Chat with Ivan Maisel
Welcome to SportsNation! On Wednesday, ESPN.com college football writer Ivan Maisel stops by to take your questions.
Maisel is a senior writer for ESPN.com. In addition to covering college football for the site, he contributes to ESPN's SportsCenter, ESPNEWS, ESPN Radio and ESPN The Magazine. He also contributes to ESPN.com's golf coverage.
Send your questions now and join Maisel Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (2:05 PM)
Ivan will be here momentarily! Hang tight!
Ivan Maisel (2:07 PM)
Hi, everyone. Let's get to it.
Ivan, what's up with Will Muschamp? I've never seen a coach so out of control mad. Not just once or twice a game, but everytime the camera turned to him, he was like a kid pitching a tantrum. Do you think he should tone it down a little? What kind of example is he setting for his players when things don't go his way?
Ivan Maisel (2:09 PM)
I think Muschamp tried to address it yesterday, when he said he would take the R-rated portion of his coaching and move it down to PG. But that fire and emotion is what has driven him to become such a prominent coach at such a young age. I'm guessing he will learn to manage it better. He should. It will wear thin quickly.
The Pink has got to go! Last nights Ark State Fla'itl game was littered with it. What is your opinion on college football players wearing pink? Are they wearing it because the pros are or are they wearing it because they really support the cause?
Ivan Maisel (2:10 PM)
What difference does it make? If it helps create awareness for breast cancer research, there's nothing but good that can come out of it.
what the possibilities of Houston breaking into the BCS. They feel very legitimate especially with the tougher schedule they play compared to Boise State.
Ivan Maisel (2:12 PM)
Houston's chances are probably dependent on going undefeated and having a Boise State kicker go into meltdown. I would be surprised if two non-AQs make it into the BCS this season. Although it happened in 2009 when Boise State and TCU went undefeated. If Houston is to get there, the Cougars better start climbing in the ratings. I'm not sure they can climb high enough.
Shouldn't Muschamp learn from Mike Stoops that sideline antics are only tolerated as long as the team is winning?
Ivan Maisel (2:12 PM)
Prettymuch any behavior by a coach is tolerated only if he wins.
Ivan...who are your top 3 for the Heisman? Why is Andrew Luck being crowned the winner by default when Stanford plays a schedule that even Boise St is jealous of? What's the best defense Luck will play against all season? Is it Notre Dame that is currently ranked #50 in total defense? Pitiful. Trent "The Beast" Richardson is the best player in America...and proves it in the best conference. Competition matters.
Ivan Maisel (2:15 PM)
Chad, you're questioning how good Andrew Luck is? I'm not sure that's an argument you can win. As for Stanford's schedule, they have 5-1 Washington, 5-1 USC, 5-1 Oregon and 4-2 Notre Dame remaining, so it does get tougher. Richardson is having a great season, and he will benefit by being the only running back in the Heisman discussion. But to date, I'd say both Luck and Russell Wilson of Wisconsin are ahead of him. And you could make a case that Kellen Moore is, too.
Alternative Jerseys have gotten way out of hand dont ya think?
Ivan Maisel (2:16 PM)
Like any fad, the newness wears off.
Ivan: Penn State looks like a bad 6-1 team (if you can be bad at 6-1). Do you think they end up playing on New Year's Day or will the tough finishing schedule drop them into a secondary bowl game?
Ivan Maisel (2:17 PM)
What's a bad bowl? If you're in the Big Ten, you can be fourth in the league and play in Tampa. I think Penn State has overachieved this season and should be celebrated for it. But that's just me.
Trey (Litttle Rock,AR)
Ivan can the Arkansas Razorbacks run the table and if they do what BCS bowl do you see them in?
Ivan Maisel (2:19 PM)
I like Notre Dame for the home field, the weather (haven't seen a forecast but it could be very un-LA like), and the experience on the field.
Ivan, you are clearly biased in your assertations of Heisman candidates. You're seriously saying the Andrew Luck is having a better year, and doing more for his team than Trent Richardson? Give me a break, Tajh Boyd of Clemson (and Sammy Watkins for that matter) is having a bigger and better year than Luck.
