Chat with Beano Cook
Get the answers to all your questions with Beano Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET.
Buzzmaster (2:57 PM)
Beano will be here soon!
Beano Cook (3:03 PM)
Go afternoon! At least I did not pick a loser last week./ of course Arkansas and Texas did not play. So I am 0-2 instead of 0-3. I will pick a game at the end of the chat. Fire away!
FSU; contender or pretender in the ACC?
Beano Cook (3:03 PM)
We will find out on Saturday. They play Wake Forest and if they lose that game get ready for 2009.
Joey - St. Louis
Who do you like out of the Big 12, Mizzou or OU?
Beano Cook (3:04 PM)
Well I would say OU right now. They usually pull it out, while Mizzou just does not have that tradition. But I wont discount Mizzou.
Greg (Cohutta GA)
Hi Beano, Glad you could join in the fun! What are your thoughts on the Tennessee v. Florida game?
Beano Cook (3:06 PM)
Well two years ago Florida won 21-20 and went on to win the national title. Phil Fulmer is on the hot seat and this game will be close and I think Florida will find a way to win. I pick the Gators to play USC for the national title, but right now if I had to pick I would go OU-USC. But I picked my horses and I cannot change them now...I am not like a memember of Congress.
David (Gainesville, FL)
For Tim Tebow, what do you think would be more significant 20 years from now when people look back on his college career: a second heisman or a national championship as a starter?
Beano Cook (3:08 PM)
Well I think anyone who wins two Heisman's is a remarkable player. I think that is tougher than two national titles. But they may win another one this year. The problem with Florida is they play in the toughest conference in America, although the Big XII may not be that far behind the SEC.
JT, Wilmington, DE
Beano, Penn State is no USC, but is running a strong spread offense this year. Seems like Ohio State had a lot of trouble with that in Los Angeles... do you think the Nittany Lions can go take one, finally, in Columbus this season?
Beano Cook (3:10 PM)
Yes, I think they are a dark horse to play for the national title. Buyt they will have to go undefeated. But it is possible. They will be the underdog against Ohio State and Wisconsin, and I definitely think they will win one of those games, and maybe two. They will ned help though, because if you have an undefeated teams in the Pac-10, SEC, Big XII, and Big Ten, the Big Ten team will have no shot at the title game, because the conference is down.
How many games will the Mountaineer's defense cost them this year?
Beano Cook (3:11 PM)
I see at least three loses this year, and thought it before the season. I give them credit for playing tough non-conference games in Colorado, Auburn, and a third, no one thought would be tough, in ECU.
Dewayne (Little Rock, AR)
Tebow is going to do both.
Beano Cook (3:12 PM)
Well, why play the rest of the season then?
Hey Beano, is Nebraska further along or about where you expected in our turnaround?
Beano Cook (3:14 PM)
I thought they would be better this year, and I think they have a chance to beat Mizzou. It is nice to see Nebraska on the right track. Nebraska fans are probably the best fans in country and the most fair.
Joshua - Pittsburgh
Irish Nation seems to be rather giddy over beating Michigan, yet I look at it from another angle. Michigan - without the turnovers, yes I realize its idiotic to remove what I cant - clearly moved the ball well and did a decent job of bottling up ND, save the long TD pass. I think ND is still in for a long season.
Beano Cook (3:15 PM)
I don't. Before the season I said they would win more than seven. I also felt that if they won 2 of the first 3 they could win 9 games. It is a young team , and the freshmen and sophomores are scoring for them. Notre Dame is on the brink, but the major problem is getting USC off the schedule.
Ron (Atlanta, GA)
Do you think Alabama has a chance to win the SEC West and go back to the Dome in Dec.
Beano Cook (3:17 PM)
The big problem is their road schedule, at Georgia and LSU. Next year is their year with Arkansas and LSU and Tennessee at home. Although they will have to go to Auburn. Saban has learned that he had an easier schedule in the NFL than he does at Alabama.
William (Washington, DC)
Beano, Thoughts on the game tonight? Seems like K State will easily move to 3-0.
Beano Cook (3:19 PM)
I am not a betting man, I would never give the home team points. It is tough to win on the road, just ask Napoleon.
Blake (Abilene, TX)
Oklahoma Missouri back and fourth. Are the Longhorns enjoying the underdog role? Is it just what they needed?
Beano Cook (3:21 PM)
Coaches like it that way, because when they win they look like a genius. Mizzou will have to prove they can win at Texas. That is one of the best games of the year as of right now. The biggest game of the year, of course, is Georgia and Florida, but that can chnage after Saturday.
Dave, Ann Arbor
What do you think of Michigan's progress so far? Does the bowl streak end this year?
Beano Cook (3:23 PM)
Coach rodriuguz does not have the players he needs for the offense and needs time. It is not going to be a pleasant season. They will lose to Penn State and Ohio State.
Kyle (Baton Rouge, LA)
So what do you think about the Auburn vs LSU game coming up this weekend, and what do you think the outcome will be??
Beano Cook (3:24 PM)
I think LSU has a very tough game. They lost there two years ago, although there was controversy. Auburn did not look good last week, but it was on the road. Although LSU is favored, it would not surprise me if Auburn wins.
Charles Fort Lewis, Washington
Can Clemson improve enough with that young O-line to win the ACC?
