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5 Major College Football Conference Programs On the Rise In 2014

5 Major College Football Conference Programs On the Rise In 2014

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With every new college football season comes the hope of a new beginning for programs that have strung together disappointing seasons. In 2014, several big-name programs are revamped and are back on the rise in college football. Here are five teams from the major conferences who are on the rise in 2014.

No. 5 Tennessee Volunteers

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No. 5 Tennessee Volunteers

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Butch Jones is bringing in one of the most impressive recruiting classes in the country, but the Vols still have a lot of work to do before they compete again in the SEC East. Tennessee is capable of making a bowl game, but can whoever they decide to start at QB keep this young and inexperienced offense together?

No. 4 Duke Blue Devils

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No. 4 Duke Blue Devils

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The Blue Devils surprised almost everyone with their 10 wins in 2013 and a trip to the ACC Championship Game. Returning a huge majority of their players, Duke, normally a college basketball school, is exploding into the world of college football.

No. 3 USC Trojans

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No. 3 USC Trojans

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The Trojans were the kings of college football for years, but have fallen on hard times as of late. With a new, talented coach, USC is back on the right path. The Trojans also avoid both Washington and Oregon, so a trip to the PAC-12 Championship Game isn’t out of the question.

No. 2 Texas Longhorns

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No. 2 Texas Longhorns

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With new head coach Charlie Strong, there’s a new football culture at Texas. The Longhorns are headed in the right direction, so it will be interesting to see how Texas can perform against the ever improving teams of the Big 12.

No. 1 Ole Miss Rebels

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No. 1 Ole Miss Rebels

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With consistent elite recruiting classes, the Rebels are finally at a point where their young stars are at an age in which they can string together wins. With senior QB Bo Wallace leading the offense, the Rebels are primed for success.