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

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

Episode Date
Is Kentucky a football school? John Calipari & Mark Stoops feud
4214
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
3331
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!
3339
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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Week eight is here and Andy and Ari do what they do best, make ill-advised bets! Is Pittsburgh legit? Andy better hope so because a mustard-infused shot of liquor awaits him if the Panthers fall prey to Clemson. The duo covers a couple of odd lines in today's pod; one being Iowa St.-Oklahoma St. Can Oregon win out? The road to a potential playoff berth for the Ducks continues with UCLA. Oh, and Andy and Ari wager a 24-hour fast for charity on the outcome of this Pac-12 skirmish. Will USC surprise Notre Dame? Plus, will Tennessee cover in Tuscaloosa; does Ohio State own the nation's best offense, and fishy NC St. vs. Miami line. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 22, 2021
Bruce Feldman updates the coaching carousel
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Andy is joined by The Athletic's Bruce Feldman. The guys discuss the job openings at LSU, USC and Washington State. Would Dabo Swinney leave Clemson for LSU? Would James Franklin leave Penn State for USC? How about Lincoln Riley? Two huge jobs are open and they are both nearly impossible to turn down. Plus, what other jobs could open up in the next couple months? Miami, Nebraska, Virginia Tech, UCLA, Arizona State are all on the watchlist. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 21, 2021
One True Pod: Big 12 midseason awards
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On this week's episode of One True Pod, Jason, Sam and Max recap Bob Bowlsby's comments on trusting Oklahoma and Texas. Plus, the guys hand out their midseason awards. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 21, 2021
Power Auer: Rolovich out at Wazzu, Tennessee fan behavior & Iowa upset
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On this week's edition of Power Auer with Nicole Auerbach... Nick Rolovich is fired at Wazzu, along with four unvaccinated assistants because he refused to comply with state law. The Athletic's Chris Vannini joins the show to discuss. Tennessee is fined 250k by the SEC for fan behavior. Michael Felder sounds off on Vols fans. Purdue is historically great at beating the #2 team in the nation. This time the Boilermakers take down #2 Iowa. Auburn is Nicole's flavor of the week thanks to Bo Nix's great play vs. Arkansas on the road. Last call! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 19, 2021
Football & Grits: Inside Ed Orgeron's fall from grace at LSU
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The Athletic's LSU beat reporter Brody Miller joins David Ubben and Andy Staples to react to the news that LSU & Coach Orgeron have reached a separation agreement. Tennessee fans threw trash and debris on the field to protest against the officials Saturday night vs. LSU. Dan Mullen is now 2-6 in has last 8 games as Florida Head Coach. Is he the next person on the SEC hot seat chopping block? The Florida QB competition is getting messy. Alabama has a bounce back game vs. Mississippi State. Jordan Davis' Heisman campaign is getting started after the Dawgs defense smothers another opponent.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 17, 2021
Week 7 reaction: Caleb Williams, Anthony Richardson impress; Iowa's downfall & Rocky Top madness
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"There are cops on the field!" Before Andy and Ari paint the scene unfolding in Knoxville in real time, the duo dissect other major week seven events, including Purdue's upset of Iowa; Caleb Williams impersonating Magnus Carlsen by checkmating TCU, and what's going on at Florida? Is Dan Mullen on the hot seat, and what of Anthony Richardson and Emory Jones? Which of the two is most likely to transfer? Why would you throw a golf ball at Lane Kiffin?! Oh, and Matt Corral looked pretty, pretty good. Plus - PSYCH, Andy and Ari have actually been out on Scott Frost this whole time; Georgia earns a tough win, and Ari's out on Texas?!! Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Save 50% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 17, 2021
Week 7 picks: Is Orgeron out with a loss? Caleb Williams or Spencer Rattler & bet payoff
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Will Levis, this payday podcast goes out to you. Andy gulps a cup of regret (?) that is inspired by the aforementioned Kentucky QB; a mug of tepid coffee mixed with mayonnaise (Andy's "favorite" condiment, as listeners of this show know all too well). Andy and Ari breakdown college football week seven starting with Clemson-Syracuse. Will Clemson cover on Saturday despite their less-than-stellar offense? Is Oregon a bounce-back candidate after dropping an OT nail-biter to Stanford? Has Andy really changed his mind about Scott Frost? Ari's body is ready for Texas-Oklahoma St. If LSU succumbs to Flordia, will it be the end of the Coach O era in Louisiana? Can Levis and the Wildcats pressure unflappable Georgia? Is Ole Miss on upset watch? Plus, is it Caleb Williams' time at Oklahoma? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Save 50% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 15, 2021
One True Pod: Did Caleb Williams win over the starting QB job?
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On this week's episode of One True Pod, Max, Jason and Sam look at the Oklahoma QB situation -- is it officially Caleb Williams' job? Plus, is it time to start talking about Oklahoma State and consider them legit conference title challengers? And, of course, weekly picks! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 14, 2021
Oregon safety Verone McKinley III co-hosts the show
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Andy is joined by the nation's interception leader Verone McKinley III. The Oregon DB talks about playing big time college football, his interest in the media business and the NFL. McKinley has his own podcast 'Check Fade' and it's available everywhere you listen to podcasts. McKinley interviews Andy for the second half of the show.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 13, 2021
Power Auer: Iowa & Kentucky getting it done with defense
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Nicole was in Iowa City where the Hawkeyes comeback win vaulted them to #2 in the country. She debates with Michael Felder about whether Iowa plays ugly football or efficient football. Penn State wasn't prepared to use a backup QB. Is that on the coaching staff? Lincoln Riley was prepared to replace Spencer Rattler with Caleb Williams and it paid off for Oklahoma. Kentucky, like Iowa, is using its defense to win games an establish a program identity. Plus, favor of the week & last call! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 12, 2021
Football & Grits: Would Jimbo leave A&M for LSU?
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David Ubben & Andy Staples discuss all things SEC. Would Jimbo Fisher leave A&M for LSU? Homefield advantage is back in a big way this season. Mark Stoops continues to do a phenomenal job at Kentucky. Can the Cats upset Georgia this week? Plus, is Alabama's loss to Texas A&M a sign of things to come later this season for Nick Saban and his staff? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 11, 2021
Texas A&M stuns Bama, Red River classic & a full week 6 recap
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Andy and Ari react to the wildest college football Saturday of the season. Texas A&M stuns #1 Alabama. Who should be ranked #2? Oklahoma survives vs. Texas in a Red River instant classic. Andy expects this to be Ed Orgeron's last year at LSU after an ugly loss to Kentucky. The undefeated Cats play Georgia next Saturday. Michigan beats Nebraska in a close game. Has Scott Frost earned another year? Iowa gets a comeback win after Sean Clifford went down with an injury. Arkansas at Ole Miss was a 52-51 shootout. We're a month away from college football playoff rankings. At this rate, who knows what they will look like. The guys take a sneak peek at next weekend's slate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 10, 2021
One True Pod: LIVE from Dallas, OU beats Texas in a Red River classic
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On this special edition of One True Pod, Sam and Jason are joined by The Athletic's Chris Vannini from Dallas to discuss Oklahoma's 55-48 win over Texas in an all-time classic Red River Showdown. Kennedy Brooks shines as the difference maker. Is Caleb Williams Oklahoma's starting QB moving forward? Plus, on the Texas side, the Longhorns have a special player in Xavier Worthy. Can we see a rematch in the Big 12 Championship game? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 10, 2021
Week 6 picks: A Texas upset?! Two SEC, Big Ten CFP teams & Iowa-Penn St. showdown
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Andy and Ari sneak away during baby Wasserman's nap time to squeeze in a week six CFB pick pod featuring a 'what does Vegas know' Stanford-Arizona St. line; a critical game for both BYU and Cincinnati; which division is better: the SEC West or Big Ten East; will Texas pull a Red River Rivalry upset; can Auburn push Georgia; is this a Virginia Tech a trap game for Notre Dame, and whose ball game is it to lose, Iowa's or Penn State's? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Save 50% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 08, 2021
Red River preview
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Sam, Max and Jason dive into the best week of the year in the Big 12 — Red River. Can OU’s offense get back to its elite level? How has Texas rebounded since losing to Arkansas? Plus, the guys welcome on Blinkin Riley (@blinkinriley) & Kyle Umlang (@kyleumlang) of the Statistically Speaking Podcast to discuss the statistical side of the great rivalry. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 07, 2021
Food challenges, controversies & SEC whip around w/ Alyssa Lang
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SEC Network host and reporter Alyssa Lang takes time away from a full plate of work to join Andy in a full course SEC discussion. Antipasto: Will Levis food challenges, controversy & favorite on-air eats Primi: SEC fanbases ready to turn on their coaches Secondi: A&M's struggles & Florida's ceiling Contori: Let Bo Go & Georiga's devastating defense Dolce: Local TV reporter lyfe Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Alyssa on Twitter: @AlyssaLang Save 50% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 06, 2021
Top 5 Big Ten matchup, playoff picture & G5 sleepers
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Nicole Auerbach and Michael Felder take a deep dive into Saturday's top 5 matchup between #3 Iowa and #4 Penn State in Iowa City. #9 Michigan travels to Nebraska after a 5-0 start. With Notre Dame and Clemson out of the playoff picture, which teams will step up and take their place in the field? Plus group of 5 teams people aren't paying enough attention to and last call!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 05, 2021
Hot seats heating up! Is Georgia better than Bama?
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David Ubben and Andy Staples are back for another episode of Football & Grits after week 5 in the SEC. Alabama is ranked #1 but is Georgia actually the best team in the country? Jordan Davis and the Georgia d-line is the best position group in the country. Ed Orgeron is squarely on the hot seat after losing to Auburn at home for the first time since 1999. Florida fans are beginning to turn on Dan Mullen. Texas A&M is last place in the SEC West. The guys aren't selling Ole Miss stock after the loss to Bama. The Bo Nix experience was wild on Saturday. Plus, a look ahead to week 6 in the SEC. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 04, 2021
Week 5 reaction: CFP frontrunners; is Cincinnati a playoff contender & SEC red flags
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Another Saturday of unbridled excitement in college football has Andy and Sam Khan Jr. poised to breakdown the weekend's action. Alabama and Georgia are head and shoulders above the rest of the pack. Some SEC fanbases may begin to question their program's leadership after underwhelming results. Is Cincinnati squarely a playoff contender? Could Caleb Williams be used in the Red River Showdown, and despite a win and an uptick in run game success, are we still worried about Oklahoma? Is Oklahoma State the Big 12 title frontrunner? Speaking of frontrunners, after Stanford upset Oregon and, subsequently, went about potentially shaking up the early postseason picture, Andy and Sam discuss which teams are in the mix for the College Football Playoff. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Sam on Twitter: @skhanjr Save 50% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 03, 2021
Week 5 picks: Will Ole Miss stun Alabama; the 'is Texas different' game & upset alert!
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With Ari on dad duty, Andy and Stewart Mandel discuss college football week five's carousel of games. Is Clemson capable of covering against Boston College? Will Sam Pittman and his Hogs test Georgia? Can Lane Kiffin and Matt Corral unseat No. 1 Alabama? Who's to say Desmond Ridder and Cincinnati won't roll over Notre Dame? Is Oklahoma on upset watch? Texas can prove they're different this year if they beat TCU. Will TJ Finley exact his revenge on LSU? Plus, Stew shares his upset alert picks, including Oregon's precarious matchup versus Stanford. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Stew on Twitter: @slmandel Save 50% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 01, 2021
One True Pod: Is Spencer Rattler the scapegoat for a struggling OU offense?
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On this week's episode of One True Pod, Jason, Max and Sam dive into the boos and chants from the Sooners fans last Saturday night. Is Spencer Rattler being blamed for Oklahoma's offensive struggles? Plus, Sam breaks down the Battle for the Iron Skillet and the post-game events. And game picks! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 30, 2021
Big Interview: Ole Miss QB Matt Corral
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Andy is joined by Ole Miss QB Matt Corral. The Heisman front runner is preparing for Bama and has the confidence to pull off an upset in Bryant-Denny. Corral talks about his California roots, how he ended up at Ole Miss, his relationship with Lane Kiffin and what drives him to be a better quarterback and person. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 29, 2021
Power Auer: CFB stock report, Big Ten questions & ACC issues
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Nicole Auerbach and Michael Felder discuss the latest news in college football. When Michigan and Michigan State are competitive it makes the Big Ten more fun. What's wrong with Wisconsin? Penn State hosts Indiana this weekend. The ACC is in shambles after Clemson's loss to NC State. Wake Forest and Boston College are the only remaining undefeateds.  Stock up: Fresno State, Texas, Arkansas, Baylor, Army Stock down: Notre Dame, Texas A&M, Auburn, UCF  Plus, last call!  Follow Nicole @NicoleAuerbch  Follow Michael @inthebleachers Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 28, 2021
Football & Grits: Two biggest SEC games so far this season & power rankings
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David Ubben and Andy Staples get you set for the two biggest SEC matchups of the season so far: Ole Miss @ Alabama and Arkansas @ Georgia. Auburn basically needed a miracle to beat Georgia Southern on Saturday. Did Bo Nix lose his job to TJ Finley? Is Kentucky capable of beating Florida at home this Saturday? The Cats are still undefeated. Plus, David gives his SEC power rankings and Andy reacts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 27, 2021
Week 4 reaction: Clemson at crossroads; sluggish Sooners & Arkansas is for real
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Andy and Ari adjust their slacken jaws enough to rave about an unforgettable fourth week of the college football season. Clemson's stunning loss to NC State, which isn't totally shocking if you listened to Friday's podcast, places them squarely outside the CFP discussion, right? Andy has "zero confidence" in Oklahoma right now. Is it warranted, and will the Sooners even win the Big 12? Arkansas is for real, but are they real enough to test Georgia? Plus, Cincinnati was Saturday's biggest winner; where does UNC go from here; an Ohio State player, apparently, quits mid-game and tweets to his team, and Andy avoids eating the chip of death. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Save 50% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 26, 2021
Week 4 preview: Jack Coan Bowl questions; is LSU's season on the line & Aggies' prove-it game
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Rogue nannies are the worst, amirite? Andy and Ari discuss the biggest scandal in the Wasserman household to date before trying to pin down if Wake Forest is for real or not. Could NC State get the best of Clemson? Jack Coan returns to Wisconsin in the eponymous "Jack Coan Bowl", where the Fighting Irish's signal-caller will take on Graham Mertz. How do the guys view each of these QBs? The outcome of Saturday's Mississippi State game could determine the remainder of LSU's season. Would a victory over Texas A&M be considered a "program-defining win" for Arkansas? Is Michigan State a Big Ten East title contender?  Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 24, 2021
One True Pod: Special Guest - Deuce Vaughn, Kansas State RB
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On this week's episode of One True Pod, we're joined by special guest Deuce Vaughn, Kansas State's star running back to discuss how the Wildcats have bounced back after a rough ending to their 2020 season. Deuce talks about what he has done in the offseason to improve his play. Plus, Max, Sam and Jason make their game picks! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 23, 2021
Everything college football with Dan Rubenstein
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Andy Staples is joined by Dan Rubenstein of The Solid Verbal with college football days away from the quarter poll of the regular season. The guys go in depth on every power 5 conference and discuss what we know now that we didn't at the beginning of the season. South Carolina Head Coach Shane Beamer goes on an epic rant. Plus, a random ranking of chain restaurants in honor of the terrible Applebee's commercial that is taking over CFB TV broadcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 22, 2021
Power Auer: Big Ten parity, Clemson's struggles & wishful thinking
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Nicole Auerbach and Stadium's Michael Felder discuss the competitiveness in the Big Ten this season. Penn State and Iowa are both ranked ahead of the undefeated Ohio State Buckeyes in what has quickly become the early surprise of the season. How good are Michigan and Michigan State? Is Clemson as bad as they looked vs. Georgia Tech? Texas A&M vs. Arkansas is one of the marquee games this weekend. Plus, last call! Follow Nicole @NicoleAuerbach Follow Michael @Inthebleachers Subscribe to The Athletic for 50% off: www.theathletic.com/nicole Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 21, 2021
Football & Grits: Is the SEC wide open?
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Is Alabama mortal and does that mean the SEC is wide open in 2021? The Athletic's David Ubben and Andy Staples debate and discuss after another weekend of results on the field. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 20, 2021
Week 3 reaction: Should Alabama be No. 1; is OSU a contender & are there any elite teams?
