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

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Mikey
 Nov 10, 2022
I would listen more if Ari wasn't on it. Even when I think he is in the right his arguments are reductive and rarely make sense. His off topic chat is better than anything he says on football. It is a shame because otherwise this is a solid podcast.

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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
Championship Week Reaction: TCU falls, Georgia and Michigan roll & who's going to be in the CFP?
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Live from Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay, courtesy of our partners at BetMGM, Andy and Ari react to a wild championship week of action. The only question that now remains; who's going to be in the College Football Playoff? (Oh, and why didn't Dabo start Cade Klubnik sooner?) -Welcome to Banana Land: who's going to be 3 and 4? (1:00) -Nick Saban's case for Alabama in the CFP (4:45) -ASSJUICE administered for a candid response to Bama in the CFP (7:30) -Michigan vs. Ohio State in the playoff? (13:00) -Would Cade Klubnik have saved Clemson's season? (21:45) -Playoff predictions (30:00) Watch the episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/jmzRCYi3o1w Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 04, 2022
Georgia drops 50 on LSU to win SEC title | Football & Grits
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David and Brody are in Atlanta where Georgia dominated LSU to win the SEC Championship. Are the Dawgs on the way to a National Championship repeat. Plus, Saban goes full campaign mode. What does his argument mean? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 04, 2022
Utah beats USC in the Pac-12 title! Is Ohio State in the playoff?
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Andy and Ari are in Vegas and react to Utah's blowout win over #4 USC. The Trojans defense couldn't stop the Utes in the 2nd half. Does this mean Ohio State is now in the playoff? Could a rematch with Michigan be in the cards? The guys discuss and debate playoff scenarios.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 03, 2022
Championship Week Picks: Michigan, TCU look to finish the season out perfect, USC seeking first playoff berth & 12-team playoff coming in '24!
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Andy, Ari and Nicole pick the games of college football's Championship Week against the spread. Can USC and TCU win and secure their place in the College Football Playoff? -CFP expanding in '24 (2:30) -USC-Utah in Pac-12 title game; would you rather have Caleb Williams or Bryce Young? (11:30) - TCU-KSU; could the Horned Frogs fall out of playoff contention with a loss? (23:00) - USF-Tulane (33:00) - LSU-UGA (35:00) - UNC-Clemson (41:00) - Purdue-Michigan (44:00) Watch the episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/hGmppoF5Um0 Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Follow Nicole on Twitter: @NicholeAuerbach Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 02, 2022
Transfer portal open + Big 12 title preview Collin Klein | Max & Sam
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It's Big 12 Championship week! The transfer portal window opens on 12/5. Max Olson and Sam Khan Jr. discuss impact players who will be in the portal looking for a new team in 2023. Neil Brown will be back at West Virginia in 2023. North Texas vs. UTSA in the Conference USA title game is the low-key game of the week. Plus, a Big 12 title game preview with Kansas State Offensive Coordinator Collin Klein. Can the Wildcats ruin TCU's perfect season? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 01, 2022
Power Auer: UAB hires Trent Dilfer + jeers to the CFP committee
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The Power 5: 1. Top 4 heading into championship weekend 2. UAB hires Trent Dilfer 3. West Virginia has an AD, Neal Brown is safe 4. Auburn hires Freeze, more coaching stuff later in the show 5. The transfer portal window officially opens 12/5  Happy Hour: Nebraska hires Matt Rhule Wisconsin hires Luke Fickell Championship weekend! .  On the Rocks: UAB hires Trent Dilfer? UNLV, WMU, Tulsa, Texas State, Stanford & Cincinnati open  Last Call: Nicole: Jeers for the in-season CFP rankings releases Chris: Committee not ranking UTSA or Troy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 01, 2022
Stars Matter: Recruiting strategies for new hires
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Ari Wasserman and Mitch Light discuss the recruiting impact of the coaching carousel. Hugh Freeze to Auburn Luke Fickell to Wisconsin Matt Rhule to Nebraska Trent Dilfer to UAB What does success look like on the trail for these four coaches? An update on commitments and decommitments. Player of the week! Mailbag: Which school has the highest recruiting floor? what Power 5 schools have the lowest ceiling? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 30, 2022
CFP Week 5 Rankings Reaction: Michigan climbs, USC's No. 4 & is Alabama in the hunt?
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In the penultimate edition of the College Football Playoff rankings reveal, Andy and Ari chat about Tennessee fans' rancor and championship weekend implications for USC, Ohio State, and...Alabama? - Rankings 11-25 (3:00) - Alabama's playoff hopes & being ranked ahead of the Vols (5:00) - Michigan #2, USC #4 (11:00) - Did Georgia also take an 'L' in Michigan's win over Ohio State? (14:00) - Sam Khan Jr. joins the show to chat TCU vs KSU (16:30) - Boo Corrigan on Bama/OSU & wins vs losses (31:15) Watch the episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/tmt2RAPeacA Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Follow Sam on Twitter: @skhanjr Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 30, 2022
Is Hugh Freeze right for Auburn? SEC vs Big Ten coaching depth & Ari's UNLV recruiting pitch
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The coaching carousel is whirling at an alarmingly fast rate, but Andy, Ari, and Scott are here to help it all make sense. - Is Hugh Freeze at Auburn the right fit? (3:15) -Which conference now has more quality coaching depth: The SEC or Big Ten? (24:30) - Ohio State has regressed under Ryan Day (26:30) - Who's the worst coach in the SEC, or Big Ten? (34:15) - Will the Big Ten's larger payday help elevate the conference to SEC levels? (39:15) - Ari's UNLV recruiting pitch (52:00) Watch the episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/dsg4aHipijw Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Follow Scott on Twitter: @ScottDochterman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 29, 2022
SEC weekend review | Football & Grits
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David Ubben and Brody Miller recap the final regular season in the SEC What happened to LSU and what does it mean for Saturday? Why isn't No. 1 Georgia compelling this season? LSU beats Georgia if … The Auburn coaching search continues. Lane Kiffin stays at Ole Miss South Carolina beats Clemson SEC Championship game picks! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 28, 2022
Holy Spotted Cow: Wisconsin Hires Cincinnati's Luke Fickell!
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Andy and Ari react to Wisconsin hiring Cincinnati's Luke Fickell. Was this fair to Jim Leonhard? Was Fickell the best non-Big Ten head coach available? What does Fickell bring to the Badgers? Watch the episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/kFLtgZltkMY Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 28, 2022
Rivalry Week Reaction: Chaos! Michigan tops Ohio State, Clemson and LSU fall, USC rolls & where will Alabama be ranked?
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Andy and Ari react to a tremendously fun rivalry week, including Michigan's thorough shellacking of Ohio State, LSU and Clemson both going down in shocking fashion, Caleb Williams' four-touchdown performance versus Notre Dame, and more! Plus, what will the CFP rankings reveal come Tuesday? Could Alabama surprise us all? Watch the episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/rpb92DcesRc Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 27, 2022
Nebraska shocks Iowa and is about to hire a coach
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Andy, Ari and Max Olson discuss Nebraska's win at Iowa on Black Friday. The Cornhuskers surged to a 24-0 and then tried to give it away, but the Hawkeyes couldn't finish the comeback.  Now Purdue can win the Big Ten West by beating Indiana. Meanwhile, Nebraska is closing in on hiring former Temple, Baylor and Carolina Panthers coach Matt Rhule as its next head coach. The guys break down the choice. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 26, 2022
CFB Rivalry Week Picks: Iron & Egg Bowl, Michigan vs Ohio State & a Notre Dame Upset?
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Opposing programs whose fans despise one another are at it this week, Rivalry Week! Who will win the Egg & Iron Bowls, the Jewelled Shillelagh, and The Game? Andy and Ari break it all down for you: - Is there some AP Poll vibes to the CFP rankings? (1:30) - Egg Bowl & Kiffin to Auburn? (10:00) - Nebraska-Iowa (16:45) - Florida-FSU (27:30) - South Carolina-Clemson (29:15) - Apple Cup, Louisville-UK, Civil War & Big 12 rivalries (31:30) - Iron Bowl (39:15) - Notre Dame-USC (41:15) - Michigan-OSU (46:00) Watch the episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/7Was7WDanXA Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 23, 2022
CFP Week 4 Rankings Reaction: Is Clemson still alive? Alabama Chaos Theory, USC at #6 & Michigan-OSU ripple effect
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In this fouth installment of the College Football Playoff rankings reaction, Andy and Ari chat about Clemson's postseason hopes, a whacky (and unbelievable) Alabama playoff theory, USC's position, which final at-large bid in a 12-team playoff we'd like to see from this year's field, and more! - Clemson's hopes & 10-25 (1:30) - Scenario: USC, 1-loss Pac-12 champ, misses the playoff? (19:30) - TCU, strength of record (22:15) - Alabama Chaos Theory (28:15) - Which at-large bid would we like to see in a 12-team? (32:30) - Boo on Clemson and USC (42:30) Watch the episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/huq8Ap981lw Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 23, 2022
Power Auer: Cheers to rivalry week & Thanksgiving side dishes
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Nicole Auerbach and Chris Vannini have their weekly cocktail of college football topics... Power 5: 1. EA Sports' CFB game is delayed  2. Caleb Williams has taken the lead in the Athletic’s Heisman straw poll 3. Hendon Hooker torn ACL 4. Mark Stoops extension through 2031 5. Jim Leonhard may be getting the Wisconsin job Happy Hour: Michigan/Ohio State is what CFB is all about  Other big games we’re excited about: USC-ND, Egg Bowl, Tulane-Cincy, Florida-FSU, Iowa-Nebraska, App STate-GS, South Carolina-Clemson, Civil War & Kansas-KState  On the Rocks:  - Lane Kiffin and local media  -Coaching carousel: West Virginia, Stanford, Texas State, Tulsa, UNLV Last Call: Nicole: Thanksgiving side dishes Chris: Navy space uniforms  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 22, 2022
THE Game: Can Michigan start a streak, or does Ohio State strike back? + Thanksgiving sides draft
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Will Michigan build off of its 2021 Big Ten championship by beating Ohio State in back-to-back years, or will Ryan Day's offseason investments and changes to the program pay off in a Buckeyes win? Andy, Ari, and Scott discuss, plus, the guys draft their favorite Thanksgiving side dishes. - Rose Bowl Complex (:45) - Closing the talent gap in the Big Ten (6:00) - Ryan Day under the microscope if OSU loses (10:30) - Which team has more talent? (12:00) - Validating investments, and defensive changes at OSU with a win (18:00) - Could J.J. McCarthy be the difference-maker? (22:30) - Big Ten West update + Scott's harrowing, near-zero degree day (31:00) - Thanksgiving side dishes draft (41:30) Watch the episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/rptQjcu5BfU Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Follow Scott on Twitter: @ScottDochterman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 22, 2022
SEC weekend review: Upset Saturday | Football & Grits
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David Ubben and Brody Miller discuss what was supposed to be a calm weekend of SEC football. Lesson learned. College football is never predictable. South Carolina put up 63 points vs. Tennessee in a blowout win. The Gamecocks are trending upwards under Shane Beamer. Hendon Hooker has played his last game for Tennessee after suffering an ACL injury. The QB leaves a lasting legacy in Knoxville. Is the SEC down in 2022? How do you measure that? The guys debate how the league stacks up vs. the Power 5 in 2022. Plus, rivalry weekend is here! A full preview. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 21, 2022
Week 12 Reaction: Tennessee stunned; TCU, Michigan escape & USC to the Pac-12 title game
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Week 12 was a weekend of grab ass-ery tailored for Andy and Ari to break down: - TCU's fire drill FG lifts them over Baylor (2:00) - Tennessee's playoff hopes evaporate vs South Carolina (6:30) - Ohio State & Michigan's clunkers set the stage for The Game (13:45) - USC punches their ticket to the Pac-12 Championship Game (21:45) - Big Ten West update (27:30) - UNC's done & would you rather have Caleb Williams or CJ Stroud? (33:00) - Texas A&M; head coach carousel & is the SEC down this year? (42:45) Watch the episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/4dlxWrO3Egk Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 20, 2022
Week 12 Picks: Pac-12 powerhouses duke it out, can TCU stay perfect & Big Ten West bouts
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Andy, Ari, and Nicole share their expert opinions on week 12 college football games all while doing a 2016 duck face/peace sign fad: - Sling 'What to Watch for': USC vs UCLA (10:45) - Is Ari still wrong about a 12-team playoff? (14:45) - Can TCU stay perfect vs. Baylor (23:30) - Utah-Oregon (29:00) - Big Ten West race excitement (33:30) - An ACC matchup whose narrative we would have never expected coming into this year (41:00) - Georgia-Kentucky, Oklahoma-OK St. & more! (43:30) Watch the episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Wl4ezY1-Ke4 Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Follow Nicole on Twitter: @NicoleAuerbach Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 18, 2022
TCU's disrespect + the Nebraska coaching search | Max & Sam
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Max Olson and Sam Khan Jr. give their unique take on college football... Is TCU getting disrespected by the national media who are parachuting in to cover the College Football Playoff? Texas hasn't scored an offense TD in the 2nd half for three straight games. What's wrong with QB Quinn Ewers? Texas A&M is shockingly not going to a bowl game this season but has a chance to play LSU in the final game of the season. Bedlam is the low-key game of the week! Plus, Mitch Sherman joins the show to discuss the state of the Nebraska coaching search. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 17, 2022
Power Auer: CFP news, the hot seat & new records
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Nicole Auerbach and Chris Vannini's weekly cocktail of college football... The Power 5: 1. Virginia has canceled its game against Coastal Carolina 2. CFP news about revenue sharing issue being resolved 3. Charlotte hires Biff Poggi 4. West Virginia AD Shane Lyons out 5. UCF beats Tulane, takes control of AAC and G5 Happy Hour: UConn is bowl eligible, beat Liberty FSU is quietly good On the Rocks: What schools could still make a change? West Virginia, Texas State, Rice, Tulsa, WMU, Memphis, North Texas, Stanford, Cal? Last Call: Jeers to the CFP rankings mid basketball Record breaking seasons Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 17, 2022
Stars Matter: Late-rising 2023 QBs, mailbag & trivia
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Ari Wasserman and Mitch Light have the latest on college football recruiting... -How does NIL change reporting on recruiting? -Harold Perkins is living up to his No. 8 ranking in the Class of 2022 -Late-rising QBs in the 2023 class  -Who is the best CFB QB you've seen in person? -Arizona and UCLA recruiting strategies  -Will Maryland ever be able to compete in the Big Ten? + more mailbag questions and trivia!   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 16, 2022
CFP Week 3 Rankings Reaction: Tennessee vs. USC's résumé, is UNC ranked too low & MACtion, BABY!
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Andy and Ari react to the third iteration of the 2022 College Football Playoff rankings with the help of Sam Khan Jr. & Max Olson. - 10-25 revealed (3:00) - Why is UNC ranked 13th? (8:30) - Top 7 unveiled (13:30) - Tenessee or USC for #4? (21:00) - TCU's remaining path with the Texpert (28:00) - Boo Corrigan on USC (36:00) - At the end of the year, which team's resume might be better: the Vols or Trojans? (38:15) - Is LSU a fraud? (47:00) - MACtion mania (50:30) Watch the episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/mCnrcIdrw6M Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Follow Max on Twitter: @max_olson Follow Sam on Twitter: @skhanjr Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 16, 2022
The Big Ten West & Pac-12 are wide open, and it's proof of why divisions are dumb
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Andy and Scott Dochterman take a look at the frenetic Big Ten West and Pac-12 races. Before then, we take a moment to share our condolences and thoughts with those affected by the University of Virginia shooting. - Our thoughts go out to those impacted by the UVA shooting (:10) - The absurdity of the Big Ten West (Iowa is still in it! -- 4:15) - The Pac-12 title race is ridiculous (16:45) - Can Utah come out on top? (24:00) - Caleb Williams and the Heisman race (27:30) - Desmond Watson & big men TDs (31:00) - What to expect from the 3rd week of CFP rankings (37:00) Watch the episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/xtCFdnjE6WY Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Scott on Twitter: @ScottDochterman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 15, 2022
SEC weekend review | Football & Grits
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David Ubben and Brody Miller recap the weekend in the SEC! -SEC title set: Georgia vs. LSU -Where does Tennessee fit into the playoff picture? -Should Auburn hire Cadillac Williams full-time? -Texas A&M has lost six straight games -Will Jimbo Fisher overhaul his coaching staff? -Kentucky loses to .... Vanderbilt? -Picks of the week! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 14, 2022
Week 11 Reaction: Georgia vs LSU in SEC title game; Oregon, UCLA lose & TCU tops Texas
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With a handful of conference championship games set, Andy and Ari take us through week 11 and the dominos that fell: - Jedd Fisch, Arizona upset UCLA (:10) - Have our opinions of TCU changed & what is their playoff path? (13:15) - Washington adds more drama to the Pac-12 by shocking Oregon (22:00) - What does the playoff picture look like? (29:30) - Conference championships outlook (36:30) - Does UNC have a shot at the CFP? (41:00) - Who's still alive in the CFP discussion? (48:00) - The Wild, Wild Big Ten West (49:30) - Cadillac Williams & Auburn top Texas A&M (1:03:30) - A&M talent turnover & what can Jimbo do to stem the bleeding? (1:08:00) Watch the episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/BoOqCNadofY Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 13, 2022
Week 11 Picks: Texas vs. TCU, Alabama at Ole Miss & LSU takes on Arkansas w/ UNC QB Drake Maye
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Andy, Ari, and Nicole pick games against the spread from a slate of exciting week 11 matchups. Later, UNC QB Drake Maye joins the podcast to discuss the Tar Heels' offense, his family ties to UNC, and his Heisman hopes: - IT'S A TRAP (Game)! Can LSU survive Arkansas? (11:30) - Can TCU keep their playoff afloat vs. Texas? (18:30) - Oregon-Washington (21:30) - UNC QB Drake Maye joins the show! (29:00) - UNC at Wake Forest (46:00) - Do we dare take the over in Wisconsin-Iowa?! (47:45) Watch the episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/u0WT9FEUQLk Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Follow Nicole on Twitter: @NicoleAuerbach Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 11, 2022
Playoff scenarios, Texas-TCU breakdown + Sonny Dykes joins Max & Sam
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Max Olson and the "Texpert" Sam Khan Jr. give their unique perspective on college football... TCU's national perception is improving & the Horned Frogs are officially in the top 4. Can they lose and still make the playoff? How will a 12-team playoff change the conversation during the season? Sam's column this week outlines why it's good for the sport. Texas has a chance to make a statement vs. TCU this weekend. The guys break down another massive game in the Big 12. Low-key games of the week! TCU Head Coach Sonny Dykes joins the show! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 10, 2022
Power Auer: Jeers to absurd coaching contracts
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Nicole Auerbach and Chris Vannini give their weekly toast to the great sport of college football. The Power 5: 1. Eli Drinkwitz gets an extension/raise. WHY?? 2. Grayson McCall out for 3-6 weeks with a foot injury. 3. CUSA media rights deal is done 4. CFP campus games? Nicole’s column. 5. The Heisman race is wide open Happy Hour: -TCU vaults up the CFP rankings On the Rocks: -USF unexpectedly fires Jeff Scott. -Is Alabama and Clemson's reign over? Last Call - Cheers or Jeers -Jeers to extensions for coaches who may not even make a bowl game. -Cheers to Ohio and Tim Albin for being 7-3 after 3-9 last year. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 10, 2022
Stars Matter: 2024 QB class, mailbag & more
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Ari Wasserman and Mitch Light have their weekly analysis of college football recruiting... -Florida St. thrashes Miami. What does it mean on the trail? -USF fires Jeff Scott. Can you recruit to this program?  -Antony Hill decommits from A&M, visiting Texas this weekend.  -Alabama lands 2024 5-star QB Julian Sayin from Carlsbad CA -2024 QB update. Seven of top 19 are committed.  -North Carolina's strong '21 & '22 classes are paying off  -Should USC be concerned about Lincoln Riley's first class? + more mailbag questions & trivia! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 09, 2022
CFP Week 2 Rankings Reaction: Georgia claims #1, TCU in Top-4 & what would we lose in a 12-team playoff?
