ESPN College GameDay
Join ESPN College GameDay host Rece Davis and Senior Writer Pete Thamel, as well as many of GameDay's key analysts and contributors, as they discuss and debate the biggest stories and break down the biggest games in college football, while also leaning into the key basketball moments and storylines as well. With episodes Mondays/Wednesday/Fridays in the fall, and a year-round weekly presence this is the place to be for the college sports fan.
Week 4 Picks; Saving the Graphic; Poking the Bear: 9/21/23
Rece Davis, Pete Thamel, and Stanford Steve have you covered with picks for Week 4 of the season! They start off hot with if Clemson has what it takes to take down Florida State, if Colorado can keep the momentum to defeat Oregon, and why the Washington State vs. Oregon State is going to be an electric game to watch. Plus, will Notre Dame be able to come out victorious against Ohio State? Timecodes: :00 Welcome to the College GameDay Podcast 4: 20 Florida State (-2) @ Clemson 8:14 Ole Miss @ Alabama (-7) 14: 21 Colorado @ Oregon (-21) 19:24 UCLA @ Utah (-4.5) 23:32 BYU @ Kansas (-9) 27:44 Oregon State (-3) @ Washington State 32:05 Iowa @ Penn State (14.5) 35:45 Ohio State (-3) @ Notre Dame
Formula for Success; Dirty Secrets; Last Stand for Elite Status: 9/20/23
Pete Thamel and Rece Davis give you the latest on what you need to know heading into Week 4 of the season. They break down the must watch game of the week Notre Dame and Ohio State, who can heat up Sam Hartman, and the history of this matchup. Then, Bill Connelly joins to discuss if Notre Dame will be forced to join a conference, who will come out on top of the Florida State vs. Clemson game, and the formula for success in the UCLA vs. Utah matchup. 1:20 What to Expect: Notre Dame vs. Ohio State 17:44 Will Notre Dame be Forced to Join a Conference? 21:37 Bill Connelly Joins the Show! 22:02 Will Notre Dame be forced to Join a Conference? 28:10 Florida State vs. Clemson Week 4 Preview 41:22 Blow-Up or Blowout: Colorado vs. Oregon 45: Penn State vs. Iowa Week 4 Preview 47:36 Formula for Success: UCLA vs. Utah Week 4 Preview 49:44 Oregon State vs. Washington State Week 4 Preview
College Football Week 3 Recap; Teams You Can Trust; The Prime Effect; Could Alabama Finish Unranked?: 9/18/23
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel discuss the Colorado revival, Colorado State failing to finish the game, Rece introducing himself to The Rock, the Prime Effect spreading to the Lululemon and double-stroller crowd, Georgia facing adversity, and defensive coordinator drama at Ole Miss. Then, Ryan McGee stops by to talk about Tennessee losing in The Swamp again, which quarterback should start for Alabama against the Rebels and how players handle benching. Later, Dumb Loses More Than Smart Wins. [0:39] Colorado survives, Colorado State should've put the Buffs away [8:32] Rece and The Rock [13:32] The only two trustworthy teams in the country [21:04] Spencer Rattler [27:47] DC drama at Ole Miss [30:44] Ryan McGee, Vols lose in The Swamp [39:13] Which QB should Alabama play agains the Rebels? [48:35] How players handle benching [52:49] Dumb Loses More Than Smart Wins
College Football Week 3 Picks; Where Are the Upsets?; Backyard Brawl Preview: 9/14/23
Rece Davis and Stanford Steve carry the load with Pete Thamel on assignment. They kick it off with Oregons solid win at Texas Tech, two-point conversions and why Week 3 is exactly the kind of weekend Steve loves. Then, the guys the pick 10 games including Penn State at Illinois, Kansas State at Missouri, LSU at Mississippi State, Washington at Michigan State and the Backyard Brawl. [4:50] Nice road win for Oregon against Texas Tech [6:06] Rece's rant on going for two [9:18] Picks [15:09] Penn State @ Illinois [18:39] Kansas State @ Missouri [21:24] LSU @ Mississippi State [23:55] Minnesota @ North Carolina [26:48] South Carolina @ Georgia [30:10] Washington @ Michigan State [35:44] Tennessee @ Florida [39:03] BYU @ Arkansas [40:38] Patt @ West Virginia [43:41] TCU @ Houston
Compelling Week 3 Matchups; SEC Non-Conference Woes; Washington-Michigan State Preview; Tennessee on Upset Watch?: 9/13/23
Rece Davis starts off the podcast riding solo with Pete Thamel on assignment. Rece sorts through the Week 3 slate and finds the most compelling games. Then, Bill Connelly stops by to discuss a modern rivalry in Missouri-Kansas State, if the spread for Georgia-South Carolina is too big, SECs disappointing non-conference start, how Michael Penix Jr. will react under pressure, keeping an eye on Western Kentuckys Malachi Corley against Ohio State, if Alabama will move on from Jalen Milroe and which ranked team steps on a rake. [17:30] Bill Connelly [21:03] Kansas State-Missouri [27:13] South Carolina-Georgia [29:13] SEC's non-conf woes [35:10] Michigan State-Washington [39:27] Malachai Corley [43:13] Will Alabama move on from Jalen Milroe? [49:17] Which ranked team steps on a rake?
College Football Week 2 Recap; Texas Arrives; Nick Saban Digs a Loss; Mel Tucker Suspended: 9/11/23
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel start with their Saturday in Tuscaloosa, watching Texas push Alabama around. Then, the Longhorn Networks Fozzy Whittaker stops by to talk about Texas biggest win in years, staying consistent in the Big 12 and Quinn Ewers giving up Chick-fil-a. Then, Rece and Pete discuss Michigan State suspending Mel Tucker amid an ongoing university sexual harassment investigation. Then, Ryan McGee and the guys get into Alabama losing its edge in the fourth quarter, Miami making a statement, never believing in Texas A&M, and Colorado as the story of September. Later, an all-time Dumb Loses More Than Smart Wins. Finally, Jen Lada talks to Tim Tebow in the Mercedes-Benz ESPN College Football Podcast Sprinter. [0:00] Texas pushes Alabama around [5:56] Fozzy Whittaker [14:39] What's different about Quinn Ewers [20:20] Michigan State suspends Mel Tucker [26:00] Ryan McGee, Alabama loses its fourth quarter edge [33:22] Does Nick Saban dig a loss? [37:47] Miami-Texas A&M [43:40] Story of September: Colorado [54:53] Dumb Loses More Than Smart Wins [59:33] Jen Lada and Tim Tebow
College Football Week 2 Picks; Alabama-Texas Deep Dive; Texas A&M-Miami an NIL-Era Referendum: 9/8/23
Rece Davis, Pete Thamel and Stanford Steve start the show by asking Steve about his first on-site College GameDay. Then, the guys preview a loaded Week 2 slate by picking 10 games, including Alabama-Texas, Colorado-Nebraska, Miami-Texas A&M, Texas Tech-Oregon, Iowa State-Iowa and more. [13:34] Texas @ Alabama (-7) [27:24] Nebraska @ Colorado (-3) [33:34] Texas A&M (-4.5) @ Miami [36:20] Oregon (-6.5) @ Texas Tech [40:09] Notre Dame (-7.5) @ N.C. State [43:14] Ole Miss (-7.5) @ Tulane [46:09] Iowa (-4) @ Iowa State [49:33] Utah (-7.5) @ Baylor [52:55] Wisconsin (-6.5) @ Washington State [56:17] Oklahoma State (-3.5) @ Arizona State
Clemson Thrashed by Duke; What the Numbers Say About Florida State; Will Alabama Pass the Texas Test?: 9/6/23
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel discuss the worst kept secret in college football: GameDay heading to Tuscaloosa. Plus, Rece wants a do-over for Dumb Loses More Than Smart Wins following Clemsons loss to Duke, and could GameDay visit Durham this season? Then, Bill Connelly stops by to talk about Texas State beating Baylor, what his numbers say about Florida State after beating LSU, if Dabo Swinney needs to modernize his offense and a first look at Alabama-Texas. [11:13] DLMTSW do-over: Clemson [15:10] Riley Leonard's homework [17:10] Could GameDay make it to Durham? [20:19] Bill Connelly, which game blew up his numbers? [26:27] What do the numbers say about Florida State? [37:06] Nebraska @ Colorado [40:43] Can Alabama pass the Texas test?
