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Welcome to Until Saturday, The Athletic's NEW college football podcast. This is your home for everything college football. Join Ari Wasserman, David Ubben, Nicole Auerbach, Max Olson, Chris Vannini, Sam Khan Jr., and The Athletic's CFB staff as they break down the game we all love.

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We are less than 100 days from the start of the college football season! Ari Wasserman and Chris Vannini pinpoint the year's biggest 'pressure cooker games', or the matchups that will draw the strongest overreactions from either fanbase and send supporters into a tizzy. Would the losing party in LSU-USC lose faith in their head coach after a season of heavy investment in the defensive staff? Which programs are the guys dying to play as in Dynasty Mode in the upcoming EA Sports College Football 25 video game? Plus, Nebraska AD Troy Dannen spoke candidly about his perception of the direciton of the sport, and Huskers' NIL coffers. Can a team like Nebraska compete in the new world of CFB? Troy Dannen video: https://www.tiktok.com/@247.huskers/video/7377540168561069355?is_from_webapp=1 Listen to our 'Secrets of NIL and the transfer portal' episode: https://www.nytimes.com/athletic/podcast/83-the-andy-staples-show/episode-1117/ Rundown: - Troy Dannen on Nebraska's NIL war chest + future of the sport (3:00) - 2024's Pressure Cooker Games: Miami vs Florida (14:00) - USC vs LSU (23:30) - Nebraska vs Colorado (28:15) - Tennessee vs Oklahoma (38:30) - Texas vs Texas A&M + The Game (43:00) - Top 5 Dynasty Mode teams (54:00) Call/text the Until Saturday phone and leave us a question for a future mailbag and/or Sunday Sound-Off podcast: (316) 462-9852 Subscribe to the Until Saturday newletter & join in answering the Question of the Day!: https://theathletic.com/newsletters/until-saturday Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Which national championship model is harder to emulate: Georgia's or Michigan's? Ari Wasserman and Max Olson thoroughly mull over Rodrigo A's fan-submitted question. Which programs could model themselves after either champions? Max went through the arduous task of re-ranking the 2020 recruiting class in an effort to see who REALLY won it. What did he learn from Ohio State, Michigan, Tulane, Georgia, and more? Read Max's 2020 re-ranking: https://www.nytimes.com/athletic/5510780/2024/05/28/college-football-recruiting-2020-class-rankings-revisited/ Rundown: - Re-ranking the 2020 recruiting class (2:30) - Michigan and Missour's talent development (10:00) - Ohio State's misses on defense (17:30) - Rounding out the top-10 (22:30) - Texas eeks out a top-10 finish (29:00) - Is Georgia or Michigan's championship blueprint harder to replicate? (35:00) - Playoff schedule dropped (52:30) Sign up for our FREE newsletter to answer future Questions of the Day: https://theathletic.com/newsletters/until-saturday Call/text the Until Saturday phone and leave us a question for a future mailbag and/or Sunday Sound-Off podcast: (316) 462-9852 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Chris Del Conte, athletic director at the University of Texas, gave the college football world a gem last week while on the Paul Finebaum Show. There he exclaimed just how great the Red River Shootout is compared to its new conference mates' rivalry games. So, is Texas-Oklahoma the BEST SEC rivalry game? Ari Wasserman, Max Olson, and Scott Dochterman share their thoughts on the matter as well as their favorite rivalry game experiences. We now have kick-off times for games in weeks 1-3. (We can finally start to smell the new season!) The guys place the top matchups from the first few weeks in a tier list of "A" through "F", though, there are no F-tier games - we love all of CFB! Where will games like Georgia-Clemson, Florida-Miami, Arizona-Kansas State and more rank? Plus, cliff notes from last week's SEC Spring Meetings. Read more about a 9-game SEC conf schedule: https://www.nytimes.com/athletic/5529284/2024/05/30/sec-football-schedule-nine-games/ Read more about scholarship limits and the death of walk-ons: https://www.nytimes.com/athletic/5525379/2024/05/28/sec-football-coaches-roster-limits/ Private equity, injury reports, and more: https://www.nytimes.com/athletic/5530740/2024/05/30/sec-meetings-greg-sankey/ Big Ten schedule analysis: https://www.nytimes.com/athletic/5530629/2024/05/30/big-ten-football-tv-schedule-analysis/ Rundown: A 9-game SEC conference schedule? (1:45) Roster limits + the end of walk-ons? (8:30) Is Red River the BEST SEC rivalry? (16:15) Our most memorable rivalry game experiences (31:30) Tier list of weeks 1-3 games (39:30) Call/text the Until Saturday phone and leave us a question for a future mailbag and/or Sunday Sound-Off podcast: (316) 462-9852 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Former stud Alabama running back and NFL vet Damien Harris joins Chris Vannini on today's show! Damien opens up about how his family and newborn son have helped him weather his difficult transition out of the NFL following a scary injury last season with the Buffalo Bills. He also weaves some hilarious and insightful stories about Nick Saban, his former coach. Damien opines on NIL, the transfer portal, EA Sports College Football 25, the NFL and Bill Belichick and more. Lastly, Chris tests Damien's knowledge of his career in a game of trivia. Who's the Big Ten dark horse? Sign up for our FREE newsletter to answer future Questions of the Day: https://theathletic.com/newsletters/until-saturday Rundown: - Damien Harris on the end of his NFL career and family (1:00) - What was Damien's reaction to Saban's retirement? (4:00) - Crimson Tide's epic RB room with Derrick Henry, Josh Jacobs, et. al (12:00) - Why didn't you transfer? (14:00) - Kalen DeBoer & expectations in Tuscaloosa (17:00) - Clemson battles & hate (23:00) - Favorite memory from college (26:30) - Death of amateurism & how would Damien have navigated NIL, player compensation (29:00) - EA Sports College Football 25 (38:30) - Transfer portal's impact (45:30) - Texas, Oklahoma transition to the SEC (47:00) - Bill Belichick impressions + NFL experience (53:00) - Damien Harris trivia (58:30) Call/text the Until Saturday phone and leave us a question for a future mailbag and/or Sunday Sound-Off podcast: (316) 462-9852 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The rumors are true, we PLAYED EA Sports College Football 25...well, Chris Vannini did (Ari Wasserman definitely isn't jealous). While at a function hosted by EA Sports in Orlando, Chris had a first-account of what the gameplay is like; from the revamped running and passing mechanics to the pagentry and electric in-game atmostphere. Chris walks us through all the details he gathered about Dynasty Mode, NIL, the transfer portal, Road to Glory, and Road to the CFP. Later in the show, hear from EA Sports' very own Ben Haumiller and Christian McLeod about the game's development and features. Out the door, a farewell to the Pac-12 and one of its most prominent ambassadors, Bill Walton. Read Chris' NCAA 25 story on gameplay: https://www.nytimes.com/athletic/5523815/2024/05/29/ea-sports-college-football-25-video-game-features/ NIL: https://www.nytimes.com/athletic/5525588/2024/05/29/ea-sports-college-football-25-video-games-nil/ Dynasty Mode: https://www.nytimes.com/athletic/5525517/2024/05/29/college-football-25-video-game-dynasty-mode/ Rundown: - We played NCAA 25! What's one thing Chris was surprised by? (2:30) - What was the gameplay like? Running game features (11:00) - Passing game features (16:00) - What ISN'T in the game? (21:45) - Pagentry + fan reactions (22:45) - Dynasty mode info dump (25:30) - How does recruiting work? (33:30) - How does NIL & the portal work? (43:00) - Road to Glory details (48:00) - Ben Haumiller & Christian McLeod join the show! (54:00) - Friend to Friend...was it badass? (1:09:30) - Pac-12 + Bill Walton memories (1:07:30) Call/text the Until Saturday phone and leave us a question for a future mailbag and/or Sunday Sound-Off podcast: (316) 462-9852 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In the NEW Big 12, the one with 16 teams, separation between teams is infinitesimal. There are seven teams (nearly half the league) that are within one O/U win total of each other (per BetMGM). Sam Khan Jr. and Justin Williams use one word to describe each of the 16 conference teams to deliniate where each team is at this season. But before then, Justin takes us through House vs NCAA and where it stands. Plus, rapid fire O/U win totals for every program. Learn more about House vs NCAA: https://www.nytimes.com/athletic/5506457/2024/05/20/ncaa-settlement-house-lawsuit-college-sports/?partner=slack&smid=sl-share Post-spring Big 12 preview: https://www.nytimes.com/athletic/5495963/2024/05/16/big-12-football-preview-power-rankings-transfers/?utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=cfbtw&source=cfbtw Read Sam's Willie Fritz, Houston story: https://www.nytimes.com/athletic/5495799/2024/05/21/willie-fritz-houston-football/ Big 12 QB carousel: https://www.nytimes.com/athletic/5484819/2024/05/14/big-12-quarterbacks-starters-returners-transfers/ Who's the SEC dark horse? Sign up for our FREE newsletter and answer future QOTDs: https://theathletic.com/newsletters/until-saturday Rundown: - House vs NCAA latest + what the heck does it mean? (2:00) - ONE WORD WONDERS: Big 12 edition; Arizona, Arizona St., Baylor (12:30) - BYU, Houston, Cincinnati, Kansas (19:30) - Colorado, K-State, Iowa St., Oklahoma St. (27:30) - UCF, TCU, Utah, Texas Tech & West Virginia (37:00) -Win totals (51:00) Call/text the Until Saturday phone and leave us a question for a future mailbag and/or Sunday Sound-Off podcast: (316) 462-9852 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Florida State head football coach Mike Norvell joins Ari Wasserman to discuss the Seminoles' approach to team building. Does Norvell believe his team's portal to high school recruiting ratio is a recipe for success? Is it sustainable? Manny Navarro, The Athletic's AuFlority, then hops on the mic to breakdown Norvell's roster construction from a analytical angle. Were FSU's portal hits more luck based, or are they the new standard for how to build a team? Later, the guys answer a voicemail from the Until Saturday phone line (316-462-9852) about who belongs in the NCAA 25 game's All-99 club. Plus, what is the lowest ranking a team can recruit at each position to win a national title? Read Pt. 1 of our NIL confidential: https://www.nytimes.com/athletic/5484900/2024/05/13/college-football-transfer-portal-nil-deals/ Read Pt. 2 of our NIL confidential: https://www.nytimes.com/athletic/5499474/2024/05/20/college-football-transfer-portal-nil-collectives-movement/ Listen to last week's show: https://pod.fo/e/23ce9b Who's the SEC dark horse? Sign up for our FREE newsletter and vote: https://theathletic.com/newsletters/until-saturday Rundown: - Portal reliance; "transactional program" a functional model? (:30) - Mike Norvell joins the show (5:00) - Opinions on FSU's approach + advanced recruiting (20:00) - Is FSU's portal success sustainable? (26:15) - Other "transactional programs" & how certains teams use the portal (34:00) - NCAA 25 All-99 club (45:45) - Lowest rated position but still win a title? (49:30) Call/text the Until Saturday phone and leave us a question for a future mailbag and/or Sunday Sound-Off podcast: (316) 462-9852 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ari, Chris and Max share their instant reactions to the first EA Sports NCAA 25 trailer! Chris also shares what features fans can expect in the game. You may think you know how the transfer portal and NIL works, but Manny Navarro, Chris Vannini, and Ari Wasserman tells you how it REALLY works. Manny, Chris, and several other The Athletic reporters interviewed players, coaches, and agents about how two of the most prevelant yet perplexing topics in college sports. How do programs recruit players? Where do agents fit into all of this,are players only after a bag, and which programs spend the most? WE HAVE A RELEASE DATE FOR NCAA 25. An array of news came out of Florida at the ACC Spring Meetings. Dabo dropped another transfer portal comment, Florida St. vs ACC still rages on, even with both parties at the same hotel, and does the conference have a perception problem? Read about how the transfer portal works: https://www.nytimes.com/athletic/5484900/2024/05/13/college-football-transfer-portal-nil-deals/ Read about how NIL agents fit into the picture: https://www.nytimes.com/athletic/5490748/2024/05/15/college-football-nil-agents-transfer-portal/ Read Nicole Auerbach's stories from ACC Spring Meetings: https://www.nytimes.com/athletic/5494186/2024/05/14/acc-college-football-playoff-perception/ Who's the Big 12 dark horse? Sign up and answer future Until Saturday newsletter's Question of the Day here: https://theathletic.com/newsletters/until-saturday Rundown: - EA Sports NCAA 25 trailer + features (:30) - How does NIL/portal work? What we learned (15:00) - So...tampering (24:00) - Are players only after a paycheck? (28:30) - Transactional programs (29:45) - How do deals get done? (41:00) - Biggest spenders (48:30) - NCAA 25 release date (1:00:30) - ACC Spring Meetings: Dabo, league perception, FSU + House vs NCAA deadline (1:08:00) Call/text the Until Saturday phone and leave us a question for a future mailbag and/or Sunday Sound-Off podcast: (316) 462-9852 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