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Andy, Ari, and Scott Dochterman share their immediate reactions to the College Football Playoff rankings as they're being unveiled: - Where will Oregon & the Pac-12 fit (4:00) - No. 11-25 revealed (7:00) - No. 8-10 (9:30) - Georgia #1, TCU #4 (15:00) - Would you flip Michigan & OSU? (16:30) - Tennessee, Oregon, LSU jockeying for position (18:00) - Who has the best wins? (21:00) - What we lose in a 12-team playoff (23:00) - Boo Corrigan on TCU, LSU & Oregon (38:30) -Weird scenarios (53:00) Watch the episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/RCyAhBCdQkU Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Follow Scott on Twitter: @ScottDochterman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 09, 2022
Brian Kelly's culture fit at LSU, Tigers' remaining path & is Ohio State a clunky team w/ Catherine B.
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Andy and Ari welcome Catherine B., an LSU graduate, and The Athletic super commenter/fan, to the podcast. Catherine and the guys discuss why this LSU team's win over Alabama meant more; Brian Kelly's culture fit in Baton Rouge; the Tigers' remaining schedule and playoff aspirations, and which current, and former, CFP contenders are clunkers. - Catherine's ode to the Tigers' win (4:30) - Knee-jerk reaction to LSU going for the two-point conversion (8:00) - Brian Kelly's culture fit (10:30) - Temp check on LSU fans heading into Arkansas & remainder of the regular season (15:30) - CFP clunkers (17:30) - CFP week 2 rankings predictions (24:00) Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasseramn Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 08, 2022
SEC weekend review | Football & Grits
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David Ubben and Brody Miller react to a classic fall weekend of SEC football... Georgia imposes its will at home vs. Tennessee and ruins the Vols perfect season. LSU stuns Alabama in an OT thriller and Brian Kelly's risky decision to go for a win with a 2-point conversion pays off. Auburn interim head coach Cadillac Williams impresses in his debut on the sidelines for the Tigers even in a loss. Should he be considered for the full-time job. Week 11 picks! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 07, 2022
Wild Week 10 Reaction: LSU stuns Alabama in OT, Notre Dame throttles Clemson & Georgia is No. 1!
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Andy and Ari try to wrap their heads around a frenetic week 10 of college football: - LSU beats Alabama in OT for Brian Kelly's marquee win (2:00) - Notre Dame ran all over Clemson; are the Tigers out of the CFP? (10:15) - Georgia's staunch defense stalls Tennessee (19:30) - Ohio State's clunker (27:30) - Michigan's comeback win over Rutgers (35:00) - TCU rallies vs. Texas Tech; are the Horned Frogs in? (39:30) - Kansas is BOWL ELIGIBLE (48:00) - Illinois loses; is Hugh Freeze to Auburn a perfect match; SMU-Houston scoring exhibition, and Heisman race heats up (57:30) Watch the episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/_3Ch6_JQZ6k Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 06, 2022
Week 10 Picks: Georgia vs Tennessee showdown, Alabama at LSU & Clemson visits South Bend w/ Megan Moroney
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Andy, Ari, and Nicole pick week 10 games against the spread. Later in the show, country music artist and Georgia graduate Megan Moroney stops by to chat about the Bulldogs and Vols as well as her hit single, "Tennessee Orange".  - Clemson at Notre Dame (6:00) - Alabama travels to Death Valley (11:30) - Tennessee vs Georgia: Who will remain undefeated? (17:45) - Megan Moroney joins the show! (31:45) - Can TCU stay perfect? (41:30) - More Big 12 bouts (45:00) - Florida-Texas A&M, Ohio State-NW & UNC-VA (47:00) Watch the episode on YouTube:  https://youtu.be/DIFSd11jdMQ Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Follow Nicole on Twitter: @NicoleAuerbach Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 04, 2022
Big 12 TV deal, TCU's title hopes & K-State's ceiling
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Max and Sam give their unique take on college football... The Big 12 has a new TV that secures its financial future in the midst of realignment. Gonzaga is in talks to possibly join the conference.  Sonny Dykes has TCU undefeated and in the CFB Playoff top 10 during his first year on the job. The Horned Frogs have started a Max Duggan Heisman campaign.  K-State hosts Texas this weekend in a game with. massive Big 12 title implications.  Plus, low-key games of the week!  The Athletic's Cincinnati beat writer Justin Williams joins the show to discuss the Bearcats season and the future move to the Big 12.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 03, 2022
Power Auer: Cheers to Lane Kiffin, Taylor Swift & the Michigan Daily
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Nicole Auerbach and Chris Vannini have their weekly cocktail of college football. The Power 5: 1. CFP rankings are out. Top four: Tennessee, Ohio State, Georgia, Clemson.  2. Biggest surprises: Michigan behind Clemson, TCU behind Bama. 3. Arrest the Michigan tunnel: Eight MSU players have been suspended. 4. Auburn job is open. Happened right as the school hired John Cohen as AD. 5. New Big 12 deal has been finalized. The six-year extension of the deals runs through 2030-31 and is worth north of $2.2 billion.  Happy Hour: Tulane is 7-1 and ranked for the second time since 1979! Two top-10 SEC games: Georgia -8 vs. Tennessee | Alabama -13.5 at LSU On the Rocks: The state of Auburn football. What names should be on the short list for the job? Michigan State: This is Mel Tucker’s Rather Hall. Last Call: Cheers to Lane Kiffin for using Taylor Swift to motivate Jaxson Dart at practice. Chris pays off a bet and cheers' the Michigan Daily. Follow Nicole: @NicoleAUerbach Follow Chris: @ChrisVannini Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 03, 2022
Stars Matter: Recruiting the state of Florida + Auburn's opening
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Ari & Mitch have the latest on recruiting... Is Deion Sanders a legitimate candidate at Auburn? Would he be a rockstar recruiter in the SEC? Cormani McClain shocked the recruiting world when he announced his commitment to Miami. The Athletic's Manny Navarro joins the show to discuss the impact in the state of Florida and the future of the 'Canes program under Mario Cristobal.   Checking in on TCU's recruiting during its 8-0 start to the season. The Horned Frogs' 2023 class currently sits at #23 in the country.  Plus, trivia that is tied to Tuesday night's College Football Playoff rankings reveal. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 02, 2022
CFP Rankings Reaction: Tennessee, the new #1; what if Vegas ranked the playoffs & week 2 rankings scenarios
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Andy, Ari, and Scott Dochterman react to the first College Football Playoff rankings reveal of 2022: - Any surprising/maddening rankings? (1:30) - No. 1 ranked Tennessee (7:45) - Undefeated TCU ranked behind Alabama (14:45) - What if Vegas determined the CFP rankings? (18:30) - Which non-top-10 teams still have a shot at the playoffs? (30:00) - Week 2 rankings scenarios (35:45) - Tennessee-Georgia potential fallout (39:00) Watch the episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/wCERZW84o6A Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Follow Scott on Twitter: @ScottDochterman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 02, 2022
Auburn fires Bryan Harsin; who are coaching candidates for the Tigers?
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Andy and Ari react to the firing of coach Bryan Harsin at Auburn. We all saw it coming, but the moment finally arrived on the afternoon of Halloween. Now Harsin can dress as a guy who just made $12 million to not work, and Auburn's administration can begin looking for a new coach for the second time in two years. Watch the episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/d6CarfvCu5s Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 31, 2022
Football & Grits: Georgia vs. Tennessee, Alabama at LSU + SEC week 9 review
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The Athletic's David Ubben and Brody Miller discuss everything SEC. -Georgia beats Florida to set up mammoth showdown with Tennessee. -The Athletic's UGA beat writer Seth Emerson joins the show!  -Alabama travels to LSU in a massive SEC West matchup  -Tennessee takes care of business in emphatic fashion vs Kentucky.  -Ole Miss beats A&M and Lane Kiffin trolls Jimbo Fisher postgame. -Has Texas A&M found something in Conner Weigman? Picks of the week:  UGA/UT over 65.5  Mississippi State -11.5 vs. Auburn Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 31, 2022
Week 9 Reaction: Tennessee, Ohio State & Michigan stay perfect in rivalry games & which CFP hopefuls are still alive?
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Andy and Ari put a bow on an electric week 9 of college football: - Is Tennessee a bona fide title contender? (1:00) - The Paul Bunyan trophy goes to Michigan & a scuffle breaks out (10:00) - Ohio State turns it on late vs. Penn State (16:15) - Georgia rolls past Flordia (24:15) - K-State pitches a stunning shutout of OK St. (26:30) - Wake Forest turnover central (31:00) - Can Notre Dame challenge Clemson? (34:30) - Are you not entertained?!: Virginia-Miami (36:30) - Iowa's offensive showcase (40:15) - Ole Miss-Texas A&M, it's time to move on from Bryan Harsin & Who's still alive in the CFP hunt? (43:00) Watch the episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/iIGj1zR7KWs Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 30, 2022
Week 9 Picks: Michigan vs Michigan State rivalry; Tennessee, Ohio State, TCU & more look to stay perfect
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Andy, Ari, and Nicole pick week 9 games ATS: -Will Penn State keep the tradition of playing Ohio State tough? (3:00) -Can Tennessee power past Kentucky and remain perfect? (12:00) -Who will take home the Paul Bunyan Trophy? (27:15) -Will Georgia cover the spread vs. Florida? (35:30) -Two gimpy Big 12 programs try to keep pace in their conference & the rest of week 9 (43:15) Watch the episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/AmJgdc0zLSA Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Follow Nicole on Twitter: @NicoleAuerbach Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 28, 2022
Trick or treat? A king size college football weekend | Max & Sam
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Happy Halloween! The Athletic's Max Olson and Sam Khan Jr. give their unique takes on college football.  -If TCU stays undefeated where will the Horned Frogs be ranked in the playoff rankings come Tuesday?  -Oklahoma State @ K-State has massive Big 12 Championship implications.  -Can both Max Duggan and Bijan Robinson make it to New York for the Heisman Trophy ceremony?  -How many Big 12 teams will be bowl eligible at the end of the season? -Texas A&M has become one of the story of the season for all the wrong reasons.  -Low-key games of the week: Texas Tech vs. Baylor & Colorado vs. Arizona State.  -Run Your Pool update!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 28, 2022
Is Clemson a lock to make the College Football Playoff now? Iowa Nepotism & Alabama CFP Ranking
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Andy and Ari discuss Clemson's remaining schedule and whether anyone can stop the Tigers from going 13-0. If they do, they'll make the playoff. But are they good enough to beat any of the other teams that might make the CFP? Later, Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer joins the show to discuss his hardball questions to Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz about the performance of offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz. Doug also chimes in on Ferentz's comment Tuesday that he's glad he doesn't have Doug's job. Lastly, where does Alabama fit in the CFP ranking pecking order? Could the Crimson Tide pull rank on undefeated teams because of the program's track record? Watch the episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/kU7jv_B3I-8 Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Follow Doug on Twitter: @DougLesmerises Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 27, 2022
Stars Matter: How to build a championship roster + recruiting mailbag
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Ari Wasserman and Mitch Light discuss recruiting news and storylines that are taking place during the 2022 season.  A huge 2024 prospect has reclassified to the 2023 class. Where will he land come signing day? Florida flips a FSU recruit. LSU flips a Baylor recruit.  Is Texas A&M's on-field struggles impacting Jimbo Fisher's recruiting?  When coaches are building a roster, should they prioritize up-front players or skill?  Mailbag questions on developing talent, the college football playoff, the white out's impact on recruiting, transfer portal and coaching buyouts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 26, 2022
Power Auer: Cheers to bowl eligibility
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Nicole Auerbach and Chris Vannini discuss the latest news and notes in college football! The Power 5: 1. Kirby Smart wants Georgia-Florida to be a home-and-home series. 2. Iowa might change QBs. 3. Big Ten keeping divisions for 2023. 4. Jim Harbaugh and James Franklin have beef. 5. Sark apologizes for not staying out for the Eyes of Texas. Happy Hour: Oregon is playing well under new Head Coach Dan Lanning. Maryland is already bowl eligible! Iowa vs. Northwestern is the sickos game of the year. On the Rocks: Texas A&M is not meeting expectations in 2022. Now the Aggies are having off-field issues. Three freshman from the #1 class are suspended indefinitely. Miami. What is going wrong? Mario Cristobal trying to say it’s a rebuilt and that the media overhyped them. CFP expansion is being held up by a number of issues. Last Call: Cheers to Taylor Swift album releases & TCU for embracing Hypnotoad. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 26, 2022
How to hire a coach without giving away all your leverage & Big Ten divisions staying in '23
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Andy, Ari and Scott Dochterman dig a little deeper into a topic that has been bugging Andy and Ari for a while: double-digit year, mostly or fully guaranteed coach contracts. Texas A&M is experiencing buyer's remorse with Jimbo Fisher now, but history tells us Michigan State, Penn State, LSU, USC, Miami or a combination of all of those will experience the same pain. So what's an AD to do? The guys look at the current job openings (and some that might come open) and try to devise a strategy that could land a quality coach without putting the school on the hook for a decade. Watch the episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/66PbrEuSv04 Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Follow Scott on Twitter: @ScottDochterman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 25, 2022
SEC weekend review | Football & Grits
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The Athletic's David Ubben and Brody Miller recap week 8 in the SEC. Brian Kelly is exceeding expectations in year 1 at LSU (6-2). Jimbo Fisher is floundering in year 5 at Texas A&M (3-4). Shane Beamer has South Carolina on a 4-game win streak. The week 9 slate is headlined by the Cocktail Party (UF vs. UGA) and the Beer Barrel (UK vs. UT). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 24, 2022
Week 8 Reaction: Oregon, LSU shine; Clemson escapes; Texas A&M owes Jimbo how much?
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South Carolina handed Jimbo Fisher and the Aggies yet another loss. Is it time Texas A&M seriously considered parting ways with Jimbo, or is his buyout damming that choice? Clemson dodged Syracuse's upset bid, but is there now growing apprehension about DJ Uiagalelei's ability to help this team win? TCU, Oklahoma State, and LSU all strung together comeback wins, all of which were impressive. On the topic of LSU, Jayden Daniels is thriving at his new school, as is Bo Nix as Oregon danced circles around UCLA. Plus, Penn State and Alabama earn much-need get-right wins. Watch the episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/MUBGaIDaVSk Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 23, 2022
Week 8 Picks: Clemson vs Syracuse, UCLA at Oregon & can Alabama bounce back + a CFP update
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Andy, Ari and Nicole pick the week eight games against the spread. Also, Nicole finally pays off the cottage cheese bet she made on Washington-UCLA. There are a lot of interesting games this week, including a What-Does-Vegas-Know-That-We-Don't line in Texas-Oklahoma State and a very big spread in UNLV-Notre Dame. Plus, can Bryce Young and Alabama avenge last week's loss to Tennessee in a matchup against Mississippi State? Is Clemson the most underrated top-5 team in the country, and is Syracuse their biggest roadblock to the CFP? Is College Station nearing DEFCON 5? Before the gang picks Saturday's games, Nicole reports on takeaways from the CFP management committee's meeting about an accelerated 12-team postseason. Watch the episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/KCNlMHNNsTU Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Follow Nicole on Twitter: @NicoleAuerbach Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 21, 2022
Will Deuce Vaughn and K-State spoil TCU's perfect start? Max & Sam
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The Max & Sam curse is lifted thanks to TCU and Max Duggan! This week Kansas State running back Deuce Vaughn joins the show ahead of the Wildcats big game at TCU. Texas visits Oklahoma State on Saturday in a game with Big 12 Championship implications. The guys discuss the mid-season all transfer portal team. Plus, the low-key games of the week! Texas A&M visits South Carolina in a must-win game for the Aggies and UTSA hosts North Texas. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 20, 2022
College Football Playoff talk without talking about it & the issue with 10-year coaching contracts
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Andy, Ari and Scott Dochterman celebrate getting past the halfway point of the season without really thinking much about the College Football Playoff because the season has been so darn interesting. Perhaps things narrow a bit after games like Syracuse-Clemson and UCLA-Oregon this weekend, but it feels like we have a few more weeks of just enjoying a lot of teams still being in the hunt for conference titles at this point. Later, we make Scott talk about Iowa's offense even though he really doesn't want to. Why? Because we may never see anything quite like this again. Plus, Ari weaves an elite segue into why programs shouldn't sign coaches to 10-year deals. Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Follow Scott on Twitter: @ScottDochterman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 20, 2022
Stars Matter: The impact of Oklahoma & Clemson's no visit strategy + mailbag
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Ari & Mitch revisit the Oklahoma/Clemson no visit rule and how it has or might affect both schools recently. There were finally some notable commitments as well as some notable decommits over the last week. The guys take a closer look at the recruiting efforts of one of the most surprising teams of the season. Plus, mailbag questions and trivia!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 19, 2022
Power Auer: Jeers to the NFL for stealing Black Friday
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Nicole Auerbach and Chris Vannini discuss the latest news and notes around the sport of college football with their friend Grace Raynor from The Athletic. Power Five: 1. Should Tennessee be number 1? 2. Is the Vols fundraising effort after the win fair or foul? 3. Hendon Hooker leads The Athletic's Heisman straw poll 4. Brett Yormark says Texas & OU will be in the Big12 through 2025. 5. The last Group of 5. undefeated falls Happy Hour: Is Clemson flying under the radar as a National Championship contender? Grace Raynor shares her thoughts on Dabo Swinney, the QB situation and Saturday's big game vs. undefeated(!) Syracuse. Cheers to this season being awesome. On the Rocks: Alabama all of sudden doesn't look like a Nick Saban coached team. Poor defense. Lack of discipline. What gives? Penn State loses another game vs. a top 10 team. Last Call: Cheers to Utah for its last second win and emotional tribute to Aaron Lowe and Ty Jordan. Jeers to the NFL for announcing a Black Friday game starting in 2023. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 19, 2022
Tennessee is #1 in our FPI, roster building in 2022 & Andy eats $28 of Taco Bell
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After a shakeup Saturday in college football, Andy, Ari, and Max Olson break down the latest edition of the A.S.S.C.L.O.W.N. rankings (16:00). Where will Tennessee land after beating Alabama? Will Michigan move up after hammering Penn State? Speaking of the Wolverines' win against the Nittany Lions, Andy -- who took Penn State against the spread -- must now eat $28 worth of Taco Bell. So he'll be Living Mas while Max and Ari explain the rankings. Watch the episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/BaSaoPxNIyk Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Follow Max on Twitter: @max_olson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 18, 2022
Football & Grits: Are the Vols headed to the playoff? Undefeated Ole Miss & the SEC west race
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David Ubben and Brody Miller have reaction to the Saturday spectacle in Knoxville. The Vols upset over Bama will likely be the best game of the year. It's the best game/atmosphere David has ever seen in person. It's college football at its absolute best & reminds the guys why they love the sport. Time to talk about Tennessee and the playoff. Percent chance they get there?  Ole Miss is 7-0. Are they for real or do they come down to earth? Plus, the SEC West race. Who had Ole Miss as the last undefeated team?  LSU rally's after rough start at Florida. Will the Tigers play spoiler in the SEC West?  South Carolina vs. Texas A&M is the most fascinating game of week 8. If SC wins, the bottom truly falls out under Jimbo Fisher and suddenly SC is 5-2. Picks of the week:  David: Mississippi State +21.5 Brody: South Carolina +3.5 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 17, 2022
College Football Week 7 Reaction: Tennessee beats Alabama, Utah upsets USC & Michigan rolls
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Week 7 was absolutely dynamite! Andy and Ari breakdown a memorable Saturday, starting with Tennessee-Alabama. Are the Vols a CFP title contender? Michigan rolled over Penn St, which means Andy will be dining on $28 worth of Taco Bell. TCU bent, but didn't break, against Oklahoma State; Andy saves $1K in USC's loss; Kentucky, Clemson, and Ole Miss push through, and Colorado won! Watch the episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/e0qT3Kx7Tm4 Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 16, 2022
College Football Week 7 Picks: Penn State vs. Michigan; Alabama vs. Tennessee & Oklahoma State at TCU
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Andy, Ari and Nicole pick the week's best games against the spread! Can Sean Clifford and Penn State cover against Michigan in, arguably, both team's toughest tests in the season to this point? With Mohamed Ibrahim's status for Saturday up in the air, is the spread for Minnesota and Tanner Morgan too much vs. Illinois? Will history repeat itself in Auburn-Ole Miss, a matchup that's seen the Tigers win 8 of the last 9? Or is this it for Bryan Harsin? Jason Bean gets his shot to lead Kansas with Jalon Daniels injured. Are 9 points way too much for Brent Venables and OU? Can Hendon Hooker and co. upset Alabama? How about if Bryce Young plays? Plus, Will Rogers vs. Will Levis; Brian Kelly heads to Florida, are we riding with USC or Utah, and more! Watch the episode on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXgl_3ddLYQ Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 14, 2022
The best team in the Big 12 is...? TCU QB Max Duggan joins Max & Sam
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Max Olson and Sam Khan Jr. discuss the wide open Big 12 race. Sam talks about what it was like to witness Texas absolutely destroy Oklahoma at the Cotton Bowl last Saturday. What should be Brent Venables approach be to turn the Sooners around? Quinn Ewers impressed at QB for the Longhorns. This week, Oklahoma State travels to TCU for a battle of Big 12 unbeatens. TCU QB Max Duggan joins the show! Plus, the low-key game of the week and the Max & Sam curse. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 13, 2022
Is Josh Heupel an elite coach, how difficult is the Tennessee job & did Arch underestimate Quinn?
