Every year, ESPN college football analyst Kirk Hebrstreit gives out his Herbie Awards highlighting the best players at their position in the country, picking the Heisman Trophy winner, and predicting the national champion. 2015 is no different as Rece Davis and Herbstreit joined Mike and Mike in the Morning to hype up Thursday night’s 15th annual Herbie Award special.
ESPN shared the list of awards that Herbstreit will be officially handing out tonight and they are some pretty big names on the list. He then goes on to name the Heisman Trophy winner, which isn’t a surprise, and his College Football Playoff final four, which would probably surprise everybody.
Of the eleven individual awards, not counting the Heisman pick, four of them were awarded to Ohio State Buckeyes. Darron Lee took home “The Enforcer”, Ezekiel Elliot too home “Ultimate Game Changer”, and Joey Bosa took home “Best Pass-Rusher” and “Throwback Player”. Then it came time to announce the Power Five Conference champions.
Big Ten: Ohio State Buckeyes over Wisconsin Badgers
Big 12: Oklahoma Sooners
SEC: LSU Tigers over Tennessee Volunteers
ACC: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets over Florida State Seminoles
Pac-12: Arizona State Sun Devils over Stanford Cardinal
Three of those teams that play in conferences with championship games weren’t even picked in the top two of their respective division (LSU, Arizona State, and Georgia Tech), while Oklahoma has been slated to just miss winning the Big 12 behind Baylor.
If that wasn’t surprising enough, Herbstreit went on to pick the four teams to make the CFP.
Ohio State Buckeyes
Arizona State Sun Devils
The way it looks, Ohio State would play LSU for the national championship and the Buckeyes would be repeating as champions.
This could be the most controversial predictions I have seen this entire summer, but Herbsreit knows what he is talking about. I wouldn’t mind seeing the Tigers compete for a national title again, but I don’t know if we are back there just yet.
I guess we will have to wait and see.
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