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July 29, 2020
Conferences are working to revise their college football schedules to accommodate potential disruptions from COVID-19. But there has been more planning than actual decisions being made as college sports leaders play a waiting game. Brett McMurphy of Stadium joins AP’s Ralph Russo to discuss where each conference stands, whether Notre Dame will play in the ACC and who will finally make the call on whether college football is played. Plus: if there is a season, will there be a postseason with dozens of bowl games?
July 22, 2020
Colleges are spending millions of dollars and countless hours to try to protect their athletes from being infected by COVID-19. And still there might not be a fall football season because the pandemic is raging on across the country. Lucia Mullen, a epidemiologist and analyst with the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security, joins AP’s Ralph Russo to explain why _ without a bubble _ the athletic departments can only do so much to determine whether they will be able to play this season. Mullen explains why everything is connected, what is a good way to determine when the virus is “under control,” and when time is ally _ but only if it is well spent. Plus, for the first time on the podcast, Russo answers questions from the Twitter mailbag.
July 14, 2020
As the pandemic worsens, so do the prospects of a college football season being played in the fall. Nicole Auerbach of The Athletic joins Ralph Russo of AP to discuss an avalanche of bad news throughout college football, numerous warning signs that the season is in peril and how everything is connected. The Big Ten and Pac-12 have already said they will play just conference games _ if they can play at all. We’ll discuss the trickle-down effects of that from the other Power Five leagues to the Group of Five to FCS. The pandemic is winning right now and college sports leaders are sounding the alarms.
June 30, 2020
Even the successful athletes who compete at the highest levels of their sports have moments when the game seems a little big for them. Those welcome-to-the-big-time moments can either break a player or make that player even better in the long run. Former college football offensive linemen Aaron Taylor of Notre Dame, Cole Cubelic of Auburn and Geoff Schwartz of Oregon join Ralph Russo to talk about the humbling moments that made them better by teaching them that they had to step up their games _ somehow _ to make it in college football.
June 25, 2020
College football is plowing toward a season in a pandemic. It begs the question: Is this essential and why? Dan Wetzel from Yahoo Sports joins AP’s Ralph Russo to discuss a bizarre offseason that is setting the stage for a college football season like we have never season before. The pandemic and social unrest is changing the power structure in all aspects of life, including sports. Plus, Mike Gundy, the Confederate flag and how journalism suffers from a lack of diversity. And how those in it can work to recognize the blind spots.
June 17, 2020
So many good choices but you can only pick 13. AP college football poll voter Matt Brown from The Athletic and AP’s Ralph Russo pour through the dozens of former college football greats on this year’s Hall of Fame ballot. The goal: select a class of 13 players and two coaches to be inducted into the Hall next year. Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer seems like an obvious choice, but what about former Kentucky quarterback Tim Couch? Or Indiana’s sensational dual threat Antwan Randle El? Brown and Russo do their best at an impossible task.
June 10, 2020
Plans are being made to give college football teams a little extra time in the summer to get ready for the season. What will practices look like during a pandemic? And what types of standards will have to be set when it’s time for teams to start playing one another? Sports Illustrated’s Ross Dellenger joins AP's Ralph Russo to talk about the latest steps being taken to play a football season while protecting players and coaches from COVID-19. Plus, what’s the significance of a statement? With their players watching and listening, coaches have been forced from their comfort zones to speak out against racial injustice.
June 3, 2020
The first steps toward having a college football season are being taken on campuses all over the country. Athletes are being allowed to return to their teams’ facilities for voluntary workouts throughout June. That means schools and specifically athletic departments are trying to execute detailed plans for testing, monitoring and educating athletes on how to get some prep work in for the season while staying safe during a pandemic. Baylor athletic director Mack Rhoades joins AP’s Ralph Russo to discuss the Bears’ plans to “on-board” football players, starting June 15. It covers a lot of ground and if it doesn’t go well, it could setback efforts to play ball come Labor Day weekend.
May 28, 2020
The prospects for a college football season that starts on time are looking good. Paul Myerberg of USA Today joins AP’s Ralph Russo to discuss the latest positive developments as college football prepares for playing amidst a pandemic. There is still much uncertainty. Plenty of reasons for hope and plenty of reasons to think the 2020 season will be far from normal. Plus, some offseason talk: Myerberg gives at least one team in each Power Five conference that could be a surprise contender this season the way Baylor and Minnesota rose to prominence last season. Also, take away Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields, and pick three Heisman Trophy contenders. Remember, nobody thought Joe Burrow was a Heisman candidate going into 2019 and we all saw how that played out.
May 14, 2020
The scheduled start of the college football season is four months away. With so much uncertainty, how can a fan and a reporter sift through all the noise and speculation to find relevant information and insight? It’s difficult. Max Olson, national college football writer from The Athletic, join AP’s Ralph Russo to talk about trying to make sense of it all. And they talk football. TCU has signed a five-star tailback who had some trouble in his senior year. Rutgers landed a quarterback transfer from Nebraska. Tennessee is cleaning up in recruiting. Jim Harbaugh has some big ideas.
May 7, 2020
The 1984 Orange Bowl was maybe the greatest college football game ever played. No. 1 Nebraska came in undefeated and trying to stamp itself as one the best teams of all time, but Miami pulled the upset in a thriller that launched the Hurricanes dynasty. AP’s Ralph Russo is joined by three guests to talk about what led up to that memorable night in South Florida and its aftermath. Former Miami Herald sportswriter Jim Martz provides the Hurricanes' side of the story. Former Omaha World-Herald sports writer Lee Barfknecht gives the Huskers' perspective. And ESPN’s Ivan Maisel provides some context to a game that signaled a shift in the balance of power in college football for years to come.
April 29, 2020
The first night of the NFL draft went really well for the college football recruiting analysts. Most of the players selected in the first round were either four- or five-star recruits. Bud Elliott, recruiting analyst for 247 Sports, joins AP’s Ralph Russo to talk about how the inexact science of evaluating high school football players is improving. Plus, Miami continues to have a good number of players drafted and its recruiting rankings are pretty consistently better than the rest of their ACC Coastal Division rivals. Then why hasn’t the U. been able to turn that talent into consistent success on the field? Also, how will the extra-long recruiting dead period because of the coronavirus outbreak affect teams and players?
April 22, 2020
Notre Dame tight end Cole Kmet, UCLA running back Josh Kelley and Ole Miss defensive back Myles Hartsfield join AP Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi to discuss the NFL draft and how they've handled an unusual pre-draft process with virtual pro days and video visits with teams. Super agent Leigh Steinberg also joins the show to chat about one of his clients, Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, and how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted draft prospects.
