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Six MVFC Teams Ranked in FCS Top 25 Poll Again This Week

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Six MVFC Teams Ranked in FCS Top 25 Poll Again This Week
SDSU's Jake Wieneke leads the nation in scoring. The Jackrabbits host Cal Poly this Saturday.

Photo - WR Cooper Kupp - Eastern Washington

Six league teams, led by top-10 spots by North Dakota State (1), Illinois State (5), UNI (9) and South Dakota State (9) are ranked in the three polls this week. Western Illinois (15) and Youngstown State (20) are also in the Top 25, while South Dakota and Southern Illinois received votes.

Four league teams (Illinois State, Missouri State, North Dakota State, Western Illinois) have started the season with 2-0 records. Only one team (South Dakota State, 3-0) started last year with an unblemished record after two contests. The last time the MVFC had four or more teams at 2-0 was in 2013, when five teams started the year with at least two-straight wins.

NDSU has been ranked in 82-straight top-25 regular-season polls, the league’s best active streak. The Bison hold the top spot in the FCS Coaches poll, the STATS FCS poll and the HERO Sports rankings.

FCS Poll 2016 - Week 2
Rankings as of 9/12/2016

Rank / School / Votes / Prev
1 North Dakota State (2-0) 4205 (151) - 1
2 Richmond (2-0) 4046 (18) - 2
3 Sam Houston State (1-0) 3757 - 4
4 Jacksonville State (1-1) 3350 - 5
5 Illinois State (2-0) 3293 - 10
6 Chattanooga (2-0) 3291 - 6
7 Montana (2-0) 3103 - 14
8 Eastern Washington (1-1) 2851 - 8
9 South Dakota State (1-1) 2789 - 9
10 UNI (1-1) 2741 - 3
11 James Madison (2-0) 2560 - 12
12 Charleston Southern (1-2) 2381 - 7
13 William & Mary (1-1) 2116 - 13
14 McNeese (1-1) 1869 - 11
15 Citadel (2-0) 1860 - 15
16 Western Illinois (2-0) 1765 - 18
17 Coastal Carolina (2-0) 1514 - 17
18 North Carolina A&T (2-0) 1238 - 23
19 Portland State (1-1) 1044 - 16
20 Youngstown State (1-1) 771 - 20
21 Villanova (1-1) 757 - 22
22 New Hampshire (1-1) 618 - 24
23 Colgate (0-1) 606 - 21
24 Northern Arizona (0-2) 443 - 19
25 Albany (2-0) 385 - NR

Others: Towson (212) , Harvard (153) , Eastern Illinois (144) ,Samford (128) , Fordham (112) , Grambling State (112) ,Eastern Kentucky (101) , Southern Utah (92) , North Dakota (92) , Alcorn State (71) , Stony Brook (59) , Western Carolina (47) ,Nicholls (38) , Delaware (31) , Montana State (22) , Cal Poly (20) , Penn (20) , Tennessee State (17) , Furman (16) , Central Arkansas (16) , South Dakota (13) , Dayton (12) , Dartmouth (8) , Liberty (6) , Bethune-Cookman (5) , Florida A&M (5) , UT Martin(5) , Monmouth (5) , Wofford (5) , Weber State (2) , Southern Illinois (2) , Northern Colorado (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 2016 Predictions - Cardinals-Chiefs - Super Bowl LI Matchup

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NFL 2016 Predictions - Cardinals-Chiefs - Super Bowl LI Matchup

DraftInsiders.com - NFL 2016 Predictions
Cardinals Picked as NFL Champion in Super Bowl LI

Photo - QB Brock Osweiler - Texans

Offensive Player of the Year
– QB Aaron Rodgers - Packers
Defensive Player of the Year
– Ndamukong Shu - Dolphins

Rookies of the Year
Offense - RB Ezekiel Elliott - Cowboys
Defense - LB Leonard Floyd - Bears

