I’m Kirk Herbstreit along with Craig James, Jesse Palmer, and special guest Urban Meyer. It’s that time of the year again to preview what should be a very exciting season around college football. Today we will unveil the preseason top 25, breakdown some of the top contenders, and take a look at a few sleepers outside the top 25 that could make a run at the national championship.First, the preseason top 25: 1. USC2. LSU3. Alabama4. Oregon5. Oklahoma6. Georgia7. Florida St.8. South Carolina9. Arkansas10. Michigan11. West Virginia12. Michigan State13. Kansas State14. TCU15. Stanford16. Wisconsin17. Nebraska18. Clemson19. Virginia Tech20. Ohio State21. Oklahoma State22. Texas23. Boise State24. Notre Dame25. Florida Now we’ll breakdown a few of our favorites to end up at Sun Life Stadium at the end of the season. Craig where should we start? I think we obviously have to start with the preseason #1 USC Trojans. Returning Starters: Offense=9 Defense=7 Key Losses: Offense- LT Matt Kalil Defense- DE Nick Perry Key Recruits: (#8 Recruiting Class) #3 WR Nelson Agholor, #2 OT Zach Banner #1 OG Jordan Simmons Strength: Quarterback/Receiver Combo Area of Concern: Defensive Line and QB depth Offensive Star: QB Matt Barkley Defensive Star: T.J. McDonald With Heisman candidate QB Matt Barkley returning for his senior season, USC deserves the #1 ranking. He will be connecting with All-American WR Robert Woods, and a speedy Marqise Lee. With the offense being solidified, the defense doesn’t have to be spectacular, just limit the amount of big plays it gives up. Coming off of a bowl ban, these Trojans look ready to bring USC another BCS Championship. Where to next Jesse? I’m going to stay in the Pac-12 with the #4 Oregon Ducks. Returning Starters: Offense=6 Defense=8 Key Losses: Offense- HB LaMichael James, QB Darron Thomas, TE David Paulson Defense- CB Cliff Harris, OLB Josh Kaddu Key Recruits: (#16 Recruiting Class) #6 DE Arik Armstead, #3 TE Pharaoh Brown, #8 HB Byron Marshall Strength: Offensive Skill Positions Area of Concern: Secondary and Tight End Offensive Star: HB Kenjon Barner Defensive Star: DE Dion Jordan Even though the Ducks lost their starters at QB, HB, and WR, they will have just as many explosive players to fill those spots as they do uniform combinations. There is a QB battle between Soph Bryan Bennett and Redshirt Freshman Marcus Mariota. Along with Barner, De’Anthony Thomas will provide a majority of the offense. The defense will be led by seniors DE Dion Jordan and FS John Boyett. If Oregon’s defense can step up they may be able to sneak past the Trojans into the BCS championship. Who stands out to you Coach Meyer? The #7 Seminoles of Florida State have certainly impressed me. Returning Starters: Offense=9 Defense=9 Key Losses: OT Zebrie Sanders OLB Nigel Bradham Key Recruits: (#6 Recruiting Class)#1DT Mario Edwards #1QB Jameis Winston #2DT Eddie Goldman Strength: Defense Area of Concern: Offensive Line Offensive Star: QB E.J. Manuel Defensive Star: DE Brandon Jenkins Try to run on these guys, just try. This is one of, if not the best defensive line in the country. The defense will do its job, so the season will ride on the arm and legs of QB E.J. Manuel. If he gets some time to throw and steps up as the QB that he could be, the Seminoles won’t have to travel far to get to Sun Life Stadium. Which team jumps out at you Kirk? As much as it hurts me to say it…the #10 Michigan WolverinesReturning Starters: Offense=6 Defense=8 Key Losses: C David Molk, WR Junior Hemingway, DT Mike Martin Key Recruits: ( #7 Recruiting Class) #4 OT Kyle Kalis #3DT Ondre Pipkins #7OLB Joe Bolden Strength: Quarterback and Secondary Area of Concern: Defensive line and Receiver depth Offensive Star: QB Denard Robinson Defensive Star: CB Blake Countess Big Blue no longer has one of the worst defenses in the nation. With solid defense play this season they could win the Big 10. How much further they go than that really falls on the legs and leadership of Denard “Shoelace” Robinson. If he is