April 21, 2020
The NFL Draft is approaching and Dane Brugler of The Athletic joins AP’s Ralph Russo to break down the prospects. Who is rising? Who is falling? Where will Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa land? How about Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert? Will a half dozen receivers be selected in the first round? Will any running back go on the first day? Then new Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin joins the show. He talks about recruiting Tagovailoa and his time at Florida Atlantic. What drew him to Ole Miss and his unusual path back to being an SEC head coach.
April 16, 2020
Stanford football coach David Shaw makes his yearly offseason appearance on the podcast to discuss a wide range of issues in college football, starting with how he is managing his team through the pandemic. Shaw, who is also the chairman of the NCAA rules committee, talks about why it was time to crackdown on coaches instructing defensive players to fake injuries to slow down fast-paced offenses. The longtime Cardinal coach gives his views on the push for more lenient NCAA transfer rules and opening up opportunities for athletes to make money off their names, images and likenesses. Plus, why he is hopeful the worst season of his head coaching career can be a springboard for Stanford to return to its winning ways.
April 9, 2020
Las Vegas has weighed in with its win total projections of the 2020 college football season. Every FBS team from Alabama to UMass. Chris Fallica from ESPN, aka Bear from “College Gameday,” joins AP’s Ralph Russo to share his early picks in every conference. Optimism for Purdue. Pessimism for Kansas. And a good value pick in the SEC championship race. Plus, how Bear helps plot out where GameDay could be headed next season.
April 3, 2020
This is a special presentation of APs Ground Game: Inside The Outbreak. State and local officials are receiving high marks for how they’ve been handling the coronavirus outbreak, less so for President Donald Trump and the federal government. AP Washington Bureau Chief Julie Pace and Director of Public Opinion Research Emily Swanson explain what this means based on several recent surveys done by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. You can listen and subscribe to all episodes here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ap-ground-game-inside-the-outbreak/id1399328854
April 2, 2020
This is a special presentation of APs Ground Game: Inside The Outbreak. The coronavirus pandemic continues to take a devastating toll on The United Sates economy, with over 6 million Americans filing for unemployment. The disruptions due to coronavirus are causing a ripple effect, trickling into the day-to-day lives of people across the globe. AP National Writer and Director of Digital Innovation, Ted Anthony, has been covering the ripple effect of the virus and breaks it all down for us on this episode of Ground Game. You can listen and subscribe to all episodes here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ap-ground-game-inside-the-outbreak/id1399328854
April 1, 2020
Who are the best college football teams to not win the national championship? USA Today’s Paul Myerberg has some candidates, going back as far as 1940. Paul joins AP’s Ralph Russo to talk all-time great teams that came up short on a national title, including heralded squads from Michigan, Ole Miss, Oklahoma and Miami. Paul and Ralph agree on who’s No. 1 of the teams that did not finish No. 1 in the modern era of college football. Plus, let’s go back and re-do some of those misguided Heisman Trophy votes.
April 1, 2020
This is a special presentation of APs Ground Game: Inside The Outbreak. Spain has been hit especially hard by the coronavirus outbreak and the country’s death toll remains comparatively high despite a two-week lockdown. With more than 9,000 COVID-19 deaths documented, officials have been forced to convert hotels into hospitals and ice rinks into morgues. Madrid-based AP reporter Aritz Parra explains what is happening inside Spain’s overburdened medical facilities and funeral homes. You can listen and subscribe to all episodes here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ap-ground-game-inside-the-outbreak/id1399328854
March 31, 2020
This is a special presentation of APs Ground Game: Inside The Outbreak. New York has been hit especially hard in the COVID-19 pandemic, with more than 75,000 cases confirmed so far. In New York and elsewhere, health officials are reviewing guidelines from sources including state governments and medical groups on how to fairly ration limited resources as hospitals prepare for a surge in patients. Central to these guidelines will be figuring out who gets a ventilator and who doesn’t. AP reporter Candice Choi explains what this all means. You can listen and subscribe to all episodes here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ap-ground-game-inside-the-outbreak/id1399328854
March 30, 2020
This is a special presentation of APs Ground Game: Inside The Outbreak. In rural towns and already isolated communities across the country, the concerns about the coronavirus outbreak range from outsiders bringing the virus with them from bigger cities to economies that normally rely on tourism grinding to a halt. AP Reporter Gillian Flaccus takes us inside rural Oregon to discuss how the pandemic is playing out there. You can listen and subscribe to all episodes here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ap-ground-game-inside-the-outbreak/id1399328854
March 25, 2020
Eight college football writers. One question: How did you come to love college football? On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, AP’s Ralph Russo asks that question some of his friends and colleagues who cover the game for a living. Each shares a story of being drawn into the passion and pageantry of college football, though some were smitten later than others and in various ways. Telling their tales are Andy Staples, Stewart Mandel, Bruce Feldman and Nicole Auerbach from The Athletic; Heather Dinich and Adam Rittenberg from ESPN; Pat Forde from Sports Illustrated; and Paul Myerberg from USA Today.
March 18, 2020
It’s never too early to have a Top 25 for next season. Plenty of those have been circulating since the day after LSU beat Clemson to win the national title. ESPN’s Bill Connelly chimed in with his SP+ preseason projections for 2020 in February. Connelly joins the AP’s Ralph Russo to compare and contrast where the human opinions and his numbers diverge. SP+ is embracing some traditional powers this year like Texas and Nebraska that it was skeptical about last season _ when the humans were hyping up the Longhorns and Cornhuskers. Meanwhile, SP+ sees some regression on the way for several teams _ like both of the state of Iowa’s FBS schools _ that the humans are giving a fair amount of preseason love.
March 14, 2020
The sports world has been shut down because of the coronavirus outbreak. The AP Top 25 College Football Podcast will try to get you through it. In this week’s episode, host Ralph Russo of the AP goes solo on why he’ll miss March Madness so much. But his is a college football show. And since all of sports content is about to embrace talking about lists, Russo has one to share. The top 25 coaches in college football, right now. You all know who is No. 1. And No. 2. But from No. 3 on, it gets a little tricky. Did Jim Harbaugh make the list? What about Mack Brown? How do you weigh recent success against a coach's entire body of work?
