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

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. vs.
  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 Peterson

Chris Johnson

J.T. Barrett

Donnell Pumphrey

Urban Meyer

Ben Estes

Lamar Jackson

Dalvin Cook

Urban Meyer

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