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Bama, Ohio St., Clemson and Michigan Dominate - New Top 25 Rankings

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Draft Insiders' - Top 25 Rankings
Week 7 - Oct, 8

Team of Week - Navy

Offensive Player of Week – QB Trevor Knight - Texas A&M
Defensive Player of Week - DE DeMarcus Walker - Florida St.

Photo - WR - Mike Williams - Clemson

Draft Insiders' - Top 25 Rankings
Rank/ Team/ Rec
1 Alabama) - 6-0
2 Ohio St - 5-0
3 Clemson - 5-0
4 Michigan - 5-0
5 Washington - 5-0
6 Texas A&M - 5-0
7 Louisville - 4-1
8 Tennessee - 5-1
9 Houston - 5-1
10 Nebraska - 5-0
11 Wisconsin - 4-1
12 Baylor - 5-0
13 Boise State - 5-0
14 West Virginia - 4-0
15 Florida St - 3-2
16 Miami - 4-1
17 Florida - 4-1
18 North Carolina - 4-2
19 Colorado - 4-2
20 Stanford - 3-2
21 Arkansas - 4-2
22 Ole Miss - 3-2
23 Oklahoma - 3-2
24 Utah - 5-1
25 Virginia Tech - 4-1

AP Top 25
Rank/ Team/ Rec/ Pts / 1st Place Votes

1 Alabama (6-0) - 1514 (53)
2 Ohio State (5-0) - 1451 (6)
3 Clemson (6-0) - 1403 (1)
4 Michigan (6-0) - 1334 (1)
5 Washington (6-0) - 1234
6 Houston (5-1) - 1233
7 Louisville (4-1) - 1160
8 Texas A&M (6-0) - 1113
9 Tennessee (5-1) - 1045
10 Miami (FL) (4-1) - 909
11 Wisconsin (4-1) - 882
12 Nebraska (5-0) - 821
13 Baylor (5-0) - 805
14 Ole Miss (3-2) - 712
15 Stanford (3-2) - 711
16 Arkansas (4-2) - 528
17 North Carolina (4-2) - 497
18 Florida (4-1) - 391
19 Boise State (5-0) - 385
20 Oklahoma (3-2) - 324
21 Colorado (4-2) - 276
22 West Virginia (4-0) - 240
23 Florida State (4-2) - 230
24 Utah (5-1) - 86
25 Virginia Tech (4-1) - 85

Others: Western Michigan (76), UCLA (56), LSU (49), Auburn (46), North Dakota State (46), Georgia (42) , Oklahoma St (41) , TCU (26), Maryland (23), Air Force (17), San Diego St (10), Michigan St (7), South Florida (6), Arizona St (4), Indiana (3), California (3), Texas (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 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

NFL Draft News - NFL-AFCA Reach Agreement Regarding Expanded Contact With Underclassmen

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NFL Draft News Update

NFL-AFCA Reach Agreement Regarding Expanded Contact With Underclassmen
Deal Provides Additional Evaluation of Underclassmen’ Draft Potential

The National Football League and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) have an agreement to provide NFL scouting personnel with greater access to underclassmen who may elect to apply for special eligibility for the NFL Draft.

The NFL is making it easier for underclassman football players to get a sense of their professional value and potential. Beginning this upcoming February, underclassmen who are considering leaving school for the NFL Draft in 2018 have an avenue to get as full an evaluation as possible from the league’s College Advisory Committee. That’s the industry panel of talent evaluators that offers feedback to college upperclassmen (or otherwise draft-eligible players) interested in leaving school early for the draft, usually after their junior seasons.

Starting this upcoming February, underclassmen who might want to leave school for the NFL Draft in 2018 have an avenue to get as full an evaluation as possible from the league’s College Advisory Committee. That’s the industry panel of talent evaluators that offers feedback to college upperclassmen (or otherwise draft-eligible players) interested in leaving school early for the draft, usually after their junior seasons.

Five underclassmen per program will be allowed to participate in their schools’ pro days next spring, where scores of NFL coaches and scouts come to watch. Then, NFL teams will continue to scout them through the fall as if they were already draft-eligible for their junior season. This gives NFL teams more knowledge into their evaluation and decision-making processes.

