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 noon ET!
Aaron (Fayetteville, Arkansas)
Hey Chris, you've talked about the impact of losing 9 starters from Alabama's defense may effect them, but how does losing Tiffin and Javier Arenas on special effect things like field position and point totals in your opinion? Thanks!
Chris Low (11:59 AM)
I can tell you that was one of Nick Saban's chief concerns going into this season along with the inexperience in the secondary.
Chris Low (12:01 PM)
I failed to say hello before answering that first question, so let me say ... Hello and thanks in advance for the questions. Hope everybody had a great weekend.
Billy (Louisville, Ky)
Kentucky still hasn't picked a QB yet and we're less than 3 weeks away from the opening game. How bad is this going to hurt the "feel" between the eventual choosen QB and the WR's with all three QB's sharing time in practice? Who's your pick to start?
Chris Low (12:03 PM)
Joker Phillips said this weekend that he expected to have a started named by this coming weekend. I don't think the Wildcats can wait much longer. They've been splitting reps three ways to this point, and that's too much. Receivers want to know who's going to be throwing them the ball, and the quarterback is the leader of your team. The hart part for Phillips is that there doesn't seem to be any clear leader at this point. I would still think that Hartline's experience will win out and that he'll start the first game.
Richard (Point Pleasant, NJ)
Do you see any team losing two games this year and winning the BCS Championship?
Chris Low (12:08 PM)
No. In fact, I'm not sure I ever see that happening again. Everything had to fall just right in 2007 for LSU to get to the BCS National Championship Game. By the way, be sure to hit the Seafood and Craft Festival there at Point Pleasant Beach in September!
Would you trade either Mark Ingram or Trent Richardson for Jacquizz Rodgers from Oregon State? Would Nick Saban?
Chris Low (12:11 PM)
Maybe Richardson for Rodgers because that would give you two completely different kinds of runners with Ingram and Rodgers on the same team. But I can't see Saban giving up Ingram or Richardson for anybody at this point.
david (Mount Vernon, Ark)
CHris CFN has the Hogs going 8-4 this year,as the first scrimmage is in the books and the D has shown signs of improvement(but the regular season will tell) what are your thoughts on thier record based so far this preseason? thank you from a retired Navy vet. GO HOGS!!!!!!
Chris Low (12:13 PM)
Yep, a good sign for the Hogs. I hear the secondary is much improved, and the Hogs also think they're two deep on the defensive line. Freshmen Byran Jones and Chris Smith will both play up front, and sophomore tackle Alfred Davis has had a big camp.
kevin white (auburn,al)
What are your overall impressions of Cam Newton? Do you think he can be another Tebow?
Chris Low (12:14 PM)
I'll wait before I compare anybody to Tebow, but Newton certainly has the size and athleticism to hurt teams both throwing and passing. He's not going to be hesitant to run when things break down.
Todd H. (Gaffney, SC)
Hey Chris, would you say Alabama's scrimmage numbers should make us fans worried about the defense, or should we pay any mind to scrimmage numbers at all? After all, last year's defense gave up 5 rushing TDs during the first scrimmage and we all know how well that defense ended up performing against the run on its way to a national championship. What say you?
Chris Low (12:17 PM)
Especially with closed scrimmages, which most of them are now, I never put a whole lot of stock into scrimmage statistics. We've all seen preseason scrimmage All-Americans who never scratch once the season begins. Also, I think Alabama was taking a look at several different combinations of players in the secondary. Still, inexperience back there is always a scary thing going into the season.
matt (troy, al)
any up date on dareus from bama
Chris Low (12:21 PM)
Nope, still waiting to hear back from the NCAA. Remember, it wasn't until the week before the first game last year that Alabama heard back about Mark Ingram and Julio Jones concerning the fishing trip. At this point, I would think Alabama would take a one-game suspension and consider it a win. If it's two or up to four games, then he misses key games against both Penn State and Arkansas.
Jen (Atlanta, GA)
How worried should my Dawgs be about our trip out to Colorado?
Chris Low (12:21 PM)
I worry first about the trip to South Carolina the second week of the season and Arkansas coming to Athens the third week of the season.
As a student, I hear a lot of mixed feelings towards this next season at the University of Tennessee. However, I feel like a general consensus is that we will go 5-7. On that note, do you think Tennessee is more likely to surprise this year (7-5), or fail (4-8)?
Chris Low (12:24 PM)
My feel is that Tennessee will be right around that .500 figure, probably beating somebody nobody expects them to beat and losing to somebody the Vols haven't historically lost to. The key games are Oregon, South Carolina and Ole Miss. Tennessee has to find a way to win one of those games, in my opinion, if the Vols are going to go to a bowl game.
