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2013 College football preview: Phil Steele breaks down returning starters for all 125 teams [Graph]


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The 2013 college football season is going to be upon us far more quickly than we think. Phil Steele takes a peek at how the rosters of each program are shaping up by breaking down the returning starters of every team by position. Of course, taking a peek at the returning starters for each of the teams as they prepare for next season’s kickoff is not going to prove a direct correlation between expected wins and losses.

However, it is an important indicator and one that is extremely useful for both coaches and fans alike.

A veteran team is generally a better team. Such a mindset may end up holding especially true for the top team on this chart, Bowling Green. The Falcons are an up-and-coming program within the MAC that is enjoying nothing short of a renaissance after sending a number of teams to the postseason and Northern Illinois to the 2013 Orange Bowl.

The team played Florida extremely tough in Week 1 of the 2012 season. Smaller teams generally lack the type of depth big-time schools do, meaning a strong veteran presence may prove even more important.

On that same note, teams in conferences such as the SEC, Pac-12, Big Ten, Big 12 and ACC, bring in the nation’s top freshmen year in and year out. Thus, seeing Texas A&M, Florida State and Oklahoma near the bottom of this list should not send fans of these example programs running for the hills.

Related: Check out where each of these teams stand in the updated 2013 Recruiting Rankings.

RK TEAM CONF TOTAL OFF QB RB/FB REC/TE OL DEF DL LB DB’s K P
1 Bowling Green MAC 19 10 1 1 4 4 9 3 2 4 1 1
1 Indiana BIG 10 19 10 1 1 4 4 9 2 3 4 1 1
1 Miami, Fl ACC 19 10 1 1 3 5 9 3 3 3 0 0
1 Texas BIG 12 19 10 1 1 3 5 9 3 3 3 1 0
1 UTSA CUSA 19 10 1 1 4 4 9 3 2 4 1 1
5 Hawaii MW 18 10 1 1 3 5 8 2 3 3 1 0
5 Mississippi SEC 18 8 1 1 2 4 10 4 3 3 0 0
5 UNLV MW 18 8 1 1 3 3 10 4 2 3 1 0
8 Arizona PAC-12 17 7 0 1 3 3 10 2 4 4 0 0
8 Army INDEP 17 9 0 2 2 5 8 2 3 3 0 0
8 Colorado PAC-12 17 10 1 2 2 5 7 3 2 2 1 1
8 Middle Tennessee CUSA 17 8 1 1 2 4 9 2 3 4 0 1
8 Rice CUSA 17 7 1 1 1 4 10 3 2 5 1 1
8 South Alabama SUN BELT 17 9 1 1 4 3 8 3 2 3 0 1
8 Tulane CUSA 17 9 0 1 4 4 8 3 2 3 1 1
8 ULM SUN BELT 17 8 1 1 2 4 9 3 2 4 1 1
8 Washington PAC-12 17 10 1 2 3 4 7 2 3 2 1 1
