The ESPN College Football Podcast
All season long, "The ESPN College Football Podcast" is now five days a week! Hosts Kirk Herbstreit, David Pollack and Kevin Negandhi are back, joined this year by Matt Barrie, Rece Davis, Paul Finebaum, Booger McFarland, and Joey Galloway. From weekend reaction on Monday mornings, to rankings reveals on Tuesday nights, to game previews late in the week, ESPN's CFB podcast has it covered by the voices and perspectives youll want to hear from.
Introducing "Haters" from Man in the Arena: 12/4/21
Whether you love him or hate him or are somehow completely indifferent, youve probably spent at least some of the last 20 years thinking about Tom Brady. Brady has altered friendships, families and communities. Hes changed the trajectory of careers and reputations, enabled fairy tale dreams to be both realized and dashed. 'Man In the Arena' is a new 10-part series from ESPN and Religion of Sports that looks at those two decades of Brady through the eyes of the fans and the haters, those in the arena and those outside. Host Gotham Chopra grapples with these big themes, while grounding the podcast in his personal relationship with Tom and his journey from a Brady fan to Toms friend. Americas collective adoration of the underdog means that people love to hate Tom Brady. In the world of sports, hatred is inevitable, so why are haters always gonna hate? And in the context of sports, could hate be a positive thing? What might it take to change one fans mind? Listen on Apple Podcasts (https://apple.co/3FgQalz), Spotify (https://spoti.fi/3c6q4oB), or search 'Man In the Arena' wherever you're listening now.
The Young and The Restless; Championship Saturday Picks; Adam Rittenberg Empties the Notebook: 12/2/21
Joey Galloway and Kevin Negandhi discuss Notre Dame moving toward making Marcus Freeman its head coach, Tommy Rees staying on the staff, basketball season in Columbus, Joeys daytime TV viewing habits and their Championship Saturday picks. Later, Adam Rittenberg empties the notebook with thoughts on Freeman, Matt Campbell, Oklahoma moving slowly in its head coaching search and the latest on College Football Playoff expansion.
When All Else Fails Take the $100M; Championship Saturday Keys: 12/1/21
Booger McFarland and Kevin Negandhi discuss Boogers life principle of always taking $100 million for whatever job is offered, who else Booger eyed for the LSU job, their candidates for Notre Dame, a mature Lane Kiffin for Oklahoma and Kevins wife reaction to Florida hiring Billy Napier. Then, the guys hit on the keys to the Pac-12, Big 12, American, SEC, Big 10 and ACC championship games.
Turn the Page Tuesdays with David Pollack & Rece Davis: 11/30/21
David Pollack and Rece Davis discuss the latest batch of College Football Playoff rankings, Baylor and Notre Dame lurking on the edges, and the cathartic release for Michigan and Oklahoma State. Then, they enter the coaching portal with thoughts on Brian Kelly, Lincoln Riley, building cars and where Luke Fickell may land. Later, they turn the page to Championship Saturday, the Heisman race and their playoff picks.
Lincoln Riley to USC; No Foregone Conclusions; Why We Love This Sport: 11/29/21
Kirk Herbstreit and Matt Barrie discuss Lincoln Riley leaving Oklahoma for USC, what Rileys move means for college football and the Pac-12, Florida hiring Billy Napier, Kirk finding himself between Ohio State and Michigan players in the bowels of the Big House, the Buckeyes inability to match the Wolverines in the trenches, Auburn blowing the Iron Bowl, Oklahoma State on the verge of a playoff bid, and Riley Skinner demanding the guys talk Wake Forest. Plus, Why We Love This Sport.
CFB Pod: Are You Not Entertained?; Write The Headline: 11/28/21
Paul Finebaum and Matt Barrie discuss a thrilling final week of the regular season; including Michigan and Jim Harbaugh finally getting the victory over Ohio State, Alabama's comeback against Auburn, and Oklahoma State winning in Bedlam. All that and more!
Party Crasher; Teetering on Disaster; DEFCONs; Week 13 Picks: 11/24/21
Booger McFarland and Kevin Negandhi start the show and are quickly interrupted by Joey Galloway. The guys discuss Joeys golf logo, if the LSU and USC coaching searches are full-blown disasters, the need for Michigan to get pressure on the quarterback without blitzing, Boogers DEFCON levels and everyones Week 13 picks.
Turn the Page Tuesdays with David Pollack & Rece Davis: 11/23/21
David Pollack and Rece Davis discuss the latest batch of College Football Playoff rankings, Ohio State earning its spot at No. 2, Oklahoma States big opportunity, Oregon getting punched in the throat, whats different about Michigans defense this season, ACC title game permutations and a key side dish missing from Pollacks Thanksgiving dinner.
Ohio State Scores Again; Coaching Circuit Zenith; Rivalry Week; Why We Love This Sport: 11/22/21
Kirk Herbstreit and Matt Barrie discuss Ohio State crushing Michigan State, Kirks thoughts on The Game, whats hurting Alabamas defense, when the cracks started forming under Dan Mullen, the ugliest dominant team in the country, Oregons disappointing effort and the looming madness of the coaching carousel. Plus, Why We Love This Sport featuring Shane Beamer and Rivalry Week.
CFB Pod :Dan Mullen Gets Canned; Write the Headline: 11/21/21
Paul Finebaum and Matt Barrie discuss Florida firing Dan Mullen and the implications that has across the College Football landscape including who will be the new head coach at Florida, and what that means for coaches job security going forward. Also, they write the headline for what to expect across the country during the Thanksgiving week in College Football.
Thanks for Coming In Kevin; Week 12 Picks; Heather Dinich Empties the Notebook: 11/18/21
Kevin Negandhi and Joey Galloway argue about the intro then make some picks for Week 12's exciting matchups. Later, Heather Dinich joins the show to discuss the College Football Playoff expansion that may be happening as well as each team's chances for getting into the Playoff this year.
Matt Barrie and Sam Acho Fill In; Rankings Reaction; Barrie's New Rules: 11/17/21
Sam Acho and Matt Barrie fill in for Booger and Kevin Negandhi to react to the new College Football Playoff rankings and what it means for the teams on the bubble of making the Playoff, Barrie also wants to implement new rules to the transfer portal and Acho gives him some push back. All that and more!
Turn The Page Tuesdays with David Pollack & Rece Davis: 11/16/21
Rece Davis and David Pollack discuss Cincinnati's bid for the College Football Playoff, if Alabama can beat Georgia in the SEC Championship, should Notre Dame be in the conversation for a playoff seat, and they make some hires for open coaching positions across the College Football Landscape. All that and more!
Big 12 Madness; Bring Back the Pac-12; ACC Shootouts; Why We Love This Sport: 11/15/21
Matt Barrie and Kirk Herbstreit react to the biggest stories from Week 11 including Oklahoma falling to Baylor, Washington firing Jimmy Lake; and Wake Forrest getting into a shootout with NC State. All that and more!
ESPN CFB pod: Is Florida Mullen a Coaching Change?: 11/14/21
Paul Finebaum and Matt Barrie recap an exciting week in College Football that saw Florida nearly lose to Samford, Texas lose to Kansas, and Mississippi State make a huge comeback against Auburn. Also a conversation about the coaches who are on the hot seat and what candidates have made themselves more attractive for big time positions. All that and more!
Who Controls Their Destiny?; Week 11 Picks; Mark Schlabach Empties the Notebook: 11/11/21
Joey Galloway and Kevin Negandhi discuss which teams will be able to get into the playoff picture after the latest College Football Playoff rankings, what the teams on the bubble need to show this week that they failed to prove last, and their picks for an exciting Week 11. Also, Mark Schlabach Empties the Notebook about what he sees going on with Alabama's offensive line, and what will happen with Dan Mullen at Florida.
America in an Uproar; Alabama Vulnerable; Mid-Week DEFCONs; WWBD: 11/10/21
Booger McFarland and Kevin Negandhi discuss why the committee is treating the rankings like they dont matter, Alabama struggling against LSU, death, taxes and Georgias defense, UTSA breaking into the top-25, Purdue heading to Columbus, and offensive line improvements being the key to Notre Dames recent success. Then, Booger doles out his mid-week DEFCON levels for Nebraska, Texas and Florida.
Turn the Page Tuesday with David Pollack & Rece Davis: 11/9/21
David Pollack and Rece Davis convene fresh off the TV set, in the bowels of Madison Square Garden. They discuss second batch of College Football Playoff rankings, the Michigan-Michigan State debate, Oklahoma standing pat, and where head-to-head matters in the top-25. Then, the guys turn the page to Tennessees offense against Georgias defense, Purduers getting more done, a big test for Baylor, if N.C. State can take control of its destiny, Rece having some fun, why Penn State should be ranked and their Money Back Guarantees.
Avoiding Rankings Shrapnel; As the Big Ten Turns; Why We Love This Sport: 11/8/21
Kirk Herbstreit and Matt Barrie discuss another chaotic Saturday in college football, lacking conviction with early College Football Playoff rankings, an upset everyone saw coming, LSUs improvement, South Carolina a win away from bowl eligibility, Illinois outlier offense, Texas needing fourth quarter drilling in the offseason, no one wanting to see Utah, the exciting race in the ACC and Why We Love This Sport.
Playoff Shake-Up: 11/7/21
Paul Finebaum and Matt Barrie discuss a thrilling week in College Football, including Alabama barely squeaking by against LSU, Purdue's performance against Michigan State, and Dan Mullen being on the hot seat after Florida gets dominated by South Carolina. All that and much more!
Sweetening the Pot; Week 10 Picks; Bill Connelly Empties the Notebook: 11/4/21
Joey Galloway and Kevin Negandhi discuss Joeys thoughts on the College Football Playoff rankings a few days removed from its release, why he doesnt think Oklahoma will be able to jump Alabama and their Week 10 picks. Later, Bill Connelly Empties the Notebook on the CFP committees jumbled rational for its initial rankings and what the numbers say about Georgia.
The Committee Doesnt Care; Validating Rankings; Mid-Week DEFCONs: 11/3/21
Booger McFarland and Kevin Negandhi discuss the College Football Playoff committees first rankings, why its a travesty Cincinnati isnt in the top-four, Boogers personal top-four, a low-key rivalry game in Wake Forest-North Carolina, Sparty needing to validate its ranking against Purdue, how Kenneth Walker III can get to NYC as a Heisman finalist, Nick Saban wanting to run it up against LSU, if Jimmy Lake is in trouble at Washington and Florida State already looming on the schedule for Dan Mullen. Later, Booger delivers his DEFCON levels for Jim Harbaugh, the Tar Heels and Penn State.
Turn the Page Tuesdays with David Pollack & Rece Davis: 11/2/21
David Pollack and Rece Davis react to the first batch of College Football Playoff rankings. They share their thoughts on Cincinnatis top-four snub, Wisconsin making the top-25, what it would take for Wake Forest and Oklahoma to make the CFP, if they truly know how good Michigan State is and why they love Oregon being ranked over Ohio State. Then, the guys turn the page and discuss Auburn could make noise down the stretch, their disappointment in North Carolina, if Sparty is in trouble against Purdue, and their Money Back Guarantees.
Sparty Has It; Georgia Hits Hard; Wake Forest and Oregon CFP Outlook; Why We Love This Sport: 11/1/21
Kirk Herbstreit and Matt Barrie discuss a classic between Michigan State and Michigan, Sparty needing to put this game behind them, Ohio State beating Penn State despite not playing exceptionally well, the Big Ten West running through Minnesota and Wisconsin, Texas' rough second half, Gary Patterson leaving TCU, Bo Nixs improvement, Georgia bludgeoning Florida, and where Wake Forest and Oregon may land in the initial CFP Rankings. Plus, Why We Love This Sport with Bronco Mendenhall's return to Provo.
The CFB Pod: Big Day For The Big Ten: 10/31/21
Matt Barrie and Paul Finebaum recap an incredible College Football Saturday including; the two huge games in the Big Ten and what they mean for the CFB Playoff picture, Georgia's continued dominance, how Auburn's victory over Ole Miss sets up a consequential Iron Bowl, and much more!
G5 Elephant in the Room; Week 9 Picks; Adam Rittenberg Empties the Notebook: 10/28/21
Joey Galloway and Kevin Negandhi discuss the weekend ahead where we will see the college football landscape start to sort itself out. Then, the guys make their Week 9 picks. Later, Adam Rittenberg Empties the Notebook with thoughts on Mel Tucker flipping his roster in the transfer portal, Ohio States defense tightening up, Iowa-Wisconsin, athletic directors looking for Ted Lasso qualities in their hires and the coaching carousel.
Statement Saturday?; Having a Cold One; 3 Things to Watch: 10/27/21
Booger McFarland and Kevin Negandhi discuss their impressions of Wake Forest and Pitt after big wins last weekend, Kenny Picketts legendary postgame interview, why Booger thinks it was disrespectful to ask Mike Tomlin about the USC job, a measuring stick game for Michigan State and Michigan, Florida fans on the verge of revolt, Texas Tech firing Matt Wells, Penn State-Ohio State, and three things to watch for this weekend.
Turn the Page Tuesdays with David Pollack & Rece Davis: 10/26/21
David Pollack and Rece Davis discuss Oklahoma being nearly unmasked before Halloween, Purdue and burnt popcorn, if Wolf Packing is the new Clemsoning, Bryce Young and C.J. Stroud. Then, the guys turn the page to Ohio State-Penn State and Michigan-Michigan State. Later, a Titans youth football update, Pollack not practicing what he preaches, Ole Miss-Auburn and why this weekend could be Floridas last stand for the season.
Keep Swinging; Alabama an Uppercut Away; Pac-12 Plays Good Football: 10/25/21
Before looking back at Week 8, Kirk Herbstreit talks about the passing of his high school football coach Bob Gregg and the valuable life lessons he learned from him. Then, Kirk and Matt Barrie discuss Oregon contenting to swing away in a win over UCLA, Oklahoma coming back against Kansas after sleeping through the first half, Cincinnati needing help to stay in the playoff mix, Alabama needing to be careful, Illinois responding to Bret Bielemas criticism and beating Penn State in nine overtimes, and the key to this weeks Michigan-Michigan State tilt in East Lansing. Later, the guys share what they loved about college football over the weekend.
Will The Real Number 2 Please Stand Up?: 10/24/21
Matt Barrie and Paul Finebaum discuss their dislike for the new overtime rule after Penn State and Illinois play a 9OT slugfest, they also remark on how competitive the BIG 12 looks after Oklahoma State loses to Iowa State and Kansas gives Oklahoma some issues, and how Clemson went from a power house to where they are right now. All that and more!
Heisman Check-In; Joey's Top 3 Teams, Week 8 Picks; Andrea Adelson Empties the Notebook: 10/21/21
Joey Galloway and Kevin Negandhi discuss the Heisman frontrunners, which units you can count on, Joeys top-three teams and their Week 8 picks. Later, Andrea Adelson empties the notebook on Pitt-Clemson, and the disappointment surrounding Miami and Florida.
Booger on Coach Os Ouster; Hampering Handsomeness; Mid-Week DEFCONs: 10/20/21
Booger McFarland and Kevin Negandhi begin the show by expressing their support for Dick Vitale following his cancer diagnoses. Then, Booger shares his thoughts on LSU firing Ed Orgeron, what changed about Orgeron after winning a title, the smoke coming from around the program, his criteria for a new head coach in Baton Rouge and his concerns for the team as it plays out the season. Later, the guys get into Bret Bielema getting a little too real, UCLA-Oregon and Boogers style. Later, Booger doles out mid-week DEFCON levels for Arkansas and Florida.
Turn the Page Tuesdays with David Pollack and Rece Davis: 10/19/21
David Pollack and Rece Davis discuss Georgias dominance, Floridas inability to stop the run, the bizarre theater in Baton Rouge, candidates for the LSU job, if Oregon can change minds at UCLA this weekend and a youth football update from Coach Pollack. Plus, their Money Back Guarantees and a round of Good/Ungood. And, Pollacks internet is the worst.
New Face of College Football; Tennessee Fans Make a Scene; Why We Love This Sport: 10/18/21
Kirk Herbstreit and Matt Barrie discuss Caleb Williams emerging as the new face of college football, Oklahoma States 6-0 start, Texas blowing another lead, LSU relieving Ed Orgeron of his duties at the end of the year, Tennessee fans ugly behavior, Pitt emerging in the ACC, Purdue taking down Iowa, the grind in the Pac-12, the hurdles in the Big Ten East. Plus a new segment: Why We Love This Sport.
The CFB Pod: It's Over for Coach O: 10/17/21
Matt Barrie and Paul Finebaum discuss the shocking news coming out of the College Football Weekend that LSU and Coach Ed Orgeron have agreed to part ways after this season. They also discuss the fan's behavior in Knoxville, how Alabama recovered from last week, and a whole lot more!
Galloway's WR Perspective on OU QB Situation; Week 7 Picks; Emptying the Notebook with Bill Connelly: 10/14/21
Kevin Negandhi and Joey Galloway discuss Joey watching Oklahoma-Texas alongside Sam Acho, and his wide receiver perspective on quarterback drama in Norman. Then, the guys make their Week 7 picks including Ole Miss-Tennessee, Arkansas-Auburn and North Carolina-Miami. Later, Kevin and Bill Connelly Empty the Notebook, digging into flaws of Georgia, Michigan and Michigan State.
Deep Dive on the OU QB Situation; How Good Is& ; Mid-Week DEFCONs: 10/13/21
Kevin Negandhi and Booger McFarland discuss if a two-loss team will make the College Football Playoff, and whether Spencer Rattler or Caleb Williams is more suited to dance to the rhythm of Lincoln Rileys offense. Then, Kevin asks Booger how good are Cincinnati, Iowa and Kentucky. Later, Booger has mid-week DEFCON levels for Miami and& a player.
Turn the Page Tuesdays with David Pollack & Rece Davis: 10/12/21
Rece Davis and David Pollack discuss Zach Calzada turning into Stephen Garcia and taking down the Tide in College Station, Alabamas inability to create pressure without blitzing, Lincoln Rileys unenviable quarterback predicament, if Iowa is the actually the No. 2 team in the country, Kentuckys accomplishments, a big game in the ACC Coastal this weekend, if it's over for Ed Orgeron and Manny Diaz, and a coaching update from Pollack.
A Red River Classic: 10/11/21
Matt Barrie and Kirk Herbstreit talk about the fallout from a wild Saturday in College Football; including the impressive performance by Oklahoma true freshman QB Caleb Williams, if Iowa is for real following their victory against Penn State, where Alabama goes from here, Ohio State's offense finding it's stride, and so much more!
Down Goes Bama: 10/10/21
Matt Barrie and Paul Finebaum discuss Texas A&M's upset over Alabama, and the impact that it will have for the College Football Playoffs, as well as a dominant performance by Kentucky over LSU, Arkansas' failed game winning two-point conversion, and much more!
Week 6 Picks; Joey Bullies Kevin; Ryan McGee on the Pillow Fight of the Millennium in Amherst: 10/7/21
Kevin Negandhi and Joey Galloway make their Week 6 picks, including Iowa-Penn State, Boise State-BYU, Kentucky-LSU and Notre Dame-Virginia Tech. Plus, Joey forces Kevin into picking his Owls against Cincinnati. Later, Ryan McGee Empties the Notebook on Kentucky and the game of the weekend: UConn-UMass.
Georgia is a Stack of Hot Cakes; Big Ten Unbeatens; Mid-Week DEFCONS: 10/6/21
Kevin Negandhi and Booger McFarland discuss Boogers experience during the lightning delay at SoFi Stadium on Monday Night Football, the four unbeaten teams in the Big 10, why Georgia is the best team in the country, what Booger learned from Dallas Clark about pancakes and the Red River Rivalry. Plus, Booger doles out his DEFCON levels for Texas A&M and LSU.
Burnt Popcorn: 10/5/21
Rece Davis and David Pollack discuss Alabama and Georgia making a statement last week. The Big Ten takes center stage this week with Iowa vs. Penn State. Is Michigan for real and who is the favorite in the East? Can OU protect Spencer Rattler against Texas? Who gets in the CFP between an unbeaten Cincinnati and one loss Oregon? Plus, what to expect from Bo Nix this weekend, will Pollack eat fair food this weekend and more
Get Your Protein Shake: 10/4/21
Kirk Herbstreit and Matt Barrie discuss Alabama and Georgias big wins. Cincinnati is officially in the CFP talk but will their conference schedule hold them back? Pac 12 gets a shakeup. Iowa might not be glamorous but they are good. Big Ten East will be a battle. Who is the best team in the Big 12? Mike Stoops doesnt get enough love and a whole lot more
The ESPN College Football Podcast: College Football Is In Chaos: 10/3/21
Paul Finebaum and Matt Barrie react to Alabama and Georgias statement wins on Saturday. Is Cincinnati a real contender for the CFP? Why the Big Ten is the most entertaining conference, a bold prediction for next week and a whole lot more
Undefeated Big Ten Battle; Week 5 Picks; Emptying the Notebook with Alex Scarborough : 9/30/21
Kevin Negandhi and Joey Galloway talk to producer Taylor about a battle of Big Ten undefeateds on Friday night between Maryland and Iowa. Then, the guys make their Week 5 picks including Michigan-Wisconsin, Notre Dame-Cincinnati, Georgia-Arkansas, Alabama-Ole Miss and Oklahoma State-Baylor. Later, Alex Scarborough Empties the Notebook on his piece about the dynamic between Nick Saban and Lane Kiffin, and how Kiffin brought out the beauty in Alabama offense.
Enjoying the Parity; Cincinnati Carrying the G5 Flag; Mid-Week DEFCONs: 9/29/21
Kevin Negandhi and Booger McFarland discuss the key to Alabama-Ole Miss, the relationship between Nick Saban and Lane Kiffin, Notre Dames deficiencies, why Georgia is a bad matchup for Arkansas and which team stocks theyre buying through four weeks. Plus, Booger doles out his DEFCON levels for Clemson, Wisconsin and UNC.
Seismic Saturday?: 9/28/21
Rece Davis and David Pollack discuss fans chanting for the backup QB. Can Lane Kiffin be the first former Saban assistant to beat him? Will Arkansas make another statement? The time is now for Cincinnati, NC State on upset alert and more
NIL impacting college football: 9/27/21
Kirk Herbstreit and Matt Barrie discuss the impact NIL might be having on college football, especially for the quarterbacks. Can OU find a run game? Arkansas continues to impress. Clemson has problems, but it isnt their offensive scheme. Is Michigan for real and more.
Goodbye Clemson: 9/26/21
Paul Finebaum and Matt Barrie react to Clemson losing to NC State and whats going on with their offense. Arkansas adds another statement win, beating Texas A&M. OU stays undefeated but continues to struggle. Is NIL impacting some of the star players? Can Ole Miss and Lane Kiffin get Alabama this weekend? Would Kiffin return to USC. Lastly, Brian Kelly becoming Notre Dames winningest coach
Florida Georgia Gap; Week 4 Picks; Emptying the Notebook with Heather Dinich: 9/23/21
Kevin Negandhi and Joey Galloway discuss the size of the gap between Florida and Georgia, what Joey gleaned from Penn States win over Auburn, and the state of the Big Ten East. Then, the guys make their Week 4 picks including Wisconsin-Notre Dame, UCLA-Stanford and Texas A&M-Arkansas. Later, Heather Dinich Empties the Notebook with thoughts on College Football Playoff expansion talk, and how Texas and Oklahoma jumping to the SEC changed the dynamic of those talks. Plus Heather wants to know, how good is Notre Dame?
Teams Looking for Identity; Mid-Week DEFCONs: 9/22/21
Kevin Negandhi and a near-shirtless Booger McFarland discuss what they make of Oklahoma, West Virginia needing to feed Leddie Brown, Notre Dame's defensive game plan for Wisconsin, Jack Coan playing against his old team, if Jimbo Fisher will open things up against Arkansas and which is the third best team in the SEC. Plus, Booger doles out his DEFCON levels for UCLA, Indiana and USF.
Super Dog Me: 9/21/21
Rece Davis and David Pollack discuss the top teams not being so dominant but Bamas win against Florida was still impressive. Whats going on with Spencer Rattler? GameDay is headed to Soldier Field. A preview of the battle of unbeatens as Arkansas and Texas A&M face off. Can Clemson fix their offense? Plus, whats wrong with Miami and FSU, how legit is Michigan and more
College Football is Wide Open: 9/20/21
Kirk Herbstreit and Matt Barrie discuss Penn States big win and how different their offense looks this year. Ohio State made changes to their defense but can they fix it? What the country learned about Florida. College football has a taunting problem. Whats going on in the ACC? Jaxon Dart introduced himself to college football. Down goes UCLA. Plus, a quick look at next weeks games.
