Athlon Sports Cover 2 College Football Podcast

The guys break down every angle of both national semifinals. Does the offensive weaponry and experience advantage for Clemson outweigh the coaching and talent advantage for the Buckeyes? Can Washington use turnovers, special teams, big plays and defense to stay in the game with Bama? Will New Year's Eve falling on a Saturday help ratings?

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The Athlon Sports guys Braden Gall and Mitch Light cover the latest in college football. Are they okay with players skipping bowl games? Is the bowl system broken and being ruined by the media and the Playoff as Nick Saban accuses? How have fans and media failed in the Joe Mixon saga and should Oklahoma get more punishment? Lastly, is Louisville a dirty a dirty athletic department?

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Braden Gall and Mitch Light cover the latest in college football. What has the Heisman done for Louisville? What do the guys make of Lane Kiffin to FAU? Charlie Strong to USF? Willie Taggert to Oregon? And Matt Rhule to Baylor? Is Louisville really cheating and are you okay with your school taking secret game notes? And the guys offer up their top picks for your bowl confidence pool.

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The guys break down the Committee's Final Rankings. Did Penn State belong in the Playoff? Who is the fourth-best team in the nation? Who is the initial pick to the win the national championship? What do we make of coaching leaving early to take bigger jobs? Is there a solution to the timing issue during the final month of the regular season?

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Braden Gall and Mitch Light break down the latest College Football Playoff rankings with some rapid fire questions about the Playoff. The guys also discuss the Oregon coaching vacancy. Finally, the guys break down the SEC, ACC, Pac-12 and Big Ten championship games as well as The Bedlam Series.

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The guys recap Ohio State-Michigan and the Playoff implications. In coaching news, was LSU forced to settle for Coach O? Is Tom Herman a home run for Texas? What about Lamar Jackson's Heisman campaign after back-to-back losses? Braden Gall and Mitch Light break down Week 13.

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Braden Gall and Mitch Light break down the latest College Football Playoff rankings (is there anything to talk about, really?). The guys also offer their top four Thanksgiving side items - can both Mashed Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes both get in from the same league? And, of course, the guys break down every major rivalry game in Week 13, including Michigan-Ohio St, Washington-Washington State and Auburn-Alabama.

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Florida, Clemson, Navy and others clinched division championships while some individuals broke records. What is wrong with the State of Texas football? Is Tom Herman to Texas and Jimbo Fisher to LSU too perfect? And how great was Colorado-Washington State? Braden Gall and Mitch Light break down Week 12.

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The guys break down the Playoff rankings. Can Ohio St or Louisville get in as non-champions and should two-loss teams be involved at all? Washington State-Colorado, Florida-LSU and Oklahoma-West Virginia highlight the Week 12 preview as well.

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Did Clemson, Michigan and Washington all losing change the Playoff picture much? What do we make of teams like USC, Penn State and Oklahoma? What about Coach O at LSU and the SEC East race? Mitch Light and Braden Gall break down all of the big news from Week 11 in college football.

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Braden Gall and Mitch Light break down the latest Playoff Rankings and preview Week 11. The Big 12 has two intriguing games to watch while the SEC East could burn to the ground this weekend. Can Clemson clinch a spot in the ACC title game? Will Minnesota change the landscape of the Big Ten West? What will happen in Seattle when USC visits Washington?

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Braden Gall and Mitch Light talk Alabama and Ohio State after huge wins, breakdown the new twists in the SEC races, talk Penn State, the state of Washington, USC and the Baylor fans in the Week 10 recap.

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Should Texas A&M be ranked ahead of Washington? Is there a path to the Playoff for Louisville? Is the Big 12 eliminated? The guys analyze the first rankings of 2016.

Braden Gall and Mitch Light also look ahead to Week 10. Alabama heads down to face LSU and Nebraska travels to Columbus to battle Ohio State in the week's top matchups.

 

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A wild week left college football with just five unbeaten teams and lots of question marks. Division races in the Pac-12, ACC, Big Ten and SEC took major swings. Who is the top Group of 5 team? And has the Big 12 been eliminated from the Playoff already? Mitch Light and Braden Gall break it all down.

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Braden Gall and Mitch Light preview Week 9. Lots of quality home dogs will attempt to pull off the upset this weekend including Florida State, Utah, Texas and Oklahoma State. Meanwhile, Wisconsin and Nebraska battle for the Big Ten West while Florida tries to keep its SEC title hopes alive.

