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Five Semifinalists For 2016 Outland Trophy

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Five Semifinalists For 2016 Outland Trophy

Five semifinalists for the 2016 Outland Trophy were named by the Football Writers Association of America. The trophy presentation banquet for the 71st Outland Trophy winner will be held in January.

The five semifinalists – all offensive linemen – in alphabetical order, are: Pat Elflein, Ohio State; Cody O’Connell, Washington State; Ethan Pocic, LSU; Cam Robinson, Alabama; and Connor Williams, Texas.

Photo - OL Ethan Pocic - LSU

Elflein is a 6-3, 300-pound senior from Pickerington, Ohio, who previously played guard, but is a center this season for the nation’s second-ranked team. O’Connell is a behemoth 6-8, 354-pound junior guard from Wenatchee, Wash., who helps trigger Washington State’s high-octane offense which ranks second in the country in passing with quarterback Luke Falk. Pocic, a 6-7, 302-pound senior center from Lemont, Ill., anchors the line for LSU’s potent rushing game, which is led by Leonard Fournette and Derrius Guice. Robinson, a 6-6, 310-pound junior from Monroe, La., is the top offensive tackle on the No. 1-ranked team in college football that produces 492.2 offensive yards per game. Williams, a 6-6, 288-pound sophomore tackle from Coppell, Texas, blocks for the leading rusher in the FBS in yards per game, D’Onta Foreman.

The five semifinalists will be whittled down to three finalists and announced on Tues., Nov. 22, during The Home Depot College Football Awards Nomination Special, starting at 3 p.m. ET on ESPNU. The winner of the 2016 Outland Trophy will be announced Thurs., Dec. 8 on The Home Depot College Football Awards on ESPN, the main show beginning at 7 p.m. ET, live from the National Football Foundation’s College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.

The Outland Trophy is named after the late John Outland, an All-America lineman at the University of Pennsylvania in the late 1800s, is the third-oldest player award in major college football behind the Heisman Trophy and Maxwell Award. It has been awarded to the best interior lineman in college football on offense or defense since 1946 when Notre Dame’s George Connor was named the recipient.

For the 20th consecutive year, the presentation of the Outland Trophy will occur in Omaha, on Jan. 11, 2017, at a banquet sponsored by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee. At the same banquet, Oklahoma offensive lineman Greg Roberts will receive an Outland Trophy. Roberts was the 1978 winner of the award before trophies were handed out by the FWAA. His Oklahoma coach, the legendary Barry Switzer, will receive the third annual Tom Osborne Legacy Award during the evening.

The Outland Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 22 awards boast more than 700 years of tradition-selection excellence. Visit ncfaa.org to learn more about our story.

Founded in 1941, the Football Writers Association of America consists of 1,400 men and women who cover college football. The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists, as well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works to govern areas that include game-day operations, major awards and its annual All-America team.

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for 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

RB James Conner, DB Jabrill Peppers & QBs Lamar Jackson & J.T. Barrett Head Lombardi Award Semifinalists:

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James Conner, Jabrill Peppers & Lamar Jackson Head Lombardi Award Semifinalists:

Photo - RB James Conner - Pittsburgh

Pitt junior running back James Conner and senior defensive end Ejuan Price are two of the top 20 candidates for this year’s Lombardi Award, it was announced by the Rotary Club of Houston, Texas.

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Previously, the Lombardi Award was presented to the nation’s top lineman or linebacker. In 2016, eligibility was expanded to include all players, regardless of position, who demonstrate outstanding performance and best exemplify the discipline, virtue and wisdom that defined Vincent Lombardi's exceptional brand of leadership.

The top 20 candidates were selected by a vote of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) head coaches as well as college football media from across the country.

Conner has overcome both a knee injury and Hodgkin lymphoma during the past 12 months and continues to amaze fans in his comeback season. He leads the Panthers in rushing (844 yards on 175 carries) and scoring (92 points). His 15 total TDs rank ninth nationally and second among ACC players.

Conner is coming off his most impressive effort of the season in helping Pitt to a 43-42 upset at #2 Clemson this past Saturday. Facing a Tigers defense that was surrendering less than 16 points per game, he carried 20 times for 132 yards and a TD, while adding three receptions for 57 yards and another score.

