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Rams' Todd Gurley Scouting Report - Draft Insiders' 2015 Yearbook

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Draft Insiders' Yearbook Scouting Reports

NFL Draft – Todd Gurley Scouting Report
Draft Insiders’ Yearbook 2015 – Over 300 in-depth Scouting Reports

Photo - #30 RB Todd Gurley - Rams

Note: In the NFL Draft 2015, Todd Gurley was selected #10 overall in the first round by the St. Louis Rams. He is currently having a huge rookie season in his first action since his fall 2014 knee injury. He is the leading candidate for Rookie Offensive Player of the Year.

Draft Insiders’ Yearbook Scouting Report - March 2015

* Todd Gurley #3- Georgia - 6-1, 225 - Sp. 4.50 - Rating 90 - Hindu Theory: Adrian Peterson
Huge powerful speedy tailback is one of the most gifted runners to come along over the past decade. His career was cut short in 2014 by a torn ACL, that along with a four game suspension limited him to just six games last fall. Over that time, he still gained a pretty amazing 911 yards at 7.4 a pop and scored 9 TDs. Possesses an NFL body with a well-developed muscular frame. He has the natural ability to drop his pads and square up when attacking the line and seamlessly bounces off would be tacklers. Shows natural balance as a runner with the power and determination to be difficult to slow down, very seldom taken down by the first tackler. Reads his initial blocks very well. Shows a feel for finding daylight. Powers through creases with authority and the speed to stick-and-go with an extreme burst out of his cuts. Shows the ability to juke and shift his weight very well, especially for a 225 lb. runner. Able to string multiple moves together, including wicked jump cuts that can leave tacklers flailing at air. Uses his fine speed and long strides to eat up yards in a hurry. Large, natural glue-like hands as a receiver out of the backfield and is a willing, alert blocker in pass protection. Very uncommon combination of speed and power with huge pro upside when healthy. Extremely strong lower body and maintains balance well after contact. Appears to effortlessly run through attempted arm tackles. His speed makes him a threat to score from anywhere on the field. Extremely tough to tackle from an angle. Presses line very well to set up cut-back opportunities. Able to decisively get downhill, showing fine knee bend and forward lean. Effectively slips through some very small holes and explode out the other side. Shows quick, tight footwork getting to the second level. Can sink his hips and explode through a tackler or side-step and hit the throttle, which causes safeties to hesitate when coming downhill. Able to turn speed into power between tackles or when turning the corner. Seldom looks to go out of bounds and works to finish every run. In 2014, an outstanding 61.9% of his rushing yards came after contact. Strong hands and carries ball securely close to his body. Just fumbled three times in 510 carries. He is highly developed as a receiver to be an immediate three down feature back combining excellent hands and explosive big play ability after the catch. As a blocker, he will face up with linebackers, but needs hand technique development to be a finished complete feature back.
The Numbers: As a senior, he started the first 6 games and rushed for 911 yards on 123 carries for a 7.4 average and 9 TDs. He added 12 receptions for 57 yards before the four game suspension and then the ACL injury terminated his season. For the 2013 season, he rushed for 989 yards on 165 attempts for 6 yard average and 10 TDs. He added 37 receptions for 441 yards and 6 TDs. As a freshman in 2012, he had his best season and rushed for 1385 yards on 222 carries for a 6.2 average and 17 TDs, starting 14 games. He added 16 receptions for 117 yards. Over his career, he rushed for 3285 yards on 510 attempts for a fine 6.4 average and 36 TDs plus totaled 65 receptions for 615 yards and 6 TDs. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’1” and 222 lbs. and did 17 reps, but did not run or participate in the leaping and agility drills or positional drills due to rehabbing ACL injury.
The Skinny: Physical downhill thumper with the talent to be an immediate feature back. As a blocker, he shows quick reactions and toughness to face up with defenders and use his strong frame and agility. He can be his own blocker and runs both inside and outside. His receiving skills have developed nicely with reps, though he must continue to improve in that role. He has the natural running skills to be a difference maker and is similar to Adrian Peterson or former Pro bowl back Jamil Lewis in size, running style and big play abilities. Excellent early round addition with top ten talent and the skill set to be an impact player and core weapon. Top kickoff returner. Top 25 prospect with talent to be the best back in years once healthy.
Draft Projection: 1st Round

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 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.

