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Broncos, Chargers & Eagles Top NFL Rankings

NFL Power Rankings Week 7 –
Broncos and Chargers Heading for Showdown in late October

Rookies of the Week –
Offensive Player – RB Branden Oliver - Chargers

Defensive Player – CB Bradley Roby - Broncos

Photo – QB Tom Brady - Patriots

Players of the Week
Offensive Player - QB Tom Brady - Patriots

Defensive Player - DE Connor Barwin - Eagles

Team of Week 6 - Eagles
Matchup of Week 7 – Bengals at Colts –

Rank / Team / Record

1. Denver Broncos (4-1)
Broncos’ overpowered a scrappy Jets club.

2. San Diego Chargers (5-1)
Chargers just got by the Raiders with Chiefs on the agenda.

3. Philadelphia Eagles (5-1)
Eagles looked like world beaters vs the GMen.

4. Seattle Seahawks (3-2)
The Seahawks showed flaws in loss to the Cowboys.

5. Indianapolis Colts (4-2)
Colts are on a four game winning streak with AFC rival the Bengals coming to town Sunday.

6. Cincinnati Bengals (3-1-1)
The Bengals kissed the Panthers in tie last week.

7. Baltimore Ravens (4-2)
The Ravens’ just quietly take care of business.

8. Dallas Cowboys (5-1)
Cowboys are a super hot club after trashing the Seahawks.

9. Arizona Cardinals (4-1)
Cards are jumping on soft clubs weekly.

10. San Francisco 49ers (4-2)
The 49ers face the acid test this week when they travel to Bronco country.

11. Green Bay Packers (4-2)
Packers’ are riding the hot hand of QB Aaron Rodgers once again.

12. Detroit Lions (4-2)
Lions host the Saints this week in a matchup that could have huge playoff implications.

13. New England Patriots (4-2)
Patriots drilled the Bills and host the collapsing Jets on Thursday nite.

14. New York Giants (3-3)
The GMen were shocked by the Eagles and face the surging Cowboys in Dallas.

15. Carolina Panthers (3-2-1)
The Panthers go to Titletown in a critical NFC contest.

16. Chicago Bears (3-3)
The Bears beat Atlanta last week and host the erratic Dolphins this Sunday.

17. Houston Texans (3-3)
Texans came up short vs the Colts with in key AFC matchup in Pittsburgh next.

18. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-3)
Steelers’ got whipped by the Browns and face the Texans at home on Monday nite.

19. Buffalo Bills (3-3)
The Bills face the Vikings at home this week.

20. New Orleans Saints (2-3)
Saints had two week to get ready for the Lions in a key NFC matchup.

21. Cleveland Browns (3-2)
The Browns pounded the Steelers and travel to Jacksonville this week.

22. Atlanta Falcons (2-4)
Falcons are banged up and travel to Baltimore in tough matchup.

23. Miami Dolphins (2-3)
The Dolphins let the Packers off the hook last week.

24. Kansas City Chiefs (2-3)
The Chiefs had two weeks to get ready for critical AFC West matchup in San Diego.

25. Minnesota Vikings (2-4)
Vikings came up lame vs the Lions.

26. Tennessee Titans (2-4)
The Titans held on to beat the lowly Jaguars this week.

27. St. Louis Rams (1-4)
The Rams host the Seahawks in hope of getting into playoff hunt.

28. New York Jets (1-5)
The Jets gave a good effort vs the Broncos, but offense continues to struggle.

29. Washington Redskins (1-5)
The Skins get a winnable game at home vs the Titans on Sunday.

30. Tampa Bay Bucs (1-5)
Bucs get their bye week to figures out their weekly disasters.

31. Oakland Raiders (0-5)
The Raiders get the Cardinals at home in hopes to turn the tide.

32. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-6)
The Jaguars’ are primed to go after the Lions winless season.

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Maxwell Award 2014 Update List

Maxwell Award Update List - Oct. 15th

The Maxwell Award has been presented to the outstanding collegiate football player in America since 1937 and is named in honor of Robert W. "Tiny" Maxwell. The Chuck Bednarik Award has been presented since 1995 and is named in honor of Chuck Bednarik. Mr. Bednarik is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame 69' and the NFL Hall of Fame 67'.

AJ McCarron of Alabama was the recipient of the 77th Maxwell Award and Aaron Donald of Pitt was named as the winner of the 19th Chuck Bednarik Award. McCarron is currently a member of the Cincinnati Bengals and Donald plays for the St. Louis Rams.

