After going 8-5 this past season, Rebels coach Hugh Freeze can look forward to talented freshmen such as defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche
, safety Tony Conner and receiver Laquon Treadwell
being older and wiser in 2014. Unfortunately, Alabama, Auburn, LSU and Texas A&M aren't leaving the SEC West anytime soon. Ole Miss will have to replace three starting offensive linemen as well as junior receiver Donte Moncrief
, who announced he's turning pro. Quarterback Bo Wallace
is coming back for his senior season, after throwing for 3,346 yards with 18 touchdowns this past season. The Rebels might lose only two defensive starters: end Cameron Whigham
and linebacker Mike Marry
. Ole Miss opens the season against Boise State in Atlanta and they'll play Alabama and Auburn at home. The Rebels will play difficult SEC road games at Texas A&M and LSU. For more on how the Rebels will look in 2014, check out Ole Miss' recruiting profile and ESPN RecruitingNation's class rankings.
The Hawkeyes' loss to LSU in the Outback Bowl took a little bit of the luster off what a solid turnaround season. But after going 7-6 in 2011 and 4-8 in 2012, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz has his program headed back in the right direction after an 8-5 record this past season. The Hawkeyes might bring back eight starters on offense and six on defense in 2014. Quarterback Jake Rudock
played OK in his first season as a starter, but he'll have to cut down on his 13 interceptions. He might be pushed by backup C.J. Beathard
during spring practice. Iowa also will have to rebuild its linebacker corps as each of its three starters ( Christian Kirksey
, James Morris
and Anthony Hitchens
) are departing, along with cornerback B.J. Lowery
and free safety Tanner Miller
. Iowa's schedule might set up very favorably in 2014; it doesn't play Michigan, Michigan State or Ohio State during the regular season. For more on how the Hawkeyes will look in 2014, check out Iowa's recruiting profile and ESPN RecruitingNation's class rankings.
The Sun Devils went 10-4 and won the Pac-12 South in coach Todd Graham's second season, but they finished the campaign with disappointing losses to Stanford in the Pac-12 championship game and Texas Tech in the National University Holiday Bowl. Quarterback Taylor Kelly
is coming back after throwing for 3,635 yards with 28 touchdowns, but the Sun Devils will lose tailback Marion Grice
and two starters on the offensive line. The defense will have to fill a lot of holes this coming season, as they'll lose star defensive tackle Will Sutton
, three linebackers and three starting defensive backs. If junior linebacker Carl Bradford
decides to enter the NFL draft, ASU will have to replace nine defensive starters in 2014. The Sun Devils will play nonconference games against FCS foe Weber State and Notre Dame at home, along with a road game at New Mexico next season. For more on how the Sun Devils will look in 2014, check out Arizona State's recruiting profile and ESPN RecruitingNation's class rankings.