25. Virginia Tech
Though the Hokies rallied to earn a bowl bid, they still finished 6-7 and lost to Old Dominion at home last season. Losing quarterback Josh Jackson to injury played a big part in the team’s struggles, but he’ll be back along with backup Ryan Willis. If Virginia Tech can improve a defense that allowed 31.0 points per game, those winning ways should return.
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Scott Frost’s return to Nebraska got off to an extremely rough start with six-straight losses out of the gate. However, the Cornhuskers won four of their final six and raised hope for a winning season in 2019. There are still questions on defense, but the offense appears to be in capable hands with Adrian Martinez in control.
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Gus Malzahn will be calling the plays in 2019, which is good considering he might be on the hot seat. The Tigers need to settle on a quarterback sooner rather than later, as they face a tough road slate — Texas A&M, Florida, LSU — next season. Their defense, though, should be among the best in the country with defensive tackle Derrick Brown back.
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