Chat with Ted Miller
Welcome to SportsNation! On Thursday, ESPN.com's Pac-10 blogger Ted Miller will stop by to talk some college football.
Miller has been covering college football since 1997, starting with Auburn and then heading West to Washington and the Pac-10. His columns for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer won first place in 2007 APSE Best Writing contest. The Atlanta native and University of Richmond graduate presently lives with his wife in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Send your questions now and join Miller Thursday at 3 p.m. ET!
Ted Miller (3:01 PM)
Hola... que pasa?Fire away!
Is Usc still the team to beat in the pac? How much improvement can we expect from barkley, esdpecially considering how many good wr recruits usc has pulled this year? Will the new tight end recuit grimbles have an impact? What about usc's running game?
Ted Miller (3:03 PM)
Lots of questions Eli.... way to get your money's worth. 1. No, Oregon is in 2010; 2. A lot; 3. The WR class will help him a bunch, and I think Ronald Johnson will return to form if he stays healthy; 3. The TEs need to help because that's a void on the offense now; 4. I think the RBs look good... if O'Dowd is back to his old self inside, the O-line should be solid. The 2009 crew, however, underachieved.
Jeremy (Willamina, OR)
Any suprizes left for the Oregon recruiting class?
Ted Miller (3:04 PM)
There are always surprises... if I knew what they were, they wouldn't be surprises.... what Ducks fans should be happy about is that Chip Kelly looks like he's going to be a strong recruiter.
Teddy, what is the best out of conference matchup for the Pac-10 next year?
Ted Miller (3:06 PM)
Hmm... Oregon at Tennessee will be interesting... Oregon State plays both TCU and Boise State, a pair of teams likely to be in the preseason top-10... Nebraska at Washington might be interesting... Iowa at Arizona... tough to choose just one off the top of my head.. UCLA and Texas, too.
do you think the dc metro area is under appreciated in recruiting nationally? why/not? Look at the guys coming out of this area Brian Westbrook Vontae and Vernon Davis Arrelious Benn Jelani Jenkins Joe Haden Shawn Merriman Byron Leftwich etc
Ted Miller (3:07 PM)
Probably.... as an Atlanta native, I know that city football sometimes gets lost in the shuffle when the teams aren't very good...
How do you see ASU faring in 2010?
Ted Miller (3:09 PM)
The defense should be good again -- Burfict and Guy leading the charge with some young guys ready to step up, particularly a stout front-seven... But the issue, as it has been the past two seasons, is the offense... it starts with the O-line, then goes to the uncertainty at QB and the skill positions... Erickson needs to get the Sun Devils back to at least .500 or his seat could get hot... thing is: If he can weather a tough 2010, his team looks like it could set up well for 2011...
Do you have any thoughts on the way Oregon will use Seastrunk next year in the offense with such a big play RB already there?
Ted Miller (3:11 PM)
Based on what the recruiting guys say -- and the limited film I've seen -- is Seastrunk can be used in a variety of ways. Perhaps as the LAZR position Kelly created... perhaps in the slot... perhaps backing up James... If he's the playmaker he's supposed to be, kelly will find ways to get him the ball in space.
Do you think I have the skills to be a good pro or am I another Daymeion Hughes?
Ted Miller (3:13 PM)
Based on the Senior Bowl scuttlebutt, you're proving yourself to be a solid prospect... First, you're a better all-around athlete than Hughes... and your solid tackling in run support helps relieve worries about your size...
David (Kent, OH)
Ted, as much as Pac-10 fans hate to hear it (and I lived with a kid who was from Oregon, and watched the Rose Bowl with him), but the national perception of the Pac-10 isn't good. Then Ohio State beat Oregon. How much did that hurt?
