College Football 2014 Predictions

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2014 is shaping up to be a historic college football season. After years of clamoring for a playoff, the fans and the media will finally get their wish this fall, when the sport introduces it’s new four-team playoff system.

The defending national champion Florida State Seminoles, led by Heisman-winning QB Jameis Winston, look like a viable contender to repeat. But there are plenty of other worthy contenders who will be looking to dethrone them.

In a sport as unpredictable as college football, it’s certainly no easy task to try to forecast how all the action will play out. Still, it’s fun to at least give it a shot.

Here’s a look at the full predictions for the 2014 college football season.

ACC Predictions

Projected Conference Champion: Florida State Seminoles

Conference Power Rankings

*(Numbers in parentheses are projected regular season records)

Atlantic Division

1. Florida State Seminoles (13-0)

2. Clemson Tigers (9-3)

3. Louisville Cardinals (7-5)

4. NC State Wolfpack (7-5)

5. Syracuse Orange (5-7)

6. Boston College Eagles (5-7)

7. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (2-10)

 

Coastal Division

1. Duke Blue Devils (10-3)

2. Miami Hurricanes (9-3)

3. Virginia Tech Hokies (8-4)

4. North Carolina Tar Heels (8-4)

5. Pittsburgh Panthers (7-5)

6. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (6-6)

7. Virginia Cavaliers (4-8)

 

Championship Game Prediction: Florida State Beats Duke

 

Projected All-Conference Team

Offense

QB: Jameis Winston, Florida State

RB: Karlos Williams, Florida State

RB: Duke Johnson, Miami

WR: Rashad Greene, Florida State

WR: Tyler Boyd, Pittsburgh

TE: Nick O’Leary, Florida State

OT: Cameron Erving, Florida State

OT: Ereck Flowers, Miami

OG: Tre Jackson, Florida State

OG: Laken Tomlinson, Duke

OC: Andy Gallik, Boston College

 

Defense

DE: Vic Beasley, Clemson

DE: Mario Edwards Jr., Florida State

DT: Grady Jarrett, Clemson

DT: Luther Maddy, Virginia Tech

LB: Denzel Perryman, Miami

LB: Kelby Brown, Duke

LB: Stephone Anthony, Clemson

CB: PJ Williams, Florida State

CB: Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech

S: Jalen Ramsey, Florida State

S: Anthony Harris, Virginia

 

Specialists

K: Roberto Aguayo, Florida State

P: AJ Hughes, Virginia Tech

R: Ryan Switzer, North Carolina

 

Offensive MVP: Jameis Winston, S, Florida State

Defensive MVP: Jalen Ramsey, S, Florida State

Special Teams MVP: Roberto Aguayo, K, Florida State

Freshman Player of the Year: Mackenzie Alexander, CB, Clemson

Breakout Offensive Star: Karlos Williams, RB, Florida State

Breakout Defensive Star: Mario Edwards Jr., DE, Florida State


Projected Statistical Leaders

Passing (Yards): Anthony Boone, Duke

Rushing (Yards): Karlos Williams, Florida State

Receiving (Catches): Tyler Boyd, Pittsburgh

Touchdowns Scored: Karlos Williams, Florida State

Tackles: Kelby Brown, Duke

Sacks: Mario Edwards Jr., Florida State

Interceptions: Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech


 

 

Big Ten Predictions

Projected Conference Champion: Michigan State Spartans

Conference Power Rankings

*(Numbers in parentheses are projected regular season records)

East Division

1. Michigan State Spartans (12-1)

2. Michigan Wolverines (10-2)

3. Ohio State Buckeyes (9-3)

4. Penn State Nittany Lions (8-4)

5. Indiana Hoosiers (7-5)

6. Maryland Terrapins (6-6)

7. Rutgers Scarlet Knights (4-8)

 

West Division

1. Wisconsin Badgers (9-4)

2. Northwestern Wildcats (8-4)

3. Iowa Hawkeyes (8-4)

4. Nebraska Cornhuskers  (7-5)

5. Minnesota Golden Gophers (6-6)

6. Illinois Fighting Illini (4-8)

7. Purdue Boilermakers (3-9)

 

