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Unveiling the annual Herbies

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Herbstreit gives OSU the edge over Alabama in CFP (2:04)

Kirk Herbstreit gives his final preseason prediction for the College Football Playoff. (2:04)

From breakout stars to the ultimate game-changers, Kirk Herbstreit picks his favorites for the 2017 season.

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Ultimate game changer
Lamar Jackson, Louisville
Sam Darnold, USC
Derwin James, Florida State
Saquon Barkley, Penn State
Christian Wilkins, Clemson

Unsung hero
Ralph Webb, Vanderbilt
Mike Gesicki, Penn State
Courtland Sutton, SMU
Rodney Smith, Minnesota
Mike Edwards, Kentucky

All-intangibles
Shaun Dion Hamilton, Alabama
J. T. Barrett, Ohio State
Tegray Scales, Indiana
Azeem Victor, Washington
Andrew Motuapuaka, Virginia Tech

Best Tandems
Minkah Fitzpatrick and Ronnie Harrison, Alabama
Deshaun Davis and Trey Williams, Auburn
Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, Georgia
Michael Pinckney and Shaq Quarterman, Miami
Shannon Brooks and Rodney Smith, Minnesota

Ultimate Herbie
Jason Cabinda, Penn State
Hunter Renfrow, Clemson
Shaquem Griffin, UCF
Billy Price, Ohio State
Brandon Wimbush, Notre Dame

The Enforcer
Ronnie Harrison, Alabama
Trey Marshall, Auburn
Kendall Joseph, Clemson
Malik Jefferson, Texas
Lorenzo Carter, Georgia

Welcome Back
Jarrett Stidham, Auburn
Will Grier, West Virginia
Skai Moore, South Carolina
Simmie Cobbs, Indiana
Christian LaCouture, LSU

Pass-rush specialist
Harold Landry, Boston College
Bradley Chubb, NC State
Arden Key, LSU
Tyquan Lewis, Ohio State
Dorance Armstrong, Kansas

Best dual-threat QBs
Lamar Jackson, Louisville
Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State
Quinton Flowers, South Florida
J.T. Barrett, Ohio State
Jarrett Stidham, Auburn

Best pure passers
Sam Darnold, USC
Josh Allen, Wyoming
Josh Rosen, UCLA
Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State
Luke Falk, Washington State

Best tandems
Minkah Fitzpatrick and Ronnie Harrison, Alabama
Deshaun Davis and Tre' Williams, Auburn
Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, Georgia
Michael Pinckney and Shaq Quarterman, Miami
Shannon Brooks and Rodney Smith, Minnesota

Best hybrids
Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama
Derwin James, Florida State
Travin Howard, TCU
Cody Barton, Utah
Rashaan Gaulden, Tennessee

Impact coordinator hires
Kevin Wilson, Ohio State
Brian Daboll, Alabama
Matt Canada, LSU
Bob Diaco, Nebraska
Mike Elko, Notre Dame

Surprise teams
Texas
NC State
Notre Dame
Wyoming
Missouri

Best restaurants
Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse -- Nashville, Tennessee/Louisville, Kentucky
The Smokin' Pig -- Pendleton, South Carolina
City Grocery -- Oxford, Mississippi
Five Bar -- Tuscaloosa, Alabama/Knoxville, Tennessee
Ruffino's -- Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Hyde Park -- Columbus, Ohio
Valter's Osteria -- Salt Lake City, Utah
Zingerman's -- Ann Arbor, Michigan
Mickies Dairy Bar -- Madison, Wisconsin
Acre -- Auburn, Alabama

Best student section
Penn State
Wisconsin
Texas A&M
Utah
Colorado and Florida (tie)

Playoff teams

Alabama, Ohio State, USC, Florida State

National champion

Ohio State over Alabama

Conference champions

ACC
Florida State over Miami
Sleeper: Clemson

Big 12
TCU over Oklahoma
Sleeper: Kansas State

Big Ten
Ohio State over Wisconsin
Sleeper: Northwestern

Pac-12
USC over Washington
Sleeper: Oregon

SEC
Alabama over Florida
Sleeper: Kentucky

MAC
Toledo over Miami (Ohio)
Sleeper: Akron

Mountain West
Colorado State over San Diego State
Sleeper: Nevada

Conference USA
Western Kentucky over UTSA
Sleeper: Marshall

American
South Florida over Tulsa
Sleeper: SMU

Sun Belt
Appalachian State
Sleeper: Louisiana