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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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    • 4.6 • 199 Ratings

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.

    Kelly to LSU; Riley to USC; Championship Week!

    Kelly to LSU; Riley to USC; Championship Week!

    Brian Kelly left Notre Dame to become the new coach at LSU. Lincoln Riley is now the coach at USC, leaving Oklahoma behind. In the span of about 24 hours, college football was rocked by two coaching moves that have few historical precedents. Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated joins AP’s Ralph Russo to talk about how Kelly to LSU went down; how it might work out; and what could be next for Notre Dame. Then Paul Myerberg from USA Today joins the show to discuss Riley in the Pac-12, and to preview the conference championship games and sort through their playoff implications.

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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Who is going to fill all these coaching jobs?

    Who is going to fill all these coaching jobs?

    Florida joined LSU, Southern California, Washington, Virginia Tech and others in making a coaching change this season. Who is going to fill all these job? Bruce Feldman from Fox and The Athletic joins AP’s Ralph Russo to give an update on the latest rumblings from the coaching carousel. Could Mario Cristobal now be in play with Oregon out of the playoff picture? Is Luke Fickell off the market as long as Cincinnati is a playoff contender. Who might the Gators target? And how many schools are chasing Louisiana coach Billy Napier?

    The best college football rivalries, ranked: https://apnews.com/article/college-football-sports-texas-texas-longhorns-football-florida-c5e2a57637a61dbce7849cb772f8566e
     
    Russo’s column on rivalry games: https://apnews.com/article/college-football-sports-football-ohio-state-buckeyes-football-b076cab19fab520abbab6f6492358b9a


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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Is the coaching carousel spinning out of control?

    Is the coaching carousel spinning out of control?

    Welcome aboard the coaching carousel, Virginia Tech. The Hokies became the latest team to fire their coach and enter a market where there will be more quality jobs than experienced, low-risk candidates to fill them. Ari Wasserman from The Athletic joins AP’s Ralph Russo to talk about hirings, firings, meeting expectations and why the current rate at which schools are blowing through coaches only makes it harder to find a good one. Is James Franklin a hot candidate for USC or LSU or is he a coach who has hit his expiration date at Penn State? Then a preview of Week 12 with a top-10 matchup between Michigan State and Ohio State in the Big Ten and a pivotal game in the Pac-12 between Oregon and Utah.
     
    Russo’s story on why so many schools are making in-season coaching changes: https://apnews.com/article/college-football-sports-texas-kirby-hocutt-football-6bec05e3db8202c77e63c2801ea90e65


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    Frost is staying! Mullen is … ? Plus, the future of bowls.

    Frost is staying! Mullen is … ? Plus, the future of bowls.

    The bowl system is not what it used to be and expanding the College Football Playoff has the potential to further marginalize bowls. Nick Carparelli’s job as the executive director of Bowl Season, the newly rebranded organization that advocates for bowls, is to help keep the bowls relevant. But how? Carparelli join AP’s Ralph Russo to discuss the future of bowl games in a changing college football landscape. Then Brett McMurphy from Action Network joins the show to talk about the coaching carousel. Scott Frost will be back for another year at Nebraska. Will Dan Mullen do the same at Florida? Who else’s seats are warming up and cooling down? Plus, some playoff rankings talk and preview of a meaty Week 11 schedule with five most intriguing games.

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    • 1 hr 26 min
    Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley and talkin’ playoff rankings

    Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley and talkin’ playoff rankings

    Oklahoma is 9-0 heading into its first open date of the season, having made a notable midseason quarterback switch. Sooners coach Lincoln Riley joins AP’s Ralph Russo to talk about sitting Spencer Rattler and the development of freshman Caleb Williams. Plus, has OU’s defense been a disappointment to him and do fans and the media overanalyze teams to the point where we have set unrealistic expectations?
    Also, Dennis Dodd from CBS Sports joins the show to talk about the end of the Gary Patterson era at TCU, the College Football Playoff rankings, what’s next with CFP expansion and a preview of week 10 of the regular season.

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    • 1 hr 22 min
    What’s the deal with Dan Mullen? Week 9 preview

    What’s the deal with Dan Mullen? Week 9 preview

    Is Dan Mullen really on the hot seat at Florida? Probably not, but how did things flip so fast for the Gators’ coach, who took Florida to three straight New Year’s Six games and pushed Alabama in the SEC championship last year.
    College football reporter Steven Godfrey, who co-hosts the “Split Zone Duo” podcast, joins AP’s Ralph Russo to talk about Mullen’s status at Florida, his time at Mississippi State and why his skill set might not be ideal for Gainesville.
    We also talk to Steven about Texas Tech firing Matt Wells, who never seemed to have a chance in Lubbock.
    Then Stewart Mandel of The Athletic joins the show to preview Week 9 of the season. It is a good, one highlighted by a top-10 Michigan-Michigan State matchup and the aforementioned Mullen and the Gators facing No. 1 Georgia in the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.

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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
199 Ratings

199 Ratings

War Eagle Beagle ,

Great pod

I’ve listened to basically every CFB podcast & this paired with Split Zone Duo is perfect to me. Ralph is a nice guy with a traditional journo bent & an endless Rolodex of excellent guests. You won’t get steaming hottest takes or source pandering, just a great newspaper-era college football discussion. Keep it up Ralph!

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Tatumville ,

One of the best

This is one of the best CFB podcasts out there. I listen to it often. Non-biased and always informative and entertaining.

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