Athlon Sports Cover 2 College Football Podcast

Host Braden Gall sits down with former Oklahoma great Roy Williams and former Clemson great Tajh Boyd to preview the Orange Bowl Playoff game on New Year's Eve. The guys break down the coaches, players, matchups and legacies of the prestigious contest.

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Hosts Braden Gall, Mitch Light and David Fox break down both Playoff games from every possible angle. The long layoff, injuries, coaching legacy, offense, defense, location and so much more in our preview of Oklahoma-Clemson and Alabama-Michigan State.

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Hosts Braden Gall and David Fox try to figure out exactly how many bowls is too many bowls? Also, what to the fans think of Playoff games on New Year's Eve? Mizzou lawmakers, SEC coaching overlap, Texas A&M issues and a preview of the first half of bowl on this edition of the Cover 2 podcast.

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Hosts Braden Gall, David Fox and Mitch Light offer up their favorite, best, worst and ugliest from the world of college football in 2015. They guys give their best game, best player, best play, best freshman and best uniforms. What about ugliest game, worst coaching job, favorite TV show and favorite bowl sponsor. They rank everything.

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Hosts Braden Gall and David Fox analyze the final Playoff rankings. Did the Committee get it right? Who is the favorite to win it all? What storylines are you most looking forward to? And is this the best Heisman Trophy race of all-time?

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Hosts Mitch Light and Braden Gall preview Championship Week 2015. What needs to happen for your team to get into the Playoff? We break down every possibly scenario in an effort to help Ohio State, Stanford and North Carolina fans. The we break down every major championship game. Can Florida's D-Line slow down Bama enough to keep it close? Will North Carolina have enough defense to stop DeShaun Watson? Will USC take advantage of Stanford's lack of big-play defense? And which ground and pound Big Ten team has the advantage?

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Hosts Braden Gall and David Fox break down all of the big action from Thanksgiving Weekend. Has Oklahoma clinched a spot in the College Football Playoff? Who was eliminated from the Playoff race? The Playoff picture got pretty clear over the weekend but the bowl picture did not. And the coaching moves are dominating the headlines with Les Miles, Mark Richt, Justin Fuente and Clay Helton.

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Hosts Braden Gall and Mitch Light break down all of the biggest games in college football in Week 13. Ohio State-Michigan, Baylor-TCU, Bedlam Series, UCLA-USC and the SEC vs. the ACC highlight the best football week of the year. The guys also break down Thanksgiving side items.

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Hosts Braden Gall and David Fox break down a huge Week 12 in college football. We touch on the big weekend in the Big 12, Michigan State's huge win, the bad showings in the SEC, Navy's rise and much more in this edition of the Cover 2 podcast.

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Host Braden Gall sits down with ESPN college football guru Kirk Herbstreit to talk College Football Playoff Rankings and preview a huge weekend of action in Week 12. Herbie joins Athlon Sports on behalf of AllStateCFB.com.

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Hosts Braden Gall and Mitch Light are joined by College Station (Texas) radio host Louie Belina to talk Big 12, SEC and much more. The Big Ten has a top 10 matchup while the Pac-12 has another great slate of action. Keep an eye on Blacksburg and Phily as well. The guys pick every big game in Week 12.

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Host Braden Gall and David Fox break down all of the action from Week 11. Oklahoma was the biggest winner but how high do they jump? Will there be any change in the Final Four? Is the Pac-12 done? Mizzou's big win, Arkansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma State, the AAC and our Heisman ballots as well.

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Hosts Mitch Light and Braden Gall break down all of the big action from Week 11. Houston and Memphis square off in a huge AAC game. Oklahoma and Alabama have tough road trips to Baylor and Mississippi State while Stanford and North Carolina try to hold serve at home against Oregon and Miami. All this and much more on our Week 11 preview.

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Hosts Braden Gall and David Fox break down a crazy weekend of football in Week 10. Alabama and Clemson make big statements, Oklahoma State surprises and others survive and advance. The Big Ten had a bizarre finish, the Pac-12 gets no love and the AAC race is turned upside down.

