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 (1:02 PM)
Greetings. I know it's March Madness, but there's always a little madness going on in the realm of SEC football.
Brandon (Athens GA)
Chris how bad does it hurt Zach Mettenberger chances for starting after getting arrested. Go DAWGS!!!!
Chris Low (1:04 PM)
If he's suspended for a game or two, which could be possible under Georgia's athletic association policy, I would think it really hurts him. Either way, he didn't help himself. Mark Richt has made it clear that he's looking for good decision-making, on and off the field. But I don't think it's something he can't overcome if he's clearly the better player. I still believe Murray is probably the guy to beat.
E. Scott Critchlow (Union City, Tn.)
How many years will it be before Tennessee Football competes for a final ranking of Top 10?
Chris Low (1:08 PM)
Don't know about the Top 10, but I'd say it would be 2012 before the Vols are a factor in the SEC race again.
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
Which College Football players that played at Ole Miss in 2009 will play in the NFL in 2010?
Chris Low (1:10 PM)
My top choices to make rosters in 2010 would be Dexter McCluster, John Jerry, Greg Hardy and Patrick Trahan. Shay Hodge has a chance, but his lack of speed will hurt him.
JD (Bedford, MA)
Hello, Chris. What do you see as Alabama's weakness(es) for this coming year, and their toughest games? Thanks!
Chris Low (1:13 PM)
So many spots to fill in the secondary would be right up at the top of the weaknesses, although there's big-time talent back there. The kicking game could be dicey, too, with a new kicker, punter and return specialist back there. I would say the game at Arkansas will be their toughest game with the game at LSU and the home game with Auburn tying for second.
Chad (Baton Rouge)
If LSU had to lose one game this season would you say one to Tennesee would cause the least damage? I don't see them losing to the Vols but I'd rather a loss to them then a likely higher ranked Florida team as far as the East goes.
Chris Low (1:15 PM)
If you're going to lose just one, the rule is to lose early. But you also don't want to lose to an unranked team (Then again, it worked out pretty well for LSU in 2007, losing the last week to unranked Arkansas).
Brian (Gainesville, Fl)
Mr. Low, Brantley for Heisman in 2011?
Chris Low (1:17 PM)
How about Brantley for All-SEC first and then we'll move on to bigger and better things? It's going to be a lot of fun to see that offense tweaked around his passing ability. He can really throw it, but keep in mind that this is his first tour through the SEC as a starter.
How do you think Boise State will do this year? BCS National Championship game?
Chris Low (1:19 PM)
I think they will be right there again. When you look at Ohio State's schedule, it's hard to think that the Buckeyes won't be there. Then it comes down to the SEC. I don't see anybody in the SEC going unbeaten this year, and maybe this is the year a one-loss SEC championship doesn't make it. If Boise is sitting there unbeaten, it would get real interesting.
elvis skinner (decatur ga)
Do you think UGA is the best candidate for most improved D in the SEC?
Chris Low (1:23 PM)
Put it this way: The Dogs have a lot of room for improvement. They were last in the SEC in scoring defense and ninth in total defense last season in conference games only. Obviously, that has to improve if they're going to get back into SEC championship contention. They're thin at cornerback and are going to the 3-4, so finding who can play outside linebacker in that system is key this spring. They have the athletes and I like Todd Grantham's approach. So, yes, I think they will be improved, although I don't know if I'm ready to say they will be the msot improved.
Chad (Baton Rouge)
If the Tigers come out and play good against UNC do you see them being a strong contendor for the West? I feel they are the most competition Alabama has got.
Chris Low (1:26 PM)
LSU actually has two big non-conference games in September, North Carolina in the Chick-fil-A College Kickoff and then West Virginia at home a few weeks later. So getting off to a good start will be important. I want to see LSU play better in the offensive line before I pick them to be a serious challenger to Alabama in the West next season. They have tremendous potential, though, at the skill positions.
Ethan (Athens, Ga)
Who do you think has the the best and most experienced offensive line in the SEC in the upcoming year?
Chris Low (1:28 PM)
I'd say Georgia with eight returning lettermen back. If Trindon Sturdivant and Tanner Strickland are healthy, the Bulldogs have a chance to be dominant up front. With a first-year starter at quarterback, they will need to take more on their shoulders in 2010.
Todd (Sulligent, AL)
Do you think Boise St. would get in over a 1 loss SEC team? Come on Chris.
Chris Low (1:32 PM)
Not, not necessarily. What I said was that it would be very interesting if Boise is sitting there unbeaten again. I think it would depend on when that loss came and who else was unbeaten. For example, just looking at the BCS standings from this past year, I believe Cincinnati would have gotten into the BCS title game had Alabama lost that last game at Auburn and then turned around and beat Florida in the SEC title game. Not saying I agree with it, but saying it is possible.
Todd (Sulligent, AL)
6 teams that BAMA plays this season will be coming off a bye. Do you think this is something that SEC commish needs to address? Really doesnt seem fair at all to me.
