South Carolina is about to make Steve Spurrier one of the country's highest-paid coaches at $4 million per season, and the Ol' Ball Coach has certainly earned it. The Gamecocks are one of only four FBS teams that have won at least 11 games in each of the past two seasons, and Spurrier has transformed the once-woebegone Gamecocks into an annual SEC championship contender. USC lost a boatload of underclassmen to the NFL draft -- end Jadeveon Clowney
, defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles
, receiver Bruce Ellington
and cornerback Victor Hampton
are each turning pro as juniors. But the Gamecocks might bring back eight starters on offense and six on defense, and they'll play SEC East rivals Georgia and Missouri at home. Rising senior Dylan Thompson
steps in for underappreciated quarterback Connor Shaw
, and tailback Mike Davis
is coming back after running for 1,183 yards with 11 touchdowns this past season.
For more on how the Gamecocks will look in 2014, check out South Carolina's recruiting profile and ESPN RecruitingNation's class rankings.
Can LSU coach Les Miles work his magic again? The Tigers lost 11 underclassmen to the NFL draft before this past season but still finished 10-3, their fourth consecutive season with at least 10 wins. Now, six LSU underclassmen are leaving early for the pros, including receivers Odell Beckham
Jr. and Jarvis Landry
, guard Trai Turner
, tailback Jeremy Hill
and defensive tackles Ego Ferguson
and Anthony Johnson
. Ouch. But the Tigers have recruited exceptionally well under Miles and the incoming class will be no different. Rising seniors Kenny Hilliard
and Terrence Magee
will step in at tailback, and the Tigers might get immediate help from Leonard Fournette, the No. 1 overall prospect in the ESPN 300, who has verbally committed to them. Rising sophomore Anthony Jennings
will also take over at quarterback, replacing departing senior Zach Mettenberger
For more on how the Tigers will look in 2014, check out LSU's recruiting profile and ESPN RecruitingNation's class rankings.