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Tide’s Derrick Henry Wins Heisman Trophy 2015

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Derrick Henry Wins Heisman Trophy 2015
Christian McCaffrey's Charge Comes up Short

Derrick Henry capped a terrific junior campaign in which he rushed for an SEC-record 1,986 yards on 339 carries and a conference-record-tying 23 TDs with the coveted Heisman Trophy award. Henry beat out runner Christian McCaffrey and QB Deshaun Watson while winning five of the six voting regions. Henry has lead Alabama to the College Football Playoffs on December 31st in the semi finals vs Michigan St.

Photo - RB Derrick Henry - Alabama

"I'm just so thankful to have this trophy," Henry said. "It's just a blessing and an honor."

The Heisman Trophy has been a QB award for almost all of the last decade and a half, but Derrick Henry's season was too good for voters to ignore. The SEC rushing mark was previously held by 1982 Heisman winner Herschel Walker.

Henry finished with 1,832 points in the voting, followed by Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey (1,539), making it four second-place finishes for Cardinal players in seven seasons. Clemson QB Deshaun Watson (1,165) finished third. Henry won five of six voting regions, with McCaffrey winning only the Far West. Henry was considered a strong favorite going in, though McCaffrey had a huge final month that made the voting closer.

"I didn't know at all," he said. "Those two guys were great contenders for the trophy. Deshaun, with how consistent and efficient he is at the quarterback position, all the success he had, I was kind of worried. Christian, breaking Barry Sanders' record, doing all the things he does, he's just unbelievable."

"My heart was about to bust out my chest. I thought I was going to have a heart attack," he said.

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, who some thought should have been among the finalists sent to New York, finished 4th with 334 points. Navy QB Keenan Reynolds finished 5th with 180 points, the highest service academy finisher since Roger Staubach won it in 1963.

Henry is the first running back to claim the Heisman since 2009, when Crimson Tide running back Mark Ingram became the first Alabama player ever to win the award. In 2009, Ingram edged runner-up Toby Gerhart -- a Stanford running back -- by a single percentage point, the narrowest margin of victory in the history of the award. The Heisman went to quarterbacks in the five years that followed.

Derrick Henry was the most productive FBS back this year, not only leading the nation in carries, yards and TDs but also setting several SEC records along the way.

Derrick Henry 2015 Season
FBS Rank

Rushes 339 1st
Rush yds 1,986* 1st
Rush TDs 23* 1st
* Set or tied SEC single-season record

"I know that our entire organization is really happy, happy, happy for Derrick Henry tonight, winning the Heisman Trophy," Alabama coach Nick Saban said.

Henry became the first Power 5 player to win the Heisman after leading the FBS in carries, rushing yards and rushing TDs. Each of the previous three finalists since 1982 (the first year multiple players were invited to attend the ceremony) to lead in all three categories came up just short in the Heisman race.

On Thursday night, Henry also beat McCaffrey for the Doak Walker Award as the country's top running back, and became the first running back since 2002 to win the Maxwell Award, which is given to college football's player of the year. He is the first running back to win the Maxwell Award and Heisman Trophy since Ron Dayne in 1999
Led FBS in rush attempts, yards, TDs
Power 5 players since 1982

Year/Player/Heisman finish
2015 Derrick Henry 1st
2009 Toby Gerhart 2nd
1989 Anthony Thompson 2nd
1984 Keith Byars 2nd

2015 Heisman Trophy voting
1st Place / Total / Points

1. Derrick Henry, Alabama 378 1,832
2. Christian McCaffrey, Stanford 290 1,539
3. Deshaun Watson, Clemson 148 1,165
4. Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma 34 334
5. Keenan Reynolds, Navy 20 180
6. Leonard Fournette, LSU 10 110
7. Dalvin Cook, Florida State 7 79
8. Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State 5 57
T-9. Connor Cook, Michigan State 2 13
T-9. Trevone Boykin, TCU 1 13

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 Playoff National Championship Series

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College Football Playoff Schedule

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl
Dec. 31 - No. 4 Oklahoma vs. No. 1 Clemson

Miami Gardens, Florida | Sun Life Stadium
4 p.m. on ESPN
College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic
No. 3 Michigan State vs. No. 2 Alabama

Dec. 31 - Arlington, Texas | AT&T Stadium
8 p.m. on ESPN

College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T
Jan. 11 - Glendale, Arizona |
University of Phoenix Stadium
8:30 p.m. on ESPN

