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College Football's Early National Championship Favorites for 2015

Ohio State, TCU and Alabama are the early favorites next year.
College Football's Early National Championship Favorites for 2015

The 2014-15 college football season concluded with Ohio State’s 42-20 win over Oregon on Monday night in Arlington, Texas. Although the on-field game action is over until next August, spring practice and offseason workouts will start for some teams in February. And with Signing Day just around the corner, there’s no shortage of college football news to fill the offseason void.

 

Ranking the College Football National Champions since 1998

How do the best teams of the last two decades stack up against one another?
Ranking the College Football National Champions since 1998

Many consider the modern era of college football to be 1998-present — when the Bowl Championship Series went into effect.

 

Every team that wins the season’s final game is historically great in its own unique way, but trying to figure out who would win among those champs is a fun exercise.

 

Here is our best shot at ranking the national champions in the modern era of college football (1998-present):

 

Why This Will Be the Fastest Championship Game in College Football History

We know about the Ducks' tempo, but the Buckeyes are catching up
Why Ohio State-Oregon Will Be the Fastest Championship Game in College Football History

From three yards and a cloud of dust, as Woody Hayes might say, to three plays per minute.

 

Maybe that’s a bit of a stretch, but when Ohio State is in the conversation to be one of the fastest national champions in college football history, the message is clear: The hurry-up, no-huddle is as mainstream as can be.

 

If Oregon wins the national championship, the Ducks will be the most up-tempo team to win the national title since at least the BCS era.

 

That’s not a surprise to anyone who follows college football closely.

Cover 2 College Football Podcast: National Championship Prediction

The guys breakdown and make predictions on the national title game.
Cover 2 College Football Podcast: National Championship Prediction

 

Hosts Braden Gall, David Fox and Steven Lassan go in-depth to break down college football's national championship game.

 

College Football's Top Coordinator Hires from 2014

Who were the best play-caller hires from this season?
College Football's Top Coordinator Hires from 2014

The college football coaching carousel is one of the most intriguing aspects of every offseason. Regardless of whether a team had a losing record or finished in the top 10 of the final rankings, coaching changes are possible for any program after the regular season has finished.

 

Cactus Bowl Preview and Prediction: Washington vs. Oklahoma State

The Huskies head to the desert to battle the Pokes.
Cactus Bowl Preview and Prediction: Washington vs. Oklahoma State

Technically, this is the 26th annual TicketCity Cactus Bowl. 

 

Formerly known as the Copper Bowl (1989-96), the Insight Bowl (1997-2011) and Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl (2012-13)

 

Alamo Bowl Preview and Prediction: UCLA vs. Kansas State

The Bruins and Wildcats meet in San Antonio.
Alamo Bowl Preview and Prediction: UCLA vs. Kansas State

UCLA and Kansas State were on the cusp of playing in a bigger postseason game, but the Bruins and Wildcats should have plenty of motivation when they meet on Friday night in the Alamo Bowl. Both teams recorded a 9-3 record in the regular season and went into the final weekend of action with conference title aspirations.

Cotton Bowl Preview and Prediction: Baylor vs. Michigan State

Bears, Spartans meet in juicy offense vs. defense showdown
Cotton Bowl Preview and Prediction: Baylor vs. Michigan State

Football nerds unite.

 

Just think, less than a decade ago, Baylor and Michigan State were teams worthy of laughs in their respective conferences. Baylor was a bottom feeder in the Big 12, and Michigan State’s various foibles made the Spartans an also-ran in the Big Ten.

 

Thanks to a great offensive mind and a great defensive mind, Baylor and Michigan State have conference titles under their belts.

 

Now, we get the best of both in a bowl game.

 

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Preview and Prediction: TCU vs. Ole Miss

The Horned Frogs and Rebels meet in Atlanta.
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Preview and Prediction: TCU vs. Ole Miss

College football’s new four-team playoff format added intrigue to the bowl schedule, and the anticipated New Year’s Six slate begins with a showdown between TCU and Ole Miss in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. The Horned Frogs went into the last weekend of action as the No. 3 team in the college football playoff rankings but was jumped by Ohio State and Baylor in the final standings.

A Very Early College Football Top 25 for 2015

Ohio State is the early favorite for 2015.
A Very Early College Football Top 25 for 2015

College football’s 2015 season is still several months away. However, it’s never too early to take an early look at how the rankings for next season may look when the preseason polls and predictions are released.

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