Athlon Sports Cover 2 College Football Podcast (Sports)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Four massive games in the SEC East an I-35 showdown highlight Week 4. Kentucky, Mizzou, Vandy and Tennessee all host huge games while TCU travels south to Austin to battle Texas. An underrated rivalry in the Big Ten West could decide the division this weekend. Notre Dame will have its hands full with Wake Forest and Stanford's trip to Eugene will go a long way to deciding the Pac-12 North crown. Should either Bama or Clemson be worried this weekend?

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LSU has changed it's story more through three weeks than any other team in the nation. But how good are they? Washington's win was super underrated. And Ohio State saved the day in what turned into a nightmare weekend for the Big Ten. Is the Big 12 better at the top than we thought after Texas, Ok-State and OU win easily? And how does the Pac-12 race look after three weeks? Finally, Mitch recaps his trip to South Bend and his run-in with Notre Dame security.

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The SEC West takes a lot of focus this weekend as Alabama and LSU play big road games against Ole Miss and Auburn respectively. Could LSU pick off another top 10 team? Utah is underrated right now and could knock off the Pac-12 preseason champ. Is TCU capable of hanging with Ohio St? Will Texas and USC be great theater or an ugly football game? All of this and much more on this week's preview.

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Mitch and Braden break down all of the action from Week 2. Who make the Playoff today? Is the Pac-12 better than we thought and is the Big Ten worse than we thought? Is the SEC East race already over? Is there reason for concern about Clemson or reason for hope for Texas A&M? And what to do about the worst rule in all of football?

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There are huge playoff implications on the line when both Clemson and Georgia go on the road this weekend. And can Stanford make a big statement against USC? The Cy Hawk Trophy is up for grabs in Iowa while Penn State and Pitt do battle in PA. Can Florida keep its streak alive against Kentucky and can Michigan State go out West and top Coach Herm? Hail State vs. Bill Snyder? And so much more in our Week 2 preview.

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Week 1 Recap: Has our top four changed? Tua vs. Hurts and Saban vs. the Media? Big wins for LSU, Virginia Tech and Notre Dame have changed the way we view certain leagues. Are we more concerned about Michigan, Miami or Florida State? And did both teams actually win in the Auburn-Washington tilt? Mitch's offers us reasons for optimism and reasons for concerns moving forward. Fantasy performers, waiver wire adds and more!

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College football is back and we have you set for five straight nights of college ball! Washington and Auburn will have the biggest impact on the playoff. Notre Dame and Michigan is loaded with intriguing individual matchups. LSU could completely change the offseason narrative with a win over Miami. Upset specials, picks against the spread and the rest of our favorite games from Week 1.

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Mitch and Braden make their final official 2018 college football playoff predictions and national title winner. They disagree on who will win it all this year. They guys also discuss some of the latest QB battles at USC, Florida St, Nebraska and elsewhere. Could Urban Meyer retire after this season? Week One is here!

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Conference preview week wraps up with the Big Ten. What do we make of the Urban Meyer news and how do the scandals impact how we evaluate the State of the Big Ten entering 2018? Which teams have we changed our opinions of since the magazine came out and which camp developments have shaped our opinion of the league? Is this the year Wisconsin finally proves it belongs on the elite tier or does the East still lord over the Big Ten? What do we make of Iowa, Nebraska and the middle of the West Division? Mitch also offers his over/under Vegas win total picks as well.

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Conference preview continues with the SEC. What is the State of the Union for the SEC coaching ranks, the East Division and the league as a whole? Which teams have we changed our opinions of since the magazine came out and which camp developments have shaped our opinion of the league? Where are the holes we can poke in Alabama? Can a star QB carry his underdog team to Atlanta? Will any coach get fired in 2018? Mitch also offers his over/under Vegas win total picks as well.

