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 (1:01 PM)
Good afternoon. Hope everybody is way down the road of having their Christmas shopping done.
Chris, Anthony Jennings looks promising. Pick the bowl game. LSU or Iowa.
Chris Low (1:02 PM)
LSU's staff is really high on Jennings as well. I feel badly for Mettenberger that he won't be able to finish the season, but this will be a good chance for Jennings and the guys around him to get a feel going into next season. I like LSU in the game.
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
What College Football Bowl Game are you Looking Forward Seeing this season?
Chris Low (1:04 PM)
BCS national championship game, of course, and two others I think will be very good games are Oklahoma State-Mizzou in the Cotton and Michigan State-Stanford in the Rose Bowl.
What are the chances Vandy will be able to keep James Franklin for the foreseeable future?
Chris Low (1:06 PM)
Unless there's a wild domino effect with the Texas job, I think he's back for next season. After that, a lot of it's going to come down to what jobs come available. I don't think he's going to leave just to be leaving. He's making around $3.5 million per year. If the Commodores keep him for five years, that's probably a win for them.
The SEC IS 2-5 against Top 25 out of conference teams. They are 13-1 against FCS schools. Now i know why they play soft out of conference schedules.
Chris Low (1:09 PM)
The SEC is also 9-1 in BCS National Championship Games with five different teams winning national titles. And, oh yeah, that only loss came when two SEC teams faced each other.
Every "expert" is picking FSU over Auburn. Most pointing to Auburns defense. However they look past the red zone defense and the 4th quarter defense. As the game goes on Auburns defense gets tougher. Thoughts?
Chris Low (1:11 PM)
Auburn's defense improved toward the latter part of the season, and the Tigers made some key plays when they had to. The Tigers have been good in the red zone and have made some key stops. They're very good up front, not great at LB and also have some holes in the secondary. They have to tackle as well as they have all season in this game if they're going to win.
Hey Chris. On a scale of 1 -10...with 1 being low, what are the chances Saban goes to Texas IF Brown truly does leave this year?
Chris Low (1:13 PM)
Somewhere around 1 and maybe a little lower than that. I just don't have anybody close to Saban or that situation telling me they think he's leaving, and he's certainly not engaged in any of it. But you also don't completely close the door on it when you know it's Texas and the kind of money they would be willing to pay him.
Scratches (B'more, MD)
Hey Chris, forget the dominance of the SEC, how 'bout the dominance of the state of Alabama? The last time a team from Alabama wasn't playing for the crystal football, LeBron was in Cleveland, Bush was in the White House, and the average price of gas was $1.84/gal.
Chris Low (1:14 PM)
Pretty good, and nobody had ever heard of Twitter.
After seeing what Mizzou has done in football this year, what are your predictions for the team next season
Chris Low (1:15 PM)
They lose a lot of key seniors, and that will hurt. The fact that Mauk played so many key minutes this year will help, and Green-Beckham looks like he's going to be the next great receiver from this conference. I don't see 11 wins again, but there's a good enough nucleus to contend in the East again.
Jeff (Tampa, FL)
Winston finally looked like a freshmen in the ACCCG. Do you think a more talented Auburn team will be able to pressure him early into similar mistakes and increase his anxiety level even more? Or do you think the events leading up to the game that week played more of a role in Jameis' early game struggles?
Chris Low (1:16 PM)
You can bet Auburn defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson, who's one of the best in the business, won't sit back. He'll scheme it up pretty good, mix it up and come after Winston.
Derrin (Plano, TX)
Is Jadaveon Clowney's stock dropping after his subpar season, and now more negative publicity with his speeding ticket?
Chris Low (1:18 PM)
He hasn't helped himself and really just needs to lay low. He'll have good workouts. I still think he'll be a top 5 pick for sure.
Scratches (B'more, MD)
Who's gonna take the snaps for Alabama next season? And who do you see transferring?
Chris Low (1:22 PM)
Good question. I think there's a chance the Florida State backup Jacob Coker may consider transferring to Alabama.
Tony (Richmond, CA)
Have the SEC and Pac-12 separated themselves from the rest of the country? How would you rank/compare the coaching depth of each conference after Washington's hiring of Peterson?
Chris Low (1:23 PM)
Yes, I do. I feel like the Pac-12 is pretty close to the SEC, and the lineup of coaches is excellent, especially with Petersen coming aboard. Top to bottom, the Pac-12 coaching lineup is right there on par with the SEC. I still think the SEC has better defensive players.
Thomas (Minneapolis, MN)
Grantham is getting a lot of heat this year for the lack of performance on D. Given the youth, I got what I was expecting. I was much more discouraged by the D's performance last year with 7 NFL players. Is Grantham legit or does Georgia need to make a move?
Chris Low (1:25 PM)
The combination of the Dawgs' youth and some key injuries, especially to Tray Matthews, was what killed Georgia on defense this season. They will be a lot better next season and were pretty good up front and against the run this season. Grantham is a good coach. We'll have a much better feel for everything this time next year. If it's still status quo, then Richt probably has a decision to make.
Auburn's D improved late in the year? Did you sleep thru the UGA game?
Chris Low (1:27 PM)
Not that game, but I thought they held up well in the Bama game and made the huge fourth-down stop, and some of those points Missouri scored were off turnovers.
Chris Low (1:30 PM)
Sorry, I have to cut out early today. I'll make it up next week.