Articles By Braden Gall

All taxonomy terms: College Football, News
Path: /college-football/college-football-podcast-alabama-clemson-recap
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Braden Gall, Mitch Light and David Fox recap Alabama's thrilling win over Clemson for the 2015 National Championship.

 

- Who was Alabama's MVP?

 

- Did special teams win Bama the game?

 

- Where does Nick Saban rank historically against Bear Bryant and others?

 

- Where does this Bama team rank against Saban's other title winners?

 

- Where will Lane Kiffin be coaching next fall?

 

- What will Clemson's squad look like in 2016?

 

-The guys also offer up some replacements (some serious and others not so much) for Jeff Long as the Committee Chairman.

 

- And a quick look at the first weekend of action in 2016 already has the gang fired up.

 

 

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College Football Podcast: Alabama-Clemson Recap
Post date: Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - 15:19
All taxonomy terms: College Football, News
Path: /college-football/college-football-podcast-alabama-vs-clemson-national-championship-preview
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Braden Gall, Mitch Light and David Fox analyze every angle of the 2015 College Football Playoff:

 

- Will the fans finally get a great game?

 

- Is the country rooting for Clemson and why?

 

- How would a loss change the perception of Dabo Swinney and Clemson?

 

- Will Alabama be able to scheme for DeShaun Watson?

 

- What individual matchups are the most intriguing?

 

- Can Wayne Gallman and the traditional running game be effective?

 

- Which team has the significant special teams advantage?

 

- Will Jake Coker continue his superb play against a stingy Clemson defense?

 

- What are our official predictions and MVP picks for the title game?

 

 

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College Football Podcast: Alabama vs. Clemson National Championship Preview
Post date: Thursday, January 7, 2016 - 11:52
All taxonomy terms: College Football, News
Path: /college-football/cover-2-college-football-podcast-playoff-bowl-recap
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Braden Gall and David Fox recap the two Playoff blow-outs, bowl results and the latest coaching rumors:

 

- Where we surprised with the way Clemson played and can they repeat it on Monday night?

 

- What does the huge drop in ratings mean for the future of the Playoff?

 

- Will the College Football Playoff ever be able to "beat" New Year's Eve?

 

- What are the latest NFL rumors about David Shaw?

 

- Who would you rather hire (if any) in the NFL: Jim Mora or Kevin Sumlin? (And why?)

 

- Who would fire their current head coach to land Chip Kelly?

 

- What to conference bowl records mean in the grand scheme of things?

 

- Which teams will see their bowl outcome influence their offseason the most?

 

- What are D-Fox's hopes and dreams for 2016?

 

 

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Cover 2 College Football Podcast: Playoff, Bowl Recap
Post date: Monday, January 4, 2016 - 16:15
All taxonomy terms: College Football, News
Path: /college-football/orange-bowl-preview-podcast-featuring-tajh-boyd-and-roy-williams
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Braden Gall sat down with two former greats from Oklahoma and Clemson to preview the massive Capital One Orange Bowl.

 

Former great Oklahoma safety Roy Williams discusses Bob Stoops legacy, stopping the Tigers spread offense and what makes Baker Mayfield special. He also talks about the first time he met Coach Stoops and would his style of play even be legal in today's game?

 

Former great Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd talks about what makes Dabo Swinney such a great motivator, why he came to Clemson, why DeShaun Watson is so special and what he would do to stop Baker Mayfield.

 

Both players join the Cover 2 podcast on behalf of the Capital One Cup. Fans can check the standings and track their favorite teams at .

 

 

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Orange Bowl Preview Podcast featuring Tajh Boyd and Roy Williams
Post date: Wednesday, December 30, 2015 - 09:15
All taxonomy terms: College Football, News
Path: /college-football/cover-2-college-football-podcast-2015-playoff-preview
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Braden Gall, Mitch Light and David Fox analyze every angle of the 2015 College Football Playoff:

 

- Which team benefits the most, the least from the long layoff?

 

- Which coach's legacy would benefit the most from a national championship?

 

- Will any team have a home-field advantage like Oregon did last year in the Rose Bowl?

 

- Can Michigan State stop Derrick Henry?

 

- Is Connor Cook the best quarterback Alabama has faced?

 

- Can a pro-style offense beat a Nick Saban defense?

