College Football Top 25 Prediction: Wins and Losses Prediction for Top Programs

Eric CaspersonCorrespondent IIMarch 29, 2011

College Football Top 25 Prediction: Wins and Losses Prediction for Top Programs

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    GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 10:  Darron Thomas #1 of the Oregon Ducks shakes hands with Cameron Newton #2 of the Auburn Tigers after the Tigers defeated the Ducks 22 to 19 in the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on Janua
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    It is still very early on, but you can never have enough College Football.

    Each school has finished out recruiting and basically all have their rosters set for the 2011 season.

    Auburn and Oregon look to respond to great 2010 seasons, while teams like Texas look to rebound after having a not so stellar season.

    With seniors and underclassmen either graduating or entering the NFL Draft, a lot of these teams will have new looks and new starters at the skill positions this year.

    Here is a listing of the Top 25 teams from the final week of the 2010 and their win/loss predictions for 2011.

25. NC State

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    ORLANDO, FL - DECEMBER 28:  Russell Wilson #16 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack passes the ball during the Champs Sports Bowl against the West Virginia Mountineers at Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium on December 28, 2010 in Orlando, Florida.  (Photo by Mik
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    After a rough stretch during the end of the regular season, NC State provided the critics something to look at with their win over No. 22 WVU in the Champs Bowl.

    Senior Russell Wilson does not know whether or not he will play next season. He is currently playing baseball for the Colorado Rockies.

    Each year, Wilson has had to make the decision whether to pursue one sport or the other.

    He has played all three football seasons thus far, so I will assume he returns for his fourth and final one.

    2010: 9-4

    Prediction: 9-3

24. Tulsa

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    SOUTH BEND, IN - OCTOBER 30: G.J. Kinne #4 of the Tulsa Golden Hurricane throws a pass against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish rushes at Notre Dame Stadium on October 30, 2010 in South Bend, Indiana. Tulsa defeated Notre Dame 28-27. (Photo by Jonathan Danie
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    G.J. Kinne is the entire package.

    Just as Wilson led the Wolfpack, so does Kinne lead the Golden Hurricanes of Tulane.

    Kinne threw for over 3,600 yards and ran for another 561 while scoring 38 TD.

    Tulsa ended 2010 with a convincing bowl win over Hawaii.

    They look to improve and continue to be one of the best teams in the country.

    2010: 10-3

    Prediction: 9-3

23. Maryland

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    COLLEGE PARK, MD - JANUARY 3:  Randy Edsall speaks as he is introduced as the University of Maryland Terps new head football coach as Athletic Director Kevin Anderson (L) of the University of Maryland looks on during a press conference on January 3, 2011
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    In his first season at Maryland, Randy Edsall will have to show why he was selected to take over the position vacated by Ralph Friedgen.

    After a rough 2008, Friedgen led the Terps to two great bounce back seasons, which included an ACC Coach of the Year award in 2010.

    Friedgen also brought in Danny O'Brien, who happened to turn into the Rookie of the Year in the conference.

    Maryland let go of Friedgen, citing lack of support as the main issue.

    2010: 9-4

    Prediction: 8-4

22. South Carolina

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    ATLANTA - DECEMBER 4:  Running back Marcus Lattimore #21 of the South Carolina Gamecocks runs with the ball during the 2010 SEC Championship against the Auburn Tigers at Georgia Dome on December 4, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty I
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    Freshman sensation Marcus Lattimore showed that he is one of the best RB in college football in only his first season on campus.

    Lattimore's 19 TD was one of the tops in the country last season.

    Stephen Garcia did not end the season well, throwing five INT in the last two games of the year.

    South Carolina does have a top 25 recruiting class coming in that is led by Jadeveon Clowney, the top recruit in the country.

