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Football Four Podcast

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College basketball has the Final Four. With the advent of the College Football Playoff, college football has the Football Four. The USA TODAY Sports college football staff of Paul Myerberg, George Schroeder, Dan Wolken and others break down the latest news and issues in the sport and interview some of the most influential coaches and leaders in the game.


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Should Alabama worry about its coaching staff turnover?

Author: USA TODAY
Thu, Feb 09, 2017


Alabama has seen four assistant coaches leave since December. Is this a cause for concern, or are the Crimson Tide just fine as long as the head coach stays put? USA TODAY Sports' Paul Myerberg and Daniel Uthman discuss that and more on this episode of The Football Four Podcast. They also pinpoint a coach who is having a rough offseason and look at the new coaching faces in new places who inherit the best situations. Follow us on Twitter and send questions for future episodes to @DanWolken and @TheFootballFour.

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Recruiting Q&A from National Signing Day

Author: USA TODAY
Thu, Feb 02, 2017


College football's signing day had some big winners, and it also had some teams and players who surprised at the final gun. On this episode of The Football Four Podcast, Dan Uthman interviews Josh Barnett, USA TODAY's director of high school sports and in-house recruiting expert on the final decisions and fallout of the 2017 recruiting class. They also look ahead to the top players and storylines for the 2018 crop. Follow us on Twitter and send questions for future episodes to @TheFootballFour.

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Grading the 2016 season and assessing college football's future

Author: USA TODAY
Thu, Jan 19, 2017


On this episode, USA TODAY Sports' Daniel Uthman and Paul Myerberg look at what the College Football Playoff championship game may foretell about Clemson and Alabama. They also discuss which Playoff team was affected most by NFL early entry decisions and take a closer look at some of Paul's final grades for every FBS team. Finally, they examine the potential impact of sport changes recommended by the AFCA and NCAA Football Oversight Committee. And there's a brief discussion of the best offensive tackle prospects in the Star Wars galaxy. Find us and subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes, Stitcher and Audioboom and leave us a review!

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Previewing the Alabama-Clemson College Football Playoff title game

Author: USA TODAY
Mon, Jan 09, 2017


Is Alabama being disrespected by not being a unanimous pick to win Monday's College Football Playoff championship game? USA TODAY Sports college football reporters Dan Wolken, George Schroeder and Nicole Auerbach discuss that idea and more in previewing the game on this episode of The Football Four Podcast. They also dig into new Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian calling plays for the first time in more than a year, what's at stake for Clemson, and why Tampa is as good a place as any to hold the title game. Follow us on Twitter and send questions for future episodes to @DanWolken and @TheFootballFour.

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Heading to the College Football Playoff championship, without Lane Kiffin

Author: USA TODAY
Tue, Jan 03, 2017


The first championship rematch of the College Football Playoff or BCS eras shapes up as a great one. On this episode of The Football Four Podcast, USA TODAY Sports college football reporters Dan Wolken and George Schroeder offer an early look at the game and what the absence of Lane Kiffin could mean for Alabama. In addition, they look at early week news in the game and question whether Big Ten champion Penn State's more spirited bowl performance -- as compared to Ohio State's -- will make the selection committee think twice in the future. Follow us on Twitter and send questions for future episodes to @DanWolken and @TheFootballFour.

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Previewing the Peach Bowl between Alabama and Washington

Author: USA TODAY
Fri, Dec 30, 2016


This podcast is sponsored by Days Inn. Dan Wolken, Nicole Auerbach and Nancy Armour of USA TODAY Sports are in Atlanta to break down the Peach Bowl between defending-champion Alabama and Washington. The trio get into how it has become all too common in the lead-up to this game to disrespect Washington, which has collectively handled themselves very well. They also address Lane Kiffin's pending departure, the athleticism of Crimson Tide freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts, the big arm of Huskies quarterback Jake Browning and who will win and why. Subscribe, rate and review the podcast on iTunes. Follow us on Twitter @TheFootballFour, @DanWolken, @NicoleAuerbach and @nrarmour.

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Breaking down Fiesta Bowl between Clemson and Ohio State

Author: USA TODAY
Thu, Dec 29, 2016


George Schroeder, Paul Myerberg and Dan Uthman of USA TODAY Sports are in Paradise Valley, Ariz., to preview the Fiesta Bowl between Clemson and Ohio State. George, Paul and Dan discuss the similarities between the Tigers and Buckeyes, in addition to how this game might loom larger for one. They also weigh in on each team's chances in a potential national championship game against Alabama, which players flying under the radar could determine the game and, of course, who will win and why. Subscribe and rate the podcast on iTunes. Follow us on Twitter @TheFootballFour, @GeorgeSchroeder, @PaulMyerberg and @DanUthman.

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Should we worry about college football players blowing off bowl games?

Author: USA TODAY
Tue, Dec 20, 2016


The college football news cycle keeps rolling along, and on this episode of The Football Four Podcast, USA TODAY Sports college football reporters Dan Wolken and George Schroeder identify the stories that are concerning and those that aren't. How big of a deal is it that Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey are sitting out their teams' bowl games? What is Minnesota coach Tracy Claeys' future after his team's brief boycott? And what should have Oklahoma done about Joe Mixon before his assault video was released? Follow us on Twitter and send questions for future episodes to @DanWolken and @TheFootballFour.

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Wakeyleaks' dark side and big coordinator hires in college football

Author: USA TODAY
Sat, Dec 17, 2016


Louisville has suspended offensive coordinator Lonnie Galloway for his receipt and distribution of football play information belonging to fellow ACC member Wake Forest. On this episode of The Football Four Podcast, USA TODAY Sports college football reporters Dan Wolken and Paul Myerberg discuss the darker side of the Wakeyleaks scandal. In addition, they talk about how Georgia had a big recruiting week without leaving its campus, what Jim Leavitt's move from Colorado to Oregon means for both programs, and coordinator hires at LSU and Ole Miss. Note: This episode was recorded prior to Friday's release of the Joe Mixon assault video. Follow us on Twitter and send questions for future episodes to @DanWolken and @TheFootballFour.

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Assessing the coaching carousel as it hits pause

Author: USA TODAY
Wed, Dec 14, 2016


Why is Lane Kiffin a head coach at Florida Atlantic and not a higher profile football team? USA TODAY Sports college football reporters Dan Wolken and George Schroeder discuss that question and more about recent college football coaching changes on Wednesday's episode of The Football Four Podcast. They look at Geoff Collins' move from Florida to the top role at Temple, Charlie Strong's appointment at South Florida and Tom Herman's move to Texas. And they reveal the hirings that leave them a little skeptical. Follow us on Twitter and send questions for future episodes to @DanWolken and @TheFootballFour.

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Overhauling the Heisman process and overturning the AAC coaching roster

Author: USA TODAY
Mon, Dec 12, 2016


The Heisman trophy is a prestigious award, but more and more each year it shows that it's taking itself a little too seriously. On Monday's episode of The Football Four Podcast, USA TODAY Sports college reporter Nicole Auerbach joins Dan Wolken to recount her experience at Saturday night's ceremony and diagnose what could make it better. Then they dig into the coaching changes in the American Athletic Conference, as two defense-oriented and locally connected coaches take over at Cincinnati and South Florida, respectively, and Houston's leadership puts Major Applewhite on the hotseat before the glue on his door nameplate is dried. Follow us on Twitter and send questions for future episodes to @DanWolken and @TheFootballFour.

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The latest with Alabama and looking ahead to LSU's future

Author: USA TODAY
Fri, Dec 09, 2016


They aren't the only SEC West teams that could be looking for new offensive coordinators this season, but Alabama and LSU are the subject of Friday's Football Four Podcast as USA TODAY Sports college football reporter Dan Wolken catches up with Michael Casagrande of AL.com and Ron Higgins of Nola.com Casagrande talks about the exodus of Alabama reserve quarterbacks, whether it's the right time for Lane Kiffin to move on, and what kind of threat Washington poses to the top-seeded Crimson Tide in the College Football Playoff. Then Higgins joins to talk about Ed Orgeron's task at LSU, the Tigers player he thinks will figure into the 2017 Heisman race, and a few other happenings in the SEC. Follow us on Twitter and send questions for future episodes to @DanWolken and @TheFootballFour.

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On Baylor's hire and continuing searches at Oregon and Houston

Author: USA TODAY
Wed, Dec 07, 2016


Baylor has landed Matt Rhule as its new coach, and Oregon and Houston are still searching. On Wednesday's episode of The Football Four Podcast, USA TODAY Sports college football reporters Dan Wolken and Paul Myerberg assess what Rhule brings to Baylor. Then they identify their ideal hires for the Ducks and Cougars. Plus, Paul offers his thoughts on the composition of the College Football Playoff field and he and Dan both make early picks. Follow us on Twitter and send questions for future episodes to @DanWolken and @TheFootballFour.

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Takeaways from the College Football Playoff selections

Author: USA TODAY
Mon, Dec 05, 2016


The College Football Playoff field is set, and on Monday's episode of The Football Four Podcast, USA TODAY Sports college football writers Dan Wolken and George Schroeder break down the selection committee's decisions. What precedents did it set and what messages did it send? Do we need go to eight teams? Does the Big 12 Conference need to do more soul-searching? Follow us on Twitter and send questions for future episodes to @DanWolken and @TheFootballFour.

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What to expect from conference championship weekend

Author: USA TODAY
Fri, Dec 02, 2016


Are we headed to a chalky weekend of college football, or a chaotic one? On this episode of The Football Four Podcast, USA TODAY Sports college football reporters Dan Wolken and George Schroeder offer a glimpse in their preview of college football's conference championship weekend. What game figures to be closest? Who should get into the Playoff if two Big Ten teams make it? Plus, they discuss the departure of Kevin Wilson from Indiana and the school's decision on his replacement. Follow us on Twitter and send questions for future episodes to @DanWolken and @TheFootballFour.

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College football Q&A with USA TODAY Sports' Dan Wolken

Author: USA TODAY
Thu, Dec 01, 2016


It's a listener-driven episode of The Football Four Podcast, as USA TODAY Sports college football reporter Dan Wolken answers your questions. Will Brian Kelly be Notre Dame's coach in 2017? How can we get better bowl matchups? Is Dan Mullen one of the best coaches in college football? Do college football writers root for certain teams to make the College Football Playoff? And is Barry Alvarez running the selection committee? Dan addresses those issues and much more. Follow us on Twitter and send questions for future episodes to @DanWolken and @TheFootballFour.

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Breaking down the last College Football Playoff rankings that don't matter

Author: USA TODAY
Wed, Nov 30, 2016


This episode of the Football Four is sponsored by Days Inn. Dan Wolken and Nicole Auerbach of USA TODAY Sports take a look at the penultimate College Football Playoff rankings and all the chaos that might or might not happen before the final four reveal. They also discuss Clemson coach Dabo Swinney's rant against the media and whether or not Oregon was justified in firing Mark Helfrich. Subscribe, rate and review this podcast on iTunes. Follow us on Twitter @TheFootballFour, @DanWolken and @NicoleAuerbach.

