College & High School

AP Top 25 College Football Podcast

Ralph Russo

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 “AP Top 25 College Football Podcast” 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.

Episodes

Episode 28: The College Football Playoff rankings are out, and it’s the SEC and Notre Dame
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2017-11-03 03:44:07 UTC 27:33
Episode 28: The College Football Playoff rankings are out, and it’s the SEC and Notre Dame

The first College Football Playoff rankings are out, and there are two SEC teams on top and Notre Dame. Stewart Mandel of the All-American joins AP college football Writer Ralph Russo to talk about where the playoff race is going. Why are Alabama, Georgia and Notre Dame tied together. Could a 13-0 Big Ten champion be left out. Why the Pac-12 is in trouble. And is this the season when the selection committee gets an impossible task?

Episode 27: Penn State’s next big test; Should Michigan fans be disappointed in Harbaugh?
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Episode 27: Penn State’s next big test; Should Michigan fans be disappointed in Harbaugh?

Penn State goes from Michigan to Ohio State this week. Audrey Snyder, Penn State beat writer for DK Pittsburgh Sports, breaks down the Nittany Lions’ chances to stay atop the Big Ten. Andy Staples of Sports Illustrated joins college football writer Ralph Russo, too, to talk Jim Harbaugh, Florida State’s issues, the Georgia-Florida game and why players keep flipping off fans.

Episode 26: Midseason report. Surprises and disappointments. What to expect in the second half
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2017-11-03 03:44:07 UTC 44:19
Episode 26: Midseason report. Surprises and disappointments. What to expect in the second half

George Schroeder of USA Today joins college football writer Ralph Russo for a midseason report. Who are the most surprising and disappointing teams so far. Where is the playoff race headed? Will Notre Dame crash or soar in the second half and who could emerge as a Heisman Trophy candidate?

Episode 25: What is Jimbo Fisher doing wrong at Florida State?
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Episode 25: What is Jimbo Fisher doing wrong at Florida State?

Bud Elliott of SBNation and Tomahawk Nation joins college football writer Ralph Russo to discuss the problems with Florida State and why Jimbo Fisher gets fourth down wrong. Also, are NC State and Miami threats to win the ACC, and how good is blue-chip QQ recruit Justin Fields

Episode 24: What’s next for Tennessee and can Washington State contend for a playoff spot?
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2017-11-03 03:44:07 UTC 33:52
Episode 24: What’s next for Tennessee and can Washington State contend for a playoff spot?

Chris Low of ESPN joins college football writer Ralph Russo to dissect the issues facing Tennessee football. Also, can Mike Leach lead Washington State to the College Football Playoff? Previewing the weekend and look for an off-the-radar Heisman Trophy contender.

Episode 23: Who’s on the hot seat this week in the SEC? Are we heading for Bama-Clemson III?
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Episode 23: Who’s on the hot seat this week in the SEC? Are we heading for Bama-Clemson III?

Paul Myerberg of USA Today and College Football Writer Ralph Russo look at the perpetual SEC hot seat. Who is really on it (Butch Jones and Kevin Sumlin)  and who is probably not (Gus Malzahn). Why coaches need to move up when their hot and can can anybody stop Bama-Clemson III?

Episode 22: What's next at Nebraska after an embarrassing loss?
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2017-11-03 03:44:07 UTC 37:06
Episode 22: What's next at Nebraska after an embarrassing loss?

AP Nebraska-based Sports Writer Eric Olson joins College Football Writer Ralph Russo to examine what's next at Nebraska after the latest Huskers crisis. Also, former ESPN college football reporter Brett McMurphy
looks at what coaches are already on the hot seat and previews a weekend ripe for upsets.

