Brad’s 2016 College Football Preview- Heisman Picks

Every summer since 2007 I have created an intricate set of college football predictions for each upcoming season.  This year is no exception, as I will be using my blog over the next few weeks to publish my 10th annual college football preview guide.   For my final post in this preview guide, I am giving you my preseason Heisman Top 10.  Feel free to comment or debate on this post as well as any others included in this preview guide.

 

Preseason Heisman Top 10
1 Leonard Fournette
2 Dalvin Cook
3 J.T. Barrett
4 Kenny Hill
5 Christian McCaffrey
6 Nick Chubb
7 Deshaun Watson
8 Baker Mayfield
9 Luke Falk
10 Josh Rosen

Brad’s 2016 College Football Preview- Bowl Predictions

Every summer since 2007 I have created an intricate set of college football predictions for each upcoming season.  This year is no exception, as I will be using my blog over the next few weeks to publish my 10th annual college football preview guide.  Without further ado, here are my predicted bowl match-ups for the 2016 season.  Note: squads with an asterik by them are predicted 5-7 teams that I still think will gain bowl eligibility based on their APR scores.

Date Bowl Teams Time Channel
17-Dec New Mexico Rice Colorado State 2:00 ESPN
17-Dec Las Vegas Boise State Stanford 3:30 ABC
17-Dec Cure Middle Tennessee UL-Lafayette 5:30 CBSS
17-Dec Camellia Toledo Appalachian State 5:30 ESPN
17-Dec New Orleans Western KY Arkansas State 9:00 ESPN
19-Dec Miami Beach Memphis Western Michigan 2:30 ESPN
20-Dec Boca Raton Tulsa Southern Miss 7:00 ESPN
21-Dec Poinsettia San Diego State BYU 9:00 ESPN
22-Dec Famous Idaho Potato Central Michigan Nevada 7:00 ESPN
23-Dec Bahamas Cincinnati Northern Illinois 1:00 ESPN
23-Dec Armed Forces Navy Utah 4:30 ESPN
23-Dec GoDaddy Ohio Georgia Southern 8:00 ESPN
24-Dec Hawaii Marshall San Jose State 8:00 ESPN
26-Dec St. Petersburg South Florida NC State 11:00 ESPN
26-Dec Quick Lane Boston College* Northwestern 2:30 ESPN
26-Dec Independence Wake Forest Bowling Green 5:00 ESPN2
27-Dec Heart of Dallas Indiana* Louisiana Tech 12:00 ESPN
27-Dec Military Houston Virginia Tech 3:30 ESPN
27-Dec Holiday Penn State UCLA 7:00 ESPN
27-Dec Cactus Kansas State Washington 10:15 ESPN
28-Dec Pinstripe Pittsburgh Minnesota 2:00 ESPN
28-Dec Russell Athletic Miami-FL West Virginia 5:30 ESPN
28-Dec Foster Farms Wisconsin Southern Cal 8:30 FOX
28-Dec Texas Texas Texas A & M 9:00 ESPN
29-Dec Birmingham Temple Troy 2:00 ESPN
29-Dec Belk North Carolina Missouri 5:30 ESPN
29-Dec Alamo Baylor Arizona 9:00 ESPN
30-Dec Liberty Oklahoma State Mississippi State 12:00 ESPN
30-Dec Sun Georgia Tech Oregon 2:00 CBS
30-Dec Arizona UTEP UNLV TBA CBSS
30-Dec Music City Nebraska Ole Miss 3:30 ESPN
30-Dec Orange Clemson Notre Dame 8:00 ESPN
31-Dec Citrus Iowa Tennessee 11:00 ABC
31-Dec Taxslayer (Gator) Louisville Auburn 11:00 ESPN
31-Dec Peach- Semifinal Florida State TCU 3:00 ESPN
31-Dec Fiesta- Semifinal LSU Ohio State 7:00 ESPN
2-Jan Outback Michigan State Florida 1:00 ABC
2-Jan Cotton Air Force Georgia 1:00 ESPN
2-Jan Rose Michigan Washington State 5:00 ESPN
2-Jan Sugar Alabama Oklahoma 8:30 ESPN
9-Jan Championship Game Florida State LSU 8:30 ESPN

Florida State is my predicted national champion!

