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12. Baylor Bears

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 Insider and ESPN RecruitingNation's class rankings.

13. South Carolina Gamecocks

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 Insider and ESPN RecruitingNation's class rankings.

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