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40 College Football Teams Returning the Most Starters in 2013

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40 College Football Teams Returning the Most Starters in 2013
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College football coaches have just four years—if they're lucky—of college athletes' on-field services . By the time all of the hard work and training return dividends on the field, many college football stars already have their eyes on their upcoming NFL careers.

While talent surely plays a big role in which teams rise to the top, it's experience that can separate the truly great teams from the rest of the big power programs. The 2013 season will likely follow that same pattern.

There are 40 college football teams in the FBS that will field at least 15 returning starters this season, and we've grouped those teams by number of returning starters here.

Note: Phil Steele's College Football Review numbers for the 2013 season are being used here, ignoring suspensions and players whose statuses are currently undetermined.

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