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College Football Blogger Roundtable

Updated: August 20, 2009, 7:21 PM ET
By ESPN.com staff

The players aren't the only ones back on campus. Our college football bloggers have been hitting the road to get the latest news from around the country. They were on the road again Thursday and paused for a roundtable discussion on the 2009 season.


Here's the lineup:

Brian Bennett at Notre Dame.

Heather Dinich at Maryland.

Tim Griffin at Texas A&M.

Chris Low at Auburn.

Ted Miller at Arizona.

Adam Rittenberg at Purdue.

Graham Watson at Denver with the Front Range coaches.

ESPN.com College Football Blogger Roundtable(08/20/2009) 
4:00
Matthew Lee:  

Welcome to ESPN.com's college football blogger roundtable.

4:01
Tim Griffin:  Good afternoon, Tim Griffin high atop Kyle Field in beautiful College Station, Texas. It's 103 degree here.
4:02 [Comment From Wilkins ]
What do you expect out of the aggies this year?
4:02 [Comment From David ]
Tim, I spent 4 long years at TAMU where the football season started with high hopes and did well to finish around the .500 level with losses to UT, OU, TTU, etc. Is this year going to be any different?
4:02
Heather Dinich:  Hey guys. Heather here in College Park. The Terps just started practicing. They've got the hip-hop blaring.
4:03
Tim Griffin:  Wilkins:

Gonna be a tough year for the Aggies, I think. The South Division is brutal and Sherman still is in rebuilding mode. If they get to 6 wins and make a bowl, it should be a case for celebration.
4:03 [Comment From Matt (Orlando) ]
Heather-- I've been hearing most people say that FSU will be so much better in 2010 than this year. However, with the possible departure of Mickey Andrews, will the defense be good enough to support this claim next season?
4:03
Tim Griffin:  Welcome, Heather. Hopefully your weather is cooler than mine is here in the blast furnace.
4:04
Brian Bennett:  Hey there. Brian Bennett here, checking in from South Bend, where the Irish practiced this morning and are going again this afternoon.
4:04
Chris Low:  Chris Low here, coming to you live from the Plains in Auburn, Ala.
4:05 [Comment From Nick ]
How good are Notre Dame's freshmen? Will they have an impact?
4:05
Heather Dinich:  No way Tim, I'm breaking a sweat just sitting in the shade. Matt, yes the talent is there, but if Mickey leaves it will obvious throw a wrinkle into whether or not the current staff can keep things together.
4:05
Heather Dinich:  And ... there's my ugly mug for you.
4:05 [Comment From Daniel ]
Do you see Auburn as a surprise team in the SEC west if the injury bug doesn't bite too bad on the OL or LB fronts?
4:06
Will Notre Dame make a BCS bowl?
Yes
 ( 34% )
No
 ( 66% )

4:07
Brian Bennett:  Charlie Weis spoke glowingly today about a lot of freshmen. Manti Te'o will obviously have an impact and will start. Shaquelle Evans and one of the running backs, either Cierre Wood or Theo Riddick, could contribute as well
4:09
David Duffey:  

Each of you have been taking trips around your conferences the last couple of weeks. What has been the biggest camp or practice surprise for each of you?

4:10
Chris Low:  Not this year on Auburn. No depth, new offense and a brutal 11-game stretch to start the season without a bye.
4:10
Heather Dinich:  I think the progress FSU is making with its tight ends was impressive, as was the growth Christian Ponder has made. He looks like a totally different player.
4:10
Brian Bennett:  For me, it's how much depth Cincinnati has, especially on defense. The Bearcats are deeper than they were last year. Whether that translates into as many wins is still a big question.
4:10
Tim Griffin:  

Lack of a running back emerging at Texas. Thought for sure we'd see a future back by now.

4:11
Heather Dinich:  Also it was nice to finally talk to UVA OC Gregg Brandon, since Virginia assistants are off-limits to media. He's intent on getting the best players on the field, so I wouldn't be surprised to see Vic Hall and Jameel Sewell out there together.
4:11
Chris Low:  

One of the biggest surprises for me was Chris Todd winning the Auburn quarterback job. Wasn't sure his shoulder was healthy, but he tells me today that he's making all the throws and is 100 percent confident in it.

4:12
Chris Low:  I'm also a little surprised that Coach Saban is blowing up the media for asking questions about the depth chart.
4:12
Tim Griffin:  Speaking of off limits, what's going on at Oklahoma State. Mike Gundy has shut down all communication with the media for his players and staff for the next 10 days. Who does he think he is, Kirk Ferentz?

4:12
Brian Bennett:  He's a man. He's 41.
4:12
Heather Dinich:  Took the words out of my mouth, BB.
4:13
Twitterespn_bigten:  Boilers players understand their doubters - http://tinyurl.com/m6kzc5
4:13
Chris Low:  

Obviously kidding about Saban. I'm surprised it's taken this long to unload. Must be getting close to the opener.

4:13
Tim Griffin:  Actually, Brian, Gundy just turned 42 a couple of weeks ago.
4:14 [Comment From Peter ]
HD, what do you think the Canes' chances are of pulling the early season upset against the mighty Sooners?
4:14
Which blogger surprise will fare best this season?
FSU QB Christian Ponder
 ( 18% )
Cincinnati's defense
 ( 16% )
Auburn QB Chris Todd
 ( 29% )
Texas' running game
 ( 37% )

4:14
Heather Dinich:  

Slim to none. However, they did play better than expected against Florida last year.

4:14
Chris Low:  Speaking of Gundy. I hear today (for the first time) that he was prime target at Tennessee, but got a nice bump at Oklahoma State.
4:15
Ted Miller:  i'm here... please... stop clapping... at Arizona... it's hot.
4:15
Ted Miller:  tony... my money is on scott....
4:15
Heather Dinich:  In watching the Terps it's hard not to wonder who on earth will be their QB next year.
4:15
David Duffey:  Upsets. Hmmm. That's a good topic. What early games look scary for teams in your conferences?
4:16
Heather Dinich:  Miami/South Florida, UNC/ECU ...
4:17
Ted Miller:  georgia will be tricky for arizona state...
4:17
Tim Griffin:  

I'll say that OSU could struggle with Houston, win or lose against Georgia

4:17
Brian Bennett:  East Carolina at WVU, Week 2
4:17
Tim Griffin:  Also I'm picking UTEP to beat Kansas week 2 in El Paso. Too much good food at Kiki's up on the hill.
4:17 [Comment From Josh, CA ]
Upsets? Might Boise knock off Oregon? Might Fresno State take down Cincy? How about SJSU @ USC? (I know that last one was a long shot, and totally not serious, but what about the others?)
4:18
Ted Miller:  lots of Arizona qb questions... feeling is they are about to make a pick between scott and foles, maybe by monday or so... my guess is scott leads
4:18 [Comment From Luke ]
Is there any chance BYU will knock of OU in the opener of the new Texas Stadium on Sept. 5.
4:18 [Comment From Robert Ray ]
MY upset is Washington over LSU. Tell me it can happen
4:19
Tim Griffin:  Luke, don't think so. Too many questions with injuries in BYU's line. OU's defensive line will be the Sooners' team strength. They'll go three-deep at every position.
4:19
Chris Low:  If the Huskies upset LSU, it's going to be a long year for Les Miles on the Bayou.
4:19
Ted Miller:  there's a guy who comments a lot on the pac-10 blog who's sure UW beats LSu.... me? I don't see it.
4:19
Chris Low:  A real long year.
4:19 [Comment From Andre ]
I agree robert. Jake Locker under coach sarc is a dangerous combo
4:20
Which team will pull off the early-season upset?
Miami (vs. Oklahoma)
 ( 17% )
Arizona State (vs. Georgia)
 ( 23% )
Houston (vs. Oklahoma State)
 ( 9% )
East Carolina (vs. West Virginia)
 ( 40% )
Washington (vs. LSU)
 ( 11% )

4:20
Adam Rittenberg:  Sorry, I'm late guys. Had a meeting with new Purdue coach Danny Hope here in West Lafayette. They're testing the JumboTron at Ross-Ade Stadium. Football season's here.
4:20
Ted Miller:  i was at washington a couple of days ago... some good things going on there.. but the Huskies don't have the team speed to keep up with lsu
4:20 [Comment From Bob ]
If Penn State wins Big Ten this year will they finally be considered part of the Big 3 in the conference w/ OSU and Michigan?
4:20
Tim Griffin:  

Adam, what are they showing on the board? Happy Gilmore or Bob Griese playing highlights?