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In a new edition of 'Dear Andy & Ari', Andy and Ari answer your questions, including could any competent coach can do what Josh Heupel has done at Tennessee? In another, a reader asks Ari if he thinks Arch Manning underestimated the talent of Quinn Ewers before committing to Texas. A 5-star review listener asks about particularly big games tied to moments. Plus, our guy Scott Dochterman comes in hot at a press conference featuring Iowa offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz. Watch the episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/voJy7TP5rGE Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 13, 2022
Stars Matter: How in-stadium experience impacts recruiting + Nebraska's future
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Mitch Light and Ari Wasserman talk about the latest news in notes in the world of college football recruiting. The guys have an update on commitments and discuss how in-stadium experience impacts recruiting. The Athletic's Mitch Sherman joins the show to discuss Nebraska's future. Who will be the next coach and what should his recruiting strategy be? He also tells a story that details why you should never, no matter the circumstance, leave a game early. Plus, trivia and mailbag questions! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 12, 2022
Power Auer: Cheers to the week 7 matchups + undefeated USC & UCLA
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Nicole Auerbach and Chris Vannini are back during week 7 with the latest news in college football... The Power Five: 1. Will Bryce Young play at Tennessee? 2. Will Matt Rhule return to college football? 3. Kevin Warren speaks out on the future of the Big Ten 4. CJ Stroud leads The Athletic's Heisman straw poll 5. Alabama and Minnesota schedule a home and home! Happy Hour: Cheers to a great slate of week 7 games headlined by Alabama at Tennessee and Penn State at Michigan. Cheers to the interim head coaches who won all of their games last weekend. Cheers to undefeated USC & UCLA! On the Rocks: Brent Venables and Tony Elliot are on the rocks at Oklahoma (3-3) and Virginia (2-4), respectively. Iowa is wasting its very good defense and special teams with an offense that can't move the football. Last call: A toast to backup QBs, James Madison making the top 25 & the CFB space race. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 12, 2022
Matt Rhule and the updated coaching carousel, Penn State vs. Michigan clash & Iowa scored 6 points
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Andy, Ari and The Athletic's Scott Dochterman discuss the firing of Carolina Panthers coach Matt Rhule, who instantly becomes one of the hottest college football coaching candidates on the board. Is he right for Nebraska? Wisconsin? Auburn? Or is he content to live that buyout life and talk on TV? Later, the guys discuss the huge matchup in Ann Arbor between undefeated Penn State and undefeated Michigan. Plus, Scott relives the horror of covering Iowa-Illinois in person. Check out the episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/BoOCpZkgegI Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Follow Scott on Twitter: @ScottDochterman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 11, 2022
Football & Grits: Alabama at Tennessee headlines week 7 SEC slate
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Andy and Brody Miller look ahead to Saturday's highly anticipated top 10 matchup between Tennessee and Alabama on Rocky Top! Are the Vols the most fun team in college football? Will Bryce Young play after missing out on Saturday's win vs. A&M? Plus, Brian Kelly and Billy Napier will face off at The Swamp and Ole Miss looks to stay undefeated vs Auburn. Will this be Bryan Harsin's final game in charge of the Tigers program? It just means more in the SEC. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 10, 2022
Week 6 reaction: Bama survives A&M, Tennessee looks legit, Texas smashes Oklahoma, TCU stays unbeaten & more!
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Andy and Ari recap week 6 of the college football season from Bryant-Denny Stadium after Bama's 24-20 win vs. A&M. Tennessee looks legit heading into next week's matchup vs. the Tide. Oklahoma gets crushed by Texas 49-0, the worst loss in the Red River history. TCU remains undefeated by beating Kansas. Iowa and Illinois was exactly what you thought it would be. Another wild weekend of college football is officially in the books!  Watch the episode on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2EjmrmJ27o Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 09, 2022
College Football Week 6 Picks: Alabama vs. Texas A&M, exciting Big 12 bouts & Andy joins The Nick Saban Show
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Andy and Ari have arrived in Tuscaloosa after a lot of driving (and a lot of bathroom breaks), and they join Nicole to pick another intriguing set of games. Will Alabama cover versus Texas A&M if Jalen Milroe starts? Possibly without Max Johnson, will Jimbo give Conner Weigman a shot? Will Texas, Texas this game and miss the cover against an ailing Oklahoma team? Is Brent Venables under the microscope? ESPN College GameDay is headed to Lawrence, Kansas where the hometown Jayhawks square off against TCU. Can Jalon Daniels continue his Heisman campaign and overcome Max Duggan and Sonny Dykes' explosive offense? UCLA looked great last week against Washington, can they carry over that performance into Saturday in the Rose Bowl with Utah in town? Plus, Hendon Hooker and Josh Heupel can continue to prove themselves vs. LSU, can Miami rebound, USC-Wash St. could turn into a shootout, and will Georgia take their recent frustrations out on Auburn? Later, hear from Nick Saban as Andy joined the Tide's HC on his titular show in Tuscaloosa. What's the latest on Bryce Young? Watch the episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/DwfleeXl4c4 Check out The Nick Saban Show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0vzlMAY9GY Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Follow Nicole on Twitter: @NicoleAuerbach Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 07, 2022
Kansas vs. TCU crashes Red River party | Max & Sam
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Sam Khan is still headed to The Red River Rivalry this weekend and Max Olson has changed his travel plans to be at Kansas vs. TCU. It's looking like QB Quinn Ewers could be back on the field vs. Texas. With a win, the Jayhawks could become the first bowl-eligible Big 12 team this season. KU QB Jalon Daniels joins the show! Plus, the low-key game of the week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 06, 2022
Stars Matter: How long does a National Championship recruiting bump last?
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Ari Wasserman and Mitch Light discuss and debate the latest news in recruiting. Two more power jobs are open. Where does Colorado and Wisconsin fit into the open-job pecking order? Do Championships even matter in recruiting when they were 5+ years ago? The guys review some notable commitments and discuss Ari's tour through SEC country. Plus, how worried should certain programs be based on their current classes? Also, mailbag and trivia.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 06, 2022
Lane Kiffin on Ole Miss embracing transfer portal & NIL + what if you could trade in CFB?
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In this installment of 'Andy and Ari Tour the SEC', the guys make a pitstop in Oxford, Mississippi to catch up with Ole Miss head coach, Lane Kiffin. Lane shares his philosophy on the transfer portal, NIL (pay to play), and more. Plus, Andy and Ari ask hard-hitting 'what-if' questions that you absolutely should not miss out on. Appertain to Kiffin's approach to the transfer portal, is how coaches view roster construction changing? With so many changes happening in the sport, what if there was one more wrinkle? Like, what if you could trade like in the NFL? Where does Ole Miss reside in the SEC pecking order? Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 06, 2022
Power Auer: Early season firings becoming a trend in CFB
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The Athletic's Nicole Auerbach and Chris Vannini are back to discuss the latest news in college football. Paul Chryst is out at Wisconsin. Karl Dorrell is out at Colorado. Byce Young is day-to-day with a shoulder issue. The NCAA division I council is meeting this week. Kansas improves to 5-0, are being called "America's Team" and will host College GameDay on Saturday. TCU crushes Oklahoma. Bret Bielema has turned around Illinois. Is Clemson headed to the playoff? Chip Kelly has UCLA rollin'. Plus, cheers to North Dakota St. and the interim head coaches! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 05, 2022
How can Jimbo fix Texas A&M's offense? Saban on Bryce Young, Jalen Milroe & Ari joins the Aggie Yell Leaders
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Greetings from Aggieland! Andy and Ari begin their tour of the SEC at College Station where turmoil is brewing. This season was expected to be brimming with optimism for the future; however, Jimbo Fisher and Texas A&M have disappointed thus far. The primary point of consternation has been the offense. Can Jimbo and company find a solution? Nick Saban speaks on Jalen Milroe and his offense. What separates the Tide's offense from the Aggies'? Does Jimbo's scoring unit just need to relax? Later, Andy and Ari welcome Kipp Knecht, a member of the Aggie Yell Leaders, to the show. Kipp shares his story of enrolling at A&M and explains why he joined the Yell Leaders. Kipp gives Ari a lesson on some Aggie traditions. Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 04, 2022
A 9-0 Ole Miss? Saban vs. Jimbo & what's up with Georgia? | Football & Grits
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Andy joins Brody Miller in today's episode on Football & Grits to recap the most captivating headlines from week five, and the guys look ahead to week six action. Ole Miss orchestrated an impressive win over Kentucky, is there a real chance the Rebels could go 9-0? The Saban vs. Jimbo pay-per-view smackdown narrative has transformed since we previewed it in the off-season. Do the Aggies have enough firepower to compete with Bama? Should Jimbo seek out a new offensive mind to help him? Will A&M have more than a puncher's chance if Bryce Young can't play on Saturday? Andy and Brody look ahead to LSU vs. Tennessee, Mississippi State vs. Arkansas, and Missouri vs. Flordia. The pair also inspect Georgia's recent struggles. Watch the episode on Youtube: https://youtu.be/mH4KC-QAAzM Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Brody on Twitter: @BrodyAMiller Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 03, 2022
Wisconsin FIRES Paul Chryst -- What's next for the Badgers & Jim Leonhard?
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A day after former Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema's Illinois team out-Badgered Wisconsin (with extreme prejudice) at Camp Randall, Wisconsin fired Paul Chryst. Chryst routinely had the Badgers racking up double-digit wins early in his tenure, but they've been sliding since 2019. Former Badgers defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard will be the interim coach. Can he earn the full-time job in the next seven games? Watch the episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/jtsBKxbDj1c Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 03, 2022
College Football Week 5 Reaction: Is Georgia mortal? Impressive wins by Clemson, TCU, Georgia Tech & More!
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Andy and Ari convene to discuss how badly they predicted this weekend, which included: Georgia barely surviving Missouri; Alabama winning after a Bryce Young injury; Max Duggan and TCU crushed Oklahoma -- could Sonny Dykes and the Horned Frogs become kings of the conference before long? Jalon Daniels and Kansas going 5-0 with a win against Iowa State (OK, they got that right); Clemson beating N.C. State (Andy is all-in on DJ Uiagalelei); Mississippi State clobbering Texas A&M; Illinois out-Badgering Wisconsin; Purdue out-Gophering Minnesota, and much, much more. Watch the episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/ay-QJepWFdM Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 02, 2022
College Football Week 5 Picks: Kentucky vs. Ole Miss, Alabama at Arkansas & Michigan Takes on Iowa
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Andy, Ari and Nicole pick week five's games against the spread. There are some significant road favorites, which usually is a recipe for chaos. Nick Saban, Bryce Young and the Tide roll into Arkansas a week after the 'OinkDoink'. Elsewhere in SEC country, Kentucky and Ole Miss square off. Is this a 'prove-it' game for Lane Kiffin and company? J.J. McCarthy looks to take on Iowa's stout offense. Can Michael Penix Jr. and Washington remain perfect versus UCLA? Texas A&M duels Mississippi State; Georgia is a MASSIVE favorite at Missouri; Wisconsin aims to find their stride on offense, and more! Watch the episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/8U4Vhdehh6Q Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Follow Nicole on Twitter: @NicoleAuerbach Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 30, 2022
Is the Big 12 the deepest conference in CFB? Texas Tech HC Joey McGuire joins Max & Sam
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Max Olson and Sam Khan Jr. welcome Texas Tech Head Coach Joey McGuire to the show to discuss the Red Raiders big win over Texas. Should the Longhorns hit the panic button? The Big 12 as a whole is looking good so far this season. First-year coaches in the league are performing well and the conference might be the deepest in college football. Week 5 features a ranked matchup between #9 Oklahoma State and #16 Baylor. Sam dives into his latest piece on The Athletic where he puts the microscope on analytics in college football, especially on 4th down. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 29, 2022
Are Paul Chryst and Wisconsin in more danger than we think + college football NFTs & ceilings
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The Athletic Wisconsin beat writer Jesse Temple joins Andy and Ari to discuss the state of the Badgers with former coach Bret Bielema about to lead Illinois into Camp Randall Stadium. We don't mention Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst when we talk hot seat, but Wisconsin fans seem to be growing exceedingly agitated. How critical are these next few months for Chryst? Later, Andy and Ari discuss the Big Ten Network's video in which the league's football coaches are asked to explain what an NFT is. It feels like their answers tell us a lot. Plus, a Culver's romance. Watch the episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/NumjdZdGkFY Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Follow Jesse on Twitter: @jessetemple Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 29, 2022
Stars Matter: Washington & Florida State back on track?
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Ari Wasserman and Mitch Light are back to discuss the latest news in CFB recruiting. Christian Caple, The Athletic’s University of Washington beat writer joins the show! The Huskies are off to a great start on the field but how are they recruiting? FSU gets a huge commitment. Is Mike Norvell turning things around in Tallahassee? The guys discuss the success of first-year coaches on the trail, look a the newest job opening, answer mailbag questions and do trivia. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 28, 2022
Power Auer: Cheers to the transfer QBs & second acts
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Nicole Auerbach and Chris Vannini are back for another edition of Power Auer! Georgia Tech fires Geoff Collins, Kansas is 4-0, TV ratings are up & the future of CFB is up for debate. Audrey Snyder joins the show to discuss Penn State's hot start and improved rushing attack. How different are 2022 expectations at 4-0 compared to the preseason? The state of Colorado is having a tough football season so far. Plus, cheers to the QBs who are having successful second acts to their college careers thanks to the transfer portal. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 28, 2022
Is your undefeated team actually good & Georgia Tech head coach candidates
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Andy, Ari and Scott Dochterman talk about the newest early opening on the college football coaching carousel: Georgia Tech. Who should the Yellow Jackets target? Do they need to hire an athletic director first? Later, they play the game that's sweeping the nation: Are They Good? Kansas, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Iowa, Florida State, Syracuse, Minnesota They're all two wins from bowl eligibility and it's still September, but which of these teams are actually good? Watch the episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/WnADXtPXW0U Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Follow Scott on Twitter: @ScottDochterman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 27, 2022
SEC Weekend Review - Is Tennessee for real? | Football & Grits
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David Ubben and Brody Miller recap another SEC Saturday. Tennessee beats Florida and is now ranked #8. How far can the Vols go this season? Anthony Richardson threw for an amazing 453 yards in the Florida loss. Auburn's miracle win vs. Mizzou keeps Bryan Harsin employed for at least another week. Texas A&M's offense still isn't impressive but has enough firepower to beat Arkansas. Plus, a look at a loaded week 5 SEC slate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 26, 2022
College Football Week 4 Reaction: USC and Clemson survive, Oklahoma stunned & Tennessee tops Florida
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Andy and Ari break down a wild Saturday that included Ari seeing a top-of-the-upright doink live and in person at the Arkansas-Texas A&M game. Adrian Martinez led Kansas State to a win against Oklahoma. Tennessee beat Florida for the second time since 2005, Plus, KANSAS IS 4-0. Meanwhile, Michigan survived Maryland. Minnesota whipped Michigan State. Middle Tennessee stunned Miami. Ohio State is a scoring machine. And at the end of the night, Oregon State pushed USC. Watch the episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/-meMlF3JX9o Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 25, 2022
College Football Week 4 Picks: Arkansas vs. Texas A&M, Florida at Tennessee & can KU stay perfect?
