Cover 2 College Football pod (sports)
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Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. Coaches from all over the country offer up anonymous scouting reports on every team in the country. 

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The Athlon Sports preseason Top 25 is officially out! Steven Lassan and Braden Gall break down the rankings and what the playoff bracket will look like in 2024.

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Steven Lassan and Braden Gall go on a Group of 5 Mid-Major journey through 2024. Who are the best G5 teams in college football in 2024 and what are the biggest games? Rivalries, conference championship match-ups, great locations, New Year's Six implications and more.

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Steven Lassan and Braden Gall tease the magazine's Top 25 rankings by looking at what will be the toughest and most important games of 2024. Which games will define the season and which games will prove our rankings wrong?

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Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. The sport is close to revenue sharing agreement so it's important to ask what is best for the game? An equitable financial format that fosters parity and balance across leagues and schools? Or a system where the gold rules? Also, which teams "won" the portal and does it even matter?

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Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. Which teams are on the top tier in each major conference - who are the conference contenders we are debating during magazine production? What is the one big roster question about each of these championship contenders?

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Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. We take a deep dive into the 31 new head coaches, what are expectations, which program did the best job hiring a headman, which names could be busts and which could be stars. We also talk Colorado, the NFL Draft and the FSU-ACC lawsuit.

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Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. We head out on our SEC dream road trip for 2024. With two new teams, no divisions, a deep crop of contenders, lots of new rivalries (and some old ones) and no Nick Saban, the SEC 2024 schedule appears to be loaded with monster games. You have to see all 16 teams, can't see any team more than twice and can't repeat a stadium. Let's go!

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Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. One question and one observation about college sports before we head out on our long, winding, strange dream road trip through Big 12 country. The most unpredictable and possibly most balanced league in America will make for some awesome and bizarre match-ups in 2024.

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Steven Lassan and Braden Gall take their 2024 ACC Dream Road Trip this week. This fall, the new ACC could feel very old with lots of historic and nostalgic rivalry dotting the schedule. How will SMU fare? Who will challenge Florida St and Clemson? A fascinating second-tier of teams will keep things very interesting deep into November as well.

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Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. We take our annual dream road trip to the conferences in 2024 (now that they are huge). You have to see all 18 teams and can only see a team a maximum of two times while going to a different stadium each week. What the most important games in the Big Ten in 2024 and what did we learn about the upcoming schedule?

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Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. The SEC and Big Ten have successfully strong-armed a new playoff format, TV contract and revenue sharing model into place. Packaged with a new ACC lawsuit, what does it all mean for college football? Texas A&M steals a Nebraska alumni, will we change how we evaluate head coaches and how many legit QB battles are taking place this spring?

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Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. The SEC-Big Ten negotiating tactics are on full display currently as we debate 12 or 14 teams. Where it will land seems obvious. Then we look at the most unpredictable teams in each major conference as we head into magazine production. Which teams could surprise and be this year's TCU? And which teams could implode and be this year's other TCU?

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Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. We look at who the All-Conference and All-American quarterbacks could be in 2024. There is no clearcut No. 1 player in the country under center. So who is in the discussion? Which league is the best? Which conference is the most exciting?

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Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. A newsy week of action as the Playoff has settled on a tournament format just weeks after agreeing to a $7.8 billion contract. There are two new rule proposals that we actually like. EA Sports appears to be poised to actually return. Nick Saban has joined Gameday. And a head coach leaves to be a... tight end coach?

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Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. Another round of coaching changes at Boston College, Ohio St and UCLA may finally end the carousel. Then how has money and NIL impacted recruiting? How should we evaluate team rankings in the new era of roster management? What is the recruiting landscape in the new-look Power 4 conferences.

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Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. Unions, employment status, NCAA investigations, the Big Ten-SEC Advisory Group and private equity. The chaos of the game has never been greater so asking the right questions about the future of the sport is the what we have to do.

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Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. Jim Harbuagh has officially left Michigan - what's his legacy, what are expectations in 2024 and what should fans learn about the future of coaching? The NCAA seems to be trying to prove its relevancy but is it misguided? Which issue are conference poised to fix first? And we rank all the new coaches in new conferences. Where do new teams in new leagues rank? Where do new hires at power programs rank?

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Steven Lassan and Braden Gall take a look at what the preseason Top 25 rankings could be after coaching changes, portal news and most of recruiting. This is obviously going to change but here is where our preseason rankings for 2024 sit currently.