17 Buffalo MAC 16 9 1 1 4 3 7 1 3 3 1 1
17 Colorado St MW 16 8 1 2 1 4 8 2 2 4 1 0
17 Georgia Tech ACC 16 8 0 2 2 4 8 1 4 3 1 1
17 Minnesota BIG 10 16 10 1 1 3 5 6 3 1 2 0 1
17 North Texas CUSA 16 8 1 1 2 4 8 2 2 4 1 0
17 San Diego St MW 16 7 0 1 3 3 9 3 3 3 0 1
17 Wake Forest ACC 16 8 1 1 2 4 8 3 2 3 1 1
24 Auburn SEC 15 6 1 1 0 4 9 4 1 4 1 1
24 East Carolina CUSA 15 7 1 1 2 3 8 2 3 3 0 0
24 Louisville BIG EAST 15 6 1 1 2 2 9 4 2 3 1 1
24 Marshall CUSA 15 8 1 1 2 4 7 4 1 2 1 1
24 Michigan St BIG 10 15 8 1 0 3 4 7 2 2 3 0 1
24 North Carolina ACC 15 6 1 0 3 2 9 3 2 4 0 1
24 Northwestern BIG 10 15 8 1 1 4 2 7 2 2 3 1 1
24 Old Dominion INDEP 15 9 1 1 3 4 6 2 2 2 1 0
24 Oregon PAC-12 15 8 1 0 3 4 7 2 2 3 1 0
24 Oregon St PAC-12 15 8 1 1 2 4 7 2 2 3 1 0
24 Stanford PAC-12 15 8 1 1 2 4 7 2 2 1 1 0
24 TCU BIG 12 15 6 1 0 2 3 9 3 2 4 1 1
24 Temple BIG EAST 15 8 1 0 3 4 7 2 3 2 0 0
24 USC PAC-12 15 8 0 2 3 4 7 3 3 1 1 0
24 Utah St MW 15 8 1 0 2 5 7 2 3 2 1 0
24 Washington St PAC-12 15 7 0 0 3 4 8 2 3 3 1 1
24 Wisconsin BIG 10 15 8 1 1 3 3 7 4 2 1 1 1
41 Akron MAC 14 7 0 1 3 3 7 3 1 3 1 1
41 Arizona St PAC-12 14 6 1 0 2 3 8 4 2 2 1 0
41 Ball St MAC 14 7 1 1 4 1 7 2 2 3 1 1
41 Boston College ACC 14 7 1 1 2 3 7 2 2 3 1 1
41 BYU INDEP 14 9 0 2 3 4 5 0 2 3 1 0
41 Cent Michigan MAC 14 7 0 1 4 2 7 2 3 2 1 1
41 Cincinnati BIG EAST 14 8 1 0 2 5 6 2 2 2 1 1
41 Duke ACC 14 7 0 1 2 4 7 4 1 2 1 1
41 Georgia St SUN BELT 14 7 1 0 2 4 7 3 2 2 1 1
41 Houston BIG EAST 14 9 1 1 3 4 5 1 1 3 0 1
41 Iowa BIG 10 14 7 0 2 2 3 7 2 3 2 1 1
41 New Mexico St INDEP 14 8 1 1 2 4 6 1 2 3 0 1
41 Notre Dame INDEP 14 6 1 0 2 3 8 2 3 3 1 0
41 Oklahoma St BIG 12 14 7 1 0 3 2 7 2 2 3 0 0
41 Pittsburgh ACC 14 5 0 0 2 3 9 3 3 3 0 1
41 Virginia ACC 14 7 0 0 3 4 7 2 1 4 1 1
41 Wyoming MW 14 7 1 1 3 2 7 2 2 3 1 1
58 Alabama SEC 13 6 1 0 3 2 7 1 4 2 0 1
58 Baylor BIG 12 13 6 0 1 2 3 7 2 3 2 1 1
58 Boise St MW 13 6 1 0 3 2 7 3 2 2 0 1
58 Clemson ACC 13 7 1 0 2 4 6 3 2 1 1 0
58 Connecticut BIG EAST 13 8 1 2 1 4 5 2 1 2 1 1
58 Eastern Michigan MAC 13 8 1 2 3 2 5 3 0 2 1 0
58 Fresno st MW 13 7 1 0 3 3 6 1 2 3 0 1
58 Georgia SEC 13 10 1 2 2 5 3 0 2 1 1 1
58 Kentucky SEC 13 6 1 1 1 3 7 2 3 2 0 1
58 LSU SEC 13 8 1 0 2 4 5 1 2 2 0 0
58 Memphis BIG EAST 13 7 1 0 2 4 6 3 1 2 0 1
58 Miami, Oh MAC 13 8 0 1 3 4 5 2 1 2 1 1
58 Mississippi St SEC 13 7 1 1 1 4 6 2 2 2 0 1
58 Nebraska BIG 10 13 9 1 1 3 4 4 1 1 2 0 0
