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September 9, 12:00 PM ET
Chat with Edward Aschoff

Edward Aschoff
  (12:02 PM)

Sorry for the delay. Had to make a pre-chat meal. Let's get on with the questions!

Brad (Arkansas)

Do you think the "Budda and the Beast" combo of Collins and J. Williams can keep the 100 yard average going into SEC play in a couple weeks and hopefully further than that? I know the running game being brought back to the Hogs makes this fan very happy! WPS

Edward Aschoff
  (12:04 PM)

That might be the best nickname for a RB group! That's great. I really like what I've seen from both. I knew Collins would be a special player, but I didn't know Williams would play like he has. Granted the competition hasn't been great, but this is a good sign for the Hogs. Once tougher defenses get on the schedule, though, I don't think you'll see the same sort of production. It's just how it is in the SEC. I still want to see what bigger lines do against Arkansas' front.

Keenan (Atlanta, GA)

Do you think the Georgia defense wll be able to stop the LSU power running game and make the Tigers one dimensional when they visit Athens? I'm not sold on Mettenberger carrying LSU "Between the Hedges".

Edward Aschoff
  (12:05 PM)

It'll be interesting. That defense has to get better because Mettenberger and his boys have looked really good. The TIgers can run and pass, and that isn't good for Georgia. The good news is that the Bulldogs are prepared to score a lot of points. But I'm convinced the LSU's defense is more talented than any that the Dawgs have seen thus far.

Corey (dothan alabama)

WDE!! Will Dee Ford be back to start SEC play and if so what kind of factor will he be considering how well we stopped the run vs arky state

Edward Aschoff
  (12:07 PM)

It's still up in the air, but it had to help that the Tigers were hopeful that he could play last week. More rest should help.

Kevin (Orlando)

Who lost to Miami - Muschamp or Driskell? Yes....I know the entire team, but looks like a LOT of lost opportunity from the 2 men listed above.

Edward Aschoff
  (12:08 PM)

Both made mistakes. Driskel really struggled in the red zone and Muschamp made some bad decisions to allow that 2pt conversation attempt and not kicking a field goal on that fourth-and-1 in the red zone. I think Florida's offense looked better until it got to the 20 and that's all anyone will take from that game. This is the perfect time for the bye week. I talked to people there after the game who said Driskel took full responsibility. That's a good sign.

ian (jax)

Ed, i think my gators are in between a rock and a hard place here, fans want the offense to open up, however everytime that seems to happen it is a turnover party for the opposing defense. the run game was decent but not what is necessary to run that offense. I am hoping once humphries is back to 100% and halipio gets back that will make a difference. Do you think the problem is the coaching driskel is getting, or that he just does not have that it factor? thanks, go gators

Edward Aschoff
  (12:09 PM)

He doesn't have the it factor yet. He has improved in areas, but there is clearly a lack of trust there when it comes down to clutch situations. That has to get cleaned up very, very quickly.

Lane Wakefield (College Station, TX)

Has any QB in history completed more passes off of his back foot than Johnny Manziel? Do you think this will benefit him against Bama's pass rush? (PS-I was two years younger than you in Oxford. JK is my brother)

Edward Aschoff
  (12:11 PM)

Talk about a blast from the past! Good to hear from you man! JK is still one of the funniest guys I've ever met. He does it a lot, but it works. I've seen McCarron have success with it too. Quarterback coaches hate it, but if it's working, well, what can you say? Certainly, that's something he'd like to improve going forward, but when things are coming at you so quickly, it can be hard to adjust and you just have to do what you can. I'm pretty sure his late TD pass last year against Bama was off his back foot too.

Tony (Richmond, CA)

Which area is more of a concern for Bama against TAMU, the defensive or offensive interior?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:13 PM)

That's a tough one. I think Alabama's Oline will look better this weekend, but I'm still not overly impressed with Texas A&M's defensive front. That could certainly change in a hostile environment like Kyle Field. I think the defense will be more prepared for Manziel. He's been on the brains of everyone on the defense since last year. I'll go with the OLine because it looked so out of sorts in Week 1.

CC (Atlanta)

Pretty sure LSU hasn't seen an offense like UGA's either. You conveniently failed to point that out.

Edward Aschoff
  (12:13 PM)

This is true, but I always give defense the edge in the SEC.

Phillip (A stadium near you)

Edward, who was your winner and loser this past weekend?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:14 PM)

Winner: Georgia -- finally in the East driver's seat, but it's far from over. Defense has to get better. Loser: Florida -- should have won by a couple of score and ended up losing because of awful red zone play. The offense is getting better, but it has to convert near the end zone.

