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2019 FWAA All-America Team

2019 FWAA All-America Team

76th annual team is presented by Cotton Bowl Classic

DALLAS — The Football Writers Association of America, in partnership with the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, announced its 2019 All-America Team, headlined by 12 players from the Big Ten Conference – nine of them on the first team – and 11 from the Southeastern Conference that includes Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Joe Burrow of LSU.

Fifty-four standout players were selected to two teams by the association’s All-America committee after voting from the entire membership. Since 2013, the FWAA has named a second team. Overall, there are 35 schools represented from eight Football Bowl Subdivision conferences, including 14 players who are competing in the College Football Playoff and three repeat selections.

Frank Coyle is a longtime national scout of both College and NFL players. He is also a long time member of the FWAA and a voter for the Heisman Trophy, Outland Trophy, Bronko Nagurski, Jim Thorpe, Fred Biletnikoff and Eddie Robinson awards annually for 25 years.

The top two teams in the College Football Playoff – Ohio State (5) and LSU (4) – lead all programs on the combined first and second teams. The Buckeyes tied for the national-high with three first-team members led by the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Bednarik Award winner, defensive end Chase Young, along with defensive back Jeff Okudah and running back J.K. Dobbins, who was selected as an all-purpose player. Quarterback Justin Fields and offensive lineman Wyatt Davis are on the second team. LSU’s Burrow, who set multiple SEC passing records and is on pace to break more, is the first-team quarterback along with his main target, Biletnikoff Award-winning wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase. Burrow also won the Maxwell, Davey O’Brien and Walter Camp Awards, and joins offensive lineman Lloyd Cushenberry III and defensive back Derek Stingley Jr., who are second-team members.

Stingley is one of three freshmen on the team as part of 34 underclassmen. There are 19 seniors and 19 juniors on the roster along with one graduate student. Earning their second All-America honors from the FWAA are running backs Jonathan Taylor of Wisconsin (first team in 2018 as well) and Travis Etienne of Clemson (second team both seasons) and offensive lineman Calvin Throckmorton of Oregon (second team both seasons). The conference breakdown is: Big Ten (12), SEC (11), Big 12 and Pac-12 (9), ACC (8), Conference USA (2), Mountain West (2) and American Athletic (1). There are 11 players from Texas – seven on the first team – and five each from Florida and Louisiana.

It has been a big year for the Big Ten and its nine first-team members. Wisconsin ties Ohio State for the most first-teamers with three, highlighted by Taylor, the school’s career rushing record-holder and two-time Doak Walker Award winner, center Tyler Biadasz, the Rimington Trophy winner, and linebacker Zach Baun, one of the national leaders in tackles for loss. Wisconsin closes the decade having had an All-American in nine of 10 seasons, a string that began with offensive tackle Gabe Carimi winning the Outland Trophy in 2010. Ohio State’s five players are the most it has ever placed on an FWAA All-America team and the Buckeyes placed three on the first team for the first time since 2002. Their first-team trio ties four other seasons behind only the 1944 team’s four members for the most first-teamers in school history. Ohio State has had at least one FWAA All-America player in six of the last seven seasons.

Minnesota’s Winfield Jr. is the Gophers’ first All-American since 2014 and only their second since two-time All-America center Greg Eslinger won the Outland Trophy in 2005. He is Minnesota’s first All-America defensive back since 1999. Iowa offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs and kicker Keith Duncan give the Hawkeyes All-Americans in seven consecutive seasons and marks the second time in three seasons for them to have two first-teamers. Penn State, which takes on Memphis in this year’s Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at Noon ET on Dec. 28 on ESPN, completes the Big Ten field with linebacker Micah Parsons on the second team.

LSU’s four All-Americans mark its highest total ever and, with Burrow and Chase on the first team, this is the 10th time for the Tigers to have at least two first-teamers in a season. LSU has had at least one All-American in three of the last four seasons. Georgia, with J.R. Reed in the secondary and Outland Trophy semifinalist Andrew Thomas on the offensive line, placed two on the first team for only the third time in its history and has now had an All-American in three straight seasons.

Kentucky, with Ray Guy Award winner Max Duffy on the first team, now has back-to-back first-teamers for the first time since 1949-50. Linebacker Josh Allen was the 2018 Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner and Bob Gain was a two-time All-America offensive tackle selection (1949-50) and the 1950 Outland Trophy winner. The Wildcats also have offensive lineman Logan Stenberg on the second team. Alabama punt returner Jaylen Waddle earned the Crimson Tide a first-team selection for a 12th consecutive season. Auburn’s Derrick Brown is the Tigers’ first first-team selection since 2016 and Florida defensive back C.J. Henderson is Florida’s first All-American since 2016.

The Big 12 tied the Pac-12 with nine selections but has the best distribution among all the conferences, as seven of its 10 schools are represented on the combined team. Oklahoma extended its All-America streak to six years and has had at least one first-teamer (wide receiver CeeDee Lamb this season) in four consecutive years. Sophomore center Creed Humphrey is on the second team. Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard gives the Cowboys an eighth first-teamer this decade and 10th in the last 12 seasons. Baylor and TCU have their first All-Americans since 2015; Baylor’s James Lynch is the Bears’ third defensive All-America player since 1991, and this is only the third time (2015, 1955) for TCU to have two All-Americans (Jeff Gladney and Jalen Reagor) in the same season.

