Sorry I'm late... what's on your mind!
Larry Scott is completely right about the Coaches Poll. What is it going to take to get it replaced by a panel of former coaches who actually watch games?
Well that's sort of what the Harris poll tries to be. Any poll is going to have issues because it's subjective. The perception of bias is the big issue. That and the coaches having no idea what's going on outside of their conference.
Will the Sun Devils make a bowl game this year?
The over-under on wins feels about 6, so it's a question of whether you are optimistic or not for Todd Graham's first season. My first guess is no, but I might change that if they beat Illinois in week 2.
What would be the best Duck home game to watch? Oregon vs Washington?
That would be my first pick because of how great the schools get along. Stanford on Nov. 17 might be interesting.
Do you think Jim Mora's comments about UCLA not having murderers on the block add some more fuel to the UCLA and USC rivalry this year?
Not sure it needs more fuel, though it would help if the Bruins were competitive in the rivalry game. Any time there's a kerfuffle it helps ramp up emotions.
Do you think the Longhorns can beat the Sooners this year?
No.. I really like Oklahoma this year, a position that doesn't seem popular in the Pac-12. I want to see the Texas offense show more before proclaiming the Horns back. Nice D though.
What will the launch of the PAC12 Network do to the conference if anything?
Every game on TV, more national exposure... more revenue for every school... the Pac-12 Network will make the Pac-12 better. And not only in football.
Which PAC12 team has the best 1-2 combo at RB?
Lots of good ones.... good depth behind Cameron Marshall at ASU... Cal is outstanding with Isi Sofele and CJ Anderson... Oregon is great if you count De'Anthony THomas as an RB behind Kenjon Barner, which I sort of do but sort of don't ... USC has 2 1,000-yard guys... I'd say USC with Curtis McNeal and Silas Redd, two true and proven RBs. But I'd guess Oregon fans like the Barner-Thomas combo.
Bennett or Mariotta....who's your pick?
Hold on... coin flip... I, personally, tend to favor experienced players... but it seems like there's a lot to like about Mariota. Still, anyone making a prediction is just flipping a coin... we're not watching practices. All I've ever seen of Mariota was the spring game.
Realistically, how many wins do you think the Cougs get? And who's better long-term and right now, Marquess Wilson or Kasen Williams?
Wilson and Kasen Williams? Not really a legit comparison. Wilson is a preseason All-American... Williams has talent but he's mostly about potential... As for the Cougs, I also see their over-under as 6 wins... the key is the opener at BYU.. win in Provo and things set up nicely.
Ted.....I'd say John White and Kelvin York will end up being one of the top 2 RB duos in the conference.
could be... but you're just speculating positively about York, who's new to Pac-12 football. I go with proven quantities.
What type of impact do you see Rich Rod having on the Wildcats this year if any at all?
You can't win without good players, and the Wildcats are really thin up front on defense. I like the offense with QB Matt Scott, but I'm not sure Arizona will be able to score enough to win consistently. So I see this as more of a "get to know you" year. It may take a couple of years, in fact, for Rich Rod to recruit his players and get things trending up...
Ted, which of these PAC-12 non-conference games do you see as the highest chance for an upset? Nebraska at UCLA - Washington at LSU - Wisconsin at Oregon St - Arizona St at Missouri - Cal at Ohio State
Cal-Ohio State... I like the Bears matchup with the Buckeyes O-line. Of course, Cal has been pretty rotten when it's traveled east i the past. UCLA and Nebraska has the potential to be interesting.
USC/Stanford in week 3, I see USC favored by 12 pts...that is ridiculous to me. You agree?
It's tricky because we don't know what the Cardinal will look like at QB. Stanford has a very good defense, but USC worked that defense over pretty good last year. I'd stay away from that game because we won't really get much of a measure of Stanford before it.
Is Jeff tuel the real deal this year?
I believe he's a great fit in Leach's offense, which doesn't yield a lot of sacks by design. It helps that the Cougs are strong at WR.
Do you see in anyone in the South challenging USC for the division title? Same question for Oregon and the North?
No... I would truly be shocked if someone else wins either division. Both teams are stacked and legit national title contenders.
Do you belive that the ducks need homefield advantage to win the pac 12 championship?
It would certainly help, particularly with a first-year starter at QB... Autzen is the biggest homefield advantage at present in the Pac-12. The Coliseum is 2nd.
Why is everyone down on Georgia for this Missouri game? Suspensions would be hugely detrimental if there wasn't so much experience on defense. Besides, the offense is still untouched and can still put up atleast 40 on the tigers.
I think Georgia wins... who's down on the dawgs? I do think Missouri and Texas A&M are going to be more competitive than most SEC fans think.
If Oklahoma, USC, and Alabama or LSU end up undefeated at the end of the season, what two teams do you think would be picked for the national championship.
Alabama and LSU play each other on Nov. 3. So if the winner of that game also wins the SEC and is undefeated, it would be in the championship game. USC-Oklahoma could be close. USC would probably top the Sooners in the polls, but it depends on how the BCS standings stack up with strength of schedule.
Do you read all the questions before anwering them or jus pick a ramdon one then answer?
they roll in fast and I just pick the ones at the top...
Rumors have been aplenty about Oregon sanctions... anything from 4 years probation to a slap on the wrist. Which end of the spectrum is more realistic?
the rumors are completely unfounded... people who know nothing acting like experts. I think Oregon will get a firm slap on the wrist... it will hurt but it won't be close to USC-ish...
Who is your pick to win the national title
Do you think the playoff format will force the Pac-12 into more shall we say, advantageous out of conference scheduling? It seems like it will make it more appealing for teams to schedule patsies and shoot for #4 instead of (my team) USC taking on Texas a few years down the road.