Semifinalists for the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced on November 3rd and three finalists for each award will be announced November 24th. The winners of the 2014 Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show which will be held on December 11th. The formal presentation of these awards will be made at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala hosted by Tropicana Hotel & Casino Atlantic City on March 13, 2015.

The watch list candidates have been chosen by the Maxwell Football Club's Selection Committee and the Maxwell Club reserves the right to make additions and subtractions to these lists as the 20134 season unfolds. All members of the Maxwell Football Club, NCAA Sports Information Directors, Head Coaches and selected national media are eligible to vote for these awards.

Maxwell Award Update List - Oct. 15th
Henry Anderson DE Stanford Senior
Stephone Anthony LB Clemson Senior
Vic Beasley DE Clemson Senior
Michael Bennett DT Ohio State Senior
Joey Bosa DE Ohio State Soph.
Kelby Brown LB Duke Senior
Malcom Brown DT Texas Junior
Shilique Calhoun DE Michigan State Junior
Alex Carter CB Stanford Junior
Sam Carter S TCU Senior
Jeremy Cash S Duke Junior
Frank Clark DE Michigan Senior
Henry Coley LB Virginia Senior
Landon Collins S Alabama Junior
Christian Covington DT Rice Junior
Su’a Cravens S USC Soph.
Carl Davis DT Iowa Senior
Paul Dawson LB TCU Senior
Trey DePriest LB Alabama Senior
Quandre Diggs CB Texas Senior
Lorenzo Doss CB Tulane Junior
Kurtis Drummond S Michigan State Senior
Alvin Dupree DE Kentucky Senior
Mario Edwards DE Florida State Junior
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu CB Oregon Senior
Kyler Fackrell LB Utah State Junior
Devonte Fields DE TCU Soph.
Trey Flowers DE Arkansas Senior
Leonard Floyd LB Georgia Soph.
Dante Fowler DE Florida Junior
Kendall Fuller CB Virginia Tech Soph.
Myles Garrett DE Texas A&M Frosh.
Markus Golden DE Missouri Senior
Senquez Golson CB Mississippi Senior
Randy Gregory DE Nebraska Junior

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Mississippi St. Beats Three Top 10 Teams in Recent Weeks

College Football Monday - Week 7

Team of the Week: Mississippi St.

Players Of Week
Offense: QB Bryce Petty – Baylor
Defense: LB Zach Vigil – Utah St.

Photo: QB Dak Prescott – Mississippi St.

Upcoming Game of the Week: #6 Notre Dame (6-0) at #2 Florida St (6-0)

Mississippi St Leaps Florida St to Claim #1 Spot

In another wild early regular season weekend, the top ten had a major shakeup with three clubs losing critical matchups. Mississippi St. and Ole Miss won huge top twenty matchups. The Miss. St Bulldogs beat #2 Auburn in the biggest game in Starksville, Mississippi in years that propelled them to the #1 national ranking. Cross state rival Mississippi beat Texas A&M convincingly to solidify their #3 ranking.

The Bulldogs get Kentucky on the road while the Ole Miss Rebels will host Tennessee in what appears to be easy matchups. The SEC has proven anything but easy with Alabama sneaking out a tough win at Arkansas 14-13 last week.

Both Ole Miss and Mississippi St are part of the SEC West division that brings strong challenges through the rest of the fall. Ole Miss goes to LSU in two weeks with Auburn at home the following week before finishing with Arkansas and the instate rivalry Egg Bowl vs Mississippi St.

Mississippi St faces a stubborn Arkansas club on November 1st with a tough challenge mid November at Alabama before the potentially epic Egg Bowl matchup.

The Pac 12 was established itself as the nations’ 2nd best conference with Oregon a legitimate candidate for the final four. Both Arizona St and Arizona have had strong first half performances while a young USC club has made nice progress and appears ready to challenge for a top 15 placement with a run facing a soft schedule this month.

The only game this weekend of undefeated teams is Notre Dame at Florida St. Though neither team faced a strong first half schedule, the winner here is almost guaranteed placement in the final four playoff teams for the national championship. QBs Jameis Winston and Everett Golson get the spotlight and a big performance here puts them in the middle of the Heisman Trophy race.

The TCU vs Oklahoma St. may be another wild shootout. TCU allowed Baylor to get back in the game after a big early lead. They lost in overtime 61-58 to a Baylor club that rode the hot passing of QB Bryce Petty. Auburn gets South Carolina at home in a possible trap game while Alabama goes to Texas A&M where the Aggies face a key game after losing the past two weeks to top five ranked teams Mississippi St and Ole Miss.

