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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 • 178 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.

    Future of the Power 5

    Future of the Power 5

    They are called the Power Five conferences but really there is a big two among the group. The Southeastern Conference and Big Ten have pulled away from their peers when it comes to generating revenue. How can the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big 12 and Pac-12 keep up? Does Notre Dame hold the keys to unlock another level of wealth for the ACC? Should the Big 12 expand? How about a merger of sorts between the Big 12 and Pac-12? Maybe Larry Scott was right after all. What would a Power Six look like?
    Gazing into the future of conferences of course means pondering what’s next for the College Football Playoff.
     
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Does major college football need the NCAA?

    Does major college football need the NCAA?

    Will the Power Five conferences ever break away from the NCAA? Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports says they kind of already have. Inspired by a email from a listener, the AP Top 25 College Football Podcast begins a series of shows on the future of the sport. This week Dodd joins AP’s Ralph Russo to discuss a pivotal next couple of months for the NCAA, and what could lie ahead. Has the association outlasted its usefulness or is it just convenient for college sports leaders to place blame in Indianapolis and in Mark Emmert’s lap. Plus, more playoff expansion talk and Kansas has a new coach!
     
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    • 56 min
    The 2022 NFL Draft and CFP Expansion

    The 2022 NFL Draft and CFP Expansion

    We have finally reached NFL Draft week. But instead of again chewing over the 2021 class, which we have been doing for four months, Matt Miller of The NFL Draft Scout and ESPN jumps ahead to 2022.
    Who are the players you can already pencil in at the top of next year’s draft boards? There is a pass rusher out west holding down the top spot. What does the quarterback class of 2022 look like heading into the college football season? Which passers will be in the running to be top-10 picks? And why do the top QBs always end up being top-10 picks these days?
    Plus, Nicole Auerbach of The Athletic joins AP’s Ralph D. Russo to talk about the College Football Playoff’s Friday news dump in which it publicly acknowledged looking into ways to expand the format from four teams. How seriously should we take expansion talk and what models might be fun to consider?
     
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    NFL Draft Preview

    NFL Draft Preview

    The upcoming NFL Draft could be a historic one, with as many as five quarterbacks going in the top-10 picks. Eric Edholm, draft analysis for Yahoo! Sports, joins AP’s Ralph Russo to take a deep dive into the quarterbacks from Trevor Lawrence to Mac Jones and the entire pool of players that NFL teams will be picking through. What positions are the deepest in the draft? Where will the pickings be a little thin? How did opting out impact prospects such as Penei Sewell of Oregon, Ja’Marr Chase of LSU, Micah Parsons of Penn State and Gregor Rousseau of Miami? Who are some of Eric’s favorite players likely to be picked on Day 3?
    Plus, UNLV Athletic Director Desiree Reed-Francois joins the show to talk about her role with the National Coalition of Minority Football Coaches. The coalition started an academy last week that matches up-and-coming coaches with veteran administrators in the hopes of better preparing them to take the next steps in their careers.
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    Yahoo’s All-Juice team for this year’s draft: https://sports.yahoo.com/2021-all-juice-team-terez-paylors-legacy-continues-with-7th-edition-of-squad-that-includes-justin-fields-130031523.html?ncid=twitter_yahoosport_dw14wrbb51g
     
    Russo’s article on a College Football Super League: https://apnews.com/article/college-football-pittsburgh-football-notre-dame-fighting-irish-football-college-sports-085b362c6f58d2bd50b886c07413b0d

    • 1 hr 16 min
    The state of college football in Florida

    The state of college football in Florida

    At Florida, Dan Mullen is breaking in a new quarterback and trying to stay ahead of Georgia. At Florida State, Mike Norvell is just looking for some normalcy in year two of his tenure as the Seminoles coach. Matt Baker from the Tampa Bay Times joins AP’s Ralph Russo to discuss about the state of college football in the state of Florida, from Tallahassee to Miami. Also, Sports Law Professor Gabe Feldman joins the show to review the NCAA’s day in front of the Supreme Court and how the association can escape an NIL quagmire.If you have questions or comments, email them to APTop25mailbag@gmail.com.

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Harbaugh: How we Got Here and Where it’s Going?

    Harbaugh: How we Got Here and Where it’s Going?

    There was a point where Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh was the most polarizing figure in college football. While he’s still maybe the most talked about college football coach outside of Nick Saban and Dabo Swinney, it’s getting harder to find supporters. This week on the AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, AP sports writer Josh Dubow, who covered Harbaugh with Stanford and the 49ers and is a Michigan alum, joins Ralph Russo to do a deep dive on where things stand with the Wolverines and their coach. What is a fair assessment of Harbaugh’s tenure and is there realistic hope that he can deliver on the promise and hope that followed him when he arrived at his alma mater in 2015.Plus, what’s the status of Stanford football under David Shaw and why Josh spends hours a day battling Raiders’ fans on Twitter about David Carr.If you’d like to send questions or comments to be used on the show, email APTop25mailbag@gmail.com.Ralph’s Top 25 college football coaches: https://twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP/status/1376553969879818240

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
178 Ratings

178 Ratings

NoleFan1123 ,

Great CFB Podcast

Big fan of this Pod and Ralph’s work as host. One request- latest coach ranking Pod w/ guys from The Athletic (Stew/Bruce) felt way too “Hot Take” like. Personally not a fan of the contentious arguing type format and hope this Pod isn’t heading that direction. Here’s to thoroughly enjoying every other show over the past couple years though! 5 stars

LBI Jim ,

AP College Football Top 25

Thanks for another enjoyable season. The selection of guests was excellent, with a nice blend of information, commentary and insight. Please keep the Three and Out feature.
LBI Jim

Caml ,

Get your fiber here

Love Ralph's professional, no-nonsense take on the sport, the big-picture analysis, and stellar guest lineup.
The bite-sized "3-and-out" closing segment is currently, dearly missed, it was always a highlight when I got to marinate on those for the last few minutes of my commute.

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