Stream of Consci__sness: Looking to 2017

Shane Buechele vs OSU. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Shane Buechele vs OSU. (Will Gallagher/IT)

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It’s customary after the final game of a season to immediately look forward to the next season. Even directly after the second best National Championship game I can recall, focus was turning towards 2017 while confetti was still afloat.

That talk is obviously premature — the only thing we can truly predict in August is Texas weather — but it more or less serves as closure for the recently ended season. It’s a way of saying “here’s what awaits” even if nobody has a clue in any real sense.

Yes, Alabama will be good — Bama is the predictable humid August of CFB prognosticating. But a cursory look shows a lot of schools losing quite a bit of talent, specifically Clemson, Washington, and Michigan, though those schools will still be formidable. Alabama is losing its share of talent, but it just replaces it with similar or in some cases upgrades.

National powers who are ascending because of great timing between talent meeting experience are Florida State, Penn State, and UT’s week three opponent, USC.

Because of timing, as well as the hiring of Tom Herman, I believe UT is also ascending, but the question is by how much?

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