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A podcast that cares about every part of college football: the best teams and the worst, the good parts and the bad, the most popular things, and the things that should be popular. Every week, your hosts (and often an expert guest) take you through the nuts and bolts of the CFB landscape.

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    The 2021 SEC and Sun Belt, reviewed

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2022 70:51

    Godfrey, Richard, and Alex go through in-depth conference review exercises for both the SEC and the Sun Belt, after 15 minutes running through this week's big stories of coaches (Todd Graham, Kirk Ferentz, Nick Saban) getting involved in various political issues and hot waters. Subscribe to our Patreon at splitzoneduo.com. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Stetson Bennett, a 2021 review, and a 2022 preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2022 77:46

    Richard, Alex, and Godfrey talk through Georgia's national championship win, Stetson Bennett's triumph, and the Dawgs using a roadmap that's both familiar and different. Then, we run through 2021 season takes that worked out well, poorly, and medium. And finally, a preview of 2022 Week 1, because there are no rules. Subscribe to our Patreon at splitzoneduo.com. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Previewing the National Championship and the associated existential crisis

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2022 73:02

    After Godfrey shares what he knows about Jim Harbaugh and the Raiders, he, Richard, and Alex get into Alabama-Georgia Round II (or whatever this is) and consider what shape the national title game will take. Godfrey then tries to explain his reservations about SEC Playoff dominance in a non-alarmist way, Richard tries to explain the benefits of best-on-best, and Alex attempts to make them both feel bad. Plus a discussion of the Todd Graham mess at Hawaii, and why this weekend's FCS championship is a more varied matchup than your typical North Dakota State game. Subscribe to our Patreon at splitzoneduo.com. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Build your Playoff narrative

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2021 72:34

    Alex, Richard, and Godfrey start the show with a chat about how college football's structure made the current raft of bowl cancelations inevitable, and why it's rich when the bowl rep industry gets upset about it. Richard reports from Miami on what this Playoff game week actually looks like, and the group discusses the narratives that might attach themselves to involved teams depending on results this weekend. Subscribe to our Patreon at splitzoneduo.com, and happy new year. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Bowling for cord-cutters and CFB's future

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 71:29

    Godfrey, Richard, and Alex get together a few days before Christmas to talk about these topics in detail: 1) last weekend's brief YouTube TV/Disney carriage fight and how it connects to the future of watching college football games, 2) if bowl season has actually gotten less important or if it just feels that way (and what to do about it if so), and 3) the actual games happening this week. Have a great holiday week, and our Patreon is at splitzoneduo.com. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    JSU's coup, Oregon, Clemson, and BOWLS

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 84:14

    Godfrey and Alex talk through Jackson State's stunning commitment from the No. 1 recruit in the class of 2022, while cautioning against leaps to conclusion. Oregon is having an identity crisis but shouldn't be. Clemson isn't but maybe should. And a detailed look at this weekend's bowl season and lower-level playoff slates. Subscribe to our Patreon at splitzoneduo.com. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    What's The Idea behind each new coach hire?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 75:36

    Marcus Freeman's elevation at Notre Dame was smooth, well received, and kind of quiet, so Alex and Richard went back over it amid a week of carousel chaos. Then: breaking out every new FBS coach hire into tiers of, "What is the school trying to accomplish here?" Plus an Army-Navy version of Vested Interests, a non-FBS tasting menu for the weekend, and answers to three questions from Patreon subscribers. Join us at splitzoneduo.com. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Setting the table for the 2021 Playoff

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 5, 2021 33:42

    Richard, Godfrey, and Alex talk through the Playoff slotting, the committee's performance in 2021, why Cincinnati doesn't disprove anything about the event's treatment of the G5, and the matchups themselves. Subscribe to our Patreon at splitzoneduo.com. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    The big coaching carousel mess of 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 81:56

    Richard, Alex, and Godfrey preview conference championship weekend and the potential Playoff drama to come, then discuss the historically messy week that unfolded in the college football coaching industry. (Carousel talk specifically starts at the 56-minute mark.) Oklahoma has a weird recruiting saga on its hands, LSU made a hire that appeased a specific set of stakeholders, and Richard reports on how people in the sport feel about this chaotic moment. It might not be good! Subscribe to our Patreon at splitzoneduo.com. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Week 13: We picked our hill, and Oklahoma State killed us on it

