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Predicting The Next 5 National Champions In College Football

Clemson's Deshaun Watson celebrates winning the College Football Playoff national title

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 09: Quarterback Deshaun Watson #4 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates with the College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 to win the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Here are the teams we think will win the next five national title games.

This year's College Football Playoff field consists of Clemson, Oklahoma, Georgia and Alabama. In just a few weeks, we'll be crowning one of the programs the national champion for the 2017 season.

Alabama was the No. 1 team in the country for much of the year - along with being the overwhelming title favorite in Vegas - but that's no longer the case. The Crimson Tide, following their loss to Auburn, barely snuck into the playoff as the No. 4 seed over Ohio State.

Who's going to win it all this year?

What about the years after that?

Here are our predictions for college football's next 5 national champions.


This one, obviously, is the year we're most-likely to get right, considering we know the four teams playing for it all. There's no obvious favorite, though, so it's not that easy.

With no runaway favorite, I'm just going to go with the team that's led by the best player in the country.

Prediction: Oklahoma

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Next year's national champion, in my mind, will be one of the most-controversial teams of the 2017 season. Ohio State brings back a lot of talent on offense and Dwayne Haskins looks like the real deal. The pro-style QB paired with an electric running back in J.K. Dobbins could give OSU the country's most-exciting offense. The Buckeyes will win their second national title under Urban Meyer.

Prediction: Ohio State


Things are starting to get a little restless in Ann Arbor, with Jim Harbaugh having lost to Ohio State - again.

The problem with the Wolverines during the Jim Harbaugh era has been quarterback play. They likely would've won this year's Ohio State game with even slightly above-average QB play.

In 2019, Michigan should have options. They recently landed five-star transfer Shea Patterson from Ole Miss. And they'll finally have a really good prospect in Dylan McCaffrey, who will be a redshirt sophomore. He was a former top recruit and probably has the best natural ability of any of the QBs on Michigan's roster. Harbaugh will likely have something in one of the two players in 2019.

Prediction: Michigan

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This will be Dan Mullen's third season in Gainesville.

Year 3 has been a championship year for some of the country's great coaches (Meyer, Saban).

I think it'll be one for Mullen, who's offensive mind and quarterback development ability is greatly needed for a program that has little problems bringing in talent.

Prediction: Florida


Justin Fields is the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the country. He's signed on to play at Georgia. In 2021, the five-star Fields will be either a senior or a redshirt junior. The Bulldogs, under Kirby Smart, have been recruiting (and playing) at an elite level. It's possible they win the national title this year (or any of the years to come). I think 2021 is when it happens.

Prediction: Georgia