Athlon Sports Cover 2 College Football Podcast (Sports)

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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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. 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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LSU and Clemson will meet in the national championship game. How special is Joe Burrow's season and how unique is Coach O's career arc? Meanwhile, where does Oklahoma go for answers and what's Jalen Hurts legacy? Clemson and Ohio St gave us a gem of a game but was it as controversial as Buckeyes think? Why did Clemson really advance and who was the "better team?"

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Braden and Mitch break down every possible angle of the Clemson-Ohio St and Oklahoma-LSU games. They call in the big guns as Steven Lassan joins us to make picks and discuss what could take place on Semifinal Saturday.

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How should fans react to National Signing Day? How about don't overvalue the news of the day and focus on the big picture? The guys break down who overachieved, who should be worried and does the early signing period work? Also, Mitch and Braden have a major programming announcement as well.

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Braden gives his Heisman ballot away and explains why he did (or didn't) vote for certain players. Spoiler: He voted for Joe Burrow. Which spurns a discussion about the greatest single seasons by QBs in college history. Minor coaching news gives way to a large scale debate about why YOUR favorite coach is still employed.

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There has been a few more hires in college football and the guys break down all of the new faces, including Lane Kiffin, Sam Pittman, Steve Addazio, Jeff Scott, Eli Drinkwitz and Mike Norvell. Then the guys preview bowl season in the only way they know how: By talking about Jim Walden and Bill Dooley, of course.

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The College Football Playoff field is set and Mitch and Braden offer instant analysis, predictions and thoughts on the bracket. Who should be No. 1? Is Clemson being disrespected? Is Oklahoma worthy? Who is going to win it all and why? The guys also touch on Lane Kiffin's return to the SEC and Mike Norvell leaving for Florida St.

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Championship Weekend is here and the playoff implications couldn't be greater. The guys preview all of the conference title games, discuss all of the possible playoff scenarios and explain what the penultimate rankings mean for the final weekend. The guys also cover the latest from the coaching carousel, including an absolute shocker at Washington.

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Fighting, pissed off coaches, division championships and coaches getting fired all highlight a wild and entertaining Rivalry Weekend. Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Virginia all win huge rivalry games and get into title games while the top three rolled easily. Mizzou, Boston College, Ole Miss and others passed out pink slips as well. 

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It's one of the best weekends of football all year as Thanksgiving and the Egg Bowl collide! Ohio St-Michigan, Alabama-Auburn, Bedlam, Civil War, Apple Cup, Commonwealth Cup, Clean Old-Fashioned Hate, the Territorial Cup and Baylor-Kansas highlight a supremely awesome weekend of important and fun football games. Happy Turkey Day, everyone!

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LSU continues to roll and Ohio St posts one of the biggest wins of the year, so have they done enough to make the Playoff even with a loss? What about Clemson? A wild night in the Pac-12 has eliminated Oregon and an equally wild day in the Big 12 clarifies the title race. Who is bowling and who needs another win to bowl?

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In what appears to be the worst weekend of action, several Playoff contenders need to hold serve. Outside of the huge showdown between Penn St and Ohio St, Georgia, Oregon, Utah, Baylor, Oklahoma and LSU should all roll. (This means be prepared for chaos).

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College football delivered in a big way with the best weekend of action all season. LSU beats Alabama in Tuscaloosa and it could change who makes the playoff, how we view Coach O, the Heisman race and even the NFL Draft. Minnesota, meanwhile, has a program defining victory over Penn St as well. Did the Big 12 race clarify over the weekend? Arkansas fired Chad Morris and it started one of the most random twitter debates in history.

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The rankings are out so what did we learn and what we are concerned about? But really, this week is about LSU and Alabama. Who wins, who covers and will it be high-scoring? Are the defenses actually better than we think? Can the loser still get in? Additionally, Penn St travels to Minnesota in the biggest game in Gopher history and the Big 12 features three fantastic tilts that will shape the league's title game in a big way.

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The Playoff rankings are here and the guys debate the merits of each of the four top teams in America. Florida St has fired its coach, so what should the Noles do, who should they target and how good is this job in the first place? Georgia topped Florida and the Pac-12 took advantage of their national stage as well. Is this the best AAC... ever?

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The worst slate of action thus far in college football will take place this weekend. Florida-Georgia will battle in a huge top 10 game and both Utah (Washington) and Oregon (USC) will go on the road in critical conference matches out West. Otherwise, even FSU-Miami has lost some luster. There is a reason Gameday is at SMU-Memphis this weekend.

