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Decision 2016: Alabama, Michigan are SportsNation's picks

ESPN

With the College Football Playoff committee preparing to release its first rankings of the season Tuesday night (7 p.m. ET on ESPN, WatchESPN), we commissioned our own focus group -- of more than 100,000 fans -- to predict the national champion.

The results of our week-long poll -- which we broke down both nationally and state-by-state -- showed just how split the country is among the top teams and how parochial fans of college football are. Alabama was SportsNation's choice to win the national title, but only by a hair:

Some interesting takeaways from our poll results:

  • The ultimate margin between Alabama (8-0, 5-0 SEC) and Michigan (8-0, 5-0 Big Ten) was just 70 votes out of more than 104,000 total votes cast. The Wolverines (17) won more states than the Crimson Tide (14) despite falling just short in the popular vote.

  • Every school among the 10 finalists picked by ESPN.com's experts won at least its home state save for Baylor (6-1, 3-1 Big 12). The state of Texas was won by Texas A&M (7-1, 4-1 SEC). Clemson (8-0, 5-0 ACC), Louisville (7-1; 5-1 ACC), Ohio State (7-1, 4-1 Big Ten) and Texas A&M each came out on top in just one state apiece.

  • The most lopsided states were Alabama and West Virginia, with the Tide and Mountaineers (6-1, 3-1 Big 12) each garnering 83 percent of votes in their home states. Following close behind was Michigan, which received 80 percent of votes in its home state, and Washington (8-0, 5-0 Pac-12), at 79 percent. Nebraska (7-1, 4-1 Big Ten) won its home state by 60 percentage points.

So, how did your state vote? Here are the results for each one:

Alabama

83% -- Alabama
5% -- Michigan
2% -- Ohio State
2% -- Washington
8% -- All others


Alaska

35% -- Washington
26% -- Alabama
17% -- Michigan
23% -- All others


Arizona

25% -- Michigan
21% -- Alabama
15% -- Washington
39% -- all others


Arkansas

49% -- Alabama
11% -- Michigan
7% -- Nebraska
32% -- All others


California

29% -- Michigan
21% -- Washington
20% -- Alabama
29% -- All others


Colorado

23% -- Michigan
21% -- Alabama
19% -- Nebraska
36% -- All others


Connecticut

32% -- Michigan
27% -- Alabama
8% -- West Virginia
33% -- All others


Delaware

25% -- West Virginia
23% -- Michigan
20% -- Ohio State
32% -- All others


Florida

37% -- Alabama
24% -- Michigan
10% -- Ohio State
29% -- All others


Georgia

47% -- Alabama
13% -- Clemson
13% -- Michigan
28% -- All others


Hawaii

34% -- Washington
19% -- Alabama
15% -- Michigan
22% -- All others


Idaho

42% -- Washington
22% -- Alabama
16% -- Michigan
19% -- All others


Illinois

39% -- Michigan
20% -- Alabama
11% -- Ohio State
30% -- All others


Indiana

39% -- Michigan
16% -- Alabama
16% -- Ohio State
28% -- All others


Iowa

36% -- Nebraska
26% -- Michigan
20% -- Alabama
19% -- All others


Kansas

39% -- Nebraska
23% -- Alabama
15% -- Michigan
23% -- All others


Kentucky

60% -- Louisville
15% -- Alabama
9% -- Michigan
16% -- All others


Louisiana

51% -- Alabama
14% -- Michigan
7% -- Texas A&M
28% -- All others


Maine

36% -- Michigan
15% -- Alabama
12% -- Clemson
38% -- All others


Maryland

33% -- West Virginia
21% -- Alabama
19% -- Michigan
27% -- All others


Massachusetts

34% -- Michigan
22% -- Alabama
9% -- Ohio State
34% -- All others


Michigan

80% -- Michigan
8% -- Alabama
6% -- Ohio State
6% -- All others


Minnesota

35% -- Michigan
22% -- Alabama
19% -- Nebraska
24% -- All others


Mississippi

66% -- Alabama
11% -- Michigan
5% -- Ohio State
19% -- All others


Missouri

27% -- Alabama
24% -- Michigan
18% -- Nebraska
32% -- All others


Montana

30% -- Washington
22% -- Michigan
18% -- Alabama
31% -- All others


Nebraska

72% -- Nebraska
12% -- Alabama
9% -- Michigan
8% -- All others


Nevada

29% -- Michigan
22% -- Washington
19% -- Alabama
30% -- All others


New Hampshire

33% -- Alabama
31% -- Michigan
7% -- Washington
29% -- All others


New Jersey

32% -- Michigan
22% -- Alabama
12% -- West Virginia
34% -- All others


New Mexico

27% -- Alabama
21% -- Michigan
12% -- Texas A&M
40% -- All others


New York

34% -- Michigan
20% -- Alabama
14% -- West Virginia
33% -- All others


North Carolina

28% -- Alabama
21% -- Clemson
18% -- Michigan
33% -- All others


North Dakota

26% -- Michigan
23% -- Nebraska
20% -- Alabama
31% -- All others


Ohio

53% -- Ohio State
25% -- Michigan
11% -- Alabama
12% -- All others


Oklahoma

33% -- Alabama
18% -- Michigan
12% -- Nebraska
37% -- All others


Oregon

45% -- Washington
20% -- Alabama
15% -- Michigan
21% -- All others


Pennsylvania

28% -- West Virginia
26% -- Michigan
18% -- Alabama
30% -- All others


Rhode Island

29% -- Michigan
29% -- Alabama
11% -- West Virginia
30% -- All others


South Carolina

65% -- Clemson
13% -- Alabama
7% -- Michigan
14% -- All others


South Dakota

50% -- Nebraska
18% -- Michigan
17% -- Alabama
15% -- All others


Tennessee

44% -- Alabama
15% -- Clemson
15% -- Michigan
26% -- All others


Texas

33% -- Texas A&M
26% -- Alabama
11% -- Michigan
30% -- All others


Utah

28% -- Alabama
27% -- Washington
23% -- Michigan
23% -- All others


Vermont

42% -- Michigan
25% -- Alabama
8% -- Clemson
25% -- All others


Virginia

26% -- Alabama
23% -- West Virginia
20% -- Michigan
32% -- All others


Washington

79% -- Washington
10% -- Alabama
5% -- Michigan
7% -- All others


West Virginia

83% -- West Virginia
9% -- Alabama
2% -- Michigan
6% -- All others


Wisconsin

39% -- Michigan
29% -- Alabama
9% -- Nebraska
23% -- All others


Wyoming

25% -- Nebraska
22% -- Michigan
15% -- Washington
39% -- All others