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 (3:00 PM)
Howdy folks. What's on your mind?
What are your expectations from Andrew Luck and Stanford? Can Luck carry the offense after Gerhart's departure?
Ted Miller (3:02 PM)
This is the big question for the Cardinal in 2010. Luck has NFL talent. Perhaps first-round talent. But life will be much more challenging without Toby Gerhart, who forced defenses to stack the LOS. Luck will see a wider range of coverages this season. We shall see how he reacts. IF you're asking for a prediction, my guess is he'll do well but will have some youthful moments.
CFBfan (Killeen Tx)
What do you think Byu's chances of joining the Pac-10 is? I put it at 0%. I don't see any conceivable scenario in which Cal would welcome them in.
Ted Miller (3:03 PM)
BYU is not going to join the Pac-10. Just not happening.
Paul (Albany, OR)
Ted, I want to let you know that not all Pac 10 fans are in favor of expansion. The system we have now has a true champion settled on the field because EVERY team plays EVERY OTHER team. No missing the best team in the other division so you can weasel your way to the championship game. No having a murderous road schedule that "no one" else in the conference can approach in terms of difficulty. PLUS, and this is big in the sense that life is more than football (blasphemy I know), the double round robin works perfectly in basketball and volleyball, AND there are three games series for baseball and softball. There are no "skip" teams in any sport the conference offers. Seems very shortsighted to go for expansion when so much works so well. One last thought please, why would we season ticket holders be willing to give up good conference games for really weak and BAD ooc games against Directional Tech U? Heck, the SEC and Big 12 already have that type of game. We don't want them. Thanks for the forum.
Ted Miller (3:06 PM)
Paul, You're not alone. There's certainly a crew of Pac-10 traditionalist who'd rather win the Pac-10 and play in the Rose Bowl than play for the national title. But it feels like those traditionalists are fighting a losing battle. As for me, I would love the round robin schedule if every conference did it. But forcing pac-10 teams to play far more difficult schedules than other BCS conference teams is stupid.
Ted: Is Fresno State a possibility at all if the Pac 10 adds 2 teams?
Ted Miller (3:06 PM)
Do you think the Pac-10 will try to get Texas to join?
Ted Miller (3:09 PM)
Well, if the Pac-10 could get Texas to join, it would certainly do it. The only way Texas would leave the BIg 12, where things seem to be going pretty well for the 'Horns, would be if the Big 12 got ravaged by other conferences. I just don't see that happening. I'm sure Big 12 folks are already counter-strategizing for ways to fight off potential raids from the Big Ten and Pac-10.
Sweatervested1 (Dirt Pit, Mars)
Ted, Good Day To You Sir! Just checking to see if you watched the BCS national championship game?
Ted Miller (3:09 PM)
Yes... congrats to Auburn.
Earl (L.A., CA)
Ted, how about Utah and Colorado joining the Pac-10? Out of all the realistic options, those two seem the most logical.
Ted Miller (3:11 PM)
Those are the two I've been hearing for a long time, if expansion ever happens. I don't see a better pair. And I don't see another pair that the Pac-10 would go after -- or could get.
I realize UCLA picked up some good RB's this year but why aren't they taking Darrell Scott? Can you help me understand?
Ted Miller (3:12 PM)
Probably the obvious reason: They like their guys better.
Rob (Columbia, SC)
Hey Ted, I saw that Bruce Feldman has South Carolina high on his list of overlooked teams in 2010, how do you see them doing this year do you think they can finally compete for the SEC East crown?
Ted Miller (3:14 PM)
The East looks as open as it has been in years. You can't count out Florida, and it's hard to believe UGA won't bounce back, but as far the 'Cocks? Why not? It would be great fun to see Spurrier back in Atlanta for a title game.
Teddy, how about some heisman predictions?
Ted Miller (3:15 PM)
Pryor? Is that what you wanted to hear? He's as good as any, based on the Rose Bowl. Think both 'Bama running backs will be in the mix. Lots of skill back in the Pac-10 -- if Oregon lives up to expectations, Masoli or James could be a guy.
Is this entire movement driven by wanting a football championship game or are their other factors (larger TV markets) at play?
