Alabama loses the bulk of its menacing defense, but there's plenty of talent waiting in the wings. Expect Florida State to return to the ACC summit, but Michigan might slide in the Big Ten.
Rarely is a sequel as good as the original, but Clemson rewrote the ending in its national championship story against Alabama. It was a triumph savored by Tigers players past and present.
The Longhorns haven't cracked the double-digit win mark in since 2009 and that's way too long by Texas standards. The good news? New coach Tom Herman has all the ingredients to end that streak.
Alabama ran roughshod over what was a down SEC in 2016 and will be at the top again next season. Which teams will have a shot to knock off the Tide?
Florida State should be among the nation's elite next season, returning numerous impact players, including quarterback Deondre Francois.
The Buckeyes were clearly humbled by the shutout loss in the College Football Playoff, but they should find themselves in contention again next season.