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Patriots & Panthers Stay Undefeated - NFL Power Poll - Week 11

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NFL Power Rankings Week 11 –
Patriots & Panthers Stay Undefeated -

Rookies of the Week –
Offensive Player - RB Jeremy Langford - Bears

Defensive Player - CB Marcus Peters - Chiefs

Players of the Week
Offensive Player - QB Kirk Cousins - Redskins

Defensive Player - LB Luke Kuechly - Panthers
Special Teams - PK Stephen Gostkowski - Patriots

Photo - QB Ben Roethlisberger - Steelers

Team of Week 10 - Cardinals
Matchup of Week 11 – Cincinnati (8-1) at Arizona (7-2)

NFL Power Poll
Rank / Team / Record

1. New England Patriots (9-0)
Patriots finally beat the GMen with a late dramatic victory behind Tom Brady.

2. Carolina Panthers (9-0)
The Panthers have quietly taken their game to a new level behind a maturing Cam Newton.

3. Cincinnati Bengals (8-1)
The Bengals’ fell vs the Texans tough defense that stoned this high powered attack.

4. Arizona Cardinals (7-2)
QB Carson Palmer lite up the once strong Seahawks defense to take command in the tough NFC West.

5. Green Bay Packers (6-3)
Packers have lost three in a row and face a major hurdle on the road with North rival, the Vikings.

6. Denver Broncos (7-2)
Broncos’ stumbling badly behind a fading Peyton Manning near the end of the road as a premier NFL starter.

7. Atlanta Falcons (6-3)
Falcons’ had two weeks to prepare for the Luckless Colts to come to town.

8. Minnesota Vikings (7-2)
Vikings get their acid test with the Packers coming in to determine if they are contenders or pretenders.

9. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-4)
Steelers ’ Ben Roethlisberger comes off the bench to win their 2nd in a row going into their bye week.

10. New York Giants (5-5)
GMen lost another 4th quarter thriller and need to regroup and get healthy during their much needed bye week.

11. St. Louis Rams (4-5)
The Rams’ suffered a horrible lose to the Bears that could hurt them at the end of the season.

12. Seattle Seahawks (4-5)
The Seahawks were beat by the Cardinals in key matchup that sets up home game vs 49ers as critical for any postseason hopes.

13. Buffalo Bills (5-4)
The Bills come off a big win over the Jets, but face their biggest rival the Patriots this Monday night that may define their season.

14. New York Jets (5-4)
The Jets suffered a terrible lose to the Bills that compromises any playoff hopes.

15. Philadelphia Eagles (4-5)
Eagles lost a key game to the Saints with starting QB Sam Bradford injured once again.

16. Indianapolis Colts (4-5)
The Luckless Colts are coming off their bye week with serious questions about Andrew Luck’s return that puts their shaky first place hold shaky.

17. Oakland Raiders (4-5)
The Raiders lost to the Vikings last week and need a victory in Detroit to get to the .500 mark.

18. Washington Redskins (4-5)
The Skins are riding a hot hand of QB Kirk Cousins to jump into the wild NFC East race.

19. Miami Dolphins (4-5)
The Dolphins have to take their big win over the Eagles and continue with the Cowboys coming to town.

20. Houston Texans (4-5)
Texans stoned the strong Bengal offense and need to follow with a consistent effort vs the Jets this week.

21. Kansas City Chiefs (4-5)
The Chiefs crushed Peyton Manning and Broncos in a must win situation and travel to San Diego to get to the .500 level.

22. New Orleans Saints (4-6)
Saints fired DC Rob Ryan after giving up 99 points the past two games.

23. Tampa Bay Bucs (4-5)
Bucs HC Lovie Smith has them fighting on every play and try to reach .500 again this week vs Eagles.

24. Chicago Bears (4-5)
The Bears are showing life with thumping of the Rams last week and prepare to face Broncos this Sunday.

25. Baltimore Ravens (2-7)
The Ravens continue to lose close games with few big plays from their once powerful defense.

26. San Diego Chargers (2-7)
Chargers have two weeks to prepare for the Chiefs in a desperate must win situation.

27. Dallas Cowboys (2-7)
Cowboys dropped their seventh in a row without Tony Romo and look for his return for their trip to Miami this Sunday.

28. Cleveland Browns (2-8)
Browns hope to start Johnny Manziel and look to get an answer if he is their guy going forward.

29. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-6)
The Jaguars beat the Ravens and continue to be a developing spunky club under Gus Bradley.

30. San Francisco 49ers (3-6)
The 49ers’ come off their bye week and travel to Seattle for another NFC West battle.

31. Detroit Lions (2-7)
Lions jumped the Packers to register victory #2 with Raiders coming in this week.

32. Tennessee Titans (2-7)
The Titans lost to Panthers and play in horrible Thursday night matchup with the Jaguars tonight.

Jacksonville State Gamecocks #1 in FCS Polls

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Jacksonville State Gamecocks No. 1 in FCS For 10th-Straight Week

The Jacksonville State football team is No. 1 in FCS for the 10th-straight week after holding the top spot in the FCS Coaches Polls released on Monday.

The Gamecocks (9-1, 7-0 Ohio Valley Conference) clinched its fifth OVC Championship on Saturday with a 56-28 win over Southeast Missouri. It marks the third-straight week that JSU was voted atop the Coaches Poll.

In the STATS Poll, the top eight spots remained the same fro last week, with JSU claiming 145 of the 156 total first-place votes. The Gamecocks received 3,886 total votes, shead of second-place North Dakota State's 3,655. Third-place McNeese State earned 10 first-place votes, while Coastal Carolina and South Dakota State rounded out the top five.

The Coaches Poll saw JSU receive all but two of the 26 first-place votes, with second-place McNeese State grabbing those. The Gamecocks grabbed 648 total votes to the Cowboys' 616, while NDSU, CCU and SDSU rounded out the top five, respectively.

FCS Coaches Poll (Nov. 16, 2015)
Team (First-Place Votes), Record, Points, Last

1. Jacksonville State (24), 9-1, 648, 1
2. McNeese State (2), 9-0, 616, 2
3. North Dakota State, 8-2, 592, 3
4. Coastal Carolina, 9-1, 559, 4
5. South Dakota State, 8-2, 544, 5
6. Illinois State, 8-2, 531, 6
7. William & Mary, 8-2, 486, 7
8. Charleston Southern, 9-1, 464, 8
9. Chattanooga, 8-2, 440, 9
10. James Madison, 8-2, 408, 11
11. Portland State, 8-2, 368, 16
12. Sam Houston State, 7-3, 327, 18
13. North Carolina A&T, 9-1, 312, 14
14. Fordham, 9-2, 295, 17
15. Northern Iowa, 6-4, 256, 19
16. Richmond, 7-3, 229, 12
17. Montana, 6-4, 188, 22
18. Southern Utah, 7-3, 185, 15
19. Eastern Washington, 6-4, 184, 10
20. Northern Arizona, 7-3, 138, 25
21. Harvard, 8-1, 114, 13
22. Bethune-Cookman, 8-2, 111, 23
23. Dartmouth, 8-1, 93, 24
24. The Citadel, 7-3, 92, 20
25. Central Arkansas, 7-3, 70, NR

Dropped from rankings: Youngstown State

Others receiving votes: Grambling State 59, Dayton 29, Villanova 20, Youngstown State 19, Eastern Kentucky 16, North Dakota 15, Eastern Illinois 13, Alcorn State 7, Towson 5, New Hampshire 5, Penn 4, UT Martin 2, Western Carolina 2, Western Illinois 2, South Dakota 1, Cal Poly 1

College Football Monday - Ohio St & Clemson Remain Undefeated

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College Football Monday - Week 11

Ohio St & Clemson Remain Undefeated
Alabama Continues to Peak

Team of the Week: Oklahoma

Players of Week
Offense: RB Jordan Howard - Indiana
Defense: LB Eric Striker - Oklahoma

Photo: QB Connor Cook - Michigan St.

Ohio St Meets Michigan St and Oklahoma St. Faces Baylor in Key Big Ten & Big 12 Matchups

The upcoming Saturday will provide key answers to conference titles in both the Big Ten and Big 12 with vital matchups in both the Pac 12 and ACC on the agenda. The Big 12 schedule has created several key matchups over the final month and Saturday saw Oklahoma drop Baylor from the unbeaten ranks with an impressive victory. The Sooners relied on the passing of QB Baker Mayfield to blitz the undefeated and high powered Baylor offense, 44-34. It was the fifth consecutive game that the Sooners totaled over 500 yards as they snapped Baylor’s 20 game home winning streak. The Sooners (9-1) moved into the top ten rankings at #7 and can continue to move up the charts with two top ten teams, TCU and Oklahoma St left on the schedule. They could surprise and challenge the final four clubs if they sweep those two teams.

