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.
Kirk Herbstreit and Matt Barrie discuss the impact NIL might be having on college football, especially for the quarterbacks. Can OU find a run game? Arkansas continues to impress. Clemson has problems, but it isn't their offensive scheme. Is Michigan for real and more.
Paul Finebaum and Matt Barrie react to Clemson losing to NC State and what's going on with their offense. Arkansas adds another statement win, beating Texas A&M. OU stays undefeated but continues to struggle. Is NIL impacting some of the star players? Can Ole Miss and Lane Kiffin get Alabama this weekend? Would Kiffin return to USC. Lastly, Brian Kelly becoming Notre Dame's winningest coach
Kevin Negandhi and Joey Galloway discuss the size of the gap between Florida and Georgia, what Joey gleaned from Penn State's win over Auburn, and the state of the Big Ten East. Then, the guys make their Week 4 picks including Wisconsin-Notre Dame, UCLA-Stanford and Texas A&M-Arkansas. Later, Heather Dinich Empties the Notebook with thoughts on College Football Playoff expansion talk, and how Texas and Oklahoma jumping to the SEC changed the dynamic of those talks. Plus Heather wants to know, how good is Notre Dame?
Kevin Negandhi and a near-shirtless Booger McFarland discuss what they make of Oklahoma, West Virginia needing to feed Leddie Brown, Notre Dame's defensive game plan for Wisconsin, Jack Coan playing against his old team, if Jimbo Fisher will open things up against Arkansas and which is the third best team in the SEC. Plus, Booger doles out his DEFCON levels for UCLA, Indiana and USF.
Rece Davis and David Pollack discuss the top teams not being so dominant but Bama's win against Florida was still impressive. What's going on with Spencer Rattler? GameDay is headed to Soldier Field. A preview of the battle of unbeatens as Arkansas and Texas A&M face off. Can Clemson fix their offense? Plus, what's wrong with Miami and FSU, how legit is Michigan and more
Kirk Herbstreit and Matt Barrie discuss Penn State's big win and how different their offense looks this year. Ohio State made changes to their defense but can they fix it? What the country learned about Florida. College football has a taunting problem. What's going on in the ACC? Jaxon Dart introduced himself to college football. Down goes UCLA. Plus, a quick look at next week's games.
Paul Finebaum and Matt Barrie react to Penn State's big win and who is the team to beat in the Big Ten. Biggest takeaway from Florida/Bama. What's going on with Spencer Rattler and OU? Should USC bring back Lane Kiffin? When will Miami and FSU get back to what they once were? Plus, the guys preview what they think they will be talking about next Sunday
Kevin Negandhi and Joey Galloway discuss what's wrong with Ohio State's defense and Joey explains why he's not worried about the Buckeyes just yet. Then, the guys make their picks, including Cincinnati-Indiana, West Virginia-Virginia Tech and Penn State-Auburn. Later, Chris Low Empties the Notebook with thoughts on Dan Mullen not committing to a quarterback, what we may learn about Auburn in Happy Valley and Arkansas surprising early.
Kevin Negandhi and Booger McFarland discuss USC at a DEFCON 1 after firing Clay Helton, why Helton ultimately failed at USC, candidates for the Southern Cal job, Anthony Richardson's health, Michigan State running the ball against Miami, if Brian Harsin can keep Bo Nix calm during the White Out, the Big Ten race, quarterback shuffling at Texas and Texas A&M, and DEFCON levels for Washington and Florida State.
Rece Davis and David Pollack discuss USC firing Clay Helton and who they should go after. Is Oregon a legit national title contender? How will Bo Nix perform at Happy Valley? Dan Mullen's QB dilemma. Cincinnati gets their first chance to show how for real they are and more.
Kirk Herbstreit and Matt Barrie discuss Oregon's big win and what's wrong with Ohio State's defense. Sam Pittman and the Hogs continue to impress. How nervous is Clay Helton? What's the odds Cincinnati makes the CFP? Plus, a preview of Bama vs. Florida and Auburn vs. Penn State
Paul Finebaum and Matt Barrie react to Oregon's statement win against Ohio State. Iowa got another win against their rival but where does the Big Ten stand after week 2? Texas will be joining the SEC in a few years but got a taste of what life will be like as Arkansas handed them a loss. Plus, FSU threw away all their goodwill, Tennessee's problems continue, who should start at QB for Florida and a whole lot more.
