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Debate: Thoughts on the CBSSports.com Midseason Awards?

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

There is a strong argument for Manziel, not Mariota, as Midseason Offensive Player of the Year. (USATSI)
There is a strong argument for Manziel, not Mariota, as Midseason Offensive Player of the Year. (USATSI)

If you are on CBSSports.com right now, then I hope you have taken a look at all the great content we've rolled out for our midseason reset. Now that all the All-American and superlative ballots have been counted and the results have been announced, it's time to debate!

Tom Fornelli and Jerry Hinnen join me, like they do every week for the Expert Picks podcast, to not only share our picks for the awards but discuss the other nominees and overall winners. In the podcast below, you'll hear us discuss the balloting for a few of the categories.

The midseason All-American team and awards are a prelude to the CBSSports.com postseason All-America team and awards, which will be unveiled Tuesday, Dec. 17.

[Note: In the podcast, you'll hear Jerry reference TCU defensive end Devonte Fields as his pick for Most Disappointing Player. After we recorded (but before it was posted) he changed that pick to Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper.]

Offensive Player of the Year: Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota (but Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel as a close second)

Defensive Player of the Year: UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr

Most Surprising (team and individual): Missouri , Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion, LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger all get nods here.

Most Disappointing (team and individual): North Carolina , TCU , Jadeveon Clowney, and more.

Overrated/Underrated teams

Coach of the Year: Baylor's Art Briles

Game of the Year (thus far): Alabama -Texas A&M vs. Georgia -LSU. Who ya got?

Ways to Listen

1) CBSSports.com player below

2) Download the MP3

3) Download the show or subscribe on iTunes

Now that you've finished the podcast, check out the rest of our midseason material:

Midseason All-America Team

Midseason Awards

Dennis Dodd on Coach of the Year Art Briles

Jeremy Fowler's Ten Biggest Disappointments

Bruce Feldman's Ten Must-see games for the second-half of the season

Chasin' the Devil: Midseason Undefeated Edition

Up Next on the Podcast: Week 8 Expert Picks (Thursday, earlier for subscribers)

Previously on the Podcast: Dennis Dodd on Mariota vs. Manziel, Art Briles, FSU-Clemson

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