Cover 2 College Football pod

Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football.

Temp Check: Beavers at Wazzu, Iowa at Penn St

2-Point Conversation:

  • Mel Tucker is out, where does Michigan st go?
  • Is there a clear No. 1 team this year?
  • Is there a defensive renaissance taking place?
  • Proof of concept wins for LOTS of coaches

Week 4 Progression:

  • Florida St at Clemson
  • Ohio St at Notre Dame
  • Ole Miss at Alabama
  • Colorado at Oregon
  • UCLA at Utah
  • Auburn at Texas A&M
  • G5: UTSA, SMU and Memphis

Bets Against the Spread:

  • Braden: 3-2 LW, 8-5 YTD
  • Lasso: 2-2 LW, 5-6 YTD

Leftovers: Bizarro Big 12, Texas and OU on the road, do or die wins across the country and playoff teams holding serve.

Direct download: C2_092023_Final.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 12:33pm CDT

Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. 

Temp Check: Oregon St, Wazzu and Iowa's offense

2-point Conversation:

  • SEC West reevaluation, Bama's dynasty
  • Texas domination, Big 12's upper crust
  • What exactly is the Pac-12?
  • Big Ten West questions

Week 3 Progressions: Tennessee-Florida, LSU-Miss St, Washington-Mich St, Kansas St-Mizzou, Penn St-Illinois, Backyard Brawl

G5 Check Down: Rocky Mountain Showdown, South Alabama-Oklahoma St

Week 3 Bets Against the Spread:

  • Braden: 2-2 LW, 5-2 YTD
  • Lasso: 3-1 LW, 3-4 YTD

Leftovers: When can we talk about Georgia, Ohio St and Michigan? The ACC-Big Ten challenge.

Direct download: C2_091323_Final.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 12:12pm CDT

Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. What did we learn about QBs in Week 1 and their chances at winning championships? Texas-Bama, SEC road trips, old rivalries and more highlight Week 2. Oregon State and Iowa temp checks. The Big 12's rough first week and chances at rebounding week 2 with big tests. Colorado leads a highlight first weekend for the Pac-12 but needs to prove itself again in Week 2.

Direct download: C2_090623_Final.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 11:18am CDT

Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. 

  • 2-pt conversation: USC's defense, Vandy's progress, Notre Dame and an injury.
  • 1st Read: LSU-FSU, Carolina-Carolina
  • 2nd Read: Boise-Washington, Prime-TCU
  • 3rd Read: WVU-Penn St, Clemson-Duke 
  • Check Down: UTSA vs. Houston, USA vs. Tulane
  • New QBs for Bama, Ohio St, UGa
  • Power 5s on the road against G5s
  • Conference Leftovers
Direct download: C2_082923_Final.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 5:02pm CDT

Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. We make our official and final playoff predictions for 2023. Everyone has to have the receipts for the end of the year. What are all of the paths for all the contenders and what would a 12-team playoff look like in 2023?

Direct download: C2_082323_Final.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 3:00am CDT

Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. The guys look across the country and across the formation for the most important, most impactful, most interesting and most unknown position groups of 2023. Sure, there are plenty of QB situations worth discussing but plenty of championships hang on the offensive line, the front seven or the offensive play-makers too.

Direct download: C2_081623.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 3:00am CDT

Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. Realignment has once again gripped college football and it means the end of the Pac-12. Could this have been avoided? What does the future look like? What does the ACC or SEC do? How does our playoff look?

Direct download: C2_080923_Final.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 3:00am CDT

Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk Big Ten football in 2023.

  • Where to coach: Northwestern or Indiana?
  • Nebraska and Purdue new coaches
  • Illinois' line of scrimmage
  • Minnesota can do something different
  • Iowa's contracts
  • Wisconsin on paper
  • Rutgers keeps chopping wood
  • Maryland, Michigan St identities
  • The Big Three
  • Why Penn St is on par
  • Michigan's complete-ness
  • Ohio State skill, speed
  • James Franklin factor
Direct download: C2_072823_B1G.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 4:00am CDT

Steven Lassan and Braden Gall preview the SEC in 2023.

  • LSU vs. Bama
  • If not UGa, then who?
  • Carolina upper tier?
  • Kentucky's new offense
  • Joe Milton
  • Mizzou defense, Florida big picture
  • Vandy better but at bottom
  • Texas A&M once again a challenger
  • Auburn under Hugh
  • State's bizarre situation
  • Ole Miss vs. Arkansas
Direct download: C2_072823_Final.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 4:00am CDT

Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk ACC football in 2023.