Kevin Negandhi and Joey Galloway discuss where the gap is between the Haves and Have Nots in college football, Oklahoma's same old defensive problems, Georgia's dominant defense, positives for Notre Dame in a loss and why they both think Ohio State takes down Oregon. Then, the guys make their picks, including the Cy-Hawk game, Texas-Arkansas and Michigan-Washington. Later, Adam Rittenberg Empties the Notebook with thoughts on UCF applying for Big 12 membership, what factors the Big 12 is considering when adding members and several of the Week 1 quarterback debutants.
Kevin Negandhi and Booger McFarland discuss Ohio State-Oregon, why the Ducks need to win to save the Pac-12's dignity, UCLA making a statement, Georgia's offensive struggles, why Booger thinks Penn State is back on track, quarterback rumblings in Gainesville, the Cy-Hawk game, and Washington-Michigan feeling like a must-win for both teams. Plus, Booger doles out his DEFCON levels for Clemson, North Carolina and LSU.
Rece Davis and David Pollack react to Georgia's big win and what to expect from their offense as they move forward. Why the targeting rule needs to be changed. Ohio State's defense should be a concern against Oregon. Can Iowa State end their losing streak to Iowa? Why Texas has to earn our trust before we believe in them. Plus, the guys pull back the curtain on College GameDay.
Kirk Herbstreit and Matt Barrie react to Notre Dame's overtime win at FSU and the amazing scene as McKenzie Milton played for the first time since his horrific injury in 2018. What's wrong with Clemson's offense? OU needs to stop blowing leads. Chip Kelly has UCLA finally rolling while LSU has some issues. Lastly, stop celebrating when you're losing by 21 points.
Paul Finebaum and Mattie Barrie react to Georgia's statement win over Clemson. Plus, why Georgia can cruise to the CFP and Clemson is now on the outside looking in. Bama is still Bama. Then, LSU's problems from last year have carried over as UCLA dominated them Saturday night. Finally, can the ACC salvage week 1 with games on Sunday and Monday night?
Kevin Negandhi and Joey Galloway discuss the outlook for Ohio State this season, the goal of winning a national championship and expectations for C.J. Stroud. Then, the guys make their picks for the week, including North Carolina-Virginia Tech, Penn State-Wisconsin, Georgia Clemson and LSU-UCLA. Later, Andrea Adelson stops by to Empty the Notebook, talking about Clemson's defense after getting torched against the Buckeyes in the playoff, the pressure on North Carolina in Week 1 against Virginia Tech, D'Eriq King's big plans for Miami, McKenzie Milton's three-year journey back from injury and Gus Malzahn's first game at UCF.
Kevin Negandhi and Booger McFarland discuss the wide-open feel to start of the 2021 college football season, their confidence in JT Daniels and D.J. Uiagalelei, Booger's struggles saying Uiagalelei, if a win this weekend would be bigger for Georgia or Clemson, why Alabama might have its best defense in five years, Mike Norvell's warm seat in Tallahassee, and what's at stake for LSU two seasons removed from winning a championship.
Rece Davis and David Pollack discuss if JT Daniels can be elite against Clemson's front seven. How will D'Eriq King look against Bama? What to expect from Bama after losing so many players to the NFL. Who is LSU? Can IU build off last year's success? Can Dorian Thompson-Robinson prove he can throw the ball & more
Kirk Herbstreit and Matt Barrie put a bow on week 0 before moving to a jammed pack week 1 schedule. Who will be under center for FSU and can they get their program back to where it once was? What to expect from Bama with a new QB and OC? Can UCLA make a statement against LSU? Finally, the impact week 1 will have on the CFP
Matt Barrie and Paul Finebaum react to Nebraska's loss to Illinois and what that means for Scott Frost's future in Lincoln. Then, does Chip Kelly finally have UCLA on the right track? Finally, how important is the Clemson/Georgia game to the CFP and should Alabama be favored as much as they are against Miami?