4:20
Chris Low:  Ted, does anybody in the Pac-10 have the team speed to keep up with anybody in the SEC. Sorry, couldn't resist.
4:21
Adam Rittenberg:  They'll be getting closer. Back-to-back Big Ten titles would be huge for JoePa and the Lions, who really haven't established themselves yet as a perrennial power in the league.
4:21 [Comment From walt ]
lsu does have alot speed and sec speed is alot more than pacten speed
4:21
Adam Rittenberg:  I might have caught a Griese highlight on there, Tim. Mostly stuff from the early Tiller era.
4:21
Ted Miller:  

chris...there's this scrappy team called USC that is fairly quick... cal and oregon ain't slow...

4:22
Heather Dinich:  Speed? Hey the ACC's got some. Clemson receiver Jacoby Ford one of the fastest out there.
4:22
Heather Dinich:  Forget Florida, USC was the best team in the country last year.
4:22
Tim Griffin:  There's also this Griffin kid at Baylor. I bet he runs in the Olympics one day.
4:22
Adam Rittenberg:  Ted, I heard Jahvid Best might be banged up. How's he doing?
4:23
Ted Miller:  

adam... toes are tricky... but my guess is once he got hurt they decided to resta him

4:23
Heather Dinich:  Tim, Wake opens the season with Baylor. Talked to Grobe today. They've got respect for that program. Expecting more this year from Baylor.
4:24
Tim Griffin:  Heather: Baylor didn't start Griffin last year and they were in a 17-0 hole before he even entered. Should do better this year. And keep an eye out for an only Penn State player - DT Phil Taylor.
4:24
Ted Miller:  adam... are folks at ohio state having scary dreams about Matt Barkley...
4:24
Adam Rittenberg:  Not yet, but they probably should. They're pretty high on their guy, though. You might have heard of him.
4:25
Ted Miller:  that's right... how did vince young end up coming back and playing qb for ohio state?
4:25
Tim Griffin:  I think he made a wrong turn somewhere near Nashville.
4:25
Chris Low:  Heather, USC was the best team in the country ... west of the Mississippi River.
4:25
Ted Miller:  

chris ... 11 percent picking the huskies... wonder if they spend time in vegas...

4:26
Heather Dinich:  Ha ... nice, CLow.
4:26
David Duffey:  Hey folks,

We're going to start concentrating on one conference at a time for a few minutes each. Heather Dinich will start talking ACC at 4:30. Get your questions and comments ready for her.
4:26
Adam Rittenberg:  He's got to pass the ball a little more consistently to reach No. 10's level.
4:26
Brian Bennett:  Lots of love for the ECU Pirates.
4:28 [Comment From Josh, MD ]
HD, what are the 3 best home field advantages in the ACC?
4:28
Which team will win the ACC Atlantic division this season?
Boston College
 ( 7% )
Clemson
 ( 22% )
Florida State
 ( 50% )
Maryland
 ( 8% )
North Carolina State
 ( 6% )
Wake Forest
 ( 8% )

4:29
Heather Dinich:  Definitely Virginia Tech, especially on a Thurs. night, then Clemson, and FSU. Love the Doak tradition and the rock in Death Valley.
4:29 [Comment From Robert ]
Does Maryland have a chance of beating Cal? Does the team travel well historically?
4:29
Chris Low:  

LSU went out west a few years ago when JaMarcus Russell was there and really struggled to beat Oregon State. Beavers missed an extra point, so you never know.

4:29
Heather Dinich:  Chris Turner will be home, but that will be a 10 p.m. kickoff in TerpTime. Historically, Maryland fares well against the teams it's not supposed to beat, regardless of where it is. (See Rutgers road trip a few years ago.)
4:30
Which team will win the ACC Coastal division this season?
Duke
 ( 3% )
Georgia Tech
 ( 28% )
Miami
 ( 12% )
North Carolina
 ( 14% )
Virginia
 ( 2% )
Virginia Tech
 ( 43% )

4:30 [Comment From Carlos ]
Miami's first 4 games predictions. Who they losing to or beating?
4:30
Heather Dinich:  I say 2-2, with a win at FSU and either GT or VT. They'll get one of those. Not Oklahoma.
4:30
Ted Miller:  

chris... LSU struggled at Arizona State... oregon state missed three PAT's at LSU... but neither of those teams was 0-12 the season before

4:31 [Comment From Mike ]
Does Georgia Tech have a chance to lose only one game this year?
4:31
Heather Dinich:  If they don't play like they did against LSU, I don't see why not. But they've got to get settled up front on both sides.
4:31 [Comment From Patrick ]
Georgia Tech has some pretty dominant and fast backs but do you think their team might be a little one dimensional to win consistently?
4:32
Tim Griffin:  

Don't know about you guys, but who is your most underrated coach in the nation.

I'm guessing maybe Mike Riley out at Oregon State. He's done a nice job at that program -- twice.

4:32
Heather Dinich:  No. I think they'll throw the ball more. Nesbitt should be more improved, and they've got some good receivers to help "Bey Bey."
4:32 [Comment From Kyle ]
Heather, does NC STATE have a chance to go 8-4 or better?
4:33
Heather Dinich:  If they start out strong (unlike making a push at the end like the past two seasons), they definitely could. Issues in the secondary, and different team w/o Nate Irving, but still a contender in the Atlantic.
4:33 [Comment From chris ]
do you think virgina tech will beat alabama?
4:34
Ted Miller:  

riley's good... it's acc time so I'm going with Grobe... or is he no longer underrated...

4:34
Brian Kelly:  Stay tuned ... Tim Griffin will be talking Big 12 football at 4:45 ET.
4:34
Heather Dinich:  No. Bama's defense too good, and Saban at his best when he's got that much time to prepare. VT still young, TT still unproven. But I do think Ryan Williams will ease the loss of Darren Evans.
4:34 [Comment From Tarheel alum ]
Will UNC's football program ever get back to the level it was at when Mack Brown was a coach?
4:35
Heather Dinich:  Butch Davis got Miami there, so I don't see why he can't get UNC there. He's defintiely bringing in the recruits. The problem is, the rest of the ACC is getting better, too. Won't be easy to escape conference undefeated.
4:35 [Comment From Tom Heleniak ]
Is C.J Spiller the best RB in the nation?
4:36
Heather Dinich:  

Ooh, the nation? Jahvid Best has better numbers I believe, but Spiller's versatility is tough to beat.

4:37
Heather Dinich:  Actually, the ACC was 6-6 against the SEC, and they were beating Vandy, not Bama, though Georgia counts as a good win. The ACC needs a national title contender, then it will get national respect.
4:37 [Comment From Daniel ]
How will the Wahoos down in Charlottesville fare against TCU?
4:37
Heather Dinich:  I think Virginia will struggle in that game because it's so early and they'll still be working out the kinks in the new offense.
4:37 [Comment From Steve ]
Heather, do you think David Cutcliffe can bring Duke to respectability?
4:38
Heather Dinich:  Definitely. He almost beat VT with his backup qb last year. It's only a matter of time. Just not this year.
4:39 [Comment From Alan ]
Do you think that Ga. Tech's wishbone style on offense hurts some of their players draft possibilities?
4:39
Heather Dinich:  No. If Dwyer's not worth a high draft pick, I don't know who is. He's the kind of back who can play in any system.
4:39 [Comment From Ward ]
Can Virginia Tech really beat the tide in Atlanta?
4:40
Who is the best running back in the ACC?
Miami's Graig Cooper
 ( 6% )
Shaun Draughn, North Carolina
 ( 4% )
Ga Tech's Jonathan Dwyer
 ( 44% )
Boston College's Montel Harris
 ( 3% )
Maryland's Da'Rel Scott
 ( 4% )
Clemson's C.J. Spiller
 ( 39% )

4:40
Heather Dinich:  

They've got reason for hope -- more athletic o-line, but they've got to get more from their passing game quickly. Plus, Bama has holes to fill on their o-line and a new QB. Should be a close, defensive game.

