The Solid Verbal is a college football podcast hosted by
Ty Hildenbrandt and Dan Rubenstein

Established in 2008, it is the largest independent college football podcast on the internet. It continues through the regular season, postseason and offseason because fans don’t just love college football, they live it.

Photo of Dan Rubenstein (left) and Ty Hildenbrandt (right)

Everything you wanted to know about us

The idea for The Solid Verbal College Football Podcast came to life while Ty and Dan were freelancing for in 2007. At the time, Ty was writing a weekly “Quick Slants” college sports column; Dan was shooting a popular “SI Tour Guy” video series in which he traveled to the best tailgates around the country. The podcast was born after many days of trading emails and hundreds of hours in the virtual laboratory, figuring out how to connect two hosts on opposite ends of the country. The Solid Verbal was officially born a year later on August 27, 2008 and hasn’t looked back since.

We’ve had quite a journey since our humble beginnings. Along the way, we’ve worked with the prestigious Grantland Network Podcast in conjuction with, SiriusXM,, SB Nation and others. Our bits have appeared on ESPN College GameDay, ESPNews, and your favorite team message boards. We’ve told the story of our podcast twice at SXSW in Austin, TX and at a number of colleges and universities across the country.

We’re a national CFB podcast, focusing mostly on FBS teams. During the season, we’ll preview all the big games, keep you up to date with the latest news, and give your our picks for the week ahead. We’ll also recap all the action and help you make sense of the results. There’s a lot of goofiness along the way.

Ty Hildenbrandt is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University. He lives in Allentown, PA, where Yocco’s hot dogs are king, Billy Joel is an icon, and the first day of hunting season is a school holiday. As the token Notre Dame fan on the show, he’s already heard all of your jokes. But that doesn’t mean you should stop telling them.

Dan Rubenstein is a digital sports media veteran living in Chicago, IL. He’s a proud native of Los Angeles and graduate of the University of Oregon. Formerly a video anchor and producer at SB Nation, Dan also hosted and produced a video series called “The SI Tour Guy” interviewing college football tailgaters for Sports Illustrated at In his free time, he naps, runs, and taking pictures of his exquisite homemade pizzas.

The Solid Verbal has been downloaded millions of times since 2008. Along the way, we’ve built up a passionate base of dedicated listeners, who proudly refer to themselves as “Verballers.”

You can listen for free on any podcasting app, such as Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, Overcast, CastBox, Pocket Casts and many more! Just search for The Solid Verbal and we’ll pop right up.

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