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October 11, 12:00 PM ET
Chat with Pat Forde

Pat Forde
  (12:01 PM)

Good afternoon and welcome to Ron Zook's gridworld. We're all just living in it. Except for Mike Stoops, who was evicted last night.

Phillip (A stadium near you )

Pat,were you surprised that Arizona pulled the trigger last night with the firing of Mike Stoops?

Pat Forde
  (12:03 PM)

Phillip: I was a little surprised, yes. I'm not usually a fan of mid-season firings without extenuating circumstances. But I know Arizona still would like to make a bowl game, and at 1-5 coming off a loss to Oregon State, it wasn't going to happen with the current head coach. So I think that dictated the sense of urgency there, like it or not.

Stacey (Omaha)

As a member of the media, what do you make of Bo Pelini lashing out and so often being rude to the media?

Pat Forde
  (12:04 PM)

Stacey: I keep waiting for Bo to grow up in terms of his dealings with the media, and it doesn't seem to be happening. When I was in Lincoln last August he was difficult to deal with for the local guys, and not a lot better with me. He needs to get a grip on that element of the job.

Steve (New York City)


Pat Forde
  (12:04 PM)

Steve: Bus.

Tom (Lincoln Park)

Pat, what do you see happening in the Michigan-MSU game this week? The important battle seems to be the UM D vs the MSU offense, and MSU's offense has been less than impressive so far.

Pat Forde
  (12:05 PM)

Tom: Looking forward to it -- I'll be there covering the game. Impressed with Michigan's defensive improvement this season. Wondering when Kirk Cousins is going to break out. Should be a good matchup ... not sure who I favor at this point, but maybe Sparty at home.

Kevin (Tulsa, OK)

Do you think Mike Stoops finishes the year in Norman?

Pat Forde
  (12:06 PM)

Kevin: No, but I wouldn't be surprised if he starts the 2012 year in Norman. Brent Venables overdue for a head-coaching job.

Randy (Louisville)

Your thoughts on the Louisville coaching situation? Strong v. Sanford.

Pat Forde
  (12:08 PM)

Randy: Bad situation. Seems to me it was a panic move, though I don't know what the situation was behind the scenes. I don't blame Sanford for working with a very inexperienced offensive line, very inexperienced quarterbacks and very inexperienced receivers.

R.C (B.R. La.)

Whats your take on the LSU vs Tenn this weekend?

Pat Forde
  (12:09 PM)

RC: Without Tyler Bray, I don't think Tennessee has any chance. Only question is whether LSU turns the ball over a bunch and keeps the Vols in it, which I don't foresee.

Gator Fan (Drowning in the Swamp)

What are your early thoughts on Will Muschamp and do you think they have a shot at Auburn with the 2 Frosh at QB??

Pat Forde
  (12:10 PM)

Gator Fan: With the quarterback situation the way it is, you have to favor Auburn. I like Muschamp and think he will be fine over time. Dealt a tough hand with the schedule and QB injuries.

Shawn (Kansas City)

Thoughts on K-State? Not exciting, but they win. Plus how does Bill Snyder not get talked about more, between the greatest turnaround in NCAA history and a huge coaching tree?

Pat Forde
  (12:12 PM)

Shawn: I'm impressed. Beating Miami, Baylor and Missouri in succession was surely more than I thought K-State was capable of. Snyder is a great coach. Unfortunately he scheduled too many patsies in his career and was hard to deal with from a media standpoint, so he probably hasn't gotten full credit for his work.

CC (Atlanta)

UGA D is much improved though the O has struggled more than expected. Do the dawgs win out and take the East (assuming SC loses @ Arky)?

Pat Forde
  (12:13 PM)

CC: I've been saying since Georgia was 0-2 that it had a chance to finish 10-2 and win the East. Even if they go 9-3, that's a good season and should absolutely keep Mark Richt around for another year at least.

Matt (Tucson)

What do you feel Notre Dame's Chances of Reaching a BCS bowl are, and how do you feel about the way they have rebopunded this season?

Pat Forde
  (12:14 PM)

Matt: Another rebound I predicted. (And no, I'm not saying all my predictions are good predictions. Plenty have been terrible this year. But still.) Calling for ND to be 9-2 going to Palo Alto, with a good chance at a BCS bid.

Landon (Atlanta, GA)

How much do you think LaMichael James' injury will affect Oregon's season?

