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October 16, 11:00 AM ET
Chat with David Hale

David Hale
  (11:01 AM)

Hey folks, thanks for joining us this morning. You've got FSU questions, I'll make up answers that sound halfway reasonable. Let's get to it!

Rick Johnson [via mobile]

I understand the "level" of competition with it being Boston College, but is it safe to assume that FSU's offense WILL NOT BE CONSERVATIVE moving forward and we ARE going to take some shots down the field!? Utilize the "height" of our receivers!?

David Hale
  (11:04 AM)

I actually was just working on a story about this -- set to run Thursday, so check back! -- and the short answer would be that the BC game probably doesn't tell us a lot. The Eagles really offered no pressure on EJ, and that allowed Fisher to open things up a bit. If teams blitz more against FSU, and if the O line struggles to handle it as it did against NCSt, it becomes a problem when trying to look downfield. I think this last week was something of a perfect storm -- better pass pro, a weak pass rush, some stuff Jimbo saw on film, and a week of heavy criticism about his conservative approach. Some of that will carry over into the future... but not all of it.

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

When did Florida State face Pitt & Syracuse in College Football this season?

David Hale
  (11:05 AM)

They didn't. But they'll play Syracuse, at least, next season when the two teams join the ACC. Personally, I'm hoping for a road game in the Cuse so I can get some Dinosaur BBQ.

yehonala04 (St. Augustine ,Fl.)

Good morning David; can you give us a reason why the computer rankings for the BCS do NOT have the Noles even listed ?

David Hale
  (11:07 AM)

I'd be lying if I said I understood the entirety of the computer formulas, which differ even among the six that are used in the BCS. But the bottom line is that the computers have ZERO respect for the ACC -- and perhaps rightfully so. Clemson is in the same boat -- ranked by just one of the 5 computer services. It's a conference thing, and the fact that 2 of FSU's OOC games were against FCS foes, it's exacerbated. The bottom line is just what we all thought even before the NC State game -- the weakness of the ACC was going to probably keep FSU out of the NC hunt regardless.

Tom (Olivadotti)

Do you ever ask Jimbo why he doesn't shave that little island of hair on top of his forehead? It's looks ridiculous. But I guess if he shaved it he might look like Clint Howard. Have you ever asked him about it though?

David Hale
  (11:08 AM)

"... and so ended the journalism career of David Hale. May he rest in peace."

yehonala04 (St. Augustine ,Fl.)

The play of the future LBs was quite positive Sat v BC . What did you think ?

David Hale
  (11:10 AM)

I talked with Vince Williams about this yesterday, and he laughed. He said Terrence and Reggie didn't have too strong a grasp on what they were SUPPOSED to be doing, but they're both so instinctual that they managed to be in the right places at the right times regardless. Bottom line is, any playing time Stoops can get those guys is huge because there's a very good chance that FSU will be replacing all three of its starting LBs next year, and there's really not much depth behind them.

TK (Philly)

Hey, how about a Phillies question... Which pitcher is more likely to be playing elsewhere next season... Halladay or Lee?? Bowden Rules!!

David Hale
  (11:12 AM)

Lee has more value on the trade market, right? But then again, he has more value to the Phillies, too. And I'm not sure either brings back anything all that significant. But if you're worried about salary -- which probably SHOULD be the worry -- you have to deal Lee, get whatever prospects you can in return, and shed the rest of that big contract. Halladay can be off the books in a year anyway, if I'm not mistaken. BUT... the more important questions: Kratz!?!?

Bryce (PC Beach, FL)

David, have you heard anything about teams to replace WVU and Nevada for 2013? This makes me very nervous especially with Jimbo's 7 home game mindset.

David Hale
  (11:15 AM)

This is something I need to check into in the next week or two. Some of the scheduling is complicated because I'm not sure the ACC knows yet what's happening with Notre Dame -- i.e. whether they can start scheduling ACC games now, what contracts the Irish can get out of, how soon the rest of the sports make the move from the Big East. But the bigger problem is simply finding willing opponents. Nevada is on the hook to find another FBS foe for FSU or it'll cost them about $1.2M in fines and lost revenue to back out. I don't think anyone wants to see two games against FCS teams again in 2013, but I also don't think it's going to be easy to schedule a home-and-home vs. a big-time OOC opponent on short notice.

Kyle (WPB, FL)

What do you think are the chances that Jimbo looks for a real OC next year and stops trying to be the OC and head coach?