Photo – Head Coaches - Semi Finalists Team

Complete College Bowl Schedule – 2015-2016
42 Bowl Games

Dec. 19
Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl

Alcorn State vs. North Carolina A&T
Atlanta | Georgia Dome - Noon on ABC

Gildan New Mexico Bowl
Arizona vs. New Mexico
Albuquerque | University Stadium - 2 p.m. on ESPN

Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl
BYU vs. Utah
Las Vegas | Sam Boyd Stadium - 3:30 p.m. on ABC

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl
Ohio vs. Appalachian State
Montgomery, Alabama | Cramton Bowl - 5:30 p.m. on ESPN

Cure Bowl
San Jose State vs. Georgia State
Orlando | Orlando Citrus Bowl
7 p.m. on CBSSN

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Arkansas State vs. Louisiana Tech
New Orleans | Mercedes-Benz Superdome
9 p.m. on ESPN

Dec. 21
Miami Beach Bowl

Western Kentucky vs. South Florida
Miami, Florida | Marlins Park
2:30 p.m. on ESPN

Dec. 22
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Akron vs. Utah State
Boise, Idaho | Albertsons Stadium
3:30 p.m. on ESPN

Marmot Boca Raton Bowl
Toledo vs. Temple
Boca Raton, Florida | FAU Stadium
7 p.m. on ESPN

Dec. 23
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl

Boise State vs. Northern Illinois
San Diego | Qualcomm Stadium
4:30 p.m. on ESPN

GoDaddy Bowl
Georgia Southern vs. Bowling Green
Mobile, Alabama | Ladd-Peebles Stadium
8 p.m. on ESPN

Dec. 24
Popeyes Bahamas Bowl

Middle Tennessee vs. Western Michigan
Nassau, Bahamas | Robinson National Stadium
Noon on ESPN

Hawai'i Bowl
San Diego State vs. Cincinnati
Honolulu | Aloha Stadium
8 p.m. on ESPN

Dec. 26
St. Petersburg Bowl

Connecticut vs. Marshall
St. Petersburg, Florida | Tropicana Field
11 a.m. on ESPN

Hyundai Sun Bowl
Miami vs. Washington State
El Paso, Texas | Sun Bowl
2 p.m. on CBS

Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl
Washington vs. Southern Miss
Dallas | Cotton Bowl
2:20 p.m. on ESPN

New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Indiana vs. Duke
Bronx, New York | Yankee Stadium
3:30 p.m. on ABC

Camping World Independence Bowl
Tulsa vs. Virginia Tech
Shreveport, Louisiana | Independence Stadium
5:45 p.m. on ESPN

Foster Farms Bowl
UCLA vs. Nebraska
Santa Clara, California | Levi's Stadium
9:15 p.m. on ESPN

Dec. 28
Military Bowl presented By Northrop Grumman

Pittsburgh vs. Navy
Annapolis, Maryland | Jack Stephens Field at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
2:30 p.m. on ESPN

Quick Lane Bowl
Central Michigan vs. Minnesota
Detroit | Ford Field
5 p.m. on ESPN2

Dec. 29
Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

California vs. Air Force
Ft. Worth, Texas | Amon G. Carter Stadium
2 p.m. on ESPN

Russell Athletic Bowl
North Carolina vs. Baylor
Orlando | Orlando Citrus Bowl
5:30 p.m. on ESPN

NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl
Nevada vs. Colorado State
Tucson, Arizona | Arizona Stadium
7:30 p.m. on Campus Insiders

AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl
LSU vs. Texas Tech
Houston | NRG Stadium
9 p.m. on ESPN

2015 Heisman Finalists - Henry, McCaffrey & Watson

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Henry, McCaffrey & Watson
Named 2015 Heisman Finalists

The 2015 Heisman Winner will be announced this Saturday on ESPN.

NEW YORK, NY (December, 2015) - Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams ('98) announced tonight that the finalists for the 81st annual Heisman Memorial Trophy are Alabama running back Derrick Henry, Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey and Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson. The announcement of the finalists was made on ESPN2's 6:00 PM EST telecast of SportsCenter.

The three finalists will be invited to New York City for the Heisman Trophy announcement on Saturday, December 12, which will broadcast live on ESPN at 8:00 PM EST, presented by Nissan North America.