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What will Notre Dame and Oregon do with their coaches?

Author: USA TODAY
Tue, Nov 29, 2016


What's going on with Brian Kelly? Is Oregon really prepared to cut loose Mark Helfrich? And what is going on with Butch Jones and Tennessee? USA TODAY Sports college football reporter Dan Wolken is joined by 247Sports college football reporter Travis Haney to discuss those questions and more on Tuesday's episode of The Football Four Podcast. Follow us on Twitter and send questions for future episodes to @DanWolken and @TheFootballFour.

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Probable coaching changes and improbable Big Ten Playoff scenarios

Author: USA TODAY
Mon, Nov 28, 2016


The College Football Playoff field will be set in less than a week, and on Monday's episode of The Football Four Podcast, USA TODAY Sports college football reporters Dan Wolken and George Schroeder handicap the field and what would need to happen for the Big Ten to have half the entrants. In addition, they recap some of the head coaching changes that already have happened, asking whether LSU needed to move so quickly to get Ed Orgeron and Oregon's misstep in not moving quickly to make a decision on Mark Helfrich. Plus, they examine the fallout of two intrastate upsets Saturday — Kentucky knocking off Louisville and Vanderbilt dumping Tennessee. Follow us on Twitter and send questions for future episodes to @DanWolken and @TheFootballFour.

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Setting the table for Thanksgiving weekend college football

Author: USA TODAY
Tue, Nov 22, 2016


The confounding administrative situation at Texas cannot obscure the fact that Charlie Strong is likely on his way out as the Longhorns' football coach. But could another prominent Big 12 coach be hitting the road — albeit voluntarily — as well? USA TODAY Sports college football reporters Dan Wolken and George Schroeder discuss that and more on Tuesday's episode of The Football Four Podcast. Dan and George look at candidates for the pending opening at LSU and they offer a preview of Michigan-Ohio State and Clemson-South Carolina while hitting other topics. This is the final podcast until the Monday after Thanksgiving, so it's one to hold onto. Follow us on Twitter and send questions for future episodes to @DanWolken and @TheFootballFour.

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Reviewing college football's Week 12 and Charlie Strong's Texas tenure

Author: USA TODAY
Mon, Nov 21, 2016


Reviewing this past weekend of college football also demands a review of Charlie Strong's tenure as the head coach at Texas, and that's what USA TODAY Sports college football reporters Dan Wolken and Paul Myerberg do on Monday's episode of The Football Four Podcast. Where and why did it go wrong, and where will the Longhorns and Charlie Strong go from here? And what about the fluid coaching situations elsewhere in the state? Plus, they talk about whether Oklahoma is trustworthy, how fantastic a season Colorado is having, where USC fits among the nation's best teams, whether Saturday's Ohio State performance raises any concerns about the Buckeyes, Wilton Speight's value to Michigan and the fallout of Florida's win at LSU. Follow us on Twitter and send questions for future episodes to @DanWolken and @TheFootballFour.

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The Big 12's big weekend, and more Week 12 previews

Author: USA TODAY
Fri, Nov 18, 2016


Does the Big 12 have a team worthy of crashing the College Football Playoff? On Friday's episode of The Football Four Podcast, USA TODAY Sports college football reporters Dan Wolken and George Schroeder look at the league's big weekend as Oklahoma visits West Virginia and Oklahoma State visits TCU for telling matchups. Plus, Washington State meets Colorado in a shakeout game, Michigan looks to deploy a new quarterback, Dan and George revisit "WakeyLeaks", and they examine Oregon star Devon Allen's future within and without football.

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What is the deal with 'WakeyLeaks'?

Author: USA TODAY
Thu, Nov 17, 2016


Political espionage might be taking a break, but football espionage is hitting its stride in the form of "WakeyLeaks". On Thursday's episode of The Football Four Podcast, we trade in cleats for gumshoes to get to the bottom of the controversy coming out of the Week 11 game between Wake Forest and Louisville at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. USA TODAY Sports college football reporter Dan Wolken talks the Louisville side of things with Mark Ennis of Card Chronicle and Louisville ESPN 680, and then digs into the Wake Forest side with Les Johns, publisher of Demon Deacon Digest. It's a fascinating situation, and we cover it all, from the discovery to the fallout. Plus, Ennis explains why he isn't high on Louisville's College Football Playoff chances but offers the key for the Cardinals to make it. Follow us on Twitter and send questions for future episodes to @DanWolken and @TheFootballFour.

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Breaking down the College Football Playoff selection committee's third top 25

Author: USA TODAY
Wed, Nov 16, 2016


The College Football Playoff selection committee's third set of rankings is out, and on this episode of The Football Four Podcast, USA TODAY Sports college football reporters Dan Wolken and Paul Myerberg draw some striking conclusions from them. Who's the biggest loser(s)? What's going to be the biggest controversy in the coming weeks? And does unbeaten Western Michigan have any hope of snagging that Group of Five New Year's Six berth? Finally, Dan raises a fascinating point about No. 1 Alabama's biggest Playoff challenge, and Paul identifies the only two teams he sees as capable of beating the Tide. Follow us on Twitter and send questions for future episodes to @DanWolken and @TheFootballFour.

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Reviewing the wreckage of college football Week 11

Author: USA TODAY
Mon, Nov 14, 2016


In a matter of hours Saturday night, the Nos. 2, 3 and 4 teams in the College Football Playoff top 25 all fell for the first time this season. On this episode of The Football Four Podcast, USA TODAY Sports college football reporters Dan Wolken and George Schroeder assess the outlooks for Clemson, Michigan and Washington, plus some teams with previous losses that have been lurking right behind them: Ohio State, Wisconsin and Louisville. And finally, they discuss how Saturday's results might affect the job prospects of Texas' Charlie Strong, Oregon's Mark Helfrich and LSU's Ed Orgeron. Follow us on Twitter and send questions for future episodes to @DanWolken and @TheFootballFour.

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Previewing college football Week 11 and college basketball's openers

Author: USA TODAY
Fri, Nov 11, 2016


USA TODAY Sports reporters Dan Wolken and Nicole Auerbach look at the tougher-than-you-think matchups facing No. 2 Clemson, No. 3 Michigan and No. 4 Washington on Saturday. Plus, they look at the stakes involved in Texas hosting No. 10 West Virginia and a sneaky good matchup between No. 19 LSU and Arkansas. But first, they offer a look at something that comes even sooner: the opening day of college basketball season. Follow us on Twitter and send questions for future episodes to @DanWolken and @TheFootballFour.

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Search for Playoff intrigue with AP college football reporter Ralph Russo

Author: USA TODAY
Thu, Nov 10, 2016


What could inject intrigue into the College Football Playoff picture? What, if anything, could undo Alabama? Does Texas want to keep Charlie Strong, and if it does, what will Tom Herman do? USA TODAY Sports college football reporter Dan Wolken asks those questions and much more with guest Ralph Russo, the national college football reporter for the Associated Press, on Thursday's episode of The Football Four Podcast. Follow us on Twitter and send questions for future episodes to @DanWolken and @TheFootballFour.

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Analyzing the College Football Playoff selection committee's second rankings

Author: USA TODAY
Wed, Nov 09, 2016


The selection committee moved unbeaten Washington into the top four, but this season No. 1 might matter most. That's partly because of the Peach Bowl -- with its home state bordering both home states of Alabama and Clemson -- hosting one Playoff semifinal. But what if No. 1 draws dangerous Washington? USA TODAY Sports college football staffers Dan Wolken and Dan Uthman discuss the latest CFP top 25 on today's podcast. Subscribe, rate and review the podcast on iTunes, listen on Stitcher or audioBoom and follow on SoundCloud. Follow us on Twitter and send questions for future episodes to @DanWolken and @TheFootballFour.

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Reviewing Week 10 and statements by Alabama, Ohio State and Washington

Author: USA TODAY
Mon, Nov 07, 2016


The college football season is in its final third, and there seems to be little drama around the College Football Playoff. But on this episode of The Football Four Podcast, USA TODAY Sports college football reporters Dan Wolken and Paul Myerberg raise and answer all kinds of questions coming out of Week 10. Can Alabama be beaten? Will Jalen Hurts be able to win a game with his arm, or will he even have to? Was the Ohio State of the Nebraska game the best Ohio State can be? Is Washington actually the second-best team in the country? Plus, Paul and Dan reveal the biggest travesty they've seen from the Coaches and AP polls in ages. And they discuss the latest outings by Texas A&M, Penn State and Baylor, in addition to what is going wrong in East Lansing and South Bend. Follow us on Twitter and send questions for future episodes to @DanWolken and @TheFootballFour.

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Week 10 preview: What's at stake in Alabama-LSU and beyond

Author: USA TODAY
Fri, Nov 04, 2016


USA TODAY Sports college football reporters Dan Wolken and George Schroeder convene to preview Week 10 of the college football season, with a focus on No. 1 Alabama at No. 14 LSU. Is this Alabama's toughest remaining test? How could the game impact Leonard Fournette's Heisman candidacy and Ed Orgeron's LSU job candidacy? Follow us on Twitter and send questions for future episodes to @DanWolken, @GeorgeSchroeder and @TheFootballFour.

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What's up with Ohio State and the Big Ten? Plus listener Q&A

Author: USA TODAY
Thu, Nov 03, 2016


Ohio State was dominant in its first four games of the 2016 season. The past four? Not so much. On this episode of The Football Four Podcast, USA TODAY Sports college football reporter Dan Wolken welcomes 247Sports Ohio State expert Steve Helwagen to dissect the Buckeyes. They talk Ohio State's offense, they talk Ohio State's recruiting and more. Plus, Dan answers your listener questions. Follow us on Twitter and send questions for future episodes to @DanWolken and @TheFootballFour.

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Making sense of first CFP top 25 and what's at stake in Alabama-LSU

Author: USA TODAY
Wed, Nov 02, 2016


Texas A&M was a relatively surprising No. 4 in the initial College Football Playoff selection committee top 25 on Tuesday, and on this episode of The Football Four Podcast, Dan Wolken gets at that and more with SEC Network analysts Marcus Spears and Booger McFarland and ESPN.com SEC writer Edward Aschoff. Plus, Spears answers the question of whether Alabama is unbeatable, McFarland explains how the SEC could get two teams in the Playoff, and Aschoff discusses why Tennessee's loss Saturday at South Carolina was so painful. Follow us on Twitter and send questions for future episodes to @DanWolken and @TheFootballFour.

