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The 'Cover 3 College Football' Podcast is the perfect call for any die-hard fan. Join hosts Chip Patterson, Tom Fornelli, Danny Kanell and Bud Elliott as they take you from National Signing Day to the national championship with in-depth analysis from some of the biggest names in the sport. Cover 3 offers insider insight on the hottest topics in college football, tells you who is creating a buzz and previews each weekend with against-the-spread locks. From coaching searches to quarterback battles and everything in between, Cover 3 has it locked down.

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Answering listener questions on the NFL Draft, iconic bowl games and more. First, calling back to our mailbag questions about coach fights, a listener asks for our ideal starting five basketball team of college football coaches (04:30). Then, how Clemson and BYU would have fared in 2020 with each other's quarterbacks (17:55), our favorite editions of the most iconic bowl games (36:50) and a listener presents their case for a new wrinkle to the popular College Football Playoff expansion format (47:00).  Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts.  Watch Cover 3 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/cover3 Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson,  @TomFornelli, @DannyKanell For more college football coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Discussing the impact of seniors returning for a bonus year in 2021 and drafting the best of the bunch. First, from coaches to administration to players, looking at the many different motivations for taking advantage of the "super senior" opportunity and how the addition of nearly 1,000 FBS players might impact the sport. Then it's on to the Super Seniors Draft with Bud, Tom and Chip taking turns to pick the most impactful veterans expected to return thanks to the NCAA's extra year of eligibility. Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts.  Watch Cover 3 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/cover3 Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson,  @TomFornelli, @DannyKanell For more college football coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Cover 3 crew is here to give you the latest in the world of college football. It’s to talk playoffs! Yes, college football playoff needs to change… or does it? We kick things off with the latest news around CFB. Former five star TE Arik Gilbert transferred from LSU to Florida in the offseason and now he’s transferring again. Twice in one offseason. (5:40) Dreion Kendrick has been dismissed from Clemson. What to make of the situation with the 2021 All-ACC CB. (9:45) Former Texas Tech QB Alan Bowman announced he’s headed to Michigan. (16:36) It’s now time to chop up and dissect the college football playoff. What are changes that need to happen, we want to happen, or shouldn’t happen. Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts.  Watch Cover 3 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/cover3 Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson,  @TomFornelli, @DannyKanell For more college football coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
'Fantasy Baseball Today in 5,' a new daily podcast from CBS Sports is available now. Download and subscribe now on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher and whenever else podcasts are found to get episodes as soon as they are released. Want Fantasy advice, news and analysis fast? Fantasy Baseball Today in 5 will get you caught up on what you need to know to win your league in just 5 minutes every weekday morning. Join host Frank Stampfl and company as they help guide you to a Fantasy championship. The FBT crew will filter through the news cycle and deliver what matters most from a Fantasy perspective so you can make your add, drop, start & sit moves all before breakfast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Instant reaction to the breaking news that five-star quarterback Ty Simpson has committed to Alabama. Bud Elliott and Chip Patterson discuss how Alabama bested Clemson and Tennessee for one of the top quarterback talents in the 2022 recruiting class. Plus, where Clemson goes next at quarterback for its class and how the coaching change at Tennessee impacted Simpson's recruitment. Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts.  