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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 • 214 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.

    SEC preview

    SEC preview

    SEC preview
    Alabama and Georgia not only sit atop the Southeastern Conference these days, but they are the two top programs in all of college football. Cole Cubelic of the SEC Network and ESPN joins AP’s Ralph Russo to breakdown the entire conference and try to identify which teams are the biggest threats to derail another Crimson Tide-Bulldogs matchup for a league championship. What are the short-term forecasts for new coaches at LSU and Florida? Which of Tennessee or Texas A&M is more likely to take a big leap forward in 2022 from eight wins to conference title contender? And why South Carolina and Mississippi State could emerge as the surprise contenders in each division.

    Email the show: APTop25mailbag@gmail.com.
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    • 1 hr 20 min
    G5 and Notre Dame preview

    G5 and Notre Dame preview

    G5 and Notre Dame preview
     
    What can Cincinnati do for an encore after becoming the first team from outside the Power Five to reach the College Football Playoff last season? What are the expectations for Notre Dame in Marcus Freeman’s first season as head coach?
    The Group of Five and Notre Dame are in the spotlight as the season previews roll on. Pete Sampson, who covers Notre Dame for The Athletic, joins AP’s Ralph Russo to discuss Year 1 post-Brian Kelly for the Fighting Irish.
    Chris Vannini, also from The Athletic, then joins the show to preview all five conferences, from the AAC to the Sun Belt, that make up the so-called Group of Five. In the Mountain West, Boise State is trying to bounce back from an uncharacteristically lackluster season and San Diego State is trying takeover as the conference’s most consistent contender. The Sun Belt is breaking in a bunch of new members and Conference USA is likely to be dominated by outgoing schools.

    Email the show: APTop25mailbag@gmail.com.
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    • 1 hr 25 min
    ACC Preview

    ACC Preview

    ACC Preview
     
    Was Clemson’s slip last season just a blip or the start of a downward slide for Dabo Swinney’s program in the Atlantic Coast Conference? David Hale of ESPN joins AP’s Ralph Russo for a deep dive preview on the ACC.
    North Carolina State has all the preseason buzz, ut can the Wolfpack be trusted to meet expectations? Florida State is still trying to climb back into conference contender status. Miami and Virginia Tech in the soon-to-be extinct Coastal Division have new coaches, promising a better tomorrow. Can the future be now for the Hurricanes and Hokies?

    Email the show: APTop25mailbag@gmail.com.
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Big 12 Preview

    Big 12 Preview

     Big 12 Preview
     
    The Big 12 is in flux off the field, but for 2022 it remains 10 teams with Texas and Oklahoma as the headliners – if not the championship contenders. Max Olson of The Athletic joins AP’s Ralph Russo for a Big 12 preview that keeps the focus on the field and on 2022. No Power Five conference has more balance and a narrower gap between the top and bottom. Even Kansas is improving. Can last season’s surprising finalists, Baylor and Oklahoma State, do it again? Who might be this season’s surprise contenders? And what to make of Texas with its new 5-star QB and Oklahoma with its new coach?

    Email the show: APTop25mailbag@gmail.com.
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Pac-12 Preview

    Pac-12 Preview

    Pac-12 Preview


    While the Pac-12 fights for its survival as a conference amid another round of conference realignment, another Pac-12 football season begins with all eyes on USC. The Trojans under new coach Lincoln Riley are without question the most fascinating team in the conference – but they might not be the best team. Utah is the defending champion and has a team coming back that might be able to contend for a playoff spot. Like USC, Oregon has a new quarterback and coach, but also a roster that might be the most talented in the Pac-12. Jon Wilner of the Pac-12 Hotline joins AP’s Ralph Russo to break down the Pac-12 on the field it this precarious moment and look ahead to one of the last seasons of USC and UCLA playing as members of the conference before heading to the Big Ten.


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    • 57 min
    What’s next with realignment?

    What’s next with realignment?

    What’s next with realignment?

     

    It has been almost two weeks since the Big Ten’s realignment bombshell with USC and UCLA. Instead of causing a frenzy of movement, college sports seem to be in a stalemate. What’s next? Pat Forde from Sports Illustrated joins AP’s Ralph Russo to sift through the repercussions and ramifications of the latest monster conference move. Why Notre Dame is sitting pretty and the ACC might be stuck together? There are some interesting ideas being bandied around about partnerships and semi-mergers between conferences, but this feels like college sports survivor series. Can the Big 12 and Pac-12 both survive?


    Email the show: APTop25mailbag@gmail.com.
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    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
214 Ratings

214 Ratings

NC College sports fan ,

Has improved tremendously with guests this summer

The guests appearing this summer have really improved the content.

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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Great podcast

Great podcast

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