58 Ohio St BIG 10 13 9 1 1 3 4 4 0 1 3 1 0
58 Penn St BIG 10 13 8 0 1 4 3 5 1 1 3 1 1
58 Purdue BIG 10 13 5 0 0 2 3 8 3 2 3 1 1
58 San Jose St MW 13 7 1 0 2 4 6 2 3 1 1 1
58 Southern Miss CUSA 13 5 1 0 2 2 8 3 3 2 0 0
58 Syracuse ACC 13 6 0 1 2 3 7 2 2 3 1 1
58 Tennessee SEC 13 5 0 1 0 4 8 2 3 3 1 1
58 Texas St SUN BELT 13 6 0 0 3 3 7 3 1 3 1 1
58 Texas Tech BIG 12 13 5 0 1 2 2 8 4 2 2 1 1
58 Toledo MAC 13 9 1 1 3 4 4 2 1 1 1 1
58 UCLA PAC-12 13 7 1 1 1 4 6 2 3 1 1 0
58 UL Lafayette SUN BELT 13 7 1 1 2 3 6 3 2 1 0 0
58 Utah PAC-12 13 6 1 0 3 2 7 2 3 2 0 0
58 Vanderbilt SEC 13 7 0 1 3 3 6 1 2 3 1 0
58 Virginia Tech ACC 13 4 1 1 0 2 9 4 1 4 1 1
58 WKU SUN BELT 13 6 0 2 1 3 7 0 2 5 1 1
88 Air Force MW 12 6 0 0 3 3 6 2 1 3 0 1
88 Arkansas St SUN BELT 12 6 0 1 1 4 6 2 1 3 1 0
88 Florida Atlantic CUSA 12 5 0 1 2 2 7 3 1 4 1 1
88 Illinois BIG 10 12 9 1 1 4 3 3 1 1 1 1 1
88 Maryland ACC 12 7 1 1 2 3 5 1 1 3 1 1
88 Michigan BIG 10 12 6 0 1 3 2 6 2 2 2 1 1
88 Missouri SEC 12 6 1 0 3 2 6 3 1 2 0 0
88 Northern Illinois MAC 12 8 1 1 2 4 4 1 1 2 1 0
88 South Carolina SEC 12 7 1 0 2 4 5 2 0 3 0 1
88 UAB CUSA 12 5 1 1 2 1 7 4 1 2 1 1
98 Arkansas SEC 11 4 0 0 2 2 7 3 1 3 1 0
98 Florida SEC 11 6 1 1 1 3 5 1 2 2 0 1
98 Idaho INDEP 11 7 0 0 3 4 4 3 0 1 0 0
98 Kansas BIG 12 11 5 0 2 1 2 6 3 3 0 1 1
98 Kent St MAC 11 6 0 1 3 2 5 3 1 1 0 1
98 Navy INDEP 11 5 1 1 1 2 6 1 2 3 1 1
98 Nevada MW 11 7 1 1 3 2 4 4 0 0 0 0
98 New Mexico MW 11 7 0 1 2 4 4 1 2 1 1 1
98 NC State ACC 11 5 0 1 2 2 6 3 2 1 1 1
98 Ohio MAC 11 6 1 1 2 2 5 1 1 3 0 1
98 Oklahoma BIG 12 11 7 0 2 1 4 4 1 2 1 1 0
98 UCF BIG EAST 11 6 1 0 2 3 5 2 1 2 1 0
98 UTEP CUSA 11 6 0 1 3 2 5 3 1 1 0 0
112 Florida St ACC 10 6 0 0 2 4 4 0 1 3 0 0
112 Rutgers BIG EAST 10 6 1 0 1 4 4 2 1 1 1 0
112 Texas A&M SEC 10 6 1 1 1 3 4 2 0 2 1 1
112 Tulsa CUSA 10 7 1 1 3 2 3 0 2 1 1 1
112 USF BIG EAST 10 4 0 0 2 2 6 3 2 1 0 0
112 Western Mich MAC 10 2 0 0 1 1 8 1 3 4 1 1
117 California PAC-12 9 4 0 0 2 2 5 1 3 1 0 1
117 Iowa St BIG 12 9 5 0 1 1 3 4 1 1 2 1 1
117 Massachusetts MAC 9 4 1 0 3 0 5 2 1 2 1 1
117 SMU BIG EAST 9 6 1 0 3 2 3 0 0 3 1 1
117 West Virginia BIG 12 9 3 0 0 1 2 6 1 2 3 0 0
122 FIU CUSA 8 5 1 1 2 1 3 2 0 1 0 0
122 Kansas St BIG 12 8 7 0 1 1 5 1 0 0 1 0 0
124 Troy SUN BELT 7 3 1 0 1 1 4 2 1 1 1 1
125 Louisiana Tech CUSA 6 2 0 0 1 1 4 3 0 1 0 0
Settle it! Who should be No. 1 in the 2013 preseason college football rankings.

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