Athlon Sports Cover 2 College Football Podcast (Sports)

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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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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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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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

Braden Gall must apologize to Wisconsin fans everywhere. And is ir smart for Michigan fans right to be critical of Jim Harbaugh? Rosen vs. Darnold lived up to the hype but UCLA fired Jim Mora on Sunday anyway. Who is next in Westwood and how does Chip Kelly fit into the mix? Baker Mayfield acted silly this weekend but should it impact his Heisman candidacy? If not Baker, then who else belongs in the mix? And the guys break down all of the conference championship situations.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:54am CDT

The guys debate the latest college football playoff rankings. Should Miami be higher? Does Wisconsin belong in the top four or are they overrated? Where do all the two-loss teams fit in?

Wisconsin has its chance to prove itself against Michigan is what is easily the biggest game of the weekend. The guys totally disagree about what will happen.

TCU, Miami, Ok-State and Georgia are all still in conference races but have tricky tests in Week 12. Who should be concerned?

Lastly, on a weekend with a lot of meaningless games, why are Tennessee, Nebraska and UCLA completely irrelevant?

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Another power program has fired its coach as Tennessee moved on from Butch Jones. Who are the top candidates and how good of a job are the Vols anyway?

Blowout Saturday left us with a massive shake-up in the rankings and lots of chaos. But who are the great teams and what impact do the lopsided losses have on rankings? How good is Auburn? Can Miami run the table? Will Oklahoma roll into the Playoff? Where does Wisconsin fit into this? Is the Pac-12 finished?

Two names need to be added to the Heisman conversation as well.

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

We break down the latest college football playoff rankings. We make the case for Oklahoma to be in the top 4. Is Miami underrated and Wisconsin overrated? Can any of the two loss teams still get into the Playoff? And why aren't we talking about two ACC teams getting into the bracket if two SEC teams might make it?

Notre Dame visits Miami in what should be an epic showdown and a football nerd's delight. Linebackers vs. Running Game!

The Sooners host the Frogs in what has been a close game lately. One of us doesn't see it being close this weekend.

In the SEC, Georgia has to prove its QB can win on the road in a spotlight game against an elite defense while Alabama will probably choke the life out of another ranked foe.

In the Big Ten, should fans in Madison be nervous? (Yes) And should fans in East Lansing be excited? (No). And what will happen with Mike Riley?

And Pac-12 After Dark on back-to-back nights!

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A dumpster fire broke out in the Big Ten this weekend and Wisconsin might be the only one that put it out. What happened to Ohio State and Penn State?

It appears we may be headed for a lot of two-loss champions, is this good for college football?

Baker Mayfield may have won the Heisman Trophy this weekend but will his defense win him anything in the postseason?

Braden must apologize to Miami and TCU. Both won big games in critical situations and set themselves up for a title run.

And don't talk to us about UCF.

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

The first playoff rankings are out and the Committee got it wrong at No. 1, right? How much should head-to-head matter and did a couple of unbeaten teams get the shaft? Which teams are underrated and could make a run up the standings?

Week 10 is freaking HUGE! The Bedlam Series headlines action in the Big 12 but should TCU be on upset alert and can Iowa State keep it rolling?

The ACC has two monster showdowns in which both divisions may be hanging in the balance.

LSU visits Bama and Auburn travels to Texas A&M but will either game be close in the SEC?

In a huge weekend, does the Big Ten have a chance to make any headlines?

Khalil Tate takes the national TV stage for the first time against USC in Los Angeles. And does Washington need style points (yes, duh)?

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:40am CDT

After a huge weekend, three more teams have been eliminated from the Playoff and one head coach has been removed from power in the SEC East. What do we make of the Florida job opening?

Did JT Barrett prove himself with the win over Penn St? Can the Nittany Lions still make the Playoff?

The Big 12 and the ACC are a complete jumbled mess. Why is Miami overrated? Does Iowa St belong in the contenders category in the Big 12? Why is no one talking about Virginia Tech? OU or the Pokes?

The Pac-12 continues to hide one of its best players while Washington and USC roll.

Georgia is really, really good but nothing that took place in the SEC really mattered, right?

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

Penn State visits Ohio State and NC State travels to Notre Dame in two monster Playoff matchups. But are both elimination games?

Oklahoma, Oklahoma St and TCU all face quality tests in Big 12 play this weekend. Is now the time we see separation in the conference or should the big three be nervous?