Ohio St. (10-0) remains undefeated since September of 2014 and ranks in the final four after beating a weak Illinois club, 28-3. They host Michigan St. this week before meeting Michigan in Ann Arbor in their finale. The Buckeyes continue to rely on power tailback Ezkiel Elliott who rushed for 181 yards on 27 carries and 2 TDs in the win over the Illini. With that performance, he went over 1200 yards rushing with 14 TDs and the key catalyst in the Buckeyes offense. With a strong finish vs two highly ranked Big Ten opponents and defenses he will get strong consideration for Heisman Trophy honors.

Alabama has been a dominant force in the SEC since a September lost to Ole Miss. They have man handled opponents weekly and produced another strong performance with a 31-6 win over Mississippi St. The Tide faces Charleston Southern and Auburn to close their schedule and holds the cards for the SEC West title. They can clinch the West title in the Iron Bowl match at Auburn. They continue to win on a powerful ground game and a physical dominating defense that will be hard to beat in the postseason. Junior tailback Derrick Henry produced another impressive effort rushing for 204 yards on 22 carries for 2 TDs vs a tough Bulldog defense. He has been the difference maker weekly for the Tide that puts their aggressive defense in good position consistently to protect a lead. Henry will still be the key rusher with backup Kenyan Drake out with a broken arm for a few weeks. Henry is another running back who is one of the leading Heisman candidates currently.

Oregon beat Stanford 38-36 in one of the most exciting Pac 12 games in recent years while Michigan needed some late game dramatics to comeback to defeat Indiana 48-41 in double overtime. The Ducks win shocked the Cardinal club that had moved into the top ten rankings in recent weeks. They are in a wild scramble in the Pac 12 that could go down to the final week of the season. Stanford closes with Notre Dame that will have a huge impact on the final four for both clubs. Michigan needed the late rally to improve to 8-2. They have Penn St. and Ohio St. remaining with a sweep probably moving them into the top 8-10 rankings.

North Carolina continues to be one of the surprise teams of the year and crushed a faltering Miami club 59-21. The Tar Heels improved to 9-1 and have rode the hot hand of QB Marquise Williams who has put up huge numbers vs ACC defenses. He ran for 101 yards and 3 TDs, in addition to throwing for a TD. They are undefeated in the ACC and close the season on the road with Virginia Tech and NC State. They need only 1 win to clinch a berth in the ACC Championship game.

Games of the Week – Baylor (8-1) at Oklahoma St. (10-0)

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.

Draft Insiders’ 2015 Top 25 Poll - Clemson & Ohio St. Remain Undefeated

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Draft Insiders’ 2015 Top 25 Poll – Week #11 Rankings
Clemson & Ohio St. Remain Undefeated
Alabama Dominates Mississippi St.

Team of Week - Oklahoma

Players of Week
Offense - RB Jordan Howard - Indiana
Defense - LB Eric Striker - Oklahoma

Photo – LB Eric Striker - Oklahoma

Draft Insiders’ 2015 Top 25 Poll –
Frank Coyle - scout

Rank/ Team /Record
1. Ohio St. - 10-0
2. Clemson - 10-0
3. Alabama - 9-1
4. Notre Dame - 9-1
5. Oklahoma St. - 10-0
6. Iowa - 10-0
7. Oklahoma - 9-1
8. Florida - 9-1
9. Michigan St. - 9-1
10. Baylor - 8-1
11. TCU - 9-1
12. North Carolina - 9-1
13. Houston - 10-0
14. Stanford - 8-2
15. Florida St - 8-2
16. LSU - 7-2
17. Utah - 8-2
18. Michigan - 8-2
19. Navy - 8-1
20. Wisconsin - 8-2
21. Northwestern - 8-2
22. USC - 7-3
23. Oregon - 7-3
24. Washington St. - 7-3
25. Miss - 7-3

