College Football National Championship Picks

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After the semifinals, our four of our sports editors are still in it. Zach Engberg from San Diego State and Garrett Poddell from Texas Christian are rooting for the University of Georgia. Chris Leach from University of Kentucky and Olivia Pitten from Southern Methodist are betting on the University of Alabama.Tonight, two of them will be right. Good luck!

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Lexington Herald-Leader reporting intern Chris Leach in Lexington, Ky., Monday, July 17, 2017.

Chris Leach – sports editor

University of Kentucky

Kentucky Kernel

NATIONAL CHAMPION PICK: Alabama

I think Alabama is going to win. I am not convinced that Alabama’s loss to Auburn is as crushing as some took it, that game was was incredibly hostile and it’s tough for anyone to play in that kind of environment. I think Alabama is as solid as anyone in the field, and coming off a rare-loss, watch out for the Tide.

Olivia Pitten – sports editor

Southern Methodist University

The Daily Campus

NATIONAL CHAMPION PICK: Alabama

I think Alabama is going to win the national championship this year, despite not being conference champions. I think Nick Saban will take the month of December to get the Crimson Tide back into shape before facing Clemson in the Sugar Bowl, seeking revenge for their loss last year. Ultimately, I think the Alabama offensive will prevail over the Tigers.

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San Diego State University

The Daily Aztec

NATIONAL CHAMPION PICK: University of Georgia

The University of Georgia will win the 2017 CFP championship. They have been the best FBS team since the season began. Only one of its games has been decided by less than two touchdowns, a 20-19 win over Notre Dame in week 2. After their 40-17 road loss to Auburn, the Bulldogs responded with three dominating wins, taking revenge on Auburn in the SEC championship. Running back Nick Chubb is one of the more underrated backs in the country, and Sony Michel is no slouch. Oklahoma has the best quarterback in the playoff, Alabama has the best coach, Clemson has the most experience, but this is the Bulldogs’ year.

Garrett Podell – Sports Editor

Texas Christian University

TCU360

NATIONAL CHAMPION PICK: The University of Georgia

I think the Georgia Bulldogs will be the national champions for a couple reasons. They have a three-headed monster at running back with Nick Chubb, Sony Michel, and D’Andre Swift who collectively average 263.5 rushing yards a game. Defensively, they allow just 13.2 points per game. When you can play keep away and win the time of possession battle, as well as keep your opponents out of the end zone, that’s a formula for winning it all.

Previous: So I reached out to 22 college media sports editors, and eight took the time to answer me during this hectic finals time. Swear to goodness, Alabama, Clemson, University of Georgia and Oklahoma each got two votes. So I guess the winner really is anyone’s guess.

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Rice University

Rice Thresher

NATIONAL CHAMPION PICK: Oklahoma

Oklahoma’s only loss this year came in a dud of a performance against Iowa State. That won’t happen again. When the Sooners play well, they look like the team that destroyed Ohio State in Columbus earlier this year. That’s the team I expect to show up for the Rose Bowl and the National Championship Game. Likely Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield will be too much for the Georgia and Clemson defenses to handle, and Oklahoma will take home the national championship.

King, Nathan.jpegNathan King – Assistant Sports Editor

Auburn University

The Auburn Plainsman

NATIONAL CHAMPION PICK: Oklahoma

Baker Mayfield should prove too much for Georgia in the first round, although that Rose Bowl matchup should be one for the ages. Against either Alabama or Clemson, the Sooners defense will flex its newfound efficiency and harass Bryant or Hurts enough to let Mayfield be the deciding factor.

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University of South Carolina

The Daily Gamecock

NATIONAL CHAMPION PICK: Clemson

I predict Clemson to win the National Championship. I covered South Carolina’s annual Palmetto Bowl matchup with Clemson this season, in which the Tigers earned a 34-10 win over the Gamecocks. After a dominant win over Miami in the ACC Championship game, the Tigers look poised to repeat last season’s national championship victory behind quarterback Kelly Bryant, an arsenal of dynamic skill players and a stout defensive line.

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North Caroline State

The Technician

NATIONAL CHAMPION PICK: Clemson

I’ve got the Clemson Tigers winning it all. I saw first hand what that team is capable of when it came through Carter-Finley Stadium in November. That’s a championship caliber defense loaded with NFL talent. Kelly Bryant is a young, talented, mobile quarterback capable of leading the Tigers offense and allowing it to put enough points on the board for its defense to win the game. Give me Clemson over Oklahoma in the title game.

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