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 "AP Top 25 College Football Podcast" 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.

LATEST EPISODE

West Coast, Best Coast Edition

The game of the weekend in college football is in the Pac-12, where No. 7 Stanford visits No. 20 Oregon. We'll preview Cardinal vs. Ducks with Chantel Jennings, national college football writer with The Athletic, and talk about the Ducks quarterback Justin Herbert. The unheralded hometown recruit has a chance to surge into the Heisman Trophy conversation. Plus, what's wrong at USC and who could emerge as the favorite in a muddled Pac-12 South? And which fans of a team with a new coach should be most disturbed by the poor start. Jennings also wrote about the radio station that played a national title game between Nebraska and Michigan in 1997. Really.
00:49:00 9/17/2018

Past Episodes

Steve Coughlin, better known as Stanford Steve on ESPN's SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt, joins AP's Ralph Russo to preview week three of the college football season. We'll get his picks on Ohio State-TCU, LUS-Auburn and USC-Texas. Plus, Coughlin talks about his interesting road to ESPN, from star high school football player with NFL dreams to Stanford to wondering what happens after football when he was just a senior in college.
00:50:00 9/10/2018
The first big test for Jimbo Fisher at Texas A&M comes from a familiar rival: No. 2 Clemson comes to College Station to give the Aggies a sense of how far away they are from being and elite team. Expectations are modest, says Max Olson of The Athletic. Olson join AP's Ralph Russo to preview A&M-Clemson and the rest of week 2. Plus, where do Texas and Florida State go after opening losses and why Alabama needs Jalen Hurts more than he needs the Tide.
00:49:00 9/3/2018
The college football season is here. Paul Myerberg of USA Today join AP's Ralph Russo to sort through the quarterback competitions that came to a close around the country, including at Clemson and LSU. Then it's a Week 1 preview with focus on Washington's tone-setter against Auburn and Michigan at Notre Dame. Which coach needs a victory more: Jim Harbaugh or Brian Kelly?
00:45:00 8/27/2018
A two-week investigation into what Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer knew about domestic violence allegations against his former assistant coach resulted in a three-game suspension of Meyer. Was it enough? Nicole Auerbach from The Athletic joins AP College Football Writer Ralph Russo for a special edition of the AP Top 25 College Football Podcast to discuss what went down in Columbus, from the disturbing details in a report on Meyer and assistant coach Zach Smith to why nobody mentioned Courtney Smith during an uncomfortable late-night news conference?
00:38:00 8/22/2018
ESPN's Rece Davis joins the show to discuss how he puts together his preseason Top 25 ballot. Davis tells Ralph Russo of AP he is bullish on Notre Dame and Michigan. Not so much on the Big 12. Did uncertainty at Ohio State impact where he ranked the Buckeyes? And what about that UCF ranking?
00:40:00 8/19/2018
The Pac-12 is looking to bounce back from a difficult postseason, and banking on some new coaches to provide a spark. Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News joins AP's Ralph Russo to preview the conference and size up whether it can get back into the College Football Playoff. Washington looks like the favorite. USC might turn to a freshman quarterback. Can Bryce Love break through and win a Heisman?
00:42:00 8/13/2018
The Southeastern Conference, coming off a season where it took both spots in the national championship game, is the focus of this week's preview edition of the AP College Football Podcast. Barrett Sallee of CBS Sports joins AP College Football Writer Ralph Russo to talk about Alabama's quarterback competition, Jimbo Fisher's first season at Texas A&M and whether there is any competition for Georgia in the East. Also, where do Ohio State and Urban Meyer go after the coach defended himself last week?
00:40:30 8/6/2018
Dave Revsine from the Big Ten Network joins AP's Ralph Russo to preview the conference with maybe the most interesting and competitive division in all of college football. Sizing up the Big Ten East heavyweights: Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan and Michigan State. Looking for challengers to Wisconsin in the West? What can we expect from Scott Frost in Year 1 at Nebraska? What players will emerge as Heisman hopefuls?
00:49:30 7/30/2018
Clemson is a huge favorite to win its fourth straight Atlantic Coast Conference championship, and Miami is a clear cut favorite to repeat as Coastal Division champs. What teams could throw the ACC heavyweights off course? David Hale of ESPN joins AP college football writer Ralph Russo to preview the ACC and breakdown the overachievers, underachievers, wild cards and Heisman contenders.
00:35:43 7/24/2018
Even with Baker Mayfield gone, Oklahoma is the Big 12 favorite. Who is most likely to challenge the Sooners. What teams will overachieve? Underachieve? Are you buting West Virginia? And will Texas finally be back? Max Olson from The Athletic joins AP's Ralph Russo to break down the Big 12.
00:31:37 7/16/2018

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