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The sky is blue, the Earth is round and when you have better players, you win more games.

 

Certainly, winning big in takes great coaching, enormous support staffs, state-of-the-art training facilities and plenty of luck. But whoever has the most talented roster, has a head start in the race for conference and national championships. 

 

National Signing Day 2016 gave us more than 4,000 new players to root for and track over the next four or five seasons. So which teams are in the best shape for 2016?

 

College Football Podcast: 2016 National Signing Day Recap



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Below are the national recruiting ranking averages for schools over the last five classes according to  and each team's record over the last five seasons. Obviously, this doesn't take into account attrition but, over time, this should be considered relatively even across the conference.

 

Ranking the Pac-12's College Football's Rosters in 2016:

 

 Team'16'15'14'13'12RankW/LConf.
1.82101398.444-2230-15
2.12121871913.643-2428-17
3.281621191319.457-1138-7
4.16241351722.254-1436-9
5.292737182326.838-2823-22
6.272023393528.840-2627-18
7.383454403440.024-3813-32
8.434330444240.437-2820-25
9.364567473746.437-2620-25
10.466163454451.826-3615-30
11.554155545852.625-3715-30
12.697174683964.214-485-40

 

What did we learn?

 

Fight On, Clay

Clay Helton was an unusual hire. He appears to be a quality offensive mind and he proved on National Signing Day that he knows how to close an elite class. USC once again landed the best class in the Pac-12 and once again will enter a season with the league's most talented roster. Which is why Helton, who will also have a new boss soon, has precious little time to win. His roster is back over 80 scholarships and is the sixth-best collection of talent in the nation  — well ahead of anyone else in the conference.

 

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The Next Step

Jim Mora has won a bunch of games in Westwood but fans are beginning to wonder about the next step (or if their coach wants to be there). But UCLA moved past Oregon as the second-most talented roster in the league for 2016. After three top-12 classes in four cycles and five straight top-20 hauls, Mora now boasts the No. 13-rated roster in the nation, including the nation’s best pure passer in Josh Rosen. The time is now for the Bruins.

 

The Battle for the North

The Ducks and Cardinals have dominated the Pac-12 Championship Game since its inception and have won an absurd 111 combined games in the last five years. But as far as talent goes, Washington and Chris Petersen are nipping at their heels. Oregon (19th), Stanford (21st) and Washington (25th) all boast top 25 rosters nationally and are well ahead of the rest of the North Division in terms of talent. Catching up will be no easy task, however, as David Shaw just landed his third top-20 class in five cycles. This is a fun division to track for a reason.

 

What is a Ute?

With all due respect to Judge Haller, it’s a helluva football team. Few coaches have gotten more out of less than Kyle Whittingham. But, much like other recently elevated programs like TCU and Louisville, that “less” is getting better and better. This cycle Utah landed its second-best class (36th) of the last decade (32nd in 2010) and its best since entering the Pac-12. With his ability to develop talent, it won’t be long before Whittingham’s talent begins to match his win total.


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Sonny Side Up

Cal has gotten dramatically better under Sonny Dykes and it’s shown on the recruiting trail. Dykes has landed back-to-back top-40 classes after winning eight games for the first time since 2009. This roster needs to continue to take dramatic steps before it can consistently compete in the North, but things are looking up in Berkeley. That is, as long as Dykes still resides there (looking at you, Michael Williams).

 

The South’s Top Challenger

Todd Graham’s Sun Devils slipped a bit in 2015 but with three consecutive top-30 classes in a row, Arizona State is well within reach of UCLA and USC in the South. The 28.8 average class ranking for this ASU roster is the line of demarcation in the conference between the top half and the bottom. The Sun Devils are one of six Pac-12 schools whose roster lands among the top 30 in the nation while the rest of the league falls outside of the top 40. Graham should have his squad back in contention quickly.

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Post date: Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 10:30
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The sky is blue, the Earth is round and when you have better players, you win more games.

