AP Top 25 College Football Podcast

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?

AP Top 25 College Football Podcast
00:38:00 8/22/2018

Past Episodes

Stanford coach David Shaw is one of the college football's most insightful coaches, with well-thought out opinions on big-picture topics. He also is about to begin a three-year term as chairman of the NCAA football rules committee. Shaw joins AP's Ralph Russo to discuss why he thinks the targeting rule needs to be changed, and how. And tweaking overtime rules to lessen the chances of marathon games. Plus, why he believes the transfer portal could be hurting more athletes than it helps. Shaw also shares some insight on the increasing number of players leaving school early for the NFL and why even great college players might not be ready to compete for a job.
00:54:00 2/18/2019
It's the middle of winter, so what better time to start gazing toward the 2019 college football season? Bill Connelly of SB Nation joins AP's Ralph Russo to discuss the first edition of his S&P+ rankings. Connelly's numbers combine returning production, recent recruiting rankings and recent performance. No surprise, Alabama is No. 1. In fact, the numbers love the SEC. They are not so high in Texas. Here is a huge gap between Clemson and the rest of the ACC and a potentially intriguing Big 10 West race. What are the prospects for a resurgent Pac-12? Plus, where is UCF coming into this season? Connelly and Russo also slide into a discussion about the value of going for it on fourth down and why Jimbo Fisher really needs to get with the program.
00:51:00 2/11/2019
The NCAA recently dropped a hammer on two high-profile basketball players and Missouri. What followed was outrage from all parts about the punishment and complaints about how NCAA enforcement goes about its business. Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports joins AP's Ralph Russo to discuss a wave of NCAA issues and whether there is any way college sports' governing body can regain the confidence of its members. And why everybody wants to crack down on cheaters, but then complains when they get caught cheating. Also, Forde and Russo discuss Southern Mississippi's interest in former Baylor coach Art Briles.
00:38:00 2/4/2019
The second and final signing period begins Feb. 6, but most of the recruiting for this year has already been done. The early signing period in December has become THE signing period. Alabama has already locked up the number one class and about 80 percent of available scholarships have been handed out. Barton Simmons, scouting director of 247 Sports, joins AP's Ralph Russo to preview what's left for teams to do on signing day. Simmons also discusses how the new transfer rules and early signing period are intersecting. Also, he gives a glimpse of the recruiting story lines already developing for 2020.
00:36:00 1/28/2019
College Football turns 150 years old in 2019 and ESPN is preparing a yearlong project to commemorate the birthday and tell the story of the sport. Longtime college football writer Ivan Maisel joins AP's Ralph Russo to talk about the project and the challenges of telling such a wide-ranging story. Maisel is overseeing the television content _ and there will be 35 hours of it _ along with writing stories and producing podcasts. For a college football fan, it figures to be must-see TV, and Ivan is always a must-read writer. He is even teaching a class at Stanford this semester on the history of college football.
00:42:00 1/21/2019
Kyler Murray has declared for the NFL draft. Whether he will give up baseball for professional football is still to be determined, but ESPN's Tom Luginbill believes Murray has all the skills necessary to be one of the top quarterback prospects in the upcoming NFL draft. Luginbill joins AP's Ralph Russo to talk about Murray, the aftermath of a championship loss by Alabama, the transfer portal and a little recruiting with signing day a few weeks away.
00:42:00 1/14/2019
The 2018 season is a wrap. Clemson is the champion after a unprecedented beat down of Alabama. The final AP Top 25 college football podcast of the season takes a look at what went right for the Tigers; what went wrong for the Tide; and where college football's superpowers go from here. The USA Today college sports crew of Dan Wolken, Paul Myerberg and George Schroeder join AP's Ralph Russo for a roundtable that puts a bow on 2018 and looks toward the story lines for 2019.
00:35:00 1/7/2019
Cole Cubelic of the SEC Network joins AP's Ralph Russo to break down the College Football Playoff national championship game between No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Clemson. Paul Myerberg also joins the show to talk winners and losers from bowl season. It was a good month for the Big 12 and not so great for Jim Harbaugh. Will Urban Meyer coach again? Can Notre Dame do better than Brian Kelly?
01:09:00 1/1/2019
No. 1 Alabama plays No. 4 Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl and No. 2 Clemson faces No. 3 Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl. Steve Palazzolo from Pro Football Focus joins AP's Ralph Russo to do a deep dive on the semifinals. Does OU have any chance to stop Alabama's offense? Why playing like a Big 12 team might be Bama's best strategy. What's the best way for the Tide to contain Kyler Murray? Can Notre Dame hold up against Clemson's talented defensive front? Where are the Tigers susceptible on defense and how can the Irish and Ian Book exploit them? Where does Trevor Lawrence rank among recent freshman quarterbacks? Plus, a little NFL draft talk.
00:40:00 12/24/2018
The transfer season is about pick up steam as Georgia's Justin Fields, a former five-star quarterback recruit, seeks to move on _ and maybe play immediately for a new school. USA Today's Dan Wolken, who broke the news about Fields, joins AP's Ralph Russo to discuss Fields, transfer rules and waivers and why the NCAA seems to be subtly acquiescing on players sitting out after switching schools. Plus, a grab-bag of December topics from playoff expansion to players skipping bowls to the coaching carousel.
00:44:00 12/17/2018

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