The goal of the agreement – which goes into effect in February of 2017 – is to enable NFL scouts to obtain additional background information for a limited number of underclassmen prior to and during their potential final college football season, ultimately helping enable the NFL College Advisory Committee to provide a more informed evaluation of the players’ draft potential.

“The more information our College Advisory Committee has, the better evaluations they can make for student-athletes who are at a critical juncture of their lives,” said NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent. “While there is no question that obtaining a college degree is a transformative experience for so many people in society and a goal to which we encourage everyone to aspire to, for those talented few individuals that have the ability to succeed in the NFL prior to exhausting their college football eligibility, this new agreement will ensure they have better information with which to make their decision. We appreciate the efforts of our partners at the AFCA in making this new agreement a reality.”

Beginning in February, each NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) school may designate a maximum of five underclassmen who may apply for special eligibility for the 2018 Draft to be permitted additional scouting. Those players may be timed, tested and interviewed prior to their 2017 college seasons at the school’s senior pro day for 2017 draft-eligible players. FBS schools may request the ability to designate more than five players, subject to the determination of the NFL that the players are legitimate draft prospects.

NFL clubs will also be permitted to inquire about and scout these players throughout the 2017 season as though they were seniors in their final season of college football eligibility. There is no limit to the number of underclassmen from an individual school that may petition for special eligibility for the draft.

The NFL College Advisory Committee was created in 1994 at the request of the AFCA. The committee serves in a limited advisory capacity for underclassmen who are seriously considering early entry into the NFL Draft. The committee is comprised of senior personnel evaluators from NFL clubs, along with directors from the league’s two sanctioned scouting organizations – National Football Scouting and BLESTO.

NFL Power Poll - Week 5 - Vikes and Broncos Hold Top Two Rankings

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NFL Power Poll - Week 5

Photo - QB Matt Ryan - Falcons

Team of the Week - Atlanta Falcons

Offensive Player of the Week - QB Matt Ryan - Falcons
Defensive Player of the Week - DT Aaron Donald - Rams

Rookie of Week - WR Will Fuller - Texans

Game of Week #5 - Atlanta Falcons (3-1) at Denver Broncos (4-0)

NFL Ranking /Record / Team
#1 - 4-0 VIKINGS

Vikings defense continues to look dominant with a big performance vs Eli Manning and the GMen. Their front four continues to provide consistent pressure that forces offenses to attack only the short zones. Veteran QB Sam Bradford has made fast progress in this system in only a few weeks and gives the Vikes a playmaker and leader. They host the Texans Sunday.

#2 - 4-0 BRONCOS
Broncos pounded the Bucs last week and forced QB Jameis Winston into another series of big mistakes. They overcame an injury to young QB Trevor Siemian and have the swagger to continue to dominant. They get fully tested Sunday with the hot Falcons and QB Matt Ryan coming to Mile High.

#3 - 3-1 PATRIOTS
New England put up an impressive 3-1 record in the absence of suspended QB Tom Brady. He returns vs the hapless Browns on the road who invent new ways to lose.

#4 - 2-1 PACKERS
Packers' have had two weeks to get ready to host the GMen on Sunday night. Veteran QB Aaron Rodgers is hitting stride and has his favorite wideout Jordy Nelson back at 100%. This is a very critical NFC matchup with the loser in a difficult spot in their divisional race.

#5 - 4-0 EAGLES
Eagles come off a bye week and travel to Detroit for an NFC clash. Rookie QB Carson Wentz has been the talk of the first year class. Eagles face a strong NFC schedule the next two months including a steady diet of quality starting QBs on the agenda.

#6 - 3-1 SEAHAWKS
QB Russell Wilson sliced the outmanned Jets entering their bye week. He looks to rehab his ankle for key upcoming NFC contests. Their defense is still the best in the game and capable of stoning any offense.

#7 - 3-1 STEELERS
The Steelers bombed the Chiefs in a statement victory, especially after being toasted by the hot Eagles the prior week. They get a diet of three AFC East games prior to their bye week.