smart when he actually throws, the Wolverines could be raising the AFCA National Championship Trophy at the end of the season. Craig, do you have a second team that could win it all?Yes, the #15 Stanford CardinalReturning Starters: Offense=6 Defense=8 Key Losses: QB Andrew Luck, OG David DeCastro, OT Jonathan Martin Key Recruits: ( #5 Recruiting Class) #3OT Kyle Murphy #6OT Andrus Peat #3DE Aziz Shittu #3S Alex Carter Strength: Offensive Line, Linebackers Area of Concern: Quarterback and Wide Receiver Offensive Star: HB Stepfan Taylor Defensive Star: OLB Chase Thomas The obvious question here is also a hard one to answer, who steps into Andrew Luck’s place. Will it be Brett Nottingham, Josh Nunes, or Robbie Picazo? Whoever it is won’t be able to replicate Luck’s numbers, but will only need to play a serviceable role since HB Stepfan Taylor will be the workhorse. The front seven is top notch and will try to keep Oregon and USC off the board. If the Cardinal can get solid play from the QB position, they could do something they couldn’t with Andrew Luck…win a national championship. Herbie, who is next in line? Next are the #16 Wisconsin BadgersReturning Starters: Offense=5 Defense=6Key Losses: QB Russell Wilson WR Nick Toon C Peter KonzKey Recruits: (#56 Recruiting Class) #3 OLB Vince Biegel, #21 HB Vonte Jackson, #8 OG Dan VoltzStrength: Running Back Area of Concern: Defensive LineOffensive Star: Montee Ball Defensive Star: Chris Borland The Wisconsin Badgers were fortunate enough to pick up another QB in the offseason- Maryland QB Danny O'Brian. This makes them contenders again, but the real make it or break it player is Montee Ball. The Badgers will go as far as his potential Heisman legs can carry them. Mr. Palmer, who else could factor in? The #17 Cornhuskers certainly fit the bill. Returning Starters: Offense=8 Defense=8 Key Losses: DT Jared Crick OLB, Lavonte David, CB Alfonzo Dennard Key Recruits: (#25 Recruiting Class) #12DE Greg McMullen #22ATH Alonzo Moore #14OT Paul Thurston Strength: Running Game Area of Concern: Passing Game and Secondary Offensive Star: Rex Burkhead Defensive Star: DE Cameron Meredith [IMG]http://media.scout.com/Media/Image/99/993111.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://media.scout.com/Media/Image/97/970685.jpg[/IMG] The Huskers are in their second season in the Big 10, and it could be a big one. The defense is usually solid and should be able to hold up their end of the deal again. Burkhead and Taylor Martinez should run wild. The only problem is if they run too much and are unable to pass the ball. The Huskers could bring a championship back to Lincoln if Martinez is able to accurately throw the ball once the running game has been established. Urban besides your Buckeyes, who else do you consider a threat?The #19 Hokies of Virginia Tech[FONT=Arial][COLOR=white][FONT=Arial][COLOR=white][FONT=Arial][COLOR=white][FONT=Arial][COLOR=white][FONT=Arial][COLOR=white][FONT=Arial][COLOR=white][FONT=Arial][COLOR=white][FONT=Arial][COLOR=white][FONT=Arial][COLOR=white][FONT=Arial][COLOR=white][FONT=Arial][COLOR=white][FONT=Arial][COLOR=white][FONT=Arial][COLOR=white][FONT=Arial][COLOR=white][FONT=Arial][COLOR=white][FONT=Arial][COLOR=white][FONT=Arial][COLOR=white][FONT=Verdana][IMG]http://www.freewebs.com/teclemson53/ncaa-acc/VT1.png[/IMG][/FONT][/COLOR][/FONT][/COLOR][/FONT][/COLOR][/FONT][/COLOR][/FONT][/COLOR][/FONT][/COLOR][/FONT][/COLOR][/FONT][/COLOR][/FONT][/COLOR][/FONT][/COLOR][/FONT][/COLOR][/FONT][/COLOR][/FONT][/COLOR][/FONT][/COLOR][/FONT][/COLOR][/FONT][/COLOR][/FONT][/COLOR][/FONT]Returning Starters: Offense=3 Defense=9 Key Losses: HB David Wilson, CB Jayron Hosley Key Recruits: (#22 Recruiting Class) #3 All-Purpose Back J.C. Coleman #11CB Donaldven Manning, #7 ATH Joel Caleb Strength: Defense and Quarterback Area of Concern: Offensive Line Offensive Star: QB Logan Thomas Defensive Star: CB Kyle Fuller The defense will be solid again this year and looks to build on leading the league last year with 41 sacks. The question