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Conference preview week continues with the most aesthetically pleasing league in America: The Pac-12. What is the State of the Union for a league that has had lots of coaching turnover and failed to make the Playoff? Which teams have we changed our opinions of since the magazine came out and which camp developments have shaped our opinion of the league? Is Washington still far ahead of the rest of the North and is USC coming back to the pack in the South? Is it Khalil Tate's world? Which division will be more fun to track? Mitch also offers his over/under Vegas win total picks as well.

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Conference preview week continues with the Big 12. What is the State of the Union for a league that has struggled to recruit elite NFL talent and has missed the Playoff a few times? Which teams have we changed our opinions of since the magazine came out and which camp developments have shaped our opinion of the league? Which young coach is situated to take the next step? Who will be under center this year? What do we make of Iowa St, Baylor and Kansas State? Mitch also offers his over/under Vegas win total picks as well.

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Conference preview week begins with the ACC. What is the State of the Union for the ACC? Which teams have we changed our opinions of since the magazine came out and which camp developments have shaped our opinion of the league? What is Florida State this fall? Are the QBs in this league underrated? And, I guess, we talk about Clemson too. Mitch also offers his over/under Vegas win total picks as well.

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There isn't a lot of news because coaches won't ever allow open practices! Why does this happen and could it help solve some of the issues we are seeing at places like Maryland. LSU and Clemson should play for the Death Valley moniker while Michigan and Wisconsin should play for the U.P. What else should be on the line? And a guy's road trip question of etiquette.

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QBs, QBs and more QBs. How do we handicap the playoff contenders battles at Bama, Clemson and Georgia? Did Nick Saban mishandle his QB room? Who are the most clutch fourth quarter gunslingers in college football? Which battles are most intriguing? And which late bloomers could change the Playoff landscape should they breakout in 2018?

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Mitch and Braden run through their favorite anonymous coaching scouting reports from the 2018 preview magazine. It is their favorite part of putting the magazines together each year and this season offered up another set of juicy coaching morsels.

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Coaches have been bringing up playoff expansion at media days so the guys tackle the essential issues surrounding playoff expansion... for the 113th time. Also, what is Urban Meyer thinking? And a nightmare road trip to the worst Power 5 games of 2018.

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Mitch Light gets his chance to chime in on the biggest challenges facing college football and react to the all of the answers given to this question on our previous episode. Additionally, what do we make of Larry Fedora or Aaron Murray's comments? Are the players the most important part of media days and how defined are the tiers in the ACC, Big Ten and SEC?

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Braden went down to Atlanta for SEC Media Days but wanted to dive deeper into the future of college football instead of talking season. What is the biggest long-term challenge facing the game of college football over the next two decades? Braden spoke to former players, current coaches, lots of national media friends of the pod and even SEC commish Greg Sankey. Find out what they had to say.

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It's road trip time! And the rules are simple: You can't see a team more than one time in 2018. So where are you going? Mitch and Braden offer up their favorite games, teams and destinations of 2018 in our second annual Dream Road Trip podcast.

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Mitch and Braden took questions from listeners and answered all. Topics ranged from Mark Richt and Jeff Brohm to enhancing the Playoff, starting quarterbacks, predictions gone horribly wrong, covering games, Syracuse, parenting and much more. Happy 4th, 'Merica!

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Braden and Mitch produce a random, internal summer mailbag covering everything from the starting QBs in the Playoff to rules changes to radio broadcasters. It was much fun and very random. Power 5 revenue numbers are out and does it change the way we view the future of football? And Brian Kelly. What do we make of the Notre Dame head coach, how tough is his job really? All this plus some reactions to our coach's rankings as well.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 1:04pm CDT

Mitch and Braden invite Steven Lassan to join them to break down the Athlon Sports 2018 coach's rankings. All 130 head coaches are evaluated on past success, recruiting ability, upside, future projections and plenty of subjectivity. Where does your favorite coach rank nationally?

