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Alabama Wins National Title on Dramatic Overtime TD

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Alabama Wins National Title on Dramatic Overtime TD - Final Top 25 Teams

Alabama's HC Nick Saban wins his fifth national championship at Alabama (6th overall - LSU) in a dramatic OT win over Georgia. Nick Saban beat his former assistant coach, Kirby Smart, as Alabama overcame a 13-point deficit in the second half to beat Georgia 26-23 in the College Football Playoff National Championship. It will ranked among the best national title games in recent history with two freshman QBs leading their teams

Players of the National Title Game - Jan. 8
Offense - QB Tua Tagovailoa - Alabama
Defense - LB Roquan Smith - Georgia

Team of the Week – Alabama

Photo - LB Roquan Smith - Georgia

DraftInsiders.com Poll – Jan. 8
Frank Coyle - Head Scout
Rank/ Team/ Record

1 Alabama 13-1
2 Georgia 13-2
3 Oklahoma 12-2
4 Clemson 12-2
5 UCF 13-0
6 Ohio State 12-2
7 Wisconsin 13-1
8 Penn State 10-2
9 TCU 11-2
10 Notre Dame 10-3
11 Auburn 10-4
12 Washington 10-3
13 USC 11-3
14 Oklahoma State 10-3
15 Miami 10-3
16 LSU 9-4
17 Northwestern 10-3
18 South Florida 10-2
19 Michigan St 10-3
20 Virginia Tech 9-4
21 Mississippi St 9-4
22 Stanford 9-5
23 Fresno State 9-3
24 NC State 9-4
25 Memphis 10-3

AP Football Poll
Rank/ Team/ 1st Place Votes/ Rec/ Points
AP Top 25
Rank/ Team / Rec / Pts
1 Alabama (57) 13-1 1521
2 Georgia 13-2 1454
3 Oklahoma 12-2 1374
4 Clemson 12-2 1292
5 Ohio State 12-2 1286
6 UCF (4) 13-0 1248
7 Wisconsin 13-1 1194
8 Penn State 11-2 1120
9 TCU 11-3 974
10 Auburn 10-4 917
11 Notre Dame 10-3 857
12 USC 11-3 839
13 Miami 10-3 769
14 Oklahoma State 10-3 758
15 Michigan State 10-3 705
16 Washington 10-3 668
17 Northwestern 10-3 528
18 LSU 9-4 368
19 Mississippi State 9-4 359
20 Stanford 9-5 336
21 South Florida 10-2 267
22 Boise State 11-3 251
23 NC State 9-4 232
24 Virginia Tech 9-4 126
25 Memphis 10-3 119

Dropped from rankings: Washington State 21

Others receiving votes: Washington State 84, South Carolina 46, Iowa State 36, Army 33, Florida Atlantic 32, Troy 14, Fresno State 13, San Diego State 3, Iowa 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, Biletnikoff 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

It’s An All SEC National Title Game - Alabama vs Georgia

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Jan. 8 - College Football Playoff National Championship Presented By AT&T
#2 Alabama (12-1) vs #1 Georgia (13-1) - 8 p.m. ESPN - Mercedes-Benz Stadium - Atlanta

It’s an all SEC national title final after the two conference powerhouses Alabama and Georgia took care of Clemson and Oklahoma. Alabama avenged losing the national title last year to Clemson and shutdown the Tigers offense consistently to enter the national title game again. The Tide methodically followed their game plan of sound field position, good ball security and tough defense. They controlled the line of scrimmage throughout and played flawlessly to stay in command from their opening score. It’s the same formula that the Crimson Tide has historically used to consistently win, especially in big game situations. It worked again and they are back in the national championship despite not playing in the SEC title game.

