Chat with David Ubben
Welcome to SportsNation! On Tuesday, ESPN.com Big 12 blogger David Ubben will stop by to chat some college football.
Ubben joined ESPN.com in March 2010 after covering Big 12 football for two seasons at the Columbia Missourian and The Oklahoman. Ubben, a native of Springdale, Ark., lives in Dallas.
Send your questions now and join Ubben Tuesday at 3 p.m. ET!
David Ubben (3:03 PM)
What's up everybody? Obviously a little breaking news this afternoon. What's on your mind?
Did Blackmon really just get a DUI???
David Ubben (3:06 PM)
Let's clarify on Blackmon. He's underage and had consumed alcohol, and was pulled over for speeding (92 in a 60). That was stupid and reckless, but it's not necessarily the same thing as "drunk driving." He'd be in just as much trouble if he had a couple glasses of wine with dinner and tried to drive.
David Ubben (3:06 PM)
That said, I imagine he's in quite a bit of trouble now, and he'll also have to answer questions about how he got tickets as well. Coach Mike Gundy is expected to address the situation later tonight.
Is the North better than the South? Now I see why Texas wanted to break up the big 12...
David Ubben (3:08 PM)
No, the North has two great teams, one OK team, one decent team and two bad teams.
David Ubben (3:08 PM)
The South has one team we're not sure about, two great teams, two good teams and one OK team.
David Ubben (3:09 PM)
I'll get out in front of a few questions, also. My picks and thoughts on this weekend's games are coming on Thursday. So come back then if you want me to weigh in on Missouri-Nebraska and Texas-Baylor.
Paul Rhoades (Ames)
Coach of the Year? I COULDN'T BE MORE PROUD!
David Ubben (3:10 PM)
Ha, it's possible. Finish 2-2 and you might end up there.
Will Taylor Martinez have more rushing or passing yards against Missouri?
David Ubben (3:12 PM)
Rushing yards. Missouri's corners are playing really well, much better than Oklahoma State's.
Ryan (Lincoln, NE)
How does Mizzou try to defend T-Magic, now that he's shown he can air it out a bit?
David Ubben (3:13 PM)
Missouri learned a lot from playing Illinois earlier this season. You'll probably see a similar approach. Especially with Dominique Hamilton out, prepare to see a lot of the "Candy" formation, with four defensive ends. They need speed on the field. Aldon Smith and Taylor Martinez are going to go head-to-head a lot this week.
David Ubben (3:13 PM)
Smith has to be a lot faster than he looked on that interception return, but I bet he was pretty tired at the end of that thing.
Hey Dave, who has more to lose in the Missouri-Nebraska match-up on Saturday?
David Ubben (3:15 PM)
It's probably pretty equal. Missouri is like that little kid who finally got past the really hard level on his video game and is playing in a whole new territory now. Nebraska still would like to go out with a win in this rivalry, division and conference. Winner of this thing gets to take home the Nebraska-Missouri Bell perhaps permanently.
Samer (Austin, TX)
How about dem BAYLOR BEARS! It's been a long time coming. What realistic shot do we have this weekend against an angry Texas squad? Thanks!
David Ubben (3:16 PM)
Baylor definitely has a chance. The Bears are scoring and moving the ball at a crazy pace, and there's not much reason to believe Texas will suddenly be able to keep up. The Longhorns' defense has to play like it did against Nebraska to win.
AJ (St. Louis)
Ubben - in the conference standings breakdown you said that, "Nebraska has more overall talent than anyone in the division . . . ." Is it really that cut and dry? I'm not saying you're wrong, but I just saw Mizzou handle a very talented OU team by dominating them along the trenches.
David Ubben (3:18 PM)
Nebraska has a lot of elite guys on their team. Missouri has a lot more really, really good players. It's close, and Missouri looks like the more complete team top to bottom right now, but Missouri doesn't have as many guys on their team that can change a game like Taylor Martinez, Prince Amukamara, Lavonte David or Jared Crick can.
Art Briles (Waco, TX)
Hey David, can you please tell the voters for ALL of the coach of the year awards that it's B-R-I-L-E-S with an S?
David Ubben (3:20 PM)
I think it's going to come down to Briles and Rhoads ultimately. Pinkel or Gundy are going to have to win the Big 12 to win it. Six wins from Rhoads might do it. 8-9 for Briles could do it. It's possible all three could happen. If they do, this vote could get out of hand. It'll be close. I'd have no idea who to vote for.
Depressed Wildcat (Manhattan, Kansas)
Dave, do we have any shot of winning the north?
David Ubben (3:22 PM)
Have to win out, hope Missouri loses to Nebraska, Nebraska loses again and you beat Missouri. Not impossible. But close.
What do you think about Kirk H. saying that Boise would destroy Missouri? How accurate do you think he is? How do comments like that affect national opinion?
David Ubben (3:25 PM)
The saddest part about that is we'll more than likely never know.
Tyler Z (Missouri)
Pat Forde thinks that Mizzou will loose at NU because of a history of being laxidasical in the second half (last year @ Columbia). Do you think that those kind of analyses that are based on history are valid?
David Ubben (3:26 PM)
Sometimes, if it's the same guys, but this year's Missouri team has done the exact opposite more often than not. The second half is where they won games against Oklahoma and Illinois.
David Ubben (3:26 PM)
And there wasn't any dropoff in dominant performances against Colorado and Texas A&M.
If Mizzou pulls out the win this weekend does Blaine Gabbert become a Heisman hopeful?
David Ubben (3:27 PM)
It'll depend on how he plays. If he goes off for something like 350 and 4 TDs against that secondary, it's very likely. The best news for him is Missouri's schedule after Nebraska. It's pretty easy until a probably rematch with OU in the title game.
Aaron Green, a highly touted recruit out of TX is supposed to be making an announcement sometime tomorrow, in your opinion who do you think he is going to choose??
David Ubben (3:29 PM)
You never know. I usually don't guess at that kind of thing. Every recruit thinks differently and values different things like staying close or far from home, early playing time, coaching staff styles. I don't know Aaron Green, but he'll do what he feels like is best for him.
Jake (KC, Kansas)
We're always so serious! What's been your funniest moment of the year so far? My vote is the Baylor TD on the botched Texas Tech kick.
David Ubben (3:30 PM)
That was definitely up there, only made funnier by Texas Tech having given up a TD on an onside kick a week earlier.
Robert Griffin III (Waco)
Have you ever seen a QB and a RB combo perform like me and Jay did Saturday night?
David Ubben (3:31 PM)
Maybe not through the air, but Kansas State seems to like giving up big days to QBs and RBs. Remember Taylor Martinez and Roy Helu? Granted, Finley (250 rushing yards) and Griffin (404 passing yards) had the better days, but goodness, K-State. That's out of hand.
Drew (South Beach)
Dubs, don't you think it'd be a mistake to put Smith on Martinez? Smith broke his leg earlier right?...
David Ubben (3:32 PM)
We'll see. Smith didn't look like his usual self on Saturday, but it didn't look like he suffered any setbacks. You have to figure he'll only be stronger this week.
What is the cost of replacing a goalpost and have you heard anything from the university/gary pinkel about the goalpost being removed? I was glad I got a piece!
David Ubben (3:34 PM)
Not sure. I believe it's in the ballpark of $10-20K. No truth to the rumors that Missouri would be using inflatable goalposts for the rest of the season.
Any chance Blackmon received tickets to Monday Night Football from Sanders/agent (ie Dez Bryant situation last yr)
David Ubben (3:35 PM)
Let the process play itself out. Those questions have to be asked, and let Blackmon answer them. Investigate the answers, and do what's necessary. If it's all legit, then let's move on. If not, well, that will be bad.
Just for clarification, when the AP ranks the Big 12 5th, is that just a computation of average ranks of each conference member, or are AP voters specifically asked what conference is the strongest?
David Ubben (3:37 PM)
It's basically an added-up ranking of all the points given to teams in the conference.
So Ryan Tannehill or Jerrod Johnson as QB for A&M?
David Ubben (3:38 PM)
Probably have to give Tannehill a shot at carrying the team at this point.
JL (Warrenton, VA)
David: Don't you think you continued low evaluation of Martinez as a passer is just a knee-jerk reaction to the idea that since he's fast and a good runner, he automatically can't pass? His problem so far has been dropped balls. He does throw bad passes now and then, but who doesn't?
David Ubben (3:41 PM)
Nah, I don't think so. The low evaluation is mostly based on what he did against Texas, even though they have a great secondary. I've written about it a lot this year; he wouldn't be the starter if he couldn't pass. He can make all the throws, but he's maybe not as consistent yet as the coaches would like him to be. But Oklahoma State learned when he's on, he's scary.
How do you think the Bears will end up at seasons end? What bowl do they end up in?
David Ubben (3:43 PM)
I had them in the Holiday Bowl in my Sunday projections.
Ryan (Lincoln, NE)
Do you buy into the idea that playing in Lincoln is a disadvantage for the Huskers? I realize they laid an egg at home against UT, but UT is a pretty talented team.
David Ubben (3:44 PM)
No, but there's no question they've looked more impressive on the road this year. That'll have to change this week. Pelini says there are fewer distractions for his team on the road, and we'll see if they can minimize those this week.
Jordon ( (Mizzou))
Why is there such a spread in the computer rankings in the BCS and the human polls?
David Ubben (3:46 PM)
One of the biggest reasons is computers don't factor in style points or margin of victory. That's why Missouri's close win against a pretty good San Diego State team and LSU's numerous close calls had them pretty high last week.
Ryan Tannehill (College Station)
PUT ME IN COACH!!!
David Ubben (3:47 PM)
Are you ready to play...today?
Is the Holiday Bowl still one of the better big 12 bowls now that Pacific Life stopped sponsoring it? How good is each bowl game from best to worst?
David Ubben (3:48 PM)
I've got them in order in my rankings, but here's how it goes this year. There have been some shifts. BCS, Cotton, Alamo, Insight, Holiday, Texas, Pinstripe, Dallas Football Classic.
David Ubben (3:50 PM)
Little bit of breaking news. Here's a statement from Oklahoma State re: Justin Blackmon. "Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon was stopped for a traffic violation last night. Details from the incident are still being gathered by the University. Neither Blackmon nor OSU coach Mike Gundy can comment until the matter is resolved."
has anyone gotten a straight answer from the Texas staff on the non-use of DJ Monroe? seems like a RB averaging more than 10 ypc would get a look in such a struggling offense.
David Ubben (3:51 PM)
Well, the obvious reason is he doesn't know the plays as well as he needs to and he can't pass block like they want him to. But yes, with his speed and playmaking ability, he should be getting at least 7-8 touches a game, preferably more.
Which team has the most pure talent in the big 12?
David Ubben (3:52 PM)
This year, Oklahoma.
Jim (Nazareth, PA)
After 683 yards to Baylor and 550 + against Nebraska, do you think its time for K-State Defensive Coordinator Chris Cosh to go? Its just plain embarrassing
David Ubben (3:55 PM)
No, not really. Kansas State's big weakness is speed, and teams that have it have been exploiting that. I'm not sure Cosh can make anyone on his defense magically as fast as Taylor Martinez, Robert Griffin III, Kendall Wright, Josh Gordon or Roy Helu.
Aaron Green (Texas)
I have made my decision and its the University of Texas where i can touch the ball 7.64 times a game...
David Ubben (3:56 PM)
Ha, yeah. With Malcolm Brown's previous commitment, you have to like the Huskers' chances to land Green.
David Ubben (3:58 PM)
Time for a question or two more. Let's have some good ones.
Dave (Columbia, MO)
How significant is Derrick Washington's off the field mistake now? How much better would Mizzou be with him?
David Ubben (3:59 PM)
Missouri would be better, based on how Washington had looked in the preseason, but it obviously hasn't mattered in the win-loss column so far this year. We'll see if that continues on Saturday.
What specifically made Texas so effective at stopping Nebraska? How can Missouri do the same?
David Ubben (4:01 PM)
They had smart, sure tacklers in Sam Acho and Keenan Robinson that held Taylor Martinez in check. Mizzou has to do the same. Aldon Smith and Zaviar Gooden, it's your turn. Those two have to have great games for Missouri to win.
David Ubben (4:02 PM)
Thanks for the questions, everybody. See you again next week.