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McCaffrey and Peppers Head 2016 Paul Hornung Award Watch List

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2016 Paul Hornung Award Watch List
Watch list players (43) accounted for 46,000 all-purpose yards, 552 tackles and 216 TDs in 2015

The Louisville Sports Commission today named 43 multi-talented college football players to the 2016 Watch List for the Paul Hornung Award presented by Texas Roadhouse.

Photo - RB Christian McCaffrey - Stanford

The Paul Hornung Award, now in its seventh season, is given annually to the most versatile player in major college football by the Louisville Sports Commission and football legend and Louisville native Paul Hornung. The winner and his family will be honored at the annual Paul Hornung Award Banquet presented by KentuckyOne Health, to be held at the Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville in February 2017. The Paul Hornung Award recently was named an associate member of the prestigious National College Football Awards Association.

The 2016 Paul Hornung Award Watch List contains three of the four 2015 Paul Hornung Award finalists: Adoree' Jackson from Southern California, Jabrill Peppers from Michigan and Christian McCaffrey from Stanford. McCaffrey won the Paul Hornung Award in 2015 after amassing 3,496 all-purpose yards, breaking Barry Sanders' record of 3,520 set in 1988. The Watch List also includes 16 of the top-100 all-purpose players from 2015 according to yards-per-game average from ncaa.com.

This year's Watch List is comprised of 21 seniors, 13 juniors and nine sophomores who start at a total of seven different positions, and represent 42 universities and all 10 conferences that are part of the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). The Pac-12 leads the conferences with eight players followed by the ACC and SEC with seven players and the Big Ten with six players.

Players on the Watch List accounted for 9,257 rushing yards, 15,787 receiving yards, 17,332 kickoff return yards, 3,676 punt return yards and 552 total tackles in 2015. Reminiscent of Hornung during his playing days, members of the Watch List demonstrated a knack for scoring numerous ways. Last season the Watch List players combined for 216 total touchdowns in seven different ways - passing, rushing, receiving, punt return, kickoff return, interception and fumble recovery/fumble return.

"I'm ecstatic that the Paul Hornung Award has gained national prominence in such a short time," said Paul Hornung, the 1956 Heisman Trophy winner who played every position in the offensive backfield during his Notre Dame career and was a triple threat halfback for the title town Green Bay Packers of the early 1960s. "During the past six years the quality of our winners, finalists and weekly honorees has been impressive, and I'm pleased that we are able to acknowledge outstanding players who contribute any way possible to help their teams win the way I did."

"I enjoy following the players on our Watch List and watching many of our winners and finalists from the first six years as they make their marks in the NFL," continued Hornung who maintains an office in downtown Louisville. Hornung won the Heisman Trophy as a quarterback and earned NFL MVP honors for the Green Bay Packers in 1961, setting a single-season NFL scoring record rushing, receiving, passing and kicking that stood 46 years. He is a member of the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame, and Vince Lombardi once called him, "The most versatile man ever to play the game."

The 2016 Watch List was compiled by a panel of college football experts based on a combination of 2015 statistics, career performance, SID recommendations and expectations heading into the 2016 season. Profiles of each player and information about the Award can be found here. Players will be added to the Watch List during the 2016 regular season based on performance.