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Andy, Ari and Nicole return to pick some really intriguing games. Can Texas A&M keep winning against Arkansas? Can Marcus Freeman get his second win as Notre Dame's coach, or will North Carolina QB Drake Maye put on another show? Can Tennessee cover a double-digit spread against Florida, will fans at a sold-out stadium in Lawrence, Kansas go home happy? Watch the episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/kZravRXCyPU Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Follow Nicole on Twitter: @NicoleAuerbach Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 23, 2022
Kansas' 3-0 start, Oklahoma's CFP chances & the low-key game of the week | Max & Sam
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The Athletic's Max Olson and Sam Khan Jr. are back for their weekly dose of college football. Max spent time with the Kansas football program this week as the Jayhawks head into conference play at 3-0. Can Oklahoma make the CFP? The guys react to Bedlam being taken off the schedule thanks to the Sooners move to the SEC. Texas A&M and Arkansas play their annual game this Saturday in Dallas. Plus, the low-key game of the week and a lookahead to Red River.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 22, 2022
Arkansas QB KJ Jefferson joins the show & Kansas leads Texas in our week 4 FPI
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In an exciting new Andy Staples Show, Arkansas QB KJ Jefferson sits down with Andy and Ari to discuss the Hogs' season thus far. The trio chats about Sam Pittman, KJ's most memorable recruiting story, the Razorbacks' squaring off against Texas A&M, KJ's Walmart NIL deal, and how he's helping his home state of Mississippi (24:15). Before then, Andy and Ari reveal their latest ASSCLOWN rankings. Which surprise team is among the top 10 in our latest FPI, and why is it Kansas (who ranks ahead of Texas, by the way)? Proceeding our interview with KJ Jefferson is an excerpt from the latest 'Prospects to Pros' podcast, which is co-hosted by Andy and The Athletic's Dane Brugler. The pair discuss college football players who might have elevated their draft stock after week 3. Make sure to check out Prospect to Pros, in its entirety, in The Athletic Football Show feed (41:30). Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Follow Dane on Twitter: @dpbrugler Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 22, 2022
Stars Matter: Recruiting panic index, Arizona State's ceiling & mailbag
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Ari Wasserman and Mitch Light have the latest on recruiting. Does Arizona State have a high recruiting ceiling if they hire the right coach? The Athletic's Grace Raynor joins the show to discuss her story on the ACC and its effort to recruit the country's top QB prospects. The CFB recruiting 'panic index'. Plus, mailbag questions and trivia! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 21, 2022
Power Auer: Cheers to the blue bloods who are undefeated in CFB
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Nicole Auerbach and Chris Vannini discuss the latest news in college football with the weekly power five. Traditional college basketball programs are looking great on the football field to start the season including a rejuvenated Kansas. Plus, Arizona State fires Herm Edwards. What went wrong in Tempe? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 21, 2022
Arizona State & Nebraska jobs are open, are Auburn and Georgia Tech next?
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Three weeks into the college football season, two Power 5 jobs are open. And it's possible more open soon. Andy, Ari and The Athletic's Scott Dochterman discuss why these firings happened so early and if it will affect the rest of the coaching carousel. Put it this way: Bryan Harsin and Geoff Collins should not feel comfortable in this climate. The guys talk candidates for the Arizona State job, including Kenny Dillingham, Jim Leonard, and Deion Sanders, who seems like a shoo-in for every head coaching vacancy. The guys also guess who the College GameDay guest picker will be in Knoxville. Watch the episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Q2G1UwwgeEw Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Follow Scott on Twitter: @ScottDochterman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 20, 2022
SEC weekend review: Florida survives, Auburn a mess + more reaction | Football & Grits
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The Athletic's David Ubben and Brody Miller recap another Saturday of SEC football. The Jekyll and Hyde Gators survive USF. Which version of Florida will we get vs. Tennessee? Beat writer G. Allan Taylor joins the show to discuss. Plus, stock up, down or hold for all 14 SEC programs after three weeks of play.  Watch on YouTube and subscribe to the channel: https://youtu.be/54bC1ZzagIU Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 19, 2022
College Football Week 3 Reaction: Texas A&M tops Miami; App State madness & is Kansas...good?
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Andy and Ari react to a fun week 3 of CFB action: A Hail Mary lifts Appalachian State over Troy; Texas A&M and Max Johnson score enough to beat Miami; Notre Dame survives Cal and Marcus Freeman gets his first win; Penn State whips Auburn; USF’s bad snap and bad hold save Florida; Arkansas escapes a visit from Bobby Petrino; lightning does strike twice in Iowa, and more! Watch the episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/8P17a_OxsQs Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 18, 2022
College Football Week 3 Picks: Miami vs. Texas A&M, Oklahoma at post-Scott Frost Nebraska & Oregon or BYU?
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Andy, Ari, and Nicole get together to pick week three games against the spread. But first, Andy lost a bet to Ari. And it's payoff time. During the show, Andy must consume an entire bottle of Dijon Mustardson -- Texas RB Bijan Robinson's dijon mustard. Nebraska fired Scott Frost on Sunday, and now Oklahoma shows up to Lincoln as a 10.5-point favorite. Georgia is a 24.5-point favorite at South Carolina. Oregon is a 3.5-point favorite against BYU. Is it the Max Johnson or Haynes King show in College Station? Either way, Texas A&M needs an answer on offense versus Miami and Tyler Van Dyke. Watch the episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/gQTC-W-Ftm8 Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Follow Nicole on Twitter: @NicoleAuerbach Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 16, 2022
Low-key game of the week, Arkansas in the top 10 + salty Sark
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Max Olson and Sam Khan Jr. discuss whether Texas and Texas A&M can bounce back after losses vs. Alabama and Appalachian State, respectively. The Red River Rivalry is only a few weeks away and he Texas state fair has announced its newest menu items for 2022. This week's "low-key game of the week. Plus, The Athletic's Miami beat writer Manny Navarro joins the show to preview the 'Canes visit to College Station. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 16, 2022
Prospects to Pros: Standout week 1 NFL rookies & 2023 Draft stock report
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Prospects to Pros with Andy Staples and Dane Brugler joins The Athletic Football Show feed as the intersection between the NFL and college football. Here's a sneak peek at what you can expect this season in The Athletic Football Show feed: From Travon Walker to Cade York, they discuss the rookies who stood out the most in Week 1 of the NFL season. Plus, they dive into a big weekend of college football. They discuss Bryce Young and Will Anderson’s performance against Texas, as well as what they saw from Anthony Richardson versus Will Levis. Follow The Athletic Football Show feed: https://apple.co/3U4rxk2 Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Dane on Twitter: @dpbrugler Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 15, 2022
Stars Matter: How recruiting created 'Sun Belt Saturday'
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Ari and Mitch are joined by The Athletic's Chris Vannini to discuss how programs like App State, Marshall and Georgia Southern strategize their recruiting efforts to be able to compete with Texas A&M, Notre Dame and Nebraska. The guys give an update on this week's commitments and decommits, do rapid fire mailbag questions and trivia. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 15, 2022
Power Auer: Cheers to the upsets and surprise teams
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Nicole Auerbach and Chris Vannini cover college football's week 2 hot topics! Power 5: Nebraska fired Scott Frost. Michigan names a QB, Iowa's offensive struggles, CFB TV viewership is up & important FBS business meetings. Happy Hour: The new EA Sports College Football game is scheduled to be released in July 2023. On the Rocks: Marcus Freeman is 0-3 as the Notre Dame Head Coach and Texas A&M loses to App State. Last Call: Cheers to the Sun Belt, upsets and surprise teams like Kansas, Oregon State, Duke and Syracuse. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 14, 2022
Iowa and Texas A&M's woeful offenses, how can they be fixed + Bob Stoops' diabolical Cameo
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Iowa and Texas A&M's offenses have been comically ineffective. Andy, Ari, and Scott chat about what makes both of these offenses lackluster. They also brainstorm how to fix that side of the ball for the Hawkeyes and Aggies. Plus, a diabolical Bob Stoops Cameo that may or may not hold the answer for one of the above programs. Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Follow Scott on Twitter: @ScottDochterman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 13, 2022
SEC weekend review | Football & Grits
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The Athletic's David Ubben and Brody Miller recap week 2 of the SEC football season. What did Bama's close win at Texas tell us? Kentucky takes down Florida at The Swamp. Texas A&M stunned at home by App State. Tennessee beats Pitt in overtime. What is Arkansas' ceiling? Why isn't Mississippi State ranked? Plus, the inexact science of hiring coaches. Follow David on Twitter: @davidubben Follow Brody on Twitter: @BrodyAMiller Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 12, 2022
Nebraska fires Scott Frost; who are head coach candidates for the Cornhuskers?
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Andy and Ari discuss Nebraska's firing of Scott Frost less than a day after the Cornhuskers lost 45-42 to Georgia Southern. Frost was in his fifth season and finished his Nebraska tenure with a 16-31 record. Who could Nebraska target? Andy and Ari start the waaaay-too-early discussion. Watch the episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/LtavOk-S3BE Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 11, 2022
College Football Week 2 Reaction: UPSET MANIA! Notre Dame, Nebraska, Texas A&M & more fall!
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Andy and Nicole discuss an incredible Saturday of games that included the following (but no limited to): Appalachian State beats Texas A&M and Jimbo Fisher has some questions to answer on offense; Marshall beats Notre Dame; Marcus Freeman is 0-3 to start his head coaching tenure; Alabama survives Texas behind late heroics from Bryce Young, and Andy has to drink mustard next week, and so much more. Watch the episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/fXB9SsV1wOc Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Nicole on Twitter: @NicoleAuerbach Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 11, 2022
College Football Week 2 Picks: Alabama vs. Texas mustard bet & Anthony Richardson, Florida vs. Will Levis and Kentucky
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Andy and Ari pick the week 2 games against the spread. Can Nick Saban and Alabama cover 20.5 at Texas. Will Iowa and Iowa State stay under 40.5 in the Cyhawk showdown? Will Andy side with Pittsburgh and Kedon Slovis, or has he learned his lesson and will lean towards Hendon Hooker and Tennesse? Plus, Kansas State vs. Missouri; USC vs. Stanford; Baylor vs. BYU, and more! Watch the episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Kptvt9D8LGA Compete against us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 09, 2022
A big weekend of CFB in Texas + the Cyhawk | Max & Sam
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Max Olson and Sam Khan Jr. preview Texas vs. Alabama, Baylor at BYU, Iowa State vs. Iowa, Texas A&M vs. App State and Texas Tech vs. Houston. Plus, Houston QB Clayton Tune joins the show! The Cougars beat in-state foe UTSA week 1 at the Alamodome. Tune talks about the life of a college QB a the fraternity of signal callers across the country. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 08, 2022
The Nick Saban coaching tree game, was Brian Kelly dissed by a reporter & Big 12 western expansion?
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Steve Sarkisian discussed what lessons he learned while under Nick Saban and which traits he admired most from the Alabama head coach. That gave Andy and Ari the idea to play a game, which Saban disciples have learned from the man the best have been able to apply his wisdom most effectively? The guys examine and chat about Sark, Billy Napier, Kirby Smart, and more. The duo then share their thoughts on Brian Kelly and a reporter taking jabs at each other. From Andy and Ari's experience, is a coach-reporter exchange like that all right? Plus, is the Big 12 looking out west? Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 08, 2022
Stars Matter: In-state recruiting update + mailbag & trivia
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In-state recruiting means a lot in college football. Ari Wasserman and Mitch Light discuss the programs that are doing well and doing poorly in that endeavor. The guys discuss how the current season is impacting recruiting across the country. Plus, mailbag questions and trivia! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 07, 2022
Football & Grits: SEC weekend review + overreactions
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The Athletic's David Ubben and Brody Miller react to the first SEC football weekend of the season. LSU loses at home to Florida State in New Orleans. Can Florida contend for the SEC East? Is Anthony Richardson a Heisman contender? The SEC started 13-1 on the season. Will the middle of the league be better than people thought? Kentucky at Florida is the gem of the week two slate. Plus, who is the third best team in the league behind Alabama and Georgia?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 06, 2022
Power Auer: Top five CFB stories of the weekend + CFP expansion
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Nicole Auerbach and Chris Vannini are back for Power Auer after week 1. Power Five: Top 5 stories of the weekend Happy Hour: College football playoff expansion On the Rocks: The Pac-12 is 1-8 vs. SEC in the last 9 week one games Last Call: Vandy, Duke & Rutgers all win! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 06, 2022
Clemson, LSU & Iowa's questions on offense & 12-team CFP deep dive
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After a brutal offensive display by Iowa in Saturday's win versus South Dakota, Andy, Ari, and Scott Dochterman discuss if Kirk and Brian Ferentz can flip the script in Iowa City. Before then, Andy reacts to Clemson's win over Georgia Tech. Despite the final score, the Tigers' offense seems suspect. Brian Kelly dropped his debut game for LSU against Mike Norvell and FSU. The trio chat about FSU topping an SEC opponent for the first time since 2017, and the Tigers' shortcomings. Plus, a closer look at the 12-team expanded CFP. Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Follow Scott on Twitter: @ScottDochterman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 06, 2022
College Football Week 1 Reaction: How good is Ohio State actually, Anthony Richardson's Heisman-like performance & Georgia dominates
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Andy and Ari discuss a magical first (real) Saturday of the season. Ohio State survives Notre Dame (translation: Notre Dame covered). Florida beats Utah, and Ari’s new crush is Anthony Richardson. Georgia crushes Oregon. Iowa’s D scores more than South Dakota State and Iowa’s offense. Appalachian State scores 40 in the fourth quarter and still loses to North Carolina. NC State escapes East Carolina because college kickers, and more! Watch the episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/IG_yJIFJ0Yk Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 04, 2022
Backyard Brawl & Thursday night recap + College Football Week 1 Picks
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We have college football games to pick (finally)! Before then, Andy and Ari recap Thursday night's games, including The Backyard Brawl. The guys and Nicole then pick against the spread from the biggest matchups of week 1. Can Flordia upset Utah; how does Notre Dame cover against Ohio State; is North Carolina in trouble; what can we expect from Quinn Ewers in his Texas debut, and will Georgia continue their march of dominance versus Oregon? Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Follow Nicole on Twitter: @NicoleAuerbach Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 02, 2022
Stars Matter: Will CFP expansion impact recruiting?