Watch Cover 3 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/cover3 Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson, @TomFornelli, @DannyKanell For more college football coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Transfer quarterback news, Randy Moss at Florida State stories and listener questions answers. First, catching up on Tyler Shough's move from Oregon to Texas Tech and Luke McCaffrey's move from Nebraska to Louisville (2:30), Notre Dame's decision not to join in on the EA Sports College Football video game excitement (10:00) and Danny takes us back to 1995 in Tallahassee when Randy Moss, Peter Warrick and Walter Jones were all redshirting during his senior season (18:30). Then, UCLA's ceiling under Chip Kelly (32:50), whether Oklahoma fans should be concerned about Texas under Sarkisian (40:15) and whether Bronco Mendenhall gets enough respect for his work at Virginia (45:00). Plus, our continued campaign for a new Big Ten rivalry trophy (51:00).  Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts.  Watch Cover 3 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/cover3 Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson, @TomFornelli, @DannyKanell For more college football coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Cover 3 crew is here to give you the latest in the world of college football. We’re talking about transfer rankings! 247Sports just rolled out its rankings for the top transfers in the country and we’re going to break down all angles. Tom Fornelli gets us caught up with what rule changes he wants to see in college football. (6:00) A look into the transfer portal. (14:30) Do coaches like the portal? (20:20) Quarterbacks in the portal. (28:38) How did Florida win the portal? Signing Arik Gilbert and Demarkus Bowman. (33:15) What does Oklahoma’s transfer haul look like? (36:10) Is Miami back? (38:40) Is Florida State in trouble? (41:00) Other schools that did well in the portal. (44:00) Henry To’o To’o is the biggest name in the portal and he’s yet to decide where to go. (49:00) Final thoughts on the 2021 portal. Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts.  Watch Cover 3 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/cover3 Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson, @bartonsimmons, @TomFornelli, @DannyKanell For more college football coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Cover 3 crew is here to give you the latest in the world of college football. We’re talking about rule changes that we want to see in college football. Let’s start with the awful targeting rule. (8:53) We need a shot clock when plays are reviewed! (12:05) Stoping the clock on first downs. Woof! (14:40) How many people should be allowed to listen in on plays? (18:30) Illegal man downfield needs to be changed. Too many linemen are getting too far down field on RPOs. (28:46) Lasers on the goal posts. It needs to happen. (33:04) How many feet do you need in bounds? (36:20) End of game rules need to be looked at. Fake injuries could be happening - what can be done about this? What about overtime, where should it start? (43:45) Some other rule changes that should happen! Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts.  Watch Cover 3 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/cover3 Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson, @TomFornelli, @DannyKanell For more college football coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Cover 3 crew is here to give you the latest in the world of college football. MAILBAG! WE have so many of your questions to answer so we’ve got a ton of mailbags to offer. The San Diego Padres gave Fernando Tatis Jr. a 14-year deal so which coaches do we think should be given 14-year deals? (16:25) What are the best and worst logos in sports? (25:02) From 2010-2017 there were only 4 five-star QBs selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. What went wrong with QB evaluations in that time period? (37:10) If each conference was decided by a coach vs coach in hand to hand combat — who would win? (47:07) It’s Noles to Go! Danny Kanell gives the latest on the state of the Florida State Seminoles. Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts.  Watch Cover 3 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/cover3 Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson, @bartonsimmons, @TomFornelli, @DannyKanell For more college football coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Cover 3 crew is here to give you the latest in the world of college football. It’s time to grade ALL of the coaching hires in the 2021 cycle so far. Were there any big surprises? Tom had originally thought that there wouldn’t be much shake up. (5:35) How do we grade the Steve Sarkisian hire at Texas? (14:10) Shane Beamer at South Carolina. (18:37) Clark Lea at Vanderbilt. (24:15) Auburn hires Bryan Harsin. (30:20) Josh Heupel at Tennessee. (38:00) Bret Bielema at Illinois. (44:05) Jed Fisch hired at Arizona. (47:00) Gus Malzahn at UCF. (50:00) Andy Avalos at Boise State. (54:19) Utah State hires Blake Anderson. (58:00) Charles Huff at Marshall. (1:01:00) Will Hall hired at Southern Miss (1:04:00) Butch Jones at Arkansas State. (1:07:50) Terry Bowden at Louisiana-Monroe. (1:10:00) Kane Wommack hired at South Alabama. Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts.  Watch Cover 3 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/cover3 Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson, @bartonsimmons, @TomFornelli, @DannyKanell For more college football coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Cover 3 crew is here to give you the latest in the world of college football. It’s the big ole bag of mail! We start today with some kind of breaking news on Gus Malzahn being hired as the next coach of the University of Central Florida! What makes UCF such a good landing spot for Malzahn? What will be the fallout of a high profile coach like him going there? (24:15) What are offenses going to become? Is the passing game here to stay or will rushing attacks return to prominence? (36:30) We bring back our conversation on Clemson’s defense. Let’s discuss the future of the current Clemson defense. (39:30) Are coaches who took health and safety protocols the most serious going to use that as a recruiting advantage? Someone from Penn State asked about James Franklin taking this very seriously or going with a different approach. (43:20) A Georgia Tech fan reaches out and he wants our help. He’s asking for some positive views on the Yellow Jackets program. (52:35) Why is the Pac-12 falling behind? Someone wants to know why the Pac-12 is the laughing stock of the Power 5 world. Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts.  Watch Cover 3 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/cover3 Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson, @bartonsimmons, @TomFornelli, @DannyKanell For more college football coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Cover 3 crew is here to give you the latest in the world of college football. It’s the big ole bag of mail! We start today with some FCS talk! The season kicks off this weekend and we’re discussing some potential Lock Talk. (7:34) Of the 2nd year coaches, which coach are you excited to see long-term at their current school? Which of these coaches isn’t a fit? (19:30) Which of these two scenarios happens first: Miami winning an ACC Championship or Michigan beating Ohio State? (24:00) Do we think the Clemson blowout losses to LSU and Ohio State mean anything for the Tigers long term? (31:30) Which sport would be easier to coach if you never played or played at a higher level? (38:05) Understanding the current state and future of analytics in football. (44:40) Is anyone insane with being excited about what Brett Bielema is doing so far at Illinois before a game has been played? Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts.  Watch Cover 3 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/cover3 Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson, @bartonsimmons, @TomFornelli, @DannyKanell For more college football coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Cover 3 Podcast looks back at the coaches hired and fired in the 2018 cycle. Where our initial thoughts on the hires correct? Where were we wrong and where have we been surprised. The conversation begins with what went right for Florida with Dan Mullen and what went wrong for Florida State with Willie Taggart (12:00) then whether Jimbo Fisher's 2020 success at Texas A&M shows that's on schedule based on the expectations (27:00). Then, yet-to-be-determined grades for Scott Frost at Nebraska (36:00) and Chip Kelly at UCLA (41:30) plus recapping the biggest surprises from the Power Five coaches hired in the 2018 cycle that have already been fired (47:43).  Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts.  Watch Cover 3 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/cover3 Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson, @bartonsimmons, @TomFornelli, @DannyKanell For more college football coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Cover 3 crew is here to give you the latest in the world of college football. Today we’ve got Bill Connelly joining the show! (2:20) Let’s talk returning production for the 2021 season! How are calculations made? (14:30) What are the tiers set at for returning production? How do you differentiate the top, bottom, and middle of the list? (20:15) What’s the Pac-12 going to look like? (23:50) Iowa State hype train (29:00) Taking a look at the ACC (37:15) Ohio State and the Big Ten (40:00) Coaches and analytics (42:10) What one rule would Bill change? 'Cover 3' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts.  Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson, @TomFornelli, @DannyKanell For more college football coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Cover 3 crew is here to give you the latest in the world of college football. Today we’ll break down ALL THINGS SUPER BOWL! Danny is joining us live from Tampa! (2:00) Is Tom Brady the GOAT? Are people ready to admit that? (3:30) Tom Brady’s forgotten career at Michigan (6:30) Who is putting the talent into the Super Bowl? Let’s talk crootin’ to NFL pipeline. (14:30) What did Mahomes look like at Texas Tech? Did we ever think he’d be this good? (24:30) Biggest surprise from CFB to NFL. (36:00) SUPER BOWL LOCKS! 'Cover 3' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts.  Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson, @TomFornelli, @DannyKanell For more college football coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Cover 3 crew is here to give you the latest in the world of college football. National Signing Day is coming to a close and Alabama has landed the best recruiting class of all time! Let’s dive in! (2:00) How did Alabama land the best class ever? Who are the names to know? (10:00) New coaches, average classes. How did the new coaches fare this year? (16:00) Wisconsin has brought in its best class ever! (22:19) What kind of class does Jimbo Fisher have at Texas A&M? (25:08) USC does a good job holding on to California talent. Class stays inside the Top 8. (31:45) What are the recruiting gaps like in the top 10? How do these schools match up? (35:20) Deion Sanders is making magic at Jackson State. (39:20) Explaining the 2021 recruiting classes compared to other non-Covid years. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Instant reaction to the breaking news that the return of a college football video game is in the works. Tom Fornelli and Chip Patterson break down what we know, when the game might be available and what features we'd like to see in the return of EA Sports College Football. Discussion includes their own gaming history, features of the modern college football world that would work in the game and much more. 'Cover 3' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts.  Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson, @TomFornelli, @DannyKanell For more college football coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Cover 3 crew is here to give you the latest in the world of college football. Today marks episode 500 (!!!) of the Cover 3 podcast. We asked our listeners for some more personal questions and we go them! (3:00) What’s your dream college football Saturday? (10:45) Barton Simmons ask the big questions. (19:00) Memories from the 1st episode. (25:50) Are there schools that players are underrated because they committed there? (32:30) Which up-and-coming coach would you bet on winning a National title first? (35:00) Can Kirby Smart win at title at Georgia? (38:00) The origin of the Dentist. (41:00) Ultimate college town bucket list (47:30) Barton as the dancer AND the bouncer, 'Cover 3' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts.  Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson, @TomFornelli, @DannyKanell For more college football coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Chip Patterson and Bud Elliott answer listener questions. First, non-conference games that standout from the ACC and SEC schedule release (1:30) and whether Pat Fitzgerald will ever leave Northwestern for an NFL job (4:50). Then it's on to the mailbag, with questions regarding Steve Sarkisian's staff hires (8:00), what year one coaches won't make it to the end of their first contracts (13:30), how high school prospects can be seen when football is shutdown because of COVID (21:55) and whether a college football program's financial status has any tie to success (29:20). Then, expectations for Miami in 2021 (33:45), whether Spencer Rattler can live up to the hype (41:30), how tough academic standards impact recruiting (45:20) and whether a conference would ever kick a school out of the league (50:45).  Cover 3' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts.  Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson, @TomFornelli, @DannyKanell For more college football coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Cover 3 crew is here to give you the latest in the world of college football. National Signing Day is quickly approaching so we break down the latest you need to know about your school’s class. (4:00) Any schools that are surprising in this year’s rankings? (8:30) Let’s meet the top recruits. J.T. Tuimoloau is the top recruit in the country and he’s also unsigned… where will he go? (11:30) Who is Terrion Arnold? (14:15) Which other unsigned commits are Bud Elliott excited about? (23:00) Coaching change impact on National Signing Day. (33:30) Closing time leading up to National Signing Day. How do schools close? Cover 3' is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts.  Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson, @TomFornelli, @DannyKanell For more college football coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Aaron Hartje