One of Until Saturday's most dedicated listeners, Sad Husker Nate, did it again. He left another gem of a question for Ari Wasserman, Sam Khan Jr., and Mitch Light on the Until Saturday Phone Line (316-462-9852): Who's on our Mount Rushmore of CFB Villains? The trio go meta with some of their choices (like the Pac-12's cognoscenti that destroyed the conference), but weren't bashful about naming some names (like Michigan's Jim Harbaugh). Baylor is gambling on Dave Aranda after consecutive losing seasons. Why did AD Mack Rhodes decide to retain Aranda? Sam takes us inside his excellent story before the group delves into a bigger picture conversation: What's a fair timeline for a coach? Lastly, EA Sports NCAA 25 dropped a bombshell on us last Friday. Read Sam's Dave Aranda story: https://theathletic.com/5467548/2024/05/06/dave-aranda-baylor-football/ Who's the Big 12 dark horse? Sign up and answer the Until Saturday newsletter's Question of the Day here: https://theathletic.com/newsletters/until-saturday Rundown: - Mount Rushmore of CFB Villains via Sad Husker Nate (4:00) - Honorable mention villains (38:00) - Baylor's big bet on Dave Aranda + fair timelines (44:45) - NCAA 25 cover athletes (1:00:00) Call/text the Until Saturday phone and leave us a question for a future mailbag and/or Sunday Sound-Off podcast: (316) 462-9852 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
We asked you, Until Saturday and college football fans alike, to weigh in on Ari Wasserman's Post-Spring Top-25 rankings. Ari takes fan feedback on his list as well as input from Chris Vannini, who joins him on today's show. Why was Utah ranked so low? Was a Group of 5 team considered, and a fan thinks Ari's story was DISGUSTINGLY...rational? Plus, Brian Kelly, Spencer Danielson, and more coaches spoke openly about certain aspects of their school's NIL approach. Some of what was said wasn't well received, but are outspoken parties simply overreacting? Unlimited coaches, Iowa's new QB, the ACC's dark horse and more! Subscribe to the Until Saturday newletter & join in answering the Question of the Day!: https://theathletic.com/newsletters/until-saturday Rundown: - NIL consternation + Boise St. HC Spencer Danielson on Freshman/NIL comments (2:00) - Post-Spring Top-25 postmortem + Chris weighs in (13:30) - Changes + G5 regrets and contenders (21:15) - Until Saturday phone line opens: Ari, why do you hate Carson Beck? (26:45) - How are early-season marquee matchups contextualized? (31:30) - Someone liked Ari's rankings? (38:00) - Text via Jason from Austin: Why is Utah ranked so low? (41:00) - Text via David G San Antonio.: Post-spring hypothetical 12-team playoff (44:00) - Text via Ben from Louisville: Kudos for ranking the Cardinals (51:00) - Until Saturday newsletter QOTD: Which team is the ACC dark horse? (53:00) - Iowa's new QB + unlimited coaches (56:00) Call/text the Until Saturday phone and leave us a question for a future mailbag and/or Sunday Sound-Off podcast: (316) 462-9852 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ari Wasserman is joined by Max Olson and Dan Wetzel, Yahoo Sports sports writer extraordinaire and 1/3 of the 'College Football Enquirer' podcast, to discuss his post-spring top-25 rankings. Which teams are ranked too high, too low, not at all? We want to hear your thoughts about Ari's rankings, so call the Until Saturday phone line and leave a voicemail (or text): 316-462-9852. Plus, Dan attempts to explain new emerging details about the NCAA's compensation model. Rundown: - Compensation model new info (2:00) - Post-spring Top-25 rankings: Nos. 1-3 (12:30) - Nos. 4-7 (27:00) - Nos. 8-10 (38:00) - Nos. 11-13 (45:00) - Nos. 14 & 15 (53:00) - Nos. 16-18 (1:00:00) - Nos. 19-22 (1:09:00) - Nos. 23-25 + Dumping USC (1:14:30) Subscribe to the Until Saturday newletter: https://theathletic.com/newsletters/until-saturday Call/text the Until Saturday phone and leave us a question: (316) 462-9852 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A vortex of social media