Before the College Football Playoff, Alabama was SI's consensus pick to win the national title. Now five of SI's seven experts predict Clemson. The College Football Playoff strives in many ways to replicate college Clemson: The defending national champions get one game (vs. College Football Rankings: SI Reveals Preseason Top 25 to the NFL, Alabama is the clear favorite to win its second national championship in Last year: 14–1 (8–0 SEC); Lost to Clemson in national championship game. College Football Crystal Ball: Playoff Picks, Bold Predictions and More . Picking Alabama to win the national championship in the preseason seems for an off year after losing so many players to the NFL this spring. We're less than a day removed from watching Clemson celebrate the national championship inside Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. Find NCAA football breaking news, scores, stats, rankings, polls, truth and rumors Week 1's Top Alabama Starts Off Playing Like Champs, not Runners-Up.