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Ohio St – Michigan St. Maintain Top Spots With TCU & Baylor Rising in Polls

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Ohio St – Michigan St. Maintain Top Spots in Draft Insiders' Poll
TCU Replaces Michigan St as #2 in AP & Coaches Polls

Draft Insiders’ 2015 Top 25 Poll - Week #6 Rankings

Photo - RB Ekekiel Elliott - Ohio St.

Team of Week - Alabama

Players of Week
Offense - RB Ekekiel Elliott - Ohio St.
Defense - LB Eric Striker - Oklahoma -

Draft Insiders’ 2015 Top 25 Poll – Week #6 Rankings

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

AP Top 25

Rank/Team /Record /Points
1 Ohio State(38) 5-0 1444 —
2 TCU(5) 5-0 1371
3 Baylor(10) 4-0 1364
4 Michigan State 5-0 1291
5 Utah(7) 4-0 1254
6 Clemson 4-0 1217
7 LSU 4-0 1212
8 Alabama 4-1 1026
9 Texas A&M(1) 5-0 1009
10 Oklahoma 4-0 976
11 Florida 5-0 935
12 Florida State 4-0 922
13 Northwestern 5-0 753
14 Ole Miss 4-1 731
15 Notre Dame 4-1 721
16 Stanford 4-1 617
17 USC 3-1 498
18 Michigan 4-1 452
19 Georgia 4-1 441
20 UCLA 4-1 415
21 Oklahoma State 5-0 332
22 Iowa 5-0 254
23 California 5-0 233
24 Toledo 4-0 87
25 Boise State 4-1 65

Dropped from rankings: Wisconsin 19, Mississippi State 21, West Virginia 23

Others receiving votes: Oregon 39, Duke 31, Houston 31, Temple 23, Memphis 19, Navy 19, Arizona State 15, Mississippi State 11, West Virginia 8, Texas Tech 4, BYU 3, Kansas State 1, Missouri 1

Coaches Poll

Rank /Team /Record /Points
1 Ohio State(50) 5-0 1523
2 TCU(4) 5-0 1435
3 Michigan State(1) 5-0 1409
4 Baylor(5) 4-0 1408
5 LSU(1) 4-0 1257
6 Clemson 4-0 1196
7 Utah(1) 4-0 1118
8 Florida State 4-0 1067
9 Oklahoma 4-0 1009
10 Alabama 4-1 990
11 Texas A&M 5-0 983
12 Florida 5-0 755
13 Ole Miss 4-1 727
14 Northwestern 5-0 707
15 Notre Dame 4-1 674
16 Georgia 4-1 562
17 USC 3-1 540
18 Stanford 4-1 535
19 Oklahoma State 5-0 519
20 UCLA 4-1 401
21 Michigan 4-1 322
22 California 5-0 311
23 Iowa 5-0 243
24 Boise State 4-1 100
25 Memphis 5-0 68

Dropped from rankings: Wisconsin 18, West Virginia 21, Mississippi State 22, Oregon 24

Others receiving votes: Oregon 64, Duke 59, West Virginia 31, Toledo 24, Kansas State 17, Temple 16, Arizona State 16, Mississippi State 14, Navy 12, Houston 11, Kentucky 6, Arizona 5, Missouri 4, Wisconsin 4, North Carolina 4, Indiana 2, Illinois 2

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.

Notre Dame Invades Death Valley in Game of the Week

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College Game of the Week

Notre Dame Walks Into Death Valley for Top Ten Matchup
#6 Notre Dame (4-0)at #12 Clemson (3-0) - ESPN 8 pm Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015

Photo – LB Jaylon Smith - Notre Dame

Two top ten undefeated teams, Notre Dame and Clemson meet Saturday night in one of the pivotal early season college football matchups. The Irish face their toughest test of the young season vs a Clemson team that was undefeated last season at home. Both clubs are directed by young mobile QBs. The Irish look to freshman QB DeShone Kizer who was called in to replace injured Malik Zaire who is gone for the 2015 season. Kizer made a dramatic start to his career with only 12 seconds left with a bomb to pull out an apparent loss to lowly Virginia a few weeks ago. He helped beat a solid Georgia Tech club at home last week. He faces his sternest test with his first road game in Death Valley that has been a graveyard for countless young starters. ND is only 2-5 vs ranked teams on the road under coach Brian Kelly.

