AP Top 25 College Football Podcast

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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AP Top 25 College Football Podcast

Pac-12 Preview

Oregon is trying to make the jump to playoff contender in the Pac-12 North, while Washington is breaking in a high-profile transfer quarterback and a bunch of new players on defense. Meanwhile, in the South, what will be the fate of coach Clay Helton at USC? Jon Wilner of the Pac-12 Hotline joins AP's Ralph Russo to preview the conference season. While all the drama surrounds USC, Utah has become the one sure bet in the Pac-12 South. The Utes might have a team good enough to win the Pac-12 for the first time. But will that be good enough to get a team in the college football playoff? The Pac-12 could really use a break to its playoff drought.
01:00:00 8/12/2019

Past Episodes

Oregon is trying to make the jump to playoff contender in the Pac-12 North, while Washington is breaking in a high-profile transfer quarterback and a bunch of new players on defense. Meanwhile, in the South, what will be the fate of coach Clay Helton at USC? Jon Wilner of the Pac-12 Hotline joins AP's Ralph Russo to preview the conference season. While all the drama surrounds USC, Utah has become the one sure bet in the Pac-12 South. The Utes might have a team good enough to win the Pac-12 for the first time. But will that be good enough to get a team in the college football playoff? The Pac-12 could really use a break to its playoff drought.
01:00:00 8/12/2019
UCF has been the dominant team outside the Power Five conferences for two seasons. Can the Knights keep it up without McKenzie Milton? Chris Vannini from The Athletic joins AP's Ralph Russo to preview all the Group of Five conferences. UCF is trying to make it three straight American Athletic Conference titles. Boise State out of the Mountain West is looking for a second New Year's Six appearance. Can Appalachian State break through and challenge for a New Year's Six bid out of the Sun Belt? Also, Pete Sampson of the Athletic joins the show to preview Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish will try to follow up their first playoff appearance against a schedule that includes road trips to Georgia and Michigan.
01:13:00 8/9/2019
UCF has been the dominant team outside the Power Five conferences for two seasons. Can the Knights keep it up without McKenzie Milton? Chris Vannini from The Athletic joins AP's Ralph Russo to preview all the Group of Five conferences. UCF is trying to make it three straight American Athletic Conference titles. Boise State out of the Mountain West is looking for a second New Year's Six appearance. Can Appalachian State break through and challenge for a New Year's Six bid out of the Sun Belt? Also, Pete Sampson of the Athletic joins the show to preview Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish will try to follow up their first playoff appearance against a schedule that includes road trips to Georgia and Michigan.
01:13:00 8/9/2019
Oklahoma is trying to make it five straight Big 12 titles. Can the Sooners continue their reign with another transfer quarterback? Max Olson from The Athletic joins AP's Ralph Russo to preview the Big 12 and the contenders to unseat Oklahoma. It starts with Texas, but Iowa State could be primed for another step forward under Matt Campbell _ which will lead to even more speculation about Campbell being lured away by another school or the NFL. Veteran coaches Mike Gundy at Oklahoma State and TCU's Gary Patterson are looking for bounce-back seasons from their programs. And four new coaches enter the league, including Les Miles at Kansas.
00:58:30 8/6/2019
Oklahoma is trying to make it five straight Big 12 titles. Can the Sooners continue their reign with another transfer quarterback? Max Olson from The Athletic joins AP's Ralph Russo to preview the Big 12 and the contenders to unseat Oklahoma. It starts with Texas, but Iowa State could be primed for another step forward under Matt Campbell _ which will lead to even more speculation about Campbell being lured away by another school or the NFL. Veteran coaches Mike Gundy at Oklahoma State and TCU's Gary Patterson are looking for bounce-back seasons from their programs. And four new coaches enter the league, including Les Miles at Kansas.
00:58:30 8/6/2019
The Big Ten might be the most intriguing conference in the country this season. The four superpowers in the East Division all enter with different levels of uncertainty, either with new quarterbacks or new offensive coordinators. In the West Division, a case could be made for any of six teams to reach the championship game in Indianapolis. Nebraska is considered the favorite coming off a 4-8 season. Dave Revsine of Big Ten Network joins AP's Ralph Russo to preview the conference. Is this finally the season Michigan and Jim Harbaugh break through and win the East? Has the rest of the West caught up to Wisconsin?
01:18:00 7/29/2019
The Big Ten might be the most intriguing conference in the country this season. The four superpowers in the East Division all enter with different levels of uncertainty, either with new quarterbacks or new offensive coordinators. In the West Division, a case could be made for any of six teams to reach the championship game in Indianapolis. Nebraska is considered the favorite coming off a 4-8 season. Dave Revsine of Big Ten Network joins AP's Ralph Russo to preview the conference. Is this finally the season Michigan and Jim Harbaugh break through and win the East? Has the rest of the West caught up to Wisconsin?
01:18:00 7/29/2019
Georgia and Alabama appear to be heading toward another high-stakes matchup in the Southeastern Conference. Can any of the other SEC teams stand in the way of the league's two superpowers meeting again? Barrett Sallee of CBS Sports and SiriusXM joins AP's Ralph Russo to preview the SEC from top to bottom. Why Tennessee is trending up while Kentucky is likely going in the other direction. Why Texas A&M might be Alabama's biggest challenger in the SEC West, not LSU.
01:02:00 7/22/2019
Georgia and Alabama appear to be heading toward another high-stakes matchup in the Southeastern Conference. Can any of the other SEC teams stand in the way of the league's two superpowers meeting again? Barrett Sallee of CBS Sports and SiriusXM joins AP's Ralph Russo to preview the SEC from top to bottom. Why Tennessee is trending up while Kentucky is likely going in the other direction. Why Texas A&M might be Alabama's biggest challenger in the SEC West, not LSU.
01:02:00 7/22/2019
The college football season is less than two months away and it's time to start previewing the Power Five conferences. We start with the Atlantic Coast Conference. David Hale of ESPN joins the AP's Ralph Russo to talk about the unpredictable ACC Coastal, where Miami might be the default favorite. What new coaches in the conference face the toughest tasks, but who is most likely to have long-term success? How will Florida State bounce back? And David has a creative way to tell you just how good Clemson is.
00:57:00 7/16/2019

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