The Bulldogs have a very balanced, talented football squad returning to Athens in 2008. Super-sophomore Knowshon Moreno will lead the rushing attack, and will likely be an All-America candidate. Matthew Stafford is returning at quarterback and will have a good offense behind him.
The Trojans should get the quarterback situation taken care of over the offseason, and with two good QBs, Mark Sanchez and Mitch Mustain, the Trojans will be looking to fight on again—this time, all the way to the title game. I shouldn't even have to talk about the offense, with Joe McKnight headlining a group of skilled offensive playmakers.
The Gators are returning All-American and Heisman winner Tim Tebow to Gainesville, along with a group of playmaking offensive weapons and a good, young defense led by CB Joe Haden and LB Dustin Doe. Look for new recruits WR Carl Moore and Athlete Will Hill to come in and add an extra boost to the offense.
The Sooners will return Sam Bradford to quarterback and sophomore DeMarco Murray will most likely start at running back, with talented DE Auston English headlining a good defensive front. A talented recruiting class will help OU, with new guys like RB Jermie Calhoun and DE R.J. Washington getting some playing time, both of whom will probably be future stars at Oklahoma.
The Tigers return most of their offense, and I'm positive they want to revenge two losses to OU.
The defending national champions will return six starters on defense, including big DE Tyson Jackson and LB Darry Beckwith. On offense, LSU will have one of the best receiving corps in the nation with Demetrius Byrd, Terrance Toliver, Brandon LaFell, TE Richard Dickson, and newcomers Deangelo Benton and Chris Tolliver. Look for the Tigers to make some sort of run. The game against Auburn will likely decide the SEC West, and a game at home against Georgia will be pivotal. Also, new QB Ryan Perrilloux could be a Heisman runner-up—if he stays healthy, and out of trouble.
7. Ohio State
The Buckeyes are coming off a sore loss to LSU, but should come back strong with Malcolm Jenkins returning to Columbus, and James Laurinitus if he stays. Running back Chris Wells is the best in the country, and should find more room to run with the help of bruising O-Lineman. Look out for new recruit wideout DeVier Posey—he will be special.
8. West Virginia
Despite losing Steve Slaton to the draft, if Pat White stays, this offense will be rolling all the way to another BCS game. Super-talented Noel Devine should assume the starting running back position, and new coach Bill Stewart will have his WVU team fired up for another great season.
The Longhorns might lose Jamal Charles, but Colt McCoy is a great quarterback and the 'Horns have a shot at a BCS game this year. You usually can't keep Mack Brown's team down very long, and I expect them to contend this year.
I never really thought that Kansas was good enough to compete with BCS teams. I may still be right, or they could prove me wrong. The Jayhawks return QB Todd Reesing and should be ranked at least 10th in the AP preseason poll. They can make believers out of me by winning out this year, but I don't think Virginia Tech was tough enough competition.