Greetings. Welcome to week 6. Fire away.
I've ordered cold weather for tonight's game. Should that plus altitude help level the playing field?
I don't think 39 degrees is going to be too much for the Bruins, though some rain might thicken the plot for both QBs. I do think altitude can be a factor, particularly for defensive players who never leave the field and WRs.
If Washington goes undefeated, are they in the national title game?
What is up with ESPN's QBR junk? Sean Mannion had a massive game and all you guys could do is tell us he was average! Stop inventing junk and know from just looking at the game and watching it he had a stellar game!
This is a very common way to argue these days. You: 1. Have an agenda; 2. Don't argue a specific point. The QBR is an outstanding system. But I will give you one thing: It doesn't recognize that Mannion's lone interception wasn't his fault. Maybe the system will be tweaked to do that.
Does having DAT out for at least this week help develop the depth at RB for Oregon and benefit them in the long run?
It might. I don't think the Ducks need DAT to beat Colorado, and the young guys behind him will get more touches with him on the sidelines. The big thing is whether DAT comes back 100 percent or whether the ankle is a nagging issue all season. That can happen to skill guys who do a lot of cutting.
Ute fan's are calling me "The Giraffe" because of my 6-7 height and goofy running style. Do you like the nickname?
It needs an adjective. Like "Angry Giraffe" or "Gunslinging Giraffe."
Any chance the Bruins are underestimating Utah?
Always a chance, but if Jim Mora is who we think he is that won't happen.
Do you think the winner of the usc ucla football game next month is in the rose bowl?
Could a 100+ yard game and 2 TD game from Marion Grice give him some turned heads for a dark horse Heisman candidacy?
Grice needs better rushing numbers before he gets into that discussion. He's 11th in the conference with 64 yards per game and averages 3.9 per rush.
why do most pundits, and mot Trojan fans insist that the next HC have previous College Head coaching experience? The three most successful SC coaches over the past 50+ years (McKay, Robinson & Carroll) had zero years experience as a College HC, while Smith, Hackett & Kiffin did have prior college HC experience.
We really don't know what the ultimate decision makers are going to base their hire on. I think experience matters. I think a selling point for Sarkisian is his knowledge of USC and Pac-12 experience. I think a downside for Chris Petersen is his never having coached or recruited for an AQ program. I think a downside for the NFL guys is their not having college experience. A downside for Sumlin is his non-West Coast roots. Just about every candidate has strengths and weaknesses. We don't truly know Haden's formula for hashing it out.
Which RB would you expect for the Trojans to field against AZ if Redd is 100%?
Madden would start and Redd would alternate with Justin Davis as the No. 2/3 guy. Redd probably needs to shake the rust off, even if he's 100 percent.
What is it about Clemson that you think makes them a better team than Oregon?
The win over Georgia is the most impressive thing any team has done this year. Georgia since then has beaten South Carolina and LSU. Rick, your agenda is Oregon. So you're Oregon, Oregon, Oregon, no matter what. If the Ducks had beaten Ohio State in week 2, you'd be demanding credit for the high quality win. I've always done my rankings like this and won't change just because I cover the Pac-12.
Does having Mazzone on staff help out UCLA in any way against DE's offense?
Yes... you'd think Mazzone would have pretty good insight into what Erickson thinks. Of course, Erickson and Whittingham have been thinking about what Mazzone might be thinking. So sometimes you overthink. At least I think some coaches overthink. Just my thinking there.
Ted - as a Ute fan I am worried about Barr. Which other UCLA defenders should I keep my eye one?
True freshman LB Myles Jack is going to be a star. DE Cassius Marsh is underrated. ILB Eric Kendricks is a tackling machine. Good guys on the Bruins front 7.
Oregon beats Washington and Stanford (handily) in the coming weeks. Ramifications for #1? Bama drops?
maybe... hard to argue against the Tide deserving consideration based on what it's done... But beating Washington & Stanford would make Oregon a strong No. 2. OVER CLEMSON!
Are you surprised that Wazzu is favored over Cal at Berkley?
No.... Cal has big injury issues, particularly on defense. And they are playing a lot of young guys. I did pause over that one as a potential upset special this week, in large part because Halliday might be banged up and that could affect his throws. I've got to take some chances so I can overtake Gemmell, who seems to be psychic this year.
I don't care about rankings now, I want to be ranked #1 at the end of the season. I don't know why people care if [insert team here] is ranked higher now. Also, check out Paseo next time you're in Seattle. Killer sandwiches.
There you go.