Maybe... but what if the selection committee emphasizes strength of schedule, as it's supposed to? That was a big deal for Larry Scott -- every conference needs to schedule ambitiously out of conference or be penalized if it doesn't.
What's the capacity of the LA Coliseum? True its already sold out for ND and Oregon?
93,607... yes, already sold out.
Will U-DUB upset USC at home this year?
if SOS plays a big factor for the future playoff system, Do you see the SEC keeping a strong hold on the CFB?
I wouldn't bet on it... but then I wouldn't have bet on it in 2009.
that was the answer for the previous question... which for some reason didn't post...As for the SEC: The SEC will stay on top until someone knocks it off. But I also think going forward with a four-team playoff, it will be necessary for the SEC, as good as it is, to prove itself in tough nonconference games.
Do we need to start looking for a new head football coach? Everyone in the North seems to be passing us by.
I'd say no.. be careful with the "grass is always greener" perspective... just three years ago, Riley was the toast of the town.
George Farmer the fastest player in the PAC-12?
I'd like to see him and De'Anthony Thomas race... in pads this time.
Do Mariotta and Bennett's similar skill sets make Oregon more or less likely to employ a 2-QB system (Chip's not-so-favorite) early in the season?
No .... Kelly wants one guy. But both do fit well within Kelly's offense. And if one got hurt, the other could step in easily without tweaking the scheme.
The question is, can De'Anthony Thomas take a hit full speed?
I don't know... not sure anyone has hit him at full speed.
Of the four teams with new head coaches, which one do you see making the most progress from last year to this year?
I think UCLA and Washington State have the best chance to take a positive step forward. Not good to hear about so many early injuries, particularly for the Bruins, though.
Should Kiffin give up play calling duties to someone upstairs in the booth?
Were you unhappy with the offense last year? I'd say no.
Does Toledo have a legitimate shot at upsetting Arizona in the first week?
I don't think so... I don't think the Rockets can stop the Wildcats offense.
U-DUB or LSU?
What becomes of Stanford without Andrew Luck?
Stanford isn't going anywhere. Even last year, they were far more than just Andrew Luck ... see the NFL draft... The Cardinal's front seven on defense is first-rate and the run-first, TE-heavy offense will continue its style of smashmouth play. This feels like a top-25 team going forward with potential to go higher on a regular basis. Recruiting has been very good.
One last question before I go, Does USC meet all the fans/media expectations this year?
If the Trojans stay healthy... but already some fall camp issues along those lines.
You think Oregon is solid at top of the North this year. How long before my Cardinal can challenge for the top spot? (not worried about beating SC in a championship game, we've figured how to beat them).
I think Stanford and Washington will both set up nicely to be in the mix in the North in 2013, though Oregon likely will still be favored. Let's see how the QB situations stack up...
If Michagan takes down Alabama week 1 and Bama takes down LSU, (I know BIG IFs) how does this affect the possibility of a no SEC team in the NC?
If there are two unbeaten, AQ conference teams, they will play for the national title over a one-loss SEC team. The tie goes to the SEC, but it won't eclipse a, say, unbeaten Oklahoma, Florida State or USC with a loss.
What Pac-12 fan base do feel is the most obnoxious? Does it start with an O?
I think all pac-12 fan bases are 100 percent lovely.
what happens to Oregon if Barner and DAT get injured this year?
What happens to most teams that lose critical players? Those would sting.... But I think Oregon could still win a lot of games, even without those two.
Am I the only one who is scratching my head that teams are being ranked without a sure #1 quarterback?
Well, QB is the most important position. But if you've got a beastly defense, that certainly helps. And a great O-line... Further, a team like Oregon that has such a strong recent track record with QBs, you mostly buy into the idea that Chip Kelly will produce another A-list guy.
Through the first 6 games of the season, what would you think will be the Huskies' record? 1-5? 2-4? 3-3?
2-4... decent shot at an upset to go 3-3, but not sure how you'd pick the Huskies over LSU, Oregon, USC or Stanford. The Cardinal would seem the most likely, but Stanford has owned the Huskies of late.
Who will win more games? ASU or Colorado?
It will be close... I think ASU beats Colorado, but Colorado has a better schedule... Buffs should be 3-0 before heading to Washington State. Sun Devils have Illinois and a visit to Missouri. A slight lean on this to ASU, but the Buffs might surprise some folks...
Will UCLA represent the PAC-12 South in the title game again this year?
All I can say is that Oregon is a good team, but Barner and DAT are the kind of special players that make the Oregon O work. LaMichael James proved to be remarkably durable ... Barner tends to get nicked up in as a second option and DAT rarely finished a game in High School against a quality opponent when he was the featured back ... just sayin...
Fair point... depth at RB is an issue, and Chip Kelly acknowledged it during his preseason press conference. But what if the Ducks pass the ball better -- and more -- in 2012?
How much of a shot does DAT have at getting a Heisman before going to the NFL?
he's certainly got a shot this year and next if he puts up big numbers... such as 1,000 yards rushing and receiving. He's likely to produce plenty of Heisman-like, signature plays. I'm excited to see how he is used this year.
Ted - what unit do you see as the biggest surprise this year? Does a lightly-rated offense or defense stand out to you that will play above what people think of them?
I think Arizona will move the ball well. I think UCLA, Oregon State and Washington will be much better on defense (if they can stay healthy). I wonder if Cal's offense might be better than expected. And what if Stanford gets good QB play?
Yes or no, Directv will be carrying the Network by August 30th
I'd guess No, which would be a mistake for Direct TV. I know they talks are on-going and not really acrimonious... just competing agendas.
OK gang... got to run. Gave an extra five minutes because of late start... sorry about that. See you next week.