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September 19, 3:00 PM ET
Chat with Ted Miller

Ted Miller
  (3:00 PM)

Hello. This is the Pac-12 chat, but I fine definitions like that limiting. So let's go with TYPE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO.

Jay (Michigan)

Utah beats BYU if...

Ted Miller
  (3:01 PM)

It holds BYU to 150 yards rushing.

Bryce (SF)

Ted, can you elaborate on why you you said on Kickoff Live that Mariota is better than Manziel or Boyd?

Ted Miller
  (3:02 PM)

For one, he's a better NFL prospect. He's a better pure passer. And he's closer, at 6-foot-4, to ideal size.

Greg (LA)

Which Lane Kiffin shows up Saturday: WSU Lane Kiffin or Boston College Lane Kiffin?

Ted Miller
  (3:03 PM)

I'm betting on the BC Kiffin, but not with 100 percent certainty. The buy-in moment for Kiffin is if the Trojans win their next two, including a visit to Tempe on the 28th.

Mark Banker (Oregon State University)

True or false: My defense gets back on track this weekend at San Diego State.

Ted Miller
  (3:04 PM)

True! SDS's offense might be just what the doctor ordered. Or, since Michael Doctor is hurt, maybe what the Banker ordered.

Jimmy (Eat's World)

How many points does ASU have to score to beat Stanford?

Ted Miller
  (3:06 PM)

One more point than the Cardinal! Ha! I don't see it as a numbers game because Stanford has won before in games with big offensive numbers -- Arizona last year, for one. I think the issue is more ASU being balanced and not making any turnovers. Got to get some hits on Hogan, too.

Blake (SL,UT)

Do folks outside of the Beehive state care much about the Holy War?

Ted Miller
  (3:07 PM)

Kevin and I talked about that very topic this week, with both of us saying the rivalry had grown on us over the past 2 seasons. I don't think it gets the credit it deserves, but part of that is neither team being nationally ranked. If this were No. 12 Utah at No. 15 BYU, it would be a more national game.

Dennis E. (Salt Lake City)

How awesome has my impact been on the offense been at Utah (Rhetorical Question)?

Ted Miller
  (3:08 PM)

last year Utah passed for 191 yards per game. This year, it's 290. So there's that.

Eric (L.A., CA)

Ted, what will it take for you to put UCLA ahead of Washington in your bowl projections? And what is your reasoning for having them ahead of UCLA in the first place? Thanks.

Ted Miller
  (3:11 PM)

Funny story... I messed that up. I actually put the Huskies in the Alamo Bowl incorrectly recalling UCLA playing Baylor in that game last year -- the bowl wouldn't want the same team twice. UCLA played in the Holiday Bowl, of course. I think UCLA & Washington likely end up with similar records, so the Huskies visit to UCLA on Nov. 15 could decide the pecking order there. Barring any ridiculous upsets, I'll probably have UCLA in the Alamo and the Huskies in the Holiday, just because of how bowls do things.

Science-tist (Seattle)

Did you know that a healthy dose of pac-12 blog has been shown to cure heart disease? That, my friend, is a scientific fact.

Ted Miller
  (3:11 PM)

Unless you fry the Pac-12 blog. Then it tastes better but isn't good for you.

Tim (Logan)

Any chance my Aggies sneak up an unsuspecting USC team?

Ted Miller
  (3:13 PM)

Not sure Utah State is that much of a secret, particularly with one of the nation's best QBs. USC has shown it's vulnerable. I've got the Trojans winning but there certainly is a shot for the Aggies to get the upset. Wouldn't shock me for sure.

Trojan1981 (Tokyo)

If you could make 3 changes to college scheduling across all conferences, what would they be?

Ted Miller
  (3:14 PM)

1. Everybody plays the same number (9) of conference games; 2. Every team has to play at least one quality nonconference game every year; 3. Those quality nonconference games have to be home-and-home, meaning big-stadium teams have to travel.

Blake (Dallas)

Any chance the Pac-12 matches the B1G's pledge to stop scheduling FCS teams going forward?

Ted Miller
  (3:16 PM)

Maybe. I don't think it's a matter of not scheduling any FCS teams -- those teams need money to survive for one -- but an issue ofquality nonconference scheduling overall. Best system: A, B, C. Each team should play an AQ foe (A), a second-level team (B) and an easy squad (C), such as an FCS team. That should be standard.

Tyler (So Cal)

I've heard all this talk about Chuckie Keeton... But is he really that "special"? I mean, he plays in the Mountain West, not against any real competition like my Trojans. What are your thoughts?

