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October 29, 12:00 PM ET
Chat with Edward Aschoff

Edward Aschoff
  (12:06 PM)

Sorry about the delay. Had some coffee shop Internet issues. But let's talk some SEC football

Scratches (D'ham, NC)

Who looks like a better Heisman candidate so far: Johnny Football or AJ McCarron?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:08 PM)

I'd have to go with McCarron at this point. He doesn't have the numbers JF has, but he has been the nation's most efficient quarterback and has 18 touchdown passes to 0 interceptions. Oh, and his team is No. 1 in the nation. More wins for McCarron will help his Heisman chances. JF has to do well against better defenses. He really struggled in the second half against Florida and LSU.

CC (Atlanta)

So the Gators bubble finally burst. How is it possible that a Florida can have ZERO playmakers at WR? It defies logic. UGA has plenty. So does FSU, Bama, SC. Heck even TN.

Edward Aschoff
  (12:10 PM)

Look at recruiting over the last couple of years. Florida lost Chris Dunkley, who was supposed to be a special playmaker and missed out on some big-time recruits at the receiving position, especially in Muschamp's most recent class. This team just hasn't brought in elite receiving talent in while and it's showing. Jordan Reed is really the only reliable receiving target out there and he happened to seal the Gators' fate with his fumble in the fourth. But at least he makes plays and gets open. Past recruiting classes have hurt the Gators at the receiving position more than anything.

Scratches (D'ham, NC)

How much do you expect LSU's passing game to improve after a bye week?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:11 PM)

It can't get any worse right? Well, maybe with Alabama's defense lining up on the opposite side. I just have to think that something was changed during the off week. Or maybe Mettenberger just worked on his comfort level and tried to regain some confidence. Simplifying things for him are probably important in a game like this.

ConcernedGamecock (Chicago)

Dash, given the little information we have about the extent of Lattimore's injury, is it even possible to make a prognosis about the possibility of his return to football or a potential timeline? Any thoughts on how this injury might affect his NFL prospects?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:14 PM)

I'm not a doctor and I've never played one on TV so I have no idea what the future holds for him. He's one of the hardest working players out there, so you have to think that he'll try his best to come back. Look at Willis McGahee. He came back from that ugly knee injury and is still in the NFL. You have to hope that the same happens for Lattimore, but you also have to wonder if there was any nerve damage. Thoughts and prayers really do go out to him and his family. Just hate to see that for anyone, especially to someone with as much character as he has.

JJ (Tampa)

Do you expect Florida to have a letdown game against a Mizzou team that looks like they have some confidence for the first time all season?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:15 PM)

I was thinking about that this morning. It's very possible, considering all the emotions this team probably spent in that ugly loss to Georgia. But Muschamp has done a very good job of keeping this team motivated and fired up throughout the season, and there's still a lot for this team to play for. Maybe Georgia loses and the Gators are still in line for the SEC East. Win out and maybe this team goes to the Sugar Bowl. But Mizzou is fighting for its bowl life. Could be interesting.

Scratches (D'ham, NC)

Care to make any predictions on what Les Miles has been adding to his bag of tricks for this weekend vs. the Crimson Tide? You know he's put at least a card or two up his sleeve with this time off...

Edward Aschoff
  (12:16 PM)

Triple reverse fake punt pass with Anthony Johnson!

Brad (Atlanta)

Ed, on the blog today in Hot and Not, the Freezer Burn was the UT Defense. As a Bama fan I respect Sal Sunseri, so I was wondering if he is trying to implement a complex scheme like Bama runs? Could new scheme growing pains be part of the problem?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:19 PM)

It's clear that the scheme has been tough for this team to pick up, but this unit just isn't that tough. It has been a very long year for that unit. It seems like everyone can run and throw on the Vols this year. Players say they are comfortable with the scheme, and we know it usually takes a full season before players really are comfortable with the change, but assignments have been blown, players have been out of position. I think you look at coaching and personnel.

Pirate (Somalia )

Mett. has been in Baton Rouge since January of 2011 and he still isn't comfortable enough to sit in the pocket, make the reads, and deliver accurate passes. What chance does he have of changing that in 2 weeks when he couldn't do it in nearly 2 years?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:20 PM)

Never said it was going to be easy, but if you simplify things for him that could help.

Rick (Orlando)

People keep saying that Pease will likely get a head coaching gig after this season but I just dont see it. Florida is still one of the worst offenses in the nation. They only get pts bc they get good field position and have a solid sr rb. And his Burton at wildcat qb package is downright moronic. Im just not seeing why hed get a HC job. Im scared to imagine what next yrs offense will look like w Gilleslie and Reed in NFL

Edward Aschoff
  (12:24 PM)

His creativity has been very good this year. I know people harp on the stats, but think about the second-half adjustments he's made. Florida's offense was better in the fourth against Georgia, but look at the lack of playmakers. You can't put that on Pease. Driskel isn't getting much help in the passing game. That goes a long way. I agree that the wildcat isn't really working anymore.

Les Stroud (Who Knows?)

Dash, my team looked overpowered against Alabama Saturday. We got out-classed on the football field and there are no excuses to be made. That being said, do you see that loss as a building point for our team moving forward, or a big step back?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:26 PM)

I think it's the reality of playing Alabama these days. The Tide is just that good. Mississippi State is a talented team, but I think the big-game atmosphere got to that team early and Alabama just ran over a wide-eyed group. It happens. I think it was a chance to humble a team that had a pretty soft start to the season. I'd expect more intense practices from Mississippi State from here on out.

Greg (Charleston, SC)

What's wrong with Auburn? No, I'm not a fan at all, but feel bad for their fans.

Edward Aschoff
  (12:27 PM)

That youth just hasn't grown up on the field. Having two different coordinators on both sides can make things difficult when it comes to comfort, and it's become pretty obvious on the Plains. Quarterback play hasn't been great either and this team just hasn't been consistent running the ball. When you have a defense that has struggled like it has, you have to have an offense with a pulse and Auburn just hasn't had that.

Weston B (Raleigh, NC)

Do you think UGA's horrible showing against South Carolina completely stops us from having a chance at an NC appearance? I mean let's say if (and this is a huge if) we run the table and somehow beat Bama in the SEC championship game, is there a chance we leapfrog anyone in the final BCS standings?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:29 PM)

I think beating Alabama and hoping Florida and South Carolina win out will help. I wonder if the Bulldogs could jump an undefeated team in front of them. Beating an undefeated Alabama team would probably propel the Dawgs past one of those undefeated teams. Oregon certainly isn't getting any help these days, so don't be surprised if it happened. I just have to think that another one of those teams has to lose at this point though.

Brad (Atlanta)

Ed, in the comments below the chat, someone asked if you were a parent would you have second thoughts about sending your son to play for Muschamp following his blow up on his player that was caught on camera this weekend. Do you think that would actually play a role in whether a player goes there, or do the results he shows trump that? Same can be asked about Saban?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:31 PM)

Football players get yelled at all the time at all levels. He gets a lot more attention than other coaches, but I doubt it will stop kids from going there.

Bulldogs (Starkville)

Okay. Let me preface this by saying Ole Miss is playing with a lot more energy, focus, and enthusiasm than they did the past couple years. However, is Ole Miss really a lot better? I personally expected Ole Miss to get to 4 wins this year in a tough SEC West, and since Auburn and Arky's decline, that just made getting to 5 easier. Is this really a team thing? Or is this a 'we're better, because you guys are worse?'

Edward Aschoff
  (12:33 PM)

Last year's team doesn't win either of those games. Last year's team doesn't fight through a 10-point deficit to Arkansas. It absolutely is an attitude thing with this team. Players admitted to giving up last year when things got rough. This team has fought in every game for four quarters. The difference between this year's team and last year's is day and night. Remember, this team doesn't have a ton of depth and it's still playing very hard. Says a lot about the character of that team.

Laszlo (South Bend)

19th overall in passing, 14th overall in rushing, 3rd overall in points, shouldn't everyone be more afraid of Bama losing to Texas A&M in two weeks, rather than looking at this LSU game?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:35 PM)

Texas A&M doesn't have the defense LSU has. If Alabama runs like it has all season it can pound away at the Aggies' defensive line. I also think McCarron can make plays on that secondary.

Scratches (D'ham, NC)

Does the Egg Bowl finally mean something this year?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:36 PM)

It could mean a ton this year. Ole Miss could still be searching for that last win to make it to a bowl game and if win No. 6 has to come against Mississippi State you better believe the atmosphere surrounding that game will be awesome.

Casey (Kandahar, Afghanistan)

Hey Dash, first off I wanted to apoligize about a a comment a left a few weels back and meant no harm. Anyways, as you can see I am writing from Afghanistan and would like to know if you still have Jarvis Jones as the best player in the SEC? He has took over 2 games and none more important than the last game. Where would you rank him now?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:38 PM)

I don't remember any negative comment you left me, but I probably deserved it. No worries. Jones, Clowney and Manziel are battling it out for my No. 1. I think if Jones is totally healthy he's probably at the top of my list. He completely changes game plans for offenses like Clowney, but I think he's had bigger individual games this season. He was spectacular in the Florida game.

