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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 APRead more

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Who is going to fill all these coaching jobs?

Nov 23 • 01:03:09

Florida joined LSU, Southern California, Washington, Virginia Tech and others in making a coaching change this season. Who is going to fill all these job? Bruce Feldman from Fox and The Athletic joins AP’s Ralph Russo to give an update on the latest rumblings from the coaching carousel. Could Mario Cristobal now be in play with Oregon out of the playoff picture? Is Luke Fi...

Is the coaching carousel spinning out of control?

Nov 16 • 01:19:12

Welcome aboard the coaching carousel, Virginia Tech. The Hokies became the latest team to fire their coach and enter a market where there will be more quality jobs than experienced, low-risk candidates to fill them. Ari Wasserman from The Athletic joins AP’s Ralph Russo to talk about hirings, firings, meeting expectations and why the current rate at which schools are blowi...

Frost is staying! Mullen is … ? Plus, the future of bowls.

Nov 9 • 01:26:19

The bowl system is not what it used to be and expanding the College Football Playoff has the potential to further marginalize bowls. Nick Carparelli’s job as the executive director of Bowl Season, the newly rebranded organization that advocates for bowls, is to help keep the bowls relevant. But how? Carparelli join AP’s Ralph Russo to discuss the future of bowl games in a ...

Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley and talkin’ playoff rankings

Nov 2 • 01:22:54

Oklahoma is 9-0 heading into its first open date of the season, having made a notable midseason quarterback switch. Sooners coach Lincoln Riley joins AP’s Ralph Russo to talk about sitting Spencer Rattler and the development of freshman Caleb Williams. Plus, has OU’s defense been a disappointment to him and do fans and the media overanalyze teams to the point where we have...

What’s the deal with Dan Mullen? Week 9 preview

Oct 26 • 01:20:16

Is Dan Mullen really on the hot seat at Florida? Probably not, but how did things flip so fast for the Gators’ coach, who took Florida to three straight New Year’s Six games and pushed Alabama in the SEC championship last year....

LSU after Coach O, Wazzu after Rolo

Oct 20 • 01:22:34

In the span of about 24 hours, LSU fired Ed Orgeron less than two years removed from winning a national title and Washington State fired Nick Rolovich 11 games into his tenure....

Ohio State Coach Ryan Day, Alabama aftermath and Week 7 preview

Oct 12 • 01:23:44

Ohio State has righted itself after an early loss to Oregon, winning four straight games in mostly blowout fashion. Buckeyes coach Ryan Day joins AP’s Ralph Russo to talk about striking a balance between the urgency of high expectations and keeping a team from panicking after an early misstep. Plus, Day discusses quarterback CJ Stroud’s development, what makes running back...

Status report on Harbaugh and Coach O, plus Week 6 preview.

Oct 5 • 01:14:20

Jim Harbaugh’s stock is up at Michigan and Ed Orgeron’s stock is down at LSU after five weeks on the college football season. Where are things headed for two coaches who entered the season in need of a bounce back after difficult 2020s? Adam Rittenberg from ESPN joins AP’s Ralph Russo to give a status report on Harbaugh and Coach O, and discuss why Michigan seems more inve...

Clemson’s problems and Week 5 preview

Sep 28 • 01:05:50

Clemson is currently ranked 115th in the country in yards per play, right behind North Texas and just ahead of Akron. What is going on with Dabo Swinney’s 2-2 Tigers? ESPN’s David Hale, who covers college football nationally, with a concentration on the ACC, joins AP’s Ralph Russo to dissect Clemson’s ugly opening month of the season....

CFP expansion update and Week 4 preview

Sep 21 • 59:21

There are a couple of significant meetings coming up in the next week or so regarding College Football Playoff expansion. Since Texas and Oklahoma announced a move to the Southeastern Conference, there has been a lot of chatter about other conferences “slowing down” the expansion process. But what does that mean?

Nicole Auerbach of The Athletic joins AP’s Ralph Russo to dis...

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