Championship Game Prediction: Michigan State beats Wisconsin

 

Projected All-Conference Team

Offense

QB: Connor Cook, Michigan State

RB: Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin

RB: Tevin Coleman, Indiana

WR: Devin Funchess, Michigan

WR: Stefon Diggs, Maryland

TE: Jeff Heuerman, Ohio State

OT: Brandon Scherff, Iowa

OT: Jack Conklin, Michigan State

OG: Kaleb Johnson, Rutgers

OG: Kyle Costigan, Wisconsin

OC: Austin Blythe, Iowa

 

Defense

DE: Randy Gregory, Nebraska

DE: Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State

DT: Michael Bennett, Ohio State

DT: Carl Davis, Iowa

LB: Taiwan Jones, Michigan State

LB: Jake Ryan, Michigan

LB: Chi Chi Ariguzo, Northwestern

CB: Trae Waynes, Michigan State

CB: Blake Countess, Michigan

S: Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State

S: Corey Cooper, Nebraska

 

Specialists

K: Michael Geiger, Michigan State

P: Mike Sadler, Michigan State

R: Kevonte Martin-Manley, Iowa

 

Offensive MVP: Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin

Defensive MVP: Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska

Special Teams MVP: Michael Geiger, K, Michigan State

Freshman Player of the Year: Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan

Breakout Offensive Star: Josh Ferguson, RB, Illinois

Breakout Defensive Star: Taiwan Jones, LB, Michigan State

 

Projected Statistical Leaders

Passing (Yards): Nate Sudfeld, Indiana

Rushing (Yards): Tevin Coleman, Indiana

Receiving (Catches): Stefon Diggs, Maryland

Touchdowns (Scored): Tevin Coleman, Indiana

Tackles: Taiwan Jones, Michigan State

Sacks: Randy Gregory, Nebraska

Interceptions: Sojourn Shelton, Wisconsin


 

 

Big 12 Predictions

Projected Conference Champion: Oklahoma Sooners

Conference Power Rankings

*(Numbers in parentheses are projected regular season records)

1. Oklahoma Sooners (11-1)

2. Baylor Bears (10-2)

3. TCU Horned Frogs (9-3)

4. Texas Longhorns (8-4)

5.  Texas Tech Red Raiders (7-5)

6. Oklahoma State Cowboys (7-5)

7. Kansas State Wildcats (7-5)

8. West Virginia Mountaineers (5-7)

9. Kansas Jayhawks (4-8)

10. Iowa State Cyclones (3-9)

 

Projected All-Conference Team

Offense

QB: Trevor Knight, Oklahoma

RB: Shock Linwood, Baylor

RB: Malcolm Brown, Texas

WR: Antwan Goodley, Baylor

WR: Tyler Lockett, Kansas State

TE: EJ Bibbs, Iowa State

OT: Darryl Williams, Oklahoma

OT: Spencer Drango, Baylor

OG: Quinton Spain, West Virginia

OG: Adam Shead, Oklahoma

OC: B.J. Finney, Kansas State

 

Defense

DE: Cedric Reed, Texas

DE: Shawn Oakman, Baylor

DT: Jordan Phillips, Oklahoma

DT: Chucky Hunter, TCU

LB: Eric Striker, Oklahoma

LB: Bryce Hager, Baylor

LB: Ben Heeney, Kansas

CB: Zack Sanchez, Oklahoma

CB: Quandre Diggs, Texas

S: Sam Carter, TCU

S: Isaiah Johnson, Kansas

 

Specialists

K: Michael Hunnicutt, Oklahoma

P: Spencer Roth, Baylor

R: B.J. Catalon, TCU

 

Offensive MVP: Trevor Knight, QB, Oklahoma

Defensive MVP: Eric Striker, LB, Oklahoma

Special Teams MVP: Michael Hunnicutt, K, Oklahoma

Freshman Player of the Year: Tevin Madison, CB, Texas Tech

Breakout Offensive Star: Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma

Breakout Defensive Star: Shawn Oakman, DE, Baylor

 

