Athlon Sports Cover 2 College Football Podcast

Georgia's loss to South Carolina opens up the playoff discussion but how far should UGA fall? How good is LSU and how far should Florida fall? Who can challenge Ohio State: Wisconsin or Penn St? Does Oklahoma finally have a defense? And the Pac-12 is far more interesting than you thought a few weeks ago.

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On paper, Week 7 looks like THE best weekend of action to date by a wide margin. The Red River Shootout highlights Big 12 play while LSU hosts Florida in a top 10 matchup. Meanwhile, in the Big Ten, Wisconsin (Michigan St) and Penn St (at Iowa) look to stay unbeaten against quality competition. Pac-12 After Dark looks spectacular, per usual, while Clemson and Virginia try to continue their collision course in the ACC.

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Florida proved itself in a big way over Auburn while the Big Ten continues to get more interesting every week as Ohio St, Penn St and Wisconsin stay unbeaten while Michigan rebounds in a critical spot. How do we feel about unbeaten Baylor, Wake Forest and Minnesota? Is the Pac-12 finally finished? And what went down in the Big 12 this week?

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:32am CDT

Michigan and Florida host huge crossover games in Week 6 that will likely define what sort of season each will have. Meanwhile, unbeaten Iowa and Auburn are looking to continue a run to the top of the polls. Ranked teams on the road, Ohio State hosting Michigan State and a sneaky good weekend of Big 12 action also highlight this weekend's slate.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 10:39am CDT

We try to make a case for six different teams to be No. 1 in the nation (and isn't that cool for college football, right?) Where do Auburn, Wisconsin, Florida and one-loss teams fit in? Why Notre Dame's win is already underrated, the Pac-12 is what we thought they were and should you go for two? Our Week 5 recap.

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Ohio St, Notre Dame and Clemson have interesting tests in Week 5. A large group of teams that want to contend need to handle their business this weekend - like Washington, Auburn, Utah, Wisconsin, Penn St and Cal. And why we are obsessed with some Big 12 football this weekend.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:27am CDT

Did we learn more about Georgia or Notre Dame in the marquee showdown of Week 4? How much pressure is Jim Harbaugh under now after getting trounced by Wisconsin? Should we all just quit because Auburn will win the natty? And thank you Pac-12 for a wonderful weekend of no-pants partying late in the night. All that and much more in our Week 4 recap.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:41am CDT

Georgia-Notre Dame, Michigan-Wisconsin and Auburn-A&M highlight a great week four of action as conference play starts to get going around the country. Four ranked Pac-12 teams go on the road, Texas tries to end a bizarre losing streak and some second tier SEC games make this the most intriguing weekend of the season thus far.

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The guys recap the complete nonsense that took place at the end of games in Week 3. Coaching decisions, penalties, poor officiating and dumb mistakes by players galore. Is Clay Helton in trouble at USC? What will Florida do without it's starting QB? And what should college fans make of the new law passed in California allowing athletes to profit from their Name, Image and Likeness?

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 12:17pm CDT

Most of the top ranked teams in college football will go on the road for the first time this weekend but will they be tested? Meanwhile, lots of teams that have started well need to prove they belong - looking at you Virginia, Michigan St and the state of Iowa. All that and more in our Week 3 preview.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:04am CDT

Clemson and LSU won huge games in Week 2 over top 15 teams. Was there was a big shake-up atop the Big Ten? The Pac-12 continues to falter and has given itself no margin for error. Meanwhile, what is wrong with Miami, Tennessee and UCLA? The guys empty the notebook on Week 2.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:09am CDT

Bo Nix led Auburn to a huge win over Oregon in the biggest game of the weekend. But does the loss really mean the Pac-12 is eliminated? (Hint: No, this is stupid). The bottom of the SEC laid a giant egg but is the league in as bad of shape as the scoreboard indicated? Is Willie Taggart in trouble at FSU? We empty the notebook on Week 1.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:20am CDT

Auburn-Oregon should be fantastic and could give us a new playoff contender. The rest of the slate, however, leaves something to be desired in what could be the weakest opening weekend in recent memory. Still, the guys cover all the most important games from conference matchups in the ACC to potential G5 upsets. Plus, should we be worried about injuries and suspensions for Alabama?

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:36am CDT

A sloppy but fun first weekend of action lead to a Florida win and a Miami lose. Arizona was also upset late night as well. Did we learn anything new about Florida? Has Miami found a QB? Is Kevin Sumlin already in trouble in Tuscon? Should college teams have a preseason game?