Is Georgia finally prepared to do the right thing against Florida? The SEC is loaded with very interesting but very unimportant football games.

Mitch Light calls for multiple upsets - including the entire state of Arizona and two monster upsets in the ACC.

Also, watch Tulane vs Memphis.

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Two teams have officially been eliminated from the College Football Playoff and Braden has two apologies to make about both of the games in question. So who is left in the race?

The guys also react to the feedback you the listeners gave us all week about how to cover the sport and how the Playoff race has changed the way the sport is covered. You guys were amazing!

What do we make of the state of Oklahoma? Good wins over tough teams or should we be concerned about the Sooners and Cowboys?

Is the Group of 5 now a two horse race?

A glass is raised and toast made for Iowa State, the state of Arizona, Georgia Tech, Mississippi St and UCLA.

Braden’s trip to Camp Randall on Saturday and Lambeau Field on Sunday raises a question about the difference between SEC fans and everyone else. Who is doing it right? 

And, lastly, a question about sending food back at dinner.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:35am CDT

We begin by discussing the Playoff system and how it has impacted fan interest in college football. What do fans want: Focus on the playoff contenders or do people still pay attention to the middle of the pack? 

How should the committee be evaluating teams? What are the most important aspects of the “body of work?” Also, Mitch gives his Heisman ballot and has a Group of 5 coaching question for Braden. 

The guys obviously preview the big games from Week 8 as well. Penn State hosts Michigan, Notre Dame and USC meet in South Bend, the Pokes travel to Texas and every other game of note.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:52am CDT

It's midseason stock report time and Mitch wants to know if Braden is buying or selling. What happened in Corvallis with Oregon State? Week 7 doesn't have huge ranked matchups but has lots of intrigue on the undercard. The Red River Shootout takes center stage in the Big 12 while Miami, Stanford, Tennessee and LSU host big games around the country. 

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:22am CDT

Oklahoma and Michigan both fall out of the top 10... or do they? How should they rank and what are expectation. How good is Wisconsin, Penn St and Ohio St? NC State and Miami look super competitive in the ACC but can they top Clemson? Georgia, Auburn and Alabama continue to separate themselves in the SEC. However, Braden has a huge bone to pick with the Tigers. Out West, are we concerned about start times in the Pac-12? How good is Wazzu? And is Notre Dame overrated.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:52am CDT

TCU and NC State host huge ranked matchups this weekend with both having a chance to make big statements. Should ranked teams in the Big Ten be worried or are we inventing fake intrigue this weekend? LSU visits Florida for some more karmic payback but will any other game in the SEC be close? Wazzu must prove itself on the road while Clemson and Va Tech should stay the course. Mitch also gives his picks against the spread - he is 15-10 on the season thus far.

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

Friday night featured two huge wins by Washington State and Miami. On Saturday, two teams proved to be head-and-shoulders above the rest of college football, but would a rubber match between Bama and Clemson be a good thing for the sport? The Hot Seat conversation has begun in Knoxville, Baton Rouge and Lincoln but how will the new recruiting rules impact coaching changes? And everything else on the Week 5 recap.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:15am CDT

Week 5 features a lot of undercard games with teams that could be good but no one is sure yet. Virginia Tech hosts Clemson, Texas Tech hosts Oklahoma State, Duke hosts Miami and Wisconsin hosts Northwestern. USC also travels to face unbeaten Wazzu on Friday night. Meanwhile, in the SEC, Auburn and Alabama look to make the West a two horse race against the state of Mississippi while Tennessee and Vandy try to rebound against Georgia and Florida.

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TCU and Georgia made the biggest statements of Week 4 but so did Alabama and Washington. What is the level of concern with the rest of the top 10? What do we make of the SEC East race after an awful weekend? Is the Coastal more wide open than we previously thought? Could Notre Dame be really good?

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

Six of the top eight teams in college football will go on the road this weekend and most will face pesky challenges. But which will fall and could this be a shake-up weekend? TCU visits Oklahoma State and Mississippi State travels to Georgia in the only two ranked match-ups of the weekend. Conference games in the SEC, Pac-12 and ACC kickoff as well. We also have our five top picks against the spread.

