Can this year's team, led by Nick Chubb, take the next step?
MORE: SN coach rankings, from 1 to 128 Total score: 54.5 What they do best: Since the 2001 NFL Draft, the Hurricanes have sent an FBS-best 27 first-round picks to the next level.
Pick one play: Tank Carder’s “Immaculate Deflection” in the 2011 Rose Bowl. MORE: Big 12 coach rankings Total score: 16 What they do best: The Hokies have enjoyed both a winning season and a bowl game 22 consecutive years dating back to 1993.
Up next: The Horned Frogs likely will be ranked as high as No. Room to improve: Virginia Tech is 22-17 the last three seasons and has not reached the ACC championship game since 2011.
HAYES: Mc Elwain's renovation at UF begins with QB Room to improve: The Gators are 29-21 in four seasons since Meyer left Gainesville.
Room to improve: Auburn ranks 15th among FBS schools in winning percentage (.689) since 2000.
Does any other elite program have these kind of up-and-down swings?
MORE: Auburn's busy September schedule Total score: 36.5 What they do best: The Ducks played in four consecutive BCS games from 2010-13, including the 2011 BCS championship game, and Oregon reached the College Football Playoff championship in 2014.
Room to improve: The only thing missing from the trophy case is a national championship trophy.
Pick one play: De’Anthony Thomas’ 91-yard touchdown run in the 2012 Rose Bowl best displays Oregon's need for speed.