FR Sports 2016-2017 College Football Preview

College Football Season is here! Today we make some predictions going conference by conference to see who will be playing for the College Football Playoff and who will be playing in which Bowl Game.

FR Sports Pre Season Top 25:

  1. Alabama                                                                                   
  2. Clemson                                                                                  
  3. Ohio State                                                                               
  4. Florida State                                                                           
  5. Oklahoma                                                                                                                                                  
  6. Tennessee
  7. Michigan
  8. LSU
  9. Washington
  10. Ole Miss
  11. Notre Dame
  12. Stanford
  13. Houston
  14. Oklahoma State
  15. Georgia
  16. UCLA
  17. Stanford
  18. Michigan State
  19. Iowa
  20. Louisville
  21. Baylor
  22. TCU
  23. North Carolina
  24. Oregon
  25. Nebraska           

ACC Preview

Projected Standings               

Atlantic

1.#2 Clemson 12-0

2.#4 Florida State 11-1

3.#20 Louisville 9-3

4.NC State 6-6

5.Boston College 4-8

6.Wake Forest 3-9

7. Syracuse 3-9

Costal: 

1.#23 North Carolina 9-3

2.Miami (FL) 8-4

3.Pittsburgh 7-5

 4.Virginia Tech 6-6

 5.Georgia Tech 6-6

 6.Duke 6-6

  7.Virginia 4-8

Player To Watch: Dalvin Cook RB Florida State   

 

Dalvin Cook is poised to lead Florida State back to the College Football Playoff.

 

 

Team To Watch: Florida State Seminoles 

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FSU looks to make a run at the title in 2016 with what should be a very strong roster.

ACC Offense Player Of The Year Prediction: DeShaun Watson QB Clemson

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Deshaun Watson Heisman Trophy Front Runner looks to lead Clemson back to the playoff in 2016.

ACC Defense Player Of The Year Prediction: CB Marquez White Florida State

With Jalen Ramesy NFL Bound Marquez White looks to anchor a strong FSU defense.

ACC Champions: Clemson Tigers 

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With nearly all of the key players from last year’s ACC Championship winning team expect the Tigers to be right back in the College Football Playoffs.

 

                                                                                   American Athletic Conference Preview 

Projected Standings

East:

1.Cincinnati 8-4

2.USF 7.5

3.Temple 6-6

4.East Carolina 6-6

5.Connecticut 4-8

6.UCF 1-11

West:

1.#13 Houston 11-1

2.Memphis 8-4

3.Navy 7-5

4.Tulsa 5-7

5.Tulane 3-9

6.SMU 0-12

Player To Watch: Gunner Kiel QB Cincinnati

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Some argue Gunner Kiel of UC not Greg Ward is the most NFL ready Quarterback in the AAC.

Team To Watch: Houston Cougars

If any non power five team has a chance at the College Football Playoff it is without a doubt the Houston Cougars.

AAC Offense Player Of The Year Prediction: Greg Ward QB Houston

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With sky high expectations Greg Ward Jr looks to lead Houston to a possible playoff push.

AAC Defense Player Of The Year Prediction: DE Cameron Malveaux Houston

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Cameron Malveaux is ready to lead the UH defense to a huge year.

AAC Champions:

No shock here… Look for UH to run away with the American Athletic.

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Projected Standings

East:

  1. #3 Ohio State 11-1
  2. #7 Michigan 10-2
  3. #18 Michigan State 9-3
  4. Penn State 7-5
  5. Indiana 6-6
  6. Maryland 4-8
  7. Rutgers 3-9

West

  1. #19 Iowa 9-3.
  2. #25 Nebraska 8-4
  3. Wisconsin 8-4
  4. Northwestern 7-
  5. Minnesota 6-6
  6. Illinois 5-7
  7. Purdue 3-9

Player To Watch: QB JT Barrett Ohio State

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After failing to defend Ohio State’s 2014-2015 National Championship JT Barrett will look to lead the Buckeyes back to the playoff.

Team To Watch: Michigan Wolverines

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Expectations are as big as the Big House the Wolverines call home in 2016.

