The Andy Staples Show & Friends: A show about college football

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Andy Staples breaks down the beautiful mess that is college football with his friends from The Athletic's loaded college football staff. He'll celebrate the walk-ons, break down all the fat guy TDs and freak out every time a coach punts on fourth-and-1 from the opponent's 45.

Episode Date
It's time to ditch divisions in college football
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"Divisions are worthless and needed to be gone yesterday." It's time to ditch divisions and Andy and Scott Dochterman propose why and how these cumbersome groupings should be phased out and replaced. The pair take a look back at the origins of divisions and discuss how rivalries will remain intact. Plus, our favorite rivalry trophies and a suggestion for a new one. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Scott on Twitter: @ScottDochterman Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theahthletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 27, 2022
Stars Matter: Arch Manning's recruitment, Max Brown commits to Florida + Nebraska and Texas' failure with Max Olson
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Ari Wasserman and Mitch Light are joined by The Athletic's Max Olson to discuss five-star QB Arch Manning's recruitment. Which programs are in the race to sign the next QB from the Manning tree? Florida gets a commitment from QB Max Brown. Nebraska seems to recruit well but it's not translating to success on the field. Why? Plus, how Texas A&M jumped in-state rival Texas in the 'cool program' rankings and what the Longhorns need to do to catch up. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 27, 2022
Is Caleb Williams to Wisconsin real or fantasy + best/worst actors to play Andy & Ari
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"I've never met a cheese I don't like." - Ari Wasserman. Can this be Andy Staples Show's mantra for the off-season? This is a gouda episode that runs the gamut from making cash money as an author of children's books to Wisconsin being a contender to land Caleb Williams. Which is more fantastical, Ari being a children's book writer or Williams being a Badger? The guys' conversation about both subjects may leave you more convinced about one over the other. Is Kevin James as Sean Payton one of the worst, if not the worst, casting decisions ever? Andy and Ari react to actors who could portray them effectively and...well...those not so much. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 26, 2022
Is Caleb Williams overhyped? SEC-only playoff & more Dear Andy questions
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In a new edition of 'Dear Andy', Andy answers your question that run the gamut from will the ACC and Jim Phillips relent on obstructing playoff expansion to what is the nature/spirit of Dr. Pepper's Fansville fans? Plus, for all the coverage and attention that he receives, is Caleb Williams overhyped, and why not host an SEC-only playoff? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 24, 2022
Is now Jim Harbaugh's best time to leave Michigan for the NFL? w/ Nick Baumgardner
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The rumor mill is churning at full speed in lieu of reports about Jim Harbaugh potentially returning to the NFL ranks. Andy and The Athletic's senior writer and Detroit sports expert...Detroit-pert?...Nick Baumgardner predict which path Harbaugh will take. Why would he stay at Michigan, go to the NFL? Is now the ideal time for him to leave for the Raiders? Would any other NFL team consider hiring him?  Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Nick on Twitter: @nickbaumgardner Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 20, 2022
Stars Matter: Ranking the 10 best recruiting head coaches
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Mitch and Ari have some "toasty takes" when ranking the 10 best recruiting head coaches in the county. Is anyone better than Nick Saban? Does Kirby Smart have a case for #1? How high is Mack Brown ranked? Did Dabo Swinney make the cut? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 20, 2022
Pre-taping CFB news: SEC lands Notre Dame?! Saban back to the Dolphins & more unpredictable headlines
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The college football world is constantly changing, and news breaks, seemingly, every second. So with Andy leaving for vacation, we had to cover our bases. Andy, Max, and Sam pre-tape the news Tom Brokaw-SNL style! Reacting to some of the craziest, unpredictable, and senseless headlines they may have missed while Andy was away. Some chyron fodder includes Notre Dame moving to the SEC, Nick Saban returning to the Dolphins, and more! Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Max on Twitter: @maxolson Follow Sam on Twitter: @skhanjr Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 19, 2022
Big Interview: Michigan State head coach Mel Tucker
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Michigan State was one of college football's best stories last season. Andy welcomes Spartans head coach Mel Tucker to the podcast to discuss how his program is cultivating talent, and what he and his players learned from the 2020 season that lent itself to a successful 2021. The duo also converse about the lasting memory of the late Trevor Moawad, and how his lessons influenced, not only the Spartan football team, but Andy and Mel as well. Pre-order 'Getting to Neutral How to Conquer Negativity and Thrive in a Chaotic World': https://bit.ly/3fxECPL Check out 'It Takes What It Takes: How to Think Neutrally and Gain Control of Your Life': https://bit.ly/3KgzhKU Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Mel on Twitter: @Coach_mtucker Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 17, 2022
Program rankings & our favorite college football moments of 2021!
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Andy and Ari are back together again, and this time, the guys saddle up to rank college football programs. After faltering in the national title game, is Alabama still the top program in the country, or has Georgia assumed that mantle? Who ranks third? Where does Michigan fall on this list after having a breakthrough season? What about conference champions like Oklahoma State? Plus, the guys share their favorite moments and games from the 2021 season. Also, what would you do with, like, a bajillion dollars? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 14, 2022
One True Pod: Sonny Dykes joins the show!
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Sam, Max and Jason are joined by new TCU head coach Sonny Dykes to discuss his vision for the Horned Frogs program, new staff hires and roster overview. Plus, the guys dive into Stew Mandel's early 2022 top 25. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 13, 2022
Stars Matter: How to balance recruiting across college football
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Mitch and Ari discuss Georgia (#2 in 247Sports Team Talent Composite) beating Alabama (#1), and why stars, in fact, still matter. Plus, Kevin Coleman commits to Jackson State; what does this mean for the FCS? Mario Cristobal can change recruiting in the state of Florida. And, Ari answers mailbag questions! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 12, 2022
State of the college football transfer portal
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Excitement, drama, and a litany of emotions are swirling around college football's transfer portal. Andy and Max deliver a state of the transfer portal on today's pod. Fans anxiously await news from the sport's top talent of where they'll come home to roost next, including Caleb Williams, Jaxon Dart, and Jahleel Billingsley, among others, which the guys discuss. Plus, navigating the transfer portal as a head coach, and could the Pac-12 and West Coast schools see a major uptick in talent? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Max on Twitter: @maxolson Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 12, 2022
Power Auer: Title game takeaways + playoff expansion update
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Nicole Auerbach and Michael Felder put a bow on the 2021 college football season after Georgia was crowned National Champions. Did Alabama let the game slip away? Kirby Smart finally out coached his former boss. Does this result give the rest of the sport hope that they could ultimately win a title? Nicole also has an update on college football playoff expansion after covering meetings all weekend between the sports power brokers. Plus, the final last call of the season! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 12, 2022
Georgia ends title drought, overcomes Alabama to win National Championship
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The Georgia Bulldogs snapped their 40-plus-year absence from the record books and chiseled their name into college football lore after defeating Alabama in the CFP National Championship, 33-18. Andy and David Ubben provide their instant reaction to Monday's incredible showdown. What does this win mean for Georgia and Kirby Smart? Could UGA relegate Stetson Bennett to the bench next year? Did this win place a greater focus on the transfer portal and talent retention? Plus, was this the craziest year in college football history? Thank you all for an incredible season! We wouldn't be where we are without you all, and your support never goes unnoticed. Now, onto a crazy offseason! Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow David on Twitter: @davidubben Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 11, 2022
National Championship Preview + Prop Bets!
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Alabama and Georgia, college football's crème de la crème, will take center stage Monday night and collide to decide who will be named the national champion. But before then, Andy and Ari talk...Lady Gaga? Yes! Lady Gaga DMs, prop bets (which includes a smiling-Nick Saban money line), and a national title preview, brimming with insight and expert opinion, are just a few areas Andy and Ari canvass to help prep you for Monday! Check out The Andy Staples Show on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbhfrD1COvG40Mk7vvgaHIQ Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 07, 2022
One True Pod: Baylor and Oklahoma State finish great seasons with NY6 wins
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On today's episode of One True Pod, Max, Jason and Sam ring in the new year by celebrating Baylor and Oklahoma State's NY6 wins. Plus, will Caleb Williams actually transfer from Oklahoma? And, The Athletic's Justin Williams joins the show to recap Cincinnati's 2021 and their future in the Big 12. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 06, 2022
Stars Matter: Is Clemson's recruiting in trouble?
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Mitch and Ari are joined by The Athletic's Grace Raynor to dive into Clemson's recent on-the-field issues and recruiting slide. Can Clemson afford to have a recruiting class outside the top 5? Will Dabo loosen his transfer rules? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 05, 2022
Top NFL talent playing in National Championship & which CFB star will go No. 1 overall w/ Dane Brugler
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The National Championship is an exhibition of premiere NFL talent. Dane Brugler, The Athletic's NFL Draft guru, joins Andy in inspecting the top NFL prospects in this year's title game. Plus, Dane shares his insights into which quarterback will be taken first in this year's draft as well as who will go No. 1 overall. Also, is there a chance a center is taken in the top-10?! Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Dane on Twitter: @dpbrugler Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 05, 2022
Power Auer: Can Kirby Smart finally beat Nick Saban?
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Nicole Auerbach and Michael Felder hit on the hottest topics in the sport of college football. We've already seen this title game once this season, do fans want to see it again? Felder dives into how Nick Saban is prepping once again to face his former assistant Kirby Smart. Will he always have his number or is now finally the time for the student to beat the teacher Oklahoma QB Caleb Williams announced he is looking to potentially leave the Sooners program but left the door open to returning for the 2022 season. Can new OU HC Brent Venables keep him around? Plus, flavor of the week and last call! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 04, 2022
Caleb Williams enters transfer portal; where could he land next?
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Andy and Max Olson react to Oklahoma QB Caleb Williams announcing his intention to enter the transfer portal. Where could the five-star signal-caller wind up? The guys canvass the CFB landscape and list potential landing spots. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Max on Twitter: @maxolson Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 03, 2022
Football & Grits: All-SEC National Championship + bowl season recap
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Alabama and Georgia will meet for the second time in just more than in a month to decide the National Championship. David Ubben and Andy Staples discuss how Georgia can come up with a gameplan to give Bama a better game than they did in December. Are non-SEC fans interested in the matchup? LSU will play in the Texas Bowl on Tuesday night vs. Kansas State to wrap up the rest of SEC bowl season. Arkansas flexed on Penn State in the Outback Bowl. There was a nervous moment for Ole MIss QB Matt Corral in the Sugar Bowl. Plus, more reaction and David's travel nightmare. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 03, 2022
Room temperature takes on Bowl Season
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Andy Staples and Max Olson give their room temperature takes on all of the hot topics coming out of bowl season including player opt outs, Kirk Herbstreit's viral comments on college gameday, a playoff expansion bracket and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 03, 2022
CFP Semifinal Reaction & stars mattered in Cotton, Orange Bowl
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Happy New Year! Andy and Ari wave both goodbye to 2021, and hello to 2022, by reacting to the CFP semifinals! Was it even necessary for Alabama to throw a pass versus Cincinnati? Georgia did what they do best against Michigan, but will it be enough to challenge Alabama? Plus, Ari takes a victory lap as the stars prevailed. The guys also dive into some bowl results and discourse about overpaying coaches, much like what's happening at Auburn. Also, is Brent Venables the key to a national championship for Oklahoma? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 01, 2022
One True Pod: Bob Stoops comes back with a win
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Sam, Jason and Max recap Oklahoma's win against Oregon in the Alamo Bowl and how cool it was to see Bob Stoops coach again. Plus, Cale Gundy's play-calling and Kennedy Brooks' performance. And, can Iowa State stay at their current competitive level, or will they fall? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 30, 2021
Stars Matter: How recruiting rankings actually work, Texas A&M’s surge & fruit talk
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Mitch and Ari start out discussing just how recruiting rankings work, and how each class is scored. Then, the guys ask whether other top programs will follow Texas A&M’s NIL strategy. And, is Michigan closing the gap on Ohio State? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 29, 2021
CFP Semifinal Preview Bonanza!
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Andy invites The Athletic's erudite beat writers covering the College Football Playoff semifinal contests on today's show to preview New Year's Eve's biggest matchups! Alabama's scribe, Aaron Suttles, confabs with Andy about which Crimson Tide team fans can expect on Friday. Also, how will 'Bama's offense handle Cincinnati's nettlesome defense (1:00)? Scrivener for the Cincinnati Bearcats, Justin Williams, shares what factor could lead Desmond Ridder and co. to a Cotton Bowl victory, and a berth to the National Championship (18:45). Austin Meek, Michigan's wordsmith, then joins to highlight which Wolverines playmakers could cause Georgia's defense fits (33:30). Lastly, Seth Emerson answers where the Bulldogs are at mentally after Alabama throttled them in the SEC Championship game. Also, will Georgia's offense open up their playbook against Michigan (46:45)? Check out The Andy Staples Show on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbhfrD1COvG40Mk7vvgaHIQ Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Aaron on Twitter: @AaronSuttles Follow Justin on Twitter: @Williams_Justin Follow Austin on Twitter: @byAustinMeek Follow Seth on Twitter: @SethWEmerson Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for 12 months by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 29, 2021
Power Auer: CFB Playoff cheat sheet
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It's been 21 days since the college football playoff field was announced. Nicole Auerbach and Michael Felder get you back in the mood for big-time college football. First, a quick update on the Orange Bowl and Cotton Bowl COVID policies. The semi-finals will not be rescheduled if a team can't play and that team will have to forfeit. All four teams are currently on site and prepping for Friday's games. Alabama vs. Cincinnati is David vs. Goliath. Georgia vs. Michigan feels like a coaching chess match. Will Jim Harbaugh or Kirby Smart have a better gameplan? Fans give feedback on how they will be balancing the games with New Year's eve plans. Plus, flavor of the week and last call! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 28, 2021
Fixing bowl opt-outs, YouTube-Disney dispute & more Dear Andy questions!
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In a new edition of 'Dear Andy': In the future, can we expect teams with winning records to decline bowl invites because of opt-outs? Andy poses a solution that may remedy opt-out issues. Will Texas and Oklahoma soon be home to top-tier defensive prospects now that they're transitioning to the SEC? Plus, who folded first, YouTube or Disney? Andy discusses the future of streaming and sports consumption. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for 12 months when you visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 27, 2021
College Football Bowl Preview Pt. 2
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Andy and Ari pick up where they left off in last week's bowl predictions by previewing the most exciting postseason bouts! The guys react to college football's 'thiccest' trophy awarded to the victor of the Birmingham Bowl - will Houston or Auburn have the privilege of taking home Vulcan's buns of...whatever material it's made of? Chip Kelly is OK at UCLA, right? It wouldn't hurt his cause if he and his Bruins silenced N.C. State. This year's Cheez-It Bowl feels much different than in years past, just ask Dabo Swinney. On the topic of change, Oregon-Oklahoma's Alamo Bowl date is vastly different from what fans expected in September. Is Andy going in on Pittsburgh again?! And, Andy and Ari lay the groundwork for the A.S.S. Bowl. Merry Christmas from all of us at The Andy Staples Show! Check us out on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbhfrD1COvG40Mk7vvgaHIQ Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Starting Saturday, December 25th at 7 pm ET - visit theathletic.com/andystaples to sign up for The Athletic for just $2/month for 12 months! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 24, 2021
One True Pod: Big 12 bowl preview + Festivus airing of grievances
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Max, Jason and Sam get you caught up on this week's Big 12 news. Plus, a full Big 12 bowl preview and picks! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 22, 2021
Feeding America charity drive: 24-hour fast; chain restaurant rankings & recruiting innovation
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In a special edition of The Andy Staples Show, Andy and Ari host a charity drive in support of Feeding America! To raise awareness, the guys fasted for 24 hours and in their last remaining hour recorded this show. The pair of hungry podcasters kibbitz about burping kids, recruiting careers Ari has his eyes set on, and, of course, food. If you'd like to join us in supporting Feeding America, donate here: https://teamfeed.feedingamerica.org/participant/9187 Checkout Andy Staples on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbhfrD1COvG40Mk7vvgaHIQ Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 22, 2021
Power Auer: Intriguing 2022 prospects, Pac-12 FB alumni council & bowl game storylines
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Nicole Auerbach and Michael Felder give their takes on the latest stories in college football. Who are the most intriguing prospects in the 2022 class? The Pac-12 creates a new football alumni council which is the first of its kind. Will it help the league? Plus, bowl game storylines, flavor of the week and last call! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 21, 2021
SEC bowl preview + Bo Nix transfers to Oregon
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David Ubben and Andy Staples discuss the latest news in the SEC including Bo Nix's transfer to Oregon and Texas A&M's recruiting class. Plus, SEC bowl preview and picks!  Mizzou vs. Army in the Armed Forces Bowl  Florida vs. UCF in the Gasparilla Bowl  Auburn vs. Houston in the Birmingham Bowl  Mississippi State vs. Texas Tech in the Liberty Bowl  South Carolina vs. North Carolina in the Duke's Mayo Bowl  Tennessee vs. Purdue in the Music City Bowl  Wake Forest vs. Texas A&M in the Gator Bowl  Arkansas vs. Penn State in the Outback Bowl  Kentucky vs. Iowa in the Citrus Bowl  Ole Miss vs. Baylor in the Sugar Bowl  LSU vs. Kansas State in the Texas Bowl  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 20, 2021
Will Urban Meyer land another CFB job? + Bowl Preview Pt. 1
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The Urban Meyer era in Jacksonville came to an abrupt, but predictable, end on Thursday morning - Andy and Ari react to Meyer's termination and contemplate whether he'll return to the college ranks. Was Meyer's tenure with the Jaguars so absurd and unpalatable that his whole career is "nuked"? If he were to land back in with a collegiate program, where would it be? The guys also chat about the shifting dynamics between college coaches and players with the latest Signing Period in mind. Should college coaches approach coaching much like NFL helmsmen do? Plus, the latest big-named quarterback hits the transfer portal and finds a new home, and a look ahead to pre-Christmas bowl games. Andy and Ari Wasserman have launched this year's fundraising drive. They'll be fasting for 24 consecutive hours one day next week, and they're asking for pledges to help Feeding America. Donate here: https://teamfeed.feedingamerica.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=9187 Check out The Andy Staples Show on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbhfrD1COvG40Mk7vvgaHIQ Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 17, 2021
One True Pod: Special guest - Texas Tech head coach Joey McGuire
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On this week's episode of One True Pod, Texas Tech head coach Joey McGuire joins the show to discuss the Red Raiders' 2022 recruiting class, the first few weeks on the job in Lubbock and shares a few stories from his time at Cedar Hill High School. Plus, Sam, Jason and Max react to Steve Sarkisian's big signing day and Quinn Ewers. And, Jason dives into how Brent Venables was able to salvage the Sooners recruiting class.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 16, 2021
Texas A&M HC Jimbo Fisher on National Signing Day
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Andy welcomes Texas A&M Heach Coach Jimbo Fisher to the show to discuss the #1 recruiting class in the country. Andy and Ari Wasserman have launched this year's fundraising drive. They'll be fasting for 24 consecutive hours one day next week, and they're asking for pledges to help Feeding America. Donate here: https://teamfeed.feedingamerica.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=9187 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 16, 2021
Oklahoma HC Brent Venables on National Signing Day
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Andy welcomes Oklahoma Head Coach Brent Venables to the show! The new Sooners coach talks about his first recruiting class, his philosophy compared to his former boss Dabo Swinney and how he managed to land this class after only a few weeks on the job. Andy and Ari Wasserman have launched this year's fundraising drive. They'll be fasting for 24 consecutive hours one day next week, and they're asking for pledges to help Feeding America. Donate here: https://teamfeed.feedingamerica.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=9187 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 16, 2021
Stars Matter: Early Signing Day recap
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Mitch and Ari are joined by Andy Staples to recap a wild Early Signing Day. Travis Hunter spurns FSU for Jackson State. Kiyaunta Goodwin makes a dramatic announcement. Will Texas A&M hang on to the #1 class? Billy Napier's big day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 16, 2021
National Signing Day Preview
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With National Signing Day in sight, Andy and Ari posit their insights ahead of a frenzied Wednesday. Should recruiting rankings also reflect programs that hit it big in the transfer portal? After losing both its DC and OC, are Clemson and Dabo Swinney on the cusp of not being a perennial power? Jimbo Fisher has transformed recruiting at Texas A&M, and this class should silence his skeptics. Is Ari back on the Texas wagon after Sarkisian and the Longhorns earned a commitment from Quinn Ewers? Also, Andy and Ari discuss their next bet payoff - and it's one where you can help us give back. Join us in donating to Feeding America: https://teamfeed.feedingamerica.org/participant/9187 Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 15, 2021
Quarterbacks flood the transfer portal & Nick Saban's recruiting philosophy
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The transfer portal is loaded with experienced QBs that could help numerous programs in 2022! Spencer Rattler, Bo Nix, Dillon Gabriel, Zack Calzada and Kedon Slovis have all entered the portal. Where will they land? South Carolina and Shane Beamer quickly picked up Rattler, the former 5 star who left Oklahoma. Nicole Auerbach and Michael Felder give their take on the situation and discuss this new era of college football on the latest edition of Power Auer. Plus, Nicole goes inside her story about what makes Nick Saban such a great recruiter. Flavor or the week and last call! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 14, 2021
Clemson's changes mark a new era for Dabo, Tigers
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The winds of change are sweeping across Clemson, South Carolina, as Dabo Swinney and the Tigers are about to pen a new chapter in the program's history. Andy and Grace Raynor discuss the departure of Brent Venables, Tony Elliott, and Dan Radakovich from Clemson and what that portends for Dabo and company. Grace imparts her thoughts on how Venables will impact Oklahoma and Elliott on Virginia. Will Radaovich build Miami in the image of Clemson, and how do we perceive Dabo's dynamic with whomever assumes Clemson's AD vacancy? Plus, a look ahead to Clemson's offseason. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Grace on Twitter: @gmraynor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 13, 2021
Stars Matter: Michigan's recruiting philosophy + college football demographics
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Mitch and Ari are joined by Yahoo Sports columnist Dan Wetzel to dive into the larger discussions about college football recruiting. What is Michigan's ceiling? Can Miami keep recruits home? What is wrong with Texas? And are there any programs that are "sleeping giants"? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 11, 2021
Brandon Wimbush, MOGL co-founder, chats Brian Kelly & NIL + commissioners speak on CFP expansion
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Andy, from Las Vegas attending the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame events, catches up with ex-Notre Dame QB and MOGL co-founder, Brandon Wimbush. But before cutting it up with Brandon, Andy, Kevin Warren, and Bob Bowlsby, among other commissioners, share their thoughts about an expanded CFP. What kinks need ironing out? Is a 12-team format more likely than an 8-team? Afterward, Brandon joins the podcast to discuss his company, MOGL, whose mission is to connect athletes and companies with NIL deals. Brandon chronicles his business' rise as well as how he's helping athletes earn what they're worth. The duo also discuss Brandon's time as Notre Dame's quarterback and the future of the Fighting Irish under Marcus Freeman. Plus, Brandon shares his thoughts on Brian Kelly's departure from South Bend, his experience in the transfer portal, and manning Jeff Lebby and Josh Heupel's offense at UCF. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Brandon on Twitter: @WimbushB7 Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 10, 2021
One True Pod: Brent Venables is the new OU head coach, Baylor wins the Big 12 Championship
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Jason, Max and Sam recap a wild Big 12 Championship game between Baylor and Oklahoma State. Plus, Brent Venables has been named the new Oklahoma head coach. Will Lincoln Riley's departure turn out to be a good thing for the Sooners? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 09, 2021
Stars Matter: Mario Cristobal's recruiting at Miami, Billy Napier doesn't care about stars
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Mitch and Ari open the show with the coaching chaos and how it affects every part of recruiting landscape. How Mario Cristobal's Oregon exit makes USC stronger, and whether he can keep elite south Florida prospects home. Plus, Brian Kelly's biggest recruiting commit is a coach. And, Billy Napier's comments about recruiting and competing with Alabama and Georgia. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 08, 2021
Bruce Feldman on coaching carousel chaos & Michelle Beadle of 'What Did I Miss?' on Heisman snub & more!
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The great Bruce Feldman joins Andy to discuss the maelstrom of coaching moves over the last couple of weeks and their implications. Afterward, Michelle Beadle, the newest addition to The Athletic family, hosts the 'What Did I Miss?' podcast and invited Andy on to discuss the uncontrollably-spinning coaching carousel as well as the man who deserves the Heisman but wasn't even named a finalist. If you enjoyed this portion of Michelle's interview with Andy, then follow the link below to the full show! 'What Did I Miss?' Full Show: https://apple.co/31w3sfN Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Bruce on Twitter: @BruceFeldmanCFB Follow Michelle on Twitter: @MichelleDBeadle Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 08, 2021
Miami hires Mario Cristobal to replace Manny Diaz + Heisman finalists
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Nicole Auerbach is joined by Michael Felder and Chris Vannini on "Power Auer" to discuss Miami's decision to fire Manny Diaz and hire Oregon Head Coach Mario Cristobal. Bryce Young, Aidan Hutchinson, CJ Stroud and Kenny Pickett are Heisman finalists. The trio debate how the Heisman voting process can improve considering someone like Will Anderson didn't even make it to New York. Plus, flavor of the week and last call! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 07, 2021
Brent Venables leaves Clemson for SEC-bound Oklahoma
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David Ubben and Andy Staples react to the official news that Brent Venables is leaving Clemson to become the head coach at Oklahoma. When will the Sooners join the SEC? Bryce Young had his Heisman moment(s) in Saturday's SEC Championship win vs. Georgia. Nick Saban will have a month to prepare for Cincinnati. Does Kirby Smart need to consider playing JT Daniels vs. Michigan? Plus, 13 SEC schools are going bowling. Which games are the most intriguing?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 06, 2021
CFP field set: 1. Alabama 2. Michigan 3. Georgia 4. Cincinnati
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Alabama vs. Cincinnati in the Cotton Bowl. Michigan vs. Georgia in the Orange Bowl. The College Football Playoff field is set! Andy & Ari give their take on both games that will be played on New Year's Eve. Is Michigan the hottest team in the country? Did Georgia's defense get exposed vs. Alabama? The glass ceiling for a group of 5 team to make the playoff has finally been shattered. Baylor was disrespected by the committee after winning the Big 12 title. It's been an amazing CFB season, with signing day and the national championship still to come. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 05, 2021
Alabama tops Georgia for SEC crown; Michigan No. 1? & full championship weekend recap
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Andy and Ari react to an exceptional college football championship weekend. Come Sunday afternoon, who will the committee name as the top four? If Michigan had lost, who would have claimed the No. 4 spot? We really wish the expanded playoff was fast-tracked. Is there a scenario in which Michigan is No. 1? Plus, is it time for a QB change in Athens? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 05, 2021
College Football Championship Weekend Preview & is Riley/Kelly villainization fair?