March 3, 2020
Former NFL official and college coordinator of officials Terry McAulay has made the transition to TV rules expert, but he still keeps a close on officiating at all levels of football. McAulay joins AP’s Ralph Russo to talk about the state of college football officiating and what _ if anything _ can be done to build credibility at a time when fans are so skeptical and critical. McAulay talks targeting, replay reviews and what to do about players faking injuries to slow down the fast-pace offenses.
February 26, 2020
The most fascinating coaching move of the offseason might involve a man who has never been an on-field college coach. Georgia hired longtime Alabama strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran away from Nick Saban and the Tide and is making him an on-field coach. Max Olson from The Athletic joins AP’s Ralph D. Russo to discuss the intriguing news and what it means for everyone involved. Plus, Colorado has a new coach and it is not someone anybody would have expected. Also, Max wrote about how loosening restrictions on transferring college football players might also mean some tweaks are needed to rules about how many scholarships a school can hand out each year. Is it possible for NCAA rules to accommodate more players stepping into the portal and help teams that might lose a plethora of transferring players at once?
February 26, 2020
The most fascinating coaching move of the offseason might involve a man who has never been an on-field college coach. Georgia hired longtime Alabama strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran away from Nick Saban and the Tide and is making him an on-field coach. Max Olson from The Athletic joins AP’s Ralph D. Russo to discuss the intriguing news and what it means for everyone involved. Plus, Colorado has a new coach and it is not someone anybody would have expected. Also, Max wrote about how loosening restrictions on transferring college football players might also mean some tweaks are needed to rules about how many scholarships a school can hand out each year. Is it possible for NCAA rules to accommodate more players stepping into the portal and help teams that might lose a plethora of transferring players at once?
February 19, 2020
It is the middle of February and still a major college football team is trying to hire a head coach. This week on the AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg joins AP's Ralph Russo to discuss Michigan State’s hiring of Mel Tucker, Colorado’s reaction to Tucker leaving and why schools seem to be overpaying for coaches with limited head coaching experience. Plus, the NCAA moves toward more freedom for transfers and Adam explores what the road back to glory looks like for Nebraska and Southern California.
February 11, 2020
Tim Nevius is a former Division I baseball player who worked for five years as an NCAA investigator after graduating from law school. Now he works to change college sports by representing athletes and pushing for reforms to NCAA rules regarding things like transfers, and compensation for name, image and likeness. Nevius joins AP’s Ralph Russo to talk about what he believes are the reasons NCAA rules are often inherently unfair to the athletes. And why changing them won’t mean the end of football Saturdays and March Madness.
February 5, 2020
The transfer rules could be changing in a big way in college athletics within the next two years. Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports reported last week the Big Ten athletic directors are planning to put forth a proposal that would allow all college athletes to transfer once without sitting out a season. That would be a major change in the sports of football and basketball. Dodd joins AP’s Ralph Russo to talk about how college sports got to a place where an idea once thought to be too radical is now being endorsed by the Big Ten. Also, how can there be more parity in college football? Plus, did anybody who covers college football see this coming from Patrick Mahomes?
February 3, 2020
Patrick Mahomes led the Kansas City Chiefs to their third straight postseason comeback win from a double-deficit to beat the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 in Super Bowl 54, giving Andy Reid his first championship as head coach. AP Pro Football Writers Teresa Walker and Dennis Waszak joined Rob Maaddi to discuss the Big Game.
January 31, 2020
The 49ers and Chiefs got a break from the media and we moved closer to Super Bowl 54 with a star-studded list of guests on Radio Row. Joe Montana talked about being forced to leave the 49ers and join the Chiefs and offered Tom Brady advice. Cowboys tight end Jason Witten said he's leaning toward playing next season. Saints quarterback Taysom Hill discussed his pending free agency and his desire to be a starting quarterback. Former Texans star receiver Andre Johnson, Raiders rookie Josh Jacobs, former Alabama receiver Jerry Jeudy, Katie Couric and Gary Vaynerchuk also joined Rob Maaddi to discuss various topics.
January 30, 2020
While the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs get ready for Super Bowl 54, Radio Row is filling with athletes, entertainers and anyone who wants to be part of the Big Game hype.  Former Giants running back Rashaad Jennings revealed that he and newly retired two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning have a running prank on players still on the team. Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott talked about his excitement playing for new coach Mike McCarthy. Super agent Leigh Steinberg updated quarterback Tua Tagovailoa's health status ahead of the draft and much more. Hall of Famers Jerome Bettis and Tim Brown, receiver Allen Robinson, Vikings defensive backs Harrison Smith and Xavier Rhodes, former running back Ronnie Brown and Martha Stewart also joined Rob Maaddi to discuss various topics.
January 30, 2020
The San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs hit the practice field to prepare for Super Bowl 54 while current players, former stars and various entertainers made their way to Radio Row to discuss the Big Game and much more.    Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk expressed his frustration with the lack of minorities hired for NFL head coaching vacancies. XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck said his son, Andrew Luck, hasn't given him any indication he wants to return to the NFL. Bears running back Tarik Cohen, Seahawks twins Shaquill and Shaquem Griffin, former Giants standout Victor Cruz, and actors Lilly Singh and Busy Phillips also joined Rob Maaddi to discuss various topics.
January 29, 2020
Super Bowl kicked off in Miami with a more subdued Media Night Monday that opened with a tribute to Kobe Bryant. The San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs have two of their four media sessions out of the way and now can start to focus on practice. Chiefs coach Andy Reid seemed to be enjoying this trip to the Super Bowl far more than his last appearance with the Eagles 15 years ago.    Radio Row was jumping with former players, entertainers and other celebrities in town to talk about the Big Game and more.     Denver Broncos safety Justin Simmons, former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings, Hall of Famer Rod Woodson, and former players Solomon Wilcots and Lofa Tatupu joined Rob Maaddi to discuss various topics ranging from the upcoming game to what they're doing off the field.
January 21, 2020
The college football offseason is here but there is still plenty of news in college sports. This week attention turns to the NCAA convention where the hot topic will be name, image and likeness. The NCAA is trying to come up with an ideal model that would allow athletes to be paid for their fame. But ultimately it might be federal lawmakers who have the most say in what comes next. What if any news could come out of the NCAA convention this week in Southern California? Nicole Auerbach from The Athletic joins AP’s Ralph Russo to talk about NCAA policy and the news of the week closer to the field. Will there be anyone left at LSU to defend the Tigers’ national championship after a mass exodus of players and key assistant coaches? Miami might have found a transfer quarterback to help turnaround its offense. And where does Justin Fuente stand at Virginia Tech after he talked to Baylor about its job opening?
