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October 12, 2:00 PM ET
Chat with Ivan Maisel

King (Charleston SC)

Being that it would idiotic to stay at 13 teams, who is the SEC going to choose - Mizz, Louisville, or WVU for the 14th member? Or do you believe it will be an ACC team? I personally think they want to add an eastern school to avoid splitting up the SEC West.

Ivan Maisel
  (2:31 PM)

Hi, everyone, sorry I'm late. I agree with you, King. Mike Slive has said he doesn't want to raid the ACC but I have a hard time finding a fit that doesn't come from that league. Outside the ACC, I'd say WVU.

Ben (Indianapolis)

What are your thoughts on MSU's Defense vs UofM and more specifically Denard's offense? What's your prediction for the game in EL?

Ivan Maisel
  (2:32 PM)

I like Michigan State's defense. Between that and the home field, I say four in a row for the Spartans.

Nate (AZ)

What team wishes there was a preseason in college football most? notre dame, georgia, someone else?

Ivan Maisel
  (2:33 PM)

I think those two win the prize for fastest acceleration after slowest start.

Donald (Eugene)

Could you remind us why UA ran off Dick Tomey?

Ivan Maisel
  (2:34 PM)

The age-old reason of he had been there too long. There really wasn't a good reason other than that. Syracuse did the same thing with Paul Pasqualoni and got a similar result. There is no guarantee that if you are a .500 team and you hire a new coach that you are automatically going to improve.

Brian (NYC)

If UCLA parts ways with Neuheisel, which program do you think would be more attractive between UCLA & Arizona? Both are close to fertile recruiting ground in Soutern Cali

Ivan Maisel
  (2:35 PM)

UCLA has tradition and is in SoCal. Arizona doesn't have the same tradition and is near SoCal. I'd say UCLA.

Philip (Chicago)

Is Whitney Mercilus the top DL in the country after the first 6 weeks?

Ivan Maisel
  (2:36 PM)

He's in the conversation, along with Ingram at South Carolina, Alexander at OU, and surely a couple I can't think of off the top of my head.

Preston (Pensacola)

the lsu ten line is 16 seems a little high dont or do you agree with vegas n lsu just walks away with it

Ivan Maisel
  (2:36 PM)

Preston, that's probably a reaction to Tyler Bray's injury.

Drew (Harrisburg)

Which undefeated teams do you think are in jeopardy this week?

Ivan Maisel
  (2:37 PM)

Michigan, Clemson and Kansas State.

Tim Mathews (Fort Drum, NY)

I would like to hear your take on the SEC and how adding Texas A&M, and possibly Mizzo will help the conference. Other then allowing the SEC to gain a better footprint in the Midwest what do these teams have to offer the league.

Ivan Maisel
  (2:39 PM)

Other than gaining a footprint in the southwest and midwest, A&M has tradition and an SEC-like fan base. Mizzou has great basketball tradition. It's pretty much a TV move, though.

Ben (Orlando)

Ivan, any hope for the Gators to pull off the upset vs Auburn?

Ivan Maisel
  (2:40 PM)

I thought Florida was a slight favorite. It's pretty much a tossup, and I don't see either team winning as an upset. So to answer your question, I think there's plenty of hope.

Trent (Layton, UT)

Will Chip Kelly think twice about keeping his stars in to pad their stats and run up the score now that James got hurt when he should have been on the sideline?

Ivan Maisel
  (2:41 PM)

I doubt it. I feel like there has been a trend in recent years to play big-name guys well into the fourth quarter regardless of score. Landry Jones was chucking away at 48-10 last week, I think.

Trent (Layton, UT)

With the news that TCU is joining the Big 12 isn't the next logical choice for the Big 12 to add BYU and Boise State? They would be travel partners, it would immediately make the Big 12 top to bottom the best football conference and basically eliminate any BCS buster arguments because let's face it, noone else besides BSU is going to bust the BCS anymore anyway.

Ivan Maisel
  (2:41 PM)

I think Texas and Oklahoma want to stay at 10, for what that's worth.

Patrick (Chicago)

Ivan, what are the chances Ed O'Bannon wins his case against the NCAA, and when will this case get the kind of attention it deserves? More than conference realignment, this has the potential to completely change college athletics as we know it. Agree?

Ivan Maisel
  (2:42 PM)

I'm no lawyer but I don't know how he can lose that case. It will cost the NCAA a lot of money. As for changing college athletics, it will depend on the scope of the ruling.

Leon (Leadville, Colorado)

Firing coaches at midseason seems to be the new current trend. Two last year and already one this year. What are the pluses and minuses of midseason canning instead of waiting until season end?

Ivan Maisel
  (2:43 PM)

First school into the market has the most candidates from which to choose. It also gives the next guy a chance at salvaging a recruiting class.

Orville (Lubbock, Texas)

Ivan: What are the chances that TCU has joined yet another disintegrating conference? It seems to me that almost any invitation would lure Missouri at least and maybe others away from the Big 12. Thanks.

Ivan Maisel
  (2:44 PM)

I just have a hard time believing that Missouri will leave. I think the league is stable, and they claim they will stay together, through 2018.