Clemson Heads First College Football Playoff Top 25 Rankings

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College Football Playoff Selection First Top 25 Rankings

Clemson Heads first College Football Playoff Top 25 Rankings with LSU, Ohio St and Alabama forming the top four clubs.

The College Football Playoff Selection Committee announced today the first installment of its top 25 rankings. Clemson surprisingly holds the #1 spot after being undefeated entering November. The Tigers are one of 11 unbeaten teams entering the final month of the regular season. Following the Tigers are LSU, Ohio St and Alabama in the top four that will eventually form the Final clubs for the playoff semi finals. Clemson plays Florida St this week while LSU faces Alabama in two critically important matchups that will shakeup the top four and ten after this weekend. Most top ten teams face their sternest tests over the final month that keeps most clubs alive for the playoffs with the critical conference championship games the final testing ground for the final four.

The selection committee will prepare five more rankings this season, including the final set on Selection Day, Sunday, December 6. The top four teams in the final rankings will play in the Playoff Semifinals on December 31, 2015, at the Capital One Orange Bowl and the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.

Photo - WR/QB Braxton Miller - Ohio St.

“It’s exciting to be back as we kick off the second year of the College Football Playoff,” said selection chairman Jeff Long. “We are little more than half way through the season and a lot of football that remains to be played. This is the first of six rankings. They are the result of games that have been played thus far. Change is guaranteed and that’s what makes college football exciting.”

This was the first official meeting for the selection committee to issue rankings.
Note: Last season, the first official College Football Playoff Selection Committee Top 25 Rankings – of the top four ranked teams, only Florida St became part of the semifinal playoffs in January.

The complete rankings can also be found on the official website of the College Football Playoff at www.collegefootballplayoff.com.

Rank /Team /Record
1 Clemson 8-0
2 LSU 7-0
3 Ohio State 8-0
4 Alabama 7-1
5 Notre Dame 7-1
6 Baylor 7-0
7 Michigan State 8-0
8 TCU 8-0
9 Iowa 8-0
10 Florida 7-1
11 Stanford 7-1
12 Utah 7-1
13 Memphis 8-0
14 Oklahoma State 8-0
15 Oklahoma 7-1
16 Florida State 7-1
17 Michigan 6-2
18 Mississippi 7-2
19 Texas A&M 6-2
20 Mississippi State 6-2
21 Northwestern 6-2
22 Temple 7-1
23 UCLA 6-2
24 Toledo 7-0
25 Houston 8-0

About the College Football Playoff
The College Football Playoff will match the No. 1 seed vs. No. 4, and No. 2 vs. No. 3 in semifinal games that will rotate annually among the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Goodyear Cotton Bowl, Capital One Orange Bowl, Allstate Sugar Bowl, Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual and Fiesta Bowl. The 2015 semifinals will take place December 31, at the Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl. The national championship game will be January 11, 2016, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

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 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.

2015 Maxwell and Chuck Bednarik Award Semifinalists

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2015 Maxwell & Bednarik Award Semifinalists

Corey Coleman, Leonard Fournette & Trevone Boykin Head Maxwell Award List

Maxwell Football Club President, Ron Jaworski, announced the 2015 semifinalists for the 79th Maxwell Award for the Collegiate Player of the Year and the 21st Chuck Bednarik Award for the Outstanding College Defensive Player of the Year. The respective lists include a field of 20 candidates for the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards, as selected by the Maxwell Football Club National Selection Committee.

Photo - WR Corey Coleman - Baylor

A strong field of Maxwell Award semifinalists includes a representative from every Power Five conference. Quarterbacks Trevone Boykin (TCU) and Dak Prescott (Mississippi State) are repeat semifinalists from 2014 and Prescott was a Maxwell Award finalist last season.

On the defensive side of the ball, the field of contenders is comprised of fresh faces, 16 of whom are making their debuts as Bednarik Award semifinalists. Defensive ends Joey Bosa (Ohio State) and Shilique Calhoun (Michigan State) join cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III (Florida) and linebacker Jaylon Smith (Notre Dame) as repeat semifinalists from a season ago.

Last season, the Maxwell Award went to Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, while the Bednarik Award was earned by linebacker Scooby Wright of Arizona. This was the first time an Oregon player took home the Maxwell Award, and the first time that Arizona captured the Bednarik Award. Mariota is now the starting quarterback for the Tennessee Titans and Wright is a junior at Arizona who is sidelined this fall with a knee injury.