 

Certainly, winning big in takes great coaching, enormous support staffs, state-of-the-art training facilities and plenty of luck. But whoever has the most talented roster, has a head start in the race for conference and national championships. 

 

National Signing Day 2016 gave us more than 4,000 new players to root for and track over the next four or five seasons. So which teams are in the best shape for 2016?

 

College Football Podcast: 2016 National Signing Day Recap



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Below are the national recruiting ranking averages for schools over the last five classes according to  and each team's record over the last five seasons. Obviously, this doesn't take into account attrition but, over time, this should be considered relatively even across the conference.

 

Ranking the Big 12's College Football's Rosters in 2016:

 

 Team'16'15'14'13'12RankW/LConf.
1.11101617211.236-2825-20
2.201414161215.250-1534-11
3.173626272626.450-1532-13
4t443928303234.645-2029-16
4t.234243362934.645-1929-16
6.393538313635.836-2820-23
7.453342462738.633-3017-28
8.526658606760.619-4210-35
9.735549617562.644-2130-15
10.897451488168.610-502-43

 

Big 12 Big Picture

Certainly, having four fewer teams than most leagues hurts the Big 12 in a numbers game but the best of the best high school recruits continue to go elsewhere. The Big 12 landed one five-star this cycle and six total top 100 players. Seven different SEC schools signed 14 total five-star recruits and 42 of the top 100 prospects in the nation. Texas’ leads the Big 12 with the ninth-best roster in the nation — good for sixth in the Big 12. The overall talent trend has to be a major concern for the Big 12.

 

Rise of Baylor, TCU

On the field, Art Briles and Gary Patterson have little left to prove. They’ve elevated what were essentially mid-major programs to national prominence. Now, the recruiting is beginning to follow suit. And it’s something that could help stem the aforementioned Big 12 recruiting trends. Baylor and TCU signed what could be, on paper, considered the best recruiting classes in school history this cycle. It now gives the Bears the third-best roster in the league and TCU the fourth — up from fourth and sixth a year ago. For the Big 12 to continue to improve, Baylor and TCU need to continue their rise up college football’s hierarchy.

 

What to make of OU? 

Oklahoma isn’t going anywhere in the grand scheme of college football. It’s fresh off a College Football Playoff berth and conference title. It’s an elite program. But Bob Stoops hasn’t signed a top-10 class since 2010. Think about that. The Sooners had a small class this year due to a small senior class but not one top-10 class in six cycles seems extremely odd. Stoops enters 2016 with the 16th-best roster in the nation.

 

Lone Star-Sized Shark Tank

The state of Texas has always been the deep end of the recruiting pool but it’s gotten even wilder lately. With the emergence of TCU and Baylor and Texas A&M’s move to the SEC opening up the borders to the SEC even further, Texas is even more difficult to recruit than ever. Eight different teams landed a top 10 player from the state this fall, including Ole Miss, LSU, Stanford and Florida, and only three went to the Big 12. Texas landed just three of the top 17 and just five of the top 25. Speaking of Texas...

 

Strong-side Shift

Charlie Strong has totally shifted recruiting strategies in Austin from the previous regime. After Mack Brown landed just one recruit on National Signing Day in 16 years (h/t Wescott Eberts), .  This is great news for Texas fans as the Longhorns once again enter a season with the best roster in the Big 12. Is there a Texas-sized hole at quarterback still? Yes. But with the ninth-best roster in the nation at his disposal, Strong has a chance to begin to turn things around.

 

Mountaineer Consistency

West Virginia has landed a recruiting class ranked between 31st and 39th in five consecutive cycles. It gives Dana Holgorsen the sixth-best roster in the league and No. 35 in the nation. Offense will once again reign supreme in Morgantown in 2016 but the question of upside is a fair one. Does recruiting at this level consistently give WVU a shot at bowl games every year in the Big 12? Yes. Does it give it a shot at the Big 12 crown and a Playoff berth? Who knows.