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Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. Nick Saban has retired and Jim Harbaugh is looking to leave Michigan for the NFL. The chain of events these decisions have and will set off in college football entering a new era of alignment and playoff expansion is hard to explain. What do we know about hiring coaching, what makes a good candidate and why things are moving so much faster?

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Steven Lassan and Braden Gall break down Michigan's win in the national championship game over Washington. Many things are true: Michigan was great and Michael Penix was not. The game was close and dramatic but also a blow out. Jim Harbaugh's legacy is cemented, what's Washington's future and what it means for the Big Ten to break through.

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Steven Lassan and Braden Gall recap the Rose Bowl as Michigan defeated Alabama in overtime and the Sugar Bowl as Washington outlasted Texas. It wasn't perfect but the Wolverines topped the Tide in perfect setting out West. Meanwhile, Michael Penix and the timely defense of the Huskies has U of Dub one win from a ring. A contrast of styles is coming in the national championship game.

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Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk College Football Playoff era, what we learned and what the last 10 years has taught us about the game. One of us is talking themself into picking Michigan and no one has a clue what is going to happen in the Teaxs-Washington game. Plus, the Florida St lawsuit and New Year's Six games.

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Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. Recruiting rankings have always been the north star of national championships but the portal and NIL have changed the way teams manage their rosters. Can the upper middle class now compete for titles or will greater changes have to happen to create parity. Do we even want parity?

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Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football playoff, the first week of bowl games, Jayden Daniels' Heisman Trophy win, how to make the award more inclusive, which defensive players should be mentioned, big time portal commitments at the QB position and Tulane makes a big hire.

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Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. Just ignore the conspiracy theories and realize that this year is what it is. The TV ratings in 2023 paint an incredibly impressive and sad picture of the Pac-12. The portal is open and it's even wilder than expected as Kyle McCord heads a long list of QBs who've decided to change teams. What is the new NCAA subdivision and how will it impact the future of the game?

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Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. The last-ever rankings were the most controversial and chaotic in the 10-year history of the four-team playoff. Did they get it right? Did they ask the right questions? Did the right teams get left out? Who should be most mad? Instant reaction and winners in the Michigan-Alabama game and Washington-Texas.

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Michigan State, Texas A&M, Mississippi State, Oregon State, Syracuse and San Diego State have all hired coaches. What do we think of the moves that have been made in college football over the last few weeks? And how has the coaching carousel changed? Who made the right decision? Who made strange decisions? What will Duke, Indiana, Houston and Boise State do? And welcome back, Bobby Petrino.

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Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. The penultiumate rankings are out and two teams are wildly underrated. But who should be moved down? The committee has extremely tough decisions to make this weekend. Ryan Day and Hugh Freeze's mistakes set all of this up. We preview every conference championship game and the implications of the final weekend of the season. Oregon or Washington? Can Texas earn its way into the playoff? Can Bama upset Georgia? Can Florida State prove it belongs? Can Iowa score a point against Michigan?

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Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. Championship scenarios across the country dominate the storylines heading into a huge rivalry weekend. Playoff hopes hang in the balance for Florida State, Louisville, Texas, Oregon, Washington and, of course, Michigan and Ohio State. How should the committee deal with Jordan Travis' injury, how will rivlary games change off-season narratives and who will be playing for conference championships next weekend?

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Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. The Heisman predicament: Jayden Daniels Heisman chances hinge on extraordinary play - in less than extraordinary games. Who else is on the top platform? The guys preview Week 12 as top ranked teams head out on the road. Washington is an underdog at Oregon State, Texas is a small favorite over Iowa State and both Georgia (Tennessee) and Michigan (Maryland) travel as well. What other coaching moves could happen this cycle?

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Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. The future of the Pac-12 could fall to Oregon St and Washington St after winning the first round of court cases out West. Many teams are getting bowl eligible - which ones deserve credit and which ones are disappointing. Michigan and Jim Harbaugh are in the middle of one of the most unprecendented fiascos in college football history and the eventual outcomes vary. Boise State, Texas A&M and Mississippi State have joined the coaching carousel.

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Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football.