The winners of the 79th Maxwell Award and the 21st Chuck Bednarik Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show which will be broadcast on ESPN on December 10, 2015 from the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. Three finalists for each award will be announced on November 24, 2015 and a second round of voting will take place at that time.

The formal presentation of these awards will be made at the Maxwell Football Club's 79th Awards Gala on Friday, March 11, 2016 at the Tropicana Resort & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Semifinalist voting for both of the collegiate awards presented by the Maxwell Football Club will begin on Thursday, November 5th and close on Sunday November 22nd. Eligible voters include Maxwell Football Club members, NCAA Head Football Coaches, Sports Information Directors and selected national media. All Semifinalists are listed in alphabetical order with the player's school, position and class designated.

2015 Maxwell Award Semifinalists:
Name / Position / School /Year

Devontae Booker - RB - Utah - Senior
Trevone Boykin - QB - TCU - Senior
Corey Coleman - WR - Baylor - Senior
Connor Cook - QB - Michigan State - Senior
Dalvin Cook - RB - Florida State - Sophomore
Josh Doctson - WR - TCU - Senior
Brandon Doughty - QB - Western Kentucky - Senior
Ezekiel Elliott - RB - Ohio State - Junior
Leonard Fournette - RB - LSU - Sophomore
Royce Freeman - RB - Oregon - Sophomore
Derrick Henry - RB - Alabama - Junior
Cody Kessler - QB - USC - Senior
Paxton Lynch - QB - Memphis - Junior
Baker Mayfield - QB - Oklahoma - Sophomore
Christian McCaffrey - RB - Stanford - Sophomore
Dak Prescott - QB - Mississippi State - Senior
C.J. Prosise - RB - Notre Dame - Senior
Keenan Reynolds - QB - Navy - Senior
Greg Ward Jr. - QB - Houston - Junior
Deshaun Watson - QB - Clemson - Sophomore

2015 Chuck Bednarik Award Semifinalists:
Name /Position /School /Year

Kendell Beckwith - LB - LSU - Junior
Andrew Billings - NT - Baylor - Junior
Joey Bosa - DE - Ohio State - Junior
Jonathan Bullard - DE - Florida - Senior
Shilique Calhoun - DE - Michigan State - Senior
Jeremy Cash - S - Duke - Senior
Su'a Cravens - LB - USC - Junior
Myles Garrett - DE - Texas A&M - Sophomore
Vernon Hargreaves III - CB - Florida - Junior
Shaq Lawson - DE - Clemson - Junior
Jourdan Lewis - CB - Michigan - Junior
Tyler Matakevich - LB - Temple - Senior
Carl Nassib - DE - Penn State - Senior
Robert Nkemdiche - DT - Ole Miss - Junior
Emmanuel Ogbah - DE - Oklahoma State - Junior
Reggie Ragland - LB - Alabama - Senior
Jalen Ramsey - CB - Florida State - Junior
A'Shawn Robinson - DL - Alabama - Junior
Joe Schobert - LB - Wisconsin - Senior
Jaylon Smith - LB - Notre Dame - Junior

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 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.

College Football Monday - Upcoming Showdown Weekend

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College Football Monday - Week 9

Upcoming Showdown Weekend Set with National Title Impact

Team of the Week: Notre Dame

Players of Week
Offense: QB DeShaun Watson - Clemson
Defense: DE Emmanuel Ogbah - Oklahoma St
Special Teams: S Jabrill Peppers - Michigan

Photo: QB Trevone Boykin - TCU

College Football Monday - Week 9

As the college football season moves into November for critical conference games, this past Saturday saw five of the top ten clubs idle with their bye week. The upcoming week features two huge conference games with LSU at Alabama and TCU at Oklahoma St. contests that will have a huge impact on the national championship race, in addition to Florida St. at Clemson and Notre Dame at Pittsburgh. It has the makings of the most critical weekend for college football this season.

Alabama and LSU scheduled their bye week prior to the matchup to give them both two weeks to prepare and get healthy for an annual game that has national and SEC title ramifications. Each club is starting to peak and the winner will have a stronger case for a top three or higher ranking. Last season, Bama won in OT 20-13. The prior season Bama won 38-17. The LSU play at QB has been lacking and clearly the difference that has kept the Tigers from title game appearances.

