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The 2008 season is officially over (by an hour or so) and now it's time to gear up for the rest of recruiting season, National Signing Day, Spring Camps, Summer Workouts and the kickoff of the regular season. WOOOOOT!

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Sparky here. Congrats Gators. Go pro Tebow, please!
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Yeah Tebow please turn pro...
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And guys, just to let you know, feel free to type Gamecocks on this forum without being censored. LOL! A lot of other words too, if you want
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Congrats to the Gators, and to Tebow who definitely deserved the MVP.

On the other hand, I could swear one of the announcers last night say they don't think he'll be back next year.

Something about him taking over as Pope...
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Tebow will be hanging in the Swamp again next year. And that defense? Not a single senior. Go Gators!

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Auburn's forums were really sad last night with the performance that Ryan Stamper had. He was one of that elite LB recruiting class we had that made a signing day decision to go to Florida.

Mark Schlabach: Gazing into the crystal ball for 2009 - ESPN

1. Florida will win back-to-back national championships
After beating Oklahoma in the Jan. 8 BCS Championship Game in Miami, the Gators will start the 2009 season ranked No. 1 in the country. Florida will go wire-to-wire at the top of the polls and will win its third national title in four seasons. Juniors Tim Tebow and Percy Harvin will return to school for their senior seasons, and speedy freshmen tailbacks Jeffrey Demps and Chris Rainey will be back. Every starter might come back on defense -- if junior linebacker Brandon Spikes doesn't enter the NFL draft. The Gators will play eight games in the state of Florida in 2009, but will have must-win road games at LSU and South Carolina.

4. The Big 12 will still be the best conference
Texas Tech and Missouri will be rebuilding in 2009, but the Big 12 will still have three national-championship contenders: Texas, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. The SEC will be the country's second-best conference, but traditional powers Auburn and Tennessee will have big rebuilding jobs under new coaches. Georgia will take a step back, too, after quarterback Matthew Stafford and tailback Knowshon Moreno enter the NFL draft.

8. Alabama will win the SEC West
The Crimson Tide will lose their opener against Virginia Tech, but will recover quickly to win the SEC West. Alabama will probably have to replace its two best offensive linemen, center Antoine Caldwell and left tackle Andre Smith, along with quarterback John Parker Wilson. But as many as nine starters could come back on defense -- if nose tackle Terrence Cody returns for his senior season.

17. Auburn will name Gus Malzahn its coach-in-waiting
After the Tigers lose their first three games against Louisiana Tech, Mississippi State and West Virginia, Auburn will name offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn its coach-in-waiting to succeed recently hired Gene Chizik. USC quarterback Mitch Mustain, who played for Malzahn in high school and briefly at Arkansas, will transfer to Auburn.

19. Spurrier will hang up his visor
After believing South Carolina was ready and capable of challenging Florida and Georgia in the SEC East before each of the past two seasons, Steve Spurrier's patience has to have nearly run out. The Gamecocks will again have high expectations heading into 2009. And once again, South Carolina will fall short of its lofty aspirations. Spurrier will become so frustrated he'll bench scholarship quarterbacks Stephen Garcia and Tommy Beecher and start walk-on Zac Brindise in the SEC opener.

22. The Big 12 South will finish in a three-way tie
Once again, the Big 12 South will be a jumbled mess at season's end. Texas will beat Oklahoma. Oklahoma will beat Oklahoma State. The Cowboys will beat the Longhorns. Texas will get the nod over the Sooners because the Longhorns will be the highest-rated team in the BCS standings. Under the league's new tiebreaker rules, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State receive a consolation prize: They get to play Missouri's defense again.
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Yes, that's fine. I did have a good picture of Ms. Simpson, didn't I?
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Yes, that's fine. I did have a good picture of Ms. Simpson, didn't I?
You did indeed. Perhaps it should be posted here.
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I think Auburn may be in a good position going into 2009. I think we'll have a non-Nebraska 'rebuilding' season and end up competing for the division title.

With that said, in the last week, we've lost Chris Slaughter (4-star WR), Tray Blackmon (5-start LB), Jerraud Powers (All-SEC CB), Sen'Derrick Marks (All-SEC DT), Raven Grey (5-star DE), and Ryan Williams (4-star S).
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You did indeed. Perhaps it should be posted here.
As you wish, good sir.

