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October 9, 4:00 PM ET
Chat with Brandon Chatmon

Brandon Chatmon
  (3:59 PM)

Keep sending in your questions, I'll get started in a minute....

Brandon Chatmon
  (4:01 PM)

Ok, let's get started

Joy (Arkansas)

Based on performances to date, who is the better team, Baylor or Oklahoma?

Brandon Chatmon
  (4:02 PM)

OU gets the edge thanks to its road win at Notre Dame. It's the best win of the two. But there's no part of me that thinks Baylor cannot beat the Sooners. It should be a great game.

Red Raider (Texas)

Seems as if the tide is changing... Red Raiders and Bears could be the elite of the Big 12 in the coming future. Will that help keep high schools grads in Texas instead of jumping across the Red River?

Brandon Chatmon
  (4:03 PM)

I don't know that I'd say they will be the elite of the Big 12 but I think both programs are heading in a terrific direction with quality coaches and they are showing the ability to win recruiting battles, something I expect to continue.

Charles Knowlton (Waco, Texas)

Brandon,I know you said earlier in the week that you do not expect a BIG 12 team to go undefeated this season. With that said, and with Baylor's dominance over WVU, and OU struggling to beat an injured TCU squad in week 5; I wonder what you think the outcome will be in the BU - OU game, and if you still think the winner of that game will not go on to a undefeated season?

Brandon Chatmon
  (4:05 PM)

I still feel the same way. I think it is quite possible OU or Baylor will slip up against one of the other teams in the Big 12. It's just so hard to play at such a high level every single week and I think the other teams have the talent to make the Sooners and Bears pay for a off night. To answer your question, as of today, I'd pick the Sooners but I don't think either will go undefeated.

Seastrunk (Waco)

BC, remember last week when you predicted number we'd put up would "be closer to 35" and I said closer to 56. What I meant to say is our number would be closer to 56 in the first half. Also, I said I was good for 140. I meant 172....in one half? Just wondering if you remembered.

Brandon Chatmon
  (4:06 PM)

I do remember that Lache. I'm sorry for doubting you, I should have known better, please accept my apologies. Any predictions for this week?

Jesse (Austin)

Does BU win in the Little Apple? How much are the slowed down by Snyder and his defense?

Brandon Chatmon
  (4:07 PM)

Yes. Not much. Baylor is F.A.S.T.

Amber (Oklahoma)

Do you see OSU's offense getting better or should I start preparing for a 7 win season?

Brandon Chatmon
  (4:08 PM)

I expect it to get better. I'm not as high on the Cowboys as I once was but I still expect them to win their share of games. Still a lot of talent in Stillwater.

John (Weatherford)

Brandon, obviously rivalry games can change the dynamics of a football game by inspiring players to play to their full potential or to have a let down due to nerves. Do you think the mystique of the Red River Rivalry keep this one close or will OU have this one in hand by the half?

Brandon Chatmon
  (4:08 PM)

I thought that the past two seasons, didn't happen. So I don't expect it to happen this year either.

Matthew (Austin)

Assuming top of SEC and Pac 12 all have one loss (big assumption), would an undefeated Baylor team (another big assumption) be able to jump an undefeated Ohio State team that has a weak schedule? Baylor defeated their one common opponent by a much wider margin.

Brandon Chatmon
  (4:09 PM)

It's possible if Baylor continues to be impressive but I doubt it. I just have a hard time believing that Ohio State would get the short end of the stick in that scenario.

Jennifer (Austin)

In your opinion was that a fumble at the end of the UT/Iowa State game? On the replay it didn't sound like the whistle had blown until after the ball was out.

Brandon Chatmon
  (4:10 PM)

Yes. I thought it was a fumble immediately. The officials thought otherwise...

Richard (Austin)

Can you briefly break down how you see the RRR playing out this weekend and give a predicted score?

Brandon Chatmon
  (4:11 PM)

I expect a closer game than the past two seasons. I'll go 34-24 OU over Texas.