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Explaining Washington's ups and Tennessee's downs

Author: USA TODAY
Tue, Nov 01, 2016


Tennessee, a program that is turning around under coach Butch Jones, has had better weeks. Two days after losing to South Carolina, lead running back Jalen Hurd has decided to transfer. On this episode of The Football Four Podcast, USA TODAY Sports college football reporter Dan Wolken talks about what's going on with the Vols with Grant Ramey, beat writer for GoVols247. Then Dan talks with Adam Jude, the Washington Huskies beat writer for The Seattle Times, about why Washington has made such a relatively quick turn under coach Chris Petersen and his staff. Follow us on Twitter and send questions for future episodes to @DanWolken and @TheFootballFour.

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Reviewing college football Week 9: Will Clemson will be No. 1 in first CFP rankings?

Author: USA TODAY
Mon, Oct 31, 2016


Paul Myerberg is back from the scene of Clemson-Florida State and joins fellow USA TODAY Sports college football reporter Dan Wolken in reviewing that game and the rest of Week 9's action. Should the Tigers' results this season give them the top ranking in the initial Playoff selection committee rankings Tuesday? They tackle that question, gauge the latest in the SEC East, dive deep into the coaching job picture and recap Nebraska-Wisconsin and Boise State-Wyoming. Follow us on Twitter and send questions for future episodes to @DanWolken, @PaulMyerberg and @TheFootballFour.

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Previewing Week 9 and six tough road games for unbeaten teams

Author: USA TODAY
Fri, Oct 28, 2016


This week unbeaten and third-ranked Clemson hits the road to Florida State and unbeaten and fourth-ranked Washington hits the road to Utah, and on Friday's episode of The Football Four Podcast, USA TODAY Sports college football reporters Dan Wolken and George Schroeder explain why those games will be closer than many think. The also look at road games for unbeatens as Baylor, Nebraska and West Virginia. Plus, another unbeaten team hits the road in perhaps the weekend's best running backs matchup as Boise State and Jeremy McNichols visit Wyoming and Brian Hill. Follow us on Twitter and send questions for future episodes to @DanWolken, @GeorgeSchroeder and @TheFootballFour.

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Digging into the football coaches salary database

Author: USA TODAY
Thu, Oct 27, 2016


USA TODAY’s Steve Berkowitz joins Dan Wolken to discuss the annual college football coaches salaries data base that was released this week. They talk about how long it takes to get the information from all of the schools and how the information is gathered. This data base has been updated for 10 years and they talk about the change in coaching salaries over that span. Jim Harbaugh’s compensation is a topic because his total package is so much. They discuss the lengthy contracts of Kirk Ferentz and Bob Stoops. Then they talk about how Kansas is owing several coaches not to coach. They talk about some of the new features in contracts, like the insurance policy that has been added to some deals. At the end of the show, Dan answers listener questions.

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Talking Ohio State, Clemson, Alabama and coaching with Travis Haney

Author: USA TODAY
Wed, Oct 26, 2016


The last time Ohio State had a loss to an unranked team on its r?sum?, it went on to win the national championship. Does this Buckeyes team have the same potential? USA TODAY Sports college football reporter Dan Wolken discusses that and more with former ESPN college football writer Travis Haney on Wednesday's episode of The Football Four Podcast. In addition, they look at Lamar Jackson's chances to build on his Heisman lead, Clemson's and Deshaun Watson's mindset entering a tough game at Florida State, the gap between Alabama and the rest of the Southeastern Conference and the futures of coaches like Tom Herman and Brian Kelly. Follow us on Twitter and send questions for future episodes to @DanWolken and @TheFootballFour.

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Posing pointed questions about Clemson, Ohio State, UCLA and more

Author: USA TODAY
Tue, Oct 25, 2016


Clemson has a tough road game Saturday, but would the Tigers' College Football Playoff credentials hold up with a loss? USA TODAY Sports college football reporters Dan Wolken and Paul Myerberg answer that and other pointed questions on Tuesday's episode of The Football Four Podcast. They discuss Ohio State's biggest worry and ask whether J.T. Barrett's legacy is in doubt. They ask whether Arkansas fans should be uneasy about their team. They ask about UCLA's continued woes and decisions. And perhaps most important: Are you Team Graham or Team Leach? Follow us on Twitter and send questions for future episodes to @DanWolken, @PaulMyerberg and @TheFootballFour.

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Reviewing college football Week 8 and the inevitability of Alabama

Author: USA TODAY
Mon, Oct 24, 2016


Is Alabama making college football boring? Are the Crimson Tide an anti-Alfred Hitchcock team — the masters of the inevitable, not suspense? USA TODAY Sports college football reporters Dan Wolken and George Schroeder discuss that idea and much more fallout from Week 8 of college football season on Monday's episode of The Football Four Podcast. Whither Charlie Strong at Texas? Whither Ohio State, which hadn't been great even before the Penn State loss? And whither a now two-loss Houston? And where should Nebraska really be ranked? Follow us on Twitter and send questions for future episodes to @DanWolken, @GeorgeSchroeder and @TheFootballFour.

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Previewing college football Week 8, starting with Texas A&M-Alabama

Author: USA TODAY
Fri, Oct 21, 2016


Week 8 of college football season is highlighted by three big SEC West matchups, and USA TODAY Sports college football reporters break them down on Friday's episode of The Football Four Podcast. They discuss why claims of Alabama's invincibility entering the Texas A&M game are a bit of a stretch, why Ole Miss faces a moment of truth vs. LSU, and why Auburn will find out just how good it really is against Arkansas. Plus, the venture into Big 12 country by examining the league's long-term future in addition to Oklahoma's shorter-term outlook as perhaps the league's best football team. Follow us on Twitter and send questions for future episodes to @DanWolken, @GeorgeSchroeder and @TheFootballFour.

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Talking Tom Herman, Tennessee and more with a listener Q&A

Author: USA TODAY
Thu, Oct 20, 2016


Why is Tom Herman still likely to take a top-level job this offseason? Why are so many Tennessee players getting injured? Is Western Michigan for real? USA TODAY Sports college football reporter Dan Wolken answers those questions and many more from listeners on today's episode of The Football Four Podcast. Follow us on Twitter and send questions for future episodes to @DanWolken and @TheFootballFour.

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Scrutinizing the coaching scene with Coaching Search's Chris Vannini

Author: USA TODAY
Wed, Oct 19, 2016


LSU and Purdue are only the beginning. There are sure to be plenty more Power Five head coaching jobs opening in college football in the next two months. But will there be the flood that appeared to be building only three weeks ago? Chris Vannini, managing editor of Coaching Search, joins USA TODAY Sports college football reporter Dan Wolken to break down what has opened and what may open on today's episode of The Football Four Podcast. Follow us on Twitter and send questions for future episodes to @DanWolken and @TheFootballFour.

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The Big 12 Conference Didn't Expand. Are We Surprised?

Author: USA TODAY
Tue, Oct 18, 2016


USA TODAY Sports college football reporters Dan Wolken and George Schroeder dissect the Big 12 Conference's decision to remain a 10-team league and explore what that means for its future.

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Buckeyes, Bama and Purdue firing

Author: USA TODAY
Mon, Oct 17, 2016


USA TODAY's Nicole Auerbach joins Dan Wolken to talk about some of the big games from the weekend. They look at the competitive Ohio State game against Wisconsin and how the Badgers continue to impress with their solid season. They discuss Alabama’s dominance against Tennessee and the fact that they've been rolling all season. They also talked about how big of a favorite the Crimson Tide are in the upcoming game against Texas A&M. They talk about Clemson isn’t playing to its potential, not making pass plays as they were in the past with too many turnovers. They also ask what is wrong with Georgia and Michigan State. They discuss how people don’t like Brian kelly, including Notre Dame fans. They talk about Brian Hazel being fired by Purdue.

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Big 12 meetings, big weekend for top two and listeners mailbag

Author: USA TODAY
Fri, Oct 14, 2016


Saturday will be a momentous and cacophonous day at Camp Randall Stadium and Neyland Stadium, and on this episode, USA TODAY Sports college football reporters Dan Wolken and George Schroeder preview Ohio State-Wisconsin, Alabama-Tennessee and more. In addition, they offer thoughts on the Big 12's Monday meeting that has expansion talk on the agenda, and they take listener questions. Subscribe, rate and review the podcast on iTunes. Follow us on Twitter and send questions for future episodes to @DanWolken, @GeorgeSchroeder and @TheFootballFour.

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Bill Hancock, Gary Stokan talk CFP coming to Atlanta

Author: USA TODAY
Thu, Oct 13, 2016


With the first College Football Playoff selection committee rankings coming out in less than three weeks, Dan Wolken looks into the future with Playoff executive director Bill Hancock and Peach Bowl president Gary Stokan. They examine the outlook for this season and get an update on 2018, when Atlanta's new stadium will host the championship game for the first time. Subscribe, rate and review the podcast on iTunes. Follow us on Twitter and send questions for future episodes to @DanWolken and @TheFootballFour.

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Mascots, teams on the move and Ken Niumatalolo

Author: USA TODAY
Wed, Oct 12, 2016


In memory of LSU's tiger mascot Mike VI, who died Tuesday, USA TODAY Sports college football reporters Dan Wolken and Paul Myerberg discuss the unique place of live mascots in college football. Paul also heaps praise on another program with a live mascot, Navy, and breaks down the success of its coach, Ken Niumatalolo. The tandem has less positive things to say about the situations at Baylor and Michigan State. Subscribe, rate and review the podcast on iTunes. Follow us on Twitter and send questions for future episodes to @DanWolken, @PaulMyerberg and @TheFootballFour.

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Is Nebraska still big time? What's Tennessee's future?

Author: USA TODAY
Tue, Oct 11, 2016


USA TODAY's Dan Wolken is joined by Dirk Chatelain of the Omaha World-Herald to discuss the Nebraska football program. Once at the top of the heap in college football, the Cornhuskers have slipped nationally. The guys discuss how the fan base feels about this development and what their expectations are of the program. Then Wes Rucker of Vols 24/7 joins Dan to talk about the crazy Tennessee Volunteers. They discuss how the team is the opposite of a year ago, when they blew big leads late and instead of having to come back late. They also discuss how Volunteers coach Butch Jones has a hard time realizing he's at a big-time program and that means there is a huge fan base that wants news on their team.

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Texas A&M defeats Tennessee in overtime, Navy's stunning upset of Houston

Author: USA TODAY
Mon, Oct 10, 2016


USA Today college football writers Dan Wolken and George Schroeder recap the big games from the college football weekend including Texas A&M's overtime victory over Tennessee and Navy's upset of Houston. They also take the temperature in Oregon after an embarrassing loss and debate the Big Ten's top teams versus the SEC. At the end, Wolken raises a possible playoff darkhorse and lays out the scenario for how a team outside last week's Amway Coaches Poll could make the final four

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Playoff mock; hurricanes and big games

Author: USA TODAY
Fri, Oct 07, 2016


USA TODAY's Dan Wolken and George Schroeder talk about the mock football playoff picks. They talk about how Hurricane Matthew is causing havoc in this week's games. For the games that will be played, they discuss who has a lot to gain -- like Texas, Texas A&M and Tennessee -- and who has a lot to lose -- like Texas, Texas A&M and Tennessee.