Everybody Can Be Beaten: 9/19/21
Paul Finebaum and Matt Barrie react to Penn States big win and who is the team to beat in the Big Ten. Biggest takeaway from Florida/Bama. Whats going on with Spencer Rattler and OU? Should USC bring back Lane Kiffin? When will Miami and FSU get back to what they once were? Plus, the guys preview what they think they will be talking about next Sunday
Not Panicking Over Ohio State's D, Week 3 Picks, Emptying the Notebook with Chris Low: 9/16/21
Kevin Negandhi and Joey Galloway discuss whats wrong with Ohio States defense and Joey explains why hes not worried about the Buckeyes just yet. Then, the guys make their picks, including Cincinnati-Indiana, West Virginia-Virginia Tech and Penn State-Auburn. Later, Chris Low Empties the Notebook with thoughts on Dan Mullen not committing to a quarterback, what we may learn about Auburn in Happy Valley and Arkansas surprising early.
Why Clay Helton Failed at USC; Mid-Week DEFCONs: 9/15/21
Kevin Negandhi and Booger McFarland discuss USC at a DEFCON 1 after firing Clay Helton, why Helton ultimately failed at USC, candidates for the Southern Cal job, Anthony Richardsons health, Michigan State running the ball against Miami, if Brian Harsin can keep Bo Nix calm during the White Out, the Big Ten race, quarterback shuffling at Texas and Texas A&M, and DEFCON levels for Washington and Florida State.
Fight On: 9/14/21
Rece Davis and David Pollack discuss USC firing Clay Helton and who they should go after. Is Oregon a legit national title contender? How will Bo Nix perform at Happy Valley? Dan Mullens QB dilemma. Cincinnati gets their first chance to show how for real they are and more.
Gap Integrity : 9/13/21
Kirk Herbstreit and Matt Barrie discuss Oregons big win and whats wrong with Ohio States defense. Sam Pittman and the Hogs continue to impress. How nervous is Clay Helton? Whats the odds Cincinnati makes the CFP? Plus, a preview of Bama vs. Florida and Auburn vs. Penn State
Quack, quack, quack Mr. Cristobal: 9/12/21
Paul Finebaum and Matt Barrie react to Oregons statement win against Ohio State. Iowa got another win against their rival but where does the Big Ten stand after week 2? Texas will be joining the SEC in a few years but got a taste of what life will be like as Arkansas handed them a loss. Plus, FSU threw away all their goodwill, Tennessees problems continue, who should start at QB for Florida and a whole lot more.
Week 2 Picks with Joey Galloway, Adam Rittenberg Empties the Notebook: 9/9/21
Kevin Negandhi and Joey Galloway discuss where the gap is between the Haves and Have Nots in college football, Oklahomas same old defensive problems, Georgias dominant defense, positives for Notre Dame in a loss and why they both think Ohio State takes down Oregon. Then, the guys make their picks, including the Cy-Hawk game, Texas-Arkansas and Michigan-Washington. Later, Adam Rittenberg Empties the Notebook with thoughts on UCF applying for Big 12 membership, what factors the Big 12 is considering when adding members and several of the Week 1 quarterback debutants.
Pac-12 Optics; Mid-Week DEFCONs: 9/8/21
Kevin Negandhi and Booger McFarland discuss Ohio State-Oregon, why the Ducks need to win to save the Pac-12s dignity, UCLA making a statement, Georgias offensive struggles, why Booger thinks Penn State is back on track, quarterback rumblings in Gainesville, the Cy-Hawk game, and Washington-Michigan feeling like a must-win for both teams. Plus, Booger doles out his DEFCON levels for Clemson, North Carolina and LSU.
Embrace The Suck: 9/7/21
Rece Davis and David Pollack react to Georgias big win and what to expect from their offense as they move forward. Why the targeting rule needs to be changed. Ohio States defense should be a concern against Oregon. Can Iowa State end their losing streak to Iowa? Why Texas has to earn our trust before we believe in them. Plus, the guys pull back the curtain on College GameDay.
Sissy Blue Shirt: 9/6/21
Kirk Herbstreit and Matt Barrie react to Notre Dames overtime win at FSU and the amazing scene as McKenzie Milton played for the first time since his horrific injury in 2018. Whats wrong with Clemsons offense? OU needs to stop blowing leads. Chip Kelly has UCLA finally rolling while LSU has some issues. Lastly, stop celebrating when youre losing by 21 points.
Black Eye for ACC: 9/5/21
Paul Finebaum and Mattie Barrie react to Georgias statement win over Clemson. Plus, why Georgia can cruise to the CFP and Clemson is now on the outside looking in. Bama is still Bama. Then, LSUs problems from last year have carried over as UCLA dominated them Saturday night. Finally, can the ACC salvage week 1 with games on Sunday and Monday night?
Week 1 Picks with Joey Galloway; Andrea Adelson Empties the Notebook: 9/2/21
Kevin Negandhi and Joey Galloway discuss the outlook for Ohio State this season, the goal of winning a national championship and expectations for C.J. Stroud. Then, the guys make their picks for the week, including North Carolina-Virginia Tech, Penn State-Wisconsin, Georgia Clemson and LSU-UCLA. Later, Andrea Adelson stops by to Empty the Notebook, talking about Clemson's defense after getting torched against the Buckeyes in the playoff, the pressure on North Carolina in Week 1 against Virginia Tech, DEriq Kings big plans for Miami, McKenzie Miltons three-year journey back from injury and Gus Malzahns first game at UCF.
Big Cinco: 9/1/21
Kevin Negandhi and Booger McFarland discuss the wide-open feel to start of the 2021 college football season, their confidence in JT Daniels and D.J. Uiagalelei, Boogers struggles saying Uiagalelei, if a win this weekend would be bigger for Georgia or Clemson, why Alabama might have its best defense in five years, Mike Norvells warm seat in Tallahassee, and whats at stake for LSU two seasons removed from winning a championship.
Georgia is Belgium: 8/31/21
Rece Davis and David Pollack discuss if JT Daniels can be elite against Clemsons front seven. How will DEriq King look against Bama? What to expect from Bama after losing so many players to the NFL. Who is LSU? Can IU build off last years success? Can Dorian Thompson-Robinson prove he can throw the ball & more
Time To Get Some Answers: 8/30/21
Kirk Herbstreit and Matt Barrie put a bow on week 0 before moving to a jammed pack week 1 schedule. Who will be under center for FSU and can they get their program back to where it once was? What to expect from Bama with a new QB and OC? Can UCLA make a statement against LSU? Finally, the impact week 1 will have on the CFP
Dead Man Walking: 8/29/21
Matt Barrie and Paul Finebaum react to Nebraskas loss to Illinois and what that means for Scott Frosts future in Lincoln. Then, does Chip Kelly finally have UCLA on the right track? Finally, how important is the Clemson/Georgia game to the CFP and should Alabama be favored as much as they are against Miami?
Week 0: 8/25/21
For first episode of The ESPN College Football Podcast Matt Barrie is joined by Kirk Herbstreit to discuss their overwhelming excitement for college football, College GameDay opening the season in Atlanta for the MEAC/SWAC Challenge, Bret Bielema returning to the Big Ten, a big year ahead for Nebraska and Scott Frost, and expectations for C.J. Stroud at Ohio State. Then, Paul Finebaum stops by to talk about picking Oklahoma to win the title this year, why beating Clemson in Week 1 would be a huge weight off Kirby Smarts shoulders and if UCLA will be THE surprise team in the sport. The ESPN College Football Podcast will be dropping episodes Sunday through Thursday, every week, all the way until a champion is crowned in Indianapolis. Sundays will feature Matt Barrie and Paul Finebaum, Mondays will feature Barrie and Kirk Herbstreit, Tuesdays will feature Reece Davis and David Pollack, Wednesdays will feature Kevin Negandhi and Booger McFarland, and Thursdays will feature Negandhi and Joey Galloway.
2022 NFL Draft Lookahead: 5/3/21
Kevin Negandhi kicks off the podcast talking to ESPN NFL draft analyst Matt Miller about the 2022 NFL Draft. They discuss quarterbacks always coming out of the woodwork, his top four prospects all being on defense, why John Metchie could be better than Jalen Waddle and DeVonta Smith, how Kyler Murray changed the perception of shorter quarterbacks, if players are being knocked for transferring and D.J. Uiagalelei looking ready to plug-and-play in Clemsons offense.
You Take Power: 4/26/21
Kevin Negandhi kicks off the podcast with Heather Dinich to talk about the College Football Playoff examining options for expansion. Then, Mel Kiper Jr. stops by to discuss the overall unpredictability he expects in this years NFL Draft, at which pick the draft begins for him, what the Bears will do with its first pick, if Davis Mills could leap into the first round, why Justin Fields is his No. 2 quarterback, Northern Iowas Spencer Brown, Trey Lances boom or bust range, and his love for the TV show Dallas.
I Like Making Plays: 4/21/21
Kevin Negandhi kicks off the podcast with former Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons to discuss watching his team after opting out of the college football season, the importance of being a three-down linebacker, punting in high school, giving back to the community in Harrisburg, Pa., owning up to his mistakes, why he thinks hes top-five talent in the draft and what hes wearing on draft night. Then, former Syracuse safety Andre Cisco talks about missing the season with an ACL injury, his biggest strengths, emulating Derwin James, if he would alter his playing style against big wide receivers in the NFL and facing Trevor Lawrence.
Resident GM: 4/12/21
Kevin Negandhi kicks off the podcast with Louis Riddick to discuss why theres a gap between Trevor Lawrence and the rest of the top quarterbacks, gathering information at pro days, the post-draft period being crucial to prospect development, what he noticed about developing talent during a pandemic season, the difficulties defending modern pass catchers, why calling Ja'Marr Chase a generational talent isnt hyperbole, and Stanfords Davis Mills as an intriguing second-tier quarterback option.
Draft SZN: 4/5/21
Kevin Negandhi and Todd McShay kick off the podcast discussing where Todd is with his prep about a month away from the NFL Draft, whats changed in the conversation about quarterbacks at the top of the draft, Mac Jones leap up teams draft boards, day two quarterbacks, which player has Hall of Fame talent, the unpredictability of the Patriots at No. 15, wide receiver tiers and how Todd couldnt bring himself to watch last years draft after being sidelined with COVID-19.
Finals Thoughts: 1/18/21
Kevin Negandhi is joined by Andrea Adelson, Heather Dinich, Adam Rittenberg and Ivan Maisel to put a bow on the 2020 college football season. They discuss the historical context of a season played during a pandemic, what was different about this years Alabama team, why the Big Ten would like to forget this season, if the College Football Playoff ever seriously flirted with the idea of expansion, Sarah Fuller making history, underdog stories, Dabo Swinneys heel turn, concerns about the current structure of the sport, predictions and hopes for college football for 2021, and Urban Meyer taking the Jacksonville Jaguars job.
Lock and Load Mode: 1/13/21
Herbie, Pollack and Negandhi kick off the podcast discussing the offensive clinic Alabama put on in the National Championship, Pollacks vindication, DeVonta Smiths insane first half performance, Alabamas 2017 recruiting class, Herbies phone call with Saban after the game, the Tides defense likely to improve next season, how to fix the gap between the haves and have-nots in the sport and reflections on the 2020 college football season.
Tackling a Tree Trunk: 1/6/21
Pollack and Negandhi kick off the podcast discussing whether well see Jaylen Waddle in the National Championship game, Justin Fields attacking the middle of the field against Clemson, the Tigers flaws, why the Buckeyes should emulate Arkansas defensive game plan against Alabama, Trey Sermon opening up Ohio States offense, what will decide the title and Pollacks thoughts on Texas hiring Steve Sarkisian.
These Guys are Legit: 1/4/21
Herbie and Negandhi kick off the podcast discussing how Herbies feeling after being diagnosed with COVID-19, calling Ohio State-Clemson from home, Ohio State mixing up its offensive tempo, what went wrong for Clemson, where playoff win will be remembered in Buckeye lore, Alabamas dominant win over Notre Dame, Herbies initial read on the national championship game, and Texas firing Tom Herman and hiring Steve Sarkisian.
