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January 10, 3:00 PM ET
Chat with Ted Miller

Ted Miller
  (2:58 PM)

Greetings. Can't wait for games this weekend... oh. Wait. Drat. Fire away!

sadvicious [via mobile]

Do you think Oregons schedule next year will be enough to silence any controversy, finally, that oregon deserves recognition as an elite team?

Ted Miller
  (3:00 PM)

Ummmm... you do realize that Oregon has played in four consecutive BCS bowls and finished ranked in the top-five three consecutive years, including No. 2 this year? Oregon has respect from everyone. There isn't a single smart person on the planet that doesn't respect Oregon football. If someone says they don't, they are either trash talking or stupid. Perhaps both.

WDWHA (Portland, OR)

RE: UW's 2012 schedule - How is a schedule ranked in the 30's by Sagarin a "brutal" schedule? What's your definition?

Ted Miller
  (3:01 PM)

My defining entities are my eyes and brain, which are better than Sagarin. Ask anyone.

Bruce Lee (ATATATATATATAAAAAAO!)

If I played football, what would be my best position?

Ted Miller
  (3:01 PM)

Safety.

Laura (Virginia)

WHATS THE LATEST ON PEP HAMILTON GOING TO VIRGINIA TECH???

Ted Miller
  (3:03 PM)

He went to Blacksburg for a chat. Pep has some opportunities, both in college and the NFL. He wants to be a head coach, so a lot of this is plotting his next move. I think he'll be a very good one when he gets the opportunity. I do know he loves working at Stanford.

Will J (Portland, OR)

Do you think Oregon really could have played Alabama tougher than ND did? Bama looked pretty good all around.

Ted Miller
  (3:04 PM)

Absolutely. Zero doubt in my mind. Not saying the Ducks would have beaten Alabama, but the result certainly would have been in doubt entering the fourth quarter.

Jon S (CT)

With the success Taylor Kelly had this season do you see Graham using Michael Eubank differently next season as a Hybrid TE / WR next season to get his athleticism on the field more?

Ted Miller
  (3:06 PM)

Maybe... I think Graham wants to keep Eubank involved. That would be one way. The question is whether Eubank will want to leave to become a starting QB.

Kurbstomp (Gecko's mom's house)

So Ted we know you looked the schedule, what's your favorite non-conference match-up?

Ted Miller
  (3:07 PM)

UCLA at Nebraska feels like it could be very competitive. I like Arizona State vs. Notre Dame in Cowboys Stadium. I like the idea of Oregon grinning at poor ole Tennessee in Autzen Stadium "Helloooo lunch."

Scott (Charleston, WV)

What will Colorado need to do next season to make a move to the middle of the pack in the PAC?

Ted Miller
  (3:09 PM)

Grow up and get lucky. Just don't see it happening in 2013. I think the Buff will be better, but winning more than 1 conference game and four games overall would be a huge step forward.

Anthony (Las Vegas)

You have auto update off Ted!

Ted Miller
  (3:09 PM)

so this is an important thing, right... you guys got on to me a few weeks back... I hate how fast it moves. My very small brain gets flustered.

Will J (Portland, OR)

Who are your top 5 teams entering next season?

Ted Miller
  (3:10 PM)

Overall? I'll give you six: Alabama, Oregon, Georgia, Stanford, Ohio State, Texas A&M.

John S (Las Vegas)

I've looked at a few early top 25 rankings for next season, and ASU hasn't been on a single one. With almost everybody returning, including 1st team AA Will Sutton, I thought they'd be a top 20 team. Do you see them being a top 20 team next year?

Ted Miller
  (3:12 PM)

Part of it is the perceived depth of the Pac-12. Whom do you leave off among: Oregon, Stanford, Oregon State, UCLA, Arizona State, USC and Washington. You guys already know I think the Huskies break through and that I think the Sun Devils are a slight favorite over UCLA in the South. As folks review what the Sun Devils have coming back, they'll start to get noticed.

55USC (Atlanta, GA)

Falcons or Seahawks?

