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Notre Dame Claims #1 BCS Ranking With Unbeaten Season

Notre Dame Earns BCS Championship Game vs SEC Title Game Winner - Alabama vs Georgia - Saturday Dec. 1st

Top 25 Team Polls – Coaches & AP

Photo - LB Monti Te’O – Notre Dame

Offensive Player of the Week - QB Johnny Manziel – Texas A&M
Defensive Player of the Week - LB Monti Te’O – Notre Dame

Team of the Week – Notre Dame

Coaches Poll - Top 25
Rank/ Team / Record / Votes

1 Notre Dame 12-0 – (56)
2 Alabama 11-1 – (2)
3 Georgia 11-1 – (1)
4 Oregon 11-1
5 Florida 11-1
6 LSU 9-2
7 Kansas St. 10-1
8 Texas A&M 10-2
9 Stanford 10-2
10 South Carolina 10-2
11 Oklahoma 9-2
12 Florida St. 10-2
13 Nebraska 10-2
14 Clemson 10-2
15 Boise St 9-2
16 UCLA 9-3
17 Oregon St. 8-3
18 Northern Illinois11-1
19 Kent St 11-1
20 Northwestern 8-3
21 Texas 8-3
22 Utah St 10-2
23 Louisville 9-2
24 Michigan 8-4
25 Rutgers 9-2

Schools Dropped Out
No. 21 Oklahoma State (7-4), No. 24 Mississippi State (8-4)

Others Receiving Votes
Oklahoma State (7-4) 129; San Jose State (10-2) 105; Vanderbilt (8-4) 94; Fresno State (9-3) 39; TCU (7-4) 34; San Diego State (9-3) 28; Cincinnati (8-3) 17; Arizona State (7-5) 13; Arkansas State (8-3) 13; Mississippi State (8-4) 11; Middle Tennessee (8-3) 7; Central Florida (9-3) 5; Louisiana Tech (9-3) 5; Arizona (7-5) 3; Toledo (9-3) 2; Baylor (6-5) 1; Southern California (7-5) 1.

AP Top 25 Poll
Rank/ Team / Record / 1st Place Votes

1 Notre Dame 12-0 – (60)
2 Alabama 11-1
3 Georgia 11-1
4 Ohio St 12-0
5 Florida 11-1
6 Oregon 11-1
7 Kansas St. 10-1
8 Stanford 10-2
9 LSU 10-2
10 Texas A&M 10-2
11 South Carolina 10-2
12 Oklahoma 9-2
13 Florida St. 10-2
14 Nebraska 10-2
15 Clemson 10-2
16 Oregon St. 8-3
17 UCLA 9-3
18 Kent St 11-1
19 Northern Illinois 11-1
20 Utah St 10-2
21 Michigan 8-4
22 Northwestern 9-3
23 Texas 8-3
24 Oklahoma St. 7-4
25 Boise St 9-2

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2012 College Player Award Finalists

2012 Player Award Finalists

Photo - Outland Trophy Finalists

Finalists for the Outland Trophy
Alabama center Barrett Jones
Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel
North Carolina guard Jonathan Cooper.

Finalists for the 76th Maxwell Award
Collin Klein Kansas State Quarterback Senior
Johnny Manziel Texas A&M Quarterback R-Freshman
Manti Te'o Notre Dame Linebacker Senior

Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Year
Sophomore DE Jadeveon Clowney – South Carolina
Junior LB Jarvis Jones – Georgia
Junior CB Dee Milliner – Alabama
Senior LB Manti Te'o – Notre Dame
Junior DE Bjoern Werner – Florida St.

Finalists for the 18th Chuck Bednarik Award
Jadeveon Clowney South Carolina Defensive End Sophomore
Jarvis Jones Georgia Linebacker Junior
Manti Te'o Notre Dame Linebacker Senior

FINALISTS FOR LOMBARDI AWARD
Jadeveon Clowney - University of South Carolina Defensive End
Barrett Jones - University of Alabama Offensive Lineman
Jarvis Jones - University of Georgia Outside Linebacker
Manti Te’o - Notre Dame University Inside Linebacker

Thorpe Award Finalists:
Johnthan Banks, Sr. Mississippi State—A midseason first-team All-American and All-SEC ,Banks ranks first in career interception yards (320) among active players. He has four interceptions in the 2012 season and 16 in his career, ranking third in the FBS. Banks was also named a Senior CLASS Award Finalist.

