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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.

AP Top 25 College Football Podcast The Associated Press

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    • 4.6 • 216 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.

    Disappointing teams; Rivalry week showdowns

    Disappointing teams; Rivalry week showdowns

    Disappointing teams; Rivalry week showdowns

     Heading into the final weekend of the regular season there are 14 teams that began the season ranked and are currently unranked. Almost all have no shot of working their way back into the rankings. Paul Myerberg from USA Today joins AP’s Ralph Russo to discuss the varying degrees of disappointing teams from Texas A&M’s historic flop to Miami’s reset to NC State’s injuries to Michigan State’s blueprint. Then it’s rivalry week and there is a load of big games to preview, including monster showdowns between USC and Notre Dame and Ohio State and Michigan. Plus, what’s your favorite random rivalry?
     
    Russo’s analysis of the AP Top 25: https://apnews.com/article/college-football-sports-ohio-georgia-alabama-f936e789c326b6fe9d517ac6dbbd2a53


    Email the show: APTop25mailbag@gmail.com
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Auburn update; What’s up with the Hogs? Week 12 Preview

    Auburn update; What’s up with the Hogs? Week 12 Preview

    Auburn update; What’s up with the Hogs? Week 12 Preview


    Mid-November in college football means both coaching searches and the College Football race heat up. Brandon Marcello of 247 Sports joins AP’s Ralph Russo to talk about where things stand at Auburn and why Lane Kiffin appears to be target No. 1 for the Tigers. What’s up with Arkansas, which has taken a step back in Year 3 under Sam Pittman. Should we be surprised? TCU is trying to defy the odds and reach the CFP. What’s the Horned Frogs secret? Plus, previewing a weekend slate dominated by the Pac-12. 
     
    Russo’s analysis of the AP Top 25: https://apnews.com/article/college-football-sports-oregon-georgia-bulldogs-2d0e1b090133dc3f295c704e8047c557

    Email the show: APTop25mailbag@gmail.com
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    Will Dabo change his ways? Week 11 preview

    Will Dabo change his ways? Week 11 preview

    Will Dabo change his ways? Week 11 preview


    One loss does not end an era, but Clemson’s slip against Notre Dame validated what many suspected: For the second straight season, the Tigers aren’t national title contenders. Where does Dabo Swinney take the program from here? Andrea Adelson of ESPN and the ACC Network joins AP’s Ralph Russo to explore whether Swinney can pivot away from some of the pillars that he built a championship program upon. It’s not just a matter of Dabo changing his ways. It’s about an all-time great coach altering his DNA. It’s also about asking if expecting Clemson to continue as a perennial national title contender is even realistic. Also, a Week 11 preview of most intriguing games from a Big Ten West slog-fest to a grudge match deep in the heart of Texas.
     
    Email the show: APTop25mailbag@gmail.com
     
    A breakdown of this week’s AP Top 25: https://apnews.com/article/college-football-sports-notre-dame-fighting-irish-oklahoma-57bde9724dbfc9182b740d7a568be1a3
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    Who’s next at Auburn? SEC showdown week.

    Who’s next at Auburn? SEC showdown week.

    Who’s next at Auburn? SEC showdown week.
     
    Auburn made the move all of college football has been waiting on for months, firing coach Bryan Harsin. Who’s next for the Tigers? Matt Fortuna of The Athletic joins AP’s Ralph Russo to discuss what Auburn might do next and why Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin would seem like a perfect fit. Or maybe Deion Sanders? Plus, the Big 12 has a new TV contract, Penn State is stuck in purgatory and Week 10 of the season is highlighted by two massive SEC games.
     
     
    Email the show: APTop25mailbag@gmail.com
     
    A breakdown of this week’s AP Top 25: https://apnews.com/article/college-football-sports-ohio-louisiana-state-tigers-tennessee-2ce01bf890799a73ce276d52dd94b22b
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    Bo Jackson, Folk Hero; Texas A&M’s quagmire

    Bo Jackson, Folk Hero; Texas A&M’s quagmire

    Bo Jackson, Folk Hero; Texas A&M’s quagmire
     
    Author Jeff Pearlman joins AP’s Ralph Russo to talk about his new book “The Last Folk Hero: The Life and Myth of Bo Jackson.” Pearlman dug deep into what molded and motivated the former Heisman Trophy winner from Auburn who became an all-star in the NFL and Major League Baseball. Then Ari Wasserman from The Athletic joins the show to dissect the quagmire Texas A&M finds itself in and why maybe being forced to have patience with coach Jimbo Fisher could turn out to be the best thing for the program. Wasserman and Russo also dive into a disastrous first season for Mario Cristobal at Miami and what exactly schools are paying for when they hand out extra long-term megadeals to coaches. Plus, a Week 9 preview of most intriguing games.
     
    Email the show: APTop25mailbag@gmail.com
     
    A breakdown of this week’s AP Top 25: https://apnews.com/article/college-football-sports-arizona-wildcats-kansas-state-clemson-tigers-eef4a43a2e4c6775c7f70c580fc2014f
     
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    Coach Prime on JSU & the SWAC; Week 8 Preview

    Coach Prime on JSU & the SWAC; Week 8 Preview

    Coach Prime on JSU & the SWAC; Week 8 Preview



    What drew Deion Sanders to Jackson State, and why does he think more great young players coupld embrace playing in the SWAC and other historically black colleges? Coach Prime joins AP’s Ralph Russo to talk about his 6-0 team and why Heisman Trophy voters need to look beyond the big schools. Then Braden Gall from Athlon Sports and the Cover Two Podcast joins the show to talk about Tennessee’s breakthrough against Alabama and preview another huge slate of game this weekend. There are showdowns in the Pac-12, Big 12 and ACC.



     Follow Ralph on Twitter @ralphDrussoAP
     
    Email the show at APTop25mailbag@gmail.com




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    • 1 hr 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
216 Ratings

216 Ratings

Tatumville ,

Unbiased without the screaming

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

TrinityEer ,

Great CFB pod

If shock value and hot takes are your thing, do not listen. If you enjoy college football and knowledgeable guests, download and enjoy.

NC College sports fan ,

Has improved tremendously with guests this summer

The guests appearing this summer have really improved the content.

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