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Packers – Broncos Clash in Battle of Unbeatens - New NFL Power Poll

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NFL Power Rankings Week 8 –
Packers – Broncos Clash in Battle of Unbeatens - New NFL Power Poll

Rookies of the Week –
Offensive Player - WR Amari Cooper - Raiders

Defensive Player - LB Eric Kendricks - Vikings

Players of the Week
Offense - RB Lamar Miller - Dolphins

Defense - CB Dominique Rogers-Cromartie - Giants
Special Teams - WR/RS Dwayne Harris - Giants

Photo - QB Eli Manning - Giants

Team of Week 7 - Bengals
Matchup of Week 8 – Green Bay at Denver

Rank / Team / Record

1. Green Bay Packers (6-0)
Packers face a huge road game with the Broncos in the battle of undefeated clubs.

2. New England Patriots (6-0)
Patriots beat the Jets again behind the hot QB Tom Brady who currently has a 16 to 1 TD interception ratio.

3. Denver Broncos (6-0)
Broncos’ have won with leagues’ top defense and few turnovers.

4. Cincinnati Bengals (6-0)
The Bengals’ had two weeks to prepare for division contest at Pittsburgh this week.

5. Carolina Panthers (6-0)
The Panthers beat a talented but erratic Eagles club in last one and host the Colts on Monday night this week.

6. Atlanta Falcons (6-1)
Falcons’ just got by the Titans last week and face woeful Bucs at home Sunday.

7. Arizona Cardinals (5-2)
Cards were lucky to beat the Ravens who continue to fade.

8. New York Jets (4-2)
The Jets find ways to loss to the Patriots that keeps them from top of AFC East.

9. New York Giants (4-3)
GMen won a critical game vs Dallas, but travel to New Orleans for key NFC matchup.

10. St. Louis Rams (3-3)
The Rams’ are starting to gain momentum and host rested 49ers in key West contest.

11. Minnesota Vikings (4-2)
Vikings are much improved with young QB Teddy Bridgewater and a healthy Adrian Peterson.

12. Philadelphia Eagles (3-4)
Eagles have their bye week after disappointing performance vs the Panthers that puts them under .500.

13. Seattle Seahawks (3-4)
The Seahawks face a critical road game with the Cowboys with the loser in difficult spot for second half of schedule.

14. Indianapolis Colts (3-4)
The Colts have lost two in a row since QB Andrew Luck returned.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3)
Steelers’ lost to the Chiefs in last one and face divisional rival the Bengals in vital North contest.

16. New Orleans Saints (3-4)
Saints face NFC rival, the Giants at home in a huge conference matchup for both teams’ playoff aspirations.

17. Washington Redskins (3-4)
The Skins have their bye week after a dramatic last second win over the Bucs.

18. Miami Dolphins (3-3)
The Dolphins had their best offensive display of the season vs Texans and face AFC East leader, the Patriots on road Thursday night.

19. Oakland Raiders (3-3)
The Raiders host the Jets this week after a key win over AFC West rival, the Chargers.

20. Buffalo Bills (3-4)
The Bills lost to the Bucs last week with bye this weekend prior to diet of AFC East clubs.

21. Dallas Cowboys (2-4)
Cowboys have dropped four in a row without Tony Romo and Dez Bryant and host Seahawks in must win situation Sunday.

22. Kansas City Chiefs (2-5)
The Chiefs host the equally disappointing Lions this week.

23. San Diego Chargers (2-5)
Chargers lost another key AFC game vs Raiders last week with trip to Baltimore on this week’s schedule.

24. Baltimore Ravens (1-6)
The Ravens find ways to lost tight games this year that were signature victories of glory years.

25. Cleveland Browns (2-5)
Browns have one of the lowest scoring teams in the league along with being mistake prone.

26. Houston Texans (2-5)
Texans struggle to score with little leadership at critical position.

27. Chicago Bears (2-4)
The Bears had two weeks to prepare for vital NFC North matchup with Vikings this week.

28. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-5)
The Jaguars think they have turned the corner with young QB Blake Bortles.

29. San Francisco 49ers (2-5)
The 49ers’ QB Colin Kaepernick continues regress after early career success.

30. Tampa Bay Bucs (2-4)
Bucs lost to Redskins and travel to Atlanta this weekend.

31. Tennessee Titans (1-5)
The Titans have just begun a long rebuilding process that will take a while.

32. Detroit Lions (1-6)
Lions are falling apart despite high expectations that could lead to wholesale changes this postseason.

