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November 14, 2:00 PM ET
Chat with Kevin Gemmell

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:00 PM)

Good morning folks. Any questions that begin by praising my clairvoyance for having Oregon No. 1 four weeks ago get moved to the front of the line. Whatcha got today?

Angel (Tucson) [via mobile]

Just a few things.What do you think of Arizona this year?Are you impressed with what they've been able to do with so little talent on the team,i mean there playing good football with a razor thin d and only a few players with games under there belt before this season. We were only supposed to win 3 4 games and We've been ranked at least 6 times this season.And also i was wondering what bowl game you think Arizona's going to end up in?Holliday/Hunger

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:01 PM)

Color me impressed. Any time you miss the postseason and an entirely new coaching staff with new schemes on both sides of the ball comes in and you're able to make a bowl game, that's impressive. Bowl games are tricky to predict. Probably not Holiday. But expect a nice mid-level bowl.

Luci-fur (Tempe)

Can the SunDevils win their next two games? If so, is this season a huge sucess for first year coach Todd Graham? If not, is there enough positive movement forward to be a happy Devil?

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:03 PM)

Sure. And while predictions come out tomorrow morning at 6 a.m., I'll go out on a limb and tell you now I'm picking the Sun Devils. I think getting to a bowl game qualifies as a successful season for a first-year coach. It's a tangible reward for the effort. There is plenty of positive momentum around the program even if they have hit another losing streak. Talking to a couple of the guys on the team this week, you can just tell the overall attitude is better.

Andy (McMinnville)

If the season ended today, who is your all Pac-12 QB?

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:04 PM)

Yikes... Ted and I were just talking about this yesterday. Probably Mariota. But it's a tough call and will take a lot of back-and-forth to come to a conclusion. Curious to see who the coaches pick.

Edward (Fort Campbell, KY)

Kevin "Nostradamus" Gemmell due to your predictions?

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:05 PM)

Ha. Wouldn't go that far. Ted picked up a game on me this week by picking Stanford. grrr....

dan spokane [via mobile]

With the accusations wilson has accused the coaching staff. And no other player has come forward whats your thoughts on this hit topic. Are they true or false thanks

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:06 PM)

There are eight sides to every issue. I'm going to wait until all investigations are done before passing judgement. I'd encourage everyone else to do the same.

Mario (Tah)

Kevin, how does the Huskies storybook end this year?

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:06 PM)

Storybook? Wouldn't go that far. I think it ends with eight wins in the regular season and then we'll see what happens in the postseason.

Jeff ( Oregon) [via mobile]

I know you wrote the hot button but manziel or mariota?

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:08 PM)

I guess we need to get it on the record in the chat medium as well. I'm on record in print and in video that I'd go with Mariota based on his pocket poise. And that's not me talking, that's coming from coaches within the Pac-12 and SEC that I talked to for the hot button.

DAZ (NYC)

Who's the most hated team in College Football?

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:08 PM)

Whoever you hate the most is the most hated team.

gowazzu02 (Rolling down the street)

UCLA game the best "air raid" performance you've seen all year? coincidence?

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:09 PM)

I'm not reading too much into that second half. Honestly, I think UCLA had a huge lead, was freezing cold and wanted to get the frack out of there with a win.

Disgruntled Ute (Interwebs)

What needs to occur for the Utes to pull out a win vs Zona other than > 55 yards passing?

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:09 PM)

Turnovers. Arizona's offense is better than Utah's (not exactly breaking news) so if Utah can get a few extra chances on offense, that would go a long way.

Brett (Madison, WI)

Does UCLA stand a realistic chance of knocking off USC this week?

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:10 PM)

Sure. Explosive offense, good defense (albeit inconsistent). Think it's going to be a great game and I'm stoked that I'll be there for it.

Vegas Duck (Las Vegas, NV)

It seems your approach to the chat is to blow through as many questions as possible while Ted takes his time with long answers. Is this by design or contrast of chatting style?

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:10 PM)

No real philosophy. I try to get to a lot, but I'll also give a long answer when warranted.

Matt (America)

Washington wins out, Oregon State losses to Oregon. Who goes to a better bowl?

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:11 PM)

Depends on who's left when the bowls get to their selection. Both will be mid-level bowls, it's just a matter of location, who will travel, what the matchup will be etc. A lot goes into the process.

