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Coming off a 7-6 year that saw the team beat Rutgers in the Russell Athletic Bowl, the Virginia Tech Hokies are gearing up for an exciting 2013 season.
Traditionally one of the toughest teams in the ACC in recent memory, the Hokies are looking to improve on last season's mediocre showing.
There are plenty of promising signs in Blacksburg that indicate this team could be a mainstay in the Top 25, most notably the return of quarterback Logan Thomas. Thomas had a bad season last year but is looking to bounce back in 2013.
The Hokies will face a monumental test to kick off the year as they face the Alabama Crimson Tide, the reigning national champions, in the Georgia Dome in Week 1.
With that, here's a look at the 2013 Virginia Tech Hokies.
SEC teams have competitors at every turn on the recruiting trail. The region is an awesome hotbed of talent, so the conference's programs routinely tussle over prospects.
However, the SEC also has to worry about non-SEC schools such as USC, Ohio State, Texas, Clemson, Notre Dame and Florida State coming into SEC territory to pluck a recruit. It is not easy for SEC schools to sign their top recruiting target, as he's likely to be several other schools' top target in a recruiting cycle.
A program wants to keep a defensive end inside its state, but has to deal with another premier school who wants him. Another program wants to keep an elite running back away from a rival, while an upstart school has to fend off an in-state rival for a defensive tackle.
After a down year, the Oklahoma Sooners will try to restore order in the Big 12 this season.
Ranked No. 16 in both national polls, Oklahoma is expected to make some noise, but is not considered an elite team. However, it would be a mistake to count out Bob Stoops and his coaching staff.
Here’s a preview of what the 2013 Sooners will look like.
After an 11-win campaign in 2012, the Clemson Tigers enter this season ranked No. 8 in both the AP and Coaches Poll.
With a high ranking and loads of talent returning, Dabo Swinney and the Tigers will open the season with championship expectations hanging over their heads.
The biggest question: Will Clemson crumble under that hype as they have in the past, or will they emerge as a true title contender?
According to Pete Iacobelli of The State, Swinney thinks his team is ready to live up to those expectations.
"If we do the things we want to do, then hopefully, we can enter into that championship phase," Swinney said. "It's one step at a time as we go through this journey."
That journey starts on Saturday, August 31 in a prime-time matchup with the No. 5 Georgia Bulldogs.
Click through for a detailed look at the 2013 Clemson Tigers, which includes depth charts, potential X-factors, a full prediction of the upcoming season and much more.
The USC Trojans, ranked No. 24 by both the AP and the coaches, are out to prove that last year's disappointing season won't be repeated in 2013.
In his fourth year with the Trojans, Lane Kiffin returns 16 starters and loads of talent to take on a schedule that sets up for early success.
Will the Trojans be able to replace longtime starters such as quarterback Matt Barkley and wide receiver Robert Woods? Can USC stay healthy enough to prevent its limited depth from spoiling another season?
Here's a detailed look at the Trojans, including a two-deep depth chart, players to watch and a full prediction for the upcoming season.
Ranked No. 2 in the country by both the AP and the coaches polls, the Ohio State football team enters the 2013 season as one of the few teams expected to contend for a national title.
The Buckeyes are suiting up for "The Chase" behind the strength of an experienced offense and a young, but talented, defense. Meyer is also expecting big things from his first-year players, as members of Ohio State's 2013 recruiting class have been turning heads in fall camp.
Here's a complete look at the Buckeyes, including depth charts, X-factors and their prediction for the 2013 season.
South Carolina has quickly ascended to one of the powerhouse teams of the SEC with back-to-back 11-win seasons. However, one accolade continues to elude the program—an SEC title.
Head coach Steve Spurrier has assembled some great teams during his tenure with the Gamecocks, but the 2013 squad may be his best.
With a defense led by superstar defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and an offense managed by quarterbacks Connor Shaw and Dylan Thompson, South Carolina has the talent and leadership to make a run at an SEC championship.
South Carolina's schedule is favorable since it avoids SEC cross-division battles with Alabama, LSU and Texas A&M.
There are a lot of young players for the Gamecocks in 2013, but they are all talented and will improve throughout the season with experience in big games.
Is this the year that Spurrier's Gamecocks finally break free and take home the SEC title?
Here is a team program with everything you need to know about South Carolina football in 2013.