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Did Oklahoma's loss to Kansas St kick them out the playoffs? What about the rest of the Big 12? What does Michigan's thumping of Notre Dame mean for Brian Kelly and Jim Harbaugh? Pac-12 After Dark delivered again (duh). And how impressive was LSU's win over Auburn?

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The best weekend of football to date is highlighted by three huge Big Ten games - Wisconsin at Ohio St, Notre Dame at Michigan and Penn St at Michigan St. Auburn visits LSU as well. Can Oregon and Utah hold serve? What does Alabama look like sans Tua? The Big 12 has some sneaky good games and every team in the ACC is the same.

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The Badgers fell flat on their faces against Illinois - just like they do every year. Meanwhile, what is the impact of Tua's injury for Alabama? Penn State survived Michigan, Minnesota and Baylor stayed unbeaten and Oregon and Utah stay on their collision course. And is everyone in the ACC actually in the Coastal Division.

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Two massive showdowns in the Pac-12 set the stage for what could be an epic Big Ten battle in Happy Valley in Week 8. The Big 12 and ACC offer sneaky good slates this weekend as well. And should any of the top 5 be on upset alert?

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

Georgia's loss to South Carolina opens up the playoff discussion but how far should UGA fall? How good is LSU and how far should Florida fall? Who can challenge Ohio State: Wisconsin or Penn St? Does Oklahoma finally have a defense? And the Pac-12 is far more interesting than you thought a few weeks ago.

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

We try to make a case for six different teams to be No. 1 in the nation (and isn't that cool for college football, right?) Where do Auburn, Wisconsin, Florida and one-loss teams fit in? Why Notre Dame's win is already underrated, the Pac-12 is what we thought they were and should you go for two? Our Week 5 recap.

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Ohio St, Notre Dame and Clemson have interesting tests in Week 5. A large group of teams that want to contend need to handle their business this weekend - like Washington, Auburn, Utah, Wisconsin, Penn St and Cal. And why we are obsessed with some Big 12 football this weekend.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:27am CDT

Did we learn more about Georgia or Notre Dame in the marquee showdown of Week 4? How much pressure is Jim Harbaugh under now after getting trounced by Wisconsin? Should we all just quit because Auburn will win the natty? And thank you Pac-12 for a wonderful weekend of no-pants partying late in the night. All that and much more in our Week 4 recap.

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Georgia-Notre Dame, Michigan-Wisconsin and Auburn-A&M highlight a great week four of action as conference play starts to get going around the country. Four ranked Pac-12 teams go on the road, Texas tries to end a bizarre losing streak and some second tier SEC games make this the most intriguing weekend of the season thus far.

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The guys recap the complete nonsense that took place at the end of games in Week 3. Coaching decisions, penalties, poor officiating and dumb mistakes by players galore. Is Clay Helton in trouble at USC? What will Florida do without it's starting QB? And what should college fans make of the new law passed in California allowing athletes to profit from their Name, Image and Likeness?

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Most of the top ranked teams in college football will go on the road for the first time this weekend but will they be tested? Meanwhile, lots of teams that have started well need to prove they belong - looking at you Virginia, Michigan St and the state of Iowa. All that and more in our Week 3 preview.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:04am CDT

Clemson and LSU won huge games in Week 2 over top 15 teams. Was there was a big shake-up atop the Big Ten? The Pac-12 continues to falter and has given itself no margin for error. Meanwhile, what is wrong with Miami, Tennessee and UCLA? The guys empty the notebook on Week 2.

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

Bo Nix led Auburn to a huge win over Oregon in the biggest game of the weekend. But does the loss really mean the Pac-12 is eliminated? (Hint: No, this is stupid). The bottom of the SEC laid a giant egg but is the league in as bad of shape as the scoreboard indicated? Is Willie Taggart in trouble at FSU? We empty the notebook on Week 1.

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

Auburn-Oregon should be fantastic and could give us a new playoff contender. The rest of the slate, however, leaves something to be desired in what could be the weakest opening weekend in recent memory. Still, the guys cover all the most important games from conference matchups in the ACC to potential G5 upsets. Plus, should we be worried about injuries and suspensions for Alabama?

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:36am CDT

A sloppy but fun first weekend of action lead to a Florida win and a Miami lose. Arizona was also upset late night as well. Did we learn anything new about Florida? Has Miami found a QB? Is Kevin Sumlin already in trouble in Tuscon? Should college teams have a preseason game?

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What questions do you need to answer to pick four playoff teams and a national champion? Mitch and Braden make their final College Football Playoff and title picks but explain the mental gymnastics needed to get there. Also, a Florida-Miami preview for this weekend as well as football IS OFFICIALLY BACK!

