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AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama. He has as many national titles (two) as losses. ‘Nuff said.

Marqise Lee, WR, Southern California. One of those threat-to-score-on-every-touch guys.

Ka’Deem Carey, RB, Arizona. Nation’s leading rusher should continue to thrive in Rich Rodriguez’s snap-before-they’re-ready offense.

De’Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon. Possibly the most dynamic player in the country.


Alabama at Texas A&M, Sept 14. Manziel had the signature game for his Heisman resume by handing Alabama its only loss of the season. The Crimson Tide want payback — in a bad way.

Oregon at Stanford, Nov. 7. The ultimate in contrasting styles could have a huge impact on the national championship race again this year.

LSU at Alabama, Nov. 9. Another Game of the Century? Maybe, but will have national championship implications and fun to watch no matter what.

Georgia at Clemson, Saturday. The No. 5 Bulldogs and No. 8 Tigers have two of the nation’s best quarterbacks in Murray and Tajh Boyd. The marquee game of the opening weekend should provide plenty of fireworks in Death Valley.

Notre Dame at Stanford, Nov. 30. The Fighting Irish won last year’s game in overtime on a goal-line stand and went on to the national title game. The Cardinal had to “settle” for the Rose Bowl and will be looking for payback at home.

Wisconsin at Arizona State, Sept. 14. The Badgers’ speed vs. the Sun Devils’ power in an early-season test for teams that have BCS bowl aspirations.


A handful of coaches head into the season needing to win a few games or they could be looking for a new job. Here’s a few:

Randy Edsall, Maryland. He’s won three conference games in two seasons since taking over for popular Ralph Friedgen and it won’t get any easier with the Terps headed to the Big Ten after this season.

Lane Kiffin, USC. He’s been hamstrung through a postseason ban and limited scholarships from the Reggie Bush-related sanctions, but excuses have a limited shelf life in the land of Troy, particularly after last season’s flameout.

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