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Setting the Over/Under Win Total for Every BCS Team in 2013

Alex CallosCorrespondent IMarch 4, 2013

Setting the Over/Under Win Total for Every BCS Team in 2013

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    With the college football season still months away, the over/under for win totals for teams from BCS conferences has not been released.

    So we decided to be the first to set the over/under for those teams.

    While a lot could change between now and the start of the season, these odds are based on the season starting today. 

    Here is the over/under win total for each team from a BCS conference with Notre Dame included.

    Will the bets be over or under? Let the debate begin.

    *Win totals are reflective of the 12 regular-season games only and do not include conference championships or bowl games.

Alabama Crimson Tide

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    Over/Under: 11 wins

    It is hard to give a team a win total so high, but with the talent Nick Saban has coming back, anything lower would be easy money for those taking the over.

    While 11 wins is still a lot to get, the Crimson Tide have the advantage of not having to play Georgia, Florida and South Carolina.

    There is a road game early in the season against Texas A&M. LSU is likely to be the other big test on the schedule, but the Crimson Tide will have it easy in 2013.

    Expect them to be in contention for the national championship once again.

Arizona Wildcats

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    Over/Under: 7 wins

    Arizona won seven games last year during the regular season and has some talent coming back, including star running back Ka'Deem Carey.

    Carey has had some trouble with the law, but if he can stay on the field, he will be one of the best running backs in the country.

    The non-conference schedule is relatively easy with three games against inferior opponents (Northern Arizona, UNLV and UT-San Antonio).

    Replacing quarterback Matt Scott is not going to be easy, but the team had a solid season in 2012 under head coach Rich Rodriguez.

Arizona State Sun Devils

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    Over/Under: 5.5 wins

    While Arizona State might have similar talent to Arizona, the schedule is not as favorable.

    The non-conference slate features a home game against Wisconsin and a game against Notre Dame at Cowboys Stadium. Those are going to be huge challenges for head coach Todd Graham and his squad. 

    If the Sun Devils can get a few surprise wins early in the season, it might be another bowl year, but that is not a certainty.

    Look for this team to struggle a little bit in 2013, but quarterback Taylor Kelly could develop into one of the best in the Pac-12.

Arkansas Razorbacks

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    Over/Under: 5.5 wins

    Arkansas is a somewhat challenging team to figure out with a new head coach and a completely new system likely to be put in place.

    The Razorbacks suffered through an awful 2012 campaign, and they should be better than the four-win team they fielded a year ago, despite losing a lot of talent, particularly on offense.

    The non-conference schedule has a few challenging games, including Southern Miss and a road trip to Rutgers.

    The SEC schedule is brutal at the start with the first four featuring the likes of Texas A&M, Florida, South Carolina and Alabama.

    Getting to six wins is not going to be an easy task.

Auburn Tigers

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    Over/Under: 5 wins

    Similar to Arkansas, the Auburn Tigers were downright awful a season ago and a lot of that had to do with the poor play from the quarterback position.

    Bad news for the Tigers is that is not likely to change.

    The non-conference schedule has a couple cupcakes as usual, but as always, the SEC is not going to be easy.

    If the Tigers can get more consistent play quarterback play from Kiehl Frazier or whoever wins the job, the win total might be better.

    But, odds are that is not going to happen.

Baylor Bears

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    Over/Under: 8.5 wins

    The non-conference schedule should be a piece of cake for Baylor as Wofford, Buffalo and Louisiana-Monroe are on the slate.

    With a very talented running game and what should be an explosive offense, the Bears could be a fun team to watch in 2013.

    Running back Lache Seastrunk is one of the most explosive players in the country, and he is a threat to score every time he touches the ball.

    Defense will be a huge question mark once again, but there is enough offense to keep them in virtually every game.

Boston College Eagles

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    Over/Under: 3.5 wins

    Boston College has been one of the worst of all the BCS teams over the past few years, and it does not appear like it will get much better at least for a few years.

    The Eagles only won two games a year ago but should be a little better this season. There are some very winnable games against Villanova, Army and New Mexico State.

    Quarterback Chase Rettig had some moments last season, and new head coach Steve Addazio should be able to get the program back on track.

    It is going to take some time however, so do not expect a bowl season just yet.

California Golden Bears

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    Over/Under: 4.5 wins

    Unlike some other teams from major conferences, the Cal Bears like to challenge themselves when it comes to the non-conference schedule.

    They start out the season against Northwestern and two weeks later take on Ohio State.

    Last season was one full of injuries and tough breaks for the Bears, as they finished the year 3-9.

    They should be much better this season, but do not expect a complete turnaround, especially considering the amount of talent lost with the departures of wide receiver Keenan Allen and quarterback Zach Maynard.

Central Florida Knights

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    Over/Under: 6 wins

    Central Florida is entering its first season in a BCS conference as they join the Big East for the 2013 season.