Ted Miller
  (3:13 PM)

Wow... you hit my hometown and old home.... But got to go with the hometown Falcons. My brother, obsessed and often frustrated Falcons fan, would kill me if I said otherwise.

Ted Miller
  (3:15 PM)

The Pac-12 blog will not be commenting on the girlfriends of any QB... but I am smiling as I type that.

Anthony (Las Vegas)

Who from the Pac12 in your humble opinion gets drafted the highest?

Ted Miller
  (3:15 PM)

Utah DT Star Lotulelei... seems almost certain.

Bryce (SF)

Most underrated and most overrated team for 2012?

Ted Miller
  (3:16 PM)

underrated was Oregon State, though Arizona, Arizona State and UCLA were all better than just about anyone projected. Overrated was USC.

Chris (Eugene)

While we all can agree that Oregon will be very good next year, to what extent do you think they can replace their losses among their front-7 (Jordan, Alonso, Clay, and Remington)? Won't that be an issue for them?

Ted Miller
  (3:18 PM)

The LB losses are big. The D-line is fine with all those talented freshmen seeing quality action this year. i don't think you can replace Clay and Alonso. Aliotti will have to slow things down a bit at the position. But the quality up front and in the secondary will be very high. I don't see a step back for the D.

Lance London (Winter Park, FL)

I think we can agree that the chances the Pac-12 nabs 2 BCS bowl bids for the 4th consecutive year in 2013 is pretty high. But what are the odds one of those BCS representatives is a team other than Oregon or Stanford? And which team, if any, comes to mind in that category?

Ted Miller
  (3:20 PM)

Well, last year I told you guys there was no chance that USC lost the South Division, so even after doing this for 17 years, I'm still shocked by how wrong I can be. The odds are decent. Only one North team can advance to the title game, so an upset from the South will produce a Rose Bowl berth.

Mike Leach (Key West)

I demand an apology from you, Mr. Miller, for your disparaging "commentary" on my coaching style, now that I have been exonerated from those silly abuse charges.

Ted Miller
  (3:23 PM)

I never even entertained the notion of abuse. It was your public comments that were wrong. And useless. You accomplished nothing positive with the "corpse" talk. So if you want an apology: I am sorry a guy I respect showed poor judgment with his postgame comments multiple times.

Matt (Eugene)

Lyerla is a serious mismatch for just about every defense. Do you think he will utilized more next year?

Ted Miller
  (3:24 PM)

Yes... but there's something to be said for his situational use. It seems like every time he touches the ball, something important happens.

Donald (Eugene)

Can you put a call into your good buddy Larry Scott and have the ACC refs from the Fiesta Bowl transferred to the PAC12?

Ted Miller
  (3:25 PM)

I really hope that the Pac-12 officials are told that they need to call fewer penalties and that erring on the side of no-call is better than 15 flags per game.

Jackmerius Tacktheratrix (College Station, TX)

Best O-line in the Pac-12 next season?

Ted Miller
  (3:25 PM)

Stanford.

Mike Leach (Key West)

And I'm sorry you don't appreciate straightforward answers. You don't understand the task I have in front of me, Miller.

Ted Miller
  (3:27 PM)

here's a straight-forward answer: "We didn't seem very motivated out there today. That's my fault. I promise we will correct that." End of commentary. Leach is paid $2.25 million, and part of that is taking the blame when his team fails.

Jim (Portland)

Is Lane Kiffen out next year, if USC under performs? Or do you think he has more time in the bank?

Ted Miller
  (3:28 PM)

I think USC needs to improve significantly in all phases, and that Kiffin's seat is very hot. I am sure he knows that, too.

Anthony (Las Vegas)

Stanford is going to be dominant on D, that is a certain, but how will they fair on offense after losing 5 of 6 of there leading recievers?

Ted Miller
  (3:29 PM)

That is the big question. You like the O-line and QB Kevin Hogan, but you can't just write guys into playmaking roles. We need to see what they can do. I feel like the Cardinal has some nice potential answers, but potential is a speculative measure.

