Kellner Computer Rankings for week of Nov. 12

The Cody Kellner Points Index gives each team a rating that is reflective of their strength of schedule and the success they had within it.  Results from last season are considered in the ratings, but diminish as a factor as the current season progresses.  Margin of victory is also considered in the ratings.

1 ALABAMA 186.45
2 CLEMSON 152.21
3 WISCONSIN 149.68
4 MIAMI FL 145.43
5 GEORGIA 144.66
6 OHIO STATE 129.47
7 PENN STATE 128.45
8 NOTRE DAME 122.42
9 UCF 112.07
10 AUBURN 110.89
11 OKLAHOMA 107.26
12 USC 106.92
13 WASHINGTON 103.05
14 MICHIGAN 101.73
16 TCU 94.05
20 BOISE STATE 81.00
22 LSU 77.71
23 STANFORD 75.21
25 MEMPHIS 72.31
26 NC STATE 71.51
28 IOWA 66.82
31 WAKE FOREST 53.73
32 ARIZONA 51.18
34 TOLEDO 50.01
35 KENTUCKY 48.35
36 ARMY 48.23
39 TEXAS A&M 42.77
40 TROY 41.99
43 OHIO 39.83
44 IOWA STATE 38.87
45 HOUSTON 38.80
47 NAVY 33.87
48 WYOMING 32.13
50 MARSHALL 28.68
53 OREGON 22.10
54 UCLA 21.51
55 VIRGINIA 19.81
56 SMU 18.97
58 TEXAS 17.05
59 MINNESOTA 16.00
60 MISSOURI 15.31
61 UTAH 13.75
63 PURDUE 9.94
66 SYRACUSE 6.70
67 TEXAS TECH 6.65
71 FLORIDA 4.06
72 COLORADO 3.51
73 INDIANA 0.58
74 MARYLAND -1.05
75 NEBRASKA -2.18
77 TEMPLE -3.22
80 TENNESSEE -5.24
81 UTAH STATE -6.81
83 DUKE -7.52
84 UAB -9.56
85 RUTGERS -10.01
86 ARKANSAS -10.38
88 PITTSBURGH -11.96
90 AKRON -19.94
91 TULANE -21.19
92 AIR FORCE -26.71
93 UTSA -31.49
94 UNLV -33.13
99 ULM -40.62
101 ULL -43.10
102 MIAMI OH -43.86
105 BUFFALO -45.56
106 CINCINNATI -48.15
107 OLD DOMINION -51.44
108 CONNECTICUT -53.50
109 TULSA -53.93
110 IDAHO -54.01
111 BYU -61.99
112 ILLINOIS -62.09
114 NEW MEXICO -66.80
115 OREGON STATE -71.05
116 NEVADA -71.34
117 EAST CAROLINA -72.72
118 HAWAII -72.99
119 BAYLOR -86.53
120 BOWLING GREEN -94.16
121 TEXAS STATE -109.34
122 KENT -109.55
123 KANSAS -111.90
124 BALL STATE -113.46
125 RICE -125.86
128 SAN JOSE STATE -137.43
129 CHARLOTTE -147.57
130 UTEP -155.67

2017 Armed Forces Merit Award goes to Kansas State

Armed Forces Merit Award

FORT WORTH, Teas – Kansas State has been named the sixth recipient of the Armed Forces Merit Award, presented by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA).The partnership of the Kansas State football team with the Iron Rangers has created a bond between the university and the United States Army post at Fort Riley. Coordinated by the staff at the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, the Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the FWAA was created in June 2012 “to honor an individual and/or a group with a military background and/or involvement that has an impact within the realm of college football.”

Brant Ringler, the Executive Director of the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, and David Jones, the FWAA’s president, announced here Thursday selection of the Kansas State football team as the 2017 recipient during an 11 a.m. (CT) teleconference. Ringler will also be present Saturday at the Wildcat’s game versus West Virginia in Manhattan to officially present the Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the FWAA.

A seven-person committee made up of FWAA members and Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl officials selected Kansas State from a list of 38 nominations for the 2017 award. U. S. Marine veteran Steven Rhodes, a defensive end at Middle Tennessee State University, was honored last November as the fifth recipient of Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the FWAA.

Nate Boyer of the University of Texas was named the initial recipient of the award in 2012 followed by Brandon McCoy of the University of North Texas in 2013, Daniel Rodriguez from Clemson University in 2014 and Bret Robertson of Westminster College (Fulton, Mo.) in 2015. All four individuals were U. S. Army veterans before playing college football.

“We are pleased to join with the Football Writers Association of America to honor the Kansas State football program as the sixth recipient of the Armed Forces Merit Award,” said Ringler. “We had a list of 38 outstanding nominations for this year’s award and it is difficult to honor only one each year when we have individuals and programs that are very deserving of the honor.”

Jones echoed Ringler’s sentiments along with adding that the FWAA is “pleased to team with Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl to recognize Kansas State’s involvement with the Iron Rangers at Fort Riley. The FWAA also salutes the other 2017 nominations for their contributions on-and-off the field of play.”

A nominee for the Armed Forces Merit Award since 2013, the Kansas State football team has been a finalist for the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl and FWAA recognition the past two years. The Kansas State relationship with Fort Riley started in 2006 when Lt. Col. Patrick Frank approached former Wildcat coach Ron Prince about partnering his soldiers with the Kansas State student-athletes. The partnership has continued with legendary Wildcat coach Bill Snyder.

“We are so very honored to receive the 2017 Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the FWAA in recognition of our passionate, long and on-going relationship with For. Riley and the Big Red 1,” said Snyder. “We have such great respect for our armed services and the amazing sacrifices they make for all of us and are so fortunate to live in this country. The interaction Sean, I and our players have with the men of Fort Riley has left a lasting impact on our lives.”

Kansas State Athletics Director Gene Taylor added that “the partnerships that each of our athletic teams have with Fort Riley, including our football team, are a special and unique component of the experience that we provide all of our student-athletes at our school. Both groups have an immense respect for what each does, and it is a tremendous honor for our student-athletes to build relationships and greater understanding of the work and lifestyles of our service men and women, all whom have sacrificed so much for our country.”

In addition to hosting joint workouts, Snyder and his son, associate head coach Sean Snyder, have attended deployment and return ceremonies for the troops at Fort Riley, and they post newsletters from the regiment in the locker room. For each home game, Wildcat team captains carry the Iron Rangers and Big Red Ones Flags out onto the field as two members of the Iron Rangers bring the flags each week and watch the game from the sideline.

