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Bama Faces LSU In SEC West Battle - Top Four Teams Remain Undefeated & Strong Contenders For First CFP Rankings

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College Football Monday - Week 10
Bama Travels to Baton Rouge to Face LSU Tigers
Top Four Teams Remain Undefeated & Strong Contenders For First CFP Rankings

Team of Week - Washington

Offensive Player of Week - RB Saquon Barkley - Penn St.
Defensive Player of Week - DB Jabrill Peppers - Michigan

Photo - QB Lamar Jackson - Louisville

Upcoming Weekly Matchups
Alabama at LSU, Nebraska at Ohio St & Wisconsin at Northwestern in major Matchups

Four clubs fell from the unbeaten ranks, Nebraska, Baylor, West Virginia and Boise St on Saturday reducing the number to five perfect teams entering November. Alabama, Washington, Michigan and Clemson have a strong case to be in the first CFP final four this Tuesday night. They face the teeth of their schedule through November prior to conference title games, but this group as separated themselves from the other top 25 clubs on more impressive victories on a weekly basis. Alabama faces one of their most difficult tasks this week when they travel to Baton Rouge to face their arch rivals, the LSU Tigers. Alabama has dominated LSU winning the last four matchups with a couple of beatings including a 30-16 bashing last season on the Tide's way to another national title.

Both LSU and Alabama scheduled their bye week prior to this matchup to have plenty of time to prepare and heal minor injuries. The Tigers view this as a major test to return to SEC and national prominence after a fall from grace in recent seasons despite 8 to 10 games annually. The slide cost HC Les Miles his job earlier this season which is the nature of college football programs for elite clubs that fail to return to the final four competition.

In an upcoming week with few top matchups, the Alabama /LSU clash will get heavy national attention and probably the biggest TV viewership. The Bama defense rarely allows a top runner to control the game and have effectively loaded the box vs LSU star Leonard Fournette over his career. The Tiger’s QB play continues to be their weak point annually with a consistency that comes up short in big crutch situations. The physical Bama defense plays a disciplined style that controls the line of scrimmage and forces an offense to beat them with their second tier players.

With a win Saturday, Bama would take a strong hold on the SEC West where they already have a victory over Texas A&M. They face the revitalized Auburn (5-2) Tigers who are 4-1 in conference play on Nov. 26th to complete the regular season prior to any national title defense. Their strong point lead as the #1 team in the nation will make it hard to eliminate them from the final four unless they fall to both LSU and Auburn. They prepare for the final push to repeat as national champions with an impressive current 20 game winning streak dating back to last midseason. A LSU victory would be their biggest win in years and return them to SEC status. They could easily move back into the top ten with a good chance for a top bowl game invitation.

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

Top Four Clubs Unbeaten - Bama #1 - Football Playoff Committee 1st Rankings Tuesday

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Draft Insiders' - Top 25 Rankings
Week 10 - Oct. 30

Team of Week - Washington

Offensive Player of Week - RB Saquon Barkley - Penn St.
Defensive Player of Week - DB Jabrill Peppers - Michigan

Photo - DB Jabrill Peppers - Michigan

Alabama, Michigan, Clemson and Washington remain unbeaten and are ranked as the top four teams in the new Top 25 college football polls. Alabama had a bye last weekend to get ready for their matchup with LSU Saturday and continues to dominate the #1 voting. Nebraska, Baylor, West Virginia and Boise St. all fell from the unbeatens and rearranged the top ten rankings. The losses by Baylor and West Virginia left the Big 12 without a top-10 team for the first time in the conference history that started in 1996.

This Tuesday night, the College Football Playoff selection committee unveils its first rankings of the season. Alabama is #1, receiving all but one of the 61 first-place votes from the media panel. Michigan received one first-place vote after beating state rival, Michigan St. on Saturday. Both #3 Clemson and #4 Washington won road games against ranked teams Saturday.

