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Alabama Heads Coach's and AP Polls

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Alabama Heads Coach's and AP Polls
Top Eight Teams Remain Undefeated

Coach's Poll
Rank /Team / Record / First Place Votes / Previous Rank

1 Alabama - 3-0 - 59 - 1
2 Oregon - 3-0 – 3 - 2
3 Ohio St. - 4-0 - 3
4 Clemson - 3-0 - 4
5 Stanford - 3-0 - 5
6 LSU - 4-0 - 7
7 Louisville - 4-0 - 6
8 Florida St. – 3-0 - 8
9 Texas A&M - 3-1 – 9
10 Georgia - 2-1 - 10
11 Oklahoma St. - 3-0 - 11
12 Oklahoma - 3-0 - 12
13 South Carolina -2-1 - 13
14 UCLA - 3-0 - 15
15 Miami - 3-0 - 17
16 Northwestern - 4-0 - 16
17 Michigan - 4-0 - 14
18 Baylor - 3-0 - 19
19 Florida - 2-1 - 18
20 Washington - 3-0 - 20
21 Mississippi - 3-0 - 22
22 Notre Dame - 2-1 - 21
23 Fresno State - 2-0 - 25
24 Wisconsin - 2-0 - NR
25 Texas Tech – 4-0 - NR

Dropped Out: #23 Arizona State - 2-1, #24 Michigan State - 3-1

AP Poll
1 Alabama - 3-0
2 Oregon - 3-0
3 Clemson - 3-0
4 Ohio St. - 4-0
5 Stanford - 3-0
6 LSU - 4-0
7 Louisville - 4-0
8 Florida St. - 3-0
9 Georgia - 2-1
10 Texas A&M - 3-1
11 Oklahoma St. - 3-0
12 South Carolina - 2-1
13 UCLA - 3-0
14 Oklahoma - 3-0
15 Miami - 3-0
16 Washington - 3-0
17 Northwestern - 4-0
18 Michigan - 4-0
19 Baylor - 3-0
20 Florida - 2-1
21 Mississippi - 3-0
22 Notre Dame - 3-1
24 Wisconsin - 3-1
25 Texas Tech – 4-0
25 Fresno State - 3-0

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 18 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 Rankings – Week 3 - Texans on Top

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NFL Power Rankings - 2013 Season
NFL Power Rankings - Week 3 - Frank Coyle

Photo - QB Peyton Manning - Broncos

Offensive Player of the Week - QB Peyton Manning - Broncos
Defensive Player of the Year - DE Osi Umenyiora - Falcons
Offensive Rookie of the Week - QB E.J. Manuel - Bills
Defensive Rookie of the Year - LB - Kinko Alonso - Bills

Rank / Team / Record

1. Houston Texans (2-0)
Texans look focused this year and have a mature group overall.

2. Seattle Seahawks (2-0)
The Seahawks are off to a fast start on defense, but may have some key offensive limitations.

3. Denver Broncos (2-0)
Peyton Manning has this offense cranking that may minimize critical defensive shortcomings over the season.

4. New Orleans Saints (2-0)
The Saints are looking for revenge this season and should outclass the NFC South.

5. New England Patriots (2-0)
The Brady Bunch will probably walk in this weak East division.

6. Cincinnati Bengals (1-1)
The Bengals are ready to take command of the AFC North this fall.

7. San Francisco 49ers (1-1)
The 49ers can play with anyone when they are right.

8. Atlanta Falcons (1-1)
Falcons need their rebuilt defense to make a difference weekly.

9. Baltimore Ravens (1-1)
The Ravens’ offense is off to a slow start and have a banged up Ray Rice.

10. Green Bay Packers (1-1)
Packers’ triggerman Aaron Rodgers will have to win shootouts with this marginal defense.

11. Miami Dolphins (2-0)
The Dolphins are hungry and look to press the Patriots for the AFC East title.

12. Kansas City Chiefs (2-0)
The Chiefs young defense gives club one of the best units in the AFC and an emerging contender.

13. Chicago Bears (2-0)
The Bears are off to a quick start and now go on the road for key games at Pittsburgh and Detroit.