Dee Milliner, Jr. Alabama—Milliner leads the SEC and ranks second nationally in passes defended (1.78 pg) with 14 pass breakups and two interceptions. In the 2012 season, he has twice had four pass breakups in a game and three versus Missouri. He is also a Bronko Nagurski finalist.

Phillip Thomas, Sr. Fresno State—Thomas has eight interceptions on the season, leading the FBS and two more than any other player in the nation and more than 35 bowl subdivision teams. He set a Fresno State record and tied the Mountain West record for interceptions returned for touchdowns in a single season with three.

John Mackey Award
Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame (SR, 6-6 251 lb.)
Zach Ertz, Stanford (SR, 6-6 247 lb.)
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington (SO, 6-6 258 lb.)

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, CBS, 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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Irish Claims #1 Ranking in Top 5 Shuffle

Notre Dame Claims #1 Ranking in Top 5 Shuffle
Irish Remain Undefeated Entering Season Finale

Top 25 Polls – Coaches & AP
Nov. 19, 2012

Photo - RB Montee Ball - Wisconsin

Coaches Poll - Top 25
Rank/ Team / Record / Votes

1 Notre Dame 11-0 – (56)
2 Alabama 10-1 – (2)
3 Georgia 10-1 – (1)
4 Oregon 10-1
5 Florida St. 10-1
6 Florida 10-1
7 LSU 9-2
8 Kansas St. 10-1
9 Kansas St. 10-1
10 Texas A&M 9-2
11 Stanford 9-2
12 South Carolina 9-2
13 Oklahoma 8-2
14 Nebraska 9-2
15 Texas 8-2
16 UCLA 9-2
17 Oregon St. 8-2
18 Louisville 9-1
19 Rutgers 9-1
20 Michigan 8-3
21 Oklahoma St. 8-3
22 Boise St. 9-2
23 Northern Illinois10-1
24 Mississippi St. 8-3
25 Kent St 10-1

Schools Dropped Out
No. 19 Louisiana Tech (9-2), No. 21 Southern California (7-4), No. 25 Texas Tech (7-4).

Others Receiving Votes
Utah State (9-2) 74; Northwestern (8-3) 59; Louisiana Tech (9-2) 36; Washington (7-4) 36; Southern California (7-4) 14; Tulsa (9-2) 14; San Jose State (9-2) 7; San Diego State (8-3) 6; Arizona (7-4) 5; Vanderbilt (7-4) 4; Wisconsin (7-4) 4; Fresno State (8-3) 3; Middle Tennessee (7-3) 3; Arkansas State (8-3) 2; Cincinnati (7-3) 1; Texas Tech (7-4) 1.

AP Top 25 Poll
Rank/ Team / Record / 1st Place Votes

1 Notre Dame 11-0 – (60)
2 Alabama 10-1
3 Georgia 10-1
4 Ohio St 11-0
5 Oregon 10-1
6 Florida 10-1
7 Kansas St. 10-1
8 LSU 9-2
9 Texas A&M 9-2
10 Florida St. 10-1
11 Stanford 9-2
12 Clemson 10-1
13 South Carolina 9-2
14 Oklahoma 8-2
15 UCLA 9-2
16 Oregon St. 8-2
17 Nebraska 9-2
18 Texas 8-2
19 Louisville 9-1
20 Michigan 8-3
21 Rutgers 9-1
22 Oklahoma St. 8-3
23 Kent St 10-1
24 Northern Illinois 10-1
25 Mississippi St. 8-3
25 Utah 9-2

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Manti Te'O, Jarvis Jones & Jadeveon Clowney Head 2012 Bronko Nagurski Defensive Award

Five Finalists Named For Bronko Nagurski Trophy

Photo - LB Jarvis Jones - Georgia

(FWAA) – Five finalists for the 2012 Bronko Nagurski Trophy were announced on Thursday by the Football Writers Association of America and the Charlotte Touchdown Club.

Vying for the honor of college football's National Defensive Player of the Year are four underclassmen and one senior: South Carolina sophomore end Jadeveon Clowney, Georgia junior linebacker Jarvis Jones, Alabama junior cornerback Dee Milliner, Notre Dame senior linebacker Manti Te'o and Florida State junior end Bjoern Werner.

