Good morning all. My name is Kevin. I'll be your moderator. I like long walks on the beach, going to the movies and my Hyundai made the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs. Whatcha got for me today?
Was the clock management by Lane Kiffin at the end of then Notre Dame game some of the worst ever?
Trying really, really hard to find another instance... I know SDSU against Washington in the season opener opted for the touchdown rather than the field goal -- but I was in the Rose Bowl press box after the Stanford game watching and was completely stunned at what I was seeing.
Early prediction of how the Fiesta Bowl will play out?
Point. Lots and lots of points. (Oregon wins).
KG, Explain to me "momentum" that a win like WSU got in the apple cup can bring to a program. Specifically with the off season.
It's something you can point to for recruiting purposes. Players in the state obviously follow the results of that game closely. It's something that you can hang your hat on as a positive. Admire the fact that WSU didn't quit in that game. That's certainly something build off of.
What's my biggest concern for next year?
Getting some more depth. And that will come through recruiting and getting not just higher-end players, but more of them.
Red or Blue?
Red a couple times a week. Blue on special occasions.
A report came out the other day indicating the PAC would take a serious look at San Diego State and Boise as Future members should they decide to expand. Which school has a better shot at getting in?
I saw that. But I also talked with Larry Scott extensively about expansion a couple of weeks ago. They are sitting tight. No need to knee-jerk and keep expanding. All that does is water down profits. Don't do it until you need to. With that said, they have a plan in place if they need to act quickly. I think they'd look to the Texas schools first. SDSU has a nice up-and-coming in most sports.
Do you think Oregon's loss to Stanford helped or hurt the perception of the Pac-12 this year? I.E. Would it be better to have one Pac team in the NCG or two teams in BCS games? Please adivse
I think Stanford doesn't care about the perception of anyone else in the conference. We care about it -- a lot -- but they don't. With that said, I think a national championship would have been nice. But two BCS games means more revenue for everyone in the league.
did you know, that we hate it when the auto update is off?
Sorry buddy. That's handled in Bristol. Out of my hands.
Do you know much about Texas this year besides their quarterback controversy? What are their strengths and weaknesses?
I don't know a ton about them -- not nearly as much as I do about Pac-12 teams. I know they are pretty balanced -- Top 50 in both passing and rushing. But they give up almost 30 points per game and they were 1-4 against Top 25 teams. Expecting an Oregon State win.
I just lost the Mackey Award to Tyler Eifert of Notre Dame. Below are our stats for the year. Can you explain to me any possible rationale for this snub?Zach Ertz: 66 catches, 837 yards, 6 TD. Tying/winning TD's against Oregon, USC and Oregon State.Tyler Eifert: 44 catches, 624 yards, 4 TD. No game winning catches.
Undefeated team -- traditional power -- playing in the national championship. None of that SHOULD matter, but it does. And I'm thinking Ertz was a victim of that. Because on stats alone, it's not a question.
Kevin now that you guys have posted the Face Plants of the year, which game do you think was the worst Face Plant in the PAC this year, UCLA/CAL or Washington forgetting they had to play 4 qts against WSU?
Boy, both were bad. UCLA really showed its youth and inexperience in that game ... but then again, Maynard was unreal in that game. Leaning toward the UW game as probably worse ... but not by much.
Why is everyone so obsessed with Marqise Lee being invited to the Heisman ceremony? I firmly believe that he is by far the best wide receiver in the nation, even one of the best all around players. But USC had 5 losses...wait that doesn't explain it good enough...FIVE!!!!!!!! losses. There is no way on god's green earth a player from a team with that bad of a season should even be considered! They almost had a losing season. Kenjon Barner deserves to go before Lee should even be considered.
I've got a national column about the Heisman coming out on Friday. It's such a subjective decision. If Lee had identical numbers and the team was 10-2, would he be in New York? I think so. Should that matter? Some voters think so, others don't. Voters want to see those numbers count for something. If you're looking at most "outstanding player" than Lee is in the conversation. So is Barner. It's not an easy thing to be a voter.
Can you not refer to Notre Dame as a traditional power. This isn't 1965.
If Sarkie loses to BSU in Vegas and has yet another 7-5 season. Will he open up next year on the hot seat?
I think it will be toasty. If there is another 7-5 season after that and the program has completely stalled, then I think the whispers will start. Winning this game will help.
2 years in a row now the North has been MUCH better than the South in the PAC 12. Do you see this changing any time soon? Oregon and Stanford don't appear to be dropping off anytime in the near future.