College Football Semi Final Playoffs
#3 Georgia 54 #2 Oklahoma 48
#4 Alabama 23 #1 Clemson 6

Photo - QB Baker Mayfield - Oklahoma

Georgia made an amazing comeback vs Oklahoma to overcome a game long deficit. Freshman QB Jake Fromm had a super clutch performance to makeup for another incredible effort by Heisman Trophy winner QB Baker Mayfield to win in double OT. The Bulldogs’ ground game was once again a dominant factor with seniors Nick Chubb and Sony Michele both pounding the ball, in addition to big plays. They kept Mayfield and the potent Sooner offense on the sidelines nicely through the second half of the game. Mayfield was unstoppable with laser like accuracy and keen decision making. This game can go instant classic off numerous clutch big plays. The Sooner defense must take the blame here as they failed to play sound defense in any respect. Poor tackling allowed Georgia to keep every drive alive and cut the margin to a one score game.

Both clubs, Alabama and Georgia enter the national title game with one loss. The only undefeated team in the nation is Central Florida who beat Auburn on New Years’ day. Ironically, Auburn beat both Alabama and Georgia during the regular season. They lost to Georgia in the SEC title game, which knocked them out of the top four clubs and semi-finals. Central Florida is one of the great stories of the year. HC Scott Frost remained with the club through the bowl season, despite signing as the new Nebraska coach in December. Frost was a star QB and safety there in the ‘90s and an ideal fit for the Cornhuskers who hopes to rebuild their program under Frost’s direction. The UCF perfect performance will bring shouts of a new 8 team playoff system, similar to when TCU was excluded a few years ago despite an unblemished record.

Alabama Returns to Top Four - College Football Playoff Schedule

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College Football Playoff schedule
Final Regular Season Top 25 Teams

Here is the 2017-18 college playoff lineup and College football playoff rankings

Jan. 1 – Semi-final Matchups

College Football Playoff at the Rose Bowl Game
#3 Georgia vs. #2 Oklahoma

5 p.m., ESPN
Rose Bowl - Pasadena, California

College Football Playoff at the Sugar Bowl
#4 Alabama vs. #1 Clemson

8:45 p.m., ESPN
Mercedes-Benz Superdome - New Orleans

Photo - QB J.T. Barrett – Ohio St

Jan. 8
College Football Playoff National Championship Presented By AT&T
Semi Final Winners

8 p.m. ESPN - Mercedes-Benz Stadium - Atlanta

College Football Playoff Rankings
Rank / Team / Record

1 Clemson 12-1
2 Oklahoma 12-1
3 Georgia 12-1
4 Alabama 11-1
5 Ohio State 11-2
6 Wisconsin 12-1
7 Auburn 10-3
8 USC 11-2
9 Penn State 10-2
10 Miami 10-2
11 Washington 10-2
12 UCF 12-0
13 Stanford 9-4
14 Notre Dame 9-3
15 TCU 10-3
16 Michigan State 9-3
17 LSU 9-3
18 Washington State 9-3
19 Oklahoma State 9-3
20 Memphis 10-2
21 Northwestern 9-3
22 Virginia Tech 9-3
23 Mississippi State 8-4
24 NC State 8-4
25 Boise State 10-3

Dropped from rankings: Fresno State 25

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, Biletnikoff 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 Conference Championship Weekend - Setting the Final Four

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Conference Championship Weekend
This weekend features the Power 5 conference championship games. The results will probably shake up the top ten standings once again which will have a huge effect on the final four standings for the national semi final and final matchups that determine the national champion. In addition to the five winners of the conference title games, #5 Alabama at 11-1 stands in the background looking to sneak back in the final four if any of the top clubs lose this weekend. The Crimson Tide lost only to Auburn (10-2) in the Iron Bowl last weekend. The Auburn Tigers can beat any club in the nation, though will have to prove it as a 2 loss club and only room for error. Wisconsin faces a potent Ohio St club that they did no play in the regular season. The Badgers also did not face Penn St or Michigan St. on their 2017 schedule. Of all the conference title participants, the Badgers weak strength of schedule has hindered them all season gaining votes on the weekly polls. Ohio St. is primed to knock off the Badgers, though it will take a healthy QB J.T. Barrett who sustained a slight knee injury in the Buckeyes key victory over Michigan last weekend.

