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January 8, 3:00 PM ET
Chat with David Ubben

David Ubben
  (3:00 PM)

Hey everybody. Welcome to the chat. What's on your minds? (Besides how long it'll be until you see another college football game). :-(

David (San Diego)

Can Texas finally settle on a QB for 2013 season?

David Ubben
  (3:02 PM)

I don't think there's any doubt that David Ash is the guy. He's better than anybody Texas has on its roster, but he hasn't played with consistency and got pulled against KU for Case McCoy. The late-season benching was because of an injury, but Texas can't win a title unless Ash avoids playing games like he did against OU and KU.

Down in Austin (Austin, Texas)

In your honest opinion, could the University of Texas attract Nick Saban if Mack Brown stepped down after next season?

David Ubben
  (3:02 PM)

No.

Queen redhead (Paradise TX)

Does Kliff Kingsbury have the best job security in the Big 12?

David Ubben
  (3:02 PM)

Ha, no. Not yet. I'd go with Art Briles for that title. Closely followed by Bob Stoops and Mike Gundy.

David Ubben
  (3:03 PM)

Paul Rhoads not far behind.

Josh/ Ames [via mobile]

Following a very uninspiring performance to the ailing Sam Richardson, who do you think will win the upcoming QB battle for the cyclones?

David Ubben
  (3:03 PM)

Richardson.

JB (Marion, Iowa)

What's your bet on the direction of Bob Stoops and the Sooners? Will we continue to see a steady decline until Bob is finally gone, or will he right the ship and get OU back to a perennial Top 5 team?

David Ubben
  (3:04 PM)

OU can develop and recruit its way up, and you never know how a season will go, but 2013 looks like a very average team and winning 10 games looks like anything but a guarantee with this group.

Roy (Stillwater)

With the stable of qb's at Oklahoma state it seems there are a few directions to go. Now it seems likely that Chelf will start next year, Walsh will have his packages and Lunt will redshirt. I truly believe Lunt is our best talent and Walsh will be a perennial gadget, what order gives the pokes the best chance at winning the big XII this year and next year, what order has the most upside, and who gives us the ability to compete for a championship in the future?

David Ubben
  (3:08 PM)

I don't buy that Chelf starts next year at all. I agree with you about Walsh long-term, because of the big-picture view of this offense. I don't think OSU has any desire to mold its offense around him and his running skill set, but his package has real worth and he makes defenses respect his arm. We're going to see a hot competition this offseason, though. I expect Lunt to win it, but it's very possible Chelf can, too. Lunt is the most talented guy on this team, but those interceptions this year are a real issue. If he doesn't fix them, he doesn't win the job.

Eddie (San Antonio)

I think next year the best three teams in the Big 12 are Oklahoma State, TCU, and Texas in no specific order and I think one of those three wins the conference. Do you agree?

David Ubben
  (3:09 PM)

I think you could make a case for any order of those three, and throw OU into the mix, too. I would say there's about an 85-90 percent chance the Big 12 champion is one of those four.

paul (okc)

who is osu's starting qb come august and how big of an impact does michael harrison make coming back?

David Ubben
  (3:10 PM)

Love Mike Harrison's game. He's huge for OSU's receiving corps, which should be really solid next year with Josh Stewart and Blake Jackson coming back. As I mentioned before, I'm with Lunt as the starter next year, but I also believe OSU can win a Big 12 title with Chelf.

E (Texas)

Come on Ubbs. Having the Longhorns 5th in your power rankings is crazy. No way they should be behind Baylor and OSU since Texas has a better record and head to head wins over both. Explain your logic please?

David Ubben
  (3:11 PM)

Texas stumbled down the stretch. Baylor and OSU did not. Both played solid ball. My power rankings are a measure of who's playing best and recent results carry a little more weight. I have very little doubt both teams would beat Texas if they played today.

GetInTheCloneZone (Iowa)

Hey Ubben, from the buzz we got from the coaches, seems Grant Rohach has some serious skills and we will definately see him on the field next season. I do think you are underrating us next season espially considering other teams are losing far more players than the clones are.

David Ubben
  (3:13 PM)

It's possible. We'll see what Rohach has to offer. Ultimately, Richardson is the best passer of this group that I've seen, but I've never seen Rohach in person. We'll see how he does in the spring, but Richardson has major upside and he's mobile.

