The ESPN College Football Podcast with Herbie & Pollack is hosted by Kirk Herbstreit, David Pollack and Kevin Negandhi. They will kick off each week on Monday discussing the games from that weekend. On Wednesday's, they react to the rankings and Friday's look forward to the biggest matchups ahead. This is the place to get all your college football info from the top analysts in the sport.
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel are joined by Bill Connelly to pick this week's games and the results show a shocking twist of events. Then, they analyze what to expect with the NC State - Clemson matchup. Plus, they discuss how Alabama struggling on the road is officially a thing, but lest we forget Alabama has Bryce Young. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel discuss key matchups of the week, if Florida can survive the SEC gauntlet of talent, and how weather will impact this week's games. Then, former Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall joins to break down the NC State - Clemson matchup, reveals why he left coaching, and what power level a program would need to be to get back in the game. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel give their weekend bullet points breaking down what went wrong with Miami against Middle Tennessee, and Adrian Martinez's breakout performance against Oklahoma. Then, they discuss the biggest upset of the day being the Missouri fumble against Auburn showing that dumb loses more than smart wins. Then, they break down the crazy A&M and Arkansas game, and the defeated Sam Pittman's post-game press conference. Next, what was Rece's biggest miss calculation in his fight with David Pollack about Clemson and Wake Forest? Plus, they discuss the emotional gauntlet of a season Appalachian State is having. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rece Davis, Pete Thamel and Bill Connelly look ahead to Week 4 and make their picks. The guys discuss Rece being hung up on last week's Super Dog pick, their lack of conviction in Iowa State-Baylor, the “ESPN Hates My Favorite Team" game, if Tennessee can excise the demons against the Gators, the Fighting' Flecks, Bo Nix running in a Palouse fog, Arkansas' shaky pass defense, Bill's Barry Odom jersey and USC's turnover luck. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel discuss if Tennessee can turn the corner this week against Florida, previewing the Pac-12 road traps matchups, the impact of pucker power, and discussing Drake Maye's sincere apology to NC State. Then, Dan Mullen joins Rece and Pete to discuss what separates playing Knoxville compared to other places in the SEC, the most impolite fanbases, the differences in quarterback development, and Georgia's performance this season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel discuss their time in Boone, Rece signing a person's face, Luke Combs' professional beer chug, Appalachian State's “Big Ben” moment, Arizona State firing Herm Edwards, candidates for the job in Tempe, Washington pushing around Michigan State, their most impressive teams for the weekend, bandwagons that could get shaky and Clemson skepticism. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rece Davis, Pete Thamel and Bill Connelly are loading up on games and picking through the Week 3 slate. They preview Miami-Texas A&M, BYU-Oregon, Mississippi State-LSU, Oklahoma-Nebraska, Penn State-Auburn, Michigan State-Washington, Texas Tech-N.C. State, UTSA-Texas and Kansas-Houston. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel are joined by Gene Wojciechowski to discuss Gene's GameDay story on what it's actually like for coaches when they're fired, why coaches wanted to talk to him about it, the psyche of head coaches, and the Tennessee Volunteers. Then, Rece and Pete talk about BYU attempting to build its College Football Playoff resume, the difficulties Texas could face against UTSA, praising Air Force, Kansas knocking off West Virginia and games that sound better than they'll actually be. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel discuss Nebraska firing Scott Frost, if the Cornhuskers can turn this very early firing into an advantage, candidates for the job in Lincoln, offensive struggles dooming Notre Dame to a loss against Marshall, Appalachian State winning in College Station and stealing College GameDay from the Aggies, Chase Brice finding a home in Boone, and if Texas should get a participation trophy for narrowly losing to Alabama. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rece Davis, Pete Thamel and Bill Connelly start the show discussing which other teams Stetson Bennett could start for, Pat McAfee joining College GameDay, Quinn Ewers having his Porsche towed and Nick Saban's elite record in “openers.” Then, the race for the ribeye continues with Week 2 picks, including Alabama-Texas, Tennessee-Pitt, Iowa-Iowa State, Florida-Kentucky, Oregon State-Fresno State and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel talk to David Pollack on the way to football practice about the most "disturbing" thing he saw rewatching Clemson, when it will be safe to start Cade Klubnick, other teams copying Notre Dame's defensive game plan against Ohio State, which games they're eyeing on Saturday and an Anthony Richardson encore. Then, Rece and Pete discuss the latest on Michigan's belabored quarterback point, West Virginia in need of a sign of progress, Oregon State rolling Boise State, bad Mike Leach impressions, Baylor-BYU, N.C. State not perpetuating its own stereotype, and Rece's Saturday that will span from Austin to Palo Alto. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel discuss how LSU-Florida State perfectly encapsulated the sport, Iowa relying on safeties to beat South Dakota State, Rece's reoccurring dream that he can't get to the GameDay set, Appalachian State's botched two-point conversion, Stetson Bennett's stellar performance, which Pac-12 loses were disqualifying for the College Football Playoff, why Georgia should be No. 1, the evolving Buckeyes, Oregon State thumping Boise State and a brand new Arizona team winning in Week 1. Plus, who was the real MVP while the GameDay crew was in Columbus? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rece Davis, Pete Thamel and Bill Connelly start the show discussing Rece eating Italian food with his hands, Connecticut pizza, the latest on conferences jockeying for TV contracts, the importance of the late TV windows and the odds we see an expanded playoff in the near future. Then, the Race for the Ribeye revs up in week one as the guys pick Illinois-Indiana, Georgia-Oregon, Cincinnati-Arkansas, Utah-Florida and Notre Dame-Ohio State. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Pete Thamel and Rece Davis discuss Sam Pittman's interesting analogy for Cincinnati, what to expect from the post-playoff Bearcats, if Florida and Arkansas could both lose their home openers, and Rece piloting the Stetson Bennett VI bandwagon. Then, David Pollack drops by and the guys get into Georgia's wide receiver room, if Ladd McConkey is related to Phil McConkey, David's first Friday night lights experience on the sidelines, Pete's portal pet peeve and Jim Harbaugh attempting to split the baby. Later, Rece and Pete pick the Thursday night games. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel discuss Nebraska finding a new way to lose, the curse of Bo Pelini, Michigan's interesting plan to quell any quarterback drama, the time a West Virginia fan sent Mark May $500 in pennies, Rece's trade value, an offseason of robust hype for Tennessee, lobbying for free cookies, what to expect from Wake Forest with Mitch Griffith, and Auburn and Texas A&M name their starting quarterbacks.
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel look ahead to Week 0 and day dream about their ideal game-watching setups. Then, Bill Connelly joins the show to picks games with steaks on the line. The guys discuss their philosophies for picking games, tight games in Hawaii favoring Hawaii, an unfavorable outlook for Vanderbilt, Illinois' defense, and if Nebraska will shed its unlucky streak or Pat Fitzgerald will celebrate a win with a Guinness. Plus, Rece's Big Ten West champion, too much UConn talk and who's been to Ireland.
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel kick off the inaugural episode of the College GameDay podcast by talking about Nick Saban's contract extension through 2030 and what they remember from Alabama's coaching search from 2007. Then David Pollack stops by to discuss Rich Rodriguez battling spies, Rece's AP Top 25 ballot, if Utah can start the season strong, Texas A&M's talent level, USC being a test case for the new era of the sport, if Rece is ignoring the Group of Five, the learning curve for Marcus Freeman, what would induce more conference realignment in the short term and more.
Join ESPN College GameDay host Rece Davis and Senior Writer Pete Thamel, as well as many of GameDay's key analysts and contributors, as they discuss and debate the biggest stories and break down the biggest games in college football, while also leaning into the key basketball moments and storylines as well. With episodes Mondays/Wednesday/Fridays in the fall, and a year-round weekly presence this is the place to be for the college sports fan.
