Chat with Chris Low
Welcome to SportsNation! On Monday, ESPN.com's SEC blogger Chris Low will stop by to talk some college football.
Low joined ESPN.com in 2007 after 10 years with The (Nashville) Tennessean covering the University of Tennessee and SEC. The Rock Hill, S.C., native lives with his wife in Knoxville and has three sons.
Send your questions now and join Low Monday at 1 p.m. ET!
Chris Low (1:01 PM)
I'm ready to go.
pj (tide country)
Why do you have Tebow as your heisman front runner? His numbers are not that good and without his defense he would be in trouble, so why the man love?
Chris Low (1:02 PM)
No man love. I actually have Mark Ingram No. 1 on my Heisman ballot this week. No man love for Ingram, either. But I love the way he plays football.
did Arkansas help Florida's future opponents by exposing their weaknesses on both sides of the ball and can Arkansas win out?
Chris Low (1:04 PM)
Arkansas' front four really played well against Florida. The Gators have been exposed a couple of different times on offense this season. They were held to 23 against Arkansas and Tennessee and 13 by LSU. I don't think Hogs will win out, but I do think they have a chance to only have one more loss the rest of the way.
Hey Chris, after watching the Alabama game I have major concerns about Alabama's capability to win games if teams are able to stop the running game. McElroy looked lost out there this weekend. Tennessee has a better D than South Carolina and I cant help but think the Tide may be on upset alert this weekend.
Chris Low (1:06 PM)
McElroy hasn't looked the same the last two games. He and Spurrier both conceded that Alabama will have to play better in the passing game on down the road. Somehow, Bama has to find a way to get Julio Jones involved in that offense, and I'm talking about getting the ball in his hands.
Randall Cobb (Lexington)
Can i get some love for my performance saturday night and can my team get some love?
Chris Low (1:08 PM)
Randall, I think you're the most underrated player in the SEC and one of the most versatile players. Big win, a gutsy win, for your Cats on Saturday at Auburn.
Ralph (Gainesville, FL)
I don't understand how you can have Alabama as #1 in your power rankings. Florida beat them ON THE FIELD, and has virtually their entire team returning. And even if you believe that Alabama has a better team overall than Florida, Tim Tebow will find a way to beat them.
Chris Low (1:10 PM)
Ralph, the great thing about it is that it's not going to matter if they keep winning. We'll get to see them settle it on the field. But to this point, Alabama has been a more complete team and has three wins over ranked teams. If they played right now, I think Alabama would win. I guess we'll see ...
Brian (Gainesville, fl)
Chris, which of the two (Florida and Alabama) has the best chance of being upset before the trip to alanta in your opinion?
Chris Low (1:12 PM)
I would say Florida because the Gators have had some issues on offense in the passing game and don't have an every-down running back. That could come back to get them. The game at South Carolina could be a scary one, and the Georgia game is one of those rivalry games that you never know about.
does lsu present a challenge for alabama?
Chris Low (1:15 PM)
Yes, I think LSU presents a challenge for a lot of teams, especially if the Tigers can break out of their funk offensively. Coming off a bye week, it will be interesting to see what LSU has done offensively to improve heading into the Auburn game this Saturday.
Chad (Las Vegas)
Say Bama loses to LSU. Would the voters computers put a UF vs Bama NC game?
Chris Low (1:17 PM)
I don't see much of a scenario that would create an Alabama-Florida national championship game. Too many teams would have to lose (Texas probably twice).
Rankings aside, what team outside the SEC would present the biggest threat to Florida or Alabama if they made it to a BCS title game? USC? Texas looked pretty weak against Oklahoma., didn't it?
Chris Low (1:19 PM)
I still think USC would give either Alabama or Florida the most trouble.
Chad (Fort Smith, AR)
You say you don't think Arkansas can win out, but could go with only one more loss. Who do you think is the bigger concern: LSU or South Carolina? LSU is obviously higher ranked, but I'm still not a believer. S.C. looked pretty good this week, but were they just on an emotional high?
Chris Low (1:21 PM)
If the Hogs stay healthy and keep improving, they could win out. I just don't think they will and will stumble in one of their three toughest games left - at Ole Miss, at LSU and home against South Carolina. I think the Ole Miss game could be tough this weekend. The Rebels' defense is stout.
