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November 5, 12:00 PM ET
Chat with Edward Aschoff

Edward Aschoff
  (12:02 PM)

Greetings everyone. What a weekend in college football! That Alabama-LSU game was great and now the debate is on about Bama and Oregon? Did LSU provide the blueprint for stopping Alabama?

John (GA)

UGA vs. Oregon in the BCS NC game. That statement will be made when and "IF" UGA can pull it all together in the SEC championship game. Thoughts on that and beating the Tide?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:04 PM)

I still think Georgia would need two of the unbeaten teams ahead of it to lose if it's going to make it to the national championship. Beating Alabama in Atlanta might not be enough this year if there are three unbeaten teams. Georgia also needs to hope that Florida beats Florida State in a couple of weeks and LSU wins out. Georgia has the offense to beat Alabama's defense, but how will this team respond to a big game like that? The offense hasn't been great on the big stage and it has to be balanced and consistent to beat Alabama. But we found out that Alabama's secondary needs some work and Aaron Murray has the tools to hurt that part of Alabama's defense.

Johnathon (Alabama)

Was bama exposed or was it a one game issue?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:05 PM)

I think we found out that Alabama's secondary needs work. Those corners didn't look great and Zach Mettenberger, who has taken a ton of heat this year threw for a career-high 298 yards and didn't turn the ball over. A&M provides quite the offensive test for Alabama ...

Scratches (D'ham, NC)

How bad did AJ McCarron hurt his Heisman stock vs. LSU last Saturday? His numbers were ugly, but I think a lot of voters might consider that last drive a "Heisman Moment" despite his earlier performance. He also managed to keep that no-INT streak going against one of the nation's best defenses. What do you think?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:07 PM)

I don't think it really "hurt" his chances. That last drive was the cliche Heisman moment for him. And he didn't turn the ball over. But look at Klein getting injured. If he can't make it back this weekend that could really change this not-so-thrilling race. I think it's going to come down to the next few weeks, not just Saturday.

Michael [via mobile]

Is MSST's lack of offensive production due to simply facing better defenses or just not executing?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:09 PM)

I think we are finding out that this team just isn't as sound as we thought. The execution has been off in the last two games when the Bulldogs have the ball and the defense is a fraud. Against three quality offenses this season, the Bulldogs have been picked apart on defense. That soft schedule masked obvious issues this team has. The defensive line is getting absolutely no pressure up front. This team was in line to get 10 wins this year, but I just don't see it anymore. The execution has to improve soon.

Daniel (Birmingham)

How thin is the ice that Gene Chizik is treading on, and does it break if UGA runs over Auburn?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:11 PM)

It's pretty thin, but getting that win over New Mexico State was huge. Will it keep Chizik in Auburn? Not sure, but it kept him there this week and it's a week-to-week process for him at this point. Auburn isn't expected to beat Georgia, so a loss to the Dawgs probably won't really fit into the equation. Now a win could keep Chizik on the Plains. I think regardless of what happens, Auburn has a few decisions to make in December.

JJ (GA)

Who is your number one running back in the SEC? I believe Todd Gurley has proven to be a consistent SEC back

Edward Aschoff
  (12:13 PM)

It's a tough call right now. So many backs have taken the torch and then quickly given it up. Gurley has been great all season. Mike Gillislee and LaDarius Perkins had their chances to make statements as the best, but both have dipped recently. Lattimore is gone for the season, as well. I'd go with Gurley at the moment.

Ed (Houston)

I know it's a ways off, but the latest bowl projections are leaning toward a tu-A&M Cotton Bowl. That'd be the biggest bowl of the year (aside from the NC game), huh?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:14 PM)

I think the Cotton Bowl would love to have the Aggies, especially if Texas gets in from the Big 12's side. We could see that rivalry again! If the Aggies finish the year with two or three losses, they will be headed to the Cotton Bowl, in my opinion.

Edward Aschoff
  (12:15 PM)

Actually, if the Aggies only have two losses, they might have a real chance at the Sugar Bowl too ...

Scott (Columbia, SC)

Say Florida loses to FSU, and UGA gets blown away by Alabama in the SECCG. Any chance SC gets a look at the Sugar bowl?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:16 PM)

South Carolina still needs LSU to lose because I think that if LSU only has two losses it will have a great shot at playing in New Orleans. LSU fans would pack that place and the Sugar Bowl knows it. South Carolina probably is the least attractive when it comes to LSU, Georgia and Florida.