    In 2012, the Knights nearly won the Conference USA title, losing to Tulsa in the championship game.

    The Big East schedule could still be up in the air with teams coming and going, but South Carolina looms in the non-conference slate as well as a trip to Happy Valley to take on Penn State.

    It would be hard to imagine the Knights winning nine regular-season games like they did last year, but a bowl game is not out of the question.

Cincinnati Bearcats

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    Over/Under: 9 wins

    Cincinnati starts off the season with two Big Ten opponents. The Bearcats begin with a home game against Purdue, followed by a road game at Illinois.

    Those two games will tell a lot about just how talented this team is.

    With the exception of Louisville, they will likely be the favorites in the Big East.

    Cincinnati did lose some talented players but still has plenty of talent returning, including sixth-year quarterback Brendon Kay.

    Another 10-win season is not out of the question for the Bearcats.

Clemson Tigers

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    Over/Under: 9.5 wins

    The Clemson schedule is not doing it any favors at the beginning or at the end. The Tigers start off the season with Georgia and end it with South Carolina on the road.

    Fortunately for the Tigers, quarterback Tajh Boyd is coming back for his senior season.

    The ACC schedule will not be extremely challenging and Clemson should be one of the favorites to win the league.

    Replacing Andre Ellington is not going to be easy, but there are still plenty of playmakers on offense to be a top 20 team throughout the season.

Colorado Buffaloes

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    Over/Under: 3.5 wins

    Colorado has been similar to Boston College in recent years and continues to struggle just to win a few games. New head coach Mike MacIntyre might help a little, but the Buffaloes will need a few years to even get back to the middle of the Pac-12.

    They only won one game a year ago but should be slightly better in 2013. It is hard to imagine another season as bad as 2012.

    The most winnable games on the slate are Colorado State and Central Arkansas to start off the season.

    After that it is not going to be easy. A win or two in the Pac-12 will be more than Colorado could ask for.

Connecticut Huskies

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    Over/Under: 6.5 wins

    Connecticut is one of the few remaining teams in what is left of the Big East.

    As always, they are playing a somewhat challenging non-conference schedule with both Maryland and Michigan coming to Storrs.

    Connecticut might be able to get to six wins and qualify for a bowl game with the easier conference schedule now that Syracuse and Pittsburgh are in the ACC.

    With a lot still up in the air with the Big East, the Huskies win total is a little hard to predict.

Duke Blue Devils

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    Over/Under: 5 wins

    The Duke Blue Devils finally made a bowl game last season and had one of the most successful seasons in recent memory.

    They have some very winnable non-conference games, but winning more than six games seems like a bit of a stretch.

    The ACC schedule is very favorable with Florida State and Clemson not on the slate. They also do not have the opportunity to play Boston College.

    It would still come as a bit of a surprise if Duke won more than five games in 2013.

Florida Gators

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    Over/Under: 9.5 wins

    Florida had quite a season in 2012 and, if it can get more consistent play from the quarterback position, will likely duplicate that in 2013.

    The Gators once again have some challenging non-conference games with Toledo and Florida State coming to Gainesville, as well as a road game against Miami.

    They won't play Alabama during the conference slate, but most of the other juggernauts of the SEC are on the schedule with the exception of Texas A&M.

    A season as good as last year is not likely, but the Gators will be near the top of the SEC East.

Florida State Seminoles

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    Over/Under: 10 wins

    Florida State will once again be one of the most talented teams in the ACC, and even though quarterback EJ Manuel is gone, head coach Jimbo Fisher reloads nearly every single year.

    There are some interesting games on the non-conference slate, including Nevada and, of course, the season finale at Florida.

    The Clemson game comes on the road this season, which should make it that much more interesting.

    Even though a lot of talent is missing, the schedule is very favorable for the Seminoles and a double-digit win season is very likely.

Georgia Bulldogs

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    Over/Under: 10 wins

    Quarterback Aaron Murray is coming back for his senior season, and Georgia will be one of the top teams in the country.

    Georgia has a very challenging SEC schedule, but one of the big advantages the Bulldogs have is they get South Carolina and LSU at home while avoiding Alabama and Texas A&M.

    The running back tandem of Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley will be back for their sophomore seasons.

    There is a chance Georgia could be right back in the SEC title game once again.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

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    Over/Under: 6 wins

    Georgia Tech was just an average team last season, but now the Yellow Jackets will have to move on without quarterback Tevin Washington.

    The Yellow Jackets should be right around the .500 mark, similar to last season.

    The schedule is the usual, with Georgia in Atlanta to close out the regular season and a few easy non-conference games. A road trip to BYU will be a very interesting matchup.

    It is looking like another season in the middle of the improving ACC for Georgia Tech.

Houston Cougars

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    Over/Under: 4.5 wins

    Houston is another team who will be entering its first season in the Big East. The Cougars should benefit from a few easy non-conference games, including Southern and UTSA.

