Saturday Down South Podcast

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The fastest growing college football podcast out there. Saturday Down South has been the leading voice in SEC football for years, and is now giving college football fans a "go to" podcast for weekly commentary and discussion. It's SEC football, but for your ears.

Episode Date
Will Muschamp's DJ Durkin defense, Landsharks and is UGA more talented than Alabama? (ep. 127)
Saturday Down South's Connor O'Gara and Chris Marler recap a busy week in college football. They discussed Ole Miss' strange mascot reveal (7:52), why Will Muschamp blindly defended D.J. Durkin (11:28), how Demetris Robertson is eligible at Georgia (21:13), if Georgia has more talent than Alabama (29:00), 50 questions for the 2018 season (40:13) and Antonio Callaway's bizarre punishment (54:26). Plus, the guys played Family Feud (1:00:00)and #ItMightMeanTooMuch (1:03:25).
Aug 13, 2018
Jalen Hurts speaks out, Urban Meyer's mess at Ohio State and SEC fall camp headlines (ep. 126)
Saturday Down South's Connor O'Gara and Chris Marler talk about Jalen Hurts breaking his silence and not holding anything back (3:05), plus they break down their thoughts on the disastrous situation at Ohio State (18:12), some Coaches Poll reactions (29:02), SEC fall camp headlines (43:33), they binged watched "Last Chance U" (49:50) and #ItMightMeanTooMuch (59:36).
Aug 07, 2018
Preseason SEC Superlatives, Georgia's Recruiting Roll and Florida's New Weird Scandal (ep. 125)
Saturday Down South's Connor O'Gara and Chris Marler break down the odd scandal involving 6 Florida players (2:48), plus they discuss the big-picture impact of Georgia's recruiting roll (15:40), Nick Saban gets paid (again) (23:38), Preseason SEC Superlatives (29:43), Jim Harbaugh gets even weirder (56:24) and #ItMightMeanTooMuch (59:20).
Jul 31, 2018
Jalen Hurts' Status, Malzahn's Scheduling Comments, Peter Burns Interview (ep. 124)
Saturday Down South's Connor O' Gara joins Chris Marler from enemy territory (Big Ten media days) to discuss Jalen Hurts' recent comments regarding his status at Alabama, thoughts on Shea Patterson and Joe Burrow, Gus Malzahn's recent comments about scheduling and an interview with SEC Network's Peter Burns.
Jul 26, 2018
Media Days Recap, Part 3: Favorite Moments From Atlanta, Paul Finebaum Interview (ep. 123)
Saturday Down South's Connor O'Gara and Chris Marler put a bow on SEC Media Days coverage, including having a fresh perspective on Will Muschamp; also, the legendary Paul Finebaum joins the show (22:13) to dish on the Jalen-Tua debate and more.
Jul 19, 2018
Media Days Recap, Part 2: We Love Moorhead, Saban Scowls, Chris Doering Interview (ep. 122)
Saturday Down South's Connor O'Gara and Chris Marler discuss the SEC Media Days debut of Tennessee's Jeremy Pruitt and Miss State's Joe Moorhead. Also, Mizzou claps back against Cece Jefferson and the guys interview former Gator great Chris Doering (16:27).
Jul 18, 2018
Media Days Recap, Part 1: Benny Tha Bandit, Aaron Murray Interview (ep. 121)
Saturday Down South's Connor O'Gara and Chris Marler break down the first two days of SEC Media Days in Atlanta, including Kentucky RB Benny Snell's rap nickname and QB Jacob Eason's apparent return to UGA. Former Bulldog QB Aaron Murray also joins the pod (22:28)and the guys preview Days 3 and 4 (31:50).
Jul 18, 2018
Media Days Preview, 2018 Hot Seats, Alabama Privilege (ep. 120)
Saturday Down South's Connor O'Gara and Chris Marler are back to discuss next week's SEC Media Days event (5:25), Paul Finebaum's status with ESPN and the SEC Network (12:50), which SEC head coaches might expect to be on the hot seat this upcoming season (18:50), Jake Fromm's recent injury (36:30), Tim Brando's comments about Alabama's "privilege" (43:20), and who is the SEC's most valuable player in 2018 (51:20).
Jul 11, 2018
A Fourth of July Special: God, Country and the SEC (ep. 119)
Saturday Down South's Connor O'Gara and Chris Marler are back with a very patriotic discussion of what college football team is considered America's team (1:30), the ideal role for each SEC coach at a cookout (24:00), the most American moments in college football history (32:50) and the most American scenes from movies (41:00).
Jul 04, 2018
SEC Recruiting Update, Texas A&M Expectations, Devastating Losses (ep. 118)
Saturday Down South's Connor O'Gara and Chris Marler are back to discuss the latest events in the world of SEC football recruiting (1:00), Jimbo Fisher's comments about Kevin Sumlin's office (13:40), and the most devastating losses in recent memory (32:30).
Jun 28, 2018
Heisman Odds, Jalen Hurts & New Redshirt Rules (ep. 117)
Saturday Down South's Connor O'Gara and Chris Marler are back to discuss the recently released Heisman odds for next season (3:00), how the new redshirt options might impact Jalen Hurts status at Alabama(14:00), the new transfer rules (22:50), a review of what's happening in other sports (34:00), and more.
Jun 20, 2018
SEC & Las Vegas, Week 1 Lines, Jimbo Recruiting (ep. 116)
Saturday Down South's Connor O'Gara and Chris Marler are back to discuss the possibility of the SEC participating in a Las Vegas bowl game (3:00), SEC baseball (8:30), the recent SEC SID rankings(16:00), the updated week 1 lines (22:40), Jimbo Fisher's early recruiting success at Texas A&M (29:00), the optimism around Dan Mullen's first year at Florida (39:00), amazing Arkansas fans(46:30).
Jun 13, 2018
The G.O.A.T. Week Pod (ep. 115)
It's G.O.A.T. Week at Saturday Down South, and Connor O'Gara and Chris Marler are back to talk about the "greatest of all time" from SEC football. Topics include the McFadden/Jones vs. Williams/Brown vs. Michel/Chubb debate, the all-time starting lineup and Bear Bryant and Nick Saban. Plus, Chris subjects Connor to another Family Feud-style lightning round in honor of G.O.A.T. Week.
Jun 06, 2018
SDS Special: Every SEC Team As A Character From The Office (ep. 114)
In this special #offseasoncontent episode, Saturday Down South's Connor O'Gara and Chris Marler merge their passions of SEC football and The Office by likening every SEC football team to a character from The Office. If you love The Office, you'll enjoy this episode. Not a fan of The Office? We'll be back next week with regular SEC football content.
May 30, 2018
Joe Burrow Expectations, Bama Drama, Cross-Divisional Games (ep. 113)
Saturday Down South's Connor O'Gara and Chris Marler are back to discuss Joe Burrow expectations at LSU (1:00), the passing of former SEC Commissioner Mike Slive (13:20), the recent Alabama drama (18:55), the Alabama-Texas home-and-home series (33:00), and the best cross-divisional games in the SEC (35:00).
May 23, 2018
Legalized Gambling, Saban & Transfers, LSU 2018 Expectations (ep. 112)
Saturday Down South's Connor O'Gara and Chris Marler are back to discuss how the legalization of sports gambling might impact college football (1:00), Nick Saban blocking his player's transfer options (9:10), Jalen Hurts working out with the rival (16:45), Chad Kelly's NFL future (25:30), Bret Bielema's job with the New England Patriots (32:30), how many games does Ed Orgeron need to win in 2018?(40:15).
May 16, 2018
Kirby Smart & The $7 Million Club, Latest National Championship Odds (ep. 111)
Saturday Down South’s Connor O’Gara and Chris Marler are back to discuss Kirby Smart getting paid and joining the $7 million club (1:30), Jimbo Fisher’s negotiation abilities (4:45), why beating Nick Saban gets you paid (9:45), John Parker Wilson’s bold claim about Tennessee’s future (14:25), the next SEC quarterback target: Ohio State’s Joe Burrows (20:15), the recently released national championship odds (38:35), Roquan Smith’s stolen goods (51:30).
May 09, 2018
NFL Draft Recap, Alabama Draft Records, Drew Lock (ep. 110)
Saturday Down South's Connor O'Gara and Chris Marler are back to recap the NFL Draft (1:00), 12 years of SEC dominance at the Draft(4:20), the surprise of where Derrius Guice was drafted (12:15), how Antonio Callaway actually got drafted (23:00), the hilarious Danny Etling-Julian Edelman comparison (25:20), why Bo Scarbrough nearly went undrafted (30:00), Alabama's incredible Draft numbers (33:30), the Shaquem Griffin story (38:10), the Josh Allen Twitter controversy(40:20), how Drew Lock is all over the 2019 mock drafts (44:15), offseason activities to pass the time (54:45), Dabo Swinney's recent comments (59:15).
