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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.

    Game on? Sorting Through Uncertain Times in College Football

    Game on? Sorting Through Uncertain Times in College Football

    The scheduled start of the college football season is four months away. With so much uncertainty, how can a fan and a reporter sift through all the noise and speculation to find relevant information and insight? It’s difficult. Max Olson, national college football writer from The Athletic, join AP’s Ralph Russo to talk about trying to make sense of it all. And they talk football. TCU has signed a five-star tailback who had some trouble in his senior year. Rutgers landed a quarterback transfer from Nebraska. Tennessee is cleaning up in recruiting. Jim Harbaugh has some big ideas.
     

    • 1 hr
    The Story of Miami 31, Nebraska 30

    The Story of Miami 31, Nebraska 30

    The 1984 Orange Bowl was maybe the greatest college football game ever played. No. 1 Nebraska came in undefeated and trying to stamp itself as one the best teams of all time, but Miami pulled the upset in a thriller that launched the Hurricanes dynasty. AP’s Ralph Russo is joined by three guests to talk about what led up to that memorable night in South Florida and its aftermath. Former Miami Herald sportswriter Jim Martz provides the Hurricanes' side of the story. Former Omaha World-Herald sports writer Lee Barfknecht gives the Huskers' perspective. And ESPN’s Ivan Maisel provides some context to a game that signaled a shift in the balance of power in college football for years to come.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    The Recruiting Stars Shine at NFL Draft

    The Recruiting Stars Shine at NFL Draft

    The first night of the NFL draft went really well for the college football recruiting analysts. Most of the players selected in the first round were either four- or five-star recruits. Bud Elliott, recruiting analyst for 247 Sports, joins AP’s Ralph Russo to talk about how the inexact science of evaluating high school football players is improving. Plus, Miami continues to have a good number of players drafted and its recruiting rankings are pretty consistently better than the rest of their ACC Coastal Division rivals. Then why hasn’t the U. been able to turn that talent into consistent success on the field? Also, how will the extra-long recruiting dead period because of the coronavirus outbreak affect teams and players?

    • 44 min
    NFL Draft Preview: Part 2

    NFL Draft Preview: Part 2

    Notre Dame tight end Cole Kmet, UCLA running back Josh Kelley and Ole Miss defensive back Myles Hartsfield join AP Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi to discuss the NFL draft and how they've handled an unusual pre-draft process with virtual pro days and video visits with teams. Super agent Leigh Steinberg also joins the show to chat about one of his clients, Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, and how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted draft prospects.  

    • 43 min
    NFL Draft Preview & Lane Train

    NFL Draft Preview & Lane Train

    The NFL Draft is approaching and Dane Brugler of The Athletic joins AP’s Ralph Russo to break down the prospects. Who is rising? Who is falling? Where will Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa land? How about Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert? Will a half dozen receivers be selected in the first round? Will any running back go on the first day? Then new Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin joins the show. He talks about recruiting Tagovailoa and his time at Florida Atlantic. What drew him to Ole Miss and his unusual path back to being an SEC head coach.
     

    • 46 min
    Shaw on Football: From faking injuries to preparing during a pandemic

    Shaw on Football: From faking injuries to preparing during a pandemic

    Stanford football coach David Shaw makes his yearly offseason appearance on the podcast to discuss a wide range of issues in college football, starting with how he is managing his team through the pandemic. Shaw, who is also the chairman of the NCAA rules committee, talks about why it was time to crackdown on coaches instructing defensive players to fake injuries to slow down fast-paced offenses. The longtime Cardinal coach gives his views on the push for more lenient NCAA transfer rules and opening up opportunities for athletes to make money off their names, images and likenesses. Plus, why he is hopeful the worst season of his head coaching career can be a springboard for Stanford to return to its winning ways.

    • 45 min

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