Derrick Henry – Alabama - Tide's fifth Heisman finalist in the last seven years and the school's seventh overall. The true junior from Yulee, Fla., rumbled his way to an SEC single-season-record 1,986 rushing yards, while tying the conference mark for rushing touchdowns with 23. His rushing yardage total led the nation, as did his number of rushing attempts (339). The 6-3, 242-pounder was just the third running back in SEC history (Herschel Walker and Bo Jackson being the others) to have four 200-yard games in a single season. He would be the second Alabama player (and second Crimson Tide running back) to win the Heisman, joining 2009 winner Mark Ingram. He'd also be the second Heisman winner under Alabama head coach Nick Saban.

Christian McCaffrey – Stanford – Cardinal’s fourth Heisman finalist in the last seven years and the school's fifth overall. The true sophomore running back from Castle Rock, Colo., set the FBS record for single-season all-purpose yardage with 3,496 yards, surpassing the previous standard of 3,250 yards set by Barry Sanders in 1988. McCaffrey showed his versatility by finishing fifth in the nation in rushing with 1,847 yards while also adding 540 yards on 41 receptions and 1,109 yards on kick and punt returns. He scored 12 touchdowns and passed for two more. The 6-0, 201-pounder would be the second Cardinal player to capture the Heisman, joining 1970 winner Jim Plunkett.

Deshaun Watson – Clemson - Tiger's first Heisman finalist and thus would be the school's first Heisman winner. The true sophomore from Gainesville, Ga., passed for 3,512 yards and 30 touchdowns while also rushing for 887 yards and 11 scores. His 4,399 yards of total offense was fourth-best nationally while his combined 41 touchdowns running and passing was second-best among Power 5 conferences. He was the only player in the nation with more than 750 rushing yards and over 3,000 passing yards. The 6-2, 210-pounder was named the ACC Player of the Year as No. 1 Clemson -- the nation's only undefeated team -- recorded its best season since 1981.

The Heisman Memorial Trophy electorate, which selects the finalists and the Heisman winner, is comprised of 928 electors, including 870 media members and 58 former Heisman winners. The public at large is granted one overall fan vote, thanks to Heisman's Premier Partner, Nissan North America.

"We're honored to invite these three outstanding finalists to New York for the 2015 Heisman Trophy ceremony," said Rob Whalen, Executive Director of the Heisman Trophy Trust. "We look forward to celebrating their accomplishments and welcoming one of them into the Heisman family."

Tickets are still available for the 81st Annual Heisman Memorial Trophy Dinner Gala on Monday, December 14 at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square. The winner will be presented with his award at this event, where two former Heisman winners will also be recognized: Mike Garrett (USC, 1965) on the 50th Anniversary of his award and Ty Detmer (Brigham Young, 1990) on the 25th Anniversary of his award. The Trust will also recognize former NFL all-star quarterback Boomer Esiason as the 2015 Heisman Humanitarian Award winner for his tireless efforts fighting cystic fibrosis.

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 Final Rankings - Clemson & Alabama Hold Top Two

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College Football Final Rankings

Clemson & Alabama Hold Top Two Spots
Oklahoma & Michigan St. Complete Top Four

Team of Week - Michigan St.

Players of Week
Offense - RB Christian McCaffrey - Stanford
Defense – LB Reggie Ragland - Alabama

Photo – RB Christian McCaffrey - Stanford

Draft Insiders’ 2015 Top 25 Poll –
Frank Coyle - scout

Rank/ Team /Record
1. Clemson - 13-0
2. Alabama - 12-1
3. Oklahoma - 12-1
4. Michigan St. - 12-1
5. Iowa - 12-1
6. Ohio St. - 11-1
7. Stanford - 11-2
8. Notre Dame - 10-2
9. Florida St - 10-2
10. North Carolina - 11-2
11. TCU - 10-2
12. Oklahoma St. - 10-2
13. Ole Miss - 9-3
14. Northwestern - 10-2
15. Michigan - 9-3
16. Oregon - 9-3
17. Baylor - 9-3
18. Florida - 10-3
19. Houston - 12-1
20. Navy - 9-2
21. Wisconsin - 9-3
22. Utah - 9-3
23. Temple -10-3
24. LSU - 8-3
25. USC - 8-5

