25. Texas (Big 12): After a huge opening night win against the Fighting Irish last season Texas quickly bolted upward from unranked to top 15. However, they followed that up by finishing 5-7 on the year which lead to the firing of Charlie Strong. With new coach Tom Herman at the helm and a nationally top-15 ranked recruiting class, there’s no reason to not think Texas will bounce back sooner than later.
24. Georgia (SEC): Kirby Smart’s first season can be viewed in various ways. His team came out victorious in his first three contests as the head man at his alma mater, however they sputtered in four of the next five games and ended the season 8-5. In 2017 the dawgs return their dynamic backfield trio in Jacob Eason, Nick Chubb & Sony Michel, in addition to returning all 11 defensive starters.
23. Washington State (PAC-12): Will Mike Leach’s air raid attack work? Will Luke Falk’s streaky numbers turn into double digits win for his football team? Can Wazzu’s defense help out their offense more often than late this season my keeping opposing offenses out of the end zone? If the answer to all three of these answers is yes, then Washington State will be in for a huge season. If the answer turns out to be no then viewers will basically be in for another season of huge stats, but 6-8 wins.
22. Utah (PAC-12): With incumbent quarterback starter Troy Williams just losing his starting position, the huge question this season will be how will the rest of the Utah team respond to having a new leader come opening night? One excellent thing for the Utes is that they have a very experienced defense returning with most players on this defense contributing to become the sixth best team in the nation at sacking the quarterback.
21. Michigan (BIG 10): In Jim Harbaugh’s second season at his alma mater he had a veteran team with high hopes for a playoff position before a loss at Ohio State dashed those hopes. With only 5 returning starters this season (including only one on that amazing defense) and having to play in the gruesome BIG 10 East division, there is little reason to think that the Wolverines are in for the type of season they has in 2016. However, Jim Harbaugh is the type of coach who has the ability to instill enough hope in his team as well as viewers and by the end of the season very few will be surprised if he still has his young team in the mix of the BIG 10 championship race.