Thursday, January 11, 2018

Buy/Sell List For the American Athletic Conference In 2018

We are barley removed from the 2017 season, and the 2018 season is still many months away, but it's never too soon to look ahead to see who I believe will be worth buying into or selling on next season. I continue by taking a look at the AAC:

Buy List
UCF: Scott Frost and his staff of wizards may be off to Nebraska, but not much should change under Josh Heupel, who shares many of the same philosophies with Frost. McKenzie Milton is back, as are a host of others, despite the loss of Shaq Griffin on defense. The Knights may not go unbeaten next season, but should start the season as a top 25 team with a head of steam behind them.

Memphis: Even with heavy losses, including Riley Ferguson, Anthony Johnson, Genard Avery, etc., the Tigers kept Mike Norvell as their head coach, and the future is strong with the Tigers. The system will provide.

Houston: 2017 was a letdown season for the Cougars, but now that Kyle Allen is not a lingering issue any longer, they know who they are and can move forward in that mold. Like everyone else in the AAC, they have significant losses, but they should have enough depth to hold strong.

Navy: The end of the 2017 regular season was a disaster, and losing to Army in back to back years is never acceptable. All of that said, I have to believe that Ken Niumatololo will be able to turn it all around and get Navy back to pushing for a division title in 2018.

SMU: Chad Morris is gone to Arkansas, but he built a solid foundation for Sonny Dykes to build upon in 2018. The offense, we know, will be fantastic, but will they have enough defense? At least the shootouts should be fun.

Tulane: I am a huge Willie Fritz guy, and Tulane showed serious signs of life in 2017. Tulane should have enough left over heading into 2018 to be this year's version of SMU, and should push their way into a bowl game as the development of the program seems to be coming around nicely.

Sell List
USF: I hate to knock the Bulls, but they under performed in 2017. Quentin Flowers is now gone at QB, and Charlie Strong has to come up with some answers cross the board. I just see the Bulls taking a rather sizable step back next fall until they can come up with an identity moving forward.

Temple: The reality is that the talent was not great in 2017. They get a few key pieces back in 2018 (Frank Nutile at QB), but they are seriously depleted in other areas, and there was not much depth last season.

East Carolina: Scottie Montgomery looks more and more like a massive mistake hire to me. East Carolina has been basically abysmal in his two seasons there, and these things don't suddenly snap to like magic when there has virtually been no change to make that happen.

Cincinnati: Luke Fickell had his hands full in trying to get the Bearcats to simply be competitive in 2017, and the program is not nearly there yet. He is probably 2 years away from achieving anything real here.

U Conn: Randy Edsell part 2 has not gone as planned. U Conn is still seriously devoid of any real talent on the offensive side of the football, and nearly lost to Holy Cross last season. I am selling hard on the Huskies once again.

Tulsa: The Golden Hurricane had a ton of talent that had been depleted from the roster coming into 2017, and so the record was not entirely shocking to me. The issue is that there is even more major talent falling off the books for 2018, and that bodes badly for Phillip Montgomery.

Buy/Sell Lists For the ACC In 2018

We are barley removed from the 2017 season, and the 2018 season is still many months away, but it's never too soon to look ahead to see who I believe will be worth buying into or selling on next season. I begin by taking a look at the ACC:

The Buy List
Clemson: With so much young talent returning, Dabo Swinney may very well have the best edition of Clemson football yet still ahead of him. The Tigers should be the overwhelming choice to win the AC in what is otherwise a fairly week conference.

NC State: The Pack has a ton of talent coming back on offense in 2017, but does have some holes to fill on defense, including Bradley Chubb. Dave Doeren has the team on the right track, and finishing second behind Clemson in the Atlantic may be a rock solid choice once again.

Florida State: Despite all of the drama, the Seminoles should be on the way to bouncing back in 2018. Deondre Francois is back at QB, and depth should be better across the board, as there seemingly was none this season.

Miami: The Hurricanes may be in a better position to challenge Clemson in 2018 than they were this season. Mark Richt is ahead of schedule with the Canes, and the future is bright for a team that was incredibly young this season.

Virginia Tech: As long as Justin Fuente sticks around, Tech will be very good. Joshua Jackson is back as a sophomore next fall, and that is a good start for a team that will be in a position to challenge Miami in the Coastal next season.

Virginia: Sure, the Cavaliers folded down the stretch in 2017, but nobody expected them to be as competitive as they were in stretches, and nobody saw a bowl bid coming from Bronco Mendenhall's club. Mendenhall did one of the great coaching jobs in 2017, and again, the future is bright.

