The Tigers are going to be hard-pressed to match their success of the past three seasons, when departing quarterback Tajh Boyd
guided them to 32 victories and a pair of BCS bowl games. The Tigers won't fall off the map, especially with offensive coordinator Chad Morris coming back for another season on Dabo Swinney's staff, but they'll have to replace their top playmakers. Along with Boyd, Clemson will lose leading rusher Roderick McDowell
and receivers Sammy Watkins
and Martavis Bryant
, who are turning pro. Morris will choose a new quarterback from among rising senior Cole Stoudt
, sophomore Chad Kelly
and incoming freshman Deshaun Watson, one of the country's most prized recruits. Clemson's defense performed much better this past season and eight starters might return to that side of the ball, although junior defensive end Vic Beasley
might enter the NFL draft. The good news? The Tigers will avoid the top three teams from the ACC's Coastal Division (Duke, Miami and Virginia Tech) during the regular season in 2014.
For more on how the Tigers will look in 2014, check out Clemson's recruiting profile and ESPN RecruitingNation's class rankings.
Former Boise State coach Chris Petersen might not catch Stanford and Oregon in the Pac-12 North in his first season with the Huskies. But it wouldn't be a huge surprise if he does it in the near future. Petersen, who had a 92-12 record with the Broncos, inherits a much better UW program than Sarkisian did. Petersen will have to replace senior quarterback Keith Price
and junior tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins
and tailback Bishop Sankey
, who are leaving for the NFL draft, but the entire offensive line and a much-improved defense is coming back. Rising sophomore Cyler Myles looks like Price's successor under center, and Dwayne Washington
ran for 332 yards with four touchdowns as a freshman. The UW defense was much improved this past season, and end Hau'oli Kikaha
(13 sacks), cornerback Marcus Peters
(five interceptions) and linebacker Shaq Thompson
are coming back. The Huskies have to play at Oregon this coming season, but they'll host Arizona State, Stanford and UCLA.
For more on how the Huskies will look in 2014, check out Washington's recruiting profile and ESPN RecruitingNation's class rankings.