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

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

1 Alabama (60) - 8-0 - 1524
2 Michigan (1) - 8-0 - 1435
3 Clemson - 8-0 - 1401
4 Washington - 8-0 - 1369
5 Louisville - 7-1 - 1262
6 Ohio State - 7-1 - 1207
7 Texas A&M - 7-1 - 1150
8 Wisconsin - 6-2 - 1122
9 Nebraska - 7-1 - 951
10 Florida - 6-1 - 929
11 Auburn - 6-2 - 927
12 Oklahoma - 6-2 - 835
13 Baylor - 6-1 - 693
14 West Virginia - 6-1 - 620
15 LSU - 5-2 - 586
16 Utah - 7-2 - 506
17 Western Michigan - 8-0 - 481
18 North Carolina - 6-2 - 423
19 Florida State - 5-3 - 409
20 Penn State - 6-2 - 390
21 Colorado - 6-2 - 375
22 Oklahoma State - 6-2 - 355
23 Virginia Tech - 6-2 - 345
24 Boise State - 7-1 - 203
25 Washington State - 6-2 - 139

Dropped from rankings: Tennessee 18, Navy 22

Others receiving votes: Houston 65, USC 40, San Diego State 21, Troy 20, Tennessee 17, South Florida 10, Arkansas 7, Wyoming 5, Tulsa 3

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

Giant's Rookie Wideout Sterling Shepard - Draft Insiders' 2016 Yearbook Scouting and Review Reports

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Draft Insiders’ 2016 Yearbook Scouting and Review Reports - WR Sterling Shepard

Giants selected Sterling Shepard in the 2nd round and he has become a fine addition to their passing game as both a wideout and slot receiver. He has flashed playmaking ability opposite star Odell Beckham and is poised to play an even bigger role over the second half of his rookie season.

Draft Insiders’ NFL Draft Review ’16 – June
On the 2nd round, they chose wideout Sterling Shepard, a quick fast receiver with excellent hands and run after the catch abilities. He is a perfect fit here with playmakers needed opposite Odell Beckham, especially with vet Victor Cruz still unproven after missing 26 games with injuries. Shepard is highly developed playmaker who can step in immediately and provide an impact. He was an excellent addition who addressed a high pressing need with only marginal depth on the unit.

Photo – WR Sterling Shepard - Giants

Draft Insiders’ Yearbook Scouting Report
WR Sterling Shepard #3 - 5-10, 195 - Oklahoma - Sp. 4.35 Rating 85
Hindu Theory: Antonio Brown

Tough, talented senior was an all-around go-to receiver for the Sooners usually lining up in the slot. Second generation Sooner, as his late father, Derrick Shepard played wide receiver there in the 1980s. His father was a good player, but Sterling has a chance to be an elite pro, after being one the top wide receivers in school history. Semifinalist for Biletnikoff Award, named 1st Team All-American by DraftInsiders.com and ESPN.com as well as 2nd Team All-American by CBS Sports. Also earned an invite to the Senior Bowl, where he earned Practice Player of the Week award among wide receivers. Displays outstanding initial quickness off the line at the snap. Reaches top speed in a flash. Makes crisp, sharp cuts without gearing down or needing to adjust speed. Able to run every route expected of wide receivers with fine precision. Outstanding hands. Able to pluck the ball away from the frame of his body. Fine leaping ability and is able to extend and high point the ball. Contorts his body in midair to adjust to errant passes with apparent ease. Also readily gets down low to scoop in passes at shoe top level. Fearless working across the middle in heavy traffic. Often able to make those catches and still avoid a big hit. Deceptive deep speed. Able to use subtle moves or changes of speed to separate and get over the top of a defender in a flash. Offers a significant level of experience as a punt returner, though was not overly dynamic in that role. Lateral and initial quickness makes it a risky proposition to cover him in press. More quick than he is blazing fast, and somewhat smaller than ideal.
The Numbers: As a senior, he caught 86 passes for 1288 yards for a 15 average and 11 TDs while starting 13 games and earning first team Big 12 honors. As a junior, he started all 12 games and had 51 catches for 970 yards with 5 TDs with Big 12 honors. Over his career, he totaled 233 receptions for 3482 yards a 14.9 yard average and 6 TDs. Also ran the ball 17 times for 120 yards and 1 score. Returned 30 punts for his career, for 221 yards, no scores and a 7.3 average. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 5’10” and 194 lbs. and did 20 reps. He ran 4.43 time with a fast 1.55 ten-yard split. He had a 41” VL and 10’3” BJ with a 4.35 short shuttle and 7.0 three cone. He was quick and explosive in the positional drills.
The Skinny: Undervalued highly developed receiver with definite playmaking ability to be a weapon in three wideout sets immediately. He is similar to Antonio Brown in speed, quickness, body type, AA and development. Though he is pure deep threat, he can be sneaky quick and make big plays. With some development, he can start with early time in three wideout sets. Rising top 75 prospect. Could easily go as early as the late 2nd round. Solid addition with the tools to start as a rookie in the right situation. Underrated value and playmaker to be a nice steal on mid-2nd day.
Draft Projection: 2nd Round

