If you are in the camp of returning starters equating to success, then get some money down on Notre Dame, UCLA, Tennessee and Vanderbilt post-haste.
According to numbers provided by the esteemed Phil Steele in his 2015 Spring Guide, the Irish return 19 starters — 9 offensively, 10 defensively — which, for the moment, is the most of any Power Five team. The other three schools return 18 starters for the 2015 season. The Vols and Bruins return 10 starters each on offense, while the Commodores return nine on each side of the ball. Michigan, North Carolina, Baylor and Texas Tech are right behind that trio, though, with 17 returners apiece.
It should be noted that, of the seven teams mentioned thus far, three of them weren’t bowl-eligible with those starters in 2014: the Commodores, Red Raiders and Wolverines.
Of the four College Football Playoff participants, defending champion…
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