David Hale
  (11:16 AM)

I'd say he will be looking, but I doubt he turns over play calling next year. One of the biggest factors in that decision is trust, and I think Jimbo is going to need at least a year to build that with someone before turning over the duties completely. Plus, it's going to take any coach a little while to familiarize himself with the playbook. I think Jimbo realizes it's not something he can do forever, but like Saban, he's something of a micromanager, and that doesn't lead to sweeping changes happening quickly.

Bruce Wayne (Gotham)

Apparently when other teams blitz us, our Oline seems to crumble a bit. Is this a focal point thats being worked on in practices?

David Hale
  (11:18 AM)

Another subject I was just writing about... this is a big thing to keep in mind about the BC game. Yes, the offense was aggressive and effective, BUT... Boston College brought five or more pass rushers on just 3 of EJ's 35 drop-backs, according to ESPN Stats & Info. It's easy for the O line to look good in those situations.

David Hale
  (11:19 AM)

The big thing for the line is being able to adjust on the fly. Communication and technique was poor vs. NC State. It'll be interesting to see how they perform in another "hostile" environment in Miami this week, and it'll be equally interesting to see if Miami brings the blitz often. But to answer your question, yes, it's been a focal point in practice.

yehonala04 (St. Augustine Fl.)

Has anyone ever asked the $ec why they play 3 times as many non AQ teams instead of their nearest AQ neighbor the ACC ?

David Hale
  (11:21 AM)

Is this even remotely accurate? Pretty sure most schools schedule roughly the same -- 8 conf games, 1 rivalry non-conference, 1 FCS, 1 FBS non-AQ and 1 other non-conference game of varied skill level. The ACC actually has twice as many games vs. FCS foes in the last 5 years as any other conference in the country.

Jared (Tallahassee)

Would you agree that the BCS and everything else at this point is irrelevant? Win the remaining 5 games, win the ACC title and win the Orange Bowl and FSU will be respected by those who matter...the fans! Not to mention, we'd likely end up in the top 5 at that point!

David Hale
  (11:22 AM)

Completely agree with this. Continuing to hang on to the idea of a national title or BCS rankings is silly. You can't lose to NC State and play FSU's schedule and make it to a national championship. Even if everyone else has one loss, too, it's not going to happen. Wins over Clemson, UF and UM, an ACC title and an Orange Bowl victory would represent a great season for FSU.

aaron (virginia)

do not get it tony romo criticized for his turnovers, but when other QB's do the same eample phillip rivers on monday night nothing really said 4int & 2 fumbles with a 24pt lead i know peyton is great but that did help!!! if one is critcized the others should be also!!

David Hale
  (11:23 AM)

Two words: Michael AND Vick.

Randy (Montana)

If Gruden can't say something good about Denver, I plan to turn off the game. He is supposed to be a balanced reporter not a Charger fan!

David Hale
  (11:24 AM)

He used to be a cook at Hooters, too.

College paper columnist (Anywhere)

You have the greatest job in the world, working for ESPN, hosting chats, covering a top-10 team. You must love working there. Is ESPN the best job ever?

David Hale
  (11:26 AM)

The fun and excitement is never-ending.

yehonala04 (St. Augustine Fl.)

David the reason for the high number of FCS foes for the ACC is because the $ec will NOT SCHEDULE home and home with the ACC.

David Hale
  (11:28 AM)

Well, UGA, Florida, South Carolina and Kentucky all have annual rivalry non-conf games, including 3 vs. ACC teams. Alabama plays a marquee non-conf game every year, as does LSU. Both have played Va Tech in recent seasons.

David Hale
  (11:29 AM)

Moreover, the scheduling philosophies of all schools -- not just the SEC -- is largely dictated by dollars and rankings. There's just very little motivation for teams to play big non-conf games on the road, where they generate no revenue. Heck, even Nevada isn't interested in coming to FSU, so can you blame teams like Alabama or Georgia for not wanting to?

yehonala04 (St. Augustine Fl.)

Thje myth of supremacy for them does not stand up for true road games ask Ole Miss or Georgia.

David Hale
  (11:33 AM)

No one does particularly well in true road games. And I'm not sure you can call SEC supremacy a "myth." They put two teams in BCS games every year and have the last 6 national champions. And the BCS computers, which we just discussed as using scheduling as a primary consideration, rank UGA, UF, LSU, SC, Miss State and Bama all higher than any ACC team.

David Hale
  (11:35 AM)

OK folks, that'll do it for today. We'll chat again next week. Thanks for the questions.