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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.

    Preseason Top 25 with Rece Davis

    Preseason Top 25 with Rece Davis

     Preseason Top 25 with Rece Davis
     
    The preseason AP Top 25 has arrived, which means college football is truly right around the corner.
    Rece Davis from ESPN’s “College GameDay” join AP’s Ralph Russo to discuss how he voted in the poll and preview a season that feels high on uncertainty. Rece runs through some of his more intriguing teams in college football from North Carolina State in the ACC to Minnesota in the Big Ten and explains why stability might be the key to Utah making a playoff run this season.


    Email the show: APTop25mailbag@gmail.com.
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    • 42 min
    Big Ten preview

    Big Ten preview

    Big Ten preview
    Michigan is the defending Big Ten champion, but Ohio State is once again the overwhelming favorite to take the conference title. Can anybody slow down the Buckeyes’ powerful offense? Dave Revsine from the Big Ten Network joins AP’s Ralph Russo to preview the Big Ten.
    As for Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines, what will they, and rival Michigan State, do for an encore after surprising breakout 2021 seasons? Nebraska coach Scot Frost is facing a make-or-break season in Lincoln and the rest of the Big Ten West looks as competitive was ever.

    Email the show: APTop25mailbag@gmail.com.
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    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

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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