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31. Miami — If maturing Hurricanes survive opening gauntlet, the ACC would be wise to be wary.

32. Notre Dame — Schedule looks conducive to a nine-win season, but Irish are far from elite.

33. Rutgers — Laughable nonconference schedule ensures Scarlet Knights won’t receive benefit of doubt.

34. Pittsburgh — Losses of McCoy and McKillop, questions at QB will set back Panthers.

35. South Carolina — Ol’ Ball Coach not any closer to bringing an SEC title to Columbia.

36. East Carolina — Defending C-USA champ has a chance at another crown — and a few more upsets.

37. Illinois — The ultimate talent vs. teaching saga will be played out this fall with the Zooker.

38. North Carolina — Tar Heels could be better, but luck played a huge role in 8-5 season in 2008.

39. Arizona State — Football mercenary Erickson should help Sun Devils bounce back from shaky year.

40. Northwestern — No Ohio State + No Michigan + Penn State at home = Stealthy Big Ten title pick.

41. Missouri — Expect a step back from the Daniel years; realistically, Tigers weren’t that good in 2008.

42. Tennessee — Will Kiffin still be running his mouth after losing to Florida by 30?

43. Houston — Keenum just the latest system quarterback on a good team with gaudy numbers.

44. South Florida — Fading Bulls would be national title contenders if season ended in mid-October.

45. Wisconsin — Another mediocre season might hint at stagnation in Madison.

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