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

A few more coaches (Wake Forest, North Carolina) have announced starting QBs and we thought we dive into the stats. How many starting QBs will be transfers this year and how does that relate to previous years? Where is the trend headed and should we be concerned? We also take our Nightmare Road Trip '19 where we try to watch the worst games in P5 football. Mitch also breaks down dropping his oldest off at college.

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

Camp is in full swing across the country as some teams are naming starting QBs and some are losing players to injury already. Additionally, should Kelly Bryant have a ring? What went wrong with James Hudson's transfer from Michigan? And what the most important games of 2019 that you NEED to know about that no one is talking about?

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Our conference camp preview week covers all five power conferences by posing one question: What do we NOT know about the Big Ten? From coaching staffs to depth charts to QB battles to schedules, what questions do we need answered this August? It's the "We Know What We Don't Know Tour."

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Our conference camp preview week covers all five power conferences by posing one question: What do we NOT know about the Pac-12? From coaching staffs to depth charts to QB battles to schedules, what questions do we need answered this August? It's the "We Know What We Don't Know Tour."

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Our conference camp preview week covers all five power conference by posing one question: What do we NOT know about the ACC? From coaching staffs to depth charts to QB battles to schedules, what questions do we need answered this August? It's the "We Know What We Don't Know Tour."

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 8:58am CDT

Our conference camp preview week covers all five power conference by posing one question: What do we NOT know about the Big 12? From coaching staffs to depth charts to QB battles to schedules, what questions do we need answered this August? It's the "We Know What We Don't Know Tour."

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 9:04am CDT

Our conference camp preview week covers all five power conference by posing one question: What do we NOT know about the SEC? From coaching staffs to depth charts to QB battles to schedules, what questions do we need answered this August? It's the "We Know What We Don't Know Tour."

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 9:46am CDT

Jim Harbaugh is stirring it up again but is it a real controversy? Jim Delany is complaining again but is he simply lobbying? Would changing the divisions actually do anything for the Big Ten? The ACC event was quiet but a major debate about the second-best team broke out. Out West, the Pac-12 clearly is trying to fix it's image problem and part of that could be what happens with Clay Helton. All that and more accepted applicants for our Podhead College Fantasy League.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 12:16pm CDT

Talking Season is underway as SEC, AAC and Big 12 media days have wrapped up (we will cover the rest next week). Did Nick Saban make excuses or give us interesting insight? Is the Big 12 handling the Horns Down gesture correctly? What good can come from the SEC having an officiating twitter account? And poor, poor Randy Edsall. Lastly, we debate who should be in our first Cover 2 Podheads College Fantasy League.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 10:54am CDT

The guys address reaction to last week's non-conference podcast with some thoughts and data on conference scheduling. Then we take a fun trip through the hypothetical coaching ranks and what the dominoes would be should some major jobs come open (think: what if Dabo really did take the Bama job?). Lastly, we announce how you can join our college fantasy football league, here's a hint: it won't be easy.

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

Arguing over non-conference scheduling is an old college football tradition. Especially, now that a committee scrutinizes resumes with a fine tooth comb. So, based on our preseason rankings, we wanted to see exactly which leagues are doing it right. Of course, all of this changes as the season goes along but setting the preseason benchmark is important. Additionally, how do we feel about allowing celebrations in college football?

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 10:26am CDT

UConn is leaving the AAC for the Big East. What does this mean for the future of Husky football and why is every school President, Athletic Director and Board of Trustees focused on what UConn does? Can the AAC actually turn this into an opportunity? Meanwhile, out West, California is forcing the NCAA's hand with legislation and Mr. President isn't having it. Are we more likely to see a Power-5 breakaway now? And an SEC recruiting story to end all SEC recruiting stories.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:51am CDT

The guys are off on their third annual (and fictional) college football dream road trip! The rules are simple: You can't watch a team more than once. We both took into account the quality of the game, the impact on championship races, the history of the match-up and destinations we'd want to experience. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Play the home version and tweet us your dream road trip in 2019.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 12:09pm CDT

The guys take a long look at some of the most impactful, interesting and unpredictable quarterback battles this summer. None of the top 18 teams in our rankings have a QB battle - how unusual is this and does it mean anything? The SEC has the best QBs, the ACC is severely lacking, the Pac-12 is sneaky good and both the Big 12 and Big Ten have some intriguing upside. We make predictions and talk signal callers for all of the biggest QB battles of 2019.

