Dec 072013
Alabama place kicker Cade Foster (43) hits a personal best on his 53-yard field goal against Ole Miss. (Vasha Hunt/

Alabama place kicker Cade Foster (43) hits a 53-yard field goal against Ole Miss. (Vasha Hunt/

By Finebaum Fan.


David Pollack, ESPN College GameDay analyst, is feeling the “Twitter wrath” of  fans of the Alabama Crimson Tide.

After Bowling Green University’s Tyler Tate kicked a career-long 52 yard field goal against Northern Indiana University in the MAC Championship game, Pollack tweeted:

Pollack was making reference to the performance of Alabama’s kicking game in the “Iron Bowl” last week against the Auburn Tigers.

The tweet did not go unnoticed by members of the number four ranked Crimson Tide – including kicker Cade Foster who responded:

Pollack did a little backpedaling:

Too little, too late. The backlash from the tweet was almost immediate. Tide quarterback, A.J. McCarron, was quick to back Foster:

Other teammates stepped up to defend and reassure Foster:





There are more, but you get the picture. Fans were eager to respond to Pollack’s tweet as well.

There were others, even a few Auburn faithful, who joined the conversation:



It is interesting to note that Pollack did not “tweet” when Tate’s previous 26 yard field goal attempt was missed or when Tate’s following extra point attempt was blocked.

Overall, for the game, Tate was 2 for 3 in field goals and 5 of 6 in extra points.

Had he done his research, Pollack would have known that Foster had hit a 53 yard field goal against Ole Miss earlier this season – one yard longer than Tate’s.

Pollack’s tweet stated, “This kid has a BOOT. He can make it from 60+”.

In reality, Tate’s longest career field goal was the 52 yarder against Northern Indiana.  It is also his ONLY successful field goal from beyond 50 yards.

Cade Foster has never missed an extra point during his career at Alabama.  He is a perfect 63 for 63.

Thousands of Alabama and Auburn fans joined together to support Foster after he received numerous insults and even death threats to his Twitter account during and after the “Iron Bowl”.

A facebook page supporting Foster has received 86,000 likes to date.

The Twitter tag #BamaFansForCade still resonates throughout the “Twitterverse”.

Perhaps this Twitter user put it best:

Judging from these comments, it’s pretty clear that Bama doesn’t wish for “a FG kicker”.  They seem to be pretty happy with the one they have.

Oct 182013


College of Communication and Information Dean Mike Wirth (left) with Paul Finebaum. College of Communication and Information Dean Mike Wirth Paul Finebaum

College of Communication and Information Dean Mike Wirth (left) with Paul Finebaum.

He has been called the “Voice of the SEC,” one of the most powerful people in sports media, the “King of the South,” and the “Oprah Winfrey of college football.”

Now, Paul Finebaum can be called a University of Tennessee accomplished alumnus.

The 1978 political science graduate was honored with the Accomplished Alumni Award, which recognizes notable alumni for their success and distinction within their field.

Finebaum, considered the leading sports authority in the South, joined ESPN in 2013. He does a regional radio show from Charlotte, North Carolina, and appears on a variety of other ESPN shows and outlets, including SportsCenter, College Football Live, College GameDay, and in ESPN The Magazine. In August 2014, when ESPN’s SEC Network launches, a television simulcast of Finebaum’s radio show will anchor the network’s afternoon lineup.

Prior to joining ESPN, he served as host of the Paul Finebaum Radio Network, which was syndicated on stations throughout the south including Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Tennessee and heard nationally on Sirius XM Radio.

Finebaum’s work has earned him more than 250 national, regional, and local sports writing awards including being named one of Sports Illustrated‘s Most Powerful People in Sports Media in 2013, one of The Tennessean‘s Top SEC Power Brokers in 2002, and one of the Orlando Sentinel‘s 10 most powerful people in the SEC in 2009. Finebaum has been profiled in publications such as The New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal and the book, Great Call: Why the Finebaum Show is America’s Barbershop. He also has written two books, The Worst of Paul Finebaum and Finebaum Said and is currently working on a book about his career for HarperCollins Publishers.

Finebaum’s award was presented by College of Communication and Information Dean Mike Wirth at a small alumni event at ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut.

