College Football Monday – Week 5

College Football Monday – Week 5

Bama, Georgia & Oregon Remain Undefeated
Top Clubs Win Mismatches
SEC Posts 9 Teams in Top 25 Rankings

Top 25 Teams

Team of Week –  Arkansas over Texas A&M 20-10

Upset of the Week – North Carolina St over Clemson 27-21

Offensive Player of Week– WR Treylon Burks – Arkansas
Defensive Player of Week – DT Haskell Garrett – Ohio St
Special Teams Player of the Week – PR Jayden Reed – Michigan St
 
Upcoming Key Weekly Matchups – 10/2
   #9 Arkansas (4-0) at #2 Georgia (4-0)
   #7 Notre Dame (4-0) at #6 Cincinnati (3-0)

 DraftInsiders.com   Top 25 Rankings

Rank / Team               Record               

 1 Alabama                      4-0                   
2 Georgia                       4-0       
3 Oregon                        4-0                   
4 Oklahoma                  4-0                   
5 Iowa                             4-0                   
6 Notre Dame               4-0                   
7 Cincinnati                  3-0
8 Penn State                 4-0                   

9 Arkansas                    4-0                   
10 Texas A&M              3-1                   
11 Florida                       3-1                   
12 Ole Miss                    3-0                   
13 Ohio State                3-1                   
14 Oklahoma State       4-0                   
15 Michigan State        4-0                   
16 BYU                           4-0                   
17 Michigan                   4-0                   
18 Fresno State            4-1       
19 Coastal Carolina      4-0                   
20 Auburn                      3-1                   
21 Kentucky                  4-0                   
22 Clemson                   2-2                   
23 UCLA                         3-1
24 Baylor                      4-0                   
25 Wake Forest           4-0                   

 Coaches Poll

Rank / Team                 Record / Pts     
 
1 Alabama (64)             4-0        1624    
2 Georgia         (1)         4-0        1558    
3 Oregon                        4-0        1467    
4 Oklahoma                  4-0        1395    
5 Iowa                             4-0        1319    
6 Penn State                  4-0        1286    
7 Notre Dame               4-0        1187    
8 Cincinnati                  3-0        1185    
9 Florida                        3-1        1101    
10 Ohio State               3-1        1030    
11 Arkansas                  4-0        1016    
12 Ole Miss                   3-0        916      
13 Texas A&M              3-1        744      
14 Michigan                 4-0        674      
15 BYU                           4-0        670      
16 Michigan State        4-0        583      
17 Coastal Carolina     4-0        583      
18 Oklahoma State      4-0        459      
19 Clemson                    2-2        389      
20 UCLA                        3-1        312      
21 Fresno State           4-1        251      
22 Auburn                    3-1        244      
23 Kentucky                 4-0        179      
24 Baylor                     4-0        134      
25 Wake Forest            4-0        119      
 
Complete Rankings
 
Others receiving votes: Texas 101, Boston College 91, NC State 70, San Diego State 69, Maryland 59, Wisconsin 56, SMU 54, Virginia Tech 39, LSU 36, Iowa State 31, Army 23, Arizona State 12, UTSA 11, Liberty 11, North Carolina 10, UCF 9, Oregon State 7, Appalachian State 3, Louisiana 3, Louisville 2, Indiana 2, Wyoming 1
 
Dropped from rankings: Iowa State 14, Wisconsin 15, North Carolina 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.




College Football Monday – Week 3 – Top 25 Teams

College Football Monday – Week 3
Conference Play Opens for Big 5 Schedules
SEC has 4 Teams in Top 10 and 7 in Top 25 Rankings

Top 25 Rankings

Bama and Georgia Roll for Top Two Rankings
Oregon and Iowa Win Key Interconference Matchups

Team of Week – Iowa
 
Upsets of the Week –
   Oregon over Ohio St 35-28
   BYU over Utah – 26-17

Offensive Player of Week – RB C.J. Verdell – Oregon
Defensive Player of Week – DB Matt Hankins – Iowa

 Upcoming Key Weekly Matchups – 9/18
   #1 Alabama @ #11 Florida
#22 Auburn @ #10 Penn St.