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Mack Brown on midseason coaching changes and looking ahead to this week's games

Author: USA TODAY
Thu, Oct 06, 2016


Mack Brown joins USA TODAY's Dan Wolken to talk about how much of a difference it makes when you change coaches during the season. They also discuss today's college football and should there be a change in the works to speed up the game? Then USA TODAY'S Paul Myerberg joins to talk about some of the coaches on the hot seat and the big games this weekend.

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LSU, Texas eyeing same coach? Is Tennessee for real and what's up with Florida State?

Author: USA TODAY
Wed, Oct 05, 2016


USA TODAY Sports reporter Dan Wolken is joined by Barrett Sallee of Bleacher Report to discuss some of the issues in college football. Is Tom Herman really as good as he appears? It appears that there’s a race between Texas and LSU for his services, but is he worth it? Then they explore the question of: What’s going on at Florida State? They also talk about why Clemson is so good, even though something seems off with quarterback Deshaun Watson. They talk about if Tennessee’s magic is real and they can get a win at Texas A&M. Then they discuss Mark Richt at Miami and is he really doing a good job or would Miami be good anyway? Next up is the discussion on Gus Malzahn. Is he in trouble if Auburn doesn’t win this week? Also, is Arkansas a threat to Alabama?

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Bullish views on Texas; diving into the mailbag

Author: USA TODAY
Tue, Oct 04, 2016


USA TODAY Sports college football reporter Dan Wolken flies solo during today's episode, and gives his hot take on what's going on at Texas. Dan also answers audience-submitted questions on the futures of many high-profile coaches and more. Subscribe, rate and review the podcast on iTunes. Follow us on Twitter @DanWolken and @TheFootballFour.

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Late magic for Tennessee, North Carolina and Clemson

Author: USA TODAY
Mon, Oct 03, 2016


Dan Wolken and Nicole Auerbach of USA TODAY Sports look back on an unbelievably action-packed weekend of college football. Dan and Nicole put the big games under a microscope, including Clemson-Louisville, Tennessee-Georgia, North Carolina-Florida State, Michigan-Wisconsin and more. They also wonder out loud about Michigan State, Texas, Oklahoma and LSU. Subscribe, rate and review the podcast on iTunes. Follow us on Twitter @DanWolken, @NicoleAuerbach and @TheFootballFour.

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The best Week 5 has to offer and more coaching speculation

Author: USA TODAY
Fri, Sep 30, 2016


It's a big weekend of college football games: No. 4 is playing No. 3, No. 8 is at No. 5 and No. 9 is at No. 6. USA TODAY Sports college football reporters Dan Wolken and George Schroeder break down the Week 5 schedule and get into the seemingly never-ending topic of coaching searches. Subscribe, rate and review the podcast on iTunes. Follow us on Twitter at @DanWolken, @GeorgeSchroeder and @TheFootballFour.

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Transfers, coaching rumors and societal issues

Author: USA TODAY
Thu, Sep 29, 2016


Dan Wolken and Paul Myerberg of USA TODAY Sports touch on issues on and off the field in today's episode. First, they discuss the transfer of Alabama quarterback Blake Barnett, speculating where he might go and what his focus should be. Then it's on to Jimbo Fisher and whether he could actually leave Florida State for LSU, where he was before Tallahassee. And if not Fisher, who is the best person for the job in Baton Rouge. And lastly, Dan and Paul weigh in on the responses to Nebraska linebacker Michael Rose-Ivey's national anthem protest and how much deeper this issue actually goes. Subscribe, rate and review the podcast on iTunes. Follow us on Twitter @DanWolken and @PaulMyerberg. Follow us on Twitter @DanWolken, @PaulMyerberg and @TheFootballFour.

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Oklahoma changes course on Big 12 expansion

Author: USA TODAY
Wed, Sep 28, 2016


USA TODAY Sports’ Dan Wolken and Chuck Carlton from the Dallas Morning News talk about the news that Oklahoma will not vote for expansion of the Big 12 Conference. They discuss how Brigham Young, and the concerns about its issues with the LGBT community and Title IX have come into question. They then talk about how some of the other schools that were in the running might not live up to standards the conference schools have for themselves.

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Sorting through the issues in Baton Rouge and South Bend

Author: USA TODAY
Tue, Sep 27, 2016


USA TODAY Sports' Dan Wolken is joined by The Advocate of Baton Rouge reporter Ross Dellenger, who broke the news of Les Miles' LSU firing, and Irish Illustrated's Pete Sampson, who discusses Notre Dame's woes. Subscribe, rate and review the podcast on iTunes. Follow us on Twitter @DanWolken and @TheFootballFour. Keep up with Dellenger @RossDellenger and Sampson @PeteSampson_.

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Firings, rumblings, revivals and what's next

Author: USA TODAY
Mon, Sep 26, 2016


The dust from Week 4 in college football has settled, and Dan Wolken and George Schroeder of USA TODAY Sports shed some light on the highs and lows, including LSU's firing of Les Miles, Notre Dame's firing of defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder and Butch Jones seemingly cooling his hot seat after Tennessee's win over Florida. Dan and George also get into the action from the weekend, including Stanford coming through against UCLA; Washington beating Arizona, Wisconsin's convincing win over Michigan State and a bad loss by Oregon. Subscribe, rate and review the podcast on iTunes. Follow us on Twitter @DanWolken, @GeorgeSchroeder and @TheFootballFour.

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Breaking down the best games and speculating future coaching vacancies

Author: USA TODAY
Fri, Sep 23, 2016


Week 4 of the college football season means conference play is beginning in earnest many places, but it also means the coaching carousel is getting oiled up and spit polished to start spinning. USA TODAY Sports college football reporters Dan Wolken and George Schroeder cover both angles on this episode. In addition to previewing games like Stanford-UCLA, Florida-Tennessee, LSU-Auburn, Wisconsin-Michigan State, Penn State-Michigan and Oklahoma State-Baylor, Dan and George outline the schools that could be the best fits for Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin's next head coaching job, whether Clay Helton should be concerned about his job at USC, whether Houston has any hope of fitting into the College Football Playoff and more. Subscribe, rate and review the podcast on iTunes. Follow us on Twitter @DanWolken, @GeorgeSchroeder and @TheFootballFour.

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Mike Gundy's newest rant, Notre Dame extra curriculars and Thursday night football

Author: USA TODAY
Thu, Sep 22, 2016


Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy does a movie review. USC's Clay Helton does his best to dispel a rumor he was punched. Notre Dame's Brian Kelly doesn't flinch at a bizarre question of whether his team has too much to think about in life to play good football. At least there's a game to talk about Thursday night. USA TODAY Sports college football reporters Dan Wolken and Paul Myerberg cover all of it on this latest episode. Subscribe, rate and review the podcast on iTunes. Follow us on Twitter @DanWolken, @PaulMyerberg and @TheFootballFour.

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Analyzing the wide world of the SEC and more with Athlon Sports' Mitch Light

Author: USA TODAY
Wed, Sep 21, 2016


USA TODAY Sports college football reporter Dan Wolken is joined by Mitch Light, managing editor of Athlon Sports, to discuss how a former Purdue quarterback is starting for Florida this week against Tennessee -- and how he's not the only former Boilermakers passer doing that in the Southeastern Conference. They also chat about what led to a different tone from Auburn coach Gus Malzahn this week? How good is Texas A&M? Which team is the best in the SEC East -- and are any of them actually good? Subscribe, rate and review the podcast on iTunes. Follow us on Twitter @DanWolken and @TheFootballFour. And follow Light @AthlonMitch.

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Coaching rants and country music star Justin Moore

Author: USA TODAY
Tue, Sep 20, 2016


USA TODAY Sports college football reporters George Schroeder and Dan Wolken talk about recent rants by coaches from Top 25 teams, Oregon's identity and a big-time SEC matchup between ... Arkanasas and Texas A&M. And speaking of Arkansas, George has a chat with country music star, Arkansas native and rabid Razorbacks fan Justin Moore. They discuss Justin growing up an Arkansas fan, his fondest memories and how exactly he become friends with Razorbacks football coach Bret Bielema. Subscribe, rate and review the podcast on iTunes. Follow us on Twitter @DanWolken, @GeorgeSchroeder and @TheFootballFour. And you can follow Justin Moore and find out about his friendship with a former Clemson long snapper turned country recording artist @JustinColeMoore.

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Louisville, Ohio State provide lasting impacts from Week 3

Author: USA TODAY
Mon, Sep 19, 2016


USA TODAY Sports' Nicole Auerbach and Dan Wolken join forces to break down the best and worst from the third week of the college football season. Dan and Nicole launch into discussions about how surreal Florida State's loss to Louisville was, and if the Cardinals are really 40 points better than the Seminoles. Can Louisville keep up its hot start and what exactly is wrong with FSU? They also touch on Ohio State's thrashing of Oklahoma but wonder if it really tells us anything about the Buckeyes or just that the Sooners are a pretender. And does this mean the Big 12 has no shot of a College Football Playoff team? Alabama's comeback win, Notre Dame and Oregon in disarray and Penn State's tribute to former coach Joe Paterno are also mentioned in today's episode recapping Week 3. Subscribe, rate and review us on iTunes. Follow us on Twitter @DanWolken, @NicoleAuerbach and @TheFootballFour.

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Previewing powerful matchups in Week 3 and more on Big 12 expansion

Author: USA TODAY
Fri, Sep 16, 2016


George Schroeder and fellow USA TODAY Sports college football reporter Dan Wolken break down the four matchups pitting top 25 teams against each other this weekend. Can Oklahoma avoid a second loss only three weeks into the season? Will Alabama avenge itself at Ole Miss? Can Florida State slow down Lamar Jackson and Louisville without star safety Derwin James? Subscribe, rate and review the podcast on iTunes. Follow us on Twitter @DanWolken, @GeorgeSchroeder and @TheFootballFour.

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Jason McIntyre on Notre Dame, California football, media groupthink and more

Author: USA TODAY
Thu, Sep 15, 2016


Jason McIntyre from The Big Lead and Fox Sports 1 is this episode's guest with host and USA TODAY Sports college football reporter Dan Wollken. Jason, an avowed Notre Dame fan, discusses his love for the Fighting Irish and affinity for their quarterback DeShone Kizer. Dan and Jason also talk about Deshaun Watson, Josh Rosen, potential groupthink among the college football media, and what would a podcast be without chatting about Alabama coach Nick Saban? Subscribe, rate and review the podcast on iTunes. Follow us on Twitter @DanWolken and @TheFootballFour.