Ivan Maisel (2:21 PM)
It's not Most Valuable Player. It's Most Outstanding Player. To your argument, Stanford without Luck is probably somewhere in the neighborhood of Clemson without Boyd. But there's a reason NFL personnel people have been salivating over Luck for months.
Larry (Las Vegas)
In response to both you & Chad, I'll take Robert Griffin III. Luck is very good, Wilson too, but neither can match RG III. I know RG won't win it but he's still the best player in college football.
Ivan Maisel (2:22 PM)
Fair point. He's had a great season.
Listened to you and Beano on the podcast talk about Clemson earlier. How shocked are you, and the rest of the writers in your circle, about the success Clemson has had so far this year? And would you agree with Beano in saying that they are the most exciting team to watch on Saturdays?
Ivan Maisel (2:24 PM)
I am stunned that Clemson has beaten the teams it has beaten. I am stunned that Clemson has won in the exciting manner in which it has won. And they have been the most exciting team this fall.
Why does everyone place more stock in yards when comparing QBs? This last week several QBs had lots of yards, TDs, and INTs. The top QBs listed on ESPN's Weekly Leaders page LOST. Yet the most efficient QB (rating over 220) was listed as #9. Is it the AQ vs non-AQ factor?
Ivan Maisel (2:25 PM)
I'm guessing it's the way the chart is set up, nothing more. I'm with you. I look at passing efficiency.
Alan (Walnut Creek, CA)
What are your thoughts on Case Keenum?
Ivan Maisel (2:26 PM)
I posted a feature on him today. Hope you read it!
Barring a huge collapse from either team, the winner of LSU/Alabama will be in the NC Game. In your opinion, which national contender has the offense that can give either of these SEC defenses a run for their money?
Ivan Maisel (2:28 PM)
Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Stanford and Wisconsin all have explosive offenses led by veteran quarterbacks who aren't easily fooled. None of them have risen to the top 10 because of their defense. But I would love to see any of those offenses against either LSU or Alabama.
Can you explain your infatuation with Kansas State? Beat 3 mediocre teams in Miami, Texas Tech, and Missouri and beat a Baylor team that couldn't stop a high school offense. Kansas State will get crushed 3 weeks straight against OU, OK State, and A&M. You heard it here first.
Ivan Maisel (2:30 PM)
Does infatuation mean that I ranked them all the way at No. 10? I am impressed by them. I have nine teams ranked ahead of them.
Don Jones (Crescent City)
I was going to write "say something about Notre Dame". Too late. You already have. And in a completely random context. You should have a special pod-cast entitled "No Notre Dame This Time". It would be the first time this season.
Ivan Maisel (2:31 PM)
I take it you don't listen to the podcast every day.
Jon (Hattiesburg, MS)
We could have seven undefeateds: OK/OK State/K State, Alabama/LSU, Stanford, Boise, Clemson, Wisconsin and Houston. Does the world collapse if this happens? It's kinda like rooting for the meteor at this point.
Ivan Maisel (2:32 PM)
It would be great fun to untangle, and it would be the whirlwind that the BCS reaps. But with a 12- or 13-game schedule, I don't see it happening.
In regards to your comment about the LSU/Bama game; who in the BCS contenders would you like to see meet the loser of that game in the Sugar Bowl? Who would make the ratings spike and provide the best competition and 'game quality' for the Sugar Bowl?
Ivan Maisel (2:32 PM)
I think any of those teams I mentioned would be great to see against the LSU/Bama loser for the same reason. Great defense vs. veteran quarterback.
Brian A (NYC)
To Jon - There were 5 undefeated teams at the end of 2009 and somehow the world kept turning.
Ivan Maisel (2:33 PM)
Good point, but they didn't come from five AQ conferences as these seven would.
Trey (Litttle Rock,AR)
Can arkansas run the table beating LSU the last game and if they do what bowl would that put them in?
