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1. Alabama

That's a fact: The Crimson Tide returns 10 starters on defense -- the only guy missing was picked No. 3 overall by the Bills -- but Nick Saban must choose between young quarterbacks AJ McCarron and Phillip Sims.

Big man on campus: Tailback Trent Richardson had six carries of 30 yards or more and could strike the Heisman pose by December.

Time to make a statement: at Florida, Oct. 1.

Watch out!: at Ole Miss, Oct. 15.

Bowl projection: vs. Oklahoma in BCS championship.

2. Oklahoma

That's a fact: Scoring generally comes easy for the Sooners who return eight starters from an offense that ranked third in the country in 2010 in passing. And they bring back eight starters on defense, too.

Big man on campus: Quarterback Landry Jones already holds the school record for most passing attempts.

Time to make a statement: at Florida State, Sept. 17.

Watch out!: vs. Texas in Dallas, Oct. 8.

Bowl projection: vs. Alabama in BCS championship.

3. LSU

That's a fact: The Tigers won 10 games last season with an offense that threw only 10 touchdown passes and ranked 11th in the SEC and 86th nationally in total offense.

Big man on campus: Split end Reuben Randall is a top-flight target when the quarterbacks decide to throw to him.

Time to make a statement: vs. Oregon in Arlington, Texas, Sept. 3.

Watch out!: vs. Florida, Oct. 8.

Bowl projection: vs. West Virginia in Sugar Bowl.

4. Boise State

That's a fact: The Broncos have won at least 10 games in eight of the last nine seasons and open with a showcase road game that will push them into national championship discussion.

Big man on campus: Quarterback Kellen Moore finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting in 2010.

Time to make a statement: at Georgia in Atlanta, Sept. 3.

Watch out!: vs. TCU, Nov. 12.

Bowl projection: vs. Florida State in Orange Bowl.

5. Florida State

That's a fact: The 'Noles lose first-round pick Christian Ponder, but return their top five running backs and nine starters on defense, including All-American defensive end Brandon Jenkins.

Big man on campus: Quarterback EJ Manuel appeared in 10 games last season and completed 69.9 percent of his passes.

Time to make a statement: vs. Oklahoma, Sept. 17.

Watch out!: vs. Miami, Nov. 12.

Bowl projection: vs. Boise State in Orange Bowl.

6. Oregon

That's a fact: The Ducks seek their third consecutive Pac-12 championship behind quarterback Darron Thomas, who led the team to its first undefeated regular season in the school's modern history.

Big man on campus: After leading the country in rushing, LaMichael James needs 20 yards to become the school's career rushing leader.

Time to make a statement: vs. LSU in Arlington, Texas, Sept. 3.

Watch out!: at Arizona, Sept. 24

Bowl projection: vs. Nebraska in Rose Bowl.

7. Stanford

That's a fact: The top four rushers return, including junior Stepfan Taylor, who was the first Cardinal sophomore to crack the 1,000-yard mark since Darrin Nelson in 1978.

Big man on campus: There isn't a bigger man on campus -- or in the country for that matter -- than quarterback Andrew Luck.

Time to make a statement: at Arizona, Sept. 17.

Watch out!: at USC, Oct. 29.

Bowl projection: vs. Notre Dame in Fiesta Bowl.

8. Nebraska

That's a fact: The Big Ten will get a taste of the Cornhuskers' resilient defense, which held quarterbacks to just 48.7 percent completions in 2010, second lowest in the nation.

Big man on campus: Jared Crick's 19 career sacks rank seventh in Nebraska history, and he could make a run at Trev Albert's school record of 29 1/2 .

Time to make a statement: vs. Washington, Sept. 17.

Watch out!: at Wisconsin, Oct. 1.

Bowl projection: vs. Oregon in Rose Bowl.

9. Texas A&M

That's a fact: The Aggies ended last season on a six-game win streak, their longest since winning seven straight Big 12 games in 1998 and returns 17 starters.

