The Audible with Stew & Bruce

1/6: National Championship preview, PJ Fleck to Minnesota, Bowl Season recap

Episode Summary

Bruce and Stew are joined by Ralph Russo of the AP live from Tampa, the site of the National Championship. Stew recaps his meeting with new USF head coach Charlie Strong (3:15) and the guys discuss his departure from Texas and what to expect to him in the coming years rebuilding South Florida. Then, a preview of the National Championship rematch between Alabama and Clemson (8:25) - Why has Clemson become the "trendy" pick? How will the loss of Lane Kiffin affect Alabama's offense? What will Steve Sarkisian bring to the table in his absence? Plus a full break down of both sides of the ball on both teams. The guys also discuss where Dabo Swinney ranks as a coach in college right now (15:30) and compare Bruce's Top 20 coaches at the beginning of the season and reorder them now at the end of the season. Then, PJ Fleck takes the open Minnesota job (28:00), what can we expect from him in his new role, and will he realistically be around the program for the long term? And what is the future of James Franklin at Penn State after his recent success? (35:00) Plus, Bruce and Stew answer mailbag questions, including their Top 5 college football games of all time (38:45), if the bad semi-final games were proof we need an 8-team playoff (44:20), and what we should make of the Big 12's "overachievement" during the bowl season (49:00)

Episode Notes

Bruce and Stew are joined by Ralph Russo of the AP live from Tampa, the site of the National Championship. Stew recaps his meeting with new USF head coach Charlie Strong (3:15) and the guys discuss his departure from Texas and what to expect to him in the coming years rebuilding South Florida. Then, a preview of the National Championship rematch between Alabama and Clemson (8:25) - Why has Clemson become the "trendy" pick? How will the loss of Lane Kiffin affect Alabama's offense? What will Steve Sarkisian bring to the table in his absence? Plus a full break down of both sides of the ball on both teams. The guys also discuss where Dabo Swinney ranks as a coach in college right now (15:30) and compare Bruce's Top 20 coaches at the beginning of the season and reorder them now at the end of the season. Then, PJ Fleck takes the open Minnesota job (28:00), what can we expect from him in his new role, and will he realistically be around the program for the long term? And what is the future of James Franklin at Penn State after his recent success? (35:00) Plus, Bruce and Stew answer mailbag questions, including their Top 5 college football games of all time (38:45), if the bad semi-final games were proof we need an 8-team playoff (44:20), and what we should make of the Big 12's "overachievement" during the bowl season (49:00)