Utah defensive linemen Bradlee Anae marks the third time in the last four seasons that the Utes have had a defensive player on the first team and four of the last six, and also has defensive lineman Leki Fotu on the second team. Prior to 2014, Utah had only two All-Americans on defense. The Utes have had an All-American in five consecutive seasons with a Pac-12-high three this season with running back Zack Moss on the second unit. Oregon ends the decade with two All-America picks from its offensive line, Outland Trophy winner Penei Sewell and two-time selection Throckmorton. Evan Weaver is Cal’s first All-American since 2006 and the Bears’ fourth since 2000.

Clemson now has a first-team selection in five straight seasons with offensive lineman John Simpson and Butkus Award winner Isaiah Simmons making this year’s top unit; it’s the ninth time this decade for the Tigers to have an All-American and the fifth time for the Tigers to have two first-team selections. Virginia kick returner Joe Reed is the Cavaliers’ first first-team selection since 2007 but the program’s third straight All-America pick after only having two this century prior to 2016.

Among the other second team members, James Proche reset SMU’s career receiving record books this season and becomes the Mustangs’ first All-American since running back Reggie Dupard in 1985. Boise State defensive lineman Curtis Weaver becomes the Broncos’ fourth All-American and first since 2015. San Diego State earned its fourth All-America nod this century and seventh overall as Luq Barcoo becomes the Aztecs’ first defensive player to be so honored.

Pitt defensive lineman Jaylen Twyman is the Panthers’ first defensive All-American since Aaron Donald won the Outland Trophy and Bronko Nagurski Trophy in 2013. Miami’s Greg Rousseau is the Hurricanes’ second All-American since 2005. Wake Forest has back-to-back All-America selections for the first time as kicker Nick Sciba earned this year’s nod, and punt returner Greg Dortsch earned it in 2018. Syracuse has had an All-American in three consecutive seasons thanks to its special teams; it has punter Sterling Hofrichter this year after placing kicker Andre Szmyt on the 2018 first team.

Michael Pittman Jr. is USC’s first All-American since a three-year run from 2014-16 and only the Trojans’ fourth choice this decade. Hamilcar Rashed is Oregon State’s sixth All-American and first since 2013. Brandon Aiyuk gives Arizona State an All-America selection in three of the last four seasons. Prior to that string, no Sun Devil had earned the honor since defensive end Terrell Suggs won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy in 2002.

2019 FWAA All-American First Team

OFFENSE
QB Joe Burrow, LSU (6-4, 216, Sr., Athens, Ohio)
RB Chuba Hubbard, Oklahoma State (6-1, 207, So., Sherwood Park, Alberta)
RB Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin (5-11, 219, Jr., Salem, N.J.)
WR Ja’Marr Chase, LSU (6-1, 200, So., Metairie, La.)
WR CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma (6-2, 189, Jr., Richmond, Texas)
TE Harrison Bryant, Florida Atlantic (6-5, 240, Sr., Gray, Ga.)
OL Penei Sewell, Oregon (6-6, 325, So., Malaeimi, American Samoa)
OL John Simpson, Clemson (6-4, 330, Sr., North Charleston, S.C.)
OL Andrew Thomas, Georgia (6-5, 320, Jr., Lithonia, Ga.)
OL Tristan Wirfs, Iowa (6-5, 322, Jr., Mount Vernon, Iowa)
C Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin (6-3, 321, Jr., Amherst, Wis.)

DEFENSE
DL Bradlee Anae, Utah (6-3, 265, Sr., Laie, Hawaii)
DL Derrick Brown, Auburn (6-5, 318, Sr., Sugar Hill, Ga.)
DL James Lynch, Baylor (6-4, 295, Jr., Round Rock, Texas)
DL Chase Young, Ohio State (6-5, 265, Jr., Upper Marlboro, Md.)
LB Zack Baun, Wisconsin (6-3, 235, Sr., Brown Deer, Wis.)
LB Isaiah Simmons, Clemson (6-4, 230, Jr., Olathe, Kan.)
LB Evan Weaver, California (6-3, 235, Sr., Spokane, Wash.)
DB Jeff Okudah, Ohio State (6-1, 200, Jr., Grand Prairie, Texas)
DB J.R. Reed, Georgia (6-1, 194, Gr., Frisco, Texas)
DB Amik Robertson, Louisiana Tech (5-9, 183, Jr., Thibodaux, La.)
DB Antoine Winfield Jr., Minnesota (5-10, 205, So., The Woodlands, Texas)

Specialists
K Keith Duncan, Iowa (5-10, 180, Jr., Weddington, N.C.)
P Max Duffy, Kentucky (6-1, 194, Jr., Perth, Australia)
KR Joe Reed, Virginia (6-3, 215, Sr., Charlotte Court House, Va.)
PR Jaylen Waddle, Alabama (5-10, 182, So., Houston, Texas)
AP J.K. Dobbins, Ohio State (5-10, 217, Jr., La Grange, Texas)

2019 FWAA All-American Second Team

Offense: QB Justin Fields, Ohio State; RB Travis Etienne, Clemson; RB Zack Moss, Utah; WR Michael Pittman Jr., USC; WR James Proche, SMU; TE Charlie Kolar, Iowa State; OL Lloyd Cushenberry III, LSU; OL Wyatt Davis, Ohio State; OL Logan Stenberg, Kentucky; OL Calvin Throckmorton, Oregon; C Creed Humphrey, Oklahoma. Defense: DL Leki Fotu, Utah; DL Greg Rousseau, Miami; DL Jaylen Twyman, Pitt; DL Curtis Weaver, Boise State; LB Jordyn Brooks, Texas Tech; LB Micah Parsons, Penn State; LB Hamilcar Rashed, Oregon State; DB Luq Barcoo, San Diego State; DB Jeff Gladney, TCU; DB C.J. Henderson, Florida; DB Derek Stingley Jr., LSU. Specialists: K Nick Sciba, Wake Forest; P Sterling Hofrichter, Syracuse; KR Joshua Youngblood, Kansas State; PR Jalen Reagor TCU; AP Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State.