 

DraftInsiders.com – Top 25 Teams

Rank / Team               Record               
1 Alabama                      2-0                   
2 Georgia                       2-0       
3 Oklahoma                   2-0                   
4 Oregon                        2-0                   
5 Texas A&M                 2-0                   
6 Iowa                             2-0                   
7 Clemson                      1-1                   
8 Cincinnati                  2-0                   
9 Florida                        2-0                   
10 Notre Dame            2-0                   
11 Ohio State                1-1                   
12 Penn State               2-0                   
13 UCLA                         2-0                   
14 Virginia Tech         2-0                   
15 Iowa State               1-1                   
16 Ole Miss                   2-0                   
17 Wisconsin                1-1                   
18 Auburn                     2-0                   
19 Coastal Carolina    2-0                   
20 North Carolina       1-1                   
21 Oklahoma State      2-0                   
22 Arizona State          2-0                   
23 Arkansas                  2-0                   
24 BYU                            2-0                   
25 Michigan                  2-0                   
 

Coaches Poll

Rank / Team                 Record / Pts     
 1 Alabama (64)           2-0        1624    
2 Georgia (1)                2-0        1558    
3 Oklahoma                  2-0        1454    
4 Oregon                        2-0        1356    
5 Texas A&M                2-0        1307    
6 Clemson                     1-1        1279    
7 Iowa                            2-0        1165    
8 Cincinnati                 2-0        1114    
9 Florida                       2-0        1095    
10 Notre Dame           2-0        1059    
11 Ohio State               1-1        1041    
12 Penn State              2-0        995      
13 UCLA                        2-0        787      
14 Iowa State              1-1        611      
15 Virginia Tech        2-0        591      
16 Ole Miss                   2-0        546      
17 Wisconsin                1-1        537      
18 Coastal Carolina   2-0        492      
19 North Carolina       1-1        300      
20 Auburn                     2-0        264      
21 Arizona State          2-0        246      
22 Oklahoma State    2-0        222      
23 BYU                            2-0        213      
24 Arkansas                 2-0        196      
25 Michigan                 2-0        180      
 

Others receiving votes: Miami 137, USC 99, UCF 65, Liberty 63, Michigan State 63, TCU 57, Pittsburgh 52, Kentucky 50, Utah 41, Texas 36, Kansas State 28, Indiana 28, LSU 26, Boston College 22, Nevada 18, Fresno State 13, SMU 10, Rutgers 10, Army 9, Mississippi State 9, Louisiana 9, San Diego State 9, Tulane 6, Maryland 6, NC State 5, San José State 5, Marshall 4, Virginia 4, Air Force 3, Stanford 3, UTSA 1, Memphis 1, Boise State 1

 Dropped from rankings: USC 14, Texas 15, Utah 18, Miami 24

 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.

 




College Football Monday – Week 1

College Football Monday – Week 1

Live Fans Ring in the New 2021 College Football Season

#1 Bama Rolls Over Miami
Georgia and Penn St. Post Strong Victories in Key Matchups

Teams of Week – Georgia and Penn St.
     Upset of the Week – UCLA over LSU – 38-27

Offensive Player of Week – QB Bryce Young – Alabama
Defensive Player of Week – DT Jordan Davis – Georgia
 
Upcoming Key Weekly Matchups – 9/11
        Oregon @ Ohio St, Iowa @ Iowa St.

Legendary Former HC Bobby Bowden Honored at Notre Dame- Florida St Opener
Irish Beat a Fired up Seminole Club in Overtime

The 2021 college football season is here with millions of avid fans finally getting to attend live games. America’s campuses were alive this Labor Day weekend with a wide range of games, many highly competitive games that had immediate impact on the top 25 rankings. Alabama stays the course with a strong victory, though other highly regarded clubs disappointed and either lost or struggled to hold off an opponent.

The Notre Dame-Florida St. matchup honored the passing of legendary former Seminole HC Bobby Bowden. The honoring of Bobby Bowden comes after his passing earlier this year at 91. Bowden was an outstanding coach who won two national titles and numerous ACC honors. He set a high standard at FSU and one of the true gentlemen in the sports who I am proud to call a friend. The game was a thriller as the Irish survived relinquishing an 18-point early lead to recover in overtime and win vs a charged-up FSU club. The closely contested game might bode well for the Seminoles this season after producing three consecutive sub .500 seasons.

