2023 Bronko Nagurski Watch List

2023 Bronko Nagurski Preseason Watch List

The Football Writers Association of America released its 2023 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List, selecting 94 defensive standouts from 69 schools in all 10 Division I FBS conferences plus Independents. The watch list roster includes three returning players from last season’s FWAA All-America team, the top four tacklers from last season, the sack and interception leaders from 2022 and five secondary players who had at least six interceptions last year.

The FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club will announce finalists for the 2023 trophy on Nov. 15 and the winner will be unveiled Dec. 4 at the Bronko Nagurski Awards Banquet in Charlotte, N.C.

Photo – DE Jared Verse, Florida State – Joshua Bessex/AP Photographer

The trio of FWAA All-Americans top the list, each of them from the second team. Old Dominion linebacker Jason Henderson led all FBS players in tackles last year by a wide margin – his 15.5 tackles per game average was 4.2 tpc ahead of the second-best total. Ohio State linebacker Tommy Eichenberg, who averaged 9.2 tackles per game last season and helped the Buckeyes become the FBS’s 14th-best team in total defense and thrust them into the College Football Playoff semifinals. Clemson’s Tyler Davis is the third returning All-American plugging the middle of a Tigers’ defense that was 13th nationally stopping the run giving up 102.7 ypg.

Davis is one of 13 defensive tackles on the Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list, 10 of which are also on the preseason watch list for the Outland Trophy, also awarded by the FWAA and releasing its list today. Besides the defensive tackles, the Bronko Nagurski Trophy list includes 29 linebackers, 19 each of cornerbacks and safeties and 16 defensive ends.

Eichenberg is one of three Ohio State players on the list along with defensive end JT Tuimoloau and safety Lathan Ransom. Penn State, with one player from each segment of its defense in defensive end Chop Robinson, linebacker Abdul Carter and cornerback Kalen King, and Michigan, the same with defensive tackle Kris Jenkins in front of linebacker Junior Colson in front of safety Rod Moore, are nine of the Big Ten Conference’s 15 players that tie the Southeastern Conference for the most from one conference.

The SEC has three players each from defending national champion Georgia and Alabama. Georgia defensive end Mykel Williams and safety Malaki Starks, both fresh off last season’s FWAA Freshman All-America Team, join linebacker Jamon Dumas-Johnson for the Bulldogs. Also a Freshman All-American last season was Alabama linebacker Dallas Turner with teammate cornerback Kool-Aid McKinstry and safety Malachi Moore joining him on the list. A quintet of Tigers – super sophomore linebacker Harold Perkins Jr. and Mekhi Wingo of LSU, cornerback Kris Abrams-Draine and linebacker Ty’Ron Hopper of Missouri, and Auburn cornerback D.J. James – are others among the nine schools represented from the SEC. Kentucky defensive tackle Deone Walker is another returning Freshman All-American.

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, Biletnikoff, Thorpe, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi etc for the past 25 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a consultant to many NFL player agents related to all levels of preparation for the NFL Draft process. 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, 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.

Besides Davis, Clemson’s other representatives are linebackers Barrett Carter and Jeremiah Trotter Jr. Florida State is expected to challenge for the Atlantic Coast Conference title supported by watch listers defensive end Jared Verse up front and cornerback Fentrell Cypress II in the secondary. Also from the ACC is North Carolina linebacker Cedric Gray, who was third nationally in tackles last season with 146, and Miami safety Kamren Kinchens, who tied for third in the FBS with six interceptions.

Cornerback Josh Newton of national runner-up TCU is at the forefront of the 11-man crew from the Big 12 that has one player from 11 of its now 14 schools, including new members Cincinnati with super sophomore defensive tackle Dontay Corleone and UCF linebacker Jason Johnson. Heading up the 10 players from the Pac-12 are two from Utah, safety Cole Bishop and defensive tackle Junior Tafuna, and UCLA defensive end Laiatu Latu, the top returning sack leader from a year ago with 10.5 sacks that tied for seventh nationally.

There are 14 schools which have two players on the list including Buffalo, which has linebacker Shaun Dolac, second behind ODU’s Henderson in total tackles last season with 147 and an 11.3 tpc average, on the list joining safety Marcus Fuqua, whose seven interceptions tied for the national lead. Notre Dame’s pair are linebacker JD Bertrand and cornerback Benjamin Morrison. Illinois bolsters the Big Ten’s count with standout defensive linemen Jer’Zhan Newton on the end and tackle Keith Randolph in the middle.

Defending American Athletic Conference champion Tulane and UTSA, a new member to the conference and a co-favorite with Tulane in the preseason, each have two players. Tulane defensive end Darius Hodges and cornerback Jarius Monroe are two of the AAC’s six representatives along with linebacker Trey Moore and safety Rashad Wisdom from UTSA. Other schools with two players on the team are Marshall – safety Micah Abraham tied for third in the FBS with six interceptions last season – Oregon, Toledo and UTEP.

As a list by conference, the Big Ten and SEC lead with 15 each, the Big 12 has 11 and the Atlantic Coast and Pac-12 have 10 each followed by the American, Mid-American, Mountain West and Sun Belt with six each and Conference USA and the Independents with four.

In all 10 players from the 94-player list were on last season’s FWAA Freshman All-America Team. There are 69 schools – more than half of the FBS membership – represented on this year’s team.

Players may be added or removed from the watch list during the course of the season. As in previous years, the FWAA will announce a National Defensive Player of the Week each Tuesday this season. If not already on the watch list, each week’s honored player will be added at that time.