In Memoriam 2020: 12/29/20
Ivan Maisel and Ryan McGee take the reins of The CFB Podcast for their annual in memoriam show, remembering the college football figures we lost in 2020. The guys reflect on the lives of... Chris Doleman Paul Hornung Johnny Majors Lee Grosscup Pat Dye Don Shula Ray Perkins Gale Sayers Rickey Dixon Tavaris Jackson Markus Paul Willie Davis Osia Lewis Merritt Norvell Jim Lambright Paul Schmidt Bill Yeoman John Najarian
I Love Bowl Games: 12/28/20
Herbie and Negandhi kick off the podcast discussing Herbies son committing to Ohio State, how teams manage the layoff between conference championships and the playoff, why bowl games matter, how Notre Dame can hang with Alabama, the Clemson-Ohio State rematch and why the Buckeyes are at a disadvantage having played less games.
Best Point You've Ever Made: 12/21/20
Pollack and Negandhi kick off the podcast discussing if the College Football Playoff committee selected the four best teams, if Ohio State deserved a spot after only playing six games, Trevor Lawrence proving to be the difference against Notre Dame, Alabama outlasting Florida in the SEC Championship, teams dodging Army, Cincinnati disrespect and the New Years Six.
Welcome to the Party: 12/16/20
Pollack and Negandhi kick off the podcast discussing the latest head-scratching College Football Playoff rankings, no one mentioning Texas A&M, Davids Dude and their conference championship picks. Then, Paul Finebaum hops on to discuss Alabama-Florida, if this is Nick Sabans best team, the favorite to land the Auburn job and if Hugh Freeze will return to the SEC (29:04). Next, Andrea Adelson stops by to talk about Clemson-Notre Dame, why this game will be very different from the first and the improvement the Irish have shown throughout the season (44:16). Finally Tom Luginbill talks National Signing Day, hitting on the toughest recruiting cycle ever in college football, Maryland and Ole Miss trending upward, Michigan and Texas trending downward, and the role the transfer portal will play this offseason (54:28).
Gee Willikers: 12/14/20
Herbie, Pollack and Negandhi kick off the podcast discussing College GameDays visit to West Point, Herbies chopper ride, Florida losing to LSU and the shoe toss seen round college football, coaches griping about games played, which teams could sneak into the playoff, the Heisman race coming down to the final weekend, and Auburn firing Gus Malzahn.
Four-Star General: 12/9/20
Negandhi kicks off the podcast with Adam Rittenberg discussing the Big Tens rule change to slot Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game. Then Negandhi and Pollack talk about the latest round of College Football Playoff rankings, Davids Dude of the Week, North Carolina-Miami and their week 15 picks. Later, Wright Thompson hops on to get into how this season was just an exhibition season for Ole Miss, the future of the Rebels under Lane Kiffin, Archie Manning moving next door to his mom and why hes more starstruck by Manning than Michael Jordan.
Thank You Mullets, Thank You Mormons: 12/7/20
Herbie, Pollack and Negandhi kick off the podcast discussing an exciting game between Coastal Carolina and BYU, if Ohio State would schedule another game if Michigan is unable to play, playoff Armageddon, the complete toss-up of a Heisman race and love for Tom Allen.
This is Saucy: 12/2/20
Pollack and Negandhi kick off the podcast discussing College Football Playoff scenarios, who has the edge between Alabama and Notre Dame, College GameDay showcasing Coastal Carolina-Liberty, Jaret Patterson, and their Week 14 picks. Then, Andrea Adelson hops on to talk about the ACCs schedule change, the possibility of Clemson and Notre Dame both making the playoff, and watching Sarah Fullers debut with her daughters (36:00). Later, Ivan Maisel drops by to talk about a very different Alabama-LSU matchup and the lack of diversity among head coaches (52:27).
Bludgeon Your Face: 11/30/20
Herbie, Pollack and Negandhi kick off the podcast discussing Notre Dames impressive win over North Carolina and how the Irish may be the No. 1 team in the country. Then, the guys get into Alabamas continued dominance and Mac Jones pulling a Joe Burrow, the Big Tens playoff complications with more canceled games, the health of the sport with players leaving their teams mid-season, and the barrier broken by Vanderbilts Sarah Fuller.
Bad*** Rece Davises: 11/25/20
Pollack and Negandhi kick off the podcast discussing the first batch of College Football Playoff rankings, Notre Dame heading to North Carolina down two offensive linemen, Northwestern surprisingly smashing Wisconsin, Davids Dude of the Week, Coastal Carolinas offense, Maryland-Indiana, JT Daniels impressing in his Georgia debut and their Week 13 picks. Later, Rece Davis hops on to talk about being in the spotlight with Northwesterns success, BYU landing at No. 14, a nightmare playoff scenario for Cincinnati, the deck being stacked against the Pac-12 and the start of the college basketball season (48:39).
It's Not A Cute Little Story: 11/23/20
Herbie and Negandhi kick off the podcast discussing what they might see in the first batch of College Football Playoff rankings, BYU turning down a game against Washington, Notre Dame-UNC, Dabo Swinneys raging against Florida State, Indianas near comeback against Ohio State, Northwestern having Wisconsins number and the Iron Bowl.
Buncha Humpies: 11/18/20
Pollack and Negandhi kick off the podcast discussing Bedlam, Oklahoma States defense, Spencer Rattlers prolific play outside of the pocket, Oklahoma States offensive line getting pushed around, Cincinnatis Jarrell White, Wisconsins offense, Ohio State-Indiana and their Week 12 picks. Later, Jesse Palmer stops by to talk Mac Jones, Kyle Trask, Ian Book, if College Football Playoff expansion is possible this season, Cincinnati-UCF, Northwestern and Steve Spurrier playing quarterback in practice.
Thief at Heart: 11/16/20
Herbie, Pollack and Negandhi kick off the podcast recapping the College GameDay experience at Augusta National with Herbie name-dropping Peyton Manning and Pollack fending off attacks from viewers for his on-camera look. Then, the guys discuss Jim Harbaughs unraveling at Michigan, Wisconsin looking sharp after two games, Kyle Trask lighting up Arkansas and what comes next for South Carolina after firing Will Muschamp.
Pollack and Negandhi kick off the podcast discussing the rash of cancelations across college football this weekend, if there should be a minimum number of games to make the playoff, Davids Dude of the Week and their Week 11 picks. Later, Joey Galloway joins the show after more than a year of ducking Negandhis invites to discuss the Pac-12, slotting Cincinnati just outside of the playoff picture and Justin Fields.
Back to Normal: 11/9/20
Herbie and Negandhi kick off the podcast discussing the excitement of the back-and-forth in Notre Dames win over Clemson, the Pac-12s return, Kyle Trask playing with emotion, Alabama being Alabama, if Michigan and Penn States poor play, other surprises in the Big Ten, Liberty upsetting Virginia Tech and BYU continuing to impress.
Baby Alien: 11/4/20
Pollack and Negnadhi kick off the show discussing the need to expand the College Football Playoff for this season, Clemson being in a good spot whether it wins or loses to Notre Dame, playoff hypotheticals, Davids Dude of the Week, how much Jamie Newman opting out really hurt Georgia, why you cant double Kyle Pitts every snap, Arizona State-USC and their Week 10 picks. Then, Mark Sanchez stops by to talk about his time on The Masked Singer, his love for karaoke, his takeaways from D.J. Uiagaleleis debut, the Pac-12 kicking off and life after football (47:02).
Context Matters: 11/2/20
Herbie, Pollack and Negandhi kick off the podcast discussing Clemson holding off Boston College in D.J. Uiagaleleis debut, the Tigers impeding matchup against Notre Dame without Trevor Lawrence, if Ohio State is the best team in the country, Michigan losing to Michigan State, the brawl between Florida-Missouri, the Worlds Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party, what theyll be watching for as the Pac-12 gets underway and the undefeated Cincinnati Bearcats.
The podcast kicks off with the breaking news of Wisconsin-Nebraska being canceled because of an outbreak amongst the Badgers. Heather Dinich hops on the pod with Negandhi to talk about the cancelation and if Oklahoma State has the makings of a championship team. Then, Pollack and Negandhi discuss Pollack staying up late to watch Rutgers tape, not being overly impressed with Ohio State, what theyre watching for in Oklahoma State-Texas, Trevor Lawrence leaving the door open to stay for another season and their Week 9 picks (9:35).
Running Back Room Service: 10/26/20
Herbie, Pollack and Negandhi kick off the podcast discussing the return of the Big Ten, Michigans strong start, Indianas big overtime win over Penn State, Ohio States questions at running back, Oklahoma States defense and what changes for Alabama with the loss of Jaylen Waddle.
Kick Rocks: 10/21/20
Pollack and Negnadhi kick off the podcast discussing what looks to be a competitive week of football, whats up with Bo Nix, Pollack doling out gambling advice, Florida State playing hard, Iowa State rediscovering its identity and their Week 8 picks. Then, Bill Connelly joins the show to talk about potential defensive weaknesses for Ohio State, Penn State missing Micah Parsons, Michigans high-potential sophomore class and who can give Wisconsin a run in the West (30:45). Later, Adam Rittenberg hops on to get into pressure facing the Wolverines, how close the Nittany Lions are to the Buckeyes and the intrigue surrounding Indiana and Minnesota (42:00).
Gone Are The Days of 9-6: 10/19/20
Herbie, Pollack and Negandhi kick off the podcast discussing Alabamas win over Georgia, Mac Jones flying under the radar, Steve Sarkisian changing up the Tides offense, why defense no longer wins championship, if Stetson Bennett IV should remain the starter in Athens, Clemson dropping 73 against Georgia Tech, and what to expect from Penn State, Ohio State and Michigan in the Big Tens opening weekend.
You Dont Play the Game: 10/14/20
Pollack and Negandhi kick off the podcast discussing Davids Dude of the Week, team defense across the sport improving as the season goes on, what Georgias offense needs to do against Alabama, the issues with LSUs defense, why Mississippi State has gone 20 straight possessions without a score and their Week 7 picks. Later, Ivan Maisel joins the pod to talk about what has stood out during the early part of the season, Mack Browns turnaround at UNC, Tom Herman being in a tough spot at Texas and Spencer Rattlers growing pains.
Shut Up and Sit Down: 10/12/20
Herbie, Pollack and Negandhi kick off the podcast discussing Alabamas defense trying to find itself, their idea for LSUs maligned defense, heartbreak for Arkansas against Auburn, still not knowing how good Oklahoma and Texas really are, Clemson sending Miami back to the kids table, North Carolina and Notre Dame lagging behind the Tigers in the ACC, and Georgia-Alabama.
Bleeding Eyes: 10/7/20
Pollack and Negandhi kick off the podcast talking about the Red River Rivalry, Davids Dude of the Week Gervon Dexter from Florida, a sneaky good UNC-Virginia Tech game and their Week 6 picks. Next, David Hale joins the pod to discuss Clemson-Miami, Dabo Swinney to the Texans chatter and the second rung of teams in the ACC (34:43). Later, Alex Scarborough hops on to get into Alabamas balance, the quarterback situation at Georgia and Jimbo Fisher not turning the corner at Texas A&M (48:25).
A Lot of Average: 10/5/20
Herbie, Pollack and Negandhi kick off the podcast discussing Alabama looking like Alabama, Georgia playing with an edge, Tennessees continued improvement, Floridas offense, Arkansas thwarting Mississippi State for a vintage Mike Leach letdown, Oklahomas loss to Iowa State, the pressure on Texas and Clemson-Miami this weekend in Death Valley.
Date Night: 9/30/20
Pollack and Negandhi kick off the show by discussing Davids Dudes of the Week Myles Murphy and Bryan Bresee, Oklahomas nonexistent margin for error, Iowa States disappointing to start the season, Georgia-Auburn, the Trey Lance showcase game, and their Week 5 picks. Later, Ryan McGee stops by to talk about his new book Sidelines and Bloodlines, how the book came together, learning the game through his dad refereeing college football and the Hall of Screaming. Plus, McGees thoughts on Alabama, Florida and the Bottom 10.
Full Kitchen: 9/28/20
Herbie, Pollack and Negandhi kick off the podcast discussing Mississippi States win over LSU in Mike Leachs first game, the reality check for a post-championship LSU, Oklahomas collapse against Kansas State, Texas struggles against Texas Tech, the Kyle Trask-Kyle Pitts connection at Florida, Pollacks take on Georgia and DEriq King continuing to looking scary.