May 02, 2018
Spring Football Recap, NFL Draft, Trent Dilfer on Tua, Fromm & Fields
Saturday Down South's Connor O'Gara and Chris Marler are back to discuss Jeremy Pruitt's interesting remarks following the Tennessee spring game (1:45), Mississippi State's Keytaon Thompson (7:45), Alabama's continuing Jalen Hurts saga (12:25), Saban's hot mic (13:45), first reactions to Georgia's Justin Fields (19:25), the NFL Draft (33:45), and how Connor's Finebaum appearance and Mississippi State prediction caused a mini uprising on Twitter (46:00). Then, Super Bowl winning quarterback and Elite 11 quarterback coach Trent Dilfer joins the podcast to talk this week's NFL Draft (54:15), his thoughts on Tua Tagovailoa and Jake Fromm as prospects (56:35), why Tua Tagovailoa could win every game he plays (57:30), and what makes Justin Fields special and why he wishes he didn't goto Georgia (1:02:10).
Apr 25, 2018
Hugh Freeze Blocked, Spring Football Continues, CFB Rule Changes (ep. 108)
Saturday Down South's Connor O'Gara and Chris Marler are back to discuss Greg Sankey allegedly blocking the hiring of Hugh Freeze (:30), the four spring games from last weekend (6:25), the five spring games this upcoming weekend (19:15), more confusion from Jim McElwain (41:15), the new rule for college football kickoffs (44:45), Reuben Foster's domestic violence incident (47:30).
Apr 18, 2018
Spurrier's Back, SEC Football Win Projections, More Spring Football (ep. 107)
Saturday Down South's Connor O'Gara and Chris Marler discuss Steve Spurrier's return to football (1:00), ESPN's FPI win projections for the SEC football teams (8:45), last weekend's Spring games (20:00), the ridiculous Joey Gatewood-Cam Newton comparisons (20:30), whether Ole Miss's offense could be the best in the SEC (29:00), Kentucky's offense and the Cats' upcoming spring game (35:00), Drew Lock and Derek Dooley (38:00), the next Florida Gators quarterback battle (41:30), if coaching at Texas A&M is the best job in the country? (48:05), the continuing Ole Miss-Shea Patterson battle (55:00), and how UCF Nation jumped all over Chris on Twitter this week (1:00:00).
Apr 11, 2018
Tennessee Expectations, More SEC Spring Games, Sports Bucket List(ep. 106)
Saturday Down South's Connor O'Gara and Chris Marler are back to discuss Lane Kiffin's comments about Tennessee and how early we can expect success in Knoxville (:30), South Carolina's spring game this past Saturday (8:40), Auburn's injuries and upcoming spring game (16:30), Arkansas and Ole Miss spring games (21:20), Les Miles' acting career (27:00), Herm Edwards's continued learning of college football (31:05), where The Masters falls on the sports bucket list (37:30), leaving college football coaching to run a Chick-Fil-A (50:30), Lebron's beef with Alabama's barber shop video series (53:50).
Apr 04, 2018
Tennessee's Lost Texts, Alabama-Notre Dame, South Carolina Spring Game (ep. 105)
Saturday Down South's Connor O'Gara and Chris Marler discuss the now public text messages from the Tennessee hiring debacle (:30), the potential scheduling of Alabama-Notre Dame in the future (14:20), home-and-home series scheduling compared to kickoff games (20:30), Chris's day of reckoning with regards to his Michigan-Final Four prediction (26:45), his run-in with Sister Jean (27:00), South Carolina's upcoming spring game and what's next for Jake Bentley (31:55), Jimbo Fisher welcoming Johnny Manziel back at Texas A&M (36:35), do you even lift, Elijah Holyfield?(43:25), the most recent five-star SDS Podcast reviews(54:20).
Mar 28, 2018
Tua’s Injury, Georgia Spring Practice Preview, March Madness (ep. 104)
(0:00) The world’s on fire as Tua Tagovailoa went down with a thumb injury and the Alabama QB competition may be open again. But without very many healthy bodies, could this be an area of concern for Bama? (22:19) After putting out that fire, we whip around the conference for some updates from around spring, including Georgia reloading and Joe Moorhead’s “Chipotle Offense.” Of course, we had to power rank the best fast foot restaurants of all time. (32:32) Then the guys tackle March Madness, and their somehow excellent brackets despite all the chaos. Some SEC teams fell flat, while others have dominated, What did we learn about the conference in the first week of the Tourney? (40:04) Connor comes through with some Rat Poison, as the guys examine Alabama’s stellar record over unranked teams. (50:06) In It Means Too Much, the guys look at how Tennessee’s Rashaan Gaulden’s double middle fingers during the Bama game could affect his draft stock. Plus, the petty war between Alabama and UCF has taken a step forward with some shots being fired over a women’s NIT game.
Mar 21, 2018
March Madness, Is the SEC Getting Unfair Draws?, BamaButch, Shurmur/Cutler Bromance (ep. 103)
(0:00) BUTCH JONES TO ALABAMA AT PRO DAY -Nick Saban wouldn’t confirm it. -If you could have three wishes granted for Butch Jones’ time in Tuscaloosa, what would they be? 
 (11:00) ED ORGERON SAYS LSU DOESN’T HAVE A FIRST-TEAM QUARTERBACK -Uhhhhh…duh  -Myles Brennan and Lowell Narcisse competing for the starting job -Fun LSU QB stats -The last time an LSU QB… -Threw for 20 touchdown passes… -Threw for 3,000 yards… -The last time LSU scored 25 points against Alabama… 
 (17:47) KYLE SHURMUR THE NEXT JAY CUTLER? -Cutler working with the Vanderbilt QB this spring -Shurmur actually had a comparable 2017 to Cutler’s final season at Vandy -Shurmur said he’s not focused on the NFL yet, knows he has to win games to make that happen -No you don’t -Cutler never even led Vandy to a bowl game -Cutler 6-3, 231 pounds; Shurmur 6-4, 227 pounds (24:33) SEC INJURY UPDATES FOR NCAA TOURNAMENT -Kentucky’s Jarred Vanderbilt wants to play on an injured ankle, Calipari not so sure -Alabama’s Donta Hall, concussion in SEC Tourney, 50-50 for VT in opener Thursday -Mizzou’s Jordan Barnett…DWI arrest, will not play on Friday vs. Florida State -Do these change your opinions of how far these teams can go? 
 (32:18) LOL -Peter Burns puts Nick Fitzgerald at No. 7 on SEC QB draft rankings -Crying laughing emoji 9 times -Put Jarrett Stidham at No. 1 -I know why people still hate on Nick Fitzgerald -Jalen Hurts throws on an Auburn jersey, turns around, national championship trophy in backpack -Video after losing bet with Charles Barkley 
 (41:00) IT MIGHT MEAN TOO MUCH (the NCAA keeping the SEC down, that is)
Mar 14, 2018
NCAA Tourney Preview with Adam Spencer (ep. 102)
The NCAA Tourney is here, and the guys are joined by resident hoops expert Adam Spencer to break it all down. From the championship picks to the likely first-round upsets, they have you covered. Which SEC team has the hardest path in the tourney? Who got fairly seeded and who did the selection committee get wrong? Also, who could be the biggest letdown? We all have some fun filling out our brackets, but who are the worst people in every bracket group? All this and more on this week’s pod.
Mar 12, 2018
Is God An Auburn Fan?, Combine Results, Jimbo's Fake Trophy, Spring Football Update (ep. 101)
It’s time for your football fix in the middle of basketball season, and the guys have you covered: COMBINE SZN (00:00) -Donte Jackson fails to break John Ross’ record, still puts up 4.32 -Tony Brown curses on live television, guy wrongly made him stop his 40 -Davin Bellamy says Georgia didn’t prepare for someone who could throw -Lamar Jackson says he’s a quarterback, doesn’t run the 40 -Josh Allen threw a ball really far in shorts 
 BUTCH JONES TO ALABAMA/BILLBOARD COMES DOWN (13:36) -Tennessee fans were fired up to see that billboard in Neyland Stadium come down 
 THE LANE TRAIN (19:38) -Says he looks at assistant coach’s wives to evaluate if they’re good recruiters or not -James Franklin said basically that same thing back at Vanderbilt 
 SPRING FOOTBALL UPDATE (26:32) -Nick Saban said he’s open to the idea of playing both quarterbacks -Tennessee adds grad transfer quarterback Keller Chryst from Tennessee -Vols have 3 scholarship QBs now -He’ll graduate from Stanford in June, join the team over the summer -KJ Costello was going to be the starter -Once a higher-rated recruit out of California than Sam Darnold -Started 7 games in 2017, 8 TDs, 4 INTs, 54 percent accuracy -South Carolina WR Chad Terrell tore his ACL -Caught 3 passes for 20 yards -Will Muschamp said he’s expected to be back for the fall…? 
