Tide Continues to Roll, Irish Moves Up Into Top Four

Draft Insiders’ and Coaches Top 25 Teams – Week Eight
Tide Rolls, Irish Moves Up Into Top Four

    LSU and Michigan Join Top Ten Rankings
Four Top Ten Clubs Lose to Shuffle Polls

Players of Week
Offense – QB Jarrett Guarantano – Tennessee
Defense – S Khari Willis – Michigan St

Team of the Week – LSU beats Georgia, Oregon beats Washington
Upset of the Week – Iowa St beats West Virginia,

Games of Week Eight – Florida (6-1) vs Georgia (6-1) at Jacksonville,
North Carolina St (4-2) at Clemson (6-0), Michigan (6-1) at Michigan St (4-2)

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Draft Insiders’ – Top 25 Teams – Week Eight

Rank/ Team/ Record
1 Alabama – 7-0
2 Ohio St – 7-0
3 Clemson – 6-0
4 Notre Dame – 7-0
6 LSU   – 6-1
7 UCF   – 6-0
8 Georgia – 6-1
9 Oklahoma – 5-1
10 Michigan – 6-1
11 Florida – 6-1
12 Texas – 6-1
13 Oregon – 5-1
14 North Carolina St – 5-0
15 West Virginia – 5-1
16 Cincinnati – 6-0
17 South Florida – 5-0
18 Washington – 5-2
19 Iowa – 5-1
20 Texas A&M – 4-2
21 Kentucky –   5-1
22 Michigan St – 4-2
23 Penn St – 4-2
24 Washington St – 5-1
25 Colorado – 5-1

Coaches Top 25 Poll

Rank/ Team / Record / Points
1 Alabama (61)  7-0        1597
2 Ohio State (1) 7-0        1518
3 Clemson (2)    6-0        1484
4 Notre Dame    7-0        1408
5 LSU   6-1        1303
6 Georgia          6-1        1163
7 Michigan        6-1        1149
8 Texas            6-1        1138
9 UCF   6-0        1034
10 Oklahoma    5-1        1019
11 Oregon        5-1        927
12 Florida         6-1        918
13 West Virginia            5-1        768
14 Washington  5-2        682
15 NC State      5-0        637
16 Penn State   4-2        604
17 Kentucky      5-1        589
18 Texas A&M  5-2        501
19 Wisconsin    4-2        399
20 South Florida            6-0        346
21 Cincinnati     6-0        248
22 Iowa 5-1        218
23 Washington State     5-1        211
24 Stanford      4-2        147
25 Colorado      5-1        141

Dropped from rankings: Miami 15, Auburn 21

Others receiving votes:  Miami 124, Mississippi State 110, Michigan State 98, San Diego State 71, Duke 60, Appalachian State 55, Utah State 33, Utah 32, USC 25, Houston 7, Fresno State 6, South Carolina 5, Army 4, Virginia 4, Auburn 4, Virginia Tech 3, North Texas 3, Iowa State 3, Boston College 1, UAB 1, Texas Tech 1, Buffalo 1




Draft Insiders’ and Coaches Top 25 Teams

Draft Insiders’ and Coaches Top 25 Teams – Week Seven

Tide Rolls, Irish Moves Into Top Five
Clemson, Georgia & Ohio St Win
Big Matchups for Week Seven

Players of Week
Offense – RB Dexter Williams – Notre Dame
Defense – LB Josh Allen – Kentucky

Team of the Week – Florida beats LSU, Texas Wins Red River Battle with Oklahoma
Games of Week Seven – Georgia (6-0) at LSU (5-1), Washington (5-1) at Oregon (4-1)

