Previewing the SEC and Group of Five | AP Top 25 Podcast

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 Conference and the Group of Five leagues that are giving it a go this September.

To take a deep dive into the SEC, Cole Cubelic of ESPN and the SEC Network joins AP’s Ralph Russo. Then Chris Vannini of The Athletic joins the show to talk about the American Athletic Conference, Sun Belt and Conference USA.


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The AP Preseason Top 25 is out and it’s Weird | AP Top 25 Podcast

The AP Preseason Top 25 has been released and it’s weird. The AP instructed voters to consider all teams for the preseason poll. Even the ones in the Big Ten, Pac-12 and other conferences that have postponed their football seasons because of the pandemic. Those teams will go away when games start, but for now the poll gives a glimpse at what could have been and what still remains. Matt Brown of The Athletic, an AP poll voter, joins Ralph Russo to talk about how he went about voting and how he intends to handle voting the rest of what figures to be a strange and unpredictable season. Or seasons.

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Previewing the Big 12 | AP Top 25 Podcast | Associated Press

Is the gap closing between Oklahoma and the rest of the Big 12? Which teams could be the wild cards in a league that typically produces at least one surprising contender? How good can Oklahoma State be after a rocky offseason? And where is Texas after an offseason overhaul? Max Olson of The Athletic joins AP’s Ralph Russo to preview one of the three Power Five conferences still planning to play football in the fall.


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AP Top 25 Podcast: Bowl Season Preview

The bowl matchups are set. A marathon football feast that lasts from December to early January includes 40 games of varying quality needs an extra-long podcast to preview it all. Matt Brown, college football editor at The Athletic — and an AP poll voter — joins Ralph Russo on the AP Top 25 College Football Podcast’s bowl preview show. Brown and Russo hit on every game but the playoffs. (There will be plenty of time for that later.) This week, they give you a nugget on all those other games, starting in the Bahamas with Buffalo and Charlotte. There is a matchup of triple-option versus air raid. There are some struggling ACC teams that got sent to the bowl equivalent of the penalty box. Alabama is playing Michigan _ and all anybody is talking about is who may or may not play.

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