Oklahoma St Senseless Tragedy Overrides Key Conference Matchups

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College Football Monday - Week 8

Oklahoma St Wins Amass Weekend Tragedy

Photo: QB Seth Russell - Baylor

Team of the Week: Georgia Tech

Players of the Week
Offense: WR Corey Coleman - Baylor
Defense: CB Lance Austin - Georgia Tech

As the college football season moves into the critical conference games, this past Saturday once again saw insane tragedy on a campus. At Stillwater, Oklahoma, at the homecoming parade for Oklahoma St., a drunk driver crashed into a crowd, killing four people and injuring dozens of watchers prior to the OSU – Kansas game. Police arrested a drunk woman and charged her with second degree homicide. Oklahoma St. officials debated cancelling the game, but opted to play the Big 12 contest with the flag at Boone Pickens stadium at half-mast and players praying before the coin flip. Big 12 stadiums especially Oklahoma U at Norman, Oklahoma held pre game services after another senseless act of violence on our nation’s campuses.

The football season continued with two undefeated clubs, Florida St and Utah falling to conference rivals. Florida St. lost on the last play of the game to ACC rival, Georgia Tech. FSU kicker Roberto Aguayo, statistically the most accurate kicker in NCAA football history and a Lou Groza Award-winner, lined up for a 56-yard field goal attempt that would have broken a late tie and lifted FSU to a victory over the Yellow Jackets. Tech’s Patrick Gamble blocked the kick and Lance Austin picked it up and returned it 78 yards down the left sideline for a touchdown that gave the Yellow Jackets a 22-16 victory as time expired.

The loss is Florida State’s first in the regular season since Nov. 24, 2012, and its first loss in the ACC since Oct. 6, 2012. The Seminoles (6-1, 4-1) had won 28 straight ACC games during that stretch and could have tied a league record with 29 on Saturday. The Yellow Jackets (3-5, 2-4 ACC) entered the season as heavy favorites in the ACC Coastal Division, but were reeling from a five-game losing streak. They never led on Saturday until the game’s final play.

#3 Utah lost to a fired up Southern Cal (4-3) club snap their two-game skid and earn a victory for interim coach Clay Helton in his debut game at the Coliseum. LB Cameron Smith returned the second of his three interceptions 54 yards for a TD, as the Trojans knocked the Utes from the unbeaten ranks with a 42-24 victory Saturday night. Utah QB Travis Wilson threw four interceptions during a rough night throwing the ball while they also inexplicably failed to establish its running game against USC. Talented tailback Devontae Booker had just 14 carries for 62 yards. The victory was Southern Cal’s first win over a top 3 club since 2006.

#1 Ohio St. had their best performance of the season vs an overmatched Rutgers club. QB J.T. Barrett solidified his claim as the Buckeyes' #1 QB with a strong performance.

#2 Baylor (7-0) continued to roll as they beat Iowa St. 45-27 for the FBS best 20th consecutive home victory. The high powered Bears will faces its future without its starting QB after Seth Russell sustained a broken bone in neck for an injury that will force him to miss the remainder of the season following surgery. The typical recovery period for this injury is six months by school medical staff.

With the Big 12 title, a playoff push and possibly an invitation to the final four, the Bears will look to freshman Jarrett Stidham to step in and direct this high powered attack. He was one of the premier HS recruits and chose the high powered Bear offense that has put up incredible numbers over recent seasons.

Russell leads the country in yards per pass (10.5) and passing efficiency (189.7 along with tying for most TD passes (29). Granted, the Baylor offensive system has produced system QBs that developed a Heisman winner (Robert Griffin III) and won consecutive Big 12 titles, all since 2011. The system is on pace for Baylor to shatter the NCAA record for TDs in a season (99, Oklahoma in 2008).

Junior wideout Corey Coleman has taken his game to a higher level and the top scoring machine in the nation. On Saturday, he scored two more TDs, his sixth consecutive game with multiple scores that pushed his FBS leading total to 18 in just 7 games. He broke former Bear wideout Kendall Wright’s school record for career TDs with 31.

The year of the running back continues with Oklahoma tailback Samaje Perine rushing for 201 yards on 23 carries for an 8.7 yard average and 4 TDs. He led the Sooners waxing of Texas Tech 63-27. Alabama tailback Derrick Henry continues to be the difference weekly for the Tides offense. He faced a tough Tennessee front and rushed for 143 yards on 28 carries including a 14 yard burst that put the Tide ahead with just over 2 minutes left. The Tide held on for a 19-14 victory to improve to 7-1 overall and 4-1 in SEC play.