Papa Bear (BU)

I had someone tell me that yeah Baylor scored 73, "but they gave up 42." 28 of those were against the second team and 7 were due to the muffed punt catch. How real is the Baylor offense that put up crazy numbers against WVU defense that held OU to 16 in Norman and OSU to 21?

Brandon Chatmon
  (4:12 PM)

Anyone who told you that isn't paying attention Papa Bear. Either that or they're scared to admit Baylor is legit. It's one or the other. Baylor's offense is as legit as it gets.

Jennifer (Austin)

BC, I know it's still early, but who do your eyes tell you will wind up as the Big 12 champion?

Brandon Chatmon
  (4:12 PM)

Based off my eyes. I'd say OU. Defense wins championships.

Richard (Austin)

How did Mike Davis escape any form of punishment for his horrendous hit on Deon Broomfield after the play concluded in the end zone last Thursday? Do you think the league might have levied some punishment, maybe lose the first half if the next game was against say Kansas instead of Oklahoma?

Brandon Chatmon
  (4:15 PM)

1) I don't know, it was a terrible decision but I've moved on and I'm ready for everyone else to move on also... P.S. Mike Davis, stop, just, stop! 2) I don't think so, I think the league made the right move, they probably don't want to get into the business of giving out suspensions and reviewing everything every single week.

Jesse (Austin)

Has Briles destroyed the chance that either Petty or Seastrunk will get to New York in December since both have only played one half in the first four games?

Brandon Chatmon
  (4:15 PM)

No, plenty of football left to be played. Plenty of time for a Heisman moment or two.

Charles Cochran (Dallas)

Hypothetical question here...In a down Big 12 year, does an undefeated Oklahoma get into the national championship game?How about an undefeated Baylor or Tech?OU obviously has the history and fan base, Baylor has the "it" factor right now, and Tech has Kliff and a Cinderella story.

Brandon Chatmon
  (4:17 PM)

That's the big question.... I think the league being a little down will hurt any team that goes undefeated, forcing the Big 12 champion to hope for losses by teams in the SEC, Pac-12, etc... fortunately, those type of losses have happened in recent years.

Bill Snyder (Little Apple, Kansas)

Brandon, I am out of glib remarks for the press. You guys liked my commentary about keeping Baylor below a hundred, and snapping the ball and running to the locker room to slow down the Bear's offense. Do you have any other quips for me? I am desperate here...

Brandon Chatmon
  (4:18 PM)

Well Bill, here I go: "Since the game is in Manhattan, our plan is to take the ball and go home" ... Yes? No? Maybe? Sorry, lemme think on it a bit :)

Bear Naked (in a town near you)

BC--how concerned should Bears be that UT will poach Briles? I personally think he's no better than 5th or 6th on their wish list, but why would he want it? He's got a new stadium and recruiting has never been better. I assume BU would give him a raise if necessary. Plus he's not the flesh presser that Mack of Mayberry is and I can't imagine he'd want the hassle of constant Longhorn Network obligations as well as the heightened expectations for winning (9 wins historically not good at UT while excellent at BU). Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

Brandon Chatmon
  (4:20 PM)

First off, put some clothes on... Secondly I don't know that you should be overly worried but there should be some concern. I agree with you, Briles should prefer to stay put but you never know.

Mack (Austin)

Should I arrange for secondary transportation from Dallas to Austin?

Brandon Chatmon
  (4:20 PM)

Naw, you're good. You've earned better than that...

Gandalf (Middle Earth)

Don't you think OU is a little overrated this year? I mean come on anybody in their right mind could see this. 34-0 to LA-M? 16-7 to WV? Even the win over ND(who is VERY overrated, not sure why they are still ranked in the top 25). Just wondering if I am the only who sees this.

Brandon Chatmon
  (4:23 PM)

I think it is possible but the Sooners are better defensively this season and their win at Notre Dame is the best non-conference win by a Big 12 squad. But, if you've been following my thinking I've consistently said I think they will lose a game in Big 12 play so I'm not convinced they are a dominant, BCS title type team quite yet. We shall see though.

