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The SI College Football Podcast puts you back on campus with weekly insight and analysis from around the world of college football with SI writers Zac Ellis and Lindsay Schnell and weekly appearances from the rest of SI's college football team.

The SI College Football Podcast puts you back on campus with weekly insight and analysis from around the world of college football with SI writers Zac Ellis and Lindsay Schnell and weekly appearances from the rest of SI's college football team.


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The SI College Football Podcast puts you back on campus with weekly insight and analysis from around the world of college football with SI writers Zac Ellis and Lindsay Schnell and weekly appearances from the rest of SI's college football team.






Predicting the Playoff

Coaches don't like to deal with hypotheticals, but Lindsay and Andy do. We're talking potential playoff matchups and problems, and taking your mailbag questions.


Week 7: Mega Mailbag!

Andy & Lindsay break down last week's games (Houston, we have a problem. Boise, you have an opportunity) and answer your questions. Who besides Tom Herman will be in demand? What's wrong at Michigan State? And is Austin really a cesspool?


Week 6: He’s baaaaack! Stewart Mandel joins the Campus Rush podcast

We're getting the band back together as former SI writer Stewart Mandel joins Andy and Lindsay to talk about the Red River Rivalry, deep fried goodness and the coaching situations at Texas and Oregon. Plus, Lindsay and Andy discuss just how excited Washington fans should be.


Week 5 Preview: Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury

Lindsay and Andy discuss the aftermath of the Les Miles firing at LSU and guess at how the coaching carousel might turn now. Also, Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury chats about his cable and Netflix picks and decides whether his director of operations is more of a Gary from Veep or a Ray Donovan.


Week 4: Under Pressure

Lindsay and Andy talk about the pressure on Tennessee (facing Florida) and USC (facing Utah). Plus, Andy sits down with Louisville QB Lamar Jackson, and we discuss a potentially grotesque food innovation.


Week 3 Preview: Joe Tessitore offers his theory behind the "Tess Effect"

USC and Stanford, consider yourselves warned. With four overtimes in just two weeks of games, the Tess Effect—the penchant for games broadcast by ESPN play-by-play announcer Joe Tessitore to feature crazy comebacks, wild endings and other can't-miss drama—has hit new heights in 2016. And Tessitore, analyst Todd Blackledge and on-field reporter Holly Rowe are headed to Palo Alto for Week 3's primetime Pac-12 showdown between Stanford and USC, so expect plenty of chaos between the Cardinal...


Week 2 Preview: What's next for LSU, Houston, BYU?

One week can quickly shift the narrative for teams, several of which face vastly different expectations than they entered the 2016 college football season with. For LSU, the hot seat underneath Les Miles is now scorching after a season-opening loss to Wisconsin. Is there anything Miles can do to save his job and the Tigers' season? And few teams are riding higher than Houston after the Cougars stunned Oklahoma in Week 1. SI's Pete Thamel spent last week embedded with the Houston program...


Week 1 Preview: Houston's Tom Herman talks Oklahoma, Big 12 expansion

The slough of the off-season is finally over, and we have actual games to talk about. Hosts Andy Staples and Lindsay Schnell discuss which below-the-radar games could be among the most compelling in Week 1. Houston coach Tom Herman also talks with Andy about preparing to face defending Big 12 champion Oklahoma, getting ready for a season amid Big 12 expansion talk and his career that could have been in broadcasting. Lindsay sits down with Washington State coach Mike Leach to discuss...


Get to know Last Chance U's Brittany Wagner

The breakout star of Netflix's "Last Chance U," academic advisor Brittany Wagner joins the Campus Rush Podcast to discuss her unexpected rise to fame, how she earns the trust of the players and what the series reveals about the education system in the United States. Hosts Andy Staples and Lindsay Schnell also discuss their takeaways from the series as well as why Texas A&M could be a sleeper in the SEC this season—as long as one player is up to the task.


Build your own superconference

If you were starting a conference from scratch and could pick any teams you wanted, which schools would you choose? That's the question hosts Andy Staples and Lindsay Schnell debate on the Campus Rush Podcast. Do they opt for the best games, the most money or an even geographical distribution? Andy also sits down with the "Money Down" Guys from Florida to discuss how they got their unique job in the Gators football program. And he and Lindsay answer some more reader questions, including...


Why does Michigan deserve a top four spot in preseason Top 25?

The SI College Football Podcast has been reborn as the Campus Rush Podcast, including new co-host Andy Staples alongside Lindsay Schnell. In this week's episode, Andy and Lindsay discuss some listener questions on SI's preseason Top 25 rankings, including how often are we actually right and why does Michigan deserve a spot in our projected College Football Playoff Field. They also sit down with Olympian/Oregon wide receiver Devon Allen to discuss his path to the Rio Olympics, balancing...


ACC storylines: Clemson or FSU? Can Richt revive Miami?

In the final show for host Zac Ellis, he and co-host Lindsay Schnell bring UPROXX Sports deputy editor and former SI college football writer Martin Rickman on the SI College Football Podcast to break down the ACC. They discuss whether Clemson or Florida State should be considered the favorites in the conference and whether Mark Richt is the right man to restore Miami to its former glory. They also look at some of their top reasons to be excited for the 2016 season.


Who should the Big 12 add in expansion?

Fire up the rumor mill: The Big 12 is looking to expand. The conference's announcement of its intentions to explore adding teams immediately set off a wave of speculation on who might be the best fit to join the Big 12. There is no shortage of options, so SI's Andy Staples joins hosts Zac Ellis and Lindsay Schnell on the SI College Football Podcast to break down which potential candidates make the most sense. They also discuss how Big 12 expansion could impact this season's coaching...


Big Ten storylines: Who's in best shape: Michigan, Ohio State or Michigan State?

Michigan, Ohio State and Michigan State appear to have the best shots to make the College Football Playoff among Big Ten teams. But which one has the inside track? Michigan must find a new QB but brings in elite defensive coordinator Don Brown. Ohio State loses a myriad of star players but returns quarterback J.T. Barrett. Michigan State has its own QB battle to settle, but a veteran secondary should make the Spartans tough to throw on.'s Brian Hamilton joins host Zac Ellis on the...


Pac-12 Storylines: Who are favorites in wide-open conference?

No conference may be tougher to predict this season than the Pac-12, where both divisions look set to feature wide-open races. In the Pac-12 North, Stanford aims to hold off Oregon, Washington and Washington State. In the South, UCLA, USC and Utah appear poised to battle for supremacy. Mike Yam of the Pac-12 Networks joins host Lindsay Schnell on the SI College Football Podcast ahead of Pac-12 media days. They reveal their picks to win each division, break down all 12 teams and discuss...


SEC storylines: Favorites? Hot seats? More to watch at SEC Media Days

With SEC Media Days kicking off on Monday, the preseason is officially here. And as SEC coaches, players and media members descend on Hoover, Ala., there are plenty of storylines around the conference. Bleacher Report's lead SEC writer Barrett Sallee joins host Zac Ellis on the SI College Football Podcast to break down the state of the SEC heading into the 2016 season. Is there any reason to doubt Alabama in the SEC West? How solid of a favorite is Tennessee in the SEC East? And which coach...


Rediscovering the mountaintop: How Elite 11 helped Trent Dilfer find purpose after losing his son

How do you move on from tragedy? How do you put something back together after it breaks? Trent Dilfer and his family have spent the last 13 years struggling with, and ultimately finding answers to, those questions. From the outside, it looks like Dilfer has the perfect life: a Super Bowl ring, a plush job as an NFL analyst for ESPN, an awesome family. All those things are great, but there’s one missing piece—Trevin, the Dilfers’ second child, their only son, who died 13 years ago of heart...


5 stars, 2 transfers: QB Jake Heaps discusses his multi-stop journey through college football

Jake Heaps was a can't miss prospect coming out of high school when the five-star recruit signed with BYU. But after losing a battle for the starting job, Heaps transferred from the Cougars to Kansas. When Heaps struggled to find more playing time with the Jayhawks, he transferred again to Miami. Heaps sat down with host Lindsay Schnell on the SI College Football Podcast to discuss his trek through college football as well as the pressure young quarterbacks face when being recruited and...


What's Notre Dame's identity in 2016?

With just 10 starters returning from last year's 10–3 squad, Notre Dame faces a massive overhaul heading into the 2016 season. Offensive standouts like C.J. Prosise, Will Fuller and Ronnie Stanley are gone, as are defensive stars Jaylon Smith, Sheldon Day and KeiVarae Russell. Still expectations remain high for the Fighting Irish as coach Brian Kelly prepares for his seventh season in South Bend. Perhaps at the forefront of Kelly's mind is the critical decision he must make at quarterback...


@FauxPelini talks state of Nebraska, Cornhuskers fan base

It's the middle of the off-season, so it's time to have some fun. Fake Bo Pelini, the man behind the hilarious Twitter account @FauxPelini, joins the SI College Football Podcast to discuss his latest social media exploits and the state of Nebraska football heading into the 2016 season. Faux Bo talks with host Lindsay Schnell about the Twitter account's origins, picks his favorite moments and reveals which college football personalities have blocked him. He also discusses how much patience...