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Top 25 Teams – Week Seven

Rank/ Team/ Record
1 Alabama –      6-0
2 Clemson –      6-0
3 Georgia –        6-0
4 Ohio St –        6-0
5 Notre Dame – 6-0
6 West Virginia – 5-0
7 Penn St –        4-1
8 Washington – 5-1
9 LSU   – 5-1
10 UCF – 5-0
11 Oklahoma – 5-1
12 Oregon –      4-1
13 Wisconsin – 4-1
14 Florida – 5-1
15 Michigan –    5-1
16 Texas – 5-1
17 Miami – 5-1
18 South Florida – 5-0
19 Kentucky –   5-1
20 North Carolina St – 5-0
21 Colorado –    5-0
22 Stanford –     4-2
23 Auburn –       4-2
24 Texas A&M – 4-2
25 Cincinnati – 6-0

Coaches Top 25 Poll

Rank/ Team / Record / Points
1 Alabama (61)  6-0        1597
2 Georgia          6-0        1496
3 Ohio State (1) 6-0        1476
4 Clemson (2)    6-0        1433
5 Notre Dame    6-0        1348
6 West Virginia  5-0        1249
7 Washington    5-1        1148
8 Penn State     4-1        1136
9 UCF   5-0        932
10 Wisconsin    4-1        916
11 Oklahoma    5-1        903
12 LSU 5-1        858
13 Michigan      5-1        86
14 Texas           5-1        833
15 Miami           5-1        657
16 Florida         5-1        633
17 Oregon        4-1        558
18 Colorado      5-0        513
19 NC State      5-0        413
20 Kentucky      5-1        381
21 Auburn         4-2        357
22 Texas A&M  4-2        205
23 South Florida            5-0        185
24 Stanford      4-2        156
25 Cincinnati     6-0        133

Dropped from rankings: Michigan State 19, Oklahoma State 21, Virginia Tech 23, Boise State 24

Others receiving votes: Washington State 113, Iowa 89, Mississippi State 67, Appalachian State 38, TCU 33, San Diego State 25, Utah 12, Utah State 11, South Carolina 10, Duke 8, Troy 8, Syracuse 6, Hawai’i 6, Boise State 6, Virginia Tech 2, Michigan State 1, Army 1, UAB 1, Fresno State 1




Draft Insiders’ and Coaches Top 25 Teams – Week Five

Tide Rolls, Irish Wins vs Stanford
Ohio St Comes Back to Beat Penn St

Top Teams Remain Unbeaten
Big Matchups for Week Five

Players of Week
Offense – RB Travis Etienne – Clemson
Defense – DT Jerry Tillery – Notre Dame

Team of the Week – Ohio St beats Penn St, Kentucky beats Mississippi St
Games of Week Six – Oregon (3-1) at Washington (4-1)

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Draft Insiders’ – Top 25 Teams – Week Five
Rank/ Team/ Record

1 Alabama –      5-0
2 Clemson –      5-0
3 Georgia –        5-0
4 Ohio St –        5-0
5 Oklahoma –    5-0
6 LSU   – 5-0
7 Notre Dame – 5-0
8 West Virginia – 4-0
9 Penn St –        4-1
10 Stanford –     4-1
11 Washington – 4-1
12 Auburn –       4-1
13 Kentucky –   5-0
14 UCF – 4-0
15 Oregon –      4-1
16 Wisconsin – 3-1
17 Florida – 4-1
18 Miami – 4-1
19 Michigan –    4-1
20 Oklahoma St – 4-1
21 Michigan St –            3-1
22 Texas – 4-1
23 North Carolina St   4-0
24 Colorado –    4-0
25 Virginia Tech – 3-1

Coaches Top 25 Poll
Rank/ Team / Record / Points

1 Alabama (61)  5-0        1597
2 Georgia          5-0       1490
3 Ohio State (1) 5-0        1467
4 Clemson (2)    5-0        1417
5 Oklahoma      5-0        1313
6 LSU   5-0        1285
7 Notre Dame    5-0        1246
8 West Virginia  4-0        1055
9 Auburn           4-1        1049
10 Washington  4-1        1027
11 Penn State   4-1        1002
12 Wisconsin    3-1        797
13 UCF 4-0        763
14 Stanford      4-1        753
15 Kentucky      5-0        690
16 Michigan      4-1        627
17 Miami           4-1        587
18 Oregon        4-1        453
19 Michigan State         3-1        376
20 Texas           4-1        342
21 Oklahoma State        4-1        255
22 Colorado      4-0        170
23 Virginia Tech            3-1        167
24 Boise State  3-1        160
25 NC State      4-0        121

