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College Bowl Schedule 2014-2015 Thru National Title Game

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College Bowl Schedule Thru National Title Game Jan. 12, 2015

Players of the Year
Offense - QB Marcus Mariota - Oregon
Defense - DE Shane Ray - Missouri

Photo - DE Shane Ray - Missouri -

ROSE BOWL GAME - SEMIFINAL
ESPN - Jan. 1, 2015 | 5:00 PM ET
Pasadena, CA
#2 Oregon (12-1) vs #3 Florida State (13-0)

SUGAR BOWL - SEMIFINAL
ESPN - Jan. 1, 2015 | 8:30 PM ET
New Orleans, LA
#1 Alabama (12-1) vs #4 Ohio State (12-1)

R+L CARRIERS NEW ORLEANS BOWL
ESPN - Dec. 20, 2014 | 11:00 AM ET
New Orleans, LA
Nevada (7-5) vs LA-Lafayette (8-4)

GILDAN NEW MEXICO BOWL
ESPN - Dec. 20, 2014 | 2:20 PM ET
Albuquerque, NM
Utah State (9-4) vs UTEP (7-5)

ROYAL PURPLE LAS VEGAS BOWL
ABC - Dec. 20, 2014 | 3:30 PM ET
Las Vegas, NV
22 Utah (8-4) vs Colorado State (10-2)

FAMOUS IDAHO POTATO BOWL
ESPN - Dec. 20, 2014 | 5:45 PM ET
Boise, ID
W Michigan (8-4) vs Air Force (9-3)

RAYCOM MEDIA CAMELLIA BOWL
ESPN - Dec. 20, 2014 | 9:15 PM ET
Montgomery, AL
South Alabama (6-6) vs Bowling Green (7-6)

MIAMI BEACH BOWL
ESPN - Dec. 22, 2014 | 2:00 PM ET
Miami, FL
BYU (8-4) vs Memphis (9-3)

BOCA RATON BOWL
ESPN - Dec. 23, 2014 | 6:00 PM ET
Boca Raton, FL
Marshall (12-1) vs N Illinois (11-2)

S.D. COUNTY CREDIT UNION POINSETTIA
ESPN - Dec. 23, 2014 | 9:30 PM ET
San Diego, CA
Navy (7-5) vs San Diego State (7-5)

POPEYES BAHAMAS BOWL
ESPN - Dec. 24, 2014 | 12:00 PM ET
Nassau
Cent Michigan (7-5) vs W Kentucky (7-5)

HAWAI'I BOWL
ESPN - Dec. 24, 2014 | 8:00 PM ET
Honolulu, HI
Fresno State (6-7) vs Rice (7-5)

ZAXBY'S HEART OF DALLAS BOWL
ESPN - Dec. 26, 2014 | 1:00 PM ET
Dallas, TX
Illinois (6-6) vs Louisiana Tech (8-5)

QUICK LANE BOWL
ESPN - Dec. 26, 2014 | 4:30 PM ET
Detroit, MI
Rutgers (7-5) vs North Carolina (6-6)

BITCOIN ST. PETERSBURG BOWL
ESPN - Dec. 26, 2014 | 8:00 PM ET
Saint Petersburg, FL
NC State (7-5) vs UCF (9-3)

MILITARY BOWL PRES. BY NORTHROP GRUMMAN
ESPN - Dec. 27, 2014 | 1:00 PM ET
Annapolis, MD
Cincinnati (9-3) vs Virginia Tech (6-6)

HYUNDAI SUN BOWL
CBS - Dec. 27, 2014 | 2:00 PM ET
El Paso, TX
15Arizona State (9-3) vs Duke (9-3)

DUCK COMMANDER INDEPENDENCE BOWL
ABC - Dec. 27, 2014 | 3:30 PM ET
Shreveport, LA
Miami (FL) (6-6) vs South Carolina (6-6)

