Former Louisville coach Charlie Strong replaces the departed Mack Brown
, and the Longhorns can finally get back to playing football and not being consumed by speculation. Strong's first season probably hinges on whether former starting quarterback David Ash
can return to the team because of concussions. If Ash can't play, rising sophomore Tyrone Swoopes
or incoming freshman Jerrod Heard, an ESPN 300 prospect who has committed to the Longhorns, might get a chance to win the job. The Horns will have to replace three starting offensive linemen, as well as receiver Mike Davis
. Strong figures to put a tougher and more physical defense on the field, and UT might bring back eight starters on that side of the ball. The schedule sets up well for a fast start in Strong's first season; UT plays six of its first seven games inside Texas, including neutral-site games against UCLA in Arlington and Oklahoma in Dallas.
For more on how the Longhorns will look in 2014, check out Texas' recruiting profile and ESPN RecruitingNation's class rankings.
It looks to be a make-it-or-break-it season for embattled Gators coach Will Muschamp after UF finished 4-8 this past season, its first losing campaign since going winless in 1979. Hopefully for Muschamp, the Gators will be much healthier than they were last season, when 13 players suffered season-ending injuries. Quarterback Jeff Driskel
is coming back from a broken leg, and new offensive coordinator Kurt Roper, formerly of Duke, will try to find the right kind of system for him. Also, Will Grier, the No. 3 dual-threat quarterback according to ESPN Recruiting, has already enrolled at UF and will participate in spring practice. There still seems to be a dearth of playmakers on offense, so UF might have to look for early help from its incoming freshmen. UF's defense was hit hard by the NFL draft; junior cornerbacks Loucheiz Purifoy
and Marcus Roberson
, linebacker Ronald Powell
and tackle Dominique Easley
left school early.
For more on how the Gators will look in 2014, check out Florida's recruiting profile and ESPN RecruitingNation's class rankings.
After a 7-6 disaster this past season, in which the Wolverines lost five of their last six games, they'll be looking to bounce back in a big way in 2014. Coach Brady Hoke fired offensive coordinator Al Borges and replaced him with former Alabama coordinator Doug Nussmeier. Quarterback Devin Gardner
is coming back for his senior season, but the offensive line is really going to have to improve if he's going to become more consistent. Michigan will have to replace left tackle Taylor Lewan
, along with top receiver Jeremy Gallon
and leading rusher Fitzgerald Toussaint
. Seven starters are coming back on defense, but the Wolverines will have to replace both interior tackles and both safeties. The Wolverines won't play Iowa, Nebraska or Wisconsin during the regular season, but they'll play at Notre Dame, Michigan State and Ohio State.
For more on how the Wolverines will look in 2014, check out Michigan's recruiting profile and ESPN RecruitingNation's class rankings.