    The Cougars also take on Rice and BYU. The schedule for the Big East is still up in the air, but it is going to be a little more challenging than Conference USA.

    Houston only won five games a year ago while in its first season with new head coach Tony Levine.

    Winning that many games in the Big East might be a bit of a stretch for Houston.

Illinois Fighting Illini

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    Over/Under: 3.5 wins

    Illinois had another down year in 2012, winning only two games under first-year head coach Tim Beckman.

    The non-conference schedule will once again not do the Fighting Illini many favors. They play Cincinnati and Washington in back-to-back weeks.

    One benefit is they do not leave the state of Illinois until October.

    The Big Ten schedule is challenging, but the Fighting Illini do avoid Michigan.

    They will be improved from 2012, but not by much.

Indiana Hoosiers

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    Over/Under: 3.5 wins

    Indiana has been a bottom-feeder in the Big Ten for quite some time now but did finish ahead of Illinois last season.

    The Hoosiers picked up four wins during the 2012 campaign and will be looking to build on that in 2013.

    The first three games against Indiana State, Navy and Bowling Green are probably the most winnable on the schedule.

    After that things could get a little dicey with Missouri to finish up the non-conference slate, followed by Penn State, Michigan State and Michigan to kick off Big Ten play.

    It looks like it is going to be hard for Indiana to build on the four wins from a season ago with the schedule it has been dealt in Big Ten play.

Iowa Hawkeyes

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    Over/Under: 4.5 wins

    Iowa was not only one of the biggest disappointments in the Big Ten last season, but also one of the biggest disappointments in the entire country.

    The Hawkeyes only managed to win four games, and it might not be much easier in 2013.

    They will once again kick off the season against Northern Illinois and will also make a road trip to take on Iowa State.

    The loss of senior quarterback James Vandenberg to graduation might not necessarily be a bad thing, as it would be hard to imagine Iowa finishing worse than it did in 2012.

    With that being said, it is not looking like it will be much better in 2013.

Iowa State Cyclones

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    Over/Under: 5.5 wins

    Iowa State has two byes early in the season before Big 12 play begins. They finish the season with 10 games in a row before a bye the final week of the year.

    Tulsa and Iowa might be challenges outside of the conference, and it is looking like the Big 12 will be solid once again.

    The loss of two talented linebackers in Jake Knott and A.J. Klein will hurt the defense big time. Those were two of the best linebackers in the conference.

    The six-win year in 2012 seems to be the direction the Cyclones are headed in 2013.

Kansas Jayhawks

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    Over/Under: 2 wins

    Kansas might have been one of the worst FBS teams in the country in 2012. Good thing for them is it can't get worse in 2013.

    The Jayhawks only managed one win in 2012, and that was the season opener against South Dakota State.

    Head coach Charlie Weis will be entering his second season running the program and looking for his first Big 12 win.

    The most winnable game appears to be South Dakota, but after that, things might get a little dicey.

    Expect Kansas to at least pick up two wins in 2013, but possibly remain winless in the Big 12 once again. 

Kansas State Wildcats

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    Over/Under: 7

    Replacing quarterback Collin Klein will be a tall task, but Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder has been through this plenty of times.

    An extremely easy non-conference schedule should have the Wildcats at 3-0 heading into Big 12 play, and a road date with Texas to open up the conference will give a good indication as to just how good Kansas State is.

    Odds are the Wildcats are not going to win anywhere near as many games as they did a season ago but will still be competitive in the Big 12.

Kentucky Wildcats

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    Over/Under: 3.5 wins

    New Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops will have his chance to compete in the SEC as he takes over the program for the 2013 season.

    The Wildcats won two games a season ago, picking up victories against Kent State and Samford.

    Stoops has already put together the best recruiting class in the history of the program, and it appears Big Blue nation is going to see some more wins this season.

    The SEC schedule will be a huge challenge once again, but Kentucky should be able to win a game or two in conference.

LSU Tigers

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    Over/Under: 8.5 wins

    As far as schedules are concerned, LSU might have one of the toughest in the country.

    The Tigers open up the season against what should be a much-improved TCU squad and then take on a talented Kent State group two weeks later. 

    Les Miles probably lost even a little more talent early to the NFL draft than he thought he would, but as always, he will reload and put an SEC title contender on the field.

    Road games against Georgia and Alabama are not going to be easy. Neither will home dates with Florida and Texas A&M.

    A double-digit win season might be a stretch with this team and a grueling schedule.

Louisville Cardinals

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    Over/Under: 10.5 wins

    Louisville is certainly the cream of the crop that is left in the Big East as the Cardinals enter their final season in the league before jumping to the ACC in 2014.

    Junior quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is one of the best in the country at his position and continues to show improvement every week.

    There should be no problems getting through the non-conference portion of the schedule unscathed.