Heisman Trophy Race
QB Bryce Petty – Baylor
Senior pocket passer threw six TD passes last week vs top ten opponent TCU, all of the scoring passes over 25 yards. His statistics will rival any passer in the nation and with a top 5 rankings get him heavy national attention.

QB Dak Prescott – Mississippi St.
Junior passer accounted for 3 TDs (2 rushing) in huge win over Auburn that propelled the Bulldogs to the #1 rankings in the polls. He faces Kentucky this week.

RB Todd Gurley - Georgia
Power junior back is currently suspended for signing autographs. He led the nation in rushing despite special attention weekly in the tough SEC.

QB Marcus Mariota – Oregon
Mobile passer had another top game with 2 TDs passing and 2 TDs rushing as the Ducks pounded UCLA 42-30. He faces a major challenge with Washington coming to town on Saturday.

Upset of the Week – Notre Dame beats Florida St. in Tallahassee. This should be a shootout between QBs Jameis Winston and Everett Golson with the winner in the Heisman Trophy finalist discussion.

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe 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, CBS Sports, 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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Mississippi St. Bulldogs' Claim #1 Ranking Off Win Over Auburn

Mississippi St. Claims #1 Ranking Off Win Over Auburn Saturday
Florida St Ranks #2 With Notre Dame at Home This Saturday

Team of the Week – Mississippi St.

Players of the Week
Offense – QB Bryce Petty - Baylor

Defense - LB Zach Vigil - Utah St.

Photo – QB Bryce Petty - Baylor

Matchup for Week 7 – Notre Dame at Florida St.

Draft Insiders’ – Top 25 Teams - Oct 13
1. Mississippi State - 6-0
2. Florida State - 6-0
3. Ole Miss - 6-0
4. Baylor - 6-0
5. Notre Dame - 6-0
6. Oregon - 5-1
7. Alabama - 5-1
8. Michigan State - 5-1
9. Auburn - 5-1
10. TCU - 4-1
11. Oklahoma - 5-1
12. Georgia - 5-1
13. Ohio State - 4-1
14. Oklahoma St. - 5-1
15 Arizona - 5-1
16. Arizona State - 4-1
17. Nebraska - 5-1
18. Kansas State - 4-1
19. Texas A&M - 5-2
20. East Carolina - 5-1
21. Utah - 4-1
22. USC - 4-2
23. Clemson - 4-2
24. Stanford - 4-2
25. Marshall - 6-0

AP Poll - Top 25
Rank / Team / 1st Place Votes / Record / Points

1. Mississippi State (45), 6-0, 1480
2. Florida State (12), 6-0, 1415
3. Ole Miss (3), 6-0, 1413
4. Baylor, 6-0, 1317
5. Notre Dame, 6-0, 1228
6. Auburn, 5-1, 1144
7. Alabama, 5-1, 1068
8. Michigan State, 5-1, 1015
9. Oregon, 5-1, 1014
10. Georgia, 5-1, 981
11. Oklahoma, 5-1, 935
12. TCU, 4-1, 917
13. Ohio State, 4-1, 648
14. Kansas State, 4-1, 626
15. Oklahoma State, 5-1, 620
16. Arizona, 5-1, 590
17. Arizona State, 4-1, 459
18. East Carolina, 5-1, 449
19. Nebraska, 5-1, 402
20. Utah, 4-1, 305
21. Texas A&M, 5-2, 264
22. USC, 4-2, 258
23. Stanford, 4-2, 223
24. Clemson, 4-2, 188
25. Marshall, 6-0, 148

Coaches’ Poll
Rank School (record) Points

1. Mississippi State (26), 6-0, 1490
2. Florida State (31), 6-0, 1489
3. Ole Miss (5), 6-0, 1436
4. Baylor, 6-0, 1392
5. Notre Dame, 6-0, 1292
6. Michigan State, 5-1, 1129
7. Alabama, 5-1, 1121
8. Auburn, 5-1, 1111
9. Oregon, 5-1, 1017
10. Georgia, 5-1, 1013
11. Oklahoma, 5-1, 1005
12. TCU, 4-1, 824
13. Ohio State, 4-1, 737
14. Kansas State, 4-1, 710
15. Oklahoma State, 5-1, 610
16. East Carolina, 5-1, 518
17. Arizona, 5-1, 502
18. Arizona State, 4-1, 471
19. Nebraska, 5-1, 433
20. Stanford, 4-2, 344
21. Texas A&M, 5-2, 269
22. Clemson, 4-2, 244
23. Utah, 4-1, 161
24. Marshall, 6-0, 153
25. USC, 4-2, 125