Games of the Week – Florida (6-1) at Georgia (5-2)
Notre Dame ()6-1 at Temple (7-0)

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.

Ohio St. Rolls Behind QB J.T. Barrett – Buckeyes Solidify #1 Spot

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- Draft Insiders’ 2015 Top 25 Team Poll –
Ohio St. Rolls Behind J.T. Barrett
Buckeyes Solidify #1 Spot
Dozen Teams Remain Undefeated

Photo - RB Samaje Perine - Oklahoma

Team of Week – Georgia Tech

Players of Week
Offense - RB Samaje Perine - Oklahoma
Defense - CB Lance Austin - Georgia Tech

Draft Insiders’ Top 25 Poll – Week #8 Rankings

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

AP Top 25

Rank/Team /Record /Points
1 Ohio State(39) 8-0 1466
2 Baylor(7) 7-0 1417
3 Clemson(6) 7-0 1378
4 LSU(5) 7-0 1344
5 TCU(3) 7-0 1327
6 Michigan State 8-0 1250
7 Alabama(1) 7-1 1163
8 Stanford 6-1 1062
9 Notre Dame 6-1 997
10 Iowa 7-0 934
11 Florida 6-1 867
12 Oklahoma State 7-0 864
13 Utah 6-1 838
14 Oklahoma 6-1 697
15 Michigan 5-2 666
16 Memphis 7-0 660
17 Florida State 6-1 571
18 Houston 7-0 411
19 Ole Miss 6-2 368
20 Toledo 7-0 365
21 Temple 7-0 307
22 Duke 6-1 274
23 Pittsburgh 6-1 161
24 UCLA 5-2 110
25 Mississippi State 6-2 103

Dropped from rankings: Texas A&M 15, California 20

Others receiving votes: Texas A&M 73, North Carolina 46, USC 33, BYU 18, Georgia 17, Wisconsin 15, Northwestern 10, Appalachian State 6, California 5, Washington State 2

Coaches Poll

Rank /Team /Record /Points
1 Ohio State(49) 8-0 1557
2 Baylor(10) 7-0 1488
3 TCU(2) 7-0 1418
4 LSU(1) 7-0 1345
5 Michigan State 8-0 1338
6 Clemson(1) 7-0 1323
7 Alabama 7-1 1196
8 Stanford 6-1 1073
9 Notre Dame 6-1 1072
10 Oklahoma State 7-0 972
11 Iowa 7-0 929
12 Florida 6-1 848
13 Oklahoma 6-1 809
14 Utah 6-1 763
15 Florida State 6-1 647
16 Memphis 7-0 640
17 Michigan 5-2 611
18 Duke 6-1 393
19 Houston 7-0 385
20 Toledo 7-0 370
21 Ole Miss 6-2 354
22 Temple 7-0 277
23 Georgia 5-2 116
24 Pittsburgh 6-1 111
25 UCLA 5-2 95

Dropped from rankings: Texas A&M 16, California 19

Others receiving votes: Texas A&M 89, Mississippi State 70, North Carolina 55, Wisconsin 36, California 17, Navy 15, USC 14, Northwestern 14, BYU 11, Washington State 11, Oregon 11, Marshall 1, Boise State 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.

2015 Midseason College All-America First Team

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Draft Insiders’ – Frank Coyle
2015 Midseason All-America First Team

Players of the Year
Offense - RB Leonard Fournette - LSU
Defense – DE Myles Garrett - Texas A&M

Photo – RB Leonard Fournette - LSU

* Underclassmen

Offense
Pos / Player / Height / Weight / Class / School

QB Trevone Boykin - 6-2 205 - Senior - TCU
RB *Leonard Fournette - 6-1 230 - Soph. - LSU
RB *Dalvin Cook - 5-11 202 - Soph. - Florida State
WR *Corey Coleman - 5-11 190 - Junior - Baylor
WR Josh Doctson - 6-3 195 - Senior - TCU
WR * Will Fuller - 6-1 195 - Junior - Notre Dame
TE Tyler Higbee - 6-5 245 - Senior - Western Kentucky
OL Spencer Drango - 6-6 310 - Senior - Baylor
OL Ronnie Stanley - 6-5 310 - Senior - Notre Dame
OL Vadal Alexander - 6-6 325 - Senior - LSU
OL Joshua Garnett - 6-5 325 - Senior - Stanford
C Nick Martin - 6-4 300 - Senior - Notre Dame