 RETURN OF THE MAC (33:43) -That’s just every time we talk about Jim McElwain from now on -Antonio Callaway said he felt he was the reason that McElwain was fired YOU MAD, BRO? (37:47) -Florida passes a bill that allows for UCF “national champions” license plate -Jimbo Fisher was given a fake championship of his own IT MIGHT MEAN TOO MUCH (41:16) -Bo Scarbrough asked if God is an Auburn fan “I said no, I definitely don’t think he is.” 
 -5-star review READ (45:23) -Joshua Barnhardt wrote: “The only SEC podcast where Rick James is still alive, has a Josh Allen hand size fetish,  and can’t find two guys born south of the Mason-Dixon Line to host! They bring the heat on hard-hitting topics in the SEC, like what craziness A&M quarterbacks are up to now, how our Lord and Savior Tim Tebow is going to save baseball, and how Nick Saban is really everybody’s Valentine. This podcast rocks. Love the show.”
Mar 07, 2018
The SEC Basketball Tournament Pod (ep. 100)
It’s SEC Tournament week in St. Louis, and the guys are here to break it down. On the line to help them is SDS’s own Joe Cox (not the Georgia quarterback), who is our resident SEC basketball expert, as well as a long-time Kentucky insider. We start off with the wide open SEC (0:00) and who has the best chance to come out of it, including comparing the preseason odds to win the SEC with the current tournament odds (8:13). Joe then joins the show (13:08) to share his expertise, and discuss if this Kentucky team will ever find their way. He also dishes on why UK’s potential matchup with Mizzou could be huge for the overall tournament. Michael Porter was supposed to be the star of the SEC this season, but he’s played just two minutes. Can he come back in time to make a difference for Mizzou before it’s too late? (19:39) What should we make of Auburn (22:42) as they started off hot but have hit a patch of bad luck? And can Alabama rebound and keep their tournament hopes alive behind Collin Sexton (24:31)? That and much more from Joe. Now that the top dogs are out of the way, which lower seeded team has a shot to win it all? Which bubble team helps their case, and which bubbles are most likely to burst? The guys make predictions (31:16).
Mar 05, 2018
Butch to Bama, Spring Football, Starkel's Bieber Obsession, Combine, Cowherd's Wrong Again (ep. 99)
It’s spring practice season in the SEC, but the news cycle is full of ridiculousness off the field. First off, Butch Jones is talking about coming to Bama, which has gotten many Bammers like Marler pretty mad. Is Saban trying for the first-ever sweep of the national championship and championship of life? (0:00) It’s time to talk spring football, as the guys talk about expectations and players to watch from teams across the league. (10:27) And of course, along with that come some cliche spring football headlines (21:11), which trick writers and fans alike into having higher expectations every year. The guys share their favorite classics that will no doubt make an appearance in 2018. In a strange move, Texas A&M Nick Starkel made a lip-sync video in hopes of meeting Justin Bieber. First he wore a lucky Bieber shirt during games, now he’s spending his spring break trying to meet the Biebs. Is he fangirling too hard? (28:52) Plus, it’s everyone’s favorite time: Combine SZN (39:00)! Who will make the All-Shorts team? Who could break the 40 record? Everyone’s favorite drunkle Tim Brewster is back at it again with the tweets, but now he’s getting rested by one of his former players, Jalen Ramsey(48:35.) And surprise, Colin Cowherd (54:29) said something wild, but this time it was a dubious claim that a certain SEC team could be facing sanctions. Connor share's his thoughts on this vague claim.
Feb 28, 2018
Tebow to the Bigs, Mac to Michigan, Fergie's Anthem Fail, #FreeMcCarron (ep. 98)
It’s a surprisingly busy week in SEC football news, as the guys break down some coaching changes, including Jim McElwain joining Jim Harbaugh at Michigan (00:46), and Alabama picking up the legendary Coach Cool (Craig Kuligowski) of Mizzou fame (9:11). Speaking of people changing jobs, former Alabama QB AJ McCarron is now free from the Bengals’ pit of misery and he can finally get a chance to start (16:20). For some reason, Connor decided to celebrate this by writing him a poem, so…enjoy that (19:42). The big “can’t unhear” moment of the weekend was Fergie’s National Anthem at the NBA All-Star game (26:31). It that moment was so bad it caused the guys to reflect on when they had Fergied something, in hilarious fashion. The Mets GM has hinted that Tim Tebow could see time in the Majors this season, should fans be excited or enraged? Chris is certainly enraged (36:32). Also, the SDS Twitter account’s mentions have been in shambles over Will Ogburn’s article suggesting that Nick Fitzgerald could finish his career as the best rushing QB in SEC history (43:39). But what would it mean if Fitz broke the record? Finally, former FSU assistant Tim Brewster has brought his trolling ways to the SEC as he suggested that the Big 12 has lost its luster with Texas recruits (43:39). Here’s to hopefully many more years of SEC Twitter fingers to come!
Feb 21, 2018
SEC Valentines, Manziel SZN, Mullen, Dropping Football Attendance (ep. 97)
It’s the season of love in the SEC, and that means it’s #comebackszn for Johnny Manziel (00:00). Where will he play next? Is there a worse mentor than Josh McCown, or a better place to fail than Cleveland? In an ultimate power move, Dan Mullen threw some shade at Georgia (10:39) for wins that McElwain earned. This is either the beginning of a great rivalry between two coaches, or the biggest running joke for years to come. Let’s take a two-car ride on the Lane Train (17:25), as Lane Kiffin used Lane Johnson’s comments about the Patriots to continue his trolling of Alabama. This man is made for the offseason. In honor of Valentine’s Day, we give out valentines to SEC coaches (24:37) because they’ve been responsible for more emotional roller coasters than most of our exes. SEC attendance is down (34:42), so who should we blame? Is it the millennials, the crystal-clear broadcast quality, or the increasing comfiness of sofas across America? Maybe it’s just because a couple teams can’t make a bowl and their fans don’t want to watch them lose. Also, in It Might Mean Too Much, Albert Haynesworth has made the news for the wrong reasons again, this time for getting thrown out of his son’s basketball game. Let’s check in on how his life has gone since retirement.
Feb 14, 2018
National Signing Day Aftermath with Corey Long (ep. 96)
It’s National Signing Day, the last gasp of football before the long, cold offseason. The guys break down Georgia’s historic day and what it’s like to be an Alabama fan after years of being told “If you’re not first, you’re last” (0:00). This NSD was one for the ages, including the mic drop by Jacob Copeland’s mom (6:22), and several decisions that went against Tennessee in the most hilarious way possible(10:07) – did the trash can on the sideline curse them forever? We learned something else on NSD: Herm Edwards is a national treasure (16:34). We look forward to explaining the rules of college football to him as he accidentally shows up late for Friday games. Then, our incredibly qualified guest Corey Long joins the show for some real recruiting topics like who is the biggest winner, loser, most college-ready player, and most likely bust (20:15). After that, the guys play a game show where they try to guess the star ratings of famous SEC players(41:20). It’s harder than you might think. Also, something that may have gotten lost in the shuffle – a ton of official college football accounts got briefly shut down (52:18). What’s the deal with that? Finally, LSU is going to get these jokes for losing Patrick Surtain, who was pretty much a lock to come to Baton Rouge (55:17).
Feb 08, 2018
Recruitin' Down South: NSD Prep with Corey Long (ep. 95)
The latest episode of the Recruitin’ Down South once again features SDS recruiting insider Corey Long -- @CoreyLong on Twitter. We discuss the importance of official visits and why schools aim to get the last official visit with key targets and what National Signing Day will look like following the first ever early signing period. Corey then gives his predictions for some of the highest ranked uncommitted prospects left on the board for SEC programs.
Feb 06, 2018
Josh Allen is Overrated, the XFL is Back, Bad SEC Tattoos, and Signing Day is Lame (ep. 94)
Are y'all tired of Josh Allen from Wyoming getting overhyped despite being painfully average? So are we. The guys tackle that (00:00) and much more on today's pod. The XFL is back, and we couldn't be more excited(12:38). What rules need to be implemented? Who would you draft first? Transfer rules are currently set up to let coaches leave their players high and dry. Should players be able to transfer when a coach leaves (31:07)? Plus bad SEC tattoos(36:48), why National Signing Day has become Hanukkah instead of Christmas (44:12), and is Nick Saban the best 60+ dancer in America (51:20)?