Mike Leach (Key West)

You obviously missed the part where I said "it starts with the coaches." I say that EVERY TIME. But reporters and bloggers and comment board warriors always miss that part and go to the flashier soundbites. I forgive you, Ted.

Ted Miller
  (3:30 PM)

And you stop there. By continuing, you lose credibility. "It's on the coaches." Then stop. By continuing, you were whining and pointing fingers. And, by the way, you know I am right. Leach knows I am right.

Trojan1981 (Office)

After Lane Kiffins gets the boot, who is best suit to coach USC?

Ted Miller
  (3:32 PM)

I try to avoid speculating about the next coach while the present coach is still there, awaiting a season. I think USC fans might want to cool it down a bit, too. It doesn't help the program to gripe.

Aaron A. (San Francisco)

Is it possible that Stanford may have the best O-line and D-line (at least from a depth perspective) in the Pac-12 in 2013? Think about that for a minute

Ted Miller
  (3:34 PM)

Sure... Offense seems pretty clear. I think Arizona State is in that discussion on defense, as is Oregon. Perhaps USC too with Kennard coming back. Stanford's question on the D-line is depth.

Will J (Portland, OR)

Who is the best coach in the Pac-12 in your opinion?

Ted Miller
  (3:34 PM)

Chip Kelly.

Kirk (Seattle)

Besides Lane Kiffen, any other Pac12 coaches on the hot seat next year?

Ted Miller
  (3:35 PM)

I don't think so... Sarkisian could feel some heat if the Huskies are mediocre again, but I think the Huskies take a step forward. All the turnover has provided us with so much newness...

Matt (Tucson)

Arisona drops OK St, Toledo, Stan, and OSU and gets UTSA, UNLV, Cal, and WSU instead. If our QB is even 75% of what Scott was at his good times and our D is even 25% improved I think you will fall flat on our regression prediction

Ted Miller
  (3:37 PM)

Maybe... I wasn't dwelling on the schedule as much when I wrote that. You may be right. But you went 3-0 in the nonconference schedule last year, too.

Ducks for Life (Sacramento)

Assuming Chip doesn't go to the NFL any time soon, how long do you see Mark Helfrich staying at Oregon before someone snags him for a HC position?

Ted Miller
  (3:38 PM)

Helfrich is going to be a head coach, likely sooner rather than later. Maybe it will be like Muschamps leaving Texas for Florida, while everyone thinks he'll one day replace Mack Brown.

Trojan1981 (Office)

Cool off? Could you after seeing all that talent wasted?

Ted Miller
  (3:39 PM)

No... but I'm not worrying about my team. I'm just an observer with no investment. Got an idea you are pretty invested. And you guys need to finish up this recruiting class, which could be outstanding.

Noah (Mount Everest)

Ted, stop ignoring me.... You are truly starting to hurt my sensitive feelings.

Ted Miller
  (3:41 PM)

sorry... you guys wanted me to use the auto refresh. My head is spinning. I start reading a question, then 10 pop up and I can't find what I was just reading.

Tony (Mt. Shasta)

Whats your over/under on the # of bowl teams next season?

Ted Miller
  (3:41 PM)

7

Brian (Portland)

Does woeful PAC12 kicking improve in 2013?

Ted Miller
  (3:42 PM)

Can it get much worse? there's a pretty strong tradition in the conference for kicking. Not this year.

Ryan (Ohio)

What does Mike Leach have to do in order to have a long career at Washington St?

Ted Miller
  (3:42 PM)

Get the Cougs to bowl games consistently. Beat the Huskies on a regular basis.

K. Whittingham (The "U")

Think we can bounce back and make a bowl game next year?

Ted Miller
  (3:43 PM)

My concern with the Utes is both lines. That's a big concern.

Andrew (CA)

I am disappointed in my fellow SC fans. I am just as upset at this past season as anyone, but it's over. Done. Gone. It could be just the wake up call that Kiffin needs. Do they realize how quickly fortunes can be turned in just one season (hello UCLA)? There is a huge chance they could turn the ship back around in a hurry in 2013.

Ted Miller
  (3:43 PM)

The power of positive thinking.... Let me be the frowny one.