NFC
EAST
New York Giants - 11-5 –

Giants can play with anyone on the league, but must stay healthy and play more consistently. They have a potent attack that adds rookie Sterling Shepherd, in addition to a revamped defense that has a talented front four that can be a difference in big games.
Washington Redskins - 9-7 –
Skins return veteran QB Kirk Cousins who lead them to a divisional title in a weak division. They play a tougher schedule and their offense lacks many playmakers. Their defense needs to improve their pass rush with little talent other than Ryan Kerrigan. Their secondary improved with the addition of CB Josh Norman. Skins might struggle to make the playoffs in a wide open division.
Philadelphia Eagles - 8-8 –
Eagles made major changes with adding rookie top pick Carson Wentz who will start early after the trade of veteran QB Sam Bradford. They have questions along the line and at wideout that could create inconsistencies on offense. The defense is a playoff level, though marginal depth.
Dallas Cowboys - 6-10 –
QB Tony Romo is out until midseason and rookie QB Dak Prescott starts in the interim. Rookie back Ezekiel Elliot can provide major impact behind a talented line. Wideout Dez Bryant must return to Pro Bowl form to balance this attack. Their defense is average at best and they must prove they can contain playoff caliber offenses.

NORTH
Green Bay Packers -11-5 -

Aaron Rodgers is still the premier QB in the game and will benefit with the return of veteran wideout Jordy Nelson. They look to a revitalized Eddie Lacy to return this ground game to former levels. Their defense must prove it can win in big situations after recent collapses.
Minnesota Vikings - 8-8 -
Vikes moved quickly to replace injury starter Teddy Bridgewater with the trade for veteran Sam Bradford. They believe they are close to challenging for a title behind premier tailback Adrian Peterson and an improving defense. Defense has improved steadily over recent seasons.
Detroit Lions - 6- 10 –
Lions will miss Pro Bowl receiver Calvin Johnson and leaves a hole for the potent attack directed by vet QB Matt Stafford. Their young improving defense is still not at playoff levels.
Chicago Bears - 6-10 -
Bears look to erratic veteran QB Jay Cutler to direct this average offense. The young defense was one of the worst in this league last season and look to new additions, top pick LB Leonard Floyd and DE Jon Bullard to step in and provide impact.

SOUTH
Carolina Panthers - 10-6 –

Panthers will ride QB Cam Newton to repeat as the divisional leader. He looks for the return of talented wideout Kelvin Benjamin who missed the clubs’ Super bowl run. Their talented front seven will hope to cover a young and suspect secondary that may struggle this fall. They face a very tough schedule and could go through some difficult periods to return to postseason.
New Orleans Saints - 10-6 –
The Saints resigned veteran QB Drew Brees who is the backbone of this franchise. The offense ranks with the best in the game. Their battered defense needs to step up and looks to young defenders, top pick DL Sheldon Rankins and veterans, LB Stephone Anthony and James Laurinaitis to provide stability.
Atlanta Falcons - 8-8 –
Falcons hope to continue their late season improvement in a division that is wide open. QB Matt Ryan looks to new vet wideout Mohamed Sanu to compliment playmaker Julio Jones. Their defense must improve especially the pass rush with young LB Vic Beasley vital for impact off the edge. They face a very tough schedule that might limit must progress.
Tampa Bay Bucs - 6-10 –
The Bucs began the Jameis Winston era with a 4000 yard passing effort, in addition to a strong ground game. Talented young offense should continue to improve. The defense needs to develop a strong rush to protect a secondary with a few key changes.

