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Heisman winner Jameis Winston headlines AP All-America team


And the honors keep rolling in for Florida State’s redshirt freshman quarterback, with Jameis Winston grabbing a spot on one of the most prestigious All-America teams in the country.

The Associated Press Tuesday released its annual three-deep postseason All-America teams, with Winston being just one of two redshirt freshmen to be named to the AP first team.  The other?  Teammate and kicker Robert Aguayo.

Just two players were repeat selections from the first team a year ago, and both of those came from the defensive side of the ball: Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley and Arizona State defensive tackle Will Sutton.

The Seminoles, the only unbeaten team remaining at the FBS level, led all schools with four first-teamers.  Alabama and Texas A&M with two apiece were the only other schools with more than one player on the first team.

The ACC, Pac-12 and SEC each had six first-team selections.


First Team: Jameis Winston, redshirt freshman, Florida State
Second Team: Johnny Manziel, sophomore, Texas A&M
Third Team: AJ McCarron, senior, Alabama

Running backs
First Team: Andre Williams, senior, Boston College; Ka’Deem Carey, junior, Arizona
Second Team: Tre’ Mason, junior, Auburn; Bishop Sankey, junior, Washington
Third Team: Carlos Hyde, senior, Ohio State; Ameer Abdullah, junior, Nebraska

First Team: Jake Matthews, senior, Texas A&M; Cyrus Kouandjio, junior, Alabama
Second Team: Cameron Erving, junior, Florida State; Taylor Lewan, senior, Michigan
Third Team: Jack Mewhort, senior, Ohio State; Gregory Robinson, sophomore, Auburn

First Team: Cyril Richardson, senior, Baylor; David Yankey, senior, Stanford
Second Team: Gabe Jackson, senior, Mississippi State; Xavier Su’a-Filo, junior, UCLA
Third Team: John Urschel, senior, Penn State; Ryan Groy, senior, Wisconsin

First Team: Bryan Stork, senior, Florida State
Second Team: Gabe Ikard, senior, Oklahoma
Third Team: Reese Dismukes, junior, Auburn

Wide receivers
First Team: Brandin Cooks, junior, Oregon State; Mike Evans, sophomore, Texas A&M
Second Team: Sammy Watkins, junior, Clemson; Davante Adams, sophomore, Fresno State
Third Team: Allen Robinson, junior, Penn State; Jordan Matthews, senior, Vanderbilt

Tight end
First Team: Jace Amaro, junior, Texas Tech
Second Team: Eric Ebron, junior, North Carolina
Third Team: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, junior, Washington

All-purpose player
First Team: Jordan Lynch, senior, Northern Illinois
Second Team: Ty Montgomery, junior, Stanford
Third Team: Odell Beckham Jr., junior, LSU

First Team: Roberto Aguayo, redshirt freshman, Florida State
Second Team: Anthony Fera, senior, Texas
Third Team: Jeff Budzien, senior, Northwestern


First Team: Michael Sam, senior, Missouri; Jackson Jeffcoat, senior, Texas
Second Team: Vic Beasley, junior, Clemson; Shilique Calhoun, sophomore, Michigan State
Third Team: Marcus Smith, senior, Louisville; Jeremiah Attaochu, senior, Georgia Tech

First Team: Aaron Donald, senior, Pittsburgh; Will Sutton, senior, Arizona State
Second Team: Timmy Jernigan, junior, Florida State; Kelcy Quarles, junior, South Carolina
Third Team: Ra’Shede Hageman, senior, Minnesota; Leonard Williams, sophomore, USC

First Team: Anthony Barr, senior, UCLA; C.J. Mosley, senior, Alabama; Ryan Shazier, junior, Ohio State
Second Team: Trent Murphy, senior, Stanford; Khalil Mack, senior, Buffalo; Chris Borland, senior, Wisconsin
Third Team: Shayne Skov, senior, Stanford; Max Bullough, senior, Michigan State; Denicos Allen, senior, Michigan State

First Team: Darqueze Dennard, senior, Michigan State; Lamarcus Joyner, senior, Florida State
Second Team: Justin Gilbert, senior, Oklahoma State; Jason Verrett, senior, TCU
Third Team: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, junior, Oregon; Vernon Hargreaves III, freshman, Florida

First Team: Cody Prewitt, junior, Mississippi; Deone Bucannon, senior, Washington State.
Second Team: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, junior, Alabama; Ahmad Dixon, senior, Baylor
Third Team: Jimmie Ward, senior, Northern Illinois; Ty Zimmerman, senior, Kansas State

First Team: Tom Hornsey, senior, Memphis
Second Team: Drew Kaser, sophomore, Texas A&M
Third Team: Austin Rehkow, freshman, Idaho

Herm Edwards visits Illini to give pep talk

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 30: Head coach Herm Edwards of the Kansas City Chiefs looks on against the Oakland Raiders during an NFL game on November 30, 2008 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Former NFL head coach and current ESPN analyst Herm Edwards paid a visit to another former NFL coach on Tuesday. Edwards was in Champaign to visit Lovie Smith and his Illinois football program. While there, Edwards was scheduled to give the Illini a good old-fashioned pep talk. He’s good at that.

