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Cover 2 Podcast: Live from the College Football Playoff

Our hosts check in live from the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl
Cover 2 Podcast: Live from the College Football Playoff

The Athlon Sports team has been dispatched to the New Orleans and Pasadena to cover the first college football semifinal. We'll survey the scene and storylines and then delve into our picks for New Year's Day.

 

David Fox is at the Rose Bowl trying to determine which star quarterback will have the big day and which team can more successfully play the underdog role. Braden Gall is at the Sugar Bowl where Blake Sims, Amari Cooper and the Ohio State defensive line may be able to upstage the powerhouse coaches.

 

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Sugar Bowl Scouting: Alabama players and coaches scout Ohio State

What is Alabama saying about Ohio State?
Sugar Bowl Scouting: Alabama players and coaches scout Ohio State

NEW ORLEANS — Alabama players and coaches have been talking all week about the Sugar Bowl and their opponent Ohio State. What have they been saying?

 

Scouting Ohio State

 

Nick Saban, HC

Sugar Bowl Scouting: Ohio State players and coaches break down Alabama

What is Ohio State saying about the Crimson Tide?
Sugar Bowl Scouting: Ohio State players and coaches break down Alabama

NEW ORLEANS — Ohio State players and coaches have been talking all week about the Sugar Bowl and their opponent Alabama. What have they been saying?

 

Scouting Alabama's offense

 

Urban Meyer, HC

25 Most Important Players of the 2015 College Football Playoff

Oregon's Marcus Mariota ranks No. 1.
25 Most Important Players of the 2015 College Football Playoff

The college football playoff kicks off on Jan. 1 with Florida State and Oregon meeting in the Rose Bowl, and Alabama and Ohio State squaring off in New Orleans in the Sugar Bowl. There’s no shortage of talent among the four teams in the playoff, but some players are more valuable than others.

Cactus Bowl Preview and Prediction: Washington vs. Oklahoma State

The Huskies head to the desert to battle the Pokes.
Cactus Bowl Preview and Prediction: Washington vs. Oklahoma State

Technically, this is the 26th annual TicketCity Cactus Bowl. 

 

Formerly known as the Copper Bowl (1989-96), the Insight Bowl (1997-2011) and Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl (2012-13)

 

Alamo Bowl Preview and Prediction: UCLA vs. Kansas State

The Bruins and Wildcats meet in San Antonio.
Alamo Bowl Preview and Prediction: UCLA vs. Kansas State

UCLA and Kansas State were on the cusp of playing in a bigger postseason game, but the Bruins and Wildcats should have plenty of motivation when they meet on Friday night in the Alamo Bowl. Both teams recorded a 9-3 record in the regular season and went into the final weekend of action with conference title aspirations.

Taxslayer Bowl Preview and Prediction: Iowa vs. Tennessee

The Vols return to the postseason to face the Hawkeyes.
Taxslayer Bowl Preview and Prediction: Iowa vs. Tennessee

After three years without a trip to a bowl game and four straight seasons with seven losses, Tennessee finally returns to the postseason with a marquee Big Ten-SEC showdown. Butch Jones will try to avoid a fifth straight seven-loss season in his first bowl as the Vols headman.

 

Armed Forces Bowl Preview and Prediction: Houston vs. Pittsburgh

ACC Player of the Year James Conner will go head-to-head against the Cougars’ stingy defense
Armed Forces Bowl Preview and Prediction: Houston vs. Pittsburgh

Teams in similar positions will cross paths when Houston and Pittsburgh meet up in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas. Both the Cougars (7-5) and Panthers (6-6) are wrapping up their seasons with interim head coaches, as Houston’s Tony Levine was fired on Dec. 8 and Pittsburgh’s Paul Chryst left two weeks ago for Wisconsin, his alma mater.

 

The Key to the Rose Bowl? Running Backs Who Took a Back Seat

Displaced by freshmen, veterans Byron Marshall and Karlos Williams have to take new roles
The Key to the Rose Bowl? Running Backs Who Took a Back Seat

LOS ANGELES — The 2014 season was the year of the freshman running back.

 

The Rose Bowl features two of the best rookie backs in Oregon’s Royce Freeman and Florida State’s Dalvin Cook, who both emerged during the second half of the season to help their teams to the national semifinal.

 

The flip side is the upperclassman running backs asked to shelve their egos and do something else so Freeman and Cook can thrive.

 

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