“I graduated with a degree in political science but it was the classes I took in the College of Communication and Information and my experience working at the Daily Beacon that helped me to develop the skills that got me where I am today,” said Finebaum. “I am very honored and grateful to receive the Accomplished Alumni Award. It has brought this proud UT graduate closer to his alma mater.”

Finebaum joins a variety of outstanding alumni who have been featured through the Accomplished Alumni program, including CEOs of major corporations, Olympians, authors, lawyers, musicians, US ambassadors, and civic leaders.

To view other Accomplished Alumni, visit the Office of Alumni Affairs and Development.

Oct 182013

By Finebaum Fan.

Condoleezza Rice

Condoleezza Rice

Move over David Pollack, Pat Dye, and “Jim from Tuscaloosa”.

Apparently, Kevin Scarbinsky wants to be the wagon master on the bandwagon.

You know the one – the big one with all the male chauvinist, hand in the dirt, Condi Rice detractors.



Beginning with the 2014-15 season, college football will enter a new era when a postseason playoff will begin. The format is simple:  top four teams, two semifinals played in bowl games, and a national championship game played in a different city each year. Each semifinal will be played during the New Year’s holiday with the national championship game in prime time on a Monday night at least a week later. It will be the best of all worlds, and the biggest innovation to the sport in decades.

A selection committee will choose the four teams for the playoff based on their performance during the regular season, including, strength of schedule, head-to-head results, championships won, and other factors.  The teams will be seeded so that #1 will play #4 in one semifinal and #2 will meet #3 in the other, with the winners advancing to the national championship game.

David Pollack

Over the past couple of weeks, speculation that Dr. Condoleezza Rice could be named to the College Football Playoff selection committee sparked noticeable debate on television, radio, Twitter, and in newsprint.

This exchange took place before a nationally televised audience on an ESPN’s College Gameday panel which, among others, included host Chris Fowler, Paul Finebaum, and David Pollack, the three-time All-American at the University of Georgia:

Pollack: “Now I’m going to stick my foot in my mouth, probably. I want people on this committee, guys, that can watch tape, yes, that have played football, that are around football, that can tell you different teams, on tape, not on paper–”

Fowler: “So no woman belongs on the committee, then?”

Pollack: “You said that … I’ll say it, yeah. Yeah,”

Critics of Pollack took to Twitter to voice their displeasure with his comments.

Pat Dye

Former Auburn University head football coach Pat Dye has been criticized for these remarks concerning Dr. Rice on the Birmingham, Alabama radio station, WJOX.

“All she knows about football is what somebody told her or what she read in a book, or what she saw on television. To understand football, you’ve got to play with your hand in the dirt.

I love Condoleezza Rice and she’s probably a good statesman and all of that, but how in the hell does she know what it’s like out there when you can’t get your breath and it’s 110 degrees and the coach asks you to go some more?”

Dr. Rice responded to Dye’s remarks in an interview with Colin Cowherd on the ESPN Show, “Olbermann”.

“Jim From Tuscaloosa”

A recurring character and self proclaimed “best caller” to the Paul Finebaum Radio Show, “Jim From Tuscaloosa”, called Finebaum multiple times before the announcement lamenting the idea that “a woman” could serve on the commitee.

“Jim” has been outspoken on twitter regarding both Dr. Rice and the College Football Playoff selection commitee.

Kevin Scarbinsky

Kevin Scarbinsky, sports columnist for The Birmingham News and, wrote in an article yesterday:

“She (Rice) has no business helping to decide the four teams that’ll have a shot at the national title. What she’s not, and never has been, is a football professional. Every single member of the first College Football Playoff committee, at the very least, should have that distinction on his resume.”

Yesterday, it was announced that Dr. Condoleezza Rice was indeed named to the College Football Playoff selection committee.

Today, Scarbinski offered this summation:

“All in all, Rice’s first day as an official football expert went fairly well as she respectfully disagreed with those of us who respectfully disagree with her place on the committee. She did make one misstep, though.”

Stewart Mandel of Sports Illustrated interviewed Dr. Rice regarding her role on the selection committee.

Mandel: Speaking of data, do you have certain statistical categories or ratings systems  that you use now as a football fan?

