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Trevone Boykin, TCU quarterback
Boykin put up huge numbers in the Frogs’ new spread attack last year and should follow suit this season.
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Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State running back
Elliott was at his best when it counted the most last season, in victories over Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon.
Nick Chubb, Georgia running back
With the Bulldogs breaking in a new starting quarterback, Chubb should have plenty of opportunity to put up big numbers.
Cody Kessler, Southern Cal quarterback
Will the Heisman remain in the Pac-12 after Oregon QB Marcus Mariota’s victory last season?
Seth Russell, Baylor quarterback
Here’s your under-the-radar candidate. Russell will spin the scoreboard in the Bears’ attack, which means he could wind up with ridiculous passing numbers.
Major award winners
▪ Heisman (overall): Boykin
▪ Maxwell (overall): Boykin
▪ Davey O’Brien (quarterback): Boykin
▪ Doak Walker (running back): Chubb
▪ Biletnikoff (wide receiver): Tyler Boyd, Pittsburgh
▪ Mackey (tight end): Evan Engram, Mississippi
▪ Outland (lineman): Vadal Alexander, LSU
▪ Rimington (center): Max Tuerk, Southern California
▪ Nagurski/Bednarik (defense): A’Shawn Robinson, Alabama
▪ Lombardi (lineman/linebacker): Robinson
▪ Ted Hendricks (defensive end): Shawn Oakman, Baylor
▪ Butkus (linebacker): Scooby Wright, Arizona
▪ Thorpe (defensive back): Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida
▪ Groza (kicker): Roberto Aguayo, Florida State
▪ Ray Guy (punter): Tom Hackett, Utah
▪ Big 12: Baylor
▪ Southeastern: Alabama
▪ Big Ten: Ohio State
▪ Atlantic Coast: Florida State
▪ Pac-12: Southern California
▪ American: Cincinnati
▪ Mountain West: Boise State
▪ Conference USA: Marshall
▪ Mid-American: Bowling Green
▪ Sun Belt: Appalachian State
College Football Playoff
No. 1 seed Ohio State vs. No. 4 Baylor
No. 2 seed Alabama vs. No. 3 Southern California
Ohio State over Alabama
Other major bowl games
▪ Peach: Auburn vs. Florida State
▪ Fiesta: Boise State vs. Notre Dame
▪ Rose: Stanford vs. Michigan State
▪ Sugar: TCU vs. Georgia