Duke: The Blue Devils gained more experience this season, and bounced back well enough to go bowling. They are now in a position to push for a better bowl bid, and are looking like a team that can win at least 8 games next fall.

The Sell List
Wake Forest: The Deacons looked good in parts this season, and were much ahead of where most of us expected them to be, but that was also on the back of QB John Wolford, and he won't be there next fall. Wake Forest has never really been able to string successful seasons together, and I fear that may be the case yet again.

Boston College: AJ Dillon is fantastic at RB, and the defense is usually solid. There are just too many other obstacles and issues within the program that have me buying into BC just yet for 2018. They could push for .500 again, and get to another third tier bowl game, but that's not the kind of thing that has me buying in.

Louisville: Lamar Jackson is gone. There is very little exploitable depth. The defense sucks. There is not much else that needs saying here.

Syracuse: I saw all I needed to see in the coaching staff in 2017. I just don't see this current administration being able to take the Orange around any corners that are ahead in the road. Dino Babers is in way over his head here.

Georgia Tech: I have been a fan of the triple option my entire life. I was a triple option QB myself back in the day. That said, it's time to let it die. Paul Johnson has allowed the fundamentals of the game pass him by, and his brand of up again, down again football has drained the excitement out of me for this program. It's simply time to modernize and move on.

Pittsburgh: I was quite hopeful that Pat Narduzzi would get this program running in the right direction, but instead, there have been multiple missteps along the way, and after two seasons, there seems to be no plan other than to hang out somewhere in the middle. I am not buying into that.

North Carolina: I have made it clear that I do not believe in Larry Fedora. He is not a long term, foundation building answer, and has never been. North Carolina seriously underachieved in 2016, and then completely bottomed out in 2017, and I see no real shining star to aim for in 2018 with this program.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

John W. Conlon Offensive Player of the Year Winners

We have finally narrowed down our winners for the John W. Conlon Award, which awards the Offensive Players of the Year from FBS, FCS, and Division 2 football. We started with 36 candidates, and here are our three winners:

FBS: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
FCS: Jeremiah Briscoe, QB, Sam Houston State
Division 2: Luis Perez, QB, Texas A&M-Commerce

Congratulations to our three award winners for 2017! 

The Final FBS PRS Rankings of 2017

It's been another long season in college football, and although the more things change, the more they seem to stay the same (more SEC bias and dominance by committee members and pollsters), another final edition of the Power Rated Sports (PRS) Rankings is being released to reflect the season that has finally been played out. Our rankings do not reflect the playoff committee rankings, or any others, and are based purely on an algorithm that I have used for over 30 years. Often, we have come up with the same national champion that has been crowned through the process, but there have been some times when that has not come to play, and I will lead off by simply stating that this is one of those seasons where it simply did not play out that way.
While a majority of college football fans, writers, analysts, and pundits screamed foul at the all SEC party in Atlanta Monday night, many people lamented that UCF had not been allowed into the big boy party playoff system, even though they were the last unbeaten team standing. The last non-power conference team to win a national title was BYU in 1984, and, as I said in my post Monday night, it was then decided by the power conferences that this could never happen again, and it has not.
It has been our pleasure in past years not to follow that trend, and we have had a few non power players win our annual national title, and this year would be no different.
It is my pleasure to announce, that after careful number crunching by our lead statistician and research analyst Keith Harding, that our 2017 national champions are indeed the UCF Knights! As the lone unbeaten team, they had the edge as they had not lost any numbers to a loss. What stymied Alabama and Georgia (who finished 3rd and 6th) were, in the case of Alabama, their regular season finale loss to Auburn, who ended up losing to UCF, and finished with 4 losses, and in the case of Georgia, a similar mid to late season loss to that same Auburn team, coupled with their loss to Alabama in the game Monday night.
Please see our final rankings listed below. Remember, there were no human factors in this system, as every team was ranked on performance index alone. There were no votes, no committee, and no haggling over the numbers. They were what the were.

