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Luck & Richardson Head Walter Camp Player of the Year Award Finalists

Finalists Named For 2011 Walter Camp Player of the Year Award

Photo – QB Andrew Luck - Stanford

Three QBs – Robert Griffin III(Baylor), Case Keenum (Houston) and Andrew Luck (Stanford)– lead the list of five finalists for the Walter Camp Football Foundation 2011 College Player of the Year award. Two players from the Southeastern Conference - Alabama running back Trent Richardson and LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu round out the list.

The 2011 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, who is voted on by the Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, will be presented live on Thursday, December 8 during the 6 p.m. edition of _ESPN SportsCenter. Former Auburn University quarterback Cam Newton, now playing in the NFL for the Carolina Panthers, won the award last year. The winner will receive his trophy at the Foundation’s annual national awards banquet on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at the Yale University Commons in New Haven.

Walter Camp, “The Father of American football,” first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp – a former Yale University athlete and football coach – is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to eleven men per side. The Walter Camp Football Foundation – a New Haven-based all-volunteer group – was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and continue the tradition of selecting an annual All-America team. The Walter Camp Football Foundation is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards top protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game’s predominant awards. The NCFAA encourages professionalism and the highest standards for the administration of
its member awards and the selection of their candidates and recipients. Visit www.ncfaa.org

THE FINALISTS FOR THE 2011 WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD:

Robert Griffin III – BAYLOR – Jr – QB
Griffin III ranks second nationally in total offense (390.0 yards per game) and points responsible for (22.5)….. He has passed for 3,678 yards and 34 touchdowns… Griffin III has eight 300-yard passing efforts, including four with 400 or more…. He has thrown for three or more touchdowns in a game eight times… He has earned Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week honors twice, most recently after a 479-yard and four-touchdown effort in a win over Oklahoma on November 19.

Case Keenum – HOUSTON – Sr – QB
Keenum has led the Cougars to a 12-0 record and a berth in Saturday’s Conference USA title game… He leads the nation in total offense (397.4 yards per game) and passing yards per game (393.8)… Keenum has passed for 4,726 yards and 43 touchdowns, completing 342-of-467 passes… He has thrown for 300 or more yards in all 12 games, including six 400-yard efforts… His best game came in a win over Rice on October 27 when he threw for a season-high 534 yards and nine touchdowns and earned him Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week honors.

Andrew Luck – STANFORD – Jr – QB
Luck has led the Cardinal to an 11-1 record and #4 ranking in the latest BCS standings… Has passed for 3,170 yards (261-of-373) and 35 touchdowns… Luck leads the Pac-12 in passing efficiency (167.5)… Has also rushed for 153 yards and scored two touchdowns… He has thrown for two or more touchdowns in all 12 games and has four 300-yard passing efforts, including a season-high 370 in a win over Colorado on October 8.

Tyrann Mathieu – LSU – Soph – CB
Mathieu leads the top-ranked and undefeated LSU defensive unit with 66 tackles and six forced fumbles…. He has recovered four fumbles and intercepted two passes for a Tiger defensive that ranks second in the nation in scoring defense (10.58 points allowed per game)… Mathieu also averages 13.7 yards a punt return and has one returned for a touchdown… Mathieu has earned Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week honors twice this season (Sept. 25 and Nov. 27).

Trent Richardson – ALABAMA – Jr
RB Richardson has led the second-ranked Crimson Tide to an 11-1 record… Has rushed for 1,263 yards and 20 touchdowns… Richardson has nine 100-yard rushing efforts, including a season-high 203 in a win over Auburn on November 26 which earned him Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week honors… He has scored at least two rushing touchdowns in seven games this season, including a season-high four in a victory over Ole Miss on October 15.

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 18 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.

LSU Heads Polls and Conference Championship Weekend Games

LSU Heads Conference Championship Weekend - Draft Insiders.com, AP and Coaches Top 25 Teams

This is DraftInsiders.com weekly 2011 season College Poll. We will have weekly polls thru the season & postseason in our College Football Mondays blog column.