 

- Should Clemson or Oklahoma be more motivated by last year's bowl blowout?

 

- Which quarterback will play better in the Orange Bowl?

 

- Is Oklahoma the best offense Clemson has faced all season?

 

- Can the Sooners defense control the line of scrimmage against DeShaun Watson?

 

And, of course, we make final score predictions for both games (and if we are wrong, WHY are we wrong?)

 

 

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Cover 2 College Football Podcast: 2015 Playoff Preview
Post date: Tuesday, December 22, 2015 - 10:19
All taxonomy terms: College Football, News
Path: /college-football/cover-2-college-football-podcast-bowl-preview-part-1
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Hosts Braden Gall and David Fox break down the latest news and notes from college football as well as Part 1 of our bowl preview.

 

Here is what we covered in this week's podcast:

 

- How many bowls is the right number of bowls?
 

- What is your perfect way to consume bowls?


- How do we feel about Playoff games on New Year's Eve? (And who's to be blamed?)


- What are the biggest concerns about the Mizzou law that failed?


- Why does the SEC love it's coaches so much that they keep recycling them?


- Where should BYU turn now that it's first choice stayed at Navy?


- What the hell is going on at Texas A&M and is Kevin Sumlin in trouble?

 

And in Part 1 of our bowl preview, we tell you what to watch for on every day of the first half of bowl season (Dec. 19 through Dec. 28).

 

 

 

 

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Cover 2 College Football Podcast: News, Notes and Bowl Preview Part 1
Post date: Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 13:34
All taxonomy terms: College Football, News
Path: /college-football/cover-2-college-football-podcast-2015-superlatives
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David Fox, Braden Gall and Mitch Light get together for a year-in-review superlatives edition of the Cover 2. 

 

The guys pick their favorite game, player, play, team and freshman as well as ugliest game, worst uniform and poorest coaching job. How about who made the best hire? Best bowl matchup? Best bowl sponsor? Best bowl gift.

 

The guys even delve into TV, movies, music, broadcast teams, sports documentaries and more. We rank 25 of the best and worst from 2015.

 

 

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Cover 2 College Football Podcast: 2015 Superlatives
Post date: Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 17:19
All taxonomy terms: College Football, News
Path: /college-football/cover-2-college-football-podcast-selection-sunday-review
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David Fox and Braden Gall break down Championship Saturday and the 2015 College Football Playoff bracket.

 

The Playoff bracket is out! Clemson will face Oklahoma in Miami while Alabama will face Michigan State in Dallas. Did the Committee get it right? Who is the favorite to win it all? What storylines are you most looking forward to? And is this the best Heisman Trophy race of all-time?

 

 

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Cover 2 College Football Podcast: Selection Sunday Review
Post date: Sunday, December 6, 2015 - 12:47
Path: /college-football/week-14-college-football-picks-against-spread
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I wrapped up one of my best seasons against the spread last week with a modest 3-2 mark. Betting against Les Miles was a mistake on so many levels.

 

However, after going 3-2 last week, I've finished the year 50-33. I, and every gambler on the planet, will take that in a heartbeat.

 

Wait, isn't there much more football to be played and more bets to be made? Not in my world. Not one of these championship game lines inspires me to play and betting on bowl games is one of the dumbest things anyone can do.

 

No, I will give you my picks from here on out for the big games but I'm doing so in protest. Aka, don't play this weekend.

 

Last Week: 3-2

Year-to-date: 50-33

 

Bowling Green (-12.5) vs. Northern Illinois

This number just feels way to high for a championship game at this level. The Huskies are very familiar with this game and the number may be skewed after an NIU loss to Ohio last week. Otherwise, this team averaged 440.7 yards and 34.6 points per game too and should be able to hang with the Falcons' great offense. Prediction: Northern Illinois +12.5

 

Temple (+5.5) at Houston

The Cougars have dominated Matt Rhule’s Owls the last two years helped by seven turnovers. And while Temple’s defense just dominated Memphis’ high-powered offense a few weeks ago, Greg Ward Jr. looks to be as healthy as he’s been of late. At home, give me Houston. Prediction: Houston -5.5

 

Southern Miss (+7.5) at Western Kentucky

Southern Miss has crushed the point spread all season, leading the nation at 10-2 ATS. The Golden Eagles just being in this game is a huge surprise and it could be the last game for both Western Kentucky’s All-American quarterback and rising star head coach. Look for WKU to roll. Prediction: Western Kentucky -7.5