#1 ranked Alabama opened with a powerful bashing of Miami behind new starting QB soph Bryce Young who threw for 4 TDs and 344 yards. Bama rolled despite half new starters many of offense. Miami was never in the game as the Tide posted over 500 yards on offense in an impressive opener.

HC Nick Sabin never losses a step despite the large roster turnover and plugs in the next SEC star. Young threw only 22 passes as a true freshman behind Mac Jones last season, though ran the Bama offense flawlessly vs Miami. The Tide has turned into a QB factory in recent years after years of savvy poised leaders with only average type athleticism and NFL talent. Currently, three recent young Bama QBs will start this week in the NFL, rookie Mac Jones and veterans Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts.

The Crimson Tide tough defense held Miami to just 88 yards rushing while picking off 2 passes in a dominant performance. They hold the #1 ranking off the strong opener and await their SEC opener in later September.

Both the Georgia-Clemson and Penn St – Wisconsin matchups were excellent games in a display of old-time college football centered around ground games, field position and strong defenses. The Georgia Clemson game featured two Heisman Trophy candidates in QBs, JT Daniels and DJ Uiagalelei. Both were harassed throughout the defensive struggle and neither were able to get comfortable in the pocket. Both few for less than 200 yards and 1 key interception. Neither ground game was impressive with Clemson being held to 2 yards. Georgia celebrated the huge win over a top 5 club, hoping to ride this momentum into the tough SEC schedule. This highly successful program has come up short vs the elite clubs that has kept them an also ran in the powerful SEC. Clemson was held to a pathetic 2 yards that put enormous pressure on their passing game.

The Penn St- Wisconsin matchup was reminiscent of a ’80 or ‘90s Big Ten classic. Both teams attempted to run with ball with little success. Wisconsin plays the old school game of run the ball and if it fails, continue to run the ball. They posted 174 yards on the ground and held an incredible 42:51 minutes to 17:09 advantage, though not able to total more than 10 points. Even the return of the Dance Around at the start of the 4th quarter could not generate more than a final FG in the 16-10 loss. Three turnovers killed the Badgers with the opportunistic Nittany Lion defense keeping them in the game until second half heroics pulled out the victory.

Ohio St-Minnesota. The Gophers gained a 14-10 halftime lead and had their eyes on a huge upside. The Buckeyes responded with a 35-point second half that sealed the 45-31 win. The Gophers lost star runner Mohamed Ibrahim to a knee injury that most likely ends his season and possibly his college career.

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, Thorpe, Nagurski, Lombardi, 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.




Bama, Oklahoma, Clemson & Ohio St Top Polls

Bama, Oklahoma, Clemson & Ohio St Top Polls

Draft Insiders’ & Coaches Top 25 Teams – Sept. 2nd

      Game of Week – Sept. 4th
#1 Alabama (0-0) vs # Miami (0-0) at Atlanta – 3 pm ABC

Top 25 Teams –  Draft Insiders’ –
 

Rank    Team        Record
1          Alabama            0-0
2          Oklahoma         0-0
3          Clemson            0-0
4          Ohio State         0-0
5          Georgia              0-0
6          Notre Dame      0-0
7          Texas A&M       0-0
8          Iowa State         0-0
9          North Carolina  0-0
10        Cincinnati          0-0
11        USC                     0-0
12        Florida               0-0
13        LSU                    0-0
14        Oregon               0-0
15        Wisconsin         0-0
16        Indiana              0-0
17        Iowa                   0-0
18        Miami                0-0
19        Texas                  0-0
20        Washington      0-0
21        Oklahoma State  0-0
22        Penn State           0-0
23        Louisiana             0-0
24        Coastal Carolina  0-0
25        Ole Miss               0-0