Beano Cook (3:26 PM)
Right now the team to beat in the ACC is UNC. It is hard to believe that UNC is more than a TD favorite against Va. Tech. Butch Davis has quickly revived that program. He is worth every cent he is making.
Napoleon fought the weather more than the Russians! Why is Wisconsin getting no love? I know they have been shaky at times, but they have the best win of the Big Ten.
Beano Cook (3:27 PM)
Well you are right. Wisconsin was a dark horse of mine and they have OSU and Penn State at home. They have an excellent chance to win the Big Ten and maybe play for the national title. But their non-conference was not very tough.
Jack (Charlottesville, VA)
Beano, Do you think the Cavs can recover from a dreadful start or are they doomed and does Groh go with them?
Beano Cook (3:29 PM)
I would make plans for 2009. Forget this season. But I have no idea as far as the status of Al Groh. Overall he has done a good job. UVA is not an easy place to win and their fans must realize that.
Scott (New Lenox, IL)
Beano: In regards to Wisconsin, they finish up against Call St. Poly. How much should this affect their ranking?
Beano Cook (3:30 PM)
It will make a big difference. Let's say they are fighting a team like Florida for the right to play for the title, with Florida's conference and non-conference schedule, will give the Gators the edge.
Beano Cook (3:31 PM)
Do not get me wrong, if the Badgers beat Penn State and Ohio State and finish undefeated, they have every right to say they should play for the title.
Blake (Abilene, TX)
Arkansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Missouri all in a row. How will the longhorns do over that strech?
Beano Cook (3:32 PM)
I don't know. If Texas is able to go 13-0 they will play for the national title. But this is a very tough conference.
Sam (Valdosta, Ga)
UGA-ASU Who's going to win?
Beano Cook (3:34 PM)
I have Georgia winning the close game. I do not have the guts to pick ASU. But the Sun Devils will make it close. And Uga will be making his debut. He is flying from Atlanta into Arizona, and will be in first class, with his own blanket. He has to be the most famous animal since Morris the Cat.
Zach Fort Worth TX
If USC was in the big 12, could they go undefeated?
Beano Cook (3:38 PM)
They could, but it would be much tougher. I mean the Big XII is the second best conference in college football.
Matt (Dallas, TX)
Is BYU your BCS buster team to run the tables?
Beano Cook (3:39 PM)
BYU, ECU and Utah are the teams. One of the games of the year may be Utah-BYU. I would have to think that one of those teams go undefeated, they will play in a BCS game, at least BYU and Utah would have a great shot and ECU would too.
Colt McCoy (austin, tx)
Texas vs. Mizzou Who do you pick to win this game? PS Beano my 75 old grandmas says you are a cute "young" man
Beano Cook (3:41 PM)
My pick right now is Texas, because of the home field. If it were at Mizzou I would pick Mizzou.
Rob (Charleston, SC)
Beano, which improves first: Syracuse or Lehman Brothers?
Beano Cook (3:42 PM)
I can't answer that one. I have no clue! Special Teams let Lehman Brothers down.
Kevin (greenwich, CT)
How good is Uconn?
Beano Cook (3:44 PM)
Well they are questionable. The season is very young and we still have two Saturdays to go in September.
Brian (Tulsa, OK)
If Terrelle Pryor takes over as eventual starter, how do you see the season end up? Better or Worse for the senior laden team?
Beano Cook (3:46 PM)
I am not a coach, but I think it would be a mistake. Ohio State lost to USC, and USC should prtobably be playing on Sundays. Someone gave me a stat that since Carroll took over USC's few defeats have never been by more than 7 points, except for one.
Trey (El Dorado, Arkansas)
How do you like Ark chances of winning at least 1 of the next 4 games (bama, @tex, florida, @auburn)?
Beano Cook (3:47 PM)
Upsets happen, and I think they can win one of those. How about this, they pull an upset this week 31-28.
Chappelle(Seoul, South Korea)
Is Oregon going to be in contention for a BCS bowl game this year?
Beano Cook (3:49 PM)
They do play USC on the road, but if that is the only game they lose, then they have to be considered. No disgrace in only losing to USC if that happens. You have to love the school where they shot "Animal House."
Beano--What do you think of Iowa so far? They lead the nation in scoring defense, no TDs allowed. Can they get to 10 wins?
Beano Cook (3:53 PM)
I doubt it. But they will lose to Penn State and they will have tough games against Wisconsin, and at Michigan State. Although they do avoid Ohio State.
Todd Reesing (KU)
Any way the jayhawks can still get into the conference title conversation?
Beano Cook (3:53 PM)
It will be very tough. They still have to play Mizzou, Texas and OU.
I think USF will win the Big East and make it to a BCS bowl---and you?
Beano Cook (3:55 PM)
South Florida is the only Big East team that has a chance to finish in the top 15. I agree with you.
Lou (Bethesda, MD)
Beano, PSU-Temple on Saturday. Al Golden has done a nice job at a place where coaches usually go to die. Is he PSU's next coach?
Beano Cook (3:57 PM)
Well I do not think he will be the next guy, but he may be some day. But he is an excellent coach. He has made Temple compatitive and he is destined for the big time. Depending on how many jobs are open, I think Skip Holtz and Al Golden will be very sought after.
Beano Cook (3:59 PM)
I am 0-2, and I will look to Thursday for my pick: Colorado 28 West Virginia 21. See you next week at the same time and I hope my record is 1-2, but I will not be shocked if its 0-3.