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Hi Kevin, I think that Stanford Washington game tomorrow night well be really interesting, I think if Price is able to make plays the huskies can keep it close and have a chance to win the game in the 4th quoter your thoughts?
The answer lies in the question. I think Price is going to be on the move quite a bit this week -- given the issues on the offensive line and the aggressive nature of the Stanford front seven. If they can keep contain, it will be a long day for Price. If he can make plays with his feet, he'll force Stanford to move up a safety to spy and adjust and that could keep them in the game.
What will it take for the Beavs to be 8-0 coming into the Stanford game? I think if the improvements are made on offense, 8-0 is not unreasonable.
At this point, I would agree that 8-0 is possible. I think the ASU game the week before could be a trap. If ASU keeps playing the way it does, there is the slight possibility OSU could be looking ahead. Also, keep in mind the Beavers have to play 11 straight weeks now. That could take a toll.
What stand between Oregon and BCS championship berth?
I still think USC and Stanford pose the biggest threats. But Oregon will be favored in both of those games. Assuming there are no more injuries or slip-ups, those will be the two key games.
Is Wheaton-Cooks the best 1-2 receiver punch in the conference? If so, where do they rank nationally?
Not ready to say Wheaton-Cooks are better than Lee-Woods. Not sure of the national numbers off the top of my head. If you go back through some of our old Take 2s, I picked Cooks as the breakout player to watch. For all the times Ted and I are wrong, it's nice to be right every once in a while.
If you are going to talk about tv shows, it should be the new show revolution...I really like that and haven't been connected to a weekly tv show since lost ended. As for the Pac 12, the one thing that concerns me about the Duck offense is turnover problems. Am I overreacting or is this a significant problem for them?
Ah... Lost... how I miss you. Best show ever. Will have to check out Revolution. Heard mixed reviews. I would be mildly concerned, but until it costs them a game, they are talented enough to recover from turnovers.
Before the season, this Stanford-UW game was pegged as a defining game in the conference, helping to sort out the pecking order in the North. With Stanford's win over USC and UW's beat up o-line, is this now a less anticipated/important game?
I still think it's important. The tiers are a little more established in the North, but this game still carries a lot of weight.
Do you see a PAC-12 team going unfeated this year?
Oregon fan here, kind of worried about oregon's sloppy play on offense, people seem to see them going undefeated. I don't know???
A worried Oregon fan? That's not the Ducks' supporters I've come to know... see the above answer.
Where are you and Ted going this weekend?
Ted is in Tucson. I'm double-dipping in Seattle.
Do you think Jarek Lancaster is getting hosed by the Stanford coaches? The guy could be an all conference linebacker IMO
I talked with someone on the staff about Lancaster. I was told they are yet to stop Vaughters in practice. I think Lancaster has the experience, but Vaughters seems to be the better talent. He just needs to get some experience under his belt. With that said, Lancaster is one of the guttiest players in the conference and one of my all-time favorite interviews. Good, good dude.
Hello again KEvin, As you may know, I am very likely the most dedicated Utah fan on the planet. I am from SL, UT, live in Missoula, attended Utah for undergrad and have had season tickets my entire life. I still go to every home game and attend 1-3 road games (This year UCLA, UW and CU), all while living on a University of Montana Student budget. Anyway, I am very upset at our lack of preparedness against ASU the other day, but hold hope as Kyle Whitt seems to always re align the ship when we start to slip. He finds a way. Also USC lost to ASU by 21 last year in Tempe, maybe its something to do with the heat? I dont know. Anyway, how do you feel our chances are against USC? for some reason I feel better going into this game then I did going into ASU, something about playing in Rice-Eccles with the crowd and the MUSS making things hard for visiting teams. Thanks for your response. Cheers!
This game has lost a little bit of the luster that it did in the preseason given the injury issues to Utah and the Stanford loss by USC. Still, it's an important game in the South and I don't think Utah should be overlooked. They do have a win over a ranked team. But USC looks a lot more favorable.
