The college football season is only halfway over, but there’s still plenty of time for the sport to shake up the playoff picture.
Here’s a look at how the playoff races might shake out, and how the best and worst teams in each conference are projected to finish.
Miami Hurricanes (10-1) The Hurricanes are back, and they have a chance to repeat as national champions.
The offense is dominant, and quarterback Mike Williams leads the way.
Miami has an excellent chance to get back into the national conversation, as it will face off against No. 2 Florida State in the BCS title game.
The Hurricanes finished with a 10-0 record last season, but their offense was one of the best in college football last year, averaging 6.7 yards per carry and leading the nation in scoring.
The only concern is how the defense will handle a No. 1 team like the Seminoles.
The defense finished No. 13 in the country last season in points allowed per game (12.1), allowing the fewest yards per game in the Big Ten.
Miami should be a tough test for Florida State, which finished No .2 in scoring defense (17.4), while the Seminole defense ranked sixth in total defense (109.8 yards per contest).
The Hurricanes also have a lot of talent on defense, especially on the offensive line.
The 6-foot-4, 315-pounder has had a great year.
He’s played a big role in Miami’s surge, recording 10 sacks and 26 tackles for loss, plus nine tackles for a loss and a fumble recovery.
He is a big part of the team’s future.
The Dolphins are the only undefeated team in the league and have won nine straight games at home.
If the defense can keep the Hurricanes from piling up yards, the team could make a run at the BWC title.
Auburn Tigers (10) The Tigers have made some noise in the SEC West, but it remains to be seen if they can stay competitive.
The program has lost eight straight games, including a 23-7 defeat to LSU on Oct. 10.
Quarterback D’Onta Foreman has led the Tigers to consecutive bowl games in each of the last three seasons.
The offensive line struggled to keep up with Foreman, but he is still capable of throwing the ball.
Auburn finished first in the conference in scoring offense and fourth in scoring efficiency last season.
The Tigers are the favorite to finish atop the conference, but will be looking to build off the momentum of last year’s comeback win over Georgia Southern.
The defensive line was one area where the Tigers struggled last season and has to be improved.
Auburn has to get better at linebacker, which could be an issue in a division with so many talented players at linebacker.
South Carolina Gamecocks (9) The Gamecock defense, led by defensive end Michael Sam, is the best unit in the ACC.
Sam, who led the nation with six sacks last season with a team-high 15.5 sacks, should be ready to step into a starting role in 2017.
The Gamecock defense finished the season ranked third in the nation against the run (14.2 per game), while allowing just 16.5 yards per rush.
The South Carolina defense has struggled to stop the run last season as it allowed 6.9 yards per attempt, which was fourth-best in the FBS.
The secondary, led in the secondary by safety Koa Misi, will be tested.
Misi recorded five interceptions in 2016.
Auburn Bulls (9-1-1, 12-1 SEC East) The Bulls are on the bubble, but the offense could get off to a hot start.
Quarterbacks Brett Hundley and Treon Harris are both Heisman Trophy candidates, and both have proven capable of leading teams to the playoffs.
Hund 14 touchdowns in three seasons, Harris 21, and Hund is the only quarterback in the West to average more than 2,000 passing yards in a season.
Quarterman Robert Griffin III will be the best quarterback in America this season.
He will lead the offense to an SEC East title, and he’ll have a tough time stopping a No, 2 Alabama team.
The Bulls have a great chance to take home the conference title.
Alabama Crimson Tide (10-) The Tide had a disappointing season last year and have a new coach.
That could change this year.
Coach Nick Saban has a strong reputation and will be led by new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.
Saban has been in the college game for a decade, but his offense has yet to find a groove.
He was the offensive coordinator at Mississippi State, but that team struggled last year with a 3-8 record.
Saban will get his new team playing to its potential, and the Tide should be able to improve on last season’s 11-win finish.
Clemson Tigers (9)- Clemson won 13 games in 2016, but only managed to finish second in the