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 10:56am CDT

What questions do you need to answer to pick four playoff teams and a national champion? Mitch and Braden make their final College Football Playoff and title picks but explain the mental gymnastics needed to get there. Also, a Florida-Miami preview for this weekend as well as football IS OFFICIALLY BACK!

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:55am CDT

A few more coaches (Wake Forest, North Carolina) have announced starting QBs and we thought we dive into the stats. How many starting QBs will be transfers this year and how does that relate to previous years? Where is the trend headed and should we be concerned? We also take our Nightmare Road Trip '19 where we try to watch the worst games in P5 football. Mitch also breaks down dropping his oldest off at college.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:34am CDT

Camp is in full swing across the country as some teams are naming starting QBs and some are losing players to injury already. Additionally, should Kelly Bryant have a ring? What went wrong with James Hudson's transfer from Michigan? And what the most important games of 2019 that you NEED to know about that no one is talking about?

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Our conference camp preview week covers all five power conferences by posing one question: What do we NOT know about the Big Ten? From coaching staffs to depth charts to QB battles to schedules, what questions do we need answered this August? It's the "We Know What We Don't Know Tour."

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Our conference camp preview week covers all five power conferences by posing one question: What do we NOT know about the Pac-12? From coaching staffs to depth charts to QB battles to schedules, what questions do we need answered this August? It's the "We Know What We Don't Know Tour."

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 7:23am CDT

Our conference camp preview week covers all five power conference by posing one question: What do we NOT know about the ACC? From coaching staffs to depth charts to QB battles to schedules, what questions do we need answered this August? It's the "We Know What We Don't Know Tour."

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 8:58am CDT

Our conference camp preview week covers all five power conference by posing one question: What do we NOT know about the Big 12? From coaching staffs to depth charts to QB battles to schedules, what questions do we need answered this August? It's the "We Know What We Don't Know Tour."

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 9:04am CDT

Our conference camp preview week covers all five power conference by posing one question: What do we NOT know about the SEC? From coaching staffs to depth charts to QB battles to schedules, what questions do we need answered this August? It's the "We Know What We Don't Know Tour."

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 9:46am CDT

Jim Harbaugh is stirring it up again but is it a real controversy? Jim Delany is complaining again but is he simply lobbying? Would changing the divisions actually do anything for the Big Ten? The ACC event was quiet but a major debate about the second-best team broke out. Out West, the Pac-12 clearly is trying to fix it's image problem and part of that could be what happens with Clay Helton. All that and more accepted applicants for our Podhead College Fantasy League.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 12:16pm CDT

Talking Season is underway as SEC, AAC and Big 12 media days have wrapped up (we will cover the rest next week). Did Nick Saban make excuses or give us interesting insight? Is the Big 12 handling the Horns Down gesture correctly? What good can come from the SEC having an officiating twitter account? And poor, poor Randy Edsall. Lastly, we debate who should be in our first Cover 2 Podheads College Fantasy League.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 10:54am CDT

The guys address reaction to last week's non-conference podcast with some thoughts and data on conference scheduling. Then we take a fun trip through the hypothetical coaching ranks and what the dominoes would be should some major jobs come open (think: what if Dabo really did take the Bama job?). Lastly, we announce how you can join our college fantasy football league, here's a hint: it won't be easy.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:44am CDT

Arguing over non-conference scheduling is an old college football tradition. Especially, now that a committee scrutinizes resumes with a fine tooth comb. So, based on our preseason rankings, we wanted to see exactly which leagues are doing it right. Of course, all of this changes as the season goes along but setting the preseason benchmark is important. Additionally, how do we feel about allowing celebrations in college football?

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 10:26am CDT

UConn is leaving the AAC for the Big East. What does this mean for the future of Husky football and why is every school President, Athletic Director and Board of Trustees focused on what UConn does? Can the AAC actually turn this into an opportunity? Meanwhile, out West, California is forcing the NCAA's hand with legislation and Mr. President isn't having it. Are we more likely to see a Power-5 breakaway now? And an SEC recruiting story to end all SEC recruiting stories.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:51am CDT

The guys are off on their third annual (and fictional) college football dream road trip! The rules are simple: You can't watch a team more than once. We both took into account the quality of the game, the impact on championship races, the history of the match-up and destinations we'd want to experience. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Play the home version and tweet us your dream road trip in 2019.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 12:09pm CDT