Adam Rittenberg and David Hale discuss Sam Hartman's non-football related situation that will keep him off the field, the surprises from the not-quite-yet-finalized Big Ten Media rights deal, Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick's interesting comments about the Big Ten deal, conference and divisional races that are up for grabs and the final letter in the ABCs of college football. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Adam Rittenberg, Heather Dinich, Bill Connelly and Tom VanHaaren convene in Bristol to discuss George Kliavkoff airing his frustrations at Pac-12 media days, the anger toward USC, UCLA's complicated situation, the new Big Ten media deal and if any of the current conference alignments matter in the long term. Later, they try to look into the future with a series of low-stakes, early season predictions for USC, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Clemson, Louisville and Tennessee. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Adam Rittenberg and Andrea Adelson hop on to discuss Big Ten media day updates, including the blunt statements from Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren surrounding the future of the conference. Then, they break down the strained relationship between the conference commissioners, if it is possible to save the PAC-12, and college football shifting to an NFL model. Next, they discuss how a 16-team College Football Playoff is gaining momentum and what it would mean in terms of revenue sharing for the players. Plus, they break down the Tennessee infractions and the comical Jeremy Pruitt recruiting scandal. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Adam Rittenberg and Chris Low are going coast to coast with media days past, future and present. First, the guys get into the increasing rivalry between SEC and Big Ten, what to expect from Kevin Warren at Big Ten media days after bringing in USC and UCLA, the Big Ten capturing the Los Angeles market and Pac-12 teams likely wondering why USC and UCLA were invited to media days. Then, Alex Scarborough calls from SEC media days to talk about Greg Sankey walking a tightrope, Alabama's “failure” last season, Georgia's amnesia, Brian Kelly not pigeonholing himself and the depth at quarterback in the league. Next, David Wilson hits on Big 12 media days including the “Kumbaya” among the the leftover Big 12 teams, if Deuce Vaughn will get his due, six teams having a shot at the conference title and first impressions of new commissioner Brett Yormark. Later, Andrea Adelson calls in from ACC media days to discuss John Swofford's veiled shots at the SEC and Big Ten, the conference lacking a plan moving forward, the overwhelming strength of the Atlantic division, Clemson's quarterback play and if N.C. State can finally live up to the moment. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Matt Schick, Tom VanHaaren and Tom Luginbill discuss their thoughts on USC and UCLA's move to the Big Ten a week removed from the news, why the Big Ten was smart to protect itself, conferences trying to stay out of court, if conferences could start booting teams, Notre Dame playing the slow-game, if fans really care about realignment, the Trojans and Bruins going into a “line of scrimmage conference,” if we're headed toward the top teams breaking off from the NCAA, Texas A&M's interesting offseason, a case study in NIL from Texas' Quinn Ewers, and poorly named conferences. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Adam Rittenberg and Heather Dinich hop into the pod following the news of UCLA and USC's shocking jump to the Big Ten. They discuss how they view the college football landscape with this move, the collateral damage in the sport, Notre Dame as the X factor in further realignment, Kevin Warren's power move, which teams the Big Ten would consider adding, how this impacts the future of the postseason, the blow to the Rose Bowl, and the shift in dynamics between the commissioners. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Adam Rittenberg and Paolo Uggetti are joined by Oregon's Dan Lanning to talk about time management as a new head coach, living in the Pacific Northwest, Oregon's national brand, his thoughts on the Pac-12, his involvement in the offense, expectations for Noah Sewell and building relationships with alumni. Then, Adam and Paolo discuss Lanning and Oregon's contrast to Lincoln Riley and USC, recruiting elite players on the West Coast, Arch Manning committing to Texas, Steve Sarkisian's big score, and the upcoming quarterback battles for the Longhorns. Later, the guys take a look at Stanford, South Carolina, San Diego State and San Jose State. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ryan McGee and Bill Connelly discuss rivalry games needing protection as divisions are dismantled, the muddy situation in the ACC Coastal, if Dabo Swinney can match his own success with the turnover on his staff, Cincinnati, Houston and UCF heading to the Big 12 in 2023, the fates of smaller conferences as teams continue to trickle up, Texas A&M pushing the SEC to suspend Nick Saban, and who they would've taken an NIL deal from in college. Plus, Rutgers, Rice and random college football memories. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Adam Rittenberg and David Hale talk to Miami athletic director Dan Radakovich about why he left Clemson for Miami, implementing a unified vision for the athletic department, John Ruiz's involvement, a new media deal for the ACC, conference construction and what stands out about Mario Cristobal. Then, the guys discuss Radakovich's comments, if Miami is more Texas Jr. or LSU Jr., Cristobal's ability to run a program, and Hale's tiered-ranking of all 131 quarterback situations in college football. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Heather Dinich and Adam Rittenberg sit down with Pac-12 Commissioner George Kliavkoff to discuss scrapping divisions to optimize College Football Playoff invitations. Then, they discuss if expanding the College Football Playoffs is a good idea for the sport. Later, Kliavkoff shares the three things they need to balance when doing media rights deals. Plus, Heather Dinich on the latest from the SEC Spring Meetings in Destin, Fla. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Matt Schick, Tom Luginbill and Tom VanHaaren discuss Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher's latest clash, Saban sending a message to his own boosters, their favorite cliche to describe the NIL era, the end of recruiting conversations, how to regulate but not restrict, collective bargaining coming down the pike, if an SEC-only playoff is for real or just leverage, the Pac-12 scrapping divisions and the common denominator among teams that start with “O.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Bill Connelly joins Ryan McGee to share his European adventures covering soccer for ESPN and what a relegation system would look like in college football. Then, they discuss what motorsports, soccer, and football all have in common. Plus, they share their favorite bowl games and the impact bowl games have on fanbases. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Adam Rittenberg and Heather Dinich discuss the latest chatter coming out of conference meetings, coaches proposing transfer windows, the NCAA attempting to enforce NIL, commissioners asking Congress for help, the Jordan Addison situation, the Big Ten nearing a massive new media rights agreement and recent quarterback transfer news. Later, they talk Michigan, Maryland and Mississippi State. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Kevin Negandhi and Todd McShay look back at the 2022 NFL Draft, including the Jets' reset, the Patriots taking Bailey Zappe, Malik Willis' favorable situation with the Titans, why Nakobe Dean fell to the third round, how many times McShay watched the same Georgia games. Plus, the headliners of the 2023 draft class. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Kevin Negandhi talks to Mel Kiper Jr. about covering the NFL Draft from home for the third straight year, which corner jumps into the first round, mock drafts taking over the world, his top-rated players, how he nailed Jeff George's evaluation, how much a prospect's program matters to NFL teams, the number of quarterbacks that will be selected in the first round and Jameson Williams flying under the radar. Then, former Penn State safety Jaquan Brisker stops by to discuss starting his career at Lackawanna College, why he chose Penn State, putting himself in position to make big plays, dedicating his play to his late-brother, modeling his game after Minkah Fitzpatrick and Sean Taylor, and why he won't be disappointed whenever he's selected in the draft. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This special edition of the ESPN College Football Podcast hosted by Rece Davis and David Pollack breaks down who to watch heading into the 2022 NFL Draft. Later, they discuss who they believe is ready to make an impact for a NFL team right away. Plus, they share why being an offensive lineman is the worst job in football. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Adam Rittenberg and Chris Low discuss Chris' travels to spring practice, his conversation with Dabo Swinney, Swinney's subsequent comments on the state of college football, coaches spitballing about a super conference, the stakes between South Carolina and Tennessee, culture complaints at Texas, if Brian Kelly can get LSU to double-digits wins, and a big season ahead for Scott Satterfield at Louisville.
Kevin Negandhi is joined by NFL draft analyst and expert Matt Miller breaking down the dominating Georgia defensive unit heading into the draft. Then, they discuss the Ohio State wide receivers and what makes them special next season. Later, Negandhi and Miller look ahead to the 2023 quarterback draft class and who to keep an eye on.
Ryan McGee and Bill Connelly ask if they're April fools when talking about spring practice mattering, Georgia's chances of a repeat, if another Group of Five team crashes the College Football Playoff, the Pac-12's national perception, playoff expansion and Jacksonville State.
ESPN writer Mark Schlabach joins Adam Rittenberg to break down what is next for Georgia following their championship victory and the future of Stetson Bennett. Plus, they discuss the elements and importance of spring practices, evaluate key players' pro days heading into the draft, and discuss if Malik Williams is worth the hype. Then, they discuss the depth of the venomous rivalry between Auburn and Alabama.
Matt Schick, Andrea Adelson and Tom VanHaaren discuss if college football is missing out on the kind of excitement surrounding NCAA Tournament by not expanding the playoff, a 2023 five-star recruit signing an $8 million NIL deal, how Jared Verse went for All-American at Albany to Florida State and which teams have hope heading into spring practice.
Kevin Negandhi and Field Yates discuss the NFL Combine, Field's college days as a two-sport athlete, which Georgia Bulldog will be the first off the board in the NFL Draft, who Field thinks is a guarantee in this class, which team will take a gamble on a quarterback early, how teams prepare for the draft, Sauce Gardner vs. Derek Stingley Jr. and their college football GOATs.
Adam Rittenberg, David Hale and Dave Wilson discuss a bevy of spring storylines, a new chapter for Dabo Swinney and Clemson, if N.C. State can breakthrough, having no idea what Oklahoma is going to look like, if Oklahoma State will be the big dog in the new Big 12, a reset for Spencer Rattler at South Carolina, Art Briles not to taking the offensive coordinator job at Grambling State, Deion Sanders' stock, fans and the quality of the in-stadium experience.
