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Alabama Holds #1 Ranking - Top 25 Teams

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Top Clubs Remain Unbeaten
Alabama Holds #1 Ranking - Top 25 Teams

Players of the Week 4 – Sept. 18
Offense – QB Nick Fitzgerald - Mississippi St
Defense – DT Jeffery Simmons - Mississippi St
Special Teams Player - WR Dante Pettis - Washington

Team of the Week – Mississippi St

Photo - WR Dante Pettis - Washington

DraftInsiders.com Poll – Week 4 - Sept. 18
Rank/ Team/ Record

1 Alabama 3-0
2 Oklahoma 3-0
3 USC 3-0
4 Clemson 3-0
5 Penn State 3-0
6 Washington 3-0
7 Wisconsin 3-0
8 Oklahoma State 3-0
9 Ohio State 2-1
10 Michigan 3-0
11 Georgia 3-0
12 Miami 1-0
13 Kansas State 2-0
14 Virginia Tech 3-0
15 Florida State 0-1 922
16 Washington State 3-0
17 South Florida 3-0
18 TCU 3-0
19 Mississippi St. 3-0
20 Auburn 2-1
21 Utah 3-0
22 Oregon 3-0
23 Louisville 2-1
24 Florida 1-1
25 LSU 2-1

AP Football Poll
Rank/ Team/ 1st Place Votes/ Rec/ Points
AP Top 25
1 Alabama(45) 3-0 1504
2 Clemson(15) 3-0 1446
3 Oklahoma(1) 3-0 1432
4 Penn State 3-0 1306
5 USC 3-0 1241
6 Oklahoma State 3-0 1154
7 Washington 3-0 1141
8 Michigan 3-0 1081
9 Wisconsin 3-0 1031
10 Ohio State 2-1 1015
11 Georgia 3-0 940
12 Florida State 0-1 922
13 Virginia Tech 3-0 730
14 Miami 1-0 606
15 Auburn 2-1 596
16 TCU 3-0 553
17 Mississippi State 3-0 532
18 Washington State 3-0 419
19 Louisville 2-1 356
20 Florida 1-1 308
21 South Florida 3-0 272
22 San Diego State 3-0 201
23 Utah 3-0 194
24 Oregon 3-0 158
25 LSU 2-1 153

Dropped from rankings: Kansas State 18, Stanford 19, Tennessee 23, UCLA 25

Others receiving votes: West Virginia 114, Colorado 93, Maryland 84, Vanderbilt 83, Notre Dame 57, Memphis 21, California 19, Stanford 16, Kentucky 11, Duke 10, Kansas State 10, Tennessee 6, Texas Tech 4, Iowa 2, Wake Forest 2, Michigan State 1, Houston 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 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

Official List of Underclassmen for the NFL Draft 2017

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2017 NFL Draft
The National Football League announced the names of 95 players who have been granted special eligibility for the 2017 NFL Draft and eight players who have fulfilled their degree requirements with college football eligibility remaining and are also eligible for selection in the 2017 NFL Draft on April 27-29 in Philadelphia.

There were 95 players granted special early eligibility in 2016, and 74 in 2015. There were a record 98 early entrants in the 2014 draft. Each of the 95 players granted special eligibility has met the league's three-year eligibility rule and each has submitted a written application in which he renounced his remaining college football eligibility. The deadline for receiving applications was Jan. 16.

