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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 • 179 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.

    Georgia’s quest; Northwestern’s mess

    Georgia’s quest; Northwestern’s mess

    The most talented roster in college football this season might very well belong to Georgia. But can the Bulldogs breakthrough and win the program’s first national championship since 1980? Marc Weiszer from the Athens Banner-Herald joins AP’s Ralph Russo to assess Kirby Smart’s program, including the recent additions of two high-profile transfers. Also, national college football writer Matt Fortuna of The Athletic joins the show to talk about Northwestern’s messy athletic director search, Wisconsin’s more seamless transition from Barry Alvarez, the state of Notre Dame heading into year 12 for Brian Kelly and Nick Saban’s new contract extension.
     
    Q&A with outgoing Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott: https://apnews.com/article/football-only-on-ap-college-football-business-sports-904a3dc5b5a794573b95fa4b43a86046
     
    Email the show at APTop25mailbag@gmail.com.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Win total over/unders with the Bear from ESPN

    Win total over/unders with the Bear from ESPN

    Beware teams coming off a magical season. Often, it’s hard to repeat.
    Oddsmakers have set win totals for this upcoming season for every FBS team and ESPN’s Chris Fallica has been scanning the board, looking for value. The Bear joins AP’s Ralph Russo to talk overs and unders.
    Chris goes into the Big Ten, where last season’s big surprise seems primed for regression and two of the most disappointing teams appear set up for a bounce back. Bear also goes into the SEC for one over and one under and deep into the Group of Five for a couple of interesting leans. Plus, what was it like doing “College GameDay” last season with no fans and where might the show be going in 2021.
     
    Win totals: https://twitter.com/Covers/status/1397276380279214086
     
    Email the show at APTop25mailbag@gmail.com.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    An opening weekend road trip

    An opening weekend road trip

    The opening weekend of the college football season is starting to take shape. Game times have been set for some marquee matchups, including Alabama-Miami in Atlanta and Clemson-Georgia in Charlotte. USA Today national college football writer Paul Myerberg joins AP’s Ralph Russo to take a hopefully and eager look at the first week of the 2021 regular season and plot out a five-games-in-five-days dream road trip. They also take a first glance a few of the potentially interesting matchups outside those neutral-site kickoff classics. Plus, Paul and Ralph answer a couple of listener email about what impact having such a small pool of elite teams has on the overall health of college football.

    Email the show at APTop25mailbag@gmail.com.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    David Shaw on the Pac-12, the playoff and practice

    David Shaw on the Pac-12, the playoff and practice

    Few college football coaches are more involved in the shaping the state and future of the game than Stanford coach David Shaw. He joins AP’s Ralph Russo to discuss changes made to preseason practice aimed at reducing the number of full contact practices. Shaw explains the thinking behind the modifications. What advice would give to the new Pac-12 Commissioner about how best to support football? Plus, what would be his ideal College Football Playoff format?
     
    Email the show at APTop25mailbag@gmail.com.
     
    Russo’s article from 1997 on K.C. Keeler and Division III Rowan University.
    https://apnews.com/article/ce652f808952829efddd55aeee7e54c7

    • 48 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
179 Ratings

179 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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