Tuesday, January 8, 2017
Rank Points Team Record Score Opponent
1 2952 Central Florida  13-0 W, 34-27 Def. Auburn 34-27
2 2851 Wisconsin  13-1 W, 34-24 Def. Miami (FL) 34-24
3 2765 Alabama  13-1 W, 26-23 OT Def. Georgia 26-23 OT
4 2685 Oklahoma  12-2 L, 54-48 2 OT's Lost to Georgia 54-48 2 OT's
5 2636 Ohio State  12-2 W, 24-7 Def. Southern California 24-7
6 2614 Georgia  13-2 L, 26-23 OT Lost to Alabama 26-23 OT
7 2404 Penn State  11-2 W, 35-28 Def. Washington 35-28
8 2281 Clemson  12-2 L, 24-6 Lost to Alabama 24-6
9 2088 Oklahoma State  10-3 W, 30-21 Def. Virginia Tech 30-21
10 2073 Florida Atlantic  11-3 W, 50-3 Def. Akron 50-3
11 2040 Boise State  11-3 W, 38-28 Def. Oregon 38-28
12 1996 Troy  11-2 W, 50-30 Def. North Texas 50-30
13 1946 Southern California  11-3 L, 24-7 Lost to Ohio State 24-7
14 1915 Texas Christian  11-3 W, 39-37 Def. Stanford 39-37
15 1855 South Florida  10-2 W, 38-34 Def. Texas Tech 38-34
16 1854 Toledo  11-3 L, 34-0 Lost to Appalachian State 34-0
17 1811 Notre Dame  10-3 W, 21-17 Def. Louisiana State 21-17
18 1768 Memphis  10-3 L, 21-20 Lost to Iowa State 21-20
19 1720 Washington  10-3 L, 35-28 Lost to Penn State 35-28
20 1699 Northwestern  10-3 W, 24-23 Def. Kentucky 24-23
21 1610 Michigan State  10-3 W, 42-17 Def. Washington State 42-17
22 1565 Auburn  10-4 L, 34-27 Lost to Central Florida 34-27
23 1549 San Diego State  10-3 L, 42-35 Lost to Army 42-35
24 1498 Army  10-3 W, 42-35 Def. San Diego State 42-35
25 1492 Miami (FL)  10-3 L, 34-24 Lost to Wisconsin 34-24
26 1393 Fresno State  10-4 W, 33-27 Def. Houston 33-27
27 1392 Ohio  9-4 W, 41-6 Def. Alabama-Birmingham 41-6
28 1353 Appalachian State  9-4 W, 34-0 Def. Toledo 34-0
29 1338 Stanford  9-5 L, 39-37 Lost to Texas Christian 39-37
30 1263 Virginia Tech  9-4 L, 30-21 Lost to Oklahoma State 30-21
31 1213 North Carolina State  9-4 W, 52-31 Def. Arizona State 52-31
32 1167 Louisiana State  9-4 L, 21-17 Lost to Notre Dame 21-17
33 1161 Mississippi State  9-4 W, 31-27 Def. Louisville 31-27
34 1122 Washington State  9-4 L, 42-17 Lost to Michigan State 42-17
35 1048 North Texas  9-5 L, 50-30 Lost to Troy 50-30
36 1030 South Carolina  9-4 W, 26-19 Def. Michigan 26-19
37 1025 Iowa  8-5 W, 27-20 Def. Boston College 27-20
38 985 Marshall  8-5 W, 31-28 Def. Colorado State 31-28
39 979 Louisville  8-5 L, 31-27 Lost to Mississippi State 31-27
40 976 Navy  7-6 W, 49-7 Def. Virginia 49-7
41 961 Michigan  8-5 L, 26-19 Lost to South Carolina 26-19
42 899 Wake Forest  8-5 W, 55-52 Def. Texas A&M 55-52
43 855 Central Michigan  8-5 L, 37-14 Lost to Wyoming 37-14
44 846 Iowa State  8-5 W, 21-20 Def. Memphis 21-20
45 828 Northern Illinois  8-5 L, 36-14 Lost to Duke 36-14
46 808 Kansas State  8-5 W, 35-17 Def. UCLA 35-17
47 795 Southern Mississippi  8-5 L, 42-13 Lost to Florida State 42-13
48 751 Arkansas State  7-5 L, 35-30 Lost to Middle Tennessee State 35-30
49 705 Wyoming  8-5 W, 37-14 Def. Central Michigan 37-14
50 701 Alabama-Birmingham  8-5 L, 41-6 Lost to Ohio 41-6
51 690 Texas  7-6 W, 33-16 Def. Missouri 33-16
52 665 Arizona  7-6 L, 38-35 Lost to Purdue 38-35
53 629 Florida International  8-5 L, 28-3 Lost to Temple 28-3
54 623 New Mexico State  7-6 W, 26-20 OT Def. Utah State 26-20 OT
55 551 Arizona State  7-6 L, 52-31 Lost to North Carolina State 52-31
56 540 Missouri  7-6 L, 33-16 Lost to Texas 33-16
