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November 1, 3:00 PM ET
Chat with Ted Miller

Ted Miller
  (2:59 PM)

Greetings... welcome to the chat. My name is Ted. I will be typing.

Jeremy (Honolulu)

Chip Kelly or Pete Carroll ...who would you rather have as your coach if you're an AD?

Ted Miller
  (2:59 PM)

Chip Kelly if I'm an AD.

jeff (portland)

With all this talk about bama beating a nfl team, which i think is crazy, why not the ducks. Most people think they will beat bama if they meet

Ted Miller
  (3:02 PM)

Most people think that? Hmm. I will say that Alabama would have no chance against the worst NFL team on its worst day, but that doesn't mean Alabama isn't potentially a great college team. I do think that Oregon-Alabama is an outstanding potential matchup. I'd be a Tide lean, however, if they played. But what do I know? I thought USC would play for the title, not oregon.

Mike (DC)

For at least one time in history, all of ND Nation is pulling for USC this weekend. Fight On??

Ted Miller
  (3:02 PM)

That's one of the fun things about college football... Sometimes you root for your enemies. And that feels strange.

Dubious Responder (The Internet)

Prove you're not an automated ESPN Chat bot...

Ted Miller
  (3:02 PM)

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Liz (Bizmark)

Talk to me Ted. Arizona or UCLA and why?

Ted Miller
  (3:04 PM)

I picked Arizona because of what the Wildcats have done the past two weeks and the fact that they nearly won at Stanford. Further, that bad performance for UCLA vs. Cal leaves a lingering taste. But UCLA is at home, which is big, and they looked good beating Arizona State last weekend. I expect another barnburner, a game that goes deep into the fourth quarter.

NJDuckFan (East Coast)

Will Colt be playing this Saturday against USC?

Ted Miller
  (3:05 PM)

My guess is yes... based on the vague reports I've read... But I have no true inside info on that.

jon (taco bell)

hi Ted! I have dubbed the winner of last week's game in SLC the "Best Bad Team in the Pac 12" or the BBTP12---as a fan of the league but a follower of no real team (my AZ) I think Utah is scary team to play for teams needing a win becuase, yeah, they may get it or they might just get a team that is coming alive..... just a thought from a casual observer.................

Ted Miller
  (3:07 PM)

The pattern with Utah seems to be repeating itself... it's not yet ready to compete at the top of the Pac-12 team but it's certainly capable of hanging with the middle. If the Utes beat the Cougs, they have a good shot at getting to 6-6 and preserving their bowl streak.

Coach Brooks (Section Eleven)

Fan support for KiffinMy sense is that USC fans are about to turn on him like a dobermanAgree or disagree?

Ted Miller
  (3:09 PM)

Things certainly have cooled, in large part because of the enthusiasm that was spawned by the end of the 2011 season. No one expected USC to enter the Oregon game with 2 losses, and a 3-loss season will feel like a failure. The jury remains out on just how good a coach Kiffin is. The thing is, he's still young and needs some seasoning. But you don't get seasoned at USC.... that's not a program where a guy goes to learn his craft.

Conor (State College)

Would you agree that Notre Dame has a fair shot at the championship?

Ted Miller
  (3:10 PM)

sure... Oregon and Kansas State both could lose a game.

westcoastrealitycheck (west coast)

I think the winner of the USC Oregon game will be more about DEFENSE than offense (Pac 12 waaay underrated defensivly)...what say you?

Ted Miller
  (3:12 PM)

Both teams have very good defenses, but it's always really about both... let's not be SEC-ish where where act like a low score is always due to brilliant defense. I think in a game with 2 good offenses and 2 good defenses you end up with both teams scoring in the 20s. Now you could say whichever defense forces the most mistakes or gets the most key third down stops is going to prevail, but that always circles back to offense.

GreenandGoldDuck (Sacramento)

Assume for a second that Oregon goes undefeated but is somehow kept out of the MNC game. Oregon goes to Rose Bowl, any other Pac-12 team in a BCS Bowl?

Ted Miller
  (3:13 PM)

I doubt it... question is whether any 3-loss Pac-12 team would rank in the top-14 of the BCS standings.

Bender (3012)

If UCLA wins this saturday, what chance do you give them of ending up the Pac-12 south representative in the championship game?

Ted Miller
  (3:15 PM)

Better than it was Friday, but there's still plenty of work ahead with games with USC and Stanford. The Bruins do control their own destiny: Win out and they go to the Pac-12 title game. Really, that's all a team can ask for.

Whitney (South)

Why do you hate UCLA Ted? You've predicted 6 losses for them so far!

Ted Miller
  (3:18 PM)

You do realize that my picking a team to lose doesn't reflect an emotional response. I don't say: I hate Team X, so I will pick them to lose, thereby invoking the wrath of the College Football Gods, who act upon my every whim. In fact, you might wonder at some reverse psychology: If I pick a team that I want to win to lose, then getting the pick correct serves as a consolation prize when what I wanted to happen doesn't.

Jason (Klamath Falls, OR)

Who has the best day on Oregon's Offense this week? Mariota, Barner, or Dat?

Ted Miller
  (3:20 PM)

Mariota.... i foresee an efficient performance as a distributor with a couple of key runs/scrambles.

Green Bay Duck fan (somewhere inbetween)

if the top four temas in the BCS go undefeated, what needs to happen for the Ducks to go to the NCG?

Ted Miller
  (3:21 PM)

I think if the top four teams go undefeated, Oregon will have enough juice to remain No. 2 in both polls. And I think their computer rankings will go up enough that they remain No. 2 in the BCS standings. Again, keep in mind the polls count for 2/3 of the BCS rankings. They are more important than the computers.

Sara (South Bend)

I am hated in South Bend because I love Michigan. I have always felt Rich Rod got shafted and am loving the success he is having at Arizona. Where do you see this program in 2 to 3 years.

Ted Miller
  (3:23 PM)

I'm sure Rodriguez will be glad to hear he's still got some fans among the Michigan faithful. I agree he did get the shaft, but it's also possible everything will work out for the best. Seems like he's a better fit in Tucson vs. Ann Arbor. My early impressions are very positive. He's gotten a lot out of a team that doesn't seem very talented, at least on defense. But the big question is recruiting his guys and building a program that can challenge in the South Division.. hey, the Wildcats are sorta doing that now.

Larry Scott (Walnut Creek)

Is part of my hype wearing off since I've been unable to finalize a Direct TV deal?

Ted Miller
  (3:26 PM)

The Direct TV issue is a source of frustration in the Pac-12 offices, but my impression is Direct TV is demanding a special deal ... just because. They are daring customers to drop them...

Julian (Sunnyvale Trailer Park)

USC had a very tough time stopping RichRod's spread. How do the Trojans expect to slow up the Quacks? Is there enough time in one week to correct all of the errors from last game?

Ted Miller
  (3:27 PM)

A little apples & oranges because the Wildcats are much better at receiver than the Ducks and much more pass oriented. The Ducks are a decidedly run first team. That's the first question of the game: Can USC slow down the Ducks run game and force Marcus Mariota to throw more than he has this season.

BeaversIndians (Corvallis)

Will you be as happy as I will be when the BCS system finally gets relegated to the trash heap?

Ted Miller
  (3:28 PM)

I think so.... I'm still curious about how this Final Four will work out. Increasing the pool of potential national champions with a quasi-playoff is a good thing.

Beaver Honk (Sherwood, OR)

Ted, Making the huge assumption that Oregon State and Oregon (although this seems more likely) meet in Corvallis a respective 9-1 and 12-0, would this game be the biggest in Civil War history... maybe Oregon sports history. I can only think of one game as big.... the 1977 Trailblazers Championship.

Ted Miller
  (3:32 PM)

Oregon would be 11-0 and Oregon State 9-1.... but yes this would be the biggest. Of course, the 2008 & 2009 games were pretty darn big, too.... http://espn.go.com/blog/pac12/post/_/id/5899/civil-war-for-the-roses-historic-stakes-for-ducks-and-beavers ... but the records would be better this go-around.

Hookymeister (Not in class)

If Cal loses at home to UW, will this be the sign that they have quit on Tedford? (and means he will be definitely gone???)

Ted Miller
  (3:35 PM)

Quit is a strong term. There's been little evidence that the Bears players don't like Tedford. It is possible that they've accepted a bad season and they've lost confidence. It's difficult to play football when you have no confidence... At 3-7 and certain to not get a bowl berth, it's clear that Tedford would be in deep trouble, and I get no joy in typing that. I've worked well with him since he was hired in 2002.

DuckfanNM (New Mexico)

Suffice it to say I got to laugh really hard 2 years ago here in Loboland. Well anyhow..I know you said that Mariota will have a good game, but do you think that DAT will have a big impact the return game?

Ted Miller
  (3:37 PM)

Maybe... but DAT has been pretty quiet of late. I think Mariota and Barner are more likely to get game MVP awards.

Green Bay Duck (Somewhere inbetween)

is usc oregons toughest regular season opponent in the remaining schedule? or is there another game that could be a larger hurdle like osu or stanford?

Ted Miller
  (3:38 PM)

Right now, I still say yes. USC is a good team playing in a big-time venue. But if Oregon State is 9-1 on Nov. 17, then I'd venture a guess that the Civil War in Corvallis will post the biggest test for the Ducks.

gowazzu02 (An office near you)

If the human polls are 2/3rds of the bcs, how can oregon possibly be that low? Do the computers have them like 10th?

Ted Miller
  (3:41 PM)

The Ducks computer ranking is presently 6 and it will only improve with a back-loaded schedule. The Ducks are 2nd in both polls. The high computer ranking is 2 and low is 7. They are ranked 4th... and within striking range of No. 2.

Oregon AD (Eugene)

Odds of the Ducks hosting the PAC12 Championship game this year?

Ted Miller
  (3:42 PM)

High.... I think the Ducks are going to win the rest of their games.

Bubbles (Sunnyvale Trailer Park, Canada)

If Chip Kelly decides to leave for the NFL, do the Ducks hire from within or do they look outside for a head coach?