Extremely Smart Man (Nashville)

Is vandy gonna whip Ole Miss again?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:18 PM)

Whip? No. This isn't last year's Ole Miss team. And it isn't the 2010 Ole Miss team. Vandy has a lot more momentum heading into the weekend, but the Rebels might have to win this game if they are going to make it to a bowl game this season. Trust me, this team is upset about its two-game losing streak to the Commodores and it isn't very happy at all about Saturday's performance. This one should be pretty exciting.

Henry (Sumter)

Will South Carolina be able to find a rare win against Arkansas this weekend?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:20 PM)

South Carolina has the defense to hurt Arkansas' offense, but you have to wonder just how balanced the Gamecocks' offense will be without Lattimore. Having that bye week certainly helped. But Arkansas is in total must-win mode at this point and a loss would hurt the Razorbacks' bowl chances even more.

Vincent (New Orleans)

Don't forget about Jeremy Hill for one of the top RBs in the SEC. 3 straight games over 100 yards rushing against 3 of the best teams in USC, TA&M, and Bama. All while splitting carries with Michael Ford and Spencer Ware!!!!

Edward Aschoff
  (12:20 PM)

I said after the South Carolina game that he was LSU's most complete back. Some guy on Twitter blasted me for it. I'm expecting my apology tweet any day now. You know who you are ...

Vinnie (ATL)

Is A&M showing the league that SEC offenses are not very creative against these great defenses?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:21 PM)

How creative was A&M in the second half against Florida and LSU? Riddle me that one

Chris Wilson (Starkville, MS.)

Dash, for some reason I am just too afraid to Blitz or take any chances. If I continue to drop back 6 or 7 in coverage every play, will Mullen finally get fed up enough to fire me?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:22 PM)

I think you need to look at your defensive line first. There has been no consistent pressure generated up front and its play has really hurt the defense in the last two games. Before fans go after Wilson they should look at the players on that defensive line. They haven't lived up to their billing at all.

Scratches (D'ham, NC)

Is Alabama's TJ Yeldon the SEC Freshman of the Year?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:22 PM)

No. That would be Johnny Manziel ... and it isn't even close.

Scott (Louisville)

Hey Ed, if the Aggies pull off the upset this weekend, and Manziel has a big game...does he jump to the top of the Heisman race (assuming Klein is out).

Edward Aschoff
  (12:24 PM)

I think he should definitely be in the mix. I don't care if he's a freshman, he's the SEC's most exciting player. He's one of the league's best passers and leads the SEC in rushing. He's a scoring machine and makes defenses look silly. But he has to play well against a REAL good defense. He didn't against LSU or Florida. Alabama is a major test for him, but there are holes in that unit that he can exploit.

Danny (Lost in Louisiana )

Who is going to challenge BAMA the rest of the way?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:24 PM)

Texas A&M and the SEC East champ. And if Alabama makes it to Miami, Oregon has the best chance to beat the Tide. Maybe the only really

Casey (Kandahar, Afghanistan)

Dash, can you pull off the upset and finally de-throne Chris? You are pulling away with your weekly picks, but Chris claims that the money is made in Bowl Season. Can you do it and keep it up? Also do you think Alec Ogletree is an All-American? He is playing on another level right now to me.

Edward Aschoff
  (12:26 PM)

Chris told me Saturday night that he's making his concession speech. You might see it in the picks this week. This one is beyond over. I'm just waiting for my trophy to come in the mail. I don't know if Ogletree is an All-American right now. He's played well the last two weeks, but he was suspended at the beginning of the year and there are a lot o other really good linebackers out there nationally. I'd take him on my team any day though.

Tim (ATL)

Lets say Oregon and ND win out, but KSU loses this week with Klein limited (hypothetical here)... do you think Georgia could jump ahead of an undefeated ND team by beating alabama, or do you think 12-0 ND can hold off a 1-loss SEC champ?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:28 PM)

Personally, I think a one-loss Georgia could. Maybe even a one-loss Florida. But I'm not sure what those crazy computers would do. It's gonna be hard if there are two undefeated teams at the end of the year and one of them isn't an SEC team. Still, do you leave the SEC champ out of the national championship game?

Ron (ATL)

Ed--what is the scenario for the Gators to land in the Sugar Bowl? Any hope of the SEC East is dead for this year. Also, do you see any WR playmakers coming into the 2013 class at UF to help Driskell next year?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:32 PM)

Gators win out and Georgia loses to Alabama in the SEC championship game. Still might be hard if LSU wins out though. As for the WRs, the Gators need a lot of help. Ahmad Fulwood might have the best chance to make an immediate impact with his size (6-4, 189). Marqui Hawkins also has a nice frame. But this team needs a consistent weapon. Someone who can run the right routes and get separation. Florida doesn't have that and it's really hurting Jeff Driskel.