Rice: Well, I read a lot of them. The criteria that’s already  been talked about — particularly strength of schedule and head-to-head  [results] — are very important. Since you don’t have a single league where  everyone plays off against each other, like in professional leagues, I think  it’s important to find surrogates for that, and strength of schedule among  conferences will be a very important element. I have some ideas about it, but I  really want to get in the room with the other members of the committee and have  a very deep discussion about what kinds of data we want to look at it.

In today’s article, Scarbinsky selected the phrase, “a single league”, which clearly referred to the National Football League and interpreted it to mean a specific conference within the NCAA.

Armed only with his twisted interpretation, Scarbinsky proceeded to take his best shot at Dr. Rice:

“Wait. What?

The Big 12 has 10 members and plays nine conference games. That means everyone in that league does play everyone else.

You would expect an official college football expert to know that.”

Scarbinsky began his article with:

“You would expect Condoleezza Rice to be ready for her close-up.

You would expect the former secretary of state, on the day her inclusion as a member of the first College Football Playoff selection committee was made official, to be a veritable fountain of names, places, dates and facts.

After all, she’s now been labeled as an official college football expert.”

Really? My comment:

You would expect Kevin Scarbinsky to be ready for his close-up.

You would expect the former member of sports reporters show, on the day of Dr. Rice’s inclusion as a member of the first College Football Playoff selection committee was made official, to be a veritable fountain of names, places, dates and facts.

After all, he’s now been labeled as an official college football columnist.

Thankfully, not everyone subscribes to this “caveman thinking” as humorously described by Yahoo Sports Writer Pat Forde.

Joseph Goodman of The Miami Herald wrote:

“Condoleezza Rice is absolutely right for NCAA football playoff committee.  College football shouldn’t stop at naming Condoleezza Rice… She should be the new president of the NCAA.”

Perhaps, the tag line of radio comedian, Earl Pitts, says it best: “Wake Up America!”
Oct 092013

From By Michael_Rosenberg.

Inspired by "Jim from Tuscaloosa"

Image Inspired by “Jim from Tuscaloosa”

Condoleezza Rice helped lead the United States into one of the most controversial wars in our nation’s history, but we can’t let her participate in serious business like planning a college football playoff. THAT would be OUTRAGEOUS. After all, Rice lacks the proper qualifications, and by “qualifications,” I mean “a penis”.

That seems to be the big complaint about Rice. I don’t know how many people are making it, but a few is too many. So before this becomes the dumbest movement in sports, let’s squash it.

Rice was selected to be on the committee to select four team’s for the first-ever College Football Playoff next year, and ESPN’s David Pollack and former Auburn coach Pay Dye are not happy.

Pollack: “I want people on this committee that can watch tape, that have played football, that are around football, that can tell you different teams on tape, not on paper.”

So no women?


Pollack later tweeted that this wasn’t about male or female. Of course it isn’t. It’s about whether Rice might have the cooties.

Dye told WJOX radio in Birmingham, Ala.: “All she knows about football is what somebody told her. Or what she read in a book, or what she saw on television. To understand football, you’ve got to play with your hand in the dirt. … I love Condoleezza Rice and she’s probably a good statesman and all of that but how in the hell does she know what it’s like out there when you can’t get your breath and it’s 110 degrees and the coach asks you to go some more?”

Dye also pointed out that, “the game is played on the field,” a helpful tip for anybody who wonders why there are no yard lines in the parking lot.

Hey, if trying to catch your breath in 110-degree heat is an important qualification, the committee should include anybody who has ever tried to walk to lunch in Phoenix. The criticism of Rice is silly and sexist, and it shows a fundamental misunderstanding of what she is expected to do.

The playoff committee is supposed to determine which four teams are most qualified to play for the national title. That is it. Rice is smart enough and diligent enough to do that. The task has nothing to do with putting your hand in the dirt.

Play Pat Dye Comments on Condaleezza Rice On WJOX Opening Drive

Pete Rozelle, the greatest commissioner in NFL history, never played football. Mike Leach, one of the great coaching minds in college football, never played college football. Charlie Weis never … well, OK, bad example.

As with most sexism, the backlash against Rice is not about a hatred of women. It’s about protecting turf. It’s about insiders trying to keep outsiders out.

I’m sure that Pollack and Dye believe they are not speaking from a sexist place. They think they are protecting the game. But why did they feel the urge to do it? Because Rice is a woman, that’s why.