JPizzle (MO)

Mizzou is #1 in 3rd down conversion % after 2 games. Does that surprise you at all?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:15 PM)

Not when I look at the talent Mizzou has and the talent it has faced. Still, this team wasn't even this healthy at this point last year so that's a big win. If James Franklin and Henry Josey stay healthy, Mizzou will pull an upset this year.

Justin (Shreveport )

With all the concerns in Texas, would Ole Miss beating the longhorns or Ole Miss losing to Texas hurt which program the worse?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:17 PM)

Ole Miss beating UT would be much worse. Texas Crushed Ole Miss last year and those fans won't tolerate back-to-back losses to teams I'm sure they deem inferior. Ole Miss can take the Texas loss because they weren't favored to begin with and it doesn't affect the SEC West race

Tony (Richmond, CA)

How big was the South Carolina for Aaron Murray's confidence in big games, as well as the team? Do they need to beat LSU for him to officially shake the "choker" label some have placed on him, and for the Dawgs to have a truly special season?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:18 PM)

It was big for both parties, but we all know that Murray isn't going to get the respect he deserves until he wins the SEC championship game. And then, he might not truly get it unless he wins a national championship. Sad truth.

CC (Atlanta)

Kinda like South Carolina's defensive edge over UGA?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:18 PM)

Failed at that one, but I've been singing the praises of LSU's defense for a while now. Still underrated ...

Mark (Tennessee )

Do you think Max Smith can lead UK to a two win SEC season, or a major upset?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:20 PM)

The talent around him has to continue to get better and develop if that's going to be possible. It's going to take a lot more than just him for this team to get a couple of SEC wins. Now, if the offense continues to look like it Saturday, there's a chance, but it'll be interesting to see how this team performs against SEC opponents.

Greg (Gainesville)

You keep saying floridas offense is getting better and it sounds more like u r trying to convince urself of it. Bottom line is miamis defense is abysmal!!! Florida should be able to move the ball between the 20s against them. Geez. Do u realize how many defenses in SEC are better than miamis? ALL of them. Muschamp made a bad hire at OC. Ive accepted it. U should too.

Edward Aschoff
  (12:22 PM)

Ha! I love it when people speak for me. But if you look at the numbers, Florida wasn't bad before it got to the 20. I still don't think there is an elite playmaker on that roster right now and Driskel took some steps back with his red zone play, but the Gators had plenty of drives that stretched into Miami territory. The running game wasn't as physical between the tackles and that hurt. Florida had 399 yards outside the red zone and averaged 6.1 yards per play before they got to the red zone. That's growth

Scratches (the Gump, AL)

Is Clowney virtually out of the Heisman race now?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:23 PM)

I don't really put anyone in or out of the Heisman after two weeks, but he certainly isn't glowing like he was. If he has another subpar weekend against Vandy, I think he'll really start to feel the heat.

Michael (SC)

How worried should the SEC be considering the ACC teams beat two of our best teams in the east and the other just lost to one beaten by the ACC?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:24 PM)

People really are freaking out about those two ACC losses! The Clemson one was straight up and Florida choked away its win at Miami. The SEC needs to worry if it has a two-loss SEC champion ...

Edward Aschoff
  (12:26 PM)

The SEC has six defenses ranked within the top 31 nationally in total defense. Two are in the top 10. The SEC has a bad loss: UF vs Miami.

Kyle (Dallas)

Here's my prediction/hope: JFF and AJ both ride in on blazing chariots. A&M's defense comes in like the 300, and Alabama's the Persion army. The world then ends when instead of playing the game, JFF and AJ decide to play a 1 on 1 basketball game, no refs.

Edward Aschoff
  (12:26 PM)

Mind ... blown

Nathan (Cookeville)

What do the Vols have to do against Oregon to show that they're for real this year? Obviously a win seems pretty far fetched, but what signs should fans look for to show that this team will end the season in a bowl game?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:28 PM)

That defense is really going to have to hope it can force turnovers like it has to start the year or it's going to be a very, very long day for the Vols. Butch Jones and Co. are riding high off two big wins, but the passing game still has to grow and I'm interested to see what happens to that defense against the Ducks. It's going to be a very tough game for UT. I think reality will sink in ...

Keenan (Atlanta, GA)

Do you think the Vols will upset Georgia or South Carolina at home?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:29 PM)

At this point, I won't bet against it, but I still think UGA and South Carolina are the more talented teams. But if those defense don't improve, the Vols will certainly have a chance.