Conner has compiled 51 touchdowns for his career, 2nd all-time in ACC annals. He needs just two TDs to eclipse the ACC mark of 52 held by Virginia's Wali Lundy (2002-05). Conner is also on the verge of breaking the ACC record for career rushing touchdowns. He has 48, one shy of the 38-year-old ACC record held by NC State's Ted Brown (49 from 1975-78).

Price is one of the most disruptive defensive linemen in college football. Despite being the constant target of double teams, Price ranks seventh nationally in tackles for loss (1.6 per game) and 12th in sacks (0.90 per game). He is 24th in forced fumbles (0.30 per game).

Nearly half of Price’s 33 tackles this season have been for a loss. He has compiled 16 TFLs, nine sacks, nine QB hurries and three forced fumbles on the year. He also has a tackle for a safety (at North Carolina).

Price was named a "Midseason All-American" by no fewer than five national media outlets including DraftInsiders.com. He was recently named a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award, presented to the national defensive player of the year. Price is also a frontrunner for ACC Defensive Player of the Year.

2016 Lombardi Award Semifinalists:
Name/Position/School

Jonathan Allen - DE - Alabama
Reuben Foster - ILB - Alabama
Cam Robinson - OT - Alabama
Montravius Adams - DT - Auburn
Carl Lawson - DE - Auburn
Christian Wilkins - DT - Clemson
Deshaun Watson - QB - Clemson
Delvin Cook - RB - Florida State
DeMarcus Walker - DE - Florida State
Lamar Jackson - QB - Louisville
Jabrill Peppers - LB/DB - Michigan
J.T. Barrett - QB - Ohio State
Pat Elflein - C - Ohio State
Evan Engram - TE - Ole Miss
James Conner - RB - Pittsburgh
Ejuan Price - DL - Pittsburgh
Donnell Pumphrey - RB - San Diego State
Derek Barnett - DE - Tennessee
Myles Garrett - DE - Texas A&M
Jake Browning - QB - Washington

Net proceeds from the Rotary Lombardi Award activities are contributed to cancer research and children who cannot afford treatment to fight the disease that claimed the life of Vince Lombardi. The Rotary Lombardi Award is hosted by the Rotary Club of Houston and benefits the American Cancer Society, MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Texas Children's Hospital.

The award ceremony date will be announced later in the football season along with updated lists of award candidates. Visit www.rotarylombardiaward.org for more information and continued updates.

Frank Coyle is a long-time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long-time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites

Biletnikoff Award's Ten 2016 Semifinalists Announced

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Biletnikoff Award's Ten 2016 Semifinalists

Receivers John Ross, Dede Westbrook & Corey Davis Head Award Semifinalists:

The Tallahassee Quarterback Club (TQC) Foundation, Inc., the Florida-based creator and sponsor of the Biletnikoff Award, announced the 10 Semifinalists for the 2016 Biletnikoff Award. The secure and confidential electronic voting by the distinguished members of the Biletnikoff Award National Selection Committee was conducted from November 7th through November 13th.

Photo - WR Dede Westbrook - Oklahoma

The Biletnikoff Award annually recognizes the outstanding receiver in college football. Any player, regardless of position (tight end, slot receiver and back, inside receiver, wide receiver, split end, and running back) who catches a pass is eligible for the award. As such, the Biletnikoff Award recognizes the outstanding receiver, not merely the outstanding
wide receiver.

The ten 2016 Biletnikoff Award Semifinalists
selected in voting by the distinguished members of Biletnikoff Award National Selection Committee:

Austin Carr - Northwestern University - WR
Corey Davis - Western Michigan University - WR
Amba Etta-Tawo - Syracuse University - WR
Carlos Henderson - Louisiana Tech University - WR
Isaiah "Zay" Jones - East Carolina University - WR
John Ross - University of Washington - WR
Taywan Taylor - Western Kentucky University - WR
Trent Taylor - Louisiana Tech University - WR
James Washington - Oklahoma State University - WR
Dede Westbrook - University of Oklahoma - WR

The 2016 Biletnikoff Award winner will be presented live on December 8, 2016, on The Home Depot College Football Awards Show to be broadcast 7:00 - 9:00pm (EST) on ESPN. College Football Hall of Famer and Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard will present the 2016 Biletnikoff Award winner on the show. Howard is one of only 5 ends or receivers who has won the Heisman Trophy, joining Larry Kelley, Leon Hart, Johnny Rodgers, and Tim Brown.

The correlation between Biletnikoff Award winners and stardom in the National Football League is uncannily predictable. Past Biletnikoff Award winners include Calvin Johnson, Randy Moss, Michael Crabtree, and Larry Fitzgerald.