#8 - 2-2 BENGALS
Bengals pounded the Dolphins on Thursday night off a huge performance by veteran wideout A.J. Green. They are well rested for their trip to Dallas and starting to hit stride. They will be tested to defender their AFC North title.

#9 - 3-1 RAVENS
The Ravens lost a tough home game vs Raiders after coming back late in the matchup. They will probably be in a dogfight with the Bengals and Steelers again for AFC North leadership. They get the Redskins at home this week.

#10 - 3-1 RAMS
Rams went Hollywood this year and are playing a leading role in the NFC in the early action. They rely on a strong ground attack and tough overall defense. They get the Bills at home before the Lions in Motown prior to their trip to London with the GMen.

#11 - 3-1 RAIDERS
The Raiders came back and won a big game in Baltimore that can be the catalyst for a playoff run. They have not earned the playoffs since 2002 but are a legitimate contender this season. Young QB Derek Carr has matured quickly and given them a leader to be a difference maker in crunch time. They get the hated Chiefs at home this week.

#12 – 3-1 FALCONS
Veteran QB Matt Ryan has taken command here and light up the early action as the #1 passer in the league. Wideout Julio Jones has been a difference maker and smoked NFC South rival the Panthers last week. The Falcons are the highest scoring club in the league by an incredible 30%. Their defense will have to step up to maintain NFC South leadership. They face the Broncos in High Mile this week that may establish them as one of this years’ top contenders.

#13 - 3-1 COWBOYS
The Cowboys’ face a tough two game stretch with the Bengals and Packers up next. Rookie QB Dak Prescott has managed games fairly well with few mistakes and good decision making. Bengals’ duo of QB Andy Dalton and WR AJ Green will test the Boys suspect secondary to the fullest. Rookie runner Ezekiel Elliott leads the league and is a marked man going forward.

#14 - 2-2 GIANTS
The Giants continue to make critical mistakes especially senseless penalties. Their secondary was missing four key players and was hapless vs Sam Bradford. They will have to get well quickly with QB Aaron Rodgers up next. Star wideout Odell Beckham must mature to play up to his elite talent and be the impact weapon needed here.

#15 - 3-1 TEXANS
The Texans have jumped to an early lead in the weak AFC South despite losing star DE JJ Watt for the season. QB Brock Osweiler was faced heavy pass pressure and is still settling into this offense. He faces the buzzsaw Vikings front four this week in the tough new dome.

#16 - 2-2 REDSKINS
Washington recovered from a tough start, but face the Ravens and Eagles over the next two weeks. QB Kirk Cousins will have to be at his best vs two of the better defenses in the league. The Skins defense will have to tighten up after some sloppy early play in big situations.

#17 - 1-3 CARDINALS
The Cardinals must find a way to win tonight vs the 49ers with QB Carson Palmer out with a concussion. Runner David Johnson and wideout Larry Fitzgerald must step up if the Cardinals want to reverse their early season poor play. Palmer may need a few weeks to get fully healthy.

#18 - 1-3 PANTHERS
Carolina lost a shootout vs arch rival Atlanta. They get NFC South foes, the Bucs and Saints up next. Their offensive line was allowed QB Cam Newton to take a beating and a concussion that makes Monday night vs Bucs questionable. Their defense has been touched weekly with 118 points allowed.

#19 - 2-2 CHIEFS
The Chiefs have blasted by the Steelers in all phases of the game. They can regroup during their bye week and hope to get veteran runner Jamaal Charles back and provide an impact for balanced attack. They get two weeks to prepare for the hated Raiders.

#20 - 1-3 COLTS
The Colts’ QB Andrew Luck has performed well, but is not capable of carrying this marginal club. He has sustained a league high 15 sacks with countless pressures. There ground game is weak that puts one of the leagues’ worst defenses in a tough spot. Colts get the Bears in an almost must win situation at home this week.

#21 - 1-3 SAINTS
The Saints relied on 2 TD passes from Drew Brees in the final 5 minutes to obtain their first victory. They get their bye week to prepare to host the Panthers. The league’s worst defense has allowed 130 points and will be difficult to improve in season with limited resources.