College Football Week 1 Recap; Deion Sanders & Colorado Plant the Flag; Florida State Should be No. 1; The ACC Officially Expands: 9/4/23
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel react to an exciting Week 1 in college football. They discuss Colorados statement win in Deion Sanders first game, TCUs near-catastrophic state of affairs, college football as a one-year business, Rece slotting Florida State at No. 1 on his AP ballot and the big weekend ahead for the SEC. Then, Ryan McGee stops by to talk about watching North Carolina-South Carolina from the stands, Drake Mayes composure, the ACCs pretty good 72 hours, the new clock rules and Nebraska losing in a positively Frostian way. [0:00] Deion Sanders and Colorado's statement win [7:56] Tough times for TCU [12:14] Florida State should be No. 1 [23:15] Big weekend ahead for the SEC [26:01] Alabama vulnerability? [32:44] Ryan McGee watching the Carolinas from the stands [37:57] A good 72 hours for the ACC [47:08] New clock talk [58:17] Dumb Loses More Than Smart Wins [1:02:12] McGee meets another weird fan
College Football Week 1 Picks; Stanford Steve on the Collapse of the Pac-12; If Not Now, When, Florida State?: 9/1/23
Rece Davis, Pete Thamel and Stanford Steve start the show by asking Steve his thoughts on the collapse of the Pac-12. Then, the guys preview the Week 1 slate by picking West Virginia-Penn State, North Carolina-South Carolina, LSU-Florida State and more. Plus, what will they be keeping an eye on during the first college football weekend. [13:49] Fresno State @ Purdue [16:21] West Virginia @ Penn State [19:58] UTSA @ Houston [23:16] North Carolina vs. South Carolina [27:54] Toledo @ Illinois [34:43] South Alabama @ Tulane [38:43] LSU vs. Florida State [45:38] What they're watching for in Week 1
Saban Withholds Depth Chart; Previewing Thursday & Friday; Apathy Trailer to Tanksville: 8/30/23
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel discuss Jim Harbaugh advocating for revenue sharing with student-athletes, the real reason Nick Saban didnt release a depth chart, and whos on the Apathy Trailer to Tanksville? Then, the guys are joined by Bill Connelly to settle a score, and preview the Thursday and Friday slate of games. Plus, Bills College Football Playoff teams. [0:00] Harbaugh says pay the kids [4:44] Saban doesn't drop the depth chart [12:45] Bill Connelly collects his winnings [17:50] Florida at Utah [25:29] Nebraska at Minnesota [31:05] N.C. State at UConn [38:36] Louisville vs. Georgia Tech [43:31] South Dakota at Missouri [46:17] Bill's CFP teams
Week 0 Recap; QB1 at Alabama & Ohio State; ACC Trending Toward Expansion: 8/29/23
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel lead the show with their biggest impressions from Week 0, the ACC nearing a deal with Cal and Stanford, and which Week 1 games may be overlooked. Then, Desmond Howard stops by to talk about which player reminded Rece of Des, USC's defense still appearing problematic, Sam Hartman's debut for Notre Dame, and if the starters at Alabama and Ohio State will retain that designation all season. Later, Ryan McGee and the guys discuss Billy Napier's coaching style, which coaches they'd take in a cage fight, the border battle between North Carolina and South Carolina, and the ACC fighting for survival.
Week 0 Picks; Stanford Steve Joins the Race For The Ribeye; Jim Harbaugh vs. Everybody: 8/25/23
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel are joined by Stanford Steve for the 2023 Race For The Ribeye. Steve will be on the show every Friday to pick the weekends games against the spread. Losers of this season-long contest buy the winner a steak dinner. They start by discussing Jim Harbaughs three game self-suspension and Washington losing running back Cam Davis to injury. Then, the guys pick the entire Week 0 slate. 0:00 - Jim Harbaugh self-suspended three games 7:00 - Washington loses RB Cam Davis 13:48 - Race For The Ribeye returns! 15:02 - Navy vs. Notre Dame -21 20:46 - UTEP -1 @ Jacksonville State 22:55 - Ohio @ San Diego State -2.5 25:34 - UMass @ New Mexico State -6.5 28:32 - Hawaii @ Vanderbilt -17.5 34:29 - San Jose State @ USC -30.5 40:29 - FIU @ Louisiana Tech -11
Georgia's Kirby Smart on Carson Beck, Scratch-Offs, Success in 2023; SEC Preview; Rece & Pete's CFP Teams: 8/23/23
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel welcome Georgia head coach Kirby Smart onto the podcast to discuss naming Carson Beck the starting quarterback, what kind his sports dad he is, getting scratch-offs for Julymas, navigating tragedy and mourning with his team, and how he defines success for this season. Then, Rece and Pete finish their conference previews with the SEC. Later, they predict how many SEC teams make the College Football Playoff, and share their playoff semifinalists. [00:00] Kirby Smart [30:00] Georgia [35:35] LSU [39:16] Alabama [49:01] Texas A&M [55:09] Ole Miss [58:03] Arkansas [1:00:54] Mississippi State [1:03:04] Auburn [1:05:40] Tennessee [1:09:52] Florida [1:16:59] South Carolina [1:22:26] Kentucky [1:25:16] Missouri [1:29:33] Vanderbilt [1:32:22] CFP Talk
ACC Preview: 8/22/23
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel continue their conference previews with the ACC. They break down the latest news with Stanford and Cal, if this is the year Florida State finally wins the conference, and who will be a breakthrough ACC team this year. :44 - The Latest with Stanford and Cal 5:41 Whats Next for Georgia? 11:39 - ACC Preview 13:40 - ACC Preview: NC State 19:24 - ACC Preview: North Carolina 30:48 - ACC Preview: Florida State 37:18 - ACC Preview: Clemson 43:13 - ACC Preview: Duke 48:48 - ACC Preview: Pittsburgh 57:57 - ACC Preview: Louisville 1:01:00 - ACC Preview: Wake Forest 1:03:07 -ACC Preview: Syracuse 1:06:31 - ACC Preview: Boston College 1:10:07 - ACC Preview: Virginia Tech 1:12:55 - ACC Preview: Georgia Tech 1:15:40 - ACC Preview: Virginia
The Blind Side Dispute; Group of 5 Preview: 8/17/23
Rece Davis and Ryan McGee discuss Ryans thoughts on the ACC flirting with expansion during realignment, and the schism between Michael Oher and the Tuohy family. Then the guys preview the Group of 5, including Tulane, UTSA, Boise State, Troy, South Alabama and Liberty. Plus, will the Group of 5 crack the New Years 6 and which team is destined to be the worst team in the country this season.