NEW ERA PINSTRIPE BOWL
ESPN - Dec. 27, 2014 | 4:30 PM ET
New York, NY
Boston College (7-5) vs Penn State (6-6)

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY HOLIDAY BOWL
ESPN - Dec. 27, 2014 | 8:00 PM ET
San Diego, CA
Nebraska (9-3) vs 24USC (8-4)

AUTOZONE LIBERTY BOWL
ESPN - Dec. 29, 2014 | 2:00 PM ET
Memphis, TN
Texas A&M (7-5) vs West Virginia (7-5)

RUSSELL ATHLETIC BOWL
ESPN - Dec. 29, 2014 | 5:30 PM ET
Orlando, FL
Oklahoma (8-4) vs 17 Clemson (9-3)

ADVOCARE V100 TEXAS BOWL
ESPN - Dec. 29, 2014 | 9:00 PM ET
Houston, TX
Arkansas (6-6) vs Texas (6-6)

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
ESPN -Dec. 30, 2014 | 3:00 PM ET
Nashville, TN
Notre Dame (7-5) vs 23 LSU (8-4)

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Oregon's Marcus Mariota Wins Heisman Trophy

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Marcus Mariota Wins Heisman Trophy
Heisman Trophy Voting

Oregon junior quarterback Marcus Mariota won the Heisman Trophy in a landslide.
A look at the voting:

Player Total 1st
1. Marcus Mariota - 2,534 - 788
2. Melvin Gordon - 1,250 - 37
3. Amari Cooper - 1,023 - 49
4. Trevone Boykin - 218 - 8
5. J.T. Barrett - 78 - 0
6. Jameis Winston - 51 - 4
7. Tevin Coleman - 44 - 2
8. Dak Prescott - 42 - 2
9. Scooby Wright III - 21 - 0
10. Bryce Petty - 13 - 1
-- Max possible points: 2,787

Photo – QB Marcus Mariota - Oregon

Mariota received the second-highest percentage of possible points (90.92) in Heisman history, behind only Ohio State QB Troy Smith, who had 91.63 in 2006. Southern California tailback Reggie Bush received 91.77 percent of possible points in 2005, but his victory was later vacated for violating NCAA rules.

Mariota is the first Hawaii native to win the Heisman and accounted for a Pac-12-record 53 TDs (38 passing, 14 rushing and one receiving) while directing the Ducks spread offense.
"In Hawaii, if one person is successful, the entire state is successful,'' he said, draped in leis at his news conference.

In the inaugural College Football Playoff, Mariota and the No. 2 Ducks will take on 2013 Heisman winner QB Jameis Winston on New Year’s day in the Rose Bowl national title semi-final.

Ducks QB Marcus Mariota took home 90.9 percent of the possible points in the Heisman Trophy voting, the second-highest mark in the past 50 years:

Year / Player / Pct.
2006 Troy Smith 91.6
2014 Marcus Mariota 90.9
1998 Ricky Williams 85.2
1993 Charlie Ward 83.8
2010 Cam Newton 81.5
1968 O.J. Simpson 79.3
2013 Jameis Winston 79.1

Mariota had a consistently strong 2014season with only for the early October to Arizona a blemish on his and the Ducks’ record. They avenged that loss with an impressive Pac 12 title win over Arizona.

He leads the nation in passer rating (186.2), is fifth in total offense (342.5 yards per game) and has led the Ducks to a Pac-12 title with a chance to play for their first national championship.

He didn't start for his high school team until he was a senior -- then led Saint Louis in Honolulu to a state title. A quiet leader with a nice-guy reputation, Mariota brought no off-field baggage to this Heisman

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.

Draft Insiders’ 2014 All-American Team - QB Marcus Mariota and DE Shane Ray Earn Player of the Year Honors

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Draft Insiders’ 2014 All-American Team
By Frank Coyle

Draft Insiders’ Digest All-America Team
Draft Insiders.com has produced an All-American team for over 20 years. Here is this year’s version of the most outstanding players from the 2014 college season.

