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Charlie Strong will try to get Texas back into the national picture.
The Charlie Strong era will begin in Austin, Texas next season, but the road to glory certainly will not be an easy one.
The Longhorns’ non-conference games include BYU and UCLA, not to mention Baylor, Oklahoma, Kansas State and Oklahoma State within Big 12 play.
David Ash and rising sophomore Tyrone Swoopes will battle for the starting quarterback position.
Texas will be a good team next year, but with the tough schedule, I’m not so sure they can make a run at the playoff.
The Tigers will welcome in a new starter at quarterback next season.
Anthony Jennings played in the Outback Bowl for an injured Zach Mettenberger. Jennings did not play very well in that game, throwing for only 82 yards.
Questions about the quarterback position is the reason LSU does not make the list, but the Tigers’ other playmakers will be enough for them to have a solid season. They also have a strong recruiting class coming in, including highly recruited quarterback Brandon Harris and the top overall prospect Leonard Fournette.
This is another team with a new head coach with Steve Sarkisian as their guy.
The Trojans played very well in their bowl game against Fresno State, and Cody Kessler brought smiles to the faces of USC fans, throwing for four touchdowns.
The Trojans also have another guy at quarterback that might get playing time; former 5-star recruit Max Browne. Browne should likely give Kessler good competition this offseason.
The reason USC doesn’t make the list here is questions regarding Sarkisian’s ability to lead this program back to prominence. Southern Cal has the players, I’m just not sold on Sarkisian yet.