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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…

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    Jaden Rashada saga: A cautionary tale?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 25, 2023 47:30


    Jaden Rashada saga: A cautionary tale?The recruitment of Jaden Rashada by Florida came to a messy end with an NIL deal that failed to come to fruition. Will this become a cautionary tale across college football? Bud Elliott of 247 Sports joins AP's Ralph Russo to discuss where the NIL market is going and the pratfalls of schools farming out compensation to athletes. Plus, where might be the next stop for the four-star quarterback? Also, Elliott and Russo talk about developing quarterbacks in a transfer portal world, what's next at offensive coordinator for Alabama and what to do about the recruiting calendar. Should the early signing period be trashed or maybe moved up to the summer?Email the show: APTop25mailbag@gmail.comLoaded Jan. 4 2023

    Harbaugh is staying and Dabo's big hire

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2023 41:59


    Harbaugh is staying and Dabo's big hire.Jim Harbaugh made it official: He will remain the head coach at Michigan after round of NFL interest failed to pull him back to the league. With that, we can really put a bow on the 2022 season and move on to 2023. What does Harbaugh staying put mean for Michigan and can we continue to expect this same drama to play out every year? Elsewhere, Dabo Swinney made a big hire, bringing Garrett Riley over from TCU to be offensive coordinator. Plus, Alabama will be in the market for coordinators on both sides of the ball soon.Email the show: APTop25mailbag@gmail.comLoaded Jan. 4 2023

    Georgia is the national champion!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2023 30:09


    Georgia is the national champion!The 2022 college football season ended similarly to the way it did in 2021: With Georgia as the national champion. The Bulldogs put on one of the most dominant displsy in the history of the sport against TCU. AP's Ralph Russo wraps up the Dawgs' title, their burgeoning dynasty and where they stand against Alabama as they replace the Crimson Tide as kings of college football.Email the show: APTop25mailbag@gmail.comLoaded Jan. 4 2023

    National championship preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2023 30:30


    National championship preview  The College Football Playoff national championship game is set. No. 1 Georgia is going for its second straight title against upstart and No. 3 TCU, which hasn't won a national championship in more than 80 years. To break down the matchup, former Florida and Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen of ESPN joins AP's Ralph D. Russo. How does TCU run the ball against Georgia the way they did against Michigan? How have the Bulldogs become more reliant on Stetson Bennett this season? And who wins the game?Email the show: APTop25mailbag@gmail.comLoaded Jan. 4 2023

    College Football Playoff preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 26, 2022 48:13


    College Football Playoff preview Can No. 3 TCU hold up against the power of No. 2 Michigan? Are No. 4 Ohio State's elite quarterback and receivers the path to an upset of No. 1 Georgia? Cole Cubelic of the SEC Network and ESPN joins AP's Ralph Russo to preview the College Football Playoff matchups. Heisman Trophy finalist Max Duggan and the Horned Frogs face Jim Harbaugh's Wolverines in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 31. C.J. Stroud, a two-time Heisman finalist, Marvin Harrison Jr. and the Buckeyes face the defending national champion Bulldogs in the Peach Bowl on New Year's Eve night.Email the show: APTop25mailbag@gmail.comNewest Regions Bank 2022 Ad

    Portal moves and early signings

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2022 60:45


    Portal moves and early signings While the transfer portal is hopping and the early signing period begins this week in college football. Max Olson of The Athletic joins AP's Ralph Russo to talk about the best players in the portal, those who have already made their way through and how the transfer market impacts high school recruiting. Max talks about this season's FCS player drawing major offers, plus how does the quarterback movement play out and where will all those Jackson State players land. On the recruiting, as we enter a new NIL era, the schools landing the top classes still look awfully familiar.Email the show: APTop25mailbag@gmail.com Newest Regions Bank 2022 Ad

    Mike Leach's Legacy

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2022 38:21


    Mike Leach's LegacyMike Leach died on Monday, Dec. 12, at the age of 61 after complications from a heart condition. Leach was in his third season coaching Mississippi State after stints at Washington State and Texas Tech. He was a successful coach winning more than 150 games in 21 seasons, but his impact on the game goes much deep than wins and losses. Leach and the Air Raid offense he ran helped revolutionize the passing game at all levels of football. Chris Brown, the author of Smart Football and The Art of Smart Football, joins AP's Ralph Russo to discuss Leach's enormous and lasting influence on the sport.Email the show: APTop25mailbag@gmail.comNewest Regions Bank 2022 Ad

