College Football Playoff:
1. Ohio State Buckeyes (Big Ten)
2. Alabama Crimson Tide (SEC)
3. TCU Horned Frogs (Big 12)
4. Oregon Ducks (Pac-12)
Pre-Season All-American Team:
QB: Trevone Boykin, Texas Christian
RB: Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State
RB: Nick Chubb, Georgia
WR: Tyler Boyd, Pittsburgh
WR: Duke Williams, Auburn
WR: Rashard Higgins, Colorado State
TE: O.J. Howard, Alabama
OL: Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame
OL: Taylor Decker, Ohio State
OL: Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss
OL/G: Vadal Alexander, Louisiana State
OL/C: Max Tuerk, Southern Cal
DE: Joey Bosa, Ohio State
DE: Myles Garrett, Texas A&M
DT: Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss
DT: A’Shawn Robinson, Alabama
LB: Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame
LB: Scooby Wright III, Arizona
LB: Myles Jack, UCLA
LB: Eric Striker, Oklahoma
CB: Jalen Ramsey, Florida State
CB: Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida
S: Quin Blanding, Virginia
S: Jeremy Cash, Duke
QB: Cody Kessler, Southern Cal
RB: Leonard Fournette, Louisiana State
RB: Samaje Perine, Oklahoma
WR: Josh Doctson, Texas Christian
WR: Laquan Treadwell, Ole Miss
WR: Nelson Spruce, Colorado
TE: Evan Engram, Ole Miss
OL: Spencer Drango, Baylor
OL: Jack Conklin, Michigan State
OL: Tyler Johnstone, Oregon
OL/G: Pat Elflein, Ohio State
OL/C: Jack Allen, Michigan State
DE: Shawn Oakman, Baylor
DE: Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State
DT: Adolphus Washington, Ohio State
DT: Chris Jones, Mississippi State
LB: Leonard Floyd, Georgia
LB: Darron Lee, Ohio State
LB: Reggie Ragland, Alabama
LB: Su’a Cravens, Southern Cal
CB: Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech
CB: Adoree’ Jackson, Southern Cal
S: Vonn Bell, Ohio State
S: Jabrill Peppers, Michigan
Heisman Trophy: Trevone Boykin, QB (Texas Christian)
The TCU quarterback put up incredible stats last year (4,600 yards of total offense) and will be the star player on a playoff-contending team. Other contenders for the Heisman Trophy include Ohio State’s QB J.T. Barrett and USC’s QB Cody Kessler.
Maxwell Award: Trevone Boykin, QB (Texas Christian)
Assuming Boykin is college football’s best player and recipient of the Heisman Trophy, he will be the frontrunner for the Maxwell Award for college football’s best player. Other contenders for the Maxwell Award include Ohio State’s QB J.T. Barrett and USC’s QB Cody Kessler.
Walter Camp Award: J.T. Barrett, QB (Ohio State)
J.T. Barrett will put up a close fight for Heisman Trophy if he remains Ohio State’s starting quarterback. The Walter Camp Award is given to the CFB Player of the Year as voted by a group of head coaches and athletics personnel, and J.T. Barrett will be the star quarterback of Ohio State’s national championship contending team. Other contenders for the Walter Camp Award include TCU’s QB Trevone Boykin and Oregon’s QB Vernon Adams, Jr.
Bronco Nagurski Trophy: Joey Bosa, DE (Ohio State)
Joey Bosa is the top defensive end in college football, and will have tons of sacks and an impressive stats sheet once the season ends. He is the frontrunner for the Nagurski Trophy, which is given to college football’s best defensive player. Other contenders for the Bronco Nagurski Trophy include Arizona’s LB Scooby Wright III and Notre Dame’s LB Jaylon Smith.
Doak Walker Award: Nick Chubb, RB (Georgia)
Georgia always produces good running backs, and Chubb impressed last year in his first season as the Bulldogs’ starting running back. He is likely to run for 1000+ yards and 10+ touchdowns next season, making him my prediction for the Doak Walker Award, which is given to college football’s best running back. Other contenders for the Doak Walker Award include Ohio State’s RB Ezekiel Elliott and LSU’s RB Leonard Fournette.
Fred Blitkenoff Award: Tyler Boyd, WR (Pittsburgh)
Tyler Boyd caught for over 1,250 receiving yards and eight touchdowns last season, making him a force to be reckoned against any opponent. He is a frontrunner be college football’s best receiver, and is my prediction to receive the Fred Blitkenoff Award. Other contenders for the Fred Blitkenoff Award include Colorado State’s WR Rashard Higgins and Auburn’s WR Duke Williams.
Davey O’Brien Award: Trevone Boykin, QB (Texas Christian)
Trevone Boykin will be a dominant quarterback in college football next season, making him my prediction for the Davey O’Brien Award, which is given to college football’s best quarterback. Other contenders for the Davey O’Brien Award include USC’s QB Cody Kessler and Ohio State’s QB J.T. Barrett.
John Mackey Award: O.J. Howard, TE (Alabama)
O.J. Howard is Alabama’s best kept secret, and will be a major force in their passing and run-blocking game. He certainly has the potential to be dominant, and he is my prediction to receive the John Mackey Award for college football’s best tight end. Other contenders for the John Mackey Award include FIU’s TE Jonnu Smith and Ole Miss’ TE Evan Engram.
Outland Trophy: Ronnie Stanley, OT (Notre Dame)
There are many strong contenders for this award, but my money is on Ronnie Stanley to win this award. He is the blind-side tackle for Notre Dame, and will prove to be college football’s most consistent offensive lineman throughout the season. Thus, he is my prediction to receive the Outland Trophy for college football’s best offensive lineman. Other contenders for the Outland Trophy include Ohio State’s OT Taylor Decker and Baylor’s OT Spencer Drango.
Lombardi Award: Joey Bosa, DE (Ohio State)
Joey Bosa will be college football’s most dominant down-lineman, making him my prediction for the Lombardi Award. Other contenders for the Lombardi Award include Baylor’s DE Shawn Oakman and Michigan State’s DE Shilique Calhoun.
Rimington Trophy: Max Tuerk, C (Southern Cal)
The Rimington Trophy is given to college football’s best center, an award which is hard to predict. With that said, Max Tuerk will certainly be a top contender given his important role in leading USC’s offense. Other contenders for the Rimington Trophy include Michigan State’s C Jack Allen and Missouri’s C Evan Boehm.
Chuck Bednarik Award: Scooby Wright III, LB (Arizona)
The Chuck Bednarik Award is given to college football’s best defensive player. Scooby Wright III mirrors the namesake of this award, as he is a strong tackler and the leader of Arizona’s defense. Other contenders for the Bednarik Award include Ohio State’s DE Joey Bosa and Florida State’s CB Jalen Ramsey.
Dick Butkus Award: Scooby Wright III, LB (Arizona)
Scooby Wright III has the potential to be college football’s most dominant linebacker, and will do what is required to win the Dick Butkus Award for college football’s best linebacker. Other contenders for the Dick Butkus Award include Notre Dame’s LB Jaylon Smith and UCLA’s Myles Jack.
Jim Thorpe Award: Jalen Ramsey, CB (Florida State)
Ramsey is the frontrunner to be college football’s best defensive back, and he’s my selection to win the Jim Thorpe Award. Other contenders for the Jim Thrope Award include Florida’s CB Vernon Hargreaves III and Virginia Tech’s CB Kendall Fuller.
Lou Groza Award (Best Kicker): Robert Aguayo, K (Florida State)
Ray Guy Award (Best Punter): J.K. Scott, P (Alabama)