Friday – Dec.1, 2017
Pac-12 - #11 Southern California (10-2) vs #14 Stanford (9-3) - 8 pm est - ESPN

Levi Stadium, Santa Clara, Ca

Saturday – Dec 2, 2017
Big XII - #2 Oklahoma (11-1) vs #10 TCU (10-2) - 12:30 pm est - FOX

ATT Stadium, Arrington, Texas
SEC - #4 Auburn (10-2) vs #6 Georgia (11-1) - 4 pm est - CBS
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Ga
Big Ten - #3 Wisconsin (12-0) vs #8 Ohio State (10-2) - 8 pm est - FOX
Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, In
ACC - #1 Clemson (11-1) vs #7 Miami (11-1) - 8 pm est - ABC
Bank of America, Charlotte, North Carolina

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, Biletnikoff 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

Rankings Shakeup - Wisconsin, Clemson, Oklahoma & Auburn Claim Top Spots

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Top Rankings Shakeup as Alabama & Miami Lose
Wisconsin, Clemson, Oklahoma & Auburn Claim Top 4 Spots - Top 25 Teams

Players of the Week 12 - Nov. 25
Offense - RB Kerryon Johnson - Auburn
Defense - LB Roquan Smith - Georgia

Team of the Week – Auburn

Photo - RB Kerryon Johnson - Auburn

DraftInsiders.com Poll – Week 12 – Nov. 27
Rank/ Team/ Record

1 Wisconsin 12-0
2 Auburn 10-2
3 Clemson 11-1
4 Oklahoma 11-1
5 Georgia 11-1
6 Alabama 11-1
7 Ohio State 10-2
8 Miami 10-1
9 Washington 10-2
10 USC 10-2
11 UCF 11-0
12 TCU 10-2
13 Penn State 10-2
14 Stanford 9-3
15 Notre Dame 9-3
16 Oklahoma State 9-3
17 LSU 7-3
18 Washington State 9-3
19 Memphis 10-1
20 Northwestern 9-3
21 South Florida 9-2
22 Michigan St 9-3
23 Virginia Tech 9-3
24 Mississippi St 8-4
25 Fresno St 9-3

AP Football Poll
Rank/ Team/ 1st Place Votes/ Rec/ Points
AP Top 25
1 Clemson (27) 11-1 1478
2 Oklahoma (24) 11-1 1461
3 Wisconsin (10) 12-0 1405
4 Auburn 10-2 1374
5 Alabama 11-1 1254
6 Georgia 11-1 1246
7 Miami 10-1 1119
8 Ohio State 10-2 1112
9 Penn State 10-2 960
10 TCU 10-2 956
11 USC 10-2 936
12 UCF 11-0 906
13 Washington 10-2 764
14 Stanford 9-3 693
15 Notre Dame 9-3 592
16 Memphis 10-1 582
17 LSU 9-3 566
18 Oklahoma State 9-3 532
19 Michigan State 9-3 457
20 Northwestern 9-3 378
21 Washington State 9-3 328
22 Virginia Tech 9-3 298
23 South Florida 9-2 114
24 Mississippi State 8-4 88
25 Fresno State 9-3 57

Dropped from rankings: Boise State 25

Others receiving votes: NC State 56, San Diego State 46, Louisville 16, Boise State 14, Toledo 13, Michigan 12, Virginia 4, Missouri 3, Florida 2, Iowa State 1, Kansas State 1, Troy 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, Biletnikoff 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

Alabama Heads Remaining Four Undefeated Clubs - Top 25 Teams

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Alabama Heads Remaining Four Undefeated Clubs and #1 Ranking - Top 25 Teams
Players of the Week 12 - Nov. 18
Offense - WR Byron Pringle - Kansas St.
Defense - LB Uchenna Nwosu - USC

Team of the Week - Wisconsin

Photo - QB Sam Darnold - USC

DraftInsiders.com Poll – Week 12 – Nov. 21
Rank/ Team/ Record

1 Alabama 11-0
2 Wisconsin 11-0
3 Clemson 10-1
4 Miami 10-0
5 Oklahoma 10-1
6 Auburn 8-2
7 Georgia 10-1
8 Notre Dame 9-2
9 Washington 9-2
10 Ohio State 9-2
11 USC 10-2
12 TCU 9-2
13 UCF 10-0
14 Penn State 9-2
15 Washington State 9-2
16 Memphis 9-1
17 Mississippi St 8-3
18 LSU 8-3
19 Oklahoma State 8-3
20 Stanford 8-3
21 Michigan St 8-3
22 South Florida 9-1
23 Northwestern 8-3
24 Virginia Tech 8-3
25 Boise State 9-2

