We've broken down all the best players. We've broken down all the conference races. We've picked the bowl matchups. As the college football season gets set to begin, it's time for the final national ranking of all 130 FBS teams, featuring a reason to watch or be positive about every one of them.

You can find more in-depth analysis in the conference previews linked below. The analysis in this article isn't meant to be complete; instead, on top of ranking all the teams to see how they stack up with each other entering the 2017 season, we're trying to find some sort of hope for everybody. From No. 1 Alabama to No. 130 UAB, every team has something intriguing about them.

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130. UAB. The Blazers haven't played a football game since Nov. 29, 2014. Merely playing football again, starting with a game vs. Alabama A&M on Sept. 2, qualifies as perhaps the most positive statement on this entire list, even if UAB is ranked last. No. 130 is better than not being on the list at all.

129. Texas State. No returning FBS player had more tackles in 2016 than Bobcats linebacker Bryan London, who racked up 141 total tackles as a freshman.

128. Coastal Carolina. The Chanticleers won't be pushovers in their first season as an FBS team after winning double-digit games in three of their past four FBS seasons.

127. Charlotte. In only their fourth year of football, the 49ers improved from zero Conference USA wins to three, all on the road, giving them hope that they can become competitive quickly.

126. Louisiana-Monroe. The Warhawks are much more experienced in Matt Viator's second season, and they have an intriguing new weapon in Alabama transfer Derrick Gore at tailback.

125. Kent State. The Golden Flashes have one of the nation's most versatile players in Nick Holley, who has played receiver, running back and quarterback. He has 1,569 career rushing yards, 47 catches and 868 passing yards after moving to QB last season.

124. UTEP. Star tailback Aaron Jones is gone, but at least the Miners still have one of the nation's best offensive linemen in senior guard Will Hernandez, who could be one of the top draft prospects at his position.

123. Georgia State. The Panthers have a new home under new coach Shawn Elliott, moving from the Georgia Dome to the reconfigured former Turner Field.

122. New Mexico State. Larry Rose III won Sun Belt offensive player of the year honors in 2015 with 1,651 rushing yards and an average of 6.9 yards per carry. Injuries limited him last year, but he's back healthy for his senior season.

121. Buffalo. The Bulls are hoping for a spark from 6-foot-7, 245-pound sophomore QB Tyree Jackson, who started nine games as a freshman and brings intriguing running ability to the table.

120. Rice. Senior linebacker Emmanuel Ellerbee was named preseason Conference USA defensive player of the year after recording 118 tackles in 11 games as a junior.

119. Massachusetts. Tight end Adam Breneman, a blue-chip recruit who started his career at Penn State but had injury problems there, broke out last season with 70 catches for 808 yards and eight TDs.

118. Ball State. Junior tailback James Gilbert is coming off a breakthrough 2016 campaign in which he rushed for 1,332 yards and 12 TDs on 251 carries.

117. San Jose State. The Spartans boast one of the nation's top cornerbacks in senior Andre Chachere, who has 22 pass breakups and six interceptions over the past two seasons.

116. Georgia Southern. Head coach Tyson Summers is rebooting the Eagles' option offense, hiring offensive coordinator Bryan Cook from Georgia Tech after the offense stumbled in Summers' first season following Willie Fritz's departure to Tulane.

115. Fresno State. The free fall is finished. After going 1-11, the Bulldogs brought in former Cal coach Jeff Tedford, who, last decade, led the Golden Bears to their only three top-25 seasons since 1993.

114. Florida International. The Golden Panthers can try to atone for the mistake of replacing Mario Cristobal with Ron Turner, this time by bringing in ex-Miami, UNC and Cleveland Browns head coach Butch Davis, who takes over an experienced roster.

113. South Alabama. The Jaguars have gone bowling two of the past three years despite not even playing football until 2009.

112. Louisiana-Lafayette. The Ragin'-Cajuns have fallen out of the top tier of the Sun Belt, but they've been to five bowls in six seasons (all the New Orleans Bowl) after never previously going to the postseason.

111. Marshall. Last year was a mess, but the Thundering Herd went 33-8 from 2013-15, and it's possible a group of transfers can help lead a relatively quick turnaround.

110. Akron. Linebacker Ulysses Gilbert had 121 tackles, 11 ½ tackles for loss and two forced fumbles last year, and he'll be in the mix for MAC defensive player of the year honors.

109. Nevada. We don't know if the transition to an Air Raid offense will go smoothly, but it won't be boring: New head coach Jay Norvell hired Matt Mumme, the son of Air Raid architect Hal Mumme, to run a pass-heavy attack.

108. Bowling Green. Mike Jinks' debut season as head coach was rough, but the Falcons ended 2016 on a three-game winning streak and can expect a sophomore leap from starting QB James Morgan, with the help of All-MAC receiver Scott Miller.

107. Eastern Michigan. The Eagles just went to a bowl game for the first time since 1987. Chris Creighton has brought levels of optimism not seen in Ypsilanti in years.

106. North Texas. The Mean Green scored nearly 10 more points per game in Seth Littrell's first season as head coach, and he, along with offensive coordinator and former Texas Tech QB Graham Harrell, has this offense pointed in the right direction.

105. UNLV. Nearly the entire offense is back, led by WR Devonte Boyd, after the Rebels ranked in the top 50 nationally in scoring for the first time since 2000.

104. Connecticut. New offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee -- a Gus Malzahn protégé -- will attempt to make UConn's offense more interesting and appealing to watch, under new head coach Randy Edsall, who previously coached the Huskies from 1999-2010.

103. Tulane. The Green Wave offense will make a significant leap forward in the second year of head coach Willie Fritz's system, with the help of juco transfer QB Jonathan Banks joining an otherwise experienced offense.

102. Old Dominion. RB Ray Lawry is back after averaging 6.3 yards per carry with 1,255 rushing yards, leading the Monarchs to a 10-3 record in only their third FBS season.

101. Idaho. In their final FBS season, the Vandals hope to go out on a high note behind senior QB Matt Linehan, who threw for 3,194 yards as a junior and led them to their first nine-win season since 1998.

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The return of star return man Janarion Grant gives Rutgers a boost. (Getty Images)

100. Rutgers. The team's most exciting player is back: Janarion Grant, a star all-purpose weapon who has eight career return touchdowns but missed the last eight games of 2016 with a broken ankle.

99. Florida Atlantic. For better worse, Lane Kiffin absolutely gives the college football world a reason to watch Florida Atlantic football.

98. Ohio. The Bobcats have put together eight straight seasons without a losing record to become the most reliable program in the MAC East.

97. Kansas. The worst is over. The Jayhawks beat Texas last year and are at least becoming more competitive, led by a stellar defensive line featuring Dorance Armstrong and Daniel Wise.

96. Utah State. After a hard-luck fall to 3-9 in which they went 0-4 in close games, the Aggies are capable of bouncing back to the postseason behind senior QB Kent Meyers, who's a running threat.

95. East Carolina. Despite last year's struggles under new coach Scottie Montgomery, the Pirates still beat an ACC team (N.C. State) for the fourth straight season. They'll try to do it again vs. Virginia Tech on Sept. 16.

94. Central Michigan. The Chippewas may have lost QB Cooper Rush, but the best way to transition to a new signal caller (possibly Michigan transfer Shane Morris) is to surround him with a veteran unit. They return their top four receivers, leading rusher and all five offensive linemen.

93. Northern Illinois. The Huskies snapped a streak of six straight MAC title game appearances last year, but they won four of their last five games and can be expected to make a ninth bowl appearance in 10 years.

92. Hawaii. In his first season back coaching his alma mater, Nick Rolovich ended Hawaii's five-year bowl drought, and QB Dru Brown and RB Diocemy Saint Juste return to lead a promising offense.

91. New Mexico. Bob Davie continues to churn out exciting running offenses. The Lobos won nine games last year while averaging a national-best 350 rushing yards per game and 6.6 yards per rush attempt.

90. Illinois. After he had two years lost to torn ACLs, Fighting Illini fans get to watch wide receiver Mike Dudek again. Dudek had 1,038 yards as a freshman in 2014 and hopes to breathe life into this passing game.

89. Purdue. After Purdue went 9-39 the past four seasons under Darrell Hazell, it made a fantastic coaching hire in landing Jeff Brohm, whose Western Kentucky offenses finished first and third in scoring the past two seasons.

88. Air Force. The Falcons have quietly won 10 games in two of the past three seasons and currently hold the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy after sweeping Army and Navy.

87. Arkansas State. The Red Wolvers are 40-7 in Sun Belt play in the past five seasons, under four coaches. Fourth-year coach Blake Anderson has gone 15-1 in league games the past two years.

86. Southern Miss. The Eagles boast two of the most fun players in college football in RB Ito Smith (1,918 yards from scrimmage) and WR Allenzae Staggers (18.7 yards per catch)

85. Miami (Ohio). Few teams have ever seen their fortunes change so much within one season than the 2016 RedHawks. They started 0-6, then won six in a row behind QB Gus Ragland to go to a bowl game, where they nearly upset Mississippi State. Nearly all of what was a young team returns, including Ragland.

84. Army. The Black Knights are coming off their first win over Navy since 2001 and an 8-5 record, their best since 1996. The optimism continues with the return of their top five rushers, four offensive line starters and 11 of the top 14 tacklers.

83. Louisiana Tech. The Bulldogs have won nine games in four of the past five seasons and have two exciting players to build around in RB Jarred Craft (1,414 yards from scrimmage) and DE Jaylon Ferguson (14 ½ sacks).

82. UTSA. Rising star head coach Frank Wilson led UTSA to its first-ever bowl game in his first season, in the Roadrunners' sixth year of football ever, and now they're Conference USA contenders.

81. Cincinnati. This is one of the AAAC's best jobs, so while Tommy Tuberville's last two teams were mediocre, there's enough talent for Luke Fickell to rebuild quickly and make this a contender again in the AAC soon.

80. SMU. The Mustangs have one of the most talented weapons in the country in junior wide receiver Courtland Sutton, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound NFL prospect who had 1,246 yards last season.

79. California. New head coach Justin Wilcox, a defensive coach, made a strong hire in landing Eastern Washington head coach Beau Baldwin as his offensive coordinator. Baldwin's FCS Eagles tormented Pac-12 opponents in recent years.

78. Boston College. The Eagles defense continues to be strong, led by All-America candidate and potential first-round pick Harold Landry, who had a national-best 16 ½ sacks in 2016.

77. Temple. Coming off back-to-back 10-win seasons but with a new coach, Geoff Collins, the Owls return three receivers who averaged over 15 yards per reception and a rising star running back in Ryquell Armstead, who had 919 yards and 14 TDs while sharing carries.

76. UCF. The Knights went from winless to six wins in Scott Frost's first season, led by a defense headlined by star linebacker Shaquem Griffin -- who had one hand amputated as a child -- after he had 92 tackles, 11 ½ sacks, seven pass breakups and an interception as a junior.

75. Virginia. Bronco Mendenhall has two of the nation's most productive defenders to work with in linebacker Micah Kiser and safety Quin Blanding, All-America caliber players who both decided to return for their senior season.

74. Arizona. The last time we saw Arizona, it ended a horrendous season by blowing out rival Arizona State, 56-35, with 511 rushing yards. If players like QB Brandon Dawkins and RB Nick Wilson stay healthy, this ground attack is capable of being dangerous again.

73. Wake Forest. After their first bowl bid since 2011, the Demon Deacons lost defensive coordinator Mike Elko, but they have one of the nation's most effective defenders in end Duke Ejiofor, who had 10 ½ sacks.

72. Troy. The Trojans return QB Brandon Silvers and all of their backs and receivers after a 10-3 breakthrough in the second season under head coach Neal Brown.

71. Iowa State. The Cyclones are becoming more competitive again under Matt Campbell, and they have one of the nation's top receivers in Allen Lazard, a 6-foot-5, 223-pound former blue-chip recruit who had 1,018 yards as a junior.

70. Western Kentucky. A lot of production is lost from the back-to-back Conference USA champions, plus coach Jeff Brohm, but new coach Mike Sanford inherits QB Mike White, who passed for 4,363 yards and 37 TDs in leading an offense that scored 45.5 points per game.

69. Texas Tech. The Red Raiders are probably going to lose a lot again because of their defense, but even with Patrick Mahomes gone, they'll still put up a ton of points and yards while doing it, so their games are rarely dull.

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With a lot of top ACC QBs gone, Duke's David Cutcliffe is trying to mold Daniel Jones into a star. (Getty Images)

68. Duke. David Cutcliffe is a terrific quarterbacks coach, and he has a potential rising star in Daniel Jones, a 6-foot-5, 215-pound sophomore who threw for 2,836 yards and rushed for 486 yards as a freshman.

67. Tulsa. Tulsa has won at least 10 games in five of the past 10 years and has rejuvenated its offense under coach Philip Montgomery. The offense loses significant contributors but returns 1,400-yard rusher D'Angelo Brewer and the AAC's best offensive line.

66. Middle Tennessee. Despite missing three games last year, QB Brent Stockstill has passed for 7,267 yards and 61 TDs in two seasons with the help of Richie James, who has 212 catches for 2,959 receiving yards plus 497 rushing yards in two seasons.

65. Syracuse. The Orange return a ton of experience and, if QB Eric Dungey is healthy, should make substantial strides on offense in the second year of coach Dino Babers' system, making them fun to watch.

64. Navy. The Midshipmen have won at least eight games in eight of Ken Niumatalolo's nine seasons and are coming off a division title in a season in which they had to replace nearly their entire starting offense. Niumatalolo continues to be one of the most effective coaches in the country.

63. Western Michigan. P.J. Fleck, QB Zach Terrell and WR Corey Davis may be gone, but Fleck's recruiting success and trip to the Cotton Bowl can still pay off for new coach Tim Lester, who can build this team around the RB combination of Jarvion Franklin and Jamauri Bogan.

62. Appalachian State. The Mountaineers are 27-5 in their past 32 games after a 1-5 start to the 2014 season, their first as an FBS team. They return many of their standouts from a Sun Belt title team -- led by RB Jalin Moore, QB Taylor Lamb, LB Eric Boggs and CB Clifton Duck -- and don't have to play either Troy or Arkansas State, their top two conference challengers.

61. Wyoming. After winning a division title, Wyoming has one of the sport's most prized young players: junior QB Josh Allen, who's already being touted as a possible top-10 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

60. Vanderbilt. Vanderbilt has won three of its past five games against rival Tennessee. The Commodores beat Georgia, Ole Miss and Tennessee last year to go bowling and earn coach Derek Mason a new contract after a shaky first couple seasons.

59. Indiana. Tom Allen was promoted from defensive coordinator to head coach after leading a stunning turnaround in which the Hoosiers improved from 112th to 25th in yards per play allowed. Nearly that entire defense is back, led by LB Tegray Scales and CB Rashard Fant.

58. Maryland. Keep an eye on underrated tailback Ty Johnson, who had 1,004 yards on only 110 carries as a sophomore, averaging 9.1 yards per carry with nine runs of at least 40 yards, according to cfbstats.com.

57. San Diego State. The Aztecs are 22-6 the past two seasons. Despite losing 2,000-yard rusher Donnel Pumphrey, they still have a 1,000-yard back returning in Rashaad Penny, who averaged 7.5 yards per carry as a backup.

56. Oregon State. Gary Andersen ended his second season with a 10-point win over Oregon -- the Beavers' first Civil War victory since 2007 -- and got 155 rushing yards from RB Ryan Nall, a rising star entering the 2017 season.

55. Toledo. The Rockets hope to win their first MAC title since 2004 behind the arm of QB Logan Woodside, who threw for 4,129 yards and a national-best 45 touchdowns, ranking second in passer rating, to lead the Rockets to a 9-4 record.

54. Michigan State. Well … Michigan State still has three top-six finishes in the AP poll in the past four years. The Spartans can lean on a stellar running back tandem, led by L.J. Scott, to try to bounce back from last season's debacle.

53. Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets have gone bowling in 19 of the past 20 seasons, and they won nine games last year to bounce back from the downturn of 2015.

52. Missouri. The defense may have fallen off a cliff, but under coordinator Josh Heupel, the Tigers went from 125th to 31st in yards per play. Most of that offense is back, including junior QB Drew Lock, 1,000-yard receiver J'Mon Moore and 1,000-yard rusher Damarea Crockett.

51. Colorado. The Buffaloes return nine starters on offense after going from five straight last-place finishes to the Pac-12 South title and their first 10-win season since 2001.

50. North Carolina. Quarterback is a question mark after losing Mitch Trubisky -- and three of his top four receivers -- but Larry Fedora's UNC teams have all scored over 30 points per game, and it's reasonable to expect he'll find a way to make this offense capable of explosiveness.

49. Arizona State. Exciting skill players can get the Sun Devils back to bowl eligibility, as they have a rising star in 6-foot-4, 220-pound WR N'Keal Harry, plus a dangerous tailback duo in Demario Richard and Kalen Ballage.

48. Colorado State. The Rams scored at least 37 points in each of their last six games in 2016, and they return QB Nick Stevens, prolific WR Michael Gallup and three running backs who had over 500 yards.

47. Baylor. Matt Rhule was an excellent choice to lead the Bears forward after the scandal that cost Art Briles his job, and he has enough talent to work with to at least get the Bears to a bowl game again despite a lack of depth.

46. Minnesota. The Golden Gophers are ready to Row The Boat under energetic new coach P.J. Fleck, who led Western Michigan to a perfect regular season and the Cotton Bowl in 2016. They have a pair of proven running backs, Rodney Smith and Shannon Brooks, and don't have to play either Ohio State or Penn State.

45. South Carolina. Passing game troubles doomed Will Muschamp at Florida, but he found a potential star QB now in Jake Bentley, a sophomore who burned his redshirt midway through the 2016 season and led the Gamecocks to a bowl.

44. Kentucky. The Wildcats' ground game took off under new coordinator Eddie Gran last year, and coach Mark Stoops ended the school's five-year bowl drought with a 7-6 campaign.

43. Pittsburgh. The Panthers lost a lot on offense, including coordinator Matt Canada, but after finishing 13th in yards per play, they still have exciting big-play weapons in Quadree Henderson and Jester Weah to aid new QB Max Browne, a USC transfer and former five-star recruit.

42. Mississippi State. At quarterback, the Bulldogs replaced Dak Prescott with Nick Fitzgerald, who finished second in the SEC in rushing by piling up 1,375 yards and 16 TDs on 195 attempts, an average of seven yards per rush. Fitzgerald's 258 rushing yards led the Bulldogs to an Egg Bowl rout of Ole Miss.

41. Ole Miss. The Rebels are ineligible for a bowl, still facing possible NCAA sanctions and just fired their head coach. That doesn't mean they won't be fun. Sophomore QB Shea Patterson was a five-star recruit, he has a talented receiving corps to work with and the new offensive coordinator is Phil Longo, who has an Air Raid background.

40. West Virginia. Despite massive turnover on defense again, expectations remain relatively high because of the addition of Florida transfer Will Grier at quaterback, to form an enticing backfield with RB Justin Crawford.

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Brett Rypien has passed for nearly 7,000 yards in his first two seasons at Boise State. (Getty Images)

39. Boise State. Wyoming has NFL prospect Josh Allen, but Boise State QB Brett Rypien has been voted first-team All-Mountain West each of his first two seasons on campus. Even when the Broncos don't win the conference, it always feels like everyone else is chasing them.

38. Memphis. The Tigers will be one of the most entertaining teams in the country, with nine starters returning to a productive offense, led by QB Riley Ferguson (3,698 yards, 32 TDs) and WR Anthony Miller (95 catches, 1,434 yards, 14 TDs).

37. Arkansas. The Allen family has done a nice job for Bret Bielema at quarterback. After Brandon Allen threw for 3,440 yards and 30 TDs in his senior season in 2015, younger brother Austin replaced him and threw for 3,430 yards and 25 TDs as a junior in 2016.

36. Nebraska. The Cornhuskers have one of the most intriguing quarterbacks entering the season in transfer Tanner Lee, who struggled at Tulane but is a good fit for Mike Riley's offense and is being touted by some as an NFL prospect.

35. BYU. The Cougars have made 12 straight bowl trips, and their new starting quarterback, Tanner Mangum, was a blue-chip recruit who started nearly all of 2015, throwing for 3,377 yards. He'll be a good fit for second-year offensive coordinator and former BYU Heisman winner Ty Detmer.

34. Utah. The Utes made one of the offseason's most interesting coaching hires. Known for a physical, ball-control style of play, Kyle Whittingham hired Eastern Washington offensive coordinator Troy Taylor, who was Washington QB Jake Browning's high school coach a few years ago. Taylor has led prolific passing attacks, and the Utes will look different under his watch, switching to Tyler Huntley at QB and bringing in Oregon transfer WR Darren Carrington.

33. Texas A&M. Whoever the Aggies' new quarterback is will have a pair of exciting big-play weapons to work with. WR Christian Kirk is a multi-dimensional star who also shines as a punt returner, and RB Trayveon Williams averaged 6.8 yards per carry as a freshman.

32. Iowa. The passing game may be a total mystery, but the Hawkeyes will be able to run well behind a veteran offensive line with versatile star Akrum Wadley (1,396 yards from scrimmage) and Nevada transfer James Butler (1,717 yards from scrimmage).

31. UCLA. Forget all the controversy about his outspoken nature off the field: Quarterback Josh Rosen, who is back after a shoulder injury cut his sophomore short, remains a top NFL prospect, perhaps the most polished QB, mechanically, who can enter next year's draft.

30. TCU. Last year's inconsistency could be resolved with a more experienced lineup that features a strong group of playmakers around QB Kenny Hill, led by RB Kyle Hicks, WR Taj Williams and all-purpose big-play threat KaVontae Turpin.

29. Tennessee. If nothing else, the Tennessee defense should be healthier after injuries played a big role in the Vols' second-half 2016 downfall, and we're no longer talking about the losing streak to Florida, which they snapped with a 38-28 win.

28. Washington State. The Cougars have made back-to-back bowl trips, and Mike Leach has a third-year starting QB, Luke Falk, who has thrown for 10,888 yards and 89 TDs in his career.

27. Oregon. The Ducks were a mess last year, but their offense still has plenty of pieces in place for new coach Willie Taggart. That includes the return of RB Royce Freeman, who was banged up last year but rushed for 1,836 yards as a sophomore in 2015 and has 4,146 career yards.

26. N.C. State. The Wolfpack have one of the nation's top defensive lines. It's not just All-America candidate DE Bradley Chubb, either, as B.J. Hill, Justin Jones, Kentavius Street and Darian Roseboro make this a dangerous unit across the board.

25. Northwestern. Tailback Justin Jackson has racked up 4,129 yards in three seasons (plus 582 receiving yards), and he should be running behind the best offensive line of his career as a senior.

24. South Florida. Charlie Strong's first year as head coach features a laughably easy schedule and a star quarterback in Quinton Flowers, who had 2,812 passing yards, 1,530 rushing yards and 42 total TDs in leading a Bulls offense that scored 43.8 points per game in 2016.

23. Houston. We've argued that Houston has the best player in the country at any position: sophomore DT Ed Oliver, a five-star recruit who had 22 ½ tackles for loss as a true freshman, looking like a veteran, future NFL star in helping to lead the Cougars to wins over Oklahoma and Louisville.

22. Texas. Maybe success won't happen instantly, but optimism has been restored under Tom Herman's coaching staff. The cupboard isn't bare, either, despite three straight losing seasons, as last year's team was young.

21. Virginia Tech. Justin Fuente led the Hokies back to the top of the ACC Coastal in his first season, forming a strong team with longtime defensive coordinator Bud Foster. Foster returns a loaded defense led by a stellar group of cornerbacks and LB Tremaine Edmunds, one that will be among the nation's best.

20. Notre Dame. The 2016 season was a 4-8 disaster, but the Fighting Irish lost seven games by one possession, return a strong offensive line and have a breakout quarterback candidate in talented sophomore Brandon Wimbush.

19. Kansas State. The Wildcats quietly went 9-4 last year, and they return a thousand-yard rusher at quarterback in Jesse Ertz, who should be healthier after dealing with shoulder trouble and is playing behind a stellar offensive line.

18. Michigan. When the four new starters on the defensive line are Rashan Gary, Bryan Mone, Maurice Hurst and Chase Winovich, there is no need to fear some sort of massive drop-off despite technically returning only one starter on defense.

17. Florida. We still have no idea who the quarterback will be -- Feleipe Franks, Luke Del Rio or Notre Dame transfer Malik Zaire -- but the Gators have their highest upside on offense since Tim Tebow's final season in 2010.

16. Georgia. There are plenty of concerns after an uninspiring debut for Kirby Smart, but Georgia returns Nick Chubb and Sony Michel at running back, a five-star recruit at QB in Jacob Eason and 17 of its top 19 tacklers on defense. It should win the SEC East.

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LSU's offense will look different this season, but it's still going to feed the ball a lot to RB Derrius Guice. (Getty Images)

15. LSU. Remarkably, LSU is in a position where it can replace RB Leonard Fournette, the No. 4 overall pick in the NFL Draft, with the SEC's leading rusher. Thanks in part to Fournette's injury trouble, Derrius Guice rushed for 1,387 yards and 15 TDs, averaging 7.6 yards per carry.

14. Wisconsin. The Badgers have won double-digit games in eight of the past 12 seasons, they don't play Ohio State or Penn State and they should move back toward having the type of Wisconsin offensive line we expect in Paul Chryst's third season.

13. Stanford. An AP top-12 team in five of the past six seasons, Stanford is still lurking as a challenger to Washington and USC in the Pac-12. Bryce Love is ready to break out at tailback, and the defense could be the Pac-12's best.

12. Louisville. Yes, last season ended poorly, but Louisville returns a Heisman Trophy winner, Lamar Jackson, who had 5,114 total yards, 51 total TDs and some of the most jaw-dropping highlights we've seen from anyone in recent history.

11. Oklahoma State. After throwing for 4,091 yards for a 10-3 team, QB Mason Rudolph returns for his senior season to throw to the nation's best receiving corps, led by All-American James Washington.

10. Miami. The Hurricanes made massive strides on defense last year despite starting three freshmen at linebacker. They have one of the nation's best defensive fronts, the ACC's best returning receiver (Ahmmon Richards) and the best returning running back (Mark Walton).

9. Clemson. The defending national champions lose Deshaun Watson, but they'll be excellent in the trenches, particularly on the defensive line. In a season featuring several impressive D-lines, the Tigers have the best, with Clelin Ferrell, Dexter Lawrence, Christian Wilkins and Austin Bryant leading the way.

8. Auburn. The Tigers' hopes for a turnaround on offense rest on the arm of Baylor transfer QB Jarrett Stidham, a promising talent who joins a unit that has a strong offensive line and a potential All-American running back in Kamryn Pettway. Somewhat overshadowed by all the Stidham hype, Pettway is coming off a season in which he rushed for 1,224 yards in 10 games.

7. Washington. Beyond losing WR John Ross and three star defensive backs, Washington returns many of its best players from a team that broke through years of Huskies mediocrity to win the Pac-12 title and go to the playoff. Chris Petersen has built the foundation and is ready for sustained success.

6. Penn State. The Nittany Lions became perhaps the most entertaining offense in the country last year, a big-play unit with a knack for comebacks and scoring surges. Most of that Big Ten championship offense is back, with a more experienced line blocking for Heisman candidate RB Saquon Barkley and QB Trace McSorley.

5. Florida State. The defensive issues of the first half of 2016 will seem like ancient history. All-world safety Derwin James is back from an injury that cost him nearly all of last season, and the Seminoles are loaded with All-America candidates on that side of the ball, plus a rising star at the center of the offense in sophomore QB Deondre Francois.

4. Oklahoma. Offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley has to make the transition to head coach with a new group of skill-position players, but the return of two-time top-four Heisman finisher Baker Mayfield at quarterback behind the nation's best offensive line makes Oklahoma the clear Big 12 favorite, again.

3. Ohio State. The Buckeyes are 61-6 with a national title in Urban Meyer's five seasons. Only Alabama is clearly a better recruiter, and the Buckeyes are much more experienced this season than last, led by a star-studded defensive line. Expect a jolt on offense with the help of new coordinator Kevin Wilson.

2. USC. The Trojans ended last year on a nine-game winning streak, including the Rose Bowl, and they enter 2017 with perhaps the favorite to be the Heisman Trophy winner and No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft in quarterback Sam Darnold.

1. Alabama. The nation's best coach. The nation's best group of running backs. Possibly the nation's best defense. Four national titles in eight years. There's no mystery here.

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