Bryce Petty, Baylor quarterback: In Baylor’s offense, monster numbers are the norm, and the Bears should win enough.
Todd Gurley, Georgia running back: With Aaron Murray gone, Bulldogs should rely more on Gurley’s strong legs.
T.J. Yeldon, Alabama running back: Yeldon has topped 1,000 rushing yards in each of his first two years and is poised for bigger things.
Jameis Winston, Florida State quarterback: Can’t count out last year’s Heisman winner — or can you, with only one repeat winner?
Marcus Mariota, Oregon quarterback: Mariota accounted for 4,380 total yards and 40 touchdowns last season.
Jacob Coker, quarterback, Alabama (from Florida State): Coker, a graduate transfer, lost the job to Jameis Winston last year. Now the two could meet in the College Football Playoff.
Michael Brewer, quarterback, Virginia Tech (from Texas Tech): Brewer graduated from Texas Tech, was denied a transfer to Texas or TCU, and now could be the Hokies’ starter.
Dorial Green-Beckham, wide receiver Oklahoma (from Missouri): The Sooners await word from the NCAA, but if DGB becomes immediately eligible Oklahoma will have the nation’s top recruit of 2012 on board.
Nick Harwell, wide receiver, Kansas (from Miami, Ohio): The Jayhawks got four touchdowns from wide receivers last season. Harwell had 24 in three Mid-American Conference seasons.
Big 12: Oklahoma
Big Ten: Ohio State
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Atlantic Coast: Florida State
Mountain West: Boise State
Conference USA: Marshall
Mid-American: Bowling Green
Sun Belt: Louisiana-Lafayette
Major award winners
Heisman (overall): Marcus Mariota, Oregon quarterback
Maxwell (overall): Mariota
David O’Brien (quarterback): Mariota
Doak Walker (running back): Todd Gurley, Georgia
Biletnikoff (wide receiver): Antwan Goodley, Baylor
Mackey (tight end): Nick O’Leary, Florida State
Outland (lineman): Cameron Erving, offensive tackle, Florida State
Rimington (center): Hroniss Grasu, Oregon
Nagurski/Bednarik (defense): Leonard Williams, defensive tackle, Southern California
Lombardi (linemen/linebackers): Williams
Ted Hendricks (defensive end): Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State
Butkus (linebacker): Trey DePriest, Alabama
Thorpe (defensive back): Landon Collins, Alabama
Johnny Rodgers (return specialist): Tyler Lockett, Kansas State
Groza (kicker): Michael Hunnicutt, Oklahoma
Ray Guy (punter): Austin Rehkow, Idaho