Projected Statistical Leaders

Passing (Yards): Bryce Petty, Baylor

Rushing (Yards): Malcolm Brown, Texas

Receiving (Catches): Tyler Lockett, Kansas State

Touchdowns (Scored): Antwan Goodley, Baylor

Tackles: Ben Heeney, Kansas

Sacks: Eric Striker, Oklahoma

Interceptions: Zack Sanchez, Oklahoma


 

 

Pac-12 Predictions

Projected Conference Champion: UCLA Bruins

Conference Power Rankings

*(Numbers in parentheses are projected regular season records)

North Division

1. Oregon Ducks (10-3)

2. Stanford Cardinal (9-3)

3. Washington Huskies (8-5)

4. Oregon State Beavers (7-5)

5. Washington State Cougars (7-5)

6. California Golden Bears (3-9)

 

South Division

1. UCLA Bruins (12-1)

2. Arizona State Sun Devils (10-2)

3. USC Trojans (8-4)

4. Arizona Wildcats (8-4)

5. Utah Utes (5-7)

6. Colorado Buffaloes (4-8)

 

Championship Game Prediction: UCLA Beats Oregon

 

Projected All-Conference Team

Offense

QB: Brett Hundley, UCLA

RB: D.J. Foster, Arizona State

RB: Byron Marshall, Oregon

WR: Jaelen Strong, Arizona State

WR: Ty Montgomery, Stanford

TE: Randall Telfer, USC

OT: Andrus Peat, Stanford

OT: Tyler Johnstone, Oregon

OG: Alex Redmond, UCLA

OG: Dexter Charles, Washington

OC: Hroniss Grasu, Oregon

 

Defense

DE: Leonard Williams, USC

DE: Hau’oli Kikaha, Washington

DT: Danny Shelton, Washington

DT: Arik Armstead, Oregon

LB: Myles Jack, UCLA

LB: Shaq Thompson, Washington

LB: Derrick Malone, Oregon

CB: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon

CB: Marcus Peters, Washington

S: Jordan Richards, Stanford

S: Anthony Jefferson, UCLA

 

Specialists

K:  Andy Phillips, Utah

P:  Tony Hackett, Utah

R: Ty Montgomery, Stanford

 

Offensive MVP: Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA

Defensive MVP: Leonard Williams, DE, USC

Special Teams MVP: Andy Phillips, K, Utah

Freshman Player of the Year: DJ Calhoun, LB, Arizona State

Breakout Offensive Star: Cyler Miles, QB, Washington

Breakout Defensive Star: Arik Armstead, DT, Oregon

 

Projected Statistical Leaders

Passing (Yards): Connor Halliday, Washington State

Rushing (Yards): D.J. Foster, Arizona State

Receiving (Catches): Gabe Marks, Washington State

Touchdowns (Scored): D.J. Foster, Arizona State

Tackles: Shaq Thompson, Washington

Sacks: Leonard Williams, DE, USC

Interceptions: Marcus Peters, Washington


 

SEC Predictions

Projected Conference Champion: Auburn Tigers

Conference Power Rankings

*(Numbers in parentheses are projected regular season records)

East Division

1. Georgia Bulldogs (11-2)

2. South Carolina Gamecocks (10-2)

3. Florida Gators (8-4)

4. Missouri Tigers (7-5)

5. Tennessee Volunteers (6-6)

6. Kentucky Wildcats (4-8)

7. Vanderbilt Commodores (4-8)

 

West Division

1. Auburn Tigers (12-1)

2. Alabama Crimson Tide (10-2)

3. LSU Tigers (9-3)

4. Ole Miss Rebels (8-4)

5. Texas A&M Aggies (7-5)

6. Mississippi State Bulldogs (7-5)

7. Arkansas Razorbacks (4-8)

 

Championship Game Prediction: Auburn beats Georgia

 

Projected All-Conference Team

Offense

QB: Nick Marshall, Auburn

RB: Todd Gurley, Georgia

RB: Mike Davis, South Carolina

WR: Sammie Coates, Auburn

WR: Amari Cooper, Alabama

TE: Jake McGee, Florida

OT: Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M

OT: Corey Robinson, South Carolina

OG: AJ Cann, South Carolina

OG: Alex Kozan, Auburn

OC: Reese Dismukes, Auburn

 