Dropped from rankings: Mississippi State 19, Duke 23

Others receiving votes: South Florida 109, Florida 105, Syracuse 48, Washington State 43, Cincinnati 42, TCU 40, Appalachian State 34, Texas A&M 31, Iowa 23, Missouri 21, Maryland 14, Mississippi State 13, USC 10, San Diego State 9, Boston College 9, Arizona State 8, South Carolina 6, Troy 5, California 5, Duke 5, BYU 4, Army 4, Louisiana Tech 2, Fresno State 1




Tide Pounds Texas A&M to Hold #1 Ranking

Draft Insiders’ and Coaches Top 25 Teams – Week Five

Tide Pounds Texas A&M to Hold #1 Ranking

Top Ten Teams Remain Unbeaten
Big Matchups for Week Five

Players of Week
Offense – QB Wes Grier – West Virginia
Defense – DE Oshane Ximines – Old Dominion

Team of the Week – Old Dominion beats Virginia Tech 49-35, Stanford beats Oregon 38-31 in OT
Games of Week Five – Stanford (4-0) at Notre Dame (4-0), Ohio St (4-0) at Penn St (4-0)
 
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Top 25 Teams – Week Four
Rank/ Team/ Record

1 Alabama –      4-0
2 Clemson –      4-0
3 Georgia –        4-0
4 Ohio St –        4-0
5 Oklahoma –    4-0
6 LSU   – 4-0
7 Stanford –       4-0
8 Notre Dame – 4-0
9 Penn St –        4-0
10 West Virginia –          3-0
11 Washington –            3-1
12 Auburn –       3-1
13 Kentucky        –     4-0
14 UCF –           3-0
15 Oregon –      3-1
16 Wisconsin – 3-1
17 Mississippi St – 3-1
18 Miami – 3-1
19 Michigan –    3-1
20 Oklahoma St –          3-1
21 Michigan St –            2-1
22 Duke – 4-0
23 Texas – 3-1
24 Boise St –     2-1
25 Virginia Tech – 2-1

Coaches Top 25 Poll
Rank/ Team / Record / Points

1 Alabama (61)  4-0        1597     —
2 Clemson (2)    4-0        1497     —
3 Georgia          4-0        1473     —
4 Ohio St (1)      4-0        1431     —
5 Oklahoma      4-0        1300     —
6 LSU   4-0        1234     —
7 Stanford        4-0        1206     —
8 Notre Dame    4-0        1135     —
9 Penn State     4-0        1108     —
10 Auburn         3-1        997       1
11 Washington  3-1        959       1
12 West Virginia            3-0        946       1
13 Wisconsin    3-1        776       3
14 UCF 3-0        705       4
15 Michigan      3-1        603       6
16 Miami           3-1        554       4
17 Kentucky      4-0        531       NR
18 Michigan State         2-1        376       5
19 Mississippi State      3-1        311       5
20 Oregon        3-1        281       1
21 Oklahoma State        3-1        199       6
22 Texas           3-1        171       NR
23 Duke            4-0        170       NR
24 Virginia Tech            2-1        160       14
25 Boise State  2-1        145       1

Dropped from rankings: TCU 17, Texas A&M 22, Boston College 25
Others receiving votes: BYU 141, South Florida 113, Syracuse 83, Colorado 73, TCU 67, NC State 61, Texas Tech 56, South Carolina 52, California 38, Washington State 34, Florida 29, Texas A&M 29, Appalachian State 25, Iowa 23, Cincinnati 22, North Texas 17, Missouri 14, Maryland 9, Boston College 8, USC 8, Arizona State 8, San Diego State 6, Troy 5, Army 4, Arkansas State 3, Virginia 3, Utah 2, Buffalo 2

