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.

 

 

 




Draft Insiders’ & Coaches Top 25 Teams –

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

Clemson, Minnesota, Baylor & Ohio St Remain Unbeaten

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

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

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

Top 25 Teams
Draft Insiders’ – Frank Coyle

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

Coaches Top 25 Poll
Rank/    Team    / Record            PTS

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

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

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

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

 




FWAA Announces 2019 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List

FWAA Announces 2019 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List

92 Players Listed for Defensive Player of the Year Award

The Football Writers Association of America released its 2019 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List today, selecting 92 defensive standouts from 65 schools in all 10 Division I FBS conferences plus independents on a roster that includes four returning players from last season’s FWAA All-America team.

Grant Delpit, a junior safety from LSU, tops the list as the lone returning Bronko Nagurski Trophy finalist and FWAA first-team All-American from last season. Joining him on the list are three other returning 2018 FWAA second-team All-Americans in Virginia cornerback Bryce Hall, Michigan State defensive end Kenny Willekes, and Stanford cornerback Paulson Adebo.

Alabama leads the team count with four representatives – linebackers Anfernee Jennings and Dylan Moses, end Raekwon Davis and cornerback Trevon Diggs. In addition to Delpit, LSU boasts linebacker Jacob Phillips and cornerback Kristian Fulton on the list to tie Iowa State, Notre Dame and Penn State with three members each. There are 16 schools with two members on the list.

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. The FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club will announce five finalists for the 2019 Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Nov. 20.

The Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner will be chosen from those five finalists. 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. Committee members, by individual ballot, select the winner they regard as the best defensive player in college football.

This year’s watch list includes at least four players from eight of the 10 FBS conferences. The SEC (18) and Big Ten (15) have the most members and combine to make up more than one-third of the 92-man list. The ACC and Pac-12 (12 each) and Big 12 (11) also have double-digit representation, followed by the American Athletic (6), Independents (5), Conference USA (4), Mountain West (4), Mid-American (3) and Sun Belt (2). The list includes 36 linebackers, 28 backs, 21 ends and seven tackles.

2019 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Preseason Watch List (92)

DB DeMarkus Acy, Missouri                       DE Mustafa Johnson, Colorado
DB Paulson Adebo, Stanford                       DE Patrick Johnson, Tulane
DE Bradlee Anae, Utah                                LB Clay Johnston, Baylor
LB Rayshard Ashby, Virginia Tech            DB Brandon Jones, Texas
LB Joe Bachie, Michigan State                   LB Antonio Jones-Davis, NIU
DE JaQuan Bailey, Iowa State                    DE Khalid Kareem, Notre Dame
LB Markus Bailey, Purdue                           LB Nate Landman, Colorado
DB Essang Bassey, Wake Forest                 LB Sage Lewis, FIU
LB Shaun Bradley, Temple                          DT Ray Lima, Iowa State
DB Antoine Brooks Jr., Maryland             LB Bryan London II, Texas State
LB Jordyn Brooks, Texas Tech                   LB Jordan Mack, Virginia
DT Derrick Brown, Auburn                        DT Justin Madubuke, Texas A&M
DB Myles Bryant, Washington                  DB Kevin McGill, Eastern Michigan
DB Andre Cisco, Syracuse                          DB Josh Metellus, Michigan
DE Nick Coe, Auburn                                  LB Dylan Moses, Alabama
LB Carter Coughlin, Minnesota                LB Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma
DB Cameron Dantzler, Mississippi St      DE Julian Okwara, Notre Dame
DE Raekwon Davis, Alabama                    LB Micah Parsons, Penn State
DB Grant Delpit, LSU                                 LB Jacob Phillips, LSU
DB Trevon Diggs, Alabama                        LB Shaquille Quarterman, Miami
DE Victor Dimukeje, Duke                        DB J.R. Reed, Georgia
LB Troy Dye, Oregon                                  DB Elijah Riley, Army
LB Cooper Edmiston, Tulsa                      DB Amik Robertson, Louisiana Tech
DE A.J. Epenesa, Iowa                               LB Merlin Robertson, Arizona State
LB Jordan Fehr, Appalachian State        DE Alton Robinson, Syracuse
LB Paddy Fisher, Northwestern               LB Colin Schooler, Arizona
DB Jordan Fuller, Ohio State                   DT Jordon Scott, Oregon
DB Kristian Fulton, LSU                           LB Isaiah Simmons, Clemson
LB Lawrence Garner, Old Dominion       LB Marcel Spears, Iowa State
LB Cale Garrett, Missouri                         DB Caden Sterns, Texas
DE Jonathan Garvin, Miami                    LB Darrell Taylor, Tennessee
DE Joe Gaziano, Northwestern               LB Kyahva Tezino, San Diego State
DB Alohi Gilman, Notre Dame               DE Xavier Thomas, Clemson
DB Jeff Gladney, TCU                              LB Erroll Thompson, Mississippi State
DB Richie Grant, UCF                              DT Khyiris Tonga, BYU
DB A.J. Green, Oklahoma State             DE Jay Tufele, USC
DE Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State       LB Mykal Walker, Fresno State
DB Javon Hagan, Ohio                            DE Curtis Weaver, Boise State
DB Bryce Hall, Virginia                           LB Evan Weaver, California
LB Ky’el Hemby, Southern Miss           DB James Wiggins, Cincinnati
DB CJ Henderson, Florida                     DE Kenny Willekes, Michigan State
DB Lavert Hill, Michigan                        DT Marvin Wilson, Florida State
DE Wyatt Hubert, Kansas State            DT Robert Windsor, Penn State
LB Bryce Huff, Memphis                       LB David Woodward, Utah State
LB Anfernee Jennings, Alabama         DE Chase Young, Ohio State
DB Jaylon Johnson, Utah                     DE Jabari Zuniga, Florida

