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 (3:03 PM)
Afternoon folks... fire away.
Absolution (SLC, UT)
What are you hearing in regards to the PAC 10 expanding? If so, who are the candidates?
Ted Miller (3:05 PM)
Very little... other than folks stuffing my mailbag with ideas. It seems like some of the expansion momentum with the Pac-10 has declined while it's heated up with the Big Ten. It still seems like Utah and Colorado are the best candidates, but nothing is going to happen unless the scenario brings in more revenue per team.
Surprise team in the pac-10 this year, who do you think?
Ted Miller (3:05 PM)
Doing my power rankings Monday... here's a hint... Stanford is going to move up.
so why has the big ten already sought a financial analyst to determine the economic feasibility of expansion, whereas the pac-ten and SEC haven't? or are we just not hearing about consultants paid for by these league officials?
Ted Miller (3:07 PM)
How do you know the SEC and Pac-10 haven't? Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott isn't eager to tell reporters what steps he's taking to look at expansion, but it's fairly certain he's been talking to folks who understand the numbers.
Oregon?s spring game is Saturday, so who should we keep are eyes on?
Ted Miller (3:08 PM)
DE Dion Jordan... frosh CB Terrance Mitchell... and you can take a position on the QB competition.
Ted, the Jets didn't sign any players as UDFAs out of the Pac 10. However, they invited three players to tryout with the team. California S Marcus Ezeff, Tennessee OT Albert Toeaina and Oregon NT Simi Toeaina. What can you tell Jet fans about these three players and what they bring to the table?
Ted Miller (3:09 PM)
Steiny!My guess is they may end up with a practice player, at best.
If the Heisman were given to just Pac-10 players, how do you think the top five would look after the end of this year?
Ted Miller (3:11 PM)
1. Locker; 2. Luck; 3. Jacquizz Rodgers; 4. James; 5. Matt BarkleyThough that order could be reversed and it wouldn't surprise me.
Tom (Salt Lake City)
I expect this chat to be dominated by Pac-10 expansion questions. How close is the conference to making a move? I know the commissioner is saying 'no real hurry', but rumors are flying about a summer move. Any truth to that?
Ted Miller (3:13 PM)
Not if I can help it. There's very little REAL new info. Craig Thompson with the Mountain West told us at the BCS meetings that stuff probably needs to happen this summer. And Larry Scott said he wants to have the direction going forward -- expansion or not -- when he starts to negotiate a new TV deal after the first of the year.
Blake (Abilene, TX)
Ted, Im heading to Scottsdale to play some golf. Recomend to me a great Steak resteraunt to eat at please! Please dont tell me your like your colleague Feldman and dont eat anything thats bad for you.
Ted Miller (3:15 PM)
http://www.mastrosrestaurants.com/But shouldn't a Texas guy eat Mexican in Arizona. Seems like you guys get plenty of good steak.
It seems to me that everyone is completely writing off Oregon for even a Rose Bowl birth. When to me Oregon is still very strong defensively, and the only piece missing on the offense is a QB. In Chip's time at U of O he turned Dixon into the Heisman front runner and was headed toward a National Championship and made a Heisman candidate in Masoli. Why is everyone doubting the ability of either Thomas or Costa to step in?
Ted Miller (3:17 PM)
Who's writing off Oregon? Just about everyone has and will pick them No. 1 or No. 2. But losing Masoli is a big deal. Masoli is a known quantity, and an outstanding one at that. Costa and Thomas are unknowns. Sure, both have ability. And sure Kelly has a great track record. Still, the bottom line is they have one start between them. Everyone will be curious to see how they react at Tennessee.
Chris (Myrtle Beach, SC)
I see you used to cover Auburn so do you think they will be able to beat the Clemson Tigers? As a Clemson fan, I think they should play for the rights to "Death Valley"!
Ted Miller (3:18 PM)
I don't know who will win but it's cool that they are playing... Growing up, Clemson and UGA used to have a great rivalry, one that was lost during SEC expansion.
TJ Ward was taken before Taylor Mays. Thoughts?
