Be warned, USC and Stanford, the Tess Effect is coming for you
USC and Stanford, consider yourselves warned. With four overtimes in just two weeks of games, the Tess Effect—the penchant for games broadcast by ESPN play-by-play announcer Joe Tessitore to feature crazy comebacks, wild endings and other can't-miss drama—has hit new heights in 2016. And Tessitore, analyst Todd Blackledge and on-field reporter Holly Rowe are headed to Palo Alto for Week 3's primetime Pac-12 showdown between Stanford and USC, so expect plenty of chaos between the Cardinal and the Trojans.
Tessitore joins the Campus Rush Podcast to discuss what's really behind this trend of him calling off-the-rails games that has become too frequent to be mere coincidence. Is it him, something he eats or the simple magic of millions of fans wishing in unison on Twitter using the hashtag #tesseffect?
Stanford's matchup with USC is one of several marquee games in Week 3, including Alabama-Ole Miss, Louisville-Florida State and Michigan State-Notre Dame. It's a plethora of high-stake pigskin, and hosts Andy Staples and Lindsay Schnell break it all down. Plus, stay until the end as Andy and Lindsay confront the most difficult question they've ever faced from their mailbag.