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Mississippi St. Bulldogs' Claim #1 Ranking Off Win Over Auburn

Mississippi St. Claims #1 Ranking Off Win Over Auburn Saturday
Florida St Ranks #2 With Notre Dame at Home This Saturday

Team of the Week – Mississippi St.

Players of the Week
Offense – QB Bryce Petty - Baylor

Defense - LB Zach Vigil - Utah St.

Photo – QB Bryce Petty - Baylor

Matchup for Week 7 – Notre Dame at Florida St.

Draft Insiders’ – Top 25 Teams - Oct 13
1. Mississippi State - 6-0
2. Florida State - 6-0
3. Ole Miss - 6-0
4. Baylor - 6-0
5. Notre Dame - 6-0
6. Oregon - 5-1
7. Alabama - 5-1
8. Michigan State - 5-1
9. Auburn - 5-1
10. TCU - 4-1
11. Oklahoma - 5-1
12. Georgia - 5-1
13. Ohio State - 4-1
14. Oklahoma St. - 5-1
15 Arizona - 5-1
16. Arizona State - 4-1
17. Nebraska - 5-1
18. Kansas State - 4-1
19. Texas A&M - 5-2
20. East Carolina - 5-1
21. Utah - 4-1
22. USC - 4-2
23. Clemson - 4-2
24. Stanford - 4-2
25. Marshall - 6-0

AP Poll - Top 25
Rank / Team / 1st Place Votes / Record / Points

1. Mississippi State (45), 6-0, 1480
2. Florida State (12), 6-0, 1415
3. Ole Miss (3), 6-0, 1413
4. Baylor, 6-0, 1317
5. Notre Dame, 6-0, 1228
6. Auburn, 5-1, 1144
7. Alabama, 5-1, 1068
8. Michigan State, 5-1, 1015
9. Oregon, 5-1, 1014
10. Georgia, 5-1, 981
11. Oklahoma, 5-1, 935
12. TCU, 4-1, 917
13. Ohio State, 4-1, 648
14. Kansas State, 4-1, 626
15. Oklahoma State, 5-1, 620
16. Arizona, 5-1, 590
17. Arizona State, 4-1, 459
18. East Carolina, 5-1, 449
19. Nebraska, 5-1, 402
20. Utah, 4-1, 305
21. Texas A&M, 5-2, 264
22. USC, 4-2, 258
23. Stanford, 4-2, 223
24. Clemson, 4-2, 188
25. Marshall, 6-0, 148

Coaches’ Poll
Rank School (record) Points

1. Mississippi State (26), 6-0, 1490
2. Florida State (31), 6-0, 1489
3. Ole Miss (5), 6-0, 1436
4. Baylor, 6-0, 1392
5. Notre Dame, 6-0, 1292
6. Michigan State, 5-1, 1129
7. Alabama, 5-1, 1121
8. Auburn, 5-1, 1111
9. Oregon, 5-1, 1017
10. Georgia, 5-1, 1013
11. Oklahoma, 5-1, 1005
12. TCU, 4-1, 824
13. Ohio State, 4-1, 737
14. Kansas State, 4-1, 710
15. Oklahoma State, 5-1, 610
16. East Carolina, 5-1, 518
17. Arizona, 5-1, 502
18. Arizona State, 4-1, 471
19. Nebraska, 5-1, 433
20. Stanford, 4-2, 344
21. Texas A&M, 5-2, 269
22. Clemson, 4-2, 244
23. Utah, 4-1, 161
24. Marshall, 6-0, 153
25. USC, 4-2, 125

Frank Coyle 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.