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Ello, gov'nor! See?! Accents are fun, just ask Massachusetts native Brian Kelly, who will respond in his...umm...southern accent? Andy and Ari bandy about forced and flawed southern accents before reacting to the thick vitriol surrounding the Kelly and Lincoln Riley moves. Should they be villanized for taking higher-paying, and, potentially, higher-ceiling jobs? The guys then dive into their championship weekend preview! Follow Andy on Twitter: @AndyStaples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 03, 2021
One True Pod: Lincoln Riley blindsides Oklahoma; Big 12 Championship game preview
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Sam, Jason and Max hit on the two biggest stories in the Big 12; Lincoln Riley leaving Oklahoma for USC & the Big 12 Championship game. Who are the candidates to become the new Sooners head coach? Can Oklahoma State sneak into the CFP? Or will Baylor pull the upset? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 02, 2021
Stars Matter: Lincoln Riley and Brian Kelly change the recruiting landscape
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Mitch and Ari react to the two big coaching changes and how they affect recruiting on a national level. Can USC get back to a national championship contender under Lincoln Riley? Is Brian Kelly capable of recruiting in the SEC? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 01, 2021
CFP rankings reaction and star QBs in the transfer portal.
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The final Tuesday night rankings show of the year features Cincinnati at number four. Oklahoma State jumps Notre Dame into the 5th position. Andy Staples and Max Olson discuss the infinite amount of playoff scenarios heading into championship Saturday. Plus, star QBs in the transfer portal.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 01, 2021
Power Auer: Championship weekend + coaching carousel updates
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Nicole Auerbach and Michael Felder discuss how the coaching carousel has overshadowed championship weekend. It's not secret why LSU made this announcement the week Alabama and Georgia are playing for the title. Virginia Tech is zeroing in on Penn State DC Brent Pry. Michigan will play in its first Big Ten title game vs. Kirk Ferentz and Iowa. Oklahoma State needs to beat Baylor in the Big 12 title game for a shot at the playoff. Can Kirby Smart finally beat Nick Saban. Plus, flavor of the week and last call! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 30, 2021
Brian Kelly to LSU & what's next for Notre Dame?
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In an Andy Staples Show x Power Auer emergency crossover podcast, Andy and Nicole react to Brian Kelly departing South Bend for LSU. First off, this coaching carousel is CRAZY! Secondly, why did Kelly decide to leave, and what's next for Notre Dame - i.e. - who will be the program's next head coach? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Nicole on Twitter: @NicoleAuerbach Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 30, 2021
Florida hires Billy Napier, LSU search ongoing & the SEC Championship
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David Ubben & Andy Staples discuss the latest coaching carousel news in the SEC. Is Billy Napier set up for success at Florida? The LSU search is still ongoing. Why isn't Scott Woodward interested in Lane KIffin? Georgia and Alabama are set to play for the 2021 SEC Championship this weekend in Atlanta. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 29, 2021
Lincoln Riley is leaving Oklahoma for USC
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In an emergency episode of the Andy Staples Show, Andy and Max Olson react to the breaking news of Lincoln Riley heading to Southern Cal as the new head coach of the Trojans. How did this all happen? What affect does this have on the USC and Oklahoma programs? Will there be a national domino effect? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 28, 2021
Michigan exorcises Ohio State demons, epic Iron Bowl and Bedlam goes bonkers
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Andy and Ari recap an epic Saturday of college football. Michigan dominates Ohio State. Is this the lowest point for the Buckeyes since the beginning of the Urban Meyer era? What does this change for Jim Harbaugh's future in Ann Arbor? Bryce Young leads Bama to a comeback win at Auburn in quadruple overtime. Is he the Heisman favorite or is this the year a defender wins the award? Oklahoma State beats Oklahoma in a bonkers Bedlam game. Many different CFP scenarios still remain heading into championship weekend. Ed Orgeron rides into the sunset with a win vs. Texas A&M in his last game as LSU head coach. Could Matt Campbell end up at USC? Stay tuned, the coaching carousel should be wild this week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 28, 2021
College Football Rivalry Weekend Preview
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Rivalry Weekend is upon us and Andy and Ari are set to cover all the highly anticipated matchups. The guys dive into The Apple Cup, Egg Bowl, Iron Bowl, and a slew of pivotal clashes in the ACC and Big Ten, including Wake Forest-Boston College, North Carolina-N.C. State, and Ohio State-Michigan, among others. Happy Thanksgiving! Check out The Andy Staples Show on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbhfrD1COvG40Mk7vvgaHIQ Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1/month for 12 months by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 25, 2021
One True Pod: Diving into Bedlam
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On this week's episode of One True Pod, it's Bedlam week! Jason, Max and Sam are joined by Oklahoma State radio play-by-play announcer Dave Hunziker to preview Bedlam and the CFP implications. How do Pokes fans feel about OU leaving the Big 12? Plus, Sonny Dykes to TCU? How would that situation turn out for the Horned Frogs? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 24, 2021
CFP rankings reaction & Louisville HC Scott Satterfield stops by
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On Tuesday night, the Cincinnati Bearcats became the first Group of Five program ranked in the top four in CFP history. Andy and Ari react to this monumental achievement and predict how far the Bearcats will go. The guys also share their thoughts on Bama bias, Michigan-Ohio State, James Franklin and John Harbaugh, and more! Plus, Andy catches up with Louisville head coach Scott Satterfield to chat about the Cardinals' season. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Subscribe to The Athletic for a $1/month for 12 months by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 24, 2021
Power Auer: The Game, Bedlam & the Saban of Thanksgiving
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Nicole Auerbach and Michael Felder preview the top 10 matchup between Ohio State and Michigan. Can the Wolverines compete with the Buckeyes and keep up on offense or should Harbaugh game plan for a defensive struggle? Oklahoma State is the surprise CFB Playoff contender of the season. Bedlam will decide if the Sooners go to the Big 12 title game. If the Sooners win there will be a rematch for the Big 12 Championship next week,. Plus, a special Thanksgiving edition of "flavor of the week" where Felder deems himself the "Saban of Thanksgiving". Last call! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 23, 2021
Florida fires Dan Mullen + rivalry week
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It's official, Dan Mullen is out at Florida. Andy Staples and David Ubben react to the news on Football & Grits. Andy asked Florida AD Scott Stricklin about realistic expectations a Florida. Who is on the shortlist to replace Mullen? Ole Miss HC Lane Kiffin could be on the short list. Plus, it's rivalry week! The Egg Bowl will take center stage on Thanksgiving and the Iron Bowl could get weird at Jordan-Hare. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 22, 2021
Week 12 reaction: Oregon's out, so who's now in? Hot seat watch & OSU's potential
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Week 12 was a whirlwind! Andy and Ari tee off the show by reacting to Oregon's astonishing loss at the hands of Utah. With the Ducks' playoff hopes extinguished, who's now in the CFP race? The Buckeye's made an emphatic declaration in their blowing win over Michigan State. Just how good is OSU, and how far will they go? The guys pivot from playoff/bowl hopefuls to teams out of consideration like Florida and Texas. Do one or both programs need to introspect about their head coaches? Plus, a look ahead to Rivalry Week and the Egg Bowl! Check out The Andy Staples Show on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbhfrD1COvG40Mk7vvgaHIQ Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 21, 2021
Week 12 picks: Will Spartans stun Buckeyes; Tucker's 10-year deal & can Arkansas challenge Alabama?
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The Andy Staples Show boasts only juggernaut podcast hosts, and that's a fact. Andy and Ari unfold the week 12 onion and breakdown its extraordinary matchups. Will Michigan State win, if not cover, in Columbus? Is MSU's judgment commendable in Mel Tucker's 10-year extension? Could Cincinnati see its undefeated season end at the hooves of SMU? Arkansas has a great shot of taking Alabama down to the wire. Plus, Andy and Ari cackle over, possibly, the most cringy question asked by a reporter ever. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 19, 2021
One True Pod: Yes, Kansas beat Texas
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What a week it was for the Big 12! Max, Sam and Jason open up the show discussing the Texas embarrassment against Kansas. Plus, Oklahoma falls to Baylor; should we have seen this one coming? Texas Tech gets in trouble with Big 12. And is Oklahoma State the team that will win the conference? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 18, 2021
CFP rankings reaction & coaching carousel update
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Rankings reaction! Andy Staples and Ari Wasserman discuss the Week 12 college football rankings. With two weeks to go up to 10 teams are still in the college football playoff race. Plus, a coaching carousel update after Justin Fuente and Virginia Tech mutually agree to part ways. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 17, 2021
Power Auer: Virginia Tech and Justin Fuente mutually part ways
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The Athletic's Nicole Auerbach discusses the breaking news that Justin Fuente and Virginia Tech mutually agreed to part ways. Michael Felder gives his take on the story and what type job Tech is in 2021. Oklahoma State is all of a sudden a playoff dark horse in the Big 12. Have the Cowboys been overlooked this season? Felder says freshman OU QB Caleb Williams isn't better than Spencer Rattler he's just different. Plus, flavor of the week and last call!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 16, 2021
Football & Grits: A 6-way tie in the SEC West?!
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Andy Staples and Aaron Suttles discuss the latest news in the SEC. The guys go through a scenario that could happen in the next couple weeks that would cause a 6-way tie in the SEC West. Auburn blows a 28-3 lead vs. Mississippi State and Bo Nix is out for the remainder of the season. Florida fans are about done with Dan Mullen. Who could Scott Stricklin hire to replace him? Can Arkansas give Bama a game? LSU's players haven't quit on Ed Orgeron despite his interim status. Week 12 is here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 15, 2021
Week 11 reaction: Kansas beats Texas in Austin; Florida struggles against Samford & Penn State’s ceiling
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Andy and Ari react to week 11 of the college football season. In vintage Texas fashion, the Longhorns lose to Kansas 57-56 in Austin. Ari admits he was wrong about Texas! Are there regrets about firing Tom Herman? Andy is speechless about Florida’s performance against Samford. This Gators win feels very much like a loss. Where does Florida even go from here? Michigan holds on to beat Penn State; would Nittany Lions fan be upset if James Franklin left Happy Valley for another job? What is Penn State’s ceiling as a program? Ohio State put the hammer down on Purdue; the Buckeyes look to be clicking at the highest level. And finally, Oklahoma is handed their first loss of the season to Baylor. Are the Sooners out of the CFP picture? Is the entire Big 12 conference out of it? Check out The Andy Staples Show on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbhfrD1COvG40Mk7vvgaHIQ Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 14, 2021
Week 11 picks: CFP compromise; Buckeyes upset watch & is Texas A&M building an Alabama-like roster?
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How are we 11 weeks in already? Where has the time gone, and have the FBS commissioners gone and found a compromise for all schools on the fence about a 12-team playoff? Andy and Ari discuss the ever-evolving P5 conference power dynamic, and how the FBS is meeting conferences with programs on the cusp of a playoff berth, halfway. Will Baylor end Caleb Williams and co.'s undefeated run? Who has the advantage in Michigan-Penn State? In another Big Ten showcase...which I didn't think I'd be typing...will Purdue add to their resume of upsets by beating Ohio State? Will Tennessee prove more competitive versus Georgia than originally thought? Is Texas A&M the nation's hottest program at the moment? Check on The Andy Staples Show on YouTube: https://bit.ly/3F7cnCd Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 12, 2021
One True Pod: What is wrong with Texas?
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On today's episode of One True Pod, Sam, Max and Jason are joined by former Texas RB and current Longhorn Network analyst Fozzy Whittaker to discuss the issues in Austin. Why is the Longhorn program struggling? Is there an easy fix? Plus, Texas Tech hires Joey McGuire. How did the hiring process unfold in Lubbock? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 11, 2021
CFP rankings reaction: Michigan over Michigan State?
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The Athletic's Andy Staples and Matt Fortuna react to the latest College Football Playoff rankings. Michigan over Michigan State? Cincy moves up to number 5. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State control their own destiny. Wake only drops three spots. Andy comes up with a scenario that puts Texas A&M in the SEC Championship and potentially in the playoff as the first 2-loss team ever.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 10, 2021
Power Auer: Scott Frost back in '22, Jimmy Lake suspended & week 11 preview
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The Athletic's Nicole Auerbach, Chris Vannini & Michael Felder discuss the latest news in college football. Nebraska announces Scott Frost will be back in 2022. Jimmy Lake is suspended for shoving a player on the sideline during Washington's loss vs. Oregon on Saturday. The trio each pick a game they are interested in this Saturday. Plus, flavor of the week and last call!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 09, 2021
Football & Grits: Mullen fires assistants, A&M dominates Auburn and Bama survives LSU
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David Ubben & Andy Staples recap a busy weekend in the SEC. Florida head coach Dan Mullen fires DC Todd Grantham and OL coach John Hevesy. G. Allan Taylor joins the show. Texas A&M dominates Auburn at Kyle Field and the Aggies have an outside chance of making the SEC title game. Alabama survives LSU 20-14 in what was a game the tide could have easily lost. Plus, a quick look at the week 11 schedule. Check out Football & Grits on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbhfrD1COvG40Mk7vvgaHIQ Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow David on Twitter: @DavidUbben Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 08, 2021
Week 10 reaction: Dan Mullen's future after Florida flops; Heisman Straw Poll & eye test or resume?
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Mathematicians Andy and Ari react to week 10 of the college football season. Ohio State and Alabama dodged potential upset bids, but where will they land in the CFP rankings come Tuesday? Andy and Ari deliberate whether eye test or resume is the most effective when ranking the top-6. Cincinnati eked another out a win, but are their escape acts more detrimental than beneficial? Dan Mullen and Florida lost to an incredible Bobby Boucher Jr. impressionist; how do you come back from that if you're the Gators? Also, is Dan Mullen's time up? Wake Forest's undefeated run deserves all the plaudits possible. Lastly, the guys breakdown the Heisman race. Check out Andy Staples on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbhfrD1COvG40Mk7vvgaHIQ Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 07, 2021
Week 10 picks: Academic Prowess v. Oregon; Michigan mediocrity & a Big Ten trap game?
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Can you believe we're 10 weeks into the college football season? Crazy. Speaking of crazy, Andy and Ari cover everything you need to know about this upcoming crazy weekend of college football games, including: Could UNC score the total, itself, versus Wake Forest, or will the Demon Deacons remain perfect? Is Michigan State ensnared in the perfect Big Ten slip-up game? Andy and Ari debate whether it's prudent to keep John Harbaugh and, subsequently, Michigan's status quo, or try to move on from him this offseason. Should they have done so a year or two ago? Saturday's Scott Frost's last chance...right? Jimmy Lake made some indiscreet and wacky comments about Oregon earlier in the week. The guys, with their 'podcasting prowess', dive into Lake's words. Plus, a big slate of SEC games featuring Auburn and Texas A&M, a button-pushing Florida-South Carolina bout, and can Josh Heupel continue to surprise fans and defy doubters? Check out The Andy Staples Show on YouTube: https://bit.ly/3BNW4IH Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 05, 2021
One True Pod: Gary Patterson and TCU part ways
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Jason, Max and Sam react to the first CFP rankings and discuss where Oklahoma, Baylor and Oklahoma State sit. Plus, how did TCU come to the decision to part ways with Gary Patterson? The guys talk to Joel Anderson, former TCU player and host of Slow Burn podcast, about Patterson’s legacy and what’s next for the Horned Frogs program. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 04, 2021
Stars Matter: Dan Mullen doesn’t get it
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Mitch and Ari discuss Dan Mullen’s dismissive comments on recruiting. Is that a problem at Florida? Plus, Jimmy Lake’s comments on recruiting against Oregon and other Pac-12 schools. And, is Ohio State vs. Notre Dame becoming a recruiting rivalry? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 03, 2021
CFB Playoff rankings reaction
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Andy Staples and Matt Fortuna discuss, dissect and debate the first college football playoff rankings of the season. Is undefeated Cincinnati already on the outside looking in even with a top 10 win vs. Notre Dame? How many teams can make it from the SEC? The Big Ten is getting a lot of respect this year. Undefeated Oklahoma and Wake Forest are ranked behind four one-loss teams. It's playoff season, let the consternation begin. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 03, 2021
Power Auer: Gary Patterson's 21-year run at TCU is over
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Nicole Auerbach & Michael Felder discuss the latest news in college football. College Football Playoff expansion discussions are happening this week. Will a decision be made on a new format? Gary Patterson's legendary run at TCU has come to an end after getting fired on Sunday. Georgia continues to impress. Ohio State issues bubbled back to the surface in a win vs. Ohio State. Michigan State has an epic comeback vs, Michigan to remain undefeated. Wake Forest is still undefeated! Playoff rankings are released tonight. Plus, flavor of the week and last call! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 02, 2021
Football & Grits: Week 10 SEC storylines
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David Ubben and Andy Staples discuss what is going wrong for Dan Mullen at Florida. SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said this weekend that he won't vote for an 8-team playoff. He will either back a 4-team or 12-team model. When Texas & Oklahoma get into the league, how will the conference change it's scheduling model? The first playoff rankings of the season will come out tomorrow night. Auburn looks like it will play a major role in deciding the west. Week 10 features Alabama vs. LSU, Hugh Freeze's return to Oxford & an interesting Kentucky vs. Tennessee matchup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 01, 2021
Week 9 reaction: Projecting CFP rankings; coaching hot seat & Michigan St., Michigan's futures
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After a savory course of week nine college football games, Andy and Ari react to the weekend that was. Before unwrapping each big matchup, the guys share their first College Football Playoff rankings. Even though the scoreboard may tell a different story, Ohio State had Penn State well in hand. Although, could Michigan State take Ohio State to the wire in the Big Ten Championship game? If Michigan happens to win out, where do they reside in the CFP pecking order? The guys take a ride on the coaching carousel to pinpoint some names that are on the hot seat. Check out The Andy Staples Show on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbhfrD1COvG40Mk7vvgaHIQ Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 31, 2021
Week 9 picks: Oregon or Ohio State in CFB? Can Florida cover & Michigan-Michigan St. preview
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Payoff pod! Ari tosses a shot of Woodford Reserve mixed with store-brand mustard down his hatch, and all Andy does is watch gleefully because, you know, #PittsTooLegitToQuit. The guys canvas the week nine slate including Oregon-Colorado. Will the Ducks continue their waddle to a 12-1 record? If so, which 12-1 squad do the guys believe would make the playoff, Oregon or Ohio State? Caleb Williams will be the first to test out Texas Tech's new regime. Will he and the Sooners bounce back after an uninspiring win? Ari's still off the Texas wagon, but are they so bad that they're a three-point underdog to Baylor? Will Pitt continue to be legit versus Miami? Plus, Notre Dame's uphill climb to 11-1; will Flordia cover against Georgia; will Ole Miss-Auburn be a shootout, and Michigan-Michigan State is like the Spiderman pointing meme. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 29, 2021
One True Pod: Matt Wells is out at Texas Tech; what's next in Lubbock?
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On this week's episode of One True Pod, Jason, Max and Sam detail the firing of Matt Wells at Texas Tech. What was his downfall? Where do the Red Raiders go from here? Plus, the guys are joined by Chris Level, publisher of RedRaiderSports.com, to discuss top coaching candidates and if a familiar face could return. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 28, 2021
Booger McFarland's take on college football
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Andy welcomes special guest Booger McFarland to dish on college football, the NFL, working in TV & riding a bike that changed his life. College football is a unique sport and geography matters. Which job is better, LSU or USC? Who are the candidates for those positions? Has Brian Kelly maxed out at Notre Dame? Will the perception of Clemson change based on this season? We are less than a week away from the first college football playoff rankings off the season. Who's in? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 27, 2021
Power Auer: Texas Tech opening, Michigan vs. Michigan State & Kenny Heisman
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Texas Tech fires Matt Wells. Nicole warns Texas Tech that hiring Art Briles would be a big mistake. Michigan vs. Michigan State is a top 10 matchup for the first time in 50+ years. Pittsburgh beats Clemson and the Tigers season is officially off the rails. Pitt QB Kenny Pickett is a legit Heisman candidate. Plus, 'Flavor of the Week' and 'Last Call'. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 26, 2021
Football & Grits: SEC playoff scenarios
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It’s Georgia/Florida week! Do the Gators have any chance of upsetting the Dawgs? Ole Miss is 6-1 and has a real chance of winning 10 or 11 games this season. Could Lane Kiffin sneak into the CFB Playoff? It’s playoff scenario time. Andy & David agree Josh Heupel might have done one of the best coaching jobs of the season. Oklahoma was down to Kansas at half. Will the Sooners survive in the SEC? David shares his week 8 SEC power rankings.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 25, 2021
Week 8 reaction: Pitt IS legit! Oklahoma's scare & are we worried about Alabama?
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Andy and Max Olson whip around college football and underscore the biggest storylines in week eight. Pitt IS legit, and Ari IS going to have to drink a mustard-drenched shot of liquor! The guys analyze Pittsburgh's success and Clemson's faults. Oklahoma narrowly avoids...Kansas? Caleb Williams flashed a few "Freshman moments" but he's still Oklahoma's best option...right? Is it time to implement a new overtime format? Because a 9OT Penn State-Illinois game is a lot to ingest. Oregon escaped with a win in another Pac-12 thriller, but were they saved by Dorian Thompson-Robinson's being off the field with an injury? Is there trouble brewing in Tuscaloosa? Mike Leech doesn't like candy corn (and Vanderbilt doesn't like scoring). Plus, is Justin Fuente's and Max Wells' time up? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Max on Twitter: @maxolson Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 24, 2021
Week 8 picks: Is Pitt legit? Can Oregon win out & will Tennessee cover?
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Week eight is here and Andy and Ari do what they do best, make ill-advised bets! Is Pittsburgh legit? Andy better hope so because a mustard-infused shot of liquor awaits him if the Panthers fall prey to Clemson. The duo covers a couple of odd lines in today's pod; one being Iowa St.-Oklahoma St. Can Oregon win out? The road to a potential playoff berth for the Ducks continues with UCLA. Oh, and Andy and Ari wager a 24-hour fast for charity on the outcome of this Pac-12 skirmish. Will USC surprise Notre Dame? Plus, will Tennessee cover in Tuscaloosa; does Ohio State own the nation's best offense, and fishy NC St. vs. Miami line. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 22, 2021
Bruce Feldman updates the coaching carousel
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Andy is joined by The Athletic's Bruce Feldman. The guys discuss the job openings at LSU, USC and Washington State. Would Dabo Swinney leave Clemson for LSU? Would James Franklin leave Penn State for USC? How about Lincoln Riley? Two huge jobs are open and they are both nearly impossible to turn down. Plus, what other jobs could open up in the next couple months? Miami, Nebraska, Virginia Tech, UCLA, Arizona State are all on the watchlist. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 21, 2021
One True Pod: Big 12 midseason awards
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On this week's episode of One True Pod, Jason, Sam and Max recap Bob Bowlsby's comments on trusting Oklahoma and Texas. Plus, the guys hand out their midseason awards. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 21, 2021
Power Auer: Rolovich out at Wazzu, Tennessee fan behavior & Iowa upset
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On this week's edition of Power Auer with Nicole Auerbach... Nick Rolovich is fired at Wazzu, along with four unvaccinated assistants because he refused to comply with state law. The Athletic's Chris Vannini joins the show to discuss. Tennessee is fined 250k by the SEC for fan behavior. Michael Felder sounds off on Vols fans. Purdue is historically great at beating the #2 team in the nation. This time the Boilermakers take down #2 Iowa. Auburn is Nicole's flavor of the week thanks to Bo Nix's great play vs. Arkansas on the road. Last call! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 19, 2021
Football & Grits: Inside Ed Orgeron's fall from grace at LSU
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The Athletic's LSU beat reporter Brody Miller joins David Ubben and Andy Staples to react to the news that LSU & Coach Orgeron have reached a separation agreement. Tennessee fans threw trash and debris on the field to protest against the officials Saturday night vs. LSU. Dan Mullen is now 2-6 in has last 8 games as Florida Head Coach. Is he the next person on the SEC hot seat chopping block? The Florida QB competition is getting messy. Alabama has a bounce back game vs. Mississippi State. Jordan Davis' Heisman campaign is getting started after the Dawgs defense smothers another opponent.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 17, 2021
Week 7 reaction: Caleb Williams, Anthony Richardson impress; Iowa's downfall & Rocky Top madness
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"There are cops on the field!" Before Andy and Ari paint the scene unfolding in Knoxville in real time, the duo dissect other major week seven events, including Purdue's upset of Iowa; Caleb Williams impersonating Magnus Carlsen by checkmating TCU, and what's going on at Florida? Is Dan Mullen on the hot seat, and what of Anthony Richardson and Emory Jones? Which of the two is most likely to transfer? Why would you throw a golf ball at Lane Kiffin?! Oh, and Matt Corral looked pretty, pretty good. Plus - PSYCH, Andy and Ari have actually been out on Scott Frost this whole time; Georgia earns a tough win, and Ari's out on Texas?!! Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Save 50% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 17, 2021
Week 7 picks: Is Orgeron out with a loss? Caleb Williams or Spencer Rattler & bet payoff
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Will Levis, this payday podcast goes out to you. Andy gulps a cup of regret (?) that is inspired by the aforementioned Kentucky QB; a mug of tepid coffee mixed with mayonnaise (Andy's "favorite" condiment, as listeners of this show know all too well). Andy and Ari breakdown college football week seven starting with Clemson-Syracuse. Will Clemson cover on Saturday despite their less-than-stellar offense? Is Oregon a bounce-back candidate after dropping an OT nail-biter to Stanford? Has Andy really changed his mind about Scott Frost? Ari's body is ready for Texas-Oklahoma St. If LSU succumbs to Flordia, will it be the end of the Coach O era in Louisiana? Can Levis and the Wildcats pressure unflappable Georgia? Is Ole Miss on upset watch? Plus, is it Caleb Williams' time at Oklahoma? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Save 50% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 15, 2021
One True Pod: Did Caleb Williams win over the starting QB job?