Defense
Pos / Player / Height / Weight / Class / School

DE * Myles Garrett - 6-5 262 - Soph - Texas A&M
DE Carl Nassib - 6-7 275 - Senior - Penn State
DT * Robert Nkemdiche - 6-4 295 - Junior - Ole Miss
DT Adolphus Washington - 6-4 290 - Senior - Ohio State
LB Tyler Matakevich, Temple - 6-1 235 - Senior - Temple
LB * Jaylon Smith - 6-3 235 - Junior - Notre Dame
LB * Joe Schobert - 6-2 236 - Junior - Wisconsin
CB * Vernon Hargreaves III- 5-11 199 - Junior - Florida
CB * Desmond King - 5-11 200 - Junior - Iowa
S Jeremy Cash - 6-2 210 - Senior - Duke
S * Karl Joseph - 5-11 197 - Junior - West Virginia

Special Teams
Pos / Player / Height / Weight / Class /School

P Tom Hackett - 5-11 195 - Senior - Utah
K Ross Martin - 5-10 185 - Senior - Duke
KR * Evan Berry - 5-11 207 - Soph - Tennessee
PR * William Likely - 5-7 175 - Junior - Maryland
AP * Christian Kirk - 5-11 200 – Fresh - Texas A&M

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.

QB Dak Prescott - Mississippi St. - Scouting Report – Draft Insiders’ Preview

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QB Dak Prescott - Mississippi St. - Scouting Report – Draft Insiders’ Preview – Fall 2015

Dak Prescott Receives Multiple Honors For Performance In Louisiana Tech Victory

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QB Dak Prescott of Mississippi St had his most efficient game of his career this past Saturday in a 45-20 victory against Louisiana Tech. He received multiple honors nationally including being named the Senior Bowl Offensive Player of the Week, a Manning Award Star of the Week and a Davey O’Brien Award top performer. Prescott completed 30-of-43 passes against Tech for 347 yards, the second-highest total in his career.

Prescott accounted for four TDs, passing for three and rushing for another. The performance put him over 7,000 career passing yards, making him the 17th player in FBS history with that many passing yards and at least 2,000 career rushing yards. With his first touchdown pass of the game, the All-SEC quarterback joined Heisman Trophy winners Tim Tebow and Johnny Manziel as the only players in SEC history to throw for 50-plus TDs and rush for 30-plus TDs in a career.

With 23 school records under his belt (12 single-season and 11 career), Prescott is statistically having a better season than last fall, where he finished in the top 10 of Heisman Trophy voting. Through the first seven games of 2014, Prescott was 114-of-189 (60.3%) for 1,694 yards with 15 TDs and five interceptions. Through the first seven games of the 2015 campaign, he is 148-of-225 (65.8%) for 1,700 yards with 11 TDs and zero picks. The passing yards and completions are the most by an MSU player through the first seven games in school history.

One of 36 FBS QBs to have over 200 passing attempts this fall, Prescott is the only one to have not thrown an interception. The Bulldog’s team captain has thrown a school-record 274 straight passes without an interception, a streak that stretches 26 quarters dating back to last season. The stretch is currently the longest in the nation and the 3rd-longest in SEC history.

Scouting Report – Draft Insiders’ Preview – Fall 2015
#15 QB Dak Prescott - Mississippi State - 6-2 230

Slick throwing senior QB has impressed as a passer again this fall while starting for the third season. In the balanced Bulldog attack, he is dangerous as a passer and runner. With a continued strong 2015 season and postseason All-star performance, he could improve his draft status significantly. He came on strong over his sophomore and junior campaigns operating in this offense very effectively. He is quick in the pocket and capable of running or spraying the ball around to a number of receivers with an improving understanding of defenses after extensive playing experience. As a pocket passer, he has some inconsistencies in his footwork that have a big effect on his accuracy. He has a fairly quick release and short area accuracy gives him a chance to start at the NFL level with further development.
Currently, a top 75 prospect for the NFL Draft 2016 – Senior Bowl Watch List

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.

