College Football Playoff Schedule

College Football Playoff & Bowl Schedule

Here is the College football playoff and bowl schedule for 2024-2025.

This year we will expand to 12-team College Football Playoff.

In addition to the CFP, there will be 36 bowl games in all. (The date and time for the Holiday Bowl will be announced later.)

Here’s a look at this season’s games (all times ET).

College Football Playoff schedule

Friday, Dec. 20

CFP first-round game
Campus site
8 p.m., ABC/ESPN

Saturday Dec. 21

CFP first-round game
Campus site
Noon, TNT

CFP first-round game
Campus site
4 p.m., TNT

CFP first-round game
Campus site
8 p.m., ABC/ESPN


Tuesday, Dec. 31

CFP Quarterfinal at the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl
State Farm Stadium (Glendale, Arizona)
7:30 p.m., ESPN


Wednesday, Jan. 1

CFP Quarterfinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta)
1 p.m., ESPN

CFP Quarterfinal at the Rose Bowl Game
Rose Bowl (Pasadena, California)
5 p.m., ESPN

CFP Quarterfinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl
Caesars Superdome (New Orleans)
8:45 p.m., ESPN


Thursday, Jan. 9 CFP Semifinal at the  Orange Bowl
Hard Rock Stadium (Miami Gardens, Florida)
7:30 p.m., ESPN


Frieay, Jan. 10 CFP Semifinal at AT&T Stadium

CFP Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic
AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Texas)
7:30 p.m., ESPN


Monday, Jan. 20

CFP National Championship
Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta)
7:30 p.m., ESPN

Complete Bowl Game Schedule

Saturday, Dec. 14

Cricket Celebration Bowl
Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta)
Noon, ABC

Camellia Bowl
Cramton Bowl (Montgomery, Alabama)
9 p.m., ESPN


Tuesday, Dec. 17

Boca Raton Bowl
FAU Stadium (Boca Raton, Florida)
5:30 p.m., ESPN

Scooter’s Coffee Frisco Bowl
Toyota Stadium (Frisco, Texas)
9 p.m., ESPN


Wednesday, Dec. 18

LA Bowl
SoFi Stadium (Inglewood, California)
9 p.m., ESPN

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Caesars Superdome (New Orleans)
7 p.m., ESPN2


Friday, Dec. 20

StaffDNA Cure Bowl
Camping World Stadium (Orlando, Florida)
Noon, ESPN

Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl
Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Florida)
3:30 p.m., ESPN


Monday, Dec. 23

Myrtle Beach Bowl
Brooks Stadium (Conway, South Carolina)
11 a.m., ESPN

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Albertsons Stadium (Boise, Idaho)
2:30 p.m., ESPN


Tuesday, Dec. 24

Hawai’i Bowl
Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex (Honolulu)
8 p.m., ESPN


Thursday, Dec. 26

Detroit Bowl
Ford Field (Detroit)
2 p.m., ESPN

Guaranteed Rate Bowl
Chase Field (Phoenix)
5:30 p.m., ESPN

68 Ventures Bowl
Hancock Whitney Stadium (Mobile, Alabama)
9 p.m., ESPN


Friday, Dec. 27

Birmingham Bowl
Protective Stadium (Birmingham, Alabama)
Noon or 3:30 p.m., ESPN

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl
Amon G. Carter Stadium (Fort Worth, Texas)
Noon or 3:30 p.m., ESPN

AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium (Memphis, Tennessee)
7 p.m., ESPN

SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl
Allegiant Stadium (Las Vegas)
10:30 p.m., ESPN


Saturday, Dec. 28

Wasabi Fenway Bowl
Fenway Park (Boston)
11 a.m., ESPN

Bad Boy Mowers Pinstripe Bowl
Yankee Stadium (Bronx, New York)
Noon, ABC

Isleta New Mexico Bowl
University Stadium (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
2:15 p.m., ESPN

Pop-Tarts Bowl
Camping World Stadium (Orlando, Florida)
3:30 p.m., ABC

Snoop Dogg Arizona Bowl presented by Gin & Juice by Dre and Snoop
Arizona Stadium (Tucson, Arizona)
4:30 p.m., CW Network

Go Bowling Military Bowl
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (Annapolis, Maryland)
5:45 p.m., ESPN

Valero Alamo Bowl
Alamodome (San Antonio)
7:30 p.m., ABC

Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl
Independence Stadium (Shreveport, Louisiana)
9:15 p.m., ESPN