Marsh (FW)

I don't think enough people are talking about TCU's transfers. How big of an impact do you think Aaron Green, Ja'Juan Story, and David Jenkins will have?

David Ubben
  (3:14 PM)

I'd agree with you on that, Marsh. TCU is so young and has so much returning talent, but those guys do get overlooked. All of them could have big impacts, but I buy Green as the biggest impact. He's a speedster.

Brad (Tulsa, OK)

Do you think Bob Stoops has lost his ability to win against big name teams? He can't seem to win the big games and is just content with beating Texas and OSU.

David Ubben
  (3:14 PM)

No, I don't. I think OU was a very good team this year that was clearly a step below elite. The Sooners will get another shot at the Irish next year.

TDCityLegend (Morgantown)

Ubbs, Karl Joseph at least gives me a little bit of hope for our D next year, not to mention it looks like we're getting some solid defensive recruits for next year. What are your predictions on Joseph's second season with the Mountaineers?Personally, I wish we had 11 of him on the field.

David Ubben
  (3:16 PM)

Joseph is a stud, but I don't buy this idea that WVU is going to reinvigorate its defense by throwing a bunch of young guys in there. I expect WVU to get back to a bowl game because Dana Holgorsen can develop and produce from quarterbacks, and WVU's offense will be good again next year. It just won't have the kind of firepower and home-run hitting ability of the 2011 and 2012 offenses.

Nick (Dallas) [via mobile]

How soon before an 8 team playoff? Seems like 4 still won't be enough.

David Ubben
  (3:17 PM)

I do believe we'll eventually see an eight-team playoff. I wouldn't hate it.

Pete 'Malibu' (Fort Worth )

Where do you see TCU's D ranking nationally? Frogs only lose Cain, but gain Gildon.

David Ubben
  (3:18 PM)

Well, in the Big 12, it's tough to be very high. If you can get inside the top 20 nationally in this league, you're in good shape. I love Gildon's game, and we'll see what he has to offer after a year at junior college. The Big 12 has a ton of offensive turnover this year, so the opportunity is there for a good defense to emerge. TCU could easily get in the top 20, but look out for Texas to do the same.

Yomama (Houston Tx)

Now with OU's second season meltdown and the public grumblings of former players and alumni, will we see changes on the coaching "staff level" ?

David Ubben
  (3:19 PM)

This "meltdown" talk is ridiculous. Oklahoma hasn't recruited well enough defensively, but the Sooners didn't have a "meltdown." They lost games to three teams with at least 11 wins and lost a lopsided game at the end of the year to one of the nation's hottest teams and an offense it was ill-suited to defend. OU wasn't a great team, but there was no meltdown.

David Ubben (The Future)

Hi.

David Ubben
  (3:19 PM)

Sup?

Kyle (Oklahoma City, OK)

When will the Big 12 get serious about expansion? I've been advocating for the better part of two years now that they need to make a play for Louisville and Cincinnati from whats left of the Big East and Florida St and Clemson from the ACC. In addition to that they need to make the same deal with Notre Dame that the ACC made. My guess is that in a few years there will be four super confrences- the PAC12, Big 10, the SEC and either the Big 12 or the ACC. If they arent going to expand then the member schools need to start planning which way they're going to go when the conference disolves. Your thoughts?

David Ubben
  (3:21 PM)

The Big 12's not looking to expand, but it may take another look if Maryland gets out of the ACC for a reasonable price, or if something happens in the post-playoff world that changes the league's circumstances and causes expansion to make more sense. We still don't know the full implications of what this playoff will do. I don't see Louisville happening, but going east to FSU or Clemson is the most likely scenario.

Nicholas (Houston)

Who leads 2013 in passing and receiving yards?

David Ubben
  (3:22 PM)

Tough call. I'll go with Michael Brewer and Josh Stewart. Don't quote me on that.

Okie (Muskogee)

Who is the best team in Oklahoma next year, OU or OSU?

David Ubben
  (3:22 PM)

OSU.

Steve (Stillwater)

What are the pokes chances of making their way to a national title game next year?

David Ubben
  (3:23 PM)

Not real great, but better than a whole lot of teams in the Big 12.

Amber [via mobile]

So Gundy basically said Chelf is going to have to be beat out of the starting QB spot next spring. Assuming Walsh continues the same roll, do you still see Lunt starting and Chelf basically going back to third string?

David Ubben
  (3:24 PM)

Nothing would surprise me in that situation, but if I had to guess, then yes, that's what I think will happen.

Advisor (Lubbock)

Why did the Big 12 suspend Amaro (which I agree with) but take "no further action against Tyrus Thompson?

David Ubben
  (3:24 PM)

No idea, but Amaro punched a defender right in front of an official. I thought Thompson deserved to be suspended, too.

David Ubben
  (3:25 PM)

I always hear from OU fans who say Maponga had a hold of Thompson's neck or face mask, as if that makes it OK that he punched him. Please.

Stephen (Houston)

Ubbs, will Baylor finally have a decent defense next year? Do you see them in the top half or bottom half of the Big 12?

David Ubben
  (3:25 PM)

The personnel is there, but the guess from me is no. If Baylor is in the top four in total defense in the Big 12 next year, they're winning the Big 12 title. Quote me on that.

Nicholas (Houston)

Is starting QB Blake Bell's job to lose, or will a position battle ensue for somebody closer to OU's offensive style?

David Ubben
  (3:26 PM)

I definitely think it's his to lose, but I would keep a very watchful eye on Trevor Knight. Heard an absolute ton out of OU practices before the bowl that he was amazing on scout team in mimicking Johnny Football. Either way, I think OU debuts a lot of zone read next year. We saw a little bit of it in the Cotton Bowl.

David Correa (Dallas, TX)

Baylor's bowl win too early? How were they not a top 25 team to end the season?

David Ubben
  (3:31 PM)

Didn't have very many votes heading into bowl season. Great win, but it was going to be tough to climb onto that many ballots, even with the strong finish.

Green Leprechaun (Blarney)

We were a no-show last night but do you think Oregon would have done better?

David Ubben
  (3:31 PM)

Yes.

Emily (Dallas) [via mobile]

Who the the biggest unknown/ surprise team in this conference and why?

David Ubben
  (3:32 PM)

Texas Tech. Lots of talent. Modest finish. New staff. Could blow up in a big (and very good) way. Kansas State could also definitely surprise, but on paper, the 2013 team doesn't look like it has very much talent.

Queen redhead and Carter (Kliff's house)

How did OU remain above Baylor and OSU in power rankings?

David Ubben
  (3:32 PM)

Might have something to do with winning 10 games and, you know, beating Baylor and Oklahoma State late in the season.

Brett (Manhattan)

If K-State can even find some what of a defense next year, do you see KSU in the top tier of big 12? Never doubt Bill Snyder!

David Ubben
  (3:33 PM)

It's possible. Daniel Sams and Jake Waters could definitely surprise, but that defense just has to replace so much.

Jon (Dallas)

In your opinion, who had the worst bowl performance?

David Ubben
  (3:34 PM)

I'll talk about that on the blog later this week. No worries.

Corey (Waco)

So, now that the season's over, what do you think caused WVU to fall from grace/get exposed the way you did?

David Ubben
  (3:35 PM)

They weren't that good from the beginning. Overrated by all of us, myself included. You win games in this league with QB play and great offense, and WVU had that in the passing game, but zero defense and no consistent running game was their undoing. People overlooked it, and thought Geno/Tavon/Stedman could outweigh it. I thought WVU was a 10-win team this year. We were wrong.

Jon (Dallas)

The Cotton Bowl was hard to watch. Do you think any other Big 12 team could have matched better against the Aggies?

David Ubben
  (3:36 PM)

K-State would have been a better matchup with its solid defensive line and running game to keep Johnny Football off the field. OU's defensive line had no shot against the A&M O-line.

Paul Rhoads (Ames)

You gonna make it to Ames this year for a game? I hear we sell out on the regular now, get your ticket in advance...

David Ubben
  (3:37 PM)

Ha. Hopefully. 'Clones just gotta win more games. I don't make a habit of going to many games for teams that finish 6-7.

Steve (Dallas)

Crazy What if Question: If Texas A

David Ubben
  (3:38 PM)

You know, I heard this a lot. Of course, on paper, it looks like that would be the case. A&M was playing better ball at the end of the year than anybody in the Big 12. Ultimately, though, I think no. The SEC didn't always require A

David Ubben
  (3:39 PM)

Scheduling would have been a factor. What if A&M had to play a red-hot K-State team in September like Oklahoma had to? Anyone taking A

Jake Jones (Okc)

As NFL head coaching changes shake out, do you expect anymore head coaching changes in the Big 12?