Nov. 29

Team of the Week – LSU

Photo – WR Rueben Randle - LSU

Draft Insiders.com Top 25 Poll
(This year’s record in parentheses)

1. LSU (12-0)
2. Alabama (11-1)
3. Stanford (11-1)
4. Oklahoma St (10-1)
5. Arkansas (10-2)
6. Virginia Tech (11-1)
7. Houston (12-0)
8. Oregon (10-2)
9. Boise St (10-1)
10. Oklahoma (9-2)
11. Michigan St (10-2)
12. South Carolina (10-2)
13. Georgia (10-2)
14. Southern Cal (10-2)
15. Michigan (10-2)
16. Wisconsin (10-2)
17. Kansas St (9-2)
18. Texas Christian (9-2)
19. Clemson (9-3)
20. Baylor (8-3)
21. Nebraska (9-3)
22. Southern Miss (10-2)
23. West Virginia (8-3)
24. Penn St (9-3)
25. Cincinnati (8-3)

AP Top 25 Poll
Rank / Name / W L / Previous

1. LSU - 12 - 0 / 1
2. Alabama - 11 - 1 / 2
3. Oklahoma St - 10 - 1 / 5
4. Stanford - 11 - 1 / 4
5. Virginia Tech - 11 - 1 / 6
6. Arkansas - 10 - 2 / 3
7. Houston - 12 - 0 / 8
8. Oregon - 9 - 2 / 9
9. Boise St. - 10 - 1 / 7
10. Southern Cal - 10-2 / 10
11. Michigan St - 10-2 / 11
12. Georgia - 10-2 / 13
13. Oklahoma - 9 - 2 / 12
14. South Carolina - 10 - 2 / 14
15. Wisconsin - 10-2 / 15
16. Kansas St. - 10 -2 / 16
17 Michigan - 10 - 2 / 20
18. Texas Christian - 9-2 / 19
19. Baylor - 9-3 / 21
20. Nebraska - 9 -3 / 22
21. Clemson - 9 - 3 / 18
22. West Virginia - 8-3 / NR
23. Penn St - 9-3 / 20
24. Southern Miss - 10-2 / NR
25. Florida St - 8-4 / NR

Coaches Top 25 Poll
Rank Team (first-place votes) Record

1. LSU (59) - 12-0
2. Alabama - 11-1
3. Virginia Tech - 11-1
4. Stanford - 11-1
5. Oklahoma St - 10-1
6. Houston - 12-0
7. Oregon - 10-2
8. Boise St - 10-1
9. Michigan St. - 10-2
10. Arkansas - 10-2
11. Oklahoma - 9-2
12. Wisconsin - 10-2
13. South Carolina - 10-2
14. Georgia - 10-2
15. Kansas St - 10-2
16. Michigan - 10-2
17. Texas Christian - 9-2
18. Baylor - 9-3
19. Nebraska - 9-3
20. West Virginia - 8-3
21. Clemson - 9-3
22. Penn St - 9-3
23. Southern Miss - 10-2
24. Florida St - 8-4
25. Cincinnati (8-3)

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Thorpe and All-American teams. 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 is also a member of the FWAA and voter in College team and player awards.

LSU Pounds Arkansas To Claim #1 Into Conference Title Game

LSU Pounds Arkansas To Claim #1 Into SEC Championship vs Georgia

'College Football Monday'
Frank Coyle's Blog Column

LSU and Houston Finish Regular Season As the Only Two Unbeatens

Offensive Player of the Week –
RB Trent Richardson - Alabama

Defensive Player of the Week
CB Tyrann Mathieu - LSU

Photo - RB Trent Richardson - Alabama

The final full week of the regular 2011 season is complete with conference championship games on the agenda this week. LSU continues to establish themselves as the #1 club with an impressive 41-17 win over Arkansas after trailing 14-0 in the second quarter. The Tigers are a powerhouse who meets a hot Georgia team this week in the SEC title game. The Bulldogs have won 10 consecutive games since opening the season with two losses. LSU gained their composure vs Arkansas and drilled them with another display of power and speed that has dominated their competition against probably the toughest schedule in the nation. LSU appears headed for a rematch with Alabama who lost their only game to the Tigers 9-6 in early November. Alabama dominated Auburn in their finale to complete an excellent 11-1 season, though only good for second place in the SEC West that is occupied by LSU and Arkansas. Those three clubs ranked 1-3 entering last weekend with LSU and Alabama holding the top two spots while Arkansas fell back in the top ten.