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Braden Gall and Mitch Light break down Week 8 in College Football. Bama rolls, Ohio St slips up but what does it mean for the Playoff picture? Who is the best one-loss team? What do we make of LSU and Auburn? Who is more for real: Nebraska, Baylor or West Virginia? What the hell is happening out West? And are some coaches close to getting axed?

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Texas A&M-Alabama highlight a huge weekend of SEC action that features three ranked matchups. Wisconsin-Iowa top an average Big Ten slate while West Virginia needs to prove it against TCU in the Big 12. And as usual, the Pac-12 has another awesome slate of games in Week 8.

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The guys break down Week 7 in college football. Alabama makes a statement, how do we handicap the ACC Coastal, Big Ten West and Pac-12 South? What did we learn about Ohio State? Is Brian Kelly in trouble at Notre Dame? And much more.

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Due to extenuating circumstances, we had to combine our Week 6 recap and Week 7 preview podcast into one this week. But, hey, we've added another college football fan to the world! Mitch Light and Braden Gall break down Tennessee-Texas A&M, the Pac-12, the ACC Coastal action from last weekend while looking ahead to two huge showdowns in Week 7.

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A huge weekend in the SEC highlights another great weekend of action. Rivalry games in ACC, Big 12 and Pac-12 (which always delivers) will provide plenty of entertainment as well. But what the heck are we supposed to watch in the Big Ten?

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The guys break down the big Top 10 matchups, the Hail Mary in Athens, some bizarre losses in the Big Ten and Big 12 as well as complete analysis of the wild Pac-12. Mitch Light and Braden Gall cover all things Week 5.

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Three massive top 10 games take center stage this weekend. Mitch Light and Braden Gall disagree on Louisville-Clemson and Washington-Stanford but agree on Michigan-Wisconsin. The Big 12 and Pac-12 have a great undercard in Week 5 and Tennessee visiting Georgia is huge in the SEC East.

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Les Miles is out as the LSU head coach. Tennessee, Ole Miss and Texas A&M all post huge SEC wins. Wisconsin deserves an apology while Nebraska proved it's for real. Notre Dame is in trouble. Is Baylor the Big 12's best team? And Stanford and Utah won critical Pac-12 games.

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A huge week in the SEC highlights a big Week 4 slate. The guys break down all of the big games across the nation including Wisconsin-Michigan State, Stanford-UCLA, Oklahoma State-Baylor and USC-Utah.

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Alabama, Louisville and Ohio State dominated the headlines but where should they rank following Week 3? What about Nebraska and Michigan State in the Big Ten? Is Stanford the only hope for the Pac-12? Did the AAC have a good weekend? And how bad has it gotten for the Big 12?

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The top three teams in the nation go on the road for huge showdowns in Week 3. Big games in South Bend, Palo Alto, Stillwater, Baton Rouge and Auburn take center stage as well in what could be a better weekend than Week 1.

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The debacle in Stillwater, the health of the Big 12, rivalries in Utah and The Keystone State, the SEC's return to prominence, Pac-12 After Dark and much more on this Week 2 recap podcast with Braden Gall and Mitch Light.

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Hosts Braden Gall and Mitch Light preview a rather dull Week 2 in college football. But don't worry, there is still plenty of intrigue in the ACC, SEC, Pac-12 and, of course, Picks Against the Spread sure to go wrong.

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Braden Gall, David Fox and Mitch Light break down a huge weekend of action. Florida State, Texas, Alabama, Wisconsin, Texas A&M, Georgia and so much more after five glorious days of college football.

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The guys break down the biggest Week 1 in college football history. Braden Gall, David Fox and Mitch Light talk every major game, upset and blowout as well as our weekly Picks Against the Spread on this Week 1 edition of the Cover 2 Podcast.

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The guys make their official College Football Playoff Picks for 2016. Which league gets left out? What does a Group of Five team need to do to deserve consideration? Who wins each league and the national championship?

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The guys break win totals and over/unders for every conference in college football heading into the season. Where can you make some money? We also mess around with some prop bets as well.

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Quarterback is the most important position on the field. So we dedicated an entire podcast to breaking down the position. Which teams don't need great QBs to win? Which teams will depend on great QB play to win? What are the most important QB battles to watch? And could there be a new trend with freshman that could change the position forever?

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SEC football takes center stage as Braden Gall, Mitch Light and David Fox break every team, new coach and storyline in the SEC heading into 2016. Who's on the hot seat in the West and can anyone compete with Bama? The Vols are the favorite in the East but what do we make of Florida and Georgia?

