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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.

Draft Insiders’ Top 25 Poll - AP & Coaches Poll Split on #1 Ranked Team

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Draft Insiders’ Top 25 – Week #10 Rankings
Alabama Dominates Undefeated LSU in Key SEC Clash / Clemson Beats Florida St. to remain #1 in AP Poll

Photo – DT A'Shawn Robinson - Alabama

Team of Week - Alabama

Players of Week
Offense - RB Derrick Henry - Alabama
Defense - Alabama defense

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

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

AP Top 25
Rank/Team /Record /Points
1. Clemson (31), 8-0 - 1,489
2. Ohio State (26), 9-0 - 1,460
3. Alabama (2), 8-1 - 1,376
4. Baylor (2), 8-0 - 1,351
5. Oklahoma State, 9-0 - 1,256
6. Notre Dame, 8-1 - 1,219
7. Stanford, 8-1 - 1,144
8. Iowa, 9-0 - 1,091
9. LSU, 7-1 - 1,050
10. Utah, 8-1 - 900
11. Florida, 8- 1- 887
12. Oklahoma, 8-1 - 858
13. TCU, 8 -1 - 841
14. Michigan State, 8- 1 - 807
15. Michigan, 7-2 - 684
16. Houston, 8-0 - 561
17. North Carolina, 8-1 - 506
18. UCLA, 7-2 - 403
19. Florida State, 7-2 - 379
20. Mississippi State, 7-2 - 357
21. Temple, 8-1 - 310
22. Navy, 7-1 - 218
23. Wisconsin, 8-2 - 183
24. Northwestern, 7-2 - 177
25. Memphis, 8-1 - 137

Others Receiving Votes:
Southern Cal 104, BYU 35, Ole Miss 22, Boise St. 6, Texas A&M 6, Toledo 4, W. Kentucky 2, Washington St. 2

Coaches Poll
Rank /Team /Record /Points / Previous
1 Ohio State(34) 9-0 1526
2 Clemson(21) 9-0 1511
3 Baylor(5) 8-0 1439
4 Alabama(3) 8-1 1410
5 Oklahoma State 9-0 1267
6 Notre Dame 8-1 1234
7 Stanford 8-1 1197
8 Iowa 9-0 1119
9 LSU 7-1 1023
10 Florida 8-1 949
11 Oklahoma 8-1 936
12 TCU 8-1 898
13 Utah 8-1 862
14 Michigan State 8-1 849
15 Michigan 7-2 683
16 Houston 9-0 577
17 North Carolina 8-1 524
T 18 UCLA 7-2 413
T 18 Florida State 7-2 413
20 Mississippi State 7-2 356
21 Temple 8-1 323
22 Wisconsin 8-2 227
23 Navy 7-1 212
24 Northwestern 7-2 166
25 Memphis 8-1 147

Dropped from rankings: Ole Miss 19, Toledo 20, Texas A&M 24

Others receiving votes: USC 57, BYU 40, Ole Miss 27, Oregon 25, Washington State 20, Texas A&M 10, Boise State 9, Toledo 8, Western Kentucky 7, Georgia 5, Arkansas 2, Appalachian State 2, Bowling Green 1, Pittsburgh 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.

Lombardi Award Semifinalists - Bosa, Calhoun & Nkemdiche Head Strong Group

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2015 Rotary Lombardi Award Semifinalists
Nine Defensive Players Dominate Final 12 Candidates

Six defensive ends, three offensive linemen, and three linebackers comprise the list of 12 semifinalists for the 46th Rotary Lombardi Award, held annually in Houston, Texas. This year’s Award ceremony will be held December 9, 2015, at Revention Music Center.

The Big Ten Conference leads the pack with five players, followed by the SEC with three, and the Big 12, SEC, and American with one each. There is also one semifinalist from Independent Notre Dame. The list also contains a 2014 finalist, Joey Bosa; and two 2014 semifinalists, Robert Nkemdiche and Shilique Calhoun.

Photo - DE Shilique Calhoun - Michigan St.

Eligibility for the Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to down linemen, end-to-end, either on offense or defense, who set up no farther than 10 yards to the left or right of the ball, and linebackers who set up no farther than five yards deep from the line of scrimmage. All candidates also must be eligible to play college sports under the rules and regulations of the NCAA. In addition, we consider the values and characteristics that exemplify the Lombardi legacy, leadership, discipline, sportsmanship and excellence of performance. The voting panel is made up of all FBS Head Football Coaches, past Rotary Lombardi Award Finalists and selected college football writers.