Players of the Year
Offense - QB Marcus Mariota - Oregon
Defense - DE Shane Ray - Missouri

Photo - DE Shane Ray - Missouri

First Team Offense
QB Marcus Mariota - Oregon
RB Melvin Gordon - Wisconsin
RB Tevin Coleman - Indiana
WR Amari Cooper - Alabama
WR Kevin White - West Virginia
TE Nick O'Leary - Florida State
OL Brandon Scherff - Iowa
OL Tre' Jackson - Florida State
OL Cedric Ogbuehi - Texas A&M
OL A.J. Cann - South Carolina
C Reese Dismukes - Auburn
PK Roberto Aguayo - Florida State
PR Tyler Lockett - Kansas State

First Team Defense
DL Nate Orchard - Utah
DL Shane Ray - Missouri
DL Joey Bosa - Ohio State
DL Malcolm Brown - Texas
LB Vic Beasley - Clemson
LB Scooby Wright III - Arizona
LB Shaq Thompson - Washington
LB Paul Dawson - TCU
DB Gerod Holliman - Louisville
DB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu - Oregon
DB Senquez Golson - Ole Miss
DB Landon Collins - Alabama
P Tom Hackett - Utah
KR Jamarcus Nelson - UAB

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.

Seahawks & Patriots Gaining Playoff Momemtum - NFL Power Rankings

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NFL Power Rankings Week 15 –
Seahawks Making Stretch Drive to Defend Title

Rookies of the Week –
Offensive Player - QB Derek Carr - Raiders

Defensive Player - LB Devon Kennard - Giants

Photo - QB Ben Roethlisberger - Steelers

Players of the Week
Offensive - QB Ben Roethlisberger - Steelers

Defensive - DE J.J. Watt - Texans

Team of Week 14 - Seahawks
Matchup of Week 15 - Broncos at Chargers

Rank / Team / Record

1. Denver Broncos (10-3)
Broncos travel to San Diego with division title in sight.

2. Green Bay Packers (10-3)
Packers hang on to beat the Falcons despite serious defensive concerns.

3. New England Patriots (10-3)
Patriots won a huge game in San Diego after prior tough loss to Packers.

4. Seattle Seahawks (9-4)
Seahawks drilled the Eagles and face West rival, the 49ers this week.

5. Philadelphia Eagles (9-4)
Eagles lost key game vs Seahawks with the Cowboys coming in this Sunday night in must win situation.

6. Indianapolis Colts (9-4)
QB Andrew Luck directed a great comeback vs Browns and is carrying this average club on his back.

7. Arizona Cardinals (10-3)
Cards won a critical game vs the Chiefs and travel to St. Louis to face the tough underrated Rams Thursday night.

8. Cincinnati Bengals (8-4-1)
The Bengals came up empty in huge contest with Steelers and face Browns and Johnny Football this Sunday.

9. Detroit Lions (9-4)
Lions are taking care of business and host the Vikes in key North contest this week.

10. Dallas Cowboys (9-4)
Cowboys travel to Philly in a true gut check that probably decides the NFC East title.

11. San Diego Chargers (8-5)
Chargers lost a critical game vs Patriots with West leader the Broncos coming in this Sunday.

12. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-5)
Steelers’ won a huge road matchup with the Bengals and must maintain that level with Falcons game.

13. Baltimore Ravens (8-5)
The Ravens won a key game in Miami and look to continue new streak with Jaguars coming in Sunday.

14. Kansas City Chiefs (7-6)
The Chiefs have lost three in a row and need victory vs Raiders to stay in AFC West race.

15. St. Louis Rams (6-7)
The Rams have put back to back shutouts together and host Cardinals on Thursday night this week.

16. San Francisco 49ers (7-6)
The 49ers suffered a terrible loss to the lowly Raiders and face their arch rival the Seahawks in must win road situation.