 

Far Out West

In 2015, Kliff Kingsbury showed he could develop a roster and correct mistakes. However, as TCU and Baylor are getting more and more talented every year, Texas Tech seems to be slipping backwards. This roster has dropped to the seventh-best in the league and the 37th nationally. The Red Raiders are still way ahead of the Big 12 bottom feeders in terms of recruiting but two other in-state schools appear to be distancing themselves from the bottom half of the league — which now includes Tech.

 

Matt Campbell, David Beaty and Bill Snyder

Iowa State, Kansas and Kansas State are three of the least talented Power 5 schools in the nation. But Bill Snyder is a proven depth chart mastermind who doesn’t care about recruiting rankings and Matt Campbell just inked the best class Iowa State has signed in over a decade. And he’s been on the job for only a few months. Beaty and Kansas, however, are different. He was hired at KU to rebuild the roster, but after a winless season, Beaty signed the worst Power 5 recruiting class in the nation by a wide margin. Only Boston College has a lower-rated Power 5 roster entering 2016. Best of luck, Jayhawks.

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Post date: Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 10:00
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The sky is blue, the Earth is round and when you have better players, you win more games.

 

Certainly, winning big in takes great coaching, enormous support staffs, state-of-the-art training facilities and plenty of luck. But whoever has the most talented roster, has a head start in the race for conference and national championships. 

 

National Signing Day 2016 gave us more than 4,000 new players to root for and track over the next four or five seasons. So which teams are in the best shape for 2016?

 

College Football Podcast: 2016 National Signing Day Recap



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Below are the national recruiting ranking averages for SEC schools over the last five classes according to  and each team's record over the last five seasons. Obviously, this doesn't take into account attrition but, over time, this should be considered relatively even across the conference.

 

Ranking the SEC's College Football's Rosters in 2016:

 

 Team1615141312RankW/LConf.
1.111111.062-735-5
2.3626146.250-1528-12
3.7581288.050-1730-10
4.98610118.838-2717-23
5.132193410.039-2524-16
6.1811591611.843-2221-20
7.1447242013.831-3112-28
8.6171584718.636-2817-23
9.261919201720.243-2122-18
10.252329232825.633-3015-25
11.311835252226.241-2419-21
12.343822345035.619-416-34
13.532539433138.241-2422-19
14.544646264844.031-3213-27

 

Boring A$$ Alabama

Nick Saban did it again. Last year, his class was basically wrapped up on National Signing Day. This year, he landed half-a-dozen names on the final day of the cycle. Either way, Alabama once again landed the best class in the nation. For the sixth season in a row. What Saban is doing on the recruiting trail right now is virtually unprecedented.

 

Les-sure Cooker

Les Miles used an unusually deep collection of in-state talent to land yet another elite class. And it’s not an indication that things are all gravy in Baton Rouge. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Miles has landed four consecutive top-six classes and has the fourth-most talented roster in the nation in 2016 — which is the exact reason why big boosters have increased pressure on their head coach. For what it's worth, everything above applies to Kevin Sumlin at Texas A&M as well as the Aggies now boast the 10th-best roster in the nation.

 

Win Now in Athens

Georgia hired a new coach this year for the first time in 16 years for a reason. Georgia’s 30-10 SEC record over the last five years is second only to Alabama but the Dawgs haven’t claimed a conference title since 2005. Mark Richt is in Miami now and Kirby Smart just inherited the fifth-most talented roster in the nation. There are four top-10 classes sitting in Athens now and the pressure to win immediately is very real.

 

What to make of Gus and Jim?

Gus Malzahn surged through NSD and landed a fourth straight top-10 class for Auburn. Jim McElwain showed improvement on the recruiting trail in his first full cycle, landing the 13th-ranked class this cycle. But on the field, the two may be trending in opposite directions. Auburn, picked by many to win the West, fell to last place and 17-23 over the last five years while Florida won 10 games and claimed the East Division title. They have the seventh- and eighth-best rosters in the nation in 2016. The nation will learn a lot more about both this fall.

 

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Vols, Rebs surging… into Atlanta?