Oklahoma St. and TCU enter the game unbeaten, two of the ten remaining D1 teams who have not tasted defeat. The matchup is expected to be another Big 12 scoring fest where defense rarely shows up. Oklahoma St. warmed up for this critical game with a 70-53 thrashing of Texas Tech. The combined point totals are the 3rd most involving a ranked team without playing overtime. The Cowboys used it as another tune up prior to the TCU clash. OSU has scored under 30 points only once in their opening victory 24-3 over CMU. Last week, they waxed pathetic Kansas 58-10, probably the worst D1 team over the past decade.

TCU brings in Heisman Trophy candidate, QB Trevone Boykin who has directed this high powered attack. The Horned Frogs have scored under 50 points only once this season, in an opening day win 23-17 over Minnesota. The Oklahoma St. matchup is obviously critical with the winner in position to claiming #1 nationally and Big 12 leadership. TCU closes its season with Oklahoma and Baylor, both top 15 clubs and Baylor currently #2. Oklahoma St. faces the same final two matchups in reverse order making it an intriguing close to a wild Big 12 season. The Big 12 may come up short vs the SEC, Big Ten and Pac 12, but their games are usually an offensive juggernaut that keep fans captivated to the final minutes with every club alive in high scoring affairs.

On Saturday, several high scoring dramatic games made the weekend significant for national and conference standings, though the higher rated clubs won each game. The Clemson-NC St. (56-41), Notre Dame-Temple (24-20), Oklahoma St- Texas Tech (70-53), Michigan-Minnesota (29-26) and Stanford-Washington St. (30-28) were all wild intense contests that changed often and most decided on late big plays.

None though matched the zany Miami-Clemson (30-27) game that ended on an incredible kickoff return that included 8 laterals before Hurricane Corn Elder took the last one for a game winning and closing TD. The play included a controversial knee down, three illegal blocks in the back and additional 12th Miami player on the field without a helmet. The referees blew all the illegal blocks, though they were right in front of them. They also missed the down knee that would have ended the play. The knee down part of the play was reviewable, though the replay officials also blew the play despite Miami’s Mark Walton being clearly down before he flipped the ball. The ‘series of errors’ was addressed Saturday night by ACC Commissioner John Swofford who stated that the final play “was not handled appropriately.” Swofford suspended the on the field crew, replay official and the communicator for two games in one of the biggest debacles in recent college football history. How the replay official missed the Miami player knee touching is inexcusable. The ACC acted properly in suspending the officials responsible for such shoddy decision making and maybe they were too lenient in the amount of game time suspended.

The tainted Hurricane victory comes one week after the firing of HC Al Gooden who could not survive the embarrassing loss to Clemson (58-0). Prior to the Clemson disaster, the beat a falling Virginia Tech and two losses to Cincinnati and Florida St. The loss to Florida St. (29-24) was particularly upsetting as they lost late in the 4th quarter. It was the 6th straight loss to the instate Seminoles, one that alumni frown on for recruiting purposes. He was hired to bring Miami back to prominence then was tasked with the added burden of cleaning up giant problems that he never knew about when taking the job.

Golden was hired in December 2010 as he took over a falling program due to the massive mess created by the violations of rampant rule breaking by a former school booster who is currently in federal prison for masterminding a $930 million Ponzi scheme. Each of Golden's five seasons have been affected by that NCAA probe. The school was penalized through scholarship reductions that are still in place this season as part of the sanctions.

Game of the Week - LSU (7-0) at Alabama (7-1)

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes ‘College Football Mondays’ weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, CBS Sports, 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.

