AP Top 25 College Football Podcast

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.

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AP Top 25 College Football Podcast

Title: UCF gets spotlight as FSU, Miami tank

No. 11 UCF is getting the big stage this weekend with ESPN's "College GameDay" visiting the Orlando, Florida, campus and the Knights' game against No. 19 Cincinnati being broadcast nationally in prime time. Matt Murschel, the national college football writer for the Orlando Sentinel, joins AP's Ralph Russo to discuss UCF's big day, whether fans will be welcoming of ESPN's "GameDay" crew and how this Knights team stacks up to last year's undefeated bunch. Also, a whip around the Sunshine state where Florida State and Miami have tanked, Florida is having a solid start to Dan Mullen's tenure as coach and the Lane Train has slowed at FAU. Plus, some playoff talk.
00:49:00 11/12/2018

Past Episodes

A college football Saturday is the ultimate multi-screen experience. Veteran sports writer John Walters writes a weekly column for the Athletic, capturing the best and worst of the small screen. He joins AP's Ralph Russo to talk about ESPN's "GameDay," why Twitter goes so well with college football, and who is the voice of the game? Plus, Notre Dame's playoff hopes and John's crazy plan for massive conference realignment and playoff expansion.
00:55:00 11/5/2018
College football's first playoff rankings of the season come out, on the eve of a weekend that could turn the whole playoff picture upside down. AP college football writer Ralph Russo talks to Dennis Dodd of CBS about who's in and who's out, and how long the whole playoff edifice lasts in its current form. Then Gary Danielson, also of CBS, does a deep dive into the big game of the weekend: Alabama-LSU.
00:48:00 10/29/2018
As the college football season approaches November, it's time to start assessing which teams could be making a coaching change. Conventional wisdom suggests it could be a slow silly season after so much turnover the last two years. Dan Wolken of USA Today joins AP's Ralph Russo to discuss who is on the hot seat. It looks like much of the action could be in the Atlantic Coast Conference, and be determined by who can afford to fire their coach. Plus, what's up with Urban Meyer and Ohio State and where could the College Football Playoff race get weird?
00:00:00 10/22/2018
Former Notre Dame offensive lineman Aaron Taylor, now an analyst with CBS Sports, joins AP's Ralph Russo to talk about what teams are getting the best play out of their O-lines this season. What are the attributes of a good offensive line and why are the best ones greater than the sum of their parts? Taylor also talks about Notre Dame and whether the Irish can challenge for a playoff spot, LSU's progress -- and whether anybody is capable of taking down Alabama.
00:48:00 10/15/2018
It lasted only a few seasons, but the USFL had a wild ride as a spring pro football alternative to the NFL, before it was torpedoed by a flamboyant owner who went on to bigger things. AP college football writer Ralph Russo spends this week with Jeff Pearlman, whose new book, Football for a Buck, outlines the short but wild life of a maverick pro football league.
00:43:00 10/8/2018
For the first time in six years the Red River Shootout between Texas and Oklahoma is more than just a referendum on the Longhorns coach. Both teams are ranked and the winner emerges as the Big 12 favorite. USA Today national college football writer George Schroeder will be in Dallas on Saturday and he join AP's Ralph Russo to preview that game, Notre Dame at Virginia Tech and LSU-Florida. Plus, is the new redshirt rule a problem that needs fixing? And how LSU and Oregon can make October interesting.
00:47:00 10/1/2018
Joel Klatt from Fox Sports is not a fan of the AP college football poll, though he was once a voter. Klatt joins AP's Ralph Russo to talk discuss why he think the poll is bad for college football. Ralph has a retort, of course. The two delve into confirmation bias and the competence of the voters. And they preview the weekend's huge games between No. 4 Ohio State and No. 9 Penn State and No. 7 Stanford at No. 8 Notre Dame.
00:52:30 9/24/2018
Ever wanted to know how college football writers stay sane on the road during the long season? AP college football writer Ralph Russo visits with Scott Mayerowitz, host of the AP travel podcast Get Outta Here, with some college football-specific travel tips..
00:35:00 9/24/2018
The game of the weekend in college football is in the Pac-12, where No. 7 Stanford visits No. 20 Oregon. We'll preview Cardinal vs. Ducks with Chantel Jennings, national college football writer with The Athletic, and talk about the Ducks quarterback Justin Herbert. The unheralded hometown recruit has a chance to surge into the Heisman Trophy conversation. Plus, what's wrong at USC and who could emerge as the favorite in a muddled Pac-12 South? And which fans of a team with a new coach should be most disturbed by the poor start. Jennings also wrote about the radio station that played a national title game between Nebraska and Michigan in 1997. Really.
00:49:00 9/17/2018
Steve Coughlin, better known as Stanford Steve on ESPN's SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt, joins AP's Ralph Russo to preview week three of the college football season. We'll get his picks on Ohio State-TCU, LUS-Auburn and USC-Texas. Plus, Coughlin talks about his interesting road to ESPN, from star high school football player with NFL dreams to Stanford to wondering what happens after football when he was just a senior in college.
00:50:00 9/10/2018
The first big test for Jimbo Fisher at Texas A&M comes from a familiar rival: No. 2 Clemson comes to College Station to give the Aggies a sense of how far away they are from being and elite team. Expectations are modest, says Max Olson of The Athletic. Olson join AP's Ralph Russo to preview A&M-Clemson and the rest of week 2. Plus, where do Texas and Florida State go after opening losses and why Alabama needs Jalen Hurts more than he needs the Tide.
00:49:00 9/3/2018
The college football season is here. Paul Myerberg of USA Today join AP's Ralph Russo to sort through the quarterback competitions that came to a close around the country, including at Clemson and LSU. Then it's a Week 1 preview with focus on Washington's tone-setter against Auburn and Michigan at Notre Dame. Which coach needs a victory more: Jim Harbaugh or Brian Kelly?
00:45:00 8/27/2018
A two-week investigation into what Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer knew about domestic violence allegations against his former assistant coach resulted in a three-game suspension of Meyer. Was it enough? Nicole Auerbach from The Athletic joins AP College Football Writer Ralph Russo for a special edition of the AP Top 25 College Football Podcast to discuss what went down in Columbus, from the disturbing details in a report on Meyer and assistant coach Zach Smith to why nobody mentioned Courtney Smith during an uncomfortable late-night news conference?
00:38:00 8/22/2018
ESPN's Rece Davis joins the show to discuss how he puts together his preseason Top 25 ballot. Davis tells Ralph Russo of AP he is bullish on Notre Dame and Michigan. Not so much on the Big 12. Did uncertainty at Ohio State impact where he ranked the Buckeyes? And what about that UCF ranking?
00:40:00 8/19/2018

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