The Athlon Sports Cover 2 College Football Podcast previews and reviews every aspect of the greatest sport on the planet. Join Athlon’s editorial team every week of the preseason, regular season, postseason and offseason for a breakdown of the entire circus that is college football.
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Steven Lassan and Braden Gall preview Week 9. Michigan at Michigan St Georgia vs. Florida Ole Miss at Auburn Penn St at Ohio St Iowa at Wisconsin Texas at Baylor SMU at Houston Fresno St at San Diego St North Carolina at Notre Dame UCLA at Utah Virginia at BYU Picks Against the Spread: Steven: 4-3 LW, 33-25 YTD Braden: 3-4 LW, 23-25 YTD
Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk Week 8 in college football. 52 ranked Ls, 9 unbeatens 10 consecutive 2-point failures 231-44 combined score 52 passing yards 12 AP top 10 wins 34-3 run 300 yards, 10 points 12.2 yards per play 19 point margin of victory 34 straight games 37 straight wins 4 teams
Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. AAC Expansion: Who and why? Could all of these changes happen at once? Wazzu fires Rolo, no idea what he's doing Clemson at Pitt Ok-State at Iowa St Oregon at UCLA Ohio St at Indiana USC at Notre Dame LSU at Ole Miss Wisconsin at Purdue Tennessee at Alabama Utah at Oregon St NC State at Miami Mountain West Picks Against Spread: Steven: 4-4 LW, 29-22 YTD Braden: 3-4 LW, 20-21
Steven Lassan and Braden Gall preview Week 7. Kentucky at Georgia Ok-State at Texas Arizona St at Utah Auburn at Arkansas Florida at LSU Pitt at Virginia Tech Ole Miss at Tennessee TCU at Oklahoma NC State at Boston College BYU at Baylor Alabama at Mississippi St Also: Iowa, Iowa St, Nebraska, Texas A&M, Clemson, Oregon, Michigan St, Cincinnati Picks Against the Spread: Steven: 4-6 LW, 25-18 Braden: 3-5 LW, 17-17
Steven Lassan and Braden Gall recap Week 6: 40 ranked teams 1st win ever 21-point comeback 95 total yards 26 to 23 6-0 first time since... 5-16 one-score games 4 touchdowns 13 point margin of victory 1,287 yards 21 total points 234.2 QB rating
Steven Lassan and Braden Gall preview Week 6: Penn St at Iowa Oklahoma-Texas Georgia at Auburn Arkansas at Ole Miss Michigan at Nebraska LSU at Kentucky Bama at Texas A&M Notre Dame at Va Tech Utah at USC Stanford at Arizona St Boise St at BYU ALSO: Ohio St, Michigan St, Virginia, Louisville, UAB, TCU, Baylor, Tennessee and more! Against the Spread: Steven: 6-4 LW, 21-14 YTD Braden: 6-1 LW, 14-12 YTD
Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk Week 5 of college football: 34 ranked teams have lost in 2021 4 teams 1 TD and 1 win +12 turnover margin Sept. 9, 2017 5-1 against top 3 8-7 since 2019 24.0 points per game 1986 194.7 and 52.4 118 points 0-5
Steven Lassan and Braden Gall preview Week 5 of college football. Ole Miss at Alabama Arkansas at Georgia Cincinnati at Notre Dame Florida at Kentucky Baylor at Oklahoma State Michigan at Wisconsin Auburn at LSU Iowa at Maryland Texas at TCU Oregon at Stanford Arizona St at UCLA And: Oklahoma, Penn St, Ohio St, Texas A&M, Boston College, Clemson, Wake Forest, the Mountain West and so much more! Picks Against the Spread: Steven: 6-2 LW, 15-10 YTD Braden: 4-2 LW, 8-11 YTD
Steven Lassan and Braden Gall preview Week 4. Notre Dame-Wisconsin Texas A&M-Arkansas Clemson at NC State West Virginia at Oklahoma Iowa St at Baylor Kansas St at Ok-State LSU at Miss St Rutgers at Michigan Nebraska at Michigan St UCLA at Stanford North Carolina at Georgia Tech And so many more games! Picks Against the Spread (WOOF!) Steven: 9-8 YTD, 2-4 LW Braden: 4-9 YTD, 1-5 LW
Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk Week 3: 87.5 completion percentage No. 4 19 ranked teams 6 times 1,842 yards rushing 4.8 yards per play (6.1 YPP) 1,273 total yards 19.7 points per game 3 unbeaten teams 5 Mountain West wins, 3 BYU wins No. 1