  • Florida St vs. Clemson
  • Bottom tier buy-in
  • Does Tech have patience?
  • Enjoy UNC's fun
  • Duke' scheduling re-balance
  • Mario the Michigan Man
  • Louisville underrated?
  • Coaching stability and continuity
  • NC State, Pitt, Wake
  • Cuse?
Direct download: C2_072723_ACC_Final.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 4:00am CDT

Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk about Pac-12 football in 2023 and the loss of Colorado to the Big 12.

  • Pac-12 loses Colorado
  • What does Big 12 do next?
  • What does Pac-12 do next?
  • Why are we here?
  • Best QBs in America
  • CU's coverage to talent ratio
  • First-year coaches
  • Breakout QBs at Wazzu, Arizona?
  • Chip Kelly's five-star QB
  • Oregon State' culture
  • Clear top 4
  • Doubt Utah at your own risk
  • Washington, Oregon defense
  • USC portal line change
Direct download: C2_072723_P12.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 3:00am CDT

Steven Lassan and Braden Gall preview the Big 12 conference in 2023. How does the impending divorce and new programs impact the standings?

  • Top tier w/ Texas and Oklahoma
  • Why Braden loves the 9th place
  • Can Kansas State repeat?
  • Can TCU recapture the magic?
  • Texas Tech is a sleeper?
  • Baylor bounces back?
  • Where is Ok-State heading?
  • UCF is the best new team?
  • BYU is the best prepared for P5?
  • Scheduling quirks and impact
  • Neal Brown's buyout
  • Final picks and predictions
Direct download: C2_072523_Final.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 4:00am CDT

The Athletic's Recruiting Editor Mitch Light returns to the pod to talk NIL, recruiting, gambling and Congress with Braden Gall live from SEC Media Days in Nashville, Tenn.

Direct download: C2_071823_Final.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 11:46am CDT

Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. The guys break down the firing of Pat Fitzgerald and the future of Northwestern football, offer a temp check on all 29 second-year head coaches in FBS and then sit down with Carnegie Melon head coach Ryan Larsen to learn about D3 football, building culture and the evolution of offensive football.

Direct download: C2_071223_Final.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 9:24am CDT

Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. San Diego St has (sort of) made an announcement, the Big Ten and SEC have announced their scheduling models for the next two years and the guys break down every single major trap game for every team in the top 15. 

Direct download: C2_062823_Final.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 3:00am CDT

Steven Lassan, Braden Gall and Mitch Light embark on their yearly road trip through college football. The rules: You get to go to a college football game each week but can only see each team one time. What are your anchor games? Which rivalries and conference races are you most interested in? Send us your Trips.

All music provided by Moon Taxi.

Direct download: C2_062123_Final.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 11:06am CDT

Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. This week the guys preview all five Group of Five conferences, pick champions, talk rising star coaches and project the 2023 season.

Direct download: C2_061423_Final.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 3:00am CDT

Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. We dissect the most interesting anonymous scouting reports from coaches around college football in 2023. The portal, NIL, recruiting, scheme, players, trends, rivalries and more as coaches gossip about everything in college football.

Direct download: C2_060723_Final.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 3:00am CDT

Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football.

  • SEC scheduling drama
  • Strength of schedule drama
  • Championship game drama
  • USC A.D. drama
  • Michigan coaching drama
  • Georgia speeding drama
  • B1G TV contract drama
  • Big 12 expansion drama
  • Bowl game lawsuit drama
  • Shannon Terry and On3's NIL Elite Series (not drama)
Direct download: C2_053123_Final.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 3:00am CDT

Steven Lassan and Braden Gall explain the Athlon Sports preseason Top 25 and then some. Who makes the playoff? Where is the drop off in the top 25? Who makes conference championship games? Where are the tiers in each major conference? Who are the best Group of 5 teams?

Direct download: C2_052323_Final.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 3:00am CDT

Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football.

  • EA Sports video game takes step
  • Personal video game records, history
  • ACC meetings lead to expansion drama
  • The most desirable brands in the ACC?
  • Which league would want which teams?
  • Does anything actually happen?
  • Pac-12 expansion is actually happening
  • Do we have a short-term solution out West?
  • What does the Big 12 do?
  • Dylan Riaola, nation's No. 1 player commits
  • Are the best QBs leaving the West?
  • Is the Pac-12 doing better than we think?
Direct download: C2_051723_final.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 3:00am CDT

Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. We unveil our official magazine top four in 2023 while also covering the on-going Pac-12 media rights, massive changes around gambling and who won the portal this time around?