    The Big East slate will not be that much more challenging as the Cardinals might be head and shoulders above the rest of the league.

    Double-digits wins in the regular season seems very likely for this squad.

Maryland Terrapins

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    Over/Under: 5.5 wins

    Maryland struggled last season, but a lot of that was due to the significant amount of injuries at the quarterback position.

    The Terrapins still managed to win four games and should be slightly better than that in 2013.

    Connecticut and West Virginia might pose a threat outside of the conference, and ACC play will also not be easy with road games against Florida State, Virginia Tech and North Carolina State on the horizon.

    Look for slight improvements from Edsall and his squad as they continue to head in the right direction.

Memphis Tigers

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    Over/Under: 3 wins

    Out of all the teams moving into the Big East in 2013, there is no doubt that Memphis is going to have the most trouble of all of them.

    The Tigers only won four games last season while playing in Conference USA but did win their final three games of the season.

    They will struggle in Big East play but could win a few games out of conference with names like UT Martin and Middle Tennessee on the schedule, along with Duke and Arkansas State.

    The four wins Memphis reached a year ago will be hard to duplicate in a more challenging conference.

Miami Hurricanes

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    Over/Under: 9 wins

    The talent and youth of Miami is up there with the best teams in the ACC. Whether or not the Hurricanes live up to that potential remains to be seen.

    Florida will be the biggest challenge early in the season, but the Hurricanes have a chance to be 6-1 heading into a road game with Florida State the first weekend of November.

    If that is the case, it will be one of the biggest games of the ACC season.

    The seven wins Miami posted a year ago seem like a lock this season. If everything goes as planned, this team will be back near the top of the ACC in 2013 and beyond.

Michigan Wolverines

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    Over/Under: 8.5 wins

    Michigan continues to improve under head coach Brady Hoke, and while there will be some changes during the 2013 season, the success is likely to continue.

    With the easy start to the Big Ten schedule, the Notre Dame game out of conference the second weekend of the year is going to be huge.

    The Wolverines take on Minnesota, Penn State and Indiana to open up the Big Ten season, followed by Michigan State.

    Michigan should be piling up wins early in the season before the likes of Nebraska, Northwestern and Ohio State come calling to close out the season.

    A season similar to the eight wins from a year ago is likely.

Michigan State Spartans

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    Over/Under: 8.5 wins

    Michigan State was somewhat of a disappointment last season, finishing the year with only seven wins, including a bowl victory. 

    A strong start to the season will be key for the Spartans as they look to rebound from that awful 2012 campaign.

    With Western Michigan, South Florida and Youngstown State to kick off the season, head coach Mark Dantonio and his squad will likely be 3-0 with a trip to South Bend to take on Notre Dame in Week 4.

    Not many teams in the conference have a more favorable schedule than Michigan State, and a tough three-game stretch toward the end of the season will determine if this team can hang in for the Big Ten title.

Minnesota Gophers

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    Over/Under: 5 wins

    In surprising fashion, Minnesota did win six games last year and qualify for a bowl game. The Golden Gophers were not world beaters but won the games they were supposed to, particularly at the beginning of the season.

    What does 2013 have in store for this team?

    An interesting non-conference game against San Jose State will be a huge problem for Minnesota in Week 4, and it is hard to imagine this team having the success it did a season ago.

    Even with a challenging conference schedule, if Minnesota can pull off an upset against San Jose State, there is a chance it could squeak into a bowl game once again.

    Odds are that is not going to happen again.

Ole Miss Rebels

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    Over/Under: 6 wins

    Ole Miss was another team that surprised a lot of people by qualifying for a bowl game in 2012.

    The Rebels get right into it at the beginning of the season with a road game against Vanderbilt to kick off the year.

    A return game at Texas is the most challenging game out of conference, and the SEC schedule is not going to be much easier.

    While the Rebels did win seven games last year, that is going to be hard to duplicate, even with the unbelievable recruiting class turned in by head coach Hugh Freeze.

    With all that true freshman talent, Ole Miss will not regress in 2013, despite a very challenging schedule.

Mississippi State Bulldogs

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    Over/Under: 6.5 wins

    Mississippi State was another team that was a bit of a surprise last season. The Bulldogs beat the teams they were supposed on their way to an eight-win season.

    This year, the Bulldogs take on Oklahoma State to begin the season in a game that will tell a lot about both teams.

    The schedule is very hard in the middle, but the beginning of SEC play should be a chance for Mississippi State to jump out to a good start, similar to last season.

    It is looking like head coach Dan Mullen and his squad will have a similar season to the one they put together in 2012.

Missouri Tigers

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    Over/Under: 6 wins

    Missouri has the advantage of avoiding both Alabama and LSU in SEC play, but the Tigers will take on the rest of the big boys, including Georgia, Florida and South Carolina in succession during the middle of the season.

    An interesting non-conference game against Toledo early in the season will tell a lot about whether nor not this team will improve from the five-win team it fielded a year ago.