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1. Florida will win back-to-back national championships
After beating Oklahoma in the Jan. 8 BCS Championship Game in Miami, the Gators will start the 2009 season ranked No. 1 in the country. Florida will go wire-to-wire at the top of the polls and will win its third national title in four seasons. Juniors Tim Tebow and Percy Harvin will return to school for their senior seasons, and speedy freshmen tailbacks Jeffrey Demps and Chris Rainey will be back. Every starter might come back on defense -- if junior linebacker Brandon Spikes doesn't enter the NFL draft. The Gators will play eight games in the state of Florida in 2009, but will have must-win road games at LSU and South Carolina.
Wow, that would be quite an accomplishment. Wonder if its ever been done before? Oh yeah, that's right, 1994, 1995 and 1997.
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4. The Big 12 will still be the best conference
Texas Tech and Missouri will be rebuilding in 2009, but the Big 12 will still have three national-championship contenders: Texas, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. The SEC will be the country's second-best conference, but traditional powers Auburn and Tennessee will have big rebuilding jobs under new coaches. Georgia will take a step back, too, after quarterback Matthew Stafford and tailback Knowshon Moreno enter the NFL draft.
I'm kinda surprised you quoted that one!
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I think Auburn may be in a good position going into 2009. I think we'll have a non-Nebraska 'rebuilding' season and end up competing for the division title.
What's a "non-Nebraska rebuilding season?" I'm quite happy with the results of this year's rebuilding season. 9-4, lost our division on a tie-breaker, went to a New Year's Day bowl game and won it. Care to make a bet right now on whether Auburn's next season will exceed that?

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Good Ole Ohio State will lose their bowl game again.....getting tired of this.
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I think Auburn may be in a good position going into 2009. I think we'll have a non-Nebraska 'rebuilding' season and end up competing for the division title.
More on that "non-Nebraska rebuilding season" you're predicting. The consensus preseason projections for Nebraska put them finishing 4th in the Big 12 North, and we finished 2nd, losing the Division on a tiebreaker.

Auburn, on the other hand, was tied for 1st in the consensus preseason projections for the SEC West, and finished 5th. I'll definitely take my year over yours, and overachieving that preseason prediction by as much as we did, sounds like a great rebuilding year to me!

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Schlabach is a moron. How the hell can he put Clemson at 9th and Auburn at 16th and go on to say that Clemson returns only 4 on offense and that Auburn will likely have transition issues to the Spread?
Yeah, I guess he was a moron, ranking EITHER Clemson or Auburn at all. On the other hand, his comments on Auburn's transition issues to the spread look pretty damn good at this point, huh?

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Dallas, this is a perfect example of what I was talking about earlier. Most of these early predictions mention something about Auburn's new offense, but they are of the tone above. The reason this baffles me is that Auburn implemented a small portion of the Spread Eagle offense in two weeks and ended up having their best offensive output of the season. Honestly, I can agree with the implications of a low preseason ranking due to the early departure of Pat Simms (Peach Bowl Defensive Player of the Game) or the abrupt depature of Coach Muschamp, but to base it on the logic that we won't be able to implement an offense that was simple enough to be partially implemented in two weeks during bowl preparations? It really makes me wonder how much football these people actually watched prior to commenting, which seems to be an issue that plagues broad-subjected national reporters.
I guess similar issues plague Auburn internet posters too, huh? Just how low of a preseason ranking would you have agreed with? And what do you say now about there should be no trouble implementing that offense?

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Well, ok, if you had been undefeated after the trip to Gainesville... And if wishes were fishes, we'd all have a lot of carp!

Sooooooooooo, ok - Auburn will contend for the SEC West next year, huh? I'm thinking your track record is suspect, and there are a lot of Alabama and LSU folks who will take issue with that prediction too.
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Congrats to the Gators, I didnt want them to win (To sort of quote Spurrier Hell I am a Dawg) But it was a win win situation for me. I wanted my conference to win. But I wanted OU to win because I have liked OU since I was a kid.

I wonder if those announcer gave tebow a BJ after the game they sure rode his pecker the whole game.
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I'm kinda surprised you quoted that one!
The article was written 4 days ago, prior to the SEC proving it's dominance (once again). You already know my thoughts on the 'grand scheme' implications of the MNC last night... and we saw the results (keep in mind what I posted - Oklahoma's offense sharply declined in ALL categories whereas Florida's offense marginally improved).

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What's a "non-Nebraska rebuilding season?" I'm quite happy with the results of this year's rebuilding season. 9-4, lost our division on a tie-breaker, went to a New Year's Day bowl game and won it. Care to make a bet right now on whether Auburn's next season will exceed that?
Actually, I'll take that bet, although let's do it based on regular season (as I think we have a realistic chance on competing for the division). So 8-4 or better during the season... that sound good? I'm looking at 9-3 or 10-2 at the worst.

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Oh, and I'm having a hard time getting used to thinking of you as "Otto."
It's what my friends call me. And you, my good sir, I would consider one... LOL!
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P.S. - My comments towards the non-Nebraska 'rebuilding' season was more in reference to the continual rebuilding season that has been going on until this year. I think this year was just one of those odd blips on the radar. I don't think next year is going to be a rebuilding season, although the news media won't rank us to start the season and we'll end up 'exceeding everyone's expectations'. I'm looking for 2009 for Auburn to be very similar to what Alabama did in 2008.
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Congrats to the Gators, I didnt want them to win (To sort of quote Spurrier Hell I am a Dawg) But it was a win win situation for me. I wanted my conference to win. But I wanted OU to win because I have liked OU since I was a kid.

I wonder if those announcer gave tebow a BJ after the game they sure rode his pecker the whole game.
It was a mixed bag in my house as well. My wife is from OK and grew up an OU fan. My brother in law is an OU grad (I got a hat coming as the result of a bet). And my wife had the audacity to wear her OKLAHOMA shirt yesterday! Oh well, I took it off of her late last night....
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I see Joe Cox having a Dj Shockley kind of year. I am glad he stuck around so we atleast have an experienced QB at the helm. Running backs are a dime a dozen especially in the south. So I dont see us having to bad of a year. I am just glad we wont be ranked number 1 to start the season The Gators can have that Shit
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HAHA!

Prior to the game, I put on the last two episodes of Privileged for Brandee to watch. I've been very sick this week, so I've just been sticking it out in the bed and she decided to join me. Those went off at 8:05pm and she was fast asleep by the time kickoff came around. I think she woke up when Tebow got that last first down and tackled the back judge. LOL!
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P.S. - My comments towards the non-Nebraska 'rebuilding' season was more in reference to the continual rebuilding season that has been going on until this year. I think this year was just one of those odd blips on the radar. I don't think next year is going to be a rebuilding season, although the news media won't rank us to start the season and we'll end up 'exceeding everyone's expectations'. I'm looking for 2009 for Auburn to be very similar to what Alabama did in 2008.
I'm pulling for them to do so. We need a strong West Division in the SEC. I think it'll be more competitive next year with LSU, AU and Alabama. And lets not forget about Ol Miss and what they did this year, as well as Miss St having a new coach.
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Yes Very impressed with some of the weaker SEC schools they did a great job this year.
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Let's just hope the parity doesn't increase to the level of the Big East and ACC where all teams are somewhat equal (though that doesn't necessarily take into account the talent).

I think this next season will be the year that Miami finally returns to prominance. Or, at the very least, sets them up for the following year.
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Kelly Carrington, a public relations junior at the University of Florida, made the cover of October's Playboy magazine despite the fact that this issue was branded -- in huge, red font -- "Girls of the Big 10."

"There weren't any girls from the Big Ten who were hot enough to be on the cover, so they had to pull someone from the (Southeastern Conference)," Carrington told The Gainesville Sun.

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Ole Miss is losing a lot on their defensive front, which was one of their strong suits. After all is said and done, I don't think Nutt will have much more talent than he did at Arkansas - now and then, he'll get that golden egg... but more often than not, he'll be laying a white one instead. Big Crazy 'O' left him with a LOT of talent - that man was one hell of a recruiter (UF beware of UT in the next 3 years). Arkansas was able to pull some of the Texas and Oklahoma leftovers and Ole Miss will be able to do the same with the LSU leftovers (and possibly some people who would want to get early playing time). Arkansas has beautiful facilities and a lot of money thrown at the athletic department. Ole Miss's facilities are above par but I think they are mid-tier if not lower when it comes to finances. They do have much better looking co-eds in Oxford, though (perhaps the best in the SEC, to be honest).
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Alabama running back Glen Coffee will enter the NFL Draft - The Rap Sheet - al.com

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They do have much better looking co-eds in Oxford, though (perhaps the best in the SEC, to be honest).
AMEN to that. Some of the hottest women I have ever seen in my life.
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Did the Terry Grant to UNA rumors ever hold up? That's some pretty hefty losses in the backfield. Losing Kevin Steele as DC is pretty big, as well. And let's not forget Rashad Ford and JPW.
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Did the Terry Grant to UNA rumors ever hold up? That's some pretty hefty losses in the backfield. Losing Kevin Steele as DC is pretty big, as well. And let's not forget Rashad Ford and JPW.
Grant is headed to UNA. We will have some unknowns in the backfield, but I think we have quite a collection with red and gray shirts. I'm kind of glad we are freeing up the scholarships, with the exception of Andre and Coffee.