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Hosts Mitch Light and Braden Gall break down another weekend of college football with special guest Steven Godfrey

 

LSU and Alabama do battle in the SEC West. TCU visits Oklahoma State in a battle of Big 12 unbeatens. Clemson looks to take a huge lead in the ACC race over Florida State. Will Memphis and Houston stay unbeaten in tough AAC games? Is there any drama in the Big Ten in Week 10? And the Pac-12 slate once again delivers a bunch of fun matchups.

 

The guys pick every Top 25 game and offer locks of the week against the spread.

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Hosts Braden Gall and David Fox break down all of the action from Week 9. Should the ACC change the outcome of the Duke game? How good is Notre Dame or Temple? The Pac-12 delivered once again as well. The guys also offer their College Football Playoff Committee projections.

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Hosts Braden Gall and Mitch Light are joined by ESPN's Matt Stinchcomb to preview Week 9 in college football. The Pac-12 and SEC highlight the weekend of action as well as a big showdown between Notre Dame and Temple. The guys break it all down.

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Hosts David Fox and Braden Gall break down all of the action from Week 8. Florida State and Utah fall from the ranks of the unbeaten, a QB change at Ohio State, a QB injury at Baylor, trouble in South Florida and much more highlights this weeks edition of the Cover 2 Podcast.

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Hosts Mitch Light and Braden Gall break down a lackluster weekend of college football. The ACC sends every one of their ranked teams on the road (watch out!) while Ole Miss and Texas A&M do battle coming off losses. The Group of 5 unbeatens are all on the road and Utah is an underdog to an unranked USC? We break it all down in Week 8.

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Hosts Braden Gall and David Fox answer 11 big questions about college football at the halfway point after a stellar Week 7. Like will Iowa go unbeaten? Who will win the SEC West? Can a Group of 5 spoil the Playoff party? When will Utah lose? The guys offer their top four to date as well.

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Hosts Braden Gall and Mitch Light break down a huge weekend of college football. The guys break down every top 25 matchup and then some, including two potential playoff elimination games take center stage in the SEC, a heated in-state rivalry in the Big Ten East, USC-Notre Dame and much more.

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Hosts Braden Gall and David Fox break down a lackluster weekend of college football. The best survived, both UT's saved their seasons, coaches acted silly and the guys offer up their midseason awards on this edition of the Cover 2 Podcast.

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Hosts Braden Gall and Mitch Light are joined by the Big Ten Network's Tom Dienhart to preview an interesting slate of action in Week 6. The Big Ten has some key divisional games, upset alerts abound across the country and the national focus turns to Salt Lake City, the SEC and Ann Arbor. 

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We brought our own guts for this week's podcast, and we'll need guts to break down another wild week in which few favorites were left unscathed. Co-hosts Braden Gall and David Fox assess the panic levels for Ohio State after a scare with Indiana and Michigan State after another injury-riddled close call.

Then, we look at the Big 12 and the landscape at the top and the age-old playoff argument of "best team" (Baylor),  "most deserving" (Oklahoma) and a little of both (TCU), plus the rising panic level at Texas. Meanwhile, the ACC is as messy as Saturday's weather in Clemson. Are the Tigers starting to look like the team to beat? (Hint: It's not Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech.) Finally, we talk about the recalibration in the SEC. Is Florida the new favorite in the East and is Alabama back to being the best team in the conference agai

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Hosts Braden Gall and Mitch Light are joined by Sports Illustrated's Andy Staples talking all things Week 5 in college football. The ACC and SEC have marquee showdowns and great undercards while Big 12 favorites will look to hold off upsets. The Big Ten and Pac-12 could see some clarity as well.

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Hosts Braden Gall and David Fox break down the three biggest games and storylines of Week 4. The Pac-12 dominated the headlines in Week 4 with the State of Arizona and Oregon suffering crushing losses while Stanford, Utah and the City of Los Angeles won big. The Big 12 dealt with serious heartbreak while the SEC's pecking order is disarray. All of that and so much more on this edition of the Cover 2 Podcast.

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Hosts Mitch Light and Braden Gall are joined by Pac-12 Network analyst Jill Savage to break down the big weekend of action out West. What exactly do the the ACC and Big Ten have to offer the fans this weekend? The Big 12 has two contenders on upset alert. And the SEC has four important pecking order games, including one of the 90s best rivalries.