Jan 31, 2018
The New SDS Pod Season Premiere: Top 50 Moments of 2017 (ep. 93)
The SDS Podcast is back and better than ever with new hosts Connor O'Gara and Chris Marler. Join the guys as they fight offseason boredom with their top 50 moments of last season. The list(starts at 4:00) focuses on moments that shaped the college football world. They disagree on a few things, including Feleipe Franks' hail mary pass setting the stage for mediocrity in the SEC. The guys share their hottest takes for 2018 (20:30). Could Jalen Hurts be a kicker? What about Les Miles – is he a better actor than a coach at this point? Speaking of Les Miles, now that his acting career is taking off, which classic movies would he have been better in (30:30)? Also, there's some Nick Cage trivia in there if you're into that. Who is the best in-game coach in football right now, Saban or Belichick (41:00)? If you had one game with equal rosters, who would you choose? Also, the guys talk about Rich Rodriguez and the interesting position he's put Arizona football in (46:20). Connor calls this segment Bad News Bear(cats) but you definitely shouldn't. You know what else you shouldn't do? Put your wife and mistress on the same sideline. Finally, they close out the show with their favorite segment: It Just Means Too Much, this time on Mekhi Brown (51:30).
Jan 25, 2018
Recruitin' Down South: UA All-America Game with Corey Long (ep. 92)
The latest episode of the Recruitin’ Down South podcast features SDS’ own Corey Long (on Twitter @CoreyLong). Corey was in Orlando for the Under Armour All-American game and we wanted to discuss his thoughts on several of the prospects either headed to the SEC or currently being recruited by SEC programs. The surprise of the event was MVP RB Maurice Washington, he broke several records in the game and earned himself the attention of a few SEC programs coming out of the event. We also discussed Emory Jones and why he could start in Gainesville next season. Another interesting prospect from the game was Auburn QB signee Joey Gatewood. How does he fit in at Auburn and is his future at another position? One of the top uncommitted prospects to watch from the event was Jacob Copeland. What could he bring to the college game with Alabama, Florida and Tennessee all in pursuit? Quay Walker may be committed to Alabama but it appears he’s more likely to sign with Tennessee or Georgia. Fellow Alabama signee Jordan Davis and Georgia signee Brenton Cox stood out during the game to Long. He shares some thoughts on each. We close out discussing two U.S. Army All Americans in American Heritage teammates Patrick Surtain Jr. and Tyson Campbell. Long has incredible things to say about each uncommitted prospect. He also touched on what it says about Georgia should Kirby Smart and company reach into South Florida and steal Campbell away from Miami.
Jan 12, 2018
Brian Bosworth AKA The Boz (ep. 91)
Two-time Oklahoma All-American linebacker Brian Bosworth, AKA "The Boz" joined host Connor O'Gara on the SDS podcast. The two talked about what the downfall was for Bosworth's Sooners in the Rose Bowl and what he thinks about that Georgia defense. Bosworth also talked about how his swagger was different than Baker Mayfield's, as well as which defense has the advantage on Monday night. And what's the final score for the all-SEC title game? Bosworth gave his thoughts on that. Bosworth joined the SDS podcast on behalf of Panini America, which is the exclusive trading card partner of Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma and Clemson, as well as more than 200 other schools. Brian is in Atlanta for the College Football Playoff National Championship, where he’ll be signing autographs for fans at the Panini booth at Playoff Fan Central on Sunday, and signing cards on Facebook Live through the Panini America page.
Jan 07, 2018
Recruitin' Down South: Andrew Bone of Bama Insider (ep. 90)
On the latest edition of Recruitin’ Down South we talked to recruiting reporter Andrew Bone (@AndrewJBone on Twitter) of Bama Insider the Alabama Rivals affiliate. We wanted to get his thoughts on the early signing day period and where the Tide will focus their attention in recruiting as we barrel toward the tradition signing period in February. Among the topics discussed on this episode: How is Alabama currently trending with Under Armour All-American and current commit Quay Walker? Could he flip to another SEC program? Bone suggest there’s some negative recruiting going on there. Will Alabama sign QB James Foster? How badly will they pursue the Alabama native? Where do things stand with five-star Patrick Surtain Jr.? Can Alabama lure him away from LSU? What about his teammate Tyson Campbell, where do the Tide stand with him? How does Jeremy Pruitt leaving affect Alabama’s 2018 recruiting class? Could Tennessee take advantage there? Has Kirby Smart surpassed Nick Saban on the recruiting trail? Why did five-star 2019 RB Trey Sanders decommit from Alabama? Can the Tide get back in with him? We couldn’t talk to Andrew without getting his thoughts on the upcoming title game and how many Alabama fans he expects to see inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Monday night.
Jan 03, 2018
Tim Tebow (ep. 89)
Ahead of the Playoff showdowns on New Year's Day, Heisman Trophy winner and current ESPN/SEC Network analyst Tim Tebow joined the show to break it all down. Tebow and SDS senior national columnist Connor O'Gara talked about all things Playoff, including the keys to victory for Alabama and Georgia. Tebow also shared his thoughts on the public perception of Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield, as well as some additional thoughts on the Benny Snell ejection that had Tebow fired up on Friday. Tebow joined the SDS Podcast on behalf of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. Ahead of the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, Tebow teamed up with Allstate All Hands In movement to refresh the APEX Youth Center, which is a drop-in center for at-risk youth committed to improving young lives through education, technology and the arts. For more information on Allstate's efforts in the community, fans can visit
Dec 31, 2017
First and 10: Adam Kramer (ep. 88)
Adam Kramer of Bleacher Report joins Matt Hayes to preview the upcoming CFP Semifinal games. Who is the most dangerous team in the playoff? Who will win the rubber match between Alabama and Clemson? Is Georgia's Jake Fromm a liability? Also..what's the likelyhood of an all-SEC national championship game? All that and much more.
Dec 29, 2017
Recruitin' Down South: Barton Simmons (ep. 87)
Host Michael Bratton is joined by possibly the biggest name in recruiting, Barton Simmons of 247Sports to talk about the ins and outs of the modern recruiting cycle. The conversation (start: 2:34) focuses less on the specificities of the current class and more on the process. 2017 has seen the whole recruiting landscape undergo the most significant change ever; how will it affect not only recruiting, but all of college football going forward?
Dec 28, 2017
Recruitin' Down South: Early Signing Period Aftermath with Rivals' Mike Farrell (ep. 86)
Grab your pom-poms and say YESSSSIR as this episode recaps the first day and a half of the nation's first Early Signing Period. The dust has settled, and it appears there's a new king of SEC recruiting: The Georgia Bulldogs. Host Michael Wayne Bratton dishes on his busy day covering recruiting for SDS and then brings in Mike Farrell of Rivals to recap the big picture. Farrell, dubbed "The Godfather of Recruiting," has seen a lot in his 19 years on the beat – how does this year's craziness compare?
Dec 21, 2017
Early Signing Period, Crowded Quarterback Depth Chart at Georgia (ep. 85)
Amid the Christmas rush, JC and Connor dish on the news around the SEC, including the busy recruiting cycle which has been amped up by the early signing period. From Wednesday to Friday, a three-day window opens up for recruits to sign their letters of intent. No longer do they have to wait until National Signing Day in February. When it's all said and done, will this solve some problems or simply create new ones? Additionally, JC and Connor take a look at the potential Jacob Eason-Jake Fromm-Justin Fields QB triangle for Georgia.
Dec 19, 2017
Recruitin' Down South: Early Signing Period Extravaganza (ep. 84)
Who's ready for some Crootin'? Host Michael Wayne Bratton (@SECMike on Twitter) talks about the ins and outs of the new early signing period from an insider's perspective. He is joined by his friend and fellow recruiting expert Mitch White, who is well-versed in the Southeast in general, as well as the recruiting hotbed of Memphis that he calls home. What is the early signing period, and who does it benefit? These guys have all the answers.
Dec 18, 2017
Corey Long on SEC Recruiting (ep. 83)
Corey Long, SDS's recruiting expert, joins the pod to talk about the whirlwind that will be SEC recruiting during the first early signing period in college football history.We're now less than a week away, so it's about time to prepare for what's coming. How much of an effect does Long think it had on the coaching carousel spinning as wildly as it did? Which coach was the most recruiting-specific hire? Additionally, Long tells a pretty wild story about the eventual signing of one-time Arkansas tailback Alex Collins. His mother and father weren't exactly on the same page.
Dec 14, 2017
First and 10: Jimmy Hyams (ep. 82)
Jimmy Hyams of WNML in Knoxville joins the pod to talk about the ins and outs of the Tennessee coaching search, and what's next for the Vols. Was Jeremy Pruitt the right hire(9:05)? Where did Philip Fulmer's beef start with John Currie, and was this whole process sabotaged from the start(3:35)? This and much more, including whether or not future draftees should skip their bowl games (21:10).