4:40 [Comment From Tom Heleniak ]
Heather, I know Clemson does not have the team they had last year, but how do you think they will fair in the ACC this year?
4:41
Heather Dinich:  Clemson has the talent to win the Atlantic, but let's face it -- the coaches are unproven, save for Kevin Steele. If the offensive line really is better and they find a few more receivers, there's no reason they can't finally exceed expectations instead of underperform.
4:41 [Comment From Jared ]
Which ACC school has the best coaching staff assembled?
4:42
Heather Dinich:  Ooh, tie between Wake Forest and Virginia Tech. You can't beat the stability of those staffs, or the ability to cultivate unheralded talent.
4:42 [Comment From Kevin Thompson ]
Heather, I am curious as to what we should expect from the Florida State team this year. Usually very strong defensively, but they have really struggled offensively. Any chance the running game will actually work this year so they can pass the ball more efficiently?
4:43
Heather Dinich:  With that offensive line, the running game should flourish. And Ponder looks much more comfortable. I think the offense will actually be the strength while the defense replaces some guys.
4:43 [Comment From RazzMaTazz ]
Which Atlantic and Coastal dark horse would you pick as the most likely to sneak up and win their division?
4:43
Twitterespn_bigten:  Just met w/ Danny Hope. He doesn't care about the doubters and likes his young WRs and LBs
4:43
Heather Dinich:  Wake Forest in the Atlantic, and Miami in the Coastal.
4:43
David Duffey:  Thanks, Heather. We're gonna move to Tim Griffin and talk some Big 12.
4:44 [Comment From Chris ]
Tim: Everyone expects A&M to be a cellar dweller this season. Of UT, OU, TTU and OSU, pick one game where the Aggies stand the best chance to upset the favorite and explain why.
4:44
Which team will win the Big 12 North division?
Colorado
 ( 7% )
Iowa State
 ( 3% )
Kansas
 ( 21% )
Kansas State
 ( 4% )
Missouri
 ( 15% )
Nebraska
 ( 50% )

4:44
Tim Griffin:  

I would guess OSU, mainly because they are playing at home. Others will be very tough for the Ags.

4:45 [Comment From MK ]
Is the Texas vs OU game the biggest college football game of the year in terms of national title implications? If not, what game is bigger?
4:45
Tim Griffin:  M.K.

I would say so, merely because you'll have two of the top three or four teams meeting. Only other one that would be close would be USC-Ohio State.
4:45
Which team will win the Big 12 South division?
Baylor
 ( 2% )
Oklahoma
 ( 27% )
Oklahoma State
 ( 7% )
Texas
 ( 58% )
Texas A&M
 ( 4% )
Texas Tech
 ( 2% )

4:46 [Comment From Dan ]
Tim, which team do you pick to play in the National Championship from the Big XII tihs year?
4:47
Tim Griffin:  

I would give Texas the slighest of edges -- at least if they haven't lost another tight end today in practice. I think Longhorns are driven by the BCS snub last year. But it wouldn't surprise me if Oklahoma could make it either.

4:47 [Comment From JN ]
Is Kansas the true underrated darkhorse in the Big 12?
4:48
Tim Griffin:  I don't know how underrated they are, most have them first or second in the North. As far as underrated, I would say Colorado. People forget that they host Nebraska, Missouri and Kansas. Now, all they have to do is settle on a quarterback and find a deep threat or two.
4:48 [Comment From Dan ]
Will anyone in the Big 12 field a defense this year?
4:48
Tim Griffin:  Good question. I think defenses are better than they are given credit for, but there's no doubt the offenses are really, really good.
4:49 [Comment From MJ ]
Can OSU really upset the big boys and win the Big XII South?
4:49
Twitterespn_others:  Went to the Mountain West's Front Range Luncheon with Air Force, Colorado State and Wyoming. Not a lot of news, but a good time.
4:49
Who is the best QB in the Big 12?
Oklahoma's Sam Bradford
 ( 36% )
Baylor's Robert Griffin
 ( 4% )
Texas' Colt McCoy
 ( 50% )
Kansas' Todd Reesing
 ( 3% )
Oklahoma State's Zac Robinson
 ( 6% )

4:49 [Comment From Trevor ]
Will Muschamp's defense at Texas should be developing nicely.
4:50
Tim Griffin:  

We'll know how good they are after the first two weeks of the season. If they can get through Georgia and Houston unscatched, we'll know they are a pretty good team. But as far as competing with the South's big boys -- especially on defense, I'm still a little dubious.

4:50 [Comment From LB ]
Who will be the biggest surprise in the Big 12 this year?
4:50
Twitterespn_others:  Utah star defensive end Koa Misi "out until further notice with a back injury." Bad news for the Utes with the season a couple weeks away.
4:50
Tim Griffin:  

Trevor, yes they have. I think if they can get some turnovers, they'll be much improved in year 2.

4:51 [Comment From Chad ]
Texas Tech is back to it's usually media position in the Big 12, what do you expect of the Red Raiders this year?
4:51
Tim Griffin:  And as far as the biggest surprise. I'm thinking Baylor will make a bowl trip. That hasn't happened since 94, so it would generate a buzz.
4:51 [Comment From Austin ]
Does Colt get his Heisman this year?
4:52
Tim Griffin:  Chad:

Tech needs too much help on defense to contend with the big boys. But I expect Leach to coax 7-8 wins and take them to a bowl game again.
4:52
Tim Griffin:  Colt's Heisman will depend on a huge performance against OU and some bad games from Tim Tebow. I think TT is the favorite.
4:52 [Comment From chris ]
Do you think the Big XII matches up evenly with the Sec?
4:52
Twitterespn_bigten:  Illinois' Thomas to miss season with torn ACL - http://tinyurl.com/lv6vrv
4:53
Tim Griffin:  Chris:

No I don't. Too much team speed in the SEC, particularly in the secondary. We saw that in the bowls.
4:53 [Comment From adam ]
tim, any idea who will start at qb for the buffs?
4:54
Tim Griffin:  I'm hearing Hawkins has the edge and should be announced in the next week-10 days. Somebody will be in place by the Tuesday before the CSU game.
4:54
David Duffey:  Hey folks, Brian Bennett will be talking Notre Dame and Big East at around 5 p.m. ET.
4:54 [Comment From Paul ]
Will A&M ever matter again???
4:55
Tim Griffin:  I'm sitting here looking at a sprawling campus while I read your question. Too many positives - school, tradition, facilities - to say it won't EVER happen. But they need a coach to match up with Stoops, Brown, Leach. Don't know if Sherman is that guy.
4:55 [Comment From Rick ]
What stands between Nebraska and another North Division Title?
4:55
Twitterespn_others:  Southern Miss has released tight end David Rue for violation of team rules. Rue was a member of the 2009 signing class. He enrolled in Jan.
4:56
Brian Kelly:  Check out ESPN.com's Big 12 preview with Ivan Maisel and Tim Griffin
Big 12 Conference Preview ESPN Video
4:56
Tim Griffin:  An injury to Zac Lee would be devastating. Heck, Lee has to be pretty consistent for them to win. I'm giving them a smidge of an edge over Kansas.
4:56 [Comment From Ryan ]
What do you expect out the OSU/Texas game on Halloween?
4:57
Tim Griffin:  Ryan: Mack Brown is 11-0 against the Cowboys but has been lucky to keep the streak alive. I think OSU can score with anybody. Key will be to coax some defensive stops. Kind of follow the gameplan that Tech used so well last season in Lubbock.
4:57 [Comment From Kyle ]
How do you think Potts will do for Tech?
4:57
Who wins the Red River Rivalry this season?
Oklahoma
 ( 36% )
Texas
 ( 64% )

4:58
Tim Griffin:  Leach says he's more developed than any of the one-year quarterbacks he's had. It was interesting that he's already been named the starter. Leach usually likes to wait until just before the season. Must mean he's pretty good -- or they don't have much behind him.
4:58 [Comment From Guest ]
How far do you think Missouri is going to fall from last year?
5:00
Tim Griffin:  They are the biggest question for me in the conference. Losing all those great players like Maclin, Daniel, Hood has to hurt them a lot. They also lose both coordinators. But Pinkel likes the talent and this team seems to have a chip on its collective shoulder because it has been ranked so low coming into the season.
5:00 [Comment From ColinJB ]
What are your thoughts on Jerrod Johnson versus Ryan Tannehill?
5:00
Tim Griffin:  Johnson I think gets the starting job. And Tannehill is too good of an athlete not to help out at WR. I think Tommy Dorman's development will make that move possible, probably next week.
5:01
David Duffey:  

The bloggers will stick around and answer some national questions after the confernce segments are over. Stick around for that. Brian Bennett's up now.