 




‘Bama Holds #1 Ranking – Top Ten Teams Remain Unbeaten

Draft Insiders’ and Coaches Top 25 Teams – Week Four
‘Bama Bombs Ole Miss for #1 Ranking – Top Ten Teams Remain Unbeaten

Players of Week

Offense – QB Kyler Murray – Oklahoma
Defense – Ohio St defense
Special Teams – Mecole Hardman

Team of the Week – LSU beats Auburn 22-21
Game of Week Four – Stanford (3-0) at Oregon (3-0)

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 Draft Insiders’ – Top 25 Teams – Week Four

Rank/ Team/ Record
1 Alabama –      3-0
2 Clemson –      3-0
3 Georgia –        3-0
4 Ohio St –        3-0
5 Oklahoma –    3-0
6 LSU   – 3-0
7 Stanford –       3-0
8 West Virginia –  2-0
9 Notre Dame – 3-0
10 Penn St –      3-0
11 Washington –   2-1
12 Auburn – 2-1
13 TCU –     2-1
14 Mississippi St – 3-0
15 Oregon –      3-0
16 Wisconsin – 2-1
17 Virginia Tech – 2-0
18 Miami –   2-1
19 Michigan –    2-1
20 UCF –  2-0
21 Oklahoma St – 3-0
22 Michigan St –   1-1
23 Texas A&M – 2-1
24 Boise St –  2-1
25 Boston College –  3-0

 Coaches Top 25 Poll

Rank/ Team / Record / Points
1 Alabama (60) –           3-0 –     1572
2 Clemson (2) – 3-0 –     1477
3 Georgia –        3-0 –     1436
4 Ohio St (1) –   3-0 –     1405
5 Oklahoma –    3-0 –     1339
6 LSU – 3-0 –     1171
7 Stanford –       3-0  –    1116
8 Notre Dame – 3-0 –     1083
9 Penn State –   3-0 –     1070
10 Virginia Tech –          2-0 –     927
11 Auburn –       2-1 –     921
12 Washington –            2-1 –     909
13 West Virginia –          2-0 –     824
14 Mississippi St – 3-0 –  780
15 Oklahoma St – 3-0 –  672
16 Wisconsin –  2-1 –     626
17 TCU –           2-1 –     508
18 UCF – 2-0  –  500
19 Oregon –      3-0 –     384
20 Miami –         2-1 –     373
21 Michigan –    2-1 –     354
22 Texas A&M – 2-1 –    150
23 Michigan St – 1-1 –    141
24 Boise St –     2-1 –     114
25 Boston College – 3-0 –           109

Dropped from rankings: USC 21, Arizona State 25

Others receiving votes: Kentucky 98, Duke 55, South Florida 45, Colorado 41, South Carolina 40, Iowa 36, Washington State 35, BYU 30, Missouri 21, NC State 19, Appalachian State 13, Syracuse 11, California 11, Utah 10, Cincinnati 10, Texas 9, North Texas 5, Troy 4, Minnesota 3, Florida 3, Arizona State 3, San Diego State 3, Vanderbilt 2, Houston 2, Tennessee 2, Arkansas State 2, Fresno State 1




‘Bama Holds #1 Ranking – Enters SEC Schedule

Draft Insiders and AP Top 25 Teams – Week Three

Bama Holds #1 Ranking – Enters SEC Schedule

Players of Week
Offense – QB Steven Montez – Colorado / Jonathan Taylor – Wisconsin
Defense – DE Clelin Ferrell – Clemson

 Team of the Week – Kentucky – win over Florida
Game of Week Three – LSU at Auburn

