AP Top 25 Podcast: Big Ten preview and realignment is back

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Ohio State head coach Ryan Day talks to reporters during an NCAA college football news conference at the Big Ten Conference media days, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Friday, July 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Ohio State is favored to win a fifth straight Big Ten title and Michigan and Nebraska are trying to change their trajectories in critical seasons for their alumni coaches.

On the AP Top 25 College Football Podcast this week, it’s a Big Ten preview with Dave Revsine of the BTN joining AP’s Ralph Russo. Who has the best chance to catch the Buckeyes? Maybe upstart Indiana? How about Penn State in a bounce-back season?

Wisconsin and Iowa are the favorites in the West Division, but that always seems to produce a surprise contender or two.

Meanwhile, former Michigan quarterback Jim Harbaugh took a pay cut and overhauled his staff heading into his seventh season as the Wolverines’ coach.

At Nebraska, coach former Cornhuskers quarterback Scott Frost has a new boss and is looking for his first winning season in his fourth year as coach.

Plus, a bonus episode of the podcast this week focuses solely on conference realignment. Andy Staples from The Athletic joins the show to talk about all the ramifications of Oklahoma and Texas moving to the Southeastern Conference. And what’s next.


Follow Ralph D. Russo at https://twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP and listen at https://APpodcasts.com


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