Michael Weinreb Of Grantland.com
unveiled his forecasts for the 2014 playoff participants today and has LSU winning the National Championship:
• LSU: Because the Tigers get Bama at home, and because the SEC will most likely revert to its smashmouth roots this season, and because I’ve been consuming graminoids for fun.
• Florida State: Reverting to classic Seminole tradition, they’ll beat Oklahoma State and thrash Clemson, then lose in overtime to NC State after several players are suspended for allegedly receiving free double meat at a Chipotle.
• Oregon: Honestly, it’s not impossible to imagine Oregon losing four games, because the Pac-12 is such a fascinating gantlet of quirks and tics that it almost makes Mike Leach seem relatively normal. And yet …
• Alabama: Because if there isn’t a second SEC team in this playoff, then, like, why are we here on this planet in the first place?
National Champion: LSU
Matt Borcas and Mallory Rubin of Grantland also think that LSU freshman running back Leonard Fournette will win the Hiesman trophy:
Heisman Trophy Winner
Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU: With Zach Mettenberger, Jeremy Hill, and Odell Beckham Jr. off to the NFL, this true freshman really will need to be LSU’s version of Michael Jordan — or, at the absolute minimum, Adrian Peterson.
Heisman Trophy Winner:
Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU: Sure, a clear, recent pattern has emerged of the trophy going to the quarterback from the best or most exciting team. But another pattern has emerged in tandem: The trophy going to a fresh-faced newbie who comes out of nowhere to take the sport by storm. Fournette may not be able to outrun the hype, which is far greater than what greeted Johnny Manziel or even five-star recruit Jameis Winston, but if he can, he’ll be a potentially historically productive contributor on a national contender. The only question is what Les Miles will chew on at the ceremony. Carpet?