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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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    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.

    The Grapes of CFB's Wrath

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2021 93:02

    Alex Kirshner, Richard Johnson, and Steven Godfrey discuss the 2020 census and how certain population shifts might affect college football in the long run, as has happened several times before. Plus a segment about Kansas' pick of Lance Leipold over Jeff Monken, why it happened, and what Buffalo should do next. Then answers to audience questions on TV deals, Maryland, Scot Loeffler, and what happens to Bama's booster culture whenever Nick Saban leaves.

    An NFL Draft preview for the college football fan

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2021 88:10

    Our friend Charles McDonald of USA TODAY and For The Win joins the show this week. If you haven’t followed the NFL Draft news cycle closely, or if you have, we hope you’ll like a college-oriented look at the players making up this year’s class. Plus answers to questions on the future of the draft, what Josh Allen’s pro success says about player evaluation, and how NFL facilities differ from college ones.

    The college football Super League

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2021 76:55

    Richard and Alex explain how the same undercurrents that fueled a few European soccer clubs’ breakaway gambit might show up in college football realignment in the next few years. (There are a lot of similarities, and we’re not just speculating.) The FCS playoffs are starting, and for a change, North Dakota State is probably going to lose. Plus answers to audience questions on Kirk Ferentz, Georgia State, potential rules changes, and the true cost of a football scholarship.

    It’s April. Let’s talk Week 1 and THE NOLES

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2021 68:48

    Alex and Banner Society’s Steven Godfrey talk in detail about Mike Norvell’s project at Florida State, how the Noles are currently perceived in the coaching industry, and what needs to change for the program to get back to its mid-2010s stature. Then, a game where we match up vulnerable P5 teams against punchy G5 teams and pick some Week 1 results way ahead of time. Then: some of your questions, answered. Split Zone Duo’s Patreon is at splitzoneduo.com.

    Barry Alvarez and the end of the AD-coach

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2021 71:53

    Banner Society’s Steven Godfrey joins Alex and Richard for a chat about the career of retiring Wisconsin AD (and former coach) Barry Alvarez: His impact on Wisconsin and why there won’t be many more administrators or coaches like him. Then, the group assesses how much #sources are willing to forgive about the 2020 seasons of Baylor, USF, Michigan State, New Mexico, Wazzu, Penn State, LSU, Houston, Rice, and FAU. Finally, answers to Patron questions on Baylor’s 2021 offense, USC’s outlook, and the jostling between the Sun Belt and Conference USA. This podcast’s new Patreon, with bonus episodes and more, is at splitzoneduo.com.

    The state of the HBCUs, with Steven Gaither

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2021 57:10

    This is a special episode to mark the launch of our Patreon page (splitzoneduo.com) where we'll place bonus episodes at least twice a month, as well as offer other perks related to the show. HBCU Gameday founder and reporter Steven Gaither joins Richard for a talk about Deion Sanders, Jackson State, and the Black college football landscape more broadly.

    TEXAS TRIVIA with SZD, Fullcast, and Bomani Jones

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2021 48:11

    Listeners of the Shutdown Fullcast and Split Zone Duo raised more than $15,000 for Texas mutual aid organizations charities during February's ice storms. To celebrate, here's a crossover episode in which a Texas expert of great repute quizzes the two shows' hosts and featured guests on important Texan facts.

    Vanderbilt: the Fresno of the South?

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 23, 2021 69:58

    Banner Society reporter Steven Godfrey joins Richard Johnson and Alex Kirshner for in-depth check-ins on the Kansas AD and coach searches (they're different things), Vanderbilt's new administration under Clark Lea, Fresno State's chances at a big jump in 2021, and how the transfer market and conversations about "experience" will look different going forward.

    How the American explains America

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2021 57:57

    The Nebraska-Oklahoma kerfuffle is the perfect offseason CFB story, but does it also say anything about how business is done in the sport today? Plus, Nebraska, USC, Miami, Mississippi State, Maryland, and Syracuse all make scheduling mistakes. And to finish, an extended discussion of Mike Aresco’s comments about the Group of 5 and what *really* has to happen for the AAC to get a fair shake in the Playoff landscape. Our promo code for 20% off your first order at Homefield Apparel is SZD.

    The mess at LSU and Kansas

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 9, 2021 61:28

    Alex, Richard, and Banner Society's Steven Godfrey talk about the disgraceful mismanagement of Les Miles at two universities, LSU and Kansas. Then, a discussion of what Kansas does next and Texas's mental gymnastics in hanging onto "The Eyes of Texas."