College Football Monday - Michigan St Wins On Incredible Final Play vs Michigan

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College Football Monday - Week 7

Spartans Win On Improbable Fumble TD Return

Photo: RB Leonard Fournette - LSU

Team of the Week: LSU

Players of Week
Offense: RB Dalvin Cook - Florida St.
Defense: LB Kyle Fackrell - Utah St.

Miracle Comeback Week
This past Saturday saw a few incredible comebacks but none will rival the miraculous than Michigan St. last second fumble return TD for the winning TD, 23-21 final. The Spartans beat arch rival on the most bizarre play in recent college football on the last play of the game that produced the improbable victory. The scene was a 4th down Michigan punt with 10 seconds remaining when Michigan punter Blake O’Neill bobbled a low snap and spun around to try and make the kick. He was hit and the ball popped up and MSU defender Jalen Watts-Jackson caught it and rumbled 38 yards dodging a few Wolverine tacklers for the dramatic game winning TD. Jackson was mobbed in the end zone and sustained a dislocated hip that required a Sunday morning operation. O’Neill is an Australian punter had a few huge punts during the game including an 80 yard punt and has become a key weapon for the Wolverines nationally ranked defense that was coming off three consecutive shutouts.

This play was an immediate highlight hit and will rival the crazy Stanford-Cal finish from the early 1980s and the BC’s QB Doug Flutie miracle Hail Mary TD pass from the same era. With Cal trailing Stanford, the Bears received a kickoff and lateralled multiple times (5x) to score the winning TD as the Cal band marched on the field and runners used that group as blockers to screen ballcarriers for the return.

Michigan St. went 7-0 overall and 3-0 in the Big Ten. They host an improved Indiana club this week. They were one of several clubs that made huge comebacks. Memphis remained undefeated with an impressive comeback at home vs Ole Miss. The Rebels got up 14-0 but Memphis put up 31 unanswered points to win 37-24 to remain unbeaten at (6-0). Memphis QB Paxton Lynch completed 39 of 53 passes for 385 yards and 3 TDs. It was the redshirt junior QB’s fifth straight 300 yard game. The 6’7” 245 lbs. passer makes all the throws and has the Tigers in the top 25 teams and capable of pressing for a higher ranking with six reasonably soft games remaining on their schedule. The Tigers could become one of the biggest stories of the season if they continue with move up the rankings and a possible prime bowl invitation.

Rutgers trailed Indiana 52-27 late in the 3rd quarter and scored the final 28 points to win 55-52 in HC Kyle Flood’s return after a three game suspension. Rutgers has had a turbulent year with player and coach suspensions and a few disappointing performances that have left the program highly criticized. They improved their record to 3-3 with Ohio St. coming in this Saturday. QB Chris Laviano had a strong game on 28 of 42 passes for 386 yards and 3 TDs. Wideout Leonte Carroo added 7 receptions for 157 yards and 3 TDs. He was injured on his final TD reception with an ankle injury. He produced another 3 TD game vs Michigan St. the prior week. The quick senior receiver continues to elevate his draft stock for the NFL Draft 2016 and remains high on the Senior Bowl Watch list entering the second half of the season.

Year of the Running Back Continues…..
Despite the high powered passing games that highlights college football weekly, this is the year of the running back with a deep group of talented backs who have dominated through the first half of the season.
Most are underclassmen, with several true sophomores like Leonard Fournette, Dalvin Cook and Nick Chubb. They will not be eligible for the NFL Draft 2016 due to only two years removed from high school.

Florida St’s Dalvin Cook continues to provide impact for the Seminoles attack. Against Louisville this week, he rushed for 163 yards on 22 carries and 2 TDs that made the difference in a 41-21 victory. It was his fourth 100 yard rushing effort. Cook is a talented well rounded back with the power to run inside and the speed and quickness to make the corner and break a long play. His strong lower body allows him to break tackles and his quick footwork and cutting skills creates space and running lanes. His fine speed makes him dangerous on every touch as his 12 TDs testify to at midseason. He has deceptive strength and shows little wear despite 20 carries weekly.

LSU’s Leonard Fournette produces impressive efforts weekly and had a strong performance vs #8 Florida. Fournette is a rare combination of size and speed and has produced huge numbers weekly despite facing tough SEC defenses. Against the undefeated Gators, he rushed for 181 yards on 31 carries and 2 TDs that made the difference in the Tigers 35-27 win. For the season, he has totaled 1202 yards on 150 carries for over an incredible 8 yard average and 14 TDs. LSU remained the only undefeated SEC club with a key victory over Florida. LSU travels to Alabama in two weeks after a home contest vs W. Kentucky. The LSU-Alabama game may be the game of the year with both national and SEC leadership at stake.

