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The Bowl Championship Series: Grand Finale

The Bowl Championship Series: A Golden Era

Since 1998, when Tennessee beat Florida State in the first Bowl Championship Series (BCS) National Championship game at the Fiesta Bowl, to this season’s VIZIO BCS National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl Stadium, the BCS has transformed college football into a true national treasure; with popularity, attendance, and fan viewership at record levels.

Though, I have always advocated a College Playoff system and crown a true national champion, the BCS series has done a remarkable job getting the top two clubs on the field for the title. College football has flourished on many levels due to the BCS system and has set a valuable blueprint for the new upcoming playoff format that begins next postseason.

The BCS was a significant step forward. It delivered a guaranteed matchup of the top two teams in a true national championship game, replacing a system that left fans wondering who the real champion was. It also brought more access to all Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) programs. It featured some of the finest performances from some of the game’s greatest student-athletes, and preserved America’s bowl tradition for fans and participants alike. As the sun sets on the BCS era, it’s worth remembering all the positive developments that brought college football to where it is today.

The Top Two Teams Played in the National Championship Game – 16 times in 16 years. Since its inception in 1998, the BCS did what it was asked to do – matching college football’s number one and two teams, while preserving the heritage of the bowl system, along with college football’s unique regular season.

BCS Title Game Matchups
1998 (1) Tennessee 23 (2) Florida State 16
1999 (1) Florida State 46 (2) Virginia Tech 29
2000 (1) Oklahoma 13 (2) Florida State 2
2001 (1) Miami 37 (2) Nebraska 14
2002 (1) Miami 24 (2) Ohio State 31 (2 OT)
2003 (1) Oklahoma 14 (2) LSU 21
2004 (1) Southern California 55 (2) Oklahoma 19
2005 (1) Southern California 38 (2) Texas 41
2006 (1) Ohio State 14 (2) Florida 41
2007 (1) Ohio State 24 (2) LSU 38
2008 (1) Oklahoma 14 (2) Florida 24
2009 (1) Alabama 37 (2) Texas 21
2010 (1) Auburn 22 (2) Oregon 19
2011 (1) LSU 0 (2) Alabama 21
2012 (1) Notre Dame 14 (2) Alabama 42
2013 (1) Florida State (2) Auburn


NFL Power Rankings - Seahawks Gaining Momentum Into Postseason

NFL Power Rankings - Seahawks Gaining Momentum Into Postseason

Photo - OT Branden Albert - Chiefs

Team of Week 15 - Miami Dolphins

Matchup of Week 16 – Saints at Panthers –

Rank / Team / Record

1. Seattle Seahawks (12-2)
The Seahawks are clicking on all units and peaking at the right time.

2. Denver Broncos (11-3)
Broncos have 10 days to lick their wounds from their late loss to Chargers.

3. New Orleans Saints (10-4)
Saints go to Carolina with South title in the balance.

4. Kansas City Chiefs (11-3)
The Chiefs get Colts at home in a contest with major AFC playoff ramifications in play.

5. New England Patriots (10-4)
Patriots go to Baltimore that could decide two AFC divisions.

6. Carolina Panthers (11-3)
The hot Panthers get Saints at home with South title for the winner.

7. Indianapolis Colts (9-5)
Colts face acid test this week with trip to Kansas City.

8. Cincinnati Bengals (9-5)
The Bengals have slipped over last month and need a strong win over Vikings at home to solidify first place in AFC North.

9. San Francisco 49ers (10-4)
The 49ers are dangerous despite being behind the Seahawks in NFC West.

10. Baltimore Ravens (8-6)
The Ravens continue to hang in playoff hunt and get huge home game vs Patriots this week.

11. Arizona Cardinals (9-5)
Cards might be the best team that sits out the playoffs this season.

12. Philadelphia Eagles (8-6)
Eagles are trying to shoot themselves with the NFC East title there for the taking.

13. Chicago Bears (8-6)
The Bears go to Philly with a slim half game lead over the Packers.

14. Green Bay Packers (7-6-1)
Packers are hoping their finale at Chicago is for the NFC North title.

15. Miami Dolphins (8-6)
The Dolphins won huge game vs Patriots, but need to run table vs Bills and Jets for playoff chance.

16. San Diego Chargers (7-7)
Chargers are hot over last month, but need help to claim final playoff spot.

17. Detroit Lions (7-7)
Lions gave away first place in the North and need big win with Giants coming to town.

18. Dallas Cowboys (7-7)
Cowboys are only alive because East is a mess. Their defense is among the worst in the league.


Auburn's Gus Malzahn Wins Eddie Robinson Coaching Award

Auburn's Gus Malzahn Wins Eddie Robinson Coaching Award

Auburn's Gus Malzahn has been named the winner of the 2013 FWAA/Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award that is sponsored by the Fiesta Bowl, becoming the third first-year head coach to take home the award during its 57-year history.

Photo – Eddie Robinson – Grambling

Malzahn's Tigers posted a 12-1 record during the 2013 season and have earned a berth in the VIZIO BCS National Championship against Florida State on Jan. 6. He's only the third Southeastern Conference coach to win the football league title in the first season at his school and the first since Ole Miss' John Vaught in 1947. Previous to Malzahn, the last SEC coach to win the award was Alabama's Nick Saban in 2008.

