Greetings. Welcome to our chat. Fire away when ready.
Do you see Marqise lee having any heisman moments in the next 2 weeks? Especially against ND?
I think Lee has a great opportunity to at least secure an invitation to New York for the Heisman ceremony. All he needs to do is play like he has all season. And for USC to win.
What's up with our QB situation? If Mannion plays this week and plays well, who starts against Oregon?
Ah.. that is a big question. My thought is that if Mannion plays lights-out, it will be difficult to sit him -- the hot hand before the Civil War. Recall that Riley said Mannion was the starter, even though Vaz played well while Mannion was hurt, and then had a pretty quick hook thereafter... That will be one of he big questions after the game Saturday.
Hey Ted. Who would you give the nod to this weekend? Oregon's O-line or Stanford's front 7?
Stanford's front 7. The Cardinal has the best D-front -- by far -- the Ducks have faced so far this season. It will challenge the Ducks run & pass blocking. But there's more to Oregon's offense than dominating up front, particularly with Mariota's quick release.
Is Matt Barkley trying to force the ball to Marquise Lee too much, resulting in his increased number of turnovers the past couple of weeks? There is another NFL receiver on the opposite side.
Maybe... The thought always was the Trojans would be at their best distributing the ball around. In the preseason, I actually thought the emergence of a third option was the key (paging George Farmer). It seems like folks have forgotten just how good Robert Woods was the previous two years. Maybe Kififn & Barkley have something up there sleeves for the next 2 games?
Do you think CAL fans would revolt if Tedford is given another year? It isn't simply about this season but the trajectory since 2009.
I don't know if they would revolt, but I suspect Tedford returning in 2013 wouldn't inspire a lot of fans to be enthusiastic about the program. And empty seats would follow, at least until things turned around. It's a tough situation, but it's clear that fan support for him is waning. And I get no joy from the idea that Tedford might be out of a job.
Ted, you should be ashamed of yourself for that piece you wrote comparing Mariota to Manziel yesterday. Before you next put pen to paper remember that people WILL read your words and you WILL be held accountable. Those SEC A&M bandwagon folks embarrassed you yesterday.
I have no idea what you are talking about. I didn't write anything about Johnny Football. I wrote only about Mariota.
Do you think Wilcox would leave UW after only one year? If so, what job do you think he would leave for?
I think Wilcox would leave for the right opportunity. But I think he's not in that much of a hurry. He'll want to go to a place where he can win, not just jump at any job offer. Things might get interesting among Pac-12 jobs this winter, so you certainly might hear his name bounce around a bit.
Should I be worried about Travis Wilson as the future QB at Utah? He hasn't really progressed throwing the ball. He looks like he's throwing a shot put...
The Utes scored 49 points in consecutive wins over Cal & Washington State before losing at Washington and Wilson admittedly playing poorly. You do know he's a TRUE freshman, right. Might be a bit early for worry.
Is DAT a serious thought for playing DB or is this just old men drinking moonshine and telling tales?
If the Ducks depth in the secondary takes a couple of possible hits, it makes perfect sense to me. Thomas was widely recruited as a CB out of high school. He certainly has the skills. & it's not like it changes Stanford's game plan. But, of course, we can't know for sure because Chip Kelly doesn't talk about his football team.
Since we haven't heard from you about it, what's your actual take on Mariota vs. Manziel?
Texas A&M and Oregons should be very happy about the present and future of the QB position. As a long term buy, I'd take Mariota. But doing what Manziel did at Alabama is unbelievable.
I was reading an Article where few of the coaches from the SEC are saying that the SEC champion should be consider for the BcSNC title game, what do you think the chances are of that happening?
Sure... if there aren't 2 undefeated AQ conference teams. If so... nope. Sorry. Thanks for playing. But I think a 1-loss SEC team does beat out a 1-loss team from anywhere else. The conference has earned that.
I have a questionPlease answer it in haikuWill Chip stick around?
Flowers. Pretty. Maybe. Maybe not. Donuts!