NFL Power Poll - Week 8 - Vikes Hold #1 Ranking, Patriots #2

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NFL Power Poll - Week 8

Vikes Fall From Unbeaten - Hold #1 Ranking
#2 Patriots Perfect Behind QB Tom Brady

Team of the Week - Philadelphia Eagles

Offensive Player of Week - RB Jay Ajayi - Dolphins
Defensive Player of Week - S Landon Collins - Giants

Rookie of Week - DE Joey Bosa - Chargers

Photo - S Landon Collins - Giants

Game of Week #8 - Green Bay Packers (4-2) at Atlanta Falcons (4-2)

NFL Ranking /Record /Team
#1 - 5-1 VIKINGS

Dolphins ’72 perfect season safe one another year after Vikings lose to Eagles.

#2 - 5-1 PATRIOTS
Patriots QB Tom Brady stays perfect with nice victory over the Steelers.

#3 - 4-1-1 SEAHAWKS
Seahawks were lucky Cardinals choked and tied in overtime.

#4 - 5-1 COWBOYS
The Cowboys’ are well rested for their home game vs NFC East rival, the Eagles this Sunday.

#5 - 4-2 PACKERS
Packers' had 10 days to prepare for their trip to Atlanta in a key NFC contest between QBs Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan.

#6 - 4-2 EAGLES
Eagles jumped the Vikings last week and travel to Big D for critical NFC East contest.

#7 - 5-2 BRONCOS
Broncos shutdown the Texans Monday night with their tough defense. Host surprising tough Chargers this Sunday.

#8 - 4-3 FALCONS
Falcons were ambushed by the Chargers and face talented inconsistent Packers this week.

#9 - 4-3 REDSKINS
Washington have come back to the pack and face key matchup in Cinny in another top matchup.

#10 - 5-2 RAIDERS
The Raiders beat the Jaguars in last one and travel to Tampa for another winnable game.

#11 - 4-3 GIANTS
GMen won a critical game in London vs the Rams. They get a much-needed bye this week before a push for the NFC playoffs.

#12 - 4-3 STEELERS
The Steelers lost for the second week in a row, this time to the Patriots. They get their bye week and hope QB Ben Roethlisberger makes a fast recover to stay in the AFC North race.

#13 - 4-3 BILLS
Bills lost a tough game to the Dolphins and host AFC East rival, the Patriots in a critical matchup.

#14 - 4-2 CHIEFS
The Chiefs beat the Saints last week and face a crucial AFC matchup in Indy this Sunday.

#15 - 4-3 LIONS
The Lions’ are on a hot streak with roads games vs Texans and Vikings on the schedule.

#16 - 3-4 CHARGERS
The Chargers are a tough aggressive club who have played everyone tough and a team that must be dealt with a huge road game vs Denver that can make the AFC West race interesting.

#17 - 3-4 BENGALS
Bengals beat the Browns last week and face the Redskins in a critical contest for both clubs’ playoff hopes.

#18 - 4-3 TEXANS
The Texans were beat by Denver on Monday with the same recurring offensive problems.

#19 - 3-4 RAVENS
The Ravens were beat in back to back games at MetLife.

#20 - 3-4 RAMS
The Ram’s offensive problems persist and they were beat by the Giants in London. Bye week to regroup.

#21 - 3-3-1 CARDINALS
The Cardinals blew the game vs the Seahawks and had to settle for a tie in overtime. No time to sulk as they travel to Carolina for a crucial NFC clash.

#22 - 3-4 COLTS
The Colts’ held on vs the Titans last week. They host the hot Chiefs in an important clash for both AFC teams.

#23 - 3-4 DOLPHINS
The Dolphins beat the Bills last week for two wins in a row. They rest this week prior to a favorable second half schedule.

#24 - 2-4 SAINTS
The Saints high powered offense hosts the tough Seahawks defense in the Dome. The Saints’ defense stops no one and probably keeps them out of playoff contention.

#25 - 3-3 BUCCANEERS
The Bucs have won the games they should compete in this season. They host the Raiders and Falcons that will test this young club and any postseason aspirations.

#26 - 3-4 TITANS
QB Marcus Mariota has this offense working and the Titans are competitive weekly. They host the Jaguars on Thursday night that could get them to .500 at midseason.

#27 - 2-4 JAGUARS
The Jags' face four road games in the next five weeks that will test this young club to the fullest. Their talented young defense is going through the difficult growing pains.

#28 - 2-5 JETS
Jets lost QB Geno Smith early in an injury that brought veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick back as the starter. He led them to a win over the Ravens that ended their short losing streak.

#29 - 1-5 PANTHERS
Panthers come off their bye week and must step up to get into contention after a horrible start. They have NFC opponents, the Cardinals and Rams the next two weeks that may define their season.

#30 - 1-6 49ers
The 49ers were smoked at home by the Bucs with their bye week this weekend. Second half schedule offers little improvement.

#31 - 1-6 BEARS
The Bears were trashed by their arch rival, the Packers last Thursday night. They host the Vikings on Monday in another mismatch.

#32 - 0-7 BROWNS
The Browns host the Jets this week and have circled this game since training camp.

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

Michigan Defenders Jabrill Peppers and Jourdan Lewis Among 16 Jim Thorpe Semi-Finalists

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Michigan Defenders Peppers and Lewis Among 16 Jim Thorpe Semi-Finalists
Desmond King of Iowa Highlights List to Repeat For Defensive Back Award

Photo – CB Desmond King - Iowa

A pair of University of Michigan defenders – Jourdan Lewis and Jabrill Peppers – have been named semifinalists for the 2016 Jim Thorpe Award, presented annually by the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and Jim Thorpe Association of Oklahoma City. This award is given to the top defensive back in college football. Michigan is the only school with two players among the 16 semifinalists for the award. It’s the first time that the Wolverines have had at least two players named semifinalists in the same season.

Cornerback Jourdan Lewis and linebacker/defensive back Jabrill Peppers have been leaders on the Wolverines’ top-rated defense. The duo has helped Michigan lead the nation in five defensive categories and list in the top four of 10 overall categories. U-M’s pass defense is tops in the country allowing just 111 yards through the air per contest. The opposition has shied away from Lewis’ side of the field this season, only targeting the All-American cornerback 10 times. He has only allowed seven receiving yards on two catches through three games. Lewis has 10 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, one interception and four pass breakups in four games of action.

Peppers is all over the field for the Wolverines, lining up at 14 different positions. Defensively, he is second on the team with a career-best 40 tackles, including a team-leading 10 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and one forced fumble. Offensively, Peppers has carried the ball 10 times for 107 yards and two touchdowns while catching a five-yard pass against Illinois. He is third nationally in punt returns with 14 for 249 yards (17.8 avg.) and one touchdown, and returned five kickoffs for 153 yards.