Ted Miller (3:19 PM)
I was surprised. I have a feeling Mays is going to turn out fine. Same for Ward.
Andrew (Lexington, Ky)
Will Joker Phillips make Kentucky a consistent top 5 SEC team?
Ted Miller (3:20 PM)
No... Kentucky is a hoops school. When the Wildcats are top five in football attendance, they will be top-five in the SEC.
Brenton Young (Utah)
What are stanfords chances of competing for the pac 10 title this year?
Ted Miller (3:21 PM)
Not bad...way better than most folks would think.. no other team has grown on me over the spring more than Stanford... maybe that's because QB Andrew Luck seems to be so impressing everyone. I think the defense will be much better -- that's the key.
How would the Pac-12 react to having divisions, and therefore giving up full-conference round-robin scheduling?
Ted Miller (3:24 PM)
Through the years I've become less a fan of the round-robin because fans from other conferences -- and media -- don't understand how hard it is. It automatically adds five losses to the conference and makes it look weaker than it is in the computer rankings, which means it hurts the conference in the BCS rankings. If the Pac-10 expands, things will be different. One of those things would be losing annual games between every team.
If Utah and Colorado were in the Pac-10 this year, how do you think they would compete? Would they be near top, mid, or bottom of the conference
Ted Miller (3:25 PM)
This past year, Utah would have been in the mix below Oregon and Colorado would have been ninth. But Colorado has won before and will win again. And Utah's got a coach who really, really knows what he's doing. Both would do fine in the Pac-10.
are Oregon fans just oversensitive or what? i doubt anyone seriously is writing off Oregon for a Rose Bowl birth. but considering their offseason, nobody in the pac-10 appreciates Oregon embarrassing themselves and the conference. might be where people dont want Oregon representing the best conference this year.
Ted Miller (3:26 PM)
All fans are sensitive.
Bruce (Longmont, CO)
Lots of rumors that CU & Utah to the Pac 10 is a 'done deal'In your humble opinion what are the percentages looking like that expansion happens ? In Colorado it's been said that July 1st is an important date due to timetable for CU to get out of Big 12. Have you heard the same ?
Ted Miller (3:29 PM)
I used to be 60-40 that it was going to happen. Now I'm more 50-50. But there's also the issue of the Big Ten and SEC going to 16 teams and whether that might push the Pac-10 to follow. Larry Scott said he doesn't believe that has to happen, but things could get interesting. As for "done deal" I doubt that. I do know that Colorado has some hoops to jump through to leave the Big 12, and those hoops could cost them considerable $$.
Do you think it's possible for the Pac-10 to move to 14 or 16 teams if Texas is one of those teams? As in some sort of Pac-10 + old-SWC combination?
Ted Miller (3:32 PM)
I think the Pac-10 would move to 11 teams if Texas wanted to join all by its lonesome. Texas is the big prize. It can name its scenario. If Texas wanted to join with A&M, fine. Texas with A
Why isn't Boise St. in the conversation about expansion?
Ted Miller (3:35 PM)
Folks look at expansion and think it's only about a great FB program. It's not. It's about an entire institution and athletic program. As good as the football team is, Boise State doesn't fit what the Pac-10 wants. And, perhaps even more important, the Boise TV market probably won't offer much in the way of increased revenue per team.
So what are the chances USD loses to ND this year
Ted Miller (3:36 PM)
USD? Or USC? I don't think ND beats either.
Seems like everytime you hear something about expansion whichever conference always brings up Texas. Whether its Pac 10, Big 10, SEC or whatever. Would Texas really leave the Big 12 and lose the Red River Rivalry? That has to be one of the biggest revenue generating games in the country and would be hard to replace wouldn't it.
Ted Miller (3:38 PM)
Why would it have to leave the rivalry? Georgia and Georgia Tech play every year. If Texas is in, say, the Pac-10 and OU remains in a reconfigured Big 12, the game would continue to be heated. It just wouldn't be for the Big 12 South.
ben (los angeles)
any idea what the NCAA will do to USC?