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 12:40pm CDT

We talk exclusively about football games this week! Mitch and Braden cover the best games of week one, their favorite non-conference games and all the upsets that impact the Playoff. The guys also touch on the most important game in each division, their favorite home schedules of '18 and analyze who got lucky and who got screwed in crossover play.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 12:40pm CDT

Mitch and Braden decided to take a trip down a college football memory lane as we relive the BCS Era! Did the BCS system do it's job; did it work? When and how did it go wrong? Who are some of our favorite players, teams, coaches, games and moments? Was the 2007 season good for the game or bad for the game? And the only stat you need to know about the SEC's dominance.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 1:31pm CDT

Braden and Mitch call in the big guns to break down every division and conference championship pick in the 2018 Athlon Sports preseason magazine. Steve Lassan joins the pod to help explain how we picked every division in college football this fall, including every Group of 5 league as well.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 1:55pm CDT

How does legalized gambling impact the NCAA and college football? How can the NCAA possibly get involved and does this move increase the chances of corruption?

 

The five big questions about the Group of 5 conferences include the state of Florida, coaching at Boise, the Mountain West's decline, expansion and potential upsets in 2018.

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

The former SEC commissioner Mike Slive has passed away but is the most influential person in modern college football history? Has the UCF-Alabama national title spat jumped the shark or do we still love it? And we ranked all 130 starting QBs in college football. Who is No. 1? Who is the most valuable? Who will have the biggest impact on the Playoff? Who are some breakout stars to watch?

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:53am CDT

The 2018 magazine is on digital newstands now! You can literally go buy a mag right now at athlonsports.com/store.

With that comes our College Football Playoff picks. Which four teams make the Playoff in 2018? How hard was it to pick the top two (not very) and how hard was it to pick the last two (very)? And how many teams (and why) were considered?

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

With the NFL Draft this week, where are we rooting for the big name quarterbacks to land? And why is Josh Rosen playing the underdog card? Is Josh Allen interesting?

 

The SEC's 5 big questions focused on Florida's offense, a bunch of new coaches, teams that are over-hyped, a loaded roster of starting QBs and two teams switching to the pro-style offense.

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

Springs games are great events to attend and are fun for kids but do fans actually care about what takes place during the game itself? Should we be more concerned with what happens or are we appropriately ignoring them?

 

This week's 5 Big Questions concern the Big Ten. Scott Frost's expectations at Nebraska, the new coordinators in the Big Ten East, QB battles across the board and the lack of star power in the bottom half of the league.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:06am CDT

Johnny Football is on his PR rehab tour and spoke about his college experience, college offense and more. Is there a tie between offensive scheme and how disciplined a program is?

 

We also ask a critically important interstate driving etiquette question.

 

Finally, the Pac-12 is the subject of our "5 Big Questions" this week, feat. The City of Light, the North Division race and much more.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:02am CDT

How terrifying and/or awesome is it that a social media uprising changed a coaching search mid-stream? Is it good for college football? And a deep look at how the sausage is made when it comes to sports journalists and their relationships with "sources."

The Cover 2 also begins a spring series creatively called "The 5 Big Questions." Where we ask the five biggest questions about a conference this spring. Today, we begin with the Big 12.

And how did Mitch's official visits to the Northeast go?

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 5:32pm CDT

In an NFL Draft edition of the podcast, the guys take a look at how the best prospects in the 2018 NFL Draft ranked as recruits coming out of high school. What does this tell us about recruiting rankings and why do some continue to ignore the obvious?

Which QB in the '18 class is the best and what does the Class of 2019 look like for the position? What are some of our favorite (and most bizarre) scouting report words and phrases?

And, apparently, both hosts divulge checkered college pasts as one ran from the police and the other was arrested on a felony charge.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:19am CDT

What are the major differences between the college football and basketball selection committees and how do they impact the tournaments? Do we buy brand bias and big school love in hoops? (How dumb was that selection show?)

