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Andy Staples breaks down the beautiful mess that is college football with his friends from The Athletic's loaded college football staff. He'll celebrate the walk-ons, break down all the fat guy TDs and freak out every time a coach punts on fourth-and-1 from the opponent's 45.

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Andy Staples breaks down the beautiful mess that is college football with his friends from The Athletic's loaded college football staff. He'll celebrate the walk-ons, break down all the fat guy TDs and freak out every time a coach punts on fourth-and-1 from the opponent's 45.

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    Is Caleb Williams to Wisconsin real or fantasy + best/worst actors to play Andy & Ari

    Is Caleb Williams to Wisconsin real or fantasy + best/worst actors to play Andy & Ari

    "I've never met a cheese I don't like." - Ari Wasserman. Can this be Andy Staples Show's mantra for the off-season? This is a gouda episode that runs the gamut from making cash money as an author of children's books to Wisconsin being a contender to land Caleb Williams. Which is more fantastical, Ari being a children's book writer or Williams being a Badger? The guys' conversation about both subjects may leave you more convinced about one over the other. Is Kevin James as Sean Payton one of the worst, if not the worst, casting decisions ever? Andy and Ari react to actors who could portray them effectively and...well...those not so much.

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    • 53 min
    Is Caleb Williams overhyped? SEC-only playoff & more Dear Andy questions

    Is Caleb Williams overhyped? SEC-only playoff & more Dear Andy questions

    In a new edition of 'Dear Andy', Andy answers your question that run the gamut from will the ACC and Jim Phillips relent on obstructing playoff expansion to what is the nature/spirit of Dr. Pepper's Fansville fans? Plus, for all the coverage and attention that he receives, is Caleb Williams overhyped, and why not host an SEC-only playoff?

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    • 41 min
    Is now Jim Harbaugh's best time to leave Michigan for the NFL? w/ Nick Baumgardner

    Is now Jim Harbaugh's best time to leave Michigan for the NFL? w/ Nick Baumgardner

    The rumor mill is churning at full speed in lieu of reports about Jim Harbaugh potentially returning to the NFL ranks. Andy and The Athletic's senior writer and Detroit sports expert...Detroit-pert?...Nick Baumgardner predict which path Harbaugh will take. Why would he stay at Michigan, go to the NFL? Is now the ideal time for him to leave for the Raiders? Would any other NFL team consider hiring him? 

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    • 33 min
    Stars Matter: Ranking the 10 best recruiting head coaches

    Stars Matter: Ranking the 10 best recruiting head coaches

    Mitch and Ari have some "toasty takes" when ranking the 10 best recruiting head coaches in the county. Is anyone better than Nick Saban? Does Kirby Smart have a case for #1? How high is Mack Brown ranked? Did Dabo Swinney make the cut?
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Pre-taping CFB news: SEC lands Notre Dame?! Saban back to the Dolphins & more unpredictable headlines

    Pre-taping CFB news: SEC lands Notre Dame?! Saban back to the Dolphins & more unpredictable headlines

    The college football world is constantly changing, and news breaks, seemingly, every second. So with Andy leaving for vacation, we had to cover our bases. Andy, Max, and Sam pre-tape the news Tom Brokaw-SNL style! Reacting to some of the craziest, unpredictable, and senseless headlines they may have missed while Andy was away. Some chyron fodder includes Notre Dame moving to the SEC, Nick Saban returning to the Dolphins, and more!

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    • 37 min
    Big Interview: Michigan State head coach Mel Tucker

    Big Interview: Michigan State head coach Mel Tucker

    Michigan State was one of college football's best stories last season. Andy welcomes Spartans head coach Mel Tucker to the podcast to discuss how his program is cultivating talent, and what he and his players learned from the 2020 season that lent itself to a successful 2021. The duo also converse about the lasting memory of the late Trevor Moawad, and how his lessons influenced, not only the Spartan football team, but Andy and Mel as well.

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    • 40 min

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