The guys take a long look at some of the most impactful, interesting and unpredictable quarterback battles this summer. None of the top 18 teams in our rankings have a QB battle - how unusual is this and does it mean anything? The SEC has the best QBs, the ACC is severely lacking, the Pac-12 is sneaky good and both the Big 12 and Big Ten have some intriguing upside. We make predictions and talk signal callers for all of the biggest QB battles of 2019.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:39am CDT

Mitch and Braden continue their deep dive into college football coaching by tackling the Group of 5 ranks, the coordinator ranks, Art Briles return to coaching and who has the most punchable face.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 10:25am CDT

Mitch and Braden take a deep dive into the coaching ranks. Today, the guys rank the best coaches in college football. Which league has the best coaches? Which coaches have earned the benefit of the doubt in the last few years? Which coaches are trending in the wrong direction but aren't near the hot seat? Who are the most underrated head coaches?

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:11am CDT

The NCAA has formed a committee to look into changing rules about compensating players for their Name, Image and Likeness (NIL). How could this work effectively? Why is this happening now? What will the free market have to say about players' monetary value? What are some of the unintended consequences about NIL compensation? We conduct a deep dive of how NIL rule changes could save the amateur model.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:18am CDT

Steven Lassan joins Mitch and Braden to dissect the Athlon Sports' official 2019 college football playoff predictions. Alabama v. Clemson? Is anyone else on their tier? Which teams make up the second tier and could get into the Playoff? What teams could surprise and jump into the playoff mix? We give you our picks and why for 2019.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 10:21am CDT

We decide this week to do a deep dive into how the magazine is produced each year. We explain every step of the process from assignment to printer: team stories, features, stats, photography, cover design and fact-checking. Do predictions have any impact on sales? Why did we beef up our national magazine this year? What are some of the biggest mistakes we've made over the years? It's an inside look at how we produce our magazines, how that has changed over the years and we hope you enjoy it.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 10:27am CDT

Nashville, our home, hosted the 2019 NFL Draft and we spent all three days downtown taking it all in. Why do NFL fans care so much about dudes walking across a stage but won't watch them on Saturdays? The stats of the draft include two impressive streaks ending, the SEC continuing its dominance and recruiting rankings once again proving themselves to be worthy.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:09am CDT

When we put the college football magazine together every year, we lock ourselves in a room and yell at each other about football teams. Here is an in-depth look into that meeting at the toughest decisions and most heated debates we faced as a staff concerning our predictions in 2019.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 1:50pm CDT

Mitch Light makes his triumphant return to argue with Braden Gall about the best programs in college football. Based on criteria like access to players, fan support, resources, path to a title, tradition and location, what is the best program in the country? We break down all of the best coaching jobs in college football in 2019.

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Steven Lassan fills in for Mitch as we rank every Power 5 program in the nation, based on attractiveness of the head coaching position. We take into account things like access to talent (geography), history and tradition (proof of concept) and support (money, fanbase). What is the best job in the AAC, C-USA, Mountain West, MAC and Sun Belt? Do two leagues dominate the rankings? And which coach is doing the most with the least?

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 8:33am CDT

Steven Lassan fills in for Mitch as we rank every Power 5 program in the nation, based on attractiveness of the head coaching position. We take into account things like access to talent (geography), history and tradition (proof of concept) and support (money, fanbase). Michigan vs. Penn St? What is Nebraska? Michigan St vs. Wisconsin? The West vs. the East? Urban versus rural locations? We also added some thoughts on Jim Delany and what he means to college football.

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Steven Lassan fills in for Mitch as we rank every Power 5 program in the nation, based on attractiveness of the head coaching position. We take into account things like access to talent (geography), history and tradition (proof of concept) and support (money, fanbase). Oregon, Washington and UCLA are all chasing USC but which one is closest to catching the Trojans as the best program in the Pac-12? What do we make of the Arizona schools and new comers Colorado and Utah? And how the hell do you win at Wazzu?

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 1:08pm CDT

We just wanted to quickly update you on what is going on. Mitch current status is day-to-day and apologize for our last minute schedule changes. The Cover 2 is perfectly fine and will be back shortly but we wanted to give you guys all an update. Thanks for sticking with us!