“Our guys – and I didn’t realize this at first – they carried names and faces of those guys around. When the Fort Riley troops were over in Afghanistan, the players were looking at the newsletters, and they were concerned about the soldiers’ well-being,” Sean Snyder said.

While many college football teams have a military appreciation day with an appearance by the color guard and a section of soldiers in the stands, K-State takes the tribute game to a higher level. At Kansas State’s annual “Fort Riley Day” game, more than 1,000 soldiers and family members have been treated to a pregame tailgate party with free food and beer and donated tickets.

The school’s football team also has attended physical training and spent a day in the life of a soldier. The Wildcats have recorded numerous videos and written cards to be shared with the unit through their deployments. The Fort Riley troops in return spend personal time with K-State coaching and support staffs.

The partnership between Fort Riley and the football team also has impacted other sports on the Manhattan campus. Each of the university’s sports have paired with a designated unit on campus to begin their own partnerships and support systems.

In an extensive 2013 article in the Kansas City Star Magazine, titled “K-State athletes and Fort Riley soldiers join forces,” Cindy Hoedel wrote that “the football partnership helped start a bigger relationship between the university and Fort Riley in 2008. What separates the K-State/Fort Riley partnership from military outreach programs at other universities is support from the top leaders of each institution.”

Hoedel’s article mentioned a visit to troops in Iraq in 2010 by Kansas State President Kirk Schulz and three faculty members. The group flew by Black Hawk helicopters and traveled by mine-resistant vehicles as they lived in troop housing for five days to see what the soldiers were experiencing.

“I don’t know how many university presidents have flown to Iraq,” said former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Richard Myers, a Kansas State alum, current university president and a retired four-star general in the Air Force. “That speaks volumes.”

The Star Magazine article noted that other universities and colleges near military bases, Louisville, Texas-San Antonio, Syracuse and San Diego State, have approached Kansas State to learn how its military partnership works. Interest is also on the military side.

ESPN Events

ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of 31 collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games; FCS opening-weekend game; 14 college bowl games, 11 college basketball events and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 300-plus hours of programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over 700,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in Albuquerque, Birmingham, Boca Raton, Boise, Dallas-Fort Worth, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Montgomery and St. Petersburg, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.

ESPN Events also manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.

Collegiate Football

AdvoCare Texas Kickoff (Houston); Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl (Florida); Bahamas Bowl (Nassau); Birmingham Bowl (Alabama); Boca Raton Bowl (Florida); Camping World Kickoff (Orlando, Fla.); Celebration Bowl (Atlanta); Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise); Frisco Bowl (Frisco, Texas); Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque); Guardian Credit Union FCS Kickoff (Montgomery, Ala.); Hawai’i Bowl (Honolulu); Las Vegas Bowl (Nevada); Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth); MEAC/SWAC Challenge (Baton Rouge, La.); Raycom Media Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.); Texas Bowl (Houston); The Home Depot College Football Awards (Atlanta) and Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth)

Collegiate Basketball

AdvoCare Invitational (Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.); Armed Forces Classic (Ramstein Air Base, Germany); College Basketball Awards Presented by Wendy’s (Los Angeles); Gildan Charleston Classic (South Carolina); Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Honolulu); Jimmy V Men’s Classic presented by Corona (New York City); Jimmy V Women’s Classic presented by Corona (Hartford, Conn.); NIT Season Tip-Off (Brooklyn, N.Y.); PK80 presented by State Farm (Portland, Ore.); Puerto Rico Tip-Off (San Juan); State Farm Champions Classic (Chicago) and Wooden Legacy (Fullerton, Calif.)

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Media Contacts

Tim Simmons, Armed Forces Merit Award Coordinator at 720/244-650 or

Steve Richardson, Football Writers Association of America at 214/870-6516 or

Bryan Delgado, Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl at 817/810-0266 or

Kenny Lannou, Senior Associate A.D. for Communications and Public Relations, K-State Athletics, 785/532-7977 (office), 785/587-7867 (mobile),

Anna Negron, ESPN Media, 860-766-2233,

Broyles Award announces 2017 nominees

Football Writers Association of America Strengthens Award Selection Process

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — (Nov. 8, 2017) – The Frank & Barbara Broyles Foundation is pleased to announce the nominees for the 2017 Broyles Award, which honors college football’s top assistant coaches.

The 56 nominees in this year’s class were selected from approximately 1500 assistant coaches representing 129 Division One programs across the country. For the first time in the award’s 22-year history, a committee representing the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) was also included in the Broyles Award selection process.

The nominees include:

Alabama – Brian Daboll, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks

Arizona – Rod Smith, Co–Offensive Coordinator

Arizona State – Phil Bennett, Defensive Coordinator

Arkansas State – Brian Early, Defensive Line Coach

Auburn – Kevin Steele, Defensive Coordinator

Boise State – Andy Avalos, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers

Bowling Green State – Matt Brock, Special Teams Coordinator/Linebackers Coach

California – Beau Baldwin, Offensive Coordinator

Central Florida – Troy Walters, Offensive Coordinator

Clemson – Tony Elliot, Co–Offensive Coordinator, Running Backs

Eastern Michigan – Neal Neathery, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach

FAU – Chris Kiffin, Defensive Coordinator

FIU – Brent Guy, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers

Fresno State – Orlondo Steinauer, Defensive Coordinator

Georgia – Mel Tucker, Defensive Coordinator

Georgia State – Nate Fuqua, Defensive Coordinator/Outside Linebackers

Iowa State – Jon Heacock, Defensive Coordinator/Safeties

Kansas State – Sean Snyder, Special Teams Coordinator

LSU – Dave Aranda, Defensive Coordinator

Memphis – Joe Lorig, Special Teams Coordinator/Outside Linebackers

Miami – Manny Diaz, Defensive Coordinator

Michigan – Don Brown, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers

Michigan State – Harlon Barnett, Co–Defensive Coordinator/Secondary Coach

Mississippi State – Todd Grantham, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers

Missouri – Josh Heupel, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks

NC State – Dwayne Ledford, Offensive Line Coach/Run Game Coordinator

North Texas – Graham Harrell, Offensive Coordinator

Northwestern – Mike Hankwitz, Defensive Coordinator

Notre Dame – Mike Elko, Defensive Coordinator

Ohio State – Larry Johnson, Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Line Coach