Monday, Dec. 30

Transperfect Music City Bowl
Nissan Stadium (Nashville, Tennessee)
2:30 p.m., ESPN


Tuesday, Dec. 31

ReliaQuest Bowl
Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Florida)
Noon, ESPN

Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl
Sun Bowl Stadium (El Paso, Texas)
2 p.m., CBS

Cheez-It Citrus Bowl
Camping World Stadium (Orlando, Florida)
3 p.m., ABC

Texas Bowl
NRG Stadium (Houston)
3:30 p.m., ESPN


Thursday, Jan. 2, 2025

TaxSlayer Gator Bowl
EverBank Stadium (Jacksonville, Florida)
7:30 p.m. ESPN


Friday, Jan. 3

SERVPRO First Responder Bowl
Gerald J. Ford Stadium (Dallas)
4 p.m., ESPN

Duke’s Mayo Bowl
Bank of America Stadium (Charlotte, North Carolina)
7:30 p.m., ESPN


Saturday, Jan. 4

Bahamas Bowl
Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium (Nassau, Bahamas)
11 a.m., ESPN2




Wolverines vs Huskies in Championship Game – Preview

Wolverines vs Huskies for CFP Title Game
No. 1 Michigan (14-0) vs. No. 2 Washington (14-0)

CFP National Championship Presented by AT&T
Monday, Jan. 8, at 7:30 p.m. ET – NRG Stadium, Houston
Network – ESPN

Preview – Frank Coyle

Head Coach Jim Harbaugh, Michigan
Head Coach Kalen DeBoer, Washington

National Title Matchup

The #1 Wolverines (14-0) will face the #2 Huskies (14-0) in the College Football Playoff National Championship game on Jan. 8 at NRG Stadium in Houston. This year’s semi-final matchups were the best in CFP history. Big Ten champion Michigan won a thrilling overtime first game over the SEC champ, Alabama 27-20 while Washington edged Texas 37-31, setting up the title game of unbeatens. Both Michigan and Washington will be making their first appearance in the BCS title game. This championship game will be the last in a four-team playoff before the field expands to 12 in 2024.

This title game features one of the nation’s top defenses in Michigan vs the high-powered Washington offense.  Both clubs are directed by talented QBs in JJ McCarthy of Michigan and Michael Penix of Washington. McCarthy is a savvy leader who has led this balanced attack through a somewhat soft Big Ten schedule. They came up big late vs Ohio State and Iowa to claim the conference title before the OT victory vs Alabama in the semi-finals. He was highly proficient with 22 TD passes and only 4 picks. Runners, Blake Corum and Donovan Edwards gives the Wolerines a strong Thundering and Lightning combination. Wideout Roman Wilson made big clutch plays with 12 TDs. The line was an anchor. The Michigan defense ranked with any unit in the nation with a veteran unit and well versed in both run and pass defense and allowed only 9 points per game.

The Washington high powered offense is directed strong armed Michael Penix who led the nation in passing yardage. He throws laser passes and is especially effective in the deep game, utilizing his three NFL caliber receivers, Rome Ozunze, Ja’Lynn Polk and Jalen McMillan. Huskie offense averaged over 39 points per game with Penix throwing for over 4600 yards. Runner Dillon Johnson is a battering ram who scored 16 rushing TDs.

The Huskie defense relies on edge defenders, Bralen Trice and Zion Tupuola-Fetui. This unit has allowed too many big plays, though has made many impact plays to counter. Corner Jabbar Muhammad is a developed cover man with keen instincts and probably matches up vs Roman Wilson.

Both clubs have responded to difficult situations with Michigan facing an early suspension to HC Jim Harbaugh and staying focused on their tough late schedule.  Washington faced the acid test with two classic matchups with Oregon and won both in high scoring affairs behind Penix.

This title matchup is a scout’s dream with as many as 20-25 draft prospects on both clubs if the underclassmen declare. Michigan edges out a close win over Washington in the expected finale for HC Jim Harbaugh.

Prediction – Michigan 31 – Washington 27

Frank Coyle




Michigan vs. Washington in CFP Title Game

Wolverines & Huskies Win Thrilling Semi-final Games

No. 1 Michigan (14-0) vs. No. 2 Washington (14-0)
CFP National Championship Presented by AT&T

When: Monday, Jan. 8, at 7:30 p.m. ET
Where: NRG Stadium, Houston
ESPN

The #1 Wolverines (14-0) will face the #2 Huskies (14-0) in the College Football Playoff National Championship game on Jan. 8 at NRG Stadium in Houston. This year’s semi-final matchps were the best in CFP history. Big Ten champion Michigan won a thrilling overtime first game over the SEC champ, Alabama 27-20. The second game in the semi-finals was just as exciting with Washington outslugging Texas 37-31 setting up the title game of unbeatens. Both Michigan and Washington will be making their first appearance in the BCS title game. This championship game will be the last in a four-team playoff before the field expands to 12 in 2024.