Brian (Spokane WA)

Better game this weekend UCLA/USC or Oregon/Stanford?

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:12 PM)

Thinking UCLA-USC will be closer.

XMan1ak (Internet Nether-region)

K-Bone coming to the Rose Bowl, wanna hang?

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:13 PM)

Sure. I've usually got nothing going on during game days. :-)

CJ (Los Angeles, CA)

Have you heard from scouts what type of draft pick Brett Hundley could be in the future? Does he have overall #1 potential?

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:14 PM)

Whooaaa nelly, hit the breaks. He's played 10 games. I talk to an NFL scout once every couple of weeks just to get his thoughts on some stuff, but haven't even mentioned Hundley's name yet, and won't until probably late next season. Good player, but let's not get too far ahead of ourselves.

Cam (Ventura, CA)

If you were starting a program, which QB would you rather have as a frosh building block, Barkley or Hundley?

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:16 PM)

Interesting question. I've always been a huge fan of pro-style football. They are two very different quarterbacks in two very different systems. As I explained in the story on the blog this morning, UCLA's offense can be a little more forgiving if a QB makes a mistake. It allows for Hundley's athleticism to get him out of trouble. But really good drop-back passers don't come around that often. So to answer the question, it depends on your philosophy. If you're a spread guy, you take Hundley. If you're pro-style, you take Barkley.

Devon (South Carolina)

Do you have any updates on the injuries on the defensive line for Oregon?

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:17 PM)

Nothing official. As we know, Chip is a lock-box on injuries. I did hear, though, that Remington is improving. Take that for what it's worth.

Tim (ATL)

So, conventional wisdom of the Oregon / Stanford game is that Oregon is still too fast for the Cardinal. This sorta makes me nervous, especially considering how banged up the Oregon defense is... in your view, how many points does stanford need to beat Oregon? 35? 40? more?

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:19 PM)

Stanford's offense isn't built for high scoring affairs. I know, they had the Arizona game and there are always exceptions to rules. But the Cardinal will need turnovers and the defense will have to play on its head because the offense is going to need every possible opportunity to score. And not just field goals, they need touchdowns, and lots of them. So if 35 is the jumping off point, I'd take the over.

Tyler (Salt Lake City, UT)

Your thoughts on if the Utah program will struggle with staying out of the bottom 3 as time wears on in the conference?

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:20 PM)

I think as Utah continues to enjoy the benefits of being in a major conference (more money, better facilities, improved recruiting budgets) they'll be competitive. This was a tough year, but there were a lot of circumstances that went into it. I've said it a bunch of times, but losing those offensive tackles, Cullen and Bergstrom, was such a bigger hit than we imagined.

Jeff ( Oregon) [via mobile]

Did you still get hate mail for having Oregon as #1?

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:21 PM)

A little, but it's slowed down significantly. And yes, that feels good.

Edward (Fort Campbell, KY)

Who would you start for Oregon State this weekend?

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:22 PM)

Obviously, I'm not at practice and can only read reports and talk to some people in the know. But I think Mannion has earned a chance to show he can be the starter again. For all that guy went through last year, taking all of those lumps, I wouldn't mind seeing him back out there again.

Drake Horner (Tucson, Arizona)

Seeing BJ Denker playing for the first time do you think he will start next year for the cats or do you think Rich Rod will give Anu the nod coming in as a highly ranked true freshman?

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:23 PM)

I'd expect a healthy competition. And one that probably won't be answered in spring ball. That's going to be a huge hole to fill and you don't rush that decision.

Chris (LaLaLand)

What's your take on Kevin Hogan? Do u see him keeping his spot in the starting lineup, after being #3?

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:25 PM)

Hogan was much better at the intermediate passes -- which is the foundation of Stanford's offense. Nunes was fine with the deep ball (though his guys killed him with drops). But he struggled on the mid-range stuff. Hogan also seemed to use Ryan Hewitt more last week. Hewitt only had five catches heading into that game. Don't know if that was play calling or just better delivery. So I'd expect Hogan closes out the year as the starter. As for my overall impression, some good, some bad. Wasn't blown away by him, nor was slapping my hand against my forehead.

