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Football preview: 2016 season predictions

Led by Heisman Trophy runner-up Christian McCaffrey, No. 8 Stanford begins its season Friday night against Kansas State at Stanford Stadium. (SAM GIRVIN/The Stanford Daily)

With Stanford’s season opener against Kansas State looming, a few members of The Daily Sports Staff — Vihan Lakshman (VL), Michael Peterson (MP), Sandip Srinivas (SS), Andrew Mather (AM), Do-Hyoung Park (DHP), Nicky Sullivan (NS) and Alexa Philippou (AP) — provided their predictions on how the Cardinal will fare this season and which teams will emerge as among the top in the nation.

Predict the games:

Opponent VL MP SS AM DHP NS AP
KSU W W W W W W W
USC W W W L W W L
@UCLA L L W W L L L
@UW W W W W W L L
WSU L W W W W W W
@ND L L L W L W L
COLO W W W W W W W
@ARIZ W W W W W W W
OSU W W W W W W W
@ORE W W W W L W L
@CAL W W W L W W W
RICE W W W W W W W

 

Predict the Pac-12 Championship:

VL: Stanford over UCLA

MP: Stanford over UCLA

SS: Stanford over UCLA

AM: USC over Stanford

DHP: UCLA over Stanford

NS: Stanford over Utah

AP: UCLA over Washington

 

Stanford offensive MVP:

VL: Christian McCaffrey

MP: Christian McCaffrey

SS: Christian McCaffrey

AM: Christian McCaffrey

DHP: Christian McCaffrey

NS: Christian McCaffrey

AP: Christian McCaffrey

 

Stanford defensive MVP:

VL: Solomon Thomas

MP: Peter Kalambayi

SS: Quenton Meeks

AM: Solomon Thomas

DHP: Solomon Thomas

NS: Harrison Phillips

AP: Solomon Thomas

 

Newcomer of the year:

VL: Dylan Jackson

MP: Justin Reid

SS: Ryan Burns

AM: Cameron Scarlett

DHP: Bobby Okereke

NS: Justin Reid

AP: Trenton Irwin

 

Conference champions:

League VL MP SS AM DHP NS AP
ACC Florida St. Clemson Clemson Clemson Florida St. Clemson Clemson
Big Ten Ohio St. Ohio St. Ohio St. Iowa Michigan Michigan Ohio St.
Big 12 TCU Oklahoma Oklahoma Texas Oklahoma Oklahoma Oklahoma
Pac-12 Stanford Stanford Stanford USC UCLA Stanford UCLA
SEC Alabama LSU LSU Alabama Ole Miss Alabama LSU

 

Predict the playoff:

Seed VL MP SS AM DHP NS AP
1 Alabama Clemson Clemson Clemson Florida St. Alabama LSU
2 FSU LSU LSU Alabama UCLA Clemson Ohio St.
3 Ohio St. Ohio St. Ohio St. USC Michigan Notre Dame Notre Dame
4 TCU Oklahoma Stanford Iowa LSU Michigan Oklahoma

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