    The ides of Texas

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 3, 2021 73:23

    Wait until you find out which extremely dislikable coach has to play North Dakota State one week after the Bison lost their 39-game winning streak. Plus, an extended conversation about Longhorns boosters' racist backing of "The Eyes of Texas," how long it might take UT to get out of this self-made mess, and some answers to listener questions.

    Gus to Disney + the big FCS spring preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 17, 2021 79:06

    Richard, Alex, and Banner Society’s Steven Godfrey talk through UCF’s hire of Gus Malzahn: Why UCF might’ve done it, how the fit looks, and why 2021 might be a reset year. Then, a big-picture preview of the FCS season. What’s good, what’s weird, and what won’t matter about the spring season? And by how many points will North Dakota State win the national title game? Then we answer some questions.

    How players get paid

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 10, 2021 83:12

    Banner Society’s Steven Godfrey joins the show to talk recruiting nuts and bolts, from McDonald’s bags to poker chips. Why the transition away from signing high school recruits toward taking more transfers? How do players actually get paid? Plus other detailed discussions on coaches hopping between the NFL and CFB, what makes a “good recruiter,” and which Texan FCS school could win an FBS conference championship first.

    It’s in the game

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 2, 2021 81:30

    Yes, college football video games are coming back. Here’s how it’ll work, what still needs to happen, and what an eventual EA Sports College Football game might look like. Plus, we answer a bunch of your #AskSZD questions with guest Steven Godfrey. Topics include: the best job in college football, impending FBS/FCS realignment, why the Saints hate LSU, what a Kirby Smart hot seat looks like, and what the next Pac-12 commissioner needs to do to get the house in order.

    Tennessee settles on the Heupe train, and 5 more conference REviews

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 28, 2021 81:54

    Alex and Richard are joined by Banner Society's Steven Godfrey to talk about the Vols hiring a coach. While Josh Heupel got the gig, it's not for lack of trying on Danny White's part to get other guys. Also, we finish conference reviews including: the Big 12's soft center, and what the hell the Sun Belt can do to overtake the AAC.

    Tennessee and 5 FBS conferences, reviewed

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2021 85:41

    Richard and Alex go in depth on Tennessee’s expedient dismissal of Jeremy Pruitt, which feels like a deeply cynical move. Then, season reviews for five FBS conferences: the ACC, Conference USA, the Pac-12, the Mountain West, and the MAC.

    Contextualizing Saban’s Alabama

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2021 36:18

    A dive into how Bama took Ohio State to the woodshed, a discussion of the 2020 Tide’s place in history, how the program’s 2017 recruiting class helped change college football, and how Nick Saban has set himself even further apart. (Sorry, Bear.)

    Championship preview! Coach carousel reboot!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 8, 2021 73:27

    Alex, Richard, and Banner Society’s Steven Godfrey preview the Playoff National Championship between Ohio State and Alabama, and plot out what Ohio State needs to do to pull an upset. Then: What is Marshall doing? (It’s incredibly West Virginia.) Dan Mullen to the Jets? Bad idea. Urban Meyer to the Jaguars. Also a bad idea. Plus, let’s read some anonymous DMs from coaches.

    Texas's Tom Herman-Steve Sarkisian swap

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2021 51:47

    Alex, Richard, and Banner Society's Steven Godfrey go over Texas's decision to fire Tom Herman and immediately replace him with Steve Sarkisian. Why now? (Spoiler: There's still a lot we don't know.) Why Sarkisian? And why might he do better at Texas than he did at USC? Plus a quick discussion of Alabama-Notre Dame and a longer talk about how Ohio State mashed Clemson to punch a ticket to the title game.

    The Playoff preview, Notre Dame, and coach carousel

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2020 83:15

    Steven Godfrey, Richard Johnson, and Alex Kirshner preview the College Football Playoff semifinals and have an extended discussion about Notre Dame's place in the sport in 2020. Then, a dive into Auburn's hire of Bryan Harsin and the strong power move made by athletic director Allen Greene, trying (and failing) to figure out a good reason for Arizona's Jedd Fisch hire, and evaluating whether ULM should continue trying to play FBS football after hiring Terry Bowden. Finally: Answering some audience questions on defensive scheming, Pitt's future, the effect of coming transfer rules, and why expanded conference schedules aren't here to stay.

    More Auburn search + plus blind bowl watchability

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2020 68:45

    Banner Society's Steven Godfrey joins the show to talk about the wild coaching search that's unfolded at Auburn, and what it says about how business is done in college football today. Which "warring factions" make these decisions, and where will Auburn end up? Let's go behind the curtain, and then rank bowl games on a scale from "watchable" to "not watchable."