John (Portland, OR)
What did you think about the RRS in dallas? When games end at 16-13 in the SEC, the media is in love with the SEC defenses, but when Texas and ou (two of the defenses in the country that are legit) end up with that score, it's a "sloppy game". Thoughts?
Chris Low (1:23 PM)
I think good defense always makes games look sloppy. To me, Texas and Oklahoma are both improved on defense.
HurricaneRic Machiaveli (atl, ga)
chris, can u please explain how the SOS factors into the BCS ......ie..if a team is ranked #5 vs a #10 team when the game is played, #10 wins and #5 team loses 4 more games does it help on hurt the #10 team? when does SOS take affect before or after they play?
Chris Low (1:24 PM)
There is no separate component for strength of schedule in the BCS standings. So only in the computer rankings would it be a factor.
Dave (Dunedin, FL)
Chris, would you care to comment on the two 15-yard penalties that helped Florida tie the game against Arkansas?
Larry (Glendale, CA)
How serious is Brandon Spikes' injury?
Chris Low (1:26 PM)
Both were bad. It hasn't been the best year for the SEC officials this year. That call on Sheppard was a farce. Let it go. Let the players decide the game in the fourth quarter.
Chris Low (1:28 PM)
Spikes' injury is to his groin, and those kind of injuries are notorious for lingering. Meyer said Spikes is day to day.
Jason (Salem, OR)
Chris, big fan of your work...in Pac-10 country. Question: who do you think would win on a neutral field, Texas or USC?
Chris Low (1:30 PM)
I'd go with the Trojans in a close one.
Patrick (Mobile, AL)
Chris, what is wrong with my AU Tigers? They way they are currently playing, they will LUCKY to be 6-6, and thats only because they have Furman left to play.
Chris Low (1:33 PM)
Lack of depth is really starting to show up. It may get worse. The Tigers don't have a bye until the next to last week of the season. The Tigers just can't stop anybody on defense right now, and Chris Todd hasn't been himself the last two weeks. 8-4 would be a great season for them, but 7-5 may be more realistic.
Derek (Chicago, IL)
What are your general thoughts on the Hawkeyes in the National Championship picture?
Chris Low (1:34 PM)
They need Texas, Alabama and Florida all to lose and would need to stay unbeaten.
Karl (Ballinger, Tx)
Chris, how much of an impact do you think that John Chavis has made on the LSU defense this year? Do you think LSU can beat Alabama this year? Thanks, and great job with your posts.
Chris Low (1:36 PM)
The LSU people will tell you that Chavis has made a huge difference. The Tigers' tackling has been much better and they certainly played well enough on defense to beat Florida. I don't think defense will be the problem against Alabama. LSU has to figure out a way to score more points.
Kevin (Columbia, SC)
What did you think about the # of time's Tebow carried the ball against Arkansas. I know that he was medically cleared, but still he is less than a month removed from a major concussion. It almost seamed like Urban Meyer was willing to risk Tebow's health to win the game. After all, Tebow was the only running game they had.
Chris Low (1:38 PM)
No, I don't think Urban Meyer would ever do anything to put Tebow in harm's way. But if you're cleared by doctors to play, you're cleared. And what Florida does best on offense is have Tebow run the ball. If they're going to win another title, he's going to be the one that carries them there.
Do the Gamecocks finally finish a season strong this year? Or do they crumble down the stretch again?
Chris Low (1:40 PM)
Great question. That's the challenge for Steve Spurrier and Co. This is where it's gone south for the Gamecocks. But I like the way some of their younger players are playing, and I thought Garcia came back strong after that interception. This defense is good enough that the Gamecocks should avoid a collapse this season. These next two games are huge. They need to beat Vanderbilt and Tennessee.
Please justify your power ranking of UGA. They barely lost to LSU and part of that was "the penalty" that shouldnt have been. Granted we got beat down by UT. We beat 2 teams ahead of us.
Chris Low (1:43 PM)
Ranking the teams from No. 4 to No. 10 this week in the SEC was impossible. They've sort of all beaten up on each other. But right now, Georgia just hasn't played like an upper tier team. Tennessee hadn't scored any points all season against a real defense and hung 45 on the Bulldogs. It will all shake out in the next couple of weeks, I would think.
larry (irvine, CA)
chris, what would have to happen to give us a USC v UF/Bama title game? Obviously Texas would have to lose. Anything else?
Chris Low (1:46 PM)
Yeah, the big thing would be Texas losing, probably Iowa, too. After that, I think a one-loss USC team would edge out Boise State or Cincinnati even if those teams are unbeaten.
