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November 1, 3:00 PM ET
Chat with David Ubben

David Ubben
  (3:01 PM)

What's up, everybody? Let's get started.

Evan (NE Oklahoma)

What does the first half shutout of Baylor this weekend by the Cowboys say to you?

David Ubben
  (3:02 PM)

I'd say I said a lot of it in my postgame column. Oklahoma State's defense is criminally underrated, based on the raw numbers. They rank second in the Big 12 in scoring defense in five conference games. Solid numbers.

Bruce (Columbus, GA)

David: Are Oklahoma State and Stanford the only teams remaining who can prevent an all SEC national championshipt game? Thanks.

David Ubben
  (3:03 PM)

I tend to believe voters would put Boise in over the LSU/Alabama loser unless it was a crazy close game, and LSU lost at Tuscaloosa.

David Ubben
  (3:03 PM)

This, of course, provided Oklahoma State and Stanford lose.

David Ubben
  (3:04 PM)

And to be clear, if Boise doesn't get in the national title game as an undefeated and a one-loss SEC team gets in under any other circumstance than the one I described, it'll be an outrage.

Jeff (WV)

David,Where do you think WVU's FB team would rank in the Big 12 if they were already playing in the conference? Thanks!

David Ubben
  (3:05 PM)

They'd be right in that 3-8 range that's muddled and changing week to week. Could be anywhere in there, depending on how they played in that given week.

Mason (Arlington)

Do you think next season will be better for the Baylor Bears?

David Ubben
  (3:06 PM)

I do. Losing Kendall Wright will be huge, but they've got a lot of solid receivers. RG3 sounds bent on coming back, and the defense can't get any worse.

Matt Barber (New York City)

How will the recent success of Oklahoma State translates to stronger recruiting classes? Go Pokes!

David Ubben
  (3:07 PM)

I think it will have to, especially to sustain it over two years. Next year will be interesting at OSU with a really, really young team, but we thought the same about the 2010 team.

David Ubben
  (3:07 PM)

It's amazing what winning will do for recruiting, though. Ask Mizzou the last couple years.

Ross (Michigan)

Well Malcom Brown only went for 119 yards, but how about Joe Bergeron going for 136? Is this Texas run game gonna be enough to beat teams like Tech, K-state, and Aggy?

David Ubben
  (3:09 PM)

If I was guessing, I'll take Texas to win just one of those games. The running game won't be putting up those kinds of numbers, but it's been solid. This team will go as far as David Ash can take it this year.

Steve (Austin, TX)

How are the Horns ranked in the top 25? They get blasted by OU and beat by OK ST, does beating on no name teams carry that much weight in the polls? UT completely overrated.

David Ubben
  (3:09 PM)

The OSU loss wasn't that bad, and this team only has two losses. Look at the resumes of the teams ranked 15-25 and you'll see why Texas is ranked.

Mizzou Doug (Kansas City)

Which occurs first: kansas wins a big 12 football game or Mizzou finally anounces that they are bound for the SEC?

David Ubben
  (3:10 PM)

Ouch. The latter by a decent margin.

David Ubben
  (3:11 PM)

I don't see Kansas winning a conference game this year. Its best chance is Saturday against Iowa State, though.

Austin (Dallas)

As an Aggie fan, do I give up all hope at this point?

David Ubben
  (3:12 PM)

I wouldn't go that far. It's been some disastrous losses, but A&M still has a good shot to duplicate last year's nine wins. Focus on that, I'd say, and ousting K-State to reach the Cotton Bowl ... again. SEC vs. SEC? That sounds fun, no?

Emanuel Acho (KU backfield)

Ubbs, what kinda props you gonna give us for holding KU to a school record 3 first downs?

David Ubben
  (3:12 PM)

Hey, I gave you big props. A helmet sticker isn't enough? I had to hand out like 20 of them to the defense.

David (DC)

Last week vs. Kansas seemed to be the first time Malcolm Brown really streched his legs in terms of carries (approachign 28 I think)... is this a pattern and something the 'Horns will try to lean on to close out the year?

David Ubben
  (3:14 PM)

I think so. Brown is a guy that can take a lot of punishment. He's a big guy who absorbs contact well and delivers plenty of his own. He runs with a low center of gravity, so he doesn't take a lot of big hits and he protects the ball well. I don't see why you wouldn't give him the ball that many times. The QB play at Texas? I'd say most are resigned to it being mediocre at best.

Brian (Dallas)

Why can't the Aggies close games out?

David Ubben
  (3:15 PM)

I'd say if anyone knew the real answer to that, it'd be fixed by now. It's perplexing.

Mitch (Work)

How bad will the loss of Whaley for the season hurt OU?

David Ubben
  (3:16 PM)

You watch how much it hurt OU in the loss to Texas Tech, and it looks like quite a bit. Whaley was their best guy between the tackles, and the rest of the backs are banged up (Brennan Clay) or inexperienced (Brandon Williams). The Sooners have made it clear that Roy Finch needs a lot of help at that position, but there's no doubt Whaley is a big loss.