Oklahoma – Bill Bedenbaugh, Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line

Oklahoma State – Mike Yurcich, Offensive Coordinator/QBs

Ole Miss – Derrick Nix, Running Backs Coach

Oregon – Jim Leavitt, Defensive Coordinator

Penn State – Brent Pry, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach

San José State – Bojay Filimoeatu, Linebackers Coach

SMU – Joe Craddock, Offensive Coordinator

South Carolina – Coleman Hutzler, Special Teams Coordinator/Linebackers Coach

Southern Miss – Tony Pecoraro, Defensive Coordinator/Inside Linebackers

Stanford – Mike Bloomgren, Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line

Syracuse – Brian Ward, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach

TCU – Chad Glasgow, Defensive Coordinator

Temple – Jim Panagos, Defensive Line

Texas – Todd Orlando, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers

Toledo – Brian Wright, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach

Troy – Vic Koenning, Defensive Coordinator

U.S. Military Academy – Brent Davis, Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line

USC – Tee Martin, Offensive Coordinator/WR Coach

Utah State – Mark Tommerdahl, Special Teams Coordinator/Running Backs

Virginia Tech – Bud Foster, Defensive Coordinator

Wake Forest – Warren Ruggiero, Offensive Coordinator

Washington – Pete Kwiatkowski, Defensive Coordinator

Washington State – Alex Grinch, Defensive Coordinator / Secondary

West Virginia – Tony Gibson, Associate Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers

Western Kentucky – Clayton White, Defensive Coordinator

Wisconsin – Jim Leonhard, Defensive Coordinator

An 18-member selection committee of distinguished former head coaches, along with a committee representing the Football Writers Association of America will select 15 semi-finalists and five finalists from the list of nominees and an overall winner. Those finalists will be invited to travel to Little Rock, Ark. where the 2017 Broyles Award winner will be announced on Tuesday, December 5th at the Marriott Hotel. For more information about the award, download the official Broyles Award brochure here.

The winner of the 2016 Broyles Award was Brent Venables, Clemson defensive coordinator. Winners from the past five seasons are not eligible to be nominated for the Broyles Award. For a list of all previous winners and finalists, visit the Broyles Award website.

This year marks the second time the Frank & Barbara Broyles Foundation has presented the award. Proceeds from the 2017 Broyles Award support the mission of the Broyles Foundation; to provide education, support, and resources to Alzheimer’s caregivers. The Broyles Foundation can be followed on Facebook and Twitter.

About the Broyles Award

The Broyles Award was created in 1996 recognizing Coach Frank Broyles’ legacy of selecting and developing great assistants during his almost two decades as head coach at Arkansas. You can follow the Broyles Award on Facebook and Twitter.

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Finalists for the 2017 Armed Forces Merit Award revealed

Fort Worth, Texas, November 7 — Led by the Kansas State football  program, the finalists have been named for the 2017 Armed Forces Merit  Award presented by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA).

A nominee for the Armed Forces Merit Award since 2013, the Kansas  State football team has been a finalist for the  Lockheed Martin Armed  Forces Bowl and FWAA recognition the past two years.

The Kansas State relationship with Fort Riley started in 2006 when Lt. Col. Patrick Frank approached former Wildcat coach Ron Prince about partnering his  soldiers with the Kansas State student-athletes.  The partnership has  continued with legendary Wildcat coach Bill Snyder.

Other finalists for the 2017 Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the FWAA, are Jose Renderoskeiffer, a Navy veteran and a graduate  linebacker at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Rory Coleman, an Army veteran and senior defensive lineman at the University of Central Florida, and Dr. Chris Howard, a retired Air Force reserve lieutenant  colonel and the President at Robert Morris University.  Dr. Howard  also serves as a member of the College Football Playoff selection committee.

Coordinated by the staff at the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, the Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the FWAA was created in June 2012 “to honor an individual and/or a group with a military background and/or involvement that has an impact within the realm of college  football.”

With 38 nominations considered this fall, the award’s  selection committee of five FWAA members and two representatives from the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl will determine the 2017  recipient.

Marine veteran Steven Rhodes, a defensive end at Middle Tennessee  State University where he competed four seasons for the Blue Raiders, was honored last November as the fifth recipient of Armed Forces Merit  Award presented by the FWAA.

Nate Boyer of the University of Texas was named the initial recipient of the award in 2012 followed by Brandon McCoy of the University of North Texas in 2013, Daniel Rodriguez from Clemson University in 2014 and Bret Robertson of Westminster College (Fulton, Mo.) in 2015.  All four individuals were U. S. Army veterans before playing college


President’s column: A toast to one of the few

By David Jones/2017 FWAA President

A dirty little secret only seasoned scribes would know and that most fans probably don’t is that the new wave of brand-building college football coaches, so loquacious in public, are not always very personable in private. I’m not saying they’re necessarily frauds, but I won’t credit them with an overabundance of genuineness, either.

David Jones, 2017 FWAA President

We know this because we have finely tuned BS detectors.

Today’s coaches are products of their age. For a few, selling the program seems to be a more important part of their jobs than teaching the game. The money in the gig is too crazy. The sales job to recruits and parents and alumni and donors and fans bleeds into interaction with us.

I’m old enough to know that wasn’t always true.

Think about how quickly everything has changed in three programs around which I’ve spent my entire life — Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State.

It used to be the same guy stuck around a school if he won. He not only became an institution and the face of a school, he became comfortable enough in his own skin and with his employment prospects that he got to know those around him — including reporters — not just as promotional targets or BS dispensers but as people. You didn’t have to particularly like them all the time to be able to access them, receive no-nonsense answers and feel like you were talking to humans rather than promoters.

So it was with Bo Schembechler (21 seasons at Michigan), Woody Hayes (28 at Ohio State) and Joe Paterno (62 at Penn State, 46 as head coach). If you were a major writer on any of these beats, you could get these guys pretty much whenever you really needed them, one-on-one.

And they would pretty much tell you exactly what they thought and how they felt. They didn’t know any other way. Unfiltered as Camel squares.

There were others, even some the last few decades — Joe Tiller at Purdue, Hayden Fry at Iowa, Gerry DiNardo at Indiana, Barry Alvarez at Wisconsin. In basketball, Jud Heathcote and now Tom Izzo at Michigan State, Gene Keady at Purdue, Lou Henson at Illinois. Did they always try to spin the story their way a little? Sure. But they were also unafraid of showing their true selves.