Big 12 Preview: 8/17/23
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel continue their conference previews with the Big 12. They discuss the talent of Texas, why Pete thinks Kansas State will be victorious as Big 12 champions, and whats next for Iowa State with the sports wagering investigations. Plus, will a Big 12 team land a spot in the College Football Playoff for the second consecutive year? 2:05- Texas Preview 8:29 - Oklahoma Preview 11:01- Kansas State Preview 15:21 - TCU Preview 18:30 - Baylor Preview 21:23 - Texas Tech Preview 24:54 - Oklahoma State Preview 29:16 - UCF Preview 33:38 - Iowa State Preview 35:12 - Iowa State Sports Wagering Investigation 36:45 - Kansas Preview 40:17 - BYU Preview 43:25 - West Virginia Preview 48:29 - Houston Preview 52:30 - Cincinnati Preview
Pac-12 Preview (One Last Time): 8/17/23
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel discuss the Cal and Stanford to the ACC chatter, why they think that chatter is dumb, and things they'd love to see in the Pac-12's final season that will never actually happen. Then, the guys preview the Pac-12 for the final time. Later, Pete has thoughts on the NCAA denying Tez Walker's transfer request to North Carolina. [3:44] Rece on Cal & Stanford to the ACC chatter [12:34] Rece and Pete's Pac-12 finale dreams [17:03] Oregon State [22:14] Utah [28:41] USC [36:31] Washington [42:17] Oregon [49:18] UCLA [55:52] Washington State [58:47] Cal [1:01:33] Stanford [1:06:25] Colorado [1:12:08] Arizona State [1:16:45] Arizona [1:21:38] Tez Walker Situation
Big Ten Preview: 8/4/23
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel begin their march through conference preview season beginning with the Big 10. Can Michigan stay out of its own way? How will Ohio State deal with a massive transition at quarterback? Can Penn State puncture their way into the Big Ten title game? The guys cover every team in the conference. Plus, Pete provides an update on the Pac-12 and conference realignment. [1:36] Preview Start [2:54] Michigan [13:50] Ohio State [25:22] Penn State [31:57] Maryland [36:40] Michigan State [39:54] Indiana [43:19] Rutgers [47:58] Wisconsin [53:40] Iowa [59:04] Illinois [1:05:00] Minnesota [1:10:45] Nebraska [1:12:16] Purdue [1:13:52] Northwestern [1:16:29] Conference Realignment Update
Buffs Bolt Pac-12; Beautiful Big 12 Tar Pit; ACC Latin Legal Phrases; B1G Snobbery: 7/31/23
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel discuss Colorado leaving the Pac-12 for the Big 12, the Pac-12 fighting for its existence, the Buffs surviving in the age of realignment, harmony by homogenization in the new Big 12, if any team can really get out of the ACC right now and teams Rece should consider when filling out his AP Poll ballot. [11:49] Could more schools leave the Pac-12? [13:41] Colorado is a survivor [18:47] Parity in the new Big 12 [25:13] Update on the ACC [33:32] Reces fear filling out the AP Poll Ballot [37:51] Oregon State [45:33] Iowa
ACC Media Days; GameDay to Charlotte; Copying Wisconsin; Bold Alabama Predictions: 7/26/23
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel discuss Brock Bowers one weakness, Florida States offensive line, if North Carolina can uplift the ACC, College GameDay going to Charlotte for Week 1, whether Luke Fickell is bringing evolution or revolution to Wisconsin, a Howard Schnellenberger story, and a pair of bold predictions about Alabamas future.
SEC Media Days; Clicheville; Texas A&M Macro-Question; Tipped Linen Pocket Squares: 7/18/23
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel discuss the start of conference media days, coaching cliches, Kirby Smarts podium appearance, Georgias first realistic opportunity to lose, if Jimbo Fisher and Bobby Petrino gotten into a big argument yet, more reports of an imminent media deal for the Pac-12 and Rece's fashion advice for Pete. [5:09] Kirby Smart at SEC media days [19:53] When could Georgia lose? [25:14] Texas A&M [33:40] More reports of a Pac-12 media deal [40:29] Which comes first: Pac-12 media deal or Week 1?
Pat Fitzgerald Fired; What's Next for Northwestern; Bob Huggins' Sad Exit: 7/13/23
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel discuss Northwestern firing Pat Fitzgerald after reports of hazing inside his program, needing more perspective and scale from the investigation, the lack of transparency from the administration, what happens next with the football team and potential coaching candidates. Plus, their thoughts on Bob Huggins messy exit from West Virginia. [0:00] Northwestern fires Pat Fitzgerald [4:46] Wanting more details [9:01] Northwesterns lack of transparency [14:48] Team initiations, surprise that hazing is still happening [19:43] What happens to the football program [32:14] Northwesterns advantages, coaching candidates [38:33] Bob Huggins not going quietly
Sportswriter of the Year; The Dumbest NCAA Punishment; 2023 Breakthrough Teams: 6/27/23
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel discuss Pete winning the National Sports Media Associations sportswriter of the year, Bill Hancock taking slings and arrows until he steps down in 2025, the ineffective punishment of vacating wins, why NCAA investigations are more painful than the penalties, which teams could break into the top tier of the sport this fall and the two most likely outcomes in the Pac-12s pursuit of a television deal. [11:05] CFP Executive Director Bill Hancock stepping down in 2025 [19:42] Les Miles wins vacated, means nothing [32:49] Possible breakthrough teams in 2023 [37:22] The Pac-12s pursuit of a new TV deal
Mountain Wests Cruel Summer; Early Games to Watch; This Years Tulane?: 6/21/23
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel cover the West Coast soap opera of San Diego State leaving the Mountain West to explore new relationships, and which Taylor Swift song is most apt for this story. Then, Bill Connelly stops by to discuss his summer vacation to Germany, games hes interested in watching early in the season, if his numbers like Penn State, USCs defensive free agent haul, the Pac-12 appearing to be deep and conference realignment ruining their summer.
SEC Sticks to 8 Conference Games; Congress and the NCAAs Inertia-Off; Bo Nix a First Rounder?: 6/15/23
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel discuss the SECs business decision to stick with an eight-game conference schedule, if the selection committee should knock the SEC for it, Petes day covering Congress and candidates to run college football. Plus, can Bo Nix be a first-round pick, which quarterback is going to shoot up draft boards and the most interesting producer at ESPN.
Domino Effect; Skepticism Reigns; The Marvelous Ted Lasso Recasting: 6/6/23
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel discuss the congressional hearings in Washington D.C. attempting to establish a structure for NIL, the need for a linear direction in the sport, and deciding on a functioning model for the next generation. Then, they discuss if Colorado and Arizona are headed to the Big 12 or if the Pac-12 can pull a rabbit out to get a deal done that is satisfactory for its members. Plus, Pete and recast Ted Lasso with college football stars.
College Football in 5 Years; Cold-Blooded Billion Dollar Business; ACC at a Crossroads: 5/31/23
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel ponder what college football will look like in the near future. They predict how player acquisition, compensation and the playoff will change during the next five years. Plus, they discuss how the Pac-12 survives and how the ACCs future is tied to the SECs incentive to grow. Later, they build $15 college football rosters.
Big Tens TV Problems; Tony Petittis Fire Truck; USFs Alex Golesh: 5/23/23
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel talk about the unresolved issues with the Big Tens new TV deal, the key players in this upheaval and where things stand now. Then, USF head coach Alex Golesh stops by to discuss immigrating from Russia as a child, how he fell in love with football, similarities between Jim Tressel and Mike Gundy, the modern roster overhaul, and how Gerry Bohanon reminds him of Hendon Hooker.
FAU's Tom Herman; Not Changing College Football on His Own; Fake Louis Vuitton Belt: 5/18/23
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel are joined by FAU head coach Tom Herman. Herman discusses when he knew he wanted to return to coaching, the most daunting thing about his time working in media, if he has any regret about not waiting for a bigger job, learning hes not going to change college football alone, Casey Thompsons commitment, how the new playoff opens the door for teams like FAU and his outlook on the 2023 season.
NFL Draft Recap; Deion-Palooza; Foul Aromas: 5/8/23
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel discuss their time covering the NFL draft in Kansas City, what Pete appreciates about Deion Sanders, Colorados lack of continuity and when the Buffs will exit the national consciousness this season. Plus, what do the Jonas Brothers smell like?