Quick: Name the members of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament selection committee. You can’t, can you? As my colleague Seth Davis pointed out on Twitter, Texas-San Antonio athletic director Lynn Hickey served a five-year term on that committee. She was the second woman to do so.

I bet Pollack and Dye don’t even know who is supposed to join Rice on the football committee. One of the people is longtime sportswriter Steve Wieberg, who is built like a kicker’s little brother. Where is the outrage about Wieberg? (And I’m not trying to start any — he will be great.)

But then, most people have no idea who has been determining the Bowl Championship Series title-game matchup for the last decade and a half. Who did you think was behind all those computer rankings, folks? Mean Joe Greene?

Rice served as the provost of Stanford, she is a huge college football fan, and she has dealt with much more complicated problems than this. She is one of many people on the committee. Unlike college coaches, athletic directors or conference commissioners, she has no financial stake in the selections.

And if she brings the perspective of somebody who didn’t have a hand in the dirt, that is actually wonderful. She can bring a more detached and reasoned perspective than the “eye test” or conventional wisdom. That’s what analytics experts have brought to every sport, and they have made teams and leagues smarter.

The college football committee needs outsiders. It should not be made up entirely of outsiders, and it won’t be, but adding somebody like Rice is helpful.

This silliness is reminiscent of Augusta National’s longtime determination to be an all-male golf club. That club’s unofficial policy, like this resistance to Rice, was about power. Augusta National’s members kept women out because they could, and they wouldn’t cave to anybody. Last year, they finally realized that the gender of your playing partner doesn’t make a damn bit of difference when you hit a fat eight-iron into Rae’s Creek. Fittingly, one of the women they invited to join was Rice.

College football has many problems. Condoleezza Rice’s place on the selection committee is not one of them.

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Oct 082013

From by Pat Forde.

Condoleeza Rice celebrates Alabama's 2013 National Championship.

Condoleeza Rice celebrates Alabama’s 2013 National Championship.

It’s been a banner week for the football old guard – and by old guard, The Dash means the Archie Bunker sect that wants women in the kitchen and gays in the closet and bullying big boys in charge.

Last week, Mississippi football players were required to apologize for being part of a student disruption of a campus play, “The Laramie Project.” The play is based on the murder of gay man Matthew Shepard in Wyoming, and the subject matter apparently was more than many in attendance at Ole Miss could handle maturely.

On Sunday, Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola reportedly played the time-honored bully-the-band card, directing a succession of remarkably vulgar remarks at University of Wisconsin band members on the field before the Lions lost to the Green Bay Packers. (Given the garbage Raiola is reported to have said, it seems to The Dash that the NFL should administer a random drug test to Raiola today. If not yesterday. ‘Roid rage, anyone?)

And for the last several days, white males have been coming out of the woodwork (Bunker? Clavern?) to lambaste the reported choice of former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (1) as a member of the 2014 College Football Playoff Selection Committee. On ESPN’s “College GameDay,” analyst and former Georgia star David Pollack (2) said the committee was no place for a woman.

“I want people on this committee that can watch tape, that have played football, that are around football, that can tell you different teams on tape, not on paper,” Pollack said.

He subsequently offered this, via Twitter: “I want people on the committee that eat, sleep & breathe college football during the season. It has nothing to do with male or female.”

Pollack (who is a friend of The Dash and a nice guy) was hardly alone. Among many others chiming in was reliable old reactionary Pat Dye, who believes any offensive play more risky than a screen pass is a sign of societal decay and has a corrosive effect on American values.

“All she knows about football is what somebody told her,” Dye reportedly told WJOX radio in Birmingham, Ala. “Or what she read in a book, or what she saw on television. To understand football, you’ve got to play with your hand in the dirt.”

With that, Dye presumably dragged his knuckles through said dirt back to his cave to resume watching black-and-white film of wishbone offenses. And told the nearest dame to fetch him a beer.

If you don’t think this is flamingly sexist and slightly out of touch with the times, then answer the following questions:

Has anyone yet impugned the reported inclusion of Michael Tranghese as a member of the selection committee? Check his bio: small-college golfer, basketball team manager, went into sports information before becoming commissioner of the Big East. I don’t hear anyone questioning Tranghese’s ability to “watch tape,” despite never having played with his “hand in the dirt.”