The Tigers have the nation's ninth-best defense, allowing 260 yards per game, though a soft early schedule helped this ranking. They will have to contain Irish tailback CJ Prosise who has rushed for over 600 yards in four games. He started the season as the backup but inherited the feature back role after Tarean Folston went down with an early knee injury. Kizer will continue to look to big play wideout Will Fuller to stretch the defense.

The Tigers will be directed by sophomore QB Deshaun Watson who combines mobility and accuracy to be a consistent double threat. He is without talented wideout Mike Williams who was lost for the season with a serious neck injury in the opening contest. Watson has relied mainly on his short game to move the chains.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney joked that ''I do think it's a little unfair that they brought the Pope into town just in time for the Clemson game.''

Clemson was the preseason pick to win the Atlantic Coast Conference title with Watson the favorite for player of the year. The Tigers are 3-0 for the fourth time in five years but will be tested by the talented, though erratic Irish defense.

It figures to be a huge week on Clemson's campus. ESPN College GameDay will broadcast from the school for the first time since the Florida State defeat in 2013. Tickets are nearly impossible to get yet requests continue to pour in.

The Irish are 2-5 under Kelly on the road against ranked teams, with both wins coming in 2012 at No. 10 Michigan State and No. 8 Oklahoma. Clemson is 41-6 at home in seven seasons under coach Dabo Swinney and have won 11 straight.

This matchup could be determined by the better ground game and which team makes fewer mistakes. The Tigers in Death Valley might prove too much for the young ND club especially at the key offensive positions. Tigers win a huge early season matchup to ride into their tough ACC schedule.

Clemson 31 Notre Dame 13

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.

NFL Power Polls - Packers & Patriots Rise to Top

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NFL Power Rankings Week 3 –
Packers & Patriots Rise to Conference Leaders

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

Defensive Player - LB Vic Beasley - Falcons

Photo -QB Aaron Rodgers - Packers

Players of the Week
Offensive Player - WR A.J. Green - Bengals

Defensive Player - CB Josh Norman - Panthers

Team of Week 3 - Packers
Matchup of Week 4 – St Louis at Arizona

Rank / Team / Record

1. Green Bay Packers (3-0)
Packers smoked the Chiefs behind the incredible Aaron Rodgers.

2. New England Patriots (3-0)
The veteran Patriots get a bye to rest on their hot start.

3. Arizona Cardinals (3-0)
Cards lead the league in scoring behind the talented Carson Palmer.

4. Denver Broncos (3-0)
Broncos are taking care of business, but can they sustain it the full schedule.

5. Cincinnati Bengals (3-0)
The Bengals off to fast start, but they will be judged by the postseason.

6. Atlanta Falcons (3-0)
Falcon’s beat the overrated Cowboys and host the tough Texans this Sunday.

7. Carolina Panthers (3-0)
The Panthers are atop the NFC South, but will have to beat the Falcons for the title.

8. Seattle Seahawks (1-2)
Seahawks will be pressed to be the best in the NFC West this season.

9. Dallas Cowboys (2-1)
Cowboys could rank lower except for a few gifts in the early action.

10. Buffalo Bills (2-1)
The Bills will be tested with the Giants coming to town in a pivotal game for both clubs.

11. Minnesota Vikings (2-1)
Vikings face a key matchup in Denver this week to establish themselves as a legitimate playoff contender.

12. Philadelphia Eagles (1-2)
Eagles hope to get to .500 with a trip to the Capital vs the Skins.

13. Indianapolis Colts (1-2)
QB Andrew Luck hides countless faults in Indy, though maybe the best team in the weak AFC South again.

14. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1)
Steelers’ move forward without Big Ben over the next few weeks behind the erratic Michael Vick.

15. New York Jets (2-1)
The Jets have to find a way to score more points if they expect to be a playoff contender.

16. San Diego Chargers (1-2)
Chargers host the Browns this week in a key game to move up in the AFC West.

17. New York Giants (1-2)
GMen could be 3-0, but gave away the first two and look to get back to .500 in Buffalo this week.

18. Kansas City Chiefs (1-2)
The Chiefs got wacked by Packers’ Aaron Rodgers. Now must go to Cinny and face the hot Bengals this Sunday.

19. Miami Dolphins (1-2)
The Dolphins were waxed by the Bills at home last week. Face the Jets in London in a critical AFC East matchup.

20. Oakland Raiders (2-1)
The Raiders are off to a good start, and go to Chicago where the Bears appear to be ready to start rebuilding for next year.

21. Baltimore Ravens (0-3)
The Ravens are looking for their first win in Thursday night as they renew their bitter AFC North rivalry in Pittsburgh.

22. Houston Texans (1-2)
Texans travel to Atlanta in a stern test of their playoff contention aspirations.

23. Detroit Lions (0-3)
Lions travel to Seattle for a critical early season contest where the loser is in big trouble.

24. St. Louis Rams (1-2)
The Rams’ offense struggles to score points and faces a key West rival, the Cardinals in the desert.

25. Cleveland Browns (1-2)
Browns struggle scoring points and look to settle on a starting QB with Johnny ‘Football’ Manziel on call.

26. New Orleans Saints (0-3)
Saints lost a key South matchup to the Panthers and host the Cowboys Sunday night in a critical matchup and possibly without QB Drew Brees.

27. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-2)
The Jaguars were toasted by the Patriots and go to Indy for a key South matchup.

28. Washington Redskins (1-2)
Washington host the Eagles this week in an NFC East game that could determine the direction of these teams.

29. Tennessee Titans (1-2)
The Titans will ride rookie QB Marcus Mariota through the learning period this year both the good and bad.

30. San Francisco 49ers (1-2)
The 49ers were bombed in the desert. That may be the norm this season.

31. Tampa Bay Bucs (1-2)
Bucs will go through the growing pain of a rookie QB in Jameis Winston.

32. Chicago Bears (0-3)
The Bears may have the #1 pick in NFL Draft 2016 as the event returns to Chitown.

Utah Heads Strong Pac 12 Group in Early Key Games

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College Football Monday - Week 4

Utah Heads Strong Pac 12 Weekly Performances

Photo: WR Josh Doctson - TCU

Team of the Week: Utah
The Utah Utes won their first Pac-12 opener since joining the conference in 2011 with an impressive and dominating 62-20 victory at No. 13 Oregon. The Utes are 4-0 for the first time since 2010 and drilled the highly regarded Ducks on their home turf.

QB Trevor Wilson threw for 227 yards on 18-of-30 passing with 4 TDs and also tallied 100 rushing yards and 1 TD as the Utes racked up the most points against a Pac-12 opponent in its five-year league history. They head an impressive group of five Pac 12 teams that rank in this week’s Top 25 teams. Utes tailback Devontae Booker had 98 rushing yards on 22 carries and also threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Britain Covey. Utah can rest on their laurels with an upcoming bye week prior to two home games vs Cal and Arizona St. that could be pivotal conference matchups.

Michigan has made a strong early season statement under new HC Jim Harbaugh with an impressive win over BYU. The Wolverines earned their first shutout win since 2012 with a dominating defensive showing, holding BYU to just 105 total yards and eight first downs in a 31-0 win. Michigan scored on five consecutive drives in the first half for all of its points to improve their record to 3-1 and rank in the top 25 standings for the first time in recent years.