I feel fortunate to recognize a few familiar faces in the current coaching racket who remember that time, too. And one of them did something along these lines a few weeks ago that I feel deserves recognition.

Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz  was the FWAA’s Eddie
Robinson Coach of the Year, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, in

When the Penn State media contingent, which rivals the old UConn basketball “Husky Horde” for numbers, was preparing for Iowa week, we were informed that the dean of Big Ten football coaches, Fry’s protégé Kirk Ferentz, would be available to visiting media alone for a special conference call.

What? True fact. It happened. At a Power Five school that’s a traditional power in football.

I believe there were five of us on the call, arranged by Iowa associate athletic director Steve Roe and football SID Matt Weitzel. And each of us individually thanked Ferentz before asking our questions, so rare was such an occurrence anymore.

The kicker: Ferentz broke in, as I was the fourth one up thanking him. And then he thanked us, the PSU beat writers, for the show of gratitude.

Maybe I’m imagining it, but I think the fact that only a handful of reporters were on the call and that Ferentz could see our appreciation made his answers better, more insightful. When I wrote that day’s column on him and his team, not only did he come off as something more than a cheap salesman, I reflected that smidge of humanity in what I wrote about him and Iowa football.

Maybe some teenager or some parent somewhere saw it and thought, “That’s the kind of man you’d want to play for, isn’t it?” OK, well, it’s possible.

There used to be a lot of such guys sprinkled around major-college “revenue sports,” flesh-and-blood men who you wouldn’t mind having a beer with after work — and actually just might on occasion. I’m glad there are still a few.


Kellner Computing Rankings for week of Nov. 5 1

The Cody Kellner Points Index gives each team a rating that is reflective of their strength of schedule and the success they had within it.  Results from last season are considered in the ratings, but diminish as a factor as the current season progresses.  Margin of victory is also considered in the ratings.

1 ALABAMA 186.83 31
2 GEORGIA 163.66 35
3 CLEMSON 144.05 14
4 WISCONSIN 140.56 70
5 NOTRE DAME 132.27 8
6 MIAMI FL 130.65 54
7 PENN STATE 124.15 6
8 WASHINGTON 118.81 74
9 OHIO STATE 116.71 15
10 UCF 111.04 87
11 TCU 105.41 69
12 USC 100.77 12
13 VIRGINIA TECH 98.95 58
14 OKLAHOMA 97.38 63
15 MICHIGAN 95.12 36
16 AUBURN 94.54 51
20 OKLAHOMA STATE 83.48 52
21 SOUTH FLORIDA 76.88 124
22 IOWA 76.43 5
23 BOISE STATE 74.92 62
24 MEMPHIS 71.64 88
25 TOLEDO 67.40 109
26 LSU 65.48 25
27 STANFORD 64.49 37
28 NC STATE 62.75 19
29 SOUTH CAROLINA 58.19 20
30 NORTHWESTERN 57.10 21
31 SAN DIEGO STATE 55.70 86
33 IOWA STATE 46.58 48
34 ARIZONA 43.85 61
35 WAKE FOREST 43.28 23
36 ARIZONA STATE 42.82 9
37 HOUSTON 40.75 71
38 ARMY 39.88 123
39 WEST VIRGINIA 39.07 73
40 GEORGIA TECH 38.72 34
41 TROY 38.23 111
42 FRESNO STATE 38.09 90
43 KENTUCKY 36.70 68
44 TEXAS A&M 33.80 18
45 LOUISVILLE 31.41 60
46 SMU 29.18 64
47 VIRGINIA 27.92 79
48 NAVY 25.45 57
49 WYOMING 24.83 94
50 CALIFORNIA 24.67 42
51 ARKANSAS STATE 22.74 126
52 OREGON 22.67 24
53 OHIO 21.72 127
54 UTAH 21.61 72
57 FLORIDA STATE 18.15 1
58 PURDUE 16.38 26
59 TEXAS 16.09 28
60 MARSHALL 15.80 119
61 FLORIDA 15.44 3
62 VANDERBILT 14.77 29
63 SYRACUSE 14.68 30
64 COLORADO STATE 13.92 95
65 COLORADO 13.03 59
66 NEBRASKA 12.76 11
67 UCLA 11.17 13
68 TENNESSEE 9.86 22
69 MISSISSIPPI 7.85 27
70 FLORIDA INTL 6.78 121
71 KANSAS STATE 6.13 103
73 MARYLAND 4.30 16
74 DUKE 2.81 53
75 MINNESOTA 2.67 56
76 NORTH TEXAS 1.58 92
77 PITTSBURGH -0.07 46
78 TEXAS TECH -0.10 44
79 MISSOURI -2.17 38
80 RUTGERS -2.85 39
81 ARKANSAS -3.24 33
82 AKRON -5.28 83
83 UTAH STATE -6.47 85
84 INDIANA -6.58 10
86 TEMPLE -9.51 66
87 UTSA -14.33 129
88 AIR FORCE -14.99 77
89 CENTRAL MICHIGAN -15.03 105
90 SOUTHERN MISS -18.80 114
91 GEORGIA STATE -18.91 125
92 WESTERN KENTUCKY -22.79 128
93 UNLV -23.05 97
94 UAB -23.12 130
95 LOUISIANA TECH -30.15 102
96 TULANE -30.71 49
97 ULL -33.48 122
99 NEW MEXICO STATE -37.16 116
100 ULM -41.55 115
101 CINCINNATI -43.15 40
102 MIDDLE TENN STATE -44.79 98
103 SOUTH ALABAMA -47.09 96
104 CONNECTICUT -48.51 75
105 ILLINOIS -51.70 32
106 TULSA -53.01 43
107 IDAHO -54.38 106
108 NORTH CAROLINA -56.09 4
109 MIAMI OH -57.96 108
110 BUFFALO -58.44 101
111 NEW MEXICO -59.00 82
112 OLD DOMINION -63.12 112
113 HAWAII -63.68 113
114 OREGON STATE -63.74 17
115 EAST CAROLINA -64.47 45
116 BYU -70.99 47
117 MASSACHUSETTS -75.04 110
118 BAYLOR -76.50 67
119 NEVADA -81.88 41
120 BOWLING GREEN -84.75 93
121 TEXAS STATE -103.31 117
122 BALL STATE -103.48 99
123 KANSAS -106.39 65
124 KENT -109.59 84
125 RICE -121.17 78
126 SAN JOSE STATE -123.48 80
127 GEORGIA SOUTHERN -125.35 89
128 COASTAL CAROLINA -126.60 120
129 CHARLOTTE -143.26 107
130 UTEP -148.28 81

NFF and College Football Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute

Boston College nose tackle Mike Ruth (right), the 1985 Outland Trophy
winner, was presented an award by Matthew Sign, the COO of the
National Football Foundation, during the Eagles’ 35-3 victory over Florida State last Friday night in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Ruth will become the 40th Outland Trophy winner to enter the College Football
Hall of Fame during the NFF Dinner on Dec. 5 in New York.


