Every year, just before the college football season, I list out the college football podcasts / shows that I believe are the best in the CFB space. This year, obviously, is no different. These are the podcasts that I listen to on a regular basis, along with what I like about each one. So here’s the Top… however many there are this year… college football podcasts for the 2022 season.
You better believe I’m tossing my own show on this list. Chris & I started WCE in August 2016 (one month before I got married) as a generic football show covering both college and NFL. Over the years, the show took on many forms, eventually leading to it being specifically a YouTube show & podcast. Entering the 7th season, Chris took on additional business ventures elsewhere, and WCE is now a one man operation, and has been refined to specifically a College Football show. I find stuff to laugh about (message board humor), hit on the biggest news topics, and still preview & recap each week of the season. If you haven’t already, subscribe on YouTube (there are sometimes extra goodies on there) and to the podcast – during the season there are sometimes different things on both.
Josh started Late Kick as an independent YouTube channel, which was then picked up by 247 Sports. The show has morphed into an absolute juggernaut without losing that homegrown, organic feel of you and your buddies talking college football around the water cooler. A national show with tons of great insight. Should be every true college football fan’s favorite show (aside from my own).
Dan Wetzel & Pat Forde have been covering college athletics for almost as long as I’ve been alive. Two great, witty columnists that find the best parts of the sport to laugh at, while also diving into details that you won’t get anywhere else. If you like the humorous side of college sports, this is your show.
I first heard Steven Godfrey on PAPN with Bill Connelly (Podcast Ain’t Played Nobody). It was a beautiful podcast, with as much cynicism and analytics as any fan could take in a week. Steven has been all over the place with Vox media, but he’s now joined with Richard Johnson and Alex Kirshner – two college football writers younger than he – on an independent venture that covers all of this crazy sport. The Patreon version of the show is, in my opinion, the best, but if you want to stick with the free ones, those pack a big punch as well. All 3 guys on this show are well connected, so you’re going to get insight into things you didn’t even know you wanted to know about.
CBS Sports’ college football show, hosted by Chip Patterson, with analysts Tom Fornelli, Bud Elliott, and Danny Kannell. Picks, lists, drafts, games, the latest news, and more can all be found on this show, which has been a podcast for years, but is now part of CBS’s new venture into YouTube live shows, so you can watch every episode streaming live. These guys are funny and have way different outlooks on a myriad of topics, and you get the players’ side (Danny), the gambling/recruiting side (Bud), and the gamblers / fans / writers side with Chip & Tom.
Stewart Mandel & Bruce Feldman have been covering college football for an incredibly long time, and their show has to be on the list. Is the audio great? No. Are these 2 great radio hosts? No. Do they have a ton of sources? Yes. That last part helps out a lot. You can really get inside multiple college football programs by listening to these 2 go back and forth.
Multiple shows all wrapped up into a single podcast feed, but the best of the shows is when Andy and Ari go back and forth with ridiculous bets, or when they discuss the latest happenings in CFB. Andy has on great guests, and dives into not only the biggest news, but also topics that other people don’t really discuss. On top of that, Staples has been covering this sport for a long time and understands what his audience wants, which is a lot of humor, food, and ridiculous football takes. Incredibly enjoyable show.
Brandon Walker, Kayce Smith, Jack Mac & Katie with one of the least professional college football shows I could list, but it’s the Barstool way, and it’s perfect for this sport. There’s no deep analytics talk here, and Brandon definitely leans on the sport from an old school point of view (analytics are for nerds), but it’s a beautiful mix of hot takes, rambunctious antics, and just the right amount of gossip, news, and simple man previews. Really a great show to just unwind and listen to people not talk about anything too serious, because this sport shouldn’t be as serious as some people make it (myself included). Be prepared for a lot of arguing, a lot of jokes, and great football content.
The grandaddy of ’em all, and it’s not the Rose Bowl. Ty & Dan have been doing this podcast since… well, I really think it was before the iPod came out. It’s been a long time, and I’ve been listening for a long time. Ty recently quit the mysterious day job, so there’s much more content now, and they’ve morphed into a YouTube show to go along with the podcast. Impeccable audio, pristine video quality, great guests, fun topics, and some of the best previews & recap pods out there.
This podcast feed is both the BetUS College Football Show & the NFL show. But focusing on the CFB show, this is myself (Gary), along with cfb-graphs.com proprietor, analyst & numerical guru Parker Fleming (@statsowar) and award winning professional handicapper Kyle Hunter (@KyleHunterPicks). We go through anywhere from 16-20 games each week, giving our spread picks, where we find value, and talk about the biggest games in the sport on a week to week basis. The show is streamed live on YouTube every Tuesday and Wednesday at 1pm ET, then hits the podcast feed afterwards. You can jump in the chat for Q&A at the end of the every show on the live stream.
Deep dives into analytics helping explain the sport from a data driven viewpoint. Incredibly informative show, and their deep dives on specific games each week are well worth the listen. The live shows, and the Q&A shows are just as awesome, and the fact that they don’t do a ton of them really drives up the value of the shows that we do get.
Matt Brown & Bryan Fischer discuss the business side of the sport, and do it in a way that doesn’t go over anybody’s heads. Matt has an incredible newsletter, along with a FOIA directory that is A LOT of fun to go through. Both of these guys have developed key relationships at every level of the sport, and are just as willing to talk about the Missouri Valley Conference (FCS) as they are the SEC, if not more so. A wealth of knowledge packed into every show.
SEC Mike & Cousin Shane have gone knee deep on this podcast as it has continued to grow. Mike quit his job at Saturday Down South to focus specifically on this show, and it has grown from just an audio podcast into a full fledged YouTube show. Incredible guests regularly, and all the humor you could want out of a college football show that only talks about the Southeastern Conference, so long as you can put up with a big Tennessee homer in Cousin Shane. Seriously, a great listen.
Parker & Grant swear this is a TCU podcast… but it’s more a Big 12 podcast with country music opinions. Even if you’re not a Big 12 or TCU fan, this is a great listen between two guys that really know the sport of college football, and are willing to laugh at it in all its’ absurdity.
A Big Ten show that moonlights as a Northwestern podcast. Sam, John and Scuzz are diehard Northwestern fans, and we’ve been doing a livestream of the first round of the NFL draft with these guys for about 5 years now. Great dudes that can really break down matchups… but choose to really only do so for Northwestern games. Every now and then they’ll give you Big Ten nuggets that are just gold, which makes each listen worthwhile.
Nick doesn’t host this, but he’s the brains behind the show. His spreadsheets and analytics are absolute must haves (so much so that I pay $15 a month for the tier 2 version of the projections, rosters, ratings, etc), but the podcast each week helps break down all the numbers so that you can really understand what’s happening. Weekly game projections, up to date injuries & suspensions, and they don’t mess too much with any topics that don’t relate to on-field production, etc. Great for people that enjoy playing college fantasy football as well.