Episode 21: RIck Neuheisel of CBS on the SEC, coaches on the hot seat and Ohio State problems
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2017-11-03 03:44:07 UTC 36:40
Episode 21: RIck Neuheisel of CBS on the SEC, coaches on the hot seat and Ohio State problems

*ick Neuheisel joins AP college football writer Ralph Russo to discuss what Ohio State should do with J.T. Barrett, who is facing more pressure in the Tennessee-Florida matchup and what it’s like for a coach to face intense criticism for fans. Neuheisel is the former coach at UCLA, Washington and Colorado. *

Episode 19: Lee Corso On 30 Years Of College GameDay
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Episode 19: Lee Corso On 30 Years Of College GameDay

Lee Corso and Rece Davis join College Football Writer Ralph Russo to talk about life on the set of College GameDay. Corso is entering his 30th season with ESPN's Saturday staple, while Davis is in his third year hosting Corso and Kirk Herbstreit.

Episode 17: Pac-12 preview: Are USC and Washington headed for heavyweight showdown?
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Episode 17: Pac-12 preview: Are USC and Washington headed for heavyweight showdown?

Yogi Roth and of the Pac-12 Network previews the Pac-12 with with College Football Writer Ralph Russo. Can any team get in the way of a heavyweight championship showdown between Washington and USC? What’s up with outspoken UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen? Yogi also gives a look inside Elite 11, the quarterback camp for high school prodigies like Justin Fields from Georgia.

Episode 16: Super-sized all-SEC podcast
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Episode 16: Super-sized all-SEC podcast

Barrett Sallee of SiriusXM and Gary Danielson of CBS join AP College Football Writer Ralph Russo for a super-sized SEC preview podcast. Can college football’s best conference rise again after a bit of a down 2016? Was it really down at all? They are still chasing Alabama in the SEC. What rival has the best chance to catch the Tide?

Episode 15: How K-State transitions away from Bill Snyder and previewing the Big 12
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Episode 15: How K-State transitions away from Bill Snyder and previewing the Big 12

David Ubben of Sports on Earth has been covering the Big 12 for years and he has a theory on how and when Bill Snyder will finally step away from coaching at Kansas State. Wildcats fans should be on alert this August. David and AP College Football Writer Ralph Russo run through all ten Big 12 teams and answer the question: Will the conference have a playoff team this season or miss out for the third time in four seasons?

Episode 14: Huge Freeze is out. Now what’s next for embattled Ole Miss?
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Episode 14: Huge Freeze is out. Now what’s next for embattled Ole Miss?

Hugh Freeze is out. The NCAA is still on Ole Miss’ case. And the school will be conducting a coaching search over the next five months, while interim coach Matt Luke tries to hold the Rebels together in a bowl-banned season. David Brandt, who has been covering this saga for the AP, joins College Football Writer Ralph Russo to discuss where the Rebels go from here?

Episode 13: Reporting from American Athletic Conference media day
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Episode 13: Reporting from American Athletic Conference media day

AP College Football Writer Ralph Russo catches up with Memphis coach Mike Norvell about earning the trust of a winning team; Houston’s Major Applewhite on replacing Tom Herman; and Navy’s Ken Niumatalolo on clock-management and analytics

Episode 12: What’s next for Michigan, Michigan State and the rest of the Big Ten?
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Episode 12: What’s next for Michigan, Michigan State and the rest of the Big Ten?

Looking ahead to the Big Ten season with former coach Gerry DiNardo of the Big Ten Network and AP College Football Writer Ralph Russo. Why Michigan should not take a step back under Jim Harbaugh and how Michigan State can rebound. Plus, what is a like to be the coach at LSU?

Episode 11: What can the ACC do for an encore?
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Episode 11: What can the ACC do for an encore?

David Hale of ESPN.com joins AP College Football Writer Ralph Russo to run through the ACC. What can we expect from Clemson, Florida State, Miami and more a year after the conference could claim to be the best in college football?

Episode 10: What is a successful season for Georgia, Miami, Michigan and more?
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Episode 10: What is a successful season for Georgia, Miami, Michigan and more?

