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QB Brandon Weeden Tops Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Finalists

QB Brandon Weeden Tops 2011 Johnny Unitas Award Finalists

QB Brandon Weeden – OSU

The list of candidates for the 2011 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm, Award has been narrowed to 10 top college quarterbacks, including Oklahoma St’s Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma ’s Landry Jones, Houston ’s Case Keenum, and Stanford’s Andrew Luck.
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Weeden is college football's oldest QB. He turned 28 years old last Friday, as old as half of the current starting NFL QBs. Weeden has only six on 260 passing attempts, while his touchdown total has soared up to 16. Last week against Texas, he set three new school records for passes (60), completions (47) and passing yards (438).

For the 2011 season after six games, he has completed 189 passes of 260 attempts for an amazing 72.7% for 2098 yards with 16 TDs and 6 interceptions. He is on pace to throw for over 4000 yards with 35+ TD passes leading the Cowboys potent passing attack.

2011 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award

Johnny Unitas award was narrowed from an original field of 25, to 10 college QBs in the running for the Golden Arm Award.

The 10 Finalists for the 2011 Golden Arm Award are:
· Nick Foles - Arizona
· Robert Griffin - Baylor
· Landry Jones - Oklahoma
· Case Keenum - Houston
· Andrew Luck - Stanford
· Kellen Moore - Boise St
· Ryan Tannehill - Texas A & M
· Brandon Weeden - Oklahoma St
· Russell Wilson - Wisconsin
· Tyler Wilson - Arkansas

Named after the man many refer to as the greatest quarterback ever to play football, the prestigious Golden Arm Award is presented annually by the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation, Inc. Candidates for the Golden Arm Award must be completing their college eligibility or be a fourth-year junior, on schedule to graduate with his class. Candidates are judged upon character, citizenship, scholastic achievement, leadership qualities, and athletic accomplishments.

The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award will be presented on Friday, December 9 in downtown Baltimore. A number of former Baltimore Colts teammates will be there, including Raymond Berry, Jimmy Orr, and Art Donovan.

Since 1987, past winners of the award include Colt McCoy ( Texas , 2009), Matt Ryan ( Boston College , 2007), Brady Quinn (Notre Dame, 2006), Matt Leinart (USC, 2005), Eli Manning (Ole Miss, 2003), Carson Palmer (USC, 2002), Peyton Manning ( Tennessee , 1997). and Rodney Peete (USC, 1988).

Proceeds from the Golden Arm Awards help to support the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation. The Foundation provides financial assistance to underprivileged and deserving young scholar-athletes throughout Maryland and Kentucky .

The namesake of the Golden Arm Award has a storied history. Johnny Unitas was an 18-year veteran of the NFL, who played his collegiate career at the University of Louisville before joining the Baltimore Colts in 1958. His career passing figures include 2,830 pass completions for 40,239 yards, 290 TD passes and one that may stand forever – throwing a TD pass in 47 consecutive games.

Unitas was inducted into Pro Football’s Hall of Fame in 1979. Further, the Hall of Fame, in commemorations of the NFL’s 25th, 50th, and 75th anniversaries selected Unitas as the top QB k of all-time. In turn-of-the-century listings, he was named to Sports Illustrated list of top 10 athletes, Time Magazine’s list of 10 most influential athletes, and ESPN’s series on the 50 greatest athletes of the century.

For more information, visit www.goldenarmfoundation.com

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Thorpe and All-American teams. 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 is also a member of the FWAA and voter in College team and player awards.

Oklahoma & LSU Head Top 25 Polls

Oklahoma & LSU Head Polls - Draft Insiders.com, AP & Coaches Top 25 Teams

This is DraftInsiders.com weekly 2011 season College Poll. We will have weekly polls thru the season & postseason in our College Football Mondays blog column.

Oct 18th

Team of the Week – Michigan St.

Photo - DT Jerel Worthy - Michigan St.