What to Do at No. 2?; Draft Crushes; Tight End Talk; Day One Questions; Colorado Exodus: 4/25/23
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel discuss Petes luggage situation as he arrived in Kansas City from Manhattan, what would they do at No. 2 in the NFL Draft, Anthony Richardson training near Reces barber shop, their draft crushes, the robust tight end class, how the story of night one will be told, Colorados mass exodus to the transfer portal after the spring game and Notre Dame's Tyler Buchner entering the portal.
Ugliest Sideline Reporter; FPI Released; Height & Slight; Taylor Swift: 4/20/23
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel discuss Petes joint across Florida sideline reporting at Florida State, Florida and Miamis spring games, the first Football Power Index and which team theyd slot at No. 1, if Alabama will add a quarterback before the transfer portal closes, who they would not take at No. 3 in the draft, needs for Reces Jaguars, and producer Saras trip to Tampa Bay to see Taylor Swift.
Pendulum Swinging Toward Bryce Young; Wheres GameDay Going Week 1?; I'm A Hero: 4/13/23
Rece Davis is riding solo on the podcast, discussing which types of stories theyll cover for the NFL draft on ABC, his thoughts on Bryce Young vs. C.J. Stroud at the No. 1 overall pick, Kliff Kingsbury joining USC as an analyst, Bob Petrino calling plays for Jimbo Fisher, where College GameDay could land in Week 1, Florida States big September and why hes being hailed as a hero at home.
UConn Back to Breathing Fire; Womens Hoops Soars; Lasting Moments: 4/4/23
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel convene for a celebratory podcast following UConns victory over San Diego State in the national championship. The guys discuss why there isnt a bluer blood program than the Huskies in the last 25 years, the Aztecs going over half of the game without a field goal, UConn rediscovering its identity in the Big East, what the womens game has that the mens game lacks, their lasting memories of the tournament and Pete catching Rices spring practice.
Butler Buzzer Beater; Combined Final Four Weekend?; Rece Sits Down with Dan Hurley & Brian Dutcher: 4/2/23
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel discuss what theyll remember from Saturdays Final Four, Petes vantage point of Lamont Butlers buzzer beater, the case for the Aztecs on Monday, UConns potent offensive weapons, the greatest tournament shots of all time, and if the NCAA should host the mens and womens Final Fours in the same city. Plus, Reces interviews with UConns Dan Hurley and San Diego States Brian Dutcher.
Leave It In the Arena; Who Do You Like?; Basketball Psychology Podcast: 3/27/23
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel discuss the foul call at the end of Creighton-San Diego State, Pete encountering a deranged Creighton fan harassing referee Lee Cassell on the plane home, three of the four Final Four teams nearly losing en route to Houston, which team they think will win it all, Reces realization watching the tournament, star-crossed teams, their favorite game so far, Texas hiring Rodney Terry and where Rece should take Pete for dinner to settle their bet.
Seth Greenberg; Classic Michigan State; Larrañaga Enjoying the Journey; Imposing Identity: 3/20/23
Rece Davis and Seth Greenberg discuss Michigan State making another Sweet 16 and Tom Izzos joy after the tragedy on campus, Jim Larrañaga enjoying Miamis run, Houston playing its best basketball, potential Cinderellas left in the field, why conference affiliation doesnt inform tournament matchups, and if Jon Scheyer has a deal with a tanning salon.
Biggest Upset in Tournament History; Almost Famous; Catastrophic Oversight: 3/17/23
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel break down why Fairleigh Dickinson University defeating Purdue is the biggest upset in the tournaments history. Then, they debate if its time for the Boilermakers to rip up the model or if their history of losses in the tournament are psychological. Next, Pete honors the memory of his friend Phil Hopkins and shares the kismet of Purdues upset. Later, they discuss if another one-seed will go down and the impact of Sassers injury for Houston. Plus, Rece offers comforting words for Purdue fans.
Mammoth Upsets; Eternal Pucker Power; Tremendous Drama: 3/16/23
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel break down the keys to Princetons mammoth upset over Arizona, the shocking ending to Virginias season, and the tournament's power to cement or destroy legacies. Next, Pete quizzes Reces knowledge of upsets in tournament history, and they reminisce on the biggest upsets they witnessed in person. Then, they discuss the impact of Brandon Miller and Marcus Sassers groin injuries and how they could impact the bracket. Later, Pete and Rece discuss how the team with the best prospects does not make them the best team.
South Region Preview: 3/13/23
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel preview the South Region in the NCAA Tournament. But first, the guys talk about which teams missed out on the tournament, a backdoor-cut news dump and how theyre making their bracket picks. Then, the guys discuss if Alabama will succumb to the Brandon Miller scrutiny, if Charleston can provide chaos, Pete continuing to drive the Furman bandwagon, Reces prediction for the winner of Creighton-N.C. State, Mizzous attitude and if Arizona could take down the Crimson Tide. Plus, their picks for which teams win the South.
East Region Preview: 3/12/23
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel preview the East Region in the NCAA Tournament. They discuss if Memphis could get caught flatfooted after winning Conference USA, Jon Scheyer figuring out his players roles, picking against teams they dont trust and that queasy feeling facing Michigan State. Plus, Rece picks a plucky up-start team to make the Final Four.
Midwest Region Preview: 3/12/23
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel preview the Midwest Region in the NCAA Tournament. They discuss Marcus Sassers injury status for Houston, Auburn spiraling into the tournament, Indiana lacking excuses to lose to Kent State, Kennesaw State making the dance after earning a 1-28 record three years ago and if Penn State is gassed. Plus, is the tournament really that wide open this year?
West Region Preview: 3/12/23
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel preview the West Region in the NCAA Tournament. They discuss Kansas lacking a luxury from last season, St. Marys seeding-KenPom disconnect, the matchup that Pete is most excited for and Reces favorite player in college basketball. Plus, the guys review their Final Four picks and reveal their tournament champions.
First QB Off The Board; Furman Bandwagon; Conference Tournament Picks: 3/7/23
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel discuss cocktail sauce hotter than Anthony Richardson after the NFL combine, which quarterback theyd select first in the draft and why Rece would be a terrible GM in any sport. Plus, its championship week and the guys share their winners for the SEC, Big East, Pac-12, Big Ten, ACC and Big 12 tournaments.
Jalen Carter Arrest Warrant; Pete at the Combine; Joe Lunardi: 3/1/23
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel discuss the arrest warrant issued for Jalen Carter, their thoughts on the Brandon Miles story following last weeks interview with Alabama AD Greg Byrne and what Pete is hoping to see this week in Indianapolis at the NFL combine. Then, Joe Lunardi stops by to talk about his process evaluating teams, why the selection committee favors participation over accomplishment, a team that is in more trouble than it seems and why he disappears after the bracket is released.
Alabama AD Greg Byrne on Brandon Miller, Nate Oats' Press Conference and More: 2/22/23
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel are joined by Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne to discuss the decision to allow Brandon Miller to continue playing, the latest on the fatal shooting of Jamea Jonae Harris, Nate Oats' press conference and the new information learned in Tuesday's court hearing. Later, Rece and Pete discuss the latest rumblings on Pac-12 realignment and Rece's iconic call in Blacksburg.
Coach K Returns Courtside; Is the Texas Job Elite?; Like It Dont Love It: 2/15/23
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel discuss Petes vacation to Mexico Mike Krzyzewski returning to Cameron Indoor to pay respects to Mike Brey, who should hire Rick Pitino, if John Calipari should leave Kentucky, candidates for the Texas job, the Pac-12s statement of self-affirming love and Georgias new-old offensive coordinator.
