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.

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Most Recent Episode

  • Hurry-Up Hot Seat: No. 1 Clemson (05/29)

    Chip Patterson discusses what's needed for Clemson to get back to the title game in 2020. Counting down the top 25 teams in the CBS Sports 2020 preseason rankings with the authors of the team previews. Chip previews what's ahead for what he says is the most talented roster of the Dabo Swinney era.

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


    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@bartonsimmons@TomFornelli


    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/

Episodes of This Show

  • Hurry-Up Hot Seat: No. 2 Ohio State (05/28)

    Tom Fornelli previews the high expectations for year two with Ryan Day as the Buckeyes' head coach. Counting down the top 25 teams in the CBS Sports 2020 preseason rankings with the authors of the team previews. Tom explains why he's got the Buckeyes heading back to the College Football Playoff in 2020.


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


    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@bartonsimmons@TomFornelli


    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/

  • Hurry-Up Hot Seat: No. 3 Alabama (05/27)

    Chip Patterson explains his pick of Alabama to win it all in 2020. Counting down the top 25 teams in the CBS Sports 2020 preseason rankings with the authors of the team previews. Chip discusses his optimism for Alabama to successfully navigate a tough schedule and return to the College Football Playoff after missing it for the first time ever in 2019.


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


    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@bartonsimmons@TomFornelli


    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/

  • Hurry-Up Hot Seat: No. 4 Oklahoma (05/26)

    Barrett Sallee looks ahead to Oklahoma push for another Big 12 title in 2020. Counting down the top 25 teams in the CBS Sports 2020 preseason rankings with the authors of the team previews. Barrett explains why the Sooners have more than just a top-five coach as a reason to think they'll be back in playoff contention for a fourth straight year under Lincoln Riley.


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


    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@bartonsimmons@TomFornelli


    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/

  • Hurry-Up Hot Seat: No. 5 Georgia (05/25)

    Barrett Sallee shares his outlook for Georgia in the SEC East race. Counting down the top 25 teams in the CBS Sports 2020 preseason rankings with the authors of the team previews. Barrett calls a new offense and new quarterback with no spring practice as worrisome but believes Kirby Smart and Georgia's defense can lead the way in 2020.


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


    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@bartonsimmons@TomFornelli


    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/

  • Hurry-Up Hot Seat: No. 6 Florida (05/22)

    Barrett Sallee explains why this is the year for Florida to retake the SEC East. Counting down the top 25 teams in the CBS Sports 2020 preseason rankings with the authors of the team previews. Barrett discusses Florida's how Florida's experience and schedule set up for a potential SEC Championship run in 2020.


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


    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@bartonsimmons@TomFornelli


    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/

  • Hurry-Up Hot Seat: No. 7 Oregon (05/21)

    Chip Patterson previews Oregon's defense of a Pac-12 title. Counting down the top 25 teams in the CBS Sports 2020 preseason rankings with the authors of the team previews. Chip discusses the challenge for Oregon to install an offense with a new OC, starting quarterback and reloaded offensive line in a year that features a tough early season schedule. 


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


    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@bartonsimmons@TomFornelli


    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/

  • Coach Rankings Pt. 2 (05/20)

    Counting down and debating the top 25 on the 2020 CBS Sports coach rankings. Barton Simmons, Tom Fornelli and Chip Patterson compare their ballots to the final list, with a particular focus on Mario Cristobal at Oregon (4:45), how to balance the past with the present when ranking Mack Brown (14:30) and the argument for why Gus Malzahn should be ahead of Jim Harbaugh (21:30). Plus, the sliding scale of expectations for Utah (32:15), Jimbo Fisher and the end of his Florida State tenure (43:30), Ed Orgeron's impressive jump in the rankings (1:00:30) and much, much more.