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The Group of 5 takes center stage on the podcast as the guys break down all of the G5 conferences, teams and coaches to watch. Is Houston the clearcut frontrunner to make the New Year's Six or are there other teams to watch? What happens to the AAC should they lose teams to the Big 12? And which coaches do you need to watch this fall before they get bigger jobs?

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Pac-12 football takes center stage as Braden Gall, Mitch Light and David Fox breakdown the entire league. Why Washington in the North? Is Oregon slipping? How good can Stanford and Washington State be? UCLA vs. USC in the South or does Utah have something to say about it? How far have the Arizona schools fallen?

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A complete preview of the Big Ten in 2016. Ohio State vs. Michigan? What tier does Michigan State or Iowa belong on? Can anyone compete with Iowa in the West? Should we be worried about Wisconsin? What the hell is Penn State? How does the B1G middle class look and what about the new coaches?

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The Cover 2 Podcast is joined by special guest to break down our top four teams: Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State and Clemson. We are joined by Bama broadcaster Eli Gold, Bud Elliott from TomahawkNation.com, former Ohio State great Robert Smith and Tigernet.com's David Hood.

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Braden Gall, Mitch Light and David Fox preview the ACC in 2016. The launch of a new network, Notre Dame and a new Grant of Rights highlight the state of the union. Can both Florida State and Clemson get into the Playoff? Who are the top challengers? And who are the only teams left out of the bowl picture?

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Hosts Braden Gall, Mitch Light and David Fox preview all 10 teams in the Big 12, talk expansion, State of the Union and Playoff implications. Who are the top challengers to Oklahoma? What will happen to Baylor? Is Charlie Strong the right guy for Texas? The guys preview every team in the Big 12 for 2016.

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Hosts Braden Gall and David Fox have returned to Nashville from SEC Media Days and and a honeymoon respectively. What are the biggest stories coming out of Hoover and how did coaches and players handle the spotlight? Also hear official championship predictions from the guys and 23 of their closest college football friends.

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Hosts Braden Gall and David Fox go in-depth into conference supremacy. How do we evaluate a league? Which league is deepest? Which league is the best at the top? Which league is the most entertaining? We also break down Fox's wedding and talk favorite college towns as well.

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Braden Gall and David Fox look into the future of college football and project what the game will look like in 10 years. Playoff structure, conferences, pay-for-play, technology and the NCAA are in bounds in this 2026 projection. Also, Fox breaks down his impending nuptials.

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Hosts Braden Gall and David Fox break down a slow news week in college football. Ohio State will sell beer at games and there really isn't a single negative, right? Jeremy Foley is stepping down as Florida's A.D. Baylor still can't get out of it's own way. And are eSports the future of college athletics?

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Hosts Braden Gall, David Fox and Mitch Light break down the latest and greatest in college football. Did the Big 12 get it right by adding a conference championship game? How good of a job is Baylor? Will Art Briles ever work again in college football? How badly did Mississippi State screw up with Jeffery Simmons? And the guys best bets in Vegas for the 2016 National Championship.

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Braden Gall, David Fox and Mitch Light discuss the firing of Art Briles, what is next for Baylor and have they done enough? How should the NCAA handle the Ole Miss self-imposed sanctions and should fans expect more punishment? And what does all of this mean for the Rebels and Bears on the field? And to lighten the mood, the guys breakdown when the first day of the season really is, say goodbye to Uncle Verne and plan their opening weekend dream road trip.

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Athlon Sports last week released its college football top 25 for the 2016 season. Now, it’s time to look at the teams that just missed the cut.

These are teams that we could see on the fringes of the top 25 this season or perhaps even contending for a division in a Power 5 conference. On this week’s podcast, co-hosts Braden Gall and David Fox go conference-by-conference looking at teams ranked 26-50.

This includes teams like Arkansas, Miami, Texas A&M, Virginia Tech, Washington State, Nebraska, Utah, Wisconsin, Texas, Auburn, Penn State and many, many more.

What are these teams’ strengths and weaknesses and what would need to happen for these teams to crack the top 25?

Reminder: All of Athlon’s rankings and team previews are available in this year’s preseason magazines, which can be purchase at www.athlonsports.com/store or on newsstands everywhere.

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Let's get this offseason going with the release of the Athlon college football top 25 for the 2016 season.

The Athlon Sports preseason preview magazines are on sale everywhere (www.athlonsports.com/store). To celebrate, hosts Braden Gall and Steven Lassan take a deep dive into our top 25, breaking down each team and assessing their seasons ahead.

