College Football Playoff

College Football Superlatives for the 2016-2017 Season

Victoria Barnett

By Victoria Barnett

August 9, 2016


With college football on the horizon, we like to give out pre-season superlatives. Who is the best returning quarterback? Which team is most likely to win the College Football Playoff National Championship? We certainly have a few ideas! Take a look below at our college football superlatives for the 2016-2017 season.

Most-Anticipated Game

Clemson at Florida State

This ACC matchup could very well determine which team makes the College Football Playoff. With the amount of talent on both sides of the ball, this game is definitely one to watch this season.

Alabama at LSU

This rivalry game is always one to see each year, especially because the two teams don’t like each other… at all. It’s been entertaining seeing Alabama pummel LSU for the last five years – and we can’t forget the Crimson Tide kept Leonard Fournette to only 31 yards last year.

Michigan at Ohio State

“The Game” dates back to 1987 and is always a complete blood battle. The rivalry is easily one of the best in the game and could definitely have playoff implications this year. Since 1935, this game has decided the Big Ten conference/division championship 22 times.

Read more about the games to watch this season.


Best Returning Quarterback

Deshaun Watson – Clemson

In 2015, Deshaun Watson landed as one of three Heisman Trophy finalists after getting the most votes among quarterbacks – by a long shot. Last season, he threw for 4,104 yards with 35 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He’s a dual-threat quarterback with enough talent to carry the Clemson Tigers back to the National Championship.

Baker Mayfield – Oklahoma

Baker Mayfield brings confidence, accuracy and energy to the field during almost every play. In 2015, he threw for 3,700 yards and averaged 9.4 yards per attempt. He also completed 36 touchdowns and only had seven interceptions.

Brad Kaaya – Miami

Brad Kaaya doesn’t have the numbers like Watson and Mayfield, but the potential is unbelievable. His first two seasons, he threw for almost 6,500 yards with 42 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. With his poise and intelligence, Kaaya is easily the best quarterback Miami has seen in years.

Best Mascot

Uga – University of Georgia

Voted as the best mascot in 2015, this adorable English bulldog has been an icon for UGA for about 60 years.

Otto the Orange – Syracuse University

Syracuse could have chosen the Abominable Orangeman or a penguin with an orange scarf, but thankfully they went with a fuzzy orange instead!

The Duck – University of Oregon

Oregon used to have a live duck named Puddles as their mascot until the school struck a deal with Walt Disney and adopted Donald Duck.

View our complete list of favorite mascots.


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Best Rivalry

Alabama – Auburn

Alabama and Auburn first met in 1893 to start what would become one of the most heated rivalries in college football. Needless to say, the entire state of Alabama and beyond look forward to the Iron Bowl each year.

Michigan – Ohio State

This rivalry dates back to 1897 and has been a hot game to watch ever since. The tension between the two teams really started getting intense during the “Ten Year War” between Bo Schembechler and Woody Hayes in the 1970s.

Oklahoma – Texas

Ever since 1900, this rivalry game has been a must-attend event. The Red River Showdown is played annually at the Cotton Bowl during the State Fair of Texas. The turnout for the game is always tremendous and the excitement from both sides of the field is unmatched.

Take our quiz to see how well you know college football rivalries!

Most Likely to Win National Championship


Considering Alabama’s successful history, it’s hard not to pick them as a favorite to win the National Championship. They have a dangerous offense, and even with losing six starters on defense, we trust Saban’s staff enough to have recruited some of the most talented players in the game.


The Clemson Tigers came close this year, and thanks to Deshaun Watson and his offense, they’ll likely get another shot this year. We know the potential is there, but we’ll just have to see how the Florida State game turns out.


Oklahoma made a good run last year, and they appear to have the momentum to return to the National Championship picture thanks to their returning talent in the backfield. With Baker Mayfield leading the way, the Sooners have a good shot at winning the title.  

Read more about our predictions.


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