Drew (Katy)

Keep up the good work Brandon. Did you see that Vegas Insiders has Baylor as the third best odds of any team in the nation (behind Bama & Oregon) to win the BCS title this year at 11/2? They obviously know this Baylor squad is very good, and I'll take their opinions over any analyst, AP or B(S)CS polls and ALL other fans of teams in the B12...besides WVU, they know how good we are.

Brandon Chatmon
  (4:24 PM)

I didn't see that but it doesn't surprise me. It's good to see some people are recognizing what is going down in Waco.

Nathan (Dallas)

Brandon, love the work you guys are doing. As a Baylor grad it drives me crazy to constantly hear people blow off our record this year because of any number of reasons. But I get the impression that if the jersey said TCU or Tech or just about any other school no one would think twice about giving them credit as a legit team. Am I totally off base or are people just hung up on the fact that it's BAYLOR doing this and not UT or OU?

Brandon Chatmon
  (4:26 PM)

I think that is definitely part of it. I think there are some people who simply don't want to admit that Baylor is for real, they just have something against the Bears for some reason. But anyone who has seen them play, seen how they pick apart teams with relentless efficiency, they know Baylor is legit and can contend for a Big 12, even BCS title if things fall right and they continue to play this way.

Frodo (The Shire)

So how long do you think it will be before football is played on a cushioned ground with pillows as pads and flags instead of tackling. Honestly that is how it looks like it will be in a decade or two. All of these nonsense penalties is ruining the game. People know about the risk of playing football, yet they are still playing. Ruining the game by putting stupid penalties in will not help anything. Now I am not talking about all the penalties in the game of football. I am talking about when someone gets laid out while the play is going or when someone gets clotheslined while running with the ball. That is football. When someone gets a big hit and you look over to your friend and say man did you see that. That is what football is all about. What is your opinion on the matter.

Brandon Chatmon
  (4:28 PM)

I don't like the way things are headed either. I like the hitting and I think everyone knows what they signed up for when they play football but the player safety thing is a legit issue so I understand it. I think we're just going to have to adjust to this new brand of football because I don't see it changing anytime soon.

Daje Johnson (Austin)

Do you think I will actually be utilized like I should this Saturday?

Brandon Chatmon
  (4:31 PM)

No, Daje, I don't. It's unfortunate too because you're one of the most explosive players in the ENTIRE LEAGUE. Sorry, I dunno what to tell ya...

Dustin (Tulsa)

Who ends up with more rushing yards vs Texas, Bell, Clay, Williams Knight or Ford?

Brandon Chatmon
  (4:32 PM)

Clay. I think he will have another solid outing.

Will Muschamp (Gainsville)

Why hasnt my name come up on the texas head coaching job rumors?!?!?!? i was successful there, better that diaz guy!!

Brandon Chatmon
  (4:33 PM)

Maybe they're scared you're mad at them? Judging by your use of exclamation points you are.

Chance (Birmingham)

With David Ash out this Saturday, do you believe that Texas will use Tyrone Swoopes at all during the game? And what happened to Overstreet? Am I wrong in the fact that he has not been used since game 1?

Brandon Chatmon
  (4:33 PM)

I would if I was Mack Brown. But, then again, I'd give the ball to Gray, actually use Daje, I could go on...

Chris (Los Angeles)

Can the Big 12 get a BCS at-large spot this season? Or will the conference champ in the Fiesta Bowl be it?

Brandon Chatmon
  (4:34 PM)

I'm going to say unlikely. I think the struggles in non-conference play did the Big 12 in in that regard.

Big Ferm (San Diego)

Brandon, OU and Baylor have both played UWV and ULM. An apples to apples comparison of the results of those games should show who the clear Big 12 favorite is. Thoughts?

Brandon Chatmon
  (4:36 PM)

That's true. If I based things strictly off those games, then Baylor is the clear favorite. I do not however. I still have OU as the favorite but let's not pretend I would mark it down in pen instead of pencil. The Bears are just as good as the Sooners, I just think OU has the better defense so they get the edge as of right now.

