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Four for one

Photograph By Allen Kee/ESPN Images (Sims); Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images (Mariota); Andrew Weber/USA Today Sports (Winston); Sam Riche/TNS/Landov (Jones)

The first year of the four-team College Football Playoff produced a Championship Drive Issue with a cover for each participating school (featuring, of course, their quarterbacks). Two future NFL standouts, Jameis Winston of Florida State and Marcus Mariota of Oregon, didn't win it all. That honor belonged to ex-third-string signal-caller Cardale Jones and Ohio State. Go figure.