Notre Dame, Stanford & Clemson Win Big Games - Top 25 Teams

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Draft Insiders’ 2015 Top 25 Poll – Week #9 Rankings
- Notre Dame, Stanford & Clemson Win Big Games –

Photo - DE Emmanuel Ogbah - Oklahoma St

Team of Week - Notre Dame

Players of Week
Offense - QB DeShaun Watson - Clemson
Defense - DE Emmanuel Ogbah - Oklahoma St

Draft Insiders’ 2015 Top 25 Poll -

Rank/ Team /Record

1. Ohio St. - 8-0
2. Baylor - 7-0
3. TCU - 8-0
4. LSU - 7-0
5. Michigan St. - 8-0
6. Clemson - 8-0
7. Alabama - 7-1
8. Notre Dame - 7-1
9. Stanford - 7-1
10. Iowa - 8-0
11. Oklahoma St. - 8-0
12. Oklahoma - 7-1
13. Florida - 7-1
14. Florida St - 7-1
15. Utah - 7-1
16. Memphis - 8-0
17. Houston - 8-0
18. Toledo - 7-0
19. Mississippi - 7-2
20. Michigan - 6-2
21. North Carolina - 7-1
22. Temple - 7-1
23. UCLA - 6-2
24. Mississippi St - 6-2
25. Texas A&M - 6-2

AP Top 25

Rank/Team /Record /Points
1. Ohio State (39), 8-0, 1465
2. Baylor (6), 7-0, 1408
3. Clemson (6), 8-0, 1381
4. LSU (5), 7-0, 1346
5. TCU (4), 8-0, 1336
6. Michigan State, 8-0, 1249
7. Alabama (1), 7-1, 1160
8. Notre Dame, 7-1, 1019
9. Stanford, 7-1, 1014
10. Iowa, 8-0, 954
11. Florida, 7-1, 923
12. Oklahoma State, 8-0, 879
13. Utah, 7-1, 809
14. Oklahoma, 7-1, 712
15. Memphis, 8-0, 683
16. Michigan, 6-2, 613
17. Florida State, 7-1, 571
18. Houston, 8-0, 466
19. Ole Miss, 7-2, 414
20. Toledo, 7-0, 366
21. North Carolina, 7-1, 248
22. UCLA, 6-2, 190
23. Temple, 7-1, 175
24. Mississippi State, 6-2, 144
25. Texas A&M, 6-2, 101

Others Receiving Votes: Wisconsin 64, USC 57, BYU 27, Northwestern 21, Duke 7, Penn State 5, Boise State 4, Appalachian State 4, California 4, Tennessee 2, Pittsburgh 2, Washington State 1, Navy 1

Coaches Poll

Rank /Team /Record /Points / Previous
1. Ohio State (48) 8-0, 1574, 1
2. Baylor (9) 7-0, 1481, 2
3. TCU (4) 8-0, 1441, 3
4. LSU (1) 7-0, 1388, 4
5. Clemson (2) 8-0, 1377, 6
6. Michigan State, 8-0, 1337, 5
7. Alabama, 7-1, 1223, 7
8. Stanford, 7-1, 1069, 8
9. Notre Dame, 7-1, 1068, 9
10. Oklahoma State, 8-0, 978, 10
11. Iowa, 8-0, 968, 11
12. Florida, 7-1, 942, 12
13. Oklahoma, 7-1, 819, 13
14. Utah, 7-1, 770, 14
15. Florida State, 7-1, 693, 15
16. Memphis, 8-0, 652, 16
17. Michigan, 6-2, 587, 17
18. Houston, 8-0, 505, 19
19. Ole Miss, 7-2, 436, 21
20. Toledo, 7-0, 396, 20
21. North Carolina, 7-1, 215, NR
22. UCLA, 6-2, 199, 25
23. Temple, 7-1, 164, 22
24. Texas A&M, 6-2, 148, NR
25. Mississippi State, 6-2, 104, NR

Others Receiving Votes
Wisconsin 88; Navy 42; Duke 31; Southern California 20; Brigham Young 19; Northwestern 15; Oregon 14; Pittsburgh 9; Penn State 8; Boise State 7; Marshall 5; Washington State 4; Western Kentucky 3; Appalachian State 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 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.

Packers – Broncos Clash in Battle of Unbeatens - New NFL Power Poll

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NFL Power Rankings Week 8 –
Packers – Broncos Clash in Battle of Unbeatens - New NFL Power Poll

Rookies of the Week –
Offensive Player - WR Amari Cooper - Raiders

Defensive Player - LB Eric Kendricks - Vikings

Players of the Week
Offense - RB Lamar Miller - Dolphins

Defense - CB Dominique Rogers-Cromartie - Giants
Special Teams - WR/RS Dwayne Harris - Giants

Photo - QB Eli Manning - Giants

Team of Week 7 - Bengals
Matchup of Week 8 – Green Bay at Denver

Rank / Team / Record

1. Green Bay Packers (6-0)
Packers face a huge road game with the Broncos in the battle of undefeated clubs.

2. New England Patriots (6-0)
Patriots beat the Jets again behind the hot QB Tom Brady who currently has a 16 to 1 TD interception ratio.