Following is the complete 2023 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Preseason Watch List

2023 Bronko Nagurski Preseason Watch List (94)

CB Micah Abraham, Marshall                 DE Gabe Hall, Baylor                S Tyler Nubin, Minnesota
CB Kris Abrams-Draine, Missouri     LB Jason Henderson, Old Dominion    S Kitan Oladapo, Oregon St
DE Praise Amaewhule, UTEP                DE Darius Hodges, Tulane         DE Collin Oliver, Oklahoma St
LB Levelle Bailey, Fresno State              S Maxen Hook, Toledo              DT Devonte O’Malley, NIU
S Yam Banks, South Alabama               LB Ty’Ron Hopper, Missouri      LB Harold Perkins Jr., LSU
LB JD Bertrand, Notre Dame                  S Jack Howell, Colorado State   DE Owen Porter, Marshall
S Cole Bishop, Utah                          DT Jaylon Hutchings, Texas Tech      DT Keith Randolph Jr., Illinois
CB Cobee Bryant, Kansas               DE Brennan Jackson, Washington St    S Lathan Ransom, Ohio St
S Calen Bullock, USC                            CB D.J. James, Auburn              DE Chop Robinson, Penn St
DT James Carpenter, James Madison    DT Kris Jenkins, Michigan          S Kobe Savage, Kansas State
LB Abdul Carter, Penn State                  LB Jason Johnson, UCF            LB DJ Schramm, Boise St
LB Barrett Carter, Clemson                    LB Layton Jordan, Temple         LB Jackson Sirmon, California
DT DeWayne Carter, Duke                    CB Donte Kent, Central Michigan   S Malaki Starks, Georgia
DT Kendy Charles, Liberty                     S Kam Kinchens, Miami             CB Reddy Steward, Troy
LB Junior Colson, Michigan              CB Kalen King, Penn St           LB Danny Stutsman, Oklahoma
DT Dontay Corleone, Cincinnati              LB Tyrice Knight, UTEP             DT Junior Tafuna, Utah
CB Fentrell Cypress II, Florida State       DE Laiatu Latu, UCLA                CB T.J. Tampa, Iowa State
DT Tyler Davis, Clemson                   CB Jordan Mahoney, Massachusetts      S Trey Taylor, Air Force
CB Cooper DeJean, Iowa               CB Dwight McGlothern, Arkansas     CB Ridge Texada, North Texas
LB Shaun Dolac, Buffalo               CB Kool-Aid McKinstry, Alabama          DE Bralen Trice, Washington
DE Brandon Dorlus, Oregon             LB Jackson Mitchell, UConn LB Jeremiah Trotter Jr., Clemson
LB Jamon Dumas-Johnson, Georgia      CB Quinyon Mitchell, Toledo      DE JT Tuimoloau, Ohio St
LB Tommy Eichenberg, Ohio State         CB Jarius Monroe, Tulane          LB Dallas Turner, Alabama
S Nick Emmanwori, South Carolina        LB Cody Moon, San Diego St    DE Jared Verse, Florida St
DE JaQues Evans, WKU                        S Malachi Moore, Alabama        DT Deone Walker, Kentucky
DE Donovan Ezeiruaku, B.C.            S Rod Moore, Michigan          LB Nathaniel Watson, Mississippi St
S Tra Fluellen, Middle Tennessee           LB Trey Moore, UTSA                CB Aydan White, N.C. State
LB Jaylan Ford, Texas                   CB Benjamin Morrison, Notre Dame       S Evan Williams, Oregon
S Marcus Fuqua, Buffalo                       DE Jer’Zhan Newton, Illinois      DE Mykel Williams, Georgia
LB Easton Gibbs, Wyoming                   CB Josh Newton, TCU               DT Mekhi Wingo, LSU
LB Cedric Gray, North Carolina              LB Maema Njongmeta, Wisconsin    S Rashad Wisdom, UTSA
LB Cal Haladay, Michigan State

The FWAA All-America Committee, after voting input from the association’s full membership, selects a 26-man All-America Team and eventually the Nagurski Trophy finalists. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner will be chosen from the five finalists named in November. Committee members, by individual ballot, select the winner they regard as the best defensive player in college football.

The FWAA has chosen a National Defensive Player of the Year since 1993. In 1995, the FWAA named the award in honor of the legendary two-way player from the University of Minnesota. Nagurski dominated college football, then became a star for professional football’s Chicago Bears in the 1930s. Bronislaw “Bronko” Nagurski is a charter member of both the College Football and Pro Football Halls of Fame.

The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Association. Founded in 1997, the NCFAA includes college football’s most prestigious awards and its 24 awards have honored more than 900 recipients dating back to 1935. This season, 12 NCFAA awards will honor national players of the week each Tuesday.

 




2023 Outland Trophy Preseason List

2023 Outland Trophy Preseason Watch List

The Football Writers Association of America announced the preseason watch list for the 2023 Outland Trophy, recognizing 91 returning standout interior linemen representing all 10 Division I FBS conferences and independents. The 2023 season will close with the award’s 78th anniversary and the watch list offers a talented field of players alongside two returning FWAA All-Americans.

The recipient of the 2023 Outland Trophy will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards, live on ESPN in December. The official presentation to the winner will be made at the Outland Trophy Awards Dinner sponsored by Werner Enterprises and produced by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee in Omaha, Neb., on Jan. 10, 2024.

Photo – OT Joe Alt – Notre Dame by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

The returning FWAA All-Americans, both of them from last season’s Second Team, are offensive tackle Joe Alt of Notre Dame and defensive tackle Tyler Davis of Clemson. Michigan leads the list as the lone team with four selections, three from the offensive line with guards Trevor Keegan and Zak Zinter playing on either side of center Drake Nugent, a Stanford transfer, along with defensive tackle Kris Jenkins. The Wolverines were in the top five nationally last season in the primary rushing categories of yards per carry (3rd, 5.58) and yards per game (5th, 238.9) with 41 rushing touchdowns as they reached the College Football Playoff semifinals.

Defending national champion Georgia leads five schools that have three players represented – center Sedrick Van Pran, guard Tate Ratledge and defensive tackle Nazir Stackhouse. It joins Alabama and LSU, also with three each, to bolster the Southeastern Conference’s league-high 17 selections. LSU defensive tackle Mekhi Wingo tied for the most votes among returning players for last season’s Outland Trophy. Almost half of the SEC’s list – eight of 17 – are defensive tackles.

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, Biletnikoff, Thorpe, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi etc for the past 25 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a consultant to many NFL player agents related to all levels of preparation for the NFL Draft process. 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, 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.

A trio from Utah heads up a dozen Pac-12 Conference players on the list, second only to the SEC. Utah defensive tackle Junior Tafuna is the only defensive tackle among the Pac-12 players. The Big Ten Conference is third with 11 total led by Michigan’s four and three from Ohio State, a CFP semifinalist last year that has guards Donovan Jackson and Matt Jones back from the nation’s second-best scoring offense (44.2 ppg) joining defensive tackle Mike Hall on the list. Penn State offensive tackle Olumuyiwa Fashanu, who tied Wingo for the highest vote totals from last season’s Outland Trophy tallies, made the list along with two from Illinois, one on each side of the ball.

Notre Dame and Clemson each have a pair on the list with Alt joining Notre Dame offensive tackle teammate Blake Fisher and Davis having Clemson defensive tackle teammate Ruke Orhorhoro alongside him as the Atlantic Coast Conference’s only defensive representatives. Besides Michigan’s Nugent, the ACC has the other two players who are transfers onto their new teams in Florida State offensive tackle Jeremiah Byers (UTEP) and Miami guard Javion Cohen (Alabama).

The Big 12 Conference has 10 players on the list spread among nine different schools, including one each from its four new members at BYU, Cincinnati, Houston and UCF. Kansas State is the lone Big 12 school with two members in offensive tackles Cooper Beebe and KT Leveston.

Other schools with two players on the list are Arizona, Oregon State and USC from the Pac-12, App State and James Madison from the Sun Belt Conference, Liberty from Conference USA and a trio from the newly-expanded American Athletic Conference, SMU, Tulane and UTSA.

The conference breakdown is as follows. Beyond the 17 from the SEC, 12 from the Pac-12, 11 from the Big Ten and 10 from the Big 12, the ACC and American Athletic have eight, the Sun Belt seven, the Mid-American and Mountain West five each, and Conference USA and the Independents with four apiece.

There are 31 offensive tackles on this year’s list with 24 defensive tackles and 24 guards to go with 12 centers. Just under half of the 133 Football Bowl Subdivision schools – 65 – are represented.

The Outland Trophy winner is chosen from three finalists who are a part of the annual FWAA All-America Team. The FWAA All-America Committee, after voting input from the entire membership, selects a 26-man first team and eventually the three Outland finalists. Committee members, then by individual ballot, select the winner. Only interior linemen on offense or defense are eligible for the award; ends are not eligible.

Players may be added or removed from the watch list during the course of the season. For the first time, the FWAA will announce an Outland Trophy National Player of the Week each Tuesday this season. If not already on the watch list, each week’s honored player will be added at that time.

Following is the complete 2023 Outland Trophy Watch List.

2023 Outland Trophy Preseason Watch List

G Isaiah Adams, Illinois                         OT Taliese Fuaga, Oregon St    OT Jordan Morgan, Arizona
OT Joe Alt, Notre Dame                         OT X’Zauvea Gadlin, Liberty      C Drake Nugent, Michigan
OT Kelvin Banks Jr., Texas                    G AJ Gillie, Louisiana                 DT Jaheim Oatis, Alabama
OT Graham Barton, Duke                      OT Matt Goncalves, Pitt             DT Ruke Orhorhoro, Clemson
OT Cooper Beebe, Kansas State           OT Joshua Gray, Oregon St      G Justin Osborne, SMU
G Cade Bennett, San Diego State          DT Mike Hall Jr., Ohio State       C Thor Paglialong, Air Force
OT Cade Beresford, Boise State             OT Makai Hart, UTSA                OT Patrick Paul, Houston
DT Jordan Bertagnole, Wyoming            C Gus Hartwig, Purdue              G Lokahi Pauole, UCF
G Keaton Bills, Utah                              OT Christian Haynes, UConn     OT Micah Pettus, Ole Miss
G Tyler Booker, Alabama                       C Sincere Haynesworth, Tulane  G Prince Pines, Tulane
DT Brandon Brown, UTSA                     C Isaiah Helms, App State         OT Nolan Potter, NIU
OT Jeremiah Byers, Florida St       DT Tonka Hemingway, South Carolina    G Deiyantei Powell-Woods, Central Michigan
OT Will Campbell, LSU                          C Bryan Hudson, Louisville        DT Keith Randolph Jr., Illinois
DT James Carpenter, James Madison    G Jarrod Hufford, Iowa State      G Tate Ratledge, Georgia
DT Kendy Charles, Liberty               DT Jaylon Hutchings, Texas Tech         DT Kennedy Roberts, Coastal Carolina
DT Elijah Chatman, SMU                   DT McKinley Jackson, Texas A&M       DT Justin Rogers, Auburn
C Duke Clemens, UCLA                    G Donovan Jackson, Ohio St     OT Nick Rosi, Toledo
G Javion Cohen, Miami                       DT Kris Jenkins, Michigan          G Keylan Rutledge, Middle Tennessee
OT Josh Conerly Jr., Oregon                  G Matthew Jones, Ohio State     OT Jonah Savaiinaea, Arizona
DT Dontay Corleone, Cincinnati              OT Emery Jones Jr., LSU          OT Clay Servin, Rice
G Khalil Crowder, Georgia Southern       G Trevor Keegan, Michigan       DT Nazir Stackhouse, Georgia
C Ethan Crowe, Ball State                  OT Nick Kidwell, James Madison      OT Kingsley Suamataia, BYU
DT Jaden Crumedy, Mississippi State    G Jarrett Kingston, USC             DT Junior Tafuna, Utah
DT Tyler Davis, Clemson                       OT JC Latham, Alabama            C Sedrick Van Pran, Georgia
C Justin Dedich, USC                            OT Sataoa Laumea, Utah          G Mose Vavao, Fresno State
OT Olu Fashanu, Penn State                 G Quantavious Leslie, WKU       DT Deone Walker, Kentucky
OT Troy Fautanu, Washington               OT KT Leveston, Kansas State  DT Daymond Williams, Buffalo
G Connor Finucane, Army                     C Beaux Limmer, Arkansas        G Bucky Williams, App State
OT Blake Fisher, Notre Dame                G Christian Mahogany, Boston College  DT Mekhi Wingo, LSU
OT Javon Foster, Missouri                     DT Fish McWilliams, UAB          G Zak Zinter, Michigan
C Zach Frazier, West Virginia

The Outland Trophy, celebrating 78 years since its founding, is the third-oldest major college football award. Created in 1946 when Dr. John Outland presented the FWAA with a financial contribution to initiate the award, the Outland Trophy has been given to the best interior lineman in college football ever since. Dr. Outland, an All-American at the University of Pennsylvania in the late 1890s, eventually took up practice in Kansas City, Mo. An avid outdoorsman, Dr. Outland believed linemen did not get the credit they deserved and wanted an award to recognize them.