Highlighted by Desmond King, last year's Thorpe Award recipient, this year's watch list includes nine seniors, four juniors, and three sophomores. King (5-foot-11, 200-pounds) has started all eight games at cornerback this season and has 46 career starts. This season he has recorded 26 solo tackles and 15 assists, leads Iowa with six pass break-ups, and had a 41-yard interception return for a touchdown in a win at Purdue.

King, a native of Detroit, also leads Iowa’s special teams through eight games. He is averaging 32 yards per kickoff return to rank sixth in the nation. He is also averaging 9.2 yards on punt returns. King had a career-best 77-yard kickoff return last weekend against Wisconsin. In 2015, King tied the Iowa single-season record and ranked second in the country with eight interceptions, while recording 72 tackles and a team-high 13 pass breakups. He averaged 14.2 yards on 17 punt returns and 24.4 yards on 29 kickoff returns.
King was named a unanimous consensus All-American in 2015, was the recipient of the Jack Tatum Award and was named the Tatum-Woodson Big Ten Conference Defensive Back of the Year. King was one of five finalists for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, and was Iowa’s Most Valuable Player on defense.

The three finalists for the Thorpe Award will be named on Monday, Nov. 21. The winner of the prestigious award will be announced live on ESPN’s Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Dec. 8. The 2016 Thorpe Award winner will be honored at a banquet in Oklahoma City on Feb. 7, 2017.

2016 Thorpe Award Semifinalists
Jaire Alexander, Louisville, So.
Budda Baker, Washington, Jr.
Travon Blanchard, Baylor, Jr.
Justin Evans, Texas A&M, Sr.
Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama, So.
Malik Hooker, Ohio State, So.
Adoree’ Jackson, USC, Jr.
Desmond King, Iowa, Sr.
Jourdan Lewis, Michigan, Sr.
Kai Nacua, BYU, Sr.
Jabrill Peppers, Michigan, Jr.
Weston Steelhammer, Air Force, Sr.
Cordrea Tankersley, Clemson, Sr.
Tre’Davious White, LSU, Sr.
Andrew Wingard, Wyoming, So.
Xavier Woods, Louisiana Tech, Sr.

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

Bama Rolls Over Texas A&M To Hold #1 Ranking - Top 25 Poll

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College Football Monday - Week 9

Bama Rolls Over Unbeaten Texas A&M
Ohio St Loses to Penn St. in Big Ten Thriller

Team of Week - Louisville

Offensive Player of Week - QB Lamar Jackson - Louisville
Defensive Player of Week - DL Jonathan Allen - Alabama

Photo - DL Jonathan Allen - Alabama

Upcoming Weekly Matchups
Clemson at Florida St., Washington at Utah, Notre Dame at Miami, Nebraska at Wisconsin in major Matchups

Alabama faced one of their most difficult tasks last Saturday when they travelled to College Station and met the undefeated #6 ranked Texas A&M Aggies. They beat the Aggies 33-14 with another impressive defensive performance led by Jonathan Allen and Ryan Anderson. Allen made a game changing play on a fumble caused by Ryan Anderson when he scooped up the loose ball and went 29 for a TD. It was the 10th consecutive game the Tide registered a defensive score. It was the 2nd week in a row Bama beat a top ten SEC opponent thoroughly. They did trail the Aggies 14-13 into the 3rd quarter, but their relentless defense took over in crunch time and registered 5 sacks for the day. The Crimson Tide has gained momentum entering their bye week prior to a final month of play, starting with an important trip to Baton Rouge to face the LSU Tigers. They will enjoy the bye week and prepare for the final push to repeat as national champions with a handsome current 20 game winning streak dating back to last midseason.