    If quarterback James Franklin can come back healthy, this could be a surprisingly dangerous team in 2013.

    The SEC schedule is not going to do them any favors, but a bowl season should still be within reach.

Nebraska Cornhuskers

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    Over/Under: 9 wins

    Nebraska brings back a very talented offense with the return of quarterback Taylor Martinez for his senior season. Junior running back Ameer Abdullah will also be back after emerging last season during the absence of Rex Burkhead.

    UCLA looms in the non-conference schedule, but if the Cornhuskers can get by them, the Big Ten schedule is very easy in the beginning with Illinois, Minnesota and Purdue to kick it off.

    They miss Ohio State and Wisconsin, so the schedule is very favorable.

    Look for this team to contend once again in the Legends division of the Big Ten.

North Carolina Tar Heels

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    Over/Under: 8.5 wins

    North Carolina is another team that is very hard to judge, as the Tar Heels lost running back Giovani Bernard early to the NFL draft but return quarterback Bryn Renner.

    The first game of the season features a road trip to South Carolina, but the ACC schedule is about as easy as it can get.

    Miami and Virginia Tech appear to be the toughest conference games on the slate as the Tar Heels have the advantage of missing both Florida State and Clemson.  

    The schedule is very favorable at the end of the year with Pittsburgh, Old Dominion and Duke to close out the season.

North Carolina State

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    Over/Under: 8 wins

    North Carolina State has been blessed with excellent quarterbacks in recent years, including Russell Wilson and Mike Glennon.

    Now it is time to move on, and it looks like the spot is still up for grabs with Manny Stocker and Pete Thomas likely the leading candidates.

    The season starts with Louisiana Tech, and the Wolfpack will know a lot about themselves after that game.

    The last four games of the season are very winnable, so the season may not start out particularly well but could end just the way they want it to.

Northwestern Wildcats

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    Over/Under: 8 wins

    Northwestern was one of the surprise teams in the country last season and might be even better in 2013 with the return of a wealth of talent on both sides of the ball.

    The season starts off with a few challenges, including a road game at California followed by Syracuse at home.

    The Wildcats get all the big boys in the Big Ten but should be ready for the challenge. If the quarterback play is consistent, this team will duplicate the nine regular-season wins it posted a year ago.

    With how challenging the schedule is, however, that might be difficult to do.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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    Over/Under 9.5 wins

    The success of Notre Dame was well-documented last season, and it is going to be very hard to duplicate in 2013.

    With that being said, the Fighting Irish should still have a very formidable team.

    A road trip to Michigan at the beginning of the season and a road trip to Stanford at the end might be the two toughest games on the schedule. Oklahoma and USC are also right in the middle of the slate.

    Overall, the schedule is very similar to last season, but do not expect the Fighting Irish to be able to run the table again this year.

Ohio State Buckeyes

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    Over/Under: 11 wins

    Ohio State had a magical 2012 season, and while the Buckeyes are likely to be one of the top five teams in the country when the season begins, matching the 2012 season in 2013 is not going to be easy to do.

    The non-conference portion of the schedule should not be much of a problem with the exception of a road trip to California.

    The Big Ten schedule is also very fair, with the toughest game possibly coming in the season finale at Michigan.

    If quarterback Braxton Miller continues to develop, Ohio State will be right in contention for the Big Ten title and could be playing for the national championship.

    Another undefeated season is not likely for head coach Urban Meyer and his squad.

Oklahoma Sooners

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    Over/Under: 8.5 wins

    Not only does Oklahoma play a challenging Big 12 schedule, but the Sooners also battle Louisiana-Monroe, Tulsa and Notre Dame outside of conference.

    There is plenty of talent coming back, but the key to the season might be the development of quarterback Blake Bell. Bell will be taking over for the departed Landry Jones and will have to prove himself as a capable passer.

    The Sooners also have a lot to replace on defense as well as finding a go-to receiver now that Kenny Still has departed early for the NFL draft.

    They were able to win 10 games last season, but even that might be difficult to replicate in 2013 with the combination of the schedule and lost talent.

Oklahoma State Cowboys

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    Over/Under: 8.5 wins

    Like all of the other Oklahoma State teams, the 2013 squad is going to put some points on the board.

    The key to the season might be whether or not head coach Mike Gundy can figure out who the best quarterback on his roster is, as there are plenty of candidates.

    The schedule is nothing overwhelming with Mississippi State out of conference. The home games feature TCU and Kansas State, with Texas coming on the road.

    This team is going to be right in the mix for the Big 12 title in 2013.

Oregon Ducks

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    Over/Under: 11 wins

    Oregon will once again be in the mix for the national championship as the Ducks might have the best offense in the country in 2013.

    Even though head coach Chip Kelly has moved on to the Philadelphia Eagles, most of the team is still intact from the 2012 squad that was an overtime game away from playing for the national title against Notre Dame.

