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Aaron Suttles of The Tuscaloosa News (ep. 79)

Aaron Suttles of the Tuscaloosa News joins the pod to talk about the Playoff-bound Alabama Crimson Tide. While the Crimson Tide were ultimately included in the College Football Playoff, how confident were the players and coaches that they'd make it ahead of Ohio State? Suttles shares the perspective that he had. It might surprise you. Additionally, Suttles comments on the trials and tribulations of covering Nick Saban professionally. What kind of relationship do the two of them have these...

Duration: 00:30:41

Danny Kanell (ep. 78)

Danny Kanell of FSU and ESPN fame joins the pod to settle his perceived beef with the SEC and talk about all things college football. Far from afraid to voice his displeasure with the College Football Playoff, Kanell weighs in on Alabama getting the benefit of the doubt over Ohio State. Even if they didn't deserve it, does he at least think the Crimson Tide are one of the best four teams in America? Additionally, Kanell opens up about his surprising divorce from ESPN earlier this year....

Duration: 00:29:40

First And 10: Brett McMurphy (ep. 77)

College football insider Brett McMurphy joins to break down the wild coaching carousel season and the College Football Playoff. As possibly the most connected man in college football, McMurphy shares his unique perspective. What's next for Tennessee, and who's really calling the shots in Knoxville? How did Florida land Dan Mullen, and what's going on up the road in Tallahassee? McMurphy has the answers. Also, Matt goes coast to coast with news around the SEC.

Duration: 00:48:04

SEC Championship Review, Alabama vs. Ohio State Debate, All-SEC Team (ep. 76)

JC and Connor discuss the wild results of championship weekend in college football and how the SEC Championship shaped the Alabama vs. Ohio State coversation. It was a complete flip of the script from what we saw the first time when the Bulldogs played the Tigers. Now Georgia is battling Oklahoma in the College Football Playoff, while Auburn has to find motivation for UCF in the Peach Bowl. Additionally, JC and Connor break down some of the selections for the various All-SEC teams and...

Duration: 00:58:07

Matt Stinchcomb (ep. 75)

Former Georgia All-American and current SEC Network analyst Matt Stinchcomb joins the pod to talk aboout the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta, Stinchcomb broke down the previous Auburn-Georgia matchup, whether the Dawgs can contain Auburn's pass-rushers and what Kerryon Johnson's presence means on Saturday. He also gives his prediction for the conference title game. Ahead of the SEC Championship this weekend, Stinchcomb joined forces with the All Hands in Event in Atlanta, where he...

Duration: 00:23:28

Bobby Hebert (ep. 74)

Bobby Hebert, a Saints and Falcons QB known as "The Cajun Cannon," joins the pod to talk about his longtime friend Ed Orgeron and the temperate on the bayou after the Tigers' up and down season. Now a sports talk radio host in the Crescent City, Hebert spends a lot of his time talking LSU and has a relationship with coach Ed Orgeron going back 40 years. How should the Tigers feel about their 9-3 performance during the regular season? Additionally, Hebert shares his opinion on what the...

Duration: 00:32:24

Kirk Herbstreit (ep. 73)

ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit, the voice of college football, joins the podcast to talk about the SEC championship game. Their first matchup was a blowout that knocked the Dawgs from the top spot in the College Football Playoff rankings, does Kirk think round two will be different? Also, Herbie breaks down what each team needs to do successfully to take home the hardware and advance to the Playoff. Kirk Herbstreit joins us on behalf of the Allstate All Hands In Program, which is shedding some...

Duration: 00:13:29

First And 10: Tony Barnhart (ep. 72)

Tony Barnhart of the SEC Network joins the Matt Hayes to discuss the wild week that has been in the SEC, as well as to preview the upcoming conference championship matchups. Tony knows college football as well as anyone, and he says that this slate of conference championships could be the most exciting he's ever seen. What kind of chaos will ensue with this many teams jockeying for position in the four-team playoff? Also, Matt gives his weekly breakdowns, as well as the picks that you've...

Duration: 00:48:04

Tennessee Disaster, Dan Mullen to Florida, Auburn-Georgia Rematch for SEC title (ep. 71)

The whole SEC has gone crazy, and it's up to JC and Connor to figure it all out. According to JC, the Volunteers might have the most delusional fan base in all of college football. They still think they're a destination job, yet so many coaches keep saying no. Just how far down the list was Tee Martin when the search first started? Additionally, the pair looks ahead to Auburn-Georgia 2.0 in the SEC Championship Game and makes their picks.

Duration: 00:59:12

Dan Wolken (ep. 70)

Dan Wolken of USA Today joins the pod to talk about the Thanksgiving chaos that overwhelmed the SEC. From Tennessee to Texas A&M, nearly every team faced a bit of mayhem over the weekend. So where do we go from here? The coaching search at Tennessee has gotten totally out of control. What happened in the wake of the potential hiring of Greg Schiano was simply incredible to watch unfold. Who in their right mind wants to go to Rocky Top now? Additionally, Wolken gives his two cents worth on...

