College Football Predictions: Mid-season Redo

Movie Quote of the Day:

“Fightin’ in a basement offers a lot of difficulties. Number one being, you’re fightin’ in a basement.”

– Lt. Aldo Raine, Inglourious Basterds (2009)

The College Football Playoff Selection Committee comes out with their first top 25 tonight. I’ve decided to come out with my new predictions for the college football season going forward. After this week I think I’m going to start to give my top four. Anyway, here are my original college football playoff predictions followed by my new ones.

Original predictions:

Major awards:

Heisman (Most Outstanding Player): Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State
Maxwell (Best Player): Trevone Boykin, TCU
Walter Camp (Player of the Year): Ezekiel Elliot, Ohio State
Davey O’Brien (Best QB): Trevone Boykin, TCU
Doak Walker (Best RB): Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State
Bednarik (Best Defensive Player): Joey Bosa, Ohio State
Biletnikoff (Best WR): Lequon Treadwell, Ole Miss
Groza (Best Kicker): Robert Aguayo, Florida State

Power Five Conference winners:

ACC: Clemson
Big 12: TCU
Big Ten: Ohio State
PAC-12 Arizona State
SEC: Auburn

New Years Six/College Football Playoff predictions:

Rose: Stanford vs. Michigan State
Fiesta: Boise State vs. Florida State
Cotton: #3 Arizona State vs. #2 TCU
Sugar: Baylor vs. Alabama
Peach: Georgia vs. Clemson
Orange: #4 Auburn vs. #1 Ohio State

National Championship:

#4 Auburn vs. #2 TCU

National Champion:

#2 TCU

Red Reset button

Mid-season redo:

Major awards:

LSU running back Leonard Fournette.
LSU running back Leonard Fournette.

Heisman: RB Leonard Fournette, LSU

Stats: 176 attempts, 1,352 rushing yards, 7.7 yards per carry, 15 TD, 58 receiving yards

TCU QB Trevone Boykin.
TCU QB Trevone Boykin.

Maxwell: QB Trevone Boykin, TCU

Stats: 66.7 completion percentage, 2,927 passing yards, 28 TD, five INT, 177.2 passer rating, 524 rushing yards, and six TD

Walter Camp: RB Leonard Fournette, LSU

Davey O’Brien: QB Trevone Boykin, TCU

Doak Walker: RB Leonard Fournette, LSU

Penn State defensive end Carl Nassib.
Penn State defensive end Carl Nassib.

Bednarik: DE Carl Nassib, Penn State

Stats: 42 total tackles, 13.5 sacks, and one INT

Baylor wide receiver Corey Coleman.
Baylor wide receiver Corey Coleman.

Biletnikoff: WR Corey Coleman, Baylor

Stats: 47 receptions, 962 yards, 18 TD, 49 rushing yards

Cincinnati kicker Andrew Gantz.
Cincinnati kicker Andrew Gantz.

Groza: K Andrew Gantz, Cincinnati

Stats: 17/21 (81 percent field goal percentage), 35/35 extra points, 86 points

Power Five Conference winners:

Clemson QB Deshaun Watson.
Clemson QB Deshaun Watson.

ACC: Clemson

Clemson looks like they could be the real deal. Their offense is playing at a high level, and their defense has looked solid. The Tigers look like they’re getting better every week. If Clemson can get by Florida State this weekend, they ought to have an easy road to the conference championship. After Florida State, Clemson has to face Syracuse, Wake Forest, and South Carolina. Those opponents have a combined record of 9-16. Then I expect them to win the conference championship over whoever comes out of the Coastal division.

TCU head coach Gary Patterson.
TCU head coach Gary Patterson.

Big 12: TCU

If you asked me two weeks ago who would win the Big 12, I would’ve said Baylor. However, that was before Seth Russell’s injury. I don’t see Baylor beating our TCU to win the conference without Russell. The problem for TCU is that they still have the tougher part of their schedule ahead with games against Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, and Baylor. Two of those games will be on the road. I think the Horned Frogs could slip up somewhere in there, but I think they’ll still win the conference.

Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott.
Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott.

Big Ten: Ohio State

Ohio State has finally started to look like one of the top teams in the country the last few weeks. I know that J.T. Barrett just got arrested, but he looks like the guy who will lead the Buckeyes and get them back to the College Football Playoff. Like with TCU, Ohio State still has games against the tougher teams in the conference (Michigan State and Michigan). They get Michigan State at home, but have to travel to Ann Arbor. It could be difficult, but I still like Ohio State to finish undefeated. The Buckeyes have too much talent.

Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey.
Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey.

PAC-12: Stanford

This is another team who looks better every week. They had a bad loss to Northwestern to start the season, but ever since then the Cardinal have looked like one of the top teams in the country. Stanford has a soft stretch of their schedule coming up with games against Colorado, Oregon, and Cal. Then they have a tough game against Notre Dame, but they will face Notre Dame at home. With the way they’ve played since week one, I expect Stanford to win out, and win the PAC-12 title.

Ole Miss wide receiver Lequon Treadwell.
Ole Miss wide receiver Lequon Treadwell.

SEC: Ole Miss

This is the pick that I feel the least confident about. Ole Miss controls its own destiny in the SEC West division. They’ve already beat Alabama; all they have to do is win out. The opponents left on their schedule are Arkansas, LSU, and Mississippi State. Two of those games (Arkansas and LSU) are at home. They will have to travel to Starkville to play Mississippi State. I think the Rebels will surprise people and win out, then win the SEC title.

CFB Playoff

New Years Six/College Football Playoff predictions:

Rose: Utah vs. Michigan State
Fiesta: Notre Dame vs. Iowa
Cotton: #3 Clemson vs. #2 TCU
Sugar: Oklahoma vs. Ole Miss
Peach: Memphis vs. Alabama
Orange: #4 Stanford vs. #1 Ohio State

This might surprise everyone that I don’t have an SEC team in the College Football Playoff. I believe it will take a lot for an SEC team to get in this season. In my opinion, the SEC has been extremely weak. I’m not sure the committee will leave out the Big 12 again. It won’t surprise me if the committee did leave the Big 12 out, but I’d like to think they wouldn’t. Clemson is easily the best team in the ACC, and that conference is weaker than the SEC. I think Clemson should finish undefeated after the regular season is over. Ohio State is the reigning national champions, and they have the most talent in the Big Ten. I’m not sure anyone will beat the Buckeyes until the playoff.

National Championship:

#4 Stanford vs. #3 Clemson

Stanford is getting better every week. I feel like they’d match up well with Ohio State. I think the Cardinal would be able to run the ball effectively and keep Ohio State’s offense off the field. Like I said above, Clemson looks like they’re the real deal. The Tigers can put up points with ease, and have a pretty good defense. I think TCU’s injuries will eventually catch up with them.

National Champion:

#4 Stanford

Stanford has looked like one of the best teams in the country ever since they lost to Northwestern in week one. Ever since that game, Stanford has outscored opponents 286-156 (an average score of 41-22). It’s not like the Cardinal have played lesser competition, they’ve played USC, Arizona, and UCLA during that stretch. Stanford plays Notre Dame for the last game of the year. If Stanford wins that game and the PAC-12, I would expect Stanford to get into the College Football Playoff. They would be like Ohio State last year, the team no one would want to face. Watch out for Stanford going forward.

Thanks for reading

Shane Price
Follow me on Twitter – @priceisright53

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