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Mitch Light and Ari Wasserman discuss the latest news in the world of college football recruiting. The guys discuss recruiting truths/myths. Does making the college football playoff significantly impact a programs ability to land top prospects? Plus, Mitch's weekly trivia question. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 01, 2022
College Football Playoff expansion vote, Big 12 TV negotiations & Week 1 Thursday games preview
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WE HAVE FOOTBALL TO TALK ABOUT! But first, presidents who manage the College Football Playoffs are set to meet to vote on potential expansion. Andy and Ari discuss the possibility of an expanded postseason. The Big 12 is expediting its TV deal negotiations. Could there be an exit agreement for Texas and Oklahoma in lieu of the Big 12 and SEC's TV deals? Kedon Slovis debuts for the Panthers in The Backyard Brawl between Pittsburgh and West Virginia. Plus, previewing Oklahoma St. vs. Central Michigan, Purdue vs. Penn State, and so much more! Watch the episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/7O-1LpFPva0 Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 01, 2022
Backyard Brawl preview + five things to watch in Week 1 w/ Max & Sam
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Max Olson and Sam Khan Jr. are back to kick off their coverage of the 2022 season! The guys discuss five things to watch during week one. Plus, West Virginia Head Coach Neil Brown joins the show ahead of Thursday night's "Backyard Brawl" vs. Pittsburgh. Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 31, 2022
Power Auer: Cheers to a new college football season
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Nicole Auerbach is back for another season of Power Auer! Nicole and The Athletic's Chris Vannini kick things off with the "Power 5", five quick topics every CFB fan should know about. Scott Frost is "on the rocks" once again at Nebraska after an opening weekend loss vs. Northwestern. A new season of college football is bringing a feeling of hope to fans across the country. Plus, "Last Call". Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 30, 2022
Jim Harbaugh got biblical on the Michigan QB situation & Jess Sims of ESPN College Gameday joins the show
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Jim Harbaugh analogized King Solomon, The Old Testament, and Ecclesiastes to his QB situation at Michigan. Steve Sarkisian said his team's "culture is at an all-time high" even though he's only entering his second season. Andy and Ari discuss these filler comments at each coach's press conference and voices online decrying the lack of depth charts. Plus, Jess Sims, the newest member of College Gameday, joins the show to discuss her new work with ESPN, her Peloton workouts, and recommendations on food per Andy while she travels with Gameday. Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Follow Jess on Twitter: @jess_sims Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 30, 2022
SEC season preview | Football & Grits
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David Ubben is back on Football & Grits, The Athletic's SEC football podcast! Brody Miller joins David every Monday this season to discuss the latest SEC news and notes. A historic offseason of transfers has made the 2022 season more unpredictable than usual. It's the year of the "plug and play". Who are the most interesting players in the league this year? Kentucky QB Will Levis is on the list. Plus, a look at SEC win totals. Which programs will overperform and underperform? Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow David on Twitter: @DavidUbben Follow Brody on Twitter: @BrodyAMiller Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 29, 2022
Michigan, Texas A&M's QB plans, Auburn needs an AD & more Nebraska fallout
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Andy and Ari discuss Jim Harbaugh's QB plan at Michigan as well as Auburn's signal-caller of choice. Plus, Jimbo Fisher gives Haynes King the nod at Texas A&M. Auburn is looking for a new athletic director after parting ways with Allen Greene. Also, a shocking Scott Frost, Nebraska football stat. Watch the episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/qOVWYr3nr4I Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 29, 2022
College football week 0: Nebraska vs. Northwestern from Dublin & coaching tiers
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One more sleep until college football! Andy kicks off the podcast with Chris Vannini, as the two discuss 2022 coaching tiers. Which coach made a surprise appearance in the third tier? Mitch Sherman then joins the show from Dublin, Ireland to preview Nebraska vs. Northwestern. Can Scott Frost and co. live up to expectations? Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVannini Follow Mitch on Twitter: @mitchsherman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 26, 2022
Stars Matter: The genesis of modern recruiting
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Ari and Mitch are back to discuss the latest in college football recruiting with special guest Braden Gall. Braden worked at Rivals.com and was around during the early years of what we now refer to as the modern era of recruiting. The guys talk about his time at Rivals and what it was like to be in on the ground floor. Plus, noteworthy commitments, mailbag questions & trivia!  Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 25, 2022
Nick Saban signs $93.6 million extension with Alabama, Ohio State check-in & trying liquid steak
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We try Kansas State QB, Adrian Martinez's, blended steak meal, or 'liquid steak', which Max Olson wrote about. Andy, Ari, and Max also discuss Nick Saban's extension at Alabama. When will he call it quits for the Crimson Tide? Ari shares Ryan Day and Ohio State's expectations for 2022. Could the new Big Ten TV money lift some of the conference's middle-class teams to the Buckeyes' level? Plus, comparing Alabama and OSU, and the guys chat aliens. Watch today's episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/p9pqjbCluF8 Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Follow Max on Twitter: @max_olson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 24, 2022
Heisman Odds and revisiting Manti Te'o And The Girlfriend Who Didn't Exist
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Andy and Ari take a look at Heisman candidates heading into the 2022 season! If Will Anderson is the best player in college football and has a great season can a defensive player finally win the award? QBs are always on the shortlist. Where is the value in the betting market? Plus, the guys review Netflix's new documentary "Untold: The Girlfriend Who Doesn't Exist" which revisits the Manti Te'o story. Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 22, 2022
America's most interesting college football walk-on, Grant Frerking
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Grant Frerking, a sixth-year walk-on at Tennessee, CEO of a multi-million dollar company, Metro Straw, and president of NIL U at On 3 Sports is the most interesting walk-on in the nation. He joins Andy on today's show and discusses balancing all the different hats he wears, and what began each individual endeavor. He talks about his time at Tennessee; the transitional period from Butch Jones to Jeremy Pruit, and his thoughts on this year's team. Grant also shares how he's helping Vols players earn NIL opportunities. When does he sleep?! Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Grant on Twitter: @GrantFrerking Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 22, 2022
Texas names Quinn Ewers as starting quarterback
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Andy and Ari discuss Steve Sarkisian naming Quinn Ewers as the Longhorns' starting quarterback. Watch the episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Ek2c-PVEla0 Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 19, 2022
8 billion dollar Big Ten - new TV deal with CBS, NBC & Fox official
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Andy Staples and Nicole Auerbach discuss the Big Ten making its new TV deal with CBS, Fox and NBC official. Nicole has all the details about a historic deal in college sports. CBS used its famous theme song in a social media post to celebrate the new partnership. Plus, one of the funniest taglines for a NIL deal yet. Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 19, 2022
Stars Matter: QBs coming off the board
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Ari Wasserman and Mitch Light have the latest on college football recruiting. It's been a big week for the Florida Gators and Tennessee Vols. QB prospects are coming off the board. Penn State continues to get it done in Virginia. Plus, mailbag and trivia. Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 18, 2022
Transfers we're most looking forward to watching in 2022 & the best NIL ads
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The Portal Authority returns. Max Olson and Andy discuss which transfers they're most looking forward to watching in 2022, including Bo Nix, Adrian Martinez, Jayden Daniels, Jahmyr Gibbs, and more! Plus, the guys share the joy of Decoldest Crawford's NIL commercial. Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Max on Twitter: @max_olson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 17, 2022
LSU QB Myles Brennan leaves football & hope for the hopeless CFB fans
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Brody Miller joins Andy and Ari in discussing LSU QB Myles Brennan walking away from football. What played into Brennan's decision, and how will it affect the Tigers? Afterward, Andy and Ari supply hope to, seemingly, hopeless CFB fanbases, including Arizona State, Kansas, Vanderbilt, Nebraska, Northwestern, Indiana, and more! Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Follow Brody on Twitter: @BrodyAMiller Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 16, 2022
College football Freezing Cold Takes w/ Fred Segal
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Fred Segal, the mind behind Freezing Cold Takes, joins Andy in discussing arctic college football takes. Fred shares the genesis of his Old Takes Exposed account, and the pair chat about personalities that manufacture controversial opinions and those who actually believe what they say. Fred shares his process finding takes to put on his Twitter feed, his new book, and more! Check out Fred's new book 'Freezing Cold Takes: NFL: Football Media’s Most Inaccurate Predictions—and the Fascinating Stories Behind Them': https://amzn.to/3JVF9cP Join us on Run Your Pool this season!: play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Fred on Twitter: @Frizz527 & of course @OldTakesExposed Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 15, 2022
Is Kentucky a football school? John Calipari & Mark Stoops feud
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Andy and Ari discuss the "feud" between Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops and Wildcats basketball coach John Calipari that stemmed from a quote Calipari gave to The Athletic's Kyle Tucker regarding a new basketball practice facility. Could Kentucky become a football school? What fan/program expectations would change that thinking? If the football program does supersede the basketball program, what would be expected from Stoops? Would it be a similar situation to Mel Tucker and Michigan State? Plus, Alabama boasts the greatest recruiting video of all time. Watch the episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/YyStZHEvmS4 Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 12, 2022
Brian Kelly lands big commitment at LSU - Stars Matter
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Ari Wasserman and Mitch Light discuss the latest recruiting news in college football. This past week was relatively light on commitments, but there is still plenty to talk about. The guys hit on Notre Dame’s continued success, both in the 2023 and 2024 classes, talk about a huge get for Brian Kelly at LSU and react to big NIL news out of USC, Plus, mailbag questions & trivia! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 11, 2022
Big Ten TV deal: ESPN is out; CBS, NBC & Fox nearing agreement
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The Athletic's Nicole Auerbach joins Andy and Ari to discuss the huge news that the Big Ten will not be selling any rights to ESPN in its next media deal but is nearing a deal with Fox, NBC, and CBS. The trio examines the probable deal's implications on the CFP, Pac-12, and more. Watch the episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/8gB-mcZ3VzU Join us on Run Your Pool: https://play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Follow Nicole on Twitter: @NicoleAuerbach Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 10, 2022
Preseason coaches poll released
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Andy Staples and Ari Wasserman react to the preseason coaches poll by revealing the Andy Staples Show Computer Laptop Organized Win Nexis aka 'ASSCLOWN rankings'.  Join our Run Your Pool: play.runyourpool.com/staples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 09, 2022
Was the 2009 Nebraska loss to Texas in the Big 12 Championship Game a "screw job"?
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Andy, Max, and Mitch Sherman, The Athletic's Nebraska beat writer, gather for a Rewatch Party of the 2009 Big 12 Championship Game between Nebraska and Texas. The trio discusses Ndamukong Suh's dominance, the 2009 BCS field, Brent Musburger, Bo Pelini, and the controversy at the end of the game that leads to Pelini calling the matchup "a screw job". Join our Run Your Pool: play.runyourpool.com/staples Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Max on Twitter: @max_olson Follow Mitch on Twitter: @mitchsherman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 08, 2022
College football o-line awareness on TV & Auburn, Harsin's future w/ Cole Cubelic
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ESPN and SEC Network analyst and one-half of 'McElroy and Cubelic in the Morning', Cole Cubelic, joins Andy to chat about how TV is embracing offensive line play and Cole's part in it. The guys also touch on Cole's alma mater, Auburn, and its future with Bryan Harsin. Plus, a new segment, 'What to Watch For, presented by Sling' makes its debut! Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Cole on Twitter: @colecubelic Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 05, 2022
Stars Matter: Oklahoma's Brent Venables rants on recruiting commitments
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Ari Wasserman and Mitch Light are live together in Nashville. The guys discuss Ari’s column on Brent Venables' recruiting strategy. Lincoln Riley speaks out about NIL at Pac-12 media day. There were a lot of offers going out to high-profile commitments over the last week. Plus, trivia and mailbag! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 04, 2022
How Nick Saban built an Alabama football dynasty w/ John Talty
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John Talty, senior sports editor and SEC insider for AL.com, joins Andy in discussing his book "The Leadership Secrets of Nick Saban". John chats about Saban's leadership style, mentality, coaching career, and moments that have shaped him into one of the greatest college football coaches of all time. Reserve your copy of "The Leadership Secrets of Nick Saban" (due out 8/9): https://bit.ly/3QgzDna Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow John on Twitter: @JTalty Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 03, 2022
5-Star Questions: A 16-team playoff? Will the ACC chase off Dabo? And more!
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Andy and Ari answer a new crop of 5-star questions from 5-star listeners with 5-star ears. Could a 16-team playoff be more competitive than Andy thinks? Could the revenue gap between the ACC and the Big Ten/SEC cause a coach like Dabo Swinney to reconsider his options? Who are some college football fantasy sleepers? Plus, a Texas Tech analyst on The Bachelorette. ***Check out our amazing sponsors!*** -SLING TV: For a limited time, try Sling TV for FREE for 3 weeks (offer ends 8/4)! Visit SLINGTV.COM for special offers! -PELOTON: Try the Peloton Bike or Tread risk-free for 30 days. Learn more at ONEPELOTON.COM. (Terms apply) -FRESHLY: Save $125 off your first five orders at FRESHLY.COM/ANDY22 ***Follow us on Twitter*** Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman ***Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1/month for 6 months*** Visit: theathletic.com/andystaplesshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 02, 2022
Recruiting commitment issues & George Kliavkoff on realignment at Pac-12 Media Days
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Let's work through some college football commitment issues. Andy and Ari play relationship counselors for Brent Venables and George Kliavkoff, as the former airs his grievances about recruits committing to his program, and the latter discusses realignment's possible impact on the Pac-12. Plus, we pitch our 'Swingers' remake. Thank you to Sling TV for partnering with us! Watch the episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/83EDvbsmWvQ Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 01, 2022
Judge Andy: playoff expansion, start your 5-star QB always & lines at Disney w/ Ralph Russo
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Ralph Russo of the Associated Press joins Ari and Judge Andy. The latter of the trio arbitrates five disputes between Ralph and Ari: 1) yea or nay to CFP expansion, 2) always start your 5-star QB, 3) Ari's daughter's dream of visiting a Disney theme park hinges on her dad's willingness to pay for a fast pass/concierge service instead of waiting in line like everyone else, 4) Dominos > all other 'za joints, 5) 'Stars Matter' is like saying "water is wet". Watch the episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/kcS0jwh3scg Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Follow Ralph on Twitter: @ralphDrussoAP Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 29, 2022
Stars Matter: The rich get richer
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Ari Wasserman and Mitch Light discuss the latest recruiting news in college football. The guys have big news that just broke before the recording — hint, the rich are getting richer — they take a look at how the school that signed the best class in the modern recruiting era is doing in this cycle. The spotlight is on two programs whose fans think they should be recruiting at a higher level. Plus, trivia and a mailbag. And oh, Arch Manning is not the greatest QB of all time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 28, 2022
Kevin Warren on realignment, college football playoff expansion + Harbaugh on Michigan's QBs & NIL
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Andy and Ari break down day one of Big Ten media days, where commissioner Kevin Warren discussed the acquisition of UCLA and USC and what comes next for the league. Warren also talked playoff expansion. Jim Harbaugh talked QBs and NIL, and Scott Frost, who starts the 2022 season on the hottest of seats, discussed how NIL can help the Cornhuskers and what they're doing to change the results of all those close games. Watch the episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/G25E7sOmiOM Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 27, 2022
How Laura Rutledge became a sports TV star
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Andy Staples sits down with Laura Rutledge to discuss how she became one of the most well-known personalities on sports TV. Rutledge describes her unusual path from potential professional ballerina, to Miss Florida, the University of Florida and then the big time. Enjoy getting to know a truly uniquely talented person who loves football. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 26, 2022
Will Notre Dame decide Big Ten's next move, new TV deal musings + Nebraska, Michigan & more season previews
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Settle in as Andy, Ari, and Scott Dochterman preview the biggest headlines headed into Big Ten Media Days. The trio preview what Kevin Warren may share about realignment, the additions of UCLA and USC, and what a new TV deal for the conference may look like. Is the Big Ten waiting on Notre Dame before it makes its next move? Plus, could this be Scott Frost's last media days as Nebraska's head coach, can Jim Harbaugh and Michigan return to the Big Ten Championship, and more! Watch the episode on YouTube:  https://youtu.be/VtBUBzwLRHM Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Follow Scott on Twitter: @ScottDochterman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 25, 2022
Tennessee accused of 18 recruiting violations by NCAA
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Tennessee has received its Notice of Allegations from the NCAA with regard to accusations of recruiting rule violations during former coach Jeremy Pruitt's tenure. Andy and Ari discuss the NOA, including its brunch and mani-pedi-filled allegations, and what's next for the Vols. Watch the episode on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KE3RSIsljMo Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 22, 2022
SEC and ACC media days takeaways
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Ari Wasserman is back on the show with Andy! The guys recap a busy week in Atlanta at SEC Media Days. Can Bryan Harsin keep his job at Auburn? The ACC also held its annual event in Charlotte. What is the future of the conference in the midst of the sports realignment? Plus, a discussion about the potential coaching carousel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 22, 2022
Stars Matter: Average player ratings, offensive linemen in SoCal + Georgia’s out-of-state recruiting
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Mitch and Ari discuss average player ratings for programs that are under-performing. Plus, why does Southern California produce 5-star skill position prospects, but not offensive linemen? And, Georgia’s class is currently built on out-of-state prospects. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 21, 2022
Alabama & Will Anderson's defensive upside, SEC divisional runners-up & South Carolina in '22
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Richard Johnson, national college football writer for Sports Illustrated and co-host of the 'Split Zone Duo' podcast, accompanies Andy in discussing Will Anderson and Alabama's defensive prowess, Nick Saban's innovation, Dabo Swinney's adaptability, SEC divisional runners-up, and don't sleep on South Carolina. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Richard on Twitter: @RJ_Writes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 20, 2022
Greg Sankey’s comments on realignment + Brian Kelly’s first SEC media day
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Day 1 of SEC Media Days from Atlanta is in the books! Andy is joined by The Athletic’s Seth Emerson to discuss commissioner Greg Sankey’s comments on realignment and what the future of the conference may look like. Plus, The Athletic’s Brody Miller joins Andy to talk about Brian Kelly’s first SEC media day and what hurdles the Tigers will face in 2022. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Seth on Twitter: @SethWEmerson Follow Brody on Twitter: @BrodyAMiller Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 19, 2022
Alabama's consistency, Georgia's 10-year outlook, Texas A&M's QB quandary & more SEC Media Day storylines
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SEC Media Days have arrived, and Andy and Ari muse and chat about this season's conference storylines, expectations, and outlooks. Is Texas A&M a quarterback away from legitimate championship contention? Can Kirby Smart and Georgia sustain their national title success, and the guys define what success looks like for UGA in 10 years' time. When Nick Saban retires, will we see more parity return to the sport? The duo also discusses expectations for South Carolina, Arkansas, and more! Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 18, 2022
Big 12 is "open for business", Blue-Chip Ratio & championship chances + maniacal recruiting coaches
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The Big 12 is "open for business", and Andy and Ari discuss what programs commissioner Brett Yormark could target in the Pac-12, Arizona's additional value, preserving rivalries, and a third super conference. The pair then dive into Bud Elliott's annual 'Blue-Chip Ratio' and examine the trends the data reveals. The guys also hit on coaches that are maniacal recruiters before slipping into a Random Ranking. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 15, 2022
Stars Matter: Michigan’s struggles, Dante Moore commits to Oregon + first-year head coaches
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Mitch and Ari discuss Michigan’s struggles and why the Wolverines aren’t recruiting at a top level. Plus, 5-star QB Dante Moore commits to Oregon. And, Ari explains why first-year head coaches are off to hot starts on the trail. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 14, 2022
Big 12 Media Days storylines, which direction will Pac-12, ACC dominos fall & conference rebranding?
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The Athletic's Chris Vannini and Sam Khan Jr. join Andy in previewing Big 12 Media Days. The trio canvass conference storylines such as Steve Sarkisian's second year in Austin, a new-look Oklahoma, Baylor's resurgence, and, of course, realignment. Which direction will the Pac-12 and ACC dominos fall? How could they impact the Big 12? If the Big 12 absorbs some Pac-12 schools, is a rebrand in order? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVannini Follow Sam on Twitter: @skhanjr Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 13, 2022
Inside the Andrew Luck Story with Zak Keefer
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Andy is joined by Zak Keefer to discuss the latest 6-part series on The Athletic, "Luck". How — and why — the greatest QB prospect in a generation ended up walking away before he was 30 years old. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Zak on Twitter: @zkeefer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 12, 2022
College football realignment's impact on TV, could ACC poach from Pac-12 & Oregon's choice
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Andy and Ari reunite to kibbitz about realignment's impact on TV, and other realignment and super conference scenarios. Would the ACC target the Pac-12's top-shelf teams to add to its conference? What would the complexion of the CFP look like in a world with super conferences? Plus, Pitbull-CFB analogies. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 11, 2022
A Pac-12, ACC partnership's impact on college football, could UNC have joined the SEC & the Big 12 is trying to survive
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Andy and Nicole Auerbach discuss how a partnership between the Pac-12 and ACC could impact college football. How might ESPN be affected by a pact between conferences as well as realignment as a whole? Was there a time in which UNC could have joined the SEC? Is the Big 12 trying to survive, and if Oregon and Washington depart for the Big 12, where does that leave the Pac-12? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Nicole on Twitter: @NicoleAuerbach Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 08, 2022
Stars Matter: How USC & UCLA recruiting will change in the Big Ten + Ohio State’s west coast footprint
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With Ari on vacation, Mitch is joined by The Athletic's Bill Landis and Antonio Morales to dive into what USC and UCLA's move to the Big Ten means for recruiting. Will USC have more access to midwest talent? Does this give Ohio State an advantage on the west coast? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 07, 2022
Notre Dame's potential impact on Big Ten, Pac-12, ACC & SEC
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The realignment train is chugging down the tracks and Notre Dame is the railroad switch that could change the direction of college football's future. Andy and Matt Fortuna discuss Notre Dame's position amid the realignment frenzy, and how the program could impact college football's current conferences. Plus, which ACC programs may be highly coveted by other conferences? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Matt on Twitter: @Matt_Fortuna Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 06, 2022
Elite 11 QBs who could impress in college football in 2022 & beyond
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Andy, Ari, and Antonio Morales chitchat about the quarterbacks that stood at the most at the Elite 11, both current gunslingers, who are councilors, and prospects who could impress at the next level. Ari and Antonio share which signal-callers caught their attention, and their thoughts on Jaden Rashada, Dante Moore, C.J. Stroud, Caleb Williams, and more. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Follow Antonio on Twitter: @AntonioCMorales Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 05, 2022
The future of college football realignment
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Andy and Ari try to put into perspective the seismic changes in college football. USC and UCLA to the Big Ten has an impact on the entire future of the sport. What's next and when? The future of college football realignment is now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 04, 2022
USC & UCLA in talks to join Big Ten
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Andy Staples is joined by The Athletic's Ari Wasserman, Max Olson and Scott Dochterman to discuss a breaking news story that could change the landscape of college football. The guys react to the news and speculate what it means for Notre Dame, the Pac-12, ACC and Big 12. Is this good for the future of college football? What does it mean for the playoff? Stay tuned, this is a developing story.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 30, 2022
Stars Matter: Texas is back… in the top 2, Ohio State’s hot streak + Miami’s top QB
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Mitch and Ari recap the carousel that is college football recruiting, including Texas' resurgence, Ohio State's hot week and Miami's big QB commit. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 30, 2022
ACC adopts new scheduling model for '23; ends divisions, adds permanent rivals + Massachusetts' rich recruiting & best commitment announcements
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The Athletic's Grace Raynor joins Andy in reacting to the ACC employing a new scheduling model in 2023. The pair discuss the conference's permanent rivalries, the end of divisions, and how the ACC's model could be applied to other conferences. Grace then drops some knowledge on us about Massachusetts' rich recruiting track record. Plus, the duo relive some of the best commitment announcements of all time. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Grace on Twitter: @gmraynor Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1/month for 6 months by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 29, 2022
Could Manning, Texas help CFB's recruiting parity, was Harbaugh's hire a success for Michigan & an expanded CFP schedule
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Andy and Ari continue to dig into the Manning-Ewers dynamic and more ways Texas' big-time commitment can influence the program as well as the game. Could Texas' '23 class shake up the top of the team recruiting rankings? The guys look further into recruitment parity by examining where the top QBs of the 2023 class are currently committed. The duo then answer 5-star questions from our 5-star listeners: what would an expanded CFP schedule look like, why don't top-ranked recruits consider Arizona State, and was the Jim Harbaugh hire a success for Michigan? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Subscribe to The Athletic for $1/month for 6 months by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 28, 2022
Are Texas, Sarkisian under less pressure after Manning's commitment, QB dominos falling & the next Big 12 powerhouse
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Andy weighs in on Arch Manning's commitment to Texas. Is the pressure off Steve Sarkisian and Texas in 2022 because of the program's promising future? Quarterback prospect dominos are falling. One of the latest dominos to tumble is in Miami. Could Houston rise to the top of the Big 12 once Texas and Oklahoma leave for the SEC? If not the Cougars, then who? Plus, should your baby be a Nebraska fan? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1/month for 6 months by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 27, 2022
Rewatch party: Texas stuns USC in Rose Bowl for one of the best National Championships ever
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Andy and Stewart Mandel reflect on 2006's Rose Bowl between Texas and USC. A star-studded cast and a last-second Longhorns' victory (spoilers) made this one of the greatest National Championships of all time. Watch the episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/fDwHnjYN-EE Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Stewart on Twitter: @slmandel Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 24, 2022
Stars Matter Roundtable: Arch Manning commits to Texas + the future of the Longhorns program
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Mitch and Ari are joined by Max Olson and Sam Khan Jr. to react to the news of Arch Manning committing to Texas. Is there a Quinn Ewers vs. Arch Manning QB battle in the future? What is the next domino to fall for the Longhorns? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 24, 2022
Arch Manning commits to Texas: what does it mean for the Longhorns, Hudson Card, Quinn Ewers & more?