 

Brad’s 2016 College Football Preview- Disappointment Picks

Every summer since 2007 I have created an intricate set of college football predictions for each upcoming season.  This year is no exception, as I will be using my blog over the next few weeks to publish my 10th annual college football preview guide.  Without further ado, here are the teams I am predicting to disappoint this season.  These teams are ordered in the relative disparity between my picks and the experts average while also taking into account the significance of each pick.

 

Disappointment teams My Predictions: Experts Predictions:
1 Ole Miss 38th in nation (-29); 4th in SEC West (-1) 9th in nation; 3rd in SEC West
2 Arizona State 88th in nation (-45); 6th in Pac-12 South (-3) 43rd in nation; 3rd in Pac-12 South
3 Arkansas 67th in nation (-39); 7th in SEC West (-2) 28th in nation; 5th in SEC West
4 Washington 34th in nation (-16); 4th in Pac-12 North (-3) 18th in nation; 1st in Pac-12 North
5 Texas Tech 86th in nation (-39); 7th in Big 12 (-1) 47th in nation; 7th in Big 12
6 Utah 60th in nation (-24); 4th in Pac-12 South (-1) 36th in nation; 3rd in Pac-12 South
7 Western Michigan 61st in nation (-9); 4th in MAC West (-3) 52nd in nation; 1st in MAC West
8 Southern California 32nd in nation (-19); 3rd in Pac-12 South (-1) 13th in nation; 2nd in Pac-12 South
9 Vanderbilt 92nd in nation (-28); 7th in SEC East (-1) 64th in nation; 6th in SEC East
10 South Alabama 119th in nation (-3); 9th in Sun Belt (-3) 116th in nation; 6th in Sun Belt

Brad’s 2016 College Football Preview- Surprise Picks

Every summer since 2007 I have created an intricate set of college football predictions for each upcoming season.  This year is no exception, as I will be using my blog over the next few weeks to publish my 10th annual college football preview guide.  Without further ado, here are the teams I am predicting to surprise this season.  These teams are ordered in the relative disparity between my picks and the experts average while also taking into account the significance of each pick.

Surprise Teams My Predictions: Experts Predictions:
1 TCU 4th in nation (+18); 1st in Big 12 (+1) 22nd in nation; 2nd in Big 12
2 Washington State 11th in nation (+29); 1st in Pac-12 North (+3) 40th in nation; 4th in Pac-12 North
3 Air Force 12th in nation (+50); 1st in MWC Mountain (+1) 62nd in nation; 2nd in MWC Mtn.
4 Arizona 16th in nation (+29); 2nd in Pac-12 South (+3) 45th in nation; 5th in Pac-12 South
5 West Virginia 22nd in nation (+16); 3rd in Big 12 (+4) 38th in nation; 7th in Big 12
6 Minnesota 23rd in nation (+30); 2nd in Big 10 West (+2) 53rd in nation; 4th in Big 10 West
7 Northern Illinois 29th in nation (+36); 1st in MAC West (+1) 65th in nation; 2nd in MAC West
8 Tulsa 51st in nation (+42); 3rd in AAC West (+1) 93rd in nation; 4th in AAC West
9 UNLV 74th in nation (+24); 3rd in MWC West (+1) 98th in nation; 4th in MWC West
10 Texas A & M 19th in nation (+13); 3rd in SEC West (+2) 32nd in nation; 5th in SEC West

Brad’s 2016 College Football Preview- Comprehensive Ranking

Every summer since 2007 I have created an intricate set of college football predictions for each upcoming season.  This year is no exception, as I will be using my blog over the next few weeks to publish my 10th annual college football preview guide.  Here are my rankings of teams 1-128.  The column to the left of each team is my ranking of each squad, and the column to the right of each team is the experts ranking (average of Lindy’s, Campus Insiders, Athlon, ESPN FPI, College Football News, and Phil Steele) for that program.  You will soon see that the teams in which I have the biggest disparities with the experts will be featured in my surprise/disappointment lists in the upcoming days.