Chris (Aggieland)

People seem to be kicking MSU for losing to probably the best team in the country by far on the road, do you think A&M can come out and punch them in the mouth on the road like they did Auburn, and do you think the early start time helps A

Edward Aschoff
  (12:41 PM)

I think Mississippi State will be motivated to come out and prove that it's a better team than what everyone saw on Saturday. The Aggies' defense has struggled here and there and Mississippi State could use that to its advantage. I think this will be one of the better games of the afternoon.

Laszlo (South Bend)

Florida, Georgia, Mississippi State and LSU all have one loss. If Alabama loses which team would deserve a shot at the NC if given the chance?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:44 PM)

If LSU wins out, the Tigers are going to the national championship. If Florida wins out and Georgia loses a game, the Gators are going. If Georgia wins out, the Bulldogs are going. Mississippi State needs Alabama to lose two and has to beat LSU and win out to have a shot.

Brad (Atlanta)

After watching Milliner and Banks on the same field this weekend, do you still take Banks out of the two?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:45 PM)

Banks sure didn't make me look good. But I'm not going to be quick to dismiss him as the nation's best corner. He didn't have a great night but he's still a great player and I still think he's the nation's best corner. Milliner is great, don't get me wrong, but when I look at each's body of work I'll go with Banks still.

Edward Aschoff
  (12:45 PM)

Banks sure didn't make me look good. But I'm not going to be quick to dismiss him as the nation's best corner. He didn't have a great night but he's still a great player and I still think he's the nation's best corner. Milliner is great, don't get me wrong, but when I look at each's body of work I'll go with Banks still.

Scratches (D'ham, NC)

I heard Lattimore could redshirt after his injury this weekend. What are the rules on medical redshirts? Can players still get one after playing 7 games?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:46 PM)

Not sure he could do that. If he couldn't do it last year I don't see how he could this year. Also, I don't know if he could be back in time for next year anyway.

Alan (South Florida)

Ed, in order for the Gators to make the Sugar Bowl they would probably need to avoid having two losses. Thus, are they better off not making the SEC Title Game?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:47 PM)

Ha, actually yes. But I'm sure this team would much rather make it there and play the West champ for a chance to go to the national championship. But if the Gators win out and Georgia loses in the SEC championship game, the Gators would be headed to the Sugar Bowl.

Keith (Union Co, FL)

I my opinion Oregon has the ugliest uniforms in the history of sports with Missouri a close second...your thoughts on how the SEC needs to tell Mizzo to go back to their traditonal unis that is more suited for this league.

Edward Aschoff
  (12:48 PM)

You're dead wrong on both statements. That is all.

Laszlo (South Bend)

As you can see, I'm from South Bend, making me an Irish fan, all this sudden interest in the SEC is coming from my curiosity of how you think the Irish would stack up against an SEC opponent of high caliber.

Edward Aschoff
  (12:49 PM)

I don't think you'll ever see Notre Dame in the SEC. Give up that TV contract and have to share with all these SEC teams? Nah. It might help recruiting though. But I don't see it at all.

Tony (Richmond, CA)

Ed, I love Kirk Herbsreit, but how does he or anyone else think and undefeated Oregon or K-State will be chosen for the BCS Title Game over a Notre Dame if they run the table? Have you heard this from others?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:49 PM)

I'd take Oregon over both of those teams. Like in a heartbeat.

"Hipster" (Portland, OR)

With the SEC now having 14 teams, is there talk about a 9-game conference schedule, with only 3 OOCs? Each team only playing 2 teams from the other division doesn't really feel like a complete conference schedule where the division winners have been battle-tested throughout the conference. It feels more like two conferences playing a pre-bowl conference championship. Adding one more conference game won't solve that problem, but it will add more legitimacy to the division champs, rather than looking at the division champs as "the lucky ones who weren't scheduled the good teams from the other division" (ie. Georgia, Bama, Tenn). Not hatin' on your conference, just interested. Your thoughts?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:52 PM)

I think it will be discussed throughly during the spring meetings. You have a chance to play every team and see every stadium during your playing career. I think it makes a lot more sense, but it does make the season that much harder for the SEC to make it to the national championship. Now, it could help strength of schedule, which will be important, but adding another game in the toughest conference will be rough. That's 10 SEC games for the SEC championship representatives. Yikes!