 

Florida (+18) vs. Alabama

This is such a huge mismatch on one side of the ball (when Florida’s offense is on the field) that it’s hard seeing the Gators scoring more than seven points all game. Can Alabama, a team that’s averaged 31.9 points per game against Power 5 teams this year, get to 20 points? I’ll roll the dice on a virtual shutout from Bama. Prediction: Alabama -18
 

Stanford (-4.5) vs. USC

In Santa Clara, Stanford could have home-field advantage not only due to location but also because the Trojans don’t travel all that well. Having said that, USC’s offense has been surging and Stanford has given up huge chunks of yards of late (SEE: Oregon, Notre Dame). If there is an upset, I’d take USC. Prediction: USC +4.5

 

North Carolina (+4.5) vs. Clemson

I really want to take the Tar Heels here but the Tigers are just better at every position than North Carolina. DeShaun Watson is on a mission on offense, averaging over 400 yards per game over his last five, and the defense is easily the best UNC has faced all season. Prediction: Clemson -4.5

 

Michigan State (-3.5) vs. Iowa

Iowa is a great story and plays a team game. But Connor Cook, the Michigan State's offensive line and secondary are healthier than they’ve been all year. After its best defensive performance (Ohio State) and best offensive performance (Penn State) of the season, Sparty is rolling into the College Football Playoff. Prediction: Michigan State -3.5

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Week 14 College Football Picks Against the Spread
Post date: Friday, December 4, 2015 - 09:45
All taxonomy terms: College Football, News
Path: /college-football/college-football-cover-2-podcast-championship-week-preview
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Hosts Mitch Light and Braden Gall preview Championship Week 2015.

 

What needs to happen for your team to get into the Playoff? We break down every possibly scenario in an effort to help Ohio State, Stanford and North Carolina fans. 

 

The we break down every major championship game. Can Florida's D-Line slow down Bama enough to keep it close? Will North Carolina have enough defense to stop DeShaun Watson? Will USC take advantage of Stanford's lack of big-play defense? And which ground and pound Big Ten team has the advantage?

 

Who wins the offense-defense matchup in Houston between the Cougars and the Owls? And we both love Western Kentucky vs. Southern Miss too.

 


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College Football Cover 2 Podcast: Championship Week Preview
Post date: Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 15:54
All taxonomy terms: College Football, News
Path: /college-football/cover-2-college-football-podcast-week-13-review
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David Fox and Braden Gall break down a huge weekend of action from Week 13.

 

Have the Oklahoma Sooners clinched a berth in the College Football Playoff? Who was eliminated and who still has an outside shot to get in? 

 

Congrats are in order for many teams clinching berths in title games but also teams like Virgnia Tech, Indiana and Washington for clinching bowl berths. And speaking of bowls, what can be done about a bunch of 5-7 teams potentially landing in bowl games? 

 

Les Miles is staying put at LSU but should he? Mark Richt is no longer at Georgia, so do both the Bulldogs and Richt do now? Is Clay Helton the right guy at USC? How great will Justin Fuente be at Virginia Tech?

 

Lastly, is the Heisman Trophy race over?

 

 

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Cover 2 College Football Podcast: Week 13 Review
Post date: Monday, November 30, 2015 - 13:53
Path: /college-football/week-13-college-football-picks-against-spread
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Seriously, I am cruising right now.

 

In fact, I am scared to pick any games because strange things happen on rivalry weekend, and I don't want to screw up my sterling 11-2 record over the last two weeks.

 

But, like going back for that third plate of food, I just can't help myself.