And because it's March Madness, we give you our Final Four and upset picks in the tourney. Everyone needs bracket help, right?

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:25am CDT

It's the middle of March and the we are having fun looking back at college quarterbacks turned NFL prospects. Who were the great college players who we thought would be great in the NFL but failed miserably? What about great college QBs like Lamar Jackson and the transition to other positions?

Also, what do we make of the NFL combine and what questions are asked of prospects?

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

The guys start by looking at the rising stars of the coaching ranks. Come October and programs are looking for the future stars of college football coaching, these will be the names to know.

What do we make of Texas A&M using Jalen Ramsey's pictures to sell Aggie football? Much to do about nothing or offensive recruiting practice?

We also look at the Top 50 Players of 2018. Who would be the first pick in a draft of each of the Power 5 leagues? Who is the best player in each league?

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

The guys take a look at some out of work head coaching candidates and who are the most likely to get work (and which ones would we hire).

Also, do we care about vacating wins at all? Would anyone give up the national title experience for winning it "the right way."

How can we spice up spring practice? Should college teams start scrimmaging each other? Would charity exhibition rivalry games work at the end of spring practice?

And lastly, impact quarterback transfers. Which teams in college football could be starting a transfer at QB?

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:45am CDT

The guys dive into dropping attendance number across college football. What is the root of the issue and what can be done to slow the trend? Are we concerned? The POD also dives into the top new coordinators in college football - who made the best assistant hires and are they getting paid too much?

Lastly, we highlight some NFL Draft prospects that will be middle of the pack draft picks but that people need to know now because, you know, they were really good football players in college.

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

The guys react to the first National Signing Day of the early signing period era. Who are the teams that benefited the most and who took it on the chin? Which classes stood out and what happened with Jacob Copeland's mother?

Which teams do we want to see play in the playoff? If we are tired of Clemson and Alabama and Ohio St and Oklahoma, then who would we be excited to see play for the national title? Which programs are "rooting" for?

And which events in the Winter Olympics are you watching?

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 12:07pm CDT

College Football is a farm system for the NFL. Is it the best farm system of any sport despite the fact the athletes don't get paid? And what would happen if the NFL was allowed to draft players directly out of high school? How would that impact college football?

The guys also cover the winners and losers from the NFL Draft deadline as well as the new members of the College Football Playoff Committee. And a quick look at the recruiting Class of 2014 and how freakin' awesome it was.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 12:07pm CDT

Braden and Mitch break down all of the pros and cons of the new proposed transfer rule. Will it pass and what are the unintended consequences of a new rule like this? What would our perfect rule be?

Did Arizona get lucky by landing Kevin Sumlin and is the trend of Power 5-to-Power 5 coaches a successful one? Also, are coaches actually staying in one place longer than before?

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

You say it's way too early and we say it's never too early to talk about preseason college football rankings. Steven Lassan joins Braden Gall and Mitch Light to talk 2018 rankings! The usual suspects reside at the top of the rankings with Clemson and Alabama looking like the best two teams in the nation. The Big Ten has five teams ranked in the top 15 and could see any of them make the Playoff. What does Oklahoma look like without Baker Mayfield? Can Georgia rebuild quickly on defense? Is this the year Miami breaks back into the national title conversation?

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 12:24pm CDT

Nick Saban has done it again. And this time he did it with a back-up true freshman quarterback. Did Georgia screw up the play-calling in the second-half and what's next for the Dawgs? Did the Playoff get it right? The title game means nothing about the SEC and should the Group of 5 be careful what it wishes for?

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 10:59am CDT

The guys preview the national title game and break down the All-SEC matchup in Atlanta. Does experience and the crowd play a factor? Is this finally the game that is too big for Jake Fromm? Can Alabama run the ball on the Dawgs? Is this 2011 all over again?