Temp Check:

  • The most Iowa ending of all-time
  • Does Wazzu still belong?
  • Beavers in the Spook-tober desert

2-Point Conversation:

  • Big Ten power structure: Ohio St's resume, James Franklin's big-game record, Michigan's scouting "scandal"
  • What happened in Week 8? Why did so many high-quality teams struggle?
  • USC crumbles and Bama rises to the occasion: Who is likeable in college football?
  • SEC Hot Seat: Arkansas, Texas A&M, Auburn, Mississippi St, South Carolina, Vandy

Week 9 Progression:

  • Oregon at Utah
  • Oklahoma at Kansas
  • Florida-Georgia
  • Duke at Louisville
  • Tennessee at Kentucky
  • Ohio St at Wisconsin

Bets Against the Spread:

  • Braden: 5-2 LW, 17-15 YTD
  • Lasso: 5-1 LW, 20-17-1 YTD

Group of 5 Checkdown looks at great races in the American, Mountain West and Sun Belt. 

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Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football.

  • Why TV negotiations matter
  • Oregon-Washington was perfect
  • Our Beavers and Iowa's exhaustion
  • Debunking lazy troupes and talking points
  • We all can put in more effort
  • Penn St at Ohio St
  • Tennessee at Alabama
  • Utah at USC
  • Duke at Florida St
  • Clemson at Miami
  • Big 12 chaos
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Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football.

Temp Check:

  • Our Beavers dominate, Wazzu falls
  • Iowa wins with 20 points, huge road trip to Madison
  • Congrats to Steven!

2-Point Conversation:

  • OU-Texas: What CFB is all about
  • Big Ten coaching records
  • Miami's costly mistake, ACC chase
  • UGa, Bama take control

Week 7 Progression:

  • Oregon at Washington
  • USC at Notre Dame
  • Miami at North Carolina
  • Missouri at Kentucky
  • UCLA at Oregon St
  • Texas A&M at Tennessee

Bets Against the Spread:

  • Braden: 2-3 LW, 13-13 YTD
  • Lasso: 3-2 LW, 12-14-1 YTD

Leftovers: What is Ok-State? Rutgers, Florida, Kansas, Colorado and more.

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Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football.

Temp Check:

  • Oregon St out-Utahs Utah
  • Wazzu has chance to prove it
  • Iowa's best offensive weapon is a DB

2-Point Conversation

  • If Georgia's not No. 1, who is? And who can beat them?
  • Is it happening again in the Pac-12?
  • When to move on from a success, tenured coach?
  • First-year coaching grades, Hot Seat Temp check

Week 6 Progression:

  • Texas-Oklahoma
  • Bama-Texas A&M
  • Maryland-Ohio St
  • Notre Dame-Louisville
  • Kentucky-Georgia
  • LSU-Mizzou

Bets Against the Spread:

  • Braden: 1-3 LW, 11-10 YTD
  • Lasso: 1-4 LW, 9-12-1 YTD

Leftovers: Braden's apology, big ACC home favorites, Big 12's newbies struggling and more.

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Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football.

Temp Check:

  • Iowa is shutout, Penn St keeps maturing
  • Wazzu beats Our Beavers
  • Utah at Oregon St

2-Point Conversation:

  • What did Ohio St's win over Notre Dame mean?
  • More things change, more they stay same in SEC
  • Why is Florida St and the ACC disrespected?
  • A dividing line in the Big 12

Week 5 Progression:

  • Kansas at Texas
  • Notre Dame at Duke
  • Florida at Kentucky
  • LSU at Ole Miss
  • Georgia at Auburn
  • USC at Colorado

Bets against the Spread, G5 Checkdown, Leftovers: Illinois over Purdue, Tennessee hosts South Carolina, playoff contenders on the road, Washington's dominance, Cuse-Clemson and more.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
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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?

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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.

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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?

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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
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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
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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?
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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
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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
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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)
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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?

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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?
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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?

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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
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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
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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

Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football.

  • The playoffs are here!
  • Coaching pressure, implications
  • TCU's house money, nothing to lose
  • Michigan's unfinished business
  • Jim Harbaugh's QB gamble
  • Lack of turnovers
  • Offensive lines
  • CJ Stroud vs. Stetson Bennett
  • Attacking UGa's defense
  • Finding the path to the upset
  • Final predictions
Direct download: C2_122722_Final.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 6:55pm CDT

Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football.

  • National Signing Day stories
  • New Big Ten, SEC rankings
  • The bottom 10 power 5 classes
  • Overachievers, underachievers
  • The real story is there's no story
  • December cannot hold all of this
  • How do fans prioritize content?
  • Portal vs. Recruiting?
  • Coaching changes vs. bowl games?
  • Layers of chaos
  • Adding playoff games to the madness
  • Another week of bowl games
  • More first-time match-ups!
Direct download: C2_122122_Final.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 3:00am CDT

Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football.