The winner will be announced on Dec. 3 and presented the Bronko Nagurski Trophy at a gala banquet at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte, N.C., where Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly will give the keynote address. The event will be televised by NFL Network.
In addition, the FWAA and Charlotte Touchdown Club will celebrate the Bronko Nagurski Legends Award, presented by Florida East Coast Railway. Nebraska's Larry Jacobson, a member of the 1971 FWAA All-America Team and the Outland Trophy winner that season, is the recipient this year.

The FWAA's National Defensive Player of the Year Award is named after Bronko Nagurski, who dominated college football at Minnesota as a bruising fullback and defensive tackle from 1927-29. He could have been an All-American at any position and was the best player wherever the coaches put him. The FWAA has presented a National Defensive Player of the Year Award since 1993 and in the name of Nagurski since 1995.

A look at the five 2012 Bronko Nagurski Trophy finalists, as selected by the FWAA All-America Committee:

Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina (6-6, 256, So., Rock Hill, S.C.): Bruising end for the 8-2 Gamecocks. Clowney has made 43 tackles (31 unassisted). He has 17 tackles for 78 yards in losses (tied for sixth in the country, 1.70 per game), of which 8.5 are sacks for minus-49. He has two pass breakups, four quarterback hurries and two forced fumbles. Clowney is the first South Carolina finalist for the Nagurski Trophy.

Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia (6-3, 241, Jr., Columbus, Ga.): Explosive playmaker for the 9-1 Bulldogs. Despite missing two games due to injury, Jarvis has made 56 tackles (37 unassisted). He has 17 tackles for 100 yards in losses (first in the country, 2.13 per game), of which 10.5 are sacks for 80 yards in losses. He has one interception and returned it for 21 yards. He has two pass breakups, 28 quarterback hurries, five forced fumbles (second in the country) and two fumble recoveries. He was twice named the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week this season for his efforts in wins over Missouri and Florida. Jones is the fifth Georgia finalist for the Nagurski Trophy, which was won by Champ Bailey in 1998 (other finalists were David Pollack, 2002 and '04; Justin Houston, 2010).

Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama (6-1, 199, Jr., Millbrook, Ala.): One of the top players on defense for the 9-1 Crimson Tide, Milliner has 44 tackles (27 unassisted). He has four tackles for loss (for minus-19 yards), 1.5 of those are sacks (for minus-11 yards). He has two pass interceptions with 35 yards in returns. Adding to those totals are 14 passes broken up, 16 deflections, one forced fumble and one blocked kick. Milliner is the fifth Alabama finalist for the Nagurski Trophy (Antonio Langham, 1993; DeMeco Ryans, 2005; Terrence Cody, 2009; Mark Barron, 2011).

Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame (6-2, 255, Sr., Laie, Hawaii): Defensive stopper for the 10-0 Fighting Irish who has 92 total tackles (46 unassisted). He has 5.5 tackles for 19 yards in losses, of which 1.5 are sacks for 13 yards in losses. He has six interceptions (third in the country) and 35 yards in returns. He has four pass breakups, 10 deflections, four quarterback hurries and two fumble recoveries. He was named Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts (eight tackles, two interceptions) in a 13-6 win over Michigan on Sept. 22. Te'o is the second Notre Dame finalist for the Nagurski Trophy (Shane Walton, 2002).

Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State (6-4, 255, Jr., Berlin, Germany): German-born player has sparkled for the Seminoles' top-ranked defense. He has 29 tackles (22 unassisted). He has 12.5 tackles for 84 yards in losses, of which eight of those are sacks for 69 yards in losses. He has broken up six passes and deflected six passes, hurried the quarterback five times and forced a fumble. Werner is the third Florida State finalist for the Nagurski Trophy (Derrick Brooks, 1993; Sam Cowart, 1997).

The Charlotte Touchdown Club is a non-profit organization founded in 1990 for the purpose of promoting high school, collegiate, and professional football in the Charlotte, N.C., region. The club's activities and services focus community attention on the outstanding citizenship, scholarship, sportsmanship, and leadership of area athletes and coaches. For more information, contact John Rocco (704-347-2918 or jrocco@touchdownclub.com). The official website of the Charlotte Touchdown Club is www.touchdownclub.com.

The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,200 men and women who cover college football for a living. 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 gameday operations, major awards and its annual All-America team.