    2010: 9-5

    Prediction: 9-3

21. UCF

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    CHESTNUT HILL, MA - SEPTEMBER 20:  Michael Greco #2 of the Central Florida Knights hands the ball off to Ronnie Weaver #35 in the first half against the Boston College Eagles on September 20, 2008 at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.  (Photo
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    UCF literally ran right through their Conference USA schedule last year.

    Their rushing attack was top 20 in the country.

    The trio of Ronnie Weaver, Latavius Murray and Jeffrey Godfrey led the attack with over 2000 yards and a combined 31 TD.

    All are returning. Godfrey must improve his passing game in order for UCF to take the next step.

    2010: 11-3

    Prediction: 10-2

20. Nebraska

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    ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 04:  Quarterback Taylor Martinez #3 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers looks for an open receiver against the Oklahoma Sooners at Cowboys Stadium on December 4, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. The Sooners beat the Cornhuskers 23-20. (Photo by
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    Taylor Martinez and Nebraska leave the Big 12 for the Big 10 this season.

    Martinez, who had a great start to the 2010, will have to shake off the rust and his poor play at the end of the season.

    Nebraska will lose starting RB Roy Helu Jr., who ran for over 1200 yards.

    The Cornhuskers should benefit from their top 15 recruiting class.

    2010: 10-4

    Prediction: 8-4

19. Texas A&M

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    ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 07:  Quarterback Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Texas A&M Aggies throws against the LSU Tigers during the AT&T Cotton Bowl at Cowboys Stadium on January 7, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    Texas A&M had a very strong finish to the Big 12 regular season.

    Ryan Tannehill emerged as the team's leader down the stretch run.

    19 starters are retuning for the Aggies as they look to compete for a Big 12 Championship

    2010: 9-4

    Prediction: 10-2

18. Missouri

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 27:  Quarterback Blaine Gabbert #11 of the Missouri Tigers congratulates receiver T.J. Moe #28 after a touchdown during the game against the Kansas Jayhawks on November 27, 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (P
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    Missouri had a stellar 2010 season, which was led by star QB Blaine Gabbert.

    With Gabbert gone, the Tigers are going to have an open battle at the position.

    It will be interesting to see how the veterans respond to a new QB, who may even be a freshman.

    The good news for the new QB is that four of the five starting OL are returning.

    2010: 10-3

    Prediction: 8-4

17. Florida State

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    JACKSONVILLE, FL - JANUARY 01:  Quarterback E.J. Manuel #3 of the Florida State Seminoles scrambles against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl on January 1, 2010 at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida.
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    E.J. Manuel looks ready to take over the QB reigns at Florida State.

    His performance helped FSU to an impressive win over South Carolina in the Chik-fil-A Bowl.

    Rivals ranked FSU as having the No. 2 ranked recruiting class. The class is led by five star recruits James Wilder Jr. and Karlos Williams.

    2011 should put FSU back on the top of the college football map once again.

    2010: 10-4

    Prediction: 10-2

16. Virginia Tech

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    BLACKSBURG, VA - NOVEMBER 04: Wide receiver Jarrett Boykin #81 of the Virginia Tech Hokies is tackled while running with the ball against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Lane Stadium on November 4, 2010 in Blacksburg, Virginia.  (Photo by Geoff Burke/G
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    Tyrod Taylor, Darren Evans and Ryan Williams are all gone for the Virginia Tech Hokies.

    Together, the three contributed over 4,700 yards of offense and 44 TD.

    On offense especially, VT will have plenty of holes to fill.

    Look for David Wilson to have a breakout season now that he has the backfield to himself.

    2010: 11-3

    Prediction: 8-4

15. Mississippi State

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    GAINESVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 16:  Quarterback Chris Relf #14 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs hands off to running back Vick Ballard #28  against the Florida Gators  October 16, 2010 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschm
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    The playmakers from Mississippi State are returning for the 2011 season.

    To say their 2010 campaign was a surprise is an understatement.

    All four losses came in the SEC to teams in the top 25.

    Vick Ballard looks to have another great season. He had 19 TD last season.