WEST
Arizona Cardinals – 11-5 –
Cards look to build off last years’ playoff run behind vet QB Carson Palmer and a strong group of playmakers. They look to a young emerging defense to improve further especially in big game situations.
Seattle Seahawks - 9-7 –
Seahawks may be hard pressed to win this divisional title after the retirement of runner Marshawn Lynch, the linchpin of their attack. QB Russell Wilson directs a strong run oriented offense that faces key changes. Their defense remains among the elite in the game.
Los Angeles Rams - 8-8 –
Rams look to build off an improved offense directed by rookie top pick QB Jared Goff who probably takes over early in the season. Runner Todd Gurley is the backbone of this attack and remains their indispensable performer. Their defense looks to a young front line that features two #1 picks, in Arik Armstead and DeForrest Buckner. Their young secondary may be vulnerable this season f them dangerous to make the playoffs.
San Francisco 49ers - 5-11 –
The 49ers sustained numerous key changes with young QB Blaine Gabbert taking over the starting job. Their defense looks to a young front line that features two #1 picks, in Arik Armstead and DeForrest Buckner. Their young secondary may be vulnerable this season with the 49ers most likely struggling to attain the .500 mark.

Divisional Champs
Giants, Packers, Panthers and Cardinals

Wild Card Clubs
Vikings & Saints

NFC Championship
Cardinal beat Packers in wild NFC title game.

For AFC Predictions – Go to next Page

Bama /Clemson Hold Top Two Rankings - Draft Insiders' Top 25 Standings

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Draft Insiders' & AP Top 25 Rankings
Crimson Tide and Tigers Hold Top Two Positions

Photo - RB Christian McCaffrey - Stanford

Draft Insiders' - Top 25 Rankings
Week 2 Sept, 7

Team of Week - Houston

RK/ Team/ Rec
1 Alabama - 1-0
2 Clemson - 1-0
3 Ohio St - 1-0
4 Florida St - 1-0
5 Michigan - 1-0
6 Houston - 1-0
7 Stanford - 1-0
8 Washington - 1-0
9 Georgia - 1-0
10 Wisconsin - 1-0
11 Texas - 1-0
12 Michigan St - 1-0
13 Louisville - 1-0
14 Oklahoma - 0-1
15 Notre Dame - 0-1
16 TCU - 1-0
17 Iowa - 1-0
18 Texas A&M - 1-0
19 Tennessee - 1-0
20 Ole Miss - 0-1
21 LSU - 0-1
22 Oklahoma St - 1-0
23 Baylor - 1-0
24 Oregon - 1-0
25 Miami - 1-0

AP Top 25
RK/ Team/ Rec/ Pts

1 Alabama (54) - 1-0/ 1518
2 Clemson (2) - 1-0/ 1416
3 Florida State (4) - 1-0/ 1413
4 Ohio State - 1-0/ 1324
5 Michigan (1) - 1-0/ 1261
6 Houston - 1-0/ 1243
7 Stanford - 1-0/ 1140
8 Washington - 1-0/ 884
9 Georgia - 1-0/ 877
10 Wisconsin - 1-0/ 759
11 Texas - 1-0/ 743
12 Michigan State - 1-0/ 722
13 Louisville - 1-0/ 686
14 Oklahoma - 0-1/ 664
15 TCU 1-0 / 635
16 Iowa 1-0 / 588
17 Tennessee - 1-0/ 573
18 Notre Dame - 0-1/ 528
19 Ole Miss - 0-1/ 493
20 Texas A&M - 1-0/ 477
21 LSU - 0-1 / 423
22 Oklahoma State - 1-0/ 409
23 Baylor - 1-0 /296
24 Oregon - 1-0 /242
25 Miami - 1-0 /137

Dropped from rankings:
UCLA 16, USC 20, North Carolina 22, Florida 25

Others receiving votes:
Florida 117, UCLA 62, Boise State 50, Utah 43, San Diego State 37, North Carolina 23, Nebraska 13, Auburn 13, Pittsburgh 7, BYU 5, Navy 2, West Virginia 1, Colorado 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

