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NFL 2015 Predictions - Packers-Chargers - Super Bowl L Matchup

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DraftInsiders.com - NFL 2015 Predictions

Packers Picked as NFL Champion in Super Bowl L

Photo - QB Aaron Rodgers - Packers

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

Rookies of the Year
Offense - RB Melvin Gordon - Chargers
Defense - DL Leonard Williams - Jets

NFC

EAST
Philadelphia Eagles - 12-4 –

Eagles are among the best in the NFC after strong FA class. They are capable of winning the East and going deep into the playoffs behind veteran QB Sam Bradford.
New York Giants - 10-6 –
Giants can play with anyone on the league, but must stay healthy and play more consistently. They have a potent attack and a young defense that must prove itself in big situations and overcome a few key injuries.
Dallas Cowboys - 9-7 –
QB Tony Romo operates behind a premier line to utilize Pro Bowl receiver Dez Bryant. They have questions related their ground game that needs to balance this offense. Their defense is average at best and they must prove they can beat playoff caliber offenses.
Washington Redskins - 4-12 –
Skins start another new QB this season with RG3 demoted to a backup role. Their defense needs to improve after another subpar performance in 2014. Skins might again struggle to make .500 in a tough balanced division.

NORTH
Green Bay Packers -11-5 -

Aaron Rodgers is still the premier QB in the game, though he will operate this season without veteran wideout Jordy Nelson. They hope to recover from a devastating playoff loss where the defense failed in big situations.
Detroit Lions - 10- 6 –
Lions should earn a playoff spot behind a potent attack directed by veteran QB Matt Stafford. Their improving veteran defense will miss DT Shu.
Minnesota Vikings - 8-8 -
Vikes look to premier tailback Adrian Peterson to provide impact for young veteran QB Teddy Bridgewater to continue to improve further in this young attack. Defense has improved steadily over recent seasons.
Chicago Bears - 6-10 -
Bears look to erratic veteran QB Jay Cutler to attack this offense. The defense was one of the worst in this league last season and new additions may be only adequate.

SOUTH
New Orleans Saints - 11-5 –

The Saints organization improved their porous defense that gives them the edge in one of the more balanced divisions in football. QB Drew Brees is capable of leading this club to the Show again.
Atlanta Falcons - 10-6 –
Falcons are thinking division title after a disastrous past two seasons. They face a very tough schedule that might be the equalizer. Their defense can only improve after a weak 2014 performance.
Carolina Panthers - 7-9 –
Panthers look to ride QB Cam Newton to the top of the division, though their roster has made little overall improvement. They face a very tough schedule and will go through some painful growing pains in 2011.
Tampa Bay Bucs - 5-11 –
The Bucs begin the Jameis Winston era with him operating a talented young offense that needs time to develop. HC Lovie Smith added young vets for a weak defense that could make big strides this season.

WEST
Arizona Cardinals – 11-5 –

Cards look to ride the return of vet QB Carson Palmer to rise to the top of the toughest division in the NFL.
They look to new veterans to improve their defense that has lost key front seven starters in recent offseasons.
Seattle Seahawks - 10-6 –
Seahawks may be hard pressed to win this divisional title again. QB Russell Wilson directs a strong run oriented offense while their defense still remains among the elite in the game.
St. Louis Rams - 9-7 –
Rams look to build off an improved offense directed by new QB Nick Foles. Their defense relies on their dominant front four that makes them dangerous to make the playoffs.
San Francisco 49ers - 5-11 –
The 49ers sustained numerous key losses including HC Jim Harbaugh and half their defense. Young QB Colin
Kaepernick faces a difficult task with new starters in key positions. 49ers may struggle to attain the .500 mark.

Divisional Champs
Eagles, Packers, Saints and Cardinals

Wild Card Clubs
Giants & Seahawks

NFC Championship
Packers beat Saints in wild NFC title game.

