|Expectations are higher than ever for Jadeveon Clowney. If he meets/exceeds them, a Heisman could follow. (US Presswire)|
It has been less than a week since Nick Saban and Alabama lifted the crystal ball in Sun Life Stadium, and we are already jonesing for a college football fix.
Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) joins me for a Doddcast edition of the Eye On College Football Podcast to review the fallout from the BCS title game and get you educated on the biggest stories to watch in the 2013 offseason.
We begin with the very large elephant in the room -- the one sporting the crimson A -- and put Alabama's BCS title win in perspective. Dennis says Nick Saban's third championship in four years certifies the Tide as a modern day dynasty, and we discuss whether the championship reflected more on the SEC as a conference or Alabama as a program. With the mass exodus at LSU, we look at Texas A&M's prospects as the team most likely to derail another title run.
Dennis and I then proceed to take a trip around the country, tackling topics that range from Mack Brown's ongoing evolution of Texas football to Louisville's momentum behind Charlie Strong and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
I always enjoy getting Dennis' take on the off-field changes and shifts in the college football landscape. This week we tackle the scheduling of the National Semifinals in the four-team playoff, and how the common complaint of "meaningless bowl games" will not be erased by the new system. Also tune in for a primer on what's ahead for San Diego State and the Big East, as well as the Big 12's interest in a conference title game with just 10 teams.
We wrap with the "Need to Know For 2013" lightning round, as Dennis identifies the players, coaches, and stories to watch heading into next season. I won't spoil the entire segment, but I will say that one of Dennis' players to watch is tied directly to his intriguing storyline: the rise of Heisman candidates on the defensive side of the ball.
Short on time? Check the contents below for specific topics
0:00 -- Doddcast Intro, Jonesing for a football fix
2:00 -- Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick said Alabama was "better than everyone." Was it just on Monday night, or all through 2012?
4:30 -- This BCS title domination is more about Alabama (three in four years under Saban) than the SEC (7 BCS titles in a row)
8:30 -- I pitch Texas A&M as the "new LSU." Dennis counters with suggesting the Aggies can replace Alabama, at least for a season.
10:30 -- Teams heading opposite directions at the end of 2012: Louisville (trending up) and LSU (trending down)
12:15 -- Dennis projects a "fluid year" ahead in the Big 12, with an improving Texas team as the favorite and Oklahoma State as a team to watch.
14:45 -- "Same As It Ever Was;" the playoff is great, but it will not fix the common complaints regarding the current bowl system.
19:00 -- A look into the future for the Big East, Mountain West, San Diego State, and the next steps in conference realignment.
24:00 -- Need to Know For 2013: Players with the most pressure next season
25:15 -- Need to Know for 2013: Coaches with the most pressure next season
26:50 -- Need to Know for 2013: Most controversial off-field news before August
28:30 -- Need to Know for 2013: Dennis' most intriguing storylines
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