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August 2013

Our Top 10: Alabama (1)

Where is the weakness?  We've asked it all offseason.  You can find a few if you look closely at Alabama, but only if you're willing to split hairs. At this point, the Crimson Tide doesn't rebuild, it reloads.  The 2013 iteration of Nick Saban's juggernaut already seems head-and-shoulders above the field, despite a few big [...]

Our Top 10: Oregon (2)

You saw this coming, right? No Chip Kelly?  No problem.  The truth is that this would've been the best team in Kelly's tenure had he stayed in Eugene.  And with the talent already in place, it's unreasonable to think that a new coach could completely stop the momentum. This offense is going to score points, [...]

Our Top 10: Ohio State (3)

Ohio State went 12-0 last season and might've played for a national championship if it weren't for a bowl ban.  Now, the Buckeyes are out of the doghouse and back in contention, returning a talented team and a brilliant coach. Is Ohio State hampered by the Big Ten's reputation?  Where are the losses on its [...]

Our Top 10: Stanford (4)

There are no more questions about David Shaw carrying over Jim Harbaugh's momentum.  Stanford has as stable a program as any school in the country and seems poised to build on its second half momentum from 2012. Can the Cardinal take the next step and become a true national championship contender?  Hear Ty and Dan's [...]

A Pre-Season Top 25 College Football Snapshot by Beutler Ink

Infographics by Beutler Ink

As we've come to know, college football is all about regional biases, the love and hate of rooting on a conference while hating a rival, and the money—of course the money—that keeps the engine running 365 days a year.  College football is very much a conglomerate, comprised of hundreds of smaller businesses trying their best to [...]

It’s College Football Eve! (8/28)

Ty and Dan rejoice as the 2013 season draws near and make their picks for the 10 biggest games of college football's Week One.  Plus, for the first time ever, a celebrity guest (Lexington Steele) calls into the program to select a handful of winners.

Our Top 10: South Carolina (5)

This might be Steve Spurrier's best team.  His swagger at SEC Media Days was evident.  His road schedule is workable.  His defense features Jadeveon Clowney, one of the most fearsome figures in all of college football.  This could be the year. But should you buy the hype?  How much of South Carolina's expectations are linked [...]

Our Top 10: Georgia (6)

Georgia was painfully close to playing for last season's BCS Championship.  Some scars never heal, but with an elite offense virtually intact, the Bulldogs have a great chance of achieving last year's level of success, and potentially more. The questions, though, are real.  Georgia's defense is rebuilt and its schedule--at least the early part of [...]

The Seven Rules of College Football Gambling

Secretly, I've always been fascinated that a group of soothsayers could sit in a room, examine mysterious statistics, and accurately project a college football game's final score.  It doesn't quite seem possible, and it's not like there are any Grays Sports Almanacs in real life.  Yet, every week, the shadowy oddsmakers of Las Vegas pull it [...]

Our Top 10: Texas A&M (7)

So, anything happen this offseason?  Johnny Manziel's meteoric rise to stardom has left many at Texas A&M wondering how it will effect Kevin Sumlin's upstart program.  Indeed, this is much reason to be excited about the Aggies in 2013, but it's fair to wonder whether Manziel's antics will propel them back into the BCS Championship [...]

Our Top 10: Clemson (8)

With a loaded cast of characters returning on offense, including Heisman contender Tajh Boyd, the Clemson Tigers figure to be a potential BCS contender with a little luck, better defense, and no untimely losses.  But what exactly is this team's ceiling? Either way, this team will be tested early with a Saturday showdown in Death [...]

Happy Birthday To Us! (8/26)

Ty and Dan celebrate their fifth birthday by taking live calls from Verballers about Stanford being potentially overrated, Penn State's prospects against Syracuse, a hypothetical Oregon coach hire, Ty's mysterious day job, and more.  Plus, does Jameis Winston make Florida State a contender, and does Louisville have any chance of being in the BCS Championship [...]

Our Top 10: Florida (9)

The 2012 season wasn't always pretty for the Florida Gators, but ugly wins are, nonetheless, still wins.  This year, expectations are high for a squad that racked up 11 victories just a year ago, despite an offense that left much to be desired. Can Florida improve its offense?  Can it replace its losses on defense? [...]

Our Top 10: Notre Dame (10)

The course of Notre Dame's 2013 season was drastically altered when, earlier this offseason, Everett Golson announced that he was no longer enrolled at the university.  Or was it? The Irish will have their work cut out for them this year, but figure to be a squad on the cusp of the top 10, if [...]

It’s Our Party, And We’ll Live Show If We Want To!

What? The Solid Verbal goes LIVE, answering your calls on the eve of its 5th birthday. When? Monday, August 26th at 6:15PM ET Where? We'll post a link on these here interwebs. How can I call in? With your phones, son.  Dial 408-VERBAL1.

Siri Likes Oregon State (8/21)

Ty and Dan delve into a sordid pile of Verballer questions, from Texas A&M's strategy with Johnny Manziel to the most average teams in the country.  Plus, a live interview with Siri, more tips on "Office Reading" and a potentially uncomfortable email encounter with an adult film star.

Down to the Nitty Gritty (8/19)

Can Larry Fedora take North Carolina from "Others Receiving Votes" to a BCS contender? (PHOTO: Flickr/ Brian Allen)

Ty and Dan come to the realization that college football is near and inspect the "Others Receiving Votes" section of the preseason AP Top 25 in hopes of finding a sleeper BCS Contender.  Plus, new quarterbacks, old quarterbacks, injury concerns, social media awkwardness, and pro tips for reading sports articles in a corporate setting without [...]

Big 12 Preview with Bill Connelly (8/15)

Ty and Dan talk with Bill Connelly from SBNation about the arc of Baylor football, the latest iteration of Texas' defense, Oklahoma's quarterback questions, Kansas State's underrated-ness, Texas Tech's new coach, and much more.  Plus, the strongest trivia showing to date.

E-mails and Jackie Chan (8/12)

Jackie Chan speaking at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International in San Diego, California. Photo by Gage Skidmore.

Ty and Dan sort through a clever batch of listener e-mails, tweets and Facebook comments, and argue about the future of college football broadcasts, fan attire power rankings, the dying art of the blowout, the best games in recent memory, favorite Chick-Fil-A sauces and a creeper at the mall telling Ty he looks like Jackie [...]

Big Ten Preview with Brian Bennett (8/7)

Ty talks to ESPN.com's Brian Bennett about the upcoming Big Ten season, potential losses for Ohio State, transition at Michigan and Wisconsin, offense at Michigan State, defense at Nebraska, relevance for Indiana and Minnesota, coaching at Iowa, Purdue and Illinois, and much more.