What's up, all? We're back. Fire away.
David: Everyone knows about Bubba Starling, but which other draftees in the major league baseball draft yesterday could impact football recruiting, Big 12 or otherwise. Thanks.
Only one is probably Oklahoma QB signee Archie Bradley. He liked how the Sooners coaches worked with him to play both sports, but he'll have a decision to make after going in the top 10 last night.
Will the A&M-Arkansas game at Jerryworld ever enjoy the relevance it did in the days of the SWC?
Sure. It probably will this year. It's one of the best nonconference games of the year, and depending on how much both teams win--they'll both open the season in the top 15--before they meet in October, it could get even bigger.
Will Dana Holgerson last long enough to be head coach at West Virginia? There is lots of bad news and there are bad things happening in Morgantown.
Sounds like it's Bill Stewart who should be worried about his job. West Virginia dumping Holgorsen because of an incident that may have been isolated and didn't involve him breaking any laws would be absurd. Leaking damaging information--true or not--to the media about your replacement? That's a fireable offense if true.
Dave,Last week you predicted that A&M will finish 11-2 for the 2011 season. Is that 2 regular season losses and a bowl win, or 1 regular season loss and a bowl loss?
I got sucked in. At least an hour reading articles, message boards, tweets about the possibility of D. Green-Beckham and Gunner Kiel possibly coming to OU. What's the matter with me, Ubben? I'm a grown man (sort of). They're just kids...tell me it's the summer heat.
I don't quite get the obsession. I know it's exciting for fans, especially with big time players like those two, but I wouldn't get too wrapped up in it. Recruiting is a bigger crapshoot than the NFL Draft.
what's the Latest on TYLER Gabbert I heard he is headed to Iowa someone one on the Louisville site said that's the word.
It's still in flux. Those two schools are among the ones he's considering, but it sounds like he's still in contact with other coaching staffs and considering his options.
David,how much longer do you see Coach Snyder coaching at KSU?
With everyone playing everyone, which team: OU, OSU, TaM or MU are out of the BCS hunt by NOV 1?
From that group, I'd probably say Mizzou. Their defense will have to get it done, because all three of those offenses are a step above what Missouri will bring this year.
Dave, I like your blog, I read all your brilliant comments, and the others too. I think Tulsa could be overlloked by the other Oklahoma schools. What chance do you give this experienced team to pull an early season upset?
Flattery, folks. Even the coaches get it. Anyway, to your question, Tulsa is fascinating to me. Either of those schools show up, they'll win easily. But play badly, or lose the turnover battle by 2-3? They're going to have their hands full. It helps that they host OSu, too.
What about selling the naming rights to the conference? "ESPN Big 12 Blog Conference"? Maybe then we could keep up with PAC 12/ SEC money.
Gold. I'll pass that along to the suits at ESPN and the Big 12.
With the Big 12 Lite, will the forgotten 4 of the north, still be looked upon by sports writers/media as one of the 4 from the north?
Is keeping the name and logo a bad move for the Big 12? Shouldn't the league be looking to put that past behind them and the embarrassment of the raids? Why cling to a 16 year era that is over?
The name is good for reasons we've discussed at length here. The logo could use an update, but the Big 12 went what I'd consider the safe route and kept it.
Over the years, Iowa State has beaten someone they shouldn't have at least 1x/year. I believe Kansas State will beat at least 1 team they are not supposed to as of this moment. What game do you think K-State has the best chance to win when they are expected to lose? Thanks for all of the blogs, they are the best thing to keep the dreadful summer alive with football news!
Texas A&M better be careful when it goes up to Manhattan.
HS all-star QB Gunner Kiel and his family are coming to Norman this week (third time for all). It is rumored he will announce this Sunday. From my Crimson perspective that is great for OU...what say you Ubb's?
I say Oklahoma will find a good quarterback whether his name is Gunner Kiel or not. I seem to remember some kid named Sam Bradford doing OK, despite being branded with a dreaded three-star rating and another quarterback, Keith Nichol, taking his five stars to Michigan State to play receiver.
How many yards do I need to put up this year to not disappoint?
Interesting question. For one, I think this is heavily influenced by what Fozzy Whittaker and Cody Johnson, a pair of seniors do. If those two combine for 1,300-1,400 yards or so, no one will care what Brown does. But if they do what they've done in their careers to this point, and Brown doesn't get on the field or produce if he does, that disappointment is going to bear down on him much more quickly.