AFC EAST
Miami Dolphins - 10-6 –

Dolphins will be hard pressed to improve off back to back 7-9 seasons. QB Chad Henne is better than advertised and needs new vet Reggie Bush to become everything Ted Ginn did not become.
New England Patriots - 10-6 –
Pats look to premier QB Tom Brady to direct this changing potent offense. The new ground game and receivers could rank them at the top of the league. Their suspect changing defense will determine their final fate in key games.
New York Jets – 6-10 –
Jets look to vet QB Ryan Fitzpatrick can direct this offense after a horrible offensive showing in 2014. This defense can rank among the top five in the game.
Buffalo Bills - 5-11 –
Bills are still rebuilding and will look to their young players to establish themselves as quality NFL players. Their QB position continues to go through turnover and remains a mystery. Their defense ranks among the league’s toughest and continues to improve.

NORTH
Cincinnati Bengals - 11-5 –

The Bengals look to QB Andy Dalton to step up and take this club further in the playoffs after one game exists over his career. Their defense has been the major culprit and rarely improvesd under HC Marvin Lewis.
Baltimore Ravens - 10-6 –
The Ravens will look to veteran QB Joe Flacco to keep this offense among the top scoring attacks in the game.
The defense is still at playoff levels, but must improve in pass coverage to go further in the postseason.
Pittsburgh Steelers - 8-8 –
Big Ben is coming off an outstanding 2014 performance leading this high powered attack. The Steel defense lost several key starters that will demand young players to step up if they intend to win in this tough division.
Cleveland Browns - 6-10 –
Browns continue to rebuild and look to young QB Johnny Manziel to get them to respectability. Their 1-6 finish produced another sub .500 season. Their defense must improve in run defense to make any overall progress.

SOUTH
Indianapolis Colts - 11-5 –

QB Andrew Luck carries this average club and that has dominated this division in recent seasons. This young club needs to improve to go further in the postseason especially their offensive line and ordinary defense. They get a favorable early schedule that should allow them to claim the divisional lead
Houston Texans - 9-7 –
The Texans returned to respectability last season behind a dominant performance by DE/TE JJ Watt. Their average offense looks to veteran QB Brian Hoyer to direct this mediocre attack. Marginal firepower may limit this club in big game situations.
Tennessee Titans - 6-10 –
The Titans look to top pick Marcus Mariota to bring this club to respectability. They have problems on both sides of the ball and probably go through difficult growing pains this season.
Jacksonville Jaguars - 5-11 –
Jaguars look for improvement from young QB Blake Bortles and rookie back TJ Yeldon to improve this low ranked attack. Club is probably a year away from challenging .500 mark.

WEST
San Diego Chargers - 11-5 –

The Chargers are a loaded club with QB Philip Rivers directing a veteran club. They can win the West title behind a young veteran defense that continues to improvebut needs their troubled special teams to improve significantly.
Denver Broncos - 10-6 –
Broncos hope to make a run at title in what appears to be Peyton Manning’s final season. They need their defense to recover from their late season collapse last year to retain AFC West rule.
Kansas City Chiefs - 8-8 –
Chiefs need their offensive weapons QB Alex Smith and runner Jamaal Charles to step up this season to challenge for the playoffs. They rely on their emerging young defense to continue to improve and rank among the best in the AFC.
Oakland Raiders - 6-10 –
Raiders look to young QB Derek Carr to benefit from the addition of top pick WR Amari Cooper to open up this attack. They need overall improvement on both sides of the ball to even challenge for a .500 season.

Divisional Champs
Dolphins, Bengals, Colts & Chargers

Wild Card Clubs
Patriots & Broncos

AFC Championship
San Diego over Indianapolis

Chargers go to Super Bowl behind veteran QB Philip Rivers

Super Bowl L Matchup
Green Bay Packers over San Diego Chargers

Packers win a wild Super Bowl showdown with Chargers.

Ohio St Makes Opening Week Statement for #1 Ranking

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Draft Insiders’ 2015 Top 25 Poll – Week #1 Rankings

Ohio St. avenges their only 2014 defeat (35-21) with a strong opening day victory over Virginia Tech

Photo – WR Braxton Miller - Ohio St.