Coaches Poll

Rank    Team           Record   Pts
1          Alabama (63)      0-0        1621
2          Clemson              0-0        1508
3          Oklahoma (2)     0-0        1481
4          Ohio State          0-0        1435
5          Georgia               0-0        1386
6          Texas A&M        0-0        1286
7          Notre Dame       0-0        1139
8          Iowa State          0-0        1131
9          North Carolina  0-0        999
10        Cincinnati           0-0        979
11        Florida                 0-0        870
12        Oregon                0-0        842
13        LSU                     0-0        664
14        USC                     0-0        655
15        Wisconsin          0-0        654
16        Miami                0-0        575
17        Indiana              0-0        573
18        Iowa                  0-0        554
19        Texas                 0-0        427
20        Penn State        0-0        422
21        Washington         0-0        404
22        Oklahoma State   0-0        216
23        Louisiana              0-0        153
24        Coastal Carolina  0-0      150
25        Ole Miss                0-0        149

Others receiving votes: Utah 145, Northwestern 120, Arizona State 90, Auburn 84, Liberty 68, BYU 53, TCU 48, Michigan 30, UCF 29, NC State 27, Boise State 27, Kentucky 20, San José State 18, Army 13, Virginia Tech 9, Missouri 8, UCLA 7, Pittsburgh 6, Tulsa 6, Boston College 6, Ball State 5, Houston 5, SMU 4, Appalachian State 4, West Virginia 4, Arkansas 3, UAB 3, Nevada 2, Air Force 2, Mississippi State 2, Marshall 1, Florida State 1, California 1, Stanford 1




Top 25 Teams – Bama and Irish Top New Polls

Bama and Irish Top Polls

Draft Insiders’ & Coaches Top 25 Teams
Nov. 16th

Players of Week
Offense – WR Ty Fryfogle – Indiana
Defense – S Kyle Hamilton – Notre Dame

Team of the Week – Marshall
Upset of the Week – Tulsa

Game of Week – Nov. 20th
#9 Indiana (4-0) at #3 Ohio St. (3-0)    12 pm

Top 25 Teams
     Draft Insiders’

Rank/ Team/ Record
1 Alabama                     6-0
2 Notre Dame               8-0
3 Ohio State                  3-0
4 Clemson                     7-1
5 Florida                        5-1
6 Texas A&M                5-1
7 Cincinnati                   7-0
8 BYU                             8-0
9 Indiana                       4-0
10 Miami                       7-1
11 Oregon                      2-0
12 Oklahoma State      5-1
13 Marshall                   7-0
14 Georgia                     4-2
15 Wisconsin                2-0
16 Iowa State                5-2
17 Oklahoma                5-2
18 Coastal Carolina    7-0
19 USC                           2-0
20 Northwestern         4-0
21 Liberty                      8-0
22 Auburn                     4-2
23 Texas                        5-2
24 Tulsa                        4-1
25 Louisiana                 7-1

Coaches Poll
Rank/ Team/ Record/Points

1 Alabama (57) 6-0 – 1545
2 Notre Dame (3) 8-0 – 1468
3 Ohio State (2) 3-0 – 1430
4 Clemson 7-1 – 1349
5 Florida 5-1 – 1232
6 Texas A&M 5-1 – 1230
7 Cincinnati 7-0 – 1168
8 BYU 8-0 – 1100
9 Miami 7-1 – 987
10 Indiana 4-0 – 983
11 Georgia 4-2 – 879
12 Wisconsin 2-0 – 853
13 Oregon 2-0 – 849
14 Oklahoma State 5-1 -790
15 Marshall 7-0 – 572
16 Iowa State 5-2 – 543
17 Oklahoma 5-2 – 492
18 Coastal Carolina 7-0 – 485
19 USC 2-0 – 384
20 Northwestern 4-0 – 362
21 Auburn 4-2 – 317
22 Liberty 8-0 – 305
23 Texas 5-2 – 219
24 North Carolina 6-2 – 153
25 Louisiana 7-1 – 137

Complete Rankings
Others receiving votes: Tulsa 67, Utah 35, SMU 28, Appalachian State 24, Purdue 22, Missouri 19, Kentucky 19, Arkansas 13, Nevada 12, Army 11, San José State 11, Boise State 11, Memphis 10, Boston College 10, Maryland 10, Tennessee 6, Washington 4, Kansas State 3, Colorado 3

Dropped from rankings: SMU 19, Army 25




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.




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.

 

 




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.