LSU relied on a power ground game and some big plays from QB Jordan Jefferson and corner Tyrann Mathieu to blitz the Hogs. Jefferson had his best game of the season and gets the starting nod from here on thru the BCS bowl games. Mathieu may be the best defensive player in the nation after another outstanding performance. ‘Honey Badger’ has a great nose for the ball and packs a wallop when he gets there to force turnovers. In the key win over Arkansas, he had a team-best eight solo tackles, forced two fumbles and recovered one as the top-ranked Tigers completed their regular season undefeated. Mathieu added a 92-yard punt return for a TD as LSU remained undefeated (12-0, 8-0 in SEC West) and earned a spot in next week’s SEC Championship Game.

Alabama running back Trent Richardson rushed for a career-high 203 yards (on 27 carries) as the second-ranked Crimson Tide defeated Auburn, 42-14, in the Iron Bowl. Richardson added a five-yard touchdown reception as Alabama improved to 11-1, 7-1 in the SEC West. Richardson is one of the top Heisman Trophy candidates entering the final weekend where he will sit out waiting for the Tides feat in the postseason.

Michigan finally beat Ohio St. 40-34 that snapped a 7 game losing streak to their archrival. Michigan QB Denard Robinson accounted for 5 TDs as the Wolverines finished 10-2. Robinson ran for 170 yards on 26 carries, in addition to going 14 of 17 for 167 yards in a terrific overall performance. The Michigan win was huge for first year coach Brady Hoke who will lead the Wolverines in a top tier bowl matchup. Ohio St. named Urban Meyers their new head coach on Monday. The former Florida head coach sat out this year due to minor medical issues. He lead the Gators to two national championships and returns to Ohio St. where he was an assistant coach prior to starting his head coaching career at Bowling Green.

UCLA ran into the Trojans in their cross town rivalry. QB Matt Barkley has been in a zone for weeks and torched the Bruins 50-0. Barkley went 35 of 42 for 423 yards and 6 TDs that ended the Trojans season at 10-2. The Trojans are under NCAA suspension for any postseason activity, though they would rank in the top ten easily if eligible. Barkley had an outstanding season and closed with as impressive a run as any player in the nation, though any Heisman talk was most likely too little too late. UCLA finished 6-6 and earned a berth in the Pac 12’s first championship game vs Oregon. Figure that out.

Houston finished undefeated that ranks them in the top ten. QB Case Keenum broke school, conference and NCAA records weekly over the final months that might earn an invite to the Heisman Trophy presentation. Where Houston falls in the bowl season will be interesting with their perfect record intact entering the CUSA title game vs Southern Miss. They hope to possibly challenging for the BCS title if LSU loses over their final two games.

Cincinnati's Isaiah Pead had two punt returns for 54 yards, nine receptions for 112 yards and a TD, and 17 carries for 80 yards and a TD in a 30-13 win over Syracuse on Nov. 26. He finished with 246 all-purpose yards in the game. Pead's performance helped keep the Bearcats alive for a Big East Championship and a BCS bowl berth.

Georgia's Brandon Boykin had an impressive showing against Georgia Tech over the weekend. Boykin will face off with LSU this weekend in the Southeastern Conference Championship game in Atlanta, Georgia. Boykin caught one pass for 28 yards, returned two punts for 4 yards and returned one kick for 60 yards in a 31-17 win over Georgia Tech. On defense Boykin recorded two total tackles, including assisting on a tackle for loss.

The BCS matchup for #1 appears headed for a rematch of LSU and Alabama after last weekend. LSU prevailed 9-6 earlier this season on the road that earned them a huge lead for the #1 ranking entering the final months. They win the SEC West division in the conference that has dominated the national title for five consecutive seasons.

