Dan Wetzel's Week 9 college football podcast

Dan Wetzel
Yahoo! Sports

The Game of the Century is still more than a week away – No. 1 LSU vs. No. 2 Alabama in Tuscaloosa on Nov. 5. It’s never too early to start the hype machine, though, at the Dan Wetzel College Football Podcast.

As such, there’s no better guest than Paul Finebaum, the host of the "Paul Finebaum Show" that originates out of WJOX in Birmingham and is carried on nearly three-dozen stations across the South, as well as Sirius XM 91, College Sports Radio, from 2-6 p.m. ET. Paul also writes a column for SI.com and is a former writer in Birmingham and Mobile.

Paul delivers some great stories – entertaining, hysterical and insightful. He claims a “trained monkey” could host his show and no matter how many coaches believe that, there’s obviously a little more to it than that.

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We spend some time discussing the phenomenon that his show has become – everything from “Smokey” calling in while having a heart attack, to the legendary Tammy and, of course, Al from Dadeville’s confession of poisoning the Toomer’s Corner trees.

The LSU-'Bama game is broken down in all ways, most specifically whether a rematch could be in order. Paul confesses he’s open-minded about the idea because it involves the SEC but was opposed back in 2006 because it involved the Big Ten (Michigan-Ohio State).

Paul shares some stories and anecdotes about Nick Saban and how he had the perfect personality to handle the immense pressure of leading the Crimson Tide program. Les Miles is also discussed, specifically whether he has completely moved out of Saban’s shadow in Baton Rouge.

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Paul also offers his take on Urban Meyer's next step – Ohio State, Penn State or NFL – and talks about the coaching greatness that is Bill Snyder at Kansas State.

Three games are predicted – Michigan State at Nebraska (minus-4), Oklahoma at Kansas State (plus-14) and Stanford at USC (plus-7.5).

This is great stuff, so listen up. Besides, as always, it’s free.

(It will be on iTunes soon, just search “Dan Wetzel Yahoo Sports.”)

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