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January 22, 2008Although looking ahead to next season requires a telescope, it's still not too early to wonder whether the 2008 season will be as crazy and unpredictable as the '07 season.
Will another Division I-AA team knock off a top-10 team? Can a national championship again be won by a team with two losses? Will Ohio State reach the BCS title game for a third consecutive season?
Good questions, all, but there are so many more. So, here's a preseason Top 25 questions for 2008.
1. Who will be No. 1 in the nation?
2. Will LSU repeat as national champion?
3. What will be the strongest conference?
4. Will Florida quarterback Tim Tebow join Ohio State's Archie Griffin as a two-time Heisman winner?
5. If not Tebow, who is the Heisman favorite?
6. Why not Knowshon Moreno?
7. What inter-conference game most qualifies as 'must-see' TV?
8. What streak is most likely to be extended in 2008?
9. What streak is most likely to end?
10. What 'mid-major'' will make the greatest challenge for a BCS bowl?
11. What non-BCS league player will make the biggest splash in 2008?
12. What team that was successful in 2007 is most likely to fade in 2008?
13. Which of the 10 teams that played in BCS bowls aren't likely to return to BCS games next year?
14. What coach will be feeling the most heat?
15. Will Notre Dame avoid another losing season?
16. What new coach will make the biggest immediate difference?
17. What player who has left his team will be missed most?
18. What team will follow Wake Forest of 2006 and Illinois of 2007 as the "surprise" team of '08?
19. What "surprise" team of 2007 is most likely to continue its momentum and have another strong year in 2008?
20. What player returning from injury will give his team the greatest boost?
21. What transfer will have the greatest impact?
22. Who will start at quarterback at USC?
23. Who will play quarterback at Michigan?
24. Who will lead the nation in rushing?
25. Will 2008 be the final season for Joe Paterno and/or Bobby Bowden?
Olin Buchanan is the senior college football writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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