Tom ((Orange, CA))
Chris, I believe you have stayed quite unbiased as you have covered the SEC. In your opinion, based on how the SEC have done this year against OOC teams (especially against the PAC 10), do you believe there is any justification for the very weak OOC schedule the SEC is playing (there are a few exception, but not Florida)?
Chris Low (1:50 PM)
No, I think every SEC team should play one team from the Pac-10, Big Ten, ACC or Big 12 every year. More of the teams are moving in that direction now. Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia have been pretty good about it in the last few years. Florida plays FSU every year, so I don't think you're going to see the Gators also taking on, say, Ohio State in a year when they also have to play the Seminoles ... not when you have to also navigate the SEC schedule.
Talley (Fayetteville, AR)
What's your thoughts on the Ole Miss/Arkansas game this week? Ole Miss might have the 2nd or 3rd best front 7 in the SEC. Arkansas' running game has shown improvement the past few weeks with Dennis Johnson having a great game in place of the injured Michael Smith. What's your early week thoughts on this game and any early preditions?
Chris Low (1:52 PM)
I think it's best matchup of the weekend in the SEC. Ole Miss' defense has been solid all season. You're right, the Rebels' front seven is legit. And we know how explosive Arkansas can be on offense. If the Rebels can get to Mallett, I think they win. The real key, though, will be Snead building on what he did last week against. UAB.
if lsu wins out and wins the sec championship game...is that enough to jump them over usc, cincy, iowa, and texas?
Chris Low (1:54 PM)
Probably not unless Texas loses. But remember if LSU wins out, all the Tigers need to do is get one of those top two spots in the final BCS standings. So that said, they would probably need Iowa to lose. Beating both Alabama and Florida would give the Tigers a lot of pop in the polls, and they would certainly move up.
Will Tennessee be back sooner rather than later? With Kiffin recruiting so well, where do you see UT in three years?
Chris Low (1:56 PM)
I'd say sooner if Kiffin keeps it up on the recruiting trail. My question, though, is what is back? Alabama and Florida are also recruiting at a very high level. If Tennessee goes 9-3 by Kiffin's third year but doesn't win an SEC title, is that going to be good enough? I think he has to at least get to Atlanta by his third year and win it by his fourth year for Tennessee fans to be happy.
Lawrence (La Crescenta, CA)
Is Tebow a SOLID LOCK for the Heisman if the Gators go undefeated? Is it the year of the intangibles rather than statistics?
Chris Low (1:57 PM)
No, I wouldn't say anybody is a solid lock for the Heisman this year.
Saam (Los Angeles, CA)
Does this Florida team have the same feel as the 2006 Florida team?
Chris Low (1:58 PM)
No, that 2006 Florida team was loaded up front defensively with dominant interior players.
Bill (South Bend)
I think it's hard to argue against all that Jimmy Clausen has done (14td's, 2 int's, 300 yards most games), why is he not getting number 1 spots on people's Heisman ballots? He led 4th quarter comebacks to take the lead against UM, MSU, Purdue, Washington, and had 3 td's against a USC defense that had allowed 3 all year and none were passing.
Chris Low (2:00 PM)
I have Clausen third on my ballott this week behind Mark Ingram and Tim Tebow.
burt (little rock, ar)
Do you think the Hog's defense has finally turned the corner or do you think it is a product of playing three straight offenses with problems (TAMU, AU, UF)?If the defense has turned the corner, this could be a very dangerous team. Hope Mike Smith if healthy this weekend. If so, how do you see the game shaping up?
Chris Low (2:00 PM)
No, I think Willy Robinson has done a nice job and has that defense playing much better. Front four is really good.
I am not so sure Cincy couldn't sneak in the Title game if they run the table . . . but geesh, who wants to see that?
Chris Low (2:02 PM)
I think only if Texas and Iowa lose and Southern Cal loses for a second time. I think a one-loss SEC champion would trump Cincinnati.
Tebow ahead of Clausen on your Heisman ballet? You're losing credibility by the post, Chris.
Chris Low (2:04 PM)
The only Heisman ballott that counts is the final one. But the quarterback at Florida is pretty good despite the fact that everybody that's not a Florida fan is tired of hearing about him.
Chris Low (2:05 PM)
That's a wrap for me. Always a lot of fan. We'll do it again next week.