Athlon Sports Cover 2 College Football Podcast (Sports)

We break down the biggest winners and losers from the NFL Draft deadline and how it may impact conference races. All 22 coaching vacancies have been filled, so we react to the final few hires as well a lot of coordinator news as well. Finally, Miami and others have landed transfer QBs that could change the dynamic of the 2020 season.

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We are happy to introduce new host Nick Kayal. So follow him on twitter @NickKayal and welcome him to the team! We give you a background on Nick, where he came from and why he loves the greatest sport on the planet. We talk LSU's coaching staff and some of Nick's favorite storylines moving into the 2020 offseason.

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We take a deep dive into the VERY early top 25 for 2020. Who are the top playoff contenders? Which teams are losing the most talent and which teams are returning loaded for bear? Is the SEC West more open than it's been in years? Is the Pac-12 in trouble again? Can Penn St challenge Ohio St? Can anyone in the ACC challenge Clemson?

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The new version of the podcast launches with an in-depth breakdown of LSU's national title victory over Clemson. Was this the greatest season by a college QB ever? Will Coach O's career arc change the way we view hiring coaches? What will LSU and Clemson look like next year? Who you got: Trevor Lawrence or Burrow long term in the NFL? 

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The national championship game is (finally) here and the guys breakdown every angle the LSU-Clemson matchup on Mitch Light's final pod. What does it mean for coaching legacies on both sides? Can Clemson get stops on defense? Are there any areas of weakness for either team? And does the national championship come down to which set of DBs can make plays? 

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Every year, we look back at our picks and hold ourselves accountable. Which teams did we totally whiff on? Which teams were far better than we thought? Which coaches exceeded expectations and which ones disappointed? We like to take stock at the end of the year and admit our shortcomings (and maybe brag about some of the stuff we got right).

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LSU and Clemson will meet in the national championship game. How special is Joe Burrow's season and how unique is Coach O's career arc? Meanwhile, where does Oklahoma go for answers and what's Jalen Hurts legacy? Clemson and Ohio St gave us a gem of a game but was it as controversial as Buckeyes think? Why did Clemson really advance and who was the "better team?"

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Braden and Mitch break down every possible angle of the Clemson-Ohio St and Oklahoma-LSU games. They call in the big guns as Steven Lassan joins us to make picks and discuss what could take place on Semifinal Saturday.

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How should fans react to National Signing Day? How about don't overvalue the news of the day and focus on the big picture? The guys break down who overachieved, who should be worried and does the early signing period work? Also, Mitch and Braden have a major programming announcement as well.

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Braden gives his Heisman ballot away and explains why he did (or didn't) vote for certain players. Spoiler: He voted for Joe Burrow. Which spurns a discussion about the greatest single seasons by QBs in college history. Minor coaching news gives way to a large scale debate about why YOUR favorite coach is still employed.

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There has been a few more hires in college football and the guys break down all of the new faces, including Lane Kiffin, Sam Pittman, Steve Addazio, Jeff Scott, Eli Drinkwitz and Mike Norvell. Then the guys preview bowl season in the only way they know how: By talking about Jim Walden and Bill Dooley, of course.

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The College Football Playoff field is set and Mitch and Braden offer instant analysis, predictions and thoughts on the bracket. Who should be No. 1? Is Clemson being disrespected? Is Oklahoma worthy? Who is going to win it all and why? The guys also touch on Lane Kiffin's return to the SEC and Mike Norvell leaving for Florida St.

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Championship Weekend is here and the playoff implications couldn't be greater. The guys preview all of the conference title games, discuss all of the possible playoff scenarios and explain what the penultimate rankings mean for the final weekend. The guys also cover the latest from the coaching carousel, including an absolute shocker at Washington.

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Fighting, pissed off coaches, division championships and coaches getting fired all highlight a wild and entertaining Rivalry Weekend. Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Virginia all win huge rivalry games and get into title games while the top three rolled easily. Mizzou, Boston College, Ole Miss and others passed out pink slips as well. 

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It's one of the best weekends of football all year as Thanksgiving and the Egg Bowl collide! Ohio St-Michigan, Alabama-Auburn, Bedlam, Civil War, Apple Cup, Commonwealth Cup, Clean Old-Fashioned Hate, the Territorial Cup and Baylor-Kansas highlight a supremely awesome weekend of important and fun football games. Happy Turkey Day, everyone!

