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If you love college athletics and want to better understand how it works, the Going for Two Podcast will dive into the latest news and provide analysis about some of the forces that shape college athletics on and off the field. Hosted by the Extra Points newsletter's Matt Brown and longtime national sports writer Bryan Fischer.
 
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Godfrey, Richard, and Alex go through in-depth conference review exercises for both the SEC and the Sun Belt, after 15 minutes running through this week's big stories of coaches (Todd Graham, Kirk Ferentz, Nick Saban) getting involved in various political issues and hot waters. Subscribe to our Patreon at splitzoneduo.com. See Privacy Policy at htt…
 
Matt Brown and Bryan Fischer are back and excited to do a little preview of the College Football Playoff National Championship Game with sister show Split Zone Duo's Alex Kirshner. The trio also dive into a little labor law discussion involving college athletics and discuss where we're at with the NLRB. This episode is brought to you by the fine fo…
 
Richard, Alex, and Godfrey talk through Georgia's national championship win, Stetson Bennett's triumph, and the Dawgs using a roadmap that's both familiar and different. Then, we run through 2021 season takes that worked out well, poorly, and medium. And finally, a preview of 2022 Week 1, because there are no rules. Subscribe to our Patreon at spli…
 
After Godfrey shares what he knows about Jim Harbaugh and the Raiders, he, Richard, and Alex get into Alabama-Georgia Round II (or whatever this is) and consider what shape the national title game will take. Godfrey then tries to explain his reservations about SEC Playoff dominance in a non-alarmist way, Richard tries to explain the benefits of bes…
 
Matt Brown (@MattBrownEP) and Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) peer into their crystal ball and make predictions about some of the major storylines sure to dominate college athletics in 2022. Topics discussed include major NCAA reforms, Big Ten media rights, the evolution of NIL and much, much more. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and…
 
Alex, Richard, and Godfrey start the show with a chat about how college football's structure made the current raft of bowl cancelations inevitable, and why it's rich when the bowl rep industry gets upset about it. Richard reports from Miami on what this Playoff game week actually looks like, and the group discusses the narratives that might attach …
 
Godfrey, Richard, and Alex get together a few days before Christmas to talk about these topics in detail: 1) last weekend's brief YouTube TV/Disney carriage fight and how it connects to the future of watching college football games, 2) if bowl season has actually gotten less important or if it just feels that way (and what to do about it if so), an…
 
Godfrey and Alex talk through Jackson State's stunning commitment from the No. 1 recruit in the class of 2022, while cautioning against leaps to conclusion. Oregon is having an identity crisis but shouldn't be. Clemson isn't but maybe should. And a detailed look at this weekend's bowl season and lower-level playoff slates. Subscribe to our Patreon …
 
In case you haven't heard, the Extra Points newsletter and Going For Two podcast have joined the D1.ticker family this month. Matt Brown and Bryan Fischer sit down with D1.ticker founder/CEO Matt Roberts to discuss what he does, how the acquisition fits in and what new products are launching that college sports fans need to know about. You can sign…
 
Marcus Freeman's elevation at Notre Dame was smooth, well received, and kind of quiet, so Alex and Richard went back over it amid a week of carousel chaos. Then: breaking out every new FBS coach hire into tiers of, "What is the school trying to accomplish here?" Plus an Army-Navy version of Vested Interests, a non-FBS tasting menu for the weekend, …
 
Richard, Godfrey, and Alex talk through the Playoff slotting, the committee's performance in 2021, why Cincinnati doesn't disprove anything about the event's treatment of the G5, and the matchups themselves. Subscribe to our Patreon at splitzoneduo.com. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.c…
 
Richard, Alex, and Godfrey preview conference championship weekend and the potential Playoff drama to come, then discuss the historically messy week that unfolded in the college football coaching industry. (Carousel talk specifically starts at the 56-minute mark.) Oklahoma has a weird recruiting saga on its hands, LSU made a hire that appeased a sp…
 
Alex and Richard take a slightly longer-than-usual trip through the weekend in college football. Michigan vindicated a podcast opinion, but Oklahoma State very much did not. Plus thoughts on a whole bunch of other Rivalry Weekend action. Subscribe to our Patreon at splitzoneduo.com. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Pri…
 
