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16. Texas

Fear: Junior QB Colt McCoy has his top two targets returning in Quan Cosby and Jordan Shipley

Jeer: What happens when less-with-more coach Mack Brown has only average talent?

17. Penn State

Fear: Nittany Lions return 18 starters from last season’s 9-4 squad

Jeer: That won’t matter much with road dates in Madison, Wis., and Columbus, Ohio

18. Auburn

Fear: Painfully anemic offense should improve under new coordinator Tony Franklin

Jeer: Defense should take a step back after losing four starters to the NFL

19. BYU

Fear: Offense that led Mountain West in scoring (31.0) and yards (449.1) returns virtually intact

Jeer: Two toughest games this season away from Provo: at TCU (Oct. 16) and at Utah (Nov. 22)

20. Oregon

Fear: The Ducks could have the nation’s best group of seven defensive backs

Jeer: There’s no replacing the All-American backfield duo of Dennis Dixon and Jonathan Stewart

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