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Seahawks & Broncos Top NFL Rankings

NFL Power Rankings Week 6 –
Bengals and Cardinals are Final Teams to Fall from Unbeaten Ranks

Rookies of the Week –
Offensive Player – WR Odell Beckham - Giants

Defensive Player – CB E.J. Gaines - Rams

Photo - QB Peyton Manning - Broncos

Players of the Week
Offensive Player - QB Peyton Manning - Broncos

Defensive Player – DE Jason Pierre-Paul – Giants

Team of Week 5 - Giants
Matchup of Week 6 – Giants at Eagles –

Rank / Team / Record

1. Seattle Seahawks (3-1)
The Seahawks are running on all cylinders entering midseason.

2. Denver Broncos (3-1)
Broncos’ Manning is lighting up scoreboard weekly again.

3. San Diego Chargers (4-1)
Chargers could make a case as the best team in league through the early action.

4. Philadelphia Eagles (4-1)
Eagles continue their late magic, but host the GMen this week.

5. Indianapolis Colts (3-2)
Colts won a huge AFC test vs the Ravens on Sunday.

6. Cincinnati Bengals (3-1)
The Bengals were hammered by the Patriots on Thursday nite.

7. Baltimore Ravens (3-2)
The Ravens look to recover on their trip to Tampa this week.

8. Arizona Cardinals (3-1)
Cards hope to get back on positive side with home game vs Washington.

9. San Francisco 49ers (3-2)
The 49ers travel to St. Louis for important Monday night matchup.

10. New York Giants (3-2)
The GMen are on three game winning streak with Eagles and Cowboys on the agenda.

11. Green Bay Packers (3-2)
Packers’ crushed the Vikings and are hitting stride for stretch run.

12. Dallas Cowboys (4-1)
Cowboys squeaked out win over Houston. Travel to Seattle this week.

13. Detroit Lions (3-2)
Lions lost a key game in Buffalo and face the Vikings this week in vital NFC North matchup.

14. New England Patriots (3-2)
Patriots drilled the Bengals to recover swagger. Travel to Buffalo in major AFC East game.

15. Houston Texans (3-2)
Texans struggle scoring and get the Colts at home in key AFC South rivalry game.

16. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2)
Steelers’ just got by the Jaguars on Sunday. Travel to Cleveland for key AFC North contest.

17. Chicago Bears (2-3)
The Bears came up short vs Panthers. Face key game in Atlanta Sunday.

18. Atlanta Falcons (2-3)
Falcons caved in vs the Giants and face the equally desperate Bears at home this week.

19. Miami Dolphins (2-2)
The Dolphins are well rested for the Packers coming to town.

20. Carolina Panthers (3-2)
The Panthers beat the Bears last week. Travel to Cincy for key matchup.

21. Buffalo Bills (3-2)
The Bills shocked the Lions on Sunday. Face the Pats in huge AFC East matchup this week.

22. New Orleans Saints (2-3)
Saints beat the Bucs in overtime. Get their bye week to regroup for a playoff run.

23. Kansas City Chiefs (2-3)
The Chiefs failed to finish with 49ers. Get bye week to prepare for critical stretch drive.

24. Minnesota Vikings (2-3)
Vikings got smoked by Packers on Thursday night and get the Lions at home this week.

25. Cleveland Browns (2-2)
The Browns won another thriller and get the Steelers at home this week.

26. St. Louis Rams (1-3)
The Rams play teams tough, but usually make the key mistake late to lose.

27. New York Jets (1-4)
The Jets are a train wreck in motion. QB Geno Smith misses pregame meeting on West coast trip. What a joke.

28. Washington Redskins (1-4)
The Skins were competitive vs Seahawks on Monday nite, but lack playmakers.

29. Tennessee Titans (1-4)
The Titans find a way to lose games. They get the bottom feeding Jaguars this week.

30. Tampa Bay Bucs (1-4)
Bucs let the Saints off the hook last week.

31. Oakland Raiders (0-4)
The Raiders can’t lose if they don’t play. Back in action with Chargers coming to town.

32. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-5)
Even the Jaguars’ mascot is a loser.

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College Football Monday - Top Ten Shakeup

College Football Monday - Week 6

Team of the Week: Ole Miss

Players Of Week
Offense: QB Bo Wallace – Ole Miss
Defense: DE Bud Dupree - Kentucky

Photo: QB Dak Prescott – Mississippi St.