Team of Week - Ohio St.

Players of Week
Offense - WR Braxton Miller - Ohio St.
Defense - LB Tyler Matakevich - Temple

1. Ohio State – 1-0
2. Auburn – 1-0
3. Alabama -1-0
4. Baylor – 1-0
5. Michigan State – 1-0
6. USC – 1-0
7. TCU – 1-0
8. Oregon – 1-0
9. Georgia – 1-0
10. Notre Dame – 1-0
11. Florida State – 1-0
12. Clemson – 1-0
13. LSU – 0-0
15. Georgia Tech – 1-0
16. Mississippi – 1-0
17. UCLA – 1-0
18. Arkansas -1-0
19. Oklahoma – 1-0
20. Arizona – 1-0
21. Texas A&M – 1-0
22. Boise State – 1-0
23. Mississippi State – 1-0
24. Missouri -1-0
25. Tennessee – 1-0
25. Utah - 1-0

AP Top 25

Rank/ Team /Record /Points
1 Ohio State (61) 1-0 1525 —
2 Alabama 1-0 1420 1
3 TCU 1-0 1365 1
4 Baylor 1-0 1252 —
5 Michigan State 1-0 1198 —
6 Auburn 1-0 1166 —
7 Oregon 1-0 1081 —
8 USC 1-0 1074 —
9 Notre Dame 1-0 1061 2
10 Georgia 1-0 981 1
11 Florida State 1-0 942 1
12 Clemson 1-0 862 —
13 UCLA 1-0 833 —
14 LSU 0-0 653 —
15 Georgia Tech 1-0 636 1
16 Texas A&M 1-0 629 —
17 Ole Miss 1-0 600 —
18 Arkansas 1-0 480 —
19 Oklahoma 1-0 469 —
20 Boise State 1-0 279 3
21 Missouri 1-0 274 3
22 Arizona 1-0 259 —
23 Tennessee 1-0 169 2
24 Utah 1-0 137 —
25 Mississippi State 1-0 104 —

Rankings
Dropped from rankings: Arizona State 15, Wisconsin 20, Stanford 21
Others receiving votes: Wisconsin 79, BYU 74, Northwestern 72, Arizona State 49, Oklahoma State 30, West Virginia 23, Temple 8, Florida 8, Cincinnati 7, Kansas State 7, Minnesota 5, NC State 4, Louisville 4, Western Kentucky 3, California 2, Stanford 1

Coaches Poll

Rank /Team /Record /Points
1 Ohio State(63) 1-0 1599 —
2 Alabama(1) 1-0 1485 1
3 TCU 1-0 1464 1
4 Baylor 1-0 1349 —
5 Oregon 1-0 1279 —
6 Michigan State 1-0 1252 —
7 Auburn 1-0 1190 —
8 Florida State 1-0 1090 —
9 Georgia 1-0 1075 —
10 USC 1-0 1035 —
11 Notre Dame 1-0 994 —
12 Clemson 1-0 870 —
13 UCLA 1-0 801 1
14 Ole Miss 1-0 735 1
15 LSU 0-0 734 2
16 Georgia Tech 1-0 651 1
17 Oklahoma 1-0 541 2
18 Arkansas 1-0 495 2
19 Texas A&M 1-0 418 —
20 Arizona 1-0 336 2
21 Missouri 1-0 301 2
22 Boise State 1-0 277 2
23 Tennessee 1-0 212 2
24 Wisconsin 0-1 108 6
25 Utah 1-0 106 —

Rankings
Dropped from rankings: Arizona State 16, Stanford 21
Others receiving votes: Mississippi State 97, Arizona State 66, Oklahoma State 52, Northwestern 35, BYU 23, Kansas State 23, South Carolina 22, Duke 15, West Virginia 13, Miami (FL) 12, Florida 7, Louisville 6, Marshall 6, Minnesota 5, NC State 4, Nebraska 3, Maryland 3, Temple 3, Pittsburgh 2, Illinois 2, Memphis 1, Stanford 1, California 1, Louisiana Tech 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’ All- American Team 2015