The Rotary Lombardi Award 12 semifinalists excluded Oklahoma State defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah was not one of them. There were six defensive ends included on the list and Ogbah was omitted. The reigning Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year, Ogbah is the most dominant performer on an Oklahoma State team that is 8-0 and 14th in this week’s College Football Playoff rankings. He is a projected as top three defensive end prospect for the coming NFL Draft by Frank Coyle and his midseason favorite for Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors.

Ogbah has played in eight games this season, and three times has been honored as Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week. Twice has he been named national defensive player of the week – once by the Lott IMPACT Trophy after OSU’s win at West Virginia and then by the Bednarik Award after the Cowboys’ victory at Texas Tech. He was nominated as a Bednarik semi finalist earlier this week.

“Eligibility for the Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to down linemen, end-to-end, either on offense or defense, who set up no farther than 10 yards to the left or right of the ball, and linebackers who set up no farther than five yards deep from the line of scrimmage. All candidates also must be eligible to play college sports under the rules and regulations of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). In addition, we consider the values and characteristics that exemplify the Lombardi legacy, leadership, discipline, sportsmanship and excellence of performance. The voting panel is made up of all FBS Head Football Coaches, past Rotary Lombardi Award Finalists and selected college football writers.”

12 Semifinalists are:
Bosa Joey - DE - Ohio State
Calhoun Shilique - DE - Michigan State
Decker Taylor - OT - Ohio State
Drango Spencer - OT - Baylor
Garrett Myles - DE - Texas A & M
Lawson Shaq - DE - Clemson
Matakevich Tyler - LB - Temple
Nassib Carl - DE - Penn State
Nkemdiche Robert - DE - Ole Miss
Ragland Reggie - LB - Alabama
Schobert Joe - LB - Wisconsin
Stanley Ronnie - OT - Notre Dame

NFL Power Rankings Week 8 – Patriots & Broncos Hold Top Two Spots

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NFL Power Rankings Week 8 –
Patriots – Broncos Headed for AFC Showdown - NFL Power Poll

Rookies of the Week –
Offensive Player - RB Todd Gurley - Rams

Defensive Player - CB Damarius Randall - Packers

Players of the Week
Offensive Player - QB Drew Brees - Saints

Defensive Player - LB Luke Kuechly - Panthers
Special Teams Player - PK Justin Tucker - Ravens

Photo - QB Drew Brees - Saints

Team of Week 8 - Broncos
Matchup of Week 9 – Green Bay (6-1) at Carolina (7-0)

NFL Power Rankings Week 8 –
Rank / Team / Record

1. New England Patriots (7-0)
Patriots used the Dolphins behind the hot QB Tom Brady to take a commanding three game lead in the AFC East.

2. Denver Broncos (7-0)
Broncos’ jumped on the Packers at home for a very impressive victory.

3. Cincinnati Bengals (7-0)
The Bengals’ have a hot hand and face AFC North rival the Browns in key Thursday night matchup.

4. Carolina Panthers (7-0)
The Panthers are showing they can win close games vs playoff caliber clubs for the first time.

5. Green Bay Packers (6-1)
Packers were taken to school by the Broncos and must regroup for trip to Carolina.

6. Arizona Cardinals (6-2)
QB Carson Palmer smoked the Browns in the second half and he gives them a difference maker over second half.

7. Atlanta Falcons (6-2)
Falcons’ showing some glaring weaknesses after their loss to the Bucs.

8. St. Louis Rams (4-3)
The Rams’ travel to Minnesota for critical NFC matchup for both clubs.

9. Seattle Seahawks (4-4)
The Seahawks beat a falling Cowboy club despite only 1 offensive TD.

10. Minnesota Vikings (5-2)
Vikings face a steady diet of playoff teams over the next six weeks that will determine if they are contenders or pretenders.

11. New Orleans Saints (4-4)
Saints have recovered from their slow start with huge win over the Giants in a wild Big Easy shootout.

12. New York Giants (4-4)
GMen wasted a classic Eli performance that rivaled YA Title’s masterpiece from the ‘60s.

13. New York Jets (4-3)
The Jets look to end two game losing streak with Jaguars coming to town this week.

14. Philadelphia Eagles (3-4)
Eagles come off their bye week with critical matchup in Big D that may define their season.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-4)
Steelers’ have lost two in a row and get the hot Raiders at home this week.

16. Indianapolis Colts (3-5)
The Colts fired their OC after loss Monday night to Panthers. They host Broncos this Sunday.

17. Oakland Raiders (4-3)
The Raiders beat the Jets last week and will stay in east for key AFC contest with the Steelers.

