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January 29, 3:00 PM ET
Chat with David Ubben

David Ubben
  (3:00 PM)

Welcome to today's chat, everybody. What's on your minds?

Jeff (Little ELm, TX)

Do you think Baylor's program is building a reputation for developing NFL talent?

David Ubben
  (3:01 PM)

No doubt about it. Not quite at the level of an Oklahoma or Texas from top to bottom, but the offensive line and skill talent on offense is on par with any program in the country. I mean, Terrance Williams, Josh Gordon and Kendall Wright were all on the same team at one point. Ridiculous.

Jacob (Ames, IA)

With Paul Rhoads at the helm, record attendance, and relative success (from a cyclone fan's standpoint); where do you see cyclone football headed over the next 5 years?

David Ubben
  (3:01 PM)

Iowa State's definitely building, but the ceiling on that program is going to be pretty low (7-8 wins) until they find some consistent excellence at the quarterback position.

Benadore (Chicago)

I am confused about the scheduling alliance that was talked about in the Big 12 meetings. How can this help strength of schedule when the ACC has been very weak, for a long time?

David Ubben
  (3:02 PM)

The idea isn't a strength of schedule. The idea is to get locked in mutually beneficial games to sell to TV networks and make more money for all involved. An ACC team is going to naturally be better, in all sports, than an FCS game or a game against any non-AQ team, even though that term is going away soon.

W (Anaheim)

Collin Klein comes up 3rd in the Heisman, leads K-State to the conference championship, has a lackluster showing in the Shrine Bowl and now he's worthless at the next level. Justified conventional wisdom?

David Ubben
  (3:03 PM)

Klein's a great player, and I don't know that I'd call him worthless at the next level. His skill set just obviously suited the college game better. Anybody who watches both college and the NFL can clearly see that. It's hard for fans to understand sometimes, but it's just the truth.

Tariq (Houston, Tx)

49ers or Ravens?

David Ubben
  (3:03 PM)

Niners.

Benadore (Chicago)

Afternoon Ubbs, Will we ever have an off season without expansion?

David Ubben
  (3:05 PM)

Not for some time, my friends. Sorry. Whether it happens or not, it's going to be talked about. People love it, and there's still money to be made.

Christopher Lambert (Norfolk, VA)

You stated the reason you gave Texas a low grade was because of expectations., if that was the case whey did you give OU a better grade? They had higher expectations, more returning talent, and laid a big egg in the bowl game. Gotta wonder about short-term memory if you had OU that high compared to Texas when OU had bigger expectations.

David Ubben
  (3:05 PM)

Terrible bowl performance, but last I checked, Oklahoma shared a Big 12 title. Expectations or not, you can't knock a team too far for winning a share of its league. Anybody who really thought Oklahoma was a national title contender before the season was kidding themselves.

GMFP (Funkytown)

Ubbs - I've been winning with underrated athletes for years. No doubt coming to the 12 changes things. Which did more to dramatically improve my recruiting results - joining the B12, winning the Rose Bowl, or beating Texas on national TV at DKR Thanksgiving night?

David Ubben
  (3:06 PM)

No question it's the Big 12. The Rose Bowl is a bump, but a slight one with no long-term, tangible effects. The Big 12 completely changes the face of TCU's program and where it finds itself annually, even if it loses.

hackman (durango)

how do you think texas tech young coaching staff will finish this last week in recruiting? can they pick off a few recruits from other schools?

David Ubben
  (3:08 PM)

Yeah, we may see a little of that, but this class is still going to be a bit of a wash considering the losses after Tuberville's exit. Fortunately for Tech, it's still pretty well stocked in talent and if it gets back to recruiting well next year, won't have to worry a ton if this class is a little underwhelming. I expect Kingsbury to recruit really well. Would really help Tech if it could bring a guy like Devin Lauderdale back to the fold.

OSUfan (tulsa, OK)

hey Ubbs, how do you feel about Tracy Moore making a return to OKState, and do you see Littlehead leaving the team hurting the defense very much?

David Ubben
  (3:09 PM)

Both of those guys are about depth. Solid starters. Good, not great, players. Moore adds depth to a team that can always use more receivers. Littlehead hurts, but he won't leave a huge hole.

Casey's Future Agent (Florida)

David - if Pachall comes back with his head on right, he has the skills (laser arm, ability to read defenses, and make any throw) and size to be an NFL QB. Isn't it naive to think Boykin has any shot at competing with a healthy Pachall?

David Ubben
  (3:10 PM)

Sure, but those are all very, very big ifs. We'll see. If I was guessing, I like Pachall's chances to be a similar player as he was previously. You never know, without the distractions and stuff off the field, he might even be better. We'll see. We'll get a feel in the spring, most likely.