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Tom Hart weighs in on SEC's start and best food

Author: USA TODAY
Wed, Sep 14, 2016


Dan Wolken of USA TODAY Sports is joined by Tom Hart, play-by-play announcer for the SEC Network. Every week the Southeastern Conference has doubled the number of league games it's playing, with eight teams going head-to-head in Week 3. So Dan and Tom assess the conference so far, discuss LSU's evolving quarterback situation and even talk about the best places to eat in the towns that house an SEC school within their borders. Subscribe, rate and review the podcast on iTunes. Follow us on Twitter @DanWolken and @TheFootballFour.

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Jessica Luther on sexual assault in college sports

Author: USA TODAY
Tue, Sep 13, 2016


USA TODAY Sports' Nicole Auerbach chats with author Jessica Luther about the disturbing and of sexual assault across the college athletics landscape. Jessica has written two books on how programs fail to adequately handle allegations of rape and sexual assault. Nicole and Jessica discuss both books, her reaction to Art Briles' controversial on-camera interview this past weekend and what it's like to cover the intersection of college athletics and sexual violence on a daily basis. Subscribe to and rate us on iTunes. Follow us on Twitter @NicoleAuerbach and @TheFootballFour.

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Bad officiating, SEC Least and sputtering Clemson

Author: USA TODAY
Mon, Sep 12, 2016


The second week of the college football season was labeled as unremarkable in advance, but the sport reminded us that it knows best with another unforgettable weekend. USA TODAY Sports college football reporters Dan Wolken and Paul Myerberg review the horrendous officiating call that helped decide Central Michigan-Oklahoma State but also review some sketchy calls by coaches. They also cover the Battle at Bristol, whether to believe in No. 23 Florida, No. 13 Georgia's handling of its quarterbacks, Clemson's slow start and more. Subscribe, rate and review the podcast on iTunes. Follow us on Twitter @DanWolken, @PaulMyerberg and @TheFootballFour.

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Looking ahead to a weak Week 2 in college football

Author: USA TODAY
Fri, Sep 09, 2016


Week 2 of college football season may seem like a comedown from an epic opening slate, but there's still intrigue, and maybe where we least expect it. USA TODAY Sports reporters Dan Wolken and Nicole Auerbach examine the upcoming weekend's most pivotal matchups and their potential effect, games such as Arkansas at No. 12 TCU, Penn State at Pittsburgh and Utah State at USC. And they also cover a non-game that might be the most notable event of the weekend — ousted Baylor coach Art Briles' Saturday morning interview on College GameDay. And then there's that Virginia Tech-Tennessee matchup that's being played inside Bristol Motor Speedway. Subscribe to and rate us on iTunes. Follow us on Twitter @DanWolken, @NicoleAuerbach and @TheFootballFour.

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Scott Roussel discusses early start to coaching carousel

Author: USA TODAY
Thu, Sep 08, 2016


USA TODAY Sports' Dan Wolken chats with Scott Roussel from FootballScoop.com to talk about a premature topic: coaching changes. No matter how premature it might be, though, those proverbial seats are already beginning to sizzle and replacements are already being rumored. Dan and Scott analyze a dire situation at Baylor, LSU and Les Miles, Auburn and Gus Malzahn, Tom Herman's future at Houston, Art Briles and more. Subscribe to and rate us on iTunes. Follow us on Twitter @DanWolken and @TheFootballFour.

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Steve Spurrier on his career and retirement

Author: USA TODAY
Wed, Sep 07, 2016


Steve Spurrier, a.k.a. The Head Ball Coach, joins Dan Wolken to talk about his great career as a football coach and his new role at the University of Florida. Spurrier talks about how he thought he needed to be different from other coaches and why he liked to jab other teams and their coaches. He discusses how he knew it was time to retire and if he thinks coaches like Nick Saban should follow him into retirement.

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Freshman quarterbacks, FSU's comeback and SEC's bad week

Author: USA TODAY
Tue, Sep 06, 2016


USA TODAY Sports' George Schroeder and Dan Uthman review Ole Miss-Florida State and Notre Dame-Texas and offer a gauge of the debuts of quarterbacks who saw their first action this weekend -- Alabama's Jalen Hurts, Texas' Shane Buechele and FSU's Deondre Francois -- and one who may have deserved more action, Notre Dame's DeShone Kizer. They also take a look at the week that was for the vaunted Southeastern Conference. Subscribe to and rate us on iTunes. Follow us on Twitter at @GeorgeSchroeder and @TheFootballFour.

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What was Auburn doing? Houston in playoff? Yawn, Alabama good again

Author: USA TODAY
Mon, Sep 05, 2016


On this episode of The Football Four Podcast, USA TODAY Sports college football reporter Dan Wolken and colleges editor Dan Uthman break down the first Saturday of college football season and pinpoint the areas of strength and concern for the top teams that were in action — as much as anything can be pinpointed after one week. In addition to the surprising Houston Cougars and and the always tough Alabama Crimson Tide, the guys break down LSU, Auburn, Clemson and pick their winner for Monday night's game between No. 12 Ole Miss and No. 4 Florida State.

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Plenty of intriguing matchups on first Saturday

Author: USA TODAY
Fri, Sep 02, 2016


College football's first Saturday is here, and USA TODAY Sports' Dan Wolken and George Schroeder have plenty of feelings and opinions on what may happen. Dan offers a "melt-your-face" hot take about Houston's chances vs. Oklahoma; George also gives a strong opinion regarding Texas and Notre Dame. The pair go on to break down one big game after another, from UCLA-Texas A&M to Alabama-USC and more. Subscribe to and rate us on iTunes. Follow us on Twitter at @DanWolken, @GeorgeSchroeder and @TheFootballFour.

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Looking ahead to opening night

Author: USA TODAY
Thu, Sep 01, 2016


Dan Wolken and Paul Myerberg of USA TODAY Sports break down Thursday's opening slate of college football games and the most intriguing story lines. While Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh certainly helped make the offseason go by more quickly, college football is finally back. While the slate of games isn't eye-popping, there are some matchups that stand out, including South Carolina-Vanderbilt, Minnesota-Oregon State and Appalachian State-Tennessee. And find out which under-the-radar game you should be watching. Subscribe to and rate us on iTunes. Follow us on Twitter at @DanWolken, @PaulMyerberg and @TheFootballFour.

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Houston's Tom Herman on building on Year 1

Author: USA TODAY
Wed, Aug 31, 2016


USA TODAY Sports’ George Schroeder talks with one of college football’s hottest names in coaching in Houston’s Tom Herman. Herman takes a break from his busy schedule to talk about last year’s success and what might be ahead this season. That 2016 slate starts for the Cougars with a clash against No. 3 Oklahoma, a game being played at NRG Stadium in Houston and one that Herman is excited about for the university and the city. George questions Herman about suddenly becoming a big name on the coaching circuit and finds a new way to ask the Houston coach about the program’s Big 12 possibilities. And Herman makes a compelling argument for an American Athletic Conference team – without naming names – to be in the College Football Playoff. Subscribe to and rate us on iTunes. Follow us @GeorgeSchroeder and @TheFootballFour. Follow Herman on Twitter at @CoachTomHerman.

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Broadcaster Wes Durham chats ACC football

Author: USA TODAY
Tue, Aug 30, 2016


Atlantic Coast Conference broadcaster Wes Durham joins USA TODAY Sports college football reporter Dan Wolken to break down the present and future of the ACC, Clemson and Dabo Swinney and the school he was associated with for 17 years, Georgia Tech. Durham also gives an update on his father, Woody Durham, the legendary voice of the North Carolina Tar Heels, and you'll want to hear the question he's most often asked about the just-announced ACC Network. Subscribe to and rate us on iTunes. Follow Dan on Twitter at @DanWolken. Follow Durham at @WesDurham. See ya tomorrow!

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Paul Finebaum talks Alabama, SEC and start of a new season

Author: USA TODAY
Mon, Aug 29, 2016


College football season is here, and who better to chat with about the new year than Paul Finebaum of the SEC Network? Finebaum joins USA TODAY Sports' Dan Wolken for a casual and candid conversation about the excitement of a new season, feuding with Jim Harbaugh, futures for Nick Saban, Auburn and Ole Miss and, perhaps most importantly, being a USA TODAY subscriber. Subscribe to and rate us on iTunes. Follow Dan at @DanWolken. Follow Finebaum @finebaum. See ya tomorrow!

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Breaking down AP poll with Ralph Russo

Author: USA TODAY
Tue, Aug 23, 2016


USA TODAY Sports' Dan Uthman is joined by Associated Press national college football reporter Ralph Russo to dissect the AP Top 25 poll. Dan and Ralph start by comparing the AP and Coaches polls, which include the same 25 teams. They take a look at some of the dark horses at the back of the poll and some of the teams who might be over-ranked. Then they give their "Football Four" and proclaim which conferences will be left out this season. Subscribe to and rate us on iTunes, and follow us on Twitter @TheFootballFour and @DanUthman. Follow Ralph at @ralphDrussoAP.

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Big 12 expansion chatter with CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd

Author: USA TODAY
Wed, Aug 17, 2016


USA TODAY Sports' George Schroeder is joined by CBSSports.com senior college football columnist Dennis Dodd to dig into the details about Big 12 Conference expansion. Then USA TODAY Sports colleges editor Dan Uthman steps in with George for more analysis. What's happening with the Big 12 and its expansion effort? Will it even expand with nearly two dozen colleges and universities seeking membership. What should the conference do? Subscribe to and rate us on iTunes. Follow us on Twitter and send your questions and comments to @TheFootballFour, @GeorgeSchroeder and @DanUthman.

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Rundown of Preseason Amway Coaches Poll

Author: USA TODAY
Thu, Aug 04, 2016


The release of the Preseason Amway Coaches Poll signifies something important: College football season is almost here! Dan Uthman and George Schroeder of USA TODAY Sports break down the particulars of the Top 25 teams and the others receiving votes, as well as an early look at the four games in Week 1 that have ranked teams playing each other. Subscribe to and rate us on iTunes; follow us on Twitter @TheFootballFour, @DanUthman and @GeorgeSchroeder.

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Highlights from Big Ten media days

Author: USA TODAY
Wed, Jul 27, 2016


The "talking season" continues in college football with Big Ten media days, and USA TODAY Sports' George Schroeder and Nicole Auerbach break it all down on location in Chicago. George and Nicole discuss the news of commissioner Jim Delany's retirement plans for 2020, Jim Harbaugh's second conference media appearance, Michigan's chances of emerging from the Big Ten and J.T. Barrett regaining the reins at Ohio State. The pair also talk about the tragic deaths of former Nebraska punter Sam Foltz and former Michigan State punter Michigan State punter Mike Sadler, and the touching words that came from Bill Hancock, College Football Playoff executive director, which rightfully overshadowed the media days. Subscribe and rate us on iTunes, and follow us on Twitter at @TheFootballFour, @GeorgeSchroeder and @NicoleAuerbach.