Fan Plan Championship Index for Oct. 31

DALLAS It was another wild weekend in college football with so many highly-ranked teams facing stiff competition. Week 9 delivered one of the most anticipated matchups of the season and it did not disappoint, as the Ohio State Buckeyes won a thriller in Columbus to take the driver’s seat in the Big Ten and move up to the No. 1 spot in the Fan Plan Championship Index.

The Buckeyes now have a 79.09% chance to make it to the national championship game, according to the FPCI. Ohio State moved up from its No. 5 spot a week ago after its come-from-behind win over previously No. 2 Penn State. The Nittany Lions dropped to No. 7 in this week’s ratings with a 2.68% chance to make the championship game.

Georgia, despite its dominant win over rival Florida in Jacksonville, FL, moved down one spot to make room for the Buckeyes. The No. 2 Bulldogs sport a 42.22% chance to play in the national championship game, followed by fellow SEC member Alabama, which comes in at No. 3 with a 34.78% chance to play in the national championship game.

The remainder of this week’s FPCI Top 10 includes No. 4 Clemson (13.52), No. 5 Oklahoma (13.33%) No. 6 Wisconsin (10.94%). No. 7 Penn State (2.68%), No. 8 Notre Dame (0.97%), No. 9 Miami (0.88%), and No. 10 Virginia Tech (0.73%).

1 Ohio State 7-1 79.09% 23.23% $454.77
2 Georgia 8-0 42.22% 21.16% $242.77
3 Alabama 8-0 34.78% 21.02% $217.38
4 Clemson 7-1 13.52% 19.30% $126.75
5 Oklahoma 7-1 13.33% 20.82% $149.96
6 Wisconsin 8-0 10.94% 22.21% $123.08
7 Penn State 7-1 2.68% 20.98% $50.25
8 Notre Dame 7-1 0.97% N/A $166.22
9 Miami (FL) 7-0 0.88% 20.23% $20.00
10 Virginia Tech 7-1 0.73% 16.29% $20.00
11 Auburn 6-2 0.63% 13.11% $20.00
12 UCF 7-0 0.24% 25.39% $20.00

Compiled weekly during the season, the FPCI is a proprietary analytical look at the current state of the chase for college football’s national championship. As opposed to traditional polls and rankings which purport to rank the best teams at a particular point in the season, the FPCI aims to rate college football teams by their real-time percent chance to make the national championship game — a dynamic metric that no other poll or ranking system measures.

The FPCI also includes the cost of a Fan Plan for each team. A Fan Plan is a one-of-a-kind indemnity product fans can purchase for their favorite team. If that team goes to the national championship game, Fan Plan pays for the fan’s game tickets and travel costs, up to the total coverage value of the Fan Plan. Each Fan Plan has a $1,000 coverage value and fans can buy additional coverage in $1,000 increments, up to $10,000 in total coverage. Fan Plan costs are dynamic and change based on each team’s real-time odds of making the championship game. The FPCI and Fan Plan pricing are based on season simulations that take into account a team’s wins and losses, opponents results, suspensions, weather, SOS, and other data points and projections.


ONE DOMINO FALLS: The first big domino in the chase for the playoffs fell last weekend when Ohio State took control of the Big Ten with a 39-35 win over Penn State. Despite Penn State’s No. 2 ranking entering the game, the FPCI proved correct as it predicted a close Ohio State win by the score of 31-26. Ohio State is now clearly in the driver’s seat in the conference, especially in the Big Ten’s East Division. The Buckeyes avoided a potentially-hairy night game at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, as the schedule makers chose for a 3:30 pm kickoff instead of a primetime affair. Ohio State then closes out the regular season with home games against Michigan State, a loser to Northwester a week ago, and Illinois before the season finale at Michigan. According to the FPCI, the Buckeyes should breeze through those final four games, as their lowest projected win percentage is 85% against both Iowa and Michigan. The FPCI gives OSU a greater than 90% chance to win the other home games.

Should Ohio State run the table the rest of the way, there is no way Penn State can catch them. Ohio State’s lone loss came in a non-conference game against Oklahoma. Ohio State’s remaining schedule makes it difficult to see where the Buckeyes might slip up, so Penn State’s best chances to get into the playoffs likely come with a Wisconsin win over Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game. That would force the committee to decide whether to take an undefeated Wisconsin squad that won the conference championship or a one-loss Penn State team that dominated the regular season save for the final two minutes in Columbus. Last year the committee opted not to take the winner of the championship game, which happened to be Penn State. Would they do the same this season under a similar scenario and take the Nittany Lions?

That’s a discussion for another day, because the odds-on favorite now to win the Big Ten is Ohio State. The FPCI projects a 32-19 win for the Buckeyes over Wisconsin in a potential match-up in the conference championship game, leaving a one-loss Ohio State team as a conference champion to add to the mix for the selection committee.

OTHER DOMINOS TO FALL THIS WEEKEND: When looking at the schedule, there are a number of enticing matchups that will have playoff implications, with two conferences in particular – the ACC and the Big 12 — that will begin to sort things out in ultimately determining who will make the case to represent those conferences in the playoff field.

In the ACC, two contenders will see their national championship dreams fade away as the top two teams in the Atlantic Division go against each other and the top two teams in the Coastal Division also face off. These games will essentially serve as divisional championship games, with the winners very likely battling in the ACC Championship Game in December.

The first matchup of the day occurs in Raleigh where the No. 4 Clemson Tigers travel to face the North Carolina State Wolfpack in a matchup for control of the Atlantic Division. The Wolfpack were a FPCI Top 10 team last week before falling at Notre Dame. However, they still have conference championship aspirations, but will have to take down the Tigers in order for those hopes to continue on. The FPCI gives the Tigers a 73% chance to win. Then later Saturday night the Coastal Division is up for grabs when No. 10 Virginia Tech heads to Coral Gables to face No. 9 Miami. Miami remains undefeated on the season, one of just five such teams, but Virginia Tech has been solid throughout, losing only to Clemson. The FPCI believes in the Hokies, despite being on the road, and gives them a 63% chance to win the game, with a projected final score of 25-19.

