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Ohio St – Michigan St. Head Unbeaten Teams

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Ohio St – Michigan St. Head Unbeaten Teams

Draft Insiders’ 2015 Top 25 Poll – Week #5 Rankings

Photo – DE Shilique Calhoun - Michigan St.

Team of Week - Utah

Players of Week
Offense – WR Josh Doctson - TCU
Defense – DE Shilique Calhoun - Michigan St

Draft Insiders’ 2015 Top 25 Poll – Week #5 Rankings

Rank/ Team /Record
1. Ohio State – 4-0
2. Michigan St – 4-0
3. Mississippi – 4-0
4. TCU – 4-0
5. LSU – 3-0
6. Notre Dame – 4-0
7. Georgia – 4-0
8. Florida St – 3-0
9. Clemson – 4-0
10. Baylor – 3-0
11. Oklahoma – 3-0
12. Utah – 4-0
13. Alabama - 3-1
14. UCLA – 3-0
15. Texas A&M –4-0
16. Northwestern - 4-0
17. USC – 3-1
18. Stanford - 3-1
19. Wisconsin - 3-1
20. Oklahoma St. – 4-0
21 Mississippi St. - 3-1
22 Michigan - 3-1
23 West Virginia - 3-0
24 California - 4-0
25 Florida - 4-0

AP Top 25

Rank/ Team /Record /Points/ Last Week/ Upcoming Game
1 Ohio State(45) 4-0 1482 — vs Western Michigan W 38-12 10/3 @ Indiana
2 Michigan State(5) 4-0 1397 — vs Central Michigan W 30-10 10/3 vs Purdue
3 Ole Miss(10) 4-0 1349 — vs Vanderbilt W 27-16 10/3 @ #25 Florida
4 TCU 4-0 1254 1 @ Texas Tech W 55-52 10/3 vs Texas
5 Baylor 3-0 1196 — vs Rice W 70-17 10/3 vs Texas Tech
6 Notre Dame 4-0 1163 — vs Massachusetts W 62-27 10/3 @ #12 Clemson
7 UCLA 4-0 1156 2 @ #16 Arizona W 56-30 10/3 vs Arizona State
8 Georgia 4-0 1147 1 vs Southern W 48-6 10/3 vs #13 Alabama
9 LSU 3-0 1075 1 @ Syracuse W 34-24 10/3 vs Eastern Michigan
10 Utah(1) 4-0 1034 8 @ #13 Oregon W 62-20 —
11 Florida State 3-0 888 1 — 10/3 @ Wake Forest
12 Clemson 3-0 853 1 — 10/3 vs #6 Notre Dame
13 Alabama 3-1 850 1 vs Louisiana Monroe W 34-0 10/3 @ #8 Georgia
14 Texas A&M 4-0 776 — vs Arkansas W 28-21 10/3 vs #21 Mississippi State
15 Oklahoma 3-0 747 — — 10/3 vs #23 West Virginia
16 Northwestern 4-0 566 1 vs Ball State W 24-19 10/3 vs Minnesota
17 USC 3-1 509 2 @ Arizona State W 42-14 —
18 Stanford 3-1 486 3 @ Oregon State W 42-24 10/3 vs Arizona
19 Wisconsin 3-1 309 3 vs Hawaii W 28-0 10/3 vs Iowa
20 Oklahoma State 4-0 281 4 @ Texas W 30-27 10/3 vs Kansas State
21 Mississippi State 3-1 211 — @ Auburn W 17-9 10/3 @ #14 Texas A&M
22 Michigan 3-1 209 — vs #22 BYU W 31-0 10/3 @ Maryland
23 West Virginia 3-0 179 — vs Maryland W 45-6 10/3 @ #15 Oklahoma
24 California 4-0 149 — @ Washington W 30-24 10/3 vs Washington State
25 Florida 4-0 140 — vs Tennessee W 28-27 10/3 vs #3 Ole Miss

Dropped from rankings: Oregon 13, Arizona 16, Georgia Tech 20, BYU 22, Missouri 25

Others receiving votes: Toledo 68, Oregon 64, Arizona 48, Boise State 38, Iowa 37, Texas Tech 36, Houston 23, Duke 18, Temple 17, Miami (FL) 14, Kansas State 12, Memphis 11, NC State 10, Navy 9, Minnesota 5, BYU 5, Tennessee 4