And Arizona, ASU and UCLA are on the rise. USC won't be down forever. I think the North is still the better division, but the South is closing the gap quickly. (And let's not forget Oregon State in the North, either).
The Great Mr. Gemmell,As a Cal fan I am already on to next season and the North looks STACKED. Do you see the North surpassing the SEC West for top division (if that didn't happen this year)?
The great FV! Glad you've moved on. If Washington can close the gap and Oregon State maintains -- maybe. But the nine-game schedule and the surging south teams make it tough. As Ted wrote last week, the conference has 7-5 disease.
are the PAC teams as undisciplined as the penalties show, or do the officials need to be retrained?
Good question. When the season is over, one of the off season projects I want to do is compare all of penalties across the BCS conferences and see how/where the Pac-12 ranks. Once I have that data, I'll know what questions to ask.
Based on the snapshot look, whats your realistic projection of the Pac-12's record in the bowl season? Do you think they will have the best record among the AQ conf? (There's some award/trophy to the conference for that right?)
I think there's a trophy... can't remember what it's called. I think the bowl season matches up very favorably for the Pac-12. I could see 8-0. I could also see 6-2. 5-3 would be a disaster based on the competition.
What players would add to the top 25 that were not in your original listing of the top 25 at the beginning of the year? One player you would delete from the list?
Ted and I need to sit down and hammer out that list. Not going to be easy. I can tell you Anthony Barr, Will Sutton and Ka'Deem Carey will be on it. And I'm going to make a hard push for Reggie Dunn also. Don't see how you can leave him off. Players coming off... Jeff Tuel has to be up there. I really, really like him. Maybe my favorite player to talk to because he's so candid. But the season wasn't there.
So the Butch Jones food cart fiasco keeps dragging on, and is slowly souring my grapes on Jones.If he falls through who do you see as CU's HC? and who will be Cal's new HC?
Lol... food cart fiasco. Funny. If he falls through, I've heard DeRuyter or McIntyre. Sonny Dykes seems to be the leader in the clubhouse at Cal, but I think Roman should get a look.
Isn't the parsec a measure of distance...not time?
Yes it is. I've always found that humorous as well.
Any word on a date that Cal will announce its new head coach?Hopefully sooner rather then later.
Talked to someone in the know yesterday and they seem to think within the next few days.
Be honest Kevin, did you watch the Victoria Secret Fashion Show last night?
I didn't. Was at my son's daycare Christmas Party. 18 months, he cried on Santa's lap. Such a cliche.
Do the wildcats make a statement by beating Nevada? if so what does it do for the program as a whole?
That should be a really interesting game. The top two rushers in the country squaring off. Should be fun to watch. It would be a very nice boost for the program to win a bowl game with Rich Rodriguez as the first-year coach. All new systems on both sides and they are able to win a bowl -- that would put a nice bow on the first year.
What is the possibility that I reel in Butch Jones? And if not, who should go after? How about Al Golden at Miami?
Haven't heard Golden's name in the mix. That's not to say it's not out there, just haven't heard it. The Wisconsin opening puts an interesting wrench in things so I'm not sure how it all plays out.
Johnny Football was once an Oregon commit, if he had stayed and won the job over Mariota, do the Ducks go to the National championship?
Who says he would have won the job?
How do you see the 4 new coaches from this year, doing next year?
I think we'll see a little more progress at Washington State. Probably not a bowl game, yet, but progress. The other three in the South have their programs trending up. I think all three will be in the hunt for the south title next year.
How hot will Lane Kiffin seat be if they lose their bowl game?
Wow... if they lose that one... things will get very toasty.
Which QB is the best fit against Texas, Vaz or Mannion?
Only Mike Riley knows the answer to that one. Mannion has the better frame, but Vaz has shown plenty of poise in his starts. I'm going to offer some free coaching advice to Mike: Throw the ball to Wheaton and Cooks. I know, it's a little out of the box, but it will work. Both QBs know where their bread is buttered and it's the receivers. That's the big mismatch in this game.
Got any PAC12 Hoops picks this year?
I don't. Don't follow hoops as much as I used to when I covered the Aztecs in the NCAA tourney. Those were some fun years. Didn't they just sweep the LA schools?
If the 3 Heisman Finalists all played in the Big East, who would have won the Heisman this year? I feel like this year the Heisman is 10% on the field accomplishment, 90% off the field hype.
There is certainly a narrative that goes along with who wins. But remember, it's 928 voters with 928 different value systems on how they vote. (More on that Friday).
Would Mariota be considered for the Heisman had Oregon not lost to Stanford?