    The Playoff committee's crime against the G5

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2020 38:26

    The 2020 Playoff might be the starkest example yet of the selection committee's outright dismissal of teams from outside the Power 5. This is a reaction show to the unveiling of the New Year's Six, including quick thoughts on the games, who got screwed worst, and who has the most to gain and lose over the next three weeks.

    Auburn speeds up the 2020 coach carousel

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2020 97:37

    Banner Society reporter Steven Godfrey joins Alex and Richard for a long talk about coaching situations at: Auburn, Auburn, Auburn, Virginia Tech, Arizona, Illinois, Vanderbilt, Troy, ULM, Tennessee, Michigan, and Auburn. Plus: Is coaching a meritocracy? And quick breakdowns of the conference championship games.

    Swamp: Drained

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2020 45:47

    A 30-ish-minute run through the weekend in CFB. Florida had a lot of chances not to lose to LSU because a guy threw a shoe. College football in LA might be back. You don’t have to pretend this Army-Navy Game was good. Georgia’s offense might have it figured out at long last. UNC’s definitely has. Western Michigan almost produced the wildest ending in decades. Kevin Sumlin left Arizona no choice, and now keep an eye on San Jose State’s and Nevada’s coaches. Butch Jones makes sense at Arkansas State. Georgia Tech is really taking a while, and 2021 will be a #FireGus year at Auburn.

    How every Playoff contender can lose

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2020 90:53

    Pro Football Focus’s Seth Galina joins the show and talks in depth about the strengths and weaknesses of every team left in the Playoff discussion (plus Cincinnati, which should be). Why Texas is only Texas because they say they’re Texas, and a deeper dive into Coastal Carolina’s unique spin on the triple option.

    College football runs through Myrtle Beach

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2020 42:48

    Alex, Richard, and Banner Society’s Steven Godfrey go in depth on that awesome BYU-Coastal game, then go through the rest of the weekend in college football. Discussions include Texas A&M, Bo Nix, Florida’s run game, Mizzou, LSU’s epic fall from grace, DeVonta Smith, Justin Fuente, Clemson’s defense, Scott Satterfield’s incredible botching of his situation, Wisconsin’s brutal offense, Texas Tech’s brutal everything, Colorado, the South Alabama coaching job that should open soon, FAU’s misery, and how Bowling Green might really be FBS’ worst team.

    Let’s talk pools, pipelines, and minority coaches

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2020 87:30

    Banner Society’s Steven Godfrey joins Richard and Alex to talk about the coaching industry: the reported new hire at Southern Miss, the new opening at Vanderbilt, and a long discussion about how preconceptions about the hiring pool systemically harm coaches of color. Then, an exploration of UTSA’s exciting turnaround and why the Roadrunners are a model for other programs to emulate. Plus a testing menu for the weekend.

    Notre Dame passes a test (and more!)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2020 42:26


    Richard and Alex chat with Banner Society’s Steven Godfrey about college football’s Diet Rivalry Week. Why Notre Dame isn’t just winning games, and how the Irish flexed their muscles against UNC. How Alabama outclassed Auburn. Why the Egg Bowl won’t change much. What’s different about 2020 Iowa State. Sarah Fuller made history *and* did her job. Oregon State is building the right way. Buffalo is a blast. Bowling Green and UMass very much are not. And *it* finally happened to Northwestern.


    College football's utterly hateful week

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2020 82:28

    Banner Society's Steven Godfrey joins Alex and Richard for a discussion about the Egg Bowl and its many political implications. The group discusses the Iron Bowl and can't land on whether Alabama will destroy Auburn or the Tigers will make it messy. (Could be both!) Then: detailed breakdowns of a week of media sniping between BYU/Washington and Clemson/FSU, some Q&A, and a tasting menu for the weekend. Happy Thanksgiving.

    BONUS: Behind our book, ‘The Sinful Seven’

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2020 96:54

    Alex, Richard, and their three co-creators of “The Sinful Seven: Sci-Fi Western Legends of the NCAA” (Spencer Hall, Jason Kirk, and Tyson Whiting) take questions from readers and talk about self-publishing a college football book in three months, as well as what they learned about CFB history. (Bear Bryant comes up a lot.) You can buy the ebook at sinfulseven.com for $1 or whatever you want to pay, with 20% of the profits going to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund through the end of the year. Available for any e-reader.

    What is the opposite of Bedlam?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2020 41:21

    It's about time for Oklahoma State to fire Mike Gundy, per Alex Kirshner. From here on out, teams have to play their way into this podcast. In this 30ish-minute sprint through the weekend, SZD covers Indiana, Ohio State, Northwestern, Cincinnati, Auburn, Rutgers, Georgia, Mississippi State, the FSU/Clemson cancelation debacle, "Bedlam," USC, Nevada, Kent State, and uh what is Virginia Tech doing?

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