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On this week's episode of One True Pod, Max, Jason and Sam look at the Oklahoma QB situation -- is it officially Caleb Williams' job? Plus, is it time to start talking about Oklahoma State and consider them legit conference title challengers? And, of course, weekly picks! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 14, 2021
Oregon safety Verone McKinley III co-hosts the show
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Andy is joined by the nation's interception leader Verone McKinley III. The Oregon DB talks about playing big time college football, his interest in the media business and the NFL. McKinley has his own podcast 'Check Fade' and it's available everywhere you listen to podcasts. McKinley interviews Andy for the second half of the show.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 13, 2021
Power Auer: Iowa & Kentucky getting it done with defense
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Nicole was in Iowa City where the Hawkeyes comeback win vaulted them to #2 in the country. She debates with Michael Felder about whether Iowa plays ugly football or efficient football. Penn State wasn't prepared to use a backup QB. Is that on the coaching staff? Lincoln Riley was prepared to replace Spencer Rattler with Caleb Williams and it paid off for Oklahoma. Kentucky, like Iowa, is using its defense to win games an establish a program identity. Plus, favor of the week & last call! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 12, 2021
Football & Grits: Would Jimbo leave A&M for LSU?
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David Ubben & Andy Staples discuss all things SEC. Would Jimbo Fisher leave A&M for LSU? Homefield advantage is back in a big way this season. Mark Stoops continues to do a phenomenal job at Kentucky. Can the Cats upset Georgia this week? Plus, is Alabama's loss to Texas A&M a sign of things to come later this season for Nick Saban and his staff? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 11, 2021
Texas A&M stuns Bama, Red River classic & a full week 6 recap
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Andy and Ari react to the wildest college football Saturday of the season. Texas A&M stuns #1 Alabama. Who should be ranked #2? Oklahoma survives vs. Texas in a Red River instant classic. Andy expects this to be Ed Orgeron's last year at LSU after an ugly loss to Kentucky. The undefeated Cats play Georgia next Saturday. Michigan beats Nebraska in a close game. Has Scott Frost earned another year? Iowa gets a comeback win after Sean Clifford went down with an injury. Arkansas at Ole Miss was a 52-51 shootout. We're a month away from college football playoff rankings. At this rate, who knows what they will look like. The guys take a sneak peek at next weekend's slate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 10, 2021
One True Pod: LIVE from Dallas, OU beats Texas in a Red River classic
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On this special edition of One True Pod, Sam and Jason are joined by The Athletic's Chris Vannini from Dallas to discuss Oklahoma's 55-48 win over Texas in an all-time classic Red River Showdown. Kennedy Brooks shines as the difference maker. Is Caleb Williams Oklahoma's starting QB moving forward? Plus, on the Texas side, the Longhorns have a special player in Xavier Worthy. Can we see a rematch in the Big 12 Championship game? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 10, 2021
Week 6 picks: A Texas upset?! Two SEC, Big Ten CFP teams & Iowa-Penn St. showdown
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Andy and Ari sneak away during baby Wasserman's nap time to squeeze in a week six CFB pick pod featuring a 'what does Vegas know' Stanford-Arizona St. line; a critical game for both BYU and Cincinnati; which division is better: the SEC West or Big Ten East; will Texas pull a Red River Rivalry upset; can Auburn push Georgia; is this a Virginia Tech a trap game for Notre Dame, and whose ball game is it to lose, Iowa's or Penn State's? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Save 50% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 08, 2021
Red River preview
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Sam, Max and Jason dive into the best week of the year in the Big 12 — Red River. Can OU’s offense get back to its elite level? How has Texas rebounded since losing to Arkansas? Plus, the guys welcome on Blinkin Riley (@blinkinriley) & Kyle Umlang (@kyleumlang) of the Statistically Speaking Podcast to discuss the statistical side of the great rivalry. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 07, 2021
Food challenges, controversies & SEC whip around w/ Alyssa Lang
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SEC Network host and reporter Alyssa Lang takes time away from a full plate of work to join Andy in a full course SEC discussion. Antipasto: Will Levis food challenges, controversy & favorite on-air eats Primi: SEC fanbases ready to turn on their coaches Secondi: A&M's struggles & Florida's ceiling Contori: Let Bo Go & Georiga's devastating defense Dolce: Local TV reporter lyfe Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Alyssa on Twitter: @AlyssaLang Save 50% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 06, 2021
Top 5 Big Ten matchup, playoff picture & G5 sleepers
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Nicole Auerbach and Michael Felder take a deep dive into Saturday's top 5 matchup between #3 Iowa and #4 Penn State in Iowa City. #9 Michigan travels to Nebraska after a 5-0 start. With Notre Dame and Clemson out of the playoff picture, which teams will step up and take their place in the field? Plus group of 5 teams people aren't paying enough attention to and last call!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 05, 2021
Hot seats heating up! Is Georgia better than Bama?
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David Ubben and Andy Staples are back for another episode of Football & Grits after week 5 in the SEC. Alabama is ranked #1 but is Georgia actually the best team in the country? Jordan Davis and the Georgia d-line is the best position group in the country. Ed Orgeron is squarely on the hot seat after losing to Auburn at home for the first time since 1999. Florida fans are beginning to turn on Dan Mullen. Texas A&M is last place in the SEC West. The guys aren't selling Ole Miss stock after the loss to Bama. The Bo Nix experience was wild on Saturday. Plus, a look ahead to week 6 in the SEC. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 04, 2021
Week 5 reaction: CFP frontrunners; is Cincinnati a playoff contender & SEC red flags
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Another Saturday of unbridled excitement in college football has Andy and Sam Khan Jr. poised to breakdown the weekend's action. Alabama and Georgia are head and shoulders above the rest of the pack. Some SEC fanbases may begin to question their program's leadership after underwhelming results. Is Cincinnati squarely a playoff contender? Could Caleb Williams be used in the Red River Showdown, and despite a win and an uptick in run game success, are we still worried about Oklahoma? Is Oklahoma State the Big 12 title frontrunner? Speaking of frontrunners, after Stanford upset Oregon and, subsequently, went about potentially shaking up the early postseason picture, Andy and Sam discuss which teams are in the mix for the College Football Playoff. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Sam on Twitter: @skhanjr Save 50% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 03, 2021
Week 5 picks: Will Ole Miss stun Alabama; the 'is Texas different' game & upset alert!
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With Ari on dad duty, Andy and Stewart Mandel discuss college football week five's carousel of games. Is Clemson capable of covering against Boston College? Will Sam Pittman and his Hogs test Georgia? Can Lane Kiffin and Matt Corral unseat No. 1 Alabama? Who's to say Desmond Ridder and Cincinnati won't roll over Notre Dame? Is Oklahoma on upset watch? Texas can prove they're different this year if they beat TCU. Will TJ Finley exact his revenge on LSU? Plus, Stew shares his upset alert picks, including Oregon's precarious matchup versus Stanford. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Stew on Twitter: @slmandel Save 50% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 01, 2021
One True Pod: Is Spencer Rattler the scapegoat for a struggling OU offense?
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On this week's episode of One True Pod, Jason, Max and Sam dive into the boos and chants from the Sooners fans last Saturday night. Is Spencer Rattler being blamed for Oklahoma's offensive struggles? Plus, Sam breaks down the Battle for the Iron Skillet and the post-game events. And game picks! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 30, 2021
Big Interview: Ole Miss QB Matt Corral
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Andy is joined by Ole Miss QB Matt Corral. The Heisman front runner is preparing for Bama and has the confidence to pull off an upset in Bryant-Denny. Corral talks about his California roots, how he ended up at Ole Miss, his relationship with Lane Kiffin and what drives him to be a better quarterback and person. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 29, 2021
Power Auer: CFB stock report, Big Ten questions & ACC issues
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Nicole Auerbach and Michael Felder discuss the latest news in college football. When Michigan and Michigan State are competitive it makes the Big Ten more fun. What's wrong with Wisconsin? Penn State hosts Indiana this weekend. The ACC is in shambles after Clemson's loss to NC State. Wake Forest and Boston College are the only remaining undefeateds.  Stock up: Fresno State, Texas, Arkansas, Baylor, Army Stock down: Notre Dame, Texas A&M, Auburn, UCF  Plus, last call!  Follow Nicole @NicoleAuerbch  Follow Michael @inthebleachers Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 28, 2021
Football & Grits: Two biggest SEC games so far this season & power rankings
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David Ubben and Andy Staples get you set for the two biggest SEC matchups of the season so far: Ole Miss @ Alabama and Arkansas @ Georgia. Auburn basically needed a miracle to beat Georgia Southern on Saturday. Did Bo Nix lose his job to TJ Finley? Is Kentucky capable of beating Florida at home this Saturday? The Cats are still undefeated. Plus, David gives his SEC power rankings and Andy reacts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 27, 2021
Week 4 reaction: Clemson at crossroads; sluggish Sooners & Arkansas is for real
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Andy and Ari adjust their slacken jaws enough to rave about an unforgettable fourth week of the college football season. Clemson's stunning loss to NC State, which isn't totally shocking if you listened to Friday's podcast, places them squarely outside the CFP discussion, right? Andy has "zero confidence" in Oklahoma right now. Is it warranted, and will the Sooners even win the Big 12? Arkansas is for real, but are they real enough to test Georgia? Plus, Cincinnati was Saturday's biggest winner; where does UNC go from here; an Ohio State player, apparently, quits mid-game and tweets to his team, and Andy avoids eating the chip of death. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Save 50% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 26, 2021
Week 4 preview: Jack Coan Bowl questions; is LSU's season on the line & Aggies' prove-it game
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Rogue nannies are the worst, amirite? Andy and Ari discuss the biggest scandal in the Wasserman household to date before trying to pin down if Wake Forest is for real or not. Could NC State get the best of Clemson? Jack Coan returns to Wisconsin in the eponymous "Jack Coan Bowl", where the Fighting Irish's signal-caller will take on Graham Mertz. How do the guys view each of these QBs? The outcome of Saturday's Mississippi State game could determine the remainder of LSU's season. Would a victory over Texas A&M be considered a "program-defining win" for Arkansas? Is Michigan State a Big Ten East title contender?  Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 24, 2021
One True Pod: Special Guest - Deuce Vaughn, Kansas State RB
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On this week's episode of One True Pod, we're joined by special guest Deuce Vaughn, Kansas State's star running back to discuss how the Wildcats have bounced back after a rough ending to their 2020 season. Deuce talks about what he has done in the offseason to improve his play. Plus, Max, Sam and Jason make their game picks! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 23, 2021
Everything college football with Dan Rubenstein
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Andy Staples is joined by Dan Rubenstein of The Solid Verbal with college football days away from the quarter poll of the regular season. The guys go in depth on every power 5 conference and discuss what we know now that we didn't at the beginning of the season. South Carolina Head Coach Shane Beamer goes on an epic rant. Plus, a random ranking of chain restaurants in honor of the terrible Applebee's commercial that is taking over CFB TV broadcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 22, 2021
Power Auer: Big Ten parity, Clemson's struggles & wishful thinking
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Nicole Auerbach and Stadium's Michael Felder discuss the competitiveness in the Big Ten this season. Penn State and Iowa are both ranked ahead of the undefeated Ohio State Buckeyes in what has quickly become the early surprise of the season. How good are Michigan and Michigan State? Is Clemson as bad as they looked vs. Georgia Tech? Texas A&M vs. Arkansas is one of the marquee games this weekend. Plus, last call! Follow Nicole @NicoleAuerbach Follow Michael @Inthebleachers Subscribe to The Athletic for 50% off: www.theathletic.com/nicole Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 21, 2021
Football & Grits: Is the SEC wide open?
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Is Alabama mortal and does that mean the SEC is wide open in 2021? The Athletic's David Ubben and Andy Staples debate and discuss after another weekend of results on the field. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 20, 2021
Week 3 reaction: Should Alabama be No. 1; is OSU a contender & are there any elite teams?
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Ari returns from Paqui Hell to join Andy in a breakdown of college football's third week of action. Should Alabama remain the country's top team after narrowly dodging Florida? If not, who should preside over the top-25? Nebraska nearly won a game they tried to avoid? Is Ohio State really a contender? Will a G5 team make this year's playoff? Penn State smells blood in the Big Ten's waters. Plus, Andy's theory on college football's competitive equilibrium in 2021. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Save 50% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 19, 2021
Week 3 picks; top USC candidates & Ari takes on the Paqui One Chip Challenge
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USC needs a new helmsman, the recruiting offices of Andy and Ari know some guys who could take over in lieu of Clay Helton's dismissal. The duo looks ahead to week three action and contemplates bets for Michigan State- Miami, West Virginia-Virginia Tech, Alabama-Florida, Auburn-Penn State, and more! Lastly, Ari's mouth takes a smoldering lava bath in the Paqui One Chip Challenge. *Disclaimer: We do not recommend you try this at home! Fair warning!* Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Save 50% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 17, 2021
One True Pod: The new-look Big 12
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The Athletic's Justin Williams joins the show to discuss Cincinnati becoming an official member of the Big 12. What does this move mean for the future of the program, as well as Luke Fickell. Max, Jason and Sam make their picks for week 3 -- Can Texas bounce back after a loss to Arkansas? Will Oklahoma handle business against former rival Nebraska? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 16, 2021
Special Guest - Joe Tessitore
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Andy is joined by college football play-by-play voice and game show host Joe Tessitore! So far this season Joe has been on the call for Arkansas' upset win vs. Texas and Notre Dame's overtime win vs. Florida State. Tess also chats about what it's like to watch his son John kick for Boston College. This weekend it's Michigan State @ Miami for Joe and his partner Greg McElroy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 15, 2021
Power Auer: USC fires Clay Helton
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Nicole Auerbach and Michael Felder are joined by The Athletic's Chris Vannini to discuss USC's decision to fire Clay Helton. Why now and who will be his replacement? Plus, what went wrong for Ohio State in Saturday's loss to Oregon, looking ahead to this weekend's big games & last call!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 14, 2021
Football & Grits: SEC Saturday takeaways - Week 2
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David Ubben and Andy Staples recap the weekend in the SEC. Sam Pittman has orchestrated an Arkansas turnaround. The Hogs are officially back in the top 25. Texas A&M unimpressed in a 10-7 win vs. Colorado. Alabama at Florida is on deck. Who will start at QB for the Gators? Kentucky beats Mizzou. QB controversy on Rocky Top! What is Georgia's ceiling in 2021 compared to Alabama? Auburn travels to Penn State for its first test of the season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 13, 2021
Week 2 reaction: Oregon's upset; is Texas in trouble & Helton's future
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Andy and Matt Fortuna react to week two college football action! Is Clay Helton's job in jeopardy? Oregon may have put on the Pac-12's best display in over a decade, and are we worried about OSU? Is Texas in trouble? Iowa looks really, really...really good. Florida State looks...not so good. Notre Dame conspiracy theory time! Plus, falling cats! Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Matt on Twitter: @Matt_Fortuna Save 50% on an annual subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 12, 2021
Week 2 picks; Big 12 expansion & Andy eats a banana peel
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What an un-peel-ievable show! Before I show myself out the door, please listen to Andy gnaw on an entire banana, peel and all, as a payoff for last week's foolhardy bet with Ari. Following the equally disturbing and entertaining snack time, Andy and Ari discuss the impending Big 12 expansion. Who won and lost in this move? The guys then preview week two action and share their favorite picks, including KU(?)/Coastal Carolina; Georgia/UAB; Oregon/Ohio State, and more! Plus, is Texas A&M a contender? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Save 50% on an annual subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 10, 2021
One True Pod: Big 12's formal expansion & week 2 preview/picks
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On this week's episode of One True Pod, Jason, Sam and Max dive into the latest expansion news in the Big 12 and when we can expect formal offers to be made to Houston, BYU, Cincinnati and UCF. Plus, week 2 preview and picks, including a conversation with The Athletic's Scott Dochterman about Cy-Hawk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 09, 2021
Host of 'The Athletic Football Show' Robert Mays joins Andy the day before NFL kickoff
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Andy is joined by special guest Robert Mays, host of The Athletic Football Show, to preview the NFL season! The guys cover major NFL storylines including Trevor Lawrence, Urban Meyer, and the new-look Jacksonville Jaguars; Mac Jones piloting the Patriots, and Justin Herbert's second season running the show in Los Angeles, among other topics. What qualities does Robert believe all great coaches have? What about quarterbacks? Is this the Golden Age of Quarterbacks? Why have coaches simplified offenses, and how are defenses devising their schemes around one player? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertmays Save 50% on an annual subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 08, 2021
Power Auer: College football is back in all its glory
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Nicole Auerbach and Michael Felder discuss the marathon that was week 1 of the college football season. Ole Miss wrapped things up on Monday night with an easy win vs. Louisville. It was a bad weekend for the ACC. Alabama and Georgia are the clear winners of the weekend. Iowa vs. Iowa State is a game that is circled on the week 2 slate. McKenzie Milton appropriately stole the headlines this weekend because of his unbelievable return to the sport after a bad leg injury. Last call! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 07, 2021
Football & Grits: SEC Saturday takeaways
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David Ubben and Andy Staples view the college football through an SEC lense. Bryce Young and Alabama played well. Georgia's defense is elite. Kentucky's offense is electric. Texas A&M in the title race? The guys discuss winners and losers after the first 13 non-conference games of the season. Plus, Lane Kiffin will not coach Monday night vs. Louisville due to COVID-19. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 06, 2021
Week 1 reaction. What did we learn from a full CFB Saturday?
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Andy Staples and Nicole Auerbach recap and react to the opening weekend of the college football season! Chip Kelly and UCLA beat LSU in the Rose Bowl. Georgia tops Clemson. Penn State wins at Camp Randall. Alabama rolls Miami. The first full Saturday of college football delivered!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 05, 2021
Week 1 picks against the spread with Ari
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Andy Staples & Ari Wasserman react to Ohio State's win over Minnesota and pick week 1 games against the spread including North Carolina at Virginia Tech, Indiana at Iowa, Notre Dame at Florida State, Penn State at Wisconsin, Alabama vs. Miami, Georgia vs. Clemson, LSU at UCLA & more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 03, 2021
Big Cat declares his love for college football
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Andy is joined by special guest Dan Katz aka 'Barstool Big Cat' to take a deep dive into everything college football. Dan explains why the sport is more than about winning a National Championship. It's about tradition, friendship, history and more. One the eve of the 2021 college football season the guys discuss what makes the crazy and wacky sport we all love so great. Plus, the top CFB fan bases that get mad online. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 02, 2021
One True Pod: Week 1 preview in the Big 12
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We have entered September, and that means Big 12 football is back! Max, Sam and Jason get you ready for each matchup of week 1. Game picks, Texas names a starting QB, OU vs. Tulane game moved to Norman, and more! Plus, Oklahoma H-backs/tight ends Jeremiah Hall and Brayden Willis join the show to talk about their new podcast! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 02, 2021
Inside the story: How Bishop Sycamore conned ESPN
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Andy & Ari discuss their deeply reported story about Bishop Sycamore, the high school football team that conned ESPN into putting them on TV to play IMG Academy. Fake recruits, not enough players, two games in three days and a broadcast team that called for the game to be stopped in the 3rd quarter. This almost unbelievable story has it all. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 01, 2021
Power Auer: Conference champions, playoff picks & week 1 matchups
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Nicole Auerbach and Michael Felder project champions for all 10 FBS leagues, make their official preseason CFB Playoff picks and discuss some intriguing week 1 matchups. Plus, which programs are rising up the elevator to the penthouse and which programs are on their way down to the basement? Last call! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 31, 2021
Football & Grits: Previewing all 14(!) week 1 SEC games
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The Athletic's David Ubben and Andy Staples preview the 14(!) non-conference SEC games this weekend. Georgia vs. Clemson in Charlotte is the main event in terms of national appeal but each matchup will help us get to know what these programs will look like in 2021. Strap in, the season is finally here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 30, 2021
Week 0 instant/over reaction & talent composite analysis
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Andy, Ari Wasserman, and Chris Vannini react to Week 0's headlining games. According to Nebraska message boards, this season is just one long interview process for the program's next head coach following a disappointing season-opening loss to Illinois. Is Scott Frost, more or less, out the door? The trio takes recommendations from Huskers fans for the university's next head honcho. What is the complexion of the team as a whole, and what did Saturday's win say about Bret Bielema and his team? UCLA hogtied Hawaii defensively, only allowing 10 points in what was a 30+ point blowout. Is this a foreshadow of our UCLA-LSU bet, where eating an entire banana, peel and all, hangs in the balance? The guys grab their clipboards and other recruiting paraphernalia as they examine 247's talent composite. Which teams exceeded, and fell short of, our expectations? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVannini Save 33% on an annual subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 29, 2021
Biggest Week 1 questions & intriguing win totals w/ Stanford Steve
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Andy and ESPN's "Stanford" Steve Coughlin, co-host of "Stanford Steve & The Bear" podcast and personality on Sportscenter with Scott Van Pelt, discuss intriguing win totals like Penn State and Indiana. The guys also chat about some of college football's biggest questions in week one including, will Miami be No. 1 in the country if they beat Alabama? Plus, Illinois-Nebraska bets, and will Andy be forced to eat an entire banana, peel and all?! Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Steve on Twitter: @StanfordSteve82 Save 33% on an annual subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 27, 2021
One True Pod: Win total over/unders
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Jason, Sam and Max go into "The Alliance" and what it means more the future of Bob Bowlsby and the Big 12. Plus, the guys put on their betting hats and go through win total over/unders for each program in the conference. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 26, 2021
A trip down the QB rabbit hole with Andrew Perloff
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Andy is joined by The Dan Patrick Show's Andrew Perloff aka McLovin. Perloff talks about how he fell in love with college football and tries to understand the ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12 alliance. Is it actually real? No one signed any documents! The guys discuss how fun it is to watch college football players grow on & off the field then take on the NFL. Plus, a trip down the Texas high school QB rabbit hole.  Subscribe to The Athletic: www.theathletic.com/andystaples Follow Andy: @andy_staples Follow Andrew: @andrewperloff Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 25, 2021
Power Auer: ACC, Big Ten & Pac-12 officially announce alliance
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The ACC, Big Ten & Pac-12 alliance is official. Nicole Auerbach and Michael Felder discuss what it means for all three conferences and college football as a whole. The three conferences work together on multiple fronts, from College Football Playoff expansion to NCAA governance issues and annual football scheduling. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 24, 2021
Football & Grits: SEC vs. everybody + recruiting confidential
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David Ubben and Andy Staples are joined by Josh Kendall to discuss his one-on-one conversation with SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. What will the future of college football look like without the NCAA? Does the ACC, Big Ten & Pac-12 alliance pose a threat to the league? Plus, an inside look at recruiting in the states of South Carolina and Tennessee. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 23, 2021
Players we're most excited to watch; CFB cool kids' table & Frost's future
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We're almost there! The college football season is in sight, and there's no better college football podcast appetizer than what Andy and Ari serve up in today's show. Before nominating and elaborating on their lists of players they're most excited to watch this season, the guys discuss the NCAA's investigation into Nebraska because of allegations of improper use of analysts and consultants and illegal workouts. In light of these potential violations, what's Scott Frost's future? Who is the Regina George of college football? Andy and Ari name college football cool kids and label which teams are on the cusp of joining the Queen Bees' table (#GlenCoco). Lastly, the guys take inventory of college football's most exciting players, namely, the ones who interest them most, including TreVeyon Henderson, Emory Jones, and Jahleel Billingsley, among others. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Save 33% on an annual subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 23, 2021
Sooners' National Championship campaign & SEC outlook w/ Gabe Ikard
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Andy and ex-Oklahoma center and host of Big 12 Today on SiriusXM Gabe Ikard discuss all things Sooners in today's pod. The duo focus on Oklahoma's vastly improved defense and the club's 2021 outlook. If Spencer Rattler and the defense are as billed, will this squad contend for a National Championship? Plus, a $1K bet with Holly Rowe?! Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Gabe on Twitter: @GabeIkard https://www.heyartifact.com/loveletters/ Save 33% on an annual subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 20, 2021
One True Pod: Big 12 QB battles
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On this week's episode of One True Pod, Max dives into interesting QB battles in the conference, Sam breaks down what he saw first-hand at Texas' open practice, and Jason explains why he's excited about the return of the Texas State Fair. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 19, 2021
AAC Snapshot: Cincinnati's ceiling; Malzahn era begins & Aresco, conference's future
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Andy welcomes The Athletic's Group of Five savant Chris Vannini to the program to discuss the most pressing storylines in the American Athletic Conference. What college football rumor circulating online should you ignore? What is the AAC's future under commissioner Michael Aresco in lieu of the recent realignment tornado? How far can Cincinnati rise this season? Will they beat Notre Dame and Indiana? Can Gus Malzahn elevate Dillon Gabriel's play to new heights? Plus, the Fickells are workout and recruiting machines; we are anxiously awaiting the return of big guy touchdowns, and Chris Berman's legendary nicknames. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVannini Save 33% on an annual subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 18, 2021
Power Auer: 2021 title contenders (Part 2)
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Nicole Auerbach and Michael Felder lean into a discussion about the big dogs in college football: Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State & Oklahoma. We all know these teams are great but what is each team's kryptonite? Last call! Follow Nicole: @NicoleAuerbach Follow Michael: @inthebleachers Subscribe to The Athletic: theathletic.com/nicole Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 17, 2021
Football & Grits: SEC West preview
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David Ubben & Andy Staples return to 'Football & Grits' to preview the SEC West. Any conversation about the SEC West starts with Alabama. Will the Crimson Tide run the division, and the sport, again in 2021? Texas A&M is coming off its best season under Jimbo Fisher. Can the Aggies keep it rolling? Max Johnson will start at QB for LSU. Can the Tigers have a bounceback season? Lane Kiffin is in year two at Ole Miss and so is Mike Leach at Mississippi State. Auburn is a major question mark coming into the season. Sam Pittman is building a positive culture at Arkansas. The best division in college football is going to be fun in 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 16, 2021
ACC, Pac-12 & Big Ten in talks to create alliance + 2021 hot seat
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Andy & Ari discuss news that broke on Friday about the ACC, Pac-12 & Big Ten potentially creating an alliance in response to the SEC adding Oklahoma and Texas. What would the Big Ten gain from this? Would this make the sport better and how does it impact playoff expansion? The guys debate. 2021 HOT SEAT: Scott Frost, Jim Harbaugh, Justin Fuente & Clay Helton. Artifact link: heyartifact.com/loveletters Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 16, 2021
Running with Ralphie
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Andy is joined by Savannah Spakes, one of the handlers of Colorado's live mascot Ralphie the Buffalo. Savannah goes in depth about the amount of preparation and coordination it takes to pull off one of the most intense and exciting traditions in the sport of college football. First, Andy addresses Auburn Coach Bryan Harsin's gift to the local media and reveals how BYU walk-ons all got on scholarship thanks to NIL. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 13, 2021
One True Pod: Baylor's minor NCAA penalties
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Max, Jason and Sam dive into the minor penalties given to Baylor after the investigation into sexual assault cases. Plus, Jason talks about his story on following around Spencer Rattler for four hours. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 12, 2021
2021 college football Freaks List w/ Bruce Feldman
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A year-long wait is too much Bruce Feldman! Too much, I say! But, we finally have it, The Athletic's 2021 edition of the Freaks List, composed by Bruce, himself. Andy and Bruce highlight the Herculean, extraterrestrial, mammoth strength, and freakish athleticism, possessed by some of the nation's top college football athletes. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Bruce on Twitter: @BruceFeldmanCFB Save 33% on an annual subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 11, 2021
Power Auer: 2021 title contenders (Part 1)
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Nicole Auerbach & Michael Felder give their definitive takes on fall weddings. Fair or foul? Who are the national title contenders this season? Part 1 features Georgia, Oregon, Washington and Notre Dame. Plus, last call! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 10, 2021
Football & Grits: SEC East preview
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David Ubben and Andy Staples preview the 2021 SEC East season. Is this the year Georgia can run the table? Week 1 vs. Clemson could set the tone for the entire season. How does Florida replace Kyle Trask at QB? After the Dawgs & Gators which program ranks 3rd in the SEC East pecking order? South Carolina, Tennessee & Vandy all have first year coaches in Shane Beamer, Josh Heupel and Clark Lea, respectively. Plus, Eli Drinkwitz enters year 2 at Mizzou. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 09, 2021
'21's most surprising teams; remembering Bobby Bowden & ranking dipping sauces
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Indiana looks pretty impressive this season. Just take a look at their two-deep roster. Yep, optimism is a-brewin'. Alright, thanks for listening. Oh...there's more? Fine. College football's Wonder Twins, Andy and Ari, transform into a well-rounded, non-Indiana-focused podcast and discuss the legacy of legendary Florida State football coach, Bobby Bowden. The guys each propose teams that could surprise us in 2021. Could UCLA contend for Pac-12 South supremacy? Is Kentucky a 10-win program, and speaking of SEC schools, is Georgia bound for a National Title appearance? Plus, what do Andy and Ari think of Michigan State, Arizona, and, Ari's favorite team of all time, Texas?! Lastly, the gents rank their favorite dipping sauces. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Save 33% on an annual subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 09, 2021
How to watch college football in 2021 (and beyond) w/ Ralph Russo
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Andy and Associated Press College Football keyboard commander, Ralph Russo, examine how college football will be consumed in 2021 and beyond. Could Peacock, NBC's streaming service, usher in a new Renaissance of college football consumption with their exclusive game rights to Notre Dame v. Toledo? How so? Will fans pay per view to watch their favorite team(s)? Where does SEC coverage rank among Disney's most valuable assets in its portfolio? Will Texas and Oklahoma augment the SEC's value? Also, how will Disney bundle their services in the future? Who is the wildcard in the streaming space?  Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ralph on Twitter: @ralphDrussoAP Save 33% on an annual subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 06, 2021
Big 12 and Pac 12 commissioners meet to discuss partnership
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Andy is joined by 'One True Pod' co-hosts Max Olson & Sam Khan Jr. to discuss the news that Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby and Pac-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff are meeting on Tuesday to discuss potential partnership opportunities. The guys listen and react to some of Monday's Texas senate hearing about the Longhorns leaving the Big 12. No one mixes politics and football like the state of Texas. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Max on Twitter: @max_olson Follow Sam on Twitter: @skhanjr Save 33% on an annual subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 03, 2021
Power Auer: Texas at the nexus of college football
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Nicole Auerbach and Michael Felder discuss Quinn Ewers' decision to skip his senior high school senior season to enroll immediately at Ohio State. A Texas senate hearing about the Longhorns' decision to leave the Big 12 goes beautifully off the rails. Last call! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 03, 2021
Dear Andy & Ari: P5 teams on the chopping block; Quinn Ewers' choice & ranking chain restaurant appetizers
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Andy and Ari combine their mailbags and answer your questions! Which Power 5 teams could be booted from their conferences based on television ratings? Andy and Ari list the merits and shortcomings of each team on the brink of ousting. How big is the revenue gap between college football and basketball, and why such a shocking chasm? Ari, The Athletic's recruiting and Ohio State sage, reacts to Quinn Ewers, the top QB prospect out of Texas, contemplating leaving high school early to join OSU because of Texas' "stupid" NIL rule. Lastly, the guys rank chain restaurant appetizers. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Save 33% off an annual subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 02, 2021
Bob Bowlsby, Big 12 declare war on ESPN; pumping breaks on playoff expansion & ACC, Pac-12's next moves in realignment
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Andy and Max Olson trampoline back into the realignment fray! With programs eyeing new uniform patches, hesitancy about an expanded playoff format has surfaced. What's given rise to playoff expansion apprehension? Who has their feet on the breaks? Bob Bowlsby and the Big 12 have declared war on ESPN. Why did Bowlsby accuse ESPN of tampering with the Big 12? Is legal action a realistic possibility? Plus, what's the ACC and Pac-12's move in this realignment madness? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Max on Twitter: @max_olson Save 33% on an annual subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 31, 2021
What's the Big 12's "Irate 8's" next move w/ Max Olson & David Ubben
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Andy accompanied by The Athletic's Max Olson and David Ubben, spit truth about Texas, Oklahoma, the Big 12, and the SEC in today's show. An awkward, uncomfortable college football divorce has the guys channeling their inner Yeezy, signing "we want prenup! We want prenup (Yeah!)". With Texas and Oklahoma out of the picture, what will the Big 12's middle class, the "Irate 8", do now that the Longhorns and Sooners are out of the picture? Will the Big 12 dissolve? Which teams could supplement the existing eight, allowing the conference to remain afloat? Should the remaining programs switch helmet stickers, and if so, which programs will wind up where? Could the AAC be a landing spot for some clubs? How do television ratings from past years affect the course of the realignment, and where does BYU fit into all of this? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Max on Twitter: @maxolson Follow David on Twitter: @davidubben Save 33% on an annual subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 28, 2021
Power Auer: Texas & Oklahoma are leaving the Big 12
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Nicole Auerbach, Michael Felder and Chris Vannini discuss the news of Texas and Oklahoma officially announcing that they won't extend their Grant of Rights. What does this mean for the remaining 8 schools in the Big 12? Where does the power shift in the college football landscape?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 27, 2021
Texas A&M's "nightmare"; should Big Ten poach Pac-12 powers & which conference bites the dust?
