Chat with Chris Low
Welcome to SportsNation! On Thursday, 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 Thursday at 4 p.m. ET!
Chris Low (4:02 PM)
Greetings from sunny Scottsdale, Ariz.
The Old Ball Coach (Columbia, SC)
Chris,Do you think I'll ever get a chance to get a winning record against those 'dang Noles? I don't know if I can come up with enough visors.
Chris Low (4:03 PM)
It's not looking good for you, coach. You struggle against the Seminoles, and the Gamecocks struggle in bowl games.
hey chris, how have your perceptions of arkansas and ohio state changed since tuesday night?
Chris Low (4:06 PM)
I wasn't too far off, if only the Hogs wouldn't have dropped seven passes and they could have picked up a blocked punt and scored. The Buckeyes made a ton of mistakes, too, though. Both are good football teams, and I wouldn't mind seeing them go at it again. Congrats to The Ohio State for finally winning a bowl game against an SEC team. I know my Big Ten colleague, Adam Rittenberg, has been talking trash ever since Tuesday night and did some big-time celebrating on Bourbon Street after the game.
Of all the teams Auburn has played this year, who in your opinion is MOST like Oregon in terms of both offense (I realize nobody comes close to their speed) and defense?
Chris Low (4:08 PM)
On defense, I would say Mississippi State and the scheme Manny Diaz ran. The Bulldogs did an excellent job holding Newton in check, but that was only his second game. On offense, it would have to be Auburn, which the defense goes up against every day
specquackular (the great pacific northwest)
Do you think that the comments of Darron Thomas about Nick Fairley today will result in any late shots after the play? Or was that going to happen anyway?
Chris Low (4:10 PM)
Honestly, those things are forgotten about 10 or 15 minutes into the game and usually aren't a big deal. I do think Fairley will be a big deal. He's a dominant, active interior lineman who clearly doesn't mind taking a few liberties.
I know the focus is on the big game next week, and rightly so, but I'd sure like your sincere thoughts on Tuesday night's Sugar Bowl. I was there and have been fluctuating between devastated by the loss and proud of the second half comeback ever since.
Chris Low (4:12 PM)
I like Arkansas' future and think they will be very good again next year. Petrino is extremely high on Tyler Wilson, and he has all of his WRs coming back and Knile Davis. Petrino also thinks the defense will be even better next year. There's something to be said for getting to those type of games, gaining that experience and being better off the next time. The Hogs had every chance in the fourth quarter to win that game and just didn't do it.
Frank (New Jersey)
Chris - is Mark Richt serious??? At this juncture of his tenure, he's going to devote more time to study the game of football??? Wouldn't the motivation of a 5th SEC team (7 time in 13 years) playing for the BCS title achieve that goal? Or maybe the fact that he gets his rear handed to him by his archrival every year?
Chris Low (4:16 PM)
Richt is at a point in his career at Georgia I never thought we'd see. The program has clearly slipped, and I'm not sure he can get it back. He deserves this shot to get it fixed. But he'll only get this one last year to show significant progress. If not, he'll be out. I would say he's well aware of what he has to do next year to keep his job.
packed storehouse (T-town)
chris, have u seen the new murderers row, upshaw, mosely, calloway, depriest, hightower, oh and s. brown, sunseri, x.dickson, clowney (crossing fingers) n.johnson, t.patrick...etc etc. please tell me how awesome this looks at least on paper. good time to be a tide fan...u agree?
Chris Low (4:19 PM)
They've definitely stockpiled the talent on defense, and with the secondary being a year older and more experienced next year, I think the defense will again be one of the best in the country and not have some of the lapses the Crimson Tide suffered through this season. I think Clowney is probably going to wind up at South Carolina.
David (US Army Africa)
Sir how will Auburn's defense attempt to contain Oregon's running plays? Any specific schemes?
Chris Low (4:20 PM)
No specific schemes. The key is being disciplined and staying in your lanes, similar to what Ohio State did last year in the Rose Bowl.
Chris- Your thoughts on the Cotton Bowl? Do you think LSU has got what they need to take the Aggies out?
Chris Low (4:22 PM)
I like the Tigers' chances better now that Ridley is playing. I still don't have a lot of faith in the Tigers' passing game and being able to keep the Texas A&M defense honest. If LSU can keep from giving up the big plays on defense, which was a problem at the end of the season, I like the Tigers in this game.
Dale (San Marcos, TX)
Which team has the edge in fan turnout in Arizona, Oregon or Auburn in your perceptions?
Chris Low (4:23 PM)
Pretty even to this point. I can tell you the Auburn fans have been loud.
Ohio St. was playing with 3rd and 4th stringers in its secondary, please save the excuses.
Chris Low (4:26 PM)
Maybe that was the start of a winning streak for Ohio State against the SEC in bowl games. Then again, probably not. I'll say this: Heyward is a stud.
Dale (San Marcos, TX)
Is Oregon Punt Returner Harris a concern for Auburn?
Chris Low (4:28 PM)
Big concern. With both offenses being so explosive, a big play in special teams could easily wind up being the difference.
The SEC is 3-4 in bowl games so far, add in losses to Oregon, Colorado and Northwestern in the regular season... is the SEC THAT much better than everyone else this year?
Chris Low (4:30 PM)
I'll let you know after the SEC's fifth straight national championship on Monday night. And by the way, that will be five straight titles by four different teams.
Sam (Rocky Mount)
Hey, Chris!Of Alabama's five super juniors - Ingram, Dareus, Jones, Barron, Hightower - which ones do you think, if any, need to stay with the Tide for another year? Who would you be most surprised to see stay?
Chris Low (4:31 PM)
I think Jones, Ingram and Dareus are all definitely gone. I think the other two stay.