Direct download: C2_050923_Final.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 1:00pm CDT

Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football.

  • College football playoff schedule
  • Things we hate, things we're OK with
  • SEC permanent opponents
  • 16-team scheduling criteria
  • All-ACC QB battle for No. 1?
  • Clear top three in the Big 12
  • The projection issue in the Big Ten
  • Elite QB play in the Pac-12
  • One clearcut top Hog in SEC
  • Hearing from KJ Jefferson
  • All-American votes
Direct download: C2_050423_Final.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 3:00am CDT

Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football.

  • Pac-12 non-answer answer
  • Deion Sanders doing it his way
  • Nature of our system now
  • QB outliers in the NFL Draft
  • Five-star recruits going pro
  • Two wide receivers we love
  • Spring storylines that matter
  • Very different QBs at UGa and Bama
  • Clemson and USC's defense
  • Texas makes actual news
  • Ohio State's offensive line
  • SEC QB battles
  • Rapid Fire Lassan Test
Direct download: C2_042623_Finale.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 4:06pm CDT

Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football.

  • Early Top 4 debate
  • Preseason Top 25 difficulty
  • How many playoff contenders are there?
  • How many teams can win the national title?
  • What to do with Texas?
  • Coach Prime is selling lots of tickets
  • Colorado's short term, long term future
  • Pac-12 media rights tied to CU?
  • CFP meetings in Dallas next week
  • New Big Ten commish role at meetings
  • Working out the schedule for the playoff
  • Stop worrying about the NFL
Direct download: C2_042023_Final.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 3:19pm CDT

Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football.

  • Magazine prediction stress
  • Big Ten tabs Tony Petitti
  • Insider? Outsider?
  • Tony's first order of business
  • How can B1G level playing the field?
  • Off-the-field opportunity
  • Pac-12 media rights are still... well...
  • Spring scrimmages are a good idea?
  • Lots of reasons to add value to spring
  • What are concerns?
  • How would it be logistically possible?
Direct download: C2_041223_Final.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 3:00am CDT

Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football.

  • We begin with Kent St, obviously
  • 0 starters back on offense or defense?
  • Defining National Championship DNA
  • Defining Playoff DNA
  • How many teams nationally have it?
  • How can you change your DNA?
  • What time frames are we using?
  • The Nick Saban Test
Direct download: C2_040623_Final.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 3:00am CDT

Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. The guys touch on the new recruiting rules, Pac-12 rumors and NIL congressional meetings. Then we take a deep dive into the future Big 12 and how those programs stack up against each other currently and historically. What is the best program in the new Big 12? The worst? How much upward mobility to the new programs have? Where would USC, UCLA, Texas and Oklahoma rank in their new conferences? And a quick look at our national top 10 programs in college football.

Direct download: C2_032923_Final.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 3:00am CDT

Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football.

  • Obligatory latest Pac-12 news
  • New Big 12 angle to consider
  • Spring practice content approach
  • What if it was always a 12-team playoff?
  • Which coaches benefit?
  • Which teams are evaluated differently?
  • Dan Mullen, James Franklin, Jimbo
  • Wisconsin, USC, Baylor, Michigan St
  • Kirk Ferentz, Mike Gundy, David Shaw
  • Iowa St, Indiana, Colorado, Arizona
Direct download: C2_032223_Final.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 4:00am CDT

Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football.

  • Pac-12 obligatory opening update
  • Big names coaches who need to win
  • Long-time coaches with no expectations
  • Long-time coaches with nothing to prove
  • Future potential next wave of long-timers
  • Long-timers who did everything they could
  • Future names with building pressure
Direct download: C2_031623_Final.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 11:53am CDT

Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football.

  • More Pac-12 rumors!
  • An ACC merger
  • Three new rule changes
  • SEC schedule leaks
  • Georgia culture problem?
  • Transfer QB portal data
  • P5 transfers vs. G5
  • QB battles in the spring
  • Bama, Georgia, Ole Miss
  • Nebraska, Ohio St
  • Ok-State, Texas, West Virginia
  • Arizona St and UCLA
  • NC State and more
Direct download: C2_030823_Final.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 3:00am CDT

Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football.

  • Coaches hurting the game with access
  • Players need to be more available
  • Florida St sends warning shot at ACC
  • Grant of Rights' future
  • Pac-12 no news is bad news
  • Can Washington challenge out West?
  • What to make of Colorado?
  • Miami or North Carolina in the ACC?
  • Wisconsin, Michigan St, Nebraska
  • The new guys in the Big 12
  • Who is on the top tier in the SEC?
  • Who is in the SEC's middle?
Direct download: C2_030123_Final.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 3:00am CDT

Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football.