    2010: 9-4

    Prediction: 7-5

14. Michigan State

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    ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 01: Kirk Cousins #8  of the Michigan State Spartans warms up during the Capitol One Bowl against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Florida Citrus Bowl on January 1, 2011 in Orlando, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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    Kirk Cousins leads the Michigan State Spartans into the 2011 looking to erase the embarrassing defeat to Alabama in the Capital One Bowl.

    MSU dominated their Big 10 schedule, only losing to Iowa.

    MSU also is returning their top two RBs, Edwin Baker and Le'Veon Bell, who combined for 21 TD last season.

    2010: 11-2

    Prediction: 9-3

13. Oklahoma State

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    STILLWATER, OK - NOVEMBER 27:  Quarterback Brandon Weeden #3 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys looks for an open receiver against the Oklahoma Sooners at Boone Pickens Stadium on November 27, 2010 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Image
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    Oklahoma State had one of the most explosive offenses in the country last season.

    The Cowboys were third in total yards per game, averaging over 520 yards per contest.

    OSU is lead by QB Brandon Weeden, who had one of the best seasons for an OSU QB.

    His top target, Justin Blackmon, is returning to school after catching 20 TD passes last season.

    2010: 11-2

    Prediction: 9-2

12. Arkansas

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    AUBURN, AL - OCTOBER 16:  Quarterback Tyler Wilson #8 of the Arkansas Razorbacks drops back and looks downfield before the game against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on October 16, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama.  The Tigers beat the Razorbacks 65-43.
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    Tyler Wilson has some pretty big shoes to fill at Arkansas next season.

    He will have to replace Ryan Mallett, one of the school's best QBs.

    The good news for Wilson is that he will have Knile Davis to help him in the backfield and also has a good group of WR to throw the ball to.

    2010: 10-3

    Prediction: 8-4

11. Nevada

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    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 09:  Colin Kaepernick #10 of the Nevada Wolf Pack throws the ball against Boston College during the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl at AT&T Park on January 9, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    With Colin Kaepernick going to the NFL, Nevada will have a very tough time improving on last year's season.

    Along with Kaepernick, they also are losing RB Vai Taua who had 19 TD last season.

    Do not expect the Wolf Pack to win, or perhaps contend, in the WAC this year.

    2010: 13-1

    Prediction: 7-5

10. Alabama

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    TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 13: Quarterback A. J. McCarron #10 of the Alabama Crimson Tide sets for play against the Mississippi State Bulldogs November 13, 2010 at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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    Alabama lost a number of players to the NFL, including Mark Ingram, Julio Jones and Marcell Dareus.

    A.J. McCarron is the lead candidate to take over for the departing Greg McElroy.

    Alabama has the top recruiting class, according to They are bringing in three five star recruits to combine with 22 returning starters.

    2010: 10-3

    Prediction: 10-2

9. Boise State

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    LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 22:  Doug Martin #22 of the Boise State Broncos runs into the end zone for a touchdown against the Utah Utes during the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas at Sam Boyd Stadium December 22, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty
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    Boise State had one of the top offenses in the country last year.

    They were led by Kellen Moore and Doug Martin on offense. Both are returning as the Broncos move to the Mountain West Conference in 2011.

    Moore will be without his top two targets to throw to from last year.

    Boise State is going to have some holes to fill on the defensive side of the ball as well.

    2010: 12-1

    Prediction: 10-2

8. LSU

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    ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 07:  Jordan Jefferson #9 of the Louisiana State University Tigers looks to throw a pass during the game against the Texas A&M Aggies during the AT&T Cotton Bowl at Cowboys Stadium on January 7, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by
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    LSU has the potential to compete for the BCS Title in 2011.

    It will all depend on how Jordan Jefferson plays...that's if he wins the QB battle.

    LSU took its biggest hit on the defensive side of the ball with the loss of Patrick Peterson, one of the best players in college football last season.

