College Football Preseason Predictions

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)


College Football Pre-Season Preview: Players Edition

Atlantic Coastal Conference (ACC):


Boston College Eagles

Team MVP: RB Jon Hilliman

Best Offensive Player(s): QB Darius Wade

Best Defensive Player(s): DE Kevin Kavalec, S Justin Simmons

Clemson Tigers

Team MVP: DE Shaq Lawson

Best Offensive Player(s): QB Deshaun Watson, WR Mike Williams

Best Defensive Player(s): CB Mackensie Alexander

Florida State Seminoles

Team MVP: RB Dalvin Cook

Best Offensive Player(s): OT Roderick Johnson

Best Defensive Player(s): LB Terrance Smith, CB Jalen Ramsey

Louisville Cardinals

Team MVP: LB James Burgess

Best Offensive Player(s): RB Brandon Radcliff, WR James Quick

Best Defensive Player(s): LB Keith Kelsey

N.C. State Wolfpack

Team MVP: QB Jacoby Brissett

Best Offensive Player(s): RB Shadrich Thornton

Best Defensive Player(s): S Hakim Jones

Syracuse Orange

Team MVP: QB Terrel Hunt

Best Offensive Player(s): WR Steve Ishmael

Best Defensive Player(s): DE Ron Thompson

Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Team MVP: TE Cam Serigne

Best Offensive Player(s): QB John Wolford

Best Defensive Player(s): LB Brandon Chubb, S Ryan Janvion


Duke Blue Devils

Team MVP: S Jeremy Cash

Best Offensive Player(s): RB Shaquille Powell

Best Defensive Player(s): S Deondre Singleton

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Team MVP: QB Justin Thomas

Best Offensive Player(s): OT Bryan Chamberlain

Best Defensive Player(s): DT Adam Gotsis

Miami Hurricanes

Team MVP: WR Stacy Coley

Best Offensive Player(s): RB Joseph Yearby

Best Defensive Player(s): LB Raphael Kirby, CB Tracy Howard

North Carolina Tar Heels

Team MVP: OG Landon Turner

Best Offensive Player(s): QB Marquise Williams

Best Defensive Player(s): DT Nazair Jones, LB Jeff Schoettmer

Pittsburgh Panthers

Team MVP: WR Tyler Boyd

Best Offensive Player(s): RB James Conner

Best Defensive Player(s): DT Darryl Render, CB Lafayette Pitts

Virginia Cavaliers

Team MVP: S Quin Blanding

Best Offensive Player(s): RB Taquan Mizzell

Best Defensive Player(s): DT Anthony Brown

Virginia Tech Hokies

Team MVP: CB Kendall Fuller

Best Offensive Player(s): TE Bucky Hodges

Best Defensive Player(s): DE Dadi Nicolas, LB Deon Clarke

Big Ten Conference:


Indiana Hoosiers

Team MVP: OG Dan Feeney

Best Offensive Player(s): QB Nate Sudfeld, RB Jordan Howard

Best Defensive Player(s): S Antonio Allen

Maryland Terrapins

Team MVP: CB William Likely

Best Offensive Player(s): RB Brandon Ross, OT Damian Prince

Best Defensive Player(s): DE Yannick Ngakoue

Michigan Wolverines

Team MVP: S Jabrill Peppers

Best Offensive Player(s): RB Derrick Green, TE Jake Butt

Best Defensive Player(s): DE Taco Charlton

Michigan State Spartans

Team MVP: OT Jack Conklin

Best Offensive Player(s): QB Connor Cook

Best Defensive Player(s): DE Shiique Calhoun

Ohio State Buckeyes

Team MVP: DE Joey Bosa

Best Offensive Player(s): RB Ezekiel Elliott, OT Taylor Decker

Best Defensive Player(s): LB Joshua Perry

Penn State Nittany Lions

Team MVP: QB Christian Hackenberg

Best Offensive Player(s): RB Akeel Lynch, TE Kyle Carter

Best Defensive Player(s): DT Anthony Zettel

Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Team MVP: WR Leonte Carroo

Best Offensive Player(s): RB Paul James

Best Defensive Player(s): DT Darius Hamilton


Illinois Fighting Illini

Team MVP: RB Josh Ferguson

Best Offensive Player(s): QB Wes Lunt

Best Defensive Player(s): LB Mason Monheim, CB V’Angelo Bentley

Iowa Hawkeyes

Team MVP: DE Drew Ott

Best Offensive Player(s): WR Tevaun Smith

Best Defensive Player(s): S Jordan Lomax

Minnesota Golden Gophers

Team MVP: CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun

Best Offensive Player(s): RB Rodrick Williams Jr.

Best Defensive Player(s): CB Eric Murray

Nebraska Cornhuskers

Team MVP: DT Maliek Collins

Best Offensive Player(s): QB Tommy Armstrong Jr.

Best Defensive Player(s): DT Vincent Valentine, LB Michael Rose-Ivey

Northwestern Wildcats

Team MVP: RB Justin Jackson

Best Offensive Player(s): WR Cameron Dickerson

Best Defensive Player(s): DE Dean Lowry

Purdue Boilermakers

Team MVP: WR Danny Anthrop

Best Offensive Player(s): QB Austin Appleby

Best Defensive Player(s): DT Jake Replogle, CB Frankie Williams

Wisconsin Badgers

Team MVP: RB Corey Clement

Best Offensive Player(s): WR Alex Erickson

Best Defensive Player(s): LB Vince Biegel, S Michael Caputo

Big 12 Conference:

Baylor Bears

Team MVP: OT Spencer Drango

Best Offensive Player(s): RB Shock Linwood, WR KD Cannon

Best Defensive Player(s): DE Shawn Oakman

Iowa State Cyclones

Team MVP: WR Allen Lazard

Best Offensive Player(s): WR D’Vario Montgomery

Best Defensive Player(s): CB Nigel Tribune, S Kamari Cotton-Moya

Kansas Jayhawks

Team MVP: DE Ben Goodman Jr.

Best Offensive Player(s): TE Kent Taylor

Best Defensive Player(s): CB Brandon Stewart

Kansas State Wildcats

Team MVP: LB Elijah Lee

Best Offensive Player(s): TE Glenn Gronkowski, OG Boston Stiverson

Best Defensive Player(s): S Dante Barnett

Oklahoma Sooners

Team MVP: RB Samaje Perine

Best Offensive Player(s): WR Sterling Shepard

Best Defensive Player(s): LB Eric Striker, CB Zack Sanchez

Oklahoma State Cowboys

Team MVP: DE Emmanuel Ogbah

Best Offensive Player(s): WR Brandon Sheperd, OT Victor Salako

Best Defensive Player(s): S Jordan Sterns

TCU Horned Frogs

Team MVP: QB Trevone Boykin

Best Offensive Player(s): RB Aaron Green, WR Josh Doctson

Best Defensive Player(s): DT Davion Pierson

Texas Longhorns

Team MVP: RB Johnathan Gray

Best Offensive Player(s): QB Tyrone Swoopes

Best Defensive Player(s): DT Hassan Ridgeway

Texas Tech Red Raiders

Team MVP: OT Le’Raven Clark

Best Offensive Player(s): RB DeAndre Washington, OG Alfredo Morales

Best Defensive Player(s): LB Mike Mitchell

West Virginia Mountaineers

Team MVP: S Karl Joseph

Best Offensive Player(s): RB Rushel Shell

Best Defensive Player(s): LB Nick Kwiatkoski, LB Shaq Petteway

Pac-12 Conference:


California Golden Bears

Team MVP: QB Jared Goff

Best Offensive Player(s): RB Daniel Lasco, WR Kenny Lawler

Best Defensive Player(s): LB Michael Barton

Oregon Ducks

Team MVP: RB Royce Freeman

Best Offensive Player(s): WR Byron Marshall

Best Defensive Player(s): DE DeForest Buckner

Oregon State Beavers

Team MVP: RB Storm Woods

Best Offensive Player(s): WR VIctor Bolden, OG Isaac Seumalo

Best Defensive Player(s): DT Lavonte Barnett

Stanford Cardinal

Team MVP: OT Kyle Murphy

Best Offensive Player(s): QB Kevin Hogan, TE Austin Hooper

Best Defensive Player(s): LB Kevin Anderson

Washington Huskies

Team MVP: S Budda Baker

Best Offensive Player(s): RB Dwayne Washington

Best Defensive Player(s): LB Travis Feeney

Washington State Cougars

Team MVP: OT Joe Dahl

Best Offensive Player(s): RB Jamal Morrow

Best Defensive Player(s): LB Kache Palacio


Arizona Wildcats

Team MVP: LB Scooby Wright III

Best Offensive Player(s): QB Anu Solomon, RB Nick Wilson

Best Defensive Player(s): DE Reggie Gilbert

Arizona State Sun Devils

Team MVP: OG Christian Westerman

Best Offensive Player(s): QB Mike Bercovici, WR D.J. Foster

Best Defensive Player(s): S Jordan Simone

Colorado Buffaloes

Team MVP: WR Nelson Spruce

Best Offensive Player(s): RB Christian Powell

Best Defensive Player(s): DE Derek McCartney, LB Kenneth Olugbode

UCLA Bruins

Team MVP: LB Myles Jack

Best Offensive Player(s): RB Paul Perkins, WR Jordan Payton

Best Defensive Player(s): DT Kenny Clark

USC Trojans

Team MVP: QB Cody Kessler

Best Offensive Player(s): C Max Tuerk

Best Defensive Player(s): LB Su’a Cravens, CB Adoree’ Jackson

Utah Utes

Team MVP: RB Devontae Booker

Best Offensive Player(s): QB Travis Wilson

Best Defensive Player(s): DE Jason Fanaika

Southeastern Conference (SEC):


Florida Gators

Team MVP: CB Vernon Hargreaves III

Best Offensive Player(s): WR Demarcus Robinson

Best Defensive Player(s): DT Jonathan Bullard, LB Antonio Morrison

Georgia Bulldogs

Team MVP: RB Nick Chubb

Best Offensive Player(s): OT John Theus

Best Defensive Player(s): LB Lorenzo Carter, LB Leonard Floyd

Kentucky Wildcats

Team MVP: QB Patrick Towles

Best Offensive Player(s): RB Stanley Williams, WR Ryan Timmons

Best Defensive Player(s): LB Jason Hatcher

Missouri Tigers

Team MVP: C Evan Boehm

Best Offensive Player(s): QB Maty Mauk, RB Russell Hansbrough

Best Defensive Player(s): LB Kentrell Brothers

South Carolina Gamecocks

Team MVP: LB Skai Moore

Best Offensive Player(s): WR Pharoh Cooper

Best Defensive Player(s): DT Gerald Dixon Jr.

