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#14 Boise State Broncos – Western Athletic Conference
Boise State checks in at No.14 after finishing 12-1 and losing a heart-breaker to TCU in their bowl game. The Broncos, having one of the nation’s top passing attacks, are led by quarterback, Kellen Moore. The Broncos top two wide receivers Austin Pettis and Titus Young return but the offensive line will need to step it up this year. Defensively the Broncos bring back their secondary from last year led by Kyle Wilson. The front seven will need improvement if the Broncos want to be in the BCS mix this year. Looking at the schedule, the Broncos’ tough games are all on the road. Opening the season at Oregon will be tough along with games at Tulsa and Fresno State.
#13 California Golden Bears – Pac-10
The Golden Bears come in at No.13 after finishing 9-4 with a bowl victory over Miami. The Golden Bears look to compete with USC for the Pac-10 crown this year and will do so by giving the ball to All-American ,Jahvid Best. The Golden Bears will go to Best, who ran for 1,580 yards and 15 touchdowns last season, a lot this year since the offensive line and wide receivers will be young. On defense, the Bears have to replace three of their linebackers, but the returning secondary is one of the best, ranking third in the nation last season with 24 interceptions. The homes games that stick out on the schedule are games against Maryland and USC. The tough road games are at Minnesota, Oregon, and Arizona State.
#12 Oregon Ducks – Pac-10
The Oregon Ducks check in at No.12 after finishing 10-3 with a bowl victory over Oklahoma State. Chip Kelly replaces Mike Bellotti as head coach after he decided to retire to become the Athletic Director. Duel threat quarterback, Jeremiah Masoli returns to run the spread offense along with big play tailback LeGarrette Blount, who has had some off field problems but should be ready for the season. The defense was hit hard as the Ducks need to replace starters in their secondary and on the defensive line. The opener at Boise State should let the Ducks know where they stand right out of the gate. Then, a three game home stretch against Purdue, California, and Utah should prepare them for their home showdown against USC.
#11 LSU Tigers – Southeastern Conference
The LSU Tigers come at No.11 after finishing 8-5 and beating Georgia Tech in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. The Tigers bring back a lot of offensive firepower as tailback Charles Scott and wide receiver Brandon LaFell return to help quarterback Jordan Jefferson who started the final two games last year. On the defensive side of the ball, the defensive line was hit hard and the coaches need a couple of players to step up to fill the void. With John Chavis coming on as defensive coordinator, the defense could be a strength by season’s end. The schedule is brutal as the Tigers go to Georgia, Mississippi, and Alabama, but get defending champs Florida at home.
#10 Oklahoma State Cowboys – Big 12
The Cowboys come in at No.10 after finishing 9-4 and losing their bowl game against Oregon. Coach Mike Gundy brings back he most talented team since he has been at Oklahoma State and it starts with his offense. Quarterback, Zac Robinson returns along with tailback Kendall Hunter and wide receiver Dez Bryant to lead one of the best offenses in the nation. Defensively, the Cowboys welcome new defensive coordinator Bill Young who has to get a more consistent pass rush so the secondary won’t get killed as much this year. The opener against Georgia will be big along with home games against Texas and Texas Tech. But like every year, the game they have circled is when they finish the season at Oklahoma.