NFP post-spring Top 25

The Crimson Tide remain on top. Dave Miller

Print This April 30, 2013, 02:00 PM EST

13. LSU: The Tigers will be much improved on offense under new coordinator Cam Cameron, but the defense lost a ton of talent from last year's squad. Don't count out a Les Miles team, but it may take awhile for the defense to gel.

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14. TCU: Casey Pachall is back to pace the offense, while the defense will remain strong with star end Devonte Fields. We'll see just how good the Horned Frogs can be when they open with LSU.

15. Oklahoma: The Sooners begin the post-Landry Jones era with their sights set on reclaiming the Big 12 crown.

16. Northwestern: Pat Fitzgerald's Wildcats gave away several games last year and still managed to make a New Year's Day bowl game. The 'Cats host Ohio State under the lights in October in a game that could have national implications.

17. UCLA: Star dual-threat quarterback Brett Hundley will only continue to get better as Jim L. Mora has the Bruins trending upward.

18. Nebraska: If Taylor Martinez and the offense can drastically cut down on their turnovers, it can be one of the best units in the country.

19. Oklahoma State: Mike Gundy's squad is going under the radar, but first-year defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer is installing a more aggressive defense that features a lot of seniors.

20. Northern Illinois: The Huskies return dual-threat quarterback Jordan Lynch, who should have been invited to New York City for the Heisman ceremony last year. Even without former head coach Dave Doeren, this team is the class of the MAC.

21. Michigan: Devin Gardner enters a season filled with high expectations, but the Wolverines will have to play without star outside linebacker Jake Ryan until at least mid-October.

22. Boise State: The Broncos were strong against the pass and No. 8 in scoring defense last season, but replacing Jamar Taylor and Jerrell Gavins at cornerback will be difficult.

23. Texas: Can the Longhorns put behind a disastrous defensive effort in 2012? And will this offense finally be able to forge an identity?

24. Arizona State: Taylor Kelly finished ninth in the nation in passer rating last year as just a redshirt sophomore, and ASU returns eight starters from a defense that tied for 17th nationally in yards per play allowed.

25. North Carolina: Larry Fedora's Tar Heels will score points with Bryn Renner at quarterback, so a spot in the ACC title game is not out of the question.

The next five: Oregon State, Michigan State, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss and Washington

Five more: Texas Tech, Wisconsin, Virginia Tech, Baylor and BYU

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