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NCAA Blitz: Award predictions, College Football Playoff and bowl outlook

Pittsburgh junior Tyler Boyd went over 1,000 receiving yards in both of his first two seasons.
Pittsburgh junior Tyler Boyd went over 1,000 receiving yards in both of his first two seasons. The Associated Press

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Heisman finalists

Trevone Boykin, TCU quarterback

Boykin put up huge numbers in the Frogs’ new spread attack last year and should follow suit this season.

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

Conference champions

▪ 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

Orange Bowl

No. 1 seed Ohio State vs. No. 4 Baylor

Cotton Bowl

No. 2 seed Alabama vs. No. 3 Southern California

Championship

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

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