Top 25 Teams – Week Three
  Rank/ Team/ Record
1 Alabama –      2-0
2 Clemson –      2-0
3 Georgia –        2-0
4 Wisconsin –    2-0
5 Auburn –         2-0
6 Ohio St –        2-0
7 Oklahoma –    2-0
8 Stanford –       2-0
9 Notre Dame – 2-0
10 West Virginia –          2-0
11 LSU – 2-0
12 Washington –            1-1
13 Penn St –      2-0
14 TCU         –     2-0
15 Mississippi St – 2-0
16 Virginia Tech – 2-0
17 Miami                –   1-1
18 Michigan –    1-1
19 Oregon –      2-0
20 USC         –   1-1
21 UCF –           2-0
22 Oklahoma St –          2-0
23 Michigan St –            1-1
24 Boise St –     2-0
25 Arizona St – 2-0

AP Top 25 Preseason
Rank/ Team / Record / Points

1 Alabama (54)  2-0 –     1517
2 Clemson (6)    2-0 –     1430
3 Georgia          2-0 –     1407
4 Ohio State      2-0 –     1288
5 Oklahoma      2-0 –     1263
6 Wisconsin (1) 2-0 –     1227
7 Auburn           2-0 –     1224
8 Notre Dame    2-0 –     1022
9 Stanford        2-0 –     992
10 Washington  1-1 –     884
11 Penn State   2-0 –     836
12 LSU 2-0 –     830
13 Virginia Tech            2-0 –     794
14 West Virginia            2-0 –     793
15 TCU 2-0 –     678        1
16 Mississippi State      2-0 –     654
17 Boise State  2-0 –     500
18 UCF 2-0 –     494
19 Michigan      1-1 –     385
20 Oregon        2-0 –     301
21 Miami           1-1 –     299
22 USC 1-1 –     250
23 Arizona State            2-0 –     139
24 Oklahoma State        2-0 –     119
25 Michigan State         1-1 –     104

Dropped from rankings: South Carolina 24, Florida 25

Others receiving votes: Utah 92, Texas A&M 90, Boston College 45, Houston 32, Maryland 30, Colorado 25, Iowa 23, Kentucky 19, Duke 10, NC State 9, Ole Miss 5, Hawai’i 5, Washington State 4, South Florida 3, South Carolina 2, Florida State 1




2018 Draft Insiders’ Preseason All-America Teams

2018 Draft Insiders’ Preseason All-America Teams
Frank Coyle/ Publisher – Head Scout

First Team

Offense
QB Will Grier – West Virginia, Senior
RB Bryce Love – Stanford, Senior
RB Jonathan Taylor – Wisconsin, Sophomore
WR A.J. Brown – Ole Miss, Junior
WR David Sills V – West Virginia, Senior
TE Noah Fant – Iowa, Junior
C Ross Pierschbacher – Alabama, Senior
OL David Edwards – Wisconsin, Redshirt junior
OL Jonah Williams – Alabama, Junior
OL Mitch Hyatt – Clemson, Senior
OL Trey Adams – Washington, Senior

Defense
DE Nick Bosa – Ohio State, Junior
DE Clelin Ferrell – Clemson, Junior
DT Ed Oliver – Houston, Junior
DT Christian Wilkins – Clemson, Senior
LB Devin White – LSU, Junior
LB Cameron Smith – USC, Senior
LB Devin Bush – Michigan, Junior
CB Greedy Williams – LSU, Sophomore
CB Byron Murphy – Washington, Sophomore
S Taylor Rapp – Washington, Junior
S D’Cota Dixon – Wisconsin, Senior

Special Teams
PK Matt Gay- Utah, Senior
P Mitch Wishnowsky – Utah, Senior
KR Tony Pollard – Memphis, Redshirt junior
PR KaVonte Turpin -TCU, Senior
All-Purpose – Deebo Samuel – South Carolina, Redshirt senior

Preseason All-America Second Team
Offense
QB Khalil Tate – Arizona, Junior
RB Rodney Anderson – Oklahoma, Junior
RB Damien Harris – Alabama, Senior
WR N’Keal Harry – Arizona State, Junior
WR Anthony Johnson – Buffalo, Redshirt senior
TE Albert Okwuegbunam – Missouri, Redshirt sophomore
C Toa Lobendahn – USC, Redshirt senior
OL Greg Little – Ole Miss, Junior
OL Dalton Risner – Kansas State, Redshirt senior
OL Beau Benzschawel – Wisconsin, Redshirt senior
OL Martez Ivey – Florida, Senior