The top two Big Ten clubs remain, Ohio St and Michigan St., though both registered lackluster victories Saturday. Ohio St. settled on QB Cardale Jones as their starter and looks to him to direct this young club that faces a soft schedule over the next month. They face an undefeated Indiana club this week that should answer some key questions in the early action. Michigan St. recorded a lackluster win over Central Michigan behind a strong defense led by DE Shilique Calhoun. The senior defender registered 2.5 sacks and two blocked kicks that earned him Defensive Player of the Week. The Spartans get struggling programs over the next two weeks in Purdue and Rutgers before facing improved instate rival Michigan on Oct 17th.

The SEC teams produced two huge performances by talented sophomore tailbacks, LSU’s Leonard Fournette and Georgia’s Nick Chubb. Fournette is the first Tiger runner ever to produce back to back 200 yard rushing efforts. Fournette was the #1 HS player in the nation coming out in 2014 and is a currently a true sophomore. He has produced 631 yards and 8 TDs in just 3 games, though can not enter the NFL until the NFL Draft 2017. He is a legitimate Heisman Trophy front runner in the early action. Chubb is also a true sophomore and a typical Bulldog tailback – tough, fast and the ability to run both inside and outside. Over his short Georgia career, he has produced 12 straight 100 yard rushing performances that ties a record held by legendary runner Herschel Walker. He has rushed for 599 yards and 6 TDs in four games.

Outside the SEC, the TCU/ Texas Tech shootout was one of the season’s insane contests in a Big 12 league that produces weekly 80-90 point totals. TCU had a miraculous comeback with a TD on a deflection with only 23 seconds remaining to win a wild shootout 55-52. TCU wide receiver Josh Doctson earned Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts which included 18 receptions for 267 yards and three touchdowns. It was his deflection that was caught by wideout Aaron Green that changed the outcome of the highest scoring contest of the young season. The 18 catches by Doctson were the most in a game by an FBS player this season while tying TCU and Big 12 single-game career records. Doctson is one of just four players since the start of the 2013 season to have 18 receptions in a game. The 267 yards receiving broke the TCU single-game mark of 226 while his 3 TD catches gave him 21 in his career, ranking second on the Horned Frogs’ all-time list.

Meltdown of the Week – Tough call. Both Tennessee and Texas invent new ways to lose games. Each head coach has to look in the mirror after shaky calls over the weekend vs conference foes. Tennessee caved in vs a young Florida team who came back from a 13 point deficit. It was the Gators 11th straight win over the Vols at 28-27. The Vols continue to look for their signature victory under HC Butch Jones in his third season. Jones failed to go for the 2 point conversion with a lead that could have spelled the difference late in the game. The Vols missed a game winning FG that completed their collapse on what appeared to be a huge early season win for a struggling program. Texas went 0-3 to an undefeated OSU Cowboy club that improved to 4-0.

The Longhorns made critical mistakes throughout the game with a few critical late game penalties including an unsportsmanlike flag against HC Charlie Strong. The frustration over the final quarter performance was evident by both the players and coaching staff. Texas lost the prior week to Cal when they failed to convert an extra point in a one point loss that would have gone to overtime. Longhorns face TCU, Oklahoma and K-State over the next month that will fully test the once renowned program that currently struggles to reach the .500 mark.

Contenders or Pretenders – Florida (4-0), West Virginia (3-0) and Indiana (4-0)
Florida hosts Ole Miss this week in a matchup that could determine if the Gators deserve a top 20 ranking. Ole Miss is ranked #3 in the nation after beating Alabama in their third game. Florida will have to improve to beat a talented Rebel defense that has shown dominant efforts in recent years. Indiana hosts Ohio St. in the acid test for a program that has been a Big Ten doormat over the past decade. Ohio St. has continued to win, but has finally settled on QB Cardale Jones. This club could be ready to explode this week vs an Indiana team that won only 4 games all of last season. They lost to the Buckeyes 42-27 in 2014.

West Virginia has beat weak clubs, Georgia Southern, Liberty and Maryland thus far and travels to Norman, Oklahoma to face the #15 ranked Sooners this Saturday. WVa will be hard pressed to stay with the Sooners and could be vulnerable to a fall with a strong Big 12 schedule on the agenda with OSU, Baylor, TCU and Texas Tech coming up over the next month.

Game of the Week – Notre Dame at Clemson

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 – Michigan St. Head Unbeaten Teams

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Ohio St – Michigan St. Head Unbeaten Teams

Draft Insiders’ 2015 Top 25 Poll – Week #5 Rankings

Photo – DE Shilique Calhoun - Michigan St.

Team of Week - Utah

Players of Week
Offense – WR Josh Doctson - TCU
Defense – DE Shilique Calhoun - Michigan St

Draft Insiders’ 2015 Top 25 Poll – Week #5 Rankings

Rank/ Team /Record
1. Ohio State – 4-0
2. Michigan St – 4-0
3. Mississippi – 4-0
4. TCU – 4-0
5. LSU – 3-0
6. Notre Dame – 4-0
7. Georgia – 4-0
8. Florida St – 3-0
9. Clemson – 4-0
10. Baylor – 3-0
11. Oklahoma – 3-0
12. Utah – 4-0
13. Alabama - 3-1
14. UCLA – 3-0
15. Texas A&M –4-0
16. Northwestern - 4-0
17. USC – 3-1
18. Stanford - 3-1
19. Wisconsin - 3-1
20. Oklahoma St. – 4-0
21 Mississippi St. - 3-1
22 Michigan - 3-1
23 West Virginia - 3-0
24 California - 4-0
25 Florida - 4-0

AP Top 25

Rank/ Team /Record /Points/ Last Week/ Upcoming Game
1 Ohio State(45) 4-0 1482 — vs Western Michigan W 38-12 10/3 @ Indiana
2 Michigan State(5) 4-0 1397 — vs Central Michigan W 30-10 10/3 vs Purdue
3 Ole Miss(10) 4-0 1349 — vs Vanderbilt W 27-16 10/3 @ #25 Florida
4 TCU 4-0 1254 1 @ Texas Tech W 55-52 10/3 vs Texas
5 Baylor 3-0 1196 — vs Rice W 70-17 10/3 vs Texas Tech
6 Notre Dame 4-0 1163 — vs Massachusetts W 62-27 10/3 @ #12 Clemson
7 UCLA 4-0 1156 2 @ #16 Arizona W 56-30 10/3 vs Arizona State
8 Georgia 4-0 1147 1 vs Southern W 48-6 10/3 vs #13 Alabama
9 LSU 3-0 1075 1 @ Syracuse W 34-24 10/3 vs Eastern Michigan
10 Utah(1) 4-0 1034 8 @ #13 Oregon W 62-20 —
11 Florida State 3-0 888 1 — 10/3 @ Wake Forest
12 Clemson 3-0 853 1 — 10/3 vs #6 Notre Dame
13 Alabama 3-1 850 1 vs Louisiana Monroe W 34-0 10/3 @ #8 Georgia
14 Texas A&M 4-0 776 — vs Arkansas W 28-21 10/3 vs #21 Mississippi State
15 Oklahoma 3-0 747 — — 10/3 vs #23 West Virginia
16 Northwestern 4-0 566 1 vs Ball State W 24-19 10/3 vs Minnesota
17 USC 3-1 509 2 @ Arizona State W 42-14 —
18 Stanford 3-1 486 3 @ Oregon State W 42-24 10/3 vs Arizona
19 Wisconsin 3-1 309 3 vs Hawaii W 28-0 10/3 vs Iowa
20 Oklahoma State 4-0 281 4 @ Texas W 30-27 10/3 vs Kansas State
21 Mississippi State 3-1 211 — @ Auburn W 17-9 10/3 @ #14 Texas A&M
22 Michigan 3-1 209 — vs #22 BYU W 31-0 10/3 @ Maryland
23 West Virginia 3-0 179 — vs Maryland W 45-6 10/3 @ #15 Oklahoma
24 California 4-0 149 — @ Washington W 30-24 10/3 vs Washington State
25 Florida 4-0 140 — vs Tennessee W 28-27 10/3 vs #3 Ole Miss