14. Indianapolis Colts (1-1)
Colts hope the addition of Trent Richardson gives this attack a punch.

15. Dallas Cowboys (1-1)
Cowboys continue to look mediocre overall and average on defense.

16. Philadelphia Eagles (1-1)
Eagles face a critical matchup with the Chiefs this week.

17. New York Giants (0-2)
The Giants gave two games away and need to regroup quickly to get into contention.

18. San Diego Chargers (1-1)
Chargers are hoping to surprise in the wideopen AFC West.

19 Washington Redskins (0-2)
Hold those RG3 Hall of Fame nominations. The Skins look terrible.

20. Arizona Cardinals (1-1)
Cards face a pivotal contest with the Saints in the Big Easy.

21. Detroit Lions (1-1)
Lions may be the class of the NFC North, but they must stay healthy and play better defense.

22. Tennessee Titans (1-1)
The Titans need QB Jake Locker to step up to compete in the average AFC South.

23. St. Louis Rams (1-1)
The Rams are still trying to claim an identity under Jeff Fisher.

24. Minnesota Vikings (0-2)
Vikings are still inconsistent and may struggle to compete for contention.

25. Buffalo Bills (1-1)
The Bills are starting another rebuilding process this season.

26. Pittsburgh Steelers (0-2)
Steelers will struggle to approach a .500 record this season.

27. Carolina Panthers (0-2)
Panthers may not be able to take advantage of a weak schedule.

28. Tampa Bay Bucs (0-2)
It could get ugly in Tampa this season with a possible big turnover when complete.

29. Cleveland Browns (0-2)
The Browns are loading the cannon for the NFL Draft 2014 after the trade of Trent Richardson for another #1 pick.

30. New York Jets (1-1)
The Jets face a key AFC East contest with the Bills that may be a pivotal game for young offense.

31. Oakland Raiders (1-1)
The Raiders face a critical AFC West matchup when they travel to Denver this weekend.

32 .Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2)
The Jaguars walk into the buzzsaw at Seattle this week.

College Football Mondays – Tide Continues to Roll

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College Football Mondays – Week 3
Team of the Week: Alabama

Photo - QB A.J. McCarron - Alabama

Players of the Week
Offense: QB A.J. McCarron - Alabama
Defense: DE Shilique Calhoun - Michigan St.

After three weeks of the 2013 college football season, Alabama maintains their #1 ranking in all polls. The Tide looks to three-peat for the national championship behind a revamped club that has struggled defensively in the early action. They did avenge their only loss to Texas A&M from last season, though the recent Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel toasted them again for 464 yards passing and 5 TDs, in addition to 98 yards rushing. It was a great effort in a losing cause in a wild Texas shootout with Alabama prevailing 49-42. The Tides vaulted defense was humbled once again by Manziel with another big turnover of personnel. HC Nick Saban may be the best in the game but his dominant defense has lost impact defenders annually the past three years and retooling to past standards may take most of the 2013 season. The Bama offense carried the day with QB A.J. McCarron throwing for 334 yards and 4 TDs with no turnovers. It was another strong low key performance by the Bama passer who continues to look like a first round selection in April. He earned the Offensive Player of the week honors off a huge performance on the road.

Early 2013 Season Observations:
Ohio St. can run the table despite several suspensions and the key short term injury to QB Braxton Miller. There biggest test may come at Northwestern on October 5th. HC Pat Fitzgerald has the Wildcats playing well again at 3-0 currently. They have pointed to the Ohio St game this preseason, looking for a victory to push them into the top ten in the polls. The Buckeyes’ young defense will benefit most from a soft schedule that provides only a few challenges after Northwestern in Penn St and Michigan, both marginal top 25 teams. The sleeper in the Big Ten may be Michigan St. who is off to a 3-0 start after a mediocre 7-6 record last season. They face a key matuhup vs Notre Dame this week that could push them into the top 15 with a win. Their defense ranks with any Big Ten, spearheaded by DE Shilique Calhoun, LB Max Bullough and corner Darqeze Dennard.