2016 Watch List Selections
Ishmael Adams, UCLA
Victor Bolden Jr., Oregon State
Antonio Callaway, Florida
Seth Collins, Oregon State
Jared Cornelius, Arkansas
Tim Crawley, San Jose State
DeVon Edwards, Duke
Brisly Estime, Syracuse
Johnathan Ford, Auburn
Janarion Grant, Rutgers
Nyheim Hines, NC State
Brandon Holloway, Mississippi State
Adoree' Jackson, USC
D'Ernest Johnson, South Florida
Quay Johnson, East Carolina
Xavier Johnson, South Alabama
Corey Jones, Toledo
Desmond King, Iowa
Christian Kirk, Texas A&M
Donovan Lee, Colorado
William Likely, Maryland
Jalen McCleskey, Oklahoma State
Christian McCaffrey, Stanford
Elijah McGuire, Louisiana Lafayette
Isaiah McKenzie, Georgia
Charles Nelson, Oregon
Zach Pascal, Old Dominion
Rashaad Penny, San Diego State
Jabrill Peppers, Michigan
Darius Phillips, Western Michigan
Trevor Ryen, Iowa State
Artavis Scott, Clemson
R.J. Shelton, Michigan State
Cameron Sutton, Tennessee
Ryan Switzer, North Carolina
Jahad Thomas, Temple
Aregeros Turner, Northern Illinois
KaVontae Turpin, TCU
Tim White, Arizona State
Jordan Whitehead, Pittsburgh
Brandon Wilson, Houston
Dontre Wilson, Ohio State
Olamide Zaccheaus, Virginia

A panel of college football experts selects players for the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll based on performance each week during the season. A national selection committee comprised of 16 sports journalists and former NFL stars votes for the Hornung Award finalists and the winner, with fan voting powered by Texas Roadhouse comprising the 17th vote. Regional accounting firm Dean Dorton independently tabulates all votes. The winner is honored at a banquet presented by KentuckyOne Health in late February in downtown Louisville.

The Louisville Sports Commission successfully launched the Paul Hornung Award in 2010 to honor its namesake and native son, and to promote outstanding performances by versatile college football players who often go unnoticed. Owen Marecic of Stanford, a two-way starter and All Pac-10 performer at fullback and linebacker, won the inaugural Paul Hornung Award in 2010; Brandon Boykin of Georgia won the award in 2011 after excelling on defense, offense and special teams; Tavon Austin of West Virginia won the award in 2012 as one of two players in the nation with more than 500 yards in three different categories (rushing, receiving and kick returns); Odell Beckham Jr. of LSU won the award in 2013 after finishing the season ranked second in the nation and first in the SEC with 2,222 all-purpose yards and 185.2 average yards per game; Shaq Thompson of Washington won the award in 2014 as a two-way player, earning first team All-America honors at linebacker and finishing as the Husky's second-leading rusher at tailback; and Christian McCaffrey of Stanford won in 2015 after amassing 3,496 all-purpose yards with 1,847 rushing, 540 receiving and 1,109 return, breaking Barry Sanders record of 3,250 set in 1988.

North Dakota St. Beats #13 Iowa - Ranked #1 in FCS Polls

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Football Championship Subdivision - Top 25 Rankings

Photo - QB Carson Wentz - former ND St
#1 pick Philadelphia Eagles

Team of Week - North Dakota St

North Dakota State’s 23-21 scored another huge win over a division one opponent when they beat #13 Iowa on Saturday in Iowa City. Bison fans are familiar with beating D1 programs. North Dakota State, a Football Championship Subdivision (used to be Division I-AA) power, has won six consecutive games against top-level opponents since 2010.

And the Bisons received a check for $500,000 for beating the ranked Hawkeyes on their home field.
North Dakota State has won five consecutive FCS titles and is top ranked again this season. They hope to match the FCS record for six consecutive titles held by Georgia Southern. They keep reloading every season despite losing top talent like QB Carson Wentz who lead the Bison for their most recent two titles. Wentz is currently a rookie starting QB for the 2-0 Philadelphia Eagles.

The Bison’s last five wins over Football Bowl Subdivision teams weren’t exactly powerhouses. Those opponents finished with combined records of 20-41. North Dakota State’s first two wins this season came in overtime, vs Charleston Southern and Eastern Washington. They continued their dramatics against Iowa. The Bison won on a 37-yard field goal by Cam Pedersen as time expired. North Dakota State beat Iowa at its own smash-mouth game, rushing for 239 yards and holding the Hawkeyes to just 34 yards in 25 carries.

In the meantime, QB Easton Stick, who guided the Bison to eight wins last season when Wentz was injured, ran his college career record to 11-0 by completing 11 of 19 passes for 124 yards and 1 TD and running for 35 yards.

FCS Coaches Poll - Sept. 19, 2016
Team (First-Place Votes), Points, Record

1. North Dakota State (26), 650 - 3-0
2. Sam Houston State, 605 - 2-0
3. Chattanooga, 583 - 3-0
4. Jacksonville State, 558 - 2-1
5. Eastern Washington, 556 - 2-1
6. Montana, 509 - 2-0
7. James Madison, 429 - 2-1
8. William & Mary, 426 - 2-1
9. Richmond, 419 - 2-1
10. The Citadel, 372 - 3-0
11. Charleston Southern, 368 - 1-2
12. Illinois State, 363 - 2-1
13. Western Illinois, 326 - 2-0
14. Northern Iowa, 310 - 1-2
15. Villanova, 250 - 2-1
16. Eastern Illinois 206 - 2-1
17. Youngstown State, 187 - 2-1
18. South Dakota State, 184 - 1-2
19. Harvard, 127 - 1-0
20. McNeese State, 123 - 1-2
21. Colgate, 119 - 1-1
22. North Carolina A&T, 118 - 2-1
23. Albany, 110 - 3-0
24. Stony Brook, 109 - 2-1
25. Portland State, 93 - 1-2
25. Northern Arizona, 93 - 1-2

Others receiving votes: Southern Utah 62, Cal Poly 37, North Dakota 25, Samford 24, Liberty 22, Stephen F. Austin 14, Grambling State 12, Jackson State 11, Fordham 10, Wofford 9, Southeast Missouri State 8, Eastern Kentucky 6, Dartmouth 4, Monmouth 3, Tennessee Tech 3, Towson 2, Montana State 2, New Hampshire 1, Delaware 1, Southeastern Louisiana 1

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites

Draft Insiders' /AP/Coaches - Top 25 Rankings

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Draft Insiders' - Top 25 Rankings
Week 4 Sept, 19

Alabama comes back to defeat Ole Miss and holds #1 ranking. Ohio St. blasts Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma solidifies #2 spot while Louisville destroys highly regarded Florida St. to move into #3 overall spot. Clemson and Michigan impress to round out the top five in all major polls.

Team of Week - Louisville

Offensive Player of Week - QB Lamar Jackson - Louisville
Defensive Player of Week - DB Jabrill Peppers - Michigan

Photo - DB Jabrill Peppers - Michigan

Draft Insiders' - Top 25 Rankings
Rank/ Team/ Rec
1 Alabama - 3-0
2 Ohio St - 3-0
3 Louisville - 3-0
4 Clemson - 3-0
5 Michigan - 3-0
6 Houston - 3-0
7 Stanford - 2-0
8 Washington - 3-0
9 Georgia - 3-0
10 Wisconsin - 3-0
11 Texas - 3-0
12 Michigan St - 2-0
13 Florida St - 2-1
14 Nebraska - 3-0
15 Texas A&M - 3-0
16 Florida - 3-0
17 Iowa - 2-1
18 Tennessee - 3-0
19 Miami - 3-0
20 LSU - 2-1
21 Arkansas - 3-0
22 Baylor - 3-0
23 San Diego State - 3-0
24 Ole Miss - 1-2
25 Utah - 3-0