Philadelphia Hosts The NFL Draft 2017

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NFL Draft Returns to Philadelphia for Spring 2017
The NFL confirmed that the 2017 NFL Draft will be held in Philadelphia on the weekend of April 27-29 next spring. The City of Brotherly Love hosts the NFL extravaganza in 2017 for the first time since 1961 after a two year stay in Chicago. The first ever NFL Draft was actually held in Philadelphia back in 1936, while the last draft held in the city was in 1961, the year after the Eagles last NFL title in 1960. The Big Apple had a 50-year run in New York, prior to the NFL move to Chicago in 2015 and 2016. The two year stay in Chicago drew an estimated 200,000 fans. Several cities including Dallas and Green Bay are believed to be pressing for the NFL 2018 Draft with Dallas the forerunner. Green Bay has shown interest in hosting the NFL Draft in 2019, 2020 or 2021. Meanwhile, several other sites have also expressed a strong interest in hosting a future draft including Los Angeles, Denver, Jacksonville, Pittsburgh and Atlanta. In addition, Canton, Ohio the home of the NFL Hall-of-Fame and an original NFL team is interested in hosting the NFL Draft over the next five years.

NFL Draft 2017 - April 27-29, Thursday through Saturday.

2016 Draft Insiders’ Digest - Top 25 Preseason Poll

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2016 Preseason Draft Insiders’ Digest Top 25 Poll

Defending national champion Alabama topped both heads the AP and Coaches preseason polls. Draft Insiders.com picks Clemson to avenge their title game lose to the Crimson Tide and win the ACC title once again. Clemson ranks second nationally in other polls after seeing their perfect 2015 season end with a loss to Alabama in the championship game. The top ten is filled with strong programs including Oklahoma, Florida St, Ohio St, LSU and Notre Dame all with talented squads and capable of pressing for the coveted BCS trophy.

2016 Preseason Top 25 Draft Inisders’ Poll

Photo - RB Leonard Fournette - LSU

Draft Insiders’ will have our 2016 All–American Team this week

1. Clemson
2. Oklahoma
3. Ohio St
4. Alabama
5. Florida St
6. LSU
7. Notre Dame
8. Stanford
9. Michigan
10. Michigan St
11. Ole Miss
12. Houston
13. Tennessee
14. TCU
15. Georgia
16. Iowa
17. USC
18. Washington
19. Oklahoma St
20. Baylor
21. UCLA
22. North Carolina
23. Oregon
24. Louisville
25. 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 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 Calendar Dates For 2016 Preseason and Fall Season

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NFL Calendar Dates For 2016 Preseason and Fall Season
Aug. 9: Deadline for players under contract to report to their clubs to earn an accrued season for free agency.
Aug. 9: If a drafted rookie has not signed with his club by this date, he cannot be traded to any other club in 2016, and may sign a player contract only with the drafting club until the day of the Draft in the 2017 League Year.

Photo - QB Eli Manning - Giants

Aug. 25-28: Third Preseason Weekend.
Aug. 30: Prior to 4 p.m. ET, clubs must reduce their rosters to a maximum of 75 players on the Active List.
Sept. 1: Final Preseason Games.

Sept. 3: Prior to 4 p.m. ET, clubs must reduce rosters to a maximum of 53 players on the Active/Inactive List.

Sept. 3: Simultaneously with the cut-down to 53, clubs that have players in the categories of Active/Physically Unable to Perform or Active/Non-Football Injury or Illness must select one of the following options: place player on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform or Reserve/Non-Football Injury or Illness, whichever is applicable; request waivers; terminate contract; trade contract; or continue to count the player on the Active List.

Sept. 4: Claiming period for players placed on waivers at the final roster reduction will expire at noon ET.