Give Me The Pirate: 9/23/20
Kevin Negandhi kicks off the podcast with Adam Rittenberg (1:07) as they discuss the postponement of Notre Dame-Wake Forest and Adams belief that all FBS leagues will have some variation of a fall season. Then, David Pollack joins Negandhi to talk about Jackson State hiring Deion Sanders as its head coach, LSUs freshman tight end Arik Gilbert, year three for Jeremy Pruitt at Tennessee, Oklahoma States struggles, Army-Cincinnati and Pollacks Dude of the Week. Plus, the guys make their picks for the week (11:50).
Popularity Contest: 9/21/20
Herbie, Pollack & Negandhi kick off the podcast by discussing the new-look Miami with Rhett Lashlee and DEriq King at the helm of the offense, but arent ready to declare the Hurricanes back just yet. Then the guys give the American some love and ponder what it would take for a team to get into the playoff. Later, they talk about expanding the playoff for this season, the newly revealed Big Ten schedule and what theyre looking forward to this weekend as the SEC gets underway.
Its Gonna Be Nuts: 9/16/20
David Pollack and Kevin Negandhi kick off the podcast with Adam Rittenberg after the breaking news of the Big Ten playing an eight-game season starting October 24. The guys get into how rapid testing was the game changer in the conferences decision, the lack of flexibility with the shortened timeline of the season and if players will consider opting back in. Then, Pollack and Negandhi discuss how the Big Ten screwed this whole thing up, why the Pac-12 is even more behind in college football, how the conference stacks up behind Ohio State and DEriq King looking ready to scare ACC defenses.
Sun Belt > Big 12: 9/14/20
David Pollack and Kevin Negandhi kick off the podcast with the news of Ohio State corner Shaun Wade opting out of the season as it looks increasingly likely the Big Ten will start in mid-October. Then, the guys get into the big weekend for the Sun Belt against the Big 12, Spencer Rattlers dazzling debut, the slow starts in the ACC and Florida State losing to Georgia Tech.
No Crayons Involved: 9/11/20
David Pollack and Kevin Negandhi kick off the podcast by talking about the vibe in Winston-Salem for the first on-campus edition of College GameDay, hobbies they picked up during the pandemic, the quarterback battle at Georgia, a possible Big Ten re-vote on football and the ACC matchups this weekend. Later, Booger McFarland drops (25:13) by to discuss motivations for teams in this pandemic season, the outlook for Trevor Lawrence, a Joe Burrow-less LSU, the SEC East, Notre Dame playing in the ACC and his love of riding a Peloton.
Passionate Plea: 9/8/20
Herbie, Pollack & Negandhi kick off the podcast asking Herbie what it was like calling Navy-BYU in an empty stadium, if Navy did its defense a disservice by not hitting during practice and what couldve been if BYU had played its original schedule. Then, the guys discuss how the Big 12 could be a four-team race (15:49) and the depth in the ACC (26:01). Later, Herbie explains his unplanned statement on College GameDay on racial equality in America (39:59).
They're Actually Doing This: 9/3/20
Kevin Neghandhi kicks off the podcast with The Athletics Nicole Auerbach, talking about the in-stadium experience for both teams and fans, and the Big Ten deciding on its medical benchmarks that have to be cleared to restart play (3:21). Then, The Athletics Andy Staples on whats different about covering games in a pandemic, Jamie Newman opting out, the possibility of players opting out mid-season, and the outlook for Florida and Alabama (16:48). Later, Rob Gilmore stops by to discuss how the NCAA has made football players essential employees, why he thinks a spring season is a horrible idea, Black athletes being in the prime demographic for police harassment and brutality, his own experience with police harassment, and his bout with cancer (37:57).
The Return of Herbstreit: 8/31/20
Herbie makes his glorious return to the podcast, talking with Negandhi and Pollack about the need for a unified voice in college football, Pac-12 coaches lining up behind the conferences decision not to play, the widespread dissent inside the Big Ten, the challenge of keeping players in the Big Ten and Pac-12 engaged and not depressed, the lost opportunity for Ohio State, JaMarr Chase opting out, what football is going to look like this year, and Pollacks disdain for baseball.
Kevin Negandhi kicks off the podcast talking to Desmond Howard about his advocacy for player empowerment, why arent we hearing any fallout from the Pac-12s postponing football, Nebraska players suing the Big Ten, the communication breakdown between the Big Ten, school presidents and the athletic directors, and the 2020 Heisman race (3:26). Later, Harry Lyles Jr. joins the show to discuss players across the country refusing to practice following the shooting of Jacob Blake, where college football goes from here, the need for college administrators to understand why theyre telling students to vote, the importance of Black mental health and white voices on teams speaking about issues of racial justice (27:42).
Tax Free Envelopes: 8/21/20
Kevin Negandhi and David Pollack kick off the podcast discussing Davids optimism that the season will get off the ground, athletes already making sacrifices to play pre-pandemic, the podcast they recorded but had to scrap, university presidents going quiet and how college football should crown a champion. Next, Andrea Adelson hops on to talk about how North Carolina and Notre Dame are handling preparations for the football season with spikes in coronavirus cases on campus (32:24). Finally, Adam Rittenberg calls in from the Big Ten headquarters after hearing from parents who are speaking out against the conferences decision to postpone the season (44:40).
Lack of Cooperation: 8/12/20
The Big Ten and Pac-12 postponed their college football seasons, while the Big 12 joins the SEC and ACC in choosing to forge ahead. Kevin Negandhi talks to Mark Schlabach about what changed for the Big Ten between putting out a schedule and postponing the season, the lack of information sharing between conferences, the NCAAs role in these decisions, and the feasibility of spring football (2:17). Next, Rece Davis hops on to discuss the Big 12s decision to start the season, why he thinks the notion of spring football is ludicrous and why hes slightly optimistic the season will start (23:38). Later, Ivan Maisel stops by to put the postponements into historical context, explain he doesnt think the power structure in college football will change and detail Kevin Warren dealing with dissent among Big Ten programs (40:39).
Spinning The Wheel: 8/5/20
Kevin Negandhi spins the wheel of college football news, first with Heather Dinich as they discuss UConn canceling its season, the Big Ten revising its schedule to accommodate teams potentially quarantining, the role of the NCAA Board of Governors and if this is the the start of the Power Five schools breaking off from the NCAA (1:07). Then, Adam Rittenberg joins the podcast to talk about #BigTenUnited, how #BigTenUnited differs from the Pac-12s player unity group, the potential for more NFL-caliber players to opt out of the season and the Pac-12 planning a loan program to rescue athletic departments if the season doesnt happen (14:56). Later, Harry Lyles Jr. goes deep on the Pac-12 players demands for the conference and the blueprint theyve created (28:00).
Tom Herman on the State of His Team, Players Pushing for Change, Elinghers Quiet Confidence: 7/23/20
Kevin Negandhi and David Pollack kick off the podcast by getting into Davids idea of the FCS playing permanently in the spring. Then, Texas head coach Tom Herman drops by to discuss going to college with Dave Aranda, swapping notes with coaches all over the country during the pandemic, his optimism level that games will be played in the fall, his players pushing for change on campus and Sam Elinghers return giving the team a quiet confidence (7:34). Later, Heather Dinich hops on to talk about the what Notre Dame might do for scheduling games with teams playing conference-only schedules, the upcoming NCAA Board of Governors meeting and the in case of emergency break glass scenario for the college football (32:57).
Kirby Smart on Cleaning the Weight Room, Hoops with Pollack, Jamie Newman: 7/7/20
Georgia head coach Kirby Smart joins Kevin Negandhi and David and Pollack to discuss players taking personal responsibility during the pandemic, the uncertainties that remain about practice protocol, Jamie Newman, being the Chick-Fil-A of recruiting and playing basketball with Pollack (27:27). Plus, The Athletics Bruce Feldman talks to Kevin about what hes hearing as players return to campus, the Ivy League considering moving football to the spring, the lack of attractive of scenarios for college football with the pandemic still ongoing, and the misunderstanding behind a letter players wrote to the UCLA coaching staff (1:57).
James Franklin on His Family Living in Florida, Transparency, Micah Parsons: 6/28/20
Penn State head coach James Franklin joins Kevin Negandhi and David Pollack to discuss his decision to leave his family in Florida during the college football season, being transparent with players and parents, supporting athletes who take their issues public, Micah Parsons and his on the field outlook for the 2020 season (14:52). Plus, Kevin and David catch-up and talk about the high number of COVID-19 positives among college football teams returning to campus (00:00).
Mike Locksley on Empowering Young Men, Second Chances, "Late Night With Locks": 6/17/20
Maryland head coach Mike Locksley joins Kevin Negandhi to discuss empowering the young men on his team, getting a second chance at head coaching, health protocols on campus, being transparent with recruits and the latest with Taulia Tagovailoa's waiver (18:33). Plus, Adam Rittenberg and Kevin get into players speaking their minds publicly, Mike Gundy's relationships at Oklahoma State and if coaches will continue to take players seriously as the season gets closer (1:23).
Dan Mullen on Being Apart From His Team, Players Finding Their Voices: 6/15/20
Kevin Negandhi and David Pollack kick off the podcast talking about the college football players finding their voices and how it's playing out in places like Iowa and Clemson. Then, Florida head coach Dan Mullen joins the guys to discuss being apart from his team, the message to his team amidst the pandemic and protests following George Floyd's death, and what to expect from the Gators in the fall (12:49). Later, Paul Finebaum on why football coaches need greater accountability and refusing to walk back his comments that Nick Saban's window is closing (34:04).
Herm Edwards on George Floyd, Social Distancing for Defense, Jayden Daniels: 6/8/20
Arizona State head coach Herm Edwards joins Kevin Negandhi and David Pollack to discuss what he's experienced over the last week following the death of George Floyd and the movement it has sparked, his idea for social distancing when the Sun Devils' offense is on the field, the overall youth of his team, and the serenity of Jayden Daniels.
Lincoln Riley on the Message to His Players Amidst Civil Unrest, the Pandemic, Coaching Quarterbacks: 6/3/20
Lincoln Riley joins David Pollack and Kevin Negandhi to discuss the message to his players following the death of George Floyd and protests across the country, bringing players back to campus during a pandemic, getting players back up to speed without spring practice, and his success coaching quarterbacks. Later, David and Kevin talk about what to expect from Oklahoma in the fall and if they can make it back to the College Football Playoff.
Ballet Contracts: 5/29/20
Laura Rutledge joins Kevin Negandhi to talk about doing TV at home with a baby, the differing opinions she's heard on how football comes back, what the pandemic could mean for the Group of Five, player concerns that may be overlooked, what changed for conference commissioners after a call with Roger Goodell, and her path to ESPN.
Mack Brown on the Coaching During the Pandemic, His Second Act at UNC, His Dance Moves: 5/21/20
North Carolina head coach Mack Brown kicks off the podcast with Kevin Negandhi, talking about how he's dealing with coaching a football team and focusing on his own health during the pandemic, figuring out protocol for when went players and coaches return (10:04), and the options being examined for fans in the stands. They also get into his second act at UNC, Sam Howell, his dance moves (28:14), what's changed the most since he left coaching, what he would change about college football (37:25), his relationship with Michael Jordan and naming a play after Kevin he used against Temple in last season's bowl game.
Something They Can't Control: 5/8/20
Kevin Negandhi kicks off the College Football Podcast with Heather Dinich to talk about what college football decision makers are saying about the 2020 season, scenarios where some teams can play and others can't, the interesting case of Notre Dame, and what the NCAA's role is in all of this (4:45). Later, Mel Kiper, Jr. hops on to chat about his 2021 NFL draft big board, Trevor Lawrence v. Justin Fields, North Dakota State's Trey Lance, what he's up to now that the draft is over and his love of pumpkin pie (26:47).
The Godfather, The Original: 4/19/20
Mel Kiper, Jr. joins Kevin Negandhi on the week of the NFL Draft to discuss what a virtual draft process means for talent evaluation, Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert, the abundance of high-end defensive talent, how he nearly landed a job with the Colts early in his career and urging Frank Caliendo to do a Todd McShay impression.
7th Round Pick Spouse: 4/12/20
Todd McShay joins Kevin Negandhi to talk NFL draft. The guys discuss how the NFL is handling the draft process during a pandemic, the two things every team is worried about, the latest on the class of quarterbacks, a $5,000 Jordan Love bet (11:06), the three things that distinguish Joe Burrow (19:44) and players no one is talking about. Plus, Todd on his relationship with Mel Kiper, Jr. (36:06), the skit he did with Frank Caliendo and reporting on the draft from an empty house.
Kevin Negandhi kicks off the podcast with ESPN national recruiting analyst Gerry Hamilton to discuss National Signing Day, including Clemson's big recruiting haul, the Jordan Burch saga, how the new coaches fared, Mack Brown's fence around North Carolina, Penn State's ability to recruit in Maryland, how the transfer portal plays a role in signing day and much more. Later, ESPN college football reporter Dan Murphy joins the pod to talk about Mark Dantonio's retirement from Michigan State, what might've led to his stepping down, candidates for the job and the culture in East Lansing.
Rutgers Circle of Life: 1/31/20
Kevin Negandhi kicks off the podcast with ESPN.com senior college football writer Andrea Adelson, rundowning all of the big offseason coaching moves. They get into Ed Reed's hiring as chief of staff at Miami, the surprising hires of Lane Kiffin at Ole Miss and Mike Leach at Mississippi (11:57), Greg Schiano's return to Rutgers, Mike Norvell attempting to turn around Florida State (20:29), Nick Rolovich providing continuity at Washington State, Baylor picking a defense-oriented coach in Dave Arranda, and why Eli Drinkwitz going to Missouri is Andrea's most intriguing hire of the offseason. Later, Kevin and Andrea remember their friend ESPN college football reporter Ed Aschoff (31:51) with memories, the Ed Aschoff Memorial Fund at the University of Florida and his love for Godzilla.
Trying to Disappear: 1/20/20
Kevin Negandhi kicks off the podcast talking to executive director of the Reese's Senior Bowl Jim Nagy about the process of inviting players, how they divvy up snaps for the six quarterbacks, his best advice for the players (11:50), the scene in Mobile surrounding the game and two players he's excited to watch on Saturday. Then Ivan Maisel joins the show to discuss where LSU stands among the best modern-era teams (20:51), Joe Burrow's place among the best modern-era quarterbacks, Travis Etienne and Chuba Hubbard returning to school, and the top teams heading into the 2020 season (35:51).
Big Boy Stuff: 1/16/20
Kirk Herbstreit, David Pollack and Kevin Negandhi kick off the podcast by discussing LSU's win over Clemson in the national championship, the team's legacy, Joe Burrow's mind working at 5G speeds (13:18), Odell Beckham Jr. handing out cash on the field, who will be the top teams in 2020 (20:35), how Clemson moves forward (35:00) and Pollack's new endorsement deal he tried to hide from the gang (44:43).
Sloppy, Beautiful, Controversial: 1/8/20
Kevin Negandhi and Chris Fowler kick off the podcast by discussing Fowler's Instagram Nightcap Recap, what it's like bouncing between the three biggest games in college football (8:36), what he thinks will decide the national championship (17:11), Clemson's legacy if it wins, the added pressure on LSU playing in New Orleans, Joe Burrow's emotional Heisman Trophy speech, life after College GameDay (29:43), people confusing him and Rece Davis and his advice for aspiring broadcasters (39:17).
A Totally Different Show: 1/7/20
The gang's all here! Kirk Herbstreit, David Pollack and Kevin Negandhi get together to discuss Matt Rhule leaving Baylor for the Carolina Panthers, Tua Tagovailoa's decision to turn pro (7:40), the trend of the NFL utilizing quarterbacks' athleticism and winning cultures in football. Then the guys get into what Clemson might do to stop Joe Burrow (23:54), LSU's defensive backs versus the Clemson offense, the probability of a lot of points (35:55) and how Herbie helped Pollack land a job at ESPN (37:45).
Sneaking Into The Rose Bowl: 1/3/20
Kevin Negandhi and ESPN college football analyst Ryan Leaf kick off the podcast talking about how Ryan snuck into last year's Rose Bowl with Kirk Herbstreit, his thoughts on Baker Mayfield, how he was impressed by Clemson responding to Ohio State's early dominance (7:17), seeing a little Tom Brady in Joe Burrow (13:40), why Clemson has been his No. 1 team all year, Oregon's big Rose Bowl win (21:10) and Ryan's journey to ESPN.
Nothing to Write About Here: 12/30/19
Ivan Maisel, Andrea Adelson and David Hale kick off the podcast by looking back at the College Football Playoff semifinals, talking about LSU's ability to demoralize the other team, Oklahoma's defense having no answers for the Tigers, why Ohio State lost the game before the targeting call and how Clemson doesn't get rattled. Then the gang looks ahead to the national championship (12:30), getting into how Clemson's defensive line is not at dominant as last season, the necessity of pressuring Joe Burrow, LSU's renewed defensive dynamic and Trevor Lawrence showcasing his next-level running ability. Finally, Ivan, Andrea and David express concern over the increasing gap between the haves and have-nots in college football (27:58).
The Path to the College Football Playoff: 12/26/19
Paul Finebaum voices a look-back at how LSU (0:30), Oklahoma (9:44), Ohio State (20:00) and Clemson (28:15) got to the College Football Playoff, plus a preview of what to expect in the games.
Christmas Trap Game: 12/23/19
It's here. The College Football Podcast's College Football Playoff semifinal preview. Kevin Negandhi and David Pollack first dive into the Peach Bowl (9:01), asking how many points Oklahoma needs to score to beat LSU and if a Sooner victory would be the biggest upset of the CFP-era. Later, the guys get into the Fiesta Bowl (18:36), hitting on if there's reason for concern that this is the Tigers' first true test of the year, Justin Fields' chill in the pocket, Ohio State's secondary vs. Clemson's wide receivers, the star running backs and the most underrated player on the field.
In Memoriam 2019: 12/20/19
Ivan Maisel and Ryan McGee take over this edition of The College Football Podcast to remember the figures in college football who passed in 2019. The guys kick things off discussing the three Heisman Trophy winners, a pillar of HBCU football Willie Brown, and athletic directors Bump Elliott and Sam Jankovich. Next, Ivan and Ryan get into the world of media (21:21) remembering Sports Illustrated's Dan Jenkins, Auburn's play-by-play announcer Rod Bramblett and ABC Sports' Donn Bernstein. Then, they talk about (32:28) SMU coach Forrest Gregg, referee James "Bud" Robertson and the first African American athletic director in the SEC David Williams.
I'm Just Bored: 12/18/19
Kevin Negandhi kicks off the podcast with ACC reporter David Hale discussing his article on the most entertaining bowl games of the season, why it's fun to watch random bowl games (6:38), how a statement in a bowl games can carry weight for the whole offseason, rooting for the Group of 5 team in the New Year's Six (20:43), what's at stake for Manny Diaz and Miami, and his thoughts on Clemson going into the playoff (32:09).
Remove the Term "Early": 12/16/19
Kevin Negandhi kicks off the podcast with ESPN's National Recruiting Director Tom Luginbill to discuss why the early signing period is THE signing period these days, the defensive front being the strongest point of this year's class, how new coaches start recruiting at this point in the cycle (10:21) and how the transfer portal has impacted recruiting in December. Later, ESPN's College Football National Recruiting Coordinator Craig Haubert joins the pod (24:39) to talk about the competitive race to score the top recruiting class, Oregon and Tennessee making big moves, why Jordan Burch is the most interesting unsigned player in the country (33:51), and Mike Norvell's quarterback conundrum at Florida State.
Kevin Negandhi kicks off the podcast with College GameDay host and Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard to discuss why Justin Fields didn't get more of a Heisman-push, how his Heisman ceremony was different than the ceremonies today, the famous story behind his "Heisman moment," why he almost transferred from Michigan and much more. Later, Ivan Maisel joins the podcast (42:02) to talk about the Heisman finalists, why he's not worried about "Heisman moments," what schools do to push a candidate, how he would tweak the award and Lane Kiffin getting hired at Ole Miss.
Father Time Fighters: 12/11/19
Kevin Negandhi and David Pollack kick off the podcast by discussing the College Football Playoff semifinals, which playoff quarterback they'd take to win one game, and the head coaches and assistants on the move. Next, Heather Dinich hops on (34:48) following the last CFP ranking to talk about how championship games are very important to the committee, why she can't imagine the playoff expanding anytime soon and the changes she'd make to college football. Later, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl CEO Gary Stokan joins the pod (53:31) to discuss the bowl selection process, LSU-Oklahoma and his thoughts on playoff expansion.
400 Steps: 12/9/19
Kevin Negandhi and Kirk Herbstreit kick off the podcast discussing Herbie's insane travel schedule last week, if the committee got it right between No. 1 and No. 2, LSU's defensive awakening, why Clemson might be even better this season than last, Jalen Hurts' playoff experience and Joe Burrow running away with the Heisman (20:32). Later, the guys get into their initial thoughts on the playoff matchups (29:14), which other bowl games jumped off the slate, Herbie's interview with Tua Tagovailoa and his parents (35:39), coaching moves (45:20) and listener questions.
Who Has The Bigger Mouth?: 12/6/19
Kevin Negandhi and David Pollack kick off the podcast by discussing David's appearances across ESPN, their thoughts on championship games and Kevin's eight-team playoff idea. Then the guys preview the conference championship games (8:25), hitting on Utah-Oregon, Baylor-Oklahoma, Cincinnati-Memphis, Georgia-LSU, Clemson-Virginia and Ohio State-Wisconsin. Later, they take listener questions (33:43) on the Group of 5, bowl game swag bags and Christmas. Next, Jonathan Vilma joins the podcast (41:22) to talk about scenarios for the No. 4 seed, his thoughts on Clemson, if he could play college football right now and be the same player he was, and the moment he knew his Miami team was going to beat Nebraska in the national championship game.
Pour Coffee On My Head: 12/4/19
Kevin Negandhi kicks off the podcast with Heather Dinich discussing the latest College Football Playoff rankings, why the results of the champion games matter for the top three teams, and the difference between Utah and Oklahoma in the committee's eyes. Next, Dari Nowkhah joined the show (14:29) to talk about his "work" assignment covering Oklahoma-Georgia in the playoff, watching Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray and Jalen Hurts in consecutive seasons as an Sooner grad, and why he doesn't think Oklahoma is a playoff team as currently constructed. Later, Ivan Maisel hopped on (30:31) to chat about Chris Petersen giving up the Washington head coaching job, what it says about this sport at this moment in time and the Oklahoma-Baylor rematch.
Very Few Talents: 12/2/19
Kevin Negandhi and Kirk Herbstreit kick off the podcast by talking about College GameDay's first trip to Minnesota, Wisconsin's Big Ten West clinching victory, a classic Iron Bowl (8:27), Auburn fans wanting Gus Malzahn fired early in the season and whether Nick Saban will make changes to his defensive staff. Then, the guys get into Ohio State's two-decades long domination of Michigan (22:49), the Wolverines' conundrum and Jim Harbaugh needing to close the talent gap. Next, Kevin and Herbie discuss Dabo Swinney's postgame rant (38:45), playoff scenarios going into championship weekend (51:11) and the already spinning coaching carousel.
The Right Time x Banner Society Collab: Sideline: 11/29/19
In a collaboration between Banner Society and The Right Time, Bomani is joined by Spencer Hall of Banner Society (5:38), Marcus Spears of ESPN (29:21), Steven Godfrey also of Banner Society (52:25) and Joel Anderson of Slate (1:23:25) for the first edition of the new series "Sideline: Boosters in CFB". They discuss who boosters are and how they exercise their power, the dark side of recruiting and what you are "agreeing to" when you take money from "bag men", who "bag men" are and what their impact is on the sport's economy at-large as well as how boosters factor into the hiring/firing of coaches.
Leaky Oil: 11/27/19
Kevin Negandhi and David Pollack kick off the podcast by sharing their thoughts on Ohio State and LSU swapping spots in the rankings, the great fourth seed debate, the Dude of the Week and what's on the menu for David's Thanksgiving dinner. Then, they preview (31:45) Virginia Tech-Virginia, Iowa-Nebraska, Cincinnati-Memphis, Ohio State-Michigan, Oklahoma-Oklahoma State, Alabama-Auburn and Minnesota-Wisconsin. Next, Heather Dinich joins the pod (43:38) to discuss the latest College Football Playoff rankings, the critical battle for the No. 1 seed, a scenario that would get Baylor in the mix and the Group of 5 race. Later, Kevin talks to Maria Taylor (54:04) about the different hats she wears at ESPN, her mom handling her schedule, bucket list interviews, her relationship with Nick Saban and advice for young broadcasters.