The Outland Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Association. Founded in 1997, the NCFAA includes college football’s most prestigious awards and its 24 awards have honored more than 900 recipients dating back to 1935. This season, 12 NCFAA awards will honor national players of the week each Tuesday.




CFP Championship Game – Tonight Georgia-Texas Christian

CFP Championship Game – Georgia-Texas Christian
Clubs Look to Repeat Thrilling Semi-Final Victories

Frank Coyle/ Head scout

College Football Playoff National Championship is tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN between defending champion, Georgia (14-0) and Big 12 upstart, Texas Christian (13-1) at Sofi Stadium in Inglewood, Ca.

Georgia is a powerhouse and brings an undefeated record to the title game after beating Ohio St in a thrilling semi-final matchup. Texas Christian is this year’s Cinderella story going undefeated into their season finale only to lose the Big 12 Championship game to Kansas State. They had previously beaten KSU at midseason. They stayed in the top four playoff qualifiers and beat heavily favorite Michigan in an exciting semi-final games setting up the title matchup with Georgia.

Both teams rely on potent offenses behind seasoned QBs, Georgia’s Stetson Bennett and TCU Max Duggan along with balanced ground games to rank among the nation’s best attacks. Bennett and Duggan were both finalists in the Heisman race in 2022. Both clubs spend the majority of their time lined up in a 3-3-5 defense and variations of that scheme. They are a combined 27-1 this season.

Georgia looks to duplicate last years’ championship when they beat Alabama for the national title. Head coach Kirby Smart hopes to join elite company aiming for a 2nd straight national title where they are heavy favorites tonight. This was the sixth straight season the Bulldogs finished in the national top 10.

Georgia excelled behind the hot hand of QB Stetson Bennett who has come up huge in key situations directing this club in the tough SEC. He met all challenges and uses a host of receivers, especially his talented duo of tight ends, Brock Bowers and Darnell Washington. Bowers is a difference maker and will fully test the TCU fast defense. TCU has been very effective in coverage especially as the season progressed and very opportunistic. The Bulldogs will test the TCU defensive front with a strong ground game to soften their front and control the line of scrimmage to draw the safeties up. This is where Bennett excels finding his receivers through the middle routes with the TE duo of Bowers and Washington creating a huge problem for the Horned Frogs defense.

TCU is a huge surprise participant behind first-year head coach Sonny Dykes. The Horned Frogs have had a weak 23-24 record over the four seasons before Dykes’ arrival. QB Duggan has been both a leader and playmaker this club has rallied around. He spreads the ball around to a talented group of receivers headed by Quentin Johnston who had an impact in their semi-final upset over Michigan. He faces a dominant Bulldog defense with several impact performers. Duggan has been very accurate over the past season and will have to be highly efficient to press the Georgia first class unit. TCU guard Steve Avila heads a tough talented front line who could decide the ultimate outcome in this critical matchup.

TCU starting running back Kendre Miller is still recovering from a sprained right knee MCL injury in the Fiesta Bowl victory and is questionable for tonight’s game. He had 57 yards on eight carries in that Semi-finalist matchup against the Wolverines before he was injured. The Frogs turned to backup Emari Demercado and he responded with a career-high 150 rushing yards against Michigan.

Miller is the only player in Big 12 history to record a rushing touchdown in 13 games in a season and has totaled 17 rushing TDs, fourth-most in TCU history and the most since LaDainian Tomlinson in 2000.

Prediction: Georgia 38 Texas Christian 27
Georgia Wins a 2nd National Title in a Row

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.




College Bowl Season Peaks This Week – National Title in Balance

College Bowl Season Peaks This Week

National Championship in the Balance

Frank Coyle / Head scout – DraftInsiders.com

Monday, Dec. 26

The long College football bowl season hits full speed this week with multiple key games daily, leading into the national semi-finals on Dec 31st.  The matchups are amazing with #1 Georgia vs #4 Ohio State and #2 Michigan v #3 TCU to decide who will play in the national championship game on Jan 9th.

Results and Upcoming Games

Dec. 16
Bahamas Bowl
UAB 24 – Miami (Ohio) 20
Nassau, Bahamas

Duluth Trading Cure Bowl
Troy 18 – UTSA 12
Exploria Stadium – Orlando, Florida

Saturday, Dec. 17
Wasabi Fenway Bowl
Louisville 24 – Cincinnati 7
Fenway Park, Boston
 
Cricket Celebration Bowl
North Carolina Central 41- Jackson State 34 OT
Mercedes-Benz Stadium – Atlanta, Ga
 
Capital One Bowl Mania – New Mexico Bowl
BYU 24 – SMU 23
University Stadium – Albuquerque, New Mexico
 
Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl
Fresno State 29 – Washington State 6
SoFi Stadium – Inglewood, Ca
 
LendingTree Bowl
Southern Miss 38 – Rice 24
Hancock Whitney Stadium – Mobile, Alabama
 
SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl
Oregon State 30 – Florida 3
Allegiant Stadium – Las Vegas
 
Frisco Bowl
Boise State 35 – North Texas 32
Toyota Stadium – Frisco, Texas
 
Monday, Dec. 19
Myrtle Beach Bowl
Marshall 28 – UConn 14
Brooks Stadium – Conway, South Carolina
 
