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Bowl Pairings Announced for Final BCS Season
Auburn and Florida State to Meet in Vizio BCS National Championship Game
Bill Hancock, Executive Director of the Bowl Championship Series, today announced that the final BCS National Championship Game will match No. 1 Florida State against No. 2 Auburn in Pasadena January 6.
“From the kickoff in August to the last whistle of the regular season—and every week in between—this final season of the BCS will be a year to be remembered,” Hancock said. “It produced some unbelievable must-see games. The VIZIO BCS National Championship Game will carry that excitement into the new year. In addition, we have a fascinating lineup of other BCS games and a great slate of other bowls throughout the holiday season.”
NFL Power Rankings - Seahawks Gaining Momentum Into Final Month
Photo - QB Russell Wilson - Seahawks
Players of the Week
Offensive Player - WR Josh Gordon - Browns
Defensive Player - DE Justin Tuck - Giants
Team of Week 13 - Seattle Seahawks -
Matchup of Week 14 – Colts at Bengals –
Rank / Team / Record
1. Seattle Seahawks (11-1)
The Seahawks are running on all cylinders.
2. Denver Broncos (10-2)
Broncos made great comeback behind Peyton Manning vs Chiefs.
3. New Orleans Saints (9-3)
Saints are a different club on the road.
4. Indianapolis Colts (8-4)
Colts face acid test this week with trip to Cincinnati.
Senior Bowl Highlights All-Star Postseason
All-Star Game Schedule – Dec thru January 2014
Date Site Time (ET) TV Rosters Reviews
DIII Senior Classic - Dec 13, Salem, Virginia 7 pm
DII vs NAIA Star game - Dec 21, Myrtle Beach, Fla 1 pm
FSC Senior Scout Bowl - Dec 21, Myrtle Beach, Fla 5 pm
HBCU Bowl - Dec 21, Atlanta 4 pm - Fox College Sports
GIU All American Game - Dec 28, St. George, Utah 7:45 pm
Auburn Shocks Alabama - Turns Polls Upside Down
Florida St.& Ohio St. Rank #1 and #2 - Remain Perfect along with Northern Illinois
Players of Week
Offense: QB Marcus Mariota - Oregan
Defense: CB Chris Davis - Auburn
Photo: LB Chris Borland - Wisconsin
Upcoming Game of the Week: Auburn (11-1) vs Missouri (11-1)
Auburn Posts Classic Win over #1 Alabama At Gun
Team of the Week - Auburn
AP Top 25
Rank / Team / Votes / Record / Points
1 Florida State (58) -12-0 - 1498
2 Ohio State - 12-0 - 1418
3 Auburn (2) - 11-1 - 1387
4 Alabama - 11-1 - 1294
5 Missouri - 11-1 - 1281
6 Oklahoma State - 10-1 - 1197
7 Stanford - 10-2 - 1067
8 South Carolina - 10-2 - 1066
9 Baylor - 10-1 - 1020
10 Michigan State - 11-1 - 1002
11 Arizona State - 10-2 - 843
12 Oregon - 10-2 - 815
13 Clemson - 10-2 - 813
14 LSU - 9-3 - 690
15 UCF - 10-1 - 621
16 Northern Illinois - 12-0 - 596
17 UCLA - 9-3 - 510
18 Oklahoma - 9-2 - 503
19 Louisville - 10-1 - 482
20 Duke - 10-2 - 348
21 Wisconsin - 9-3 - 299
22 Texas A&M - 8-4 - 186
23 Texas - 8-3 - 156
24 Fresno State - 10-1 - 124
25 Georgia - 8-4 - 111
2013 Award Finalists - Outland Trophy, Bronko Nagurski, Maxwell & Chuck Bednarik Awards
Three finalists for the 2013 Outland Trophy were announced on Monday by the Football Writers Association of America: Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald, Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews and Baylor offensive guard Cyril Richardson.
Photo – Outland Finalists - Matthews, Richardson & Donald
These finalists will be featured on The Home Depot College Football Awards Nomination Special on ESPNU on Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 5:30 p.m. ET. The winner of the 68th Outland Trophy will be revealed on ESPN during The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, Dec. 12 from 7-9 p.m. ET at the Atlantic Dance Hall on the Disney Boardwalk in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Both Pittsburgh and Texas A&M have had previous players claim the Outland Trophy; Baylor has not. Last year's winner and the No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel, was the Aggies' first Outland winner and now is on the roster of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Alabama Heads Polls - Florida St.& Ohio Remain Perfect
Five Teams Remain Undefeated
Players of Week
Offense: QB Derek Carr – Fresno St
Defense: LB Chris Borland - Wisconsin
Photo: QB Derek Carr – Fresno St.
Upcoming Game of the Week: Alabama (11-0) at Auburn (10-1)
LSU Posts Impressive Win over Texas A&M
Team of the Week - Arizona St.