Chirs B (Phoenix )

Do you think OU and Baylor is underrated in the national polls, i don't think they have proven they are top 5 teams. but surly Baylor is better then 15 and OU 12. I know everyone always says it will work itself out but it really don't. year in and out there is always some kind of controversy with who should be where.

Brandon Chatmon
  (4:38 PM)

Probably a little bit, particularly in Baylor's case. I think both squads should probably be in that 7-12 range but they aren't based off preseason expectations, which is silly.

John (Houston)

Baylor keeps getting hyped with an offense that just won't quit, and rightly so. And everyone talks about how they better watch out for Texas Tech as a trap game, but what about TCU? They have probably the best cover secondary in the Big 12. Don't you think they will make it very difficult for Baylor to get a W?

Brandon Chatmon
  (4:40 PM)

I think they will make it difficult but let's say TCU has a great game against Baylor and say they hold BU to four touchdowns, one per quarter. Can TCU score enough to beat them? I don't think so, at least not based off what I've seen from the Horned Frogs offense lately. So, I'd imagine, that's why people don't bring up TCU as a stumbling block

Jeremy (Norman)

What's up with Blake Bell's anemic passing yardage against TCU? I know TCU's D is good -- but do you think that it was more the receivers not getting open, or Bell's conservative approach to fitting the ball in windows?

Brandon Chatmon
  (4:41 PM)

Both. But it doesn't matter, he's got to play better if the Sooners expect to win the Big 12. He knows it and he's capable, so we will see.

Jeff (Tampa, FL)

Who would you rate as the best QB in the Big XII?

Brandon Chatmon
  (4:41 PM)

Bryce Petty, by a landslide.

Bard the Bowman (Dale)

Which players would you have from the Big12 on your "dream team."

Brandon Chatmon
  (4:45 PM)

Seastunk, Petty, Gray, Saunders, Goodley, Amaro to start although Eric Ward, Josh Stewart as several others have an argument... and frankly I think Seastrunk is the lone guy who I would have to have, I think he's the foundation of all Baylor's success

Rick (Kansas)

Lets see if this topic is untouchable around ESPN. Did you watch League of Denial? Do you feel football is in danger of extinction in the next decade or two?

Brandon Chatmon
  (4:46 PM)

Unfortunately I haven't seen it yet Rick. But I do think football, as we know it, could be in trouble, no doubt about it.

Cliche Hunter (In the Know)

You say 'Defense wins championships', but if that were really true, then why is the MVP of any given BCS bowl pretty much always a QB or offensive back?

Brandon Chatmon
  (4:47 PM)

Because offense wins headlines, Cliche'

Charlie Bear (Panama City)

I have seen write "defense wins championships". It seems to me like maybe Briles is trying to make a statement. While Baylor's defense is markedly improved, they're by no means top tier. Maybe Briles is trying to challenge traditional thought, and prove that offense can win championships as well. Thoughts?

Brandon Chatmon
  (4:47 PM)

Never really thought of it that way Charlie, but if any offense can do that it could be this offense.

Tony (Richmond, CA)

Who are your Big XII offensive and defensive MVPs?

Brandon Chatmon
  (4:48 PM)

Seastrunk and Ben Heeney from Kansas (gasp!)

Tyler (San Antonio)

Ill give OU the best defense in the conference, but who follows them in the number 2 spot? In my opinion its gotta be Tech right? TCU is stout, but in the head to head battle, I believe Tech outplayed them on that side of the ball. Thoughts?

Brandon Chatmon
  (4:49 PM)

I give Tech the slight advantage, they're playing very well in Lubbock and that D has been overshadowed.

matt (alabama)

If Texas A&M would've stayed in the big 12 and didn't join the SEC would we still be talking about Johnny Football at college station or a different guy.

Brandon Chatmon
  (4:51 PM)

We'd be talking about Johnny Football regardless, that dude can play some football, there's no doubt about that. It's the other stuff people question.

Rett (Oregon)

Should stats vs rent-a-win teams count for a player-team? Does running up the score against terrible competition really prove anything accept that the competition is terrible?