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Draft Insiders’ All- American Team 2015
Frank Coyle / Publisher

Photo – QB Cody Kessler - USC

Offense
Pos /Player / Height /Weight /Class/ School

QB Cody Kessler 6-5 215 Senior USC
RB Nick Chubb 5-10 220 Soph. Georgia
RB Ezekiel Elliott 6-0 225 Junior Ohio State
WR Tyler Boyd 6-2 200 Junior Pitt
WR Laquon Treadwell 6-2 210 Junior Ole Miss
TE Evan Engram 6-3 227 Junior Ole Miss
OT Ronnie Stanley 6-5 315 Senior Notre Dame
OT Laremy Tunsil 6-5 305 Junior Ole Miss
OG Pat Elflein 6-3 300 Junior Ohio State
OG Landon Turner 6-4 315 Senior North Carolina
C Jack Allen 6-2 296 Senior Michigan State

Defense
Pos/ Player/ Height/ Weight/ Class/ School

DE Joey Bosa 6-6 275 Junior Ohio State
DE Shawn Oakman 6-9 280 Senior Baylor
DT Robert Nkemdiche 6-4 296 Junior Ole Miss
DT A'Shawn Robinson 6-4 312 Junior Alabama
LB Scooby Wright III 6-1 246 Junior Arizona
LB Jaylon Smith 6-3 235 Junior Notre Dame
LB Myles Jack 6-1 246 Junior UCLA
CB Vernon Hargreaves III 5-11 199 Junior Florida
CB Kendall Fuller 6-0 196 Junior Virginia Tech
S Vonn Bell 5-11 205 Junior Ohio State
S Jeremy Cash 6-2 205 Senior Duke

Special Teams
Pos Player Height Weight Class School

K Roberto Aguayo 6-1 204 Junior Florida State
P Tom Hackett 5-11 195 Senior Utah
KR Alex Ross 6-1 220 Junior Oklahoma
PR De'Mornay Pierson-El 5-9 185 Soph. Nebraska
AP Adoree' Jackson 5-11 185 Soph. USC

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’ 2015 Top 25 Poll – Preseason

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Draft Insiders’ 2015 Top 25 Poll – Preseason

Photo – DE Shilique Calhoun – Michigan St.

1. Ohio State
2. Auburn
3. Alabama
4. Baylor
5. Michigan State
6. USC
7. TCU
8. Oregon
9. Georgia
10. Notre Dame
11. Florida State
12. Clemson
13. LSU
14. Arizona State
15. Georgia Tech
16. Mississippi
17. UCLA
18. Arkansas
19. Oklahoma
20. Wisconsin
21. Arizona
22. Boise State
23. Mississippi State
24. Missouri
25. Tennessee

Ohio State first unanimous AP preseason No. 1 team
The program extends record of poll appearances and nears all-time mark at No. 1

The Ohio State Buckeyes are the preseason choice as the No. 1 team in the nation. The college football coaches previously selected the Buckeyes No. 1 in their first poll of the season, the USA Today Coaches Poll. And today, the first Associated Press college football poll of the season was revealed and the Buckeyes are No. 1 in it as well.

And while Ohio State earned 62 of 64 first place votes in the coaches’ poll with TCU and Alabama each securing one vote apiece, the AP pollsters – a panel of media members – selected Ohio State as the unanimous No. 1 with all 61 first-place votes going to the Buckeyes. The AP preseason poll dates back to 1950 and this is the first time it has ever had a unanimous preseason No. 1 team.