The FWAA’s All-America Committee selected this 76th annual team based on nominations from the entire membership. This is just the seventh season in the modern era (post-1950) that the FWAA has named a second team.

The FWAA All-America Team was first selected in 1944, three years after the organization was formed. The FWAA’s inaugural team included Army’s Heisman Trophy tandem of Doc Blanchard and Glenn Davis and Georgia Tech’s Frank Broyles, who later became Arkansas’ head football coach and athletic director.

For seven decades the FWAA has selected an All-America team with the help of its members and an All-America Committee, which represents all the regions in the country. From that All-America team, the FWAA also selects the Outland Trophy winner (best interior lineman) and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner (best defensive player).

The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,400 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 game day operations, major awards and its annual All-America team.

Frank Coyle is a longtime national scout of both College and NFL players. He is also a long time member of the FWAA and a voter for the Heisman Trophy, Outland Trophy, Bronko Nagurski, Jim Thorpe, Fred Biletnikoff and Eddie Robinson awards annually for 25 years.




NFL Draft 2020 Top Picks On the Line in Final Two Weeks

Top Picks in NFL Draft 2020 on the Line in Final Two Weeks

Frank Coyle – Head Scout Draft Insiders’

NFL Draft 2020 first-round selection order is taking shape with just two games remaining. Incredibly important matchups during both weeks will determine the final fate of several top ten clubs. This Sunday the top four clubs in the draft order currently, play each other this week with the Giants at the Redskins and the Bengals visiting the Dolphins.

In addition, both Detroit and Arizona could move up further with addition losses which could impact the top half dozen selections. The upcoming NFL Draft 2020 class is heavy in skilled positions with an early potentially strong group at QB and wide receiver. The top twenty selections will be determined at the end of the season with the final 12 positions determined by postseason.

NFL Draft 2020 First-round Selection Order
Dec. 19, 2019

# Team                       W-L      Strength of Schedule
1 Cincinnati                  1-13     .565
2 NY Giants                  3-11     .473
3 Miami                        3-11     .491
4 Washington              3-11     .493
5 Detroit                       3-10-1  .509
6 Arizona                      4-9-1    .542
7 NY Jets                      5-9       .473
8 Jacksonville              5-9       .473
9 LA Chargers             5-9       .502
10 Denver                    5-9       .525
11 Carolina                   5-9       .539
12 Atlanta                    5-9       .560
13 Oakland                  6-8       .471
14 Indianapolis          6-8       .487
15 Cleveland               6-8       .529
16 Philadelphia           7-7       .458
17 Tampa Bay                   7-7       .497
18 Oakland (Chicago)     7-7       .500
19 Tennessee                     8-6       .491
20 Jacksonville (Rams)  8-6       .540
21 Dallas                             7-7       .471
22 Miami (Pittsburgh)    8-6       .502
23 Miami (Houston)       9-5       .513
24 Buffalo                         10-4     .438
25 Minnesota                   10-4     .469
26 Kansas City                 10-4     .511
27 New England              11-3     .455
28 Green Bay                   11-3     .463
29 New Orleans              11-3     .493
30 San Francisco            11-3     .518
31 Seattle                          11-3     .531
32 Baltimore                    12-2     .502

 




Championship Semi Finals Set – LSU vs Oklahoma and Ohio St vs Clemson

Final College Football Playoff Rankings 2019
Selection Committee Rankings

The College Football Playoff National Championship Series

Semifinals Saturday, December 28, 2019
Peach Bowl – #1 LSU vs #4 Oklahoma
Fiesta Bowl – #2 Ohio St vs #3 Clemson

The College Football Playoff National Championship will be Monday, January 13, 2020, at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Top 25 Teams Final Playoff Rankings 2019

Games Played through Saturday, December 7
   Rank/ Team/ Overall Record
1 LSU 13-0
2 Ohio State 13-0
3 Clemson 13-0
4 Oklahoma 12-1
5 Georgia 11-2
6 Oregon 11-2
7 Baylor 11-2
8 Wisconsin 10-3
9 Florida 10-2
10 Penn State 10-2
11 Utah 11-2
12 Auburn 9-3
13 Alabama 10-2
14 Michigan 9-3
15 Notre Dame 10-2
16 Iowa 9-3
17 Memphis 12-1
18 Minnesota 10-2
19 Boise State 12-1
20 Appalachian State 12-1
21 Cincinnati 10-3
22 Southern Cal 8-4
23 Navy 9-2
24 Virginia 9-4
25 Oklahoma State 8-4

About the College Football Playoff
The College Football Playoff matches the No. 1 ranked team vs. No. 4, and No. 2 vs. No. 3 in semifinal games that rotate annually among six bowl games – the Goodyear Cotton Bowl, PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Capital One Orange Bowl, Allstate Sugar Bowl and Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual. This season’s Playoff Semifinals will take place Saturday, December 28, 2019, at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. The College Football Playoff National Championship will be Monday, January 13, 2020, at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.

 Frank Coyle is a longtime member of the FWAA and a voter for the Heisman Trophy, Outland Trophy, Bronko Nagurski, Jim Thorpe, Fred Biletnikoff and Eddie Robinson awards annually for 25 years.

 

 




Ravens Edge 49ers to Claim #1 Ranking in NFL Power Poll

NFL Power Poll – Week 14
Frank Coyle/ Head Scout

NFL Power Poll – Draft Insiders’
Ravens Edge 49ers to Claim #1 Ranking
Texans Beat Patriots In AFC Clash

Team of the Week  
Ravens Beat 49ers, 20-17

Upset of the Week
Dolphins Beat Eagles, 37-31
 
Players of the Week
  Offense – QB Josh Allen – Bills     
  Defense – DE Cameron Jordan – Saints
 
Rookies of Week
    Offense – QB Drew Lock – Broncos
    Defense – DT Ed Oliver – Bills

Game of Week #14 – Sam Francisco 49ers (10-2) at New Orleans Saints (10-2)  
NFC Powers Could Preview Conference Title

Draft Insiders’ – NFL Power Poll – Week 14
NFL Ranking /Record /Team

#1 – 10-2 Ravens
Ravens continue to roll after winning big road games and deserve this ranking.

#2 – 10-2 Saints
Saints’ have quietly maintained a high level and focused on the postseason.

#3 – 10-2 Seahawks
Seahawks won another big NFC matchup and are beginning to peak for the playoffs.

#4 – 10-2 49ers
The 49ers lost a tough game vs the Ravens that forfeited first place in the NFC West.

#5 – 10-2 Patriots
Pats offense has struggled in big spots this season and it cost them vs the Texans.

#6 – 9-3 Packers
The Packers keep winning the games they should and taking advantage of a short schedule.

#7 – 8-4 Chiefs
Chiefs’ drilled the Raiders that puts them in position to clinch the AFC West within two weeks.

#8 – 8-4 Vikings
Vikings’ lost a tough one to the Seahawks and have to fight for postseason berth vs Packers and other NFC contenders.

#9 – 9-3 Bills
Bills’ host the Ravens, hoping to prove they are legitimate AFC contenders.

#10 – 8-4 Texans
Texans’ beat the Patriots in an impressive performance to establish themselves among AFC leaders.

#11 – 7-5 Steelers
Steelers have fought themselves back into playoff contention. Travel to the desert vs the fading Cardinals.

#12 – 7-5 Titans
The scrappy Titans drilled the Colts to stay alive in South division. They face the Raiders in a pivotal AFC showdown for both.

#13 – 6-6 Cowboys
The overrated Cowboys were turned into turkey bones by the Bills on Thanksgiving.

#14 – 6-6 Rams
Rams’ face the acid test hosting the Seahawks that may determine any playoff hopes.

#15 – 6-6 Bears
The Bears trying to claw back into playoff contention, but must beat the Cowboys at home Thursday night.

#16 – 5-7 Eagles
The struggling Eagles host the Giants Monday in a must win situation for any postseason hopes.

#17 – 6-6 Raiders
The Raiders peaked early and face the emerging Titans in vital matchup for any postseason aspirations.

#18 – 5-7 Browns
Browns are still alive but have little room for any loss in the tight AFC wild card hunt.

#19 – 6-6 Colts
The Colts were man handled by the Titans last week and face weekly must win situations.

#20 – 5-7 Panthers
Panthers fired HC Ron Rivera and with Cam Newton facing foot surgery will play for next season.

#21 – 4-8 Chargers
Chargers lost in Denver that virtually eliminated their playoff hopes.

#22 – 3-8-1 Lions
Lions let the Bears off the hook again and have begun to look to next season.

#23 – 4-8 Jaguars
Jaguars’ will bench QB Nick Foles after a short return that leaves major questions about his future in Jacksonville.

#24 – 5-7 Bucs
Bucs coming off a nice win over the Jaguars. Playing for a shot at .500 mark.

#25 – 3-9 Falcons
Falcons lost to the Saints that puts them in the South basement.

#26 – 3-8-1 Cardinals
Cardinals’ offense is struggling to protect rookie Kyler Murray and have just started their rebuilding process.

#27 – 4-8 Jets
Jets’ lost to the winless Bengals in another brutally awful performance.

#28 – 4-8 Broncos
Broncos beat the Chargers in a meaningless game. Expect huge offensive overhaul this offseason.

#29 – 3-9 Dolphins
Dolphins won another one over second half of season. Young core is gaining valuable experience.

#30 – 3-9 Redskins
The Redskins rookie top pick QB Dewayne Haskins gets his first victory. They travel to Titletown for major test.

#31 – 2-10 Giants
The Giants will play Eli Manning with rookie Daniel Jones nursing ankle injury. They face a key offseason in personnel decisions.

#32 – 1-11 Bengals
Bengals’ got their first win vs the Jets. They would love to end the Browns playoff delusions.
 

Frank Coyle is a long-time scout with nationwide ties with NFL and college coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards – Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 25 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 CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year-round basis related to NFL and 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’ & Coaches Top 25 Teams-

Draft Insiders’ & Coaches Top 25 Teams

Draft Insiders’ and Coaches Top 25 Teams – Dec. 2nd
LSU & Georgia Square Up in SEC Championship
Ohio St Dominates Michigan to Win Key Conference Matchup

Players of Week
Offense – Joe Burrow – LSU
Defense – DE A.J. Epenesa – Iowa

Team of the Week – Ohio St beats Michigan, 56-27
Upset of the Week – Auburn beats Alabama, 48-45

Game of Week – Dec. 7th
LSU (12-0) vs Georgia (11-1) at Atlanta for SEC title

Top 25 Teams
Draft Insiders’ – Frank Coyle

Rank/ Team/ Record
1 LSU – 12-0
2 Ohio St – 12-0
3 Clemson – 12-0
4 Georgia – 11-1
5 Oklahoma – 11-1
6 Utah – 11-1
7 Oregon – 10-2
8 Baylor – 11-1
9 Florida – 10-2
10 Alabama – 10-2
11 Notre Dame – 10-2
12 Wisconsin – 10-2
13 Penn State – 10-2
14 Auburn – 9-3
15 Boise State – 11-1
16 Memphis – 11-1
17 Minnesota – 10-3
18 Michigan – 9-3
19 Cincinnati – 10-2
20 Iowa – 9-3
21 Appalachian State – 11-1
22 Virginia – 9-3
23 Navy – 9-2
24 USC – 8-4
25 Air Force – 10-2

Coaches Top 25 Poll

Rank/ Team / Record / Points
1          LSU (43)           12-0      1577
2          Ohio State (17)  12-0      1548
3          Clemson (4)      12-0      1482
4          Georgia 11-1      1394
5          Utah     11-1      1326
6          Oklahoma         11-1      1294
7          Florida  10-2      1135
8          Baylor   11-1      1117
9          Alabama           10-2      1068
10         Wisconsin         10-2      952
11         Penn State        10-2      946
12         Auburn  9-3        897
13         Oregon 10-2      878
14         Notre Dame      10-2      776
15         Minnesota         10-2      688
16         Memphis           11-1      630
17         Boise State       11-1      558
18         Michigan           9-3        542
19         Iowa     9-3        502
20         Appalachian State         11-1      331
21         Cincinnati          10-2      283
22         Virginia 9-3        192
23         Navy     9-2        188
24         USC     8-4        171
25         Air Force           10-2      129

Dropped from rankings: Oklahoma State 21, Virginia Tech 23

Others receiving votes: SMU 65, Oklahoma State 40, Kansas State 24, Louisiana 21, Indiana 14, Hawai’i 7, UCF 7, Arizona State 6, San Diego State 3, Iowa State 3, Tennessee 3, Virginia Tech 2, Temple 1

Frank Coyle is a longtime member of the FWAA and a voter for the Heisman Trophy, Outland Trophy, Bronko Nagurski, Jim Thorpe, Fred Biletnikoff and Eddie Robinson awards annually for 25 years.




Draft Insiders’ & Coaches Top 25 Teams

Draft Insiders’ & Coaches Top 25 Teams

– Nov. 26th

Ohio St Wind Key Big Ten Conference Matchup
Minnesota & Baylor Rebound with Wins

Players of Week
Offense – RB J.K. Dobbins – Ohio St
Defense – DE Chase Young – Ohio St.

Team of the Week – Ohio St beats Penn St, 28-17
Upset of the Week – Arizona St beats Oregon, 31-28

Game of Week – Nov. 3oth
Ohio St (11-0) at Michigan (9-2)  Big Ten East title at stake in Classic rivalry

Top 25 Teams
Draft Insiders’ – Frank Coyle

Rank/ Team/ Record
1 LSU – 11-0
2 Ohio St – 11-0
3 Clemson – 11-0
4 Georgia – 10-1
5 Alabama – 10-1
6 Oklahoma – 10-1
7 Utah – 10-1
8 Oregon – 9-2
9 Penn State – 9-2
10 Minnesota – 10-1
11 Baylor – 10-1
12 Florida – 9-2
13 Notre Dame – 9-2
14 Wisconsin – 9-2
15 Michigan – 9-2
16 Auburn – 8-3
17 Cincinnati – 10-1
18 Memphis – 10-1
19 Iowa – 8-3
20 Boise State – 10-1
21 Oklahoma State – 8-3
22 Appalachian State – 10-1
23 SMU – 9-2
24 Virginia Tech – 8-3
25 Navy – 8-2

Coaches Top 25 Poll
Rank/  Team  / Record  /  Points
1          LSU (52)           11-0      1561
2          Ohio State (7)    11-0      1510
3          Clemson (4)      11-0      1464
4          Georgia             10-1      1351
5          Alabama           10-1      1325
6          Utah                 10-1      1252
7          Oklahoma         10-1      1223
8          Florida              9-2        1074
9          Minnesota         10-1      1014
10         Baylor               10-1      924
11         Michigan           9-2        893
12         Penn State        9-2        857
13         Oregon             9-2        816
14         Wisconsin         9-2        799
15         Notre Dame      9-2        737
16         Auburn              8-3        652
17         Cincinnati          10-1      535
18         Memphis           10-1      528
19         Boise State       10-1      493
20         Iowa                 8-3        434
21         Oklahoma St     8-3        256
22         Appalachian St  10-1      232
23         Virginia Tech     8-3        123
24         Navy                 8-2        110
25         USC                 8-4        75

Dropped from rankings: SMU 21, Texas A&M 24, San Diego State 25

Others receiving votes: Air Force 74, Iowa State 55, Virginia 32, Texas A&M 26, SMU 18, Louisiana 18, Wake Forest 5, San Diego State 4, Hawai’i 2, Indiana 2, Temple 1

Frank Coyle is a longtime member of the FWAA and a voter for the Heisman Trophy, Outland Trophy, Bronko Nagurski, Jim Thorpe, Fred Biletnikoff and Eddie Robinson awards annually for 25 years.