Brandon Chatmon
  (4:52 PM)

Yes. Because not everybody does that (or can do that for that matter)

Red (Longview)

People believed TCU would be competing for a Big XII title this year and so far have looked below par. With these high expectations for the program does Patterson have to worry that he is now on the hot seat?

Brandon Chatmon
  (4:52 PM)

I'd be shocked. Patterson has done way too much for that program to be on the hot seat in my opinion.

captain hindsight (Texas)

If Baylor somehow runs the table and wins it all this year, how many media people will be erasing their old posts to hide their disrespect, especially the excuses for not ranking them in the top 10 up to now?

Brandon Chatmon
  (4:53 PM)

I think there will be some of that but at the same time the people who have consistently watched the Bears play have a pretty good feel for what they are capable of I think.

Chirs B (Phoenix )

Should OU use T. Knight? I see him run and i think WOW he just can't throw well

Brandon Chatmon
  (4:53 PM)

No... Why should they?

No Name (No Where)

Where are the bloggers going to be this weekend? Can we expect any coverage from games outside of Dallas?

Brandon Chatmon
  (4:56 PM)

I'll be in Dallas along with Max Olson, Jake will be in Lubbock if I'm not mistaken.

matt (okc)

what do u think of the belldozer so far? could we see knight

Brandon Chatmon
  (4:56 PM)

I like what the Belldozer has done. I see no reason to be disappointed with his play.

Nick Cestari (Lawrence, KS)

Brandon, Do you think since Baylor beat the best K-State team last year that they will take it on the road and pick up an impressive much needed win? Due to their improvements on both sides of the ball. What do you project the score will be?

Brandon Chatmon
  (4:57 PM)

I think Baylor wins by double digits. I think they are too fast, too explosive for Kansas State to handle.

Air Bear (Stafford)

The old-guard schools seem to get poll votes in part due to past success, but upstarts like Baylor are told they haven't done anything yet to earn a rank. What can Baylor or Texas Tech do that they have not already done this year, to get more respect from the national media and polls?

Brandon Chatmon
  (4:58 PM)

Just keep winning and it will all take care of itself. People can't ignore you if you're 12-0 sitting atop the Big 12 standings.

Kaleb Aterburn (Brady ne)

how good is this tech team? best one since 08? are they as good as 08

Brandon Chatmon
  (4:58 PM)

I think they are much improved but I'm not ready to say they are as good as 08, still have a ways to go to match that squad.

Joel (Waco)

If football games were only one quarter who'd win, Baylor or Oregon? Go.

Brandon Chatmon
  (4:59 PM)

Baylor 100, Oregon 99. Last second, game-winning 3-pointer

Brandon Chatmon
  (4:59 PM)

a few more questions, bunch of great questions today, so thanks!

Jase (Dallas)

How would you see a Baylor offense going up against a Florida defense?

Brandon Chatmon
  (5:02 PM)

I think Baylor will have success against any defense, Florida included. Seastruck has to be dealt with, Petty is very good, the receivers are outstanding and the line doesn't get the credit or attention they should. Baylor would have success against anyone.

Tyler (San Antonio)

Do you see this weeks game against Iowa State as a possible trap game for Tech? 11 o'clock kick offs are tough to get up for student body wise, and lets not forget what happened last time the Cyclones rolled into Lubbock.

Brandon Chatmon
  (5:04 PM)

Interesting that you say that Tyler because that game is one I will keep an eye on. I expect Texas Tech to win but if they don't get out early on the Cyclones I could see it being a closer game than many would expect. I still pick the Red Raiders though, their defense can pull them through I think.

Tony (Richmond, CA)

How big is the loss of Corey Nelson to the Sooners defense? Will this open up the door for the Longhorns to pound the OU defense?

Brandon Chatmon
  (5:05 PM)

Probably hurts more than most are willing to admit. Nelson was the heart of the OU defense and I'm sure Texas will try to pound it at the Sooners. Yet I don't expect UT to have success doing that. I think his loss will be noticed as Big 12 play progresses however.

Brandon Chatmon
  (5:06 PM)

Thanks everyone, have a great day!