Ted Miller
  (3:16 PM)

Yes.. he's special. Trust me. Did you see him against Utah?

Mike (NM)

Stanford gave up 20 to Army...what's up with that?

Ted Miller
  (3:18 PM)

I don't think Stanford was terribly inspired to pound on Army in that game. Difficult to generate the sort of "I want to crush the life out of you" emotion while playing at West Point. I don't take it to mean much of anything.

Joe (Palo Alto)

Which Pac-12 team's fan base is the most temperamental?

Ted Miller
  (3:18 PM)

Every pac-12 fan base is awesome, full of love and good cheer and well-reasoned thinking when, at rare times, questioning the Pac-12 blog.

Trojan1981 (Tokyo)

Define quality. For example, does Utah vs. BYU count? Stanford @ Army? Oregon vs SEC bottom feeders?

Ted Miller
  (3:20 PM)

Sometimes it's not easy to define. You might schedule a Tennessee thinking the Vols aren't an SEC bottom-feeder, and then they become one. At this point, BYU rates a tough-B to me. You might schedule a Michigan as an A, and then the Wolverines tank. As a guy voting in polls, I think you have to factor in intention.

coreyfra (USC)

How much of a toll on the ASU offense do you think facing 4 very physical defenses in a row will be? (Wisconsin, Stanford, USC and Notre Dame) Do you think the team will be better or worse for it?

Ted Miller
  (3:23 PM)

It will be a toll on both sides of the ball -- those are four teams that get A-list recruits on both lines. If the Sun Devils stay healthy, they will be better off having faced tough teams. It will make the rest of the schedule seem more manageable. That said, if they lose those games, the toll will be more than physical. The Sun Devils need to steel at least one more victory to feel good about themselves in the pac-12 south.

Puddles (Eugene)

Am I the best mascot in sports?

Ted Miller
  (3:23 PM)

Tree.

Timmy (Phoenix)

Does the new AT&T U-verse deal put any more pressure on DirecTv to add Pac12 Networks?

Ted Miller
  (3:24 PM)

Not as much as you guys relentlessly complaining to DirectTV to stop treating West Coast customers poorly.

Nick Alliotti (Eugene)

I have the best talent on defense I've ever had. Both the DL and secondary are the best units respectively in the conference and while the line backing unit lacks experience they are fast and run to the ball with ferocity. Please remind people that Oregon isn't just a "fancy pants" offensive team. Even David Shaw said I was the most underrated coach in the conference, but I'd like to hear some praise from the PAC 12 blog.

Ted Miller
  (3:25 PM)

I hope folks realize by now that Oregon plays elite defense.

Burke (The Den)

At what record will the Beavs crack your top 25? 3-1? 4-1?

Ted Miller
  (3:26 PM)

Another issue I considered this week. I think if Oregon State beats a 4-2 Washington State team to get to 5-1, it has a shot to get ranked. And certainly at 6-1... before the Beavers hit the gauntlet.

Jay (Michigan)

Non Pac12, but Clemson or NC St tonight?

Ted Miller
  (3:27 PM)

clemson... big.

Darryl (Livermore)

The Cardinal seemed to experiment too much against Army last weekend, running way more trick packages than necessary. Do you foresee Shaw going "back to the basics" against ASU and running more power sets?

Ted Miller
  (3:28 PM)

I think Shaw wants to be balanced. & he really wants to balance a power running attack with a dangerous downfield passing threat. He knows that's what will win against good teams. Such as ASU. You want to gain 4 yards on first down and then take a shot down field and see if you can't pickup 20 to 50 yards.

Burke (The Den)

Where do you put B Cooks in the "best receiver in the nation" conversation?

Ted Miller
  (3:29 PM)

He's climbing, and he's got an offense that will help him put up numbers. A lot of good WR in the Pac-12 and the nation, though. Cooks is a strong bet for first-team All-Pac-12.

Ian D (Portland)

Is Marcus Mariota the best player in the country? If not, where do you rank him?

Ted Miller
  (3:30 PM)

My Heisman vote this week: 1. Tajh Boyd; 2. Marcus Mariota, 3. Johhny Manziel; 4. Jameis Winston; 5. Teddy Bridgwater.

Kyle Whittingham (SLC)

Any I the only coach who played at the rival school that he now coaches against?

Ted Miller
  (3:31 PM)

that's a good question... my guess would be yes, but hard to say for sure. A good reason that Whitt doesn't seem eager to ramp up the nastiness in the game.

Mike (DC)

Notre Dame goes 2-1 vs the P12, who does it lose to?