Steele was a heck of a recruiter, and will be missed.

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...is Caldwell and Cody for sure coming back, as well?
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Champion Gators claim top spot in early look at 2009 Top 25

The 2008 college football season ended less than 24 hours ago. But it's never too early to take a look at 2009, so here's the way-too-early Top 25 for the upcoming season.
Once again, some very familiar names are at the top.


1. Florida Gators Don't be surprised to see the Gators go wire-to-wire at No. 1 in 2009. Florida might return as many as 10 starters on defense (star junior linebacker Brandon Spikes is expected to enter the NFL draft), and much of its firepower on offense will be back, too. Quarterback Tim Tebow probably will return for his senior season, although speedy receiver Percy Harvin might turn pro.


2. Texas Longhorns With quarterback Colt McCoy coming back for his senior season, the Longhorns once again will be as explosive as any offense in the country. Four starters should be back from a very young offensive line, and receiver Jordan Shipley was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA. Texas has to do a better job of running the football in 2009. The defensive line will be gutted, and All-American end Brian Orakpo and tackle Roy Miller won't be easy to replace.


3. Oklahoma Sooners If current sophomore Sam Bradford returns to school, the Sooners should have a high-scoring offense once again. It might not be as easy, however, for the reigning Heisman Trophy winner in 2009. Oklahoma will have to replace four starters on its offensive line, and leading receiver Juaquin Iglesias is departing. Tight end Jermaine Gresham might enter the NFL draft.


4. USC Trojans The Trojans will start 2009 ranked in the top five, but don't be surprised if they struggle to stay there. USC's ferocious defense will be gutted by personnel losses. Three of the four starting defensive linemen will have to be replaced, and all three starting linebackers will be gone. At least one starting defensive back must be replaced, and possibly three if junior safety Taylor Mays enters the NFL draft and cornerback Josh Pinkard isn't given a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA. The offense could be very good if junior quarterback Mark Sanchez returns to school.


5. Alabama Crimson Tide Alabama fans learned how valuable All-American left tackle Andre Smith was to the offense in the Crimson Tide's 31-17 loss to Utah in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. The Tide will go into the 2009 season without their two best offensive linemen -- center Antoine Caldwell was a senior and Smith is entering the NFL draft as a junior. Senior quarterback John Parker Wilson is done, and Greg McElroy and Star Jackson will battle for the starting job this spring. Nine starters are expected to be back on defense -- if junior nose tackle Terrence Cody returns for the 2009 season.


6. Ohio State Buckeyes Much of Ohio State's success in 2009 might be determined by quarterback Terrelle Pryor's development during the offseason. Pryor played remarkably well as a freshman, but he must become a more polished passer for the offense to be truly effective. Pryor's job would have been easier if tailback Chris "Beanie" Wells had returned to school, but he declared for the NFL draft. The Buckeyes lose a lot of star power on defense -- All-American linebacker James Laurinaitis, Thorpe Award winner Malcolm Jenkins and linebacker Marcus Freeman were seniors.


7. Virginia Tech Hokies If we learned anything from Virginia Tech's 10-4 season, it's that Frank Beamer is one of the best coaches in the business. After losing to East Carolina in the opener and struggling early in conference play, Virginia Tech rallied to win its second straight ACC championship. The Hokies should have nine starters back on offense, including quarterback Tyrod Taylor and tailback Darren Evans. Only four starters will be lost on defense, but cornerback Victor "Macho" Harris is one of them.


8. Boise State Broncos The 2008 season didn't end the way the Broncos hoped, as they suffered their first loss in a 17-16 defeat to TCU in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. But Boise State again will have a chance to run the table in 2009. Star tailback Ian Johnson is departing, but quarterback Kellen Moore played very well as a freshman, and top receivers Jeremy Childs and Austin Pettis are expected back. The linebacker corps will have to be rebuilt, but the secondary should be very good if cornerback Kyle Wilson returns for his senior season.