Ivan Maisel (2:35 PM)
Arkansas at 11-1 would be a BCS team. If Alabama (in your scenario)wins out and goes to the championship game, then the Hogs would be in the Sugar Bowl. If Bama's not in the championship game, Arkansas would go to the Cotton or the Capital One.
Ian (Boise, ID)
with Ricky Tjong-a-Tjoe back from suspension, what are your thoughts on the penalties the NCAA imposed on the three Dutch Boise State players?
Ivan Maisel (2:36 PM)
I think it's everything hamhanded about the NCAA. I don't think the rules are meant to apply to host families of exchange students.
How does Gene Smith still have a job?
Ivan Maisel (2:37 PM)
He's had a tough year, hasn't he? He gets high marks as an administrator, and I don't have any sense that Gordon Gee feels anything but proud to have him.
What is the likelihood of a LSU-Alabama having a rematch in the National Title game? Full disclosure I am an Ohio State fan and would boycott the game (admittedly no one else will but you got to have principles) because of Florida and the SEC politicking against that scenario after OSU beat UM in 2005. I?m also a realist and can admit that OSU and UM were not the two best teams as OSU got destroyed by Florida and UM got destroyed by USC. The SEC also has the benefit of the doubt because they?ve won the last 5 titles. Just assure me if there is another undefeated team (likely Wisconsin, Stanford or the winner of the Oklahoma/Oklahoma State game) they would play in the NC over a one loss SEC team. If the BCS does have two teams in the NC game don?t they run the risk of all the other conferences turning on them?
Ivan Maisel (2:40 PM)
I think if there is another undefeated team that it will get into the championship game. But that'sa black-and-white answer to a gray question. How did the games go? Close? Blowouts? I don't think the voters would support a rematch unless the evidence were convincing.
Ivan, is Chip Kelly getting enough credit for beating a good ASU team without LaMichael James and Darron Thomas (for much of the contest)? There aren't many teams that could weather losing an All-American running back and starting quarterback and STILL beat the #18 team in the country.
Ivan Maisel (2:42 PM)
Chip Kelly is a very good coach and if no one has figured that out after the last two-plus seasons, there's nothing you could say to them to make them believe otherwise.
If Boise State goes undefeated or only has 1 loss this season, do you think Kellen Moore's record wins as a starter will be the toughest college football record to beat?
Ivan Maisel (2:42 PM)
Without a doubt. It's an amazing record.
Stephen (Charlotte, NC)
We know Bama and LSU both have great defenses. Which offense do you respect the most at this point in the season?
Ivan Maisel (2:43 PM)
Alabama, both because of Trent Richardson and because A.J. McCarron has improved a great amount since the beginning of the season.
Bob (Madison, CT)
Now that Joe Paterno is on the verge of tying Eddie Robinson record for wins and is unable to be on the field, do you think JoePa will retire at the end of the year?
Ivan Maisel (2:44 PM)
If Joe is going to retire at the end of the year, it will be because he's tired of it, or his wife Sue tells him he has had enough. I don't think there's a record out there that will keep him out there.
Why is LaMichael James out of the Heisman talk?
Ivan Maisel (2:45 PM)
If he came back this week and showed no ill effect of his injury, he would be right back in the race. But given his sluggish start and the missed game last week, he doesn't have much cushion left.
do you think auburn has an outside shot at beating lsu this weekend, i know auburn's offense is terrible, but they are a young team but they know how to win, do you see any way they can keep it close and steal one in the final minutes to beat lsu?
Ivan Maisel (2:46 PM)
I am reluctant to side with a young team on the road against a highly ranked opponent. That's what made Auburn's win at South Carolina so impressive. I expected something closer to Auburn's loss at Arkansas.
jeff (park city)
Why is Oregon counted out and dropped so far in the polls for sceduling a tough out of conference game. Everyone has forgotten about the penalties, the turnovers and the fact that Oregon outgained LSU.
Ivan Maisel (2:48 PM)
Fair point. The Ducks have been impressive since that game, although their defense has not played at the same level as last year's defense did.
Ivan Maisel (2:49 PM)
Thanks, everyone. Enjoyed it. Talk to you next week.