Family Friends: 11/25/19
Kevin Negandhi and Kirk Herbstreit kick off the podcast by talking about the reverberations of Oregon's loss around college football, why Utah shouldn't be slept on, playoff seeding scenarios and Georgia's style of play. Next, the guys get into Ohio State-Michigan (24:30) including, what's at stake for the Buckeyes outside of the playoff implications, the keys to the game, and Herbie having Woody Hayes and Bo Schembechler as family friends growing up. Later, the guys react to Urban Meyer's comments from Courtside about missing coaching (36:53), and get to listener questions (45:24) on Travis Etienne, Minnesota-Wisconsin, and what they're having for Thanksgiving.
Kellen Mond is Joe Burrow: 11/22/19
Kevin Negandhi and David Pollack kick off the podcast by talking about David pushing Rece Davis to change his diet and how David changed the entire snacking culture on College GameDay. Then, the guys get into the latest College Football Playoff rankings, different endgame scenarios, how Penn State's secondary has been exposed the last two weeks (18:16) and David's Dude of the week. Next, Kevin and David run through the Week 13 slate (25:19) including, Georgia-Texas A&M, Baylor-Texas, USC-UCLA, Navy-SMU, Temple-Cincinnati, Michigan-Indiana, Kansas St-Texas Tech and Ohio State-Penn State (45:06).
More Severe Consequences: 11/20/19
Kevin Negandhi kicks off the podcast with College GameDay host Rece Davis to discuss his ESPN origins, why the College Football Playoff rankings are an art not a science, how he'd improve the playoff system, separating himself from his Alabama fandom, his GameDay routine and his advice for aspiring broadcasters. Then, Heather Dinich hops on (44:06) to share the sneaky lesson she learned from the latest batch of rankings, and why LSU and Ohio State want to avoid the No. 2 seed. Later, Ivan Maisel joins the pod (54:47) to talk about Nick Saban and Tua Tagovailoa's relationship, what's next for the Tide with Mac Jones, and an old soul in Jalen Hurts.
Belly Flop: 11/18/19
Kevin Negandhi and Kirk Herbstreit kick off the podcast by discussing Herbie's reaction to Tua Tagovailoa going down, Nick Saban's mindset in starting Tua and not holding him out until Auburn and how the College Football Playoff committee should treat Alabama. Later, the guys talk about Ohio State-Penn State and why the Buckeyes look so complete (20:27), Minnesota falling victim to Iowa on the road, Oklahoma's huge comeback over Baylor (29:13), Clemson and Georgia humming along (35:01), and listener questions (40:22).
Saturday Trash Talk: 11/15/19
Kevin Negandhi and David Pollack kick off the podcast by discussing how David's wife picks his outfits for College GameDay. Then it's time for picks, including Michigan State-Michigan, Navy-Notre Dame, Texas-Iowa State, Georgia-Auburn, Minnesota-Iowa and Oklahoma-Baylor. Later, Chris "The Bear" Fallica joins the pod (29:31) to discuss the origin of his nickname, his TV debut, the pressure to pick winners, his favorite places to eat on the road, and his close friendships with Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit.
U12 Football Champions: 11/13/19
Kevin Negandhi and David Pollack kick off the podcast by discussing David's triumphs in his youth football championships and their reactions to the Week 12 College Football Playoff rankings. Then, they get into LSU's awesome play calling, why the Tigers shouldn't want to see the Crimson Tide again in the Playoff, Minnesota's win over Penn State, David's Dude and listener questions. Next, Heather Dinich joins the show (33:18) to explain why this is the first time in the CFP-era it feels like Alabama could be left out of the Playoff, the Pac-12's overall resume and why Baylor might be doomed no matter what. Finally, Ivan Maisel hops on the pod (44:13) to talk about why he thought Minnesota should've been higher in the rankings and why it's hard to know when a dynasty ends.
Pickup Trucks vs. Cadillacs: 11/11/19
Kevin Negandhi and Kirk Herbstreit kick off the podcast with their initial reactions to Week 11, who they think will land at No. 4 in the rankings and concern that Alabama might be out of playoff contention. Then the guys get into LSU keeping its foot on the gas in Tuscaloosa (14:48), the video of Ed Orgeron in the locker room, and the possibility of the Tigers playing all of their postseason games in Atlanta and New Orleans. Next, Herbie explains what's going on with Chase Young (22:40) and how the NCAA investigative process will unfold, why this is the most complete Ohio State team he's seen in years, and what's up with Oklahoma (33:20). Later, Herbie talks about working with Lee Corso for 24 seasons on College GameDay, what he's learned about business and life from him, and a text from Bill Belichick on his respect for Coach Corso (38:15).
We Interrupt This Season: 9/20/19
Ivan Maisel tells the story of two college football teams who found themselves marooned on Oahu on December 7, 1941, the day the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.
LSU @ Alabama: How the New Tigers Offense Is Upping the Rivalry's Stakes: 11/8/19
College football has a storied history of epic rivalries, and none bigger than LSU taking on Alabama. The two powerhouses face-off this Saturday, and the stakes have never been higher. ESPN reporter Ryan McGee joins Mina Kimes to discuss how LSU's newly developed high powered offense could turn the tide and write the next chapter in this glorious SEC showdown.
Nothing To Do But Football: 11/8/19
Kevin Negandhi and David Pollack kick off the podcast by talking about David changing his picks from the podcast on College GameDay and game planning at 5 a.m. for his youth football teams. Then the guys dive into the Week 11 slate previewing Penn State-Minnesota (7:41), Baylor-TCU, Kansas State-Texas, Iowa State-Oklahoma, Missouri-Georgia and Wake Forest-Virginia Tech and Iowa-Wisconsin. Then Kevin and David preview LSU-Alabama (18:33), look at the chess match at cornerback and ask if LSU can get after the quarterback. Later, College Football Insider Brad Edwards joins the pod to discuss what he learned about the College Football Playoff selection committee after the first week of rankings (29:00), if a one-loss Penn State team could make the playoff, how poll voters have been influenced by the selection committee and what Brad thinks will be the difference in LSU-Alabama.
Freaky Good, Ok Good: 11/6/19
Kevin Negandhi and David Pollack kick off the podcast with reactions to the first batch of College Football Playoff rankings and debate whether the Pac-12 teams are properly ranked (7:42). Then, the guys get into Georgia bouncing back against Florida (13:48), Wake Forest's beautiful offense (17:54) and Terrell Lewis as David's Dude of the Week. Next up, Heather Dinich joins the pod from Texas to share her biggest takeaways from the first rankings (31:58), how LSU-Alabama factors into the equation and what Clemson coming in at No. 5 means for the Tigers going forward. Later, Ivan Maisel hops on to discuss why the first ranking resets how we view the college football landscape (41:39), why he doesn't think Florida State is a blue blood, college football turning 150 years old and why the bye week came at a good time for Nick Saban.
Afternoon Snow Showers: 11/4/19
Kevin Negandhi and Kirk Herbstreit kick off the podcast discussing the scene in Memphis for College GameDay, an exciting nightcap with Memphis' win over SMU and why the American Athletic Conference deserves more love. Then the guys get into Florida State's firing of Willie Taggart, what led to Taggart's ousting and potential candidates for the job (9:43). Next up they cover Herbie's Top 6 teams (24:23), whether Georgia or Oregon scored the bigger win on Saturday (28:36), and the keys to LSU-Alabama and Penn State-Minnesota (37:35). Plus, listener questions for Herbie (49:28).
Leading the Nation in Transfer Portals: 11/1/19
Kevin Negandhi and David Pollack preview the Week 10 slate, kicking off the podcast by previewing SMU-Memphis with College GameDay visiting Memphis for the first time. Then the guys get into Michigan-Maryland, why they can't talk about Michigan State anymore, Notre Dame getting beatdown last week (7:46), their thoughts on Oregon and Utah at this point in the year (14:33), Oregon-USC, Utah-Washington, Kansas State-Kansas, and a full preview of Florida-Georgia (27:00).
Blame Kobe Bryant: 10/30/19
Kevin Negandhi and David Pollack kick off the podcast with David discussing his defensive game plan for his son's football team and their upcoming championship game. Then they dive into whether Chase Young has a shot at the Heisman, Joe Burrow facing Auburn's Tower Package and Michigan's offensive identity (6:40). Later, David's Dude of the Week is obviously Chase Young, Baylor could run the table in the Big 12 and the guys share what they're handing out for Halloween(16:33). Next, Ivan Maisel returns to the podcast from Tuscaloosa to give the vibe around the Alabama football facility with LSU looming. Plus, his thoughts on two teams from the same conference making the playoff and the Heisman race - all while shaking hands with Nick Saban and running into Tua Tagovailoa (30:06). Finally, Ryan McGee joins the show to discuss this week's Bottom 10, his visit to Appalachian State and the dad jokes he leaves in his daughter's lunches (49:18).
This Sport Never Gets Old: 10/28/19
Kevin Negandhi and Kirk Herbstreit kick off the podcast with Herbie talking about his Saturday at South Dakota State and how College GameDay decides its location each week. Next, the guys get into Notre Dame's no-show at Michigan (14:41), Kirk's top six teams after week nine (12:46) and why Chase Young should be considered the frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy (24:23). Later, Kirk shares his thoughts on the "Nick Bosa model" of sitting out before the draft (27:54) and the most surprising things he saw on Saturday (34:36). Finally, they close the show with Kirk detailing his travels from Brookings, S.D., to Ann Arbor, Mich., and what the guys are up to on Halloween (44:06).
My Favorite Analyst: 10/25/19
Kevin Negandhi and David Pollack kick off the show by settling their bet from the Penn State-Michigan game with Kevin singing David's praises for the world to hear. Then they preview the Week 9 slate (3:36) starting with Ohio State-Wisconsin, Penn State-Michigan State, how David views the Nittany Lion offense and Texas-TCU. Later, the guys dig into Michigan-Notre Dame and the latest Jim Harbaugh drama (12:42), LSU-Auburn (12:27), Oregon-Washington State, and how the Pac-12 gets back in the College Football Playoff conversation (19:20).
Surgically Picking People Apart: 10/23/19
Kevin Negandhi and David Pollack look back on Week 8, discussing how Wisconsin got caught looking ahead to its date with Ohio State, why Alabama won't get a mulligan for the College Football Playoff if it loses to LSU (4:10), Joe Burrow as the best quarterback in the country (8:28) and the guys playing ball with their kids in the house (14:34). Plus, how the Buckeyes will will exploit the Badgers' defense and why Michigan's offense looked great even in a loss (18:15). Finally, David's Dude of the Week honors goes to K.J. Hamler of Penn State (27:01).
I'm Glad You Fought Back: 10/21/19
Kevin Negandhi and Kirk Herbstreit kick off the podcast by talking about Wisconsin's loss to Illinois, followed by Michigan's near comeback against Penn State and the Nittany Lions' improving offense (8:26). Then, the guys dive into what Tua Tagovailoa's injury means for Alabama, Florida scoring 21 fourth quarter points against South Carolina and Jeremy Pruitt grabbing Jarrett Guarantano's face mask (19:16). Later, they look at the Pac-12 with Oregon and USC both winning big games (34:21), Herbie answers listener questions (41:57), and they talk about College GameDay visiting South Dakota State (51:15).
Who Ate David Pollack?: 10/17/19
Kevin Negandhi and David Pollack do it all this week, looking back at Week 7 and making their Week 8 picks. First, the guys dive deeper in David's clean diet, how he looks like a different human than when he played football and how he stops his kids from eating candy on Halloween. Then they discuss Georgia's loss to South Carolina (14:33) and what needs to change on offense, how the "new" LSU uses the passing game to open up the run (20:40), and what's drastically different about Oklahoma's defense this year (29:10). Later, they pick the biggest games of the week, including Oregon-Washington, Arizona State-Utah and Penn State-Michigan (34:25).
Meeting of the Minds: 10/14/19
Kevin Negandhi and Kirk Herbstreit take a look back at Week 7, with Kirk sharing his top-six teams, (3:54) and his thoughts on a wild bout between LSU and Florida (6:30). Next the guys cover Georgia's loss to South Carolina, what it means for the Dawgs going forward and why they're both picking the Gators to win the SEC East (14:39). Later, they discuss their disappointment with Michigan State and how impressed they are with Wisconsin (23:23), the improved Oklahoma defense (27:17), next week's Penn State-Michigan tilt (34:05), and listener questions for Herbie (37:43).