UCLA is a hot club who face key midseason road games at Utah, Stanford and Oregon that will determine if they can push themselves into the top ten rankings. They are a young club who has made fast development under HC Jim Mora especially star QB Brett Hundley. They will have to impress on the road if they want to rank with the elite teams in the Pac 12.

Notre Dame will struggle to win more than 7 games. Losing starting QB Everett Golson for the full season costs them 2-3 games at least. Their ordinary offense will probably come up short in several key games. The only thing that can save Nebraska’s season is a soft schedule through the rest of the season. They do not face Ohio St. and the Big Ten may be only the third or fourth best conference in the nation this year.
Clemson returns to the action this Thursday night vs N.C. St. after a bye week. They have a favorable schedule with only Florida St. and South Carolina ranked among top 25 teams remaining. They lost to both of those clubs last season by ten points each. They may be the best club in the nation from a talent perspective, though they find ways to underachieve and lose to marginal teams.

Florida St will probably cruise into the Oct 19th Clemson game undefeated in a matchup that will probably determine the ACC Atlantic Division. Young Seminole QB Jameis Winston has been impressive in the early action replacing NFL rookie top pick starter E.J. Manuel. Winston has shown strong decision making and mobility in the early games. He benefits from a strong ground game and a tough fast defense that probably keeps them in the top ten into midseason when they face key ACC matchups vs Clemson and Miami.

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 18 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.

Coaches and AP Polls - Week Three

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Coaches Poll
Rank /Team / Record / First Place Votes / Previous Rank

1 Alabama - 2-0 - 61 - 1
2 Oregon - 3-0 – 1 - 2
3 Ohio St. - 3-0 - 3
4 Clemson - 2-0 - 5
5 Stanford - 2-0 - 4
6 Louisville - 3-0 - 7
7 LSU - 3-0 - 8
8 Florida St. – 2-0 - 9
9 Texas A&M - 2-1 – 6
10 Georgia - 1-1 - 10
11 Oklahoma St. - 3-0 - 11
12 Oklahoma - 3-0 - 13
13 South Carolina -2-1 - 14
14 Michigan - 3-0 - 12
15 UCLA - 2-0 - 17
16 Northwestern - 3-0 - 16
17 Miami - 2-0 - 18
18 Florida - 1-1 - 20
19 Baylor - 2-0 - 22
20 Washington - 2-0 - 23
21 Notre Dame - 2-1 - 21
22 Mississippi - 3-0 - 25
23 Arizona State - 2-0 - NA
24 Michigan State - 3-0 - NA
25 Fresno State - 2-0 - NA

Dropped Out: Wisconsin - 2-0, Nebraska - 2-1 and TCU - 1-2

AP Poll
1 Alabama - 2-0
2 Oregon - 3-0
3 Clemson - 2-0
4 Ohio St. - 3-0
5 Stanford - 2-0
6 LSU - 3-0
7 Louisville - 3-0
8 Florida St. - 2-0
9 Georgia - 1-1
10 Texas A&M - 2-1
11 Oklahoma St. - 3-0
12 South Carolina - 2-1
13 UCLA - 2-0
14 Oklahoma - 3-0
15 Michigan - 3-0
16 Miami - 2-0
17 Washington - 2-0
18 Northwestern - 3-0
19 Florida - 1-1
20 Baylor - 2-0
21 Mississippi - 3-0
22 Notre Dame - 2-1
23 Arizona St - 2-0
24 Wisconsin - 2-1
25 Texas Tech - 3-0

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 18 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.

Coaches & AP Polls - Week Two

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Coaches Poll
Rank /Team / Record / Points / First Place Votes / Previous Rank

