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  1. Georgia - They have shown to have a great defense (especially defensive line) and good running game with Knowshon Moreno who had 1334 yards with 14 TDs as a freshman. 16.6% of their players are currently seniors, the second highest percentage among this top 10 which can be a negative. They have third recruiting class in the nation for 2008 according to Rivals.com, and had top ten recruiting classes in 2007, 2006, and 2005.
  2. USC - Have the most talent in the nation and probably the best running game with Chauncey Washington and Joe McKnight. Have the ninth recruiting class for 2008 (Rivals.com) and have been in the top two recruiting classes for 2007, 2006, and 2005. The only reason they are number two in my list is because they have the highest percentage of seniors graduating (21.2%) and there still some question as to how good Mark Sanchez or Mitch Mustain will be.
  3. OU - Have what I think is one of the best QBs and receiving group in the nation with Sam Bradford at QB, and Malcolm Kelly and Juaquin Iglesias at WRs. Have the eleventh recruiting class for 2008 and had top ten in 2006 and 2005. Will be bringing in the number two running back in Jermie Calhoun for next season. 15.7% of their players are seniors which could have an impact on the team.
  4. OSU - Can be number one if they win the National Championship game. Have the smallest class of seniors with 9.8% in the top 10 and will have the second most seniors next season with 38 of them. Have the number seventh class of 2008 according to Rivals.com and have had top fifteen recruiting classes for 2007, 2006 and 2005. Todd Boeckman could be the key for a third stray trip to the National Championship game.
  5. West Virginia - If Patrick White and Steve Slaton stay, and freshman Noel Devine and junior Tito Gonzales perform like they did in the Fiesta Bowl, this could be National Championship team next year. But we have to wait to see if it was only emotions or actual coaching. Only eleven percent of their roster is graduating and next season they will have the highest number of seniors from this top ten list.
  6. Florida - They have great players on offense, which usually makes up for that horrible defense. But since there was no improvement on the defense this season (and I don’t only blame the secondary) and I am not impress with their recruiting class for 2008 in that sector neither, I will have to say that six sounds about right. Now they are very young with only 11.1% of their team been seniors but also only 15 players next season will be seniors meaning that experience still an issue. They had top two recruiting classes in 2006 and 2007 which will help if they develop.
  7. Missouri - The return of about 85% of a team that only lost to OU all season has to feel great for Chase Daniel. This team could have a great season if most of their juniors (31 players) decide to stay for a senior year. And with Jeremy Maclin having 1055 yards and 9 TDs as a freshman the WR position still looks promising. My only questions still on the RB since Tony Temple will be graduating.
  8. LSU - With some of their key talent leaving (Glenn Dorsey, Early Doucet, Matt Flynn, Jacob Hester, Chevis Jackson, and Craig Steltz) there are question as to how the young ones will perform, but Ryan Perrilloux looked good in the SEC Championship game and Trindon Holliday will finally make a big impact on this team. They have the tenth recruiting class for 2008, and top ten in 2007 and 2006. Will drop out of the top ten with a lost in the National Championship game.
  9. Virginia Tech - They are losing a high percentage of their class do to graduation (16.5%), but this team always manage to have a good defense. They have key  players coming back in offence such as: Sean Glennon, Branden Ore,  and Tyrod Taylor.
  10. Clemson - With Cullen Harper coming back and James Davis they should be in the run for the ACC. Only 12.4% of their team are seniors and next season 30 players will have four years of experience. They have the seventeen recruiting class this year and were on the top twentieth in 2007, 2006, and 2005.

 

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