Ted Miller (3:17 PM)
It's all about... wait for it... wait... just a little longer... $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$It will be interesting to see how things change, however, if 10 years from now we have six or so "super conferences" ... will that mean playoff?Or will the BCS model just have more strength?
Do you personally think that adding Utah and Colorado are homeruns for the Pac-10, or merely addition through necessity?
Ted Miller (3:19 PM)
I think they're doubles... with a a .300 hitter coming to bat.Two good programs. Two good markets. Two good schools. But, yes, it's also about keeping up. Expansion may be necessary for the long-term future of the conference, even if it doesn't seem ideal at present.
Earl (L.A., CA)
Hi Ted,Question for you. Why so down on UCLA? I mean, EIGHTH in the Pac-10 this year? Surely, you can't be serious?!
Ted Miller (3:22 PM)
Maybe I'm just setting the Bruins up for a post-spring bounce? I'm going to be down there this spring, so maybe they will change my mind. As for that pre-spring pick, it's about two things: 1. the offense hasn't been bad for two years in a row; 2. The defense loses a ton of talent. Now, there's three straight top recruiting classes ready to jump in... but I haven't seen those guys play.
Brandon (Salt Lake City)
Hey look! Another expansion question! Yay!Is it Colorado and Utah and if Colorado says "no", then no expansion?
Ted Miller (3:24 PM)
"IF" that happened... heck, I don't know what would happen next.... the idea probably is to make them an offer they couldn't refuse. Don't think Utah would say no,though, and you might be surprised at the enthusiasm Colorado folks might have at leaving the Big 12.
Ted Miller (3:24 PM)
where did Sweatervested1 go... I thought he'd be all over that "Auburn" comment...
Ben (Denver, CO)
So lets just say the Pac-10 does add two teams, what is your prediction?
Ted Miller (3:25 PM)
Colo and Utah.
Do you see a possible Pac-10(12?) Network having the same success that the Big Ten Network is having?
Ted Miller (3:27 PM)
It would be an interesting partnership, particularly if the Pac-10 took away a Big 12 team... it seems like a winner to me... good traditions, big TV markets, coverage of a large portion of the map... It's all about distribution though, and the Big Ten showed that can get complicated.
Cody (College Station, Tx)
How do you see the Seminoles doing this year?
Ted Miller (3:29 PM)
Jimbo is righting the ship...great incoming recruits... Program is on the upswing. Got a QB... favorites in the Atlantic.
Why wouldn't Texas consider an offer from the Big10? they would get significantly more revenue in the Big10 than they do in the Big12, due to the Big10 network, and they could still play Oklahoma every year OOC (No one outside of Austin really cares about the TA&M game)
Ted Miller (3:31 PM)
IF the money is right, they might consider it. The Big Ten, at present, could offer a lot more than the Pac-10... But is it just me or does the idea of Texas playing in the Big Ten (or the Pac-10) seem odd? It would be great fun to see annual Texas-Ohio State or Texas-Penn State games. Still, not sure Texas could stop playing either A&M or Oklahoma.
Lane Kiffin (USC)
Are you suprised I haven't had more recruiting violations yet?
Ted Miller (3:33 PM)
No... we're all glad the Pac-10 is getting Kiffin 2.0.
Earl (L.A., CA)
Ted if Colorado and Utah were added, how do you see the divisions splitting?I see a Pac-North of Wash., Wash. St., Oregon, Ore. St., Colorado and Utah and a Pac-South of Stanford, Cal, USC, UCLA, Arizona and Ariz. St.You agree?
Ted Miller (3:35 PM)
Not sure it would go like that but that makes regional sense.... part of the reason NW teams don't want expansion, though, is just that sort of divide. The NW teams don't want to give up trips to California, where all the recruits are.
Paul (Albany, OR)
Ok Ted, so you already know that I disagree from earlier. Tell me then since I do not follow the other "bulging" conferences, how do the non-football sports work? Are there numerous skip teams, or does everyone play everyone at least once during the "regular" season. And one other thing - why is this progress? Why aren't the other conference emulating the Pac 10 instead of the other way around? That would be better than trying to match the "Joneses" for money and title purposes only.
Ted Miller (3:39 PM)
Paul... I hear you. But "progress" is a euphemism for "money." It's not about fair or better. It's about generating revenue. The Pac-10 system is equitable, but it doesn't generate as much revenue as the other system. Capitalism isn't always pretty you know.