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 28, 2021 46:46

    Alex and Richard take a slightly longer-than-usual trip through the weekend in college football. Michigan vindicated a podcast opinion, but Oklahoma State very much did not. Plus thoughts on a whole bunch of other Rivalry Weekend action. Subscribe to our Patreon at splitzoneduo.com. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    The undercurrents of Florida's coach search

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 74:52

    Florida man Richard Johnson talks with Alex about the underlying factors that might inform Florida's sudden search for Dan Mullen's successor. (The University of Florida has a lot going on.) Plus, a discussion of WKU's instant-pot transfer portal offense, sizing up some of Rivalry Week's big games, and live reactions to James Franklin's new contract at Penn State.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Week 12: A great for UT (SA/ah)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2021 30:43

    Alex and Richard take you on a 30-minute journey through Week 12, and this time, they don't even go over time. Utah dominated, UTSA had one of the finishes of the year, Ohio State-Michigan is for it all, NIU's magic carpet ride rolls on, the top of the Sun Belt looks fierce, and Cincinnati rebuilds some equity. Also, a certain Florida coach's buyout figures are included. Subscribe to our Patreon at splitzoneduo.com. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    LSU, UW, VT, and 2021's spinning carousel

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 92:16

    Godfrey, Richard, and Alex talk about the rapidly speeding-up coaching carousel, hopping from Washington to Virginia Tech to LSU and even down to North Texas. Then a discussion of the inexplicable mess that's unfolded at FIU, which is now a case study in how to mismanage a football program, plus a tasting menu and vested interests. Subscribe to our Patreon at splitzoneduo.com. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Week 11: O no, OU

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 14, 2021 37:35

    Richard and Godfrey take a 30ish minute journey through Week 11 including OU's loss to Baylor, Tennessee scripted the first drive of the game, but not the rest of it, Arkansas won?, Florida “won”, Ohio State WON, one of us begins to think some things about Oklahoma State that are truly terrifying, Cincinnati was fine compared to the last few weeks, our punting king hit a game winner, and UConn covered. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    The Texas high school football coach is a proud breed

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 90:44

    Texas Tech's hire of Joey McGuire signals something, because as they say: Everything's bigger in Texas. Midseason coaching changes, Washington weirdness, and MACTION. Also: Exactly four minutes and sixteen seconds on the Playoff See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Week 10: Oops I Purdid it again

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2021 36:34

    Godfrey and Richard take a 30ish-minute journey through the college football weekend. The Purdue Boilermakers, destroyer of worlds (but only if you're the No. 2 or No. 3 team in the polls), Ohio elites played with their food to varying degrees, The Old Man Yells At A Cloud, Arizona won!, Washington very much didn't on the field or off!, why did Army and Air Force play in a gas grill?, and a Dakota Marker we'll always remember. Finally, a sincere thank you because this show will push across 1 million downloads all-time!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Cincinnati, Gary Patterson, and the Texas coaching carousel

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 90:53

    Godfrey, Richard, and Alex disagree over what Cincinnati's initial No. 6 ranking really says about the Playoff committee's view of the Bearcats. Then, we talk about Gary Patterson's impact on TCU and how his time at TCU barreled toward an acrimonious end, and compare and contrast various Texas head coaching jobs heading into what's likely to be a hectic carousel in the Lone Star State. Subscribe to our Patreon at splitzoneduo.com. Also, Godfrey's excited about baseball. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Week 9: Sparty party

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2021 34:02

    Alex and Richard take a 30ish-minute journey through the college football weekend: Michigan State showed its mettle, Michigan did too and somehow lost anyway, Houston and SMU played the game of the year, Ohio State had better players, Pitt found an innovative way to lose, and Bowling Green put together an absolute tapestry. Subscribe to our Patreon at splitzoneduo.com. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    What makes 7 good teams good

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 80:04

    Richard, Godfrey, and Alex run through the methods of attack, both in program-building and on the field, for seven surprisingly great teams: UTSA, SMU, Pitt, Wake Forest, Ole Miss, Michigan State, and San Diego State i.e. G5 Iowa. Then, discussions on James Franklin and Justin Fuente, vested interests, and a tasting menu for the weekend. Subscribe to our Patreon at splitzoneduo.com. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Week 8: Alex is sorry, Pat Narduzzi