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


    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@bartonsimmons@TomFornelli


    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/

  • Hurry-Up Hot Seat: No. 8 LSU (05/20)

    Tom Fornelli explains why there won't be a title hangover for the Tigers. Counting down the top 25 teams in the CBS Sports 2020 preseason rankings with the authors of the team previews. Tom has confidence that LSU won't have a major drop-off but says a strong finish to the season is key how we perceive the reigning champs at the end of 2020.


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


    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@bartonsimmons@TomFornelli


    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/

  • Hurry-Up Hot Seat: No. 9 Penn State (05/19)

    David Cobb breaks down Penn State's chances to win the Big Ten. Counting down the top 25 teams in the CBS Sports 2020 preseason rankings with the authors of the team previews. David previews a big season for Sean Clifford under a new offensive coordinator and a Penn State program that's closing the gap with Ohio State.


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


    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@bartonsimmons@TomFornelli


    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/

  • Coach Rankings, Pt. 1 (05/19)

    Debating the CBS Sports coach rankings from 65-26. First, reaction to UCLA's expected AD hire (5:00) and Taulia Tagovailoa's commitment to Maryland (13:10). Then it's on to counting down the CBS Sports 2020 Coach Rankings, with topics of conversation including how to rank first-year coaches (18:00), buying Jonathan Smith stock (29:00), Will Muschamp's trajectory (33:50), how Clay Helton's hot seat status overshadows his resume (41:15) and Tom Herman falling out of the top 25 (56:15).


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


    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@bartonsimmons@TomFornelli


    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/

  • Hurry-Up Hot Seat: No. 10 Notre Dame (05/18)

    Ben Kercheval discusses the Fighting Irish's playoff chances. Counting down the top 25 teams in the CBS Sports 2020 preseason rankings with the authors of the team previews. Ben gives his outlook for Ian Book under a new offensive coordinator and sets a high floor for the team with the Clemson game looming as the bar for playoff contention.


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


    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@bartonsimmons@TomFornelli


    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/

  • Hurry-Up Hot Seat: No. 11 Auburn (05/18)

    Barrett Sallee sets high expectations for Gus Malzahn and Auburn in 2020. Counting down the top 25 teams in the CBS Sports 2020 preseason rankings with the authors of the team previews. Barrett explains what's wrong with the Gus Malzahn hot seat year narrative and breaks down the Tigers roster strengths and weaknesses heading into 2020.


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


    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@bartonsimmons@TomFornelli


    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/

  • Hurry-Up Hot Seat: No. 12 Wisconsin (05/17)

    Chip Patterson previews Wisconsin's pursuit of a Big Ten title. Counting down the top 25 teams in the CBS Sports 2020 preseason rankings with the authors of the team previews. With Jonathan Taylor gone, Chip explains why the identify of the Badgers team this fall will be carried by the defense.


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


    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@bartonsimmons@TomFornelli


    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/

  • Hurry-Up Hot Seat: No. 13 Michigan (05/16)

    Tom Fornelli discusses the burning questions for the Wolverines in 2020. Counting down the top 25 teams in the CBS Sports 2020 preseason rankings with the authors of the team previews. Tom discusses reasonable expectations for Michigan, which hinge greatly on the quarterback play in year two with Josh Gattis.


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


    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@bartonsimmons@TomFornelli


    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/

  • Hurry-Up Hot Seat: No. 14 Texas A&M (05/16)

    David Cobb is on board for a big year in College Station. Counting down the top 25 teams in the CBS Sports 2020 preseason rankings with the authors of the team previews. With a manageable schedule, David explains why he's buying the hype for a double-digit win season in 2020 for Texas A&M.

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


    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@bartonsimmons@TomFornelli


    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/

  • Hurry-Up Hot Seat: No. 15 Oklahoma State (05/15)

    Ben Kercheval breaks down Oklahoma State's loaded roster and high expectations. Counting down the top 25 teams in the CBS Sports 2020 preseason rankings with the authors of the team previews. The Pokes have one of the best players in the country in Chuba Hubbard, can he carry them to a Big 12 title?