Dropped from rankings: Oregon 13, Arizona 16, Georgia Tech 20, BYU 22, Missouri 25

Others receiving votes: Toledo 68, Oregon 64, Arizona 48, Boise State 38, Iowa 37, Texas Tech 36, Houston 23, Duke 18, Temple 17, Miami (FL) 14, Kansas State 12, Memphis 11, NC State 10, Navy 9, Minnesota 5, BYU 5, Tennessee 4

Coaches Poll

Rank /Team /Record /Points/ Last Week/ Next Game
1 Ohio State(61) 4-0 1593 — vs Western Michigan W 38-12 10/3 @ Indiana
2 Michigan State(2) 4-0 1493 1 vs Central Michigan W 30-10 10/3 vs Purdue
3 TCU 4-0 1401 1 @ Texas Tech W 55-52 10/3 vs Texas
4 Baylor 3-0 1394 — vs Rice W 70-17 10/3 vs Texas Tech
5 Ole Miss(1) 4-0 1348 — vs Vanderbilt W 27-16 10/3 @ #23 Florida
6 Georgia 4-0 1256 — vs Southern W 48-6 10/3 vs #13 Alabama
7 Notre Dame 4-0 1114 1 vs Massachusetts W 62-27 10/3 @ #11 Clemson
8 LSU 3-0 1106 1 @ Syracuse W 34-24 10/3 vs Eastern Michigan
9 Florida State 3-0 1088 2 — 10/3 @ Wake Forest
10 UCLA 4-0 1076 1 @ #16 Arizona W 56-30 10/3 vs Arizona State
11 Clemson 3-0 971 1 — 10/3 vs #7 Notre Dame
12 Utah 4-0 893 5 @ #13 Oregon W 62-20 —
13 Alabama 3-1 867 1 vs Louisiana Monroe W 34-0 10/3 @ #6 Georgia
14 Oklahoma 3-0 803 — — 10/3 vs #21 West Virginia
15 Texas A&M 4-0 786 — vs Arkansas W 28-21 10/3 vs #22 Mississippi State
16 USC 3-1 566 2 @ Arizona State W 42-14 —
17 Northwestern 4-0 511 2 vs Ball State W 24-19 10/3 vs Minnesota
18 Wisconsin 3-1 418 3 vs Hawaii W 28-0 10/3 vs Iowa
19 Oklahoma State 4-0 413 3 @ Texas W 30-27 10/3 vs Kansas State
20 Stanford 3-1 401 4 @ Oregon State W 42-24 10/3 vs Arizona
21 West Virginia 3-0 230 — vs Maryland W 45-6 10/3 @ #14 Oklahoma
22 Mississippi State 3-1 145 — @ #25 Auburn W 17-9 10/3 @ #15 Texas A&M
23 Florida 4-0 141 — vs Tennessee W 28-27 10/3 vs #5 Ole Miss
24 California 4-0 89 — @ Washington W 30-24 10/3 vs Washington State
25 Oregon 2-2 89 11 vs #17 Utah L 62-20 10/3 @ Colorado

Dropped from rankings: Arizona 16, Georgia Tech 20, Missouri 23, Auburn 25

Others receiving votes: Michigan 84, Arizona 72, Kansas State 66, Miami (FL) 61, NC State 52, Boise State 47, Duke 44, Iowa 44, Memphis 42, Texas Tech 22, Temple 18, Toledo 15, Auburn 8, Minnesota 6, Missouri 6, Georgia Tech 6, Houston 5, Kentucky 3, Indiana 2, Tennessee 2, Navy 1, BYU 1, Illinois 1