Chris, please tell me you are not going to be ranking a two-loss LSU team or a three-loss Alabama or Arkansas team ahead of Boise in your final ballot/power poll?
Chris Low (4:33 PM)
No, I don't see that happening. Boise was the real deal this year with one bad game. Even more props to TCU.
Connor (New Jersey)
With Luck coming back, is Stanford the Favorite in the Pac 10 (12) next year? What about if Harbaugh comes back, too.
Chris Low (4:34 PM)
I would say Oregon No. 1 and Stanford No. 2. I think the Cardinal will be a Top 10 team nationally preseason.
Uga VIII (Athens)
In my conversations with fellow SEC fans, I have noticed that many are not pulling for the Barners. In the past it has seemed as though fans from the SEC have rooted for SEC teams in the National Championship game, but not this year. Have you noticed this also? If so, why?
Chris Low (4:36 PM)
I think it varies. Some fans openly pull for the other SEC teams and some don't. Regardless, everybody likes to trumphet the SEC's success. Rivalries in this conference run pretty deep, though.
I heard Harbaugh was going to sign with the Dolphins....whats the word? Is there any truth to that?
Chris Low (4:39 PM)
I think there's a good chance the Dolphins' deal will go down. How can you turn down $7 or $8 million?
You playing any golf out there?
Chris Low (4:40 PM)
Man, I'd love to. Several sweet courses out here in the Camelback area, but duty calls.
Uga VIII (Athens)
Will Cam Newton be a succesful NFL QB? Or will he play some other position?
Chris Low (4:40 PM)
No, I think he's a quarterback all the way. Time will tell how successful he is.
Patrick (Huntsville, AL)
RE: "I think there's a good chance the Dolphins' deal will go down. How can you turn down $7 or $8 million?"You could ask Andrew Luck :)
Chris Low (4:41 PM)
Dale (San Marcos, TX)
Which team passed the "EYE TEST" Auburn or Oregon?
Chris Low (4:45 PM)
Auburn is the bigger, more impressive team physically. Newton weighs more than eight of Oregon's defensive starters.
Is miles going to go to Michigan?
Chris Low (4:49 PM)
I think there's a lot better chance that he goes this time. He may be at that point at LSU where he's hit the ceiling. The fans are never going to be completely happy with him unless he wins another national championship. He's got a chance to win 11 games this year, and you still don't get the sense that the LSU fans are thrilled with him. Maybe Miles sees this as the time to get out and goes back to his alma mater. It should be interesting in the days after the Cotton Bowl.
Is it too early for a top 5 Heisman hopefuls for next season?
Chris Low (4:52 PM)
1. Andrew Luck2. LaMichael James3. Terrelle Pryor4. Denard Robinson5. Marcus Lattimore
The SEC is in decline. They are already 3-4 in bowl games and haven't been impressive. After Monday, they will be 3-7, and 0-2 in BCS games. Goodbye.
Chris Low (4:54 PM)
Let's have a moment of silence ...
Chris,Gary Patterson's name comes up when people talk about HC replacement at LSU, provided Miles leaves for UM. Do you think a 3-3-5 would work in the SEC?
Chris Low (4:56 PM)
I can't imagine Patterson not getting a shot somewhere with the job he's done at TCU. If you're good and sound on defense, and have the personnel to run that defense, I don't think it matters what scheme you run.
REally? You think Pryor has a shot even missing 5 games next year????
Chris Low (4:57 PM)
No, forgot about that "back-to-the-future" suspension.
Cory (Montgomery, AL)
Chris, can you shed any validity on the report that Mark Ingram has decided to turn pro? Have you heard anything from your sources?
Chris Low (4:58 PM)
I have heard that he plans to announce that he's coming out tomorrow.
Steve (New York)
Will LSU's addition of hyped transfer QB Zach Mettenberger be a good thing for the Tigers next year? I know they're not the strongest at that position currently, but I would hate to see this adversely affect the seemingly special chemistry that exists in the locker room.
Chris Low (5:00 PM)
No, I think it was a good move to take Mettenerger. The coaches I've talked with at Georgia say he'll be fine in the locker room and can really throw the football. LSU has to find a quarterback who can add some pop to that passing game.
Mike (Fort Smith, Ar.)
With Luck waiting a year to jump to the NFL, do you feel that Ryan Mallett's standing in the draft will jump up or cause him pause about even going?
Chris Low (5:01 PM)
I've always felt Mallett was going pro and still do with the news of Luck staying in school.
Chris, love following you on ESPN, I'm reading a lot about SEC vs. Pac 10, Oregon schemes on defense to stop Auburn, anything can happen on a given day, do you have your eye on any major surprises in the way the game goes?
Chris Low (5:02 PM)
I don't know if this is a surprise, but I could see Auburn using Mike Dyer even more in the first half.
Tom (Birmingham, AL)
With Cam Newton outweighing 8 of Oregon's defensive starters, don't you see him having a pretty easy time breaking tackles and racking up the rushing yards?
Chris Low (5:03 PM)
He's done it all year long against everybody he's faced.
Before you have Denard Robinson on your heisman hopeful list, we should see who is coaching Michigan first. He may not even be playing next year, as he may decide to transfer, no?
Chris Low (5:04 PM)
I think the next coach will be smart enough to utilize Robinson's freakish athletic ability.
Top Ten Team Material for next year out of the SEC- Who are they?
Chris Low (5:05 PM)
Alabama, I think, will be top 5. After that, in no order, I could see Arkansas, LSU and South Carolina all getting some top 10 or top 15 votes.
Chris Low (5:07 PM)
OK, that's a wrap and I appreciate all the questions. Good luck to all the bowl teams still left out there.