Ryan (Gainesville)

Its not growth when those totals are against a defense that finished ranked 100+ last yr. its not growth when this team is committing the same dumb penalties as it did in yrs one and two of the muschamp era. Its not growth when the team and offense look just as disorganized as ever. Theres a reason the fanbase is dwindling and empty seats r growing. Nobody is sold on the direction this offense is going. Pease looks in over his head and the penalties and lack of discipline under muschamp has been frustrating.

Edward Aschoff
  (12:31 PM)

I agree with the discipline issues, but if these team won Saturday 15-14 would you still be upset? Muschamp would have 20 wins in three years. He went 11-2 last year. The staff doesn't care about stat, it just wants wins. Saturday, that offense imploded at the wrong times, but it still moved the ball well before it got to the red zone. That's where the Gators really need to improve.

Scratches (the Gump, AL)

Ed, I had a vision this past weekend. If A&M receives the opening kickoff, Alabama will go for an onside kick. If I remember correctly, Alabama has only done this once, against Tennessee in Saban's first year, and it worked. No one was expecting it.

Edward Aschoff
  (12:31 PM)

Well, not until now! Nick Saban won't be too happy about your premonition ... Have fun explaining that one to him. But no I don't see that happening.

Michael (South Carolina)

You mentioned the top defenses and the SEC rankings in them....but isn't it a little deceiving because those teams have played no one worth mentioning? Where do USC and Georgia rank? They've playd competition.......

Edward Aschoff
  (12:33 PM)

I just said where teams were ranked. I think Florida, Alabama and LSU have shown that they have the top defenses in the SEC at this point. I think UGA's will only get better as the season goes on, but that starts with a big showing against LSU. South Carolina's defense is kind of disappointing. I thought that defensive line would look better Saturday. With the youth behind it, that can't happen.

Scott (Dallas)

The Hogs were extremely underwhelming this past Saturday.. Trailing in the 4th quarter to an FCS team is inexcusable, thoughts on the team moving forward?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:35 PM)

It's early and it's a team with a new coach. The running game has been great, and that's a positive sign. Arkansas hasn't played anyone, but with a new staff, a win is a win is a win is a win. Like Tennessee, I'm not sure we really know what to expect from the Hogs this year. We'll know more about the Vols Saturday and we'll know a lot more about the Hogs in two weeks at Rutgers.

Jason (New Orleans)

Long time reader, first time poster. Love your stuff.In yr three of cam camerons contract he will earn $1.5 million. Given how well Mettenberger has performed, and given how polished they say true freshman Anthony Jennings looks, is $1.5 million a bargain? This offense looks so much better and you have no idea how nice it is to see an offense that is coherent and in rhythm. Hes done a great job w the qb development and even the wr routes look better. Im impressed.Keep up the good work Ed.PS i follow u on twitter

Edward Aschoff
  (12:37 PM)

Ha the Tigers look like they're in good hands with Cameron running the offense. It's still early, so we'll have to wait to see what happens against an SEC offense, but so far so good. In this market, it's a bargain ha.

Scratches (the Gump, AL)

After what we've seen so far, is the West actually stronger than the East?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:38 PM)

if Ole Miss beats Texas, I think you have to give the West the edge right now. However, if Florida had an offense that could find the end zone, this would be a pretty dangerous team. That defense will keep the Gators in any game, no matter how bad the offense is. Georgia and South Carolina have great offenses, but no defenses. I'm high on LSU and A&M, but I want to see them against better competition.

James (Atlanta)

A lot of people give Mark Richt a lot of grief for UGA's special teams play, but those fake punt and onside kick calls he's had the past year-and-a-half or so are nothing short of genius.

Edward Aschoff
  (12:39 PM)

Mark Richt has been around the game long enough to know a thing or two. I like the calls ... but only because they worked :)

Jeff (Tampa, FL)

Ed, look into your crystall ball and tell me which of the LSU interior defensive lineman will earn First Team ALL-SEC honors, Anthony Johnson, Ego Ferguson, both?

Edward Aschoff
  (12:40 PM)

Johnson. He and Easley will battle it out to see who is the best DT in the SEC.

Hunter (College Station, TX)

When TAMU's suspended players return this week, who do they replace and who gets to keep their spot?

Buzzmaster
  (1:05 PM)

Hey everyone, Ed's cat knocked his computer, so he ran into some computer issues at the end here. He apologizes and said he'll be back for more chatting next week!