94 Feet with Jay Bilas; The Best Thing College Hoops Has Going; Alabama Coordinator Situation Resolved: 2/8/23
Rece Davis is joined by Jay Bilas to discuss if Zach Edey is actually bigger than 74, Jay's favorite kind of halftime show, if there are magnets in Red Pandas bowls, the lack of a bottom in the Big 12, if fans really like parody and the NCAAs latest blunder. Plus, Rece goes 94 Feet with Jay.
Volume of Information; Give Me a Guy; Modestly Aware of Signing Day: 2/2/23
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel discuss Seth Greenbergs bit at the top of GameDay broadcast, if Stetson Bennett made a mistake not going to the Senior Bowl, scouting the people not players, whiffing on Josh Rosen, the most underrated part of Jalen Hurts development, if they were aware of National Signing Day and whos popping at the Senior Bowl.
Rick Barnes; Will He Always Take Out The Trash?; Alabama OC Situation; Incentivized to Stay: 1/26/23
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel discuss Reces time in Syracuse, a flaw in Drake Mayes scouting report and what Nick Saban may do with Bill OBrien heading to the Patriots. Then, Rick Barnes stops by to talk about when he stopped using a whistle, whats going through his mind before games, facing Texas, the transformation of basketball culture at Tennessee, and why the football school or basketball school label doesnt matter. Later, the guys get into if there will be a first-time champion in hoops, college basketballs G-League problem and LSUs accounting department.
Offseason Reading; Serial Flirt; Draft Crush; Modestly Divisive: 1/19/23
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel discuss Petes gift to Rece, whats happening at Arkansas, TCU hiring Kendal Briles and Jaden Rashada wanting out of Florida because his NIL deal fell through. Then, ESPN draft analyst Matt Miller stops by to talk about Jim Harbaugh staying at Michigan, Reces Jaguar fandom, where he stands on Will Levis and CJ Stroud answering questions in the playoffs.
Dynasty Established; TCU Subnarrative; Offseason of Relentless Optimism: 1/9/23
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel are in the bowels of SoFi Stadium, looking back at a 65-7 Georgia win over TCU to repeat as national champions. They discuss the moment being too big for the Horned Frogs, Georgias vibe on the podium, Rece dropping TCU to No. 6 in his AP ballot and the Bulldogs being the favorite to three-peat. Later, they get into a way-too-early Top 25, where things stand with Alabama and their 2023 College Football Playoff teams.
USCs Meltdown; Penn State Cul-De-Sac; Stopping TCU; Bennetts Give-A-Damn: 1/4/23
Rece Davis, Pete Thamel and David Pollack discuss whether USC has a scheme or a talent problem on defense, Lincoln Rileys job of building for the Big Ten, if this Rose Bowl win is a potential jumping off point for Penn State, Mississippi State winning for Mike Leach, if Max Duggan can replicate CJ Strouds performance against Georgia, how TCU can out-physical the Bulldogs and Stetson Bennett letting it rip in big moments.
Recapping the CFP Semifinals; Michigan What-Ifs; Big 12 Credibility; Rose Bowl Reset: 1/1/23
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel discuss a remarkable day for college football, what theyll remember about the College Football Playoff semifinals 10 years from now, Michigans ill-fated Philly Special, Stetson Bennetts perfect fourth quarter, early thoughts on a Georgia-TCU title game, CJ Strouds epic performance in a losing effort, the end of an era for the Rose Bowl, Kevin Warrens candidacy to run the Bears, and whether Jim Harbaugh and Ryan Day will stick around.
Joe Horned Frog; Michigans Superpower; Dead Fish and Squealers; Semifinal & Bowl Picks: 12/28/22
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel discuss TCU against Michigan in the College Football Playoff semifinal, Max Duggan having some Jim Harbaugh in him, Michigan being in complete alignment and how the Horned Frog defense could trip up the Wolverines. Then, Bill Connelly stops by to talk about if TCU can force Michigan to throw the ball, if well get a classic game in the semifinals, which team can pull an upset and Pete's bonus lookahead question. Plus, the guys pick the semifinals, and the rest of Saturday and Mondays games.
Elmos NIL Value; Confident or Shaken?; Bulldog Bandwagon; Buc-ees Gift Cards: 12/26/22
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel discuss an Elmo-themed Christmas in the Thamel household, Drake Maye deciding to stay at North Carolina, Maye speaking to offensive coordinator candidates, coaches being unwilling to police themselves, if Ohio States offensive line can contain Jalen Carter, how the Buckeyes respond after losing to Michigan, which playoff quarterback theyd pick to win two games, the main storyline of the playoff, how TCU stays in the game against the Wolverines, Reces trip to Buc-cees, and chili and cinnamon rolls.
Appreciation Not Passion; Big Flip; Cuban Coffee; Bowl Motivation; Tower of Terror: 12/19/22
Rece Davis returns from vacation alongside Pete Thamel to discuss their adopted Jaguars walk-off win over the Cowboys, five-star quarterback Dante Moore flipping from Oregon to UCLA, Bo Nix returning to Oregon, where all of this leaves DJ Uiagalelei, Reces first-time experiences with Mike Leach, which teams are motivated in the bowls leading up to Christmas, why you shouldn't trust Liberty against Toledo and Reces time in Disney World.
New NCAA Prez; Leach Changed Everything; Ken Niumatalolo Fired; Early Bowl Games: 12/15/22
Pete Thamel and Bill Connelly lead off the podcast with the breaking news of Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker signing on as new NCAA president. The guys talk about whether the job matters anymore and the problems Baker is walking into. Then, they get into Navy firing Ken Niumatalolo and Purdue hiring Ryan Walters. Later, they discuss the early batch of bowl games including an exciting matchup between UTSA and Troy, Oregon State's uptick, and Jim Mora's UConn revival.
Remembering Mike Leach: 12/13/22
Pete Thamel and David Pollack discuss the passing of Mississippi State head football coach Mike Leach. They get into how different Leach was from everyone else in his profession, how he ushered in a new era of football, what a Leach production meeting was like before calling game, Leachs fascination with Whitey Bulger, his coaching tree and if he is the best bad job coach in college football history. Then, Greg McElroy stops by to talk about Leachs belief in him as a high school quarterback, how Leach evaluated quarterbacks, Leach keeping McElroy on his toes after decommitting from Texas Tech, Leachs commitment to his beliefs and his influence across the sport.
Tailgaters Drinking Rosé; Crush Collision; Travel Tree & Chocolate Gravy: 12/8/22
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel discuss why Phil Longo leaving North Carolina for Wisconsin raised their eyebrows, Reces night at the National Football Foundation and his picture with Andrew Luck. Then, David Pollack hops on to talk about if hed take Caleb Williams or Drake Maye in the NFL draft today, when college football will finally be rid of the NCAA and his multiple Christmas trees. Later, Bill Connelly on whether Georgia caught a tough draw against Ohio State, his excitement for UTSA-Troy in the Duluth Trading Cure Bowl, why Scott Satterfield thinks itll work in Cincinnati when it didnt at Louisville, and Christmas biscuit recipes.
CFP is Set; Benefit of the Doubt; New Blood; Good to Be a Homer: 12/4/22
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel discuss the four teams in the College Football Playoff semifinal, the committee going through a process of elimination for the final spot, the most interesting thing about the semis, why Ohio State is equipped to beat Georgia, Max Duggan gutting it out in a losing effort, what makes this Michigan team great, what an expanded playoff would look like this year, other bowl games theyre excited to watch and Colorado hiring Deion Sanders
Conference Championship Picks; Suspend Disbelief; Obscure Conference Injury Updates: 12/2/22
Rece Davis, Pete Thamel and Bill Connelly make their conference championship picks in the Race for the Ribeye and discuss the case for hiring a football coach before hiring an athletic director, if Scott Frost will get another shot in the AAC, if Utah can score enough against USC, pucker power in the Big 12 title game, the MAC championship eluding Ohio, if Stetson Bennett IV can add an SEC title to his resume, if Tulane can punch a Cotton Bowl ticket, the Boise State turnaround, if anyone can talk themselves into Purdue and the consolation prize ACC title game.