Upcoming Game of the Week: #2 Auburn (5-0) at #3 Mississippi St. (5-0)

Upset Saturday Shakes Up Top Ten and Playoff Hopes

In the wildest early regular season weekend in decades, the top ten had a major shakeup with four clubs losing critical matchups. Ole Miss beat #3 Alabama in the biggest game in Oxford, Mississippi in years. Cross state rival Mississippi St was not outdone with an impressive whipping of Texas A&M who entered the game undefeated at 5-0. The Bulldogs jumped on A&M with a strong 48-31 victory. Both Ole Miss and Mississippi St are part of the SEC West division that is comparable to the NFC West. Incredibly, LSU at 4-2 and Arkansas at 3-2 bring up the rear in this powerful division.

The SEC West features another two major clashes this week with Auburn at Mississippi in the only game this weekend of undefeated teams, in addition to the Ole Miss at Texas A&M matchup in College Station. These two games will have a strong bearing on the SEC West leadership entering the critical second half of the season. The top ten could undergo another major reshuffling with six matchups that feature potential playoff finalists for January 2015.

The Auburn at Mississippi St. clash is the only game this weekend of undefeated teams with Ole Miss at Texas A&M, Oregon at UCLA, TCU at Baylor, Alabama at Arkansas and Georgia at Missouri, other great top twenty five matchups.

Heisman Trophy Race
RB Todd Gurley - Georgia

Powerful junior back continues to pound the rock with big numbers weekly vs tough SEC defenses. He faces Missouri this Saturday

QB Dak Prescott – Mississippi St.
Junior passer accounted for 5 TDs (3 rushing) in huge win over Texas A&M. He is in the spotlight this week with #2 Auburn coming to town.

QB Marcus Mariota – Oregon
Mobile passer had another good game, but the Ducks came up short vs Arizona. He faces a major challenge with road game at UCLA on Saturday.

Upset of the Week – Texas A&M recovers from their loss to Mississippi St and beats Ole Miss with help from the 12th man.

Frank Coyle 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, CBS Sports, 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.

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Major Top 10 Shakeup after Upset Saturday

Major Top 10 Shakeup after Upset Saturday
Florida St and Auburn #1 and #2

Photo – QB Bryce Petty - Baylor

Team of the Week – Ole Miss

Player of the Week
Offense – QB Bo Wallace - Ole Miss

Draft Insiders’ – Top 25 Teams - Oct 6
1. Florida State – 5-0
2. Auburn – 5-0
3. Ole Miss – 5-0
4. Baylor – 5-0
5. Mississippi State – 5-0
6. Notre Dame – 5-0
7. Oregon – 4-1
8. Alabama – 4-1
9. Michigan State – 4-1
10. TCU - 4-0
11 Arizona – 5-0
12. Oklahoma – 4-1
13. UCLA – 4-1
14. Texas A&M – 5-1
15. Georgia – 4-1
16. Ohio State – 4-1
17. Oklahoma St. - 4-1
18. Nebraska – 5-1
19. Kansas State – 4-1
20. Arizona State – 4-1
21. Georgia Tech – 5-0
22. East Carolina – 4-1
23. Utah - 4-1
24. Missouri - 4-1
25. Stanford – 3-2

AP Poll - Top 25
Rank / Team / 1st Place Votes / Record / Points

1. Florida State (35), 5-0, 1461
2. Auburn (23), 5-0, 1459
3. Mississippi State (2), 5-0, 1320
3. Ole Miss, 5-0, 1320
5. Baylor, 5-0, 1258
6. Notre Dame, 5-0, 1186
7. Alabama, 4-1, 1060
8. Michigan State, 4-1, 981
9. TCU, 4-0, 979
10. Arizona, 5-0, 951
11. Oklahoma, 4-1, 904
12. Oregon, 4-1, 888
13. Georgia, 4-1, 854
14. Texas A&M, 5-1, 731
15. Ohio State, 4-1, 534
16. Oklahoma State, 4-1, 527
17. Kansas State, 4-1, 486
18. UCLA, 4-1, 460
19. East Carolina, 4-1, 344
20. Arizona State, 4-1, 325
21. Nebraska, 5-1, 283
22 Georgia Tech, 5-0, 235
23. Missouri, 4-1, 212
24. Utah, 4-1, 206
25. Stanford, 3-2, 143

