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Cardinals, Broncos, Patriots & Packers Hold Top NFL Ranking

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Cardinals, Broncos, Patriots & Packers Hold Top NFL Ranking

NFL Power Rankings Week 11 –
Cardinals Top NFL Rankings

Rookies of the Week –
Offensive Player – RB Alfred Blue - Texans

Defensive Player - LB Chris Borland - 49ers

Photo – QB Tom Brady - Patriots

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

Defensive Player – DE J.J. Watt - Texans

Team of Week 11 - Packers
Matchup of Week 12 – Cardinals at Seahawks

Rank / Team / Record

1. Arizona Cardinals (9-1)
Cards behind hot backup QB Drew Stanton took care of Lions with trip to Seattle this Sunday.

2. Denver Broncos (7-3)
Broncos’ Peyton Manning and offense could not handle Rams tough defense last week.

3. New England Patriots (8-2)
Patriots and Tom Brady smoked the Colts last week.

4. Green Bay Packers (7-3)
Packers’ are the hottest club in the league for the critical stretch run.

5. Philadelphia Eagles (7-3)
Eagles were toasted by Packers in Titletown last week.

6. Seattle Seahawks (6-4)
Seahawks were shocked by the Chiefs and have Cardinals coming to town.

7. Detroit Lions (7-3)
Lions were stopped by the hot Cardinals and travel to Beantown for meeting with the Pats.

8. Cincinnati Bengals (6-3-1)
The Bengals came up big in New Orleans that started three game road trip.

9. Indianapolis Colts (6-4)
Colts get the Jaguars at home after beating by with the Patriots in last one.

10. Dallas Cowboys (7-3)
Cowboys at GMen this week in hope of claiming NFC East lead.

11. Kansas City Chiefs (7-3)
The Chiefs played their best game of the season vs Seahawks last week.

12. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-4)
Steelers’ won’t go away in the balanced AFC North with bye week here.

13. Miami Dolphins (6-4)
The Dolphins face the acid test with trip to Denver for Sunday clash.

14. Baltimore Ravens (6-4)
The Ravens’ go to New Orleans for critical contest for both clubs.

15. San Francisco 49ers (6-4)
The 49ers edged out the GMen in last one with the Skins at home this week.

16. Cleveland Browns (6-4)
The Browns were bashed by the Texans last week and go to Atlanta for key matchup.

17. San Diego Chargers (6-4)
Chargers face the tough Rams at home and need to recapture their momentum.

18. St. Louis Rams (4-6)
The Rams can only dream where they would be with vet QB Sam Bradford healthy.

19. New Orleans Saints (4-6)
Saints were stoned by the Bengals last week with the Ravens coming in for critical matchup.

20. Buffalo Bills (5-5)
The Bills’ were snowed out at home for Jets game that moves to Detroit for Monday nite.

21. Houston Texans (5-5)
Texans are trying to sneak up on the Colts with Bengals coming to town for huge AFC playoff type game up next.

22. Atlanta Falcons (4-6)
Falcons edged out Panthers for first place South tie with Saints and Browns at home this week.

23. Minnesota Vikings (4-6)
Vikings hope to stall the Packers high powered offense after two back to back 50+ point showings.

24. New York Giants (3-7)
The GMen failed to take advantage of opportunities vs SF with the game on the line.

25. Carolina Panthers (3-7-1)
The Panthers struggle weekly on offense despite alive playoff chances in the weak NFC South.

26. Chicago Bears (4-6)
The Bears beat the Vikings in last one to recover from terrible November run.

27. Washington Redskins (3-7)
Washington were crushed by the Bucs last week with RG3 disruption building.

28. Tennessee Titans (2-8)
The Titans will be drafting in the top five in April.

29. New York Jets (2-8)
The Jets had two weeks to prepare for the Bills in Detroit after snow storm.

30. Tampa Bay Bucs (2-8)
Bucs looked alive in win at Washington with and Bears up next.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-9)
The Jaguars’ had two weeks to get ready for trip to Indy.

32. Oakland Raiders (0-10)
The Raiders face their longtime rival the Chiefs in matchup that always bring drama.

Alabama Earns #1 Ranking in New College Football Top 25 Poll

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Alabama Earns #1 Ranking in New College Football Playoff Selection Top 25 Poll

Alabama moved into the #1 spot in the College Football Rankings after beating then #1 and undefeated Mississippi State 25-20. Mississippi St. remained in the top four of the College Football Playoff rankings that were released by the selection committee Tuesday night.

