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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 2022 Pac-12 and Mountain West preview show

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2022 82:00

    Alex and Richard take you on an almost entirely realignment-free journey through the Pac-12 and then the Mountain West. Has Utah changed, or has the Pac-12 changed around it? What's fair to ask of USC in Lincoln Riley's first year, and does fairness even matter? Is Utah State primed for another step back after a big year, or not? Is this the year to make judgments about the current state of Boise State? Is Stanford in Trouble with a capital T? Might Arizona overtake ASU even in a bad year? There's a lot more in here, too. Subscribe to our Patreon for more Pac-12 and Mountain West talk this week at splitzoneduo.com. Production: Anthony Vito. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    The 2022 FCS Upset Draft and FBS independents preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 89:25

    Defending FCS Upset Draft champion and Shutdown Fullcast host Jason Kirk joins the podcast to pick FCS winners over FBS opponents for 2022. Then the whole group spends a few minutes running through each of the FBS independents, contemplating questions such as, "Why is Notre Dame interesting and perhaps slightly less villainous these days?" and "How long is Jerry Kill going to hang out at New Mexico State?" Subscribe to our Patreon to participate in the FCS Upset Draft and get lots of bonus shows, at splitzoneduo.com. Production: Anthony Vito. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    The SEC and Sun Belt 2022 preview show

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 89:42

    Godfrey, Richard, and Alex preview FBS' two Southeastern conferences, one after the other. Topics include whether either Georgia or Alabama will take a gap year, if the Texas A&M narrative will change one way or the other, whether there's any team that *can't* finish second in the SEC East, who could finish last in the West, the QBs at Kentucky and Florida, the Sun Belt's new additions, what we will learn about Old Dominion this year, if Louisiana can stay atop the SBC West after Billy Napier and a bunch of key players left, what's going on at Arkansas State, and why some Sun Belt schools in the Gulf may pose an existential threat to each other. And more! Subscribe to our Patreon at splitzoneduo.com. Production: Anthony Vito. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    American indifference and ACC anxieties: Smoke 'em if you got 'em

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 25, 2022 72:07

    Alex is out of office so Godfrey immediately hijacked the conference season preview format to talk about cigarettes and media parties. Let's explore the ever-changing world of the American and calm down – or warn – a group of ACC hopefuls about their 2022 season and beyond. Production: Anthony VitoSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    The Big 12 & C-USA 2022 preview show

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 18, 2022 91:46

    Damn, it's great to be talking about actual college football again. Welcome to Split Zone Duo Relaunch Week! We're officially turning toward the 2022 season, and this week's show is a hefty preview of two conferences: the Big 12 and Conference USA. We're also releasing four Patreon episodes this week at splitzoneduo.com, and we spend the first 26 minutes or so of this episode talking to you about some of what's on tap. Then we move to the Big 12, and then to C-USA. Production: Anthony Vito. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Hugh Freeze and Liberty remain perfect for each other

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2022 72:17

    Hugh Freeze steps in it yet again, and Godfrey, Alex, and Richard explain how it fits into both Liberty's shtick and a years-long personal pattern for the head coach. Then the group talks about the current state of play in realignment, what we're hoping happens next, and a little flap at Minnesota that recently got buried in the news. Subscribe to our Patreon at splitzoneduo.com. Production: Anthony Vito. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    The big SZD midsummer mailbag episode

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 57:44

    Richard, Godfrey, and Alex take your questions on a long list of topics. Which program is the hardest one to get information about? Is Oklahoma State maybe on the verge of something really good? Why doesn't Spurrier have much of a coaching tree, and why are Florida fans already getting impatient with a new coach who was quite explicit about needing time? (Note: We recorded this before he wrote an open letter.) Would it be good for the MWC if Boise had a few down years? Is Bowling Green in win-or-get-fired mode? Why can't a mid-tier P5 like Arizona State take advantage of demography the way a blue-blood like Georgia can? What do we make of a recent booster revolt at Louisville? (The state of Kentucky rocks for college sports mess.) Thanks for listening, and please check out our Patreon for bonus episodes and more at splitzoneduo.com. Production: Anthony Vito. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    The stuff that's interesting in summer recruiting

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 103:17

    Alex and Richard spend 30-some minutes closing up last week's realignment conversation and then diving into summer recruiting in an SZD way. We don't cover the ins and outs of everyday recruiting on this show, but there are several things we wanted to bring to your attention as storylines to keep track of over the next six months. And after that, we've decided to share a Patreon episode that we published in March: a conversation with Nate Tice and Diante Lee (both now of The Athletic) about the coaching industry, being on a staff with your father, and a lot more. We hope you enjoy it and check out more at splitzoneduo.com. Production: Anthony Vito. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    The wonderfully weird 2023 Big 12, good schedules, and bad