AP Top 25
Rank/Team /Record /Points

1 Clemson(34) 10-0 1496
2 Ohio State(23) 10-0 1460
3 Alabama(4) 9-1 1424
4 Oklahoma State 10-0 1301
5 Notre Dame 9-1 1286
6 Iowa 10-0 1216
7 Oklahoma 9-1 1182
8 Florida 9-1 1055
9 Michigan State 9-1 1008
10 Baylor 8-1 946
11 TCU 9-1 857
12 North Carolina 9-1 791
13 Houston 10-0 790
14 Michigan 8-2 738
15 Stanford 8-2 668
16 Florida State 8-2 559
17 LSU 7-2 549
18 Utah 8-2 514
19 Navy 8-1 465
20 Northwestern 8-2 397
21 Wisconsin 8-2 338
22 USC 7-3 201
23 Oregon 7-3 170
24 Washington State 7-3 167
25 Ole Miss 7-3 44

Dropped from rankings: UCLA 18, Mississippi State 20, Temple 21, Memphis 25

Others receiving votes: Toledo 39, Arkansas 35, Memphis 32, Mississippi State 25, UCLA 18, Pittsburgh 15, Temple 13, Texas A&M 8, Georgia 8, Western Kentucky 4, Bowling Green 4, Air Force 1, Arkansas State 1

Coaches Poll
Rank /Team /Record /Points

1 Clemson(28) 10-0 1560
2 Ohio State(32) 10-0 1541
3 Alabama(4) 9-1 1484
4 Oklahoma State 10-0 1348
5 Notre Dame 9-1 1333
6 Iowa 10-0 1278
7 Oklahoma 9-1 1240
8 Florida 9-1 1132
9 Michigan State 9-1 1020
10 Baylor 8-1 999
11 TCU 9-1 970
12 North Carolina 9-1 801
13 Michigan 8-2 759
14 Houston 10-0 745
15 Stanford 8-2 690
16 Florida State 8-2 638
17 LSU 7-2 584
18 Utah 8-2 493
19 Navy 8-1 456
20 Wisconsin 8-2 447
21 Northwestern 8-2 359
22 Oregon 7-3 186
23 Washington State 7-3 155
24 USC 7-3 154
25 Ole Miss 7-3 70
Mississippi State 7-3 70

Dropped from rankings: UCLA 18, Temple 21, Memphis 25

Others receiving votes: UCLA 57, Memphis 51, Georgia 35, Toledo 33, Arkansas 28, Texas A&M 25, Temple 17, Pittsburgh 14, Western Kentucky 11, Bowling Green 8, Louisville 3, Appalachian State 2, Arkansas State 2, BYU 1, Marshall 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.

Raider’s Amari Cooper Heads Rookie of the Year Class

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Raider’s Amari Cooper Heads Rookie of the Year Class

The Raiders may have turned the corner as NFL contenders over the past two NFL Draft classes with a few vital offensive impact players in rookie wideout Amari Cooper and second year QB Derek Carr key additions. Carr has made fast progress as the triggerman on a club that has struggled for the past two decades to find a quality NFL starter. Rookie wideout Amari Cooper has been a difference maker over the first half of his inaugural season. He was begun to command double coverage in big situations and has the makeup of a top flight #1 NFL receiver.

Through 8 games this season, Cooper has caught 45 passes for 653 yards for a 14.5 yard average with 9 receptions for over a 20 yard and 4 over a 40 yard average and 4 TDs. He is cut in the mold of big play Raider receivers with size, speed and natural ability to be an upper echelon weapon. He was highly developed coming out of Alabama and our #1 receiver in Draft Insiders’ 2015 Yearbook.

Wideout Amari Cooper’s 2015 Draft Insiders’ Scouting Report – March 2015

Photo – WR Amari Cooper -Raiders

1. * Amari Cooper #9 - Alabama - 6-1, 200 - Sp. 4.40 Rating 94
Hindu Theory: Reggie Wayne