Defense

DE: Dante Fowler Jr., Florida

DE: Markus Golden, Missouri

DT: Chris Jones, Mississippi State

DT: Gabe Wright, Auburn

LB: Ramik Wilson, Georgia

LB: Benardrick McKinney, Mississippi State

LB: Leonard Floyd, Georgia

CB: Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida

CB: Jonathon Mincy, Auburn

S: Landon Collins, Alabama

S: Cody Prewitt, Ole Miss

 

Specialists

K: Marshall Morgan, Georgia

P:  Drew Kaser, Texas A&M

R: Christion Jones, Alabama

 

Offensive MVP: Nick Marshall, QB, Auburn

Defensive MVP: Ramik Wilson, LB, Georgia

Special Teams MVP: Christion Jones, KR, Alabama

Freshman Player of the Year: Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama

Breakout Offensive Star: Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State

Breakout Defensive Star: Markus Golden, DE, Missouri

 

Projected Statistical Leaders

Passing (Yards): Kenny Hill, Texas A&M

Rushing (Yards): Todd Gurley, Georgia

Receiving (Catches): Sammie Coates, Auburn

Touchdowns (Scored): Todd Gurley, Georgia

Tackles: Ramik Wilson, Georgia

Sacks: Leonard Floyd, Georgia

Interceptions: Jonathon Mincy, Auburn


 

American Athletic Predictions

Projected Conference Champion: Cincinnati Bearcats

Conference Power Rankings

*(Numbers in parentheses are projected regular season records)

1. Cincinnati Bearcats (10-2)

2. UCF Knights (9-3)

3. Houston Cougars (8-4)

4. East Carolina Pirates (7-5)

5. Memphis Tigers (6-6)

6. Tulane Green Wave (6-6)

7. South Florida Bulls (5-7)

8. SMU Mustangs (5-7)

9. Tulsa Golden Hurricane (5-7)

10. Temple Owls (4-8)

11. Connecticut Huskies (4-8)

 

Projected All-Conference Team

Offense

QB: John O’Korn, Houston

RB: Hosey Williams, Cincinnati

RB: Brandon Hayes, Memphis

WR: Deontay Greenberry, Houston

WR: Justin Hardy, East Carolina

TE: Sean Price, South Florida

OT: Eric Lefeld, Cincinnati

OT: Torrian Wilson, UCF

OG: Rowdy Harper, Houston

OG: Quinterrius Eatmon, South Florida

OC: Bryce Redman, Houston

 

Defense

DE: Martin Ifedi, Memphis

DE: Silverberry Mouhon, Cincinnati

DT: Terry Redden, Memphis

DT: Demetris Anderson, UCF

LB: Tyler Matakevich, Temple

LB: Derrick Matthews, Houston

LB: Terrance Plummer, UCF

CB: Lorenzo Doss, Tulane

CB: Jacoby Glenn, UCF

S: Trevon Stewart, Houston

S: Clayton Geathers, UCF

 

Specialists

K: Marvin Kloss, South Florida

P: Peter Picerelli, Tulane

R: JJ Worton, UCF

 

Offensive MVP: John O’Korn, QB, Houston

Defensive MVP: Tyler Matakevich, LB, Temple

Special Teams MVP: Marvin Kloss, K, South Florida

Freshman Player of the Year: Kevin Mouhon, LB, Cincinnati

Breakout Offensive Star: Breshad Perriman, WR, UCF

Breakout Defensive Star: Elkino Watson, DE, South Florida

 

Projected Statistical Leaders

Passing (Yards): John O’Korn, Houston

Rushing (Yards): Brandon Hayes, Memphis

Receiving (Catches): Justin Hardy, East Carolina

Touchdowns (Scored): Deontay Greenberry, Houston

Tackles: Tyler Matakevich, Temple

Sacks: Martin Ifedi, Memphis

Interceptions: Lorenzo Doss, Tulane


 

Mountain West Predictions

Boise State head coach Bryan Harsin — Photo Credit: Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports

Projected Conference Champion: Boise State Broncos

 