By conference: SEC 18, Big Ten 15, ACC 12, Pac-12 12, Big 12 11, American Athletic 6, Independents 5, Conference USA 4, Mountain West 4, Mid-American 3, Sun Belt 2.

By position: Linebackers 36, Backs 28, Ends 21, Tackles 7.

Players may be added or removed from the list before or during the season

The 25th Annual Bronko Nagurski Trophy Banquet will be held on Dec. 9 at the Charlotte Convention Center. In addition to the 2019 Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner’s announcement, the banquet will also celebrate former UCLA All-American Jerry Robinson, the recipient of the Bronko Nagurski Legends Award. Ohio State head coach Ryan Day is the keynote speaker.

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 (NCFAA), which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. Founded in 1997, the NCFAA and its 25 awards now boast over 800 recipients, dating to 1935. Visit ncfaa.org to learn more about the NCFAA.

About the Football Writers Association of America
Founded in 1941, the non-profit Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) consists of more than 1,300 members, including journalists, broadcasters, publicists and key executives in all areas of college football. Led by current President Matt Fortuna of The Athletic, longtime Executive Director Steve Richardson, and a board of veteran journalists, the association continues to grow and work to help college football prosper at all levels. Visit footballwriters.com for more information about the FWAA and its award programs.

Frank Coyle is a long-time scout with nationwide ties with NFL and college coaches, scouts and player agents. He has published draftinsiders.com for 28 years including a 250 page Yearbook with 300 in-depth scouting reports. Long-time scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game and member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards – Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 25+ years.

 




FWAA Announces 2019 Outland Trophy Watch List

FWAA Announces 2019 Outland Trophy Watch List

83 Players Listed for Nation’s Top Interior Lineman

The Football Writers Association of America has announced the preseason watch list for the 2019 Outland Trophy presented by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. This season’s list presents a rare wide-open field following the departure of all eight Outland Trophy semifinalists from a year ago and the return of only one FWAA All-American, offensive tackle Calvin Throckmorton of Oregon. The Ducks, along with Michigan, top the list with four selections among the 83 standout interior linemen representing all 10 Division I FBS conferences and independents.