Big Ten Dominates Early Season Honors

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College Football Monday - Week 3

Ohio St & Michigan St. Claim #1 & #2 in Polls

Photo: DL Robert Nkemdiche - Ole Miss

Though the college football 2015 season is still in the early stages, it has provided some interesting changes in the first month. Ohio St. still claims the top ranking but barely escaped an upset at the hands of MAC opponent, Northern Illinois. Ohio St. changed QBs from Cardale Jones to JT Barrett once again with marginal success. Both QBs have struggled with accuracy and overall consistency that has left the defense to be the difference maker in Columbus. The Buckeyes complete their MAC schedule with a matchup at home vs Western Michigan this Saturday before starting their Big Ten agenda.

Michigan St. continued their hot streak with a solid 34-21 performance over Air Force. The Spartans were once again lead by QB Connor Cook who threw 3 TD passes for 247 yards. Wideout Aaron Burbridge set career highs with eight receptions, 156 receiving yards and 3 TD catches in their victory. He was emerged as one of the premier receivers in the nation this season and scored on touchdown receptions from 28, 32 and 21 yards, while notching at least 100 receiving yards for the third straight game. On Saturday, seven of his eight catches resulted in first downs or touchdowns including a highlight TD reception in the corner of the end zone.

Joining the Spartans and Buckeyes in the Big Ten with 3-0 marks are Indiana, Iowa and Northwestern. The Spartans, Wildcats and Buckeyes last started 3-0 in 2013. The Hoosiers are 3-0 for the first time since 2010 and the Hawkeyes are off to their best start since 2009. Northwestern leads a group of five Big Ten defenses that rank among the top 20 teams in the country in scoring defense. The Wildcats have held opponents to a nation-leading 5.3 points per game en route to their 3-0 start. The Big Ten schedule does not match conference opponents until the first week of October.

Both Alabama and Auburn have struggled out of the gate this season and each lost on Saturday and fell out of the top ten. Auburn fell out of the Top 25 rankings after being bashed by a tough LSU team behind star sophomore runner Leonard Fournette. The LSU Tigers avenged their lost 41-7 loss at Auburn last season behind Fournette’s career high 228 yards rushing and 3 TD performance. Fournette moves to the head of the Heisman race off that effort with a mediocre midseason schedule on the agenda.

The Ole Miss Rebels beat Alabama on its home field for the first time since 1988, forcing five turnovers that led to 24 points in a thrilling 43-37 win in Tuscaloosa. The Rebels beat Alabama in consecutive years for the first time in the 60-game series and earned them a perfect (3-0). The Ole Miss Rebel club came out fired up Saturday night and with the defense the deciding factor in the game behind a dominant performance by tackle Robert Nkemdiche who controlled the line of scrimmage. Nkemdiche runs like a linebacker and was disruptive all night. Ole Miss jumped into the top five while Bama fell out of the top ten, a rare event in recent years especially early in the season.

Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey led the Cardinals to a huge 41-31 win over Pac-12 rival USC at the Coliseum on Saturday. McCaffrey showed his versatility racking up 249 all-purpose yards and touching the ball three different ways. He carried the ball 26 times for 115 yards, caught three passes for 37 yards and returned five kickoffs for 97 yards. McCaffrey is averaging 195.3 all-purpose yards per game this season, which is ranked first in the Pac-12 and fourth in the FBS. His 249 yards was Stanford's most since 2014 Paul Hornung Award finalist, Ty Montgomery, had 296 yards at Utah in Oct. 2013.

Upset of the Week – Arizona knocks UCLA from the unbeaten ranks and claims Pac 12 leadership.

