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 (3:00 PM)
Got an hour-long soundtrack keyed up, ready to interrupt your hoops marathon. Let's get started. What's on your mind?
Tyler (Tulsa )
DU - Is OSU going to run the table and end up in a BCS game? Thanks
David Ubben (3:02 PM)
I do think they'll finish the regular season without a loss, but the Big 12 title game is up in the air. If Taylor Martinez doesn't look like himself on Saturday, or reinjures himself and doesn't look healthy heading in, the edge probably goes to OSU. If he's back to the old T-Magic, Nebraska should be an easy favorite in the game, but OSU's defense is improving and they'd have a good shot to win.
Will his chances of winning are minimal at best what chance do you give Blackmon getting an invitation for the heisman?
David Ubben (3:03 PM)
Probably decent. Honestly, it'll come down to how he finishes. If he has big games against OU and Nebraska, the buzz will be at a fever pitch and he'll definitely get an invite. If he has a quiet day, it'll probably die down a little bit and he might get left at home.
David Ubben (3:04 PM)
Big performances on big stages are how you win the Heisman, and Blackmon's got two huge stages after this week. Two primetime games against probably top 15 opponents with big names.
Chances that Ryan Broyles wins the Biletnikoff? (Blackmon is a nice player, but there's no way he's better than Broyles.)
David Ubben (3:05 PM)
Here's the thing: Broyles is having a great year, exceeding what he did last year and doing what we all though he'd do. But watch the two of them. They're probably the two best receivers in the country, and yes, this is Broyles third year doing this, but I don't see how you could vote Broyles over Blackmon at this point. No way.
Joey (Auburn, NE)
Dave! What would be worse this week? A Nebraska loss or another week without Modern Family?
David Ubben (3:07 PM)
Ha, good question. Honestly, a Nebraska loss wouldn't be a huge deal. They're a long, long shot to slip in the title game at best, but they'd still have a chance to clinch the North and go into the Big 12 title game with a chance to get into a BCS game with a win over Colorado. They'd definitely prefer to keep the one loss and clinch the North this weekend, but a loss wouldn't drastically alter their likely postseason destination.
Brian Cabral's Mustache (Boulder, CO)
Mr. Ubben,There has been a lot of talk in Boulder about CU finally playing at a high level for 4 quarters once my host and I became head coach. To me, at least, it seemed as though ISU became frightened once they stepped on the field and took a glimpse, not of Ralphie, but of the mighty power of the 'stache. What kind of chance do you think I have to impose the same power againt KState this weekend? Sincerely,BCM
David Ubben (3:08 PM)
You're most definitely magnificent, BCM, and it worked for Landry Jones last year. We'll see how the Buffs finish. I suppose it's possible the Cyclones were intimidated by the mustachioed presence across the field.
How about the Blackshirts performance this weekend? I have watched a lot of football and never seen a team hold another to under 100 yds total offense.
David Ubben (3:10 PM)
Yeah, that was up there. It's a combination of them being truly dominant at times on defense and Kansas looking very inept on offense at times. But that was one of the best performances I've seen in a long time. Didn't they have just the one first down heading into the fourth quarter? They finished with five, but I read they had just one way, way late in the game.
Hey Dave! (My wife is a Springdale Bulldog, by the way). Why doesn't the Big 12 go after teams like TCU and Boise State (or maybe they already are or have)? I'd think they would be good additions to the conference to strengthen it going forward. Plus - we could stop hearing all of the TCU/Boise State jibber jabber each year about how they are getting passed over.
David Ubben (3:11 PM)
Love to hear from the hometown folks. It comes down to money and opportunity. Boise doesn't offer much of either. TCU just adds another mouth to feed, and no additional revenue from a market the Big 12 already dominates.
Evan (College Station, TX)
How does gameday choose to go to the Northwestern v Illinois game over A&M v Nebraska?