18. Washington Redskins (3-4)
The Skins are well rested off their bye week for trip to New England for key matchup.

19. Miami Dolphins (3-4)
The Dolphins were waxed by the Patriots and travel to Buffalo for a must win type situation for their playoff hopes.

20. Houston Texans (3-5)
Texans come off a win and get their bye week before facing a strong 2nd half schedule for their playoff run.

21. Buffalo Bills (3-4)
The Bills host the Dolphins this week after their bye and prior to facing all their AFC East rivals over the next three weeks.

22. Kansas City Chiefs (3-5)
The Chiefs wacked the disappointing Lions last week and get their bye this weekend.

23. Baltimore Ravens (2-6)
The Ravens won a close game with the Chargers and have the week off to regroup for second half push.

24. San Diego Chargers (2-6)
Chargers lost a key AFC game at Baltimore and host the Bears this Monday night.

25. Dallas Cowboys (2-5)
Cowboys dropped their fifth in a row without Tony Romo and host the rested Eagles this Sunday.

26. Cleveland Browns (2-6)
Browns are playing for pride vs the Bengals tonight.

27. Tampa Bay Bucs (3-4)
Bucs are trying to reach .500 this week with the GMen coming to town.

28. Chicago Bears (2-5)
The Bears will travel to San Diego this week and prepare to play out the string before major housecleaning.

29. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-5)
The Jaguars are well rested for trip north to face the Jets.

30. San Francisco 49ers (2-6)
The 49ers’ QB Colin Kaepernick has been benched after 49ers continue as the leagues’ lowest scoring offense.

31. Tennessee Titans (1-6)
The Titans fired HC Ken Whisenhunt halfway through year two after just a 3-20 record.

32. Detroit Lions (1-7)
Lions have earned the bottom ranking after a disgraceful performance vs the Chiefs.

Rams' Todd Gurley Scouting Report - Draft Insiders' 2015 Yearbook

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Draft Insiders' Yearbook Scouting Reports

NFL Draft – Todd Gurley Scouting Report
Draft Insiders’ Yearbook 2015 – Over 300 in-depth Scouting Reports

Photo - #30 RB Todd Gurley - Rams

Note: In the NFL Draft 2015, Todd Gurley was selected #10 overall in the first round by the St. Louis Rams. He is currently having a huge rookie season in his first action since his fall 2014 knee injury. He is the leading candidate for Rookie Offensive Player of the Year.

Draft Insiders’ Yearbook Scouting Report - March 2015

* Todd Gurley #3- Georgia - 6-1, 225 - Sp. 4.50 - Rating 90 - Hindu Theory: Adrian Peterson
Huge powerful speedy tailback is one of the most gifted runners to come along over the past decade. His career was cut short in 2014 by a torn ACL, that along with a four game suspension limited him to just six games last fall. Over that time, he still gained a pretty amazing 911 yards at 7.4 a pop and scored 9 TDs. Possesses an NFL body with a well-developed muscular frame. He has the natural ability to drop his pads and square up when attacking the line and seamlessly bounces off would be tacklers. Shows natural balance as a runner with the power and determination to be difficult to slow down, very seldom taken down by the first tackler. Reads his initial blocks very well. Shows a feel for finding daylight. Powers through creases with authority and the speed to stick-and-go with an extreme burst out of his cuts. Shows the ability to juke and shift his weight very well, especially for a 225 lb. runner. Able to string multiple moves together, including wicked jump cuts that can leave tacklers flailing at air. Uses his fine speed and long strides to eat up yards in a hurry. Large, natural glue-like hands as a receiver out of the backfield and is a willing, alert blocker in pass protection. Very uncommon combination of speed and power with huge pro upside when healthy. Extremely strong lower body and maintains balance well after contact. Appears to effortlessly run through attempted arm tackles. His speed makes him a threat to score from anywhere on the field. Extremely tough to tackle from an angle. Presses line very well to set up cut-back opportunities. Able to decisively get downhill, showing fine knee bend and forward lean. Effectively slips through some very small holes and explode out the other side. Shows quick, tight footwork getting to the second level. Can sink his hips and explode through a tackler or side-step and hit the throttle, which causes safeties to hesitate when coming downhill. Able to turn speed into power between tackles or when turning the corner. Seldom looks to go out of bounds and works to finish every run. In 2014, an outstanding 61.9% of his rushing yards came after contact. Strong hands and carries ball securely close to his body. Just fumbled three times in 510 carries. He is highly developed as a receiver to be an immediate three down feature back combining excellent hands and explosive big play ability after the catch. As a blocker, he will face up with linebackers, but needs hand technique development to be a finished complete feature back.
The Numbers: As a senior, he started the first 6 games and rushed for 911 yards on 123 carries for a 7.4 average and 9 TDs. He added 12 receptions for 57 yards before the four game suspension and then the ACL injury terminated his season. For the 2013 season, he rushed for 989 yards on 165 attempts for 6 yard average and 10 TDs. He added 37 receptions for 441 yards and 6 TDs. As a freshman in 2012, he had his best season and rushed for 1385 yards on 222 carries for a 6.2 average and 17 TDs, starting 14 games. He added 16 receptions for 117 yards. Over his career, he rushed for 3285 yards on 510 attempts for a fine 6.4 average and 36 TDs plus totaled 65 receptions for 615 yards and 6 TDs. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’1” and 222 lbs. and did 17 reps, but did not run or participate in the leaping and agility drills or positional drills due to rehabbing ACL injury.
The Skinny: Physical downhill thumper with the talent to be an immediate feature back. As a blocker, he shows quick reactions and toughness to face up with defenders and use his strong frame and agility. He can be his own blocker and runs both inside and outside. His receiving skills have developed nicely with reps, though he must continue to improve in that role. He has the natural running skills to be a difference maker and is similar to Adrian Peterson or former Pro bowl back Jamil Lewis in size, running style and big play abilities. Excellent early round addition with top ten talent and the skill set to be an impact player and core weapon. Top kickoff returner. Top 25 prospect with talent to be the best back in years once healthy.
Draft Projection: 1st Round