Defending Big 12 champion TCU is ranked No. 2 in the Preseason AP Top-25 Poll. The Horned Frogs return 15 starters, including 10 on offense, from last year's 12-1 squad that concluded the campaign with a 42-3 win over Ole Miss in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

2015 Associated Press Top 25 Poll – Preseason
1. Ohio State
2. TCU
3. Alabama
4. Baylor
5. Michigan State
6. Auburn
7. Oregon
8. USC
9. Georgia
10. Florida State
11. Notre Dame
12. Clemson
13. UCLA
14. LSU
15. Arizona State
16. Georgia Tech
17. Mississippi
18. Arkansas
19. Oklahoma
20. Wisconsin
21. Stanford
22. Arizona
23. Boise State
24. Missouri
25. Tennessee

2015 Preseason Coaches Poll
(1st-place votes in parentheses and total points received)
1. Ohio State (62) - 1,598
2. TCU (1) - 1,487
3. Alabama (1) - 1,452
4. Baylor - 1,365
5. Oregon - 1,260
6. Michigan State - 1,230
7. Auburn - 1,103
8. Florida State - 1,057
9. Georgia - 1,026
10. USC - 1,014
11. Notre Dame - 883
12. Clemson - 838
13. LSU - 727
14. UCLA - 697
15. Ole Miss - 668
16. Arizona State - 577
17. Georgia Tech - 573
18. Wisconsin - 470
19. Oklahoma - 407
20. Arkansas - 377
21. Stanford - 365
22. Arizona - 299
23. Missouri - 229
24. Boise State - 190
25. Tennessee – 166

Other Teams receiving votes
Mississippi State 164; Texas A&M 149; Oklahoma State 89; Virginia Tech 70; Utah 40; Kansas State 37; Louisville 27; Nebraska 27; Minnesota 25; Penn State 20; South Carolina 18; Miami (Fla.) 16; Texas 8; Illinois 7; Duke 6; Air Force 5; Louisiana Tech 5; Marshall 4; Utah State 4; West Virginia 3; North Carolina State 3; Brigham Young 3; Florida 2; Georgia Southern 2; North Carolina 2; Maryland 1; Michigan 1; Kentucky 1; Central Florida 1; Cincinnati 1; Washington 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 Calendar – Roster Cutdown Dates to NFL Draft 2016 - April 28-30

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NFL Calendar – Sept 1st - Roster Cutdown Dates to NFL Draft 2016

April 28-30: NFL Draft 2016 (Chicago, Illinois)

It's cut-down time in the NFL. All 32 teams must trim their preseason rosters to 75 before Tuesday, Sept. 1, followed by another cut to 53 by Saturday, Sept. 5.

Photo – QB Tom Brady - Patriots

NFL Calendar 2015/2016

Sept. 1: Prior to 4 p.m. ET, all NFL clubs must reduce their rosters to a maximum of 75 players on the active list. It's cut-down time in the NFL. Sept. 3: Final NFL Preseason games.

Sept. 5: Prior to 4 p.m. ET, clubs must reduce rosters to a maximum of 53 players on the Active/Inactive List.

Sept. 5: Simultaneously with the cut-down to 53, clubs that have players in the categories of Active/Physically Unable to Perform or Active/Non-Football Injury or Illness must select one of the following options: place player on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform or Reserve/Non-Football Injury or Illness, whichever is applicable; request waivers; terminate contract; trade contract; or continue to count the player on the Active List.

Sept. 6: Claiming period for players placed on waivers at the final roster reduction will expire at 12 p.m. ET.

Upon receipt of the personnel notice at approximately 1 p.m. ET, clubs may establish a practice squad of 10 players. No club, including the player's prior club, will be permitted to sign a player to a practice player contract until all clubs have received simultaneous notification via the above personnel notice that such player's prior NFL player contract has been terminated via the waiver system.
After 4 p.m. ET, a club is permitted to place a player on Reserve/Injured as “Designated for Return.”
Sept. 10: At 12 a.m. ET, the Top 51 Rule expires for all NFL clubs.

Sept. 10, 13-14: Regular NFL season opens.

Oct. 4: NFL International Series - New York Jets vs. Miami Dolphins in London.

Oct. 6-7: Fall NFL league meeting in New York.