Rod (Birmingham)

Not to correct you but IF lsu wins out then LSU would go to title game and Bama would go to Sugar Bowl

Edward Aschoff
  (12:52 PM)

Guess I kinda assumed Alabama would win ...

RipperIII (Atlanta)

The Tide has shown a glaring weakness for mid level crossing patterns, dink and dunk type drives,...I think Mett can take advantage of this. DJ fluker can not stop a speed rush,...I think BAMA is in for a long night , what say you?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:54 PM)

I think the pass defense has some holes here and there, but the way this team regroups after it makes mistakes is extremely impressive. I don't see a long night for Alabama, but I could see a loss. Especially, with how well LSU's defense has played. And short passes from Mettenberger could be the way to go because he just hasn't done well going down field all year.

Brad (Atlanta)

Do you think Bama completely won that game, or did Miss State really play that poorly?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:55 PM)

Alabama completely won that game. No question about it.

Kyle (Houston, TX)

What are the chances A&M ends up in the Cotton Bowl playing a Oklahoma/TexasTech/UT? Also, does Manziel have the possibility to set the SEC single season yardage/touchdown record? His pace has been pretty ridiculous so far and he has only played in 4 FULL games...

Edward Aschoff
  (12:58 PM)

He could, but he still has to play Alabama and Mississippi State which both have good defenses. He could have a real field day with Sam Houston State. If the Aggies get to nine wins I think it's possible that the Cotton Bowl could come calling, but it depends on how LSU ends the season. If the Tigers have two losses, I think they make it before Texas A&M.

Alex (Columbia, SC)

What needs to happen for the Gamecocks to go to the Sugar Bowl? I need to know when to root for/against Georgia and Florida. Gotta love the BCS!

Edward Aschoff
  (1:01 PM)

South Carolina wins out, Florida loses at least one more. So does Georgia. Alabama wins out. I think that would get the Gamecocks into the Sugar Bowl

Brad (Atlanta)

I would have to rate Jarvis Jones' game as one of the top 5 individual performances I have seen in CFB. Where would you rank it? He totally changed that game multiple times.

Edward Aschoff
  (1:03 PM)

I'd put it up there in the top 5 for sure. Might have been the best defensive performance of the year. Also, how classy is that guy? He literally helped up each player that he smashed into the turf. I know he has a lot of friends on Florida's side, but man what a nice guy. Kill them with pain AND kindness.

Graham (Tampa)

Dash, with Lattimore going down that leaves Kenny Miles and Mike Davis to pick up the workload. Brandon Wilds is injured and I think Shon Carson is too. How deep are they with the RB position and will this make a woeful offense (LSU/UF games) even worse?

Edward Aschoff
  (1:04 PM)

That offense was very woeful against Tennessee, and I think Miles and Davis can do the part. They aren't Lattimore by any means, but they can push the ball up field. Also, Connor Shaw can still run the ball.

Scratches (D'ham, NC)

Ed, I want to be the meanest, scariest thing that ever existed. Should I be Adrian Hubbard, Jarvis Jones, Jadeveon Clowney, or Jesse Williams? (I asked this to Chris last Friday and he said I should be you)

Edward Aschoff
  (1:05 PM)

I take that as a compliment. He's obviously seen me in goal at the Atlanta Silverbacks park for the last year. No one dares come into my box without feeling some sort of pain. But I'd go with Godzilla. Nothing can stop the greatest super hero of all time.

Zack Watson (Athens)

If Georgia plays to its full potential: Murray actually plays a great game and doesn't get picked, Gurshall runs for 150+ and the D plays just as good as it did this past weekend, do we stand a chance against the Tide?

Edward Aschoff
  (1:07 PM)

If Murray is consistent and can open up the running game with the pass, Georgia has a chance. Now, he has to take care of the ball. A team like Alabama would have run Georgia out of Jacksonville if he turned the ball over like he did against the Gators.

kyle (Gator Country)

From a purely objective standpoint, other than the two fumbles, how would you rate Jeff Driskel's performance against georgia compared to other games, esp. as far as passing is concerned?

Edward Aschoff
  (1:08 PM)

He made some decent throws, but had awful ball security. He also didn't get much help from any of his receivers. That team needs playmakers. Three guys can't be the only ones to get it done.

Scratches (D'ham, NC)

You're good, Ed. Seriously. I was Godzilla at a Halloween party this weekend. I don't know how you do it.

Edward Aschoff
  (1:09 PM)

Send it to me ASAP!

Edward Aschoff
  (1:09 PM)

Well, another good chat thanks to all of you. You make me look really good. Talk to you all next week.