#22 – 1-3 JETS
Jets have struggled with their brutal schedule and get no relief with trips to Pittsburgh and Arizona up next. Their tough defense has only been mediocre thus far while their offense continues to make major mistakes in key situations. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has made a leagues leading 10 interceptions.

#23 - 2-2 BILLS
Bills' shutout their arch rival, the Patriots in what may be HC Rex Ryan’s Super bowl. They travel to LA and run into the hot smash mouth Rams who will test this club to the fullest. Bills may flounder at the .500 mark all season.

#24 - 1-3 LIONS
The Lions lost to the lowly Bears after being blasted by Packers the prior week in key divisional games. Their defense continues to struggle while they fail to run the ball effectively. They host the Eagles and the Rams over the next two weeks that may define their season.

#25 - 1-3 DOLPHINS
The Dolphins got smoked by the Bengals in last one with inconsistent play overall. Young QB Ryan Tannehill has disappointed under heavy pass pressure. They get a three game AFC home schedule here that they need to get to the .500 mark.

#26 - 1-3 CHARGERS
The Chargers have found ways to lose despite the fine performance of vet QB Philip Rivers. The SD defense has given up critical big plays at key points of the game. They face a tough heavy AFC West schedule the next month that probably determines their fate this season.

#27 - 1-3 BUCCANEERS
Young QB Jameis Winston has struggled in the early going with minimal help from his supporting cast. The Bucs defense has allowed among the most points in the league after 4 games. The Bucs play the Panthers this week and hope to catch the divisional champs reeling from their own tough start.

#28 - 1-3 49ERS
The 49ers lack firepower to matchup weekly and young QB Blaine Gabbert was limited weapons. The talented SF defense has been banged up and allowed too many points especially in big situations.
The 49ers hope to catch the Cardinals undermanned this week.

#29 - 1-3 TITANS
QB Marcus Mariota has paid his dues his first two seasons. He has limited his mistakes, but has also made few big plays to change games. Titans defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau's defense has contained offenses with minimal big plays allowed, but they have also produce few impact plays to change games.
They face a weak schedule this month that they must take advantage and build some confidence.

#30 - 1-3 JAGUARS
The Jags' held off a fierce Colts rally to lodge their first victory. QB Blake Bortles had a good performance and can be a leader here to build around. Their talented young defense stepped up and sacks QB Andrew Luck six times that gave the Jaguars the necessary cushion to post the win. They get their bye week to celebrate before an average stretch of games.

#31 - 1-3 BEARS
The Bears won their first game vs the Lions. John Fox's defense limited the Lions early as the Bears beat Detroit for the first time after a six game losing streak. They face the Colts and Jaguars the next two weeks in a couple of winnable matchups.

#32 - 0-4 BROWNS
The Browns defense caved in vs the Redskins especially in the Red zone where they allowed 4 TDs. They have only a few soft spots the rest of the schedule and are a strong candidate for the #1 overall NFL Draft selection in April.

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 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 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

Pro Prospects for NFL Draft 2017 - Wideouts & Tight Ends Rankings

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Pro Prospects for NFL Draft 2017 - Wideouts Williams and Smith-Schuster Head Young Group, Prospects Howard & Butt Top a Strong Class of Tight Ends

Photo - TE O.J. Howard - Alabama

Wide Receivers
1. * Mike Williams, 6-2, 220, Clemson
2. * Juju Smith-Schuster, 6-2, 215, Southern Cal
3. * James Washington, 6-0, 205, Oklahoma St
4. Gabe Marks, 6-0, 190, Washington St
5. * Isaiah Ford, 6-1, 190, Virginia Tech
6. Jehu Chesson, 6-2, 210, Michigan
7. Josh Reynolds, 6-3, 190, Texas A&M
8. Travin Duval, 6-2, 195, LSU
9. Stacy Coley, 6-0, 195, Miami
10. * Darren Carrington, 6-1, 195, Oregon
11. * Malachi Dupre, 6-2, 190, LSU
12. Corey Davis, 6-2, 215, Western Michigan
13. Cooper Kupp, 6-2, 195, Eastern Washington
14. * Eldridge Massington, 6-2, 210, UCLA
15. * DaeSean Hamilton, 6-1, 215, Penn St
16. * Devonte Boyd, 6-0, 175, UNLV
17. * Robert Foster, 6-1, 195, Alabama
18. Taywan Taylor, 6-0, 195, Western Kentucky
19. Quincy Adeboyejo, 6-2, 195, Mississippi
20. Fred Ross, 6-0, 210, Mississippi St