Maybe? Depends on how he did in the win. If he rushes for 200 yards and throws for 400 and five touchdowns against Stanford -- then sure. But he didn't.
How many school's in the Pac-12 would Johnny Manziel start for?
Hmmm. Interesting. Off the top of my head -- great fit for the Arizona schools. Cal, Stanford, Oregon State, USC, Washington all run pro-style systems and the word I've gotten is he's still not great at reading defenses. He goes to his first look and if it's not there, he takes off (that's from an SEC offensive coordinator I talked to a couple of weeks ago, not just my opinion). Don't think he'd fit at WSU. There would certainly have to be some adjustments made. It's like when Al Borges brought the pro-style to Michigan. Denard just didn't fit.
Who should I pick to replace my dad?
Honestly -- I've been so focused on the head coaching stuff that I really don't know which coordinators are out there looking to move up. Don't want to throw out names without being informed. But I think the trend to a 3-4 in the Pac-12 makes things interesting for whoever comes in.
How would you approach the coaching hire at Cal (objectively, not as a former Stanford writer)? Is the risk of the high profile coordinator with no Head Coaching experience worth it?
Wow... objectively... I've never been questioned about my objectivity because I covered Stanford for one whole season (he says sarcastically). I think they need a head coach. Whether he's a "huge" name or not. The exception is Roman. But if it's a college coach, it can't be a coordinator on the rise. It has to be someone with experience turning around a program. The athletes and facilities are in place and the recruiting pool is ripe. No reason not to go to a bowl game every year at Cal.
We all know Jim Mora is an NFL guy, so how long before he heads back there?
I've talked with Jim a lot about this and he really, really likes being a college coach. Honestly, I don't know if he moves back and if he does, it will be a while. He's at a point in his life right now where this was a perfect decision for him. And you can't argue with the results thus far. He has a chance to really build something special at UCLA and he recognizes that.
Any (non-rumor) rumblings about Kelly jumping to the NFL? Or will this not start until after the party bowl? (And by that I mean, as soon as 00:00 is on the scoreboard.)
There are always rumblings. The only one who really knows if he wants to go is Chip Kelly. I think if the right situation is there, he'll jump. But I don't think he's got one foot out the door yet.
I thought Isaac had the potential to be up there with Trinity as best bad guys on Dexter. Kinda a soft death for him no?
I thought so... he was such an intriguing character that I was a little bummed the way he died (and I'm not spoiling anything if you watch the show, you knew he was going to die). Felt like he deserved better.
How do think the Wildcats do in the bowl game? And will Carey get any national attention for being the rushing champ?
I think Arizona wins. And I think Carey is starting to finally get the attention he deserves. As I've said a few times in the blog, we were late to the party with him because we were a little wowed by what Matt Scott was doing. I think a lot of people will watch because it's the first bowl game of the season and it has the top two rushers squaring off.
Are you a Call of Duty guy or a Battlefield guy?
Neither... as I've said, I was a big Quake guy in college in the 90s, but this job doesn't afford a ton of time for gaming.
What do you think Stanford will look like next year? Seems like they will lose quite a bit of talent this year to the NFL.
They will. And they also lost Gerhart and a head coach. And then they lost Andrew Luck and Fleener and DeCastor and Martin. It's time to give Stanford the benefit of the doubt that they can sustain so until they show me otherwise, I expect them to be at the top of the division.
USC's down turn was it due to good coaching or lack of motivation and discipline?
Not sure. Wish I had an answer. I wrote a take 2 about this back in March that sometimes the burden of expectation can be heavy. And I'm all for taking responsibility for my picks. I had USC as a preseason No. 1 also based on who was coming back and the the way they finished last year. It was just a weird, weird year. With the players they had, then a lion's share of the blame has to lie with the coaches.
Do agree with Ted that Stanford should be #1 in the Power Rankings? I know they beat Oregon, but do you think they are ultimately the better team just because they managed to win the Pac?
"Just because they managed to win the Pac." Managed? They beat Oregon at Oregon. They won the conference championship game. Not sure what other qualifications you need.
meant lack of ggod coaching!
I knew where you were going, buddy.
Taco Bell or Del Taco?
Dude, I live in San Diego -- the best Mexican food in the country. Neither.
What are the important match-ups in the Alamo? Go Beavs.
Just keep doing what you did to get there. The running game became more efficient as the season progressed. The defense is solid. The receivers are outstanding. They will be the difference-makers.
Why do I answer stupid questions about things that have nothing to do with football?
Because it's my chat and I like to have fun. I'm sure there are other chats you can go to.