Heather Dinich and Adam Rittenberg discuss Art Briles landing the offensive coordinator job at Grambling State, Doug Williams' reaction to hire, if N.C. State is the team to beat in the ACC, why Heather is down on Clemson, coaches with the most to prove next season, raising their children to be fired college coaches, a potential change to the targeting rule and College Football Playoff expansion being called off. Then, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith stops by to talk about sticking to a nine-game conference schedule, his view of the “alliance,” supporting CFP expansion, the need for federal regulation on NIL, million dollar assistants and Jim Harbaugh.
Ryan McGee and Bill Connelly discuss the “resolution” between Bryan Harsin and Auburn, Bill's offseason SP+ rankings, teams with the most returning production, and bounce back year candidates. Later, Ryan talks to Hendrick Motorsports pit coach and former college football coach Jon Carvin about the connection between the sports, and all of the college athletes you'll find among pit crews.
Adam Rittenberg and Jordan Reid look back at the Senior Bowl, which quarterbacks helped themselves the most and which FCS player shined after an injury-filled season. Plus, the buzz on Kayvon Thibodeaux, the depth at defensive end in the NFL Draft, Sauce Gardner vs. Derek Stingley, and what Jordan will be watching at the NFL Combine. Later, Chris Low stops by to talk about where things stand with Bryan Harsin, Auburn continually finding itself in coaching purgatory, the school's history of meddling with the football program and what would a mid-February coaching search would look like. Later, a look at Cincinnati and Clemson's offseasons.
Matt Schick, Tom VanHaaren and Adam Rittenberg discuss Jim Harbaugh's dalliance with the Minnesota Vikings and if there's trust to be repaired in Ann Arbor, Jimbo Fisher's heated press conference, how NIL has already evolved, Caleb Williams transferring to USC, the need for a new college football calendar, the guardrails to the sport being filled with toothpaste, winners and losers of signing day, and their favorite kinds of bread.
Ryan McGee is joined by ESPN's new senior college football writer Pete Thamel to discuss reporting on the evolving, bizarre world of college football, missing the old February National Signing Day, why college football isn't too big to fail, and Ryan stumping for a conference consulting position. Later, the guys kick off the offseason ABCs with the worst college football arguments.
This week is a special Georgia takeover hosted by Elle Duncan. She is joined alongside former Bulldog defensive lineman and friend to the podcast David Pollack to share their emotions after the Georgia victory over Alabama. Plus, they analyze the performance of Stetson Bennett and discuss the future of this Georgia team. Then, they discuss Elle being the number one troll against Georgia haters, and David's next job being his daughter's basketball coach. Plus, Elle talks with Georgia linebacker Nakobe Dean to discuss future plans in the NFL, balancing student life with being an elite athlete, and the impact of his family. Finally, Nakobe explains why he was wearing an Alabama hat after the championship.
Booger McFarland, Joey Galloway and Kevin Negandhi discuss the performance of Stetson Bennett and the impact of Georgia's defensive difference makers in their victory over Alabama. Plus, the trio breakdown the future of Georgia and what this championship title means for Kirby Smart. Then, Booger “apologizes” for his Stetson Bennett criticism. Finally, Joey and Booger let Kevin know how they really feel about his hair.
David Pollack and Rece Davis discuss David's elevated heart rate on the sideline as Georgia closed out the national championship over Alabama, dodging beer cans flying from the stands, the amount of fans brought to tears by the win, if Kirby Smart winning takes his relationship with Nick Saban to a better place and their belief in Stetson Bennett IV all season. Later, the guys talk about the future of the College Football Playoff, Rece's urging to not play more games in January when the CFP is expanded, Rece's undoubted SEC bias and David's internet saga coming to a conclusion.
Ryan McGee and Mark Schlabach — a Georgia alum — discuss what winning a national championship means to University of Georgia fans after being so close so many times, Kirby Smart's emotions, Stetson Bennett IV's real-life Rudy story and who in Mark's life is he happiest for following the victory.
Matt Barrie and Greg McElroy preview the National Championship live from Indianapolis and give their take on how Georgia can avenge their SEC championship let down, and who they think will win the game. Plus, the fans at Indy ask some questions.