First top-10 finish in a decade.
- 0hio State
- Penn State
- Florida State
- Oklahoma State
- Western Michigan
- Virginia Tech
- West Virginia
- San Diego State
Teams of note are below:
2016 record: 14-1, 8-0 SEC
Returning starters: 7 offense, 6 defense, 1 special teams
4. Penn State
2016 record: 11-3, 8-1 Big Ten
Returning starters: 9 offense, 7 defense, 2 special teams
2016 record: 14-1, 7-1 ACC
Returning starters: 5 offense, 7 defense, 1 special teams
6. Ohio State
2016 record: 11-2, 8-1 Big Ten
Returning starters: 9 offense, 8 defense, 0 special teams
2016 record: 11-3, 7-2 Big Ten
Returning starters: 9 offense, 7 defense, 1 special teams
2016 record: 10-3, 7-2 Big Ten
Returning starters: 4 offense, 1 defense, 0 special teams
Key losses: WR Amara Darboh, WR Jehu Chesson, OT Ben Braden, G Kyle Kalis, OT Erik Magnuson, TE Jake Butt, RB De'Veon Smith, LB/RB Jabrill Peppers, DE Chris Wormley, NT Matthew Godin, DT Ryan Glasgow, DE Taco Charlton, LB Ben Gedeon, CB Jourdan Lewis, SS Dymonte Thomas, FS Delano Hill, CB Channing Stribling
2016 record: 9-4, 6-2 SEC
Returning starters: 9 offense, 3 defense, 2 special teams
Key losses: NT Joey Ivie, DT Caleb Brantley, LB Daniel McMillian, LB Jarrad Davis, LB Alex Anzalone, CB Quincy Wilson, CB Teez Tabor, S Marcus Maye, DE Bryan Cox Jr., QB Austin Appleby, OT David Sharpe
As a Bay Area guy, I do hold my NFL loyalty (however dwindling) to the 49ers. But anyway, after the last offensive play of the game, it had me thinking about one of the 1 or 2 smart things the 49ers did all season.
Deadspin caught on as well: http://deadspin.com/the-49ers-did-something-smart-yesterday-1788674473
(hopefully someone can embed the GIF)
If Alabama tackles/holds all eligible recievers, time runs off and only results in a defensive holding penalty. Clemson most likely has to throw the ball away for at best one untimed down and would have had to kick the game tying field goal. Game would have more than not gone to overtime. DISCUSS!
The NYTimes just published a fascinating article measuring the effects of football impacts to the head over the course of the game. The visualization relating to a helmet-to-helmet hit is especially striking.
Definitely worth a look for those who worry about player safety and the future of the game.
In this chart, we show the G-force data from just 10 of the 62 hits this offensive lineman accrued in a single game. The average G-force, 25.8, is roughly equivalent to what we would see if the offensive lineman crashed his car into a wall going about 30 m.p.h.
The bioengineering here involves a mouthguard developed at Stanford which measures impacts in a unique fashion. This is apparently a superior (although still somewhat imprecise) measure of impact compared with helmet sensors.
Anyway, a good read for those interested in the topic.