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Ari returns from Paqui Hell to join Andy in a breakdown of college football's third week of action. Should Alabama remain the country's top team after narrowly dodging Florida? If not, who should preside over the top-25? Nebraska nearly won a game they tried to avoid? Is Ohio State really a contender? Will a G5 team make this year's playoff? Penn State smells blood in the Big Ten's waters. Plus, Andy's theory on college football's competitive equilibrium in 2021. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Save 50% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 19, 2021
Week 3 picks; top USC candidates & Ari takes on the Paqui One Chip Challenge
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USC needs a new helmsman, the recruiting offices of Andy and Ari know some guys who could take over in lieu of Clay Helton's dismissal. The duo looks ahead to week three action and contemplates bets for Michigan State- Miami, West Virginia-Virginia Tech, Alabama-Florida, Auburn-Penn State, and more! Lastly, Ari's mouth takes a smoldering lava bath in the Paqui One Chip Challenge. *Disclaimer: We do not recommend you try this at home! Fair warning!* Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Save 50% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 17, 2021
One True Pod: The new-look Big 12
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The Athletic's Justin Williams joins the show to discuss Cincinnati becoming an official member of the Big 12. What does this move mean for the future of the program, as well as Luke Fickell. Max, Jason and Sam make their picks for week 3 -- Can Texas bounce back after a loss to Arkansas? Will Oklahoma handle business against former rival Nebraska? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 16, 2021
Special Guest - Joe Tessitore
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Andy is joined by college football play-by-play voice and game show host Joe Tessitore! So far this season Joe has been on the call for Arkansas' upset win vs. Texas and Notre Dame's overtime win vs. Florida State. Tess also chats about what it's like to watch his son John kick for Boston College. This weekend it's Michigan State @ Miami for Joe and his partner Greg McElroy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 15, 2021
Power Auer: USC fires Clay Helton
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Nicole Auerbach and Michael Felder are joined by The Athletic's Chris Vannini to discuss USC's decision to fire Clay Helton. Why now and who will be his replacement? Plus, what went wrong for Ohio State in Saturday's loss to Oregon, looking ahead to this weekend's big games & last call!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 14, 2021
Football & Grits: SEC Saturday takeaways - Week 2
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David Ubben and Andy Staples recap the weekend in the SEC. Sam Pittman has orchestrated an Arkansas turnaround. The Hogs are officially back in the top 25. Texas A&M unimpressed in a 10-7 win vs. Colorado. Alabama at Florida is on deck. Who will start at QB for the Gators? Kentucky beats Mizzou. QB controversy on Rocky Top! What is Georgia's ceiling in 2021 compared to Alabama? Auburn travels to Penn State for its first test of the season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 13, 2021
Week 2 reaction: Oregon's upset; is Texas in trouble & Helton's future
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Andy and Matt Fortuna react to week two college football action! Is Clay Helton's job in jeopardy? Oregon may have put on the Pac-12's best display in over a decade, and are we worried about OSU? Is Texas in trouble? Iowa looks really, really...really good. Florida State looks...not so good. Notre Dame conspiracy theory time! Plus, falling cats! Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Matt on Twitter: @Matt_Fortuna Save 50% on an annual subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 12, 2021
Week 2 picks; Big 12 expansion & Andy eats a banana peel
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What an un-peel-ievable show! Before I show myself out the door, please listen to Andy gnaw on an entire banana, peel and all, as a payoff for last week's foolhardy bet with Ari. Following the equally disturbing and entertaining snack time, Andy and Ari discuss the impending Big 12 expansion. Who won and lost in this move? The guys then preview week two action and share their favorite picks, including KU(?)/Coastal Carolina; Georgia/UAB; Oregon/Ohio State, and more! Plus, is Texas A&M a contender? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Save 50% on an annual subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 10, 2021
One True Pod: Big 12's formal expansion & week 2 preview/picks
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On this week's episode of One True Pod, Jason, Sam and Max dive into the latest expansion news in the Big 12 and when we can expect formal offers to be made to Houston, BYU, Cincinnati and UCF. Plus, week 2 preview and picks, including a conversation with The Athletic's Scott Dochterman about Cy-Hawk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 09, 2021
Host of 'The Athletic Football Show' Robert Mays joins Andy the day before NFL kickoff
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Andy is joined by special guest Robert Mays, host of The Athletic Football Show, to preview the NFL season! The guys cover major NFL storylines including Trevor Lawrence, Urban Meyer, and the new-look Jacksonville Jaguars; Mac Jones piloting the Patriots, and Justin Herbert's second season running the show in Los Angeles, among other topics. What qualities does Robert believe all great coaches have? What about quarterbacks? Is this the Golden Age of Quarterbacks? Why have coaches simplified offenses, and how are defenses devising their schemes around one player? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertmays Save 50% on an annual subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 08, 2021
Power Auer: College football is back in all its glory
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Nicole Auerbach and Michael Felder discuss the marathon that was week 1 of the college football season. Ole Miss wrapped things up on Monday night with an easy win vs. Louisville. It was a bad weekend for the ACC. Alabama and Georgia are the clear winners of the weekend. Iowa vs. Iowa State is a game that is circled on the week 2 slate. McKenzie Milton appropriately stole the headlines this weekend because of his unbelievable return to the sport after a bad leg injury. Last call! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 07, 2021
Football & Grits: SEC Saturday takeaways
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David Ubben and Andy Staples view the college football through an SEC lense. Bryce Young and Alabama played well. Georgia's defense is elite. Kentucky's offense is electric. Texas A&M in the title race? The guys discuss winners and losers after the first 13 non-conference games of the season. Plus, Lane Kiffin will not coach Monday night vs. Louisville due to COVID-19. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 06, 2021
Week 1 reaction. What did we learn from a full CFB Saturday?
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Andy Staples and Nicole Auerbach recap and react to the opening weekend of the college football season! Chip Kelly and UCLA beat LSU in the Rose Bowl. Georgia tops Clemson. Penn State wins at Camp Randall. Alabama rolls Miami. The first full Saturday of college football delivered!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 05, 2021
Week 1 picks against the spread with Ari
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Andy Staples & Ari Wasserman react to Ohio State's win over Minnesota and pick week 1 games against the spread including North Carolina at Virginia Tech, Indiana at Iowa, Notre Dame at Florida State, Penn State at Wisconsin, Alabama vs. Miami, Georgia vs. Clemson, LSU at UCLA & more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 03, 2021
Big Cat declares his love for college football
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Andy is joined by special guest Dan Katz aka 'Barstool Big Cat' to take a deep dive into everything college football. Dan explains why the sport is more than about winning a National Championship. It's about tradition, friendship, history and more. One the eve of the 2021 college football season the guys discuss what makes the crazy and wacky sport we all love so great. Plus, the top CFB fan bases that get mad online. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 02, 2021
One True Pod: Week 1 preview in the Big 12
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We have entered September, and that means Big 12 football is back! Max, Sam and Jason get you ready for each matchup of week 1. Game picks, Texas names a starting QB, OU vs. Tulane game moved to Norman, and more! Plus, Oklahoma H-backs/tight ends Jeremiah Hall and Brayden Willis join the show to talk about their new podcast! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 02, 2021
Inside the story: How Bishop Sycamore conned ESPN
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Andy & Ari discuss their deeply reported story about Bishop Sycamore, the high school football team that conned ESPN into putting them on TV to play IMG Academy. Fake recruits, not enough players, two games in three days and a broadcast team that called for the game to be stopped in the 3rd quarter. This almost unbelievable story has it all. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 01, 2021
Power Auer: Conference champions, playoff picks & week 1 matchups
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Nicole Auerbach and Michael Felder project champions for all 10 FBS leagues, make their official preseason CFB Playoff picks and discuss some intriguing week 1 matchups. Plus, which programs are rising up the elevator to the penthouse and which programs are on their way down to the basement? Last call! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 31, 2021
Football & Grits: Previewing all 14(!) week 1 SEC games
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The Athletic's David Ubben and Andy Staples preview the 14(!) non-conference SEC games this weekend. Georgia vs. Clemson in Charlotte is the main event in terms of national appeal but each matchup will help us get to know what these programs will look like in 2021. Strap in, the season is finally here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 30, 2021
Week 0 instant/over reaction & talent composite analysis
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Andy, Ari Wasserman, and Chris Vannini react to Week 0's headlining games. According to Nebraska message boards, this season is just one long interview process for the program's next head coach following a disappointing season-opening loss to Illinois. Is Scott Frost, more or less, out the door? The trio takes recommendations from Huskers fans for the university's next head honcho. What is the complexion of the team as a whole, and what did Saturday's win say about Bret Bielema and his team? UCLA hogtied Hawaii defensively, only allowing 10 points in what was a 30+ point blowout. Is this a foreshadow of our UCLA-LSU bet, where eating an entire banana, peel and all, hangs in the balance? The guys grab their clipboards and other recruiting paraphernalia as they examine 247's talent composite. Which teams exceeded, and fell short of, our expectations? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVannini Save 33% on an annual subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 29, 2021
Biggest Week 1 questions & intriguing win totals w/ Stanford Steve
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Andy and ESPN's "Stanford" Steve Coughlin, co-host of "Stanford Steve & The Bear" podcast and personality on Sportscenter with Scott Van Pelt, discuss intriguing win totals like Penn State and Indiana. The guys also chat about some of college football's biggest questions in week one including, will Miami be No. 1 in the country if they beat Alabama? Plus, Illinois-Nebraska bets, and will Andy be forced to eat an entire banana, peel and all?! Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Steve on Twitter: @StanfordSteve82 Save 33% on an annual subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 27, 2021