Ted Miller (3:17 PM)
I don't think that's true. And I think you're just trash talking as a Big Ten guy glad to be out of the "your conference stinks" cellar. Before the bowl season, the general perception was the Pac-10 was the nation's best conference. Oregon lost to Ohio State. Buckeyes had a better plan and won. I saw nothing in that game though that suggested OSU was THAT superior. Recall that USC beat Ohio State 35-3 the year before. Did you see that as a statement of where your program stood? Of course, among folks who don't know much about college football, it's possible the Pac-10 isn't highly rated. I'm sure you're not one of them, though.
Peter (Atlanta, GA)
Any chance of WSU ever escaping the Pac-10 cellar?
Ted Miller (3:20 PM)
Absolutely... let's remember you're talking -- typing -- about a team that finished ranked in the top 10 THREE CONSECUTIVE SEASONS just a few years back... By they way, Paul Wulff is quietly putting together a solid recruiting class. The Cougs will be improved next year, but they likely will still finished 10th. IF things hold together, though, they should be far more competitive in 2011.
Shawn (Easton, PA)
As of late Notre Dame has had some problems holding onto recruits (Blake Lueders/Giovanni Bernard) not to mention losing out on Anthony Barr. Is there any way Brian Kelly can save the recruiting class by bringing in someone like Seantrel Henderson or J.R Ferguson?
Ted Miller (3:22 PM)
My guess is Kelly will land a couple of nice guys late. Also, keep in mind that it's not all about getting the five-star guys. Kelly brings something to ND that's critical -- and completely new: An eye for talent evaluation (see what he did at his previous job). My guess is some of the three-star guys Kelly lands will turn out pretty salty.
Peter (Atlanta, GA)
Is Oregon a legit title contender for 2010-2011 because I currently have them penciled in to my national championship game.
Ted Miller (3:25 PM)
Pac-10 or national? My answer to both is certainly and maybe. The Ducks, however, face a tougher road schedule -- at USC, at Cal, at Oregon State -- and have a couple of questions on the defensive line.
David (Kent, OH)
I'm assuming that you simply forgot about the SEC in the nation's best conference discussion...
Ted Miller (3:26 PM)
No... the SEC was top-heavy... Alabama, Florida and then..... hello?
How do you view Washington in the Pac 10 this upcoming season? Contender or merely an ankle biter that may knock off a potential conference champ?
Ted Miller (3:29 PM)
The Huskies should be good on offense -- all the skill is back -- topped by QB Jake Locker -- and most of the O-line. The front-seven is questionable on D, though. There's some young talent but it's hard to say how things might look overall. If the D comes, the Huskies should be a bowl team, though schedule is brutal. A program clearly on the up-tick.
Ted, I follow most of your chats, but did you ever get around to eating crow for your repeated comments about the Pac-10 being the best conference, no question about it, this year? Although I guess beating BC (in San Francisco) and Temple is pretty impressive.
Ted Miller (3:31 PM)
Never ate crow... Feel free to produce one of my "repeated comments" though.
over/under 10 wins for usc in 2010?
Ted Miller (3:32 PM)
Did you ask me this last week and use 9.5? My guess is 9 or 10 wins.
Steve (Portland, OR)
Rank in terms of yards from scrimmage in 2010: LaMichael James, Jacquizz Rodgers, Shane Vereen.
Ted Miller (3:32 PM)
1. Rodgers; 2. James; 3. Vereen
Ted any chance BSU gets a legit shot at the NC game next year if they can run the table beating VT and Oregon st.?
Ted Miller (3:36 PM)
Adam: If Boise State goes undefeated, I think it has an excellent shot of playing for the NC, in large part because the Broncos are sure to get a preseason top-five ranking. And the nonconference schedule will help, particularly if V-Tech and the BEavers end up having good seasons. The only problem for Boise might be if there are two BCS conference teams that are undefeated. If the SEC champ is undefeated, it will play for the national title. It also would be hard to imagine that if Texas, Ohio State or Oregon went undefeated, it wouldn't leap Boise State because of the computers strength of schedule ratings.
if Peyton wins the super bowl will he be better than tom brady
Ted Miller (3:38 PM)
Peter (Atlanta, GA)
Pac-10 expands to the Pac-12. What two teams do you get from the mid-majors and why?
