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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.

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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

TE Dwayne Allen Named Mackey Weekly Winner

Dwayne Allen Named John Mackey Weekly Award Winner

Photo - Dwayne Allen – Clemson

Dwayne Allen of Clemson was named John Mackey Tight End of the Week by the Nassau County Sports Commission. The ACC Atlantic Division junior recorded seven receptions for 80 yards and a receiving TD. Allen's touchdown came when the team was down 21-7 in the second quarter igniting a 31-3 run as Clemson beat Auburn 38-24 to snap Auburn's17 game win streak. Other candidates considered for this week's Mackey Tight End of the Week include Cooper Helfet of Duke and Orson Charles of Georgia.

Allen is an athletic 6’4’’ 255 lb. junior who combines speed, mobility strength and athleticism. He caught 33 balls for 373 yards and a TD last season and figures to improve on those totals working with new QB Tajh Boyd.

The 2011 recipient of "The Mackey" will be announced at the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Red Carpet Show December 8, 2011 on ESPNU. Please visit www.johnmackeyaward.org for all Mackey Award related information including the John Mackey Selection Committee, the selection process and award criteria, information on all past award recipients and a high resolution image of the award trophy available for download.

The John Mackey Tight End of the Week is an honor distinct and different from the annual John Mackey Award. This weekly honor was started in 2004 to draw attention to individual play by Tight Ends during the active season. The Tight End of the Week acknowledgment does not have a direct bearing on the final John Mackey Award selection process. The Nassau County Sports Commission, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization sponsored by Briarcliffe College, is responsible for the administration of the John Mackey Award and the John Mackey Award Selection Committee.

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.

Sooners’ Hold #1 Ranking On Big Florida St Win

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Sooners’ Hold #1 in Draft Insiders.com, AP and Coaches Top 25 Teams Off Big Florida St Win

This is DraftInsiders.com weekly 2011 season College Poll. We will have weekly polls thru the season & postseason in our weekly blog columns. Sept 21, 2011

Team of the Week - Oklahoma

Photo – QB Landry Jones - Oklahoma

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

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

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

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

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

1. Oklahoma (50) - 2-0
2. Alabama (4) - 3-0
3. LSU (5) - 3-0
4. Boise St - 2-0
5. Stanford - 3-0
6. Oklahoma St - 3-0
7. Wisconsin - 3-0
8. Texas A&M - 2-0
9. Nebraska - 3-0
10. South Carolina - 3-0
11. Virginia Tech - 3-0
12 Arkansas - 3-0
13. Oregon - 2-1
14. Florida St - 2-1
15. Florida - 3-0
16. West Virginia - 3-0
17. South Florida - 3-0
18. Texas - 3-0
19. Baylor - 2-0
20.TCU - 2-1
21. Michigan - 3-0
22. Clemson - 3-0
23. Michigan St - 2-0
24. Georgia Tech - 3-0
25. North Carolina - 3-0

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.

*** BCS National Championship 2012 Series *** College 2011-2012 Bowl Conference Matchups

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BCS National Championship Series
College 2011-2012 Bowl Conference Matchups

The BCS is a five-game showcase of college football. It is designed to ensure that the two top-rated teams in the country meet in the national championship game, and to create exciting and competitive matchups among eight other highly regarded teams in four other bowl games.

It has been undeniably successful in achieving those goals. Thanks to the BCS, the top two teams have played each other 12 times in 12 years by BCS measurements and nine times in the last 12 according to the AP poll -- including the last six years in a row. Additionally, it has provided more access to the major bowls for all eleven conferences, more television exposure, and more postseason revenue than ever before.

BCS National Championship Game
BCS#1 vs BCS #2 - Jan. 9, 2012 - 8:30 p.m. - New Orleans, La.- ESPN

BCS SCHEDULE
Rose Bowl

Jan. 2, 2012 - Pasadena, Calif.

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
Jan. 2, 2012 - Glendale, Ariz.

