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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.

    Welcome to the Big Time

    Welcome to the Big Time

    Even the successful athletes who compete at the highest levels of their sports have moments when the game seems a little big for them. Those welcome-to-the-big-time moments can either break a player or make that player even better in the long run. Former college football offensive linemen Aaron Taylor of Notre Dame, Cole Cubelic of Auburn and Geoff Schwartz of Oregon join Ralph Russo to talk about the humbling moments that made them better by teaching them that they had to step up their games _ somehow _ to make it in college football.

    • 48 min
    How Essential is College Football?

    How Essential is College Football?

    College football is plowing toward a season in a pandemic. It begs the question: Is this essential and why? Dan Wetzel from Yahoo Sports joins AP’s Ralph Russo to discuss a bizarre offseason that is setting the stage for a college football season like we have never season before. The pandemic and social unrest is changing the power structure in all aspects of life, including sports. Plus, Mike Gundy, the Confederate flag and how journalism suffers from a lack of diversity. And how those in it can work to recognize the blind spots.
     

    • 48 min
    Who Should Make the College Football Hall of Fame?

    Who Should Make the College Football Hall of Fame?

    So many good choices but you can only pick 13. AP college football poll voter Matt Brown from The Athletic and AP’s Ralph Russo pour through the dozens of former college football greats on this year’s Hall of Fame ballot. The goal: select a class of 13 players and two coaches to be inducted into the Hall next year. Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer seems like an obvious choice, but what about former Kentucky quarterback Tim Couch? Or Indiana’s sensational dual threat Antwan Randle El? Brown and Russo do their best at an impossible task. 
     

    • 1h 8 min
    College Football Takes Tentative Steps to Safely Squeeze in a Season

    College Football Takes Tentative Steps to Safely Squeeze in a Season

    Plans are being made to give college football teams a little extra time in the summer to get ready for the season. What will practices look like during a pandemic? And what types of standards will have to be set when it’s time for teams to start playing one another? Sports Illustrated’s Ross Dellenger joins AP's Ralph Russo to talk about the latest steps being taken to play a football season while protecting players and coaches from COVID-19. Plus, what’s the significance of a statement? With their players watching and listening, coaches have been forced from their comfort zones to speak out against racial injustice.

    • 43 min
    How to Bring Athletes Back to Campus

    How to Bring Athletes Back to Campus

    The first steps toward having a college football season are being taken on campuses all over the country. Athletes are being allowed to return to their teams’ facilities for voluntary workouts throughout June. That means schools and specifically athletic departments are trying to execute detailed plans for testing, monitoring and educating athletes on how to get some prep work in for the season while staying safe during a pandemic. Baylor athletic director Mack Rhoades joins AP’s Ralph Russo to discuss the Bears’ plans to “on-board” football players, starting June 15. It covers a lot of ground and if it doesn’t go well, it could setback efforts to play ball come Labor Day weekend.

    • 40 min
    Looking for this Season's Baylor or Burrow

    Looking for this Season's Baylor or Burrow

    The prospects for a college football season that starts on time are looking good. Paul Myerberg of USA Today joins AP’s Ralph Russo to discuss the latest positive developments as college football prepares for playing amidst a pandemic. There is still much uncertainty. Plenty of reasons for hope and plenty of reasons to think the 2020 season will be far from normal. Plus, some offseason talk: Myerberg gives at least one team in each Power Five conference that could be a surprise contender this season the way Baylor and Minnesota rose to prominence last season. Also, take away Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields, and pick three Heisman Trophy contenders. Remember, nobody thought Joe Burrow was a Heisman candidate going into 2019 and we all saw how that played out.
     

    • 1h 12 min

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