CFB Podcast with Herbie, Pollack & Negandhi
The ESPN College Football Podcast with Herbie & Pollack is hosted by Kirk Herbstreit, David Pollack and Kevin Negandhi. They will kick off each week on Monday discussing the games from that weekend. On Wednesday's, they react to the rankings and Friday's look forward to the biggest matchups ahead. This is the place to get all your college football info from the top analysts in the sport.
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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