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 24, 2021 37:25

    Richard and Alex take you on a 30ish-minute jaunt through the college football weekend. Alex is forced to issue a mea culpa to Pitt's not-currently-embattled head coach, but retracts a retraction of criticism of Texas Tech's. Justin Fuente does not seem to be in a good situation, Colorado State does something you must see to believe, Caleb Williams is the one that was promised, Iowa State does a public service, and Northern Illinois is bowl-eligible. Plus, meep meep. Subscribe to our Patreon at splitzoneduo.com. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    College football and the NLRB

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 24:56

    Alex and Richard interview Jennifer Abruzzo, the general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, who wrote the September memo that says college football players in certain situations are employees who should have federal labor protections. They talked about why this piece of paper matters, how it could change college sports, and what would need to happen for this ball to really get rolling. We do lots of these kinds of interviews on our Patreon, which we'd be excited to have you subscribe to at splitzoneduo.com. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Orgeron saga, Mullen, and the new AAC

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 96:23

    Steven Godfrey (@38Godfrey), Richard Johnson (@RJ_Writes), and Alex Kirshner (@alex_kirshner) talk through three things in detail: How the LSU-Ed Orgeron relationship collapsed so quickly after such a high, why he wasn't the only coach in Baton Rouge last Saturday who should soon be out, and what the latest realignment ripple means for both the AAC and the remainders of C-USA. Plus a tasting menu and vested interests. Subscribe to our Patreon at splitzoneduo.com.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Week 7: Bye-owa

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 17, 2021 36:21

    Richard Johnson and Alex Kirshner take you on a 30-ish-minute trip through the interesting goings-on from college football's Week 7. Iowa's loss to Purdue could've been worse. Caleb Williams and Oklahoma have it figured out. The Tennessee trash discourse is already exhausting. TCU is done as a defense, a label, and a crew. Florida's and Texas's defenses are in shambles. UConn won! Liberty did not! Wisconsin-Army was like a science project. Pitt needs to beat Clemson. Arizona is a bottomless pit of sadness. Rank UTSA, and hey, why not UTEP, and subscribe to our Patreon at splitzoneduo.com. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Iowa, Kentucky, and proof of concept

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 87:20

    Godfrey, Richard, and Alex spend the first stretch of this episode talking not just about Iowa and Kentucky, but about how we *talk* about Iowa and Kentucky. Then, 10 schools whose coaches either are or aren't demonstrating proof of concept, including: Georgia Tech, NIU, Houston, Temple, Syracuse, Louisville, FAU, UNLV, Troy, and Mississippi State. And finally, vested interests and a Week 7 tasting menu. Subscribe to SZD's Patreon for bonus episodes and more at splitzoneduo.com. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Week 6: The Thrilla in Red Riva

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2021 37:48

    Alex and Richard take a 30-ish-minute sprint through the interesting happenings in college football this weekend. A&M picked a weird script to take down Bama. Red River was outstanding and heralds a new era of Oklahoma quarterback play. Penn State shoud've just gone to the Wildcat, Georgia's defense gave up a whole 10 points, Coastal is just pummeling teams, the lights are about to go out on Coach O's LSU, don't be fooled by Texas Tech's record, and UTSA: MEEP MEEP. Subscribe to our Patreon at splitzoneduo.com. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Urbanism and college football

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 98:35

    For about the first 47 minutes of this episode, Alex, Richard, and Godfrey talk about the Urban Meyer mess in Jacksonville, what it says about the differences between NFL and college coaching, and why certain types of coaches aren't built for modern CFB or the NFL. Then the group haggles over one team in every FBS conference they can't quite figure out, before hitting up vested interests and a tasting menu for Week 6. Subscribe to SZD's Patreon at splitzoneduo.com. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Week 5: Eat the whole Skyline Chili bowl

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2021 42:53

    Alex and Richard take you on a 30-minute journey through Week 5, which winds up being more like 40 minutes this week. There are no rules. Subscribe to our Patreon at splitzoneduo.com. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Who's your ACC bae?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 98:24