Benadore (Chicago)

What matters more to long term Big 12 perception, winning national titles or having more teams ranked to end the year?

David Ubben
  (3:10 PM)

National titles.

Kevin (Dallas)

I know the chances of this happening are very slim, but how great would it be if Cincy was picked up by the B12 and their first game was in The Jones?

David Ubben
  (3:11 PM)

Would be great for Tech and Cincy fans. Definitely awkward for Tuberville and Co. I don't think Big 12 fans as a whole care much about the Cincy program, so getting too invested in the Tuberville drama might be short-term obsession. Kind of like Arkansas' brief rivalry with Ole Miss when Houston Nutt was there.

Larry (Sulphur Springs, TX)

What are the chances the Big 12 expands this year and if so who are the likely targets.

David Ubben
  (3:13 PM)

I don't see it happening. If the Big 12 expands, though, I'd say there's about an 85 percent chance it's a team from the ACC. Florida State has to be No. 1 on the list, but there are other viable candidates in the league if the Big 12 truly decides expansion is in its best interest, which in the current landscape, is not the case.

Raider0409 (DFW)

Michael Brewer over/under for 2013. 3,900 passing. 600 yards rushing.

David Ubben
  (3:15 PM)

Interesting numbers. I'll take the dive and say over on both accounts, but it's going to be really, really close.

Juan Sanfelippe (H-Town)

Why does everyone seem to hate on Pachall? The beloved Johnny Football was arrested in the summer. Not to mention Pachall isn't a complete goofball on social media. Pachall deserves his redemption. Thoughts?

David Ubben
  (3:16 PM)

Well, it's pretty clear that Pachall's issues are much deeper than Manziel's. Getting in a fight one time is a lot different than admitting drug use to police and then getting arrested for a DUI during the season. I don't know why people want to be so vindictive toward Pachall. They were dumb decisions. He knows that. He took steps to not do it again, and is getting the second chance he was promised. He worked for this. Now he's getting his chance. Hate him if you want. I won't be joining in.

Garrett (Oklahoma)

Do you think Dominique Whaley will be drafted to the NFL? After the ankle injury he got very little playing time this year. Do you think he could still make it?

David Ubben
  (3:17 PM)

Wouldn't rule it out, but no, I don't expect him to hear his name called.

Christopher Lambert (Norfolk, VA)

Since you now see how many returning starters UT has(courtesy of another ESPN employee) do you still think they'll only be 3rd in the Big-12, or are you going to re-vamp that?

David Ubben
  (3:18 PM)

Still third in the Big 12. Not a huge believer in this offense yet, and the defense obviously has a lot to prove after last year's disaster.

Corey (Waco)

Do you see Tevin Reese giving Baylor the same kind of deep threat that Twilliams and Kendall did?

David Ubben
  (3:21 PM)

Definitely similar. I don't think he's a 1,500-yard receiver next year, but he's definitely going over 1K, maybe around 1200. Lots of those will be down the field, via Petty.

Michael (Long Beach, CA)

David, if you did a Big 12 all decade team for the first decade of the 21st century, who would be your QB?

David Ubben
  (3:22 PM)

Tough call between Mr. Samuel Bradford and Vincent Young, but I'd go with the guy with a national title ring and one of the only guys to ever have a 3,000-1,000 season.

HornsbeatAgs (Austin)

Dubbs, thanks for taking the question. Is A

David Ubben
  (3:23 PM)

It's not there yet, but you're crazy if you don't see the shifts in that general direction. If Texas doesn't right the ship soon, it may soon be a reality that A&M is the state's best program. They're certainly in the best shape on the field for now.

Non-Biased (Post 411)

If you got to choose the best Defense vs the best Offense in Big XII history, who would it be?

David Ubben
  (3:24 PM)

Off the top of my head, I'd say the 2000 Sooners as the best D and the 2008 Sooners as the best offense.

Corey (Waco)

True or False: The greatest threat to Lache Seastrunk's Heisman chances is Glasco Martin.

David Ubben
  (3:25 PM)

False.

Corey (Waco)

Who do you see being the most likely to overachieve next year?

David Ubben
  (3:26 PM)

Baylor or Texas Tech. The weakness at the top of the Big 12 makes it possible for a lot of teams to break through.

Corey (Waco)

Who do you see being the most likely to underachieve next year?

David Ubben
  (3:27 PM)

Oklahoma has the potential to be very, very average if Blake Bell isn't what OU thinks he is and the defense can't replace it's losses. A 7-8 win season is possible.

dc85 (Dallas)

Does Jameill Showers play football in the Big 12 next year?