Matt Brown and Bryan Fischer welcome in NY Times writer and host of "The Argument" podcast, Jane Coaston. The trio discuss everything under the sports/politics/culture crossover banner from CFB message boards, booster culture and its relation to power, higher education issues, Jane's All-PI offensive strategy and much, much more. See Privacy Policy…
 
Florida man Richard Johnson talks with Alex about the underlying factors that might inform Florida's sudden search for Dan Mullen's successor. (The University of Florida has a lot going on.) Plus, a discussion of WKU's instant-pot transfer portal offense, sizing up some of Rivalry Week's big games, and live reactions to James Franklin's new contrac…
 
Alex and Richard take you on a 30-minute journey through Week 12, and this time, they don't even go over time. Utah dominated, UTSA had one of the finishes of the year, Ohio State-Michigan is for it all, NIU's magic carpet ride rolls on, the top of the Sun Belt looks fierce, and Cincinnati rebuilds some equity. Also, a certain Florida coach's buyou…
 
Godfrey, Richard, and Alex talk about the rapidly speeding-up coaching carousel, hopping from Washington to Virginia Tech to LSU and even down to North Texas. Then a discussion of the inexplicable mess that's unfolded at FIU, which is now a case study in how to mismanage a football program, plus a tasting menu and vested interests. Subscribe to our…
 
Matt Brown and Bryan Fischer react to news that Loyola Chicago is headed to the A10 in 2022 and the MVC is poised to keep the realignment dominoes going even more. Then the two dive into some of the larger coaching carousel storylines, from Washington's attractiveness, BYU potentially coming open, FIU's challenges, USC's alignment and more. See Pri…
 
Richard and Godfrey take a 30ish minute journey through Week 11 including OU’s loss to Baylor, Tennessee scripted the first drive of the game, but not the rest of it, Arkansas won?, Florida “won”, Ohio State WON, one of us begins to think some things about Oklahoma State that are truly terrifying, Cincinnati was fine compared to the last few weeks,…
 
Texas Tech’s hire of Joey McGuire signals something, because as they say: Everything’s bigger in Texas. Midseason coaching changes, Washington weirdness, and MACTION. Also: Exactly four minutes and sixteen seconds on the Playoff See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my…
 
Godfrey and Richard take a 30ish-minute journey through the college football weekend. The Purdue Boilermakers, destroyer of worlds (but only if you’re the No. 2 or No. 3 team in the polls), Ohio elites played with their food to varying degrees, The Old Man Yells At A Cloud, Arizona won!, Washington very much didn’t on the field or off!, why did Arm…
 
Godfrey, Richard, and Alex disagree over what Cincinnati's initial No. 6 ranking really says about the Playoff committee's view of the Bearcats. Then, we talk about Gary Patterson's impact on TCU and how his time at TCU barreled toward an acrimonious end, and compare and contrast various Texas head coaching jobs heading into what's likely to be a h…
 
You hear about them, you see them, you read about them but what do agents actually do? Matt Brown (@MattBrownEP) and Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) dive deep into the world of agents with Jason Belzer (@JasonBelzer) to discuss everything from what's wrong with the industry to what happens with clients big or small across sports. See Privacy Policy …
 
Richard, Godfrey, and Alex run through the methods of attack, both in program-building and on the field, for seven surprisingly great teams: UTSA, SMU, Pitt, Wake Forest, Ole Miss, Michigan State, and San Diego State i.e. G5 Iowa. Then, discussions on James Franklin and Justin Fuente, vested interests, and a tasting menu for the weekend. Subscribe …
 
Kyle Bowlsby of Bowlsby Sports Advisors joins Matt Brown and Bryan Fischer to discuss all things search firms. What are they? How do they operate? What exactly happens once a school hires a firm? And what really is the big difference from a huge football hire and picking the next soccer coach? Find out that and more in the latest episode sponsored …
 
Richard and Alex take you on a 30ish-minute jaunt through the college football weekend. Alex is forced to issue a mea culpa to Pitt's not-currently-embattled head coach, but retracts a retraction of criticism of Texas Tech's. Justin Fuente does not seem to be in a good situation, Colorado State does something you must see to believe, Caleb Williams…
 
Alex and Richard interview Jennifer Abruzzo, the general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, who wrote the September memo that says college football players in certain situations are employees who should have federal labor protections. They talked about why this piece of paper matters, how it could change college sports, and what would n…
 
Steven Godfrey (@38Godfrey), Richard Johnson (@RJ_Writes), and Alex Kirshner (@alex_kirshner) talk through three things in detail: How the LSU-Ed Orgeron relationship collapsed so quickly after such a high, why he wasn’t the only coach in Baton Rouge last Saturday who should soon be out, and what the latest realignment ripple means for both the AAC…
 
Richard Johnson and Alex Kirshner take you on a 30-ish-minute trip through the interesting goings-on from college football’s Week 7. Iowa’s loss to Purdue could’ve been worse. Caleb Williams and Oklahoma have it figured out. The Tennessee trash discourse is already exhausting. TCU is done as a defense, a label, and a crew. Florida’s and Texas’s def…
 
Matt Brown (@MattBrownEP) goes over some of the things he learned from going to UMass' win over UConn and what it says about some programs at the bottom of the FBS ranks. Then he and co-host Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) discuss other college athletics issues like the proposed CUSA/American/Sun Belt regional reorganization plan and other realignme…
 
Godfrey, Richard, and Alex spend the first stretch of this episode talking not just about Iowa and Kentucky, but about how we *talk* about Iowa and Kentucky. Then, 10 schools whose coaches either are or aren't demonstrating proof of concept, including: Georgia Tech, NIU, Houston, Temple, Syracuse, Louisville, FAU, UNLV, Troy, and Mississippi State.…
 
Alex and Richard take a 30-ish-minute sprint through the interesting happenings in college football this weekend. A&M picked a weird script to take down Bama. Red River was outstanding and heralds a new era of Oklahoma quarterback play. Penn State shoud've just gone to the Wildcat, Georgia's defense gave up a whole 10 points, Coastal is just pummel…
 
For about the first 47 minutes of this episode, Alex, Richard, and Godfrey talk about the Urban Meyer mess in Jacksonville, what it says about the differences between NFL and college coaching, and why certain types of coaches aren't built for modern CFB or the NFL. Then the group haggles over one team in every FBS conference they can't quite figure…
 
Matt Brown (@MattBrownEP) is joined by old SB Nation pal and co-host of the SplitZoneDuo podcast Steven Godfrey (@38Godfrey) to college football coaching searches. The pair dive into some of the current openings, why certain info is published when, how the sausage is really made during coaching searches and the general state of affairs in the indus…
 
After a few minutes talking about Wednesday's big college athlete news at the NLRB, Alex, Richard, and Godfrey take turns evaluating potential candidates to be the best team in the ACC now that Clemson is no longer the slam-dunk choice. Then, a conversation about Arkansas, including how people should react if and when Georgia sits on them on Saturd…
 
Alex and Richard take you on a 30-ish-minute journey around the interesting things from the college football weekend. Clemson and Oklahoma looked faulty before, and they look worse now –– Clemson in particular. Arkansas is worth celebrating, Boston College might have an offense, Dave Aranda is out of the dog house, Arizona showed a flicker of life,…
 
Godfrey, Richard, and Alex discuss the apparent vulnerability of some of CFB's most elite programs, and the good signs shown by others. Plus, who's rising to the top of the G5 and who isn't, followed by vested interests and a weekend tasting menu. This show has somewhat detailed talks about Clemson, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Michigan, Iowa, Oregon, Uta…
 
Hosts Matt Brown and Bryan Fischer spin the realignment wheel once again to discuss some of the latest news and notes about conference changes beyond the Power Five, including who could be leaving the MWC, how the AAC backfills and what kind of position the Sun Belt and Conference USA find themselves in going forward. See Privacy Policy at https://…
 
Godfrey and Alex take you on a 30-ish-minute trip through Week 3. (OK, this week went a little long.) The group is impressed with Penn State, liked Auburn and Florida in losing efforts, sees mild progress at Nebraska, and thinks Michigan State might be back to its old tricks. Plus, Fresno State is straight-up good (no worries, UCLA), Seth Littrell …
 
College football is a small-sample size sport, so let’s make it even smaller. Which teams have changed how we see them through two weeks, and which require reserving judgment? Plus, let’s talk about the bizarre, public mess happening right now at Navy, as well as the entirely foreseeable mess at Colorado State. This episode also includes a beefy te…
 
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