Draft Insiders.com Top 25 Poll
(This year’s record in parentheses)

1. Oklahoma (6-0)
2. LSU (7-0)
3. Alabama (7-0)
4. Stanford (6-0)
5. Wisconsin (6-0)
6. Oklahoma St (7-0)
7. Boise St (6-0)
8. Clemson (7-0)
9. Oregon (5-1)
10. Arkansas (5-1)
11. Michigan St (5-1)
12. West Virginia (5-1)
13. South Carolina (6-1)
14. Nebraska (5-1)
15. Virginia Tech (6-1)
16. Kansas St (6-0)
17. Georgia Tech (6-1)
18. Michigan (6-1)
19. Illinois (6-1)
20. Houston (6-0)
21. Penn St (6-1)
22. Arizona St (5-2)
23. Baylor (4-2)
22. Texas A&M (4-2)
25. Washington (5-1)

AP Top 25 Poll
Rank / Name / W L / Previous

1 LSU - 7 - 0 / 1
2 Alabama - 7 - 0 / 2
3 Oklahoma - 6 - 0 / 3
4 Wisconsin - 7-0 / 4
5 Boise St. - 6 - 0 / 5
6 Oklahoma St. - 7 - 0 / 6
7 Stanford - 6 - 0 / 7
8 Clemson - 7 - 0 / 8
9 Oregon - 5 - 1 / 9
10 Arkansas - 5 - 1 / 10
11 West Virginia - 5 - 1 / 13
12 Kansas St. - 7 - 0 / 17
13 Nebraska - 6 - 1 / 14
14 South Carolina - 6 - 1 / 15
15. Michigan St – 5-1 23
16 Virginia Tech - 6 - 1 / 19
17 Texas A&M - 3 - 2 / 21
18 Michigan - 6 - 0 / 11
19 Auburn - 4 - 2 / 24
20 Georgia Tech - 6 - 1 / 12
21 Houston - 6 - 0 / 25
22 Washington (5-1) NR
23 Illinois - 6 - 1 / 16
24 Arizona St. - 5 - 2 / 18
25 Georgia - 5-2 / NR

Coaches Top 25 Poll
Rank / Team (first-place votes) / Record

1. Oklahoma (31) - 6-0
2. LSU (15) - 7-0
3. Alabama (12) - 7-0
4. Wisconsin (1) - 6-0
5. Stanford - 6-0
6. Oklahoma St - 6-0
7. Boise St - 6-0
8. Clemson - 7-0
8. Oregon - 5-1
10. Arkansas - 5-1
11. Nebraska - 5-1
12. South Carolina - 6-1
13. Michigan St. - 5-1
14. West Virginia - 5-1
14. Virginia Tech - 6-1
16. Kansas St - 7-0
17. Michigan - 6-1
18. Texas A&M - 4-2
19. Georgia Tech 6-1
20. Houston - 6-0
21. Illinois - 6-1
22. Penn St - 6-1
23. Auburn - 5-2
24. Washington - 5-1
25. Arizona St - 5-2

Dropped out
No. 21 Texas (4-2, lost to then-No. 7 Oklahoma State 38-26), No. 24 Baylor (4-2, lost to then-No. 23 Texas A&M 55-28).

Others receiving votes
Georgia (5-2) 60; Notre Dame (4-2) 36; Rutgers (5-1) 31; Southern Methodist (5-1) 27; Texas (4-2) 26; Cincinnati (5-1) 14; Southern Mississippi (5-1) 14; Baylor (4-2) 9; North Carolina (5-2) 9; Temple (5-2) 3; Virginia (4-2) 3; TCU (4-2) 1.

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Thorpe and All-American teams. 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 is also a member of the FWAA and voter in College team and player awards.

Junior QB Andrew Luck & RB Trent Richardson Head Pro Prospect Rankings for NFL Draft 2012

QB Andrew Luck & RB Trent Richardson Top QB and Running Back Classes

Photo - Andrew Luck – Stanford

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Pro Prospect Rankings

Offense
* Underclassmen
Quarterbacks:

1 * Andrew Luck - 6-4, 235 - Stanford
2 * Matt Barkley - 6-2, 225 - Southern Cal
3 * Landry Jones - 6-4, 230 - Oklahoma
4 Brandon Weeden - 6-4, 215 - Oklahoma St
5 Nick Foles - 6-5, 245 - Arizona
6 Kirk Cousins - 6-3, 205 - Michigan St
7 Ryan Lindley - 6-4, 245 - San Diego St
8 Case Keenum - 6-2, 210 - Houston
9 Ryan Tannehill - 6-4, 220 - Texas A&M
10 Dayne Crist - 6-4, 235 - Notre Dame
11 John Brantley - 6-3 220 - Florida
12 Chandler Harnish - 6-2, 225 - Northern Illinois
13 Austin Davis - 6-2, 200 - Southern Miss
14 G.J. Kinne - 6-1, 215 - Tulsa
15 Kellen Moore - 6-0, 190 - Boise St