Tight Ends
1. OJ Howard, 6-5, 245, Alabama
2. Jake Butt, 6-5, 250, Michigan
3. * Bucky Hodges, 6-5, 250, Virginia Tech
4. Jordan Leggett, 6-5, 255, Clemson
5. Evan Engram, 6-3, 230, Mississippi
6. Jeremy Sprinkle, 6-5, 260, Arkansas
7. * Durham Smythe, 6-4, 245, Notre Dame
8. Pharaoh Brown, 6-5, 250, Oregon
9. * David Njoku, 6-4, 245, Miami
10. * Jeb Blazevich, 6-4, 250, Georgia
11. Jonnu Smith, 6-3, 230, Florida International
12. Blake Jarwin, 6-4, 250, Oklahoma St
13. DeSean Smith, 6-4, 250, LSU
14. * Cam Serigne, 6-3, 245, Wake Forest
15. Sam Cotton, 6-4, 250, Nebraska
16. Eric Saubert, 6-4, 245, Drake
17. Keith Rucker, 6-3, 245, Georgia St
18. Josiah Price, 6-3, 255, Michigan St
19. Gerald Everett, 6-3, 235, South Alabama
20. Taylor McNamara, 6-5, 245, Southern Cali

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 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

Clemson, Washington, Tennessee & Michigan Survive Top 10 Matchups

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College Football Monday - Week 6

Clemson, Washington, Tennessee & Michigan Survive Top 10 Matchups
Alabama & Ohio St. Crush Conference Opponents

Team of Week - Washington/Clemson

Offensive Player of Week - QB Deshaun Watson - Clemson
Defensive Player of Week - CB Jourdan Lewis - Michigan

Photo - QB Deshaun Watson - Clemson

Upcoming Weekly Matchups –
Alabama at Arkansas, Tennessee at Texas A&M, Washington at Oregon, Miami at Florida St and Virginia Tech at North Carolina in major conference matchups

This past Saturday provided several big game matchups that went down to the final minutes during a couple contests that were decided on the last play. The Tennessee-Georgia matchup became a series of last second plays for TDs that changed the outcome of the contest. Both QBs, Georgia’s Jacob Eason and Tennessee’s Josh Dobbs came up big in crunch time with impressive throws into heavy coverage.

Clemson scored 14 fourth quarter points with a last second Hail Mary TD beating a Louisville club that had just scored on a TD. Clemson prevailed 42-36 over the Cardinals behind a 300 yard passing effort and 5 TDs from QB Deshaun Watson. He also added 91 yards rushing. That overcame an outstanding performance from QB Lamar Jackson who threw for 295 yards and 1 TD, in addition to 162 yards rushing on 31 carries and 2 TDs. Jackson drove the Cardinals to the red zone, but his final completion came up just short of a first down inside the 5-yard line. Both Clemson and Louisville face favorable schedules for the final seven games.

Michigan beat Wisconsin in an oldtime type Big Ten clash where ball control, defense and field positioning were critical determining factors. The Wolverines won out on consistent field position and a sound defense that stuffed the box against the powerful Badger ground game. The Wisconsin passing game struggled to dent the Michigan secondary. The game ended with an outstanding one handed interception by Wolverine corner Jourdan Lewis that was a key part in their dominant backfield. The Michigan win over #8 Wisconsin was the first by the Wolverines over a top 10 club since 2008.

Washington has quietly moved into the top ten. They bombed a tough Stanford club on Friday night showing a balanced attack and a strong defense. The Huskie defense returned 8 starters from last season that allowed the fewest points and yardage of any club in the Pac 12. Sophomore QB Jake Browning threw for 3 TDs and 200 yards in a balanced offense. The Huskies face a 7 game schedule of exclusively Pac 12 teams, beginning with a trip to Eugene, Oregon this Saturday vs the usually tough Ducks.

