Steve and I preview the Oregon-Ohio State national championship, and also talk about all the annoying commercials that have been playing during bowl season.
After weeks of meaningless (and misleading) rankings, the playoff field is official: Alabama vs. Ohio State in one semifinal and Oregon vs. Florida State in the other. As you may have heard, there was a bit of controversy surrounding Ohio State’s inclusion, and Steve and I spend time discussing that.
1:25 What was the point of weekly rankings?
5:45 The four teams we would have selected for the playoff
7:35 Sorting out the Big 12 mess
16:40 Ohio State’s case
25:05 Halftime: Analysis of football throwing competitions
27:45 What would have happened in BCS era? What is the impact of Vegas spreads? Who are truly the best teams in the country?
37:35 Should the playoff field be expanded?
42:45 Heisman debate: Mariota, Gordon, and other “candidates”
58:00 The committee’s influences watching GameDay
59:55 Recap of “locks,” pop culture discussion on “Lose Yourself” alternate version, Peter Pan
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Steve and I talk about the final “meaningless” rankings: How in the heck is Florida State No. 4? Which teams are still alive for a playoff spot? How will championship week play out? The podcast is packed with everything you’ll want to know before this weekend’s games. If you mention the show on Twitter or Facebook, or send me a question or comment via email, you’ll get a special shoutout on the next podcast.
I also want to share a couple of college basketball stories I’ve written. One is a feature on Manhattan coach Steve Masiello, which was published in the latest issue of Basketball Times. You probably remember his name from the résumé scandal last spring. I spoke to Masiello, his current and former players, several of the school’s administrators, and others outside of the program who are familiar with the situation to get an idea of how Manhattan went about taking him back and what it means for the school. The other story is much shorter, though it deals with tall players: Kentucky’s basketball team, which may be the tallest in college hoops history and can match up with any NBA team. It appeared in The Wall Street Journal last week.
You can find most all of my freelance work on my website. As always, thanks so much for reading. Without you, I’d simply be a diarist.
Steve and I recap Saturday’s big games, including Mississippi State’s first loss, Melvin Gordon’s huge day (and pro potential), and the effectiveness of icing the kicker. Smokey, Tennessee’s mascot, is also discussed.
Tomorrow, be on the lookout for a college basketball podcast in which my guests and I discuss last night’s Champions Classic and make our predictions for the season. It should be a fun and informative listen. Speaking of college hoops, I wrote a story yesterday for CBS Local on Kentucky’s chances of an undefeated season and whether they could beat an NBA team. My sources include coaches who have worked at both the college and pro levels.
Dave Revsine from the Big Ten Network joins Steve and me to give a brief history of the network and its role in shaping college athletics, Ohio State’s playoff chances, the best rivalries, and, pulling from his book The Opening Kickoff: The Tumultuous Birth of a Football Nation, what the game’s past might tell us about its future. Steve and Dave share some laughs over their athletic “careers” in Dublin, and Steve and I preview Saturday’s biggest games.
Which teams control their own destiny to reach the college football playoff? Who has the edge in the Big 12: Baylor or TCU? Will you be able to wait until Friday for the podcast’s first guest?
My brother Steve has been upgraded from “guest” to “co-host” in just one week. We discuss the new playoff rankings, our projections for this weekend and beyond, what makes a good athletic director, and those terrifying masks you may have seen on College GameDay.