Chris Low (1:33 PM)
The SEC is looking into it as we speak and is going to try and make some adjustments to the SEC schedule this season to give Alabama some relief.
Jack (New Orleans, LA)
How will Jordan Jefferson progress from last year's up and down season?
Chris Low (1:35 PM)
Yes, I think he will. This will only be his second season as the starter, and he looked hesitant at times last year. I think he'll play more instinctively in 2010 and will have a better understanding of what teams are trying to do to him. Obviously, he has to get rid of the ball quicker, but the guys up front need to protect him better, too.
John (Jackson, MS)
How do you see Ole Miss and Miss. State doing this year?
Chris Low (1:38 PM)
On Ole Miss, I don't think the Rebels will be as good a team as they were last year. But when you look at their schedule, I can definitely see them winning eight games. They will be very good on defense again and have a great chance to start 5-0.On Mississippi State, I like the Bulldogs to take that next step and win a couple of close games they didn't last year and get to at least seven wins. Replacing Dixon will be tough, but the young talent in that program is impressive.
Hayden (Logan, Utah)
Could bama have neaten BSU, or TCU last year? I think not
Chris Low (1:44 PM)
So Alabama was good enough to beat Florida, Texas, Virginia Tech, LSU and Ole Miss -- all teams that finished in the Top 20 (Texas, Florida and Va. Tech all finished in the Top 10) -- and yet the Tide couldn't have beaten Boise State or TCU?OK, if you so. Here's a better question: Would Boise State and/or TCU have gone through a schedule that included Florida, Texas, Virginia Tech, LSU and Ole Miss and finished unbeaten?
Cam Newton (Auburn, AL)
Will I be a household name at the end of the season?
Chris Low (1:46 PM)
I'm not sure about a household name, but I think you will have solidly established yourself as one of the top four or five quarterbacks in the SEC.
Chris - assuming all things equal (injuries, supporting class, etc.) who would you rather have as your number one wideout. Julio Jones or AJ Green? Hint - he single handly beat Arizona State Last year.
Chris Low (1:48 PM)
Had you asked me that question after the 2008 season, I would have said Jones. Right now, I would take Green. Maybe the 2010 season will break the tie. Both players struggled with injuries last season and both players will be very good pros.
Brandon (Denham Springs, LA)
Do you think LSU has legitimate chances of winning the SEC championship?
Chris Low (1:49 PM)
Yes, absolutely, if they get their issues squared away on offense. There's a lot of talent in that program. Honestly, I could see Arkansas, Auburn or LSU winning the West next year, but Alabama is the team to beat.
Justin (Hot Springs, AR)
What should the goal for the Hogs be this year?
Chris Low (1:53 PM)
It's the third year under Bobby Petrino, which means winning at least nine games in the regular season should be realistic and being a factor in the West race come November. If the Hogs can beat the Tide at home the fourth week of the season, watch those goals soar.
Todd (Sulligent, AL)
Ingram is obviously the best rb in the SEC. Would you take anyone other than Trent Richardson 2nd?
Chris Low (1:56 PM)
I'd have to think long and hard about it. Washaun Ealey would be in the conversstion, and I think Ronnie Wingo at Arkansas is going to have a big year. But, no, if I had two picks right now of RBs in the SEC, I'd take Ingram and Richardson.
Larry (Glendale, CA)
Would the SEC welcome Florida State and Miami if Florida State and Miami wanted to join the SEC?
Chris Low (1:57 PM)
If the SEC did decide to expand again, I think the top three choices in order would be: 1. Florida State, 2. Clemson, 3. Miami.
Frank (Coram, NY)
Who is the favorite for the SEC East?
Chris Low (1:59 PM)
Florida is my pick, but I could be talked into taking South Carolina or Georgia. The East should be as wide open as it's been since 2005.
Josh (Gardendale, AL)
Alabama is the defending nc, so this season there are high expectations and a target on their back. Are expectations for them too high? They have a a touch schedule full of good opponents, away games and opponents coming off their by weeks. Seems to me they are in over their head thinking they can repeat with a new/young defense.
Chris low (2:02 PM)
I know this won't go over well anywhere in the SEC, but I think this may be the year the SEC's streak of national championships ends after four in a row. Too many question marks across the league. But, then, you never know. Maybe it's a year like 2007 when everybody else around the country keeps losing.
There's been a lot of talk about Alabama's schedule next year. In 2008, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Kentucky had open weeks before playing Tennessee. Also, the Vols did not play the first football weekend, basically wasting their open date. Why was there no discussion then?
Chris Low (2:08 PM)
In 2008, four of the eight SEC teams Tennessee faced had open weeks the week before. It's six with Alabama next season, including the last six games they play in the SEC. Here's the other thing: The teams got two open dates in 2008. Tennessee had one on Sept. 6 and Nov. 15.
Chris Low (2:09 PM)
I'm headed out now. Happy hoops watching this week and we'll do it again next Monday. Have a great week!