Sept. 4: Upon receipt of the Personnel Notice at approximately 1 p.m. ET, clubs may establish a Practice Squad of 10 players. No club, including the player's prior club, will be permitted to sign a player to a Practice Player Contract until all clubs have received simultaneous notification via the above Personnel Notice that such player's prior NFL player contract has been terminated via the waiver system.
Sept. 5-9: In accordance with the 2016 Personnel (Injury) Report Policy, each club is required to file a Practice Report with its conference communications contact by 4 p.m. ET, (or as soon as possible after the completion of practice) every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for a regular season Saturday or Sunday game; Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday for a Thursday game; or Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for a Monday game.
Sept. 5-9: Each club must also file a weekly regular season Game Status Report with its conference communications contact by 4 p.m. ET (or as soon as possible after the completion of practice) on Wednesday for a Thursday game, Friday for a Saturday or Sunday game, and Saturday for a Monday game. An update must be reported if there is any change in a player's condition after the initial Game Status Report is filed.
Sept. 8: At noon ET, the Top 51 Rule expires for all NFL clubs.

Sept. 8, 11-12: Regular Season opens.
Oct. 2: NFL International Series, Indianapolis Colts vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, London, England

Mid-October: Beginning on the sixth calendar day prior to a club's seventh regular season game (including any bye week) and continuing through the day after the conclusion of the 11th regular season weekend, clubs are permitted to begin practicing players on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform and Reserve/Non-Football Injury or Illness for a period not to exceed 21 days. Players may be activated during the 21-day practice period, or prior to 4 p.m. ET, on the day after the conclusion of the 21-day period, provided that no player may be activated to participate in a Week 6 game.

Mid-October: At any time after six weeks have elapsed since a player was placed on Reserve/Injured or Reserve/Non-Football Injury/Illness, each club is permitted to designate one player for return from either list to the club's 53-player Active/Inactive List.
The player who is "Designated For Return" must have suffered a major football-related or non-football-related injury after reporting to training camp and must have been placed on the applicable Reserve List after 4 p.m. ET, on the day after the final roster reduction.

A player whom the club wishes to designate for return is permitted to return to practice for a period not to exceed 21 days. The club is required to notify the League office that the player has been "Designated For Return" on the first day the player begins to practice. The player cannot be returned to the Active/Inactive List until eight weeks have elapsed since the date he was placed on Reserve.

Oct. 18-19: Fall League Meeting, Houston, Texas.
Oct. 23: NFL International Series, New York Giants vs. Los Angeles Rams, London, England.
Oct. 30: NFL International Series, Washington Redskins vs. Cincinnati Bengals, London, England.
Nov. 1: All trading ends for 2016 at 4 p.m. ET.

Top 25 AP Preseason Poll - Alabama Holds Top Spot

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2016 Preseason Top 25 AP Poll

Draft Insiders’ will have their Preseason Top 25 Poll in late August along with our 2016 All–American Team

Defending national champion Alabama heads the AP preseason poll following the top ranking in the Coaches poll a few weeks ago. The Crimson Tide hopes to defend their title with 13 starters returning after winning their 4th national championship over HC Nick Saban's seven seasons in Tuscaloosa. The Tide hopes to repeat and duplicate their 2011-2012 back to back titles. National title loser Clemson ranks second nationally after seeing their perfect 2015 season end with a loss to Alabama in the championship game. The top ten is filled with strong programs including Oklahoma, Florida St, LSU, Ohio St, Michigan, Stanford, Tennessee and Notre Dame rounding out the top ten teams. All have have talented squads and capable of pressing for the coveted BCS trophy.

Photo - RB Christian McCaffrey - Stanford

2016 Preseason Associated Press Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses and total points received)

1. Alabama (33) - 1,469
2. Clemson (16) - 1,443
3. Oklahoma (4) - 1,352
4. Florida State (5) - 1,325
5. LSU (1) - 1,269
6. Ohio State (1) - 1,224
7. Michigan (1) - 1,147
8. Stanford - 1,029
9. Tennessee - 1,021
10. Notre Dame - 1,006
11. Ole Miss - 718
12. Michigan State - 710
13. TCU - 707
14. Washington - 651
15. Houston - 644
16. UCLA - 496
17. Iowa - 484
18. Georgia - 448
19. Louisville - 447
20. USC - 344
21. Oklahoma State - 316
22. North Carolina - 283
23. Baylor - 280
24. Oregon - 218
25. Florida - 180

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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