North Carolina vs Florida St. also had last second dramatics with a 54 yard FG by the Tar Heels’ Nick Weiler as time expired. The 37-35 Tar Heel victory ended the Seminoles’ 22 game home winning streak. The FG was the first successful one after four misses. The Seminoles fell to 3-2 and goes to an undefeated Miami (4-0). The Hurricanes must prove they are for real vs FSU and probably jumps into the top ten with a victory this Saturday at home.

Game of the Week - Tennessee (5-0) at Texas A&M (5-0)

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 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

Draft Insiders' / AP Top 25 Rankings - Clemson, Michigan, Washington & Tennessee Win Key Top Ten Matchups

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Draft Insiders' - Top 25 Rankings
Week 6 - Oct, 2

Team of Week - Washington

Offensive Player of Week – QB Deshaun Watson - Clemson
Defensive Player of Week - CB Jourdan Lewis - Michigan

Photo - TE Jordan Leggett - Clemson

Draft Insiders' - Top 25 Rankings
Rank/ Team/ Rec
1 Alabama) - 5-0
2 Ohio St - 4-0
3 Louisville - 4-1
4 Clemson - 5-0
5 Michigan - 5-0
6 Houston - 5-0
7 Washington - 5-0
8 Tennessee - 5-0
9 Texas A&M - 5-0
10 Nebraska - 4-0
11 Wisconsin - 4-1
12 Baylor - 5-0
13 Miami - 4-0
14 Boise State - 4-0
15 Stanford - 3-1
16 Florida - 4-1
17 North Carolina - 4-1
18 Colorado - 4-1
19 West Virginia - 4-0
20 Arkansas - 4-1
21 Georgia - 3-2
22 Ole Miss - 3-2
23 Oklahoma - 2-2
24 Utah - 4-1
25 Virginia Tech - 3-1

AP Top 25
Rank/ Team/ Rec/ Pts

1 Alabama (53) - 5-0 - 1514
2 Ohio State (6) - 4-0 - 1451
3 Clemson (1) - 5-0 - 1403
4 Michigan (1) - 5-0 - 1334
5 Washington - 5-0 - 1234
6 Houston - 5-0 - 1233
7 Louisville - 4-1 - 1160
8 Texas A&M - 5-0 - 1113
9 Tennessee - 5-0 - 1045
10 Miami - 4-0 - 909
11 Wisconsin - 4-1 - 882
12 Nebraska - 5-0 - 821
13 Baylor - 5-0 - 805
14 Ole Miss - 3-2 - 712
15 Stanford - 3-1 - 711
16 Arkansas - 4-1 - 528
17 North Carolina - 4-1 497
18 Florida - 4-1 - 391
19 Boise State - 4-0 - 385
20 Oklahoma - 2-2 - 324
21 Colorado - 4-1 - 276
22 West Virginia - 4-0 - 240
23 Florida State - 3-2 - 230
24 Utah - 4-1 - 86
25 Virginia Tech - 3-1 - 85

Dropped from rankings: : Michigan State 17, San Diego State 19, TCU 21, Texas 22, Georgia 25

Others receiving votes: Western Michigan 76, UCLA 56, LSU 49, North Dakota State 46, Auburn 46, Georgia 42, Oklahoma State 41, TCU 26, Maryland 23, Air Force 17, San Diego State 10, Michigan State 7, South Florida 6, Arizona State 4, California 3, Indiana 3, Texas 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 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

NFL Power Poll - Week 4 - Vikings Pressing Patriots For Top Ranking

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NFL Power Poll - Week 4

Vikings Move to #2 Ranking Behind Patriots With Broncos #3 in NFL Poll

Photo - QB Carson Wentz - Eagles

Team of the Week - Minnesota Vikings

Offensive Player of the Week - WR Ty Hilton - Colts
Defensive Player of the Week - DE Everson Griffen - Vikings

Rookie of Week - QB Carson Wentz - Eagles

Game of the Week - N.Y. Giants (2-1) at Minnesota Vikings (3-0)

#1 - 3-0 PATRIOTS
New England was been amazing with star QB Tom Brady out with a month long suspension. They win with unproven QBs, Jimmy Garoppolo and rookie Jacoby Bassett. They get the Bills this week with Brady returning next Sunday vs the Browns. Patriots continue to dominate the inept and soft NFC East.