    Bowl Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2022 80:07


    Bowl Preview Get ready for Bowl Season. Matt Brown of The Athletic and AP's Ralph Russo rundown the entire bowl schedule, from the Bahamas Bowl to the Rose Bowl. Notes, factoids, interesting players, coaching matchups and maybe a history lesson or two on every single game. Email the show: APTop25mailbag@gmail.comNewest Regions Bank 2022 Ad

    Freeze at Auburn and CFP scenarios

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2022 58:42


    Freeze at Auburn and CFP scenarios The coaching carousel is spinning fast with coming and goings. Stewart Mandel from The Athletic joins AP's Ralph Russo to discuss Hugh Freeze returning to the SEC with Auburn. Who got the better coach: Wisconsin with Luke Fickell or Nebraska with Matt Rhule? They dig into the downfall of Stanford and the resignation of David Shaw. And championship weekend playoff scenarios. If USC wins on Friday, there's not much to debate. If not, Ohio State or Alabama? Or why not Tennessee?Email the show: APTop25mailbag@gmail.comNewest Regions Bank 2022 Ad

    Disappointing teams; Rivalry week showdowns

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2022 67:35


    Disappointing teams; Rivalry week showdowns Heading into the final weekend of the regular season there are 14 teams that began the season ranked and are currently unranked. Almost all have no shot of working their way back into the rankings. Paul Myerberg from USA Today joins AP's Ralph Russo to discuss the varying degrees of disappointing teams from Texas A&M's historic flop to Miami's reset to NC State's injuries to Michigan State's blueprint. Then it's rivalry week and there is a load of big games to preview, including monster showdowns between USC and Notre Dame and Ohio State and Michigan. Plus, what's your favorite random rivalry? Russo's analysis of the AP Top 25: https://apnews.com/article/college-football-sports-ohio-georgia-alabama-f936e789c326b6fe9d517ac6dbbd2a53Email the show: APTop25mailbag@gmail.comNewest Regions Bank 2022 Ad

    Auburn update; What's up with the Hogs? Week 12 Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2022 61:28


    Auburn update; What's up with the Hogs? Week 12 PreviewMid-November in college football means both coaching searches and the College Football race heat up. Brandon Marcello of 247 Sports joins AP's Ralph Russo to talk about where things stand at Auburn and why Lane Kiffin appears to be target No. 1 for the Tigers. What's up with Arkansas, which has taken a step back in Year 3 under Sam Pittman. Should we be surprised? TCU is trying to defy the odds and reach the CFP. What's the Horned Frogs secret? Plus, previewing a weekend slate dominated by the Pac-12.  Russo's analysis of the AP Top 25: https://apnews.com/article/college-football-sports-oregon-georgia-bulldogs-2d0e1b090133dc3f295c704e8047c557Email the show: APTop25mailbag@gmail.comNewest Regions Bank 2022 Ad

    Will Dabo change his ways? Week 11 preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2022 64:30


    Will Dabo change his ways? Week 11 previewOne loss does not end an era, but Clemson's slip against Notre Dame validated what many suspected: For the second straight season, the Tigers aren't national title contenders. Where does Dabo Swinney take the program from here? Andrea Adelson of ESPN and the ACC Network joins AP's Ralph Russo to explore whether Swinney can pivot away from some of the pillars that he built a championship program upon. It's not just a matter of Dabo changing his ways. It's about an all-time great coach altering his DNA. It's also about asking if expecting Clemson to continue as a perennial national title contender is even realistic. Also, a Week 11 preview of most intriguing games from a Big Ten West slog-fest to a grudge match deep in the heart of Texas. Email the show: APTop25mailbag@gmail.com A breakdown of this week's AP Top 25: https://apnews.com/article/college-football-sports-notre-dame-fighting-irish-oklahoma-57bde9724dbfc9182b740d7a568be1a3Newest Regions Bank 2022 Ad

    Who's next at Auburn? SEC showdown week.

