2016-2017 Way Too Early College Football Predictions

Posted on Jan 13 2016 - 3:15pm by Jake Gordon

College Football sadly came to an end Monday night, with the Alabama Crimson Tide proving once again that they’re still the kings of college football. Nick Saban took home his 5th title, 4th at Alabama, and can tie Bear Bryant for the most all time with a repeat next year. Before we get into playoff predictions, let’s dive into my Top 25 to kick off the season. Clemson is my pre-season #1 due to the talent they’re returning.

Note: Personally I don’t think they should release rankings until week 4, but I’ll be doing one for the preseason anyways.

1. Clemson Tigers

2. Alabama Crimson Tide

3. Stanford Cardinal

4. Ohio State Buckeyes

5. Michigan Wolverines

6. Baylor Bears

7. Oklahoma Sooners

8. Houston Cougars

9. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

10. Ole Miss Rebels

11. Tennessee Volunteers

12. Michigan State Spartans

13. Florida State Seminoles

14. Southern California Trojans

15. Louisiana State Tigers

16. North Carolina Tar Heels

17. Oregon Ducks

18. Iowa Hawkeyes

19. Texas Christian Horned Frogs

20. UCLA Bruins

21. Georgia Bulldogs

22. Washington State Cougars

23. Oklahoma State Cowboys

24. Florida Gators

25. Boise State Broncos

 

There’s always a couple of movers and shakers, and here are my biggest winners in 2015:

Michigan Wolverines– After a promising start to 2015, a deflating loss after the botched punt against Sparty caused Michigan’s season to go downhill. I don’t expect anything like that to happen to the Maize and Blue in 2015, and the matchup vs. Ohio State in Columbus will go a long way in telling how the season goes.

Tennessee Volunteers– Tennessee lost 4 games in 2015. They lost those games by a combined 17 points, 2 of the teams they lost to were playoff teams. If they had stopped a 4th and 25 vs Florida, they would have been in the SEC Championship. If Tennessee manages to upset Alabama for the 1st time in 10 years, Rocky Top will get really interesting.

Arkansas Razorbacks– Arkansas is another team that lost a lot of close games. They’re improving every year, and could be looking at a top 10 finish.

 

There’s always a few teams who start the year in the top 25 that we always end up laughing at at the end of the year. (See; #6 Auburn). Here’s my Busts for 2016.

 

Baylor Bears– Baylor is losing a lot of their defense. They will benefit from being healthy and playing an easy schedule (as always), but I think they slip up in a game or 2 and lose to Oklahoma in Norman.

Ole Miss Rebels– Losing Nkemdiche, Treadwell, Tunsil, and a slew of other members of the landshark defense will hurt Ole Miss badly. Alabama will NOT turn the ball over 5 times in a game again, and the youth of Ole Miss will cause them to lose about 4 games; one to the Tide in Oxford, and one to the Georgia Southern Eagles on November 5th. Write it down, I’m calling it.

USC Trojans– USC is always overrated, and this year will be no different. Big loss against Alabama to start the year, finish with 4-5 losses.

 

Heisman Finalists:

Deshaun Watson, Clemson

Christian McCaffrey, Stanford

Joshua Dobbs, Tennessee

Dalvin Cook, Florida State

Bo Scarbrough, Alabama

Dobbs is my dark horse for this year. Deshaun Watson and McCaffery will duke it out for 1st. Winner is italicized.

Conference Champions:

AAC- Houston

ACC- Clemson

B1G- Ohio State

Big 12- Oklahoma

C-USA- Western Kentucky

MAC- Bowling Green

MWC- Boise State

Pac-12- Stanford

SEC- Alabama

Sun Belt- Georgia Southern

 

Playoff Top 4:

1. Alabama Crimson Tide

2. Ohio State Buckeyes

3. Clemson Tigers

4. Stanford Cardinal

 

Pretty vanilla picks. I think Urban Meyer gets this young group of guys ready for the season and they beat Michigan , win the Big 10, and move on to face Clemson. Alabama will get McCaffrey and Stanford.

2016-2017 CFP National Championship

Alabama 38, Ohio State 31

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