David Ubben (3:14 PM)
I actually agreed with the call. Most often, GameDay goes to a site with national championship implications, and there isn't one this week. And this is the "Alternative Week," and a good pick for it. If you remember, a few years back they went to a Division II game or some lower division that had a crazy-old rivalry. The idea of having GameDay in Wrigleyville is pretty fantastic, in my opinion. I know the A&M fans are angry, but I'm sure they'll get over it if the Aggies knock off Nebraska.
David Ubben (3:14 PM)
And like I mentioned earlier, though this game is big for the Aggies, it doesn't have a huge influence on either division race.
Josh (Lincoln, NE)
How long do you think you'll continue to get the "why doesn't the Big 12 go after TCU" questions? We're going on like 7 months now...
David Ubben (3:15 PM)
I figure they'll stop around 2012, right before the world ends.
I think Amukamara would like a second shot to shutdown Blackmon...
David Ubben (3:15 PM)
I'm sure he would. That'll be fun to watch, once again. The first time around delivered a pretty great matchup.
Dubbs, Is A&M a better team with a Jerrod Johnson living up to his preseason hype, or with Tannehill who now has them rolling?
David Ubben (3:16 PM)
Probably with Johnson. For one, I bet they don't lose to OSU, come close to Arkansas and maybe come close to Missouri. Johnson was awful that day. Plus, with Tannehill at quarterback, the Aggies are down one of their best receivers.
David Ubben (3:17 PM)
They'd be in the thick of the South race.
Nebraska fans (everywhere)
David, can you please tell Mack Brown this isn't funny anymore? Thanks to whatever voodoo curse Bevo holds over our program, Texas' win in Lincoln is making it impossible to actually enjoy the bumper crop Longhorn losses. Instead, Nebraska's survived some close calls and holds the worst loss among 1-loss teams.
David Ubben (3:19 PM)
I mentioned this on Twitter the other day, but I fail to have any comprehension of the dynamic between Nebraska and Texas and Kansas State and Texas. It makes no sense. And you're right, the more Texas loses, the more perplexing that loss becomes. It was only somewhat surprising then, and I picked Nebraska to roll them by two touchdowns. Now? Seems completely impossible that that game happened.
Brett Davis (Hot Springs, AR)
How far has Baylor progressed as a program? Or is this all because of Robert Griffin?
David Ubben (3:20 PM)
Griffin is the biggest reason, but they have athletes they haven't had in a long time at big positions. Their two defensive tackles are almost 700 pounds together, they've got a handful of good receivers, the offensive line has played well, and the secondary is young right now, but will get better. They've got a ton of talent there.
What are the odds that Jeff Fuller returns for his senior season at A&M now that Ryan Tannehill has emerged as the clear cut starter?
David Ubben (3:22 PM)
Good question. That definitely helps. I don't think he's been asked or talked about it much yet, but he'll have to consider it. He'll be a good receiver at the next level, but the list of guys who don't benefit from another year of college football is a short one.
Aaron (Lincoln, NE)
What's the offseason going to look like in Austin if Texas finishes 5-7? What's next year bring?
David Ubben (3:25 PM)
My guess is you'll see some position coaches looking for work, and I think he'll look hard at Greg Davis, but I'd be surprised if Davis wasn't back next year. Because Texas has been so bad this season, their injuries have been overlooked a little bit, but they really have been hurt a lot by some big injuries to key guys. They still have to find talent on offense, but Garrett Gilbert and Mike Davis are guys to build around. Expect Malcolm Brown to walk in and start next year.
I do not understand why Blackmon is not #2 on everyones heisman ballot. Who would be your top 3 heisman candidates if the season ended today?
David Ubben (3:27 PM)
Blackmon's good, but he's not their entire offense. That's one of the biggest reasons he's not higher. That's not the case with Newton, LaMichael James and Kellen Moore. James and Moore have some other talent around them, but their teams wouldn't be anywhere close to their usual selves without him.
Nebrask's offense seems so vanilla. Do you think Watson has something he's holding back or the offense is what it is? Bo wants the fans to cheer but there isn't much to cheer about except the defense.
