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September 24, 2:00 PM ET
Chat with Mark Schlabach

Mark Schlabach
  (2:00 PM)

Hey, good to be back after a week away. Hope everybody is having a great week. Here we go...

Jim (Grand Junction, CO)

Hey, Mark - If a top level coaching positon comes open, say at USC, Texas, or Nebraska, who is the best coach available from whatever source - coaches employed now but willing to move up, pros, etc. Thanks.

Mark Schlabach
  (2:01 PM)

I think if a job like Texas or USC is going to come open -- and I'm not yet ready to say either will be vacant -- I think both of those schools would go after somebody like David Shaw at Stanford. I'm not certain they can pry him away from there, but I think he's already one of the top five coaches in the country. Chris Petersen's name will probably come up at USC if it's open again. But there's still a lot of football left to be played.

Phillip (A stadium near you)

Mark,I have a proposal, if a FBS team wants to schedule a FCS team, the FCS team has to have had an average of a winning record over the last 5 seasons.Your thoughts?

Mark Schlabach
  (2:02 PM)

I like the idea, but I'm not sure how many FBS coaches would want to play the really good FCS teams. What's the reward? I liked Danny Kannel's idea yesterday. Have the FBS teams play the FCS teams in a spring game, and write the FCS teams a check then. Win-win.

Phillip (A stadium near you)

Mark, the NCAA had made a decision to lessen the sanctions on Penn State,what are your thought?

Mark Schlabach
  (2:03 PM)

I think it was the right thing to do. I think Penn State needed to be punished for the school's role in the Sandusky scandal, but I thought the original sanctions were harsh. Obviously, the NCAA believes the culture has changed at Penn State, so there's no use in penalizing the kids and coaches who are there now, who had nothing to do with it.

Gus D (Washington DC)

Hi Mark,What are the chances that Maryland knocks off FSU in 2 weeks to go 5-0? Thanks & FEAR THE TURTLE!

Mark Schlabach
  (2:04 PM)

Kind of like Clemson, FSU seems to slip up in those types of games, but it's going to be difficult at Doak Campbell Stadium. I really like this FSU team. Still very good on defense, and Winston has been as good as advertised. I give Edsall a lot of credit. He's been able to build some depth and young guys have gained experience because of the myriad injuries the last two seasons.

Grown Man (SEC)

Should we believe Foster's (aka fumbler) claim that he didn't have money for rent or food, then we must conclude that he was stupid enough to decline on campus housing and dining. I say no creditability. You say...

Mark Schlabach
  (2:05 PM)

Who knows. I'll take him at his word, but he was a guy who didn't play much as a senior and didn't get a glowing recommendation to NFL scouts from the UT coaching staff. Would I be shocked if he accepted money while at UT? Of course not. I think it probably happens at every school.

Gus D. (Washington DC)

Hi Mark,I was shocked at the Maryland vs. WV score. Is Maryland that good or is WV really struggling? Thanks man!

Mark Schlabach
  (2:06 PM)

Maryland is very much improved, one of the most improved teams in the country because the Terps are finally healthy. Randy Edsall is a good coach despite the last two years. But West Virginia is a mess right now. Cant' find a trigger man for the offense.

Dennis (Airville, Penn)

Are Nebraska's defensive players really that bad or is there some other reason from their consistently dreadful performances?

Mark Schlabach
  (2:06 PM)

I don't think Nebraska is as talented as some of the better defenses out there. It's a lot harder to recruit to Nebraska than it was in the past. There's talent there, but I don't think there's as much on the d-line. I don't think it's a schematic problem.

Greg (LA)

Hi Mark, I can't remember the last time my Bruins looked this good. Do you think UCLA has a chance of coming away from that Stanford/Oregon back-to-back road trip with a victory or even two? I know it's not for a couple of weeks, but outside of those two games I think UCLA has a shot at running the table.