Edward (Fort Campbell, KY)

How much has Barkley's "unfinished" business hurt him in the draft? Do his team's losses fall on him or Kiffin?

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:26 PM)

I'm sure it hurts a bit. But his numbers are still pretty good and he's an NFL-ready quarterback because of the system he plays in. Kiffin's playcalling has been suspect, but he's not the one throwing the interceptions. I think they can both take some of the blame. With that said, I had a great conversation with Matt a couple of days ago and as you'd expect, he has no regrets (at least not publicly) about his decision.

gowazzu02 (Hope and Jerramys wedding)

Be honest, you didn't see a minute of the WSU UCLA second half. So your answer up top is up for debate.

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:27 PM)

Had it on my laptop while I was at the Cal-Oregon game. I watched. And the above answer was just a guess.

Greg (LA)

How good is Anthony Barr? Do you think he will he come back for his senior season?

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:28 PM)

Very good and getting better. Have a story about Anthony coming out tomorrow afternoon. Read and enjoy.

orygunfan [via mobile]

Does Stanford have a good enough secondary to stop the passing attack of mariota?

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:28 PM)

I think Stanford's secondary has actually been better than last year's. Big ups to Ed Reynolds who has been an upgrade at safety. With that said, no.

Chris (Tempe)

Another week, another disappointing loss. At least I will get a Chipotle gift card out of it, Kevin

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:29 PM)

We said seven wins, right?

RMoney (K-Bone's Couch (weird right?))

I forgot the chat was on with all the SEC trolls. Seeing that Colorado's offense improved dramatically last week, do you see that improving this week against a UW team that has struggled on the road all year?

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:30 PM)

Yes, weird. I say it every week about Colorado ... anything you think is positive and can build upon is a good thing. I think Washington wins that game, but any momentum you can get to encourage your players is a good thing.

Nic (stuck in northern nevada)

What is the best place to get a california burrito in San Diego?

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:31 PM)

Anywhere in Old Town. Four or five amazing places. Whichever fan base comes to town for the Holiday Bowl, hit up Old Town Mex or Cafe Coyete. Can't go wrong.

gowazzu02 (Rolling down the street)

Johnny quarterback is a bad ace nickname. Got me thinking about my all time fav nicknames. Yours?

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:32 PM)

Hmmmm.... there have been some great ones. I love the Minister of Defense for Reggie and the Splendid Splinter for Teddy. Lots of a great ones. Would have to think on that.

Jeff (Wilsonville) [via mobile]

Why no love for Colt Lyerla in the Best TE award

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:33 PM)

I'm not on the panel that selects the Mackey, but I would imagine he doesn't consistently have the numbers the other guys do. That's not a knock on him, it's just voters tend to look at stat lines without seeing all of the contributions.

MikeDaTiger2004 (SEC Boards)

Hey Kevin, we appreciate the warm welcome you showed us SEC fans yesterday on the PAC12 Lunch Links! We we're there just to cheer on USCw against Notre Dame!

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:34 PM)

Thanks Mike. You're always welcome. As I said, we're good people on the Pac-12 blog. Informed, articulate and funny with a solid knowledge of football and pop culture.

Kyle (Boston)

Why do analysts still dwell on archaic stats like total yards and time of possession? Basic metrics have proven that turnover margin, yards per play, and points per minute of possession are superior measures of a team's performance.

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:35 PM)

Agree. I still look at total yards as kicking off point, but efficiency, third-down efficiency/defense, red zone efficiency/defense etc. are better judges. Total yards is kind of like batting average. One of the most overrated stats in sports.

John (Sacramento)

Barbour meets with Tedford Sunday. I project a sad Thanksgiving for a coach who moved the Cal dial much further (even including current years) more than many credit him. Agree?

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:37 PM)

Not sure. From what I've heard, Tedford has a lot of bit-time donors still in his corner. And I'm on record as saying I really like the guy. This is just my speculating and have no evidence to support it other than a gut feeling, but I think he gets one more season to see what he can do with Kline and those young receivers.

Ted Miller (resort) [via mobile]

Nice job in the bowl predictions.

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:37 PM)

Ha! Quit trolling. This is what happens when you've had tee many martoonies.

Mario (Tah)

Kevin, reading the SEC static we are getting from Texas A&M fans. Isn't there a probation period for a team joining a conference before they can toss conference smack?