The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc., will announce the three finalists on November 21, 2016. For complete details and updates of interest, together with weekly statistics and timely, important news of the Biletnikoff Award candidates, as well as the FanVote and FanForum discussion board, please consult the Foundation's highly informative website at www.biletnikoffaward.com.

Fred Biletnikoff
The name Biletnikoff is synonymous with the term receiver. Fred Biletnikoff, a member of the pro and college football halls of fame, was an All-America receiver at Florida State University, and an All-Pro receiver for the Oakland Raiders. He caught 589 passes for 8,974 yards and 76 touchdowns in his 14-year Raiders career from 1965 through 1978. Fred was the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XI. The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation (TQC), Inc., created the Biletnikoff Award in 1994.

Frank Coyle is a long-time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long-time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites

Alabama Stands Alone at Top of Rankings

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Draft Insiders' - Top 25 Rankings
Week 12 - Nov. 14

Alabama Stands Alone at Top of Rankings
Michigan, Clemson & Washington Fall From Unbeaten Ranks

Team of Week - Iowa/ Pittsburgh/Southern Cal

Offensive Player of Week - QB Baker Mayfield - Oklahoma
Defensive Player of Week - DL Devonte Fields - Louisville

Photo - QB Baker Mayfield - Oklahoma

Draft Insiders' - Top 25 Rankings
Rank/ Team/ Rec
1 Alabama) - 10-0
2 Ohio St - 9-1
3 Michigan - 9-1
4 Clemson - 9-1
5 Louisville - 9-1
6 Washington - 9-1
7 Wisconsin - 8-2
8 Oklahoma - 8-2
9 West Virginia - 8-1
10 Penn State - 8-2
11 Oklahoma State - 8-2
12 Colorado - 8-2
13 Western Michigan - 10-0
14 Southern Cal - 7-3
15 Utah - 8-2
16 Auburn - 7-3
17 Texas A&M - 7-3
18 Florida St - 7-3
19 Florida - 7-2
20 Boise State - 9-1
21 Washington State - 8-2
22 Nebraska - 8-2
23 LSU - 6-3
24 San Diego State - 9-1
25 Houston - 8-2

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

1 Alabama (61) - 10-0 - 1525
2 Ohio State - 9-1 - 1455
3 Louisville - 9-1 - 1357
4 Michigan - 9-1 - 1323
5 Clemson - 9-1 - 1304
6 Wisconsin - 8-2 - 1214
7 Washington - 9-1 - 1150
8 Oklahoma - 8-2 - 1064
9 Penn State - 8-2 - 961
10 West Virginia - 8-1 - 920
11 Utah - 8-2 - 807
12 Colorado - 8-2 - 797
13 Oklahoma State - 8-2 - 659
14 Western Michigan - 10-0 - 634
15 USC - 7-3 - 584
16 LSU - 6-3 - 582
17 Florida State - 7-3 - 569
18 Auburn - 7-3 - 543
19 Nebraska - 8-2 - 504
20 Washington State - 8-2 - 501
21 Florida - 7-2 - 435
22 Boise State - 9-1 - 315
23 Texas A&M - 7-3 - 238
24 San Diego State - 9-1 - 97
25 Troy - 8-1 - 63

Dropped from rankings: North Carolina 15, Virginia Tech 18, Baylor 25

Others receiving votes: Houston 49, North Carolina 40, Virginia Tech 36, Tennessee 21, Navy 20, Stanford 16, Western Kentucky 11, Pittsburgh 9, South Florida 8, Arkansas 7, Iowa 4, Ole Miss 2, Minnesota 1

Frank Coyle is a long-time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year-round basis related to College and NFL football especially during the postseason team and All-star and Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and several web sites

Bear’s Rookie Jordan Howard 2016 Scouting Report – Draft Insiders’ Yearbook

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Bear’s Jordan Howard Scouting Report – Draft Insiders’ Yearbook
– Howard was chosen in the 5th round by Chicago with the 150th overall selection.

During his rookie 2016 season, he has played in 7 games with 5 starts. He has 99 rushing attempts for 505 yards and a fine 5.1 average per carry and 2 TDs. He added 18 receptions for 177 yards and 1 TD and 0 fumbles.

