Never Too Early college football picks for 2015: Playoffs, SEC and ACC standings, Heisman finalists

Look for TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin his fellow Horned Frogs to be in the College Football Playoff next season. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

It's officially over, a college football season that didn't include an SEC team in the national championship game.

The sun reportedly came up from Tuscaloosa to Columbia.

Now it's time for a Never Too Early look at the 2015 season, pre-Signing Day and well before spring practice:

Ohio State



Southern Cal

Comment: Pick your favorite Ohio State quarterback and the defending national champs remain loaded; TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin and his fellow Horned Frogs are mad; Alabama, just because; Southern Cal is primed for a Pac-12 push behind quarterback Cody Kessler.


Michigan State

Florida State


Comment: LSU needs a quarterback and a defensive coordinator but, led by running back Leonard Fournette, Les Miles has tremendous young talent; Michigan State star quarterback Connor Cook is saying he will come back for a senior season; Florida State likely will have more players picked in the first three rounds of the NFL draft than any other school - but reload; Oregon will run the ball a little more post-Marcus Mariota.

1. Georgia

2. Tennessee

3. Missouri

4. South Carolina

5. Florida

6. Kentucky

7. Vanderbilt

Comment: Georgia, as usual, is capable of an SEC title; Missouri is probably underestimated again but Tennessee was the league's most improved team in 2014: South Carolina over Florida because the Gators have to play in Columbia.

1. Alabama

2. LSU

3. Auburn

4. Ole Miss

5. Mississippi State

6. Arkansas

7. Texas A&M

Comment: The 4-7 spots are interchangeable, but Dak Prescott's return at quarterback should make a big difference for Mississippi State and Hugh Freeze can coach and has plenty of talent in Oxford.

1. Florida State

2. Clemson

3. Louisville

4. N.C. State

5. Boston College

6. Syracuse

7. Wake Forest

Comment: Assuming a healthy Deshaun Watson - quite an assumption given the Clemson quarterback's injury record - you have to think the Tigers would rather play Florida State (with a new quarterback) sooner than later; N.C. State won four of its last five games.

1. Georgia Tech

2. Miami

3. Virginia Tech

4. North Carolina

5. Duke

6. Pittsburgh

7. Virginia

Comment: Clemson or Louisville might win this topsy-turvy division. On the hot seat: Miami head coach Al Golden and Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer. The Tar Heels can make a big splash with a Thursday night opener upset of South Carolina.

Samaje Perine, running back , Oklahoma

Ezekiel Elliott, running back, Ohio State

Nick Chubb, running back, Georgia

Trevone Boykin, quarterback, TCU

Connor Cook, quarterback, Michigan State

Cody Kessler, quarterback, Southern Cal

Royce Freeman, running back, Oregon

Comment: An Ohio State quarterback? If snaps are split, no Heisman - just a playoff spot; Perine (427 yards vs. Kansas in 2014) will be asked to carry the Sooners; Chubb is a touchdown machine if he can stay healthy.

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