I have little doubt that these college administrations and athletic directors are encouraging coaches to keep the rosters down to roughly their 85 usual scholarships. but it hasn't got a goddamn thing to do with money part of it is going to be to avoid that crunch in a year or two, and part of it is that things can become a little unwieldy trying to accommodate 10 or 20 extra players scholarships are basically free as far as the universities go. they would double the number of them if they were allowed to. it costs the school nothing to let a kid go there for free. but you do have to house, feed, and keep out of jail and extra 10 or 20 players if you allow your roster to mushroom like that.

Feb 5th
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Aaron Hartje

Penn State will never make the playoff as long as James Franklin is head coach unless Ohio State gets a postseason ban.

Jan 27th
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Aaron Hartje

What James Franklin did at Vanderbilt was fall into a job while Georgia was in disarray and Florida was in decline. He didn't have a single signature win while there, and he was a small part of a rape investigation when he left for Penn State. the only reason he has had success in Pennsylvania is the same reason Paterno did: there is no recruiting competition in the region. when there was at Virginia and Virginia Tech, Paternos teams went into decline.

Jan 27th
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Aaron Hartje

I don't know if Hueple will work out, but Tennessee dodged a bullet if it ended up not saddled with James Franklin, who didn't have a signal signature win his entire time at Vanderbilt, left after being a likely minor part of a rape scandal, and proceeded to have only one notable win at Penn State. The guy has never been respected as an Xs and O's guy, merely as a recruiter. And the reason he would turn down Tennessee is because there is no recruiting competition for Penn State in its entire region. It's a little bit of a different story for Tennessee.

Jan 27th
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Aaron Hartje

Yet again, Cannell proving he is one of the dumbest people in college football media. Hell, let's just delay the national title game until March if the important thing is to make sure EVERYONE is healthy. Ohio State has had the entire season to get its s*** together regarding COVID and it never has done it. The rest of the sport needn't be penalized because of that fact. If you can't play, run the white flag up the pole and go on with your business. If you want to play for a national title, get your ass on the field Monday night.

Jan 10th
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Aaron Hartje

The fact of the matter is that you need to a completely blow up the current system and alignments before you can expand the playoff. They missed the biggest problem with simply granting automatic bids to conference title game winners. What kind of argument can you make for the three loss division winner who happened to upset a perfect or one loss team from the other division in the conference title game? How is including that team advancing the cause of finding the most legitimate claimant to the football crown?

Dec 21st
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Aaron Hartje

I can't begin to say how much confidence it gives me in these idiots that they apparently need to take notes and have the ability to rewind and rerun plays in order to tell what they are watching right in front of them when they are taking in a football game. I can only imagine how difficult it was to figure out whether Alabama was indeed better than Texas A&M back when Alabama beat them. Without the ability to take notes and rerun plays it must have been damn near impossible for these guys who do this podcast. I am beginning to form the opinion that Danny Cannel is the dumbest man in college football media.

Dec 21st
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Aaron Hartje

Just to be clear, the only person in the entire country making an argument for Texas A&M over Notre Dame is Jimbo Fisher. As far as the public is concerned, the argument Texas A&M has is being included instead of Ohio State.

Dec 21st
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Aaron Hartje

And again, people in favor of expanding the playoff fail to make a decent argument or formulate anything outside of a nonsensical plan.

Dec 20th
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Aaron Hartje

I'm sorry, but is ANYONE arguing TAMU over ND? I haven't heard that anywhere other than here. If anything, the talk is TAMU vs. OSU.

Dec 20th
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Aaron Hartje

So, they admit there's a huge gap between even the top few teams, but Ohio State has definitely earned a spot bc it played half of a season, beating NWern and Indiana. Riiiigghhhttt.

Dec 20th
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Aaron Hartje

By the way, if Clemson loses it is out. It doesn't matter that the other teams behind them have only one or two losses. You do not put a team into a field of four that includes a team that has beaten them twice already. With a sweep, Notre Dame will have proven that Clemson does not have a claim at a title shot and that slot will have to go to another conference.

Dec 18th
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Aaron Hartje

They're absolutely correct that the college football playoff committee will give boilerplate answers regarding why they have certain teams in certain places. Of course, what none of them wishes to do is actually discuss how legitimate those arguments that the committee makes are. They are correct that it is the log jam that is keeping some teams from dropping lower in the top 10. Florida has no chance unless a lot of stuff happens. But they're not going to drop below Georgia and there are teams lower down that they will also not drop further than. Florida isn't where it's at because it's that good. They're where they're at because the other teams behind them are probably worse. They're kind of like being the sixth-ranked women's college basketball team. You can brag about it, but it doesn't get you any closer to the title than being the 30th best. They're wrong about Notre Dame needing to keep the game close if they lose. Notre Dame is in regardless of how badly they lose unless they also lose their quarterback for the rest of the season. They will still have a much better resume than the teams behind them. And you are not going to put any of those two loss teams ahead of a Notre Dame team that only lost to Clemson. Similarly, it doesn't matter if Florida beats Alabama. Florida will still have two losses while Texas A&M has one and Florida lost to Texas A&M. Florida will not move past the Aggies.

Dec 18th
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Paulo Da Silva

I dont believe these guys are playing with real money, and for that reason I am out. I did love the banter and back and forth but the fact you will play any game to.make up is absurd.

Dec 18th
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Aaron Hartje

Why doesn't the win over BYU count as a signature win for Coastal Carolina? Because it wouldn't be considered a signature win for any of the teams that ARE in contention. Signature wins are not relative.

Dec 13th
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Aaron Hartje

Regarding the Group of Five having its own playoff, I don't believe that's a bad idea. Unfortunately, this take hasn't been fresh for 3 weeks when I first heard people bringing up the idea. But nice try.

Dec 13th
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Aaron Hartje

You guys are idiots if you believe all of this garbage was "positive." Florida State's coach is never going to be able to get that kid to shut the f*** up now. Just to go ahead and scratch another shitty season for the Seminoles.

Jun 5th
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Aaron Hartje

A little perspective regarding 2014 Baylor, TCU and Ohio State. The committee didn't quite just arbitrarily choose to snub the Big 12. It asked the Big 12 to put forth one team as its champion and the conference tried to play cute and refused. At the time, some people thought the conference believed that it either had a chance to get both teams in, or that by not naming a single champion it had twice as many chances to get at least one of those teams in ahead of Ohio State. The committee wasn't buying it. Also, because it had a conference title game, Ohio State was 12-1 going into the bowl season, whereas Baylor and TCU were each only 11-1. Add to that the fact that Ohio State's only loss was in early September, while Baylor and TCU lost their games in back-to-back weekends in the middle of October. In a way, though, you can empathize with the Big 12 situation.TCU probably had the best resume of all three teams, but its loss was to Baylor and it could be argued that you couldn't very well put them out there as the lone conference representative ahead of the team that beat them, regardless of Baylor's loss at West Virginia.

Jun 2nd
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Aaron Hartje

I think there is one fundamental flaw in the logic being used that, in an expanded playoff system, it would be more difficult for some of these teams to win a title because they would have to win three games against top-caliber competition to do so. when is the last time Alabama has had to beat three really really good teams in a row without a substantial break in between a couple of those games? Even in a conference like the SEC, and a system like the current college football playoff, things need to line up perfectly for Alabama to face three contenders consecutively. As far as the other conferences, just forget it. None of them are strong enough right now. These programs do have greater depth and more horses to throw at you over a three- or four-week playoff, but they can get run down just as much as anyone. and all it takes in some of these games is a fumble or a bad pass to turn things the other way. I still think that the elite programs are going to win The lion's share of the titles once the playoffs are expanded, but giving those other few teams a shot is more than what they are getting now. Almost by definition, it will lead to an increase percentage of national titles for those schools.

May 29th
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Aaron Hartje

The point he was trying to make about it being a negative that Notre Dame isn't really in a conference is laughable on its face. There is no other program in the country with as little tangible success as Notre Dame has had in the last 30 years that people joke about needing to lose at least two or three games for the committee to not find some excuse to include in the playoff. Not being in a conference has always been an advantage for Notre Dame, because it can cobble together schedules that escape criticism but which guarantee at least seven or eight wins year in, year out.

May 21st
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