Ohio St was ambushed in Happy Valley by a Penn St club that won their biggest Big Ten matchup during the HC James Franklin tenure. The Nittany Lions used an aggressive defense that harassed Buckeye QB JT Barrett and totaled 6 sacks that kept the mobile passer out of rhythm all night. Penn St. blitzed on over 50% of plays with LBers Brandon Bell and Jason Cabinda the key defenders. Despite the strong defensive effort, the Nittany Lions were still behind late in the 4th quarter and needed a blocked FG attempt returned for a TD to pull out the victory 24-21. It was the 2nd blocked kick of the night for PSU and one that cost the Buckeyes (6-1) their perfect record. Penn St (5-2) entered the Top 25 with a #24 ranking with 5 winnable Big Ten games on the schedule.

Louisville bombed N.C. St. 54-13 in another outstanding performance by Cardinal QB Lamar Jackson. The Cardinals improved their record to 6-1 while Jackson strengthen his Heisman Trophy race leadership. He posted 359 yards by halftime with 3 TD passes that caught the Wolfpack defense off balance all game. NC St pushed Clemson into overtime last week before losing in overtime. Louisville plays an average schedule the rest of the way, but needs help to win the Atlantic division of the ACC where Clemson holds a one game lead off their win over Louisville. Clemson travels to Tallahassee to face Florida St that could be their only stumbling block the rest of the season prior to the ACC Championship matchup.

Unbeatens, Nebraska and Baylor stayed in the top ten of the recent rankings. Nebraska beat a weak Purdue club to go 7-0 and #7 ranking off their best record in 15 years. They face a tough Wisconsin club this week in Madison that could define their push to the top 5 rankings and a possible final four selection. Baylor is coming off a bye week to prepare for a faltering Texas that fell to 3-4 off a loss to Kansas St. 24-21. The Bears face their toughest Big 12 games over the final five games that will determine if they can move up in the top ten. Undefeated West Virginia, Boise St and Western Michigan continue to move up the top 25, though slowly off competition concerns. West Virginia pounded TCU 34-10 in an impressive win that brought their record to 6-0 and their best start since 2006. They may be the sleeper team of the year and a legitimate Big 12 club that can surprise with their most difficult games vs Oklahoma and Baylor at home late in the season. Their balanced offense has given them an advantage weekly through the first half of the schedule while their defense has made marked improvement over that period.

Game of the Week - Clemson (7-0) at Florida St (5-2)

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

Bama Dominates Texas A&M to Hold #1 Ranking in Top 25

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Draft Insiders' - Top 25 Rankings
Week 9 - Oct. 23

Team of Week - Louisville

Offensive Player of Week - QB Lamar Jackson - Louisville
Defensive Player of Week - DL Jonathan Allen - Alabama

Photo - QB Lamar Jackson - Louisville

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

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

1 Alabama (60) 8-0 - 1524
2 Michigan (1) 7-0 - 1446
3 Clemson 7-0 - 1382
4 Washington 7-0 - 1373
5 Louisville 6-1 - 1276
6 Ohio State 6-1 - 1143
7 Nebraska 7-0 - 1083
8 Baylor 6-0 - 1063
9 Texas A&M 6-1 - 1007
10 West Virginia 6-0 - 997
11 Wisconsin 5-2 - 980
12 Florida State 5-2 - 725
13 Boise State 7-0 - 716
14 Florida 5-1 - 654
15 Auburn 5-2 - 641
16 Oklahoma 5-2 - 626
17 Utah 7-1 - 584
18 Tennessee 5-2 - 572
19 LSU 5-2 - 352
20 Western Michigan 8-0 - 349
21 North Carolina 6-2 -328
22 Navy 5-1 - 251
23 Colorado 6-2 - 207
24 Penn State 5-2 - 193
25 Virginia Tech 5-2 - 110

Dropped from rankings: Houston 11, Arkansas 17, Ole Miss 23

Others receiving votes: Washington State 84, Houston 67, Oklahoma State 62, Arkansas 14, Troy 6, USC 5, San Diego State 2, Pittsburgh 2, SMU 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 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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