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2014 College Football Picks and Predictions: Early National Title Favorites and Top Contenders

2014-NCAA-College-Football-Picks-Odds-Free-Picks-and-Predictions2014 College Football Picks and Predictions: Early National Title Favorites and Top Contenders: The 2014-15 college football season is still a couple of months away, but it’s never too early to start looking ahead at the potential contenders for the national title, especially since the BCS system is no longer around. This year’s championship will be decided by a four-team playoff, which opens up the potential pull of contenders a bit. Of course, there are certain teams that are safer bets to contend for the national title than others, and with that in mind, here is a closer look at the frontrunners for the college football national title in 2014-15.

2014-2015 College Football National Championship Picks and Predictions

The Favorites

With defending Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston back under center, the Florida State Seminoles should have a great chance at repeating as national champions. In addition to Winston, the Seminoles will welcome back an excellent offensive, and while they did lose some playmakers at the skill positions, there are still plenty of weapons left for Winston to work with. Defensively, Florida State will lose some starters in the secondary, but overall, 14 starters are back from a team that was one of the best in the country on both sides of the ball last year. Throw in a weak ACC, and Winston and company look like a safe bet to at least snag a playoff spot.

The high-powered offense of the Oregon Ducks has kept them among the best in the country in the past several seasons, and after quarterback Marcus Mariota decided to forgo the NFL, this year should be no different. Mariota was the frontrunner for the Heisman last season until a knee issue slowed him down late in the going, and the dual-threat QB should ensure that the Ducks pile up plenty of points and yards. Meanwhile, shutdown corner Ifo Ekpre-Olomu also decided to come back to school, giving Oregon a defensive anchor, as well. Mariota and company will ride their team speed and up-tempo offense into national title contention.

Is there are steadier force in college football these days than the Alabama Crimson Tide? Coach Nick Saban’s program has gone 60-7 over the past five seasons, collecting three national titles in the process. Granted, the Crimson Tide will have to replace several defensive starters and quarterback A.J. McCarron, but Florida State transfer Jacob Coker will help fill the void under center, and there are plenty of highly-touted recruits waiting to step on the defensive side of the ball. Meanwhile, Saban just signed what might be the best offensive line class in history, which will only bolster Alabama’s game-controlling power rushing attack. The Crimson Tide should be back in contention in 2014-15.

Other Contenders

The Auburn Tigers came out of nowhere last year and nearly won the national title, but Gus Malzahn’s bunch won’t have to sneak up on anyone this year. Dual-threat quarterback Nick Marshall is back to run an option attack that shredded every defense it faced last year, and the defense has a ton of talent in the front seven. Yes, the SEC is tough, but the Tigers won the conference last year, and they have stability under center while fellow powerhouses Alabama, LSU and Texas A&M will all be breaking in new starters. Auburn could easily run its way back into title contention this season.

A loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten title game ended the Ohio State Buckeyes’ dreams of playing for a national title, but Urban Meyer’s team should have another shot at winning a championship in 2014-15. Dual-threat QB Braxton Miller is a Heisman candidate, and while the offensive line loses some starters, there are plenty of speedy weapons left to power Meyer’s explosive offense. Perhaps more importantly, Meyer’s excellent recruiting classes should start to make a real impact on the defensive side of the ball. The Big Ten is still a relatively weak conference overall so the Buckeyes’ road to the playoffs will only have one or two tough hurdles.

Although they have been one win away from a truly special season the past few years, the Stanford Cardinal have been one of the steadiest programs in the country. This year’s team will have to replace multiple starting linebackers, but the defensive line should still be stout, and the same goes for the offensive line. Stanford wins games in the trenches and dominates opponents physically, and that style of play won’t change in 2014-15. If quarterback Kevin Hogan can be a little more consistent in his second full season as a starter, the Cardinal could finally get over the hump.

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