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From the editorial staff of Athlon Sports, the Cover 2 podcast previews and reviews all the action in college football throughout the regular season, recruiting season and the offseason. From No. 1 to No. 128, from coast to coast, Athlon has you covered.

From the editorial staff of Athlon Sports, the Cover 2 podcast previews and reviews all the action in college football throughout the regular season, recruiting season and the offseason. From No. 1 to No. 128, from coast to coast, Athlon has you covered.
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From the editorial staff of Athlon Sports, the Cover 2 podcast previews and reviews all the action in college football throughout the regular season, recruiting season and the offseason. From No. 1 to No. 128, from coast to coast, Athlon has you covered.




Draft Prospects as Recruits, Running from the Police and 2019 QBs

In an NFL Draft edition of the podcast, the guys take a look at how the best prospects in the 2018 NFL Draft ranked as recruits coming out of high school. What does this tell us about recruiting rankings and why do some continue to ignore the obvious? Which QB in the '18 class is the best and what does the Class of 2019 look like for the position? What are some of our favorite (and most bizarre) scouting report words and phrases? And, apparently, both hosts divulge checkered college pasts...


Selection Committee Conspiracies and Final Four Picks

What are the major differences between the college football and basketball selection committees and how do they impact the tournaments? Do we buy brand bias and big school love in hoops? (How dumb was that selection show?) And because it's March Madness, we give you our Final Four and upset picks in the tourney. Everyone needs bracket help, right?


College quarterbacks we were dead wrong about

It's the middle of March and the we are having fun looking back at college quarterbacks turned NFL prospects. Who were the great college players who we thought would be great in the NFL but failed miserably? What about great college QBs like Lamar Jackson and the transition to other positions? Also, what do we make of the NFL combine and what questions are asked of prospects?


Coaches on the Rise and the Top 50 Players of 2018

The guys start by looking at the rising stars of the coaching ranks. Come October and programs are looking for the future stars of college football coaching, these will be the names to know. What do we make of Texas A&M using Jalen Ramsey's pictures to sell Aggie football? Much to do about nothing or offensive recruiting practice? We also look at the Top 50 Players of 2018. Who would be the first pick in a draft of each of the Power 5 leagues? Who is the best player in each league?


QB Transfers, Fixing Spring Football and Out of Work Coaches

The guys take a look at some out of work head coaching candidates and who are the most likely to get work (and which ones would we hire). Also, do we care about vacating wins at all? Would anyone give up the national title experience for winning it "the right way." How can we spice up spring practice? Should college teams start scrimmaging each other? Would charity exhibition rivalry games work at the end of spring practice? And lastly, impact quarterback transfers. Which teams in...


Are we concerned with dropping attendance?

The guys dive into dropping attendance number across college football. What is the root of the issue and what can be done to slow the trend? Are we concerned? The POD also dives into the top new coordinators in college football - who made the best assistant hires and are they getting paid too much? Lastly, we highlight some NFL Draft prospects that will be middle of the pack draft picks but that people need to know now because, you know, they were really good football players in college.


Dream National Title Matchups and Signing Day Lessons

The guys react to the first National Signing Day of the early signing period era. Who are the teams that benefited the most and who took it on the chin? Which classes stood out and what happened with Jacob Copeland's mother? Which teams do we want to see play in the playoff? If we are tired of Clemson and Alabama and Ohio St and Oklahoma, then who would we be excited to see play for the national title? Which programs are "rooting" for? And which events in the Winter Olympics are you...


Coaching Hot Seat, Big 12 Quarterbacks and Home-and-Homes

The guys start to look ahead at spring storylines in college football. The coaching hot seat is top of mind. Why do people think Jim Harbaugh is on the hot seat? Who else should be concerned about their job at the Power 5 level? The Big 12 has a very interesting QB situation this season as Will Grier is back. But then what else does the league have under center? The guys also comment on the Michigan State situation, discuss home and homes versus neutral site games and argue about Network...


What if you could go to the NFL out of high school?

College Football is a farm system for the NFL. Is it the best farm system of any sport despite the fact the athletes don't get paid? And what would happen if the NFL was allowed to draft players directly out of high school? How would that impact college football? The guys also cover the winners and losers from the NFL Draft deadline as well as the new members of the College Football Playoff Committee. And a quick look at the recruiting Class of 2014 and how freakin' awesome it was.


What should the new transfer rules look like?

Braden and Mitch break down all of the pros and cons of the new proposed transfer rule. Will it pass and what are the unintended consequences of a new rule like this? What would our perfect rule be? Did Arizona get lucky by landing Kevin Sumlin and is the trend of Power 5-to-Power 5 coaches a successful one? Also, are coaches actually staying in one place longer than before?


Never Too Early 2018 Top 25 Rankings

You say it's way too early and we say it's never too early to talk about preseason college football rankings. Steven Lassan joins Braden Gall and Mitch Light to talk 2018 rankings! The usual suspects reside at the top of the rankings with Clemson and Alabama looking like the best two teams in the nation. The Big Ten has five teams ranked in the top 15 and could see any of them make the Playoff. What does Oklahoma look like without Baker Mayfield? Can Georgia rebuild quickly on defense? Is...


Alabama Continues to Crush Your Soul

Nick Saban has done it again. And this time he did it with a back-up true freshman quarterback. Did Georgia screw up the play-calling in the second-half and what's next for the Dawgs? Did the Playoff get it right? The title game means nothing about the SEC and should the Group of 5 be careful what it wishes for?


Alabama vs. Georgia (and UCF?)

The guys preview the national title game and break down the All-SEC matchup in Atlanta. Does experience and the crowd play a factor? Is this finally the game that is too big for Jake Fromm? Can Alabama run the ball on the Dawgs? Is this 2011 all over again? The guys also cover UCF's mythical national title, why bowl records mean absolutely nothing and playoff TV ratings.


Official Playoff Picks: The Rubber Match and Baker Mayfield

Mitch and Braden make their final officially official College Football Playoff predictions complete with in-depth analysis of each game. What is at stake in both games besides getting to the national title game? What can Kirby Smart do to stop Baker Mayfield? Can Jalen Hurts find success on third down? Which quarterback do you trust the most (not named Baker)? Can Georgia pound the OU front seven? And what are our New Year's Eve plans/playoff viewing menus?


Early National Signing Day Was Sort of Boring

The guys take a look at the first early National Signing Day and its impact on college football. Did college football fans simply care less? And is that a good or bad thing? Did anyone have a better day than Georgia? Is the Big 12 back? Did programs with new coaches suffer the most? The results are in... we are happy to report that Athlon Sports is awesome once again! And, a holiday debate to end all holiday debates.


Reviewing the 2017 Head Coaches and Garth Brooks

The guys look back at the first year head coaches in 2017 and evaluate each hire after their first year of action. Some names (Coach O, Lincoln Riley, Lane Kiffin) look even better while others (PJ Fleck, Matt Rhule, Randy Edsall) have raised some questions. Still others are hard to pinpoint like Willie Taggart and Tom Herman. We take a quick look at some headlines and Braden recaps his first Garth Brooks experience.


The Psychology of the Early Signing Period and First Time Head Coaches

After two weeks, Braden has changed his National Championship pick and Mitch totally understands why. Is this year's crop of first time head coaches a trend that fans should expect to continue? Or is head coaching experience still vital to success? (or both?) The Psychology of the Early Signing Period is very interesting from multiple angles. What happens if a player wants to sign but can't? Who should sign and who should wait it out? Does it help the schools or the recruits or both? And...


Coach-A-Palooza: Did your school make the right hire?

Mitch and Braden go in-depth on each coaching hire in major college football this season. How badly did Tennessee actually screw up its hire? Did UCLA win the carousel? Dan Mullen vs. Willie Taggart in the state of Florida? Was Scott Frost a gift from the college football gods? Can Jimbo Fisher do something no else has ever done? And what the hell is going on in the Pac-12?


Bowl Preview: We got some big bowls and some little bowls

Bowl season is here the guys offer a few holiday reminders about bowl games and what they mean (or not mean). There is an important warning, one hot button issue has faded away and we have a way to reduce the number of bowls (if that's your thing). Which small bowl games would you want to go to? And do we expect legitimate games in the New Year's Six bowls?


2017 Playoff: Committee Got it Right, Get Over It

A special edition of the POD, the guys support the Committee's decision to put Alabama in over Ohio State. It was the right thing to do and they explain why. Clemson, Oklahoma and Georgia (as Braden predicted) easily earned their way in as well. And will the events of this season lead to expansion? Oh, and the guys make their picks for the national championship tournament, breaking down both the Rose and Sugar Bowls.


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