Rice has not spent her adult life in and around college football, largely because she had more important things to do – like, dealing with the Middle East and Russia. If lack of a lifetime commitment to the game is a factor, what do we do with recently retired Air Force Superintendent Michael Gould? He played college football in the 1970s, then spent six months as a graduate assistant coach in 1976. Can’t imagine he’s spent much time breaking down gap control or route trees over the last 37 years.

Neither, presumably, has Tom Jernstedt, an Oregon quarterback in the 1960s who went on to run the NCAA basketball tournament for decades. Or Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich, whose modest career as a tight end and punter at Indiana University of Pennsylvania was followed by a career in sports administration.

If there are concerns that Rice’s time teaching law at Stanford may prevent her from devoting the hours to studying the 2014 football season, what about athletic directors Radakovich, Barry Alvarez, Jeff Long, Pat Haden and Oliver Luck? They spend most of their time Monday-Friday overseeing multi-sport, multi-million-dollar departments. How on Earth will they find the time to appraise Alabama’s nickel package and decide whether it is playoff-worthy?

Funny, all those potential questions to be asked about the reported committee members – but Rice is the one causing all the angst. Just a coincidence, no doubt.

Fact is, what this committee needs is probably exactly what it has. Namely, smart people who can watch football with an educated eye and then do the most important thing: study a team’s body of work and make judgments based on a broad base of national observation and understanding.

The selection committee’s task is to choose the four best teams over the course of an entire season, with the ability to qualitatively compare schedules a paramount aspect of the job. The task is not to select teams because a committee member liked its ability to play press coverage on third-and-long. Making football esoterica a job requirement is an attempt to confuse the issue enough to exclude people the Archie Bunkers don’t want involved.

Oct 062013
Paul Finebaum from

Paul Finebaum from

From by Bob Gillespie.

CHARLOTTE — For perhaps the first (and only) time in his adult life, Paul Finebaum says, he found himself struck speechless.

It was the evening of the 2009 BCS National Championship game, immediately after Alabama had defeated Texas in the Rose Bowl for the first of what would be three national titles in four seasons for the Crimson Tide. It was also about to become “one of the great experiences I’ve had covering sports,” Finebaum said.

For most of his three decades as a sports columnist and talk show host in Birmingham, Ala., Finebaum had been the outsider, the antagonist, the bomb-thrower when it came to the Crimson Tide – and for Auburn and most of the other teams and coaches in the Southeastern Conference, too. Now, suddenly, it seemed almost as if he were part of Alabama coach Nick Saban’s staff.

“Fans in the parking lot were hugging me, thanking me,” he said, sitting in an empty radio studio at the Charlotte headquarters of ESPNU, which will be the future home base for the SEC Network, and where Finebaum will be a central figure when the network launches in August 2014. “At the hotel, bell captains were screaming ‘Roll Tide!’ at me. And when I got home … suddenly I was being embraced, and I’d never had that before.”

His favorite story comes from the day after the game. At a Wal-Mart, Finebaum was approached by a man pushing a cart piled high with Alabama National Championship gear. “He said, ‘Mr. Finebaum, I am from Bangladesh, but today I am an Alabama fan.’ ”

As if telling Paul Finebaum somehow affirmed that – which, in a way, it did.

After years consisting mostly of post-Bear Bryant mediocrity, the Crimson Tide was back atop the college football world – and, almost ironically, Finebaum was along for the ride. That spring, Saban invited him to be an honorary captain for Alabama’s spring game; Finebaum, in the spirit of things, wore a Crimson Tide cap on the sidelines, a moment that immediately went viral on YouTube.

“For the first time in 20 years, I was on speaking terms with an Alabama coach,” he said. “I went from villain to, in some eyes, now part of the program.” He chuckled. “It wasn’t accurate, but I was pretty happy about it.”

Could his life get any better? Three years later, it has done just that – in spades.

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Oct 042013

From by Joseph Goodman.


Lane Kiffin

Lane Kiffin

And here’s another disturbing anecdote of ESPN perhaps having too much power. On ESPN’s  College GameDay last Saturday, the network called for Southern California coach Lane Kiffin to be fired in the form of a poorly written and ill conceived prepared statement by radio buffoon Paul Finebaum. Kiffin was fired less than 24 hours later.