January 14, 2020
On the final AP College Football Podcast of the 2019 season, Dan Wolken and Paul Myerberg of USA Today join AP’s Ralph Russo to recap LSU’s national championship game victory against Clemson. What is Joe Burrow’s place in college football history after a record-breaking season and remarkable rise to super stardom? How about these Tigers? Is coach Ed Orgeron’s team worthy of a spot among the great in recent college football history? Plus, what to make of Trevor Lawrence’s first taste of adversity at Clemson? Then we spin it ahead to 2020. The top stories, the most interesting teams, players, rivalries and coaches, heading into next season.
January 8, 2020
The national championship comes down to Tigers vs. Tigers. No. 1 LSU will face No. 3 Clemson in New Orleans for the title. To break down the matchup, Cam Mellor, a college football analyst from Pro Football Focus, joins AP’s Ralph Russo. What is Clemson’s best route defensively to slowing down Joe Burrow and LSU’s prolific passing game? Will Trevor Lawrence need to run as much as he did against Ohio State? In a matchup of great receivers and great cornerbacks on both sides, who has the edge? Plus, a breakdown of Tua Tagovailoa’s draft stock now that we know he’s heading to the NFL.
December 31, 2019
The last AP Top 25 College Football Podcast of 2019 is with Andy Staples of The Athletic, and the Andy Staples Show podcast. Andy and AP’s Ralph Russo talk officiating and targeting in the wake of the Clemson-Ohio State game in which a few close calls helped swing things the way of the Tigers. Andy gives his solution to change targeting and Ralph rants a little about conspiracy theories and why he tunes out complaints about officiating. Plus, what are Tua Tagovailoa’s options as he considers whether to enter the NFL draft or return to Alabama after a serious hip injury? Why, as Florida’s Dan Mullen said, is it tougher to go from 11 victories to 12 than from four to 11? And will Urban Meyer or Matt Rhule end up in the NFL?
December 24, 2019
No. 1 LSU and Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow face No. 4 Oklahoma and Heisman runner-up Jalen Hurts in the Peach Bowl. No. 2 Ohio State and its two Heisman finalists, Justin Fields and Chase Young, face defending national champion and No. 3 Clemson, with Trevor Lawrence, in the Fiesta Bowl. The playoff is here and it’s time to break down the matchups in each game with Cole Cubelic of the SEC Network and ESPN. What is Oklahoma’s best strategy for dealing with LSU’s unstoppable offense? Slow the game down? Or go super-aggressive and hope to win a shootout? How will Clemson deal with Young? And can Fields rise the occasion the way we have already seen Lawrence do on the biggest stage? Plus, Cole makes his semifinal and national championship game picks.
December 17, 2019
The early signing period is here and in just three years it has become THE signing period for college football teams. Most FBS teams will have their classes full before Christmas. Barton Simmons, scouting director for 247 Sports, joins AP’s Ralph Russo to run down what teams are cleaning up and what teams have work to do. Of course, the usual suspects are pulling in most of the five-star prospects. But it looks like an especially good year for Clemson. What’s going on in Texas with the Longhorns and Aggies? What new coaches have a chance to make a big impact in recruiting? And how does USC build toward better results when there is still so much long-term uncertainty surrounding head coach Clay Helton?
December 10, 2019
The bowl matchups are set. A marathon football feast that lasts from December to early January includes 40 games of varying quality needs an extra-long podcast to preview it all. Matt Brown, college football editor at The Athletic -- and an AP poll voter -- joins Ralph Russo on the AP Top 25 College Football Podcast’s bowl preview show. Brown and Russo hit on every game but the playoffs. (There will be plenty of time for that later.) This week, they give you a nugget on all those other games, starting in the Bahamas with Buffalo and Charlotte. There is a matchup of triple-option versus air raid. There are some struggling ACC teams that got sent to the bowl equivalent of the penalty box. Alabama is playing Michigan _ and all anybody is talking about is who may or may not play.
December 4, 2019
Championship weekend is upon us, but that’s only a portion of all that is going on in college football this week. The coaching carousel has cranked up and the Heisman race will be settled as well. USA Today national college football writer Paul Myerberg joins AP’s Ralph Russo for an extra long edition of the AP Top 25 College Football Podcast to discuss why coaching searches are set up to fail, the legacy of Chris Petersen and why his surprising resignation was not so surprising. And which job is worst: Arkansas, Missouri or Mississippi? Plus, a rundown of each conference title game, the playoff ramifications and why LSU shouldn’t be a lock to make the CFP without winning the SEC title. Plus, who should be No. 2 behind Joe Burrow in the Heisman voting?
November 27, 2019
Are rivalries as important as they used to be in college football? With so much focus on the College Football Playoff and the sport's becoming more national, AP’s Ralph Russo worries that it’s taking away from the intensity of regional rivalries. Stephen Godfrey of the Banner Society joins the AP Top 25 College Football Podcast to talk about the state of rivalries and some of his favorite rivalry games. Plus: how perspective has gone out the window for many college football fans.
November 19, 2019
The College Football Playoff race took a turn when Alabama lost star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa to a season-ending injury last weekend. How does losing the Heisman contender effect the selection committee’s view of the Crimson Tide? And what was his legacy at Alabama? What are the most complicated scenarios that could play out over the next month? And could a difficult choice for the committee that includes leaving out two well-qualified conference champions be a catalyst to start work on playoff expansion?
November 12, 2019
There has been a Power Five coach fired each of the last two weeks. To get you ready for college football’s silly season, Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports and The Athletic joins AP’s Ralph Russo to discuss the open jobs, the jobs that might come open and the coaches who could be on the move from South Carolina to Southern California.
November 5, 2019
There is a lot going on in college football. Willie Taggart is out at Florida State and it seems like a forgone conclusion that Clay Helton will be out at USC soon. Which is a better job and who might fill them? Paul Myerberg of USA Today joins AP’s Ralph Russo to discuss the start of the coaching carousel. Plus, It is a huge weekend of games with No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama playing. We’ll preview that and Penn State at Minnesota, another battle of unbeatens. Also, the first College Football Playoff rankings are out. What should you be looking for in in the selection committee’s top 25?
October 29, 2019
A week before the first College Football Playoff rankings come out, there is a new No. 1 in the AP poll and one of the closest votes ever. Brett McMurphy of Stadium, and an AP poll voter, joins Ralph Russo to talk about how he selects No. 1 and what the playoff selection committee might do next week. Most of the top teams are off this weekend, so the resumes are pretty much locked in between now and then. McMurphy and Russo discuss the Group of Five race for a New Year’s Six bid and why they would rather not see one conference send two teams to the playoff. Plus, can Ohio State defensive end Chase Young win the Heisman? And should schools fire a coach after only two seasons?