Last week vs Vikings in the Bears huge 20-10 win, he carried 26 times for 153 yards, an impressive 5.9 yard average and 1 TD. He added 4 catches for 49 yards. It was his third 100 yard rushing game in just five starting assignments. He is a core weapon on the Bears offense going forward.

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Photo - RB Jordan Howard - Bears (Indiana)

NFL Draft Review 2016- June, 2016
With their #5 pick, they added running back Jordan Howard, a physical thumper who can be a workhorse runner. He gives this attack a critical physical presence for late in the game and in cold weather. He could see ample time this season at a pressing need position. He is one of the best third day additions in the entire draft process. Top ten rookie impact players and late steal for fantasy leagues. Frank Coyle

Jordan Howard #8 - 6-0, 230 - Indiana - Sp. 4.55 - Rating 75
Physical big-play north-south runner is moving on to the next level after an outstanding junior season for the Hoosiers. Shows thick frame and muscle definition throughout his body. As a runner, he has a physical style and uses his fine body strength to lower his shoulder and power into defenders and run through arm tackle attempts. Tough, aggressive finisher who seems to usually fall forward as he is tackled, for extra yards. Short stride allows him to change directions easily with the burst to accelerate to top speed very quickly. Shows fine long speed to run away from defenders and hit many big plays. Fine balance and the ability to change speeds and directions. His run vision is a definite plus and properly reads blocks, see the holes and keep his pads square to the line. As a pass catcher, he shows soft reliable hands whether making the reception in space or close quarters. Aggressive and effective in pass protection to sustain his blocks. Durability and toughness are big pluses, as he's been able to play through minor injuries. Faced a lot of eight-man fronts and was still able to be very effective. Definitely the main weapon in a balanced offense. Shows fine endurance and wants the ball in big situations. Once he got through the initial contact, he was a potential home run on any given play. One of the top three-down backs in the class with his ability as a receiver and in pass protection.
The Numbers: As a junior, he started 9 games and rushed for 1213 yards on 196 carries for a 6.2 yard average and 9TDs. He caught 11 passes for 106 yards and 1 TD. As a sophomore, he rushed for 1587 yards on 306 carries for a 5. average and 13 TDs. He caught 9 passes for 72 yards and 1 TD. Over his career, he rushed for over 3600 yards on 647 carries for a 5.7 yard average with 24 rushing TDs and 24 catches with 3 TDs. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’ and 230 lbs. He did not run. He did 16 reps with a 34” VL, a 10’2” BJ and adequate positional drills.
The Skinny: Tough back with well-rounded skills to be an NFL feature runner. He is a natural runner who has proven to be a tough workhorse back with strong lower unit and speed to change games. Smooth runner with the ability to shift gears, follow blockers and break plays. Combines the size, speed, quickness and power to run between the tackles and get outside. Well-rounded back with enough quickness to make the corner and the burst to make plays. Durable talent probably goes in the top 100 prospects and capable of being a high quality feature back similar to Andre Williams in size, style and power. Fine 2nd day addition with starting talent.
Draft Projection: 4th Round

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites

Patriots Rested For Seahawks Clash - NFL Power Poll Week 10

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NFL Power Poll - Week 10

Patriots Rested For Seahawks In Sunday Night Clash

Team of the Week - Oakland Raiders

Offensive Player of Week - RB Melvin Gordon - Chargers
Defensive Player of Week - Safety Landon Collins - Giants

Rookie of Week -QB Dak Prescott - Cowboys

Photo - Safety Landon Collins - Giants

Game of Week #11 – Seattle Seahawks (5-2-1) at NE Patriots (7-1)

NFL Ranking /Record /Team

#1 - 7-1 PATRIOTS

#2 - 7-1 COWBOYS

#3 - 6-3 BRONCOS

#4 - 5-2-1 SEAHAWKS

#5 - 6-3 FALCONS

#6 - 7-2 RAIDERS

#7 - 5-3 VIKINGS

#8 - 5-3 GIANTS

#9 - 6-2 CHIEFS

#10 - 5-4 LIONS

#11 - 4-4 PACKERS

#12- 4-4 EAGLES

#13 - 4-3-1 REDSKINS

#14 - 4-4 STEELERS

#15 - 4-5 CHARGERS

#16 - 5-3 TEXANS

#17 - 3-4-1 BENGALS

#18 - 4-4 RAVENS

#19 - 3-4-1 CARDINALS

#20 - 4-5 COLTS

#21 - 4-4 SAINTS

#22 - 4-5 BILLS

#23 - 4-4 DOLPHINS

#24 - 3-5 RAMS

#25 - 4-5 TITANS

#26 - 3-5 PANTHERS

#27 - 3-5 BUCCANEERS

#28 - 3-6 JETS

#29 - 2-6 JAGUARS

#30 - 2-6 BEARS

#31 - 1-7 49ers

#32 - 0-9 BROWNS

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for 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