    The toughest game of the year is without question a road trip to Stanford on a Thursday night in early November. That could end up being the biggest game of the entire college football season outside of the SEC.

    It is hard to imagine the Ducks losing more than a game or two in 2013.

Oregon State Beavers

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    Over/Under: 8 wins

    Oregon State head coach Mike Riley has a situation similar to that of Mike Gundy. He has to choose a quarterback. Fortunately for Riley, there are only two candidates to choose from in his situation.

    Both Sean Mannion and Cody Vaz have a lot to offer, so the decision will not be easy for Riley.

    If he picks the right quarterback, the success of this team could be very similar to the nine-win year they put together in 2012.

    The schedule is extremely easy in the beginning but a little more challenging toward the end with Stanford, USC, Arizona State, Washington and Oregon to close out the year.

Penn State Nittany Lions

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    Over/Under: 7.5 wins

    Penn State shocked the world by winning eight games a season ago and finishing near the top of the Big Ten.

    The Nittany Lions' biggest question will be the quarterback position as Matt McGloin has finally moved on.

    Incoming freshman Christian Hackenberg is likely to be the starter. He is one of the most highly touted recruits in the 2013 class.

    The out-of-conference schedule will not be easy with Syracuse, Central Florida and Kent State, particularly for a freshman quarterback.

    While Penn State might be more talented than a year ago, they will have a hard time duplicating the win total from 2012.

    Still, it will be another solid season in Happy Valley for the Nittany Lions.

Pittsburgh Panthers

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    Over/Under: 5.5 wins

    Pittsburgh struggled last season in the Big East, and things are not going to get much easier in the ACC.

    The Panthers now will be taking on the likes of Florida State, Miami and Virginia Tech, as well as Notre Dame outside of the conference.

    Replacing running back Ray Graham and quarterback Tino Sunseri is not going to be as easy as some might think, and the transition into a new league is also going to be a tall task.

    Expect Pittsburgh to get a few easy wins outside of conference but struggle to put together enough victories to qualify for a bowl game in 2013.

Purdue Boilermakers

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    Over/Under: 5 wins

    Purdue struggled during the middle portion of the 2012 season but came on strong at the end of the year, winning its final three games to qualify for a bowl. 

    There are some very challenging contests in the non-conference slate, including games against Cincinnati, Notre Dame and Northern Illinois.

    That might not bode well for a team that will struggle to get to a bowl game.

    The schedule just appears to be too challenging right now for the Boilermakers to win six games and make it to a bowl.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights

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    Over/Under: 9 wins

    Rutgers nearly played in the Sugar Bowl last season but blew a big lead late against Louisville and had to settle for the Russell Athletic Bowl.

    Fresno State and Arkansas will pose threats outside of the conference, but the Big East slate will not be as challenging as it has been in past years.

    Rutgers will be near the top of the conference once again and should contend for a BCS spot during its final season in the league.

    The early entry of running back Jawan Jamison to the NFL draft is not going to help, but the defense should be the best in the league once again.

South Carolina Gamecocks

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    Over/Under: 9 wins

    When it comes to its conference schedule, South Carolina might be one of the most fortunate teams in the SEC.

    The Gamecocks do not have to play Alabama, Texas A&M or LSU. That should make it that much easier to win the SEC East and play for the SEC title.

    Outside of the conference, there is the usual date against Clemson as well as North Carolina and Central Florida. 

    Head coach Steve Spurrier lost some talent early to the NFL draft, but this team still has star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, who might be the best player in the country in 2013.

    Look for another great year from South Carolina.

South Florida Bulls

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    Over/Under: 5 wins

    South Florida always plays a challenging non-conference schedule, and this year will be no different as the Bulls make a road trip to East Lansing to take on Michigan State and also play Miami the final weekend of September.

    After a three-win season in 2012, former head coach Skip Holtz was let go and Willie Taggart was hired from Western Kentucky.

    With a few weaker teams entering the Big East, South Florida should be able to improve on that win total.

    The departure of quarterback B.J. Daniels might not be a bad thing, and it will be a new-look squad for the Bulls in 2013.

USC Trojans

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    Over/Under: 8.5 wins

    The debacle that was the 2012 season is now over for USC and head coach Lane Kiffin.

    Hopefully for the Trojans, the 2013 season is a little better than the seven-win 2012 year they had.

    Even though Robert Woods and Matt Barkley are gone along with a few other players, there is still enough talent for USC to be a Top 25 team in 2013.

    USC is traveling to Hawaii the first game of the season, which gives the Trojans the opportunity to take on a 13-game schedule. They should be able to improve on the seven wins from a season ago, particularly if the quarterback situation gets figured out.

SMU Mustangs

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    Over/Under: 5.5 wins

    SMU won seven games last year, including a bowl victory against Fresno State in the Hawaii Bowl.