Defense
DL Rashan Gary – Michigan, Junior
DL Dexter Lawrence – Clemson, Junior
DL Jeffery Simmons – Mississippi State, Junior
DL Raekwon Davis – Alabama, Junior
LB Porter Gustin – USC, Senior
LB T.J. Edwards – Wisconsin, Redshirt senior
LB Josh Allen – Kentucky, Senior
CB Deandre Baker – Georgia, Senior
B Iman Marshall – USC, Senior
S Lukas Denis – Boston College, Senior
S Jaquan Johnson – Miami, Senior

Special Teams
K Rodrigo Blankenship – Georgia, Redshirt junior
P Corey Fatony – Missouri, Senior
KR Deebo Samuel – South Carolina, Redshirt senior
PR Richaud Floyd – Missouri, Redshirt junior
AP Diontae Johnson – Toledo, Redshirt junior




Draft Insiders’ Ranks ‘Bama #1 to Defend National Title

Draft Insiders’ Ranks ‘Bama #1 to Defend National Title

Three SEC Teams in Top 6 Rankings

Draft Insiders’ and the Associated Press Top 25 Teams

Draft Insiders’ – Top 25 Preseason
Rank/ Team/ Record

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

AP Top 25 Preseason

Rank/ Team / Record / Points

1 Alabama – (42)            0-0        1505     —
2 Clemson – (18)            0-0        1476     —
3 Georgia –        0-0        1350     —
4 Wisconsin – (1)           0-0        1271     —
5 Ohio St –        0-0        1256     —
6 Washington – 0-0        1215     —
7 Oklahoma –    0-0        1173     —
8 Miami – 0-0      1027     —
9 Auburn –         0-0        1013     —
10 Penn St –      0-0        1012     —
11 Michigan St –            0-0        877       —
12 Notre Dame  – 0-0      804       —
13 Stanford –     0-0        778       —
14 Michigan –    0-0        773       —
15 USC – 0-0      543       —
16 TCU – 0-0      533       —
17 West Virginia –          0-0        511       —
18 Mississippi St –         0-0        450       —
19 Florida St –   0-0        384       —
20 Virginia Tech –          0-0        351       —
21 UCF – 0-0      312       —
22 Boise St –     0-0        292       —
23 Texas –        0-0        216       —
24 Oregon –      0-0        148       —
25 LSU – 0-0      106       —

Others receiving votes: South Carolina 96, Florida 68, Utah 60, Oklahoma State 51, Florida Atlantic 38, Arizona 28, NC State 22, Texas A&M 21, Boston College 18, Northwestern 13, Kansas State 10, Iowa State 8, Houston 6, Memphis 3, Iowa 2, Troy 2, Fresno State 1, Arkansas State 1,




College Top 25 Preseason Poll

College Top 25 Preseason Poll

Coaches Poll
Rank/ Team / Record/ Points

1 Alabama (61) 0-0 1621
2 Clemson (3) 0-0 1547
3 Ohio St (1) 0-0 1458
4 Georgia 0-0 1452
5 Oklahoma 0-0 1288
6 Washington 0-0 1245
7 Wisconsin 0-0 1243
8 Miami 0-0 1091
9 Penn St 0-0 1050
10 Auburn 0-0 1004

Draft Insiders will post our Top 25 Rankings in late August

11 Notre Dame 0-0 892
12 Michigan St 0-0 870
13 Stanford 0-0 768
14 Michigan 0-0 752
15 USC 0-0 691
16 TCU 0-0 530
17 Virginia Tech 0-0 524
18 Mississippi St 0-0 407
19 Florida St 0-0 328
20 West Virginia 0-0 310
21 Texas 0-0 265
22 Boise St 0-0 261
23 UCF 0-0 259
24 LSU 0-0 254
25 Oklahoma St 0-0 168

Others receiving votes: South Carolina 138, Florida 135, Oregon 105, Utah 81, Texas A&M 67, Northwestern 67, Kansas State 35, Florida Atlantic 27, Memphis 23, Boston College 23, NC State 22, Arkansas State 19, Troy 19, Appalachian State 16, San Diego State 15, Kentucky 8, Iowa State 8, Iowa 8, Washington State 7, South Florida 6, Duke 5, Fresno State 4, Louisville 3, Arizona 2, Houston 2, Army 1, Northern Illinois 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 25 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year-round basis related to NFL and College football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites, in addition to several fantasy football sites.