Running Backs:
1 * Trent Richardson - 5-10, 225 - Alabama
2 * Bernard Pierce - 6-0, 220 - Temple
3 * LaMichael James - 5-9, 185 - Oregon
4 Cyrus Gray - 5-10, 200 - Texas A&M
5 * Edwin Baker - 5-9, 210 - Michigan St.
6 * Christine Michael- 5-11, 215 - Texas A&M
7 Chris Rainey - 5-9, 175 - Florida
8 Tauren Poole - 5-11, 215 - Tennessee
9 * Chris Polk - 5-10, 215 - Washington
10 * David Wilson - 5-10, 205 - Virginia Tech
11 Brandon Bolden - 5-10, 225 - Mississippi
12 Isaiah Pead - 5-10, 210 - Cincinnati
13 Marc Tyler - 5-10, 230 - Southern California
14 * Andre Ellington - 5-9, 190 - Clemson
15 Jeff Demps - 5-8, 185 - Florida

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Thorpe and All-American teams. 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 is also a member of the FWAA and voter in College team and player awards.

Oklahoma Heads - Draft Insiders.com Poll

Oklahoma, LSU & Alabama Head Polls - Draft Insiders.com, AP and Coaches Top 25 Teams

This is DraftInsiders.com weekly 2011 season College Poll. We will have weekly polls thru the season & postseason, in addition to our College Football Monday weekly blog column.

Team of the Week – Oklahoma

Photo – LB Travis Lewis - Oklahoma

Draft Insiders.com Top 25 Poll
(This year’s record in parentheses)

1. Oklahoma (5-0)
2. LSU (6-0)
3. Alabama (6-0)
4. Stanford (5-0)
5. Wisconsin (5-0)
6. Oklahoma St (6-0)
7. Boise St (5-0)
8. Clemson (6-0)
9. Oregon (4-1)
10. Michigan (6-0)
11. Georgia Tech (6-0)
12. Arkansas (5-1)
13. West Virginia (5-1)
14. South Carolina (5-1)
15. Nebraska (5-1)
16. Virginia Tech (5-1)
17. Illinois (6-0)
18. Michigan St (4-1)
19. Kansas St (5-0)
20. Arizona St (5-1)
21. Baylor (4-1)
22. Texas (4-1)
23. Houston (6-0)
24. Penn St (5-1)
25. North Carolina (4-1)

AP Top 25 Poll
Rank / Name / W L / Previous

1 LSU - 6 - 0 / 1
2 Alabama - 6 - 0 / 2
3 Oklahoma - 5 - 0 / 3
4 Wisconsin - 6-0 / 4
5 Boise St. - 5 - 0 / 5
6 Oklahoma St. - 6 - 0 / 6
7 Stanford - 5 - 0 / 7
8 Clemson - 6 - 0 / 8
9 Oregon - 4 - 1 / 9
10 Arkansas - 5 - 1 / 10
11 Michigan - 6 - 0 / 12
12 Georgia Tech - 6 - 0 / 13
13 West Virginia - 5 - 1 / 16
14 Nebraska - 5 - 1 / 14
15 South Carolina - 5 - 1 / 18
16 Illinois - 6 - 0 / 19
17 Kansas St. - 6 - 0 / 20
18 Arizona St. - 5 - 1 / 22
19 Virginia Tech - 5 - 1 / 21
20 Baylor - 4 - 1 / 25
21 Texas A&M - 3 - 2 / 24
22 Texas - 4 - 1 / 11
23. Michigan St – 4-1 NR
24 Auburn - 4 - 2 / 15
25 Houston - 6 - 0 / NR