activity ensued after Tuesday's podcast with Max Olson (which can be found in your feed). Multiple ex-Colorado players spoke with Max about their experience being cut from the program when Deion Sanders took over, and those thoughts were shared on this show. Since then, Deion and Shedeur Sanders have responded to some of those former players who aired their thoughts on social media. Ari Wasserman and Sam Khan Jr. weigh in on what has been said by Prime and others. But, before then, Ari and Sam explain why House vs. NCAA is important to you as a CFB fan. They also acquaint you with draft-eligible players that you need to know. Rundown: - House vs NCAA & how it could completely change CFB (2:00) - Top offensive draft-eligible players (10:00) - Top defensive draft-eligible players (24:00) - Who's going to pop-off this season? (34:00) - Tin Hat Ari (46:00) - "Bush League" Deion Sanders (48:15) Read Max's Colorado story: https://theathletic.com/5449961/2024/04/29/deion-sanders-colorado-transfer-portal-2023/ Read Dane's 2025 mock draft: https://theathletic.com/5458526/2024/04/30/nfl-mock-draft-2025-prediction-shedeur-sanders-will-johnson/ Read Justin's House vs. NCAA explainer: https://theathletic.com/5174023/2024/01/03/ncaa-proposal-subdivision-lawsuits/ Read Ari's story about Sam Salz: https://theathletic.com/5457913/2024/05/02/sam-salz-texas-am-football-shabbat/ Subscribe to the Until Saturday newletter: https://theathletic.com/newsletters/until-saturday Call/text the Until Saturday phone and leave us a question for a future mailbag and/or Sunday Sound-Off podcast: (316) 462-9852 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
What happened to Colorado's players that weren't deemed to be Louis? Max Olson takes us behind the scenes of 20 Buffaloes players that were cast off when Deion Sanders took over the Boulder based program. Ari Wasserman and Chris Vannini then discuss the buzz about a Group of 5 playoff. Is a postseason imminent for the G5? What's incoming AAC commissioner Tim Pernetti's philosophy compared to Mike Arresco, and what's Ari's biggest sticking point in this? Do college football fans still follow their favorite player(s) after they leave for the NFL? We asked you, the listeners, and reacted to your responses. Read Max's story: https://theathletic.com/5449961/2024/04/29/deion-sanders-colorado-transfer-portal-2023/ Rundown: - What happened to Colorado's castoffs? (3:00) - Group chats and players' feelings on being cut (7:30) - Transfer portal news: Miami, Auburn, K-State makin' moves (19:30) - Is a Group of 5 playoff imminent? (41:00) - Do fans follow their favorite player(s) after leaving their program? (58:00) Subscribe to the Until Saturday newletter: https://theathletic.com/newsletters/until-saturday Call/text the Until Saturday phone and leave us a question for a future mailbag and/or Sunday Sound-Off podcast: (316) 462-9852 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ari Wasserman and Chris Vannini sat down right after the NFL Draft to share their biggest takeaways from Thursday night. Michael Penix Jr. and Atlanta is a curious case, but the dude can rip the football. J.J. McCarthy left an impression on Ari as a teenager in high school, but will his spunk and skillset translate? Bo Nix, Penix, and McCarthy all being selected in the top-12 has us wondering, are NFL teams terrified of next year's crop of college quarterbacks? The wide receivers in this class were all-timers. Later, Scott Dochterman joins the podcast to discuss Reggie Bush being reunited with his Heisman Trophy, and what it says about the current climate of CFB. If we could change one thing in the sport's history, what would it be? How is NIL impacting the Draft, and will Iowa hit the transfer portal for a QB? Rundown: - Michael Penix and J.J. McCarthy (3:00) - Are NFL teams terrified of next year's QB class? (14:30) - Wide receivers & favorite picks from the first round (18:00) - Reggie Bush's Heisman Trophy is returned...but why the long wait? (25:30) - Changing CFB history (45:30) - How NIL is impacting the NFL Draft (51:00) - Iowa spring check-in & QB situation (1:01:30) - ACC update (1:07:30) - Iowa gambling probe update (1:09:00) Subscribe to the Until Saturday newletter: https://theathletic.com/newsletters/until-saturday Call/text the Until Saturday phone and leave us a question for a future mailbag and/or Sunday Sound-Off podcast: (316) 462-9852 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ari Wasserman welcomes Bruce Feldman to the podcast ahead of the NFL Draft to analyze prospects he believes are polarizing based on their body of work in college. Ari questions Michigan QB's J.J. McCarthy's draft stock, which has soared to astronomical heights. Bruce shares his opinion as well as that NFL sources and CFB head coaches to provide a comprehensive picture of what the NFL community thinks of McCarthy, Caleb Williams, Drake Maye, Brock Bowers, and more. Plus, who are some of Bruce's under-the-radar prospects? Later, the pair whip around the country to programs who just concluded their spring games. From Michigan and Texas to South Carolina and USC, the guys dish on several important teams. Lastly, we rifle through our mailbag and answer your questions! Rundown: - NFL Draft analysis + which players has Ari miss the mark on? (3:30) - Understanding the J.J. McCarthy hype + Maye and Williams (8:45) - Why is Brock Bowers considered elite? (18:15) - Under the radar prospects (22:30) - Spring games observations: Oklahoma (30:30) - Duke and Maalik Murphy intrigue (33:00) - Texas and Arch Manning (36:00) - Is Florida State a top-15 team? (41:00) - Are we overlooking Michigan? (43:30) - USC and Miller Moss (48:30) - South Carolina's place in the expanding SEC (54:30) - Texas A&M's defense (56:00) - Mailbag: Can't miss games this season (59:30) - Mailbag: What to make of Colorado's team construction? (1:04:00) Subscribe to the Until Saturday newletter: https://theathletic.com/newsletters/until-saturday Call/text the Until Saturday phone and leave us a question for a future mailbag and/or Sunday Sound-Off podcast: (316) 462-9852 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The spring portal continues to rewrite the record books. Max Olson joins Ari to contextualize data, trends, and share his portal intel. Shilo Sanders' social media post directing transfers to message him or his brother, Shedeur, drew skepticism from college football fans. Was too much made of Sanders' invitation? Ari believes so, while Max thinks this was a smart way to circumvent tampering rules. The Portal Authority shares his thoughts on RBs Alton McCaskill and Damien Martinez, CB Tacario Davis, DT Damonic Williams, and he and Ari determine if your program should recurit some of the more intriguing transfers using the N.I.L. scale. The Athletic's Notre Dame scribe Pete Sampson hops on afterward to spread the word about the Irish's spring ahead of their spring game this weekend. What does Pete think of OC Mike Denbrock, Riley Leonard's injury, the WR and OL rooms, the returning production on defense, and expectations for South Bend's team and Marcus Freeman in 2024? Rundown: -Dissecting portal data (2:45) -Colorado's portal activity by the numbers (11:00) -Shilo Sanders' IG post & was this a smart move? (17:00) -TCU's big loss + pocket watching (26:30) -N.I.L. scale: Cormani McClain, Keandre Lambert-Smith + more (37:30) -Notre Dame spring game preview + 2024 expectations (51:00) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The spring transfer window opened Tuesday morning, and players flooded the system. The number of entrants were over double that of last year's opening day. There are new reasons for fans to be excited and loathsome of the portal, but what's the consensus? Do fans love or hate the spring window? Ari and Chris discuss the pros and cons of the structure as well as standout players on the move. Later, Chris breaks down Michigan football's NCAA violations stemming from impermissable contact during COVID. Kennington Smith III and Seth Emerson then join the podcast to debrief us on Alabama and Georgia's spring games. Kenny shares what the atmostphere was like at Kalen DeBoer's first A-Day with over 70,000 fans in attendance. Plus, what positions do the Crimson Tide need to patch through the portal? Carson Beck shares his thoughts on the Bulldogs' G-Day, and Seth opines on the skill position talent that stood out in the spring game. Rundown: - Spring portal opens & players flood in (2:30) - Do fans love or hate the portal? (6:30) - Notable players on the move (21:30) - Colorado's portal departures & G5 movement (30:30) - Michigan NCAA violations, penalties (39:30) - Alabama, Georgia spring debriefs (44:00) Subscribe to the Until Saturday newletter: https://theathletic.com/newsletters/until-saturday Call/text the Until Saturday phone and leave us a question for a future mailbag and/or Sunday Sound-Off podcast: (316) 462-9852 Subscribe to Until Saturday on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbhfrD1COvG40Mk7vvgaHIQ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
