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ESPN Predicts Which CFB Team Would Win A 68-Team NCAA Tournament In 2016

ESPN Bracket of College Football teams.

ESPN Bracket

A couple of weeks back, we put together a 68-team college football bracket, attempting to predict which team would win an NCAA Tournament if it happened in CFB for the 2015 season. 

Our champion: Ohio State. You can view the full bracket here

ESPN has now done the same thing, but for the upcoming 2016 season. 

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ESPN's top seeds for the 2016 season, based on preseason polls and their FPI:

1-seeds: Alabama, Florida State, Michigan, Baylor

2-seeds: Clemson, LSU, Oklahoma, Stanford

3-seeds: Notre Dame, Ohio State, Houston, Tennessee

4-seeds: Ole Miss, Michigan State, TCU, USC

The predicted champions, from Mark Schlabach and Sharon Katz. 

(1) Alabama over (1) Florida State

Schlabach's breakdown: After playing five games in five weeks (and 15 games in the season to date), Alabama and FSU would finally get a weekend off before playing in the inaugural College Football Tournament Championship Game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. After a closer-than-expected 27-24 win, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban would join legendary Alabama coach Paul "Bear" Byrant as the only coaches in college football history to guide their teams to six national championships. Alabama's defense will lead it to its fifth national title in eight seasons.

(2) LSU over (2) Oklahoma

Katz's breakdown: And your FPI national champion is -- LSU. Well, sort of. If this bracket was played out, FPI would give LSU the best chance to win the tournament, but it would win only about 15 percent of the time. What does FPI see in the Tigers? They return an FBS-high 18 starters, including Fournette, to a team that has been consistently efficient over the past few years. Oklahoma would provide a tough challenge, but ultimately LSU would be favored in a rematch of the 2004 Sugar Bowl, leading to the Tigers' first national championship since 2007.

Alabama and LSU, huh? What do you think of ESPN's prediction, college football fans?

You can view ESPN's full breakdown here