Tuesday, Dec. 20
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Eastern Michigan 41 – San Jose State 27
Albertsons Stadium – Boise, Idaho
 
RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl
Toledo 21 – Liberty 19
FAU Stadium – Boca Raton, Florida
 
Wednesday, Dec. 21
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Western Kentucky 44 – South Alabama 23
Caesars Superdome – New Orleans
 
Thursday, Dec. 22
Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl
Air Force 30 – Baylor 15
Amon G. Carter Stadium – Fort Worth, Texas
 
Friday, Dec. 23
Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl
Houston 23 – Louisiana 16
Independence Stadium – Shreveport, Louisiana
 
Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl
Wake Forest 27 – Missouri 17
Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Florida)
 
Saturday, Dec. 24
EasyPost Hawai’i Bowl
Middle Tennessee State 25 – San Diego State 23
Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex – Honolulu, Hi

Monday, Dec. 26
Quick Lane Bowl
New Mexico State 24 – Bowling Green 19
Ford Field – Detroit, Mi

Upcoming Bowl Games

Tuesday, Dec. 27
Camellia Bowl
Georgia Southern vs. Buffalo
Cramton Bowl – Montgomery, Alabama
Noon – ESPN

SERVPRO First Responder Bowl
Memphis vs. Utah State
Gerald J. Ford Stadium – Dallas, Tx
3:15 pm – ESPN

TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl
Coastal Carolina vs. East Carolina
Protective Life Stadium – Birmingham, Alabama
6:45 pm – ESPN

Guaranteed Rate Bowl
Wisconsin vs. Oklahoma State
Chase Field – Phoenix, Az
10:15 pm – ESPN

Wednesday, Dec. 28

Military Bowl Presented by Peraton
UCF vs. Duke
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (Annapolis, Maryland)
2 pm – ESPN

AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Kansas vs. Arkansas
Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium – Memphis, Tennessee
5:30 pm – ESPN

San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl
Oregon vs. North Carolina
Petco Park – San Diego, Ca
8 pm – Fox

TaxAct Texas Bowl
Texas Tech vs. Ole Miss
NRG Stadium (Houston)
9 pm – ESPN

Thursday, Dec. 29

Bad Boy Mowers Pinstripe Bowl
Syracuse vs. Minnesota
Yankee Stadium – New York
2 pm – ESPN

Cheez-It Bowl
Oklahoma vs. Florida State
Camping World Stadium – Orlando, Florida
5:30 pm – ESPN

Valero Alamo Bowl
Texas vs. Washington
Alamodome – San Antonio, Tx
9 pm – ESPN

Friday, Dec. 30

Duke’s Mayo Bowl
Maryland vs. NC State
Bank of America Stadium – Charlotte, North Carolina
Noon – ESPN

Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl
Pittsburgh vs. UCLA
Sun Bowl Stadium – El Paso, Texas
2 pm – CBS

TaxSlayer Gator Bowl
Notre Dame vs. South Carolina
TIAA Bank Field – Jacksonville, Florida
3:30 pm – ESPN

Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl
Ohio vs. Wyoming
Arizona Stadium – Tucson, Arizona
4:30 pm

Capital One Orange Bowl
#6 Tennessee vs. #7 Clemson
Hard Rock Stadium – Miami Gardens, Florida
8 pm – ESPN

Saturday, Dec. 31

TransPerfect Music City Bowl
Iowa vs. Kentucky
Nissan Stadium – Nashville, Tennessee
Noon – ABC

Allstate Sugar Bowl
#5 Alabama vs. #9 Kansas State
Caesars Superdome – New Orleans
Noon – ESPN

National Semi Finals

CFP Semifinal at Fiesta Bowl
#2 Michigan vs. #3 TCU
State Farm Stadium – Glendale, Arizona
4 p.m., ESPN

CFP Semifinal at Peach Bowl
#1 Georgia vs. #4 Ohio State
Mercedes-Benz Stadium – Atlanta, Ga
8 p.m., ESPN

Monday, Jan. 2

ReliaQuest Bowl
Mississippi State vs. Illinois
Raymond James Stadium – Tampa, Florida
Noon – ESPN2

Cheez-It Citrus Bowl
LSU vs. Purdue
Camping World Stadium – Orlando, Florida
1 pm – ABC

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic
#10 USC vs. #16 Tulane
AT&T Stadium – Arlington, Texas
1 pm – ESPN

Rose Bowl Game
#8 Utah vs. #11 Penn State
Rose Bowl – Pasadena, California
5 pm – ESPN

Monday, Jan. 9

CFP National Championship Game
Winners of Semifinal matchups

SoFi Stadium – Inglewood, Ca
7:30 p.m., ESPN




Draft Insiders’ 2022 All-American Teams

Draft Insiders’ 2022 All-American Teams

Frank Coyle
DraftInsiders.com Annual All-American Teams

First Team
Offense

QB Caleb Williams – USC
RB Bijan Robinson – Texas
RB Blake Corum – Michigan
WR Jalin Hyatt – Tennessee
WR Marvin Harrison Jr. – Ohio State
WR Xavier Hutchinson – Iowa State
TE Michael Mayer – Notre Dame
LT Peter Skoronski – Northwestern
G Andrew Vorhees – USC
C John Michael Schmitz – Minnesota
G O’Cyrus Torrence – Florida
RT Dawand Jones – Ohio State
All-Purpose – Deuce Vaughn – Kansas State

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 plus All-American teams annually for 30 years.

