Which Red Raiders team will show up in 2014? The team that started 7-0 in coach Kliff Kingsbury's first season or the team that lost five consecutive games before upsetting Arizona State 37-23 in the National University Holiday Bowl? The Red Raiders still figure to be potent on offense, especially with quarterback Davis Webb
coming back. Webb completed 28 of 41 passes for 403 yards with four touchdowns in the bowl game, and he is the only returning scholarship quarterback after Baker Mayfield
transferred to Oklahoma and Michael Brewer transferred to Virginia Tech. Keeping Webb healthy this coming season will be paramount to Texas Tech's success. The Red Raiders also have to find new big-play receivers after losing Jace Amaro
and Eric Ward
. Keep your eye on Jakeem Grant
, D.J. Polite-Bray and Devin Lauderdale. Senior Kenny Williams
, who led the Red Raiders with 497 rushing yards last season, moved to linebacker and is a projected starter. He might play on both sides of the ball, as well as special teams, this coming season.
In a stunning spring development, senior Cole Stoudt
was named Clemson's starting quarterback after Chad Kelly was dismissed after the spring game for conduct detrimental to the team. Stoudt, from Dublin, Ohio, completed 47 of 59 passes for 415 yards with five touchdowns and zero interceptions as Tajh Boyd's backup last season. Highly regarded freshman Deshaun Watson of Gainesville, Georgia, the country's No. 1 dual-threat quarterback prospect for 2014 according to ESPN's RecruitingNation, might still be a factor after he recovers from a broken collarbone suffered during spring practice. The Tigers are still looking for a new No. 1 receiver after Sammy Watkins
left early for the NFL draft, and it looks like coach Dabo Swinney might use a tailback-by-committee this coming season. The defense produced 14 sacks in the spring game, a product of one of the country's best defensive lines, led by end Vic Beasley
If we've learned anything during Bill Snyder's previous 22 seasons at Kansas State, it's that the Wildcats will undoubtedly begin the season underrated. After winning a Big 12 title in 2012, the Wildcats slipped to 8-5 last season. But after losing four of its first six games, Kansas State rebounded to win six of its last seven, including a 31-14 victory over Michigan in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. A big reason for the turnaround was quarterback Jake Waters
' rapid improvement. He threw for 271 yards with three touchdowns against the Wolverines and looked to have even better command of the offense this spring. The Wildcats solidified their offensive line by moving All-Big 12 guard Cody Whitehair
to left tackle. Dalvin Warmack, a touted incoming freshman, might have a chance to become the No. 1 tailback during preseason camp.