While there are plenty of schools with key playmakers returning for next season, not every college football program has the luxury of bringing back the majority of last year’s roster. And yet, there are 10 Power Five programs in particular that have a ton of production coming back for next fall.
Northwestern struggled mightily this past season, but fortunately for head coach Pat Fitzgerald, most of his team will be back. In fact, the Wildcats will have 88 percent of their offense back on the field, including running back Drake Anderson.
USC has most of its players on defense returning. The offense should remain in good shape thanks to rising sophomore Kedon Slovis.
ESPN revealed how many players will be back for each team in college football.
Here are the 10 Power Five programs with the most returning production for next season, via ESPN:
- Northwestern (84 percent)
- Georgia Tech (84 percent)
- USC (82 percent)
- Virginia Tech (82 percent)
- Oklahoma State (80 percent)
- Indiana (78 percent)
- Illinois (78 percent)
- Louisville (78 percent)
- Rutgers (78 percent)
- Texas A&M (77 percent)
Although there are several Power Five programs that have a bunch of production returning for next season, there are a few powerhouse schools that will have to replace a ton of talent.
Clemson only has 55 percent of its roster production coming back, but Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne are among those returning to school. Dabo Swinney’s team should be ready for another appearance in the College Football Playoff.
Nick Saban is actually losing 58 percent of his team production from last season, among the biggest drop-offs in all of college football. Nonetheless, the Crimson Tide always find a way to reload each offseason.