2013 CFB preview countdown

Cincy's a big obstacle in the AAC

Cincinnati has been a top-30 team for six of the last seven years and gets Louisville at home to finish the season. Can the Bearcats kill the Cardinals' BCS dreams?

Houston's a promising mess

Fortunes aren't supposed to change rapidly (and change again and again) for most schools, but most schools aren't Houston.

UConn sets the bar at 6 wins

With a hopeless offense and a fierce defensive front seven, UConn was basically a poor man's Rutgers last season. But like Rutgers, the Huskies have to hope the offense improves enough to offset...

A bold and daring new Rutgers

Rutgers takes the field in 2013 with quite a few former star recruits and perhaps more pure talent than it has had in recent history. But most of the players you remember from last year are gone.

SMU, transition, and the Raid 'n' Shoot

This feels like a transition year for SMU, with major turnover on the offensive line and defensive front seven and a quarterback who still doesn't quite seem to match the scheme.

Fun? Good? Yes, but Louisville isn't elite

Louisville has improved dramatically in three years under Charlie Strong and should improve again in 2013. But let's tap the brakes a bit on the hype.

USF, Taggart, and the Harbaugh Effect

Following his version of the Harbaugh Way, Willie Taggart created something out of nothing at Western Kentucky. Now he inherits a USF squad with potentially outstanding lines and serious question...

UCF attempts to avoid a slip

No, UCF is not taking on a massive upgrade in its new conference. Still, it's a sign of accomplishment that the Knights are already one of the more stable programs in the AAC.

Temple opens Act III

The seductive Steve Addazio was the head coach for what may have been Temple's best team ever in 2011, oversaw a pretty significant decline in 2012, then left for Boston College.

Memphis looks to solidify gains

In Justin Fuente's first year as Memphis head coach, the defense came around in October, the offense came around in November, and the Tigers finished the year playing legitimately solid ball after...

FSU keeps inching closer

Florida State has improved in all three years under Jimbo Fisher. Though turnover, both on the roster and coaching staff, could prevent the 'Noles from pulling it off for a fourth straight year,...

Hokies march toward ... 2014

Frank Beamer knows bounce backs. He's pulled off quite a few of them at Virginia Tech, and he could engineer another one, but it probably won't be until 2014.

Clemson's ready ... maybe

Yes, Clemson has disappointed in the past. Yes, thanks to a pretty aggressive (and almost unfair) preseason ranking, the odds are decent that the Tigers will disappoint again.

Rams, bandits, and UNC

UNC has weathered an NCAA storm and won 39 games in the last five years. Life is better for the Heels than it was when Butch Davis took over, but can Larry Fedora and his second-year Heels kick...

Pitt holds steady amid change

Pitt has mastered the art of overachieving in unimpressive fashion, but has weathered a series of awkward coaching changes. Can that continue after quite a bit of turnover and roster issues?

NC State tries to move beyond average

Tom O'Brien's legacy at NC State is that he built a nearly perfectly average program. Fast-riser Dave Doeren will now see if you can do something more in Raleigh.

Miami finds traction

With a young squad, Miami looked pretty damn good last November.

Where's GT headed under Johnson?

After showing extra promise in his first two seasons, Paul Johnson has basically settled into a Chan Gailey groove, averaging right around seven wins per season.

BC and the curse of 3

Boston College will have quite more weapons than you realize in Steve Addazio's first season at the helm. But the Eagles will have to seal the deal in every winnable game to reach the postseason...

A new era for Syracuse

Doug Marrone sold while his stock was high, but he left the Syracuse program in infinitely better shape than it was when he arrived. Can Scott Shafer raise the Orange's recruiting stock and avoid a...

Highs, lows, and Virginia

Virginia probably wasn't as good as its record in 2011 or as bad as its record in 2012. But head coach Mike London is certainly feeling some pressure heading into his fourth season in Charlottesville.

Wake Forest and the cat-and-mouse game

Injuries, youth, and a small margin for error conspired against Wake Forest in 2012. Can offensive tweaks and defensive health lead to another bounce back for Jim Grobe and his Demon Deacons?

Maryland forgets 2012 ever happened

No team should have to go through what Maryland went through last year from an injuries standpoint. But through the travails, a ridiculously young Terrapins squad gave reason for hope.

Duke aims for Belk II

The recipe Duke followed for making a bowl game last year could certainly be replicable again for David Cutcliffe and his Blue Devils at some point. But it still requires some breaks.

Is Ohio State ready?

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Is Ohio State truly one of the two or three best teams in the country right now? Probably not. But with that schedule, the Buckeyes won't need many breaks to contend for the national title regardless.

Wisconsin's transition could be seamless

Wisconsin is experiencing a football golden age because of two great coaching hires. Did they make a third in Gary Andersen? And can Andersen make the most of quite a few interesting weapons this...

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