AP Top 25
Rank/ Team/ Rec/ Pts

1 Alabama (50) - 3-0 - 1510
2 Ohio State (4) - 3-0 - 1442
3 Louisville (6) - 3-0 - 1406
4 Michigan (1) - 3-0 - 1277
5 Clemson - 3-0 - 1258
6 Houston - 3-0 - 1245
7 Stanford - 2-0 - 1195
8 Michigan State - 2-0 - 1084
9 Washington - 3-0 - 1040
10 Texas A&M - 3-0 - 890
11 Wisconsin - 3-0 - 828
12 Georgia - 3-0 - 726
13 Florida State - 2-1 - 722
14 Tennessee - 3-0 - 707
15 Miami - 3-0 - 565
16 Baylor - 3-0 - 529
17 Arkansas - 3-0 - 528
18 LSU - 2-1 - 517
19 Florida - 3-0 - 479
20 Nebraska - 3-0 - 420
21 Texas - 2-1 - 196
22 San Diego State - 3-0 - 183
23 Ole Miss - 1-2 - 172
24 Utah - 3-0 - 154
25 Oklahoma - 1-2 - 139

Dropped from rankings: Iowa 13, Notre Dame 18, Oregon 22

Others receiving votes: TCU 132, North Dakota State 74, UCLA 74, Boise State 69, Iowa 47, California 44, Oklahoma State 42, Notre Dame 32, Oregon 23, Georgia Tech 17, North Carolina 17, Central Michigan 16, South Florida 7, Toledo 6, Western Michigan 6, Arizona State 3, Maryland 3, Virginia Tech 1

Coaches Poll
Rank / Team /Rec /Pts

1 Alabama - (59) 3-0 - 1571
2 Ohio State - (3) 3-0 - 1482
3 Clemson - (1) 3-0 - 1405
4 Louisville - 3-0 - 1331
5 Michigan - 3-0 - 1302
6 Stanford - 2-0 - 1273
7 Houston - 3-0 - 1235
8 Michigan State - 2-0 - 1156
9 Washington - 3-0 - 1065
10 Wisconsin - 3-0 - 872
11 Georgia - 3-0 - 847
12 Tennessee - 3-0 - 805
13 Texas A&M - 3-0 - 791
14 Florida State - 2-1 - 742
15 Baylor - 3-0 - 658
16 Florida - 3-0 - 598
17 LSU - 2-1 - 522
18 Arkansas - 3-0 - 500
19 Miami 3-0 - 441
20 Nebraska - 3-0 - 373
21 Ole Miss - 1-2 - 166
TCU - 2-1 - 166
23 Utah - 3-0 - 155
24 Texas - 2-1 - 143
25 Iowa - 2-1 - 140

Dropped from rankings: Oklahoma 14, Notre Dame 18, Oregon 21

Others receiving votes: Oklahoma 106, North Carolina 95, San Diego State 87, UCLA 81, Boise State 62, Oregon 50, Oklahoma State 46, Arizona State 34, South Florida 32, Georgia Tech 28, Notre Dame 23, West Virginia 19, Western Michigan 16, Minnesota 11, Navy 10, Toledo 6, Central Michigan 6, California 6, Maryland 4, Memphis 4, Kansas State 4, Army 2, Auburn 2, Western Kentucky 2

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites

Senior Bowl 2017 Watch List - Offensive Players

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Senior Bowl 2017 Watch List
Offensive Players

Photo - QB Chad Kelly - Ole Miss

Quarterbacks
Name/Position/Conference

C.J. Beathard - Iowa
QB 6-2 215 Big Ten
Josh Dobbs - Tennessee
QB 6-3 210 SEC
Brady Gustafson - Montana
QB 6-7 230 FCS
Taysom Hill - Brigham Young
QB 6-2 230 IND
Chad Kelly - Ole Miss
QB 6-2 224 SEC
Trevor Knight - Texas A&M
QB 6-1 215 SEC
Mitch Leidner - Minnesota
QB 6-4 230 Big Ten
Wes Lunt - Illinois
QB 6-5 225 Big Ten
Nick Mullens - Southern Mississippi
QB 6-1 196 C-USA
Peter Pujals - Holy Cross
QB 6-2 213 FCS
Cooper Rush - Central Michigan
QB 6-3 230 MAC
Seth Russell - Baylor
QB 6-3 220 Big 12
Patrick Towles - Boston College
QB 6-5 253 ACC
Greg Ward, Jr. - Houston
QB 5-11 185 AAC
Davis Webb -California
QB 6-5 230 Pac-12
QB Jordan West - Eastern Washington
QB 6-4 220 FCS

