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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 show 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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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 show 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.

    What’s next for the NCAA and NIL?

    What’s next for the NCAA and NIL?

    The college football offseason is here but there is still plenty of news in college sports. This week attention turns to the NCAA convention where the hot topic will be name, image and likeness. The NCAA is trying to come up with an ideal model that would allow athletes to be paid for their fame. But ultimately it might be federal lawmakers who have the most say in what comes next. What if any news could come out of the NCAA convention this week in Southern California?
    Nicole Auerbach from The Athletic joins AP’s Ralph Russo to talk about NCAA policy and the news of the week closer to the field.
    Will there be anyone left at LSU to defend the Tigers’ national championship after a mass exodus of players and key assistant coaches?
    Miami might have found a transfer quarterback to help turnaround its offense.
    And where does Justin Fuente stand at Virginia Tech after he talked to Baylor about its job opening?

    • 40 min
    Last Word on LSU and Looking Ahead to 2020

    Last Word on LSU and Looking Ahead to 2020

    On the final AP College Football Podcast of the 2019 season, Dan Wolken and Paul Myerberg of USA Today join AP’s Ralph Russo to recap LSU’s national championship game victory against Clemson.
    What is Joe Burrow’s place in college football history after a record-breaking season and remarkable rise to super stardom? How about these Tigers? Is coach Ed Orgeron’s team worthy of a spot among the great in recent college football history? Plus, what to make of Trevor Lawrence’s first taste of adversity at Clemson?
    Then we spin it ahead to 2020. The top stories, the most interesting teams, players, rivalries and coaches, heading into next season.
     

    • 45 min
    CFP Championship Preview

    CFP Championship Preview

    The national championship comes down to Tigers vs. Tigers. No. 1 LSU will face No. 3 Clemson in New Orleans for the title. To break down the matchup, Cam Mellor, a college football analyst from Pro Football Focus, joins AP’s Ralph Russo. What is Clemson’s best route defensively to slowing down Joe Burrow and LSU’s prolific passing game? Will Trevor Lawrence need to run as much as he did against Ohio State? In a matchup of great receivers and great cornerbacks on both sides, who has the edge?
    Plus, a breakdown of Tua Tagovailoa’s draft stock now that we know he’s heading to the NFL.

    • 45 min
    Targeting, Conspiracy Theories and Tua

    Targeting, Conspiracy Theories and Tua

    The last AP Top 25 College Football Podcast of 2019 is with Andy Staples of The Athletic, and the Andy Staples Show podcast. Andy and AP’s Ralph Russo talk officiating and targeting in the wake of the Clemson-Ohio State game in which a few close calls helped swing things the way of the Tigers.
    Andy gives his solution to change targeting and Ralph rants a little about conspiracy theories and why he tunes out complaints about officiating.
    Plus, what are Tua Tagovailoa’s options as he considers whether to enter the NFL draft or return to Alabama after a serious hip injury?
    Why, as Florida’s Dan Mullen said, is it tougher to go from 11 victories to 12 than from four to 11?
    And will Urban Meyer or Matt Rhule end up in the NFL?

    • 54 min
    Playoff Preview

    Playoff Preview

    No. 1 LSU and Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow face No. 4 Oklahoma and Heisman runner-up Jalen Hurts in the Peach Bowl. No. 2 Ohio State and its two Heisman finalists, Justin Fields and Chase Young, face defending national champion and No. 3 Clemson, with Trevor Lawrence, in the Fiesta Bowl. The playoff is here and it’s time to break down the matchups in each game with Cole Cubelic of the SEC Network and ESPN.
    What is Oklahoma’s best strategy for dealing with LSU’s unstoppable offense? Slow the game down? Or go super-aggressive and hope to win a shootout?
    How will Clemson deal with Young? And can Fields rise the occasion the way we have already seen Lawrence do on the biggest stage?
    Plus, Cole makes his semifinal and national championship game picks.

    • 43 min
    All About Recruiting

    All About Recruiting

    The early signing period is here and in just three years it has become THE signing period for college football teams. Most FBS teams will have their classes full before Christmas. Barton Simmons, scouting director for 247 Sports, joins AP’s Ralph Russo to run down what teams are cleaning up and what teams have work to do. Of course, the usual suspects are pulling in most of the five-star prospects. But it looks like an especially good year for Clemson. What’s going on in Texas with the Longhorns and Aggies? What new coaches have a chance to make a big impact in recruiting? And how does USC build toward better results when there is still so much long-term uncertainty surrounding head coach Clay Helton?

    • 52 min

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