 

Last Week: 6-1

Year-to-date: 47-31

 

Iowa (-1) at Nebraska

The Hawkeyes have been mentally tough all year long, trailing in the second half one time all season (Iowa State). After moving into the top four of the College Football Playoff Committee rankings, Kirk Ferentz will have his team incredibly focused against what is turning into a nice season-ending rival. The line is too low. Prediction: Iowa -1

 

Navy (+1) at Houston

Greg Ward could be back and that could be dangerous for the Middies. But the conference title, New Year's Six Bowl berth and Heisman Trophy could all hang in the balance. Navy is cruising along right now beating teams by nearly 30 points per game. Prediction: Navy +1

 

Indiana (-7) at Purdue

The Hoosiers have played good football all season in the Big Ten despite losing all but one conference game. When healthy, this offense is as good as any in the league and it showed last week (why IU was an underdog was beyond me). Purdue has lost three straight by an average of 20.3 points per game. Take the Hoosiers to roll. Prediction: Indiana -7

 

Texas A&M (+5.5) at LSU

The Tigers will be playing an emotional game in what could be Les Miles final game in Baton Rouge. Miles is also the only coach who has owned Kevin Sumlin since the Aggies joined the SEC. So, naturally, I'm taking Texas A&M. The Aggies offense played one of its best games last weekend, and LSU's defense is non-existent. And don't overlook John Chavis returning home either. Prediction: Texas A&M +5.5

 

Northwestern (-3.5) vs. Illinois (Chicago)

The Wildcats' defense is legit after destroying the Badgers' offensive line last weekend. Illinois has allowed more than 5.7 yards per play in three of its last four games (Purdue) and that could be just enough for Northwestern to cover the small spread at Soldier Field. Prediction: Northwestern -3.5

 

Best/Worst Records Against the Spread

 

Best TeamsRecordWorst TeamsRecord
Southern Miss9-2UCF2-9
Washington St9-2Oregon St2-9
Navy8-2Kentucky2-8
Toldeo8-2Fresno St2-8-1
C. Michigan8-2-1Old Dominion2-8-1
N. Illinois8-2-1  
USF8-2-1  
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Week 13 College Football Picks Against the Spread
Post date: Thursday, November 26, 2015 - 07:00
All taxonomy terms: College Football, News
Path: /college-football/college-football-cover-2-podcast-week-13-preview
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Hosts Mitch Light and Braden Gall break down Thanksgiving/Rivalry Week in college football.

 

The guys rank their favorite rivalries and T-Giving side items before breaking down every major game in Week 13. Can Iowa and Michigan State hold serve in the Big Ten title race while Ohio State and Michigan battle in The Game. The SEC and ACC take the field in four great matchups with at least one holding Playoff implications. Oklahoma visits Stillwater for a huge Bedlam Series meeting while Baylor heads North to Ft. Worth to take on TCU. Meanwhile, out West, UCLA and USC battle for the Pac-12 South title and Stanford and Notre Dame fight to stay alive in the Playoff chase.

 

The guys pick every Top 25 game and offer locks of the week against the spread.

 

 


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College Football Cover 2 Podcast: Week 13 Preview
Post date: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 17:02
All taxonomy terms: College Football, News
Path: /college-football/cover-2-college-football-podcast-week-12-review
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David Fox and Braden Gall break down a huge weekend of action from Week 12. 

 

Has Oklahoma taken over the top slot in the Big 12? Is Baylor still in the mix for a Playoff spot? How far should Ohio State fall and are the Bucks eliminated? How good is Michigan State and what do we make of their resume?

 

Where do Iowa, Notre Dame and Stanford fit into the Playoff discussion?

 

Also, the guys break down the Les Miles and Mark Richt situations in the SEC. Is Florida worthy of being in the top 10? 

 

Lastly, the guys break down the Heisman race and give one Group of Five player some stiff-armed love.

 

 

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Cover 2 College Football Podcast: Week 11 Review
Post date: Sunday, November 22, 2015 - 12:01
Path: /college-football/week-12-college-football-picks-against-spread
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I hope you read up last weekend as we had another big week helped by two big road dogs winning outright.

 

Thanks, Arkansas and Oregon.

 

There are a few dogs I like this week as well but am going back to the well on a few teams that have won bettors money almost every weekend this fall.