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LSU continues to roll and Ohio St posts one of the biggest wins of the year, so have they done enough to make the Playoff even with a loss? What about Clemson? A wild night in the Pac-12 has eliminated Oregon and an equally wild day in the Big 12 clarifies the title race. Who is bowling and who needs another win to bowl?

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In what appears to be the worst weekend of action, several Playoff contenders need to hold serve. Outside of the huge showdown between Penn St and Ohio St, Georgia, Oregon, Utah, Baylor, Oklahoma and LSU should all roll. (This means be prepared for chaos).

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College football delivered in a big way with the best weekend of action all season. LSU beats Alabama in Tuscaloosa and it could change who makes the playoff, how we view Coach O, the Heisman race and even the NFL Draft. Minnesota, meanwhile, has a program defining victory over Penn St as well. Did the Big 12 race clarify over the weekend? Arkansas fired Chad Morris and it started one of the most random twitter debates in history.

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The rankings are out so what did we learn and what we are concerned about? But really, this week is about LSU and Alabama. Who wins, who covers and will it be high-scoring? Are the defenses actually better than we think? Can the loser still get in? Additionally, Penn St travels to Minnesota in the biggest game in Gopher history and the Big 12 features three fantastic tilts that will shape the league's title game in a big way.

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The Playoff rankings are here and the guys debate the merits of each of the four top teams in America. Florida St has fired its coach, so what should the Noles do, who should they target and how good is this job in the first place? Georgia topped Florida and the Pac-12 took advantage of their national stage as well. Is this the best AAC... ever?

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The worst slate of action thus far in college football will take place this weekend. Florida-Georgia will battle in a huge top 10 game and both Utah (Washington) and Oregon (USC) will go on the road in critical conference matches out West. Otherwise, even FSU-Miami has lost some luster. There is a reason Gameday is at SMU-Memphis this weekend.

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Did Oklahoma's loss to Kansas St kick them out the playoffs? What about the rest of the Big 12? What does Michigan's thumping of Notre Dame mean for Brian Kelly and Jim Harbaugh? Pac-12 After Dark delivered again (duh). And how impressive was LSU's win over Auburn?

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The best weekend of football to date is highlighted by three huge Big Ten games - Wisconsin at Ohio St, Notre Dame at Michigan and Penn St at Michigan St. Auburn visits LSU as well. Can Oregon and Utah hold serve? What does Alabama look like sans Tua? The Big 12 has some sneaky good games and every team in the ACC is the same.

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The Badgers fell flat on their faces against Illinois - just like they do every year. Meanwhile, what is the impact of Tua's injury for Alabama? Penn State survived Michigan, Minnesota and Baylor stayed unbeaten and Oregon and Utah stay on their collision course. And is everyone in the ACC actually in the Coastal Division.

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Two massive showdowns in the Pac-12 set the stage for what could be an epic Big Ten battle in Happy Valley in Week 8. The Big 12 and ACC offer sneaky good slates this weekend as well. And should any of the top 5 be on upset alert?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Alabama and Clemson have done what they were supposed to do as we told you back in April (and August and December) and won their way into the Playoff. How did they do it? Both teams switched QBs and both Tua and Trevor starred for their teams, but who is better? Why does Notre Dame's loss mean they need to join a league? Why are people tired of greatness in the championship game? We breakdown both national semifinal outcomes.

 

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What would a win mean for Notre Dame and/or Oklahoma? How do narratives (take a shot) change should either pull the upset? Just how do we think those upsets could take place? Is the Irish defense better than we think? Will Bama get stops? Can Ian Book avoid Clemson's killer D-Line? Will Alabama gash the Sooners on the ground like Georgia? What else does last year's semis teach us about this year? Lastly, we make very boring picks and praise the TV layout for this year's playoff. 

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Is the early signing day now just THE national signing day? Did Alabama sign the best class ever or is the rest of the SEC catching up with Nick Saban? What the hell is happening in the Pac-12 as both USC and UCLA struggle while Oregon dominates. The state of Florida also saw winners (Florida) and major losers (Florida St, Miami). Is Nebraska setting itself up for a run in the Big Ten West? The guys cover all things Signing Day in this impromptu mini-pod!

