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Department of defense: Much like their offense, the Ducks’ defense is a big-play machine. They are tied for third in the nation with 26 takeaways and 18th in sacks with 24.

Accomplishments: Strength of schedule: 47th. Average margin of victory: 31 ppg.

Commander-in-chief: Chip Kelly, a man who believes any question can be answered in 10 words or less.

Campaign slogan: Win the day.

No. 3 KANSAS STATE (second in the BCS)

Platform: The Wildcats blend old-school Midwestern sensibilities of mistake-free, power football, with 21st century ideas _ such as scoring 44 points per game.

Star power: QB Collin Klein. The happily married Heisman front-runner has a trendy nickname _ Optimus Klein _ and a throwback game.

Ground game: Klein provides the power and RB John Hubert adds speed to a clock-killing running game that averages 226 yards and has scored 33 touchdowns.

Department of defense: LB Arthur Brown leads a defense that is tough to run against, ninth in the nation at 100 yards allowed per game, and manages to hold its own against those potent Big 12 passing attacks.

Accomplishments: Strength of schedule: 33rd. Average margin of victory: 25 ppg.

Commander-in-chief: Bill Snyder. The congenial 73-year-old has already performed a miracle in Manhattan.

Campaign slogan. We are family.

No. 4 NOTRE DAME (fourth in the BCS)

Platform: The Fighting Irish promise a return to glory _ and have been doing so for about 20 years.

Star power: LB Manti Te’o. Has played inspired football while dealing with personal tragedy.

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