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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.

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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United States

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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.

Language:

English


Episodes

A Strange Season Ends With a Familiar Champion _ Alabama.

1/12/2021
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...

Duration:00:43:23

CFP Championship Preview With Chris Fowler

1/5/2021
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...

Duration:00:45:41

College Football Playoff Preview

12/29/2020
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...

Duration:01:04:31

Dashing through the bowls!

12/22/2020
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...

Duration:01:32:15

Will There Be CFP Drama on Championship Weekend?

12/15/2020
The latest conference championship weekend in the history of college football has arrived and the question is: Will the results create any drama for Sunday’s College Football Playoff selections. National college football writer Paul Myerberg joins AP’s Ralph D. Russo to go through the scenarios and try to find what could cause some mayhem. Also, Auburn finally fired Gus Malzahn after years of the coach going on and off the hot seat. Who is next? Did the Tigers just spent more than $21...

Duration:00:53:58

How The Pandemic Impacted Recruiting

12/8/2020
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...

Duration:01:01:27

Alabama’s Unrelenting Excellence and LSU’s Severe Regression

12/1/2020
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:...

Duration:00:56:47

First CFP Rankings of The Season

11/23/2020
Because everything is a little weird this season, we have the convergence of two events in college football that would normally be weeks apart. The first College Football Playoff selection committee rankings of season make their debut. And Thanksgiving week comes with some _ though not as many us usual _ rivalry games. Plus, there is a big batch of Black Friday games for a college football feast. Nicole Auerbach of The Athletic joins AP’s Ralph D. Russo to talk about what to expect from the...

Duration:01:00:08

Big Ten Showdowns, Bedlam and Bearcats

11/18/2020
From Monday to Friday the college football season has been a grind of uncertainty and instability. But the Saturdays are still delivering intrigue and excitement. Dennis Dodd of CBS joins AP’s Ralph Russo to talk about the odd dynamic of the season in the pandemic. Plus, will the first head coach firing in the Power Five break the seal for other schools? And what to expect from two crucial Big Ten games; Bedlam between Oklahoma State and Oklahoma; and Cincinnati’s big test at UCF?

Duration:01:11:00

Hot-Seat Watch: What Schools Could Make Coaching Changes?

11/10/2020
In a normal college football season we would be waist deep in coaching change rumors and speculation right about now. But this year’s carousel figures to be relatively quiet. Conventional wisdom has been that schools struggling financially because of the pandemic will be less willing to pay big buyouts. Plus, how can you judge performance is this weird season? But fans at some schools are reverting back to the default mode and looking to fire everyone involved with their struggling teams. To...

Duration:01:11:00

Monster Matchups and Everybody is Playing!

11/3/2020
The first week of November in college football feels like opening weekend of the season all over again. All the major conferences will be playing games for the first time, including the MAC on Wednesday night and the Pac-12 starting at 9 a.m. Pacific Time on Saturday. There are huge games involving BYU and Boise State, Florida and Georgia, and Clemson and Notre Dame. Stewart Mandel of The Athletic joins AP’s Ralph D. Russo to dive into it all and try to figure out how the results will impact...

Duration:00:53:11

Running the numbers on Penn State-Ohio State

10/27/2020
Penn State suffered an epic and thrilling upset the hands of Indiana last week, taking some of the shine off this week’s game against No. 3 Ohio State. But if we look deeper than the final score, the Nittany Lions might not be so bad off. ESPN’s Bill Connelly, the mastermind behind the advance metric SP+ rankings, joins AP’s Ralph Russo to do an autopsy on Penn State’s loss and preview the showdown with the Buckeyes. Plus, why does math hate Kansas State? Is it better to have a good offense...