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2022 68:57

    Godfrey and Alex pick through some recent college football news. Godfrey explains the incentives at work that will get UCF, Houston, and Cincinnati to the Big 12 a year earlier than expected, and why their 2023 move could lead to an absolute blast of a conference for exactly one season. Then it's time for a round of the hot new game "Good Schedule, Bad Schedule," where Alex and Godfrey pick out three teams whose 2022 schedules are perfect fits for what those programs need right now—and three teams that put themselves in the opposite situation. Subscribe to our Patreon at splitzoneduo.com. Production: Anthony Vito.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    The Year 2 vibe check on a bunch of head coaches

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2022 79:18

    Conventional wisdom says a coach's second year is when we start to get an idea of how he'll do at a school in the long run. Godfrey, Richard, and Alex go through every second-year FBS head coach and sort out how we're feeling about his tenure and future, on a scale from "good" to "holding" to "uh oh." This show also features a quick news roundup at the beginning, including programs launching their own streaming services and Miami's billionaire donor not *actually* losing a bunch of cash. Subscribe to our Patreon at splitzoneduo.com. Production: Anthony Vito. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    SEC office politics, history rhymes, Utah, and Clemson

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2022 52:12

    College football is in a quiet period, but Split Zone Duo continues apace. Richard and Alex talk about a notable Deion Sanders hire, why Bryan Harsin is starting a podcast to compete with ours, the last embers of SabanFisherGate, how the SEC meetings are now covered like a papal conclave, a 30-year history (at least) of the coaching industry being in crisis over the future of the sport, how much longer Kyle Whittingham will coach at Utah, and how many games D.J. Uiagalelei starts at Clemson in 2022. Subscribe to our Patreon at splitzoneduo.com. Production: Anthony Vito. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    What every conference should do about divisions (plus Jimbo and Saban)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2022 65:27

    Godfrey, Richard, and Alex start this episode by picking through the aftermath of the May coaching kerfuffle of the century between Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher. After that: The lifting of a 25-man limit on initial scholarship counters is going to be a big deal for programs at the top of the sport, and we'll see how it affects everyone else. Then, to finish up, let's go FBS league by FBS league and establish what they should do about their divisional formats, now that most of them seem on the verge of changing them. Subscribe to our Patreon at splitzoneduo.com. Production: Anthony Vito. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    The 2022 primetime schedule takes shape

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 61:06

    Richard, Godfrey, and Alex are tired of talking about NIL all the time, but fortunately, this mid-May stretch has brought a kernel of 2022 football business to discuss. ABC's primetime schedule is partially out, and the inner workings of how it was built are interesting. Let's also talk about the XFL establishing itself as the new alternative pro league and some coach news around Dan Mullen, Chad Morris, and the similarly situated Nick Saban. Subscribe to our Patreon at splitzoneduo.com. Production: Anthony Vito.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    CFB's big, fancy meetings and existential crises

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 49:54

    Richard is back from college football's big offseason conference meetings and Fiesta Bowl confab. He explains to Alex what his industry contacts are talking about and wondering about at those meetings, including a breakdown by conference. The NCAA teases a crackdown on name, image, and likeness collectives, but it is fighting with one hand tied behind its back. And Ohio State's athletic director floats an idea that is probably worth all of our attention. Subscribe to our Patreon at splitzoneduo.com. Production: Anthony Vito. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    The Jordan Addison saga + a CFB lens on the draft

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2022 70:02

    Godfrey and Alex talk about some of the most CFB-centric storylines from the NFL Draft, including how the NFL gave an icy reception (in different ways) to college football heroes like Nakobe Dean, Matt Araiza, and Matt Corral. Then, an extended discussion about the ongoing transfer process of Biletnikoff winner Jordan Addison. There are good reasons and bad reasons to be mad about it, and sometimes, they blend. But there's only one clear idea about what should happen next. Subscribe to our Patreon at splitzoneduo.com. Production: Anthony Vito. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Mark Emmert is out, and the draft is a CFB event

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2022 67:15

    Godfrey, Richard, and Alex discuss Mark Emmert's run as the president of the NCAA. In some areas, his failures were systemic and probably inevitable. In others, he made a mess all by himself. It is also NFL Draft week, and the crew talks about some specific college football angles to the NFL's marquee spring event: What do evaluations of the 2022 QBs say about how the NFL sees college offense today? Have people forgotten how to figure out edge rushers? Is the draft now in a permanent feedback loop with the top tier of recruiting? Plus, Boston College simply cannot hang onto an athletic director. Subscribe to our Patreon for many bonus episodes at splitzoneduo.com. Production: Anthony VitoSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    The Big Ten, pay-for-play, Texas Tech, and a lot of QBs

