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Forget Vince Young’s departure meaning the Longhorns can’t have nearly the same offensive impact. There will be little drop-off in overall production with all-American Justin Blalock leading a line with two other seniors and sky-high potential (J’Marcus Webb). These guys had everything to do with why Texas averaged 200 yards per game both rushing and passing. Whoever wins the QB battle will have ample time and a successful rushing attack to pad his orientation thanks to this well-marbled Longhorn beef.

Southern California
The only reason these guys don’t rank higher is because they replace three, two of whom left early and are now in the NFL. Still, all-Americans Sam Baker and Ryan Kalil will have the Trojan line in the same form as last year when they led the nation in offensive production. Baker may be the best tackle in I-A, and he will have to be with five underclassmen dotting the two-deep. Though the talent is undeveloped, enough is there to rank them second (see recruiting).

When you return five starters from a unit that led the SEC in rushing, expectations are huge. With all of their other offensive starters back, too, the meat of these Hogs appears prime. Two TEs coming in at 260+ work well with five 300+-pounders for plowing holes straight ahead, especially when all of the RBs are over 200lbs. themselves. Foes need to use speed to succeed, for no one will overpower the Razorbacks in ’06.

The Tiger’s all-senior interior boast returning starters who make Auburn a top five group. The departed tackles have experienced replacements, and the whole crew has great footwork for its hulking stature to make plays that go outside the box succeed. Since offensive coordinator Al Borges arrived, this unit has continued to produce top caliber backs (Carnell Williams, Ronnie Brown). Sack totals need to come down, but all-American RB Kenny Irons is sure to make these bigmen shine (or the other way around).

Texas A&M
This is a young, talented group that has already proven itself with three all-Big XII selections to compliment the fact that five of six starters are back. The Aggies quietly ranked 10th in rushing and 17th in total offense while only allowing 16 sacks. The size is there to handle any comers so new QB Stephen McGee can have every advantage needed for maximum execution time. The formula for turning this program in the right direction for Coach Dennis Franchione will start up front.

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