Conference Power Rankings

*(Numbers in parentheses are projected regular season records)

Mountain Division

1. Boise State Broncos (11-2)

2. Colorado State Rams (9-3)

3. Utah State Aggies (8-5)

4. Air Force Falcons (6-6)

5. Wyoming Cowboys (5-7)

6. New Mexico Aggies (4-8)

 

West Division

1. Nevada Wolf Pack (10-3)

2. Fresno State Bulldogs (9-3)

3. San Diego State Aztecs (6-6)

4. San Jose State Spartans (5-7)

5. Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (5-7)

6. UNLV Rebels (4-8)

 

Championship Game Prediction: Boise State beats Nevada

 

Projected All-Conference Team

Offense

QB: Cody Fajardo, Nevada

RB: Jay Ajayi, Boise State

RB: Kendall Brock, Nevada

WR: Josh Harper, Fresno State

WR: Matt Miller, Boise State

TE: Billy Freeman, San Jose State

OT: Ty Sambrailo, Colorado State

OT: Brett Boyko, UNLV

OG: Cody Wichmann, Fresno State

OG: Cameron Jefferson, UNLV

OC: LaMar Bratton, New Mexico

 

Defense 

DE: Eddie Yarbrough, Wyoming

DE: Brock Hekking, Nevada

DT: Tyeler Davison, Fresno State

DT: Travis Raciti, San Jose State

LB: Kyler Fackrell, Utah State

LB: Ejiro Ederaine, Fresno State

LB: Ben Weaver, Boise State

CB: Donte Deayon, Boise State

CB: J.J. Whitaker, San Diego State

S: Derron Smith, Fresno State

S: Jeremy Ioane, Boise State

 

Specialists

K: Austin Lopez, San Jose State

P: Garrett Swanson, Fresno State

R: Carlos Wiggins, New Mexico

 

Offensive MVP: Cody Fajardo, QB, Nevada

Defensive MVP: Kyler Fackrell, LB, Utah State

Special Teams MVP: Austin Lopez, K, San Jose State

Freshman Player of the Year: Jake Roh, TE, Boise State

Breakout Offensive Star: D.J. May, RB, Wyoming

Breakout Defensive Star: Kevin Pierre-Louis, S, Colorado State

 

Projected Statistical Leaders

Passing (Yards): Garrett Grayson, Colorado State

Rushing (Yards): Jay Ajayi, Boise State

Receiving (Catches): Josh Harper, Fresno State

Touchdowns (Scored): Jay Ajayi, Boise State

Tackles: Kyler Fackrell, Utah State

Sacks: Ejiro Ederaine, Fresno State

Interceptions: J.J. Whitaker, San Diego State


 

MAC Predictions

Toledo WR Alonzo Russell — Photo Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Projected Conference Champion: Toledo Rockets

 

Conference Power Rankings

*(Numbers in parentheses are projected regular season records)

West Division

1. Toledo Rockets (9-4)

2. Northern Illinois Huskies (8-4)

3. Ball State Cardinals (7-5)

4. Central Michigan Chippewas (6-6)

5. Western Michigan Broncos (5-7)

6. Eastern Michigan Eagles (3-9)

 

East Division

1. Bowling Green Falcons (9-4)

2. Ohio Bobcats (8-4)

3. Akron Zips (7-5)

4. Kent State Golden Flashes (5-7)

5. Buffalo Bulls (5-7)

6. Miami of Ohio (3-9)

7. UMass Minutemen (2-10)

 

Championship Game Prediction: Toledo beats Bowling Green

 

Projected All-Conference Team

Offense

QB: Matt Johnson, Bowling Green

RB: Travis Greene, Bowling Green

RB: Jahwan Edwards, Ball State

WR: Titus Davis, Central Michigan

WR: Alonzo Russell, Toledo

TE: Tyreese Russell, Eastern Michigan

OT: Tyler Loos, Northern Illinois

OT: Jason Bitsko, Kent State

OG: Greg Mancz, Toledo

OG: Andre Davis, Buffalo

OC: Nick Beamish, Central Michigan

 