17. Cleveland Browns (7-6)
The Browns turn the page and start Johnny ‘Football’ Manziel in longshot move for playoff run.

18. Buffalo Bills (7-6)
The Bills need a strong performance this week at home vs the Packers for any playoff hopes.

19. Miami Dolphins (7-6)
The Dolphins lost a heartbreaker to the Ravens and travel to New England for must win contest vs the Patriots next.

20. Houston Texans (7-6)
Texans continue to win games they should and travel to Indy and a chance to gain critical ground in the AFC South race.

21. New Orleans Saints (5-8)
Saints were trounced by the Panthers in a critical matchup and travel to Chicago for important Monday nite match up.

22. Atlanta Falcons (5-8)
Falcon’s comeback came up short vs Packers and host Steelers with first place in the weak NFC South at stake.

23. Minnesota Vikings (6-7)
Vikings beat the Jets in overtime last week and travel to Detroit for a must win matchup for their slim playoff hopes.

24. Chicago Bears (5-8)
The Bears were bashed by the Cowboys last week and face the equally desperate Saints at home Monday night.

25. Carolina Panthers (4-8-1)
The Panthers shocked the Saints last week, but face Tampa without Cam Newton this Sunday.

26. New York Giants (4-9)
The GMen actually played a complete game vs the lowly Titans, though it is much too little and late.

27. Washington Redskins (3-10)
Washington were bashed again last week by the tough Rams and travel to MetLife to face the Gmen this week.

28. Tennessee Titans (2-11)
The Titans were wacked again, this time by the Gmen and get the inept Jets this Sunday.

29. New York Jets (2-11)
The Jets find a way to loss every week and missed key tackles to lose in overtime to the Vikings.

30. Oakland Raiders (2-11)
The Raiders beat Bay rival 49ers behind hot rookie QB Derek Carr who is their saving grace this season.

31. Tampa Bay Bucs (2-11)
Bucs are rarely competitive and face wholesale changes again this offseason.

32. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-11)
The Jaguars travel to Baltimore in must win game for the Ravens.

Heisman Trophy Finalists - Marcus Mariota, Amari Cooper & and Melvin Gordon

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Cooper, Gordon & Mariota Named 2014 Heisman Finalists
The 2014 Heisman Winner will be announced this Saturday on ESPN

NEW YORK, NY (December, 2014) - Another exciting Heisman race is coming to a close as voters from around the country have settled on the finalists for the 2014 edition of college football's most prestigious award.

Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel ('96) announced the finalists for the 80th Annual Heisman Memorial Trophy are Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper, Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon and Oregon QB Marcus Mariota. The announcement of the finalists was made on ESPN/ESPN2's 6:00 PM telecast of SportsCenter.
The three finalists will be invited to New York City for the Heisman Trophy announcement on December 13, which will broadcast live on ESPN at 8:00 PM EST, presented by Nissan North America.

Frank Coyle is a longtime voter in the Heisman Trophy award and cast his ballot for Oregon's Marcus Mariota #1, Amari Cooper #2 and Melvin Gordon #3.

Photo – WR Amari Cooper - Alabama

Amari Cooperwould be the first wide receiver to win the award since Desmond Howard in 1991. The junior from Miami set the SEC single-season record with 113 catches this fall, 14 of them for touchdowns. That reception total, along with his 1,656 receiving yards, led the nation. The 6-1, 210-pound Cooper owns every major Alabama receiving record, including career receptions (218), season receptions (115), catches in one game (13), career receiving yards (3,391) and career touchdowns catches (29). He would be the second Heisman Trophy winner from Alabama (and second in six seasons) and the second coached by Nick Saban.

Melvin Gordon would be the third Wisconsin Badger to win the Heisman. The junior running back from Kenosha, Wisc., set a Big Ten record with a nation-leading 2,336 rushing yards. He also scored 29 touchdowns and averaged 7.56 yards per carry. He is the 17th player in FBS history to surpass the 2,000-yard rushing barrier and he did it faster than anyone previously, eclipsing the mark on his 241st carry of the season. His 408 rushing yards against Nebraska in mid-November broke the single-game rushing mark of 406 set by TCU's LaDainan Tomlinson in 1999 (Gordon's mark has since been broken). The 6-1, 213-pounder has 4,664 career yards, fourth on the all-time Wisconsin list.

