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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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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.

    Will players opt-out of the NCAA video game? CFP talking further expansion, a DeBoer-Cristobal comparison, more! (02/22)

    Will players opt-out of the NCAA video game? CFP talking further expansion, a DeBoer-Cristobal comparison, more! (02/22)

    The Cover 3 crew talks NCAA college football video game, playoff expansion and answers listener questions. First, with news of how players will be compensated for being in the new NCAA video game a discussion as to whether any players will opt-out of the opportunity as well as some suggestions for past legends that could be included (3:00). Then it's on to the news from Wednesday's conference commissioners meeting which has the College Football Playoff eyeing potential expansion to 14 or 16 teams before even a single game has been played in the 12-team format (11:23) and Georgia State reportedly eyeing a key Georgia assistant to fill its vacant head coaching position (32:50). Plus, picking one QB, one RB and one WR from any era as long as they played at the same school (35:20) and a listener offers an interesting comparison between Miami's Mario Cristobal and Alabama's Kalen DeBoer along with a debate as to which coach has a better chance to win a national championship (44:25).

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    • 51 min
    2024 College football ratings, playoff format changes and more with Bill Connelly (02/21)

    2024 College football ratings, playoff format changes and more with Bill Connelly (02/21)

    The Cover 3 crew talks power ratings, returning production, College Football Playoff format and more. First, with the news of the week being the CFP's move to a 5+7 model, breaking down the implications on the 2024 season and what to expect in terms of any further changes for 2026 and beyond. Then it's on to a deep dive into SP+ ratings with ESPN's Bill Connelly, discussing the impact of transfers on a team's rating and identifying some teams that have made big jumps since the end of last season. Florida State, LSU, Ole Miss and more get spotlighted, as well as a look at the top-rated teams from the Group of Five that will be competing for the automatic qualifier to the new 12-team playoff.

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Ranking SEC football coaches, EA Sports video game expectations, latest from FSU vs. ACC, more! (02/19)

    Ranking SEC football coaches, EA Sports video game expectations, latest from FSU vs. ACC, more! (02/19)

    The Cover 3 crew talks Steve Sarkisian, Texas, EA Sports College Football and more. First, addressing some recent uncertainty around the new College Football Playoff media rights deal for the future (2:30) and with Steve Sarkisian on his way to getting a big raise from Texas, where does the rank among the coaches in the new-look, 16-team SEC (10:22)? Plus, benefits of the SEC moving to a 9-game conference schedule (20:33), expectations and wish-list items for the new EA Sports College Football video game (31:03), the latest on the FSU vs. ACC legal fight (45:16) and more. Plus, with the ACC approving in-helmet communication for 2024, what are the challenges for coaches and players to address with the adoption of this technology in the college game (48:15)?

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    • 54 min
    Another head coach leaves to be an assistant, NFL Draft QB stock changes, 'Bowl or No Bowl' for Big Ten teams, more! (02/15)

    Another head coach leaves to be an assistant, NFL Draft QB stock changes, 'Bowl or No Bowl' for Big Ten teams, more! (02/15)

    The Cover 3 crew talks Shawn Elliott, South Carolina, Big Ten bowl teams, NFL Draft and more. First, the coaching carousel refuses to stop and on Thursday news broke that Shawn Elliott would be leaving his position as Georgia State's head coach to become the new tight ends coach at South Carolina. What are the factors that impacted the move and how does this fall in line with other head coaches who have left their job for an assistant role somewhere else (1:30)? Then it's on to mailbag questions from the Big Ol' Bag of Mail and the live audience, discussing the QB you'd want for a game-winning drive in the final minute (21:10), a game of "Bowl or No Bowl" for a half dozen Big Ten teams with win totals of 5.5 (28:15) and NFL Draft stock changes for Jayden Daniels and J.J. McCarthy (43:45). Plus, why Virginia Tech could be this year's Louisville in the ACC (49:39) and the perfect time to hold your spring practice and spring game (56:09).

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Transfer Portal Winners and Losers: Debating quality vs. quantity, top teams that made a splash, more! (02/14)

    Transfer Portal Winners and Losers: Debating quality vs. quantity, top teams that made a splash, more! (02/14)

    The Cover 3 crew talks transfer portal, College Football Playoff format, Ole Miss, Colorado and more. First, more fallout and reaction to Monday's mid-show breaking news that DeShaun Foster would be taking over for Chip Kelly at UCLA (1:40), followed by a discussion on whether college football could benefit from having a two-minute warning like the NFL (11:35). Plus, with the College Football Playoff set to undergo another round of votes next week to decide the format for 2024 and 2025, the pros and cons to the 6+6 and 5+7 models with an extra automatic qualifier potentially getting cut (19:45). Then, a look at some of the notable transfer portal classes and significant pick ups from the winter window (31:23), highlighting Lane Kiffin's group at Ole Miss, Oregon's pair of quarterbacks with power conference starting experience, Ohio State's superstar additions and a look at how we rate these classes against each other with some teams going heavy on the portal while others pick and choose their spots.

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    • 58 min
    UCLA hires former Bruins star DeShaun Foster to replace Chip Kelly, Alabama needs a new OC, more! (02/12)

    UCLA hires former Bruins star DeShaun Foster to replace Chip Kelly, Alabama needs a new OC, more! (02/12)

    The Cover 3 crew talks UCLA, DeShaun Foster, Ryan Grubb, Alabama, Chip Kelly and more. First, discussing Kalen DeBoer staff challenges with the weekend news that offensive coordinator Ryan Grubb and offensive line coach Scott Huff are leaving for NFL opportunities (1:59). Then discussing the mid-show breaking news that UCLA has hired former star running back and assistant coach DeShaun Foster to replace Chip Kelly as the Bruins head coach (15:50). After that it's on to more on Chip Kelly's move to Ohio State (34:25) and other assistant coaching carousel moves of note around Michigan, Kentucky and more (41:14). Finally, in the wake of a thrilling overtime finish in the Super Bowl a conversation on OT decision-making and ways we might change the current college OT rules.

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    • 1 hr 1 min

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C-Had22 ,

Mailbag CFP Seeding

Does the 5 seed have the easiest birth to the CFP semifinal? I know they have to play two games, but they should match up with the group of 5 champ and worst Big 12/ACC champ?
If we use this last year (with the teams in their new conferences), the 5 seed would have needed to beat Liberty and a Travis-less FSU. All the other teams would have needed to beat one of the top 3 teams from the Power 2 to make the semifinal.

Snik Tab ,

Mailbag Question

Dear four Wagons, I am of the belief that the B1G (legacy) teams will have an advantage if hosting R1 playoff games because of weather. Maybe a question for Bud, but I have to believe there’s a non-insignificant number of players who have never left the SEC footprint & therefore have only played in warm weather or indoors. Love to get your thoughts.

Oak City native ,

*Mailbag Question*

Is there going to be a football bracketology next season?

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