57T 519 Boston College  7-6 L, 27-20 Lost to Iowa 27-20
57T 519 Colorado State  7-6 L, 31-28 Lost to Marshall 31-28
59 491 Georgia State  7-5 W, 27-17 Def. Western Kentucky 27-17
60 480 West Virginia  7-6 L, 30-14 Lost to Utah 30-14
61 471 Florida State  7-6 W, 42-13 Def. Southern Mississippi 42-13
62 449 Southern Methodist  7-6 L, 51-10 Lost to Louisiana Tech 51-10
63 443 Middle Tennessee State  7-6 W, 35-30 Def. Arkansas State 35-30
64 432 Oregon  7-6 L, 38-28 Lost to Boise State 38-28
65 430 Utah  7-6 W, 30-14 Def. West Virginia 30-14
66 386 Houston  7-5 L, 33-27 Lost to Fresno State 33-27
67 377 Texas A&M  7-6 L, 55-52 Lost to Wake Forest 55-52
68 367 Duke  7-6 W, 36-14 Def. Northern Illinois 36-14
69 360 Louisiana Tech  7-6 W, 51-10 Def. Southern Methodist 51-10
70T 330 Kentucky  7-6 L, 24-23 Lost to Northwestern 24-23
70T 330 Texas-San Antonio  6-5   Season Over
72 301 Temple  7-6 W, 28-3 Def. Florida International 28-3
73 267 Western Michigan  6-6   Season Over
74 219 Purdue  7-6 W, 38-35 Def. Arizona 38-35
75 203 Buffalo  6-6   Season Over
76 168 UCLA  6-7 L, 35-17 Lost to Kansas State 35-17
77 128 Mississippi  6-6   Season Over
78 117 Texas Tech  6-7 L, 38-34 Lost to South Florida 38-34
79 96 Eastern Michigan  5-7   Season Over
80 83 Utah State  6-7 L, 26-20 OT Lost to New Mexico State 26-20 OT
81 40 Akron  7-7 L, 50-3 Lost to Florida Atlantic 50-3
82 -18 Western Kentucky  6-7 L, 27-17 Lost to Georgia State 27-17
83 -61 Georgia Tech  5-6   Season Over
84 -143 Air Force  5-7   Season Over
85 -144 Minnesota  5-7   Season Over
86 -161 Virginia  6-7 L, 49-7 Lost to Navy 49-7
87 -187 Indiana  5-7   Season Over
88 -189 Nevada-Las Vegas  5-7   Season Over
89 -195 Colorado  5-7   Season Over
90 -210 California  5-7   Season Over
91 -233 Tulane  5-7   Season Over
92 -234 Miami (OH)  5-7   Season Over
93 -255 Louisiana-Lafayette  5-7   Season Over
94 -307 Vanderbilt  5-7   Season Over
95 -364 Florida  4-7   Season Over
96 -373 Pittsburgh  5-7   Season Over
97 -378 Louisiana-Monroe  4-8   Season Over
98 -465 Old Dominion  5-7   Season Over
99 -569 Nebraska  4-8   Season Over
100 -685 Idaho  4-8   Season Over
101 -687 South Alabama  4-8   Season Over
102 -693 Arkansas  4-8   Season Over
103 -725 Syracuse  4-8   Season Over
104 -730 Maryland  4-8   Season Over
105 -767 Massachusetts  4-8   Season Over
106 -806 Cincinnati  4-8   Season Over
107 -815 Tennessee  4-8   Season Over
108 -873 Rutgers  4-8   Season Over
109 -897 Brigham Young  4-9   Season Over
110 -921 Nevada-Reno  3-9   Season Over
111 -961 Hawaii  3-9   Season Over
112 -990 Coastal Carolina  3-9   Season Over
113 -1000 Georgia Southern  2-10   Season Over
114 -1013 North Carolina  3-9   Season Over
115 -1096 Tulsa  2-10   Season Over
116 -1124 New Mexico  3-9   Season Over
117 -1145 East Carolina  3-9   Season Over
118 -1148 Connecticut  3-9   Season Over
119 -1348 Bowling Green State  2-10   Season Over
120 -1458 Illinois  2-10   Season Over
121 -1509 Texas State  2-10   Season Over
122 -1606 Kent State  2-10   Season Over
123 -1647 Baylor  1-11   Season Over
124 -1686 Ball State  2-10   Season Over
125 -1689 Rice  1-11   Season Over
126 -1814 San Jose State  2-11   Season Over
127 -1853 Charlotte  1-11   Season Over
128 -1955 Oregon State  1-11   Season Over
129 -2011 Kansas  1-11   Season Over
130 -2301 Texas-El Paso  0-12   Season Over