We will have a CFP title matchup preview later this week @ draftinsiders.com
Frank Coyle




Draft Insiders’ All-America Teams

Draft Insiders’ 2023 All-America Teams

Frank Coyle
Draft Insiders’ All-America Teams

First Team
Offense

Quarterback – Jayden Daniels – LSU

Running Backs
Ollie Gordon II – Oklahoma State
Blake Corum – Michigan

Tight End
Brock Bowers – Georgia

Wide Receivers
Marvin Harrison Jr. – Ohio State
Malik Nabers – LSU
Rome Odunze – Washington

Tackles
Joe Alt – Notre Dame
Olu Fashanu – Penn State

Guards
Cooper Beebe – Kansas State
Zak Zinter – Michigan

Center
Jackson Powers-Johnson – Oregon

First Team
Defense

Edge rushers
Laiatu Latu – UCLA
Jared Verse – Florida State

Interior linemen
Jer’Zahn Newton – Illinois
T’Vondre Sweat – Texas

Linebackers
Payton Wilson – North Carolina State
Edgerrin Cooper – Texas A&M
Dallas Turner – Alabama

Cornerbacks
Cooper DeJean – Iowa
Kool-Aid McKinstry – Alabama

Safeties
Xavier Watts – Notre Dame
Tyler Nubin – Minnesota
Defensive back – Terrion Arnold – Alabama

KR Zachariah Branch, USC
PR Ainias Smith, Texas A&M
All-purpose player – Travis Hunter – Colorado

Placekicker – Graham Nicholson – Miami (Oh)
Punter – Tory Taylor – Iowa

Second Team
 Offense

Quarterback – Michael Penix Jr. – Washington

Running Backs
Audric Estime – Notre Dame
Cody Schrader – Missouri

Tight Ends – Dallin Holker – Colorado State

Wide Receivers
Troy Franklin – Oregon
Brian Thomas Jr. – LSU
Malik Washington – Virginia

Tackles
Taliese Fuaga – Oregon State
Troy Fautanu – Washington

Guards
Tate Ratledge – Georgia
Clay Webb – Jacksonville State

Center – Sedrick Van Pran – Georgia

Second Team
Defense

Edge rushers
Jonah Elliss – Utah
Jalen Green – James Madison

Interior linemen
Howard Cross III – Notre Dame
Byron Murphy II – Texas

Linebackers
Jeremiah Trotter Jr. – Clemson
Jason Henderson – Old Dominion
Jay Higgins – Iowa

Cornerbacks
T.J. Tampa – Iowa State
Quinyon Mitchell – Toledo

Safeties
Malaki Starks – Georgia
Trey Taylor – Air Force
Defensive back – Kris Abrams-Draine – Missouri

KR Jayden Harrison, Marshall
PR LaJohntay Wester, FAU
All-purpose player – Xavier Worthy – Texas

Placekicker – Jose Pizano – UNLV
Punter – Matthew Hayball – Vanderbilt




AP FCS All-America Teams

AP FCS All-America Teams

South Dakota State leads the AP FCS All-America team with four 1st team offensive performers. QB Mark Gronowski, running back Isiah Davis, OL Garrett Greenfield and Mason McCormick all earned first team AP honors.

Other than South Dakota St, only Monmouth University was represented by more than one player on the first AP team. The Hawks were represented by running back. Jaden Shirden and wideout Dymere Miller who earned first team AP honors.

Four Montana Bobcats earned mention on the 2023 Associated Press FCS All-America teams. Montana, junior offensive tackle Marcus Wehr, landed on the first team. Offensive guard Rush Reimer and all-purpose player Sean Chambers each earned mention on the AP second team. Defensive end Brody Grebe, earned third team honors.