This Week’s Top Games
#1 LSU vs #12 Georgia
#11 Michigan St vs #15 Wisconsin
#7 Houston vs #24 Southern Miss
#5 Virginia Tech vs #21 Clemson

New Weekly Top 25 Polls Posted every Tuesday

Frank Coyle writes ‘College Football Monday’ weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He is also a member of the FWAA and voter in College team and player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Thorpe, etc. He is a voter for weekly Team and Player Awards

LSU Pounds Arkansas To Claim #1 Into Conference Title Game

LSU Pounds Arkansas To Stand At #1

'College Football Monday'
Frank Coyle's Blog Column

LSU and Houston Finish Regular Season As the Only Two Unbeatens

Offensive Player of the Week –
RB Trent Richardson - Alabama

Defensive Player of the Week
CB Tyrann Mathieu - LSU

Photo - RB Trent Richardson - Alabama

The final full week of the regular 2011 season is complete with conference championship games on the agenda this week. LSU continues to establish themselves as the #1 club with an impressive 41-17 win over Arkansas after trailing 14-0 in the second quarter. The Tigers are a powerhouse who meets a hot Georgia team this week in the SEC title game. The Bulldogs have won 10 consecutive games since opening the season with two losses. LSU gained their composure vs Arkansas and drilled them with another display of power and speed that has dominated their competition against probably the toughest schedule in the nation. LSU appears headed for a rematch with Alabama who lost their only game to the Tigers 9-6 in early November. Alabama dominated Auburn in their finale to complete an excellent 11-1 season, though only good for second place in the SEC West that is occupied by LSU and Arkansas. Those three clubs ranked 1-3 entering last weekend with LSU and Alabama holding the top two spots while Arkansas fell back in the top ten.

LSU relied on a power ground game and some big plays from QB Jordan Jefferson and corner Tyrann Mathieu to blitz the Hogs. Jefferson had his best game of the season and gets the starting nod from here on thru the BCS bowl games. Mathieu may be the best defensive player in the nation after another outstanding performance. ‘Honey Badger’ has a great nose for the ball and packs a wallop when he gets there to force turnovers. In the key win over Arkansas, he had a team-best eight solo tackles, forced two fumbles and recovered one as the top-ranked Tigers completed their regular season undefeated. Mathieu added a 92-yard punt return for a TD as LSU remained undefeated (12-0, 8-0 in SEC West) and earned a spot in next week’s SEC Championship Game.

Alabama running back Trent Richardson rushed for a career-high 203 yards (on 27 carries) as the second-ranked Crimson Tide defeated Auburn, 42-14, in the Iron Bowl. Richardson added a five-yard touchdown reception as Alabama improved to 11-1, 7-1 in the SEC West. Richardson is one of the top Heisman Trophy candidates entering the final weekend where he will sit out waiting for the Tides feat in the postseason.

Michigan finally beat Ohio St. 40-34 that snapped a 7 game losing streak to their archrival. Michigan QB Denard Robinson accounted for 5 TDs as the Wolverines finished 10-2. Robinson ran for 170 yards on 26 carries, in addition to going 14 of 17 for 167 yards in a terrific overall performance. The Michigan win was huge for first year coach Brady Hoke who will lead the Wolverines in a top tier bowl matchup. Ohio St. named Urban Meyers their new head coach on Monday. The former Florida head coach sat out this year due to minor medical issues. He lead the Gators to two national championships and returns to Ohio St. where he was an assistant coach prior to starting his head coaching career at Bowling Green.

UCLA ran into the Trojans in their cross town rivalry. QB Matt Barkley has been in a zone for weeks and torched the Bruins 50-0. Barkley went 35 of 42 for 423 yards and 6 TDs that ended the Trojans season at 10-2. The Trojans are under NCAA suspension for any postseason activity, though they would rank in the top ten easily if eligible. Barkley had an outstanding season and closed with as impressive a run as any player in the nation, though any Heisman talk was most likely too little too late. UCLA finished 6-6 and earned a berth in the Pac 12’s first championship game vs Oregon. Figure that out.

Houston finished undefeated that ranks them in the top ten. QB Case Keenum broke school, conference and NCAA records weekly over the final months that might earn an invite to the Heisman Trophy presentation. Where Houston falls in the bowl season will be interesting with their perfect record intact entering the CUSA title game vs Southern Miss. They hope to possibly challenging for the BCS title if LSU loses over their final two games.

