25 College Football Teams We Won't Recognize in 2013
College football is in a constant state of change and in 2013, there are going to be some teams that look completely different.
Whether it be from a coaching change, new personnel or a completely different scheme, there is no question that some teams will be hard to recognize this coming college football season.
Even though the start of the college football season is still over six months away, it is never too early to look ahead to 2013 and talk about the 25 teams who we will not recognize this coming year.
No. 25 Purdue Boilermakers
Purdue kicks off the list, as the Boilermakers will be welcoming a new head coach in Darrell Hazell.
Hazell brings a winning style to West Lafayette, as he has had plenty of success at Kent State, including nearly leading the team to the Orange Bowl.
He went 11-3 last season, including an 8-0 regular season mark in the MAC. If he does anything, he will at least bring a winning attitude to a Purdue program that has not had a lot of success.
No. 24 Oregon Ducks
While it is not likely that Oregon will look that much different as far as personnel is concerned, losing a coach like Chip Kelly will mean there are going to be some changes.
Kelly brought a dynamic on offense that had never been seen before and will be hard to duplicate, even if the new head coach is former offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich.
The Ducks might still be as good, but things will certainly be a little different in Eugene in 2013.
No. 23 Penn State Nittany Lions
Penn State might not look too much different, but things will certainly not be the same, now another year removed from the child abuse scandal.
Throw in the departure of quarterback Matt McGloin, and the Nittany Lions will not be the same in 2013.
Head coach Bill O'Brien will be bringing in a talented recruiting class and one of the best quarterbacks in the nation in Christian Hackenberg. He is unlike any quarterback Penn State has had in quite some time.
No. 22 Maryland Terrapins
Maryland only won four games last season, and part of that was due to the injuries suffered at the quarterback position.
This year the team might just look completely different if it can stay remotely healthy for the entire season.
Head coach Randy Edsall will be entering his third season with the program, and this could be the year that Maryland finally turns the corner.
No. 21 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Georgia Tech has mastered the triple-option offense, and the 2013 season will begin without quarterback Tevin Washington under center.
Washington was one of those guys who was seemingly with the program forever, and now that he has moved on, the quarterback position is wide open.
Sophomore Vad Lee is listed at the top of the depth chart, and he has had experience learning from Washington over the past two years.
It will look completely different seeing Georgia Tech without Washington behind center.
No. 20 Pittsburgh Panthers
Speaking of players who were seemingly at a program forever, Pittsburgh has two who are now gone. Running back Ray Graham and quarterback Tino Sunseri are no longer with the program and the same goes for former wide receiver Mike Shanahan.
Those three players became a staple with the program, and even though the Panthers have their head coach returning, there is no question that Graham, Sunseri and Shanahan will be sorely missed.
There is plenty of returning talent to replace those players, but for the Panthers there will be a whole new slew of players at the skill positions.
No. 19 Michigan Wolverines
The days of Denard Robinson running all over the Big Ten are finally over, and the Wolverines will have to move on without him.
That may not be all that bad however, as quarterback Devin Gardner proved to be up to the task after sliding over from the wide receiver position midway through last season when Robinson went down with an injury.
Even though much of the Michigan roster will be the same, including the coaching staff, with Robinson no longer in the mix, things will be a little different in Ann Arbor.
No. 18 North Carolina State Wolfpack
Losing a star quarterback is one thing, but throw in a new head coach and it is hard to expect the program to be even close to what it was the year before.
Mike Glennon has moved on to the NFL draft, and former Northern Illinois head coach Dave Doeren was hired by North Carolina State.
Doeren had massive success at Northern Illinois, including leading the team to the Orange Bowl last season.
Former head coach Tom O'Brien had been around for six seasons, so Doeren might take some getting used to for Wolfpack fans.
No. 17 Auburn Tigers
After a national championship followed by a few down years, Gene Chizik was fired from the Auburn program.
That certainly did not come as much of a surprise to those close to the team, and the man hired to replace him is Gus Malzahn.
Malzahn was the offensive coordinator during the 2010 national championship season and he brings a sense of familiarity to the program.
Look for things to improve at Auburn in 2013.
No. 16 Florida State Seminoles
Florida State is one of the most talented teams in the country every year, and next year there are going to be some major changes in the program.
Quarterback EJ Manuel has moved on, and replacing him will be no easy task.
Former defensive coordinator Mark Stoops left the program to take over the head coaching job at Kentucky.
Needless to say, things will be different on both sides of the ball for Florida State in 2013.
No. 15 TCU Horned Frogs
For TCU, it was a bit of a struggle last season transitioning into the Big 12, and this year the team might be more prepared for the rigors of a major conference.
Quarterback Casey Pachall has rejoined the program and if he can stay on the field, the Horned Frogs could be one of the surprise teams in the conference.
The return of some of the top players on the roster will make a big difference with TCU in 2013.
No. 14 Kentucky Wildcats
Mark Stoops is taking over a Kentucky program that has been downright awful in recent memory.
He has already made some major changes to the program including putting together the highest-rated recruiting class in the history of the program.
While the Wildcats have a long way to go, it appears they might be headed in the right direction. Too bad for Kentucky the SEC is so strong, it might take some time to get out of the cellar of the league.
