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January 9, 3:00 PM ET
Chat with Ted Miller

Ted Miller
  (2:59 PM)

Greetings. Hope you guys are handling the offseason well. Fire away.

john (tucson)

why do you think tabor flipped his commitment to florida?

Ted Miller
  (3:00 PM)

he decided that's where he wanted to play. Still possible he will change his mind, as many recruits seem to do.

John (Sacramento)

Any chance Sonny says "My bad" to Clancy and he comes back to be the Bear's DC?

Ted Miller
  (3:00 PM)

It would be a great hire for Dykes, but I doubt it will happen.

John (Phoenix)

Thoughts on ASU's hiring of Ray Anderson?

Ted Miller
  (3:01 PM)

He's an NFL guy who went to Stanford & Harvard, so he's not lacking on smarts or relevant experience. Might be an adjustment period for him getting used to college administration. And can he raise money, which is the No. 1 thing ADs do these days. Sun Devils need a new football stadium.

Dave (Palo Alto, CA)

Does Stanford need a new offensive coordinator, who Shaw will empower to call plays? It seems that what's going on at Stanford is a mini version of Kiffin at USC: a head coach who won't give up play-calling power, despite pretty bad offensive outcomes.

Ted Miller
  (3:04 PM)

I don't think it's a good idea, in general, for a head coach to call offensive plays. I wouldn't rate Stanford's hiccups as close to USC's under Kiffin, though. But the win-loss record is what counts, and Shaw has done a lot of winning with himself as the play-caller.

Chris (Tempe)

First glance at the schedule and ASU looks to have it nicely setup with a BYE before UCLA and Stanford home games. And the only back-to-back road games being @UNM & @CU. How much does the schedule help/hurt a team's chance at a successful season?

Ted Miller
  (3:06 PM)

Schedule is very important. It's better to have a 7-5 split with home and road games. It's better to miss the best teams in the other division. It's better to have winnable nonconference games at home. It's also better not to have a schedule front- or back-loaded with tough teams. And bye weeks before a big game, particularly late in the season are very helpful.

Paul (Powers, CA)

How can Alabama want Kiffin as OC? The offense at USC improved after he left

Ted Miller
  (3:07 PM)

Saban likes Kiffin. And more than a few people think Kiffin is a good offensive coach. The issue at USC was him taking on more than he should have. As I typed: I don't think it's wise for a head coach to call offensive plays. It divides your focus from administrating the team and devising scheme.

Sean (Looking over my shoulder to make sure my boss isn't watchi

Do you predict Arizona at Utah having a meaningful outcome on the Pac-12 South race? Trying to decide if I should take that whole week off and head up for the game before Thanksgiving.

Ted Miller
  (3:08 PM)

I think Arizona has a much better shot at contending in the South than Utah. With the Utes, you need to see what's going to happen at QB. I know the Wildcats also have QB questions, but they have good answers just about everywhere else and Rich Rod's track record with QBs is sterling.

Daniel (Pasadena)

What are your overall impressions of the schedule that was released yesterday?

Ted Miller
  (3:10 PM)

Hate that the Pac-12 title game is back on Friday. That's Fox's doing because it has the Big Ten game on Saturday. I'm going to do some more in-depth analysis either today or tomorrow. Nothing jumped out at me as a big negative. Interesting to have USC-Stanford so early. Big early test for Sark.

Kyle W. (SL,UT)

Looks like we'll have one of the toughest schedules in the country next year... i wont' survive another 5-7 season will i?

Ted Miller
  (3:11 PM)

The Utes schedule is brutal, with Michigan added to the nonconference schedule. Hard to say where the wins come from. My hunch is Whittingham figures out a way to get the Utes back to the postseason.

Ando (Mania)

So who's Oregon gonna get for a DC? Internal or external? So much SILENCE!!

Ted Miller
  (3:13 PM)

There's an obvious answer: Clandy Pendergast. It would be the best choice, without a doubt. I suspect there's been some contact. But I will admit I'm surprised I haven't gotten any more firm gossip on that one.

Robert B. (New York)

Seems like there's a decent chance for another Stanford-UCLA two games within six days thing. Do you think that's a good thing or a bad thing for everyone involved?