#2 - 3-0 VIKINGS
Vikings look dominant last week bashing QB Cam Newton and the Panthers. Vikings has settled into veteran QB Sam Bradford who has responded well despite losing Pro Bowl runner Adrian Peterson and LT Matt Kalil to long term injuries. The Vikings defense has been dominant with consistent heavy pressure that buried the talented mobile Newton.

#3 - 3-0 BRONCOS
Broncos have not lost a step off their Super Bowl title last season despite losing main players like Peyton Manning and DL Malik Jackson. They come off an impressive win at Cincinnati that displayed their strong defense again and good effort once again from young QB Trevor Siemian.

#4 - 2-1 PACKERS
Packers' offense exploded behind QB Aaron Rodgers and wideout Jordy Nelson that dispelled some early concerns. They get an early bye this week with the heavy NFC schedule and Giants next up in Title town.

#5 - 3-0 EAGLES
Eagles rookie QB Carson Wentz has been outstanding in the first three victories with no turnovers. That’s a first for the rookie QB since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger. The Eagles defense has been just as impressive with a league low of only 27 points allowed. They get a bye this week before resuming vs the Lions.

#6 - 3-0 RAVENS
The Ravens know how to win with a core Super Bowl champ group in the building. They faced a soft early schedule, but still have the composure and poise in big situations that usually spell victory in crunch time. They get the Raiders and Redskins at home the next two weeks.

#7 - 2-1 STEELERS
The Steelers won vs two division winners from 2015 in their first two games, but were bashed by the hot Eagles last week. They get two home games vs Chiefs and Jets that allows them to stay in AFC North chase.

#8 - 1-2 BENGALS
Bengals will rely on veteran wideout A.J. Green and runner vet Jeremy Hill to take up slack with a few key receivers in offseason. This club needs to win in one of the toughest divisions in the game. Their ultimate test will be the postseason, but face a tough challenge to stay competitive.

#9 - 2-1 GIANTS
The Giants looked like 2015 all over again when they blew a lead and many opportunities vs the Skins. They made key mistakes that gave away a critical NFC East matchup. They travel to Minnesota and Green Bay the next two, key NFC opponents who are playing well currently.

#10 - 2-1 SEAHAWKS
QB Russell Wilson looks to play with a sprained ankle with an offense that lacks firepower. The ground game may determine their success with Russell less than 100%. They travel to Met Life for Jets matchup prior to a bye that to get healthy.

#11 - 1-2 PANTHERS
Carolina was battered by the powerful Vikings defense that pressured QB Cam Newton tremendously. They face NFC South opponents the next three weeks that will probably determine early divisional leadership. Pass protection will be critical for Cam Newton’s success.

#12 - 1-2 CARDINALS
The Cardinals has been disappointing initially and face a heavy NFC schedule that determines their early direction. They face a physical Rams team relies on their powerful defense and strong ground game. Carson Palmer needs to step up with key NFC games upcoming.

#13 - 2-1 CHIEFS
The Chiefs have been hot and cold and face a huge AFC game at Pittsburgh. Their defense has been a fixture in recent weeks and tailback Jamaal Charles returns for key matchup vs the Steelers.

#14 – 1-2 JETS
Jets continued to fail in big situations. Their tough defense has only been mediocre thus far while their offense continues to make major mistakes in key situations. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick faces back to back tough clubs in the Seahawks and Packers.

#15 - 2-1 RAMS
Rams rely on strong ground attack and tough overall defense. They have had the Seahawks' number in recent years and come off two victories with win over Bucs. They travel to Arizona in a critical NFC West matchup that has impact on divisional race.

#16 - 2-1 COWBOYS
The Cowboys’ rely on rookie QB Dak Prescott to guide them through the first half of the schedule. He has been efficient mainly but will be without star WR Dez Bryant this week. He looks to follow rookie runner Ezekiel Elliott in matchup with 49ers.

