Toledo has put together five consecutive winning seasons and there's ample talent to keep the streak going. However, the offensive line lost its five starters and a quick rebuild will be the determining factor in how far the Rockets can soar.
You either love them or hate them. There's no middle ground when it comes to discussing Alabama's program, which has been on an elite level since Nick Saban came to Tuscaloosa. The Crimson Tide, who open against Wisconsin, will be in the thick of it again this fall. Poster created by Crimson Tide Productions.
Mark Dantonio has the Michigan State Spartan program rolling. The coach has guided the team to 11 or more victories four of the past five seasons. Michigan State has also won four bowl games in a row. The Spartans open at Western Michigan on Sept. 4 and play host to Oregon on Sept. 12.
A lot of people in the college football world laughed when Missouri joined the Southeastern Conference in 2012. How could this longtime middle-of-the-pack Big 12 team possibly contend in the almighty SEC? It didn't take long. The Tigers have won the past two SEC Eastern Division titles.
Nebraska produced two posters, one for the defense, top, and one for the offense. The Cornhuskers have a new coach in Mike Riley, who replaces Bo Pelini. It's a bit of a risk considering that Pelini won nine or more games each of his seven seasons as coach. Only Alabama and Oregon can match Nebraska's streak of winning that many games each season since 2008. Now it is Riley's turn to keep the streak alive. The Cornhuskers open against Brigham Young on Sept. 5.
Expect Oklahoma State to rebound in a big way this fall. The Cowboys stumbled to a 7-6 record in 2014, but that was somewhat expected given that the team was replacing 28 seniors from a 2013 squad that won 10 games. The team opens Sept. 3 at Central Michigan.