Chat with Ivan Maisel
Welcome to SportsNation! On Wednesday, ESPN.com college football writer Ivan Maisel stops by to chat.
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.
Send your questions now and join Maisel Wednesday at noon ET!
Ivan Maisel (12:00 PM)
Hello, everyone. Great news day. I expect great chat questions. Let's go.
Bill (New Orleans)
UF vs Kent State or UF vs Louisville or Rutgers for the Sugar Bowl... are you kidding me... Why not UF vs Oregon? I don't understand the BCS... I hope Oklahoma makes it in so I will have a entertaining game to see on Jan 2nd.
Ivan Maisel (12:02 PM)
The bowls rotate who gets the first selection of the at-large teams. Sugar gets first pick for losing its champion to the BCS title game. Sugar takes Florida. Fiesta gets next pick, by the luck of the draw. They take Oregon. Sugar gets next pick. That's just how it goes this season.
Ivan, I know it's crazy to think about, but could Ohio State claim a national title if say, Georgia wins the BCS? Maybe the AP or one of the other lesser polls? Back in the day there was always some random poll that you could use to claim a championship. Why not now?
Ivan Maisel (12:03 PM)
AP is a possibility. I question whether the voters would do that. Ohio State didn't dominate in a way that will force voters in January to remember them as a No. 1 team.
John (Columbus, OH)
Why do all the Conference powers SEC, PAC-12, BIG 10, BIG 12, etc. continue to allow ND to be apart of the BCS or the Playoff? Why don't they force ND to join a conference if they want to play.
Ivan Maisel (12:04 PM)
Because Notre Dame is an integral part of college football. Because Notre Dame still is important to television. And how would they force the school to do that? Tell them you can't play if you don't join a conference? That just seems wrong.
Grant (College Station)
Any way Johnny Football does not win the heisman?
Ivan Maisel (12:06 PM)
Chris Fowler just told me on the ESPNU College Football Podcast -- it's now posted -- that Vegas has made Manziel a big favorite. The fact that Klein is the only Heisman contender playing this weekend probably helps him, too.
If Kent State wins, what percentage chance do you give them in making the Orange Bowl?
Ivan Maisel (12:07 PM)
That seems like that's where Kent State will end up. Oregon to the Fiesta; Sugar will decide between the Rutgers-Louisville winner and Kent State. I think Sugar takes the bigger name there.
Which team was your biggest disappointment this year? I'd go with Arkansas but anyone who saw JLS coach Sparty could see that coming. I will instead go with JLS' old team, though -- Michigan State at 6-6 in a weak Big Ten as biggest disappointment. What about you?
Ivan Maisel (12:09 PM)
I thought USC was wildly overrated at No. 1. The Trojans don't have enough bodies because of NCAA sanctions to sustain that rating through 12 games. But I didn't think USC would be 7-5, either.
Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Notre Dame... in your honest opinion if ND played in the SEC would they have gone undefeated? I mean they beat Okie on the road and was impressive but they had plenty of close calls, and lets not forget Stanford got jobbed to ND.
Ivan Maisel (12:09 PM)
Do you mean the league in which Vandy went 8-4?
Brandon (Holgate, OH)
Do you think Ohio State would be in the National Championship if they were eligible?
Ivan Maisel (12:10 PM)
Brandon, I don't think so. The Buckeyes' soft non-conference schedule would cost them, I think, and, as I said earlier, the lack of dominance down the stretch. Voters apply the eyeball test, and I think Ohio State would fall behind the SEC champ.
The big winners in the whole expansion mess have to be Rutgers, Maryland and WVU. Big losers have to be Cincy and Boise State, who won as much as anybody but are left out. As for the ACC, they deserve to get picked apart since they started the whole mess in the first place. Thoughts?
Ivan Maisel (12:12 PM)
I thought the Big Ten started the whole mess. Rutgers and Maryland came out as winners but I don't think the Big Ten came out on the plus side by taking them. I would throw UConn in among the losers for being left behind. If I'm Boise State, I think about returning to the Mountain West.
ACC's decision between UConn and Louisville came down to football, right? sure as hell isn't academics.
Ivan Maisel (12:13 PM)
It's all about football now. Has been for awhile. Crazy but true.
Jeff (Detroit, MI)
Do you see the superconferences leaving the NCAA at one point? If it's all about money, then why not leave the NCAA and guarantee yourself even more money.