9. LSU Tigers Freshman quarterback Jordan Jefferson's performance in LSU's 38-3 win over Georgia Tech in the Chick-fil-A Bowl gives the Tigers plenty of hope for 2009. Inconsistent quarterback play and a surprisingly porous defense were LSU's biggest deficiencies in 2008. Former Tennessee defensive coordinator John Chavis should shore up the defense, which must replace its entire defensive line and middle linebacker Darry Beckwith.


10. Oklahoma State Cowboys It's still hard to gauge whether the Cowboys are a real threat to Oklahoma and Texas in the Big 12 South. They won eight of their first nine games in 2008, but then lost three of their last four. Oklahoma State's defense was gashed in those three losses, allowing 56 points to Texas Tech, 61 to Oklahoma and 42 to Oregon. Oklahoma State again figures to have one of the country's best offenses, with quarterback Zac Robinson, running back Kendall Hunter and receiver Dez Bryant coming back. Tight end Brandon Pettigrew will be missed.


11. Penn State Nittany Lions The defending Big Ten champions will have to replace much of their firepower on offense. Receivers Jordan Norwood, Derrick Williams and Deon Butler are departing. Three offensive linemen will also have to be replaced, including center A.Q. Shipley. Quarterback Daryll Clark and tailback Evan Royster are expected to return. The losses on defense could be big, too, especially if junior end Aaron Maybin enters the NFL draft.


12. Ole Miss Rebels Houston Nutt did a remarkable job in his first season at Ole Miss, finishing with a 9-4 record and beating Texas Tech 47-34 in the AT&T Cotton Bowl. Ole Miss will have to replace All-American left tackle Michael Oher on offense, and the defensive line will lose tackle Peria Jerry and possibly end Greg Hardy. Quarterback Jevan Snead played better down the stretch and leads a very versatile offense.


13. Iowa Hawkeyes After a couple of mediocre seasons, coach Kirk Ferentz seems to have the Iowa program back on track. The Hawkeyes won six of their last seven games to finish 9-4, including a 31-10 rout of South Carolina in the Outback Bowl. Six starters are expected back on offense, but Iowa will have to replace star running back Shonn Greene. He'll enter the NFL draft after rushing for 1,850 yards and 20 touchdowns, both school records. Defensive tackles Matt Kroul and Mitch King will be big losses on defense.


14. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets The Yellow Jackets' 38-3 loss to LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl didn't diminish what they accomplished in coach Paul Johnson's first season. Georgia Tech finished 9-4, including its first victory over rival Georgia since 2000. The Yellow Jackets will return all 11 players who started on offense in the bowl game. Quarterback Josh Nesbitt should be more comfortable in his second season running Johnson's triple-option spread offense, and running backs Jonathan Dwyer and Roddy Jones form a great one-two punch. Nine starters are expected to return on defense, but Tech will have to replace defensive linemen Vance Walker, Darryl Richard and Michael Johnson.


15. Georgia Bulldogs The Bulldogs lost much of their offense when quarterback Matthew Stafford and running back Knowshon Moreno announced they'll forgo their final college season to enter the NFL draft. Georgia's coaches are confident Joe Cox can get the job done at quarterback in 2009, and Caleb King and Richard Samuel were highly recruited running backs. Receiver A.J. Green was sensational as a freshman and is a big-play threat the Bulldogs lacked in recent seasons. The defense must get tougher, and the Bulldogs will have to find consistent pass-rushers.


16. TCU Horned Frogs Behind the country's No. 1 defense, the Horned Frogs finished 11-2 in 2008, beating Boise State 17-16 in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. As many as eight defensive starters will have to be replaced if junior defensive end Jerry Hughes enters the NFL draft. Middle linebacker Jason Phillips and safety Stephen Hodge will be big losses, too. Six starters are expected back on offense, including quarterback Andy Dalton.


17. Oregon Ducks There's much uncertainty surrounding the Ducks heading into the offseason. Will coach Mike Bellotti return for another season -- or will he turn the program over to offensive coordinator Chip Kelly? After suffering a myriad of injuries at quarterback, Oregon won its last four games to finish 10-3. Quarterback Jeremiah Masoli brought stability to the offense. The Ducks lose tailback Jeremiah Johnson and receivers Terence Scott and Jaison Williams. Three offensive linemen also must be replaced, including center Max Unger. The personnel losses will be heavy on defense, too. Defensive end Nick Reed, both tackles and safety Patrick Chung are leaving.


