Athlon Sports Cover 2 College Football Podcast

Oklahoma and LSU headlined a wild weekend in college football, but it's important to remember that there is a lot of losing left to do. What do we make of Texas, Oklahoma State and the rest of the Big 12 so far in 2020? SEC QB debuts were stunning and stunningly bad. And Miami continues to roll while the questions pile up in Tallahassee. And the bad beats to top all bad beats.

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The SEC rejoins college football! Hooray! And some of the best games of the week come from the Southeast as Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Tennessee go on the road. What the hell is going on at Florida State? Can Iowa St and Ok-State bounce back in the Big 12? And picks against the spread our gambling expert.

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Miami posts the biggest win of the year to date on the road against Louisville while the big dogs played meaningless games in the ACC (although, keep an eye on Pitt). Ok-State lost Spencer Sanders and immediately watched the offense disappear.

Did the Big Ten serve up the league championship to Ohio State with their new schedule? Who is the favorite in the West and what did Nebraska do the B1G? (Oh, that's right, they filed a lawsuit)

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The Big Ten is back baby! What do you need to know about the Big Ten's return to play, why it happened the way it did and can they get the season in to make the Playoff? We also look back at what we learned from Week 2 (looking at you Florida St and Iowa St) and dive deep into a Week 3 slate of games highlighted by Miami and Louisville.

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What did we learn in Week 1 from the sloppy, lop-sided games we saw? Why the Big Ten is the political center of the sports universe, why Lincoln Riley has disappointed us and why gambling could save college football (not destroy it).

And, get this, a complete Week 2 preview of all the games, new faces in new places and picks against the spread! Hooray!

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Rosters have changed, schedules have changed and four leagues aren't planning on playing football (for now). So have our predictions changed in the ACC, Big 12 or SEC? Georgia-Florida, who plays Clemson in the title game and has the gap on Oklahoma closed in the Big 12? All that and a Week 1 preview.

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We ignore reality and pretend that all 130 teams are playing football in 2020 so that we can argue about QBs. And rank them, of course. Steven and Braden combine their lists to form the official Cover 2 podcast QB rankings of 2020. We agree on the top 4 but that's about it. Enjoy!

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We spend the first 40 minutes of the show breaking down the SEC's new schedule, if a 10-game model is viable post-pandemic, talking camp news and why fans in stadiums isn't a terrible thing. And then talk testing, campus life screwing everything up and the Big Ten's PR nightmare.

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We alternate between hopeful and impending doom this week as we discuss the Big Ten and Pac-12 decisions to cancel the season. What can we learn, what is next and maybe a few good things fans don't have to stress about at all. Plus, we pretend there will be football and debate the new SEC schedule winners and losers.

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We've all had a lot weighing on us this year and I have a lot in my heart bubble up this weekend that I need to share with you - my college football family. And since I come from a family of compulsive over-sharers (shockingly), here is how I feel about the state of college football. You can disagree and I'm okay with that but honesty is the only way I know how to live. With peace and love, Braden Gall.

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Unfortunately, we are stuck again discussing the impacts Covid is having on college football. One team cancelled football, the Big Ten has announced it's schedule for 2020 and players across the country are starting to unite against the College Football Machine. What does it all mean and who will ultimately decide the fate of the 2020 season?

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The ACC makes a major announcement to play 10 conference games and one non-con game in 2020. They are removing divisions and adding Notre Dame. What does this mean for the ACC title race, which games are added and what could this decision do for the rest of the Power 5 conferences, especially the SEC's pending scheduling decision. Additionally, players are beginning to opt-out of football - who do we expect to follow suit?

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Sure, we have to give a short 'Rona update but we talked about actual sports! Like the most important QB battles. Do Oklahoma, Florida, Wisconsin and Florida St count as battles? Is Oregon and LSU all but decided? How good can Georgia or Michigan be if they choose the right guy? What about Tennessee, Kentucky, Washington, Utah, Virginia, and Purdue? Hooray, arguing about sports!

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Nick and Braden get to play college football dictator for a day. What would they do, what would they change, what issues would they address? And how should schools and fans be thinking about the hot seat while budgets are getting crunched.

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Thursday was an unprecedented day in college football as the Big Ten announced it won't play non-conference games in 2020. What does this mean for the best of college football, what does it mean a season could look like this fall and what does it mean for the Group of 5. And does it accelerate major structural changes to the game? Steven and Braden break it all down.

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The fourth annual Athlon Sports college football Dream Road Trip is underway! The rules are simple: Steven, Nick and Braden get to pick a game to go to each week but you can only see each team once. Where are you headed and why? Play the home version and tweet us your college football Dream Road Trip. Drink responsibly and no pants allowed!

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We take a deep dive into our Group of 5 predictions for 2020. Which teams could challenge for the New Year's Six bowl, who we picked to win every league and we explain a pretty cool theme developing among of the best G5 teams this year.

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Are we watching a power dynamic transformation take place in college football as athletes around the country speak up about racial issues and the 'Rona? How can coaches use this to their advantage? With cases rising everywhere, are we more concerned about the season? And making fun of our Dad Game.

