Articles By Braden Gall

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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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Post date: Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 15:54
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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
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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
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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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Post date: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 17:02
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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
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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
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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
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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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Post date: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 15:45
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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
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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
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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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Post date: Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 12:14
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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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Cover 2 College Football Podcast: Week 9 Review
Post date: Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 13:15
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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
  UMass2-6
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Week 10 College Football Picks Against the Spread
Post date: Friday, November 6, 2015 - 09:27
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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.

 

College Football Podcast: Week 10 preview with Steven Godfrey



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Post date: Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - 12:46
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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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Cover 2 College Football Podcast: Week 9 Review
Post date: Sunday, November 1, 2015 - 12:46
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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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Week 9 College Football Picks Against the Spread
Post date: Friday, October 30, 2015 - 09:15
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Hosts Mitch Light and Braden Gall break down another weekend of college football with special guest Matt Stinchcomb. 

 

The SEC Network anaylst joins us on behalf of the All-State AFCA Good Works Team. Voting runs through Nov. 25 at .

 

The Cocktail Party highlights the SEC slate as the East is up for grabs in Jacksonville. The Pac-12 has more than one sneaky good game while the Big 12, Big Ten and ACC feature less than stellar action in Week 9. Notre Dame and Temple meet in Phily with a lot hanging in the balance in the only battle of ranked opponents.

 

The guys pick every Top 25 game, offer locks of the week against the spread and cover THE LEAST IMPORTANT GAME OF THE WEEK!

 

 

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College Football Cover 2 Podcast: Week 9 Preview with Matt Stinchcomb
Post date: Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 09:54
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Hosts Braden Gall and David Fox break down all the big action from Week 8, including two more teams falling from the ranks of the unbeaten.

 

Florida State and Utah both fell in Week 8 but did so in totally different fashion. What is the lesson to be learned from their losses? The Big 12 was rather boring this weekend but one huge development could change the way we view that conference race. Alabama, Ole Miss, Arkansas and Mississippi State got wins in the SEC. JT Barrett stepped into the starting lineup as quarterack play took over the headlines in the Big Ten. How did the other ranked ACC teams fair this weekend on the road?

 

The guys also break down the ugliness at both Texas A&M and Miami. What the problems and what are the solutions?

 

 

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Cover 2 College Football Podcast: Week 8 Review
Post date: Sunday, October 25, 2015 - 15:01
Path: /college-football/week-8-college-football-picks-against-spread
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Last week was both unpredictable and bizarre.

 

Entering last weekend, there were the seven teams left in college football without a win against the spread all year. Five covered and UTEP didn't play, leaving the Miners and Old Dominion as the only teams in college football without a win against the spread.

 

Meanwhile, Central Michigan remained the lone unbeaten against the number (6-0-1) after drubbing Buffalo 51-14.

 

I'm still well into the black on the season but have been struggling the last two weekends. Time to bounce back (with some underdogs)!

 

Last Week: 3-4

Year-to-date: 25-18

 

Texas A&M (+6) at Ole Miss

The Rebels are reeling right now after two losses and lots of injuries. Texas A&M was much closer to Alabama than the score indicated last week and is desperate for a marquee win in the SEC West this fall. The Rebels' D-Line has been non-existent lately and Kyle Allen could light the Landsharks up. Prediction: Texas A&M +6

 

Utah (+3.5) at USC

Yes, somebody somewhere knows something and I’m not buying it. USC is more talented and more athletic but Utah has been beating teams like that all year long. Defense and special teams travel and the veteran quarterback knows how to handle this situation. Prediction: Utah +3.5 (There is a caveat, however, if the big money keeps rolling in on USC and the line gets bigger, something is up and you should take USC.)