Taste is Overrated: 10/11/19
Kevin Negandhi and David Pollack look ahead to a loaded Week 7, previewing Virginia-Miami (2:09), Oregon-Colorado (5:00), Oklahoma-Texas (6:33), Memphis-Temple (11:22), Alabama-Texas A&M (14:12), Clemson-Florida State (18:13), Michigan State-Wisconsin (20:39), Texas Tech-Baylor (23:53), USC-Notre Dame (25:18), Penn State-Iowa (27:20) and Florida-LSU (29:36). Later, Marcus Spears joins the pod to share what to expect in Death Valley on Saturday night (35:11), his favorite moment in Tiger Stadium (38:18) and his thoughts on LSU-Florida (44:00).
The Donkey's the One Protecting the Cows?: 10/9/19
Kevin Negandhi and David Pollack breakdown Florida's complete demolition of the Auburn offense and how the Gators now prepare for a totally different LSU team (2:58), why David is dumbfounded by Washington getting pounded by Stanford (13:46), David's Dude of the Week in Texas A&M's Justin Madubuike (17:15) and their initial read on Texas-Oklahoma (19:46). Later, Heather Dinich joins the pod to share her biggest takeaways from the first six weeks (26:03), why Notre Dame is hoping for chaos and why Clemson is not (31:22), who to root for in the Pac-12 the conference wants a playoff spot, and bowl hopes for Florida State, West Virginia, Maryland, Louisville, Oregon State and South Carolina (39:23).
In The Middle of The Ring: 10/7/19
Kevin Negandhi and Kirk Herbstreit look back on a sweaty weekend in Gainesville and the Week 6 slate. First, Kirk expresses his excitement for this weekend's Florida-LSU tilt and gushes about the atmosphere in Baton Rouge (4:22). The guys circle back to Florida-Auburn, discussing an old school SEC duel between the Gators and Tigers, and the performances from Kyle Trask and Bo Nix (10:22). Then they talk about Virginia Tech's win over a floundering Miami team and which ACC teams can still be frisky against Clemson (19:22). Later, disappointment over Washington's loss to Stanford, why Oregon needs more from Justin Herbert and the Pac-12 having six pretty good teams but not one great team (29:22). Finally, the guys debate whether Wisconsin or Penn State is the second best team in the Big Ten (36:51), the probability Oklahoma-Texas will be a shootout (44:19) and Apple Podcast review questions for Kirk (47:20).
Give Me Your Pick, Bro: 10/4/19
Kevin Negandhi and David Pollack preview the biggest games on the week six college football slate, including UCF-Cincinnati (1:55), Michigan-Iowa (4:10), Ohio State-Michigan State (9:27), Oklahoma State-Texas Tech (13:18), Cal-Oregon (19:22) and Auburn-Florida (22:05). Plus, checking the pulse on the Heisman race (16:30).
Hit The Eject Button: 10/2/19
Kevin and David wonder if any team will go undefeated (1:40), discuss what David's seeing in the film room ahead of Auburn and Florida (8:49), shares why Tigers LB K.J. Britt is someone you need to keep an eye on (15:11) and where things stand in the Big Ten at the moment (21:40). Plus, Ivan weighs in on California's passage of the "Fair Pay To Play Act", which allows college athletes to profit off of their likeness (24:20) and why Penn State and Iowa are conference contenders not pretenders (36:36).
Locked In: 9/30/19
Kevin and Kirk discuss should be number one in the land, including breaking down how impressive Ohio State has been (1:18), why Clemson is "missing" the chip on their shoulder (9:31) and how high of a level Jalen Hurts can take Oklahoma (16:53). Plus, why we shouldn't feel bad for Auburn ahead of their matchup with Florida (23:46), how UNC is trending up with Mack Brown (33:43) and Kirk takes your questions from the world of college football (39:10).
The Missing Linc-oln: 9/27/19
Kevin and David discuss who they'd have #1 in the country right now (1:16) and the biggest games to come in Week 5 of the CFB season, including Penn State-Maryland (6:20), ASU-Cal (8:11), Virginia-Notre Dame (11:10), USC-Washington (12:36) and Ohio State-Nebraska (16:32). ESPN's Gene Wojciechowski also joined to discuss his Bob Stoops book "No Excuses: The Making of a Head Coach", including if he will ever coach again and his sentiments regarding passing off the program to current HC Lincoln Riley (24:07). Plus, if we've seen a "sea change" from giving coaches across CFB "time" in their jobs (36:55).
Hippo Formation: 9/25/19
Kevin and David touch on what Georgia's win over Notre Dame says about each of their futures (1:10) and Houston QB D'Eriq King's decision to redshirt and sit out the rest of the season (12:49). Plus, breaking down Wisconsin's "hippo formation" from the film room (20:09) and why you need to keep an eye out for LB Evan Weaver from Cal (26:51). Ivan also shares his thoughts on King (30:57) and ponders which team is going to be left standing in the race for the Pac-12 (36:24).
Sooner Sabotage: 9/20/19
Ivan Maisel describes how the greatest dynasty in the modern history of college football came apart one night in 1959. The culprit? Fruit salad.
Right The Ship: 9/23/19
Kirk and Kevin discuss UCLA's comeback against Washington State (1:09), why Georgia's win over Notre Dame doesn't quite count out the Fighting Irish (3:06), how the Michigan-Wisconsin game was both the best thing Kirk saw this weekend (9:50) and the most disappointing (22:15) as well the game he "can't wait" to see from next weekend (38:04). Plus, Kirk takes listener questions, including a potential "dark horse" for the CFP (41:32).
The Tie that Wasn't: 9/20/19
Ivan Maisel tells the story of the most controversial game in one of college football's greatest rivalries - the 1973 tie between Bo Schembechler's Michigan and Woody Hayes's Ohio State University.
Shoot Your Shot: 9/20/19
David and Kevin discuss the biggest games to come in Week 4 of the CFB season, including what is "on the line" for Utah when they come out west to play USC (1:45) and is it fair to wonder about Michigan's identity ahead of their Top 25 showdown with Wisconsin (5:57)? Plus, notes on Auburn-Texas A&M (10:37), Notre Dame-Georgia (17:06), Tennessee-Florida (20:12) and Oklahoma State-Texas (26:38).
In the Trenches: 9/18/19
David tells Kevin why Ohio State impressed him the most this past weekend (1:50), how contrasting styles in the SEC make make for a tougher fight to win it all (6:10), why Penn State's defense stood out to him "in the film room" (14:32) and why Nolan Smith of Georgia should be on your radar ahead of their matchup with Notre Dame (18:49). Ivan dishes on Alabama's recent injuries on the defensive side of the ball (27:51), some surprise teams in the ACC and the Pac-12 (34:17) as well as the passing of former Stanford coach John Ralston, including the impact that he made on college football (42:19).
Orange Crushed: 9/16/19
Kirk and Kevin discuss Clemson's big win up at Syracuse, including a breakdown of the performances by Trevor Lawrence and Amari Rodgers (1:34). Plus, why Iowa's win over Iowa State had a bigger impact on Kirk than he anticipated (16:50), why UCF topping Stanford shows they deserve more respect nationally (24:59) and the game he "can't wait" to see from next weekend (33:50).
Too Late To Say Sorry?: 9/13/19
David and Kevin discuss the biggest games to come in Week 3 of the CFB season. Why does Trojans QB Kedon Slovis deserve an apology from Pollack ahead of USC-BYU (1:43)? Plus, what it's like to play in a rivalry game with Penn State-Pitt is coming to a close (5:04). Also, notes on Alabama-South Carolina (15:09), Stanford-UCF (19:18), New Mexico-Notre Dame (22:38) and Florida-Kentucky (27:32).
Seeing Red: 9/11/19
David tells Kevin what he saw in LSU-Texas (1:21), why Nebraska-Colorado stood out to him "in the film room" (7:40), why Tyreke Smith of Ohio State should be on your radar (19:13) as well as his take on the "Top 10" teams in the CFB 150 rankings (25:16). Ivan dishes on his recent story about Ryan Hilinski, QB for South Carolina who lost his brother and fellow college QB Tyler (31:55). Plus, Lynn Swann resigns from post as USC AD (44:00) and Ivan talks about how CFB 150 rankings were generated (55:25).
Surprise, Surprise: 9/9/19
Kevin and Kirk recap LSU's win over Texas from GameDay and where it puts them amongst the top teams in the country (2:32). Kirk shares what surprised him the most from the weekend, including Maryland's offensive explosion (12:42), Michigan's slow start (18:15), Cal's upset of Washington (22:35), USC's big win over Stanford (24:40) and more. Plus, what he's looking forward to most in Week 3 (40:06).
Prove It Time: 9/6/19
David Pollack checks in with Kevin Negandhi from Austin, the site of College GameDay, for LSU-Texas (1:26). They discuss how important the opposing QB's are to the progress of their programs, what a win would mean to each and what position group is the most important in deciding the outcome. David shares wants to learn from Week 2 (9:38), including why Clemson has a lot to prove (17:20). Plus, father of the late Tyler Trent, Tony, joins Kevin to discuss what Purdue is doing to honor his son this weekend (30:57).
The Fall Of Troy: 9/5/19
Ivan Maisel explores how the USC Trojans came within 19 seconds of making college football history with three back to back championships - and then slowly receded from the top.
Window Of Opportunity : 9/4/19
Kevin Negandhi and David Pollack talk about the job that Lincoln Riley has done getting Jalen Hurts integrated at Norman (1:20), the evolution of LSU's offense ahead of their matchup with Texas (5:04), the devastating injury to JT Daniels at USC (14:07), the opportunity that Missouri blew against Wyoming (22:35) and more. Plus, Ivan Maisel on the "end of the USC dynasty" in the latest episode of his podcast series "Down & Distance" (33:17), Notre Dame's poor start to the season despite being victorious (37:22) and an underwhelming performance by Trevor Lawrence (41:46).
Week 1 Reactions: 9/2/19
Kevin Negandhi and Kirk Herbstreit react to Jalen Hurts' picture perfect debut for Oklahoma (2:30) and JT Daniels' injury for USC (8:00). Plus, they discuss the significance of a difficult weekend for the SEC East (11:45) and Florida State (29:30). Then they look ahead to LSU vs.Texas next week (34:05) and a special moment for the Herbstreit family (37:40).
Winning Ugly: 8/30/19
Kevin Negandhi and David Pollack react to Thursday night's openers, including a win for Clemson (1:05) and a loss for UCLA (9:22). Highlighted by Travis Etienne's standout performance for the Tigers (4:10). Plus, they share their boldest takes for the upcoming season (23:22) and preview Oregon vs. Auburn (35:50).
Question Marks: 8/28/19
Kevin Negandhi and David Pollack dish on the potential season-ending injury to Alabama defensive signal caller Dylan Moses (5:29). Plus, why Pollack feels the Pac-12 may have the most question marks of any Power 5 conference (9:20) and Georgia can ease your fatigue over Clemson-Alabama (21:32). ESPN CFB writer Ivan Maisel also stops by to discuss the CFB 150 project and his serialized podcast "Down & Distance" that includes episodes on Jimmy Johnson's Miami and Michael Vick at Virginia Tech (30:32).
The Big Preview: 8/26/19
Kevin Negandhi and Kirk Herbstreit react to Florida's victory over Miami in Week 0 (1:45) and take a pass at previewing each Power 5 conference and more. They cover how the ACC may shape up (12:20), the pressure on Jim Harbaugh and how it'll effect the race for the Big Ten (21:07), Oklahoma's prospects in the Big 12 (26:15), how they view the contenders in the Pac-12 (34:57) and what's at stake for the SEC early in the season (44:10). Plus, they wrap with Herbie's CFP picks (59:10) and Heisman contenders (1:04:05).
Let's Get It Started: 8/23/19
Kevin Negandhi and Kirk Herbstreit set the table for this upcoming season of "The College Football Podcast with Herbie & Pollack" by discussing their excitement at kicking College Game Day off from Disneyworld in Orlando for Miami-Florida including Manny Diaz opting for Jarren Williams at QB over Tate Martell (7:42) and what Dan Enos will bring to the Hurricane's offense (11:50). Plus, the role of "analysts" in CFB like at Alabama (16:25), Dan Mullen's work with Felipe Franks (19:05) and what to make of the transfer portal and coaches' roles in it (25:20).
The College Football Podcast With Herbie & Pollack: 8/22/19
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