AP Top 25 College Football Podcast
AP Top 25 College Football Podcast
The AP/ Westwood One Podcast Network
With the help of players, coaches, TV analysts, school administrators and NCAA officials, AP College Football Writer Ralph Russo tackles on-and off-field issues affecting the sport throughout the year. The show gives everyone from the casual fan to the obsessed alum, an insider look into the AP Poll and all that is trending on campuses around the country. Be ready for the big game, signing day or spring practice with this weekly chat about college football.
A Strange Season Ends With a Familiar Champion _ Alabama.
College football’s season in a pandemic has ended with a most familiar champion. Nick Saban’s Alabama dynasty won its sixth title by beating Ohio State in the College Football Playoff national championship game. To put a wrap on the season and the championship game, Paul Myerberg and Dan Wolken from USA Today join AP’s Ralph Russo. They discuss if there is anyway to tap the brakes on college football’s offensive revolution. Is it even necessary? There appears to be no end in sight for Saban and the Tide’s dominance. What other programs can at least make a run at Alabama next year? Can the changing landscape of college football help provide a little more parity at the top?
Jan 12
43 min
CFP Championship Preview With Chris Fowler
Alabama against Ohio State for the national championship. After a long, strange season there is one game left to be played. The College Football Playoff title game will feature the two most talented rosters in the country and put to bed a season that has been a grind for everyone involved. To preview Crimson Tide-Buckeyes and review what it took to get here, ESPN’s Chris Fowler joins AP’s Ralph Russo. Chris discusses why this season lacked the usual joy, and why he was still thankful to be part of it. And he gives his thoughts on Alabama’s steady dominance and Ohio State’s winding path to the title game. Plus, how to do a virtual Heisman Trophy presentation.
Jan 5
45 min
College Football Playoff Preview
The College Football Playoff features four of the bluest of blue bloods. No. 1 Alabama takes on No. 4 Notre Dame and No. 2 Clemson faces No. 3 Ohio State. Cole Cubelic of the SEC Network and ESPN joins AP’s Ralph Russo to breakdown each matchup. For Notre Dame to stay within striking distance of the might Crimson Tide, the Irish need to play perfectly complementary football. Meanwhile, the other semifinal could come down to which is more efficient: Trevor Lawrence and Clemson’s passing game or Ohio State’s powerful running game. Also, what to make of Auburn’s hiring of Boise State’s Bryan Harsin as head coach?
Dec 29, 2020
1 hr 4 min
Dashing through the bowls!
Bowl season is here in college football. It is not as long as usual, which is sad. But there are plenty of games to enjoy. To preview them all _ even the ones that might have already been played by the time you listen _ Matt Brown, college football editor at The Athletic and an AP poll voter, joins Ralph Russo, AP college football writer. Matt and Ralph provide a tidbit or two on every game, make a few picks, and tell you what to watch for. The bowl are more unpredictable than ever, which is why you should watch every one from the Potato Bowl to the Orange Bowl.
Dec 22, 2020
1 hr 32 min
Will There Be CFP Drama on Championship Weekend?
The latest conference championship weekend in the history of college football has arrived and the question is: Will the results create any drama for Sunday’s College Football Playoff selections. National college football writer Paul Myerberg joins AP’s Ralph D. Russo to go through the scenarios and try to find what could cause some mayhem. Also, Auburn finally fired Gus Malzahn after years of the coach going on and off the hot seat. Who is next? Did the Tigers just spent more than $21 million to promote their defensive coordinator? And is Illinois really a sleeping giant? Or maybe a sleeping contender in the Big Ten West?
Dec 15, 2020
53 min
How The Pandemic Impacted Recruiting
The never-ending college football season will now combine the early signing period with championship weekend. Starting Dec. 16, schools can begin signing high school prospects, but because the season started late and was extended because of the pandemic, the College Football Playoff won’t be set until the weekend of Dec. 19. There is a lot going on. To discuss recruiting, the coaching carousel and the playoff race, Barton Simmons and Bud Elliot of 247 Sports join AP’s Ralph Russo. In-person recruiting has been shutdown since the spring. What kind of impact will that have on the class of 2021, and beyond?
Dec 8, 2020
1 hr 1 min
Alabama’s Unrelenting Excellence and LSU’s Severe Regression
About 13 months ago LSU-Alabama was a No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup. Biggest game of the season. Game of the Century. And LSU broke through for a landmark victory on the way to a national championship. Now the Tide and Tigers play again and LSU is slogging through a season of attrition and regression while Alabama is better than ever. Sports Illustrated’s Ross Dellenger joins AP’s Ralph Russo to discuss the Tigers’ slide and the Tide’s unrelenting excellence. Plus, the Big Ten can’t catch a break: Can Ohio State make the playoff playing only six games? Who is the real Heisman favorite and will Texas make a coaching change?
Dec 1, 2020
56 min
First CFP Rankings of The Season
Because everything is a little weird this season, we have the convergence of two events in college football that would normally be weeks apart. The first College Football Playoff selection committee rankings of season make their debut. And Thanksgiving week comes with some _ though not as many us usual _ rivalry games. Plus, there is a big batch of Black Friday games for a college football feast. Nicole Auerbach of The Athletic joins AP’s Ralph D. Russo to talk about what to expect from the playoff rankings: Why where BYU and Cincinnati start is important? Is Ohio State allowed a regular-season mulligan? What happens if Clemson blows out Notre Dame in an ACC rematch? Pac-12, anyone? Plus, the Clemson-Florida State postponement controversy.
Nov 23, 2020
1 hr
Big Ten Showdowns, Bedlam and Bearcats
From Monday to Friday the college football season has been a grind of uncertainty and instability. But the Saturdays are still delivering intrigue and excitement. Dennis Dodd of CBS joins AP’s Ralph Russo to talk about the odd dynamic of the season in the pandemic. Plus, will the first head coach firing in the Power Five break the seal for other schools? And what to expect from two crucial Big Ten games; Bedlam between Oklahoma State and Oklahoma; and Cincinnati’s big test at UCF?
Nov 17, 2020
52 min
Hot-Seat Watch: What Schools Could Make Coaching Changes?
In a normal college football season we would be waist deep in coaching change rumors and speculation right about now. But this year’s carousel figures to be relatively quiet. Conventional wisdom has been that schools struggling financially because of the pandemic will be less willing to pay big buyouts. Plus, how can you judge performance is this weird season? But fans at some schools are reverting back to the default mode and looking to fire everyone involved with their struggling teams. To take a look at which coaches are on the hottest seats, Dan Wolken from USA Today joins AP’s Ralph Russo to assess the situations in places like South Carolina, Virginia Tech, Iowa and Michigan.
Nov 11, 2020
1 hr 11 min
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