18. Notre Dame Fighting Irish How excited should we be about Notre Dame's 49-21 victory over Hawaii in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl? The Irish beat a mediocre team on its home field, but quarterback Jimmy Clausen showed why he was once ranked the No. 1 high school quarterback in the country. If Clausen continues to improve over the offseason, the Irish have reason to be excited about 2009. They have good playmakers on offense. Golden Tate is an exceptional receiver, and Michael Floyd showed he can be a deep threat. Notre Dame expects to return eight starters on offense and five on defense. The defensive line and secondary will have to be rebuilt. The Irish will play seven teams that played in bowl games in 2008, but six of those games will be played at home.


19. Florida State Seminoles The Seminoles have slowly gotten better the past two seasons, as coach-in-waiting Jimbo Fisher continues to make his mark on the offense. FSU was the youngest team in the country in 2008 -- 39 first-year players saw action and six true freshmen started games. Three freshmen and two sophomores started on the offensive line. Fisher believes Christian Ponder will be one of the best quarterbacks to play at FSU, but he must become more consistent. The Seminoles will have to replace only two starters on offense: receiver Greg Carr and tailback Antone Smith. The losses on defense will hurt more, with two defensive ends and two linebackers leaving.


20. California Bears The Bears overcame inconsistent quarterback play to finish 9-4 in 2008. Even though senior Nate Longshore is moving on, Kevin Riley won't automatically inherit the QB job. Coach Jeff Tedford will give current redshirt freshman Brock Mansion an opportunity to win the job. The Bears will rely heavily on running back Jahvid Best, and must replace center Alex Mack and guard Noris Malele. The linebacker corps will be gutted, with outside linebacker Zack Follett and both inside linebackers moving on.


21. Utah Utes The Utes finished the 2008 season as the only unbeaten team in the country after upsetting Alabama 31-17 in the Sugar Bowl. They will have to replace quarterback Brian Johnson, their top three receivers and the right side of their offensive line. Nine starters are expected to return from one of the country's best defenses. Kicker/punter Louie Sakoda also will be difficult to replace. The Utes will play three difficult road games: at Oregon, BYU and TCU.


22. Nebraska Cornhuskers The Cornhuskers made big strides under first-year coach Bo Pelini. So much so that they might be ready to challenge Kansas for the Big 12 North title in 2009. To take the next step, though, Nebraska will have to replace most of its skill players. Quarterback Joe Ganz, I-back Marlon Lucky and receivers Nate Swift and Todd Peterson are all departing. Seven starters will be back on defense if nose tackle Ndamukong Suh returns for his senior season.


23. Kansas Jayhawks The Jayhawks couldn't match the success of their breakout season in 2007, slipping from 12-1 to 8-5 in 2008. But there are plenty of reasons for optimism in 2009. Quarterback Todd Reesing, tailback Jake Sharp and receivers Dezmon Briscoe and Kerry Meier return from an offense that averaged better than 430 yards per game. Seven defensive starters are expected to return, but losing linebackers James Holt, Joe Mortensen and Mike Rivera will hurt. They were three of the team's top four tacklers and the heart and soul of the defense.


24. BYU Cougars The Cougars fell short of their "quest for perfection" in 2008, losing to TCU 32-7, at Utah 48-24, and to Arizona 31-21 in the Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl. BYU will need to find a replacement for wide receiver Austin Collie, who declared for the NFL draft. The Cougars are waiting to see if tight end Dennis Pitta will return for his senior season. Quarterback Max Hall and running back Harvey Unga are definitely returning, but four starting offensive linemen will have to be replaced. Nine starters are expected back on defense.


25. Texas Tech Red Raiders The Red Raiders were fortunate to keep coach Mike Leach, who is close to signing a contract extension. Leach will have his hands full preparing for 2009, as Texas Tech must replace record-setting quarterback Graham Harrell and probably All-American wide receiver Michael Crabtree. The heart of the offensive line -- left tackle Ryland Reed, left guard Louis Vasquez and center Stephen Hamby -- also will have to be replaced. Sophomore QB Taylor Potts should step right into Leach's pass-happy attack. Eight starters are expected back on defense, but the Red Raiders must continue to get better on that side of the ball.
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...is Caldwell and Cody for sure coming back, as well?
Answered my own post. Caldwell is gone and Cody is still debating. The offensive line was the difference maker with Alabama from last year to this year. With such lofty expectations, very similar to that of Auburn this past season, it could be interesting to see a similar resulting season.
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One thing that sucks about going to the National Champ game is that it means the season is over..... SUCKS!!!
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Damn Otto, let us enjoy the win for a day or two before you move on!

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