Coaches Poll

Rank /Team /Record /Points/ Last Week/ Next Game
1 Ohio State(61) 4-0 1593 — vs Western Michigan W 38-12 10/3 @ Indiana
2 Michigan State(2) 4-0 1493 1 vs Central Michigan W 30-10 10/3 vs Purdue
3 TCU 4-0 1401 1 @ Texas Tech W 55-52 10/3 vs Texas
4 Baylor 3-0 1394 — vs Rice W 70-17 10/3 vs Texas Tech
5 Ole Miss(1) 4-0 1348 — vs Vanderbilt W 27-16 10/3 @ #23 Florida
6 Georgia 4-0 1256 — vs Southern W 48-6 10/3 vs #13 Alabama
7 Notre Dame 4-0 1114 1 vs Massachusetts W 62-27 10/3 @ #11 Clemson
8 LSU 3-0 1106 1 @ Syracuse W 34-24 10/3 vs Eastern Michigan
9 Florida State 3-0 1088 2 — 10/3 @ Wake Forest
10 UCLA 4-0 1076 1 @ #16 Arizona W 56-30 10/3 vs Arizona State
11 Clemson 3-0 971 1 — 10/3 vs #7 Notre Dame
12 Utah 4-0 893 5 @ #13 Oregon W 62-20 —
13 Alabama 3-1 867 1 vs Louisiana Monroe W 34-0 10/3 @ #6 Georgia
14 Oklahoma 3-0 803 — — 10/3 vs #21 West Virginia
15 Texas A&M 4-0 786 — vs Arkansas W 28-21 10/3 vs #22 Mississippi State
16 USC 3-1 566 2 @ Arizona State W 42-14 —
17 Northwestern 4-0 511 2 vs Ball State W 24-19 10/3 vs Minnesota
18 Wisconsin 3-1 418 3 vs Hawaii W 28-0 10/3 vs Iowa
19 Oklahoma State 4-0 413 3 @ Texas W 30-27 10/3 vs Kansas State
20 Stanford 3-1 401 4 @ Oregon State W 42-24 10/3 vs Arizona
21 West Virginia 3-0 230 — vs Maryland W 45-6 10/3 @ #14 Oklahoma
22 Mississippi State 3-1 145 — @ #25 Auburn W 17-9 10/3 @ #15 Texas A&M
23 Florida 4-0 141 — vs Tennessee W 28-27 10/3 vs #5 Ole Miss
24 California 4-0 89 — @ Washington W 30-24 10/3 vs Washington State
25 Oregon 2-2 89 11 vs #17 Utah L 62-20 10/3 @ Colorado

Dropped from rankings: Arizona 16, Georgia Tech 20, Missouri 23, Auburn 25

Others receiving votes: Michigan 84, Arizona 72, Kansas State 66, Miami (FL) 61, NC State 52, Boise State 47, Duke 44, Iowa 44, Memphis 42, Texas Tech 22, Temple 18, Toledo 15, Auburn 8, Minnesota 6, Missouri 6, Georgia Tech 6, Houston 5, Kentucky 3, Indiana 2, Tennessee 2, Navy 1, BYU 1, Illinois 1

Big Ten Dominates Early Season Honors

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College Football Monday - Week 3

Ohio St & Michigan St. Claim #1 & #2 in Polls

Photo: DL Robert Nkemdiche - Ole Miss

Though the college football 2015 season is still in the early stages, it has provided some interesting changes in the first month. Ohio St. still claims the top ranking but barely escaped an upset at the hands of MAC opponent, Northern Illinois. Ohio St. changed QBs from Cardale Jones to JT Barrett once again with marginal success. Both QBs have struggled with accuracy and overall consistency that has left the defense to be the difference maker in Columbus. The Buckeyes complete their MAC schedule with a matchup at home vs Western Michigan this Saturday before starting their Big Ten agenda.