In 2012, Auburn finished 3-9 overall and 0-8 in the SEC. The current season's 8 1/2-game improvement is tied for the best in FBS history. Malzahn is only the second first-year, major-college coach to lead his new team to the national title game.

"This is a huge honor, and I'm very humbled to be named the recipient of the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award," Malzahn said upon hearing the news. "I have always had a tremendous amount of respect for Coach Robinson and looked up to him as a coach and as an individual. I accept this award on behalf of our entire coaching staff and players, which have done an outstanding job this year getting our program turned around."

Malzahn, Auburn's offensive coordinator from 2009-11, already has one national title under his belt when he claimed the Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant coach on Auburn's 2010 national title team. Malzahn went to Arkansas State in 2012 as the head coach, where he led that school to the Sun Belt Conference title before returning to Auburn.

"Certainly, the job Coach Malzahn has done this year warrants this award," said FWAA President Chris Dufresne of the Los Angeles Times. "It is one of the best turnarounds in college football history and to do it in the first year at a school even adds to the accomplishment."

"In his first season at the helm at Auburn, Gus Malzahn authored one of the great turnarounds in college football history," Fiesta Bowl Executive Director Robert Shelton said. "It takes a special coach to lead a team to the BCS championship game one year after it failed to win a conference game. Coach Malzahn is a fitting recipient of the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award."

Auburn, which defeated Missouri, 59-42, in the 2013 SEC title game, leads the country in rushing with 335.7 yards per game and also tops the country with 215 rushing first downs. Auburn has scored 30-or-more points in nine straight games for the first time in school history.

The other first-year coaches to win the FWAA Coaching Award are Ralph Friedgen of Maryland in 2001 and Tom Cahill of Army in 1966. Malzahn is the second Auburn coach to claim this award, following Terry Bowden in 1993.

The Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award will be highlighted during a reception on Jan. 4, 2014, in Newport Beach, Calif., where Malzahn will accept the Eddie Robinson bust.

The entire FWAA membership had the opportunity to vote on the winner of the association's Coach of the Year Award, which was narrowed to eight finalists earlier this month. The other finalists were Baylor's Art Briles, Duke's David Cutcliffe, Michigan State's Mark Dantonio, Florida State's Jimbo Fisher, Central Florida's George O'Leary, Missouri's Gary Pinkel and Stanford's David Shaw.

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2013 Draft Insiders’ Digest 2013 All-American Team

2013 Draft Insiders’ Digest 2013 All-American Team
Draft Insiders.com has produced an All-American team for over 20 years. Here is this year’s version of the most outstanding players from the 2013 College season.

Players of the Year
Offense - RB Tre Mason - Auburn
Defense - DT Aaron Donald – Pittsburgh

Photo – WR Sammy Watkins - Clemson

First Team Offense
Pos./ Name / School / Ht / Wt / Class

QB AJ McCarron, Alabama - 6-4, 214 - Sr.
RB Tre Mason, Auburn - 5-10, 200 - Jr
RB Ka’Deem Carey, Arizona - 5-10, 207 - Jr.
RB Andre Williams, Boston College - 6-0, 227 - Sr.
WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M - 6-5, 225 - Soph
WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson - 6-1 205 - Jr.
TE Jace Amaro, Texas Tech - 6-5, 260 - Jr.
OL Jake Matthews, Texas A&M - 6-5, 305 - Sr.
OL Cyrus Louandjio, Alabama - 6-6, 310 - Jr.
OL David Yankey, Stanford - 6-5, 313 - Sr.
OL Cyril Richardson, Baylor - 6-5, 340 - Sr.
C Travis Swanson, Arkansas - 6-5, 310 - Sr
PK Anthony Fera, Texas - 6-2, 208 - Sr.
PR Brandin Cooks, Oregon State - 5-10, 186 - Jr.

First Team Defense
DE Michael Sam, Missouri - 6-2, 255 - Sr.
DE Trent Murphy, Stanford - 6-6, 261 - Sr.
DT Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh - 6-0, 285 - Sr.
DT Ra’Shede Hegeman, Minnesota - 6-5, 310 - Sr.
LB C.J. Mosley, Alabama - 6-2, 238 - Sr.
LB Shayne Skov, Stanford - 6-3, 240 - Sr
LB Anthony Barr, UCLA - 6-4, 248 - Sr.
DB Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State - 5-11, 197 - Sr.
DB Jason Verrett, TCU - 5-10, 176 - Sr.
DB Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State - 5-8, 190 - Sr.
DB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State - 6-0, 200 - Sr.
P Tom Hornsey, Memphis - 6-3, 200 - Sr.
KR Ty Montgomery, Stanford - 6-2, 215 - Jr.

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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NFL Draft 2014 - Pro Prospect QB & RB Rankings

Pro Prospect Rankings - NFL Draft 2014
2013 Postseason Rankings * underclassmen

Photo – QB Derek Carr - Fresno St.