Throckmorton, a senior from Bellevue, Wash., was a second-team FWAA All-American and is the lone member of the 2018 FWAA All-America Team on either interior line to return this season. He is joined by three teammates, center Jake Hanson, guard Shane Lemieux and defensive tackle Jordon Scott. Michigan has four members of its offensive front on the list – center Cesar Ruiz, guards Michael Onwenu and Ben Bredeson, and tackle Jon Runyan. Georgia has three players and 15 other schools have two representatives on the list of standouts.

University of Pittsburgh All-American Mark May, the 1980 Outland Trophy winner, will serve as the Outland Trophy #FightFlu ambassador for the upcoming season. May will make media appearances on behalf of the #FightFlu public awareness campaign to remind people to get their annual flu shots.

The recipient of the 74th Outland Trophy will be announced during ESPN’s The Home Depot College Football Awards on Dec. 12, live from the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. The official presentation to the winner will be made at the NFID Outland Trophy Awards Dinner sponsored by Werner Enterprises and produced by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee on Jan. 15, 2020. Up to eight semifinalists will be named on Nov. 20 in Omaha and three finalists for the award will be announced on Nov. 25.

Frank Coyle is a long-time scout with nationwide ties with NFL and college coaches, scouts and player agents. He has published draftinsiders.com for 29 years including a 250 page Yearbook with 300 in-depth scouting reports. Long-time scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game and member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards – Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 27 years.

Candidates may be added or removed during the season. The distribution of watch list candidates is spread well among the conferences, with the Big Ten and SEC leading the way with 13 each. The Big 12 and Pac-12 are just behind with 12 apiece, followed by the ACC with 10 as well as the American Athletic (6), Independents and Mountain West (4 each), and Conference USA, Mid-American and Sun Belt (3 each). The list includes 32 offensive tackles, 19 defensive tackles, 18 guards and 14 centers.

2019 Outland Trophy Preseason Watch List (83)

OT Trey Adams, Washington                             OG Shane Lemieux, Oregon
OT Hakeem Adeniji, Kansas                              DT Ray Lima, Iowa State
OL Tremayne Anchrum, Clemson                    OT Walker Little, Stanford
OG Jack Anderson, Texas Tech                        OT Abraham Lucas, Washington State
OT Mekhi Becton, Louisville                             DL James Lynch, Baylor
C Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin                                DT Justin Madubuike, Texas A&M
DT Ross Blacklock, TCU                                     DT Garrett Marino, UAB
DT Quinton Bohanna, Kentucky                       OT Colton McKivitz, West Virginia
OG Parker Braun, Texas                                     OG John Molchon, Boise State
OG Ben Bredeson, Michigan                             C Jimmy Morrissey, Pitt
DT Derrick Brown, Auburn                               OT Thayer Munford, Ohio State
OL Jake Brown, UCF                                          DT Larrell Murchison, N.C. State
C Levi Brown, Marshall                                      DT Lorenzo Neal, Purdue
C Cohl Cabral, Arizona State                             OT Jake Nelson, Nevada
OT Brady Christensen, BYU                              OT Lucas Niang, TCU
OT Ezra Cleveland, Boise State                         OT Marcus Norman, USF
DT Doug Costin, Miami                                      OG Michael Onwenu, Michigan
OT Coy Cronk, Indiana                                       OT Miles Pate, WKU
OG Navaughn Donaldson, Miami                     DT John Penisini, Utah
OT Liam Eichenberg, Notre Dame                   OT Benjamin Petrula, Boston College
OG Jovahn Fair, Temple                                     C Cesar Ruiz, Michigan
DT Leki Fotu, Utah                                              OT Jon Runyan, Michigan
DT Neville Gallimore, Oklahoma                      DT Jordon Scott, Oregon
C Jake Hanson, Oregon                                       C Zach Shackelford, Texas
C Bryce Harris, Toledo                                         OL Josh Sills, West Virginia
C Nick Harris, Washington                                 OG John Simpson, Clemson
OT Charlie Heck, North Carolina                      OT Rashawn Slater, Northwestern
OT Justin Herron, Wake Forest                         OG Logan Stenberg, Kentucky
C Creed Humphrey, Oklahoma                          OT Prince Tega Wanogho, Auburn
OT Robert Hunt, Louisiana                                OT Andrew Thomas, Georgia
OL Keith Ismael, San Diego State                     OT Calvin Throckmorton, Oregon
OT Alaric Jackson, Iowa                                     DT Khyiris Tonga, BYU
C Jordan Johnson, UCF                                     OG Tre’Vour Wallace-Sims, Missouri
OT Victor Johnson, Appalachian State           C Darryl Williams, Mississippi State
OT Josh Jones, Houston                                    DT Raequan Williams, Michigan State
OG Luke Juriga, Western Michigan                OT Jedrick Wills Jr., Alabama
OG Kirk  Kelley, Troy                                         OL Isaiah Wilson, Georgia
OL Solomon Kindley, Georgia                          DT Marvin Wilson, Florida State
DT Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina                   DT Robert Windsor, Penn State
OG Tommy Kraemer, Notre Dame                 OT Tristan Wirfs, Iowa
OG Gus Lavaka, Oregon State                         C Dustin Woodard, Memphis
OG Alex Leatherwood, Alabama

