2016 Midseason Crystal Ball: Picks for the playoff, Heisman and more

Alabama is the consensus pick to win the national championship this year, while several writers expect Baylor to flop in the second half of the season.
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The 2016 college football season begins its second half this weekend, and the stakes are only getting higher each Saturday. Eleven teams remain undefeated while plenty of other teams with one loss are still in the hunt for conference titles and College Football Playoff berths.

Who will shine in crunch time to make the playoff, win the Heisman or rescue a season on the brink of disaster? And who will collapse when it matters most? SI’s college football experts have made their bold predictions for the second half of the season, including for the national championship, the Heisman, this year’s biggest playoff controversy and more.

 


Peach Bowl


Fiesta Bowl


National Championship Game


National Champion


Andy Staples

vs.

vs.

vs.


Pete Thamel

vs.

vs.

vs.


Brian Hamilton

vs.

vs.

vs.


Lindsay Schnell

vs.

vs.

vs.


Joan Niesen

vs.

vs.

vs.


Colin Becht

vs.

vs.

vs.


Gabriel Baumgaertner

vs.

vs.

vs.


Chris Johnson

vs.

vs.

vs.


Ben Estes

vs.

vs.

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Second-half surprise team

Second-half flop team

Heisman Trophy winner

Next to fall out of Heisman race

Coach of the year


Andy Staples


Lamar Jackson


Deshaun Watson


Nick Saban


Pete Thamel


Lamar Jackson


Deshaun Watson


P.J. Fleck


Brian Hamilton


J.T. Barrett


Greg Ward Jr.


Urban Meyer


Lindsay Schnell


Lamar Jackson


Christian McCaffrey

Dana Holgorsen
or
Chris Petersen


Joan Niesen


Lamar Jackson


J.T. Barrett


Bobby Petrino


Colin Becht


Lamar Jackson


Dalvin Cook


Urban Meyer


Gabriel Baumgaertner


J.T. Barrett


Deshaun Watson


Chris Petersen


Chris Johnson


J.T. Barrett


Donnell Pumphrey


Urban Meyer


Ben Estes


Lamar Jackson


Dalvin Cook


Urban Meyer