April 16 marks the beginning of the college football spring transfer window. And, according to some, it will be the most chaotic spring portal period to date. Ari, Chris, and the Portal Authority, Max Olson, prepare you for next week's barrage of player movement by identifying which teams are likely to be the most active (Alabama and Washington, among others), and the players you should keep your eyes on (like RB Damien Martinez). Later, The Athletic's Penn State scribe Audrey Snyder fills us in on everything going on in Happy Valley. Of everything discussed, the most important topic, as you might suspect, is will QB Drew Allar take the next step under new OC Andy Kotelnicki? Will a playoff berthe be enough to satisfy Nittany Lions fans? Speaking of things going on in Pennsylvania, Chris just came back from Wrestlemania. By his estimation, what can college football learn from wrestling/WWE? Rundown: - Explaining the rules of the spring transfer portal (3:00) - Which teams will be the most active in the portal? (8:15) - Portal players to watch: Damian Martinez, Henry Perrish Jr., and more (15:30) - 'Ari, Would You Rather': Would you take a billion dollars, but you could only eat turkey sandwichies for the rest of your life? (35:00) - Audrey Snyder joins the show! (38:15) - What CFB can learn from Wrestlemania (58:00) Subscribe to the Until Saturday newletter: https://theathletic.com/newsletters/until-saturday Call/text the Until Saturday phone and leave us a question for a future mailbag and/or Sunday Sound-Off podcast: (316) 462-9852 Subscribe to Until Saturday on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbhfrD1COvG40Mk7vvgaHIQ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In the wake of last week's Super League report, Sam realigned all 70-plus top-tier programs in divisions that make sense. Ari and David share their thoughts on the ode to regional ties, and is there a future where we have leagues that actually make sense geographically? Is Quinn Ewers the Heisman frontrunner? The Longhorns' QB might be the signal-caller best set up for success. Which Freshmen will contribute immediately this season? Rundown: - Realigned conferences in a Super League (4:30) - Is there a future with geographically-sensibile football? (25:00) - Is Quinn Ewers the Heisman frontrunner? (40:00) - Impact Freshmen (47:30) - One of our best voicemails to date (1:04:30) Call/text the Until Saturday phone and leave us a question for a future mailbag and/or Sunday Sound-Off podcast: (316) 462-9852 Subscribe to Until Saturday on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbhfrD1COvG40Mk7vvgaHIQ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Is college football in store for a super league in the future? The Athletic's Stewart Mandel and Andrew Marchand reported on Wednesday about a budding organization created by a very influential group of people involving just that. Ari and Max discuss what a super league would look like, who would benefit, what major roadblocks are preventing a conglomeration of teams, the pros of a centralized governing body, and more. Later, Ohio State scrivner Cameron Teague Robinson addresses why the Buckeyes' quarterback situation might not be as cut and dry as many think. Plus, Jeremiah Smith is DIFFERENT, and Chip Kelly's influence so far. The Portal Guru, aka Max, fills you in on sneaky-good portal additions during the transfer window with the spring window around the corner. Plus, who will be the next celebrity HC like Deion? Rundown: -How would a Super League work? + What's holding it back & pros/cons (1:45) -Spring mysteries: Does OSU have a QB competition? (18:00) -Chip Kelly's influence (26:00) -Is Jeremiah Smith HIM? (27:45) -Sneaky-good portal gets (39:30) -Who is the next celebrity coach? (1:01:30) Call/text the Until Saturday phone and leave us a question for a future mailbag and/or Sunday Sound-Off podcast: (316) 462-9852 Subscribe to Until Saturday on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbhfrD1COvG40Mk7vvgaHIQ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Carson Curry

