Cover 3 College Football Podcast

Cover 3 College Football Podcast is the perfect call for any die-hard fan. Join hosts Chip Patterson and Barton Simmons as they take you from National Signing Day to the national championship with in-depth analysis from some of the biggest names in the sport. Cover 3 offers insider insight on the hottest topics in college football, tells you who is creating a buzz and previews each weekend with against-the-spread locks. From coaching searches to quarterback battles and everything in between, Cover 3 has it locked down.

Cover 3 College Football Podcast

Cover 3 College Football Podcast is the perfect call for any die-hard fan. Join hosts Chip Patterson and Barton Simmons as they take you from National Signing Day to the national championship with in-depth analysis from some of the biggest names in the sport. Cover 3 offers insider insight on the hottest topics in college football, tells you who is creating a buzz and previews each weekend with against-the-spread locks. From coaching searches to quarterback battles and everything in between, Cover 3 has it locked down.

Most Recent Episode

  • 2021 College Football Win Totals Predictions: ACC Coastal (07/26)

    The Cover 3 crew picks win totals for UNC, Miami and more. After opening up with a check-in on the Big 12 as Oklahoma and Texas officially made their intentions to leave known (1:30), the 2021 Cover 3 Win Totals series begins with a double-digit total for North Carolina (6:00) and a discussion as whether Miami overcome a difficult schedule and win the Coastal (14:00). Plus, Pitt as a chaos team (20:00), how much Justin Funete’s hot seat should factor in win total predictions (27:30) and more win total breakdowns for Virginia (33:45), Georgia Tech (41:00) and Duke (46:45). 


    Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts. 

    Watch Cover 3 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/cover3

    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@TomFornelli@DannyKanell, @BudElliott3

    For more college football coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/

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Episodes of This Show

  • 🚨TEXAS AND OKLAHOMA ARE REALLY GOING TO LEAVE THE BIG 12!!! FOR THE SEC!?! (7/23)

    The Cover 3 crew discusses the breaking news around conference realignment. Chip Patterson and Danny Kanell discuss the fallout from Texas and Oklahoma's plans to leave the Big 12, what the SEC might look like with its two potential new members and what's next for all of college football.

  • 🚨 Conference realignment: Texas, Oklahoma reportedly eyeing Big 12 split, will SEC say yes? (07/22) 🚨

    The Cover 3 crew breaks down the possibility of Texas and Oklahoma joining the SEC. Chip Patterson, Bud Elliott and Tom Fornelli link up for an emergency podcast to discuss one of the biggest stories in college sports. The conversation begins with how realistic the monumental move seems at this point, but also includes the many dynamics of the Texas-Texas A&M relationship, whether either school could pursue independence or join another league if the SEC says no and much, much more. 

    Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts. 

    Watch Cover 3 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/cover3

    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@TomFornelli@DannyKanell, @BudElliott3

    For more college football coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/

    To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/

  • Nick Saban’s ‘seven-figure’ NIL guess for Bryce Young, ACC’s new boss, more (07/21)

    The Cover 3 crew shares takeaways from media days at the ACC and SEC. First, the big-picture takeaways from new ACC commissioner Jim Phillips, including playoff expansion, NIL and a call for re-thinking the NCAA and college sports governance (3:30). Then, why Nick Saban’s “seven-figure” guess for Bryce Young’s money made in the NIL era is probably close to accurate (14:00), Clemson and UNC players speaking out against the 12-team playoff proposal (25:50) and some debate on the construction of a preseason all-conference team (36:00). 


    Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts. 

    Watch Cover 3 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/cover3

    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@TomFornelli@DannyKanell, @BudElliott3

    For more college football coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/

    To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/

  • Underrated 2021 storylines: Penn State’s bounce back, Year 2 coaches and more (07/19)

    The Cover 3 crew talks key topics under the radar in the 2021 college football preview. The conversation begins in the Big Ten where Ohio State, Michigan and Nebraska are going to get plenty of attention but Penn State is one of the most interesting teams in the conference (2:30). Then, the many narratives around the very fluid middle pack in the Big 12 (9:00), notable coaches going into Year 2 (14:30), the impact of immediately eligible transfers who project to be Power Five starters (17:30), the Pac-12’s non-conference schedule (23:00) and the second-best team in the ACC Atlantic (31:00). Finally, headlines from a busy weekend on the recruiting trail that included Lincoln Riley getting a commitment from another five-star quarterback (41:45).


    Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts. 

    Watch Cover 3 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/cover3

    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@TomFornelli@DannyKanell, @BudElliott3

    For more college football coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/

    To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/

  • Mailbag! What schools could woo Mark Stoops away from Kentucky? (07/16)

    The Cover 3 crew answers listener questions on Kentucky football, Hawaii recruiting and more. First, kicking things off with a review of Dennis Dodd’s hot seat rankings (1:30) before the mailbag brings some reaction to our Coaching Staff Draft (10:00). Then, why Kentucky coach Mark Stoops has one of the best contracts in college sports (15:00) and times a school lost a coach and upgraded with his replacement (20:20). Finally, the story of Ohio State wide receiver Chris Olave brings recruiting rankings into focus (25:50) and why it’s hard to recruit to Hawaii (32:30). 


    Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts. 