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The Stars Matter cast, Mitch Light and Ari Wasserman react to QB Arch Manning committing to Texas. What does his commitment mean for the Longhorns, Steve Sarkisian, Hudson Card, Quinn Ewers, and more? What is Texas getting from Manning?  Watch the episode on YouTube:  https://youtu.be/UMDmO5GU4BU Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Follow Mitch on Twitter: @MitchLight Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 23, 2022
Stars Matter: Notre Dame's QB future, Ohio State's WR dominance + Louisville's huge commitment
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Mitch and Ari are joined by The Athletic's Pete Sampson to discuss Notre Dame's recruiting ceiling and future QB situation. Plus, Ohio State continues their run of landing top 100 WR's. And, is Louisville gaining momentum on the recruiting trail? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 23, 2022
Rewatch party: Was Ohio State's 2015 loss to Michigan State the biggest upset of the decade?
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Andy, Ari, and Bill Landis look back at Michigan State's stunning victory over Ohio State in 2015. Did Sparty and co. pull off the biggest upset of the decade? Plus, stick around to hear Ari ask big 'J' questions to Ezekiel Elliott. Watch today's show on YouTube: https://youtu.be/T3_QMJbYZlE Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Follow Bill on Twitter: @BillLandis25 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 22, 2022
Rewatch party: Alabama beats Georgia in OT to win a National Title
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A walk off touchdown to win a National Championship! Andy Staples welcomes The Athletic's Aaron Suttles and Seth Emerson to rewatch and discuss the 2018 National Championship game between Alabama and Georgia. It's the first episode of our three-part series publishing this week in the feed! Stay tuned. Watch today's episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/EaXKh9fBuOI Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 21, 2022
Which college football transfers will make the biggest impact?
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The Athletic's "Portal Authority", Max Olson, teams up with Andy to determine which college football programs have metamorphosed because of the transfer portal for better or worse. USC has undergone major changes because of the portal, will their new talent gel in 2022? Which transfer QB will have the largest impact on his new team? Not that they needed more talented players, but Bama still tapped into the surplus of skill in the portal. Check out The Andy Staples Show on YouTube: https://bit.ly/3M60gt4 Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Max on Twitter: @max_olson Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1/month for 6 months by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 20, 2022
Would an SEC super league include Ohio State, Deion Sanders best P5 fit & Ari discovers hockey
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5-star reviews = 5-star questions from our favorite 5-star listeners; Andy and Ari peruse our top reviewees' questions on Apple and answer them in our latest episode of 'Dear Andy & Ari'! How will USC's NIL collective affect its brand and ability to recruit? Is Georgia Tech the best fit for Deion Sanders if he were to make the jump to the P5? In an SEC super league, which programs would likely fold into the conference, Ohio State is a gimme, right? Plus, Ryan Gosling's football talent level, and Ari discovers hockey! Check out The Andy Staples Show on YouTube: https://bit.ly/3M60gt4 Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1/month for 6 months by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 17, 2022
Stars Matter: CJ Carr commits to Notre Dame, Northwestern's top 5 class + Big 12's future
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Mitch and Ari discuss CJ Carr's commitment to Notre Dame and why it's not necessarily a failure on Michigan's part. Plus, Northwestern continues to recruit well, sitting with a top 5 class in the country. And, what is the recruiting future of the Big 12 when Texas and Oklahoma leave? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 16, 2022
Can Texas rebound under Steve Sarkisian in year two?
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The Athletic's 'Texpert', Sam Khan Jr., joins Andy in assessing the Texas Longhorns in year two under Steve Sarkisian. Do we have an inkling who will be under center this year in Austin? Will Texas' revamped skill position department and young o-line contribute to cranking up the offense? What questions loom over this defense? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Sam on Twitter: @skhanjr Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1/month for 6 months by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 15, 2022
How to enhance college football with Joel Klatt
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Andy welcomes Joel Klatt to the show to debate the biggest topics in college football. The guys discuss enhancing competitive balance, scheduling formats, TV rights, the transfer portal, NIL & more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 14, 2022
SEC vs MAC all-stars, an Ohio State decommitment scenario & can Florida build a championship roster?
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Your 5-star reviews and questions keep on rolling in, so the guys answer your queries in today's 'Dear Andy and Ari'. Would Dylan Raiola decommitment from Ohio State if the program signs a class of '23 QB? How would a squad of MAC all-stars fair in the SEC? If Billy Napier could land a top-11 recruiting class for three straight years, would the Gators have a national championship-worthy roster? Plus, over signing "walkons", which college town would you want to live in, and which SEC matchups do we recommend in '22? Check out The Andy Staples Show on YouTube: https://bit.ly/3M60gt4 Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1/month for 6 months by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 13, 2022
College football coaching carousel: could Deion Sanders, Hugh Freeze, and others find new homes?
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Bruce Feldman joins Andy and Ari to discuss the college football coaching carousel. Could names like Dave Clawson, Hugh Freeze, Jamey Chadwell, Deion Sanders, and others be on the move in the future? The trio also debates Michigan State's national championship aspirations, which is spurred on by our recent State of the Program podcast. Lastly, Coach Bruce takes us behind the scenes to his experience leading his kid's football team. Check out The Andy Staples Show on YouTube: https://bit.ly/3M60gt4 Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Follow Bruce on Twitter: @BruceFeldmanCFB Subscribe to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 10, 2022
Stars Matter: The QB recruiting carousel, Michigan State's strategy + Dabo changing his ways
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Mitch and Ari dive into the QB carousel happening in recruiting. Which school will be left without a top QB? Plus, thoughts on Mel Tucker and Michigan State's strategy. And, Ari is convinced Dabo is changing his ways at Clemson.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 09, 2022
State of the Program: Michigan State
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The Athletic's Colton Pouncy joins Andy and Ari to take a deep dive into Michigan State's football program. What are the expectations for Mel Tucker after signing his contract extension, and what does his deal convey about the program's ambitions? Will Tucker and the Spartans' new recruiting approach pay off? What is the complexion of the offense post-Kenneth Walker? Check out The Andy Staples Show on YouTube: https://bit.ly/3M60gt4 Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Follow Colton on Twitter: @colton_pouncy Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1/month for 6 months by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 08, 2022
State of the Program: Mario Cristobal takes over at Miami
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Andy welcomes Manny Navarro to the show for another edition of The Athletic's ongoing 'State of the Program' series. Can Miami keep up with Clemson in the ACC? Money is all of a sudden pouring into the program. Thanks to Cristobal's recruiting prowess, the program is loaded with young talent. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 07, 2022
2022 college football win totals: Will Clemson return to CFP, Nebraska's schedule & coaching busts
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Andy and Ari sift through 2022 CFB win totals and discuss the implications of each estimation. Can Clemson return to the CFP after a lackluster 2021 campaign? What is USC's identity, and are there similarities between the Trojans' and Longhorns' complexion? Plus, coaching busts and can Nebraska win eight games this season? Check out The Andy Staples Show on YouTube: https://bit.ly/3M60gt4 Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1/month for 6 months by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 06, 2022
A $13 million NIL budget + a new SEC scheduling model
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Andy and Ari discuss Ohio State Head Coach Ryan Day's comments about NIL. Is $13 million a realistic budget to keep up with the new arms race in college football? The guys also discuss other CFB hot topics after a busy week of SEC spring meetings. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 03, 2022
Stars Matter: DeAndre Moore commits to Louisville, recruiting high school vs. portal + Minnesota’s ceiling
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Mitch and Ari dive into the big commitment of the week — Former OU commit DeAndre Moore to Louisville. Plus, The Athletic’s Sam Khan Jr. surveyed recruiting staffers around the country; the guys discuss the most interesting comments. And, mailbag questions about Minnesota’s ceiling and off-campus stadiums. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 02, 2022
Would Nick Saban leave college football because of this unsolvable problem? SEC schedule options & divisions are dead
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Andy, Seth Emerson, and Aaron Suttles gather to recap a busy day from Destin, Florida, at the SEC Spring Meetings. What's the status of Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher's beef? What unsolvable problem could cause Saban to leave college football? The trio digs into the potential SEC schedule options and discusses the death of divisions. Plus, is there a future with an SEC-only CFP? Check out The Andy Staples Show on YouTube: https://bit.ly/3M60gt4 Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Seth on Twitter: @SethWEmerson Follow Aaron on Twitter: @AaronSuttles Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1/month for 6 months by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 01, 2022
SEC coaches food fight, reasons prospects decommitment & college football realignment what-if
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What do an SEC coaches food fight at spring meetings, a recruitment decommitment ranking, a college football realignment 'what-if', and a reliable vs. new dining experience all have in common? They're all listener questions answered on today's 'Dear Andy & Ari' podcast! The guys get together to briefly preview the SEC Spring Meetings by way of an SEC-Mean Girls analogy. Plus, what are some obvious (and not so obvious) reasons prospects decommit from schools? Check out The Andy Staples Show on YouTube: https://bit.ly/3M60gt4 Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Subscribe to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 31, 2022
State of the Program: Penn State
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Andy & Ari welcome Penn State beat writer Audrey Snyder to the show! Would the Nittany Lions be the biggest beneficiary of an expanded CFB Playoff? James Franklin's contract extension should give the program some stability. QB Sean Clifford is returning for his 6th season in Happy Valley. Will 2022 be a transitional year with a 5-star QB waiting in the wings or can the program win 10 games? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 27, 2022
Stars Matter: Eli Holstein vs. Arch Manning, progress of Texas + Texas Tech deep dive
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Mitch and Ari are joined by Sam Khan Jr. to dive into all things in the state of Texas. With Eli Holstein committed to Alabama, does Texas have a clear path for Arch Manning. Plus, what would be considered progress for the Longhorns in 2022? And, Texas Tech's recruiting strategy.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 26, 2022
Did Jimbo Fisher have the wildest college football interview to date w/ Mike Golic Jr.
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Mike Golic Jr., one-half of the "GoJo with Mike Golic Jr." podcast, joins Andy in discussing Jimbo Fisher's latest interview. Is it one of the most unpredictable interviews to date? The guys listen to another ridiculous interview involving ingesting alcohol through an orifice that isn't your mouth. As a former Fighting Irish under Brian Kelly, Mike shares his thoughts on Kelly's move to LSU. Tune in to "GoJo with Mike Golic Jr.": https://apple.co/3LMyh0y Check out The Andy Staples Show on YouTube: https://bit.ly/3M60gt4 Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Mike on Twitter: @mikegolicjr Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1/month for 6 months by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 25, 2022
Jimbo Fisher speaks out (again): "Nobody wants the truth"
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Andy and Ari are back to discuss the gift that keeps giving. In an exclusive interview with KSAT12 that aired in part on Sunday night, Texas A&M Head Coach Jimbo Fisher attacks the media, blames social media and goes off about last week's dust up with Nick Saban. The guys react to the interview and give their takes on what happens next as the SEC turns. Check out The Andy Staples Show on YouTube: https://bit.ly/3M60gt4 Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 23, 2022
Did Nick Saban mess up, Jordan Addison to USC & most unlikable coaches
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Will Ari be investing in Dogecoin or a soda fountain machine with Andy's money soon because of Jordan Addison's commitment to USC? Nick Saban's comments last week may have been miscalculated. The guys revisit the frenetic fracas and discuss Deion Sanders' response to the matter and his aptitude to run a P5 program. Lastly, which college football head coaches are "heels"? Check out The Andy Staples Show on YouTube: https://bit.ly/3M60gt4 Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Subscribe to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 23, 2022
Nick Saban vs. Jimbo Fisher - IT JUST MEANS MORE
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Alabama coach Nick Saban accused Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher of buying the 2022 recruiting class. Fisher fired back, cutting a WWE-style promo in one of the wildest press conferences of all time. Andy and Ari react to the madness. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 19, 2022
Stars Matter: Brian Kelly lands California 4-star at LSU, update on Florida's class & more 2023 commitments
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Ari Wasserman and Mitch Light discuss the latest news and notes on the recruiting trail. Brian Kelly lands a 4-star out of California which isn't typical in Baton Rouge. Billy Napier continues to build his 2023 class at Florida. Notre Dame received a commitment from a 2024 4-star out of New Jersey. Plus, Georgia commit Marcus Washington, a 4-star from 2023 class, reclassified and will be part of the 2022 class. He had been top-rated commit of ‘23 class (No. 69 overall). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 19, 2022
The jaw-dropping real stories of quarterback dads w/ Teddy Greenstein
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Teddy Greenstein, senior editor at PointsBet USA, joins Andy in discussing his new book, 'Quarterback Dads: Wild Tales from the Field'. Teddy's book reveals real, astonishing stories of parents, particularly fathers, who have gone to the extreme in trying to mold their young-quarterback-sons into stars. Teddy shares stories and insights from Archie Manning, Kurt Warner, Carl Williams (USC QB Caleb Williams' dad), and more. Check out 'Quarterback Dads: Wild Tales from the Field' here: https://www.amazon.com/Quarterback-Dads/dp/0578370719 Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Teddy on Twitter: @TeddyGreenstein Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1/month for 6 months by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 18, 2022
Arch Manning's recruitment blueprint? Peyton & Eli's path to CFB may hold the key
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The Arch Manning lottery continues to balloon in number, but which program will come out holding the winning ticket? Maybe a ticket isn't needed in Manning's recruitment, instead, taking notes from uncles' Peyton and Eli recruitments could be the key to landing Arch. Andy, Ari, and The Athletic's Chris Kamrani discuss how to land a Manning, as they inspect the model used to recruit Peyton and Eli and how it may apply to netting the next great college quarterback. Check out The Andy Staples Show on YouTube: https://bit.ly/3M60gt4 Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Follow Chris on Twitter: @chriskamrani Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1/month for 6 months by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 17, 2022
The Jordan Addison lottery continues to heat up + the Lincoln Riley to USC butterfly effect
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Jordan Addison remains a fascinating figure in the transfer portal. Will he be a Longhorn, Crimson Tide, Trojan, or another moniker reflective of his destination? Andy and Max chat about Addison's potential landing spot amid teases on social media. Also, what is the primary incentive for a player to transfer depending on their stature/situation? The guys then discuss the ripple effects of Lincoln Riley landing the USC job. Which big-named coaches and players found themselves in a new situation because of this one move? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Max on Twitter: @max_olson Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1/month for 6 months by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 16, 2022
Future of Sports Pt. 2
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In episode two of the Future of Sports series, The Athletic's Mike Smeltz looks at how the team experience may change in the future: increased use of technology in gameplay, robotic umpires and the unique initiatives of a startup sports league. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 15, 2022
ACC considering new schedule model, how would it affect the conference? + last 5 restaurants draft
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What form would a new schedule model take in the ACC? Andy and Ari ponder how a remodeled calendar would affect the conference and its teams. Is a '3-5' template a boon for the conference? How will fans react to three annual opponents? The guys then draft the only five restaurants that they could eat at for the rest of their days. Check out The Andy Staples Show on YouTube: https://bit.ly/3M60gt4 Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1/month for 6 months by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 13, 2022
Stars Matter: Developing 5-star QB’s, revisiting Peyton and Eli’s recruitment + Ari’s wedding suit
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Mitch and Ari are joined by Stars Matter best friend Bill Landis to discuss his latest story on which programs do the best job developing 5-star QB’s. Plus, Ari gives his thoughts on a program on the verge of breaking through in recruiting. And, they answer mailbag questions about Ari’s wedding suit, why Texas sucks and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 12, 2022
What is LSU's ceiling under Brian Kelly?
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LSU made one of the biggest splashes of the college football season by hiring and handing the program over to Brian Kelly. Brody Miller, The Athletic's LSU scrivener and co-host of 'Hold That Podcast, Podcast', joins Andy in examining the Tigers' ceiling under Kelly in 2022. Who will be under center for the Tigers when the season kicks off? How is LSU handling NIL, and how is it affecting their recruiting? Plus, what will it take for the program to breakthrough? Check out The Andy Staples Show on YouTube: https://bit.ly/3M60gt4 Check out 'Hold That Podcast, Podcast': https://apple.co/3w2nPxx Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Brody on Twitter: @BrodyAMiller Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1/month for 6 months by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 11, 2022
Future of Sports Pt. 1
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In episode one of the Future of Sports series, The Athletic's Mike Smeltz looks at how the fan experience may change: how going to games, watching games at home and how memorabilia is shifting from physical to digital. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 11, 2022
Heat Check: The Hottest College Football Takes
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Ari joins Andy for a new feature -- the Heat Check. Like an NBA star who seems sure he can't miss, the guys toss out their hottest college football takes. Andy has thoughts on what college football upset would compare to Rich Strike's Kentucky Derby win, what happens next at Nebraska and where Arch Manning will sign. Ari wants to know why no one has a dedicated kickers coach. He also has a take so molten that it probably will melt your phone when you reach that point in the show. Plus, more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 10, 2022
Can Nebraska & Scott Frost find success in 2022?
