100 CFB things to look forward to in 2017: Nos. 61-80

With 100 days to go before the season begins, College Football 24/7 presents 100 things to be excited about for college football in 2017. Here are Nos. 61-80.

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  1. Alabama-LSU. A rivalry in which one team has won six straight wouldn't normally ring the must-watch bell, but this annual line-of-scrimmage slugfest is as close to NFL-level physicality as a college game gets.
  1. Royce Freeman's return to his 2015 form. Look for the Oregon running back to again be one of the game's dominant offensive threats.
  1. What's in store for Indiana WR Simmie Cobbs under a new coach (Tom Allen) and after a season washed out by an ankle injury?
  1. Miami LB Shaq Quarterman, who got thrown into the fire as a freshman last year and responded exceptionally well, should be one of the ACC's top linebackers.
  1. More targets for Oklahoma TE Mark Andrews, a red-zone monster who should become a much bigger part of the Sooners' offense.
  1. Clemson WR Deon Cain's emergence as a star.
  1. Geoff Collins, one of the game's better defensive minds, sheds the coordinator role to sit in the big chair at Temple.
  1. Can Nebraska senior De'Mornay Pierson-El recapture the magic that made him one of college football's most exciting punt returners as a freshman in 2014?
  1. With Chris Godwin off to the NFL, it's DaeSean Hamilton's turn to step in as Penn State's WR1. With a veteran QB in Trace McSorley, expect him to light it up in the Big Ten.
  1. They know Boston College DE Harold Landry's name around the ACC. By the end of this year, they'll know it around the nation.
  1. Will USF play more like Louisville did under Charlie Strong, or more like Texas did?
  1. Can Alabama upgrade at left tackle from a second-round pick in Cam Robinson? As a freshman last year, right tackle Jonah Williams had the better season of the two, and he'll flop to the left side this fall.
  1. Fireworks in Gainesville. The Florida Gators' offense hasn't been truly explosive in years. This season, it had better be, or fans will let third-year coach Jim McElwain hear about it.
  1. Is this the year Oregon WR Charles Nelson establishes himself as a major offensive threat? He stepped up last year with 52 catches, but he's capable of much more in the categories of yards-per-catch (10.7) and TDs (5).
  1. New offensive wrinkles in the SEC West: More than half the division (Alabama, LSU, Ole Miss, Auburn) has a fresh face in the offensive coordinator role.
  1. After being the forgotten man at Notre Dame, QB Malik Zaire has one more year to make a splash as a graduate transfer -- wherever it might be.
  1. Virginia LB Micah Kiser's decision to stay for a fifth-year senior season sets him up for a serious run at the Butkus Award.
  1. Let's hope South Florida QB Quinton Flowers gets his due as one of the most exciting talents in the game. What will it take? An AAC title and a New Year's Six bowl would help a lot.
  1. Can new coach Jeff Brohm breathe life into Purdue football? Believe this: If his teams don't win, they'll at least score a lot.
  1. The Les Miles Watch. You won't hear his name much in September, but just wait until November when a few high-profile firings become imminent. He'll be hotly pursued.

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