With coach Art Briles committing to stay at Baylor, it will be the favorite to repeat as Big 12 champion in 2014. Quarterback Bryce Petty
is coming back to run Briles' fast-paced spread offense, but tailback Lache Seastrunk
is entering the NFL draft. Rising sophomore Shock Linwood
ran well when Seastrunk and backup Glasco Martin
were hurt late in the season. Baylor will have to replace three starting offensive linemen, including All-American guard Cyril Richardson
, as well as wide receiver Tevin Reese
. Baylor also will have to replace six starters on defense, including safety Ahmad Dixon
and cornerbacks K.J. Morton
and Demetri Goodson
. Baylor's 52-42 loss to UCF in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl was further evidence that it still has a long way to go on defense. The Bears will play another soft nonconference schedule (home games against SMU and FCS foe Northwestern State and a road game at Buffalo), but they'll play difficult Big 12 road games at Texas and Oklahoma.
For more on how the Bears will look in 2014, check out Baylor's recruiting profile and ESPN RecruitingNation's class rankings.
For everything Steve Spurrier has accomplished at South Carolina -- winning 77 games in nine seasons and guiding the Gamecocks to their first SEC East title in 2010 -- he's still searching for his first SEC championship there. If the Gamecocks are going to do it in 2014, they'll have to replace a lot of star power on both sides of the ball. Carolina loses underappreciated quarterback Connor Shaw
, as well as defensive linemen Jadeveon Clowney
and Kelcy Quarles
, who announced they're leaving for the NFL draft. Receiver Bruce Ellington
and cornerback Victor Hampton
also are turning pro. But South Carolina might still bring back eight starters on offense, including tailback Mike Davis
and four offensive linemen. Rising senior quarterback Dylan Thompson
gained plenty of experience over the past couple of seasons. While Carolina will have to rebuild its defensive line, the back seven might return intact, except for Hampton and senior cornerback Jimmy Legree
. Carolina plays four of its first five games at home, including SEC contests against Texas A&M, Georgia and Missouri.
For more on how the Gamecocks will look in 2014, check out South Carolina's recruiting profile and ESPN RecruitingNation's class rankings.