Marcus Mariota would be the first Oregon Duck and first player born in Hawaii to win the Heisman Trophy. The junior quarterback from Honolulu passed for 3,773 yards and 38 touchdowns this season while throwing just two interceptions. He led the nation in passing efficiency with a mark of 186.10 and also rushed for 669 yards and 14 scores (with one touchdown reception). His 4,442 yards of total offense and 53 total touchdowns also topped the FBS rankings. For his career, Mariota has 10,115 passing yards with 101 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions. His 12,251 yards of total offense is a school record.

The Heisman Memorial Trophy electorate, which determines the finalists and the winner, is comprised of 928 sports journalists and every living former Heisman winner. The public at large is granted one overall fan vote, thanks to Heisman's Premier Partner, Nissan North America. The electorate is tasked with selecting the outstanding college football player in the United States.

"We're pleased to welcome these three outstanding juniors to New York for the Heisman ceremony," said Rob Whalen, Executive Director of the Heisman Trophy Trust. "We look forward to celebrating their record-breaking seasons and naming one of them the winner of the 2014 Heisman Memorial Trophy."

Tickets are still available for the 80th Annual Heisman Memorial Trophy Dinner on Monday, December 16 at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square. The winner will be presented with his award at this event, where three former Heisman winners will also be recognized: John Huarte (Notre Dame, 1964) on the 50th Anniversary of his award, Andre Ware (Houston, 1989) on the 25th Anniversary of his award, and Matt Leinart (USC, 2004) on the 10th Anniversary of his award. The Trust will also recognize legendary baseball player and manager Joe Torre as the 2014 Heisman Humanitarian Award winner for his work helping and supporting victims of domestic violence and their families.

About the Heisman Trophy Trust
The Heisman Memorial Trophy annually recognizes the outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity. Winners epitomize great ability combined with diligence, perseverance, and hard work. The Heisman Trophy Trust ensures the continuation and integrity of this award. The Trust, furthermore, has a charitable mission to support amateur athletics and to provide greater opportunities to the youth of our country. Our goal through these charitable endeavors is for the Heisman Trophy to symbolize the fostering of a sense of community responsibility and service to our youth, especially those disadvantaged or afflicted.

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.

Arizona's Wright Wins 2014 Bronko Nagurski Trophy

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Arizona's Phillip 'Scooby' Wright Wins 2014 Bronko Nagurski Trophy
Linebacker is just second sophomore to win the award

(FWAA) – Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright III claimed the Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Monday night, winning the Football Writers Association of America's annual award for the top defensive player in the country.

Wright, a 6-1, 246-pound sophomore, accepted the award at the event that has been sponsored by the Charlotte Touchdown Club for 20 consecutive years. He becomes the second Arizona player to win the award after the inaugural winner Rob Waldrop in 1993 and the first Pac-12 player to claim it since Terrell Suggs of Arizona State in 2002. Wright is just the second sophomore to win the award, joining Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis, the 2006 winner.

Wright has gone from a player recruited by only a few schools – a two-star recruit on the West Coast – to a tackling machine at Arizona (10-3), ranked 10th in the final College Football Playoff rankings.
"I say thank you all to my teammates and coaches," Wright said. "Football is a team game. I accept this on behalf of the Arizona football program."

The modest Wright, whose real name is Phillip, was also recruited by Boise State, California, Washington and USC, but never was offered a scholarship by any of those schools. Only Arizona did.

"I am just excited for Scooby," Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez said. "Mainly because he epitomizes what are program is about. He has a chip on his shoulder. He loves the game and is a good teammate."