 

Washington St (+7.5) at Arizona

The Wildcats' defense isn’t stopping anything and is banged up without Scooby Wright. The Cougars are arguably the best passing offense in the nation and could easily win this game outright after handling both Oregon schools. Prediction: Washington State +7.5

 

Indiana (+16.5) at Michigan State

Indiana has an offense (when healthy) that can score on any defense in the nation. Michigan State is coming off a physical and emotional win over Michigan. Look for Nate Sudfeld and the Hoosiers' spread offense to keep it close. The Spartans are also a nasty 1-6 against the number this year. Prediction: Indiana +16.5

 

Ohio St (-21) at Rutgers

Last weekend against Penn State will be the game the nation looks back at Ohio State and says, that looks familiar. J.T. Barrett is running the show now and Urban Meyer will want to get his new guy as much confidence as possible. Look for a huge showing from the Buckeyes. Prediction: Ohio State -21

 

Florida State (-6) at Georgia Tech

Just like the Buckeyes, the Noles are finding their stride at just the right time. Everett Golson is playing well, Dalvin Cook is unstoppable and the defense is playing really well. The betting public still doesn’t believe and that is the only reason this line is so low. Prediction: Florida State -6

 

Houston (-21) at UCF

I’m going back to this well. Houston is crushing teams and not only is UCF winless on the season but is 1-6 against the spread too. Look for the Cougars to continue to make statements. Prediction: Houston -21

 

Bowling Green (-14) at Kent St

The Falcons boast one of the highest-scoring offenses in college football and a 5-2 record against the spread. Kent State just gave up 38 to Toledo in a 31-point loss and has mustered just 22 points over the last two games (including a 15-10 win over a terrible UMass team last weekend). Prediction: Bowling Green -14

 

Best/Worst Records Against the Spread

 

Best TeamsRecordWorst TeamsRecord
C. Michigan6-0-1Old Dominion0-6
Notre Dame6-1UTEP0-5-1
So. Miss6-1Michigan St1-6
Stanford5-1UCF1-6
Toledo5-1Auburn1-5
Navy4-1North Texas1-5
USF4-1-1Oregon St1-5
  Colorado1-5-1
  Fresno St1-5-1
  Texas St1-4

 

Teaser:
Week 8 College Football Picks Against the Spread
Post date: Friday, October 23, 2015 - 09:17
All taxonomy terms: College Football, News
Path: /college-football/college-football-cover-2-podcast-week-8-preview
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Hosts Mitch Light and Braden Gall break down a lackluster weekend of college football in Week 8. 

 

The ACC sends every one of its ranked teams on the road (which ones need to be on upset alert? watch out!) while Ole Miss and Texas A&M do battle coming off losses. The Group of 5 unbeatens are all on the road and Utah is an underdog to an unranked USC? We break it all down in Week 8.

 

The guys pick every Top 25 game, offer locks of the week against the spread and cover THE LEAST IMPORTANT GAME OF THE WEEK!

 

 

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

Teaser:
College Football Cover 2 Podcast: Week 8 Preview
Post date: Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 13:17
All taxonomy terms: College Football, News
Path: /college-football/cover-2-college-football-podcast-week-7-review
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Hosts Braden Gall and David Fox break down all the big action from Week 7.

 

With half of the season in the books, the guys answer 11 big questions from around the top of college football.

 

What is Ohio State's most important game remaining? Will Iowa finish the regular season unbeaten? Is the Big 12 full of great offenses or bad defenses? Who wins the SEC West? Can a Group of 5 team crash the Playoff party? Florida or Clemson in the ACC? What is Notre Dame's record at the end of the regular season?

 

The guys answer all of these and more on the Week 7 recap podcast.

 

 

 

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Cover 2 College Football Podcast: Week 7 Review
Post date: Monday, October 19, 2015 - 15:53
Path: /college-football/week-7-college-football-picks-against-spread
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It was inevitable. A regression to the mean. Aka, a losing weekend.

 

I did get two of my three Letdown Alert picks correct but that struggling Florida State offense ruined me for the weekend.

 

I'm not shying away from the big games this weekend (except one) and am feeling like going big or going home. We’ve also now entered the “win one for the Gipper... because the other guy got fired (or suspended)” portion of the season as well.