Team Experts
1 Florida State 5
2 LSU 2
3 Ohio State 7
4 TCU 22
5 Alabama 1
6 Georgia 12
7 Clemson 4
8 Oklahoma 2
9 Notre Dame 10
10 Michigan 8
11 Washington State 40
12 Air Force 62
13 Oregon 19
14 Louisville 11
15 Iowa 25
16 Arizona 45
17 Michigan State 17
18 Tennessee 6
19 Texas A & M 32
20 Baylor 15
21 North Carolina 26
22 West Virginia 38
23 Minnesota 53
24 Miami-FL 23
25 Stanford 15
26 Florida 24
27 Boise State 27
28 UCLA 13
29 Northern Illinois 65
30 Oklahoma State 21
31 Houston 20
32 Southern Cal 13
33 San Diego State 34
34 Washington 18
35 Southern Miss 66
36 Penn State 35
37 Pittsburgh 37
38 Ole Miss 9
39 Wisconsin 29
40 Auburn 31
41 Nebraska 30
42 Memphis 79
43 Northwestern 44
44 South Florida 39
45 Georgia Tech 46
46 Temple 55
47 NC State 51
48 Ohio 86
49 Cincinnati 58
50 Arkansas State 73
51 Tulsa 93
52 Texas 33
53 Toledo 75
54 Virginia Tech 42
55 Marshall 68
56 Mississippi State 41
57 Western Kentucky 67
58 Missouri 50
59 Central Michigan 82
60 Utah 36
61 Western Michigan 52
62 Kansas State 48
63 Georgia Southern 77
64 Brigham Young 49
65 Appalachian State 70
66 Wake Forest 78
67 Arkansas 28
68 Bowling Green 90
69 Navy 69
70 California 53
71 Middle Tennessee 76
72 Colorado State 88
73 Louisiana Tech 95
74 UNLV 98
75 Rice 103
76 San Jose State 91
77 UL-Lafayette 97
78 Nevada 87
79 UTEP 106
80 Troy 100
81 Kentucky 59
82 Indiana 61
83 South Carolina 57
84 Boston College 60
85 Maryland 72
86 Texas Tech 47
87 Duke 55
88 Arizona State 43
89 Illinois 79
90 Iowa State 81
91 Rutgers 84
92 Vanderbilt 64
93 Colorado 63
94 Virginia 74
95 Syracuse 71
96 Utah State 89
97 East Carolina 96
98 New Mexico 94
99 UConn 83
100 Akron 99
101 SMU 111
102 Florida Atlantic 103
103 Buffalo 110
104 Idaho 117
105 Ole Dominion 109
106 UL-Monroe 126
107 UTSA 121
108 Georgia State 113
109 Miami-OH 119
110 Fresno State 108
111 Purdue 91
112 Oregon State 85
113 Army 111
114 UCF 103
115 Kansas 100
116 Hawaii 120
117 UMass 128
118 Kent State 114
119 South Alabama 116
120 Charlotte 124
121 Ball State 115
122 Florida International 107
123 Eastern Michigan 122
124 Texas State 124
125 Tulane 118
126 Wyoming 100
127 New Mexico State 123
128 North Texas 127

Brad’s 2016 College Football Preview- Conference Title Game Predictions

Well you have seen now who I have predicted to be the division champs for each conference.  Now here are my conference championship game predictions with each participant’s final regular season record in parentheses:

SEC: Alabama (12-1) defeats Georgia (11-2)

Pac-12: Washington State (11-2) defeats UCLA (8-5)

Big 10: Ohio State (12-1) defeats Iowa (10-3)

ACC: Florida State (13-0) defeats Miami-FL (9-4)

AAC: Houston (10-3) defeats South Florida (9-4)

MWC: Air Force (13-0) defeats San Diego State (10-3)

MAC: Ohio (10-3) defeats Northern Illinois (11-2)

C-USA: Southern Miss (11-2) defeats Marshall (9-4)

Brad’s 2016 College Football Preview- SEC Predictions

Every summer since 2007 I have created an intricate set of college football predictions for each upcoming season.  This year is no exception, as I will be using my blog over the next few weeks to publish my 10th annual college football preview guide.  Without further ado, here are my predictions for the Southeastern Conference.  Note: the records below reflect each team’s predicted regular season overall record followed by their conference record and excludes conference title games and bowl games which will be previewed later on in separate columns on this blog.

SEC
East Divison
1 Georgia (11-1, 7-1)
2 Tennessee (9-3, 5-3)
3 Florida (8-4, 5-3)
4 Missouri (6-6, 3-5)
5 Kentucky (5-7, 2-6)
6 South Carolina (5-7, 2-6)
7 Vanderbilt (3-9, 0-8)
West Division
1 LSU (11-1, 7-1)
2 Alabama (11-1, 7-1)
3 Texas A &M (9-3, 5-3)
4 Ole Miss (7-5, 4-4)
5 Auburn (7-5, 4-4)
6 Mississippi State (6-6, 3-5)
7 Arkansas (5-7, 2-6)