The four other Nagurski finalists in attendance were Texas defensive tackle Malcom Brown, Alabama safety Landon Collins, Ole Miss cornerback Senquez Golson and Louisville safety Gerod Holliman. Alabama head coach Nick Saban gave the evening's keynote address.

Lineman Randy White, accepted the the Bronko Nagurski Legends Award, presented by Florida East Coast Railway. Each year, the FWAA honors a past winner from one its All-America teams. White, a defensive star at Maryland before becoming an All-Pro for the Dallas Cowboys, was a member of the 1974 FWAA All-America Team.

The 2014 Nagurski winner, Wright, ranks in the top five among FBS players for total tackles (153), tackles for loss (28.0), sacks (14.0) and forced fumbles (six). He's the only FBS player to rank in the top 25 of each of those categories this season.

"One of the reasons his numbers are so high for tackles, assists or turnovers is because of his effort," Rodriguez said. "He strains until the nth degree. You want everybody to do that. But it comes to Scooby naturally. He plays with a sense of urgency on every snap."

Wright is trying to become the first player since 1999 to be ranked in the top five for tackles, tackles for loss and sacks at the end of a season. When current Arizona coach Rodriguez was offensive coordinator at Clemson in 1999, linebacker Keith Adams achieved the feat for the Tigers, according to research provided by STATS. Adams finished second in total tackles (186), first in tackles for loss (35.0), and tied for third in sacks (16.0).

Wright, who hails from Windsor, Calif., anchored an Arizona defense that helped capture the school's first Pac-12 South Division title. For the Wildcats, who are headed to the VIZIO Fiesta Bowl to play Boise State and have posted 10 victories in a season for the first time since 1998, Wright led the Pac-12 in five defensive statistical categories: Total tackles (153), tackles per game (11.77), tackles for loss (28), tackles for loss per game (2.15) and forced fumbles (6).

The FWAA's national defensive player of the year award, given out since 1993, is named after the legendary Bronko Nagurski, who dominated college football at Minnesota as a bruising fullback and defensive tackle from 1927 through 1929. He could have been an All-American at any position and was the best player wherever the coaches put him.

Nagurski led Minnesota to the Big Ten title in 1927 and a three-year record of 18-4-2. He went on to lead the fabled Chicago Bears to three NFL titles. During one game at Wrigley Field, he once broke a defensive player's shoulder, knocked another out and ran into a brick wall and actually cracked it during a game-winning touchdown run.

The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,400 men and women who cover college football. The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists, as well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works to govern areas that include gameday operations, major awards and its annual All-America team.

The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Assocation. The NCFAA encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 21 awards boast 699 years of tradition-selection excellence. Visit ncfaa.org to learn more about our story.

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.

Eight Coaches Selected Finalists For Eddie Robinson Award

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Eight Coaches Selected Finalists For Eddie Robinson Award
* Winner to be announced on Dec. 15

The Football Writers Association of America, in conjunction with the Allstate Sugar Bowl, has announced eight finalists for the 2014 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award, whose winner will be revealed on Mon., Dec. 15.

In alphabetical order, the finalists are: Baylor's Art Briles, Florida State's Jimbo Fisher, Memphis' Justin Fuente, Boise State's Bryan Harsin, Oregon's Mark Helfrich, Ohio State's Urban Meyer, TCU's Gary Patterson and Alabama's Nick Saban.

Frank Coyle is a voter in the Eddie Robinson award and cast his ballot for Oregon's Mark Helfrich.

The finalists were placed on a ballot sent out to the entire FWAA membership today. Ballots will be accepted from the membership through 5 p.m. CT on Friday. FWAA members were asked to vote for their top choices in the order they believe the coaches are deserving of the award.

The official presentation reception will be Jan. 10, 2015, in Dallas, where the winning coach will be handed the FWAA/Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year bust during a reception at the media hotel in conjunction with the College Football Playoff National Championship Game.