Dec 13, 2017
Anthony Dasher of (ep. 81)
Anthony Dasher, the managing editor of on the Rivals network, joins the pod to talk about the Playoff-bound Georgia Bulldogs. Even if Dasher picked Georgia to win the East this season, by how much did the Bulldogs actually exceed his expectations? The Jake Fromm story has been fun to watch unfold, but what does this mean for the future of Jacob Eason? Additionally, Dasher gets into UGA's matchup with Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl. Do the Dawgs have what it takes defensively to slow down Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield?
Dec 13, 2017
Shea Patterson to Michigan, Coaching Carousel, Future Heisman Candidates (ep. 80)
Connor joins JC in studio to discuss Shea Patterson leaving Ole Miss to go to Michigan, and other news around the SEC. It's hard to blame Patterson for saying goodbye to the Rebels and hello to the Wolverines, but how great can he be playing for Jim Harbaugh? All of a sudden Jordan Ta'amu is the full-time starter in Oxford. Is he ready for the role? Additionally, JC and Connor take a look into the crystal ball and try to locate some Heisman Trophy candidates from the SEC for 2018.
Dec 12, 2017
Aaron Suttles of The Tuscaloosa News (ep. 79)
Aaron Suttles of the Tuscaloosa News joins the pod to talk about the Playoff-bound Alabama Crimson Tide. While the Crimson Tide were ultimately included in the College Football Playoff, how confident were the players and coaches that they'd make it ahead of Ohio State? Suttles shares the perspective that he had. It might surprise you. Additionally, Suttles comments on the trials and tribulations of covering Nick Saban professionally. What kind of relationship do the two of them have these days?
Dec 08, 2017
Danny Kanell (ep. 78)
Danny Kanell of FSU and ESPN fame joins the pod to settle his perceived beef with the SEC and talk about all things college football. Far from afraid to voice his displeasure with the College Football Playoff, Kanell weighs in on Alabama getting the benefit of the doubt over Ohio State. Even if they didn't deserve it, does he at least think the Crimson Tide are one of the best four teams in America? Additionally, Kanell opens up about his surprising divorce from ESPN earlier this year. What's his relationship like with former radio partner Ryen Russillo these days?
Dec 07, 2017
First And 10: Brett McMurphy (ep. 77)
College football insider Brett McMurphy joins to break down the wild coaching carousel season and the College Football Playoff. As possibly the most connected man in college football, McMurphy shares his unique perspective. What's next for Tennessee, and who's really calling the shots in Knoxville? How did Florida land Dan Mullen, and what's going on up the road in Tallahassee? McMurphy has the answers. Also, Matt goes coast to coast with news around the SEC.
Dec 06, 2017
SEC Championship Review, Alabama vs. Ohio State Debate, All-SEC Team (ep. 76)
JC and Connor discuss the wild results of championship weekend in college football and how the SEC Championship shaped the Alabama vs. Ohio State coversation. It was a complete flip of the script from what we saw the first time when the Bulldogs played the Tigers. Now Georgia is battling Oklahoma in the College Football Playoff, while Auburn has to find motivation for UCF in the Peach Bowl. Additionally, JC and Connor break down some of the selections for the various All-SEC teams and grade the performance of the voters.
Dec 05, 2017
Matt Stinchcomb (ep. 75)
Former Georgia All-American and current SEC Network analyst Matt Stinchcomb joins the pod to talk aboout the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta, Stinchcomb broke down the previous Auburn-Georgia matchup, whether the Dawgs can contain Auburn's pass-rushers and what Kerryon Johnson's presence means on Saturday. He also gives his prediction for the conference title game. Ahead of the SEC Championship this weekend, Stinchcomb joined forces with the All Hands in Event in Atlanta, where he volunteered to help to build a community garden at the local Boys and Girls Club. Local Allstate agents and fans, as well as SEC Network’s Tim Tebow and legendary Auburn quarterback Jason Campbell all pitched in.  Fans are encouraged to follow #AllHandsIn on Twitter for more information on how to get involved with the Allstate All Hands In program.
Dec 01, 2017
Bobby Hebert (ep. 74)
Bobby Hebert, a Saints and Falcons QB known as "The Cajun Cannon," joins the pod to talk about his longtime friend Ed Orgeron and the temperate on the bayou after the Tigers' up and down season. Now a sports talk radio host in the Crescent City, Hebert spends a lot of his time talking LSU and has a relationship with coach Ed Orgeron going back 40 years. How should the Tigers feel about their 9-3 performance during the regular season? Additionally, Hebert shares his opinion on what the Bayou Bengals need to do in order to be more competitive with
Nov 30, 2017
Kirk Herbstreit (ep. 73)
The voice of college football, Kirk Herbstreit, joined the SDS Podcast to talk about this weekend's SEC Championship. The ESPN college football analyst offered his insights on what figures to be a thrilling rematch on Saturday in Atlanta. Can Auburn survive without Kerryon Johnson at 100 percent? Is Georgia capable of rallying back from a two-score deficit late? Will this be a completely different ballgame than the one we saw at Jordan-Hare? Herbstreit gave his take on all of those questions and more with host Connor O'Gara. Herbstreit joined SDS on behalf of Allstate's All Hands In program. Leading up to the SEC Championship this weekend, Kirk joined forces with the All Hands In event in Atlanta, which was organized to build a community garden at the local Boys & Girls Club. Fans are encouraged to follow the #AllHandsIn hashtag on Twitter to find more ways to get involved.
Nov 30, 2017
First And 10: Tony Barnhart (ep. 72)
Tony Barnhart of the SEC Network joins the Matt Hayes to discuss the wild week that has been in the SEC, as well as to preview the upcoming conference championship matchups. Tony knows college football as well as anyone, and he says that this slate of conference championships could be the most exciting he's ever seen. What kind of chaos will ensue with this many teams jockeying for position in the four-team playoff? Also, Matt gives his weekly breakdowns, as well as the picks that you've come to expect from First and 10.
Nov 30, 2017
Tennessee Disaster, Dan Mullen to Florida, Auburn-Georgia Rematch for SEC title (ep. 71)
The whole SEC has gone crazy, and it's up to JC and Connor to figure it all out. According to JC, the Volunteers might have the most delusional fan base in all of college football. They still think they're a destination job, yet so many coaches keep saying no. Just how far down the list was Tee Martin when the search first started? Additionally, the pair looks ahead to Auburn-Georgia 2.0 in the SEC Championship Game and makes their picks.
Nov 28, 2017
Dan Wolken (ep. 70)
Dan Wolken of USA Today joins the pod to talk about the Thanksgiving chaos that overwhelmed the SEC. From Tennessee to Texas A&M, nearly every team faced a bit of mayhem over the weekend. So where do we go from here? The coaching search at Tennessee has gotten totally out of control. What happened in the wake of the potential hiring of Greg Schiano was simply incredible to watch unfold. Who in their right mind wants to go to Rocky Top now? Additionally, Wolken gives his two cents worth on Jimbo Fisher. Would he really leave Florida State for Texas A&M?
Nov 28, 2017
Cupcake Week, Chip Kelly vs. Jon Gruden, Iron Bowl Preview (ep. 69)
It's the season of turkey and dressing across America, and the season of cupcakes in the SEC. But could cupcake week actually be good for college football? JC and Connor break it down. On one hand, it's a complete waste of time to see Alabama pull starters as early as the second quarter in a 56-0 whitewashing of Mercer. But on the other, some FCS teams might be able to have athletics at all if not for those payday games. Additionally, the pair breaks down the Iron Bowl and the impact it will have not only on the SEC race but the College Football Playoff.
Nov 22, 2017
Chris Davis (ep. 68)
It's the most wonderful time in the SEC: Iron Bowl season! We're kicking it off with Chris Davis, of "Kick Six" fame. Believe it or not, Davis grew up an Alabama fan. However, he never got an offer from the Crimson Tide, so he became a Tiger and eventually authored perhaps the most memorable play in Iron Bowl history. What does he see ahead of Saturday's matchup? Additionally, Davis talks about going through a coaching change from Gene Chizik to Gus Malzahn during his time on The Plains.
Nov 21, 2017
First And 10: Tommy Deas of The Tuscaloosa News (ep. 67)
Tuscaloosa News executive sports editor Tommy Deas, who grew up in Tuscaloosa, joins Matt Hayes to break down all things Iron Bowl. When is Nick Saban at his best? When he tells his off-the-field anecdotes like his recent tangent about kids wearing cut off jeans. The pair of longtime SEC reporters talks about their favorite Saban stories. Also, these two teams may be more similar than we realize, but it appears to be the same old Alabama. Do the Tigers have a real shot at an upset? Plus, Matt breaks down each game in the Rivalry Week slate and gives his picks.
