the few teams with an offense that will be able to keep up. Any team that beats OU this year is probably going to have to score at least 30 to do it. As for Norman, you can't go wrong with most places around Campus Corner.
Does mizzou get into a bcs bowl this year?
It's possible, but I don't think it will just yet. Tough to get by the three favorites this year, who all look pretty solid, and Missouri has to play them all.
That includes road games at A&M and Oklahoma, by the way.
David I noticed that you left Mizzou off the list you made of best returning receiving corps. Did you include Egnew with the receivers or the O-Line (which you also snubbed)?
Egnew would be with the receivers in my book, but compared to the rest of the Big 12, Missouri's not on the same level in terms of having a variety of guys who can make up a complete receiving corps. The Tigers have good depth, but compared to OU, OSU, A&M and Baylor, they're not as good.
Any glaring omissions on Phil Steele's list, in your opinion?
Just Tony Jefferson, who I think was left off because he's not one of the best safeties or the best linebackers in the league. However, he's the best nickel back with Eric Hagg gone. I'd suggest, in some cases, adding a nickel back spot rather than a fourth linebacker.
You say that Ohio State didn't do anything too wrong but lie or something like that. I would have to disagree if all these other tatoo and car stories turn out to be true. If the car stories turn out to be true get ready for a loss if instutional control. Plus the free grades in class. That place was a mess .
Never said they didn't do anything wrong. Clearly, they did. But the scope and severity of what they did wrong is, I would guess, not far beyond what you might find at a number of programs elsewhere if the microscope were fixed as tightly on them. That said, lying to the NCAA is what brings the hammer. I'd generally fall into the school of thought that the problem lies with the system, not the violators. I think we can all agree that murder is wrong. Nobody has a problem with the American justice system. But players trading a jersey for a free tattoo? Illegal by the NCAA rules, but can anyone find a concrete, moral reason why that should be illegal?
Has there been any talk about the number of bowl bids lowering with 10 teams? Also, which teams would KSU match-up well against if their 4-3 defense is much improved over last year's defensive squad...meaning, which teams in the conference are more run first, and less spread?
Yes, I wrote about it this morning. As for which teams a 4-3 at Kansas State would match up best against? I'd say Iowa State, Kansas, Texas and Texas A&M.
What about Ahmad Dixon, who will get his first full starting year? Would he be a candidate for your list, although he didn't make the Phil Steele list
Probably, if there was more than one spot for a nickel back.
You mentioned M Brown being a preseason first team All-Big 12er, but fell short of giving an opinion. Does he deserve it when I have just as many college football rushing yards last season? Who would you have put in the spot behind C Gray?
It's a good question. For all the strength the Big 12 had at running back last year, it's a pretty weak class of backs this year. Of the seven guys who topped 1,000 yards in the Big 12 last year, just one (Gray) returns. Behind him, it's pretty thin, so it's not hard believe Bryce Brown, Malcolm Brown and Brandon Williams cracked the team. I'd have had Christine Michael a little higher.
More likely to be the next Von Miller - Ronnell Lewis or Jackson Jeffcoat?
Well, neither is very similar to Miller, but Jeffcoat is a more refined pass rusher, which is what I think you mean. I'd say he'll be the better of the two eventually.
How many sacks combined do Frank Alexander and the Hammer get this fall?
What do you think the run/pass ratio will be from TT this year since Tubs & Brown have two new players at tight end?
I think it'll still be pretty close to the 60-40 or 65-35 balance he's looking for, leaning pass. It's not so much that he wants to run more, he wants to run more effectively.
So, A&M finally recruited a good kciker. How good is he?
Let me consult my game tape of Taylor Bertolet in Big 12 play...You never know with kickers. High school doesn't mean anything. Ask Oklahoma and Jimmy Stevens.
Do you believe we'll ever see any kind of compensation for college athletes? I know it's a Pandoras Box kind of situation, but there has to be some way to give the student athlete a small portion of that large sum of money that is made off them. What do you think of a Al Gore type "lock box" of money that is set aside for a player to receive after they graduate?
There's a few solutions. The lock box is one, additional stipends is another. In theory, I'm not against paying athletes, but I don't have a solid plan to do it without adversely affecting other sports in a big way or hurting universities, so generally, I don't write about it much.