The CFP Committee's Final Top 25 Ranking of 2015:
1 Clemson 13-0
2 Alabama 12-1
3 Michigan State 12-1
4 Oklahoma 11-1
5 Iowa 12-1
6 Stanford 11-2
7 Ohio State 11-1
8 Notre Dame 10-2
9 Florida State 10-2
10 North Carolina 11-2
11 TCU 10-2
12 Ole Miss 9-3
13 Northwestern 10-2
14 Michigan 9-3
15 Oregon 9-3
16 Oklahoma State 10-2
17 Baylor 9-3
18 Houston 12-1
19 Florida 10-3
20 LSU 8-3
21 Navy 9-2
22 Utah 9-3
23 Tennessee 8-4
24 Temple 10-3
25 USC 8-5

AP Top 25 Ranking
1 Clemson(51) 13-0 1510
2 Alabama(9) 12-1 1465
3 Michigan State(1) 12-1 1382
4 Oklahoma 11-1 1376
5 Stanford 11-2 1221
6 Iowa 12-1 1214
7 Ohio State 11-1 1208
8 Notre Dame 10-2 1070
9 Florida State 10-2 972
10 North Carolina 11-2 949
11 TCU 10-2 936
12 Northwestern 10-2 776
13 Oklahoma State 10-2 767
14 Houston 12-1 710
15 Oregon 9-3 685
16 Ole Miss 9-3 656
17 Michigan 9-3 578
18 Baylor 9-3 426
19 Florida 10-3 420
20 Utah 9-3 323
21 Navy 9-2 271
22 LSU 8-3 270
23 Wisconsin 9-3 197
24 Temple 10-3 94
25 Western Kentucky 11-2 70

Dropped from rankings: USC 24

Others receiving votes: Georgia 67, USC 57, BYU 28, Tennessee 23, San Diego State 22, Arkansas 20, Washington State 20, Memphis 10, Bowling Green 8, South Florida 8, Mississippi State 6, Toledo 4, UCLA 4, Arkansas State 2

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

Top 25 Poll - Michigan St. & Oklahoma Score Key Conference Victories

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Draft Insiders’ 2015 Top 25 Poll – Week #13 Rankings
Clemson & Iowa Remain Undefeated
Michigan St. & Oklahoma Score Key Conference Victories

Team of Week - Oklahoma

Players of Week
Offense - RB Ezekiel Elliott - Ohio St.
Defense - DE Joey Bosa - Ohio St.
Special Teams - RB/RS Christian McCaffrey - Stanford

Photo - RB Ezekiel Elliott - Ohio St.

Draft Insiders’ 2015 Top 25 Poll –
Frank Coyle - scout

Rank/ Team /Record
1. Clemson - 12-0
2. Alabama - 11-1
3. Oklahoma - 11-1
4. Iowa - 12-0
5. Michigan St. - 11-1
6. Ohio St. - 11-1
7. North Carolina - 11-1
8. Stanford – 10-2
9. Notre Dame - 10-2
10. Florida St - 10-2
11. Baylor - 9-2
12. Florida - 10-2
13. TCU - 10-2
14. Oklahoma St. - 10-2
15. Ole Miss - 9-3
16. Oregon - 9-3
17. Houston - 11-1
18. Northwestern - 10-2
19. Michigan - 9-3
20. Navy - 9-2
21. Wisconsin - 9-3
22. Utah - 9-3
23. Temple -10-2
24. LSU - 8-3
25. USC - 8-4

AP Top 25
Rank/Team /Record /Points
1 Clemson(53) 12-0 1511
2 Alabama(8) 11-1 1469
3 Oklahoma 11-1 1367
4 Iowa 12-0 1345
5 Michigan State 11-1 1318
6 Ohio State 11-1 1197
7 Stanford 10-2 1137
8 North Carolina 11-1 1085
9 Notre Dame 10-2 1022
10 Florida State 10-2 951
11 TCU 10-2 927
12 Baylor 9-2 842
13 Northwestern 10-2 711
14 Oklahoma State 10-2 699
15 Oregon 9-3 616
16 Ole Miss 9-3 584
17 Houston 11-1 571
18 Florida 10-2 566
19 Michigan 9-3 518
20 Temple 10-2 269
21 Utah 9-3 244
22 Navy 9-2 206
23 LSU 8-3 199
24 USC 8-4 189
25 Wisconsin 9-3 124

Dropped from rankings: Washington State 20, UCLA 22, Mississippi State 23, Toledo 24

Others receiving votes: Georgia 47, Western Kentucky 24, BYU 20, Arkansas 17, South Florida 9, Memphis 9, Tennessee 9, Washington State 8, UCLA 4, Mississippi State 4, San Diego State 3, Arkansas State 2, Toledo 1, West Virginia 1

