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Phil Steele's Breakdown Of CFB's Returning Starter's...

on Saturday, April 08, 2017

NCAA Football:

Complete Breakdown of every CFB Team's Returning Starters - per Phil Steele.

The deadline for players to declare for the NFL draft is over, so it's time to analyze returning starters for the 2017 college football season.

There will be some changes in the spring with a player or two transferring, but the list will give you a very good idea of which teams will have the most veteran units in 2017 and which teams have the most to replace.

Something crucial to remember: You shouldn't discount the importance of returning starters, even if this past year's CFP title game featured two teams, Clemson (12 ret) & Alabama (11 ret) that had among the fewest returning starters in the country.

The Tigers and Crimson Tide were exceptions to the rule and, for the most part, experienced starters did have a positive impact on teams.

For instance, last year there were 19 teams that returned 16 starters or more, including their QB. Of those 19 teams, 12 had a better record in 2016 than they did in 2015. Four had the same record, and only 3 of the 19 had a weaker record.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, there were 14 teams that returned 11 or fewer starters that did not have a returning starter at QB.

Of those 14 teams, 0 had a better record. Of the 14 least experienced teams, 13 had a weaker record in 2016 than they did in 2015 and one had the same.

With all that in mind, the numbers listed below provide a good window into what to expect in 2017.

They were broken down first by overall ranking Syracuse, Florida Atlantic and Texas are looking good and Michigan is not, and then by conference.

Note: A 1 in the QB Column denotes that teams starting QB is back. Click On Link Below For The List;

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