Any chance either of you are attending the East-West Shrine Bowl practices or Reese's Senior Bowl practices? Big fan on yours and would enjoy meeting you in-person. I got media credentials for the first time, so I've decided what any other rational person would do. I am going to try and set a world record for driving 1,787 miles in under 120-hours to visit 5 SEC West stadiums while also covering 4 bowl practices. Fayetteville-Frisco-Baton Rouge-Mobile-Tuscaloosa-Starkville-Oxford-Fayetteville.

Jan 24th
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Carson Curry

thanks boys.week 3 wit or luck out now: https://www.fatcurrybets.com/post/week-3-wit-or-luck-you-re-bigger-than-that-piece-of-cake

Sep 16th
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Carson Curry

WIT OR LUCK - WEEK 1 PREDICTIONS. NOW LIVE Fatcurrybets.com

Sep 2nd
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Carson Curry

Ari and team are a bunch of frauds. literally taking the solid verbals voicemail idea and acting like it's your own. you all suck

Sep 1st
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Carson Curry

save yourself an hour. I've posted the picks here: https://www.fatcurrybets.com/post/wit-or-luck-year-2-testing-my-weekly-cfb-predictions-against-the-public

Aug 26th
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Carson Curry

THE BEAST HAS BEEN RELEASED. ALL 133 FBS FOOTBALL TEAMS HAVE BEEN REVIEWED AND RANKED https://www.fatcurrybets.com/post/2023-official-cfb-outlook-predictions

Aug 24th
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Carson Curry

If Bill Clinton was an SEC Quarterback: https://www.fatcurrybets.com/post/if-bill-clinton-was-an-sec-quarterback-sec-east-predictions

Jul 30th
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Carson Curry

the reason people picked TCU is because of "Dugganism": https://www.fatcurrybets.com/post/dugganism-the-square-phenomenon-cfb-championship-prediction-player-props

Jan 11th
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Brian Crawford

did you guys mention the early Sunbelt conference upsets?

Jan 10th
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Brian Crawford

Just a reminder to Michelle, the Heisman trophy is not a video game... it doesn't go to whoever has the best stats. The award is supposed to go to players who exhibit great ability combined with diligence, hard work, and perseverance. No one epitomizes this standard more than Stetson Bennett despite her hot take. But thanks, I've been meaning to cancel my Athletic subscription anyway.

Dec 9th
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Carson Curry

#Week13 "Bell of The Ball" Locks Out. Follow a Big J Journalist who actually stands by his #cfbpicks and will die for his picks. https://www.fatcurrybets.com/post/you-da-bell-of-the-ball-week-13-locks

Nov 26th
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VR RR

Nicole is the fun police. She always makes the show boring and she doesn't have any chemistry with Andy and Ari. She needs to leave the show.

Oct 21st
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Carson Curry

See here for actual locks: https://www.fatcurrybets.com/post/hoosier-daddy-week-6-picks

Oct 8th
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Carson Curry

"What The 12 Apostles Can Teach Us About The First Two Weeks of CFB" https://www.fatcurrybets.com/post/what-the-12-apostles-can-teach-us-about-the-first-two-weeks-of-cfb

Sep 15th
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Carson Curry

Fat Curry's Week 2 Picks Against The Butter Spread: Week 1 calculations have been updated by my quant and Week 2 picks are officially in the blog. #ESKETIT https://www.fatcurrybets.com/post/wit-or-luck-testing-my-weekly-cfb-predictions-against-the-public

Sep 9th
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Carson Curry

We all have gone to fridge and opened it when we aren't hungry. But have you ever asked yourself why? Maybe it's because you know nothing's changed, yet you're hoping that it miraculously has. Welcome to the 2022-2023 CFB Season folks: "A Midnight Gaze into the 2022-2023 CFB Fridge" https://www.fatcurrybets.com/post/a-midnight-gaze-into-the-2022-2023-cfb-fridge

Sep 1st
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Carson Curry

We all have gone to fridge and opened it when we aren't hungry. But have you ever asked yourself why? Maybe it's because you know nothing's changed, yet you're hoping that it miraculously has. Welcome to the 2022-2023 CFB Season folks: "A Midnight Gaze into the 2022-2023 CFB Fridge" https://www.fatcurrybets.com/post/a-midnight-gaze-into-the-2022-2023-cfb-fridge

Sep 1st
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Carson Curry

The SEC breakdown is here: "A Midnight Gaze into the 2022-2023 CFB Fridge" https://www.fatcurrybets.com/post/a-midnight-gaze-into-the-2022-2023-cfb-fridge

Aug 30th
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