House (Connell, WA)
Is Dennis the only Pac10 coach on the hot seat for the 2010 season?
Ted Miller (3:40 PM)
Paul Wulff at Washington State needs to show some progress, though that might not be about a bunch of wins.
Oscar (Los Angeles)
TED!. Gut feeling...What (if anything) happens to USC when they meet with the good ol' NCAA later this month?
Ted Miller (3:42 PM)
Nothing will be announced on Feb. 19. But if you're asking me what will happen when the NCAA does rule, I expect USC to get sanctioned in some way, perhaps even lose some scholarships. But I don't think the Trojans will get slammed in a way that significantly damages the program.
Glassco (Nampa, Idaho)
How many wins does USC and Kiffin need for it to be considered a successful season?
Ted Miller (3:43 PM)
9 is OK... 10 is success. and that's before a bowl game.
Rhees (Ogden UT)
So Ted what would be the reason the Pac-10 would not invite BYU? I mean athletically across the board BYU is the best option out there (outside of Texas). BYU has a tier 1 Law School and has one of the top business schools in the nation. Wouldn't this just be a case of the conservative and religious culture of BYU clashing with the Liberal culture of Cal and Stanford?
Ted Miller (3:46 PM)
Yes... Look, as I've said a few times, I hate talking about why certain programs don't "fit." I hate the idea of seeming to insult a program or fan base. I am not using my own reasoning, but the reasoning of the folks who'd make the call for the Pac-10. BYU is not a fit for the reasons you mention as well as some others -- such as playing sports on Sundays.
Curtis (Mercer Island, WA)
So next year does the Pac 10 # 2 go to the Alamo and # 3 to the Holiday?
Ted Miller (3:46 PM)
yes. thanks for an easy question.
Dad (Corona, CA)
Do you think Allen Bradford will have a break out year next season at USC?
Ted Miller (3:48 PM)
Good question. He might if Kiffin decides to stop going with the "backfield by committee approach." Bradford seems like a guy who would benefit from 20 or so carries a game, getting stronger as a game went on and a defense got tired.
Jeff (LA, CA)
FYI - USC plays at Hawaii, so plays 13 games next year. So 10 in the regular season is a minimum that is acceptable for Lane.
Ted Miller (3:49 PM)
good point... forgot... yes... Any more than three regular season losses would make Trojans fans grumble.
Alan (Baton Rouge, LA)
Ted, What have you heard about the expanded Pac 10 teaming with the ACC to form a TV network? Also, are there any other networks in play for the next PAC 10/12 TV package? Vesus & Fox Sports Net don't seem to be cutting it.
Ted Miller (3:53 PM)
Ah.. ACC-Pac-10 is another one I've heard... there's even an ACC-Pac-10-Big 12 supernetwork... All the options are on the table, Alan. Every program just wants to maximize its revenue... is that about breaking with Fox and Versus? Maybe. This is a trip to Vegas and the conference administrators are trying to count cards... There are a lot of options, and somebody will win and somebody will lose...
Does Cal have a chance of winning the pac-10 next year
Ted Miller (3:56 PM)
I'd say NO, but my predictions about Cal are typically wrong... recall that I ran around talking Rose Bowl -- or more! -- at this time last year. And many have not forgotten.
Brett (King of Prussia, PA)
Ted,Is it just me or is the conference expansion conversation getting nauseating? The Big Ten's best geographical options don't contribute much to the conference, and the best academic and monetary option is on the border with Mexico. Does the Pac-10 have this expansion conversation any easier?
Ted Miller (3:59 PM)
It's not my favorite topic. I still think Notre Dame is a perfect fit for the Big Ten. But ND doesn't share my position. In general, I think change frustrates people, particularly in something like college football that is freighted with traditions.
What are the odds Seantrel Henderson doesn't sign with USC?
Ted Miller (4:00 PM)
Not sure how that one plays out... get the sense that he's getting pulled a lot of different directions. My uneducated guess is it's 50-50 between USC and somewhere else.
Ted Miller (4:01 PM)
Gang it's been fun. When I expand my conference, you are all invited, even if you don't generate revenue. Take care and have a great weekend.