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe 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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Seahawks & Broncos Top NFL Rankings

NFL Power Rankings Week 6 –
Bengals and Cardinals are Final Teams to Fall from Unbeaten Ranks

Rookies of the Week –
Offensive Player – WR Odell Beckham - Giants

Defensive Player – CB E.J. Gaines - Rams

Photo - QB Peyton Manning - Broncos

Players of the Week
Offensive Player - QB Peyton Manning - Broncos

Defensive Player – DE Jason Pierre-Paul – Giants

Team of Week 5 - Giants
Matchup of Week 6 – Giants at Eagles –

Rank / Team / Record

1. Seattle Seahawks (3-1)
The Seahawks are running on all cylinders entering midseason.

2. Denver Broncos (3-1)
Broncos’ Manning is lighting up scoreboard weekly again.

3. San Diego Chargers (4-1)
Chargers could make a case as the best team in league through the early action.

4. Philadelphia Eagles (4-1)
Eagles continue their late magic, but host the GMen this week.

5. Indianapolis Colts (3-2)
Colts won a huge AFC test vs the Ravens on Sunday.

6. Cincinnati Bengals (3-1)
The Bengals were hammered by the Patriots on Thursday nite.

7. Baltimore Ravens (3-2)
The Ravens look to recover on their trip to Tampa this week.

8. Arizona Cardinals (3-1)
Cards hope to get back on positive side with home game vs Washington.

9. San Francisco 49ers (3-2)
The 49ers travel to St. Louis for important Monday night matchup.

10. New York Giants (3-2)
The GMen are on three game winning streak with Eagles and Cowboys on the agenda.

11. Green Bay Packers (3-2)
Packers’ crushed the Vikings and are hitting stride for stretch run.

12. Dallas Cowboys (4-1)
Cowboys squeaked out win over Houston. Travel to Seattle this week.

13. Detroit Lions (3-2)
Lions lost a key game in Buffalo and face the Vikings this week in vital NFC North matchup.

14. New England Patriots (3-2)
Patriots drilled the Bengals to recover swagger. Travel to Buffalo in major AFC East game.

15. Houston Texans (3-2)
Texans struggle scoring and get the Colts at home in key AFC South rivalry game.

16. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2)
Steelers’ just got by the Jaguars on Sunday. Travel to Cleveland for key AFC North contest.

17. Chicago Bears (2-3)
The Bears came up short vs Panthers. Face key game in Atlanta Sunday.

18. Atlanta Falcons (2-3)
Falcons caved in vs the Giants and face the equally desperate Bears at home this week.

19. Miami Dolphins (2-2)
The Dolphins are well rested for the Packers coming to town.

20. Carolina Panthers (3-2)
The Panthers beat the Bears last week. Travel to Cincy for key matchup.

21. Buffalo Bills (3-2)
The Bills shocked the Lions on Sunday. Face the Pats in huge AFC East matchup this week.

22. New Orleans Saints (2-3)
Saints beat the Bucs in overtime. Get their bye week to regroup for a playoff run.

23. Kansas City Chiefs (2-3)
The Chiefs failed to finish with 49ers. Get bye week to prepare for critical stretch drive.

24. Minnesota Vikings (2-3)
Vikings got smoked by Packers on Thursday night and get the Lions at home this week.

25. Cleveland Browns (2-2)
The Browns won another thriller and get the Steelers at home this week.

26. St. Louis Rams (1-3)
The Rams play teams tough, but usually make the key mistake late to lose.

27. New York Jets (1-4)
The Jets are a train wreck in motion. QB Geno Smith misses pregame meeting on West coast trip. What a joke.

28. Washington Redskins (1-4)
The Skins were competitive vs Seahawks on Monday nite, but lack playmakers.

29. Tennessee Titans (1-4)
The Titans find a way to lose games. They get the bottom feeding Jaguars this week.

30. Tampa Bay Bucs (1-4)
Bucs let the Saints off the hook last week.

31. Oakland Raiders (0-4)
The Raiders can’t lose if they don’t play. Back in action with Chargers coming to town.

32. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-5)
Even the Jaguars’ mascot is a loser.

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College Football Monday - Top Ten Shakeup

College Football Monday - Week 6

Team of the Week: Ole Miss

Players Of Week
Offense: QB Bo Wallace – Ole Miss
Defense: DE Bud Dupree - Kentucky

Photo: QB Dak Prescott – Mississippi St.