Edward (Fort Campbell, KY)

So Helfrich will be a HC some day that is for sure, either for Oregon or someone else. But do you see Scott Frost being pulled away anytime soon? Rumor is he is a hot commodity. Anyone looking to try and nab him away that you've heard of?

Ted Miller
  (3:46 PM)

I only hear good things about Frost. One of Oregon's strength is it's coaching staff. Another is the continuity there. But that rarely lasts forever. Frost wants to be a head coach. To do that, he probably needs to coordinate an offense first. He'll get a chance to do that before long.

Blake (SLC)

All of the Ute's out of conference games involve teams from the state of Utah (Utah St, Weber St, BYU). Brilliant or boring scheduling?

Ted Miller
  (3:47 PM)

Well, the reason they drop BYU is to play Michigan in 2014.... the 2013 slate won't generate much interest out of the region, but it's going to be big news in-state.

Eric (WA)

Any BCS team have a more difficult schedule to start 2013 than the Cougs? At Auburn and at USC.

Ted Miller
  (3:49 PM)

Cal plays Ohio State, Northwestern, Oregon, Stanford, USC, UCLA, Oregon State, Washington...welcome to Berkeley, Sonny Dykes!

Chase Thomas (The Axe and Palm)

Fun fact: For all their playmaking ability, the USC and Oregon games actually LOWERED Stanford's points allowed average. Who do you see as the surprise team (so not Oregon) most likely to rip Stanford next year like AZ did this year?

Ted Miller
  (3:50 PM)

you mean like, say, Washington this year? Stanford has very few gimmes on its schedule period.

Ducks for Life (Sacramento)

Do you think the PAC-12 playing 9 conference games and an overall respectable OOC schedule will help or hurt the teams when the playoffs finally arrive?

Ted Miller
  (3:52 PM)

Maybe, but I am told that folks like Larry Scott are making strength of schedule a big deal. Teams with horrible nonconference schedules will get docked, even if they play in the SEC. But I do think with the stakes as they are everyone needs to play the same conference schedule, either 8 for all or 9 for all.

Chris (Tempe)

ASU plays Wisconsin, USC, Stanford and Notre Dame in consecutive weeks.

Ted Miller
  (3:52 PM)

there you go... lots of tough schedules in the conference. Utah gets to play Oregon and Stanford this season after missing them the past two.

Will J (Portland, OR)

Heisman hopefuls from the conference next year are......?

Ted Miller
  (3:53 PM)

Marqise Lee, Ka'Deem Carey, DAT, Marcus Mariota, Brett Hundley, Taylor Kelly...

jones (wind in the willows)

Who will be a better NFL RB in your opinion Franklin or Barner?

Ted Miller
  (3:55 PM)

That's a tough call as I like them both. I think Franklin gets picked first.

Burke (NYC via Corvallis)

Who would you start at QB for the Beavs next year?

Ted Miller
  (3:56 PM)

Mannion.... just throwing that out there.

BOB ROB (COLFAX, WA)

M. Wilson is declaring for the draft. When will he get drafted and will he have success in the NFL?

Ted Miller
  (3:57 PM)

I think he'll get picked in the later rounds, say 5-7. He's got lots of potential. Needs to get bigger and more physical. He will be hurt by his departure from WSU. I think he could have improved his stock significantly if he played another year in college. Will be interesting to see what his 40 time is.

Dan (Denver)

best TEs in 2013?

Ted Miller
  (3:59 PM)

Seferian-Jenkins, Coyle at ASU, Richard Rodgers at Cal, Lyerla at Oregon... some potential at the position at Oregon State. Curious who emerges at Stanford. Lots of good ones at the position.

Engineer Mike (Switzerland)

Oregon seems to have had a top-15 recruiting class once in like the last 5 years. Will this improve, and how many points will be scored once it does?

Ted Miller
  (4:00 PM)

I don't think Oregon fans should fret recruiting rankings until they fall out of the top five in the final rankings.

Ted Miller
  (4:00 PM)

Folks... the bell just rang. Thanks for stopping by. See you next week.