Offense Player Of The Year Prediction: Justin Jackson RB Northwestern

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One of the most overlooked players in the Big Ten Justin Jackson is poised to run all over defenses again in 2016 for the Wildcats of Northwestern.

 

Defense Player Of The Year Prediction: LB Jabrill Peppers Michigan

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A young man with a chance to be the 2017 NFL Draft’s top selection looks to lead Michigan to a Big Ten Title.

Big Ten Champions: Ohio State Buckeyes 

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In the hardest conference to predict entering 2016 i’ll toss up my coin and say it landed on the Ohio State logo.

Big 12 Preview 

Projected Standings

  1. #5 Oklahoma 10-2
  2. #14 Oklahoma ST 9-3
  3. #21 Baylor 9-3
  4. #22 TCU 8-4
  5. Kansas State 7-5
  6. Texas 6-6
  7. West Virginia 6-6
  8. Texas Tech 6-6
  9. Iowa State 3-9
  10. Kansas 1-11

Player To Watch: James Washington WR Oklahoma State

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After a monster freshman year campaign James Washington is poised to show he is one of the top Wide-Outs

Team To Watch: Oklahoma State Cowboys

After shocking the nation with a 10-0 start clinching a trip to a new year’s six bowl the Cowboys will look to take the next step towards a playoff trip in 2016.

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After a 10-0 start that put the Cowboys in a New Year’s Six Bowl Game (Sugar Bowl) OSU looks to take the next step towards the playoffs in 2016.

Big 12 Offense Player Of The Year Prediction: Baker Mayfield Oklahoma

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A Heisman Trophy hopeful Baker Mayfield will look to lead Oklahoma to a second straight College Football Playoff trip.

Defense Player Of The Year Prediction: Josh Carraway DE TCU

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Josh Carraway looks to help TCU stay among one of the top teams in the Big 12.

Big 12 Champions: Oklahoma Sooners

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With Baker Mayfield leading the charge Oklahoma is the team to beat in the talented Big 12.

 

Conference USA Preview 

Projected Standings

East:

1.Marshall 9-3

2.WKU 7-5

3.Middle Tennessee 6-6

4.Florida Atlantic 3-9

5.Old Dominion 3-9

6.FIU 2-10

7.Charlotte 0-12

West:

1.Southern Miss 8-4

2.Louisiana Tech 7-5

3.Rice 6-6

4.UTEP 3-9

5.North Texas 2-10

6.UTSA 1-11

Player To Watch: Ray Lawry RB Old Dominion

At quiet ODU Ray Lawry has flown under the radar and may be an NFL Prospect come 2017.

Team To Watch: Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles

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Southern Miss looks to make noise among the non power five powerhouses.

 

Offense Player Of The Year Prediction: Nick Mullens QB Southern Mississippi

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Nick Mullens will look to lead Southern Miss to a CUSA title, as well as putting himself in a chance to be drafted in the NFL.

Defense Player Of The Year Prediction: DE Trey Hendrickson FAU

 

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Last year’s CUSA’s defense player of the year Trey Hendrickson will look to show that he is among one of the top pass rushers in the nation.

Conference USA Champions: Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles

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The Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles will look to take the CUSA by storm in 2016.

Mid-American Conference Preview 

Projected Standings

East:

  1. Bowling Green 7-5
  2. Ohio 6-6

3.Akron 6-6

4.Buffalo 6-6

5.Miami (OH) 3-9

6.Kent State 1-11

West:

1.Western Michigan 8-4

2.Northern Illinois 7-5

3.Toledo 6-6

4.Central Michigan 4-8

5.Ball State 3-9

6.Eastern Michigan 1-11

Player To Watch: Jerme Lane WR Akron

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Akron wide out Jerome Lane was named to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List for 2016.

Team To Watch: Bowling Green Falcons

 

 

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Bowling Green will look to take advantage of a pretty weak Mid American.

Offense Player Of The Year Prediction: Cooper Rush QB Western Michigan

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Cooper Rush will look to boost is NFL Draft Value in 2016 while leading Western Michigan.

Defense Player Of The Year Prediction Jamal Marcus DE Akron

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Former Ohio State Defense End Jamal Marcus will look to lead Akron to a Mid American Title.

