Place At The Table: A College Football And Food Odyssey
Summary: Place At The Table -- A college football podcast featuring Andy Staples of Sports Illustrated and SiriusXM.
Bruce Feldman (SI, Fox Sports, The Audible podcast) joins Andy to break down the matchup between Alabama and Georgia in the national title game. They also discuss the Atlanta eatery they found that serves cookie dough the way Baskin Robbins serves ice cream.
ESPN's Adam Rittenberg joins Andy to discuss beautiful cliches, the Alabama-Clemson and Georgia-Oklahoma matchups and finding good Vietnamese food in New Orleans (which is quite easy). They also discuss the upcoming parting of ways for offensive coordinator Matt Canada and LSU and what that means for the Tigers going forward.
Ralph Russo of The Associated Press joins to break down the first National Signing Day -- December Edition. Did Clemson coach Dabo Swinney negatively recruit against Ohio State's Urban Meyer in order to land Ohio's top-rated player? Can the recruiting rankings tell us which program will next crash the College Football Playoff party? Is Kirby Smart building a monster at Georgia?
Advanced stats guru Bill Connelly of SBNation and Podcast Ain't Played Nobody joins Andy to break down the playoff and to attempt to fix the college football box score. The success rate of this episode will be tremendously high. Also, buy Bill's new book The 50 Best* College Football Teams of All Time.
Rob Cassidy (Rivals.com, the Commitment Issues podcast) joins Andy to explain just what the heck will happen when the first early signing period for big-time college football begins next week. Rob explains why top quarterback recruit Justin Fields might not sign next week, and he also answers the ultimate question about the Class of 2018: Is Clemson-bound QB Trevor Lawrence's hair as magnificent in person as it seems in photos?
Brett McMurphy -- of Brett McMurphy's Facebook page and Brett McMurphy's Twitter feed -- joins Andy to discuss the lessons learned from this year's coaching carousel as well as life after the ESPN layoffs. Where does the Tennessee search rank on the weird scale? How good can Florida and Florida State be with their new coaches?
Barrett Sallee (CBSSports.com, SiriusXM Radio, the SEC Smothered and Covered Podcast) joins Andy to discuss the aftermath of the Tennessee ReVOLution, the College Football Playoff selection process and what happens next. Also, the guys tell you where to eat in Barrett's hometown of Atlanta.
George Schroeder of USA Today joins Andy to discuss the College Football Playoff selection committee's decision to choose Alabama as the No. 4 team instead of Ohio State. Will two SEC teams in the playoff enrage the other leagues enough to force changes? Or will they live with it? The guys also break down the matchups, and Andy explains why you should never wear new turf shoes at Popeye's.
Bud Elliott of SBNation and Tomahawk Nation joins to discuss the Jimbo Fisher situation at Florida State. Not only does Bud offer a prediction about Fisher and Texas A&M, he also offers a prediction on whether Fisher will coach the Louisiana-Monroe game on Saturday.
USA Today's George Schroeder joins to discuss how Tennessee hired and then un-hired Greg Schiano after the fanbase revolted. It's a fascinating story that goes much deeper than one coaching carousel decision.
Cole Cubelic of the SEC Network and WUMP radio joins to discuss the coaching carousel (Gus Malzahn rumors/Chip Kelly's choice), a potentially epic Iron Bowl and Thanksgiving dinner. Come for the breakdown of Alabama's offensive line against Auburn's front seven. Stay for the description of something called Ice Cream Pie.
First, Andy discusses Chip Kelly's options with Florida making its pitch and UCLA opening. Later, Nicole Auerbach of The All American joins to discuss Grumors and the Heisman frontrunner grabbing his family jewels on national TV.
George Schroeder of USA Today joins Andy to talk about never-ending Jon Gruden rumors, more realistic coaching rumors, the firing of AD Jeff Long at Arkansas and the angst in Oklahoma over the newest College Football Playoff rankings.
Bruce Feldman (Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports) joins Andy to discuss Tennessee's firing of Butch Jones and where the Volunteers go from here. Bruce also helps reset the College Football Playoff picture after a tumultuous weekend.
Like Peter Cetera leaving Chicago, Andy goes solo in the hope of recording his very own Glory Of Love. Like a knight in shining armor, Dan Rubenstein of SBNation and The Solid Verbal stops by to break down a huge Saturday that includes Michigan State-Ohio State, Georgia-Auburn, Notre Dame-Miami and TCU-Oklahoma.