Last season, Alabama shut out LSU 21-0 to win the BCS National Championship Game. Now, all 124 FBS teams have a clean slate and aspire to win conference titles, reach bowl games and win a national title.
Four new teams join the FBS: Texas State, Texas-San Antonio, South Alabama and UMass (spoiler alert: none of them are in the top 25). Twenty-eight schools have new head coaches, including Ohio State, Texas A&M, Arizona, Arkansas, UCLA and Penn State. TCU and West Virginia are now in the ten-team Big 12 Conference, replacing Missouri and Texas A&M who are now in the SEC. Temple moved from the MAC to the Big East, and Nevada, Fresno State and Hawaii moved to the Mountain West from the WAC.
The top three vote-getters for last year's Heisman Trophy, Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck and Trent Richardson are in the NFL, but fellow vote-getters Montee Ball, Tyrann Mathieu and Matt Barkley, are back in school. There are new names to learn and new teams ready to make a statement, so without further ado, here are my predictions for the top 25.
Note: Projected records include conference championship games, but not bowl games.