Monday, January 8, 2018

Alabama Wins National Title, But System Remains Broken

The worst thing that could have happened in college football happened tonight. Alabama, who for the second time won a national title without winning the SEC or their own division, slapped the college football world in the face and got away with it. Alabama, who so many fans and writers railed against for their insipid ways of having Nick Saban lobby for a spot in a playoff that many felt they did not deserve, shoved us into the mud once again by winning, and as entertaining as the finale was, it still proves how broken the system remains.
Think of it in these terms. No other conference has had multiple entrants into a BCS national title game, or a national playoff since the inception of either systems. The reality is that there is no other conference that will likely see this happen in the near future. We should have had it happen a year ago with Penn State and Ohio State, but alas, that was not to happen. This is now the second national title game with two SEC opponents facing off in the modern era, and we had to see it coming.
During the early BCS era, UCLA was charging through, in 1998, with an undefeated record coming off of a win against arch rival USC. A date with Miami was rescheduled due to a September hurricane, and UCLA chose to play that game. They lost, and with it, lost their path to a national title game appearance. Kansas State had a similar experience, losing to Texas A&M in double OT, and found themselves in an Alamo Bowl.
None of that has happened with SEC programs. Watch what happens when non-SEC teams lose during the regular season and are ranked in or near the top 4. They plummet as low as ninth or lower, and never can maneuver their way back. An SEC team in the same position loses? They drop a spot or two, and get right back in the conversation, sometimes with not even a week passing. That is the definition os a broken system.
People may scoff at UCF claiming a national championship, but is it so stupid? They beat Auburn, the team that beat both participants in the national title game tonight in the Peach Bowl. It may very well be the only way a group of five team actually has a shot at a national title. They just have to stake a claim to it themselves.
When BYU won the national title in 1984 by beating Michigan in the Holiday Bowl, the powers that be made a promise to themselves. Never would that be allowed to happen again. UCF should have had a shot to compete as the lone undefeated team in the nation in 2017, but they have the BYU title and how it shook the core of the halls of power some 33 years ago to thank for their lack of inclusion.
Somehow, those same power brokers that all agreed to create a system that would pay lip service to the mid to lower tier division 1-A conferences all got old, weak, tired, or all of the above, because they have now also allowed themselves to be pushed to the side of the road by the SEC, and with the most powerful overlord in the sport as an ally in ESPN, we cannot begin to expect this problem to change. SEC operates the SEC network, so it empowers them to create an SEC monopoly. They make all the money, televise the game, and get all of the spoils. As a network, why would they want it any other way? There will be no move to correct a mistake that over 80% of the nation can clearly see. ESPN is tone deaf, and even though they are bleeding cash like a harpooned whale on a Japanese fishing expedition, they will keep on wielding that power until the last drop has left the body, which could be sometime in 2025 by the looks of it.
Once ESPN bleeds out, and current estimates are unclear if they can survive in their current form that long, especially if Disney can somehow spin them off to any buyer they so choose, the game changes dramatically, and nobody knows what that game will look like or resemble. The rules will not apply as they do now, because the power will change hands once again. That is the only hope for the future of college football, because it is painfully obvious that ESPN will fail to do the right thing, and will continue to pay conference executives off with bundles of cash and nothing more to say that everything is fine, and nothing needs to be changed. Group of Five execs will continue with their pattern of take the money and shut the hell up, because in some twisted way, they think that is for the best. You could not tell the Mountain West folks that ESPN wanted to kill their families and get a reaction worth anything at this point, because they still believe that hand is somehow still feeding them.
Until ESPN fails, and takes a last, gasping breath, nothing is going to change. Group of Five schools will still talk about breaking the barrier, like it's some feat that could ever be accomplished, non-SEC conferences will still play second fiddle to the ESPN money bag, and while we may get an entertaining game or two, the system will still be fatally flawed and broken. Until then, enjoy getting sand kicked in your face, because the beach is loaded with it.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Bilo's 2017 All-American Teams

Here are my All-American's for all of FBS football in 2017:

QB Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
QB McKenzie Milton, UCF
QB Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State
RB Rashaad Penny, San Diego State
RB Bryce Love, Stanford
RB Devin Singletary, FAU
RB Jonathon Taylor, Wisconsin

WR James Washington, Oklahoma State
WR Anthony Miller, Memphis
WR Anthony Johnson, Buffalo
WR Cedrick Wilson, Boise State
TE Adam Breneman, U Mass

DL Sutton Smith, Northern Illinois
DL Bradley Chubb, NC State
DL Hercules Mata'afa, Washington State
DL Brian Womac, Rice
LB Genard Avery, Memphis
LB Joe Dineen, Jr., Kansas
LB Frank Ginda, San Jose State

LB Roquan Smith, Georgia
DB Josh Jackson, Iowa
DB DeShon Elliott, Texas
DB Julian Love, Notre Dame
DB Mark Gilbert, Duke

PK Matt Gay, Utah
P Michael Dickson, Texas
KR Tony Pollard, Memphis
PR Dante Pettis, Washington

Here are my All-Americans for FCS Football for 2017:

QB Jeremiah Briscoe, Sam Houston State
QB Chris Streveler, South Dakota
QB Devlin Hodges, Samford
RB Dominick Bragalone, Lehigh
RB Marquell Wright, North Carolina A&T
RB Zane Dudek, Yale
RB De'Lance Turner, Alcorn State

WR Nathan Stewart, Sam Houston State
WR Keelan Doss, UC Davis
WR Davion Davis, Sam Houston State
WR Nehari Crawford, Duquesne
TE Dallas Goedert, South Dakota State

DL Jonathon Petersen, San Diego
DL Darius Jackson, Jacksonville State
DL Chris Terrell, Central Arkansas
DL Stefen Banks, Savannah State
LB Jalyn Williams, Prairie View
LB Rico Kennedy, Morgan State
LB Garrett Dolan, Houston Baptist
LB Ryan Brady, Holy Cross
DB Mike Basile, Monmouth
DB Jordan Brown, James Madison
DB Phillip Parham, Lafayette
DB Jimmy Moreland, James Madison

PK Trey Tuttle, Weber State
P Joe Zema, Incarnate Word
KR Juwan Petit-Frere, Southeast Louisiana
PR Justice Shelton-Mosley, Harvard

Here are my All-Americans for Division 2 for 2017:

QB Luis Perez, Texas A&M Commerce
QB Connor Jessup, Shepherd
QB Amir Hall, Bowie State

RB Marc Jones, Gannon
RB Walter Fletcher, Edinboro
RB Trenton Cannon, Virginia State
RB Daouda Sylla, Findlay

WR JT Luper, Central Oklahoma
WR Austin Ryan, Bentley
WR Jalen Tolliver, Arkansas-Monticello
WR Weston Carr, Azusa Pacific
TE Nick Keizer, Grand Valley State

DL Marcus Martin, Slippery Rock
DL John Cominsky, Charleston
DL Kahzin Daniels, Charleston
DL Jake Klinger, Bloomsburg
LB Jalen Nelson, Charleston
LB Brandon Lynch, Virginia State
LB Garrett Jackson, Adams State
LB La'More Wise, Northeastern State
DB Zuril Hendrick, Edinboro
DB Andrew Benson, Assumption
DB JR Stevens, Indiana (PA)
DB Tevin Madison, West Alabama

PK Cole Tracy, Assumption
P Zach Gaines, West Alabama
KR Vashon Nutt, Northwood
PR Deonte Harris, Assumption

Here are my All-Americans for Division 3 for 2017

QB Chase Burton, Franklin
QB Hayden Bauserman, Shenandoah
QB Miles Thompson, Hendrix
RB John Smith, Husson

RB Leanthony Reasnover, Eureka
RB Joey Valdivia, Lake Forest
RB Lamar Carswell, Trine

WR Sam Mentkowski, Wisconsin-Oshkosh
WR Nick Holcomb, Wisconsin-LaCrosse
WR Nick Strausburgh, Wooster
WR Jesse Zubik, Washington & Jefferson
TE Jacob Maher, Worcester State

DL Javon Muhammed, McMurray
DL Nicholas Giorgio, Springfield
DL Montel Lee, Ferrum
DL Vince Char, Widener
LB Andrew Yamin, Amherst
LB Colten Buzard, Allegheny
LB Ryan Slager, Grinnell
LB Darin Hungerford, Kean