No. 13 Virginia Tech Hokies
Even though Logan Thomas is staying at Virginia Tech, things should be completely different for the Hokies in 2013.
The team struggled mightily in 2012, and it is hard to imagine Frank Beamer letting that happen again in 2013.
Look for Virginia Tech to come out with a completely different attitude in 2013 and not look like the same team it did in 2012.
No. 12 Syracuse Orange
The Syracuse Orange are like a lot of other teams on the list, as they will be replacing their head coach and quarterback.
Ryan Nassib improved drastically during his time at Syracuse, and by the end of the season he was one of the rising stars at the quarterback position.
Former head coach Doug Marrone took over the Buffalo Bills job, and he will be replaced by Scott Shafer.
Shafer spent the past four years as the defensive coordinator and brings that mindset to the Syracuse program.
No. 11 Baylor Bears
The Baylor Bears will look very different at a number of spots, but the most glaring will be the quarterback position.
The Bears have had the advantage of having Robert Griffin III and Nick Florence over the past few years.
That is not going to be the case in 2013 as Florence has moved on after one of the best seasons in school history.
The running game will still be there, but the quarterback position will make this team look completely different.
No. 10 Michigan State Spartans
Michigan State is another team that will look very different in 2013 as a lot of players have moved on.
The most noticeable of those players is running back Le'Veon Bell. Bell carried the load last season for the Spartans and head coach Mark Dantonio is going to have to find a few backs to try and replace Bell in 2013.
Michigan State may develop into more of a passing team this season as they loved to run the football in 2012.
No. 9 Cincinnati Bearcats
In a very surprising move, Tommy Tuberville took over the Cincinnati program after the departure of former head coach Butch Jones to Cincinnati.
Tuberville was a bit of a surprise hire for the Bearcats as he already had a solid job in the Big 12.
Expect a completely different look from Cincinnati as the Bearcats will replace players at many key positions.
No. 8 Wisconsin Badgers
When it comes to change, few teams have lost more in the offseason than the Wisconsin Badgers.
Head coach Bret Bielema took the job with Arkansas, and things will look much different in Madison.
New head coach Gary Andersen is coming from Utah State and seems to be the perfect fit for the program.
With Montee Ball gone, things might be a little different, but the running game will likely still be the main focus for the Badgers in 2013.
No. 7 Tennessee Volunteers
Tennessee is one of many teams this college football season who will be welcoming a new head coach in Butch Jones.
The Volunteers will also have to replace a lot of personnel, including quarterback Tyler Bray and the top three receivers on the squad.
New head coach Butch Jones brings a completely different attitude than former head coach Derek Dooley and will be one of the more hard-nosed coaches in the country.
The Vols will certainly look completely different in 2013.
No. 6 Arkansas Razorbacks
There is no question that few teams underwent more change in 2012 than Arkansas. With everything that has happened to the program over the past year, including the Bobby Petrino saga, some stability will be a welcome change.
It might take some time to get there, as new head coach Bret Bielema is taking over the program.
While Arkansas might look the exact for years to come, there is no question that the 2013 squad will be completely different than the 2012 group.
No. 5 Kansas State Wildcats
Kansas State might look very similar in 2013 with the exception of one notable player.
Former quarterback Collin Klein is no longer with the program. He carried the load for the Wildcats the past few seasons and few players meant more to their program than Klein did to Kansas State.
It will not be the same watching the Wildcats without Klein running the show.
No. 4 USC Trojans
USC was a disaster last season, so if we do not recognize the Trojans in 2013, that might be a good thing.
The main difference will come at the quarterback position. Matt Barkley is no longer a Trojan, and there might be a battle for the starting role with Max Wittek and incoming freshman Max Browne.
Also gone are other key parts along the offense, including wide receiver Robert Woods and running back Curtis McNeal.
Hopefully for Trojans fans, they have a new outlook on the 2013 season.
No. 3 West Virginia Mountaineers
West Virginia had one of the most prolific offenses in the nation in 2012. It will definitely be hard to duplicate that in 2013.
There are a number of reasons for that, but the main one is the departure of some serious talent.
Leading the way among key departures is quarterback Geno Smith. Smith was one of the most prolific quarterbacks in the nation over the past three years and will be sorely missed.
West Virginia is also losing star wide receiver Tavon Austin. Austin could do everything with the ball in his hands and West Virginia is going to have a hard time replacing him.
No. 2 Missouri Tigers
The Missouri Tigers are similar to TCU in the way they struggled in a new conference last season.
The talent and depth of the SEC was one of the main reasons for that, but there were also a lot of injuries that Tigers had to play through.
Missouri only won five games a year ago and expect that to change drastically in 2013.
If quarterback James Franklin can stay healthy, this could be a surprise team in 2013.
No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners
Topping the list are the Oklahoma Sooners. While the Sooners will be very familiar to what they usually are in a lot of facets of the game, the quarterback position will be one glaring difference.
The quarterbacks for the better part of the past decade for Oklahoma were Sam Bradford and Landry Jones.
Both of those quarterbacks were pocket passers, and some of the best in the history of the program.
Now Blake Bell is taking over the position. He has spent the past two seasons as a threat near the goal-line.
Whether or not he will be able to pass remains to be seen, but either way, expect a completely different offense from the Sooners in 2013.