AP FCS All-America Teams

First Team

Offense
Quarterback – Mark Gronowski, fourth-year, South Dakota State

Running Backs
Jaden Shirden, fourth-year, Monmouth University
Isaiah Davis, fourth-year, South Dakota State

Offensive linemen
Garret Greenfield, sixth-year, South Dakota State
Noah Atagi, sixth-year, Weber State
Mason McCormick, sixth-year, South Dakota State
Jacob Johanning, fifth-year, Furman
Marcus Wehr, fourth-year, Montana State

Tight end – Cam Grandy, fifth-year, Illinois State

Wide receivers
Ty James, fifth-year, Mercer
Dymere Miller, fourth-year, Monmouth University
Jalen Coker, fifth-year, Holy Cross

All-purpose player – Dylan Laube, fifth-year, New Hampshire
Kicker – Matthew Cook, fifth-year, Northern Iowa

First Team
Defense

Linemen
Terrell Allen, fourth-year, Tennessee State
Jay Person, sixth-year, Chattanooga
Anton Juncaj, fourth-year, Albany (N.Y.)
Alex Gubner, sixth-year, Montana

Linebackers
Dylan Kelly, fifth-year, Albany (N.Y.)
Brock Mogensen, sixth-year, South Dakota
Jacob Dobbs, fifth-year, Holy Cross

Defensive backs
PJ Jules, fifth-year, Southern Illinois
Cole Wisniewski, fourth-year, North Dakota State
Lance Wise Jr., fifth-year, Mercer
Marcus Harris, fourth-year, Idaho
Sheldon Arnold II, fourth-year, East Tennessee State

Punter – Aidan Laros, third-year, Tennessee Martin

Second Team

Offense
Quarterback – Max Brosmer, fifth-year, New Hampshire

Running backs
Sam Franklin, third-year, Tennessee Martin
Jamar Curtis, second-year, Lafayette

Offensive linemen
Luke Newman, fourth-year, Holy Cross
Charles Grant, fourth-year, William & Mary
Rush Reimer, fourth-year, Montana State
Mark Barthelemy, sixth-year, Nicholls State
Gavin Olson, fifth-year, Tennessee Martin

Tight end – Carter Runyon, third-year, Towson

Wide receivers
Brandon Porter, sixth-year, Incarnate Word
Hayden Hatten, fifth-year, Idaho
Chedon James, second-year, Idaho State

All-purpose player – Junior Bergen, third-year, Montana
Kicker – Ricardo Chavez, fourth-year, Idaho

Second Team

Defense
Linemen
Ty French, fourth-year, Gardner-Webb
David Walker, fourth-year, Central Arkansas
Finn Claypool, third-year, Drake
Daylan Dotson, fourth-year, Tennessee Martin

Linebackers
Billy Shaeffer, sixth-year, Lafayette
Winston Reid, seventh-year, Weber State
Micah Davey, third-year, McNeese State

Defensive backs
Aamir Hall, fourth-year, Albany (N.Y.)
Caleb Curtain, third-year, Elon
Blake Ruffin, third-year, Eastern Illinois
Tyler Morton, third-year, Nicholls State
Kenny Gallop, Jr., third-year, Howard

Punter – Grant Burkett, fifth-year, Missouri State

Third Team

Offense
Quarterback – Matthew Sluka, fourth-year, Holy Cross

Running backs
Lan Larison, fourth-year, UC Davis
Jordan Fuller, third-year, Holy Cross

Offensive linemen
John Allen, fourth-year, SE Louisiana
Josiah Ezirim, fifth-year, Eastern Kentucky
Jake Kubas, sixth-year, North Dakota State
Ryan Coll, fifth-year, Richmond
Seth Osborne, sixth-year, St. Francis, Pa.

Tight end — Cole Rusk, third-year, Murray State

Wide receivers
Raylen Sharpe, third-year, Missouri State
Efton Chism III, fourth-year, Eastern Washington
Kasey Hawthorne, third-year, Howard

All-purpose player – Sean Chambers, sixth-year, Montana State
Kicker – Kyle Ramsey, fifth-year, Abilene Christian

Third Team

Defense
Linemen
Eric O’Neill, third-year, Long Island
Brendan Webb, sixth-year, South Dakota
Khristian Boyd, sixth-year, Northern Iowa
Brody Grebe, third-year, Montana State

Linebackers
Amir Abdullah, fourth-year, Illinois State
Braxton Hill, fifth-year, Montana
Noah Martin, fourth-year, Samford

Defensive backs
Myles Harden, fourth-year, South Dakota
Saiku White, third-year, Lafayette
Max Epps, third-year, Texas A&M-Commerce
Travis Blackshear, sixth-year, Furman
Kaleb Lyons, second-year, Morehead State

Punter – Aaron Trusler, third-year, Richmond




FWAA All-America Teams

2023 Football Writers All-America Teams

www.footballwriters.com

Photo – WR Marvin Harrison – Ohio St (school photo)

FWAA All-America Teams

First Team
Offense

QB Jayden Daniels, LSU
RB Ollie Gordon II, Oklahoma State,
WR Marvin Harrison Jr., Ohio State
WR Malik Nabers, LSU
WR Rome Odunze, Washington
TE Brock Bowers, Georgia

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 28 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He has a new column ‘The Word on the Street’ dedicated for the NFL Draft and Free agency insight and news with unique content during December through May.