David Ubben
  (3:28 PM)

He'll have to sit out a year, but he should definitely take a look at a few schools in this league. He could start for a lot of them.

Stephen (Waco)

What are YOUR thoughts on the Big 12 expanding?

David Ubben
  (3:29 PM)

Unless it's Florida State or another home run, the Big 12 expanding right now would have the feel of expansion for expansion's sake. And that's never a good idea. Bringing in $26.2 million is not something just anyone can do.

curious george (dallas)

Defend Landry Jones above Nick Florence on the QB rankings... GO!!!

David Ubben
  (3:30 PM)

Jones' running game wasn't as good, and he completed five percent more of his passes and turned the ball over less.

Stephen (Waco)

Do you think the Baylor D will play better or worse next season, compared to this past season?

David Ubben
  (3:31 PM)

WIll be tough to top the way they finished in games against K-State and UCLA, but I do think the Bears D will be better.

Allan (Stillwater)

When do you expect to find out who the new OC will be at OSU? Who do you think is the front runner at the moment?

David Ubben
  (3:32 PM)

My sense is it will be a lot like the Todd Monken hire: Someone Gundy knows very well, but is a relative unknown to the average college football fan. I'd expect it sometime after signing day.

Nick (Ames)

What are the odds of my clones finishing in the top half of the Big 12 this next year? With the exception of Texas and Oklahoma State, everyone looks to be pretty terrible this upcoming year.

David Ubben
  (3:33 PM)

The tough thing for Iowa State will be filling in those LB spots on a defense that kept the Cyclones in a lot of games this year. The offense won't be much better next year than it was this year, but that defense is definitely a question mark now without Knott and Klein.

Mark (Florida)

Do you believe that Geno Smith will be the number one pick of the NFL draft?

David Ubben
  (3:35 PM)

No, but he might be the first QB.

jeff (pa)

I think West Virginia will be in trouble for many years to come. All the travel is just to much for them.

David Ubben
  (3:36 PM)

Most overreported, overstated storyline of the Big 12 season. Just not a big deal. Maybe for more of the smaller sports and maybe basketball, but not for football. Travel isn't that intense.

John (Austin, Texas)

Would you consider WVU to be a dark horse to contend for the Big 12 this year?

David Ubben
  (3:37 PM)

No. The defense has some pieces to build around, but it has a long way to go. All the best pieces of the offense are gone, though. WVU is in trouble in 2013.

Patrick (Lubbock, TX)

Darrin Moore is 6'4" 215lbs Any chance you see this Texas Tech receiver getting drafted?

David Ubben
  (3:38 PM)

Definitely.

Dustin (Tulsa)

What would you do if you were Drew Allen? Stay and hope you finally get a chance or move on? He's been a great kid for the program, never whined. Wish him the best if he takes off!

David Ubben
  (3:39 PM)

Whoever will take him. He'll definitely have some options, and I think he'll be successful. Always heard good things about him.

Jake (Manhattan, KS)

How well will Jake Waters fit in at KSU? Who do you see starting at QB and do you think they will use a dual-QB set or move Sams to a "wildcat" option only?

David Ubben
  (3:40 PM)

I've talked about that scenario, which I think makes some sense, but I'm hesitant to project much about recruits--juco or otherwise--until they're on campus and in practice and I can see them or talk to people in the program about them.

Stephen (Houston)

Is Baylor better than their record? (come on, you know this made you smile)

David Ubben
  (3:41 PM)

Maybe a little bit.

vandutch22(okc) [via mobile]

Who was your favorite interview this season and why?

David Ubben
  (3:41 PM)

Talking to Lache Seastrunk after the K-State upset was an all-timer.

Todd Vowels (Colorado )

Who in your opinion will start for OSU next year at QB?

David Ubben
  (3:42 PM)

Wes Lunt.

Phil Dunphy (LA)

what QB will lead the conference in passing yards in 2013? Total yards?

David Ubben
  (3:44 PM)

Definitely up in the air. My guess is it's one of the new guys: Petty or Brewer.

Spencer (Lubbock)

Who is better? Jamiel Showers or Michael Brewer?

David Ubben
  (3:45 PM)

Brewer.

Ryan (Ohio)

What OOC game are you most excited about?

David Ubben
  (3:45 PM)

TCU and LSU tussling to start the season in Cowboys Stadium.

Christopher Lambert (Norfolk, VA)

If the Big-12 wins all 3 of the Big-12/SEC match-ups to begin the season do you think that would heavily help the Big-12 champ, even with a loss?

David Ubben
  (3:46 PM)

To some degree. Depends on how good LSU and the Mississippi schools end up being at season's end, and where they fall in the SEC standings.

David Ubben
  (3:47 PM)

That's it for today, everybody. Thanks for coming by.