 

Last Week: 5-1

Year-to-date: 41-30

 

Colorado (+15) at Washington St

I’ve gone to this well more than a few times this year and this week is another chance for Mike Leach to do some work. The Buffs are near the bottom of FBS when it comes to scoring defense in conference play (101st, 34.9 ppg) and yards per play allowed (T-106th, 6.41 ypp). Take the surging Cougs to win easily (and move to 9-2 ATS this fall). Prediction: Washington State -15

 

Navy (-12) at Tulsa

Certainly, the Midshipmen could be looking ahead to next week’s trip to Houston, but odds are Keenan Reynolds will have his squad focused. This offense is cruising right now, averaging more than 400 yards rushing in the last three games while Tulsa is allowing 532.4 yards per game — aka, the 124th-best defense in the nation. Navy is 7-2 ATS this fall. Prediction: Navy -12

 

Cincinnati (-2.5) at South Florida

The wrong team is favored here. The Bulls have won five out of six, including a thumping of No. 21 Temple last weekend. The defense has played excellent football over that span and, with a win at home and an Owls loss to Memphis, USF would take control of the AAC East Division. The Bulls are 7-2-1 this year ATS. Prediction: USF +2.5

 

LSU (+5) at Ole Miss

The Tigers have allowed 549 yards rushing in two straight losses while not showing the ability to move the football (113 yards rushing WITH Leonard Fournette). Ole Miss is coming off the bye and has an offense that is capable of torching an LSU defense that is reeling right now. Prediction: Ole Miss -5

 

Indiana (+3) at Maryland

The Hoosiers are 0-6 in the Big Ten but were right in the mix to beat Ohio State, Michigan State and Iowa. Maryland has lost seven straight games and only two came within single digits. Take the Indiana offense to put up big numbers in a shootout win. Prediction: Indiana +3

 

Mississippi St (+4) at Arkansas

The Hogs are rolling in NovemBERT as most of Bret Bielema’s teams have in the past. Mississippi State is coming off an extremely physical loss to Alabama and is headed on the road. The body blow theory is in full effect here with a big, physical, surging Arkansas squad. Prediction: Arkansas -4

 

Old Dominion (+21) at Southern Miss

The Golden Eagles are crushing people right now and are 8-2 against the spread  — tied for the best record in college football. Southern Miss has won four straight games by a combined score of 175-43 and has allowed no more than 13 points in any of those games. The Monarchs are tied for 102nd in the nation in scoring defense at 34.0 points per game and are on the road. Prediction: Southern Miss -21

 

Best/Worst Records Against the Spread

 

Best TeamsRecordWorst TeamsRecord
Oklahoma8-2UCF2-8
Southern Miss8-2Kentucky2-8
Toledo8-2Oregon St2-8
Washington St8-2Texas St2-7
C. Michigan7-2-1Fresno St2-7-1
N. Illinois7-2-1Old Dominion2-7-1
USF7-2-1  
Navy7-2  
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Week 12 College Football Picks Against the Spread
Post date: Friday, November 20, 2015 - 09:20
All taxonomy terms: ACC, College Football, Pac-12, Big 12, Big Ten, SEC, News
Path: /college-football/cover-2-podcast-special-kirk-herbstreit-talk-playoff-rankings-week-12
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Host Braden Gall sits down with ESPN college football guru on this special edition of the Cover 2 podcast. Herbstreit offers his thoughts on the College Football Playoff rankings as well as how the Committee process works.

The ESPN analyst also offers his thoughts on a potential Ohio State-Alabama rematch, the big games of Week 12 and which team in the top four is most likely to lose.

 

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Post date: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 17:24
All taxonomy terms: College Football, News
Path: /college-football/college-football-cover-2-podcast-week-12-preview
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Hosts Mitch Light and Braden Gall break down another weekend of college football with special guest Louie Belina of 1150 The Zone in College Station. The guys break down the latest Playoff rankings.

 

The Big 12 takes center stage this weekend with two marquee championship type bouts in Stillwater and Norman. The Big Ten features a great slate of games highlighted by a top 10 matchup between Michigan State and Ohio State. North Carolina visits Virginia Tech in a big ACC Coastal showdown while USC heads North to Eugene to battle Oregon.

 

The SEC has an interesting slate of games and the AAC has two important battles as well.

 

The guys pick every Top 25 game and offer locks of the week against the spread.

 



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College Football Cover 2 Podcast: Week 12 Preview
Post date: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 15:45
All taxonomy terms: College Football, News
Path: /college-football/cover-2-college-football-podcast-week-11-review
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David Fox and Braden Gall break down a huge weekend of action from Week 10. 

 

The Top 4 teams in the Playoff Rankings held serve with relative ease but should there be a shake up in the order? Oklahoma was the biggest winner but how high should they go while the Pac-12 might have been eliminated from the Playoffs. Meanwhile, Iowa, Oklahoma State, TCU, Florida and Michigan all survived scares as well. The AAC race got some interesting outcomes and what are our thoughts on the emotional win for Gary Pinkel and the Tigers.

