Early Lookahead with ESPN’s Bill Connelly
Ty and Dan touch base with ESPN’s Bill Connelly to get an early look at what the numbers are saying about the 2021 college football season. Also, how seriously should college football fans take the statistics that came out of the 2020 Covid season?
Early College Betting Football Lines
Ty and Dan take a look at way-too-early point spreads for some of the biggest games on the 2021 college football schedule and make their gut reaction picks.
Happy NIL Day!
Ty and Dan discuss the major news of the day as NIL (Name, Image, and Likeness) rules are adopted, at long last, by the NCAA and all student athletes are immediately eligible to profit from their likenesses. With help from Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated and Michael Felder of Stadium and the Hand in the Dirt Podcast, they discuss how NIL will impact college football, how the NCAA was forced into action, how schools might lean into the new rules, how the open market will react to college athletes as brands, and much more.
Ten Burning College Football Questions
Ty and Dan ponder the answers to ten important questions, ranging from the true No. 1 team this fall to the programs best positioned to take a big jump. Why is LSU’s opening game at UCLA so tricky? What’s a realistic expectation for Steve Sarkisian in Year One at Texas? And which new coaches aren’t going to work out? Plus, digital sabbaticals and recruitment by snack food.
Hard Sell: TCU vs. Oklahoma State
Ty (representing TCU) and Dan (representing Oklahoma State) spar for the services of an imaginary wide receiver recruit by highlighting the advantages of both programs.
Retroactive Playoff Expansion and Yearly Jumpers
Ty and Dan hop in the time machine and go back to the early years of the four-team playoff and talk through how an expanded, 12-team model would’ve changed the dynamics. Plus, which teams were the “jumpers” that prove how the new format could actually mean more late season drama.
Hard Sell: Ohio State vs. Michigan
Ty and Dan enter the virtual recruiting arena and compete for the services of Chase Chase, a make-believe edge rusher from suburban Chicago with ideal size, speed and strength, and his pick of Big Ten schools for his college experience. Ty recruits on behalf of Ohio State; Dan on behalf of Michigan.
College Football Playoff Expansion!
Ty and Dan react to the news that the College Football Playoff may be on the verge of expanding to 12 teams, with a system that rewards the six highest ranked conference champions and six at-large teams. Who are the winners and losers? What are the lingering questions? And would this proposal be good for the sport?
Hard Sell: Alabama vs. Georgia
Ty and Dan try their luck at recruiting Gunner Simpson, a fictitious, five-star quarterback recruit from suburban Atlanta. Ty makes the case for Georgia; Dan pitches Alabama. The Verballerhood will decide who presented the most persuasive case for their respective SEC powerhouse.