OL Joe Alt, Notre Dame
OL Cooper Beebe, Kansas State
OL Taliese Fuaga, Oregon State
OL Zak Zinter, Michigan
C Jackson Powers-Johnson, Oregon

Draft Insiders’ 2023 All-America Teams coming this week
Frank Coyle

Defense
DE Jonah Elliss, Utah
DE Laiatu Latu, UCLA
DT Jer’Zhan Newton, Illinois
DT T’Vondre Sweat, Texas
LB Jay Higgins, Iowa
LB Dallas Turner, Alabama
LB Payton Wilson, N.C. State
DB Beanie Bishop Jr., West Virginia
DB Cooper DeJean, Iowa
DB Malaki Starks, Georgia
DB Xavier Watts, Notre Dame

Specialists
K Jose Pizano, UNLV
P Tory Taylor, Iowa
KR Jayden Harrison, Marshall
PR LaJohntay Wester, FAU
AP Travis Hunter, Colorado

Second Team
 
Offense
QB Michael Penix Jr., Washington
RB Blake Corum, Michigan
RB Cody Schrader, Missouri
WR Troy Franklin, Oregon
WR Malik Washington, Virginia
TE Dallin Holker, Colorado State
OL Olumuyiwa Fashanu, Penn State
OL Troy Fautanu, Washington
OL Javon Foster, Missouri
OL JC Latham, Alabama
C Sedrick Van Pran, Georgia

Defense
DE Jalen Green, James Madison
DE Mohamed Kamara, Colorado State
DT Howard Cross III, Notre Dame
DT Kris Jenkins, Michigan
LB Edgerrin Cooper, Texas A&M
LB Tommy Eichenberg, Ohio State
LB Jason Henderson, Old Dominion
DB Kris Abrams-Draine, Missouri
DB Brylan Green, Liberty
DB Quinyon Mitchell, Toledo
DB Tyler Nubin, Minnesota

Second Team Specialists
K Graham Nicholson, Miami (Ohio)
P Matthew Hayball, Vanderbilt
KR Zachariah Branch, USC
PR Xavier Worthy, Texas
AP Ismail Mahdi, Texas State




Jayden Daniels Wins Heisman Trophy 2023 Award

Heisman Trophy 2023 – Jayden Daniels Wins Award

2023 Heisman Winner
Frank Coyle/ Voter

The Heisman trust announced during the ESPN televised that LSU’s Jayden Daniels is the 2023 Heisman Trophy winner. QB Daniels won the award off an outstanding 2023 season. The dual threat athlete put together a thrilling season of highlights vs top competition with both impact as a passer and runner. He is the 5th transfer in the past 7 years to win the Heisman award, following QBs, Caleb Williams, Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray and Joe Burrow. All three QBs this year, Daniels, Nix and Penix were transfer players in recent years with only WR Marvin Harrison among finalists a career one school player.  This year’s voting marked the 12th time in the last 14 years that a QB won the Heisman award. Daniels is the first player since 2016 to win the Heisman award who did not play for a conference championship.

Daniels received 503 first-place votes and 2,029 total points to beat out two fellow transfer QBs in Washington’s Michael Penix Jr. (292 first place, 1,701 total) and Oregon ‘s Bo Nix (51 first place, 885 total), as well as Ohio State wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. (20 first place, 352 total) in a ceremony held at Lincoln Center in New York City. Florida State’s Jordan Travis placed fifth after receiving eight first-place votes for 85 total points.

Heisman Trophy Voting

LSU’s Jayden Daniels became the second straight transfer quarterback and the fifth in the past seven years to win the Heisman Trophy.

Players                         School             1st        Total
Jayden Daniels,             LSU                  503       2,029
Michael Penix Jr.,          Wash.               292       1,701
Bo Nix,                             Oregon             51         885
Marvin Harrison Jr.,       Ohio St.            20         352
Jordan Travis,                Florida St.         8          85
Jalen Milroe,                  Alabama           4          73
Ollie Gordon II,              Okla. St.           1          31
Cody Schrader,              Missouri            1          29
Blake Corum,                 Michigan           3          28
J.J. McCarthy,               Michigan           1          21

Visit www.Heisman.com  for in-depth details about all the programs in the Heisman trust.