Mark Schlabach
  (2:10 PM)

I've been really impressed with UCLA so far. Very balanced on offense, which I didn't expect, and they've done a better job of protecting Hundley. Barr is certainly a difference maker on defense. I'd feel better about it if one of those games was at home, but the Bruins are capable of winning either contest. Don't sleep on that road trip to Arizona and home game against Washington, though.

Scratches (the Gump, AL)

Do you have Alabama on upset-alert with the Rebels coming to Tuscaloosa? And what do you expect from the Kouandjios vs. Nkemdiches (both pairs of brothers) matchup?

Mark Schlabach
  (2:12 PM)

Could be tricky for the Tide, especially if they don't find more consistency on offense. Alabama's D had problems with Ole Miss tempo last year, and I think the Rebs are playing faster this season. I think Bama ends up getting it done at home in the end. Robert Nkemdiche is going to be very good over the next couple of years. Still adjusting to the speed and physicality of college football right now.

Scott (Charleston SC)

Mark--who, currently, is your most underrated team, and your most underrated team in the US?

Mark Schlabach
  (2:13 PM)

I think you're asking for most underrated and most overrated. Underrated would probably be Baylor. We're going to find out in October how good the Bears really are, but I love their offense and I think the defense has gotten better. Overrated is probably Michigan -- if Gardner doesn't start taking care of the ball. I think Michigan is really well coached and the talent is there, but Gardner isn't playing with much confidence and the O-line has struggled.

Tim (AZ)

Can FSU go undefeated? Jameis win the Heisman? Does the first need to happen for the second to?

Mark Schlabach
  (2:16 PM)

Sure and yes. Road trip to Clemson is obviously the biggest potential stumbling block, along with the finale against Maryland. Winston is a young QB and is bound to struggle at some point. I'd have him in top 6-8 Heisman candidates right now.

Scratches (the Gump, AL)

Is LSU the most complete team in the SEC? Are you buying Mettenberger turning the corner and becoming a big-time QB?

Mark Schlabach
  (2:17 PM)

LSU has looked like the best team in the SEC to date. Offense is a lot more balanced, and Mettenberger is playing really well. Getting the ball into Beckham's and Landry's hands has been huge. RBs are talented and deep. Defense has played well so far. We'll find out on Saturday whether Mettenberger and LSU is the real deal.

CC (Atlanta)

LSU-UGA, who ya got? Should be a shootout.

Mark Schlabach
  (2:18 PM)

Leaning toward UGA at home, but haven't made a prediction yet. Comes down to UGA's ability to block Ego Ferguson and Anthony Johnson and running the ball. UGA can't afford anymore big special teams miscues. Home field has been big so far this year

Josh (Columbus)

Who is the most likely team to go undefeated? I'd say Louisville, based on their quality vs. the quality of their conference.

Mark Schlabach
  (2:19 PM)

Louisville or Ohio State based on schedules. Louisville plays one tough game -- UCF at home. Buckeyes play Wisconsin at home, Northwestern on road and Michigan on road.

Bruce (Columbus, GA)

Alabama has looked far from unbeatable this year. What is the over/under that they lose at least one?

Mark Schlabach
  (2:20 PM)

Bama doesn't look as good as it did the last two years, but the Tide still won at Texas A&M, which is never easy. The O-line will get better as the season goes along.

Mike (DC)

ND is 9-1 all time vs Oklahoma. How dominating is that and do you think they make it 10-1 Saturday?

Mark Schlabach
  (2:20 PM)

I think Oklahoma is too good on defense. I'm not sure Rees can make enough plays if the Sooners shut down the running game. Worried about ND's lack of speed and athleticism at LB, too.

CC (Atlanta)

You forgot the disclaimer.... LSU has looked like the best SEC team to date "that has played inferior opponents". That TCU win isn't looking as good right now. And Auburn is a 5-6 loss team.

Mark Schlabach
  (2:21 PM)

It was essentially a home game at TCU, and the Horned Frogs were better before Pachall was hurt.

James (Atlanta)

You're a UGA alum, who would you have as the guest picker on College Gameday this Saturday? My vote was for Bubba Watson in overalls.