Duration: 00:27:53

Cupcake Week, Chip Kelly vs. Jon Gruden, Iron Bowl Preview (ep. 69)

It's the season of turkey and dressing across America, and the season of cupcakes in the SEC. But could cupcake week actually be good for college football? JC and Connor break it down. On one hand, it's a complete waste of time to see Alabama pull starters as early as the second quarter in a 56-0 whitewashing of Mercer. But on the other, some FCS teams might be able to have athletics at all if not for those payday games. Additionally, the pair breaks down the Iron Bowl and the impact it...

Duration: 00:57:10

Chris Davis (ep. 68)

It's the most wonderful time in the SEC: Iron Bowl season! We're kicking it off with Chris Davis, of "Kick Six" fame. Believe it or not, Davis grew up an Alabama fan. However, he never got an offer from the Crimson Tide, so he became a Tiger and eventually authored perhaps the most memorable play in Iron Bowl history. What does he see ahead of Saturday's matchup? Additionally, Davis talks about going through a coaching change from Gene Chizik to Gus Malzahn during his time on The Plains.

Duration: 00:27:49

First And 10: Tommy Deas of The Tuscaloosa News (ep. 67)

Tuscaloosa News executive sports editor Tommy Deas, who grew up in Tuscaloosa, joins Matt Hayes to break down all things Iron Bowl. When is Nick Saban at his best? When he tells his off-the-field anecdotes like his recent tangent about kids wearing cut off jeans. The pair of longtime SEC reporters talks about their favorite Saban stories. Also, these two teams may be more similar than we realize, but it appears to be the same old Alabama. Do the Tigers have a real shot at an upset? Plus,...

Duration: 00:59:54

First and 10: John Adams (ep. 66)

John Adams of the Knoxville News Sentinel joins Matt Hayes to talk about the recent goings on around Rocky Top. The discussion ranges from where Butch Jones went wrong to where Tennessee goes next and some of the unique challenges that the UT job presents. Matt then shares his thoughts from around the SEC and gives his weekly picks.

Duration: 00:54:32

Bo Mattingly (ep. 65)

Bo Mattingly joins the pod to talk Arkansas, and the wacky fortunes that have recently befallen the program in Fayetteville. Athletic director Jeff Long was just relieved of his duties Wednesday, so what does that mean for the future of coach Bret Bielema? If Bielema is indeed on his way out of Fayetteville, who may the Razorbacks target for the potential opening? Also, Mattingly goes into detail on Hogs quarterback Austin Allen. Why didn't he have the big senior season so many expected?

Duration: 00:32:47

Butch Jones out at Tennessee, playoff push for Alabama, Auburn, Georgia (ep. 64)

On this episdoe of the Saturday Down South podcast, host John Crist and co-host Connor O'Gara discuss Butch Jones mercifully getting pink-slipped at Tennessee. While this wasn't exactly breaking news, Volunteers athletic director John Currie sure took his sweet time making up his mind. Can a big-name coach succeed relatively quickly on Rocky Top, or is yet another rebuild on the horizon? Additionally, JC and Connor discuss the College Football Playoff hopes for the triumvirate of Alabama,...

Duration: 01:01:36

Justin Strawn of For Whom the Cowbell Tolls (ep. 63)

Justin Strawn, manager of For Whom the Cowbell Tolls, SB Nation's Mississippi State site, joins the pod to talk all things Maroon and White leading up to the Bulldogs' battle with Alabama this weekend. Defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons might have come to Mississippi State under controversial circumstances, but he's already lived up to his 5-star billing. On the other side of the ball, what's different about quarterback Nick Fitzgerald from last year to this year? Additionally, coach Dan...

Duration: 00:28:47

John Parker Wilson (ep. 62)

Former Alabama QB John Parker Wilson joins the pod to talk about the foundation of Alabama's dynasty and where their future lies. While he originally signed with and suited up for Mike Shula, Wilson was Nick Saban's first signal caller upon taking over the Crimson Tide. What was the first moment when he realized that things were about to be very different in Tuscaloosa? Additionally, because he still lives and makes a living in the Birmingham area, how often does being an old 'Bama QB come...

Duration: 00:29:39

First and 10: Olin Buchanan of TexAgs (ep. 61)

Matt is joined by Texas A&M expert Olin Buchanan as the two break down the Kevin Sumlin administration and the truly bizarre stats and records that have been produced by it. What is the future of the Aggies, and of Sumlin himself? Olin has the answers. Also, Matt previews the Week 11 slate of games and gives his weekly picks.

Duration: 00:54:59

Florida-Missouri, Monster Matchups in Week 11 for Georgia, Alabama

JC and Connor discuss a bevy of topics from Week 10, including Mizzou's big win against a rudderless Florida team. The Tigers played really well on both sides of the ball, while the Gators looked completely disinterested in the wake of Jim McElwain losing his job. Was the result more a product of Mizzou figuring things out or UF trending in the wrong direction? Additionally, Georgia and Alabama are facing possibly their biggest tests of the season this weekend in Auburn and Mississippi...

Duration: 00:59:13

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