By conference: Big Ten 13, SEC 13, Big 12 12, Pac-12 12, ACC 10, American Athletic 6, Independents 4, Mountain West 4, Conference USA 3, Mid-American 3, Sun Belt 3.

By position: Offensive Tackles 32, Defensive Tackles 19, Offensive Guards 18, Centers 14.

Tackles, guards and centers are eligible for consideration Candidates may be added or removed during the season

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.

The Outland Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. Founded in 1997, the NCFAA and its 25 awards now boast over 800 recipients, dating to 1935. Visit ncfaa.org to learn more about the NCFAA.

The Outland Trophy, now in its 74th year, 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.

About the Football Writers Association of America
Founded in 1941, the non-profit Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) consists of more than 1,300 members, including journalists, broadcasters, publicists and key executives in all areas of college football. Led by current President Matt Fortuna of The Athletic, longtime Executive Director Steve Richardson, and a board of veteran journalists, the association continues to grow and work to help college football prosper at all levels. Visit footballwriters.com for more information about the FWAA and its award programs.




Clemson Wins National Championship

Draft Insiders’ and Coaches Final Top 25 Teams –
Clemson Wins Championship Game

Clemson Pounds Alabama to Win 2nd Title in Past Three Years

Players of Week
Offense – QB Trevor Lawrence – Clemson
Defense – DT Christian Wilkins – Clemson

Team of the Week – Clemson Bashes Alabama, 44-16

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Top 25 Teams – Final Rankings

Draft Insiders’ Rankings

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

Coaches Top 25 Poll

Rank/ Team / Record / Points
1 Clemson (63) – 15-0   1575
2 Alabama – 14-1 1512
3 Ohio State – 13-1 1416
4 Oklahoma – 12-2 1392
5 Notre Dame – 12-1 1294
6 Florida – 10-3 1177
7 LSU – 10-3 1170
8 Georgia – 11-3  1127
9 Texas – 10-4 1082
10 Washington State – 11-2 994
11 Kentucky – 0-3 931
12 UCF – 12-1 857
13 Washington – 10-4 790
14 Michigan – 10-3 762
15 Syracuse – 10-3   710
16 Texas A&M – 9-4  616
17 Penn State – 9-4 569
18 Fresno State – 12-2 489
19 Northwestern – 9-5  370
20 Army -11-2 331
21 Utah State – 11-2   248
22 West Virginia – 8-4   228
23 Cincinnati – 11-2  186
24 Boise State – 10-3 164
25 Iowa – 9-4 102

Complete Rankings
Others receiving votes: Mississippi State 101, Utah 72, Appalachian State 56, Stanford 38, Iowa State 29, Auburn 27, Oregon 18, Missouri 14, UAB 9, Georgia Southern 7, Virginia 5, Wisconsin 2, NC State 2, Troy 2, Duke 1

Dropped from rankings: Mississippi State 18, Utah 19