3. Denver Broncos (6-0)
Broncos’ have won with leagues’ top defense and few turnovers.

4. Cincinnati Bengals (6-0)
The Bengals’ had two weeks to prepare for division contest at Pittsburgh this week.

5. Carolina Panthers (6-0)
The Panthers beat a talented but erratic Eagles club in last one and host the Colts on Monday night this week.

6. Atlanta Falcons (6-1)
Falcons’ just got by the Titans last week and face woeful Bucs at home Sunday.

7. Arizona Cardinals (5-2)
Cards were lucky to beat the Ravens who continue to fade.

8. New York Jets (4-2)
The Jets find ways to loss to the Patriots that keeps them from top of AFC East.

9. New York Giants (4-3)
GMen won a critical game vs Dallas, but travel to New Orleans for key NFC matchup.

10. St. Louis Rams (3-3)
The Rams’ are starting to gain momentum and host rested 49ers in key West contest.

11. Minnesota Vikings (4-2)
Vikings are much improved with young QB Teddy Bridgewater and a healthy Adrian Peterson.

12. Philadelphia Eagles (3-4)
Eagles have their bye week after disappointing performance vs the Panthers that puts them under .500.

13. Seattle Seahawks (3-4)
The Seahawks face a critical road game with the Cowboys with the loser in difficult spot for second half of schedule.

14. Indianapolis Colts (3-4)
The Colts have lost two in a row since QB Andrew Luck returned.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3)
Steelers’ lost to the Chiefs in last one and face divisional rival the Bengals in vital North contest.

16. New Orleans Saints (3-4)
Saints face NFC rival, the Giants at home in a huge conference matchup for both teams’ playoff aspirations.

17. Washington Redskins (3-4)
The Skins have their bye week after a dramatic last second win over the Bucs.

18. Miami Dolphins (3-3)
The Dolphins had their best offensive display of the season vs Texans and face AFC East leader, the Patriots on road Thursday night.

19. Oakland Raiders (3-3)
The Raiders host the Jets this week after a key win over AFC West rival, the Chargers.

20. Buffalo Bills (3-4)
The Bills lost to the Bucs last week with bye this weekend prior to diet of AFC East clubs.

21. Dallas Cowboys (2-4)
Cowboys have dropped four in a row without Tony Romo and Dez Bryant and host Seahawks in must win situation Sunday.

22. Kansas City Chiefs (2-5)
The Chiefs host the equally disappointing Lions this week.

23. San Diego Chargers (2-5)
Chargers lost another key AFC game vs Raiders last week with trip to Baltimore on this week’s schedule.

24. Baltimore Ravens (1-6)
The Ravens find ways to lost tight games this year that were signature victories of glory years.

25. Cleveland Browns (2-5)
Browns have one of the lowest scoring teams in the league along with being mistake prone.

26. Houston Texans (2-5)
Texans struggle to score with little leadership at critical position.

27. Chicago Bears (2-4)
The Bears had two weeks to prepare for vital NFC North matchup with Vikings this week.

28. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-5)
The Jaguars think they have turned the corner with young QB Blake Bortles.

29. San Francisco 49ers (2-5)
The 49ers’ QB Colin Kaepernick continues regress after early career success.

30. Tampa Bay Bucs (2-4)
Bucs lost to Redskins and travel to Atlanta this weekend.

31. Tennessee Titans (1-5)
The Titans have just begun a long rebuilding process that will take a while.

32. Detroit Lions (1-6)
Lions are falling apart despite high expectations that could lead to wholesale changes this postseason.