The selection committee will prepare three more rankings this season, including the final installment on Selection Day, Sunday, December 7. The top four teams in the final rankings will play in the semifinals on January 1, 2015, at the Rose Bowl Game.

Team of the Week - Alabama

Players of the Week
Offense - RB Melvin Gordon - Wisconsin

Defense - LB Joe Schobert - Wisconsin

Matchup for Week 12 – Southern Cal at UCLA

College Football Playoff Rankings - Top 25 Teams - Nov. 18

The No. 4 seeded Bulldogs, 9-1 overall and 5-1 in Southeastern Conference play, are one of four SEC teams in the top 10. MSU’s only loss was at the hands of No. 1 Alabama by a score of 25-20 on the road. The Tide has two games remaining both at home with Western Carolina this week and the critical Iron Bowl vs Auburn in their arch rival on Nov. 29th. The Bulldogs play Vanderbilt this weekend and still get to face No. 8 Ole Miss in Oxford on Nov 29th. MSU is seeking the first 10-win regular season in program history and just the second 7-0 home slate.

The selection committee will continue to evaluate teams and will meet in person again November 24-25 and December 1-2 to issue its new rankings before the final meeting December 5-7.

The final College Football Playoff rankings will be announced Sunday, Dec. 7. The playoff semifinals will be hosted by the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl and match the No. 1 seed vs. the No. 4 seed, while the No. 2 seed will take on the No. 3 seed. The semifinals will be played on Jan. 1, 2015.

College Football Playoff Rankings (Nov. 18)
1. Alabama
2. Oregon
3. Florida State
4. Mississippi State
5. TCU
6. Ohio State
7. Baylor
8. Ole Miss
9. UCLA
10. Georgia
11. Michigan State
12. Kansas State
13. Arizona State
14. Auburn
15. Arizona
16. Wisconsin
17. Utah
18. Georgia Tech
19. Southern Cal
20. Missouri
21. Oklahoma
22. Clemson
23. Nebraska
24. Louisville
25. Minnesota

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.

Pro Prospect Rankings - NFL Draft 2015 - Defensive Players

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Pro Prospect Rankings - NFL Draft 2015
Late season 2014 Rankings * underclassmen

Photo - DE Shilique Calhoun - Michigan St

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Defensive Prospects
Ends:

1. * Shilique Calhoun - Michigan State - 6-4, 260
2. * Randy Gregory - Nebraska - 6-6, 245
3. * Shawn Oakman - Baylor - 6-8, 275
4. Shane Ray - Missouri - 6-3, 245
5. Trey Flowers - Arkansas - 6-4, 265
6. * Arik Armstead - Oregon - 6-7, 295
7. Lorenzo Mauldin - Louisville - 6-4, 245
8. Nate Orchard - Utah - 6-4, 255
9. * Dante Fowler - Florida - 6-2, 260
10. * Mario Edwards - Florida State - 6-3, 295
11. * Bronson Kaufusi - Brigham Young - 6-7, 265
12. Alvin Dupree - Kentucky - 6-4, 265
13. Hauoli Kikaha - Washington - 6-3, 250
14. Cedric Reed - Texas - 6-6, 270
15. Markus Golden - Missouri - 6-3, 260

Defensive Tackles:
1. * Leonard Williams - Southern California - 6-5, 300
2. Michael Bennett - Ohio State - 6-2, 290
3. Carl Davis - Iowa - 6-5, 315
4. Danny Shelton - Washington - 6-2, 335
5. Tyeler Davison - Fresno State - 6-2, 310
6. * Christian Covington - Rice - 6-3, 295
7. * Ellis McCarthy - UCLA - 6-4, 330
8. Gabe Wright - Auburn - 6-2, 285
9. Leon Orr - Florida - 6-4, 305
10. Luther Maddy - Virginia Tech - 6-0, 295
11. J.T. Surratt - South Carolina - 6-2, 305
12. Brandon Ivory - Alabama - 6-3, 312
13. Xavier Williams - Northern Iowa - 6-3, 310
14. Grady Jarrett - Clemson - 6-1, 295
15. Travis Raciti - San Jose State - 6-5, 290