Coaches Top 25 Poll
Rank / Team (first-place votes) Record

1. Oklahoma (32) - 5-0
2. LSU (15) - 6-0
3. Alabama (11) - 6-0
4. Stanford - 5-0
5. Wisconsin (1) - 6-0
6. Boise St - 5-0
7. Oklahoma St - 6-0
8. Clemson - 6-0
9. Oregon - 4-1
10. Michigan - 6-0
11. Arkansas - 5-1
12. Georgia Tech - 6-0
13. South Carolina - 5-1
14. Nebraska - 5-1
15. Illinois - 6-0
16. West Virginia - 5-1
17. Virginia Tech - 5-1
18. Kansas St - 6-0
19. Michigan St - 4-1
20. Arizona St - 5-1
21. Texas - 4-1
22. Houston - 6-0
23. Texas A&M - 3-2
24. Baylor - 4-1
25. Penn St. - 5-1

Dropped out
No. 18 Florida (4-2, lost to No. 2 LSU 41-11), No. 22 Florida State (2-3, lost to Wake Forest 35-30), No. 23 Auburn (4-2, lost to then-No. 12 Arkansas 38-14).

Others receiving votes
Florida (4-2) 72; Washington (4-1) 52; North Carolina (5-1) 43; Auburn (4-2) 33; Notre Dame (4-2) 31; South Florida (4-1) 30; Wake Forest (4-1) 22; Georgia (4-2) 15; Southern Methodist (4-1) 11; Texas Tech (4-1) 9; Rutgers (4-1) 8; Southern Mississippi (5-1) 7; TCU (4-2) 4; Hawaii (3-2) 1.

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Thorpe and All-American teams. 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 is also a member of the FWAA and voter in College team and player awards.

T.J. McDonald - USC Named the Jim Thorpe Winner

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T.J. McDonald of USC Named the Jim Thorpe Defensive Back of the Week Award

Southern Cal safety T.J. McDonald wins the Jim Thorpe weekly award after making several big plays in their 48-41 win over Arizona. McDonald had another strong performance that included six tackles, a pass break up and two key interceptions in the 1st quarter that allowed USC to take an early 17-0 lead.

Photo - Safety T.J. McDonald – USC

McDonald also sealed the Trojans win by recovering Arizona’s onside kick with a minute left after the Wildcats had cut the lead to seven. Also noteworthy of McDonald’s outstanding effort was his first interception ended Arizona quarterback Nick Foles’ streak of 210 passes without an interception dating back to 2010.

McDonald who was named a team captain this season was also a member of the 2011 Jim Thorpe Award Preseason Watch List after earning second team All-Pac-10 honors a season ago. He ranks as DraftInsiders.com #1 safety for the NFL Draft currently. As a junior, he would have to declare in January 2012 to enter the NFL process.

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards. He has voted in the Jim Thorpe award for the past 15 years. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game.

Honorable Mention Players for Week Five:

Jarred Holley, Pittsburgh, Junior Free Safety-Holley had a team-high 10 tackles, two tackles for loss, a sack and a forced fumble in Pittsburgh’s 44-17 win over USF. Holley spearheaded a Pitt defense that held USF to nearly 100 yards below its season average and 28.5 points below their season scoring average.

Tony Jefferson, Oklahoma, Sophomore Nickel Back Safety-Three Jefferson interceptions on three straight drives powered a second quarter scoring surge in Oklahoma’s 62-6 rout of Ball State. All three of Jefferson’s interceptions led to Sooner touchdowns and they came against Ball State quarterback Keith Wenning who had not thrown an interception in 176 attempts.

Tyrann Mathieu, LSU, Sophomore Cornerback - Mathieu continued his impressive sophomore campaign with five tackles, one sack, two forced fumbles, returning one 23 yards for a touchdown in LSU’s 35-7 win over Kentucky.

Keith Tandy, West Virginia, Senior Cornerback-Tandy had two interceptions that he returned for a combined 29 yards along with two pass breakups and three solo tackles in West Virginia’s 55-10 win over Bowling Green.

About the Jim Thorpe Award:
The Thorpe Award, one of the most coveted awards in college football, is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2011. The Award, established in 1986, is named after history’s greatest all-around athlete, Jim Thorpe. Thorpe excelled as a running back, passer and kicker on the offensive side of the ball, but also stood out as a defensive back. In addition to his legendary performance on the football field, Thorpe played professional baseball and won Olympic gold medals in the decathlon and pentathlon.