Oklahoma St Senseless Tragedy Overrides Key Conference Matchups

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College Football Monday - Week 8

Oklahoma St Wins Amass Weekend Tragedy

Photo: QB Seth Russell - Baylor

Team of the Week: Georgia Tech

Players of the Week
Offense: WR Corey Coleman - Baylor
Defense: CB Lance Austin - Georgia Tech

As the college football season moves into the critical conference games, this past Saturday once again saw insane tragedy on a campus. At Stillwater, Oklahoma, at the homecoming parade for Oklahoma St., a drunk driver crashed into a crowd, killing four people and injuring dozens of watchers prior to the OSU – Kansas game. Police arrested a drunk woman and charged her with second degree homicide. Oklahoma St. officials debated cancelling the game, but opted to play the Big 12 contest with the flag at Boone Pickens stadium at half-mast and players praying before the coin flip. Big 12 stadiums especially Oklahoma U at Norman, Oklahoma held pre game services after another senseless act of violence on our nation’s campuses.

The football season continued with two undefeated clubs, Florida St and Utah falling to conference rivals. Florida St. lost on the last play of the game to ACC rival, Georgia Tech. FSU kicker Roberto Aguayo, statistically the most accurate kicker in NCAA football history and a Lou Groza Award-winner, lined up for a 56-yard field goal attempt that would have broken a late tie and lifted FSU to a victory over the Yellow Jackets. Tech’s Patrick Gamble blocked the kick and Lance Austin picked it up and returned it 78 yards down the left sideline for a touchdown that gave the Yellow Jackets a 22-16 victory as time expired.

The loss is Florida State’s first in the regular season since Nov. 24, 2012, and its first loss in the ACC since Oct. 6, 2012. The Seminoles (6-1, 4-1) had won 28 straight ACC games during that stretch and could have tied a league record with 29 on Saturday. The Yellow Jackets (3-5, 2-4 ACC) entered the season as heavy favorites in the ACC Coastal Division, but were reeling from a five-game losing streak. They never led on Saturday until the game’s final play.

#3 Utah lost to a fired up Southern Cal (4-3) club snap their two-game skid and earn a victory for interim coach Clay Helton in his debut game at the Coliseum. LB Cameron Smith returned the second of his three interceptions 54 yards for a TD, as the Trojans knocked the Utes from the unbeaten ranks with a 42-24 victory Saturday night. Utah QB Travis Wilson threw four interceptions during a rough night throwing the ball while they also inexplicably failed to establish its running game against USC. Talented tailback Devontae Booker had just 14 carries for 62 yards. The victory was Southern Cal’s first win over a top 3 club since 2006.

#1 Ohio St. had their best performance of the season vs an overmatched Rutgers club. QB J.T. Barrett solidified his claim as the Buckeyes' #1 QB with a strong performance.

#2 Baylor (7-0) continued to roll as they beat Iowa St. 45-27 for the FBS best 20th consecutive home victory. The high powered Bears will faces its future without its starting QB after Seth Russell sustained a broken bone in neck for an injury that will force him to miss the remainder of the season following surgery. The typical recovery period for this injury is six months by school medical staff.

With the Big 12 title, a playoff push and possibly an invitation to the final four, the Bears will look to freshman Jarrett Stidham to step in and direct this high powered attack. He was one of the premier HS recruits and chose the high powered Bear offense that has put up incredible numbers over recent seasons.

Russell leads the country in yards per pass (10.5) and passing efficiency (189.7 along with tying for most TD passes (29). Granted, the Baylor offensive system has produced system QBs that developed a Heisman winner (Robert Griffin III) and won consecutive Big 12 titles, all since 2011. The system is on pace for Baylor to shatter the NCAA record for TDs in a season (99, Oklahoma in 2008).

Junior wideout Corey Coleman has taken his game to a higher level and the top scoring machine in the nation. On Saturday, he scored two more TDs, his sixth consecutive game with multiple scores that pushed his FBS leading total to 18 in just 7 games. He broke former Bear wideout Kendall Wright’s school record for career TDs with 31.

The year of the running back continues with Oklahoma tailback Samaje Perine rushing for 201 yards on 23 carries for an 8.7 yard average and 4 TDs. He led the Sooners waxing of Texas Tech 63-27. Alabama tailback Derrick Henry continues to be the difference weekly for the Tides offense. He faced a tough Tennessee front and rushed for 143 yards on 28 carries including a 14 yard burst that put the Tide ahead with just over 2 minutes left. The Tide held on for a 19-14 victory to improve to 7-1 overall and 4-1 in SEC play.

Games of the Week – Florida (6-1) at Georgia (5-2)
Notre Dame ()6-1 at Temple (7-0)

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes ‘College Football Mondays’ weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, CBS Sports, 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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