In the Big 12, the league’s attention turns to Stillwater as Oklahoma travels to Oklahoma State. The No. 5 Sooners got a huge boost with the Ohio State win over Penn State, moving up from No. 9 a week ago. Oklahoma currently has a 13.33% chance to make the national championship game according to the FPCI. If both Oklahoma and Ohio State can run the table and finish the season as one-loss conference champions, it will be difficult not to take the Sooners over the Buckeyes after Oklahoma’s dominant 31-16 win in Columbus earlier in the season. But don’t count the Cowboys out. Oklahoma’s defense has been porous at times, and even though the Cowboys have also had their offensive struggles at certain points in games this year, they just hung 50 at West Virginia. And don’t look now, but the FPCI is actually calling for the Oklahoma State win, giving the Cowboys a 56% chance to win the game and projecting a final score of 42-39. Following TCU’s loss last weekend to fall from the ranks of the undefeated, an Oklahoma loss this weekend would further water down the conference’s quest for a playoff birth.

UNBEATEN NO MORE: The pool of undefeated teams was nearly cut in half last weekend, severely damaging the playoff hopes of a couple of those now one-loss teams and officially eliminating another that never really stood a chance. Let’s get to that one first, as USF suffered a late loss against Houston. That officially put an end to their quest for an undefeated season and officially eliminated them as a playoff contender, though the Bulls were never really on the radar. There is now only one undefeated non-Power 5 team still standing, and that is UCF.

Aside from USF, the other losses, however, really hurt. Penn State was a lock for the playoffs if it could run the table, and for the first 58 minutes of its game at Ohio State, those playoff aspirations seemed to be right on track. But a failure to stop JT Barrett in the fourth quarter, and the Nittany Lions’ own inability to move the football late in the game, dashed any thoughts of an undefeated season. Now they will likely have to count on getting a bid without being a conference champion or even a divisional champion. The way this season is playing out, that is appearing less and less of an option.

And finally in Ames, Kenny Hill made some crucial turnovers and never could get the TCU offense going as the Horned Frogs became the final Big 12 team to lose a game this season. That’s huge, because it markedly lowers the Big 12’s chance of a playoff spot. Oklahoma now seems like the conference’s only chance, as it sports a huge win at Ohio State. Had TCU run the table and won the conference as an undefeated team, there’s no doubt it would have been in the playoffs. However, with so many one-loss teams across the country and the fact that the Big 12 is currently ranked No. 6 among conferences by the FPCI, it’s difficult to imagine a Big 12 team not named Oklahoma getting into the field this season, and the Sooners still have games against Oklahoma State and TCU, then a conference championship game that will likely be a rematch against one of those two foes or Iowa State. That’s a tough task for a conference that knows how it feels to be left out in December.

CAN THE UNBEATENS REMAIN THAT WAY?: This week we enter the schedule of games with five undefeated teams left. As we did above, we can get rid of one of them from the conversation, as the UCF Golden Knights, no matter what they do, will not have enough clout, or an impressive enough resume, to warrant playoff consideration with so many quality one-loss teams that should be in the mix. So that brings us to four teams – Georgia and Alabama from the SEC, Miami, and Wisconsin. Undoubtedly Wisconsin has the easiest trek through the regular season. The Badgers are significant favorites against all remaining regular season foes – Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, and Minnesota. Even if Wisconsin were to lose one of those games, the Badgers would still play in the Big Ten Championship Game. Their true test will come there, where a win to become an undefeated conference champion will certainly get them into the playoff field.

As previously stated, Miami is on alert for their first loss of the season this weekend. The FPCI has Virginia Tech traveling to south Florida and coming away with a win. If that happens, Miami can forget about any potential playoff chances. The Hurricanes also still have a regular-season game against Notre Dame, a game in which the FPCI also projects the Hurricanes to lose. And, if somehow they got past Virginia Tech and Notre Dame, the FPCI still projects the Hurricanes to lose potential ACC Championship Game matchups against either Clemson (by two touchdowns) or North Carolina State (by one point).

The other two undefeated teams reside in the SEC. Both Alabama and Georgia, ranked Nos. 2 and 3 respectively in this week’s FPCI rantings, appear to be on a collision course for the SEC Championship Game. The key is whether both will arrive in Atlanta undefeated. Alabama has a bit tougher road, starting with LSU at home this weekend, then followed by games at Mississippi State, vs Mercer, and at Auburn to end the regular season. The Crimson Tide is favored in every game, with the closest FPCI projection a 26-17 win over Auburn. Georgia also plays at Auburn, where the Bulldogs are projected to win 22-18 in a close contest. Their other remaining regular opponents are against South Carolina and Kentucky and at Georgia Tech to close the regular season, so if they can get past the border rival against Auburn, Georgia’s path to perfection seems pretty clear.

TWO FOR THE SHOW: Should both Alabama and Georgia both advance to the SEC Championship Game undefeated and each have a good showing there (i.e. neither gets blown out), it will be difficult to leave either out of the playoff field. If Alabama wins the SEC Championship Game, Georgia will have had a quality out-of-conference win on the road at Notre Dame, plus wins over Auburn, Mississippi State, and the rest of its SEC foes, and will likely be one of only three Power 5 teams to go undefeated in the regular season (assuming Miami loses along the way and Wisconsin wins out). This year, with the remaining field to choose from, that probably gets it done, unless the Selection Committee simply insists that all participants be conference champions no matter what.

Similar to Georgia, Alabama would likely be in the playoff field if it can run the table in the regular season. Barring a huge loss in the SEC Championship Game, many of the arguments for the Bulldogs can also be made for the Crimson Tide. Alabama beat Florida State when the Seminoles had all of their starters in place, and that game was never really in doubt even when Deondre Francois was healthy and running the FSU offense. The Crimson Tide will also have been at or near the top of every poll and power ranking formula there is throughout the entirety of the regular season.

Under this scenario, the undefeated SEC champion definitely gets in as the No. 1 overall seed. The question then becomes does the losing team that finished with an undefeated regular season record also get into the playoff field? If that loser is Alabama, it’s probably pretty automatic, given the Crimson Tide’s dominance throughout the season and its recent history. If it’s Georgia, you would have to put the Bulldogs in over an 11-1 Notre Dame team, given they gave Notre Dame that one loss. Georgia would go in ahead of the Pac-12 champion, which may well have two losses. Now you’re left with the Big Ten and Big 12 champs. We will assume Ohio State will be the Big Ten champion with just one loss. If the Big 12 champion is a one-loss Oklahoma team, the Bulldogs may well be left out, as arguments could be made that Oklahoma must go in ahead of Ohio State because of the head-to-head win and the overall power of the Big Ten deserves to get its conference champion into the playoff field. However, if the champion of the Big 12 is any team other than a one-loss Oklahoma squad, it will very likely happen that the SEC becomes the first conference to get two teams into the playoff field should both Alabama and Georgia win out and arrive at the SEC Championship Game undefeated.



Kellner Computer Rankings for week of Oct. 29

The Cody Kellner Points Index gives each team a rating that is reflective of their strength of schedule and the success they had within it.  Results from last season are considered in the ratings, but diminish as a factor as the current season progresses.  Margin of victory is also considered in the ratings.

1 ALABAMA 175.417
2 GEORGIA 154.011
3 CLEMSON 144.255
4 PENN STATE 139.522
5 OHIO STATE 135.829
6 WISCONSIN 134.973
7 NOTRE DAME 122.329
8 MIAMI FL 115.383
10 WASHINGTON 107.308
11 UCF 103.199
12 USC 97.717
14 TCU 96.198
15 OKLAHOMA 92.572
17 MICHIGAN 86.177
19 AUBURN 82.268
20 STANFORD 79.126
22 LSU 72.478
24 BOISE STATE 70.233
25 NC STATE 70.055
27 MEMPHIS 62.855
28 TOLEDO 58.738
29 IOWA 56.974
30 IOWA STATE 55.883
31 GEORGIA TECH 53.938
32 WAKE FOREST 53.651
34 ARIZONA 50.779
36 KENTUCKY 49.430
38 TEXAS A&M 44.150
39 NAVY 39.336
40 SMU 36.952
41 HOUSTON 36.347
42 FLORIDA 34.535
43 TROY 32.714
45 LOUISVILLE 32.449
46 OREGON 30.945
49 COLORADO 27.813
50 MARSHALL 27.624
51 TEXAS 27.614
53 UCLA 26.616
54 FRESNO STATE 26.069
55 NEBRASKA 24.556
57 ARMY 22.765
58 SYRACUSE 22.156
60 MARYLAND 19.066
61 CALIFORNIA 16.353
62 WYOMING 15.029
63 VIRGINIA 14.029
64 OHIO 13.882
66 MINNESOTA 10.890
68 UTAH 9.150
69 TEXAS TECH 9.112
71 AIR FORCE 4.343
73 PURDUE 2.856
74 TENNESSEE 2.822
75 UTSA 1.990
77 DUKE 0.764
78 INDIANA -0.795
79 KANSAS STATE -2.451
80 AKRON -3.450
81 FLORIDA INTL -3.747
83 NORTH TEXAS -8.014
85 ARKANSAS -8.404
87 RUTGERS -16.148
89 UTAH STATE -18.555
90 TULANE -21.108
91 TEMPLE -22.353
92 MISSOURI -23.414
93 GEORGIA STATE -25.878
95 UNLV -33.601
96 UAB -34.912
97 SOUTH ALABAMA -37.000
98 ILLINOIS -37.892
99 TULSA -42.038
100 ULL -43.387
101 NEW MEXICO STATE -44.432
102 NEW MEXICO -44.979
104 CONNECTICUT -48.009
105 IDAHO -49.224
106 MIAMI OH -51.143
107 HAWAII -51.428
108 CINCINNATI -53.963
109 OREGON STATE -54.147
111 ULM -55.607
112 NORTH CAROLINA -56.508
113 BUFFALO -56.630
114 EAST CAROLINA -59.359
115 BYU -59.557
117 OLD DOMINION -70.927
118 NEVADA -78.004
119 BAYLOR -86.715
120 BALL STATE -90.445
121 KANSAS -94.185
122 KENT -94.359
123 TEXAS STATE -95.667
124 BOWLING GREEN -99.726
125 RICE -103.475
127 SAN JOSE STATE -119.867
129 CHARLOTTE -129.561
130 UTEP -133.560

New book from the National Football Foundation features Q&As with 12 College Football Hall of Fame coaches

IRVING, Texas – The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Football Hall of Fame proudly announces the release of their exciting new book, Lessons from Legends: 12 Hall of Fame Coaches on Leadership, Life, and Leaving a Legacy. The book is available now and can be purchased by clicking here.

Lessons from Legends may be the greatest collection of college football knowledge ever assembled. With over 260 years, 2,100 wins, 95 conference titles and 13 National Championships of combined coaching experience, any football fan, coach or player can learn from the wealth of wisdom contained in these pages.

“We are extremely excited about this book, featuring some of the greatest Hall of Fame coaches of all time,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “To coaches, both young and old, this book is a valuable asset on how to mold our next generation of leaders. And to all others, the lessons these coaches imparted on their players can easily translate to everyday life.”

 The book features Q&As with 12 College Football Hall of Fame coaches as they discuss their careers, the lessons they learned and specific features or topics that marked their careers.

In these pages you will learn how:

  • Tom Osborne and Barry Switzer won year after year.
  • Barry Alvarez turned Wisconsin into a perennial winner.
  • R.C. Slocum treated players the right way.
  • Terry Donahue kept his players from distractions in Los Angeles.
  • Steve Spurrier did things as only Steve Spurrier could.

These lessons and more from Mike Bellotti, Marino Casem, Fisher DeBerry, Vince Dooley, Phillip Fulmer and Frank Girardi are featured in the book.

“A good coach doesn’t just coach his players for four years and let them go,” said former Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops in the book’s foreword. “He is a coach and mentor for life. The most important thing a coach does has nothing to do with teaching a kid how to properly tackle. It’s teaching a kid how to be an adult.”

With quotes from College Football Hall of Famers Troy Aikman, Peyton Manning and Danny Wuerffel, and from Washington head coach Chris Petersen, this book has an unmatched combination of football talent.