Defense

Edge Will Anderson Jr. – Alabama
Edge Isaiah Foskey – Notre Dame
DL Jalen Carter – Georgia
DL Calijah Kancey – Pittsburgh
LB Ivan Pace Jr. – Cincinnati
LB Jack Campbell – Iowa
LB Tommy Eichenberg – Ohio State
CB Tre’vius Hodges-Tomlinson – TCU
CB Clark Phillips – Utah
S Kaevon Merriweather – Iowa
S Brian Branch – Alabama

Special Teams

PK Joshua Karty – Stanford
P Adam Korsak – Rutgers
KR Jaylin Lucas – Indiana
PR Anthony Gould – Oregon State

Second Team
Offense

QB C.J. Stroud – Ohio State
RB Mohamed Ibrahim – Minnesota
RB Zach Charbonnet – UCLA
WR Josh Downs – North Carolina
WR Tank Dell – Houston
WR Rashee Rice – SMU
TE Dalton Kincaid – Utah
LT Joe Alt – Notre Dame
G Jarrett Patterson – Notre Dame
C Olusegun Oluwatimi – Michigan
G Cooper Beebe – Kansas State
RT Alex Palczewski – Illinois
All-Purpose – Sean Tucker – Syracuse

Defense

Edge Felix Anudike-Uzomah – Kansas State
Edge Karl Brooks – Bowling Green
DL Tuli Tuipulotu – USC
DL Tyree Wilson – Texas Christian
LB Drew Sanders – Arkansas
LB Nick Herbig – Wisconsin
LB Cedric Gray – North Carolina
CB Emmanuel Forbes – Mississippi State
CB Devon Witherspoon – Illinois
S Kamren Kinchens – Miami (FL)
S Ronnie Hickman – Ohio State

Special Teams

PK Christopher Dunn – NC State
P Tory Taylor – Iowa
KR Johnnie Lang – Arkansas State
PR Eric Garror – Louisiana




Trojan’s Caleb Williams Wins Heisman Trophy

Trojan’s Caleb Williams Wins Heisman Trophy

On Saturday night in New York city, Caleb Williams of Southern Cal won the Heisman Trophy award for 2022.  Williams outraced Texas Christian’s Max Duggan, Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud and Georgia’s Stetson Bennett for college football’s most prestigious award.

Williams received 544 first-place votes. His 2,031 points easily beat out Duggan, who finished second. Stroud was third, followed by Bennett. Williams also won the Maxwell Award and Walter Camp award on Thursday night, symbolic of the nation’s best player.

Heisman Trophy 2022 Voting

Top-10 finishers in the Heisman Trophy voting. Ballots went out to 929 electors, which included 870 media members, 58 living Heisman winners and one overall fan vote:

Player                           1st-2nd-3rd       Total Pts

Caleb Williams              544-168-63        2,031
Max Duggan                 188-357-142      1,420
C.J. Stroud                   37-119-190           539
Stetson Bennett             36-65-111          349
Hendon Hooker             17-47-81            226
Bryce Young                 17-28-34             141
Blake Corum                 8-25-51              125
Michael Penix Jr.           9-20-47             114
Bijan Robinson              4-12-39             75
Drake Maye                  3-6-21                 42

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.

His vote

  1. J. Stroud – Ohio State
  2. Caleb Williams – Southern Cal
  3. Max Duggan – Texas Christian

Williams addressed his fellow contestants in attendance.
“I may be standing up here today, but y’all get to go to the College Football Playoff,” Williams said in his acceptance speech, in saluting the other finalists in front of him. “Guess you can’t win them all.”

Over the course of 13 games this season, the former five-star recruit from the Washington, D.C., area dazzled with his play, throwing for 4,075 yards and 37 TDs and only 4 interceptions. He rushed for 372 yards and 10 TDs, as a dangerous dual threat. He displayed excellent quickness and vision when protection broke down and was able to turn scrambling plays into huge plays and highlight runs.

Williams’ performance went beyond the numbers and highlights. His leadership turned a struggling Trojan program around in his initial season. After head coach Lincoln Riley left Oklahoma for Southern Cal, Williams followed shortly.

Southern Cal has won 11 games this season currently for the first time since the 2017 season. With Williams under center, USC started 8-0 for the first time since 2006 and defeated both of its rivals — UCLA and Notre Dame in the same season for the 1st time since 2016.

Williams joins Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray as the 3rd QB under Riley to win the Heisman award. Riley also coached 2019 Heisman runner-up Jalen Hurts.

He becomes the 8th USC player to win the award, though Reggie Bush’s 2005 Heisman remains vacated. He is the 3rd quarterback from the school to win following Matt Leinart and Carson Palmer.

Williams is the 4th transfer in the past 6 years to win the Heisman award, following QBs, Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray and Joe Burrow. This year’s voting marks the 11th time in the last 13 years that a QB has won the award.




College Football Award Winners 2022

College Football Award Winners 2022

Complete List of 2022 College Football Award Winners

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.

Award                           Category                       Winner                      School

Maxwell Award              Player of the Year          Caleb Williams                  USC
Walter Camp Award      Player of the Year          Caleb Williams                 USC
Davey O’Brien Award     Best Quarterback           Max Duggan                  TCU
Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award   Best Quarterback     Max Duggan      TCU
Doak Walker Award       Best Running Back        Bijan Robinson              Texas
Biletnikoff Award           Best Wide Receiver       Jalen Hyatt                     Tennessee
John Mackey Award      Best Tight End              Brock Bowers                  Georgia
Rimington Award           Best Center                   Olu Oluwatimi                 Michigan
Outland Trophy             Best Interior Lineman     Olu Oluwatimi               Michigan
Vince Lombardi Award   Best Player of the Year  Will Anderson                Alabama
Bednarik Award             Defensive Player of the Year    Will Anderson     Alabama
Bronko Nagurski Trophy Defensive Player of the Year   Will Anderson    Alabama
Butkus Award                Best Linebacker             Jack Campbell              Iowa
Jim Thorpe Award         Best Defensive Back     Tre’vius Hodges-Tomlinson TCU
Paul Hornung Award     Most Versatile Player     Jack Coletto                  Oregon State
Lou Groza Award          Best Placekicker            Christopher Dunn          NC State
Ray Guy Award             Best Punter                   Adam Korsak                  Rutgers
Burlsworth Trophy         Top Former Walk-On     Stetson Bennett            Georgia
Disney Spirit Award       Most Inspirational          Tylee Craft                     North Carolina
William Campbell Trophy    Academic Heisman   Jack Campbell              Iowa
Wuerffel Trophy              Community Service     Dillan Gibbons               Florida State
Home Depot Award       Coach of the Year          Sonny Dykes                 TCU
Broyles Award               Top Assistant Coach     Garrett Riley                   TCU
Eddie Robinson Award  Coach of the Year          John Stiegelmeier          South Dakota State