Draft Insiders’ & Coaches Top 25 Teams

Draft Insiders’ and Coaches Top 25 Teams – Nov. 18th

    Georgia & Oklahoma Win Key Conference Matchups
Minnesota & Baylor Fall from the Unbeatens

Players of Week
     Offense – QB Shea Patterson – Michigan
     Defense – DE A.J. Epenesa – Iowa

Team of the Week – Georgia beats Auburn, 21-14
Upset of the Week – Iowa beats Minnesota, 23-19

          Game of Week – Nov. 23rd
Penn St (9-1) at Ohio St (10-0) – Major Big Ten East matchup for Conference Leadership

Top 25 Teams
Draft Insiders’ – Frank Coyle

Rank/ Team/ Record
1 LSU – 10-0
2 Ohio St – 10-0
3 Clemson – 11-0
4 Georgia – 9-1
5 Alabama – 9-1
6 Oklahoma – 8-1
7 Oregon – 9-1
8 Utah – 9-1
9 Penn State – 9-1
10 Minnesota – 9-1
11 Baylor – 9-1
12 Florida – 9-2
13 Notre Dame – 8-2
14 Wisconsin – 8-2
15 Michigan – 8-2
16 Auburn – 7-3
17 Cincinnati – 9-1
18 Memphis – 9-1
19 SMU – 9-1
20 Iowa – 7-3
21 Boise State – 9-1
22 Oklahoma State – 7-3
23 Appalachian State – 9-1
24 Texas A&M – 7-3
25 San Diego St – 8-2

Coaches Top 25 Poll

Rank/  Team  / Record  /  Points
1          LSU (55)           10-0      1615
2          Ohio State (6)    10-0      1550
3          Clemson (4)      11-0      1513
4          Georgia             9-1        1383
5          Alabama           9-1        1366
6          Oregon             9-1        1301
7          Oklahoma         9-1        1219
8          Utah                 9-1        1177
9          Penn State        9-1        1081
10         Florida              9-2        1031
11         Minnesota         9-1        899
12         Michigan           8-2        851
13         Baylor               9-1        841
14         Wisconsin         8-2        786
15         Notre Dame      8-2        760
16         Auburn              7-3        614
17         Cincinnati          9-1        566
18         Memphis           9-1        539
19         Boise State       9-1        469
20         Iowa                 7-3        434
21         SMU                 9-1        341
22         Appalachian State         9-1        224
23         Oklahoma State             7-3        212
24         Texas A&M       7-3        101
25         San Diego State 8-2      47

Dropped from rankings: Navy 21, Texas 23, Indiana 25

Others receiving votes: Virginia Tech 46, Air Force 43, Indiana 39, Navy 25, Virginia 20, Louisiana Tech 10, Louisiana 8, Pittsburgh 7, USC 3, Wake Forest 2, Temple 1, Kansas State 1

Frank Coyle is a longtime member of the FWAA and a voter for the Heisman Trophy, Outland Trophy, Bronko Nagurski, Jim Thorpe, Fred Biletnikoff and Eddie Robinson awards annually for 25 years.

 

 

 




NFL Power Poll – Vikings Beat Cowboys & Seahawks Edge 49ers

NFL Power Poll – Week 10
Frank Coyle/ Head Scout

NFL Power Poll –
Vikings Beat Cowboys & Seahawks Edge 49ers in OT

Team of the Week  
     Vikings Rip Cowboys, 28-24

Upset of the Week
Falcons Shock Saints, 26-9
 
Players of the Week
  Offense – QB Lamar Jackson – Ravens     
  Defense – DE/LB Jadeveon Clowney – Seahawks
 
Rookies of Week
    Offense – QB Daniel Jones – Giants
    Defense – DE Clelin Ferrell – Raiders

Game of Week #11 – Texans (6-3) at Ravens (7-2)  
Divisional Leaders Could Preview Conference Title

Draft Insiders’ – NFL Power Poll – Week 11
NFL Ranking /Record /Team

#1 – 8-1 Patriots
Pats rested for trip to Philly.

#2 – 7-2 Saints
Saints’ were ambushed by the Falcons.

#3 – 8-1 49ers
The 49ers lost their first game in tough defeat in OT to the Seahawks.

#4 – 7-2 Ravens
Ravens are hot behind emerging young QB Lamar Jackson.

#5 – 8-2 Seahawks
Seahawks hung tough in San Fran to win a huge divisional game.

#6 – 7-3 Vikings
Vikings’ QB Kirk Cousins has had a strong run here and put them in position for NFC North leadership.

#7 – 8-2 Packers
The Packers keep winning the games they should and riding an MVP type performance by Aaron Rodgers.

#8 – 6-4 Chiefs
Chiefs’ defense continues to come up short in big spots that leaves big questions related to postseason.

#9 – 6-3 Texans
Texans’ have quietly established themselves among AFC leaders. Face tough match up in Baltimore between divisional leaders.

#10 – 6-3 Bills
Bills’ lost a tough one to the Browns. Face sneaky Dolphins this week.

#11 – 5-4 Cowboys
The Cowboys loss to the Vikings exposed their poor run defense once again.

#12 – 5-4 Rams
Rams’ host the Bears in a vital game for their playoff hopes.

#13 – 5-4 Eagles
Eagles are home to the Patriots in a matchup that could define their season.