October 22, 2019
Alabama star Tua Tagovailoa is recovering from an ankle injury. Will he be healthy in time for the Crimson Tide’s showdown with No. 2 LSU on November 9? USA Today national college football writer George Schroeder joins AP’s Ralph Russo to talk about the potential impact Tua’s injury could have on the College Football Playoff selection process and the Heisman Trophy race. Also, USA Today’s excellent coaches’ salary database is out. George and Ralph discuss a market that no long seems to be acting rationally. Plus, what does it mean for a team to struggle?
October 16, 2019
Clemson is down to No. 3 in the latest AP College football poll after starting the season No. 1. The Tigers have been passed by both Alabama and LSU since they had a close call against North Carolina. David Hale of ESPN thinks Clemson has earned the benefit of the doubt similar to what Alabama gets from pollsters. Hale argues the underlying numbers show Clemson’s performance really hasn’t dropped off much at all this year. Plus, trying to make sense of the Atlantic Coast Conference beyond Clemson and why strength of schedule is often poorly used when judging teams. Also, why we should stop judging coaching hires when they are made.
October 8, 2019
No. 7 Florida at No. 5 LSU. No. 6 Oklahoma against No. 11 Texas. No. 10 Penn State at No. 17 Iowa. USC at Notre Dame. Alabama at Texas A&M. Florida State goes to Clemson. There have been few surprises so far this season and the same six teams have totally dominated the top of the rankings. Maybe that changes this week? Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated joins AP’s Ralph Russo to break down a big weekend in college football. Ross covers college football nationally but he was a beat writer covering LSU for five years previously. He explains why LSU is finally embracing modern offense under Ed Orgeron and the interesting road Joe Burrow took to Baton Rouge. Can Florida be the first team to slow down the flying Tigers? Plus, can Texas's defensive coordinator come up with a plan to slow down Jalen Hurts? Just how good is Penn State? Were the expectations out of whack for Jimbo Fisher’s second season at A&M? Can Clay Helton still save his job at USC? Is Clemson ready to break out?
October 1, 2019
A new California law is pushing the NCAA toward allowing college athletes to make money off their names, images and likenesses. It is being built up as tipping point for college athletics, a change in the landscape that could finally bring the NCAA down. But in reality, it is just forcing the NCAA to do something it probably should have done a long time ago. Andy Staples from The Athletic joins AP’s Ralph Russo to talk about the consequences, intended and unintended, from Fair Pay to Play and why fans shouldn’t fear this being what ruins college sports. Also, during the first month of the season the gap between Clemson and Alabama and the field seems to have closed. And Andy talked to Gus Malzahn about why the Auburn coach went back to calling plays. The Tigers face Florida in the game of the week in college football.
September 24, 2019
There is so much more than a Clay Helton hot-watch going on at the University of Southern California these days. ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg joins AP’s Ralph Russo to discuss the Trojans. Both were in LA for last week’s game against Utah, which had plenty of side stories with Reggie Bush and Urban Meyer in the Coliseum. Rittenberg and Russo look back at Michigan’s mess, discuss the odd news out of Houston regarding star quarterback D’Eriq King deciding to sit out the rest of this season, and they search for second-tier playoff contenders. Plus, what will it take for Jonathan Taylor to run past a slew of talented quarterbacks and win the Heisman?
September 17, 2019
Figuring out what to make of early season college football results can be hard. Bill Connolly of ESPN joins AP’s Ralph Russo to sort through the noise using Bill’s SP+ rankings. The advance metric system looks beyond wins and losses to judge the performance of each team. College football followers are often too quick to dismiss results of any game that doesn’t qualify as a big game. Every team is terrible. Every schedule is soft. Connolly’s system helps quantify the value of each team and game. It allows us to see why it’s significant that Georgia beat Arkansas State 55-0 and why being the 17th ranked team in the country is not so different from being the 37th ranked team in the country. Plus, why Russo might be ready to jump on the UCF bandwagon.
September 10, 2019
Fox has decided to take on ESPN’s iconic pregame game show “College GameDay” with an hour show leading into its Big Noon game of the week. John Walters, who writes the Bubble Screen column for the Athletic, joins AP’s Ralph Russo to discuss how Fox’s new crew is doing. Former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer shows signs of being great on television, but you can tell he’s still trying to get comfortable leaving coach-speak behind. Plus, John talks about some of his favorite analysts, what he’d like to see GameDay do more often and who would be an interesting addition to the crew if and when Lee Corso ever steps away from the set?
September 3, 2019
The first week of the season was highlighted -- or lowlighted, if you’re a fan of Florida State or Tennessee -- by a couple of embarrassing losses by blue blood programs. Or at least programs that used to be blue bloods. Dan Wolken from USA Today joins AP’s Ralph Russo to discuss where Jeremy Pruitt and Tennessee and Florida State and Willie Taggart go from here. Chip Kelly’s second year at UCLA also got off to a bad start. We look ahead to LSU-Texas and Texas A&M-Clemson, plus, does it really even matter which conference is best?
August 27, 2019
The season is about to start, but the race for the Heisman Trophy has already begun. Heisman historian Chris Huston, who edits Heisman.com, joins AP’s Ralph Russo to talk about how Heismans are won. The process has evolved throughout the years from the days of running backs and upperclassmen dominating to now when quarterbacks and underclassmen are all the rage. Heisman campaigns are not quite as important for simple name recognition, but winning a Heisman takes a good story and schools need to help differentiate their stars from others. How much influence does media coverage have on Heisman voting and is there an East Coast bias among voters?
August 19, 2019
Voting in the AP Top 25 is a mix of art, science and hunch, and it’s especially tricky when it comes to the preseason poll. On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, ESPN’s Rece Davis joins AP’s Ralph Russo to discuss filling out a ballot when nobody has played yet. Davis explains how he tries not to make his preseason vote a straight prediction for the season and how that can lead to some rankings that look a little different from the consensus. Rece like Texas A&M more than the consensus and is not quite as high on Florida and Michigan.
August 13, 2019
Oregon is trying to make the jump to playoff contender in the Pac-12 North, while Washington is breaking in a high-profile transfer quarterback and a bunch of new players on defense. Meanwhile, in the South, what will be the fate of coach Clay Helton at USC? Jon Wilner of the Pac-12 Hotline joins AP’s Ralph Russo to preview the conference season. While all the drama surrounds USC, Utah has become the one sure bet in the Pac-12 South. The Utes might have a team good enough to win the Pac-12 for the first time. But will that be good enough to get a team in the college football playoff? The Pac-12 could really use a break to its playoff drought.