Ted Miller (3:39 PM)
Not really... but we should know soon. I've long thought that USC won't get hammered but will get significant penalties, something less than what Alabama got in 2002.
The new NCAA prez said that a playoff is inevitable. How soon do you think Dr. Mark Emmert can pull this off?
Ted Miller (3:42 PM)
Think he tried to backtrack on that. Plus, the NCAA isn't in charge of the BCS. If the Power Elite of college football want a playoff, they'll put it together. It might also be organized outside of the NCAA. But don't hold your breath. The BCS folks were already talking about games in 2040 when they met last week.
re: Red River Rivalry: that game has been played for almost 100 years, but it has only been an in-conference game for the last 15 or so years, therefore, it has mostly been played out-of-conference anyways. I don't think Texas leaving OU and the Big12 will stop that game from being played...
Yeah but GA/GT has lost a lot the last few yrs. Part of the draw of The RRR is it is almost always for the big 12 south. That why UGA?UF is bigger now becuase it is almost always for the SEC East. Just wouldn't be the same and therefore a big hurdle. But that's just my opinion. But Im a traditionalist. I like it like it is!
Ted Miller (3:43 PM)
Both make good points. The reality is change is change. It brings good -- $$$ -- and bad: Traditions fall. Or change.
QB to watch this season? A lot of the big names left for the NFL who will come up big?
Ted Miller (3:45 PM)
The Pac-10 is the place of QBs this year: Locker, Luck, Foles, Barkley. And the Katz kid at Oregon State has had a great spring. And Chip Kelly always has a good QB at Oregon.Big fan of FSU's Christian Ponder, too. And Mallet at Arkansas. Oh, and Pryor, too.
If the conferences start to consolidate, do you see any of the current Big 6 members being left out of the super conferences?
Ted Miller (3:47 PM)
Absolutely... we've been reading stories about Cincinnati's situation. The real issue is will a traditional power find itself forced into a spot where it is diminished. If Nebraska went Big Ten and Texas went SEC or Pac-10, what about Oklahoma... My guess is a program like the Sooners finds a way to make things work, but it's possible some team will get shafted.
How will CAL's o-line eventually shake out?
Ted Miller (3:50 PM)
The Bears mediocrity up front surprised me last year. Four starters are back. The hope is the youth will mature. But know how that O-line could look good: If Qb Kevin Riley is more consistent. To me, that's where it will start for Cal.
Brian (Washington )
What is the thinking behind Oregon States schedule? They play in the Pac 10, they don't have to play a crazy out of conference schedule to be recognized. It seems like a big gamble as they could be out of the spolight nationally in week 4 of the season.
Ted Miller (3:53 PM)
For one, Oregon State needs the money -- past couple of years have been tough. As for playing TCU and Boise State on the road, that's brutal. Heck, even nonconference game No. 3 -- Louisville -- is no gimme. Also, Oregon State is playing non-AQ powers. Losing at Penn State is one thing, but if Oregon State loses both games, folks will not completely look at it like the Beavers lost on the road to top-10 teams. They will see non-AQ schools beating up on the Pac-10.
Favorite Pac-10 writer? Condotta, right? He slays it.
Ted Miller (3:54 PM)
Lots of good pac-10 writers... but condotta's blog is certainly outstanding... probably one of the best beat writers in the nation.
Spike (Jackson Wy.)
do you think Jake Locker made a mistake by not coming out this year? Do you think he would have been picked before Bradford? How do you see the Huskies doing this year?
Ted Miller (3:56 PM)
1. No. He made a decision for himself, not for me or your. 2. Before Bradford? Hard to say... lots of draft gurus say yes. A lot would have depended on his workouts and the combine. 3. I think the Huskies are a bowl team. And if the defense comes around, they could make some noise in the conference race.
Which ESPN college football blogger would be drafted first onto a real team? What position? This is important.
Ted Miller (3:58 PM)
Dinich... but she just had a baby. Low and I could play on the O-line. Adam would coach.
Ted Miller (3:59 PM)
Folks... thanks for stopping by. It's been fun. See you next week.