David Ubben
  (3:39 PM)

Nope.

Steven (Dallas)

How will Baylor's run game (Seastrunk/Martin) rank in Big 12 next year?

David Ubben
  (3:39 PM)

Top three at worst.

David Ubben
  (3:40 PM)

The best at, uh, best.

Corey (Waco)

Who do you think ultimately had the worst D in the conference?

David Ubben
  (3:42 PM)

WVU.

Bob (Texoma)

Is OU heading into a Texas-like downward spiral or is the current staff capable of avoiding that kind of fall?

David Ubben
  (3:42 PM)

It's not going to be that dramatic, but I do think Oklahoma takes a step back next year. Wouldn't be surprised if they stumble to an eight-win season.

Stephen (Houston)

Over/Under on 8 wins for Baylor next year?

David Ubben
  (3:42 PM)

Ask me again when I get a look at the new defense in the spring.

drew (SF)

Have you ever seen a team more consistent with having a QB look worse the more they play than the Cyclones? And not just "don't play as well", I mean like "did his mechanics change from last week"

David Ubben
  (3:44 PM)

No, I think sometimes that gets overlooked when people talk about Paul Rhoads. People don't realize how hard it is to win in this league without great QB play, but he's found a way every year of his tenure. Amazing.

Matt (Dallas)

I'm sorry, Bill Snyder is not even in your top 4 for job security? How many schools fire coaches whose names are on the highway and stadium? You might also remember the Big 12 title he just won.

David Ubben
  (3:44 PM)

I'm an idiot. Overlooked him. He's obviously No. 1. I don't even associate his name with job security. That's how secure he is.

allan [via mobile]

When does you countdown of the top 25 players begin?

David Ubben
  (3:45 PM)

Soon enough. It's always fun.

Lovee (gps challenged)

Was traveling a big issue or not for WVU this year?

David Ubben
  (3:45 PM)

No. Won't be for football. It's a problem for fans, but it's an issue for the team that gets more attention than it deserves.

Andrew 'Bernard' (Fort Worth)

If Pachall returns, stays clean, and does what he is capable of on the field...any chance he's a dark horse Heisman?

David Ubben
  (3:46 PM)

Not impossible.

Michael (Manhattan, KS)

Dub, you just can NOT predict K-State finishes anywhere below 4th next year. IT IS BILL SNYDER.

David Ubben
  (3:47 PM)

I would say you should go back and look at the 2009 and 2010 seasons, and Snyder's last few seasons after winning the title in 2003. It's not impossible.

Chris (Houston)

Where do you think the big twelve fit in overall in conference strength after the bowl season?

David Ubben
  (3:49 PM)

Second.

CycloneNick2022 (Ames)

I think ISU will finish the season ranked #1 in the country beating Alabama in the NCG

David Ubben
  (3:49 PM)

Cool.

Jake Jones (Okc)

Which big 12 team has the best secondary in 2013?

David Ubben
  (3:49 PM)

TCU.

Ryan (Houston)

If Texas A&M was in the Big XII they would have finished ____

David Ubben
  (3:50 PM)

Higher than they did in the SEC standings.

Ryan (Houston)

How did Iowa State end up in the Big XII?

David Ubben
  (3:51 PM)

It was in the old Big Eight and the Big Eight merged with four programs from the Southwest Conference (Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor, Texas Tech).

Pirsig (backroads)

Best little place you came across during your travels this season?

David Ubben
  (3:51 PM)

No new discoveries this year, but I enjoyed my many visits to Arthur Bryant's on the way to Manhattan all season.

Phill Bennett (Waco)

Ahmad Dixon is the best player I have on my defense, should I keep him at the hybrid LB/S nickel back position or put him at safety? Which of the two positions would attract more attention from NFL scouts?

David Ubben
  (3:52 PM)

I would keep him closer to the line of scrimmage, but if you start having issues giving up the deep ball, move him back to traditional safety like OU did with Jefferson. Have some faith in your talent, but be willing to adjust if it's not working.

David Ubben
  (3:53 PM)

Thanks for all the questions this week. See you all again soon!