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Mitch Sherman, The Athletic's Nebraska know-it-all, accompanies Andy in discussing the Cornhuskers' 2022 outlook. The pair examine the penalities the program is facing from the NCAA's investigation. What will it take for Scott Frost to remain the main man in Lincoln? How did Frost and his staff approach the transfer portal? Though he's no longer with the club, how is Adrian Martinez remembered? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Mitch on Twitter: @mitchsherman Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1/month for 6 months by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 09, 2022
NIL fact or fiction, guarantees & talent acquisition + what else did Ari miss while getting married?
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Andy and MR. Ari Wasserman are reunited! Ari discusses his wedding and seeing, what he thought to be, Bryce Young at his ceremony. What did Ari miss while he was tying the knot? The pair parse through...unsubstantiated tweets about certain NIL targets. Plus, the guys hit on what Ari missed while he was away, including Isaiah Wong, potential NIL markets, guarantees, talent acquisition, and more! Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Mr. Wasserman on Twitter: @AriWasserman Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1/month for 6 months by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 06, 2022
Stars Matter: Ohio State and Notre Dame reverse roles, Georgia as the Death Star
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Mitch and Ari are on location together for the first time on a Stars Matter episode. They discuss Ohio State's latest commitment, and why their class looks more like a Notre Dame class. And, will Georgia become the "new" Alabama? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 05, 2022
Is there hope for Arizona State amid portal losses, staff turnover, and ongoing turmoil?
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Portal losses, staff turnover, an ongoing NCAA investigation, and a yet-to-be-unveiled NIL collective, among other issues, have hamstrung Arizona State football. Doug Haller, who covers the Sun Devils for The Athletic, joins Andy in discussing ASU's hellacious position. Will Sparky's home be able to exorcise its demons...or is that a bad thing? Puns aside, the guys also converse about Herm Edward's future, who the Sun Devils' next QB will be, and more. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Doug on Twitter: @DougHaller Subscribe to The Athletic for $1/month for 6 months by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 04, 2022
The future of CFB on TV
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Andy Staples and the Associated Press' Ralph Russo discuss and debate what the future of CFB looks like on TV. Will streaming services like Amazon, Netflix and Apple buy massive rights deals? Which conference would benefit most by partnering with one of these companies? Could more networks turn to a pay-per-view model? Change is on the horizon. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 03, 2022
Jordan Addison sweepstakes, heavier tampering penalties needed in NIL era & Georgia's historic NFL Draft
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Andy and THE Portal Authority, Max Olson, converse about Pitt WR Jordan Addison, and the interest he's drawing as a potential transfer. The pair also consider college football's current tampering rules, and how mild the infraction's penalties are. In this era of NIL, do consequences for tampering need to be greater? Also, USC should look into reinforcing its hogs upfront through the portal; Max's portal deadline explanation, and the NFL Draft by the numbers. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Max on Twitter: @max_olson Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1/month for 6 months by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 02, 2022
A Georgia & WR heavy NFL Draft 1st round + Isaiah Wong & NIL player value
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The Athletic's David Ubben joins Andy to discuss a Georgia defender and wide receiver heavy first round of the NFL draft. Why was only one quarterback taken? How different will the class at that position be next year? Meanwhile, a situation involving Miami basketball gets the guys talking about how something like this will inevitably happen in football. The Hurricanes just took a transfer from Kansas State and a donor signed the player to a $400,000-a-year NIL deal. Now Miami's current best player wants to renegotiate and he's threatening to hit the transfer portal before Sunday's deadline if that doesn't happen. How soon until this very situation comes to football, and are NIL collectives prioritizing shiny new things over old reliable things in a way that will come back to bite them? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow David on Twitter: @davidubben Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1/month for 6 months by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 29, 2022
Stars Matter: Texas A&M’s fundraising efforts, Tennessee’s new appeal + NFL Draft prospect stars
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Mitch is joined by Andy Staples, who fills in for Ari this week. Andy discusses his recent story on Texas A&M and its fundraising. Plus, Tennessee appears to be more appealing to recruits than in previous years. And, how many projected 2023 first round picks were 5-stars? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 28, 2022
Bruce Feldman shares scouts, coaches' thoughts on NFL Draft prospects + which QBs could blow up & the deep WR class
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The NFL Draft is a day away. In order to prepare, Andy and Bruce Feldman analyze coaches and scouts' opinions about some of the biggest names in this year's draft, including Ickey Ekwonu, Travon Walker, and more. Is the Kenny Pickett hand-size dilemma a real thing, and which under-the-radar QB has the best chance to explode onto the scene? The guys also dig into the deep WR class and talk about their favorite prospects to watch. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Bruce on Twitter: @BruceFeldmanCFB Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1/month for 6 months by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 27, 2022
Hendon Hooker's journey to QB1 at Tennessee
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Andy catches up with Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker, whose journey to the starting job in Knoxville started at Virginia Tech. When it became clear his time in Blacksburg was done, Hooker decided to move to Tennessee as a graduate transfer. Eleven days later, Tennessee fired its head coach. The new staff initially made Hooker the backup, but he took control of the job in week two and sparked more joy than Neyland Stadium has seen in years for the remainder of the season. QB1 discusses how he kept the faith and how explosive Tennessee's offense could be in 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 26, 2022
Big Interview: Baylor head coach Dave Aranda
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Andy sits down with Dave Aranda, Baylor University's head football coach. The pair discuss Aranda's philosophy-driven approach to coaching and mentoring his athletes. The duo also chat about building trust, overhauling the Bears' offense, the last play of the Big 12 championship, and what that signified about the program. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Aranda on Twitter: @CoachDaveAranda Subscribe to The Athletic for $1/month for 6 months by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 25, 2022
Are Alabama & Georgia on another National Championship collision course? w/ Aaron Suttles & Seth Emerson
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Andy, Aaron Suttles, and Seth Emerson, the latter two cover Alabama and Georgia, respectively, for The Athletic, discuss their observations from the Crimson Tide's and Bulldogs' spring games. Aaron and Andy dive into the difference in this year's club compared to last year's championship runner-up team. Aaron reveals his two biggest question marks about this team in 2022. Seth and Andy admire Georgia's TE room before chatting about key losses on the defensive side of the ball. Plus, Stetson Bennett is locked in as UGA's starter now, but the QB room runs deep. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Aaron on Twitter: @AaronSuttles Follow Seth on Twitter: @SethWEmerson Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1/month for 6 months by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 22, 2022
Stars Matter: Ohio State bold prediction, Texas Tech’s surprising class + a grape juice/college story
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Mitch and Ari discuss Ohio State’s 2023 recruiting class and what needs to happen to finish in the top 5. Plus, Texas Tech has the number 1 class in the country. And, Ari tells a story about his college days, a laptop and grape juice. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 21, 2022
Is Florida's roster SEC-ready? Anthony Richardson's potential & Gators in the transfer portal w/ G. Allan Taylor
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Andy and G. Allan Taylor, who covers the Florida Gators for The Athletic, kibbitz about the looming questions surrounding the Gators in Billy Napier's first year. Can Florida's roster compete, and find success, in the SEC? How is Florida approaching the portal, and can Anthony Richardson develop into a star? Despite the aforementioned concerns, FLA's player experience and program alignment appear to be on track. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow G. Allan Taylor on Twitter: @GAllanTaylor Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1/month for 6 months by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 20, 2022
Maybe this is the year that Texas is --- nah, we're not going to say it
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Anwar Richardson of Orangebloods.com joins the show to discuss a Texas football program that should be great but can't seem to get out of its own way.  Andy and Anwar talk about Texas defensive tackle Moro Ojomo's comments about the need to change the culture at Texas as well as coach Steve Sarkisian's response to them. Can this be the year things turn around? Texas-bred quarterback Quinn Ewers transferred back to the Lone Star State from Ohio State. Bijan Robinson is one of the best tailbacks in the country. Maybe, just maybe, this is the year that Texas is --- nah, we're not going to say it. The Longhorns will just have to show that on the field. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 19, 2022
We created our own FPI + power ranking darlings & snubs
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Allow us to introduce the Andy Staples Show Computer Laptop Organized Win Nexus, better known as our own football power index. Andy and Ari dissect ESPN's FPI and highlight the clubs that were ranked too high and too low. After, the A.S.S.C.L.O.W.N. unveils its top-10 teams which the guys debate. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1/month for 6 months by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 18, 2022
Travon Walker, Malik Willis & more NFL Draft prospect scouting reports w/ Dane Brugler
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Andy welcomes The Athletic's NFL Draft sage Dane Brugler to the program. Andy and Dane discuss the best and most divisive players in this year's draft class, including Georgia's Travon Walker, Pittsburgh's Kenny Pickett, Liberty's Malik Willis, and more! Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Dane on Twitter: @dpbrugler Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1/month for 6 months by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 15, 2022
Stars Matter: Dabo’s comments on NIL, Alabama QB’s + Oregon beats USC for blue-chip prospect
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Mitch and Ari open up this week’s episode of Stars Matter with Dabo Swinney’s quotes about NIL and players earning money. Plus, Alabama misses out on a top in-state QB… is this a trend? And, Oregon beats out USC and Washington for Josh Conerly… what is The Good, The Bad and The Ugly? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 14, 2022
A lost program, nightmare recruiting visits & the brains behind SEC shorts
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Andy is joined by David Ubben to discuss a trio his recent stories in The Athletic... Arkansas’ journey away from football success can be chalked up to three letters: SEC Coaches’ nightmare recruiting visits revealed: Jungle cats, cowboys, ‘Shaquille O’Neal of pit bulls’ Meet the creators of ‘SEC Shorts,’ the video series that ‘just kind of writes itself’ Subscribe to The Athletic: www.theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 13, 2022
Could the $8 million QB be underpaid, 5-star QBs fair market value & Oregon's CFP path
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Is there a world where the reported $8 million QB is underpaid? Andy reveals why that could be the case. What is the fair market value for a 5-star QB? Is Oregon's path to the College Football Playoff relatively easy? Plus, should we reconsider our SEC job rankings based on future scheduling? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1/month for 6 months by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 12, 2022
Judge Andy rules on USC's CFP hopes, QB rankings & Texas v. Oklahoma
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The honorable Judge Andy is an arbiter of justice. On today's podcast, he settles disputes between The Athletic's USC reporter Antonio Morales and Ari. The disagreements range from USC's College Football Playoff hopes to quarterback rankings to Texas vs. Oklahoma and more. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Follow Antonio on Twitter: @AntonioCMorales Subscribe to The Athletic by visiting:theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 11, 2022
Billy Liucci & Ari squash Twitter beef, Texas A&M's future + who will be the QB for the Aggies?
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Billy Liucci, co-owner of TexAgs.com, joins Andy and Ari to discuss the trajectory of Texas A&M in 2022. Before inspecting Jimbo Fisher's roster, Billy and Ari quash their Twitter spat dating back to 2020, which included Johnny Manziel chiming in. The trio chitchat about a future where Texas joined the Pac-12 instead of the SEC. The group also discusses the Aggies' haul this recruiting class and ponders who will be the team's signal-caller. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Follow Billy on Twitter: @billylilucci Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1/month for 6 months by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 08, 2022
Stars Matter: Recruiting visit stories, Billy Napier's progress + head coach vs. collective leader
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Mitch and Ari are joined by Andy Staples to discuss interesting recruiting visit stories. Plus, Andy gives his thoughts on Billy Napier and the job he's done in Gainesville so far. And, will a power struggle between head coach and collective leader be the future of college football? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 07, 2022
Who could succeed Bob Bowlsby as Big 12 commissioner + Bowlsby's impact & the future of the Big 12
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Andy and Max react to news of Bob Bowlsby planning to step down as Big 12 commissioner. The guys chew over Bowlsby's impact on the Big 12 and college football as a whole. The pair then dish out potential candidates who could fill the void left behind by Bowlsby. Plus, what criteria must be met by the next B12 leader? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Max on Twitter: @max_olson Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1/month for 6 months by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 06, 2022
Can Jim Harbaugh lead Michigan to another Big Ten title in 2022?
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Jim Harbaugh is returning to Michigan in 2022 albeit with a ton of turnover on his coaching staff. The Athletic's Austin Meek has the latest on Michigan after its spring game on Saturday. The in-state rivalry between Harbaugh and Michigan State's Mel Tucker is heating up. Replacing star rushers Aidan Hutchinson and David Ojabo will be extremely difficult. Is Cade McNamara the guy under center?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 05, 2022
Reaction to the SEC Job Rankings, Should the Big 12 (or anyone) have divisions, Max's fry rankings
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Andy and Ari received quite a bit of feedback from last Friday's SEC Job Rakings, so they invited Max on the show to react to the critiques. Can A&M consistently reel in elite recruiting classes, and will Texas' luster return in the SEC? Which coaches seem to constantly improve, and would Ari rank a G5 coach among his top-25 program leaders? Max ranks his favorite french fries fresh off the heels of last Friday's french fry debate. The triumvirate also discusses if the Big 12, or any conference for that matter, should have divisions. Check out The Andy Staples Show on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbhfrD1COvG40Mk7vvgaHIQ?app=desktop Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Follow Max on Twitter: @max_olson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 04, 2022
SEC head coaching job rankings + french fry wars
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Andy Staples, Ari Wasserman and David Ubben rank the head coaching jobs in the SEC. The guys include Texas & Oklahoma on this year's list. Plus, what are the best type of fast food fries? The debate rages on! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 01, 2022
Stars Matter: Notre Dame emerges as the favorite for 5-star QB Dante Moore
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Mitch and Ari give an update on 5-star QB Dante Moore. Notre Dame looks to be the favorite; how would this impact the Irish, along with the other programs involved in his recruitment? Plus, Ari dives into Arch Manning’s recruitment and why it’s not as public as other top prospects. And, Michigan and Notre Dame’s clash on the trail. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 31, 2022
The most important person at top CFB programs
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Andy and Ari discuss and debate who the most important person is at the top college football programs in the country. Is a 5-star QB or Head Coach the face of a program? Plus, a math riddle and tax season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 30, 2022
Notre Dame's transition to Marcus Freeman, Pitt extends Pat Narduzzi & CFB coaches adjusting to NFL
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Andy welcomes back The Athletic's Matt Fortuna to the podcast to discuss a medley of college football topics. Matt sheds light on Notre Dame's transition from Brian Kelly to Marcus Freeman. How is the program adjusting to Freeman at the helm? The guys then inspect Pat Narduzzi's contract extension with Pittsburgh. Why did the Panthers ink Narduzzi for so long, and what's the program's ceiling? Is collegiate coaching and professional-level coaching facsimiles? Matt explored coaches' transitions from college to the NFL and learned about both vocations' different demands. Plus, Andy and Matt share their thoughts on the slap heard around the world. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Matt on Twitter: @Matt_Fortuna Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1/month for 6 months by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 29, 2022
Expanded College Football Playoff's ideal field + Cinderella teams & two-sport stars in NIL era
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In this episode of 'Dear Andy', Andy answers readers/listeners' questions about parallels between March Madness and an expanded College Football Playoff. What would the ideal CFP field look like and would there be a Saint Peter's equivalent? Will NIL's prominence give rise to more two-sport stars? Plus, college football's Bachelorette contestant and Mike White at Georiga. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1/month for 6 months by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 28, 2022
Big 12 job rankings & Fish Wars Pt. 2
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Andy, Ari and the Portal Authority Max Olson rank the the jobs -- not the coaches -- in the new Big 12 that will exist when Oklahoma and Texas leave for the SEC. Can newcomers BYU, Cincinnati, Houston or UCF crack the top three almost immediately? Is Oklahoma State a great job, or have the Cowboys had a great coach for the past 17 years? How much bump does geography give Baylor and TCU? Also, how tough is the job at West Virginia now? But first, the guys finish a bit of business from Tuesday's show. Pusha T savaged the McDonald's Filet-o-Fish (Ari's favorite fast food item) in a diss track/Arby's ad. Max tries his first Filet-o-Fish. Andy -- a grizzled Filet-o-Fish veteran -- tries two different Arby's fish sandwiches to see how they compare to the OG. Ari looks on and prays his beloved Filet-o-Fish emerges victorious. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Follow Max on Twitter: @maxolson Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1/month for 6 months by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 25, 2022
Stars Matter: QB recruiting market, Harry Miller's recruiting visit + creating a new college
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Mitch and Ari open up this week's episode with Tennessee's huge commit from 5-star QB Nico Iamaleava. Is this a program-changing type commitment for the Vols? Plus, Ari reflects on Harry Miller's memorable recruiting visit to Ohio State. And, the guys discuss if they could create a new college and pick the location, what are the attractive options? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 24, 2022
Big Interview: Country music star Josh Abbott on Texas Tech football & Sweet 16 v. Duke
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Airborn tortillas; a collegiate javelin thrower named Garth Brooks; concerts with Patrick Mahomes, and many, many more entertaining and informative topics are discussed today with country music star, Josh Abbott. Andy and Josh cover Josh's rise to stardom and his Texas Tech fandom. The guys also chat about NIL collectives, T Tech's best on-field moments, and the Sweet 16 versus Duke. Check us out on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbhfrD1COvG40Mk7vvgaHIQ Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Josh on Twitter: @joshabbottband   Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1/month for 6 months by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 23, 2022
Tennessee lands five-star QB Nico Iamaleava, Urban Meyer's "toxic culture" in Jax & an unexpected diss track
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Andy Staples welcomes Ari Wasserman and Max Olson to discuss the most obvious secret in college football. 5-star QB Nico Iamaleava commits to Tennessee. The guys share all the details about the historic signing and debate what it means for the future of the sport. The Athletic uncovered details about Urban Meyer's "toxic" culture this season in Jacksonville. Plus, a Filet-o-fish diss track by Pusha T? Ari responds.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 22, 2022
Who is the Mike Krzyzewski of college football? Program budgets & other CFB-CBB parallels
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Survive and advance. That's Mike Krzyzewski and Duke's mentality this March Madness after rallying to beat Michigan State and dancing to the Sweet 16. Who else shares Coach K's mentality in the college football ranks? Heck, which college football coach has more in common than just mentality with Coach K? Andy and Ari discuss Coach Krzyzewski and Tom Izzo comps in CFB. The guys also converse about other parallels between the sports including program budgets. Plus, Ari's introduction to the concept of throuples, Utah's CFB environment, and learning home decore terminology from the ASSF wives! Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1/month for 6 months by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 21, 2022
NIL's impact on high school eligibility; recruiting sleeping giants & CFB villains
