2016 College Football Predictions From The Big Lead

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2016 College Football Predictions From The Big Lead

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2016 College Football Predictions From The Big Lead

The college football season begins in earnest tonight (yeah, we know there was one game in Australia). Here are our staff picks on some of the bigger topics.

Four Playoff Teams

Duffy: Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State, Washington

Koster: Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma, Michigan State

Shamburger: Alabama, Clemson, Michigan State, Stanford

McIntyre: Michigan, Clemson, Tennessee, LSU

Glasspiegel: Ohio State, Alabama, Florida State, Stanford

Phillips: Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Stanford

Lisk: Alabama, Florida State, Michigan, Stanford

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 28: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts to a roughing the kicker call against his team during the first quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Michigan Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 28: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts to a roughing the kicker call against his team during the first quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Michigan Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Power 5 Conference Champions

Duffy: Florida State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Washington, Alabama

Koster: Clemson, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Alabama

Shamburger: Clemson, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Stanford, Alabama

McIntyre: Clemson, Michigan, Oklahoma, Stanford, Tennessee

Glasspiegel: Clemson, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, LSU

Phillips: Clemson, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Stanford, Alabama

Lisk: Florida State, Michigan, Oklahoma, Stanford, Alabama

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Heisman Trophy Winner

Duffy: Dalvin Cook

Koster: Baker Mayfield

Shamburger: Deshaun Watson

McIntyre: Christian McCaffrey

Glasspiegel: Deshaun Watson

Phillips: Christian McCaffrey

Lisk: Christian McCaffrey

Nov 27, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Washington Huskies defensive back Sidney Jones (26) gets a pat on the helmet from defensive back Brian Clay (35) after Jones returned an interception 69-yards for a touchdown against the Washington State Cougars during the third quarter at Husky Stadium. At left is Washington Huskies defensive back Budda Baker (32). Washington beat Washington State 45-10. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 27, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Washington Huskies defensive back Sidney Jones (26) gets a pat on the helmet from defensive back Brian Clay (35) after Jones returned an interception 69-yards for a touchdown against the Washington State Cougars during the third quarter at Husky Stadium. At left is Washington Huskies defensive back Budda Baker (32). Washington beat Washington State 45-10. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

Biggest Surprise Team

Duffy: Washington

Koster: Michigan State, UCLA

Shamburger: Florida

McIntyre: Louisville, Iowa

Glasspiegel: Wisconsin

Phillips: Michigan State

Lisk: Oregon

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Biggest Disappointment

Duffy: UCLA

Koster: Tennessee

Shamburger: Texas

McIntyre: Alabama

Glasspiegel: Michigan

Phillips: Tennessee

Lisk: Notre Dame

Nov 7, 2015; College Station, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies head coach Kevin Sumlin (R) talks to Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Kyler Murray (1) during the first quarter against the Auburn Tigers at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 7, 2015; College Station, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies head coach Kevin Sumlin (R) talks to Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Kyler Murray (1) during the first quarter against the Auburn Tigers at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

First Power 5 Coach Fired

Duffy: Kevin Sumlin

Koster: Steve Addazio

Shamburger: Charlie Strong

McIntyre: Kevin Sumlin

Glasspiegel: Kevin Sumlin

Phillips: Kevin Sumlin

Lisk: Darrell Hazell

Best Job Available After 2016

Duffy: LSU

Koster: Auburn

Shamburger: Texas

McIntyre: Auburn

Glasspiegel: Texas A&M

Phillips: Texas

Lisk: LSU

HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 29: Head coach Les Miles of the LSU Tigers waits near the bench area before the start of their game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders during the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl at NRG Stadium on December 29, 2015 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

HOUSTON, TX – DECEMBER 29: Head coach Les Miles of the LSU Tigers waits near the bench area before the start of their game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders during the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl at NRG Stadium on December 29, 2015 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Coach On The Hot Seat After 2016

Duffy: Jim Mora

Koster: Bret Bielema

Shamburger: Les Miles

McIntyre: Brian Kelly

Glasspiegel: Bret Bielema

Phillips: Les Miles

Lisk: Gus Malzahn

 

Tom Herman Will Be The Head Coach of X in 2017

Duffy: Texas A&M

Koster: Houston

Shamburger: Houston

McIntyre: Texas A&M

Glasspiegel: Texas A&M

Phillips: Texas A&M

Lisk: LSU

 

Biggest Upset of the 2016 College Football Season

Duffy: NDSU over Iowa

Koster: Georgia Tech over Clemson

Shamburger: Miami over Florida State

McIntyre: Florida over Florida State

Glasspiegel: Wisconsin over Ohio State

Phillips: USC over Alabama

Lisk: Nebraska over Ohio State

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