Cincinnati's Isaiah Pead had two punt returns for 54 yards, nine receptions for 112 yards and a TD, and 17 carries for 80 yards and a TD in a 30-13 win over Syracuse on Nov. 26. He finished with 246 all-purpose yards in the game. Pead's performance helped keep the Bearcats alive for a Big East Championship and a BCS bowl berth.

Georgia's Brandon Boykin had an impressive showing against Georgia Tech over the weekend. Boykin will face off with LSU this weekend in the Southeastern Conference Championship game in Atlanta, Georgia. Boykin caught one pass for 28 yards, returned two punts for 4 yards and returned one kick for 60 yards in a 31-17 win over Georgia Tech. On defense Boykin recorded two total tackles, including assisting on a tackle for loss.

The BCS matchup for #1 appears headed for a rematch of LSU and Alabama after last weekend. LSU prevailed 9-6 earlier this season on the road that earned them a huge lead for the #1 ranking entering the final months. They win the SEC West division in the conference that has dominated the national title for five consecutive seasons.

This Week’s Top Games
#1 LSU vs #12 Georgia
#11 Michigan St vs #15 Wisconsin
#7 Houston vs #24 Southern Miss
#5 Virginia Tech vs #21 Clemson

New Weekly Top 25 Polls Posted every Tuesday

Frank Coyle writes ‘College Football Monday’ weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He is also a member of the FWAA and voter in College team and player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Thorpe, etc. He is a voter for weekly Team and Player Awards

College Football 2011 Awards Finalist - Nagurski, Lombardi, Maxwell, Thorpe

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Home Depot College Football Awards Finalist
(listed alphabetically)

*2010 award winner

Photo - Safety Mark Barron - Alabama

Chuck Bednarik Award
College Defensive Player of the Year

Dont'a Hightower, Alabama
Tyrann Mathieu. LSU
Devon Still, Penn State

Biletnikoff Award
Nation's Most Outstanding Receiver

Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State*
Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma
Robert Woods, USC

Butkus Award Finalists – Best Linebacker
• Lavonte David, Nebraska
• Dont’a Hightower, Alabama
• Jarvis Jones, Georgia
• Luke Kuechly, Boston College
• Manti Te’o, Notre Dame
• Courtney Upshaw, Alabama

Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award
Nation's Most Outstanding Placekicker

Randy Bullock, Texas A&M
Dustin Hopkins, Florida State
Caleb Sturgis, Florida

Ray Guy Award
Nation's Most Outstanding Punter

Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech
Steven Clark, Auburn
Jackson Rice, Oregon

John Mackey Award - Outstanding Tight End
Dwayne Allen of Clemson
Orson Charles of Georgia
Tyler Eifert of Notre Dame
Announced as finalists during The Home Depot College Football Awards Nomination Special.

Maxwell Award - College Player of the Year
Andrew Luck, Stanford
Kellen Moore, Boise State
Trent Richardson, Alabama

Bronko Nagurski Trophy - Defensive Player of the Year Award
announced by the Football Writers Association of America

Alabama safety Mark Barron
LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne
Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly
Illinois end Whitney Mercilus
Penn State tackle Devon Still

Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award
Nation's Best Quarterback

Robert Griffin III, Baylor
Case Keenum, Houston
Andrew Luck, Stanford

Outland Trophy Nation's Most Outstanding
Interior Lineman

David DeCastro, Stanford
Barrett Jones, Alabama
Devon Still, Penn State

Jim Thorpe Award - Nation's Most Outstanding Defensive Back
David Amerson, NC State
Mark Barron, Alabama
Morris Claiborne, LSU

Doak Walker Award
Nation's Most Outstanding Running Back

Montee Ball, Wisconsin
LaMichael James, Oregon*
Trent Richardson, Alabama

*2010 award winner

Additionally, the Rimington Award (most outstanding center) will be presented during The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show.

The University of Alabama football team was announced as this year's recipient of the Disney Sports Spirit
Award, given annually to the most inspirational figure or team in college football. Alabama was selected for its extraordinary efforts to help aid and rebuild the western Alabama region following last spring's devastating tornado. Long snapper Carson Tinker, who lost his girlfriend Ashley Harrison in the storm, will accept the award on behalf of the team at the award show.