Here's a scheduling question for you: Do you see more teams in the league going to a Bill Snyder cream-puff heavy schedule since 9 conference games will make it harder for certain teams to get to 6 wins and bowl eligibility?
I think you'll see most schools in the upper half of the league schedule one BCS game of varying difficulty.
why the fascination with a-m ? who did they beat to end their season that was any good last year ? The last time we saw them they were losing to ark.
Best question of the day. Oklahoma was awful last year. Everyone knows that.
David, on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 meaning you are positive how a team will do and 1 being completely uncertain, how would you rate this year's Texas Tech team on the "Wild Card" scale?
I'd say about a 7. The Red Raiders were a much bigger wild card last year. I think the floor is relatively high, and the ceiling relatively low. 6-8 wins for the Red Raiders.
have you really seen enough out of the oklahoma interior lineman on both sides of the ball to think that we have legitimate hope for a national title?
Offensively, yeah. They had a few hiccups at the goal line last year, but they were very good. One of the best in the league. Defensive line is a question, but like I've said before, that's not that important in the Big 12. A pass rush on the outside is way more important, and Oklahoma has that. Ronnell Lewis and Frank Alexander are solid, and Oklahoma has the best LBs in the league. That interior defensive line might hurt them if it meets an SEC or Big Ten team in the national championship, but in Big 12 play, the Sooners will be fine.
Any preseason record predictions on the horizon?
Probably have to wait until we get closer to the season.
If I were to come to K-State, who has the better chance of starting at QB in 2012, me or Collin Klien? I'm nervous about competition.........
Collin Klein, as long as he wins the job this year, which I think he will.
Dave, saw you did some coverage of College baseball over the weekend. Thoughts on teams remaining?
Big 12 is awful. Anybody got a Texas A&M score? Epic choke from Baylor last night.
Need a little help here, Ubbs. What's FSU's biggest threat? Do me right, and I might make you my new special teams coach.
E.J. Manuel. Mobile quarterbacks have given Oklahoma a bit of trouble in recent years, and Manuel looks like a good one.
Employing the assumption that Weeden and Blackmon are at least considered legitimate pre-season Heisman contenders -- Do you think them being on the same side of the ball, playing pitch and catch with each other, could actually hurt them in terms of voter perception? If they are both experiencing equal success and racking up big wins, how will one separate himself from the other without cannibalizing votes?
Interesting question, and one Texas Tech encountered a couple years back. If you honestly want a player to win the Heisman, anyone with any sense is going to market the quarterback. Receivers, unless they make a big impact in the return game, don't win Heismans. And even then, it's near impossible. Perception or not, marketing for the Heisman is a big deal for players at schools that aren't traditional powers. Obviously, you have to win games, but getting guys names out there is a concern, too. They don't have to do anything special to separate themselves. Weeden's position does it for himself.
What kind of numbers does Doege put up this year. Some during the Spring said he mas more accurate and athletic than Harrell.
I'll peg him for 3,800 yards this year.
A&M 0-0 bottom 8
Whoa. Gotta get that on the internet radio or something.
Any update on the Texas qb situation? Do you think anyone other than Gilbert has a realistic chance at nabbing the starting spot?
Yeah, I do. It's definitely close. I think Gilbert's experience will eventually win him the job one way or the other, but make no mistake, the job is absolutely open. I think that's clear. Case McCoy can definitely win the job. We'll see about Connor Wood. I'm not buying David Ash.
WHOOP! 1-0 A&M takes the lead in the 8th!
I guess the Big 12 is still alive.
Dubbs, these cheese fries are amazing! Have you had any?
Ha. Sorry OSU fans. Eskimo Joes: vastly overrated.
http://www.aggieathletics.com/allaccess/?media=246766Hopefully you have a screen big enough for the chat and game (like I do).
Devotion! I like it!
What are your opinions on the situation with DH and Bill Stewart over in Morgantown? I always thought Head Coach in Waitings' were stupid, and caused too many problems. Imagine what it does to those players, they'll probably be taking sides soon. Dana should've stayed... Haha
It's a weird deal. I love the idea of a coach-in-waiting...in theory. But as we've seen over and over again, in practice, it's been a train wreck.
There are 9 other teams in the Big 12 that hope Gilbert is the quarterback too
Dubbs, the Horns moved on to host the Super Regionals this weekend. Of course, they almost gave me a heart attack doing it.