Both Ole Miss and Tennessee are recruiting at an elite level since hiring Hugh Freeze and Butch Jones respectively. Both teams have top-20 rosters nationally and have been in the top 10 a combined four times in the last four years. With great quarterbacks returning and talent starting to stack up, the Rebels and Volunteers have as good a shot as anyone in the SEC to knock off Bama in 2016.


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Old Reliable

Arkansas might be the most consistent SEC recruiter outside of Alabama. With three different coaches recruiting for Arkansas between the 2012-16 recruiting cycles, the Razorbacks have landed five straight classes ranked between 23rd and 29th. Bielema does things a little differently (which is refreshing, honestly) and has improved his win total in all three seasons, so while the classes aren’t qualified as elite, it wouldn’t be smart to underestimate Bielema and Co.

 

The Great Dan Mullen

Mullen’s Mississippi State squad has won 41 games over the last five seasons, good for sixth in the league behind much more naturally gifted programs like Alabama, LSU and Georgia. The 19-21 SEC record is more of an indication of how tough the SEC West is rather than Mullen’s coaching ability. Six straight bowl games and a 10-6 league record the last two years in Starkville during Saban’s reign is a miraculous feat considering Mississippi State owns the least talented roster in the division (11th in the SEC).

 

CoMo better be patient

Barry Odom feels like a great fit in Columbia, Mo. He’s a sharp defensive mind and is a passionate alum, but the fans need to be patient with the young headman. Mizzou landed its second-worst recruiting class (53rd) since 2002 (57th in 2011) and was well behind the 25th-ranked haul from last year and the current 38.2 national average. Stability and identity were a huge part of Gary Pinkel’s success and Odom will need to time to grow into his new digs.

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The sky is blue, the Earth is round and when you have better players, you win more games.

 

Certainly, winning big in takes great coaching, enormous support staffs, state-of-the-art training facilities and plenty of luck. But whoever has the most talented roster, has a head start in the race for conference and national championships. 

 

National Signing Day 2016 gave us more than 4,000 new players to root for and track over the next four or five seasons. So which teams are in the best shape for 2016?

 

College Football Podcast: 2016 National Signing Day Recap



Subscribe: |

 

Below are the national recruiting ranking averages for ACC schools over the last five classes according to  and each team's record over the last five seasons. Obviously, this doesn't take into account attrition but, over time, this should be considered relatively even across the conference.

 

Ranking the ACC's College Football's Rosters in 2016:

 

  '16'15'14'13'12AvgW/LConf.
1.2341134.658-1034-6
2.10917151513.256-1234-6
3.212612141016.635-2721-19
4.412927212127.840-2623-17
5.352831284333.039-2624-16
6.304744324138.833-3220-18
7t.373245374539.247-1828-11
7t.605032292539.223-3813-27
9.493134595445.433-3114-26
10.335160706255.236-2919-21
11.594456765257.436-3022-18
12665850736161.626-3613-25
13.585365676661.821-4012-28
14.756252877169.423-3912-28

 

What did we learn?

 

Florida State, Clemson Dominate

Florida State and Clemson have dominated both the football field and recruiting trail in the ACC. These two programs have won the last five ACC championships and have played in two national title games and a College Football Playoff game over the last three years. The Noles’ average national ranking of 4.6 trails only Alabama (1.0) and Ohio State (4.2) as the most talented roster in the nation. Clemson’s 13.2 average ranking is 12th nationally and includes back-to-back top-10 hauls. Only Miami comes close to the Tigers and Seminoles when it comes to recruiting in the ACC.

 

Mark Richt Returns

Richt is inheriting what is clearly the third-best roster in the ACC - as was the case under former head coach Al Golden. However, this team is just 21-19 over the last five years in ACC play. Miami's average class ranking of 16.6 is better than Ole Miss (18.6), Oregon (19.4), Stanford (22.2), Baylor (26.4) and Michigan State (27.4). Those programs have a combined nine conference titles over the last five years while Miami hasn’t even won its division (ever). We shall see if Richt is the right guy for the job.

 

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Fear the Heel?

The Tar Heels went 8-0 in the ACC last fall and it gives North Carolina the third-best ACC record over the last five years (24-16). But can the Heels take the next step under Larry Fedora? North Carolina has been ranked between 28th and 35th nationally in four straight classes but is that enough to topple the two big boys in the ACC? With the fifth-ranked roster in the league — despite being third in the Coastal Division — North Carolina appears to have as good a shot as anyone in the conference of knocking off either the Tigers or the Noles.

 

Bittersweet change

Virginia Tech and the ACC lost a legend when Frank Beamer retired. However, the Hokies might have made the best coaching hire of anyone in college football. Just like that change feels bittersweet, so to should the Hokies' 2016 recruiting class. Justin Fuente is undoubtedly an outstanding coach, but the regime change led to the worst-rated Tech class (41st) since 2002 (43rd). Let’s see what Fuente can do with an entire cycle to recruit before casting judgment.

 

Pat Narduzzi is coming for you

It hasn’t taken long for Narduzzi to prove that he is the guy for the job in Pittsburgh. A 6-2 finish in the ACC was second to only Clemson and North Carolina last fall, and, in his first full cycle on the recruiting trail, Narduzzi scored the best Panther class (30th) since 2008 (28th). As a result, Pitt moved from the eighth-best roster in the ACC last season to the sixth in 2016.

 

Cutcliffe-ville

Duke has won 36 games in the last five seasons, trailing only traditional powers Florida State, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Louisville and North Carolina in the ACC. It also won the Coastal Division and, this year, won its first bowl game in decades. What did head coach David Cutcliffe do for an encore? He landed the highest-rated recruiting class in modern Duke history (33rd). The Blue Devils now own a more talented roster than Georgia Tech, Syracuse, Boston College and Wake Forest.

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Post date: Monday, February 8, 2016 - 09:30
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Braden Gall, Mitch Light and David Fox break down National Signing Day 2016.

 

- What was their favorite part of NSD 2016 and how did each of the guys end up at their school of choice?

 

- Alabama is boringly amazing. Again.

 

- Texas and Charlie Strong are doing things differently in Austin and it paid off in a big way.

 

- How important is the rise of Baylor and TCU for the Big 12 as a whole?

 

- Jim Harbaugh: Mad genius or totally annoying? And what is his impact on the rest of the Big Ten?

 

- Florida State surged into the No. 2 slot while LSU used home state advantage to land the No. 3 class.

 

- Auburn, Ole Miss, Georgia and Tennessee all closed strongly. Which one was most surprising?

 

- Clay Helton and USC won the Pac-12 recruiting title. What does that prove for Trojans fans?

 

- Did Houston land the best Group of 5 class ever?

 

 

Send any ideas, questions or comments to  @AthlonMitch or @DavidFox615 or email . The podcast can be found on  and our .

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There is no bigger stage in the , or arguably sports in general, than the Super Bowl. As Super Sunday prepares for its 50th anniversary, there have been countless of Hall of Famers who have lived up to their legacy and reputation with the Lombardi Trophy on the line. The most important game of the season also has produced its fair share of under-the-radar as well.

 

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But when it comes to the ultimate test in professional football, which players have shone brightest? Here’s a look at Athlon Sports’ All-Time Super Bowl Team, which is quarterbacked by the man known simply as “Joe Cool.”

 

All-Super Bowl Offense

 

QB: Joe Montana, SF

With four Super Bowl wins, Montana has a career Big Game passer rating of 127.8, the best ever. Joe Cool tossed 11 touchdown passes to six different receivers with no interceptions. During his Super Bowl career, he threw 28 passes on third down, completing 19 of them for 14 first downs. Honorable Mention: Tom Brady, NE

 

RB: Franco Harris, PIT

There is no shortage of candidates at running back. Harris rushed for 354 yards in Pittsburgh’s four Super wins in the 1970s and had another 114 yards receiving. In the four games, Harris had 18 touches on third down resulting in 10 first downs and three touchdowns. And Harris is the only runner with more than 100 carries in Super Bowl history. HM: Emmitt Smith, DAL

 

RB: Roger Craig, SF

In three Super Bowls for San Francisco, all wins, Craig amassed 413 yards from scrimmage with four touchdowns, including 101 yards receiving in Super Bowl XXIII. HM: Terrell Davis, DEN

 

WR: Lynn Swann, PIT

Fans who saw him in the Super Bowl probably remember flying, acrobatic catches. But Swann meant more to the Steelers than just a couple of circus catches. He is second all-time with 364 receiving yards, all coming in three Super Bowls. HM: John Stallworth, PIT

 

WR: Jerry Rice, SF

Rice is another no-brainer. Let’s see: most Super Bowl receptions in a career (33), most yards receiving in a career (589) and game (215), most yards from scrimmage in a career (604), the only player to score three TDs in a game twice. Oh, and he earned an MVP. HM: Isaac Bruce, STL

 

TE: Jay Novacek, DAL

One of quarterback Troy Aikman’s favorite clutch targets, Novacek scored the first Dallas touchdown in Super Bowls XXVII and XXX. In three wins he totaled 148 yards and two scores on 17 catches. HM: Shannon Sharpe, DEN/BAL

 

LT: Jon Kolb, PIT

The only constant along the Pittsburgh offensive line during their run of four Super Bowls in the 1970s, Kolb led the way for Franco Harris’ running and protected Terry Bradshaw in the passing game. HM: Mark Tuinei, DAL

 

LG: Nate Newton, DAL

Emmitt Smith became the all-time leading NFL rusher thanks in large — and we do mean large — part to Newton. In Newton’s three Super Bowls, the Cowboys scored 52, 30 and 27 points. HM: Russ Grimm, WAS

 

C: Jim Langer, MIA

Langer anchored the line during Miami’s back-to-back titles in the 1970s. In Super Bowl VIII, Miami rushed 53 times for 196 yards, most of it straight up the middle with bruiser Larry Csonka. HM: Ray Mansfield and Mike Webster, PIT

 

RG: Joe Andruzzi, NE

In three New England wins, the Patriots rushed for 372 yards, and Andruzzi helped protect MVP Tom Brady allowing him to stay comfortable in the pocket. HM: Jerry Kramer, GB

 

RT: Erik Williams, DAL

The heart and soul of the Cowboys’ offensive machine was the offensive line. Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin were the beneficiaries of the hard work done by the likes of Williams. HM: Forrest Gregg, GB

 

All-Super Bowl Defense

 

DE: Charles Haley, SF/DAL

Haley was more of an outside linebacker in San Francisco's 3-4 alignment. He is the only player to win five Super Bowls. Honorable Mention: Reggie White, GB

 

DE: Richard Dent, CHI

The Monsters of the Midway had a stacked roster of defensive stars but Dent won the MVP in Super Bowl XX with 1.5 sacks as the Bears gave up a total of 10 points to New England. HM: Richard Seymour, NE

 

DT: Joe Greene, PIT

As the heart of the front of the Steel Curtain, Greene intimidated quarterbacks, running backs and offensive linemen. In four Super wins, opponents averaged less than 100 yards rushing against Pittsburgh as Greene made life miserable for Roger Staubach, Fran Tarkenton and Vince Ferragamo. HM: Alan Page, MIN

 

DT: Russell Maryland, DAL

The offense received much of the credit, but Dallas recorded eight interceptions and held teams to less than four yards a carry in their three Super Bowl wins in the 1990s. Maryland was a load up front in all three games. HM: Jethro Pugh, DAL

 

LB: Jack Lambert, PIT

Lambert was in the middle of all things defensively for the Steelers for 11 seasons, including four trips to the Super Bowl. Pittsburgh would not have been 4-0 in the most important game of the season without him. HM: Tedy Bruschi, NE

 

LB: Ray Lewis, BAL

Lewis is one of two linebackers to win a Super Bowl MVP (XXXV) and nearly a decade later posted seven tackles in winning his second Lombardi Trophy with the Ravens. It was his final game in the NFL. HM: Keena Turner, SF