What are the Odds of Zona losing their last 2 and not getting a bowl invite...Longshot? So do you think they should rest Scott sat at Utah and play him vs The Tempe Normal school the following week?
I think Arizona will strictly follow concussion protocols with Scott, like every other team should. I think the Wildcats have an equal shot at winning their final 2 and losing them. Both Utah at home and ASU are tough foes. I do think that, at 6-6, the Wildcats have a good shot to be an at-large bowl selection if they Pac-12 runs out of contracted bowls. But a lot depends on how things shake out across the country.
Will I stay in Tempe if the Vols offer me a job?
I'd say yes, but I don't expect Tennessee to force Graham to make that choice.
Explain to me how there is a chance Stanford can reach that rose bowl but when other media predict bowl selection, Stanford is Pac-12 5 or 6th finisher? After beating both USC and Oregon St, that makes no sense.
Let's say Stanford loses a close game to Oregon, but then beats a highly ranked UCLA team fresh off a win over USC. At 9-3, I think the Cardinal would be ranked in the top-14 of the BCS standings. Then the issues is the top of the BCS standings. If Kansas State finishes No. 1 and Oregon No. 2, then the Fiesta Bowl picks first. It likely would take Notre Dame, but it would help the Pac-12 if the other top Big 12 teams lose. That's how Stanford could get to the Rose Bowl. That or winning the Pac-12 title.
Be honest, did you enjoy the firestorm you created with the Mariotah article
I honestly have no idea what you guys are talking about... I did notice a lot of comments, but did you read the article? It was basically a "Hey, this Mariota kid is a keeper!" Don't think I compared him to anyone -- other than Darron Thomas.
Iasked this question to your ESPN colleague from the SEC blog but I didnt get and answer ( I wonder why), Was Alabama's defeat an eye opener to the fact that SEC defense are not tested by a real good offense?
That's one fair impression. Another is that Alabama was coming off a tough game vs. LSU and just couldn't muster the "Hey, another Super Bowl" mentality. I know the whole SEC defense things is overstated, but the NFL numbers also show that it's fact: The SEC rolls out a like of NFL defenders, particularly on the D-line. My take has always been this: SEC defense do worse against A-list (Pac-12, Big 12) offenses, and Pac-12/Big 12 offenses dow worse against SEC defenses. Just 2 different brands of football.
I've beaten RichRod before (see 2008 v Michigan), I can do it again. Put it down!
I picked you guys, largely because the Utes are at home and Matt Scott is extremely questionable...
Who is more excited to be playing, USC or UCLA? Do you think USC is expecting the same old UCLA or a tougher game this year?
I think UCLA is going to be really hungry. The Bruins surely smell opportunity. And blood. But the key for a young team is to not let emotions screw up your concentration, particularly early. Kevin and I talked about that this week: So much sets up for a UCLA win, but you worry about young players getting too goosed and making early mistakes that take the crowd (and confidence) out of things. And if USC thinks this is going to be anything like last year, well, that will come back and bite their butts.
Huskies finish 9-4, do they have a preseason top 10 raking in 2013??
Might depend on who they beat in a bowl game, but I'd say they are more of the top-15 variety. A lot easier nonconference schedule, though the Husky Stadium opener with Boise State might be worrisome.
At this point in the season and this far in Kelly's tenure, is anything less than a National Championship a fail for Oregon?
No... I don't think Oregon is at the point where it would win a Rose Bowl and go, "Damn. This stinks." I'm sure losing the title game would hurt, but a fourth consecutive Pac-12 title speaks for itself. And Oregon will be top-5 again next year.
Along the same lines of James (moses Lakes), if we finish the 10-4 with a loss in the CCG but a bowl game win, Where do we project next year?
Same sort of thing, likely top-15 or so. Big thing is Brett Hundley coming back, but there's a lot of intriguing underclass talent. Early test at Nebraska could provide a boost in the rankings.
Do u think Matt Scott should play if he's cleared to play
If he's cleared to play, and he wants to play, he should play. Now, if I'm his Mom/Dad, I'd surely worry. But there are protocols in place, and those are our guidelines.