Ted Miller
  (3:14 PM)

Bad thing, no question... Immediate rematches are not that fun. But putting a schedule together is difficult.

Sean (Tacoma)

If you don't approve of the HC calling the plays, what do you think of Sark's job calling the plays while at Washington, and how do you see that strategy working out with him at USC?

Ted Miller
  (3:16 PM)

Sark obviously did a great job calling plays this year. The Huskies offense dramatically improved compared to 2012 and ranked highly in most statistical categories. There are always exceptions. But if I were him, I'd seriously consider yielding much of the play-calling to Clay Helton, who did a great job post-Kiffin. It allows him to focus on his team as a whole. Note: I think calling a defense as a head coach is more manageable.

Sean (Looking over my shoulder to make sure my boss isn't watchi

Early bets on where the conference championship game will be played this year?

Ted Miller
  (3:17 PM)

I'm an Oregon lean, though I really like UCLA in the South, too.

Benvolio (-|-|-|-|-)

So far 5 juniors at USC have declared for the NFL, and rumors are swirling that Buck Allen and Hayes Pullard may take the leap as well. Since USC can't make up the lost scholarships, how do you see the Trojans coping with these losses?

Ted Miller
  (3:18 PM)

It's a big deal... they may be around 70 players this fall, five fewer than they are allowed even under NCAA sanctions. It's a big reason folks probably won't pick the Trojans in the South. Depth issues are real with little room for error with injuries.

Brent (Irvine)

Thoughts on Bo Davis hire? Seems like UT's defense was pretty porous and he was not able to keep some of big DL recruits in-state and at UT. Makes it a curious hire?

Ted Miller
  (3:20 PM)

He was a long-time Saban guy, so that's meaningful. His Texas years weren't great, but that probably falls more on poor overall defensive coordination. He won't be a victim of that under Justin Wilcox, who's one of the best in the business.

Kyle (Kentucky)

Thoughts on Bobby Petrino back at UL........ Crazy? or Crazy genius ?

Ted Miller
  (3:22 PM)

Great coach who many think has character issues. His enemies list is long, and that was even before he had an affair and lied about it. But college football is about winning. Petrino wins. If Petrino wins and avoids further scandal, all will be forgiven. For better or worse.

Andrew (LA)

wait -- why is UW playing 13 regular season games next year?

Ted Miller
  (3:23 PM)

hawaii... playing there allows a team to play 13 games.

SCRob (SoCal)

In honor of the upcoming MLK holiday how about completing this sentence with respect to college football: "I have a dream that one day..."

Ted Miller
  (3:24 PM)

We have an all-Pac-12 national title game? That the Pac-12 blogs Twitter and comment trolls realize the error of their ways? That I get back to 180 pounds?

Ron (SD)

Most offensive firepower in the PAC next year is...

Ted Miller
  (3:27 PM)

I quickly typed Oregon, but there are some questions there with Huff and DAT gone. UCLA stacks up fairly well. USC, too. Arizona & Washington are stacked at WR. Washington State's passing game brings just about everyone back.

Don (Berkeley, CA)

Does Brett Hundley surpass Marcus Mariota as the top QB in the league next season?

Ted Miller
  (3:28 PM)

That will be an interesting competition, not only for first-team All-Pac-12 but for Heisman support AND the 2015 NFL draft. Both are great runners who still have some work to do in the passing game. It probably comes down to their supporting cast. I think Hundley has a chance to gain ground because I think the Bruins will be dramatically better than this year on the O-line.

Nick Saban (Eugene)

I feel it's best for me to inform Ted Miller first, but I am accepting the defensive Coordinator position at the University of Oregon. Uncle Phil has offered me a 3 year 12 million per year deal. I'm excited for this opportunity as this is my dream position.

Ted Miller
  (3:29 PM)

that would be great fun...

Andy (Buh)

Who's replacing me as DC for Cal? What do you think of my demotion?

Ted Miller
  (3:29 PM)

don't know yet but Dykes made the right call making a change.

Sean (Looking over my shoulder to make sure my boss isn't watchi

If Carey heads for the NFL (as he most likely will), how much will it really affect Arizona's chance at the South title? Will guys like Nate Phillips be able to pick up the offensive baton?