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


    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@bartonsimmons@TomFornelli


    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/

  • Spring Gleaning: Notre Dame, Cincinnati, UCF and more (05/14)

    Season previews for the top Independents and Group of Five programs. First, what the high floor means for expectations of Notre Dame (5:45), Luke Fickell's run at a third straight 11-win season (17:45) and whether reloading along the line of scrimmage means concern at Boise State (25:50). Plus, UCF looks to regain its AAC supremacy (32:15), Ryan Silverfield takes over at Memphis (40:15) and why Appalachian State can lean on its culture to maintain success through coaching changes (45:30).


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


    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@bartonsimmons@TomFornelli


    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/

  • Hurry-Up Hot Seat: No. 16 Minnesota (05/14)

    Barrett Sallee previews the season ahead for P.J. Fleck and the Golden Gophers. Counting down the top 25 teams in the CBS Sports 2020 preseason rankings with the authors of the team previews. The Golden Gophers saw a breakthrough in 2019 and Barrett explains why he thinks they'll make it to the Big Ten championship game this year.

  • Hurry-Up Hot Seat: No. 17 Texas (05/14)

    Tom Fornelli rates the levels of back for Texas football. Counting down the top 25 teams in the CBS Sports 2020 preseason rankings with the authors of the team previews. The Longhorns have one more year with iconic Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger, what's the ceiling for how far this team can go in 2020? 


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


    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@bartonsimmons@TomFornelli


    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/

  • Hurry-Up Hot Seat: No. 18 North Carolina (05/13)

    Ben Kercheval on whether UNC meet raised expectations in 2020. Counting down the top 25 teams in the CBS Sports 2020 preseason rankings with the authors of the team previews. The Tar Heels have one of the best quarterbacks in the country in Sam Howell, but can he alone lead this team to an ACC Championship Game?


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


    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@bartonsimmons@TomFornelli


    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/

  • Hurry-Up Hot Seat: No. 19 Iowa (05/12)

    David Cobb previews a tough slate for Iowa in 2020. Counting down the top 25 teams in the CBS Sports 2020 preseason rankings with the authors of the team previews. The Hawkeyes have one of the best wide receiving corps in the country, but can they get the quarterback play for the offense to lead the way against a tough Big Ten schedule?


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


    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@bartonsimmons@TomFornelli


    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/

  • Spring Gleaning: SEC West (05/11)

    The defending champs at LSU, angry Alabama and more from the SEC West. First, how TCU got an 11th hour commitment for the 2020 class with five-star running back Zachary Evans (5:00). Then it's on to the notes from across the division with LSU reloading (10:23), where Alabama needs to get better (19:25) and Gus Malzahn's even/odd year relationship with the hot seat (34:30). Plus, whether Texas A&M is deserving of a dark horse label (41:15), the ceiling and floor for Mike Leach in year one (50:45), Ole Miss enters the Lane Kiffin era (59:00) and Sam Pittman looks to end Arkansas' conference play woes (1:05:30).


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


    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@bartonsimmons@TomFornelli


    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/

  • Hurry-Up Hot Seat: No. 20 USC (05/09)

    Chip Patterson previews a pivotal year for Clay Helton at USC. Counting down the top 25 teams in the CBS Sports 2020 preseason rankings with the authors of the team previews. The Trojans are facing one of the toughest schedules in the country, yet Chip explains why he thinks this is a 10-win season for Helton and USC

  • Hurry-Up Hot Seat: No. 21 Cincinnati (05/08)

    Ben Kercheval previews the Bearcats pursuit of an AAC title in 2020. Counting down the top 25 teams in the CBS Sports 2020 preseason rankings with the authors of the team previews. After back-to-back 11-win seasons, Ben discusses why the personnel is in place for another run the league title but the schedule might be the biggest challenge to overcome.