David Ubben (3:29 PM)
A valid point about the crowd. Not much to cheer about, weak opponent, a coach they liked. I can't blame the Nebraska fans there. As for the offense, they know they didn't need to hang a lot of points to win, and they didn't want to give opponents a chance to hit Taylor Martinez any more than necessary. A solid gameplan, but not one that's going to give you a raucous crowd.
Tommy Tubberville (Lubbock)
Do we get to a bowl this year? What do I do to get Taylor Potts and the Air Raid rolling again?
David Ubben (3:30 PM)
Yeah. Texas Tech will beat Weber State easily and beat Houston with a little trouble. The offense has looked really good at times, just inconsistent. When they've established the running game, they've looked really good. Somewhat ironically, that's been one big problem for Tuberville's team this year.
Brett Davis (Hot Springs, AR)
Is this season just a wash for Kansas, or does the brass have to look at Turner Gill's long-term potential for success?
David Ubben (3:33 PM)
Yeah, it's been worse than most thought, but Kansas looks like it's getting better. Gill needs to recruit well, show some progress next year, and then go after a bowl in Year 3. If they're still winning four games by then, he'll face some heat. For now, he's fine. There are plenty of people selling on him as a coach, but you have to reserve judgment for now. I've said it since the start of the year: They're pretty short on talent right now, compared to the rest of the league.
Mike (St. Louis, MO)
K-State fans know Collin Klein is the more explosive QB. Every other team knows Collin Klein is the more explosive QB. What does Bill Snyder know about Carson Coffman that we don't? Running the option with Coffman is like driving a Kia when there's a perfectly good Camaro sitting in the garage.
David Ubben (3:34 PM)
A valid point. Coffman was throwing darts on a nice two-minute drive at the end of the half before the fumble, but I don't really understand why Klein's taken this long to get on the field, either.
T-Magic's Ankle (Above the foot)
I feel fine this week. How much of chance does A&M have?
David Ubben (3:34 PM)
Good to know. A good one.
There is a possibility of TCU finishing the season without beating a team still ranked in the top 25. How can you tell me they deserve to play for a national championship over Nebraska who plays several ranked teams?
David Ubben (3:35 PM)
Remember when TCU lost that game this year? Me either.
Do you think Blaine Gabbert will stay or go pro?
David Ubben (3:36 PM)
My guess is he'll stay. Missouri should have a good team coming back, and I don't think he got as much out of this year as he would have liked. Plus, Nebraska's gone next year.
I think it's rather easy to pick Broyles over Blackmon--Broyles came into the year with everyone knowing he's good, so he has been getting double-teams all year long. Plus, Broyles doesn't get a shot at as many long balls as Blackmon does, so he's constantly being asked to make plays after 1 and 2 yard catches....and he does it. Their stats are pretty comparable. I'm sticking to my story and i think lots would agree with me.
David Ubben (3:38 PM)
That sounds like a decent case, but I'd disagree with you about the deep balls. And I don't see how being asked to make plays on short passes is a reason he's better? Broyles is that kind of player. Blackmon is another. Blackmon gets a lot of balls over the middle of the field, breaks a tackle or two and gets upfield.
I'm sure you're getting tired of the Blackmon questions, but what odds do you give Justin for coming back next year?
David Ubben (3:41 PM)
I'd say he comes back. The big thing that has to influence guys decisions is how long they've been a marquee player. You're going to be more lined up for success if you've been one of the best at your position for 2-3 years. You've learned more about the position, seen more looks from opponents and just a better-educated player. Blackmon would be well served with another year.
Are you going through withdrawls since Husker fans aren't bombarding you with questions about some tackle for the 4th week in a row? Going cold turkey is tough man.
David Ubben (3:44 PM)
It's nice. Pretty controversy-free week.
David Ubben (3:45 PM)
Always ratcheted up if Nebraska is involved. Their fans like to be heard.
