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#4 USC Trojans – Pac 10 Conference
The Trojans come in at No.4 after finishing 12-1 and beating Penn State in the Rose Bowl. Mark Sanchez left early for the NFL Draft so now Matt Barkley will get the keys to an offense that is loaded. Big play wide receivers, Damien Williams and Ronald Johnson return along with tailback Joe McKnight and a host of other tailbacks that the Trojans will use. Defensively is where players need to step up as the Trojans have to replace eight starters. Free Safety, Taylor Mays returns to control the middle of the field and the coaches are hoping that defensive end, Everson Griffen turns into the difference maker on the defensive line. Looking at the schedule, the Trojans have tough road games against Ohio State, California, Oregon and Notre Dame but get Oregon State at home.
#3 Oklahoma Sooners – Big 12 Conference
Oklahoma comes in at No.3 after finishing 12-2 and losing to Florida in the National Title Game. Sam Bradford returns to lead an offense that set all kinds of school records for points and yards. Even though the Sooners have to replace four starters on the offensive line, the return of tailback, DeMarco Murray and tight end, Jermaine Gresham will soften the blow a little. Defensively, the Sooners have to replace the starting safeties and develop some depth at defensive line but they should be okay at linebacker. The Sooners open with BYU then go to Miami for a interesting non conference game before the big game with Texas. The Oklahoma State game at the end of the year could also prove to be big.
#2 Texas Longhorns – Big 12 Conference
Texas is No.2 after finishing 12-1 and beating Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl. Colt McCoy returns to lead the Longhorns’ offense which was one of the nation’s best last season. McCoy has two of his top wide receivers coming back in Jordan Shipley and Malcolm Williams so the passing game will still be good, but they need more from their running game this year. Defensively, the Longhorns have to replace defensive end Brian Orakpo and defensive tackle Roy Miller on that front line, but the linebacker core led by Sergio Kindle will take some pressure off of the defensive line. Looking at the schedule, the Longhorns have the big game against Oklahoma but the game that could be a trap is at Oklahoma State.
#1 Florida Gators – Southeastern Conference
Florida is the No.1 team after finishing 13-1 and beating Oklahoma to win the National Title. Tim Tebow returns to lead a Gator team that loss their most explosive player in Percy Harvin but have one of the best tight ends in the nation in Aaron Hernandez. The Gators have two big play tailbacks in Chris Rainey and Jeff Demps to help carry the load until some wide receivers emerge. Defensively, the Gators return their entire defense including the backups, which is lead by linebacker, Brandon Spikes. Looking at the schedule, the game that could cause problems for the Gators is at LSU.