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


    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@bartonsimmons@TomFornelli


    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/

  • Spring Gleaning: SEC East (05/07)

    Breaking down the outlook for every team in the SEC East. First, your favorite Georgia homer podcast explains why the Dawgs will win the division (5:00). Then it's on to the rest of the competition with a look at Dan Mullen's impact on the expectations for Florida (21:45), divided views on Tennessee's chances to double down on a successful 2019 (34:00), the post-Lynn Bowden Kentucky offense (43:00), the first run for Missouri with Eli Drinkwitz (52:00), pressure on South Carolina and Will Muschamp to get the offense going with new OC Mike Bobo (58:00) and an uphill battle for Derek Mason and Vanderbilt (1:07:00).

  • Hurry-Up Hot Seat: No. 22 Memphis (05/07)

    David Cobb previews Memphis' chances for another double-digit win season. Counting down the top 25 teams in the CBS Sports 2020 preseason rankings with the authors of the team previews. David discusses how Memphis' promotion of Ryan Silverfield helps keep continuity with several starters back and why even though Mike Norvell is gone, AAC title contention is still the expectation.


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


    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@bartonsimmons@TomFornelli


    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/

  • Hurry-Up Hot Seat: No. 23 Washington (05/06)

    David Cobb previews Washington in year one under new head coach Jimmy Lake. Counting down the top 25 teams in the CBS Sports 2020 preseason rankings with the authors of the team previews. David discusses high expectations for the Huskies defense and the many questions around whether the offense can get on track fast enough to compete with Oregon in the Pac-12 North.


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


    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@bartonsimmons@TomFornelli


    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/

  • Hurry-Up Hot Seat: No. 24 Boise State (05/05)

    Ben Kercheval previews Boise State's campaign for another MW title. Counting down the top 25 teams in the CBS Sports 2020 preseason rankings with the authors of the team previews. Ben points to one particular stretch of games that will define the Broncos' status as a New Years Six contender and highlights key offensive players to watch in 2020.

  • Hurry-Up Hot Seat: No. 25 UCF (05/04)

    Tom Fornelli previews the outlook for the Knights in 2020. Counting down the top 25 teams in the CBS Sports 2020 preseason rankings with insight from the authors of those team profiles. Fornelli, Barton Simmons and Chip Patterson discuss what's ahead for a UCF team that has given up some dominance in its own division and looks to return to New Year's Six contention in 2020.

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


    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@bartonsimmons@TomFornelli


    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/

  • Spring Gleaning: Big Ten West (05/04)

    Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa battle for supremacy in the Big Ten's more unpredictable division. First, whether Paul Chryst gets rightly rated for his impressive run of success with the Badgers (5:00), why Minnesota is not a one-season wonder (17:45) and how Iowa could play a role in the Big Ten title race even if it misses the championship game (26:45). Then, small margins for Illinois (36:00), high grades for individual talent at Purdue (43:30), still waiting on that Nebraska breakthrough (50:15) and why Northwestern's track record suggests they won't be in last place for long (57:30).


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


    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@bartonsimmons@TomFornelli


    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/

  • Way-Too-Early 2021 NFL Draft Lookahead: Trevor Lawrence or Justin Fields? (Pick Six NFL Podcast Crossover) (5/1)

    It's officially May, but it's never too early to take a look at next year's draft class. On this Cover 3-Pick Six crossover podcast, we take a look at the 2021 NFL Draft and the prospects we'll be watching all year (3:30). How close is Justin Fields to Trevor Lawrence for the claim as the nation's best QB? The top two quarterbacks are pretty evident at this point but names like Jamie Newman, Brock Purdy and Trey Lance are all ones to monitor (20:20). Could next year's receiving class match 2020's (29:15)? With names like J'Marr Chase, Justyn Ross and Devonta Smith, 2021 might just have a chance. We know all about Clemson's Travis Etienne but a few other running backs could creep into the first round conversation as well (36:30). And finally, why we should all take notice of Penei Sewell out at Oregon (41:45).

    For top notch NFL coverage, make sure to download and subscribe to the 'Pick Six NFL' podcast. They're daily (Monday-Friday) all-year round!