Defense

DE: Jason Meehan, Northern Illinois

DE: Tarrell Baham, Ohio

DT: Leterrius Wilson, Central Michigan

DT: Treyvon Hester, Toledo

LB: Junior Sylvestre, Toledo

LB: Jamaal Bass, Northern Illinois

LB: Justin Cherocci, Central Michigan

CB: Devin Bass, Ohio

CB: Donald Celiscar, Western Michigan

S: Dechane Durante, Northern Illinois

S: Justin Currie, Western Michigan

 

Specialists

K: Jeremiah Detmer, Toledo

P: Anthony Melchiori, Kent State

R: Devin Campbell, Buffalo

 

Offensive MVP: Matt Johnson, QB, Bowling Green

Defensive MVP: Junior Sylvestre, LB, Toledo

Special Teams MVP: Jeremiah Detmer, K, Toledo

Freshman Player of the Year: Jarvion Franklin, RB, Central Michigan

Breakout Offensive Star: Phillip Ely, QB, Toledo

Breakout Defensive Star: Nordly Capi, DE, Akron

 

Projected Statistical Leaders

Passing (Yards):Matt Johnson, Bowling Green

Rushing (Yards): Jahwan Edwards, Ball State

Receiving (Catches): Titus Davis, Central Michigan

Touchdowns (Scored): Jahwan Edwards, Bowling Green

Tackles: Junior Sylvestre, Toledo

Sacks: Jason Meehan, Northern Illinois

Interceptions: Devin Bass, Ohio


 

Conference USA Predictions

Projected Conference Champion: Marshall Thundering Herd

Conference Power Rankings

*(Numbers in parentheses are projected regular season records)

East Division

1. Marshall Thundering Herd (12-1)

2. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (9-3)

3. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (8-4)

4. Florida Atlantic Owls (5-7)

5. Old Dominion Monarchs (5-7)

6. UAB Blazers (4-8)

7. FIU Golden Panthers (3-9)

 

West Division

1. UTSA Roadrunners (9-4)

2. Rice Owls (8-4)

3. North Texas Mean Green (6-6)

4. UTEP Miners (5-7)

5. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (5-7)

6. Southern Miss Golden Eagles (4-8)

 

Championship Game Prediction: Marshall beats UTSA

 

Projected All-Conference Team

Offense

QB: Rakeem Cato, Marshall

RB: Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech

RB: Aaron Jones, UTEP

WR: Tommy Shuler, Marshall

WR: Jordan Taylor, Rice

TE: Kennard Backman, UAB

OT: Darius Johnson, Middle Tennessee

OT: Clint Van Horn, Marshall

OG: Cyril Lemon, North Texas

OG: Scott Inskeep, UTSA

OC: Chris Jasperse, Marshall

 

Defense 

DE: Robert Singletary, UTSA

DE: Ra’Shawde Myers, Marshall

DT: Christian Covington, Rice

DT: Brandin Bryant, Florida Atlantic

LB: T.T. Barber, Middle Tennessee State

LB: Jermaine Holmes, Marshall

LB: Andrae Kirk, Florida Atlantic

CB: Cam Thomas, Western Kentucky

CB: D’Joun Smith, Florida Atlantic

S: Kevin Byard, Middle Tennessee State

S: Triston Wade, UTSA

 

Specialists

K: Ty Long, UAB

P: Sean Kelly, Florida Atlantic

R: Autrey Golden, UTEP

 

Offensive MVP: Rakeem Cato, QB, Marshall

Defensive MVP: Christian Covington, DT, Rice

Special Teams MVP: Autrey Golden, R, UTEP

Freshman Player of the Year: Ray Lawry, RB, Old Dominion

Breakout Offensive Star: Jamari Staples, WR, UAB

Breakout Defensive Star: Xavier Woods, S, Louisiana Tech

 

Projected Statistical Leaders

Passing (Yards): Rakeem Cato, Marshall

Rushing (Yards): Aaron Jones, UTEP

Receiving (Catches): Tommy Shuler, Marshall

Touchdowns (Scored): Tommy Shuler, Marshall

Tackles: T.T. Barber, Middle Tennessee State

Sacks: Christian Covington, Rice

Interceptions: Cam Thomas, Western Kentucky


 