    This year might be a different story as the non-conference schedule features Texas Tech, Texas A&M and TCU.

    Throw in a few challenging games in the Big East and it will be hard for SMU to duplicate the seven wins from a season ago.

    Head coach June Jones might have his hands full with this team in 2013.

Stanford Cardinal

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    Over/Under: 9.5 wins

    Stanford will once again be in contention for the Pac-12 title and also the national championship. 

    The loss of running back Stepfan Taylor is going to hurt, but the development of quarterback Kevin Hogan will go a long way toward determining just how good this Stanford team is.

    San Jose State will be an interesting game to start the season, and Notre Dame at home is the perfect way to end the year for the Cardinal.

    The Cardinal do get Oregon at home and it is right after a bye week. This schedule is very favorable for Stanford, and another double-digit win season is possible.

Syracuse Orange

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    Over/Under: 6 wins

    The Syracuse Orange came on strong last season to win a share of the Big East title with three other teams.

    It is going to be a different look with a new head coach and quarterback Ryan Nassib now moving on to the NFL.

    The schedule is also going to get more difficult joining the ACC. Throw in the fact that Syracuse is playing Penn State and Northwestern outside of the conference.

    The ACC schedule is not very daunting, and it is not out of the realm of possibility for Syracuse to go .500 and qualify for a bowl game.

Temple Owls

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    Over/Under: 5 wins

    Temple struggled last season in its first in the Big East. The Owls finished the year 4-7 and 2-5 in league play.

    Look for them to be slightly better in 2013 but still struggle to pick up enough wins to qualify for a bowl game.

    Notre Dame is the only true out-of-conference test and with Memphis, Houston, SMU and Central Florida joining the Big East, there are some very winnable games.

    Look for the Owls to improve but still fall short of a bowl game in 2013.

Tennessee Volunteers

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    Over/Under: 6 wins

    Tennessee finished 5-7 a year ago and did not reach a bowl game once again. Head coach Derek Dooley was shown the door and Butch Jones is taking over.

    Winning more than five or six games in 2013 will be no easy task as the Volunteers say goodbye to quarterback Tyler Bray and the top three wide receivers on the roster.

    A road trip to Eugene highlights the non-conference schedule, and the conference slate features Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama.

    Still, there are some very winnable games and a bowl berth is a strong possibility.

Texas Longhorns

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    Over/Under: 8.5 wins

    Texas had a solid 2012 season, but fans are starting to get more and more impatient with head coach Mack Brown.

    The Longhorns have spaced out the schedule perfectly in 2013 with three byes perfectly positioned.

    There are some challenging games outside of conference against the likes of BYU and Ole Miss, but the Longhorns should be 3-0 headed into league play.

    If they could ever get the quarterback situation figured out, this could be a team that could contend for the Big 12 title.

    It should be another Top 25 season in 2013 for the Longhorns.

Texas A&M Aggies

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    Over/Under: 10 wins

    Texas A&M showed just how talented it was in 2012, rolling through the SEC in its first season in the league.

    The second time around should be very interesting, and Week 3 against Alabama in College Station will be one of the biggest games of the season.

    Other than that, the SEC schedule is very easy with LSU on the road. The Aggies have the advantage of not having to play Florida, Georgia or South Carolina.

    It is unlikely that quarterback Johnny Manziel will be a good as he was a season ago, but he is certainly as talented as any player in the nation. 

    It will be another outstanding season for the Aggies in 2013.

TCU Horned Frogs

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    Over/Under: 8 wins

    TCU starts off the season against LSU in what is shaping up to be one of the biggest games of the opening weekend of the season.

    The Horned Frogs were one of the youngest teams in the country a season ago, and if quarterback Casey Pachall can continue his comeback, this is going to be a whole different team this season.

    In 2012, the Horned Frogs only won seven games. Odds are they are going to be right around that mark again this year but should be slightly improved.

    Expect the Horned Frogs to be near the top of the Big 12 standings in 2013.

Texas Tech Red Raiders

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    Over/Under: 5.5 wins

    Texas Tech is another team that will be undergoing change this season with a new head coach in Kliff Kingsbury.

    He replaces the departed Tommy Tuberville, who bolted for Cincinnati.

    The Red Raiders should be solid once again but are still going to struggle in conference play.

    The out-of-conference schedule features three very winnable games. There is a solid chance to pick up three wins in the Big 12 and qualify for a bowl game.

    Reaching the eight-win mark they reached last season will be no easy task, however.

UCLA Bruins

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    Over/Under: 7.5 wins

    UCLA was very successful in 2012 under first-year head coach Jim Mora Jr. and will be looking to improve on that in 2013.

    The Bruins have an interesting non-conference schedule with Nevada and Nebraska as the featured games.

    Even though star running back Johnathan Franklin graduated, the return of sophomore quarterback Brett Hundley will be huge for the Bruins.