    Watch Cover 3 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/cover3

    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@TomFornelli@DannyKanell, @BudElliott3

    For more college football coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/

    To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/

  • Big 12 Media Days Preview: Questions for Oklahoma, Texas, Iowa State (07/14)

    The Cover 3 crew is joined by Ben Kercheval to talk Matt Campbell and more Big 12 topics. First, why a former 5-star wide receiver’s transfer away from Georgia says about the Bulldogs’ depth at the position (1:30) and reflecting on the career of Frank Solich after his retirement announcement on Wednesday (8:55). Then it’s on to the burning questions for the players and coaches at Big 12 Media Days, including what’s expected from Oklahoma’s defense and whether Steve Sarkisian will have Texas competing for a conference title in year one (15:00). Finally, Ben discusses how Matt Campbell has positioned Iowa State to do something it's never done before, and what needs to happen to beat out Oklahoma for the Big 12 title (33:30). 


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    Check out Ben’s feature on Matt Campbell and Iowa State: https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/iowa-state-coach-matt-campbell-tasked-with-leading-cyclones-past-unprecedented-expectations-in-2021/



    Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts. 

    Watch Cover 3 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/cover3

    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@TomFornelli@DannyKanell, @BudElliott3

    For more college football coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/

    To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/

  • Around the Clock with 247Sports: Michigan Wolverines (07/13)

    Sam Webb joins Bud Elliott to preview a big year for Jim Harbaugh and Michigan. Sam covers the Wolverines for The Michigan Insider on 247Sports and he helps us take a look back at a strange 2020 season and set the expectations for the team in 2021. Tune in to find out what you can take away from last year’s struggles and how the program addressed those issues, the quarterback battle between Cade McNamara and J.J. McCarthy, what the defense will look like in the post-Don Brown era and much more. Plus, with an eye on the win total the question must be asked: is 8-4 good enough for Jim Harbaugh and this staff? 


    Get all the latest on Michigan football at The Michigan Insider and check out their current deal of one month of a VIP subscription for only $1


    Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts. 

    Watch Cover 3 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/cover3

    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@TomFornelli@DannyKanell, @BudElliott3

    For more college football coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/

    To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/

  • Take your pick: Florida or Texas A&M, Penn State or Wisconsin, Miami or UNC (07/12)

    The Cover 3 crew discusses the NFL, teams with the best 5-year outlook and more. First, continuing the discussion of college football program and Euro sides in the wake of Itay’s win over England (6:15) and an interesting hypothetical that limits NFL teams to signing players that went to school within a 300 mile radius — if this is the case, who are the powers in the AFC and NFC (7:55)? Then, a listener has some either/or options from each Power Five conference with the premise being an investment for the next five years (14:33) and conference realignment fun with some Power Five-Group of Five swaps (35:30).


    Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts. 

    Watch Cover 3 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/cover3

    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@TomFornelli@DannyKanell, @BudElliott3

    For more college football coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/

    To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/

  • CBS Sports Presents - The 'Attacking Third' Podcast

    'Attacking Third' a new tri-weekly podcast from CBS Sports is available now. Download and follow now on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher and whenever else podcasts are found to get episodes as soon as they are released.

    A soccer podcast from CBS Sports covering the NWSL, US Women's National Team and more. Attacking Third will bring you insider analysis, commentary, preview & recaps while tackling the biggest news stories from the sport you love. Hosts Sandra Herrera and Lisa Roman welcome a rotating cast of guests from former and current players for interviews and analysis. This is your podcast for the latest news and stories from the world of soccer.

  • Cover 3 Coach Draft: Nick Saban, Ryan Day, Lincoln Riley, top assistants highlight picks (07/09)

    The Cover 3 crew is drafting our favorite coaches in college football. First, a debate as to whether Nick Saban is too good to be included in the draft and finally the reveal of everyone’s approach to the draft with their first round picks (2:00). Then, discussing the depth of quality offensive coordinators vs. quality defensive coordinators (11:50), a delayed run on head coaches that starts with Lincoln Riley and Ryan Day (24:00) and a full review and analysis of our built-out skeleton staffs with one head coach, one offensive coordinator, one defensive coordinator and three wild card position coaches (39:40). 


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    Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts. 

    Watch Cover 3 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/cover3

    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@TomFornelli@DannyKanell, @BudElliott3

    For more college football coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/

    To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/

  • Around the Clock with 247Sports: Ohio State Buckeyes (07/08)

    Dave Biddle of Bucknuts joins Bud Elliott to break down Ohio State heading into 2021. The conversation begins with what you could take away from 2020 in the shortened season (1:30) and the strength of the offense being one of the best wide receiver rooms in the country (5:30). Then, what Ohio State needs out of the running game and offensive line to be successful (10:00) and what to expect from the defense in 2021 (14:00). Finally, setting expectations for the team this fall: is it national championship or bust (22:20)?


    Get all the latest on Ohio State football over at Bucknuts and fans should check out their premium deal for VIP subscriptions starting at one month for only $1


    Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts. 

    Watch Cover 3 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/cover3

    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@TomFornelli@DannyKanell, @BudElliott3

    For more college football coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/

    To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/

  • Playoff expansion: Inside the discussions behind the scenes, next steps and more (07/07)

    The Cover 3 crew is joined by Dennis Dodd for an insider’s take on playoff expansion. First, the factors that will determine whether the new playoff format will be in place by 2023 (4:30), how the Rose Bowl plays a role in the decisions about the quarterfinals (15:00) and whether Notre Dame was a winner or loser in the proposed format with no shot at a top-four seed (22:15). Then, how schools are reacting to the new NIL era (41:00) and why the most interesting hot seat conversation heading into 2021 surrounds Nebraska coach Scott Frost (53:30). 


    Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts. 

    Watch Cover 3 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/cover3

    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@TomFornelli@DannyKanell, @BudElliott3

    For more college football coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/

    To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/

  • On Reggie Bush’s Heisman Trophy in the NIL era (07/05)

    The Cover 3 crew discusses Reggie Bush’s Heisman, transfers and more. First, discussing the debate around Reggie Bush and whether the new NIL era should include a review and possible reversal of the punishments from his NCAA violations, including the return of his Heisman Trophy (1:45). Then, airing some grievances with our pet peeves around the college football (18:08), whether transfers can give significant insider info to their new teams (32:50) and what’s ahead for players who entered the transfer portal but might not have a landing spot (38:00). Plus, a follow-up on “teams that can win a title” with a specific focus on those who can but haven’t yet in the playoff era (45:00). 


    Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts. 

    Watch Cover 3 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/cover3

    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@TomFornelli@DannyKanell, @BudElliott3

    For more college football coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/

    To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/

  • Mailbag! Can Texas and Texas A&M be great at the same time? (07/02)

    The Cover 3 crew answers listener questions on Texas, Michigan, recruiting and more. First, some instant reaction to the first hours of the NIL era (2:00) before starting this week’s mailbag with a look at whether coaches can or do improve as recruiters (12:30). Then, comparing Euro 2020 sides to college football teams (17:25), a breakdown of how 247Sports evaluates elite talent (24:00) and whether Texas and Texas A&M can both be at peak efficiency at the same time (33:10). Plus, a minute on Kansas State (36:40), a review of Iowa State’s 2020 (40:30) and why there isn’t more hype for JJ McCarthy at Michigan (45:10). 


    Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts. 

    Watch Cover 3 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/cover3

    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@TomFornelli@DannyKanell, @BudElliott3

    For more college football coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/

    To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/

  • NIL Eve: Questions and expectations for the Name, Image and Likeness era (06/30)

    The Cover 3 crew discusses what’s ahead with college athlete endorsements. On July 1, nearly a dozen states will enact legislation allowing college athletes to profit off their name, image and likeness without jeopardizing their eligibility and the NCAA is set to approve temporary rules to provide that same opportunity to everyone across the country. So here on June 30, we wanted to know: what will the NIL era look like for most college football players (1:30), how much money can we expect to see in these deals (10:00) and how will schools use their resources to help players with the process (19:33)? Then, how much does recruiting factor into non-conference and road scheduling and vice versa? As recruiting has modernized does making those trips to talent hotbeds for road games still matter (30:15)? 


    Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts. 

    Watch Cover 3 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/cover3

    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@TomFornelli@DannyKanell, @BudElliott3

    For more college football coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/

    To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/

  • Around the Clock with 247Sports: Utah Utes (06/29)

    Steve Bartle of Ute Zone joins Bud Elliott to preview Utah’s 2021 college football season. Steve explains how some of the difficulties of the Pac-12 season impacted Utah’s performance in 2020, why fans close to the program are setting their expectations higher than Las Vegas’ win total, how running back has become a real strength once again for the offense and how another year of experience will help a defense that underwent significant turnover from 2019 to 2020. 


    Check out all the latest on Utah football at UteZone.com and get all of the exclusive insider information on the program with a VIP subscription, available now for only $1 for the first month


    Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts. 

    Watch Cover 3 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/cover3

    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@TomFornelli@DannyKanell, @BudElliott3

    For more college football coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/

    To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/

  • 2021 Oklahoma Drill Draft: Texas A&M, Alabama, Ohio State well represented (06/28)

    The Cover 3 crew is assembling the best Oklahoma Drill squad with 2021 college football players. After doing an all-time Oklahoma Drill Draft earlier this summer, we’re back with the same format (two OL, two DL, one RB, one LB) but this time only using players from 2021 college football rosters. The draft starts with a run on the trenches and nothing but linemen picked in the first two rounds (1:33) before Bijan Robinson breaks the seal on the running backs in the third round (10:00). After the offensive linemen positions were all filled by the end of the fourth round (19:40) the attention turned to running backs and linebackers in the final eight picks of the draft (26:30). Then, grades and analysis for everyone’s draft (34:40), the best players not picked from the big board (42:20) and a quick note on how NC State’s College World Series fiasco should inform our expectations for college football in the fall (51:20). 



    Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts. 

    Watch Cover 3 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/cover3

    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@TomFornelli@DannyKanell, @BudElliott3

    For more college football coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/

    To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/

  • Mailbag! How many schools could Nick Saban lead to a national championship in 5 years? (06/25)

    The Cover 3 crew answers listener questions on the playoff, super seniors, Texas QBs and more. First, a hypothetical sets up every program at peak efficiency and performance at the same time: so who wins the national championship? (1:30). Then, putting Nick Saban at different jobs to determine if he could win a national championship within a five-year window (15:00), the impact of the 12-team playoff on the coaching carousel (27:00) and what it means for a scholarship offer to be “committable” in recruiting (36:38). Plus, who benefits most from super seniors (44:30) and the Texas quarterback competition between Casey Thompson and Hudson Card (49:00). 


    Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts. 

