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Cover 2 College Football Podcast: Dispatches from the ACC and Big 12

Dabo Swinney

Dabo Swinney

Preseason camp hasn’t started, but preseason talkin’ season is in full swing. With a little more than a month left before the season, the media day circus is still going. The ACC and Big 12 wrapped up their media days this week with some interesting picks at the top.

On this week’s Athlon Sports Cover 2 Podcast:

• ACC commissioner John Swofford reiterated his preference for an eight-team playoff, a stance echoed by a handful of coaches in other leagues.

• The ACC media picked Clemson to win the league, which is all sorts of wrong.

• Deshaun Watson was the ACC’s preseason player of the year pick ahead of last year’s winner, James Conner of Pittsburgh. That led us to consider which defending league players of the year have a chance to repeat in 2015.

• Steve Spurrier called a surprise press conference to complain about his “enemies.” This should surprise no one.

• The changing of the guard in the Big 12 was apparent as Art Briles and Gary Patterson enjoyed their time in the spotlight while Charlie Strong and Bob Stoops were on the defensive.

• On our kids' sports question segment, we talk about the proper age for a kid to start playing fantasy sports and why NCAA eligibility rules must be perplexing to a 6-year-old.

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