Photo - QB DeShone Kizer - Notre Dame

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Players granted special eligibility for the 2017 NFL Draft
Jamal Adams, S, LSU
Budda Baker, S, Washington
Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
Garett Bolles, OT, Utah
Caleb Brantley, DT, Florida
Noah Brown, WR, Ohio State
KD Cannon, WR, Baylor
Devin Childress, WR, North Park
Michael Clark, WR, Marshall
James Conner, RB, Pitt
Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt
Malachi Dupre, WR, LSU
Jerod Evans, QB, Virginia Tech
Jeremy Faulk, DT, Garden City CC
Tarean Folston, RB, Notre Dame
Isaiah Ford, WR, Virginia Tech
D'Onta Foreman, RB, Texas
Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
Shelton Gibson, WR, West Virginia
Davon Godchaux, DL, LSU
Chris Godwin, WR, Penn State
Isaiah Golden, DT, McNeese State
Jermaine Grace, LB, Miami
Derrick Griffin, WR, Texas Southern
Chad Hansen, WR, Cal
Charles Harris, DE, Missouri
Carlos Henderson, WR, Louisiana Tech
Brian Hill, RB, Wyoming
Elijah Hood, RB, North Carolina
Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
Titus Howard, DB, Slippery Rock
Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
Adoree' Jackson, CB, USC
Roderick Johnson, OT, Florida State
Aaron Jones, RB, UTEP
Josh Jones, S, N.C. State
Nazair Jones, DT, North Carolina
Sidney Jones, CB, Washington
Brad Kaaya, QB, Miami
Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee
Tim Kimbrough, LB, Georgia
DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame
Jerome Lane, WR, Akron
Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
Carl Lawson, DE, Auburn
Elijah Lee, LB, Kansas State
Keevan Lucas, WR, Tulsa

For Rest of Underclassmen List – go to next page

Alabama Faces Clemson in National Title Rematch

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Alabama Goes For Record 5th National Title in 8 Years

Alabama hopes to set a new standard for FBS schools tonight by winning an unprecedented fifth national championship in eight seasons. The College Football Playoff National Championship is set for Tampa Florida at 8 p.m. et on ESPN).

None of the legendary football programs, including Notre Dame under coach Frank Leahy who won four in seven seasons in 1943, '46, '47 and '49, Miami who won four titles in nine seasons under three different coaches (1983-91), Oklahoma in the '50s, under Bud Wilkinson who led the Sooners on a still unmatched 47-game unbeaten streak, Florida State despite finishing in the top five in 14 consecutive years (1987-2000), Nebraska who finished #1 three times in a four-year span (1994, '95, '97), USC in the 2000s, when it came within a last-minute TD vs Texas of winning three consecutive national championships and not even Alabama under legendary coach Bear Bryant who won three national championships in the '60s and again in the '70s.

They all come up short compared to the current Alabama run under HC Nick Saban. Saban hopes to match Bryant with a 6th national title in the poll era. Alabama will have to beat a motivated Clemson club that wants revenge in this title match from last season. Clemson actually held the lead in the early 4th quarter before losing in a thrilling championship matchup 45-40.

The Tide wins the old fashion way – very tough defense and a ground attack that pounds the rock. Under Saban’s coaching reign, their stable of big backs has no end and they rely on sophomore Bo Scarbrough to move the chains and wear down a defensive front with deceptive speed to break big plays. Freshman QB Jalen Hurts has directed his attack well, showing fine ball management with excellent running skills and consistent accuracy in the shorter zones. The Bama defense is one of their most dominating units in history with new records for defensive TDs in consecutive games. Their front has controlled the line of scrimmage consistently on both sides of the ball to make this incredible run of national titles. The defense features five future #1 picks, plus a few other highly regarded prospects that are part of this record setting unit.

Tonight they hope to set a new standard for college football champions.

Tide Rolls - Alabama 31 Clemson 20

DraftInsiders.com 2016 All-American Teams

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DraftInsiders.com 2016 All-American Teams

Photo - WR Dede Westbrook - Oklahoma

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FIRST TEAM
Offense

QB Lamar Jackson - Louisville
RB Dalvin Cook - Florida St
RB D’Onta Foreman - Texas
All-Purpose Christian McCaffrey - Stanford
WR Corey Davis - WMU
WR Dede Westbrook - Oklahoma
TE Jake Butt - Michigan
OT Cam Robinson - Alabama
OT Ryan Ramczyk - Wisconsin
OG Cody O’Connell - Washington St
OG Dorian Johnson - Pittsburgh
C Pat Elflein - Ohio State