Running Backs
Name/Position /Conference

Joel Bouagnon - Northern Illinois
RB 6-2 228 MAC
Matt Breida - Georgia Southern
RB 5-11 190 Sun Belt
Wes Brown - Maryland
RB 6-0 217 Big Ten
Corey Clement - Wisconsin
RB 5-11 227 Big Ten
Tarik Cohen - North Carolina A&T
RB 5-6 179 FCS
Marcus Cox - Appalachian State
RB 5-10 205 Sun Belt
LeShun Daniels - Iowa
RB 6-0 225 Big Ten
Justin Davis - USC
RB 6-1 200 Pac-12
Matt Dayes - North Carolina State
RB 5-9 203 ACC
Tarean Folston - Notre Dame
RB 5-9 214 IND
De'Angelo Henderson - Coastal Carolina
RB 5-8 208 Sun Belt
Kareem Hunt - Toledo
RB 6-0 225 MAC
De'Shawn Jones - Campbell
RB 6-0 215 FCS
Jojo Kemp - Kentucky
RB 5-10 200 SEC
Shock Linwood - Baylor
RB 5-9 200 Big 12
T.J. Logan - North Carolina
RB 5-10 190 ACC
Devante Mays - Utah State
RB 5-11 230 MW
Elijah McGuire - Louisiana Lafayette
RB 5-11 209 Sun Belt
Taquan Mizzell - Virginia
RB 5-10 195 ACC
Terrell Newby - Nebraska
RB 5-10 200 Big Ten
Dare Ogunbowale - Wisconsin
RB 5-11 203 Big Ten
Kalif Phillips - Charlotte
RB 5-10 221 C-USA
Donnel Pumphrey - San Diego State
RB 5-9 180 MW
Alex Ross - Missouri
RB 6-1 220 SEC
Barry Sanders - Oklahoma State
RB 5-10 198 Big 12
Rushel Shell - West Virginia
RB 5-10 225 Big 12
De'Veon Smith - Michigan
RB 5-11 228 Big Ten
Tyvis Smith - Northern Iowa
RB 6-1 226 FCS
Jahad Thomas - Temple
RB 5-10 188 AAC
Kody Walker - Arkansas
RB 6-2 240 SEC
Conley Wilkins - Drake
RB 5-10 201 FCS
Jamaal Williams - Brigham Young
RB 6-2 220 IND
Joe Williams - Utah
RB 5-11 205 Pac-12

Tight Ends
Name/Position/Conference

Pharaoh Brown - Oregon
TE 6-6 250 Pac-12
Jake Butt - Michigan
TE 6-6 250 Big Ten
Darrell Daniels - Washington
TE 6-4 237 Pac-12
Evan Engram - Ole Miss
TE 6-3 227 SEC
Gerald Everett - South Alabama
TE 6-4 240 Sun Belt
Cole Hikutini - Louisville
TE 6-5 248 ACC
O.J. Howard - Alabama
TE 6-6 251 SEC
Blake Jarwin - Oklahoma State
TE 6-5 248 Big 12
George Kittle - Iowa
TE 6-4 250 Big Ten
Jordan Leggett - Clemson
TE 6-5 260 ACC
Taylor McNamara - USC
TE 6-5 245 Pac-12
Phazahn Odom - Fordham
TE 6-8 245 FCS
Josiah Price - Michigan State
TE 6-4 248 Big Ten
Michael Roberts - Toledo
TE 6-5 270 MAC
Eric Saubert - Drake
TE 6-5 251 FCS
Mason Schreck - Buffalo
TE 6-4 258 MAC
Jonnu Smith - Florida International
TE 6-3 232 C-USA
Jeremy Sprinkle - Arkansas
TE 6-6 256 SEC
Keith Towbridge - Louisville
TE 6-5 265 ACC

