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Why South Florida -- yes, South Florida -- is a CFP sleeper in 2017

Charlie Strong inherits a team that won 11 games last season and has the talent returning to possibly improve on that total this season. Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

Everybody starts the year undefeated. But the cruel reality of college football is that only a handful of those teams have a legitimate chance of winning the 2017 College Football Playoff.

South Florida coach Charlie Strong takes over a team coming off a program-record 11 wins in 2016. That victory total might be difficult to replicate under most circumstances, but many factors indicate the Bulls will be a genuine College Football Playoff contender in 2017.