Duration:00:48:18

Big Ten Preview

10/20/2020
Just in time for Big Ten weather, the Big Ten is kicking off its football season. Dave Revsine from the Big Ten Network joins AP’s Ralph D. Russo to preview the conference that at first punted on fall football only to reverse course and give it go. Ohio State still seems to be the class of the conference and maybe the country. Can Wisconsin defend it’s West Division title with a new quarterback and new running back? Is Minnesota ready to take another step forward? What to make of Michigan...

Duration:00:55:53

Can Georgia Breakthrough Against ‘Bama?

10/13/2020
College football’s game of the year is this weekend as No. 3 Georgia goes to No. 2 Alabama. It is a matchup of the best defense in the country against the best offense. Richard Johnson from the SEC Network joins AP’s Ralph D. Russo to breakdown the clash of the titans. How can Georgia’s D slow the Tide? Or, maybe the better question, can Georgia’s offense keep up with Alabama? Also, can anybody challenge Clemson in the ACC and a look at an interesting weekend for the American Athletic...

Duration:01:07:02

Could be Tennessee or Texas ...

10/6/2020
This coming weekend in college football will have a lot of Tennessee and Texas in it. Because he is an expert on both, David Ubben from The Athletic joins AP’s Ralph D. Russo for a both an examination and a preview. We have already reached the point in the season where we ask what’s wrong with the Longhorns. Adding to this week’s Red River Shootout drama is we’re asking the same questions of Oklahoma, too, as the Sooners limp in with a two-game losing streak. Texas A&M also has a measuring...

Duration:01:03:14

The Rise of Coach O

9/29/2020
LSU coach Ed Orgeron went from failed SEC head coach to jilted USC interim coach to national champion, leading his home state Tigers. Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports and The Athletic chronicles coach O’s rise in a new book called Flip the Script. Feldman joins AP’s Ralph Russo to discuss the contentious end to Orgeron’s time as USC’s interim coach. And they talk about another coach Bruce wrote a book with: Mississippi State’s Mike Leach. Before Bruce, Ralph interviews another successful coach...

Duration:01:17:24

SEC Kicks Off and Miami is Back in the Spotlight

9/22/2020
There have been plenty of bumps along the way, but this weekend has a chance to feel the closest thing we have had to a normal college football Saturday. The Southeastern Conference kicks off, plus there is a full slate of Atlantic Coast Conference and Big 12 games on the schedule. Hopefully, it stays that way. Andy Staples from The Athletic joins AP’s Ralph Russo on the podcast to dive into the most intriguing storylines of the weekend, including: Rhett Lashlee’s winding to path to becoming...

Duration:01:05:31

After Further Review, Big Ten Will Give it a go

9/17/2020
A college football season appeared five months ago to be crumbling is now resurgent. The Big Ten announced it is going t play in late October. The Pac-12 is trying for a fall re-start. So is the Mountain West. Meanwhile, games are still be postponed because of virus outbreaks. Paul Myerberg of USA Today joins AP’s Ralph D. Russo to talk about the Big Ten’s reversal and how the conference can recover from a month-long PR disaster. Will any of this college football season feel legitimate? Does...

Duration:00:47:41

Previewing the SEC and Group of Five

9/8/2020
The college football season has started. Group of Five games kicked off Labor Day weekend. The Big 12 and ACC get rolling this weekend. So I guess we better get done previewing this very odd season that followed a most-bizarre and chaotic offseason. We have already done preview of the ACC and Big 12. Heck we even did one of the Pac-12, before the conference postponed fall football. We never got to the Big Ten, before it punted on the fall. What’s left to do is preview the Southeastern...

Duration:01:29:50

Kicking around the Big Ten

9/1/2020
Since postponing its football season on Aug. 11, the Big Ten has been in the news constantly _ for all the wrong reasons. The conference and its new commissioner, Kevin Warren, have been criticized from all angles and now they have been thrust into the presidential campaign, with both sides blaming the other for taking out the season in the Midwest. A true political football. Teddy Greenstein with the Chicago Tribune joins Ralph D. Russo to talk about how the Big Ten got into this mess and...

Duration:00:40:58