Ted Hendricks Award    Edge Defender of Year              No Winner announced currently
Lott Impact Award         Outstanding Defensive Player    No Winner announced currently




College Football Bowl Schedule – CFP Semi -Final Matchups

College Football Bowl Schedule

College Football Playoff Schedule

Saturday, Dec. 31 – Semi Finals

CFP Semifinal at Fiesta Bowl
#2 Michigan vs. #3 TCU
State Farm Stadium – Glendale, Arizona – 4 p.m., ESPN

CFP Semifinal at Peach Bowl
#1 Georgia vs. #4 Ohio State
Mercedes-Benz Stadium – Atlanta, Ga – 8 p.m., ESPN

Monday, Jan. 9

CFP National Championship
Winners of Semifinal matchups
SoFi Stadium – Inglewood, Ca – 7:30 p.m., ESPN

Complete College Football Bowl Schedule

Friday, Dec. 16

Bahamas Bowl – Miami (Ohio) vs. UAB
National Stadium – Nassau, Bahamas
11:30 am – ESPN

Duluth Trading Cure Bowl – UTSA vs. Troy
Exploria Stadium – Orlando, Florida
3 pm – ESPN

Saturday, Dec. 17

Wasabi Fenway Bowl – Cincinnati vs. Louisville
Fenway Park (Boston)
11 am – ESPN

Cricket Celebration Bowl – Jackson State vs. North Carolina Central
Mercedes-Benz Stadium – Atlanta, Ga
Noon – ABC

Capital One Bowl Mania – New Mexico Bowl
SMU vs. BYU
University Stadium – Albuquerque, New Mexico
7:30 pm – ABC

Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl Presented by Stifel
Washington State vs. Fresno State
SoFi Stadium – Inglewood, Ca
3:30 pm – ABC

LendingTree Bowl
Rice vs. Southern Miss
Hancock Whitney Stadium – Mobile, Alabama
5:45 pm – ESPN

SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl
Florida vs. Oregon State
Allegiant Stadium – Las Vegas
2:30 pm – ESPN

Frisco Bowl – North Texas vs. Boise State
Toyota Stadium – Frisco, Texas
9:15 pm – ESPN

Monday, Dec. 19

Myrtle Beach Bowl – Marshall vs. UConn
Brooks Stadium – Conway, South Carolina
2:30 pm – ESPN

Tuesday, Dec. 20

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Eastern Michigan vs. San Jose State
Albertsons Stadium – Boise, Idaho
3:30 pm – ESPN

RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl
Liberty vs. Toledo
FAU Stadium – Boca Raton, Florida
7:30 pm – ESPN

Wednesday, Dec. 21

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Western Kentucky vs. South Alabama
Caesars Superdome – New Orleans
9 pm – ESPN

Thursday, Dec. 22

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl
Baylor vs. Air Force
Amon G. Carter Stadium – Fort Worth, Texas
7:30 pm – ESPN

Friday, Dec. 23

Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl
Louisiana vs. Houston
Independence Stadium – Shreveport, Louisiana
3 pm – ESPN

Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl
Wake Forest vs. Missouri
Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Florida)
6:30 pm – ESPN

Saturday, Dec. 24

EasyPost Hawai’i Bowl
Middle Tennessee State vs. San Diego State
Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex – Honolulu, Hi
8 pm – ESPN

Monday, Dec. 26

Quick Lane Bowl
New Mexico State vs. Bowling Green
Ford Field – Detroit, Mi
2:30 pm – ESPN

Tuesday, Dec. 27

Camellia Bowl
Georgia Southern vs. Buffalo
Cramton Bowl – Montgomery, Alabama
Noon – ESPN

SERVPRO First Responder Bowl
Memphis vs. Utah State
Gerald J. Ford Stadium – Dallas, Tx
3:15 pm – ESPN

TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl
Coastal Carolina vs. East Carolina
Protective Life Stadium – Birmingham, Alabama
6:45 pm – ESPN

Guaranteed Rate Bowl
Wisconsin vs. Oklahoma State
Chase Field – Phoenix, Az
10:15 pm – ESPN

Wednesday, Dec. 28

Military Bowl Presented by Peraton
UCF vs. Duke
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (Annapolis, Maryland)
2 pm – ESPN

AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Kansas vs. Arkansas
Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium – Memphis, Tennessee
5:30 pm – ESPN

San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl
Oregon vs. North Carolina
Petco Park – San Diego, Ca
8 pm – Fox

TaxAct Texas Bowl
Texas Tech vs. Ole Miss
NRG Stadium (Houston)
9 pm – ESPN

Thursday, Dec. 29

Bad Boy Mowers Pinstripe Bowl
Syracuse vs. Minnesota
Yankee Stadium – New York
2 pm – ESPN

Cheez-It Bowl
Oklahoma vs. Florida State
Camping World Stadium – Orlando, Florida
5:30 pm – ESPN

Valero Alamo Bowl
Texas vs. Washington
Alamodome – San Antonio, Tx
9 pm – ESPN

Friday, Dec. 30

Duke’s Mayo Bowl
Maryland vs. NC State
Bank of America Stadium – Charlotte, North Carolina
Noon – ESPN

Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl
Pittsburgh vs. UCLA
Sun Bowl Stadium – El Paso, Texas
2 pm – CBS

TaxSlayer Gator Bowl
Notre Dame vs. South Carolina
TIAA Bank Field – Jacksonville, Florida
3:30 pm – ESPN

Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl
Ohio vs. Wyoming
Arizona Stadium – Tucson, Arizona
4:30 pm

Capital One Orange Bowl
#6 Tennessee vs. #7 Clemson
Hard Rock Stadium – Miami Gardens, Florida
8 pm – ESPN

Saturday, Dec. 31

TransPerfect Music City Bowl
Iowa vs. Kentucky
Nissan Stadium – Nashville, Tennessee
Noon – ABC