#14 – 5-4 Steelers
Steelers’ travel to Cleveland for Thursday night clash with the loser facing an almost impossible run for any postseason chances.

#15 – 5-4 Raiders
The rested Raiders host the winless Bengals this week.

#16 – 5-4 Panthers
Panthers need a win vs the Falcons to stay in the playoff hunt.

#17 – 5-5 Titans
The Titans edged the Chiefs to stay alive in South division. They get their bye this week before a heavy South diet for the stretch.

#18 – 3-5-1 Lions
Lions let the Bears off the hook and face key matchup with the Cowboys that may determine any playoff longshot hopes.

#19 – 3-6 Browns
Browns face the Steelers Thursday night in the first of five remaining North matchups they face to get back into AFC playoff hunt.

#20 – 5-4 Colts
With QB Jacoby Brissett returning, the Colts face three key South games that may determine any postseason hope.

#21 – 4-5 Jaguars
Jaguars’ rested with QB Nick Foles returning with two road South games vs Colts and Titans probably deciding their stretch direction.

#22 – 4-6 Chargers
Chargers continue to fail in big spots. They face Chiefs in Mexico and need a strong effort to get back into the West title run.

#23 – 4-5 Bears
The Bears defense stop the Lions for win, but QB Mitchell Trubisky must improve starting with key game vs the Rams for any second half turnaround.

#24 – 2-7 Falcons shocked the Saints, but will have to run the table with four South opponents up next to even have a mathematical chance for postseason.

#25 – 3-6-1 Cardinals
Cardinals’ offense is getting some pieces in line, though their defense needs a major boost to get up to other West teams.

#26 – 3-6 Broncos
Broncos coming off their bye week. Travel to Minnesota to face the hot Vikings in a major must win situation for any hopes for getting into West race.

#27 – 3-6 Bucs
Bucs coming off an offensive explosion last week. Host the Saints that may end any postseason dreams.

#28 – 2-7 Jets
Jets’ beat the Giants to end their losing streak. Get a soft schedule over next month that may help them to respectable levels.

#29 – 2-8 Giants
The Giants continue to find ways to lose close games. They get their bye week to regroup and get their young players vital reps.

#30 – 2-7 Dolphins
Dolphins have won two in a row. Look to steal a few more before the season is over.

#31 – 1-8 Redskins
The Redskins turn the page and start rookie top pick QB Dewayne Haskins for the second half. It begins a major rebuilding job on offense.

#32 – 0-9 Bengals
Bengals’ got buried by the Ravens last week. Travel to Oakland this week to face the hot Raiders.

 Frank Coyle is a long-time scout with nationwide ties with NFL and college coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards – Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 25 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 CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year-round basis related to NFL and 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’ & Coaches Top 25 Teams –

Draft Insiders’ and Coaches Top 25 Teams – Nov. 12th
      LSU Whips Alabama in Battle for #1 Ranking

Clemson, Minnesota, Baylor & Ohio St Remain Unbeaten

Players of Week
Offense – QB Joe Burrow – LSU
Defense – DB Shawn Davis – Florida

   Team of the Week – LSU beats Alabama, 46-41
   Upset of the Week – Minnesota beats Penn St – 31-26

 Game of Week Nov. 16th
  Oklahoma (8-1) vs Baylor (9-1) – Major Big 12 Clash for Conference Leadership

Top 25 Teams
Draft Insiders’ – Frank Coyle

Rank/ Team/ Record
1 LSU – 9-0
2 Ohio St – 9-0
3 Clemson – 10-0
4 Georgia – 8-1
5 Alabama – 8-1
6 Oklahoma – 8-1
7 Oregon – 8-1
8 Utah – 8-1
9 Minnesota – 9-0
10 Baylor – 9-0
11 Florida – 8-2
12 Penn State – 8-1
13 Notre Dame – 7-2
14 Auburn – 7-2
15 Wisconsin – 7-2
16 Michigan – 7-2
17 Cincinnati – 8-1
18 Memphis – 8-1
19 Texas – 6-3
20 SMU – 9-1
21 Iowa – 6-3
22 Boise State – 8-1
23 Oklahoma State – 6-3
24 Kansas State – 6-3
25 Appalachian State – 8-1

Coaches Top 25 Poll
Rank/    Team    / Record            PTS

1             LSU (55)               9-0          1591
2              Ohio State (5)    9-0          1523
3              Clemson (4)        10-0       1491
4              Alabama              8-1          1356
5              Georgia                 8-1          1327
6              Oregon                 8-1          1269
7              Minnesota          9-0          1154
8              Oklahoma           8-1          1128
9              Utah                      8-1          1096
10           Baylor                   9-0          1028
11           Penn State          8-1          942
12           Florida                  8-2          937
13           Auburn                 7-2          863
14           Michigan              7-2          731
15           Wisconsin            7-2          670
16           Notre Dame       7-2          659
17           Cincinnati            8-1          590
18           Memphis             8-1          517
19           Boise State         8-1          452
20           SMU                      9-1          326
21           Navy                      7-1          249
22           Iowa                      6-3          187
23           Texas                    6-3          163
24           Appalachian St 8-1          133
25           Indiana                 7-2          123

Dropped from rankings: Wake Forest 20, Kansas State 22, San Diego State 24

Others receiving votes: Oklahoma St 49, Wake Forest 45, Louisiana Tech 43, Kansas St 38, San Diego St 32, Texas A&M 31, Air Force 25, Virginia Tech 17, Virginia 12, Louisiana 1, UCF 1, Wyoming 1

 Frank Coyle is a longtime member of the FWAA and a voter for the Heisman Trophy, Outland Trophy, Bronko Nagurski, Jim Thorpe, Fred Biletnikoff and Eddie Robinson awards annually for 25 years.