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 – Michigan St. Rank #1 and #2 in Top 25 Rankings

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Draft Insiders’ 2015 Top 25 Poll – Week #4 Rankings

Photo - LB Jaylon Smith - Notre Dame

Team of Week - Ole Miss

Players of Week
Offense - RB Leonard Fournette - LSU
Defense - LB Jaylon Smith - Notre Dame

Rank/ Team /Record
1. Ohio State – 3-0
2. Michigan State – 3-0
3. Mississippi – 3-0
4. TCU – 3-0
5. LSU – 2-0
6. Notre Dame – 3-0
7. Georgia – 3-0
8. Florida State – 3-0
9. Clemson – 3-0
10. Baylor – 2-0
11. Oklahoma – 3-0
12. Alabama - 2-1
13. UCLA – 2-0
14. Arizona – 3-0
15. Texas A&M –3-0
16. Oregon – 2-1
17. Utah – 3-0
18. Northwestern - 3-0
19. USC – 2-1
20. Georgia Tech – 2-1
21. Stanford - 2-1
22. Wisconsin - 2-1
23. Oklahoma St. – 3-0
24. BYU – 2-1
25. Missouri - 3-0

AP Top 25

Rank/ Team /Record /Points
1 Ohio State(42) 3-0 1490 —
2 Michigan State(7) 3-0 1415 2
3 Ole Miss(11) 3-0 1345 12
4 TCU 3-0 1345 —
5 Baylor 2-0 1213 —
6 Notre Dame 3-0 1183 2
7 Georgia 3-0 1162 —
8 LSU(1) 2-0 1088 5
9 UCLA 3-0 981 1
10 Florida State 3-0 953 1
11 Clemson 3-0 903 —
12 Alabama 2-1 882 10
13 Oregon 2-1 855 1
14 Texas A&M 3-0 798 3
15 Oklahoma 3-0 782 1
16 Arizona 3-0 488 4
17 Northwestern 3-0 469 6
18 Utah 3-0 439 3
19 USC 2-1 367 13
20 Georgia Tech 2-1 352 6
21 Stanford 2-1 288 —
22 Wisconsin 2-1 174
23 BYU 2-1 174 3
24 Oklahoma State 3-0 149 1
25 Missouri 3-0 135 3

Dropped from rankings: Auburn 18

Others receiving votes: Mississippi State 52, West Virginia 48, Tennessee 45, California 38, Toledo 36, Arizona State 25, Houston 22, Texas Tech 20, Auburn 20, Temple 20, Boise State 17, Miami (FL) 13, Iowa 10, Kansas State 8, Florida 7, NC State 5, Virginia Tech 4, Minnesota 4, Memphis 1

Coaches Poll

Rank /Team /Record /Points
1 Ohio State(61) 3-0 1594 —
2 TCU 3-0 1482 1
3 Michigan State(3) 3-0 1477 1
4 Baylor 2-0 1364 1
5 Ole Miss 3-0 1292 6
6 Georgia 3-0 1262 2
7 Florida State 3-0 1119 1
8 Notre Dame 3-0 1109 2
9 LSU 2-0 1085 5
10 Clemson 3-0 1022 1
11 UCLA 3-0 968 1
12 Alabama 2-1 883 10
13 Oregon 2-1 855 —
14 Oklahoma 3-0 790 3
15 Texas A&M 3-0 745 3
16 Arizona 3-0 605 3
17 Utah 3-0 501 4
18 USC 2-1 461 11
19 Northwestern 3-0 347 5
20 Georgia Tech 2-1 338 4
21 Wisconsin 2-1 274 2
22 Oklahoma State 3-0 242 3
23 Missouri 3-0 234 3
24 Stanford 2-1 133 —
25 Auburn 2-1 79 10

Dropped from rankings: BYU 22

Others receiving votes: West Virginia 75, BYU 74, Miami (FL) 58, Tennessee 49, Kansas State 47, Mississippi State 46, Texas Tech 36, Arizona State 31, Florida 24, California 20, NC State 15, Temple 15, Iowa 13, Memphis 8, Boise State 8, Minnesota 6, Virginia Tech 4, Houston 4, Northern Illinois 3, Toledo 2, Boston College 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.

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