1 Alabama - 1-0 - 1545 - 58 - 1
2 Oregon - 2-0 – 1447 – 1- 3
3 Ohio St. - 2-0 - 1429 - 2 - 2
4 Stanford - 1-0 - 1327 - 0 - 4
5 Clemson - 2-0 - 1307 - 0 - 5
6 Texas A&M - 2-0 - 1242 - 1 - 7
7 Louisville - 2-0 - 1121 - 0 - 8
8 LSU - 2-0 - 1067 - 0 - 11
9 Florida St. - 1-0 - 1040 - 0 - 10
10 Georgia - 1-1 - 1021 - 0 - 12
11 Oklahoma St. - 2-0 - 866 - 0 - 14
12 Michigan - 2-0 - 860 - 0 - 17
13 Oklahoma - 2-0 - 800 - 0 - 15
14 South Carolina - 1-1 - 788 - 0 - 6
15 Nebraska - 2-0 - 478 - 0 - 19
16 Northwestern - 2-0 - 473 - 0 - 20
17 UCLA - 1-0 - 471 - 0 -18
18 Wisconsin - 2-0 - 455 - 0 - 21
18 Miami - 2-0 - 455 - 0 - 24
20 Florida - 1-1 - 410 - 0 - 9
21 Notre Dame - 1-1 - 348 - 0 - 13
22 Baylor - 2-0 - 297 - 0 - NR
23 Washington - 1-0 - 253 - 0 - 23
24 TCU - 1-1 - 195 - 0 - 24
25 Mississippi - 2-0 - 91 - 0 - NR

Schools Dropped Out - No. 16 Texas (1-1), No. 22 Southern California (1-1).Others Receiving VotesMichigan State 74; Fresno State 59; Arizona State 48; Texas 38; Northern Illinois 27; Arizona 21; Brigham Young 18; Arkansas 16; Georgia Tech 12; Virginia Tech 8; Texas Tech 7; Central Florida 6; East Carolina 6; Southern California 5; Bowling Green 3; Illinois 3; Kansas State 3; Boise State 2; Tennessee 2; Utah 2; Utah State 2; Boston College 1; Rutgers 1.

AP Poll

1 Alabama - 1-0
2 Oregon - 2-0
3 Clemson - 2-0
4 Ohio St. - 2-0
5 Stanford - 1-0
6 Texas A&M - 2-0
7 Louisville - 2-0
8 LSU - 2-0
9 Georgia - 1-1
10 Florida St. - 1-0
11 Michigan - 2-0
12 Oklahoma St. - 2-0
13 South Carolina - 1-1
14 Oklahoma - 2-0
15 Miami - 2-0
16 UCLA - 1-0
17 Northwestern - 2-0
18 Florida - 1-1
19 Washington - 1-0
20 Wisconsin - 2-0
21 Notre Dame - 1-1
22 Baylor - 2-0
23 Nebraska - 2-0
24 TCU - 1-1
25 Mississippi - 2-0

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.

NFL Power Rankings – 2013 Season

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NFL Power Rankings – 2013 Season
NFL Power Rankings - Week 1

Photo - QB Aaron Rogers - Packers-

Offensive Player of the Year - QB Matt Ryan - Falcons
Defensive Player of the Year - DE J.J. Watt - Texans
Offensive Rookie of the Year - WR Tavon Austin - Rams
Defensive Rookie of the Year – S – Kenny Vaccaro - Saints

Rank / Team / Projected Record

1. Houston Texans (12-4)
Texans finished with a four game winning streak for their first above .500 record ever, but fell short of playoffs.

2. New York Giants (12-4)
The Giants defense apart last season and take a big step back to the top.

3. San Francisco 49ers (11-5)
The 49ers fell just short and look for more offensive improvement this year.

4. Atlanta Falcons (11-5)
Falcons hope their rebuilt defense takes them further in the NFL playoffs.

5. Denver Broncos (10-6)
The Broncos look to Peyton Manning to direct this explosive offense, though their defense sustained critical losses especially for the early season.

6. Baltimore Ravens (10-6)
The gritty Ravens retooled their defense and look to their balanced offense to challenge for the NFL title again.

7. Seattle Seahawks (10-6)
The Seahawks are loaded the cannon this offseason, but face a difficult test in NFC West.

8. Cincinnati Bengals (10-6)
The Bengals are a sleeping NFL giant and could be the surprise club in the league this
season.

9. New Orleans Saints (10-6)
The Saints return after a suspension season and look to recapture their Super Bowl magic.

10. New England Patriots (10-6)
Patriots are still the class of the AFC East with Tom Brady, but defense continues to be ordinary especially in big games.