The candidates for the award are selected by a “screening committee” of Jim Thorpe Association members who follow several players throughout the season, watching games and researching information sources to grade Thorpe Award candidates on the basis of performance on the field, athletic ability and character. The committee then narrows the field to three finalists and the names of these finalists are submitted to a national panel of about 50 sports writers, sportscasters, coaches and former players who vote to determine the winner.

The Thorpe Award Winner is selected from three finalists and will be announced at The Home Depot College Football Awards Show on December 8, 2011 on ESPN.

The 25th Anniversary Jim Thorpe Award Banquet will be held on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 in Oklahoma City, OK.

The Jim Thorpe Award 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 website, ncfaa.org.

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Thorpe and All-American teams. 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 is also a member of the FWAA and voter in College team and player awards.

Oklahoma & LSU Share #1 Ranking in Top 25 Polls

Oklahoma & LSU Share #1 in Polls - Draft Insiders.com, AP and Coaches Top 25 Teams

This is DraftInsiders.com weekly 2011 Top 25 College Poll. We will have weekly polls thru the season & postseason in our College Football Mondays blog column.

Team of the Week – Clemson

Photo – CB Morris Claiborne - LSU

Draft Insiders.com Top 25 Poll
(Record in parentheses)

1. Oklahoma (3-0)
2. LSU (4-0)
3. Alabama (4-0)
4. Stanford (3-0)
5. Boise St (3-0)
6. Nebraska (4-0)
7. Oklahoma St (4-0)
8. Wisconsin (4-0)
9. South Carolina (4-0)
10. Oregon (3-1)
11. Virginia Tech (4-0)
12. Florida (4-0)
13. Clemson (4-0)
14. Texas (3-0)
15. Texas A&M (2-1)
16. Arkansas (3-1)
17. Baylor (3-0)
18. Michigan (4-0)
19. Georgia Tech (4-0)
20. South Florida (4-0)
21. Michigan St (3-1)
22 TCU (3-1)
23. Illinois (4-0)
24. Arizona St (3-1)
25. West Virginia (3-1)

AP Top 25 Poll
Rank / Name / W L / Previous

1 LSU - 4 - 0 / 2
2 Oklahoma - 3 - 0 / 1
3 Alabama - 4 - 0 / 3
4 Boise St. - 3 - 0 / 4
5 Oklahoma St. - 4 - 0 / 7
6 Stanford - 3 - 0 / 5
7 Wisconsin - 4 - 0 / 6
8 Nebraska - 4 - 0 / 9
9 Oregon - 3 - 1 / 10
10 South Carolina - 4 - 0 / 12
11 Virginia Tech - 4 - 0 / 13
12 Florida - 4 - 0 / 15
13 Clemson - 4 - 0 / 21
14 Texas A&M - 2 - 1 / 8
15 Baylor - 3 - 0 / 17
16 South Florida - 4 - 0 / 18
17 Texas - 3 - 0 / 19
18 Arkansas - 3 - 1 / 14
19 Michigan - 4 - 0 / 22
20 TCU - 3 - 1 / 20
21 Georgia Tech - 4 - 0 / 25
22 West Virginia - 3 - 1 / 16
23 Florida St. - 2 - 2 / 11
24 Illinois - 4 - 0 / 24
25 Arizona St. - 3 - 1 / NR

Coaches Top 25 Poll
Rank Team (first-place votes) Record

1. Oklahoma (32) - 3-0
2. LSU (20) - 4-0
3. Alabama (7) - 4-0
4. Stanford - 3-0
5. Boise St - 3-0
6. Oklahoma St - 4-0
7. Wisconsin - 4-0
8. Nebraska - 4-0
9. South Carolina - 4-0
10. Virginia Tech - 4-0
11. Oregon - 3-1
12. Florida - 4-0
13. Texas A&M - 2-1
14. South Florida - 4-0
15. Clemson - 4-0
16. Baylor - 3-0
17. Texas - 4-0
18. Arkansas - 3-1
19. Michigan - 4-0
20. TCU - 3-1
21. Georgia Tech - 4-0
22. Illinois - 4-0
23. West Virginia - 3-1
24. Florida St. - 2-2
25. Michigan St - 3-1

Dropped out
No. 25 North Carolina (3-1, lost to then-No. 24 Georgia Tech 35-28).