Ivan Maisel (12:14 PM)
I used to scoff at that idea. I'm not scoffing any longer. The NCAA doesn't control football, and as we just discussed, football drives the bus now.
Do you see a better two true freshman in the country than TJ Yeldon and Amari Cooper? They are two special players. Also who do you see filling the remaining three SEC coaching vacancies?
Ivan Maisel (12:15 PM)
I'd throw Gurshall in that argument. Maybe we can settle it Saturday at the Georgia Dome.
Who do u see as BC's next head coach? What have you heard?
Ivan Maisel (12:16 PM)
I assume that AD Brad Bates will return to the MAC, which has had its best year in ages. Two 11-1 teams, some other good coaches, too.
Do you think te'o could win heisman considering there has been more deserving defensive players in the past like tyrann and suh that didnt win it?
Ivan Maisel (12:17 PM)
It's all about context and competition. Mathieu wasn't going to beat out RG3 or Luck. Te'o has a chance because ND is No. 1 and because the top offensive candidates don't have the luster that RG3, Luck or Cam Newton had.
Ron (Tampa, FL)
If you were commissioned to pick the 4 teams for a playoff this year, who would you choose to play against each other for the semi-final games?
Ivan Maisel (12:19 PM)
I think it would be Notre Dame vs. Oregon, Florida vs. Ala-Georgia winner. That would be lot of fun.
Should the rules for winning the Heisman be changed to "best offensive player" if Te'o doesn't win? If there was ever a defensive player with the story and numbers to win it's him and it sounds like he doesn't have much of a chance.
Ivan Maisel (12:20 PM)
He's made it this far, he's got a chance. Te'o has the same problem that all defensive players have. It's harder to measure what a defender does. The stats aren't readily available.
What would Beano think right now?
Ivan Maisel (12:21 PM)
I swear, something has happened every week that I've thought that. Notre Dame's rise, the realignment, coaches getting fired after one or two seasons. I'd love to hear him.
Kenny Ratliff (Christiansburg, VA)
Just chuckling a little at your "bigger name" argument about BE Champ v. Kent St.
Ivan Maisel (12:22 PM)
Yeah, I know. It's all relative.
Do you think we see a Backyard Brawl in NYC?
Ivan Maisel (12:23 PM)
That would be great, especially since it's beginning to look like we won't get Texas-Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl. I wonder if the draw of Syracuse in NYC will prevent it from happening.
Does Chris Petersen and Butch Jones finally take big jobs now that Boise and Cincy were not invited to the party? Maybe Cal for CP and Tenn/Ky for Butch? Both deserve better.
Ivan Maisel (12:24 PM)
I have heard Butch Jones' name related to Tennessee, although I think Tennessee will make Jimbo Fisher say no first. I just don't think Coach Pete is going to leave.
What do you think is the most attractive job for a coach out of Arkansas, Auburn, or Tennessee?
Ivan Maisel (12:25 PM)
Auburn has the most resources and the most baggage. Never underestimate the size of a coach's ego when it comes to thinking the baggage won't affect him.
Fred (Walla Walla)
Should there be a rule about playing FCS teams past Sept 30th? UF is a fine team but they basically had 3 weeks to get ready for FSU while sleepwalking through 2 weeks of cupcakes.
Ivan Maisel (12:26 PM)
I would love to see the SEC go to nine conference games. That may solve some of that issue. Nick Saban has been pushing it. I think it will help the league in the playoff era. I hope it happens.
Chuck (United States)
Is Nick Saban campainging for the loser of the SEC Championship game to go to the Sugar Bowl? Is he afraid the mighty Tide will perish in Atlanta? I really don't understand why he would even comment on this subject after his team didn't play in the SEC championship game last year but found itself in NCG.
Ivan Maisel (12:28 PM)
How hard is it to figure out that 11-1 is more appealing than 11-2? Coaches live in underground bunkers. Sometimes when they come up for air they don't exactly know what's going on in the world around them.
Ivan, I'm sorry as I normally enjoy your work, but your comment regarding coaches and individual players and their eligibility for postseason awards made absolutely no sense. Why in the world would they not get recognition for their achievements during the season? Once again, ESPN's hatred of Penn State shines through.
Ivan Maisel (12:29 PM)
Joe, if you have read anything I've written about Penn State and O'Brien over the last 12 months, you would retract your question in a heartbeat. Go ahead and hit the archive. Go back and read my Three-Point Stances through the season. Take all the time you need.