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We take a deeper look at our ACC predictions beyond Clemson over North Carolina in the title game. Who else could win the title? Who is the toughest team to pinpoint? Who are the sleepers in 2020 and has the middle of this league improved? Which players does the nation need to know about? What is the state of QB play in the ACC this fall? And who is Unmust-See TV?

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We take a deeper look at our Big Ten predictions beyond Ohio St over Wisconsin in the title game. Who else could win the title? Who is the toughest team to pinpoint? Who are the sleepers in 2020? Which players does the nation need to know about? What is the state of QB play in the Big Ten this fall? And who is Unmust-See TV?

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We take a deeper look at our SEC predictions beyond Alabama over Florida in the title game. Who else could win the title? Who is the toughest team to pinpoint? Who are the sleepers in 2020? Which players does the nation need to know about? What is the state of QB play in the SEC this fall? And who is Unmust-See TV?

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We take a deeper look at our Big 12 predictions beyond Oklahoma over Oklahoma St in the title game. Who else could win the title? Who is the toughest team to pinpoint? Who are the sleepers in 2020? Which players does the nation need to know about? And what teams are Unmust-See TV this fall? Outside of Kansas, is there a "bad" team in this league?

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We take a deeper look at our Pac-12 predictions beyond Oregon over USC in the title game. Who can win the title? Who is the toughest team to pinpoint? Who are the sleepers in 2020? Which players does the nation need to know about? And what teams are Unmust-See TV this fall? Also, is UCLA relevant?

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To answer the question of how to develop a young, star QB in a virtual world, we asked the experts. We visited with Arizona St offensive coordinator Zak Hill, Iowa State QB coach Joel Gordon, USC's offensive coordinator Graham Harrell and North Carolina's OC/QB coach Phil Longo about how they developed four of the best young QBs in college football this offseason.

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The guys look at which teams made the biggest jump in the preseason rankings from 2019 to 2020 and which teams fell the furtherest. And, of course, why? We also touch on some roster news and notes, the early stages of Covid-19 testing and the complicated legacy Dabo Swinney is creating as it pertains to social issues.

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It's an annual rite of passage in the college football world: Ranking the head coaches! Steven and Braden give you their top 25 head coaches in college football and discuss the greatest risers and fallers from last year. Do we like upside? Do we like consistency? Do we like Tom Herman or David Shaw?

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We hate your team! Nick Kayal plays the roll of twitter police as we discuss what he likes and doesn't like about our Top 25. Which Big 12 team does he think we totally missed on? Are the defending champs too high at No. 8? Which team outside of the Top 25 should be in the rankings?

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Our Top 25 is out and now we've got to explain ourselves. Why did we pick Clemson over Alabama in the title game? Why did we pick Oklahoma (again) to claim the fourth spot? Who plays Oklahoma in the Big 12 title game? Why did we pick Florida over Georgia? Could star QBs lead sleepers from North Carolina, Texas, Iowa St and USC?

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We start a two-part series looking at the coaches of college football. Who are the top coaches in each of the Group of 5 conferences? Which names will find themselves joining the Power 5 ranks soon? Which names could be G5 lifers? And what do we make of all the retreads trying to rebuild their careers?

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We react to the seven different scheduling models being proposed by college football power brokers. Which ones are most likely and which ones seem crazy? How are media days being effected by the pandemic? Is the NCAA actually planning and detailing resocialization better than anyone else? Lastly, how has this impacted magazine production and which teams will be best suited to handle this type of disruption.

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The NCAA took a major step forward in the Name, Image and Likeness issue in recommending that athletes be allowed to finally capitalize on being, well, themselves. But their hand was forced and there are just as many questions as answers still. The guys break it all down. Also, some win total over/unders for 2020 from Nick and who has adapted to the digital pandemic in recruiting the best?

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We recap the NFL Draft from the college perspective. The SEC has dominated for the 14th straight year and the trend doesn't seem to be changing anytime soon. LSU also had a record-setting weekend as well. Where have all the QB jobs gone and what does it mean for the future of the position in college? And our annual reminder that recruiting rankings REALLY matter.

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Former NFL WR Chris Doering stops by to break down the best WR class in modern draft history. Is it easier to play the position today? Who should be the No. 1 prospect this year? Which coaches and staffs are developing guys the best? Why the NFL is craving versatility?

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Braden is joined by PFF's Steve Palazzolo to talk about how data and science have changed the evaluation process of prospects and the game of football in general. How does it help evaluate QBs? Which programs are doing the best job of developing players? Are coaches trying to "break football?"

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Braden had a conversation with the great B/R's Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) about how the evaluation process has changed over the years, how the QB position has changed and future trends at the WR and CB position. Also, Tua to the Pats and which positions to avoid later in the draft in 2020.

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There is an NFL Draft scenario that could break the internet and it involved Tua and the Patriots. Joe Burrow is the least covered No. 1 overall pick I can remember. Should Jordan Love be a first rounder? Should Justin Herbert? And a comp for Jalen Hurts that should scare you.