Mid American Champions: Bowling Green Falcons 

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Bowling Green is the most talented team in the Mid American therefore should be able to take home the conference title.

Mountain West Conference Preview

Projected Standings

Mountain:

1.Boise State 9-3

2.Air Force 8-4

3.New Mexico 7-5

4.Utah State 6-6

5.Colorado State 4-8

6.Wyoming 2-10

 

West:

1. San Diego State 8-5

2.Nevada 7-5

3.UNLV 6-6

4.San Jose State 5-7

5.Fresno State 4-8

6.Hawai 2-10 

Player To Watch: Johnny Stanton QB UNLV

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Nebraska transfer Johnny Stanton will look to lead UNLV back to a bowl game for the first time since 2014 and only a fifth in program history.

Team To Watch: San Diego State Aztecs

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San Diego State looks to make a run at the Mountain West title.

Offense Player Of The Year Prediction: Brett Rypien QB Boise State   

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College Football powerhouse Boise State is lead by nephew of Super Bowl 26 Champ Mark Rypien, Brett Rypien who is ready to lead BSU to a big season.

 

Defense Player Of The Year Prediction: Calvin Munson LB San Diego State

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Two sport athlete Calvin Munson will lead a SDSU defense and will hope he can make himself worthy of an NFL Draft Pick in 2017.

Mountain West Champions: Boise State Broncos

Boise State will look to possibly crack the top #25 in 2016 and work towards a New Year’s Six bowl for the second time in three years.

Pac-12 Conference Preview 

Projected Standings

North:

  1. #9 Washington 10-2
  2. #12 Stanford 9-3
  3. #24 Oregon 8-4
  4. California 6-6
  5. Washington State 5-7
  6. Oregon State 3-9

South:

  1. #16 UCLA 9-3
  2. USC 8-4
  3. Utah 7-5
  4. Arizona State 5-7
  5. Arizona 5-7
  6. Colorado 2-10

Player To Watch: RB Christian Mccaffrey Stanford

 

 

After being robbed of a Heisman Trophy Christian Mccaffrey will look for a repeat of 2015.

Team To Watch: Washington Huskies 

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The Washington Huskies are being chosen by many to be among the teams fighting for a playoff birth in 2016.

Offense Player Of The Year Prediction: RB Christian Mccaffrey RB Stanford

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The man looking to become a Heisman Trophy winner Christian Mccaffrey.

Defense Player Of The Year Prediction: DE Solomon Thomas Stanford

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Solomon Thomas will look to prove himself among the nations top pass rushers.

Pac 12 Champions: Washington Huskies 

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The Huskies should be able to live up to all the hype surrounding the team entering 2016.

SEC Preview

Projected Standings

East:

  1. #6 Tennessee 10-2
  2. #15 Georgia 9-3
  3. Florida 8-5

4.Kentucky 6-6

5.Missouri 6-6

6.Vanderbilt 4-8

7.South Carolina 3-9

West

1.#1 Alabama 11-1

2.#8.LSU 10-2

3.#10 Ole Miss 10-2

4.Texas A&M 8-5

5.Auburn 6-6

6.Arkansas 6-6

7. Mississippi State 6-6

Player To Watch: Jalen Hurd RB Tennessee

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One of the nations most talented and overlooked Running Backs turned heads in 2015 and will look to make a possible Heisman run in 2016 for the Vols.

Team To Watch: Tennessee Volunteers

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After finishing the 2015 season Red Hot the Vols bring almost all their whole roster back full of talent for 2016 where the Vols will look to reach the College Football Playoff.

Offense Player Of The Year Prediction: Chad Kelly Ole Miss

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Chad Kelly may be the top Quarterback in the Country and has dreams of leading Ole Miss to the College Football Playoff.

 

Defense Player Of The Year Prediction: Myles Garrett Texas A&M

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The man who many think is the top defense player in the nation Myles Garrett will look to not only make the experts look smart but to perhaps set himself up to be the number one pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

SEC Champions: Alabama Crimson Tide

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There is no better Conference than the SEC and there is also no better College Football team than Alabama. The defending champs are poised to win it all yet again in 2016.

