With the start of the 2016 College Football season upon us, pundits from various platforms are quickly volunteering their picks for the four-team playoff in January.
ESPN Radio pundits Ryen Russillo and Danny Kanell tweeted their respective picks on Thursday afternoon.
— Russillo and Kanell (@RussilloKanell) September 1, 2016
Russillo opted for traditional powers Alabama and Oklahoma, an incredibly efficient and consistent Stanford program, and a Deshaun Watson-led Clemson squad.
Kanell decided to be a little more unpredictable with his selections. Clemson and Oklahoma represent the “safe” options, whilst UCLA and Georgia could be construed as “sleepers” within the current landscape of the sport.
Interestingly enough, Kanell chose the Bulldogs over the likes of the reigning National Champion (Alabama), a very talented team down on the Bayou (LSU), and the odds-on favorite to win the SEC East (Tennessee).
Should Kirby Smart and Georgia win the national title, they’d be bucking a serious trend. It’s been nearly 20 years (Oklahoma, 2000) since a coach with no prior head coaching experience — and one that wasn’t promoted from within — has won a national title (Bob Stoops).