The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game's predominant awards. The NCFAA encourages professionalism and the highest standards for the administration of its member awards and the selection of their candidates and recipients. For more information, visit the association's official Web site, ncfaa.org.

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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Purdue's Kawann Short Accepts Invitation to 2013 Senior Bowl

Purdue's Short Accepts Invitation to Senior Bowl

Photo - DT Kawann Short - Purdue

Purdue defensive tackle Kawann Short has accepted an invitation to the 2013 Senior Bowl to be played Jan. 26, in Mobile, Ala. Short's invitation marks the seventh straight year at least one former Boilermaker will take part in the annual game. The 2013 Senior Bowl is set to be played at Ladd-Peebles Stadium and the game and all practices will be televised by NFL Network.

Draft Insiders' rates Short a top three defensive tackle prospect and currently a first round grade. He has been highly productive and durable throughout his long Big Ten career. He hopes to continue a long tradition of Purdue defensive linemen who have gone on to the NFL.

Short, who has started all 47 games of his Boilermaker career, enters the final two games of the 2012 regular season with 175 career total tackles, 46.5 tackles for loss, 17.5 sacks, 14 passes broken up and two interceptions. He is currently third amongst active Football Bowl Subdivision players in career tackles for loss and tied for 15th in career sacks. At Purdue he is eighth all-time in school history in TFLs and ninth in sacks. Through 10 games this season, Short leads the Big Ten in TFLs (13.0) and is tied for fourth in sacks (5.0).
Short has additionally blocked eight kicks at Purdue, with his six field goal blocks marking the most by an individual in school history.

About the Senior Bowl
The Senior Bowl is college football's premier senior showcase event, annually featuring the nation's best senior collegiate football stars and top NFL draft prospects on teams coached by NFL coaching staffs. Senior Bowl practices and game week festivities are attended by more than 800 general managers, head coaches, assistant coaches, scouts and other front office personnel from all 32 National Football League teams, making Mobile and the Senior Bowl the week-long host to a one-of-a-kind NFL Coaches Convention. For more information on the 2013 Senior Bowl please visit the bowl's website at www.seniorbowl.com.

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LB Manti Te'O Heads Maxwell and Bednarik Semifinalists

Irish’s Manti Te'O Heads Maxwell and Bednarik Lists

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Maxwell Football Club President, Ron Jaworski, announced the 2012 Semifinalists for the 76th Maxwell Award for the Collegiate Player of the Year and the 18th Chuck Bednarik Award presented for the Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year. The respective lists include a field of 16 candidates for the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards as selected by the Maxwell Football Club National Selection Committee.

Notre Dame's LB Manti Te'o is coming off a terrific performance in the Irish huge win over Oklahoma. They effort between two top ten clubs earned Te’O the Defensive Player of the Week by Draft Insiders’. He heads the list for both the Maxwell and Bednarik semi-finalist lists and entered the Heisman Trophy race with another outstanding all around defensive performance.

Kansas State QB Collin Klein, USC receiver Marqise Lee and running back Kenjon Barner of Oregon head a strong field of offensive semifinalists for the Maxwell Award. Lee's Trojan teammate Matt Barkley is the only player who repeats as a semifinalist from 2011.

On the defensive side of the ball, Notre Dame's Manti Te'o and Georgia's Jarvis Jones head the nominees for the Bednarik Award and are both also semifinalists for the Maxwell Award. Alabama defensive back Dee Milliner and linebacker C.J. Mosley are two of eight Bednarik nominees from the Southeastern Conference. Arthur Brown of Kansas State and Notre Dame's Manti Te'o are repeat semifinalists from 2011.

Last season, the Maxwell Award went to Andrew Luck from Stanford University while the Bednarik went to Tyrann Mathieu of LSU. Luck is now the starting quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts.

The winners of the 76th Maxwell Award and the 18th Chuck Bednarik Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show which will be broadcast on ESPN on December 6, 2012. Three finalists for each award will be announced on November 19, 2012 and a second round of voting will take place at that time. The formal presentation of these awards will be made at the Maxwell Football Club's Awards Gala which will be held on Friday, March 1, 2013 at the Harrah's Entertainment Complex in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Semifinalist voting for both of the collegiate awards presented by the Maxwell Football Club will begin on Tuesday, October 30th and close on Sunday November 18th. Eligible voters include Maxwell Football Club members, NCAA Head Football Coaches, Sports Information Directors and selected national media. All Semifinalists are listed in alphabetical order with the player's school, position and class designated.