A.J. McCarron (Tuscaloosa, AL)

Ed, we had a great win on Saturday, I must've gone through atleast 10 boxes of tissues after the game. Does my O-Line deserve all the credit, or just most of it?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:33 PM)

It deserves a ton of it. Really kept you upright all night and did a great job of giving you time on that last drive. Don't be ashamed of crying. I loved seeing that emotion. Funny how Bama fans were praising that but laughed at Tim Tebow. Ahhhh the old double standard ...

Dillon (College Station)

Why is Kevin Sumlin not in in the conversation for Coach of the Year? He has led the Aggies to a brilliant SEC debut!

Edward Aschoff
  (12:34 PM)

Who said he wasn't? He's done exceptionally well in his first year. I think it all goes back to him giving his team two more weeks in the gym before starting spring practice because he didn't think his guys were physically ready for the SEC yet. Good call because this team hasn't been pushed around. Really like what he's done with everything being new.

MikeDaTiger (SEC boards)

Ed, This is a hard one to swallow, but the future looks bright with Mettenberger at the helm. Do you think he will he'll play with that same poise and confidence against MSU or was this game just a one hit wonder for him?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:35 PM)

I think you still have to wait and see with him. This was one game and he had an extra week to prepare for it. And it was such a big game. Don't be surprised if you see a lull in his play. That's natural when a national championship is on the line and you fall short. I wouldn't be surprised to see the old Mettenberger but I also wouldn't be surprised to see the new one either. He was very sharp.

Jason (T-Town)

Its cool to cry if you win, not after a loss.....

Edward Aschoff
  (12:36 PM)

You must not be an athlete. I shed tears of sorrow with my high school soccer team after losing in the playoffs my senior year. No shame whatsoever. Lots of emotions in sports. It's natural

Alan (Baton Rouge)

Long term, it looks like Auburn is in a better scenario than LSU. They get to start fresh, while LSU will be mired in mediocrity collecting Peach Bowl trophies. How much longer do you think it will be until Miles retires?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:37 PM)

I only posted this one because it's pure comedy. Slow Monday I take it.

Marilyn (San Antonio, TX)

Should A&M have received a bigger boost in the polls for beating a top 15 team (albeit a slightly overrated one) at home?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:39 PM)

You know I was surprised by that as well. The Aggies are 12th in the computer polls, which is about right, but they just aren't doing well in the human polls. I don't get it. I think that's a very good team. We found out Mississippi State is overrated, but still, the Aggies are good.

Andy (Macon, GA)

How does UGA make it to the Sugar Bowl? Can they survive a loss against an undefeated Bama?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:40 PM)

I don't think so. Unless Florida and LSU both lose another game and South Carolina lives one more. Georgia could be in the Sugar Bowl if it beats Bama but is held out of the national championship.

MikeDaTiger (SEC boards)

In your bowl predictions, you have LSU in the Sugar Bowl. I don't see Florida losing to FSU. Would the Sugar Bowl still select a 2 loss LSU team (who lost to Florida) over a 1 loss Florida team?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:40 PM)

I think so. They will both be very high in the BCS and LSU is a HUGE draw in NOLA.

Nick (San Antonio)

Oh how I love the old "how'd those second halves go against top 5 defenses for Manziel" First off you are completely negating the fact that he had a great first half. Second of all this is along the same logic as a doctor curing ONLY 10 types of cancer but failing to find a cure for AIDS. Give me a break

Edward Aschoff
  (12:42 PM)

Ummm did A&M win those games? What were his numbers? And did A

Tim (Florida)

Is the National Championship gonna stay in the SEC for another year? We need to keep the streak going.

Edward Aschoff
  (12:43 PM)

The best chance is if Alabama runs the table. I just don't see Kstate or Oregon losing. Notre Dame might get jumped by a one-loss SEC team.

Alan (Baton Rouge)

Ed, don't knock me, you ESPN types just like Miles around for comedy's sake. He is going to say or do something incredibly stupid daily to give you something to write about. I guess that brings us to the point, the coach is a joke

Edward Aschoff
  (12:44 PM)

I'll let Les Miles' national championship and record speak for itself.