Sun Belt Conference Preview 

Projected Standings

1.Arkansas State 10-2

2.Appalachian State 8-4

3.UL Lafayette 7-5

4.Georgia Southern 6-6

5.Idaho 6-6

6.Troy 6-6

7.South Alabama 4-8

8.Georgia State 3-9

9.New Mexico State 2-10

10.ULM 1-11

11.Texas State 0-12

Player To Watch: Larry Rose III New Mexico State

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Larry Rose III will look to keep on turning NFL Scouts heads for New Mexico State in 2016.

 

Team To Watch: Appalachian State Mountaineers

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Appalachian State has a very talented offense and will look to make some noise in 2016.

Offense Player Of The Year Prediction: Taylor Lamb QB Appalachian State

 

 

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Taylor Lamb will look to lead ASU to a Sun Belt title.

 

Defense Player Of The Year Prediction: Shawayne Lawrence DE  Georgia State

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Shawayne Lawrence one of the Sun Belts best all around players.

Sun Belt Conference Champions: Arkansas State Red Wolves

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Arkansas State by far is the most talented team in the Sun Belt.

 FBS Independents

Projected Records

#11 Notre Dame 10-2

BYU 8-4

Army 6-6

UMASS 3-9

Bowl Games (Winners) 

Foster Farms Bowl                               Belk Bowl                                      Independence Bowl                  Boca Raton Bowl

Indiana VS #24 Oregon                          Miami (FL) VS #15 Georgia         NC State VS Penn State              Memphis VS Northern Illinois

 

Outback Bowl                                        Birmingham Bowl                      Quick Lane Bowl                      Miami Beach Bowl            

#18 Michigan State VS Texas A&M     USF VS Mississippi State            Duke VS LA Tech                     Cincinnati VS Western Michigan                      

 

Taxslayer Bowl                                     Texas Bowl                                   St. Petersburg Bowl                New Orleans Bowl

#11 Notre Dame VS Auburn                     Texas VS Missouri                           Temple VS Marshall                Buffalo VS Arkansas State

Citrus Bowl                                            Russell Athletic Bowl                Hawaii Bowl                             Camellia Bowl

Wisconsin VS Florida                            #20 Louisville VS #22 TCU           WKU VS New Mexico                     Toledo VS Idaho

 

Music City Bowl                                   Pinstripe Bowl                             GoDaddy Bowl                        Cure Bowl               

Georgia Tech VS Arkansas                  Virginia Tech VS Northwestern     Ohio VS Appalachian State    East Carolina VS Troy

 

Arizona Bowl                                        Cactus Bowl                                Armed Forces Bowl              Las Vegas Bowl

UNLV VS UL Lafayette                         Kansas State VS Utah                        Army VS Texas Tech              Boise State VS California

 

Sun Bowl                                               Holiday Bowl                               Bahamas Bowl                                     New Mexico Bowl

Nevada VS Georgia Southern              #25 Nebraska VS USC               Middle Tennessee VS Bowling Green             Rice VS Utah State

 

Liberty Bowl                                         Military Bowl                                Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

West Virginia VS Kentucky                  Pittsburgh VS Navy                                 Akron VS Air Force

 

Alamo Bowl                                         Heart Of Dallas Bowl                  Poinsettia Bowl

#21 Baylor VS #16 UCLA                       Minnesota VS Southern Miss           BYU VS San Diego State

 

                                                                                    New Year’s SIX Bowls 

Orange Bowl                                                                                                                  Peach Bowl                                                                                                                                   

#13 Houston VS #12 Stanford                                                                           #3 Ohio State VS #2 Clemson

Cotton Bowl                                                                                                                   Fiesta Bowl                                                                                         #10 Ole Miss VS #8 LSU                                                                                 #4 Florida State VS #1 Alabama

Rose Bowl                                                                                                                     Sugar Bowl                                                           

#7 Michigan VS 9 Washington                                                                                  #5 Oklahoma VS #6 Tennessee 

 

 

                                                                                               National Championship

#1 Alabama OVER #2 Clemson

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Alabama is poised to defend their title.

 

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