Sugar Bowl
Jan. 3, 2012 - New Orleans

Discover Orange Bowl
Jan. 4, 2012 - Miami

BCS National Championship
Jan. 9, 2012 - New Orleans

– Complete 2011-2012 Bowl Games –
December 2011

New Mexico Bowl
MWC vs Pac 12 - Albuquerque, N.M.- Dec. 17, 2011 - 2 p.m. ESPN

Humanitarian Bowl
WAC vs MAC - Boise, Idaho - Dec. 17, 5:30 p.m. ESPN

New Orleans Bowl
Sun Belt vs CUSA - New Orleans, La - Dec. 17, 9 p.m. ESPN

St. Petersburg Bowl
Big East vs CUSA - St. Petersburg, Fl - Dec. 20, 8 p.m. ESPN

Poinsettia Bowl
MWC vs WAC - Dec. 21, 8 p.m. ESPN

Las Vegas Bowl
MWC vs Pac 10 - Las Vegas, Nv - Dec. 22, 8 p.m. ESPN

Hawaii Bowl
WAC vs CUSA - Honolulu, Hi - Dec. 24, 8 p.m. ESPN

Independence Bowl
MWC vs ACC - Shreveport, La. - Dec. 26, 5 p.m. ESPN2

Little Caesars Bowl
MAC vs. Big Ten - Detroit, Mi - Dec. 27, 4:30 p.m. ESPN

Belk Bowl
Big East vs ACC – Charlotte, North Carolina - Dec. 27, 8 p.m. ESPN2

Military Bowl
ACC vs Navy - Washington, D.C. - Dec. 28, 4:30 pm ESPN

Pacific Life Holiday Bowl
Big 12 vs Pac 12 - San Diego, Ca - Dec. 28, 8 p.m. ESPN

Champs Sports Bowl
Big East vs ACC - Orlando, Fl. - Dec. 29, 5:30 p.m. ESPN

Alamo Bowl
Big 12 vs Pac 12 - San Antonio, Tx - Dec. 29, 9 p.m. ESPN

Armed Forces Bowl
CUSA vs BYU - Dallas, Tx - Dec. 30, 12 p.m ESPN

Pinstripe Bowl
Big East vs Big 12 - Bronx, NYC - Dec. 30, 3:30 p.m. ESPN

Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl
ACC vs SEC - Nashville, Tn. - Dec. 30, 6:30 p.m. ESPN

Insight Bowl
Big Ten vs Big 12 - Tempe, Ariz. - Dec. 30, 10 p.m. ESPN

Meineke Car Care Bowl
Big East vs ACC - Charlotte, N.C. - Dec. 31, Noon. ESPN

Brut Sun Bowl
ACC vs Pac 12 - El Paso, Texas - Dec. 31, 2 p.m. CBS

Liberty Bowl
SEC vs CUSA - Memphis, Tn. - Dec. 31, 3:30 p.m. ABC

Fight Hunger Bowl
Army vs Pac 12 - San Francisco, Ca - Dec. 31, 3:30 p.m. ESPN

Chick-fil-A Bowl
ACC vs SEC - Atlanta, Ga - Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m. ESPN

January 2012
Ticket City Bowl
Big Ten vs CUSA - Dallas, Tx. - Jan. 2, 1 p.m. ESPN

Capital One Bowl
Big Ten vs SEC - Orlando, Fl. - Jan. 2, 1 p.m. ABC

Gator Bowl
Big Ten vs SEC - Jacksonville, Fla. - Jan. 2, 1:00 p.m. ESPN 2

Outback Bowl
Big Ten vs SEC - Tampa, Fl. - Jan. 2, 1 p.m. ESPN

Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi
BCS - Big Ten vs Pac 10 - Pasadena, Ca - Jan. 2, 5:00 p.m. ABC

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
Big Champion vs BCS - Glendale, Ariz. - Jan. 2, 8:30 p.m. ESPN

Sugar Bowl
SEC Champion vs BCS - New Orleans, La - Jan. 3, 8 p.m. ESPN

FedEx Orange Bowl
ACC Champion vs BCS - Miami, Fl - Jan. 4, 8 p.m. ESPN

AT&T Cotton Bowl
Big 12 vs SEC - Arlington, Texas - Jan. 6, 8 p.m. FOX

Compass Bowl
Big East vs SEC - Birmingham, Al - Jan. 7, 1:00 p.m. ESPN

Go Daddy.com Bowl
Sun Belt vs MAC - Mobile, Ala. - Jan. 8, 9 p.m. ESPN

BCS National Championship Game
BCS#1 vs BCS #2 - Jan. 9, 8:30 p.m. - New Orleans, La.- ESPN

Sooners’ Hold #1 in Draft Insiders.com, AP and Coaches Top 25 Teams

#1 Sooners’ Face Florida St in Top Ten Matchup This Saturday

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.