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2022 79:16


    Who's next at Auburn? SEC showdown week. Auburn made the move all of college football has been waiting on for months, firing coach Bryan Harsin. Who's next for the Tigers? Matt Fortuna of The Athletic joins AP's Ralph Russo to discuss what Auburn might do next and why Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin would seem like a perfect fit. Or maybe Deion Sanders? Plus, the Big 12 has a new TV contract, Penn State is stuck in purgatory and Week 10 of the season is highlighted by two massive SEC games.  Email the show: APTop25mailbag@gmail.com A breakdown of this week's AP Top 25: https://apnews.com/article/college-football-sports-ohio-louisiana-state-tigers-tennessee-2ce01bf890799a73ce276d52dd94b22bNewest Regions Bank 2022 Ad

    Bo Jackson, Folk Hero; Texas A&M's quagmire

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2022 97:25


    Bo Jackson, Folk Hero; Texas A&M's quagmire Author Jeff Pearlman joins AP's Ralph Russo to talk about his new book “The Last Folk Hero: The Life and Myth of Bo Jackson.” Pearlman dug deep into what molded and motivated the former Heisman Trophy winner from Auburn who became an all-star in the NFL and Major League Baseball. Then Ari Wasserman from The Athletic joins the show to dissect the quagmire Texas A&M finds itself in and why maybe being forced to have patience with coach Jimbo Fisher could turn out to be the best thing for the program. Wasserman and Russo also dive into a disastrous first season for Mario Cristobal at Miami and what exactly schools are paying for when they hand out extra long-term megadeals to coaches. Plus, a Week 9 preview of most intriguing games. Email the show: APTop25mailbag@gmail.com A breakdown of this week's AP Top 25: https://apnews.com/article/college-football-sports-arizona-wildcats-kansas-state-clemson-tigers-eef4a43a2e4c6775c7f70c580fc2014f Newest Regions Bank 2022 Ad

    Coach Prime on JSU & the SWAC; Week 8 Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2022 85:17


    Coach Prime on JSU & the SWAC; Week 8 PreviewWhat drew Deion Sanders to Jackson State, and why does he think more great young players coupld embrace playing in the SWAC and other historically black colleges? Coach Prime joins AP's Ralph Russo to talk about his 6-0 team and why Heisman Trophy voters need to look beyond the big schools. Then Braden Gall from Athlon Sports and the Cover Two Podcast joins the show to talk about Tennessee's breakthrough against Alabama and preview another huge slate of game this weekend. There are showdowns in the Pac-12, Big 12 and ACC. Follow Ralph on Twitter @ralphDrussoAP Email the show at APTop25mailbag@gmail.comNewest Regions Bank 2022 Ad

    Crisis mode at OU; Previewing huge Week 7

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2022 55:32


    Crisis mode at OU; Previewing huge Week 7College football is heading into its most impactful weekend of the season so far with six games matching ranked teams, including No. 3 Alabama against No. 6 Tennessee and No. 10 Penn State at No. 5 Michigan.Pat Forde of Sports Illustrated joins AP's Ralph Russo to preview all the big games and determine which ones are the most intriguing. Also, Oklahoma is a mess under Brent Venables and patience has never been thinner in college football. Are the Sooners' already in crisis mode. There were no head coaches fired last weekend, but an NFL firing could impact the college coaching carousel now that Matt Rhule is unemployed. Plus, there were some offensive assistant coaches fired in the Big Ten, but maybe not the one you would have first expected.Follow Ralph on Twitter @ralphDrussoAP Email the show at APTop25mailbag@gmail.comNewest Regions Bank 2022 Ad

    Changes at Wisconsin and CU; Week 6 Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2022 77:26


    Changes at Wisconsin and CU; Week 6 Preview The number of coaching changes this college football season reached five, with Colorado, as expected, and Wisconsin, totally unexpected, making moves this past week. Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports and The Athletic joins AP's Ralph Russo to discuss what is next for each program. The Wisconsin move to oust Paul Chryst was shocking, but it seems the blue print for success is still solid. Can Jim Leonhard better implement it? At Colorado, they are searching for a new plan. Then a Week 6 preview of what we expected to be the game of the week in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and what actually turned out to be in in Lawrence, Kansas.  Follow Ralph on Twitter @ralphDrussoAP Email the show at APTop25mailbag@gmail.comNewest Regions Bank 2022 Ad