Gifted talented junior receiver capped off a fine three-year career with the Tide with a dominating performance in 2014. He was the winner of the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation's most outstanding receiver and was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy. Also named a unanimous 1st-team All-American and was SEC Offensive Player of the Year. Led the nation in receptions with 124 and finished second in yards with 1727 and TD receptions with 16. Though he does not have great size or exceptional speed, he is a premier talent in the very important categories of route-running, getting open, and catching the ball. Outstanding quickness and balance, which allow him to consistently get a clean release against press coverage and avoid tacklers in the open field. Accelerates to top speed in an instant and maintains speed at the top of his routes. Uses his fine burst to consistently separate vs the best corners. Makes difficult catches appear routine due to exceptional hand-eye coordination and awareness to high-point passes. Displays the ability to get defenders to commit prior to making his break in the opposite direction. Runs a consistently flawless post pattern. Uses a 2nd gear to create separation out of his breaks or after the catch. Fine ability to deal with congestion in the middle of the field on crossing routes and can consistently avoid big hits. Fearless over the middle and able to haul in the contested catches in heavy traffic. Sells his routes, makes his cuts without needing to gear down and shows a fine burst out of his breaks to instantly separate. Excellent feel for zone coverage, is able to find the soft spots and make himself available for his passer. Very competitive, hard working receiver who comes up big at critical times. Able to work effectively from the slot or the outside. Will track the ball well at all distances with the burst to run down the pass and take it to the end zone. Works the sidelines well and displays excellent footwork, body control and coordination to extend for the ball. Put on an excellent display of pass catching prowess during NFL Combine workout. Generally effective blocker in the run game, though could use a little more passion. Could improve using his body to shield defenders away from the pass. Occasionally will drop a pass due to lack of concentration, with 13 total in the past two seasons.
The Numbers: During the 2014 season, he caught 124 passes for 1727 yards and 16 TDs and a fine 13.9 yard average despite double coverage. As a sophomore, he started 12 games and caught 45 passes for 736 yards and 4 TDs for a 16.4 yard average. As a freshman, he played in 14 games and caught 59 passes for 1000 yards and 11 TDs. Over his career, he caught 228 passes for 3463 yards and totaled 31 TDs. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’1” and 211 lbs. and did not lift. He ran a 4.42 time with a 33” VL and 10’ BJ. He looked sharp in drills and added a 3.98 shuttle and a 6.71 three cone drill to complete an excellent overall performance.
The Skinny: Blue chip young athlete with speed, hands and run after the catch ability. This is a gifted receiver with the athleticism to be a difference maker. Very high LOD should enable him to come in and win a starting job. His big play ability will demand special attention in coverage and provide an offense a difference maker. Major factor in the red zone to command double coverage. Difference maker especially in big game situations. Athlete with well-developed and rounded skills who runs disciplined routes. He is similar to Reggie Wayne, Sterling Sharpe and Marvin Harrison in AA and developed skill set, though faster. Blue chip receiver with the talent and the development to be an early #1 playmaker. Clubs like the Raiders, Jaguars and Browns interested in the top five selections. Impact weapon.
Draft Projection: 1st Round - Top 5 Selection

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.

Clemson Holds #1 CFP Ranking After Win Over Florida St.

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College Football Playoff Rankings - Week II

Clemson Holds #1 Spot After Win vs Florida St.
Alabama, Ohio St & Notre Dame Form Top Four Clubs - Only 6 Undefeated Clubs Remain

Photo - WR Will Fuller - Notre Dame

Team of Week - Alabama

Rank/Team/Record/Next Week
1 Clemson 9-0 - @ Syracuse
2 Alabama 8-1 - @ #17 Mississippi State
3 Ohio State 9-0 - @ Illinois
4 Notre Dame 8-1 - Wake Forest
5 Iowa 9-0 - vs Minnesota
6 Baylor 8-0 - vs #12 Oklahoma
7 Stanford 8-1 - vs Oregon
8 Oklahoma State 9-0 - @ Iowa State
9 LSU 7-1 - vs Arkansas
10 Utah 8-1 - @ Arizona
11 Florida 8-1 - @ South Carolina
12 Oklahoma 8-1 - @ #6 Baylor
13 Michigan State 8-1 - vs Maryland
14 Michigan 7-2 - @ Indiana
15 TCU 8-1 - vs Kansas
16 Florida State 7-2 - vs NC State
17 Mississippi State 7-2 - vs #2 Alabama
18 Northwestern 7-2 - vs Purdue
19 UCLA 7-2 - vs Washington State
20 Navy 7-1 - vs SMU
21 Memphis 8-1 - @ #24 Houston
22 Temple 8-1 - @ South Florida
23 North Carolina 8-1 - vs Miami (FL)
24 Houston 9-0 - vs #21 Memphis
25 Wisconsin 8-2 - bye

Dropped from rankings: Ole Miss 18, Texas A&M 19, Toledo 24

College Football Monday - Bama Dominates LSU in SEC Showdown

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College Football Monday - Week 10

Alabama, Clemson & Oklahoma St. Win Huge Conference Matchups.
Six Undefeated Teams Remain for Final Month