For Wideouts & Offensive Line Senior Bowl Watch List – go to next page

Draft Insiders' /AP - Top 25 Rankings

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Draft Insiders' - Top 25 Rankings

Photo - RB James Conner - Pittsburgh

Draft Insiders' - Top 25 Rankings
Week 3 Sept, 14

Team of Week - Pittsburgh
Player of Week - RB James Conner - Pittsburgh

RK/ Team/ Rec
1 Alabama) - 2-0
2 Ohio St - 2-0
3 Florida St - 2-0
4 Clemson - 2-0
5 Michigan - 2-0
6 Houston - 2-0
7 Stanford - 1-0
8 Washington - 2-0
9 Georgia - 2-0
10 Wisconsin - 2-0
11 Texas - 2-0
12 Michigan St - 1-0
13 Louisville - 2-0
14 Oklahoma - 1-1
15 Notre Dame - 1-1
16 Texas A&M - 2-0
17 Florida - 2-0
18 Iowa - 2-0
19 Tennessee - 2-0
20 Ole Miss - 1-1
21 LSU - 1-1
22 Arkansas - 2-0
23 Baylor - 2-0
24 Oregon - 2-0
25 Miami - 2-0

AP Top 25
Rank/ Team/ Rec/ Pts

1 Alabama (56) 2-0 - 1520
2 Florida State (4) 2-0 - 1437
3 Ohio State 2-0 - 1359
4 Michigan (1) 2-0 - 1298
5 Clemson 2-0 - 1284
6 Houston 2-0 - 1264
7 Stanford 1-0 - 1137
8 Washington 2-0 - 983
9 Wisconsin 2-0 - 893
10 Louisville 2-0 - 890
11 Texas 2-0 - 872
12 Michigan State 1-0 - 747
13 Iowa 2-0 - 694
14 Oklahoma 1-1 - 686
15 Tennessee 2-0 - 665
16 Georgia 2-0 - 584
17 Texas A&M 2-0 - 564
18 Notre Dame 1-1 - 526
19 Ole Miss 1-1 - 473
20 LSU 1-1 - 391
21 Baylor 2-0 - 305
22 Oregon 2-0 - 292
23 Florida 2-0 - 205
24 Arkansas 2-0 - 198
25 Miami 2-0 - 197

Dropped from rankings: TCU 15, Oklahoma State 22

Others receiving votes: Utah 62, TCU 62, San Diego State 51, UCLA 47, Boise State 42, Pittsburgh 39, Oklahoma State 22, Nebraska 11, North Carolina 10, Auburn 7, Central Michigan 4, Colorado 2, Arizona State 1, Cincinnati 1

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites

Six MVFC Teams Ranked in FCS Top 25 Poll Again This Week

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Six MVFC Teams Ranked in FCS Top 25 Poll Again This Week
SDSU's Jake Wieneke leads the nation in scoring. The Jackrabbits host Cal Poly this Saturday.

Photo - WR Cooper Kupp - Eastern Washington

Six league teams, led by top-10 spots by North Dakota State (1), Illinois State (5), UNI (9) and South Dakota State (9) are ranked in the three polls this week. Western Illinois (15) and Youngstown State (20) are also in the Top 25, while South Dakota and Southern Illinois received votes.

Four league teams (Illinois State, Missouri State, North Dakota State, Western Illinois) have started the season with 2-0 records. Only one team (South Dakota State, 3-0) started last year with an unblemished record after two contests. The last time the MVFC had four or more teams at 2-0 was in 2013, when five teams started the year with at least two-straight wins.

NDSU has been ranked in 82-straight top-25 regular-season polls, the league’s best active streak. The Bison hold the top spot in the FCS Coaches poll, the STATS FCS poll and the HERO Sports rankings.