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Braden Gall and David Fox break down the latest in Big 12 expansion rumors. What should the Big 12 do with a championship game and conference realignment? What could the doomsday scenario look like should the Big 12 break-up? And college football Kentucky Derby names to lighten the mood.

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Braden Gall, Mitch Light and David Fox go conference by conference breaking down sleepers, darkhorse Heisman candidates, top conference games and toughest teams to pinpoint. The guys also discuss Art Briles and Baylor as well as teams deciding to drop from the FBS ranks to the FCS.

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Braden Gall and David Fox are back after a Bachelor Party break to analyze how the Athlon Sports rankings are put together. There is a huge difference between power rankings and projecting the committee's rankings. Should conference championships matter as much as they do? Which league has the best chance to get two teams into the Playoff? Which league is in the most danger of missing the Playoff? How wide open is the 2016 season going to be? More like 2005 or 2007? Let's define the satellite camp issue in one (or two) sentences.

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Braden Gall, Mitch Light and David Fox break down the toughest predictions in college football in 2016. Florida State or Clemson in the ACC? Ohio State, Michigan or Michigan State in the Big Ten East? Who will challenge Oklahoma in the Big 12? Are there six legit contenders in the Pac-12? Is Alabama-Tennessee in Atlanta a forgone conclusion in the SEC?

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Braden Gall, David Fox and Mitch Light cover all of the media talks from the ACC, Big Ten and Big 12 while discussing Jim Harbaugh's latest antics as well as Kirby Smart's transfer rule. The fellas also draw some NCAA Tournament comparisons just for fun.

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Braden Gall and David Fox cover the latest chatter about Big 12 expansion, championship game and future TV network. The guys also offer analysis of the Pac-12's new transfer rule and the Ivy League's brilliant new tackling rule. Lastly, should college football coaches endorse political candidates?

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Braden Gall, Mitch Light and David Fox discuss the stats, trends and issues they study before making preseason predictions. The guys also break down all of the QB transfers in college football, the best entrances in college football, the best basketball-football coaching combos and have some fun with the SEC Primaries.

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Braden Gall, Mitch Light and David Fox talk Peyton Manning, Tennessee, Jim Harbaugh, the SEC, recruiting tactics, prospect scouting reports, Group of 5 coaching jobs and spring QB battles.

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Hosts Braden Gall, Mitch Light and Steven Lassan cover every major head coaching change in college football. Did the ACC win the carousel? Is Clay Helton ready for the big time at USC? Did Maryland win the Big Ten off-season? Are Kirby Smart and Barry Odom ready for the SEC? Which coordinator moves were the most important and most concerning? And how awesome is Willie Fritz?

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Hosts Braden Gall, Mitch Light and David Fox break down all of the biggest storylines from National Signing Day 2016. Was Charlie Strong or Alabama the biggest development? Love or hate Jim Harbaugh? And what does it mean for Michigan State and the rest of the Big Ten? How important is the rise of Baylor and TCU mean for the Big 12? And the SEC closed strongly once again.

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Steven Lassan joins Braden Gall to breakdown the Early 2016 preseason top 25 rankings. Is Ohio State the team to beat in the Big Ten? Is Clemson a clear frontrunner in the ACC? Can Tennessee dethrone Alabama in the SEC? Is everyone gaining ground on Oklahoma in the Big 12? And does the Pac-12 have a national title contender or just a bunch of really good teams?

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Hosts Braden Gall, David Fox and Mitch Light recap Alabama's thrilling win over Clemson for the 2015 national championship. Where does this Alabama team rank? Where does Nick Saban rank? Was Deshaun Watson the MVP? And what will these two teams look like in 2016? The fellas also give their thoughts on who should replace Jeff Long as the Committee Chairman.

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Hosts Braden Gall, Mitch Light and David Fox break down every possible angle of the College Football Playoff National Championship Game. Who is the nation rooting for? Can Clemson run the ball? Can Alabama stop DeShaun Watson? Will the passing game show up again for the Crimson Tide. Official predictions abound in this edition of the Cover 2 podcast.

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Hosts Braden Gall and David Fox recap the College Football Playoff and what the large drop in ratings means for the future of the tournament. What did we learn from the bowls this year and why they play such a huge role in shaping the offseason conversation. The guys also break down lots of NFL coaching rumors swirling around David Shaw, Jim Mora, Kevin Sumlin, Brian Kelly and even Chip Kelly.

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