What does Stanford need to do to pull off the upset?
Win the turnover battle by 2. Rush for 200 yards and hold the Ducks to about the same. Record 4 sacks. No missed field goals.
How good do you think USC will be next year? Even though they lose Barkley it seems they are very young.
USC certainly won't fall off the map. Lots of guys back, other than Barkley. The Trojans also are a top-15 team. I expect the Bruins & Trojans to begin next fall as the favorites in the South, perhaps by a wide margin.
Do u think rich rod will have a better 2nd year than this year?
I think Arizona might take a step back or do about the same. It won't be easy to replace Matt Scott, and there are no obvious ways for the defense to take a huge step forward.
What is the Coldest Pac-12 College Football Game that you have been to?
Apple Cup 2000... I think the temperature after the game was below zero. And that didn't include wind chill. Washington won 51-3 and went to the Rose Bowl. Yes, that seems like a long time ago. Rick Neuheisel & Mike Price were the coaches.
Do you think that Oregon will finally get the respect it deserves with a national title, and would that finally tip the balance of power away from the SEC?
You mean being ranked No. 1 -- again -- is not enough respect? Who doesn't respect Oregon? As for the SEC, it would help to beat an SEC team for the title. And one year doesn't erase what the SEC has done over the past 6 years.
If USC and UCLA are playing on a sloppy field who does it help more? There's supposed to be rain down here this weekend.
Hmm... I'd say UCLA. It's a much better running team (211 vs. 159 per game). But on the other hand, a wet field wouldn't help the UCLA CBs against Lee/Woods. But it typically takes a lot of rain to REALLY have an effect in a football game.
Giving props: UW hasn't lost a game since you called them for a second half surge
well... it wasn't exactly a genius call, based on the schedule... but I will take props when they are offered.
Who does USC consider to be their biggest rival: Notre Dame or UCLA?
That's a question specifically for USC fans, but I'd say UCLA because of the crosstown aspect. I think it hurts USC to lose to UCLA more than Notre Dame. I think older fans might disagree, though. Young fans don't remember that Notre Dame used to be a national power.
Best nightgame atmosphere in the PAC goes to...
Seems like a lot of fans are happy that an SEC team might not be in the national title game this year. It isn't like a non-SEC team dethroned them. Do you think a team like Oregon or KSU would rather play each other or face a Bama with the potential of dethroning the champion and the SEC?
Well, it was a formally middling Big 12 team that took down Alabama, one using an advanced offensive scheme you don't see in the SEC. But I do think Oregon/Kansas State/Notre Dame would rather beat an SEC team to win the national title because, as you say, it would be more a dethroning. If Oregon/Kansas State/Notre Dame won over one or the other, SEC fans would still crow & take shots. But if you asked the coaches at Oregon/Kansas State/Notre Dame if they'd rather play each other or Alabama, I'd bet they'd whisper "each other."
the questions are hard... give me some easy ones!
Cake or Brownies?
Do you have any guess how many of the Duck starters who were out last week will play against Stanford? I'm wondering if Chip was extra cautious with injuries last week because they were only playing Cal.
I suspect that Jordan & Hart are going to start, but that's just my hunch. Heimuli seems very questionable. Think Mathis will be back, per Oregonian. Maybe Hill too. Keliikipi
Is Chip Kelly going to the NFL after this season?
Lots of folks are saying that. Maybe. He's got a pretty good thing going in Eugene. I'd advise him to think deeply before jumping. NFL is a lot different. Maybe not as much fun... and Kelly might not like it if he's not given control. &, conversely, he might not be ready to choose his own players.
Is there any way you see Stanford knocking off the Ducks and USC popping the irish bubble
Yes... both could happen... I think the latter is more likely.
Gemmell says he's willing to bet you on your season picks, the loser having shave his head. If you tie it up this week are you taking the bet?
No... Gemmell's hair will grow back. I'm not so sure about mine.
And on a hair question, I must say goodbye... good luck this weekend. Thanks for stopping by. See you next week.