Big man on campus: Expect another big season from WR Jeff Fuller, who set a school record with 72 receptions for 1,066 yards and 12 TDs.

Time to make a statement: vs. Arkansas at Arlington, Texas, Oct. 1.

Watch out!: at Iowa State, Oct. 22.

Bowl projection: vs. Arizona State in Alamo Bowl.

10. Oklahoma State

That's a fact: The Cowboys -- who play at Texas A&M, Texas and Missouri -- were perfect away from home last season, the first time they have been unbeaten away from Stillwater since 1945.

Big man on campus: Wide receiver Justin Blackmon registered at least 100 yards and one touchdown in all but one game last season.

Time to make a statement: at Texas, Oct. 15.

Watch out!: at Missouri, Oct. 22.

Bowl projection: vs. Michigan State in Insight Bowl.

11. Virginia Tech

That's a fact: Virginia Tech, which returns 12 starters overall, has won 10 or more games in seven consecutive seasons, currently the longest streak in the FBS.

Big man on campus: Wide receiver Jarrett Boykin is expected to become Virginia Tech's career leader in pass receptions and receiving yards.

Time to make a statement: vs. Miami, Oct. 8.

Watch out!: at Georgia Tech, Nov. 10.

Bowl projection: vs. Arkansas in Chick-fil-A Bowl.

12. Notre Dame

That's a fact: Led by linebackers Manti Te'o and Carlo Calabrese, the Fighting Irish return nine starters from a unit that ranked 30th in the country last season.

Big man on campus: Strong safety Harrison Smith plays all over the field and is either tied for or leads all active Irish players in nearly every defensive category.

Time to make a statement: at Michigan, Sept. 10.

Watch out!: at Pittsburgh, Sept. 24.

Bowl projection: vs. Stanford in Fiesta Bowl.

13. Arkansas

That's a fact: The Razorbacks will miss Ryan Mallet, but tailback Knile Davis was the SEC's second-leading rusher in 2010 in an offense that averaged 36.5 points a game.

Big man on campus: Linebacker Jerry Franklin is attempting to lead the Razorbacks in tackles for four consecutive seasons.

Time to make a statement: at Alabama, Sept. 24.

Watch out!: at Ole Miss, Oct. 22.

Bowl projection: vs. Virginia Tech in Chick-fil-A Bowl.

14. Ohio State

That's a fact: Of the 22 Ohio State starters in last January's Sugar Bowl, only nine are slated to start in 2011, which means recruits from one of the country's top recruiting classes must play immediately.

Big man on campus: Jim Tressel and Terrelle Pryor are gone but talent remains like wide receiver DeVier Posey.

Time to make a statement: at Miami, Sept. 17.

Watch out!: vs. Michigan State, Oct. 1.

Bowl projection: vs. Georgia in Capital One Bowl.

15. South Carolina

That's a fact: Although the Gamecocks won the SEC East title in 2010 and coach Steve Spurrier is 44-33 overall, he's just 23-26 in conference play in his tenure.

Big man on campus: Every time he touched the ball, wide receiver Alshon Jeffery averaged 17.2 yards.

Time to make a statement: at Georgia, Sept. 10.

Watch out!: at Tennessee, Oct. 29.

Bowl projection: vs. Iowa in Gator Bowl.

16. TCU

That's a fact: TCU outscored its opponents by an average of 29.6 points per game and is trying to win a fourth Mountain West championship in seven years before moving to the Big East.

Big man on campus: Linebacker Tank Carder, a first-team All-American, is the star of the best all-around defense in the nation.

Time to make a statement: at Baylor, Sept. 2.

Watch out!: at Air Force, Sept. 10.

Bowl projection: vs. Purdue in Las Vegas Bowl.

17. Wisconsin

That's a fact: The Badgers were built on running the ball and defense, but they averaged 41.5 points, the highest average in the Big Ten last year and a school record.

Big man on campus: Cornerback Antonio Fenelus led Wisconsin in interceptions (four) and passes defended (11).

Time to make a statement: vs. Oregon State, Sept. 10.

