Nicole Auerbach
The Athletic
Nicole Auerbach covers national college football for The Athletic. Previously, she was a national college football and basketball writer for USA Today for nearly six years.
Return-to-play (and two-a-days?) on the minds of leaders before a new CFB season
Before a 2020 college football season can be played, the teams must get back into shape. How that looks after the coronavirus pandemic canceled spring football remains up in the air, but it is of the utmost importance to coaches and athletic administrators around the nation.
The Athletic: We tried the workouts CFB strength coaches create for quarantine
With self-isolation and quarantining continuing for the foreseeable future, how are college football players going to stay in shape for the upcoming season? Around the country, coaches are devising unique at-home workouts in order to keep student-athletes fit.
What college football teams lose when spring football is lost
It's adjustment season in college football as coaches face the unfamiliar challenge of losing spring practices. Both long-tenured staffs and new hires eager to install new systems are making contingency plans with no idea whether they'll get the practice time back.
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The Athletic: Beset on all sides by NIL reform, the NCAA has begun to understand its fight
5 mo ago by Nicole Auerbach
The biggest test facing the NCAA today is whether or not student-athletes should be able to profit off their name, image and likeness. With more and more states passing legislation, the NCAA is finally starting to understand the fight that they're in.
For commissioners, Playoff expansion has become an open conversation
The playoff debate is a popular topic in college football, and fans aren't the only ones calling for an expanded eight-team field. The Athletic's Nicole Auerbach provides the latest surrounding Playoff discussions among conference commissioners.
I Was There: The Athletic’s writers relive the most memorable games of the 2010s
College football fans have been treated to many incredible moments and games over the last decade. From the "Kick Six" to Johnny Football and many overtimes and Hail Marys in between, The Athletic's staff compiles the most memorable games they've covered.
‘What just happened?’ An oral history of LSU and Texas A&M’s history-making 7-OT marathon
The 2018 Texas A&M-LSU seven overtime game will always be remembered as one of the greatest college football games ever played. Now, as the Aggies and Tigers prepare to meet again, The Athletic offers an oral history of the wildest night in Kyle Field history.
Setting Up Your Thanksgiving Weekend: How to navigate a loaded rivalry week
The final weekend viewing guide of the year is a super-sized one, with a fascinating Friday in-store before high-stakes rivalries are renewed. Nicole Auerbach provides a guide for you to maximize your Thanksgiving weekend.
Setting up Your Saturday: Viewing plans for 2019’s penultimate full weekend
7 mo ago by Nicole Auerbach
The end of the 2019 regular season is fast approaching, and several teams are looking to lock-in their spots at the top of their respective divisions. The Athletic's Nicole Auerbach analyzes the slate for Week 13.
Setting up Your Saturday: Week 12's big games offer little room for error
7 mo ago by Nicole Auerbach
The stretch run is here and with chaos at the top, Week 12 should provide more answers as litmus tests such as Oklahoma-Baylor take the field. Additionally, the top-tier teams will be focused on putting together complete performances.
The Rival Next Door: The shortest road trip in Division II is also the most heated
The Battle of the Ravine is the shortest road trip in college football, as Henderson State and Ouachita Baptist literally cross the street each year to renew their rivalry. Nicole Auerbach profiles the annual clash between neighbors and friends.
Setting up your Saturday: The weekend we’ve all been waiting for has arrived
8 mo ago by Nicole Auerbach
LSU-Alabama is undoubtedly the main event on Saturday, however, Weekend 11 offers a full array of games with implications of all sizes and on paper appears to be some of the best matchups this season.
Setting up your Saturday: Florida-Georgia headlines spotty Week 10 slate
Two massive clashes of unbeatens loom next week, but Week 10 provides games worth keeping an eye on, including "The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party" as Florida takes on Georgia.
Setting up your Saturday: Week 8 is all about stretch-run positioning
Halfway through the college football season, we have learned a lot about the national landscape, including a top tier all gunning for a CFP spot. The Athletic's Nicole Auerbach analyzes the slate for a Saturday with the potential for upsets.
Setting up your Saturday: At long last, Week 7 promises to take no plays off
Finally: a weekend slate that’s loaded with huge games: a Red River Rivalry game with the biggest of implications, a night game between top-10 teams in Baton Rouge and a ton of fun in between. You can’t go wrong as long as your TV is turned on and the remote is working.
Setting up your Saturday: Auburn, Florida outcome will shape SEC and playoff races
The Athletic's Nicole Auerbach outlines the matchups to keep an eye on as several Top 25 matchups, including an SEC heavyweight bout, headline a strong slate of week six college football games.
Setting up your Saturday: Go deeper than Week 5’s two Top 25 games
Often the weekends that produce the most chaos in college football are light on marquee matchups. The Athletic's Nicole Auerbach suspects such a Saturday might be in the cards and gives you a road map for what games to keep an eye on.
Setting up your Saturday: Week 4 abounds with Top 25 measuring sticks
The Athletic's Nicole Auerback maps out a big college football Saturday, including a pile of matchups between ranked teams and plenty of other games worth your time.
Setting up your Saturday: Make the most of a day without Top 25 clashes
It's rare that college football serves up a weekend with zero games between ranked teams, but there are still plenty of reasons to spend your Saturday on the couch. The Athletic's Nicole Auerback maps out another day of worthwhile college football.
Setting up your Saturday: TV planning for the first Saturday of college football
It's finally here: the first full weekend of college football. With the Aggies' opener out of the way, Saturday is wide open for enjoying a stress-free Saturday in front of the TV, and Nicole Auerbach has mapped out some potential plans for you and your remote.
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