Pat Forde
  (12:15 PM)

Landon: Huge effect, I'd say. Best player on the team is out. If he can come back in time for Stanford that would be vital to Oregon's chances of winning the P12 North, the P12 title and going to a BCS bowl.

Jim (KC)

I'm against fans booing college kids, but don't have a problem with fans booing the playing calling. As in the case at Nebraska, the fans have filled that stadium over 315 straight times, aren't they entitled to voice their unhappiness from time to time if the results aren't good?

Pat Forde
  (12:15 PM)

Jim: Yes.

Ben (KC)

No love for the Mizzou 100th homecoming?

Pat Forde
  (12:16 PM)

Happy Homecoming! Wish I were there. I did write a short essay on Mizzou and Homecoming for the Missourian, think it runs later this week.

Tim (San Diego)

When the musical chairs of conference realignment stops (at least temporarily), will college presidents be ashamed of themselves?

Pat Forde
  (12:17 PM)

Tim: If not, they should be.

Kevin (NJ)

Surprised that Rutgers handled Pitt with relative ease?

Pat Forde
  (12:18 PM)

Kevin: Yes -- surprised and impressed. Rutgers is playing very well, looks like the #2 team in the league behind WVU. Still not sold that Todd Graham was the greatest hire at Pitt.

Evan (Auburn, Ala.)

Pat,Who is your Heisman front runner? I would have to say RG3, Russell Wilson, and Luck are top 3, no?

Pat Forde
  (12:19 PM)

Evan: I'd go with Luck, Kellen Moore and either Wilson or Tyrann Mathieu of LSU. But you could throw 8-9 names out there and have a good list. Still early.

Pete (Chicago)

What's your beef with Ron Zook? Seems personal

Pat Forde
  (12:20 PM)

Pete: Not even a little bit personal. I just don't think he's a great coach, and to see him at 6-0 is surprising. And a bit amusing. Hope he keeps winning, what the heck.

Brett (St. Louis)

Lamar Miller: opinion? Guy has been a stud, but seems to still be unnoticed on the national scale.

Pat Forde
  (12:21 PM)

Brett: He's been great, no doubt about. Lack of team success has kept him a bit overshadowed, which is the nature of the beast. It's a team game, and the guys on the best teams get the glory.

Michael (brewton)

How would you rate Houston Nutt on the Zook Goofball scale?

Pat Forde
  (12:23 PM)

Michael: A solid 8.

James (Birmingham, Al.)

Do the pokes and sooners meet undefeated in bedlam?

Pat Forde
  (12:24 PM)

James: Certainly looks like we're headed that way. If so, it will be the bedlam-est Bedlam ever.

Erik (Boise)

Should I be worried Petersen will be lured to Arizona?

Pat Forde
  (12:24 PM)

Erik: Nooooo. He's turned down far better jobs than that. Keep an eye on Mike Leach there. Could be his re-entry spot.

Jeff (Atlanta, GA)

Pat, I saw that the Big East might be looking at adding 6 teams for football....If you were a betting man (which you might be), which 6 would you bet on?

Pat Forde
  (12:26 PM)

Jeff: I only bet on horses. But, if I had to guess: Air Force, Navy, Army, UCF, Villanova bumps up to FBS, and Joe's Barber College. You're stretching to add six worthy football schools, that's for sure.

Michael (Miami)

What conference will WVU end up in? Is the ACC done with adding additional teams this year?

Pat Forde
  (12:26 PM)

Michael: I don't see the ACC adding anymore at this point, and frankly I don't see it adding WVU ever. My guess: it's either stay in the Big East or join some kind of Big 12-Big East survivors consortium.

JRod (Chambana, IL)

So with Illinois hiring a new AD this Fall what in your eyes does the Zooker have to actually do to be invited back?

Pat Forde
  (12:27 PM)

JRod: He might have already done it. If not, just win a couple more games. It would be awfully tough to fire a guy at Illinois for going 8-4.

Mitch (Detroit)

Who is better right now...LSU, Bama, or Oklahoma??

Pat Forde
  (12:28 PM)

Mitch: Seen em all in person, and I'd rank them in the same order you have them there. Bama might be a smidge ahead of LSU, but LSU has done more so far. OU not far behind. All three very, very good.

Lou (Rockville, MD)

Do you think UConn and Pitt are kicking themselves for passing up on Tom Bradley?

