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 1 p.m. ET!
Chris Low (1:02 PM)
Great to be back chatting after traveling the last few weeks. Hard to believe we're already at Week 6!
Ed (sec land)
Does any team have a chance of dethroning the SEC champ?
Chris Low (1:04 PM)
Sure, Alabama is hardly unbeatable, and with the way teams are scoring points this year in the SEC, it could definitely happen. LSU on Nov. 9 will be a huge game.
Chris,If you could have one college quarterback to win one game, who would you take?
Chris Low (1:05 PM)
I'd go with Manziel. He's the best combination of runner/passer and impossible to prepare for. He's gotten even more accurate throwing the ball and is a fierce competitor.
JASON (LAS VEGAS)
Is defense gone forever, including in the sec.
Chris Low (1:07 PM)
Don't know about forever, but the game's changing. Defenses will catch up at some point. But with the way offenses are spreading out teams and playing so fast, it may take some time. I think what's happened in the SEC is that this group of QBs is outstanding and experienced, and coupled with the fact that the SEC has lost a ton of premier defenders early to the NFL draft the last few years, has given way to some of these offensive explosions.
Tony (Richmond, CA)
Have you been more impressed with the improvement of Zach Mettenberger? Or disappointed with the ineptitude of the LSU secondary?
Chris Low (1:08 PM)
Well, I thought Mettenberger would be much improved, but he's been even better than I thought. I also thought the LSU secondary would struggle and go through its growing pains with several young guys back there. They looked lost last week against Georgia and have to get better in a hurry.
Hi Chris Does Lsu still Have a outside chance of winning the sec championship?
Chris Low (1:09 PM)
Sure, LSU still controls its own destiny. If the Tigers win out, including beating Alabama in Tuscaloosa, they may get a rematch with Georgia in the SEC title game.
joey trainor (missouri)
Do you think Auburn's defense will play with the intenseity they had against missippissi state?
Chris Low (1:10 PM)
They're going to need to. They get several players back, including Chris Davis, which should help. I thought Auburn played a lot better in the second half against LSU two weeks ago after making some adjustments.
Does Georgia have a legit chance of getting a rematch with Clemson in a BCS bowl if everything goes smoothly?
Chris Low (1:13 PM)
Only way that would possibly happen is for Georgia to be 12-1 with an SEC title win over an unbeaten and No. 1-ranked Alabama, and then Oregon, Stanford, Ohio State and Oklahoma would all have to lose. Even then, it's hard to see a rematch. Louisville would be the other fly in the ointment.
Does KY have any chance at winning this weekend at S. Carolina, or are we still 2 or 3 years away from being competitive in the SEC East
Chris Low (1:14 PM)
I don't see it. Kentucky's a ways off. I do like the way Stoops is recruiting, but it's going to take two more classes before you can fairly evaluate where the program is.
If you're Richt, do you put Gurley on the field Saturday @ Neyland? I say no. Let Marshall be the guy and give the young fellas some snaps if the lead gets cushy. UGA needs a healthy, rested Gurley for the second half of the season.
Chris Low (1:16 PM)
If Gurley isn't close to 100 percent, I wouldn't risk it. The Dawgs get their second bye week on Oct. 26. So I'd be sure before I put him back out there.
Jeff (Tampa, FL)
What's the deal with Stoops recent jabs at the SEC?
Chris Low (1:17 PM)
Just tired of hearing about the SEC's dominance all the time, like everybody else outside the SEC's footprint.
Bryan (Springdale, AR)
Is Alex Collins a top 5 RB in the SEC? Are him and Williams a top 3 duo in the SEC? Trying to get some unbiased perspective here.
Chris Low (1:20 PM)
He's played like it to this point. The big stages for him will be these next three weeks against Florida, South Carolina and Alabama. Right now, my top five, in no order, would be Todd Gurley, T.J. Yeldon, Mike Davis, Jeremy Hill and Collins.