Would Stanford be in the national championship game if they had beaten Notre Dame in overtime?
Not sure... would depend on how the computers played out. You combine that win with the Oregon win and, maybe...
Does it mean I'm crazy if talk to myself?
Who said that?
What do you predict for Oregon's loaded offense next year, considering they will be FASTER next year with the addition of Thomas Tyner?
Oregon is going to be loaded for a long time. And with Mariota running the show, there is no reason not to think they won't be a top 5 team for a while.
What non-BCS bowl are you most looking forward to watching?
Rallying my buddies together and we're getting tickets for the Poinsettia Bowl. Great rivalry renewed between SDSU and BYU. Been years since I've watched a game from the stands so I'm looking forward to that one.
Hey Kevin, lots of people have been stating that Washington's breakout year could be 2013. Based on what you saw this year and possible scenarios for next year, do you believe that the losing streak against Oregon ends and the Huskies challenge for the North?
Probably not. Washington seems to be stalling -- though the defense was much better this year and Wilcox has a lot to do with that. But I'm not so sure they are ready challenge Oregon yet.
What is your over/under for ASU's win total next year?
I'd say seven is a good starting point and we can argue the over/under from there.
All this talk about Pac-12 expansion all I want to do is say one thing. As a fan of the Big 12 and living in Big 12 country LEAVE OUR CONFERENCE ALONE!!!!! Look at schools in the West but leave our schools out of it.
Fair enough. Looking forward the three Pac-12 Big 12 matchups this bowl season. (And thanks for stopping by a Pac-12 chat).
Now that Oregon is conceivably 2 FG's from playing in their 3rd straight National Championship, how much emphasis will Chip put on recruiting a dependable kicker?
I think pretty much every Pac-12 coach needs to evaluate their kickers. Sure, there were great kicking moments this year -- off the top of my head I think of Fairbairn vs. ASU, Furney in the Apple Cup, Williamson vs. Oregon and UCLA. But for the most part, kicking was bad in the Pac-12 this year. And it shouldn't be. Every team recruits California. And this is the freaking home of kickers. Pac-12 should lead the nation every single year in kicking. That's another off-season project I'm going to tackle.
Why does everyone talk about my 7 losses and not my 45 wins?
It's easier to pick on the negative. And that sucks, because the 45 are awesome.
So why does T-Sizzle come visit us in the comment threads periodically like you? We always enjoy it when you drop bye...
Personal preference, I suppose. I don't mind mixing it up every so often. And it's fun for me too.
Don't forget the round mound of kick'in had a 60 yarder this year
Do you think the PAC would take BYU and another MWC school? Say, Colorado state or Nevada?
Doubtful. There are a lot of other teams much higher up on the wish list.
San Diego does not have the best Mexican food in the country.
Oh, yeah it does. I'll take the Pepsi challenge with every other city in the country.
how important, nationally and in the pac12, is oregon-stanford next year?
That's a crystal ball question. We thought USC-Oregon was going to be huge this year. Who knows, Oregon or Stanford could completely tank next year. Not saying they will. But if this year taught us anything, it's that anything can happen.
Is it unfair for ESPN talking heads (Holtz and that Georgia clown) to mention Auburn and Boise State as examples of Oregon's offense being shut down. Those games were 2-3 years ago.
YES! Been saying that all year. Different teams, different makeups. Completely irrelevant argument in my very humble opinion.
San Diego has a "California burrito." It automatically loses.
Come to the Holiday Bowl and hit up Old Town. Every restaurant is outstanding.
How much bragging will you be doing with your other bloggers if the PAC-12 goes 8-0 in bowls this season?
I'd imagine Ted and I would do a bit of horn tooting on the weekly blogger conference call.
Okay, you guys predicted Utah's worst case scenario with a couple of different losses. Do you think that the football gods would allow Utah's best case scenario to be correct next year?
Don't remember the Best Case for Utah. But I would say seven or eight wins and a nice bowl game would be a very good bounce back year. Not sure that happens, but it's a start. The bulk of the South took a big step forward this year and you guys took a step back.
Did you and Ted end up tying? I think that means you both shave your heads.
Lol. We did tie (though I think we'll do bowl predictions too). We've got a post about that coming out tomorrow morning with our best/worst predictions of the year.
What are the chances of Fresno St being invited?
They are another school that's probably lower on the list.
Thanks for coming to the chat today Kevin, not like that time Ted blew off the chat for the birth of his child.
Seriously... can't believe he did that. On that note, fun chat as always. Thanks for coming out. You've got Ted tomorrow. Enjoy the weekend.