Jonathan Daniel

Previewing college football's 2014 independents: Notre Dame, BYU, Navy, and Army

The best team preview countdown anywhere continues with a team-by-team look at this year's four independent programs. Join in!

SB Nation 2014 College Football Countdown

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The big Notre Dame preview

With new coordinators and new on-field leaders, the second act of Brian Kelly's Notre Dame career begins in 2014. Can his Irish survive a top-heavy schedule this fall, or do they have to wait until 2015 to make another big-time run?

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Is this BYU's breakthrough year?

BYU has been a top-30 team on paper for each of the last two seasons, but has only back-to-back 8-5 records to show for it. Can Bronco Mendenhall's Cougars break through against a weaker schedule this time around?

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Navy commits to its identity

Navy has a theme (triple option offense, bend-don't-break defense), a hell of an option quarterback, and a rather cakey schedule in 2014. Ken Niumatalolo's team should expect to win at least nine games for the sixth time in 13 years.

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It's Monken's turn at Army

It's Jeff Monken's turn to try to turn Army's football program around. Can he attract enough athletic talent to overcome the Black Knights' eternal lack of size in the trenches? And can he craft a few wins from a fun schedule in 2014?

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