Dec 30, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) runs past Texas Longhorns defensive end Caleb Bluiett (42) during the first half at Alamo Dome. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Sporting News picks Oregon Ducks to win College Football Playoff

Now that spring football is over and the freshman are beginning to arrive for summer classes, publications are starting to release their preseason magazines and are making predictions.

In fact, Sporting News has made their prediction for the first ever College Football Playoff.

The long-time magazine has picked the Oregon Ducks to win their first National Championship.

The annual yearbook predicted the Ducks to be joined by the Oklahoma Sooners, Alabama Crimson Tide and the 2013 National Champions, the Florida State Seminoles. The Ducks are picked to defeat the Seminoles in the first round and then the Sooners in the championship game.

The Ducks are a popular pick to get into the first ever playoff despite losing to the Stanford Cardinal in each of the last two seasons largely because of the return of quarterback Marcus Mariota.

Mariota was fantastic in 2013, completing 245 of 386 passes for 3,665 yards with 31 touchdowns and just four interceptions, leading his team to an Alamo Bowl victory. He rushed for another 715 yards and nine touchdowns on just 96 carries (7.6 yards per carry). Mariota would have had a chance to be the top overall pick in the draft this weekend had he declared.

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