    After a few minutes talking about Wednesday's big college athlete news at the NLRB, Alex, Richard, and Godfrey take turns evaluating potential candidates to be the best team in the ACC now that Clemson is no longer the slam-dunk choice. Then, a conversation about Arkansas, including how people should react if and when Georgia sits on them on Saturday, and what lessons ADs *should* but won't take from the success of the Sam Pittman hire. Plus, why UTSA should be ranked, and what it says about the AP Poll that the Roadrunners are not. Then, a tasting menu and some vested interests for the week ahead. Subscribe to our Patreon at splitzoneduo.com. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Week 4: We told you to short Clemson and Oklahoma

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2021 35:36

    Alex and Richard take you on a 30-ish-minute journey around the interesting things from the college football weekend. Clemson and Oklahoma looked faulty before, and they look worse now –– Clemson in particular. Arkansas is worth celebrating, Boston College might have an offense, Dave Aranda is out of the dog house, Arizona showed a flicker of life, TCU is backwards, and Charlotte might be a chaos agent. Subscribe to our Patreon at splitzoneduo.com. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    How to short Oklahoma and Ohio State (and Clemson too!)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 89:53

    Godfrey, Richard, and Alex discuss the apparent vulnerability of some of CFB's most elite programs, and the good signs shown by others. Plus, who's rising to the top of the G5 and who isn't, followed by vested interests and a weekend tasting menu. This show has somewhat detailed talks about Clemson, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Michigan, Iowa, Oregon, Utah, BYU, Fresno State, UAB, ECU (eek), Nevada, Marshall, and Georgia Southern. Subscribe to our Patreon at splitzoneduo.com, and thanks for supporting this show during its first year. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Week 3: Penn State's back, Florida's solid, and Fresno rules

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2021 42:12

    Godfrey and Alex take you on a 30-ish-minute trip through Week 3. (OK, this week went a little long.) The group is impressed with Penn State, liked Auburn and Florida in losing efforts, sees mild progress at Nebraska, and thinks Michigan State might be back to its old tricks. Plus, Fresno State is straight-up good (no worries, UCLA), Seth Littrell enters the Mark Hudspeth Zone, and Pitt is eventually going to have to fire Pat Narduzzi. Subscribe to our Patreon at splitzoneduo.com. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    What 2 weeks say about 8 teams

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 94:13

    College football is a small-sample size sport, so let's make it even smaller. Which teams have changed how we see them through two weeks, and which require reserving judgment? Plus, let's talk about the bizarre, public mess happening right now at Navy, as well as the entirely foreseeable mess at Colorado State. This episode also includes a beefy testing menu and some vested interests. Subscribe to our Patreon at splitzoneduo.com.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Week 2: OSU and Iowa State *didn't* have the worst losses

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2021 31:28

    Alex and Richard take you on a 30-minute journey through Week 2. Listen to a dejected FSU radio call, and then hear Richard (with much regret) discuss the Noles' failure. We talk about how Oregon dissected Ohio State's defense with RPOs, why ISU never had a chance, why Washington didn't either, how Toledo's coach messed everything up, how Arkansas beat down Texas, why these are very bad times at Navy, and a whole lot more. Subscribe to our Patreon at splitzoneduo.com. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Week 2 is so good we talked realignment (and UConn)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 87:07

    Alex, Richard, and Godfrey start out with a discussion of Randy Edsall's UConn departure and which kind of coach might theoretically still want that job. The coaching carousel is (technically) now in motion. Plus, what makes a good expansion candidate in 2021, and how did that inform both the Texas/Oklahoma move and the Big 12's decisions in replacing them? Then some Q&A, including why Army made Georgia State madder than any team in all of Week 1. Subscribe to this podcast's Patreon at splitzoneduo.com. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Week 1: Georgia's beef, Richard eats crow, and the Big Sky reigns

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 5, 2021 46:23

    Alex and Richard run through a whole lot of Week 1 games, from the top of the country to the bottom. We cover everything we found interesting this weekend, except we forgot about Oklahoma and Tulane. Our thoughts on that game are that Oklahoma should have won by more points. This podcast is presented by PrizePicks, and you can subscribe to our Patreon at splitzoneduo.com. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    The whole-hog Week 1 preview, from Charlotte to Berkeley