The 2023 Heisman Trophy ballots went out to 928 electors, which includes 870 members of the media, 57 living Heisman winners and one overall fan vote presented by Nissan, premier partner of the Heisman Trophy. All ballots were submitted electronically to the independent accountants at Deloitte.

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 30 years.

 

 




Heisman Trophy 2023 Finalists

Heisman Trophy Finalists
Daniels, Harrison, Nix & Penix

2023 Heisman Finalists Announced

The 2023 winner will be announced this Saturday night during the ESPN televised Heisman Trophy Ceremony, presented by Nissan, live from New York City.

LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels, Ohio State wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr., Oregon quarterback Bo Nix and Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. were named finalists for the 89th annual Heisman Memorial Trophy, announced live on ESPN’s Monday Night Countdown.

The 2023 Heisman Trophy winner will be announced during the televised Heisman Trophy Ceremony Presented by Nissan that will air Saturday (Dec. 9) at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Visit www.Heisman.com  for in-depth details about all the programs in the Heisman Award trust.

The Top 10 finishers will be featured on The Top 10 Heisman Trophy Reveal Show Presented by Nissan on Friday (Dec. 8) at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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 30 years.

This is the fifth year in a row there have been four Heisman finalists. The Heisman Trophy Trust announced in 2021 it will officially invite four finalists annually to New York City for the Heisman Trophy weekend. The Heisman Trophy Trust began officially inviting finalists to New York City in 1982.

Daniels, Nix and Penix Jr. are all also finalists for the Maxwell, Walter Camp Player of the Year and the Davey O’Brien Awards while Harrison is a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award.

Daniels, a senior quarterback from San Bernardino, Calif., has completed 236-of-327 passes for 3,812 yards and 40 touchdowns with just four interceptions while also rushing for 1,134 yards and another 10 scores. A five-time SEC Offensive Player of the Week this season, he leads the nation in total offense (4,946), TDs responsible for (50), passer rating (208.0, currently above the NCAA record), yards per pass attempt (11.7) and rushing yards by a quarterback (1,134) while his 40 TD passes are tied for first. He became the first player in FBS history to rush for 200 yards and pass for 350 yards in a game when he did it against Florida on Nov. 11, collecting 372 yards through the air and 234 on the ground. The 606 total yards broke the SEC record. Daniels, the 2023 Johnny Unitas Award winner, became the fifth player in SEC history to reach the 50 touchdown mark in TDs responsible for. He also joined Heisman winner Johnny Manziel as the only other player in SEC history to pass for 3,500 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in a season and is the eighth player to do it overall.

Harrison Jr., a junior from Philadelphia, Penn., and a semifinalist for the Maxwell and Walter Camp Player of the Year Awards, finished the regular season with 67 receptions for 1,211 yards and 14 touchdowns. He averaged 18.1 yards per catch, the highest mark nationally among players with at least 60 receptions. His 14 touchdown receptions are tied for second in the nation while his 100.9 receiving yards per game are ninth. Harrison Jr. became the first Ohio State receiver with back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in school history and had eight 100-yard receiving games this year. He had at least one touchdown catch in all but two games in 2023 and also rushed for two scores. Harrison Jr. was named the Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week and the Maxwell Award Player of the Week after his 11-catch, 162-yard performance against No. 7 Penn State, which included the game-clinching touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Nix, a senior from Pinson, Ala., completed 336-of-435 passes for 4,145 yards while throwing 40 touchdowns and just three interceptions, leading the Ducks to an 11-2 season and a trip to the Pac-12 title game. His completion percentage of 77.2 leads the country (and is just off the NCAA record of 77.4), his 40 TD passes co-lead the nation and his passing yards, passing yards per game (318.8) and passer rating (186.24) are second nationally. Nix’s 4,373 total yards are also second nationally, which includes 228 rushing yards and six touchdowns on the ground. His 336 completions broke 2014 Heisman winner Marcus Mariota’s Oregon program season record. He was the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week four times this season. Nix threw at least two TD passes in each game in 2023 and passed for over 350 yards five times. He was also named the 2023 Pac-12 Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year thanks to his 3.91 GPA as a graduate student in communications.