Jay (Seattle)

Before Stanford and Oregon play they both have to face a rapidly improving Washington team (which no national writer ever seems to mention.) Oregon gets the honor of playing the last game in Husky Stadium in front of what will be an epically hostile crowd before they tear it down for the remodel (also the week before the Stanford game.) Do the Dawgs have a shot in either game?

Ivan Maisel
  (2:45 PM)

I think Washington is better than it is being given credit for, too. I will be at Stanford-Washington, so I'm looking forward to seeing how good they are. I think they have a shot at both games.

Bill (NYC)

Now Espn is giving advice on taking down conferences. What a great company you work for. I'm sure you being esteemed journalist will say if not us Comcast or Fox would have done it. Face it Espn is ruining college football

Ivan Maisel
  (2:46 PM)

I trust you saw that BC AD Gene DeFillippo apologized for saying that ESPN dictated that decision.

Trey (Long Beach)

Don't forget Stanford has to go to LA to play USC. Stanford needed a last second FG to beat SC last season in Palo Alto. A trip to the Coliseum this year will be tough, no?

Ivan Maisel
  (2:47 PM)

I assume it will be tough because it's a rivalry game. But the SC defense isn't stopping anyone these days.

Brian (NYC)

Which player do you think is more valuable to his team's overall defense....Burfict, Ingram or Mathieu?

Ivan Maisel
  (2:48 PM)

I'd be happy with any of them. Valuable? I'd say Burfict because the other two defenses have more players that are of All-American/NFL caliber.

Ben (Baton Rouge, LA)

Cowherd says that NCAA football programs can't sustain dominance for 10-15+ years in a row anymore. In Alabama and LSU's case (especially LSU) in particular, do you disagree with that sentiment?

Ivan Maisel
  (2:50 PM)

I disagree with that sentiment. Texas just finished a run from 98-09. LSU has had only one or two down years since Saban got there in 2000. Same for Stoops at Oklahoma. If Colin is excluding any down years, then he is pretty much limiting himself to the Yankees, Red Sox, Patriots, and a couple of NBA teams.

Jeff ((Baton Rouge, LA))

As a journalist, what did you make of Spurrier's rant on Ron Morris yesterday? Have you read his antagonistic articles? The guy had it coming.

Ivan Maisel
  (2:53 PM)

The one thing you can count on from the HBC is that there is no governor between what he is thinking and what he is saying. Ron Morris is a columnist and is paid to write his opinions. That can get uncomfortable for either party over a long period of time. But I think what Spurrier did was wrong. He can refuse to answer Ron's questions, but he shouldn't try to have him tossed.

Drew (Harrisburg)

With Bama/LSU only 3 weeks away, how big do you see the hype getting on that game, especially with both teams having byes heading in?

Ivan Maisel
  (2:53 PM)

It will be as big as Bama-Florida in 08 and 09, Ohio State-Michigan in 06, etc.

Bret and Russell (Madison, WI)

You're an idiot.

Ivan Maisel
  (2:54 PM)

OK, I'm refusing to answer any more questions until they leave the chat.

Steve (Denver, CO)

When will Utah and/or Colorado actually win a Pac-12 game? They are a combined 0-6 against Pac-12 teams so far.

Ivan Maisel
  (2:54 PM)

Utah will right the ship this season. Colorado, not so fast. Jon Embree has a lot of rebuilding to do.

Nate (Boise)

Ivan, where you impressed by Boise's performance on Friday against Fresno State, or are you inclined to discount it because it is "only Fresno State"? You will recall the Fresno played Nebraska and Cal really tough on the road earlier this year.

Ivan Maisel
  (2:55 PM)

I'm impressed by beating any conference opponent at its stadium by a score of 57-7. Boise has got it going on -- again.

Joey (Florence)

Are you with everyone else in that Bama gets a "slight" edge over LSU or you undecided? I think the Tide run all over the Tigers because LSU hasn't seen a defense this tough, fast, and deep or an OL/RB combo like this.

Ivan Maisel
  (2:56 PM)

I give Alabama an edge because the game will be at Bryant-Denny Stadium. If it were at Tiger Stadium, I'd give LSU an edge.

Devin (Camp Pendleton)

Sorry for Bret and Russells lack of maturity. Should Do you think Boise should go to the Big East or Should another confrence step up and invite BSU if so who do you hink

Ivan Maisel
  (2:57 PM)

I think Boise State would be a coup for whatever conference invites them. They make more sense for the Big 12 but if it sticks with 10 teams, and the Big East can make it work -- good luck -- then go for it.

JD (Nola)

If Boise has it goin on, where's the respect? Other teams keep leap frogging them in the rankings.

Ivan Maisel
  (2:59 PM)

That has to do with schedule strength. If Georgia keeps winning, and Boise State keeps winning, and other teams start losing, Boise State will have a shot. Wisconsin and Stanford (and Clemson and Georgia Tech and....) have the same beef. It's not just the Broncos.

Ivan Maisel
  (2:59 PM)

That's it, guys. Sorry about being late. I'm getting out of Beano's way.