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Hosts Braden Gall and David Fox break down all of the biggest action from around college football in Week 3. How should we handicap the SEC West race? Who is the team to beat in the Big 12? Is there a national title team in the Pac-12? What is wrong with Ohio State?

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Hosts Braden Gall and Mitch Light are joined by ESPN's Dari Nowkhah to preview a huge weekend of action in college football. The guys break down the ACC road trips, the SEC West Showdowns, UCLA, USC and Texas' home tests and much more. Light makes his picks against the spread as well.

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We’re taking a brief and infrequent break from our college football coverage to take a quick look at the college basketball season ahead.

As teams prepare for Midnight Madness and the start of basketball practice, hosts Braden Gall, David Fox and Mitch Light give a brief overview of the rankings in this year’s Athlon Sports College Basketball Preview.

The cast of characters at the top — Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina and Maryland — are as close as they’ve been in recent years. Our team talks about who they picked at No. 1 and why plus the quick storylines in the upcoming hoops season.

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Hosts Braden Gall and David Fox break down the three biggest games of Week 2. How good is Micigan State? What can Tennessee and Oklahoma learn? How bad was Week 2 for the SEC? Can Notre Dame win big after losing its QB? The guys also up their Top 4 Playoff teams as they do every week.

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Hosts Braden Gall and Mitch Light preview Week 2 of the college football season. Three huge games dot the landscape this weekend, we break down the Least Important Game of the Week and offer up picks against the spread as well.

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Hosts Braden Gall and David Fox analyze all of Week 1's action and tell us what it all means! Don't overract to poor showings in the Big Ten or Pac-12. Which injuries will have the biggest impact? Where we were dead wrong and who is in our Top 4?

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Hosts Braden Gall and Mitch Light kick off the season in style by previewing the entire slate of action in Week 1 with ESPN's Rece Davis. The guys break down every big game, make picks against the spread and get Davis' College Football Playoff picks.

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The Athlon Sports staff gets together to make their official 2015 National Championship predictions. Braden Gall, Steven Lassan, Mitch Light and David Fox go conference-by-conference and pick all of the league winners as well as their Heisman Trophy finalists and darkhorse contenders.

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A sign of an unpredictable year for the Pac-12 in 2015? Athlon Sports editors Braden Gall, David Fox and Mitch Light all picked three different scenarios for the Pac-12 championship game.

Is Stanford ready to rebound and catch a Marcus Mariota-less Oregon? And who will make it out of a deep Pac-12 South?

Our staff breaks down the season ahead.

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Hosts Braden Gall, David Fox and Mitch Light analyze every team in the SEC and offer their official predictions for the 2015 season. Who could win the East? Who are the wildcards that will surprise? Can anyone knock off the State of Alabama? Which coach is on the hot seat? The guys break it all down.

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The Big Ten is well on its way to a comeback and not just because Ohio State is the defending national champion and unanimous preseason No. 1.

There’s a lot more to like in this conference beyond the Buckeyes. Urban Meyer’s team isn’t even the only Playoff contender in this league as Michigan State continues to make its case.

Beyond that, more Big Ten teams — such as Michigan, Penn State, Nebraska and Wisconsin — are buying stock in 2016 and beyond.

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Hosts Braden Gall, David Fox and Steven Lassan break down all 14 teams in the ACC and Notre Dame. Should Clemson be the favorite? How does the Coastal shake out? Where would the Irish rank in the ACC? Who is on the hot seat and will the ACC get left out of the Playoff?

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Hosts Braden Gall, David Fox and Steven Lassan offer a complete preview and predictions of the Big 12 in 2015. TCU vs. Baylor? Who are the top challengers in the Big 12? Does the Big 12 have to go unbeaten to make the Playoff? The guys preview every team in the league for 2015.

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Hosts Braden Gall and David Fox break down all of the "coach speak" from ACC and Big 12 media days as well as Art Briles, Steve Spurrier and Gus Malzahn preseason commentary. The fellas analyze the ACC predictions, cover the storylines from Big 12 Media Days and answer kid's sporst questions on the Cover 2 podcast. 

