Chat with Bruce Feldman
Welcome to SportsNation! On Friday, college football Insider Bruce Feldman stops by to chat about the college gridiron.
Feldman is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine. He joined ESPN in July 1994 as a writer for ESPNET (now ESPN.com) and in May 1998 came to ESPN The Magazine. He spent much of the past two years in the South working on his book, "Meat Market: Inside the Smash-Mouth World of College Football Recruiting."
Send your questions now and join Feldman Friday at 2 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (2:25 PM)
Hang on folks. We're working on getting Bruce.
Buzzmaster (2:30 PM)
Bruce will be here in five minutes or less.
Bruce (2:46 PM)
Hi..sorry am late.. laptop issues at Oregon.
Bruce, I like Boise in the VT game, 24-17. I think it will be a low scoring game won by the defense!! I then think Boise goes on to the NCG to play Ohio St and beats them 21-16!!
Bruce (2:47 PM)
Beating VT would be a good first step , but I still think Boise is going to need a lot of help from other schools to not be unbeaten because the WAC schedule is going to hinder them big time, still.
tray, cleveland ohio [via mobile]
What are the top 3 things college scouts look for when recruiting at big name schools
Bruce (2:48 PM)
Athleticism.Toughness. Competitiveness/love for football.
How will Cincinnati fare with a new coach and Collaros taking the snaps? Can they stay competitive with all the changes?
Bruce (2:49 PM)
I think they'll do well. Butch Jones has a good staff and there are plenty of pieces in place for a dangerous offense.
Troy (Montrose, CA)
Is it safe to say that Whitney Lewis is the BIGGEST BUST out of all the USC recruits during the Pete Carroll era?
Bruce (2:50 PM)
Yeah, you'd have to say he was the biggest disappointment. The coaches thought he'd be better than everyone in his signing class, including Reggie Bush. Lewis came in heavy and didn't seem like he wanted to be there and was gone to Northern Iowa a few years later.
Tim (Roanoke, VA)
Here is my opinion on the preseason top ten, give me some feedback/opinions from your behalf.1) Alabama2) Ohio St.3) Boise St.4) LSU5) VA Tech6) Florida7) Texas8) Oklahoma9) Iowa10) USC
Bruce (2:51 PM)
Lots I agree with although you have LSU a lot higher than I would have them.
Are all the bowl games in college football becoming too much?
Bruce (2:53 PM)
Doesn't bother me much. I'll watch any college football I can, but if you're getting to having to put a 5-7 team in there, it's crossed the common sense line.
ryan col, oh [via mobile]
Will the big ten go to 16 teams? and if so will notre dame be one?
Bruce (2:55 PM)
My hunch is yes, eventually they'll go to 16. I doubt Notre Dame jumps in. Then again, after seeing that Freekbass Notre Dame thing on youtube, I wonder if the Big Ten would still want them.
Where is Bruce?
Bruce (2:56 PM)
Am here.. at the Oregon football office today. I've spent this week bouncing from Washington to Oregon State to here.
Mike (NE Ohio)
Bruce, let's say Terrelle Pryor lives up to the hype this year. Does he stay for his senior year, or bolt for the NFL?
Bruce (2:57 PM)
Not sure.. if he can lead OSU to a national title this year, I'm sure he'd be really tempted to bolt.
What is the better word for Jimmy Clausen's career at Notre Dame: Success or failure?
Bruce (3:00 PM)
Definitely not failure.. but he didn't win many games.
RJ Harrison (Monroe, Louisiana)
how long will it take til lsu will be in another national championship...should they start jarrett lee or jordan jefferson
Tom (Burke, VA)
what is the percent chance you give michigan to make a january first bowl game?
Bruce (3:24 PM)
10 percent. 60 percent for a bowl game.
Husky Nation (Seattle, WA)
Thoughts on Washington?
Bruce (3:25 PM)
Great QB.. really good young RBs. WRs and TEs are solid but the O-line and DLine are really shaky.
WILL AN ACC TEAM OTHER THAN VT be in the hunt for the BCS?
Bruce (3:26 PM)
I think so.. UNC, Miami and FSU all are going to be really good.
Do you think that Florida can pull the upset against Bama this year. There seems to be alot of people under estimating the still dangerous, FAST, Gators.
Bruce (3:32 PM)
I don't think so.
Slowest. Chat. Ever! WTF?
Bruce (3:33 PM)
Am having lots of technical issues.. Road game for me today.
Tommy (St. Pete)
Look into your crystal ball; does FSU win a national championship in the next five years?
Bruce (3:34 PM)
Good question.. if new head coaches win a title they win it within the first 5 yrs. Am on the fence, I'll say yes.
Why all the hype for T. Pryor? He has one good game against an average Oregon d and he is suddenly a heisman contender? 266 yds passing against a pac 10 defense doesnt scream heisman.
Bruce (3:35 PM)
The hype is based off his physical size and athleticism. He is a unique athlete.
Tate (Ann Arbor)
why do you only give us a 60% shot @ making it to a bowl game? we goin undefeated!!!
Bruce (3:37 PM)
I meant.. 10 % big bowl, 60 percent other bowl.. 70 percent overall.
Sorry for the complaint. Just behind sched cause it got started late and I have to head out for a meeting. So I can read it later, where do you see NU fitting into the race for the crystal ball in 2010!
Bruce (3:38 PM)
They are going to be excellent on both lines and that's huge. Not sure if they can get enough QB play to crack the top 10, but they're close.
How do you feel about my UConn Huskies this year? How badly will that offense they found at the end of last season put the beating on former Big East rival Rich Rod to start the season?
Bruce (3:39 PM)
They're always going to be well coached with Edsall there. They lost some good talent. I think they're a middle of the pack Big East team this year.
Bruce (3:40 PM)
Thanks for all the questions.. I've gotten run. Sorry for the delays. If I didn't get to your question, send it to me via Twitter at BFeldmanESPN.