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Downside: Ducks’ credentials will probably remain a bit questionable until showdown with USC
Upside: The defense is outstanding, and should have the Bulldogs in the conference title hunt
Downside: At first sign of trouble, Mark Richt will lose control, per the Internet meme du jour
7. South Carolina
Upside: Gamecocks possess the elite defensive line needed to contend for an SEC title
Downside: Couldn’t have gotten much unluckier than drawing LSU and Arkansas from SEC West
Upside: Ex-Terp QB Danny O’Brien has a giant line and strong tailback (Ball) to work with
Downside: Badgers could feel the loss of roughly half of the starters from a Big Ten champion
9. Florida State
Upside: At some point, talent wins out; Jimbo Fisher’s collected plenty of it, especially on defense
Downside: Are Seminoles ready to return to nation’s elite? Random losses last year make you wonder
Upside: Denard Robinson. As if this needs to be explained more thoroughly
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