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 90:59

    Our Week 1 preview show runs through the games that are likely to cause angst no matter who loses, the games that *shouldn't* cause angst to whoever losses, and the games we just think are plain interesting. Split Zone Duo is brought to you this season by PrizePicks, and our Patreon page is at splitzoneduo.com. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Fine, let's talk about this absurd "alliance"

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 66:58

    Your co-hosts Richard Johnson, Steven Godfrey, and Alex Kirshner talk about the Big Ten/ACC/Pac-12 "alliance" plan. We're skeptical about it and think it's a lot heavier on brandspeak than actual solutions for anything, and we explain why. Then, let's talk about the Week 0 games, the future of "Week 0" as an entity, and Bryan Harsin and Nick Rolovich's recent failures. This show's Patreon page is at splitzoneduo.com, and we'd love to have you there. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    The 2021 indy preview and FCS Upset Draft show

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2021 90:29

    We've got a packed house this week, as the Shutdown Fullcast's Jason Kirk joins for a special episode with Godfrey, Richard, and Alex. The group discusses the FBS independents who didn't get their own conference previews, and then moves to the second edition of the FCS UPSET DRAFT, an interactive game in which we (and you, if you want) pick FCS teams to beat FBS opponents this fall. Each game has a point value, and we'll track results throughout the season. We'll have a contest for subscribers to our Patreon (splitzoneduo.com), featuring Homefield shirts for the people with the five highest scores at the end of the season, and we'll post the point values publicly so anyone who wants to can play along. Please get your picks in by the kickoff to Week 0. Thanks for listening. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    The 2021 ACC and AAC preview show

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2021 86:29

    Richard and Alex are joined by their new co-host to finish the preview series with two of the more unwieldly geographic footprints in college sports. They talk about Bobby Bowden's legacy, Clemson's incessant staying power and way more Virginia Tech than you can shake a stick at. They also talk about a lack of obvious AAC coaching movement, what happened to Houston and how much Gus Malzahn might enjoy his time at UCF.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    The 2021 SEC, Big 12, and C-USA preview show

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2021 101:43

    Justin Ferguson, Southern college football luminary and publisher of the Auburn Observer, joins Alex and Richard for a variety pack of 2021 season previews of the SEC, Big 12, and Conference USA. In addition to talking a whole lot of ball, we discussed realignment, Playoff expansion, and why everybody hates Conference USA's television deal so much. Subscribe to our Patreon at splitzoneduo.com, and find the Observer at auburnobserver.com. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    The SEC realignment and 2021 Sun Belt preview show

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2021 75:42

    Steven Godfrey joins Alex Kirshner and Richard Johnson for a two-part show this week. We were going to preview the 2021 season in the SEC and Sun Belt, but … uh … some news came up, so we talked for 40 or so minutes about Oklahoma, Texas, and the forthcoming wave of SEC-driven realignment. Then we previewed the Sun Belt's upcoming season, deciding to punt (Big Ten term) the SEC preview to an episode in the near future. Subscribe to our Patreon at splitzoneduo.com. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    The 2021 Pac 12 and MWC preview show

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2021 66:20

    Steven Godfrey joins an Alex-less show to In-n-Out or Salt and Straw the most pressing questions for our friends on the West Coast including: Is this a Washington hype year, can Arizona State make an off-field circus not matter? What is UCLA? Is Colorado gonna pull off the Wisconsin of the West? Is it UNLV's West to win? And more including an askSZD that dives into just what on earth is going on at Auburn. (And yes, Richard tries to talk you into USC yet again.)See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    The 2021 Big Ten and MAC preview show

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2021 99:34

    Alex Kirshner, Richard Johnson, and Steven Godfrey talk through a series of questions about FBS' two Midwestern conferences, then take a big list of questions. Preview season is upon us, which means football season is about to be upon us, too. If you're interested in subscribing to our Patreon, you can do so at splitzoneduo.com.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    What futures tell you about the CFB season

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2021 82:23

    Yes, the season is approaching way faster than you think. With 7ish weeks left, Alex, Richard, and Steven Godfrey take a look at some of the most intriguing team over/under bets on the board and do a little bit of Baby's First Gambling talk (if you're into that). Plus, answers to a lot of questions. This show's Patreon is at splitzoneduo.com. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Gameday homes, Dak, and Starkville real estate