is how many sacks will the Hokies give up? If the O-line can keep Logan Thomas clean, he could put the team on his back and lead them to a national title. Since I couldn’t Kirk, I’ll let you take…Thanks Urban, none other than THE #20 Ohio State Buckeyes[FONT=Times New Roman][IMG]http://www.freewebs.com/teclemson53/ncaa-big10/ohiostate1.png[/IMG][/FONT] Returning Starters: Offense=9 Defense=10 Key Losses: HB Dan Herron, OLB Tyler Moeller, OT Mike Adams Key Recruits: (#4 Recruiting Class) #1DE Noah Spence #2DE Adolphus Washington #12 OT Joey O’Connor Strength: Experience/Defense Area of Concern: Passing Game Offensive Star: QB Braxton Miller Defensive Star: DE John Simon OSU is returning 19 starters this year and Urban Meyer will try to unleash his spread offense on the Big 10. The defense is basically the same as last year and they added the top 2 DEs in the country. Those two will learn from one of the greats in John Simon. Sophomore QB Braxton Miller will need to step up and make some big throws if the Buckeyes hope to return to the national championship. Craig, who is your sleeper team?I’m going with the #29 North Carolina Tar Heels.[FONT=Arial][COLOR=white][FONT=Arial][COLOR=white][FONT=Arial][COLOR=white][FONT=Arial][COLOR=white][FONT=Arial][COLOR=white][FONT=Arial][COLOR=white][FONT=Arial][COLOR=white][FONT=Arial][COLOR=white][FONT=Century][IMG]http://www.freewebs.com/teclemson53/ncaa-acc/unc5.png[/IMG][/FONT][/COLOR][/FONT][/COLOR][/FONT][/COLOR][/FONT][/COLOR][/FONT][/COLOR][/FONT][/COLOR][/FONT][/COLOR][/FONT][/COLOR][/FONT]Returning Starters: Offense=8 Defense=6 Key Losses: WR Dwight Jones, DE Quinton Coples, DT Donte Paige-Moss: Key Recruits: (#44 Recruiting Class) #8 QB James Summers, #14 OG J.J. Patterson #34 WR Quinshad Davis Strength: Running Game Area of Concern: Defense Offensive Star: HB Giovani Bernard Defensive Star: Kevin Reddick Gone are the usual big name stars of UNC’s defense. The bright side is the offense can score many points with the likes of Giovani Bernard and QB Bryn Renner. Those two stars will be the focal point and try to pull UNC through a tough ACC conference, and if all falls into place, a trip to the national title game. Jesse, who do you see as a sleeping giant?I could see #48 Miami coming out of the ACC. Returning Starters: Offense=4 Defense=7 Key Losses: HB Lamar Miller, WR Tommy Streeter, OT Brandon Washington, DT Marcus Forston, DE Olivier Vernon, WR Travis Benjamin Key Recruits: (#9 Recruiting Class) #1CB Tracy Howard, #8 ATH Angelo Jean-Louis #1 All-Purpose Back Randy Johnson Strength: Running Game and Secondary Area of Concern: Experience Offensive Star: HB Mike James Defensive Star: Ray-Ray Armstrong Although this is what most people would call a rebuilding year, I think Miami could surprise some people. If Mike James can carry the load, and Ray-Ray Armstrong can finally live up to high expectations, the Hurricanes could be playing in their own backyard come January. Lastly Coach Meyer, who do you think will come out of nowhere? It has to be the #27 Washington Huskies Returning Starters: Offense=8 Defense=8Key Losses: HB Chris Polk, WR Jermaine KearseKey Recruits: #1 S Shaq Thompson, #2 Mobile QB Cyler Miles, #11 ATH Jaydon Mickens, #12 CB Brandon BeaverStrength: QuarterbackArea of Concern: Defensive Front 7Offensive Star: QB Keith Price Defensive Star: SS Sean Parker Washington plays in a tough Pac-12 with two teams in the top 5. The defense will need to step up in big games in order to avoid shootouts. They lost a significant part of their offense in HB Chris Polk, but QB Keith Price showed he knows the offense. The Junior this year will have to do everything in his power to keep the Huskies in the national title hunt. If he plays as good and a little bit better than last year the Huskies could shock the Pac-12 and the nation. Thanks for watching College Football Live, make sure to tune into College Gameday each and every week during the upcoming football season! 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