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Hosts Braden Gall and David Fox cut through the nonsense of SEC Media Days. Nick Saban's comments, Bret Bielema, LSU and much more from Hoover, Ala. The guys also touch on Big 12 Media predictions, debate Cow vs. Pig and answer sports questions from kids on this edition of the Cover 2 Podcast.

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Hosts Braden Gall and David Fox take listeners inside the preseason College Football preview magazine.

 

The guys break down the top four teams in the preseason top 25 and how the Athlon team settled on our College Football Playoff Projections. Why did we put two SEC teams into the Playoff? Why did we pick Baylor over TCU? Is there any reason at all NOT to pick Ohio State to win it all? 

Will the Playoff Committee put two teams from the same league into the playoff or will it stick with conference champions?

The Ohio State starting quarterback debate rages on and the guys break down new Big 12 expansion rumors as well.

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Hosts Braden Gall and Steven Lassan go in-depth with an early 2015 SEC preview. How does the balance power look in the East with programs like Florida and Tennessee improving? Does the West champ come from Alabama again or is the state of Mississippi ready to take control? What do the guys make of LSU-Texas A&M's coaching swap? And what about those pesky Mizzou Tigers? The fellas touch on every team and how the predictions might shake out in the SEC in 2015.

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Hosts Braden Gall and Steven Lassan go in-depth with an early 2015 Big Ten conference preview. The B1G returns as the defending champs for the first time since 2002 but chances of a repeat are better than you might think. Who can compete with Ohio State in the East? Who is the frontrunner in the West? How big of an impact does Jim Harbaugh make in his first season?The fellas touch on every team and how the predictions might shake out in the Big Ten in 2015.

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Hosts Braden Gall and Steven Lassan go in-depth with an early 2015 Pac-12 conference preview. Has the Pac-12 caught the SEC as the nation's best conference? Is this league too tough to produce a playoff team in 2015? Is the State of Arizona or the City of Los Angeles better equipped to make a run at the Pac-12 South Division title? Is there someone other than Stanford or Oregon in the North that is ready to challenge for the crown? The fellas touch on every team and how the predictions might shake out in the Pac-12 in 2015.

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Hosts Braden Gall and Steven Lassan go in-depth with an early 2015 ACC conference preview. Just how wide open is the Coastal Division? Are Miami and North Carolina the wild cards to watch? Can anyone challenge Clemson or Florida State in the Atlantic Division? The fellas touch on every team and how the predictions might shake out in the ACC in 2015.

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Hosts Braden Gall and Steven Lassan offer an early in-depth preview of the Big 12 conference. Who is the frontrunner: TCU or Baylor? Can Texas Tech and Oklahoma State get better? Can Oklahoma or Texas return to prominence? And what to make of the middle of the Big 12?

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Hosts Braden Gall and David Fox are joined by National Recruiting Analyst from 247Sports.com Barton Simmons in a recruiting potpourri podcast. It's comprehensive, throrough and educational. Simmons breaks down the 2015 rankings, tells some bizarre stories and debates recruiting trends.

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Hosts Braden Gall, David Fox and Steven Lassan breakdown all 14 new head coaches in FBS college football. The guys rank their favorite (and least favorite) hires and analyze all of the newest trends in coaching. Does "fit" matter? Is offense more important than defense? And who is on the hot seat entering 2015?

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Hosts Braden Gall and David Fox break down the national championship victory for Ohio State. Did the Playoff work (and what does that even mean)? Should Cardale Jones go pro? Is Urban Meyer better than Nick Saban? What does the win mean for the Big Ten? What is Marcus Mariota's legacy? The guys answer all these questions and much more on the year-end recap edition of the Cover 2 Podcast.

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Hosts Braden Gall, David Fox and Steven Lassan go in-depth to break down college football's national championship game.

 

Fox recounts his trip to Pasadena, what the Rose Bowl is all about and his lonely New Year's Eve. Gall breaks down NOLA on New Year's and his favorite moments from the Sugar Bowl.

 

How do Ohio State and Oregon stack up against each other? The guys go position-by-position to analyze both teams to find strengths and weaknesses for both. Who has the coaching edge? Is Marcus Mariota simply too good to beat?

 

Each host offers up in-depth analysis and a final prediction for the season's final game.

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