DB Daniel Gonzalez, Redlands
DB O'Shea Anderson, Washington & Jefferson
DB Jaquan Harris, Framingham State
DB Zachary Teats, Pudget Sound

PK Willy Warne, Linfield
P Andrew DiNardo, Catholic
KR Evan Garvey, Westfield State
PR Troy Speakman, Mt. St. Joseph

Here are my All-Americans for NAIA for 2017

QB Trent Solsma, Morningside (IA)
QB Tanner Trosin, Southern Oregon
QB Nick Ferrer, St. Francis (IND)

RB Bubba Jenkins, Morningside (IA)
RB Justin Green, St. Francis (IND)
RB JD Woods, Baker
RB Jacob Kalogonis, Northwestern (IA)

WR Caleb Thomas, Graceland
WR Hayden Adams, Dakota Wesleyan
WR LaQuiviante Gonzalez, Southeastern (FLA)
WR Connor Niles, Morningside (IA)

WR Trenton Poe-Evans, Kansas Wesleyan

Front 7 Evan Sprayberry, Tabor
Front 7 Chris Overton, St. Ambrose
Front 7 Dedric Allen, Missouri Valley
Front 7 Josh Evans, Evangel

Front 7 Ian Riggs, Robert Morris (ILL)
Front 7 Curt Boeke, Dakota State

Front 7 Resean Coleman, William Penn
Front 7 Tim Hamilton, Friends
DB Tomunci Winfield, Southwestern
DB Kishawn Walker, Georgetown (KY)
DB Keenan Faqan, Rocky Mountain
DB BJ Pelt, Campbellsville

PK Jaidan Machuka, Presentation
P Derek Brush, Arizona Christian
RET Alan Freeman, Arizona Christian
RET Charles Ducksworth, Point 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

All-Bilo Sun Belt 2017 Team

All-Bilo Sun Belt Team

QB Justice Hanson, Arkansas State
QB Taylor Lamb, Appalachian State
QB Caleb Evans, UL-Monroe
RB Jalin Moore, Appalachian State
RB Aaron Duckworth, Idaho
RB Larry Rose III, New Mexico State
RB Jordan Chunn, Troy
WR Penny Hart, Georgia State
WR Jaleel Scott, New Mexico State
WR Alfonso Onunwor, Idaho
WR Chris Murray, Arkansas State
TE Blake Mack, Arkansas State

Offensive Player of the Year: Justice Hanson, Arkansas State

DL Ja'Von Rolland-Jones, Arkansas State
DL Aikeem Coleman, Idaho
DL Tee Simms, Appalachian State
DL Cedric Wilcots II, New Mexico State

LB Kaden Elliss, Idaho
LB Dalton Herrington, New Mexico State
LB Tony Lashley, Idaho

LB Terrill Hanks, New Mexico State
DB Jeremy Reaves, South Alabama
DB Clifton Duck, Appalachian State
DB Blace Brown, Troy
DB Monquavian Brinson, Georgia Southern

Defensive Player of the Year: Ja'Von Rolland Jones, Arkansas State

Special Teams
PK Gavin Patterson, South Alabama
P Corliss Waitman, South Alabama
KR Marcus Green, UL-Monroe
PR Blaise Taylor, Arkansas State

Coach of the Year: Neal Brown, Troy

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

All-Bilo SEC Team 2017

All-Bilo SEC Team 2017

QB Drew Lock, Missouri
QB Jake Fromm, Georgia
QB Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State
RB Kerryon Johnson, Auburn
RB Benny Snell, Jr. Kentucky

RB Nick Chubb, Georgia
RB Sony Michel, Georgia

WR AJ Brown, Ole Miss
WR J'Mon Moore, Missouri
WR Christian Kirk, Texas A&M
WR Emanuel Hall, Missouri
TE Albert Okwuegbunam, Missouri

Offensive Player of the Year: Drew Lock, Missouri

DL Marcell Frazier, Missouri
DL Montez Sweat, Mississippi State
DL Cece Jefferson, Florida
DL DJ Wonnum, South Carolina
LB Devin White, LSU
LB D'Andre Walker, Georgia
LB Roquan Smith, Georgia
LB De'Jon Harris, Arkansas
DB Mark McLaurin, Mississippi State
DB Andraez Williams, LSU
DB Levi Wallace, Alabama
DB Duke Dawson, Florida

Defensive Player of the Year: Roquan Smith, Georgia

Special Teams
PK Eddy Pineiro, Florida
P Trevor Daniel, Tennessee
KR Jaylen Jones, Ole Miss
PR DJ Chark, LSU

