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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

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.

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