    Next on the carousel, Georgia Tech; Week 5 preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2022 70:17


    Next on the carousel, Georgia Tech; Week 5 previewAnother week of the college football season and another coach has been replaced.Bud Elliott from 247 sports and The Cover Three Podcast joins AP's Ralph Russo to discuss what went wrong at Georgia Tech. What does a winning strategy for the Yellow Jackets look like after Geoff Collins flamed out? The Georgia Tech conversation led to a tour of the ACC with stops at Miami, Florida State, Clemson and North Carolina State. Plus, a preview of Week 5's five most intriguing games, including a big dose of Sun Belt action.  Ralph's AP Top 25 analysis: https://apnews.com/article/college-football-sports-clemson-tigers-oklahoma-30d8f205bfa505d502c4f17d44b0cad7 Ralph's story on CFP expansion: https://apnews.com/article/nfl-college-football-entertainment-sports-849c2bf65878006771bf5f1a5860410fEmail the show: APTop25mailbag@gmail.com.Newest Regions Bank 2022 Ad

    Change at ASU; Pac-12 perks up; Week 4 preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 62:00


     Change at ASU; Pac-12 perks up; Week 4 preview Three weeks into the college football season and already two coaches have been let go and several highly ranked teams remain a mystery.Adam Rittenberg from ESPN joins AP's Ralph D. Russo to dig into what's next at Arizona State after the plug was pulled on the Herm Edwards experiment. The Pac-12 got a whole lot more interesting last week after victories by Washington and Oregon. Adam and Ralph rank Week 4's most intriguing games, which include No 4 Michigan, No. 5 Clemson and No. 6 Oklahoma trying to make statements.Email the show: APTop25mailbag@gmail.com.Newest Regions Bank 2022 Ad

    Next at Nebraska; Fixing A&M; Week 3 preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2022 68:38


    Next at Nebraska; Fixing A&M; Week 3 preview It took just two weeks, but college football already has had its first coach firing and its first weekend of wacky results. David Ubben from The Athletic joins AP's Ralph Russo to discuss Nebraska post Scott Frost and Texas A&M post App State loss. Also, a preview of Week 3's most intriguing games from Mississippi State at LSU to BYU at Oregon.Email the show: APTop25mailbag@gmail.com.Newest Regions Bank 2022 Ad

    CFP expansion and Week 2 preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2022 56:30


    CFP expansion and Week 2 preview The College Football Playoff is expanding to 12 teams. That's done. When the new format will be implemented remains to be seen. The hope is for the 2024 season, but hurdles need to be cleared. Brett McMurphy of Action Network joins AP's Ralph D. Russo to discuss the logistical dilemmas that need to be sorted out for a new playoff to be in place in two seasons. Plus, a quick wrap of Week 1 with how Brett managed to fill out his AP ballot after the obvious top three teams. Then the five most intriguing games of Week 2 feature another big one in Gainesville and a future Big 12 matchup.  Russo's CFP expansion column: https://apnews.com/article/college-football-sports-mark-keenum-bdd605c8ddf730d82661283cf243967eEmail the show: APTop25mailbag@gmail.com.Newest Regions Bank 2022 Ad

    The season is here!

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2022 54:15


    The season is here! Week 1 of the college football season brings a Labor Day weekend marathon of games. Paul Myerberg of USA Today joins AP's Ralph Russo to preview the first full slate of games by picking their five most intriguing games of the week. There are some deep cuts like Army and Coastal Carolina and Boise State-Oregon State, plus a batch of marquee matchups with highly ranked teams such as No. 5 Notre Dame at No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Georgia facing No. 11 Oregon. There is so much to dive into, including a huge Sunday matchup between LSU and Florida State that we'll almost certainly overreact to. Plus, Paul and Ralph talk Nebraska's latest meltdown and Michigan's biblical quarterback competition.Email the show: APTop25mailbag@gmail.com.Newest Regions Bank 2022 Ad