  • Mike Leach's legacy
  • Personality vs. Scheme
  • Authentic stubborness
  • Most influential schemes of the era
  • Spread, zone read, RPO, four-wide
  • Mississippi St tabs Zach Arnett
  • Purdue finds Jeff Brohm's replacement
  • Navy's bizarro mistake
  • Previewing the first week of bowls
  • UTSA vs. Troy
  • Florida vs. Oregon St
  • SMU vs. BYU
  • Western Kentucky vs. South Alabama

Chris Childers joins to tell some Mike Leach stories.

Direct download: C2_121422_Final.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 3:00am CDT

Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football.

  • Heisman Finalist: Did they get it right?
  • Just best players on best teams?
  • Best non-QBs in the game are... who?
  • Jim Harbaugh's Lane Kiffin moment
  • What has Michigan done differently?
  • Can Deion Sanders win at Colorado?
  • Coach Prime risk vs. reward
  • Scott Satterfield gets out ahead
  • Jeff Brohm finally returns home
  • Purdue should SPEND MONEY
  • Jamey Chadwell to... Liberty?
  • Trent Dilfer. Seriously, Trent Dilfer?
  • Barry Odom, Kevin Wilson, Alex Golesh
  • Transfer Portal is open for business
Direct download: C2_120722_Final.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 3:00am CDT

Steven Lassan and Braden Gall are joined by former Cover 2 host Mitch Light of TheAthletic.com to react to the final '22 Final Playoff rankings and matchups?

  • Did committee get it right?
  • Pressure on Ryan Day, Ohio St
  • OSU offense vs. UGa defense
  • TCU's incredible journey
  • Michigan's experience
  • Big brand bias is dead
  • SEC bias is dead
  • Bama fatigue vs. Ohio St fatigue
Direct download: C2_120422.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 12:40pm CDT

Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football, preview championship weekend and predict what will happen in Sunday's final playoff rankings.

  • Utah vs. USC
  • Kansas St vs. TCU
  • UCF at Tulane
  • Purdue vs. Michigan
  • LSU vs. Georgia
  • Clemson vs. North Carolina
  • Fresno St at Boise State
  • Coastal Carolina at Troy
  • North Texas at UTSA
  • Toledo vs. Ohio
Direct download: C2_113022_Final.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 7:24am CDT

Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. The penultimate rankings are out - there are no surprises - and a bunch of power five jobs got filled.

  • Shouldn't TCU be treated like Georgia, Michigan?
  • Is USC the most dangerous team in the country?
  • Why Bama should be ahead of Tennessee
  • Ohio State is the committee's backstop
  • Hugh Freeze has been hired at Auburn
  • On-field chaos vs. off-field chaos
  • Big boy moves by Wisconsin
  • Nebraska doesn't need splashy
  • Arizona St hires Kenny Dillingham
  • Interim coaching trends?
Direct download: C2_112922_Final.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 8:47pm CDT

Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football, rivalry week and Thanksgiving football! We talk coaching rumors, video games, playoff rankings, championship Saturday implications and offer our picks against the spread.

  • Michigan at Ohio State
  • Notre Dame at USC
  • Oregon at Oregon State
  • Tulane at Cincinnati
  • Mississippi State at Ole Miss
  • Washington at Washington State
  • Baylor at Texas, Iowa St at TCU
  • South Carolina at Clemson
  • Auburn at Alabama
  • Louisville at Kentucky
  • Florida at Florida State
  • Two dozen other awesome games!
Direct download: C2_112322_Final.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 9:17pm CDT

Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. The guys break down the third set of Playoff rankings, preview Week 12 and try to keep picking winners. Cause that's all they do now. 

  • USC at UCLA
  • Utah at Oregon
  • TCU at Baylor
  • Oklahoma State at Oklahoma
  • Illinois at Michigan
  • Iowa at Minnesota
  • Ole Miss at Arkansas
  • Georgia at Kentucky
  • Kansas State at West Virginia
  • Texas at Kansas
  • NC State at Louisville
Direct download: C2_111622_Final.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 2:00pm CDT

Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. The guys preview Week 11 and offer up their picks against the spread.