Watch out!: at Michigan State, Oct. 22.

Bowl projection: vs. Florida in Outback Bowl.

18. Georgia

That's a fact: Coach Mark Richt has six double-digit win seasons since 2001 but is just 14-12 overall and 7-9 in the SEC the last two seasons, which places him on the hot seat.

Big man on campus: Sophomore quarterback Aaron Murray completed 61.1 percent of his passes for 3,049 yards and 24 TDs.

Time to make a statement: vs. Boise State in Atlanta, Sept. 3.

Watch out!: at Ole Miss, Sept. 24Bowl projection: vs. Ohio State in Capital One Bowl.

19. Missouri

That's a fact: After leading the Big 12 in sacks (38) and points allowed (16.1 points per game), the Tigers bring back pass rushers Jacquies Smith, Brad Madison and Zaviar Gooden.

Big man on campus: Here's why Missouri quarterbacks get so much time: Left tackle Elvis Fisher has started the last 40 games.

Time to make a statement: at Arizona State, Sept. 9.

Watch out!: at Kansas State, Oct. 8.

Bowl projection: vs. Utah in Holiday Bowl.

20. Michigan State

That's a fact: The Spartans won a share of the Big Ten with an 11-1 regular-season record but were bounced, 49-7, by Alabama in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando.

Big man on campus: Looking for a dark horse Heisman candidate? Try tailback Edwin Baker, who rushed for 1,201 yards last year.

Time to make a statement: at Notre Dame, Sept. 17.

Watch out!: vs. Michigan, Oct. 15

Bowl projection: vs. Oklahoma State in Insight Bowl.

21. West Virginia

That's a fact: Coach Dana Holgorsen helped Oklahoma State to a 10-2 record and the nation's No. 2 passing offense and No. 3 scoring offense last season.

Big man on campus: The "Air Raid Offense" should boost the numbers of quarterback Geno Smith, who threw for 2,763 yards and 24 touchdowns.

Time to make a statement: at LSU, Sept. 24.

Watch out!: at UConn, Oct. 29.

Bowl projection: vs. LSU in Sugar Bowl.

22. Mississippi State

That's a fact: The Bulldogs made a huge jump defensively in 2010, leaping from 71st in the country in points allowed in 2009 to 21st in '10, but must replace their top two tacklers in Chris White and K.J. Wright.

Big man on campus: Defensive tackle Fletcher Cox allows others to make big plays by taking on double teams.

Time to make a statement: at Auburn, Sept. 10.

Watch out!: at Kentucky, Oct. 29.

Bowl projection: vs. Maryland in Music City Bowl.

23. Florida

That's a fact: The Gators score points in bunches and are usually dominant up front, but they recorded only 21 sacks, which was tied for 10th in the SEC.

Big man on campus: Of Florida's devastating trio of tailbacks, Chris Rainey, who will also see time at flanker, is the best.

Time to make a statement: vs. Tennessee, Sept. 17.

Watch out!: at Auburn, Oct. 15.

Bowl projection: vs. Wisconsin in Outback Bowl.

24. Southern California

That's a fact: Thanks to NCAA probation the Men of Troy, who ruled college football for the better part of 10 years, lost as many as five games in a season for the first time since 2001.

Big man on campus: While Stanford's Andrew Luck is the best quarterback in the nation, Matt Barkley is No. 2.

Time to make a statement: vs. Utah, Sept. 10.

Watch out!: at Cal, Oct. 13.

Bowl projection: On NCAA probation.

25. Texas

That's a fact: Mack Brown enters his 14th season at Texas but 2010 was by far his worst as the Longhorns finished 5-7 and missed out on a bowl bid for the first time since 1997.

Big man on campus: New defensive coordinator Manny Diaz is going to love working with tackle machine Keenan Robinson.

Time to make a statement: vs. BYU, Sept. 10.

Watch out!: at Iowa State, Oct. 1.

Bowl projection: vs. Auburn in Cotton Bowl.