How ya like me now???
I'm not sure what this is about. Is the turf installation finished, I guess?
Do you think Ryan Tannehill has the skill set to play QB in the NFL?
Yeah, eventually. No reason he can't. Big. Good enough arm strength. Pretty accurate, as much as we've seen him. Obviously a very smart quarterback. More than anything, that's his biggest asset. Other than overall experience playing quarterback, he doesn't have a lot of question marks. The single biggest predictor of NFL success is career starts, and Tannehill will have just 20 at most when he graduates. However, if there was a player who could buck that trend, it's Tannehill, considering his experience at receiver and his brains.
Chances Mizzou lands DGB?
I'm pretty sure even DGB (WR Dorial Green-Beckham, aka, the nation's top recruit from Springfield, Mo.) can answer that question today. So I won't try.
Better aggie game to attend this year, A&M vs OU or OSU, and why?
A&M vs. OSU, because the Aggies might win that one. In Norman, with a Big 12 title on the line? I think we've already extensively covered on the blog why the chances of winning that are slim.
David, do you think Jackson Jeffcoat can live up to the Julius Peppers type of hype he received coming out of high school?
Did a nice job early last season in doing it. The ankle injury hurt him last year, but he should be fun to watch this year.
What is the deal with the NFL lockout...and airplane food?
Thinking about the lockout mostly just makes me sad these days. A fall without the NFL is so, so depressing.
Seriously, Ubbs, who is the most feared Big 12 player?
Interesting question. I'd have said Von Miller last year, probably, but nobody on defense really "scares" anyone this year. I'd probably say Justin Blackmon or Landry Jones now. Landry's play late last season and his destruction of Nebraska's secondary were pretty fantastic.
Am I wrong in thinking that K Stills my be better than Broyals by then end of the year. Be kind...
Dubs, whats up?! Love the blog! A&M v. Arkansas...who you got this year??
Will be close, but I think the Aggies offense plays a lot better this time around and gets the win, another huge one for Mike Sherman.
At the time, I supported leaving Jerrod Johnson out there, but in retrospect, if Tannehill plays that game, A&M probably wins.
True or False Marcus Kennard or Darion Moore or Jace Amaro make 1st team all Big 12?
Too crowded at the top for Kennard to do it as a receiver. Knocking Egnew off his perch (so many guaranteed touches in Missouri's system) will be tough. So I'll say false.
Team best prepared if their starting QB goes down?
I suppose it's relative, and there's some value, with this question, in having a very small gap between your starter and backup. So in that sense, you'd have to say K-State, Texas, Iowa State or Texas Tech.
Best coach (currently, as in recent history) in the Big 12 not named Stoops or Brown?
I'd say Pinkel or Gundy. Pretty remarkable to see the result of what they've built at their respective programs the last 3-5 years.
Not a big fan of your comparison of M Brown to Harrison Barnes. In basketball a true freshman can have a MUCH bigger impact on the team than in football, making the preseason accolades more reasonable in basketball.
Agreed, obviously. It's not perfect, but first-team in the preseason is a big burden for a kid who's never played a down of college football or stepped on the floor in a college basketball game.
Who do you like in Lubbock Tech or A&M? Tech always upsets someone in Lubbock.
Yeah, A&M will definitely be on upset watch when they head to Lubbock. The way Tech played against Mizzou last year, Oklahoma in 2009 and Texas in 2008, they always seem to knock someone off.
A few more questions before we wrap this up...
Should ISU fans be worried about other schools checking out Rhoads?
Perhaps. Check out lunch links tomorrow for more on that.
It seems everyone forgets OSU returns a strong secondary next year. What are the chances they become a better defense than last years? Comparable to '09 defense?
Overall, I think the defense will end up being better. If I had to bet, I like OSU's defense to continue the growth it showed last year. Markelle Martin and Brodrick Brown are solid back there, and I'm excited to see what Justin Gilbert can do as a bigger part of the team.
Over or Under?A&M finishes the regular season 9-3.
I'll go with the over for now. 11-2 for the Aggies.
That's it for this week. See you all again soon!