Devin (Alex City)

Do you think Kentucky can make a big splash in a coaching hire? Can they attract a coach where basketball remains king? I would give Calipari a shot at coaching the football team as well...let's see what happens

Edward Aschoff
  (12:46 PM)

It's tough to attract a big-name coach there because recruiting is so hard at Kentucky. You don't pick and chose like other SEC schools. You have to be able to evaluate at a higher level and you can't miss on guys. Starting the search this early is an advantage because there could be other SEC jobs that come open. That could hurt this search.

Matt (Athens, GA)

What's the chance that Louisville's head coach Charlie Strong leaves the state of Kentucky to coach a SEC Team in 2013?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:48 PM)

I don't see it. I think if other SEC schools came calling he'd be more interested. I don't think he'd want to have to play Louisville every year after coaching the Cardinals.

David (NC)

Does Sunseri come back next year if Dooley comes back or does Dooley fire him to save his own skin?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:48 PM)

It'd probably be hard considering how bad Tennessee's defense is. But it is his first year and he is trying to transform this unit into a 3-4.

Cody (Austin)

It seems like Manziel should have at least earned him an invite to NYC right? I don't think there is any chance he wins the Heisman unless Ags win out and Manziel amazes at Bama. Would you agree he would be snubbed if not at least invited to NYC?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:50 PM)

Honestly, I think so. But I think he has to play well against Alabama. He doesn't have to beat Alabama but he can't turn it over like he did against LSU and he can't be nonexistent like he was against Florida in the second half. If he looks good and makes it close, I think he deserves to go to NYC.

Justin Holland (Atlanta)

What will it take for Vandy to keep Franklin long term? I have heard from reliable sources he is making almost 3.1 million a year with a auto renewing 7 year deal and a buy out of almost 22 million. Would any program be willing to pay him more and pay the buyout?PS when are we gonna watch some EPL at Fado together?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:52 PM)

You know how to reach me when it comes to soccer. I think Franklin's name will certainly be rumored with big jobs around the country. He's a great recruiter and he's turned things around at Vandy. He'll be a hot name if this team makes it to a bowl game for the second straight year. Programs will shell out money for him.

Nick (San Antonio)

Since when does winning have anything to do with how an offensive player performed? I know we racked up over 400 yards of offense against the vaunted LSU defense WITH 4 turnovers. So if the A&M defense pitched a shut out against LSU and we won 19-0 and manziel had the exact same performance you wouldnt be saying he had a bad second half?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:54 PM)

He's the quarterback. He threw three interceptions and no touchdowns. A&M scored seven points in the second half. He was a non-factor in the second half against Florida. Numbers are numbers and I would have still said he had a bad second half because I'm not blind to the facts. That's like saying because Florida has just one loss the the offense hasn't been bad all year.

Mike (ATL)

Be honest, Ed. How ugly is the South's Oldest Rivalry going to get on the Plains this weekend?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:56 PM)

I'll save my pick for Wednesday, but don't watch out. It's a night game in a tough venue. I have a feeling the fans will come out for a team that had a little spark last week. Plus, Jonathan Wallace is an upgrade at QB. Could be interesting ...

Joe (Florida)

Do you think the Gators can generate enough offense to win in Tallahassee? Last two Saturdays have been veru ugly on that side of the ball. Glad we play two cupcakes before a big one.

Edward Aschoff
  (12:56 PM)

If another receiver doesn't emerge in the next two weeks, no. Jordan Reed can't be the only viable option in the passing game.

Jabroni (Akron)

Looked to me like LSU just had fresher legs in the 2nd half Saturday until Bama got some adrenaline going. Was a week off that big of a factor?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:57 PM)

Anytime you have an extra week to rest it's going to help guys in the endurance department. I also think that team really fed off the crowd.

David (NC)

What is wrong with Tennessee's defense? I know it isn't as talented as the offense, but seriously? 48 points to Troy? Do you think Sunseri just wasn't ready for the responsibility to run an entire defense? And the bigger question, if Dooley does somehow come back as coach next year is Sal going to be back as well? Or will Dooley have to fire him to save his own job?

Edward Aschoff
  (1:01 PM)

Making the transition from the 4-3 to the 3-4 has been tough on these players. And the speed in the secondary just isn't there. Teams have just sprinted past Tennessee DBs all season. It's tough to say what will happen to Sunseri because this is his first year and the scheme change has been tough. But with such a veteran group, it's hard to contemplate what has happened with this group. SOmething has to change.

Edward Aschoff
  (1:01 PM)

OK that's my time. Great chat everyone. Pay your respects to T-Dog from the Walking Dead. He went out with honor. Talk to you guys next week.