Coach of the Year: Kirby Smart, Georgia

Finalists: John Conlon Offensive Players of the Year FBS, FCS, Division 2

Happy New Year to all of you! I am proud to announce the finalists for our John W. Conlon Offensive Players of the Year Award for FBS, FCS, and Division 2 football. Here are the finalists for the award:

QB Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
The Heisman winner, Mayfield was, by far, the predominant college football QB in 2017. He passed for 43 TDs, while being picked just 6 times on the season, and came up one game short of taking an Oklahoma team that had changed coaches right before the start of the season to a national title game. Mayfield passed for 4627 yards on the year, completed 70.5% of his passes, and topped the nation with a QBR of 198.92.

RB Rashaad Penny, San Diego State
Penny led the nation with 2248 yards rushing in 2017, and finished the season with 5 consecutive 200 yard rushing games, the first player in college football history to ever accomplish that feat. Penny's 172.92 yards rushing per game led the nation, and he finished by averaging 7.78 yards per carry on 22.23 carries per game. He scored 23 TDs on the ground as well. Penny scored two more times on passing plays, one more time on a punt return, and averaged 30.65 yards per kick return, scoring two more times, piling up 521 yards in the kick return game.

RB Bryce Love, Stanford
Love replaced Christian McCaffrey in the Stanford run game, and never missed a beat in doing so in 2017. Love rushed for 2118 yards on the season, averaging 162.92 yards per game, which was second to only Penny. Love rushed for 19 scores on the season, and averaged 8.05 yards per carry on 20.23 carries per game.

RB Devin Singletary, Florida Atlantic
Singletary, a sophomore, was the mainstay offensive weapon for Lane Kiffin and the Owls in a season that transformed football in Boca Raton. Singletary wished for 1920 yards on the year, which was good for 4th nationally. He led the nation, by far, with 32 rushing TDs on the season, which led the nearest player in that category by 9. He averaged 6.32 yards per carry, and 137.14 yards rushing per game on 21.5 carries per game. He caught 19 passes, scoring once.

QB Jeremiah Briscoe, Sam Houston State
Briscoe led the nation in 2017 with 5003 yards passing. He tossed 45 TD passes on the season in leading the Bearkats to the national semifinals. Briscoe averaged 357 yards passing per game, and led the nation with 288 points scored. He averaged 14.93 yards per completion.

QB Chris Streveler, South Dakota
Streveler was a huge piece during a resurgent season for the Coyotes, driving them to an FCS playoff birth. He passed for 4134 yards on the season with 32 TD passes, while completing 316 passes. He managed to pass for 318 yards per game.

WR Nathan Stewart, Sam Houston State
Great QBs are sometimes made by great receivers, and vice versa. Such was the case with the Bearkats in 2017. Stewart led the nation with 1648 yards on 72 receptions in 2017, and finished with 14 TD receptions, which was second on his own team. That said, Stewart was the best player in the nation when it came to his ability to stretch defenses and make big plays, averaging 22.49 yards per catch.

QB Devlin Hodges, Samford
The SoCon offensive MVP, Hodges had a huge season for the Bulldogs in 2017. He finished 3rd in passing in FCS football with 3983 yards, and managed to pass for 31 TDs in 12 games this season. He completed 347 passes on the year, and averaged 331.9 yards passing per game.

Division 2
QB Luis Perez, Texas A&M Commerce
Perez played his biggest season for the national champion Lions, passing for 4999 yards and 46 TDs this season, and completed 421 passes on the year. He led the nation with 333 yards passing per game.

QB Connor Jessup, Shepherd
Jessup finished with 3532 yards passing, which was good for third nationally. He was one of just three QBs on the D2 level with 40+ TD passes on the season, finishing with 40 exactly to just nine picks in 11 games for the Rams.

QB Amir Hall, Bowie State
Hall had a huge season when it comes to efficiency, passing for 41 TDs to just four INTs on the year. He passed for 3519 yards in 11 games, completing 249 passes on the season, and averaged 14.13 yards per completion on the season. Hall led Division 2 with 294 total points scored in 2017.

RB Marc Jones, Gannon
Jones had one of the all time great seasons for a RB in Division 2 history in 2017, as he rushed for 2179 yards, and scored 29 times on the ground for the Golden Knights. He led the nation by far with 197 yards rushing per game, and also led the nation with 8.09 yards per carry on 269 attempts.

The winner will be announced next Monday, January 8th!