2011 The Home Depot College Football Awards Highlights

* The Home Depot College Football Awards Roundtable Special, a discussion about the Heisman finalists and the year in college football, will begin at 5 p.m. on ESPNU on Thursday, Dec. 8
* The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show - hosted by Erin Andrews, Tom Rinaldi and Dari Nowkhah - will air at 8 p.m. on ESPNU and again after the show at 11 p.m.
* The Home Depot College Football Awards will feature the live presentation of the NCFAA (National College Football Awards Association) Contribution to College Football Award; The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award; The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team; the Disney Spirit Award; and student-athletes selected to the Walter Camp All-America Team.

National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA)
The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game's predominant awards. The NCFAA encourages professionalism and the highest standards for the administration of its member awards and the selection of their candidates and recipients. For more information, visit the association's official Web site, www.NCFAA.org.

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 18 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.

LSU - Alabama Hold Top Two Spots - Heading For Repeat Showdown

LSU / Alabama Hold Top Two Spots - Draft Insiders.com, AP and Coaches Top 25 Teams

This is DraftInsiders.com weekly 2011 season College Poll. We will have weekly polls thru the season & postseason in our College Football Mondays blog column.

Nov. 22

Team of the Week – Baylor

Photo – QB Robert Griffin - Baylor

Draft Insiders.com Top 25 Poll
(This year’s record in parentheses)

1. LSU (11-0)
2. Alabama (10-1)
3. Stanford (10-1)
4. Arkansas (10-1)
5. Virginia Tech (10-1)
6. Houston (11-0)
7. Oklahoma St (10-1)
8. Boise St (9-1
9. Oregon (9-2)
10. Oklahoma (8-2)
11. Clemson (9-2)
12. Michigan St (9-2)
13. South Carolina (9-2)
14. Georgia (9-2)
15. Michigan (9-2)
16. Wisconsin (9-2)
17. Kansas St (9-2)
18. Southern Cal (9-2)
19. Texas Christian (8-2)
20. Notre Dame (8-3)
21. Nebraska (8-3)
22. Penn St (9-2)
23. Baylor (7-3)
24. Virginia (8-3)
25. Georgia Tech (8-3)

AP Top 25 Poll
Rank / Name / W - L / Previous

1. LSU - 11 - 0 / 1
2. Alabama - 10 - 1 / 3
3. Arkansas - 10 - 1 / 6
4. Stanford - 10 - 1 / 8
5. Oklahoma St - 10 - 1 / 2
6. Virginia Tech - 10 - 1 / 9
7. Boise St. - 9 - 1 / 10
8. Houston - 11 - 0 / 11
9. Oregon - 8 - 2 / 4
10. Southern Cal - 8-2 / 18
11. Michigan St - 9-2 / 12
12. Oklahoma - 8 - 2 / 12
13. Georgia - 9-2 / 13
14. South Carolina - 9 - 2 / 14
15. Wisconsin - 9-2 / 15
16. Kansas St. - 9 -2 / 16
17 Michigan - 9 - 2 / 20
18. Clemson - 9 - 2 / 7
19. Texas Christian - 9-2 / 19
20. Penn St - 9-2 / 21
21. Baylor - 7-3 / NR
22. Nebraska - 8 -3 / 17
23. Notre Dame - 8-3 / 24
24. Virginia - 8-3 / NR
25. Georgia Tech - 8-3 / NR

Coaches Top 25 Poll
Rank Team (first-place votes) Record

1. LSU (59) - 11-0
2. Alabama - 10-1
3. Arkansas - 10-1
4. Virginia Tech - 10-1
5. Stanford - 10-1
6. Oklahoma St - 10-1
7. Houston - 11-0
8. Boise St - 9-1
9. Oregon - 9-2
10. Michigan St. - 9-2
11. Oklahoma - 9-2
12. Wisconsin - 9-2
13. South Carolina - 9-2
14. Georgia - 9-2
15. Kansas St - 9-2
16. Michigan - 9-2
17. Clemson - 9-2
18. Texas Christian - 9-2
19. Penn St - 9-2
20. Baylor - 7-3
21. Georgia Tech - 8-3
22. Nebraska - 8-3
23. West Virginia - 7-3
24. Notre Dame - 8-3
25. Virginia (8-3)

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Thorpe and All-American teams. 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 is also a member of the FWAA and voter in College team and player awards.