Defense
DL Derek Barnett - Tennessee
DL Jonathan Allen - Alabama
DL Ed Oliver - Houston
DL Marcus Walker - Florida State
LB Reuben Foster - Alabama
LB Zach Cunningham - Vanderbilt
LB Jabrill Peppers - Michigan
CB Desmond King - Iowa
CB Adoree' Jackson - USC
S Jamal Adams - LSU
S Budda Baker - Washington

Specialists
K Zane Gonzalez - Arizona St
P Mitch Wishnowsky - Utah
KOR Christian Kirk - Texas A&M
PR Adoree Jackson - Southern Cal

SECOND TEAM
Offense

QB Deshaun Watson - Clemson
RB Saquon Barkley - Penn St.
RB Leonard Fournette - LSU
All-Purpose Curtis Samuel - Ohio State
WR John Ross - Washington
WR JuJu Smith-Schuster - Southern Cal
TE Evan Engram - Ole Miss
OL Roderick Johnson - Florida State
OL Adam Bisnowky - Pittsburgh
OL Billy Price - Ohio State
OL Dan Freeney - Indiana
OL Ethan Polcic - LSU

Defense
DL Myles Garrett -Texas A&M
DL Malik McDowell - Mich. State
DL Lowell Lotulelei - Utah
DL Chris Wormley - Michigan
LB Tim Williams - Alabama
LB Raekwon McMillan - Ohio State
LB Josey Jewell - Iowa
CB Cordrea Tankersley - Clemson
CB Jourdan Lewis - Michigan
S Marcus Maye - Florida
S Malik Hooker - Ohio St

Specialists
K Daniel Carlson - Auburn
P Cameron Johnston - Ohio St.
KOR Quadree Henderson - Pitt
PR Dante Pettis - Washington

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

College Football Playoff Announces Final Top 25 Rankings Alabama vs Washington & Ohio St vs Clemson in Semi Finals

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF
SELECTION COMMITTEE RELEASES FINAL RANKINGS

The College Football Playoff Selection Committee announced its final Top 25 rankings. Alabama is No. 1, Clemson No. 2, Ohio St No. 3 and Washington is No. 4. It sets up the match-ups for the Playoff Semifinals and New Year’s Six bowls.

On Saturday, December 31, 2016, No. 4 Washington will face No. 1 Alabama in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at 3 p.m. ET. The PlayStation Fiesta Bowl will follow at 7 p.m. ET as No. 3 Ohio State plays No. 2 Clemson.

Photo - LB Reuben Foster - Alabama

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The winner of the Peach Bowl will face the winner of the Fiesta Bowl in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship. The national championship game will take place on Monday, January 9, 2017 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

The College Football Playoff also announced the New Year’s Six bowl match-ups.
Capital One Orange Bowl (Dec. 30) – No. 11 Florida State vs. No. 6 Michigan
Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic (Jan. 2) – No. 15 Western Michigan vs. No. 8 Wisconsin
Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual (Jan. 2) – No. 9 Southern California vs. No. 5 Penn State
Allstate Sugar Bowl (Jan. 2) – No. 14 Auburn vs. No. 7 Oklahoma

The committee will prepare its final Top 25 on Selection Day, Sunday, December 4. The top four teams in the final rankings will play in the Playoff Semifinals on December 31, 2016, at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl.