    Watch Cover 3 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/cover3

    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@TomFornelli@DannyKanell, @BudElliott3

    For more college football coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/

    To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/

  • Around the Clock with 247Sports: UCLA Bruins (06/24)

    Dave Woods of Bruin Report Online joins Bud Elliott to discuss Chip Kelly and the upcoming season. The conversation begins with the win total and the pressure on Kelly to deliver on expectations here in his fourth year with UCLA, but also discusses the development of quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson, where the team needs to improve defensively, how the program’s recruiting efforts have evolved in recent years and much more. 


    Check out Bruin Report Online for all the latest on UCLA football and basketball, including their current offer of a VIP subscription with one month for only $1



    Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts. 

    Watch Cover 3 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/cover3

    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@TomFornelli@DannyKanell, @BudElliott3

    For more college football coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/

    To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/

  • Cover 3 WR/TE Draft: Ohio State dominates, Alabama and Oklahoma get multiple picks (06/23)

    The Cover 3 crew picks some of their favorite pass catchers for 2021. Chip Patterson, Tom Fornelli, Bud Elliott and Danny Kanell are back in the Cover 3 draft war room assembling the best balance of proven production and potential with a six-round draft of wide receivers and tight ends. Things get started with two Ohio State wide receivers going in the first round (3:00) and a run on tight ends in the second round (7:45). Tune in to see how many more Ohio State wide receivers hear their name called in the third round (15:45), the lone Group of Five selection and two Clemson receivers in the fourth round (20:00) and much more. Plus, the names that were next up from the big board (34:30) and grading the teams assembled in the draft (40:40). 


    Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts. 

    Watch Cover 3 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/cover3

    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@TomFornelli@DannyKanell, @BudElliott3

    For more college football coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/

    To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/

  • Around the Clock with 247Sports: North Carolina Tar Heels (07/22)

    Ross Martin of Inside Carolina joins Chip Patterson to talk UNC football. Ross explains how expectations have changed under Mack Brown, why there’s a feeling that last year’s team fell short, how Sam Howell has progressed as a quarterback and why ACC Coastal Division title contention is a fair set of expectations for 2021. Plus, picking every game on the schedule and where North Carolina has improved the most thanks to the recruiting trail. 


    You can find all the latest UNC football and basketball news at Inside Carolina and check out their VIP offer of two months for just $1


    Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts. 

    Watch Cover 3 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/cover3

    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@TomFornelli@DannyKanell, @BudElliott3

    For more college football coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/

    To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/

  • 🚨NCAA loses 9-0 in Supreme Court ruling: What it means for college athletes (06/21) 🚨

    The Cover 3 crew discusses the immediate and long-term impacts of the Supreme Court ruling. Chip Patterson and Bud Elliott discuss what exactly the Supreme Court ruled on in the NCAA v. Alston case, why antitrust laws are the issue for the NCAA and how the written decisions opened the door for future lawsuits that address players getting paid. 


    Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts. 

    Watch Cover 3 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/cover3

    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@TomFornelli@DannyKanell, @BudElliott3

    For more college football coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/

    To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/

  • Cover 3 QB Draft: DJU, Spencer Rattler, Sam Howell highlight 2021 selections (06/21)

    The Cover 3 crew picks their favorite college football quarterbacks for 2021. The offseason tradition continues as Chip Patterson, Tom Fornelli, Bud Elliott and Danny Kanell open up their war rooms for another Cover 3 draft, this time focusing on the quarterback position for the upcoming season in college football. There’s little debate or argument at the top with Clemson quarterback DJ Uiagalelei going first overall (3:00), but differing views by the end of the first round (9:45) with off-the-radar picks coming as early as pick No. 7 overall (20:45). Once all four rounds are complete, the crew reveals their big boards and discuss the best players not to be selected (30:20) as well as draft grades and analysis for all four quarterback rooms (45:44). 


    Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts. 

    Watch Cover 3 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/cover3

    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@TomFornelli@DannyKanell, @BudElliott3

    For more college football coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/

    To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/

  • Mailbag! Trouble at Arizona State, Arch Manning recruiting predictions, more (06/18)

    The Cover 3 crew answers listener questions on Georgia football, Arch Manning and more. First, what to make of the reporting around an NCAA investigation at Arizona State involving alleged recruiting violations (1:30) then it’s into the big ‘ol bag of mail with a look into the crystal ball for 2023 quarterback Arch Manning (15:00). Also: the status of Georgia’s offensive renaissance (24:00), how Matt Campbell influenced Big 12 defenses (27:50), building an entire college football team with clones of just one player (33:50) and how Super Seniors and the transfer portal are creating scholarship count issues across the country (38:30). 


    Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts. 

    Watch Cover 3 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/cover3

    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@TomFornelli@DannyKanell, @BudElliott3

    For more college football coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/

    To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/

  • Around the Clock with 247Sports: NC State Wolfpack (06/17)

    Cory Smith of Pack Pride joins Chip Patterson to talk NC State football. Cory and Chip recount the ups and downs of a strange 2020 season that produced one of the most inspiring years of Wolfpack football, and how that sets the stage for high expectations when it comes to 2021. Plus, what we learned about the team’s depth this spring and some of the key players in making NC State a program where NFL talent is developed. 


    Follow Cory and all the great 247Sports NC State coverage at Pack Pride


    Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts. 

    Watch Cover 3 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/cover3

    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@TomFornelli@DannyKanell, @BudElliott3

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  • One of these 16 teams will win the national title (06/16)

    The Cover 3 crew discusses recruiting’s impact on winning a national championship. The conversation opens with an explanation on the Blue-Chip Ratio and the reveal of the teams on the list for 2021 (3:30). Then, how certain programs have moved up and down the list in recent years and the group narrows the field by striking teams for various reasons beyond the recruiting data (23:00). Plus, the TV side of the playoff’s impact on college football (38:20) and the winners and losers of conferences losing divisions in the new 12-team playoff era (50:13). 


    Check out Bud Elliott’s Blue-Chip Ratio write-up for 2021 at 247Sports


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  • Around the Clock with 247Sports: Iowa State Cyclones (06/15)

    Michael Swain of Cyclone Alert joins Bud Elliott to talk Iowa State football. Hear how the rivalry game against Iowa will set the tone for whether Iowa State can meet its double-digit win expectations, why the passing game is the key to the offense taking another step, and what a great season would mean for Matt Campbell’s future. Follow Michael on Twitter (@MSwain247) and all the great 247Sports Iowa State coverage at Cyclone Alert


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  • How will the 12-team playoff impact the rest of the bowl season? (06/14)

    The Cover 3 crew talks expansion, plus the most important developments in college football. First, continued discussion around the news that the College Football Playoff is moving towards a new 12-team playoff format (2:00), including how the expanded field will impact the rest of the traditional bowl season calendar (15:50). Then, after getting to show off in Mike Norvell’s Slingshot Danny shares some thoughts from his visit to Florida State (25:40) and a quarterback transfer resets the battle at Colorado (39:40). Finally, from cable television to clock rules and the access to digital video, the group discusses the most important or impactful developments that have helped shape the sport of college football (43:00).   


    Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts. 

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  • Mailbag! Could Aaron Rodgers lead Cal to the playoff in 2021? (06/11)

    The Cover 3 crew answers listener questions on the NFL Draft, the College Football Playoff and more. First, a hypothetical involving the ability for NFL quarterbacks to return to the colleges where they played and join the current roster in their current form (1:30) and testing Tom and Danny to see how many schools they can name for first round NFL Draft picks (10:15). Then, advising a listener planning a college football road trip for the fall (23:00), who Penn State might target if it needed to replace James Franklin (30:50) and a College Football Playoff pick ‘em with very specific rules identifying potential first-timers (36:45). Finally, comparing Michigan State and Tennessee (41:30) and whether you can win football games down a player after a listener suggests an update to the ejection rules (46:45).  


    Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts. 

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  • Around the Clock with 247Sports: Georgia Bulldogs (06/10)

    Rusty Mansell of Dawgs247 joins Chip Patterson to discuss Georgia's title hopes in 2021. It's a busy summer for Dawgs247 looking at the program's future now that camps are running and recruits are traveling across the region. Rusty took some time to join Chip to discuss the Bulldogs' present, specifically in terms of the roster heading into the upcoming season. Topics include how Georgia got better at the end of the 2020 season, how the additions of Arik Gilbert from LSU and Derion Kendrick from Clemson fit into the current roster, realistic expectations for 2021 and much more.

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  • College Football Playoff Expansion Debated: Who benefits, what model works best and more (06/09)

    The Cover 3 crew discusses the many options for the CFP’s future. First, reaction to the momentum for a 12-team model (4:00) and whether expansion is better or worse for the sport when it comes to determining a champion (15:00). Then, the potential of upsets in an expanded playoff (23:30), debating the value of fan delusion (29:00) and how much impact conference championship weekend should have in the playoff selection process (34:00). Finally, does all this change suggest college football needs fixing (39:30) and other playoff models that could wind up emerging as the CFP leaders negotiate the future of the college football’s postseason (49:00).  


    Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts. 

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  • Around the Clock with 247Sports: Miami Hurricanes (06/08)

    David Lake joins Bud Elliott for an insider’s take on Miami football. David Lake has covered the Hurricanes for more than 15 years and offers his expertise for InsideTheU, 247Sports’ Miami site. He reflects on 2020, a season where Miami “won the games they were supposed to win” and explains why the wide receiver position will determine the team’s ceiling in 2021. Plus, why Miami fans should feel better about the turnover on defensive line after spring practice and much more. 

      

    Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts. 

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  • 🚨 Alabama extends Nick Saban’s contract through 2029 (06/07) 🚨

    The Cover 3 Crew reacts to Nick Saban’s contract extension with Alabama. Tom Fornelli and Chip Patterson discuss Saban’s deal, which runs through the 2028 season and 2029 recruiting cycle, in this Emergency Pod edition of the show. Topics include whether Saban will coach Alabama until the end of the deal, how many titles the Tide will win in that span and what this news means for the rest of the SEC.    


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  • College football recruiting: What makes a good recruiter? (06/07)

    The Cover 3 crew returns to talk high school recruiting and Georgia’s transfer portal headlines. First, what exactly went down at Florida State’s Midnight Madness as thousands of prospects showed up to Tallahassee to celebrate the end of the recruiting dead period with a mega camp weekend (3:00). Then, the many storylines surrounding the commitments of both Arik Gilbert and Derion Kendrick to Georgia, including what to watch as the story continues and what each can do for the Bulldogs’ title hopes (15:35). Finally, a deep dive into what makes a good recruiter (26:35), starting with the timeless traits like being a salesman and politician all the way to the modern era with all the tools of social media and instant communication — impacting not only how coaches talk to recruits but how recruits can communicate with each other (40:45).  