Team of Week - South Carolina

Photo - WR Alshon Jeffery - South Carolina

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

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

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

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

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

1. Oklahoma (44) - 1-0
2. Alabama (8) - 2-0
3. LSU (7) - 2-0
4. Boise St - 2-0
5. Florida St - 2-0
6. Stanford - 2-0
7. Oklahoma St - 2-0
9. Wisconsin - 2-0
8. Texas A&M - 2-0
10. Nebraska - 2-0
11. South Carolina - 2-0
12. Virginia Tech - 2-0
13 Arkansas - 2-0
14. Oregon - 1-1
15. Michigan St - 2-0
16. Ohio St - 2-0
17. Florida - 2-0
18. Arizona St - 2-0
19. Auburn - 2-0
20. West Virginia - 2-0
21. Texas - 2-0
22. South Florida - 2-0
23.TCU - 1-1
24. Baylor - 1-0
25. Mississippi St - 1-1

Dropped out
No. 19 Missouri (1-1, lost to then-No. 23 Arizona State 37-30 OT), No. 20 Penn State (1-1, lost to No. 2 Alabama 27-11).

Others receiving votes
Michigan 97; Central Florida 49; Houston 43; Northwestern 31; Penn State 29; North Carolina 23;
Missouri 21; Tennessee 21; Georgia Tech 9; Maryland 9; Clemson 8; Washington 7; California 6; San Diego State 3; Georgia 2; Iowa State 2; Brigham Young 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.

DraftInsiders.com 2011 NFL Predictions

DraftInsiders.com NFL 2011 Predictions
Saints Top Chargers in Super Bowl Matchup

Photo - QB Drew Brees - Saints

Player of the Year –
QB Drew Brees - Saints
Defensive Player of the Year –
CB Darrelle Revis - Jets

Rookies of the Year
Offense - RB Mark Ingram - Saints
Defense – CB Patrick Peterson - Cardinals

Breakout Player of the Year
QB Alex Smith - 49ers

Comeback Player of the Year
WR Chad Ochocinco - Patriots

NFL 2011Forecast
Frank Coyle

NFC EAST
Philadelphia Eagles - 12-4 –

Eagles are among the best in the NFC after strong FA class. They are capable of winning the East and going deep into the playoffs behind Michael Vick.
New York Giants - 11-5 –
Giants can play with anyone on the league, but must stay healthy and play more consistently. They have a potent attack and tough veteran defense, though roster is thin after a few key injuries.
Dallas Cowboys - 8-8 –
QB Tony Romo returns after an injury marred 2010 season. They must prove they can run the ball consistently to balance this offense. Their defense is good, but not near the top two clubs in this division.
Washington Redskins - 6-10 –
Skins start another new QB this season in Rex Grossman. Their defense looks to return to their 2009 form mainly behind improved secondary play. Skins might again struggle to make .500 in the best division in the game.

NORTH
Green Bay Packers -10-5 -

Aaron Rodgers is the hottest QB in the game and Packers may be the best club in the league again. The play of both lines will determine if they can repeat.
Chicago Bears - 11-5 -
Bears can win this division behind veteran QB Jay Cutler. The defense is one of the best in this league that could spell the difference over the course of the season.
Detroit Lions - 9- 7 –
Lions will in the playoff hunt if they keep QB Matt Stafford healthy for 16 games.
Minnesota Vikings - 10-5 -
Vikes look to veteran Donovan McNabb to be the difference maker on an erratic club that is capable of big wins or total self destruction.

SOUTH
New Orleans Saints - 12-4 –

The Saints organizations have improved on defense that gives them the edge in one of the toughest divisions in football. QB Drew Brees is capable of leading this club to the Show again.
Atlanta Falcons - 10-6 –
Falcons are thinking title but they face a very tough schedule that might be the equalizer. They could struggle at .500 through midseason. Defense is suspect.
Tampa Bay Bucs - 8-8 –
Bucs began a turnaround last season with a 10-6, though vs a soft schedule. They will regress this fall and will be not better than a young .500 club that needs maturity.
Carolina Panthers - 6-10 –

Panthers begin the Cam Newton era, but will rely on a strong ground game to win games. They face a very tough schedule and will go through some painful growing pains in 2011.