Tennessee Volunteers

Team MVP: RB Jalen Hurd

Best Offensive Player(s): OG Jashon Robertson

Best Defensive Player(s): LB Curt Maggitt, CB Cameron Sutton

Vanderbilt Commodores

Team MVP: LB Nigel Bowden

Best Offensive Player(s): RB Ralph Webb

Best Defensive Player(s): DE Caleb Azubike


Alabama Crimson Tide

Team MVP: DT A’Shawn Robinson

Best Offensive Player(s): RB Derrick Henry

Best Defensive Player(s): LB Reggie Ragland

Arkansas Razorbacks

Team MVP: RB Alex Collins

Best Offensive Player(s): TE Hunter Henry, OG Sebastian Tretola

Best Defensive Player(s): LB Brooks Ellis

Auburn Tigers

Team MVP: DE Carl Lawson

Best Offensive Player(s): WR Duke Williams

Best Defensive Player(s): LB Kris Frost, S Johnathan Ford

LSU Tigers

Team MVP: RB Leonard Fournette

Best Offensive Player(s): WR Travin Dural, OT Vadal Alexander

Best Defensive Player(s): S Jalen Mills

Mississippi State Bulldogs

Team MVP: QB Dak Prescott

Best Offensive Player(s): WR De’Runnya Wilson

Best Defensive Player(s): DT Chris Jones

Ole Miss Rebels

Team MVP: DE Robert Nkemdiche

Best Offensive Player(s): WR Laquon Treadwell, TE Evan Engram

Best Defensive Player(s): S Tony Conner

Texas A&M Aggies

Team MVP: DE Myles Garrett

Best Offensive Player(s): WR Speedy Noil, OT Germain Ifedi

Best Defensive Player(s): CB De’Vante Harris


Army Black Knights

Team MVP: CB Josh Jenkins

Best Offensive Player(s): QB A.J. Schurr

Best Defensive Player(s): LB Jeremy Timpf

BYU Cougars

Team MVP: QB Taysom Hill

Best Offensive Player(s): RB Jamaal Williams, WR Mitch Mathews

Best Defensive Player(s): DE Bronson Kaufusi

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Team MVP: LB Jaylon Smith

Best Offensive Player(s): RB Tarean Folston, WR Will Fuller

Best Defensive Player(s): CB KeiVerae Russell

NBA Free Agent Predictions

NBA Free Agent Predictions

1. LeBron James- Signs a 2y/max deal w/ CLE (Player Option after Year 1)

2. Kahwi Leonard- Re-signs a 5y/max deal w/ SA

3. Marc Gasol- Re-signs a 5y/max deal w/ MEM

4. LaMarcus Aldridge- Signs a 4y/$80mil max deal w/ SA

5. Kevin Love- Re-signs a 5y/max deal w/ CLE

6. Draymond Green- Re-signs a 4y deal w/ GS, well below max (est. $56mil)

7. Jimmy Butler- Re-signs a 5y/max deal w/ CHI (Player Option after Year 2)

8. DeAndre Jordan- Re-signs a 4y/max deal w/ LAC (Player Option after Year 3)

9. Brook Lopez- Re-signs a 3y deal w/ BKN, somewhat below max (est. $60mil)

10. Tim Duncan- Re-signs a 2y/$16mil deal w/ SA (Player Option after Year 1)

11. Dwayne Wade- Re-signs a 5y/$85mil deal w/ MIA (Player Option after Year 3)

12. Brandon Knight- Re-signs a 5y/$70mil deal w/ PHX

13. Goran Dragic- Re-signs a 5y/$90mil deal w/ MIA

14. Danny Green- Signs a 4y/$52mil deal w/ NYK

15. Roy Hibberts- Opts into contract

16. Greg Monroe- Signs a 3y/$45mil deal w/ NYK (Player Option after Year 2)

17. Tristan Thompson- Re-signs a 4y/$58mil deal w/ CLE

18. Timofey Mozgov- Team picks up contract

19. Paul Millsap- Re-signs a 3y/$52mil deal w/ ATL (Player Option after Year 2)

20. Khris Middleton- Re-signs a 4y/$56mil deal w/ MIL (Player Option after Year 3)

21. Robin Lopez- Signs a 3y/$30mil deal w/ MIL

22. DeMarre Carroll- Re-signs a 4y/$36mil deal w/ ATL

23. Thaddeus Young- Re-signs a 4y/$52mil deal w/ BKN

24. Wesley Matthews- Signs a 4y/$56mil deal w/ TOR

25. Eric Gordon- Opts into contract

26. Al Jefferson- Opts into contract

27. Tobias Harris- Signs a 4y/$52mil deal w/ DET, matched by ORL

28. Reggie Jackson- Re-signs a 4y/48mil deal w/ DET

29. Monta Ellis- Signs a 3y/$30mil deal w/ ATL (Player Option after Year 2)

