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September 2013

Get Off The Bus (9/29)

Ty and Dan break down the sudden firing of Lane Kiffin at USC and offer guesses at the next head coach in Los Angeles.  Plus, a full rundown of all the week's relevant action, from the shootout between LSU and Georgia to Alabama's dominance over Ole Miss, and your Week Five Reverbs.

Bortle Kombat (9/25)

Ty and Dan deliberate over Stanford's let-down-look-ahead sandwich, LSU's road test at Georgia, Ohio State's "Kenny G" conundrum, and the Oklahoma "wild card" factor.  Plus, a healthy discussion about Blake Bortles' girlfriend and Ty's affinity for Ole Miss.

The Reverb Index: Week Four

Week Four of the college football season did not phase the Reverb line (408-VERBAL1).  Indeed, the phones continued to ring; however, moods began to wear a little thin. As you can see in the chart below, callers are slowly becoming more downtrodden.  Last week, 45.9-percent of Verbalers called to vent their frustrations.  It’s the highest [...]

Weak Four (9/22)

Ty and Dan review Stanford's dominance over Arizona State, Michigan State's offensive woes, Michigan's scare at UConn, and Thursday night's near-Clemsoning.  Plus, Week Four Reverbs and Maryland football fever.

The Reverb Index: Week Two and Week Three

The Reverb Line is flourishing.  And surprisingly upbeat. As you can see from the following chart, while the majority of callers remained generally in a good mood, there was a decline from Week One’s 66-percent to Week Two’s 58-percent.  Week Three saw moods hold steady with nearly 59-percent of callers generally upbeat about the weekend’s [...]

Tire Fire Alert: Week Four

Over the past few seasons, The Solid Verbal has spoken, retroactively, about the most egregious weekly performances in the world of college football.  These lowlights, referenced lovingly as “tire fires”, have become a regular part of the podcast, as well as the sport’s lexicon.  In late 2011, EA Sports felt compelled to add a “Tire [...]

Easy Call: Week 4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhMoPArkBIc College football week four lines are difficult this week, thanks to some down matchups, but Dan Rubenstein decides to head to Van Horn in Brooklyn for their famous Southern fried chicken and fried fish sandwiches to break down the action. Also, life changing mac and cheese in stunning 1080p HD is a thing.

Slow and Steady Pounding (9/18)

Ty and Dan make their picks for an underwhelming slate of games in college football's fourth week, discuss the Bruce Feldman Body Blow Theory, and talk about Bo Pelini's angry rant.  Plus, an uncomfortable game of F-Marry-Kill with Lane Kiffin, Nick Saban and Randy Edsall.  

The Alabama-Texas A&M Running Diary: Part II

CONTINUED FROM YESTERDAY'S FIRST HALF DIARY... 5:42 - We have a second half kickoff!  Texas A&M has some work to do. 5:45 - Alabama just went three-and-out after McCarron overthrew a wide open receiver over the middle.  I’m torn on how I feel about McCarron as a pro prospect.  On one hand, he’s lost only [...]

The Alabama-Texas A&M Running Diary: Part I

Saturday's rematch between Alabama and Texas A&M drew the highest television ratings for a regular season college football game in seven years.  To be sure, it felt like we waited seven years to actually see it played.  Ever since Johnny Manziel rose to superstardom by upsetting the Crimson Tide last November, September 14, 2013 had [...]

Fourteen Hours of Earth Time (9/15)

Ty and Dan walk back through a marathon day of college football action, including Alabama's triumph in College Station, Mack Brown's last stand in Austin, Bo Pelini's disappointing defense, USC's offensive resurrection, and Wisconsin's stomach-punch loss.  Plus, Week Three Reverbs!

Jimmy Clausen 4.0

It dawned on me this week that Johnny Manziel is Jimmy Clausen 4.0. Think about it, Manziel is everything Clausen so desperately wanted when he emerged from a white limousine at the College Football Hall of Fame to announce his commitment to Notre Dame. He’s more accomplished, more elusive, more revered, more accurate, more decisive, [...]

Tire Fire Alert: Week Three

Over the past few seasons, The Solid Verbal has spoken, retroactively, about the most egregious weekly performances in the world of college football.  These lowlights, referenced lovingly as “tire fires”, have become a regular part of the podcast, as well as the sport’s lexicon.  In late 2011, EA Sports felt compelled to add a “Tire [...]

Rematch of the Millennium! (9/11)

Ty and Dan recap the firing of Manny Diaz at Texas and the recent articles published by Sports Illustrated and Yahoo! Sports before making their official selections for most relevant games in college football's third week.  Plus, a brief discussion on the genesis of "Doctor Bo Wallace" and other Mississippi-related topics.

What Just Happened? (9/8)

Ty and Dan ruminate on Texas's porous run defense, USC's disappointing offense, and Eminem's awkward appearance in ABC's Saturday night announcing booth.  Plus, a full recap of all the relevant actions from college football's second week, including Georgia's huge home victory, Devin Gardner's big night, hypothetical Miami opponents and a Tommy Rees fantasy game. NOTE: Show [...]

Waiting For The Reesurrection: Week Two Picks

Tommy Rees fumbles. Image by Neon Tommy / Flickr

Reason No. 475 Why I Love The Internet: ESPN Insider’s “Heisman Predictor” in which Notre Dame’s Tommy Rees was listed ahead of Georgia’s Todd Gurley and South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney, and tied with Oregon’s Marcus Mariota after Week One.  Articles like this are only possible on a weirdish Venn diagram at the intersection of “Manufactured [...]

Tire Fire Alert: Week Two

Over the past few seasons, The Solid Verbal has spoken, retroactively, about the most egregious weekly performances in the world of college football.  These lowlights, referenced lovingly as "tire fires", have become a regular part of the podcast, as well as the sport's lexicon.  In late 2011, EA Sports felt compelled to add a "Tire [...]

Meltdown Week (9/4)

Michigan Stadium. Photo by Andrew Horne/Flickr

Ty and Dan marvel at the awesome performance of Florida State's Jameis Winston, celebrate Colorado's first win of the season, and make their picks for an underwhelming card of games for college football's second week.  Plus, a rant on the latest "Clemsoning" fad in sports media, thoughtful and anxious planning for Saturday's showdown between Notre [...]

The Reverb Index: Week One

For the last few seasons, the pulse of college football fans–and, more specifically, listeners of The Solid Verbal–has been measured by the ever-popular Reverb line (408-VERBAL1).  The rules are simple: If you've got something to say, call the number and leave it for friends who care.  Make no mistake that Ty and Dan care.  If [...]

College Football is Back! (9/1)

Ty and Dan welcome back college football by reviewing a wild first weekend, including Clemson's shootout victory over Georgia, Alabama's rout of Virginia Tech, LSU's impressive showing against TCU, and USC's underwhelming performance against Hawaii. Plus, tips for dealing with Manzielapocalypse, watching Tommy Rees, and the answer to an age old question: How many batteries [...]