Nov 20, 2017
First and 10: John Adams (ep. 66)
John Adams of the Knoxville News Sentinel joins Matt Hayes to talk about the recent goings on around Rocky Top. The discussion ranges from where Butch Jones went wrong to where Tennessee goes next and some of the unique challenges that the UT job presents. Matt then shares his thoughts from around the SEC and gives his weekly picks.
Nov 16, 2017
Bo Mattingly (ep. 65)
Bo Mattingly joins the pod to talk Arkansas, and the wacky fortunes that have recently befallen the program in Fayetteville. Athletic director Jeff Long was just relieved of his duties Wednesday, so what does that mean for the future of coach Bret Bielema? If Bielema is indeed on his way out of Fayetteville, who may the Razorbacks target for the potential opening? Also, Mattingly goes into detail on Hogs quarterback Austin Allen. Why didn't he have the big senior season so many expected?
Nov 16, 2017
Butch Jones out at Tennessee, playoff push for Alabama, Auburn, Georgia (ep. 64)
On this episdoe of the Saturday Down South podcast, host John Crist and co-host Connor O'Gara discuss Butch Jones mercifully getting pink-slipped at Tennessee. While this wasn't exactly breaking news, Volunteers athletic director John Currie sure took his sweet time making up his mind. Can a big-name coach succeed relatively quickly on Rocky Top, or is yet another rebuild on the horizon? Additionally, JC and Connor discuss the College Football Playoff hopes for the triumvirate of Alabama, Auburn and Georgia.
Nov 14, 2017
Justin Strawn of For Whom the Cowbell Tolls (ep. 63)
Justin Strawn, manager of For Whom the Cowbell Tolls, SB Nation's Mississippi State site, joins the pod to talk all things Maroon and White leading up to the Bulldogs' battle with Alabama this weekend. Defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons might have come to Mississippi State under controversial circumstances, but he's already lived up to his 5-star billing. On the other side of the ball, what's different about quarterback Nick Fitzgerald from last year to this year? Additionally, coach Dan Mullen's name is being thrown around at places like Florida and Tennessee. Is he a threat to leave Starkville?
Nov 10, 2017
John Parker Wilson (ep. 62)
Former Alabama QB John Parker Wilson joins the pod to talk about the foundation of Alabama's dynasty and where their future lies. While he originally signed with and suited up for Mike Shula, Wilson was Nick Saban's first signal caller upon taking over the Crimson Tide. What was the first moment when he realized that things were about to be very different in Tuscaloosa? Additionally, because he still lives and makes a living in the Birmingham area, how often does being an old 'Bama QB come in handy?
Nov 09, 2017
First and 10: Olin Buchanan of TexAgs (ep. 61)
Matt is joined by Texas A&M expert Olin Buchanan as the two break down the Kevin Sumlin administration and the truly bizarre stats and records that have been produced by it. What is the future of the Aggies, and of Sumlin himself? Olin has the answers. Also, Matt previews the Week 11 slate of games and gives his weekly picks.
Nov 07, 2017
Florida-Missouri, Monster Matchups in Week 11 for Georgia, Alabama (ep. 60)
JC and Connor discuss a bevy of topics from Week 10, including Mizzou's big win against a rudderless Florida team. The Tigers played really well on both sides of the ball, while the Gators looked completely disinterested in the wake of Jim McElwain losing his job. Was the result more a product of Mizzou figuring things out or UF trending in the wrong direction? Additionally, Georgia and Alabama are facing possibly their biggest tests of the season this weekend in Auburn and Mississippi State. How will they fare?
Nov 07, 2017
Nico Johnson (ep. 59)
Former Alabama LB Nico Johnson joins the pod to talk about playing for the Tide, their rivalry with the LSU Tigers and his life after football. In four seasons with Alabama, Johnson won three national titles playing defense for coach Nick Saban. Not only does he tell the story of decleating Kentucky's Randall Cobb, but he also has a tale about getting decleated by LSU's Odell Beckham Jr. Additionally, since he just retired from professional football at the age of 27, what does Johnson plan to do with the rest of his life?
Nov 02, 2017
Gene Chizik (ep. 58)
Former Auburn coach and current SEC Network analyst Gene Chizik joins the pod to talk about the state of the SEC – and about those Auburn Tigers. Alabama and Georgia are not only the two best teams in the SEC but in the entire nation according to the first College Football Playoff rankings. When Chizik watches them on film, what does he see specifically from the Crimson Tide and Bulldogs? Additionally, since they won a national title together at Auburn, what kind of relationship does he have with Cam Newton today? And what about those demanding fans on The Plains?
Nov 02, 2017
First and 10: Mike Bianchi (ep. 57)
Jim McElwain is out in Gainesville in one of the most bizarre seasons The Swamp has ever seen. Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel joins Matt Hayes, and the pair of Florida insiders discuss what went wrong for Mac, and where the Gators go next. Also, Matt gives his weekly picks and dishes on news from around the SEC.
Oct 31, 2017
McElwain, SEC Hot Seat Talk, LSU-Bama (ep. 56)
For this episode of the Saturday Down South podcast, host John Crist and co-host Connor O'Gara discuss the somewhat shocking ouster of Jim McElwain at Florida. Despite getting to the SEC Championship Game in each of his first two seasons, it became clear rather quickly that McElwain wasn't a great fit for the Gators. But this is still a Top 10 job in America, so who are some of the obvious candidates? Additionally, JC and Connor look ahead to Saturday's big showdown between LSU and Alabama. Can the Bayou Bengals give the Crimson Tide a game?
Oct 31, 2017
First And 10: Pat Dooley (ep. 55)
Florida insider Pat Dooley joins Matt Hayes to break down Jim McElwain’s crazy week at Florida, and the Florida-Georgia game. Matt also shares his thoughts from around the SEC and gives his picks against the spread.
Oct 26, 2017
Florida—Georgia, Heisman Trophy Candidates, College Football Playoff Contenders (ep. 54)
With a light week of SEC football, all eyes are on the Florida/Georgia game, where some weird things have happened in years past. As the season winds down, JC and Connor talk about the postseason, and the country's most coveted award, the Heisman trophy.
Oct 26, 2017
Danny Wuerffel (ep. 53)
Florida great Danny Wuerffel joins the John Crist to talk about Gators past, present, and future. A Heisman Trophy winner and National Champion at Florida, Danny talks about how the Gators' offense has changed over the years, and how his coach, Steve Spurrier, compares to current Gators' head man Jim McElwain. Also, as a Heisman voter, JC talks with Wuerffel about how the process can be improved, and how the award is really decided.
Oct 26, 2017
Bobby Humphrey (ep. 52)
Bobby Humphrey, an Alabama legend at running back, and the father of first-round draft pick Marlon Humphrey, joins the pod. Bobby talks about his family; his wife was a UAB track star, and his other four children have had prolific sports careers of their own. They also talk about the rise of Alabama from Bear Bryant, to Gene Stallings, to Nick Saban and Bobby's place in Alabama history as the third leading rusher of all time.
Oct 19, 2017
First And 10: Dennis Dodd (ep. 51)
Dennis Dodd from joins Matt Hayes to talk about the end of Butch Jones at Tennessee, two SEC teams in the College Football Playoff and more.
Oct 18, 2017
LSU's Comeback, Texas A&M's Late Rally, Looking Ahead to Tennessee-Alabama (ep. 50)
On the 50th episode of the SDS Podcast, JC and Connor talk about a surprisingly eventful week 7 in the SEC. After looking dead in the water, suddenly LSU is good and Coach O is a tactical least for now. The Bayou Bengals made the key adjustments against their orange counterparts on Saturday, but what does this mean for the West? Speaking of coaching makeovers, Kevin Sumlin looked to be a dead man walking after the Aggies' historic collapse in Week 1, but their only loss has come to Alabama since. Where does A&M fit into the SEC standings? Some coaches have been unable to save their sinking ships, however. Butch Jones heads into Bryant–Denny this weekend as a historic underdog. Is there any hope left that he can save face, and his job?
Oct 17, 2017
The SEC's Haves and Have Nots, JC's Finebaum Visit, Second-Half Predictions (ep. 49)
As midseason approaches, the gulf between the SEC's elite teams and their serfs becomes greater with each passing week. Could any team on the rise look to break that trend, and what will the second half look like for each SEC team? John Crist and Connor O'Gara have you covered. Plus – what does it look like behind the scenes at the Paul Finebaum Show, the SEC's holy tabernacle? JC went to North Carolina to see for himself.
Oct 13, 2017
The Devon Gales Story (ep. 48)
On September 26, 2015, Georgia kicker Marshall Morgan collided with Southern's Devon Gales on a routine kickoff play. A twist of fate made this one tackle anything but routine, however, as Gales would be carted off the field and paralyzed from the waist down. Now, the two have formed a bond as close as brothers, as Marshall and Devon go on about their adult lives forever linked by that one play.