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Charlotte's Will Healy, Buffalo's Lance Leipold, Middle Tennesse's Rick Stockstill and NIU's Sean Frazier join me to talk about the state of life in the Group of 5. What is happening on G5 campuses to prepare for the fall? How are coaches and administrators handling the pandemic? What is recruiting and development like during these bizarre times? What are the financial stakes currently at this level?

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Chris Childers and I began our careers together at Rivals.com in 2005. And it was a total zoo. So we thought we'd spend some time reminiscing about how we got into this business and what life was like during the explosion of the recruiting world and college sports media. Come for the stories about Lou Holtz and Coach O but stay for that time someone pooped in a tent at Bonnaroo.

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Nick and Braden play some heavy tunes and some light tunes. Does golf's return signal anything about college football? Has the style of play, presentation and structure of the sport changed for the better over the years? Is Dabo totally missing the boat (or plane) in this Covid-19 world we live in? Is it more heart-breaking for middle-tier programs when they miss their crack at the natty? And what are the best cheap college beers?

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Mitch Light is back! We talk about putting the magazines together, what we've learned over 40 years for eight different media companies about how the media and the fans interact. We talk about consolidation, digital evolution, the burden placed on fans to decipher between fact and opinion, how college football is uniquely influenced by misinformation and the future of broadcasting sporting events.

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The guys are previewing the 2020 Athlon Sports College Football magazines by diving into the toughest decisions we will have to make this spring. Ohio St has dominated this league and is the favorite again, but could Penn St, Wisconsin, Minnesota or Michigan challenge? How deep is the West Division? Can Michigan St bounce back? How much pressure is there to win in Lincoln?

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The guys are previewing the 2020 Athlon Sports College Football magazines by diving into the toughest decisions we will have to make this spring. The ACC is Clemson's league right now but the rest of the conference is improving. Could Florida St and North Carolina be this year's Louisville and could the Cards challenge as well? Is it a five-team race in the chaotic Coastal (yes, it is)? Can Wake maintain, Georgia Tech grow, NC State or Cuse bounce back?

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The guys are previewing the 2020 Athlon Sports College Football magazines by diving into the toughest decisions we will have to make this spring. In the SEC (for the first time in a while) the race for the 'ship is wide open, but how many teams can make a case to be front-runner? Does Florida or Auburn or Texas A&M fit into this group? Is anything more interesting than the state of Mississippi? Can Tennessee or Kentucky continue to grow? What about new coaches at Mizzou and Arkansas?

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The guys are previewing the 2020 Athlon Sports College Football magazines by diving into the toughest decisions we will have to make this spring. In the Pac-12, can anyone challenge Oregon even without Justin Herbert? Is USC again the most difficult team to pinpoint? Is Cal ready to challenge for a division title? Can Jayden Daniels carry ASU to a South title? How tough is Utah's rebuild? Which new coach in the state of Washington can win the quickest? And what the hell is UCLA?

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The guys are previewing the 2020 Athlon Sports College Football preview magazines by diving into the toughest decisions we will have to make this spring. In the Big 12, can anyone catch Oklahoma? Do Iowa St and Baylor belong on the second tier with Texas and Oklahoma State? What is Texas missing? Which bottom tier team is poised to jump into the mix?

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The guys are quarantined but still talking college football. It appears like all systems are still go for 2020 but who knows? In the meantime, we take a look back at our favorite college fantasy players of this generation. Where else will you hear about James Casey and Jacquizz Rodgers in the same breath as Vince Young and Johnny Manziel?

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The Coronavirus has reached college football but should Nick and Braden stay home from the SEC tourney? Florida passed a law that should accelerate the NIL calendar while Nebraska is (smartly) the first school to dive head first into the endorsement waters. Attendance, shockingly, is down across the nation again. Lastly, we  focus on USC's unhappiness in the Pac-12 and could it lead to a next wave of conference realignment? What would we realign if we had the power? And a Love Is Blind review.

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Coaching news headlines the show today as Colorado has made a hire, Georgia poached Alabama again and two Big Ten coaches got raises. Athlon is also ranking the top 50 players in college football this week, so Nick and Braden take a look at the dudes they are most excited to watch in 2020. Who is must-see TV in 2020?

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Using spring football headlines to decide who will be good at football is pretty silly. But there are plenty of actual football related reasons to be bullish on a bunch of teams in 2020. Which teams are slated to make jumps this year? Additionally, the ACC has joined the B1G in pushing for change in regards to transfers and what's the latest in the Colorado coaching search?

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The guys take their final look at 2019 with a deep dive into the most bizarre outcomes of the season, the biggest upsets of the year and most delectable team stats of the season. We also offer our takes on Mel Tucker's decision to leave Colorado for Michigan State and hit on some headlines from around college football.

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Mark Dantonio stepped down in bizarre fashion so the guys offer their thoughts on his career, how good of a job is Michigan St and who might replace him. We also recap National Signing Day from 10,000 feet and tell which teams overachieved and disappointed. 

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The Super Bowl is here and the guys look at how each team constructed its roster through college football. Also, is the old way of winning games on trial on Super Sunday? Can game managers win national titles? Finally, we dive deep into the NCAA documents obtained by the LA Times.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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