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Old 07-10-2004   #2
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USC -

Key losses -
Keary Colbert
Will Poole
Jacob Rogers
Melvin Simmons
Kenechi Udeze
Mike Williams ?
Winston Justice?

Nobody in the PAC-10 has the horses to run with the Trojans. If Williams is reinstated and Justice clears his legal problems, they'll roll to the MNC. Without those two, they may still roll. When you mix some of the best talent in the country with the best coaching staff, you're going to get positive results. They're my pick.

LSU -

Key losses -
Michael Clayton
Devery Henderson
Marquise Hill
Chad Lavalais
Matt Mauck
Stephen Peterman

They're going to miss Clayton and Henderson. Randall has experience but he's no worldbeater. Throw in the always tough SEC schedule and I don't see them making it back to the title game.

OU -

Key losses -
Brandon Everage
Tomie Harris
Teddy Lehman
Derrick Strait
Renaldo Works

They get back their Heisman winner. They lose 1/2 of their secondary and the heart of their defense (Lehman). They're also winless since the departure of Mike Stoops (former Defensive Co-ordinator now head coach of Arizona). Should be interesting to see what new guy Bo Pelini (former Nebraska DC) will/can do.

Georgia -

Key losses -
Robert Geathers
Sean Jones
Bruce Thornton
Ben Watson

They lose almost nobody. Problem is they still have to play Florida. Even still, the're my pick to play the Trojans in the title game (but lose).

Miami -

Key losses -
Too many to list.

They have no QB and have lost too much talent/momentum to be a factor anymore. They'll also be playing in a bit tougher conference (ACC) this year.

Texas -

Key losses -
Marcus Tubbs
Nathan Vasher
Roy Williams

They still have Mack Brown and Greg Davis. They won't go anywhere.
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