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 9:09am CST

Justin Fields is exploring a transfer from Georgia. How much does his decision change the landscape in 2019 should he be eligible? There are conversations swirling around playoff expansion. Why are we getting conflicting reports and what should the power brokers be talking about? How big of a role has UCF played in this movement? Lastly, early signing period is this week. Who does it help and what storylines are we tracking.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:30am CST

Kyler Murray won the Heisman! Braden releases his ballot and why he voted for who he did. Did Tua deserve to win and who the hell left him off their ballots? Georgia Tech and Kansas State have made two solid hires as well as Liberty! (Yes, Liberty) The coordinator carousel is spinning. And bowl games: Do the results matter or tell us anything about how good a team or league is? And do we have an issue with all these star players sitting out their team's bowl game?

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

Urban Meyer will step down at the end of the season so what do we make of his legacy? Is Ryan Day the right answer for Ohio State? What do we make of the other Power 5 hires at Texas Tech, Louisville, Maryland and Colorado? Will Kliffy save Clay Helton at USC? And the newest hottest way to cover bowl season... with a Bowl Draft.

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The Playoff is set as Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Oklahoma got into the tournament. But why did OU and ND make it in over Georgia and Ohio State? What is the case you can make for the Dawgs, Buckeyes? Did we learn anything about the Committee and do we really have to talk about UCF? Also, how awesome was Saturday? And what was Kirby Smart thinking?

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The guys break down every single championship game in college football this weekend. Do Alabama and Clemson even have to win to get into the Playoff? Does Northwestern have a better chance at pulling the upset than Pitt? Can Texas score with Oklahoma? And does the Pac-12 have a championship game problem? Lastly, does Notre Dame automatically belong in the Playoff? Should Georgia get consideration even if it loses? And what the hell is happening in Auburn?

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Has the season come down to six teams after Michigan and Washington State were eliminated from contention on rivalry week? How should we view UCF after the injury? How should we view this loss for Jim Harbaugh? And the wins for Ohio St and Washington?

 

And the coaching rumors are swirling with coordinators moving, coaching getting hired and fired already, the guys break down the latest from the coaching merry-go-round as it just gets started moving.

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The guys talk rankings and if the Committee is breaking its own rules by moving UCF up? Is this a random off year for Rivalry Weekend in that not nearly as many games seem as interesting or important? What chance do Bama, Clemson, Notre Dame or Georgia have at being upset? The three games that matter, however, should be epic: The Apple Cup, Oklahoma-WVU and The Game. What about the division title games in the Group of 5? And the guys compare Thanksgiving side items to recruits.

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

Congrats to Pitt and Utah for clinching division titles and earning a trip to a conference championship game! One team was eliminated from the Playoff in the Big 12 while another (basically) clinched a spot in the title game after a big weekend in the Heartland. Notre Dame was incredibly impressive while Ohio State was not. What do we make of the Les Miles hiring and Clay Helton's chances of survival at USC?

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:31am CST

In a mild weekend of college football, focus on the Pac-12 South race as Utah, Arizona State and Arizona are still battling, the Notre Dame-Syracuse match in Yankee Stadium and two huge matchups in the Big 12 that dictate who owns the championship tie-breakers. And LOTS of Group of 5 championship action as well!

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:42am CST

A relatively boring weekend at the top of college football featured one elite game in the state of Oklahoma. Was going for the two the right call for the Pokes? And the underbelly of college football featured big wins for Northwestern, Pitt, Arizona St, Utah, Iowa St and Texas as all are still chasing conference titles (yes, you read that right).

 

Did Louisville do the right thing by firing Bobby-P and who are the best head coaching candidates in 2018?

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Did LSU teach us anything about how to beat Alabama? Is Clemson closer to Alabama than we think? Who is else balanced enough to challenge Alabama? Additionally, how good was the WVU-Texas finish, can OU's defense win them a championship and is there something wrong at Ohio State? And, oh yeah, Michigan vs. Notre Dame could be the toughest committee decision of the playoff era.

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

The guys react to the first college football playoff rankings of the year. What did they learn and what does it all mean!?! Then it's on to what could be the best weekend of college football this season!

 

The SEC title game matchup could be decided as LSU hosts Bama while Kentucky welcomes UGa in what is arguably the biggest game in school history. Meanwhile, Michigan tries to strengthen it's grasp on the Big Ten and Northwestern tries to ruin Notre Dame's season. Texas hosts West Virginia and Texas Tech hosts Oklahoma in two Big 12 showdowns. And Utah could all but clinch the South with a road win over Arizona State?