Dan (Midland Park NJ)
All this Te'o Heisman talk is a joke to me. Was he even the best defensive player in college football this year? I get the whole ND undefeated bias but common sense takes over at some point, right?
Ivan Maisel (12:30 PM)
We may have to agree to disagree on that one, Dan.
SJSU has a great record. USU has a great record. Two out of three of last year's additions to the MWC are really good in football. Men's bball is a top 5 conference. Why on earth do SDSU and BSU still want to leave for C-USA 2.0?
Ivan Maisel (12:30 PM)
I think they are looking at the terms of the sale now. The Big East they bought isn't the one they are getting.
Alex (Orange City IA)
Do you see the Big 10 improving in the coming years?
Ivan Maisel (12:31 PM)
Yes, because this has been as bad a season as the Big Ten has had in a while. If college football is cyclical, then the Big Ten is due to come back.
If the move to the ACC was all football, why wouldn't Cincinnati get the nod over Louisville/UConn? Is it because their facilities aren't up to par? Their teams have certainly been better over the past few years.
Ivan Maisel (12:32 PM)
It might be marketplace presence. Cincinnati isn't the most popular school in Cincinnati. I don't know how the ACC decided on Louisville over UConn, much less Cincinnati.
Sarah (Cleveland, OH)
When the playoff systems goes into effect in 2014 how do the BCS rules change in regards to non-automatic qualifiers such as my alma mater Kent State? Also, I do find it silly that teams such as LSU, TA&M, South Carolina, SEC championship loser, and possibly OKLA will be shut out of BCS bowls due to politics. I want to see the best teams play the best teams.
Ivan Maisel (12:34 PM)
The four teams will be selected by a committee, which will choose the most deserving regardless of race, creed, color, national origin or even conference. Keep in mind that the conferences put a two-team limit on BCS slots to keep all of them happy, share the wealth, etc. It has nothing to do with the best playing the best.
selma alabama [via mobile]
do you think kirby smart will leave alabama?
Ivan Maisel (12:35 PM)
Yes. But I don't know if he'll leave this year.
Carl LaFong (Warsaw In)
Ivan, something that the national media failed to ever mention about the Pitt - ND game. Over half the team was flued up and several players in the infirmary two days before the game.
Ivan Maisel (12:35 PM)
Carl, you're No. 1. Might be time to let that one go.
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
What is the Coldest College Football Game that you have been to?
Ivan Maisel (12:37 PM)
I covered a Nebraska-Colorado game in the early- to mid-90s when they were sweeping snow and ice off the bleachers at Folsom Field before the game. I think it was the 19-19 tie. And this will sound odd, but I covered the 2000 Iron Bowl while standing on the sidelines. It was 38 degrees and sleeting. That was no party.
Mark M (Washington, DC)
Do you think the possible Ohio State title chances hurts the idea that sanctions / bowl bans matter? No matter how it came to be, or if you think it is right, OSU has a post season ban. If the AP awards them for their season, won't it encourage people to go after the title, even if it breaks some rules? My point - shouldn't the post season ban also count for AP votes?
Ivan Maisel (12:39 PM)
AP's philosophy is if they're playing, the games count. I know that Oklahoma won the 1974 AP title while on probation. USC won the coaches' poll. I can't remember if it happened in another season. I don't think at the end of the day that an AP poll will make schools/coaches think it's OK to break rules.
Ivan -- I always knew notre Dame was famous and popular etcc... but wow, TV ratings for ND this yaer have been enormous. And did you see the huge rise of ticket prices for the NCG when notre Dame got in? Amazing! no team can match the Irish's popularity, period!
Ivan Maisel (12:39 PM)
Turns out they're still relevant after all.
RJ (Kansas City)
Who of the following is most likely to coach Arkansas next season?Miles, Gundy, Peterson, Patterson?
Ivan Maisel (12:40 PM)
I still like Art Briles for that one. I don't think any of those four will leave their jobs.
Seth Jonas (New York, NY)
You said that the Big Ten started this entire mess. I do not agree. It was the ACC back in the day. BC has become a joke & all of the changes of teams not being in conferences they should be started after that.
Ivan Maisel (12:40 PM)
Big Ten expanded to take Penn State in 1989 or 1990, followed by the SEC taking Arkansas and South Carolina.
Michael (North Dakota)
Do you see any way that Boise State ends up in the PAC-? or the Big-12?
Ivan Maisel (12:41 PM)
Ivan Maisel (12:41 PM)
OK, guys. Thanks. Enjoyed it. Talk soon.