Ralph Russo from the AP joins Gabe Ikard and Teddy Lehman for an interview (30:23). They talk to Ralph about the preseason AP Top 25 including OU coming in at preseason #2. Gabe and Teddy bring you the latest updates from OU training camp (3:09). The guys give their “Winners/Losers of the Week:” CeeDee Lamb, the NFL's new taunting rule, Steve Kerr and Scott Frost (1:22:15).
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Andy and Associated Press College Football keyboard commander, Ralph Russo, examine how college football will be consumed in 2021 and beyond. Could Peacock, NBC's streaming service, usher in a new Renaissance of college football consumption with their exclusive game rights to Notre Dame v. Toledo? How so? Will fans pay per view to watch their favorite team(s)? Where does SEC coverage rank among Disney's most valuable assets in its portfolio? Will Texas and Oklahoma augment the SEC's value? Also, how will Disney bundle their services in the future? Who is the wildcard in the streaming space? Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Ralph on Twitter: @ralphDrussoAP Save 33% on an annual subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/andystaples Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rece Davis, the host of ESPN's “College GameDay,” joins AP's Ralph Russo to discuss the proposed plan to expand the college football playoff from four to 12 teams. If the plan was on Rece's desk, what revisions would he consider? First off, bowls games or home games? As of now the plan is for the quarterfinals to be held at marquee bowl sites while first-round games are on campus. Davis suggests a plan to have more games played on campus while still protecting a few bowls. The Rose Bowl is one the postseason game with a tradition worth preserving and Rece has an idea on how do that. Plus, what will an expanded playoff do to scheduling? And Rece and Ralph react to the NCAA's Supreme Court loss. Email the show at APTop25mailbag@gmail.com.
This week Podcast of Champions host Ryan Abraham goes solo with David Woods out on injured reserve, talking about the infuriating but not surprising exit interview for Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott. Associated Press reporter Ralph Russo talks to Scott for 25 minutes and Larry didn't disappoint, blaming everyone but himself for the conference failures and taking no responsibility for the lack of revenue and distribution by his baby, the Pac-12 Networks. Ryan also talks about some Pac-12 quarterback news with Colorado starting QB Sam Noyer entering the NCAA Transfer Portal and Washington State starting quarterback Jayden de Laura having his suspension lifted after missing the spring because of a DUI. He also touches on new commissioner George Kliavkoff's Twitter account, Stanford head coach David Shaw being upset with Fox and Arizona announcing the stadium will be at 100% of capacity this fall. And as always he'll spend time answering every single question listeners manage to send in, including text messages and voicemails! Please subscribe, give the POC a five-star rating and post a review on Apple Podcasts! Sound off about Pac-12 football in our Podcast of Champions Reddit page! Send us a text or leave us a voicemail by texting or calling (424) 532-0678 or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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.
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.
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.
Chuck opens the show by talking about fans going to games in 2021. There's a thought that fans will not take going to games for granted again. Pac 12 issue isn't with the new Commissioner. Chris Landry from LandryFootball.com joins us for his weekly visit. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Chuck opens the show by talking about fans going to games in 2021. There’s a thought that fans will not take going to games for granted again. Pac 12 issue isn’t with the new Commissioner. Chris Landry from LandryFootball.com joins us for his weekly visit. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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
On Thursday's edition of The James Crepea on Fox Sports Eugene, James discusses the Pac-12 hireing George Kliavkoff as commissioner, Brandon Marcello of 247Sports, USA Today's Dan Wolken and AP college football reporter Ralph Russo all return to discuss the hire, Packers beat reporter Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette returns to discuss the latest on Aaron Rodgers
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! Email the show at APTop25mailbag@gmail.com
Ohio State QB Justin Fields makes a a huge announcement that may affect his Draft stock. and Dan Jennings of the Washington Nationals talks all things MLB. Featuring- Terry Curtis, Ralph Russo, Paul Finebaum, Jim Nagy, Dan Jennnings and Kenny Silverstein. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/david-schultz/support
The upcoming NFL Draft could be a historic one, with as many as five quarterbacks going in the top-10 picks. Eric Edholm, draft analysis for Yahoo! Sports, joins AP’s Ralph Russo to take a deep dive into the quarterbacks from Trevor Lawrence to Mac Jones and the entire pool of players that NFL teams will be picking through. What positions are the deepest in the draft? Where will the pickings be a little thin? How did opting out impact prospects such as Penei Sewell of Oregon, Ja’Marr Chase of LSU, Micah Parsons of Penn State and Gregor Rousseau of Miami? Who are some of Eric’s favorite players likely to be picked on Day 3?Plus, UNLV Athletic Director Desiree Reed-Francois joins the show to talk about her role with the National Coalition of Minority Football Coaches. The coalition started an academy last week that matches up-and-coming coaches with veteran administrators in the hopes of better preparing them to take the next steps in their careers.Email the show at APTop25mailbag@gmail.com Yahoo’s All-Juice team for this year’s draft: https://sports.yahoo.com/2021-all-juice-team-terez-paylors-legacy-continues-with-7th-edition-of-squad-that-includes-justin-fields-130031523.html?ncid=twitter_yahoosport_dw14wrbb51g Russo’s article on a College Football Super League: https://apnews.com/article/college-football-pittsburgh-football-notre-dame-fighting-irish-football-college-sports-085b362c6f58d2bd50b886c07413b0d
At Florida, Dan Mullen is breaking in a new quarterback and trying to stay ahead of Georgia. At Florida State, Mike Norvell is just looking for some normalcy in year two of his tenure as the Seminoles coach. Matt Baker from the Tampa Bay Times joins AP’s Ralph Russo to discuss about the state of college football in the state of Florida, from Tallahassee to Miami. Also, Sports Law Professor Gabe Feldman joins the show to review the NCAA’s day in front of the Supreme Court and how the association can escape an NIL quagmire. If you have questions or comments, email them to APTop25mailbag@gmail.com.
There was a point where Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh was the most polarizing figure in college football. While he’s still maybe the most talked about college football coach outside of Nick Saban and Dabo Swinney, it’s getting harder to find supporters. This week on the AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, AP sports writer Josh Dubow, who covered Harbaugh with Stanford and the 49ers and is a Michigan alum, joins Ralph Russo to do a deep dive on where things stand with the Wolverines and their coach. What is a fair assessment of Harbaugh’s tenure and is there realistic hope that he can deliver on the promise and hope that followed him when he arrived at his alma mater in 2015. Plus, what’s the status of Stanford football under David Shaw and why Josh spends hours a day battling Raiders’ fans on Twitter about David Carr. If you’d like to send questions or comments to be used on the show, email APTop25mailbag@gmail.com. Ralph’s Top 25 college football coaches: https://twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP/status/1376553969879818240
Ranking college football coaches is even tougher than ranking college football teams. But we tend to do it anyway, especially in the offseason. Stewart Mandel from The Athletic and Bruce Feldman from Fox join AP’s Ralph Russo to talk about their current Top 25 college coaches. Bruce and Stew are finally buying in on Brian Kelly as a top-three coach. Stewart gave James Franklin a big demotion after a tough year, but not so much with PJ Fleck. Bruce is still defending Jim Harbaugh and higher on veterans with a long track record like Gary Patterson, Kirk Ferentz and Mike Leach. And they both snubbed Mack Brown. Plus, the NCAA’s latest misstep and should it cost Mark Emmert his job?
The NCAA Tournament is back after a one-year pandemic-forced hiatus. That means the football show turns to basketball for a week. AP college basketball writer Aaron Beard joins Ralph Russo to break down the bracket, search for upsets and pick a Final Four. Plus, what went wrong this season for blue bloods Duke and Kentucky? And why can’t Indiana seem to recapture past glory. And we’ll sprinkle in a some football, too.
The worst Power Five program in college football is once again in the news for all the wrong reasons. Kansas parted ways with coach Les Miles after revelations about inappropriate behavior toward women while he was at LSU. It is another setback for a program that has become synonymous with them. Max Olson from The Athletic joins AP’s Ralph Russo to discuss how Kansas football got so bad, why Miles was never the solution and where it goes from here. Plus, new Marshall coach Charles Huff joins the show to talk about his time working for James Franklin at Penn State and Nick Saban at Alabama, and how it prepared him for his first head coaching job.
New Vanderbilt coach Clark Lea played for the Commodores and grew up in Nashville. If there is a man who understands the challenges and potential for the football program of the Southeastern Conference’s lone private school, it’s Lea, the former Notre Dame defensive coordinator. Then Steven Godfrey of Banner Society joins AP’s Ralph Russo for an in-depth discussion on a topic suggested by a listener: Which programs have recently been the biggest underachievers in each of the 10 FBS conference? To email questions or comments to the show use APTop25mailbag@gmail.com
The 2021 season is about seven months away, but it’s never to early to start projecting how teams will do. ESPN’s Bill Connelly, the mastermind behind SP+ power rankings, joins AP’s Ralph Russo to discuss the first 2021 projections. They’ll compare SP+ to the composite of way-too-early rankings done by four notable news organizations that cover college football. SP+ is more optimistic about Miami, Michigan and the Pac-12 in general than the humans. On the flip side, SP+ is more skeptical about Notre Dame, Indiana, Coastal Carolina and LSU for the 2021 season.
The early signing period in college football has become the main signing period for the sport. So the traditional signing period in February is mostly about tying up loose ends. Most teams have already moved on to 2022, and we will, too. Bud Elliott, recruiting director for 247 Sports joins AP’s Ralph Russo to take a look at the class of 2022 and how limitations caused by the pandemic, plus the hopeful return to normal late this year, impacts the next 10 months before the next December signing period. Also, Tennessee has a new coach and a lot of problems. UCF is looking for a coach and has a lot to offer. So why did Josh Heupel leave the Knights for the Volunteers?