FCS Poll 2016 - Week 2
Rankings as of 9/12/2016

Rank / School / Votes / Prev
1 North Dakota State (2-0) 4205 (151) - 1
2 Richmond (2-0) 4046 (18) - 2
3 Sam Houston State (1-0) 3757 - 4
4 Jacksonville State (1-1) 3350 - 5
5 Illinois State (2-0) 3293 - 10
6 Chattanooga (2-0) 3291 - 6
7 Montana (2-0) 3103 - 14
8 Eastern Washington (1-1) 2851 - 8
9 South Dakota State (1-1) 2789 - 9
10 UNI (1-1) 2741 - 3
11 James Madison (2-0) 2560 - 12
12 Charleston Southern (1-2) 2381 - 7
13 William & Mary (1-1) 2116 - 13
14 McNeese (1-1) 1869 - 11
15 Citadel (2-0) 1860 - 15
16 Western Illinois (2-0) 1765 - 18
17 Coastal Carolina (2-0) 1514 - 17
18 North Carolina A&T (2-0) 1238 - 23
19 Portland State (1-1) 1044 - 16
20 Youngstown State (1-1) 771 - 20
21 Villanova (1-1) 757 - 22
22 New Hampshire (1-1) 618 - 24
23 Colgate (0-1) 606 - 21
24 Northern Arizona (0-2) 443 - 19
25 Albany (2-0) 385 - NR

Others: Towson (212) , Harvard (153) , Eastern Illinois (144) ,Samford (128) , Fordham (112) , Grambling State (112) ,Eastern Kentucky (101) , Southern Utah (92) , North Dakota (92) , Alcorn State (71) , Stony Brook (59) , Western Carolina (47) ,Nicholls (38) , Delaware (31) , Montana State (22) , Cal Poly (20) , Penn (20) , Tennessee State (17) , Furman (16) , Central Arkansas (16) , South Dakota (13) , Dayton (12) , Dartmouth (8) , Liberty (6) , Bethune-Cookman (5) , Florida A&M (5) , UT Martin(5) , Monmouth (5) , Wofford (5) , Weber State (2) , Southern Illinois (2) , Northern Colorado (1)

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites

NFL 2016 Predictions - Cardinals-Chiefs - Super Bowl LI Matchup

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NFL 2016 Predictions - Cardinals-Chiefs - Super Bowl LI Matchup

DraftInsiders.com - NFL 2016 Predictions
Cardinals Picked as NFL Champion in Super Bowl LI

Photo - QB Brock Osweiler - Texans

Offensive Player of the Year
– QB Aaron Rodgers - Packers
Defensive Player of the Year
– Ndamukong Shu - Dolphins

Rookies of the Year
Offense - RB Ezekiel Elliott - Cowboys
Defense - LB Leonard Floyd - Bears

NFC
EAST
New York Giants - 11-5 –

Giants can play with anyone on the league, but must stay healthy and play more consistently. They have a potent attack that adds rookie Sterling Shepherd, in addition to a revamped defense that has a talented front four that can be a difference in big games.
Washington Redskins - 9-7 –
Skins return veteran QB Kirk Cousins who lead them to a divisional title in a weak division. They play a tougher schedule and their offense lacks many playmakers. Their defense needs to improve their pass rush with little talent other than Ryan Kerrigan. Their secondary improved with the addition of CB Josh Norman. Skins might struggle to make the playoffs in a wide open division.
Philadelphia Eagles - 8-8 –
Eagles made major changes with adding rookie top pick Carson Wentz who will start early after the trade of veteran QB Sam Bradford. They have questions along the line and at wideout that could create inconsistencies on offense. The defense is a playoff level, though marginal depth.
Dallas Cowboys - 6-10 –
QB Tony Romo is out until midseason and rookie QB Dak Prescott starts in the interim. Rookie back Ezekiel Elliot can provide major impact behind a talented line. Wideout Dez Bryant must return to Pro Bowl form to balance this attack. Their defense is average at best and they must prove they can contain playoff caliber offenses.

