‘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)

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




Alabama and Clemson Impress in Opening Wins – Top 25 Teams

Draft Insiders and Associated Press  Top 25 Teams

Bama and Clemson Impress in Opening Wins

Players of the Week
Offense – QB Will Grier – West Virginia
Defense – DE Nick Bosa – Ohio St
Team of the Week – Auburn

Top 25 Teams – Week Two
Rank/ Team/ Record

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

AP Top 25 Preseason

Rank/ Team / Record / Points

1 Alabama (48)  1-0        1511     —
2 Clemson (12)  1-0        1467     —
3 Georgia          1-0        1350     —
4 Ohio State      1-0        1262     1
5 Wisconsin (1) 1-0        1258     1
6 Oklahoma      1-0        1251     1
7 Auburn           1-0        1236     2
8 Notre Dame    1-0        1080     4
9 Washington    0-1        870       3
10 Stanford      1-0        865       3
11 LSU             1-0        801       14
12 Virginia Tech            1-0        777       8
13 Penn State   1-0        768       3
14 West Virginia            1-0        762       3
15 Michigan State         1-0        684       4
16 TCU 1-0        632       —
17 USC 1-0        628       2
18 Mississippi State      1-0        538       —
19 UCF 1-0        407       2
20 Boise State  1-0        391       2
21 Michigan      0-1        318       7
22 Miami           0-1        241       14
23 Oregon        1-0        217       1
24 South Carolina          1-0        125       NR
25 Florida         1-0        89         NR
Dropped from rankings: Florida State 19, Texas 23

Others receiving votes: Utah 71, Oklahoma State 62, Boston College 31, Texas A&M 29, Northwestern 28, Maryland 12, Ole Miss 11, NC State 9, Florida State 8, Houston 6, Memphis 6, Washington State 6, Iowa State 4, Hawai’i 3, BYU 3, Iowa 3, Kansas State 3, Fresno State 1, Arkansas State 1




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.




It’s An All SEC National Title Game – Alabama vs Georgia

Jan. 8 – College Football Playoff National Championship Presented By AT&T
#2 Alabama (12-1) vs #1 Georgia (13-1) – 8 p.m. ESPN – Mercedes-Benz Stadium – Atlanta

It’s an all SEC national title final after the two conference powerhouses Alabama and Georgia took care of Clemson and Oklahoma. Alabama avenged losing the national title last year to Clemson and shutdown the Tigers offense consistently to enter the national title game again. The Tide methodically followed their game plan of sound field position, good ball security and tough defense. They controlled the line of scrimmage throughout and played flawlessly to stay in command from their opening score. It’s the same formula that the Crimson Tide has historically used to consistently win, especially in big game situations. It worked again and they are back in the national championship despite not playing in the SEC title game.

College Football Semi Final Playoffs
#3 Georgia 54 #2 Oklahoma 48
#4 Alabama 23 #1 Clemson 6

Photo – QB Baker Mayfield – Oklahoma

Georgia made an amazing comeback vs Oklahoma to overcome a game long deficit. Freshman QB Jake Fromm had a super clutch performance to makeup for another incredible effort by Heisman Trophy winner QB Baker Mayfield to win in double OT. The Bulldogs’ ground game was once again a dominant factor with seniors Nick Chubb and Sony Michele both pounding the ball, in addition to big plays. They kept Mayfield and the potent Sooner offense on the sidelines nicely through the second half of the game. Mayfield was unstoppable with laser like accuracy and keen decision making. This game can go instant classic off numerous clutch big plays. The Sooner defense must take the blame here as they failed to play sound defense in any respect. Poor tackling allowed Georgia to keep every drive alive and cut the margin to a one score game.

Both clubs, Alabama and Georgia enter the national title game with one loss. The only undefeated team in the nation is Central Florida who beat Auburn on New Years’ day. Ironically, Auburn beat both Alabama and Georgia during the regular season. They lost to Georgia in the SEC title game, which knocked them out of the top four clubs and semi-finals. Central Florida is one of the great stories of the year. HC Scott Frost remained with the club through the bowl season, despite signing as the new Nebraska coach in December. Frost was a star QB and safety there in the ‘90s and an ideal fit for the Cornhuskers who hopes to rebuild their program under Frost’s direction. The UCF perfect performance will bring shouts of a new 8 team playoff system, similar to when TCU was excluded a few years ago despite an unblemished record.




Alabama Wins National Title on Dramatic Overtime TD

Alabama Wins National Title on Dramatic Overtime TD – Final Top 25 Teams

Alabama’s HC Nick Saban wins his fifth national championship at Alabama (6th overall – LSU) in a dramatic OT win over Georgia. Nick Saban beat his former assistant coach, Kirby Smart, as Alabama overcame a 13-point deficit in the second half to beat Georgia 26-23 in the College Football Playoff National Championship. It will ranked among the best national title games in recent history with two freshman QBs leading their teams

Players of the National Title Game – Jan. 8
Offense – QB Tua Tagovailoa – Alabama
Defense – LB Roquan Smith – Georgia

Team of the Week – Alabama

Photo – LB Roquan Smith – Georgia

DraftInsiders.com Poll – Jan. 8
Frank Coyle – Head Scout
Rank/ Team/ Record

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

AP Football Poll 
Rank/ Team/ 1st Place Votes/ Rec/ Points
AP Top 25
Rank/ Team / Rec / Pts
1 Alabama (57) 13-1 1521
2 Georgia 13-2 1454
3 Oklahoma 12-2 1374
4 Clemson 12-2 1292
5 Ohio State 12-2 1286
6 UCF (4) 13-0 1248
7 Wisconsin 13-1 1194
8 Penn State 11-2 1120
9 TCU 11-3 974
10 Auburn 10-4 917
11 Notre Dame 10-3 857
12 USC 11-3 839
13 Miami 10-3 769
14 Oklahoma State 10-3 758
15 Michigan State 10-3 705
16 Washington 10-3 668
17 Northwestern 10-3 528
18 LSU 9-4 368
19 Mississippi State 9-4 359
20 Stanford 9-5 336
21 South Florida 10-2 267
22 Boise State 11-3 251
23 NC State 9-4 232
24 Virginia Tech 9-4 126
25 Memphis 10-3 119

Dropped from rankings: Washington State 21

Others receiving votes: Washington State 84, South Carolina 46, Iowa State 36, Army 33, Florida Atlantic 32, Troy 14, Fresno State 13, San Diego State 3, Iowa 2




Alabama Returns to Top Four – College Football Playoff Schedule

College Football Playoff schedule
Final Regular Season Top 25 Teams

Here is the 2017-18 college playoff lineup and College football playoff rankings

Jan. 1 – Semi-final Matchups

College Football Playoff at the Rose Bowl Game
#3 Georgia vs. #2 Oklahoma

5 p.m., ESPN
Rose Bowl – Pasadena, California

College Football Playoff at the Sugar Bowl
#4 Alabama vs. #1 Clemson

8:45 p.m., ESPN
Mercedes-Benz Superdome – New Orleans

Photo – QB J.T. Barrett – Ohio St

Jan. 8
College Football Playoff National Championship Presented By AT&T
Semi Final Winners

8 p.m. ESPN – Mercedes-Benz Stadium – Atlanta

College Football Playoff Rankings
Rank / Team / Record

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

Dropped from rankings: Fresno State 25

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 20 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 ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year-round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites