AP Top 25 College Football Podcast

The Pac-12 is looking to bounce back from a difficult postseason, and banking on some new coaches to provide a spark. Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News joins AP's Ralph Russo to preview the conference and size up whether it can get back into the College Football Playoff. Washington looks like the favorite. USC might turn to a freshman quarterback. Can Bryce Love break through and win a Heisman?

AP Top 25 College Football Podcast
00:42:00 8/13/2018

Past Episodes

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.
00:57:00 6/3/2019
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.
00:05:00 5/28/2019
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.
00:39:00 5/20/2019
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.
00:41:00 5/13/2019
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.
01:14:00 5/7/2019
It's College Football Meeting Time. This week, AP college football writer Ralph Russo sits down with his colleagues Nicole Auerbach and Max Olson of The Athletic while covering the meetings of the top college football conferences. They chew over the stunning selection of Duke's Daniel Jones over Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins in the first round of the NFL draft, and consider the rationale behind and effects of top-dollar contracts for top-level coaches.
00:31:30 4/30/2019
New Miami coach Manny Diaz grew up in south Florida when the Hurricanes were king. Now the son of the former mayor is the 'Canes head coach. He hopes his connection to the program and community can help bring Miami championships again. Diaz joins AP's Ralph Russo for an interview that ranges from his Miami roots to working the transfer portal.
00:40:00 4/23/2019
Stepping into a new job is always challenging, but what new coaches have the toughest tasks ahead of them in college football? Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports and The Athletic joins the AP's Ralph D. Russo to talk dirty jobs and heavy liftiong. Nobody seems to have his work cut out for him more than Scott Satterfield at Louisville. Mike Locksley at Maryland is also walking into a tricky situation. Bruce and Ralph also discuss which new coaches at Group of Five schools could be the next rising stars and what first-year starting quarterbacks could be ready to break out the way Kyler Murray and Tua Tagovailoa did last year. Plus a little Tiger Woods talk.
00:49:00 4/15/2019
With the college football championships out of the way, it's time to turn back to football. Bill Bender of The Sporting News joins the AP's Ralph Russo to talk about the first look at quarterback Justin Fields, playing for Ryan Day's Ohio State program. Plus is this finally Jim Harbaugh's year to beat the Buckeyes? And which of 2018's surprise teams _ Washington State, Syracuse, Missouri _ can build on their successes, and which will regress? Also, Nick Saban's so-called rant about players leaving early.
00:47:00 4/9/2019
Oklahoma's latest transfer quarterback held his first news conference and he sounded a lot like his old coach. Jalen Hurts has a new home in Norman, but George Schroeder of USA Today says the former Alabama quarterback definitely sounds like a product of Nick Saban's machine. Schroeder joins AP's Ralph Russo to talk Hurts, the growing gap between the American Athletic Conference and the other Group of Five conferences and why the SEC made a concerted effort to get better in basketball. Plus, which SEC coach is a better long-term stock: Chad Morris of Arkansas or Jeremy Pruitt of Tennessee?
00:48:00 4/1/2019

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