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

    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@bartonsimmons@TomFornelli

    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/

  • Spring Gleaning: Big Ten East (04/30)

    What to expect from Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan and the rest of the division. First, takeaways from the NCAA's announcements regarding Name, Image and Likeness rules for 2021-22 (4:00) and then the team-by-team breakdowns get started with the most star-studded Big Ten roster in Ohio State (16:15). Then it's on to Penn State's efforts to close the gap with the Buckeyes (28:20), a reloading effort at Michigan (41:15), why Indiana's 2019 season was a breakthrough to believe in for Tom Allen (48:00), Mel Tucker's uphill battle in year one at Michigan State (53:15) and updates on the latest from Maryland and Rutgers (56:30).


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


    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@bartonsimmons@TomFornelli


    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/

  • NFL Draft Recap: Cover 3 Live on CBS Sports HQ (04/27)

    Barton, Tom and Chip recap the NFL Draft on CBS Sports HQ. First, setting the expectation for the 2020 class of quarterbacks (1:15) and then a roundtable approach to sleepers and surprises from the entire weekend (18:20). Then it's on to highlights from the LSU and Alabama classes and a closer look at Michigan and Georgia's groups compared to their college performance (32:45). Plus, a quick look ahead to 2021 (45.00).

  • ?2020 NFL Draft Reaction: Tua Tagovailoa selected #5 overall by Miami Dolphins (Pick Six NFL Podcast Crossover)

    It's a draft emergency! After months of speculation, Tua Tagovailoa ends up a Dolphin, just like we all initially believed. Chip Patterson is joined by Will Brinson of the Pick Six NFL podcast to break down Miami taking Tua. The guys also chat about the Chargers taking Justin Herbert with the very next pick. 

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

    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@WillBrinson

    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/

  • Dark Horse Candidates for 2020 (04/23)

    Off the radar teams to watch, impact freshman and more. First, the many factors going into Clemson losing the commitment of No. 1 overall player Korey Foreman (4:30) and then Tom explains his choices of Texas A&M, Virginia Tech and other dark horse teams for 2020 (12:45). Barton counters with buy/sell rundown of teams on the rise (24:00) and then identifies some true freshman that will be having an instant impact when they get to campus (42:20). Plus, the mailbag discusses what teams, with Trevor Lawrence added, would rise to become playoff and title contenders (57:00).

  • NFL Draft Preview (04/20)

    What NFL teams will get wrong and sleeper prospects from the college ranks. First, Barton, Tom and Chip discuss their expectations for the virtual draft (4:00) and then get into the player rankings with a deep dive on the quarterbacks starting with Tua (11:20) and wrapping with a comparison for Jalen Hurts (22:30). Then, it's on to shaking out one of the deepest wide receiver groups in years (27:00) and naming our favorite prospects that are currently getting overlooked by the consensus mock draft community (39:00).


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


    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson@bartonsimmons@TomFornelli


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

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  • JT Daniels in the transfer portal, Spring Gleaning: ACC Coastal (04/16)

    USC's QBs, what needs to happen for CFB to start and the ACC Coastal in 2020. First, breaking news with USC quarterback JT Daniels entering the transfer portal (2:00) and then the takeaway from this week's call between the conference commissioners and the Vice President (19:30). Then it's on to the ACC Coastal with breakdowns for Virginia (24:15), Virginia Tech (29:00), Miami (38:30), Pittsburgh (46:00), North Carolina (55:30), Duke (1:06:15) and Georgia Tech (1:11:50).


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


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  • Cover 3 College Football Podcast Trailer

    Cover 3 College Football Podcast is the perfect call for any die-hard fan. Join hosts Chip Patterson, Barton Simmons and Tom Fornelli, 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.