Oct 12, 2017
Jayson Swain on Tennessee's QB Situation (ep. 47)
Former Tennessee WR and current radio host Jayson Swain talks to host Connor O'Gara on the state of Tennessee football in light of the recent QB drama. The duo talks about Butch Jones, the future of the program, and how the administration can turn it around and build a winner on Rocky Top.
Oct 12, 2017
Fist and 10: Danny Etling (ep. 46)
Fresh off a big win against Florida, LSU QB Danny Etling joins Matt Hayes to talk all things LSU football, and if that victory can be a turning point in an underwhelming season so far. Also, Matt gives his weekly picks, and dishes on the biggest news across the conference. Alabama, Auburn, and Georgia are hot, while many other programs find their coaches on the hot seat. How will all this play out going forward? Matt answers those questions and many more.
Oct 11, 2017
Tennessee Insider Michael Bratton (ep. 45)
SEC insider and Tennessee graduate Michael Wayne Bratton joins the pod to talk UT football and the future of Butch Jones. The pair discusses Jones’s cliches and how they've begun to wear on the fanbase, the pros and cons of Dormady vs. Guarantano, and another year of injuries for a team that can't seem to catch a break.
Oct 05, 2017
Mizzou Insider Adam Spencer (ep. 44)
SDS's Missouri expert Adam Spencer joins the pod to talk about the recent struggles of his alma mater, and how they can get back on track in a weak SEC East. Topics discussed include Barry Odom’s future, Drew Lock’s struggles and Josh Heupel’s system.
Oct 05, 2017
First and 10: Mike Slive (ep. 43)
Matt Hayes sits down with his friend and former SEC commissioner Mike Slive to discuss the league, as well as The Mike Slive Foundation. A survivor of prostate cancer himself, Slive has dedicated his life to helping spread awareness and find a cure for the deadly disease. Then, Matt shares his thoughts on the SEC in a world where Auburn and Georgia are establishing themselves and seats across the conference are heating up.
Oct 05, 2017
Georgia is for Real, Best Unranked Team in SEC, Trouble for Coach O (ep. 42)
After Week 5, the smoke has cleared and the contenders are a bit more clear in the SEC . John Crist and Connor O'Gara discuss the teams that made statements, including the rolling Georgia Bulldogs, as well as the league's best unranked team. Also, there's trouble brewing on the bayou, and Coach O is instantly on the hot seat after an embarrassing loss to Troy. Can he recover? All this, and much more.
Oct 03, 2017
Ainsley Earhardt (ep. 41)
Ainsley Earhardt of Fox News fame joins John Crist to talk about growing up in the great state of South Carolina and how attending USC shaped her as a person. They discuss the modern world of the Clemson/South Carolina rivalry, on which Earhardt is an expert. She may live in the most divided house in America, as she married former Clemson QB Will Proctor. As the SEC and ACC battle for fans in The Palmetto State, this rivalrty is more intense than ever.
Oct 03, 2017
Matt Stinchcomb (ep. 40)
Former Georgia All-American and current SEC Network analyst Matt Stinchcomb joins host Connor O'Gara to discuss the latest hot topics around the league, including whether the Bulldogs are for real. They also discuss some SEC second-half predictions and Matt shares his identical Steve Spurrier imitation. Matt joins the SDS podcast on behalf of the 2017 AFCA Good Works Team.
Sep 28, 2017
First and 10: Brett McMurphy (ep. 39)
National college football reporter Brett McMurphy joins Matt Hayes to discuss the possibility of the SEC getting two teams in the College Football Playoff, and the league’s bowl outlook, as well as some creative solutions to the yearly issues with college football's final four. Also, Butch Jones' seat gets hotter, Matt's picks against the spread, and much more.
Sep 27, 2017
Andre Woodson (ep. 38)
Kentucky legend Andre Woodson, who could be the Wildcats' best signal-caller of all time, joins the pod to talk about the Wildcats' current team, as well as issues beyond football. What does a former UK great like Woodson think about Mark Stoop, and how does the team unpack last week's collapse against Florida? Woodson has the answers. Also, as a quarterback born into a military family, Woodson has a unique perspective on the recent national anthem protests. Woodson and host John Crist discuss this, as well as the moments when sports and politics intersect.
Sep 26, 2017
Eason vs. Fromm, Jones and Tennessee, Preseason Predictions Revisited (ep. 37)
With 1/3 of the schedule already decided, the college football season is flying by. So what have we learned? Connor and JC discuss the surprising quarterback battle between Jake Fromm and Jacob Eason for the undefeated Bulldogs, which is a pretty good problem to have. On the flip side – has Butch Jones reached his ceiling at Tennessee? Last week's nail-biter against UMass certainly didn't do him any favors with the uneasy fan base. Also, JC and Connor look back at their preseason predictions to see how they have turned out so far.
Sep 26, 2017
Kentucky Kicker Austin MacGinnis (ep. 36)
Kentucky kicker Austin MacGinnis joins the show to talk about the Wildcats' rise and the finer points of kicking in big-time moments on the biggest stage of college football.
Sep 22, 2017
Chris Doering (ep. 35)
Former All-SEC wide receiver Chris Doering joins John Crist to talk about his alma mater, the Florida Gators. Topics include everything from Doering's playing days alongside Danny Wuerffel to diagnosing the Gators' modern offensive struggles, and just who is most qualified to play QB in Gainesville.
Sep 21, 2017
First and 10: Stephen Johnson (ep. 34)
Kentucky QB Stephen Johnson joins Matt Hayes to talk about the Wildcats' surprising start to the season, and to preview their upcoming game against Florida. Matt then shares his thoughts from around college football, including Florida's anemic offense, his picks for the week, and the real story behind why Chip Kelly isn't back in college football.
Sep 20, 2017
SEC Buy or Sell, Breakout Players and Bielema vs. Sumlin in the Hot Seat Bowl (ep. 33)
After a hurricane-induced bye week, JC and Connor talk about the biggest news in the SEC including the breakout performances by Mississippi State, Kentucky, and Vanderbilt. The pair discusses which players and teams have proven themselves through three weeks, and how Saturday could be a must-win for both Bret Bielema and Kevin Sumlin.
Sep 19, 2017
First and 10: Chris Low of ESPN (ep. 32)
In the wake of Hurricane Irma, Matt Hayes sits down with his friend Chris Low of ESPN to discuss recent events in college football. Topics include Florida's offense, Auburn's dud against Clemson, how to properly handle being berated by a coach as a media member, and much more.
Sep 14, 2017
First And 10: Sony Michel (ep. 31)
Georgia tailback Sony Michel joins Matt Hayes to talk about a historic trip to Notre Dame, how he almost picked the Irish during his recruitment and his rap career. Matt then talks about the biggest news in the SEC including the Curious Case of the Garbage Can, this week's picks and much more.
Sep 07, 2017
Jacob Hester (ep. 30)
LSU great Jacob Hester joins the SDS pod to talk about the current Tigers squad and the state of the SEC. The pair discusses recent changes in Baton Rouge – everything from Orgeron and Les Miles to Matt Canada and the new-look offense. And as a former LSU running back, Hester gives his opinion on two others: Leonard Fournette and Derrius Guice, and which one will have a better college career when its all said and done.
Sep 07, 2017
A&M collapse, FSU-Bama, Georgia QB situation (ep. 29)
JC and Connor talk about the wild Week 1 in the SEC, which included some heavy hitters, and some sneaky matchups that turned out to be better than advertised. Where does A&M stand after another collapse – the worst so far under Kevin Sumlin? Alabama looked as dominant as ever on Saturday, should the rest of the SEC be worried? Also, Georgia QB Jacob Eason went down against App State and freshman Jake Fromm was impressive, could there be a QB controversy brewing in Athens?
Sep 05, 2017
Florida Suspensions, SEC Non-Conference Games, CFP Picks (ep. 28)
John Crist and Connor O'Gara discuss Florida's depleted roster heading into the Michigan game and the important non-conference games for SEC teams not named Alabama this weekend. Plus both John and Connor make their picks for the College Football Playoff in 2017.
Aug 31, 2017
First and 10: Hayden Hurst (ep. 27)
It's opening week in the SEC and Matt Hayes has you covered with an exclusive interview with South Carolina TE Hayden Hurst, as well as his thoughts on the league as a whole. Hurst talks about his journey from high school to minor league baseball to his current spot as one of the most dynamic tight ends in America. He discusses what it's like to play for Will Muschamp, and what the Gamecocks expect out of Week 1.