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2022 59:32

    The Big Ten and Fox are poised to deepen their TV partnership. What's that mean for you, the viewer? The adults in the room are doing a lot of hand-wringing about college football economics. Texas Tech is trying a recruiting gimmick that isn't exactly a gimmick, and it might work! Plus, let's classify a whole bunch of 2022's new QBs. Subscribe to our Patreon at splitzoneduo.com. Production: Anthony VitoSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Sark gets mad, O plays a long game, and the USFL plays football?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2022 61:16

    Ed Orgeron visited Notre Dame and told the Irish they'd win a national title. Godfrey explains the long game at play here, which is — we swear — more interesting than you'd think. Steve Sarkisian knocks back a Texas player who commits the grave crime of honesty in public, for reasons that don't seem to serve Sark at all. Plus, welcome to a new spring football league, which has more “name that guy” value in the coaching ranks than the players. Subscribe to our Patreon at splitzoneduo.com. Production: Anthony Vito.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Notre Dame is playing WHOMST? In WHAT?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2022 55:25

    Notre Dame scheduled a game with Tennessee State, which it very much wants you to think of as purely an HBCU rather than also an FCS team. Alex and Richard play a round of “Fantasy Big 12 Commissioner” and pick out this year's spring ball optimism teams. During this episode, we mention an audience survey that we would appreciate you filling out, with an eye toward giving you the episodes you want and making our podcast stronger. The link is here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HB3GR8F. Production: Anthony Vito.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Campbell, Nebraska, and Navy's conference affiliation: The March mega-mailbag

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2022 59:57

    Godfrey and Alex answer listener questions on a handful of topics: Why Matt Campbell and Nebraska make sense for each other, who the Big Ten would seriously consider for expansion and why, the issue with Navy's conference affiliation compared to Air Force's, if it's possible to have long-term coach stability at the elite blue-bloods these days, and why various states' high school landscapes. Plus! Further info on why Florida is playing Eastern Washington. 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.

    Billy Napier and the art of the expectation game

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 16, 2022 71:05

    This show covers three topics in detail. The first (6:23) is about the rush in sports media streaming deals, and how it'll come around to college football in the near, near future. The second (35:30) is about Billy Napier, the first-year Florida coach who is mastering the art of "not saying that much before you have a lot to say." And the third (58:10) is Godfrey, unleashing a new theory on the world about the future of vacated wins as an NCAA punishment. 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.

    The Combine, LSU, and a new way to talk about ageism in coaching

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 9, 2022 56:36

    A content note: Our discussion of LSU, running from about the 21:25 to 36:48 mark of this episode, includes discussion of allegations of sexual misconduct. In this episode, Richard talks about the evolving experience of the NFL Combine, which we consider to be a joint college football/NFL venture. Godfrey explains how LSU's disjointed coaching search and a new allegation against an assistant amount to a series of related errors. Alex posits a theory about ageism in coaching hires, in response to a rousing round of, "Is this FBS head coach older than Steven Godfrey?" 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.

    College football's bad mess and good mess

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 2, 2022 62:42

    Hue Jackson and Grambling's attempt to hire Art Briles was a series of unforced errors that revealed a lot about what coaches and administrators think they can get away with. That segment, which begins the episode and runs until 30:25 on your timer (though it may vary slightly by podcast app), includes a brief discussion Briles' oversight of Baylor during its sexual violence scandal in the 2010s. Alex and Godfrey also go through the very public fight between the Sun Belt and Conference USA, and why college football's attendance crisis is not really an attendance crisis. 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.

    SZD is not expanding at this time (plus Big 12/C-USA)

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 22, 2022 59:05

    The College Football Playoff says it won't expand during its current TV deal. Alex and Richard talk about why that is, what it is that different conferences might be trying to gain, and where we're going from here. Then it's time to wrap up the conference review season with the Big 12 and Conference USA. 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 Auburn saga concludes (for now) plus ACC and AAC reviews

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 14, 2022 94:36

    Godfrey, Richard, and Alex discuss the end — or maybe more of a pause — of hostilities at Auburn. What was surprising about it, and what wasn't? Plus a quick Sun Belt realignment talk before we get into detailed conference reviews for the ACC and AAC. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Auburn goes south, and we go west

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 8, 2022 75:25

    The Pac-12 and Mountain West conference review episode starts with a discussion of how Bryan Harsin's tenure at Auburn went wrong, and why it's likely about to be over. Subscribe to our Patreon to hear the full Auburn bonus episode 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.

    Caleb, Harbaugh, and Big Ten/MAC 2021 reviews

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 1, 2022 83:35

    Welcome to the conference review episode for the 2021 Big Ten and MAC. That covers most of the show, but Godfrey, Richard, and Alex spend the first 25 minutes talking about Jim Harbaugh and the NFL, what Caleb Williams signifies about USC's return to business as it used to done, and a lovely change to the Week 1 schedule. 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 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.

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