Penix Jr., a senior from Tampa, Fla., completed 307-of-466 passes for a nation-leading 4,218 yards with 33 touchdowns and nine interceptions while he also rushed for three scores. He led Washington to a 13-0 season, a Pac-12 Championship and trip to the College Football Playoff as the No. 2 seed. Penix Jr. opened the season by throwing for over 400 yards in his first three games, including a career-high 473 at Michigan State (the third-highest total in Husky history), and finished the season with nine games of at least 300 yards passing. Penix Jr., who threw three or more TD passes six times, leads the country in passing yards per game (324.5), is tied for third with 33 touchdown passes, is third in total offense (4200) and is fifth in completions (307). He was eighth in the 2022 Heisman voting.

Daniels is LSU’s third Heisman finalist and first since winner Joe Burrow in 2019. Harrison Jr. is Ohio State’s 10th finalist — the third most ever — and the Buckeyes’ first since C.J. Stroud in 2022. Nix is Oregon’s fourth finalist and its first since winner Marcus Mariota in 2014. Penix Jr. is Washington’s second finalist and first since Steve Emtman in 1991.

If Daniels were to win, he would be LSU’s third Heisman winner and first since Burrow. If Harrison Jr. were to win, he would be Ohio State’s eighth winner and first since Troy Smith in 2006. If Nix were to win, it would be Oregon’s second winner, joining Mariota. Penix Jr. would be Washington’s first winner.

There have now been 175 players invited to New York as Heisman finalists since the practice was first instituted in 1982.

The 2023 Heisman Trophy ballots went out to 928 electors, which includes 870 members of the media, 57 living Heisman winners and one overall fan vote presented by Nissan, premier partner of the Heisman Trophy. All ballots were submitted electronically to the independent accountants at Deloitte.

To apply for a media credential for the 2023 Heisman Trophy Weekend, please visit www.Heisman.com/media.

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 30 years.

Frank Coyle vote
#1 Michael Penix – Washington
#2 Jayden Daniels – LSU
#2 Bo Nix – Auburn

Caleb Williams was the 4th transfer in the past 6 years to win the Heisman award, following QBs, Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray and Joe Burrow. All three QBs this year, Daniels, Nix and Penix are transfer players in recent years with only WR Marvin Harrison a career one school player.

Last year’s voting marked the 11th time in the last 13 years that a QB won the Heisman award.




Draft Insiders’ & Coaches Poll

Draft Insiders’ & Coaches Top 25 Poll

Final Regular Season Poll

Bama Beats #1 Unbeaten Georgia
Florida St, Michigan & Washington Unbeaten
Seminoles Shockingly Excluded from Playoffs

 Draft Insiders’ Top 25 Poll – Week 14
Frank Coyle / Publisher

Teams of the Week
Alabama Edges Georgia – 27-24
Michigan Shuts Out Iowa – 26-0
Washington Comes Back vs Oregon – 34-31

Players of the Week
Offense – QB Michael Penix – Washington
Defense – Edge Jared Verse – Florida State

Upcoming Championship Games
Semi Final Matchups – Jan. 1, 2024
Michigan vs Alabama – Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Ca.
Washington vs Texas – Super Dome, New Orleans, La.

CFP National Championship – Jan. 8, 2024
Semi-Finalist Winners
Houston, Texas

Draft Insiders’ – Top 25 Poll

1          Michigan                      13-0                 
2          Washington                  13-0     
3          Texas                           12-1
4          Alabama                      12-1
5          Florida State                13-0
6          Georgia                        12-1     
7          Ohio State                    11-1                 
8          Oregon                         11-2
9          Ole Miss                       10-2
10         Oklahoma                    10-2
11         Missouri                      10-2
12         Penn State                   10-2
13         Louisville                     10-3
14         Notre Dame                  9-3
15        LSU                              9-3
16         Arizona                        9-3
17         Liberty                         13-0
18         North Carolina State    9-3
19         SMU                             11-2     
20         Tulane                          11-2
21         Oklahoma State           9-4
22         Iowa                             10-3                 
23         Oregon State                8-4
24         James Madison            11-1
25         Tennessee                    8-4
 
Others receiving consideration: Clemson, Kansas State, Utah, UCLA, Kansas, Troy, Miami (Oh), Boise State, North Carolina, Air Force, BYU, UNLV, Toledo, and Wyoming

