233 episodes

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.

    Stop rate standings & ranking "Billions" characters with Max Olson

    Stop rate standings & ranking "Billions" characters with Max Olson

    Andy and the latest candidate for "Dad of the Year" (who are we kidding, he's a shoo-in), Max Olson, discuss 2020 FBS stop rate standings. Which units topped college football in stopped drives percentage and why wasn't it Alabama (3:45)? Oklahoma is gradually building its defense into a top-tier clamp-down squadron (7:45). The Sooners weren't the only Big 12 school to frustrate offenses (13:30). What factors contributed to Iowa being the nation's best stop rate team (18:00)? Can LSU right last year's wrongs (20:30), and Mississippi State and Ole Miss are two intriguing SEC teams that, when/if their defenses improve, could cause problems (25:00). Amid the late-night diaper changes and feedings, you have to find a way to distract yourself. Max found that time-eater in "Billions". He and Andy rank their favorite characters from the series, plus, when Max's boy turns six, he'll be hearing a lot of Clancy Brown, that ol' salty dog (31:15).

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    Power Auer: College basketball for the casual fan + CFB to the NFL with Adam Amin

    Power Auer: College basketball for the casual fan + CFB to the NFL with Adam Amin

    The Athletic's Nicole Auerbach welcomes Fox Sports' Adam Amin to the show! The two Chicagoans have survived the winter & are looking forward to the NCAA Tournament later this month. A college basketball season without fans has been...weird. Luckily, the tournament will have 25% capacity. Michigan, Gonzaga, Baylor & Illinois all have the pieces to potentially win a title. Plus, what has the transition from calling CFB to NFL games been like?
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    • 51 min
    Ranking SEC's jobs & best 2 AM eats + The greatest Cinnabon story ever told

    Ranking SEC's jobs & best 2 AM eats + The greatest Cinnabon story ever told

    It's Monday so be prepared to hear Ari Wasserman rank things, and, in this case, "things" are the SEC's jobs. All right, I guess I can probably begin this show description by listing off 2-14 because No. 1 is a no-brainer...wait...Alabama isn't the best gig in the conference (1:00)? Alabama isn't in Ari's top-2 (6:30)? Where does Florida check-in (15:30)? Which job is more desirable: Kentucky or Auburn (23:15)? What omen of ill-fortune has befallen College Station (28:15)? Controversy alert in Rocky Top! Tennesee twitter, weight in (34:30)! Could Ole Miss scrape their way out of the bottom five soon (44:30)? After skimming over programs 11-14, Andy and Ari rank their top eats at 2 AM from a list comprised of Taco Bell, gas station hot dogs or pizza, Crystal or White Castle burgers, and three bags of pizza-flavored Combos (51:45). To wrap things up, Andy regales us with the best Cinnabon story ever (59:00).

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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Belly of the Beast: Quinn Meinerz's gut-sy jump up NFL Draft boards

    Belly of the Beast: Quinn Meinerz's gut-sy jump up NFL Draft boards

    Andy welcomes University of Wisconsin-Whitewater offensive lineman and NFL hopeful Quinn Meinerz to the show. Meinerz walks Andy through the process of his upcoming Pro Day. What is the procedure for a Pro Day amidst a pandemic (1:30)? Meinerz reflects on his time at UW-Whitewater and how it shaped him into the player he is today, plus, what was it like participating in the Senior Bowl and never having snapped a football in a live setting until then (2:15)? CANADA WORKOUT Youtube video...that's all I gotta say (7:30). Having trained and practiced alongside one of his peers, Rashawn Slater, an early-round NFL prospect himself, what did Meinerz learn from that experience (9:45)? What were Senior Bowl practices like and who was his favorite player to play against (13:30)? So, Meinerz broke his hand and still wanted to play/start in the Senior Bowl...hardcore. Plus, what's his response to "how much do you love football"? A question routinely posed by scouts and coaches during the interview process (19:00)? Did Meinerz work during college? How has wrestling shaped his football career, and what's with the "Belly of the Beast" (20:15)? Lastly, what has a wider reach on social media done for Meinerz's chance to give back, and did he ever, in his wildest dreams, believe he'd be an NFL player (29:00)?

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    • 36 min
    Indiana head coach Tom Allen joins the show

    Indiana head coach Tom Allen joins the show

    Indiana University head football coach Tom Allen joins Andy to discuss an array of topics, including recruitment and what traits, characteristics he seeks in a potential Hoosier (1:00). Allen then describes his club's mantra L.E.O. (Love each other), and how his players have embraced this philosophy (3:30). Through all Allen's travels, positions, expectations, etc. how has he remained true to himself (8:30)? What was it like working for Hugh Freeze (12:00)? How will Indiana respond now that there are expectations for them to perform well (19:00)? Plus, what went into the 2-point attempt, and subsequent conversion, against Penn State, and what's next (20:00)?

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    • 30 min
    Power Auer: What will we do with a drunken sailor?

    Power Auer: What will we do with a drunken sailor?

    If you thought a global pandemic meant college football's drunken sailors (ADs) would stop spending absurd amounts of money on football coaches you were wrong. Nicole & The Athletic's Chris Vannini unpack the Tennessee situation as well as others across the country where money seems to be growing on trees. Plus, Deion Sanders' Jackson State career starts with drama & 'Selection Sunday' is less than three weeks away. Last call!
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    • 42 min

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