Should Keenan Reynolds be a Heisman finalists and what does the current race for The Trophy look like?

 

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Cover 2 College Football Podcast: Week 11 Review
Post date: Sunday, November 15, 2015 - 12:34
Path: /college-football/week-11-college-football-picks-against-spread
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Picked against my own rooting interest last week and, while it helped my overall football predictions (TCU was overrated and Alabama is awesome), it meant two big losses in two big games.

 

But, Navy and Stanford — both 7-2 against the spread this year — continued to pay off and I won the week. 

 

What have you done for me lately, so, we move on to Week 11. So as usual, choose wisely from the list below.

 

Last Week: 4-3

Year-to-date: 36-29

 

Arkansas (+7.5) at LSU

Leonard Fournette will get back on track but the LSU defense will struggle once again. The Hogs won this game 17-0 last year and have scored at least 53 points in three straight games. Brandon Allen, Alex Collins and company trail only Ole Miss in offense in SEC games at 446.6 yards per game. Prediction: Arkansas +7.5

 

Arkansas St (-14) at UL Monroe

ULM has lost seven straight games, has allowed 41.8 points per game over the last four weeks and has scored more than 14 points just once over that span. The Red Wolves have won five straight and has topped 296 yards rushing in four of the last five games. Prediction: Arkansas State -14

 

Oregon (+10) at Stanford

This winner of this game has gone on to become Pac-12 champion five straight years and this trend will likely continue following a Stanford victory Saturday night at home. But this is a lot of points to give a high-powered (and healthy) offense that is capable of hanging 50 points and 700 yards of offense on almost anyone. Prediction: Oregon +10

 

Alabama (-8) at Mississippi St

Dak Prescott is awesome but is a one-man show in Starkville. For State to win, Prescott will have to do something extraordinary. On both sides of the ball, Alabama won’t be stopped up front and there won’t be much Mississippi State can do about it. Prediction: Alabama -8

 

Utah (-6) at Arizona

The Wildcats have not been good on defense this year, giving up 34.6 points per game. During the current three-game losing streak, it’s been even worse. Arizona has allowed 44.0 points per game and 523.7 yards per game during that span. Utah has a division title in sight and has allowed more than 23 points just once all year. Prediction: Utah -6

 

Maryland (+15) at Michigan St

The Spartans likely feel like they got robbed last weekend but are still in the hunt for a Big Ten championship and potential College Football Playoff berth. Connor Cook is surging with four consecutive 300-yard passing games for an offense scoring 33.9 points per game. Maryland is awful and will be outclassed from start to finish. Prediction: Michigan State -15

 

Best/Worst Records Against the Spread

 

Best TeamsRecordWorst TeamsRecord
C. Michigan7-1-1Old Dominion1-7-1
Southern Miss7-2Fresno St1-7-1
Bowling Green7-2UCF2-8
Notre Dame7-2Arizona St2-7
Oklahoma7-2Kansas2-7
Stanford7-2Kentucky2-7
Temple7-2Michigan St2-7
Washington St7-2Missouri2-7
Navy6-2Oregon St2-7
Toledo6-2UMass2-7
N. Illinois6-2-1South Alabama2-6
USF6-2-1Texas St2-6
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Week 11 College Football Picks Against the Spread
Post date: Friday, November 13, 2015 - 09:20
All taxonomy terms: College Football, News
Path: /college-football/college-football-cover-2-podcast-week-11-preview
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Hosts Mitch Light and Braden Gall break down another weekend of college football.

 

The American Athletic Conference takes center stage with a huge showdown between Houston and Memphis. Alabama and Oklahoma must go on the road against Mississippi State and Baylor respectively while Stanford and North Carolina look to hold serve at home against Oregon and Miami. 

 

Are any of the the big dogs in the Big Ten in trouble this weekend? And the undercards in both the SEC and Pac-12 bring plenty of intrigue to the table this weekend.

 

The guys pick every Top 25 game and offer locks of the week against the spread.

 



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College Football Cover 2 Podcast: Week 11 Preview
Post date: Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 12:14
All taxonomy terms: College Football, News
Path: /college-football/cover-2-college-football-podcast-week-10-review
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David Fox and Braden Gall break down a huge weekend of action from Week 10. 