5:01 [Comment From Logan ]
Over/Under 9.5 wins in the regular season for the Irish this year?
5:01
Which team will win the Big East this season?
Cincinnati
 ( 14% )
Connecticut
 ( 5% )
Pitt
 ( 24% )
South Florida
 ( 15% )
Rutgers
 ( 14% )
West Virginia
 ( 29% )

5:02
Brian Bennett:  I'm saying 9-3, so give me the under on that one. I think 8 is the baseline for this team.
5:02 [Comment From Robin ]
Call me crazy, but for a QB, I think Jimmy Clausen has better tools than say, Tim Tebow. ND has a chance to go undefeated.
5:02
Twitterespn_bigeast:  Barclay hoping to improve West Virginia's O-line picture - http://tinyurl.com/nkdaju
5:03 [Comment From John ]
Notre Dame has no chance at going undefeated.
5:03
Brian Bennett:  As a pure passer, you might be right. He can make all the throws. As a leader? Not close. Yet.
5:03 [Comment From KJ ]
If Notre Damewins every game but the USC game do you think that Notre Dame has a chance of making a BCS Bowl game this year? And do you think ND could beat USC?
5:03
Twitterespn_pac10:  Quick update from Tucson - http://tinyurl.com/lu96a7
5:04
Brian Bennett:  If they go 11-1, they're going to the BCS. No question about it. They'll definitely be in the Top 14 at that point, and someone will jump at them. I still don't think they match up well with USC, but if they're 5-0 and Notre Dame Stadium is going crazy ... well, it's probably their best shot in four years, at least.
5:04 [Comment From nimish ]
whos the sleeper pick in the big east
5:05 [Comment From Mike ]
Everyone is the sleep pick in the Big East this year
5:05
Brian Bennett:  It's hard to pick a sleeper since everyone is similarly rated. But the one team nobody is talking about is UConn. If that offense actually does put some points up, the defense will be solid and they could surprise. Randy Edsall is a great coach
5:05 [Comment From Chris Toy ]
Could South Florida beat FSU in the early season and then make a run at a Big East tiltle?
5:06
Brian Bennett:  Well, one doesn't really affect the other. That's going to be a tough atmosphere, and what I don't like is that USF won't have played anybody before then (Wofford, Charleston Southern and WKU). On the plus side, I guess they could hold some things back. But I don't know how they'll be prepared for FSU's speed after those games.
5:07 [Comment From william ]
any chance syracuse wins more than 5 games this year??
5:07
Brian Bennett:  Just about everything would have to go right. They're really thin, and this Paulus thing could blow up in their face. I'll give them Akron and Maine, and maybe Louisville again. They have to find two more upsets somewhere.
5:08 [Comment From Jonny ]
Better question: Any chance Paulus actually impresses?
5:09
Brian Bennett:  The bar is pretty low for recent Syracuse QBs. I don't see how a guy can come in and start after only a month of practicing college football and be able to pick up blitz schemes. But maybe he is The Natural.
5:09
Twitterespn_bigten:  MSU true freshmen RBs Edwin Baker and Larry Caper both feel they can contribute this fall but must improve their pass blocking.
5:09 [Comment From Greg ]
Will anything less than a BCS bowl bid be enough for Charlie Weis to keep his job?
5:09 [Comment From Jeff ]
no charlie is done if he doesnt make a decent bowl for sure
5:10
Brian Bennett:  I think if they go 9-3 and make the Gator Bowl, like I'm predicting, that could be enough. Anything less, especially if they get throttled by USC and upset somewhere else, and it may well be curtains.
5:10 [Comment From MS ]
How has the ND passing attack looked in camp this fall? Is there a better wide reciever combo in the country then Tate, Floyd and Roudolph.
5:11
Brian Bennett:  We don't really get to see enough to know. Practice is open for 20 minutes, and half that is stretching. But it should be as talented as any group in the country. Don't forget Duval Kamara and Shaquelle Evans either
5:11 [Comment From Mash ]
Do you think the Mountain West is better than the Big East?
5:11
Brian Bennett:  It's better at the top right now. But the Big East is much deeper. Depends on how you like to rate conferences. I prefer depth.
5:12
Brian Kelly:  Check out ESPN.com's look at Notre Dame's upcoming season:
  • Woj: Weis, Irish eye improved product
  • Bennett: Stars aligned for Clausen
  • Bennett: Irish Golden at receiver
  • 5:12
    David Duffey:  We're moving to the Pac-10 at 5:15. Ted Miller will be ready for your questions.
    5:12 [Comment From John ]
    Can WVU win without Pat White?
    5:13
    Brian Bennett:  Sure. I really like Jarrett Brown a lot. Kid's got a great arm. Remember, they were only 8-4 in the regular season with White last year, though
    5:13
    How many yards will Greg Paulus throw for this season?
    0-500
     ( 8% )
    501-1000
     ( 21% )
    1001-2000
     ( 51% )
    2001-3000
     ( 16% )
    Over 3000
     ( 4% )

    5:13 [Comment From donnie ]
    how much of an impact do you see manti teo having?
    5:14
    Twitterespn_bigeast:  Pierre-Paul finally joins Bulls - http://tinyurl.com/mgcnhp
    5:14
    Brian Bennett:  He's not The Savior. But he'll bring some much needed athleticism to the linebacker spot.
    5:14 [Comment From thompson ]
    is mardy gilyard the best receiver in the country?
    5:15 [Comment From Donnie ]
    No Way... Have you seen Julio Jones?
    5:15
    Brian Bennett:  Dez Bryant, A.J. Green and Jones might argue that one. Gilyard is explosive and a heck of a return man. But he needs to work on becoming a more complete player who can stay on the field the whole game. At least that's what Brian Kelly says.
    5:15
    David Duffey:  Ted Miller's up now for some Pac-10 talk.
    5:16 [Comment From KyleC ]
    Ted, I really believe Oregon is going to throttle Boise in two weeks(21 points or more) to send them a message from last year. What are your thoughts on that game?
    5:16
    Which team will win the Pac-10 this season?
    Arizona
     ( 12% )
    Cal
     ( 12% )
    Oregon
     ( 12% )
    Oregon State
     ( 4% )
    UCLA
     ( 3% )
    USC
     ( 58% )

    5:18
    Who is the best running back in the Pac-10?
    Cal's Jahvid Best
     ( 51% )
    Oregon's LeGarrette Blount
     ( 9% )
    Stanford's Toby Gerhart
     ( 2% )
    USC's Joe McKnight
     ( 16% )
    Oregon State Jacquizz Rodgers
     ( 21% )

    5:18
    Ted Miller:  It's hard to throttle Boise on the blue turf... I think the Ducks would be completely happy with a 1-point win... And I do think they'll get it.
    5:18 [Comment From Jonny ]
    Will we *finally* see somebody else win the Pac-10 this year?
    5:19
    Ted Miller:  rob... I've got arizona fifth...
    5:19
    Ted Miller:  

    picked usc ... again... sorry... but I think Cal's got a decent chance and Oregon also could be there if things fall into place up front.

    5:20 [Comment From Frank ]
    How badly does Cal beat Maryland in the opener?
    5:20
    Ted Miller:  didn't those two teams play last year... My guess is that game won't sit right with a lot of Bears... recall how they bounced back at home vs. Tennessee... my guess is a 14 point spread..
    5:21 [Comment From cory ]
    Ted, who is the best running back in the Pac 10. McKnight? Quizz? LaGarret?
    5:21
    Ted Miller:  

    nice try... Jahvid... Jahvid... Jahivd is the best...like those other guys, though

    5:22 [Comment From Joe ]
    How do you think USC's qb situation will pan out? I have been to a couple practices and none of the quarterbacks have looked very impressive so far.
    5:23
    Twitterespn_bigten:  Hope speeds things up at Purdue's practice - http://tinyurl.com/ladka9
    5:23
    Twitterespn_sec:  Auburn's Ziemba says Tigers needed a change - http://tinyurl.com/m5ye9w
    5:23
    Ted Miller:  none? ... really... wow ... that's the first time I've heard that... I wouldn't count corp out just because he got hurt... as impressive as Barkley's talent is he's still a freshman... but I think it's 50-50 right now...
    5:23 [Comment From jeff ]
    how is locker looking in washington?
    5:24
    Ted Miller:  Good... Matching him with Sark might turn out to be the best thing for his NFL prospects... and for this fall and next..... will Locker connect on 60 percent of his passes this year? doubt it. but he could get to the mid-to-high-50s...
    5:24 [Comment From Jake ]
    Thought's on UO's "Tazer"?
    5:25
    Ted Miller:  any way to get athletes on the field... still, i didn't get that good of a look at it to make a judgment.
    5:25 [Comment From Mike ]
    Ted, please tell me you believe the Pac 10 is a better conference than the Big 12 from top to bottom?
    5:26
    Ted Miller:  you asked so nicely... but, no, i'd rate the big 12 better, though I'd say the two conferences are fairly close
    5:26
    David Duffey:  Next up at 5:30 is Adam Rittenberg with some Big Ten talk.
    5:27 [Comment From Sean B ]
    What is your prediction for USC's trip to Columbus?
    5:27
    Ted Miller:  

    hard to go against the trojans after what happened last year... it will be much closer though in the shoe...

    5:28 [Comment From Nam ]
    How many years do you think it'll take Neuheisel to bring UCLA back into Pac-10 title contention?
    5:28 [Comment From Justin Anderson ]
    Never he is recruiting against USC
    5:28
    Ted Miller:  I think UCLA will be in contention in 2010... though probably not a REAL contender until 2011, when Prince will be a junior...
    5:29 [Comment From ted in kc ]
    how will oregon state be this year? Will we see another big year for them??
    5:30
    Ted Miller:  

    i should underrate them to be consistent... i've got them fourth... could win another nine games... some issues on the OL that need to be taken care of... need to stay healthy

    5:31
    David Duffey:  Ted will be back for national talk, but we're heading to Big Ten country for the next 15 minutes. Adam Rittenberg's up next.
    5:31
    Ted Miller:  matt... I think Sullivan will get the start... but Osweiller is moving up...
    5:31
    Which team will win the Big Ten this season?
    Illinois
     ( 6% )
    Iowa
     ( 7% )
    Michigan
     ( 6% )
    Michigan State
     ( 4% )
    Ohio State
     ( 38% )
    Penn State
     ( 40% )

    5:31 [Comment From Mike ]
    Will Denard Robinson start for Michigan at the end of the year?
    5:32
    Adam Rittenberg:  My sense is he'll get some playing time, but Forcier looks like the man to beat right now. He really had the advantage over Denard by enrolling early.
    5:32 [Comment From Will ]
    What's the thought on Penn State this year running at a national title
    5:32
    Twitterespn_big12:  Rice-Texas game in 2010 headed for Reliant Stadium - http://tinyurl.com/nt5crj
    5:33
    Adam Rittenberg:  The Nits have a shot, but they have to be both perfect and impressive because of the schedule. It'd be hard to see them left out at 12-0, but they need to crush those cupcakes in non-league play (they should have no problems).
    5:33 [Comment From Finny, GA ]
    Adam, Is this the year the BIG Ten wins a BSC bowl game or do they lose again. I say no.
    5:33
    Adam Rittenberg:  It depends on matchups. The Big Ten would be THRILLED not to see USC in the Rose Bowl. If another team shows up in Pasadena, I like the Big Ten's chances.
    5:33
    Twitterespn_others:  RT @ESPN_Big12: Rice-Texas game in 2010 headed for Reliant Stadium - http://tinyurl.com/nt5crj
    5:34 [Comment From CHof ]
    With a whole off season for Big Ten D's to gameplan for T Pryor, what are the chances his numbers and production fail to deliver the BT Title?
    5:35
    Adam Rittenberg:  You can game-plan for Pryor all you want, but the bottom line is he's a lot better, too, especially as a passer. Few teams had a chance against him when he was out of the pocket, but he'll do more damage with his arm this year.
    5:35 [Comment From Grant ]
    How will Juice stack up to other Big Ten QBs?
    5:35 [Comment From Justin Anderson ]
    Better than Threet
    5:35
    Adam Rittenberg:  I really liked what I saw and heard from Juice down in Rantoul. He's got one of the top five receiving corps in the country at his disposal, so there's no reason he shouldn't have a big year. He's got to be smarter with the ball at times, though the problems down the stretch last fall weren't all his fault.
    5:36
    Adam Rittenberg:  That's just mean, Justin.
    5:36 [Comment From Eric ]
    If OSU loses to USC big at the Shoe how damaging would that be to the Big 10?
    5:36
    Who is the best QB in the Big Ten?
    Daryll Clark
     ( 28% )
    Terrelle Pryor
     ( 42% )
    Dustin Sherer
     ( 1% )
    Ricky Stanzi
     ( 5% )
    Adam Weber
     ( 3% )
    Juice Williams
     ( 22% )

    5:37
    Adam Rittenberg:  It would be crushing, especially if it's another blowout. That game provides no gray area for Ohio State and the Big Ten. It's a big win for the league and a bad loss if the Bucks fall short. No game will shape the Big Ten's national perception more than Sept. 12 at The Shoe.
    5:37 [Comment From Guest ]
    What does Bielema have to do to keep his job in Wisconsin?
    5:38
    Adam Rittenberg:  Just win the games he's supposed to win. All this hot-seat talk about BB doesn't seem to have much basis, from the folks I've spoken to in Madison. As long as Wisconsin takes advantage of what looks like a favorable schedule, Bret will be fine.
    5:38 [Comment From JRH ]
    Could Michigan State win the big ten this year?
    5:39 [Comment From Tom ]
    NO they always choke in big games
    5:39
    Adam Rittenberg:  They could, but they have to get a lot better in big games, replace Javon Ringer and improve in several statistical categories. It's amazing how well MSU did last year considering they were middle of the pack in almost every statistical category.
    5:39 [Comment From Jim ]
    Any thoughts on sleepers for each conference this year?
    5:40
    Adam Rittenberg:  Well, I'll just comment on the Big Ten. You could see Iowa, Michigan State, Illinois or Northwestern making a run at the top two. Michigan State and Northwestern have favorable schedules, Illinois and Iowa do not.
    5:40
    David Duffey:  Graham Watson will talk non-AQ at 5:45 then Chris Low will talk SEC at 6. Then? A little national discussion.
    5:40 [Comment From Ralph ]
    Minnesota has an outdoor stadium. Thoughts?
    5:41
    Adam Rittenberg:  Love it. It'll be a great addition to the Big Ten and really has a different look than the other facilities. Also like the fact that Minnesota didn't go overboard and build an 80,000-seat stadium they couldn't fill at this point in time.
    5:41 [Comment From Tyler ]
    Penn State or Ohio State.. your pick: GO!
    5:42
    Adam Rittenberg:  Tough call, but right now I'd have to say Ohio State. Penn State is awfully tough at home, but I'm concerned Penn State is an injury or two away from some issues. Ohio State, meanwhile, reloads better than any Big Ten team and has won 15 straight league road games.
    5:42 [Comment From Jeff ]
    What is your take on Michigan for the season?
    5:43
    Adam Rittenberg:  They'll be better. How much? It depends on the QB spot. The running back should be solid with Minor, Brown and Shaw. The O-line should be better, too. But Rodriguez's system demands a competant QB.
    5:43 [Comment From Rita Rodriguez ]
    Better, or i hope so for our sake
    5:43 [Comment From Kyle ]
    Why such a poor non conference season for the big ten as a whole??
    5:44
    Adam Rittenberg:  It's honestly not that different from the SEC's, Kyle, but the Big Ten has a worse reputation and could use a few more marquee games. When you have big schools with big stadiums, they don't want to give up home games and would rather pay the money for guarantee games
    5:44 [Comment From Gregg ]
    Can Purdue pull the upset at Oregon?
    5:45
    Adam Rittenberg:  Interesting question, Gregg. Several Purdue players I met with today didn't want to talk about last year's game. They knew they should have won. But it's hard to see such a new-look Boilers team keeping pace in Eugene.
    5:45 [Comment From vince ]
    I think Pryor has as good as chance as anyone to win the Heisman. Do you agree?
    5:46
    Adam Rittenberg:  He gets a great chance to showcase himself nationally against USC. He'll need a huge game against the Trojans to have any shot at catching the Big 3.
    5:46 [Comment From Todd ]
    Its 5:45... bring on Graham... What do you think Troy's record will be... dont let the Big Ten take over our time...
    5:46
    Which team will win the Mountain West this season?
    Air Force
     ( 3% )
    BYU
     ( 35% )
    Colorado State
     ( 3% )
    TCU
     ( 36% )
    UNLV
     ( 1% )
    Utah
     ( 23% )

