No. 10: Auburn

Gus Malzahn was a genius in 2010, when, he offensively-coordinated Auburn to the national championship. It’s always good to have Cam Newton taking the snaps. Returning to Auburn as head coach when the bottom fell out on his old...

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No. 11: Oklahoma

Who’s more important, the legendary coach or the studly Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback? We may get some insight into that this year, Oklahoma carries on without Bob Stoops, 56, who stepped away from one of the premier...

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No. 12: Oklahoma State

Texas or Oklahoma State? Oklahoma State or Texas? That was the question in my mind when I was thinking about my pre-season top 16. I didn’t really see room for more than two teams from the Big 12, which is fifth in my mind among...

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No. 13: LSU

When it comes to SEC football, I have a soft spot for LSU. Alabama is either good or miserable. Florida was OK with Spurrier, but has become kind of boring. Tennessee wasn’t all that interesting even when Phillip Fulmer had it...

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No. 14: Georgia

Last winter, Kirby Smart scored a big victory in the recruiting wars. That may not translate onto the field this fall. But the second-year Dawgs coach is building. With 10 starters back from a very good defense, the former Nick...

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No. 15: Stanford

What do you say after you’ve said goodbye to Christian McCaffrey? How about. . . how are you doing, surgically-repaired knee of QB Keller Chryst? If the knee of Chryst, the son of Denver Broncos assistant Geep Chryst and the...

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