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Your inquisitive minds were the perfect setup for a 'Dear Andy & Ari' podcast, as a host of fantastic questions landed in the guys' mailbags this week. In the case of the $8M recruit, how does NIL affect his high school football eligibility? The guys examine which states prohibit and permit high school student-athletes to monetize their name, image, and likeness. Which collegiate programs are recruiting sleeping giants? The pair determine which universities are more motivated, now more than ever, to land big-named prospects. Are there any villains in today's college football? If so, who is it, or who are they? Lastly, The Andy Staples Show Realty Associates are here to help P5 programs land their dream homes. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1/month for 6 months by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 18, 2022
Stars Matter: The $8 million recruit, schools that recruit themselves + Auburn's future
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Mitch and Ari start today's show discussing the important story in college football -- the $8 million recruit. How will this change recruiting moving forward? Plus, do great teams win because they have great players, or do great players go there because it is a great school? And, will Auburn suffer in recruiting if schools like Florida, Miami and USC reach their potential? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 17, 2022
College football clichés bracket
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In honor of March Madness (and to avoid the wrath of fans who wanted us to create a bracket), Andy and Ari list their favorite college football cliches and pit them against one another in a single-elimination tournament. The pair canvass the bracket's regions; False Motivation Region, the Cliche-Because-It’s-True Region, the Code Words Region, and the Jokes About Schools Region, and discuss key cliche matchups. Plus, Gators wear jean shorts, Stars Matter, and a family atmosphere leads the guys into some fun conversations. Check out the CFB Cliches Bracket on both Andy and Ari's Twitter handles: @Andy_Staples & @AriWasserman Subscribe to The Athletic for $1/month for 6 months by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 16, 2022
The 8 million dollar CFB recruit
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Opendorse co-founder Blake Lawrence joins Andy to discuss the rapidly changing world of name, image and likeness deals for college athletes. Blake talks about the deal a class of 2023 football player just signed that could pay up to $8 million over four years and the "collectives" springing up to fund such deals. Is that a wise investment? Should the player have sold all of his NIL rights? Blake also explains how a player in this week's NCAA Tournament could cash in on instant fame. Blake also explains that depending on what state the player's school is in, that cashing in may have to wait a few days -- which could be a recruiting advantage for other schools. Blake founded his company after graduating from Nebraska, where he played linebacker on some very good teams. What defensive tackle played in front of him? Ndamukong Suh. Blake explains how a great defensive tackle like Suh is a linebacker's best friend, and Andy suggests those NIL collectives throw their money at the larger humans. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 15, 2022
A college football fan's guide to March Madness + how to pick upsets & betting strategies
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Andy and Ari return with their completely uninformed guide to March Madness (maybe this is becoming an annual tradition), as the duo discusses betting strategies in a tournament when anyone can lose at any time. Plus, the guys recall their favorite March moments and chat about how to pick upsets. Also, what happened to all the original movie ideas?  Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1/month for 6 months by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 14, 2022
House Hunting with Ari and Kayce Smith
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Andy and Ari welcome Kayce Smith to the show to talk about Lincoln Riley's new 17 million dollar mansion in Los Angeles. Can Oklahoma fans handle it? Why does one house need 15 bathrooms? Texas A&M is a special place for Kayce. The alum talks about what makes the college town such a unique place. Will Texas be successful when the Longhorns join the SEC? Plus, putting plans in motion for "Ari does the SEC". Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 11, 2022
Stars Matter: Arch Manning vs. Quinn Ewers, Texas Tech's ceiling + A&M owns the Houston area
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Mitch and Ari are joined by The Athletic's Sam Khan Jr. to discuss all things recruiting in the state of Texas. Things kick off with Arch Manning's future, and how that could affect Quinn Ewers. Plus, what is Texas Tech's recruiting ceiling under Joey McGuire? And, has Jimbo Fisher locked down the Houston area? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 10, 2022
Big Interview: Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell
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Andy welcomes the head coach of the Cincinnati Bearcats Luke Fickell to the show! Coach Fickell discusses the growing use of the transfer portal and if it's needed to keep up with the rest of the nation. Is it possible to construct a winning program with developmental players who have been in a school's system for multiple years? What qualities is Coach Fickell looking for in his next starting quarterback, and what is his approach to a QB competition? The two also chat about Cincinnati's historic CFP berth, and how the subsequent success has changed the program, including recruiting. Plus, Coach Fickell shares his thoughts on his recent contract extension, and who would win in a Coaching Royal Rumble: Fickell and Mike Vrabel or Marcus Freeman and Mario Cristobal? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Luke Fickell on Twitter: @CoachFick Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1/month for 6 months by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 09, 2022
What would a CFB betting scandal look like; Georgia's transfer portal usage & more 'Dear Andy'
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In this latest edition of 'Dear Andy' (wherein Andy answers your questions submitted to him via his mailbag on The Athletic or on Twitter), Andy describes what a betting scandal in college football would look like. Why is an entity like the NFL more concerned with exercising a heavier hand against players who gamble on games than those who commit more serious offenses, a la Calvin Ridley? Andy also fields a question about Georgia's lack of transfer portal activity. Plus, which P5 Florida program will rise to the top first? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1/month for 6 months by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 08, 2022
Random Ranking: Songs about bodies of water
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Andy recently received an absurd amount of suggestions for a Random Ranking topic. Well, after sorting and determining which recommendations were his favorite, he decided on one: Songs about bodies of water. How much more random can you get? Join Andy as he unveils his list of favorite songs about bodies of water. The songs run the gamut of genres, so we hope everyone's musical preference is met at least once! Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Subscribe to The Athletic for $1/month for 6 months by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 07, 2022
Are CFB games too long, journalism tips & expanded playoff's future w/ intern Michael Crystal
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Andy and Ari welcome you to 'Focus Group Friday' where the duo evaluates the feedback and reaction from a guest about a range of topics. The guys invite Michael Crystal, one of the Great Stewart Mandel's interns at Northwestern University, onto the podcast to discuss podcasts; why we, as spectators of sports, are so enamored by the industry; balancing one's love for sports with being a journalist; the NCAA Rules Committee and the length of college football games; the future of the CFP, and Random Ranking Outback Steakhouse's new menu items.  Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1/month for 6 months by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 04, 2022
One True Pod: Our farewell to Jason Kersey
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Our very own Jason Kersey is putting down his beat writing pen and pad and is moving on from the media profession. He'll soon be pursing a career in law! Max Olson, Sam Khan Jr. and special guest Eddie Radosevich send Jason off with some laughs, stories and good times. Everyone here at The Athletic wish Jason the best of luck on his new journey, and he'll always remain an important part of One True Pod. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 03, 2022
Stars Matter: Notre Dame’s expectations vs. reality, New Jersey vs. New York + best positions for a 5-star recruit
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Mitch and Ari take a look at Notre Dame's 2023 class and if it's possible for the Irish to keep up this elite pace. Plus, why does New Jersey seem to have more high-end prospects than New York? And, which schools are the best at developing prospects for each position? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 03, 2022
Big Interview: Ex-Iowa State QB, NFL Draft prospect, Brock Purdy
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Andy welcomes former Iowa State Cyclones QB and NFL Draft hopeful, Brock Purdy, to today's show! The pair discuss Purdy's time preparing for the NFL Draft, including working with a performance coach to fortify his mechanics and maintain arm health. Brock chats about his time at Iowa State and what makes Matt Campbell so great. Plus, the duo converse about Ames as a college football town. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Brock on Twitter: @brockpurdy13 Subscribe to The Athletic for $1/month for 6 months by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 02, 2022
Do Harsin-Frost deserve more support; Kyler Murray + ALL CAPS press releases & Oklahoma's future | Room Temperature Takes
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Andy and Max Olson unite to form a stoppable, though it takes effort to stop them, tandem as the Room Temperature Takes Team. The guys serve up tepid opinions in this episode, as the duo discusses the levels of support for Bryan Harsin and Scott Frost. Should fans be backing their respective head coach more than they currently are? Kyler Murray's tenure in Arizona seems muddled. What's worse for Arizona fans, and the Twitter sports sphere, is ALL CAPS press releases. Plus, Max's mild perspective on NIL collectives, Oklahoma, and McDonald's. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Max on Twitter: @maxolson Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1/month for 6 months by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 01, 2022
Miami's ceiling; analytics, 'Moneyball' in CFB & Ari writes Tinder/dating app opening lines
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In a fun-filled edition of Dear Andy and Ari, the guys run the gamut giving their opinion on Miami's ceiling and debating if they can win the Coastal. Should programs play two quarterbacks at once to mitigate, or eliminate the possibility entirely, the chances of one of them leaving? Can less talented programs challenge the nation's best teams by embracing a 'Moneyball '/analytical system? Lastly, Ari describes the art of the opening line and shares his experience helping his friends (both male and female) connect with potential love interests. Oh, and we conceptualize a sequel to the movie "Hitch"...watch out Hollywood. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1/month for 6 months by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 28, 2022
Would Ari try Aaron Rodgers' crazy cleanse before his wedding?
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The Panchakarma sounds intimidating, and it is. A professional athlete like Aaron Rodgers is able to endure the colon-vacating procedure, but could and/or would Ari handle it? Andy and Ari discuss Rodgers' cleanse, their exercise routines, and more of their health tips on today's show. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1/month for 6 months by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 25, 2022
Stars Matter: State of Alabama recruiting, Notre Dame’s ceiling + Arizona’s expectations
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Mitch and Ari open up the show with Arizona and their recruiting expectations. The state of Alabama is talent-rich in the 2023 cycle; how many in-state 5-stars will Nick Saban sign? What is the path for Marcus Freeman and Notre Dame’s recruiting to be on par with the top 3 in college football? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 24, 2022
NIL opening doors for Oscar Tshiebwe + Juwan Howard hit & CBB coaching royal rumble
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Andy welcomes The Athletic's Kentucky basketball scribe Kyle Tucker to a college basketball edition of ASSF! Kyle shares his story about Kentucky center, Oscar Tshiebwe, using NIL to pave a path for his mom to come to America from the Dominican Republic of Congo. The duo examines how NIL can continue to impact Tshiebwe's life, and how it may affect other college basketball and football players in the future. The pair also touch on the excess of talented big men in college basketball and the Juwan Howard incident. Plus, who would win a no holds barred college basketball coaches' Royal Rumble?! Read Kyle's story!: https://bit.ly/3IkDwE4 Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Kyle on Twitter: @KyleTucker_ATH Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1/month for 6 months by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 23, 2022
Inside college football's failed playoff expansion experiment
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Andy is joined by The Athletic's Chris Vannini to discuss the lack of overarching leadership in college football in the aftermath of the failed experiment to expand the playoff. How does this decision impact group of five programs and potential conference realignment? The Sun Belt is gaining popularity and is becoming "SEC Junior". The future of the sport is up in the air during these uncertain times. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 22, 2022
Playoff expansion talks stall, but is that so bad? + SEC vs. All Y'all resolution
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It's a spirited debate edition of The Andy Staples Show! Andy and Ari exchange their thoughts about College Football Playoff expansion discourse stalling between commissioners. Though a playoff with more depth appears inevitable, Ari believes the current four-team field has its benefits and is more entertaining than others think it to be. Andy disagrees. The pair defend their respective positions before Andy introduces a potential compromise, 'SEC vs. All Y'all'. What is it and could it appease all sides? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1/month for 6 months by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 21, 2022
Jayden Daniels potential transfer destinations; what's up with ASU & Ari vs. Q-tip of death
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Hide yo kids, hide yo wife, hide yo husband because Q-tips are out to get ya! Ari relives his harrowing ear wax experience for our entertainment before he and Andy discuss proper ear maintenance. Afterward, Jayden Daniels will reportedly enter the transfer portal, where could he wind up, and what's up with Arizona State? Is UCLA the most likely landing place for him, if not, then where? Andy then inquires if he's a jerk after responding honestly to a tweet. The duo deliberate the merits of the tweet and somehow find themselves kibbitzing about life outside of our universe. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1/month for 6 months by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 18, 2022
Stars Matter: Can Ohio State have an elite 2023 recruiting class?
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Mitch and Ari are joined by The Athletic’s Bill Landis to discuss the quality of Ohio State’s 2023 recruiting class. Will the Buckeyes keep up their elite recruiting in the 2023 cycle? Plus, the guys dive into NIL and how that has and will affect recruiting. And, Mitch hosts The Newlywed Game between Ari and Bill to see how well they know each other. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 17, 2022
How NIL, money-fueled college football is changing the game
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Whether you agree with it or not, college football is changing. Andy and David discuss CFB's transformation because of name, image, and likeness, and how college sports collectives are providing the weapons needed in the never-ending arms race for talent. Are markets different for players based on their skill and caliber? How are programs equipping themselves to handle this new wave of talent acquisition, and is the sport better or worse off for these changes? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow David on Twitter: @davidubben Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1/month for 6 months by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 16, 2022
Recruiting time machine! How to use the past to understand CFB today
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Max Olson joins Andy to discuss his recent re-ranking of the 2018 recruiting class. Max describes the process that goes into this annual project and explains why coaches jump at that opportunity to participate. Hop in the recruiting time machine and put today's sport of college football in perspective by understanding the past. Read the full story on The Athletic: https://theathletic.com/3128181/2022/02/14/recruiting-revisited-ranking-college-footballs-class-of-2018-four-years-later/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 15, 2022
Can Bryan Harsin salvage Auburn stint? Super Bowl potpourri & Ari's 'what-ifs'
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Wings, parties, trucks, commercials, and many other elements associated with the Super Bowl are brought to the table by Andy and Ari in today's show! Did the "twisty" method work for Ari, and why did Andy ingest 75+ wings at one time once when he was in college? What is Bryan Harsin supposed to do for Auburn now? How will he pitch recruits? Is there any way he and Auburn can salvage their relationship? Plus, a deadly turtle and approximately 580 miles separate you from millions of dollars. What do you do? 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
Feb 14, 2022
Auburn to retain Bryan Harsin + what does the Tigers' future hold?
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Aaron Suttles joins Andy to react to Auburn retaining Bryan Harsin as its head football coach. Did Auburn's leadership bungle this whole situation? Should they have been as public as possible about their proceedings as they were? Why didn't they just pay the man? Plus, what does the future hold for the Tigers program with Harsin still at the helm? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Aaron on Twitter: @AaronSuttles Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 11, 2022
Will recruiting be Bryan Harsin's downfall at Auburn? Ari v. Oklahoma & wing-eating PSA
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Andy and Ari help kick off your Super Bowl weekend with their ongoing reaction to the Bryan Harsin-Auburn drama. Will Harsin's approach to recruiting lead to his undoing at AU? How does he stack up against the likes of Billy Napier's, among others, first full recruiting cycle? Ari's at it again. The state of Oklahoma is fed up with him. But why? Plus, we need sponsoring by a truck brand, and Andy shares a very important Super Bowl PSA. 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
Feb 11, 2022
Stars Matter: Arch Manning trims his list, Lincoln Riley’s transfer portal comments + Ari’s thoughts on L.A. living
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Mitch and Ari kick off this week’s episode with Arch Manning and his list. The 5-star QB has eliminated Clemson; Texas, Ole Miss, Alabama and Georgia remain. Plus, Lincoln Riley’s comments on the transfer portal has raised some eyebrows; the guys give their opinions on it. And, which programs do the most with least? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 10, 2022
Is an interim or new head coach best for Auburn; buyout safeguards & why did Andy choose Florida?
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Another week, another rollicking episode of 'Dear Andy'! Andy responds to a listener question about Auburn's current coaching predicament. Should the Tigers appoint an interim head coach to bridge the program through next season, or hire a new coach to steward the club? When negotiating with a new head coach, should ADs include safeguards to protect their respective program/university from gargantuan buyouts? Plus, Andy details his time playing at Florida and discusses why he went with the Gators. Also, what's the ideal BBQ plate? 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
Feb 09, 2022
Short-term PR or long-term success? How to hire a CFB coach with Ralph Russo
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The AP's Ralph Russo joins Andy to give his take on the latest news in college football. Is Auburn close to making a decision about Head Coach Bryan Harsin? Have college football coaching hires become more about short-term PR rather than long-term success? The guys chat about Brian Kelly at LSU, Mario Cristobal at Miami and other recent new hires. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 08, 2022
Is it too late for Bryan Harsin at Auburn & Jimbo Fisher on NIL money
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Is the clock official ticking on Bryan Harsin's time at Auburn just 14 months into his tenure? Andy and David Ubben hone in on the developing situation with the Tigers and deduce why the Harsin-Auburn pairing may have run its course. If Auburn does choose to part with Harsin, what's next for the program, and is their amount of payout money spent over the last few years alarming? Jim Harbaugh seems poised to return to Michigan, however, his return may be met with fewer familiar faces as OC Josh Gattis is headed for Miami. Was this subtraction a result of Harbaugh placing Michigan in a precarious state while he expressed interest in coaching an NFL team? Who could replace Gattis? Lastly, Jimbo Fisher v. Sliced Bread on pay per view! 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
Feb 07, 2022
The intersection of CFB & the NFL with Robert Mays
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Andy teams up with the host of The Athletic Football Show Robert Mays at the Senior Bowl. Is there a QB in this draft class that could start as a rookie? The guys discuss the intersection of college football and the NFL. Why didn't the Vikings offer the job to Jim Harbaugh? Plus, is the integrity of the game in jeopardy after reports surfaced that some NFL owners offered to pay their coach to lose games? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 04, 2022
Stars Matter: Texas A&M closes with a historic class, LSU’s rough day + Miami lands a surprise
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Mitch and Ari bring you all of the National Signing Day headlines and biggest stories. Texas A&M closes with the best recruiting class in modern history, plus Jimbo’s rant. LSU had a tough day losing a few blue chip prospects; does Brian Kelly get a pass? Plus, will this be Mario Cristobal’s lowest ranked class at Miami? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 03, 2022
USC officially lands Caleb Williams + what's next for Georgia?
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It's official! Caleb Williams has teamed up with Lincoln Riley at USC. First, Andy catches up with Seth Emerson at the Senior Bowl to discuss what's next for Georgia now that the Dawgs have finally reached the summit of college football. Can Kirby Smart turn the program into the next Alabama? Plus, The Athletic's USC beat writer Antonio Morales give all the details on the biggest transfer of the offseason. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 01, 2022
Joe Burrow leads Cincy to the Super Bowl + Lane Kiffin lands a new QB
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Andy and Max Olson discuss a weird and wild weekend of football. The Bengals-Rams Super Bowl is set, Tom Brady is planning to retire and we're still waiting for Caleb Williams to make a decision. QB Jaxson Dart is leaving USC to join Lane Kiffin at Ole Miss. Which programs are utilizing the transfer portal in the most efficient way? Plus, Joe Burrow has the Bengals in the Super Bowl in his second season as a pro. The guys talk about Burrow's career in college and when they knew he was for real. Are we in a new era of star young QBs? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 31, 2022
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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