    5:46
    David Duffey:  Here's you go. It's time for Graham.
    5:48
    Graham Watson:  I like the Troy Trojans this year. Nonconference could be 2-2, maybe 3-1 if they get really good by the time Arkansas comes around and I really like them to win the Sun belt title... Even to sweep it.
    5:48 [Comment From Jonny ]
    Which non-AQ team will pull the biggest upset over and AQ do you think?
    5:49
    Which team will win the WAC this season?
    Boise State
     ( 75% )
    Fresno State
     ( 7% )
    Louisiana Tech
     ( 4% )
    Nevada
     ( 9% )
    San Jose State
     ( 2% )
    Utah State
     ( 3% )

    5:50
    Graham Watson:  I like BYU over Florida State, Troy over Arkansas... TCU over both their AQ foes. Boise State, I'm going back and forth about. Hard to bet against the Broncos at home. And I don't think all the talking Oregon has been doing the past couple weeks is helping their cause.
    5:50 [Comment From Sam ]
    Can Utah win the MWC again and run for another BCS game?
    5:51
    Brian Kelly:  Check out ESPN.com's look at the upcoming Sun Belt season
  • Schlabach: Sun Belt quarterbacks glimmer
  • Watson: Sun Belt predictions
  • Watson: Five things to watch
  • 5:51
    Graham Watson:  Geez, not if Koa Misi is out for a long time. Talk about a huge blow to the defense. I like TCU and BYU to duke it out, but I could see Utah winning 9 or 10 games. I'm not as concerned about the Utes offense as I was heading into camp. I think Jordan Wynn and Terrance Cain are the right guys to lead this team.
    5:51 [Comment From Tom ]
    what are the chances of Nevada upsetting Notre Dame this year
    5:53
    Graham Watson:  I like those chances a lot. I've talked to a couple folks at Nevada and they're raving about Colin Kaepernick. Even Kap told me that for the first time in his college career he feels like he can hit any target he's asked to. Combine that with THREE 1,000-yard rushers in the backfield and Nevada is pretty scary.
    5:53 [Comment From Nelson Moore ]
    HOW GOOD IS TCU DEFENSE
    5:53
    Brian Kelly:  Check out ESPN.com's look at the upcoming MAC season:
  • Watson: Buffalo's Roosevelt quietly stars
  • Watson: MAC predictions
  • Watson: Five things to watch
  • 5:54
    Graham Watson:  TCU's defense, especially its front seven, will one again be one of the best in the nation. I still don't think teams are going to be able to run on the Frogs. Jerry Hughes is going to have a monster year. And I like Washington in the linebacking corps.
    5:55 [Comment From Ken ]
    Who are your top 3 or 4 BCS busters this year?
    5:55
    Which team will win C-USA this season?
    East Carolina
     ( 43% )
    Houston
     ( 17% )
    Marshall
     ( 3% )
    Southern Miss
     ( 17% )
    Tulsa
     ( 16% )
    UTEP
     ( 4% )

    5:56
    Graham Watson:  Hmmmm... Good question...
    1. Boise State
    2. TCU
    3. East Carolina
    5:56
    Graham Watson:  Boise has the easiest path.
    5:56 [Comment From Allen ]
    Will the MAC ever show the promise it once did back when it was spitting out NFL QB's left and right? Has the extra games against the Big Ten hurt or helped the MAC?
    5:56
    Which team has the best chance at being a BCS-Buster this season?
    Boise State
     ( 52% )
    East Carolina
     ( 12% )
    TCU
     ( 36% )

    5:58
    Graham Watson:  I think games against good competition in the Big Ten have helped and that's been proven by their record. They won four games against the Big Ten last yeaa, the most the MAC has ever won against a single conference in a given season. I think the league is getting better. Temple, Ohio, Toledo... You're going to see more out of those programs as well as the continued success of Central, Western, Buffalo and NIU.
    5:59 [Comment From Guest ]
    What are BYU's chances against Oklahoma in the opener?
    6:01
    Graham Watson:  Honestly, I don't like them. Sorry. Oklahoma is coming off a great season, but still has something to prove after losing in the title game. Not to mention it's going to be an Oklahoma-friendly crowd. BYU QB Max Hall has yet to prove he won't panic in a big game (though I'd like to see that change) and the BYU defense is still too slow to keep up with teams that can get out on the edges.
    6:01 [Comment From Tom ]
    SEC, SEC, SEC
    6:01
    David Duffey:  Let's talk some SEC with Chris Low.
    6:01
    Which team will win the SEC East this season?
    Florida
     ( 83% )
    Georgia
     ( 5% )
    Kentucky
     ( 2% )
    South Carolina
     ( 2% )
    Tennessee
     ( 5% )
    Vanderbilt
     ( 3% )

    6:01 [Comment From Frank ]
    How will Monte Kiffin do in the SEC?
    6:02
    Chris Low:  Ask me in 2 years. He's off to a good start in recruiting, which is where the Vols sort of lost it the last few years.
    6:02
    Which team will win the SEC West this season?
    Alabama
     ( 28% )
    Arkansas
     ( 4% )
    Auburn
     ( 18% )
    LSU
     ( 29% )
    Mississippi
     ( 19% )
    Mississippi State
     ( 1% )

    6:02
    Chris Low:  Sorry that was Lane Kiffin
    6:03 [Comment From Barrett ]
    Is Ole Miss really going to be that good or will the do as always and finish mid-pack in the SEC west. Their schedule is obviously much easier this year with their only real road test coming at South Carolina on a Thursday night (cough) and at Auburn (crap shoot).
    6:03
    Twitterespn_pac10:  Two fast risers for Arizona - http://tinyurl.com/mjkxk2
    6:03
    Chris Low:  Monte did pretty well in the NFL. I'd say he'll do just fine in college. He likes working with the younger kids.
    6:04
    Chris Low:  Ole Miss has three things going for it -- the schedule as you mention, one of the deepest defensive lines in the country and a franchise QB in Jevan Snead. I think the Rebels are for real.
    6:04 [Comment From ben ]
    Chris, How much do you think the addition of john chavis will improve LSU defense? The secondary is talented, but looked lost last year. And Jordan Jefferson...thoughts?
    6:05
    Who's the best wide receiver in the SEC?
    A.J. Green
     ( 28% )
    Julio Jones
     ( 60% )
    Brandon LaFell
     ( 11% )

    6:06
    Chris Low:  Chavis will be a perfect fit with the way he likes to play defense and the talent in place there. Jefferson improved tremendously between the last regular season game and the bowl game. He knows it's his team and will play with a lot more confidence. He's a good enough runner, but is a pass-first QB.
    6:06 [Comment From Clay D ]
    what are the three most critical games this season?
    6:07
    Chris Low:  Alabama at Ole Miss, Florida at LSU, LSU at Alabama and LSU at Ole Miss.
    6:08
    Chris Low:  LSU has the toughest schedule in the West by far.
    6:08 [Comment From zach ]
    how well of a job do you think the new staff at auburn has done so far, compared to the other new staffs in the league, Mississippi State and Tennessee?
    6:10
    Chris Low:  Met with several of those guys today. I really like what Chizik has done in bringing in proven recruiters like Curtis Luper and Trooper Taylor. Malzahn has been an offensive coordinator in this league before, and I'd say Tracy Rocker knows a thing or two about playing in the defensive line. It's a very good staff and an experienced staff. Check out Ted Roof's resume.
    6:10 [Comment From jon ]
    what team can surpise florida with an upset this season
    6:11
    Chris Low:  LSU ... in Tiger Stadium.
    6:11
    Brian Kelly:  Take a look at Kirk Herbstreit, Craig James, Todd McShay and Mark May break down Georgia's upcoming season. Rank and File: Georgia Preview ESPN Video
    6:11 [Comment From Matt ]
    Is Auburn really as out of the SEC West race as all the chatter seems to imply? What chances do you see of Chizik working with Tuberville's recruits and turning in a dark horse, great SEC season with Auburn this year?
    6:12
    Chris Low:  Depth will be the problem for the Tigers. There aren't a lot of guys still there from the last two classes under Tuberville. They can't have any injuries and need some freshmen to come through.
    6:12 [Comment From QB#14 ]
    Will UGA's running-back-by-commitee be an effective replacement for Knowshon Marino?
    6:14
    David Duffey:  Get your national questions ready. Our gang will be answering them soon.
    6:15
    Chris Low:  Caleb King has been a disappointment to this point. He has to prove he's not soft. Richard Samuel has come on and Carlton Thomas looks like he will be a third-down guy. The freshman, Ealey, is the total package when everything clicks for him.
    6:15 [Comment From Eric ]
    Do you think Florida's weak ooc schedule can hurt them this season?
    6:16
    Which team will win the BCS title this season?
    Alabama
     ( 11% )
    Florida
     ( 34% )
    Oklahoma
     ( 2% )
    Texas
     ( 12% )
    USC
     ( 8% )
    Other
     ( 32% )