One True Pod: Win total over/unders
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Jason, Sam and Max go into "The Alliance" and what it means more the future of Bob Bowlsby and the Big 12. Plus, the guys put on their betting hats and go through win total over/unders for each program in the conference. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 26, 2021
A trip down the QB rabbit hole with Andrew Perloff
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Andy is joined by The Dan Patrick Show's Andrew Perloff aka McLovin. Perloff talks about how he fell in love with college football and tries to understand the ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12 alliance. Is it actually real? No one signed any documents! The guys discuss how fun it is to watch college football players grow on & off the field then take on the NFL. Plus, a trip down the Texas high school QB rabbit hole.  Subscribe to The Athletic: www.theathletic.com/andystaples Follow Andy: @andy_staples Follow Andrew: @andrewperloff Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 25, 2021
Power Auer: ACC, Big Ten & Pac-12 officially announce alliance
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The ACC, Big Ten & Pac-12 alliance is official. Nicole Auerbach and Michael Felder discuss what it means for all three conferences and college football as a whole. The three conferences work together on multiple fronts, from College Football Playoff expansion to NCAA governance issues and annual football scheduling. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 24, 2021
Football & Grits: SEC vs. everybody + recruiting confidential
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David Ubben and Andy Staples are joined by Josh Kendall to discuss his one-on-one conversation with SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. What will the future of college football look like without the NCAA? Does the ACC, Big Ten & Pac-12 alliance pose a threat to the league? Plus, an inside look at recruiting in the states of South Carolina and Tennessee. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 23, 2021
Players we're most excited to watch; CFB cool kids' table & Frost's future
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We're almost there! The college football season is in sight, and there's no better college football podcast appetizer than what Andy and Ari serve up in today's show. Before nominating and elaborating on their lists of players they're most excited to watch this season, the guys discuss the NCAA's investigation into Nebraska because of allegations of improper use of analysts and consultants and illegal workouts. In light of these potential violations, what's Scott Frost's future? Who is the Regina George of college football? Andy and Ari name college football cool kids and label which teams are on the cusp of joining the Queen Bees' table (#GlenCoco). Lastly, the guys take inventory of college football's most exciting players, namely, the ones who interest them most, including TreVeyon Henderson, Emory Jones, and Jahleel Billingsley, among others. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Save 33% on an annual subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 23, 2021
Sooners' National Championship campaign & SEC outlook w/ Gabe Ikard
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Andy and ex-Oklahoma center and host of Big 12 Today on SiriusXM Gabe Ikard discuss all things Sooners in today's pod. The duo focus on Oklahoma's vastly improved defense and the club's 2021 outlook. If Spencer Rattler and the defense are as billed, will this squad contend for a National Championship? Plus, a $1K bet with Holly Rowe?! Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Gabe on Twitter: @GabeIkard https://www.heyartifact.com/loveletters/ Save 33% on an annual subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 20, 2021
One True Pod: Big 12 QB battles
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On this week's episode of One True Pod, Max dives into interesting QB battles in the conference, Sam breaks down what he saw first-hand at Texas' open practice, and Jason explains why he's excited about the return of the Texas State Fair. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 19, 2021
AAC Snapshot: Cincinnati's ceiling; Malzahn era begins & Aresco, conference's future
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Andy welcomes The Athletic's Group of Five savant Chris Vannini to the program to discuss the most pressing storylines in the American Athletic Conference. What college football rumor circulating online should you ignore? What is the AAC's future under commissioner Michael Aresco in lieu of the recent realignment tornado? How far can Cincinnati rise this season? Will they beat Notre Dame and Indiana? Can Gus Malzahn elevate Dillon Gabriel's play to new heights? Plus, the Fickells are workout and recruiting machines; we are anxiously awaiting the return of big guy touchdowns, and Chris Berman's legendary nicknames. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVannini Save 33% on an annual subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 18, 2021
Power Auer: 2021 title contenders (Part 2)
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Nicole Auerbach and Michael Felder lean into a discussion about the big dogs in college football: Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State & Oklahoma. We all know these teams are great but what is each team's kryptonite? Last call! Follow Nicole: @NicoleAuerbach Follow Michael: @inthebleachers Subscribe to The Athletic: theathletic.com/nicole Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 17, 2021
Football & Grits: SEC West preview
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David Ubben & Andy Staples return to 'Football & Grits' to preview the SEC West. Any conversation about the SEC West starts with Alabama. Will the Crimson Tide run the division, and the sport, again in 2021? Texas A&M is coming off its best season under Jimbo Fisher. Can the Aggies keep it rolling? Max Johnson will start at QB for LSU. Can the Tigers have a bounceback season? Lane Kiffin is in year two at Ole Miss and so is Mike Leach at Mississippi State. Auburn is a major question mark coming into the season. Sam Pittman is building a positive culture at Arkansas. The best division in college football is going to be fun in 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 16, 2021
ACC, Pac-12 & Big Ten in talks to create alliance + 2021 hot seat
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Andy & Ari discuss news that broke on Friday about the ACC, Pac-12 & Big Ten potentially creating an alliance in response to the SEC adding Oklahoma and Texas. What would the Big Ten gain from this? Would this make the sport better and how does it impact playoff expansion? The guys debate. 2021 HOT SEAT: Scott Frost, Jim Harbaugh, Justin Fuente & Clay Helton. Artifact link: heyartifact.com/loveletters Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 16, 2021
Running with Ralphie
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Andy is joined by Savannah Spakes, one of the handlers of Colorado's live mascot Ralphie the Buffalo. Savannah goes in depth about the amount of preparation and coordination it takes to pull off one of the most intense and exciting traditions in the sport of college football. First, Andy addresses Auburn Coach Bryan Harsin's gift to the local media and reveals how BYU walk-ons all got on scholarship thanks to NIL. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 13, 2021
One True Pod: Baylor's minor NCAA penalties
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Max, Jason and Sam dive into the minor penalties given to Baylor after the investigation into sexual assault cases. Plus, Jason talks about his story on following around Spencer Rattler for four hours. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 12, 2021
2021 college football Freaks List w/ Bruce Feldman
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A year-long wait is too much Bruce Feldman! Too much, I say! But, we finally have it, The Athletic's 2021 edition of the Freaks List, composed by Bruce, himself. Andy and Bruce highlight the Herculean, extraterrestrial, mammoth strength, and freakish athleticism, possessed by some of the nation's top college football athletes. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Bruce on Twitter: @BruceFeldmanCFB Save 33% on an annual subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 11, 2021
Power Auer: 2021 title contenders (Part 1)
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Nicole Auerbach & Michael Felder give their definitive takes on fall weddings. Fair or foul? Who are the national title contenders this season? Part 1 features Georgia, Oregon, Washington and Notre Dame. Plus, last call! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 10, 2021
Football & Grits: SEC East preview
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David Ubben and Andy Staples preview the 2021 SEC East season. Is this the year Georgia can run the table? Week 1 vs. Clemson could set the tone for the entire season. How does Florida replace Kyle Trask at QB? After the Dawgs & Gators which program ranks 3rd in the SEC East pecking order? South Carolina, Tennessee & Vandy all have first year coaches in Shane Beamer, Josh Heupel and Clark Lea, respectively. Plus, Eli Drinkwitz enters year 2 at Mizzou. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 09, 2021
'21's most surprising teams; remembering Bobby Bowden & ranking dipping sauces
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Indiana looks pretty impressive this season. Just take a look at their two-deep roster. Yep, optimism is a-brewin'. Alright, thanks for listening. Oh...there's more? Fine. College football's Wonder Twins, Andy and Ari, transform into a well-rounded, non-Indiana-focused podcast and discuss the legacy of legendary Florida State football coach, Bobby Bowden. The guys each propose teams that could surprise us in 2021. Could UCLA contend for Pac-12 South supremacy? Is Kentucky a 10-win program, and speaking of SEC schools, is Georgia bound for a National Title appearance? Plus, what do Andy and Ari think of Michigan State, Arizona, and, Ari's favorite team of all time, Texas?! Lastly, the gents rank their favorite dipping sauces. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Save 33% on an annual subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 09, 2021
How to watch college football in 2021 (and beyond) w/ Ralph Russo
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Andy and Associated Press College Football keyboard commander, Ralph Russo, examine how college football will be consumed in 2021 and beyond. Could Peacock, NBC's streaming service, usher in a new Renaissance of college football consumption with their exclusive game rights to Notre Dame v. Toledo? How so? Will fans pay per view to watch their favorite team(s)? Where does SEC coverage rank among Disney's most valuable assets in its portfolio? Will Texas and Oklahoma augment the SEC's value? Also, how will Disney bundle their services in the future? Who is the wildcard in the streaming space?  Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ralph on Twitter: @ralphDrussoAP Save 33% on an annual subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 06, 2021
Big 12 and Pac 12 commissioners meet to discuss partnership
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Andy is joined by 'One True Pod' co-hosts Max Olson & Sam Khan Jr. to discuss the news that Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby and Pac-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff are meeting on Tuesday to discuss potential partnership opportunities. The guys listen and react to some of Monday's Texas senate hearing about the Longhorns leaving the Big 12. No one mixes politics and football like the state of Texas. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Max on Twitter: @max_olson Follow Sam on Twitter: @skhanjr Save 33% on an annual subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 03, 2021