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:38 PM)

Haha. Not sure if there's an "official" waiting period. But they did beat the No. 2 team in the country according to my ballot (see what I did there) so they deserve some props.

Ron (Los Angeles, CA)

Lets go buddy - what coaching changes do you see in the PAC-12 this offseason?

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:40 PM)

I think if Oregon wins the national championship, there will be a lot of NFL teams pulling for Kelly, so that's a possibility. And of course there is the Cal situation. I could see a scenario where there are two coaches gone. But I can also see all coaching staffs staying the same.

Matt (Tucson)

Be bold Kevin! Pac 12 coach of the year and Offensive and Defensive MVPs for 2013

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:40 PM)

Hmmmm... 2013? Mariota and Crichton.

Jeff [via mobile]

If Chip were to leave do you see Mark held rich getting the job or an outside source. I think Justin Wilcox could be a good hire and if Chip were to ever come back does he go to Oregon or does he take the Texas JOB

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:42 PM)

Wow... that's a lot of speculation all in one question. I think Helfrich gets the job. The word was he was already in place after the Tampa Bay turnabout last year. Let's see if Kelly even goes to the NFL before we start talking about him coming back.

Jeff (Texas)

which conference is best?

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:43 PM)

Which conference has the best team in the country? The best fans? The deepest conference. The courage to play a nine-game schedule. If you said the Pac-12, you get a gold star.

Kyle (Boston)

Jeff already has Chip leaving AND coming back to college ball?! Can we nominate that one for outlandish question of the year?

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:43 PM)

There are no outlandish questions. Only outlandish bloggers.

Ski.Mississippi (The Sipp)

Do you prefer to say "LOL" or do you take the extra mile and spell it out - Laugh Out Loud.

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:44 PM)

I'm an LOL guy.

Noah (So Cal)

Hey what happens if my Trojans win out and makes it to the Rose Bowl? What would the NC picture look like and who wins the Heisman?

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:45 PM)

In that scenario, USC has beaten Notre Dame, so if Kansas State wins out, we'd see Kansas State and Alabama in the title game. And I don't think Barkley has enough games left to make a Heisman run. Lee? Maybe? But an undefeated Kansas State team probably means a Heisman for Klein.

Elrond (Rivendell)

How can you say Kevin Hogan displayed some good, some bad without excoriating Josh Nunes as historically horrendous, using the same evaluation criteria? Nunes' most fervent apologist, Coach Shaw, even backed off. Hogan is the future.

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:46 PM)

I said Hogan was better at the mid-range stuff -- which is what Stanford's offense thrives off of. Nunes struggled in that department and that's why he's no longer starting. Yes, he's probably the future for this year and we'll see about next year.

Troy (Spokane) [via mobile]

Bishop Sankey conference's most improved player?

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:47 PM)

Boy, that's a good call. Been really, really impressed with Sankey this year. Beat up line, came into the season thinking he'd be a committee guy with Callier. Really nice season for Sankey.

Punch (PC)

Hey I asked Edward Aschoff the other day where's his conference pride. He said he doesn't root for the SEC he just covers it. Do you share that same sentiment towards the Pac?

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:48 PM)

To an extent... but it's almost impossible not to want to see the teams you cover do well. You build relationships with these players and coaches so yes, there is a part of me that wants to see all Pac-12 teams do well.

G (Pullman)

Has Leach's first year been a complete and utter failure?

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:49 PM)

Depends. On one side, he established what he's all about and what he expects/demands from his team. In regards to the record, yes, it's been bad. We'll see what kind of strides they make next year.

brown bag buff (san francisco)

not one question/answer for the BUFF fans???ur sauce is weak my friend

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:49 PM)

Had one from my boy RMoney.

Quacker4Life (PA)

Kevin-I have come to except the SEC dominance over the past few years, but in all honesty I think the Oregon Ducks would put 50+ on any SEC team this year, what are your thoughts?

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:50 PM)

No. They wouldn't put up 50+ on any team. Alabama and LSU still have phenomenal defenses and I would expect close games.

Kyle Whittingham (my office with the door locked)

Am I in over my head here in a BCS conference?

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:51 PM)

No. Not at all.

Edward (Fort Campbell, KY)

What is more dangerous at this point? Oregon's run game or their passing game?