Any way Taylor Kelly can continue to play at such a high level in his first year? I'm just waiting for him to implode and cost us a game or two.
Way to think positively! He's not being asked to do a ton, and with the RB depth ASU has shown, he's getting fresh bodies behind him to make all sorts of plays. His job is to be efficient. He's done that at home, but not on the road yet. Big test this week.
I've asked this before, but will ask again after last week's developments. Who would you rather try to tackle 1-on-1 in the open field: DAT or Colt Lyerla?
Assuming Colt hasn't picked up more speed this week, my answer remains the same. You can't tackle what you can't catch.
Given the last two weekends. North v South. Who's stronger?
I made the case for the North in last week's Take 2 and I stand by it. Two top 10 teams. Tough to argue against that.
What does DAT need to do to climb the Heisman rankings? All the talk seems to be about Geno Smith, who hasn't even played a good team yet!
More touches, more touchdowns. But I don't call the plays and I'm not going argue with how Kelly and Co. call plays. The Heisman would be sweet. A national championship would be sweeter.
You said that "the tiers are a little more established in the North"--would you be able to break that down for us? Where do OSU, Cal, and Washington stand right now?
Oregon, clearly. Then Stanford. Oregon State, Washington, Cal, WSU.
So you think you could catch Colt Lyerla? We need to contact the Oregon AD and set this up.
I never said that... come on now. I'm 36 with bum knees.
Haha I am excited for Dexter as well! Will be interesting to see how Deb handles what she saw on the season 6 finale.
Crazy ending to last season! So good. This has been my favorite show since Lost went off the air.
How bad is the Wash O-line really? The articles are saying pretty bad, but are they just using that as one of the only story lines going in (ie its over hyped as overly bad?)?
They are just young. I was talking with Sark about this on Monday (story, by the way, coming out tomorrow on Wash. and the rebuilding process). The really good teams can absorb injuries and the drop-off isn't as significant. Washington isn't quite there yet.
Ooops... apologies to the Dexter fans not caught up. Sorry... won't post anymore Dex questions.
How much of your weekly posts are mandated from Bristol, and how many do you and Mr. Miller get to make up on your own?
I'm sure if you go through, you can see which ones we come up with on our own and which ones come down from the bosses.
Kevin back in august 3 of the pac writers voted ASU as #1 in the conference--Ted labeled those voted "indefensible". How do you fell about that the use of that word now!
I won't put words into Ted's mouth. But does anyone think ASU can beat Oregon? Nice season so far, but I wouldn't put them at that level yet.
First year QB's often drop a close game or two on the road, do you think Stanford can beat UW, Notre Dame and Cal away from home to possibly be undefeated by the time they play Oregon?
A lot of first-year quarterbacks are asked to do a lot. With the running game support and the defense backing him, Nunes is in a position where he doesn't have to be stellar on a weekly basis. When you look at the USC game, he was OK and made two fantastic plays when he had to -- the scramble for the first down and the touchdown to Ertz. The fact that he pressure isn't on him to throw four touchdowns and 300+ yards every week is a good thing.
Have you ever seen a major conference team start a frosh QB, 3 frosh on the line, and a frosh K? How do you feel about the future of the UCLA offense?
I've been a Hundley fan for a while. And the fact that they are doing it all with those youngsters and a new coach, new system on both sides etc. is especially impressive. I think if Hundley continues to improve and becomes more efficient, the UCLA offense looks good for the next couple of years.
YOU JUST RUINED SEASON 6 FOR ME KEVIN!!!! TED, WHERE ARE YOU AND WHERE DO I FILE A COMPLAINT!!!
Apologies. But the season isn't ruined. There is more out there. Enjoy one of the most well-written shows on TV. Send compaints to Ted's mailbag.
At what point will Stepfan Taylor start to get recognized? He is consistent game after game, year after year, yet even Ted fails to recognize him.
