If you missed my chat on Thursday, you can read it all here.
If you prefer a highlights package, well, here you go.
John (Oregon) How does a Duck team with Marcus Mariota match up differently with a top SEC team than did the Duck BCS team that played Auburn or last year's team versus LSU?
Ted Miller (3:02 PM) It's interesting how we now see teams not as their individual selves but as representations of conferences. This Oregon team is different than the 2010 & 11 squads, just as any "SEC team" that the Ducks might play for the title is different than LSU or Auburn. I think Mariota is a more accurate passer than Darron Thomas. I also think he's unlikely to have the bad starts Thomas did against both Auburn and LSU.
Nick (Berkeley, CA) Any hope for Cal next year?
Ted Miller (3:04 PM) Always hope, but the Bears are definitely in a bad place. The perception of coaching instability will hurt recruiting, and next year looks like a transition year in any event. Still, there's some young talent on both sides of the ball. It's sort of the same old song: If Cal can find the right QB -- Zach kline? -- then things might perk up... but we've typed that before.
Stephen (Lincoln City, OR) Does KSU have to lose for Oregon to jump them in the BCS standings by season's end or will Oregon's schedule vault them past KSU on it's own?
Ted Miller (3:07 PM) I think if Oregon, Notre Dame and Kansas State all finish unbeaten, Oregon will finish No. 2. 2/3rds of the BCS standings is the human polls, and I don't think Oregon drops from No. 2 there. Further, the Ducks schedule ahead is tougher than K-State or Notre Dame, so the Ducks computer rankings will only go up. I could be wrong, but Brad Edwards tells me I'm not and he's got the super-awesome big brain.
Chris (LaLaLand) Does Kiffin hire an OC at the end of the year and will there be changes in the defensive coaching at the end of the year? I've read some stories from other writers, and they've gotten on the coaches for USC's letdown season.
Ted Miller (3:16 PM) There was a gathering of writers in the Coliseum press box, and many of us have reached the conclusion: Kiffin would be better off not calling his own plays. But Kiffin doesn't care what we think. He likes calling plays. I don't believe he makes a change this offseason. As for defense, I'm sure that Lane Kiffin and Monte Kiffin are aware of the Trojans struggles against spread teams. I'm guessing there will be plenty of reflection this offseason on defense, and that might include changes. It's also possible that Monte Kiffin, 72, could retire, though I've been given no indication that he's even considering that.
Julian (Sunnyvale Trailer Park) If Sutton's 100% like he says he is, how much of an impact can he have on the game against USC?
Ted Miller (3:19 PM) A lot... before he got hurt he was the best defensive player in the conference. No one had blocked him. He's disruptive and could make life tough for Barkley. But USC did a fairly good job -- after the first possession or so -- of neutralizing Utah's Star Lotulelei, so they are capable of slowing Sutton.
Engineer Mike (Switzerland) There seems to be several scenarios that could play out to produce different teams in the Rose Bowl, etc. As a fan of the CONFERENCE, what is now the best possible overall outcome for this regular season from here on out. (Obviously, we'll root for all to win their bowl games...)
Ted Miller (3:34 PM) If you are rooting for conference super-awsomeness: 1. Oregon wins the national title; 2. Oregon State wins the Rose Bowl; 3. UCLA wins out and plays in the Pac-12 title game; 4. USC loses to UCLA but wins the rest of its games, including Notre Dame; 5. Washington wins out; 6. Arizona wins out (sorry Arizona State). By the way, the sacrificial puppy in all that is Stanford. The Cardinal's final three games: Oregon State, at Oregon at UCLA. Stanford could cause a lot of heartache over the home stretch while boosting its own Q-rating.
Jeff park city [via mobile] Why do you have Nebraska ahead of UCLA in rankings?
Ted Miller (3:40 PM) I've got two screwups in my rankings... I've got UCLA behind Nebraska & USC... I looked at that and wanted to troll my own blog. But sometimes you get into rankings traps.. As i've typed repeatedly, fans should do their own poll every Sunday. You'll soon soon how maintaining pure logic is difficult.
Jordan Poyer (Corvallis) The Rose takes a 10-2 OSU team over an undefeated Notre Dame? C'mon Ted, they're traditionalists!
Ted Miller (3:44 PM) Again... if the SEC has the No. 1 team, the Sugar Bowl, which will lose the SEC champ, gets first pick. I'm almost certain the Sugar Bowl would immediately grab undefeated Notre Dame and then hope to match it opposite an SEC team. If the Rose Bowl has a shot at an undefeated ND, they might take it.... but the Rose Bowl has a strong relationship with its Pac-12/Big Ten partners....It further plays into things that Oregon State hasn't played in a Rose Bowl since 1965... Larry Scott & Co would put up a BIG push to get the Beavers to Pasadena at 10-2.
Jeff [via mobile] Any word on Oregonian defensiveness injuries? Specifically Dion Jordan?
Ted Miller (3:55 PM) Let me call chip... "Chip, hey man... yeah, that was a good story... yeah, well, thanks... no, you know I don't do hypotheticals... no, I didn't deflate Kiffin's balls... oh, wait that was a joke... Look, I'm on a chat... need some injury information... What... Yes... yes... interesting ... oh, yeah... got it... no way! NO WAY! I hear you... By the way, my 3-year old thinks you need to give the ball to Kenjon Barner at least 25 times a game... Alright.. thanks... Yeah, see you soon. " He said he doesn't talk about injuries.
John (College Station) What's the gameplan for CU Buffs. Not scare away any (more) recruits? Put a helmet and unform on Ralphie? Where do they go from here?
Ted Miller (3:58 PM) Stick together, get through the season, recruit like crazy, offering guys chances to immediately play... and re-evaluate the coaching staff...