If Utah beats UCLA, are they suddenly number 2 in the South Division race?
The plot thickens, but remember the Utes also have a conference loss. So you'd have UCLA, Arizona State and Utah in that mix... and don't forget Arizona. Utah gets ASU at home in November, so weather might give the Utes a boost in that potentially key matchup. Of course, got to win tonight first.
Do you like Thursday night games... they sure are hell on my productivity....
I love them! But I do want you guys -- Utah and UCLA fans -- to know that Kevin & I both have family matters tonight so we won't be tweeting the game until late in the second half.
Which pac 12 Mascot would win in a Pac-12 Hunger games arena?
Ted, need some advise. If you could help me select a new coach that I have a legit shot at getting for my USC team who should I be looking at?
I don't think anyone is off the table, other than Saban and many NFL guys. I love the idea of Kevin Sumlin. I think he's among the best 5-10 coaches in the nation.
What are your thoughts on Mariota and the Heisman. Obviously he doesn't seem to care about these things, but as a pac 12 reporter what does he have to do to win the gear?
He just needs to continue what he's doing: Winning and putting up great numbers. He's pretty much the frontrunner right now, at least in my eyes... and ESPN.com's Heisman vote.
Do you have David Shaw's number? I need to talk to him about something.
Shaw has been pretty clear he's staying in Palo Alto. Told he was on the short list, he said, "Then the short list is one name too long." I think he really enjoys coaching his alma mater.
With the numbers Mannion is putting up, he could likely be wanted for the NFL. Do you think he will stick around another year if he keeps the pace he has this season?
I think Mannion is playing his way up draft boards. If he gets a high enough rating, it's in his best interest to leave early. I suspect Brandin Cooks will be leaving, too, which could contribute to Mannion's thinking.
After this 4-0 start, the purple blur offense and a highly ranked D, what would be UW's final regular season record if they meet the new expectations?
The start has been great but the next two games -- Stanford and Oregon -- could bring things back to the ground. To me, three road games determine the season: At ASU, At UCLA and At Oregon State. And the Apple Cup could be testy, too. I think 9 wins is a reasonable goal.
Will the Pac-12 have a team represented in the BCS Championship AND the Rose Bowl?
My prediction is Yes.
Better matchup for "conference prestige": undefeated Stanford/Oregon or undefeated Washington/Oregon
If Washington beats Stanford, it then needs to prove it's elite... as in winning 10 or 11 games. Having three teams with double-digit wins -- UW, Stanford and Oregon -- would be good for the conference. But the Nov. 7 game with Oregon & Stanford has a chance to transfix the nation on a Thursday nigth. So it's hard to yield that.
How would you compare the SEC and PAC12 quarterbacks?
Pretty darn close. If you watched the LSU-UGA game, you'd have to say both those guys -- and their receivers -- are going to be good NFL players. The SEC might actually have the edge at the position this year. And the Pac-12 is better on Defense.
If Oregon wins the North/UCLA the South and Oregon wins the P12 Championship, can Stanford still get to the Rose Bowl?
Yes. Rose Bowl's choice if both teams are BCS bowl eligible. But Rose Bowl might prefer UCLA because Stanford played in the game last year. Of course, it would be difficult to go against the head-to-head winner, particularly if it's ranked higher.
Will you answer some of my questions? Or atleast 1?
At this point and time, which is better: Air Raid or Bear Raid?
Let's decide by 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Chances Sark goes to USC? I give it 25%....50% if he wins 10 games this year.
I definitely think he's on the short list, particularly if the Huskies keep winning.
Any chance UCLA splits Oregon/Stanford road trip then wins the Pac12 championship? If so does a 12-1 UCLA play for the NC?
At 12-1, UCLA would have a chance but only if there aren't two unbeaten AQ conference teams. If Alabama and Ohio State are unbeaten, they'd play for the title. Same with Ohio State and Oklahoma. The interesting one is Louisville. Unquestionably a good team but the schedule is awful. Might get jumped by a 1-loss Pac-12 team.
Do you foresee Kevin Hogan getting any Heisman buzz if he continues his current pace AND Stanford beats Oregon?
Maybe... but his numbers need a bounce from 208 yards passing per game.
Hypothetical: Sark goes to USC. Question: What happens to Justin Wilcox?
THAT is a big question. I was, in fact, thinking about that today. I'd think Washington would give him a hard look. It's just a matter of time before he's a head coach. It might, in fact, be a matter of just a couple of months. He'll have options, including one to follow Sark to LA and get a big raise.