Travis (Omaha)

Why is it that Henry Josey doesn't get much national pub? 127 yards a game...averaging nearly 8 yards a carry. I guess since he plays for MU and not Texas??

David Ubben
  (3:17 PM)

Or maybe because Mizzou is 4-4? That miiiiiight have something to do with it.

David (DC)

What's the deal with Mizzou? Are they dotting their I's, etc., or is the recent delay of an SEC announcement a legit chance they could stay in the Big 12?

David Ubben
  (3:19 PM)

I don't see much chance they stay in the Big 12 longterm. We'll see how this legal drama plays out between WVU and the Big 12. Sounds like the hold up is legal untangling. Texas A&M went through a similar, more complicated situation.

Amit (Dallas)

What do you think Oklahoma State Chances of playing the national championship game are if Stanford also goes unbeaten?

David Ubben
  (3:19 PM)

I'd say 95-97 percent, as long as they win out. The strength of schedule in the Big 12 will be too strong for the Cardinal to make the jump.

Bryan (Houston)

If we get RG3 on the defensive side of the ball as well, would we have a better chance at a couple more wins this season?

David Ubben
  (3:20 PM)

Maybe so. OSU and A&M were just better teams, but that K-State game would have swung with a better defensive performance.

David (DC)

What's more likely in the next two years: the conference updates it's name or expands beyond 10?

David Ubben
  (3:21 PM)

Interesting. I'll go with expands beyond 10. Louisville is really intriguing. The league's members didn't sound like they had much sentiment for a name change.

Joe (Ft. Worth)

how do you think TCU will fare in the Big 12 next year? projected record??

David Ubben
  (3:22 PM)

Tough call. I don't know TCU's team very well. Really only seen the Horned Frogs play once and haven't looked really closely at what they'll be bringing back. I'll say 4-4.

David Ubben
  (3:23 PM)

5-4, excuse me.

David (DC)

If you were building a team and had to pick one Big 12 schools entire frosh class to start, which team and why?

David Ubben
  (3:24 PM)

That's tough, mostly because we haven't seen these guys play. Texas' freshmen have been impressive, but they're mostly playing by necessity. Oklahoma's is strong, but we haven't really seen them. I'll go with the Texas for the confidence factor. Shipley, Brown, Diggs? That's a solid team core.

Andy (Vestal NY)

who will be the better NFL receiver Blackmon or Floyd?

David Ubben
  (3:25 PM)

Blackmon.

Joe (Tuscaloosa)

Which game will you be at this weekend? Ala. v LSU?

David Ubben
  (3:25 PM)

Are media members allowed to go to any other games besides Bama-LSU?

Andy (Vestal NY)

Why is there No love for Houston?

David Ubben
  (3:27 PM)

In terms of the Big 12, my guess is no big-time CFB accomplishments, though I think they have the biggest upside of any program in Texas. In terms of the polls this year? Pretty simple. Check the schedule. And they've had a few clunkers. Undefeated is undefeated, though. No claim to the national title even if they finish undefeated.

Bryan (Houston)

What do you think about Baylor not punting in the entire game vs OSU? Are they getting too much confidence in their offense?

David Ubben
  (3:28 PM)

Ha, no. They moved the ball really well, and I didn't think they were getting crazy in any of the fourth down tries they had. They lined up to punt it once, but faked it. It worked, of course.

Aubrey (Houston)

Can we get at least a little Aggie crushing in here? Only because of the bravado coming into the season, and because of the average season they'll be leaving the Big 12 on?

David Ubben
  (3:28 PM)

Texas A&M had so much bravado coming into this season, but they're leaving the Big 12 with such an average season.

Velden Linn (Columbus, OH)

David, Do you think that Dana Holgorsen and the Mountaineers are looking forward to playing in B12 country after that snowstorm they played in this weekend at Rutgers?! Did you see that? It was crazy! :-)

David Ubben
  (3:29 PM)

Ha yeah, I'm sure they're psyched. On a serious note, though, Holgorsen and his staff have major connections in Texas. WVU will be a player in the recruiting game in Texas. Won't dominate, but there's such a wealth of skill players in the state, they're going to have access to guys they never would have had otherwise.

Tinker Toys (New York)

Will Ryan Broyles win the blitnekoff if he sets the fbs record for receiving yards and gets like 5-7 more tds?

David Ubben
  (3:30 PM)

Broyles is definitely on the Biletnikoff Award path right now. The frontrunner in my eyes. Robert Woods at USC is a strong contender, and Justin Blackmon and Kendall Wright may get in it by season's end.

Henry (Manhattan)

Key to K state having any chance at all this week?

David Ubben
  (3:31 PM)

Will be talking about that on the blog tomorrow.

David (DC)

When Texas goes to College Station for Thanksgiving, should I as a Texas fan be hoping we're down at the half?

David Ubben
  (3:31 PM)

You've done this to yourselves, Aggies.

Bryan (Houston)

What do you think about Baylor not kicking the field goal on the opening drive vs OSU, and instead coming up with no points at all? Are they getting too much confidence in their offense?