Patrick (Athens, GA)
What are the chances Washaun Ealey becomes a dark-horse heisman candidate?
Chris Low (12:27 PM)
I honestly think there's a better chance that A.J. Green becomes a Heisman candidate if he has the kind of start he did last season and then stays healthy. Ealey and Caleb King will probably end up sharing the carries, which will keep Ealey from having huge numbers. Here's one for you, though: Any chance Ealey and King both flirt with 1,000-yard seasons?
Sean (Denver, CO)
C-Low, What did you think about Tebow's debut?
Chris Low (12:29 PM)
About what I thought. I think he's one of those guys who's going to need a couple of years in the league before it clicks.
UNC vs. LSUClemson vs. USCDuke vs. BamaFSU vs. FloridaGT vs. GeorgiaWake Vs. VandyChris, do you see the ACC having a better record against the SEC this year?! Where do you see possible upsets happening?
Chris Low (12:36 PM)
Of the games you mentioned, I have LSU beating UNC, Alabama beating Duke, Florida beating FSU and Georgia beating Georgia Tech. I'm not sure about Clemson and South Carolina and Vanderbilt and Wake Forest. It's early, but I'll go 4-2 in favor of the SEC. Now, if you ask my esteemed ACC colleague, Heather Dinich, she never thinks the ACC is going to lose another game!
Cory (Montgomery, AL)
If there hasn't been a ruling on Dareus before the season starts, Saban is going to have to sit him anyway for fear of the NCAA to snatch wins away..Why are they taking so long? Are and where are the complications, if any?
Chris Low (12:38 PM)
It's just that the NCAA goes at its own pace on these things. Always has and always will. But you're right. Alabama would not play him if they don't hear anything prior to the opener. I think they will know before that, though.
Wes (Gastonia, NC)
why do all the SEC teams have such weak out of conference schedules?
Chris Low (12:40 PM)
Not all of them do. As a rule, most play one marquee nonconference game now per season. This year, Alabama plays Penn State, Tennessee plays Oregon, Auburn plays Clemson and LSU faces North Carolina, for example. The SEC has gotten better as a whole when it comes to playing a tougher nonconference schedule, but there's still room for improvement.
Robert Bridewell (Fayetteville, AR)
Not asking for predicition on the outcome, but do you expect a similar style high scoring affair when the Hogs head to Athens this year? Thanks.
Chris Low (12:42 PM)
If so, I think that's bad for Georgia. I like the Hogs' chances in a high-scoring affair this time around.
Will (Metairie, LA)
How bad does Ryan Baker's injury affect LSU's already thin LB position? Who is the leading candidate to replace him for the next few weeks?
Chris Low (12:45 PM)
That's the position on defense the Tigers could least afford an injury. Even Baker didn't have much experience at linebacker, but was having a good camp. Redshirt freshman Lamin Barrow worked in Baker's place.
do you think if Auburn has a good year they will be able to keep Gus?
Chris Low (12:46 PM)
No, I think Malzahn is going to get a head coaching job. He had some nibbles last season. But if the offense takes off this season and the Tigers do well, look for him to have several more opportunities following this season.
Renard (Jacksonville, FL)
What do you think of James Wilder? And where do you see him landing?
Chris Low (12:49 PM)
I'm not going to guess. He has it down to Florida, Florida State and Georgia and will choose this Wednesday. He's a great talent at running back, but may be even better on defense at the college level.
Tim (San Francicso)
How does Jeremiah Masoli look so far in practice?
Chris Low (12:52 PM)
He's picked up the Ole Miss offense pretty quickly and made a couple of plays in the scrimmage last weekend that you'd expect a guy who led his team to the Rose Bowl last season to make. He's been very good at moving around, using his feet and either finding open receivers or scrambling for yardage. My guess is that Masoli will be the starter for much of the season, although Houston Nutt may give Nathan Stanley the start in the first game.
Does Vandy have a chance vs. Northwestern?
Chris Low (12:56 PM)
Yes, I think the Commodores do, especially with Northwestern breaking in a new quarterback. The Commodores have to get healthy. They're already banged up on offense.
As bad as Joe Cox was last year, why would getting in a shootout w/ Arkansas be so ominous? Even if Murray is decent, that will be an improvement. And with the weapons at the skill positions, I don't see Arky stopping UGA much at all either.
Chris Low (1:00 PM)
I don't think it will be a shootout. Arkansas should be better on defense, and I think Georgia will be, too. Still think it has a chance, though, to be one of the games of the year in the SEC. Lot of great skill people on both teams and a pair of veteran offensive lines.
Chris Low (1:02 PM)
Thanks for the questions. We'll catch up again next week. Have a great rest of this week!