Pat Forde
  (12:29 PM)

Lou: UConn certainly should be. Hiring Paul Pasqualoni was a really weird move that is not working out well at all.

Steve (Fresno)

I've heard that students these days are much less geography savvy than prior generations. Given that Boise State is being considered for the Big EAST, can we surmise that geography is also an issue among college presidents? What are your thoughts about BSU to the BE?

Pat Forde
  (12:31 PM)

Steve: I'm all for Boise getting its shot at an AQ conference, but that's a disaster waiting to happen. You're spanning three time zones and ungodly mileage, and Boise isn't easy to get to on top of that. Terrible idea.


Is there a unit on either side of the ball anywhere in the country that has been more disappointing that the Nebraska defense?

Pat Forde
  (12:32 PM)

JP: Can't think of one off the top of my head. Although the FSU offense deserves consideration.

Miss South Carolina (via mobile)

And here people made fun of ME for a bad answer about geography. These are College/University presidents!

Pat Forde
  (12:33 PM)

Miss South Carolina: Clever.

Matt (DC)

What is the best meal you have had so far this college football season?

Pat Forde
  (12:34 PM)

Matt: Hate to be a prisoner of the moment, but it was probably Friday night dinner in Dallas at Terilli's. Awesome.

Kyle (Boston)

Pat, how will the Oregon-ASU game shake out Saturday night?

Pat Forde
  (12:35 PM)

Kyle: If James were healthy I'd say Ducks by a lot, but in this case I'll say Ducks by a little.

Mike (Newport News)

Of all the games you covered this season, which one was better?

Pat Forde
  (12:35 PM)

Mike: Gotta be Michigan-Notre Dame. Not sure it was a great game in terms of level of play, but in terms of excitement and plot twists, one of the better games I've ever seen.

Steve (Bangor, PA)

Where do you put Wisconsin in the LSU-Bama-Sooners conversation?

Pat Forde
  (12:36 PM)

Steve: Fourth. But a somewhat distant fourth at this point.

Guy (Here)

Top 25 aside, How would you rank the remaining undefeated teams one through thirteen...I think is the number?

Pat Forde
  (12:39 PM)

Guy: It is indeed the number. 1. LSU, 2. Alabama, 3. Oklahoma, 4. Wisconsin, 5. Boise State, 6. Clemson, 7. Oklahoma State, 8. Stanford, 9. Michigan, 10. Georgia Tech, 11. Kansas State, 12. Houston. ... Who am I forgetting?

Tom (D.C.)

Ohio State's fanbase is clamoring for coaching changes, namely Fickell and Bollman. We all know the mess they inherited, but I would note that the ability to respond to in-game adversity since the Miami (maybe Toledo) game has been... Zilch. Dead men walking?

Pat Forde
  (12:40 PM)

Tom: I wouldn't expect to see them back next year, but that was probably a given unless they did something crazy, like winning the Big Ten. This was a triage situation, and they HAVE been dealt a rotten hand in terms of available players. But I fully expect a new staff in 2012.

Duran (ATL)


Pat Forde
  (12:41 PM)

Duh! Of course. I'd probably put Illinois at 10 and move everyone else down one spot.

Steve (San Francisco)

What's your beef with Stanford, i understand they haven't played a top tier team yet but they have taken care of the games they have played across the board.

Pat Forde
  (12:41 PM)

Steve: That's exactly my "beef" with Stanford. Has beaten nobody. When the Cardinal beats some good teams, I'll move them up.

Eric (Columbia, MO)

Will you be coming back to Mizzou for the 100th homecoming?

Pat Forde
  (12:42 PM)

Eric: No, I work weekends.

James (Stillwater)

Just how good do you think the Pokes are at this point?

Pat Forde
  (12:44 PM)

James: Quite good. Still wonder how the defense will hold up against the likes of OU, but the offense is flat excellent.

Cole (Atlanta)

You would put the Zooker ahead of CPJ? Really?

Pat Forde
  (12:44 PM)

Cole: Wasn't ranking coaches, I was ranking teams. And based on Illinois beating Arizona State, I'd give the Illini a slight edge over GT to this point.

Bren (Berkeley, Ca)

That begs the question why Boise State would be so high on your list? Beating Ga isn't necessarily a resume builder.