#17 - 2-1 RAIDERS
The Raiders are learning how to win, especially close games. Young QB Derek Carr faces a heavy AFC schedule over the next month that may shape the AFC West. They travel to Baltimore in key AFC matchup before a divisional run.

#18 – 2-1 FALCONS
Veteran QB Matt Ryan has directed the Falcons and the highest scoring club in the league. Their defense will have to step up to maintain NFC South leadership especially with a better pass rush. They face Panthers and Broncos in next two weeks that may separate them from contenders or pretenders.

#19 - 1-2 REDSKINS
Washington got a gift from the Giants for their first victory. Q Jay Gruden will play it out with veteran QB Kirk Cousins. The defense is bangup and suspect and needs to regroup quickly. They get the Browns at home and attempt to get to .500 this week.

#20 - 1-2 COLTS
The Colts rely heavy on QB Andrew Luck who operates behind an average supporting cast. Their defense ranks as the 2nd worst in the league with 95 points allowed. Luck has carried this club when healthy and can lead this team in a weak division. Colts get Jaguars and Bears over next two weeks.

#21 - 2-1 TEXANS
The Texans have won a few early close games while allowing only 53 points. They loss star DE JJ Watt for the season with a back injury. QB Brock Osweiler will have to step up and get more production from this attack. They get Titans at home this week in a vital matchup to maintain South leadership..

#22 - 1-2 LIONS
The Lions were blasted by Packers in key divisional game. Their defense has struggled to stop the pass and been poor in the red zone. They go to Chicago this week before a three game home stand vs NFC opponents.

#23 - 1-2 DOLPHINS
The Dolphins have been inconsistent once again especially young QB Ryan Tannehill. They continue to disappoint in big situations with multiple turnovers. They get a four game AFC schedule here that may define their ability to compete for a playoff spot.

#24 - 1-2 BUCCANEERS
Young QB Jameis Winston will continue to go through his growing pains that creates an inconsistent offense. The Bucs defense has allowed the most points in the league after 3 games. The Bucs play the Broncos and Panthers the next two weeks that may set stage for another sub. 500 season.

#25 - 1-2 CHARGERS
The Chargers have been a faltering club in recent years despite the presence of vet QB Philip Rivers. The SD defense has been undermanned despite some young talent. They face a heavy schedule of AFC clubs and strong passing attacks over next month.

#26 - 1-2 49ERS
QB Blaine Gabbert was been only adequate, but Colin Kaepernick has been ineffective for the past two seasons. 49ers host the Cowboys and Cardinals over the next week.

#27 - 0-3 SAINTS
The Saints defense has given up an average of 32 points which spells a winless start of 2016. QB Drew Brees can still light it up but it may not be enough to overcome this horrific defense. Might get their first victory with trip to San Diego up next.

#28 - 1-2 BILLS
Bills' offense will be without WR Sammy Watkins vs Patriots. The defensive unit has struggled with several injuries that may limit HC Rex Ryan in his scheme versatility.

#29 - 1-2 TITANS
QB Marcus Mariota has struggled with limited weapons in the early going. Titans defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau's defense has shut the door weekly and can develop a young unit. They face a fairly weak schedule the next six week, but could spell in a few wins.

#30 - 0-3 JAGUARS
The Jags' know how to loss the past five seasons and continue with overall poor play. QB Blake Bortles has been only average and talented young defense faces a steep learning curve to be competitive. They travel to London vs Colts before their bye week.

#31 - 0-3 BEARS
The Bears may be the worst in the league with a weak offense that is ready to pursue a QB for the future this offense. John Fox's defense has talent, but also has youth that may take a few seasons to mature. They face a soft section of their schedule with Detroit in this week.

#32 - 0-3 BROWNS
The Browns are a total disaster and a graveyard for high draft picks. They start rookie QB Cody Kessler who has performed fairly well. Troubled wideout Josh Gordon enters rehab and will part ways with Browns after a tragic playing career. Browns travel to Washington then return home vs Patriots.

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 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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