24 episodes

College students Erik Stuessy and Venkie Dagupati give their professional takes on the biggest topics across the world of sports. Their primary focus is on the NFL, NBA, and college basketball. Other guests will be brought on occasionally to discuss additional topics.

Over the Middle Erik Stuessy

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College students Erik Stuessy and Venkie Dagupati give their professional takes on the biggest topics across the world of sports. Their primary focus is on the NFL, NBA, and college basketball. Other guests will be brought on occasionally to discuss additional topics.

    Ep. 24 Remembering Kobe Bryant (ft. Viswa Sundaresan)

    Ep. 24 Remembering Kobe Bryant (ft. Viswa Sundaresan)

    The news of Kobe Bryant's sudden and tragic death rocked the world over the weekend. On a special episode today, Erik is joined by a good friend and lifelong Kobe fan, Viswa Sundaresan. The guys reflect on where they were when they heard the news and what their initial reactions were. They share their favorite memories watching him play and discuss what his legacy will be. It's truly one of the saddest stories in sports history and we bring you a real conversation on a really difficult subject.

    • 43 min
    Ep. 23 NBA Ratings are Down + College Football Playoff Preview

    Ep. 23 NBA Ratings are Down + College Football Playoff Preview

    For our final episode of the Fall 2019 semester, Erik and Venkie go in depth on why the NBA ratings are down this year, despite there being so many exciting teams and matchups. We also look at some of the most intriguing storylines through the first two months of the season, from the Lakers and Bucks dominance, to the Heat's hot start, to Luka's MVP campaign. Finally, we preview the NBA trade deadline with a look at who could be buyers and sellers, as well as some players who could be on the move.
    College Football Playoff (1:02:00)- The CFP is set with LSU facing Oklahoma and Ohio State facing Clemson in the semifinals. We give our picks for these games and the National Championship, and also discuss whether the Heisman is Joe Burrow's to lose.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Ep. 22 Feast Week Recap + College Football Championship Weekend

    Ep. 22 Feast Week Recap + College Football Championship Weekend

    "Feast Week" is one of the best weeks of the year on the sports calendar. This week, Erik is joined by Jonathan Joseph to recap all the action. The guys start by talking about Erik's experience at the Thanksgiving Hoopfest, where he saw some of the best high school basketball players and teams in the country.
    College Basketball (11:00)- We're now a month into the college basketball season, and it's become clear that there are no great teams this year. The guys discuss the major upsets we've already seen, what's wrong with Michigan State and UNC, and which teams to keep an eye on.
    College Football (32:00)- It's conference championship weekend in college football, and with the reveal of the Playoff on Sunday, the guys talk about all the different scenarios. With the top 3 teams separating themselves, does it even matter who gets the last spot?
    NFL (45:00)- We're in the home stretch of the NFL regular season, and the playoff picture is starting to become more clear. Jonathan shares his thoughts on the Cowboys, and we preview the week's biggest games including 49ers-Saints and Chiefs-Patriots.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Ep. 21 Champions Classic + Wilting Warriors

    Ep. 21 Champions Classic + Wilting Warriors

    This week marked the start of another college basketball season with the annual Champions Classic, featuring the top four teams in the country. The guys recap big wins by Kentucky and Duke, and a sensational performance by local product, Tyrese Maxey. Erik also gives his picks for the Final Four, Player of the Year, and 1st Team All-America.
    NBA (22:00)- With two weeks of NBA action in the books, we recap what we've seen so far, from the Suns' hot start to the demise of the Warriors dynasty. Also, are the Clippers and Lakers on a Conference Finals collision course?
    College Football (44:00)- The initial College Football Playoff rankings were revealed this week, and the guys give their reactions and also look ahead to this week's big showdown between LSU and Alabama.

    • 52 min
    Ep. 20 Welcome to the L.A. Show: 2019-2020 NBA Season Preview

    Ep. 20 Welcome to the L.A. Show: 2019-2020 NBA Season Preview

    It's time for the start of the 2019-2020 NBA season and we have you covered with a full preview! With so much to unpack, Erik and Venkie are joined by Will Kuehne, making his third appearance as guest host.
    The guys start by talking about the end of Golden State's dynasty and the now wide-open landscape heading into this season. Huge additions by the Clippers and Lakers have made Los Angeles the basketball capital of the NBA. The Sixers and Bucks look set to run the East. How will Russell Westbrook and James Harden play together in Houston? Can Giannis get even better and repeat as MVP? Will Zion live up to the hype? We discuss all these topics and more, and wrap by giving our regular season and playoff predictions. 
    Also, we are now on Spotify and Instagram, so be sure to check us out @over_the_middle_podcast!

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Ep. 19 First Month NFL & College Football Takeaways

    Ep. 19 First Month NFL & College Football Takeaways

    With the NFL regular season nearly one-third of the way through and the college football regular season almost halfway done, the guys discuss everything going on in the world of football.
    They start by recapping the biggest results from Week 5, including the Packers continued dominance of the Cowboys, the Raiders surprising win over the Bears, and the Browns inconsistent start. They also touch on the historic fantasy performances from Week 5 and go over Erik's recent betting picks. Finally, the guys preview the upcoming trade deadline and some big names that could be on the move.
    College Football (42:00)- College football is heating up with some huge matchups ahead this weekend. The guys preview the Texas-OU and Florida-LSU showdowns. They also talk Heisman candidates and give their updated playoff predictions, with a couple of sleepers.

    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

John clever Lopez ,

Solid podcast and very pro

This is a great podcast and keeps me updated with all the college sports especially basketball!

BBB_32 ,

passedochem

These guys know their stuff! Great job!

shuffle08 ,

Great recap

It’s inspiring to see a fellow classmate at UT Dallas record and produce quality podcast in a market saturated with seasoned pro’s. It has to be daunting to some extent but you make it seem like you have been sport commentating your whole life. Keep up the great work! Subscribed.

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