Mark Schlabach
  (2:21 PM)

I like Bubba or Jason Aldean or Luke Bryan

CC (Atlanta)

I've heard in the past that Texas likes Mark Richt. Any chance he listens if called? UGA has the $ to match thanks to their highly profitable athletic dept but would they? That said if there's 1 coach that wouldn't chase the money, it's Richt.

Mark Schlabach
  (2:22 PM)

I might be wrong, but I don't think Mark Richt goes anywhere else. I think he retires at UGA and does missionary work. I agree that he doesn't chase money, and I'm not sure he's looking for another challenge at this point in his life.

Craig S. (Nampa, ID)

Everyone keeps saying Boise State isn't good this year. The Broncos' two losses were both on the road against unbeaten, Top 25 teams -- with only a couple of returning starters on defense! I say Boise State wins 8 in a row to finish 10-2 and reach the MW title game. Thoughts?

Mark Schlabach
  (2:23 PM)

I don't think Boise State is as good as two years ago, but I think they're still a pretty good football team. Washington was jacked for the opener, and Broncos had a chance to beat a pretty good Fresno State team on the road.

Gus D. (Washington DC)

What are Johnny's chances of getting the H. Trophy back to back!

Mark Schlabach
  (2:24 PM)

I think he's right back in the thick of it. I'll be curious to see if voters penalize him for the off-field stuff. If he keeps playing like he did against Bama, he'll be in New York for the presentation (and he'd still be there as a former winner anyway).

Darren (Huntington Beach, CA)

What do you think Fresno State's chances are of reaching a BCS bowl? Not many teams in the country have already picked up 2 wins over FBS teams that won their conference title a year ago like the Bulldogs have.

Mark Schlabach
  (2:25 PM)

Very good if they stay grounded and take care of business. Two tough road trips to Wyoming and San Jose State, plus a potential rematch against Wyoming or Boise State in the MWC championship game.

James (Atlanta)

Auburn didn't look that bad this past weekend; Jeremy Hill just looked a lot better. How do you see the Tigers finishing up? 7-5?

Mark Schlabach
  (2:26 PM)

Good possibility, or maybe even 8-4. Gus has done a nice job with Nick Marshall, who is getting better every week. Ellis Johnson has done an even better job with the defense, which isn't nearly as talented as it used to be. Auburn is making good progress.

Scratches (the Gump, AL)

Is Will Muschamp on the hot seat? With Driskell going down, beating UGA, South Carolina, and FSU will be mighty tough, and those are the games you gotta win if you're Florida's coach.

Mark Schlabach
  (2:27 PM)

I don't think so. UF will have a chance to win every game because of its defense. I hate it for Driskel, who is a great kid and worked really hard in the offseason. But UF's offense was still very mediocre.

Justin (Salt Lake City)

If it comes down to a 1 loss PAC-12 team (Oregon-Stanford) and a 1 loss SEC team (Alabama-LSU) who goes the the National Championship game? Assuming there is only one undefeated team (Ohio State?).

Mark Schlabach
  (2:27 PM)

If strength of schedule matters, I'd take the two one-loss teams over Ohio State.

joe (scottsdale, az)

can texas beat Oklahoma and somewhat salvage their season in doing so?

Mark Schlabach
  (2:28 PM)

If they can get Ash back and he stays healthy, they'll have a chance. UT needs some confidence. Biggest game of Mack's career, outside of the national championship games.

Orville (Lubbock)

In the games I've seen so far this year, the officiating has been uniformly awful. The calls on the targeting penaly have varied from group to group and other calls have been extremely subjective and inconsistent. Do you think that officating is becoming a problem in NCAA football?

Mark Schlabach
  (2:29 PM)

Has been a problem for the last couple of years. No consistency or uniformity in making the calls

Mark Schlabach
  (2:29 PM)

Gotta run, folks. I'll be back again next Tuesday. Good luck to your teams this weekend.