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MORE REALIGNMENT MADNESS! Andy and Ari pinch their noses and plunge into the ever-changing college football waters, breaststroking towards Texas A&M's "recruiting nightmare". How would Texas and Oklahoma joining the SEC affect the Aggies' recruiting endeavors? Big 10 faux-commissioner Andy Staples unveils an earthshaking plan that would benefit the Big 10 and Pac-12. Why is college football quickly transforming into a Power 2 system? Andy and Ari pull out the history books, reminding us of the impetus behind the last major college football realignment. What addition should the ACC swiftly make? Which conference might bite the dust? Plus, could Arizona State be the next dominant West coast power?  Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 26, 2021
Are Texas & Oklahoma SEC bound?! w/ Max Olson
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Andy and The Athletic's college football phenom Max Olson put thoughts to words regarding a report from Brent Zwerneman of the Houston Chronicle that Texas and Oklahoma have expressed interest in joining the SEC. You. Read. That. Right. Could two of the Big 12's crown jewels be on the move? How would this transition affect both conferences? Who would slide into the vacant Big 12 seats, and why are both clubs interested in actuating a multi-conference realignment? Plus, what other dominos would topple because of this move? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Max on Twitter: @maxolson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 22, 2021
Early takeaways from SEC Media Days: lucrative NIL deals; crackdown on fake injuries & Deion (or just Coach?) dips out w/ David Ubben
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Andy and The Athletic's University of Tennessee keyboard clacker, David Ubben, react to storylines from the opening days of SEC Media Days. Who has been the most entertaining coach so far according to David? Bryce Young might make HOW MUCH MONEY from his NIL partnerships? Tennessee receiver, Grant Frerking, is among few others who is completely exploiting NIL benefits to its fullest. John McDaid, SEC coordinator of officials, expressed conference adjudicators' intent to crackdown on players faking injuries. How do flag throwers intend to judge whether a player is truly injured? Deion Sanders....umm...or maybe just Coach, dipped out of SWAC media day after being referred to by his first name. Andy and David remind us that there was a similar controversy in the SEC not too long ago. Also, is Sanders distracting from his team with, presumably, these publicity stunts? Lastly, the guys help an overseas listener pick a college football team to root for. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow David on Twitter: @davidubben Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 21, 2021
Power Auer: Who can stop Alabama?
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Nicole Auerbach and Michael Felder dive into the long-standing question of 'Who can challenge Alabama?' Georgia? Oklahoma? Plus, how warm is the hot seat for Clay Helton and Ed Orgeron? "Final Call" shouts out offensive linemen and the WNBA. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 20, 2021
Games that will redefine our team expectations; Team Superpower vs. Team Field & Ari's adulting adventures cont.
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In another glamorous Monday podcast with Andy and Ari, the college football pundits pick early-season games that could change their opinions of the teams playing. . Would North Carolina be considered the early-season ACC favorite if they beat Virginia Tech? What if the Hokies were to win, where would they be in the conference's hierarchy? Recognized as the podcast's 'Mascot Game' to start the year, LSU-UCLA will be a telling matchup for both teams. Will Penn State rebound from a forgettable 2020 season to become the most improved team in college football by beating Wisconsin? In a fun reader-recommended exercise, Andy and Ari construct their 'Team Superpower' and 'Team Field' from, respectively, their top-four college football programs and the remaining teams and players in the sport before pitting them against one another. Who would win? Would Team Superpower be the underdog? If so, why? Lastly, more adulting tales from Ari. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 19, 2021
Big 12 Media Days takeaways w/ Sam Khan Jr.
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Andy and The Athletic's "Texpert" Sam Khan Jr. thumb through the Big 12 Media Days storylines. What singular question was Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby peppered with at the start of media days? What was Steve Sarkisian's response to questions along the line of "what has cursed Texas and how can it be remedied'? Who will start at QB for the Longhorns? Should Oklahoma lose an opening-round playoff game, will people begin to question if Lincoln Riley can get the job done? So...Horns Down is illegal now? Why? Just why? Just at 26-years-old, Kenny Hill is swiftly rising up the college coaching ranks now as TCU's quarterbacks coach. How high is the ceiling for the ex-Aggies QB? Plus, Dave Aranda's second year outlook and Lance Leipold's tenure at KU is already off to a KU-esque start. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Sam on Twitter: @skhanjr Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 16, 2021
North Carolina head coach Mack Brown joins the show!
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Andy welcomes North Carolina head football coach Mack Brown to the show! Mack discusses the Tar Heels' early-season challenges and the meaning of "R.S.P." (1:00). Can Sam Howell lead UNC to a playoff berth? Coach Brown recounts recruiting the 20-year-old North Carolina native and converses about the squad's offense (8:30). How did Brown's television career lend itself to improving his coaching abilities? Did his departure from Texas inspire growth (21:15)? Plus, coach's TikTok debut and his thoughts on "purpose" (23:30). Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Mack Brown on Twitter: @CoachMackBrown Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 14, 2021
Power Auer: Playing for the brand
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Nicole welcomes Matt Brown to the show. Matt is the publisher of 'Extra Points', a newsletter covering the off the field stuff that shapes college sports. How much effort will college athletes have to put into creating their own brand now that they can sell their name, image & likeness? Plus, last calls!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 13, 2021
The one question we'd ask at each conference media day
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Fresh off their vacations, Andy and Ari are back in action and with media days in their sights, the guys each pose a question that they'd ask at each conference's media day. Which non-Clemson ACC team is ready to carry some weight? What's a better outcome for Michigan: a season with a winning record, or a year where the team beats Ohio State but is .500 at best? Coach Sark, in your eyes, what's held Texas back in the past? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 12, 2021
State of the Program: Penn State w/ Audrey Snyder
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Andy and the (Nittany) lion of Penn State coverage for The Athletic, Audrey Snyder, joins the show to preview PSU's 2021 season. Was 2020 the most bizarre and inauspicious campaign in school history? What can Penn St. fans expect from Mike Yurcich's offense? How will Sean Clifford and the club's skill position players be utilized this year? Which defense position is deepest for James Franklin's crew? Does Penn stand a chance against Ohio State this season? Should the university consider hosting TWO White Outs? Andy and Audrey eagerly look ahead to the season-opener against Wisconsin. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Audrey on Twitter: @audsnyder4 Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 09, 2021
CFB '21 Win Totals: Could Clemson miss the playoffs; North Carolina a 10-win team & is the Texas turnaround here?
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Can you feel it, Mr. Krabs? There are only seven-ish weeks until the 2021 College Football season is here, and though kickoff still seems so far away, Andy and Ari try mollifying this sense of longing by going over 2021 win totals. Just as Ari's about to make my life easy by dropping a magma-hot take, he freezes it quicker than Han Solo in Carbonite by spinning a preface to his opinion, but then he gets to it - Clemson may miss the playoffs. Is there a chance Dabo and co. miss the postseason? Which games on their schedule could they lose? Staying in ACC land, can Sam Howell and the Tar Heels win 10 games this year? Which Big 12 team might fall short of expectations this year after exceeding them last year? Penn State is primed for a bounce-back campaign after last year's stinker, right? Does Steve Sarkisian have enough Crimson Tide wax to polish a dull Texas team, and how many games will LSU win?  Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 07, 2021
Power Auer: For better or for worse? Part 2
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Nicole Auerbach and Michael Felder continue their discussion about how programs today compare to what they were in the 90's. The conversation resumes with Pac-12 teams, transitions into the SEC and concludes with some group of 5 programs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 06, 2021
NIL is HERE: Best deals, brands so far; Cameo is crazy & why is Andy willing to donate $2,000?
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Name, image and likeness is here! Andy and The Athletic's Bruce Feldman react to NIL's maiden voyage and hone in on deals and brands by athletes that are already turning heads. Is Cameo a potential goldmine for athletes? Andy and Bruce unearth some gems in Cameo's Rolodex of celebrities and athletes and decide whether these stars are over- or undercharging for their services. Lastly, under what circumstance would Andy donate $2,000? (Hint: It has to do with Stewart Mandel and a guitar.) Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Bruce on Twitter: @BruceFeldmanCFB Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 02, 2021
The Transfer Portal Top 100 w/ Max Olson
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Andy and The Athletic's Max Olson jump into the transfer portal discourse like they're at Apertuer Science, Inc. (#thecakeisalie)! The guys outline the criteria used to rank the transfer portal stakeholders and highlight the Tennessee-to-Oklahoma move. Which SEC school's offense projects to take a huge leap forward in 2021 because of the portal? Which transfer quarterback will have the most impact next season? The duo provides a comprehensive look at some top-100 footballers to deduce why these athletes moved on from their former programs, and project how they'll perform at their new homes. Also, who won the transfer portal sweepstakes? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Max on Twitter: @max_olson Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit; theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 30, 2021
Power Auer: For better or for worse? Part 1
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Nicole Auerbach and Michael Felder discuss which college football programs are for the better or for the worse compared to what they were in the 1990's. Plus, last call! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 29, 2021
Arizona State controversy; redefining what is/isn't cheating with NIL inception & helping Ari adult
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In light of the NCAA investigating allegations about Arizona State hosting recruits during the 15-month non-contact period, Andy and Ari frame just how reprehensible ASU's actions were and how it offended other football programs. What will happen next with the team? The guys then channel their inner Dr. Derek Shepherd and attempt to reprogram college football fans' brains to recognize what is/isn't cheating with NIL rules looming. How real is the concern that above-market deals will be offered to recruits in exchange for their commitment? How will NCAA and schools stonewall this uneasiness? Ari explains the latest college football renaissance. Lastly, Andy teaches Ari how to adult (who bags their grass clippings?). Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Join The Athletic for $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 28, 2021
State of the Program: Texas w/ Sam Khan Jr.
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Andy and The Athletic's Texas Longhorns penman Sam Khan Jr. check-in on the crown jewel of Austin. What will it take from Steve Sarkisian to help restore UT to its former luster? Is cultivating and nurturing talent Sarkisian's top task as head coach? How many first-round picks will the program produce in time for next year's draft? Hudson Card was the prohibitive favorite to take Texas' first snap of the year, but Casey Thompson's Alamo Bowl performance places him square in the running for the starting QB job. What criteria will Sarkisian use when choosing his starting signal-caller? The guys consider how Texas will handle its school song "The Eyes of Texas" and how it relates to players, fans, and recruits' reservations. Plus, Andy and Sam perform a temperature check of the Big 12 and weigh where Texas ranks among the conference's best clubs; can Sarkisian, who was in close proximity to Alabama's success, impart what he learned in Tuscaloosa to his program, and why won't Andy give Texas the benefit of the doubt? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Sam on Twitter: @skhanjr Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 25, 2021
A 12-team CFP will start in 2023, bet on it & next steps in NCAA v. Alston w/ Dan Wetzel
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Andy welcomes Yahoo Sports columnist, Dan Wetzel, to the podcast to conjointly state, "WE WERE RIGHT ALL ALONG! WE. TOLD. YOU. LOL"! Joking aside, the guys engage in a boastful, yet nuanced discussion about everything that's transpired these last two weeks. From SCOTUS ruling against the NCAA in a dispute about athlete compensation rights, to how this decision could impact schools like Boise State when facing the Alabamas of the recruiting world, to Dan's metaphor for all of this, "pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered". Could a 12-team College Football Playoff be implemented as late as 2026? Andy wagers it won't. He and Dan explain why, plus, Notre Dame's Jack Swarbrick is a genius; bowl games just jumped in value, and though NIL won't be official until July 1st, there are already people profiting off of it, none of which are student-athletes. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Dan on Twitter: @DanWetzel Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 23, 2021
Power Auer: CFP meetings & Clemson's rise to the top of CFB
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Nicole is in Dallas where she is covering College Football Playoff expansion discussions between Commissioners, Athletic Directors and University Presidents. Clemson beat writer Grace Raynor joins the show as this week's co-host! She talks about her story on Clemson's unlikely rise to a college football power. Plus, last call! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 22, 2021
"Student athletes finally have a voice": Supreme Court rules against NCAA in athlete-compensation dispute
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Andy and Ari, college football scriveners turned legal analysts, dissect and inspect the Supreme Court's decision favoring athlete compensation. Why did SCOTUS unanimously voice its rejection of the NCAA's case? Despite ruling favorably in the name of athletes, why did this movement take so long to form? How will college football fans, employees, and athletes view amateurism moving forward? How will this affect the modus operandi of student-athletes? Could we witness holdouts, negotiations, etc. from athletes? What does the future hold in the program-athlete dynamic? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 21, 2021
Hayes Fawcett, the man behind the best recruiting edits in college football, joins the show!
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Andy welcomes Hayes Fawcett to the podcast. Now, you may not know Hayes by his name, but you will undoubtedly recognize his work as the paragon of recruit edits on social media. Hayes paints his backstory as a middle-school-aged kid creating stylistic photos for some of the best high school recruits in the country. His craftsmanship and cachet have grown over time, leading him to have access to recruiting information no one else has. Hayes discusses how his audiences differ from platform to platform, and how he's built relationships with some of the biggest-named recruits and coaches in the country. He also shares how new tech and techniques have helped his work, what he's learned about recruiting from his unique perspective, and the most surprising commitment of his young career. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Hayes on Twitter: @Hayesfawcett3 Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 18, 2021
Notre Dame State of the Program: Did Irish "mortgage" their CFP future; Coan or Buchner at QB & is joining the ACC on the table w/ Pete Sampson
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Andy and The Athletic's Notre Dame wizard writer Pete Sampson run the Notre Dame football gamut. What are the College Football Playoff 12-team field's implications on Notre Dame? Would it behoove the Irish to join the ACC now? Did Jack Swarbrick and the College Football Playoff working group mortgage Notre Dame's championship aspirations when implementing a 12-team cage match? The duo motor through the granular details of Notre Dame's 2021 outlook, including who handles quarterbacking duties. Will it be Jack Coan or the young buck, Tyler Buchner? Who could be Notre Dame's breakout star this year? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Pete on Twitter: @PeteSampson_ Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit; theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 16, 2021
Power Auer: TV's impact on college football
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Nicole Auerbach and Stadium's Michael Felder discuss how some people love football because it's one of the best reality TV show out there. The way rights holders like ESPN or Stadium present the sport has a massive impact on its popularity. How will networks present an expanded CFB Playoff? Plus, last call! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 15, 2021
Biggest winner in a 12-team CFP; is 12 too many & will recruiting power balance shift?
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Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Andy and Ari unite to parse details of a 12-team College Football Playoff. An expanded postseason presents opportunities not only for programs that have been on the sidelines during the four-team era, but also gives CFP incumbents a second chance at a title. Are stakes higher than they've ever been before, or is there less stress in a wider field? Are 12 teams too many? Who is the biggest winner in this decision? Will recruiting change because of an expanded playoff to benefit teams that, in past years, have been on the outside looking in? Which teams have the easiest paths? Plus, Ari's Home Depot anxieties, and which housewarming gift should Andy gift Ari? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 14, 2021
Strap in for a 12-team College Football Playoff w/ Max Olson
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Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit; theathletic.com/andystaples Visit Blue Chew: https://go.bluechew.com/andy Andy and Max Olson weigh the pros and cons of a 12-team playoff. The pair ponder why this potential change took so long to implement, and discuss how a field of 12 will function. Plus, how would previous year's playoffs look in a 12-team format?  Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Max on Twitter: @maxolson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 11, 2021
Will Alabama's reign continue with Saban extension? & 2021 Crimson Tide preview w/ Aaron Suttles
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Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit; theathletic.com/andystaples Andy, joined by The Athletic's Alabama Crimson Tide know-it-all Aaron Suttles, react to Nick Saban and the University of Alabama agreeing to a contract extension that will keep the seven-time national champion in the driver's seat until after the 2028 season. Will business continue as usual for Alabama? How has consistency aided Saban in constructing the Crimson Machine? The guys then deviate to an overarching look at Alabama's roster and staff. What expectations does Bill O'Brien face as the face of 'Bama's offense? Speaking of offense, the starting-11 will look almost entirely different from last year's national championship squad. Who will replace Mac Jones, DeVonta Smith, Jaylen Waddle, Najee Harris, et. al? How heavy a load will Bryce Young have to carry on his shoulders? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Aaron on Twitter: @AaronSuttles Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 09, 2021
Power Auer: Building a roster and developing talent in the transfer portal era
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Nicole Auerbach welcomes Stadium's Michael Felder to the show to discuss the latest news in college football. Nick Saban in extended at Alabama until 2028. How does this impact the sport for the next 7 years? How long will he coach for? Plus, coaches now more than ever, because of the transfer portal, have to find balancing between building a roster compared to developing talent. How difficult is it to do both? Last calls! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 08, 2021
Dear Andy & Ari: Coaching wins above replacement & salaries; private school recruiting challenges & how do you fold your t-shirts?