    2010: 11-2

    Prediction: 9-3

7. Wisconsin

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    MADISON, WI - OCTOBER 16: James White #20 of the Wisconsin Badgers runs against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Camp Randall Stadium on October 16, 2010 in Madison, Wisconsin. Wisconsin defeated Ohio State 31-18. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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    Wisconsin will lose its starting QB and RB from 2010.

    However, Montee Ball and James White are two capable replacements. White had a good freshman year.

    The bigger shoes to fill will be Scoot Tolzien's and the offensive and defensive lines of the Badgers.

     2010: 11-2

    Prediction: 9-3

6. Oklahoma

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    GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01:  Landry Jones #12 of the Oklahoma Sooners throws the ball against the Connecticut Huskies during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at the Universtity of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Peters
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    The Oklahoma Sooners may be the favorite to win the BCS Title in 2011.

    QB Landry Jones, who led the Sooners to five straight wins and a Fiesta Bowl victory at the end of the season, returns to the team.

    Brandon Williams and Trey Metoyer come in as five star recruits and should be able to step in right away.

    Williams will have to replace DeMarco Murray.

    2010: 12-2

    Prediction: 11-1

5. Ohio State

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 04:  Quarterback Terrelle Pryor #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks to pass against the Arkansas Razorbacks during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Louisiana Superdome on January 4, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Matthe
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    Ohio State has one of the most talented teams in the country.

    The question will be whether or not they can last playing the first five games without Terrelle Pryor and four other starters.

    The five are suspended for five games by the NCAA in the ongoing Jim Tressel saga.

    The fifth ranked defense will lose a few players to the NFL. Their defense must step up, especially in the first five games while Pryor is out.

    2010: 12-1

    Prediction: 10-2

4. Stanford

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    MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 03:  Andrew Luck #12 of the Stanford Cardinal celebrates after he threw a 38-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter against the Virginai Tech Hokies during the 2011 Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 3, 2011 in Miam
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    Andrew Luck will return for his senior season after many thought he could be the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft.

    Luck will be the Heisman favorite heading into the season.

    He led Stanford to its best season in awhile. Their only hiccup was a loss to the BCS runner-up Oregon.

    2010: 12-1

    Prediction: 10-2

3. Oregon

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    GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 10: LaMichael James #21 and Darron Thomas #1 of the Oregon Ducks react to the Auburn Tigers during the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 10, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jona
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    Like a lot of the other explosive teams on this list, the Oregon Ducks are returning their QB and RB.

    Darron Thomas led the Oregon attack that was ranked first in points scored in 2010.

    LaMichael James was one of football's best RB. He ran for over 1,700 yards and had 21 TD.

    De'Anthony Thomas and Colt Lyerla highlight the Ducks' top 10 recruiting class.

    2010: 12-1

    Prediction: 12-0

2. TCU

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    SALT LAKE CITY, UT - NOVEMBER 6: Ed Wesley #34 of the TCU Horned Frogs cuts back during a game against the Utah Utes during the first half of an NCAA football game November 6, 2010 at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by George Frey/Gett
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    After a big win in the Rose Bowl, TCU looks to win another Mountain West Title.

    They will be without a number of starters, including QB Andy Dalton.

    New QB Casey Pachall has thrown only nine career passes. The sophomore will likely determine whether TCU can have another undefeated season or not.

    2010: 13-0

    Prediction: 12-0

1. Auburn

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    GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 10:  Michael Dyer #5 of the Auburn Tigers looks on against the Oregon Ducks during the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 10, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty
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    Michael Dyer will have to go from being the freshman to being the team leader for Auburn.

    After Cam Newton, Nick Fairley and several other starters left for the NFL, Auburn will have to mend their roster on-the-go.

    They still have the talent to compete in the SEC. They also have a top 10 recruiting class coming in as well.

    Freshman QB Kiehl Frazier is a candidate to replace Cam Newton.

    2010: 14-0

    Prediction: 8-4