Michigan St. continued their hot streak with a solid 34-21 performance over Air Force. The Spartans were once again lead by QB Connor Cook who threw 3 TD passes for 247 yards. Wideout Aaron Burbridge set career highs with eight receptions, 156 receiving yards and 3 TD catches in their victory. He was emerged as one of the premier receivers in the nation this season and scored on touchdown receptions from 28, 32 and 21 yards, while notching at least 100 receiving yards for the third straight game. On Saturday, seven of his eight catches resulted in first downs or touchdowns including a highlight TD reception in the corner of the end zone.

Joining the Spartans and Buckeyes in the Big Ten with 3-0 marks are Indiana, Iowa and Northwestern. The Spartans, Wildcats and Buckeyes last started 3-0 in 2013. The Hoosiers are 3-0 for the first time since 2010 and the Hawkeyes are off to their best start since 2009. Northwestern leads a group of five Big Ten defenses that rank among the top 20 teams in the country in scoring defense. The Wildcats have held opponents to a nation-leading 5.3 points per game en route to their 3-0 start. The Big Ten schedule does not match conference opponents until the first week of October.

Both Alabama and Auburn have struggled out of the gate this season and each lost on Saturday and fell out of the top ten. Auburn fell out of the Top 25 rankings after being bashed by a tough LSU team behind star sophomore runner Leonard Fournette. The LSU Tigers avenged their lost 41-7 loss at Auburn last season behind Fournette’s career high 228 yards rushing and 3 TD performance. Fournette moves to the head of the Heisman race off that effort with a mediocre midseason schedule on the agenda.

The Ole Miss Rebels beat Alabama on its home field for the first time since 1988, forcing five turnovers that led to 24 points in a thrilling 43-37 win in Tuscaloosa. The Rebels beat Alabama in consecutive years for the first time in the 60-game series and earned them a perfect (3-0). The Ole Miss Rebel club came out fired up Saturday night and with the defense the deciding factor in the game behind a dominant performance by tackle Robert Nkemdiche who controlled the line of scrimmage. Nkemdiche runs like a linebacker and was disruptive all night. Ole Miss jumped into the top five while Bama fell out of the top ten, a rare event in recent years especially early in the season.

Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey led the Cardinals to a huge 41-31 win over Pac-12 rival USC at the Coliseum on Saturday. McCaffrey showed his versatility racking up 249 all-purpose yards and touching the ball three different ways. He carried the ball 26 times for 115 yards, caught three passes for 37 yards and returned five kickoffs for 97 yards. McCaffrey is averaging 195.3 all-purpose yards per game this season, which is ranked first in the Pac-12 and fourth in the FBS. His 249 yards was Stanford's most since 2014 Paul Hornung Award finalist, Ty Montgomery, had 296 yards at Utah in Oct. 2013.

Upset of the Week – Arizona knocks UCLA from the unbeaten ranks and claims Pac 12 leadership.

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.

Ohio St – Michigan St. Rank #1 and #2 in Top 25 Rankings

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Draft Insiders’ 2015 Top 25 Poll – Week #4 Rankings

Photo - LB Jaylon Smith - Notre Dame

Team of Week - Ole Miss

Players of Week
Offense - RB Leonard Fournette - LSU
Defense - LB Jaylon Smith - Notre Dame

Rank/ Team /Record
1. Ohio State – 3-0
2. Michigan State – 3-0
3. Mississippi – 3-0
4. TCU – 3-0
5. LSU – 2-0
6. Notre Dame – 3-0
7. Georgia – 3-0
8. Florida State – 3-0
9. Clemson – 3-0
10. Baylor – 2-0
11. Oklahoma – 3-0
12. Alabama - 2-1
13. UCLA – 2-0
14. Arizona – 3-0
15. Texas A&M –3-0
16. Oregon – 2-1
17. Utah – 3-0
18. Northwestern - 3-0
19. USC – 2-1
20. Georgia Tech – 2-1
21. Stanford - 2-1
22. Wisconsin - 2-1
23. Oklahoma St. – 3-0
24. BYU – 2-1
25. Missouri - 3-0