August 12, 2019
Oregon is trying to make the jump to playoff contender in the Pac-12 North, while Washington is breaking in a high-profile transfer quarterback and a bunch of new players on defense. Meanwhile, in the South, what will be the fate of coach Clay Helton at USC? Jon Wilner of the Pac-12 Hotline joins AP's Ralph Russo to preview the conference season. While all the drama surrounds USC, Utah has become the one sure bet in the Pac-12 South. The Utes might have a team good enough to win the Pac-12 for the first time. But will that be good enough to get a team in the college football playoff? The Pac-12 could really use a break to its playoff drought.
August 10, 2019
UCF has been the dominant team outside the Power Five conferences for two seasons. Can the Knights keep it up without McKenzie Milton? Chris Vannini from The Athletic joins AP’s Ralph Russo to preview all the Group of Five conferences. UCF is trying to make it three straight American Athletic Conference titles. Boise State out of the Mountain West is looking for a second New Year’s Six appearance. Can Appalachian State break through and challenge for a New Year’s Six bid out of the Sun Belt? Also, Pete Sampson of the Athletic joins the show to preview Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish will try to follow up their first playoff appearance against a schedule that includes road trips to Georgia and Michigan.
August 9, 2019
UCF has been the dominant team outside the Power Five conferences for two seasons. Can the Knights keep it up without McKenzie Milton? Chris Vannini from The Athletic joins AP's Ralph Russo to preview all the Group of Five conferences. UCF is trying to make it three straight American Athletic Conference titles. Boise State out of the Mountain West is looking for a second New Year's Six appearance. Can Appalachian State break through and challenge for a New Year's Six bid out of the Sun Belt? Also, Pete Sampson of the Athletic joins the show to preview Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish will try to follow up their first playoff appearance against a schedule that includes road trips to Georgia and Michigan.
August 7, 2019
Oklahoma is trying to make it five straight Big 12 titles. Can the Sooners continue their reign with another transfer quarterback? Max Olson from The Athletic joins AP’s Ralph Russo to preview the Big 12 and the contenders to unseat Oklahoma. It starts with Texas, but Iowa State could be primed for another step forward under Matt Campbell _ which will lead to even more speculation about Campbell being lured away by another school or the NFL. Veteran coaches Mike Gundy at Oklahoma State and TCU’s Gary Patterson are looking for bounce-back seasons from their programs. And four new coaches enter the league, including Les Miles at Kansas.
August 6, 2019
Oklahoma is trying to make it five straight Big 12 titles. Can the Sooners continue their reign with another transfer quarterback? Max Olson from The Athletic joins AP's Ralph Russo to preview the Big 12 and the contenders to unseat Oklahoma. It starts with Texas, but Iowa State could be primed for another step forward under Matt Campbell _ which will lead to even more speculation about Campbell being lured away by another school or the NFL. Veteran coaches Mike Gundy at Oklahoma State and TCU's Gary Patterson are looking for bounce-back seasons from their programs. And four new coaches enter the league, including Les Miles at Kansas.
July 30, 2019
The Big Ten might be the most intriguing conference in the country this season. The four superpowers in the East Division all enter with different levels of uncertainty, either with new quarterbacks or new offensive coordinators. In the West Division, a case could be made for any of six teams to reach the championship game in Indianapolis. Nebraska is considered the favorite coming off a 4-8 season. Dave Revsine of Big Ten Network joins AP’s Ralph Russo to preview the conference. Is this finally the season Michigan and Jim Harbaugh break through and win the East? Has the rest of the West caught up to Wisconsin?
July 29, 2019
The Big Ten might be the most intriguing conference in the country this season. The four superpowers in the East Division all enter with different levels of uncertainty, either with new quarterbacks or new offensive coordinators. In the West Division, a case could be made for any of six teams to reach the championship game in Indianapolis. Nebraska is considered the favorite coming off a 4-8 season. Dave Revsine of Big Ten Network joins AP's Ralph Russo to preview the conference. Is this finally the season Michigan and Jim Harbaugh break through and win the East? Has the rest of the West caught up to Wisconsin?
July 23, 2019
Georgia and Alabama appear to be heading toward another high-stakes matchup in the Southeastern Conference. Can any of the other SEC teams stand in the way of the league’s two superpowers meeting again? Barrett Sallee of CBS Sports and SiriusXM joins AP’s Ralph Russo to preview the SEC from top to bottom. Why Tennessee is trending up while Kentucky is likely going in the other direction. Why Texas A&M might be Alabama’s biggest challenger in the SEC West, not LSU.
July 22, 2019
Georgia and Alabama appear to be heading toward another high-stakes matchup in the Southeastern Conference. Can any of the other SEC teams stand in the way of the league's two superpowers meeting again? Barrett Sallee of CBS Sports and SiriusXM joins AP's Ralph Russo to preview the SEC from top to bottom. Why Tennessee is trending up while Kentucky is likely going in the other direction. Why Texas A&M might be Alabama's biggest challenger in the SEC West, not LSU.
July 17, 2019
The college football season is less than two months away and it’s time to start previewing the Power Five conferences. We start with the Atlantic Coast Conference. David Hale of ESPN joins the AP's Ralph Russo to talk about the unpredictable ACC Coastal, where Miami might be the default favorite. What new coaches in the conference face the toughest tasks, but who is most likely to have long-term success? How will Florida State bounce back? And David has a creative way to tell you just how good Clemson is.
July 16, 2019
The college football season is less than two months away and it's time to start previewing the Power Five conferences. We start with the Atlantic Coast Conference. David Hale of ESPN joins the AP's Ralph Russo to talk about the unpredictable ACC Coastal, where Miami might be the default favorite. What new coaches in the conference face the toughest tasks, but who is most likely to have long-term success? How will Florida State bounce back? And David has a creative way to tell you just how good Clemson is.
July 9, 2019
Former Notre Dame offensive linemen and current CBS analyst Aaron Taylor joins AP’s Ralph Russo to talk about his favorite subject: blocking. Taylor breaks down how Florida State might be able to fix its problems up front, how Oklahoma will replace four players who were selected in April’s draft and why Georgia could be the favorite for this year’s Joe Moore Award, which goes to the best offensive line in the country. Who are some of the best offensive line coaches in the country? Plus, Taylor gives his assessment on the state of Notre Dame under Brian Kelly, whether anybody can catch up to Clemson and Alabama this season and what it will be like for Ryan Day to replace Urban Meyer at Ohio State.
