College football season has finally returned, and with it are several burning questions.

Will Michigan State rebuild or simply reload in 2016? Is it a foregone conclusion that this season's title is Alabama's to lose? Is the Big Ten still living in Urban Meyer's world? Is Jim Harbaugh leaving for the NFL?

Time will tell, but you don't have to wait thanks to our prognosticators. Continue reading if you want to know how things will shake out this year. But if you don't want spoilers for this season, avert your eyes now.


Beanie Howell

MSU: 8-4

Michigan: 9-3

Ohio State: 9-3

Big Ten champion: Iowa

National champion: Clemson

Outlook: Michigan State will struggle against better competition, mostly due to an offense that's not as tough to defend as it was a season ago. The Spartans falls at Notre Dame, home to BYU, vs. Michigan and home against Ohio State, finishing third in the Big Ten East. Michigan might be better than they were in 2015 but sport a worse record. The Wolverines will ultimately fall short against the likes of Ohio State and Iowa, and drop a surprising one at home to Wisconsin. Ohio State will go through a lot of growing pains early on -- they return the fewest starters in all of the FBS -- but by late season they'll have come a long way, just like the Buckeyes did under Urban Meyer in 2014. They'll fall short, though, against a returning, reloaded Iowa team in the Big Ten championship game.

Brock Palmbos

MSU: 9-3
Michigan: 10-2
Big Ten champion: Ohio State
National champion: Clemson
Outlook: I like Northwestern to win the Big Ten West this year, and I have them beating Michigan State in East Lansing.  I think MSU will also lose to Notre Dame and Michigan, but beating Ohio State.  State has a lot of depth all over the place, but I think the early loss to ND will hurt their confidence. I think Michigan is a year away from contending for the national title.  They'll beat MSU in East Lansing, but lose at Iowa and Ohio State.  The road schedule is just too tough for them. OSU will lose to Oklahoma early, and a loss to MSU will cost them a bid to the College Football Playoff, but I have them defeating Northwestern in Indianapolis for the Big Ten title. As for the national title, Clemson has the best player in the nation, in my opinion, in QB DeShaun Watson.  They'll beat Florida State in Tallahassee, and should be 13-0 heading into the playoff. Stanford, Alabama, and Oklahoma will join Clemson in the CFP.

David "Mad Dog" DeMarco

MSU: 10-2
Michigan: 10-2
Big Ten champion: Ohio State
National champion: Alabama

Tim Staudt

MSU: 9-3
Michigan: 10-2
Big Ten champion: Ohio State
National champion: TCU

Outlook: TCU is loaded with transfer QB Kenny Hill from Texas A&M who sat out last season.  The Big Ten East might not have a team in the final four because they'll knock each other off.  I only give MSU two lock wins-- Furman and Rutgers.  They'll be favored in many more but I predict many close games this fall.