Outland Trophy semifinalists to be announced Thursday in Omaha Reply

OMAHA — The Greater Omaha Sports Committee officially will announce six or seven 2017 Outland Trophy semifinalists on Thursday at The Old Mattress Factory, Downtown, 501 N 13th St. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

The Outland Trophy Presentation Banquet emcee, Greg Sharpe, Voice of the Huskers, will double as the  master of ceremonies for the semifinalist reception. The Outland Trophy Presentation Banquet will be held in Omaha for the 21st straight year on Jan, 10.

A number of familiar faces from the Omaha sports community are expected to attend the semifinalist reception, including FWAA Past President Tom Shatel of the Omaha World-Herald and members of the Outland Trophy Award Dinner Committee, Rotary Club of Omaha-Downtown and the Greater Omaha Sports Committee. Former Husker football greats  will also be in attendance, including Larry Jacobson, Calvin Jones and several others.

Tickets for the reception ($15.00) are on sale now and may be purchased on-line. Paste this link into your browser https://www.eventbrite.com/e/outland-trophy-semi-finalist-announcement-reception-tickets-38149269492?aff=eand.

The three Outland Trophy finalists will be announced on Nov. 22 (ESPNU), The winner of the 72nd Annual Outland Trophy will be revealed on the evening of Dec. 7 (ESPN).


Armed Forces Merit Award presentation at Kansas State Reply

Kansas State President Richard Myers (center) hoists the Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the Football Writer’s Association of America after receiving the honor Saturday from FWAA Past President Blair Kerkhoff (second from the right) and Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl Executive Director Brant Ringler (right). Lieutenant Colonel John Meredith (left) from Fort Riley and Kansas State Athletics Director Gene Taylor look on during the presentation during the Wildcat’s game against West Virginia at Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan.

Kellner Computer Rankings for week of Nov. 12 Reply

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 Reply

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.)

For more information, visit the official website, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube pages.

Media Contacts

Tim Simmons, Armed Forces Merit Award Coordinator at 720/244-650 or bfishinc@aol.com

Steve Richardson, Football Writers Association of America at 214/870-6516 or tiger@fwaa.com

Bryan Delgado, Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl at 817/810-0266 or bryan.delgado@espn.com

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

Anna Negron, ESPN Media, 860-766-2233, anna.m.negron@espn.com

Broyles Award announces 2017 nominees Reply

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.

About the National College Football Awards Association

The National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 21 awards boast 699 years of tradition-selection excellence. Visit NCFAA.org to learn more about our story.

About the Football Writers Association of America

The Football Writers Association of America, founded in 1941, consists of 1,300 men and women who cover college football. The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists, as well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works to govern areas that include game-day operations, major awards and its annual All-America team. For more information about the FWAA and its award programs, contact Steve Richardson at tiger@fwaa.com


Finalists for the 2017 Armed Forces Merit Award revealed Reply

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

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.