Upcoming Game of the Week: #2 Auburn (5-0) at #3 Mississippi St. (5-0)

Upset Saturday Shakes Up Top Ten and Playoff Hopes

In the wildest early regular season weekend in decades, the top ten had a major shakeup with four clubs losing critical matchups. Ole Miss beat #3 Alabama in the biggest game in Oxford, Mississippi in years. Cross state rival Mississippi St was not outdone with an impressive whipping of Texas A&M who entered the game undefeated at 5-0. The Bulldogs jumped on A&M with a strong 48-31 victory. Both Ole Miss and Mississippi St are part of the SEC West division that is comparable to the NFC West. Incredibly, LSU at 4-2 and Arkansas at 3-2 bring up the rear in this powerful division.

The SEC West features another two major clashes this week with Auburn at Mississippi in the only game this weekend of undefeated teams, in addition to the Ole Miss at Texas A&M matchup in College Station. These two games will have a strong bearing on the SEC West leadership entering the critical second half of the season. The top ten could undergo another major reshuffling with six matchups that feature potential playoff finalists for January 2015.

The Auburn at Mississippi St. clash is the only game this weekend of undefeated teams with Ole Miss at Texas A&M, Oregon at UCLA, TCU at Baylor, Alabama at Arkansas and Georgia at Missouri, other great top twenty five matchups.

Heisman Trophy Race
RB Todd Gurley - Georgia

Powerful junior back continues to pound the rock with big numbers weekly vs tough SEC defenses. He faces Missouri this Saturday

QB Dak Prescott – Mississippi St.
Junior passer accounted for 5 TDs (3 rushing) in huge win over Texas A&M. He is in the spotlight this week with #2 Auburn coming to town.

QB Marcus Mariota – Oregon
Mobile passer had another good game, but the Ducks came up short vs Arizona. He faces a major challenge with road game at UCLA on Saturday.

Upset of the Week – Texas A&M recovers from their loss to Mississippi St and beats Ole Miss with help from the 12th man.

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe 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, CBS Sports, 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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Major Top 10 Shakeup after Upset Saturday

Major Top 10 Shakeup after Upset Saturday
Florida St and Auburn #1 and #2

Photo – QB Bryce Petty - Baylor

Team of the Week – Ole Miss

Player of the Week
Offense – QB Bo Wallace - Ole Miss

Draft Insiders’ – Top 25 Teams - Oct 6
1. Florida State – 5-0
2. Auburn – 5-0
3. Ole Miss – 5-0
4. Baylor – 5-0
5. Mississippi State – 5-0
6. Notre Dame – 5-0
7. Oregon – 4-1
8. Alabama – 4-1
9. Michigan State – 4-1
10. TCU - 4-0
11 Arizona – 5-0
12. Oklahoma – 4-1
13. UCLA – 4-1
14. Texas A&M – 5-1
15. Georgia – 4-1
16. Ohio State – 4-1
17. Oklahoma St. - 4-1
18. Nebraska – 5-1
19. Kansas State – 4-1
20. Arizona State – 4-1
21. Georgia Tech – 5-0
22. East Carolina – 4-1
23. Utah - 4-1
24. Missouri - 4-1
25. Stanford – 3-2

AP Poll - Top 25
Rank / Team / 1st Place Votes / Record / Points

1. Florida State (35), 5-0, 1461
2. Auburn (23), 5-0, 1459
3. Mississippi State (2), 5-0, 1320
3. Ole Miss, 5-0, 1320
5. Baylor, 5-0, 1258
6. Notre Dame, 5-0, 1186
7. Alabama, 4-1, 1060
8. Michigan State, 4-1, 981
9. TCU, 4-0, 979
10. Arizona, 5-0, 951
11. Oklahoma, 4-1, 904
12. Oregon, 4-1, 888
13. Georgia, 4-1, 854
14. Texas A&M, 5-1, 731
15. Ohio State, 4-1, 534
16. Oklahoma State, 4-1, 527
17. Kansas State, 4-1, 486
18. UCLA, 4-1, 460
19. East Carolina, 4-1, 344
20. Arizona State, 4-1, 325
21. Nebraska, 5-1, 283
22 Georgia Tech, 5-0, 235
23. Missouri, 4-1, 212
24. Utah, 4-1, 206
25. Stanford, 3-2, 143

Dropped from rankings: LSU 15, USC 16, Wisconsin 17, BYU 18
Others receiving votes: Clemson 92, Marshall 78, USC 61, Louisville 36, LSU 35, BYU 26, West Virginia 18, Arkansas 14, Wisconsin 7, California 6, Penn State 5, Rutgers 4, Kentucky 4, North Dakota State 3, Minnesota 2, South Carolina 1, Virginia 1

For Coaches Poll go to Next Page

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