  • Spring Gleaning: ACC Atlantic (04/13)

    Can anyone catch Clemson? Breaking down what to expect from the entire division in 2020. Conversation topics include some nitpicking for a Tigers team that should win the ACC again (6:00), whether Scott Satterfield can match last season's impressive debut (17:00) and whether Wake Forest has been built up enough to maintain success in a reloading year (24:00). Plus, expectations for Mike Norvell in year one with Florida State (32:26), Jeff Hafley inheriting a solid defense at Boston College (41:00) and pressure to succeed in 2020 for Dino Babers at Syracuse (47:00) and Dave Doeren at NC State (55:30).


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


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  • Mike Gundy's plan, Spring Gleaning: Big 12 Pt. 2 (04/09)

    The big storylines in 2020 for Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and more. First, addressing Mike Gundy's plea to get staff and players back to football operations (7:30), including why 2020 is a year that he might be extra invested in seeing the Cowboys get in their offseason plan (15:00). Then, it's on to team breakdowns with the Spencer Rattler era at Oklahoma (28:30), dark horse CFP hype at Oklahoma State (37:15), year two for Chris Klieman at Kansas State (47:15), Iowa State relying on Brock Purdy to lead the offense behind a rebuilt line (52:20) and what to expect from Kansas in year two with Les Miles (1:02:15).


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


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  • Spring Gleaning: Big 12, Pt. 1 (04/06)

    Looking at the biggest storylines around the Big 12 for 2020. Discussion topics include the biggest questions for Dave Aranda in year one at Baylor (10:30), heightened pressure on Tom Herman at Texas (23:00), whether TCU can return to its status as a Big 12 title contender (34:45), how Neal Brown's time at Troy is sparking optimism at West Virginia (46:40), expectations for an explosive offense at Texas Tech (56:00) and much more. Plus, Ben Kercheval joins to break down the conclusion of CBS Sports' 90's Pop Music Bracket (1:03:30).


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


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  • Spring Gleaning: Pac-12 South (04/03)

    Whether USC will retake the division and more storylines from the division. First, the chances Oregon's new transfer quarterback will be its starter (5:00) and what a former FCS All-American is bringing to LSU's defense (11:00). Then it's on the team-by-team look at the Pac-12 South, including Utah's challenge to reload (22:45), the expectations for USC (32:00) and UCLA (41:00), what's working well at Arizona State (51:00) and trying to avoid another year at the bottom of the standings at Colorado (53:00) and Arizona (1:04:00).


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


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  • Spring Gleaning: Pac-12 North (03/30)

    Discussing the biggest questions and storylines for every team in the Pac-12 North. Topics include whether Oregon has another step ahead in 2020 after its Rose Bowl win (4:00), what Washington might look like in year one under Jimmy Lake (13:30) and whether Cal is poised to be the second-best team in the division (22:30). Plus, why we can't quit Oregon State (33:10), whether Nick Rolovich deserves "Year Zero" treatment in 2020 (43:30) and a hard look at how far Stanford has fallen from regular Pac-12 title contention (50:15).


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



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  • What changes might be in store for the 2020 season? (03/26)

    How fall camp, regular season schedules and stadiums might be impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. First, Florida State picks up a key offensive piece for 2020 and why Mike Norvell and the Seminoles might be in position to exceed expectations normally given to first-year coaches (4:45). Then, how the recruiting and evaluation process has adapted in the era of social distancing (14:30), how the college football season might be adjusted if players are further delayed in their return to campus (30:50) and Ben Kercheval checks in with updates from the CBS Sports 90's Pop Song Bracket voting (47:45).


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


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  • Teams most impacted by no spring practice (03/23)

    From new coaches to quarterback battles, who will miss spring practice the most? First, starting with reigning champ LSU we take a look at the teams most impacted by not having spring practice (9:45). Then, what former Oklahoma running back Trey Sermon brings to the Ohio State offense (29:45), the best spring game setups (36:30), seeding and deciding a College Football Playoff-era all-time bracket (42:45), South Carolina's ceiling (49:30) and the Cover 3 Book Club spotlights "Educated" by Tara Westover.