LSU and Houston Remain Unbeaten Entering Final Matchups

LSU Stands Alone at Top With Arkansas Coming To Baton Rouge

'College Football Monday'
Frank Coyle's Blog Column

Offensive Player of the Week –
QB Matt Barkley - USC

Defensive Player of the Week
LB Terrell Manning - N.C. St.

Photo - QB Matt Barkley - Southern Cal

The top ten in the BCS standings took a major shakeup as four highly ranked clubs, Oklahoma St., Oregon, Oklahoma and Clemson all fell this past weekend. Oklahoma St. got shocked by Iowa St. on Friday night 37-31 in double overtime. Oregon ran into a Trojan buzzsaw named QB Matt Barkley who lead a thrilling Southern Cal 38-35 victory. Oklahoma fell at the hands of Baylor with QB Robert Griffin toasting the Sooners for 479 yards and 4 TD passes. North Carolina St hammered Clemson 37-13, their second loss in three games. The widespread losses among top ten clubs opened up spots for undefeated Houston and Arkansas to move up quickly in the rankings.

Arkansas can throw the BCS quest for #1 into total disarray this Friday when they face top ranked LSU in their season finale. Arkansas unfortunately plays in the SEC West division that also is manned by LSU and Alabama, possibly the best two clubs in the nation. The SEC West division rank #1,2 and 3 this week, a testimony to the incredible talent in the SEC and West division in particular. Arkansas is the hottest team in the country behind QB Tyler Wilson. They have won 7 consecutive games since their September loss to Alabama. Their suspect defense has improved significantly over the past two months and has them competing for a BCS bowl appearance. If LSU wins this Friday they will play Georgia in the SEC title game. Georgia has won nine straight games since losing their first two contests this season. The streak has moved them into the top 15 in every poll with their rivalry game with Georgia Tech their finale prior to the SEC championship game.

The BCS matchup for #1 appears headed for a rematch of LSU and Alabama. That will wait until those team’s finales vs Arkansas and Auburn this week and then the tough SEC title game. LSU prevailed 9-6 earlier this season on the road that earned them a huge lead for the #1 ranking entering the final months. They hold the lead in the SEC West division in the conference that has dominated the national title for five consecutive seasons.

The ranks of the unbeatens fell to just two clubs with Houston finally joining the top ten after another easy CUSA victory over SMU. They finally play a ranked opponent in their finale this week in Tulsa that will be test their perfect season. Stanford, Oklahoma St and Virginia Tech rank in the top 5 clubs in every poll with key finales set for this weekend. The Cardinal meets Notre Dame in a huge intersectional matchup while OSU and Va Tech meets rivals Oklahoma and Virginia that could shakeup the top ten again in tough matchups.

Southern Cal QB Matt Barkley had an impressive performance in the Trojans huge 38-35 win over Oregon. With Southern Cal on NCAA probation for violations the Oregon game was the Trojans unofficial conference title game. At 9-2 this season and only cross town rival UCLA left on the schedule, the Trojans staff has done a great job keeping this club focused on the upcoming matchup. Beating Oregon and Notre Dame were solid victories to build on in the off season. Barkley is only a junior and a player who is capable of taking this program to the elite status. His fast development ranks him just behind Andrew Luck among NFL prospects.

Baylor’s QB Robert Griffin continues to impress in big game situations. Griffin had a huge game in the Bears huge win over Oklahoma. He toasted the Sooners secondary continuously, in addition to key scrambles that had the Oklahoma defense guessing all game. Both Barkley and Griffin earned Heisman Trophy consideration off strong late season games. The Heisman race is interesting this year, as every major candidate has had at least one ordinary game that has kept the award a wide open contest.

This Week’s Top Games
#1 LSU vs #3 Arkansas
#4 Stanford vs #22 Notre Dame
#8 Houston vs #24 Tulsa
#12 South Carolina vs #15 Clemson
#2 Alabama vs Auburn

New Weekly Top 25 Polls Posted every Tuesday

Frank Coyle writes ‘College Football Monday’ weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He is also a member of the FWAA and voter in College team and player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Thorpe, etc. He is a voter for weekly Team and Player Awards

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