The guys also cover UCF's mythical national title, why bowl records mean absolutely nothing and playoff TV ratings.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 12:30pm CDT

Mitch and Braden make their final officially official College Football Playoff predictions complete with in-depth analysis of each game. What is at stake in both games besides getting to the national title game? What can Kirby Smart do to stop Baker Mayfield? Can Jalen Hurts find success on third down? Which quarterback do you trust the most (not named Baker)? Can Georgia pound the OU front seven? And what are our New Year's Eve plans/playoff viewing menus?

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:58am CDT

The guys take a look at the first early National Signing Day and its impact on college football. Did college football fans simply care less? And is that a good or bad thing? Did anyone have a better day than Georgia? Is the Big 12 back? Did programs with new coaches suffer the most?

The results are in... we are happy to report that Athlon Sports is awesome once again! And, a holiday debate to end all holiday debates.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 3:51pm CDT

The guys look back at the first year head coaches in 2017 and evaluate each hire after their first year of action. Some names (Coach O, Lincoln Riley, Lane Kiffin) look even better while others (PJ Fleck, Matt Rhule, Randy Edsall) have raised some questions. Still others are hard to pinpoint like Willie Taggart and Tom Herman.

We take a quick look at some headlines and Braden recaps his first Garth Brooks experience.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:19am CDT

After two weeks, Braden has changed his National Championship pick and Mitch totally understands why. Is this year's crop of first time head coaches a trend that fans should expect to continue? Or is head coaching experience still vital to success? (or both?)

The Psychology of the Early Signing Period is very interesting from multiple angles. What happens if a player wants to sign but can't? Who should sign and who should wait it out? Does it help the schools or the recruits or both?

And Trevor Lawrence vs. Justin Fields?

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 12:49pm CDT

Mitch and Braden go in-depth on each coaching hire in major college football this season. How badly did Tennessee actually screw up its hire? Did UCLA win the carousel? Dan Mullen vs. Willie Taggart in the state of Florida? Was Scott Frost a gift from the college football gods? Can Jimbo Fisher do something no else has ever done? And what the hell is going on in the Pac-12?

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

Bowl season is here the guys offer a few holiday reminders about bowl games and what they mean (or not mean). There is an important warning, one hot button issue has faded away and we have a way to reduce the number of bowls (if that's your thing).

Which small bowl games would you want to go to? And do we expect legitimate games in the New Year's Six bowls?

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

The guys recap Tuesday's rankings and what it might mean for the Playoff. Is Alabama poised to get in or does Ohio State have a better path? Are USC and TCU underrated? Is Miami being overvalued?

Then each of us makes predictions on each of the conference championship games and what the Playoff would look like. Mitch is picking one big upset and a boring ranking on Sunday while Braden is also picking one big upset and a wild shake up on Sunday.

And do Alabama's playoff hopes hinge on the Mountain West title game?

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

The coaching carousel took a wild turn this weekend as multiple programs - Arizona St, Arkansas, Texas A&M and Nebraska - joined the search for a new head coach, while another was simply a train wreck.

What the hell has happened at Tennessee?

Meanwhile, UCLA and Florida make home run hires as well and it appears the Huskers are on their way to one as well.

Alabama and Miami both lost but can both still get into the playoff? How good can Auburn be? TCU and Stanford also clinch championship game berths but can either compete?

And Dilly Dilly has been retired.

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

The guys recap the rankings and discuss why Miami moved up one spot - Mitch is angry about it. Oklahoma, Miami, Wisconsin and Georgia are all heavy favorites but should they be concerned about their rivalry matchups?

How does the Pac-12 play out this weekend as the Apple Cup will decide who goes to the conference championship game.

We've discovered the most SEC thing ever and are now rooting for it to happen. But the first chapter would have to be Auburn winning the Iron Bowl. We break down the game and explain this potentially bizarre scenario.

Ohio St-Michigan and South Carolina-Clemson also carry huge significance this weekend as well.

And cold turkey sandwiches - how do you like yours?

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