Frustrations of the Rich; Dry Town Skepticism; Purple Tie : 11/29/22
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel discuss the lack of good options for the playoff if one of the top four loses this weekend, which of the top four is most likely to be upset, intense Irish interest in the quarterback market, Hudson Card entering the transfer portal, Hugh Freezes introduction at Auburn, whats keeping Petes phone alive and if Deion Sanders would take the Colorado job.
Metaphorical Field Goal; Lost Composure; All Steak and No Sizzle; The Daddy of Transition Teams: 11/28/22
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel discuss the possibility of the season going out with a whimper during championship weekend, if TCUs playoff spot is secure even if it loses to Kansas State, Michigan squeezing the life out of Ohio State, Pete taking calls about the Auburn job on Saturday morning during the show, if producer Sara is happier now with Nebraska hiring Matt Rhule than when Scott Frost was hired, why Wisconsin pivoted from Jim Leonhard to Luke Fickell, South Carolinas two week turnaround and a reflective edition of Dumb Loses More Than Smart Wins.
Week 13 Picks; Hawaiian Thanksgiving; Regression to the Mean Game; Apple Cup Slices: 11/24/22
Rece Davis, Pete Thamel and Bill Connelly make their Week 13 picks in the Race for the Ribeye and discuss essential items on their Thanksgiving dinner plate, the nastiness of the Egg Bowl, the best game on Friday, rooting for silliness in N.C. State-North Carolina, how the red zone will determine The Game, Auburns annual Iron Bowl crusade, Reces Nick Saban impression, seeing the path but not getting there with Notre Dame over USC, and Washington-Washington State to close the weekend.
Winner Taking Most; Run Pass Boat Moat; Unpredictable Auburn Factor: 11/23/22
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel discuss the historic moment and the enormous stakes in Ohio State-Michigan, the synchronization of Michigans offensive line, if Marvin Harrison Jr. could be the top draft pick in 2024, Drew Henson getting heckled playing minor league baseball in Columbus, the path to victory for Michigan, Ryan Day not running the Lamborghini into the ditch, if Notre Dame could make things interesting against USC, Kansas extending Lance Leipold, swirling Lane Kiffin to Auburn rumors, what it would take to for Auburn to hire Cadillac Williams and where the lightning bolt will hit on Saturday.
Georgia Frailties; All For Pot Stirring; Catastrophic Mistakes; Evolving Organisms: 11/21/22
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel discuss the lack of space between the top teams in the sport, Caleb Williams sensational night, Max Duggan saving TCU again, the most stunning single game performance of the season, Oklahoma State falling off a cliff, watching games together on the flight home from Bozeman, Georgia lacking an aura of infallibility, if a potential one-loss Ohio State is a lock for the playoff, a good day for LSU and Dumb Loses More Than Smart Wins.
Week 12 Picks; World Cup Comps; Pulling the Tarps; Floyd of Rosedale: 11/18/22
Rece Davis, Pete Thamel and Bill Connelly make their Week 10 picks in the Race for the Ribeye and discuss who you should pick in your World Cup pool, the Netherlands are Chizik-esque transition defense, a relatively concise way to figure out the Big Ten West, UConn exceeding projections, tension and pettiness with Iowa-Minnesota, the lack of defensive advantage in USC-UCLA and the beleaguered Houston Cougars.
I Dont Really Care; New Long Johns; Meat Grinder Process; Orange Bowl Accomplishment: 11/16/22
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel discuss Petes birthday plans, faux outrage from LSU fans, nobody knowing when college basketball season starts, if they wrote off Clemson from College Football Playoff contention too early, where chaos may strike this weekend, Illinois matching up with Michigan, whether the bowl games should pay the players and Dumb Loses More Than Smart Wins.
Tragedy at Virginia; Won A Different Way; Game of the Year Candidate; Local Hunk of Meat: 11/14/22
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel lead the show talking about the a former University of Virginia football player killing three current players on Sunday. This podcast was recorded was recorded early on Monday morning. The, the guys discuss Texas-TCU turning into a defensive struggle, the Horned Frogs answering the bell and winning a different way, the Longhorns offensive disappearing act, TCU responding to a different way of doing things under Sonny Dykes, if Michigan will be punished for its nonconference schedule, Illinois struggling, whod they bet a nickel on to win the Pac-12 championship game and if that team will make the playoff, College GameDay heading to Bozeman, and the coldest game theyve ever covered.
Week 11 Picks; Only Wrong Predictions; Never Change Big Ten West; Quarterback Crush: 11/11/22
Rece Davis, Pete Thamel and Bill Connelly make their Week 10 picks in the Race for the Ribeye and discuss the Bill Connelly System, why the top four teams will be unhappy in the expanded playoff, Purdue falling apart, Alabama lacking an edge on the road, Tulanes defensive turnaround, Iowa and Wisconsin finding a rhythm, transfer quarterbacks galore in Oregon-Washington, Baylor hitting its stride, the last game theyd put money on this week, Reces love for Drake Maye, and interesting subplots in TCU-Texas.
Winter Hats; New No. 1; TCU in Danger?; LSU Handling Success: 11/9/22
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel discuss Petes absence from Mondays show, Rece commanding the pulpit, the latest batch of College Football Playoff rankings, if the CFP will have its first semifinal rematch, how Rece irked Tennessee fans, Jalen Carter swallowing linemen whole, the numbers infatuation with Texas, a hypothetical line for TCU-Oregon at a neutral site, what Liberty beating Arkansas does for Hugh Freeze and if its too early for Christmas coffee cups at Dunkin.
College Footballs Standard Bearer; Dudes Good; Brian Kelly Officially Adopted; Addressing Staleness: 11/7/22
Rece Davis rides solo today with Pete Thamel ailing on the sidelines. Rece discusses his feeling riding into Sanford Stadium on Saturday, Georgia putting Tennessee in its place, Stetson Bennett IV being Georgias heartbeat, Brian Kellys official adoption by the LSU fam-uh-lee, the interesting dynamic and power structure in the SEC, Alabama and Clemson looking stale, and TCU succeeding after addressing its own staleness.
Week 10 Picks; Baller Position; Giant Number in Death Valley; Teams After Playing Perfect: 11/4/22
Rece Davis, Pete Thamel and Bill Connelly make their Week 10 picks in the Race for the Ribeye and discuss a new position for Brock Bowers on the depth chart, a weeknight edition of Pac-12 After Dark, how many points are needed to win between Tennessee and Georgia, why Bill is mad at the College Football Playoff committee, if LSU can stay on schedule, a pivotal point in Texas season, the DJU coda game, why Clemson shouldnt be in the top four, Tulane being in an expanded CFP and if some of the guys on the podcast hate fun.
Tennessee Arrives at No. 1; Vibrant Available Field; MACtion Over the World Series; Future of the West: 11/2/22
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel discuss Tennessee at No. 1 in the first College Football Playoff ranking, if an SEC champion could miss the playoff, when Rece first sees the rankings, Petes Tuesday night watching MACtion, Illinois path to the playoff, how the Volunteers will line up against Brock Bowers, a vote of confidence in Tennessees offense against Georgia defense from coaches around the sport, if theyre just picking at Georgias flaws and a huge test for Jayden Daniels against Alabamas defense.
TRICK OR TREAT: Auburn Fires Bryan Harsin: 10/31/22
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel discuss Auburn relieving Bryan Harsin of his head coaching duties, where fits among great moments in Auburn dysfunction, pervasive issues within the program, how the school treated Harsin during the offseason, an Alabama obsession causing problems, candidates for the job, Reces advice for Lane Kiffin, needing a little back-slap to make it on the Plains and which school should send a moving truck to pick up Harsin.