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Visit Blue Chew: https://go.bluechew.com/andy Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples With a flooded inbox like the Dursley's when Hogwarts is attempting to contact Harry Potter, Andy and Ari act as your college-football-podcast lighthouse, guiding you to the answers you seek amid a storm of questions (just hopefully your stay doesn't involve a pig's tail). Increased coaching salaries are awarded for a number of reasons, but in the case of another university or the NFL poaching skippers, do ADs have access to that information or are they taking agents' words at face value? Is it prudent to call a coach's bluff? Which coaches rank best in wins above replacement, and should there be concern over long-term contracts? Besides the obvious, what hurdles, if any, do private schools face in recruiting? What about U of 'X' and directional schools? Lastly, how do you fold your t-shirts, and why should you make your bed every morning? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 07, 2021
The Manning QB legacy continues with 2023 prospect Arch
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Andy is joined by The Athletic's Sr. Writer Jeff Duncan to discuss his story on 2023 QB prospect Arch Manning. Arch is the nephew of Peyton & Eli Manning and the son of Cooper Manning. Arch says his recruitment is "wide, wide open" meaning college football's power brokers will be doing everything possible to land the talented prospect. With the recruiting dead period over, Arch is headed on the road to take official visits and is starting with Clemson. In-state LSU is doing everything possible to keep Arch in Louisiana. Other schools on Arch's long list include Alabama, Notre Dame, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Ole Miss & Texas. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 04, 2021
Recruit-a-palooza!: Future of recruitment, new workouts & the 'Bama Bump' w/ Ari Wasserman
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Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples The recruiting dams have crumbled, flooding today's show, with Andy and Ari, with, well, recruiting chatter. After a 15-month recruiting dead period, college football's talent search is heating up, and with a few new wrinkles this time around. The guys chitchat about the future of recruiting and how geography isn't influencing recruits as much compared to years past. How will the addition of workouts in front of coaches impact the way on-campus visits are handled? Is there more boom-bust potential for recruits at camps? What is the 'Bama Bump' and how does it affect recruiting? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 02, 2021
Power Auer: In-person recruiting is back
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Nicole Auerbach welcomes The Athletic's 'Texpert' Sam Khan Jr. to the show! After a 14 month hiatus, in-person recruiting is back in college football & coaches are preparing for one of the most hectic months in the sports history. Florida State opened the doors of its facility at 12am Tuesday for players and their parents. Sam discusses how roster building is much different now because of the one-time transfer rule & the portal. Plus, last call! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 01, 2021
Random Ranking: Reality TV shows
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Andy & David Ubben reveal their rankings of the 10 best reality shows of all time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 31, 2021
How USC’s 2001 upset of UCLA set a new precedent for West Coast college football dominance w/ Antonio Morales
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Join The Athletic for just $1 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Andy and The Athletic's USC guru Antonio Morales reminisce about the Trojans' 2001 blowout win over UCLA as well as how a signature for USC shaped West Coast college football for the next two decades. Follow Andy on Twitter: @AndyStaples Follow Antonio on Twitter: @AntonioCMorales Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 28, 2021
How Boise State’s 2001 upset of Fresno State set the stage for 2 decades of dominance w/ Chris Vannini
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Join The Athletic for just $1 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Andy and The Athletic's Group of Five word-furnisher Chris Vannini reminisce about Boise States' 2001 upset of Fresno State, and how the Broncos' shocker catapulted them to nearly 20 years of dominance. The duo discuss Fresno's success in 2001, and how the WAC's top dog performed leading up to its confrontation with Boise State. Dan Hawkins producing results in his first season was impressive. Was Boise's victory an eye-opener for athletic donors? How did Hawkins stimulate facility upgrades and donations? Chris Petersen's greatest accomplishment was, arguably, his ability to maintain and improve upon BSU's culture. What was the most vital part to BSU's run? Why isn't Boise State the same powerhouse in the G5 that it was a decade-plus ago? The program's approach to recruiting and ability to identify talent is almost like a cheat sheet for Power 5 schools. Plus, Boise's branding success, and how can they sustain this level of success? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVannini Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 26, 2021
Transfer portal winners & a return to full stadium capacity
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Nicole Auerbach & Chris Vannini discuss 2021 transfer portal winners! Florida State, Alabama, UCF, Oklahoma & USC all have managed to improve their roster through college football's relatively new "free agency". Athletic departments throughout the country are making announcements about the plan to have stadiums at full capacity this fall. Will attendance increase this season after not being able to go to games in 2020? Plus, last call! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 25, 2021
How did a loss to Colorado in 2001 spur Nebraska's downward spiral w/ Mitch Sherman
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Andy and The Athletic's Nebraska Cornhuskers keyboard clicker Mitch Sherman reflect on Nebraska's 2001 loss to Colorado, and how the Buffaloes' triumph led to the Cornhuskers' precipitous, near-two-decade- long fall from grace. The guys chat about the early 2000's complexion of the Big 12 North, Nebraska's inability to adjust to Colorado's offensive scheme, and, how prior to clashing with the Buffs', Frank Solich's team was in a position to contend for a BCS National Title. Speaking of Solich, what ripple effects did his firing have on the program, and how did the loss to Colorado and Miami affect the team emotionally? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Mitch on Twitter: @mitchsherman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 24, 2021
Two 2001 upsets that changed the Big Ten & SEC for the next 20 years
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The 2001 season included games that impacted college football for the next 20 years. The Athletic’s Editor-in-Chief Stewart Mandel joins the show to discuss the Michigan vs. Ohio State rivalry. Plus, Andy dives into his piece on LSU vs. Tennessee and how the Vols never rebounded. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 24, 2021
State of the Program: Oklahoma
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The Athletic's Oklahoma beat writer Jason Kersey joins Andy Staples to talk about all things Sooners. How will Spencer Rattler looks in his second season as starting QB? Can Lincoln Riley get Oklahoma back to the CFP? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 19, 2021
Power Auer: Pac-12 hires MGM executive as new Commissioner
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Nicole Auerbach & Chris Vannini share their thoughts on the Pac-12's decision to replace Larry Scott with entertainment executive Larry Kliavkoff. The new commissioner will take over on July 1st & has already stated rebuilding the conference's football brand is a main strategy. What else does his appointment mean for the 'Conference of Champions'? Nicole & Chris have an update on NIL laws as we approach the July 1 deadline. Plus, last call! Sam Houston State wins the FCS National Championship. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 18, 2021
State of the Program: Virginia Tech
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The Athletic’s Virginia Tech beat writer Andy Bitter joins Andy Staples to discuss the Hokies. Head Coach Justin Fuente is still tasked with leading the program after a season of uncertainty. How long will he remain in Blacksburg? Notre Dame & West Virginia are on the schedule this year. VT will kick off the season on a Friday night vs. North Carolina.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 17, 2021
Bonus Episode: The Athletic’s Small Business Story | Part 3 of 3
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Part Three of The Athletic’s Origins story for Dell Technologies ‘Small Business Podference’ series. In this episode The Athletic’s co-founders Alex Mather and Adam Hansmann continue on about the company’s expansion into the U.K., how the team got through the shutdown of sports and challenges that lay ahead. Writers, Marcus Thompson, Anthony Slater, Zach Harper and David Aldridge give their thoughts on that process as well. For the complete lineup of episodes, visit delltechnologiespodference.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 15, 2021
Bonus Episode: The Athletic’s Small Business Story | Part 2 of 3
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Part Two of The Athletic’s Origins story for Dell Technologies ‘Small Business Podference’ series. In this episode The Athletic’s co-founders Alex Mather and Adam Hansmann continue on about the company’s first steps into the marketplace. The challenges they met selling this idea to investors, and journalists they were trying to recruit, specifically with the expansion into the Bay Area. Writers, Marcus Thompson and Anthony Slater give their thoughts on that process as well. For the complete lineup of episodes, visit delltechnologiespodference.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 15, 2021
Bonus Episode: The Athletic’s Small Business Story | Part 1 of 3
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Part One of The Athletic’s Origins story for Dell Technologies ‘Small Business Podference’ series. In this episode we hear from The Athletic’s co-founders Alex Mather and Adam Hansmann about how they met, how an idea for better sports coverage materialized into a significant media player in the sports landscape and the spirit at the heart of The Athletic’s culture. For the complete lineup of episodes, visit delltechnologiespodference.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 15, 2021
Tennessee State head coach Eddie George joins the show + George Kliavkoff named new Pac-12 commissioner
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Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Andy and Nicole Auerbach react to George Kilavkoff being named Pac-12 commissioner. What are the expectations for Kilavkoff? Will his experience as MGM's president of entertainment and sports aid the conference? Was this the right hire? Andy then welcomes Heisman Trophy winner, NFL legend and Tennessee State University head coach Eddie George to the show. George details his transition into coaching, and what advice and guidance Dion Sanders and Jeff Fisher shared with him. How has Fisher impacted TSU's football program as a senior advisor under George? George discusses how players can find success at the FCS level, much like his former teammate, Steve McNair, did. Andy probes George's coaching philosophy before discussing the ex-Titans' coaching staff. Geroge also provides insight into his early playing career before making a splash in the college ranks as a Heisman Trophy winner. Lastly, Random Ranking: Top-5 fullbacks. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Eddie George on Twitter: @EddieGeorge2727 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 14, 2021
It's Tebow Time in Jacksonville w/ Lindsay Jones
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Yes, we're in on the Tebow media groundswell as well. Andy and The Atheltic's Lindsay Jones deliberate if Tim Tebow reuniting with his old head coach, Urban Meyer, is a legitimate, football-savvy move, or a PR, bottom-line-driven ploy. Was this signing even Meyer's choice? What's Jacksonville's motivation for bringing Tebow aboard? Can the former first-rounder make the jump to TE? Is he being tasked with a leadership/mentorship role? Could this affect Trevor Lawrence, if so, how? Could Tebow develop into a Taysom Hill-type of guy (though he was the original Hill)? Lastly, Andy and Lindsay predict what will happen in this Tebow circus act. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Lindsay on Twitter: @bylindsayhjones Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 12, 2021
Power Auer: Will CFB players make money in 2021?
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Nicole Auerbach is joined by The Athletic's Chris Vannini to discuss the timeline of name, image & likeness laws. A few states are prepared to move forward to allow athletes to make money in 2021 but federal legislation is lagging. Meanwhile, the NCAA is just sitting on the sideline with basically no decision making power. What happens next? Last call!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 11, 2021
State of the Program: Georgia w/ Seth Emerson
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Join The Atheltic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Andy and Georgia Bulldogs scribe for The Athletic Seth Emerson discuss the state of affairs in Athens. Georgia's win-loss record since the beginning of Kirby Smart's tenure is among one of the best in college football, so why aren't the Bulldogs top dog yet? Had Jamie Newman officially taken the reigns at UGA would they have earned a berth to Atlanta? 'Why did Smart choose that QB to start over the actually good one' epitomizes his run as Georgia's head honcho. Does Georgia face a fatal flaw yearly? What is it this season, and what has it been in years past? Plus, the guys look at Georgia's schedule, including their season-opener against Clemson, discuss their abundance of talent, and assuage fans' concern (or hope) of Kirby Smart being fired. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Seth on Twitter: @SethWEmerson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 10, 2021
Tennessee might be fun again
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Andy is joined by The Athletic’s Tennessee beat writer and Football & Grits co-host David Ubben. Year 1 on Rocky Top for new head coach Josh Heupel is underway after what was one of the wildest 6 month stretches in Tennessee football history because of scandal, investigation & turnover. Will Heupel and new AD Danny White bring the Vols program back to glory? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 07, 2021
State of the Program: Michigan State w/ Colton Pouncy
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Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Andy and The Athletic's Michigan State Spartan scribe Colton Pouncy dive into the 2021 outlook of Michigan State. What can the MSU faithful expect from Mel Tucker in year two? Who are new names to know? What's the perception of Mark Dantonio nowadays in East Lansing, and did anyone use the transfer portal more effectively and successfully than the Spartans? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Colton on Twitter: @colton_pouncy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 05, 2021
Power Auer: The CFB offseason feels normal again
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The Athletic's Nicole Auerbach & Stadium's Michael Felder discuss how great it was to have spring football back in full swing & the sense of normalcy it brought back to the sport that went a full year without it. Plus, Nicole has the latest on CFP expansion discussions. Is expansion ultimately about access or about creating a better TV product? Felder makes a case that in order to make the sport more competitive it's up to programs like USC to step its game up on the recruiting trail. Last call!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 04, 2021
How the NFL Draft influences recruiting & the future of college football programs
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Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Andy and Ari delve into how the NFL Draft affects college football recruiting and the college football landscape as a whole. In the future, how can the BIg 12 make good on first-round draftees, which it failed to produce this year? What can Steve Sarkisian do to elevate products coming out of Texas and into the draft? Alabama and Ohio State, though neck-and-neck in recruiting talent, have an obvious chasm between them, why is that? Is Nick Saban "ruining" college football by being as successful as he's been? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 03, 2021
College football stars reunite in the NFL
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Andy and The Athletic's Max Olson discuss the 1st round of the NFL Draft. The theme of the night was college football stars reuniting in the NFL including Trevor Lawrence & Travis Etienne. 5 QBs go in the first round highlighted by the Bears trading up for Justin Fields at #11. The Big 12 got shutout with zero picks. Who are the best prospects left on the board and what will the 2022 QB class look like? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 30, 2021
NFL Draft Preview w/ Bruce Feldman
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Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples It's. Nearly. Here. The NFL Draft is less than 48-hours away, presenting a perfect opportunity for Andy and Bruce Feldman to navigate the event's biggest headlines ahead of Thursday. Who does Bruce believe San Francisco is going to select at number three overall? Is Mac Jones the guy, or could North Dakota State's Trey Lance be headed West? Lance is a few doughnuts shy of a baker's dozen of high-level competition pastries; however, there's a certain quarterback in Buffalo with a similar background that's doing OK for himself. If Bruce were shepherding the 49ers, who would he pick? The guys discuss Atlanta's and Cincinnati's situations. Also, who could tumble in the draft; where could guys with question marks, such as Landon Dickerson, TuTu Atwell and Sam Ehlinger, go? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Bruce on Twitter: @BruceFeldmanCFB Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 28, 2021
Power Auer: Debunking NFL draft myths with Michael Felder
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Nicole Auerbach welcomes Stadium's Michael Felder back to the show to debunk 5 myths about the NFL draft.  #1- Smokescreens #2- Sitting out bowl games #3- Pro day and combine numbers #4- Outside interests other than football. #5- Red flags Plus, last call! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 27, 2021
Are we getting an expanded CFP?! 6-, 8-, 10-, 12- & 16-team playoff simulations & ranking fast-casual restaurants
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Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Is this a drill? I don't know!? Will we witness an expanded College Football Playoff format in the near future? Andy and Ari discuss the pros and cons of a wider field and simulate what a proposed 6, 8, 10, 12, and 16-team playoff would look like based on previous years' results. Plus, the guys rank their top fast-casual restaurants.  Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 26, 2021
Jim Harbaugh's 2nd act at Michigan or last stand?
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The Athletic's Michigan beat writer Austin Meek joins Andy to kick off The Athletic's 'State of the Program' series.  For the full series click this link: https://theathletic.com/tag/cfb-state-of-the-program-2021/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 24, 2021
49ers, Falcons' quarterback quandaries, Trevor Lawrence's wedding registry & our favorite players in the draft w/ Mina Kimes
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Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples When are we going to get a Lenny & Cookie collab? Can I produce/edit that podcast instead? Well, I suppose I should stop being barking mad and tell you about today's show with ESPN's NFL analyst, Mina Kimes. Titular host of the 'Mina Kimes Show featuring Lenny' and Andy navigate the NFL draft's most talked-about headlines, including who will pick Kyle Pitts (5:15); is Mac Jones destined for San Francisco (6:30); is Jones' evaluation similar to Herbert/Allen who were slept on in their respective drafts (11:15); is Justin Fields to Atlanta a dream scenario for both parties (15:15); sample size and Zach Wilson, and questionable quarterback narratives (19:30). Mina and Andy also discuss where Penei Sewell will go, Trevor Lawrence's wedding registry (and his recent comments), and the duo deliver their favorite players in the draft (26:00). Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Mina Kimes on Twitter: @minakimes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 21, 2021
Power Auer: Spring game takeaways with Max Olson
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The Athletic's Max Olson joins Nicole Auerbach to discuss spring game takeaways. Bryce Young is poised to be Alabama's next star QB. Ohio State & LSU both had QB competitions on display. What can we expect from Bo Nix under new Auburn Head Coach Bryan Harsin. Is Georgia the team to beat in the SEC East with JT Daniels? Plus, last call!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 20, 2021
Helping the 'what now?' programs & top-5 Death Row Records albums
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Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Andy and Ari impart wisdom to the 'what now?' programs, schools that need to institute a different approach to recruiting, training, etc., in college football. What change in tactics should clubs like Nebraska, Tennessee, LSU, Arizona, and more employ to further their positions? The guys also rank their five most favorite Death Row Records albums. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 19, 2021
College football by the numbers with Bill Connelly
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Run or pass to start a drive? Punting in plus territory? How should you make defensive substitutions? ESPN's Bill Connelly dives into advanced analytics that have changed the game & underscored when and where coaches are making the wrong decisions. Plus, how does ESPN's Football Power Index actually work compared to Bill's SP+ rankings?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 16, 2021
EDSBS Charity Bowl; YouTube, Twitch and NIL; shoe throws & more w/ Spencer Hall
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Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Where to start...well, I suppose it's best to begin by introducing today's guest: he's co-host of the Shutdown Fullcast, member of MoonCrewLLC, Sinful Seven storyteller, Thinking Out Loud mainstay, and bewhiskered man, BUM CHILLUPS AKA Spencer Hall. Andy and Spence take a no-seatbelt, safety-harness-absent roller coaster ride through college football, covering Andy's recent play-calling adventure at FSU, the evolution of college football, including the implementation of NIL, Spencer's 2021 EDSBS Charity Bowl, the NFL vs. college football, shoe throws, Twitch and YouTube streams, and much, much more. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Spencer on Twitter: @edsbs Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 14, 2021
Power Auer: Chantel Jennings joins the show!
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The Athletic's Nicole Auerbach & Chantel Jennings wrap the Women's NCAA Tournament and preview the upcoming WNBA draft. A sport that was once dominated UConn is showing more parity because talented players are now going to schools from coast-to-coast. The 2021 tournament was overshadowed by gender inequality issues and the NCAA is now under the microscope and needs to be held accountable.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 13, 2021
Coach Andy recaps Florida State's spring game, ranking freezer-section snacks & Ari's going to be a dad!?
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Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theatheltic.com/andystaples One of the, if not the, hottest names on the playcalling coaching market, Andy Staples, details his experience coaching at Florida State's spring game. He and Ari breakdown Andy's approach to coaching, his biggest takeaways, and Florida State's 2021 outlook (4:00). What?! Ari's 'stars matter' legacy will live on? Ari and his fiancée are expecting a future college football-loving baby, and Andy dispenses some fatherly advice to the soon-to-be dad #Hotnready (25:30) Lastly, in honor of being so preoccupied with raising a child that you forget to eat, the guys rank quick, eleventh-hour frozen snacks you'd find in your local grocer's freezer section (38:00). Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 12, 2021
Coaching hires that shaped the modern Big Ten
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Scott Dochterman ranks the 40 coaching hires in the Big Ten since 1999. The conference today has been shaped by these decisions over the last 22 years. Former great Wisconsin Head Coach Barry Alvarez announced his retirement as Badgers AD this week. He made three of the hires: Paul Chryst, Bret Bielema and Gary Anderson. Urban Meyer shaped the conference when he became the Head Coach of Ohio State. Plus, Barry Alvarez had a phenomenal career and his success as both a Head Coach and AD is one of the best jobs of establishing a program identity in the history of the sport.  To read Scott's full story subscribe to The Athletic: www.theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 09, 2021
Florida State spring game guest coaching prep w/ Andrea Adelson
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Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Andy is taking a well-deserved break from the Pac-12 commissioner campaign trail to coach Florida State's spring game! And, who better to join him than trick play aficionado, punter extraordinaire, and ESPN reporter, Andrea Adelson!? The co-coaches discuss which schemes and trick plays they will install (:45). Andrea grabs our ears with her story about punting for Florida and Steve Spurrier (7:30). The duo examine the state of FSU's program (16:30), including the athletic director's responsibilities (20:00); the transfer rule's impact (23:15); Norvell's regime (26:30); the quarterback room (29:30); competition and the Seminoles' brutal schedule (34:00). Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Andrea on Twitter: @aadelsonESPN Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 07, 2021
Power Auer: Baylor wins 1st National Championship
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Nicole Auerbach & Chris Spatola discuss Baylor's NCAA Tournament run to its first National Championship. 18 years after Scott Drew was hired at Baylor & famously said his goal was to win a National Championship the job is finally done. What happened to Gonzaga? After a 31-0 start to the season the Bulldogs couldn'[t get over the final hurdle. In fact, they didn't even get close. Nicole & Chris put both teams' season into perspective & give their last calls! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 06, 2021
Dear Andy and Ari: CBB inclusivity, underrated draft-eligible QBs & ranking top-5 vacation spots
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Join The Athletic for just $1 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples You asked and Andy and Ari answered! The guys pull from their mailbags in today's podcast and provide context, insight, and answers to your questions. Chiefly, is there really parity and inclusivity in college basketball? For example, despite Gonzaga's miraculous run, how many other mid-major programs have competed for a national championship (2:00)? Andy and Ari deliberate CBB's congruency, and could college football better its parity by expanding to an eight-team playoff? Who are some underrated draft-eligible quarterbacks to keep an eye out for next season (24:00). If programs were more staunch protectors of their recruiting borders, how would the college football landscape be affected (34:30)? Lastly, Andy and Ari rank their top-5 favorite vacation spots (44:45). Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 05, 2021
Can Kedon Slovis lead USC to a Pac-12 title?
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Andy is joined by The Athletic's USC beat writer Antonio Morales to discuss his recent piece on USC QB Kedon Slovis. After a sophomore slump, can Slovis get back on track and lead the Trojans to a Pac-12 title? Clay Helton might need to win that trophy in 2021 to save his job. Plus, Andy & Antonio whip around the rest of the Pac-12. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 02, 2021
Power Auer: The Final Four is set
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Nicole Auerbach & Michael Yam break down the 2021 Final Four. UCLA & Mick Cronin are on an unbelievable run that started in the First Four with a win vs. Michigan State. If this Gonzaga team was wearing a Kentucky or Duke uniform would people be calling them the best team ever? The 2021 NCAA Tournament will be one to remember. Houston is back in the Final Four for the 1st time since 1984. The Cougs will play Baylor in an all-Texas semi-final.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 31, 2021
The future and earning potential of NIL with Opendorse CEO Blake Lawrence
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Join The Athletic for just $1 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Andy sits down with Opendorse CEO Blake Lawrence to discuss NIL and the earning power of athlete endorsements. The two review Opendorse's list of college basketball players with the largest social media following in the Elite 8 that stand to significantly profit when NIL takes effect. Plus, the pair look at names in college football, like Michael Penix Jr., who could earn advertisement revenue from big on-field moments (4:30). Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Blake Lawrence on Twitter: @Blake_Lawrence Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 31, 2021
Ranking the top-10 Group of Five jobs & our top-5 TV comedies
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Join The Athletic for just $1 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Andy and Ari return in another ranking spectacular to order the top-10 Group of Five jobs. What? A disagreement right off the bat?! Why does Ari believe this Texas school is better than UCF (1:15)? Just how favorable do the guys think of the Bearcats (8:45)? Where does the program with the blue field land on the guys' list (9:45)? Who will crack the top-5: SMU or Appalachian State (17:00)? Which American conference club resides just outside the top-5's doorstep in Ari's eyes (20:00)? Is there a case to be made for Temple in the top-10, and who doesn't want to live in San Diego (22:00)? Should USF invest in new or upgraded facilities, could they be a top-10 G5 club (28:15)? Which universities just made the cut (30:30)? Andy and Ari serve up their honorable mentions and ponder which Pac-12 teams actually have more talent than the G5's best schools (35:30). The gents end their discourse by admiring the G5's entertainment value (42:00). In a new random ranking, the duo lists their top-5 television comedy series (52:30). Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 29, 2021
Inside the 72 hours that saved the 2020 season
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Andy is joined by The Athletic's Seth Emerson who penned a piece titled 'An earthquake, a Twitter storm and a reluctant hero: Inside the 72 hours that saved the 2020 college football season'. Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1 a month for 6 months: www.theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 26, 2021
Sark era begins at Texas, can A&M win the West & best Texas BBQ w/ The Athletic's 'Texpert', Sam Khan Jr.
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Join The Athletic for just $1 a month! Visit: theathltic.com/andystaples Andy welcomes the newest addition to The Athletic family, Sam Khan Jr., to the show! As The Athletic's 'Texpert', Sam's responsible for knowing all things Texas (which includes BBQ, which we'll get into later), so from his Lone Star satellite, what can he see happening with Steve Sarkisian in Austin (4:00)? What's is the first question the Longhorns must address this Spring? How will Sark use Bijan Robinson, and was Sam surprised by Tom Herman's departure (5:30)? Could Texas A&M and Jimbo Fisher compete for the SEC West championship belt this year (9:30)? Who's job is it to lose under center: Haynes King or Zach Calzada? #FreeCM4 (18:45)! Will Chandler Morris be eligible to play under Gary Patterson, or will Lincoln Riley refuse to release him? What's the next step for Baylor (21:45)? Will the Air Raid restore glory to Texas Tech (24:15)? Plus, Andy and Sam discuss their favorite Texas BBQ (27:00)! Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Sam Khan Jr. on Twitter: @skhanjr Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 24, 2021
Power Auer: Big Ten fails NCAA Tournament test as Pac-12 shines
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The Athletic's Nicole Auerbach is joined by Fox Sports' Mark Titus to recap the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament. The Big Ten underperformed & Michigan is the only team that made the Sweet 16. What went wrong & when will the conference finally win a National Championship? Can Michigan pull it off this season? Gonzaga looks to be the clear favorite after the first weekend of play. Is this Mark Few's best team ever? Loyola-Chicago is once again going on a run but the committee didn't seed them properly. The Pac-12 has 4 teams in the Sweet 16. Final Four reset picks. Last call! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 23, 2021
Ranking the worst job in every Power 5 conference & our top-5 drama series
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Andy and Ari have ranked the best of the best jobs in all Power 5 conferences, now it's time to prescribe the worst of the worst. Even though they face stiff competition in the SEC, why is Vanderbilt Ari's best of the worst (8:00)? Can Bret Bielema turn Illinois from a Big Ten basement dweller to a top-3 team in the West division (13:45)? Which program that recently parted with its head coach surprised both Andy and Ari because of how sought after the vacancy is (19:30)? Which coach among the bottom-5 deserves consideration for Coach of the Year every year (26:00)? Why is Corvallis such an arduous place to establish a winning program (29:45)? As the vanguard in the 'Stars Matter Force', Ari understands the composition of successful teams. That's why this weekend, he made a lifetime commitment to his first, and last, 5-star recruit...his future wife! Andy congratulates Ari on his engagement and, subsequently, out-kicking his coverage, before imparting some martial advice (32:15). Lastly, the duo ranks their top-5 drama series (35:45). Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 22, 2021
ASSF search firm candidate Kevin Kelley joins the show!
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Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Andy and analytically inspired head football coach of Pulaski Academy Kevin Kelley joins the podcast! Andy and coach Kelley cover the basics of Pulaski's philosophy, including (almost) never punting and attempting two-point conversions every score (1:00). The psychology of Pulaski's approach is nearly shoulder-to-shoulder with its analytically-driven gameplans (2:15). What inefficiencies does coach Kelley seek to exploit each game (6:15), and how do they affect opposing teams' psychology (10:30)? What changes to his approach would he make at the collegiate level (13:30)? Kelley describes his relationship with New England Patriots head football coach, Bill Belichick, and discusses what he's gleaned from the coach's game preparation (15:30). How will Pulaski graduate and recent Patriot signee, Hunter Henry, be used in coach Belichick's 12-personnel scheme (21:00)? How have positional considerations changed over the years (23:15)? And, ALL HE WANTS IS $90K A WIN, KANSAS, MAKE IT HAPPEN (28:15). Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Kevin Kelley on Twitter: @coachkelley1 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 19, 2021
Nebraska tries to duck Oklahoma game & Cornhuskers' future w/ Mitch Sherman
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Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month!: Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples In honor of the 50th anniversary of the 'Game of the Century' between Nebraska and Oklahoma, the Cornhuskers and Sooners are scheduled to square off this season. However, Nebraska tried to avoid the matchup earlier this month, though they've since reaffirmed their commitment to the contest. Why did Scott Frost's unit try to duck OU? Mitch Sherman joins Andy to dissect the controversy (1:00). What were fans', and the guys', initial reactions when reports surfaced (8:00)? If Big Red had remained steadfast in their retreat, would that have been an admission that this team is not competitive (14:00)? Could fans have responded by ended the sellout streak (18:30), and what are fair expectations this year (21:00)? Lastly, the guys chat Frost's job security and how his squad's trajectory his year (23:30). Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Mitch on Twitter: @mitchsherman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 17, 2021
Power Auer: Tim Miles previews the NCAA Tournament
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Nicole is joined by former Nebraska Coach & current BTN analyst Tim Miles to preview the 2021 NCAA Tournament. The committee rewarded mid-majors while Michigan State & UCLA will play in the first four. Gonzaga is the #1 seed in the West and looks like a lock to make the final four. Baylor is the #1 seed in the more competitive South Region. Will #12 Winthrop beat #5 Villanova? Will 2 Big Ten teams make the Final Four? Michigan is without star player Isaiah Livers. Coach Miles has 2-seed Alabama in the Final Four. The 2021 Tournament will have a ton of upsets but expect #1 overall seed Gonzaga to win it all. Last call!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 16, 2021
A completely uninformed guide to the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament
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Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Noted ranking sorcerers and bracketologists Andy Staples and Ari Wasserman educate you on this year's NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament...even though they don't know anything about this season's participants. Which team will win it all because of their mascot's unparalleled brilliance and meat-serving capacity (4:45)? Are we on the Illinois bandwagon (10:15)? Vaulting from one Big Ten school to another, how will Michigan fair this season, and what about LSU, and what about their football programs (16:30)?! Could we see a Louisville v. Rick Pitino matchup (27:00)? Plus, Bridgerton talk before we share our uninformed Final Four picks (35:15). Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 15, 2021
Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley joins the show!