For first episode of The ESPN College Football Podcast Matt Barrie is joined by Kirk Herbstreit to discuss their overwhelming excitement for college football, College GameDay opening the season in Atlanta for the MEAC/SWAC Challenge, Bret Bielema returning to the Big Ten, a big year ahead for Nebraska and Scott Frost, and expectations for C.J. Stroud at Ohio State. Then, Paul Finebaum stops by to talk about picking Oklahoma to win the title this year, why beating Clemson in Week 1 would be a huge weight off Kirby Smart's shoulders and if UCLA will be THE surprise team in the sport. The ESPN College Football Podcast will be dropping episodes Sunday through Thursday, every week, all the way until a champion is crowned in Indianapolis. Sundays will feature Matt Barrie and Paul Finebaum, Mondays will feature Barrie and Kirk Herbstreit, Tuesdays will feature Reece Davis and David Pollack, Wednesdays will feature Kevin Negandhi and Booger McFarland, and Thursdays will feature Negandhi and Joey Galloway.
Kevin Negandhi kicks off the podcast talking to ESPN NFL draft analyst Matt Miller about the 2022 NFL Draft. They discuss quarterbacks always coming out of the woodwork, his top four prospects all being on defense, why John Metchie could be better than Jalen Waddle and DeVonta Smith, how Kyler Murray changed the perception of shorter quarterbacks, if players are being knocked for transferring and D.J. Uiagalelei looking ready to plug-and-play in Clemson’s offense.
Kevin Negandhi kicks off the podcast with Heather Dinich to talk about the College Football Playoff examining options for expansion. Then, Mel Kiper Jr. stops by to discuss the overall unpredictability he expects in this year’s NFL Draft, at which pick the draft begins for him, what the Bears will do with its first pick, if Davis Mills could leap into the first round, why Justin Fields is his No. 2 quarterback, Northern Iowa’s Spencer Brown, Trey Lance’s boom or bust range, and his love for the TV show Dallas.
Kevin Negandhi kicks off the podcast with former Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons to discuss watching his team after opting out of the college football season, the importance of being a three-down linebacker, punting in high school, giving back to the community in Harrisburg, Pa., owning up to his mistakes, why he thinks he’s top-five talent in the draft and what he’s wearing on draft night. Then, former Syracuse safety talks about missing the season with an ACL injury, his biggest strengths, emulating Derwin James, if he would alter his playing style against big wide receivers in the NFL and facing Trevor Lawrence.
Kevin Negandhi kicks off the podcast with Louis Riddick to discuss why there’s a gap between Trevor Lawrence and the rest of the top quarterbacks, gathering information at pro days, the post-draft period being crucial to prospect development, what he noticed about developing talent during a pandemic season, the difficulties defending modern pass catchers, why calling Jamarr Chase a generational talent isn’t hyperbole, and Stanford’s Davis Mills as an intriguing second-tier quarterback option.
Kevin Negandhi and Todd McShay kick off the podcast discussing where Todd is with his prep about a month away from the NFL Draft, what’s changed in the conversation about quarterbacks at the top of the draft, Mac Jones’ leap up teams’ draft boards, day two quarterbacks, which player has Hall of Fame talent, the unpredictability of the Patriots at No. 15, wide receiver tiers and how Todd couldn’t bring himself to watch last year’s draft after being sidelined with COVID-19.
Kevin Negandhi is joined by Andrea Adelson, Heather Dinich, Adam Rittenberg and Ivan Maisel to put a bow on the 2020 college football season. They discuss the historical context of a season played during a pandemic, what was different about this year’s Alabama team, why the Big Ten would like to forget this season, if the College Football Playoff ever seriously flirted with the idea of expansion, Sarah Fuller making history, underdog stories, Dabo Swinney’s heel turn, concerns about the current structure of the sport, predictions and hopes for college football for 2021, and Urban Meyer taking the Jacksonville Jaguars job.
Herbie, Pollack and Negandhi kick off the podcast discussing the offensive clinic Alabama put on in the National Championship, Pollack’s vindication, DeVonta Smith’s insane first half performance, Alabama’s 2017 recruiting class, Herbie’s phone call with Saban after the game, the Tide’s defense likely to improve next season, how to fix the gap between the haves and have-nots in the sport and reflections on the 2020 college football season.
Pollack and Negandhi kick off the podcast discussing whether we’ll see Jaylen Waddle in the National Championship game, Justin Fields attacking the middle of the field against Clemson, the Tigers’ flaws, why the Buckeyes should emulate Arkansas’ defensive game plan against Alabama, Trey Sermon opening up Ohio State’s offense, what will decide the title and Pollack’s thoughts on Texas hiring Steve Sarkisian.
