National college blitz: Predictions for 2013

08/26/2013 12:00 AM

08/25/2013 9:03 PM

Heisman finalists

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AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama:

Bidding for his fourth national title ring.

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Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State:

The leader of a team favored to play for national title.

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Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville:

Also an early favorite to be top pick in 2014 NFL Draft.

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Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina:

Big hit in bowl game, and early big games could give Clowney momentum.

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Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A

If eligible, looks to become second two-time winner.

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Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia:

Needs to improve numbers against top competition.

BCS matchups

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BCS championship game:

Alabama vs. Ohio State

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Fiesta Bowl:

Oklahoma State vs. Oregon

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Rose Bowl:

Nebraska vs. Stanford

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Sugar Bowl:

Georgia vs. Notre Dame

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Orange Bowl:

Clemson vs. Louisville

Conference champions

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Southeastern:

Alabama over Georgia

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Big 12:

Oklahoma State

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Big Ten:

Ohio State over Nebraska

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Pac-12:

Stanford over UCLA

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ACC:

Clemson over Miami, Fla.

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American:

Louisville

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Mountain West:

Fresno State over Boise State

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Conference USA:

Marshall over Rice

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Mid-American:

Northern Illinois over Ohio

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Sun Belt:

Arkansas State

Major award winners

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Heisman/Maxwell/Camp (top player):

Aaron Murray, Georgia

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Davey O’Brien (quarterback):

Murray

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Doak Walker (running back):

De’Anthony Thomas, Oregon

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Butkus (linebacker):

C.J. Mosley, Alabama

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Nagurski/Bednarik (defensive player):

Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

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Outland/Lombardi (lineman):

Clowney

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Biletnikoff (wide receiver):

Sammy Watkins, Clemson

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Jim Thorpe (defensive back):

Jason Verrett, TCU

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Ted Hendricks (defensive end):

Clowney

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Rimington (center):

B.J. Finney, Kansas State

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John Mackey (tight end):

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington

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Lou Groza (kicker):

Chris Boswell, Rice

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Ray Guy (punter): Kirby Van Der Kamp, Iowa State

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