Nicole Auerbach of USA Today compares NCAA scandals at Louisville and Ole Miss and plays a game of “What is a successful season?” with AP College Football Writer Ralph Russo. They cover Georgia, Michigan, Texas, Clemson and more.

Episode 9: The state of football in the Sunshine state
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Episode 9: The state of football in the Sunshine state

College football storylines are rich in the Sunshine State this season. Matt Murschel of the Orlando Sentinel discusses Lane Kiffin’s new job, Butch Davis’ return, plus Gators, ‘Canes and ‘Noles with AP College Football Writer Ralph Russo.

Episode 8: Life after Bob Stoops for Oklahoma
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Episode 8: Life after Bob Stoops for Oklahoma

Bob Stoops unexpectedly stepped aside as Oklahoma coach, leaving behind a Hall of Fame legacy and the youngest FBS coach in the country to lead the Sooners. USA Today’s Paul Myerberg and AP College Football Writer Ralph Russo discuss where OU goes from here and who would you bet on? Lincoln Riley or Tom Herman.

Episode 7: Stanford coach David Shaw on life after McCaffrey
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Episode 7: Stanford coach David Shaw on life after McCaffrey

Stanford’s David Shaw is one of the most successful coaches in the country, and also one of the most insightful. He joins AP College Football Writer Ralph Russo to discuss transfer rules, recruiting regulations and players skipping bowl games. Also, life for the Cardinal after Christian McCaffrey.

Episode 6: Which new coach is most likely to succeed?
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Episode 6: Which new coach is most likely to succeed?

Stewart Mandel of Fox Sports joins the podcast to discuss the newly hired coaches in FBS, such as Minnesota’s P.J. Fleck, Charlie Strong at USF and Oregon’s Willie Taggart. Who will be most successful? Stewart and AP College Football Writer Ralph Russo are both high on the long-term prospects of Purdue’s Jeff Brohm.

Episode 5: Why the NCAA cannot hammer Baylor
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2017-11-03 03:44:07 UTC 35:26
Episode 5: Why the NCAA cannot hammer Baylor

Andy Staples of Sports Illustrated joins AP College Football Writers Ralph Russo to talk about the Baylor scandal and why the NCAA might not be able to have a say in how the school is punished. Also, does defense still win championships and who will be the breakout defenders in 2017?

Episode 4: Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez on new recruiting rules and a Wildcat rebound
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2017-11-03 03:44:07 UTC 30:09
Episode 4: Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez on new recruiting rules and a Wildcat rebound

Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez, the new president of the American Football Coaches Association, tells AP College Football Writer Ralph Russo that the NCAA should do away with signing day and give coaches more of a say in making recruiting rules. Also, how he plans a rebound for the Wildcats this season.

Episode 3: All about the offensive line
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2017-11-03 03:44:07 UTC 30:52
Episode 3: All about the offensive line

Former Auburn lineman Cole Cubelic of the SEC Network has some theories on why offensive line play is not what it used to be. He also has hope for a bounce back in 2017. He tell AP College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo who he thinks are some of the nation’s best blockers.

Episode 2: How Oklahoma should have handled Joe Mixon
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2017-11-03 03:44:07 UTC 28:46
Episode 2: How Oklahoma should have handled Joe Mixon

Joe Mixon is an NFL draft pick now, but how he got there is still the topic of much discussion. Sports Illustrated’s Lindsay Schnell tells AP College Football Writer Ralph Russo that Oklahoma was wrong to merely suspend the talented running back after he punched a female student during if freshman season. But when and where is a second-chance appropriate?

Episode 1: Spring practice recap with Bruce Feldman of Fox
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2017-11-03 03:44:07 UTC 34:54
Episode 1: Spring practice recap with Bruce Feldman of Fox

With spring practices winding down around the country, AP College Football Writer Ralph Russo catches up with Bruce Feldman of Fox to review his campus tour that took him to Alabama, Texas, Ohio State, Southern California and more. Also, can Notre Dame bounce back under Brian Kelly?