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The college football offseason provides teams with multiple ways to improve their programs.
Teams such as Michigan State and Baylor look to build off breakout 2021 seasons while programs such as LSU and USC have optimism they will bounce back with new head coaches. Along with Lincoln Riley, the Trojans added the top-rated transfer via the portal: former Oklahoma Sooner quarterback Caleb Williams.
Texas A&M cleaned up on the 2021 recruiting trail, signing the No. 1 class of all-time. The Aggies’ class included a whopping seven five-star prospects.
Texas made headlines with the acquisition of a talented group of transfers with former five-star quarterback Quinn Ewers. The Longhorns also finished strongly on the recruiting trail, ending with the No. 5 class in the country. The Horns also return Bijan Robinson and Xavier Worthy from last year’s squad.
Many schools believe their future is going in the right direction. Here is a list of eight teams whose stock is currently on the rise this offseason:
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2021 was a magical season in Waco. The Bears went 11-2, winning the Big 12 championship and the Sugar Bowl. Dave Aranda proved he is the man for the job and has been locked up to a huge contract extension.
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Houston quietly had a really good 2021 season. The Cougars went 12-2 and finished the season with a bowl victory over the Auburn Tigers. Dana Holgorsen has a major chunk of his roster returning and is looking ready for the upcoming move to the Big 12.
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Miami made one of the biggest moves of a wild coaching carousel when it hired Mario Cristobal away from Oregon. Cristobal has since hired an elite staff and the recruiting benefits are paying off. Miami has the chance to become a consistent ACC contender very quickly.
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Michigan State was one of the better stories of the 2021 season. Transfer running back Kenneth Walker led the Spartans to an 11-2 season and Peach Bowl victory. The biggest news for Michigan State is head coach Mel Tucker is back after being one of the popular names in the coaching carousel.
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Similar to Baylor above, Pitt had a breakout 2021 season. The Panthers ended Clemson’s ACC title streak and return the Biletnikoff winner, Jordan Addison. Transfer quarterback Kedon Solvis is a perfect fit for the system and should help soften the blow from losing Kenny Pickett.
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Texas was one of the more disappointing teams in 2021, going 5-7 with an inexcusable home loss to Kansas. Luckily the offseason could not have gone much better for the Horns. Texas did extremely well in the transfer portal and recruiting cycle. Returning stars Bijan Robinson and Xavier Worthy return as two of the best players in college football.
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Texas A&M did not have the season it wanted in 2021. Losing quarterback Haynes King early was a major setback en route to an 8-4 season.
The Aggies still feel really good about their future under Jimbo Fisher. They signed the No. 1 recruiting class in the 2021 cycle and added LSU quarterback Max Johnson from the transfer portal.
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The hiring of Lincoln Riley totally changed the outlook of USC’s program. The Trojans overhauled the roster with multiple star transfers and are starting to lock up the best players in the state for the 2023 recruiting cycle.
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