Coaches Poll – Top 25 Poll

Rank    Team                          Record    Points
1          Michigan (51)               13-0      1535    
2          Washington (8)            13-0      1482    
3          Florida State                13-0      1358    
4          Alabama (3)                 12-1      1351    
5          Texas                           12-1      1351    
6          Georgia                        12-1      1275    
7          Ohio State                    11-1      1187    
8          Oregon                         11-2      1092    
9          Missouri                       10-2      1023    
10         Penn State                   10-2      952      
11         Ole Miss                       10-2      932      
12         Oklahoma                    10-2      898      
13         LSU                              9-3        796      
14         Arizona                        9-3        707      
15         Louisville                     10-3      642      
16         Notre Dame                  9-3        633      
17         Iowa                             10-3      426      
18         NC State                       9-3        423      
19         SMU                             11-2      375      
20         Liberty                         13-0      315      
21         Oklahoma State           9-4        299      
22         Oregon State                8-4        295      
23         Tennessee                    8-4        226      
24         Tulane                          11-2      139      
25         James Madison            11-1      114      
 
Others receiving votes: Clemson 107, Troy 66, Kansas State 64, Utah 36, Kansas 17, West Virginia 8, Miami (OH) 8, Toledo 7, Boise State 7, San Jose State 3, New Mexico 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 28 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He has a new column ‘The Word on the Street’ dedicated for the NFL Draft and Free agency insight and news with unique content during December through May. He was a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN 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 Poll

Draft Insiders’ & Coaches Top 25 Poll
 CFP Poll -Tuesday, Nov. 28th

 Bulldogs Extend Winning Streak To 29
Florida State, Michigan & Washington Remain Unbeaten

 Draft Insiders’ Top 25 Poll – Week 13

Frank Coyle / Publisher

Teams of the Week
Oregon Beats Oregon State – 31-7
Michigan Outlasts Ohio State – 30-24
Washington Edges Washington State – 24-21

Players of the Week
Offense – RB Ollie Gordon – Oklahoma State
Defense – LB Junior Colson – Michigan

Upcoming Games – Dec 1-2
Championship Weekend
Friday
Oregon @ Washington

Saturday
Georgia @ Alabama
Michigan @ Iowa
Oklahoma State @ Texas
Louisville @ Florida State

Draft Insiders’ – Top 25 Poll

1          Georgia                        12-0                 
2          Michigan                      12-0                 
3          Florida State                12-0
4          Washington                  12-0     
5          Oregon                         11-1
6          Alabama                      11-1
7          Ohio State                    11-1                 
8          Texas                           11-1
9          Ole Miss                       10-2
10         Oklahoma                    10-2
11         Missouri                      10-2
12         Penn State                   10-2
13         Louisville                     10-2
14         Notre Dame                  9-3
15        LSU                              9-3
16         Arizona                        9-3
17         Tulane                          11-1
18         Oklahoma State           9-3
19         Iowa                             10-2                 
20         Oregon State                8-4
21         North Carolina State    9-3
22         James Madison            11-1
23         Liberty                         12-0
24         SMU                             10-2     
25         Tennessee                    8-4

Others receiving consideration: Clemson, Toledo, Kansas State, Utah, UCLA, Kansas, Troy, Texas A&M, South Carolina, North Carolina, Air Force, BYU, UNLV and Wyoming

Coaches Poll – Top 25 Poll

Rank    Team                             Record Points
1          Georgia (59)                 12-0      1571    
2          Michigan (4)                 12-0      1506    
3          Washington                  12-0      1417    
4          Florida State                12-0      1403    
5          Oregon                         11-1      1278    
6          Ohio State                    11-1      1250    
7          Texas                           11-1      1226    
8          Alabama                       11-1      1182    
9          Missouri                       10-2      1034    
10         Penn State                   10-2      967      
11         Ole Miss                       10-2      937      
12         Oklahoma                    10-2      895      
13         LSU                              9-3        780      
14         Louisville                     10-2      716      
15         Arizona                        9-3        681      
16         Notre Dame                  9-3        602      
17         Iowa                             10-2      553      
18         Tulane                          11-1      549      
19         Oklahoma State           9-3        417      
20         NC State                       9-3        303      
21         Oregon State                8-4        253      
22         Liberty                         12-0      236      
23         Tennessee                    8-4        209      
24         SMU                             10-2      135      
25         James Madison            11-1      79        

 Others receiving votes: Toledo 68, Clemson 64, Kansas State 54, Utah 54, Troy 25, Kansas 15, West Virginia 10, UNLV 4, New Mexico State 1, San José State 1
 
Dropped from rankings: Kansas State 20
 
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 28 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He was a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN 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.