AP Football Poll
Rank/ Team/ 1st Place Votes/ Rec/ Points

1 Alabama (58) 11-0 1522
2 Miami (3) 10-0 1433
3 Oklahoma 10-1 1370
4 Clemson 10-1 1355
5 Wisconsin 11-0 1328
6 Auburn 9-2 1203
7 Georgia 10-1 1157
8 Ohio State 9-2 1064
9 Notre Dame 9-2 1023
10 TCU 9-2 906
11 USC 10-2 891
12 Penn State 9-2 888
13 UCF 10-0 833
14 Washington State 9-2 697
15 Washington 9-2 613
16 Mississippi State 8-3 573
17 Memphis 9-1 496
18 Oklahoma State 8-3 422
19 LSU 8-3 415
20 Stanford 8-3 407
21 Michigan State 8-3 366
22 South Florida 9-1 247
23 Northwestern 8-3 232
24 Virginia Tech 8-3 136
25 Boise State 9-2 96

Dropped from rankings: Michigan 19, West Virginia 24, NC State 25

Others receiving votes: Michigan 49, Iowa State 47, South Carolina 30, NC State 9, San Diego State 8, Wake Forest 7, Texas A&M 1, Fresno 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, Biletnikoff 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

Alabama Survives vs Mississippi St. To Hold #1 Ranking

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Alabama Survives vs Mississippi St. To Hold #1 Ranking - Top 25 Teams

Players of the Week 11 - Nov. 11
Offense - RB Kerryon Johnson - Auburn
Defense - CB - Joshua Jackson - Iowa

Team of the Week – Auburn

Photo - QB Mason Rudolph - Oklahoma St.

DraftInsiders.com Poll – Week 11 – Nov. 14
Rank/ Team/ Record

1 Alabama 10-0
2 Wisconsin 10-0
3 Clemson 9-1
4 Miami 9-0
5 Oklahoma 9-1
6 Auburn 7-2
7 Georgia 9-1
8 Notre Dame 8-2
9 Washington 8-2
10 Ohio State 8-2
11 USC 9-2
12 Oklahoma State 8-2
13 TCU 8-2
14 Penn State 8-2
15 Washington State 9-2
16 UCF 9-0
17 Memphis 8-1
18 Mississippi St 7-3
19 Michigan 8-2
20 North Carolina St. 7-3
21 South Florida 8-1
22 Stanford 7-3
23 West Virginia 7-3
24 Michigan St 7-3
25 LSU 7-3

AP Football Poll
Rank/ Team/ 1st Place Votes/ Rec/ Points
AP Top 25
1 Alabama (57) 10-0 1521
2 Miami (4) 9-0 1438
3 Oklahoma 9-1 1367
4 Clemson 9-1 1358
5 Wisconsin 10-0 1322
6 Auburn 8-2 1199
7 Georgia 9-1 1151
8 Ohio State 8-2 1036
9 Notre Dame 8-2 1001
10 Oklahoma State 8-2 898
11 TCU 8-2 875
12 USC 9-2 866
13 Penn State 8-2 818
14 UCF 9-0 807
15 Washington State 9-2 614
16 Washington 8-2 575
17 Mississippi State 7-3 492
18 Memphis 8-1 437
19 Michigan 8-2 315
20 Stanford 7-3 287
21 LSU 7-3 276
22 Michigan State 7-3 259
23 South Florida 8-1 236
24 West Virginia 7-3 222
25 NC State 7-3 178

Dropped from rankings: Virginia Tech 17, Iowa State 24, Iowa 25

Others receiving votes: Virginia Tech 110, Northwestern 72, Arizona 49, Iowa State 27, Boise State 6, Georgia Tech 6, Army 3, Iowa 2, South Carolina 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, Biletnikoff 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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