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Talking Jim Harbaugh, Michigan and the Big Ten

Author: USA TODAY
Fri, Jul 22, 2016


USA TODAY's Dan Uthman is joined by Mark Snyder from the Detroit Free Press to talk about Jim Harbaugh and take a glance around the Big Ten. (Photo: Rick Osentoski, USA TODAY Sports)

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Big 12 moves toward expansion

Author: USA TODAY
Wed, Jul 20, 2016


The landscape of college sports could be about to change dramatically. Following a meeting of Big 12 presidents, Oklahoma President David Boren announced that commissioner Bob Bowlsby has been authorized to begin evaluating schools interested in joining the Big 12 and said the league could grow by as many as four teams. USA TODAY Sports' Dan Wolken and George Schroeder discuss the league's future. Subscribe and rate us on iTunes and follow us on Twitter, @GeorgeSchroeder and @DanWolken. (Photo: Kevin Jairaj, USA TODAY Sports)

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Remembering the best and worst from SEC media days

Author: USA TODAY
Sat, Jul 16, 2016


USA TODAY Sports' George Schroeder is joined by his traveling colleague Dan Wolken to wrap up the highs and lows from this year's SEC Football Media Days. They reflect on athletic director Mack Rhoades fleeing from Missouri to, of all places, Baylor, and how new coach Barry Odom handled the less-than-ideal circumstances. George and Dan also talk about Bill Hancock's decision to move the College Football Playoff semifinals, who the losing coaches were of SEC media days, and if the week's events changed their mind about what will happen on the field. Subscribe and rate us on iTunes, and follow us on Twitter at @GeorgeSchroeder and @DanWolken.

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What to expect at SEC Media Days

Author: USA TODAY
Thu, Jul 07, 2016


The Southeastern Conference convenes for its annual kickoff of the college football season, its four-day Media Days event, on July 11. USA TODAY Sports national college football reporter Dan Wolken talks with two guests on how the event has grown into a spectacle and what we actually get out of them. Cecil Hurt of "The Tuscaloosa News" talks about Alabama being well-positioned to make another run, Ole Miss’ violations and other stories (such as Tennessee and Auburn) he and Dan are most looking forward to coming out of the media days. Then Wolken and SEC Country's Kyle Tucker talk about Kentucky as a football school, Mark Stoops providing hope. Subscribe and rate us on iTunes, and follow us at @TheFootballFour and @DanWolken.

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Yogi Roth stops by to chat Elite 11 and James Conner

Author: USA TODAY
Tue, Jun 28, 2016


USA TODAY Sports' Dan Uthman and Nicole Auerbach are joined by Pac-12 Network analyst, Elite 11 coach, filmmaker and author Yogi Roth. Roth breaks down this year's Elite 11 quarterbacks and next week's 7-on-7 tournament with the best rising senior high school football players in the country. The three also discuss the recovery of James Conner, star running back from Roth's alma mater Pittsburgh, who is in remission from Hodgkin's lymphoma. Read Nicole's story on Conner at http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/acc/2016/06/24/james-conner-returns-to-college-football-pitt-panthers/86269480. Subscribe and rate us on iTunes and follow us on Twitter at @DanUthman and @NicoleAuerbach. Follow Roth at @YogiRoth.

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Headlines on Alabama, Baylor, and Bud Elliott talks Florida State and recruiting

Author: USA TODAY
Wed, Jun 22, 2016


Dan Wolken and Paul Myerberg of USA TODAY Sports give the lowdown on Alabama's Cam Robinson and Hootie Jones, the next chapter in Art Briles and Baylor, and just a little bit more on satellite camps. Then Bud Elliott of Tomahawk Nation joins Dan to go deeper into summer recruiting, especially at Florida State and Tennessee, and what makes the Seminoles a squad to keep an eye on this season. Subscribe and rate us on iTunes. Follow us on Twitter: @DanWolken, @PaulMyerberg.

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Programs are in need of doing the right thing

Author: USA TODAY
Tue, Jun 07, 2016


Baylor. Mississippi State. Ole Miss. All those and more on this latest edition with Dan Wolken, Nicole Auerbach and George Schroeder of USA TODAY Sports. The Baylor topic isn't going away anytime soon, so Dan, Nicole and George weigh in further on staffing decisions and more. Then it's on to Mississippi State's decision to allow prized recruit Jeffrey Simmons to enroll with a one-game suspension, despite a March video surfacing of him hitting a woman several times during a fight. The conversation that follows is an important one. They also get into the investigation into Ole Miss violations and how far these can go. The trio also touch on the Big 12 announcing it will have a conference championship game, and what this means for expansion in the league and, more importantly, money. Subscribe and rate us on iTunes, and follow us on Twitter at @TheFootballFour. Tweet us questions to be read on the next episode.

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Jim Harbaugh, Ole Miss and latest from Baylor

Author: USA TODAY
Thu, Jun 02, 2016


Dan Uthman and Paul Myerberg of USA TODAY Sports tee it up and kickoff on the latest topics in the college football world, including the latest in the Baylor saga. Dan and Paul also dive into what’s ahead for Ole Miss and Hugh Freeze, Jim Harbaugh’s recent zing at Nick Saban and where we will see Baker Mayfield eight months from now. They also propose the perfect solution for putting the Football Championship Subdivision at the top of the sports world. Subscribe and rate us on iTunes. Follow us and send questions on Twitter at @TheFootballFour.

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Baylor will limp on without Art Briles

Author: USA TODAY
Fri, May 27, 2016


Dan Uthman and Nicole Auerbach of USA TODAY Sports talk about Baylor's announcement to suspend football coach Art Briles with intent to fire him, the latest development in the school's examination of its handling of sexual assault allegations involving football players. Is Briles the only Baylor official who will lose his job? What contents of an investigative report led to this? And would anyone want to replace Briles as head coach in this circumstance? Subscribe and rate us on iTunes, and submit questions and comments(@TheFootballFour on Twitter) to be answered and read during our next recording.

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Unrest off the field at Baylor, Alabama

Author: USA TODAY
Thu, May 19, 2016


USA TODAY Sports college football reporters Dan Wolken and George Schroeder dig into the issues at Baylor and Alabama. The pair analyze what allegations of sexual assault and other violence involving Baylor football players could mean for the school, and what it's going to take for their supporters to demand the right thing be done. Dan and George also take on Alabama's latest charge and question how far it could go. Subscribe and rate us on iTunes, and follow us on Twitter @TheFootballFour, @DanWolken and @GeorgeSchroeder. Submit your questions to be read on the show.

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Gauging the present and future of the Big 12

Author: USA TODAY
Fri, May 13, 2016


Is the Big 12's effort to expand its membership over before it started? Not necessarily, but George Schroeder and Dan Uthman of USA TODAY Sports assess where it stands. Oklahoma President David Boren, seemed to acknowledge that expansion for expansion's sake is not in the league's best interest. And if expansion does eventually happen, what schools are viable? George has a few in mind -- emphasis on the few.

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Oregon quarterbacks, SEC trouble and Big 12 deliberations

Author: USA TODAY
Tue, May 03, 2016


Oregon will enter this season with a lot of new faces in key roles, especially quarterback, and Paul Myerberg and Dan Uthman of USA TODAY Sports share their thoughts and whether the Ducks can compete for a Pac-12 crown. Paul and Dan also touch on the budding controversies at Alabama and especially Ole Miss, and the Big 12 aiming for a conference championship game and expansion. Subscribe, rate and review us on iTunes, follow us on Twitter at @TheFootballFour and send all questions and comments to footballfour@usatoday.com

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Quarterback talk: spring games version

Author: USA TODAY
Thu, Apr 21, 2016


Paul Myerberg and Dan Uthman of USA TODAY Sports remark on some of the dazzling spring-game performances thus far -- and whether they mean anything at all. In addition, the duo discuss how some programs have already named starting quarterbacks for next season, while some are waiting -- including Notre Dame. Also included in this week's podcast are takeaways from recent travels to Penn State, Washington and a California high school that is loaded with sought-after recruits.

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Nick Saban's future, tickets at Clemson and more on satellite camps

Author: USA TODAY
Thu, Apr 14, 2016


USA TODAY Sports’ Dan Wolken and George Schroeder delve even further into the great satellite camp debate of 2016. They also address the NCAA finally saying no to more bowls, Clemson asking its students to pay up and the notion that Alabama’s Nick Saban is getting too old.

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Back to lament satellite camps, texts and open records

Author: USA TODAY
Wed, Apr 13, 2016


The podcast returns from paternity leave, after celebrating a new addition to the Uthman family. And then USA TODAY Sports' Dan "Papa" Uthman and Paul Myerberg unload on the shutting down of satellite camps, the deregulation of text messaging and the new open records law passed in Georgia. Also, Trevor Knight is poised to lead Texas A&M and spring games galore are on the horizon. It's good to be back!

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New coach at Illinois, new CFP schedule, same Big 12 problems

Author: USA TODAY
Thu, Mar 10, 2016


Did Illinois make a good move in ousting Bill Cubit and grabbing Lovie Smith? Did the College Football Playoff make a good move in advancing semifinal kickoff times and letting the Orange Bowl have its own night in 2016? Answers to those questions and a look into the murkiest the Power Five conferences: the Big 12. USA TODAY Sports college football reporters George Schroeder and Dan Wolken discuss.

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Spring ball news and big decisions by Sun Belt, Ivy League

Author: USA TODAY
Wed, Mar 02, 2016


Paul Myerberg and Dan Uthman of USA TODAY Sports set their sights on the spring scene, while also talking about a big change to the Sun Belt and the possible alteration of practice rules in the Ivy League. Could the latter portend a similar change across the FBS?

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Tackling Taysom Hill, Jim Harbaugh, LSU and listener emails

Author: USA TODAY
Thu, Feb 18, 2016


It's the offseason, but college football news doesn't take time off. USA TODAY Sports colleges editor Dan Uthman and USAT national college football reporter Paul Myerberg discuss Taysom Hill's planned return to BYU and what that means for the Cougars' quarterback depth chart. The pair analyze the two sides of the Jim Harbaugh/SEC debate on sprint football satellite camps and ponder whether LSU football fans should be worried about having a team to cheer for this fall. Plus, they take some very smart questions from listeners.

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Reviewing the highs and lows of national signing day

Author: USA TODAY
Thu, Feb 04, 2016


Another national signing day is in the books, and another top class for Alabama has been won. Paul Myerberg and Dan Uthman look at Crimson Tide and the other top recruiting classes, along with players to watch and some of the rhetoric that marked this recruiting cycle.

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Walking down the recruiting trail

Author: USA TODAY
Fri, Jan 29, 2016


The clock is ticking toward national signing day, and Josh Barnett, USA TODAY Sports' director of content for high school sports, is hardly sleeping until after that day arrives. Josh joins Dan Uthman, USA TODAY Sports colleges editor, to talk about the top uncommitted players and where they might be leaning, how the recruiting classes at schools such as Alabama, Ohio State and Florida State are stacking up, and of course the latest on Jim Harbaugh's efforts at Michigan.