Coaches Poll
Rank /Team /Record /Points
1 Clemson(52) 12-0 1558
2 Alabama(8) 11-1 1508
3 Iowa(1) 12-0 1412
4 Oklahoma(2) 11-1 1408
5 Michigan State 11-1 1350
6 Ohio State 11-1 1252
7 Stanford 10-2 1155
8 North Carolina 11-1 1107
9 Florida State 10-2 1054
10 Notre Dame 10-2 994
11 TCU 10-2 931
12 Baylor 9-2 836
13 Northwestern 10-2 768
14 Oklahoma State 10-2 688
15 Florida 10-2 655
16 Oregon 9-3 634
17 Ole Miss 9-3 595
18 Houston 11-1 526
19 Michigan 9-3 515
20 Utah 9-3 287
21 Temple 10-2 276
22 Navy 9-2 223
23 LSU 8-3 207
24 USC 8-4 164
25 Wisconsin 9-3 148

Dropped from rankings: Washington State 20, Mississippi State 22, UCLA 23

Others receiving votes: Georgia 82, Western Kentucky 22, UCLA 20, San Diego State 14, Memphis 14, BYU 13, Washington State 13, Mississippi State 9, Tennessee 8, West Virginia 8, Arkansas State 7, Toledo 6, Appalachian State 5, Texas A&M 2, Bowling Green 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.

Patriots Face Broncos in AFC Showdown - NFL Power Poll - Week 12

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NFL Power Rankings - Week 12 –
Patriots Face Broncos in AFC Showdown

Rookies of the Week –
Offensive Player - QB Jameis Winston - Bucs

Defensive Player - CB Kevin Johnson - Texans

Players of the Week
Offensive Player - RB Doug Martin - Bucs

Defensive Player - DE J.J. Watt - Texans
Special Teams Player - PK Adam Vinatieri - Colts

Photo - DE J.J. Watt - Texans

Team of Week 11 - Packers
Matchup of Week 12 – New England (10-0) at Denver (8-2)

Rank / Team / Record

1. New England Patriots (10-0)
Patriots set for road contest with Broncos but no Brady vs Manning showdown this time.

2. Carolina Panthers (10-0)
The Panthers behind Cam Newton hope to rise thru the critical gamess.

3. Arizona Cardinals (8-2)
QB Carson Palmer got it done vs Bengals and Seahawks over recent weeks.

4. Cincinnati Bengals (8-2)
The Bengals’ fell for the second week in a row vs playoff caliber clubs.

5. Green Bay Packers (7-3)
Packers ended their three game losing streak with big win over the Vikings.

6. Denver Broncos (8-2)
Broncos’ etched out a win without an injured Peyton Manning and prepare for unbeaten Patriots.

7. Minnesota Vikings (7-3)
Vikings get bounced by the balanced Packers to tie for the NFL North entering the stretch run.

8. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-4)
Steelers’ travel to Seattle in a critical matchup for their chances for an AFC playoff berth.

9. New York Giants (5-5)
GMen come off their bye week with key East matchup with Redskins for division leadership.

10. Atlanta Falcons (6-4)
Falcons’ lost their 4th in 5 games vs the Colts and host the Vikings in a key NFC battle with playoff ramifications.

11. Seattle Seahawks (5-5)
The Seahawks host the Steelers in a matchup with a major effect on both conference playoff races.

12. Kansas City Chiefs (5-5)
Chiefs won their 4th game in a row after a five game losing streak and look to press for Wild card berth if they continue vs the Bill this week.

13. Buffalo Bills (5-5)
The Bills lost a tough game vs the Patriots and face a must win type situation in Kansas City.

14. Indianapolis Colts (5-5)
The Colts are staying alive behind QB Matt Hasselbeck with key contest with Bucs this Sunday.

15. Houston Texans (5-5)
Texans find to gut out wins behind a dominant JJ Watt.

16. Tampa Bay Bucs (5-5)
Bucs are one of this year’s surprise clubs behind rookie QB Jameis Winston with key game in Indy this Sunday.

17. New York Jets (5-5)
The Jets have suffered two losses in a row and face a must win situation with Dolphins coming to town.

18. Washington Redskins (4-6)
The Skins have quietly stay in the playoff hunt behind QB Kirk Cousins and prepare for critical East battle with GMen coming to the capital.