ABOUT THE BOOK: Football Matters Publishing

ISBN: 978-0-692-94767-8

Praise for the Coaches

Barry Alvarez

“I learned a lot of great lessons from Coach Alvarez, but there are two that are by far the best to me. First, don’t flinch. A lot of people in life, when they’re faced with a moment of adversity, tend to flinch and redefine themselves by trying to overthink the situation. Your first and initial reaction is always the best. The second lesson was to enjoy every win. I don’t care if it’s over the No. 1 team in the nation or an FCS opponent, you need to enjoy every one of them fully.”

Bret Bielema, Arkansas Head Coach and former Wisconsin assistant under Alvarez

 Tom Osborne

 “It was an incredible honor to play for and be coached by Tom Osborne. Coach taught us about teamwork and the value of ‘unity of purpose.’ Each person connected to the program was valued and played an important role in the overall success of Nebraska football. We also learned about the importance of being a great student and how to be an active participant in the community. We learned to respect the game, to honor those who came before us by our work ethic, and by our habits. In short, we participated in a lot more than wins and losses- we learned how to become leaders. I could not be more proud to say that Tom Osborne was my Coach.”

Trev Alberts, Nebraska Omaha Athletics Director, Nebraska LB; Butkus Award, Lambert Trophy Winner; College Football Hall of Famer

Barry Switzer

“Coach Switzer had a way of motivating his players to perform. At a time when most coaches rule with an iron hand or fear, Coach Switzer used positive reinforcement and that made all the difference.”

Keith Jackson, Oklahoma TE, 6X Pro Bowler, Super Bowl Champion, College Football Hall of Famer

Fisher DeBerry

“I was a part of Coach DeBerry’s first freshmen class when he got the head coaching job at the Air Force Academy. From Day One you could tell he was a man of purpose and passion. He was the ideal person for the unique and challenging position as a coach at a service academy.

His win-loss record speaks for itself, but what truly defines Coach DeBerry is that intangible metric that the majority of his players knew and felt – that he positively cared for them. It’s now over 30 years later, and I am still honored to call him ‘coach.’”

Chad Hennings, Air Force DT, Outland Trophy Winner, US Air Force Captain, 3X Super Bowl Champion, College Football Hall of Famer

Phillip Fulmer

“It was an honor and privilege to play for Coach Fulmer. From the first time I met him in December of 1993, when he came to my home, I felt very comfortable talking to him. A significant part of my decision to stay my fourth year was because I wanted to play for Coach Fulmer another year. I learned a lot about football from Coach Fulmer; he had great insight into all phases of the game.

“Most importantly though, I am thankful for his friendship. The times that we are together on trips, having dinner, playing golf, or hunting are times I truly cherish, and I value his friendship; it means a great deal to me.”

Peyton Manning, Tennessee QB; William V. Campbell Trophy®, Maxwell Award Winner; 2X Super Bowl Champion, 5X NFL MVP, NFL All-Time Passing Yards and TD Record Holder, College Football Hall of Famer

R.C. Slocum

“Coach taught me some of the most important virtues as a young man. He taught us to do the right thing all the time and not just some of the time. If you cut corners, more than likely it will catch up to you. He also instilled in me about respecting others. He preached often about the Golden Rule, treat others like you would like to be treated.”

Dat Nguyen, Texas A&M LB; Lombardi, Bednarik, Lambert Trophy Winner; College Football Hall of Famer

Vince Dooley

“The smartest decision I ever made was to play for Coach Dooley at the University of Georgia. His honesty and integrity exhibited during the recruiting process [when I was] in high school when we met has never wavered. He made no promises, but offered the opportunity to play the game. I would not be in the College Football Hall of Fame if not for Vince Dooley. We aspire to live up to standards of those we admire and respect. His legacy lives in the generations of players that proudly say, ‘I played for Coach Vince Dooley.’”

Scott Woerner, Georgia DB, College Football Hall of Famer

Terry Donahue

“I give Coach Donahue a lot of credit for my success. He was such a great example for those he coached. He carried himself with class and integrity and always taught us to keep things in the proper perspective. He was tough on me, but he was always honest and I respected that. I became a better player and person because I played for Coach Donahue.”

Troy Aikman, UCLA QB, Davey O’Brien Award Winner, 3X Super Bowl Champion, Super Bowl MVP, 6X Pro Bowler, College and Pro Football Hall of Famer

Frank Girardi

“Coach Girardi is at the top of my list as far as positive influences in my life. It went well beyond the football field. I always remember the first meeting we had when he became Head Coach and how he stressed loyalty. That was a great message that meant a lot to me. It was more than that, though. He stressed discipline and hard work every day in practice and he rewarded hard work.”

Hon. Thomas I. Vanaskie, Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Lycoming College DB, All-American

Marino Casem

“I went from being a mediocre student to making the Dean’s List twice. I have Coach Casem to thank for that because I really needed someone as demanding as him to grab my attention. Because of his no-nonsense approach, I had to change internally. He made you pay the price if you tried to cut corners. I can honestly say today that I truly love and respect the man because the pressure he constantly put me under brought greatness out of me. I couldn’t have brought that out myself.”

Roynell Young, Alcorn State DB, NFL Pro Bowler

Mike Bellotti

“He had a great feel for people. I was always impressed with the staff that he would hire because you could learn as much from all of the assistants as you could from him. Coach Bellotti was always genuine, authentic and approachable. You could talk about anything with him, and he made the whole environment a good one. He’s a really good guy, not to mention a really good football coach.”

– Chris Petersen, Washington Head Coach and former assistant under Bellotti at Oregon

Steve Spurrier

“Playing for Coach Spurrier changed the trajectory of my life. He had a combination of two seemingly contradictory qualities: he was the most detail-oriented, somewhat perfectionistic coach I’ve ever had, and he had an extremely flexible part of himself that would constantly explore better options and make on-the-spot adjustments that would take weeks for other coaches to consider.”

Danny Wuerffel, Florida QB; Heisman Trophy, William V. Campbell Trophy®, Maxwell Award, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, Walter Camp Award, Davey O’Brien Award, Sammy Baugh Trophy Winner; College Football Hall of Famer


Scott Bedgood has interviewed Hall of Famers, Emmy and Grammy award winners, Guinness World Record Holders, adventurers, and entrepreneurs in his journalism career. A sportswriter since he was 15-years-old working for the Tyler Morning Telegraph in Tyler, Texas, Bedgood attended the University of Oklahoma where his passion for college football compelled him to pursue a career covering the sport. Scott began covering college football after graduating and moving to Dallas where he lives with his wife Samantha. His other work can be found on his website Bedgood can be reached at

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