July 8, 2019
Former Notre Dame offensive linemen and current CBS analyst Aaron Taylor joins AP's Ralph Russo to talk about his favorite subject: blocking. Taylor breaks down how Florida State might be able to fix its problems up front, how Oklahoma will replace four players who were selected in April's draft and why Georgia could be the favorite for this year's Joe Moore Award, which goes to the best offensive line in the country. Who are some of the best offensive line coaches in the country? Plus, Taylor gives his assessment on the state of Notre Dame under Brian Kelly, whether anybody can catch up to Clemson and Alabama this season and what it will be like for Ryan Day to replace Urban Meyer at Ohio State.
July 8, 2019
Former Notre Dame offensive linemen and current CBS analyst Aaron Taylor joins AP's Ralph Russo to talk about his favorite subject: blocking. Taylor breaks down how Florida State might be able to fix its problems up front, how Oklahoma will replace four players who were selected in April's draft and why Georgia could be the favorite for this year's Joe Moore Award, which goes to the best offensive line in the country. Who are some of the best offensive line coaches in the country? Plus, Taylor gives his assessment on the state of Notre Dame under Brian Kelly, whether anybody can catch up to Clemson and Alabama this season and what it will be like for Ryan Day to replace Urban Meyer at Ohio State.
July 3, 2019
Are great college football players born or made? AP college football writer Ralph Russo and Barton Simmons, recruiting director at 247 Sports, dive into the debate over how much football programs mold their players into NFL-ready stars, and how much talent rises, regardless of coaching.
July 2, 2019
Are great college football players born or made? AP college football writer Ralph Russo and Barton Simmons, recruiting director at 247 Sports, dive into the debate over how much football programs mold their players into NFL-ready stars, and how much talent rises, regardless of coaching.
July 2, 2019
Are great college football players born or made? AP college football writer Ralph Russo and Barton Simmons, recruiting director at 247 Sports, dive into the debate over how much football programs mold their players into NFL-ready stars, and how much talent rises, regardless of coaching.
July 1, 2019
Florida State coach Willie Taggart sits down for an interview with AP’s Ralph Russo. Taggart talks about rebuilding a broken program at Florida State the way he did at previous stops. And why he believes the Seminoles are on track for a turnaround.
June 30, 2019
Florida State coach Willie Taggart sits down for an interview with AP's Ralph Russo. Taggart talks about rebuilding a broken program at Florida State the way he did at previous stops. And why he believes the Seminoles are on track for a turnaround.
June 30, 2019
Florida State coach Willie Taggart sits down for an interview with AP's Ralph Russo. Taggart talks about rebuilding a broken program at Florida State the way he did at previous stops. And why he believes the Seminoles are on track for a turnaround.
June 25, 2019
UConn is heading back to the Big East, leaving the American Athletic Conference in a move made to prioritize basketball over football. The Huskies are likely heading for football independence. Neill Ostrout, longtime UConn beat writer from the Journal Inquirer of Manchester, joins AP’s Ralph Russo to discuss how UConn got to where it is and the ramifications of the move. Huskies football has been run into a ditch, but more damaging to the school is it seems the conference and its failures in football were also hurting a men’s basketball program that has won four national titles. UConn will try to recapture its old hoops glory by aligning itself with some familiar rivals.
June 24, 2019
UConn is heading back to the Big East, leaving the American Athletic Conference in a move made to prioritize basketball over football. The Huskies are likely heading for football independence. Neill Ostrout, longtime UConn beat writer from the Journal Inquirer of Manchester, joins AP's Ralph Russo to discuss how UConn got to where it is and the ramifications of the move. Huskies football has been run into a ditch, but more damaging to the school is it seems the conference and its failures in football were also hurting a men's basketball program that has won four national titles. UConn will try to recapture its old hoops glory by aligning itself with some familiar rivals.
June 24, 2019
UConn is heading back to the Big East, leaving the American Athletic Conference in a move made to prioritize basketball over football. The Huskies are likely heading for football independence. Neill Ostrout, longtime UConn beat writer from the Journal Inquirer of Manchester, joins AP's Ralph Russo to discuss how UConn got to where it is and the ramifications of the move. Huskies football has been run into a ditch, but more damaging to the school is it seems the conference and its failures in football were also hurting a men's basketball program that has won four national titles. UConn will try to recapture its old hoops glory by aligning itself with some familiar rivals.
June 18, 2019
Almost every college football conversation eventually devolves into someone exclaiming: “Y’all ain’t played nobody,” or something similar. Steven Godfrey, the national college football writer from SB Nation and host of “Podcast Ain’t Played Nobody” joins AP’s Ralph Russo to discuss why too much energy is spent on strength of schedule discussions _ and why it’s probably not ever going to change. Plus, what would happen if Alabama and Clemson had played 10 times last year, and why it doesn’t matter. Also, the importance of making college football a national sport. And is Georgia winning a national title inevitable?
June 17, 2019
Almost every college football conversation eventually devolves into someone exclaiming: "Y'all ain't played nobody," or something similar. Steven Godfrey, the national college football writer from SB Nation and host of "Podcast Ain't Played Nobody" joins AP's Ralph Russo to discuss why too much energy is spent on strength of schedule discussions _ and why it's probably not ever going to change. Plus, what would happen if Alabama and Clemson had played 10 times last year, and why it doesn't matter. Also, the importance of making college football a national sport. And is Georgia winning a national title inevitable?
June 17, 2019
Almost every college football conversation eventually devolves into someone exclaiming: "Y'all ain't played nobody," or something similar. Steven Godfrey, the national college football writer from SB Nation and host of "Podcast Ain't Played Nobody" joins AP's Ralph Russo to discuss why too much energy is spent on strength of schedule discussions _ and why it's probably not ever going to change. Plus, what would happen if Alabama and Clemson had played 10 times last year, and why it doesn't matter. Also, the importance of making college football a national sport. And is Georgia winning a national title inevitable?
June 4, 2019
The latest College Football Hall of Fame ballot of 76 major-college candidates is out and it’s impossible to whittle down the list for the class of 2020. It includes Heisman Trophy winners Eric Crouch and Carson Palmer, Miami stars Jerome Brown and Ray Lewis and dozens of other former stars who would be hall of fame worthy. AP Top 25 voter Matt Brown of The Athletic joins AP’s Ralph Russo take on the task and putting together next year’s class of hall of famers. They also discuss why Eric Dickerson has yet to be inducted. Plus, a quick look at The Athletic’s 150 years of college football series.
