Good chat today. There was a little snafu with the link on the blog, but it'll be fixed next week. If you missed this week's chat, here's the full transcript. And a few highlights:
Clayton in Houston, Texas, asked: Will the Aggies have a better recruiting class than Texas this year?
David Ubben: When it's all said and done, I don't think so. I'd expect Texas to be right back in the top 5 or so based on how it's gone so far, and Texas A&M to be up near the top 10-15.
Robert in Salt Lake City asked: Follow up on the recruiting: How high do the Aggies NEED to be year-in year out to compete with OU and Texas? The difference between a top 5 class and a top 10 isn't huge. Top 5 and 25 is pretty big.
DU: Top 15 or so works. People get too wrapped up in recruiting rankings, though. It's not so much about finding stars as it is about finding a large percentage of guys who will contribute to your team. Coaches have to make those scholarships count.
David Ubben in Dallas asked: What team do you think has the best chance to surprise people either positively by doing better or negatively like texas did last year?
DU: (Note: I swear that wasn't actually me.) Impostor! Biggest chance to surprise? I'd say K-State could move from the dregs to an eight-win team if they get good play out of the quarterback spot. I could see Oklahoma State's offense struggling at times under Todd Monken's playcalling and them slipping to 8-9 wins, too.
Andrew in College Station asked: Will Oklahoma and Oklahoma St playing a week later than the Aggies last game hurt them if there is some sort of three way tie like last year between the Aggies and one or both of those schools? It seems like the extra week in the spotlight will provide a boost to the winner
DU: Maybe a little bit, but I thought A&M was going to just win all their games? Who cares about a tiebreaker? I kid, but when there's something like that, and a three-team tie decides the league, I think a lot of voters step back and assess the whole season instead of what just happened. At least I do.
Dave in Tampa asked: To Andrew's comment. Look at Ohio State in 2007. That rested their way into the national championship game.
DU: Valid points. The Big Ten has gotten a big boost from teams losing late in the season and sneaking into the title game. That's a good example. Missouri and West Virginia both were ahead of the Buckeyes in '07. Missouri lost to an OU team that was better than it was, but West Virginia suffered a shocking loss to Pitt. The result: Ohio State got lined up for another BCS beating from the SEC in the title game.
Robert in Salt Lake City asked: With the all the Okie St coverage, explain their O-line success to me. Is it just really good coaching, or underrated recruits (or both I guess)? Year on year they seem to have a very reliable line, regardless of who's in it.
DU: It's a combination of things. First, I do think Joe Wickline is one of the best O-line coaches in the game. They seem to always be an underrated group, and it's amazing what they've done lately, especially replacing Russell Okung. Recruits are part of it. Levy Adcock, their best player, was a JUCO guy, and you never know what to expect with them. They can come in and be an immediate impact player.
Josh in Kansas City, Mo. asked: David, why do some teams seem to not make a big deal of their spring game but teams like Nebraska and Alabama can bring in 80,000+ for theirs.
DU: It's all about fan hunger. This may come as a shock, but folks in Alabama and Nebraska don't really get all riled up about the first round of the NBA playoffs or the races that precede them.
Derrick Rose in Chicago asked: david, I'm known as someone who is good in space. What player is most like me? I.e what player that is returning would you say is the most elusive/best in space
DU: Ryan Broyles.