College football’s offseason has already included a coaching change at Tennessee and a Power Five commissioner announcing he will step down. The news never really stops. To kickoff the offseason mode at the AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, Andy Staples from The Athletic joins AP’s Ralph Russo. The Volunteers might have a replacement for Jeremy Pruitt by the time you hear this, but what kind of a hole will the next regime need to climb out of? Why did Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott go from being perceived as a visionary to then being thought of as a failure during 11 years in the conference? And, Andy discussed on his podcast a radical rule change that would persuade teams to punt less. Ralph wants to take the radical change one step farther as a way to put more value on defense in this age of offense.
On Thursday's edition of The James Crepea Show on Fox Sports Eugene, James discuses Larry Scott's reign over the Pac-12 ending in June and what the conference needs in its next commissioner, AP college football reporter Ralph Russo on Scott's tenure, Oregon men's basketball down 2 more starters vs. Oregon State, Washington beat reporter Mike Vorel of the Seattle Times talks Huskies DC search and NFL reporter Terez Paylor of Yahoo Sports previews conference championship Sunday
College football’s season in a pandemic has ended with a most familiar champion. Nick Saban’s Alabama dynasty won its sixth title by beating Ohio State in the College Football Playoff national championship game. To put a wrap on the season and the championship game, Paul Myerberg and Dan Wolken from USA Today join AP’s Ralph Russo. They discuss if there is anyway to tap the brakes on college football’s offensive revolution. Is it even necessary? There appears to be no end in sight for Saban and the Tide’s dominance. What other programs can at least make a run at Alabama next year? Can the changing landscape of college football help provide a little more parity at the top?
Alabama against Ohio State for the national championship. After a long, strange season there is one game left to be played. The College Football Playoff title game will feature the two most talented rosters in the country and put to bed a season that has been a grind for everyone involved. To preview Crimson Tide-Buckeyes and review what it took to get here, ESPN’s Chris Fowler joins AP’s Ralph Russo. Chris discusses why this season lacked the usual joy, and why he was still thankful to be part of it. And he gives his thoughts on Alabama’s steady dominance and Ohio State’s winding path to the title game. Plus, how to do a virtual Heisman Trophy presentation.
We're just days away from the College Football Playoff semi-finals. Ralph Russo of The Associated Press joins Bruce & Stew from New Orleans, the site of the Sugar Bowl between Clemson & Ohio State. The playoff continues to feature the same teams, is that a problem for the sport? Ralph says no matter how you feel about it, try to enjoy the great players on Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame & Ohio State. Looking back, 2020 will go down as maybe the most unique season in the sports history. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The College Football Playoff features four of the bluest of blue bloods. No. 1 Alabama takes on No. 4 Notre Dame and No. 2 Clemson faces No. 3 Ohio State. Cole Cubelic of the SEC Network and ESPN joins AP’s Ralph Russo to breakdown each matchup. For Notre Dame to stay within striking distance of the might Crimson Tide, the Irish need to play perfectly complementary football. Meanwhile, the other semifinal could come down to which is more efficient: Trevor Lawrence and Clemson’s passing game or Ohio State’s powerful running game. Also, what to make of Auburn’s hiring of Boise State’s Bryan Harsin as head coach?
Bowl season is here in college football. It is not as long as usual, which is sad. But there are plenty of games to enjoy. To preview them all _ even the ones that might have already been played by the time you listen _ Matt Brown, college football editor at The Athletic and an AP poll voter, joins Ralph Russo, AP college football writer. Matt and Ralph provide a tidbit or two on every game, make a few picks, and tell you what to watch for. The bowl are more unpredictable than ever, which is why you should watch every one from the Potato Bowl to the Orange Bowl.
The never-ending college football season will now combine the early signing period with championship weekend. Starting Dec. 16, schools can begin signing high school prospects, but because the season started late and was extended because of the pandemic, the College Football Playoff won’t be set until the weekend of Dec. 19. There is a lot going on. To discuss recruiting, the coaching carousel and the playoff race, Barton Simmons and Bud Elliot of 247 Sports join AP’s Ralph Russo. In-person recruiting has been shutdown since the spring. What kind of impact will that have on the class of 2021, and beyond?
About 13 months ago LSU-Alabama was a No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup. Biggest game of the season. Game of the Century. And LSU broke through for a landmark victory on the way to a national championship. Now the Tide and Tigers play again and LSU is slogging through a season of attrition and regression while Alabama is better than ever. Sports Illustrated’s Ross Dellenger joins AP’s Ralph Russo to discuss the Tigers’ slide and the Tide’s unrelenting excellence. Plus, the Big Ten can’t catch a break: Can Ohio State make the playoff playing only six games? Who is the real Heisman favorite and will Texas make a coaching change?
Tim Murray and Wes Reynolds share their reactions from both the weekend NFL + College Football results. Plus, a look at the day's college hoops slate and more college football chatter with Ralph Russo. VSiN Hosts: Tim Murray, Wes Reynolds Guest: Ralph Russo, AP College Football Writer Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com