NORTH
Green Bay Packers -11-5 -

Aaron Rodgers is still the premier QB in the game and will benefit with the return of veteran wideout Jordy Nelson. They look to a revitalized Eddie Lacy to return this ground game to former levels. Their defense must prove it can win in big situations after recent collapses.
Minnesota Vikings - 8-8 -
Vikes moved quickly to replace injury starter Teddy Bridgewater with the trade for veteran Sam Bradford. They believe they are close to challenging for a title behind premier tailback Adrian Peterson and an improving defense. Defense has improved steadily over recent seasons.
Detroit Lions - 6- 10 –
Lions will miss Pro Bowl receiver Calvin Johnson and leaves a hole for the potent attack directed by vet QB Matt Stafford. Their young improving defense is still not at playoff levels.
Chicago Bears - 6-10 -
Bears look to erratic veteran QB Jay Cutler to direct this average offense. The young defense was one of the worst in this league last season and look to new additions, top pick LB Leonard Floyd and DE Jon Bullard to step in and provide impact.

SOUTH
Carolina Panthers - 10-6 –

Panthers will ride QB Cam Newton to repeat as the divisional leader. He looks for the return of talented wideout Kelvin Benjamin who missed the clubs’ Super bowl run. Their talented front seven will hope to cover a young and suspect secondary that may struggle this fall. They face a very tough schedule and could go through some difficult periods to return to postseason.
New Orleans Saints - 10-6 –
The Saints resigned veteran QB Drew Brees who is the backbone of this franchise. The offense ranks with the best in the game. Their battered defense needs to step up and looks to young defenders, top pick DL Sheldon Rankins and veterans, LB Stephone Anthony and James Laurinaitis to provide stability.
Atlanta Falcons - 8-8 –
Falcons hope to continue their late season improvement in a division that is wide open. QB Matt Ryan looks to new vet wideout Mohamed Sanu to compliment playmaker Julio Jones. Their defense must improve especially the pass rush with young LB Vic Beasley vital for impact off the edge. They face a very tough schedule that might limit must progress.
Tampa Bay Bucs - 6-10 –
The Bucs began the Jameis Winston era with a 4000 yard passing effort, in addition to a strong ground game. Talented young offense should continue to improve. The defense needs to develop a strong rush to protect a secondary with a few key changes.

WEST
Arizona Cardinals – 11-5 –
Cards look to build off last years’ playoff run behind vet QB Carson Palmer and a strong group of playmakers. They look to a young emerging defense to improve further especially in big game situations.
Seattle Seahawks - 9-7 –
Seahawks may be hard pressed to win this divisional title after the retirement of runner Marshawn Lynch, the linchpin of their attack. QB Russell Wilson directs a strong run oriented offense that faces key changes. Their defense remains among the elite in the game.
Los Angeles Rams - 8-8 –
Rams look to build off an improved offense directed by rookie top pick QB Jared Goff who probably takes over early in the season. Runner Todd Gurley is the backbone of this attack and remains their indispensable performer. Their defense looks to a young front line that features two #1 picks, in Arik Armstead and DeForrest Buckner. Their young secondary may be vulnerable this season f them dangerous to make the playoffs.
San Francisco 49ers - 5-11 –
The 49ers sustained numerous key changes with young QB Blaine Gabbert taking over the starting job. Their defense looks to a young front line that features two #1 picks, in Arik Armstead and DeForrest Buckner. Their young secondary may be vulnerable this season with the 49ers most likely struggling to attain the .500 mark.

Divisional Champs
Giants, Packers, Panthers and Cardinals

Wild Card Clubs
Vikings & Saints

NFC Championship
Cardinal beat Packers in wild NFC title game.

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