Ted Miller (3:39 PM)
said this before: I root for Utah and Colorado.
aside from paea and the rodgers brothers, do you see any future NFL guys on the beavers 2010 roster? thanks for your blog - huge for a Pac 10 fan living in Big 12 country!
Ted Miller (3:41 PM)
Michael Philipp started as a true frosh at LT... maybe Jordan Bishop.... hard to say. But the Beavers always develop guys into NFL prospects... wouldn't be surprised if one of the DEs breaks through in 2010.
Peter (Atlanta, GA)
Alright, but would you have a big plan for making all six BCS qualifiers 12 team conferences?
Ted Miller (3:43 PM)
Would I have a plan? My plan would include a playoff. But it seems like the momentum of the BCS Era is toward six 12-team conferences with championship games. If the Big Ten goes that way, my sense is the Pac-10 might follow.
gary pinkel (columbia)
Is my 2010 recruiting class good enough to finally win a Big 12 Title?
Ted Miller (3:45 PM)
your 2010 recruiting class? That's not the best place to look for a conference title is it? you probably should just shoot for the North title first... but Nebraska might be a problem.
Probably misunderstood the difference between "deep" and "best" but I believe there were a few instances, such as: "It's not really an argument that the Pac-10 is the deepest conference. It's a fact. Stating otherwise just makes someone wrong. But feel free." Suppose when everyone's average it does create depth.
Ted Miller (3:47 PM)
Before the bowl season, the depth looked like teams were "good to above average." After the bowl season, your point is not unfair.
Why Colorado over BYU? People always say that Utah is a bigger market, but BYU pulls in people from all over. Most church members are BYU fans and so their range is much wider than Provo/Utah. Also they are top notch academics. I would think this would make them good candidates for the rumored Pac-12. Thoughts?
Ted Miller (3:50 PM)
When talking expansion, I mostly just relate what I've heard. The general feeling is the Pac-10 won't go after BYU.
Rodney (Bogata, Colombia)
Ok pretend I am Kevin from Ohio. Don't you agree with the shift to conference title games that they are slowly working there way to a play off system ?
Ted Miller (3:53 PM)
Did he get a bunch of questions? Sorry... I just read the questions until I find one that interests me... lots of specific recruiting questions today, and I tend to pass over those because I don't get to watch a lot of high school football games... As for shift... maybe. But the conference title games also make it easier to slot teams in the BCS... I don't sense we're moving toward a playoff, as much as many might want to believe that.
Ted, wouldn't having 6 12-team conferences be the first step to a playoff in college football? Think about it: each conference championship is round 1, then you'd have a system like the nfl does to get to the afc champ: rank each conference winner, 3 vs 6, 4 vs 5, then those winners play 1 and 2, then those winners play for the ultimate championship
Ted Miller (3:55 PM)
Just because it makes sense doesn't mean it's going to happen. I hear you, but I just don't see the conferences budging on their present position of: NO PLAYOFF!
Are you following the Nash Nance/Da'Rick Rogers saga? Seems Nance switched his commitment from Vandy to Tennessee and his best buddy Rogers may de-commit from UGA to join him in Knoxville.
Ted Miller (3:58 PM)
A little... I remember a few years ago making fun of the word "decommit". What the heck is that?Now I use it myself.Truth is, this final week before signing day is always full of intrigue... fans just go nuts over it, which is why recruiting websites make so much $.
I love how everyone has the perfect playoff scenario as if the conference commissioners don't know how to put together a playoff system. They aren't going to do it until their bosses, the college presidents say so.
Ted Miller (3:59 PM)
Yep. What you said.
Matt (Newport News)
Any chance the ACC sees a team step up to the national spotlight this year?
Ted Miller (4:00 PM)
I've got an eyebrow raised toward Miami.... seems like some of those young guys are ready to break through.
Ted Miller (4:01 PM)
Folks... clock just struck midnight.Thanks for stopping by. Always appreciated.