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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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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.

    The end of divisions – in college football.

    The end of divisions – in college football.

    The end of divisions – in college football.
     
    Divisions have been more of a problem than a solution for the Atlantic Coast Conference for years. The ACC is now primed to finally dump its divisions for a new schedule model, and other conferences are likely to follow. Andrea Adelson from ESPN and the ACC Network joins AP’s Ralph Russo to dig into the future of ACC scheduling, how the conference could benefit from breaking free from divisions and just how tough it is to come up with yearly rivalries that please everybody. Plus, how important is this season for Gus Malzahn and UCF as they prepare to join the Big 12 and is it make-or-break for Mike Norvell at Florida State?
     
    Andrea’s permanent ACC rivalry games: https://twitter.com/aadelsonESPN/status/1526312578644942856



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    • 1 hr 3 min
    NCAA’s NIL reset

    NCAA’s NIL reset

    NCAA’s NIL reset
     
    The NCAA is trying to bring some order to NIL and provide some relief to coaches in managing a roster. Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated joins AP’s Ralph Russo to dig into some of the latest off-the-field issues in college football. What exactly is the NCAA’s new guidance to members regarding how athletes can access name, image and likeness deals? We’ve taken to calling it the NCAA’s crackdown on collectives, but is that even possible at this point? What’s the difference between good and bad collective dealings – at least in the eyes of those in college sports.

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    • 46 min
    The Jordan Addison saga

    The Jordan Addison saga

    The Jordan Addison saga

     

    As college football coaches and administrators ponder and fret over things like NIL and the transfer portal, one of the best receivers in the nation dropped a spring bombshell on the sport. Pitt All-American Jordan Addison jumped into the transfer portal with speculation swirling about him landing at USC. Nicole Auerbach from The Athletic joins AP’s Ralph Russo from conference meetings being held in Scottsdale, Arizona. In a typical year, spring meetings are a chance for coaches to voice their concerns about this inconvenience or that. This season the angst is ramped up. And the surprising news about Addison was another example of how the college sports world is changing.

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    • 37 min
    Who’s No. 1? Previewing the NFL Draft.

    Who’s No. 1? Previewing the NFL Draft.

    Who’s No. 1? Previewing the NFL Draft.
     
    This week’s NFL Draft is a rare one in which the No. 1 pick is a bit of a mystery. It looks like it will be a pass rusher, but which one? Aidan Hutchinson from Michigan or Travon Walker from Georgia? Eric Edholm from Yahoo Sports joins AP’s Ralph Russo to preview a draft that lacks star quarterbacks but is loaded with guys who sack quarterbacks and protect them. How does Eric rank the top edge rushers in the class? Over/under 5 ½ wide receivers in the first round? And when does the run on QBs happen?
     
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    • 57 min
    The (near) future of college football on TV

    The (near) future of college football on TV

    The (near) future of college football on TV
     
     
    Over the next four years three Power Five conferences will sign new media rights deals that will alter the landscape of college football on television. The Big Ten is first up and what networks it decides to partner with, outside of Fox which is already a done deal, will help determine the market for the Pac-12 and Big 12 to follow. Andy Staples of the Athletic joins AP’s Ralph D Russo to program college football on television for the coming years. Will the Big Ten replace the SEC on CBS or will NBC land a Big Ten game to pair up with Notre Dame? Why the Pac-12 and CBS could be a good marriage. Could the Big 12’s future be dominating Friday night? And what impact will the streaming services have on all of this?
     
    Ralph’s story on Nick Saban’s preferred plan for NIL: https://apnews.com/article/college-football-sports-business-dabo-swinney-alabama-crimson-tide-8164758f34f295680c1668545549596e
     
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    • 55 min
    What’s next for the Big 12?

    What’s next for the Big 12?

    What’s next for the Big 12?
     
    To understand where the Big 12 goes from here as it looks for a new commissioner to replace the retiring Bob Bowlsby, you need to understand where the conference has been. ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg joins AP’s Ralph Russo to talk about Bowlsby’s legacy, the Big 12’s unique and challenging dynamics and what the conference could be looking for in its next commissioner. Plus, how Purdue is the latest Big Ten West school to invest in stability. And, in what has become a new segment on the show, What’s up with …? This week, what’s up with Cal?
     
     
    Ralph’s story on Brian Kelly’s choice to leave Notre Dame for LSU: https://apnews.com/article/college-football-sports-brian-kelly-baton-rouge-louisiana-state-tigers-football-fff500a827e4674dbbed61b1f2c216ba
     
    Rhiannon Walker on Dwayne Haskins: https://twitter.com/InstantRHIplay/status/1513880776403787796


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    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
208 Ratings

208 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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