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Buying or Selling 2016 national championship contenders

Author: USA TODAY
Thu, Jan 21, 2016


Is Alabama a favorite to repeat as college football's national champion in 2016? Is a game at Tennessee the most dangerous matchup on its schedule? Will Michigan-Ohio State have a College Football Playoff berth on the line? George Schroeder and Dan Wolken discuss it all.

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It's so hard to say goodbye to college football

Author: USA TODAY
Fri, Jan 15, 2016


That sad, empty feeling in the pit of your stomach? That's because college football season is over, and Paul Myerberg and Dan Uthman of USA TODAY Sports are here to share your pain. The duo puts a bow on 2015 by discussing the season's biggest overachievers and underachievers, best coaching hires and the top conference. They take an early look at 2016, pointing out the teams on the rise, while dedicating the podcast to the memory of Alan Rickman, aka Hans Gruber from Paul's favorite Christmas movie "Die Hard." And Paul ponders life after football.

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Alabama prevails in wild title game

Author: USA TODAY
Tue, Jan 12, 2016


For the fourth time in seven seasons, Nick Saban and Alabama are the champions of the college football world. Dan Wolken and Nicole Auerbach of USA TODAY Sports deliver their takeaways from an exceptional national championship game between the Crimson Tide and Clemson Tigers, that featured a lot of fourth-quarter points, a gutsy onside kick by Alabama and a remarkable performance in defeat by Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson.

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Measuring up the national championship game

Author: USA TODAY
Sat, Jan 09, 2016


USA TODAY Sports national college football writers Dan Wolken and Paul Myerberg break down the College Football Playoff championship matchup between undefeated Clemson and Alabama. They focus on the players, coaches and story lines that will define the game.

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Recapping bowl season; Defensive coordinator adjustments

Author: USA TODAY
Thu, Jan 07, 2016


Paul and Dan talk about what Baylor did to North Carolina, Boise State did to Northern Illinois, what changes at defensive coordinator may do to a number of prominent FBS teams. Plus the duo look at Uthman's picks and Paul considers learning the kazoo.

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Recapping the Orange, Cotton Bowls

Author: USA TODAY
Fri, Jan 01, 2016


USA TODAY Sports' Nicole Auerbach and George Schroeder recap the Orange and Cotton Bowls, which served as the semifinals for the College Football Playoff this season.

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Orange Bowl sure to set off fireworks

Author: USA TODAY
Tue, Dec 29, 2015


The College Football Playoff semifinals are knocking on the bowl season door. Paul Myerberg and George Schroeder of USA TODAY Sports are in Miami Gardens for the Orange Bowl, and they dissect the clash between undefeated No. 1 Clemson and No. 4 Oklahoma, which promises to have plenty of offense with two spectacular quarterbacks at the helm.

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Is Alabama ready for Michigan State?

Author: USA TODAY
Tue, Dec 29, 2015


The College Football Playoff semifinals are knocking on the bowl season door. Dan Wolken and Nicole Auerbach of USA TODAY Sports are in Dallas for the Cotton Bowl, and they shed some insight on the big matchup between No. 2 Alabama and No. 3 Michigan State. The Crimson Tide is looking to avenge their loss in last year's semis, during which they admitted to being distracted. The Spartans have looked loose and appear comfortable in the underdog shoes.

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In-depth looks at Peach, Fiesta, Rose and Sugar bowls

Author: USA TODAY
Thu, Dec 24, 2015


Paul Myerberg and Dan Uthman of USA TODAY Sports discuss "Die Hard", Mount Rushmore and being an astronaut. They also give their expert insight and analysis on the New Year's Six bowls that aren't part of the College Football Playoff: Florida State-Houston in the Peach Bowl; Ohio State-Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl; Stanford-Iowa in the Rose Bowl; and Oklahoma State-Ole Miss in the Sugar Bowl.

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Coaching carousel comes to a halt

Author: USA TODAY
Mon, Dec 21, 2015


USA TODAY Sports college football reporters Dan Wolken and George Schroeder go conference by conference -- alphabetically, per Dan's request -- to review which coaching hires appear good and which ones look not-so good.

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Bowl season breakdown

Author: USA TODAY
Fri, Dec 18, 2015


Paul Myerberg and Dan Uthman break down non-New Year's Six Bowls and many of their unusual, late developing storylines. A number of bowls have lame duck or interim coaches, and one has two!

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Reflecting on Army-Navy experience

Author: USA TODAY
Mon, Dec 14, 2015


"At no time is football more than just a game, or less of a serious endeavor, than when you watch Army-Navy." One of many insightful quips by USA TODAY Sports college football reporter Paul Myerberg, who attended his first Army-Navy game. On this special episode, Paul joins USA TODAY Sports colleges editor Dan Uthman to describe what makes Army-Navy different in the world of college football and the moments and scenes that struck him the most. And find out to just what extent was Paul moved.

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Discussing Heisman candidates and All-America teams

Author: USA TODAY
Thu, Dec 10, 2015


Paul Myerberg and Dan Uthman take a look at the USA TODAY Sports All-America teams and the candidates for this year's Heisman Trophy, while discussing whether there should have been more candidates for college football's top individual award. Paul also gets prepared for his first Army-Navy game, and poses the question: If this season were a color, which one would it be?

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Reaction to the College Football Playoff

Author: USA TODAY
Sun, Dec 06, 2015


George Schroeder and Dan Wolken react to the College Football Playoff selections and discuss whether or not Alabama is prepared, the importance of quarterback play in Oklahoma-Clemson, plus the duo discuss the effects of college football on New Year's Eve.

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Championship Week provides last chance for chaos

Author: USA TODAY
Fri, Dec 04, 2015


There's one more week for an already-unpredictable college football season to be dealt even more chaos. Can Clemson and Alabama take care of business and punch their respective tickets to the College Football Playoff semifinals? Who will win come out of the Big Ten's clash between Iowa and Michigan State? Does Stanford have the ability to sneak into the top four? Paul Myerberg and Dan Uthman of USA TODAY Sports tackle those questions and also look at Miami's pending announcement of making Mark Richt its next coach.

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As regular season ends, story proves to be far from over

Author: USA TODAY
Tue, Dec 01, 2015


The regular season is over, and college football reporters Dan Wolken and George Schroeder of USA TODAY Sports are here to discuss the latest coaching movements and identify the most important trait athletic directors want to find in a head coach. They also debate which team is most likely to crack the top four of the College Football Playoff should North Carolina upset Clemson in Atlantic Coast Conference championship game.

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Mad Hatter chatter; Playoff madness

Author: USA TODAY
Wed, Nov 25, 2015


Dan Wolken and George Schroeder discuss the Les Miles situation in Baton Rouge, a crazy conference realignment theory regarding Oklahoma, a deciding factor between Notre Dame and Oklahoma for the final Playoff spot, plus reader questions.

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Michigan State, Baylor step up; Ohio State implodes

Author: USA TODAY
Mon, Nov 23, 2015


Michigan State upended Ohio State, Baylor dropped Oklahoma State and Oklahoma survived TCU. Those were among the highlights during a Week 12 that is bound to shake up the College Football Playoff rankings. USA TODAY Sports colleges editor Dan Uthman and college football reporter Paul Myerberg weigh in, and discuss Paul Rhoads' firing at Iowa State and what's on the Thanksgiving menu.

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Week 12 gets down to brass tacks

Author: USA TODAY
Fri, Nov 20, 2015


It's a crucial weekend in the Big Ten (Michigan State at Ohio State) and Big 12 (Baylor at Oklahoma State). Dan Wolken and Paul Myerberg of USA TODAY Sports break it all down and more, including coaching news conferences, Les Miles' future at LSU, College Football Playoff scenarios and Frank Beamer's last home game at Virginia Tech.

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Oklahoma's season-changing win; Brand names in Playoff

Author: USA TODAY
Tue, Nov 17, 2015


George Schroeder and Dan Wolken examine Oklahoma's chances of making the Playoff, the potential that Oklahoma State could miss the Playoff and decide what is the second best SEC team. Plus, George offers some wild Playoff scenarios theories.

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Examining the Big 12's Playoff chances; Week 11 preview

Author: USA TODAY
Thu, Nov 12, 2015


What is the College Football Playoff selection committee going to do next? What is the Big 12 going to do about its backloaded schedule? What is Alabama going to do to keep winning? And how good is Notre Dame, actually? Dan Wolken and George Schroeder answer all that and more.

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Alabama solidifies top 4; Missouri mess

Author: USA TODAY
Mon, Nov 09, 2015


USA TODAY Sports' Dan Wolken and Paul Myerberg talk about the situation at Missouri. They break down the games from last weekend and how it affects the playoff scenarios. Alabama's win against LSU solidifies its top four position. They talk about what will happen in the Big 12 and if Clemson is a legit at No. 1

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Alabama's Playoff ranking is all wrong

Author: USA TODAY
Fri, Nov 06, 2015


Is the College Football Playoff selection committee judging Alabama by different criteria than other teams? USA TODAY Sports college football reporters Dan Wolken and George Schroeder discuss at length, and also preview Saturday's three biggest games: LSU at Alabama, Florida State at Clemson and TCU at Oklahoma State.

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Exploring dream hires for pending coaching vacancies

Author: USA TODAY
Wed, Nov 04, 2015


Dan Uthman and Paul Myerberg of USA TODAY Sports analyze 10 schools with coaching holes to fill this offseason, and they offer their fantasy fill-ins -- some more far-fetched than others. Paul also promotes his idea for an entertaining card game.

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Examining the Miami-Duke ending, coaching careers

Author: USA TODAY
Mon, Nov 02, 2015


George Schroeder and Dan Wolken discuss the end of Miami-Duke, the end of Frank Beamer's career and where the Hokies might go for their next coach, plus the duo decide on-air where they'll be heading for Week 10.

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Looking at Week 9 and pending coaching turnover

Author: USA TODAY
Thu, Oct 29, 2015


USA TODAY Sports college football reporters Dan Wolken and Paul Myerberg take a look at Week 9's best games, highlighted by Temple-Notre Dame. The duo also analyze pending coaching changes, as well as Myerberg's MAC attack.

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Ramping up College Football Playoff talk with Jeff Long

Author: USA TODAY
Tue, Oct 27, 2015


College Football Playoff committee chair Jeff Long joins USA TODAY Sports college football reporter George Schroeder to explain how he and the rest of the committee watch college football compared to the rest of us. Schroeder is also joined by USA TODAY Sports colleges editor Daniel Uthman to break down the weekend that was, which included two more coaches leaving their jobs and two more teams leaving the ranks of the unbeaten.

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Barrett set to lead Ohio State's offense in Week 8

Author: USA TODAY
Fri, Oct 23, 2015


USA TODAY Sports college football reporters Dan Wolken and George Schroeder take a look at a slate of games that lacks "wow" factor but could. They also break down how Ohio State's offense might fare with J.T. Barrett now behind center as the starter.