WEST
Arizona Cardinals – 10-6 –

Cards look to return to the top of the weakest division in the NFL after adding QB Kevin
Kolb. There young defense is at playoff levels currently.
San Francisco 49ers - 8-8 –
New HC Jim Harbaugh will give this club an identity. He will turn QB Alex Smith into a solid
reliable starter. There defense is a solid group, but this club might struggle to get past the .500 mark.
St. Louis Rams - 6-10 –
Rams look to build off an improved offense directed by QB Sam Bradford. There changing defense is still not up to playoff levels at this point, though HC Steve Spagnuolo is a master leader.
Seattle Seahawks - 5-11 –
Seahawks won the divisional title with a 7-9 record, the first sub .500 team to ever accomplish that feat. This club will struggle to play above the .500 mark and challenge for the playoffs.

Divisional Champs
Eagles, Packers, Saints and Cardinals

Wild Card Clubs
Giants & Falcons

NFC Championship
Saint over Packers – Saints march back to the Big Show.

AFC EAST
New York Jets – 12-4 –

Jets look to young QB Mark Sanchez to take another step up. That would put them over the top in a tough division. They defense ranks among the top five in the game.
New England Patriots - 11-5 –
Pats look to premier QB Tom Brady to direct this changing potent offense. The new ground game and receivers could rank them at the top of the league. Their suspect changing defense will determine their final fate in key games.
Miami Dolphins - 7-9 –
Dolphins will be hard pressed to improve off back to back 7-9 seasons. QB Chad Henne is better than advertised and needs new vet Reggie Bush to become everything Ted Ginn did not become.
Buffalo Bills - 4-12 –
Bills are still rebuilding and will look to their young players to establish themselves as top NFL players. Their development will determine any improvement beyond a 4 to 6 win season.

NORTH
Baltimore Ravens - 11-5 –

The Ravens will look to young QB Joe Flacco to join the upper echelon of NFL passers. The defense is still capable of ranking with the best in the game and able to win this division.
Pittsburgh Steelers - 10-6 –
Big Ben makes big plays and the Steel defense is still among best in the game. They are a threat to win any critical game.
Cleveland Browns - 7-9 –
Browns continue to rebuild behind young QB Colt McCoy hoping to get them to respectability. Only one winning season in past six seasons may continue this fall.
Cincinnati Bengals - 5-11 –
With star QB Carson Palmer on the retirement list, the Bengals look to rookie QB Andy Dalton and top pick wideout
A.J. Green to begin a new era. Their defense has never improved under HC Marvin Lewis.

SOUTH
Indianapolis Colts - 10-6 –

QB Peyton Manning starts the season on the bench healing from neck surgery. This club is aging and faces but still dangerous to win big games in the playoffs. Whether the aging defense plays up to those levels remain to be seen.
Houston Texans - 10-6 –
A .500 record won’t get it done this season. Only a playoff berth will keep this club from facing major changes after the season.
Tennessee Titans - 8-8 –
The Titans look to veteran Matt Hasselbeck to keep this club respectable until top pick QB Jake Locker can take the reins. They might surprise and press for a playoff berth.
Jacksonville Jaguars - 6-10 –
Jaguars turned the page with the release of veteran QB David Garrard. They have taken a few steps back recently and a sub .500 record appears likely unless many questions are answered positively.

WEST
San Diego Chargers - 12-4 –

The Chargers are a loaded club with QB Philip Rivers directing a veteran club.
They can win the NFL title behind a veteran defense but needs their troubled special teams to improve significantly.
Kansas City Chiefs - 10-6 –
Chiefs won the division behind QB Matt Cassel and runner Jamaal Charles. The young defense is quietly improving and capable of helping them to compete for a playoff berth.
Oakland Raiders - 7-9 –
Raiders are a franchise in disarray and have not won more than 5 games since the 2002 season and this year looks like another repeat disaster.
Denver Broncos - 5-11 –
Broncos made huge changes this offseason under new HC Josh McDaniel. They should face difficult growing pains that will push them to the bottom of the AFC.

Divisional Champs
Jets, Ravens, Colts & Chargers

Wild Card Clubs
Patriots & Texans

AFC Championship
San Diego over Indianapolis

Chargers show a top defense can stop a potent offense in big
games.

Super Bowl Matchup

New Orleans Saints over San Diego Chargers
Saints win a wild Super Bowl showdown with Chargers.

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