Alabama tailback Derrick Henry has continued to be a difference maker for the hot Tide offense. This week vs #9 Texas A&M, he ran for a career high of 236 yards and 2 TDs. Henry scored both TDs in the 2nd quarter as Bama built a 28-6 lead that translated to a 41-23 victory. Bama is building momentum on basic football they have been known for – power ground game, field position and tough physical defense. Henry has moved into strong Heisman Trophy contention off a strong October performance.

Ohio St. tailback Ezekiel Elliott continues to pound defenses despite the changing Buckeyes’ QB situation. Elliott has been keyed on every game and has consistently dominated the early action. For the Penn St game, he rushed for 153 yards on 27 carries and 1 TD. For the season, he has totaled 988 yards on 148 carries for over a 6 yard average and 11 TDs. He has also shown big play ability to break long plays from scrimmage. Elliott has been the catalyst for the defending champions who though they remain undefeated have been sluggish during several first half games. They face a weak schedule till late November when they face Michigan St and Michigan in their final two contests.

Bulldog tailback Nick Chubb tailback sustained a knee injury vs Tennessee two weeks ago and is done for the season. Over his short Georgia career, he produced 13 straight 100 yard rushing performances. That includes a deep group of talented Bulldog runners including legendary runner Herschel Walker and last years’ top ten selection Todd Gurley. Chubb produced incredible numbers for a young prospect and is expected to be ready for the 2016 college football season.

Game of the Week - Texas A&M (5-1) at Ole Miss (5-2)

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 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.

Ohio St Holds #1 Spot With Top Seven Teams Undefeated

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Draft Insiders’ 2015 Top 25 Poll –
Ohio St Holds #1 Spot With Top Seven Teams Undefeated

Photo - RB Dalvin Cook - Florida St.

Team of Week - LSU

Players of Week
Offense - RB Dalvin Cook - Florida St.
Defense - LB Kyle Fackrell - Utah St.

Draft Insiders’ - Top 25 Poll Week #8 Rankings

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

AP Top 25

Rank/Team /Record /Points
1 Ohio State(45) 7-0 1547
2 Baylor(12) 6-0 1488
3 TCU(4) 7-0 1417
4 Michigan State 7-0 1334
5 LSU(1) 6-0 1324
6 Clemson 6-0 1271
7 Utah(1) 6-0 1258
8 Alabama 6-1 1123
9 Florida State 6-0 1111
10 Notre Dame 6-1 924
11 Stanford 5-1 898
12 Oklahoma State 6-0 839
13 Iowa 7-0 833
14 Florida 6-1 751
15 Oklahoma 5-1 665
16 Texas A&M 5-1 623
17 Memphis 6-0 544
18 Michigan 5-2 544
19 California 5-1 370
20 Toledo 6-0 322
21 Duke 5-1 305
22 Houston 6-0 289
23 Ole Miss 5-2 201
24 Temple 6-0 163
25 Georgia 5-2 95

Dropped from rankings: UCLA 18, Boise State 20, Northwestern 21

Others receiving votes: Mississippi State 38, Wisconsin 37, Pittsburgh 32, North Carolina 30, UCLA 30, Texas Tech 14, BYU 9, Navy 9, Oregon 5, Illinois 5, Western Kentucky 5, Utah State 5, Washington State 5, Northwestern 4, Marshall 3, Arizona 2, Boise State 2, Bowling Green 1

Coaches Poll

Rank /Team /Record /Points
1 Baylor 6-0 300
2 Ohio State 7-0 296
3 Utah 6-0 295
4 LSU 6-0 292
5 Clemson 6-0 277
6 TCU 7-0 258
7 Alabama 6-1 249
8 Michigan State 7-0 242
9 Florida State 6-0 217
10 Stanford 5-1 207
11 Florida 6-1 193
12 Notre Dame 6-1 190
13 Iowa 7-0 163
14 Oklahoma State 6-0 159
15 Oklahoma 5-1 132
16 Texas A&M 5-1 123
17 Memphis 6-0 122
18 Michigan 5-2 115
19 Houston 6-0 85
20 California 5-1 77
21 Temple 6-0 54
22 Toledo 6-0 53
23 Duke 5-1 46
24 Ole Miss 5-2 24
25 Pittsburgh 5-1 17

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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