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College Football 2017 Conference, Playoff and National Championship Predictions

Athlon's staff picks the 2017 college football season.

The start of the 2017 college football season is just a day away with five games slated for Saturday, Aug. 26. The official Week 1 slate is packed with intriguing matchups, starting with games on Thursday, Aug. 31 and continuing to Monday, Sept. 4 with Georgia Tech and Tennessee meeting in Atlanta on Labor Day night. With the season set to kick off, it's time to make the final predictions and projections for the upcoming year.

 

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 the staff 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.   

 

Official '17 Playoff Predictions



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National Superlatives

  Steven Lassan Mitch Light Braden Gall Mark Ross
 
Heisman Winner
J.T. Barrett Baker Mayfield Saquon Barkley J.T. Barrett
Coach of the Year
Jimbo Fisher Tom Herman Mike Gundy Lincoln Riley
Coach on the Hot Seat
Kliff Kingsbury Kliff Kingsbury Jim Mora Kevin Sumlin
Surprise Team
Notre Dame NC State Miami Northwestern
Team that Will Disappoint
USC Houston Florida State Tennessee
Breakout Player
Rashan Gary Bryce Love Rashan Gary Brandon Wimbush
Top Freshman
Cam Akers Cam Akers Cam Akers Josh Jackson
Top Transfer
Jarrett Stidham Jarrett Stidham Jarrett Stidham Jarrett Stidham
Best Coordinator Hire
Kevin Wilson Jim Leavitt Kevin Wilson Kevin Wilson
Comeback Player
Derwin James Skai Moore Derwin James Skai Moore
Best Group of 5 Team
USF USF Boise State USF

 

CFB 2017 Conference and Playoff Predictions

 

* Indicates predicted champion of conference.

 

ACC

 

Steven

Lassan

Mitch

Light

Braden

Gall

Mark

Ross

Atlantic
       
1 * * * *
2
3
4
5
6
7
         
Coastal
       
1
2
3
4
5
6
7

 

American Athletic Conference

 

Steven

Lassan

Mitch

Light

Braden

Gall

Mark 

Ross

East
       
1 * * * *
2
3
4
5
6
         
West
       
1
2
3
4
5
6

 

Big 12

 

Steven

Lassan

Mitch

Light

Braden

Gall

Mark

Ross

1 * * *
2 *
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10

 

Big Ten

 

Steven

Lassan

Mitch

Light

Braden

Gall

Mark

Ross

East
       
1 * * * *
2
3
4
5
6
7
         
West
       
1
2
3
4
5
6
7

 

Conference USA

 

Steven

Lassan

Mitch

Light

Braden

Gall

Mark

Ross

East
       
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
         
West
       
1 * * * *
2
3
4
5
6
7

 

MAC

 

Steven

Lassan

Mitch

Light

Braden

Gall

Mark

Ross

East
       
1
2
3
4
5
6
         
West
       
1 * * * *
2
3
4
5
6

 

Mountain West

 

Steven

Lassan

Mitch

Light

Braden

Gall

Mark

Ross

Mountain
1 * * * *
2
3
4
5
6
         
West
       
1
2
3
4
5
6

 

Pac-12

 

Steven

Lassan

Mitch

Light

Braden

Gall

Mark

Ross

North
       
1 * * * *
2
3
4
5
6
         
South
1
2
3
4
5
6

 

SEC

 

Steven

Lassan

Mitch

Light

Braden

Gall

Mark

Ross

East
       
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
         
West
       
1 * * * *
2
3
4
5
6
7

 

Sun Belt

 

Steven

Lassan

Mitch

Light

Braden

Gall

Mark

Ross

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12

 

Independents

 

Steven

Lassan

Mitch

Light

Braden

Gall

Mark

Ross

1
2
3
4

 

Playoff Predictions

 

Steven

Lassan

Mitch

Light

Braden

Gall

Mark

Ross

1
2
3
4

 

National Champion

 

Steven

Lassan

Mitch

Light

Braden

Gall

Mark

Ross

 
  over over over over
 

 

Event Date: 
Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 02:26

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