How long do you think Oklahoma State will hold on to Dana Holgerson as offensive coordinator before he gets picked up as a head coach somewhere?
David Ubben (3:46 PM)
My guess is after next season, Holgorsen will have a head coaching job somewhere. Not a lot of openings this offseason that make sense, anyway.
Tom Osborne (Lincoln)
FYI- I tore the first 5 pages out of Shawn Watson's playbook and gave him those for the Kansas game. I hid the rest until Turner Gill left town.
David Ubben (3:47 PM)
Baylor/OU......over or under 70 total points?
David Ubben (3:49 PM)
Definitely the under. Oklahoma won't be as sharp, but they can limit Baylor's offense.
I've heard (but been unable to confirm) that Broyles has stated he's coming back to OU as a senior. True/false or unclear at this time?
David Ubben (3:50 PM)
Ha, he's made a couple conflicting statements. He hasn't made up his mind. I honestly don't think guys on good teams really even think about it until after the season or before a bowl game. My guess on Broyles is he leaves.
David Ubben (3:51 PM)
Good decision on his part if he goes, also. He's right on the cusp of Mel Kiper's Big Board, also.
5 Pages? Try one page front and back.
David Ubben (3:51 PM)
No, it was five. The play diagrams are really big.
Dave, speaking of Nebraska fangs, what percentage of questions do you get from each team? Which teams/division dominate?
David Ubben (3:52 PM)
Always lots of Nebraska. Growing number of OSU questions, obviously. Not as many Texas as you'd think. Good amount of OU. Rarely any Iowa State or Baylor or Kansas State.
Turner Gill (Lawrence, Kansas)
After the Neb game, i told my team we were improving. Am i delusional or does anyone think I am wrong?
David Ubben (3:55 PM)
No, I'm buying. 59-7 to Kansas State at home to 20-3 at Nebraska? I know it wasn't a real complex attack, but Nebraska's still a better team than Kansas State, even if Taylor Martinez isn't playing.
Andrew (San Diego)
Do you think Texas will come back next year and make a run for the Big 12 title? You think Baylor can continue its success, but come out even better next year??
David Ubben (3:56 PM)
I don't think Texas is built for a Big 12 title run for at least another year. The offense is going to have a lot to figure out in the next nine months if it's going to be good enough to win next year, and they're losing a lot on defense. They'll probably win 8-9 games next year. Baylor, meanwhile, is really young. They'll be just as good, if not better next year.
$19 second row fifty yard line tickets to the OSU KU game. Can you find that anywhere else in the league? Thats embarrassing for KU fans
David Ubben (3:57 PM)
If you were a KU fan, would you want to pay top dollar to see that game?
David Ubben (3:59 PM)
A couple more questions. Make 'em count, folks.
What are your thoughts of the winner of the Big 12 having to (most likely) face the winner of the Big East? The Cotton Bowl sounds very nice right now.
David Ubben (4:00 PM)
Yeah, that's pretty garbage, but it's the rules everyone agreed to play by. Just seems absurd that no one will watch that game, but the Cotton Bowl could easily have two top 10 teams.
Don't get me wrong, Blaine Gabbert has got all the tools any coach would want in a quarterback, but I think he's got a little too much Willie Beaman and not enough Shane Falco... So do you think he'll get Mizzou a big 12 championship next season or is it time for James Franklin to become more involved in the offense?
David Ubben (4:01 PM)
Ha, two movies I can't not watch when they're on TV. I disagree, though. I think it'll be awhile before Missouri wins a Big 12 title, but Gabbert's not the reason why. Franklin looks like he's going to be a gamer pretty fast, but it's not his time yet. He's got a good role right now.
Dan Bailey's Shoes (Stillwater)
Can we survive the rest of the year?
David Ubben (4:02 PM)
Cowboys better hope so. They might need them in Dallas.
David Ubben (4:02 PM)
Thanks for the questions, everybody. See you again next week.