Ted Miller
  (3:32 PM)

at this point the best bet is USC, because it's a straight road game. ASU gets the Irish in Texas. I think Stanford will win at home to end the season.

Josh (Eugene)

Ted Sara says thanks for the well wished last week. She is feeling much better. Should be 100% for the weekend

Ted Miller
  (3:32 PM)

Good. Glad the chat had healing powers. Now if it just provide each of you with a financial reward...

steven (eugene angeles)

With the PAC closing in on the SEC for best conf (see articles on espn.com today and Maisel yesterday calling the North the toughest division in FBS), is it possible a one loss PAC team could make it to the NCG?

Ted Miller
  (3:34 PM)

Sure... If there are no unbeaten teams, for one. And if, say, Alabama is unbeaten and Ohio State and Oregon are both 12-1, I think the Ducks would get the edge. In fact, I think a 1-loss Pac-12 team would beat out a 1-loss team from any other conference, perhaps other than the SEC.

Brian in OC (California)

Why rank Boyd over Mariota when you just said Mariota was a better player?

Ted Miller
  (3:35 PM)

I was projecting forward a bit, as in NFL future. Boyd is No. 1 based on what he did against Georgia. Mariota has a chance to move up as he piles up wins and numbers against quality foes. But Clemson has the best win of any team so far this season. You have to give it and Boyd credit.

Dave (Anchorage)

How good do you really think Wazzu's defense is?

Ted Miller
  (3:36 PM)

Much improved.... but the toughest part of the schedule is ahead. The performance at USC might have been as much about Kiffin lousing things us the Cougs dominating. We'll get a good measure in 2 weeks vs. Stanford.

Keith H (Seattle)

Time out for a kind word and a prayer to Don James.

Ted Miller
  (3:37 PM)

Absolutely... one of the 10 best coaches of all time. And he was always good to me, though I didn't cover him while he led the Huskies.

SEC Fan (Championship Country)

How can you have anyone but Manziel at #1 for Heisman? He won last year and crushed the Alabama defense again!

Ted Miller
  (3:38 PM)

I factor character into my equation. Manziel scores very high for on-field. If he keeps it up, his spectacularness might overrule the off-field shenanigans.

Conspiracy Theorist (Palo Alto)

I have a horrible feeling that if it was between 1 loss Stanford and 1 loss SEC team, the SEC team will get the nod. Again.

Ted Miller
  (3:39 PM)

there are a lot of variables there... don't give up hope!

Bones (SLC Utah)

With Utah dominating byu 8 wins of the last 11, how can you choose against the Utes??? What was your reasoning?

Ted Miller
  (3:40 PM)

Well... I typed: BYU has three things going for it: (1) It's playing at home; (2) It's coming off a bye week; (3) Utah lost an emotional home game to Oregon State last weekend.

Jon (TX)

Best coach in the pac 12?

Ted Miller
  (3:40 PM)

David Shaw.

BawlmerBeav (In the UTL penthouse)

So your colleague Kevin likens you to the front man while he is the mysterious drummer. If so, are you like the rest of us and head to the men's room during an extended drum solo?

Ted Miller
  (3:42 PM)

Kevin is more like the deferring lead guitarist who's the most important guy in the band while the preening lead singer stares at his reflection, wondering when he got fat.

Bones (SLC Utah)

Could Travis Wilson be a Heisman candidate next year? What will it take?

Ted Miller
  (3:42 PM)

winning... Big numbers are great, but it's difficult to get much Heisman traction outside the top-25 or even the top-10.

Joe Bruin (50 Yard Line, Rose Bowl)

How do you think UCLA's RB and DB positions are shaping up after 2 games since those were the big question marks going into the season?

Ted Miller
  (3:44 PM)

So far so good, right? Seems like Jordon James has greatly exceeded expectations. Secondary hasn't truly been tested yet.

Kevin (CA)

Is the Natty is Ducks to win/loose? Stanford game match up seems the only key challenge on the schedule. This team is better offensively than last year (my opinion), but linebackers weaker. Still like their chances...

Ted Miller
  (3:45 PM)

Kevin.. what would Chip Kelly tell you right now? Every game is a Super Bowl. Don't look ahead.

Ted Miller
  (3:45 PM)

Kevin... just called ... hold on. He's not participating in my chat, the booger.

Randy (Tennessee)

Being that you think David Shaw is the best PAC12 coach, how enticing would it be for him to be offered the best job in college at Texas?