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


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  • 90s Pop Song Bracket Breakdown (03/19)

    Ben Kercheval joins Tom Fornelli and Chip Patterson to discuss first round results and preview upcoming matchups in the CBS Sports' 90s Pop Song Bracket. First, Ben explains the guidelines for selecting the field of 68 and the seeding (4:00) and the group discusses musical trends from the decade revealed in the songs that made the bracket (9:00). Then, it's on to recapping the first round results from the Radio Region and the MP3 Region (16:00) followed by a preview of the upcoming matchups from the CD Region and Cassette Region (23:00). Go vote now on Twitter at @Cover3Podcast 


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



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  • Is Alabama in Mario Cristobal's long-term future? (03/16)

    Answering listener questions about Oregon, West Virginia, Michigan and more. First, why the triple option is the most sensible offense for Navy and other service academies (5:30), best spots for a hypothetical 5-star kicker (12:00), why the 2018 Cheez-It Bowl was a gem in the college football worldd (16:00) and whether Alabama would target Mario Cristobal as a Nick Saban replacement (22:30). Plus, Neal Brown's ceiling at West Virginia (35:00), getting Michigan over the Ohio State hurdle (42:45) and reader suggestions for the Cover 3 Book Club.


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



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  • Impact of Coronavirus outbreak on college football (03/13)

    Breaking down how spring practice and recruiting have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. First, where schools and conferences stand in terms of restrictions and limitations as of Friday morning (4:30) and how those restrictions will have a major impact on the player evaluation aspect of recruiting (10:50). Then, how the spring practice calendar might be adjusted (16:30), what coaches are going to do with their free time (18:45) and more ways college football will be impacted over the coming weeks and months.


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



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  • Which job opens first: Michigan, Auburn or Texas? (03/10)

    Ohio State's salary pool, Mack Brown's recruiting wins and listener questions answered from the mailbag. First, Northwestern lands a new quarterback from Indiana (4:15), Ohio State now has four assistants making over $1 million per year (11:30) and how North Carolina has moved up into the top five of the 2021 recruiting rankings (15:00). Then it's on to listener questions, including discussions on the perception vs. reality in the Pac-12 (32:00), which job will open first and which program we'd prefer to run between Michigan, Auburn and Texas (41:30) and much more. Plus, the Cover 3 Book Club book of the week, "Meat Market" by Bruce Feldman.


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


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  • 2020 NFL Combine Golden Dumbbell Awards (03/02)

    Highlighting the best player and school performances at the 2020 NFL Combine. The conversation starts in the trenches with Mekhi Becton and Tristan Wirfs (4:00), then on to Isaiah Simmons (9:50), Jerry Jeudy vs. Henry Ruggs and how to rank the wide receivers (15:00), which quarterbacks stood out and which ones hurt their draft stock (22:00) and many more player-centric observations. Then, handing out Golden Dumbbell Awards to schools and strength coaches after their players showed out at the combine (43:20), Alabama reportedly hiring its replacement for Scott Cochran (50:49) and another edition of the Cover 3 Book Club with a discussion of The "Perfect Pass" by S.C. Gwynne (59:10).

  • Grading the 2019-20 Coaching Carousel (02/27)

    The annual coaching hire breakdown from Barton Simmons, Tom Fornelli and Chip Patterson. Grades and press conference breakdowns included for Lane Kiffin (3:00), Jimmy Lake (10:00), Jeff Scott (14:30), Sam Pittman (21:15), Greg Schiano (28:50), Nick Rolovich (39:45), Mike Norvell (45:00), Dave Aranda (51:15), Mike Leach (1:08:50), Mel Tucker (1:24:15), Eli Drinkwitz (1:35:43) and the rest of the 2019-20 coaching hires.


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



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  • ? Scott Cochran Emergency Pod (02/24) ?