College Bowl Games - Schedule 20016-2017

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College Bowl Games - Schedule 20016-2017
all times Eastern

Photo - Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban - 2016 National Champions

Bowl Game/Date/Time/Site
New Mexico - Dec. 17, 2 p.m. Albuquerque, N.M.
Las Vegas - Dec. 17, 3:30 p.m. Las Vegas, Nev.
Camellia - Dec. 17, 5:30 p.m. Montgomery, Ala.
New Orleans - Dec. 17, 9 p.m. New Orleans, La.
Miami Beach - Dec. 19, 2:30 p.m. Miami, Fla.
Boca Raton - Dec. 20, 7 p.m. Boca Raton, Fla.
Poinsettia - Dec. 21, 9 p.m. San Diego, Calif.
Potato - Dec. 22, 7 p.m. Boise, Idaho
Bahamas - Dec. 23, 1 p.m. Nassau, Bahamas
Armed Forces - Dec. 23, 4:30 p.m. Fort Worth, Tex.
Go Daddy - Dec. 23, 8 p.m. Mobile, Ala.
Hawaii - Dec. 24, 8 p.m. Honolulu, Hawaii
St. Petersburg - Dec. 26, 11 a.m. St. Petersburg, Fla.
Quick Lane - Dec. 26, 2:30 p.m. Detroit, Mich.
Independence - Dec. 26, 5 p.m. Shreveport, Louisiana
Heart of Dallas - Dec. 27, Noon Dallas, Texas
Military - Dec. 27, 3:30 p.m. Annapolis, Maryland
Holiday - Dec. 27, 7 p.m. San Diego, Calif.
Cactus - Dec. 27, 10:15 p.m. Phoenix, Ariz.
Pinstripe - Dec. 28, 2 p.m. New York, NY
Russell Athletic - Dec. 28, 5:30 p.m. Orlando, Fla.
Foster Farms - Dec. 28, 8:30 p.m. Santa Clara, Calif.
Texas - Dec. 28, 9 p.m. Houston, Texas
Birmingham - Dec. 29, 2 p.m. Birmingham, Ala.
Belk - Dec. 29, 5:30 p.m. Charlotte, N.C.
Alamo - Dec. 29, 9 p.m. San Antonio, Texas
Arizona - Dec. 30, TBD Tucson, Ariz.
Liberty - Dec. 30, Noon Memphis, Tenn.
Sun - Dec. 30, 2 p.m. El Paso, Texas
Music City - Dec. 30, 3:30 p.m. Nashville, Tenn.
Orange - Dec. 30, 8 p.m. Miami Gardens, Fla.

Peach Bowl - Dec. 31, TBD Atlanta, Ga. - CFP Semifinal
Fiesta Bowl - Dec. 31, TBD Glendale, Ariz. - CFP Semifinal

Taxslayer - Dec. 31, 11 a.m. Jacksonville, Fla.
Citrus - Dec. 31, 11 a.m. Orlando, Fla.
Outback - Jan. 2, 1 p.m. Tampa, Fla.
Cotton - Jan. 2, 1 p.m. Arlington, Texas
Rose - Jan. 2, 5 p.m. Pasadena, Calif.
Sugar - Jan. 2, 8:30 p.m. New Orleans, La.

CFP National Championship
Jan. 9 - TBD Tampa, Fla. - Peach Winner vs. Fiesta Winner

FBS College Football Playoff: Eligible Conferences
• FBS Independents - Army, BYU, Navy and Notre Dame are also eligible for the College Football Playoff.

Semifinals Host Rotation
Year - ROSE/ SUGAR/ ORANGE/COTTON/PEACH/ FIESTA CHAMPIONSHIP

2016-17 - Jan. 2 - Jan. 2 - Dec. 31 - Jan. 2 - * Dec. 31 /* Dec. 31 - Jan. 9
2017-18 - * Jan. 1 - *Jan. 1 - Dec. 30 - Dec. 30 - Jan. 1 - Dec. 30 - Jan. 8
* Denotes the bowl playing host to a national championship semifinal game

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites

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