As a duck fan living in Big12 country and married to SEC (lsu tig) i am constantly defending the PAC. this is a great year of depth and many have written about how great it is but we are going to beat each other out of the title game, even as a huge duck fan i don't see Ore/Stan/UCLA/Washington(sucks) going anything-0, am i alone at being worried of seeing a 1 loss SEC and Nohio st?
I hear you but I don't think Alabama loses. And a 1-loss SEC team won't jump an undefeated team from an AQ conference. I do think it's likely a 1-loss SEC team would lead 1-loss teams from other conferences, even if that doesn't seem fair this season.
Ted, appreciate your posts and insight. Curious what your take is on Jaelen Strong? The guy is doing this all on raw talent. Is the sky the limit?
Thanks... Todd Graham raved about him all offseason. He got off to a bit of a slow start and dropped some passes. But the recent returns are he's legit. He's in the All-Pac-12 picture. A big guy who can run. Those are good to have.
Better job for the "hot" coach? Texas or USC?
They are so close it almost depends on the prospect. A lot of guys would rather live in Southern California. Others would prefer Texas. My feeling is Texas can pay more while offering no state tax and a far lower cost of living. It also has a more dedicated core of fans. But I were a hot head coach, I'd choose USC so I could live on Manhattan Beach.
This chat was classier before you started taking questions from Oregon fans.
Our chats don't often get called "classy" in any event.
Besides Wilson, who do you think needs to step up tonight for the Utes in order to have a chance at taking down the Bruins?
HUGE test for your questionable secondary....
What are your thoughts on the SEC scheduling more Non-Conference games with Pac-12 teams? Maybe a bowl game?
Bowl game is unlikely because SEC already has choice bowls... but the nonconference games would be great. Would love to see some big-time home-and-homes -- For starters, USC and Alabama... so much history there. I'd bet Oregon would like another crack at LSU.
We did a big dance on Rocky Top when Kiffin was fired. I no longer hate USC. Is Pat Haden safe if this next hire doesn't pan out?
That's looking down the road a ways, but an AD is judged on his hires and if the next USC coach flops, Haden will be accountable for that.
I know recruiting doesnt always reflect teams on the field. But do you see cause for concern that the ducks are not even in the top 40?
I think you should only get angry about recruiting after signing day. If the Ducks are outside the top-25 then, yes, you should be concerned. I feel certain they won't be.
Ever been fo Jerryworld? Can't wait to see it on Saturday
Yes... cool stadium. The video board is nuts.
Who would win on a neutral field right now. Ohio St. or Oregon?
Will 300 yards, 3 tds, no picks and 50 on the ground get the job done tonight?
Yes... but not if Hundley has 350 yards, 4 TDs, no picks and 75 yards on ground.
Realistic time-frame for a complete USC turn around?
The right coach could have them pushing toward the top-10 in 2015.
Any news on Lee's knee? Where do you see the Trojans going for the remainder of the season?
Word is it was only a sprain, and I know we're all glad to hear that. I suspect the Trojans are going to get to 8 or so wins (13 games). So they'll get a decent bowl game. And I bet they upset somebody along the way.
Ted, what is the best part of your job?
covering big games... love the feeling right before kickoff ... that, "Well, after all the writing, now we find out what's going to really happen."
Do you buy the argument the the Beavers' patched up offensive line is good enough to protect Mannion but not good enough to open up holes for the backs? In the past when there was a lousy run game, it seemed that the QB spent a lot of time on his back, too.
Coaches will tell you that if you throw a lot, it makes it hard for your O-line to switch mentalities for run blocking, particularly in a pro style offense. But I think the Beavers are going to get healthier on their O-line after the bye week and the running game will spark up a bit.
Why doesn't the SEC play defense?
It prefers an exciting brand of football instead of all that old man stuff.
Why don't the Pac-12 schools have larger stadiums? The conference is bringing in more money than the SEC?
It's a matter of demand. If Pac-12 teams could sell 100,000 tickets, they'd build 100,000-seat stadiums. Much of the problem is playing in big, pro-sports cities. Not the case in, say, Alabama.
If Washington wins this week, and Sankey has another 100+ yard game with a TD or two, how much do you think we are going to hear his name mentioned Nationally in the Heisman race?
He'll certainly enter the discussion. Doing that against Stanford would be legit. And he does lead the nation in rushing. If he then did it again in a win over Oregon, he might move into the top spot.
Folks... it's time for me to roll on. Thanks for stopping by. See you next week!