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THE TOP 25 FOR 2012
ANDY STAPLES
January 16, 2012
Who says you have to wait till next year? Here's a look right now at the top teams for next season, and there's a familiar name at No. 1
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January 16, 2012

The Top 25 For 2012

Who says you have to wait till next year? Here's a look right now at the top teams for next season, and there's a familiar name at No. 1

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11. MICHIGAN (11--2) Expectations in Ann Arbor will be at their highest since 2007, with one more year from quarterback Denard Robinson.

12. WISCONSIN (11--3) Quarterback Russell Wilson is gone, but running back Montee Ball's return gives the Badgers a shot at a third straight Big Ten title.

13. WEST VIRGINIA (10--3) Whether in the Big East or the Big 12, the Geno Smith--led offense will put up big numbers and around 10 wins.

14. CLEMSON (10--4) On a team with much young talent, the passing combination of Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins could be the nation's most productive.

15. KANSAS STATE (10--3) QB Collin Klein and the Wildcats will not catch teams by surprise next year. Expect a slight drop-off.

16. NEBRASKA (9--4) The Cornhuskers have major holes to fill on defense but will be able to run the ball behind hard-nosed I-back Rex Burkhead.

17. FLORIDA STATE (9--4) Receiver Rashad Greene leads a young offense that started five true freshmen en route to victory in the Champs Sports Bowl.

18. VIRGINIA TECH (11--3) If the Hokies untap the passing potential of 6' 6" QB Logan Thomas, they will play for the ACC title again.

19. BOISE STATE (12--1) Quarterback Kellen Moore and 13 other senior starters are gone, but the Broncos will reload with talent from strong recruiting classes.

20. STANFORD (11--2) The loss of quarterback Andrew Luck and all-conference offensive linemen David DeCastro and Jonathan Martin will knock the Cardinal down in the Pac-12 pecking order.

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