30. Jae Crowder- Signs a 3y/$24mil deal w/ DAL, matched by BOS

31. Lou Williams- Re-signs a 2y/$18mil deal w/ TOR

32. Tyson Chandler- Re-signs a 2y/$7mil deal w/ DAL

33. Rodney Stuckey- Signs a 3y/MLE deal w/ HOU

34. Ed Davis- Re-signs a 2y/$18mil deal w/ LAL

35. Iman Shumpert- Signs a 4y/$36mil deal w/ LAL

36. Luol Deng- Opts into contract

37. Jared Dudley- Opts into contract

38. Kostas Koufos- Signs a 3y/$24 mil deal w/ BOS

39. Arron Afflalo- Signs a 3y/$38mil deal w/ NYK

40. Patrick Beverley- Re-signs a 3y/$12mil deal w/ HOU (Player Option after Year 2)

41. David West- Signs a 3y/$21mil deal w/ NYK

42. Paul Pierce- Re-signs a 2y/$8mil deal w/ WAS

43. Brandan Wright- Signs a 2y/$8mil deal w/ DAL

44. Jeff Green- Opts into contract

45. Corey Brewer- Signs a 4y/MLE deal w/ SAC

46. Al-Farouq Aminu- Re-signs a 3y/MLE deal w/ DAL

47. Omer Asik- Re-signs a 3y/$27mil deal w/ NO (Player Option after Year 2)

48. Josh Smith- Re-signs a 3y/$24mil deal w/ HOU (Player Option after Year 2)

49. Amir Johnson- Signs a 4y/$36mil deal w/ BOS (Player Option after Year 3)

50. Enes Kanter- Re-signs a 3y/$28.5mil deal w/ OKC (Player Option after Year 2)


Brandon Bass- Signs a 2y/$14mil deal w/ NO

Gerald Green- Signs a 3y/$12mil deal w/ BOS (Player Option after Year 2)

Jordan Hill- Signs a 1y/$8mil deal w/ ORL (with Player Option for Year 2)

Rajon Rondo- Signs a 2y/$18mil deal w/ SAC (Player Option after Year 1)

J.R. Smith- Re-signs a 3y/$24mil deal w/ CLE (Player Option after Year 2)

(free agent rankings based on SB Nation article)

Top College Football Head Coaching Candidates: Pre-2015 Season (OC’s)

Offensive Coordinators

Bill Cubit (Illinois)- This is the “outside of the box” candidate on this list, since Cubit was a major disappointment as the Western Michigan head coach. However, many within the college football industry believe that Cubit has rebuilt his image and that he will be a top candidate for many mid-major openings.

Dan Enos (Arkansas)- The former CMU head coach left his post to become the new Arkansas offensive coordinator this offseason, a move seen as risky by many in the industry. However, should he excel in Fayetteville, he will likely be a top head coaching candidate for many mid-major schools due to his extensive experience coaching Division I football.

Scott Frost (Oregon)- Along with running Oregon’s weekly offensive gameplan, Frost was instrumental in the development of Marcus Mariota. If he has another successful season with Vernon Adams Jr. at the helm, don’t be surprised if he bolts for a major-conference coaching job.

Eddie Gran (Cincinnati)- Gunner Kiel might be the most physically gifted quarterback in all of college football. He will be a leading candidate for several head coaching vacancies if Gunner Kiel leads Cincinnati to another nine-win season.

Clay Helton (Southern Cal)- Helton has been a top-notch offensive coordinator under multiple head coaches, a feat that not many on this list can brag about. He will certainly be in the mix for several openings after next season.

Lane Kiffin (Alabama)- Despite his unsuccessful tenure as USC’s head coach, Lane Kiffin has resurrected his image due to his sucess at Alabama last season. With another good year (or two) at Alabama, expect him to become a head coaching candidate for a major-conference school.

Doug Meacham (Texas Christian)- An experienced offensive mastermind, Meacham was the architect of one of college football’s most explosive offenses last season. He was a candidate for the Tulsa job last winter, and will likely interview for several more openings after next season.