 

Last Week: 2-3

Year-to-date: 22-14

 

Houston (-19.5) at Tulane

The Cougars are sixth in the nation in total offense (573.4 ypg) and scoring at 46.4 points per game. Tulane is 113th in scoring defense at 37.8 points per game allowed and 94th in the nation in total defense (419.8 ypg). Can you say one-sided? Prediction: Houston -19.5

 

Ole Miss (-10.5) at Memphis

There will be a lot of emotion and focus in this one for the Tigers but they are just too overmatched. Memphis is giving up 438.4 yards per game — 104th nationally — and allowed 46 points to Cincinnati and its backup quarterback (and 41 to Bowling Green). Look for the Rebels to flex some muscle. Prediction: Ole Miss -10.5

 

Florida (+8) at LSU

This is LSU's toughest test and the Tigers still haven't proven they can be a balanced offense. Treon Harris steps in for Will Grier but does so with plenty of starting experience. The Gators' defense travels and will show up and could win this game outright. Florida is 5-1 against the spread this year and "Win one for the Gipper" applies to the QB position too. Prediction: Florida +8

 

USC (+7) at Notre Dame

Don’t be surprised if the galvanized Trojans play really well this weekend. They are extremely talented and playing against arguably their biggest rival (who are also really banged up). Notre Dame is solid but this Trojan offense is still extremely efficient and led by an elite QB and quality running game. Prediction: USC +7

 

Michigan St (+7) at Michigan

Normally, I’m totally adverse to going with the herd mentality and everyone is picking Michigan. But the key matchup is the Spartans' banged-up O-Line and Michigan’s dominant and surging defensive line. The line of scrimmage is the most predictable area of the football field. And Michigan State is a nation's-worst 0-6 against the spread. Prediction: Michigan -7

 

Oregon St (+8) at Washington St

The Cougars are extremely unpredictable but are playing much better ball these days while Oregon State is reeling. The Beavers have been outscored 86-31 and has allowed 1,132 yards at an absurd 7.5 yards per play in the last two games. The Beavers are 1-4 against the spread this fall as well. Prediction: Washington State -8

 

West Virginia (+22.5) at Baylor

All of the Wise Guys seem to be all over WVU this weekend so I’m going to piggy back. I have no real analysis other than the Mountaineers are pretty solid and Baylor has yet to be challenged whatsoever. In fact, Baylor is out for revenge as well. I’m not sure why I’m doing this... (how's that for analysis). Prediction: West Virginia +22.5

 

Best/Worst Records Against the Spread

 

Best TeamsRecordWorst TeamsRecord
C. Michigan5-0-1UCF0-6
Florida5-1Michigan St0-6
Notre Dame5-1Auburn0-5
Ohio5-1Old Dominion0-5
Southern Miss5-1North Texas0-5
Buffalo4-1Fresno St0-5-1
Ga. Southern4-1UTEP0-5-1
Louisville4-1Missouri1-5
Navy4-1Ohio St1-5
Stanford4-1Kansas1-4
Temple4-1Oregon St1-4
Texas A&M4-1Texas St1-4
Toledo4-1Colorado1-4-1
Washington4-1  
Texas Tech4-1-1  
W. Kentucky4-1-1  

 

Teaser:
Week 7 College Football Picks Against the Spread
Post date: Friday, October 16, 2015 - 09:27
All taxonomy terms: College Football, News
Path: /college-football/college-football-cover-2-podcast-week-7-preview
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Hosts Mitch Light and Braden Gall preview the biggest weekend of college football to date.

 

The SEC features two massive Playoff elimination games in Baton Rouge and College Station as well as a solid undercard. The Big Ten is highlighted by one of the best rivalries in college football in Michigan as well as two key West Division showdowns. The Pac-12 gets started on Thursday night with UCLA-Stanford and finishes with Arizona State-Utah and Oregon-Washington.

 

Oh yeah, and who could forget USC and Notre Dame?