Allstate Sugar Bowl
#5 Alabama vs. #9 Kansas State
Caesars Superdome – New Orleans
Noon – ESPN

Monday, Jan. 2

ReliaQuest Bowl
Mississippi State vs. Illinois
Raymond James Stadium – Tampa, Florida
Noon – ESPN2

Cheez-It Citrus Bowl
LSU vs. Purdue
Camping World Stadium – Orlando, Florida
1 pm – ABC

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic
#10 USC vs. #16 Tulane
AT&T Stadium – Arlington, Texas
1 pm – ESPN

Rose Bowl Game
#8 Utah vs. #11 Penn State
Rose Bowl – Pasadena, California
5 pm – ESPN

Saturday, Dec. 31 – Semi Finals

CFP Semifinal at Fiesta Bowl
#2 Michigan vs. #3 TCU
State Farm Stadium – Glendale, Arizona
4 p.m., ESPN

CFP Semifinal at Peach Bowl
#1 Georgia vs. #4 Ohio State
Mercedes-Benz Stadium – Atlanta, Ga
8 p.m., ESPN

Monday, Jan. 9
 
CFP National Championship Game
Winners of Semifinal matchups
SoFi Stadium – Inglewood, Ca
7:30 p.m., ESPN




College Football Playoff Matchups

College Football Playoff

CFP Semi-Final Playoff Matchups
Selection Committee Rankings

Georgia, Michigan, TCU & Ohio St Reach Final Four

CFP Semi-Final Playoff Matchups – Dec 31, 2022
Georgia Holds #1 Ranking and Faces #4 Ohio St in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
#2 Michigan will face #3 TCU in the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl

 CFP National Championship will be played Jan. 9 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Ca.

Top 25 Teams

Games Played through Saturday, December 3

Rank     Team          Overall Record
1          Georgia              13-0
2          Michigan           13-0
3          TCU                  12-1
4          Ohio State        11-1
5          Alabama           10-2
6          Tennessee        10-2
7          Clemson           11-2
8          Utah                 10-3
9          Kansas State    10-3
10         Southern Cal     11-2
11         Penn State        10-2
12         Washington       10-2
13         Florida State     9-3
14         Oregon State    9-3
15         Oregon             9-3
16         Tulane               11-2
17         LSU                  9-4
18         UCLA                9-3
19         South Carolina  8-4
20         Texas               8-4
21         Notre Dame      8-4
22         Mississippi St    8-4
23         NC State           8-4
24         Troy                  11-2
25         UTSA               11-2

CFB Playoff
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, Vrbo Fiesta Bowl, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Capital One Orange Bowl, Allstate Sugar Bowl and Rose Bowl Game. This season’s Playoff Semifinals will take place Saturday, December 31, 2022 at the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. The Los Angeles region will host the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday, January 9, 2023, at SoFi Stadium.

 

 




College Football Playoff Expands To 12 Teams

College Football Playoff Expands To
12 Teams Beginning In 2024

Members of the College Football Playoff (CFP) Board of Managers have agreed to begin the newly-expanded 12-team playoff during the 2024-2025 season.

“We’re delighted to be moving forward,” said Bill Hancock, Executive Director of the College Football Playoff. “When the board expanded the playoff beginning in 2026 and asked the CFP Management Committee to examine the feasibility of starting the new format earlier, the Management Committee went right to work. More teams and more access mean more excitement for fans, alumni, students and student-athletes. We appreciate the leaders of the six bowl games and the two future national championship game host cities for their cooperation. Everyone realized that this change is in the best interest of college football and pulled together to make it happen.”

The first round of the playoff in 2024 will take place the week ending Saturday, December 21, at either the home field of the higher-seeded team or at another site designated by the higher-seeded institution. (No. 12 at No. 5, No. 11 at No. 6, No. 10 at No. 7, and No. 9 at No. 8.) The specific game dates, likely late in that week, will be announced later.

For the 2024 and 2025 seasons, the four quarterfinal games and two Playoff Semifinal games will be played in bowls on a rotating basis. The 2024 quarterfinals will take place in the Fiesta Bowl, Peach Bowl, Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl, while the Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl will host the Playoff Semifinals. The 2025 quarterfinals will take place in the Cotton Bowl, Orange Bowl, Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl, while the Fiesta Bowl and Peach Bowl will host the Playoff Semifinals. Specific dates for all quarterfinal and semifinal games will be announced at a later time.

The national championship games will be played January 20, 2025, in Atlanta, and January 19, 2026, in Miami.

“On behalf of the Management Committee and the Board of Managers, this is thrilling,” Hancock added. “It’s been a long process, but we are pleased that more teams and more students will have the opportunity to compete for the national championship beginning in the 2024 season. A new era of college football is about to begin. I look forward to it.”

“This is a great day for college football,” said Mark Keenum, President of Mississippi State University and chairman of the CFP Board of Managers. “I’m glad we are able to follow through and launch the expanded playoff early. It’s very exciting for schools, alumni and everyone involved.”

Members of the CFP Board of Managers include Tim Caboni – Conference USA (President, Western Kentucky); Jim Clements – Atlantic Coast Conference (President, Clemson); Gordon Gee – Big 12 Conference (President, West Virginia); Jack Hawkins – Sun Belt Conference (President, Troy); Rev. John Jenkins – President, Notre Dame (Independent); Kristina Johnson – Big Ten Conference (President, Ohio State); Mark Keenum (chair) – Southeastern Conference (President, Mississippi State); Kirk Schulz – Pacific-12 Conference (President, Washington State); Satish Tripathi – Mid-American Conference (President, Buffalo); Gerald Turner – American Athletic Conference (President, SMU); Keith Whitfield – Mountain West Conference (President, UNLV).

For more information on the CFP, visit CollegeFootballPlayoff.com.

CFB Playoff

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, Vrbo Fiesta Bowl, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Capital One Orange Bowl, Allstate Sugar Bowl and Rose Bowl Game.

This season’s Playoff Semifinals will take place Saturday, December 31, 2022, at the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. The Los Angeles region will host the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday, January 9, 2023, at SoFi Stadium.