Oct. 16: Beginning on the sixth calendar day prior to a club's seventh regular-season game (including any bye week) and continuing through the day after the conclusion of the 11th regular-season weekend, clubs are permitted to begin practicing players on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform and Reserve/Non-Football Injury or Illness for a period not to exceed 21 days. Players may be activated during the 21-day practice period, or prior to 4 p.m. ET, on the day after the conclusion of the 21-day period, provided that no player may be activated to participate in a Week 6 game.

Oct. 25: NFL International Series - Buffalo Bills vs. Jacksonville Jaguars in London.

Nov. 1: NFL International Series - Detroit Lions vs. Kansas City Chiefs in London.

Nov. 3: NFL trading period ends for 2015 at 4 p.m. ET.

Nov. 4: Players with at least four previous pension-credited seasons are subject to the waiver system for the remainder of the regular season and postseason.

Nov. 17: At 4 p.m. ET, signing period ends for franchise players who are eligible to receive offer sheets.

Prior to 4 p.m. ET, deadline for clubs to sign their unsigned franchise and transition players, including franchise players who were eligible to receive offer sheets until this date. If still unsigned after this date, such players are prohibited from playing in NFL in 2015.
Prior to 4 p.m. ET, deadline for clubs to sign their unrestricted free agents to whom the “May 12 Tender” was made. If still unsigned after this date, such players are prohibited from playing in NFL in 2015.
Prior to 4 p.m. ET, deadline for clubs to sign their restricted free agents, including those to whom the “June 1 Tender” was made. If such players remain unsigned after this date, they are prohibited from playing in NFL in 2015.
Prior to 4 p.m. ET, deadline for clubs to sign their drafted rookies. If such players remain unsigned after this date, they are prohibited from playing in NFL in 2015.

2016 Jan. 3: Week 17 - NFL regular season ends

- For rest of NFL Calendar 2016 go to next page

Ohio State First Unanimous AP Preseason No. 1 team

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Ohio State First Unanimous AP Preseason No. 1 team
The program extends record of poll appearances and nears all-time mark at No. 1

The Ohio State Buckeyes are the preseason choice as the No. 1 team in the nation. The college football coaches previously selected the Buckeyes No. 1 in their first poll of the season, the USA Today Coaches Poll. And today, the first Associated Press college football poll of the season was revealed and the Buckeyes are No. 1 in it as well.

Photo – DE Joey Bosa – Ohio St.

And while Ohio State earned 62 of 64 first place votes in the coaches’ poll with TCU and Alabama each securing one vote apiece, the AP pollsters – a panel of media members – selected Ohio State as the unanimous No. 1 with all 61 first-place votes going to the Buckeyes. The AP preseason poll dates back to 1950 and this is the first time it has ever had a unanimous preseason No. 1 team.

Defending Big 12 champion TCU is ranked No. 2 in the Preseason AP Top-25 Poll. The Horned Frogs return 15 starters, including 10 on offense, from last year's 12-1 squad that concluded the campaign with a 42-3 win over Ole Miss in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

The No. 2 ranking marks TCU's highest appearance in a preseason poll in program history. The Horned Frogs’ previous best preseason ranking was No. 6 in the 2010 AP poll. TCU was also No. 2 in the 2015 Preseason Coaches Poll, released last month.

No. 1 in poll appearances
Ohio State has been ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 poll more than any school in the nation; 839 times and nearly 50 weeks more than the team with the second-most appearances.

Ohio State is ranked No. 1 by the AP for the 96th time. Only two schools, Oklahoma (101) and Notre Dame (98) have been the AP’s No. 1 team more weeks than Ohio State.

