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Downside: Logan Thomas is great, but who will protect him? Or catch his passes? Or take his handoffs?

21. Notre Dame

Upside: Manti Te’o anchors a defense that can keep non-Denard Robinson foes in check

Downside: Can Tommy Rees and the offense consistently provide what the Irish need in big games?

22. Texas Christian

Upside: Horned Frogs dazzle in Big 12 debut and make a run at Oklahoma and Texas at year’s end

Downside: Upgraded schedule could wear down TCU and prompt a clear-cut regression

23. Louisville

Upside: Only the Strong survive this run through the Big East; Cardinals first BCS bid since ‘06 is possible

Downside: If your returning starters on the line can’t put life into a less-than-stellar offense, nothing will

24. Stanford

Upside: The foundation is strong in Palo Alto, and the Cardinal could post another 10-win season

Downside: Stanford could be out of Luck in more ways than one and slide back to Pac-12 pack

25. Florida

Upside: If Gators get hot in October, a surge to surprise SEC East championship is a possibility

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