 

Sun Belt Predictions

Louisiana QB Terrance Broadway — Photo Credit: Beth Hall-USA TODAY Sports

Projected Conference Champion: Louisiana Ragin Cajuns

Conference Power Rankings

*(Numbers in parentheses are projected regular season records)

1. Louisiana Ragin Cajuns (9-3)

2. ULM Warhawks (8-4)

3. Arkansas State Red Wolves (7-5)

4. South Alabama Jaguars (7-5)

5. Troy Trojans (6-6)

6. Texas State Bobcats (5-7)

7. Appalachian State Mountaineers (5-7)

8. Georgia Southern Eagles (5-7)

9. Idaho Vandals (4-8)

10. New Mexico State Aggies (3-9)

11. Georgia State Panthers (2-10)

 

Projected All-Conference Team

Offense

QB: Terrance Broadway, Louisiana

RB: Elijah McGuire, Louisiana

RB: Alonzo Harris, Louisiana

WR: Jamal Robinson, Louisiana

WR: J.D. McKissic, Arkansas State

TE: Wes Saxton, South Alabama

OT: Joseph Treadwell, ULM

OT: Terrence Jones, Troy

OG: Daniel Quave, Louisiana

OG: Drew Dearman, South Alabama

OC: Mike Marboe, Idaho

 

Defense

DE: Tyler Roberts, Troy

DE: Dominique Tovell, Louisiana

DT: Justin Hamilton, Louisiana

DT: Gerrand Johnson, ULM

LB: Qushan Lee, Arkansas State

LB: Michael Orakpo, Texas State

LB: Marc Millan, Idaho

CB: Rocky Hayes, Arkansas State

CB: Montell Garner, South Alabama

S: Sterling Young, Arkansas State

S: Trevence Patt, Louisiana

 

Specialists

K: Jason Dann, Texas State

P: Austin Rehkow, Idaho

R: Rashon Ceasar, ULM

 

Offensive MVP: Terrance Broadway, QB, Louisiana

Defensive MVP: Qushan Lee, LB, Arkansas State

Special Teams MVP: Austin Rehkow, P, Idaho

Freshman Player of the Year: Dijon Paschal, WR, Arkansas State

Breakout Offensive Star: Robert Davis, WR, Georgia State

Breakout Defensive Star: Chris Stone, DE, Arkansas State

 

Projected Statistical Leaders

Passing (Yards): Terrance Broadway, Louisiana

Rushing (Yards): Elijah McGuire, Louisiana

Receiving (Catches): J.D. McKissic, Arkansas State

Touchdowns (Scored): Elijah McGuire, Louisiana

Tackles: Qushan Lee, Arkansas State

Sacks: Dominique Tovell, Louisiana

Interceptions: Rocky Hayes, Arkansas State


 

Award Predictions

Heisman Trophy: Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA

Top Five Heisman Finalists

1. Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA

2. Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

3. Nick Marshall, QB, Auburn

4. Mike Davis, RB, South Carolina

5. Trevor Knight, QB, Oklahoma

Maxwell Award: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

Walter Camp Award: Nick Marshall, QB, Auburn

Doak Walker Award: Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia

Davey O’Brien Award: Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA

Fred Biletnikoff Award: Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn

John Mackey Award: Nick O’Leary, TE, Florida State

Outland Trophy: Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa

Lombardy Award: Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska

Rimington Trophy: Hroniss Grasu, OC, Oregon

Chuck Bednarik Award: Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska

Bronko Nagurski Trophy: Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska

Dick Butkus Award: Eric Striker, LB, Oklahoma

Jim Thorpe Award: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon

Lou Groza Award: Roberto Aguayo, K, Florida State

Ray Guy Award: Drew Kaser, P, Texas A&M

Ted Hendricks Award: Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska

Paul Hornung Award: Shaq Thompson, LB, Washington

Lott Trophy: Eric Striker, LB, Oklahoma


 