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  • Around the Clock with 247Sports: Florida State Seminoles (06/04)

    Brendan Sonnone joins Bud Elliott for an insider’s take on the Seminoles in 2021. Brendan Sonnone covers FSU for Noles247 and he details the many challenges faced by Mike Norvell in his first year as head coach, especially in terms of evaluation and recruiting. The Seminoles have welcomed a good number of impact transfers for 2021, with key additions beyond the headline-worthy arrival of quarterback McKenzie Milton from UCF. Brendan and Bud detail some of those additions and what they bring, plus reasonable expectations for Florida State in 2021 and much more.


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  • Around the Clock with 247Sports: Penn State Nittany Lions (06/03)

    Tyler Donohue joins Bud Elliott for an insider’s take on the Nittany Lions in 2021. Tyler Donohue writes for Lions247 and hosts the Lions247 podcast, and after checking out spring practice he’s got some reasons to think Penn State will bounce back from a disappointing 2020. Tune in to hear what’s expected from a new offensive coordinator and how it might impact quarterback Sean Clifford, why the group of pass catchers is as good as its been since 2018 and much more on the personnel side following some significant roster turnover. 


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  • Around the Clock with 247Sports: Clemson Tigers (06/02)

    Anna Hickey joins Chip Patterson for an insider's look at Clemson. Anna covers the Tigers for Clemson247 and dives into some of the burning questions around the team here in the post-Trevor Lawrence era. She offers a final grade for Clemson's spring practice, identifies the positions where the team still needs starters to emerge and why the defense could be one of the best in the country.


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  • Around the Clock with 247Sports: Oklahoma Sooners (06/01)

    Joey Helmer joins Bud Elliott for an insider’s take on the Sooners in 2021. Joey Helmer of OUInsider discusses how Oklahoma seems to have its most complete team since 2008, setting the expectations for a run at a national championship this fall. Tune in to hear what questions still need to be answered, how defensive coordinator Alex Grinch has helped that side of the ball improve under his watch and whether Spencer Rattler can match up to the Heisman-contending expectations for 2021.  


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  • Mailbag! Which BCS years would've been better with a playoff? (05/28)

    The Cover 3 crew answers questions on BCS history, top 2021 games, next coach at Iowa and more. First, a review of the BCS era identifying the years that would have been even better with a four-team playoff (2:00) and whether Wisconsin needs to consider a new offensive approach to take the next step (10:00). Then, not necessarily the biggest but the most important games on the 2021 regular season schedule in terms of what’s a stake (20:00), who might be in line for Iowa after Kirk Ferentz (29:30) and whether Nebraska should go all the way back to the glory days with the triple option (39:00). 


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  • Around the Clock with 247Sports: Oregon State Beavers (05/27)

    Oregon State insider Carter Bahns discusses what's ahead for the Beavers in 2021. The discussion includes the improvements that Oregon State has made in 2019 and even 2020 in terms of competitiveness, shedding the reputation of being a Pac-12 doormat, how the personnel has been upgraded by the transfer portal in recent years under Jonathan Smith and what the defense needs to do to help the Beavers take the next step.


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  • If win total odds are right, these coaches will be on the hot seat (05/26)

    The Cover 3 crew projects what will happen if every team hits its 2021 win total. First, what the arrival of TJ Finley does for Bo Nix and the Auburn quarterback room (1:30) and some big-picture strategies to picking win totals (8:15) before diving in with Michigan and what it means for Jim Harbaugh if the Wolverines go 8-4 (16:00) as well as whether 6-6 is a successful season for Scott Frost at Nebarska (24:25). Then, whether anyone will win 10 games in the Pac-12 (32:00) and what 9-3 would mean for Clay Helton and USC, expectations for Ed Orgeron and LSU (40:00), the ACC as a three-team league (43:30) and much more from across the country. 


    Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts. 

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  • Around the Clock with 247Sports: Oregon Ducks (05/25)

    Matt Prehm joins Bud Elliott for an insider’s take on Oregon in 2021. Matt Prehm covers the Ducks for DuckTerritory, 247Sports’ Oregon site, and hosts with the excellent Oregon podcast Autzen Audibles. Prehm explains what the reasonable fan expectations are for 2021 and what went right or wrong if those expectations are or aren’t going to be met. Tune in to hear why he’s excited about the wide receiver room, the impact of a change at defensive coordinator and much more about one of the top picks to win the Pac-12 this fall.  


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  • High school opt-outs, early 2021 betting lines (05/24)

    The Cover 3 crew breaks down the first gambling lines of the 2021 season. First, a big-picture discussion on a top Texas running back deciding to opt out of his senior season in high school to prepare for his college career (1:15) and how a former Clemson defensive back could wind up providing a boost to the Georgia defense (18:00). Then it’s on to the first “Game of the Year” lines (22:45), where we identify some big spots for the Pac-12 early in the season (29:30), discuss the opening line for Clemson vs. Georgia (35:00) and share reactions to the oddsmakers’ take on some of the biggest matchups of the season. 


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    For more college football coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/

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  • Mailbag! What if Trevor Lawrence had gone to Tennessee? (05/21)

    The Cover 3 crew answers listener questions on the Vols, Miami, great WRs and more. First sharing some of the feedback to our Coach Rankings show (2:00) before jumping into the big ol bag of mail with with the most dynamic wide receivers we’ve watched in person (6:45). Then, what if childhood Vols fan Trevor Lawrence had gone to Tennessee instead of Clemson (13:40)? What if Miami hadn’t left the Big East and the league was still intact (21:20)? Finally, options for the next coach at USC (34:00), whether LSU is the top program in the country (40:30) and whether a Group of Five player like Cincinnati quarterback Desmond Ridder can win the Heisman Trophy (46:10).  