  • Apple TV bids for Pac-12
  • Fans react
  • New game rules to speed things up
  • Is game-length a real problem
  • Which rules do we like?
  • One rule that we hate
  • Big 12 new schedule is WILD
  • Four new teams creates imbalance
  • AAC releases its new schedule
  • Group of 5 wide open?
Direct download: C2_022323_Final.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 3:00am CDT

Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football.

  • 2024 is going to look very different
  • Pac-12 inventory, openly courting SMU
  • Every day the media deal isn't signed
  • What is the Big 12 going to do?
  • B1G holding firm, good news for Pac-12?
  • Scheduling model for the Big Ten
  • New permanent rivals for USC, UCLA
  • Does UCLA now have championship DNA?
  • Scheduling model for the SEC
  • New permanent rivals for Texas, OU
  • Are we okay with unbalanced schedules?
  • Brian Ferentz contract
  • Todd Monken leaves for NFL, Mike Bobo hired
  • What is going on with Miami?
  • Notre Dame's offensive coordinator
Direct download: C2_021523_Final.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 10:37am CDT

Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football.

  • The Pac-12 is sniffing around SMU
  • Impact of streaming shift
  • Targeting Mountain West teams
  • Texas, OU not moving... yet
  • What's the hold up?
  • Bama hires Tommy Rees, Kevin Steele
  • Is there a shift in offense happening?
  • Redefining "balance" on offense
  • Grading all 24 new coaching hires
  • Tons of young inexperience
  • A few retreads
  • Wisconsin and Louisville top the list
  • Nebraska, Colorado close behind
Direct download: C2_020823.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 3:00am CDT

Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football.

  • The Jalen Hurts phenomena
  • QBs winning in college and the NFL
  • Breaking down the 2023 recruiting cycle
  • How good are top classes?
  • How are the new Big 12 teams faring?
  • How are new coaches doing?
  • Recruiting outliers: The Best
  • Recruiting outliers: The Worst
  • Big jumps, big falls, big names
Direct download: C2_020223_Final.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 9:10am CDT

Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football.

  • The $9 million club
  • Lessons and blame with Jaden Rashada
  • Boosters and ROI market forces
  • Clemson makes bold move
  • The ripple effect at TCU, Arkansas
  • Ole Miss with a monster week
  • Alabama's coaching vacancies
  • Mike Gundy catching lightning twice?
  • Michigan winning all over (sort of)
  • Oregon, Pac-12 surging
  • Florida State momentum continues
  • NFL Draft deadline winners, losers
  • Transfer Portal winners, losers
Direct download: C2_012523_Final.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 3:00am CDT

Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. We take a deep dive into the most overrated preseason teams of the last 25 years since the advent of the BCS. How many times are top 10 teams finishing with losing records? Who is overrated? And why is it happening? Are there any trends and is Notre Dame actually always overrated? We also discuss the open Commissioner chair in the Big Ten.

Direct download: C2_011823_Final.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 3:00am CDT

Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. We dissect our never-too-early preseason top 25 for 2023. There are a lot of new faces and names. But the more things change, the more they stay the same at the top of the sport. Follow along at AthlonSports.com 

Direct download: C2_011123_Final.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 12:31pm CDT

Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football.

  • Georgia's utter domination caps 2022
  • Don't change your mind on TCU, though
  • Stetson Bennett's insane career
  • Kirby Smart's future
  • Who were the best teams in 2022?
Direct download: C2_011023.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 9:35am CDT

Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football, previewing the national championship game between Georgia and TCU.

  • Bobby Petrino lands at Texas A&M
  • Jim Harbaugh is flirting with the NFL
  • No tailgating at 430 pm local time
  • The setting for the title game
  • TCU's truly incomparable run
  • Sonny Dykes unlikely retread
  • Stetson Bennett's unprecedented career
  • Building blocks of a TCU upset
  • Max Duggan superman
  • What to do with Quentin Johnston?
  • UGa keeps it simple
  • Patience and blue chips
  • Final Predictions
  • A case for and against expansion
Direct download: C2_010423_Final.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 4:00am CDT

Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. The guys recap the best night of college football playoff action in history as TCU defeated Michigan and Georgia outlasted Ohio State. We touch on the national title match-up and break down New Year's Eve.

Direct download: C2_010123.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 9:49am CDT

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