 




NFL Power Poll Week 8 – Colts, Cowboys & Ravens Make Statement Victories

NFL Power Poll – Week 8
Frank Coyle/ Head Scout

NFL Power Poll –

Colts Claim South Top Spot, Cowboys Jump Eagles &
Ravens Brash Seahawks

Team of the Week  
       Colts rip Texans, 30-23

Upset of the Week
 Titans outlast Chargers, 23-20

 Players of the Week
    Offense – QB Aaron Rodgers – Packers     
    Defense – DE/LB Dante Fowler – Rams
 
Rookies of Week
    Offense – RB Josh Jacobs – Raiders
    Defense – LB Nick Bosa – 49ers

Game of Week #8 – Packers (6-1) at Patriots (7-0)  
Conference Leaders Clash Could Preview Super Bowl

Draft Insiders’ – NFL Power Poll – Week 8
NFL Ranking /Record /Team

#1 – 7-0 Patriots
Pats continue to dominate the AFC East with the best defense in the NFL plus Tom Brady.

#2 – 6-1 Saints
Saints’ are undefeated with backup QB Teddy Bridgewater while Drew Brees is almost ready.

#3 – 6-0 49ers
The 49ers are the most improved club in the league with the acid test coming at midseason.

#4 – 6-1 Packers
The Packers are riding an early MVP performance by Aaron Rodgers back to the top of the NFC North.

#5 – 5-2 Chiefs
Chiefs’ are waiting for QB Patrick Mahomes to return, but D must improve to maintain this ranking.

#6 – 4-2 Colts
QB Jacoby Brissert has performed brilliantly after abrupt Andrew Luck retirement. The Colts defense is emerging as a solid top ten unit.

#7 – 5-2 Ravens
Ravens won a huge game beating the Seahawks on the road. Get their bye this week before facing strong schedule.

#8 – 5-2 Seahawks
Seahawks fell to the Ravens. Get the stumbling Falcons this week.

#9 – 5-2 Vikings
Vikings beat the Lions for a big NFC North victory. Host the Skins this Thursday night game.

#10 – 5-1 Bills
Bills’ QB Josh Allen is emerging as a difference maker. Host the Eagles in key interconference matchup.

#11 – 4-3 Cowboys
The Cowboys jumped the Eagles bones last week. Get their bye week before a heavy road schedule.

#12 – 4-3 Rams
Rams’ back on the beam after stomping Falcons. Face Bengals across the pond Sunday.

#13 – 3-3 Bears
The Saints made the Bears defense look ordinary in bashing.

#14 – 4-3 Texans
Texans’ lost to the Colts in key South battle. Host the Raiders in a key matchup to keep pace in the AFC.

#15 – 4-2 Panthers
Panthers have won four in a row behind backup QB Kyle Allen while Cam heals. This club faces a huge road test with the 49ers.

#16 – 3-4 Titans
The Titans took care of the Chargers. They host the Bucs to begin a critical stretch of winnable contests.

#17 – 2-3-1 Lions
Lions played the Vikings tough, but fell to their 3rd straight loss off late mistakes. Host the Giants this week.

#18 – 2-4 Browns
Browns had two weeks to prepare for the Patriots. This matchup could determine any postseason chances.

#19 – 3-4 Eagles
Eagles were bashed by the Cowboys. Go to Buffalo this week in a key tough and maybe season defining matchup.

#20 – 3-4 Jaguars
Jaguars’ beat the Bengals easily. Host pathetic Jets this week looking to get to the .500 level.

#21 – 3-3 Raiders
The improved Raiders were toasted by Aaron Rodgers. Travel to Houston for a key AFC matchup.

#22 – 2-5 Chargers
Chargers continue to fail in big spots. The Philip Rivers career window is closing quickly.

#23 – 2-4 Steelers
Steelers’ are rested to host the Dolphins in a must win situation if they want to get into AFC playoff contention.

#24 – 3-3-1 Cardinals
Cardinals’ offense is improved behind rookie QB Kyler Murray. Travel to New Orleans for a huge test.

#25 – 2-5 Giants
The Giants allowed the Cards game to get away from them. Travel to Motor City to face a gritty Lions club.

#26 – 2-5 Broncos
Broncos came up empty once again with another horrible offensive performance. Lacks firepower vs top contenders.

#27 – 2-4 Bucs
Bucs coming off their bye week. Travel to Tennessee to see if they can regroup for 2nd half of schedule.

#28 – 1-6 Redskins
The Redskins were shutout by the 49ers. Look to turn to rookie QB Dwayne Haskins over the next month.

#29 – 1-6 Falcons
Falcons have given up an NFL worst 223 points in 2019. Trade of wideout Sanu may be just the start of housecleaning.

#30 – 0-7 Bengals
Bengals’ coming up empty weekly. Look to London matchup with the Rams to get in the victory column.

#31 – 1-5 Jets
Jets’ were an embarrassment in their blowout to the Patriots. Must regroup to face the Jaguars on the road.

#32 – 0-6 Dolphins
Dolphins may not win a game. Travel to Steel city to face the desperate Steelers Monday night.

Frank Coyle is a long-time scout with nationwide ties with NFL and college coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards – Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 25 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 CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year-round basis related to NFL and 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