RANK SCHOOL RECORD RETURNING STARTERS
1. USC 12-1 17
Although they lose three starters on the offensive line, the
Trojans will still be explosive with QB Matt Leinart, WR Mike
Williams and RB Reggie Bush.
2. Oklahoma 12-2 21
January 12, 2004
The Sooners have plenty to look forward to: Heisman-winning QB
Jason White was granted a rare sixth year, and All-America LB
Lance Mitchell returns from a knee injury.
3. Georgia 11-3 20
Behind LBs Thomas Davis and Odell Thurman, the Bulldogs'
dominating defense could be even stronger, and QB David Greene
should return to all-conference form.
4. Florida 8-5 9
Led by blossoming stars in QB Chris Leak, RB DeShawn Wynn and LB
Channing Crowder, the Gators could be the fastest team in the
nation next season.
5. LSU 13-1 14
If Nick Saban stays in Baton Rouge, the Tigers won't fall far.
Despite losing DE Chad Lavalais and possibly QB Matt Mauck, they
have a ton of talent, led by WR Skyler Green.
6. Miami 11-2 12
The Hurricanes always reload. Kyle Wright will push Brock Berlin
at QB, and RB Frank Gore returns from a knee injury to challenge
rising star Tyrone Moss.
7. Texas 10-3 17
O.K., maybe this is the year. The Longhorns lose a talented
receiving trio, but QB Vince Young could be one of the most
dynamic playmakers in school history.
8. Kansas State 11-4 11
The defense won't be as strong, but the Wildcats will have little
trouble scoring points with superb RB Darren Sproles running
behind a veteran offensive line.
9. Florida State 10-3 16
In WRs Craphonso Thorpe and P.K. Sam, and RBs Leon Washington and
Lorenzo Booker, QB Chris Rix has a scary array of weapons, but he
must be more consistent.
10. Ohio State 11-2 9
Though QB Craig Krenzel graduates, his successor, Justin Zwick,
will have a pair of playmakers to throw to in wideouts Santanio
Holmes and Bam Childress.