AP Top 25

Rank/ Team /Record /Points
1 Ohio State(42) 3-0 1490 —
2 Michigan State(7) 3-0 1415 2
3 Ole Miss(11) 3-0 1345 12
4 TCU 3-0 1345 —
5 Baylor 2-0 1213 —
6 Notre Dame 3-0 1183 2
7 Georgia 3-0 1162 —
8 LSU(1) 2-0 1088 5
9 UCLA 3-0 981 1
10 Florida State 3-0 953 1
11 Clemson 3-0 903 —
12 Alabama 2-1 882 10
13 Oregon 2-1 855 1
14 Texas A&M 3-0 798 3
15 Oklahoma 3-0 782 1
16 Arizona 3-0 488 4
17 Northwestern 3-0 469 6
18 Utah 3-0 439 3
19 USC 2-1 367 13
20 Georgia Tech 2-1 352 6
21 Stanford 2-1 288 —
22 Wisconsin 2-1 174
23 BYU 2-1 174 3
24 Oklahoma State 3-0 149 1
25 Missouri 3-0 135 3

Dropped from rankings: Auburn 18

Others receiving votes: Mississippi State 52, West Virginia 48, Tennessee 45, California 38, Toledo 36, Arizona State 25, Houston 22, Texas Tech 20, Auburn 20, Temple 20, Boise State 17, Miami (FL) 13, Iowa 10, Kansas State 8, Florida 7, NC State 5, Virginia Tech 4, Minnesota 4, Memphis 1

Coaches Poll

Rank /Team /Record /Points
1 Ohio State(61) 3-0 1594 —
2 TCU 3-0 1482 1
3 Michigan State(3) 3-0 1477 1
4 Baylor 2-0 1364 1
5 Ole Miss 3-0 1292 6
6 Georgia 3-0 1262 2
7 Florida State 3-0 1119 1
8 Notre Dame 3-0 1109 2
9 LSU 2-0 1085 5
10 Clemson 3-0 1022 1
11 UCLA 3-0 968 1
12 Alabama 2-1 883 10
13 Oregon 2-1 855 —
14 Oklahoma 3-0 790 3
15 Texas A&M 3-0 745 3
16 Arizona 3-0 605 3
17 Utah 3-0 501 4
18 USC 2-1 461 11
19 Northwestern 3-0 347 5
20 Georgia Tech 2-1 338 4
21 Wisconsin 2-1 274 2
22 Oklahoma State 3-0 242 3
23 Missouri 3-0 234 3
24 Stanford 2-1 133 —
25 Auburn 2-1 79 10

Dropped from rankings: BYU 22

Others receiving votes: West Virginia 75, BYU 74, Miami (FL) 58, Tennessee 49, Kansas State 47, Mississippi State 46, Texas Tech 36, Arizona State 31, Florida 24, California 20, NC State 15, Temple 15, Iowa 13, Memphis 8, Boise State 8, Minnesota 6, Virginia Tech 4, Houston 4, Northern Illinois 3, Toledo 2, Boston College 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.

2015 National College Football Awards Calendar

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2015 National College Football Awards Calendar
Award....Watch List/ Semifinalists/ Finalists/ Winner/ Banquet/ Presentation