Dropped from rankings: LSU 15, USC 16, Wisconsin 17, BYU 18
Others receiving votes: Clemson 92, Marshall 78, USC 61, Louisville 36, LSU 35, BYU 26, West Virginia 18, Arkansas 14, Wisconsin 7, California 6, Penn State 5, Rutgers 4, Kentucky 4, North Dakota State 3, Minnesota 2, South Carolina 1, Virginia 1

For Coaches Poll go to Next Page

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2014 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award List

The 2014 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.

The initial Top 27 Watch List for The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award in 2014 has been reduced to 15 of the country’s top college quarterbacks.

Remaining candidates for the prestigious annual award – named after the man many refer to as the greatest quarterback ever to play the game of football – are:

• Anthony Boone, Duke
• Shane Carden, East Carolina
• Rakeem Cato, Marshall
• Connor Cook, Michigan State
• Cody Fajardo, Nevada
• Connor Halliday, Washington State
• Kevin Hogan, Stanford
• Brett Hundley, UCLA
• Cody Kessler, USC
• Sean Mannion, Oregon State
• Marcus Mariota, Oregon
• Bryce Petty, Baylor
• Dak Prescott, Mississippi State
• Jake Rudock, Iowa
• Bo Wallace, Ole Miss

The Golden Arm Award is presented by the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation, Inc. and Transamerica. The award has been presented at the end of each season since 1987 to the nation’s top college quarterback, based on his accomplishments both on and off the field.

“The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award considers character, citizenship, integrity, leadership, and honor – characteristics that were displayed by my father and are highly valued by Transamerica– to be every bit as important as the quarterback’s completion rate or number of touchdowns scored,” says John C. Unitas, Jr., President of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation, Inc.

Frank Coyle 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.

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Chicago Hosts NFL Draft 2015 - April 30th-May 2nd

NFL Draft 2015 – Chicago Hosts NFL Draft Event

The 2015 NFL Draft will be held April 30-May 2 at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Thursday.

"We are excited to have fans from throughout the midwest experience the NFL Draft," Goodell said in a statement announcing the draft location. "We look forward to returning the event to the city of Chicago and working with the city, Choose Chicago, and the Chicago Sports Commission to create a week-long celebration of football for our fans. Mayor Emanuel and the city of Chicago presented us with numerous ways to enhance the Draft experience for our fans and incoming players."

Chicago beat out Los Angeles, which was the other finalist in the running to host the league's marquee event next year. Various sites across the country expressed interest in hosting the affair but couldn't beat out a strong bid from Chicago that was backed by Emanuel.

"Chicago is pleased to welcome the 2015 NFL Draft to America's heartland," Emanuel said in a statement. "Next year, NFL fans from across the country will travel here or tune in as the future of their team is decided in Chicago. We look forward to working with the Chicago Bears, the NFL, and our neighborhood partners to make this an event that highlights our world class city and reinvests in our communities."

The NFL Draft 2015 will be held April 30 through May 2. There had been some speculation that the draft was going to be expanded to four days but a three-day format will remain next year. Round 1 will be held on April 30 with Rounds 2-3 scheduled for May 1 and Rounds 4-7 set for May 2.

The new site will mark the first time the draft has been held outside of New York City since 1964, when it took place in Chicago. The draft was held at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan for the past nine years but scheduling issues forced the draft to be moved back this year and the site was already booked in 2015 during the dates the NFL was considering for the event.

The draft itself will be held at Roosevelt University's Auditorium Theatre right in the heart of downtown Chicago. A nearby area big enough to hold a fan festival was a key part of NFL criteria for submitted bids, and this year's event will expand outside to picturesque Grant Park and Congress Plaza. There will be an outdoor fan festival for all three days of the draft.

Frank Coyle is a long time NFL scout and 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.