19. Oakland Raiders (4-6)
The Raiders have lost two in a row and need a victory in Tennessee to stay in the playoff hunt.

20. St. Louis Rams (4-6)
The Rams’ continue to fade with a terrible loss to the Ravens that creates must win situation vs Bengals this week.

21. Philadelphia Eagles (4-6)
Eagles got bombed by the Bucs that leave key questions about HC Chip Kelly’s future here.

22. Miami Dolphins (4-6)
The inconsistent Dolphins need to show vs the Jets if they expect to extent their season.

23. New Orleans Saints (4-6)
Saints had two weeks to prepare for the Texans with a new DC after recent blowups.

24. Dallas Cowboys (3-7)
Cowboys ended their seven game losing streak with Tony Romo back, but face a key must win situation with Panthers coming in on Turkey day.

25. Chicago Bears (4-6)
The Bears are competitive weekly, but must show they can win a few key matchups like the Thanksgiving contest in Green Bay tonight.

26. Baltimore Ravens (3-7)
The Ravens lost QB Joe Flacco for the season with a knee injury and most likely playing out the string the rest of the way.

27. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-6)
The Jaguars host the Chargers with 10 days rest and could press the .500 mark by seasons’ end.

28. San Diego Chargers (2-8)
Chargers have caved in this season and will probably undergo major offseason changes.

29. Detroit Lions (3-7)
Lions are showing some life after a horrible first half of the season.

30. San Francisco 49ers (3-7)
The 49ers lack the firepower to compete for the playoffs currently in the tough NFC West.

31. Cleveland Browns (2-8)
Browns will have to go back to the drawing board at QB after Johnny Manziel takes a disappointing step back.

32. Tennessee Titans (2-8)
The Titans are just a lousy football team currently.

College Football Playoff Rankings - Week 4 - Oklahoma & Iowa Join Top 4

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College Football Playoff Rankings - Week 4

Clemson & Alabama Hold Top Two Rankings
Iowa & Oklahoma Jump Into Top Four
Notre Dame & Ohio St. Fall From Top Four

Team of Week - Michigan St.

Players of Week
Offense - QB Vernon Adams - Oregon
Defense – DE Shilique Calhoun - Michigan St.
Special Teams - PK Michael Geiger - Michigan St.

Photo – RB Samaje Perine - Oklahoma

College Football Playoff – Week 4
Clemson and Alabama remain the top two ranked teams in the College Football Playoff selection committee's top 25. They were joined in the top four by Oklahoma and Iowa, two teams that continue to rise up the charts with key victories.

Oklahoma has won six games in a row since its lone loss Oct. 10 to Texas. The Sooners have beaten then #18 TCU and then #6 and unbeaten Baylor in the past two weeks with the Baylor victory coming in Waco, Texas. The back to back Big 12 wins moves the Sooners from #7 to #3.

Selection committee chairman Jeff Long said of the Sooners' jump from No. 7, "They've done that over the last two weeks, so we think adding that to their body of work really propelled them to that top three spot."

Clemson and Alabama have been ranked 1 and 2, respectively, for three consecutive weeks. Other than Clemson, which Long termed as "solidly in the No. 1 spot," Iowa is the lone unbeaten team in the Football Bowl Subdivision.
Michigan State moved to up into the Playoff field following its 17-14 win at Ohio St, the Buckeyes' first loss in 23 games. Michigan State was ninth last week.

Last week's top four were Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State and Notre Dame. Ohio State fell five places this week to No. 8, just behind Baylor and just ahead of two-loss Stanford. Notre Dame has a chance to improve its Playoff case this Saturday night when it faces Stanford in Palo Alto. Oklahoma can reinforce its position at the same time Saturday when it faces Oklahoma St, the Playoff committee's No. 11 team, in Stillwater. The Bedlam Bowl game, Oklahoma vs Oklahoma St takes on significant impact that will have major ramifications in the final Top four rankings.

The CFP Committee's 4th Top 25 Ranking of 2015:
1. Clemson
2. Alabama
3. Oklahoma
4. Iowa
5. Michigan State
6. Notre Dame
7. Baylor
8. Ohio State
9. Stanford
10. Michigan
11. Oklahoma State
12. Florida
13. Florida State
14. North Carolina
15. Navy
16. Northwestern
17. Oregon
18. Mississippi
19. TCU
20. Washington State
21. Mississippi State
22. UCLA
23. Utah
24. Toledo
25. Temple

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.

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