Photo - LB Myles Jack - UCLA

Bednarik Award.........July 7/Nov. 2 /Nov. 24 /Dec. 10 - March 11, 2016 (Atlantic City, N.J.)
Biletnikoff Award.....July 15/Nov. 16/Nov. 24 /Dec. 10 - Jan. 30, 2016 (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Bronko Nagurski Trophy.......July 10- Nov. 19/Dec. 7 - Dec. 7 (Charlotte, N.C.)
Broyles Award................. Nov. 25/Nov. 30/Dec. 8 - Dec. 8 (Little Rock, Ark.)
Butkus Award............July 14 /Nov. 2 /Nov. 23/Dec. 8 - Dec. 8 (Winner’s Campus)
Davey O’Brien Award......July 16/Nov. 2 /Nov. 24 /Dec. 10 - Feb. 15, 2016 (Fort Worth, Texas)
Disney Spirit Award....Dec. 10 -Dec. 10 (Atlanta, Ga.)
Doak Walker Award.......July 16 /Nov. 18/Nov. 24 /Dec. 10 - March 2016 (Dallas, Tx)
Eddie Robinson Award............... Dec. 7/ Dec. 14 - Jan. 9, 2016 (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
George Munger Award................ Nov. 15 /Dec. 8 /Dec. 21 - March 11, 2016 (Atlantic City, N.J.)
Heisman Trophy......................... Dec. 7/ Dec. 12 - Dec. 12 (New York, N.Y.)
Jim Thorpe Award......................July 13 / Oct. 26 / Nov. 24 / Dec. 10 - Feb. 2, 2016 (Oklahoma City, Okla.)
John Mackey Award...................July 8/ Nov. 16 /Nov. 24 /Dec. 9 - April 2016 (Baltimore, Md.)
Lou Groza Award........................July 9/ Nov. 5 /Nov. 24 /Dec. 10 - Dec. 7 (Palm Beach, Fla.)
Maxwell Award...........................July 7 /Nov. 2 /Nov. 24 /Dec. 10 - March 11, 2016 (Atlantic City, N.J.)
Outland Trophy..........................July 10 /Nov. 19 /Nov. 24 /Dec. 10 - Jan. 14, 2-16 (Omaha, Neb.)
Ray Guy Award...........................July 9/ Nov. 13 /Nov. 24 /Dec. 10 - January 2016 (Augusta, Ga.)
Rimington Trophy......................July 8 /Dec. 7 /Dec. 10 - Jan. 16, 2016 (Omaha, Neb.)
Rotary Lombardi Award.............July 14 /Nov. 5 /Nov. 19 /Dec. 9 - Dec. 9 (Houston, Texas)
Walter Camp Award...................July 17 /Nov. 18 /Dec. 2 /Dec. 10 - Jan. 2016 (New Haven, Conn.)
William V. Campbell Trophy......July 17 /Sept. 24 /Oct. 29 /Dec. 8 - Dec. 8 (New York, N.Y.)

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.

Ohio St. Dominates Top 25 Polls Week 2

QB Connor Cook - Michigan St.

Draft Insiders’ 2015 Top 25 Poll – Week #2 Rankings

Photo – QB Connor Cook - Michigan St.

Team of Week – Michigan St.

Players of Week
Offense – RB Dalvin Cook - Florida St.
Defense - LB Kentrell Brothers - Missouri

Draft Insiders’ 2015 Top 25 Poll – Week #2
1. Ohio State – 2-0
2. Alabama -2-0
3. Baylor – 2-0
4. Michigan State – 2-0
5. USC – 2-0
6. TCU – 2-0
7. Georgia – 2-0
8. Florida State – 2-0
9. Clemson – 2-0
10. LSU – 1-0
11. Notre Dame – 2-0
12. Georgia Tech – 2-0
13. Auburn – 2-0
14. Mississippi – 2-0
15. Oklahoma – 2-0
16. UCLA – 2-0
17. Oregon – 1-1
18. Arizona – 2-0
19. Texas A&M –2-0
20. BYU – 2-0
21. Utah – 2-0
22. Missouri -2-0
23. Wisconsin – 1-1
24. Oklahoma St. – 2-0
25. Northwestern - 2-0

AP Top 25

Rank/ Team /Record /Points
1. Ohio State - 2-0
2. Alabama – 2-0
3. TCU – 2-0
4. Michigan State – 2-0
5. Baylor – 2-0
6. Southern California – 2-0
7. Georgia – 2-0
8. Notre Dame -2-0
9. Florida State – 2-0
10. UCLA – 2-0
11. Clemson – 2-0
12. Oregon – 1-1
13. LSU – 1-0
14. Georgia Tech – 2-0
15. Ole Miss – 2-0
16. Oklahoma – 2-0
17. Texas A&M – 2-0
18. Auburn – 2-0
19. Brigham Young – 2-0
20. Arizona – 2-0
21. Utah – 2-0
22. Missouri – 2-0
23. Northwestern – 2-0
24. Wisconsin – 1-1
25. Oklahoma State – 2-0

Coaches Poll

Rank /Team
1. Ohio State
2. Alabama
3. TCU
4. Michigan State
5. Baylor
6. Florida State
7. Southern California
8. Georgia
9. Clemson
10. Notre Dame
11. Ole Miss
12. UCLA
13. Oregon
14. LSU
15. Auburn
16. Georgia Tech
17. Oklahoma
18. Texas A&M
19. Arizona
20. Missouri
21. Utah
22. Brigham Young
23. Wisconsin
24. Northwestern
25. Oklahoma State

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 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.

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