College Football 2016 Conference, Playoff and National Championship Predictions

Athlon's staff picks the 2016 college football season.

The start of the 2016 college football season is just a few days away. California and Hawaii meet in Australia on Aug. 26 in the first game of the year, with the full slate for Week 1 starting on Thursday, Sept. 1 and ending on Labor Day with Florida State and Ole Miss.


Athlon’s editors met before the preseason magazine was released to iron out the predictions for the upcoming year, but there wasn’t a consensus on every conference title race, playoff predictions or top 25 rankings. From the ACC to the Sun Belt, there was plenty of disagreement from the staff on conference winners or the predicted order of finish.


In addition to their predicted standings for all 10 conferences, Athlon’s editors also project the four teams to make the playoff and a national champion.   


* Indicates projected champion of league's conference title game.


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