Power Auer: Texas at the nexus of college football
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Nicole Auerbach and Michael Felder discuss Quinn Ewers' decision to skip his senior high school senior season to enroll immediately at Ohio State. A Texas senate hearing about the Longhorns' decision to leave the Big 12 goes beautifully off the rails. Last call! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 03, 2021
Dear Andy & Ari: P5 teams on the chopping block; Quinn Ewers' choice & ranking chain restaurant appetizers
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Andy and Ari combine their mailbags and answer your questions! Which Power 5 teams could be booted from their conferences based on television ratings? Andy and Ari list the merits and shortcomings of each team on the brink of ousting. How big is the revenue gap between college football and basketball, and why such a shocking chasm? Ari, The Athletic's recruiting and Ohio State sage, reacts to Quinn Ewers, the top QB prospect out of Texas, contemplating leaving high school early to join OSU because of Texas' "stupid" NIL rule. Lastly, the guys rank chain restaurant appetizers. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Save 33% off an annual subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 02, 2021
Bob Bowlsby, Big 12 declare war on ESPN; pumping breaks on playoff expansion & ACC, Pac-12's next moves in realignment
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Andy and Max Olson trampoline back into the realignment fray! With programs eyeing new uniform patches, hesitancy about an expanded playoff format has surfaced. What's given rise to playoff expansion apprehension? Who has their feet on the breaks? Bob Bowlsby and the Big 12 have declared war on ESPN. Why did Bowlsby accuse ESPN of tampering with the Big 12? Is legal action a realistic possibility? Plus, what's the ACC and Pac-12's move in this realignment madness? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Max on Twitter: @max_olson Save 33% on an annual subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 31, 2021
What's the Big 12's "Irate 8's" next move w/ Max Olson & David Ubben
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Andy accompanied by The Athletic's Max Olson and David Ubben, spit truth about Texas, Oklahoma, the Big 12, and the SEC in today's show. An awkward, uncomfortable college football divorce has the guys channeling their inner Yeezy, signing "we want prenup! We want prenup (Yeah!)". With Texas and Oklahoma out of the picture, what will the Big 12's middle class, the "Irate 8", do now that the Longhorns and Sooners are out of the picture? Will the Big 12 dissolve? Which teams could supplement the existing eight, allowing the conference to remain afloat? Should the remaining programs switch helmet stickers, and if so, which programs will wind up where? Could the AAC be a landing spot for some clubs? How do television ratings from past years affect the course of the realignment, and where does BYU fit into all of this? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Max on Twitter: @maxolson Follow David on Twitter: @davidubben Save 33% on an annual subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 28, 2021
Power Auer: Texas & Oklahoma are leaving the Big 12
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Nicole Auerbach, Michael Felder and Chris Vannini discuss the news of Texas and Oklahoma officially announcing that they won't extend their Grant of Rights. What does this mean for the remaining 8 schools in the Big 12? Where does the power shift in the college football landscape?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 27, 2021
Texas A&M's "nightmare"; should Big Ten poach Pac-12 powers & which conference bites the dust?
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MORE REALIGNMENT MADNESS! Andy and Ari pinch their noses and plunge into the ever-changing college football waters, breaststroking towards Texas A&M's "recruiting nightmare". How would Texas and Oklahoma joining the SEC affect the Aggies' recruiting endeavors? Big 10 faux-commissioner Andy Staples unveils an earthshaking plan that would benefit the Big 10 and Pac-12. Why is college football quickly transforming into a Power 2 system? Andy and Ari pull out the history books, reminding us of the impetus behind the last major college football realignment. What addition should the ACC swiftly make? Which conference might bite the dust? Plus, could Arizona State be the next dominant West coast power?  Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 26, 2021
Are Texas & Oklahoma SEC bound?! w/ Max Olson
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Andy and The Athletic's college football phenom Max Olson put thoughts to words regarding a report from Brent Zwerneman of the Houston Chronicle that Texas and Oklahoma have expressed interest in joining the SEC. You. Read. That. Right. Could two of the Big 12's crown jewels be on the move? How would this transition affect both conferences? Who would slide into the vacant Big 12 seats, and why are both clubs interested in actuating a multi-conference realignment? Plus, what other dominos would topple because of this move? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Max on Twitter: @maxolson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 22, 2021
Early takeaways from SEC Media Days: lucrative NIL deals; crackdown on fake injuries & Deion (or just Coach?) dips out w/ David Ubben
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Andy and The Athletic's University of Tennessee keyboard clacker, David Ubben, react to storylines from the opening days of SEC Media Days. Who has been the most entertaining coach so far according to David? Bryce Young might make HOW MUCH MONEY from his NIL partnerships? Tennessee receiver, Grant Frerking, is among few others who is completely exploiting NIL benefits to its fullest. John McDaid, SEC coordinator of officials, expressed conference adjudicators' intent to crackdown on players faking injuries. How do flag throwers intend to judge whether a player is truly injured? Deion Sanders....umm...or maybe just Coach, dipped out of SWAC media day after being referred to by his first name. Andy and David remind us that there was a similar controversy in the SEC not too long ago. Also, is Sanders distracting from his team with, presumably, these publicity stunts? Lastly, the guys help an overseas listener pick a college football team to root for. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow David on Twitter: @davidubben Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 21, 2021
Power Auer: Who can stop Alabama?
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Nicole Auerbach and Michael Felder dive into the long-standing question of 'Who can challenge Alabama?' Georgia? Oklahoma? Plus, how warm is the hot seat for Clay Helton and Ed Orgeron? "Final Call" shouts out offensive linemen and the WNBA. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 20, 2021
Games that will redefine our team expectations; Team Superpower vs. Team Field & Ari's adulting adventures cont.
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In another glamorous Monday podcast with Andy and Ari, the college football pundits pick early-season games that could change their opinions of the teams playing. . Would North Carolina be considered the early-season ACC favorite if they beat Virginia Tech? What if the Hokies were to win, where would they be in the conference's hierarchy? Recognized as the podcast's 'Mascot Game' to start the year, LSU-UCLA will be a telling matchup for both teams. Will Penn State rebound from a forgettable 2020 season to become the most improved team in college football by beating Wisconsin? In a fun reader-recommended exercise, Andy and Ari construct their 'Team Superpower' and 'Team Field' from, respectively, their top-four college football programs and the remaining teams and players in the sport before pitting them against one another. Who would win? Would Team Superpower be the underdog? If so, why? Lastly, more adulting tales from Ari. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 19, 2021
Big 12 Media Days takeaways w/ Sam Khan Jr.
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Andy and The Athletic's "Texpert" Sam Khan Jr. thumb through the Big 12 Media Days storylines. What singular question was Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby peppered with at the start of media days? What was Steve Sarkisian's response to questions along the line of "what has cursed Texas and how can it be remedied'? Who will start at QB for the Longhorns? Should Oklahoma lose an opening-round playoff game, will people begin to question if Lincoln Riley can get the job done? So...Horns Down is illegal now? Why? Just why? Just at 26-years-old, Kenny Hill is swiftly rising up the college coaching ranks now as TCU's quarterbacks coach. How high is the ceiling for the ex-Aggies QB? Plus, Dave Aranda's second year outlook and Lance Leipold's tenure at KU is already off to a KU-esque start. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Sam on Twitter: @skhanjr Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 16, 2021
North Carolina head coach Mack Brown joins the show!
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Andy welcomes North Carolina head football coach Mack Brown to the show! Mack discusses the Tar Heels' early-season challenges and the meaning of "R.S.P." (1:00). Can Sam Howell lead UNC to a playoff berth? Coach Brown recounts recruiting the 20-year-old North Carolina native and converses about the squad's offense (8:30). How did Brown's television career lend itself to improving his coaching abilities? Did his departure from Texas inspire growth (21:15)? Plus, coach's TikTok debut and his thoughts on "purpose" (23:30). Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Mack Brown on Twitter: @CoachMackBrown Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 14, 2021
Power Auer: Playing for the brand
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Nicole welcomes Matt Brown to the show. Matt is the publisher of 'Extra Points', a newsletter covering the off the field stuff that shapes college sports. How much effort will college athletes have to put into creating their own brand now that they can sell their name, image & likeness? Plus, last calls!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 13, 2021
The one question we'd ask at each conference media day
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Fresh off their vacations, Andy and Ari are back in action and with media days in their sights, the guys each pose a question that they'd ask at each conference's media day. Which non-Clemson ACC team is ready to carry some weight? What's a better outcome for Michigan: a season with a winning record, or a year where the team beats Ohio State but is .500 at best? Coach Sark, in your eyes, what's held Texas back in the past? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 12, 2021
State of the Program: Penn State w/ Audrey Snyder
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Andy and the (Nittany) lion of Penn State coverage for The Athletic, Audrey Snyder, joins the show to preview PSU's 2021 season. Was 2020 the most bizarre and inauspicious campaign in school history? What can Penn St. fans expect from Mike Yurcich's offense? How will Sean Clifford and the club's skill position players be utilized this year? Which defense position is deepest for James Franklin's crew? Does Penn stand a chance against Ohio State this season? Should the university consider hosting TWO White Outs? Andy and Audrey eagerly look ahead to the season-opener against Wisconsin. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Audrey on Twitter: @audsnyder4 Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 09, 2021
CFB '21 Win Totals: Could Clemson miss the playoffs; North Carolina a 10-win team & is the Texas turnaround here?