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

Is there such a thing as a "statement loss?" The SEC East was wild with three huge wins and four big losses. And could Mississippi State be the second-best team in the SEC West? Meanwhile, really out West the Pac-12 had by far the most interesting week in the nation. USC goes to OT, Stanford and UCLA lose to Group of 5 teams and Oregon and Cal continue to impress. What the hell is happening in Nebraska?

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The undercard in Week 3 is loaded with intriguing games but the nation will be focused on the big three: Clemson at Louisville, Tennessee at Florida and LSU at Mississippi St. Otherwise, can Texas upset USC? Will Kansas St prove itself? Can Pitt hang with Ok-State? Will Oregon and UCLA survive tricky road trips? How will The Grove mix with Tight Wad Hill? And will South Carolina move to 2-0 in the SEC?

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:40am CDT

Is Baker Mayfield the best player in college football? Are you worried about Auburn or is Clemson that good? What do we make of the Big Ten East after both Ohio State and Michigan struggled while Penn State rolled? Is the Big 12 back? Where does USC's offensive performance rank the Trojans? And what the hell happened to the bottom of the Power 5?

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Four monster games highlight Week 2. Can Auburn go into Death Valley and win? Will Baker Mayfield dance his way out of The Shoe? Will USC reverse some negative trends against Stanford? Is Notre Dame back (against a freshman QB)? The Holy War, a sneaky good SEC game and lots of Big Ten non-conference action also dot the landscape this weekend.

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

Alabama and Michigan were big winners in Week 1 but what do we make of Florida State and Florida in the aftermath? What in the hell happened to the state of Texas? Are we concerned about the ACC? Were the SEC and Big Ten the biggest winners? And how will a bunch of major QB injuries impact the direction of the season? Oh, by the way, the Pac-12 went 11-0.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:35am CDT

College Football is back! What is the most meaningful game in Week 1? What impact does Bama-FSU have on the Playoff? Is this the best opening weekend... ever? The guys break down every big (and some small) games of the weekend, project upsets and pick games against the spread for Week 1.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:49am CDT

Official College Football Playoff predictions are here. And official! Steven Lassan joins the guys to officially predict each Power 5 division and conference champ. Who are the guys picking to make the playoff and win the national title in 2017? And who are the outsider teams to watch that could sneak their way into the Playoff? Hot Takes ensue!

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:52am CDT

QB battles are starting to take shape around the country and the guys break down each one with predictions. Braden and Mitch also look at the biggest potential upsets from the Group of 5 ranks. One very difficult QB trivia question gets things kicked off as well as rapid fire news from Florida, Ole Miss and Last Chance U.

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We take a deep look at college football scheduling. Should Power 5 teams only play Power 5 teams? What does a perfect college football schedule look like? Crossover play, home-road splits and tough/easy stretches all impact how the 2017 season will play out, so what do you need to know about this year's schedules? And, of course, 10 minutes of Josh Rosen.

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Braden and Mitch plot their dream road trip through college football for 2017. With a twist: You can only see each team one time. So the guys break down how they would spend the year traveling around the country if you had to watch two different teams every single weekend. It's much harder than you think!

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

Braden and Mitch break down the Hugh Freeze coaching saga. What's next for the Rebels, how good of a job is Ole Miss and where does this soap opera rank in the history of SEC silliness? While many believe the mid-major coaching ranks have thinned, Mitch totally disagrees and provides a long list of rising star coaching candidates for anyone looking for a coach at season's end to consider.

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The guys are joined by AllState's Matt Stinchcomb to talk SEC football and the Good Works Team. The ballots have been cast in the SEC and Big 12 Media events while the ACC bragged for a few days about all that it has accomplished in the last year. Does the ACC have the best coaches? What is the ideal format of power for a conference? Did the voters get it right in the Big 12? The SEC? We get talking season started right!

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Mitch and Braden preview the SEC Media Days event by asking questions we want answered... and then pretending to give honest answers as the SEC coaches themselves. What will we actually learn in Hoover, Ala? What is national championship DNA? Which programs have it, which do not, which ones are close and which ones have changed the most over time? Lastly, the guys ask: What is middle aged?

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Mitch and Braden have five questions about each of the Power 5 leagues and the Group of 5. What is the storyline in each division they are most looking forward to? Who are the players they are most excited to see? Who is Johnny Overachiever and who will win the Golden Dumpster Fire Trophy? And what is the number one game you'd go to in each league?