 

LB: Chuck Howley, DAL

This Cowboy is one of two at his position to ever win an MVP (V) and is the only player to win an MVP for a losing team in Super Bowl history. He also won a Super Bowl the following year with a big performance (INT, fumble recovery) in Dallas' win over Miami. HM: Mike Vrabel, NE

 

CB: Herb Adderley, GB/DAL

Adderley was a member of Green Bay’s first two title teams, returning an interception 60 yards for a score in Super Bowl II. He played in two more for Dallas, winning one and losing one. HM: Ty Law, NE

 

CB: Mel Blount, PIT

Blount played for four winners, and contributed with an interception in Super Bowls IX and XIII. HM: Deion Sanders, SF/DAL

 

S: Cliff Harris, DAL

One of only 13 players in NFL history, Harris changed the way the free safety positon was played. He won Super Bowl VI and XII. HM: Troy Polamalu, PIT

 

S: Ronnie Lott, SF

Instrumental in the Niners’ four Super Bowl wins, Lott played corner in the first two before moving to safety. None of his nine postseason interceptions came in the Super Bowl, probably because quarterbacks avoided him. HM: Jake Scott, MIA

 

RS: Desmond Howard, GB

Earned MVP honors in Super Bowl XXXI with a kick return for a touchdown, but also had two punt returns of more than 30 yards. HM: Jacoby Jones, BAL

 

K: Adam Vinatieri, K, NE/IND

Never has there been a more clutch kicker in the Super Bowl.

 

P: Larry Seiple, MIA

Always a threat to take off and run (also played some tight end), Seiple kept the Redskins and Vikings bottled up in Super Bowls VII and VIII.

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Why does Cam Newton feel like a victim?

 

Why does , that he scares people?

 

It's an important and legitimate question because his personality and play on the field definitely move the needle.

 

Racism exists in this country and anyone who tries to deny it is simply ignorant. There are people and organizations that live with hatred in their hearts for different races, genders, sexual orientations and religious beliefs.

 

But a bigot would hate Cam Newton regardless of his position on the field or level of success, right? A bigot would hate Cam Newton if he was a cab driver or grocery store clerk or NFL quarterback.

 

There are certainly some out there using veiled language to mask their personal beliefs, but is that the majority of NFL fans or media members?

 

The response to Newton’s comments on Wednesday have been overwhelmingly positive. Column after column has praised Cam for being Cam.

 

Praised him for his unbelievable on-the-field accomplishments that, by the way, will almost assuredly win him the NFL MVP. Praised him for his work in the community and with the children of Charlotte. Praised him for being “unapologetic and larger than life.”

 

Those columns are all correct. Newton hasn't done anything wrong, cheated in anyway or juked the NFL system to gain an advantage.

 

Don’t sell me on Twitter Bros, either. You know the type, the keyboard cowboys who sit in their mom’s basement and spew digital garbage.

 

Twitter Bros send death threats to 19-year-old kickers who miss game-winning field goals. Twitter Bros wish torn ACLs on high school athletes who don’t commit to their favorite school. Twitter Bros send .

 

Bigots' and Twitter Bros' opinions aren't representative of the greater population and exist largely on the fringe of common sense — and of most communities.

 

A certain amount of “twitter hate” simply comes with the territory of being a public figure. It’s an inherent evil for successful athletes of all races, teams, sports and positions.

 

So other than who didn’t like Newton’s hip gyrations and proceeded to write a misguided letter to The Charlotte Observer, I can’t really find these so-called "detractors," "haters" or "critics" who are scared of Cam Newton.

 

The only people who should be scared of Cam Newton are defensive coordinators.

 

Most of us love watching Cam Newton because he is awesome. Just like we love watching Odell Beckham Jr. and J.J. Watt — and all of the antics and flare that come along with watching them do what they do on a football field.

 

But you know who does get actual “hate” for being unapologetic? Or brash? Or larger than life?