    Reacting to Scott Cochran's move from Alabama to Georgia. Barton Simmons and Chip Patterson provide instant analysis to the Kirby Smart's hire of Alabama strength conditioning coach Scott Cochran as an on-field assistant for the Bulldogs.


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  • Colorado hires Karl Dorrell, Mailbag, Book Club (02/24)

    Discussing Colorado's hire of Karl Dorrell and answering listener questions. First, reacting to news of Dorrell's hire (3:45), including what former colleagues are saying about the news (10:00) and whether our expectations for coaching credentials should change given the recent hiring cycles (20:00). Then, mailbag questions touch on the role of athletic directors at top college football programs (29:15), Oklahoma recruiting (38:00) and the XFL (45:00). Plus, the third edition of the Cover 3 Book Club discusses "Respect Yourself" by Robert Gordon.


    Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson, @bartonsimmons, @TomFornelli


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  • Who counts as a 'blue blood' in CFB? (02/17)

    The latest from Colorado's search, listener questions from the mailbag and more. First, where Bret Bielema fits into the Colorado coaching search (2:00) and why new Michigan State hire Mel Tucker was unable to pull a key Ohio-area recruiter away from Mark Stoops and Kentucky (11:30). Then it's on to the listener mailbag, with discussion on the reclining in planes debate (21:15), what Tommy Rees can bring to Notre Dame's offense (29:00) and what programs qualify to be considered "blue bloods" in college football (43:00). Finally, the Cover 3 Book Club discusses "Fooled By Randomness" by Nassim Nicholas Taleb.

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



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  • ? Mel Tucker Emergency Pod (02/12)

    Instant reaction to Mel Tucker leaving Colorado to replace Mark Dantonio at Michigan State. First, discussing Tucker's fit in East Lansing (2:00), grading the hire (10:00) and whether the timing is unfair to Colorado and its current roster (14:00). Then, where Colorado might look for its next head coach (27:15) and what this hiring cycle says about the Pac-12 and its standing among the Power Five (49:00).


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



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  • Latest on Michigan State's search, Mailbag ?s and Book Club (02/10)

    The options to replace Mark Dantonio, the assistant coaching carousel and more. First, discussing Luke Fickell's decision to remain at Cincinnati after meeting with Michigan State (1:30), the other candidates that have been connected to the job and where the Spartans go next (12:00). Then, the latest from the assistant coaching carousel includes plenty of post-signing day turnover at Tennessee (21:45), mailbag questions that include conference champs with the most staying power (34:30) and a game of QB transfer roulette (38:45) and finally, the first edition of the Cover 3 Book Club discusses "Range" by David Epstein (47:30).


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



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  • ? Mark Dantonio Emergency Pod (02/04)

    Instant reaction to the breaking news of Mark Dantonio's resignation at Michigan State. First, the many storylines tied to the end of Dantonio's career (4:00), the lasting impact of their 2016 recruiting class (8:20) and how the timing impacts the Spartans' National Signing Day (15:30). Then, potential candidates to replace Dantonio (18:30) and the highlights from his tenure with the Spartans (25:30).

  • The road to "Back" for Texas and Miami (02/03)

    Talking Ohio State, Oklahoma, Georgia-Florida and more from the listener mailbag. First, weighing in on the Big Ten's proposal to change the transfer rules (6:00) and efforts to cap or limit coaches' salaries through federal oversight (15:15). Then, discussion topics from listener questions include comparing Lincoln Riley against Ryan Day and Kirby Smart against Dan Mullen (37:00), and what stands in the way of Texas (42:20) and Miami (55:00) meeting the high expectations of their fans.

  • National Signing Day Preview (01/30)

    Storylines, teams and players to watch heading into Wednesday's National Signing Day. First, the twists and turns of five-star Zachary Evans' recruitment (5:30) and the power house programs in the mix for defensive tackle McKinnley Jackson. Then, whether Alabama's recruiting success with Nick Saban has an expiration date (23:00), what programs are already making headlines in the 2021 cycle (36:00) and more.