Ted Miller
  (3:47 PM)

It might be enticing. Might be a perfect fit for Texas. I think Shaw loves coaching at Stanford. It might get him a raise. Of course, you never know what might happen if someone offers him $6 million.

B (Seattle)

How far do you think Kyle Whittingham could throw Bronco Mendenhall? I'm guessing a good twenty feet at least.

Ted Miller
  (3:48 PM)

Bronco's no lightweight. But, yes, Whittingham is probably among the best cage fighter coaches in college football. I am glad he's such a nice guy.

Dave (Illinois)

I think you forgot to put Jordan Lynch in your Heisman rankings

Ted Miller
  (3:50 PM)

Nice player... for him to make a mark in the Heisman race he needs to be consistently spectacular and hope other leading candidates fade.

Sark (Montlake)

I copied Oregon's offense in an attempt to keep up with up with the rising giant to the South, despite the fact that the only teams that have handled Oregon in the last five years are the complete opposite of Oregon. Have I made a huge mistake? Have I just given Oregon more possessions and more opportunities to score, not to mention I have to now compete for the same recruits on offense?

Ted Miller
  (3:50 PM)

Sark is running an up-tempo, no-huddle. After that, not sure the offenses are terribly similar. It's worked well so far.

Larry (Arvada CO)

Since 99% of all broadcasts by ESPN announcers centers around the SEC... how does teams like Arizona... who is better than they are getting credit for... get any respect in such an SEC PR FIRM like ESPN.

Ted Miller
  (3:52 PM)

Answer your own question. Which Arizona game so far merited a SportsCenter lead? UNLV? Northern Arizona? Or Texas San Antonio? Want respect? Beat somebody, such as the visit to Husky Stadium on Sept. 28.

East Bay Beav (Alameda)

Can I get your best Husky howl for a dear friend serving in the Air Force in Afghanistan? He's an '05 UW ROTC grad and I'm sure is dreaming of big things for his Dawgs this season.

Ted Miller
  (3:53 PM)

I think the Huskies will play in an upper-tier bowl, such as the Holiday or Alamo Bowl. Tell your friend to stay safe.

Nate (Portland, OR)

I asked Kevin a similar question, but what do you see as the biggest flaw in the Beaver's defense this year?

Ted Miller
  (3:55 PM)

Giving up a bunch of points? I think there are a variety of issues, including injuries to their best 2 LBs. I also think the issues at DT are forcing the Beavers to overcompensate. And the secondary has been a disappointment. Yes, Banker deserves some blame. There have been moments when the Beavers were out of position, and that falls on the teacher as much as the players.

Larry (Arvada CO)

Ted... ESPN predicted that Arizona would lose handily at UNLV... and that game merits the same level of coverage as the LSU-Kent State game... the Florida-Toledo game... and many more of the cupcake OOC games... they have played this year and we have spent hours watching them featured in replays by ESPN...

Ted Miller
  (3:58 PM)

Did you just make that up? Kevin and I both picked Arizona to win. And LSU and Florida have won national titles in the past decade and are nationally ranked. You are looking for offense. And you are completely wrong. Do not send this note to anyone if you want to run a sports network.

Brian in OC (California)

Current prediction on Oregon-Stanford game and why.

Ted Miller
  (3:59 PM)

Er... can we wait until we get a little closer. For my general take, you must check the power rankings on Monday.

coreyfra (USC)

So USC lost every road game I attended last year, Stanford, Arizona and UCLA which is depressing. How do you think I'll fare on the road this season? (ASU, Notre Dame, Cal, Colorado)

Ted Miller
  (4:00 PM)

So YOU were the problem. The ASU game holds the key for how I will view the Trojans going forward. Ask me after that.

Randy (Tennessee)

What a great NCG it would be to finally see Oregon and Bama. I want the epic debate to finally be settled on the field. Some people believe Oregon has a better offense and defense than TXam, the only problem would be Saban having 30 days to prepare. By the way Saban is undefeated in NCG.

Ted Miller
  (4:01 PM)

At this point, it's a dream matchup. LOTS of football between now and making it reality. It's not only the time to prepare it's the TV breaks in the BCS title game. More of those means more time to slow down Oregon.

Andrew (Agoura Hills, CA)

Pendergast with the early lead for the Broyles Award?

Ted Miller
  (4:02 PM)

I'd nominated him... he's done an outstanding job. Of course, the true measure of his success will be against Brett Hundley and the Bruins.

Ted Miller
  (4:02 PM)

OK gang... And Larry, you big, angry meanie! Time for me to get on with the day. Thanks for stopping by. See you net week.