Aug 31, 2017
Tommy Tuberville (ep. 26)
Tommy Tuberville is an SEC legend whose path has taken him from Oxford to Auburn to Cincinnati, and now into the broadcast booth at ESPN. His undefeated season at Auburn will always be remembered for what could've been, but his record vs. Alabama leaves little doubt about his place in SEC history. Coach Tuberville joins the pod to talk about his journey, the transition to ESPN, the current state of the SEC – and those Auburn Tigers, who might be desitined for similar success.
Aug 29, 2017
Most Interesting Players/Teams/Coaches in the SEC, Steve McNair, Best QBs in the Conference (ep. 25)
John Crist and Connor O'Gara go into full breakdown mode as the season approaches, tackling which players, coaches and teams will be the most interesting in 2017. In that same vein, the pair ranks the starting QBs in the conference from top to bottom. Also, an interesting discovery by Connor: Steve McNair may be the best college football player in the history of the state of Mississippi. So why isn't he in the College Football Hall of Fame?
Aug 24, 2017
Aaron Murray (ep. 24)
Former Georgia QB and current CBS broadcaster Aaron Murray joins host John Crist to talk about both phases of his career, and the transition between them. The pair also discusses Murray's NFL performance and the college similarities between Murray and another freshman phenom – Jacob Eason. Of course, we had to ask him about the 2012 SEC Championship Game and his performance in one of the biggest games, as well as one of the most legendary plays in SEC history.
Aug 24, 2017
First and 10: Nick Fitzgerald (ep. 23)
Matt Hayes welcomes Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald to discuss his progression under Dan Mullen, the quarterbacks he likes to watch and whether or not dual threat quarterbacks get a bad rap in the SEC. Later, Hayes discusses the quarterback situation across the league and gives some quick thoughts on the marquee week one matchups.
Aug 23, 2017
SEC Preview with Matt Hinton (ep. 22)
With Alabama taking a lone spot in the AP top 10, the rest of the SEC is wide open. How will it all play out when the dust settles? Who could be sneaky good, and which teams are all hype? College football veteran Matt Hinton joins the pod to discuss all the possibilities.
Aug 22, 2017
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl CEO Gary Stokan (ep. 21)
Gary Stokan, the CEO of the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl joins the pod to talk about one of the biggest non-conference matchups in recent memory: Alabama vs. Florida State. This year's Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game will set the stage for the College Football Playoff, and Stokan is the man that put it all together. Stokan also talks to host Connor O'Gara about how he met Nick Saban back in his LSU days, and how that relationship has grown over the years, leading up to this matchup.
Aug 18, 2017
Jarrett Stidham Hype, Saban’s Biggest Helpers, Happy Birthday to The SEC Network (ep. 20)
Auburn QB Jarrett Stidham, is he the real deal? JC and Connor debate the pros and cons of Auburn's new signal caller. Dynasties like Alabama weren't built in a day – and contrary to popular opinion, they weren't built by Nick Saban alone. The pair dive into the ten people other than Saban who helped turned Alabama into what it is.
Aug 17, 2017
Pat Dooley Of The Gainesville Sun (ep. 19)
There's big news brewing in The Swamp, and veteran Gators writer Pat Dooley of the Gainesville Sun is the perfect person to hash it out. Dooley joins John Crist to talk about the suspension of Antonio Callaway, how it affects the team, and if his talent is worth all the off-the-field troubles. The pair also delves into all things Gators, including Florida's current QB situation, and how all of this affects the SEC as a whole.
Aug 15, 2017
Blake Barnett and Cooper Batemen vs. Nick Saban, Josh Rosen vs. Alabama (ep. 18)
Two former Alabama quarterbacks are speaking out against the leadership in Tuscaloosa, but could they have a point? And speaking of outspoken QBs, UCLA's Josh Rosen didn't pull any punches when he called out the NCAA and Alabama in a recent interview. All that and much more in this episode.
Aug 10, 2017
Stories Down South: IMG Academy, A Football Factory (ep. 17)
IMG Academy is a high school unlike any other. From the state-of-the-art facilities to the big-name coaches patrolling the sidelines, it has become the epicenter of college football recruiting in America. When you look past the hype and the high expectations, however, these are just regular high school kids trying to make it in the world of big-time college football.
Aug 09, 2017
Vince Dooley (ep. 16)
Legendary Georgia coach Vince Dooley joins the pod to talk about all things SEC and UGA. He delves into what it's like to coach the great Herschel Walker, shares his opinions on Mark Richt, Kirby Smart, and his son, former UT coach Derek Dooley, as well as some stories from his glory days of coaching in the SEC.
Aug 08, 2017
Malik Zaire, SEC-Big Ten sister schools, previewing AP Top 25 (ep. 15)
John Crist and Connor O'Gara discuss expectations for Florida QB Malik Zaire, comparing the not-so-differences in the B1G and SEC, and what to make of the latest AP Top 25 poll.
Aug 04, 2017
Phil Savage on Alabama Football (ep. 14)
Phil Savage joined SDS earlier this month at SEC Media Days to discuss his new book on the Crimson Tide, Nick Saban's evolution, what to expect from Jalen Hurts in 2017, replacing OJ Howard, and how Alabama's defense will reload after losing so much talent.
Aug 03, 2017
Jordy Hultberg on LSU (ep. 13)
John Crist talks to Jordy Hultberg of 103.7 in Lafayette to discuss the upcoming LSU football season, his insights as a former LSU basketball player, covering Ben Simmons and playing under legendary coach Dale Brown.
Aug 01, 2017
Chris Brooks on Ole Miss, Miss. State (ep. 12)
John Crist is joined by Chris Brooks of Mississippi Gridiron, as they discuss Hugh Freeze, Mississippi State and football in the Magnolia State.
Jul 27, 2017
Tom Hart (ep. 11)
SEC Network's Tom Hart joined SDS earlier this month at SEC Media Days to talk about his new broadcasting trio with Jordan Rodgers and Cole Cubelic, calling big time night games, dealing with Jordan Rodgers' Bachelorette fame, which SEC coaches are open with the media and who he likes in the SEC in 2017.
Jul 24, 2017
Stories Down South: The Legend of Coach O (ep. 10)
In our first edition of our documentary series entitled "Stories Down South," the SDS team spends time in the Bayou, including Ed Orgeron's home town of Larose, to learn more about the man now at the helm of LSU football.
Jul 19, 2017
Peter Burns (ep. 9)
SEC Network's Peter Burns talks to Saturday Down South about his path to broadcasting, SEC football and filling in for Paul Finebaum. Plus, Burns gives his opinion on the upcoming SEC football season.
Jul 17, 2017
Gary Danielson (ep. 8)
Gary Danielson joins us to discuss calling SEC games without Verne Lundquist, analyzing his own broadcasting performances, the state of the quarterback position in the league in 2017, how Johnny Manziel's success was 'catastrophic' for the SEC, his concerns over how offense is played right now, and why Tennessee is hard to feature in primetime television late in the season.
Jul 14, 2017
SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey (ep. 7)
SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey joins us to discuss a wide range of topics including his love of U2, the "Auburn to the East" narrative and potentially moving SEC Media Days in the future.
Jul 13, 2017
Greg McElroy (ep. 6)
Greg McElroy joins us for a rapid fire discussion of every quarterback in the SEC. Who does McElroy like going into the season and which teams should be concerned?
Jul 13, 2017
Laura Rutledge (ep. 5)
SEC Network's Laura Rutledge talks to us about her new role on the SEC Network, staying neutral despite being a graduate from an SEC school, working with Tim Tebow, her Miss America participation and her thoughts on the upcoming college football season.
Jul 12, 2017
Paul Finebaum (ep. 4)
Paul Finebaum joins us to discuss the evolution of his radio show, how he chooses callers, how the Harvey Updyke call helped his show, his views on the event of SEC Media Days, his disappointment with Tennessee's lowered expectations, Nick Saban's domination of the SEC, how to get fired from Auburn and whether or not Alabama is too big to fail or not at this point.
Jul 11, 2017
Cole Cubelic (ep. 3)
SEC Network's Cole Cubelic joins us to discuss offensive line play in the SEC, running the RPO in college football, Cam Robinson's reputation at Alabama, Austin Allen's hits in 2016, his picks for the SEC divisions and his darkhorse SEC East team.
Jul 11, 2017
Dennis Dodd (ep. 2)
Dennis Dodd from CBS Sports joined us on set at SEC Media Days to discuss the state of the Southeastern Conference, the case for expanding the College Football Playoff field and who he sees coming out of each SEC division this season.
Jul 10, 2017
Booger McFarland (ep. 1)
Booger McFarland joins us to talk about the state of the defensive line in the SEC, his dust-up with Myles Garrett earlier this year, his views on Ed Orgeron leading the LSU Tigers, the rivalry between Florida and the Bayou Bengals and his picks for the winners of the East and West in 2017.
Jul 10, 2017
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Jul 02, 2017