AP Top 25
Rank / Team / Votes / Record / Previous Rank
1 Alabama (56) - 11-0 - 1
2 Florida State (4) - 11-0 - 2
3 Ohio State - 11-0 - 4
4 Auburn - 10-1 - 6
5 Missouri - 10-1 - 8
6 Clemson - 10-1 - 7
7 Oklahoma State - 10-1 - 11
8 Stanford - 9-2 - 10
9 Baylor - 9-1 -6
10 South Carolina - 9-2 - 12
11 Michigan State - 10-1 - 13
12 Oregon - 9-2 - 5
13 Arizona State - 9-2 - 19
14 Wisconsin - 9-2 - 16
15 LSU - 8-3 - 18
16 Fresno State - 10-0 - 15
17 UCF - 9-1 - 17
18 Northern Illinois - 11-0 - 20
19 Texas A&M - 8-3 - 9
20 Oklahoma - 9-2 -22
21 Louisville -10-1 -21
22 UCLA - 8-3 - 14
23 USC - 9-3 - 23
24 Duke - 9-2 - 25
25 Notre Dame - 8-3 - NR
Dropped from rankings: Ole Miss 24
Others receiving votes: Georgia 15, Cincinnati 10, Texas 10, Ole Miss 7, Arizona 6, Nebraska 6, Minnesota 5, East Carolina 1, North Dakota State 1, Vanderbilt 1
Rank / Team / Record
1 Alabama (56) - 11-0
2 Florida State (6) - 11-0
3 Ohio State - 11-0
4 Clemson - 10-1
5 Auburn - 10-1
6 Missouri - 10-1
7 Oklahoma State - 10-1
8 Baylor - 9-1
9 South Carolina - 9-2
10 Stanford - 9-2
11 Michigan State - 10-1
12 Oregon - 9-2
13 Fresno State - 10-0
14 Wisconsin - 9-2
15 LSU - 8-3
16 Louisville - 10-1
17 Oklahoma - 9-2
18 Arizona State - 9-2
19 UCF - 9-1
20 Northern Illinois - 11-0
21 Texas A&M - 8-3
22 UCLA - 8-3
23 Southern California - 9-3
24 Duke - 9-2
25 Cincinnati - 9-2
Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 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. 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.
Michael Sam Heads Five Finalists For 2013 Bronko Nagurski Trophy
DALLAS (FWAA) – Five finalists for the 2013 Bronko Nagurski Trophy were announced this week by the Football Writers Association of America and the Charlotte Touchdown Club.
Vying for the honor of National Defensive Player of the Year are, in alphabetical order: Michigan Ste cornerback Darqueze Dennard, Pittsburgh tackle Aaron Donald, Florida St cornerback Lamarcus Joyner, Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley and Missouri end Michael Sam.
Photo: DE Michael Sam - Missouri
The winner will be announced on Dec. 9 and presented the Bronko Nagurski Trophy at a gala banquet at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte, N.C. Florida Coach Will Muschamp will give the keynote address.
In addition, the FWAA and Charlotte Touchdown Club will hand out the Bronko Nagurski Legends Award presented by Florida East Coast Railway. This year's winner is Georgia Tech defensive back Randy Rhino, a member of the FWAA's 1972 FWAA All-America team.
The FWAA award is named after Nagurski, who dominated college football at Minnesota as a bruising fullback and defensive tackle from 1927-29. He could have been an All-American at any position and was the best player wherever the coaches put him.
The FWAA has named a National Defensive Player of the Year since the 1993 season. One of the schools represented by the five finalists will win the award for the first time, although this is the third straight season Alabama has had a Nagurski finalist and Florida State has one for a second straight year. Pittsburgh and Michigan State have secured their initial Bronko Nagurski finalists. Alabama has had four previous finalists, Florida State three and Missouri one. But none of those schools have had a player win the award.
The Five 2013 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Finalists
Selected by the FWAA All-America Committee:
Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State (5-11, 197, Sr., Dry Branch, Ga.): A shutdown corner who has dominated Big Ten offenses this season for the Spartans, who rank tops in the country in total defense. He has made 38 tackles (19 unassisted) and two for losses of four yards. His 2013 resume includes three interceptions (38 return yards), seven pass breakups, four quarterback hurries and one forced fumble.
Aaron Donald, T, Pittsburgh (6-0, 285, Sr., Pittsburgh, Pa.): Probably the most productive defensive tackle in college football. Offensive coordinators stay up at night scheming to keep him away from the ball. The agile tackle leads the country in tackles for loss (22.5 for 112 yards in losses) by a whopping 4.5 tackles. Of those tackles for loss, 10 have been sacks. He also has forced four fumbles, broken up two passes and hurried the quarterback 14 times.
Lamarcus Joyner, CB, Florida State (5-8, 190, Sr., Fort Lauderdale, Fla.): Another top cornerback who can impress for the nation's second-ranked team. He has 51 tackles (36 unassisted), 6.5 tackles for 54 yards in losses, one interception (15 yards returned). In addition he has three forced fumbles, three passes broken up and two quarterback hurries. He played his best in Florida State's 51-14 defeat of ACC power Clemson when he made eight tackles (one sack), collected an interception and forced two fumbles.
C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama (6-2, 232, Sr., Mobile, Ala.): The leader of top-ranked Alabama's defense that has held eight of 10 opponents to 10 or fewer points this season. He has 79 tackles (42 unassisted), seven of those for 15 yards in losses. In addition, he has five pass breakups, four quarterback hurries and one forced fumble. Alabama ranks fifth in the country in total defense, allowing just 272.8 yards a game.
Michael Sam, E, Missouri (6-2, 255, Sr., Hitchcock, Texas): A flashy end who has the penchant for making the big play in the big game. In Missouri's upset victory at Georgia, he returned a fumble 21 yards for a score. In three games this season, against Arkansas State, at Vanderbilt, and against Florida, he has registered three sacks. Sam ranks tied for fifth nationally in tackles for loss per game (1.6) and is tied for sixth in sacks on the season.
The Charlotte Touchdown Club is a non-profit organization founded in 1990 for the purpose of promoting high school, collegiate, and professional football in the Charlotte, N.C., region. The club's activities and services focus community attention on the outstanding citizenship, scholarship, sportsmanship, and leadership of area athletes and coaches. The official website of the Charlotte Touchdown Club is www.touchdownclub.com.
The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,200 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 Association. The NCFAA encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 21 awards boast 678 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.