    Examining NIL

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2022 75:44


    Examining NILCollege athletes have been permitted to be paid for their names, images and likenesses for more than a year now and it at times seems like it is all those in and around college sports can talk about. What is the NCAA's ability to enforce rules related to NIL? What are the chances federal legislation can provide some guardrails? What type of protections do athletes need? What's a collective, and which ones might be built to last? To discuss all that are three experts in the field. Gabe Feldman, the director of the sports law program at Tulane, takes on the big picture. Mike Caspino is an attorney who represents and advises athletes on NIL deals. And Jason Belzer works with schools to set up collectives. In three separate interviews with AP's Ralph Russo, they give an assessment of the state of NIL.Email the show: APTop25mailbag@gmail.com. Newest Regions Bank 2022 Ad

    Preseason Top 25 with Rece Davis

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2022 42:20


     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.Newest Regions Bank 2022 Ad

    Big Ten preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 67:57


    Big Ten previewMichigan 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.Newest Regions Bank 2022 Ad

    SEC preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 80:24


    SEC previewAlabama 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.Regions Bank ad starting 8/16/21 no end date given thus far

    G5 and Notre Dame preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2022 85:45


    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.Regions Bank ad starting 8/16/21 no end date given thus far

    ACC Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2022 62:16


    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.Regions Bank ad starting 8/16/21 no end date given thus far

    Big 12 Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2022 69:11


     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.Regions Bank ad starting 8/16/21 no end date given thus far

    Pac-12 Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2022 57:39


    Pac-12 PreviewWhile the Pac-12 fights for its survival as a conference amid another round of conference realignment, another Pac-12 football season begins with all eyes on USC. The Trojans under new coach Lincoln Riley are without question the most fascinating team in the conference – but they might not be the best team. Utah is the defending champion and has a team coming back that might be able to contend for a playoff spot. Like USC, Oregon has a new quarterback and coach, but also a roster that might be the most talented in the Pac-12. Jon Wilner of the Pac-12 Hotline joins AP's Ralph Russo to break down the Pac-12 on the field it this precarious moment and look ahead to one of the last seasons of USC and UCLA playing as members of the conference before heading to the Big Ten.Email the show: APTop25mailbag@gmail.com.Regions Bank ad starting 8/16/21 no end date given thus far

    What's next with realignment?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2022 50:55


    What's next with realignment? It has been almost two weeks since the Big Ten's realignment bombshell with USC and UCLA. Instead of causing a frenzy of movement, college sports seem to be in a stalemate. What's next? Pat Forde from Sports Illustrated joins AP's Ralph Russo to sift through the repercussions and ramifications of the latest monster conference move. Why Notre Dame is sitting pretty and the ACC might be stuck together? There are some interesting ideas being bandied around about partnerships and semi-mergers between conferences, but this feels like college sports survivor series. Can the Big 12 and Pac-12 both survive?Email the show: APTop25mailbag@gmail.com.Regions Bank ad starting 8/16/21 no end date given thus far

    First look at 2022 coaching carousel

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 71:14


    First look at 2022 coaching carouselAfter nearly being run off in February, Auburn coach Bryan Harsin enters year two of his tenure as Tigers coach clearly on the hot seat. At Nebraska, Scott Frost is getting one more chance to turn around the Cornhuskers. Bruce Feldman from Fox and The Athletic joins AP's Ralph Russo to take a look at the coaching carousel for the upcoming college football season. Who joins Harsin and Frost in precarious position to start the season? Which coaches are on the rise? And could Urban Meyer get back in the game after a failed stint in the NFL?Email the show: APTop25mailbag@gmail.com.Regions Bank ad starting 8/16/21 no end date given thus far

    What ‘21 flops will bounce back in ‘22?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 64:38


    What ‘21 flops will bounce back in ‘22? Fourteen teams started the 2021 ranked and finished unranked, among them Texas A&M, Florida, Miami, LSU, USC, Iowa State and Wisconsin. Tom Fornelli of CBS Sports and the Cover Three Podcast joins AP's Ralph Russo to talk about last year's flops and their prospects for a bounce-back season in 2022. A bunch of last year's most high-profile disappointments have new coaches. In the short-term, is Mario Cristobal at Miami or Billy Napier at Florida better positioned for success? Can Wisconsin get back to being its reliable self? And then there's Texas. The Longhorns should be better than 5-7, but are they still taking baby steps in Austin?Email the show: APTop25mailbag@gmail.com.Regions Bank ad starting 8/16/21 no end date given thus far