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Before being joined by Oklahoma University head football coach Lincoln Riley, Andy reacts to a deluge of news, including Texas and the "Eyes of Texas" controversy; Jeff Long out as KU's AD, and Michigan State and NIL (:15). Riley and Andy begin by discussing his recruiting strategy as well as dipping into the transfer portal and the 1-time transfer rule (10:15). Riley speaks on DC Alex Grinch's contributions and the Sooners' defensive improvement (18:30). The two also confabulate over Spencer Rattler's development, and what characteristics does Riley look for in a quarterback (24:30)? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Lincoln Riley on Twitter: @LincolnRiley Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 12, 2021
KU-Les Miles part ways & why Kevin Kelley fits as next HC with Matt Fortuna
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Andy and The Athletic's Matt Fortuna react to Kansas and Les Miles parting ways following reports of alleged sexual harassment of female employees while Miles was at LSU. Is Jeff Long's firing soon to follow? Where do the Jayhawks go from here? The guys highlight candidates for KU's vacancy, and Andy proposes an unconventional, though potentially effective, solution in Kevin Kelley. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Matt on Twitter: @Matt_Fortuna Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 09, 2021
Power Auer: College basketball postseason storylines with Robbie Hummel
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The Athletic's Nicole Auerbach welcomes Big Ten Network and ESPN college basketball analyst Robbie Hummel to the show! As we enter the most exciting time of the college hoops season, Nicole and Robbie discuss the importance of conference tournaments, teams to trust, and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 09, 2021
Ranking the Big 12's & Pac-12's jobs with Ari Wasserman
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Andy and Ari cap their weekly series of ranking Power-5 jobs based on a 5-year projection by honing in on the Big 12 and Pac-12. Wait, there's controversy right from the jump? Which Power-5 job is more fecundatory, Texas or Oklahoma (2:15)? As challenging ranking the top-two spots were, positions three through five is a monolithic undertaking (13:30). Where does Iowa State fall after its impressive year (17:00)? Kansas State has a blueprint to success (21:30). Which program has impressed both guys' thoroughly, however, they aren't keen on its continued/future success (25:30)? Lastly, Andy and Ari discuss KU's stretch of lackluster performance and the Les Miles scandal (31:00). The duo then ranks the top Pac-12 positions, starting with USC (34:00). Which two Pac-12 programs have developed a reputation for being "cool" (37:00)? Arizona State should be far better than where they are currently (47:45). Which school skyrockets up Andy's rankings mid-discussion (56:30)? Which school checks in last (1:10:00)? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theatheltic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 08, 2021
Coastal Carolina head coach Jamey Chadwell joins the show
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Andy welcomes Coastal Carolina University head football coach Jamey Chadwell to the show! The two chat about CCU's spring practices, and the cadre of veterans on this year's team (:30). Has playing in primetime and against household-named opponents help the Chanticleers' reputation (2:00)? Chadwell then shares his story of becoming CCU's head coach (5:00). The duo discusses the minutia of Coastal Carolina's option offense and Grayson McCall's 2020 campaign (8:00). Was there any doubt CCU would beat Troy? Chadwell breaks down the Chanticleers' last-minute, game-winning drive against the Trojans (16:30). Lastly, CCU's steward reflects on the lead-up to the BYU contest, and he and Andy kibbitz about Sonny's BBQ (19:30). Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Jamey Chadwell on Twitter: @CoachChadwell Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 05, 2021
Stop rate standings & ranking "Billions" characters with Max Olson
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Andy and the latest candidate for "Dad of the Year" (who are we kidding, he's a shoo-in), Max Olson, discuss 2020 FBS stop rate standings. Which units topped college football in stopped drives percentage and why wasn't it Alabama (3:45)? Oklahoma is gradually building its defense into a top-tier clamp-down squadron (7:45). The Sooners weren't the only Big 12 school to frustrate offenses (13:30). What factors contributed to Iowa being the nation's best stop rate team (18:00)? Can LSU right last year's wrongs (20:30), and Mississippi State and Ole Miss are two intriguing SEC teams that, when/if their defenses improve, could cause problems (25:00). Amid the late-night diaper changes and feedings, you have to find a way to distract yourself. Max found that time-eater in "Billions". He and Andy rank their favorite characters from the series, plus, when Max's boy turns six, he'll be hearing a lot of Clancy Brown, that ol' salty dog (31:15). Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Max on Twitter: @max_olson Join The Atheltic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 03, 2021
Power Auer: College basketball for the casual fan + CFB to the NFL with Adam Amin
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The Athletic's Nicole Auerbach welcomes Fox Sports' Adam Amin to the show! The two Chicagoans have survived the winter & are looking forward to the NCAA Tournament later this month. A college basketball season without fans has been...weird. Luckily, the tournament will have 25% capacity. Michigan, Gonzaga, Baylor & Illinois all have the pieces to potentially win a title. Plus, what has the transition from calling CFB to NFL games been like? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 02, 2021
Ranking SEC's jobs & best 2 AM eats + The greatest Cinnabon story ever told
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It's Monday so be prepared to hear Ari Wasserman rank things, and, in this case, "things" are the SEC's jobs. All right, I guess I can probably begin this show description by listing off 2-14 because No. 1 is a no-brainer...wait...Alabama isn't the best gig in the conference (1:00)? Alabama isn't in Ari's top-2 (6:30)? Where does Florida check-in (15:30)? Which job is more desirable: Kentucky or Auburn (23:15)? What omen of ill-fortune has befallen College Station (28:15)? Controversy alert in Rocky Top! Tennesee twitter, weight in (34:30)! Could Ole Miss scrape their way out of the bottom five soon (44:30)? After skimming over programs 11-14, Andy and Ari rank their top eats at 2 AM from a list comprised of Taco Bell, gas station hot dogs or pizza, Crystal or White Castle burgers, and three bags of pizza-flavored Combos (51:45). To wrap things up, Andy regales us with the best Cinnabon story ever (59:00). Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 01, 2021
Belly of the Beast: Quinn Meinerz's gut-sy jump up NFL Draft boards
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Andy welcomes University of Wisconsin-Whitewater offensive lineman and NFL hopeful Quinn Meinerz to the show. Meinerz walks Andy through the process of his upcoming Pro Day. What is the procedure for a Pro Day amidst a pandemic (1:30)? Meinerz reflects on his time at UW-Whitewater and how it shaped him into the player he is today, plus, what was it like participating in the Senior Bowl and never having snapped a football in a live setting until then (2:15)? CANADA WORKOUT Youtube video...that's all I gotta say (7:30). Having trained and practiced alongside one of his peers, Rashawn Slater, an early-round NFL prospect himself, what did Meinerz learn from that experience (9:45)? What were Senior Bowl practices like and who was his favorite player to play against (13:30)? So, Meinerz broke his hand and still wanted to play/start in the Senior Bowl...hardcore. Plus, what's his response to "how much do you love football"? A question routinely posed by scouts and coaches during the interview process (19:00)? Did Meinerz work during college? How has wrestling shaped his football career, and what's with the "Belly of the Beast" (20:15)? Lastly, what has a wider reach on social media done for Meinerz's chance to give back, and did he ever, in his wildest dreams, believe he'd be an NFL player (29:00)? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Quinn Meinerz on Twitter: @QMeinerz Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 26, 2021
Indiana head coach Tom Allen joins the show
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Indiana University head football coach Tom Allen joins Andy to discuss an array of topics, including recruitment and what traits, characteristics he seeks in a potential Hoosier (1:00). Allen then describes his club's mantra L.E.O. (Love each other), and how his players have embraced this philosophy (3:30). Through all Allen's travels, positions, expectations, etc. how has he remained true to himself (8:30)? What was it like working for Hugh Freeze (12:00)? How will Indiana respond now that there are expectations for them to perform well (19:00)? Plus, what went into the 2-point attempt, and subsequent conversion, against Penn State, and what's next (20:00)? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Tom Allen on Twitter: @CoachAllenIU Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 24, 2021
Power Auer: What will we do with a drunken sailor?
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If you thought a global pandemic meant college football's drunken sailors (ADs) would stop spending absurd amounts of money on football coaches you were wrong. Nicole & The Athletic's Chris Vannini unpack the Tennessee situation as well as others across the country where money seems to be growing on trees. Plus, Deion Sanders' Jackson State career starts with drama & 'Selection Sunday' is less than three weeks away. Last call! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 23, 2021
Ranking Big Ten's jobs & chain restaurants with a $50 gift card + life advice from Ari
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In another rank-filled edition of The Andy Staples Show and Friends, Andy and Ari order the Big Ten's jobs based on a 5-year projection. Sure, number one is obvious (rhymes with Toehio Fate), but what about the guys' second-best job in the conference, and why is it Wisconsin (3:45)? Will Penn or Michigan round out the top-3 (9:00)? Is Lansing an attractive enough location to put Michigan State in the top-5 (16:00)? Which school would win a national title if Nick Saban or Dabo Swinney coached there (22:30)? Who should be ranked 7th; Minnesota or Rutgers (29:30)? OK, let's talk about Nebraska (39:30). Plus, our bottom three (47:45). Andy tasks Ari with ranking Chili's, Applebee's, P.F. Chang's, Outback Steakhouse, and Olive Garden while also considering he has a $50 gift certificate (53:15). Lastly, we further explore the inner workings of Ari's mind as he dispenses life advice, gambling style (1:03:30). Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 22, 2021
Trials to Triumph: How Freddie Stevenson found his calling
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Andy welcomes on former Florida State and National Championship fullback, Freddie Stevenson, who persevered through poverty, homelessness, a near career-ending injury, and more to achieve his NFL dreams, and, ultimately, finding his true calling in life. Rundown: (2:00) Childhood (4:30) A dollar in mom's pocket (8:00) Career-threatening injury; Florida State (14:15) Fullback?! (16:30) The NFL (19:00) Out of the league and in trouble (24:30) Connecting with others and dad's guidance Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Freddie Stevenson on Twitter: @strugglemade105 Own your own copy of Freddie's book now!: https://amzn.to/2ZvMmtC Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 19, 2021
University of Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal joins the show
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Andy welcomes University of Oregon head football coach Mario Cristobal to the show! Cristobal explains his and his staff's process when evaluating offensive linemen (1:00). What traits does he look for in a lineman? And has the current, and presumed future, success of former Duck offensive lineman, Penei Sewell, help in recruiting? What does recruiting the 2022 class look like (5:30)? Will there be an even greater onus on virtual recruitment? How have competitive practices shaped the Ducks (10:15)? How does Oregon's quarterback room look, and what qualities do the coaching staff seek in their signal callers (13:30)? Cristobal discusses his relationship with offensive line coach Alex Mirabal and his mentorship of the Ducks' front five (18:30). Plus, for coaching candidates, how does a typical coaching interview with Cristobal go (20:15), and Cristobal was nearly an agent for the US Secret Service (24:15)?! Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Mario Cristobal on Twitter: @coach_cristobal Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 17, 2021
Power Auer: Why does amateurism matter?
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The Athletic's Jayson Jenks joins Nicole to discuss amateurism & college football. Why do people believe that amateurism is what makes the sport great? Jayson looks back at the history of amateur sports & projects what will change in the future compared to the past. The upcoming Supreme Court decision will have a massive impact on what college football looks like in 2021 and beyond. Will the players get (gasp), paid to play? Get used to this discussion, because it's not going anywhere in a pivotal decade for college football. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 16, 2021
Ari ranks ACC's jobs & best, dirtiest professions in the nation
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There's no better ranking than an 'Ari Ranking', so that's exactly what Andy, and the aforementioned Ari, are doing. Courtesy reader Tom: Assume all the ACC coaches retire all at once, rank the job openings based on a five-year projection (2:15). So, Clemson's pretty good. Why don't we place them first until we sort out the rest of the rankings? Which Florida school holds an advantage over the other (7:15)? Who's fourth best (14:00)? Why does Ari believe NC State is below Virginia Tech? Andy and Ari deliberate Louisville's position (22:30) before looking at Boston College (27:30), Georgia Tech (31:30), and the rest of the field (34:45). Andy then lists the best and dirtiest professions in the country and asks Ari to rank them (40:00). Why would you want to be an orthodontist (aside from the money)? We don't want our fingers chomped off! What's more boring and stressful than a data scientist? Ari will let you know. Is being a horse inseminator better than being a sewer inspector (50:00)? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 15, 2021
Dane Brugler's Mock Draft 3.0
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The Athletic's Dane Brugler joins Andy to discuss his Mock Draft 3.0. Now that the draft order is set, Dane projects where college football's top prospects will get drafted. Trevor Lawrence leads a group of potential 1st round QBs & his pro day is on Friday. Dane also accounts for some potential trades that might take place on draft day based on need. Will the Panthers move up for Justin Fields? Where is the value outside of the big-name-can't-miss players? With the Super Bowl in the books, it's officially draft season! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 12, 2021
South Carolina head coach Shane Beamer joins the show
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Andy welcomes new South Carolina head football coach Shane Beamer to the program. Beamer starts by providing insight into virtual visits, and what's it's like to recruit over Zoom (:30). Beamer discusses his history at South Carolina and what it was like being a part those late-2000, early-2010 teams that featured players like Stephon Gilmore and Alshon Jeffery (3:00). Also, is there an advantage to having coached in Columbia before, and being able to relay those experiences to recruits? Andy then focuses on South Carolina's multiple transfer additions and how those seasoned players will help the Gamecocks in Beamer's first year (12:30). Though still early in his tenure, according to Beamer, what's his squad's offensive identity, and what knowledge gained from his time in Norman can he apply to this team (17:15)? The pair also discuss South Carolina's quarterback room; Beamer making a name for himself and players' ethos (24:30). Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Shane Beamer on Twitter: @CoachSBeamer Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 10, 2021
Power Auer: Bruce Arians' Virginia Tech roots
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Nicole is joined by The Athletic's Andy Bitter to discuss his story on Super Bowl Champion Head Coach Bruce Arians & his roots at Virginia Tech. Arians' successful career on the field can be attributed to his philosophy on life off the field.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 09, 2021
The truth about star rankings & the Super Bowl (and how to talk to your kids about them)
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Your annual post-Super Bowl reminder: those guys on the field are genetic and physical freaks. Andy and Ari react to the Tom Brady Buccaneers' Super Bowl win over Kansas City. The two take time to zero in on each teams' roster composition, and how players' star rankings factored into the outcome (6:30). There are few discussions with your child more important than that of star rankings, ambitions and odds. Andy recalls his conversation with his kids about pursuing their dreams, but to remember the probability of success and that fallback plans are a must (11:30). Which type of team is more likely to succeed: one loaded with physical freaks with little football sense, or a squad with average athleticism and incredible football knowledge (16:45)? In talking about talent, what made Iowa State's season all the more incredible was accomplishing what they did with few highly-ranked players (30:00). Also, which future, and young, former college coaches gone pro are going to succeed because of their ability to get the most out of their team's talent? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Join The Athletic for just $3.99 per month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 08, 2021
EA Sports college football game returns & Sooners update with Jason Kersey
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The Earth is healing. EA Sports' college football video game will one day be in our hands, that is now a fact. Andy and The Athletic's Oklahoma Sooners scribe Jason Kersey have longed for the days of Dynasty Mode (2:00). With everyone caught up in the moment, it's important to revisit how we arrived here (4:00). Assuming we snag a PS5, which player during the game's hiatus do we want to play as the most (12:15)? The guys swap their favorite football video game stories (14:15) before chatting about Oklahoma's recent big name transfers (17:00). Arkansas-Arkansas St. is finally coming to Little Rock, and an obituary for the history books is shared (25:00). Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Jason on Twitter: @jasonkersey Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 05, 2021
Post-Senior Bowl breakdown with Jim Nagy
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Executive Director of the Reese's Senior Bowl Jim Nagy joins Andy as the two discuss Senior Bowl practices and Saturday's game (1:15). Nagy shares how he and his team managed the number of Covid-19 cases during the week. He also discusses the importance of players being seen in front of scouts and talent evaluators. Who was Nagy's favorite player at the Senior Bowl? *cough* Quinn Meinerz *cough* (4:45). How did Mac Jones fair during the week, and which of his skills stood out to coaches (12:00)? How were participants put in the best situation to succeed by Nagy and other personnel, and how were their skills assessed? (15:45)? Who should we be on the lookout for in 2022, and which player(s) stand to gain the most from their bowl appearance (19:45)? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Jim Nagy on Twitter: @JimNagy_SB Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 03, 2021
Power Auer: A mass exodus from Rocky Top
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The Athletic's Nicole Auerbach & Stadium's Michael Felder ask the important question: was it worth it for Tennessee? Since Jeremy Pruitt's firing and Josh Heupel's appointment there has been a mass exodus of players from Rocky Top. Why has the February National Signing Day lost all of its luster? Last call! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 02, 2021
Dear Andy: Does program building experience matter, will Sark filp Ewers & Random Rankings
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You ask it, Andy and Ari (might) answer it! In this edition of 'Dear Andy', the guys discuss if program-building experience is a requisite for being a head coach and if Josh Heupel can pull Tennessee up from the depths of the SEC (1:15). Also, where do the Volunteers rank among SEC football programs (15:30)? Can we please stop photoshopping recently hired coaches in their new school's drip before they even step a foot on campus (24:15)? What's the probability Steve Sarkisian flips Quinn Ewers back to Texas (28:30), and how can you possibly judge a coach's ability to run an organization by what he orders at a steakhouse ( but we did it anyways - 33:30)? Segueing seamlessly into this iteration of Random Rankings, what are the guys' favorite steakhouse sides (36:15)? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 01, 2021
Tennessee tabs Josh Heupel as next head coach & what's next for UCF with David Ubben and Chris Vannini
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Sound the siren! There's a new head coach in Knoxville! It's, it's...Josh Heupel? Andy reacts to Rocky Top-bound Heupel and what lead to the former UCF head coach's hiring (:15). Andy then welcomes David Ubben, The Athletic's Tennessee Volunteers chronicler, to analyze the Vols' newest coach (4:00). Was Heupel Tennessee's realistic first choice (6:30)? Will Knoxville's newest resident win in the SEC (8:15)? Andy and David list coordinators that could fill Heupel's staff, including a name from a intraconference school (15:00). The Athletic's Group of Five wordsmith Chris Vannini chats with Andy about Heupel's departure from UCF, a move that isn't particularly to fans' chagrin (22:45). The duo discuss the program's AD opening, and why it's so coveted (25:45). What's the potential profile of the Knights' next head coach (28:45), and what sitting coaches could be up for the gig? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow David on Twitter: @davidubben Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVannini Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 28, 2021
Senior Bowl's biggest beneficiaries & Tennessee's coaching search with Bruce Feldman
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Andy and National College Football Insider for The Athletic Bruce Feldman discuss the biggest names and storylines in this year's Senior Bowl. Ex-Georgia and Wake Forest quarterback, Jamie Newman, has a chance to put his talents on display in Mobile (1:45). With all the talent at signal caller in this year's Senior Bowl, how will Newman respond? Could the intrigue and questions surrounding Kylin Hill be answered on Saturday (5:45), and which player would best fit into the Kansas City Chiefs offense right now? The depth of talented defensive tackles in this year's draft is shallow, so who could make a name for themselves in front of NFL scouts this weekend (14:30)? Andy and Bruce converse about which players who opted out this college football season could use a solid outing in Alabama (19:15). Lastly, the duo discusses Tennessee's (still) vacant head coaching position (25:45). Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Bruce on Twitter: @BruceFeldmanCFB Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month. Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 27, 2021
We fixed college football (kinda) with Dan Rubenstein
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Andy is joined by co-host of The Solid Verbal, Dan Rubenstein, to fix college football! With blueprints, hardhats and tacos in hand, the duo examines shortcomings in the sport that need reworking but, before then, the two dive into discourse about Tennessee's reported interest in Clemson offensive coordinator Tony Elliott for its vacant head coach position. (2:15). Should there be a cap on the number of 5-star recruits a school can sign (6:30)? You punt, you lose a point (20:30). Consequences from end zone fumbles are too harsh (28:00). Let's make conference schedule reform a thing (34:15). Plus, Andy and Dan deliberate college football commissioner candidates (38:30), and the sport needs a central authority figure (46:00). Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Dan Rubenstein on Twitter: @DanRubenstein Check out The Solid Verbal podcast: https://www.solidverbal.com Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 25, 2021
Search for the Pac-12's next commissioner with Jon Wilner
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Pac-12 commissioner candidate, Andy Staples, welcomes venerable Bay Area News Group reporter, Jon Wilner, to discuss the Pac-12 conference's intention to part ways with commissioner Larry Scott (:15). Why are the member schools' presidents splitting with Scott, and did the 56-year-old steward of the division live up to expectations? Who's on the (not so) short list of candidates (14:00), and what criticism of Scott's tenure seems unfair to Andy (16:30)? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Jon on Twitter: @wilnerhotline Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 22, 2021
Rocky Top Turmoil: Tennessee fires Jeremy Pruitt - why and what's next?
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The Athletic's Tennessee Volunteers scrivener extraordinaire, David Ubben, joins Andy in dissecting Tennessee's decision to part ways with head coach Jeremy Pruitt and athletic director, Phillip Fulmer. What lead to the Volunteers terminating Pruitt's employment? Is this cacophony of chaos par for the course? How will this impact recruiting? Does Kevin Steele's presence pose a possible roadblock for hiring a long(er)-term coach (13:15)? Plus, the guys propose solutions for the Vols' head coach vacancy (17:00). Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow David on Twitter: @davidubben Join The Athletic for just $3.99 per month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 20, 2021
Power Auer: Tennessee fires Jeremy Pruitt with cause
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The Athletic's Nicole Auerbach & Chris Vannini discuss Tennessee's decision to fire head football coach Jeremy Pruitt with cause. An internal investigation by the school revealed recruiting violations occurred under Pruitt's watch. Who is on the shortlist to get the job? Billy Napier, Hugh Freeze, Luke Fickell & Bill O'Brien are all names that have been mentioned. Plus, Buckeyes WR Chris Olave announced he is returning to Ohio State next season. If Ryan Day can find a QB it looks like another run to the title game could be in the cards. Last call!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 19, 2021
Dear Andy: What will it take for Notre Dame to win a national title, how will Pac-12 return to relevancy & Random Rankings
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In a long-awaited edition of "Dear Andy", Andy and Ari contemplate what it will take for Notre Dame to compete for, and win, a national ti+tle (1:30). What roster formula offers the Fighting Irish their best chance at a natty? Will recruiting a supreme talent at QB make all the difference? Can the Pac-12 return to relevancy (13:30)? If so, what efforts are required to help the conference regain attention and success? The final question the guys tackle is ranking which non-conference games they are most excited for next season (28:00). Lastly, Random Ranking: top-5 fast food breakfast dishes (34:00). Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 18, 2021
Urban Meyer joins Jacksonville Jaguars as new NFL head coach
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Andy and Ari react to three-time College Football National Champion, Urban Meyer, leaving the college football ranks to join the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars as the organizations newest head coach. Is Jacksonville's situation ideal for Urban Meyer (1:30)? Was this the perfect scenario for the 56-year-old nascent NFL coach to make the jump to the pros? In what facet of his coaching approach, will Meyer have to recalibrate in order to coach professionals (9:00)? What could be the perception of Meyer by NFL/Jaguars fans (16:30)? Will culture building have the same impact in the majors as it does in the minors, and which former staffer of Meyer's cabinet could join him at the next level (21:00)? Lastly, is there lingering concern about Meyer's health (30:30)? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Join The Athletic for just $3.99 per month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 14, 2021
Power Auer: We made it to the finish line!
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The Athletic's Nicole Auerbach is joined by Stadium's Michael Felder. Steve Sarkisian called one of the cleanest games you'll see in college football in the National Championship. Will he have success at Texas? Ohio State just didn't have the firepower to score with the Crimson Tide. Nick Saban wins his 7th National Championship, this time with an unstoppable offense. Saban has proven he can do it in many different ways. Plus, last call! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 12, 2021
Alabama claims 2021 national title, Mac Jones or Tua Bama's best QB & can anyone oppose the Tide
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Andy and Ari unpack everything from Alabama's, 52-24, 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship win over Ohio State. Though not at full strength, OSU's defense played uncharacteristically poor (2:15). The duo analyze a few questionable play calls by Ryan Day (6:00). Is Mac Jones a better Alabama quarterback than Tua Tagoviloa (8:45), and why was DeVonta Smith so effective? The Crimson Tide boast the nation's best recruiting class in 2021; is this type of success sustainable and can Nick Saban keep being, well, Nick Saban (13:00)? Despite the Buckeyes trailing Alabama, marginally, in recruited 5-star prospects, the national champion's ability to curate and cultivate talent continues to transcend comprehension (18:15). Who is the only team that can oppose the Alabama machine, according to Andy (22:30)? Is it still alright to cross swords over the 4th spot in the CFP (34:00)? Before closing, the guys rank their top-5 programs based off this season (38:00)? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 12, 2021
National Championship preview with Ari Wasserman
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Andy and Ari look ahead to the final clash of the 2020 season on Monday night in the College Football Playoff National Championship game between Ohio State and Alabama. The duo canvass the recruiting prowess of both programs (2:30), and highlight the difference-makers in the national title bout. How does this year's Crimson Tide squad compare to previous years (10:00)? What about in recruiting and defense? Could this contest develop into a no holds barred, running-focused game (16:45)? Andy and Ari examine both program's position groups and compare the talent on each side (20:45), plus the guys place both squads' defenses under a microscope (24:00). Last but not least, prediction time (35:00)! Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 10, 2021
National Championship draft stock watch with Dane Brugler
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Andy welcomes The Athletic's NFL draft savant Dane Brugler to the program to assess the talent taking the field at the 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship game. Justin Fields is set to take center stage yet again following his outstanding performance against Clemson, but will he walk across the stage on the first night of the draft in Cleveland (:30)? Which Alabama defender has impressed Dane the most this year, has the best chance to be drafted highest (5:00)? Dane analyzes the skillset of one of college football's most dynamic talents, DeVonta Smith (6:45). How does Dane view Mac Jones (9:45)? Does his stock stand to rise depending on his performance Monday night? How does the QB draft class project after this season, and where could Kyle Trask land in the draft (12:30)? Plus, Dane notes the players he'll be keeping his eyes on in the National Championship game (21:30). Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Dane Brugler on Twitter: @dpbrugler Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 08, 2021
DeVonta Smith secures Heisman Trophy & National Championship's possible postponement?