1. * Teddy Bridgewater, 6-2, 220 - Louisville
2. Derek Carr, 6-3, 210 - Fresno St
3. AJ McCarron, 6-3, 215 - Alabama
4. Zach Mettenberger, 6-5, 225 - LSU
5. * Blake Bortles, 6-3, 230 - Central Florida
6. * Johnny Manziel, 5-11, 210 - Texas A&M
7. Tajh Boyd, 6-0, 225 - Clemson
8. Tyler Russell, 6-5, 220 - Mississippi St
9. Aaron Murray, 6-1, 210 - Georgia
10. David Fales, 6-3, 220 - San Jose St
11. Jimmy Garoppolo, 6-2, 215 - Eastern Illinois
12. Stephen Morris, 6-2, 210 - Miami
13. Logan Thomas, 6-5, 255 - Virginia Tech
14. Tom Savage, 6-5, 230 - Pittsburgh
15. James Franklin, 6-2, 230 - Missouri

Running Backs:
1. * Ka'Deem Carey, 5-9, 205 - Arizona
2. * Tre Mason, 5-10, 215 - Auburn
3. Marion Grice, 5-11, 205 - Arizona St
4. * Carlos Hyde, 5-11, 240 - Ohio St
5. * Lache Seastrunk, 5-9, 210 - Baylor
6. * Jeremy Hill, 6-0, 235 - LSU
7. * James Wilder, 6-1, 230 - Florida St
8. Antonio Andrews, 5-11, 215 - Western Kentucky
9. James White, 5-9, 200 - Wisconsin
10. * Bishop Sankey, 5-9, 205 - Washington
11. * Terrance West, 5-11, 225 - Towson St.
12. Andre Williams, 6-0, 220 - Boston College
13. * Charles Sims, 5-11, 215 - West Virginia
14. Tyler Gaffney, 5-11, 225 - Stanford
15. Silas Redd, 5-9, 200 - Southern Cal

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Heisman Trophy Award 2013 - Alabama’s A.J. McCarron Gets Vote

One Man’s Vote – Heisman Trophy Award 2013
Alabama’s A.J. McCarron Gets Heisman Trophy Vote Here

Photo – QB A.J. McCarron - Alabama

This year’s Heisman Trophy race may prove to be one of the diverse voting processes in the prestigious history of the coveted award. The Heisman Trophy Award show will be presented on ESPN tonight and will host six candidates for the trophy, the most in history.

The 2013 college football season saw the leaders for the award change almost weekly with the top two honorees, QBs A.J. McCarron, Jameis Winston and Johnny Manziel surfacing to the top of the ballots with strong 2013 season performances.

A.J. McCarron has been nearly flawless over the past three seasons with only a late season loss to Auburn a blemish on this year’s resume. He has elevated the Bama club to a top ranking as an underclassmen and only the last second thriller vs Auburn knocked them from another BCS title game.

He has been amazingly consistent this season with few mistakes and game to game big plays that changed the outcome of key matchups. His performance vs Texas A&M, LSU, Ole Miss and Auburn were all impressive performances on a big stage and national title implications in the balance. Consequently, I voted him the Heisman Trophy award off an outstanding 2013 season and one of the most technically sound and smart leaders in the nation. He has been a difference maker in virtually every game he plays with minimal mistakes vs the highest competition in college football.

Jameis Winston had an outstanding redshirt freshman season, though controversial with an off the field investigation through the 2013 fall. He was cleared of the allegations in December, though it remains to be seen how this could affect the voting. He led the Seminole offense to a #2 national ranking and ACC title with an upcoming BCS title game on the schedule. Despite his strong 2013 showing, he performed against few top 20 clubs with only Duke (10-3), Clemson (9-2) and Miami (9-3) tough opponents. The remaining of their schedule was very weak as they did not play two ACC bowl teams North Carolina and Georgia Tech.

Johnny Manziel will attempt to be the first two time winner since Archie Griffin of Ohio St from the 1970’s. Manziel was the first freshman in history to win the award last season. He struggled in key games vs Alabama and LSU this year that will hurt his chances to repeat.

Frank Coyle’s HeismanTrophy Vote
#1 A.J. McCarron - QB - Alabama
#2 Jameis Winston - QB - Florida St
#3 Johnny Manziel - QB - Texas A&M

The 2013 Winner will be announced live on ESPN tonight Saturday Dec.14th at 8 pm.
Following much anticipation, Heisman Trophy committee announced the record six finalists for this year's award.

The Heisman Trophy Trust revealed the gridiron stars in contention for the prestigious 79th Annual Heisman Memorial Trophy are Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel, Alabama QB A.J. McCarron, Florida St. QB Jameis Winston and Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch, along with running backs Tre Mason of Auburn and Andre Williams of Boston College.

The six finalists will be in New York for the live Heisman Trophy announcement tonight, December 14, airing on ESPN at 8:00 pm EST, presented by Nissan North America.

The Heisman Memorial Trophy annually recognizes the outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity. An electorate comprised of 928 sports journalists and every living former Heisman winner determines the finalists and winner. Included in the electorate is one overall fan vote, an opportunity supported by Nissan North America, Heisman's Premier Partner.

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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