    6:16 [Comment From Chris ]
    nope, Tebowfest 09 will ensure making the title game if 12-0.
    6:16
    Chris Low:  Not unless they lose really late in the season. And in their defense, they do end the regular season against Florida State, which is ranked in some preseason Top 25s
    6:17
    Twitterespn_acc:  Waiting outside the Gossett Football bldg. for scrimmage to end. Closed to media. Heading to Ralph's office soon.
    6:18
    David Duffey:  National time. I'll throw out the first question. Which teams walks out of the Rose Bowl in Pasadena smiling after the BCS title game?
    6:18 [Comment From Brandon ]
    TEXAS!!!!!!
    6:18 [Comment From Jeff ]
    Virginia Tech!!!
    6:18
    Twitterespn_acc:  RT @nolesbuzztap: Florida State Seminoles (Official Site) >> Football. Andrews Challenges Defense To Step Up http://bit.ly/BFabF
    6:18
    Chris Low:  

    The Fighting Tim Tebows

    6:18
    Graham Watson:  Boise State!
    6:18 [Comment From Chris ]
    LSU
    6:19
    Brian Bennett:  

    I picked Florida last year. I'll stick with the Gators for '10.

    6:19
    Adam Rittenberg:  Hard to go against Florida.
    6:19
    Ted Miller:  

    the "Rose Bowl" or the "BCS game"... florida in the second

    6:19
    Graham Watson:  Of course Florida...
    6:19 [Comment From Guest ]
    Who has the easiest road to the BCS National Champ game?
    6:19
    Adam Rittenberg:  I think Ohio State goes to Pasadena for the first one -- first time since 1997 (wow)
    6:20
    Brian Bennett:  If we all agree on Florida, no way the Gators win it.
    6:20
    Chris Low:  I've got Florida and USC meeting for it all.
    6:20
    Graham Watson:  I like Florida and USC, too. And a non-AQ in the Rose Bowl this year.
    6:20
    Ted Miller:  no road is easy... but ole miss has a golden opportunity to have a special season with how things stack up...
    6:20
    Adam Rittenberg:  The Big Ten would be pleased to see that. Bring on Cal or Oregon in the Rose Bowl, anyone but the Trojans.
    6:21
    Brian Bennett:  Penn State has a pretty easy road.
    6:21
    Brian Bennett:  If it can beat the Buckeyes
    6:21
    Adam Rittenberg:  They're also an injury away from 8-4.
    6:21 [Comment From paul ]
    i've got a Penn State and Va Tech
    6:21 [Comment From Bruno ]
    Thanks Ted Miller, Hotty Toddy!
    6:21
    Ted Miller:  

    florida-USC would be great fun... a year late, but great fun

    6:21
    Graham Watson:  Ole Miss? Not a bad pick.
    6:21 [Comment From Frank ]
    What teams will be the biggest surprised for their respective conferences this year? biggest disappointments?
    6:22 [Comment From Murphy ]
    SEC: Auburn biggest surprise, Ole Miss biggest dissapointment
    6:22
    Chris Low:  Arkansas biggest surprise in the SEC.
    6:23 [Comment From Kevin ]
    Pac 10 biggest surprise Arizona. Way under rated. Big disappointment Cal
    6:23
    Ted Miller:  i've looked at LSU a bit... they seem pretty salty to me... I think Oregon could make a push... it seems certain a non-BCS team will make a run.. penn state, with its schedule, could end up unbeaten...
    6:23 [Comment From James (KC) ]
    MWC: UNLV biggest surprise, TCU biggest dis.
    6:23
    Adam Rittenberg:  Iowa could go the disappointment route if it struggles on the road, but I don't see that. Illinois could be a big disapointment if it loses to Mizzou in Week 1
    6:23 [Comment From Bob ]
    ACC: Surprise Duke... Disappointment Clemson
    6:24 [Comment From Ian ]
    Big Ten: Biggest surprise: Illinois. Disappointment: Michigan or Penn State
    6:24
    Graham Watson:  I like UNLV to have a decent season.. I'm not buying TCU as the disappointment. I'd be more apt to pick Air Force.
    6:24 [Comment From Scott ]
    P10: surprise UCLA, disappointment Oregon
    6:24
    Brian Bennett:  

    Impossible to pick in the Big East, since everybody's so even. Few outcomes would surprise or disappoint

    6:24
    Ted Miller:  poor clemson... this is the year! unlv has some good receivers, they could give a visiting Oregon State team some trouble
    6:24 [Comment From Nick ]
    Big East: UConn surprise, WVU disappointment
    6:25
    Twitterespn_acc:  FSU's Greenlee undergoes knee scope - http://tinyurl.com/mac48r
    6:25
    Chris Low:  Florida State in ACC.
    6:25
    Graham Watson:  Oregon losing to Boise State and Utah = disappointment
    6:25 [Comment From Keith ]
    Who do you guys take: Eric Berry or Taylor Mays?
    6:25
    Ted Miller:  in the Pac-10... I wouldn't be surprised if Arizona, Arizona State, Stanford or UCLA turned out to be a lot better than projected...
    6:25 [Comment From Fox ]
    BERRY!!!!!
    6:26 [Comment From Brandon ]
    MAYS!!!!!!!!
    6:26
    Adam Rittenberg:  It should be illegal to look like Taylor Mays and play college football, but I'll take Berry. Simply more production.
    6:26
    Chris Low:  Even the Pac-10's Ted Miller would take Berry hands down.
    6:26
    Which safety would you want on your team?
    Eric Berry
     ( 56% )
    Taylor Mays
     ( 44% )

    6:27
    Ted Miller:  i wouldn't put my hands down but I'd take Berry... still, taylor mays may re-write this year if he gets more balls.
    6:27 [Comment From Mike W ]
    Berry hits hard and gets pics, Mays hits a little harder and gets no picks
    6:27
    Brian Bennett:  I like safeties who hit the snot out of you and make the receivers think twice. So, that makes me a Mays man.
    6:27
    Chris Low:  ... and Berry plays against better competition. Right, Ted?
    6:28
    Chris Low:  We know you're an SEC guy deep down.
    6:28 [Comment From Mark ]
    Why no comments from Tim and Heather?
    6:28
    David Duffey:  They had to catch practices at A&M and Maryland.
    6:28
    Ted Miller:  

    chris... are you messing with me? Snead... and there ends the list of quality SEC passers...

    6:29 [Comment From Jake ]
    What are your thoughts about the Pre-game Handshake?
    6:29
    Ted Miller:  green and jones are harder to write off
    6:29 [Comment From Brandon ]
    dumb!!!!!! after the game
    6:29
    Chris Low:  

    Julio Jones = NFL

    6:29 [Comment From SickestOfMindz ]
    seems like a good idea...i see no bad from my end
    6:30
    Brian Bennett:  The handshake seems goofy and contrived to me. What's wrong with a little animosity, as long as it stays within the rules?
    6:30
    Adam Rittenberg:  Can't see many teams actually following through. There aren't enough grad assistants to keep 210 players from fighting each other.
    6:30
    Ted Miller:  green ain't too shabby... of course, he doesn't have Stafford...
    6:30
    What do you think about the new handshake rule?
    Great idea
     ( 23% )
    Bad idea
     ( 78% )

    6:30
    Ted Miller:  handshake... pfffftttt
    6:30
    Chris Low:  

    The whole pre-game handshake seems a little forced to me. Those guys are getting ready to try and rip each other's heads off and they have to shake hands prior to that?

    6:30 [Comment From Scott ]
    On the pregame handshake, I think that shaking hands after a game is fine. But you want to keep intensity before the game.
    6:31
    Chris Low:  I agree, Scott
    6:31 [Comment From Jonny ]
    I can't see Michigan and Ohio St shaking hands.
    6:31
    Graham Watson:  After is good. Before is lame.
    6:31
    Chris Low:  Meyer and Kiffin shaking hands?
    6:31
    Brian Bennett:  Meyer and Richt?
    6:32 [Comment From Nick ]
    Kffin and Spurrier?
    6:32
    Chris Low:  

    Kiffin and any coach in the SEC?

    6:32
    Adam Rittenberg:  Not happening.
    6:32
    Brian Bennett:  Any SEC coach and any SEC coach?
    6:32
    Ted Miller:  chris... didn't an alabama guy offer to shake a utah player's hand during the coin toss? oR did he say something else?
    6:32 [Comment From ND4Life ]
    ND 10 wins or less? I say 10
    6:32
    Chris Low:  Asked him where Andre Smith was.
    6:32
    Graham Watson:  Is there another sport that does that other than, say, soccer? Basketball coaches speak before the game, but that's about it.
    6:33
    Graham Watson:  I think he asked something about where Alabama's speed was, Chris...
    6:33
    Ted Miller:  how about enforcing helmet-to-helmet more instead of the handshake?
    6:33 [Comment From Mark ]
    Less than 10
    6:33
    Chris Low:  They shake on the first tee, Graham. A gentleman's sport.
    6:34 [Comment From Michael Von Gruben ]
    6 wins and Weis gets fired
    6:34
    Adam Rittenberg:  ND goes 8-4 or 9-3. Not getting to 10 wins just because of "experience" and "an easy schedule."
    6:34
    Graham Watson:  Not a team sport unless Ryder Cup and even then they get fiery.
    6:34
    Chris Low:  Bama's speed was back in Atlanta where the season might as well have ended for the Tide after they lost to Florida in the SEC title game.
    6:34 [Comment From John ]
    ND wins 8 games this year and less next year.
    6:34
    Ted Miller:  am I alone thinking ND is trending up?
    6:34
    Next year, Charlie Weis will be ...
    Coaching Notre Dame
     ( 42% )
    Looking for a job
     ( 58% )

    6:34
    Adam Rittenberg:  They haven't run the ball in two full seasons. Experienced linemen don't automatically mean better ones.
    6:34
    Brian Bennett:  Trending up, yes, but they were 6-6 before playing a terrible Hawaii team
    6:35
    Graham Watson:  If ND wins eight or nine games is that a good thing or a bad thing considering the schedule? Because nine wins isn't bad, but it's not great either...
    6:35 [Comment From Jason ]
    Top 5 games you have to watch Week 1?
    6:35
    Adam Rittenberg:  Nine is right on that cusp. Anything more, Weis is safe. Anything less, you've got to get rid of him.
    6:36 [Comment From Walt ]
    Alabama vs. Va. Tech, Georgia vs. Ok. St.
    6:36
    Ted Miller:  boise-oregon... who's going to stay up on the East Coast and watch things go all green and blue?
    6:36 [Comment From James (KC) ]
    BYU - Oklahoma...that new stadium in Dallas looks awesome!!
    6:36
    Chris Low:  I'm going 8-4 for the Irish.
    6:36
    Brian Bennett:  Rutgers-Cincinnati should be on the bottom of that list
    6:36 [Comment From TOM ]
    boise/oregon, vt/bama, okie state/uga
    6:36
    Graham Watson:  Nevada starts the Irish tailspin. Too much talk about Michigan, not enough about the Wolf Pack. I'm just sayin...
    6:37
    Chris Low:  Va. Tech and Bama, Georgia and Oklahoma State and Boise State and Oregon.
    6:37 [Comment From Ryan Varisco ]
    LSU @ Washington
    6:37
    Adam Rittenberg:  Not much in the Big Ten other than Illinois-Mizzou in St. Lou
    6:37
    Graham Watson:  Boise-Oregon is at the top. That could be the season for both teams.
    6:37
    Adam Rittenberg:  And another chance for Michigan to lose its opener.
    6:37 [Comment From Josh ]
    Bama @ LSU
    6:37
    Ted Miller:  

    after watching the holiday bowl, i'm not convinced that okalahom State defense can improve enough to beat georgia... maybe they will outscore them

    6:37 [Comment From Nick Elliott ]
    boisie oregon, vt/bama, ok st./ georgia, ... i think 8-9 wins for Notre Dame
    6:38
    Brian Bennett:  Florida-Charleston Southern could be pretty good. I hear the Gators are favored by 150 points
    6:38 [Comment From skyy ]
    miami-fsu
    6:38 [Comment From basketballrob ]
    Boise-Oregan is the most important opener
    6:38 [Comment From Nick ]
    Maryland-Cal should be a good redemption game
    6:38
    Ted Miller:  i miss miami-fsu.. i'd like to order a miami-fsu from the 1990s...
    6:39 [Comment From Scott ]
    What do you think will be the game of the year?
    6:39
    Chris Low:  Gators should open every year with The U.
    6:39 [Comment From Nicholas ]
    USC-Notre Dame
    6:39 [Comment From James (KC) ]
    Red River Rivalry, of course
    6:39
    Brian Bennett:  Texas-OU, no question
    6:39
    Graham Watson:  Appy State-ECU could be interesting.
    6:39 [Comment From Brutus ]
    usc vs. The Ohio State University
    6:39
    Chris Low:  USC-Ohio State
    6:40 [Comment From Warrick ]
    Ole Miss vs LSU that will determine championship game
    6:40 [Comment From Josh ]
    Florida/LSU national title implications
    6:40
    Chris Low:  Ole Miss-Alabama has a chance to be a classic.
    6:40
    Ted Miller:  texas-ou, usc-ohio state, cal-usc, lsu-florida, sec title game
    6:40 [Comment From Meekrab ]
    OU vs BYU
    6:40
    Adam Rittenberg:  I'm excited for Va Tech-Bama
    6:41
    Chris Low:  Adam, I'm excited to see if anybody scores in that Alabama-Va. Tech game.
    6:41 [Comment From Mark ]
    Who wins the Heisman? And runner up?
    6:41
    Ted Miller:  

    i really hope bama-va-tech is better than clemson-bama... that was a HUGE letdown if you wanted to see a good game.

    6:41 [Comment From whit ]
    tim tebow, colt is runner up
    6:41
    Chris Low:  Tebow wins it and McCoy is the runner-up.
    6:41 [Comment From Nick ]
    No one likes repeat winners, so I guess McCoy gets it
    6:42
    Who wins the Heisman Trophy this season?
    Sam Bradford
     ( 5% )
    Colt McCoy
     ( 29% )
    Tim Tebow
     ( 32% )
    Other
     ( 34% )

    6:42 [Comment From Chuckles ]
    Jevan Snead! Colt McCoy runner up!
    6:42
    Ted Miller:  tebow colt, colt tebow... tebow has a chance because the second could be a career achievement award
    6:42 [Comment From Scott ]
    McCoy, followed by Tebow followed by Best
    6:43
    Adam Rittenberg:  Fully agree on the career achievement for Tebow. But McCoy has a chance with a huge game against OU and some others.
    6:43
    Twitterespn_bigten:  Elliott helps facilitate transition at Purdue - http://tinyurl.com/mflwxp
    6:43
    Graham Watson:  How did Bradford fall so far down the list? I like Tebow and McCoy, too, but OU isn't going to be down.
    6:43 [Comment From Jason ]
    Do you guys really think a playoff is the answer to college football?
    6:44 [Comment From skyy ]
    PLEASE GIVE US AN 8 TEAM PLAYOFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    6:44
    Brian Bennett:  Back-to-back seems impossible, especially with the O-line departures
    6:44 [Comment From Shawn ]
    Playoff is the answer but the SEC and Pac-10 will never allow it
    6:44
    Chris Low:  Playoff isn't coming any time soon.
    6:44 [Comment From Mike W ]
    NO, tradition rules.
    6:45
    Ted Miller:  

    yep... but it ain't happening and know that it wouldn't make everything perfect by any stretch.

    6:47
    David Duffey:  Thanks for participating. It's been fun. We'll do this again down the road.
    6:47