Pivotal Moments in the Regime; Battle in the Trenches; Beauty of College Football: 10/31/22
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel recap their time at Jackson State and share the impact of the changes Deion Sanders has made. Then, they break down the biggest news in college football including the Michigan-Michigan State brawl in the Big House and the challenges facing Mel Tucker moving forward. Next, they discuss Steve Sarkisians public apology to Longhorn nation and Hypnotoad strikes again. Later, they discuss the new media deal for the Big 12 and share their predictions of who the committee will rank as the number one team in college football.
Week 9 Picks; All Glory to Hypnotoad; Down to the Cuticles: 10/28/22
Rece Davis Pete Thamel and Bill Connelly make their Week 9 picks in the Race for the Ribeye and discuss when Bills formula becomes his gut, if Ohio State is weakness free, a possible low scoring slobber-knocker in the Carrier Dome, Adrian Martinez earning everyones trust, Cincinnatis 19-game AAC winning streak and a massive test for Tennessee.
Deion Curious; Soul Searching and Change; A Beautiful Muddle: 10/26/22
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel discuss Pete turning off Reces ranking show to watch Netflix, what theyre excited to see in Jackson this weekend, Petes side trip to Hattiesburg for a Thursday night game, if Penn State will test Ohio States defense, an interesting moment in time for Michigan State, the contrast in pace between Kentucky and Tennessee, South Carolinas strong start and more on the messes at Texas A&M and Miami.
The Rece Davis Principle; Reestablishing The Basement; Boom Box Classic: 10/24/22
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel look back at Week 8 to discuss if Oregon could sneak back into the College Football Playoff, the Rece Davis Principle, their favorite part of the weekend in Eugene, Bo Nixs redemption arc, Clemsons quarterback change, Texas A&M needing a jackhammer and a shovel, GameDay heading to Jackson State, when Deion Sanders could make the jump to a Power 5 job, and Dumb Loses More Than Smart Wins.
Week 8 Picks; Aint Played Nobody-itis; Vegas Juice: 10/21/22
Rece Davis Pete Thamel and Bill Connelly make their Week 8 picks in the Race for the Ribeye and discuss Bill dragging everyone into the mud with his picks, inclusion vs. meritocracy with the College Football Playoff, if Syracuse can move the ball on Clemson, Ole Miss ham-and-egg start, Oregons upswing, how much they trust Texas, the collection of tailbacks in Penn State-Minnesota, sticking with preseason hunches, and TCUs winning streak against ranked teams.
Major Expansion Problem; Orange on Orange; Toga with a Pocket Square: 10/19/22
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel discuss an issue that Rece foresees with expansion coming to the College Football Playoff, if Syracuse could be frisky in Death Valley, the differences between playing at Oregon and Auburn, most likely to wear a toga on set and if they're adjusting their methods to making picks.
Tennessee Breaks Through; A Great Escape; Role Reversal; DLMTSW: 10/17/22
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel discuss a historic day in Knoxville with Tennessee toppling Alabama, the Volunteers path to the playoff, advantage the crowd supplied the home team at Neyland, Rece and Petes great escape from the stadium, their differing stances on Tennessees goalpost GoFundMe, TCU earning a seat at the playoff table, Oregon finding its identity, Michigan dominating Penn State, Reces thoughts on the state of the Crimson Tide, their biggest takeaways from the weekend and Dumb Loses More Than Smart Wins.
Week 7 Picks; Apology Meter; Haymakers Flying: 10/14/22
Rece Davis, Pete Thamel and Bill Connelly look ahead to Week 7 and make their picks in this edition of the Race For The Ribeye. The guys discuss Bill issuing apologies for disrespect the SP+ projected, James Franklins history in Ann Arbor, this weekend's atmosphere in Rocky Top, a huge game in the Big 12 between Oklahoma State and TCU, Dino Babers drastically changing the Syracuses style of play, if Florida State can keep it close against Clemson, a pivotal point in the season for USC and Utah, and their locks.
Betting Favorite Ohio State; Bold Predictions; Brutal Attempt at Creativity: 10/12/22
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel discuss the interesting moment in time for Ohio State, their eagerness to see Michigan against a top opponent, the overlooked ranked matchup of the weekend, predictions for the second half of the season, what well learn after watching USC-Utah, Rece texting Bill Walton about the Grateful Dead and a Volunteer fan rapping about the Tide.
Spin the Magic Bean; Recipe for Disaster; Pandemonium Reigns : 10/10/22
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel recap the weekend's biggest games, discuss the future of Kansas, and give an injury update on Jalon Daniels. Then, they discuss Texas going toe-to-toe with other SEC teams and the new dimeson that Quinn Ewers is unlocking for Texas. Next, they share how Tennessee's win over LSU proves they are a legitimate contender in the SEC. Plus, they discuss the electric atmosphere for the rivalry game between Tennessee and Alabama next week. Later, Rece and Pete give their dumb loses more than smart wins pick of the week.
Week 6 Picks; For The Investors; Best Brisket in Lawrence: 10/7/22
Rece Davis, Pete Thamel and Bill Connelly look ahead to Week 6 and make their picks. The guys discuss Bill moonlighting as a soccer writer, if theyd think differently of LSU if the Tigers won in Week 1, TCUs undefeated College GameDay record, where to find the best barbecue on the way to Lawrence, Oklahomas vulnerability to the big play, believing in UCLA, N.C. States disappointing offense and if theyre over the Nick Saban-Jimbo Fisher drama.
Caveman Ethos; A Lot of Booties; Generationally Juiced: 10/5/22
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel are joined by David Pollack to discuss Davids new high-speed internet, Davids best Georgia-Auburn story, the Bulldogs youth and immaturity, what Alabamas offense will look like if Bryce Young doesnt play, Jimbo Fisher needing to evolve offensively, baseless speculation about who Fisher should hire as offensive coordinator, if Kansas undefeated season ends on Saturday, and TCUs defense. Then, the guys lookahead to pivotal games this weekend for Notre Dame, Miami and Arkansas.
Paul Chryst Run at Wisconsin; Lance Lazarus; Dumb Ways to Die: 10/3/22
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel discuss Wisconsin dumping Paul Chryst after getting embarrassed by Bret Bielema, the unrealistic expectations placed on Graham Mertz, if Jim Leonhard is a lock to lose the interim tag, Colorado entering the coaching market, Texas A&Ms getting outscored in its own red zone, GameDay heading to Lawerence, Dumb Loses More Than Smart Wins and Rece picks an NFL team.
Plot Twists; Channeling Bush Push; Dancing with the Devil: 9/30/22
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel are joined by Bill Connelly to pick this weeks games and the results show a shocking twist of events. Then, they analyze what to expect with the NC State - Clemson matchup. Plus, they discuss how Alabama struggling on the road is officially a thing, but lest we forget Alabama has Bryce Young.
Bring Your Own Gut; Back in the Game; Chute Dogging: 9/28/22
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel discuss key matchups of the week, if Florida can survive the SEC gauntlet of talent, and how weather will impact this weeks games. Then, former Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall joins to break down the NC State - Clemson matchup, reveals why he left coaching, and what power level a program would need to be to get back in the game.
Dumb Loses; Talkative and Undisciplined; Wake Me Up When September Ends: 9/26/22
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel give their weekend bullet points breaking down what went wrong with Miami against Middle Tennessee, and Adrian Martinezs breakout performance against Oklahoma. Then, they discuss the biggest upset of the day being the Missouri fumble against Auburn showing that dumb loses more than smart wins. Then, they break down the crazy A&M and Arkansas game, and the defeated Sam Pittmans post-game press conference. Next, what was Reces biggest miss calculation in his fight with David Pollack about Clemson and Wake Forest? Plus, they discuss the emotional gauntlet of a season Appalachian State is having.
