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Podcast: Playoff Breakdown feat. Eli Gold, Robert Smith, Bud Elliott, David Hood


We called in some reinforcements to break down our picks to make the College Football Playoff in 2016: Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State and Clemson.

Alabama play-by-play great and author Eli Gold joins the Cover 2 to analyze the Alabama Crimson Tide. Could this team throw the ball more? Who will start at QB? What should fans make of the coaching changes? His updated book, Crimson Nation, comes out August 15!

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Bud Elliott of compares this Florida State roster to the others that Jimbo Fisher has had in Tallahassee. Does the ACC race come down to the Clemson game? Can both the pass-catchers and offensive line develop into two of the nation's better units? Who starts at QB?

Great Ohio State running back Robert Smith dissects the Buckeyes new faces and overall talent in '16. How much will it help JT Barrett to be the unquestioned starter this fall? Does the Big Ten hang in the balance when Michigan comes to town?

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David Hood of offers his insight on the Clemson Tigers. Is this the best offense in the nation? Can the defense be rebuilt a second year in a row and who are the emerging stars on that side of the ball? And why will the ACC get two teams into the Playoff?

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Check out the Athlon Sports 2016 College Football Rankings No. 1 to 128.

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