 

Tom Brady. Johnny Manziel. Dez Bryant. Jay Cutler. Greg Hardy. Tony Romo. Jameis Winston. The list goes on and on.

 

Brady might be the most hated man in the NFL. The media, fans, other NFL franchises and even the NFL itself are Brady “haters,” attacking his character and professional integrity at every possible turn. The NFL spent millions of dollars and eight months over a rule that most people view as ridiculous.

 

Bryant was and it resulted in a locker room blowup. Cutler is criticized, second-guessed and laughed at every time he throws an interception. By everyone. Romo without the media questioning his commitment to his team.

 

And Manziel? Hardy? Winston? There isn’t enough time in the day to discuss these guys.

 

Even Newton’s opponent in the NFC title game, Carson Palmer, was for his departure from Cincinnati.

 

These criticisms are valid and deserved. There in lies the rub.

 

Has the NFL tried to investigate or suspend Newton for anything? Have columnists attacked his personal character or doubted his commitment to the game or his team? Has anyone accused him of off-the-field issues or questioned his professional integrity? Is there some sort of on-going public witch hunt targeting him?

 

Do a quick Google search. Mostly, you'll find a lot of positivity.

 

Even the NCAA — the slowest moving, most opaque and inconsistent organization in the history of sports — reinstated Newton in ONE DAY during his 2010 run to a BCS national championship and Heisman Trophy. The NCAA can't do anything in one day.

 

Clearly, Heisman voters, like NFL MVP voters, have no issue with Cam Newton.

 

The reality is that most everyone actually enjoys Cam Newton and actually enjoys the breathtaking display he’s given us every step of his career (except maybe Alabama or Florida fans).

 

Do I think he and Auburn got away with something in 2010? Sure (it might have been the best investment in the history of sports). Do I think you should dance for 10 seconds after a three-yard gain on your own 30-yard line? No (I prefer touchdowns and turnovers). But none of that impacts the joy I get from watching him play the game at an elite level. If the worst thing that's ever said about him is "I don't like his TD dance," then I think he's doing just fine.

 

Newton says he’s criticized because he’s incomparable. Since I can’t find any legitimate examples of this so-called criticism, I’d say it’s quite the opposite.

 

He’s interesting, appreciated and must-see entertainment because he’s incomparable. Not hated.

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Is Cam Newton Hatred Blown Out of Proportion?
Post date: Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 14:27
All taxonomy terms: College Football, News
Path: /college-football/college-football-podcast-early-2016-preseason-top-25-analysis
Body:

Braden Gall and Steven Lassan break down the very early 2016 preseason college football Top 25.

 

Read Along:

 

- Who are the NFL Draft deadline winners and losers? And is Clemson both?

 

- Are the Tigers a clearcut frontrunner in the ACC? The answer is no.

 

- Can Ohio State overcome major losses and return to the top of the Big Ten or is Michigan primed for a big run?

 

- Is there anyone in the Big Ten West that can compete with the East?

 

- Oklahoma has to replace a lot on defense but does Baker Mayfield make them the favorite in the Big 12?

 

- Is Oklahoma State the big sleeper in the Big 12?

 

- Does the Pac-12 have a national title contender or just a lot of really good teams in 2016?

 

- Tennessee is the clearcut frontrunner in the East but who could be the top challenger?

 

- BORING: Alabama is the top dog in the SEC West again.

 

- What do we make of LSU vs. Ole Miss and can any other team push for a division crown?

 

- Who are the best Group of 5 teams going to be in 2016?

 

 

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College Football Podcast: Early 2016 Preseason Top 25 Analysis
Post date: Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 11:16
All taxonomy terms: College Football, News
Path: /college-football/college-football-podcast-alabama-clemson-recap
Body:

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
Body:

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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Teaser:
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
Body:

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
Body:

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
Body:

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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Teaser:
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
Body:

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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Teaser:
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
Body:

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
Body:

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
Body:

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
Body:

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
Body:

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
Body:

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  
Teaser:
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
Body:

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
Body:

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
Body:

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  
Teaser:
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
Body:

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
Body:

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

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