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NFL Power Rankings Week 5 – Unbeaten Bengals and Cardinals Back in Action vs Playoff Contenders

NFL Power Rankings – Unbeaten Bengals and Cardinals Back in Action vs Playoff Contenders

Rookies of the Week –
Offensive Player - QB Teddy Bridgewater - Vikings

Defensive Player - LB C.J. Mosley - Ravens

Photo - QB Aaron Rodgers - Packers

Players of the Week
Offensive Player - QB Aaron Rodgers - Packers

Defensive Player – LB Justin Houston - Chiefs

Team of Week 4 - Packers
Matchup of Week 5 – Ravens at Colts –

Rank / Team / Record

1. Seattle Seahawks (2-1)
The Seahawks are well rested for their trip to the Capital this Monday nite.

2. Denver Broncos (2-1)
Broncos’ will host the tough Cardinals in great matchup.

3. Cincinnati Bengals (3-0)
The Bengals are ready for a month of playoff contenders on their schedule.

4. San Diego Chargers (3-1)
Chargers are gaining valuable momentum for late October clash with Broncos.

5. Arizona Cardinals (3-0)
Cards go to Denver with starting QB Carson Palmer watching backup QB Drew Stanton directing the attack.

6. Philadelphia Eagles (3-1)
Eagles failed to pull out their late magic vs the 49ers last week.

7. Detroit Lions (3-1)
Lions have the big play attack to strike from anywhere.

8. Baltimore Ravens (3-1)
The Ravens drilled the overrated Panther club with ex Carolina wideout Steve Smith providing the heroics.

9. Indianapolis Colts (2-2)
Colts get their first big test AFC this year with the Ravens coming to town on Sunday.

10. Chicago Bears (2-2)
The Bears were crushed by the Packers in old rivalry matchup.

11. San Francisco 49ers (2-2)
The 49ers won a critical contest vs the Eagles last week.

12. New York Giants (2-2)
The GMen will be well rested for the Falcons coming to town.

13. Green Bay Packers (2-2)
Packers’ were awesome vs the Bears on Sunday.

14. Dallas Cowboys (2-2)
Cowboys played their best game in a decade vs the Saints on Sunday nite.

15. Atlanta Falcons (2-2)
Falcons were shocked by the Vikings last week and face the surging GMen this week.

16. New England Patriots (2-2)
Patriots are slip sliding away from their glory days.

17. Houston Texans (3-1)
Texans are a paper tiger going into a very tough stretch.

18. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2)
Steelers’ allowed the Bucs steal game late in a crushing early loss.

19. Kansas City Chiefs (2-2)
The Chiefs drilled the Patriots in key AFC matchup, but face the 49ers this week.

20. Miami Dolphins (2-2)
The Dolphins get a bye this week with the meat of their schedule coming in October.

21. Carolina Panthers (2-2)
The Panthers were crushed by the Ravens and face a brutal seven week schedule.

22. New Orleans Saints (1-3)
Saints were drilled by the Cowboys and need a big home victory vs the Bucs to get on track.

23. Buffalo Bills (2-2)
The Bills were overmatched vs the Chargers last week.

24. Minnesota Vikings (2-2)
Vikings won a key contest vs the Falcons, but travel to Green Bay this Thursday nite.

25. Cleveland Browns (1-2)
The Browns come off their bye week with trip to Tennessee on schedule.

26. St. Louis Rams (1-2)
The Rams had two weeks to prepare for the Eagles road game.

27. New York Jets (1-3)
The struggling Jets face a buzzsaw schedule with Chargers, Broncos and Patriots to the agenda.

28. Washington Redskins (1-3)
The Skins were toasted by the GMen on Thursday night and face Seahawks this Monday nite.

29. Tennessee Titans (1-3)
The Titans get Browns at home with a soft part of schedule coming up in October.

30. Tampa Bay Bucs (1-3)
HC Lovie Smith gets his first win with the Bucs with thriller over the Steelers.

31. Oakland Raiders (0-4)
The Raiders fire HC Dennis Allen and are on their way to another double digit loss season.

32. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-4)
Jaguars were drilled by the Chargers on the West coast last week.

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