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Looking back at a memorable Week 7 in college football

Author: USA TODAY
Mon, Oct 19, 2015


USA TODAY Sports college football reporters George Schroeder and Dan Wolken break down the unforgettable ending of Michigan State-Michigan, along with Alabama-Texas A&M, Memphis-Ole Miss, Baylor's well-oiled machine and much more from Week 7.

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Around the coaching carousel we go

Author: USA TODAY
Fri, Oct 16, 2015


Dan Wolken and Paul Myerberg of USA TODAY Sports preview the top matchups of Week 7 in college football and analyze the five head-coaching vacancies in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

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Coaches' futures in focus after Week 6

Author: USA TODAY
Mon, Oct 12, 2015


What are Steve Sarkisian and USC to do? Why do Bob Stoops and Oklahoma lose when heavily favored? What does Mark Richt need to do to get Georgia where it wants to be? George Schroeder and Dan Wolken break all that down plus their favorite college towns.

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Week 6: This is where it starts to get fun

Author: USA TODAY
Thu, Oct 08, 2015


USA TODAY Sports college football reporters Dan Wolken and Paul Myerberg break down Week 6 in college football, including a surprisingly intriguing Northwestern-Michigan matchup and a watered down Red River Showdown.

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Florida, Clemson find success in soggy Week 5

Author: USA TODAY
Tue, Oct 06, 2015


George Schroeder and Dan Wolken wring out their notebooks and reveal the teams they see as the true best in Southeastern and Pac-12 conferences, speculate on Ohio State and reveal the teams they would put in the Playoff field were it to be set today.

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Georgia-Alabama highlights intriguing week

Author: USA TODAY
Thu, Oct 01, 2015


Paul Myerberg and Dan Wolken of USA TODAY Sports preview a big weekend in the Southeastern Conference and also look at a trio of big games in the Big 12. Georgia has a chance to stake claim as best team in the SEC when it hosts Alabama for the first time since 2008.

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UCLA up, Oregon down in revealing Week 4

Author: USA TODAY
Tue, Sep 29, 2015


UCLA is for real, Oregon is in trouble, and Utah and Michigan appear to be on the climb. USA TODAY Sports college football reporters George Schroeder and Dan Wolken assess a very telling fourth week in college football.

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Talking fightin' words and the best Week 4 has to offer

Author: USA TODAY
Wed, Sep 23, 2015


USA TODAY Sports reporters Dan Wolken and George Schroeder discuss coaching rifts and the top games of Week 4.

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What we learned from Week 3 of college football

Author: USA TODAY
Mon, Sep 21, 2015


In this episode of the Football Four, USA TODAY Sports college football writers Dan Woken and Paul Myerberg look back at the big games of the week. Is Alabama slipping? Is Ole Miss ready to challenge for a national title? Has Texas bounced back? The two tackle these and other questions.

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Episode 22: Previewing college football's Week 3

Author: USA TODAY
Thu, Sep 17, 2015


USA TODAY Sports reporters Dan Wolken and George Schroeder examine if former Texas AD Steve Patterson is really at fault for the Longhorns problems and George explains why he likes Ole Miss.

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Episode 21: WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross talks Sooners and love for college football

Author: USA TODAY
Wed, Sep 16, 2015


Jim Ross, WWE Hall of Famer, podcast host, author and neighbor to the Oklahoma Sooners in Norman, offers his insights on last week's Oklahoma-Tennessee game and college football at large.

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Episode 20: Best and worst of Week 2 in college football

Author: USA TODAY
Mon, Sep 14, 2015


Dan Uthman and Paul Myerberg look back at the craziness that was Week 2 in college football. They also ask the question, what teams can beat Ohio State?

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Episode 19: Looking ahead to Week 2

Author: USA TODAY
Wed, Sep 09, 2015


USA TODAY Sports college football reporters George Schroeder and Dan Wolken discuss Ohio State and matters with Texas and Texas A&M, while breaking down the weekend's two biggest games, No. 5 Oregon at No. 6 Michigan State and No. 17 Oklahoma at No. 23 Tennessee.

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Episode 18: Week 1 recap of college football

Author: USA TODAY
Mon, Sep 07, 2015


USA TODAY Sports college football reporter Paul Myerberg joins college sports editor Daniel Uthman to find meaning in the first week of college football season.

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Episode 17: Previewing Week 1 of college football

Author: USA TODAY
Wed, Sep 02, 2015


USA TODAY Sports reporters Dan Wolken and Paul Myerberg look ahead to the weekend's biggest games, including not one but two compelling Thursday night matchups. The two also discuss Virginia Tech's cost of attendance fiasco and UCF head coach George O'Leary.

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Episode 16: Pac-12 Network's Yogi Roth

Author: USA TODAY
Tue, Sep 01, 2015


The Pac-12 Network's Yogi Roth chats with USA TODAY Sports' Dan Uthman about the uncertainty at USC, how great the hope is at UCLA with freshman Josh Rosen at quarterback, and the magnitude of Saturday's game between Arizona State and Texas A&M in Houston.

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Episode 15: Baylor, Sarkisian and preseason All-America candidates

Author: USA TODAY
Tue, Aug 25, 2015


USA TODAY Sports college football reporters Paul Myerberg and George Schroeder outline their preseason All-America candidates and discuss the questionable decisions made by Baylor's Art Briles and USC's Steve Sarkisian.

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Episode 14: Tate Martell, CFB Matrix

Author: USA TODAY
Thu, Aug 20, 2015


USA TODAY Sports reporter Nicole Auerbach recaps her visit with five-star quarterback Tate Martell and Dave Bartoo of CFBMatrix.com evaluates the upcoming college football season with USA TODAY Sports senior colleges editor Dan Uthman.

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Episode 13: Quarterback Quandaries in college football

Author: USA TODAY
Tue, Aug 18, 2015


Everyone is familiar with the quarterback situation at Ohio State, but on this episode of The Football Four Podcast, USA TODAY Sports college football reporters Paul Myerberg and Dan Wolken discuss some of the other brewing battles, starting with the newest and perhaps most intriguing one at Oregon between Jeff Lockie and Vernon Adams.

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Episode 12: Playoff Executive Director Bill Hancock

Author: USA TODAY
Tue, Aug 11, 2015


College Football Playoff Executive Director Bill Hancock joins USA TODAY Sports college football reporter George Schroeder on this special episode of The Football Four Podcast to talk about changing New Year's Eve entertainment in the United States, the decision to expand the championship to four teams, and what "Riding With the Blue Moth", the name of his recently reprinted book, actually means.

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Episode 11: AP's Ralph Russo and Notre Dame

Author: USA TODAY
Fri, Aug 07, 2015


Does Notre Dame have College Football Playoff potential? Does Boise State? Neither is part of a Power Five conference, and each has a different path to the postseason. The Associated Press' national college football writer Ralph Russo joins USA TODAY Sports college football reporter Paul Myerberg for a trip around college football with figurative stops in South Bend, Boise, Knoxville.

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Episode 10: Who will win the Heisman?

Author: USA TODAY
Thu, Aug 06, 2015


On this episode of The Football Four Podcast, USA TODAY Sports college football reporter Paul Myerberg and college sports editor Daniel Uthman cull the watch lists for the Heisman, Doak Walker, Biletnikoff and other national individual awards and identify the college football players most deserving of preseason award consideration.

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Episode 9: Breaking down Pac 12 Media Days

Author: USA TODAY
Tue, Aug 04, 2015


How good is the Pac-12 South Division? What's Oregon to do at quarterback? Are there real national championship contenders in the league this season? USA TODAY Sports college football reporter Dan Wolken and I discuss these matters after spending two days in Burbank at the Warner Brothers lot, site of the 2015 Pac-12 Football Media Days.

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Episode 8: Big Ten Media Days

Author: USA TODAY
Sat, Aug 01, 2015


While in Chicago, USA TODAY Sports college football reporters Paul Myerberg and George Schroeder give an updated outlook for the Buckeyes, discuss a new scheduling rule in the conference, ponder the prospects for two of the league's new coaches, Michigan's Jim Harbaugh and Nebraska's Mike Riley, and place powerful Michigan State in the league pecking order.

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Episode 7: Mountain West Media Days

Author: USA TODAY
Fri, Jul 31, 2015


USA TODAY Sports college sports reporter Nicole Auerbach joins college sports editor Daniel Uthman to discuss the Mountain West conference, Utah State's Chuckie Keeton and how Colorado State's Rashard Higgins will fare this year in Episode 7 of The Football Four Podcast.

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Episode 6: Breaking down the Amway Coaches Poll

Author: USA TODAY
Thu, Jul 30, 2015


USA TODAY Sports college football reporter Paul Myerberg and senior editor Daniel Uthman explain how the Amway Coaches Poll comes to be each year and give the coaches' initial choices a close look.

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Episode 5: Group Of Five conferences

Author: USA TODAY
Tue, Jul 28, 2015


To commemorate Episode 5 of The Football Four Podcast, USA TODAY Sports college football writer Paul Myerberg joins senior editor Daniel Uthman to analyze the Group of Five conferences: The American, Conference USA, the Mid-American, the Mountain West and Sun Belt. They gauge the teams most likely to earn the group's automatic College Football Playoff access bowl bid, identify the coaches most likely to move to a Power Five school and much more.

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Episode 4: Big 12 Media Days and Braxton Miller's move to WR

Author: USA TODAY
Fri, Jul 24, 2015


Will Ohio State's Braxton Miller make it as a receiver? Will a Big 12 team make it to the College Football Playoff? USA TODAY Sports college football reporter George Schroeder joins Dan Uthman to analyze the prospects for both on this fourth episode of The Football Four Podcast.

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Episode 3: ACC Media Days

Author: USA TODAY
Thu, Jul 23, 2015


On this episode of The Football Four Podcast, Daniel Uthman and Paul Myerberg of USA TODAY Sports’ college football staff discuss the state of the ACC as it begins practice for the 2015 season. Is Clemson’s status as the preseason favorite justified? Is this the season Virginia Tech is back to its old self? And for that matter, what about the Hokies’ former Big East rival, Miami?

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Episode 2: SEC Media Days

Author: USA TODAY
Wed, Jul 22, 2015


On this episode, USA TODAY Sports college football writers Paul Myerberg and Dan Wolken reflect on SEC Media Days and ponder potential Alabama starting quarterback Jacob Coker's time in Tuscaloosa, Jim McElwain's inaugural season as coach at Florida and the teams that could keep the SEC off the national championship podium.

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Football Four podcast: Episode 1

Author: USA TODAY
Thu, Jul 16, 2015


On this episode, Paul Myerberg and Daniel Uthman, USA TODAY Sports' senior editor for college sports, introduce the podcast and the web site (footballfour.com) that launches later this summer and, at the 8:30 mark, review what we saw and learned last week at the Elite 11/The Opening camps in Oregon.

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