 

Alabama and Clemson established themselves as elite squads while Oklahoma State flipped the Big 12 standings on its head. The Big Ten saw Michigan State fall in bizarre fashion while Ohio State and Iowa snuck by solid opponents.

Why are Stanford and Utah being undervalued by the Committee? What's to make of the SEC undercard and what does the American Athletic Conference race look like after a big upset.

 

Issues at Missouri are escalating quickly and in an unprecedented way. What will happen in Columbia?

 

The guys also offer their Heisman picks and Top 4 rankings.

 

 

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Boy was I wrong about Texas A&M and Utah. Thought Vegas was off on those lines last weekend and, once again, the Wise Guys prove to be the best analysts in the game. (Amazing how that works.)

 

However, I've gone to the Houston, Bowling Green and Washington State wells of late and it's paid off multiple times now.

 

Last Week: 3-4

Year-to-date: 32-26

 

LSU (+6.5) at Alabama

These two are always very evenly matched and very conservative against one another. This should be a low-scoring, hard-hitting defensive affair and some even believe LSU to be the better team. While I think Bama wins the game, it feels like an awfully large number to give when the underdog has as good a chance to win as the favorite. Six of the last nine have been one-score games. Prediction: LSU +6.5

 

Cal (+4.5) at Oregon

Cal was an early-season darling that started hot with some nice wins. Oregon struggled in the first half of the season. But both team's courses have reversed and it's the Ducks who enter this one playing well. Both offenses will score but Oregon will handle business at home. Overtime would work in the favorite's favor. Prediction: Oregon -4.5

 

TCU (-4.5) at Oklahoma St

The Pokes have been living a dream thus far, winning on extra downs and special teams blunders. And last week Oklahoma State's once sort-of-impressive defense gave up 642 yards and 50 points against Texas Tech. TCU isn't great on defense (yet) but also isn't as bad at it was to start the year. The Cowboys are out of their element here. Prediction: TCU -4.5

 

FAU (+24) at W. Kentucky

The Owls' defense has had some nice performances... against Charlotte and FIU. But they've also given up 29.4 points per game, which is good for a tie for 85th in the nation. Western Kentucky is rolling and can score on anyone. If you play them every time against inferior talent, you'll win more times than not this season. Prediction: Western Kentucky -24

 

Stanford (-16) at Colorado

I went to the Cardinal well last weekend and lost. Which strangely makes me believe in a team that could have some extra motivation against the worst team in the Pac-12 South Division. David Shaw also knows that style points matter for the most underrated team in the initial College Football Playoff rankings. Prediction: Stanford -16

 

Temple (-12.5) at SMU

The Owls are a really good team and with Toledo's loss on Tuesday, they still control their own destiny when it comes to a New Year's Bowl. SMU will eventually be fine under Chad Morris but the Mustangs still can't stop anyone — like 122nd in the nation in yards per play allowed (7.15) and yards per game (524.4). Prediction: Temple -12.5

 

Navy (+8) at Memphis

Memphis is ranked 101st in the nation in total defense against the 84th-rated schedule (Sagarin). So that's terrible play against below-average competition (minus Ole Miss). Keenan Reynolds' bunch won't stop Paxton Lynch but don't be surprised by a team that's only loss came against Notre Dame on the road. Prediction: Navy +8

 

Best/Worst Records Against the Spread

 

Best TeamsRecordWorst TeamsRecord
C. Michigan7-1-1Old Dominion0-7-1
Southern Miss7-2UCF1-8
Bowling Green6-2Fresno St1-6-1
BYU6-2Arizona St2-6
Florida6-2Auburn2-6
Houston6-2Georgia2-6
Notre Dame6-2Kansas2-6
Stanford6-2Kentucky2-6
Temple6-2Michigan St2-6
Toledo6-2Missouri2-6
Washington St6-2Oregon St2-6
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Hosts Mitch Light and Braden Gall break down another weekend of college football with special guest

 

LSU and Alabama do battle in the SEC West. TCU visits Oklahoma State in a battle of Big 12 unbeatens. Clemson looks to take a huge lead in the ACC race over Florida State. Will Memphis and Houston stay unbeaten in tough AAC games? Is there any drama in the Big Ten in Week 10? And the Pac-12 slate once again delivers a bunch of fun matchups.