2015 Associated Press Top 25 Poll – Preseason
1. Ohio State
2. TCU
3. Alabama
4. Baylor
5. Michigan State
6. Auburn
7. Oregon
8. USC
9. Georgia
10. Florida State
11. Notre Dame
12. Clemson
13. UCLA
14. LSU
15. Arizona State
16. Georgia Tech
17. Mississippi
18. Arkansas
19. Oklahoma
20. Wisconsin
21. Stanford
22. Arizona
23. Boise State
24. Missouri
25. Tennessee

AP Poll: All-Time Appearances
1. Ohio State – 839
2. Michigan – 795
3. Oklahoma – 769
4. Notre Dame – 752
5. USC – 735

AP Poll: Weeks Ranked No. 1
1. Oklahoma – 101
2. Notre Dame – 98
3. Ohio State – 95
4. USC – 91
5. Alabama - 73

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.

FWAA UNVEILS 75TH ANNIVERSARY ALL-AMERICA TEAM

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FWAA UNVEILS 75TH ANNIVERSARY ALL-AMERICA TEAM
75 players selected for three all-time teams

The Football Writers Association of America proudly announced its 75th Anniversary All-America Team this week. It celebrates the association's All-America teams from near the end of World War II through the 2014 season. The FWAA, which was founded in 1941, has picked an annual All-America team since the 1944 season, making it the second longest continuously selected team in major college football.

The FWAA's first All-America team in 1944 included Army's famous running back tandem of Doc Blanchard and Glenn Davis and Georgia Tech's Frank Broyles, who later became Arkansas' legendary head football coach. Seven decades later, the 2014 team featured Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Marcus Mariota of Oregon, Outland Trophy winner, offensive tackle Brandon Scherff of Iowa, and Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner, linebacker Scooby Wright III of Arizona.

"This was one of the most fun, yet most difficult exercises I've had in life – next to parallel parking, that is," said FWAA 75th All-America Committee chairman Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman. "Truly, it was an exciting – if not impossible – task to find the best 75 college football players ever. Please save your hate mail, but feel free to weigh in and tell us how we messed up. And I'm sure we did, but no one should argue that it wasn't a great idea to honor the best who have ever played the game. Let the debating begin."

A nomination ballot with selected players from all FWAA All-America teams was sent to the entire membership this spring. The popular vote was then taken into consideration by a Blue Ribbon Committee of FWAA past presidents, current board members and officers. That committee put the finishing touches on selecting the 75-man team. In order for a player to be considered for the FWAA's 75th team, he had to be on a previous FWAA All-America team.

The FWAA's 25-man first team included Navy quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Roger Staubach, the only member from a military academy; the only two-time Heisman Trophy winner running back Archie Griffin of Ohio State; three-time FWAA All-America end Leon Hart of Notre Dame; and the only two-time Outland Trophy winner, center Dave Rimington of Nebraska. On the three 25-man teams, the Cornhuskers led all schools with six selections – including four on the first team – and four of their overall honorees are Outland Trophy winners. Ohio State and Pittsburgh each had five selections and Alabama, Oklahoma and Texas had four. Schools with three selections were Florida State, Georgia, Michigan and USC.

75th ANNIVERSARY FWAA ALL-AMERICA TEAM
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

QB Roger Staubach, Navy
RB Archie Griffin, Ohio State
RB Herschel Walker, Georgia
WR Larry Fitzgerald, Pittsburgh
WR Jerry Rice, Mississippi Valley State
TE Keith Jackson, Oklahoma
OL John Hannah, Alabama
OL Orlando Pace, Ohio State
OL Will Shields, Nebraska
OL Ron Yary, USC
C Dave Rimington, Nebraska

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
DT Lee Roy Selmon, Oklahoma
DT Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska
DE Leon Hart, Notre Dame
DE Ted Hendricks, Miami (Fla.)
LB Tommy Nobis, Texas
LB Mike Singletary, Baylor
LB Derrick Thomas, Alabama
DB Ronnie Lott, USC
DB Deion Sanders, Florida State
DB Jack Tatum, Ohio State
DB Charles Woodson, Michigan

FIRST TEAM SPECIALISTS
P Ray Guy, Southern Miss
K Kevin Butler, Georgia
RS Johnny Rodgers, Nebraska

For Second & Third Team All Americans Go to next page

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.

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