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:51 PM)

Nice when you have to ask that question, isn't it? Cal completely sold out to stop the run last week and we saw the result, six touchdown passes. Scary, scary offense.

Greg (LA)

Why did everybody think Mora was the worst of the four new coaches? He's 3-0 against the others so far.

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:52 PM)

Great point. I think there was some trepidation about his lack of coaching in college. Really, really impressed with what he, Mazzone, Spanos et. all have been able to do. Great hire. Hope he stays for a long time because he has the coaching staff to do great things at that school for a long time.

Jeff (Wilsonville) [via mobile]

Looking ahead do you see any reason to think K-state would shutdown the Oregon offense as many fans would have us believe

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:53 PM)

I'll be honest, I have seen K-State on TV, but haven't gone out of my way yet to study their defense. So I can't say for sure. But what I know about Oregon's offense, which I have studied extensively, I know they are tough for any team to stop.

Eric (Olympia, WA)

Worst college sports movie?

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:55 PM)

Hmmm. Necessary Roughness. While Robert Logia delivers one of the greatest halftime speeches (much of which can't be repeated in the chat, I'll just say: Let us pray) the movie itself was a huge flop. Sinbad as a professor-turned-defensive end? Really? Kathy Ireland as a kicker though, yowza.

Edward (Fort Campbell, KY)

What games will you and Ted cover this weekend?

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:55 PM)

I'm at the Rose Bowl. Ted is at Oregon.

AJ McChampion (Alabama)

Isn't it true almost any decent defense with time to prep for Chip Kelly's O has shut them down?Boise and Ohio St '09Auburn '10LSU '11

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:56 PM)

Had this question a few times over the weeks in the chat. '09, '10, '11 has nothing to do with '12. New quarterback, new lines etc. Teams change from year to year. And Chip is a better coach.

Rick Nuehardtospell (TV Booth)

Do you think I got a lame deal? I meant these are my players. I redshirted Hundley so when Prince was finally gone I could have things set up to win. What are the chances Mr Big Shot Mora has come in and leeched off my set up?

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:58 PM)

No, you had to go. First, you're a friend and you're awesome on TV. I think you've really found a niche. But you were running the wrong system for the players you had. This team is much better suited for what the current coaches are running. With that said, yes, you did a great job recruiting those players and Mora is getting some advantages you didn't have. But that's what comes with hiring and wooing a new coach.

Chris (LaLaLand)

Who gets the better games, you or Ted? How are the games, you guys cover, selected?

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:58 PM)

He and I set up Skype and do a rock-paper-scissors, best of 101. I think I got the better game.

Buzz Killington (Buzzkill Land)

It is 1 o'clock (noon, 3 pm, etc). Get outta here!!! :-)

Kevin Gemmell
  (2:58 PM)

I've got 11:58, time for a few more.

Fred (East Coast)

Why do you keep projecting Stanford or Oregon State into the Rose Bowl if Oregon plays for the title? The national commentators have something like Notre Dame v. Nebraska? Would the Rose Bowl pick a 3-loss PAC 12 team over a higher-ranked outsider?

Kevin Gemmell
  (3:00 PM)

Fred, it's still dicey. If Stanford loses to Oregon and beats UCLA, there's a good chance they'll still be in the top 14. Also depends on what happens with USC-Notre Dame. If USC wins, that helps. If a Pac-12 team is ranked in the top 14, even with three losses, and Notre Dame has a loss, I think the Rose Bowl will do everything in its power to get a Pac-12 team in there. Their first responsibility is to their partners.

Mike (Kansas City)

Utes to a bowl game, yes or no (its a quick question)

Kevin Gemmell
  (3:01 PM)

uh... uh... predictions come out tomorrow morning at 6 a.m.

Punch (PC)

What team gives Oregon the best matchup in the NC?

Kevin Gemmell
  (3:01 PM)

The best matchup would probably be Alabama. But if all stays as is, that won't happen.

Chris (LaLaLand)

I'm convinced it's roshambo

Kevin Gemmell
  (3:01 PM)

To each their own. :-)

Kevin Gemmell
  (3:02 PM)

With that, I gotta run. You've got Ted tomorrow. Thanks as always for a great chat. K-Bone out (drops mic).