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Can you feel it, Mr. Krabs? There are only seven-ish weeks until the 2021 College Football season is here, and though kickoff still seems so far away, Andy and Ari try mollifying this sense of longing by going over 2021 win totals. Just as Ari's about to make my life easy by dropping a magma-hot take, he freezes it quicker than Han Solo in Carbonite by spinning a preface to his opinion, but then he gets to it - Clemson may miss the playoffs. Is there a chance Dabo and co. miss the postseason? Which games on their schedule could they lose? Staying in ACC land, can Sam Howell and the Tar Heels win 10 games this year? Which Big 12 team might fall short of expectations this year after exceeding them last year? Penn State is primed for a bounce-back campaign after last year's stinker, right? Does Steve Sarkisian have enough Crimson Tide wax to polish a dull Texas team, and how many games will LSU win?  Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 07, 2021
Power Auer: For better or for worse? Part 2
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Nicole Auerbach and Michael Felder continue their discussion about how programs today compare to what they were in the 90's. The conversation resumes with Pac-12 teams, transitions into the SEC and concludes with some group of 5 programs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 06, 2021
NIL is HERE: Best deals, brands so far; Cameo is crazy & why is Andy willing to donate $2,000?
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Name, image and likeness is here! Andy and The Athletic's Bruce Feldman react to NIL's maiden voyage and hone in on deals and brands by athletes that are already turning heads. Is Cameo a potential goldmine for athletes? Andy and Bruce unearth some gems in Cameo's Rolodex of celebrities and athletes and decide whether these stars are over- or undercharging for their services. Lastly, under what circumstance would Andy donate $2,000? (Hint: It has to do with Stewart Mandel and a guitar.) Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Bruce on Twitter: @BruceFeldmanCFB Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 02, 2021
The Transfer Portal Top 100 w/ Max Olson
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Andy and The Athletic's Max Olson jump into the transfer portal discourse like they're at Apertuer Science, Inc. (#thecakeisalie)! The guys outline the criteria used to rank the transfer portal stakeholders and highlight the Tennessee-to-Oklahoma move. Which SEC school's offense projects to take a huge leap forward in 2021 because of the portal? Which transfer quarterback will have the most impact next season? The duo provides a comprehensive look at some top-100 footballers to deduce why these athletes moved on from their former programs, and project how they'll perform at their new homes. Also, who won the transfer portal sweepstakes? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Max on Twitter: @max_olson Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit; theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 30, 2021
Power Auer: For better or for worse? Part 1
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Nicole Auerbach and Michael Felder discuss which college football programs are for the better or for the worse compared to what they were in the 1990's. Plus, last call! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 29, 2021
Arizona State controversy; redefining what is/isn't cheating with NIL inception & helping Ari adult
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In light of the NCAA investigating allegations about Arizona State hosting recruits during the 15-month non-contact period, Andy and Ari frame just how reprehensible ASU's actions were and how it offended other football programs. What will happen next with the team? The guys then channel their inner Dr. Derek Shepherd and attempt to reprogram college football fans' brains to recognize what is/isn't cheating with NIL rules looming. How real is the concern that above-market deals will be offered to recruits in exchange for their commitment? How will NCAA and schools stonewall this uneasiness? Ari explains the latest college football renaissance. Lastly, Andy teaches Ari how to adult (who bags their grass clippings?). Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Join The Athletic for $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 28, 2021
State of the Program: Texas w/ Sam Khan Jr.
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Andy and The Athletic's Texas Longhorns penman Sam Khan Jr. check-in on the crown jewel of Austin. What will it take from Steve Sarkisian to help restore UT to its former luster? Is cultivating and nurturing talent Sarkisian's top task as head coach? How many first-round picks will the program produce in time for next year's draft? Hudson Card was the prohibitive favorite to take Texas' first snap of the year, but Casey Thompson's Alamo Bowl performance places him square in the running for the starting QB job. What criteria will Sarkisian use when choosing his starting signal-caller? The guys consider how Texas will handle its school song "The Eyes of Texas" and how it relates to players, fans, and recruits' reservations. Plus, Andy and Sam perform a temperature check of the Big 12 and weigh where Texas ranks among the conference's best clubs; can Sarkisian, who was in close proximity to Alabama's success, impart what he learned in Tuscaloosa to his program, and why won't Andy give Texas the benefit of the doubt? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Sam on Twitter: @skhanjr Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 25, 2021
A 12-team CFP will start in 2023, bet on it & next steps in NCAA v. Alston w/ Dan Wetzel
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Andy welcomes Yahoo Sports columnist, Dan Wetzel, to the podcast to conjointly state, "WE WERE RIGHT ALL ALONG! WE. TOLD. YOU. LOL"! Joking aside, the guys engage in a boastful, yet nuanced discussion about everything that's transpired these last two weeks. From SCOTUS ruling against the NCAA in a dispute about athlete compensation rights, to how this decision could impact schools like Boise State when facing the Alabamas of the recruiting world, to Dan's metaphor for all of this, "pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered". Could a 12-team College Football Playoff be implemented as late as 2026? Andy wagers it won't. He and Dan explain why, plus, Notre Dame's Jack Swarbrick is a genius; bowl games just jumped in value, and though NIL won't be official until July 1st, there are already people profiting off of it, none of which are student-athletes. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Dan on Twitter: @DanWetzel Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 23, 2021
Power Auer: CFP meetings & Clemson's rise to the top of CFB
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Nicole is in Dallas where she is covering College Football Playoff expansion discussions between Commissioners, Athletic Directors and University Presidents. Clemson beat writer Grace Raynor joins the show as this week's co-host! She talks about her story on Clemson's unlikely rise to a college football power. Plus, last call! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 22, 2021
"Student athletes finally have a voice": Supreme Court rules against NCAA in athlete-compensation dispute
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Andy and Ari, college football scriveners turned legal analysts, dissect and inspect the Supreme Court's decision favoring athlete compensation. Why did SCOTUS unanimously voice its rejection of the NCAA's case? Despite ruling favorably in the name of athletes, why did this movement take so long to form? How will college football fans, employees, and athletes view amateurism moving forward? How will this affect the modus operandi of student-athletes? Could we witness holdouts, negotiations, etc. from athletes? What does the future hold in the program-athlete dynamic? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 21, 2021
Hayes Fawcett, the man behind the best recruiting edits in college football, joins the show!
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Andy welcomes Hayes Fawcett to the podcast. Now, you may not know Hayes by his name, but you will undoubtedly recognize his work as the paragon of recruit edits on social media. Hayes paints his backstory as a middle-school-aged kid creating stylistic photos for some of the best high school recruits in the country. His craftsmanship and cachet have grown over time, leading him to have access to recruiting information no one else has. Hayes discusses how his audiences differ from platform to platform, and how he's built relationships with some of the biggest-named recruits and coaches in the country. He also shares how new tech and techniques have helped his work, what he's learned about recruiting from his unique perspective, and the most surprising commitment of his young career. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Hayes on Twitter: @Hayesfawcett3 Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 18, 2021
Notre Dame State of the Program: Did Irish "mortgage" their CFP future; Coan or Buchner at QB & is joining the ACC on the table w/ Pete Sampson
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Andy and The Athletic's Notre Dame wizard writer Pete Sampson run the Notre Dame football gamut. What are the College Football Playoff 12-team field's implications on Notre Dame? Would it behoove the Irish to join the ACC now? Did Jack Swarbrick and the College Football Playoff working group mortgage Notre Dame's championship aspirations when implementing a 12-team cage match? The duo motor through the granular details of Notre Dame's 2021 outlook, including who handles quarterbacking duties. Will it be Jack Coan or the young buck, Tyler Buchner? Who could be Notre Dame's breakout star this year? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Pete on Twitter: @PeteSampson_ Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit; theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 16, 2021
Power Auer: TV's impact on college football
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Nicole Auerbach and Stadium's Michael Felder discuss how some people love football because it's one of the best reality TV show out there. The way rights holders like ESPN or Stadium present the sport has a massive impact on its popularity. How will networks present an expanded CFB Playoff? Plus, last call! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 15, 2021
Biggest winner in a 12-team CFP; is 12 too many & will recruiting power balance shift?
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Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Andy and Ari unite to parse details of a 12-team College Football Playoff. An expanded postseason presents opportunities not only for programs that have been on the sidelines during the four-team era, but also gives CFP incumbents a second chance at a title. Are stakes higher than they've ever been before, or is there less stress in a wider field? Are 12 teams too many? Who is the biggest winner in this decision? Will recruiting change because of an expanded playoff to benefit teams that, in past years, have been on the outside looking in? Which teams have the easiest paths? Plus, Ari's Home Depot anxieties, and which housewarming gift should Andy gift Ari? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 14, 2021
Strap in for a 12-team College Football Playoff w/ Max Olson
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Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit; theathletic.com/andystaples Visit Blue Chew: https://go.bluechew.com/andy Andy and Max Olson weigh the pros and cons of a 12-team playoff. The pair ponder why this potential change took so long to implement, and discuss how a field of 12 will function. Plus, how would previous year's playoffs look in a 12-team format?  Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Max on Twitter: @maxolson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 11, 2021
Will Alabama's reign continue with Saban extension? & 2021 Crimson Tide preview w/ Aaron Suttles
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Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit; theathletic.com/andystaples Andy, joined by The Athletic's Alabama Crimson Tide know-it-all Aaron Suttles, react to Nick Saban and the University of Alabama agreeing to a contract extension that will keep the seven-time national champion in the driver's seat until after the 2028 season. Will business continue as usual for Alabama? How has consistency aided Saban in constructing the Crimson Machine? The guys then deviate to an overarching look at Alabama's roster and staff. What expectations does Bill O'Brien face as the face of 'Bama's offense? Speaking of offense, the starting-11 will look almost entirely different from last year's national championship squad. Who will replace Mac Jones, DeVonta Smith, Jaylen Waddle, Najee Harris, et. al? How heavy a load will Bryce Young have to carry on his shoulders? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Aaron on Twitter: @AaronSuttles Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 09, 2021
Power Auer: Building a roster and developing talent in the transfer portal era
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Nicole Auerbach welcomes Stadium's Michael Felder to the show to discuss the latest news in college football. Nick Saban in extended at Alabama until 2028. How does this impact the sport for the next 7 years? How long will he coach for? Plus, coaches now more than ever, because of the transfer portal, have to find balancing between building a roster compared to developing talent. How difficult is it to do both? Last calls! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 08, 2021
Dear Andy & Ari: Coaching wins above replacement & salaries; private school recruiting challenges & how do you fold your t-shirts?
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Visit Blue Chew: https://go.bluechew.com/andy Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples With a flooded inbox like the Dursley's when Hogwarts is attempting to contact Harry Potter, Andy and Ari act as your college-football-podcast lighthouse, guiding you to the answers you seek amid a storm of questions (just hopefully your stay doesn't involve a pig's tail). Increased coaching salaries are awarded for a number of reasons, but in the case of another university or the NFL poaching skippers, do ADs have access to that information or are they taking agents' words at face value? Is it prudent to call a coach's bluff? Which coaches rank best in wins above replacement, and should there be concern over long-term contracts? Besides the obvious, what hurdles, if any, do private schools face in recruiting? What about U of 'X' and directional schools? Lastly, how do you fold your t-shirts, and why should you make your bed every morning? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 07, 2021
The Manning QB legacy continues with 2023 prospect Arch
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Andy is joined by The Athletic's Sr. Writer Jeff Duncan to discuss his story on 2023 QB prospect Arch Manning. Arch is the nephew of Peyton & Eli Manning and the son of Cooper Manning. Arch says his recruitment is "wide, wide open" meaning college football's power brokers will be doing everything possible to land the talented prospect. With the recruiting dead period over, Arch is headed on the road to take official visits and is starting with Clemson. In-state LSU is doing everything possible to keep Arch in Louisiana. Other schools on Arch's long list include Alabama, Notre Dame, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Ole Miss & Texas. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 04, 2021
Recruit-a-palooza!: Future of recruitment, new workouts & the 'Bama Bump' w/ Ari Wasserman
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Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples The recruiting dams have crumbled, flooding today's show, with Andy and Ari, with, well, recruiting chatter. After a 15-month recruiting dead period, college football's talent search is heating up, and with a few new wrinkles this time around. The guys chitchat about the future of recruiting and how geography isn't influencing recruits as much compared to years past. How will the addition of workouts in front of coaches impact the way on-campus visits are handled? Is there more boom-bust potential for recruits at camps? What is the 'Bama Bump' and how does it affect recruiting? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 02, 2021
Power Auer: In-person recruiting is back
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Nicole Auerbach welcomes The Athletic's 'Texpert' Sam Khan Jr. to the show! After a 14 month hiatus, in-person recruiting is back in college football & coaches are preparing for one of the most hectic months in the sports history. Florida State opened the doors of its facility at 12am Tuesday for players and their parents. Sam discusses how roster building is much different now because of the one-time transfer rule & the portal. Plus, last call! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 01, 2021
Random Ranking: Reality TV shows
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Andy & David Ubben reveal their rankings of the 10 best reality shows of all time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 31, 2021
How USC’s 2001 upset of UCLA set a new precedent for West Coast college football dominance w/ Antonio Morales
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Join The Athletic for just $1 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Andy and The Athletic's USC guru Antonio Morales reminisce about the Trojans' 2001 blowout win over UCLA as well as how a signature for USC shaped West Coast college football for the next two decades. Follow Andy on Twitter: @AndyStaples Follow Antonio on Twitter: @AntonioCMorales Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 28, 2021
How Boise State’s 2001 upset of Fresno State set the stage for 2 decades of dominance w/ Chris Vannini
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Join The Athletic for just $1 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Andy and The Athletic's Group of Five word-furnisher Chris Vannini reminisce about Boise States' 2001 upset of Fresno State, and how the Broncos' shocker catapulted them to nearly 20 years of dominance. The duo discuss Fresno's success in 2001, and how the WAC's top dog performed leading up to its confrontation with Boise State. Dan Hawkins producing results in his first season was impressive. Was Boise's victory an eye-opener for athletic donors? How did Hawkins stimulate facility upgrades and donations? Chris Petersen's greatest accomplishment was, arguably, his ability to maintain and improve upon BSU's culture. What was the most vital part to BSU's run? Why isn't Boise State the same powerhouse in the G5 that it was a decade-plus ago? The program's approach to recruiting and ability to identify talent is almost like a cheat sheet for Power 5 schools. Plus, Boise's branding success, and how can they sustain this level of success? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisVannini Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 26, 2021
Transfer portal winners & a return to full stadium capacity
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Nicole Auerbach & Chris Vannini discuss 2021 transfer portal winners! Florida State, Alabama, UCF, Oklahoma & USC all have managed to improve their roster through college football's relatively new "free agency". Athletic departments throughout the country are making announcements about the plan to have stadiums at full capacity this fall. Will attendance increase this season after not being able to go to games in 2020? Plus, last call! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 25, 2021
How did a loss to Colorado in 2001 spur Nebraska's downward spiral w/ Mitch Sherman
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Andy and The Athletic's Nebraska Cornhuskers keyboard clicker Mitch Sherman reflect on Nebraska's 2001 loss to Colorado, and how the Buffaloes' triumph led to the Cornhuskers' precipitous, near-two-decade- long fall from grace. The guys chat about the early 2000's complexion of the Big 12 North, Nebraska's inability to adjust to Colorado's offensive scheme, and, how prior to clashing with the Buffs', Frank Solich's team was in a position to contend for a BCS National Title. Speaking of Solich, what ripple effects did his firing have on the program, and how did the loss to Colorado and Miami affect the team emotionally? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Mitch on Twitter: @mitchsherman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 24, 2021
Two 2001 upsets that changed the Big Ten & SEC for the next 20 years
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The 2001 season included games that impacted college football for the next 20 years. The Athletic’s Editor-in-Chief Stewart Mandel joins the show to discuss the Michigan vs. Ohio State rivalry. Plus, Andy dives into his piece on LSU vs. Tennessee and how the Vols never rebounded. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 24, 2021
State of the Program: Oklahoma
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The Athletic's Oklahoma beat writer Jason Kersey joins Andy Staples to talk about all things Sooners. How will Spencer Rattler looks in his second season as starting QB? Can Lincoln Riley get Oklahoma back to the CFP? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 19, 2021
Power Auer: Pac-12 hires MGM executive as new Commissioner
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Nicole Auerbach & Chris Vannini share their thoughts on the Pac-12's decision to replace Larry Scott with entertainment executive Larry Kliavkoff. The new commissioner will take over on July 1st & has already stated rebuilding the conference's football brand is a main strategy. What else does his appointment mean for the 'Conference of Champions'? Nicole & Chris have an update on NIL laws as we approach the July 1 deadline. Plus, last call! Sam Houston State wins the FCS National Championship. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 18, 2021
State of the Program: Virginia Tech
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The Athletic’s Virginia Tech beat writer Andy Bitter joins Andy Staples to discuss the Hokies. Head Coach Justin Fuente is still tasked with leading the program after a season of uncertainty. How long will he remain in Blacksburg? Notre Dame & West Virginia are on the schedule this year. VT will kick off the season on a Friday night vs. North Carolina.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 17, 2021
Bonus Episode: The Athletic’s Small Business Story | Part 3 of 3
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Part Three of The Athletic’s Origins story for Dell Technologies ‘Small Business Podference’ series. In this episode The Athletic’s co-founders Alex Mather and Adam Hansmann continue on about the company’s expansion into the U.K., how the team got through the shutdown of sports and challenges that lay ahead. Writers, Marcus Thompson, Anthony Slater, Zach Harper and David Aldridge give their thoughts on that process as well. For the complete lineup of episodes, visit delltechnologiespodference.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 15, 2021
Bonus Episode: The Athletic’s Small Business Story | Part 2 of 3
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Part Two of The Athletic’s Origins story for Dell Technologies ‘Small Business Podference’ series. In this episode The Athletic’s co-founders Alex Mather and Adam Hansmann continue on about the company’s first steps into the marketplace. The challenges they met selling this idea to investors, and journalists they were trying to recruit, specifically with the expansion into the Bay Area. Writers, Marcus Thompson and Anthony Slater give their thoughts on that process as well. For the complete lineup of episodes, visit delltechnologiespodference.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 15, 2021
Bonus Episode: The Athletic’s Small Business Story | Part 1 of 3
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Part One of The Athletic’s Origins story for Dell Technologies ‘Small Business Podference’ series. In this episode we hear from The Athletic’s co-founders Alex Mather and Adam Hansmann about how they met, how an idea for better sports coverage materialized into a significant media player in the sports landscape and the spirit at the heart of The Athletic’s culture. For the complete lineup of episodes, visit delltechnologiespodference.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 15, 2021
Tennessee State head coach Eddie George joins the show + George Kliavkoff named new Pac-12 commissioner
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Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Andy and Nicole Auerbach react to George Kilavkoff being named Pac-12 commissioner. What are the expectations for Kilavkoff? Will his experience as MGM's president of entertainment and sports aid the conference? Was this the right hire? Andy then welcomes Heisman Trophy winner, NFL legend and Tennessee State University head coach Eddie George to the show. George details his transition into coaching, and what advice and guidance Dion Sanders and Jeff Fisher shared with him. How has Fisher impacted TSU's football program as a senior advisor under George? George discusses how players can find success at the FCS level, much like his former teammate, Steve McNair, did. Andy probes George's coaching philosophy before discussing the ex-Titans' coaching staff. Geroge also provides insight into his early playing career before making a splash in the college ranks as a Heisman Trophy winner. Lastly, Random Ranking: Top-5 fullbacks. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Eddie George on Twitter: @EddieGeorge2727 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 14, 2021
It's Tebow Time in Jacksonville w/ Lindsay Jones
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Yes, we're in on the Tebow media groundswell as well. Andy and The Atheltic's Lindsay Jones deliberate if Tim Tebow reuniting with his old head coach, Urban Meyer, is a legitimate, football-savvy move, or a PR, bottom-line-driven ploy. Was this signing even Meyer's choice? What's Jacksonville's motivation for bringing Tebow aboard? Can the former first-rounder make the jump to TE? Is he being tasked with a leadership/mentorship role? Could this affect Trevor Lawrence, if so, how? Could Tebow develop into a Taysom Hill-type of guy (though he was the original Hill)? Lastly, Andy and Lindsay predict what will happen in this Tebow circus act. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Lindsay on Twitter: @bylindsayhjones Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 12, 2021
Power Auer: Will CFB players make money in 2021?
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Nicole Auerbach is joined by The Athletic's Chris Vannini to discuss the timeline of name, image & likeness laws. A few states are prepared to move forward to allow athletes to make money in 2021 but federal legislation is lagging. Meanwhile, the NCAA is just sitting on the sideline with basically no decision making power. What happens next? Last call!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 11, 2021
State of the Program: Georgia w/ Seth Emerson
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Join The Atheltic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Andy and Georgia Bulldogs scribe for The Athletic Seth Emerson discuss the state of affairs in Athens. Georgia's win-loss record since the beginning of Kirby Smart's tenure is among one of the best in college football, so why aren't the Bulldogs top dog yet? Had Jamie Newman officially taken the reigns at UGA would they have earned a berth to Atlanta? 'Why did Smart choose that QB to start over the actually good one' epitomizes his run as Georgia's head honcho. Does Georgia face a fatal flaw yearly? What is it this season, and what has it been in years past? Plus, the guys look at Georgia's schedule, including their season-opener against Clemson, discuss their abundance of talent, and assuage fans' concern (or hope) of Kirby Smart being fired. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Seth on Twitter: @SethWEmerson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 10, 2021
Tennessee might be fun again
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Andy is joined by The Athletic’s Tennessee beat writer and Football & Grits co-host David Ubben. Year 1 on Rocky Top for new head coach Josh Heupel is underway after what was one of the wildest 6 month stretches in Tennessee football history because of scandal, investigation & turnover. Will Heupel and new AD Danny White bring the Vols program back to glory? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 07, 2021
State of the Program: Michigan State w/ Colton Pouncy
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Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Andy and The Athletic's Michigan State Spartan scribe Colton Pouncy dive into the 2021 outlook of Michigan State. What can the MSU faithful expect from Mel Tucker in year two? Who are new names to know? What's the perception of Mark Dantonio nowadays in East Lansing, and did anyone use the transfer portal more effectively and successfully than the Spartans? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Colton on Twitter: @colton_pouncy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 05, 2021
Power Auer: The CFB offseason feels normal again
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The Athletic's Nicole Auerbach & Stadium's Michael Felder discuss how great it was to have spring football back in full swing & the sense of normalcy it brought back to the sport that went a full year without it. Plus, Nicole has the latest on CFP expansion discussions. Is expansion ultimately about access or about creating a better TV product? Felder makes a case that in order to make the sport more competitive it's up to programs like USC to step its game up on the recruiting trail. Last call!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 04, 2021
How the NFL Draft influences recruiting & the future of college football programs
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Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Andy and Ari delve into how the NFL Draft affects college football recruiting and the college football landscape as a whole. In the future, how can the BIg 12 make good on first-round draftees, which it failed to produce this year? What can Steve Sarkisian do to elevate products coming out of Texas and into the draft? Alabama and Ohio State, though neck-and-neck in recruiting talent, have an obvious chasm between them, why is that? Is Nick Saban "ruining" college football by being as successful as he's been? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 03, 2021
College football stars reunite in the NFL
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Andy and The Athletic's Max Olson discuss the 1st round of the NFL Draft. The theme of the night was college football stars reuniting in the NFL including Trevor Lawrence & Travis Etienne. 5 QBs go in the first round highlighted by the Bears trading up for Justin Fields at #11. The Big 12 got shutout with zero picks. Who are the best prospects left on the board and what will the 2022 QB class look like? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 30, 2021
NFL Draft Preview w/ Bruce Feldman
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Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples It's. Nearly. Here. The NFL Draft is less than 48-hours away, presenting a perfect opportunity for Andy and Bruce Feldman to navigate the event's biggest headlines ahead of Thursday. Who does Bruce believe San Francisco is going to select at number three overall? Is Mac Jones the guy, or could North Dakota State's Trey Lance be headed West? Lance is a few doughnuts shy of a baker's dozen of high-level competition pastries; however, there's a certain quarterback in Buffalo with a similar background that's doing OK for himself. If Bruce were shepherding the 49ers, who would he pick? The guys discuss Atlanta's and Cincinnati's situations. Also, who could tumble in the draft; where could guys with question marks, such as Landon Dickerson, TuTu Atwell and Sam Ehlinger, go? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Bruce on Twitter: @BruceFeldmanCFB Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 28, 2021
Power Auer: Debunking NFL draft myths with Michael Felder
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Nicole Auerbach welcomes Stadium's Michael Felder back to the show to debunk 5 myths about the NFL draft.  #1- Smokescreens #2- Sitting out bowl games #3- Pro day and combine numbers #4- Outside interests other than football. #5- Red flags Plus, last call! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 27, 2021
Are we getting an expanded CFP?! 6-, 8-, 10-, 12- & 16-team playoff simulations & ranking fast-casual restaurants
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Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples Is this a drill? I don't know!? Will we witness an expanded College Football Playoff format in the near future? Andy and Ari discuss the pros and cons of a wider field and simulate what a proposed 6, 8, 10, 12, and 16-team playoff would look like based on previous years' results. Plus, the guys rank their top fast-casual restaurants.  Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ari on Twitter: @AriWasserman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 26, 2021
Jim Harbaugh's 2nd act at Michigan or last stand?
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The Athletic's Michigan beat writer Austin Meek joins Andy to kick off The Athletic's 'State of the Program' series.  For the full series click this link: https://theathletic.com/tag/cfb-state-of-the-program-2021/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 24, 2021
49ers, Falcons' quarterback quandaries, Trevor Lawrence's wedding registry & our favorite players in the draft w/ Mina Kimes
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Join The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/andystaples When are we going to get a Lenny & Cookie collab? Can I produce/edit that podcast instead? Well, I suppose I should stop being barking mad and tell you about today's show with ESPN's NFL analyst, Mina Kimes. Titular host of the 'Mina Kimes Show featuring Lenny' and Andy navigate the NFL draft's most talked-about headlines, including who will pick Kyle Pitts (5:15); is Mac Jones destined for San Fra