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Andy welcomes The Athletic's Nicole Auerbach to react to the 2020 Heisman Trophy winner, DeVonta Smith (:30). The duo examine Smith's season, and discuss that despite his less than ideal physique, according to pundits, how truly magnificent a year this was for him both performance-wise and style-wise. The two converse about Trevor Lawrence earning Heisman votes despite missing time this season, and breakdown their Heisman ballot (9:30). Before wrapping, the duo respond to news Tuesday afternoon of the possibility of the National Championship being postponed because of Covid-19 concerns from Ohio State (17:00). Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Nicole on Twitter: @NicoleAuerbach Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 06, 2021
Power Auer: Can the Buckeyes beat Bama? Joshua Perry joins the show!
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Former Ohio State linebacker & Big Ten Network analyst Joshua Perry joins Nicole Auerbach to discuss the 2021 National Championship game between the Buckeyes & Alabama. Ohio State RB Trey Sermon looks like Ezekiel Elliot in 2014. Justin Fields, Chris Olave & Garrett Wilson torched the Clemson secondary. Can they do it against Bama? Many college coaches are being rumored for NFL jobs, will Urban Meyer end up with the Jags? Will Jim Harbaugh sign an extension at Michigan? Last call!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 05, 2021
Texas fires Tom Herman, hires Alabama OC Sarkisian
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Andy Staples is joined by The Athletic's Max Olson to react to the head coaching changes at Texas. What went wrong with Tom Herman, and how can Steve Sarkisian succeed in Austin? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 02, 2021
Sugar Bowl stunner, Trey Sermon surges & Notre Dame covered!
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Andy and Ari react to an entertaining College Football Playoff semifinal round, headlined by an astonishing, convincing Ohio State win over Clemson. Though there were numerous noteworthy performances on behalf of the Buckeyes, Trey Sermon certainly shined (4:00). How did the former University of Oklahoma do-it-all back find himself in a potentially career-defining stretch of games? OSU finally overcame Clemson, the hurdle taunting them in recent years (15:00). How important was it for the Buckeyes to squash this boogeyman, especially one that has lured in-state prospects away from them? Should we be concerned about Justin Fields' potential rib injury (26:15)? Lastly, Notre Dame covered! And other Rose Bowl takeaways (29:15). Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 02, 2021
The origins of 2 star quarterbacks
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The Athletic's Andy Staples welcomes Ron Veal to the show. Ron is an Atlanta-based QB coach who worked with Justin Fields and Trevor Lawrence before they were the future top draft picks they are today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 30, 2020
Power Auer: Trevor Lawrence vs. Justin Fields
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The Athletic's Nicole Auerbach & Michael Felder discuss Friday's semi-final matchups. Alabama's vertical threat will be too much for Notre Dame. Can DC Clark Lea do anything to stop the Crimson Tide's passing attack? Ohio State & Clemson is undoubtedly the better matchup, especially at QB. Trevor Lawrence & Justin Fields have been competing with each other since High School. Plus, predictions & last call! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 29, 2020
College Football Playoff preview
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Andy welcomes four beat writers who are covering the College Football Playoff for The Athletic. Bill Landis has the latest on Ohio State's roster. Grace Raynor reports from Clemson where Dabo Swinney is owning the spotlight. Aaron Suttles goes inside the Crimson Tide. Plus, Pete Sampson offers insight into how the Fighting Irish are prepping for a difficult opponent. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 28, 2020
Auburn hires Bryan Harsin & Salty Kevin Wilson and Dabo Swinney
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Happy early Christmas! Andy and preparing-to-open-his-third-eye Ari Wasserman, react to the Auburn Tigers tabbing Boise State head coach Bryan Harsin as their next head coach (1:30). Is Harsin the right fit for the job? Are there any perceived pitfalls? The duo analyze both Auburn's and Boise State's recruiting track record and deliberate impact Harsin could have in that field (10:30). There's salt in this year's Sugar Bowl! Dabo Swinney and Kevin Wilson's, Ohio State offensive coordinator, banter has all the makings for a must-watch football game (21:30). Can we please get more of this type of needling, and why is it so frowned upon? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Subscribe to The Athletic and receive one free subscription to give to a friend, family member or whomever! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 23, 2020
Power Auer: Is the CFP system broken?
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The Athletic's Nicole Auerbach & Stadium's Michael Felder give their takes on the 2021 College Football Playoff. Is the selection committee a broken system? Somehow 9-2 Army didn't make a bowl game while 2-8 South Carolina did. Undefeated Cincinnati didn't even get consideration for the top 4. Dabo Swinney doesn't think Ohio State deserves to be in the playoff. Last call! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 22, 2020
CFP Selection Day reaction, what would an 8-team playoff look like & Texas A&M's future
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Andy and Ari Wasserman serve up their reaction to the College Football Playoff Selection Day top-4 teams (:30). Was this the playoff we were expecting? Was there a team that was snubbed, say a Cincinnati (10:30)? The duo imagine what an eight-team playoff would look like with this field of teams (13:30). Which program in that eight-team scenario would surprise the field? Was Texas A&M's exclusion from the playoff justified (20:45)? Is Notre Dame the right number four? Should optimism be sky high for Aggies fans moving forward? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Get a subscription, gift a subscription! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 20, 2020
Championship weekend recap & truth serum test
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Andy welcome Max Olson to the program to place a holiday-themed bow on championship weekend (:30). What were the biggest takeaways from conference headline bouts? Who will be number four? What's case can be made for Texas A&M, Cincinnati and Notre Dame? The duo play the 'truth serum test' to decide the top-four clubs (8:15). Who would Alabama want to play least? What matchup is optimal for them? The gents then rely on the eye test to determine the nation's best four squads (21:00). Lastly, the locals for the bowl games may look a little different this year (31:45). Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Max on Twitter: @max_olson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 20, 2020
Coaching carousel continues & championship weekend preview
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Andy and Ari discuss the current playoff rankings and matchups they'd love to see post-conference championship weekend (:30). The duo also converse about Auburn's head coach vacancy and who could fill that position on the Tigers' roster. Also, Auburn is a better job than Tennessee...right (23:00)? Will Mario Cristobal stay in Eugene? What about Matt Campbell in Ames? Plus, the guys preview the exciting slate of conference championship games this weekend (29:00). Could Northwestern upset OSU? Would Ohio State punch their playoff ticket even if they won in an unimpressive fashion? Could a two-loss Oklahoma team contend for the CFP (36:00), and will we see more shoes fly in Alabama-Florida (40:00)? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Get a subscription, gift a subscription! Buy one subscription to The Athletic and give one for free - visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 18, 2020
CFP Rankings: Fighting for fourth & chaos scenarios
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Andy and Ari plunge back into the College Football Playoff rankings discussion following the week four reveal. Under what circumstance could Cincinnati, Florida or Oklahoma be compared to Texas A&M or even slide into the fourth spot (:30)? The 'A-Team' attempts to imagine a playoff without the Rose Bowl (13:30). Is USC officially dead in the water, and should we prepare the chip of death (22:00)? Lastly, how would the committee perceive a Clemson overtime loss in the ACC Championship Game (27:15)? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Buy one subscription, gift one for free! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 16, 2020
Power Auer: Championship weekend
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The Athletic's Nicole Auerbach & Chris Vannini discuss the latest news in college football. The Pac-12 Championship is set as Oregon will replace UW to play USC. Gus Malzahn & Auburn finally part ways after years of speculation. The ACC has hired Jim Phillips to replace John Swofford as Commissioner. The most unique championship weekend maybe in CFB history is officially here! Plus, last call on 'the shoe' heard round the world & Jaret Patterson's great season. Artifact: heyartifact.com/andy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 15, 2020
Who throws a shoe? Honestly! LSU pulls the upset of the year
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The penultimate college football Saturday ended on a high note with LSU upsetting Florida in Gainesville. A Gators player threw a shoe & impacted the game! Yes, it was bizarre as it sounds. This was the biggest upset of the season. Alabama is up next for the Gators in the SEC Championship. If Bama loses, college football playoff scenarios get fun. USC & UW will play in the Pac-12 Championship game, but there is a backup plan. College football will become politics for the next week.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 13, 2020
SEC-ESPN deal, is Justin Fuente's job in jeopardy, Del Conte window closing on Herman decision & Random Rankings
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In another dynamic Thursday edition of the show, Andy and Ari react to the Southeastern Conference and ESPN's handshake deal that will grant the network broadcast rights to conference football and basketball games (:30). What does this mean college football? How much are we going to miss the broadcast jingle, tradition and Verne Lundquist dancing the Soulja Boy? The gents segue into week 15and discuss the preceding weeks' lack of "Oh, Martha!" outcomes (9:45). Though marginally underdogs, is Iowa the superior team headed into Saturday's Wisconsin matchup (14:15)? Andy and Ari preview Florida and Alabama's last stepping-stone contests on their way to, presumed, SEC title game appearances (17:00). Is the clock ticking on Chris Del Conte and Texas' Tom Herman decision (23:15)? The Commonwealth Cup can be viewed as either a springboard or mire for Justin Fuente depending on the outcome (25:30). What about Virginia Tech is alarming to Ari? What should we expect from North Carolina-Miami this weekend (34:30), and what does the future hold for the Tar Heels? Ari takes up arms to defend USC's playoff aspirations while Andy applies a generous amount of seasoning to the double-serving of crow he's set to eat (38:30). To wrap, the duo Randomly Rank defunct mall stores (46:30).  Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Give the gift of The Athletic! Buy one subscription, gift one for free! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 11, 2020
Week 3 CFP Rankings: It's time the Big Ten helps Ohio State & Ari defends the West
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Rankings reaction time! Andy and Ari dish on the committee's third playoff ranking, including: it's about time the Big Ten makes a move to help Ohio State (:30). Plus, Andy and Ari each have plans to help OSU out. Speaking of "out", would the Buckeyes be the odd team out if Florida and Clemson were to win their respective conference championships (15:00)? Ari does is best Captain America impression and, though battered, bruised and tired, stands up to his Thanos-esque opposition and defends USC from possible playoff exclusion (granted they win out in convincing fashion -- 22:30). We play a round of Dismissing Out of Hand (29:30). Under what condition could Andy change his stance on USC (34:30)? Plus, the guys serve up their thoughts on Cincinnati, Indiana and more eye test versus resume talk (42:00). Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Give the gift of The Athletic! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples to buy one, gift one subscription! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 09, 2020
Power Auer: Scott Satterfield botches interview process
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The Athletic's Nicole Auerbach & Stadium's Michael Felder dish on the latest news in college football. UNLV QB Max Gilliam apologizes for appearing on Bravo's 'Below Deck'. Louisville Head Coach Scott Satterfield has made a mess of his interview for the South Carolina job. Plus, last call on conference scheduling & Nick Saban. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 08, 2020
Coastal Carolina-BYU crazy finish, Shane Beamer expected as South Carolina HC & potential coaches on the move
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Andy is joined by national college football writer for The Athletic and one half of The Shamrock podcast Matt Fortuna to round up Saturday's action and, in this case, breaking news. The duo react to Oklahoma assistant, Shane Beamer's, expected new role as South Carolina's head football coach (:15). Andy and Matt analyze the hiring and detail Beamer's background and his coaching experience. Notre Dame overcame a sputtering start to down Syracuse, and Ohio State rolled past Michigan State, setting up a brilliant pitch for a OSU-Georgia clash (7:30). Iowa State's impressive triumph over West Virginia just adds to Matt Campbell's already strong coaching resume, but are we certain he'll leave Ames (17:30)? Was Coastal Carolina-BYU the prohibitive game of the year thus far (19:30)? Is the Big Ten ready to revise their conference title rule, or is there a chance Ohio State doesn't play for the league crown (28:30)? After another tough loss on Saturday, is it still safe to say Mario Cristobal is a contender for the possible Texas head coach vacancy (40:00)? Lastly, Jeremy Pruitt sounds off about his quarterback situation, leading Andy to answer why his decisions have been questioned and if he'll remain the top dog in Knoxville (51:00). Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Matt on Twitter: @Matt_Fortuna Listen to Matt on The Shamrock podcast: https://apple.co/37IoEOq Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 06, 2020
Can Auburn top Texas A&M, will the Big Ten change title game requirements & Random Rankings!
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Welcome to another splendid Friday of Andy and Ari pointing out just how bad the Big Ten has potentially bungled their conference's playoff hopes. Will the league reverse course and allow a conference title contender to play despite falling short of the six-game threshold (1:00)? Though a decision is still looming, the SEC isn't pleased about the situation. Could BYU travel to Ohio Stadium to take on the Buckeyes, or is it a pipe dream? In a scenario where, say, a BYU or Cincinnati were to play and upset OSU, would that non-power 5 team be catapulted into the playoffs? The guys preview a veritable weekend matchup, Ohio State-Michigan State (18:00). Is there a chance Mel Tucker can rally his crew to pull off a stunner, or will the Buckeyes roll as expected? Is Ari willing to bet cold, hard cash on Auburn-Texas A&M (24:15)? What about the Tigers makes the guys believe they can play spoiler? The duo stay in SEC land to outline Florida-Tennessee (35:30) before moving to West Virginia-Iowa State, where the guys ponder if the Cyclones, coming off an emotional win, will be ready for the Mountaineers (37:00). An abnormal Bama-LSU clash (42:15) precedes BYU-Costal Carolina (44:30) and Urban Meyer to Texas talk (46:15). Lastly, another scintillating edition of Random Rankings (57:00)! Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman December 4th is your last opportunity to take advantage of The Athletic's $1 a month for an entire year deal! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 04, 2020
Week 2 CFP Rankings: Big Ten hamstringing OSU, resume v. eye test & talking Texas with OrangeBloods' Anwar Richardson
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Though there was little change atop the College Football Playoff rankings in week two, the scant movement spurred an extensive CFP discuss between Andy and Ari. If Texas A&M keeps piling on Ws, will they leap frog Ohio State (1:00)? What's impeding OSU from securing a comfortable position among the top-4? Under which circumstance is Ohio State truly in danger of being ousted? The guys react to Gary Barta's comments about the committee's reasoning behind the Buckeyes' present standing (8:45). Did the Big Ten "screw" Ohio State (14:00)? Was implementing a six-game minimum to compete in the conference championship nearsighted? What can the division take from what the ACC is doing with Clemson and Notre Dame? Another rollicking round of 'Alive or Dead' (20:30) shepherds the duo to Ohio State playoff hypotheticals (35:00). Andy then welcomes OrangeBloods.com columnist, Anwar Richardson, to chat the state of the Texas Longhorns (39:45). Typing post haste to get to the largest matter at hand: what's the game plan against KU? On a more serious note, what's the 411 on Tom Herman's job security? Is Urban Meyer the go-to coach should Herman get the ax? Are Mario Cristobal and/or Matt Campbell serious contenders to run the program, and could a BBQ series lure Andy away from The Athletic? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Follow Anwar on Twitter: @AnwarRichardson Join The Athletic for just $1 a month for an entire year! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 02, 2020
Power Auer: The Heisman race is heating up
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The Athletic's Nicole Auerbach & Stadium's Michael Felder discuss the latest news in college football. Northwestern is officially the Big Ten West Champions. Vanderbilt kicker Sarah Fuller is the victim of unnecessary criticism after being the first female to play in a power 5 game. Derek Mason is fired as Commodores Head Coach. Who will replace him? The Heisman race is heating up! Plus, last call. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 01, 2020
Coaching carousel, big questions in the Big Ten & is Tom Herman done at Texas?
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Andy is joined by The Athletic's national college football writer, Max Olson, to survey the college football landscape following week 13's action. Under what scenario does Texas A&M earn a CFP berth (2:00)? Do the Aggies need "convincing" victories to persuade the committee, or are wins in their own right enough to propel them to the final four? Another day, another round of Big Ten games cancelled (8:45). What are the repercussions of these missed games for Ohio State, Wisconsin and the like? Could the Buckeyes fall short of the six-game minimum to compete in the conference title game? If so, who would contend for the league crown (18:30)? How would this impact the CFP standings? Another marquee win for Iowa State and Matt Campbell, another excruciating loss for Texas and Tom Herman (27:30). Is Herman's time as the Longhorn's leader done? Who could man the helm in Austin (24:30)? Plus, Andy and Max dish on which coaches could move this off-season (41:00). To cap off the show, the guys detail a historic weekend, from Sarah Fuller suiting up for Vanderbilt to Jaret Patterson running wild in New York (49:00) Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Max on Twitter: @max_olson Join The Athletic for just $1 a month for an entire year! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 29, 2020
Iowa St.-Texas throw down, can North Carolina upset Notre Dame & Random Rankings!
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Eat turkey, be merry and listen to Andy and Ari as they prepare you for a fun weekend of college football action. Andy reacts to Nick Saban positive Covid-19 test and myriad news leading up to turkey day (:30). Afterwards, will Ari cave and, again, take Michigan to cover, or will he finally wise up (6:30)? Who will punch their ticket to the Big 12 Championship, Iowa State or Texas (9:00)? Should the Longhorns suffer a loss, is the Tom Herman era as good as done? Upset! Upset? Did the persuasive Mack Brown influence Andy and Ari into picking a Tar Heels stunner over Notre Dame (25:00)? In SEC country, will Kyle Trask bolster his Heisman-contending resume with a big outing against Kentucky (if the game is played, that is), or can Mark Stoops and the Wildcats pull off the upset (31:15)? Why is Bama favored so handily in the Iron Bowl (32:15)? Clemson is certain to bury Pittsburgh, right...right (43:30)?! Are we dismissing Colorado's chances against USC too soon (50:00)? A stomach-rumbling Random Ranking has Andy and Ari debating the top Thanksgiving dish (spoiler alert: nothing tops stuffing--55:30). Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 26, 2020
Reacting to the first College Football Playoffs rankings!
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Andy and Ari Wasserman react to the first rankings from the College Football Playoffs committee! What are the guys' interpretation of the committee's top-4 teams? How do fringe teams like Texas A&M (11:00) and BYU (20:00) improve their standings? Plus, determine which teams are dead or alive (25:00), and some combination of BYU, Cincinnati and the Pac-12 need to roll the nice and play one another (32:00). Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @Ariwasserman Experience The Athletic for just $1 a month for 12 months starting on Black Friday! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 25, 2020
Power Auer: CFB Playoff rankings preview
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The Athletic's Nicole Auerbach welcomes 'the Group of 5 guru' Chris Vannini to the show. In-season scheduling is the hot topic in college football with BYU & Cincinnati in the middle of the fray. Florida State & Clemson are in a kerfuffle about Saturday's postponed game. The 1st college football playoff rankings of the season will be released Tuesday night. Nicole & Chris discuss what to expect from the committee. Plus, last call! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 24, 2020
Indiana tests Ohio State, predicting CFP top-4 & which fan base is most miserable?
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Ari! Again?! Haven't you learn Michigan will never cover this year? I suppose not because that's how Andy and Ari tee off today's show, discussing the Harbaugh Hopeful's triple-OT win over Rutgers (:15). *Taps mic* Yes, hello, uh, why hasn't a certain personnel move been made at UM yet? Also, will Cade McNamara keep the starting QB role? Listen Michigan fans, there's a silver lining to all this: your coach didn't sign a contract extension (unlike a handful of certain programs -- 3:30). Ohio State isn't the "juggernaut we thought they were" after being tested by Indiana (15:00). What deficiencies on Ohio State's roster did Ari think IU exposed? This segues into Tuesday's grand reveal of the College Football Playoff rankings (19:45). Who do Andy and Ari believe will occupy the top-4 rankings? Who outside the top-4 could contend for CFP berth? Where will BYU and Cincinnati fall in the pecking order? Clemson and Florida State did a lot of finger pointing in what turned out to be a postponement (30:00). A disappointing outcome for Vols fans leads to the guys deliberating which fan base they feel the worst for (39:30). Plus, which coaches in the last five years can say they've reached the ceiling of their program (53:15)? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 22, 2020
Playoff picture, silly season & the best games of the weekend
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The Athletic's Andy Staples & Ari Wasserman preview the college football weekend. #9 Indiana @ #3 Ohio State is a rare top 10 matchup. The SEC is back with 6 games after last week's postponements. Do Cincinnati and BYU deserve to be in the college football playoff picture? Is Oregon HC Mario Cristobal the right replacement for Jim Harbaugh? Other games of note: Wisconsin @ Northwestern, Oklahoma State @ Oklahoma, UCLA @ Oregon & USC @ Utah. Enjoy the college football weekend! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 20, 2020
ESPN's Booger McFarland joins the show!
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Andy welcomes ESPN's NFL Primetime co-host and college football analyst, Booger McFarland, to today's show! The guys discuss their mutual admiration for Chris Berman and Tom Jackson and the football highlight mecca they created, and the series Andy and Booger grew up adoring, NFL Primetime (1:00). Booger describes working alongside Boomer and acting as the program's number two. The duo commiserate over big guy fashion, and also share style tips for those of broader build, plus Booger talks about how his nickname stuck. With Will Muschamp out at South Carolina, who are the top options to assume the Gamecocks' top leadership position (10:30)? Booger and Andy pinpoint qualified and interesting names for SC's head coach vacancy, and chat about developing culture within a program. Staying in the SEC, why has LSU's defense taken a massive step backwards (19:30)? Is a year of experience all that's needed to remedy the cullender-like defense? Booger ranks his top-4 teams ahead of next week's opening CFP rankings (28:30), and Notre Dame is a lot better in the trenches than what we expected! Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Booger on Twitter: @ESPNBooger Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 18, 2020
Power Auer: The CFB season has gone off the rails
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The Athletic's Nicole Auerbach is joined by Stadium's Michael Felder to discuss the latest news in college sports. Miami's next 2 games are postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak. The 2021 NCAA Tournament will be played in a bubble. Cal & UCLA got a game in on 43 hours notice on a Sunday afternoon. The 2020 college football season is officially off the rails & the goal is to get to the college football playoff. Nicole & Michael dish on Notre Dame, the Big Ten, and debate whether Northwestern can beat Wisconsin. Tom Herman says rumors about Urban Meyer being the next Texas head coach is hurting the Longhorns on the recruiting trail. Can Jim Harbaugh save his job at Michigan? Plus, last call! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 17, 2020
Michigan woes, Big Ten tiers, ND avoids BC trap game & the coaching carousel
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The Athletic's Andy Staples & Matt Fortuna react to another drama-filled college football weekend. Michigan looks horrific once again, this time in a blowout loss to Wisconsin. Will Jim Harbaugh get fired or is will the pandemic save his job? Would Mario Cristobal be a good hire to replace Jim Harbaugh. Big Ten tiers! The guys debate the 2020 Big Ten hierarchy. Notre Dame continues to look good with QB Ian Book in complete control of the Fighting Irish offense. Miami escapes with a win vs. Virginia Tech & Ari will have to do the 'Paqui one chip challenge'. Week 2 of the Pac-12 season is in the books. Will Chip Kelly succeed at UCLA? The 2020 coaching carousel is starting to spin. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 15, 2020
Can 'Win-diana' keep rolling, Arkansas, Feleipe Franks v. Florida & Random Rankings!
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Andy and Ari have said it before and they'll keep on saying it: everyone's doing the best they can. So with that said, what's the best Wisconsin can do against Michigan considering the cloud of questions looming over the Badgers' football program? Why are the Wolverines opening as favorites in spite of their recent struggles (3:45)? The Fighting Irish aim to build off last week's monumental win against Clemson this Saturday versus Boston College (15:30). Time to pinch your nose! Miami-Virginia Tech is the most smelly line of the week (19:00)! Will 'Win-diana' keep their perfect record intact against Michigan State (28:15)? Who needs their first win of the season more: Penn State or Nebraska (33:30)? Will Arkansas rise to the occasion in Gainesville without Sam Pittman (48:15). And out the door, the guys deliver this week's Random Rankings (1:04:30)! Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 13, 2020
The rise of Liberty's Malik Willis
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Andy kicks off today's show discussing postponed SEC games, including Alabama-LSU. How could the SEC maneuver schedules to manage this delay, and will the CFB Playoff considering moving the semi-finals and final? The Liberty Flames, one of the most surprising stories in college football this year, are undefeated and rank among the countries top-25 teams. What's the secret to their success? Among everything that's contributed to their success, redshirt junior QB Malik Willis, and his noted development, has been a revelation for the Flames and head coach Hugh Freeze. Join Andy as he chronicles the Atlanta, Georgia native's ascension. From a prospect who yearned to play quarterback, to the transfer portal and the steps he made to better his game that has ultimately led him to being the spark of the Flames' success (10:00). Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Join The Athletic for just $1 a week! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 11, 2020
Power Auer: BTN's Mike Hall joins the show
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The Athletic's Nicole Auerbach welcomes Big Ten Network's Mike Hall to the show. Mike talks about his new storytelling project which includes a great anecdote about Julia Roberts. Of course, Mike is here to talk B1G football. Penn State is the surprise of the season at 0-3 & Indiana is on the other side of the fence at 3-0. Hoosiers Head Coach Tom Allen is the real life version of Ted Lasso. How talented is 2020 Ohio State compared to Buckeyes teams of the past? Mike also talks about how he got into the business and shares his unique perspective on covering sports.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 10, 2020
Fighting Irish top Tigers, is Harbaugh-Michigan marriage over & coaching what-ifs
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Andy and Ari react to Clemson, the top-ranked team in college football, falling to Notre Dame (1:30). What was key in the Irish's victory? How does this loss impact the Tigers' playoff chances? Both Maryland and Texas A&M handedly brought home Ws in their matchups (14:00). What happens now with Penn State? Where do the guys envision Texas A&M towards the last couple weeks of the season? Oh boy, let's talk Michigan (19:00). Ari offers 10 replacement options for Jim Harbaugh, and Andy judges whether they are viable candidates (24:00). Pac-12 after dark is back! USC survives Arizona State's near upset, and Chip Kelly's Bruins continue their slide (39:30). The duo entertain some coaching what-ifs, including: which Power-5 program will Hugh Freeze land at, and Scott Frost and Nebraska don't seem to be making much headway (48:30). Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Join The Athletic for just $1 a week! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 08, 2020
Andy challenges Chick-fil-A nuggets, Pac-12 returns & Florida-Georgia clash
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Andy and Ari Wasserman cover the upcoming college football slate. Great, now that you know that, here's where it gets saucy...well...not really because Andy doesn't use sauce when he tears into over 100 juicy, savory, delicious Chick-fil-A nuggets in this week's payoff pod (:30). The guys set the framework for the challenge before jumping into lines for the Pac-12's opening weekend (9:45). Is USC the conference favorite? What can we expect from the Trojans against Arizona State? Will an Oregon team that's lost key contributors this off-season be able to handle Stanford (14:45)? The duo also discuss the position the conference is in follow the Cal-Washington cancellation (20:30). Ari is amped for Big Ten talk! Who ya got in Michigan-Indiana (26:00)? Will Milton and co. bounce back after last week's stunning loss to Michigan State? Can Indiana keep rolling? Should we expect Ohio State to breeze past Rutgers, or is this not the Scarlet Knights of the past (41:00)? Double-down on Clemson? Can DJ Uiagalelei power the Tigers past ranked Notre Dame (44:15)? Who will be the biggest shrimp at the world's largest cocktail party (49:30), and does Florida's lesser recruiting class, compared to Georgia, already put them at a disadvantage? Plus, Texas-West Virginia, Texas A&M-South Carolina, Tennessee-Arkansas and BYU-Boise State (1:00:30)! Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Join The Athletic for just $1 a week! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 06, 2020
Tacos, pickle juice shots & Texas A&M football with Barstool Sports' Kayce Smith
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Andy welcomes Barstool Sports personality, co-host of the "Unnecessary Roughness" podcast and Texas A&M alumna, Kayce Smith, to today's show! Tacos, pickle juice shots and college football, what more could you want from a college town? The duo discuss what College Station has to offer before chatting about the Aggies, Jimbo Fisher and season expectations. Why hasn't A&M been able to close the gap between itself and Alabama? Andy and Kayce gab over how jumpin' Jacksonville will be this weekend with the Florida-Georgia game. Will Clemson survive Notre Dame without Trevor Lawrence? The two talk bets recently made with Ari Wasserman and Barstool Sports' Brandon Walker. If the Wolverines fall to Indiana, will anything happen in the Michigan-Harbaugh marriage? Plus, Wisconsin-Purdue is cancelled, and the Big Ten's handling of the virus versus the SEC. Rundown: (:30) Tacos & pick shots & college football, oh, my! (5:15) Aggies expectations & the immovable 'Bama gap (15:00) Florida-Georgia (16:30) Clemson-Notre Dame & bets (25:15) Michigan-Indiana, Wisconsin & more Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Kayce on Twitter: @KayceSmith Join The Athletic for just $1 a week! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 04, 2020
Power Auer: Don't trust the polls. Why isn't Northwestern ranked?