Outside Linebackers:
1. Vic Beasley - Clemson - 6-2, 235
2. * Shaq Thompson - Washington - 6-2, 230
3. * Noah Spence - Ohio State - 6-3, 250
4. * Benardrick McKinney - Mississippi State - 6-4, 245
5. * Eric Striker - Oklahoma - 6-0, 220
6. Jake Ryan - Michigan - 6-3, 235
7. Zach Hodges - Harvard - 6-3, 235
8. * Jordan Jenkins - Georgia - 6-2, 245
9. Geneo Grissom - Oklahoma - 6-4, 250
10. Tony Washington - Oregon - 6-3, 250
11. J.R. Tavai - Southern California - 6-2, 250
12. Zach Pratt - Rice - 6-2, 240
13. Paul Dawson - TCU - 6-2, 230
14. Dyshawn Davis - Syracuse - 6-2, 220

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.

Florida St. Claims #1 Ranking Off Undefeated Record

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Florida St. Claims #1 Ranking Off Alabama Win

Photo - QB Jameis Winston - Florida St.

Team of the Week - Alabama

Players of the Week
Offense - RB Melvin Gordon - Wisconsin

Defense - LB Joe Schobert - Wisconsin

Matchup for Week 12 – Southern Cal at UCLA

Draft Insiders’ - Top 25 Teams - Nov. 17
1. Florida State - 10-0
2. Oregon - 9-1
3. Alabama - 9-1
4. Mississippi State - 9-1
5. Baylor - 8-1
6. TCU - 9-1
7. Ohio State - 9-1
8. Ole Miss - 8-2
9. Georgia - 8-2
10. Michigan State - 8-2
11 Arizona - 8-2
12. UCLA - 8-2
13. Wisconsin - 8-2
14. Kansas State - 7-2
15. Auburn - 7-3
16. Arizona State - 8-2
17. Georgia Tech -9-2
18. Marshall – 10-0
19. Missouri - 8-2
20. Oklahoma - 7-3
21. USC, 7-3, 195
22. Duke, 8-2, 85
23. Utah - 7-3
24. Nebraska - 8-2
25. Colorado St - 9-1

AP Poll
Rank School (record) Points

1. Florida State (43), 10-0, 1476
2. Alabama (16), 9-1, 1439
3. Oregon (1), 9-1, 1385
4. Mississippi State, 9-1, 1289
5. TCU, 9-1, 1237
6. Baylor, 8-1, 1232
7. Ohio State, 9-1, 1167
8. Ole Miss, 8-2, 1064
9. Georgia, 8-2, 948
10. Michigan State, 8-2, 941
11. UCLA, 8-2, 876
12. Kansas State, 7-2, 868
13. Arizona State, 8-2, 720
14. Wisconsin, 8-2, 707
15. Arizona, 8-2, 695
16. Auburn, 7-3, 531
17. Georgia Tech, 9-2, 523
18. Marshall, 10-0, 383
19. Missouri, 8-2, 376
20. Utah, 7-3, 349
21. Nebraska, 8-2, 291
22. Colorado State, 9-1, 281
23. Oklahoma, 7-3, 206
24. USC, 7-3, 195
25. Duke, 8-2, 85

Coaches’ Poll
Rank School (record) Points

1. Florida State (39), 10-0, 1518
2. Alabama (17), 9-1, 1494
3. Oregon (6), 9-1, 1434
4. Mississippi State, 9-1, 1296
5. TCU, 9-1, 1279
6. Baylor, 8-1, 1272
7. Ohio State, 9-1, 1228
8. Ole Miss, 8-2, 1041
9. Michigan State, 8-2, 1030
10. Georgia, 8-2, 981
11. Kansas State, 7-2, 880
12. UCLA, 8-2, 862
13. Arizona, 8-2, 726
14. Arizona State, 8-2, 721
15. Wisconsin, 8-2, 715
16. Georgia Tech, 9-2, 511
17. Auburn, 7-3, 508
18. Marshall, 10-0, 427
19. Nebraska, 8-2, 409
20. Missouri, 8-2, 406
21. Utah, 7-3, 286
22. Oklahoma, 7-3, 265
23. Colorado State, 9-1, 259
24. USC, 7-3, 132
25. Duke, 8-2, 130

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.

#1 Mississippi St (9-0) at #5 Alabama Heads Premier Games

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#1 Mississippi St (9-0) at #5 Alabama Heads Premier Games

Top-ranked Mississippi State (9-0, 5-0 SEC) seeks to extend its perfect season against 5th ranked Alabama (8-1, 5-1) in an SEC West showdown at 2:39 p.m. CT Saturday from a sold-out Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Photo - WR Amari Cooper - Alabama

The contest will be televised live by CBS with Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson and Allie LaForce calling the action. Free live streaming video is also available through CBSSports.com. ESPN’s College GameDay will originate from Tuscaloosa at 8 a.m.