  • TCU at Texas
  • Alabama at Ole Miss
  • LSU at Arkansas
  • Georgia at Mississippi St
  • Washington at Oregon
  • Kansas St at Baylor
  • Purdue at Illinois
  • UCF at Tulane
  • North Carolina at Wake Forest
  • Louisville at Clemson
  • Florida St at Syracuse
  • Wisconsin at Iowa
Direct download: C2_110922_Final.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 3:00am CDT

Steven Lassan and Braden Gall breakdown the second edition of college football rankings - even though we really don't love what it does to our brains. So we did it our way. 

  • Who are you not where are you ranked
  • Clemson's chances at getting back in
  • The Pac-12 is the real concern
  • Why is UCLA seperated from USC, Oregon?
  • One-loss debates abound
  • TCU has to handle it's business
  • Can LSU jump the rest of the SEC?
  • USF's Grumors are... ridiculous, right?
Direct download: C2_110822_Final.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 8:32pm CDT

Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. Auburn has decided to out-Auburn itself but doing the most Auburn things possible. What could it mean for the coaching dominoes? Then the guys preview Week 10 and offer up picks against the spread.

  • Tennessee at Georgia
  • Alabama at LSU
  • Clemson at Notre Dame
  • Texas at Kansas St
  • Wake Forest at NC State
  • Liberty at Arkansas
  • Florida St at Miami
  • Oregon St at Washington
  • Maryland at Wisconsin
  • Baylor at Oklahoma
  • BYU at Boise St
Direct download: C2_110322_Final.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 3:00am CDT

Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football and the first playoff rankings of the season. 

  • Predicting how the committee works
  • Secret SEC playoff committee conspiracy
  • How close losses should be viewed
  • Why Bama is ahead of TCU
  • Tennessee's remarkable run to No. 1
  • "Ranked at the time" is so dumb
  • Why a Top 40 would be so much better
  • Kirby LOVES these rankings
Direct download: C2_110122_Final.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 8:23pm CDT

Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. The guys preview Week 9, talk through the grind of October and offer up their top bets against the spread.

  • Ohio St at Penn St
  • Oklahoma St at Kansas St
  • Kentucky at Tennessee
  • Cincinnati at UCF
  • Utah at Washington St
  • Ole Miss at Texas A&M
  • Florida vs. Georgia
  • Michigan St at Michigan
  • TCU at West Virginia
  • Notre Dame at Syracuse
  • Baylor at Texas Tech
Direct download: C2_102722_Final.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 3:00am CDT

Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. Who is the No. 1 team in college football? Then we preview Week 8 and offer picks against the spread.

  • UCLA at Oregon
  • Texas at Ok-State
  • Kansas St at TCU
  • Ole Miss at LSU
  • Syracuse at Clemson
  • Mississippi St at Alabama
  • Minnesota at Penn St
  • Purdue at Wisconsin
  • Iowa at Ohio St
  • Texas A&M at South Carolina
  • Kansas at Baylor
Direct download: C2_101922_Final.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 3:00am CDT

Steven Lassan and Braden Gall take mid-season stock of the 2022 college football season. How do we measure excitement and greatness? How should "rankings" be consumed and how should they be viewed? Does the committee deserve more (or less) credit? We apologize to some teams, the audience and to each other about what we've gotten wrong so far. And we look ahead at potential some dream championship game matchups.

Direct download: C2_101822_Final.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 1:56pm CDT

Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. What is happening at Auburn, Louisville and Stanford and does Matt Rhule return to college football? Then the guys preview a huge Week 7 and offer picks against the spread.

  • Alabama at Tennessee
  • Penn St at Michigan
  • USC at Utah
  • Oklahoma St at TCU
  • NC State at Syracuse
  • Clemson at Florida St
  • Mississippi State at Kentucky
  • Minnesota at Illinois
  • LSU at FLorida
  • Nebraska at Purdue
  • Kansas at Oklahoma
Direct download: C2_101022.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 4:00am CDT

Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. The guys analyze how the changing landscape of college football is impacting athletic department decision making. Which jobs are valuable? Which jobs are overrated? Which jobs could come open soon? Then we preview Week 6:

  • Utah at UCLA
  • Tennessee at LSU
  • TCU at Kansas
  • Texas A&M at Alabama
  • Arkansas at Mississippi St
  • Texas vs. Oklahoma
  • Florida St at NC State
  • Wazzu at USC
  • BYU at Notre Dame
  • Farmageddon
  • North Carolina at Miami
Direct download: C2_100522_Final.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 3:00am CDT

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