    Duplicating the nine-win season from a year ago is not going to be easy to do, but the Bruins have the talent to finish near the top of the Pac-12.

Utah Utes

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    Over/Under: 5.5 wins

    Utah suffered through a season of injuries and disappointment to finish 2012 at 5-7.

    If Kyle Whittingham's squad can stay relatively healthy in 2013, there is an excellent chance of improving on that record and qualifying for a bowl game.

    The Utes have Utah State and BYU out of conference, so getting to six wins is certainly not a given.

    Still, with how well-coached this team is, it would be hard to imagine a season any worse than the one put together in 2012.

Vanderbilt Commodores

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    Over/Under: 7.5 wins

    Vanderbilt was one of the surprise teams in the country last season, winning its final seven games of the year to finish 9-4.

    The days of the Commodores being a pushover in the SEC are over, at least for now, and Vanderbilt is no longer a bottom-feeder in the conference.

    With a non-conference schedule that is a piece of cake, Vanderbilt will likely only need two conference wins to qualify for a bowl game.

    The SEC schedule is top-heavy with early games against South Carolina, Georgia, Texas A&M and Florida. The end of the schedule features Kentucky and Tennessee.

    2013 should be another solid season for the Commodores.

Virginia Cavaliers

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    Over/Under: 5 wins

    Virginia was another team that suffered a disappointing season in 2012, finishing the year with a 4-8 mark.

    The poor play of quarterback Michael Rocco was one of the reasons why. If he can improve, Virginia could get back to the squad it was in 2011.

    It is going to be difficult from the start with BYU and Oregon to kick off the season.

    Look for Virginia to have a bounce-back year in 2013 and contend for a bowl spot, while hovering near the .500 mark.

Virginia Tech Hokies

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    Over/Under: 9 wins

    Virginia Tech had to scramble and win its final two games of the 2012 season just to qualify for a bowl game.

    Do not expect that to happen again in 2013.

    Quarterback Logan Thomas struggled mightily last season, and he should be much improved this year.

    Head coach Frank Beamer is not used to seasons like Virginia Tech had last year, and it would be very shocking if it happened again.

    One of the more intriguing games of the non-conference schedule is the opener against Alabama at the Georgia Dome.

    With no sign of Clemson and Florida State on the schedule, the Hokies could roll through the ACC and play for the conference title.

Wake Forest Demon Deacons

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    Over/Under: 4.5 wins

    Wake Forest is another team who fell just short of a bowl game a season ago, finishing the year 5-7.

    The schedule for the Demon Deacons is not exactly easy out of conference with a road trip to Vanderbilt included along with some challenging games in league play.

    Road trips to Clemson and Miami are not going to be easy. Neither will Florida State at home.

    If Wake Forest plans on improving on the win total from last season, they are going to have to pull off an upset or two.

Washington Huskies

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    Over/Under: 7 wins

    Washington had a down year in 2012 but still managed to pick up seven wins and qualify for a bowl game. Part of that was due to a grueling schedule, but a lot of it was due to the inconsistent play of quarterback Keith Price.

    This year the schedule is going to be a challenge once again as the Huskies kick off the year at home against Boise State, the team they lost to in the Las Vegas Bowl a year ago. 

    A road trip to Illinois is also on the non-conference schedule.

    There is no question that the talent is there to at least finish near the middle of the Pac-12. Whether or not that happens remains to be seen.

Washington State Huskies

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    Over/Under: 4 wins

    Washington State struggled in 2012 under first-year head coach Mike Leach. The Cougars finished 3-9 but did beat rival Washington in the final game of the season.

    Odds are they are going to be slightly better in 2013 but still nowhere close to even the middle of the Pac-12 or qualifying for a bowl game.

    They face Auburn in the season opener in what should be a game that could go a long way toward determining the season both of these teams are going to have.

    Look for the Cougars to win four or five games at best in 2013.

West Virginia Mountaineers

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    Over/Under: 5.5 wins

    West Virginia lost some talent on the offensive side of the ball, and it is going to be extremely tough to replace the likes of quarterback Geno Smith, along with playmakers Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey.

    We all know how bad the West Virginia defense was a year ago, and while it might be better in 2013, the offense will be lacking the firepower it had a season ago.

    The schedule is not too daunting with non-conference games against William & Mary, Georgia State and Maryland.

    Reaching a bowl game is not a given with how tough the Big 12 is.

Wisconsin Badgers

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    Over/Under: 9 wins

    Wisconsin is another team who will be undergoing some major changes this season. The Badgers will have a new head coach in Gary Andersen.

    They lost running back Montee Ball but return talented running backs James White and Melvin Gordon.

    Arizona State on the road is an interesting non-conference battle the third week of the season, and there is no Michigan or Michigan State on the schedule.

    The Badgers also have the advantage of missing Nebraska, meaning the Big Ten schedule is not going to be as challenging as some other teams.


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