Herbie and Negandhi kick off the podcast discussing how Herbie’s feeling after being diagnosed with COVID-19, calling Ohio State-Clemson from home, Ohio State mixing up its offensive tempo, what went wrong for Clemson, where playoff win will be remembered in Buckeye lore, Alabama’s dominant win over Notre Dame, Herbie’s initial read on the national championship game, and Texas firing Tom Herman and hiring Steve Sarkisian.
Ivan Maisel and Ryan McGee take the reins of The CFB Podcast for their annual in memoriam show, remembering the college football figures we lost in 2020. The guys reflect on the lives of... Chris Doleman Paul Hornung Johnny Majors Lee Grosscup Pat Dye Don Shula Ray Perkins Gale Sayers Rickey Dixon Tavaris Jackson Markus Paul Willie Davis Osia Lewis Merritt Norvell Jim Lambright Paul Schmidt Bill Yeoman John Najarian
Herbie and Negandhi kick off the podcast discussing Herbie’s son committing to Ohio State, how teams manage the layoff between conference championships and the playoff, why bowl games matter, how Notre Dame can hang with Alabama, the Clemson-Ohio State rematch and why the Buckeyes are at a disadvantage having played less games.
Pollack and Negandhi kick off the podcast discussing if the College Football Playoff committee selected the four best teams, if Ohio State deserved a spot after only playing six games, Trevor Lawrence proving to be the difference against Notre Dame, Alabama outlasting Florida in the SEC Championship, teams dodging Army, Cincinnati disrespect and the New Year’s Six.
Pollack and Negandhi kick off the podcast discussing the latest head-scratching College Football Playoff rankings, no one mentioning Texas A&M, David’s Dude and their conference championship picks. Then, Paul Finebaum hops on to discuss Alabama-Florida, if this is Nick Saban’s best team, the favorite to land the Auburn job and if Hugh Freeze will return to the SEC (29:04). Next, Andrea Adelson stops by to talk about Clemson-Notre Dame, why this game will be very different from the first and the improvement the Irish have shown throughout the season (44:16). Finally Tom Luginbill talks National Signing Day, hitting on the toughest recruiting cycle ever in college football, Maryland and Ole Miss trending upward, Michigan and Texas trending downward, and the role the transfer portal will play this offseason (54:28).
Herbie, Pollack and Negandhi kick off the podcast discussing College GameDay’s visit to West Point, Herbie’s chopper ride, Florida losing to LSU and the shoe toss seen ‘round college football, coaches griping about games played, which teams could sneak into the playoff, the Heisman race coming down to the final weekend, and Auburn firing Gus Malzahn.
Negandhi kicks off the podcast with Adam Rittenberg discussing the Big Ten’s rule change to slot Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game. Then Negandhi and Pollack talk about the latest round of College Football Playoff rankings, David’s Dude of the Week, North Carolina-Miami and their week 15 picks. Later, Wright Thompson hops on to get into how this season was just an exhibition season for Ole Miss, the future of the Rebels under Lane Kiffin, Archie Manning moving next door to his mom and why he’s more starstruck by Manning than Michael Jordan.
Herbie, Pollack and Negandhi kick off the podcast discussing an exciting game between Coastal Carolina and BYU, if Ohio State would schedule another game if Michigan is unable to play, playoff Armageddon, the complete toss-up of a Heisman race and love for Tom Allen.
Pollack and Negandhi kick off the podcast discussing College Football Playoff scenarios, who has the edge between Alabama and Notre Dame, College GameDay showcasing Coastal Carolina-Liberty, Jaret Patterson, and their Week 14 picks. Then, Andrea Adelson hops on to talk about the ACC’s schedule change, the possibility of Clemson and Notre Dame both making the playoff, and watching Sarah Fuller’s debut with her daughters (36:00). Later, Ivan Maisel drops by to talk about a very different Alabama-LSU matchup and the lack of diversity among head coaches (52:27).
Herbie, Pollack and Negandhi kick off the podcast discussing Notre Dame’s impressive win over North Carolina and how the Irish may be the No. 1 team in the country. Then, the guys get into Alabama’s continued dominance and Mac Jones pulling a “Joe Burrow,” the Big Ten’s playoff complications with more canceled games, the health of the sport with players leaving their teams mid-season, and the barrier broken by Vanderbilt’s Sarah Fuller.