RANK/ TEAM/ OVERALL/ RECORD
1. Alabama
2. Clemson
3. Ohio State
4. Washington
5. Penn State
6. Michigan
7. Oklahoma
8. Wisconsin
9. Southern California
10. Colorado
11. Florida State
12. Oklahoma State
13. Louisville
14. Auburn
15. Western Michigan
16. West Virginia
17. Florida
18. Stanford
19. Utah
20. LSU
21. Tennessee
22. Virginia Tech
23. Pittsburgh
24. Temple
25. Navy

About the College Football Playoff
The College Football Playoff matches the No. 1 seed vs. No. 4, and No. 2 vs. No. 3 in semifinal games that rotate annually among the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Goodyear Cotton Bowl, Capital One Orange Bowl, Allstate Sugar Bowl, Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual and PlayStation Fiesta Bowl. The 2016 semifinals will take place December 31, at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and PlayStation Fiesta Bowl. The national championship game will be Monday, January 9, 2017, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

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

CFP Selection Committee Releases Rankings - Top 4 Teams - Bama, Ohio St, Clemson & Washington

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CFP Selection Committee Releases Rankings

The College Football Playoff Committee announced its fifth Top 25 rankings. Alabama is No. 1, Ohio State No. 2, Clemson No. 3 and Washington is No. 4.

QB Jake Browning - Washington

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The committee will prepare its final Top 25 on Selection Day, Sunday, December 4. The top four teams in the final rankings will play in the Playoff Semifinals on December 31, 2016, at the Chick -fil-A Peach Bowl and the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl.

RANK/ TEAM/ OVERALL/ RECORD
1 Alabama - 12-0
2 Ohio State -11-1
3 Clemson - 11-1
4 Washington - 11-1
5 Michigan - 10-2
6 Wisconsin - 10-2
7 Penn State - 10-2
8 Colorado - 10-2
9 Oklahoma - 9-2
10 Oklahoma State - 9-2
11Southern Cal - 9-3
12 Florida State - 9-3
13 Louisville - 9-3
14 Auburn - 8-4
15 Florida - 8-3
16 West Virginia - 9-2
17 Western Michigan - 12-0
18 Stanford - 9-3
19 Navy - 9-2
20 Utah - 8-4
21 LSU - 7-4
22 Tennessee - 8-4
23 Virginia Tech - 9-3
24 Houston - 9-3
25 Pittsburgh - 8- 4

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

College Award Finalists 2016 - Maxwell, Bednarik, Outland, Bronko Nagurski & Jim Thorpe

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Finalists Maxwell, Bednarik, Outland, Nagurski, Jim Thorpe Awards Announced

Photo - DB Jabrill Peppers - Michigan

Maxwell Award Finalists
QB Lamar Jackson - Louisville - Sophomore
QB Baker Mayfield - Oklahoma - Junior
DB Jabrill Peppers - Michigan - Junior

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2016 Chuck Bednarik Award Finalists
Jonathan Allen - Alabama - Defensive Line - Senior
Myles Garrett - Texas A&M - Defensive Line - Senior
Jabrill Peppers - Michigan - Linebacker - Junior

Finalists for Outland Trophy
Ohio State - OC Pat Elflein
Washington St - OG Cody O'Connell
Alabama - OT Cam Robinson

Biletnikoff Award Finalists
Austin Carr - Northwestern University - WR
Isaiah "Zay" Jones - East Carolina University - WR
Dede Westbrook - University of Oklahoma - WR

Finalists Bronko Nagurski Trophy
Alabama - DE Jonathan Allen
Alabama - LB Rueben Foster
Florida St - CB Tarvarus McFadden
Michigan - LB/DB Jabrill Peppers
Clemson - DE Christian Wilkins

Finalist for Butkus Award
LSU - Kendall Beckwith
Vanderbilt - Zach Cunningham
Florida - Jarrad Davis
Alabama - Reuben Foster
Iowa - Josey Jewell

Finalists for 2016 Jim Thorpe Award
Adoree’ Jackson, USC - Jr
Jourdan Lewis, Michigan - Sr
Tre’Davious White, LSU - Sr

2016 Ray Guy Award Finalists:
Michael Dickson, University of Texas
Cameron Johnston, Ohio St University
Mitch Wishnowsky, University of Utah

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

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