Ted Miller
  (3:31 PM)

My assumption is he's gone. It's one thing for a QB to return. Not the same reasoning for a RB. The Wildcats are going to be very good at receiver next year, but the running game and QB are questions. Still, I just sort of trust Rod Smith and Rich Rod to work things out.

kyle (rexburg)

Which coach is on the hottest seat coming into the 2014 season? And what do they have to do to remove themselves from said "Hot Seat?"

Ted Miller
  (3:33 PM)

I think it's probably Kyle Whittingham at Utah, though I personally I sympathetic to how difficult the transition up into the Pac-12 has been. See TCU in the Big 12... I think he needs to get Utah back to a bowl game to be secure.

Keith (Williamson, KS)

Do you think Marquise Lee will be a first round NFL pick?

Ted Miller
  (3:33 PM)

yes...

Sean (Looking over my shoulder to make sure my boss isn't watchi

Not really a football question, but which Pac-12 city has the best beer, in your opinion?

Ted Miller
  (3:34 PM)

seattle... but I'm a Grey Goose guy.

Brett (OR)

Top running back in PAC next year is.....

Ted Miller
  (3:35 PM)

Byron Marshall or D.J. Foster... maybe Buck Allen. Tough call. Position gets hit hard by graduation/early entry.

Tony (Richmond, CA)

Who ya got tonight, Arizona or UCLA?

Ted Miller
  (3:35 PM)

'Zona.

Donald (Eugene)

I know the coaches won't talk about it, but how much did the Ducks miss Colt Lyarla? They could have used him in the Red Zone late in the year.

Ted Miller
  (3:36 PM)

A fully committed and focused Colt? A lot. The guy we saw early in the season, who was dropping passes and screwing up off the field? It was best he was cut loose.

Leah (Dallas)

Ted, you've answered four questions from Sean (looking over my shoulder to make sure my boss isn't watching); why not my question?

Ted Miller
  (3:37 PM)

Sean is holding my cat hostage.

Barry Sanders (The Farm)

What about me Ted? You don't think I'll get my shot to carry the load next year?

Ted Miller
  (3:37 PM)

It's time for you to step up. There's certainly the opportunity to earn the starting job.

Bootney Lee Farnsworth (Space)

Starting QB for Washington next year?

Ted Miller
  (3:39 PM)

Everything I saw from Cyler Miles is he's going to be a good one.

Lane Kiffin (Somewhere in Alabama)

how long until I become the head coach of Alabama then eventually the head coach of the World?

Ted Miller
  (3:39 PM)

there will be a fairly long wait on that one.

Drake (Tucson)

Talent Wise does Arizona have the best receiving core in the conference?

Ted Miller
  (3:39 PM)

Potential-wise... I will be curious to see how everyone looks in spring practices.

Matt (PDX)

What would be considered a successful season for UW next year? considering they have 13 games, a new coach, and several key skill players to replace?

Ted Miller
  (3:40 PM)

a little early to think about win totals but I suspect 9-5 with a bowl win would be the over-under.

Benvolio ( o )( O )

Tailback U seems to be back: Buck Allen, Tre Madden, Ty Isaac, and Justin Davis. Does any other team in the PAC-12 have the kind of horses at RB that USC does?

Ted Miller
  (3:41 PM)

USC is the most set at RB of any Pac-12 team, though Oregon is pretty good with Marshall/Tyner.

David (SF, CA)

Stanford's record next year based on schedule? And chances Hogan gets overtaken at QB?

Ted Miller
  (3:42 PM)

1. 10-3 or 11-2; 2. No.

Kayley (San Pedro)

Will the Pac 12 rival the SEC next year in the quality of the league?

Ted Miller
  (3:44 PM)

It did this year, at least in terms of top-to-bottom quality. The Pac-12 looses a lot of defensive talent, while the SEC is restocking at QB. I suspect that the SEC and Pac-12 will be the top-2 conferences in 2014. The Pac-12, however, needs to win a national title to get the equal respect.

Amir (Santa Barbara)

Why do you think David Shaw was so stubborn in the Rose Bowl?

Ted Miller
  (3:46 PM)

Because he believes a team should stick to what it does. It's worked for him more often than not. That said: I didn't like the fourth-and-1 call on Stanford's final possession. But my Pac-12 coaching record is 0-0.

Tim (Salt Lake)

Over / Under on the number of PAC-12 teams included in the college football playoff next year?

Ted Miller
  (3:46 PM)

1

Jon (LA)

Looking at the schedule and the team that is returning, am I nuts for thinking UCLA is taking a playoff spot in 2014? I think this schedule lines up well for them.

Ted Miller
  (3:48 PM)

I see UCLA as the South frontrunner and a potential top-10 team. Some questions to answer on defense. Not easy to replace a guy like Anthony Barr, and Marsh & Zumwalt are big losses too.

David Shaw (Palo Alto)

over/under on how many more years I am at Stanford?

Ted Miller
  (3:48 PM)

10

Noah (Hollywood)

I want a Pac-12 SEC bowl game set up! How can this happen?

Ted Miller
  (3:49 PM)

Not likely, unless someone starts a bowl game and sets it up with a big-money payout to lure the SEC. The SEC is thrilled with its present bowl arrangements, and so are its bowl partners.

Justin (Cali)

The Pac 12 rivals teh SEC top to bottom? The Pac 12 is 1 and 2 for conferences in the Nation along woth SEC? I watch a lot of football and those statements are laughable at best.

Ted Miller
  (3:49 PM)

The truth makes me giddy too.

Don (Berkeley, CA)

How important is it for Sarkisian & Co to land Adoree Jackson, JuJu Smith, and Damien Mama?

Ted Miller
  (3:50 PM)

I Adoree some Juju with my Mama.... (I am not a recruiting expert).

Trev (LA)

What has to happen for 2 PAC teams to make the playoff and which two teams would that most likely be?

Ted Miller
  (3:52 PM)

Most likely scenario is a 1-loss team that finished second in a division. Say Oregon goes 12-0 and then wins the Pac-12 title and is ranked No. 1 or No.2. Then Stanford, at 11-1, would have a good chance to get in.

Tony (Richmond, CA)

USC gets its full allotment of scholarship in 2015. How soon after that do you anticipate them challenging for a PAC-12/National title?

Ted Miller
  (3:53 PM)

I think they can be back in the mix by 2016 or 2017, if Sark recruits well.

jon (utah)

Whit is on his 7th OC in 7 years. Utah went into the Pac-12 with Jordan Wynn and no QB depth (Jon Hays came in for Fall camp). is it fair to question how Whitt has handled this transition?

Ted Miller
  (3:55 PM)

The turnover at OC has been notable, and that falls on the head coach. He hires the guys. The QB depth also is a recruiting shortcoming. But the Utes also have had some really bad luck at the position. Which other Pac-12 team lost two starting QBs to career-ending injuries two years in a row?

we have your cat (unknown)

How bad would it be for the conference as a whole if oregon lost to sparty next year?

Ted Miller
  (3:56 PM)

The Oregon-Michigan State and Texas-UCLA matchups will likely set the tone for how the Pac-12 is perceived in 2014. And the 3 matchups with Notre Dame, too.

pete (detroit)

Big-10 is the best confrence in the country. Go Spartans and Go Green

Ted Miller
  (3:57 PM)

well... Your Spartans definitely earned their No. 3 final ranking. Very impressive in Rose Bowl

Lance R. (Canada)

Next season, we will start seeing more of Todd Graham's recruits playing. Considering coaches recruit to fit their system, can these guys step in and be as productive as the graduates were?

Ted Miller
  (3:59 PM)

That's the hope in Tempe. The Sun Devils could be quite good next year. But they also have a lot of questions. No reason those questions can't be answered, but as of right now it's all pure speculation. You guys know I'm not a fan of acting like super-JC recruit guy is just going to jump in a became All-Conference.

Dan (Oregon)

Is Sean Mannion at Oregon State nuts for coming back without Brandon Cooks on the team?

Ted Miller
  (4:00 PM)

I don't think so. I think Mannion is a guy who could answer some NFL questions by putting together a strong season. Riley will find him some pass catchers.

Benvolio ( o )( o )

Okay Ted, answer the question we're all itching to know... Were you born an Edward or a Theodore?

Ted Miller
  (4:00 PM)

Neither... and my real name is a secret.

Ted Miller
  (4:00 PM)

OK gang... time for me to head on. Thanks for stopping by. See you next week.