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 Heads First College Football Playoff Top 25 Rankings

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College Football Playoff Selection First Top 25 Rankings

Clemson Heads first College Football Playoff Top 25 Rankings with LSU, Ohio St and Alabama forming the top four clubs.

The College Football Playoff Selection Committee announced today the first installment of its top 25 rankings. Clemson surprisingly holds the #1 spot after being undefeated entering November. The Tigers are one of 11 unbeaten teams entering the final month of the regular season. Following the Tigers are LSU, Ohio St and Alabama in the top four that will eventually form the Final clubs for the playoff semi finals. Clemson plays Florida St this week while LSU faces Alabama in two critically important matchups that will shakeup the top four and ten after this weekend. Most top ten teams face their sternest tests over the final month that keeps most clubs alive for the playoffs with the critical conference championship games the final testing ground for the final four.

The selection committee will prepare five more rankings this season, including the final set on Selection Day, Sunday, December 6. The top four teams in the final rankings will play in the Playoff Semifinals on December 31, 2015, at the Capital One Orange Bowl and the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.

Photo - WR/QB Braxton Miller - Ohio St.

“It’s exciting to be back as we kick off the second year of the College Football Playoff,” said selection chairman Jeff Long. “We are little more than half way through the season and a lot of football that remains to be played. This is the first of six rankings. They are the result of games that have been played thus far. Change is guaranteed and that’s what makes college football exciting.”

This was the first official meeting for the selection committee to issue rankings.
Note: Last season, the first official College Football Playoff Selection Committee Top 25 Rankings – of the top four ranked teams, only Florida St became part of the semifinal playoffs in January.

The complete rankings can also be found on the official website of the College Football Playoff at www.collegefootballplayoff.com.

Rank /Team /Record
1 Clemson 8-0
2 LSU 7-0
3 Ohio State 8-0
4 Alabama 7-1
5 Notre Dame 7-1
6 Baylor 7-0
7 Michigan State 8-0
8 TCU 8-0
9 Iowa 8-0
10 Florida 7-1
11 Stanford 7-1
12 Utah 7-1
13 Memphis 8-0
14 Oklahoma State 8-0
15 Oklahoma 7-1
16 Florida State 7-1
17 Michigan 6-2
18 Mississippi 7-2
19 Texas A&M 6-2
20 Mississippi State 6-2
21 Northwestern 6-2
22 Temple 7-1
23 UCLA 6-2
24 Toledo 7-0
25 Houston 8-0

About the College Football Playoff
The College Football Playoff will match the No. 1 seed vs. No. 4, and No. 2 vs. No. 3 in semifinal games that will rotate annually among the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Goodyear Cotton Bowl, Capital One Orange Bowl, Allstate Sugar Bowl, Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual and Fiesta Bowl. The 2015 semifinals will take place December 31, at the Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl. The national championship game will be January 11, 2016, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

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

2015 Maxwell and Chuck Bednarik Award Semifinalists

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2015 Maxwell & Bednarik Award Semifinalists

Corey Coleman, Leonard Fournette & Trevone Boykin Head Maxwell Award List

Maxwell Football Club President, Ron Jaworski, announced the 2015 semifinalists for the 79th Maxwell Award for the Collegiate Player of the Year and the 21st Chuck Bednarik Award for the Outstanding College Defensive Player of the Year. The respective lists include a field of 20 candidates for the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards, as selected by the Maxwell Football Club National Selection Committee.