Mike Norvell (Arizona State)- Todd Graham often sings Norvell’s praises in weekly press conferences, as Norvell has run one of the nation’s premier offenses over the past few seasons. He was a candidate at Tulsa last time around, and don’t be surprise if he becomes involved in another mid-major head coaching search next season.

Lincoln Riley (Oklahoma)- Riley runs a potent spread scheme, and was the architect of one of the nation’s most efficient offenses at East Carolina. He will be a leading candidate for several head coaching gigs if he has similar levels of success at Oklahoma next season.

Jake Spavital (Texas A&M)- One of college football’s best young minds, Spavital received interest from several mid-major programs after the 2014 season. If he can develop Kyle Allen or Kyler Murray to the level of Manziel, then he will definitely be considered a premier offensive coordinator in college football.

Honorable Mention: Rhett Lashlee (Auburn), Garrick McGee (Louisville), Brent Key (UCF), Mark Mangino (Iowa State), Tim Beck (Ohio State), Mike Sanford Jr. (Notre Dame), Doug Nussmeier (Florida), Noel Mazzone (UCLA), Shane Beamer (Virginia Tech), Andy Ludwig (Vanderbilt)

Defensive Coordinators

Dave Aranda (Wisconsin)- Paul Chryst was smart to retain Aranda as his defensive coordinator on his new staff. The high-energy defensive coordinator connects with his players and produces results, which is why he is likely to eventually become a college football head coach.

Gene Chizik (North Carolina)- Many within the industry believe that Chizik shouldn’t have been fired from Auburn two years ago. If he resurrects UNC’s awful defense in the next year or two, then he will likely have another opportunity to lead a major program.

D.J. Durkin (Michigan)- Durkin strongly impressed during his short reign as interim head coach at Florida, and it came to the point where he became a candidate for the vacancy. Durkin is widely respected within the industry, and he is likely to become a candidate for another head coaching post after next season.

Bud Foster (Virginia Tech)- This list wouldn’t be complete without Foster, since he is a perennial candidate for head coaching posts but never seems to land the job. He will likely have more opportunities after next season if he produces another Top 25 defense.

Todd Grantham (Louisville)- Grantham will have his choice of openings, as he turned down the Oakland Raiders defensive coordinator position last winter. He could become a college football head coach, but it also seems likely that he will make the move to the pros as an assistant if he finds the right opening.

Luke Fickell (Ohio State)- Fickell has a full year of head coaching under his belt, as he was the head coach for Ohio State in 2011 when Jim Tressel abruptly resigned. Although he truly has close ties with the Buckeyes program, don’t be surprised if he bolts for a head coaching post if the right opportunity comes up.

Jeremy Pruitt (Georgia)- Pruitt is greatly respected due to his experience running high-caliber defenses at Georgia and Florida State. His name is on the radar of many athletic directors, and it wouldn’t be surprising if he interviews for a head coaching gig after next season.

Bob Shoop (Penn State)- Shoop’s name has become more recognizable over the past few seasons due to his aggressive defenses he’s run at Vanderbilt and Penn State. He will likely be a candidate for mid-major head coaching openings after next season.

Kirby Smart (Alabama)- Smart might be best served to remain Alabama’s defensive coordinator and take the reins from Nick Saban if he ever chooses to retire. However, he might grow impatient and bolt for another head coaching post or jump to the NFL if he finds the right opening.

Justin Wilcox (Southern Cal)- Wilcox has been associated with several head coaching openings over the past few seasons, and it won’t be surprising if this ends up being his last season coaching directly under Sarkisian.

Honorable Mention: Tracy Claeys (Minnesota), Tom Bradley (UCLA), Will Muschamp (Auburn), David Gibbs (Texas Tech), Chris Ash (Ohio State), Geoff Collins (Florida), Jim Leavitt (Colorado), Vance Bedford (Texas), Dave Wommack (Ole MIss), Kent Baer (UNLV)