2014 College Football Playoff picks: SI makes its midseason predictions

1:42 | College Football
Which team has the toughest road to the college football Final Four?
Wednesday October 15th, 2014

We're midway through the 2014 season, and seven weeks of upsets, injuries and chaos have left the race to the inaugural College Football Playoff wide open. Teams that were once afterthoughts are now frontrunners. Perennial powerhouses are fighting to stay in the hunt. If the start of this fall was any indication, perhaps it's best to expect to unexpected over the next couple of months.

So, who will survive the season's second half to land in the top four? Who will prevail from major college football's first bracket to claim the title in Dallas? SI.com's team of writers makes its predictions below.

As a reminder, the playoff bids go to the top four teams as ranked by the selection committee, regardless of the teams' conference affiliations. For more midseason analysis, check out the 2014 Midseason Crystal Ball and All-America Team.

• STAFF: 2014 Midseason Crystal Ball: SI's picks for Heisman, more

Andy Staples

Martin Rickman

​Zac Ellis

Lindsay Schnell

Brian Hamilton

Ben Glicksman

Colin Becht

Gabriel Baumgaertner

Want more midseason predictions? Make sure to check out SI's picks for the Heisman Trophy, second-half flop team and much more.

1:56 | College Football
Dak Prescott vs. Marcus Mariota

• ​Get framed print of Miss. State, Ole Miss's SI cover | Get magazine issue

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide — from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Grant Wahl, Andy Staples and more — delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.