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February 15, 2011
After championships are won, bowls are played and bonuses to coaches are paid, the down side of success comes.
Key players graduate or complete eligibility. Star underclassmen opt for early entry into the NFL. Coaches leave for other opportunities.
Then comes the realization that
But that doesn't mean that great
Numerous teams from last season will struggle to duplicate their success this season. For some, that may only mean an extra loss or two. Others have major rebuilding projects.
Here's a look at eight teams that figure to decline to some degree in 2011.
Olin Buchanan is the senior college football writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.