Never mind that Kiffin was trying to coach a team limited by extremely harsh scholarship reductions with inexperienced quarterbacks who were having a tough time absorbing USC’s complicated offensive system. Finebaum, with a flimsy monologue short on substance that read like it was scribbled on a cocktail napkin between sips of fruity drinks, called Kiffin the Miley Cyrus of college football. A few hours later, Kiffin’s boss, an actual Rhodes scholar no less, was pressured into firing his coach.

Southern Cal, by the way, plays most of its games on Fox.

Oct 042013

By Finebaum Fan.

Danny Sheridan

Danny Sheridan

The national-known odds maker, Danny Sheridan, appeared today on The Paul Finebaum Radio Show and gave “kudos” to Finebaum on his prediction that Lane Kiffin would be fired as head football coach of the Southern California Trojans by the end of the year.

Finebaum was on ESPN’s College GameDay this past Saturday morning and blasted Kiffin with his now infamous Miley Cyrus comparison.

 “In some respects, Lane Kiffin is the Miley Cyrus of College Football. He has very little talent, but we simply can’t keep our eyes off of him.”

He went on to predict that Kiffin would be fired soon and enforced a common public perception that the USC coach often appears childish.

“I think Kiffin will be gone at the end of the season.  For the sake of SC fans, I hope this time around the school will hire an adult to be its next head coach.”

Here is Sheridan’s quote from the radio appearance:

“I talked to several people at Southern Cal, donors specifically – in the athletic department – and they have a lot of weight, and for whatever it’s worth, they told me the combination – the power of game day (That statement that he would be fired at the end of the year) coupled with the 62 to whatever – 40 or 41 loss – That did him in.”

Play Danny Sheridan Gives Finebaum Kudos On Kiffin Prediction

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Sep 292013
Miley Kiffin

Lane Kiffin morphs into Miley Cyrus on Cosmo Cover

Less than 24 hours after ESPN’s Paul Finebaum called Lane Kiffin “the Miley Cyrus of college football”, Kiffin was out as head football coach at the University of Southern California.

Finebaum appeared on  ESPN’s College GameDay Saturday morning and blasted Kiffin on national TV.  There is no doubt that USC movers and shakers were in the audience.

“In some respects, Lane Kiffin is the Miley Cyrus of College Football.  He has very little talent, but we simply can’t keep our eyes off of him.”

He went on to predict that Kiffin would be fired soon and enforced a common public perception that the USC coach often appears childish.

“I think Kiffin will be gone at the end of the season. For the sake of SC fans, I hope this time around the school will hire an adult to be its next head coach.”

Finebaum has a reputation for his relentless pursuit of under-performing college football coaches.  According to an old show introduction, The Paul Finebaum Show  is where MOST college football coaches are fired.

Play Old Paul Finebaum Show Opening

So, it came as no surprise that Finebaum had Kiffin “in his cross hairs”, but did we expect the radio host’s prediction would come true by the end of the weekend?

The USC Trojans fired coach Lane Kiffin this morning – hours after loosing to the Arizona State Sun Devils 62-41 .

A statement on the USC website indicated that Trojans athletic director, Pat Haden, broke the news to Kiffin.

A source told ESPN’s Joe Schad that Trojans assistant head coach Ed Orgeron will be named interim coach.  Orgeron is also USC’s recruiting coordinator and defensive-line coach.

Sep 272013

Paul Finebaum: 9/27 – Hr. 1 PlayDownload

Paul Finebaum welcomes Georgia coach Mark Richt and’s Mark Schlabach to the show from Athens, GA.

Paul Finebaum: 9/27 – Hr. 2 PlayDownload

Paul Finebaum and ESPN’s Darren Rovell discuss EA Sports’ settlement with college athletes. ESPN’s Holly Rowe joins the show to preview Ole Miss-Alabama.


Paul Finebaum: 9/27 – Hr. 3 PlayDownload

Paul Finebaum, Pete Thamel (Sports Illustrated) and ESPN’s Lee Fitting discuss the upcoming college football weekend and take calls from listeners.

Paul Finebaum: 9/27 – Hr. 4 PlayDownload

College Football News’ Russ Mitchell joins Paul Finebaum to preview the weekend’s action and more.