Week 4 Picks; Poor Group Think; Kansas Has to Earn It; Bandit Link: 9/23/22
Rece Davis, Pete Thamel and Bill Connelly look ahead to Week 4 and make their picks. The guys discuss Rece being hung up on last weeks Super Dog pick, their lack of conviction in Iowa State-Baylor, the ESPN Hates My Favorite Team" game, if Tennessee can excise the demons against the Gators, the Fighting Flecks, Bo Nix running in a Palouse fog, Arkansas shaky pass defense, Bills Barry Odom jersey and USCs turnover luck.
Broken Bandwagons; Pucker Power; Sincerest Apologies: 9/21/22
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel discuss if Tennessee can turn the corner this week against Florida, previewing the Pac-12 road traps matchups, the impact of pucker power, and discussing Drake Mayes sincere apology to NC State. Then, Dan Mullen joins Rece and Pete to discuss what separates playing Knoxville compared to other places in the SEC, the most impolite fanbases, the differences in quarterback development, and Georgias performance this season.
Big Ben in Boone; CFB Grim Reaper; Pac-12 Vibrancy; Bumpy Bandwagons: 9/19/22
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel discuss their time in Boone, Rece signing a persons face, Luke Combs professional beer chug, Appalachian States Big Ben moment, Arizona State firing Herm Edwards, candidates for the job in Tempe, Washington pushing around Michigan State, their most impressive teams for the weekend, bandwagons that could get shaky and Clemson skepticism.
Week 3 Picks; Mississippi State Stability; Donovan Smith Time; Functional Big 12 Program: 9/16/22
Rece Davis, Pete Thamel and Bill Connelly are loading up on games and picking through the Week 3 slate. They preview Miami-Texas A&M, BYU-Oregon, Mississippi State-LSU, Oklahoma-Nebraska, Penn State-Auburn, Michigan State-Washington, Texas Tech-N.C. State, UTSA-Texas and Kansas-Houston.
Human Feeling of Failure; Woj For Vols; Plant the Flag; Paul Pierce Didnt Know: 9/14/22
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel are joined by Gene Wojciechowski to discuss Genes GameDay story on what its actually like for coaches when theyre fired, why coaches wanted to talk to him about it, the psyche of head coaches, and the Tennessee Volunteers. Then, Rece and Pete talk about BYU attempting to build its College Football Playoff resume, the difficulties Texas could face against UTSA, praising Air Force, Kansas knocking off West Virginia and games that sound better than theyll actually be.
Scott Frost Fired; Consulting Grammy; Fun Belt Giant Slaying; App State Steals GameDay: 9/13/22
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel discuss Nebraska firing Scott Frost, if the Cornhuskers can turn this very early firing into an advantage, candidates for the job in Lincoln, offensive struggles dooming Notre Dame to a loss against Marshall, Appalachian State winning in College Station and stealing College GameDay from the Aggies, Chase Brice finding a home in Boone, and if Texas should get a participation trophy for narrowly losing to Alabama.
Week 2 Picks; Weekly Heisman; Towed Porsche; Pass the Rake: 9/9/22
Rece Davis, Pete Thamel and Bill Connelly start the show discussing which other teams Stetson Bennett could start for, Pat McAfee joining College GameDay, Quinn Ewers having his Porsche towed and Nick Sabans elite record in openers. Then, the race for the ribeye continues with Week 2 picks, including Alabama-Texas, Tennessee-Pitt, Iowa-Iowa State, Florida-Kentucky, Oregon State-Fresno State and more.
Pollack's Tape Review; Self-Induced Quarterback Controversy; 0-1 Teams; Reces Saturday Adventure: 9/7/22
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel talk to David Pollack on the way to football practice about the most "disturbing" thing he saw rewatching Clemson, when it will be safe to start Cade Klubnick, other teams copying Notre Dames defensive game plan against Ohio State, which games theyre eyeing on Saturday and an Anthony Richardson encore. Then, Rece and Pete discuss the latest on Michigans belabored quarterback point, West Virginia in need of a sign of progress, Oregon State rolling Boise State, bad Mike Leach impressions, Baylor-BYU, N.C. State not perpetuating its own stereotype, and Reces Saturday that will span from Austin to Palo Alto.
The Try; I-wa; Bennetts Batmobile; The Real Columbus MVP: 9/5/22
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel discuss how LSU-Florida State perfectly encapsulated the sport, Iowa relying on safeties to beat South Dakota State, Reces reoccurring dream that he cant get to the GameDay set, Appalachian States botched two-point conversion, Stetson Bennetts stellar performance, which Pac-12 loses were disqualifying for the College Football Playoff, why Georgia should be No. 1, the evolving Buckeyes, Oregon State thumping Boise State and a brand new Arizona team winning in Week 1. Plus, who was the real MVP while the GameDay crew was in Columbus?
Week 1 Picks; Late TV Windows; Nugget Platters; Coaching to Cover: 9/2/22
Rece Davis, Pete Thamel and Bill Connelly start the show discussing Rece eating Italian food with his hands, Connecticut pizza, the latest on conferences jockeying for TV contracts, the importance of the late TV windows and the odds we see an expanded playoff in the near future. Then, the Race for the Ribeye revs up in week one as the guys pick Illinois-Indiana, Georgia-Oregon, Cincinnati-Arkansas, Utah-Florida and Notre Dame-Ohio State.
Liquor and Iced Tea; Bennett Bandwagon; Biblical Decisions; Players Named Smoke: 8/31/22
Pete Thamel and Rece Davis discuss Sam Pittmans interesting analogy for Cincinnati, what to expect from the post-playoff Bearcats, if Florida and Arkansas could both lose their home openers, and Rece piloting the Stetson Bennett VI bandwagon. Then, David Pollack drops by and the guys get into Georgias wide receiver room, if Ladd McConkey is related to Phil McConkey, Davids first Friday night lights experience on the sidelines, Petes portal pet peeve and Jim Harbaugh attempting to split the baby. Later, Rece and Pete pick the Thursday night games.
Husking; Backyard Brawl Returns; Harbaughs Chemistry Class: 8/29/22
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel discuss Nebraska finding a new way to lose, the curse of Bo Pelini, Michigans interesting plan to quell any quarterback drama, the time a West Virginia fan sent Mark May $500 in pennies, Reces trade value, an offseason of robust hype for Tennessee, lobbying for free cookies, what to expect from Wake Forest with Mitch Griffith, and Auburn and Texas A&M name their starting quarterbacks.
Week 0 Picks; Stakes for Steaks; Oh No Vandy; Fitzgerald in Ireland: 8/26/22
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel look ahead to Week 0 and day dream about their ideal game-watching setups. Then, Bill Connelly joins the show to picks games with steaks on the line. The guys discuss their philosophies for picking games, tight games in Hawaii favoring Hawaii, an unfavorable outlook for Vanderbilt, Illinois defense, and if Nebraska will shed its unlucky streak or Pat Fitzgerald will celebrate a win with a Guinness. Plus, Reces Big Ten West champion, too much UConn talk and whos been to Ireland.
Bama Extends Saban; Dissecting Reces Top-25; Spicing Up Week 0: 8/24/22
Rece Davis and Pete Thamel kick off the inaugural episode of the College GameDay podcast by talking about Nick Sabans contract extension through 2030 and what they remember from Alabamas coaching search from 2007. Then David Pollack stops by to discuss Rich Rodriguez battling spies, Reces AP Top 25 ballot, if Utah can start the season strong, Texas A&Ms talent level, USC being a test case for the new era of the sport, if Rece is ignoring the Group of Five, the learning curve for Marcus Freeman, what would induce more conference realignment in the short term and more.
Introducing 'ESPN College GameDay': 8/18/22
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