    Over on the Irish; Under on the Aggies

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2022 78:52


    Over on the Irish; Under on the Aggies The sportsbooks have set their win totals for the 2023 college football season, and ESPN's Chris Fallica, better known as Bear, joins AP's Ralph Russo to identify some over and under plays. Bear is not scared away from the big numbers attached to the teams that will be favored to win the national title. He's also optimistic for Marcus Freeman's first season as Notre Dame game. He is less optimistic about a couple of teams that might be ranked in the preseason top-10. Texas A&M has generated a lot of buzz this offseason, but can the Aggies win more than eight games? Oklahoma is always the favorite in the Big 12, but getting to 10 wins could be tough in the first season under coach Brent Venables.Email the show: APTop25mailbag@gmail.com.Regions Bank ad starting 8/16/21 no end date given thus far

    Marshall Faulk interview and QB Dads

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2022 65:40


    Marshall Faulk interview and QB DadsMarshall Faulk helped put San Diego State football on the map with one of the most remarkable college careers of the last 50 years. Faulk joins AP's Ralph Russo to talk about his journey from New Orleans to San Diego State to NFL stardom, plus an important step his beloved Aztecs are taking this season with the opening of a new stadium.Then Teddy Greenstein joins the show to talk about his new book, “Quarterback Dads.” Quarterback Dads: https://quarterbackdads.com/media Email the show: APTop25mailbag@gmail.com.Regions Bank ad starting 8/16/21 no end date given thus far

    SEC scheduling and Athlon's Top 25

    Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2022 67:50


    SEC scheduling and Athlon's Top 25 The Southeastern Conference gets together in Destin, Florida, this week and considers what its future scheduling model should be. The conference is likely heading toward scrapping divisions, but how should it go about balancing traditional rivals with competitiveness? Braden Gall of Athlon Sports joins AP's Ralph Russo to talk SEC scheduling, and whether any Power Five conference might find value in keeping its divisional structure. Plus, Athlon released its preseason Top 25? There are plenty of highly ranked teams, starting with Clemson and Texas A&M, that don't engender a ton of confidence and no much difference between No. 4 and No. 20.Email the show: APTop25mailbag@gmail.com.Regions Bank ad starting 8/16/21 no end date given thus far

    SEC NIL spat and Interview with Shane Beamer

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2022 80:10


    SEC NIL spat and Interview with Shane BeamerIn the aftermath of the very public verbal sparring between Alabama's Nick Saban and Texas A&M's Jimbo Fisher last week, the question is: What is the difference between NIL done the right way and a potential NCAA violation? David Ubben from The Athletic joins AP's Ralph Russo to discuss the exercise in hair-splitting that many in college sports are trying to do as they get accustomed to a world in which players can be paid for being good at football. Plus, South Carolina coach Shane Beamer joins the show to talk about readjusting expectations after strong debut season, Spencer Rattler's second chance and having a Hall of Fame coach in the family.Email the show: APTop25mailbag@gmail.com.Regions Bank ad starting 8/16/21 no end date given thus far

    The end of divisions – in college football.

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 63:50


    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/1526312578644942856Email the show: APTop25mailbag@gmail.com.Regions Bank ad starting 8/16/21 no end date given thus far

    NCAA's NIL reset

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 46:51


    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.Email the show: APTop25mailbag@gmail.com.Regions Bank ad starting 8/16/21 no end date given thus far

    The Jordan Addison saga

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022 37:30


    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.Email the show: APTop25mailbag@gmail.com.Regions Bank ad starting 8/16/21 no end date given thus far

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

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2022 57:30


    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? Email the show: APTop25mailbag@gmail.com.Regions Bank ad starting 8/16/21 no end date given thus far

    The (near) future of college football on TV

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2022 55:30


    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 Regions Bank ad starting 8/16/21 no end date given thus far

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