Kihei Clark, Kyle Guy, Mamadi Diakite, Braxton Key and Jay Huff will all be back. How much will a second season under Mullen help him? The Spartans were one of college football's most improved teams in 2017, increasing their win total by seven games from the previous year. Fisher's best hire for his staff was Mike Elko as the program's new defensive coordinator. Elko, who previously oversaw defenses at Notre Dame and Wake Forest, should make an immediate impact on a unit that gave up 30. They also add one of the elite guard recruits in the country in Tyrese Maxey and a five-star two-way player in Kahlil Whitney, along with top-50 prospect Keion Brooks.
Look good, feel good, play good. The biggest personnel issue on this side of the ball is at linebacker following the departure of standout seniors Chase Hansen and Cody Barton. The Cyclones play four of their first five games at home in 2019, including a Sept. Linebacker Josh Ross returns after 54 tackles and 5. And it looks like coach Mick Cronin will join them.
Powell is one of the elite scorers in the country, and Quincy McKnight developed into a lockdown defender late in the season. Marquette Golden Eagles Before a late-season collapse, Steve Wojciechowski had Marquette atop the Big East and poised for a run in March. North Shore Location: Galena Park, Texas 2018-19 Record: 16-0 Final Super 25 Rank: 2 Why them: Last season, the Mustangs finished No. Barrett was a stabilizing force for the Ohio State offense and he leaves Columbus as one of the most accomplished signal callers in program history. But Pac-12 road games at Utah, Arizona State, Oregon, Cal and Washington are potential obstacles. However, with a loaded depth chart and one of the Big Ten's top quarterbacks and head coaches, the Spartans aren't going to need all of the bounces in their favor to win 10 games once again. Dobbins is coming off of a year in which he rushed for over 1,000 yards sharing a backfield.
Defense led the way for Herman's first team, as coordinator Todd Orlando's charges limited opponents to 21. The Black Knights will miss Nachtigal, their leading tackler, but a solid corps is returning. Similar to the offense, the defense is largely set for 2018. The Hurricanes ranked third nationally with 31 takeaways last year, and most of the players responsible should be back in the mix in 2018. But, will that momentum carry over into 2018? Still, they won 10 straight games before that and were in the Big Ten race until the end. The secondary also was hit hard by departures from last season, along with the summer departure of Adonis Alexander at cornerback.
As of this moment, the Cavaliers are the team to beat in 2020. The Tigers return a deep backfield and three starters in the trenches. Quarterback Jake Fromm returns for his third season as a starter, and he'll no longer be looking over his shoulder with freshman Justin Fields transferring. If he does, he'll be the leading returning scorer for a program set to enroll a top-10 recruiting class - not to mention graduate transfer Lamarr Kimble, who averaged 15. Still, Georgia has competed nose-to-nose with Alabama the past two seasons.
Florida State: The Seminoles had two double-digit scorers, and one of them, Terance Mann, was a senior. Dobbins is coming back; Weber, who shared carries with him, has already announced he's forgoing his senior season. If we have the post play like this year, then we will struggle again to be top 25. Celtics Exit Interviews: Jaylen Brown at a crossroads That was unfortunate for one fellow, who made the mistake of trying to guard the Boston Celtics wing in isolation. Kansas Jayhawks For the first time in 15 seasons, Bill Self is not coaching the defending Big 12 regular-season champions.
While the defense is likely to rank among the best in the Big 12 again, Texas won't climb in the standings without improvement on offense. Washington Chris Petersen has won at least 10 games in each of the last three seasons and claimed two Pac-12 titles in that span. The Cornhuskers lost their first six games, but they won four of their last six and nearly beat Northwestern, Ohio State and Iowa on the road. Grier threw for 3,490 yards and 34 scores last season, and with a significant amount of turnover at the quarterback position in the Big 12, West Virginia has a huge advantage at this position. There are a lot of questions to be answered in Lawrence. Robinson has a talented group of receivers at his disposal, including sophomore Jalen Reagor, KaVontae Turpin and Jaelan Austin.
Now they wait and see on Bruno Fernando. What will Leach do for an encore? Three big-picture thoughts before we get to the guts. Killian Tillie should be healthy. We'll wait and see on the Vols. Clemson will have two Heisman Trophy candidates -- Lawrence and tailback Travis Etienne -- leading its offense next season. What will his junior year bring? Nevertheless, eight wins appears to be a good bet, and 10 is a worthy goal.
Everyone else on the Tide will probably be good, because…. If Williams comes back, he could be preseason Player of the Year and would form a strong trio with Lamonte Turner and Jordan Bowden. Starkel is more of a pocket passer and a better fit for Fisher's offense. Louis Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist. Here's Athlon's projected top 25 teams in college football for 2018.