David Ubben
  (3:33 PM)

I remember a powerful offense at Missouri back in 2008 kick a field goal in an identical situation. Gary Pinkel got reamed for it, even still today. Missouri lost that game. Can defend both moves, but in a game that you know is going to be high scoring, Baylor had to go for it. And they have a 250-pound back that Missouri never had. Just a great play from Oklahoma State.

Cody (Waterloo)

Catch any good Halloween jokes yesterday?

David Ubben
  (3:34 PM)

Phillip Rivers played a hilarious one late last night.

Mike Sherman (Aggieland, Texas)

I'm thinking about starting Ryan Tannehil as my safety because in case you haven't noticed, my pass defense is terrible. Good idea?

David Ubben
  (3:35 PM)

Would be about the last position he hasn't played, I think.

Paula (Lubbock(the windy city))

Ubben, there were a lot of recruits at the TTU/ISU game. Including Michael Starts. Does a loss like that sway a recruit?

David Ubben
  (3:36 PM)

If it does, I doubt how solid that commitment was in the first place. I think Tech will be fine. It's one game. They're smart enough to see that the week before is what Tech can be when it's at its best. Not enough to freak out just yet.

Brandon (Manhattan)

Was Bill Snyder simply out-coached in the second half on Saturday, or was it something else?

David Ubben
  (3:39 PM)

Did you watch the game? Oklahoma's offense just too powerful, and when K-State has to try and get back in a game by stepping back and throwing it, they hardly have a chance.

Matt (Chicago)

Is Steele Jantz injured or is Steele Jantz benched?

David Ubben
  (3:39 PM)

Lost a little confidence and struggled when he was hurt, but that kind of let Jared Barnett into the game. Now, he's fine, but clearly, Barnett is the guy to key the team for now.

Marcus (South Bend)

Hey Ubben. Is there still any chance of our Fighting Irish to get an invite from the Big12 for the non football sports? Or do you think the conference stands pat at 10 indefinitely?

David Ubben
  (3:41 PM)

The Big 12 would love to have them, but it kind of depends on what happens with the Big East. This is ND's choice much more than the Big 12's.

Ryan (Stilly)

Couple of questions. First why is every hating on OSU D? 1st in turn overs, 1st in interceptions. Baylor got 600 something yards and OSU D said "please come to the red zone and give me the ball." Second, will Gundy get Coach of the Year if OSU makes a NC appearance, i mean he has shaped this team in to something else and it get better every year.

David Ubben
  (3:42 PM)

It's the raw numbers, Ryan. Not pretty, even though a lot have come after the game has been out of reach. Gundy will be on the short list, but it depends on how K-State finishes, too. If they go 10-2, it'll be close.

Brandon Weeden (Stillwater)

So what is it going to take for me to win a Heisman this year?

David Ubben
  (3:43 PM)

Big numbers, going undefeated and losses by Alabama and Stanford.

Rick (Denver)

David - I'm headed down to Norman for the A&M v. OU game this weekend. Where is the best place to have a pregame meal? Beer and character are required.

David Ubben
  (3:44 PM)

Just head to Campus Corner. Can't go wrong with a spot there, unless you want to stay in OKC before the game.

Tim (Norman)

Any love for the sooners gettin back into the national championship race?

David Ubben
  (3:47 PM)

Wrote about last Sunday. Basically, they have to absolutely have a Stanford loss and almost certainly a Boise State loss. Then they need LSU to blow out Alabama or win by double digits in Tuscaloosa. And win out impressively. Then, it'll be close.

David (DC)

Which game left is more must-attend (not must-see) -- UT/TAMU or bedlam?

David Ubben
  (3:48 PM)

I'd go with Bedlam. Last year was such a classic, but the bad blood at Kyle Field might be unprecedented.

Terry (Ames)

David do you think a snowy Iowa night will help with OK St Game? :-) You know how those Stilly guys hate cold weather.

David Ubben
  (3:49 PM)

Ha, snow would probably slow down the OSU offense, but Iowa State isn't exactly a power offense. OSU can run it, too. That game would be fun to watch in the snow.

David Ubben
  (3:50 PM)

A couple more questions...

Vinnie (ATL)

Would Notre Dame really consider the Big 12 for all Olympic sports to remain a football independent? I can not think of a worse cultural fit.

David Ubben
  (3:51 PM)

I'd probably agree. Travel not great, either. Big Ten makes more sense, but you don't hear much about them wanting to bring in the Irish's other sports.

Will (Ohio)

Excited for Glee to resume tonight?

David Ubben
  (3:51 PM)

Obviously.

Rob Burns (Yukon)

Is Austin Haywood going to be allowed back on the Oklahoma team?

David Ubben
  (3:52 PM)

Sounds like Stoops shut down that possibility on Monday night. So, no.

Mizz Mark (Jackson)

Why do you have the Aggies ranked higher than the tigers on your power rankings list, didn't they just beat the Aggies.... At Kyle Field? Is it based off the record alone?

David Ubben
  (3:54 PM)

And the fact that Texas A&M should be undefeated, yes. But an overtime win, and one more loss? Not quite enough to put Mizzou over A

David Ubben
  (3:54 PM)

That's it for today! Thanks for all the questions.