The FWAA has presented a coaching award since the 1957 season when Ohio State's Woody Hayes was named the first recipient.

The FWAA's national coach of the year award is named after the late Robinson, a coaching legend at Grambling State University for 55 seasons. He has more Division I victories (408) than any other coach in the history of college football.

Robinson, who passed away in 2007, won 70.7 percent of his games during his illustrious career. Robinson's teams won or tied for 17 Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) championships after joining the league in 1959. His Tigers claimed nine black college football championships during his career, all spent at the same school.

The 2014 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year finalists:
Art Briles, Baylor:
The Bears' share of the Big 12 Conference title with TCU means Baylor (11-1) has a least a piece of the league crown for a second straight season. The Bears handed TCU its only loss, 61-58, in Waco and will face Michigan State in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic. Briles was an Eddie Robinson Award finalist last season.

Jimbo Fisher, Florida State: The Seminoles (13-0) claimed the national championship in 2013, and are on a 29-game winning streak. Florida State is one of the four teams selected for the College Football Playoff, with a chance to win back-to-back national titles. Fisher was an Eddie Robinson Award finalist last season, but no Florida State coach has won the FWAA's coach of the year honor.

Justin Fuente, Memphis: The Tigers (9-3) claimed a share of the American Athletic Conference title. Their nine victories are the most by the Tigers since 1963, and the conference championship is the first for Memphis since winning the Missouri Valley in 1971. Fuente, a former Oklahoma quarterback, is in his third season at Memphis.

Bryan Harsin, Boise State: The Broncos rose to the top of the Group of Five in Harsin's first season at Boise State, after he spent one season as the head coach at Arkansas State. Boise State (11-2), as the Mountain West Conference champion, will play in the VIZIO Fiesta Bowl against Arizona.

Mark Helfrich, Oregon: In his second season as the Oregon head coach, Helfrich is attempting to get the Ducks (12-1) back in the national title game as his predecessor Chip Kelly did in 2010 when he won the Eddie Robinson Award. Oregon won the Pac-12 title game to earn a spot in the College Football Playoff semifinals against Florida State in the Rose Bowl Game.

Urban Meyer, Ohio State: The Buckeyes (12-1) battled past a shocking early home loss to Virginia Tech, quarterback injuries and tragedy. They won the Big Ten Conference title, thumping Wisconsin, 59-0 in the championshhip game, with their third starting quarterback of the season. Meyer, like Patterson, has won the Eddie Robinson Award before, in 2004 at Utah.

Gary Patterson, TCU: The Horned Frogs were 4-8 a year ago in only their second season in the Big 12 Conference, but Patterson revamped his offense and TCU (11-1) gained a share of the school's first Big 12 title. Patterson is also a former Eddie Robinson Award winner, in 2009 when the Horned Frogs were in the Mountain West Conference.

Nick Saban, Alabama: The Crimson Tide (12-1) will be going for their fourth national title in six years under Saban, who already added a third SEC title at Alabama this past weekend. Saban has won the Eddie Robinson Award twice before (2003 at LSU and 2008 at Alabama). The Crimson Tide meets Ohio State in the Allstate Sugar Bowl in a College Football Playoff semifinal.

The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,400 men and women who cover college football. The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists, as well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works to govern areas that include gameday operations, major awards and its annual All-America team.

The Allstate Sugar Bowl has established itself as one of the premier college football bowl games, having hosted 23 national champions, 86 Hall of Fame players, 46 Hall of Fame coaches and 15 Heisman Trophy winners in its 80-year history. The 81st Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic on January 1, 2015, will be an integral part of a new era in college football as it will be one of the first playoff semifinal games in the College Football Playoff which begins with the 2014 season. In addition to football, the Sugar Bowl Committee is involved with various community initiatives through hosting and sponsorships of sporting events, awards and clinics.

The Eddie Robinson Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 21 awards boast nearly 700 years of tradition-selection excellence. Visit ncfaa.org to learn more about our story.

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