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.

LATEST EPISODE

A Football Halfway House. Plus: What Makes Bama Bama?

AP college football writer Ralph Russo catches up with Phil Savage, the former Cleveland Browns GM, former Senior Bowl executive director and former Alabama radio commentator, now with the Alliance of American Football.
00:36:00 7/10/2018

Past Episodes

In four seasons of the College Football Playoff a total of nine programs have filled the 16 semifinal spots. Which teams could be next to crack into the football's final four? On this week's AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, AP poll voter Matt Brown, an editor and writer for The Athletics' All-American vertical, says Michigan or Penn State are among the most likely to be a first-time playoff participant. AP college football writer Ralph Russo suggests another Big Ten team or maybe Miami.
00:54:00 6/25/2018
Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby talks with AP college football writer Ralph Russo about recent changes to NCAA transfer rules, a new way for college football teams to redshirt players and ... more bowls? How will these changes play out, what could be the unintended consequences and what work is still to be done in all these areas?
00:41:20 6/19/2018
New Mississippi State coach Joe Moorhead joins AP college football writer Ralph Russo to talk about the evolution of his offense, transitioning to the SEC and the similarities between his old quarterback at Penn State (Trace McSorley) and his new quarterback with the Bulldogs (Nick Fitzgerald). Also, why Moorhead cuts reporters some slack and Starkville is not so different from State College.
00:55:33 6/5/2018
Andy Staples of Sports Illustrated joins AP college football writer Ralph Russo to talk about new NCAA headset rules, the SEC _ and other conferences _ tinkering with transfer policies, and why you can't beat Nick Saban through legislation. Plus, why the future of college football on TV might be old school. Andy and Ralph also discuss their favorite offseason filler content.
00:55:33 5/29/2018
USA Today's George Schroeder joins college football writer Ralph Russo to examine the legacy of Mike Slive, who successfully guided the SEC through times of great change. Schroeder shares the personal side of Slive he got to know through years of covering the commissioner. Also, some football talk. What to make of LSU's new quarterback and can Shea Patterson deliver a breakout season to Jim Harbaugh at Michigan?
00:55:33 5/22/2018
Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley join AP college football writer Ralph Russo to talk about the Sooners after Baker Mayfield, the art and science of calling plays and coming up under Mike Leach.The Sooners went to the College Football Playoff last season under Riley in his first as coach. The youngest Power Five head coach has to find a new starting quarterback to replace the Heisman Trophy winner this season and retool a defense that needs some new playmakers.
00:55:33 5/15/2018
Heather Dinich, who covers the College Football Playoff for ESPN, joins AP College football Writer Ralph Russo to talk about the past, present and future of the postseason system. Are teams starting to figure out that loading up the schedule is not worth it? Why expansion is nowhere in sight and four is just right _ maybe?
00:55:33 5/8/2018
Bruce Feldman of Sports Illustrated and Fox Sports joins AP college football writer Ralph Russo to discuss his recent story on how Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has changed since his time at Florida. Also, Pac-12 talk. Why Washington is the clear favorite in the North? How things could go sideways on Clay Helton at USC? And what to expect from Chip Kelly in year 1 at UCLA?
00:55:33 5/2/2018
In an exclusive interview, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice talks to AP's Ralph Russo about the Commission on College Basketball's recommendations for sweeping reforms to the sport _ and why it's worth saving. Rice takes leaders in college sports to task for allowing the sport to become so corrupt, but is hopeful that the scandal that resulted in federal charges against some assistant coaches can be a turning point. Rice and the commission don't want players to be paid, but they do want those with pro aspirations and elite talent to have every opportunity to pursue those dreams. She says the commission wanted to put the college back in college basketball.
00:55:33 4/24/2018
Talking quarterbacks with former Super Bowl winner Trent Dilfer, who is now the head coach of the Elite 11 QB competition for top high school players. Dilfer worked with Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen when they were in high school; spent time with Lamar Jackson and Josh Allen during the taping of an upcoming NFL Network series called "Soul and Science" and has extensively studied all the top prospects. He joins AP college football writer Ralph Russo to go in-depth on the NFL prospects and some of the next generation of stars competing for jobs in college football such as Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields.
00:55:33 4/16/2018

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