Bowl Game Predictions

New Orleans Bowl: Ball State beats Louisiana-Monroe

Military Bowl: NC State beats East Carolina

Russell Athletic Bowl: Notre Dame beats TCU

Cactus Bowl: Washington State beats Texas Tech

Armed Forces Bowl: Kansas State beats Memphis

Music City Bowl: Texas A&M beats Virginia Tech

Independence Bowl: Marshall beats Georgia Tech

Liberty Bowl: Texas beats Tennessee

Birmingham Bowl: Missouri beats Cincinnati

Go Daddy Bowl: Louisiana beats Northern Illinois

New Mexico Bowl: Fresno State beats North Texas

Las Vegas Bowl: Oregon State beats Nevada

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Utah State beats Akron

Camellia Bowl: Arkansas State beats Ohio

Miami Beach Bowl: BYU beats Houston

Boca Raton Bowl: Toledo beats Middle Tennessee

Poinsettia Bowl: Bowling Green beats Navy

Bahamas Bowl: Western Kentucky beats Tulane

Hawai’i Bowl: Colorado State beats Rice

Heart of Dallas Bowl: Minnesota beats UTSA

St. Petersburg Bowl: Louisville beats UCF

Pinstripe Bowl: North Carolina beats Indiana

Sun Bowl: Washington beats Miami

Holiday Bowl: Northwestern beats USC

Texas Bowl: Oklahoma State beats Mississippi State

Quick Lanes Bowl: Pittsburgh beats Maryland

Belk Bowl: LSU beats Clemson

Fight Hunger Bowl: Arizona beats Nebraska

Capital One Bowl: Ohio State beats South Carolina

Outback Bowl: Wisconsin beats Ole Miss

TaxSlayer Bowl: Florida beats Iowa

Alamo Bowl: Baylor beats Stanford

Orange Bowl: Michigan beats Duke

Peach Bowl: South Carolina beats Boise State

Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma beats Arizona State

Cotton Bowl: Alabama beats Oregon

Rose Bowl: (2) UCLA beats (3) Michigan State

Sugar Bowl: (1) Florida State beats (4) Auburn

National Championship: (2) UCLA beats (1) Florida State


 

The Final Top 25

1. UCLA Bruins (13-1)

2. Florida State Seminoles (13-1)

3. Michigan State Spartans (12-2)

4. Auburn Tigers (12-2)

5. Oklahoma Sooners (12-1)

6. Alabama Crimson Tide (11-2)

7. Georgia Bulldogs (11-2)

8. Michigan Wolverines (11-2)

9. Baylor Bears (11-2)

10. Ohio State Buckeyes (10-3)

11. Oregon Ducks (10-4)

12. Wisconsin Badgers (10-4)

13. LSU Tigers (10-3)

14. Duke Blue Devils (10-4)

15. South Carolina Gamecocks (10-3)

16. Boise State Broncos (12-2)

17. Arizona State Sun Devils (10-3)

18. Marshall Thundering Herd (13-1)

19. Clemson Tigers (9-4)

20. Stanford Cardinal (9-4)

21. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (9-4)

22. Miami Hurricanes (9-4)

23. Cincinnati Bearcats (11-2)

24. Washington Huskies (9-5)

25. TCU Horned Frogs (9-4)


 

2015 NFL Draft: Projecting the First-Round Picks

1. Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA

2. Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

3. Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska

4. Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M

5. Leonard Williams, DE, USC

6. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

7. Leonard Floyd, LB, Georgia

8. Mario Edwards Jr., DE, Florida State

9. Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa

10. Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor

11. Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia

12. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, oregon

13. Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State

14. Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin

15. Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford

16. Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State

17. Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama

18. Shawn Oakman, DE, Baylor

19. P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State

20. Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn

21. Cameron Erving, OT, Florida State

22. Benardrick McKinney, LB, Mississippi State

23. Dante Fowler Jr., DE/OLB, Florida

24. Shaq Thompson, LB, Washington

25. Mike Davis, RB, South Carolina

26. Landon Collins, S, Alabama

27. Vic Beasley, DE/OLB, Clemson

28. Marcus Peters, CB, Washington

29. Ty Sambrailo, OT, Colorado State

30. Eric Striker, LB, Oklahoma

31. Christian Covington, DT, Rice

32. Karlos Williams, RB, Florida State

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