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1. Ohio State

That’s a fact: In stops at Bowling Green, Utah, Florida and now Ohio State, Urban Meyer is 116-23 with five conference and two national championships.

Big man on campus: QB Braxton Miller established a school record with 3,310 total yards and finished fifth on the Heisman ballot.

Time to make a statement: at Michigan, Nov. 30

Watch out!: at Northwestern, Oct. 5

Bowl projection: vs. Alabama in BCS National Championship

2. Alabama

That’s a fact: The Tide are trying to become the first team since 1936 to win four national championships in five years.

Big man on campus: DE Ed Stinson anchors a three-man front that should dominate the SEC once again.

Time to make a statement: at Texas A&M, Sept. 14

Watch out!: vs. LSU, Nov. 9

Bowl projection: vs. Ohio State in BCS National Championship

3. Oregon

That’s a fact: Ducks were 46-7 with four BCS bowl appearances the last four seasons.

Big man on campus: Take your pick. We’ll go with sophomore quarterback Marcus Mariota, but De’Anthony Thomas is a close second.

Time to make a statement: at Stanford, Nov. 7

Watch out!: at Washington, Oct. 12

Bowl projection: vs. Michigan in Rose

4. Georgia

That’s a fact: Ten starters return from an offense that scored a school record 529 points in ’12.

Big man on campus: Aaron Murray is already Georgia’s career leader in touchdown passes (126).

Time to make a statement: vs. South Carolina, Sept. 7

Watch out!: at Vanderbilt, Oct. 19

Bowl projection: vs. Louisville in Sugar

5. Stanford

That’s a fact: The Cardinal have played in three consecutive BCS bowls and won at least 11 games those years.

Big man on campus: Linebacker Trent Murphy, a skilled and punishing pass rusher, leads the ‘D.’

Time to make a statement: at Oregon State, Oct. 26

Watch out!: at USC, Nov. 16

Bowl projection: vs. Oklahoma in Alamo

6. South Carolina

That’s a fact: Jadeveon Clowney’s hit on Michigan tailback Vincent Smith in the Outback Bowl has more than 4 million page views on YouTube.

Big man on campus: Do you really have to ask?

Time to make a statement:at Georgia, Sept. 7

Watch out!: vs. North Carolina, Aug. 29

Bowl projection: vs. Florida State in Chick-fil-A

7. Clemson

That’s a fact: The Tigers go for three consecutive 10-win seasons for the first time since 1987-90.

Big man on campus: QB Tajh Boyd, left, is the leader of an offense that can be devastating.

Time to make a statement: vs. Georgia, Aug. 31

Watch out!: vs. Georgia Tech, Nov. 14

Bowl projection: vs. Notre Dame in Orange

8. Texas A&M

That’s a fact: Johnny Manziel, right, accounted for 5,116 yards and 47 touchdowns as a redshirt freshman.

Big man on campus: It’s Manziel until the NCAA says otherwise.

Time to make a statement: vs. Alabama, Sept. 14

Watch out!:at Arkansas, Sept. 28

Bowl projection:vs. Wisconsin in Capital One

9. Florida State

That’s a fact: The ’Noles return the fewest starters (10) of any team in the ACC.

Big man on campus: Redshirt freshman Jameis Winston will replace EJ Manuel at QB.

Time to make a statement: at Florida, Nov. 30

Watch out!: at Pittsburgh, Sept. 2

Bowl projection: vs. South Carolina in Chick-fil-A

10. Texas

That’s a fact: Since losing to Alabama for the ’09 BCS title, the Horns are a lowly — for them — 22-16.

Big man on campus: Mack Brown, right, is taking the leash off QB David Ash, which is a good thing.

Time to make a statement: vs. Oklahoma, Oct. 12

Watch out!: at BYU, Sept. 7

Bowl projection: vs. Boise State in Fiesta

11. LSU

That’s a fact: Eleven players declared early for the NFL Draft, believed to be a record for any school.

Big man on campus: Jeremy Hill leads a talented backfield saturated with speed.

Time to make a statement: at Georgia, Sept. 28

Watch out!: vs. TCU, Aug. 31

Bowl projection: vs. Oklahoma State in Cotton

12. Oklahoma State

That’s a fact: The Cowboys surrendered 280 yards passing a game.

Big man on campus: A 1,000-yard rushing season shouldn’t be a problem for new starter Joseph Randle, left.

Time to make a statement:at Texas, Nov. 16

Watch out!: at West Virginia, Sept. 28

Bowl projection: vs. LSU in Cotton

That’s a fact:The Gators ranked 10th in the SEC in scoring last year.

Big man on campus:Asked about Bear Bryant, DE and New York native Dominique Easley thought he was cartoon character. Funny.

Time to make a statement: at LSU, Oct. 12

Watch out!: at Miami, Sept. 7

Bowl projection:vs. Nebraska in Outback

14. Louisville

That’s a fact: The Cardinals averaged 31.2 points per game a year ago.