Ted is a Taylor fan. There is only so long a guy can be called underrated before he stops being underrated. He's consistent. Three games, three TDs. He'll break 1K again. He'll just keep doing his thing and hopefully the rest of the world will recognize.
I forgive you Kevin....
Outside of Barkley, Woods, and Star who is the best pro prospect in the pac-12?
Shayne Skov. He's back and as freakish as ever.
OH yeah.. T.J. McDonald belongs on that list also.
I've hated Rick Nueheisel as much as anyone, but you've got him big credit for not burning Hundley's redshirt in a last ditch effort to save his job, right?
First, I never hate. (I understand you were probably using hyperbole). I think there have been a lot of upgrades to the UCLA program that Neuheisel asked for and didn't get -- but Mora did. With that said, I HATED (see what I did there)the pistol for that program. And yes, give him credit for the recruiting of and handling of Hundley.
Khaled Holmes is not one of the best pro prospects in the league??....
He's an outstanding center prospect. But centers usually don't get taken in the first round. For his position, I agree he's on of the best in the nation.
Kevin,Where is your favorite place to visit in the Pac, and least favorite?
Don't want to offend -- so I won't get into least favorites. But I've said before I love Salt Lake City and Rice-Eccles. Been a while since I've been back to Seattle so I'm looking forward to making that trip.
DJ Foster has been doing a standout job at ASU, is he All American material?
He's well on his way. Three touchdowns, 6.1 per. Great start. Been very impressed with how ASU is using their backs.
Chances that Stanford makes it to Rose Bowl?
If the Cardinal have one loss and USC (assuming they win the South, which isn't a done deal) has three losses, I don't see how the Rose Bowl takes a three-loss team over a one-loss team.
Chances of Stanford playing at the BCSNC title game?
Gotta get over that Oregon hump. Oregon is in their head much like they are in USC's head. I think the road game at Notre Dame will be a challenge too.
Two games into the season, OSU is showing their plan - Beavers get on top early, and opponents can't come from behind. What does Arizona need to do to avoid falling behind early, and playing catch up against another Oregon squad?
Jon Wilner had a great comment in his Hotline -- Oregon State should let Arizona start every drive in the red zone. All jokes aside, Arizona needs to convert its chances. OSU's defense (which I called sneaky good a month ago and is no longer sneaky) is playing fantastic.
Will Sean Mannion now enter the conversation as one of the upper tier/elite Pac-12 QB's?
The way he's playing right now, he certainly belongs in the conversation. Great start to the season. Those two touchdown passes to Wheaton and Cooks were right on the money.
Thoughts on Colt Lyerla being used in Oregon's backfield? He playing running back in high school and was 1st team all-state with 1,600 yards and 20+ tds as a senior. He is like a power DAT to me. I hope they start using him all over the field more.
I love it. I love innovative offenses and keeping teams on their toes.
It looks like I found a QB. I know my OC Mazzone likes to spread the ball around, but I'd like to know when it's 3rd and 6, I have a go to guy. In your opinion, who is that?
Franklin on the draw or Shaq Evans.
Who do you think was more surprised to see Lyerla in the backfield, Oregon or Arizona fans?
I think Colt was back there a couple of times this year as a blocking back -- this was just the first time he got the ball. So the question should be more surprised to see him get the carries. And yes, it was awesome.
Is USC being overlooked by folks now, and can they capitalize on it? After the Stanford loss, (which only happened because the center was out), USC seems to be an afterthought, and teams are overlooking them...
I wouldn't say Holmes being out was the ONLY reason. He doesn't play defense. And I don't think anyone overlooks USC. The Trojans might be able to play the us-vs-the-world card. But they can't play the underrated card. Too much talent for that work.
What are your thoughts on the season that Will Sutton is having so far. He was an absolute beast vs Utah. If he keeps playing this way can he get All-American status? Surely at least All-Conference. He outplayed Utah's stud DT the other day.