Ted Miller
  (3:43 PM)

More than a few folks in Eugene believe OC Mark Helfrich is next in line, but it's difficult to say. There are a small handful of people, topped by Phil Knight, who would have a direct line to AD Rob Mullens.

Phi Slamma Jamma (Los Eugeneles)

You seem to be an advocate of the Pac going to an 8-game conference schedule. Do you think that can really happen without undoing the NorCal/SoCal rivalry "fiction" that has Cal/Stan playing SC/UCLA every year? Seems the NW schools would object to playing in L.A. only once in a blue moon.

Ted Miller
  (3:46 PM)

I think the conference should play 8 games because it's good for the conference as a whole in terms of bowl placement and national standing. But there would be sacrifices. No more N-Cal/S-Cal guaranteed games. Fewer S-Cal trips for the NW schools. It's not perfect. But I believe it would be better. You'd have 5-7 teams become 6-6 and 10-2 teams become 11-1. Those upgrades matter.

Engineer Mike (Switzerland)

How many minutes does Bryan Bennett play this week?

Ted Miller
  (3:47 PM)

They have specific packages for him, but I don't anticipate seeing him for more than a few series.... But it's not like I'm watching practices.

Andy (Mundelein, IL)

Chances of ASU running the table? I like their chances this weekend against OSU. USC, while the game is in LA, is coming off the big Oregon game and may be primed for a let down. Wazzu is ok, but game is at home. The only question mark I have would be the Terriorial Cup because not sure which UA team will show...the one that destroyed UW or the one that couldn't score against UO.

Ted Miller
  (3:49 PM)

It's possible... it will be interesting to see how the Sun Devils respond at Oregon State because it's been an emotional two weeks. I'd like their chances of running the table better with a healthy Will Sutton. I must admit I'm sorta rooting for the Territorial Cup to have some real meaning in the pac-12 picture, making a bitter rivalry relevant to the entire conference.

Mitt (campaigning)

Is Star underwhelming thsi year???

Ted Miller
  (3:50 PM)

From what I've heard, NFL scouts still love him... he's not really the sort who's going to put up huge numbers. But he does consistently demand and beat double-teams. That's a valuable thing for a defense.

Chris G (Issquah)

wouldn't you rather see the rest of the chickens play 9 conference games rather then the pac dumbing our schedule down to 8 like the rest of the conferences (Big 12 withstanding)

Ted Miller
  (3:52 PM)

Sure... the ultimate answer is that every conference that wants to be part of the FBS system plays the same format. 8 or 9, it only is an issue when one conference does it one way and others do it another way.

NJDuckFan (East Coast)

Ted, if Alabama loses to LSU and KS and UO wins out. Who do you think will win the NC? My bet would be Oregon.

Ted Miller
  (3:53 PM)

At this point, I'd pick Oregon, but Kansas State has put together an impressive body of work and is very good on both sides of the ball. My question would be team speed... think the Ducks are a bit faster.

Brady (Vancouver)

Biggest x factor in USC vs Oregon game?

Ted Miller
  (3:55 PM)

turnovers and penalties... USC can't win if it's sloppy... & its chances are much better if it can rattle Mariota... as for a player to watch: Silas Redd. Nick Aliotti told me he was unhappy at how well USC ran in the 2011 game. If the Trojans can get consistent yards for Redd, that would open things up for Barkley and Company.

Kent (South Bend)

Did you guys forget that ND might me in the mix (if they win out)?

Ted Miller
  (3:56 PM)

i didn't ... just answering a question... Any of the four unbeaten teams has a shot.

Engineer Mike (Switzerland)

Ted! You're supposed to say: "Bryan Bennett will play 30 minutes - the entire second half after Oregon goes up 50-0 in the first"!

Ted Miller
  (3:56 PM)

Ah ha! I get it.... But I'd be surprised if that's the case.

Scott (Houston)

Ka'deem Carey best pro prospect at his position in PAC-12?

Ted Miller
  (3:57 PM)

Maybe... he runs hard, has nice size and speed. It's difficult to judge RBs. Some who are great in college fizzle in the NFL. Some who do nothing, have long careers.

Brad (Atlanta)

Ted, I am an SEC fan and am curious as to the differences between the Oregon team from this year vs. the 2011 team that lost to an Auburn team with a sub-par defense. I understand they are an offensive juggernaut and the D is improved, but what makes this team seem more capable of beating a time like Bama with a superior defense?

Ted Miller
  (4:00 PM)

This is an interesting question, because it demonstrates a disconnect with reality Pac-12 folks see with SEC folks. Go back and look at the national title game. How many SEC teams held Auburn to 22 points? Oregon had a good defense in 2010, and this one looks like it's better. A bit bigger up front, while still being fast.

Sean Vaz (Corvallis)

Please answer more duck questions... that's what I want to read ALL THE TIME, that way when we beat them in the war... I can rub it in your face

Ted Miller
  (4:01 PM)

OK...

Ted Miller
  (4:02 PM)

And on that I must say goodbye... Have a great weekend folks. See you next week.