Pollack and Negandhi kick off the podcast discussing the first batch of College Football Playoff rankings, Notre Dame heading to North Carolina down two offensive linemen, Northwestern surprisingly smashing Wisconsin, David’s Dude of the Week, Coastal Carolina’s offense, Maryland-Indiana, JT Daniels impressing in his Georgia debut and their Week 13 picks. Later, Rece Davis hops on to talk about being in the spotlight with Northwestern’s success, BYU landing at No. 14, a nightmare playoff scenario for Cincinnati, the deck being stacked against the Pac-12 and the start of the college basketball season (48:39).
Herbie and Negandhi kick off the podcast discussing what they might see in the first batch of College Football Playoff rankings, BYU turning down a game against Washington, Notre Dame-UNC, Dabo Swinney’s raging against Florida State, Indiana’s near comeback against Ohio State, Northwestern having Wisconsin’s number and the Iron Bowl.
Pollack and Negandhi kick off the podcast discussing Bedlam, Oklahoma State’s defense, Spencer Rattler’s prolific play outside of the pocket, Oklahoma State’s offensive line getting pushed around, Cincinnati’s Jarrell White, Wisconsin’s offense, Ohio State-Indiana and their Week 12 picks. Later, Jesse Palmer stops by to talk Mac Jones, Kyle Trask, Ian Book, if College Football Playoff expansion is possible this season, Cincinnati-UCF, Northwestern and Steve Spurrier playing quarterback in practice.
Herbie, Pollack and Negandhi kick off the podcast recapping the College GameDay experience at Augusta National with Herbie name-dropping Peyton Manning and Pollack fending off attacks from viewers for his on-camera look. Then, the guys discuss Jim Harbaugh’s unraveling at Michigan, Wisconsin looking sharp after two games, Kyle Trask lighting up Arkansas and what comes next for South Carolina after firing Will Muschamp.
Pollack and Negandhi kick off the podcast discussing the rash of cancelations across college football this weekend, if there should be a minimum number of games to make the playoff, David’s Dude of the Week and their Week 11 picks. Later, Joey Galloway joins the show after more than a year of ducking Negandhi’s invites to discuss the Pac-12, slotting Cincinnati just outside of the playoff picture and Justin Fields.
Herbie and Negandhi kick off the podcast discussing the excitement of the back-and-forth in Notre Dame’s win over Clemson, the Pac-12’s return, Kyle Trask playing with emotion, Alabama being Alabama, if Michigan and Penn State’s poor play, other surprises in the Big Ten, Liberty upsetting Virginia Tech and BYU continuing to impress.
Pollack and Negnadhi kick off the show discussing the need to expand the College Football Playoff for this season, Clemson being in a good spot whether it wins or loses to Notre Dame, playoff hypotheticals, David’s Dude of the Week, how much Jamie Newman opting out really hurt Georgia, why you can’t double Kyle Pitts every snap, Arizona State-USC and their Week 10 picks. Then, Mark Sanchez stops by to talk about his time on The Masked Singer, his love for karaoke, his takeaways from D.J. Uiagalelei’s debut, the Pac-12 kicking off and life after football (47:02).
Herbie, Pollack and Negandhi kick off the podcast discussing Clemson holding off Boston College in D.J. Uiagalelei’s debut, the Tigers’ impeding matchup against Notre Dame without Trevor Lawrence, if Ohio State is the best team in the country, Michigan losing to Michigan State, the brawl between Florida-Missouri, the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party, what they’ll be watching for as the Pac-12 gets underway and the undefeated Cincinnati Bearcats.
The podcast kicks off with the breaking news of Wisconsin-Nebraska being canceled because of an outbreak amongst the Badgers. Heather Dinich hops on the pod with Negandhi to talk about the cancelation and if Oklahoma State has the makings of a championship team. Then, Pollack and Negandhi discuss Pollack staying up late to watch Rutgers tape, not being overly impressed with Ohio State, what they’re watching for in Oklahoma State-Texas, Trevor Lawrence leaving the door open to stay for another season and their Week 9 picks (9:35).
Herbie, Pollack and Negandhi kick off the podcast discussing the return of the Big Ten, Michigan’s strong start, Indiana’s big overtime win over Penn State, Ohio State’s questions at running back, Oklahoma State’s defense and what changes for Alabama with the loss of Jaylen Waddle.