June 3, 2019
The latest College Football Hall of Fame ballot of 76 major-college candidates is out and it's impossible to whittle down the list for the class of 2020. It includes Heisman Trophy winners Eric Crouch and Carson Palmer, Miami stars Jerome Brown and Ray Lewis and dozens of other former stars who would be hall of fame worthy. AP Top 25 voter Matt Brown of The Athletic joins AP's Ralph Russo take on the task and putting together next year's class of hall of famers. They also discuss why Eric Dickerson has yet to be inducted. Plus, a quick look at The Athletic's 150 years of college football series.
June 3, 2019
The latest College Football Hall of Fame ballot of 76 major-college candidates is out and it's impossible to whittle down the list for the class of 2020. It includes Heisman Trophy winners Eric Crouch and Carson Palmer, Miami stars Jerome Brown and Ray Lewis and dozens of other former stars who would be hall of fame worthy. AP Top 25 voter Matt Brown of The Athletic joins AP's Ralph Russo take on the task and putting together next year's class of hall of famers. They also discuss why Eric Dickerson has yet to be inducted. Plus, a quick look at The Athletic's 150 years of college football series.
May 29, 2019
Former Baylor coach Art Briles, fired amid a scandal at the school three years ago, has landed a job at a mid-sized East Texas High School. The news surprised many who assumed the results of an investigation into the improper handling of sexual assault allegations at Baylor would tarnish Briles beyond repair. Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News joins AP’s Ralph Russo to try to explain why the Mount Vernon Independent School District hired Briles and if leadership there can ride out the criticism. Plus, Carlton gives an update from the uncharacteristically quiet Big 12 meetings, the latest on the comings and goings of Bru McCoy at Texas and who is No. 3 in the Big 12.
May 28, 2019
Former Baylor coach Art Briles, fired amid a scandal at the school three years ago, has landed a job at a mid-sized East Texas High School. The news surprised many who assumed the results of an investigation into the improper handling of sexual assault allegations at Baylor would tarnish Briles beyond repair. Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News joins AP's Ralph Russo to try to explain why the Mount Vernon Independent School District hired Briles and if leadership there can ride out the criticism. Plus, Carlton gives an update from the uncharacteristically quiet Big 12 meetings, the latest on the comings and goings of Bru McCoy at Texas and who is No. 3 in the Big 12.
May 28, 2019
Former Baylor coach Art Briles, fired amid a scandal at the school three years ago, has landed a job at a mid-sized East Texas High School. The news surprised many who assumed the results of an investigation into the improper handling of sexual assault allegations at Baylor would tarnish Briles beyond repair. Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News joins AP's Ralph Russo to try to explain why the Mount Vernon Independent School District hired Briles and if leadership there can ride out the criticism. Plus, Carlton gives an update from the uncharacteristically quiet Big 12 meetings, the latest on the comings and goings of Bru McCoy at Texas and who is No. 3 in the Big 12.
May 21, 2019
Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald led the Wildcats to a Big Ten West championship last season and a bowl victory against Utah. This season he replaces a four-year starting quarterback with a former five-star recruit and Clemson transfer as Northwestern tries to maintain a remarkable level of success and consistency. Fitzgerald joins AP’s Ralph Russo to talk transfer rules, compensating players and how he handles it when NFL teams come calling.
May 20, 2019
Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald led the Wildcats to a Big Ten West championship last season and a bowl victory against Utah. This season he replaces a four-year starting quarterback with a former five-star recruit and Clemson transfer as Northwestern tries to maintain a remarkable level of success and consistency. Fitzgerald joins AP's Ralph Russo to talk transfer rules, compensating players and how he handles it when NFL teams come calling.
May 20, 2019
Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald led the Wildcats to a Big Ten West championship last season and a bowl victory against Utah. This season he replaces a four-year starting quarterback with a former five-star recruit and Clemson transfer as Northwestern tries to maintain a remarkable level of success and consistency. Fitzgerald joins AP's Ralph Russo to talk transfer rules, compensating players and how he handles it when NFL teams come calling.
May 14, 2019
Two things are safe to say about the future of the College Football Playoff: Someday it will expand to include more than four teams. That expansion is unlikely to happen soon. ESPN playoff reporter Heather Dinich joins AP’s Ralph Russo this week for an all playoff talk edition of the AP Top 25 College Football Podcast. They discuss why we are not on a fast track to expansion and what hurdles need to be cleared to get there. And what would be the best expand playoff formats and what would have to change to improve the way college football crowns a national champion.
May 13, 2019
Two things are safe to say about the future of the College Football Playoff: Someday it will expand to include more than four teams. That expansion is unlikely to happen soon. ESPN playoff reporter Heather Dinich joins AP's Ralph Russo this week for an all playoff talk edition of the AP Top 25 College Football Podcast. They discuss why we are not on a fast track to expansion and what hurdles need to be cleared to get there. And what would be the best expand playoff formats and what would have to change to improve the way college football crowns a national champion.
May 13, 2019
Two things are safe to say about the future of the College Football Playoff: Someday it will expand to include more than four teams. That expansion is unlikely to happen soon. ESPN playoff reporter Heather Dinich joins AP's Ralph Russo this week for an all playoff talk edition of the AP Top 25 College Football Podcast. They discuss why we are not on a fast track to expansion and what hurdles need to be cleared to get there. And what would be the best expand playoff formats and what would have to change to improve the way college football crowns a national champion.
May 8, 2019
There are 27 first-year coaches in FBS this season. Who is most likely to succeed? Who is least likely? AP’s Ralph Russo ranks the new coaches from 1 to 27 based on who is best positioned for long-term success. Recurring guest Paul Myerberg of USA Today joins the show to debate and breakdown Russo’s rankings. Plus, Myerberg has his rankings of the 10 new coaches most likely to have a successful first season. We also spoil Avengers: Endgame in the final minutes. You have been warned.
May 7, 2019
There are 27 first-year coaches in FBS this season. Who is most likely to succeed? Who is least likely? AP's Ralph Russo ranks the new coaches from 1 to 27 based on who is best positioned for long-term success. Recurring guest Paul Myerberg of USA Today joins the show to debate and breakdown Russo's rankings. Plus, Myerberg has his rankings of the 10 new coaches most likely to have a successful first season. We also spoil Avengers: Endgame in the final minutes. You have been warned.
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