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:40am CDT

We are ranking every Power 5 program in the nation, based on attractiveness of the head coaching position. We take into account things like access to talent (geography), history and tradition (proof of concept) and support (money, fanbase). Texas and Oklahoma a cut above everyone else but who is best between the two powerhouses? Is there a clearcut No. 3? How do outposts like Morgantown and Lubbock factor in? What's the difference between TCU and Baylor?

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We are ranking every Power 5 program in the nation, based on attractiveness of the head coaching position. We take into account things like access to talent (geography), history and tradition (proof of concept) and support (money, fanbase). Florida State or Clemson at the top? How good is Miami and where would Notre Dame slot? What do we make of the muddled middle of the ACC? Big cities vs. small towns? Pitt and Syracuse have been hurt by modernization and why has BC overachieved.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:33am CDT

We are ranking every Power 5 program in the nation, based on attractiveness of the head coaching position. We take into account things like access to talent (geography), history and tradition (proof of concept) and support (money, fanbase). What is the best job in the SEC? How do we differentiate between Auburn, Tennessee and LSU? Texas A&M has everything except winning. Oxford vs. Starkville? Arkansas vs. South Carolina?

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:46am CDT

In light of the in-depth study into the NBA gambling scandal of 2007, are college sports more corrupt as it pertains to gambling than we think? Is football tougher to fix than basketball? Which players are susceptible? One current coach is talking junk about another league while a former coach is running his mouth about a current coach. Oh, the off-season. The SEC coordinator carousel has finally stopped spinning and we take a look at the best 15 rosters in the country for 2019.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 10:52am CDT

College football coaches are trying to scare fans into thinking that free agency is upon us. We explain why this is flawed logic and a ploy. Meanwhile, Barry Odom is pissed at coaches for recruiting his players - should we be upset too? Is the launch of the AAF a legit option for high school players and a potential solution to saving the amateur model? How big of a loss is Jim Leavitt for Oregon?

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 2:21pm CDT

The 2019 recruiting cycle is in the books and the guys break down National Signing Day from a broad perspective. What do you need to know about the rankings? In less than 18 months, the entire state of Florida has been flipped on its head. The Pac-12 is falling further and further behind the rest of college football. And programs like Nebraska, Georgia Tech, Purdue, Iowa St and Maryland have become fascinating to track on the trail. Also, Mitch and Braden comment on the Art Briles-Southern Miss fiasco.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:28am CDT

We focus on the QB position today as the NCAA multi-dimensional transfer portal is heating up. Fans should change their perception of "the transfer." Who is projected to have a transfer starter in 2019 and who is doing the best job of developing talent at the position. Who lives (or dies) by the transfer? Which league will have the best and most interesting signal callers in 2019?

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:33am CDT

How did the first year guys fare in 2018 and how much does that impact they way we view their futures moving forward? Should expectations now be changed at Nebraska, Florida, UCLA, Texas A&M or Florida State? And who in the new coach class of 2019 is best set up for success right away? Urban is back working, is Clemson the best of all-time and Texas-TAMU might be ramping up?

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:34am CDT

No, we aren't debating the merits of expansion. What we do talk about is why is this happening now? What are the next steps fans can expect? Who is the driving force behind expansion talks and who will be making the decisions? Lastly, predictions on what will happen BEFORE expansion takes place.

 

The guys also cover transfer news, coaching changes and the NFL Draft underclassmen as well.

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The guys look back on 2018 and our predictions that went horribly wrong. We apologize for overhyping some teams (Auburn, Miami) while downplaying others (LSU, Wazzu). We apologize to certain quarterbacks and certain head coaches. This group therapy session is all about holding ourselves accountable (and not taking it too seriously!)

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:27am CDT

Mitch and Braden were dead wrong about Clemson and Alabama and are sorry. The guys talk about the players, plays, coaches and decisions that have removed Bama from the top of the college football mountain. How has Dabo done it and what can others learn from Clemson? 

 

And a quick look at what a preseason 2019 Top 25 may look like - because, here's a shocker, Alabama and Clemson will be good next year.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:17am CDT

Clemson and Alabama will meet for the third time in the national title game. But what will a title game in Santa Clara look like? Is this game the most talented combo since Miami-Ohio St 2002? Which do you prefer: Aerial assaults or trench warfare? And which style will win Monday night? Which QB plays better (or makes the fewest mistakes)? Which outcome is better for college football?

 

Coaching Tidbits: What in the hell is Holgo thinking? Did Miami settle? Will UT ever hire an offensive coordinator?

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:29am CDT

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