Power-Ranking College Football's Top 25 Teams by Returning Starters

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Power-Ranking College Football's Top 25 Teams by Returning Starters

This past winter, a record number of players decided to forgo their senior seasons and enter the NFL under the threat of a rookie salary cap next year.

The validity of that threat aside, the effect it will have on college football next year will be profoundly felt.

Many of 2009's top teams will feature all new faces on offense and defense. In a sport that places so much emphasis on experience and returning starters, that might not be welcome news.

Using Phil Steele's list of returning starters by team, and taking a closer look at the departures, I've re-ranked the top 25 football teams for 2010 based on the number and strength of starters coming back this fall. I'm 100 percent confident this list will shock you.

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