2012 Maxwell Award Semifinalists
Player / Class / Position / College

Montee Ball - Sr/ RB / University of Wisconsin
Matt Barkley - Sr / QB / University of Southern California
Kenjon Barner - Sr / RB / University of Oregon
Giovani Bernard - Soph / RB / University of North Carolina
Johnathan Franklin - Sr / RB / UCLA
Mike Gillislee - Sr / RB / University of Florida
Jarvis Jones - Jr / LB / University of Georgia
Collin Klein - Sr / QB / Kansas State University
Marqise Lee - Soph / WR / University of Southern California
EJ Manuel - Sr / QB / Florida State University
Johnny Manziel - Fr / QB / Texas A&M University
AJ McCarron - Jr / QB / University of Alabama
Braxton Miller - Soph / QB / Ohio State University
Geno Smith - Sr / QB / West Virginia University
Manti Te'o - Sr / LB / University of Notre Dame
De'Anthony Thomas - So / RB / University of Oregon

2012 Chuck Bednarik Award Semifinalists
Player / Class / Position / College

Johnthan Banks - Sr / CB / Mississippi State University
Arthur Brown - Sr / LB / Kansas State University
Jadeveon Clowney - Soph / DE / University of South Carolina
Matt Elam - Jr / S / University of Florida
Khaseem Greene - Sr / LB / Rutgers University
Johnathan Hankins - Jr / DT / Ohio State University
Jarvis Jones - Jr / LB / University of Georgia
Star Lotulelei - Sr / DT / University of Utah
Dee Milliner - Jr / CB / University of Alabama
Sam Montgomery - Jr / LB / Louisiana State University
Damontre Moore - Jr / DL - Texas A&M University
C.J. Mosley - Jr / LB / University of Alabama
Jordan Poyer - Sr / CB / Oregon State University
Will Sutton - Jr / DE / Arizona State University
Manti Te'o - Sr / LB / University of Notre Dame
Bjoern Werner - Jr / DE / Florida State University

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Notre Dame at Oklahoma Heads Pivotal Saturday Schedule

#5 Notre Dame at #8 Oklahoma & #11 Mississippi State at #1 Alabama in Prime Time Night Matchups

Photo - LB Manti Te’O - Notre Dame

College football schedule this week will be highlighted by two Saturday night telecasts matching ranked teams with all four in the top 11 of the BCS standings:

ABC will broadcast undefeated #5 Notre Dame at one-loss #8 Oklahoma as part of the Saturday Night Football series at 8 p.m. ET. Notre Dame has defeated Oklahoma eight of the nine all-time meetings against the Sooners, including the last meeting in 1999.

Also #11 Mississippi State at #1 Alabama in a showdown of unbeaten SEC teams at 8:30 p.m. Mississippi State, at 7-0, has had its best start to a season since 1999 and won its first seven games for only the second time in 113 years of playing football. Alabama has won eight of the last 10 games against the Bulldogs.

There are 11 remaining undefeated teams with No. 1 Alabama, No. 5 Notre Dame, No. 11 Mississippi State, No. 15 Rutgers, No. 16 Louisville, No. 24 Ohio and Ohio State all facing pivotal matchups.

Unbeaten Ohio State goes to Penn State and faces a squad that has won five straight since opening the season 0-2 on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 5:30 p.m. Kent State has a fine 6-1 record and goes to New Jersey to face undefeated No. 15 Rutgers on Saturday, at 3:30 p.m.

Key Matchups - Sat, Oct 27
Noon
Tennessee at No. 13 South Carolina
Iowa at Northwestern
Kentucky at Missouri
Ole Miss at Arkansas
Temple at Pittsburgh
NC State at North Carolina

3:30 p.m.
Michigan State at No. 25 Wisconsin
No. 9 USC at Arizona
Duke at No. 12 Florida State
Kent State at No. 15 Rutgers
No. 24 Ohio at Miami (Ohio)

5:30 p.m.
Ohio State at Penn State
7 p.m. No. 20 Texas A&M at Auburn
Syracuse at South Florida

8 p.m.
No. 5 Notre Dame at No. 8 Oklahoma
No. 22 Michigan at Nebraska

8:30 p.m.
No. 11 Mississippi State at No. 1 Alabama

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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