#3 Georgia (13-1) vs #4 Alabama (13-1) – CFP National Championship

RB Nick Chubb - Georgia
RB Nick Chubb – Georgia

#3 Georgia (13-1) vs #4 Alabama (13-1)
CFP National Championship
Mercedes-Benz Stadium – Atlanta, Ga 8 pm – ESPN

The CFP national championship game tonight in Atlanta will feature two SEC teams, Alabama and Georgia. It is only the second time two teams from the same conference will play for the national title. Alabama is going for its 5th national title under HC Nick Saban since 2009 and third in a row. They won in 2016 vs Clemson only to lose to the Tigers last year. Georgia under former Saban assistant Kirby Smart will be attempting to win the national title for the first time since 1980.

The two SEC powers did not play during the 2017 or 2016 seasons or postseason. The last meeting between the SEC powers was early 2015 with Alabama prevailing with a 38-10 victory.

This game will feature strong running back tandems, in Alabama juniors Damien Harris and Bo Scarbrough vs the Georgia Bulldog dynamic senior duo of Nick Chubb and Sony Michel. Both clubs like to run the ball to set up their young QBs. Bama soph QB Jalen Hurts has been a veteran of big games starting two years in the SEC and playing in his second national title clash. His two-year record of 26-2 rivals any young leader in recent years. His ability to run and make plays with his feet has been a difference maker in many big games. He ran for 808 yards in 2017 and 8 TDs, complimenting the Tide tandem of Scarbrough and Harris. Hurts has thrown for 17 TD passes and just 1 interception. The Bulldog tandem of Chubb and Michel has rushed for an FBS career record of 8259 yards, a remarkable achievement despite some key injuries. This game also features two top ten defenses who have peaked over the late 2017 season except for a select subpar efforts, Alabama vs Auburn and Georgia vs Oklahoma in the semi finals.

Georgia features true freshman Jake Fromm who is coming off a great comeback victory over Oklahoma 54-48 in double OT. He is the first true freshman to start in the national title game in over 30 years. The OT win over the Sooners was the worst game of the season for the Bulldogs defense who had not allowed more than 28 points in any game prior to the semi-finals. Georgia defense is led by junior OLBs Roquan Smith and Lorenzo Carter who must make big plays for the Bulldogs to be successful.

The Bama defense has allowed over 20 points a game only three times this season and is coming off a pounding of Clemson 24-6 where they dominated the line of scrimmage for 60 minutes. Their front seven has been dominant and will fully challenge the Bulldog line. Bama looks to stop the run first and will load the box to stuff the Georgia duo of Chubb and Michel. They hope to force the young QB Fromm to win the game from the pocket. DT Da’Ron Payne is an anchor in the middle that allows the endless group of Bama linebackers to flow to the ball. The defensive group is young, but has matured nicely over the 2017 season with over half the unit underclassmen. Saban rotates as many as 15-18 defenders to play his multiple packages that have been instrumental in his blitz packages and base defense.

Saban looks to get an early lead, similar to this recent Clemson victory behind a strong ground game and mobile QB that dictates field position with good ball security. His defense rules the line of scrimmage while his zone coverage schemes takes away big plays. Look to Saban to force Georgia freshman QB Fromm to win from the pocket operating from behind a power Tide ground game. It has been a prescription for the Tide to win numerous big games. Bama wins its fifth national title since 2009 under Nick Saban.

Alabama 27 Georgia 10