Photo - WR Corey Coleman - Baylor

A strong field of Maxwell Award semifinalists includes a representative from every Power Five conference. Quarterbacks Trevone Boykin (TCU) and Dak Prescott (Mississippi State) are repeat semifinalists from 2014 and Prescott was a Maxwell Award finalist last season.

On the defensive side of the ball, the field of contenders is comprised of fresh faces, 16 of whom are making their debuts as Bednarik Award semifinalists. Defensive ends Joey Bosa (Ohio State) and Shilique Calhoun (Michigan State) join cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III (Florida) and linebacker Jaylon Smith (Notre Dame) as repeat semifinalists from a season ago.

Last season, the Maxwell Award went to Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, while the Bednarik Award was earned by linebacker Scooby Wright of Arizona. This was the first time an Oregon player took home the Maxwell Award, and the first time that Arizona captured the Bednarik Award. Mariota is now the starting quarterback for the Tennessee Titans and Wright is a junior at Arizona who is sidelined this fall with a knee injury.

The winners of the 79th Maxwell Award and the 21st Chuck Bednarik Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show which will be broadcast on ESPN on December 10, 2015 from the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. Three finalists for each award will be announced on November 24, 2015 and a second round of voting will take place at that time.

The formal presentation of these awards will be made at the Maxwell Football Club's 79th Awards Gala on Friday, March 11, 2016 at the Tropicana Resort & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Semifinalist voting for both of the collegiate awards presented by the Maxwell Football Club will begin on Thursday, November 5th and close on Sunday November 22nd. Eligible voters include Maxwell Football Club members, NCAA Head Football Coaches, Sports Information Directors and selected national media. All Semifinalists are listed in alphabetical order with the player's school, position and class designated.

2015 Maxwell Award Semifinalists:
Name / Position / School /Year

Devontae Booker - RB - Utah - Senior
Trevone Boykin - QB - TCU - Senior
Corey Coleman - WR - Baylor - Senior
Connor Cook - QB - Michigan State - Senior
Dalvin Cook - RB - Florida State - Sophomore
Josh Doctson - WR - TCU - Senior
Brandon Doughty - QB - Western Kentucky - Senior
Ezekiel Elliott - RB - Ohio State - Junior
Leonard Fournette - RB - LSU - Sophomore
Royce Freeman - RB - Oregon - Sophomore
Derrick Henry - RB - Alabama - Junior
Cody Kessler - QB - USC - Senior
Paxton Lynch - QB - Memphis - Junior
Baker Mayfield - QB - Oklahoma - Sophomore
Christian McCaffrey - RB - Stanford - Sophomore
Dak Prescott - QB - Mississippi State - Senior
C.J. Prosise - RB - Notre Dame - Senior
Keenan Reynolds - QB - Navy - Senior
Greg Ward Jr. - QB - Houston - Junior
Deshaun Watson - QB - Clemson - Sophomore

2015 Chuck Bednarik Award Semifinalists:
Name /Position /School /Year

Kendell Beckwith - LB - LSU - Junior
Andrew Billings - NT - Baylor - Junior
Joey Bosa - DE - Ohio State - Junior
Jonathan Bullard - DE - Florida - Senior
Shilique Calhoun - DE - Michigan State - Senior
Jeremy Cash - S - Duke - Senior
Su'a Cravens - LB - USC - Junior
Myles Garrett - DE - Texas A&M - Sophomore
Vernon Hargreaves III - CB - Florida - Junior
Shaq Lawson - DE - Clemson - Junior
Jourdan Lewis - CB - Michigan - Junior
Tyler Matakevich - LB - Temple - Senior
Carl Nassib - DE - Penn State - Senior
Robert Nkemdiche - DT - Ole Miss - Junior
Emmanuel Ogbah - DE - Oklahoma State - Junior
Reggie Ragland - LB - Alabama - Senior
Jalen Ramsey - CB - Florida State - Junior
A'Shawn Robinson - DL - Alabama - Junior
Joe Schobert - LB - Wisconsin - Senior
Jaylon Smith - LB - Notre Dame - Junior

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

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