Team of the Week: Alabama

Players of Week
Offense: RB Derrick Henry - Alabama
Defense: DT Chris Jones - Mississippi St

Photo: LB Reggie Ragland - Alabama

Bama Dominates LSU in SEC Showdown, Oklahoma St. Bounces TCU

This past Saturday saw three huge conference matchups among leaders that will shape the SEC, ACC and Big 12 conference titles. The Bama-LSU was a physical matchup that the Tide controlled behind a dynamic running duo of Derrick Henry and Kenyan Drake. Henry gained 213 yards on the ground and scored 3 TDs that were instrumental in the Bama 30-16 victory. Drake was a fine change of pace back opposite Henry and added 68 yards on 10 yards showing the burst to get to the second level.

Leonard Fournette was held to a season low of 31 yards on 19 carries as the Tide defense swarmed to the star tailback. The Bama front seven controlled the line of scrimmage and kept the Tiger star off balance all night and not capable of getting into his usual running rhyme. DT A’Shawn Robinson and MLB Reggie Ragland spearheaded an aggressive Bama defense that keyed on the Tigers star and gave him little room to get past the line and into the second level. DT Robinson put on a dominant performance that disrupted blocking schemes consistently. Alabama won in their usual methodical style that was more dominant than the score indicated.

Clemson held their #1 ranking with a nice win over Florida St 23-13 that clinched the ACC Atlantic Division for the Tigers. It was their first victory over FSU since 2011. They won on a strong second half comeback after trailing 10-6. They held Seminole tailback Dalvin Cook to only 37 yards over the second half after an impressive 158 yards in the first half. The Seminoles played without starting QB Everett Golson who missed his second game due to a concussion. The loss pushed their record to 7-2 which all but eliminates them for national title consideration.

Oklahoma St. bashed TCU 49-29 that elevated the Cowboys to the #5 spot in the new Top 25 teams. The Cowboys relied on QB Mason Rudolph who passed for 352 yards and 5 TDs. OSU travels to Iowa St this week before finishing at home with Baylor and Oklahoma that makes the Big 12 stretch run intriguing. TCU had its school record 16-game winning streak snapped. It was the nation’s second-longest active winning streak, behind Ohio State (21). They fell out of the top ten for the first time this season.

Notre Dame continues to impress with a strong win over a ranked Pittsburgh club. Freshman Irish QB DeShone Kizer directed the Irish’s fourth straight victory. He threw for 5 TDs on 19 of 26 attempts for 262 yards and no interceptions. Once again, Kizer went to star wideout Will Fuller who caught 7 passes for 157 yards and 3 TDs. Fuller continues to be a dominant receiver weekly who has ben uncoverable despite double coverage often. The Irish finish with Wake Forest, Boston College and Stanford in that order. The final at Stanford will most likely matchup two top ten clubs that could provide the winner a final four placement.

North Carolina has quietly had a strong season that improved to 8-1 after a 66-31 blasting of Duke. QB Marquise Williams threw for 494 yards with 404 of them coming by halftime. The Tar Heels have not lost since the season opener vs South Carolina. They host Miami this week before closing the season on the road with Virginia Tech and NC State.

In addition to LSU and TCU, Michigan St (8-1) fell from the unbeaten in a thrilling finish vs Nebraska . The Spartans lost on a strange TD call late in the game when the Nebraska receiver appeared to have gone out of bounds and came in to catch the ball and score. Michigan St was up by two TDs most of the second half but could not hold off a wild Nebraska comeback.

QB Tommy Armstrong drove Nebraska 91 yards in the final minute, hitting Brandon Reilly with a 30-yard touchdown pass that withstood a video review with 17 seconds left to hand the Spartans a devastating 39-38 loss. Referees ruled that MSU corner Jermaine Edmondson forced Reilly out of bounds that allowed him to reenter the field and make the winning score. That was a highly questionable call, though one that can not be reviewed. The loss was the first for Michigan St. and may prove the costly and keep them out of the final four unless they get help from several of the top clubs losing over the final regular season month. Nebraska (4-6) has suffered a few heartbreaking losses this season and hopes to finish strong with Rutgers and a currently undefeated Iowa (9-0) remaining on the schedule.

Games of the Week – Baylor (8-0) at Oklahoma (8-1)

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes ‘College Football Mondays’ weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, CBS Sports, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

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