Oh yeah. My bad on that.
is it me or did the old school stomach-cut jerseys make everyone look more menacing?
Yeah, those were pretty weird. They looked a little amateur, though. I like the new ones.
Best overall athletic program in the Big XII?
You don't want to know the answer to that question.
Do you think I should let RG3 play defense too? People have been telling me that defense is important, but I'm just not buying it.
Sounds like you're doing exactly the opposite. The Bears got their checkbook out to bring Phil Bennett in. He told me Baylor's committment to improvement (read: financial investment) was one of the things that impressed him the most and convinced him that Baylor was serious about building a program.
Do you have an early DPOY?
I wouldn't pick him to win it, but I'd vote for Travis Lewis in the preseason, mostly because the elite defensive talent in the Big 12 was drained by the NFL and Nebraska's exit. Nebraska probably would have had the top three defenders in the league next year, between Alfonzo Dennard, Jared Crick and Lavonte David.
Looks like this just got real.
Is this the year Uzoma Nwachukwu gets it done in Aggieland? After an impressive freshman year, he had a bit of a Sophomore slump. Could the QB situation last year have been a factor? (i.e. Johnson simply couldn't get him the ball and Tannehill kept it simple as he settled in and focused on Fuller)
Yeah, I'm not sure what the deal with that was. I was surprised at how quiet he was. He's a great receiver, but those guys have to have a lot come together to put up numbers, unless they're absolutely transcendent players.
Yes or No.....Longhorns finish with 7 or more regular season wins?
i'm calling it - tony jefferson is drafted top 10 when he comes out. he's that good. you'll see, davey, you'll see.
I feel like last year Defense and Offense actually balanced themselves out pretty well for importance in the Big XII, obviously this year you get a feel that it'll shift to Offense again with so much talent returning... how do you see the conference being known?
Re: Jefferson. I could see that.
You definitely pegged my feelings on this year, James. I think the defenses are going to get worked over this year. Get ready for lots of high scoring games in the league again.
Ubbs, I'm definitely buying NCAA Football 2012. How about you? You rollin' with me?
Opening day, obviously. I may have to challenge readers to a game or two and release my XBox Live gamer tag.
What do you think of the new MWC logo?
It ripped off a couple things, apparently, but on its own, I kind of liked the look.
What about OPOY? I say Jones, but of course, I'm biased.
If I had to pick a player to win it, I'd vote Jones. Preseason, I'll be voting Justin Blackmon.
Suppose A&M's season falls well below expectations...is Mike Sherman legitimately back on the hot seat?
A few more questions before we wrap this party up.
Not sure I follow. Why isn't your preseason pick the same as who you 'pick to win it'?
Maybe I'm alone in this, but I vote on the preseason awards for the most proven players at the respective positions entering the season. Postseason awards are for who has the best year. I don't think you should vote preseason awards based on what you THINK will happen. There's no question in my mind: Justin Blackmon was the best player in the Big 12 last year by a pretty solid margin.
If Sherman does become on the Hot Seat, will Tressel become an option at A&M?
Ags shut Arizona out in top of 9th for a 3-0 win to advance to the Super Regional.
There you go.
Dave. Wanna get an early comment in on the developing story with Colt McCoy's wife?
I heard that today. I'll just say this: I think things were said from people who don't necessarily know what they're talking about. An irresponsible phone call, in my opinion.
Can the Jawhawks even expect a conference win this season?
Yeah, Kansas will be competitive this year and find a way to win 1-2 conference games.
Mack Brown in trouble if Texas has a 4-5 loss season?
Depends on how those 4-5 losses happen. I don't think he would be, but if Texas just gets beat up by all the best teams in the Big 12, which I don't believe it will be, then he might be in trouble. Say what you will about Texas 5-7 year, but the Longhorns were competitive in all but three of those losses.
Perceived strength of the Big XII next season will: a)Go up b)Go Down c) Stay about the same
Go up, because the Big 12 will be nationally relevant a lot longer. I didn't believe the Big 12 had anything close to a title contender last year, and wrote as much. By November 1, everyone in the league had a loss. This year, Oklahoma is a definite title contender, and OSU and A&M could make it happen if they get hot and get a few favorable bounces.
Cyclones over under for the year 7.5 which way do you bet?
Under. Five wins for ISU.
OK, that's it for today. Thanks for all the questions. See you again next week!