Do you think Florida still has a chance at the SEC East despite the major injuries?
Chris Low (1:22 PM)
A small chance, maybe. The schedule works against the Gators, who have to play at LSU and at South Carolina in addition to facing Georgia in Jacksonville. That game at Missouri could be tough, too. The Gators have one of the best defenses in the country. I don't see them being able to score enough points to get to Atlanta.
I want to say Low and Aschoff are the most BIASED SOB's out there, but the dang conference backs them up.....time......after time.....after time......after time...................
Chris Low (1:22 PM)
Thank you, kind sir.
Can Miss St upset LSU? Who would you start at QB for Miss St?
Chris Low (1:24 PM)
I think Mississippi State is getting LSU at a good time. The Bulldogs are coming off a bye week and the Tigers had that emotional loss at Georgia last week. I understand Mullen wants to be loyal to Tyler Russell, but it would be hard for me to pull Dak Prescott with the way the Bulldogs have been scoring points with him in there at QB.
Tom (SEC Town)
If UGA played Bama tonight, at the GA Dome, who would you pick and by what score?
Chris Low (1:25 PM)
Probably Georgia, especially if Alabama was without Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, who is the Tide's best defensive back.
Other than Oregon, which other teams pose the most problems for the Tide (assuming we run the table)? I think Oregon is almost a copy of A&M.
Chris Low (1:26 PM)
Clemson looks like it can score on anybody, and Stanford looks just physical enough to beat anybody.
For real this time, Does Oregon have the best secondary in the country?
Chris Low (1:30 PM)
Haven't seen one any better. The impressive thing last year was that they had those key injuries and never really missed a beat, and then this year, Ekpre-Olomu has been a beast back there. There's a reason teams average so few yards per pass attempt against them.
Tom (SEC Town)
Would it be a good story or a bad story for next year's playoff system if a one loss SEC Champion got left out of the last BCS Championship game?
Chris Low (1:32 PM)
I don't think it would matter next year because there's going to be four teams in the playoff, and the SEC champ is always going to get in. The question becomes: Does the second-best SEC team with one loss get a second spot? For instance, right now, I would say that Alabama, Oregon, Clemson and probably Stanford would get the four spots. I'm sure Ohio State, Georgia, Louisville, Oklahoma and Texas A&M fans would disagree.
I am encouraged by what Butch jones has done this past offseason at UT. While we didn't expect to be competing for the title this season, I cant help but be insecure about the programs future. My question is, do you think UT can rebound from its recent woes, and do you give them any shot at upsetting UGA this Saturday at Neyland?
Chris Low (1:35 PM)
I don't think Tennessee will win this weekend, but I do think the game has a chance to be close going into the second half. I wonder if the Dawgs might be a little flat. As for the Vols' future, my advice is to be patient. These next two years could be rough ones. Jones is going to need two more recruiting classes to make up the kind of ground he needs to. We'll have a better idea by 2015 if Tennessee is going to get back to relevancy.
You think Oregon has the best secondary? I think Florida's is right there with them. Your thoughts?
Chris Low (1:36 PM)
I said I didn't see one better than Oregon's. I would but Florida's in that same class. Getting Marcus Roberson back healthy would help, but Hargreaves III has been exceptional as a freshman.
Which SEC team has the best facilities?
Chris Low (1:38 PM)
Really, they all do. It's a toss-up for the top spot among Alabama, LSU and Tennessee. Florida would be in there, too, and Auburn and Arkansas just built/are building brand new complexes.
Mat (Harvest, AL)
Which team currently has the best resume (close losses do not count)?
Chris Low (1:39 PM)
It would have to be Georgia with two top 10 wins, and while close losses "don't count," the Dawgs' only loss was on the road at No. 3 Clemson.
Most significant game so far this year, UGA-LSU, TAMU-Bama, Clemson-UGA (or something else)? What's the next game to take the honors this year? Or have we already seen the "game of the year"?
Chris Low (1:41 PM)
I would say Alabama's win over Texas A&M because it put the Crimson Tide in great shape to get back to Atlanta. But in terms of pure entertainment, the Georgia-LSU game was as good as any I've seen in a while. Something tells me Alabama-LSU will be outstanding in November. It always is.
Bryan (Springdale, AR)
Which two teams in the country would be your dream matchup at this point in the season?
Chris Low (1:44 PM)
Probably Alabama vs. Oregon simply because that's the matchup we've all sort of wanted to see the last couple of years. But could you imagine Oregon vs. Texas A&M? We've have to tape it and convert it to slow motion to know what was going on because those teams play so fast.
Tom (SEC Town)
Which player(s) do you think are sand-bagging the most so far this year, just trying to make it to their payday next April.
Chris Low (1:45 PM)
Clowney is the one everyone is pointing to, but the South Carolina coaches insist he's playing hard and that others on the 'D' aren't picking up the slack.
Will Ole Miss be back on their game against Auburn?
Chris Low (1:47 PM)
I expect both teams to score in this game and have success moving the ball. Auburn is healthier on defense by virtue of the bye week. Tigers at home are tough to beat.
Scott (Los Angeles)
Who do you think should be on the playoff committee?
Chris Low (1:53 PM)
That's a hard one. My feeling is that current ADs shouldn't be on there because it's just too hard to put conference biases aside. Former ADS, coaches, players and media members -- anybody who's going to study it closely and endeavor to get the best four teams at season's end. Archie Manning would be a good one. A guy like former Vanderbilt coach Bobby Johnson would also be good.
Keenan (Atlanta, GA)
How much would an SEC title elevate Aaron Murray's status among the recent great QBs in the conference?
Chris Low (1:55 PM)
A ton. Murray is a terrific player, and I always felt he was getting a bum rap about not being able to win the big game. But that's just the way QBs are judged, more so than other players. He's going to own nearly every SEC passing record. If he can add an SEC title to his resume, then he'd have to go down as one of the best in the last several decades.
With all the coaching turnover, what SEC coach is most likely to be moving at season's end to some bigger program (not the NFL)?
Chris Low (1:57 PM)
Kevin Sumlin will be in hot demand given what he's done at TAMU in two years and how potent that offense has been. You can bet that USC will be interested, although I doubt TAMU is just going to sit pat and let him walk.
gregory (ukraine )
bro.....American football is as down right stupid and idiotic as it gets...I can bear to watch grown men wrestle in weird pads and costumes....down right ignorant. you are a horrible example of the game and deserve a nice reality check from yours truly..-soccer till the day I die-
Chris Low (1:58 PM)
You need to call my colleague, Edward Aschoff -- the ATL Kid. He loves soccer.
C'mon Chris you gotta admit there is some point to what Stoops is saying. SEC apologists are point to the QB talent as to why defenses look so bad, however the Big 12 has been dealing with this for a decade, PAC 12 too for that matter. At least be honest man.
Chris Low (2:00 PM)
I think he's right this year. The QBs in the SEC are making the defenses look mortal, and the QBs in the Big 12 have typically been very good. It runs in cycles. I still think one of the things that separates the SEC from everybody else is defensive linemen and pass-rushers. The SEC has lost a lot of those guys the last two years.
Hey Chris! Take one for the team and ask Saban why HaHa was suspended and when it will end.
Chris Low (2:01 PM)
Nothing specific yet. What I do hear is that it wasn't related to the D.J. Fluker agent/runner deal. Clinton-Dix won't play this weekend, but Alabama is hopeful that the suspension won't be longer than two or three games.
Chris Low (2:04 PM)
Enjoyed the chat. Good to be back. We'll see if the SEC figures out how to play defense again at some point this season. From where I sit, Oregon looks pretty impressive. Have a great week!