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:42am CST

The guys break down an upset-filled Week 9. Nine ranked teams fell and four were eliminated from the playoff but did the Top 4 change? Did Georgia do enough to prove it belongs in the top 4 and do we have clarity in the SEC now? Is Oklahoma the wildcard team that could knock off Alabama or Clemson? What the hell is going on out West in the Pac-12? And, of course, our stance on flatulence.

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Week 9 features a large collections of important games without many marquee matchups. Florida and Georgia is the biggest draw of the weekend but every other division has major implications as 11 ranked team will go on the road to face unranked opponents. Wazzu and Iowa try to keep things rolling against other ranked conference foe. And Clemson visits Florida State in what could be the Tigers toughest test left on their schedule.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:26am CST

Ohio State and Michigan now appear to be on a collision course in the Big Ten after two very different outcomes in Week 8. But where does Iowa fit in? After LSU's win, the biggest story is a suspension coming against Alabama (who, by the way, won again). Clemson dominates an unbeaten foe while Virginia gets a big win in the ACC as well. How good is Washington State and who should be considered the team to beat in the Pac-12? And nothing really happened in the Big 12.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:57am CST

A huge slate of games out west in the Pac-12 take center stage as Gameday heads to Pullman for the first time ever. USC-Utah, Oregon-Wazzu and Colorado-Washington highlight a great West Coast weekend. Michigan-Michigan State battle for far more than just instate bragging rights and two undefeated teams matchup in the ACC as NC State visits Clemson. Ohio State and Bama both travel on the road in conference play this week as LSU has to clear yet another hurdle against Mississippi State. Does Oklahoma flex some muscle and does a nightmare season continue for Auburn?

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 9:32am CST

Mitch and Braden give us their top four teams and play a "Who Wins" game that tries to figure out who else should be ranked in the top 10? Are their concerns about Ohio St, Notre Dame or Texas? Is LSU really this good? What is wrong with West Virginia? Are Georgia and Oklahoma still the best bets to make the Playoff? And much, much more in our Week 7 recap.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:43am CST

A huge weekend of action features massive conference battles in the SEC, Big Ten and Pac-12. Is there a position on the field that LSU is better than Georgia? Washington travels South to Oregon in one of the most underrated rivalries in college football. And Michigan and Wisconsin battle for the U.P. Can West Virginia and Colorado stay unbeaten on the road? Should Texas or Penn St be on upset alert? And what will Tua do THIS weekend?

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The Irish, Horns and Gators got huge wins but how good are they? How far should Oklahoma or LSU fall? Meanwhile, out west, why is the Pac-12 so uninspiring? Who has been eliminated from the Playoffs to date? What do we make of West Virginia's defense? Auburn's offense? Ohio State's defense? How good are unbeatens like Colorado or NC State or UCF?

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:23am CST

A never-been-done before preview of October called October Fest this week on the pod. We break down the biggest games of the week - LSU-Florida, Notre Dame-Virginia Tech, Texas-Oklahoma - but also look ahead at the month of October and who could be heading into November with championship hopes? Also, commentary on yanking facemasks, prank-calling teleconferences and lack of institutional control.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:48am CST

Has our top four changed after some drama with Ohio State and Clemson? How far should Penn State fall if at all? Is Notre Dame better than LSU or Oklahoma? Are the Sooners better with Kyler Murray than Baker Mayfield? What should Kelly Bryant do? How good is Kentucky? Meanwhile, Florida, Oregon and USC appear to have bounced back. Ryan Finley, Will Grier and Colorado continue to cruise.

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Kelly Bryant is leaving Clemson. What does it mean for Clemson, why did it happen and where should Bryant end up? There are prove it games across college football for Texas, Duke, Texas Tech, Kentucky, Syracuse and Cal. Dan Mullen's return to Starkville is must-see TV. And two marquee showdowns in South Bend and Happy Valley take center stage in Week 5.

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

Braden and Mitch offer their top four teams and who has been officially eliminated from the Playoff. Who is sicker today: Virginia Tech or Oregon? Is the ACC in real trouble? The Big Ten bounced back in a big way. Is Texas back? (sorry) And we've got lots of clarity in the SEC East after a huge week four.

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