 

The guys pick every Top 25 game and offer locks of the week against the spread.

 

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The first College Football Playoff rankings will be released Tuesday, meaning a handful of teams had one last chance to make the last first impression on the selection committee.

 

The most important game, though, may not have much of an impact on the top of the rankings. The ACC has released a mea culpa on the officiating disaster that allowed Miami's final touchdown against Duke to stand. Should the Blue Devils get the retroactive win?

 

Notre Dame may have picked up its best win of the season, and the Irish had to work to get it against a gritty Temple team. Did this say more about Notre Dame or Temple and the American Athletic Conference.

 

A light week of action turned out to be pretty heavy on pressure on coaches Mark Richt, Charlie Strong and Mike Riley. We assess where each of these coaches are with their respective fanbases and what's on the horizon.

 

And finally, the guys take a quick look at the landscape for the first CFP rankings. Will Clemson be No. 1 and how could follow in rankings sure to be irrelevant in a matter of weeks.

 

 

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Boy was I wrong about Texas A&M and Utah. Thought Vegas was off on those lines last weekend and, once again, the Wise Guys prove to be the best analysts in the game. (Amazing how that works.)

 

However, I've gone to the Houston, Bowling Green and Washington State wells of late and it's paid off multiple times now.

 

Last Week: 4-4

Year-to-date: 29-22

 

Tennessee (-9) at Kentucky

The Vols have one of the most misleading records in football. They have been good on both sides of the ball, especially rushing offense (209.1 ypg). Kentucky just got destroyed by Mississippi State and hasn’t been able to stop anyone on the ground (78th in rush defense). As long as UT sticks to its game plan, the Vols should win easily. Prediction: Tennessee -9

 

Western Kentucky (-24) at Old Dominion

The Monarchs just aren’t any good on defense. They allowed 390 yards passing to FIU last weekend and 309 yards rushing to Charlotte the week before. The Hilltoppers are one of the best offensive teams in the nation. Lay the points against a team that is 0-7 ATS this year. Prediction: Western Kentucky -24

 

Oklahoma State (-3.5) at Texas Tech

This is a hard one to peg emotionally for the Pokes after the tragedy last weekend. This is an odd line and I’m going purely off a hunch. Texas Tech plays very well at home and is capable of hanging with anyone on offense. Prediction: Texas Tech +3.5

 

Notre Dame (-10.5) at Temple

Despite a rash of injuries, the Irish’s offense is destroying opponents for 7.3 yards per play. NFL talents C.J. Prosise and Will Fuller won’t be stopped by the Fighting Matt Rhules. The Owls got off to slow starts in unimpressive wins against both UCF and ECU. The hype around this game and the off weekend will have Notre Dame focused — which is already 6-1 this year ATS. Prediction: Notre Dame -10.5

 

Vanderbilt (+13) at Houston

The Dores' defense has played very well this year and consistently kept teams under their averages. Houston is also playing a young O-Line against a very good Vandy defense. This should be a low-scoring game and Houston will win. But it will be close. Prediction: Vanderbilt +13

 

Clemson (-10.5) at NC State

This is dangerous with Florida State looming next weekend but I’m doing it anyway. Clemson is surging right now with eyes on an ACC and national title run. NC State is 5-2 but those wins have come against Troy, Eastern Kentucky, Old Dominion, South Alabama and Wake Forest. This is a different Clemson team. Prediction: Clemson -10.5

 

Stanford (-10.5) at Washington State

Strange things happen in Pullman, especially on Halloween. However, this line may be skewed due to how the Cougars have played the last few weeks. Look for Stanford’s power-rushing offense to abuse the Wazzu defensive front — one that allowed more than 7.0 yards per play against both Oregon and Arizona. Prediction: Stanford -10.5

 

Best/Worst Records Against the Spread

 

Best TeamsRecordWorst TeamsRecord
So. Miss7-1Old Dominion0-7
Notre Dame6-1UCF1-7
Stanford6-1Fresno St1-6-1
Toledo6-1Auburn1-6
C. Michigan6-1-1Oregon St1-6
USF5-1-1UTEP1-5-1
Bowling Green6-2Michigan St2-6
BYU6-2Missouri2-6
FIU6-2  
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