Pat Forde
  (12:46 PM)

Bren: Really? Beating Georgia on the road by two touchdowns isn't worth anything? One of three road wins so far in five games? Maybe when Georgia wins the SEC East people will finally admit that was a quality win for Boise.

Shawn (Michigan)

What is your favorite campus stadium to watch a game? tailgate party?

Pat Forde
  (12:47 PM)

Shawn: Favorite stadium is Sanford Stadium at Georgia. Just love it, and Athens as well. I don't get to tailgate because I'm working, but I've been very impressed by the tailgating scene at Ole Miss, LSU and Alabama. Also Penn State.

Mike (Destin, FL)

What's your opinion of Florida State's misfortune? Injuries? Bad coaching?

Pat Forde
  (12:48 PM)

Mike: Injuries and terminally overrated. Said it in preseason, saying it again now: FSU is the most overrated program in the country for the last 10 years. Just not that good.

Engineer Mike (Switzerland)

What's the next big game you're looking forward to?

Pat Forde
  (12:49 PM)

Mike: Well, I'm covering Michigan-Michigan State this weekend and that's going to be fun. Looking down the road, I'm intrigued by Clemson at Ga Tech Oct. 29 and flat-out psyched for LSU-Bama Nov. 5 and Oregon-Stanford Nov. 12.

David (Indy)


Pat Forde
  (12:50 PM)

David: This is what I sent in this week for our Heisman poll: 1. Luck, 2. Moore, 3. Wilson, 4. Mathieu, 5. RGIII.

Justin (Philadelphia)

should there even be preseason rankings? ya know besides the fact that you guys need something to talk about

Pat Forde
  (12:52 PM)

Justin: I'd be fine if they started the rankings in October. But it's not just for US to talk about, trust me. The fans go crazy anytime there's a Top 25 -- January, April, August, whatever. Rank 25 times on our site and it will get crushed with traffic.

Craig (AZ)

The AZ Star is reporting that Chris Peterson is friends with Greg Byrne. I know he's turned down lots of other job offers, but I'm just saying...

Pat Forde
  (12:52 PM)

Craig: I know they're friends. Good friends. I also know that I'd fly to Tucson and hug a catcus naked if Pete took that job.

Patrick (Chicago)

Number of wins for Georgia: Four. Number of wins for Stanford's Last 3 Opponents (all Pac10 members): Five.

Pat Forde
  (12:53 PM)

Patrick: Thank you.

Chris (Jacksonville, FL)

Who are your bottom 5 BCS conference teams?

Pat Forde
  (12:55 PM)

Chris: Hmmmm. 1. (as in worst) Minnesota, 2. UConn, 3. Indiana, 4. Kentucky, 5. Arizona. ... Hate to leave out BC.

Craig (Memphis)

In your estimation of ND reaching 9-2, do you have them winning at Wake?

Pat Forde
  (12:56 PM)

Craig: Well, considering that ND already has two losses, I guess so.

Jacob (New Orleans)

Are you as surprised as I am that Kirby Smart has stuck around (I'm glad he has!)? Which sideline does he grace next, and when?

Pat Forde
  (12:56 PM)

Jacob: Not that surprised. He's got a great job, and he's young enough to be patient and choosy if he wants to be. No idea what his future plans will be.

Ben (KC)

What about KU? They have to make the bottom 5.

Pat Forde
  (12:57 PM)

Ben: Good point.

Lance (Denver, Colorado)

You say Florida State is the most overrated team for the last decade, who makes your list as the most underrated teams for the last decade?

Pat Forde
  (12:58 PM)

Lance: Does the word "Bus" ring a bell? Also: TCU, Utah, BC (not this year obviously).

Kevin (Cave Springs, GA)

Who's the next coach to get the axe?

Pat Forde
  (12:59 PM)

Kevin: I don't know that any more will get it in-season, but if I were Larry Porter, Houston Nutt and Rick Neuheisel, I'd be a bit nervous.

ryan (Seattle)

What do you think about the washington huskies and how do you feel about sarks coaching job.. Do they get upset win against the ducks or Stanford.

Pat Forde
  (1:00 PM)

Ryan: Impressed with the job Sark has done, esp this year in Year One A.J. Don't know about beating either the Ducks or Cardinal, but they're a surprise.

Pat Forde
  (1:00 PM)

OK folks, thanks for the voluminous questions. Sorry I didn't get to more. See you again next week!