I wrote about Sutton last week before the Utah game and he didn't disappoint. He's playing as well as any defensive lineman in the country right now. Tough for Pac linemen to get the love though. He'll have to really have stellar numbers.
Which coach's autobiography would you want to read the most?
Interesting question... This might seem like an obvious answer given my job last season -- but I would go with Shaw -- only because if I were a football coach, my philsophies would be in sync with his. I love the pro-style offense, I love the 3-4 defense. I love the grind-it-out approach to the game and he's got a really interesting history as a former player, the son of a coach and the fact that he gave up an NFL job to go with Harbaugh to a non-scholarship program at USD (where he and I first met).
This is too much like movie editing; I feel like the best questions are left on the cutting room floor.
Trying to get to as many as I can...
Morgan Breslin should be getting recognition by now, no? One of the best DL in the pac-12?
The numbers are there. Fantastic game last week. If he does it consistently, then yes, he'll be up there for the postseason honors.
Will you be in Arlington or will Ted be there for the ASU vs Notre Dame game Oct 2013?
I don't know where I'll be next week...
Do you think ASU finally get's that monkey off their back and win in Cal? Do you think this game will be different from the Mizzou game a couple weeks ago?
That's on Kelly. He's been fantastic at home. But the two picks came on the road. They have to be able to do it away from home.
Could you please slow down, you're furious typing skills are wearing me down. I'm already smoking and don't know how much more I can take.
I change the batteries in this thing once a week...
What is the best game of the weekend both in and out of the pac-12?
I have no knowledge of anything happening outside of the Pac-12. Oregon State-Arizona is the best game (in fact, I'll be shooting the video for tomorrow's game of the week post right after this chat).
let's say Alabama, Oregon, and Florida State all go undefeated. What are the chances that the ducks get left out of the national championship game?
Slim. An undefeated Oregon team plays in the national championship.
Do you also read poetry, or just fiction? If so, which poets? It's ok to admit this. This is a safe space.
Lol. I mostly read fiction, though I just finished No Easy Day about the Bin-Laden raid. Pretty crazy stuff. Favorite current author is Alex Berenson. Amazing series if you like the spy genre.
Is there any way that Riley and Mora don't finish in top 5 for coach of the year?
Sure -- they go ohfer the rest of the season. I don't see that happening though and both deserve all of the credit they will get.
I love watching DeAnthony Thomas play, but he seems to have consistent issues fumbling the football. How much of a concern is this and how much can you really coach up ball security?
From what I've seen, this is a relatively new problem. It's tough to get into a rythm when you only carry the ball 4-5 times a game. But that's what he's asked to do. As I said earlier in the chat, I wouldn't be too concerned ... yet...
Which team has the best DBs?
Right now -- toss up between Oregon and Oregon State.
Chip Kelly has said he has a 2 quarterback package. (Bryan Bennett took some snaps next to Mariota 2 games ago) what kind of crazy wrinkles could come out of that?
Much like the Colt-RB factor, it just gives them something new to put on film and force teams to prepare for it. I promise every team in the conference had a contingency for Andrew Luck to catch the football. Maybe they only spent five minutes a day practicing it, but that's five minutes they could have been prepping for something else. Multiplicity is a good thing.
Which player, on any team, has the "coolest" football name?
Storm Woods... just cool. I feel like I'd want to hang in a jazz club with Storm Woods.
Is this Tedford's last year? (Please please please say yes)
Don't know. A loss to ASU wouldn't help.
With Matt Barkley's inability to get the passing game going for USC and with Oregon's stellar secondary coverage against Arizona on saturday and the addition of Colt Lyerla to the running game, do you see the November 3rd meeting in LA going differently than you did at the beginning of the season?
I have no problem saying I was wrong. I picked USC to win the title. Things change. And I think Oregon is the best team in the conference right now. That said, I still think that will be a great game, but as of right now I'm leaning toward Oregon.
That's it for me today folks. Good times as always. You've got Ted tomorrow. Enjoy the game tomorrow and the games this weekend. Hope your team wins.