 

The guys pick every Top 25 game, offer locks of the week against the spread and cover THE LEAST IMPORTANT GAME OF THE WEEK!

 

 

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

Teaser:
College Football Cover 2 Podcast: Week 7 Preview
Post date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 16:18
All taxonomy terms: College Football, News
Path: /college-football/cover-2-college-football-podcast-week-6-review
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Hosts Braden Gall and David Fox break down all of the action from Survival Saturday in college football.

 

Only four ranked teams lost but what did wins by Tennessee and Texas mean to their respective fan bases? And now that both UTs are off the ledge, who can talk Nebraska down?

 

What can fans expect in the Big Ten? Is Michigan the best team? Can Iowa run the table? What about the Wolverines-Spartans matchup looming?

 

What do we make of the Pac-12? What is happening to Oregon? How good is Utah?

 

The guys offer some unusual midseason awards after six weeks of play and break down some silly coaches as well.

 

 

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Cover 2 College Football Podcast: Week 5 Review
Post date: Sunday, October 11, 2015 - 15:06
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8-0 last weekend.

 

Yup, I'm going to soak that one in. The worst part of going 8-0 is knowing that it will never happen again — sort of like being a Mets fan this October.

 

But I digress. On to Week 6 where emotional letdowns could be the theme. Keep an eye on the dogs this weekend.

 

Last Week: 8-0

Year-to-date: 20-11

 

Cal (+7.5) at Utah

Utah is a fundamentally sound program with great special teams, so it’s tough to bet against the Utes. However, Jared Goff is unlike any quarterback they’ll face all season and is totally capable of keeping it close (or pulling off the upset). Prediction: Cal +7.5

 

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TCU (-10.5) at Kansas State

The first emotional letdown alert after drubbing Texas last weekend is TCU in Manhattan. The Wildcats play really well at home and should be able to score on the ravaged Horned Frogs defense. TCU wins but KSU keeps it close. Prediction: Kansas State +10.5

 

Georgia Tech (+7) at Clemson

Clemson hasn’t blown out anyone of consequence this year, barely beating Notre Dame and Louisville. This is a prototypical letdown moment and Georgia Tech traditionally plays well when no one expects it. Prediction: Georgia Tech +7

 

Miami (+8.5) at Florida State

The Hurricanes simply aren’t very talented outside of Brad Kaaya. Florida State is struggling on offense but will be able to cruise on defense against Miami. In fact, this could be the game that gets the Noles' offense right. Prediction: Florida State -8.5

 

Syracuse (+3) at USF

Syracuse is much better than anyone thought and the Orange are getting quarterback Eric Dungey back this weekend — who averaged 14.3 yards per play against Central Michigan before getting hurt and 10.3 against Wake Forest. Prediction: Syracuse +3

 

Best/Worst Records Against the Spread

 

Best TeamsRecordWorst TeamsRecord
Southern Miss5-0Auburn0-5
Navy4-0UCF0-5
C. Michigan4-0-1Michigan State0-5
Army4-1Old Dominion0-5
BYU4-1North Texas0-4
Buffalo4-1Fresno St0-4-1
Florida4-1UTEP0-4-1
Ga. Southern4-1Arizona State1-4
Indiana4-1Minnesota1-4
Iowa4-1Missouri1-4
Louisville4-1Ohio State1-4
MTSU4-1San Diego St1-4
NC State4-1Charlotte1-3
Northwestern4-1Kansas1-3
Notre Dame4-1LSU1-3
Ohio4-1Oregon St1-3
Stanford4-1Rutgers1-3
Texas A&M4-1Texas State1-3
UNLV4-1  
Air Force3-1  
Houston3-1  
Iowa State3-1  
Oklahoma3-1  
Pitt3-1  
USC3-1  
Syracuse3-1  
Temple3-1  
Toledo3-1  
Utah3-1  
Washington3-1  
W. Michigan3-1  

 

Teaser:
Week 5 College Football Picks Against the Spread
Post date: Friday, October 9, 2015 - 09:17

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