Athlon Sports Cover 2 College Football Podcast

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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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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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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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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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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The guys start to look ahead at spring storylines in college football. The coaching hot seat is top of mind. Why do people think Jim Harbaugh is on the hot seat? Who else should be concerned about their job at the Power 5 level?

The Big 12 has a very interesting QB situation this season as Will Grier is back. But then what else does the league have under center?

The guys also comment on the Michigan State situation, discuss home and homes versus neutral site games and argue about Network television.

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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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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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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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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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