Steven Lassan and Braden Gall preview Week 3, however, before we get into the games, the guys talk USC's job opening. Why fire Clay Helton now? How good is this job? And what the media gets wrong about the list of names. Auburn-Penn St Alabama-Florida Cincinnati-Indiana Arizona St-BYU Virginia Tech-West Virginia Virginia-North Carolina Oklahoma St-Boise St Nebraska-Oklahoma Michigan St-Miami Nevada-Kansas St Mississippi St-Memphis Picks Against the Spread Battle: Steven: 4-2 LW, 7-4 YTD Braden: 1-3 LW, 3-4 YTD
Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk week 2 of college football. 236 yards rushing allowed per game +4 turnover margin +4 new Big 12 teams 11.5 yards per carry The year 2017 333 yards 341 yards 12 total touchdowns 4.5 yards per play 197 yards rushing 2-2 8
Steven Lassan and Braden Gall preview Week 2. Iowa at Iowa St Oregon at Ohio St Utah at BYU Washington at Michigan Texas at Arkansas Missouri at Kentucky NC State at Miss State Texas A&M at Colorado Cal at TCU Pitt at Tennessee Stanford at USC ALSO: UGa, ND, Miami, Navy and more Gambling Standings: Steven: 3-2 LW, 3-2 YTD Braden: 2-1 LW, 2-1 YTD
Steven Lassan and Braden Gall give you the numbers you need to know about Week 1 of the college football season. 11.8 points per game 11-0 in neutral site openers 7 sacks 56.3 yards per TD 159 offensive snaps 1.9 yards per carry 8.3 yards per play 1-5 in a division 7-7 in a conference 661 yards rushing 6-2 debuts Week 1 Injury Report
Steven Lassan and Braden Gall preview Week 1: Georgia-Clemson LSU at UCLA Penn St at Wisconsin Alabama-Miami Notre Dame at Florida St Indiana at Iowa North Carolina at Virginia Tech Louisville-Ole Miss Louisiana at Texas West Virginia at Maryland San Jose St at USC And more: Oregon, Michigan, Oklahoma
Braden Gall and Steven Lassan give you the 11 numbers college football fans need to know. Monday Starting 11: Week 0 1.8 yards per carry 4-11 conference record $15 million 8-4 when rushing for 200 yards 9 starting QBs have been named 0 expansion happening 4 ranked teams in action In the year 2000! 0 snaps taken 115 games coached 66 offensive snaps per game
Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. What can listeners expect from us this fall. Final Conference Predictions What we think happens in the Playoff What we want to happen in the Playoff QB battles being settled across the country Injuries continue: Georgia, NW, South Carolina Week 0: Nebraska and UCLA take center stage Over/Unders: KY, ND, Utah, NC St, TCU, MSU, NW ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12 scheduling alliance WHY are they doing this? What does it mean for the Big 12?
Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. Camps have been super quiet Does that mean we are in for another 2007? ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12 scheduling alliance? QB battles and injuries Developments in the Pac-12 South and SEC AP, Coaches and Athlon Sports polls What we regret from the magazine? Utah, Kentucky, TCU, NWestern too low? LSU, USC, Auburn, Texas, Arizona St too high?
Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. Bobby Bowden's legacy Calling him at home Guys who've launched entire programs Injuries, suspensions, camp notes All of the best non-conference games of the year From Georgia-Clemson to Florida-Florida St
Braden Gall and Steven Lassan talk college football. All quiet on the realignment front SEC not worried about playoff format Camps are opening up everywhere Ohio St, Texas A&M, Notre Dame LSU, Texas, Washington Auburn? Michigan? Kentucky, Boise, Florida St Miss St, Northwestern, BYU Tennessee, Baylor, Purdue, Stanford Wazzu, Oregon St, Michigan St
Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. Texas, OU leave: Is it good for college football? When will all of this happen? The concerning value of the Hateful 8 What are the Big 12's options? Stick together? Go it alone? What should the Big Ten, ACC do to counter? A B1G/Pac-12 scheduling alliance in the works What happens to the AAC and rest of G5? Which teams fit the best where? Our predictions on what happens Our fantasy land dream world scenarios!
Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. Talkin' Season is here! Bob Bowlsby, Greg Sankey set the early tone What are Covid expectations for 2021? Getting vaccinated is a competitive advantage Don't complain this fall about the rules Sankey attacks the NCAA What does the NCAA actually do here? Are the capable of governing our sport? Could the P5 break away? We predict the future of P5 football
Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. Anonymous Scouting Reports abound! We work our way across the country learning exactly what coaches really think about your college football team. Defensive schemes, QB development, recruiting trends, locker room culture and university relationships - there are no holds barred in our annual anonymous scouting reports.
Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. Surprised by breadth of NIL rollout? The good, bad and future of NIL Reggie Bush's Heisman? Division-by-division summer storylines: ACC: Coastal QBs, Atlantic defenses, BC Big 12: WVU culture, middle tier QBs, TCU B1G: Nebraska, Nebraska, Nebraska (and IU, PSU) P12: Coaching evals in the North, ASU issues SEC: TAMU QBs, LSU, offenses and challengers
Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. What does the SCOTUS ruling mean? How will it impact college football structure? Our primary message to fans How will NIL laws be rolled out this week? Why some schools are ready but hesitant? Are there some schools that will benefit more? How much money changes hands? A theory on the Expansion Announcement
Steven Lassan and Braden Gall are joined by Mitch Light of The Athletic to conduct our (fifth annual) 2021 Dream Road Trip. The band is back together! The rules are simple: You get to go to any college football game every week of the season but you cannot see any team more than once. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and no other rules really apply. Send us your dream road trip on the socials.
Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. Expansion is here and we've got the deets How did we get here? Will the regular season actually be diminished? Are we okay with top six champs getting in? What about ONLY champions getting a bye week? Irish get docked (but it's not as bad you think) Timing and location are major issues How will this expansion look out of the athletes? Why in God's name would be use nuetral sites? A retroactive look at the last seven years Which teams would've gotten in? What do the Group of 5 bids look like?
Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. Important people want a 12-team playoff Who does this format benefit? Who does NOT benefit from this format? Why it will help college football The unintended consequences Our Group of 5 rankings explained: Cincinnati leads healthy middle AAC class Two ranked Sun Belt teams, then... meh The Mountain West's return to form CUSA difficulties (and intrigue) NEW MAC PREDICTIONS Three really good Independents
Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk Big Ten football. Is the Big Ten becoming the ACC? Can anyone chase down Ohio St? Wisconsin vs. Iowa in the West? Penn St's bounce back, Indiana's metrics Minnesota, Michigan lead middle class Northwestern is obviously underrated Are we breaking up with Nebraska? Purdue, Maryland, Rutgers aaaaand... ? Bert at Illinois
Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk SEC football: Same teams at the top chasing Bama Strange QBs situations with the contenders The impossibility of projecting LSU A healthy middle class led by Ole Miss Kentucky's stability v. Auburn's insanity Bottom of the West is strong Bottom of the East is NOT strong
Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk ACC football. Clemson, UNC and Miami on top tier Middle of the ACC's growth NC State, BC, Wake, UL, FSU Virginia Tech, Pitt and Virginia Chaos in both divisions Veteran QBs will be critical Who will surprise? Established coaching staffs One bottom feeder that could surprise
Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. Our top 25 is OUT! Who just missed the cut? Team-by-team breakdown of all 25 teams Who are the picks to win each division Who are the picks to win each conference Who are the picks to make the playoff? Who is going to win the national title?
Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. 2021 magazine news! NIL legislation How many players are in the portal? Year over year transfer trends Where are players leaving? Where are players going? Who is benefiting the most? What are the unintended consequences? What rules need to be changed? GLORY LASTS FOREVER
Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. Magazines are (almost) on sale! The SEC wins the draft again Big news for the ACC and AAC Big 12 still has a major issue QB class for 2022 is awesomely diverse Kansas has a new coach NCAA extends their silly President GLORY LASTS FOREVER
Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. Playoff expansion is coming Why is it happening now? Why opinions have changed Geographic consideration Financial issues and compensation Scheduling hurdles? Plues/Minuses to each format Which formats are we campaigning for? Our new Dream Four-Team Playoff Game
Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. The toughest debates of the 2021 magazine: Would Super Conferences work for the G5? One team above the rest in the G5 BYU and Liberty Is there a legit case for a G5 team in the playoff? Has the Sun Belt gained ground on the AAC? Wait, isn't the Mountain West getting better too? C-USA, MAC want to be included Coaches taking the jump to the P5? GLORY LASTS FOREVER
Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football: Our biggest magazine debates continued Oklahoma vs. Iowa St in the Big 12? Texas, TCU or Ok-State? Who surprises in the Big 12? Three team race in the Pac-12 South Two team race in the Pac-12 North Bama vs. Georgia in the SEC Five of six teams battling for 3rd place GLORY LASTS FOREVER
Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. Biggest magazine debates: ACC, B1G, ND Can UNC or Miami unseat Clemson? Coastal Chaos again in 2021? Five team race for 2nd in the Atlantic? Can Notre Dame get back to the Playoff? What is the top tier in the Big Ten West? Will Nebraska ever take a step? Penn St or Indiana challenge OSU? Maryland, Michigan or anyone else? GLORY LASTS FOREVER!
Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. George Pickens gets hurt Chandler Morris tries to transfer Coach O is doing... what?!? New overtime rules What we got wrong in 2020? What have we learned from 2020? Apologies to: NW, BC, Coastal, San Jose, Mizzou What in 2020 was a mirage (ahem, Colorado?) GLORY LASTS FOREVER!
Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. How will college football change over the next 10 years? Playoff format Conference realignment Scheduling practices Technological changes to viewing habits Transparency and gambling Player compensation, salary cap Recruiting limitations, budgets Coaching staff restrictions GLORY LASTS FOREVER!
Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. Candidates for the Kansas job Oklahoma-Nebraska fiasco The ACC's new progressive rules AD's silencing coaches The most important QB battles this spring: Ohio St, Penn St, Michigan, Notre Dame LSU, Texas A&M, Texas, Oregon, FSU, BYU Kentucky, Tennessee, Northwestern, Baylor GLORY LASTS FOREVER!
Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. Les Miles is fired from Kansas More complaining about transparency Mike Holder's impact, changing role of the AD Biggest questions for contenders: ACC Biggest questions for contenders: Big 12 Biggest questions for contenders: Big Ten Biggest questions for contenders: Pac-12 Biggest questions for contenders: SEC Our New Game: Glory Lasts Forever!
Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. Super Seniors make decisions New depth charts are insane Teams who got extra years (and won) How to watch spring practice? Would you pay to livestream? What is actually important? Pac-12 schedule release Bye weeks, non-con and did the league try? Personnel moves: Michigan, Clemson, UCF
Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. Notre Dame's brilliant move QBs transfers of note Two tiers of breakout teams in 2021 Teams that will take steps forward Teams that could compete for championships Who can be this year's Coastal Carolina?
Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. Today, we rank and take a deep dive into all 15 new head football coaches in 2021. Why were they hired? Who punched over their weight? Who whiffed? Strengths, weaknesses, concerns and upside for all of the 15 new head coaches in college football.
Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. Defense won the Super Bowl, so what? When is the last time this happened in college? How many elite offenses have been stopped? What is the perfect type of football game? How will defenses push back in the future? Odds to win the Natty '21 - who Braden bet on. Long shots we like to make playoff Whet the Whistle with Wheek Whone matchups
Steven Lassan and Braden Gall talk college football. How to use team rankings ACC blue chips, overachievers, crootin' trends Big 12 blue chips, overachievers, crootin' trends Big Ten blue chips, overachievers, crootin' trends Pac-12 blue chips, overachievers, crootin' trends SEC blue chips, overachievers, crootin' trends Bud Elliott of 247Sports.com joins Consolidation of talent is a concern Josh Heupel at Tennessee Barton Simmons at Vandy EA Sports is back!