Big man on campus:Hard to believe the Florida schools let Miami native Teddy Bridgewater, right, out of the state (3,718 yards passing, 27 TDs).

Time to make a statement: at Temple, Oct. 5

Watch out!:at Cincinnati, Dec. 5

Bowl projection: vs. Georgia in Sugar

15. Notre Dame

That’s a fact: The Irish played for the national championship last year for the first time since 1988.

Big man on campus: The defense should fall off, though NT Louis Nix anchors the line.

Time to make a statement: at Stanford, Nov. 30

Watch out!: at Michigan, Sept. 7

Bowl projection: vs. Clemson in Orange

16. Michigan

That’s a fact: The Wolverines’ schedule is difficult but at least Notre Dame, Nebraska and Ohio State are in the Big House, where Brady Hoke, right, is 14-0.

Big man on campus: T T Taylor Lewan anchors an offensive line that should protect QB Devin Gardner easily.

Time to make a statement vs. Notre Dame, Sept. 7

Watch out!: at Michigan State, Nov. 2

Bowl projection:vs. Oregon in Rose

17. Oklahoma

That’s a fact:Blake Bell and Trevor Knight are the candidates to succeed four-year starter Landry Jones at QB.

Big man on campus: C Gabe Ikard, who sits courtside at Oklahoma City Thunder games, once engaged in trash talk with LeBron James and informed James he couldn’t shoot.

Time to make a statement: at Notre Dame, Sept. 28

Watch out!: vs. TCU, Oct. 5

Bowl projection:vs. Stanford in Alamo

18. Nebraska

That’s a fact: The Huskers haven’t won a conference title since 1999, and their most recent appearance in a BCS bowl game was 2001.

Big man on campus: Last season QB Taylor Martinez, right, completed 62 percent of his passes for 2,871 yards and 23 touchdowns.

Time to make a statement: at Michigan, Nov. 9

Watch out!: at Minnesota, Oct. 26

Bowl projection: vs. Florida in Outback

19. TCU

That’s a fact: The Frogs have qualified for a bowl game for eight straight seasons.

Big man on campus: Sophomore DE Devonte Fields, who will miss the first two games because of a suspension, recorded 10 sacks as a freshman.

Time to make a statement at LSU, Aug. 31

Watch out!: at Kansas State, Nov. 16

Bowl projection: vs. Indiana in Meineke Car Care of Texas

20. Boise State

That’s a fact: The Broncos have gone 84-8 with two undefeated seasons since coach Chris Petersen took over in 2006.

Big man on campus: QB Joe Southwick threw nine TDs passes without an interception during Boise’s four-game winning streak to end the season while completing 70 percent of his passes.

Time to make a statement: at Washington, Aug. 31

Watch out!: at BYU, Oct. 25

Bowl projection:vs. Texas in Fiesta

21. Southern California

That’s a fact: USC finished last year 7-6 after starting the year 6-1.

Big man on campus:Although WR Marqise Lee has been limited in training camp with a bone bruise in his right shoulder, it’s not considered serious.

Time to make a statement: at Notre Dame, Oct. 19

Watch out!: vs. Stanford, Nov. 16

Bowl projection:vs. BYU in Kraft Fight Hunger

22. Wisconsin

That’s a fact: The Badgers have captured three straight Big Ten titles.

Big man on campus: Ball carriers hate LB Chris Borland, who is one forced fumble away from tying an NCAA record.

Time to make a statement: at Ohio State, Sept. 28

Watch out!: at Minnesota, Nov. 23

Bowl projection: vs. Texas A&M in Capital One

23. Michigan State

That’s a fact: The Spartans lost five games by four points or less in ’12.

Big man on campus: CB Darqueze Dennard can make an argument that he’s the conference’s best corner.

Time to make a statement: at Notre Dame, Sept. 21.

Watch out!: vs. Minnesota, Nov. 30

Bowl projection: vs. Vanderbilt in Gator.

24. Miami

That’s a fact: The defense, once the cornerstone of the ’Canes excellence, allowed 30.5 points per game and ranked 97th in the FBS in yards per play allowed in 2012.

Big man on campus:Miami has not had a Heisman finalist since 2002. That could change with QB Stephen Morris, left.

Time to make a statement: at Florida State, Nov. 2

Watch out!: at North Carolina, Oct. 17

Bowl projection: vs. Cincinnati in Russell Athletic

25. Oregon State

That’s a fact: The Beavers won six more games last season than in 2011, the biggest one-year improvement in program history.

Big man on campus: DE Scott Crichton set career marks for sacks (nine) and tackles for loss (17.5).

Time to make a statement: vs. USC, Nov. 1

Watch out!: at Arizona State, Nov. 16

Bowl projection: vs. Virginia Tech in Sun