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The Athletic's Nicole Auerbach & Chris Vannini kick off the show with Michigan State's upset over Michigan. Pac-12 after dark & MACtion are officially back this week and the college football season finally feels whole. #9 BYU & QB Zach Wilson have their biggest game of the season Friday night at Boise State. The college football playoff committee has a difficult task this season trying to compare unequal scheduling formats. Plus, last call! Why isn't Northwestern ranked? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 03, 2020
Buckeyes blow by Nittany Lions, Clemson escapes Boston College & Spartans stun Wolverines with Bill Landis & Colton Pouncy
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In a weekend full of nail-biters, Andy and The Athletic's Ohio State scribe, Bill Landis, start today's show with Ohio State's commanding win over Penn State (1:00). Can anyone compete with OSU in the Big Ten? Was this performance expected out of the Nittany Lions? The duo take an early glance at the CFB Playoff picture and discuss who they believe are true contenders (5:00). The Trevor-Lawrence-less Clemson Tigers were tested in a conference bout against Boston College, though DJ Uiagalelei rallied his club and illustrated his remarkable ability (10:30). Andy and Bill admire some rarely-seen undefeated Big Ten teams (17:15) before chatting about where the winless Nittany Lions go from here (18:45). Will Wisconsin play Purdue next week (22:15)? How would another lost game affect, not only the Badgers, but the conference as a whole? Who's ready for some Pac-12 football (26:16)! Andy then welcomes in The Athletic's Michigan State penman, Colton Pouncy, to react to the Spartan's shocking win over Michigan (29:00). Was this a fluke win by Michigan State? How does this victory shape Mel Tucker's image following last week's loss? Is "Slick Rick" the conference's best kept secret? Is Michigan as good as we initially thought? What does the rest of the season hold for these two programs? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Bill on Twitter: @BillLandis25 Follow Colton on Twitter: @colton_pouncy Join The Athletic for just $1 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 01, 2020
Ari vs. the dreaded dark beer, is Milton, Michigan for real & Random Rankings!
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Andy reacts to Trevor Lawrence testing positive for Covid-19. What does this mean for Clemson? Who will start under center for the Tigers? The day has dawned. It's time for Ari to conquer a most vile villain, dark beer. Yes, Michigan downed Minnesota last week saving Andy from fulfilling a bet himself (1:00). The guys recap the Wolverines' victory over the Golden Gophers, and discuss what a win over P.J. Fleck's flock means for the program. Joe Milton and co. have their in-state rivals on the horizon in the Spartans (15:30). What can we expect from the matchup? Is Milton for real? Can Michigan overcome Ohio State, or are they a secondary/tertiary threat in the Big Ten? Speaking of OSU, the Buckeyes travel to Penn State for a...potentially anticlimactic conference contest (22:45)? Will the Nittany Lions drop their first two games of the season after losing last week to Indiana? Why does this bout, which is typically hyped, seen far less interesting? In SEC country, Mississippi State is at odds with Alabama in Tuscaloosa (29:45); Arkansas seeks to upset Texas A&M (31:45); Missouri-Florida is anybody's guess (35:15) and LSU looks to build off last week's 'W' against Auburn (37:30). Can Texas overcome Oklahoma State (43:30)? And from a wider lens, is Tom Herman and Texas' loss of 2022's top-rated prospect, Quinn Ewers, a symbolic loss? The guys settle on a bet for next week (58:45) before digging into their sweet Random Rankings (1:02:15)! Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 30, 2020
Badger, Big Ten Update with Jesse Temple + Hoosier Hype & LSU Lowdown with Brody Miller
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News blew in on a strong gust Tuesday, as the Wisconsin announced starting QB, Graham Mertz, tested positive for Covid-19, in addition, doubt loomed over UW"s conference clash with Nebraska on Saturday. Andy enlists the service of The Athletic's University of Wisconsin penman, Jesse Temple, to analyze the maelstrom of info (:30). What is the Big Ten's protocol for players who have contracted Covid? How long will Mertz be sidelined? What other options do the Badgers have at QB, and what will the Big Ten do about Wisconsin-Nebraska? With a well timed transitionary sound effect ("well timed" is debatable), Andy is now chatting with The Athletic's LSU scribe and University of Indiana alumnus, Brody Miller, who, for few minutes, is reveling in Indiana's spectacular win over Penn State (7:00). Just how good is former Tennessee commit, Penix Jr. (10:30)?! Now that there are expectations Indiana has to live up to, is Brody worried the team will crumble? From UI to LSU, just how impressive was last week's offensive showcase, and what lead to TJ Finley and the offense's success (15:45)? How beneficial is it to have to competent QBs (18:30)? The guys preview the Tigers' upcoming date with Auburn and examine the former's defensive miscues (19:30). What matchups could play in either team's favor (22:30)? Is it too late in the season to consider South Carolina as the inflection point in LSU's season (26:30), and can we safely assess who/what this Auburn team is (29:00)? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Jesse on Twitter: @jessetemple Follow Brodie on Twitter: @BrodyAMiller Listen to The Athletic's LSU podcast, 'Hear That Podcast, Podcast': https://theathletic.com/podcast/195-hold-that-podcast-podcast/ https://apple.co/3mzYraV Join The Athletic for just $1 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 28, 2020
Power Auer: It's a 3-team national title race
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Nicole Auerbach is joined by Stadium's Michael Felder for their weekly dose of college football talk. The Big Ten finally gets on the field and Ohio State looks like 1 of 3 national championship contenders. Michigan & new QB Joe Milton dominate PJ Fleck & Minnesota. BYU & Cincinnati are the best G5 teams in CFB. Do they have a shot at the playoff? Plus, it's last call! Penn State Head Coach James Franklin botches late-game clock management & Lane Kiffin is fined 25k for his tweets following Ole Miss' loss vs. Auburn.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 27, 2020
Saturday Roundup: Indiana Ices Penn State in OT, "Compfident" Michigan & Bama Blasts Tennessee with Max Olson
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Finally, some Big10 football that we can react to! Andy and Max Olson examine the Big10's opening slate of games. Atop the list of which matchups to cover first, the duo respond to Indiana's thrilling overtime upset over Penn State (:30). Devyn Ford realized what he had done just a moment too late. Tom Allen's gutsy two-point conversion in extra time was must-watch TV, and don't forget his emotionally charged postgame speech! Plus, what's next for the Nittany Lions with Ohio State on deck? Michigan's offense looked both competent and confident..."compfident"?... against P.J. Fleck's Golden Gophers (11:45). Greg Schiano helps Rutgers net their first conference win since 2017 by downing Michigan State (16:00). Ohio State didn't appear to skip a beat from last season, which was illustrated in their dismantling of Nebraska (19:15). A Tennessee-Alabama rap spells a wrap for the Volunteers' bid to move past .500 (22:30). LSU, TJ Finley impress in a one-sided affair over South Carolina (28:15). Good thing Andy didn't bet on Pittsburgh again, plus Travis Etienne puts a dent in the "sweet" over savory/greasy breakfast food debate (36:45). The guys blitz the ACC docket of games (37:15) before reacting to Graham Mertz's first game under center for Wisconsin (41:00), Iowa State's first conference loss (44:00) and next week's Arkansas-Texas A&M and Bama-Mississippi State contests (46:15).  Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Max on Twitter: @max_olson Join The Athletic for just $1 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 25, 2020
Numbers with Ari, Andy's 100 Pushup Payout & Random Rankings!
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Pull out your abacuses because it's time to calculate weekend outcomes with Ari Wasserman! He and Andy cruise through Pittsburgh-Notre Dame and set the stage for the Andy's pushup party (:30). As the upper body workout begins, Ari previews the Big10's opening weekend, starting with Wisconsin-Illinois (8:30). Are the 19.5-points the Badgers are favored by enough? Could Wisconsin blow the doors off this game early? "Mom's spaghetti, knees weak, arms are heavy." Andy's not enjoying his mother's pasta dish, but his arms sure are HEAVY, speaking of which, is there a heavy favorite in Penn State-Indiana (15:00)? Clapping pushups??? Are you kidding us, Andy??? Could Nebraska clap back at Ari for believing Ohio State will dominate this contest (18:00)? On the topic of the Big 10, will Bo Pelini's defense keep South Carolina in check (23:45)? Can we expect the 2-0 Tennessee who started the season off strong, or the 0-2 Tennessee club that's floundered against Georgia and Kentucky this Saturday against 'Bama (26:15)? It is done. Next week's bet is set. Michigan-Minnesota...and a dark beer (36:45). Plus, would P.J. Fleck be more likely to stay at Minnesota where he could, potentially, have a statue of himself outside TCF Bank Stadium, or take over a more prestigious program and earn more dough? Who's most likely to drop their first conference game of the season, Oklahoma State or Iowa State (46:15)? Lastly, Random Rankings! Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Join The Athletic for just $1 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 23, 2020
Big 10 Preview: Can Anyone Beat Buckeyes, Losing Brown Big Blow for PSU & Michigan's Milton Era with Bill Landis, Audrey Snyder & Nick Baumgardner
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Andy and friends present a BIG Big 10 preview in today's show! The Athletic's Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan scribes, Bill Landis, Audrey Snyder and Nick Baumgardner, respectively, join Andy in analyzing the upcoming year. Andy and Landis take a look at Justin Fields and his fellow Buckeyes' off-season, including voicing their urge to play (2:15)? Who's Ohio State's next great defensive lineman and how does the defense project this season (5:15)? Does any member of the '10' pose a threat to OSU (8:30), and how was Ryan Day able to keep his core members together despite an exponential amount of setbacks (9:45)? Snyder stops by next to address Penn State stud running back, Journey Brown's, medical condition that could sideline him all of 2020 (11:30). What headspace are the Nitty Lions in ahead of their season opener against Indiana (14:45) and considering the Hoosiers are in the headlights, is the impeding clash against OSU this team's immediate focus (16:15)? PSU aspires to usurp Ohio State as the conference's top...Lion(?)...however, does the program's progress appear stunted or is OSU just that good (19:00)? Baumgardner breaks down Washtenaw County's Covid-19 advisory, which affects U-M's campus. So, how does this figure into the Wolverines plans as they prepare for Minnesota on the road (25:00)? Are all the Jim Harbaugh-Michigan questions/narratives finally extinct, or has everyone just been keyed in on making sure there's an actual football season (27:00)? The Joe Milton era at U-M starts now (30:45). What can we expect? Where does Michigan fall in the Big 10 pecking order (33:00), and, lastly, let's preview Michigan-Minnesota (34:15)! Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Bill Landis on Twitter: @BillLandis25 Follow Audrey Snyder on Twitter: @audsnyder4 Follow Nick Baumgardner on Twitter: @nickbaumgardner Join The Athletic for just $1 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 21, 2020
Power Auer: the Big Ten is back!
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The Athletic's Nicole Auerbach's 'Power Auer' segment is now a full show! Nicole will be in the feed every Tuesday with Stadium's Michael Felder and/or The Athletic's Chris Vannini. The Big Ten season is finally here! Ohio State is a clear favorite in the East but the West looks to be up for grabs in 2020. Michael is excited for the Mountain West to return. It's time to get back in the habit of watching late-night college football. Arkansas has become America's team. NCAA transfer reform has many layers. Plus, there are several programs that need a win this weekend to avoid a complete meltdown. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 20, 2020
Football & Grits: SEC weekend recap
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The Athletic's David Ubben & Andy Staples recap the weekend in the SEC. Mac Jones & the Alabama offense put up 40 on Georgia's highly touted defense. Will we see a SEC Championship game rematch? The guys hand out their SEC weekend awards. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 19, 2020
Saturday recap with Richard Johnson
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The Athletic's Andy Staples is joined by Moon Crew's Richard Johnson. Alabama shuts out Georgia in the 2nd half & wins 41-24. #5 North Carolina's comeback bid falls short & the Heels lose to Florida State. Kentucky destroys Tennessee 34-7. Auburn inconsistency continues & the Tigers are upset by South Carolina. Sam Pittman is putting himself in the running for coach of the year after another win. The Big Ten is back next weekend! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 18, 2020
Numbers with Ari + Random Ranking
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The Athletic's Andy Staples & Ari Wasserman look at the week 7 college football slate & pick winners! After the news that Nick Saban tested positive for COVID the vegas line dropped from -6.5 to -3.5. What will be the actual impact of Nick Saban not being on the sideline Saturday night? Liberty heads to Syracuse as a 3.5 point favorite! Arkansas is a 2 point home dog vs. Ole Miss. Coastal Carolina is fun. Random ranking: candy bars. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 16, 2020
Power Auer & Saturday Setup
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The Athletic's Andy Staples & Nicole Auerbach discuss the latest news in college football in the weekly "Power Auer" segment. Mizzou & Vandy is postponed due to COVID. The NCAA is going to pass name, image & likeness reform. Dan Mullen says Gators fans should "pack the swamp" on Saturday vs. LSU. Plus, Georgia @ Alabama is the game of the weekend. Nicole helps you 'Set up your Saturday' with the best way to watch college football all day on TV. Subscribe, rate & review the show! We love hearing what you think. Subscribe to The Athletic for $1 a month: www.theathletic.com/andystaples Follow Andy & Nicole on twitter @Andy_Staples & @NicoleAuerbach Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 14, 2020
Football & Grits: SEC or Big 12?
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The Athletic's David Ubben & Andy Staples discuss what was another wild week of SEC football. The guys hand out their weekly awards for... Best game Best individual performance Best team performance Worst team performance Agent of chaos Subscribe to Football & Grits on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts! Follow Andy & David on twitter @Andy_Staples & @davidubben Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 12, 2020
OU/Texas shootout, Clemson dominates Miami & SEC defense is optional
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The Athletic's Andy Staples & Matt Fortuna react to week 6 of the college football season. The LSU defense is embarrassed by Mizzou. It seems like defense in the SEC is optional in 2020. Oklahoma/Texas played the longest game in the history of the Red River Rivalry. Is Tom Herman's seat scorching hot in year 4? It's always weird at Jordan-Hare Stadium & that was proved true once again. Clemson looked great vs. Miami. Trevor Lawrence & Travis Etienne is the best backfield duo in the sport. Georgia @ Alabama is up next! Make sure to follow Andy @Andy_Staples & send pictures of your Sunday brunch! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 11, 2020
Andy eats Mayo & numbers with Ari
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Andy pays off his bet and eats Mayo on the show. It doesn't go....well. Plus, Ari goes inside the numbers to break down Miami @ Clemson, the Red River RIvalry, Tennessee @ Georgia & Florida @ Texas A&M. It's another loaded slate of college football games as the 2020 season continues to roll on. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 09, 2020
Power Auer, Saturday setup & top 10 rom-coms
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The Athletic's Andy Staples & Nicole Auerbach discuss the top storylines in college football. Saturday setup gives you 3 different options on how watch the games on TV this Saturday. Plus, the top 10 romantic comedies.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 07, 2020
Football & Grits: Ubben & Staples react to week 2 of the SEC season
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The Athletic's David Ubben and Andy Staples hand out team and individual awards for week 2 of the SEC season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 05, 2020
Bama rolls while Texas & Oklahoma both lose
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The Athletic's Andy Staples & Max Olson recap another wild CFB Saturday. Oklahoma & Texas both lose heading into their showdown next week. Alabama looks like the best team in college football. Plus, Arkansas gets its first SEC win in 3 years. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 04, 2020
Talented Texas & weekend action
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The Athletic's Andy Staples & Ari Wasserman talk about Texas & whether Tom Herman has built a championship program in Austin. The guys get into recruiting and how the talent rich state of Texas puts the Longhorns in a great position. Plus, a look at this weekend's action action and a random ranking of crackers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 02, 2020
Power Auer & Saturday setup
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The Athletic's Nicole Auerbach joins Andy to discuss the biggest storylines in college football. She also gets you prepped for this coming Saturday with her 'Saturday setup'. A step by step guide on the best way to spend the day watching games. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 30, 2020
Football & Grits: Ubben & Staples recap the weekend in the SEC
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The Athletic's David Ubben & Andy Staples discuss Kentucky @ Auburn & Tennessee @ South Carolina. David was at Williams-Brice Stadium while Andy was at Jordan-Hare. Elsewhere in the SEC, Florida QB Kyle Trask put on a show & Georgia had a head-scratching performance vs. Arkansas. Plus, Mike Leach wins his first game at Mississippi State vs. the reigning National Champions LSU. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 28, 2020
#3 Oklahoma and #6 LSU go down + reaction to a full Saturday slate
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The Athletic's Andy Staples & Matt Fortuna discuss two of the biggest upsets of the weekend: Kansas State over #3 Oklahoma & Mississippi State over #6 LSU. Virginia Tech was missing 23 players & 4 coaches but still beat NC State 45-24. Miami demolishes FSU 52-10. Auburn takes care of Kentucky at home & Bo Nix looked like a veteran QB. Georgia & Texas A&M struggle vs. Arkansas & Vanderbilt, respectively. The college football season feels like it's *actually* here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 27, 2020
Numbers with Ari + random ranking
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The Athletic's Andy Staples is headed to Auburn for the Tigers matchup with Kentucky (+7.5) . Ari joins Andy to dive into the odds for that game as well as a full Saturday slate. Plus, what will Georgia's offense look like with D'Wan Mathis? The Bulldogs are the most talented team in the country according to recruiting metrics. The 'Air Raid' & Mike Leach has landed in the SEC at Mississippi State. Random ranking: fictional bands. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 25, 2020
Power Auer
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The Athletic's Nicole Auerbach joins Andy Staples to discuss the top stories in college football. Deion Sanders is hired to coach Jackson State. The Georgia QB competition is coming down to the wire. Mizzou HC Eliah Drinkwitz makes a statement. Plus, ESPN's Stephania Bell explains why soft-tissue injuries are increasing in college & NFL football in 2020. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 23, 2020
Bonus Episode: Football & Grits
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What's the road to an SEC championship game that ISN'T Alabama and Georgia? Who in Week 1 is going to most dramatically change what we think about them, one way or the other? Who is getting too much shine and who is flying under the radar going into the year? The first 10-game conference schedule starts this Saturday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 21, 2020
Reaction to Saturday's slate w/ Max Olson & Manny Navarro
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The Athletic's Max Olson joins Andy to recap Saturday's action. Miami's new offense continues to roll and the Canes are 2-0 heading into next week's matchup with Florida State who will be without head coach Mike Norvell because of a positive COVID test. UCF takes care of Georgia Tech at home. Oklahoma State survives vs. Tulsa. #1 Clemson dominates. WIll the Tigers be tested in in the next two weeks by Virginia and/or Miami? Plus, The Athletic's Manny Navarro takes a deep dive into Miami's new offense & hot start with new QB D'Eriq King. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 20, 2020
This unique season deserves an 8-team playoff
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Andy & Ari Wasserman recap a crazy week in college football. Did the Big Ten decision come in part because they saw other games on TV and realized they made a mistake? The guys agree that the College Football Playoff should make an exception in 2021 & expand the field to 8. Plus, what are the top 5 pizza chains in the country? Subscribe to The Athletic for $1 a month: www.theathletic.com/staples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 18, 2020
The Big Ten Reverses Course + Power Auer
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The Athletic's Andy Staples & Nicole Auerbach react to the breaking news that the Big Ten is back and will start play on October 23-24. Each program will play 8 games with an extra game on Championship weekend that matches up East vs. West based on where the team finished in the division standings. Plus, Power Auer! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 16, 2020
Waiting for the Big Ten Decision with Randy Wade
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Andy goes 1 on 1 with Randy Wade, father or now opted out Ohio State star CB Shaun Wade, after a hot mic causes a stir in Big Ten country. Will the conference change course and play football this fall?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 16, 2020
Florida State stunned by Georgia Tech & the Big Ten might be...back?
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The Athletic's Andy Staples is joined by Andy Bitter, host of The Athletic's new ACC podcast 'Atlantic & Coastal'. Florida State is stunned by Georgia Tech in Mike Norvell's 1st game as Head Coach. Notre Dame beats Duke 27-13 at home in somewhat of an unimpressive performance. Iowa State is downed by Louisiana & Kansas State falls to Arkansas State in two Sun Belt over Big 12 upsets. Plus, the Big Ten might be....back?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 13, 2020
Miami takes the field, Ryan Day speaks out & Rucci chooses Wisconsin
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The Athletic's Ari Wasserman will join Andy every Friday during the 2020 season. The guys react to Miami's winning performance vs. UAB. The Canes rushed for 337 yards in Rhett Lashlee's first game as offensive coordinator. Ohio State Head Coach Ryan Day released a statement criticizing the Big Ten office. The Buckeyes players, coaches & fans are entering desperation mode. Plus, Ari dissects the most interesting recruiting storyline of the week. 5-star PA offensive lineman Nolan Rucci leaves his home state and his committed to play for the Wisconsin Badgers. Why can't James Franklin keep blue-chip prospects in state? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 11, 2020
Power 5 Kickoff Eve + Power Auer w/ Nicole Auerbach
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The Athletic's Nicole Auerbach will join Andy every Wednesday during the 2020 CFB season to answer the sports most pressing questions. Nicole sifts through the endless news cycle to pick out the most important & impactful stories.   It's Power 5 kickoff eve! The new look Miami offense takes on UAB in what will be QB D'Eriq King's debut in the 305. The ACC slate in week 2 features two of the biggest programs in the sport, Clemson & Notre Dame. Plus, Charlotte vs. App State is a diamond in the rough. Two young programs run by smart coaches will play in primetime on ESPN2. The season is finally here & it's already Week 2!   Subscribe to The Athletic for $1 per month: www.theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 09, 2020
Special Guest: Sam Schwartzstein
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Andy talks to the creator of XFL rules, Sam Schwartzstein. The guys take a deep dive into the world of sports and how rules play a major role in how marketable a sport is to the general public and casual fan. Happy Labor Day!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 07, 2020
Reporting from the 1st FBS game of the season - Southern Miss vs. South Alabama
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Andy made the trip to Hattiesburg Mississippi where Southern Miss hosted South Alabama in the first FBS game of the college football season. An offseason of uncertainty has culminated with kickoff to a modified 2020 season. Southern Miss AD Jeremy McClain joins the show. Plus, you'll hear from player parents & South Alabama Head Coach Steve Campbell. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 04, 2020
Special Guest: Robert Mays
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 Andy welcomes special guest Robert Mays of The Athletic Football Show. The guys talk about recent college players and their careers in the NFL. Did the Bears really trade up to draft Mitch Trubisky? Is Tua Tagovailoa going to sit for a year or play right away in Miami? Lamar Jackson is getting it done in Baltimore. Plus, Hunter Renfrow has gone from true freshman walkon to NFL wide receiver.   Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show: www.theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 02, 2020
We watched a college football game
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The Athletic's Andy Staples and Max Olson revel in the first college football game of the season between Central Arkansas & Austin Peay. Clearly not household names, these two FCS programs put on a show Saturday night in primetime on ESPN. The game was sloppy at times, but hey, that's college football. In the news: LSU WR Ja'Marr Chase is opting out of the 2020 season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 31, 2020
Top players to watch in 2020 with Dane Brugler
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The Athletic's NFL Draft Expert Dane Brugler joins Andy to discuss the top players to watch during the 2020 College Football season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 28, 2020
Inside the AP Top 25 Preseason Poll
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Andy welcomes Ralph Russo of the Associated Press to the show to discuss the recently released AP Top 25 Preseason Poll. We are two weeks from kickoff and the buildup to the season, including polls, is not creating the buzz it normally does. The guys try to examine why & debate whether the Big Ten & the PAC-12 postponements have thrown a wet blanket over the 2020 season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 26, 2020
Welcome to the (weird) 2020 season
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The Athletic's Andy Staples and Ari Wasserman unofficially welcome you to the weirdest season in college football history.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 24, 2020
Inside the Big Ten's Decision to Postpone Football
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