This is a reminder that the NFL coaching fraternity remains a strong bond over the years. Smith and Edwards were never a part of the same coaching staff in the NFL, but the two have remained friends over the years. Smith having these types of connections should be exploited at every opportunity to help promote the Illini program and boost it when needed. Edwards has been a vocal supporter of Smith, so it makes sense Smith would have his pal stop by and do what he does best. And he’s done it a number of times…

At Alabama in 2013…

Or the previous year before the Las Vegas Bowl…

Or this past summer with NC State…

Illinois is 2-5 this season and now flirting with the likelihood of not going to a postseason bowl game in Smith’s first season on the job. We’ll see if Edwards is able to give the program the extra juice it needs.

Here’s hoping we get some video footage of Edwards speaking to the Illini.

PJ Fleck tells Cubs to Row the Boat, and a brief look at longest conference title droughts in college football

EVANSTON, IL- SEPTEMBER 03: P.J. Fleck head coach of the Western Michigan Broncos reacts after his teams win against the Northwestern Wildcats on September 3, 2016 at Ryan Field in Evanston, Illinois. the Western Michigan Broncos won 22-21. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
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The World Series gets underway tonight in Cleveland. The Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs are each looking to bring an end to a championship drought that dates back over 70 years. The Cubs are playing in their first World Series since 1945. The Indians have been back to the Fall Classic a small handful of times since last winning a World Series in 1948. There are three college football programs from the Power Five that have similar droughts they continue to look to end, as far as a conference championship is concerned.

No team has waited as long to win a conference title than Iowa State, who last saw a conference championship in 1912. That came in the old Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association. That conference would pave the path to the old Big Eight Conference, which of course later merged with departing members from the Southwest Conference. As the conference has evolved, Iowa State has struggled to compete for a conference crown.

The only two conference championship droughts comparable to the current droughts of the Cubs and Indians reside in the SEC. Mississippi State has not won a conference championship since 1941 (SEC), and Vanderbilt has to go all the way back to 1923 for its last conference title (Southern Conference). Playing in the same conference as college football powers like Alabama, LSU, Florida, Tennessee and Georgia over the years has not allowed for much opportunity for either SEC program, and that likely will remain the case for many years to come.

While not quite as long of a wait, Western Michigan looks to be on track to snapping their conference championship drought that goes back to 1988. The Broncos are undefeated and have a favorable schedule the rest of the way, aside from a regular season finale against Toledo. Western Michigan head coach PJ Fleck gave the Cubs a pep talk during a stop on SportsCenter this morning.

Row the boat, Cubs (or Indians, depending on your rooting interests)!

Longest Conference Title Droughts By Conference

ACC: North Carolina State (1979)

Big 12: Iowa State (1912)

Big Ten: Minnesota (1967)

Pac-12: Arizona (1993)

SEC: Vanderbilt (1923)

American: Temple (1967)

Conference USA: Rice (1994)

MAC: Ohio (1968)

Mountain West Conference: New Mexico (1964)

Sun Belt Conference: New Mexico State (1978)

Dabo Swinney confirms Wayne Gallman will play vs. FSU

CLEMSON, SC - NOVEMBER 07:  Jalen Ramsey #8 of the Florida State Seminoles misses a tackle against Wayne Gallman #9 of the Clemson Tigers during their game at Memorial Stadium on November 7, 2015 in Clemson, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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It’s now officially official.

In discussing what he described as a “dirty” hit that knocked him out of the North Carolina State game Oct. 15 with a concussion, Wayne Gallman indicated Monday that he would be available and play in Clemson’s huge showdown with Florida State this Saturday.  A day later, the running back’s head coach very emphatically confirmed the back’s availability Saturday coming of the football program’s by weekend.

He’s going to play great,” Dabo Swinney said. “He practiced the whole practice and didn’t miss a rep. He’ll play great on Saturday.”

Gallman currently leads the Tigers in rushing yards (489) and rushing touchdowns (five).  Because of the concussion, Gallman was limited to a season-low 14 yards on two carries.

In last year’s 23-13 win over the Seminoles that clinched the Tigers a berth in the ACC title game, Gallman rushed for 103 yards and a touchdown.  His 25-yard touchdown run with 2:34 remaining iced the win.

Bovada still puts Ohio State second behind Alabama in title odds

STATE COLLEGE, PA - OCTOBER 22:  Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes walk to the field from the locker room before the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions on October 22, 2016 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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I tried (in vain) to explain to my Ohio State-leaning family and friends that Saturday’s loss to Penn State wasn’t the end of the world.  Sunday, Kevin explained as much.

Tuesday, one wagering website revealed it doesn’t see the postseason sky falling on the Buckeyes, either.

In its latest set of odds, has placed the Buckeyes at 9/2 to win the 2016 College Football Playoff.  While that’s longer odds than the 11-4 OSU was getting a week ago, just one team sits ahead of them: Alabama at 8/5, slightly shorter odds than the 9/4 the Tide got last week.

Michigan (6/1), Clemson (7/1), Louisville (9/1) and Washington (9/1) are the only other teams to receive single-digit odds.  The Wolverines, at 7-1 Oct. 18, are the only one of that quartet of teams to see their odds shorten.

Below is the complete set of 2016 College Football Playoff championship odds, again courtesy of Bovada.lv: