2013 CFB preview countdown

Oregon has a single question to answer

All the pieces are in place. Can Oregon make a run at the national title with a new coach in charge? That's the only 2013 question for which the Ducks don't have an obvious, impressive answer.

USC will be fun, FWIW

With Marqise Lee and a sparkly, aggressive new 3-4 defense, Lane Kiffin's Trojans should be really fun to watch. But will they be good enough to avoid a winter coaching search?

Stanford must remain David

Major-league continuity for a team that has won 35 games in three years? Check. Cooperative (but still pretty challenging) schedule? Check. This might be Stanford's best chance to make a serious run at the national title.

Utah tries to stem the tide

After a season marred by injury and inconsistency, Kyle Whittingham's Utes head into 2013 with drastically lower expectations than they had a year ago.

Oregon State bounces back

After a rather sudden collapse in 2011, Oregon State bounced back in a major way last fall. Now Mike Riley's Beavers have to prove that 2011 was the oddity.

Arizona has gains to sustain

After a shaky offseason, can the Wildcats navigate a pretty easy schedule and sustain last year's improvement in the win column?

Graham at home at ASU

Todd Graham inherited a roster almost perfectly suited for his style of play in 2012. And this year, he's got experience in his corner as well. Now ... about that schedule...

Cal and the transition checklist

Sonny Dykes inherits a football program with a high ceiling, thanks in part to Jeff Tedford's 11 years in charge. How much noise can his Golden Bears make in his first year in charge?

UCLA vs. the second year

Jim Mora, Jr., engineered a hell of a turnaround in Year 1 at Westwood. Can his Bruins overcome a rough road schedule and a sketchy secondary to make their third straight Pac-12 title game?

Washington lays a healthy foundation

Washington surged defensively, slumped offensively, and finished 7-6 for the third straight year. Can this exciting squad break through their self-imposed glass ceiling?

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