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

Mitch and Braden continue their deep dive into college football coaching by tackling the Group of 5 ranks, the coordinator ranks, Art Briles return to coaching and who has the most punchable face.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 10:25am CDT

Mitch and Braden take a deep dive into the coaching ranks. Today, the guys rank the best coaches in college football. Which league has the best coaches? Which coaches have earned the benefit of the doubt in the last few years? Which coaches are trending in the wrong direction but aren't near the hot seat? Who are the most underrated head coaches?

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

The NCAA has formed a committee to look into changing rules about compensating players for their Name, Image and Likeness (NIL). How could this work effectively? Why is this happening now? What will the free market have to say about players' monetary value? What are some of the unintended consequences about NIL compensation? We conduct a deep dive of how NIL rule changes could save the amateur model.

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

Steven Lassan joins Mitch and Braden to dissect the Athlon Sports' official 2019 college football playoff predictions. Alabama v. Clemson? Is anyone else on their tier? Which teams make up the second tier and could get into the Playoff? What teams could surprise and jump into the playoff mix? We give you our picks and why for 2019.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 10:21am CDT

We decide this week to do a deep dive into how the magazine is produced each year. We explain every step of the process from assignment to printer: team stories, features, stats, photography, cover design and fact-checking. Do predictions have any impact on sales? Why did we beef up our national magazine this year? What are some of the biggest mistakes we've made over the years? It's an inside look at how we produce our magazines, how that has changed over the years and we hope you enjoy it.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 10:27am CDT

Nashville, our home, hosted the 2019 NFL Draft and we spent all three days downtown taking it all in. Why do NFL fans care so much about dudes walking across a stage but won't watch them on Saturdays? The stats of the draft include two impressive streaks ending, the SEC continuing its dominance and recruiting rankings once again proving themselves to be worthy.

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

When we put the college football magazine together every year, we lock ourselves in a room and yell at each other about football teams. Here is an in-depth look into that meeting at the toughest decisions and most heated debates we faced as a staff concerning our predictions in 2019.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 1:50pm CDT

Mitch Light makes his triumphant return to argue with Braden Gall about the best programs in college football. Based on criteria like access to players, fan support, resources, path to a title, tradition and location, what is the best program in the country? We break down all of the best coaching jobs in college football in 2019.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 7:33am CDT

Steven Lassan fills in for Mitch as we rank every Power 5 program in the nation, based on attractiveness of the head coaching position. We take into account things like access to talent (geography), history and tradition (proof of concept) and support (money, fanbase). What is the best job in the AAC, C-USA, Mountain West, MAC and Sun Belt? Do two leagues dominate the rankings? And which coach is doing the most with the least?

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 8:33am CDT

Steven Lassan fills in for Mitch as we rank every Power 5 program in the nation, based on attractiveness of the head coaching position. We take into account things like access to talent (geography), history and tradition (proof of concept) and support (money, fanbase). Michigan vs. Penn St? What is Nebraska? Michigan St vs. Wisconsin? The West vs. the East? Urban versus rural locations? We also added some thoughts on Jim Delany and what he means to college football.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 8:34pm CDT

Steven Lassan fills in for Mitch as we rank every Power 5 program in the nation, based on attractiveness of the head coaching position. We take into account things like access to talent (geography), history and tradition (proof of concept) and support (money, fanbase). Oregon, Washington and UCLA are all chasing USC but which one is closest to catching the Trojans as the best program in the Pac-12? What do we make of the Arizona schools and new comers Colorado and Utah? And how the hell do you win at Wazzu?

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 1:08pm CDT

We are ranking every Power 5 program in the nation, based on attractiveness of the head coaching position. We take into account things like access to talent (geography), history and tradition (proof of concept) and support (money, fanbase). Texas and Oklahoma a cut above everyone else but who is best between the two powerhouses? Is there a clearcut No. 3? How do outposts like Morgantown and Lubbock factor in? What's the difference between TCU and Baylor?

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 7:41am CDT

We are ranking every Power 5 program in the nation, based on attractiveness of the head coaching position. We take into account things like access to talent (geography), history and tradition (proof of concept) and support (money, fanbase). Florida State or Clemson at the top? How good is Miami and where would Notre Dame slot? What do we make of the muddled middle of the ACC? Big cities vs. small towns? Pitt and Syracuse have been hurt by modernization and why has BC overachieved.

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

We are ranking every Power 5 program in the nation, based on attractiveness of the head coaching position. We take into account things like access to talent (geography), history and tradition (proof of concept) and support (money, fanbase). What is the best job in the SEC? How do we differentiate between Auburn, Tennessee and LSU? Texas A&M has everything except winning. Oxford vs. Starkville? Arkansas vs. South Carolina?

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