11. Green Bay Packers (10-6)
Packers still have triggerman Aaron Rodgers, but defense is not at playoff levels.

12. Miami Dolphins (9-7)
The Dolphins are young and dangerous this fall with AFC East one of the weaker divisions.

13. Dallas Cowboys (9-7)
Cowboys continue to come up short for the postseason with overall inconsistencies the culprit.

14. Philadelphia Eagles (8-8)
Eagles begin the Chip Kelly era and hope Michael Vick establishes himself as a playoff caliber starter.

15. Chicago Bears (8-8)
The Bears reshuffled both sides of the ball in hopes of winning NFC North.

16. Washington Redskins (7-9)
The Skins look to compete for NFC East, though RG3 must prove durable to win the division.

17. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-9)
Steelers are only a shell of recent their playoff teams.

18. Arizona Cardinals (7-9)
Cards are improved with Carson Palmer, but are also in the toughest division in football.

19. Detroit Lions (7-9)
Lions look to compete for playoffs, but their defense needs to take a huge step up.

20. St. Louis Rams (7-9)
The Rams made critical improvement last season, but needs to improve defensively to compete in this division.

21. Indianapolis Colts (7-9)
Colts may take a step back after a huge turnaround last year.

22. Minnesota Vikings (7-9)
Vikings look to young QB Christian Ponder to make big strides this season in hopes of competing for a wide open North division.

23. Cleveland Browns (6-10)
The Browns made improvment this preseason behind Brandon Weeden who holds the key to their season.

24. Kansas City Chiefs (6-10)
The Chiefs begin the Alex Smith era with hope he can give them stability at a constantly changing position.

25. Tennessee Titans (6-10)
The Titans face a critical season for both QB Jake Locker and HC Mike Munchek.

26. Tampa Bay Bucs (6-10)
The Bucs are overrated and QB Josh Freeman could be the first starting passers pulled this season

27. San Diego Chargers (6-11)
Chargers start a new regime and must show a competitive nature.

28. Buffalo Bills (5-11)
The Bills are starting another rebuilding process this season.

29. Carolina Panthers (5-11)
Panthers have too many holes to compete in NFC South.

30. New York Jets (4-12)
Jets offense will cost HC Rex Ryan his job and maybe before the season is over.

31. Oakland Raiders (4-12)
The Raiders are a horrible organization with continuous weak draft classes.

32 .Jacksonville Jaguars (3-13)
Jaguars are one of the jokes of professional sports.

AP and Coaches Poll Top 25 Rankings

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AP and Coaches Poll Top 25 Rankings
Frank Coyle / Publisher

AP Top 25
(first-place votes in parentheses)

Sept 3rd
1) Alabama (58)
2) Oregon
3) Ohio State (1)
4) Clemson (1)
5) Stanford
6) South Carolina
7) Texas A&M
8) Louisville
9) LSU
10) Florida State
11) Georgia
12) Florida
13) Oklahoma State
14) Notre Dame
15) Texas
16) Oklahoma
17) Michigan
18) UCLA
19) Northwestern
20) Washington
21) Wisconsin
22) Nebraska
23) Baylor
24) TCU
25) USC

Coaches Poll – Top 25
Ohio State retained their preseason ranking of No. 2, earning three first-place votes. Oregon and Stanford did not move from their preseason positions either, ranking at No. 3 and No. 4, respectively.
Clemson moved from No. 8 up to No. 5, jumping South Carolina and Texas A&M. Georgia fell to No. 12, but Nebraska, fell only one spot to #19 after their close victory against Wyoming.
Miami broke into the Top 25 in the Coaches Poll, finishing in a tie for No. 24 with TCU.

Coaches Top 25 Poll
1) Alabama (58)
2) Ohio State (3)
3) Oregon
4) Stanford
5) Clemson
6) South Carolina
7) Texas A&M (1)
8) Louisville
9) Florida
10) Florida State
11) LSU
12) Georgia
13) Notre Dame
14) Oklahoma State
15) Oklahoma
16) Texas
17) Michigan
18) UCLA
19) Nebraska
20) Northwestern
21) Wisconsin
22) USC
23) Washington
24) TCU
24) Miami

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 18 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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