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Key losses: QB Kenny Hill, WR John Diarse, WR Desmon White, WR Ty Slanina, OT Joseph Noteboom, C Patrick Morris, G Austin Schlottmann, OT Matt Pryor, RB Kyle Hicks, DT Chris Bradley, DE Mat Boesen, LB Travin Howard, CB Ranthony Texada, S Nick Orr Outlook: The Horned Frogs are coming off another 11-win season, their third in four years, and another thrilling comeback in a bowl game. But TCU faces major face-lifts on both sides of the ball heading into 2018. They'll lose Hill, Hicks, Diarse and four of their five starting offensive linemen. The personnel losses are deep on defense as well, with Howard, Texada, Boesen and Orr leaving.

Shawn Robinson and Justin Rogers will battle for the quarterback job, and whoever wins will have some playmakers to help. Running backs Darius Anderson and Sewo Olonilua and receivers Jalen Reagor and KaVontae Turpin are expected back. The Horned Frogs will play a difficult nonconference game against Ohio State in Arlington, Texas, and they'll host Oklahoma, Kansas State and Oklahoma State during Big 12 play. For more on how the Horned Frogs will look in 2018, check out TCU's recruiting profileInsider and ESPN's class rankings.

WR Cedrick Wilson, C Mason Hampton, OT Archie Lewis, TE Jake Roh, LB Gabe Perez, LB Leighton Vander Esch Outlook: With quarterback Brett Rypien and all but one defensive starter coming back in 2018, the Broncos should be the preseason favorites among Group of 5 teams to grab a New Year's Six bowl berth. Rypien threw for 2,877 yards with 16 touchdowns last season. He'll miss Wilson and Roh, but almost everybody else is returning.

Vander Esch, the Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year, decided to turn pro, but he's the only defensive player departing from the unit that started in the Broncos' win over Oregon in the Las Vegas Bowl. Boise State's nonconference schedule in 2018 includes trips to Troy and Oklahoma State. For more on how the Broncos will look in 2018, check out Boise State's recruiting profileInsider and ESPN's class rankings.

G David Bright, DT Harrison Phillips, LB Peter Kalambayi, TE Dalton Schultz Outlook: After losing five games for the second time in four seasons, the Cardinal might be in position to bounce back this coming Josh Bellamy Youth jersey season, especially if record-setting tailback Bryce Love decides to return for his senior season. Love ran for 2,118 yards and set an FBS record with 13 carries of 50 yards or more. Even if Love decides to turn pro, the Cardinal should continue to improve on offense as quarterback K.J. Costello grows. He'll have four of five starting offensive linemen coming back, as well as top receivers JJ Arcega-Whiteside and Trenton Irwin.

Stanford's defense allowed almost 6 yards per play last season, so it will need to improve on that side of the ball. It won't be easy if junior safety Justin Reid and cornerback Quenton Meeks go pro. Stanford's road schedule will be arduous in 2018, with trips to Oregon, Notre Dame and Washington. For more on how the Cardinal will look in 2018, check out Stanford's recruiting profileInsider and ESPN's class rankings.

OT Martinas Rankin, LB Dezmond Harris, CB Lashard Durr, CB Tolando Cleveland, P Logan Cooke, WR Donald Gray, WR Gabe Myles Outlook: Moor cowbell? Former Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead takes over for Dan Mullen, who left to become Florida's new coach. Moorhead helped Penn State's offense rank among the best in the FBS, and he might have similar success in year one if quarterback Nick Fitzgerald returns from the broken ankle he suffered in the Egg Bowl.

Former Tennessee defensive coordinator Bob Shoop inherits a much-improved unit that brings back all but three starters, including both cornerbacks. The Bulldogs play a nonconference game at Kansas State and SEC road games at LSU, Alabama and Ole Miss next season. For more on how the Bulldogs will look in 2018, check out Mississippi State's recruiting profileInsider and ESPN's class rankings.

RB Josh Adams, WR Equanimeous St. Brown, OT Mike McGlinchey, G Quenton Nelson, TE Durham Smythe, LB Nyles Morgan, LB Greer MartiniOutlook: The Fighting Irish bounced back from a 4-8 disaster in 2016 to win 10 games for the second time in three seasons. The Irish have been hit already by early departures for the NFL draft -- Nelson, St. Brown and Adams have declared, Authentic Georgios Papagiannis Jersey and tight end Alize Mack might do the same. The Irish must replace defensive coordinator Mike Elko, who left for the same position at Texas A&M.

Notre Dame figures to have a competitive quarterback battle during the offseason. Brandon Wimbush accounted for 30 total touchdowns this past season, but he struggled to throw the ball down the field, which seemed to frustrate coach Brian Kelly. Sophomore Ian Book replaced Wimbush in a 21-17 win over LSU in the Citrus Bowl and completed 14 of 19 passes for 164 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

Notre Dame's schedule next season includes road games at Virginia Tech, Northwestern and USC and home games against Michigan, Stanford and Florida State.For more on how the Fighting Irish will look in 2018, check out Notre Dame's recruiting profileInsider and ESPN's class rankings.

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