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

The guys dive deep into the rankings meetings and predictions for the 2017 Minority Report. Which teams were most hotly debated and which teams do we think we pegged incorrectly? Which picks could we take back? And what a difference a play makes: How the history of college football can be shaped by one play.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:21am CDT

The 2017 preview magazines are out - buy one at AthlonSports.com/Store - and the guys are breaking down the official Playoff predictions. Who are the top four teams in college football this year, who wins it all and how many legit contenders are there for the 'Ship in 2017?

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The guys bounce all over the college football map asking critical questions about the offseason. Which Top 10 team is the most overrated? Which team outside of the Top 25 could make a run? What are some programs on the rise and on the decline? Who are some Heisman Trophy darkhorses? Who was the best head coaching and assistant hire? Which hire was the most puzzling? Which QB battles are the most interesting?

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The guys take a look back at the evolution of college football. How has the game changed over time and what does that mean for the future of the sport? Rules changes, media distribution models and playoff structure all play into how the game has morphed into what it is today and what it will be in the future. We break down the 50 biggest innovations in college football over the last 50 years.

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Did the ACC takes major strides forward in the college football hierarchy last fall and what is the next step for this league? Are Miami and Virginia Tech the top candidates to win the Coastal Division or could Pitt, Georgia Tech or North Carolina sneak into contention? Does Louisville belong alongside national powers Clemson and Florida State? What does Lamar Jackson do as an encore? Is NC State a sleeper to watch?

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The balance of power in the Big Ten is squarely in the East but who should be the favorite in 2017? Can Michigan rebuild quickly enough to knock off Ohio State or Penn State? What does the future of Michigan State football look like? Wisconsin appears to be the favorite on paper in the West but there is a large group of quality teams chasing the Badgers. And Minnesota and Purdue have new coaches.

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

The guys dive deep into the South to break down the SEC. What is the biggest issue for the SEC and it's perceived drop-off? Who is on the top contender tier in the East and which team could be a Wild Card? What else can be said about Bama and who are the two clear challengers to the Tide in the West? What do we make of the state of Mississippi football?

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Is the Pac-12 the easiest league to pinpoint the favorites in 2017? Why is this the year to trust USC? Can Washington repeat? But who are the contenders next in line? Utah has an identity, Colorado returns everyone on offense and UCLA has the best quarterback. In the North, Oregon could bounce back quickly, Wazzu has its QB back and Stanford will once again be a tough out.

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Athlon Sports is back doing what it does best: previewing college football. Braden and Mitch are previewing the Big 12 this week. Who are the teams that can challenge Oklahoma? How far does Baylor fall? Is Texas the surprise to watch for in '17? What do we make of quarterback situations at West Virginia and Texas Tech? Can TCU bounce back? Will the Big 12 miss the Playoff again?

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The guys start with Jim Harbaugh and why people are obsessed with him? Which leads into a bigger discussion about why fans and the media glorify college coaches. Finally, the guys break down the Power 5 rosters heading into spring practice. Who are the most talented teams in the nation?

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:24am CDT

Alabama is looking for another offensive coordinator... again. What does it mean for the Tide that Coach Sark left? What did National Signing Day teach us about the future of college football? Braden Gall and Mitch Light break down the national team recruiting rankings and what it all means for coaches as well as the 2017 season. The guys also explore the Death Penalty and how involved the NCAA should be criminal investigations.

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What is the most important aspect of National Signing Day? Do the guys agree with the new recruiting rules that could change recruiting forever? We also graded all of the first year coaches and tried to identify the rising stars of the mid-major ranks.

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

Braden Gall and Mitch Light are joined by Steven Lassan to take an early look at the preseason 2017 Top 25. Is Bama going anywhere? Florida State or Clemson in the ACC? Can Penn State challenge in the Big Ten East again? Is it a two team race in the Pac-12? How good can Texas be in the Big 12?

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Braden Gall and Mitch Light break down every angle of the Clemson-Alabama rematch. Is this a Texas-USC type of game or does Bama continue to roll? How big of a factor is Lane Kiffin "leaving" the program? And does conference supremacy really matter?

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:52am CDT

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

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 12:19pm CDT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 12:02pm CDT

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

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:38am CDT

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

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

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

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:13am CDT

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:40am CDT

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

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:49am CDT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 10:42am CDT

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

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

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

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

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 2:32pm CDT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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