Another good chat. I couldn't have done it without you guys. Really, I couldn't. It literally would have been impossible.
Here's the chat wrap for anyone who was too busy getting snacks out of the vending machine at work for lunch and missed our session:
Greg (Fayetteville, Ar)
Do you see Arkansas winning any games the next three weeks? Also how do they make up the schedule? I mean come on ... A&M, Florida, South Carolina, and Alabama in four straight weeks!
Edward Aschoff (12:05 PM)
Hey, sometimes the schedule gods can be cruel in this league. It's going to be really tough for this team to pull off a win during the next three games, but I think the South Carolina game is the most winnable. I'm not sure Arkansas can move the ball against Florida, and that fan base is pretty fired up about Tyler Murphy. That's a night game in the Swamp ... South Carolina is at home, and I think the Hogs can move the ball against South Carolina's defense. But can the defense slow down Mike Davis? I think we might have 600 total rushing yards in that game.
Nice call on LSU's defense Ed. Do they pay you do this?
Edward Aschoff (12:07 PM)
Too much apparently. I even talked to a draft scout who told me not to buy into LSU's defense, especially the front seven. I should have listened. The Tigers just got outplayed and pushed around. The secondary has major issues. The defensive line didn't even show up. I don't see me picking against the Bulldogs anytime soon, and I'm not as high on this LSU defense BUT that UGA offense is pretty darn good, so we still have a long way to go.
Charles (St. Louis Metroeast)
Hey Ed. Welcome to a new week! Mizzou is 4-0 and heading to Vandy this weekend. Right now the line has Vandy by 1. Last time they played each other Mizzou won by one with a decimated O-line, injured QB, and question marks for RB. They're all healthy at this point. That being the case, do you see the line for this game the same way or way off in Mizzou's favor?
Edward Aschoff (12:10 PM)
Actually, Vandy won 19-15 last year against Mizzou. I think Vandy has every right to be favored in this game because it's played a tougher schedule. I really like what Mizzou has done to this point, but you have to consider the competition too. We really don't know what to expect from the Tigers right now. But they are confident and healthy. That wasn't the case this far into the season last year.
Mike (Baton Rouge)
Ed, what's with all the talk about the demise of SEC defenses? The idea that there is some culture shift in the SEC is ridiculous. These defenses don't look great, but look at how many SEC defenders went in the first two rounds of the draft. Also, AJ McCarron, Zach Mettenberger, Johnny Manziel, and Aaron Murray are all legitimate pro prospects. How good are these guys? Its the end of Week 5, and each of their teams still control their own destiny within the conference and nationally. Once the veteran quarterbacks leave for the NFL and these young defenses have time to mature, we'll once again hear chatter from the national pundits that there is no offense down South.
Edward Aschoff (12:12 PM)
I actually agree with you about the offenses right now. The play at QB has been superb, but I think you'll see the defenses rebound next year. Think about how young UGA and A&M are on defense right now. Then think about the veteran QBs throwing the ball. Manziel and Mettenberger had their best games of their careers in losses this year. That's crazy. The defenses will be fine. This is one year where Florida must be kicking itself for not having an intimidating offense. Just look at THAT defense.
What a great Saturday! Saw you at the game, and I told you Georgia's D would hold up the run pretty good and that Zach was going to have a field day, and there were a lot of wide open recievers. If Georgia tightens up in the secondary do you believe they become a good defense? And how about Josh Harvey-Clemons and Leonard Floyd? They played great.
Edward Aschoff (12:13 PM)
The Bulldogs have all the talent to be good on defense, but man is it bad right now. There were some big players here and there, but Mettenberger did almost anything he wanted to do against that unit. But does it matter right now? The Bulldogs proved they can win a shootout, so it might not matter what that defense looks like. The rest of the schedule isn't daunting at all.