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2021 42:47

    This episode is an example of the bonus episodes we regularly publish on our Patreon, which you can subscribe to at splitzoneduo.com. Patrons will see another episode going up on their feeds just as they see this one. Maybe you know someone who's spent a weekend at a gameday home –– a property they or a friend bought exclusively for use on college football game weekends. This episode is about the growth of those properties in the SEC –– and in Starkville, Mississippi, in particular –– and how Mississippi State's mid-2010s success has had a tangible impact on the housing supply in the Bulldogs' city. Taylor Shelton is a Georgia State geographer who recently conducted a first-of-its-kind study into the proliferation of gameday homes, how they've boomed in recent years, what they've done to housing markets in cities like Starkville, and what they've changed about how SEC cities use their space. In other words, this is an interview about what football can mean to real estate markets and college towns in the American South. You can find Taylor's study at www.taylorshelton.info, and his Twitter handle is @kyjts. Or you can enroll at Georgia State and get the paid version of all he has to offer. Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.

    How the Supreme Court shut out the NCAA

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2021 64:42

    Mr. Emmert went to Washington and came back with a big fat L. Amateurism isn't dead, but it is most certainly in poor health after a unanimous decision put a chink in the NCAA's largest amateurism armor. Banner Society's Steven Godfrey joins the show to discuss what exactly it means for players being paid, and takes your questions via #ASKSZD.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.

    Michigan, and how we talk about football coaches

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2021 85:56

    Steven Godfrey, Richard Johnson, and Alex Kirshner discuss the story surrounding sexual abuse at Michigan and how Bo Schembechler factors into the conversation. (Content warning: The opening segment of the show includes discussion of sexual abuse and its handling by college administrators and sports fans. It ends at the 31:14 mark of the show.) Much of that segment is about how we, as a college sports industry, build up coaches and then have trouble walking away from their legacies. Then the group discusses the soon-to-expand College Football Playoff, Richard defends the notion of Alabama losing multiple games, and we answer some good questions from listeners.

    The longest dead period is over. Now what?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2021 67:03

    Old friend and 247Sports expert Bud Elliott joins Richard and Alex for a discussion of how the pandemic interrupted recruiting (hint: severely), what it will mean for the sport over the next few years, and how things are operating now that the longest dead period in recruiting history has ended. Plus, answers to audience questions on dormant rivalries, run blocking, "the Baylor offense," the Memphis Tigers, and the CFB road trip everyone should take. To subscribe to this show's Patreon and get bonus episodes and more, visit splitzoneduo.com.

    All the hot Power 5 gossip fit to print

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2021 69:02

    Alex and guest Steven Godfrey go into detail on why a permanent spring FCS season is a bad idea. Then, Godfrey shares anonymous coach gossip on a bunch of unnamed Power 5 schools, and Alex attempts to match the gossip to a school based on the description. Then, answers to questions on how college football treats LGBTQ people, whether Colorado regrets leaving the Big 12 for the Pac-12, how the industry sees HBCU coaching jobs, and what Jim Harbaugh does all day.

    The incredible demise of South Carolina’s president

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2021 62:16

    Steven Godfrey joins the program this week for detailed discussions of three topics: 1) Week 1’s suite of big TV games, 2) the challenges facing new Pac-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff, and 3) the almost literally unbelievable story, featuring previously unreported info, of the downfall of the University of South Carolina’s president.

    What happens in CFB while nothing is happening

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2021 65:28

    May is the most boring month on the college football calendar. Why is it so quiet, and what's happening during this period of relative calm? Steven Godfrey joins the program to explain. Additionally, Alex and Godfrey talk about Presbyterian's hire of famed "never punt/always onside kick" high school coach Kevin Kelley, what it suggests about where the sport is moving, and whether the industry will overreact if non-philosophical factors lead Kelley to struggle in that job. Then a discussion of the two similar yet very different programs in the FCS Championship, plus answers to questions on NIL and Congress, what Mike Gundy's eventual exit might look like, Pat Fitzgerald, public vs. private football programs, and Buffalo's hire of Maurice Linguist.

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