The Bulldogs are aiming for the first 10-win regular season in school history. An MSU victory on Saturday would set up next weekend’s home finale against Vanderbilt with a chance to clinch the division title. With a loss to Alabama, the Bulldogs would have to win their remaining two games and need Auburn to defeat Alabama in order for MSU to clinch the division.

Alabama has won three national titles in the past five seasons. They look to claim a place in the Final four in the inaugural playoff system rankings with a win today. The Tide is a favorite to win a matchup that could determine the SEC West leader and possible national champion.

MSU has embraced the underdog role all season, coming out with victories four times under that scenario. The squad is seeking to become the first team to win at LSU (Baton Rouge) and at Alabama (Tuscaloosa) in the same season since MSU did it in 1957.

“In every article you read, we are big underdogs heading into this game,” said head coach Dan Mullen. We know that role. We are going to be ok with that. Our guys are going to come in with a chip on their shoulder and play with great effort. No matter what everyone else is predicting, we want to play that way every week.”

“We’re back to the team that we were to begin with to begin the season,” added Heisman Trophy candidate Dak Prescott. “No one expected us to win; no one thought that we would win. We were the underdogs in all of those games.”

The Bulldogs are fully rested and well prepared after a 45-16 non-conference win against UT Martin last weekend. Saturday will be the fourth top-10 team MSU has faced this season. The squad has won 12 consecutive games – one shy of tying the school record – and has not tasted defeat in 364 days.

The Tide, ranked fifth in the College Football Playoff poll, survived in overtime at No. 14 LSU last weekend by a score of 20-13. Alabama has won the last six meetings against the team that resides just 84 miles down Highway 82.

Saturday’s matchup features the league’s top total offense and top total defense. MSU is putting up 522.1 yards per game, good for sixth nationally. Alabama is allowing only 275.2 yards per game, including 89.7 yards per game on the ground.

Prescott is the only FBS player to rank in the top 10 in total offense, points responsible for and passing efficiency. Prescott has thrown for 2,231 yards and rushed for 779 yards. He’s tossed 18 touchdowns and rushed for 11.

Running back Josh Robinson stands just 14 yards away from cracking the 1,000-yard mark for the season, while De’Runnya Wilson, a Birmingham, Ala., native, has caught a team-high 22 balls for 367 yards and six touchdowns. Senior wideout Jameon Lewis has worked his way back to full strength and will play Saturday.

Defensively, All-America candidate Benardrick McKinney paces the Bulldogs with 55 tackles. Defensive end Preston Smith is tops on the team in tackles for loss with 11.5, including seven sacks.

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.

Cardinals Hold #1 Ranking With Tough Late Schedule

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NFL Power Rankings Week 10 –
Cardinals Top NFL Rankings

Rookies of the Week –
Offensive Player – WR Mike Evans - Bucs

Defensive Player - LB Chris Borland - 49ers

Photo – QB Aaron Rodgers - Packers

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

Defensive Player – LB Connor Barwin - Eagles

Team of Week 10 - Dolphins
Matchup of Week 11 – Eagles at Packers

Rank / Team / Record

1. Arizona Cardinals (8-1)
Cards will have to win with hot backup QB Drew Stanton with Carson Palmer out for the season.

2. Denver Broncos (7-2)
Broncos’ Peyton Manning was the latest to smoke the Raiders last week.

3. Philadelphia Eagles (7-2)
Eagles face huge showdown with Packers in Titletown this week.

4. Seattle Seahawks (6-3)
Seahawks are starting to build mo for the second half of schedule.

5. Indianapolis Colts (6-3)
Colts are well rested for their clash with the Patriots at home.

6. Detroit Lions (7-2)
Lions keep winning in key situations and travel to face hot Cardinals in the Desert.

7. New England Patriots (7-2)
Patriots travel to Indy after bye week for two weeks to get ready for Luck.

8. Green Bay Packers (6-3)
Packers’ are peaking with critical home games on second half schedule ahead.

9. Cincinnati Bengals (5-3-1)
The Bengals came up short in another big game vs the surging Browns in critical AFC North contest.