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  • 2021 Power Five Coach Rankings (05/19)

    The Cover 3 crew reveals and debates the new CBS Sports coach rankings. After a reveal of the entire list from No. 1 to No. 65 (4:40), the discussion begins with the value of recruiting as a skill for modern coaches, focusing on Kirby Smart and others who have talent advantages against the competition (9:00). Then it’s on to the other side of the coaching debate with the likes of Pat Fitzgerald and Matt Campbell, coaches who have won at non-traditional powers (20:48). Finally, where are the outliers from our ballots for the coach rankings? (30:15). Finally, the outliers: find out who was higher or lower than the group on Gary Patterson, Kirk Ferentz (35:25), Geoff Collins (41:15), David Shaw (46:15), Mark Stoops (52:00) and more.  


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  • Coach Rankings Preview (05/17)

    The Cover 3 crew talks coaches, the new Pac-12 commish and Sam Houston’s title win. First, how do you rank coaches? The show begins with a philosophical debate on what matters, what should matter and some results from our individual ballots that may give us a preview into the debates we’ll have once the CBS Sports Power Five Coach Rankings are released on Tuesday and Wednesday (1:30). Then, the biggest challenge for the new Pac-12 commissioner (22:15), a recap of Sam Houston’s wild win over South Dakota State in the FCS national championship (36:00) and finally a tease of the 1-65 list with five names that will generate discussion when the coach rankings are revealed (42:00). 


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  • Mailbag! Is sign-stealing a big deal in CFB? (05/14)

    The Cover 3 answers listener questions on Malik Willis, blue bloods and more. First, trying to identify the best running backs in college football for 2021 (1:30), whether Malik Willis will have a Zach Wilson-like rise in the NFL Draft (8:20) and settling a family beef that’s brewing ahead of Penn State-Ball State this fall (16:00). Then, is blue blood status something that can be gained or lost and if so who are the blue bloods in college football right now (27:15)? Plus, where’s the outrage for sign-stealing (37:45) and some of our favorite urban legends in college football (44:35). 


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  • Next team to make its first playoff apperance (05/12)

    Who will be the next CFP rookie? The Cover 3 crew debates the top picks. First, what Henry To’o To’o can bring to Alabama’s defense now that he’s announced the Tide as his transfer destination (1:30). Then, the debate for next College Football Playoff newcomer begins with last year’s first team out: Texas A&M (10:50). After that we go around the country with a look at USC (18:00), whether Florida is ready to reload and make a run in 2021 (27:00) and Iowa State’s ceiling (33:30). Plus, how quickly can Steve Sarkisian reach the playoff at Texas (44:45), who is the top non-Ohio State pick from the Big Ten (50:50) and is North Carolina ready to enter the playoff contention discussion (54:50). 


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  • Cover 3-Pick Six Crossover: 2022 NFL Mock Draft (05/10)

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    College and NFL perspectives clash in this early look to next year’s NFL Draft. The podcast crossover event of the year is back again with Will Brinson and Ryan Wilson of the Pick Six Podcast joining Chip Patterson and Tom Fornelli to discuss what next year’s NFL Draft might look like. After a brief review of how our predictions from last year’s podcast turned out (7:45), the quarterback conversation gets rolling with a look at what’s ahead for Sam Howell in 2021 (12:00). Then, will Spencer Rattler be the next Oklahoma quarterback to go in the first round (17:30) and what the mock draft projections look like for players like Kedon Slovis, Malik Willis and others (23:00). Plus, why Kayvon Thibodeaux could go No. 1 overall (37:00) and what the wide receiver class looks like for 2022 (45:00).

    Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts. 

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  • Mailbag! Smack-talking coaches, Lane-Sark connection, more (05/07)

    The Cover 3 crew answers listener questions on the draft, Baylor and more. First, why we want to hear more coaches boasting like Jimbo Fisher did when questioned whether Texas A&M could beat Nick Saban and Alabama (1:45), potential landing spots for a former LSU QB (7:50) and Clemson gets another piece back for its 2021 defense (12:00). Then it’s on to the big ole bag of mail, with questions on NFL Draft decisions (19:35), the impact and connected careers of Lane Kiffin and Steve Sarkisian (23:50), players that were helped or hurt in the draft by the many impacts of the pandemic on the 2020 season (29:00) and Baylor’s ceiling in the Big 12 (44:50). 


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  • College football rankings: Inside the CBS Sports post-spring Top 25 (05/05)

    The Cover 3 crew discusses and debates the best teams in the country. First, catching up on some transfer news with additions for both Tennessee and Alabama (1:45) before a rundown of the entire top 25 from the just-released CBS Sports post-spring college football rankings (18:10). Topics discussed include where to draw the line for the top tier of title contenders and whether Iowa State should be in that group (25:25). Then, some conference-wide takeaways with a look at the Big Ten and Pac-12 (40:25) and how many teams in the top 25 are really that much ahead from teams ranked in the top 40 (44:00)? 


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  • 2021 NFL Draft college takeaways: SEC and Alabama set records, late-round sleepers, more (05/03)

    The Cover 3 crew recaps all the college and conference angles to the NFL Draft. After some lingering reaction to Kansas’ big news on Friday (1:30), we kickstart the draft talk with what’s behind the SEC’s dominance in the NFL Draft as it sets yet another modern record for picks (10:00). Then it’s to the other end of the conference count with a look at the Big 12, which had no first round picks and ranked fifth among Power Five leagues for the 10th straight season (21:30). Plus, why college stars we loved to cover fell to the late rounds of the draft or went undrafted (29:00) and an early look at the 2022 NFL Draft class (48:40).  


    Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts. 

    Watch Cover 3 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/cover3

    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@TomFornelli@DannyKanell, @BudElliott3

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  • 🚨 Emergency Pod: Kansas hires Buffalo's Lance Leipold to replace Les Miles (04/30) 🚨

    Instant reaction to the breaking news that Kansas has found its next head football coach. Tom Fornelli and Chip Patterson discuss what the hire means for the Jayhawks, with a look at Lance Leipold's history at both Wisconsin-Whitewater and Buffalo to determine what might be in store for Kansas football. Plus, what are realistic expectations for Kansas under Leipold in both the immediate and somewhat longer-term future?


    Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts. 

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    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@TomFornelli@DannyKanell, @BudElliott3

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  • 🚨 2021 NFL Draft First Round Instant Reaction (04/30) 🚨

    The Cover 3 reacts live to the first round of the NFL Draft. Tom Fornelli, Bud Elliott and Chip Patterson discuss Alabama’s record-tying first round draft class and whether the 2017 recruiting class is one of the best of all time, thoughts on Justin Fields’ fall to the Chicago Bears and much more from the first night of the 2021 NFL Draft. 


    Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts. 

    Watch Cover 3 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/cover3

    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@TomFornelli@DannyKanell, @BudElliott3

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  • Mailbag! How will visits impact the recruiting rankings? (04/29)

    The Cover 3 crew discusses the Kansas job and answers listener questions. First, Kansas seems close to replacing Les Miles so we discuss the reported finalists for the job (1:30), the strange timing of Lane Kiffin making a change to his offensive staff (9:50) and the public reaction to NCAA president Mark Emmert’s extension (13:40). Then it’s on to the big ole bag of mail, discussing how the end of the recruiting dead period will impact commit lists (23:00), why coaches value multi-sport athletes as prospects (27:30) and the value of the running back in the modern game (39:45). 


    Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts. 

    Watch Cover 3 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/cover3

    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@TomFornelli@DannyKanell, @BudElliott3

    For more college football coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/

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  • 2021 NFL Draft preview (04/27)

    Get the best draft coverage from the Cover 3 crew, who knows these players better than anyone. First, how the quarterback class looks as a whole and how the group stacks up against each other (3:00), specifically with questions about the ways that Justin Fields and Zach Wilson have been scouted by NFL experts (14:15). Then it’s on to where our college-first analysis seems to differ from the NFL Draftniks, including there’s a great hit rate for players taken on Day 2 (27:00). Finally, if you had to bet on one player from this class to make the most Pro Bowls 10 years from now, who are you taking (42:00)?


    Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts. 

    Watch Cover 3 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/cover3

    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@TomFornelli@DannyKanell, @BudElliott3

    For more college football coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/

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  • Spring Game Takeaways: Texas, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Tennessee and more

    The Cover 3 crew checks in with takeaways from spring games at Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and more. Up first is the debut of Steve Sarkisian at Texas (3:00), where the quarterback competition is ongoing but the offense carries high expectations due to the new hire. There’s also a quarterback battle ongoing at Texas A&M (13:30), even if Jimbo Fisher wants to talk about the other positions on the field. Elsewhere, the Josh Huepel era at Tennessee delivered on its promise of pace and tempo (23:30), Oklahoma looks set offensively not just for 2021 but beyond (30:15) and more takeaways from Ole. Miss, UNC, Michigan State and Washington State (39:00). 


    Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts. 

    Watch Cover 3 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/cover3

    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@TomFornelli@DannyKanell, @BudElliott3

    For more college football coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/

    To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/

  • Mailbag! Comparing the NFL Draft QB class of 2021 to 1983 (04/23)

    The Cover 3 crew answers listener questions on recruiting, the NFL Draft, playoff and more. First, reacting to the reports of changes to fall camp contact rules, including the elimination of the Oklahoma drill (8:00). Then it's on to an explanation of how the top programs make contact, establish relationships and ultimately sign top talent on the recruiting trail (19:39), a comparison of the legendary 1983 NFL Draft quarterbacks to the 2021 group (40:30) and a College Football Playoff proposal that might help the Group of Five conferences (48:30). 


    Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts. 

    Watch Cover 3 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/cover3

    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@TomFornelli@DannyKanell, @BudElliott3

    For more college football coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/

    To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/

  • Oklahoma Drill Draft: All-Time CFB Edition (04/21)

    The CFB crew is drafting the best-ever at OL, DL, LB and RB for an epic Oklahoma drill. First, Bud reviews his trip to Bradenton with a scouting report on the team at IMG Academy (2:00) and the Tennessee quarterback battle has gotten more interesting with the expected arrival of former Michigan quarterback Joe Milton (4:45). Then it's on to the Oklahoma Drill Draft, with all four hosts selecting a squad with two offensive linemen, two defense linemen, one running back and one linebacker who could excel at one of the most iconic drills in the sport (14:00). After a first round of personal favorites, a run on defensive line and former Miami stars kicks off Round 2 (28:00). At the conclusion of six rounds we review the squads (51:15) and share the best available from the big board who didn't get selected. 


    Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts. 

    Watch Cover 3 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/cover3

    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@TomFornelli@DannyKanell, @BudElliott3

    For more college football coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/

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