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Aaron Torres Podcast Ep. 303: Player opt ins, CFB weekend preview + SI’s Ross Dellenger

It’s Thursday and you know what that means: An all new Aaron Torres Podcast is live. Aaron discusses why players opting back into the season is great for college football – and kills the narrative that college athletes are being exploited. He then discusses a loaded college football slate, previewing all the big games, and wraps by welcoming in Sports Illustrated writer Ross Dellenger. Here is a full rundown of today’s show:

The importance of player opt in’s + full weekend preview: Aaron opens the show by discussing the newest trend in college football – players who had opted out of the season back in July and August electing to opt back in (4:00). He explains why this is not only good for college football, but proves that college athletes aren’t being “exploited” the way many in the media try to claim. Then, he turns his attention to the weekend in college football, previewing all the big games, including Clemson-Miami, Florida-Texas A&M, Texas-Oklahoma, Tennessee-Georgia and much more (18:00) and makes his gambling picks for the weekend (35:30).

Sports Illustrated college football writer Ross Dellenger joins the show: Next up, Aaron is joined by Sports Illustrated college football Ross Dellenger (41:30). The guys discuss Ross’s new book on LSU, last year’s dream season for the Tigers and what it is like to be around Coach O every single day. Then they turn their attention to this current season, where Ross was one of the reporters who broke several stories around the Big Ten’s cancelation and re-start. What was it like to be in the middle of all that drama? Ross shares the details.

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Article written by Aaron Torres

Aaron Torres is covering football and basketball for KSR this season after four years at Fox Sports. Follow him on Twitter @Aaron_Torres, Facebook or e-mail at [email protected] He is also the author of the only book written on the Calipari era, “One and Fun: A Behind the Scenes Look at John Calipari and the 2010 Kentucky Wildcats.”