Others receiving votes
Houston 70; Ohio State 61; Arizona State 57; Penn State 34; Iowa State 33; Kansas State 13; North Carolina 13; Texas Tech 13; Utah 11; Northwestern 5; Tennessee 3; Washington 3; Auburn 2; Air Force 1; Temple 1.

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Thorpe and All-American teams. 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 is also a member of the FWAA and voter in College team and player awards.

LSU and Oklahoma Share #1 Spot in Polls

LSU, Alabama, Oklahoma and Clemson Win Key Games

'College Football Monday'
Frank Coyle's Weekly Blog Column

Players of the Week

Offense
WR Mohamed Sanu of Rutgers

Defense
CB Tyrann Mathieu of LSU

Photo – WR Mohamed Sanu

Everything is right in the world after this weekend – Notre Dame wins, the GMen exorcise the Eagles’ demon and the Yankees ass whip the Red Sox again. Staying with college football, the top clubs solidified their position with Oklahoma beating Missouri, LSU wearing down West Virginia and Alabama drilling Arkansas. All were key matchups vs top 25 caliber clubs and contests that earn top five status in this week’s top 25 rankings.

A number of teams hold a 4-0 record that demands national attention. Teams like Nebraska, Oklahoma St., Wisconsin, Georgia Tech, Michigan, South Florida, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Florida and South Carolina have all pushed themselves into the top 25 team picture.

Key games this week saw Clemson defeat Florida St in another wild ACC game. Clemson had beaten Auburn the previous week that ended the nation’s longest winning streak. In another crazy ACC matchup, Georgia Tech edge North Carolina 35-28 in a game that has become annually a must watch for college fans. Oklahoma St. made a dramatic comeback vs Texas A&M that

The #1 top ranked team changes with the AP anointing LSU the leader after another dominant type performance at West Virginia. The polls split this week with the Sooners holding the top spot in the Coaches poll after their solid win vs Missouri.

This week Florida faces the acid test with Alabama traveling to Gainesville in a SEC contest of unbeatens. Clemson faces another tough matchup vs Virginia Tech in an ACC battle of perfect clubs. Both games will have a huge impact on the top ten after Saturday.

One of the best performances of the young season was turned in by Rutgers wideout Mohamed Sanu this week who set a school- and Big East Conference-record with 16 catches for 176 yards and 2 TDs. Rutgers (2-1) knocked error-prone Ohio from the unbeaten ranks with a 38-26 victory on Saturday. Sanu defied double coverage to set new Big East and school records for receptions.

His total catches broke the Rutgers record of 13 that he tied two weeks ago vs North Carolina. It also broke the single-game mark of 13 for a Big East receiver. Sanu has 36 catches for 363 yards and four TDs this season. This was his first game with two receiving touchdowns.

"Mohamed is a freak," one NFL scout oper said. "He is an athlete, a freak athlete. Just covering him gets you better. You always have to have your A game when covering him.

Oklahoma St. made a thrilling comeback to beat Texas A& M for their first loss on Saturday. The Cowboys won a wild 30-29 games over then-No. 8 Texas A&M. Oklahoma St's Brandon Weeden has been named the Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Week. The senior threw for a school-record 438 yards in the win.

The Cowboys faced a 20-3 deficit at halftime and Weeden helped the Cowboys to 27-straight points, including a pair of TD passes in the 3rd quarter to give Oklahoma St the lead. He connected on 47-of-60 passes to finish the day, setting school marks for both completions and pass attempts in a game.

South Carolina senior DE Melvin Ingram was selected as the SEC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in Saturday’s 21-3 win over previously undefeated Vanderbilt.

Ingram, a 6-2, 276-pounder scored his third TD of the season, this time falling on a fumble in the end zone in the second quarter for the Gamecocks’ first points in the victory. He was also credited with four tackles on the night, three for losses that accounted for 24 yards, and a pair of sacks. He also broke up one pass.

Ingram led a stellar SC defense that limited the Commodores to just five first downs and 77 total yards on 48 plays, an average of 1.6 yards per play. Only two of Vandy’s 14 drives lasted longer than four plays and only one gained more than 10 yards.

New Weekly Top 25 Polls Posted every Tuesday

Frank Coyle writes ‘College Football Monday’ weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He is also a member of the FWAA and voter in College team and player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Thorpe, etc. He is a voter for weekly Team and Player Awards

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