10. Dallas Cowboys (7-3)
Cowboys get their bye week to prepare for second half playoff run.

11. Kansas City Chiefs (6-3)
The Chiefs get defending champion Seahawks at home this Sunday.

12. Cleveland Browns (6-3)
The Browns are a gritty group coming off a huge win over the Bengals.

13. San Diego Chargers (5-4)
Chargers hope to end their three game losing streak off their bye week.

14. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-4)
Steelers’ were brought back to reality with crushing loss to the Jets last week.

15. Miami Dolphins (5-4)
The Dolphins will have to recover from Lions loss to make a run at the playoffs.

16. Baltimore Ravens (6-4)
The Ravens’ get the week off to prepare for tough second half schedule.

17. New Orleans Saints (4-5)
Saints face the meat of their schedule in an up and down season.

18. San Francisco 49ers (5-4)
The 49ers won a huge game at New Orleans with key NFC games on the agenda.

19. Buffalo Bills (5-4)
The Bills’ are competitive, but probably a year away from playoff run.

20. New York Giants (3-6)
The GMen keep coming up short in big situations with playoff hopes quickly fading.

21. Carolina Panthers (3-6-1)
The Panthers are struggling on offense but alive in the weak NFC South.

22. St. Louis Rams (3-6)
The Rams’ are a savvy group that is playing with subpar offense.

23. Houston Texans (4-5)
Texans face a total AFC schedule the rest of the way with key game with Browns this week.

24. Minnesota Vikings (4-5)
Vikings face the Bears and Packers the next two weeks that will determine their slim playoff hopes.

25. Chicago Bears (3-6)
The Bears are caving in weekly and one of the worst teams in the league currently.

26. Washington Redskins (3-6)
Washington comes off their bye week and RG3 can get hot for the stretch run.

27. Atlanta Falcons (3-6)
Falcons won a meaningless game vs Tampa with trip to Carolina this week.

28. Tennessee Titans (2-7)
The Titans are actually getting worst this season.

29. New York Jets (2-8)
The Jets get a bye week to celebrate their surprising win over Steelers.

30. Tampa Bay Bucs (1-8)
Bucs are simply terrible with road games at Washington and Chicago up next.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-9)
The Jaguars’ get their bye week after losing in London to the Cowboys.

32. Oakland Raiders (0-9)
The Raiders face a heavy AFC West schedule with perfect winless season at stake.

Mississippi St. Holds #1 Playoff Ranking with Alabama Game Next Up

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Mississippi St. Holds #1 Playoff Ranking with Alabama Game Next Up

Photo - WR Amari Cooper - Alabama

Team of the Week - Alabama

Players of the Week
Offense - QB T.J. Barrett - Ohio St.

Defense - DE Cedric Reed - Texas

Matchup for Week 11 - Mississippi St at Alabama

Draft Insiders’ - Top 25 Teams - Nov. 12

1. Mississippi State - 9-0
2. Florida State - 9-0
3. Oregon - 9-1
4. Alabama - 8-1
5. TCU - 8-1
6. Arizona State - 8-1
7. Baylor - 8-1
8. Ohio State - 8-1
9. Auburn - 7-2
10. Ole Miss - 8-2
11 Arizona - 7-2
12. UCLA - 8-2
13. Michigan State - 7-2
14. Georgia - 7-2
15. Kansas State - 7-2
16. Nebraska - 8-1
17. Duke - 8-1
18. Notre Dame - 7-2
19. LSU - 7-3
20. Clemson - 7-2
21. Georgia Tech -8-2
22. Wisconsin - 7-2
23. Utah - 6-3
24. Oklahoma - 6-3
25. Minnesota - 7-2

College Playoff Rankings - Top 25
Rank / Team / 1st Place Votes / Record / Points

1 Mississippi State 9-0
2 Oregon 9-1
3 Florida State 9-0
4 TCU 8-1
5 Alabama 8-1
6 Arizona State 8-1
7 Baylor 8-1
8 Ohio State 8-1
9 Auburn 7-2
10 Mississippi 8-2
11 UCLA 8-2
12 Michigan State 7-2
13 Kansas State 7-2
14 Arizona 7-2
15 Georgia 7-2
16 Nebraska 8-1
17 LSU 7-3
18 Notre Dame 7-2
19 Clemson 7-2
20 Wisconsin 7-2
21 Duke 8-1
22 Georgia Tech 8-2
23 Utah 6-3
24 Texas A&M 7-3
25 Minnesota 7-2

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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